I was feeling a little low last week, so I did a couple of things to cheer myself up a bit.
First – I went for coffee and cake – by myself! I was out and about and thought ‘why not!’ So I spilt myself with a mocha and a lovely slice of chocolate roulade. I wish I had taken a picture for you all. Then I sat back, scrolled through a bit of Facebook and enjoyed the serenity!
As I continued my shopping I came across a florist and found these beautiful gerbera’s. The colour was enough to really brighten my day!
How gorgeous are they!!
So these beautiful flowers inspired me to create some of my own Gerbera happiness with my Stampin Up! supplies. I have made paper gerbera’s before, but these ones were a little smaller as I used the soon to be retired 7/8″ scallop circle punch to make the flower. Here it is –
I actually started with daffodil delight cardstock and then used a sponge dauber with pumpkin pie ink to colour the centre of each piece. I then snipped down to the centre of each flower in each ‘scallop’ and rolled each individual petal around a tooth pick to curve them – be warned its not for the feint hearted – your fingers definitely cramp up! And there were 3 layers of this one!
I did the same procedure with the very tiny flower from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack from the 2013-2014 catalogue (a long time ago I know, but I find it hard to get rid of ANY retired items :-/) You will need two layers for this one. And then a little circle from the cupcake punch for the centre. I glue all my pieces together with tombow and then poked some holes for effect in the centre circle using what I fondly refer to as the ‘pokey tool’, but is in fact the paper piercing tool!
The vase and sentiment are from the gorgeous hostess set ‘Floral Wings’ and of course the wonderful Trio Corner Punch (also retiring) for the corners! And what is a petal without a sparkle of wink of stella to make it dazzle right!
This card is being gifted to a special friend ‘just because’ I can! I LOVE this job!
If you have ever though about joining Stampin Up! now is a fabulous time to do it! You get the extra perks of preorder before the new catalogue is even seen by anyone else! And its definitely got some ‘to die for’ sets ! I can’t wait!
Welcome to the ESAD 2016 Blog Hop featuring items from the new Occasions Catalogue ‘Handmade from the Heart’ and the 2016 Sale-a-bration Catalogue. You may have hopped here from Nicole Wilson, or you may be starting here. I hope you enjoy the projects we have all created for you!
I had lots of fun creating for this blog hop. I am IN LOVE with just about everything in the new Occasions Catalogue!
Water colouring is BIG at the moment and fun to create as you never get the same effect twice. I love it. I had a special card to make for my niece’s 16th birthday – so I set to work creating a card that looked a bit special using some of our new products in our Handmade from the Heart Catalogue.
I find water colouring directly onto card difficult. So my favourite technique for watercoloring is by using reinkers and dropping them onto my largest clear block. I add a drop or two of water from my aqua painter and swirl it around on my block. I then add more colours as I desire until I am satisfied. I then pick the block up and tilt it slightly from side to side (this makes the colours run a little) and then stamp it on to my paper. You will need drying time with this method, or dry with the heat tool.
I used pool party, blushing bride and watermelon wonder for this card as I was originally going to combine it with the Birthday Bouquet DSP. But I had a bit more fun with the watercoloring by dropping more ink onto the card and using a straw to blow the ink around – like what we used to do in art in primary school. It was a bit of fun!
I then splattered the card base with some gold glitter, framed it with the largest scallop square framelit, added our newest ribbons and cut the numbers from the Number of Years framelits (loving these!). I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment ‘Dream Big’ from the ‘Enjoy the LittleThings’ Stamp set and cut out the ‘dream’.
Here’s a close up for you –
And don’t forget the inside of the card! I added a smaller piece of the watercoloring to the inside of the card too!
I hope you enjoyed this project. I would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment for me 🙂
Hop along to the next blog by Richelle Fletcher for more inspiration by clicking on the image below.
Mel Pagano – You are here.
So yes – I am playing along with ANOTHER global design challenge. This week it’s a colour challenge.
But I HAD to play along, because this colour challenge includes all of my favourite in colours from this year. I use the colours together in my cards quite a bit, so it was easy to play along this time as far as the colour combination went.
Unfortunately, I had to create a sympathy card for some relatives overseas. Thats not such an easy task, and my least favourite kind to make. So I pulled out our Best Thoughts Stamp set for this challenge.
I like to keep my Sympathy cards fairly neat and clean. So I used some simple layers with card and designer paper for the base and then stamped three of the flower images and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then coloured them using Watermelon Wonder Ink and an aqua painter. Cut out layers, then layer them up with some dimensionals.
Now I know my card is for a sympathy card, but you could use this any other occasion too.
I am really enjoying using our Floral Wings Hostess Set. I feel like I have two sets for the price of one. With the ability to use it for a big, beautiful butterfly or an elegant vase of flowers.
Today I chose to use the vase of flowers and team it with my favourite in colour designer paper.
This really is a pretty set. Versatile for birthdays, sympathy and thank you – its virtually like giving a bunch of flowers!
This look is very simple to achieve. I have stamped the vase in Tip Top Taupe and fussy cut it. To get your placement of the stems just right – turn your vase over and position it on the card, then stamp your stems, making sure the bottom edge just overlaps onto the back of your vase. Once you are happy with the amount of stems, turn your vase back over and stamp the flowers.
I stamped mine in Watermelon wonder, stamping off occasionally to vary the depth of the flowers. I also stamped some more on scrap whisper white card and then fussy cut them! They’re tiny – so you may need your glasses! Lol.
Adhere your extra flowers using dimensional. Wrap some Gold Thread around the neck of your vase, before popping it up on dimensional too.
I think it’s quite effective. What do you think?
You can get this stamp set yourself by hosting a workshop or spending $250 in one order to qualify for rewards to spend on hostess sets. Contact me if you would like to host a fun stamping workshop!
I am getting lots of use out of the Best Thoughts Hostess Stamp Set.
I find it is very versatile – great for birthdays, thank you, sympathy, just because – anything really!
This one was coloured, cut and layered and put on our whisper white notecards as a thank you to someone who did something sweet for me.
Using a blender pen, I coloured the petals with Wisteria Wonder and layered up the colour as each one dried.
The leaves are coloured with Pear Pizzazz (favourite all time green).
I love how stamping a sentiment on vellum doesn’t detract from the whole look of the card!
So – how pretty is that!
I Finally got to have a play with my Bouquet Bigz L Die found in the occasions catalogue….and I was so impressed with the result! It makes flower making so darn easy! I really can’t wait to create some more of all the different sizes.
The paper used is the Best Year Ever DSP.
I used the Stampin’ Up! You tube clip to guide me in making this flower. My version was really very big and topped of the box I had made using the Gift Box Punch Board really nicely.
A quick tip when making gift boxes that use such a lovely big decoration on the top – turn the box so it can still be opened from the bottom, so your hard word isn’t destroyed in the opening of the box!
I love comments…so I would love to hear what you think – just leave a comment below the pic 🙂
Ok, well I know I am SUPPOSED to be finishing off everything I need to do for my market stall on Friday Night….but I came across these gorgeous paper flowers and just HAD to have a a go at creating them.
I used some retired DSP for my practice set, but I am imagining them in all sorts of beautiful colours, especially in coastal cabana from the Eatern Elegance DSP, or the black and whites from Modern Medley…I think I will definitely have to put those on my next order!
What do you think?
Good for a class?