Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of my coffee cup inspiration blog and this was my favourite cup of the three designs (scroll down if you missed part 1!).  I began by taking a couple of sponge daubers and sponging the right hand side of my whisper white card stock in pink pirouette and blushing bride ink to create the soft pink background shown behind the flowers in the cup. Then I stamped my flowers and rose buds with stamps from the gorgeous Bloomin’ Love stamp set in rose red and sponged over the flowers in melon mambo.  I stamped the large leaves from Flower Patch in garden green ink ‘stamped off’ and then stamped the tiny leaf accents from Endless Thanks in full strength garden green ink to give some contrast. I then drew in the leaf veins by hand with a garden green Stampin’ write marker.

To replicate the bird in flight, I naturally reached for the beautiful hummingbird stamp from Picture Perfect stamp set and stamped him in so saffron and island indigo ink. I then cut him out and popped him up on dimensionals  on top of some linen thread loops. Finally I gold embossed my ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from Rose Wonder on a vellum banner and finished with a gold basic button. I mounted my card on garden green cardstock and attached that to a crumb cake card base.  Although the colours are more intense in my card verses the coffee cup, I love the vintagey look to this card – a style I rarely adopt in card craft but will definitely consider using again to achieve this pretty look  🌺🌺🌺


Picture Perfect Hummingbird

Morning everyone! So in a previous blog I showcased the gorgeous starfish stamp from this ‘picture perfect’ stamp set. Today I want to focus on the stunning hummingbird image. This is a four step photopolymer stamp and the detail you can achieve on the bird is just amazing! I stamped my bird image in pear pizzazz, garden green, pumpkin pie on & island indigo. The card stock was crumb cake layered beneath cajun craze and whisper white. I stamped my roses in pumpkin pie and Cajun craze and created the background texture from ‘timeless textures’ in crumb cake  with a few cajun craze accents here and there! The grid pattern behind the bird was stamped in soft sky for contrast, and I finished my card off with some metallic silver thread and a few rhinestones. I popped my bird and a couple of roses up on dimensionals to create some depth and finished by silver embossing my sentiment from the hostess set ‘Happy Birthday Everyone’. I’ve played with this stamp set a lot but never used these colours before. Whilst completely unexpected, I think the colours are very rich and striking. The possibilities are endless with this beautiful hummingbird – looking forward to creating some different looks with this beautiful stamp set ❤️❤️❤️

Telford Swaps – 2016

As a fairly new Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, this was my first visit to Telford for some team bonding and product training. Traditionally, demonstrators make ‘swaps’ to take and give to one another in the hope of sharing and inspiring some creativity. So here are the swaps I made. I used ‘Picture Perfect’ and chose the starfish image as I feel it’s a bit overlooked against the hummingbird image in this stunning stamp set. This is a two step photopolymer stamp and I had great fun playing with different tones of colour to give my starfish some dimension. I then used ‘timeless textures’ and ‘awesomely artistic’ to create lots of background interest and texture. Finally I finished my card front off with some heat embossing for a touch of elegance with the ‘splat’image from ‘perpetual birthday calendar’, an itty bitty heart punched from dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and some metallic bakers twine.

To see exactly how I made this card in Cajun craze, you can watch my video below