Friday, 14 September 2018

Ink & Share Scrapbook Hop: Sketch Challenge...

Hello and thank you for joining me today for what is my first ever Scrapbook Blog Hop.  I have been stalking the Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop since it was set up!  I have been a scrapbooker for many years but rarely get a chance to actually sit down and do some, I am hoping this will be the start of many more.
This Blog Hop is a collaboration of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world, coming together to share their love of Stampin' Up! and scrapbooking.
The theme set was a sketch.  I love working from sketches as they can inspire you when your mojo has disappeared and although I rarely follow sketches to the letter (as you will see), they inspire me to make the start.
Here is the sketch...
I instantly fell in love with this sketch and knew exactly what pictures I wanted to use.
Around 18 months ago we commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of our two puppies.  I had seen some amazing work by this artist and as I do not have an artistic bone in my body, asked her to draw a portrait of our pups.  What I didn't realise at the time was that she would send me work in progress pictures.  Straightaway I knew they had to appear in a scrapbook page.  So please meet Jeffrey and Betty.
This picture shows the completed work and here are the work in progress pictures across a double page layout!
And a closer look...


As you can see, I have only used one layer of circles at the bottom of my page as it balanced my page slightly better and I have also offset the circles where the sketch shows them in the middle.  I have used the amazing Joyous Noel DSP which features in the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue and to prove it isn't 'just for Christmas!'.  The colours are stunning and I thought they complimented the colouring in the pups really well.
Thank you for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my pages, I will now pass you on to Rebecca.
Happy Scrappin!

September Roll Call
Jo Blackman - you are here
Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Colour Combo Blog Hop September 2018...

Good morning, and welcome to the Colour Combo Blog Hop.  You may have joined me today from the amazing Angela Köber.
I am here to share with you a project using the Colour Combo Garden Green, Old Olive and the lovely new colour Gorgeous Grape.
I decided to make my card using the Jar of Love stamp set.  This set is one which I absolutely love and have used it a great deal in projects for both personal use and classes but just lately it has sat on the shelf because we have had so many new amazing products so I decided to give it a dust off.
I stamped the jar in Memento on to my background and stamped and cut the various foliage and leaves in a mixture of Garden Green and Old Olive.  I then stamped the flowers in Gorgeous Grape using second generation stamping for the background and adding the detailed parts also using Gorgeous Grape.  I also stamped the jar on to a piece of vellum using Staz On which I then glued over the top of the original stamped image to resemble glass.
Here is my card...
Thank you for hopping with me today, I am now going to pass you over to the amazing Tanja Klingler-Selinger who I am sure has another lovely project to share with you today.
If you have seen anything that you would like to order then please contact your local demonstrator.  If you do not have a local demonstrator, I would be happy to help.
Happy Stampin'
September Roll Call
Sue McDonald (UK) 
Jo Blackman (UK) - you are here
Renée Eckhardt (AT)   
Pia Gerhardt (DE) 


Sunday, 9 September 2018

September 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop: Sympathy...

Hello from the UK, today I am joining many demonstrators from the around the World in another Kre8tors Blog Hop.  This month we were tasked with the theme of 'Sympathy'.

I have to confess I don't usually make many sympathy cards (thankfully!) and I tend to go for the 'Thinking of You' type sympathy card.

I wanted to keep  my card simple and understated (which is not my strong point!) and chose to use the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  This set is so versatile for so many things.  Here is my card...

The background is embossed using the Simply Falling embossing folder.  I cut the branches from the Seasonal Layers dies that co-ordinate with the Colorful Seasons stamps and the flowers are die cut from Petal Pink cardstock. I added some simple pearls to the centre of the flowers to finish.

I then made a second card but this time it is a card for somebody whose pet has gone over the rainbow bridge.  Our furbabies are definitely members of the our family and I would certainly appreciate receiving a little card if anything happened to one of mine. 
I hand cut a heart template by folding a post-it note in half and cutting a heart shape.  I drew around the heart and stamped the little footprints from the Foxy Friends stamp set.  The clouds are cut from the Up & Away Framelits and the little coloured hearts are punched using the Cookie Cutter punch.  The greeting is taken from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my projects today and I am now going to pass you on to the amazing Jacqui Lawrence.
Happy Stampin'

September 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Roll Call List


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Ink & Share Blog Hop: Holiday Catalog Preview...

Hello all and welcome to today's Ink & Share Blog Hop.  You have joined me from the amazing Cindy Mitchell-Clark. This is a collaboration of several Stampin' Up!® Independent Demonstrators from around the world to share with you a Holiday Catalogue Review.  This is just a small selection of some of the amazing new products available in the Autumn Winter Catalogue which goes live on the 5 September.
I have chosen to share with you today two new amazing Christmas sets from the catalogue along with some amazing DSP.
The first card I want to share with you is using the Joyous Noel suite.  I am normally quite a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas and love the bright reds, greens and golds but sometimes it is nice to have something a little bit different and the Joyous Noel suite whilst traditional in some respects, adds a vintage feel with the use of two new colours to our spectrum, Merry Merlot (don't you love that name!) and Gray Granite along with the beautiful Tranquil Tide and instead of the usual bright Gold it is paired with Copper which gives it a softer look and compliments the vintage feel.  The suite is made of some beautiful elements and the stamp set can be purchased as a bundle which incorporates a lovely sprig punch.  There is also some beautiful glimmer paper in copper, Merry Merlot and Tranquil Tide.
This card was made using the Peaceful Noel stamp set which forms part of the suite.
Another set I adore from the new catalogue is called Dashing Deer which is full of lovely deer and some amazing greetings.  It reminds me so much of the amazing 'Dasher' who was a hit for many years in the Stampin' Up! catalogues.  I have chosen this set also because it compliments the Joyous Noel suite so well.
This set is also available as a bundle with the most adorable dies, just look at those swirls, they are so intricate but cut out so beautifully from the copper glimmer paper and what's more is that there are two of these amazing dies in the set so you only have to run them through the machine twice for this card!  I have used a little of the Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon which is luxurious and is also available from the 5 September.
Being a 3d girl, I couldn't resist making a project for you today so here is a little box which opens up to quite a large box!
Click on the picture below for a tutorial of how I made this box, the tutorial is using different Stampin' Up! products but is made in the same way.

I hope you have enjoyed my post today and I will now pass you on to the amazing Melissa Tennison.
Happy Stampin!
August Roll Call List
Jo Blackman - you are here
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