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Ink & Share Blog Hop - Masculine...

Good afternoon from sunny Norfolk in the UK.  We have been experiencing a heatwave here in the UK for the last month, we are not really prepared for it in this country!  I am not complaining but if it rains I shall be doing a dance in the garden!!!

Today I am taking part in the Ink & Share July Blog Hop which has a theme of 'Masculine'.  I know that my customers struggle for ideas for men and I share their struggles to an extent but when Stampin' Up! come up with some amazing stamp sets with men in mind, it makes the job so much easier.  I have chosen to highlight the stamp set High Tide today.  I love the detail in this stamp set and how you can create a work of art relatively simply with all the elements at your fingertips.

Here is my card...

 I started by cutting a base card in Basic Gray to measure 14cm x 14cm.  I cut a layer of Real Red cardstock to measure 12.5cm x 12.5cm and a layer of Whisper White to measure 12cm x 12cm.

Taking the Whisper White panel, I masked the horizon and using a sponge brayer, sponged the top part in Pool Party ink.  I then masked the horizon again and sponged the bottom part lightly in Soft Suede ink.  I removed the masks and stamped the birds in Basic Gray ink, the dune in Soft Suede and the grass in Old Olive.

I then stamped the lighthouse using Basic Gray and Real Red ink and fussy cut it out and used Stampin' Dimensionals to stick it to my card front.

I wrapped some linen thread around the bottom section of the panel before tying on a tag greeting taken from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

I then decided to make the card a pop up card.  I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to measure 13.5cm x 13.5cm.  I cut the pop up area to measure 5cm depth and in 3cm from each side.  I removed a section of the pop up panel to create a window.

I sponged the background in exactly the same way as the front of the card but I also created a small panel to measure 11cm x 11cm and folded it in half.  Once sponged this was inserted into the centre of the card base so it shows through the window when the card is complete.

Finally, I repeatedly stamped the Happy Birthday Greeting before gluing the insert into my card base at just the top and bottom of the pop up panel so it moves easily when the card is opened.

I hope you have enjoyed my project and I will now pass you on to Ginger who I am sure has an amazing project for you today.  You can see the Roll Call below should you get lost along the way.

If you have seen anything you would like to purchase please contact your local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, if you do not have a local demonstrator I would be happy to help.

There are just a few days left of two amazing offers from Stampin' Up! 

You can receive a free pack of selected Designer Series Paper when you purchase three qualifying packs.


Or, why not join my team for just £99 you will receive £130 worth of products of your choice, a starter pack and you get to select a Color Family set of ink pads worth £70.  That's £200 worth of products for just £99!!!  Contact me if you would like some more details or click on the link below.


Happy Stampin'



Ink & Share July Roll Call
Jo Blackman - you are here

Stamp 'n' Hop - July Blog Hop: Fav New DSP...

Hello and welcome to my blog.  Today I am teaming up with a group of 19 demonstrators from all over the world to share with you some projects based on this month's theme "Favourite DSP" from the 2018/19 Annual Catalogue.
I love all DSP so, which one to choose!!!  I always find it hard to choose a particular item from the catalogue which I can call my favourite as there are some things which are my favourites from the start, some things are not 'me' and then there are the ones which grow on me over time.  The ultimate result is that I end up liking it all and the one I least expect to be my favourite is suddenly in the number 1 spot!!!
I have therefore decided to call this my favourite 'at this moment' DSP!!!
I have been working with the Animal Expedition suite in preparation for a class this coming weekend and I am loving it so I decided this would be my favourite 'at this moment' DSP.
I started off making this cute little gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  The bag is made from Berry Burst cardstock and then I covered the front in the small animal DSP.  I made two tassels and the tag has the giraffe and frog cut direct from the DSP.  I then used the Ribbon Border Punch at the top of the bag.

I then made a matching greeting card.
And then another...
And then another...(I couldn't stop!)
All of the cards were made just by cutting the images from the DSP which makes it especially versatile.
I then turned the papers over to reveal designs that I felt had a Mediterranean feel to them so I decided to use the Varied Vases stamp set to highlight the papers in a slightly different way and here is what I came up with.

I love how the same papers, teamed up with a different stamp set can look so different but equally as lovely.
I hope you have enjoyed my projects today and if you are interested in any of the items I used to create them, please contact your local demonstrator or if you don't have one, I would be happy to help.
I am now going to pass you on to Karen who I am sure has some lovely projects to share with you.  There is a list of participants shown below should you get lost along the way.
Happy Hoppin'
Jo Blackman (UK) - you are here

Kre8tors Blog Hop - July Sketch Challenge....

Good afternoon from sunny Norfolk in the UK!!!! 

Today I am taking part in the Kre8tors Blog Hop for July and this month's theme was based on a sketch.

If ever my crafting mojo decides to take a holiday, I always revert back to sketches.  I find that sometimes caseing ideas can be restrictive (albeit very handy when required!) but by using a sketch, it can clear the mind of the clutter that is life and forces me to think outside of the box, so to speak.  I therefore love a sketch challenge!!!! 

The next question then was what stamps was I going to use.  I have recently purchased the Animal Outing stamp set and matching Designer Series Papers and couldn't resist having a little play.  So, I started with the little giraffe, such amazing creatures and this little fella(s) made me smile.

To create the background, I die cut the animal print background to create a stencil and sponged through the stencil, using Soft Suede, on to Daffodil Delight card.  I love how the Daffodil Delight card instantly becomes softer.  I then painted three giraffes using Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight inks and an Aquapainter.  Once dry I added the eye details using a Soft Suede Write Marker.  The sentiment is taken from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, stamped in Versamark and embossed with White embossing powder.

I then decided to make another card using the kangaroo with the cute little koala in his pouch.  This time I used watercolor paper and stamped the image in Soft Suede to soften the edges.  I couldn't resist stamping a second pouch to make it stand out a little.  The background has used the Hardwood stamp (possibly one of my most used stamps ever!) stamped in Soft Suede on to a piece of Sahara Sand and the greeting is taken from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

And then finally, I couldn't leave out the Rhino so I made a third card, using the same sketch but this time I turned it 90 degrees to give a landscape card.

I think the Rhino is possibly my favourite, you decide!

Thank you for hopping by today and if you have seen anything you would like to purchase then please contact your local demonstrator or, if you don't have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help.

Stampin' Up! have two amazing promotions running at the moment.  If you love our Designer Series Paper as much as I do and you purchase three packs of a selection of DSP, you get a fourth pack absolutely free!!!


 Or, would you like to receive a bundle of goodies of your choice to the value of £130, receive discount on future orders and a set of ten ink pads from the colour family of your choice (Regals, Brights, Neutrals or Subtles) all for an amazing £99 (worth nearly £200 total)!!!!  If so, contact your local demonstrator or drop me a line and I would be happy to talk you through it.

I am now passing you over to Linda Handford who I am sure has some amazing projects waiting for you.

Happy Stampin'



July 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Roll Call
Jo Blackman - you are here

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