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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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  1. Great cards! Love those animals!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This set was not on my radar....it is now!

  3. Oh my goodness! I love how you used this stamp set (it IS one of my favorites)! So many great cards - and beautiful coloring! I may be CASEing your cards. ;)

  4. Love your cards Jo, so cute. Xx (Jacqui L)

  5. Such cute cards! Love the idea for turning the sketch for more ideas/options!

  6. The coloring on these cards are great! Love them!

  7. I can’t pic a favourite their all fab x

  8. Fabulous coloring, Jo! Love all of them!

  9. I love all your different takes on the sketch - and the animals are so cute!

  10. WOW! I am blown away at the versatility you've shown with both this sketch AND the stamp set! So many beautiful cards!! Wonderful job, thanks so much for sharing!

  11. They are all great! Love the stencilled background- very clever.
    I love the koala in the pouch 😍 especially as it now looks rounded where you added a second layer.

  12. Wonderful cards. I love the versatility of this stamp set. So hard to pick a favorite, they are all amazing.

  13. cute or what... the Rhino is my fav tooo

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