Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop ~ Colour Me New

Welcome to our brand new blog hop, this month we are all on deck! So very exciting as we have the Grand Vacation achievers here from all of the Stampin' Up! markets. . . I feel very humbled to be in such talented company.

Thanks for stopping by. "Colour Me New" proved to be a real challenge to me as I am still coming to terms with the luscious bright colours that are our new In Colours 2015-17.  I have chosen Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe as my feature colours.  This is my project:
I tend to make square cards because I like how they feel (more weighty) and they give me a larger area to create on. . . the base card in this instance is Blackberry Bliss, lined on the inside with Whisper White.  I wanted to create a window box effect so I cut a square of Tip Top Taupe cardstock for the backdrop to the framed and mounted Whisper White front.

I die cut the Whisper White cardstock with the largest framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelit Dies to make a void when mounted over the Tip Top Taupe backdrop. I traced the outline of the perimeter of the framelit on a piece of Blackberry Bliss and trimmed around it neatly. I then removed the centre of the shape with the same framelit to make the narrow outline.
I heat embossed the scattered flowers from the Birthday Blossoms in White Stampin' Emboss on the Tip Top Taupe backdrop. I then mounted the Whisper White front on the Tip Top Taupe backdrop and adhered this to the card base. As a contrast but extension of the theme I stamped the same flowers stamp in Tip Top Taupe on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut them out. I then stuck them in a manner to overlay the framed edge of the window.
I stamped the fly poo stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake about the flowers to add a little more focus and detail. The centres of the flowers are highlighted with Gold Dazzling Detail.  I punched little blossoms from Mint Macaron cardstock using the flower from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Pearls in the centre tie in the white colour theme and add a touch of luxe.
On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the larger bloom from the Birthday Blossoms set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and using a Blender Pen and the Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe Classic ink pads. I then distressed the flowers with my bone folder for a bit of dimension and applied Crystal Effects to make them pop. The flowers are adhered with dimensionals.  You will see the delicate Gold Metallic Thread looped above and to the bottom right of the flowers. I stuck the thread behind the dimensionals as I was layering the flowers on the card. Economical use of adhesive lol!
I adore the Expressions Natural Elements greetings - this time I have coated the natural timber in Gold Dazzling Detail. The greeting is adhered with Mini Glue Dots.  I tied a double bow using the divine Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim.

I can't wait to browse the amazing creations that my fellow demonstrators have come up with. Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you again.

Shanni xx

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