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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Art With Heart Team Blog Hop - Add Texture


I love using embossing folders on my cards. It's a quick and effective way of adding extra dimension to any card.

My first card features the Brick embossing folder. This is a square folder which means you can make either a vertical or horizontal card like this one.


To create the nonembossed area in the center of the Very Vanilla card stock I substituted cardboard templates with an oval cut out of the center for one of the clear Bigshot plates. It took a bit of trial and error to get the correct pressure but now I will keep these templates for future use.
I inserted the VV card stock into the embossing folder as usual.

Instead of using a clear plate under the folder I used my stack of templates on top, being careful to position the oval where I wanted the non-embossed section. ONE of the clear plates goes on top of this sandwich.

I put this sandwich through the Bigshot and voila! embossed card stock with a blank section in the middle.
I used this blank section for my greeting.

My second card uses a new embossing folder from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue. I will have copies of these about mid December, please contact me if you would like one.
This new Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder is called Scattered Sequins, and it looks exactly like you have sequins in your card! Again this is a square folder so that you can have the scattered effect on either a portrait or landscape orientated card. The stamp used here is Cake Soiree, also from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks in the coming weeks.



















Now it’s time to see what amazing projects the very talented Sharon Davern has to share with us.
If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:  

I hope you're enjoying our blog hop,

Happy Stampin,
Rachel

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Heart of Christmas - Week 26


Heart of Christmas week 26, only one week to go!
This week's card features the Carols of Christmas stamp set. 
I love this colour combination of Fresh Fig, Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla. I coloured the baubles with Stampin Markers so that they could be multicoloured. The bauble are also stamped on the background in Fresh Fig. A small piece of Pool Party ribbon around the middle finishes this card.


Head to Claire Daly's blog for a full list of today's participants.

Make sure you come back next week for our final Heart of Christmas.
Happy Stampin,
Rachel


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Heart of Christmas - Week 25


              Welcome back for another week of Heart of Christmas inspiration.
              Today's card uses one of the Christmas sets from the Annual Catalogue, called Star of Light and the matching thinlits called Starlight thinlits.
I made the background effect by sponging and masking. I will supply a tutorial once I have used this card in my Christmas Party class.
The star has been cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

To see what the rest of the team has for you head to the blog of our team leader Claire Daly, as she has a full list of participants. 
Happy stampin,
Rachel

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Stamparatus is coming soon!


Click on the image to view a video from Stampin' Up! about this amazing new tool.

Contact me for more information on how to receive yours.
I can't wait to get my hands on one!

Happy Stampin,
Rachel

Occasions Sneak Peek!

This little fella is soooo cute, he's the first set I inked up after attending the Stampin' Up! Onstage event on Saturday.  
 
Check back regularly, I'll be posting more sneak peeks as they come off the production line, I mean the messy craft desk :)
 
Happy Stampin, Rachel

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Heart of Christmas - Week 24


I have something a little different for you today. I have made a couple of different bottle tags that are perfect if you are gifting bottles for Christmas.
The first tag uses the Half Full stamp set, one of the beautiful gold foil snowflakes and a strip of Be Merry DSP. 
The second tag uses the reindeer from Santa's Sleigh, gold embossed on Crumb Cake. The foil snowflake has been sponged on the reverse side with Real Red. A strip of Year of Cheer DSP, the checks one is behind the snowflake. The greeting from Labels of Love finishes this tag.




For more inspiration head to Claire Daly's blog for a list of the other participants.

Less than 7 weeks til Christmas, I hope you're getting organised.

Happy stampin,
Rachel


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Stampin Blends are HERE!



Stampin' Up! have released their new alcohol based markers. As a demonstrator I've had a chance to play with them already, and they are awesome! They blend beautifully, and the colours available are amazing. Hopefully we may even get more colours in the range.
Here are some of the projects I've made.






The stamp set used here is called Color Me Happy and was released with the Blends.
For more information on the Stampin' Up! Blends, click on the catalogue on the right. Click on the header to be taken to my online store or contact me with any questions.

Happy Stampin,
Rachel




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