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Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Colour Creations Blog Hop Week 7 - Basic Gray

It's Wednesday again and time for another Colour Creations Blog Hop with the Art With Heart Team. Week 7 sees us feature one of our very versatile Neutral colours Basic Gray. I did think for a few minutes about trying to do a monochromatic card with Basic Gray, but it goes so nicely with so many of the other Stampin' Up! colours that I decided to use it as one of many colours instead.

As it is nearly time for the new July to Dec Mini Catalogue (that is not really mini) and the next Sale-a-bration I have lots of new stamp sets to inspire you.

When I saw these Hippos in the Sale-a-bration brochure I knew they would be a hit as they are sooooo cute. I have used the not so delicate, but really sweet ballerina Hippo on my Pull Tab Flip Card.

I mounted her in one of the frames from the Fabulous Frames Dies and then mounted this piece on to the pull tab mechanism. I am planning to write my own tutorial using the Fabulous Frame Dies, but in the meantime there are numerous tutorials on the internet.

I stamped another one of the hippos to go inside the pull tab. Both Hippos were stamped in Memento ink and coloured using the Blends Markers listed below.

 My second card is the first Christmas card I am sharing with you this season. Most of the products used to make this card are available in the July to Dec Mini Catalogue that begins on the first of July. The stamp set is called Trees For Sale, and as an extra bonus there is a coordinating Die Set as one of the rewards from the upcoming Sale-a-bration promotion.  

This time I have paired Basic Gray with a Polished Pink tree. The base layer of the tree is stamped in Polished Pink ink that has been stamped off once for a lighter shade. The second tree image is stamped in full strength Polished Pink ink.

The tree is framed by one of the dies in the Fabulous Frames Dies cut from Silver Foil. The background has been embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder.

The Basic Gray background has been embossed using the really cute Whimsical Wonderland 3D Embossing Folder which is in the July to Dec Mini Catalogue.

The scripty greeting is also included in the Trees For Sale stamp set.
I hope you like my Basic Gray creations, next week we will be featuring Bermuda Bay.

Now it's time to see what my fellow team members have created using Basic Gray. The next stamper along in the Blog Hop is the lovely and very clever Diane Furniss.

If you have any issues following our Blog Hop please head to Cathy Proctor's blog as she is the host of our hops and will have a complete list of tonight's participants.

Don't forget to check out the Last Chance Products list to pick up some bargain priced Stampin' Up! products.

Thanks for visiting,
Happy stamping,

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  1. Your cards are both so fabulous - I love the Polished Pink pops with the gray. That dancing hippo is completely adorable, though!

  2. Both these cards are so adorable, Rachel, but your hippo really makes me laugh. Thank you so much for the cute video too!

  3. Both cards are beautiful, Rach. Your colouring of the hippos is just divine, and I love how you've used the Fabulous Frames on both cards. It's lovely to see the new products used, and I'm super-impressed with what you've done with them!

  4. Snap on the Flirty flamingo colour! Wow I love your first card it is so much fun and your card is fabulous! That dancing hippo is so cute and I love the way you have coloured them! Love your Christmas Card too! I am so looking forward to getting started on my Christmas cards. I think I need those frames!

  5. Two delightful cards Rachel. Your first Christmas card - so impressive. Love it and also love your Pull Tab Flip card so much. I have wanted to try a flip card - must give it a go. The hippos are gorgeous. Xxx

  6. Both great cards, Rachel. Those hippos are sure to be a favourite SAB item and you've used those frames dies so well.

  7. Your hippo card is beyond adorable, but OMG that Whimsical Wonderland embossing folder!! I hadn’t even noticed it in the catalogue! Yikes! Kathryn R

  8. Your cards are beautiful Rachel, I love the little Hippo dancing it's so cute. Thinking about Christmas already is scary though.

    1. Hello I am looking for the stamp set or die set of Santa and underwear. Is this something I can still purchase.

  9. Both gorgeous cards Rachel. Those pull tab cards look so tricky but you have done a fantastic job and the hippos steal the show. Your Christmas card is beautiful and love the colours and textures. I totally missed that Christmas embossing folder!

  10. Both of your cards are just great Rachel. Initially I wasn't really impressed with the hippos in the catalogue but your card has me change my mind. Love how you have used the frame on that card as well.


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