Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Stampin' Up! - Thanks for being you

Hi Crafters,

I'm back with another entry for the Global Design Project challenge blog.  This week is all about being thankful with a theme of thank you.

This a great challenge as everyone will think of something different and this is my entry:

I started with Mint Macaron cardstock and made a bespoke card blank.  I embossed a piece of pink card from the Love Blossoms card pack using the Fluttering embossing folder.  I covered this with a piece of Stampin Up vellum which is superb quality and embosses like a dream.  To create the top and bottom panels, I used the Birthday Bouquet designer paper series and cut the edge with the Large Scallop Edgelit die.  

For my sentiment I stamped onto Whisper White card in Pink Pirouette and Mint Macaron using stamp sets - Blooming Love and Suite Sayings.  My sentiment is also popped up using Dimensionals.  I layered three of the butterflies from the Butterfly and Bold Butterfly thinlits to give extra dimension.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:
Global Design Project - #GDP027

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Stampin' Up Crafting - #GDP026


I recently signed up as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and really love their products.  The stamps are so versatile and the matching dies make life so much easier.  The Global Design Project challenge this week features a sketch and I've made a card to join in.

This is the sketch:

I've made a new baby themed card and here is my entry:

I started with a Crumb Cake card blank and used a piece of Whisper White card to stamp the Brushstrokes background stamp in Soft Sky.  My main image is stamped using the Something for Baby set in Daffodil Delight and I used the matching dies called Baby's First.  My sentiment is from a set called Teeny Tiny Sentiments and I love this set as it covers every occasion.  I cut it out with the Bitty Banners die set, another favourite and mounted with Stamping Dimensionals.  Finally, I added three white star sequins to complete my card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Global Design Project - #GDP026

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Elliott's Angels DT - Sunflower Hi!


I have another card on the Hope and Chances blog today and I've included a tutorial for the Spellbinders Create a Sunflower die set.  Here is my card:-

And here is the side view to show off the dimension of the sunflower

I started with 7" card blank and added layers in yellow and pearlescent brown.  My pattered paper is from the Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather pad and this is definitely my favourite!  I used the Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One die set to create my wave between the two patterned papers.  My sentiment came from Spellbinders Phrase Set One and its layered onto a cut down die cut from Spellbinders Labels Thirty Seven and the speech bubble from Spellbinders Snapshot.

My sunflower was made from the Spellbinders Create a Sunflower die set and I loved watching it take shape.  I started by cutting all the petals and centres.

Then I shaped around my finger before gluing in place with Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

It's important to offset each layer to give a full flower.

I'm sure this would look great in different colours and no one needs to know it's meant to be a sunflower!  I attached my sunflower to my card with some 3D foam pads for added dimension.  If you fancy having a go, head on over to the Hope & Chances Shop to pick up the sunflower die set and it's on sale.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Stampin' Up! - Love and Global Design Project #GDP019


I'm back again but this time with a card for the latest Global Design Project challenge #GDP019 and the theme this week is Love!  We had our SU! Team Training this morning and I used this challenge as my inspiration. 

I started with the Love Blossoms card pack and stamped from the Bloomin' Love set to make a background in Pink Pirouette.  I attached two small slivers of Silver Glimmer Paper to a piece of White Whisper paper which I had stamped with another of the Bloomin' Love stamps in Night of Navy.  I cut my heart from the Bloomin' Heart thinlit die set and stamped again with the Bloomin' Love set to enhance the flowers.  My sentiment also came from that set and was cut with the Bitty Banners die set.  This is definitely a firm favourite of mine.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Elliott's Angels DT Post - Celebrate Shaker Style!

Hi Crafters,

I'm back with a first!  My first ever shaker card - but definitely not the last!  I have used products from Hope & Chances Creativity and found they co-ordinated really well.

Here is my shaker card

I started with a white card blank and embossed the front using an A4 Spellbinders folder called Garden Lattice.  My patterned papers are from Lawn Fawn's pad called Sweater Weather.  The papers really are lush!  My main shaker element was made with the Spellbinders Labels Forty Nine Decorative Elements die set.  I added an inked background which had been stamped with Spellbinders Celebra'tions #Sweet set in Metallic Brass Wow Embossing Powder.  To cut the aperture, I used the Spellbinders 6 x 6 Matting Basic B set.

I started by fussy cutting each of the elements from the paper but realised this would take most of the year so I switched to a hole punch!  One of the fussy cut acorns can be seen peeking above the Celebrate stamp!

My tree was cut from the Spellbinders Trees set and I love this design  - so versatile and pretty.  Here's a close-up which shows the lovely pattern on the paper from Lawn Fawn.

Don't forget to visit Hope & Chances Creativity.  You might see some pre-order Spellbinder sets!  Ssshhhh!

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Monday, 11 January 2016

Elliott's Angel DT Post - Celebrate You

Hi Crafters,

I'm back on the Hope-Chances blog today featuring a card with Spellbinders dies and stamps.  Yes, you read right - Spellbinders stamps! Woo Hoo!

My main topper was made using the Spellbinders Labels 49 Decorative Elements, inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade.  I added a die cut wreath from the Spellbinders Wreath set and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany.  My patterned paper is from a Lawn Fawn paper pad called Sweater Weather and is also available in the Hope Chances shop.  I love this paper pad and the quality is great.

I created my embellishments from the Spellbinders Acorns set and curved them around my finger to give dimension, raising up with foam pads.

My sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with WOW Embossing Powder.  The original stamp says "For You" but I masked the "For" before inking, then uncovered and only the "You" stamped.

And now for a close-up!

Be sure to check out the Hope and Chances shop - loads of great products at fantastic prices.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Global Design Project

Hi Everyone,

I've made a card for the Global Design Project challenge (#GDP014) and this week the theme is a sketch.

Of course I used Stampin' Up products and this was my creation.

I used Mint Macaron cardstock for the base card and the layered a piece of Whisper White cardstock on top.  My main topper was made from the grey cardstock from the Neutrals pack and I embossed this with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I lighted coated the embossing with white ink.

I made the trees from the Peaceful Pines set using Soft Sky and Elegant Eggplant inks.  I used the Perfect Pines framelits to cut out the trees.  I popped the middle tree up using dimensionals.

The Stars Confetti Punch was used for the top of the card and my sentiment was from the Happy Scenes stamp set, cut with the Bitty Banners, which fit perfectly.  I stamped this with the Elegant Eggplant ink.

And now for a side view

How about a close up!

Happy Crafting,
Rachel x

Saturday, 5 December 2015

My Take on Sketch Saturday

Happy Saturday Crafters,

This morning I have been crafting away in my craft room with the Christmas music on full blast!  You can't beat a bit of Jim Reeves to get you in the Christmassy mood!  Sketch Saturday have a brand new challenge up so I thought I would join in and this is the sketch.

This is what I made, using mostly Stampin' Up products as I've recently become a demonstrator.

I started with a 7" card blank in white and layered up some navy card and then white glimmer paper on top.  It's super sparkly and perfect for Christmas.  My light blue layer is embossed with the Softly Falling Stampin' Up embossing folder.  I added a strip of white glimmer paper and topped this with a piece of navy paper that had been punched with the Stars Confetti Punch from SU.  My ovals were cut and embossed using Spellbinders Classic Ovals.  I used the Cozy Christmas stamp, in Soft Sky, set for my sentiment and added some stars for the finishing touch.

Now for a close-up of the sparkle!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday #390
A Gem of a Challenge #159 - Anything Christmas Goes 

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Elliott's Angels DT - Dec 25

Hi Crafters,

I have been cracking on with my Christmas crafting and I have another post on the Hope and Chances blog.  This time I've used three Spellbinders die sets.

I started with a white card blank and added a green patterend paper.  This paper actually came free with a magazine.  I cut the Spellbinders Holiday Greetings die in kraft card and layered on top.  My twine is from Creative Expressions and I've had it for quite a while.  

I used Spellbinders Lacey Circles for my topper and added some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn, popping it up on foam pads.  My numbers were cut from Coredinations cardstock from the Spellbinders Victorian Numbers set.  The embossing and debossing on these dies are really fabulous.

Check out the blog and shop for more inspiration and to treat yourself to some lovely new crafty goodies. There are some amazing sale prices too.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Elliott's Angel DT - Holiday Greetings

Hi Crafters,

It's Christmas again over on the Hope and Chances blog and this time I've used the Spellbinders Holiday Greetings die.  This one is on sale too - grab it now!

I matt and layered navy and silver mirri card.  My main white layer has been embossed with the Spellbinders Holiday Magic M-bossabilities folder.  For my main image, I cut two strips of navy card and two of silver mirri card from the snowflake row on the die.  I relaid the opposite colour snowflakes into the negative.

My snowflakes were cut from white card and layered onto 3D foam pads.  I added a gem to the biggest snowflake for some bling.  I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I cut the banner shape using scissors.  The trick for this is to cut a straight line in the centre and then use that as a guide, cutting from each corner inwards.

I hope you are all well on your way with your Christmas crafting now.  Keep an eye out on the Hope and Chances blog for more inspiration.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x