Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What's New at SU Blog Hop with the Peaceful Poppies Suite

I'm so pleased that you are joining us for our hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ With Exciting Ideas to share with you. Our theme this month is the Peaceful Poppies Suite from the Jan. - Jun. Mini Catalogue! I hope you'll find some exciting ideas to help you!

The products from the Mini Catalogue that I'm using for my project today are the Painted Poppies stamp set and the Poppy Moments Dies. I am also using a label die from the Painted Labels Dies and a sentiment from the Honey Bee stamp set. Here's a closer look:

  • The Peaceful Poppies Suite itself is based on deep, rich colours like Real Red, Poppy Parade, and Blackberry Bliss, and you can find hundreds of examples of those on Pinterest. But I have been loving pastels lately, and wanted to see what this set would look like done up in the less intense colours, so the palette I've used here is Whisper White, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizzazz, with a little Champagne Foil and Basic Black thrown in there.
  • Of course, there was no appropriate paper for a background among the patterns in the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, so I went back to the Annual Catalogue and the Bird Ballad DSP for that sweet border of Petal Pink with white dots.
  • I used the texture stamps from the Painted Poppies stamp set to add the splotches in Petal Pink to not only the white background, but also to the poppies themselves. These were then die cut using the solid poppy dies from the Poppy Moments Dies.
  • The poppy outlines were die cut from Petal Pink cardstock with the poppy outline dies from Poppy Moments as well, glue applied very sparingly, and then they were matched to the solid poppy backgrounds and glued on.
  • The centers of the poppies were die cut from Basic Black cardstock and adhered to the project. The solid leaves were die cut from Soft Sea Foam, while the shadows were die cut out of Pear Pizzazz cardstock, glue applied and stuck to the left side of the solid leaves.
  • The full label was die cut using the smaller label from Painted Labels dies. The sentiment, from Honey Bee stamp set, was stamped on a duplicate label and die cut the same way, then trimmed down smaller to show the border in Champagne foil.                                                                                                                                                                                   
I hope you enjoyed my design with the Poppy Moments Dies. Now please hop on over to Loni Spendlove's blog to see what's new with SU in her world:

Or try moving back to Brenda Copper's blog for her creation:

Here's the list of bloggers in our What's New At SU January Blog Hop to help you keep on track:

Please take a moment to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know how you liked my projects or ask me a question about the technique used. Don’t forget to scroll back up and keep hoppin’ with us! – Thank you!

Keep Creating!
Heather Cooper

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First Wednesday Post: A Heads Up!

Heads Up!
This is my first post today and it is just to give you a heads up that my normal post will be published a little later than usual today as I'm part of an international blog hop demonstrating What's New at SU! Stay tuned and come back at 1 pm today to enjoy a blog hop featuring the Peaceful Poppies Suite and demos from different parts of the world with their take on the products in the suite! I'm sure you'll enjoy it! I always enjoy the other Bloggers tremendously!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Lovely Lily Pad with Lily Impressions

It was quite a Sunday for me! I had such wonderful plans of getting a lot accomplished, but alas, it was not to be! So I found myself up really late, finishing off my card for today's post and then writing this. But before I go into why my Sunday didn't go as planned let me show you the lovely things you can make with all the Lily Pad products in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! For my card today, I used the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, the Lily Pad Dies and the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper. All are rewards that you can earn just by shopping for your favourite products in the Stampin' Up! Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue or the Stampin' Up! 2019-20 Annual Catalogue! The stamp set and DSP can be earned by spending $60 in one order (before tax and shipping)each. The dies need you to spend $120.

But without further ado, here is the card:

  • You can see one of the designs of the gorgeous hand-painted impressionistic designs of the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper in the background of this card.
  • The border design is die cut from Granny Apple Green cardstock with one of the Lily Pad Dies.
  • The Lily images are stamped in Versamark ink on watercolour paper and embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. The gold outline really works well with all the rich colours in the background.
  • The two flowers are then watercoloured using Bermuda Bay ink and Aqua Painters. To do this, I first laid down a wash of Bermuda Bay ink with the wet Aqua Painter, not worrying too much about shading. Then I took just a damp Aqua Painter with very little water, if any in the barrel and "dry brushed" on the same Bermuda Bay" but in areas where there would be shadow, such as the center of the plant and any areas where petals overlap.
  • I die cut the large lily and the small bud using the coordinating dies and added the large lily with Stampin' Dimensionals, tucking the bud underneath using Snail or glue dots.
  • The sentiment is from another Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Sending You Thoughts and it has a second part to it for the inside of the card. The second part says "You'd be better already." I punched the outside sentiment out with the Timeless Label Punch.
  • While I was at it, I did another version of the card with White Stampin' Emboss Powder and Melon Mambo ink for painting it in. Which do you like better?

So I had several phone calls and messages that were lovely to have, but overall, had the effect of taking up all the crafting time I had in the afternoon after church and after we got back from shopping for some watercolour painting supplies, as I plan on taking some watercolour classes soon and I got a gift card to a local art store for my birthday. They just happened to be having a sale on watercolour supplies this weekend, ending Sunday, so I had to shop yesterday. Saturday I was doing my big Catalogue Launch so shopping was out that day. (More on that Wednesday)

In the evening we attended a Blanket Exercise event. No, it's not fitness for sleepy people. It's an exercise to begin the process of healing and reconciliation between the "settlers" and the indigenous people of our country, who have been subject to terrible human rights violations that still go on to this day. It's a very powerful event in education and awareness raising, and I'm so glad I attended, but I didn't get home until 9:30 pm and it was at that point that I finished my cards and started writing the blog post.

So, in the interest of the health and happiness of those around me, I will now cut this post short and head to bed! Happy stamping!

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