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Friday, 2 February 2018

Global Stamping Friends - Love Blog Hop

Hi Crafters,

The wonderful Global Stamping Friends are back with another international blog hop to inspire your creativity.  This month we are feeling the love.



My project is a wedding congratulations card and I've gone a bit rustic!



I started with Cherry Cobbler card blank for my base card.  I stamped the Tree Rings background stamp in Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock and then roughed up the edges with a pair of Paper Snips.  This is a really easy way to add texture.  I tore a piece of vellum to create a border and then heat embossed "Congratulations" from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in gold.  My topper image is from the Always and Forever stamp set which co-ordinates perfectly with the background.  I used Very Vanilla cardstock and heat embossed in gold again.  Taking the smallest heart die from the Sweet and Sassy Framelits, I cut a Cherry Cobbler heart to match the card blank and raised this up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

I hope you have been inspired by our Blog Hop and are feeling the love too.  Up next is a fabulous project from Amber.  Just click on the image below to keep hopping.  If you get lost there is a list below showing all of the participants this month.  


Happy crafting,
Rachel x


1.    Libby Dyson 
2.    Anastasia Radloff  
3.    Erica Jones  
4.    Tricia Butts
5.    Cheryl Algie 
6.    Jan Musselman   
9.    Karie Beglau 
10. Rachel Macleod  ***You are here***



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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Petal Passion with Peekaboo Peach!

Hi Crafters,

As promised, I'm back with a project featuring the Petal Passion Suite from Stampin' Up!'s Spring/Summer 2018 catalogue.  I adore this suite and I'm sure you will too. 



I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock to make my card blank and lightly inked the edges in Peekaboo Peach to create a frame.  I lightly inked up the stripey embossing folder from the Petal Pair set in Peekaboo Peach and ran that through the Big Shot with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I cut the foliage from Basic Black cardstock and adhered with Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  To create the scalloped circle layer, I inked a piece of Whisper White cardstock giving a subtle finish.  I also stamped my sentiment in Peekaboo Peach and die cut with the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  

Happy Crafting,
Rachel x


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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue Top 5

Hi Crafters,

Today's post is a little different as I'm sharing my Top 5 favourite products from the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer catalogue.  The catalogue will be available until May 31 but you may see some of the products again in the new Annual Catalogue from early June.  You can click on the cover image in the sidebar on the right to view the entire catalogue electronically.  If you would prefer a hard copy, simply send me an email with your name and postal address and I'll post one out to you.  

Number 5 - Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder


You can find this beauty on page 13 of the Spring/Summer catalogue but it's a little tricky to spot.  Take a look in the bottom right hand corner of the page and you'll find the folder peeking out at you!  The folder is 6" square and produces a 3D sequin design, which is perfect for those moments you need just a little something extra on your project.  

Number 4 - Myths and Magic Specialty Washi Tape


The Myths and Magic Specialty Washi Tape really needs to be seen to be believed.  It is so sparkly and the star design is my all time favourite washi tape ever!  When you add this to your order, you'll receive three designs and in three widths:  3/16" (5 yards), 3/8" (5 yards) and 1/2" (7.5 yards) or 0.5 cm (4.6 m), 1cm (4.6 m) and 1.3 cm (6.9 m).  Be sure to check out the entire Myths and Magic Suite featuring fire-breathing dragons, wonderful wizards and mystical mermaids!

Number 3 - Lots of Happy Card Kit


The Lots of Happy Card Kit is an all-inclusive kit which means you receive everything needed to create 20 beautiful cards.  The kit comes with a set of seven photopolymer stamps, ink, embellishments, watercolour pencils, ribbon and more.  Stampin' Up! have also created a how-to video on assembly so putting your cards together will be a breeze.  

Number 2 - Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies


The Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies are a must-have for any crafter.  The main die is used to make a handy box that measures 4-7/8" x 3" x 5/8" (12.4 x 7.6 x 1.6 cm).  You could easily use this as a gift card box or wrap up some chocolate for an extra indulgent treat.  There is also an opportunity to purchase this set of dies in a bundle with a fabulous stamp set.  I've included a link at the end of this post in the Product List.

Number 1 - Petal Passion Suite



Stampin' Up! really have excelled with the Petal Passion Suite.  The monochrome palette looks fabulous paired with a pop of colour.  The stamps and dies can be used together or separately to create stunning projects and the Memories and More Card Pack really adds the perfect finishing touch to the collection.  The Designer Series Paper is beautiful and can be used for a variety of special occasions.  I'll have a post featuring this Suite on Wednesday 31 January so be sure to check back then.

Now that I've shared my Top 5 products from the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer 2018 catalogue, I would love to hear yours.  Simply leave a comment on this post to let me know. 

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Mixed Metallics

Hi Crafters,

Today's card features mixed metallics.  I've only recently been converted to combining gold, silver and copper but I love how this card turned out.  I've also used some new watercolour paints by Kuretake to fill in my main image.  You can pick these up from Amazon (non-affiliate link above) and they are spectacular!  Stampin' Up's Petal Palette stamp set offers so many crafting opportunities.

I chose to use the large floral image but I stamped twice, turning the stamp between impressions to create a mirror image effect.  


This card really shimmers in real life - almost like Wink of Stella but in paint form.  Check out my Instagram stories later today to see the magic!  I started with a piece of Basic Black cardstock and stamped the floral image from the Petal Palette stamp set in Versamark, heat setting with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I used the Kuretake Starry Colours watercolour paints to fill the image in Red Gold, White Gold, Light Gold and Champagne Gold.  


My sentiment comes from the Banners For You stamp set, cut out using the Bunch of Banners Framelits dies.  I used Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder for the banner outline and Archival Basic Black for the greeting.  I raised the die cut on Stampin' Dimensionals attached behind the heat embossing.  This required military precision adhesion!  I added three groups of sequins in gold, silver and copper as my finishing touch. 

Do you have a favourite crafting product to pair with your STampin' Up! goodies?  I really love these paints and can't wait to try more. 

Happy crafting,
Rachel x


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