My stampin' up! blog - Stamping Scene

Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Have you heard the BUZZ?

The buzz is new month, new challenge and a new card for the Moving Along With The Times monthly challenge.  Diamante is the theme and I love a bit of bling so I've added Noble Peacock rhinestones to my mixed media Honey Bee card.  

I started with watercolour paper and added different colours in a wash to create a background.  On top of this I sponged clouds using a mask and created my own mask with die cut vellum using the honeycomb die from the Detailed Bee dies which coordinate with the Stampin' Up! Honey Bee stamp set.

I added a gesso circle layer then also used the same home made stencil to add embossing paste and the leftover colour on the stencil/mask blended with the paste to give a shimmer of colour.

Using Stampin' markers I added flowers and ink splatter to the piece.  I white heat embossed the beehive onto watercolour paper then colour washed it to blend it with the background but deepened the colour to the edge to make it stand out too!  The bee is heated embossed with silver and then I carefully added colour with an alcohol marker.

I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the clouds, because every cloud has a silver lining, even though it's not so easy to see on my card or in real life right now.

Simple white embossing on black card for just as simple a sentiment.

Come and join us with the MAWTT challenge .  It's on all month so you have time to make a Diamante card.  You can also check out the new Ornate Garden Suite on the new Stampin' Up! UK website.  This suite includes it's own bling in the form of foiled papers and gilded gems. 

Thanks for stopping by. Zoe x

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Candles from the least expected place!

Hello friends I hope you are all keeping safe and well in this crazy world.  It's been somewhat different with lockdown here in the UK, but we are adapting and watching our crazy puppy I'm beginning to think that life would right now be fun to be a dog, blissfully unaware of the dangers your humans face and you get to look this cute.

Rita chose our Christmas Card Club challenge today and it is for us to use Candles.  I currently don't have any candle stamps so decided to create candles using the most unlikely set from Stampin' Up! called A Big Thank You.  
It is a set with borders and petals that lend themselves to being a candle and a flame so there's the history in a nutshell of my candles.  I decided then to add them to a bauble and so it went on.  

I created a stencil using circle punches then sponged and masked each bauble into place.  I made sure the ink was dry before masking again to first add the gold heat embossed candles and then the top bauble i 'clapped' some water drops onto it and left them just long enough to lift some colour before patting dry with a paper towel.  This gave some detail to the rear bauble.  
I added some black sequins and rhinestones along with a gold foil card border or two and some fussy cut bows that I stamped with a sweet little stamp from the set Nine Lives which you guessed it is all about cats their bows and balls of wool toys.  The strings I drew in with a black marker and ruler and a simple sentiment. 

I went for a fairly traditional colour scheme and used Pear Pizzazz and Shaded Spruce for the greens and a blend of the two for the smallest bauble.  I just might do this technique for another CC Club challenge coming up as it makes for some simple but effective baubles.  

Keep well everyone and have a good week. 

Crafty hugs Zoe x