Welcome to our monthly Casually Crafting Blog Hop! The theme for our hop is – Love & Appreciation
So who are we? We are a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who just love to stamp when ever we can. We particularly love the type of cards that are simple and easy to make with just a few products. So would ideally suit beginner and casual crafter’s . We will be sharing our ideas on the 3rd Friday of each month and you can hop around the group and gather loads of inspiration. So grab yourself a cup of your favourite beverage, sit back & enjoy the hop!
Casually Crafting – Love and Appreciation
I ‘m still away on my trip, following the England Cricket team in South Africa so I am still working with a restricted number of items from my hand luggage. I am absolutely loving my time in this beautiful country and this week we have been travelling down the Garden Route before we head to Port Elizabeth for the 3rd Test.
Sharing the love – Parisian Beauty
I’ve been fortunate to visit some pretty romantic places during my travellers, but nowhere quite speaks to me like Paris. So for this blog hop I just had to grab the Parisian Beauty Bundle for this project. This pretty bundle is part of the stunning Parisian Blossoms suite and is priced at £40.50. Just add some note-lets or embellishments to get to a £45 order and you get to chose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. BONUS! Trust me there are some super cute stamps, punches, patterned papers to pick and who doesn’t love a bargain
With Valentines coming up I wanted to make a card for hubby that wasn’t gushing flowers, hearts and my go to pinks and purples. He really doesn’t do mushy or girly! I opted for a pared down palette of Black White and Mint Macaroon.
I had already embossed the piece of Mint Macaron using the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing folder. How adorable is this Embossing folder? The depth, detail and quality of the emboss card is simply wonderful. One of those must have all occasion products . I then gently wiped a Whisper White Ink pad across the surface to highlight the stunning scrolls. Its such a simple, yet effective technique.
TIP: Whisper White ink is a thick, opaque consistency so do give it plenty of time to dry so you don’t get smudges. In a hurry don’t worry! Just use your heat gun to dry the ink.
The topper is simply stamped with variety of the images from the stamp set in Black and Mint Macaron Ink. I then used a sponge dauber and some Mint Macaron Ink around the edges to soften the edges. I think it makes the whole card look a little more romantic and dreamy.
The dies in this set are so delicate and chic, so I used the Amour and cute scroll in basic black with some simple diamante to finish the project. Hopefully my hubby will like it. What do you think?
Sharing the love – All my Heart
Love and appreciation isn’t all about Valentines and hearts. My second card is for those peeps who just want to show their love or appreciation. Quick and simple to make, so easy to assemble in a hurry or alternatively make a bunch and have them ready to grab when you need them.
I grabbed the adorable Painted Poppies stamp set simply & stamped the Poppy & the sentiment onto some Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. To add a vibrant dash of colour I then stamped the background stamp in Poppy Parade (well with a name like that I had too! LOL). The texture is just amazing. A little dab of Wink of Stella in the middle of the poppy, just brings the flower alive.
I mounted the images onto a piece of the Peaceful Poppies patterned paper using dimentionals added a bow of bakers twine and then adhered the topper to one of our notecards. Add a few dimante & you are done. Super quick and easy.
So what do you think? French chic or Simple Florals? Which do you prefer? Please let me know in a comment.
You may have arrive from Hilary’s blog or started here, but do go hop onto the next blog which is the uber talented Barry. Just click on the photo and it will take you straight there.
And the rest of the blog Roll
The lovely Heather is joining us this month.
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