Pootlers Design Team – Just Keep Swimming – Week 4

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Welcome to week 4 of the March Just Keep Swimming design team blog hop.

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So this is the final week for the March Design Team and I feel a little sad. I have loved being part of this design team. For my final project I decided to go back to the bears as I really enjoyed using them in week 2.

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I made a small bag for a pack of gummy bears from vellum. I heat embossed using Real Red ink and clear embossing powder, which I stamped randomly on a sheet of  vellum before cutting it to 8 1/2″ x 5 3/8″.

On the long side I scored the vellum at 2 1/4″ and 6 1/4″. On the short side I scored at 1″ and 4 7/8″.

I cut away the excess vellum and rounded the corners on the flaps. I added adhesive to the bottom flap and the centre seam to create the bag.

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I cut the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits and stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I then stamped the bears in the same colours I used for the shaker card. (Week 2)

I cut a length of Sending Love Ribbon in Real Red and wound it around the bag twice securing it with a mini glue dot. I adhered the oval onto the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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So thats it! I was so pleased to be chosen for this design team and I’m sad that I’m no longer going to be doing these weekly projects. I hope you enjoyed all of these projects and I hope you continue to follow my blog.

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Pootlers Design Team – Just Keep Swimming – Week 3

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Welcome back to week 3 of the March Just Keep Swimming design team blog hop.

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I decided to use the gem stamp for this weeks project.

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To make this super easy project I made a card base from Pacific Point cardstock which I heat embossed using versamark ink and clear embossing powder, using the outline gem stamp.

I then cut a strip of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper at 1″ wide. I glued it to the front of the card and cut off the excess to match the width of the card base.

I cut a strip of scrap Pacific Point cardstock at 1/2″ wide and fishtailed the ends to fit over the glimmer paper. I then added a rhinestone to the each end.

I stamped the solid gem stamp with Pacific Point ink onto Whisper White cardstock and heat embossed the outline stamp over the solid blue image, using Versamark ink. Also, using the Pacific Point ink, I stamped the sentiment below the gem image.

I cut this out using the second largest circle die from Stitched Shapes Framelit dies and attached it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

And there you have it, a quick 15 minute card project for when you need a great card quickly.

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Pootlers Design Team – Just Keep Swimming – Week 2

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Welcome back to week 2 of the March Just Keep Swimming design team blog hop.

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So this week I wanted to make a shaker card with the bear stamp.

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To make the ‘Gummy Bears’ I used the following ink colours.

For the outline I used Pumpkin Pie for the orange bear, Crushed Curry for the yellow bear, Real Red for the red bear and Emerald Envy for the green bear.

For the solid colour & shading I used Peekaboo Peach for the orange bear, Daffodil Delight for the yellow bear, Watermelon Wonder for the red bear and Cucumber Crush for the green bear.

I repeatedly stamped into a die cut jar, stamped with Basic Gray ink, from Jar Of Love stamp set until it was full using post it notes to mask each bear so when I stamped the next bear it appeared to be behind the last bear.

I then cut some out and clear embossed four of them for the shaker part. I glued both of the jars onto a Basic Gray cardbase and assembled the shaker part using foam tape.

I wanted it to look like they were spilling out of the tipped over jar, so I glued a bear coming out of the jar and made the bears spill over the edge of the card.

Here’s a close up of the shaker part.

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Thank you for joining me this week. Please leave me a comment and don’t forget to check out the other ladies posts.

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Making The Most From Your Sentiment Stamps

In my last post I showed a photo of the inside of the card I’d made for the Pootles Design Team week 1 project.

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Whilst using Crazy About You stamp set I’d realised that there wasn’t a ‘Your’ stamp, only ‘you’ however there was a ‘Rock’ stamp that I could use.

I stamped ‘You’ onto Whisper White cardstock,  that I’d cut down for the inside of my card, using Night Of Navy ink.

I then mounted ‘Rock’ onto a block and masked over the ‘ock’ with a piece of post it note.

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I inked up the stamp and then removed the post it note

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I stamped the ‘R’ after lining it up with the ‘You’. I find this fairly easy as the stamps are see-through.

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So there you go, a quick and easy tutorial to make new words from existing stamps. Please leave me a comment and I will see you on my next post.

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Pootlers Design Team – Just Keep Swimming – Week 1

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I’m so excited to be a part the Pootler’s Designs Team for this month. Every Thursday throughout March, myself and 4 other ladies from our team will be showcasing projects made with the Just Keep Swimming stamp set.

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When I saw this set in the annual catalogue I flicked straight past it, so I was slightly worried that this was the Design Team’s stamp set for March. Then as I kept looking at the individual stamps in the set, ideas started to come to me. As I started playing with it I really fell in love with the set. So here’s my project for week 1.

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I used 5 stamps from the set, of which 4 of them make the monster. I rarely use Designer Series Paper – not because I don’t like it but because it’s so pretty I don’t want to waste it. I’d much rather look at it than cut it up! So what I like to do is make my own using stamped images.

Using Dapper Denim I inked up the solid image and stamped off onto scrap paper each time, before randomly stamping the image onto Whisper White cardstock several times. I then layered the ‘fur’ stamp in full strength Dapper Denim ink. I used Night of Navy for the face, legs and arms.

I cut a full A4 sheet of Night of Navy cardstock in half and then scored that in half to make a cardbase. I cut the handmade DSP a  1/4″ smaller than the cardbase and rounded the corners. This left a 1/8″ border. I used Tear & Tape to secure it.

Using the Banner Framelits, I cut out the second largest from Emerald Envy cardstock, the next size smaller from Dapper Denim and the next one from Whisper White cardstock.

Using the smaller Whisper White banner I stamped another monster, using the same technique as the background, in Emerald Envy and Night of Navy inks. To stop him floating I used Sahara Sand write marker to ‘ground’ him. I glued all of the banners together and I stuck them to the card with Stampin’ Dimonsionals.

I stamped the sentiments from the same set with Night of Navy ink and cut it out with the classic label punch and adhered them with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the tails of the banners.

To me a card isn’t finished without decorating the inside as well. For this, I simply added a mat of Whisper White cardstock in the same size as the DSP on the front and rounded the corners. I wanted the sentiment to follow on to the inside so I added 3 dots after Monster Hugs with Night of Navy write marker.

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I used Crazy About You stamp set for the additional sentiment but as you can see I was limited to the words in the set. In my next post I will share how I turned YOU into YOUR so it would make a sentence.

I hoped you liked my project for the first week, I’m really looking forward to sharing next weeks project with you.

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Pootlers Birthday Blog Hop -Birthday Blooms

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So it’s my turn to take part in the Pootles Birthday Club which can only mean one thing – yes it’s my birthday this month. Actually it’s next week so for once I have a birthday card made ahead of time & not the day before as usual. I did think it was a little weird to be making myself a card but at least this way I know it will be a card I love & probably the only handmade one I’ll receive.

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So for this card I thought I would use a colour combo that I’ve not used before which was Smoky Slate and Island Indigo. I wasn’t sure it would work but once I put the Melon Mambo flower on top everything just seemed to go so well together.

I inked the flower using basic grey ink but stamped off first to give a lighter finish. I then watercoloured the flower using the aquapainters and I used the ink pads as my medium, I then fussy cut the flower out of shimmery white cardstock.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, I would love you to check out the other birthday themed projects on this blog hop.

Click on the BLUE button to see what everyone has created!

Don’t forget to click through to the other ladies’ blogs and leave a comment.

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Watercolour using Rose Wonder

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So for this project I used the gorgeous stamp set called Rose Wonder. Using Rose Red ink and an aquapainter I coloured in the rose, using more concentrated ink for colour depth. For the leaves I used the same technique with Old Olive. I then matted it on to a Rich Razzleberry card blank. I then went over thr rose with wink of stella in clear to give the flower a shimmery finish.