Thank you for stopping by my blog – Stamping Flair. Today I’m participating in a Blog Hop with my fellow demonstrator friends from the Facebook group ESAD. It’s great that you are able to join in the anticipation and excitement of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue which launches 4th June by taking a look at a variety of beautiful projects featured in this Blog Hop.
You will find lots of inspiration in the projects that are shared. Make sure you visit each one and check them out. I’m certain that you will fall in love with the suites and individual products featured and then have a very long wish list just like I have!
I have chosen to feature the Bird Ballad suite which is from Pages 90 to 92 of the Annual Catalogue. I have also highlighted one of the new In-Colours which is my favourite. Can you guess which one it is?
Take a look at my blog header for a clue!
Yes…you’re right – It’s none other than Rococo Rose. I just had to!
There are a number of products that coordinate to form the Bird Ballad Suite.
Products in the Bird Ballad Suite
- Free as a Bird stamp set (Item No. 149468)
- Stitched Nested Labels Dies (Item No. 149592)
- Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin (Item No. 149595)
- Scalloped Lace Trim (Item No. 149593)
- Bird Ballad Trinkets (Item No.149594)
Buying the stamp set and dies as a bundle saves you 10%. Look for the 10% off sign in the catalogue to save on bundle purchases. Bird Ballad Bundle Item No. 151123.
A new feature in this catalogue is that you can order a complete set of products in a suite using just ONE product number. So, for instance, when you just NEED the the Bird Ballad suite (wink, wink) you won’t have to enter 6 different item numbers. You just enter the one Item No. 152190, making it easy to get everything you want in one simple step. This type of simplified ordering is featured throughout the entire catalogue so keep a look out for it.
Double Embossed Card
Nesting dies in general are a favourite tool of mine and I can see these Nested Label Dies getting a lot of use by me. There are 9 dies in the set. With the stitched edging it gives a lovely finish to the label.
I have used these dies in a few ways on this card. First I have used it to partially emboss the cardstock, then I used it to emboss the outline of the die into the cardstock and lastly to create a frame.
To prepare the shims I used the cardstock that backs some of our Designer Series Paper packs. You will need 3 pieces of cardstock at 14.8 x 10.5 cm which is the size of the card base.
A. Align the die according to which part of your card stock you don’t want embossed. In this case, I wanted the empty space in the centre so I set my die and secured it with washi tape. I ran it quite a few times through my die cutting machine. However, as it was so thick it didn’t cut through but it left a deep indentation which made it easy to cut through with my paper snips. Just cut from the edge of your cardstock and then round the shape (this won’t affect the process).
B. Prepare another 2 pieces like this. Instead of running through the die cutting machine this time, I used the first piece as a template.
C. Attach the 3 pieces together with a couple of strips of washi tape.
D. Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock at 14.4cm x 10.1cm. Using your die as a template, pencil in the shape on the cardstock.
Partial Embossing Sandwich for Big Shot
The number of shims (cardstock) will vary according to the thickness of your embossing folder. This is what I used for the Layered Leaves embossing folder which is a thicker style folder.
- Big Shot Platform
- Embossing Folder with Whisper White cardstock inside
- Shims on top of closed embossing folder. The opening should line up with the drawn label on the Whisper White cardstock
- Blue silicone sheet
Run this through the Big Shot and you will have an embossed outer section with a blank centre. Next I used the same die to create an embossed outline for the centre using Embossing Mats.
Using 2 smaller dies I die cut a frame from Rococo Rose cardstock. Doesn’t that stitching look lovely?
Now for my centrepiece – those beautiful birds. I stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock in Stazon ink. Watercolouring this image was what I had in mind but I had done the unthinkable and ordered ink pads without refills so I found a work around. I inked up some Clear Blocks with Rococo Rose, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay and used the ink on them to watercolour the birds with an Aqua Painter. Sometimes this can give a little bit more control over the colours as it’s not so strong as ink refills.
I stamped 3 lots of these birds so I could layer them for depth. The other colours I used for the rest of the image were Mossy Meadow, Terracotta Tile and Early Espresso.
To add a dash of colour to the partially embossed cardstock. I lightly watercoloured some Bermuda Bay in the centre. Then I inked up Clear Block A with Daffodil Delight, stamped off and then lightly stamped over the Bermuda Bay. This created a subtle background for the birds.
The sentiment has been stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock and embellished with the lovely Bird Ballad trinkets. These have a lovely vintage feel to them and look really cute. Here I’ve added a cluster to work in with the rest of the foliage.
Laser Cut Card
My second project uses the laser cut cards which come in a beautiful Petal Pink keepsake tin. You get 12 laser cut cards with envelopes in this tin.
I stamped a smaller piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with So Saffron and Coastal Cabana Ink using the Artisan Textures stamp set. Then I adhered this to the back of the laser cut panel which gave a lovely background.
The sentiment has been heat embossed in white and layered on some white Flax ribbon and the new Woven Threads ribbon. When the stitches are cut on this, it creates tassels and looks really cute.
If you would like to have a copy of the new catalogue, please get in touch with me and I’d be glad to send one out to you.
Enjoy hopping your way through all the blogs and I hope it inspires you to get creating with these new products.
Blog hop participant list:
- Lou Kitzelman
- Rochelle Blok
- Kelly Kent
- Jo Stubbings
- Nicole Wilson
- Denise Buetler
- Sandra Mastello
- Rochelle Laird-Smith – You are here
- Siobhan Fitzsimmons
- Shannon Kissane
- Libby Dyson
- Jo Weedon
- Peta Stephen
- Carly Middleton
- Lisa Whitehead
- Bronwyn Eastley
- Cathy Pinchbeck
- Monique Fielder
- Rebecca Scurr
- Richelle Fletcher
- Jackie Noble
- Mandy Depiazzi
- Sharon Dalton
- Maree McIntosh
- Samantha White
Product List for 1st Card – Bird Ballad Suite plus the following
Product List for 2nd Card – Bird Ballad suite plus the following