Monday, August 13, 2018

Rooted in Nature - The Crafty Carrot Co


Hello, hello!!! Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set


This stamp set is is a universal, all season set with beautiful art work, phrases and fonts. Picture these trees in on a project for Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter; in the South Pacific environment or here in the Canadian Rocky Mountains! You can truly create all of these, just by adding ink!



Don't let this overwhelm you! The designers at the Crafty Carrot Collective are here to help! Today we are giving you a taste of this bundle with this blog hop. If you shop or subscribe with us in July, you will have access to our exclusive weekly tutorials in September (again, all featuring this stamp set). 
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Kangaroo's by the Sea - #GDP151


In the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue by Stampin' Up!©, there are a number of adorable "Sea" inspired stamp sets (Lilly Pad Lake, Fabulous Flamingo and High Tide are just a few), so it is no wonder that the Global Design Project challenge this week is "Take me to the Sea".

We are landlocked here in Alberta, Canada; so my collection of "Sea" inspired stamp sets is, well, slim to none! The closest stamp set that I have is Animal Outing. Kangaroo's live near the sea, right?




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EMBOSSED LEAVES
The embossed leaves on the Whisper White background are created with the leaf die from the Animal Friends Thinlits and the new Embossing Plates. This means that the die that would originally be intended for cutting, now becomes an embossing die! Watch this quick video from Stampin' Up!©:





I used Stampin' Blends to color my kangaroo and was really happy with how he turned out. The last thing that I colored was the koala's nose, but I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, rather than the Blends. Doing so, left his nose a stark, black color; in contrast to the light color of kangaroo. I tried to "lighten" the nose by adding Clear Wink of Stella (glitter pen). I am still not 100% happy with it. But I was not wanting to start over again, so I decided to leave it as is. Oh, well! 


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Monday, August 06, 2018

Be Happy - #GDP150


Lovely As A Tree made it's debut in the newest Stampin' Up! Catalogue at the beginning of June. If you can believe it, this is the first time that I have used this popular bundle! I created my handmade card today, inspired by the Global Design Project Challenge #GDP150.




I stamped my three leaves on the background Whisper White Cardstock by using my Stamparatus and doing the hinged stamping technique. Check out this video from Stampin' Up! to learn this technique - you are going to love the perfect placement of the stamps!!!



The Nature's Root Framelits have two types of dies ... dies that dry emboss and dies that cut. You will see my Tranquil Tide leaf has a textured pattern. First, I ran the leaf vein embossing die through the Big Shot machine with the new Embossing Mats. This die only embosses and does not cut out the leaves. Next, I ran the coordinating leaf framelit through with the to cut the leaves out.

Why two dies? Versatility. What if you want to add a textured leaf pattern as a background, without cutting out each leaf. This textured die allows you to do just that. Should you want the leaves cut out, then they provide a second, coordinating die, to allow you to do just that.

Now, you do not NEED the embossing mat for this to work. It does give you a better embossed image, but you can certainly do it with your standard cutting pads.

I will say though, that if you want to change a "cutting" framelit to emboss; then you are going to need these mats! This means that ANY if your thinlits and framlits can be turned into embossing dies!!!!!



The Big Shot Embossing Matts are $21 CAD (item no 146327). A great value considering that it doubles the purpose of the dies that you already own!

Watch this video from Stampin' Up! to see the Big Shot Embossing Mats:



Card Inside

To create my project color combo, I pulled a couple colors from the Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper - Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide and Blackberry Bliss. Then I added Night of Navy and Calypso Coral!



Visit the Global Design Project to see what the design team has created this week, using this inspiration sketch. You will also find dozens of projects created and shared to our page, from followers around the world. You are always welcome to post your projects too! Learn more at the GDP.


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Monday, July 16, 2018

Country Style - #GDP147



Howdy! This week the Global Design Project challenge is "Country / Farm life!". 


What a unique theme, eh? I started my project brainstorming by pulling my favorite stamps that remind me of the country ... Jar of Love was a definite, you don't get more country than a mason jar! Y'all know that one of faves is Wood Words, so that was thrown in the mix too. 



Paired with the country theme, the Delicately Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper looks like chicken wire. This specialty paper is stunning! One side is a vanilla color, as I have used, and the other is Whisper White. The package comes with 8 laser-cut sheets with a variety of patterns. Be sure to use Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Fine-Tip Glue Pen to hold in place. It is delicate to work with but so worth the patience!





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