Sunday, 24 May 2020

#CTC270 CASE Your Favourite Punches/Dies Week 2

This fortnight the crew are CASEing their favourite retiring punches or dies from either catalogue. I've gone with a die I thought I really needed at the time and have hardly used - can you relate? I still think it's great and need to give it a good workout to see whether I love it or lose it.

I've used a base of thick Whisper White cardstock. Initially I diecut a puzzle from Petal Pink cardstock and a piece of Bird Ballad DSP using the Puzzle Pieces dies and was going to mix them all up - however I decided that's not what I was after and ended up making two separate cards instead.

I've used the inlaid embossing technique. I randomly adhered the puzzle pieces to a piece of white cardstock and then embossed it with my Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder - another item I'm sad to see retire. I've matted one card with a piece of Petal Pink cardstock and the other with Pretty Peacock cardstock and added to the bases.

The greetings are from Peaceful Moments and stamped in Pretty Peacock ink onto Whisper White. I've punched this one out with the Everyday Label punch and added a Starburst punch shape in Pretty Peacock, with a couple of pieces of Petal Pink Metallic Edge ribbon. I've popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

The greeting for the next card was added to a Rectangle Stitched diecut that was left over from another project. I've added it to a Pretty Pink Starburst punch shape and went without the ribbon as it was busy enough with the DSP but still popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by. We hope you'll play along and show us what your favourite retiring punch or dies are using the link over on the right.

Let's now visit Monique and her lovely butterfly cards:

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Social Stamping - Animals

A little late to the Social Stamping Blog Hops being hosted by the lovely Kelly Kent, but managed to get there eventually. Kelly was inspired to get a group of stamping friends together to craft and share their ideas each week as a welcome distraction to the worry and uncertainty happening around the world at this time. This was also a way to help fill the void when classes couldn't be held and social distancing was common place. 

If you'd like to check out the other blog hops and the themes telling a different part of the Covid story each week click on Kelly's name above.

This week's theme is 'Animals'. That's right up my alley with 2 dogs and 2 cats residing with us. Our pets, like many others, have enjoyed the extra human company and adjusted easily to seeing us - especially the dogs. The downside is they get a little more stressed when they need to be left but I don't think we have that problem on our own.

Today I've gone with the retiring Animal Outing stamp set and Animal Friends dies. This set always reminds me of my Australian Stampng friends, so I felt it fitting to dust them off for today's hop.

Kenny couldn't help checking out what I was up to when I headed outdoors for the photo.

My base card is thick Very Vanilla cardstock. The top layer is Old Olive embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing folder. I spritzed the card first and it really holds the texture well, I've wrapped linen thread around the top and adhered this to a mat of Smokey Slate. 

The greeting is from Stitched All Round and I'll be sorry to see it leave.It's been inked with the Black Memento stamp pad onto Very Vanilla cardstock and I've used a Painted Labels die for the shape. The images are stamped with Black Stazon onto watercolour paper and coloured by swiping an ink pad or marker onto a non porous surface and picking it up with an aqua painter. 

I've worked out where I wanted everything to sit and stuck them all down with multi purpose liquid glue, tying a bow around the linen thread to finish.

Thanks for stopping by, next up we have Vicki: #keepstamping everyone :)

Sunday, 17 May 2020

#270 CASE Your Favourite Punches/Dies Week 1

This fortnight the crew are CASEing their favourite retiring punches or dies from either catalogue. I've decided to give a shout out to the Elephant Builder punch, he's a little bit cute and probably hasn't had as much action in my craft room as he should have.

Onto a base of thick Whisper White cardstock, I've adhered a mat of Daffodil Delight and then a top mat of Basic Gray which was embossed with the Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder.

I've diecut 5 of the large elephants from Best Dressed DSP and 4 from Daffodil Delight cardstock, reversing the number for the diecut ears. The eyes are from Basic Gray, after constructing 8 of the elephants, I've glued them on to the mat. 

The last elephant has been reversed and had a greeting from Botannical Bliss stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink. I was going to cheat and drop the ear, but it just didn't look right, so a little fiddle and he was popped onto the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Hope you can find time to play along and let us know what your favourite punch or die is - just  use the link over on the right to add your photo.

Please pop over to my friend Lauren's lovely floral creation: