Susan Simpson - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Stampin' Up! - Grateful Bunch (for Coffee & Cards)

UPDATE - due to unforeseen circumstances the Tuesday Coffee and Cards meeting will now be held in Huntingdon.  If you would like to join us please message me asap and I will give you directions.  Apologies for the short notice. 

Hello, this week at Coffee & Cards we will be using a stamp set called Grateful Bunch which has some lovely flowers and a gorgeous lacy border stamp too.  It is one of the new sets in the Spring/Summer Catalogue and this has been the first chance I've had to use it.  The stamp set comes as part of a bundle with a matching punch (= 15% saving), this saves lots of time cutting out the flowers!

I found a card on Pinterest made by a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Cindee Wilkinson that really caught my eye, I loved the colours she had used as they were not a combination that I was immediately drawn too.   You can see her original post here

I went with a combination of Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron inks and made two similar cards but used different techniques to colour the flowers.

On this sample I used my Stampin' Write Marker pens to colour the flowers - they give such a lovely, intense colour.  I was having so much fun punching out the flowers that I did not even see the larger flower on my stamp sheet. Instead I used an image from my Flower Shop stamp set but, once I spotted my silly mistake I really think I prefer the matching flower image that I used in my second card! 



For my second card I used a simple watercolour technique.  I scribbled some ink from the Stampin' Write pens onto an acrylic block and then used an Aquapainter to colour the images.  Using an Aquapainter gives a much softer look and enables you to get more colour variation, it also makes it much easier to curl the edges of the flowers too!


I stamped a matching insert too:



Here are both cards with their matching envelopes.




I used an alcohol pen to colour some basic jewels in black for the first card and I left both cards blank as I prefer to add sentiments as and when I need to. I will bring some sentiment stamps with me for you to choose from if you prefer.

The tiny splodges are from what is fast becoming my joint favourite stamp set; Timeless Textures.  I stamped in the first colour and then overstamped the second colour slightly offsetting the image - I love this effect! I prefer the second card I made (the one on the left), partly because I think the larger flower in the middle that is in this set looks better than the alternative one I used first!

If you would like to join me for a relaxed crafting session, this week you will be able to choose which method you prefer to colour in your images whilst enjoying a drink and perhaps a bite to eat.  I can be found at the following locations each week:

Monday 

Venue:  The Grand Piano Cafe Bar, Godmanchester
Time:    10 am - 12pm 
Cost:     £3.00 - a second (or third) card can be made for just £2.50!

Tuesday

Venue:  Stugles of St Ives Coffee Shop (opposite Hyperion Antiques)
Time:    2:30 - 4:30pm
Cost:     £3.00 - a second (or third) card can be made for just £2.50!

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you.  

Details of the products I used to create this project can be found below.  If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place your order for you.


All orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a little thank you from me if you use the current Hostess Code: JY2VTRCD (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.


Susan xx



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