Welcome to our casual monthly Blog Hop for August. This month we are showcasing some of our favourite retiring stamp sets. The current catalogue ends on 31 August and as with every catalogue some favourite sets get retired. It is funny how favourite sets end up going to the back of the pile when something new comes along - isn't human nature fickle? So this is a good opportunity to ink them up again and remind ourselves why we loved them.
You may have come from the blog of Di Dunk, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post. This month we have 7 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their inspiration and the full list of contributors is at the end of the post.
The first project I have for you uses the 'Great Friend' stamp set. I love that most Stampin' Up! stamp sets give you a coordinating range of stamps with images and sentiments so that you can produce a complete project without much effort and this set is a great example. The layout is based on the sketch from Mojo Monday 203 . I've used one of my favourite colour combos of Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry and Pink Pirouette, with a dash of Pear Pizzaz.
|Card stock & Papers||Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Brights Pattern Stack (Rich Razzleberry)|
|Ink||Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry|
|Accessories||Small Pink Rhinestone brad, 1/8" white Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls strip|
|Tools||Finial Press Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Eyelet Border punch, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals|
The second project uses the 'Friends 24-7' stamp set and the great sentiments set, 'Occasional Greetings'. Both of these sets will be 'keepers' for me. I've also used the Dotted Scallop border punch that is coming in the new catalogue that starts next Friday 1 September (woohoo!). I already love this punch as the dual edge makes it really flexible. This is another of my favourite colour combos - Basic Grey and Pretty in Pink with a dash of Regal Rose. I've added a border of 'bling' using sticky strip and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. This is a super easy way to use and contain glitter.
|Stamps||Friends 24-7, Occasional Greetings|
|Card stock & Papers||Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Neutrals Pattern Stack (Basic Gray)|
|Ink||Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink,|
|Accessories||Dazzling Diamonds glitter|
|Tools||Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Border punch, Word Window punch, Sticky Strip, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals|
The last project uses the lovely 'Eastern Blooms' and the flexible 'Basic Phrases' sets with another favourite colour combo of Soft Suede and Baja Breeze from the gorgeous 'Elegant Soiree' Designer Series Paper. There seems to be a strong trend towards script and flourishing sentiments at the moment, but I love the simpliciy of 'Basic Phrases' and it suits the 'eastern' look of this card. I've stamped the outline flower in Soft Suede onto the DSP, cut them out and popped them up on the branch. The vase is punched from the DSP with the extra large oval punch and cut off at the top and bottom with the edges sponged for definition.
|Stamps||Eastern Blooms, Basic Phrases|
|Card stock & Papers||Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper|
|Accessories||Basic Pearls, Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon|
|Tools||Extra Large Oval punch, Corner Rounder punch, Crimper, Sponge dauber, Dimensionals|
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The next stop is the lovely Alisha Watson. Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.
Thanks for 'hopping' by!