Stampin’ Up! Picturesque Birthday card

Stampin’ Up! Picturesque Birthday card

Last Friday my husband, Pete, celebrated his birthday and one of the books I gave him was the Lonely Planet Epic Surf Breaks of the World.

I knew Pete would love adding more surf breaks to his bucket list – as I type this blog he is surfing down the south coast – and I knew I’d love looking at the incredible illustrations by the illustrator, Ross Murray, like this one below.

To make a matching card in a similar graphic style I used the Stampin’ Up! Picturesque stamp set, combined with one of the stamps from the Oceanfront stamp set. Thanks to Laurie Alexander, a USA Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who gave me the idea to combine the two sets.

I chose a vibrant palette of blues and purples, however you can really use any colours with this graphic stamp set.

The colours are so vibrant in this card it was hard to take a good photo that didn’t look overexposed!

This stamp set is photopolymer, which makes it super easy to line up the layers of colour, however, the bottom stamp that I’ve stamped in Starry Sky can easily bend, so I used my grid paper in the Stamparatus to line up the stamp before stamping.

The Stamparatus is a must have for creating this type of landscape as you often have to go back a restamp the larger stamps to ensure saturation of colour and coverage.

Other products used include the large palm die from the Palm Dies, the happy birthday stamp from the new On The Ocean stamp set and some In Colour Starry Sky twine.

The inside of the card has a a palm stamp from the Paradise Palms Stamp Set, with a Highland Heather sun – why not!

I’ll be back this Wednesday March 1, with the AWH Colour Creations team to showcase Rich Razzleberry. I hope you can join us then.

Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog Hop #6 – Tropical Holiday

Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog Hop #6 – Tropical Holiday

Welcome to Bronwyn’s sixth Birthday Blog hop! You might have come to my blog from Vicki Arrowsmith.

We’re a group of stamping friends who are celebrating Bron’s 60th Birthday in 2022 with six blog hops, over six months, with six fun themes! Tonight is our final blog hop and it’s also Bronwyn’s actual birthday. The theme for our cards is “Tropical Holiday” because Bronwyn is relaxing right now on a tropical holiday in the location of our header image below – Port Douglas!

I intended to create a lush card full of greens and vibrant pinks but ended up with a totally different colour scheme. Hopefully it still conveys the relaxing feel of a tropical holiday even though there is not a single green leaf on the card!

For the vibrant tropical sky I’ve used the amazing “Rays of Light” background stamp – I love this stamp and I seem to be reaching for it all the time at the moment. The image of the woman with the sun hat and glass of wine is from the “In The Moment” stamp set. I’ve also used the Paradise Palms stamp set.

To layer the woman with the sun hat and glass of wine over the top, I stamped in Stazon onto a window sheet. You could just as easily stamp directly onto the stamped background as well. I was going to colour in the stamped image of the woman, but in the end I decided to go with a monochrome colour scheme instead.

The palm trees and grass are die cut using the Palms dies and the clouds are die cut using the Give it a Whirl dies. I love combining different Stampin’ Up! products to create scenes.

The sentiments on the front and the inside of the card and the palm trees on the inside are from Paradise Palms Stamp Set that coordinates with the Palms Dies.

Next up on Bronwyn’s Birthday Blog hop is Jan McQueen. I can’t wait to see what Jan has created today!

Here’s the full list of participants in the Blog Hop – hop along to be inspired by what everyone has created. 

Bronwyn Eastley

Leonie Stuart

Julia Quinn

Tina Gillespie

Monica Formosa 

Lou Kitzelman

Chantell Randall

Jan Clothier

Nikki Spencer

Elizabeth Gross

Vicki Arrowsmith

Catherine Proctor – you are here!

Jan McQueen

Vy Tran

Vicki Boucher

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or by clicking on the links below.

Product List
Palms Dies

I’ll be back tomorrow night with a Christmas project and again on Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations blog hop where we will be showcasing Evening Evergreen.

Until then, wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Parakeet Party Paradise Palms card – Week 2 AWH Colour Creations

Parakeet Party Paradise Palms card – Week 2 AWH Colour Creations

Welcome to week two of our Art with Heart 2022-23 Colour Creations blog hop! We are showcasing each of the 5 new In Colours for the first 5 weeks before we feature our core colours in alphabetical order.

Our second new In Colour is Parakeet Party, a vibrant lime green that is almost fluorescent. This colour screams happy and demands to be noticed!

Here’s what Parakeet Party looks like in comparison to the other current Stampin’ Up! greens – we have so many gorgeous greens to choose from I had to shrink this image down to fit it on the page!

My card today is very quick and easy to make and shows just how gorgeous Parakeet Party looks with blue/green colours. The background is created using three different blending brushes and these three colours: Pool Party at the top, Parakeet Party in the middle and Bermuda Bay at the base.

The palm trees and grass die cut in Basic Black cardstock using the Paradise Palm dies really pop against this vibrant background.

The sentiment is from the Paradise Palm stamp set, heat embossed in white and die cut using a Potted Succulent die. I really enjoy making gender neutral designs because they are so versatile.

This scene takes me back to very happy time, sitting on a Hawaiian Beach and watching the sunset with my boys.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Kathryn Ruddick – I can’t wait to see what Kathryn has made this week!

If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants below.

Tina Gillespie

Diane Furniss  

Andrea Sargent  

Amie McIlroy

Kate Morgan

Christine Blain

Michele Taylor

Rachel Woollard

Rosa Leyden

Theresa Gerrard

Ros Davidson

Sharon Davern  

Rachel Palmieri 

Catherine Proctor – you are here!  

Kathryn Ruddick

If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

Next Wednesday we will showcase another new In Colour – Starry Sky, a very deep blue.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx

Cath xx

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