I am really enjoying the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies, and today’s video shows one of the ways I love using them. I take a layer of (normally) Whisper White Cardstock, and a layer of Designer Series Paper (DSP), which are both the same size. With the two layers on top of each other, I lay them on the cutting mat on my Big Shot. I position my chosen die on the top, and crank them through the Big Shot. You can do the sheets one at a time if you want to die cut your “window” in different positions on each layer. This will also work if you use foiled, or thicker DSP. If you do, I recommend you run it through the Big Shot twice. In the video I showed about eight different DSP designs I have already run through the Big Shot. I have challenged myself to use each matching pair to make cards with, and then to share on my blog! The two cards may not be identical; in fact, they may be totally different from each other! Until I start my challenge, I really don’t know what’s going to happen! The card I made in today’s video is one of a pair. I’m sharing the other half of this pair here on today’s blog. You can see it side by side with its pair in the photograph above!With this DSP, I used the recommended colours, which includes the gorgeous Soft Sea Foam. This worked beautifully on the card with the Whisper White window, but I knew it would be too light for its pair. I made the second card while I was waiting for the video to upload onto YouTube. My plan was to use Shaded Spruce instead of Soft Sea Foam. When I tried, I decided it was too dark, so I went for Mint Macaroon. I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw how well it worked. The Lovely Lipstick flowers on these cards looks very velvety, and very tactile!I used Stampin’ Write Markers to do the colouring. When I coloured the flowers, I started by using Lovely Lipstick, bit I left the centre white. I went around the black lines on the edges and the sides a second time. This made that area darker, with a lighter area in-between. I painted some straight lines towards the centre of the flower in the areas I had left lighter. Then I painted some small thin lines on the white area in the centres. This is an easy way to paint character onto flowers fon non-colourers like me!
Yesterday morning I watched a video by US demonstrator Kelly Acheson. It was called Discount Shopper, and it was all about recruiting more crafters into her team. Discount shoppers is what Kelly calls hobbyists, and it really struck a chord with me! The name discount shopper is a far better name than hobbyist, because you don’t have to explain what it means. If you would like to be a Stampin’ Up! discount shopper, please email me at email@example.com! I’d love to have more discount shoppers in my team called Super Stars!
Today I’m going to Natalie’s Team Training in Crawley, with Amanda, who’s one of my Super Stars. She’s going to pick me up on her way through Coulsdon. If feels like absolutely ages since I last went to training! I wish you a very blessed Sunday, and look forward to being back with yu tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.