Sometimes you come across a stamp set with co-ordinating dies that have so many possibilities it’s hard to know where to start.
This is one of those sets. Eastern Beauty is available as a bundle (which means you get a 10% discount, yay!). Honestly you could go on and on and on with all the different combinations of stamps and dies.
There are also dies that have no matching stamps, but go wonderfully with the rest of the set and give even more possibilities.
I used just a couple of combinations on these cards that I needed as thank you cards. I used the new In Colors which look good together too.
To go with this suite there is also some speciality Designer Series Paper, Eastern Gold vinyl stickers, and Mini Tassel assortment. I haven’t used any of those here, but you can use them to compliment the stamps and dies if you wish.
If you were looking for just one bundle, I would recommend this one. It’s useful for masculine cards too which can sometimes be a problem.
Here’s what Stampin’ Up! have to say about this bundle:
Give it a go, I don’t think you’d regret this bundle.
Today’s card uses the High Tide stamp set which is yet another one that I couldn’t decide whether to buy or not. After seeing lots of lovely cards made by fellow demonstrators though I took the plunge.
The lighthouse is two step stamping to give the shadow and dimension but it’s not hard to do.
I used a Post It note to mask off first the sky, then the sea to sponge them on. I used the Tree Builder punch to make the mask for the clouds, and after sponging the sea I used the stamp in the set to add the darker waves.
I added the birds right at the end.
All in all not the kind of card I’d usually make but I like it, and will be making more!
A little reminder. If you have vouchers from purchases in July you only have a few days left to use them on your August orders.
Not long to go til the Seasonal catalogue goes live! Lots of exciting stuff to come.
I made this card for my father-in-law for his birthday. He likes the sea so I thought he might like this card too! I’ve tried to make it a tranquil card, and I think I succeeded.
I die cut a circle out of some scrap paper and sponged the sand, sea and sky in the middle, it’s an effective technique to use.
Then I added the die cuts from the Colourful Season bundle. This is such a diverse set with extra dies that don’t match any stamps, the Adirondack chair being one of them. Aren’t the cherry blossoms cute too.
I stamped on the birds afterwards. The sentiment and the wading birds come from the now sadly retired Wetlands stamp set, but there are currents sets with birds that you could use instead. One of them is the High Tide stamp set – the flying birds are from that set but there are wading birds in it too.
The Colourful Seasons bundle has lots of stamps and dies for all seasons so I’ll definitely be using it again, I feel like I’ve barely begun to use it to its full potential.
Stampin’ Up! have a video which shows more of this great bundle:
This card is made with one of the stamps from Fairy Celebration. When I first saw this stamp set in the annual catalogue last year I liked it, but didn’t know whether I liked it enough to buy it.
Well, after it carried over to this year’s catalogue I caved in, and I’m glad I did. One piece of advice for you: if you want to watercolour the images as I did, then you do need watercolour paper. Textured paper or thick cardstock won’t do.
I used an Aquapainter, but if you had a paint brush that would do fine. I tried not to use too many colours – Rose Red, Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky and Powder Pink.
I used Stampin’ Up! Basic Black archival ink so that the colour wouldn’t run. The backgound mat paper is from Naturally Eclectic because I thought it went well with the image.
Now to try out the other images in the set. I’m thinking one of them would make a good shaker card – watch this space!
It’s August so it must be Christmas, yippee! Stampin’ Up! have released a bundle – stamp set and dies -from their new Seasonal Catalogue early. You can buy it throughout August, before the Seasonal Catalogue goes live on September 1st.
Here it is:
I’ve had a little play, and there are lots of different combinations. This card uses the tree dies and one of the large seentiments.
Here are some more samples:
Click on the images in the table below if you’d like to buy – the bundle is available at a 10% discount – (€54/£40.50 for clearmount), or you can buy the stamp set and die set separately.
Here’s the video that Stampin’ Up! have made showcasing the bundle;
Now then, if you like this, and would like to get your hands on more seasonal stuff before September 1st there is a way. If you become a demonstrator in the month of August you’ll be able to order from the new catalogue – contact me for more details if you live the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany or Austria.