Well, this is a first for me. My good friend Monica asked me to participate in the Stamp to Share International Design Team Bloghop (organised by Sandi MacIver) for this year. I laughed at first and then thought, you know what, that would push me out of my comfort zone and be a good challenge to get my teeth into. I'm a bit technically challenged so I hope I don't mess things up on the 'hopping' side of things! The other girls promised to help if need be so I'm in good hands.
The first bundle we were asked to create with was 'Lift Me Up', the gorgeous hot air balloon stamps and thinlits on page 10 of the spring/summer catalogue. I decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone and make a home deco piece and a welcome card for a new baby in our family.
Of course it had to be with girly colours so I went with Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron and Pink Pirouette, tempered with some Tip Top Taupe. I used a lot of Stampin'Dimensionals for the letters and the clouds for a 3D effect.
The baby's name is Jessica but her middle name Isabel has a special meaning so I wanted that to appear also. Putting the date on was a challenge as I didn't have any number stamps the right size, with some clever SU! marker work on some of the letters of the 'brushwork alphabet' set (the z and the m stamp) I managed to get a ressemblance to 23 for her birth date.
I hope the mirror looks good on a wall in Jessica's bedroom.
So then came the card, same colours and a bit of watercolouring with the re-inkers on the balloon. I used SU! watercolour paper, soaked it with my aqua painter and then added a few drops of ink while it was wet. I admit that I wasn't happy with the effect at first and I almost gave up on it but when it dried I was pleasantly surprised. A touch of ribbon threaded through the holes links back to the ribbon on the mirror.
Did you notice the little teddy bear in the basket? He's from the Santa's Sleigh bundle which is carried over from the autumn/winter catalogue. I also had to cut the stamp 'welcome to the world' as it wouldn't fit in the bottom square. Have you done that before? Quite a useful little tip to make our stamps more flexible.
So, there we go, my first 'Stamp to Share - International Design Team' article, I hope you like it and that it gives you some ideas, I've listed below most of the products and colours used, a click will take you to my store.
Now it's time to go and see what the rest of the 'Stamp to Share' Designers have come up with for this week's challenge. Click the button below to Hop on over to the lovely Monica Gale's blog.
If you get lost along the way, here is a list of our Design Team members:
Monica Gale - UK
Amy Koenders - USA
Kylie Bertucci - Australia
Sandi MacIver - Canada
Paula Dobson - New Zealand
Caroline Van der Straaten - Netherlands
Barbara Becker - Austria
Nadine Koller - Germany
Moira McIlroy - France (you are here).
Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.