Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pinkies New Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

We're so glad you could join us on our Blog Hop. We'll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping. We love comments, so please do tell us what you think!

Hopefully you have arrived from the lovelCatherine's blog. I love what she has done with the Papillion Potpourri stamp set and isn't the matching punch just fabulous? No fiddly cutting out required!

So let's get "hopping" - the stamp set I chose to use is Fine Feathers. I think I have said previously I love birds so this was an stamp set I had to have! The clear mount set retails at £11.95 for 5 stamps - bargain! 

I have made a selection of cards using all the stamps from the set. The first card uses the pheasant feather image - I wanted to make it look like I had written the sentiment with the quill.  Have you spotted the card used for the top and card base? This is Naturals White which is new! It is fabulous for the "aged and distressed" look as it is flecked in appearance rather than a brilliant white. The sentiment from Curly Cute was stamped in Early Espresso ink and then the feather lined up using the
 Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped in the same ink.  A piece of Victoria Crochet Trim was wrapped round the card and topped with a piece of the new Stitched Grosgrain ribbon in Early Espresso and a button from the new Natural Designer Buttons tied on with Linen Thread. The Early Espresso mat was punched at the bottom using the Scallop Edge Border punch.

Card number two uses the Naturals White card again. The feather images were stamped using Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Summer Starfruit inks. The Designer Series Paper is from Comfort Cafe - isn't it lush? It is probably my favourite pack in the new catalogue. The sentiment is from Curly Cute again, stamped in Cajun Craze ink (using the Stamp-a-ma-jig again to get it straight!). A Cajun Craze button from the Regals Designer Buttons was tied on with a piece of Linen Thread. The mat is a piece of Soft Suede card which was run through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. The edges were all sponged with Crumb Cake ink using the new Stamping Sponges.

My final card uses the peacock feather image - it was also tricky to get a decent photo! The feather image was stamped in VersaMark ink onto the Naturals White card and then embossing using Gold Stampin' Emboss® Powder and the new Heat Tool. Colour was then added to the feathers using Island Indigo, Soft Suede and Gumball Green Inks and an Aqua Painter. The edges were sponged with Pool Party ink. A piece of Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon was wrapped round and the tags added. I love these little tags - they are from the Tiny Tags stamp set and punched out with the Jewelry Tag Punch and tied with Linen Thread. This piece was then matted onto a piece of Pool Party card and a Pacific Point card base.

 Here is a close-up of the embossed feathers and tags - aren't they pretty?

Here is a list of the Stampin' Up! products used to make today's cards:

Stamp Sets: Fine Feathers (£11.95), Tiny Tags, Curly Cute
Inks: Versamark, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Pacific Point, Gumball Green
Cardstock: Naturals White (£6.75) Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Pacific Point, Pool Party
DSP: Comfort Cafe (£9.95)
Punches: Jewelry Tag, Scallop Edge Border
Big Shot: Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 
Other: Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (£4.50), Ruffled Ribbon, Linen Thread, Crochet Trim, Naturals Designer Buttons (£5.50), Regals Designer Buttons, Stampin Emboss Powder, Aqua Painter, Stamping Sponges (£3.25), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Heat Tool

If you would like to order any of these products please either email me or give me a call on07530 368466    and I will be happy to help. 

I am really pleased with how the cards came out. I would love to hear what you think so please leave me a comment!

The next stop is Paula who has used the Serene Silhouettes stamp set - which happens to be one of my favourites from the new catalogue. She has some fabulous ideas for you.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and have a crafty weekend!


  1. Gorgeous cards Nicky. Had totally overlooked this stamp set but you have converted me with your lovely projects and as you say such a bargain! Nx

  2. I love this stamp set Nikcy and what you have done with it is fab! Great idea to emboss the peacock feathers. Gill x

  3. A M A Z I N G !!!!!! I love all of them and will have to get the set not, great inspiration. Thanks for sharing Sx

  4. Stunning cards - Jacqueline xx

  5. The embossed feathers are so effective, beautiful xx great cards xx

  6. Another set I have overlooked...thanks for showing the possibilities!xo

  7. Your cards are georgous! I think that feather set is very fun to use!

  8. I LOVE the peacock feather card. That is stunning!! I have been looking at this set and wondering what the feathers would look like embossed. They are even lovelier than I had imagined. Definitely on my 'to buy' list now. Absolutely lovely projects Nicky xx

  9. Definitely a stamp set that I wouldn't have normally looked at, but after seeing you projects Nicky I'm definitely converted. Really lovely ideas xxx

  10. Love all of these cards Nicky what a fab job you have done to showcase this set x