Saturday, April 28, 2012


Today I am taking part in a blog hop with eight friends, who are fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  We want to give you some ideas for using the gorgeous products in our recently-released Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue from Stampin' Up!  There are so many great stamps, dies and accessories in this Mini; it's pretty exciting!  The Mini catalogue runs through until the end of July.

You may have come from Ros Davidson's blog, to start today's 'tour'.  If not, don't worry - you can just click on the next person's name at the bottom of each blog post you come to, and soon enough you'll have 'hopped' around all nine of our blogs.  Please make sure you leave us some comment love, so we know you've been!

I have a couple of cards to show you, using the new Love & Laughter stamp set.  I've paired it with Stampin' Up!'s luxurious Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper, to create two elegant (I hope you agree!) wedding cards.

I used a Basic Black card base for this first card.  Although it's not really obvious in the photo, the strip of black paper along the top of the card is the flocked paper from Mocha Morning.  The sweet little gold-embossed flowers are one of the stamps in the set, and I think add a lovely touch.  How gorgeous is the wedding dress of sentiments, embossed in black?

Stamps: Love & Laughter
Card: Basic Black, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla
DSP: Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad
Other: Black embossing powder, Gold embossing powder, Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Basic Pearls, 1" and 1 3/4" Circle punches, mini glue dots

On my second card, I've used two of the sentiments from Love & Laughter, along with a new Labels Collection Framelits die.  LOVE these dies - there are 6 dies, all the same shape, but in graduating sizes, in the set.

To make this card, I simply punched out, with various sized circle punches, some papers from the Mocha Morning pack.  I adhered them to a piece of Very Vanilla card, then put the card in my Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, and ran it through the Big Shot.  I sponged some Crumb Cake ink over the embossed areas.  I rather like the 'weathered' (let's call it 'vintage') look that resulted from the paper cracking a little, when embossed.  A seam binding bow, and some of Stampin' Up!'s beautiful gold brads (why haven't I used these before?!), finish the card.

Stamps: Love & Laughter
Card: Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Basic Black
DSP: Mocha Morning Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Crumb Cake stampin' pad
Other: Gold embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Labels Collection Framelits die, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Metallic Brads, Mat Pack & Paper Piercing tool,  1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, stampin' dimensionals, sponge dauber, mini glue dots, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder

The next stop on the blog hop is the home of Amanda Hill who lives in Western Australia, and makes gorgeous scrapbook pages.  Be sure to click on Amanda's name to see what she has come up with, using new products.

Here is a comprehensive list of all participants in today's blog hop:

Ros Davidson

Christine Blain  (that's me!)

Amanda Hill

Tina Gillespie

Nikki Sadler

Di Dunk

Alisha Watson

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Sue Madex


  1. Two very beautiful cards, Christine. Love them both. I'm off to a wedding this afternoon so your cards were timely! Beautiful creations, as always xx

  2. Wow! Such an elegant post with 2 gorgeous cards! Love the colours you chose ... perfect to highlight the new goodies! What a clever idea for the second card! You are a star, Christine! Hugs xxx

  3. What elegant wedding cards - I love both of them. Just knew that script dress would look beautiful embossed - might just have to get that one after seeing your card.

  4. Wow Christine, these are stunning. Always need ideas for wedding cards and these are beyond perfect!!! TFS

  5. Stunning cards Christine. This is about the only set I ummed and aarred about I HAVE to have it! TFS

  6. Beautiful cards Christine. I love the new goodies.

  7. Such beautifully elegant cards Christine. Love them!

  8. These are lovely wedding cards Christine. Elegant and understated and perfect colour combinations. Just gorgeous.

  9. Lovely elegant cards Christine - I really love to punch shapes and then emboss the whole thing - gives a very textured finish almost like fabric doesn't it. I hope there are some lovely people out there who are going to receive these super cards xx

  10. Stunning cards Christine! Wow! Wow! Wow!

    Margaret Knoops

  11. Love all the texture & elegant colour schemes of your beautiful cards Christine, & yes, those little gold flowers are very sweet! Hugs :)

  12. Both of these are gorgeous, Christine. Love the all over embossed DSP.

  13. I'm simply loving the Wedding dress stamp card. Simply stunning!

  14. Such elegance Christine, they are both really beautiful, but the circle one just made me...oooh &