You may have come to my blog from Ros Davidson's blog, but if not, don't worry - you can do a full circle, and get to visit the blogs of everyone involved in the 'hop' today, just by clicking on the link at the end of each participant's blog post.
I have a couple of cards to share with you today. I'm a bit excited about the first one, because I've used a medium that's new to me, in cardmaking. I can't sew, and was a bit unsure what to do with the cute Summer Smooches fabric I received as a 'freebie' at Stampin' Up! Convention this year. I decided to try adhering some fabric to a piece of cardstock - so I simply covered a piece of Whisper White card with my Anywhere Glue Stick (which has square edges, making it super-easy to cover a card panel). I smoothed a piece of bright, flowery fabric over the card, and ran it through my Big Shot, using my trusty Top Note die. Check out the cute result, below! The sweet little sentiment is from a lovely new stamp set called A Fitting Occasion.
Stamps: A Fitting Occasion
Card: Real Red, Whisper White
DSP: Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Tempting Turquoise and Real Red stampin' pads
Other: Summer Smooches Designer Fabric, Top Note die, Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon, 1" Circle punch, Curly Label punch, sticky strip
My next card features Summer Starfruit, one of the five new "In Colors" that will be in Stampin' Up!'s range for two years. I've watercoloured one of the images from the new hostess stamp set called Summer Afternoon, and teamed it with some gorgeous Comfort Cafe paper, which has Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede patterns - love it!
Stamps: Just Believe, Summer Afternoon
Card: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze, watercolour paper
DSP: Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper
Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (not SU!), Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze and Old Olive stampin' pads
Other: Blender pens, Regals brads, Victoria crochet trim, Lots of Tags sizzlits, Itty Bitty shapes punch, Basic Pearl, sponge dauber, mini glue dots
The next stop on the blog hop today is Nikki Sadler's blog. We'd love it if you visited each of our blogs, and left us a comment so we know you've been. We hope to inspire you to use your new Stampin' Up! products in different ways.
Here's a complete list of all the people taking part in today's blog hop, in case you lose your way at any point:
Ros Davidson http://www.rosdavidson.typepad.com
Christine Blain http://www.christineblain.blogspot.com (you're here!)
Nikki Sadler http://www.inkyart.com.au
Margaret Knoops http://www.purplebuttons.wordpress.com
Tina Gillespie http://scissorspapercard.blogspot.com
Di Dunk http://www.stampartbydi.typepad.com
Sue Madex http://www.madexcreations.com