Wednesday, March 13, 2024



This week's Colour Creations blog hop is all about Real Red, one of the Stampin' Up! colours that has been in the range for MANY years!  I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for nearly 15 years, and it has long been a favourite.

I am showcasing the gorgeous Cake Fancy stamp set tonight, using this colour combination:

In my early Stampin' Up! days, I used a similar colour combo for Christmas cards (but using Chocolate Chip, a long-retired warmer brown).  The birthday card I've made is a little rustic-looking, due to the colour scheme, but with a bit of added bling.

How yummy does this chocolate and caramel cake, topped with red berries, look?!

On a panel of Crumb Cake card, I repeatedly stamped "Birthday wishes", at different angles, using Crumb Cake ink.  I sponged around the edges of this piece of card with Crumb Cake ink, and attached to the bottom third a piece of Perennial Lavender DSP (with the edges also sponged using Crumb Cake ink).  These pieces are matted on a Real Red card layer, then a Thick Basic White card base.

When building my cake, I first stamped the cake stand in Real Red ink on Basic White card, then added an Early Espresso layer of cake.  After cleaning the ink off the stamp, I turned the stamp around to stamp the middle layer in Crumb Cake ink, so the shading on the cake was not uniform.  I flipped it again to stamp the top Early Espresso layer.  The bow/twine stamp is a gorgeous little detail, don't you think?  My regular followers may notice I added no ribbon to my card.  It just looked too much, with the stamped bow.

A layer of Crumb Cake icing/frosting was added to the cake, before a liberal addition of Real Red berries.  I cut out the finished art piece with a Scalloped Contours Die.

The flowers were stamped in Real Red ink on Basic White card, and fussy cut before being glued to the cake.  I added Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems to the flower centres, and in a couple of other spots on my card front.

Here's a closer look at the delightful detail, particularly of the cake stand.  How sweet are those dotty scallops?!

I stamped the first part of the sentiment in Early Espresso ink, directly onto the scalloped rectangle panel.  The second part of the sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink on Real Red card, then heat-embossed in white.  I used a Happy Little Things Die to cut it out.  I love this pack of two cute little sentiment label dies, just recently released as an Online Exclusive product (ie, it doesn't appear in a current catalogue, but is available to purchase from my online store).

Next up on tonight's blog hop is Di Furniss:

If you come across any broken links, or would like to see a full list of participants in this week's blog hop, head over to Catherine Proctor's blog.  Cathy does a fantastic job of co-ordinating our Colour Creations shares every week, year-round.

Listed below are all the products I used to make my card.  If you live in Australia, and would like to shop with me for your Stampin' Up! supplies, you can get to my online store by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below.

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  1. Rachel Woollard13 March, 2024 20:31

    Yummo, what a gorgeous card Christine! Beautiful Real Red flowers and berries!

  2. Such a yumm, yummy, card, Christine. I need a slice of chocolate and caramel cake, topped with red berries right now! I might have to add this bundle to my next order - I really love the scalloped edge of the cake stand too.

  3. Thanks for pointing out the cake stand, it really is pretty with the scalloped edge. I like the way you've added sweet berries and flowers to the cake too Christine.

  4. Yummy! I love some raspberry, I mean red berries on my cake too. Can I have a slice, please! It looks good enough to eat! Love the detail with the table cloth and the dotty scallops!

  5. Oh yes please, what a glorious looking cake, yummy enough to slice up for a big piece of yumminess. Love the background stamping with the sentiment and the DSP selection is perfect.

  6. Theresa Gerrard25 March, 2024 14:11

    Oh yes I remember how you used to use a similar colour combo for your christmas cards and yes I'd love a piece of the yummy cake. I actually hadn't realised there was no bow until you mentioned it!