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Monday, May 7, 2018

Flowers in the kitchen

Considering I keep thinking I don't need any more flower stamps it's funny how often I find myself creating flowers from stamp sets that don't have them.  Like when I sat down to design my project for the What Will You Stamp Challenge Design Team for this week's challenge WWYS167 - Apron of Love.

Apron of Love is a fun stamp set that can be used to make great cards for lots of different occasions.  There's 'thinking of you', 'get well soon', 'thanks for being there in a pinch', and lots of other sentiments including separate 'friend', 'Mom' and 'Dad' sentiments.  The images include a large apron with two different pockets plus lots of little images to decorate the apron too and it's great for feminine and masculine cards.  Of course having coordinating Framelits dies doesn't hurt either.

For my Design Team project I started with the image that included the whisk, and it just grew from there.

Card for Mum created using the Apron of Love Stamp Set and a card from the Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack from Stampin' Up!

I made sure that my utensil image with the whisk was completely clean and then I covered all but the whisk head with a piece of sellotape.  I inked up the whisk using the new Lovely Lipstick ink pad, took off the sellotape and stamped the image onto a piece of Whisper White Card.  I repeated this process 5 more times to create a flower with 6 petals.  Then I created another flower with 6 petals in exactly the same way and cut them out using Paper Snips.  The two flowers were then fixed together with a spot of Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).

I decided to use the largest of the flowers from the small image in the stamp set to add a centre to my flower (large is relative here).  To do this I wiped my assembled flower with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static, then inked up the flower image with VersaMark ink and covered all but the largest flower with a piece of sellotape.  I could then stamp the flower onto the centre of the assembled flower piece.  I sprinkled the VersaMark with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, tapped off the excess and removed some stray specks before melting the rest with my heat tool set on 2 (high).

It was only at this point that I began to think about the background for my card, I considered using an embossing folder, and I considered using some Designer Series Paper (DSP), but in the end I pulled out the new Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack and chose this lovely 3" x 4" card in Blackberry Bliss with the sentiment printed in White, Mint Macaron and Grapefruit Grove.

Not surprisingly there's no foliage images in the Apron of Love Stamp Set, or in the Framelits, but not to be deterred I decided to use my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform to cut out some returning Mint Macaron Card using the die with the spatula, tongs, wooden spoon and slotted spoon.  I cut three sets of these pieces and trimmed down the handles with Paper Snips.   The spatula simply wouldn't work, but the others had promise so using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I arranged some of the die-cut utensils on the Memories & More Card, and then added the assembled flower on top with a Stampin' Dimensional. 

The card base is another new product from the Stampin' Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue, they're called 'Whisper White Memories & More Cards & Envelopes'.  They'll be sold in packs of 10 in two sizes and the card bases are really thick.  The large size is designed so you can attach a 4" x 6" card from one of the Memories and More Card Packs to the front and still leave a 1/8" border around the edge.  The small size, as you can see from the main photo, is designed for the 3" x 4" cards leaving a 1/8" border around the edge.  I simply used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach my embellished 3" x 4" Memories & More Card to the front of the card base.

On the inside of the card I used the returning Blackberry Bliss ink to stamp 'Mom' in the centre, then used Blackberry Bliss ink stamped off onto some scrap paper to add the '  ...ever...' sentiment above and below it.  This was really simple as the stamp set is made of photopolymer so I could see though it and my acrylic block to get the placement just right.

The envelope has a simple heart stamped onto the centre of the flap using the new Lovely Lipstick ink.

So perhaps my card is a little quirky, but you know what, I really like that flower with stripy petals.  You'd never know it started life in the kitchen as a whisk!

Have you ever used a stamp image to create something totally different?


This project was designed for the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Design Team gallery and if you hop over to the blog you'll see other projects created by the Design Team using the Apron of Love Stamp Set.

If you have this stamp set we'd love to see what you can create.  Simply create a new project and upload a photo to the What Will You Stamp? Challenge gallery.  Every week we randomly select one person to be our weekly winner and they get bragging rights, a badge to display on their social media, and the chance to be our Guest Designer two weeks later.  It might even be you.

What Will You Stamp? Challenge WWYS167 - Apron of Love (May 7 to 12, 2018)


In case you haven't already heard, later this week my daily blog is moving to my new website  I'll be leaving all my previous blog posts and projects here on my Stampin' Up! website so you'll be able to look back at them, but if you want to see my new projects you'll need to visit the new website.  The easiest way to keep up to date is to subscribe to my new blog.  You'll receive an email each morning if I've posted something new in the previous 24 hours, and you can either read the post in the email or click on the link to go directly to it on my website where you can see all the photos and embedded videos.  I do hope you'll subscribe and continue to follow and encourage me as I move forward into an exciting new phase in my papercrafting career.

Right now there is a little bit of an overlap in the blog posts but don't be fooled, that will end this week.


I gave you quite a few sneak peeks from the Stampin' Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue in my project today and unfortunately these new products aren't available to customers until June 1st.  If you want them now, just join my team of Crafty Canadians and add them to your starter kit.  All the currently available Stampin' Up! tools and materials I've used are listed in the table below.  Click on a link for more information and from there you can add them to your online shopping bag if you wish.

RETIRING BUNDLE BONUS - The Apron of Love Stamp Set and cordinating Apron Builder Framelits Dies I used for my project can be purchased using a special bundle item number which will save you 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately.  Unfortunately while the stamp set and dies are carrying over into the Stampin' Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue, that bundle offer is not.  So if you want to get these and save money you'll need to place your order before May 31st when all current bundle offers are ending.




Really lovely, Tracy! Yes, aren't the sentiments in this set just great! Almost makes me want it for them alone! I just really really like this card this morning ... makes me smile too! TFS

Posted by geraldine homenchuk on May 07, 2018 at 10:00 AM #

Thank you Geraldine

Posted by Tracy Elsom on May 07, 2018 at 10:05 AM #

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