International Blog Hop May 2016 | Highlighting Retired Products

International Blog Hop May 2016 | Highlighting Retired Products


International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

Welcome to our International Blog Hop highlighting some of our favourite Stampin’ Up! products that are retiring at the end of May. I am very excited to be participating in this (my first) Blog Hop, especially being in such talented company from around the world. We are sure that you will find some incredible inspiration from the projects that you are about to see as you visit each blog on the list below.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Cheryll Miller (Sense of Whimsy) or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

If you have just “hopped” into my blog, you are visiting Cheryll Miller and I live in Australia. If you live in Australia and were wanting to purchase some Stampin’ Up!® Products I am happy to help you. Remember that all of the projects in this Blog Hop feature retiring products which are available only while stocks last, so don’t delay if something really catches your eye.

One of my favourite retiring stamps is Blended Bloom.  It has been my “go to” flower image since it landed in my craft room … it is large, a feature on it’s own, easy to colour and easy to fussy cut. I also love the retiring Greetings Thinlits dies. These are fabulous … the set includes three words … thanks, hello and cheers. They are a perfect size for cards and the filled in areas on the letters make them so easy to adhere with little dots of multipurpose glue.

Blended Bloom Retiring

I stamped the Blended Bloom image onto Watercolour Paper with Basic Black Archival ink, watercoloured with an Aqua Painter and then used a Blender Pen for the more finely detailed centre. The flower colour is Real Red, with Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist and Basic Gray in the centre. I added a little bit of dimension in the centre of the flower with some glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Blended Bloom Colouring

The background is created by sponging over a rectangular frame mask (I used the Square Framelits dies, also retiring, to create the frame first cutting one square and then moving the die down a little and running through the Big Shot again to create a rectangle cut out piece), applying ink colour in bands of Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Tangelo Twist.  To create additional interest behind the flower, I used another retiring set “I Think You’re Great” (Wood Mount or Clear Mount). This set has two fabulous background images, and I just love the swirly background. I selectively coloured a portion of the stamp with Basic Gray marker and stamped over the sponged area, keeping the frame mask in place.

Masked Background

It is always very exciting to reveal the background when you remove the frame mask … or maybe that is just my weird sense of excitement!?

Greetings Thinlits


While I was in sponging mode, I also decorated the inside of the card and the envelope.

The Inside Story

Blended Bloom Retiring

Thank you for taking part in our international blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. It certainly makes me quite sad that some of these wonderful products are retiring. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Cheryll Miller, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

Here is a list of all the retiring products used in this project …. clicking on the items will take you directly to my online store! Products only available while stocks last or up until 31st May 2016, whichever is the sooner.

Blended Bloom Wood Mount Stamp Set available at 20% discount
I Think You’re Great Wood Mount Stamp Set  available at 20% discount
I Think You’re Great Clear Mount Stamp Set  available at 25% discount
Greetings Thinlits Dies
Squares Collection Framelits  available at 40% discount
Tangelo Twist Ink Pad  available at 30% discount


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