Love of Leaves – Stamping Sunday Blog Hop Playing Favourites

Love of Leaves – Stamping Sunday Blog Hop Playing Favourites

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Love of Leaves Stamp Set and Die Bundle is one of my favourites from the Stampin’ Up!® Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Welcome to my blog on this second Sunday of August 2020. Today I am hopping with the Stamping Sunday Second Sunday team hosted by Sara Levin, the Artful Inker. This month we are “Playing Favourites” … showcasing our favourite product from the new Stampin’ Up!® Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Love of Leaves Bundle

This is the Love of Leaves Bundle. If you have ever crafted with me, you will know I LOVE leaves and trees, so this set was always going to be a favourite of mine. I really love the stitched veins, and that decorative stitched element for backgrounds.

As always for this hop, I am featuring Beginner, Casual and Avid projects.

Beginner, Casual and Avid Crafters

Showcasing how products can be suitable for all levels of crafter has been a focus with Stampin’ Up!® for a few years now, and something we do regularly with the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop teams.

A beginner crafter is someone who is new to stamping, and will be looking to create with just inks, stamps and paper.

A casual crafter is someone who thinks that this papercrafting lark is pretty good and is keen to move beyond the basic supplies, maybe get a punch or two … or even invest in a diecutting machine.

An avid crafter is feeling the passion, knows that getting into the craft room is an inexpensive form of therapy, and is accumulating lots of “things”. Of course, she wants to use them all and doesn’t blink an eye at taking an hour to make a card! 😉

Love of Leaves Beginner, Casual and Avid Crafter

Which type of crafter are you?

Love of Leaves Beginner Project

My projects today all feature the Love of Leaves Stamp Set and Stitched Leaves Dies. Bundle these two products together for a 10% discount. The solid leaves have a watercolour look texture, perfect for sponging different colours onto, direct to stamp. The Stamparatus is perfect for this technique.

My beginner project is truly just Stamps, Inks and Paper. It looks super simple, and it is … but there are a number of steps to achieve this simple yet stylish card.

Love of Leaves Beginner Card

The card is just one Whisper White Thick folded card base. No layers. The largest leaf from the Love of Leaves stamp set is coloured up with Soft Seafoam, Seaside Spray and Old Olive inks, using a sponge dauber to add colour to selected areas of the stamp. I used my Stamparatus for this, so I could build up layers of sponged colour easily.

The sentiment is White Heat Embossed on Basic Gray cardstock before each word is trimmed out individually. A smattering of sequins (Whale of a Time Sequins) and a lick of Clear Wink of Stella over the leaf image, gives this card that little added touch of shimmer and shine.

Love Of Leaves Beginner Close

It is difficult to see the Wink of Stella shimmer on the dull and overcast day today. You can just see the faint shimmer in the image below.

Love of Leaves Close Up Beginner Wink of Stella

Casual Project

Love of Leaves Casual Card

This is really quite a simple card, working on the assumption that my casual crafter has treated herself to a brand new “Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine” … available in September.
The trick to making this casual card look a step up, is the stitching detail on the leaves. And the best thing is that the stitching is completely optional.

The leaves have been stamped in Seaside Spray, Soft Seafoam, Old Olive (stamped off) and Shaded Spruce (stamped off), before being die cut with the additional “stitched” elements.

Love of Leaves Casual Close

Avid Project

And last but certainly not least, my Avid project. I combined the colouring method for the leaves from the Beginner project, die cut and added the stitched veins, and then used the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to add subtle shimmer to each leaf.
And that stitched line background die is AMAZING!!! I added a lightly sponged mixture of Seaside Spray and Shaded Spruce to highlight the stitched lines.

I have again used Soft Seafoam, Seaside Spray, Old Olive and Shaded Spruce inks.

Love of Leaves Avid Close

And again, it is difficult to see the shimmer on the leaves on this dull day, you can just see a touch of shimmer in the pic below.

Love of leaves Avid Wink of Stella

The Stamping Sunday Design Team…

I am really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the design team members choose as their favourite Mini Catalogue products . Here is the full list of hop participants … visit them all and be inspired.

xx
Cheryll

If you are in Australia and would like to purchase any of the products used to create the projects featured in my blog, please visit my online shop. And if you are shopping online, don’t forget to use the current month’s rewards/host code to receive a free tutorial bundle and handmade card from me at the end of the month.

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