The Great Outdoors for Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop

The Great Outdoors for Creating Kindness Design Team Blog Hop


Beauty of Friendship stamp set and die bundle used to create for our Great Outdoors themed hop this month.

Creating kindness Design Team

Welcome to my blog. My name is Cheryll Miller, and today I am hopping with the amazing Creating Kindness Design Team crew. The theme for August is “The Great Outdoors” … it’s quite cold with rainy weather here in South Australia, so I am looking forward to seeing some creations from warmer climates in this hop.
Don’t stop here, continue on below to the next blog for more Designer’s Choice fabulousness.

Beauty of the Earth patterned paper …

I have utilised one of the fantastic designs in this Designer Series Paper to kick start my projects for this hop!
Beauty of the Earth Patterned Paper

Beauty of Friendship Bundle

This bundle celebrates two of my favourite things … Nature and Friendships. The Beauty of Friendship stamp set features trees, with lots of texture, and sentiments revolving around friendship. The co-ordinating Beautiful Trees dies can be purchased with the stamp set as a bundle (155834) for a 10% discount off both.

All my cards today feature the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper, and this particular pattern is a watercolour look forest of trees. I love that it makes me look super clever to have created such a fabulous background, but is so quick and easy. Shhhhh … don’t tell anyone I am really not super clever! 😉

I have made a feature of the large bare tree die cut, creating a very wintery scene. This card pays homage to my friend Bridget’s bare branched Walnut tree, as we are in winter months here in South Australia.

Beauty in Friendship

Design Tips …

  • Layer up a strip of the designer series paper onto co-ordinating card … in this case Misty Moonlight … and layer onto Basic White folded card front.
  • Die cut the large bare tree in the same cardstock and layer onto the card front as shown.
  • The die cut for the sentiment is from Ornate Frames Dies, and it didn’t quite fit the sentiment … so I decided to make a feature of the different fonts. I stamped the sentiment a second time with Merry Merlot ink and fussy cut out the word “friendships” and then adhered over the top of the first sentiment so it sat over the edge of the die cut piece.
  • I felt the sentiment piece needed some definition so I die cut the same label again, cut it in half and adhere to each end of the white sentiment holder to create a layer at either end.
  • The blue rhinestones are Basic Rhinestones coloured up with a dark blue Stampin’ Blend (I used Dark Misty Moonlight).

Here is another colour variation …

This time I used Merry Merlot cardstock as my layers, and cut the tree from Early Espresso, which is then echo’d in the sentiment. And for this one I cut the branches of the die cut tree to be flush with the designer series paper layer.

Beauty of Friendship stamp set …

Next up, I wanted to highlight the stamp set a little more.

Design Tips …

  • This time I am working in landscape format with a wider strip of watercolour forest paper, layered onto Cinnamon Cider card.
  • The tree trunk was stamped first in Soft Suede, and then I inked up the foliage stamp with Misty Moonlight, added a little bit of Merry Merlot with a sponge dauber and then lightly misted the stamp with some water in a Mini Mister before stamping onto white cardstock. This gives a slightly watercoloured look and the colours are so pretty where the Merry Merlot mixes with the Misty Moonlight.
  • The co-ordinating die cuts out the tree foliage but not the trunk, so I stamped the trunk onto the designer series paper ** tip, ink up the trunk only … can you see the branches peeking out from behind my die cut tree? … ooops!**
  • I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Vellum with Misty Moonlight ink … the ink stays wet for a while on the vellum, so I clear embossed it before wrapping the vellum around the designer series paper layer. This breaks up the busy background and helps make a feature of the stamped and die cut tree, which is adhered over the top of the vellum.
  • The blue and red rhinestones are Basic Rhinestones coloured up with Misty Moonlight and Cherry Cobbler Dark Stampin’ Blends … a fun look to have different coloured rhinestones.

And let’s look at a different colour variation …

Beauty of the Earth DSP

This time, I added some Cinnamon Cider to my tree with a sponge dauber along with the Merry Merlot and Misty Moonlight inks, before spritzing and stamping. The Cinnamon Cider turns green when mixed with Misty Moonlight, a khaki sort of green. I like it.

Which is your favourite?

Let me know in the comments! 🙂

I wonder what is happening on the other Design Team’s craft tables this month?

You had better hop around and take a look … next up is the fabulous Melinda Stearns, you will love what she has created.

Blog Hop Participants

  1. Liz Yuille – UK
  2. Marcy Denning – Canada
  3. Cheryl Miller – Australia
  4. Melinda Stearns – US
  5. Jay Soriano – UK

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All cards use these supplies:

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The Portrait Card with Blue Bare Tree uses these additional supplies:

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The Portrait Card with Merlot Bare Tree uses these additional supplies:

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The Night of Navy Landscape Card uses these additional supplies:

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The Merry Merlot Landscape Card uses these additional supplies:

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