Sunday, 6 February 2011

Card Candy mini bloghop

Welcome to our Card Candy mini bloghop.

After our Stampin' Up! convention last November, our little crafting family agreed that we loved the card candy that we'd seen so much, that we should have our own mini swap 'n' hop. Well here it is. There's only three of us on the hop but hopefully what we miss in numbers, we'll make up for in inspiration.

If you've joined me from Joanne, then thanks for stopping by. Wasn't her set just so cute? I adore the little dresser, it looks so real. If you're starting here then don't worry you'll make your way round to Joanne and then back to here and you'll know that you've finished.

Now the set that I chose for the candy isn't very popular from just seeing it in the catalogue. You need to see what can be made from it to understand the potential. I think it's a great year round set, ideal for fella's cards and for anyone interested in nature and ecology. Here's the full candy bag:

And the individual pieces, with just a few brief details (email me if you need to know more - or want to order). The stamp sets for all, are Nature's Nest and Occasional Greetings:

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Ink: Versamark, Not Quite Navy
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window
Other: Gold EP, Basic Pearls

The shell was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold EP.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Punches: Scallop Trim Corner, Scallop Trim Border, 2" x 1-3/8" Oval
Other: Black EP, Basic Rhinestones

Shimmer Paint was mixed with separately with Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise and painted underneath the feather. The feather was then stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Black EP. A rhinestone was added to the "eye".

Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze
Punches: 1-1/4" Circle, 1" Circle, 3/4" Circle, Word Window
Other: Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds

The lilypad leaves had a little "v" snipped out of each and then veins added using a bone folder. They were joined together on the reverse with the Word Window shape. A blender pen was used to add pale shades of Perfect Plum and Baja Breeze to the dragonfly wings. Crystal Effects were added to the wings which were then sprinkled lightly with Dazzling Diamonds and left to dry.

Cardstock: Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Black Stazon
Markers: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Corner Rounder
3mm Taffeta Ribbon: Early Espresso

The image was stamped with Black Stazon and coloured in. The sentiment was added at angles using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, More Mustard, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Black Stazon, Not Quite Navy
Markers: Old Olive, More Mustard, White gel pen
Punches: Spiral Border
Other: Crystal Effects

The tortoise was stamped in Old Olive onto Certainly Celery card and cut out. The eye was coloured with the white gel pen. Using Black Stazon the tortoise was stamped again onto Whisper White card, the shell coloured with markers, cut out and Crystal Effects added over the top before popping up on dimensionals.

Now I'll pass you on to Jan (click here), who's been busy with some beautiful floral creations.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xxx


Jan said...

Oooh, I love the tortoise - he is so sweet and you have coloured him in brilliantly.

Thanks for coming to the crop yesterday - see you at yours next Saturday!!!.

Alison xx said...

What a lovely way to showcase this stamp set. Love them all.

Carole Bryson said...

Its definitely made me look at this set in a different light !

Carol Matthews said...

This is totally beautiful. Now I HAVE to order that set!!! Thanks for opening my eyes!!!

Karin said...

WOW!!! You have brought a whole new dimension to this set!! Love it!

Jo said...

Beautiful Sara!

Anonymous said...

Wow! These are beautiful. I wouldn't have given this set a second glance, but you've transformed it x

Anonymous said...

These are really pretty!! Love them all!

Emma Harrison said...

A gorgeous set of toppers and cards. Well done on showing us this set's potential.

Email me said...

STUNNING!!! Thanks for sharing on SUDSOL too!

Highland Monkey's said...

I'm always amazed at what you card makers can create. Lovely

Loraine Arderne said...

Love this set, it was my first ever SU purchase before I became a demo! Fantastic toppers Sara, great way to show off the set.