Saturday, 7 May 2016

So long! Farewell...2016 retiring products...

Welcome to INKspiration! Home of my love for all things crafty. I am a new Stampin up demonstrator and this is my very first blog hop -so I am really excited that you are joining me and the other JEMS today!

Thank you for joining us on this fine Saturday morning for our new monthly blog hop. You will have seen some gorgeous makes as you have weaved your way through the JEMS VERY FIRST MONTHLY BLOG HOP. If this is the first blog you have come to then an equally warm welcome. I hope that you are INKspired by something you see here, but remember once you have visited this page, don't stop, press next and hop!

It's that time of year, when we say goodbye to some of the wonderful Stampin up products that have been part of the annual catalogue this year. The theme of this blog hop is retiring products. Here are a couple of cards that I have made using Stampin up retiring products. All Stampin up products are highlighted in bold italic type. Any products followed by (*), are not retiring.

Today's makes;

My first card, on the right, is Blackberry Butterfly Bliss

The Swallow tail background stamp was inked up with blackberry bliss ink and stamped onto very vanilla card (*). I cut round the edge of the butterfly, then using tombo glue (*), I attached the butterfly layer to a sheet of blackberry bliss card. I trimmed and scored the blackberry bliss card to give the butterfly on vanilla a nice striking boarder. I added the little flowers from the something to say stamp set  and punched some out using the flower punch from the itty bitty accents punch pack. I added some glitz and sparkle using iridescent ice stampin' embossing powder, a botanical gardens jewel and some scrap blackberry ribbon. The happy birthday sentiment is also from the something to say stamp set and this was punched out using the word window punch and sponged using a dauber with blackberry bliss ink.

Look at the iridescent ice shimmer.

                                                          Itty bitty flowers
Inside the card...
The back of the card -see how the butterfly wing just peeps round the back...

        Blackberry Butterfly  Bliss Photo taken outside, letting that sun show off the sparkle.

 and my second card is Botanical Birthday Blooms...

Love the way the flowers pop -it adds wonderful layers and textures to a card.
I love this little 'leaf-edge' framelit die -adds detail don't you think?

I really loved the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper  (DSP) as soon as I saw it in the Stampin up Spring/Summer Catalogue. I aslo love the Botanical blooms photopolymer stamp set (*) and the Botanical Builder Framelit dies (*) too!

Using whisper white card stock, I made my card blank. Using the 'leaf -edge' framelit die, I ran it through the big shot (*) to create a 'leaf-edge' accent. I then used the Botanical Gardens DSP  to create a background. I embellished with Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape, a flower cut using the framelit dies and stamped behind the flower using a stamp from the set Gorgeous Grunge(*). The sentiment is from the stamp set Sassy Salutations which was the first sentiment stamp set I ever bought from Stampin up. I have used this set so much!

I hope you have enjoyed stopping by, remember, as I said earlier...




  1. gorgeous projects thanks for sharing x

  2. Lovely makes Lucy and well done for doing your first ever Blog Hop, I'm so proud of you x

  3. Fab makes Lucy love the butterfly Cary & am so glad the Botanicals is staying phew!! Thanks for joining in. X

  4. Love your swallowtail card Lucy, I know I wont be able to part with this stamp - too beautiful xx

  5. Stunning! Fab fussy cutting (twice) on the butterfly.

  6. Wow..2 fabulous cards Lucy.. And a blogger now too! Who knew where your creativity would take you.....

  7. That butterfly looks stunning ! I've been a demo for nearly 6 years and this is my first blog hop so well done you !!! x

  8. Love both of your makes, especially the butterfly one. I'm really going to miss those little flower punches though xx

  9. Lovely cards, cant wait to get my hands on the botanical framelits!! Love the swallowtail stamp too, wonder if theres any stock left... Sam xx

  10. Great minds Lucy, looks stunning in the blackberry bliss. Happy blogging. k x

  11. Lovely cards...I so wish I had brought the butterfly.

  12. Two very different cards, and I love them both! I hadn't spotted the edgelit die - no idea how I missed it!

    Lovely makes, thank you for sharing

    Sarah L

  13. Gorgeous, the Swallowtail looks fab in Blackberry Bliss :)