Friday, 1 April 2011

Tartan Stampers Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

The Tartan Stampers Team have been busy again creating some lovely projects featured in the new Mini Catalogue which is launched today.  

Thank you for joining me from Carolyn's Blog, you will have seen some lovely projects there.

Somef the exciting new products featured in the mini catalogue are the Big Shot, dies and embossing folders, many of which are exclusive to Stampin' Up!  I have had great fun experimenting with the new folders and my brayer.

Elegant Bouquet
This card was made by using the brayer to ink up the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.with Baja Breeze ink and placing very vanilla cardstock into the folder.  I then embossed it using the Big Shot.  The ink is not transferred onto the raised areas and creates a stunning effect.  The ribbon is the new Crumb Cake Seam binding ribbon.

Daisies and Dots embossing folder
This card features the new Flower Daisies #2 Bigz die and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The colours used are concord crush, pear pizzazz, poppy parade and peach parfait which are some of the new 'In Colours' which were launched in the new Idea book.  The centres of the flowers are Champagne glass glitter which is more chunky in appearance than Dazzling Diamonds and adds lovely texture to the project.  

Daisies Easel Card
This next card features the larger Daisies layered to create a large flower and the Swirls and Scribbles Sizzlits Die.  The dotted background was created by inking up the Perfect Polka dots with Pear Pizzazz ink and embossing onto white cardstock.  It gives a lovely subtle background.

Manhattan Flowers
This card features the Manhattan Flowers embossing folder which has been created by inking up the folder again with Pear Pizzazz ink onto white cardstock.  The result is a lovely crisp image and looks very elegant.  Sometimes the image may not be as crisp and you may find that you need to use a shim (extra sheets of paper) along with the cutting plates in the Big Shot.  The card was mounted on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and the ribbon is Certainly Celery.  The roses on this card were favourites of my lovely mum, who we sadly lost to leukaemia on 31st January 2011. 

Strength and Hope

My next projects feature a very special stamp set - Strength and Hope.  Stampin' Up! will donate £1 from every stamp set purchased to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. 

Strength and Hope
All these cards feature the Strength and Hope stamp set.  I have also used Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Concorde Crush ink and cardstock.

This card features Basic Grey, Concorde Crush, Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake cardstock.  The image is stamped using Whisper White ink and I have added adhesive pears to highlight areas.  The paper is from the Always Elegant Designer Paper series.

This card features 3 of the stamps in the set and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The inclusion of the embossing folders in the mini catalogue can only enhance your crafting projects and creates added texture and depth to your projects.  I think the butterflies in this set will become a firm favourite and will prove to be very versatile.

Pretty in Pink
This card is fairly simple but quite striking.  The image and text are stamped in Concorde Crush and the ribbon is 1/2" (1.3 cm) Stitched-Poly Ribbon in Blushing Bride. 

Pleated Ribbon
This card features three of the stamps again.  The images are stamped in CrumbCake and Soft Suede.  I pleated the Seam Binding tape to create an added dimension to the card and used the Scallop Trim border punch along the side edge of the card.  I added a Very Vanilla insert to show off the punched edge.

I hope you like the projects I have created.  If you would like any more information or to purchase any of the items featured, please get in touch with me and I will assist where I can.

 To hop to the next blog - just click Here to visit Kara and see her gorgeous projects.


  1. Very clever ideas, I really like the pear pizazz card very clever.
    All your cards are beautiful.
    I see another Baja Breeze fan here too.

  2. Stunning projects, love them all and they are all so different x love your strength and hope selection x

  3. I don't know where to start Diane - you are so very talented. Your swap card amazed me when I saw it in real life, so pretty and elegant. I am definitely going to "case" it.
    Your other cards are all amazing too.

  4. Amazing creations - going to have to get the strength & hope set.

  5. Wow you've been busy and such a fab selection you've shared with us. Thank you. Zx

  6. All your creations are gorgeous! I love the technique you have used with the brayer - I will definitely be trying that. I also love how you added the chunky glitter to the flower centres - great effect.

  7. Where do I start Diane, if this had been face book the like button would have been on melt down lolol, love all of what you have done and will defo be trying the brayering technique