As I mentioned in the Geared Up Garage Showcase, Stampin’ Up! has identified three types of crafter:
Broadly speaking the beginner is likely to have a few basic tools and stamp sets; the casual crafter will add dies and/or punches into the mix and the avid crafter must have it all – coordinating designer series paper (DSP), embellishments and a variety of colouring tools are also in the stash (amongst other things)!
As a demonstrator, I try to cater for all levels of crafter. Each month I will showcase a different stamp set and create different types of projects (tags, cards, 3D items, home décor etc.). Importantly, there will be at least one example for each type of crafter. So, however big your stash, you’ll find something that you can create or use as inspiration.
Stamping is easy and fun and no-one should feel that it is beyond them. Even simple projects can look stunning using Stampin’ Up! products.
The February 2019 stamp set showcase features Forever Lovely. This stamp set is part of a suite called All My Love and it’s perfect with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. The main colour scheme is Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo and Lovely Lipstick but Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White also feature.
Although there are specific Valentine’s Day sentiments there are also others which can be used all year round, such as ‘Wishing You A Lovely Day’ and ‘You Are Loved’.
The stamp set is versatile enough to be used on its own but there are also coordinating dies, designer series paper and embellishments if you want to take your projects to the next level. The Heart Epoxy Droplets are great for adding a subtle extra touch or they can be coloured with your blends if you want a little more impact.
The first projects I have to show you are gift tags. That won’t come as any surprise to those of you who know me as I love making gift tags. They finish a present off perfectly and really show how much you care, having put time and effort into even the smallest of elements of the gift.
A list of all the supplies used is at the end of the blog with links directly to my online shop.
In this example I have only used the stamp set, coordinating cardstock, Lovely Lipstick ink and some basic tools. I have used a 2×3” piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock and trimmed off two corners to create a tag shape. I then punched a hole using a standard hole punch and threaded through some white twine. I have created some background detail by stamping the group of hearts in Lovely Lipstick. This stamp is great for background detail because you get the look of multi-generation stamping with a single impression. There is also a stamp with three small hearts which can be used to fill in any gaps if required. Finally I have stamped the Love You sentiment in Lovely Lipstick.
In this example I have also used the coordinating dies, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) and a corner rounder (can be found on the Detailed Trio punch 146320 or the Envelope punch board 133774). I created the tag from Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped some background images in Crumb Cake ink. I also stamped the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment in Crumb Cake. I used one of the detailed dies to cut out the flowers from Flirty Flamingo cardstock and adhered it to the back of the tag so that it protrudes from behind. I stamped the single flower on Flirty Flamingo cardstock in Lovely Lipstick ink, die cut it and adhered it to the tag. Finally, I threaded the coordinating Flirty Flamingo ribbon through the tag.
Although avid stampers may have a large crafty stash, it doesn’t mean that you can’t produce simple, elegant projects. In this case, I have used a 2×3” piece of DSP and created a tag using the punch and a corner rounder. I have then used the coordinating Lovely Lipstick ribbon threaded through the tag. I have stamped the My Love sentiment directly onto the DSP in Lovely Lipstick ink and I have adhered three of the Heart Epoxy Droplets (although it might be difficult to see in the photo!). Finally, I have gone round the outer edge of the tag with a Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker just to give an extra bit of interest.
I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the Forever Lovely stamp set and the All My Love suite. In the next instalment I will be creating cards for each of the Beginner, Casual and Avid crafter levels. In the meantime, if you would like to purchase any of the products featured here, click the links below or pop over to my website at www.papercraftlife.com/shop