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Hostess Set

April 16, 2018

We are nearing the end of this Annual Catalogue and already getting excited for the next one but I must take a moment to say that I will miss the Tranquil Tulips stamp set which is a Hostess only stamp set from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  Since this is a two step stamp set, I decided to use my Stamparatus to stamp the images.  I also wanted to focus on the In-colours which will be retiring with the end of the catalogue this year.  Such pretty colours and using the Stamparatus made it so easy for me to complete the same card in each of the colours.  I cut Whisper White card 6.5cm wide and the length of the card front.  I placed each of the pieces into the Stamparatus and stamped the three stem image using Emerald Envy ink.  I was able to place the three “leaf” images onto the other window and stamp them using Emerald Envy ink.  I cleaned and removed the leaf and stem images and placed the flower images onto the stamping windows.  Since I have four faces, I was able to position the first image and second images of the large and small flower and then just change out the colours to stamp the flowers in Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach ink.  I removed the large flower images and replaced them with the flower centres, which I was able to stamp at the same time using Early Espresso ink.  While the small flower  images were still in place, I stamped the small flower once more in each colour  and added the flower centre so they could be cut out by hand and attached to the card front using dimensionalsI stamped the greeting from the Best Birds stamp set onto a strip of Whisper White card using each of the same colours used for the flowers.  It’s easy to do this because you can lift the window and move it down one notch or two so that the images are spaced evenly with enough room to use one of the Layering Oval Framelits Dies to cut them out.  Each of the greetings is attached to co-ordinating cardstock cut using one of the scalloped ovals from the same set of dies.

To assemble the cards, I attached the stamped image panel to co-ordinating cardstock and then scored and folded Thick Whisper White.  The small hand cut flower is attached using dimensionals as is the greeting panel.

To decorate the inside of the card, I used two designs, the first one in Dapper Denim, shows the small flower from the Tranquil Tulip stamp set, with the small detail flower stamped over the top.  The two leaf images are designed to be stamped on top of each other but I decided to use them as separate images and stamp around the flower.  To create this design you need to lift the hinge and move it one notch and re-stamp.   For the decoration on the Flirty Flamingo card, I didn’t use the Stamparatus but simply stamped a portion of the three leaf image and some of the single leaves in Emerald Envy ink.  I stamped the solid and detailed flower images using Flirty Flamingo ink.

I have to tell you, the more I use the Stamparatus, the more in love I become.  If you are still undecided, a search on You Tube will find lots of ideas for getting the most from this amazing tool.  If you haven’t already purchase one, they will be available when the next Annual Catalogue goes live in June.  However, you need to remember that if you love these colours as much as I do, then you need to get in quick and order the cardstock, ink and also the ink refills before they sell out.

Bye for now,


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  1. April 16, 2018 8:52 am

    Absolutely gorgeous Kris. Love all the colours


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