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Welcome to our May edition of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop, where we are getting ready to say ‘goodbye’ to some of our favourites!

This is a time of year that is both saddening and exciting; we’re saddened that some of our favourite stamp sets, colours, papers etc., are being retired, but at the same time, we’re all excited, looking forward to the new stamp sets, colours, tools, papers, etc. that we will soon have in our hands!

So this month, we will each be sharing projects with our favourites that will be retiring – maybe you’ll see some of your favourites there, too.  To tour through the blog hop, all you  have to do is click on the ‘continue blog hop’ button at the bottom of each post – this will take you to the next participant.  If some technical gremlins get in the way of a smooth  hop (yes, it does happen!), at the bottom of each post is also a list of each participant, with a link to their post that you can click on.

So, enough with the ‘housekeeping’ – let’s  get on with sharing!

Here is my first project, featuring a stamp set that I am really going to miss – Serene Silhouettes:

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I think I have owned this set for at least 3 of my 4 1/2 years as a demonstrator, and I  have used it for all types of cards.   This time, I thought I would experiment  with a new background technique, called Smackin’ Acetate.

Basically, you cut open a Clear Envelope, or a page protector, so that it opens like a book.  On the inside of the right hand side, apply your inks using either markers, reinkers or ink pads, and spritz with water.  Close the top piece, and ‘smoosh’ the ink around with your fingers, then open it up, and insert your cardstock (I used Whisper White).  You can repeat this as often as you want, until you’re satisfied with the colouring.  I used Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush and Pear Pizzazz ink pads.

After the cardstock has dried, then stamp your image stamp – here I used the flower silhouettes from Serene Silhouettes.  I stamped the sentiment from another retiring set, Choose Happiness, by inking up the stamp with my Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo Markers.  Then I die cut it and the Pear Pizzazz layer behind it, using the Tags & Labels Thinlits Dies.

I used a card base of Island Indigo cardstock, and layered a 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Pear Pizzazz cardstock towards the left hand side.  I  then added the stamped panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and attached the sentiment.  I added some of the retiring Candy Dots in the bottom left and top right corners of the card, to finish it off.

My next card features another cool cutting technique, called Telescoping:

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For my focal image, I used the retiring Hostess stamp set called Best Thoughts.  I just love this large bloom; it reminds me of a Rhododendron.

I stamped the image in Memento Black ink onto Shimmer cardstock, then watercoloured it using the Perfect Plum and Old Olive inks, with an Aqua Painter.  I really like using the Shimmer paper for watercolouring, as it doesn’t ‘pill up’ the way the Whisper White can, when it gets too wet.

After colouring, I used the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies to cut out 3 layers inside the image.  Then I glued down the largest piece to the Perfect Plum panel using Tombow liquid glue.  For this technique, you want this layer to be flat.

The next largest layer is attached using strips of double-sided adhesive.  The next layer is attached using strips of double-sided adhesive, but putting 2 layers of the adhesive strips.  The final, middle piece is attached by tripling the layers of adhesive strips.  This is how you achieve the ‘telescoping’ outwards of the layers.

In this close up picture, you can see how each layer is higher than the other:

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Another way to use this technique is to reverse the layers – have the layers go from highest on the outside to lowest on the inside; I’m going to do one of those, next time!

I then attached a strip of the retiring Blackberry Bliss stitched ribbon across the bottom of the panel.  The whole front piece is then attached to a card base of Blackberry Bliss – a colour I am really, really going to miss!  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (not retiring – thank goodness!), stamped in Perfect Plum ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  Again, I used the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies to cut it and the layer behind it, and attached it to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

So that’s it for my projects; I’d love to read any comments you’d like to leave!  Then you’ll want to click on the ‘Continue’ button below, and hop on over to the blog of the talented Jessica Mink , and be wowed by her creations!

Thanks for spending some time with me today; until next time – happy stamping!

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Blog Hop Participants:

Crystal Komara

Anna Masciovecchio

Libby Fens

Anne Power

Mary Blocher

Danica Ferrante

Deborah Smart   – YOU ARE HERE!

Jessica Mink  

Jodi Horsley

Leanne Johnson

Michelle Clarke 

Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa

Mary Ann Rossiter

Tammy Gill

Rick Adkins

Lisa Reber


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

20 thoughts on “Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Getting Ready for Good Bye

  1. OMG, these are both GORGEOUS and unique, Deb. I’m so glad you shared the water technique with us, because that background is so cool. And, I love how you layered parts of the flower, it just adds so much! TFS! xo Crystal

    1. I’m so glad you like my cards, Crystal! I love trying new techniques, and these were a lot of fun!

    1. You’ll have fun with these techniques, Danica! I’m looking forward to playing with them so more, myself. Thanks for your kind comment 🙂

    1. Aww, thanks Jodi! We have such a tough ‘job’, don’t we – playing with ink! 🙂 Thanks for your kind comment!

    1. You’ll enjoy these techniques, Lorene; can’t wait to see your projects using them 🙂

    1. I’m glad to hear that you’ll be giving these techniques a try, Michelle! I can’t wait to see what you create 🙂

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