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GDT for STAMPlorations .....

I was blown away when I received an email from Shery from STAMPlorations asking if I would like to be a GDT for the month of March .... of course I said yes. Shery then made the news even better by sending my an a set of STAMPloration stamps and an ARTplorations stencil to play with .... happy, happy dance.

So what did I do? I wanted to use the "hearts all over" stencil in a pretty way and also play with it at the same time, so for my base card, I decided to lightly brush over the front with a paint brush covered in Perfect Medium. I then sprinkled a mixture of detail white and enchanted gold embossing powders, setting them with my heat gun. Next, I used the stencil, (again with Perfect medium) and randomly went over the first background covering the embossing ink with enchanted gold powder. After setting with my heat gun, I did the same again but this time covered the embossing ink with detail white embossing powder. It has given a real layered and textural feel to my base card.

Next I embossed a piece of white card using the stencil (in my Grand Calibar) and whilst the stencil was still in place, covered the raised areas with Perfect Medium. I then covered these areas in a mixture of detail white and enchanted gold embossing powders. Using this new background, I created a centre panel to sit on my die cut panel. With the remaining background I cut out a butterfly border and rossette.

Using the STAMPlorations "Happy" builder set, I stamped the "happy" using Archival Ink (in black) and once dry, over stamped with Perfect Medium covering the shadow in a light dusting of enchanted gold embossing powder. I have cut the word out to make it stand out from my other two sentiment panels.

Finally I added some lace and another butterfly to the centre banner and as a further finishing touch, drew around the hearts (from the stencil) and cut them out. These I have layered up using 3D foam.

Phew, think that is everything and I hope my photos do these wonderful products justice. Thank you Shery for affording my this opportunity to work with your fantastic products.

Ooooohhhh before I disappear, should also add that before this challenge, I had already played with the stamps and stencil (see blog post here) but this time I used Perfect Medium and pan pastels.

Gotta dash as have to get my son organised as interview practice day at school followed by parents evening.

x x x

Products I used:

7 kids college fund - anything goes
Crafting by Design - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Simon says stamp - ladies/girly
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
Loves Rubber - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Sprinkle and Sparkle - anything goes: use loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking


KarinsArtScrap said…
Lou this is gorgeous and I love that touch of gold papers.
Gr Karin
Sari / Granne said…
Gorgeous die cuts and love the layout and different materials.
Great design and I love all that texture! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
IDCB Owner
Shery Russ said…
This is gorgeous, Lou! I love the delicate look of the gold and that background is simply stunning! So happy to have you as GD at STAMPlorations!
Virginia L. said…
What a DELIGHT! Love the gold elements and use of colors! GREAT attentions to details! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Special Lady/Girly” Challenge!
Shona Erlenborn said…
What a gorgeous pieces with all the layered stenciling. Love the gold and white with the pop from the colorful butterfly. Thanks you for joining us over at the Creative Challenge of Sparkle N Sprinkle.
Rachel Parys said…
Gorgeous!! Loving all of the gold!! Thanks for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund!
Congratulations! I am not surprised! This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us too, at!
Congratulations! I am not surprised! This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us at!
What a gorgeous card, Lou. I love the gold accents you've used. Stunning card, and thanks so much for sharing it in our challenge. Have a blessed week!
Word Art Wednesday
Becca Cruger said…
AH-mazing!! That gold frame just pops against this very romantic-feeling card. I'm so in love with this and so glad to have you Guest Designing with us at STAMPlorations.
Billie A said…
Wow is all I can say. You really did a lot and it was so worth it. Beautiful piece. Really love the feel it gives. Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination.
Shanna Shands said…
This is a great birthday card. Thank you so much or playing at Loves Rubberstamps!
Anne Temple said…
Your card is gorgeous! Love all the details that went into making this. So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

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