Happy friyay all!
Wow, am I excited to share the first post from April’s Guest Designer Natalie Elphinstone! Natalie has the happiest crafting style. Every time I see one of her fabulous projects, I feel just a little happier 🙂
Take it away Natalie!
Hello, it’s Natalie here from One Scrappy Doctor and I’m so happy to be joining you as a Guest Designer this month.
A little bit about me to begin with…. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my ever-supportive husband (he refers to himself as The Trophy Husband!), and my three Elphie Kids – Bethany is 10, Moriah is 7 and Judah is 2. They often join in with my creative adventures and you’ll see them make regular appearances in my videos on YouTube. We’re expecting our third girl in June this year and we’re all very excited! I’m currently working full time as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in my beachside hospital, so all this keeps me quite busy. I love my craft time though, and I find it quite relaxing. I currently design for Sizzix, Jot Magazine and Neat & Tangled, and regularly contribute to Studio Calico and Big Picture Classes. I’m most active on my Instagram account, and you can find me there with the username ‘natalieelph’.
Now lets get on with sharing some of my recent craftiness!
When I saw this month’s newest releases I was quite excited by the Spread Your Wings set. I think everyone needs a good butterfly stamp in their stash and this set gives you two of them!
I’m a huge fan of bright colours and I often can’t resist adding the whole rainbow to any of my projects, so that’s what I did here. I sponged ink of various colours along a strip of vellum before stamping the larger butterfly onto it 3 times, embossing it with white embossing powder. I then cut them out and used my sewing machine to attach them to the card so I could gently fold their wings up for extra dimension.
The rainbow butterflies on the simple white cardstock were so striking that I didn’t want too much more to distract from them. I added a simple sentiment from The Necessary One stamp set, embossing it in black directly onto the background. And I finished it off by sewing on a thin strip of the same rainbow vellum I had created for the butterflies.
The second card I want to share with you today features the new Dahlia stamp set. The idea behind this design was to create a monochrome background, and then have one brightly coloured focal image to capture your attention.
For my background I stamped and embossed onto watercolour paper a random pattern of the large flower, using a mask where the images would otherwise overlap. I coloured these in with various shades of grey Zig markers so that they almost look black and white.
I also stamped and embossed the flower on a separate scrap of paper and used this as my opportunity to add lots of bright fun colours in tones of pink and yellow. When this dried I cut it out and adhered it with foam tape on top of one of my other flowers so that it almost jumps out at you!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards today, and maybe inspired you to try out some different techniques. I’m going to be back again next week to share what I’ve been creating with the Adventures Ahead Set and the Avocado Family Set. I’ll see you then!
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[ Supplies I used ]
Spread Your Wings
The Necessary One
Release 5 stampbundle