Tuesday 19 August 2008

Summery Flutters

I recently received these gorgeous samples from Jo Firth-Young, one of our Design Team members. I have known Jo for many years. We originally met when she started coming to our monthly classes in Hutton, Brentwood. That was way before we started manufacturing rubber stamps!

Jo has always had what i think of as an elegant, classic style with a modern twist. Her attention to detail is perfeclty spot on. We were all so excited when her first time published she got front cover of Stampington Wedding Issue. How cool is that!

So here are the lovelies she did for us with our new Tops and Tails stamps - these are in my favourite colours, hot pink and orange. Jo generally tends to use soft pastel shades, so this is very bright for her, and I adore it. Stamping onto the AB page for the wings is a great idea, and little wire accents for antannae or tails makes a nice embellishment.

This 3 panel piece works well with the little touches of black accents from stitching, ribbon , flowers and trim. I bought one of those teeny tiny sewing mahines a while back (just for crafting) I keep forgetting to get it out and use it more.

I am so in love with transparent art at the moment too. It takes a while to get your head around how to make both sides work well, but they are neat as hanging pieces, expecially if you have a bright wall to pop the colour off against.

This card is a simple piece using quite thick acetate. This stuff scores and folds nicely and has good support for layouts or cards. Here you can see the background more clearly (same as 3-panels) The white butterflies are embossed.

Here is a nice close-up of the 3 panel piece. I really like buttons on top of flowers. Anything that adds texture or dimension as an embellishment makes a piece more interesting.

The stamps jo used are Tops andTails 2, Tops andTails 3 and Squiggly Mini 13.

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