Thursday, 10 August 2017

Climbing Orchid

Hello, Crafters.

I had to see my GP yesterday as I hurt my back when we were moving furniture last Thursday.

She sent me off for an X-ray to see if I've cracked some ribs or some vertabrae!! 

I'll get the results in two weeks! 

The good news is they'll both will heal themselves.

Not such good news is that ribs take between six to eight weeks to heal, and vertabrae take months! 

No more clubbing for me for a while then! LOL!

Today's card is my first play with the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set and was inspired by the swap I received in Thailand from French demo Elisabeth Couvet.

Her card was black and white with one Lemon Lime Twist orchid .

It was stunning and it was included on my Thailand Swaps video, no.299.

I kept my colour scheme the same as Elisabeth's card, and I introduced some Designer Series Paper (DSP).

The Basic Black gingham design is from the Merry Little Christmas DSP,which will be available from the new Christmas catalogue which goes live on 1st. September 2017. 

I featured this set of DSP in my Christmas Catalogue Sneak Peak video no.300. 

This set consists of Whisper White, Basic Black and Old Olive, and one side of each sheet features a generic design that can be used all year - that's what I call value for money!

I decided I wanted to heat emboss my orchids for this card but couldn't decide what colour embossing powder I wanted to use.

I decided to make one large orchid in each of the options i.e. gold, silver, copper, white, clear and black.

In my mind, I dismissed black as I thought it'd be too dark, and was very much in favour of the clear! 

After checking them out I decided I liked the black best! 

As I was using Basic Black and Whisper White as my base colours, I found the black showed the orchids at their very best! 

During my tests on embossing powders, I did one complete large option in each of the options. 
I CASE'd Elisabeth's idea of leaves stamped on Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using basic Black Archival Ink, die cut and left uncoloured! 

I think it's this idea that helps to make Elisabeth's card really pop!

Then I had to decide what to use as a sentiment! 

After much ooh'ing and ahh'ing, I chose the Happy Birthday from Guy Greetings, which I heat embossed using Basic Black Embossing Powder. 

I punched it out using the new Pretty Label Punch, and finished it off by adding two Black Rhinestone Jewels, which will be available from the new Christmas catalohue whch goes live on 1st. September 2017.
I still need to decorate the inside of this card!

During the last week in August, I'll be sending out a new Christmas Catalogue to all my customers. 

If you would like to receive a free copy, and you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, please email me your address and I'll be happy to pop one in the post. Email address:

(Please note, Stampin' Up! rules only allow me to sell to crafters who have addresses in the UK, France, Austria, Germany or the Netherlands - I'm really sorry!)

That's it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Sorry about your injuries. Did your Dr. at least wrap your ribs or put you in a brace of some sort? When I fractured a vertabrae years ago I had to wear a brace for weeks. I can't believe you have to wait for 2 weeks to get the results. Be careful what you do while your waiting because you can make it worse. So no lifting or straining! Dr. Sheron has spoken! LOL

    1. LOL! Many thanks, Dr. Sheron! You're the second person who has said about a brace, but no, I haven't been given any support at all. I have to admit, hearing about braces, has made me be very conscious about how I move, and no lifting or straining! At least I can still craft! ☺ happy crafting, JanB.