It’s the start of another busy month and today I’m playing peekaboo with the new Kits Collection from Stampin’ Up! The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that there’s no kits in the new Annual Catalogue, and there’s a good reason for that. Stampin’ Up! wanted to have more flexibility to expand their range of kits, and add to them throughout the year. So to allow customers to see exactly what’s available the new Kits Collection will be online only. We’re starting with ten kits, and more will be added in the coming months. I’ve no doubt Christmas-themed kits will be part of the range later too.
All these new kits contain everything you need to create the projects all prepared and ready to use, and that includes adhesives. Four of the kits contain pre-printed sentiments so there’s no stamping required. The remaining ‘stamping’ kits include an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, one or more mini ink spots AND an acrylic block. Each kit description includes a contents list so you can see exactly what you’re getting for your money before you order. Make sure you check out the Kits Collection and let me know which one’s your favourite.
Meanwhile I couldn’t help pulling out the Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set for today’s project.
My regular readers will know I’ve already made a few projects with the Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set, but I’m having far too much fun to stop just yet. I’m working my way through the various animals and today it was cute sheep that attracted my attention.
I began by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Thick Basic White Card. Then using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the wall image across the bottom.
The sheep came next with his hooves nestled in the gaps at the top of the wall. Then I stamped the two cloud images above. Finally I stamped “hello there” in the top right-hand corner.
To colour the bookmark I decided to use a combination of Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and ink applied with a Blending Brush. So before I moved on I stamped the sheep and two clouds onto a Full-Adhesive Post-It® Note. Then using Paper Snips I cut around the images to create masks.
I placed the masks over the images stamped on the bookmark, and then set to work with the Blending Brushes. For the sky I used Night of Navy ink and then swapped to Soft Suede for the wall. Once I’d finished I removed the masks to reveal the crisp white clouds and sheep.
It was only at this point that I realised I only had access to a few sets of Stampin’ Blends. In fact I was limited to the five new 2021-2023 In Colors. Pink, peach, two greens and a purple weren’t exactly what I had in mind for my sheep, so I had to improvise…
The sheep’s face and ears were simple, I used light Pale Papaya. For the wall I added a line of dark Soft Succulent on the stones and along the top edge. But what on earth could I do for the sheep’s hooves and horns?
I quickly realised that my only option was to do a bit of colour mixing. So I took a scrap of Thick Basic White Card and experimented with the colours I had available. In the end I discovered that a layer of light Polished Pink covered with a layer of dark Soft Succulent created a very acceptable dark bluey-grey. So that’s what I ended up using to on my sheep.
To finish I just needed to add some ribbon, but I didn’t have a tag topper punch to hand either. So I improvised once again, this time using a tiny die from the Meadow Dies set. This die is actually designed to be the centre of a daisy but today it doubled up as a ribbon slot.
Once I’d cut the hole at the top of the bookmark, I threaded a loop of Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave Ribbon through it. Then I passed the ends of the ribbon through the loop and pulled gently to secure it in place. With that, another scene from Peekaboo Farm was complete and I love it.
Now I’ve decided to experiment with all my Stampin’ Blends and see what other ‘odd’ combinations I can use to give me even more colour options. There’s always something new to discover in my craft room…
For more projects from Peekaboo Farm see these earlier blog posts:
LAST CHANCE SALE
The Last Chance Sale starts at 1pm MT with lots of products from the January to June Mini Catalogue being retired. Basically if it didn’t get carried over into the Annual Catalogue, it’s now only available while stocks last. My advice is order as soon as you can. In fact if what you want isn’t being reduced in price, don’t wait until 1pm MT to place your order.
I can’t include a link directly to the Last Chance section of my online store until the sale actually starts. So instead here’s a link to the Last Chance List in case you haven’t seen it yet.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Meadow Dies in a bundle with the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.