Friday, 21 September 2018

Happy Birthday to me again... Frosted Floral Pop Out Z Fold Card

Here is another beautiful creation sent for my birthday that I can share with you... and don't miss last week's post for the other birthday love & greetings I received...

This gorgeous card using the NEW Frosted Floral papers has been created by my lovely friend, fellow demonstrator and teamie Kate Martin...
I should have put these papers in my Top 10 of Everything else post last week... as they are fantastic... but my brain was pre-occupied with Christmas makes at the time... so these slipped through the net... as they are all gorgeous and can be used all year round... and are particularly lovely as they have a soft sheen...
Frosted Floral 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
Kate has also used the lovely Stitched Labels dies for the front feature...

And the Pop Out Z Fold card fold is one of my favourite folds over the years... for which I was originally inspired by a convention swap created by... yes you guessed it... Kate Martin...

You can find the tutorial for the 10.5cm Square version by clicking here... though this time Kate's is a larger 5" (12.5cm) Square version... so you need to cut your card 5" x 10" (12.5 x 25cm) and score when landscape at 1 5/8" (4.2cm) and 5" (12.5cm)

Again thank you so much Kate, Kate, Julie, Uma, Caroline & Cheryl ... I felt very special as I opened all the envelopes and revealed all these beauties...
And here are all my handmade cards together... though I do also have to thank everyone for the shop bought ones I received too...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Bike Ride Shadow Box Frames for 3D Thursday

Had to share these Bike Ride Shadow Box Frames as they are just stunning... but Kate does not have a blog set up to share with you... so I am honoured she is letting me do so ....
These are a set and match to this birthday card I was sent by the lovely Kate...  the first one is in a large 12" or so Box Frame... whereas the second one for Amelia is in a smaller 9" one.
Which I am sharing again so you can see the close up picture that I took later of the lovely glittery Pattern Party Mask wall Kate created using Dazzling Diamonds glitter in the Embossing Paste... as well as a little Sahara Sand re-inker... 
Thanks for letting me share these Kate...

And I love the use of the Playful Pennants banner... quick but magic finishing touch...

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Wednesday Wideo... Tin Tile Embossing folder

A newly released video for you today featuring the Tin Tile embossing folder and some cool things to do with it... Just click on the arrow below to play...
The Tin Tile Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was inspired by farmhouse trends and a throwback to vintage style. And it is certainly exciting many of my crafting ladies!
Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Top 20 Uses for Shimmer Paint....

Something a bit different for you today...

As a team of demonstrators... we come together (via our Facebook team page) and share many a project  - or business tip - or just something that has worked for us...

But we have just started something new... and that is to share ideas for using a particular product... This can be general - such as uses of embossing folders- or specific - such as project ideas for a particular stamp set...

So when it was my turn I decided to focus on the returning Shimmer Paints... which are in the Autumn Winter catalogues... as I do think these are little pots of delight!
I quickly write down all the uses I had for them last time around... and then I was off on Google for about an hour (or maybe 2) researching... and found some more great uses... until I had 20 of them!

I did mean to produce some of my own samples for every use I had on my list... but time was really not on my side so (in some cases) I used images from the demos blogs where I had landed! But unfortunately I forgot to make a note of where I was at the time!! But if they used watermarks on their photos... then you can see where I went... thank you ladies...

So now it is time to share my research with you... of 20 Top Uses and Other Tips on using Shimmer Paints...

Just click on the 4 pictures below to download the 4 pages of the pdf file...

Though do read on for a pictorial on Item 17... using Stampin Spots to make your own shimmery ink pad... in any colour....




Oh and don't forget to buy your Shimmer Paint... Live in the UK? Click here to go straight to the Shimmer Paint Online Store page... and/or here for the Mini Spritzers (2 in a pack) ... and here for Stampin Spots blank ink pads... but remember to add my current Host code 2MVEHBBW to get yourself a card & gift from me!

And whilst you are at it... do remember the Clearance Rack was only updated yesterday...

PS do feel free to email me for a copy of the full pdf document if you have any problems...

Coloured Shimmer Paint Ink Pad Tutorial
Mix on a Stampin Spot for more long term use. This is an experimental at this stage! My Spot has only been primed a few days…and is working fine... so I don’t know how long it will last/be usable yet!! But it will be great for class use… even if I need to re-ink everytime…

1. Pick up a Stampin Spot, Frost White Shimmer Paint and an ink refill ( I used Pool Party)
2. Add a drop of Shimmer Paint ... less is more!!
You will need to “push” the coloured ink into the felt later on… so don’t apply too much Shimmer Paint… which I did for this photo!!! As I had made my ink pad ... then realised I hadn't photoed the next 2 steps so I did it again... and oops!! It really sat on top!!!
3. Add a few drops of coloured ink 
4. Mix it up ...
5. "Push down" into the felt of the Stampin Spot...
6. Ink up stamp as desired... and stamp....
7. Gorgeous shimmery Pool Party Beautiful Blizzard snowflakes... and I can't wait to use it with the  background stamp...
Gorgeous!




Monday, 17 September 2018

The Clearance Rack has just been updated


Clearance Rack
This is my second post for today...so please scroll down for my earlier creative share....

The Clearance Rack has just been updated… with bargains at up to 6O% off the original prices but once they’re gone… they are gone…

Papers, Inkpads & Ribbons galore… amongst lots of other things… definitely worth a check out… but please be quick…

Especially for those of you that loved those Foil Frenzy papers!

Click here to go straight there… and don’t forget to add the current Host Code 2MVEHBBW where prompted for an extra gift from me too… or to add your order value towards the order amount for a free class…

Enjoy!


Winter Woods & Dashing Deer Training Swaps - and Tutorial

Before I start... the CLEARANCE RACK has just been updated... and there are some amazing bargains to be had!! Paper, Ink pads, Dies, Ribbons etc etc etc...

So now you can see why I had Winter Woods and Dashing Deer out in my craft space... a little matter of making card swaps for our Quarterly Training...

This means that we each design and create a card (or 3D project)... and produce one for each team member going to Training... We then swap with each other at Training... so we all go home with samples and inspirations to share with our own customers... I usually find that I get a few samples of products that I don't own...so it is a great way to show more from the catalogues than each of us on our own can... wonderful synergy!
And whilst I was creating the backgrounds I took a few photos as I went along... so hopefully you can follow and make some of these scenes for yourself... all you need is a bit of sponge and some Night of Navy ink...
1. Emboss your trees on a card panel using Versamark, White embossing powder and your Heat Tool (gun)...
2. Make a mask by stamping the trees on a piece of paper and cutting along your tree line... and place over the bottom of the tree trunks... and an extra tip for you here... use a deeper piece of paper than I did! ie so that your embossed panel is covered right to the bottom (rather than having a gap at the bottom like I did... as I had to take care to not add ink to this area!!

3. Ink up your sponge from the ink pad... and swoosh along your horizon... swooshing along gives you a neat line....
4. Lightly sponge all over your trees... but you don't need to be precise at this stage...
5. Go over again... with your sponge in a more dabbing motion this time... as then you get texture and depth... which adds to the interest of the night sky... and makes it more realistic...
6. Grab a tissue and wipe off the ink from the trees (VERY important step or you/recipient will have such inky fingers!!!
7. Remove your mask and reveal your snowy banks...
8. Ink up & stamp your greeting...
9. Finish off by adding Tombow glue along the horizon and Dazzling Diamonds glitter 

10. Ink up and stamp Gray Granite deer... die cut and adhere to your card...




Sunday, 16 September 2018

Tranquil Winter Woods Trio #3

Rounding off the trio... another simple share..
So... same card recipe, products and background as per this share... with more product details on this earlier share...

This time I stamped & white embossed the greeting onto the Tranquil Tide mat...
And then hand cut the stamped and sponged glossy card under the trees...

But then I slipped as I stuck it down!! So please ignore this last minute"sticking it down straight issue I had".... I mean can you believe it! And even worse I didn't even realise until I had put everything away... but I know some of you like my "warts and all" shares... so I thought it still worth sharing...

Finished off with a line of Tombow plus Dazzling Diamonds glitter for my snow line....

And ... I have to laugh at myself... as this was meant to be a trio... but just as I was putting everything away... there was just one more thing I had to try!! Which worked really well... so I will be back with another part in the series sometime soon!!!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

My Top 10 of Everything Else in the Autumn Winter Catalogue!

Back to the subject in hand when you have lots of new products in a new Autumn Winter catalogue to share... but I am so going to have to cheat to keep this as a Top 10!!!

Oh and click here if you missed my Top 10 Stamps & Bundles published earlier...

Christmas Papers
Lots of lovely papers... but (unusually) I struggled to decide on my first 2 to buy!! So these are what I settled on... 

Festive Farmhouse See Page 13
Festive Farmhouse 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper
Particularly love the wood, tongue & groove, words, stars and all those checks!! And you can never go wrong with stripes!! So yes... that covers all of them!

All is Bright See Page 6
All Is Bright 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper
Love the photo realistic options on the one hand... and the christmassy but paper staples on the other... especially as a lot of these could be used all year round...

But click here or the icon below to see ALL the christmas and autumn papers in the flick through video... 
Though my eyes still hanker to use some more Little Twinkle, Delightfully Detailed and the foiled side of the Broadway Bound from the Annual Catalogue for Christmas too! All in all I think we are quite spoilt for christmas paper options this year...

Shimmer Paints... all 4 of them! See page 38
Love this simple range of products... Available in Frost White plus 3 metallics in Vegas Gold, Bright Copper & Champagne Mist. 

We love the subtle shimmer and shine of these... Daub them... Stamp with them... Spritz them... So excited these have made a come back.... don't be without your Frosted White... and Vegas Gold!!?

And come back next Tuesday to download a (pretty exhaustive!) Technique Sheet of lots of ways to use them...

Take Your Pick Tool. See Page 30
Take Your Pick
Don't miss this "tacky putty tipped" tool to make picking up those tricky little embellishments so easy! With 4 essential ends for the other side too... ball ends, mini spatula & paper piercer... Putty end refills too...


Embossing Folders (x4)
Love all of the new folders... and most are hard to spot! So why not count them as one choice!!

Corrugated Embossing Folder. See Page 13

Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Lots of ways to use this folder... a great staple... eg Corrugated texture. Crimped texture. Roof panels! Hardlap fencing... 

Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder. See Page 5.
Swirls & Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
So very pretty... but this is the one I missed first few times around!

Tin Tile embossing Folder. See Page 43
Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
This is proving very popular around these parts... but again wasn't really spotted at first looks...

Also whilst we are on the subject... don't forget the lovely new Seasonal Wreath one in the Annual Catalogue! 
Seasonal Wreath Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Galvanised Metallic Paper. See Page 43
Galvanized Metallic Paper
Gorgeous shimmery silver "card"... remember the A4 Silver Shimmer card we used to stock... like that but in 12x12 sheets... and this will be stunning when used with the Tin Tile embossing folder ...


Festive Farmhouse Elements. See Page 13
Festive Farmhouse Elements
Pre die-cut wood elements... coloured Grey Granite on the front side... but imagine these in gold (or copper) care of the Shimmer Paints and a Finger Dauber...

Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels. See Page 19.
Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels
I have been asked for these for years... and now they are here!! Red berries a go-go!

Joyous Noel 6x6 Glimmer Paper. See Page 29
Joyous Noel 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper
A multi pack of shiny copper, Merry Merlot & Tranquil Tide...

Bakers Box. See Page 49
Baker's Boxes
These are great... approx 11cm (4 1/4") sides x 5.5cm (2 1/8")  high.
Lovely to display treats such as cupcakes and chocolate... but also great for Home Decor projects!! I can't wait to get crafting with these...


And last but not least...

Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card Pack and Red Cards & Envelopes. See Page 21.
Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card Pack  Santa's Workshop Memories & More Cards & Envelopes
These are proving the early favourites amongst demos around the world for producing lots of simple cards in a flash! How easy can easy be when you just want to make some cards!! Looking forward to mine turning up soon... 


Missed the earlier catalogue share... here you go... just click here or on the picture below to download...
But if you live in the UK.. and are in the market for Christmas etc products ... I would love to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator... so please click here to contact me and I will send you a hard copy of the catalogue in the post...