Monday, 22 May 2017

Mixed Drinks In the Bar... Cheers! Bench Fold Card #4

A simpler dressing of the Tool Bench card that I shared here

And update on the Bench Fold Card tutorial(s)... all orders received have been emailed out now... so you should have them in your inbox... Thank you so much for your support... and I really hope that you enjoy the card fold as much as I am!
Back to today's card.... suitable for the man in your life that is "drinki-dextrous" and likes a pint (or two) of beer and is rather partial to Champagne (or Prosecco) too... or for a couple of friends that you just like a drink with!

This was a quick make with a re-made Tool Bench card for the Tutorial photos.... I am sure you will see an alternative (prettier and more dressed) version at some point....

Things to spot....

(1) Reversed pint of beer to the left...

I just grabbed a larger-than-the-glass photopolymer stamp... and placed it upside down in front of me (so looking at the flat back of the stamp)...

I inked up the glass stamp using Memento Black (Archival Black didn't work interestingly! and don't use Staz On...) and stamped on the reverse of the larger upside-down stamp and then quickly stamped the "flat back stamp" onto my white card...Eureka!

I did however then have to re-stamp my right hand beer glass in Basic Grey... as there was too much difference compared to the originally stamped Memento Black version....
(2) The previous workbench top has become a table.... just sticking my panels in a different order... front sides then top in this case...

(3) Bubbles coming out of the Champagne flutes... again care of the Playful Backgrounds stamp set that I didn't know what to do with originally... I have to thank the very talented Shannon Lane in Canada for this clever idea... pop over to see her gorgeous card using this concept and the Mixed Drinks set...

(4) Champagne is stamped with Gold Wink of Stella (sadly not available in Europe anymore!).... I brushed the Gold WOS onto the stamp and stamped....

(5) The Gold WOS was also used over the beer to make it all shimmer... and then the Clear Wink of Stella over the glass areas of the 4 glasses...

So Cheers! And remember that the step by step Tutorial(s) are now available here for these Bench Fold Cards... with the full lowdown on how to make the Kitchen Range (AGA), BBQ and Tool Bench designs...

Stampin Up! Products Used
Papers - Urban Underground (not available)
Card - Crumb Cake, Thin Whisper White
Inks - Memento Black, Delightful Dijon 
Other - Gold Wink of Stella (not available), Clear Wink of Stella

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Succulent Garden re-designed Double Z Joy Fold Card

Just popping on with a quick share today... but one I will come back to soon with all the details for you... seems like a good Fancy Fold Friday tutorial post to start off next weekend!

Edited To Add:- Bench Fold Card tutorials for the Kitchen Range, BBQ & Tool Bench will start to be emailed out tonight when I get back home... so please allow 36 hours before worrying that you haven't got it... 

Remember this one...

And this one
And this one with the Tutorial...
Well I finally tweaked it... so now it opens fully... and in parallel!!
Can't believe I couldn't suss it before... and boy did I try!!!
So glad I now have... 
Back with the full lowdown soon...





Saturday, 20 May 2017

Kitchen Range Bench Fold Card Part 2


And so this is the Kitchen Range card made by Heidi... no guesses that she does possess an Aga and that her walls are green... with accents of yellow... she is also a master baker... so it is all relevant...

We got particularly excited over her flapping tea towel!! Love that there is never a mistake in crafting... and the others were gutted that they had already stuck theirs on when they saw this added bonus...
My original Kitchen Range card is here... and click here for the Tutorial ...

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Bench Fold Card Tutorial is now available - Series ONE - Kitchen Range/BBQ/Tool Bench

It is ready! The newly named Bench Fold Card is in the house...

Apologies for the tutorial(s) having taken so long... but not only was there a lot to do with the details of 3 cards... but it has been a very very busy week....
I am offering the Tutorial(s) for £5 (GBP) for the whole Trio of Bench Fold Card designs shared last weekend OR just any one of the cards for £3GBP each. As a rough guide... £5 (GBP or British Pounds) is approx. 6.5USD, 6EURO, 8.5AUSD, 9CAND

Or if you are in the UK only... you can get the Trio Tutorial(s) for free with a Class Kit in the Mail OR an online order of £20+ (before P&P) 
The Tutorial(s) are step by step and full of photos... with Bonus Tips too. Suitable for all levels of Papercrafters. It is a .pdf document which will be emailed to you. 

And these will be just be Series ONE.... I have a very long list of other designs with this Fold to work on for the future... can't wait!!!! Any monies received for the sale of these Tutorials will basically fund my Stampin Up! purchases to be able to use and create more of them (and other ideas!!) to share with you via this blog... I will never run enough classes here in a year for my list!!! Call it crowd funding...... 

And for my new followers... I don't normally charge for my tutorials... I publish 100s a year on this blog... so please stay a while and have a look round... I am sure that some of them will be of use to you... Enjoy!

So how to order & pay?

Just select from the options in the drop down list below and click on Add to Cart. You will then be taken to a new screen showing the amount to pay and to enter your details. Payment can be via Paypal or credit/debit card. And any currency conversion will be dealt with through that process - I will just receive less in a nutshell... 

Please select the option you require

So the Tutorial(s) are available... but sadly I am not so available... as I have an All Day event... so I will only get a few hours each day to send the Tutorial(s) until Sunday... so please allow 72 hours for receipt, then check your Spam folder (or add my email address thecraftspa@gmail.com to ensure it doesn't go to spam!) and then please feel free to email me... there is sometimes an occasional email that goes astray...

And further details for you....

The Card does lay totally flat to put in an envelope to mail...!
Just click the highlighted links here to see the original post and more photos & details for Kitchen Range/AgaBBQ and Tool Bench  

The Card Fold is the same for all 3... so there is just one Card Fold Tutorial for all 3 cards... but the details or dressing (and order of steps in some cases) are each different... and you know what they say... the devil is in the detail! So these are detailed separately in specific Attachments... one for each card design...

My cards were made from A4 cardstock and using metric (centimetres) measurements  - and fit in a standard C5 envelope - but I have re-sized a version from 8 1/2 x 11" card for my US readers and I believe that they will then fit in an A9 (or A8) envelope (the card lays 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" flat size).

The Tutorial/instructions are provided for sole use by the purchaser and are not be given out, rewritten/videoed or replicated without my permission.  However  - fellow demonstrators - you are very welcome to use my tutorials/instructions to hold your own physical classes and instruct your class members. Thank you for your understanding...

Anything else???

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Cheers and 5 pints... for Male Happy Birthday

May your Beer be plentiful!

Simple DL card (approx 4 1/8" x 8 1/8" for my US readers!) with a few Mixed Drinks pint pots aka tankards stamped in Delightful Dijon & the Gold Wink of Stella (now out of stock & retired) coloured over the top.
Froth & Glass areas all nice and shiny care of Clear Wink of Stella...

Overstamped with Layered Letter alphabet (also retired and out of stock!)

And yes all glasses hand cut and 3D'd for that extra pop...
Wish I hadn't coughed when I set the A down though!!!! 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cheers To You! Mixed Drinks Part 2

May your wine be plentiful!

Simple DL card (approx 4 1/8" x 8 1/8" for my US readers!) with a few Cherry Cobbler & Gold Wink of Stella (now out of stock & retired) stamped and filled Mixed Drinks wine glasses to cheer you up! 

Glasses all nice and shiny care of Clear Wink of Stella...
To YOU! wording care of Labeler Alphabet

And yes all glasses hand cut and 3D'd for a pop... Though all the glasses appearing "behind" could have been stamped direct... I just find it easier when faced with a blank card to move my pre-cut 3D images around to work out where I need to stick them!! And I do so like fussy cutting in an evening... 
Need I say more... Cheers!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Succulent Garden 8" Explosion Card

Just thought I would give you a break from men's cards for a day!

But don't forget that today is the last day you can register your interest in the Card Trio Kit in the Mail... Click here for more details...

So last month we were also using the Succulent Garden papers (wow £10 reduced to £7 a pack) along with the Irresistibly Floral (wow £11.75 down to £9.40) in my classes...
And I was asked on the spot to make a larger version of the 6" paper Explosion card (aka Dutch Map Fold) ... so I obliged with a spare full piece of the Succulent Garden papers and this is what I came up with ... so here you go Patsy!

So take an 8" Square piece of paper.... and fold as directed here... I just added an extra fold at the 4 corners... folding the peaks back on themselves to show a bit of the other side of the paper when open...
The Thick Whisper White outer card blank is a 10.5cm Square one (4 1/8" for my US Readers)...with the front papers being 10 cm (3 15/16") Square with a 3 x 10cm (1 1/4" x 3 15/16")  piece stuck on top (at the bottom)... then the ribbon wrapped round...

Then decorate as desired.... I just quickly used some of the flowers I had cut from another of the Succulent Garden papers... with the greetings from Super Duper... 
Great size for this fold & card... as the papers for the front are cut from the off cuts as you cut your 8" Square piece of paper from the 12x12" piece... and I do think a 12" x 12" centre folded piece would be somewhat too large for a card (oh! unless you needed lots of signature space or something...and then I guess it would be really cool!)

Such a great way to use all those papers sitting in your stash cupboard! Definitely one I will use again sometime soon...




Monday, 15 May 2017

Cheers To You - Mixed Drinks Part 1

And breathe Amanda.... what a lot of excitement for the last 3 days of posts! Somewhat overwhelming... such fabulous comments & feedback (with lots of blushing on my part)... but so happy to please... and delighted to inspire so many all at one go (well 3 goes)

And a big hello to my many new followers! May you find lots of other creations and tutorials to inspire you on here...
So I am sharing a few simple Mixed Drinks & Layered Letters (aargh - retired & out of stock!) things over the next few days so I can concentrate on writing up a certain tutorial for you all!!! By the end of the week... with just 4 other events to run as well! Breathe deep & hard Amanda... 

And as I have been asked... about a 100 times already! The pdf Tutorial(s) will be £3(GBP) for one of the cards but just £5 for all 3 of the cards... payment will be via Paypal and I hope to sort out a quick and easy process for you and me... Oh - and my blog subscribers will be the amongst the first to know when it is released!!

And remember for those of you in the UK only... place a £20+ Stampin' Up! order on-line through me and you will receive the Tutorials (all 3) for free... Just make sure you can see my name (Amanda Bates) at the top right of the screen... and enter the current Host Code VQTSBUDV where prompted... But probably more importantly if you order online this week... you will be on the priority list for them to be sent to... 

Trio Kits in the Mail (including Tutorial) will also be provided to those that have emailed me a request so far... There is still time (until 11pm tomorrow, 16th May) to request one... I will be back to you separately by email about the kits... probably on Thursday...

Edited to Add: I have checked and unfortunately I will not be able to provide the Class Kits in the Mail outside of the 5 European territories...
Back to today's Cheers To You card... a simple 14.8cm Square (about 5 7/8") card - with lager, stout, bitter and brown ale in pint tankards to please the men... though the no-punch no-dies didn't please the girls in class... even though I kept telling them they could stamp it direct on the card panel! 

So yes all 6 glasses stamped, punched and hand-cut... Highlights of Clear Wink Of Stella for the glasses... and Gold Wink of Stella for the lager-beers. Tip - don't move your clear ink of Stella onto the coloured beers or you will have bits of colour where you don't want it!
Here is the full range of images in Mixed Drinks... I am loving this one!! And it is not retiring... it carries over! Though I have only scratched the surface so far as it is Mens' Cards in May month... but wait till June....
Till tomorrow... 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Tool Bench card... Part 3 with Nailed It & Perfect Mix...

And the third in the trio... a bit simpler than the other two shared over the last 2 days to create... but definitely one to wow the men in your life...

Edited to Add.... Tutorial now available. Click here for the details...

And funnily enough... this is the one that now inspires the most new creative ideas in my head!! So I think you will be seeing another series (or 10) sometime in the future... but a break from creating these is required to schedule a few new private classes, sort out the ordered kits & write up the tutorial!! So bear with me...
But fear not... I have plenty of other Men's makes to share with you in the meantime!!! So please keep coming back...

And my favourite details!! Oh the drill of course.... care of the out-of-stock Perfect Mix again... who knew how much I would end up using this set.... and the simply die cut bench ruler... though unfortunately the dies are now out of stock in Europe/probably Rest of World...
Though the Nailed It tools do do the main job for the tools you need most... and stamps still available... in clear mount... and wood mount...

And yes... the card does fold flat for mailing...
So I hope you have liked my series this weekend... though I do already feel that a lot of you have....!

I will be providing "Class in the Mail kits of the Trio including tutorial " - so please email me here asap but by the end of Tuesday 16th May latest if you are interested in one of these... as the Urban Underground papers are out of stock in the UK so I will only be able to provide from the packs I have ... nice to share! But a complication for me to work through/price up depending on how many people are interested... It may have to end up as a First Come, First Served... Edited to Add: I have checked and unfortunately I will not be able to provide the Class Kits in the Mail outside of the 5 European territories...

I will also be making tutorials available to purchase for the 3 cards in this series... hopefully by the end of next week...

Though for UK only... the Trio of tutorials 
will be sent automatically to my downline team members and can be obtained for free for May class attendees... OR ... for everyone else...  free with an online order of £20+  .... click here for my Online Shop. Make sure you can see my name (Amanda Bates) at the top right of the screen... and enter the current Host Code VQTSBUDV where prompted... 



Stampin Up! Products Used
Stamps - HardwoodNailed It (retiring), Perfect Mix (not available!),  Big on Birthdays
Papers - Urban Underground (not available)
Card - Crumb Cake, Silver Foil, Island Indigo, Basic Grey
Inks - Memento Black, Crumb Cake


Saturday, 13 May 2017

The BBQ card... Part 2 of the series with Nailed It!

Now this is the card my ladies were supposed to be making for their menfolk in my classes this week!! But hey yesterday's AGA option just turned their heads on the day!

And WOW! I think I can safely say it did worldwide too... yesterday's post set a few records for me and one of my makes!! Thank you for each and everyone of your lovely comments... here on the blog or on the Facebook Groups.... I was amazed, humbled and somewhat blown away! And a tad busy trying to keep up & respond!!
Edited to Add.... Tutorial now available. Click here for the details...

I will be providing "Class in the Mail kits of the Trio including tutorial " - so please email me here asap but by the end of Tuesday 16th May latest if you are interested in one of these... as the Urban Underground papers are out of stock in the UK so I will only be able to provide from the packs I have ... nice to share! But a complication for me to work through/price up depending on how many people are interested... It may end up as a First Come, First Served... I also don't know if I can supply outside of UK!?

I will be making a tutorial available to purchase for the 3 cards in this series... hopefully by the end of next week...

Though for UK only... the Trio tutorial will be sent automatically to my downline team members and can be obtained for free for May class attendees... OR ... for everyone else...  free with an online order of £20+  ........ click here for my Online Shop. Make sure you can see my name (Amanda Bates) at the top right of the screen... and enter the current Host Code VQTSBUDV where prompted... 

Frustratingly Perfect Mix is not available... but today's main feature Nailed It! is... (though the dies aren't) But hey this card is more about cutting by hand in any case...
Back to today's card... I am glad to say that the barbecue was made by some of my ladies... so some of the menfolk will feel special... as I am sure they will be told more than once by their good wives of the forfeit they made at the class!

As yes this is exactly the same card as the Aga... just different in the details...

And be aware that it is modelled on a £2500 ($3300) Weber barbecue image that I found on the internet.... only the best for you!!

And my favourite details on this one... oh the BBQ grill and the smoke (both care of Playful Backgrounds which was a Stampin' Up! event giveaway that I just could not work out!! Until now... how amazing!!!)
The BBQ tools... mainly care of Nailed It!... with a bit of help from Perfect Mix (not available anymore) and the long retired hostess set, Love Me Sew

And the knobs... punched out 1/4" circles from the silver foiled paper in Urban Underground... plus the Urban Underground embellishments (also gone but again I have a few spare for the kits) for the on/off switch on the right (next to the fish slice!) 

And the wheels! Though I have another great option for the wheel spokes using the Festive Flower Builder Punch!! Which is retiring & reduced down to £12.80.... (and key for the Aga!) But more on that another day...
And yes the card folds flat for posting... though - with those wheels - it wouldn't fit through the thin slot at the Post Office!!
Again sorry for not providing full chapter and verse... but time is not mine today (or whole weekend actually!) ... but I couldn't wait to share... 


Stampin Up! Products Used
Stamps - Nailed It (retiring), Perfect Mix (not available!), Love Me Sew (retired); Big on Birthdays
Punches - 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1/4" or Owl Punch (retired)
Papers - Serene Scenery (retiring), Urban Underground(not available)
Card - Thick Whisper White, Basic Grey, Silver Foil, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake
Inks - Memento Black, Smoky Slate
Marker Pens - Basic Black
Embellishments - Urban Underground (not available)
Really love this make too!!