Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hang Your Stockings - The Gold Trio

Another little Hang Your Stockings trio for you... a very sparkly gold glimmer trio this time...

You should recognise the one in the centre and first one below...as this was a Blog Hop project earlier in the month...
Gold Glimmer stocking the way the die intends..

But then I had another couple of ideas...

Firstly the Waste Stocking...
Die cut the flourish stocking and a plain solid stocking in plain white. Stick the flourish one on top of the plain one -  and then stick in the waste from the Gold Glimmer flourish stocking... not that many pieces so not too time consuming!

And lastly the Wrong Way Round Stocking...
Die cut the stocking through from the white side of the Glimmer paper...and then it turns the other way round!

And finish the cards off with pine boughs using the Christmas Pines stamps and dies

Monday, 24 October 2016

How to decorate & Hang Your Stockings

Really simple little trio of small square Hang Your Stocking cards (10.5cm aka 4 1/8" ) today... great for your bulk Christmas cards as so quick and easy...

But before I start... do you know that voting for the 2017 British Craft Awards is now open... Note that UK residents also get the chance to enter the prize draw for an Amazon voucher too...
Select the Papercraft category... and not only can you vote for Stampin Up! (or whoever!) as Brand of the Year ... But there is also a category for "your one must read blog for crafty inspiration". Now I am not on the nomination list... but as I am honoured that many of you feedback that I am your first-to-visit/ must read blog... there is the option to select Other and enter whichever blog name you wish.... Just sayin'...

Right back to today's creative share... These makes were inspired by this gorgeous Quarterly Training swap card from my lovely and very talented team-mate Julie Wade...
First up a Sahara Sand stocking stamped, die cut and 3D'd to the front of a card blank... Finished off with a stamped and die cut cuff, a red Mini Jingle Bell and Gold Bakers Twine bow 
Second up a Real Red stamped and die-cut stocking stuck through a die cut aperture in the card blank. Finished off with a Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper die-cut bow and a Rhinestone Jewel...
And lastly, the Razzle Dazzle one... though I don't think it will show up so well in this photo.... a Real Red glitter embossed & die cut stocking again stuck through a die-cut aperture. Finished off with a Red/White Bakers Twine bow. And apologies for the smudge above the greeting... I didn't photo pre-classes so it got marked!
And a tip for using your Glitter Embossing powders when you want real depth to the colour when using a solid image like this one! 

Ink up the stamp in Versamark, then go and ink up in Real Red and then stamp... Add the embossing powder and then heat to melt. Not sure what it does to my Real Red pad if I do a lot of these...but I can always wipe that sticky Versamark off and re-ink with Real Red when I am done!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Star of Light Tunnel Fold Card Part 2

Simpler version of yesterday's Tunnel Fold card... with the colours the other way round... check out yesterdays' post for the card tutorial

Simple stamped star on the inside... Smoky Slate 8 prong one & large Island Indigo one to get the layered effect... plus Wink of Stella all over the Smoky Slate to make it all shine...just as the card says!
And a thought for all you Whovians... can't you just see the Tardis in the centre of one of these cards....!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Star of Light Tunnel Fold Card & Tutorial

Another simple Star of Light card that packs a punch...

Clean & Simple on the front... 
But opening up to a bit of paper engineering... with a 3D star to finish it all off...
Craft Spa A4 Cardstock Recipe
Island Indigo 21x14.8cm (1)
Thick Whisper White 20 x 14.3cm (2)
Smoky Slate 9.8 x 14.3cm
Whisper White 9.3 x 13.8cm
(St) Thick Whisper White 10 x A4L (6)
(D) Silver Foil 7.5 x 10cm
(D) Island Indigo 4 x 4.5cm
where (St) means for stamping on and (D) means for die-cutting

Stamps - Star of Light
Inks - Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate
Tools - Layering Ovals dies, Starlight Dies
Embellishment - Gemstones, Wink of Stella

And the How To...
(1) Score Island Indigo panel LANDSCAPE at 10.5cm ( ie standard A6 card blank!)

(2) Score Thick Whisper White panel LANDSCAPE at 5,10,15 cm (TIP-Don't Bone Fold yet!)
(3) Die cut largest Layering Oval centrally
(4) Stamp all over
(5) Bone Fold Valley, Mountain, Valley

(6) Stamp 3 large Island Indigo stars & die cut
(7) Score down the vertical centre axis of each star
TIP - these 2 steps are a lot easier/more accurate if you do them in reverse.... ie Score Whisper White strip LANDSCAPE at 5,13 & 21cm, then stamp the 3 stars centrally on the score lines, then die cut
(8) Valley bone fold each star
(9) Adhere right and left half-sides of 2 stars, then repeat for 3rd star

(10) Adhere right hand side of stamped white panel to inside right hand side of Island Indigo card blank
(11) Adhere 3D star to inside of card blank ( ie centre of star to centre line!)
(12) Fold flat & apply glue to top of left hand side of stamped white panel
(13) Close card over onto the glued panel

(14)Ink up and stamp front White panel - Soft Sky star spray, Island Indigo 8-prong star and greeting
(15) Die cut large Silver Foil & small Island Indigo fancy stars
(16) Adhere all parts

Friday, 21 October 2016

Presents & Pinecones Large Square Double Display Card & A4 Tutorial

A Fancy Fold Friday post with Tutorial for you. This is the Tutorial for the Large Square Double Display Card from A4 cardstock which I thought I had already published - but discovered I had not. So thought I should quickly rectify the situation!!

And remember that these Presents & Pinecones papers are on Special Offer this month
And here are the links to the Large Square Double Display Card Tutorials using 12x12 cardstock  versions - inches and centimetres.
Large Square Double Display Card Tutorial– A4 Metric Version 
You will need:-
Thick Whisper White A4 Cardstock 15x 29cm
Whisper White 12x12 Cardstock 15cm Square
Early Espresso Cardstock 10 cm Square
Presents & Pinecones Paper Mint Macaron 9.5cm Square (x2)
Presents & Pinecones Paper Stripe/Fronds 4.5cm x 9.5cm (x2)
Presents & Pinecones Paper Stripe/Fronds 4.5cm x 2cm (x2)
Stamps & Dies – Christmas Pines

 1.       PORTRAIT. Line up at 2.5cm on Top Bar
2.       Cut from 2 to 12cm. LIFT. Cut from 17 to 27cm
3.       Turn 180 degrees & Repeat 1-2

4.       LANDSCAPE. Score across whole width at 4.5, 9.5, 19.5 & 24.5cm
5.       LANDSCAPE. Score top and bottom sections at 2, 12, 17 & 27cm
(TOP TIP - you will find 17cm difficult to find/do on a Trimmer!! So alternatively…
Line up at 12cm to LEFT HAND SIDE. Score top and bottom sections
Line up at 2 cm to RIGHT HAND SIDE, Score top and bottom sections
Turn 180degrees and repeat for 12cm LHS and 2cm RHS)

6.       With panel PORTRAIT out in front of you… Hand fold from edge facing you…
1st LH & RH outer score-lines - Mountain folds
1st centre section score line - Mountain fold
4th/last LH & RH outer score lines- Valley fold
2nd/last centre section - Valley fold ( you can put your fingers through the previous folds to do so!)
3rd outers - Mountain Fold (will have happened automatically!)
2nd outers – Valley Fold (will have happened automatically!)
NOTE – the photos are of a Small Square Double Display Card but show you what you need to do!!

7.       Fold up towards centre, ensure cut-lines/sections lined up & free to move & then Bone Fold
TIP – an extra “crease” will now magically appear in the centre of the 4 top & bottom outer sections – do not worry, you will be covering these! But don’t further crease or bone-fold it!!! 

8.       Repeat 6-7 from other side

9.       Decorate the Card Front
(a) Adhere Mint Macaron Paper to Early Espresso Square panel
(b) Adhere to 15cm Whisper White Square Panel
(c) Chop in half at 7.5cm (best to use a guillotine cutter as you have 3 layers to cut through…)
(d) Stamp Early Espresso greeting on RIGHT HAND section
(e) Adhere these Card Front Sections to front LH & RH sections of Main Card – one at a time lining everything up nicely as you go! 

TOP TIPS – put glue on front sections of Main Card NOT the back of the Card Front Sections!!! Or you will have glue where you don’t want it!!!

I would recommend also Tombow – I have only used Sticky Strip for the photo so you can see where to put the glue! 

10.   Stamp, die cut and decorate as necessary
(       (a)    the pine boughs are a Mint Macaron one layered over an Emerald Envy one. Layered as a shadow
        (b)    the seed-head is die cut in Cherry Cobbler and then the stalks coloured using an Early Espresso marker pen – leaving the berries in red…
        (c)     The central square paper panel is stamped with Mint Macaron stars/snowflakes from the Christmas Pines stamp set– subtle but adds great detail…

Stampin Up! Centrestage Ticket

Oops... I have a new Fancy Fold Friday Tutorial written and a new card to share today... but need to re-take photos of the card!!! My hands must have been shaking.... so please come back later....

In the meantime... look what arrived in the post today... my invite from Stampin' Up! to the Centrestage Reception at our next Stampin' Up! On Stage UK local event in Telford.

I had to share as I think this Large Ticket concept is fabulous... and it might just get repeated for something special I am plotting soon...
Though it is a good job they were not employing me to tie all those Linen Thread bows!!!! Cough...I am somewhat bow challenged....

Not long to wait now until Telford... just 2 weeks and I will be meeting up with over 400 UK demonstrators and cough... getting the new Spring Summer Catalogue in my hands!!
Really looking forward to it.. can't wait ladies and gents!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Star of Light Z Fold Panel Card & Tutorial

Following on from yesterday's post... here is another simple Star of Light Small Square Z Fold Card with an added extra panel... so I guess that makes it a Z Fold Panel Card....

Just a die cut largest scalloped and plain square from the Layering Squares Framelits dies... a perfect fit...
Finished off with a Triple 3D Star stamped in Whisper White craft ink on Island Indigo card - and then die cut... 

And a very quick Tutorial for you... from A4 card...
(1) Cut a piece of Island Indigo card 10.5 x 21cm  
(2) Place on trimmer LANDSCAPE 
(3) Score at 10.5 and 5.25cm 
(4) Bone Fold Centre Line (10.5cm) as Valley and Front line (5.25cm) as Mountain

And a quick conversion for you guys in the US with the 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.... 
(1) Cut a piece of Island Indigo card 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" 
(2) Place on trimmer LANDSCAPE 
(3) Score at 4 1/4" and 2 1/8" 
(4) Bone Fold Centre Line (4 1/4") as Valley and Front line (2 1/8") as Mountain

Though whether the Panel fits quite so well... Mmm not sure... the panel may look a "smidgeon" short.... If not... you need to go to the exact equivalent to our Metric (centimetres) card... which is a 4 1/8" x 8 1/4" piece of card. Landscape- Score 4 1/8" and 2 1/16".  I would appreciate any feedback on this if you try it out....
Simple but very effective...

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Fancy Frost & Star of Light Z Fold Card

Another card using the gorgeous Fancy Frost embossed speciality papers...

The subtle embossed stars pattern being perfect for this card... and for any one that cannot see it... it is on the back square of the card!
And this is just the second outing of the Star of Light bundle... stunning dies and gorgeous stamps... lots of both! If you like your stars... then this is the one for you.... 

But be warned you had better stock up on Silver Glimmer Paper and Silver Foil too... Teamed with Island Indigo in my Stars collection.... oh and Soft Sky and Smoky Slate too...

And be warned... yes I did say second outing! Which is code for lots more Star cards in my collection to share!! 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Hang your Stockings on the Fireplace CAS Card

Have to admit that this is one of my favourite - and one of the most popular cards we have made this year.... so far...

Simple in style and execution... got to love that! So quick too...
And the back story...

Colour combination care of Heidi who suggested Soft Sky, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake for the colours for her private family cardmaking class with me this month... Thank you Heidi...right up my street!

Fireplace decoration care of a gorgeous Team Quarterly Training swap made by the very lovely Tracy Hill.
Die cut Hearth & Home Crumb Cake window, central thin panes snipped out by hand.  Die cut Crumb Cake mantelpiece too.

Die cut Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper NOEL and bow. And 3 stamped and die-cut small stockings. Smoky Slate stamped greeting. All from Hang Your Stockings which is fast becoming my most used set this year....

Wallpaper simply a piece of Fancy Frost Speciality paper. FABULOUS! And not easily spotted in the catalogue or on display.... all the sheets are white and embossed...what is not to love!

All laid up on a 5 1/2" Square Crumb Cake card blank... the perfect size... And finished off with a gemstone...

Definitely a few of these being made for my friends' christmas card stash this year... Cool Yule!

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Staircase Card Tutorial Part 2 - Decorating Your Stairs & Window...

Back with the sequel... how I decorated the Staircase and Window.... step by step!

But for anyone that has missed it.. click here for Part 1 of the Tutorial... on how to make the Staircase and Card...

First up...  the holly boughs (or swags). I used Holly Berry Happiness
1. Ink up and stamp an Always Artichoke outline image
 2. Ink up and stamp a second Always Artichoke image to the right...with the second overlapping the first
3. And finish with a third...
4. Ink up and stamp the filler image in Garden Green ( x3)
5. Ink up and stamp 3 Cherry Cobbler outline bows

6. Overstamp with Cherry Cobbler filler bow

8. Fussy cut the whole holly bough/swags... takes about 10-15 minutes...and yes definitely fussy! As I said to my ladies... you will love me, hate me and then love me again for this card!!!
9. Add small dabs of glue to top of slats (I have added a dot so you can see where I mean!)
10. Position and stick the holly bough
11. Add the 2 outer bows

12. Add a small piece of Tear n Tape (or Sticky Strip or equivalent) to the centre
13. Add a small length of Bakers Twine (I used Cherry Cobbler from the new Trio pack) to your Christmas Trinket Embellishment and attach to the small Tear n Tape piece

14. Cover with the third bow...

Second up... the window....
1. Place a punched 1/2" Circle onto a 6.3 x 8.3cm panel of Whisper White card (US 2 1/2" x 3 1/4") as a mask. Think about where your tree will stamp (see pt.6) 

TIP- I put a bit of temporary glue on the back of mine to avoid movement. Remember that Tombow Multi Purpose is a great temporary glue when dry (if you have the time and patience for it to dry!!)
 2. Place a ripped post it note to cover/mask the bottom third of the panel
 3. Grab a Sponge Brayer and Dapper Denim ink
4. Brayer your ink over...
Start lightly (to avoid hard edges) as you can always build up and go darker... and darker...
 5. Remove the 1/2" circle mask
 6. Ink up and stamp a Garden Green tree from the Christmas Greetings set. Hopefully you can just get it on your masked moon!
 7. And a couple more...slightly more overlap onto the post it note to make them smaller...
 8. Remove your post it note mask...and reveal your snow...
 9. Die cut a Hearth & Home window.
10. Stamp a  6.3 x 8.3cm Vellum panel (US 2 1/2" x 3 1/4")  with white Staz On snowflakes  from the Greetings From Santa set. 

11. Add a thin bead of glue round your window frame
12. Adhere your vellum

13. Add another thin bead of glue round your window frame (on top of the vellum)

14. Adhere your stamped panel
15. Adhere to your card...
And there you have it... one finished card...

Right I am off to finish a few makes for my next class... and then I hope to make another few staircase cards! My head brimmeth over with other ideas!!