Monday, 16 July 2018

Enjoy Life Impossible Card... & Yorkshire Coast...

Quick share for you today... of an Impossible Card... using the Enjoy Life stamp set...

Click here for the card Tutorial...
And here are the details of the Enjoy Life set... click on the image below to go straight to the shop...
Enjoy Life Photopolymer Stamp Set
And talking of enjoying life... another beautiful & warm weekend... so we shot over to the Yorkshire coast yesterday... and so I have shots of 3 (very different) coastal villages to share with you! As I had to have a play with that panoramic shot tool on the iphone!

Sandsend...
Staithes...
Saltburn...
Lovely day... with over 25,000 steps on the Fitbit before the battery died! 

But wonder if we can find somewhere that doesn't begin with S next time we are over there! Couldn't have planned that if I tried!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Varied Vases #5 & colouring ribbon...

Another of the Varied Vases suite of cards... very easy and quick to get creative and makes lots of variants of these...
Spot the coloured Mint Macaron ribbon on this one... easily and quickly done by dragging my White Tulle Polka Dot ribbon between a sponge and ink pad...
Rest of the card details as per this card... though this time we used the Layering Squares scalloped frame as well as the Stitched Shapes stitches square... 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Accented Blooms to celebrate 45 years of... Julie!

So it was a special birthday for my fabulous Stampin Up Mummy, Julie Kettlewell last week... as she celebrated her 45th birthday...
So I had to quickly get those retired Large Numbers out of hiding... and a card was swiftly posted off to help Julie celebrate 45 years in style!
All the details on the card here... including the link to the tutorial...

Friday, 13 July 2018

Fancy Fold Friday Tutorial for the Simple Swing Easel Card

So as I was busy creating Swing Easel cards for my July classes... a sudden "paper-engineering" thought came upon me... and the trial luckily proved VERY successful...

So put away my original cut and score method for the Swing Easel Card... and try this simple way instead! It is definitely a lot simpler...
But whilst I am in the process of converting all of the Swing Easel Card Tutorials to this Simple method... just click here for the A4 cardstock version...or here for the 12x12 cardstock version... and the same card size 5 1/2" (14cm) square one is here...

So this is another 5 1/2" (14cm) Square card size.... or as we say around here ... the one size fits all the world version!!
So without further ado... here are the Tutorials...

First up a pdf version of the Card Tutorial... for you to click...and download/save/print...
Second up ... the written version with an extra picture of the crosspiece position... and extra details of the final decoration... as well as the Shop links in the Recipe...


Craft Spa Recipe
Card Gray Granite 14 x 29 cm (5 ½” x 11⅜”*)
* With US Letter card… cut 5 ½” x 11”for card blank and separate 5 ½” x 3/8” for the crosspiece
Paper (Top) 13.5cm (5 ¼”) Square
Paper (Base) 13.5cm (5 ¼”) Square
Card Basic Black 9cm (3 ½“) Square
Card Gray Granite 8.5cm (3 ¼”) Square
Card Whisper White 8 cm (3”) Square
(D) Basic Black 5 x 10.5cm (2 x 4”) (for die-cutting WISH)
Papers – Broadway Bound
Stamps – Broadway Birthday
Punches - Classic Label
Dies – Broadway Lights, RETIRED Squares Collection OR Layering Squares with front aperture slightly smaller
Embellishments  - Metallic Pearls

Craft Spa Instructions
1.      LANDSCAPE. 28 cm (11”) on Trimmer Top Bar and cut across whole of card and retain the cut-off 1cm/3/8” sliver as a crosspiece…
* NOTE - With US Letter card… cut 5 ½” x 11”for card blank and  5 ½” x 3/8” for the crosspiece separately

2.      LANDSCAPE. 14cm (5 ½”) on Trimmer Top Bar. Score across whole card
3.      Mountain Bone Fold
4.      Place in a tent fold orientation (ie with score across top)
5.      Adhere Top and Bottom papers

6.      Cut out Top aperture with trimmer at 2.5cm ( 1”) all round
ie Line up at 2.5cm
( 1”) ; Cut 2.5 to 11.5cm ( 1-4 ½ “) ; Turn 90degrees, Cut 2.5 to 11.5cm( 1-4 ½ “) … and so on…
OR Die cut the Top central square aperture using the largest RETIRED Layering Squares die…  TIP – draw diagonal lines from tip to tip if you need help lining up centrally with a die)
 
7.        Place opened out card blank back on trimmer LANDSCAPE with aperture/top papers to the right hand side…
8.      Score top and bottom sections at 8”, 8 ½” and 9”
9.      Fold the 2 side sections as Mountain, Valley, Mountain. 

10.  Open out in tent fold orientation (ie with aperture to Top)
11.  Adhere the sliver to first/bottom (mountain) section

12.  Fold back over with card in tent fold orientation but closed
13.  Apply glue to front face of sliver
14.  Adhere largest square mat…lining up carefully with your card aperture!

15.  Decorate as necessary
I left it fairly simple for this one...
(a) Gray Granite stamped Hooray, with gold embossed Hooray dots over.. plus metallic pearls
(b) die cut hats from the papers
(c) Die cut Basic Black Wish... with another metallic pearl on the dot of the "i"
(d)  "MAKE A" stamped in Black and then punched with the 
Classic Label punch.. popped up with mini 3D foam dimensionals...  And you will be delighted to know that you can stamp the "MAKE A" image as it comes (ie with the line underneath) as the punch spacing just removes the line!

Varied Vases #4 -TWO-lips...

Another day... another clean & simple Varied Vases cards in Subtles for you...

But please come back later for my Fancy Fold Friday Simple Swing Easel card tutorial as promised... which has missed this morning run (long story!!) ... so I had to do a quick switch... so 2 posts for you today...

So back to this card... Standard A6 Tent Fold Card Blank (US A2)... with a 14.3cm x 10.5cm (US 5 1/4" x 4") dotty Petal Pink paper panel... 
Die cut Stitched circle having stamped co-ordinating Petal Pink tulips either side of Highland Heather spray of flowers... 

Water & levels achieved by partially inking up the solid vase filler stamp in Pool Party...
Finished off with the lovely Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon...

Click here for the full background and details of what was used...
Speak later...

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Treehouse Adventure 3D Box Frame for 3D Thursday

Something really special to share with you today... and I just know that you are going to love it too...

But I can take NO credit... as this masterpiece has been created by the lovely Kate Cooper in my Stampin Up team of Craft Therapists... didn't she do VERY well...

So back to the project... which uses Treehouse Adventure & the "huge" Make A Difference alphabet stamp set... and sits in a 3D Box Frame to make it all the more special...

All I can say is lucky Will & Becca... and Kate... the Treehouse Adventure stamp set is now definitely on my next order! As it didn't take much to twist my arm on this one... it is a stamp that "has my heart" after all...

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star...

So whilst we made this Swing Easel card...we had to keep the Twinkle Builder punched out parts to make this simple card...

Another 5 1/2" Square (or 14cm Square) card blank to keep things constant for class prepping...

With the 13.5cm (5 1/4") starry Twinkle Twinkle papers adhered to the front of the card... and then the largest Layering Squares aperture cut out (7.3cm/2 7/8") in the centre
And a Tip for you if you struggle to eyeball cutting a square in the centre like this... draw diagonal lines from each corner... intersecting at the centre... your eyes will start to behave then!!!

White embossed Little Twinkle greeting...

Stuck to a 7.8cm/3 1/8" Square Whisper White panel... and then the square carefully stuck to the top of the hole...
And another Tip for you... as the line around the aperture on the top of the card... neatly defined the area that no glue should go over...

Finished off with the punched Whisper White moon and stars.. with a trio of  Twinkle Adhesive Backed star Sequins to add a touch of sparkle to finish it all off...



Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Tuesday Tip - Broadway Lights Wish die

A quick share of a die cut... and an alternative use for said die cut! This is the lovely big Wish die cut in the Broadway Lights dies... or the Broadway Birthday bundle... 
Broadway Birthday Photopolymer Bundle
I didn't realise that the W... and the dot of the i... are cut out separately... so thought I should share that with you... as it does mean you have a lot more flexibility with the size/width of the word depending on where you stick the parts!

And it also means you can also have an M... or a YOU... or a YAY (not pictured!! As I have only just thought of that one...!)



Monday, 9 July 2018

Broadway Bound Birthday Swing Easel Card

As soon as I saw the die cut "marquee sign" shape in the Broadway Birthday bundle... I knew a Swing Easel card had to be made for classes...

Well a few actually... but more on the others another day...
So this is the Broadway Birthday bundle... love it!
Broadway Birthday Photopolymer Bundle
And here are all the Broadway Bound papers for you... foiled on one side ... light and bright on the other...
 Broadway Bound Speciality Designer Series Paper
To make this sign... I die cut it in both Basic Black and Whisper White... drew around the outer frame onto Gold Foil and then cut out the gold foil mat by hand... stuck the black outer frame onto the gold foil mat... and then popped and stuck... the stamped white inner part into the centre

And spot the detail of the little Candle Embellishment on the I of the die cut word Wish
Aren't they just the cutest things ever! In Gold and silver... About 3/4" (2cm) big...
Candle Embellishments
And this is the card closed as it will appear in the envelope...
Now as I made this Swing Easel card... I came up with a different way of making it... which I will be back to share in the next week... as it makes life SO much easier... 

But in the meantime.. click Click here for the original Swing Easel Card tutorials... this is another 5 1/2"(14cm) one... 
And oh... the Classic Label Punch was used to punch out the small Broadway Birthday greetings...

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Varied Vases #3 - Mint Macaron & Highland Heather

Another of the lovely clean and simple cards series made using the Varied Vases bundle...

A simple Mint Macaron leaves trio ... sat in Highland Heather paper punched vases (with central one  direct to edge inked for more definition)... all on a Stitched Shapes circle... with a Classic Label punched Mint Macaron greeting...
Standard A6 Tent Fold Card Blank (US A2)... with a 5.5cm (US 2 1/4") x 14.8cm (US 5 1/2") paper panel

See my earlier blog post here for all the information on all the products used and all the links etc...