Friday, 20 July 2018

Fancy Fold Friday - bright Broadway Bound Birthday card

So ... you may have noticed that all of the Broadway Bound cards I have shared to date have had one thing in common... and that is ... that I have used the foiled side of the papers only...

Being really honest... I found myself unable to use the somewhat brighter, lighter, younger in heart side... I was REALLY struggling with colour & imagery overload!

But then I demoed the card in my first class... and made myself put glue on the shiny foil side... and so use the brighter side... and I then became hooked!! I think it was something to do with cutting out the aperture in the centre... so then my eyes were not overloaded anymore...

And now... I love both sides equally... which makes the paper pack even better value for money... suitable for all ages and occasions! Love it when that happens...
And this of course used my new Simple Swing Easel Card method... click here for the Tutorial...
The hats are die cut out of the papers... great touch! 

And the WISH sign/frame was created as described in this post here... which shows the same card using the flip (foiled) side of the papers... and also has more information and photos of the products I used on both cards... 

SU! Products Used
Papers – Broadway Bound
Stamps – Broadway Birthday
Punches - Classic Label
Dies – Broadway Lights, RETIRED Squares Collection OR Layering Squares with front aperture slightly smaller

Thursday, 19 July 2018

3D Thursday - Celebratory Chocolate Treat Holder

Well there is a time and a place that a mother has to create something "in a flash" to celebrate a big event in their child's life...

Something that you just can't make in advance (as that would be tempting fate and all that stuff!)

So yesterday was the First Year of Uni Results day for my son... so I had bought him his favourite chocolate treat (Cadburys Caramel as always!) in readiness... but I couldn't bring myself to make and decorate a holder...
So this is what I made... using my Tutorial shared here... although this bar is fat enough that only one bar fits in the box!! Sorry Joe....

This version uses the lovely Tropical Escape papers (also on the 4 for 3 Paper Sale offer - click here for the details of all those papers)
And  is simply decorated using Tropical Chic images and Itty Bitty Greetings greetings... the latter never having being put away since it arrived!!
 Tropical chic Clear-Mount Bundle
Itty Bitty Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Spot the "congratulations" to top right.... "celebrate" randomly all over...
And...
Well done Joe... proud of you... you are the greatest... 

Even though I can't believe that the first year of university is over already! Where does the time go...


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Wednesday WOW! Peekaboo Gate Fold Card with Bow Closure with A6 Tutorial

As promised... quickly back to this "quick to make but WOW to receive" card fold...
We made one of these at Julie's Monthly Training... using the really pretty Petal Promenade papers which are in July's 4 for 3 Paper Sale promotion...
And I loved the simple little fold with it's bow closure... for which Julie was inspired by these cards created and shared here by Rachel Tessman in the USA... including her video tutorial for the US Letter/A2 version in inches...

So I made a few more in Broadway Bound and Twinkle Twinkle papers... some for this months customer Thank You cards and some for July classes... so I have a few to share with you over the next few weeks...

First up... a sweet little Twinkle Twinkle paper version... also in the 4 for 3 paper promotion... With the very lovely 1/2" Textured Weave Gray Granite Ribbon bow as the closure...
These are made from A4 card... so here are the standard A6 card dimensions for you... so so simple...

Card Recipe
A4 card 14.8 x 19cm
Paper 14.3 x 3.7cm (x2)
Inside Mat 14.3 x 10cm (not required on my Twinkle Twinkle version)
Ribbon x 11" (28cm)

Card Tutorial
1. LANDSCAPE (ie long side along top bar) on trimmer.
2. Score 4.25cm from either side (ie score 4.25cm, turn 180 degrees, score 4.25cm)
3. Bone Fold (the stronger your bone folding the better!!!)
4. Decorate as necessary

Note that I use Tear n Tape for sticking the bow... I find it stronger than using glue dots... and therefore the overall closure stays down better.... Though (with hindsight & thinking out loud) using 2 glue dots would probably work as well!!
Pop over to the 4 for 3 Paper Sale promotion by clicking on the Buy 3, Get 1 Free image below..
Or read about all the July promotions by clicking on the image below... as there is something for everyone...

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Thank You dies... 2 ways

A very quick share today to show some of my crafty friends what I have tried to describe with the NEW Thank You dies... as well as a simple card too...

Top is how the greeting is die cut.... ie as it comes... essential piece of kit in my opinion! Though I do send a LOT of Thank You cards out every month... 
Bottom is how it can look with just a few snips... above the Y to the left... and below the K to the right...

Simples... and gives you lots more scope... even more essential then!!
And the long version will be hitting a card (or two) very soon... but this tip couldn't wait to be shared... 
Oh and the card is a Peekaboo Gatefold Card with a Bow Closure using the Broadway Bound papers... for which I have made a few over the past week or so... so more details coming very soon...


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...