Friday, 18 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings Bridge U Fold card #4

A Simple Fancy Fold in the Navy & White series for you today seeing as it is Fancy Fold Friday...

A perfect Card Fold for this set of dies.... whether you call it a U Fold, a Bridge Fold or a Centre Box Card Fold.... or even a Bridge U Fold Card that I used for the title!
So the one today has been tweaked in size a bit to fit the full length of the border die cuts across the central section... and still fit in a standard C6 envelope... but I think I want to further tweak so I will be back to this fold another day!

But click here to see my chalets in the snow version I posted earlier... the chalet one being based upon the U Fold Card tutorial I posted here... though using just one box insert

So 3 simple borders die cut for the 3 main elements of the scene...
A bit of Whisper White stamping on the background to create the starry night scene... Spot the smoke in the centre!

A couple of Smoky Slate stamped and hand cut houses to add some interest at the back and finished off with a couple of die cut trees using the Card Front Builder dies...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Carols of Christmas Group Shot and Round Up

I was asked to put up a group shot of my Carols of Christmas card makes so far...  so here you go... 2 versions!
Out of interest which visual do you prefer? Photo Collage or Wood Caddy? (actually a Gardeners Caddy that I couldn't resist!! Thanks TK Maxx)

Card Front Builder dies and co-ordinating Carols of Christmas available to purchase on early release now... in wood or clear mount bundles with 10% off...

Click on the individual photos below for more details and direction...
And here is another group shot to finish off the post...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings #3

Keeping to my Night of Navy & White theme....

Two of the three house lined border dies in the set used here... both panels cut centrally and then hand cut to the end

Glimmer trees die cut using the same border dies and added...and small glimmer pieces stuck behind the windows for a bit of extra shine...
Nightsky panel achieved using the Baby Wipe Swoosh (or Swipe) technique and then die cut using the Card Front Builder dies... I used this die twice across the top - starting at the right hand side so that I didn't end up with 2 moons!!

There is a small starry die in the Hometown Greetings set that can be used... but I was feeling lazy and the other dies were still out!
Finished off with a white embossed greeting...

And the one thing I would do different next time... put a piece of silver glimmer behind the moon aperture to get that "by the light of the silvery moon" effect....
And some simple instructions for anyone not familiar with the Baby Wipe Swoosh technique...

(1) Grab a Baby Wipe and an ink pad...
(2) Press the top of the closed ink pad so that ink transfers onto the inside of the lid...
(3) Open up the ink pad and dab your baby wipe onto the lid to pick up the ink...
(4) Swoosh (swipe or wipe!) your baby wipe across your piece of card... 
(5) Swoosh & build up colour & texture until you are happy...

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings available from 1st September... but Card Front Builder dies and co-ordinating Carols of Christmas available now... in wood or clear mount


The Clearance Rack has just been updated

Clearance Rack
Lots of lovely retired Spring Summer catalogue goodies just added today... Just click here to go straight to the Clearance Rack page....

And a quick Tip for you: Select NEWEST in the SORT BY drop down field at the right hand side... then all the newly added items pop to the top of the list...

Feel free to order anything else whilst you are there... I would love to send you a gift in September!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings #2

STOP PRESS... The Clearance Rack has just been updated!! Click here to go straight there... and remember you can add anything else to your order whilst you are there...

And a quick Tip: Select NEWEST in the SORT BY drop down field at the right hand side... then all the newly added items pop to the top of the list...

Back to today's card ... Bit of a series coming your way with these... as I have just had a few hours to "play"... and I am loving what these Hearts Come Home and Hometown Greetings dies do... from a super simple card to something more fancy...

There again the architectural element of this bundle is right up my hometown street!!!
Front die cut Glimmer panel... Middle die cut Smoky Slate panel with a stamped Smoky Slate house covering the Slate house to the right... 

2" Circle punched moon in the Back Night of Navy panel... with Santa and his sleigh stamped in black . Finished off with white embossed wording... and a Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon & bow 
And seeing as it Tuesday Tips day! A quick tip about the glimmer panel... I hand cut the top curve to the left... that way I could see my Slate snowman and the curve was in a downwards direction instead of an upwards!


Monday, 14 August 2017

Hearts Come Home & Hometown Greetings for Merry Monday

Spoiler alert!!!

I can't wait to share a sneaky Autumn Winter (aka Holidays) catalogue peek with you today... using the coming soon set Hearts Come Home with co-ordinating Hometown Greetings dies... which I know will be a VERY popular bundle!

Available to all from 1st September... while stocks last.... as I have that feeling about this one...
So I mentioned that I had created a Snow Rama scene when I shared the details on my Dino Rama scene a few days ago... click here for that as I have used the same method...

Well I had to quickly make a snowy U Fold Card with the beautiful house die-cuts dressed up as chalets in the snow... care of the Wood Textures papers... Click here for the U Fold Card Tutorial... though I only used one box insert this time... (Note that this card fold is also called Bridge Fold or Centre Box Fold...)
Now as an avid skier for most of my life this little glittery scene around a lake in the snowy mountains gives me a lovely warm feeling and makes me very happy! And I am sure that some of you can relate to that....

One thing I particularly love with these dies.... is that you can cut a card strip with a die and then move the die along & line it up again to extend your houses with a second cut... as I have done for the front part here... Or you could use a different die for the second (or third) cut... I can see a 12" house strip on a scrapbook page coming sometime soon...
Want to see more of these stamps and dies... well you can... click on the picture below for a video introduction from the Home Office...
And I will be back with more Hearts Come Home creations pretty soon....

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Father Christmas meets Lovely as a Tree

A trio of cards for you today using Lovely as a Tree with Father Christmas... all of which caused a real WOW in the flesh for my Christmas in July class... though I don't think you will get the full glitter shine across the room from these photos! Which is what realistically what causes the WOW...

Starting off with a simple... Small Square card (10.5cm or 4 1/8" to be exact or 4 1/4" if I had US Letter Size cardstock!)
And then mounted up onto a Large Dapper Denim Square Card (14cm or 5 1/2") with either glittery white embossed trees or black trees...
Which caused me some amusement as everyone had a very definite favourite between the two... and were almost arguing over each other as to which was the most WOW!
Stamped panel basically all made the same... Top part of frame white embossed for the Emboss Resist Technique. Trees white embossed or stamped in Archival Black. Bottom frame part stamped in Archival Black. 

Snow line masked and Dapper Denim sponge brayered over the top. Layered onto a Whisper White mat or card blank... And a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds over Fine Tip Glue to finish it off...

So which one do you prefer???
And a time saving tip for you... though not one I actually used on these cards!

Although I am definitely a Wood Mount girl... I specifically bought the Father Christmas stamp set in Clear Mount... that way I can carefully position and mount the 2 parts of the beautiful frame image on the one clear block when using the same colour ink... and then ink up & stamp away in one action! Love this frame!!



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sponging & Masking a little scene...

When I posted my DinoRama U Fold Card tutorial yesterday... I had some people ask me how I had created the scenic backdrop... so whilst I do not consider myself an artist in any way, shape or form... this is what I did...

And I have to admit that there is also another one waiting in the scenes... got to love those mountains behind a lake for a Christmassy scene!!!

1. Brayer Soft Sky across the whole panel. Don't worry about streaks and missing bits... they just add some texture!I  prefer a brayer for speed but you could use sponges...
2. Rip some pieces of scratch paper so you have undulating mountain peaks on one... and a raggedy straightish edge on the other. You will use both halves of the ripped papers.

Though note that you can't make loads of cards with one set of these papers... as eventually the ink bleeds through and ruins your scenic masterpiece!! I reckon about 3 cards with the one set... OR have a set for each colour... in which case rip through two at the same time so your shapes are the same!! Now why didn't I think of that before!

3. Mask your panel so you cover some sky area at the top and have mountain shapes about 1/3 of the way down... 
4. Grab your Wisteria Wonder ink pad and Stampin Sponge... and dab, smoosh, swoosh, wipe & swipe as you fancy to add colour and texture... I tend to lightly dab all over first and then swoosh/wipe at the peaks to add definition...

Move your masks along until the whole width is sponged...
5. Reposition your masks so that you have more peaks behind your mountains... this is where your 2nd torn half of scratch paper comes in useful to cover your first lot of mountains (though unfortunately I forgot to photo that in place! So please use your imagination...)
6.And sponge again...
7. Reposition your mask and apply more depth of colour to form the sides of some of the mountains...  again I swooshed/wiped down from the edge to add the depth... Little thing that makes a big difference!!
8. Position your 2 raggedy straight line masks to create a narrow horizon below the mountains and above the lake.... and sponge Pear Pizzazz ink over...
9. Voila land in front of the mountains...
10. Grab a Peak paper and raggedy straight edge paper and position at the sides to create hills...
11. Sponge with your Pear Pizzazz ink...
12. Now I carried onto create more of a scene but most of this gets covered up in this card fold...so optional! 

So place raggedy straight edge paper about 1" from the bottom
13. Sponge Pear Pizzazz ink over to create land in front of the lake...
14. Peak papers back on to create some more hills to the font of the scene...
15. Sponge Pear Pizzazz ink (definitely the least artistic bit of my little repeat scene!!) but works OK when cut up...
16. Ink up & stamp Old Olive leaves to the top right and left...
17. Cut as required (see yesterday's tutorial pt.8 for measurements)
18. Ink up & stamp your greeting on the central panel in Old Olive...
19. Assemble the card as per yesterday's tutorial... until you get to pt. 25 at the end...

20. Grab your card and embellishments.... and stick them all on... ... note that my Brontosaurus had his tail chopped and is rearing upwards (like a dog on back legs!) to achieve the Loch Ness monster look I wanted!
The Card Front Builder trees are die cut in Old Olive and then stamped in Old Olive using the Background Bits stamp for more texture (click here and scroll to the end of that post for a close-up pic)

All of the dinosaur, greetings and other images are in the No Bones About It set...

The 2 dinosaurs at the front in the shot above are inked up in a paler colour and then the stamp is stamped with the same Background Bits stamp inked up in a darker colour... adds great scales! 

So this T. Rex is inked up in Soft Suede and then stamped over with Early Espresso and then stamped onto card...

And this Stegosaurus is inked up in Pear Pizzazz and then stamped over with Always Artichoke. An Early Espresso marker on the fins finished the inking off and then he was stamped...

21. Dino Rama U Fold card finished....
Enjoy!