Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Year of Cheer Snowflake Flowers & Stampin Blends Part 2

Following on from yesterday's post with the details... another quick tip for the Stampin Blends (coming soon!) for you...

Want a coloured Foil mat in a colour of your choice? Well now you can... just colour the edge of your Silver Foil mat using your Stampin Blend marker... in my case, dark Bermuda Bay to co-ordinate with my flowers (on yesterday's card!)
Though I will be honest and say that it works well for a thin mat such as used here... but I wouldn't use this technique for a larger area and it goes quite streaky when you have to go over the same area multiple times...

You will also notice that I have a few mats from my one Silver Foil mat. This is one thing I am always frugal with... just line up at 1 cm (or 3/8") on your Stampin Trimmer and cut from 1 cm at the top to 1cm from the bottom, Turn 90 degrees and repeat... and so on until you have cut out a rectangle from the centre. The larger is on today's card whereas the middle one was used on yesterdays...
And another silver embossed Big on Birthdays greeting to set everything off...

Monday, 16 October 2017

Year of Cheer Birthday Flowers with Stampin Blends...

Today's make is a combination of a colour challenge and a few ideas picked up along the way that I wanted to try out...

First up... a Team Color Challenge ... featuring the 2017-19 In Color, Berry Burst...

Oh ... and a mess up on my behalf that I have just realised...as I thought the green to be used was Garden Green!! Oops... please pretend I have used Old Olive... would have been nicer too!

Second up... Year of Cheer snowflake flowers in more typically floral colours... click here for more details on the flowers... Berry Burst sponged all over one of the Pansy Punch flowers...

Third up... the delivery of my new (coming soon!) Stampin Blends alcohol markers... so outlining and colouring with my Bermuda Bay dark & light markers rather than carrying on sponging... I wasn't sure that it would work over the foil detail... but it does! The foil still shines through... And no inky fingers...
And a Clear Faceted Gem quickly coloured using the brush tip end of the dark Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blend for one of the flower centres... just because I could! Though personally I prefer a clear one!
Fourth up... two step Painted Harvest stamped & Leaf Punch punched leaves given dimension with a quick score along the centre using my trusty Bone Folder and thick Stampin Pierce mat... really makes those leaves pop into life...

And Fifth up... oh that can wait till tomorrow!! Though the eagle eyed amongst you have probably already spotted it!
Set off around a silver embossed Big on Birthdays greeting to match the foiling on the snowflake flowers...


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Christmas Lamppost Duo

Having spent the day creating something specially to share with you... I am beyond frustrated as the photos have not transferred to where I need them so it is time for something else after all! And it is time for bed...

So a quick Brightly Lit Christmas Lamppost two-cards-from-one round-up share today instead... go here and here for more details on the cards...
One piece of glimmer and one piece of Whisper White being cut to created those 2 snow banks at the bottoms - one set for each card... so two-from-one!

And remember that these Christmas Around the World papers are in the 4 for 3 Paper Sale on this month... 

I will be back very soon!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Stitched Felt Embellishment peg...

Simple and sweet today... a quick dressing of a wooden peg to say a little thank you...

Stitched Felt embellishments tree...
Stitched Felt Embellishments
Tiny 1/8" Real Red Ribbon bow... and a glittery pot using the Christmas Lampost dies (ie the lamp glass trio die... the one to the right of the bow at the bottom...)
Christmas Lamppost Thinlits Dies
Really quick... really sweet... and lots of "ahh"s and "so cute"s going on when shared in the flesh... and some more going to be made very soon... going to be a night of tiny bows tonight!

Though future ones will have a black pot... or a star... or holly!
PS I can't remember which set the greeting came from... as the pegs were actually stamped a long time ago! But nowadays... I would just use Teeny Tiny Sentiments (also known as Teeny Tiny Wishes in other parts of the world)


Friday, 13 October 2017

A Year of Cheer snowflake is not just for Christmas!

Just had one of those moments!! And loving what it created!!

So I was asked to demo my Year of Cheer Large Square Double Display card in my next class... and I decided it was time I put a Birthday one together... so I didn't want snowflakes...

But the card looked a bit plain on the front... and then it dawned on me...what was to stop me punching out round a snowflake in the Year of Cheer papers with the Pansy Punch... absolutely nothing!! Works SO well...Though you get less pansies than snowflakes for your money...
I daubed Smoky Slate ink around the white pansy... and coloured the second using a sponge and Cajun Craze ink (and a "dauber splodge" in the centre)... finishing off with a quick shape-ing care of my Bone Folder & Thick Mat. Do remember to rub off the excess ink from the foil parts of  a coloured flower with a tissue if you try one at home though!!

A couple of Clear Faceted Gems later... and couple of Leaf Punch punched Champagne Foil Leaves... veined into shape as described in this post... and the decoration was complete...
Happy Birthday die cut from the Champagne Foil mat before assembly... and the silver embossed TO YOU on the front is from Big on Birthdays...punched with the Classic Label Punch and trimmed to size...

Click here for the Christmas version of this card... or here for an Anniversary one (and the links to the Tutorials)

And I know I will be punching snowflake pansies again sometime soon!!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

What's in your Mini Pizza Box....

First of all ... a little update to my pizza box shared here... just the addition of the thin gold Year of Cheer washi tape above and below the thicker one ... makes it really pop!

But you should have seen everyone searching through the box trying to find the very thick gold rimmed washi tape!!

And after searching high and low for something sweet to pop inside as a treat... an almost great creative moment and a laugh for you...
So I found some Frangipannes which are the perfect size... that don't look particularly inviting... but that tasted delicious!

But I wanted to decorate them slightly! There is a white icing disc on the top... so I thought "I could stamp on that".... so I grabbed some food safe pens out of the cake decorating box (years of dust on that box!!) and carefully applied the red pen to a stamp... tried it out on a piece of paper and it worked!!

So over I went again... and stamped on the icing disc... #bigfail... what looked flat wasn't... so only part of the stamp image appeared!! Such a shame...
So I just punched a Year of Cheer snowflake and popped that on for display purposes!!
And I don't need to worry about anyone else eating the paper disc... too nice to get through this evening!! I am in need of a treat!!

And you can have another laugh on my behalf... I didn't want to get my Pizza Box dirty!! So I chopped up the plastic tray that 3 Frangipannes came in and made sure it fit!!

But back to mini cards and envelopes to pop in now!!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Simplified Year of Cheer Wreath card

As a few of you have asked me about CASEing the Year of Cheer & Painted Harvest Wreath card I shared here earlier... I thought I should quickly share the simplified version I have made in the meantime... 

More foil leaves simply punched from the Champagne Foil mat to save time as less stamping... so I used 9 here... though I could punch 10 from that Champagne Foil mat... and there are 4 Copper Foil leaves and 4 stamped and punched leaves...
I did then add veins to every other with my bone folder (using the Thick Mat)... little thing ... huge difference as they say!  And a tip or two for you... do not rush your veining and start from the leaf tip... otherwise most will go wonky!!
And the card itself... just a Large Square card... so mine is a 14.8cm square card (with 14.3cm Foil mat and a 14cm White panel)  ... as that is the largest you can get out of A4 Thick Whisper White cardstock.... so would have to be a 5 1/2" Square if cut from US Letter stock... (with 5 1/4" Foil mat and 5 1/8" White mat)


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Last Day of World Cardmaking Sale...

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A news flash for you ... but just click here or scroll down for today's creative share if that is why you are here...

Don't forget to order your discounted Note Cards & Envelopes, Fast Fuse & Refills and select stamps today by 10.50 pm UK time. Click here for all the details...
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And whilst you are there don't forget the Paper Sale too... buy 3 and get a 4th for free... select papers only...  Click here for all the details...

Just click here to go straight to my UK Online Shop... and don't forget to enter this month's Host Code J7WDEP9W for orders under £150 as I would love to send you a card and gift in the post...


Monday, 9 October 2017

Christmas Detailed Gate & Hometown Greetings Card


And finishing off the 3 day series with one for Christmas... with a few extra stamp sets thrown in for good measure!!
And this time I remembered to take a photo off the little scene behind the gates... 
Whisper White panel white embossed with stars from Christmas Pines, trees from Lovely as a Tree and then brayered with Dapper Denim... and I have just realised something else clever about the Sponge Brayers... I don't have to mask the horizon... I have enough control over the brayer to form the horizon myself!

And finished off with a die cut Hometown Greetings church panel... with the lights on this time..!(Wink of Stella & Crushed Curry ink)

Gateposts and lanterns care of Graveyard Gates... which is the coordinating stamp to the Detailed Gate dies used for the gate!
And then I grabbed yet another stamp set & co-ordinating dies! At Home with You... for the trees in pots, the holly garland (door garland snipped at the corners to get a straight run...) and the Classic Label punched greeting...  

And finally finishing off with some tiny 1/8" Real Red Ribbon bows and Rhinestones as baubles on the trees in pots...


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Detailed Gate & Hometown Greetings Wedding Card

Another day... another theme for the beautiful Detailed Gate... a quick and easy card for Mr & Mrs on their wedding day...

The same Bench U Fold card fold... but simpler than yesterday's more spooky card... as no extra box sections at the base... and just a simple die cut church scene to be seen when you peer through that gate...

The longer gate posts are created using the stamp in the Graveyard Gates set... just lining up & stamping one above another (in opposite directions!) to get the extra length... and then just trimming as required...
The inner decoration scene is just a simple trimmed Pool Party brayered Whisper White panel (though I could have used a Soft Sky panel to make the job even easier!)... with a Smoky Slate Hometown Greetings church border... finished off with some die cut Tranquil Tide trees....Forgot to take a photo before assembly... hence the strange shot below!

Front finished off with handcut Smoky Slate Graveyard Gate lanterns (though I could have used my die cut Brightly Lit/Christmas Lamppost ones instead) which are coloured in using a Clear Wink of Stella and Pool Party ink...

Plus a few Sheer 1/8" White Ribbon bows and a Smoky Slate Cheers to the Year greeting punched out using the Classic Label Punch


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Jems Monthly Blog Hop - Trick or Treat (but not for necessarily for Halloween!)

Welcome to our Monthly Team Blog Hop featuring a lovely play on the words "Trick or Treat"... as suggested by the very clever Uma....
Could be something for Halloween.. but could otherwise be a ...
* Trick - an illusion, a fun fold, a surprise or something unexpected in the project...
* Treat - so Treat Packaging or indeed a cake, chocolate, sweets...


So I didn't intend to do a Halloween project at all... but here you have one!
I absolutely LOVE the Detailed Gate die cut and so the Graveyard Gate bundle was beckoning me to play with it... and thus I made my (probably) first Halloween card ever! Keep watching this space for a few other non Halloween options as the weeks pass by!

I will go back to calling this a U Fold Card (as it is a Bridge Fold card without the bridge across the front! The Gate does the job instead...)... and spookily the dimensions for my latest Bridge U Fold Card were perfect... click here for that Tutorial... I just cut the Smoky Slate card to 8.6cm (3/3/8" for my US readers) high instead of 10.5cm(4 1/8")
As always the card does lay flat to go in an envelope... though I think I will have to write Scaredy Cat on the back ( or something) ... as this gate doesn't actually open!

I plan to be back with an updated Tutorial for the card and all the decorative details for this one shortly... but in the meantime here is a shot of the simple little scene behind the gate! Though I would colour in the church windows if I did a re-make!
Click here to go to my earlier post for more details on the Detailed Gate & Graveyard Gate products... 

And so it is now time to pass you onto the lovely Tracy... till next time!


Introducing Detailed & Graveyard Gate...

Had to pop on and introduce my second favourite product in the Autumn Winter Catalogue, Graveyard Gate stamps & Detailed Gate dies ... available separately or as a bundle in both Wood Mount and Clear Mount.

You will understand more why shortly!

In the meantime... this is such an incredibly versatile product... and I have to say that I am cutting these beautifully without the Precision Plate.... just an extra couple of layers of paper with my replacement Big Shot platform is doing the trick... I know a few of you were worried about that!

So here is the product image... check out the lock and key dies... and all those chess pieces in the stamps!
Graveyard Gate Wood-Mount Bundle
And here are a few projects the Stampin Up! concept artists made for us.... I LOVE all of these... and I don't even make Halloween projects as a rule...

Graveyard Gate Clear-Mount Bundle
And click on the image below for the direct link to the video showing you much more...
Back with more on this product very shortly... 

Friday, 6 October 2017

Fancy Fold Friday Cityscape U Bridge Fold Card


If this card was the village scene... and this one was the ski chalets in the mountains scene... then this one is the cityscape! 

Can't tell you how popular this U Bridge Fold card is being in classes! And I love it when the final words are "oh that wasn't so hard after all! I will be making some more..." and you certainly get lots of the images from one sheet of the papers to do so!
Resized to fit in an C5 envelope (so quite a bit larger) ... an extra section in the layering... and some hand cut-out extras from the Christmas Around the World paper pack (which are available on the 4 For 3 Paper Sale Offer running in October)

Background paper also from Christmas Around the World papers... plus a bit of marker pen or inkpad & blender pen colouring of doors, trees and roofs... and finally slivers of Foil behind the windows to add glint and shine... plus a silvery glimmer moon using the Card Front Builder dies... and there you have it...
And spot my favourite bit... the exhaust pipe smoke greeting strategically positioned behind the red car!!

And yes the card does fold flat to go in the C5 envelope!
I will be writing up a Tutorial in about 2 weeks time... but though for those of you that have already purchased my Bench Fold Card tutorial (Series One)... you already have the step by step details and the dimensions of the main card!
And before I go... here is an image of the Christmas Around the World papers... which are SO much nicer than I first thought.... I love all the images that you can hand cut out... The bottom two papers on the right being used for this card... 
Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper
Or click on the Display Visual below to go to the Autumn Winter Papers Flick-through Video... the Christmas Around the World papers are shown at about 2min35 into the video...
Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper