Saturday, 19 August 2017

Daisy Baby Card

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I was still on a roll with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Punch! 

When I first went into my studio I had to concentrate on making my video for tomorrow. Once I'd finished that I started prepping for today's class.

In next to no time, hubby was home and it was time to stop for dinner - where does time go? After our time together eating, chatting and catching up with the day's events, hubby disappeared into the garden and I went back into my studio to make today's card! 

When I first started on it, all I knew was that I wanted to make the daisies in Vellum Cardstock (CS), heat embossed in white, and I also knew I wanted to use pink as my colour! So I started my card with a base of Pink Pirouette Cardstock (CS), then a layer of Whisper White CS, and a top layer of Pink Pirouette CS.
    
Using my Embossing Buddy, I wiped over a piece of our Vellum CS, and stamped four Daisies in Versamark. I sprinkled them with Whisper White Embossing Powder and heat set them using my Heat Tool.

I did the same to create three Daisy centres, one each for the two Daisies on the front of the card and one for the inside. Then I punched them out using a half inch Circle Punch.

I coloured the back of the Vellum Daisies using my Pink Pirouette Marker Pen, and then punched them out using the Daisy Punch. 

On Wednesday I learned that if you have trouble trying to remove cardstock from a punch.  Take a another piece of cardstock that's large enough to cover the piece of cardstock that's stuck, and then slide it in the punch underneath the piece that's stuck. 

Most times you'll find if you pull both pieces of cardstock out at the same time, they'll slide out like butter! Unfortunately, the success rate with Vellum isn't so high! I know it does because I tried it, and found there's a 50/50 chance of it working! LOL!

I wiped a piece of Pink Pirouette CS with my Embossing Buddy and stamped the "flowery" stamp from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set in a diagonal line from top left down to bottom right. I sprinkled it with White Embossing Powder and heat set it using my Heat Tool. 

I chose the WELCOME BABY sentiment from the Badges and Banner Stamp Set, and heat embossed it using Whisper White Embossing Powder.Using the Duet Banner Punch, I punched the sentiment out. As it's so small in comparison to the size of the daisies, it was a challenge how I was going to adhere it to my card front. 

I obviously needed to give it height and wanted to use my Foam Adhesive Strips, but I couldn't see them! Grrr!! This was a challenge as whatever I put at the back of the sentiment, it would be visible to a certain extent. I decided to cut as wide a strip as possible from a sheet on Mini Dimensionals and this worked brilliantly. 

First of all I removed the back and the front covering from the sheet because I knew this would make it easy to manouver. Once I was happy the position was uniform from end to end, I added a row of Mini Dimensionals on top which meant the height would now be the same as the Adhesive Strips! 

I adhered the Daisies together using Tombow, and then adhered them to the card front also using Tombow. Then I adhered the card layers together using Tombow. 

Using another layer of Whisper White CS for the inside of my card, I wiped it over using my Embossing Buddy. I inked the Daisy stamp in Versamark then in Pink Pirouette Ink, and stamped in the bottom right hand corner. I heat set it and then adhered the Vellum Flower Centre I'd made earlier. The final touch was to adhere the layer to the card base. 

Now I'm off to get my classroon (dining room) ready for this afternoon's class! I hope you have a great weekend, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Daisy Delight Classes

Hello, Crafters.

I really pleased to say I had a much, much better time in my studio yesterday afternoon, than I did the previous day! 

I had to prepare two greeting cards and a 3D project for my class this weekend. 

I don't normally arrange classes during August but I had sufficient interest to get one organised this year. 

At one stage it looked as if I'd be doing my normal two classes, but various events cropped up for different crafters so I'm keeping it to one class.

When I start planning my classes, I choose a stamp set and arrange my projects around that. 

I've chosen to use the Daisy Delight Stamp Set, together with the Daisy Punch.

As I  was on a roll, I made an extra card to share with you today. 

For my class we'll be using the Daisy in three different ways, and today's card shows a fourth way i.e. by just stamping, and without using the punch!

I started my card with a base of Daffodil Delight Cardstock (CS), and a layer of Whisper White CS. 

Using Old Olive Ink, I stamped off once and stamped the petals in a random pattern over the top two thirds of the Whisper White layer, and then stamped in the centre of the daisies using Daffodil Delight Ink.

I chose the Old Olive leaf design from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP), and cut a piece half the size of the Whisper White layer. 

I adhered it to the bottom half of the Whisper White layer using Tombow. 

I took a strip of Daffodil Delight CS, and punched a trim using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.

I adhered it across the join between the DSP and the stamped images, and trimmed off the overlap.

I could have used half a sheet of Whisper White for the stamped daisies, as well as half a sheet of DSP, and adhered the two pieces straight on to the card front. 

I decided against doing it that way because it wouldn't have been easy to have timmed off the ends of the punched trim on the edge of the Whisper White layer.

I chose the sentiment from the Layering Love Stamp Set, and stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White CS, and punched it out using the 2" Circle Punch. 

I adhered the sentiment using Tombow, onto a piece of Daffodil Delight CS I'd punched out using the new Starburst Punch. 

I adhered this to the bottom half of the card front using Dimensionals.

I added a large Gold Faceted Gem to the centre of each of the stamped daisies. 

To finish my card, I took a piece of Whisper White CS and stamped an Old Olive daisy in the bottom right hand corner, stamped off once.

I stamped the centre using Daffodil Delight Ink and adhered the sheet using Tombow. 

Today I'll get everything prepped ready for tomorrow's class, and then I'll get my video ready for Sunday! 

So that's it from me for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!

JanB.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Flirty Flowers

Hello, Crafters.

If you've ever wondered if I ever make cards that just do not work out at all, today's card proves yes I do get it totally wrong sometimes! 

Today's card is one of those that, if I'd had more time yesterday, I wouldn't be sharing it with you now, because I would have re-done it! LOL! 

I did consider put a Designer Series Paper flag strip over the poppy, but it would have looked like what it was i.e. me covering up a mistake!

If I were to re-make this card, I'd omit the green poppy and add some more Flirty Flowers in it's place. 

I would also use Pool party Ink for the sentiment, and I would have finished up with a card that I was happy with!

One of my ideas was to use one of the corner dies from the Card Front Builder Thinlits, to show that this set of dies will work all year round, not just at Christmas. 

If it's used with summer flowers as I have done here, the die cut flowers don't particularly look like poinsetties! 

I love the way the die cut flowers pull in the Pool Party Cardstock (CS) layer, too.

Photograph 2: I stamped the single bell-shaped flower using Basic Black Archival Ink onto the card front.

I stamped the image again onto a piece of PostIt Note and fussy cut it.

I used it to cover the stamped image on my card front, and then stamped the clusters of line drawn flowers twice, once just to the left of the image and then once to the right.  

Using Marker Pens I coloured the bell flower, and the bobble flowers in Pool Party, then the three "heart shaped" flowers in Sweet Sugarplum, and then all the leaves in Pear Pizzazz!

Photograph 3: the Pear Pizzazz poppy that sticks out like a sore thumb! I added the pearls in the centre, hoping it would help the poppy blend in a bit! Fat chance!!

Photograph 4: I used one of the two corner dies from the Card Front Builder Thinlits to demonstrate that these dies will be useful all year, not just for Christmas.

On their own, I don't think they look particularly like poinsettias - what do you think? 

I like how the cut outs bring together the Pool Party of the lower layer, as well as the punched trim above the sentiment. 

Photograph 5: I used the Happy Birthday stamp from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous Stamp Set.

I die cut the sentiment using the second size oval die from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies.

I used Pear Pizzazz Ink to try and tie the poppy in with the rest of the card!

Likewise, I added some Basic Pearls to the sentiment for the sma e  reason!

Photograph 6: Using Pool Party CS, I punched this border using the fabulous new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. 

Photograph 7: to decorate the inside of the card I took a layer of Whisper White CS, and stamped three single bell flowers at decreasing heights. 
 
I coloured the flower heads using my Pool Party Marker Pen, and the stems and leaves using Pear Pizzazz Marker Pen.

As I said earlier, without the green poppy, I'd have been happy with today's card!

Oh well, today's another day. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!

JanB.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Sam's Petal Box Video

Hello, Crafters.

I fell in love with this box as soon as I saw it!

It was featured on YouTube by a lady called Shelley Roberts back in 2014. 

Shelley credited Sam Hammond - Pootles - as the designer of this box. 

It's not often I actually sit and watch videos; if I have my iPad on, it's normally just for a bit of company! Does anybody else do that?
Anyway, Shelley's video stopped me in my tracks, and I sat there glued!

After I'd finished watching Shelley's video, I watched Sam's version, during which Sam said she has no idea how she came up with this idea! 

All I can say is I'm so pleased she did as I think it's stunning.

Since I first saw Shelley's video three days ago, I haven't stopped making these boxes! 

It's extremely rare that I think Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a good idea for boxes, but this box is amazingly strong, and it's ideal for DSP!

This is because the way the corners are fixed together.

Photograph 2 shows the inside of one of the corners, and you can see how the layers have re-inforced the original tab.

I think you might need to make one of these boxes to fully appreciate the technical side of the construction.

Photograph 3 shows the box from the base which really helps to appreciate the beauty of this project.

Photograph 4 shows the side of the box and clearly shows the beautifully smooth, curved corner

Photograph 5 shows the second box I made.

As usual, I use retired products when I first start working on new projects.

I can't remember what this Designer Series Paper was called but all the designs were in Whisper White and either Sahara Sand or possibly Tip Top Taupe!

There are plenty of ways these boxes could be decorated.

The two boxes I made using the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack were embellished with a simple Thank You sentiment.

I used the stamp from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and punched it out using a 1" Circle Punch.

As something a bit different, I decorated the Whisper White Cardstock (CS) sentiment with some little flowers I'd fussy cut from an identical sheet of the DSP stack.

I didn't think about decorating the two Christmas boxes as I'm not into full swing for Christmas yet!

However, I did make two red and white boxes using the same sheet of Quilted Christmas DSP Stack. 

I reversed the two sheets to show how different the same design paper can look! 

I'm off to the hairdressers this morning so I must dash. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lovely Words

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I had a lot of fun creating today's card!

It's an idea I've wanted to try for a long time but just never found the right combination!

I started with two designs from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack in Lemon Lime Twist and one piece of Tranquil Tide Cardstock (CS), all which measured 2.5" x 3.5".

I cut three pieces of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (144106 - page 203) that also measured 2.5" x 3.5". 

I removed one side of the backing paper from the adhesive rectangles and adhered them to the back of the DSP rectangles, and either side of the CS rectangle. 

I ran each piece through the big Shot with the FRIEND die from the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies making sure the die was on the front of the rectangle.

As I wasn't really sure where I was going with my design, I took a piece of Whisper White CS that measured about 4" x 5.5".

I cut the FREIND away from the body of the Tranquil Tide CS right on the actual curve, removed the other backing sheet from the Adhesive Sheet and adhered FRIEND onto the Whisper White CS. 

PLEASE NOTE: later on I realised I hadn't needed to detach FRIEND from the main body of Tranquil Tide!

I should have removed the top half above and the bottom half below FRIEND, and the bits inthe letters, F, E, and D. 

Then I should have adhered the remaining Tranquil Tide CS to the Whisper White CS. I hope this makes sense!

Next I chose which DSP I wanted above FRIEND, which one I wanted below, and adhered them in place. 

At this stage it became a bit fiddly, because I wanted to save the tiny pieces of DSP I pushed out from the inside of the letters F, E and D.

I saved the wrong one for the D - it should be white - but I can live with that! LOL!

Now was the time to plan the actual card layout! 

I chose landscape as it gave me more room to be creative. 
 
I reversed the two DSP designs.

I decided to die cut the FRIEND using the largset oval Stitched Shapes Framelits, and lay it towards the bottom of the card with some Tranquil Tide Ribbon wrapped around the top layer. 

The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous Stamp Set. 

I took a piece of Whisper White CS and wiped over it with my Embossing Buddy. 

I inked the stamp in Versamark, then Tranquil Tide Ink, and quickly dipped it into Clear Embossing powder.

I heat set it to a really glossy shine. 

I die cut the sentiment using the second size oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I die cut a scalloped oval to layer the sentiment on using the Layering Oval Dies. 

I placed all my elements onto my card front and calculated what height I wanted each piece of my DSP. 

I wanted the heights to more or less mirror the separation line on the FRIEND die cut. 

I inserted a layer of Whisper White CS inside my card and added a ready-made embellishment I found in my Tranquil Tide Ziplock Bag, which fitted the colour scheme and DSP I'd used for this card.

The stamp is from the Bloomin Love Stamp Set. 

I hope you've enjoyed following through with this card as much as I enjoyed making it yesterday!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Lovely Friends & Lovely Laurel

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you had a great weekend. I have woken today feeling very positive and determined to get back to my regular routine!

I have a great start with today's card which I made using the Lovely Friends Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Lovely Loaurel Thinlits.

When I started this card, the only idea I had in my mind was to use the "wreath". Is this still called a wreath even when it's not a continuous circle or shape?

After I'd die cut both parts of the laurel in Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (CS), I used one of the small "heart" stamps, and stamped in the top corners of every shape I thought was a leaf. 

It wasn't until I'd finishred my card and was tidying up that I saw there were two heart stamps in the set, the one I missed was larger. Never mind, although it would have neen nice to have used both sizes, it's not a huge detail and I will know for next time!

Using some scraps of Whisper White CS, I stamped three large and three small outline flower stamps using Berry Burst Ink. Later I went back and stamped a fourth small flower for the front of the card and a fourth large flower for the inside of the card. 

These flowers are two-step stamping, so I inked the second stamp in Berry Burst Ink and stamped off quite heavily before stamping onto my outline flowers. Then I die cut all the flowers. 

I wanted to finish the centre of the flowers and decided to adhere some punched Gold Foil dots - one for each small flower and four for each large flower. I used the small circle on the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to get some some good sized circles. 

To make my card, I used a Whisper White CS card base, with a layer of Berry Burst CS plus a top layer of Whisper White CS. I embossed this top layer using the Dynamic TIEF called Ruffled.

I removed the end tabs from the two laurel die cuts and adhered them to the top layer of my card using Tombow. 

I put Dimensionals on the backs of all the flowers and played around with various arrangements until I was happy with the overall look. When I was happy, I adhered all the flowers in position. 
 
Using Berry Burst Ink on Whisper White CS, I stamped the sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set. I punched it out using the Pretty Label Punch, and adhered it in the centre of my card front using Dimensionals. 

To finish my card, I added a layer of Berry Burst CS and a Whisper White CS layer inside my card. I stamped two of the double leaf sprigs from the stamp set, and then adhered the fourth large flower on top but slightly offset. 

The first job on my list for today, is to finish off getting myself straight in my office and my studio. I made a start on my studio yesterday and made great strides, so I'll carry on from where I left off. 

I want to get this chore over and done with ASAP as I know what my project for my Wednesday video is going to be, and I really want to make a start on it! That'll keep me motivated to get my chores completed today!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Coffee Cup Treat Box

Hello, Crafters.

Earlier today, I posted video no 303 Coffee Cup Treat Holder. I first saw the idea on Pinterest by Cards and a Cuppa and also by Chic'n'scratch. 

Although the basic idea is the same for all three of us, we have all made our boxes in totally different ways! 

It's such a quick and easy project, and can be achieved quite easily without a Big Shot Machine. The shapes I've stamped have corresponding Framelits to die cut them, but it would be very easy to cut the shapes out freehand, because all the shapes are fairly basic shapes.

There wasn't much room to play with the size of the box, because it had to fit behind the coffee cup! When I'd made my first box I popped two Ferrero Rocher Chocolates inside, but I did need to give them a gentle push! 
 
Needless to say, this meant they weren't easy to retrieve from inside the box when I wanted to take them out! I gave the box a gentle flick by way of encouragement but I was too gentle! 

I tried again and exerted a bit more force and chocolate number one exited the box - that was the easy one! I tried to flick chocolate number two but this was the obstinate one! I tried a harder flick but no joy, so I tried a much harder flick! 

This time the chocolate exited the box so quickly, it knocked over my near-empty bottle of Stampin' Mist which I had sitting on my desk!

Obviously, this was a serious design fault that needed remedying. Hence the idea of the ribbon, which turned out to be not only practical but pretty, too! 

If you look at the bottom of the coffee cups, you can see where I cut a straight line across to stop the cup rocking from side to side! This is a great little project and I hope you give it a go! 

I wish you all a happy Sunday, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.