Monday, 24 April 2017

Dragonfly Swap Card CASE'd

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend. 

I had a lot of fun because I did two classes - that's the same class repeated.

I used the Beautiful You Stamp Set and used the two cards and the 3D project we made to demonstrate three different ways to "colour" the ladies!

I'm hoping to use these three projects as my first online class, which is something I'll be looking into seriously next week. 

I'm now on the final countdown for THE wedding this coming Staurday!

Today's card was inspired by the swap I received from Laurence Desnos recently at OnStage in Amsterdam at the beginning of this month - please see last photograph. 

This is a great example of how swaps should work! 

A swap is designed to give us ideas, so we can use the idea to carry on and design a card or project around it. 

When I looked at this swap I was inspired by the tone on tone cardstock (CS), which has been highlighted by some tone on tone stamping. 

A contrast colour and pattern have been introduced to make this card very pleasing on the eye. 
Many thanks, Laurence, your swap is lovely.

I've changed quite a few elements of Laurence's card but I don't think there's any mistaking that I was inspired by her swap! 

To create my card I started with a base of Tip Top Taupe CS, a layer of Pacific Point CS, and a top layer of Tip Top Taupe.

I die cut the trail of dragonflies using the Detailed Dragonflies Dies and Pacific Point CS. 

Then I painted the die cut dragonflies with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

I die cut the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelet Dies in Tip Top Taupe CS, as well as a Pacific Point CS scalloped oval using the Layering Oval Framelit dies. 

I adhered the two ovals together using Tombow, and then I adhered the dragonflies on top, allowing them to come over the edge. 

One of the other swaps I received in Amsterdam, which was from Christiane Knapp von StempelPalast, showed some flowers die cut from the Botanical Garden Dies which went over the edge of the oval "frame".

When I shared this swap in my video, I said how much I liked this idea.
I liked it so much, I used the idea for todays card, too!

I chose the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Better Together Stamp Set and stamped it close to the bottom of the front layer, using Tip Top Taupe Ink.

I cut a one inch wide strip of Tip Top Taupe CS and a three-quarters of an inch strip of the Pacific Point Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.

To decide where I wanted this to go on my card front, I adhered the two strips together, laid them on my card, and then laid the oval on, too.

When the placement looked balanced, I drew pencil marks on the left- and right- hand sides, at the top and bottom of the strip.
The stamp I used to decorate above and below where the strip was going is from the Touches of Texuture Stamp Set.

I moved the strip and oval out of the way, and stamped once, turned the stamp 180° and stamped again, both times level with the pencil marks.

I adhered the card together using Tombow except for the oval, which has been adhered with Dimensionals.

Finally, I adhered a layer each of Pacific Point and Tip Top Taupe CS inside the card, and decorated the base to match the strip on the outside of the card.

I pleased to say that both of the stamp sets I used for this card are being carried forward into the new annual 

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Pot of Spring Flowers Video

Hello, Crafters.

Earlier today I published my video which shows how I made the Spring Pot of Flowers card I shared here last Monday. 

For the video, I changed the contrast cardstock from Sweet Sugarplum to Perfect Plum. 

I also made another card, just before videoing, and used Tempting Turquoise. 

I love all three colour schemes. 

The main difference between all three cards, is the positioning of the flower pot image. 

I felt the image in the first card, Sweet Sugarplum, was too high, so I lowered it when I made the second card, Tempting Turquoise. 

Although I prefer the way I did the sentiment on this one, I didn't like how low the flower pot was. 

For the video, I planned I would concentrate on getting the image down from the top by half an inch for the third card. 

I've shared a photograph of all three cards together to help you have a proper look and make your own decision which way you like most.

(Please note: the Circle of Spring Stamp Set is not being carried forward!)

I had a very successful class yesterday, and I have another class today.

But before that, I have my regular chat with my elderly Mother who lives in Australia.

I wish you a very happy Sunday. 

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Pretty Kitty Stylised Birthday Card

Hello, Crafters.

Mint Macaroon is the colour I'm going to miss the most when the 2015 - 2017 InColours retire on 31.05.17. 

Fortunately, I love all the five new InColours, so that will soften the blow for me!

When I first saw the new Lemon Lime Twist, I thought it was bright and gaudy, but in real life, although it's definitely bright, it's certainly not gaudy!

I'm not sure what inspired today's card but I'm very pleased with the result! 

I had seen something about the Stylised Birthday Stamp recently which, although I love it, I've only used it once or twice! 

I started today's card by stamping the cat in the flower pot image, which is from the Pretty Kitty Stamp Set. 

I used Basic Black Archival Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS).

To colour the image I used I used the following Marker Pens: Smokey Slate, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand and Soft Sky. 

Although I was happy with the result, I didn't like all the white around the image.

I decided to use the same technique I used the other day when I felt like this! 

I chose to use the Hardwood Stamp, inked in Sahara Sand Ink and stamped off twice on some scrap paper. I decided the third generation stamp would be ideal for the faint background I wanted.

I partially inked the stamp again, stamped off twice and stamped over the image for the third stamp. Disaster! 

I hadn't inked the stamp enough on one side and I was left with a sizeable unstamped area!

So it was a question of back to the drawing board!

I stamped a new image and did a third generation stamp over the top of the whole image. 

I painted the image again, changing the positions of the two pinks, and painting the flower pot Crumb Cake instead of Sahara Sand. 

Success! I die cut the image using a square Stitched Shapes Framelits and leyered it onto a Mint Macaroon scalloped square that had been die cut with one of the scallop Layering Squares Framelits Dies. 

I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark, Mint Macaroon Ink and Clear Embossing powder. 

As I'm sitting here writing, I have my card standing to my side.

Looking at it I can see the sentiment square needs some Pearls to be added - probably three medim-sized in a line in top right-hand corner and again in bottom left-hand corner. 

I adhered the sentiment to a Mint Macaroon scallop square die cut.

I adhered the Designer Series Paper to the Mint Macaroon layer. 

Then I added the image and the sentiment by using one Dimensional in each of the  four corners. 

When I had adhered these it was easy to slip a piece of ribbon underneath and position them exactly where I wanted them.

Then I adhered this layer to the card base and, as always, I added extra adhesive to the ribbon ends.

Inside the card, I adhered a layer each of Mint Macaroon and Whisper White CS.

I decided to fussy cut the first cat in the flower pot I'd created, where I had miscalculated the background stamp! 

All's well that ends well! 

I'm really pleased that all three stamp sets I've used today are going to be carried forward to the new catalogue!

Before I go, I'd like to put a shout out to everyone in the US, Canada, and Australia who has found a supplier of the die storage folders, or something very similar, I featured in my video on Wednesday. 

I've had enquiries from crafters in these three countries asking if anyone knows where these files can be purchased. I know that in the US, sell the same files but not the refill sheets. Any help will be greatly appreciated! ☺

I have a busy weekend to look forward to with classes today and tomorrow - full house with just one spare place! hope you have a great weekend and until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Birthday Blooms Get Well Wishes

Hello, Crafters.

If you don't like fussy cutting, you won't like today's card! 

I'm planning a video to show how I made this and during the planning process, I'm going to look at what effect die cutting a square/oval/circle image instead of fussy-cutting will have on the overall effect.

I found the idea for this card in the new catalogue.

I started my card by stamping the flower image from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set onto a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock (CS) using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

The flowers are Melon Mambo and the leaves are Old Olive, and have been coloured with Watercolour Pencils, then blended with a Blender Pen. 

I added Gold Wink of Stella Glitter to the centre of the flower and some Clear Wink of Stella Glitter to the base of most petals.

For the card base, I used Tip Top Taupe CS, a layer of Shimmery White CS and a top layer of Tip Top Taupe. 
I cleaned mt stamp and re-inked in Tip Top Taupe Ink, stamped off once, and then stamped the second generation in the top right hand corner of the top layer. 

I positioned the stamp so the image would go off the edge at the top and the side.

I kept the stamp in the same position and repeated the stamping process. 

Where the two images overlapped would eventually be covered by the image.

I adhered the top two layers together and then adhered a strip of our lace trim around the front about an inch up from the base. 

I then adhered this to the card base using Tombow, making sure I added extra glue to the ribbon ends.

I put Dimensionals on the back of the image, including some very small pieces I cut from the edging strip, for the small flowers and leaves that protrude quite a bit. 

Using Tip Top Taupe, I stamped the sentiment on a strip of Shimmery White CS and punched it out using the Classic Label Punch. 

The sentiment is from the Hopeful Thoughts Stamp Set and has been cut away from where it says "Wishing you a quick and complete recovery". 

I separated the two quite some time ago, because I wanted the first bit on the inside of the card I was working on at that time.

Please note, if you cut your stamps like this, your guarantee with Stampin' Up! will be null and void because you have effectively "damaged" the stamp yourself!

I felt my card was lacking something, it looked a bit flat! I used a white gel pen and added groups of three dots in a random pattern across the top layer. 

To finish off my card, I inserted a layer of Shimmery White CS inside and stamped the single flower from the stamp set, to the bottom left-hand corner, using Tip Top Taupe Ink.

I'm very pleased with the result..............I hope you do, too!

I'm pleased to say both these stamp sets are being carried forward into the new catalogue!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Wahoo! Success!!

Hello, Crafters.

I couldn't believe it! Yesterday, first shop, first outfit and I had my wedding outfit! It has JanB all over it - metophorically speaking, of course! 

I also bought my matching fascinator and handbag! This just left shoes to buy and this is one area of shopping that I find a real chore! I'd go round with bare feet if I could! LOL! 

But I eventually found a pair that fitted my criteria beautifully, although I will be treating myself to a pair of ultra-comfortable Fit-Flops to change into when needed! 

Hubby was patience personified all day yesterday,  which made for a fabulous day together. 

The first stop on our trip yesterday was for his suit, and he set the trend, the first suit he tried on was great, but transformed to fantastic as soon as he added a waistcoat! 

I didn't have anytime in my studio yesterday so today I'm sharing the freebies we were given when we attended OnStage in Amsterdam.

Photograph 1 - we always receive a tote bag that contains various goodies. Initially, I was disappointed with the bag as it was too "floppy"! But it really came into it's own the more we used it, so a big thank you to Stampin' Up! for a fantastic bag. 

Although it's what I call a floppy bag, it has a really long wide strap that makes wearing it diagonally across the body really comfortable.

It also has a pocket on the outside of each side which is ideal for a bottle of water. Since OnStage finished it's been a great shopping bag, advertising Stampin' Up! along the way! 

Photograph 2 - Lanyard and Prize Patrol Badge. We're all given one of these badges in a selection of colours and the colour decides if you're a winner or not. I was but I'm not sure which stamp set I received - I think it was the fabulous 2-3 step stamping flamingo stamp (it's fabulous). There was also a new stamp set given to us in our bags too. 

Photographs 3 - 6: we always receive a note book and pens, so we don't have any excuse for not taking notes during OnStage!

I'm planning time in my studio today, so until tomorrow, happy crafting!


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Die Storage & Die Numbering Video

Hello, Crafters.

Earlier this morning I uploaded a video with a difference! 

Recently I've been requested by a lot of crafters who've been watching my videos, to explain the die storage system I use. 

I've also been asked how I number my dies. 

Both questions have been answered in today's video.

Although I started at the beginning of November 2016, I still haven't finished updating my die storage files - it's taking so long to do! 

This is partly because I have so many die sets, but also the way I'm organising my folders. 

I like systems that are quick and easy, and hardcopy. I really do not like relying on technology!
I really want to make a final push with it over the next three or four weeks, so I'm up to date by the time the new catalogue is launched!

I forgot to mention on the video, I store 24 wallets in each file - by adding the cardboard and the die cuts to each wallet, adds to the thickness of each one.

I don't know if the brand of storage file I use is international or not, but I'm sure the same style of system must be available worldwide.

For sure, if you're in the UK,google Docrafts - Papermania - stamp & die storage, you'll find this product, or something similar, quite easily.

If you have the patience, it' may well be worth spending  some time checking out different suppliers. 
The best deal I normally find is to buy one case, which includes some wallets with magnetic sheets, plus a pack of extra wallets free. 

I expect to pay approximately £20.00 for the bundle. 

I explain in the videos that I number my dies on the premise of "the smaller the die, the smaller the number!"

This was a lot easier before we had our fabulous Layering Circle/Oval/Square dies. 

With our new layerong dies, each layer is so close to the next one they have to be stored in two piles - see the last photographs.

Therefore, looking at the straight cut circles, the smallest die is in the middle of top left-hand side pile, that's no. 1; the next size up is in the middle of the bottom left-hand side pile, that's no.2; the next size up is the second die in the top left-hand side pile, that's no.3; and so on! 

The top pile finishes up with nos. 1,3,5,7 and the bottom pile finishes up with nos. 2, 4, 6, 8.

It would have been nice if the dies came with these numbers already marked on the dies, but it's little things like this that add to the final cost of products!!

The final photograph shows how I adhere my die cut shapes from these Layering dies. 

If you like this idea, make sure you use one colour cardstock for all the odd numbered dies and a contrasting colour for the even numbered dies! ☺

I hope you've found this useful. 

We're now off to buy our wedding outfits!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting! 


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Grateful Bunch Thank You Card

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great Easter weekend.

Today's card is a simple Thank You card using the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set, which will be retiring at the end of May. 

I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Pink Piroutte CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

I stamped two sprigs of leaves from the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set, positioned so it looks like one sprig coming out of the bottom left hand corner. 

For this I used Old Olive Ink.

I stamped five of the smallest flowers on the triple flower stamp onto the edge of some Pink Piroueete CS. 

I punched them out using the Blossom Bunch Punch. 

Using Old Olive Ink, I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Cottage Greetings Stamp Set, which will also be retiring at the end of May, centrally in the large clear area above the leaves. 

I curled the flowers and adhered them randomly on the sprigs of leaves. 

The yellow centres are from the Metallic Enamel Shapes which come in Silver and Gold.

I wrapped some Baker's Twine around the bottom left hand corner and was very surprised at how difficult it was to line up!!

I'd covered the reverse corner with Fast Fuse but it as still an effort!

But I persevered and succeeded in the end.

I adhered a layer of Pink Pirouette and of Whisper White CS inside the card.

I stamped the leaf stamp using Old Olive Ink in the bottom right hand corner. 

That's about it for today, so until tomorrow, happy crafting.