Saturday, 16 December 2017

More Year of Cheer Washi Tape!

Hello, Crafters.

I thrilled to say my new printer arrived yesterday, albeit at 9.30 pm!

We started tracking our parcel yesterday afternoon, and the courier had 105 deliveries in front of ours!

How hard these couriers work to make sure we all receive our parcels before Christmas - I hope they are well rewarded by their employers!

Yesterday I was playing with The Year of Cheer Washi Tape, and I have to confess I used nearly the whole roll of this mottled copper tape to achieve this card.

My original design still didn't work after my third attempt, so I gave up and moved onto today's card! 

I started with a card base of Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS).

The next layer was a piece of Copper Foil, which I anchored onto my Grid Paper using some removable tape.

Leaving the first half an inch free, I adhered a strip of washi tape at every alternate half inch line on the grid paper. 

The alternative way this effect could be achieved is to use any piece of cardstock for the base and start with a strip of the plain copper washi tape that comes in the Year of Cheer Washi Tape Pack. 

Then alternate with strips of the mottled design.

I preferred to go for the easy option because with this alternative method means you have to line one strip of tape alongside the previous strip perfectly - no margin for error!

I adhered the completed panel to the front of my card, and die cut a Stitched Shape Square, and a larger size Sitched Shape Square in Very Vanilla CS.

I adhered the two together using Tombow.

Using Very Vanilla CS and the Starlight Thinlits Dies, I die cut three of the smallest fancy stars, and five each of the plain medium and small sized stars. 

I used the first star full size, and the second one I cut off the pointed bits above the last oval. 

On the last star I cut off everything and left a Maltese Cross-like shape in the centre with one oval in-between each part of the coss.

Sorry, but I can't think of another way to descibe it!

I painted each star with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, and adhered all three together using Dimensionals. 

Then I adhered it onto the diamond-shaped squares by using Tombow on the bottom part of the star. 

I heat embosed the sentiment , which is from the Star of Light Stamp Set, and adhered it to the card front using Dimensionals.

I painted the medium and small stars I'd die cut earlier, with my Clear Wink of Stella Pen, and layered one of each size together with a dimensional. 

I stacked two Mini Dimensionals together and used them to adhere the star to the card base so it came above the sentiment.

To decorate the inside of the card, I rescued a panel that matches the front panel, and adhered it on the right-had side leaving the same gap around three edges that I'd left around the panel on the front of the card.

I adhered five of the remaining stamps over this panel. 

For the final touch on my card, I added a large Basic Pearl to the main star on the front of my card.

In a few minutes I'm off to have my nails done, and this afternoon, I'm off to Church for their special service for people who have been bereaved.

That's it from me today. I hope you have a great weekend. Until tomorrow - and my special project - happy crafting.

JanB.   

Friday, 15 December 2017

Seasonal Layers

Hello, Crafters.

As I knew hubby would be home late last night - he went to his company's Christmas dinner and dance - I worked on a project I've been toying with for quite some time!

I'll share it with you on Sunday.

Unfortunately, it was something like 11:00 pm by the time I'd finished it, and I hadn't made a card to share with you today. 
 
I decided the easy option was to CASE a card,so I went to the office to check out Pinterest, but then I had a lightbulb moment! 

I went down to the sitting room where all the Christmas cards we've received were hanging. 

We have three large stars, like amazingly strong fancy wire coat hangers, which we display our cards on. 

One of the stars is reserved for handmade cards only, and I picked the card I received from a favourite cousin of mine. 

B lives about an hour and a half drive away from me, and goes to classes run by her local Stampin' Up! demonstrator. 


Her Christmas cards always scream SU, and are the clean and simple style I love. 

This year is a prime example of this, and was very quick and easy to CASE. 

I started with a cardbase of Elegant Eggplant Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Elegant Eggplant.

Before I adhered the top layer to the card, I gently wiped the bottom right-hand corner with my  Embossing Buddy. 

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Hang Your Stocking Stamp Set, using Versamark. 

After I'd sprinkled it with Whisper White Embossing Powder, I heat set it using my Heat Tool. 

Then I used some Whisper White CS, and die cut the branch and three snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.

I adhered them to the front layer of the card using Tombow. 

Then I added the three snowflakes, and drew a dotted line connecting them to the branch using a ruler and a white gel pen!

I attached this layer to the front of my card and added a large Basic Rhinestone in the centre of each snowflake.

Inside the card I added a layer of Whisper CS and a layer of Elegant Eggplant CS. 

I heat embossed the sentiment, which is from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set, using the same Whisper White Embossing Powder, and the same method as I did on the front of the card.

Beautiful cards don't get much easier than this! 

Many thanks to B for my card, and also to B's SU demonstrator!

I'm off to the hospital this afternoon to be fitted with a 24-hour heart monitor. 

It's nothing serious, I have regular check ups because I had a bad experience several years ago! 

That's about it until tomorrow. Until then, happy crafting.

JanB.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Year of Cheer Washi Tape

Hello, Crafters.

Are you a fan of washi tape?

I'm not, but I bought a set of the Year of Cheer Washi Tape because I love the designs and colours! 

And all I've done so far, is to sit and admire it!

Today I saw a card on Pinterest where someone had used the widest design from the five rolls, and decorated about three-quarters of a top layer of cardstock to make it look like part of a sheet of Designer Series Paper - it looked gorgeous!

I was confident that if I used my Grid Paper, this was something I could do all over the top layer, and get good results i.e. I could get the lines straight!

I used some temporary adhesive and adhered my top layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) to my Grid Paper making sure it lined up perfectly horizontally and vertically. 

Leaving the first half an inch clear, I adhered the first strip so it lined up with the second half-inch on the Grid Paper. 

Oh, how I wish it was always this easy to get straight lines! LOL! 

I worked my way down the top layer, and had exactly half an inch spare. 

Had I taken the trouble to work this out before I started, I would have known this would work out perfectly!

As I was working with gold again, it was a great excuse to start on my fourth packet of Gold Foil Snowflakes. 

I also decided to use the co-ordinating Cheers to the Year Stamp Set to embellish the Snowflake. 

As I'm going through a gold and silver phase with my cards at the moment, I decided to use one of the "circle" stamps as well as the word JOY, and heat emboss them in gold. 

I die cut the circle using a Layering Circle Framelits Die, and I die cut the word JOY using one of the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. 

I also die cut a scalloped oval in Gold Foil using the Layered Oval Framelits Dies again, and adhered JOY onto it. 

To build my card I adhered a layer of Gold Foil to a Whisper White CS card base, and adhered my washi tape layer onto the Gold Foil. 

Using Tombow, I adhered a Foil Snowflake in the centre of the front of the card, and then I adhered the gold heat-embossed circle in the centre of the snowflake.

Finally, I added JOY in the centre using Dimensionals. 

To finish the front of my card I added one large Basic Pearl to each end of word JOY to make it look like a plaque nailed to a wall!

To decorate inside the card, I took a layer of Whisper White CS and added two strips of Washi Tape at the bottom, measuring it the same way I had done for the front of the card. 

I wanted to add part of a Snowflake in the bottom right-hand corner of this layer, but I knew from experience, depending on where I cut, I could have large chunks of the snowflake dropping off! 

To prevent this from happening - hopefully! - I added some Tombow to the back of what I guessed was about a quarter of the Foil Snowflake, and then added it to the Whisper White CS layer. 

When I was happy it was centred correctly, I cut the excess off - very carefully - so I could use the remaining three quarters on other cards! 

Hubby's going to his company's Christmas dinner this evening, so it'll be a late one in my studio for me today. Well, it's only nice to wait up for him, isn't it? LOL!

I think that's it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Silver Mistletoe Friends

Hello, Crafters.

After I'd shared my Gold Mistletoe Friends card with you yesterday, I also posted it to my Facebook page.

It was very well received, and I was asked questions about the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (FFDA). 

In the catalogue it's described as gold foil on one side, and looks like silver on the other. 

It's a stunning product, but so easily missed in the catalogue! 

Even if it does get noticed, its beauty doesn't show through. 

Hopefully, I've remedied this albeit it on a very small scale with today's video. 

Yesterday's card featured the gold foil side of the FFDA, and in the video I've used the silver-looking side.

Apart from changing the design of the acetate, I kept the cards identical so it would give the opportunity of a fair comparison.

In the catalogue, page 194, the acetate is offered as a pack of 12" x 12" sheets, 6 in a pack, 2 each of three different designs. 

You can see two of the designs in the three cards I've made so far. 

The third design, which I show on the video - both the gold and the silver sides - is dots. 

I like both sides equally, and I would descibe the silver on the acetate as having a matt appearance - I hope this can be seen on the video.

I think that's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting, 

JanB.    

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Mistletoe Friends Again

Hello, Crafters.

This year I am so much better organised than I have been for the last few Christmases - do you remember the one I was still making my Christmas cards on Christmas Eve? Never again!

I only have another fifteen cards to write out today and post, and that's me finished!

It's really unusual for me to get them done this quickly; I generally finish up having to pay first class post because I'm lastminute . com!

Today's card is gold, gold, and more gold, but what a wonderful selection of goodies we have to play with. 

I think the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate gets very neglected, but it packs such a WOW! product!

The base of my card is Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Gold Glimmer Paper and a top layer of Very Vanilla CS. 

I took a piece of the Foil Acetate that's exactly the same size as the top Very Vanilla layer, and adhered the two together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

I did this by putting a small dot of Glue in each corner and a fair amount underneath the two areas that I knew would be covered by the image and the sentiment. 

Considering the amount of Glue I was able to use in these two areas, I don't really think I needed to put any in the four exposed corners! 

I was pleasantly surprised at how little the corner Glue can be seen - see the last photograph.

I heat-embossed the snowman stamp, and the sentiment from the Mistletoe Friends Stamp Set using Gold Embossing Powder on Very Vanilla CS.

Then I layered them on a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper,  and then on to a piece of Very Vanilla CS.
 
I attached them both to the acetate layer using Dimensionals.

Inside the card I added a layer of Gold Glimmer Paper and a layer of Very Vanilla CS, but was at a loss how to decorate it!

Maybe I'll add a strip of Acetate on top of a strip of Very Vanilla CS, and then on a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper, although I'm not sure how wide I'll make it!

Disappointingly, my printer didn't arrive yesterday! 

As they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! 

The only exception I've ever come across is joining Stampin' Up! which is everything it says it is, and more! 

Anyway, my printer will be here on Friday - disappointing but it's fine!

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

JanB.







Monday, 11 December 2017

Night in Bethlehem Vellum

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend.

Saturday was a very trying day for me; one of those where if it could go wrong, it did!

The icing on the cake was my printer died. 

This was within an hour or so of ordering five new toner cartirdges for £140! 

Fortunately, the company we ordered from has cancelled the order and processed a refund.  

As hubby is an engineer, although not a printer engineer, he decided to open the machine and find out what was wrong! 

Next he went online to order a new part, but found it's only available as part of a much larger part!

He found that there wasn't much difference between the cost of buying this larger part, and buying a new machine. 

I'm pleased to say it's arriving today, and hubby will install it this evening.

More good news! 

Yesterday, Stampin' Up! announced 24 hours FREE SHIPPING! 

It started last night, 10th December 2017 at 11:00 PM GMT/Midnight CET, and it will end on 11th December 2017 at 10:59 PM GMT/11:59 PM CET. 

This is a great time to check out what’s on the Year-End Sale List I sent out on 30th November 2017; and also the Clearance Rack in my online store. 
 
Please note once the items on this list have gone, they’ve gone!

This offer is also available in North America and the South Pacific, so please check with your demonstrator for the timing.


For today's card, I CASE'd a fabulous card made by one of the ladies in my team, Karen James. 

She shared it in our Facebook group, and said it was the card she'd made for her staff - all fifty of them - so the card had to be quick to make.

She used a technique I haven't knowingly seen before, and the result on her card is stunningher card is stunning - please see the last potograph.

I asked Karen how she had coloured the tag, and she explained that she'd heat-embossed the image first, and then used Blender pens. 

Karen also said it was a very forgiving technique, so I couldn't wait to try it!

When I CASE another crafter's card, I try to put my spin on it, which I did in this case as far as the stamp set I used, but I stuck to the same colours as Karen, and I'm so pleased I did.

I made two more changes, the first of which was to use the new Stampin' Blend Pens. 

Starting at the bottom I used the Dark Bermuda Bay, then Light Bermuda Bay, then Light Night of Navy, and finally the Dark Night of Navy. 

The other change I made, which was a bit of a challenge, was that I stamped the Mary and Joseph image from the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set, onto a piece of vellum using Night of Navy Ink. 
 
The image wasn't brilliant, but I went over it with a Blender Pen and it brought it up beautifully. 

I used my Heat Tool to dry the image before I was happy to place it facedown on my desk to colour it from the back. 

Next time, I'll try it closer to Karen's method i.e. heat embossing the image and using Blender Pens.

Big THANKS to Karen for sharing a brilliant technique!

That's it from me today, and until tomorrow, happy crafting!

JanB.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

No Glue Box Video

Hello, Crafters.

I wish you a very happy Sunday.

Today's video shows how to make the swap I received from Ali Marshall at the Stampin' Up! Convention in November.

I was requested by one of my viewers to show how it was made when she saw my swap-sharing video.

It's another surprisingly quick and easy project which I designed to hold a 3" x 3" Post It Note Pad. 
 
They make great teachers' gifts, or for co-workers, neighbours, etc.

 
They also make great sellers at craft fairs, too.

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

JanB.