Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Three Wise Men Video

Hello, Crafters.

Earlier today I uploaded the video that shows how I made the Three Wise Men Christmas card I shared here on Monday.  

Originally I hadn't planned on a video but I've received a lot of positive feedback about the card, as well as several questions, that I thought a video would be appreciated! 

Each time I make a video, I make a sample of my project, which is partly so I can list the products needed and the measurements. 

In the case of a project like this which was made a few days ago, it also reminds me of any pitfalls, as well as the best order in which to do each step. 

The advantage of doing this is that it gives me the opportunity to do the sample in a different colour. 

In this case I was able to make a card using our Silver Embossing Powder, so I have one in each of our Foil Snowflakes - gold and silver. 

I definitely prefer this card in gold, which I think is because it's a far more definite colour and a much warmer colour!

I was particularly chuffed that one of the music sheets shows the music for We Three Kings, but then that's typical of Stampin'Up! to think about details like that!

For the video, I changed the sentiment I used from Blessed Christmas Wishes to Rejoicing in Christ.
 
Both sentiments are from the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set.  

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

JanB.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Decorating Candle Jars

Hello, Crafters.

Decorating candle jars is something I've wanted to try for a very long time!

There was a gentleman selling handmade perfumed candles in jars at the Tadworth Craft Fair last Saturday, so I bought two red and four creamy coloured candle jars!

The timing tied in very nicely with an email I received from a US crafter who'd see my blog on 7th September 2017 called Don't Try This At Home! 

You may remember the Night in Bethlehem card I'd decorated using the Swirly Snowflakes Die - I'd used the die with the Adhesive Sheets and struggled to remove all the little bits and finished up wearing most of them! LOL!!

The email contained a link to a YouTube video that had been posted by Tami White, showing how to use the Adhesive Sheet with the Swirly Snowflakes Die, successfully! 

I followed Tami's tips and it worked brilliantly - this is my first decorted candle jar! 

The first tip Tami gave was to remove the plastic backing to the Glimmer Paper because it made it easier to get a great cut with the Big Shot. 

I struggled to remove just the plastic sheet, and I took a layer of the cardstock with it, but I decided not to worry about it and carried on. 

Next I inserted a piece of the Red Glimmer Paper onto a piece of the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet which I'd cut to the same size.

I made my Big Shot "sandwich" using the Big Shot Platform and Thin Die Adaptor, the Precision Base Plate, the die and Red Glimmer Paper and one Cutting Mat. 

I cranked this through the Big Shot through and back again, twice - four altogether, then I moved the positon of the die and Glimmer Paper, and ran it through the Big Shot twice more!

I placed the Glimmer Paper onto my Die Brush Sponge Mat, and rolled over the back of the die several times using the Die Brush!

It was so  easy! All the bits came out beautifully, and my die was ready to adhere to my jar, but first, I had to make another die so my design would go all round the jar. 

This is where my problems started because the design at the ends of the die aren't the same as the joins in the middle. 

If you don't have the die, have a look at the photograph on page 35 where there's a white die cut sitting on  the die. 

It's a fabulous die and is probably best used on a card so you can really show off the full length to it's true beauty.

However, I wanted to see how easy - or not - it was to add a continuation strip! 

I succeeded to a point, and if I were to give this candle to someone as a gift, I really don't think they'd notice the joins! 

If you look closely at the photographs, you'll see some small areas where the Glimmer Paper hasn't stuck very well. 

This is because they are areas where I have been manipulating them into position, and in doing so, I have lost some of the tackiness. Tombow will sort that out for me!

Overall I'm really pleased with this project and would like to make a video showing how I did it! 

I've decorated four of my candles with different designs so far, and am burning one because I want to know if there's a reaction to what I've done from a safety point of view. 

I also want to know that the adhesives I'm using are going to withstand any heat. 

I've also decorated the lid on the other three jars, and will do this one too.

So big thanks to Tami for her video - Using Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets - and to Suzanne for bringing it to my attention - thank you ladies!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Night in Bethlehem and Wise Men from Afar

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend.

I combined two religious stamp sets to create today's card, and I've used a Foil Snowflake, too! 

No surprises there! LOL! 

I started with a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) which I wiped with my Embossing Buddy. 
 
I inked the three wise men stamp with Versamark and stamped it on the cardstock, making sure I left enough room to die cut it with the third largest Stitched Shapes Circle Framelit. 

I sprinkled it with Gold Embossing Powder, and then heat set it using my Heat Tool.

For the card I chose Whisper White CS for the base, then a layer of Basic Black CS, and a top layer of Whisper White CS.

Using my Embossing buddy again, I wiped over the bottom half, and the top right hand corner of the top layer. 

As I was going to stamp directly onto cardstock with clear mount stamps, I set my Stamp-a-ma-jig up for the sentiment and the large star stamp from the Night In Bethlehem Stamp Set. 

I inked and stamped the sentiment in the bottom part of the top layer, and heat set it using Gold Embossing Powder.

Next I stamped the star in the top right had corner and followed the same procedure as before.


I cut a band of Basic Black CS approximately just over a third of the height of top layer.

Then I matted a layer of a white sheet of music on top - the music shown is We Three Kings! 

I adhered the two layers together and then onto the top layer. 

Next I adhered the three wise men to the Gold Foil Snowflake, and then adhered it to the centre of the central strip.

To decorate the inside of the card, I decided to use the shepherd and his sheep stamp from the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set.

I stamped him in the bottom right hand corner as he was facing into the card, which allowed me to stamp the smaller star from the Three Wise Men from Afar Stamp Set, which tied the front and inside of the card together really well. 

As I did previously, I wiped the corner using my Embossing Buddy and heat set the two images in Gold Embossing powder.

I added the Whisper White layer to a layer of Basic Black CS and then adhered it inside the card.

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

JanB.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Kit Kat Peg Fridge Magnet

Hello, Crafters.

Today's video shows how I made my September customer Thank You gifts, which would also make great stocking fillers, teachers gifts, etc.

Peg fridge magnets were one of the very first 3D projects I ever made when I first started paper crafting - it's just so easy.

In the video I show the difference between sanding, and not sanding the edges. 
 
Like so many techniques in paper crafting, it's a matter of choice. 

I've had positive feedback from customers about this hand made gift they found inside their September happy mail!

It's not often that I let my customers know what the current month's hand made gift is going to be before they receive it, but October 2017 is different!

If you'd like to see what it's going to be, please see my video no. 317! ☺

We had a fabulous time at the Tadworth Craft Fair yesterday! 

Everything about it was without fault: the visitors, the stallholders, the organisors, the location, even the weather. 

When I had a look around the Fair with my visitor's hat on, I was bowled over by some of the handmade gifts that were available. 

Funnily enough, my favourite was a company called Peg'ams, who was selling decorated clothes pegs! 

The regular style of clothes pegs had been painted on the back and front, some with glitter, and then decorated with beautiful flowers. 

There were also the old fashioned dolly pegs that were painted as dancers, super heroes, etc. and dressed accordingly. 

The lady I was talking to did the painting, and her seamstress sister made the clothes. 

Such was the attention to detail, that the tutus the ballerina pegs were weaing, were made exactly the same way real tutus are made. 

These dolly pegs were displayed pegged onto a small Christmas tree.  
 
Another stall I was really impressed with was someone who made knitted hats, gloves, tea cosies - yes, people still buy tea cosies! 

One of the hats had a hole in the middle for a pony tail to go through, knitted winter headbands to keep ears warm, fingerless gloves, etc. 

There was a man selling wooden products he'd made, including a 40-year calendar. 

This was in the shape of a brass circle with another brass circle overlay with "windows" the information showed through when turned into position.  
 
For myself, I sold lots of empty gift boxes, as well as lots of the small gift type products like handbag tissues in a box with a flap lid that had a magnetic closure, several sweet treats, and a selection of greeting cards including a Ruby Wedding Anniversary card. 

I really don't have a clue why I made that, but I'm glad I did - one very happy customer! 

The Tadworth Craft Fair, without a doubt, is the best Craft Fair I've been to for a very long time. 

Big thanks to Michelle McGhie and Angela Robertshaw for organising such an awesome day! ☺


That's about it from me today. Happy Sunday and until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.








Saturday, 14 October 2017

Tadworth Craft Fair Today

Hello, Crafters.

This is a first, and I hope it's a rarity! Yesterday, I didn't have any time to make a card to share with you today, because I was getting ready for today's craft fair! It's only the third one we've done this year, and I had a lot of products to wrap, label and price, as well as display labels for our stall. As I was getting everything ready for hubby to pack into the car this morning, I found another box of goodies I should have prepared!! Grrr!!

I've packed my cello bags and labels, and will try to get them sorted out while I'm at the fair, although I'm hoping we'll be too busy for that!

More about the Kit Kat Pegs tomorrow, but for now, I have to love and leave you. I hope you have a great weekend, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Seasonal Bells meet Smitten Mittens

Hello, Crafters.

I have loved mittens ever since I was little! 

I can remember both my older sisters moving onto "grown up" gloves, but I stayed with mittens! 

When I first saw the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to make a card using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the cuffs to make it look like fur cuffs!

Yesterday I loved creating today's card, until it came to the sentiment, and I suddenly thought what do mittens have to do with Christmas? 

For a lot of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, we look forward to having a white Christmas, but in the Southern Hemisphere, it's summer time, and a lot of places never see snow! 

I chose to use the same sentiment I used on Thursday's card, but going forward I'll put something Christmassy on the back of the mittens e.g, Father Christmas, reindeer, gingerbread man. 

There are some great stamps in the Iconic Christmas Stamp Set, and co-ordinating Ornamental Christmas Framelits Dies, that would be ideal.

The co-ordinating dies for the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set is called Many Mittens Framelits Dies

I started my card by die cutting one pair of large and one pair of small mittens using Emerald Envy Cardstock (CS). 

Using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, I also die cut two cuffs, two large and two small snowflakes, and the mitten that has all the fancy die cutting. 

I didn't have any plans to use it on this card, but I wanted to know what it looks like in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper!

In the end, I decided to use six of the little "x's" from this mitten to decorate the back of the small mittens I was using to decorate the inside of my card!

I found one of the bows in my Emerald Envy Ziplock Bag, but I needed two, so I die cut another one, using the die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies.

I also wanted a bow for the small mittens I using to decorate inside the card.

I found one in the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies which, on its own, looks upside down, but it was designed to sit on a Christmas parcel. 

This makes it ideal for the mittens.

I was then ready to start putting my card together! 

I started with a Whisper White CS card base, with a layer of Emerald Envy CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS.

I dry embossed the top layer using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

When I'd finished adhering all the elements to the front of the card, I added two Basic Rhinestones in the centre of the bows, two inside the stars on the mitten's snowflakes, and two on the decoration on the sentiment. 

I'm not sure where the two stars are from, except to say they were in my Emerald Envy Ziplock Bag.

I suspect they were left over from the strip of seven stars that come with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit dies.
 
Inside the card I added a layer of Emerald Envy CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

Using Tombow, I adhered the two small mittens in the bottom right hand corner.

This stamp set and co-ordinating dies will make a fabulous new baby card, or baby shower card.

Can you imagine these mittens i a pale blue or a pale pink? Stunning!

Don't you just love the versatility of Stampin' Up! products!

Tomorrow we'll be at the Tadworth Craft Fair which will be held in the Church hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Station Approach, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5AH.

It starts at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm. Please pop in and say hello if you're in the area, it'll be great to see you.

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

JanB.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Seasonal Bells meet Pretty Pines!

Hello, Crafters.

I'm always looking for different ways to decorate the backgrounds of my cards, rather than using Designer Series Papers, dry embossing or stamping. 

Yesterday I thought about using snowflake die cuts, and absolutely love the result!

The idea of the bell and the fir was inspired by a card that was posted to Pinterest five years ago, so that was the starting point for today's card. 

The Pinterest card was stamped, but I decided to use die cuts as we have two stamp sets with co-ordinating dies that are ideal. 

I cut several fir branches in three different sizes, using Emerald Envy Cardstock (CS) and the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies. 

Then I painted them using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen. 

To make the bells, I took a scrap of Smokey Slate CS and wiped over it with my Embossing Buddy.

Using Versamark Ink, and one of the bells from the Seasonal Bells Stamp Set, I stamped four bells. 

After I had dipped them in my Whisper White Embossing Powder box, I tapped off the excess powder and heat set the images using my Heat Tool. 

There were two reasons why I stamped four bells! 
 
First was because that was the size of the scrap of paper I'd picked up, and second was because, although I knew I wanted two bells for the front, I wasn't sure what I'd be doing on the inside. 

This is how I end up with so many images stamped/heat embossed/punched/ die cut/etc which I use in later projects! 

I decided to use Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper snowflakes, because I had a small pile of six of them sitting on the shelf behind me, and which had been there for a couple of weeks - a leftover from a previous project! LOL! 

Two of them in the pile have been used on this card, and I die cut an extra four, plus another four of the smaller snowflake which came from the same set of dies - Seasonal Tag Framelits Dies. 

As I didn't use the smaller snowflakes on this project, they're waiting for a future project! 

FYI this set of dies co-ordinates with the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set, and the Pretty Pines Thinlits co-ordinate with the Christmas Pines Stamp Set.

I punched the bow I've used on the top of the bells using the Holly Berry Builder Punch, and more Glimmer Paper. Then the fun really started! 

I played around with lots of different layouts, but always leaving space at the bottom of the card for the sentiment.

I hadn't given this any thought at this point because I would decide once I'd finished the layout of everything else.

Once I was happy with the layout, I used my Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the three branches to a layer of Whisper White CS, and these included two smaller branches, and one medium branch, which I'd cut off two sets of the lower branches.

When they were in place, I painted two of the bells using the Clear Wink of Stela Glitter Pen, and adhered them, making sure they covered the ends of the branches, using Dimensionals. 

Then I adhered the bow in place using Tombow on the back of the bow tails. 

Next it was time to adhere the snowflakes in a random design around the bells, and like when painting this kind of background, I made sure some went off the edge. 

When they were all adhered in place, I turned the layer over and trimmed off the overhanging snowflakes. I adhered this layer to a layer of Emerald Envy CS, and then onto a Whisper White CS card base. 

I decided to use the Happy Christmas sentiment from the Seasonal Bells Stamp Set, and then to cut it out freehand! 

So I took a scrap of Whisper White CS and wiped over it using my Embossing Buddy. 

I inked the stamp in Versamark, then in Emerald Envy Ink, and quickly dipped the images in my box of Clear Embossing Powder. 

After I'd heat set the sentiment, I painted it with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, cut it out by hand, and then adhered it to the card front using Dimensionals. 

To finish my card, I added a layer of Whisper White CS onto a layer of Emerald Envy CS and adhered it using Tombow.
 
I arranged a bell and sprig of fir in the bottom right hand corner, and added a Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper Bow I'd found in my packet of cut outs made but not used!

I'm really happy with today's card, one of the few that I don't look at thinking I could have done this or I should have done that! LOL!

I have a very busy day ahead of me today, as we are doing a craft show on Saturday, and I have masses of projects to sell, but I haven't prepared them i.e. priced, wrapped, labelled, etc!
 
I hope you have a great day, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.     

JanB.