Monday, 27 March 2017

Special Birthday

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend. ☺

Just a quick note to remind you that there are just four days left before Sale-a-bration (SAB) ends on 31st. March 2017!

In case you missed the notification, last week Stampin' Up! added eight products from the Annual and Spring catalogues as SAB gifts.

I understand that some of these products have already sold out in the US! 

A brief recap for you of the benefits of SAB:

First is a free gift for every €60/£45 you order, excluding delivery

Second is an extra €27/£20 in Stampin' Rewards if your order is €275/£200 or more

Third is an extra two free stamp sets of your choice if you join SU as a hobbyist or demonstrator, as well as the €175/£130 worth of products you choose for yuor €129/£99 Starter Kit. 

If you live in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or the Netherlands, please contact me if you'd like more info: 

Alternatively, if you're in North America or South Pacific regions, please contact your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Today's card is the first project I've made using the brayered Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper, which I shatred here with you last Thursday.
One of the suggestions I received - many thanks, Kaye - was to make a special birthday card and I'm sure someone else suggested using Vellum but unfortunately, I can't find it! 

I still had my pre-cut Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper shapes in a box on my desk and had a look to see what I could find. 

I came up with the circle frame and the bow!
The bow was from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies and I think I made the circle frame using an earlier set of circle dies we had.

I adhered the circle frame on to the Vellum using Tombow, and then adhered the completed circle to the card base, again, using Tombow.

Lower down this post, there are some photographs showing how you can achieve a similar frame using the Layering Circle Dies.
I adhered the die cut heart to the lower rim of the circle frame using glue dots. I wasn't sure what to do about the sentiment.

I chose HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the Confetti Celebration Stamp Set, and took a small piece of Rose Wonder cardstock.

I wiped this over with my Embossing buddy, inked the stamp in Versamark, stamped and covered with White Embossing Poder. 

When I had finished heat embossing it, I painted the centres of the block letters, using my Fine Tip Glue Pen. 

Then I sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds and allowed it to dry. 

I adhered this to the top of the card using Dimensionals but I can't help feeling that I need some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Powder up in the top area. 

Although maybe some Rose Red white heat embossed and punched flowers at the bottom would work better! 

Then I could also do the inside of the card - which I haven't done yet!

If I do this, I'll share another photograph!

Photograph 7 - this is the closest you can get to my size frame. 

These two dies are both from Layering Circles Framelits Dies and are the largest scallop die, no. 8 and the second to largest straight cut circle die. 

I have placed the two numbers in the frame so you can see the fit!
Photograph 8 - the pink circle has been die cut with the largest, straight edge, no 8.

I have laid the pink circle on the white scalloped die cut scalloped circle.  

Photograph 9 - this is the same as photograph 8 except I used die. no 7.

Notice at the difference in the fit of the 50 inside each circle.

Photograph 10 - this shows the largest scalloped circle as well as size 7 die cut sitting inside.

I hope this provides an acceptable alternative to the frame I used! 

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


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Thru' the Windows: Beautiful You

Hello, Crafters.

This morning I uploaded today's video which features the Beautiful You Stamp Set and Hearth & Homes Thinlits Dies.

If ever I thought I didn't need to make a card immediately before making a video, this is proof Ido really need to!

As I was so exceptionally busy last week, I didn't have time to make another copy of this card immediate before commencing the video.
If I had of done, I wouldn't have tried assembling the window as early as I did. 

That is, before I had created the wallpaper and dressed the lady!

I shared the original card on my block last week but explained that I'd tried to make the background behand the lady to look like wallpaper but it looked more like railings! 

I changed the stamp set for the video and this time it does look like wallpaper. 

I used the Timeless Textures Stamp Set for this. 

The Mint Macaroon Designer Series Paper is from By The Shore.   

The THANK YOU sentiment is from the the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and the flower is from the Botanical Builders Thinlets Dies. 

As I said I would in the video, I added a Basic Pearl to the centre of the flowers on both cards.

Yesterday was a hugely successful day in Peacehaven. 

There were fourteen attendees and we had a great time, and plenty of laughs!

This morning we're off to see Liz. 

I wish you a happy Sunday. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Peacehaven Class Today

Hello, Crafters.

It's bright and early, and the sun is shining............but it's freezing cold outside! I'm just about ready to set off to Peacehaven for a class I running today, probably for 14 ladies, but it could be more. With the weather the way it is - and heated seats in my car - I'm looking forward to the hour's drive down to the coast.

The class has been organised at a local Church Hall by one of the ladies, Pat, who attended the class I ran in Peacehaven last August. There will be a variety of skill levels from beginners to experienced card makers.

I'm sharing last August's photographs from Peacehaven in case you missed them first time round! It was a lovely sunny day that day too!

I hope you have a great weekend and until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


Friday, 24 March 2017

Vicki's Wedding Invitations

Hello, Crafters.

Now Vicki has sent out her wedding invitations, I've been given the go ahead to share! 

You may be surprised at how simple these cards are but Vicki's taste is very much like mine, clean and simple! 

When Leigh and Vicki first came round to discuss what they wanted for their invitations, I explained what the options were and showed some samples of invitations I'd made for previous weddings. 

They decided they'd like a single fold card, with a vellum overlay on the front and either two or three pages inside! 

They also liked a dry embossed double line rectangle to go on the vellum to frame the stamping underneath. 

They saw this idea on one of the previous invites but, on that one, it had a parcel in the middle of it. 

I agreed because it's quite easy to create a dry embossed rectangle on vellum without the need of an embossing folder.........or so I thought!!

Choosing the colour was the easiest part because Cherry Cobbler matched the colour of the men's bow ties perfectly. 

I really needed the Cherry Cobbler Ribbon that was in the Christmas catalogue as a combo with Emerald Envy Ribbon. 

I only had about 10" left and needed 8 rolls! 

I tried Stampin' Up! first and didn't haven't have any joy there. 

I put a shout out to other demos via several different Facebook groups I'm in and only found one person with two partial rolls.

The last resort was my local art shop who were able to order some for me. 

Although the colour is correct, it's not perfect like the Stampin' Up! ribbon would have been!

The three pages inside were going to be the invite, the poem and the directions. 

Vicki agreed she'd create the three documents, save them on a USB stick, so she could bring it over and download onto my laptop.

The reason we planned it this way was that my laptop is connected to two printers, and one of them is a laser jet.
The print quality on this machine is so much better quality than an inkjet machine!

We also both felt that by transferring the document from one machine to another via a USB stick, there wouldn't be any distortion with the font or the layout.

The third page was the map but I couldn't get it to fit without having to forfeit all the margins, which made it look as if i was squeezing it in, which was what I was trying to do! 

We decided to create the directions as an A5 flyer rather than a page. 

Unfortunately, when I had been re-arranging the map to fit it as a page, the church moved to the shopping centre and the car park landed on a block of flats! 

I didn't notice this, fortunately Vicki picked it up after she had collected the invites and the flyers! 

Thank goodness we decided to do it as a flyer and not a page!

Leigh and Vicki chose our Shimmery White Cardstock for the base of their card, and we agreed that we needed a good quality ivory 120 gsm paper for the inside pages as we all agreed that white looked too stark.

Then we started planning the decoration on the front of the card, that would show through the vellum layer. 

I showed them all the options available from SU but as Vicki, unlike her Mum, isn't all flowers, butterflies and cutsie things, I moved onto stamps I had from my pre-SU days!

We found the two intertwined rings with the words "to have and to hold", and then they chose WEDDING INVITATION in a lovely fancy font.

I showed Leigh and Vicki the difference between stamping in Cherry Cobbler Ink, and then stamping in Versamark and Cherry Cobbler Ink combined, sprinkling with Clear Embossing Powder and heat setting. 

They both love the heat embossing! 

Unfortunately, the sentiment stamp was photopolymer and old and started disintegrating after about twenty impressions. 

This was being aggravated by continually washing the stamp as I was inking it up in Versamark and ink before stamping. 
I found another stamp that was very similar but a much better font and I changed to stamping with Cherry Cobbler Ink and heat embossing. 

I found I was getting much better results with a truer colour.

When I tried to dry emboss the triangle, I found that the amount of pressure I needed to get good results was causing the vellum to buckle, so I moved onto plan B.

I found the embossing folder that had the outside recatangle around the parcel, and cut the parcel out. 

I remember seeing Dawn Giffiths doing something similar years ago and it worked a dream and it worked brilliantly for me, too!  

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I missed anything out!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting!


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Irresistibly Floral Speccialty DSP

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I had great time playing with the Irresistibly Floral Designer Series (DSP).

Eventually I ran out of time, and inspiration, so I don't have a completed project, but I wanted to share my results so far!

I've made two card bases - photographs 1 & 3 - and I think I'll use them to focus on a special sentiment or saying. 

It's very possible that I may change my mind before then! 

If you have an idea, I'd be very interested in hearing it!

The Irresistibly Floral DSP comes as 12" x 12" lightweight white cardstock (CS), and each sheet is covered with white embossed patterns. 

The pack comes with 12 sheets, with 2 sheets in each of six different designs. 

Three of the designs are floral and the other three include stripes, diagonal lines, and circles.

I used one of our sponge brayers and covered a complete sheet using Rose Red Ink - see photographs 5 & 6. 

My first idea was to cut the corresponding flowers from the second sheet and adhere them onto of the sponged flowers. 

This looked awful so I moved onto plan B!

This was far more successful - see photographs 3 & 4.

I used a white gel pen and coloured the flowers using straight lines rather than trying to colour as a solid colour. 

Having seen what the white cut flowers looked like in Plan A, I didn't think that would be a particularly good idea. 

As soon as I finished this off by painting the centres of the flowers using my Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, I knew I'd use this as a base for a card. 

At the same time it made me think of plan C!

I cut another top layer and painted the flowers using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. 

This changed the colour of the flower slightly and obviously made it very glittery! 

I finished the sheet by painting the centres of the flowers as before. 

Unfortunately, photographs don't really do justice to these card bases but I'm sure you get the idea!
I don't have a favourite - photographs 1 & 3 - do you?

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spritzed Glimmer Paper Video

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I made my video showing how to spritz Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to change the colour and I have to say it's one of my favourite videos.

Before I made this video, I made a second card using the same technique, which is something I always do. 

It's a bit like doing revision before an exam but much more fun!

Crumb Cake - this is the card I made during the video.

I hadn't planned for the Crumb Cake flowers but when I had completed the card, I said I felt it was rather pale and needed something.  

I promised I'd add the flowers after I'd finished the video and post photographs here on my blog today. 

 If you watch the video, please let me know if you agree that this card needed these flowers. 

I used the half inch circle punch to round odd the ends of the Congratulations.

Real Red - this is the spritzer I made on the video. Spritzing is very much like the bleaching technique in as much as you don't really know what colour you're going to get. 

To a certain extent, I think the Real Red Glimmer Paper actually looks a bit pink.

 I'm surprised it blends in so well with the Real Red Cardstock, Ink, and Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack!
I used the three quarter inch circle punch to round the ends of the Happy Birthday! 

I think I need to play with this punch technique!

Island Indigo - this is the card I made before I made the video and I was exceptionally pleased with how it turned out. 

The blue Glimmer Paper would be ideal for a new baby boy card. 

In fact, this card would make a great new baby card - it just needs a change of sentiment! 
Pink Pirouette - this is the card I shared yesterday morning.

I thought it was going to be my favourite out of all four cards but it isn't - I love them all! 

I shall definitely be ordering more Spritzer bttles soon, so I can play with other colours.

I use rubbing alcohol to make my spritzers because the cardstock dries quicker, but it does have a smell and I don't think it should be used in a confined space! 

It doesn't have a warning on the bottle but it's definitely one of those smells.

Another good aspect of todays video is that I was able to use the spray catcher I shared here on my blog on 7th. March 2017.

Before I started the video, I tried moving the camera so I could get it on the screen, but it was just too big!

I think that’s about it for today. 

I’m off to the hairdressers this morning, so until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Flourish Thinlits Congrats Card

Hello, Crafters.

Today's congrats card couldn't be more different from the "noisy" Star Blast congrats card I demonstrated in Sunday's tutorial on YouTube!

A week or two ago I said I was going to try and use some of my ready stamped images, and unused die cuts, rather than leaving them languishing in their colour coded Ziplock bag! 

As I've been working a lot recently with Glimmer Paper, I knew there were quite a lot of unused die cuts in the Dazzling Diamonds and Red Glimmer Paper bags.
I tried using red and white and had a nice idea but it wasn't a complete card, so it stopped there!  

Hubby walked into my studio, and I asked him if he could inspire me. 

He liked the set up with the red Glimmer Paper die cut, but like me, it stopped there. 

I showed him a picture of a card and told him I wanted to do something like that but it wouldn't work with the Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper. 

That's when I knew what I was going to do!
If the die cut wasn't the right colour, change it, and that's exactly what I did. 

I'm going to make a tutorial of how I made today's card and I'm hoping to have it on YouTube tomorrow morning.

My card doesn't look anything like the card I wanted to CASE but I am really pleased with the result. 

I normally make A6 sized cards but today's card is a 6" x 6", and I very rarely ever round corners but I felt this card just screamed out for them.

I used Pink Pirouette Cardstock (CS) for the base, with a layer of Whisper White CS, a smaller layer of Pink Pirouette CS, and a top layer of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

I'm sorry about the bad colour on these photographs, fortunately I'm a better cardmaker than I am a photographer!

The CONGRATULATIONS sentiment is from Guy Greetings Stamp Set and has been stamped onto a piece of Whisper White CS using Crumb Cake Ink. 

I rounded the ends using my retired Word Window Punch. 

I inserted the sentiment in from the back so I could see where the rounded edge would punch, and then I turned the strip around to do the same to the other end. 

You can apply this to any punch that has a curved edge,  for example, a circle punch. 

The smaller sized punch you can use will give you more of a curve. 

To change the colour of my Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, I spritzed it. 

I could have used some Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper but that would have defeated the object of the exercise i.e. using unused die cuts. 

What surprised me most, is that I used a bottle of spritzer that has been sitting on my shelf for about four years, and I'd made it using a now retired colour called Regal Rose. 

The result is perfect for Pink Pirouette. 

When I go into my studio later today, I'll be experimenting with other colours!

Two weeks ago I shared a photograph of my home made Shimmer Spray Catched - see 7th March 2017 - it really came into its own yesterday! LOL! 

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.