Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Little Wild Baby Card

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you're enjoying a relaxing weekend.

Earlier this morning I uploaded my video showing how I made the baby card I shared here last Monday. 

I used it as the first project for yesterday's class, and one attendee suggested that I could cut the stamp in half. 

This would mean that there'd be no messing about with masking the side of the stamp I needed. 

Now that I have run my classes, and uploaded a video, demonstrating how to stamp just a part of a stamp, I will probably do this. 

If you decide to go down this road there are a couple of points to remember. 

First of all, by cutting your stamp in half, you will make your guarantee with Stampin' Up! null and void, as you have effectively "damaged" the stamp deliberately! 

Personally I don't see this as an issue. 

The quality of SU products is such that as long as you have stamped the stamp once to make sure you get a perfect image, I think it's unlikely that a problem will develop later. 

Secondly, when you cut the stamp there are three things to remember: make sure you use sharp scissors; cut in as a straight a line as possible; make sure you don't cut into or cut off any of the image.

What I am writing here only applies clear mount or photpolymer stamps.  Wood mount stamps are not quite as straight forward.

There will be times when you want some stamps, for example A Little Wild, where you want the image as one complete image.

This is easily accomplished by aligning the two stamps on the block side by side, ensuring you don't leave a gap between them. 

With wood mount you'd need to adhere one part of the stamp on the top of the wood block and the other part on the opposite side. 

To line the two up you'd need to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig.
By cutting stamps, as well as making life easier, it also increases the versatility of your stamps, especially where a stamp includes a sentiment.

Another occasion when I have cut clear mount stamps is when I find I consistently get stamp marks from the edges of the rubber around my stamped image. 

This is a result of pressing the stamp too heavily onto the ink pad, or pressing too hard when stamping the image.

For me, although both these circumstances are relatively easy to remedy, with some stamps I forget they need extra care, and find it easier to trim some of the excess rubber off!

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


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Great Missenden & Amersham

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday went as well as could be expected. There were about 100 people who attended Liz's! The reception was held after the ceremony at the King's Arm.

Although Liz's funeral wasn't until 3.30 pm yesterday afternoon, we left home at 9.30 am for the one and a half hour journey up to the Funeral Directors. I had arranged for hubby and I to see Liz so we could pay her our last respects.

This left us with quite a bit of time before the service, so we decided to have a slow stroll around Great Missenden, which is the lovely little village where Liz lived.

Great Missenden is a typical English village, which is famous for being the home for the Roald Dahl family. 

This famous children's author and his family were friends and neighbours of Liz. There is the Roald Dahl Museum in the village.

Photograph 1: the Red Pump Garage was featured in Roald Dahl's book called Danny Champion of the World.

Photographs: 2-4: the Roald Dahl Museum

Photograph 5: Church of St Peter and St Paul, Great Missenden where Roald Dahl is buried
Photograph 6: Roald Dahl's gravestone

Photograph 7: Footptints of the Big Friendly Giant - BFG - which lead to the graves.
Photograph 8: the circular wooden bench near the grave that was erected in Roald Dahl's memory by his children and grandchildren. Their names are engraved on the back of each seat.
 Photograph 9 and 10: two views of Great Missenden.

We had a light lunch in one of the local coffee shops and then took a drive to Amersham, another pretty English Village, where the service and reception were being held.

Photograph 11: a floral model village fair being bulit by two ladies from the Amersham in Bloom Team!
Photograph 12: just by where the two ladies were working there was a water fountain in a small pond. This set of seven steps have been built to help the frogs and toads in and out of the pond!
Photograph 13: an old water pump left in place where it was built!
 Photograph 14: the King's Arms where the reception was held.
Photograph 15: a front door we saw as we walked around Amersham village! The cottage is called Christmas cottage, and the curved arch looks like a design we might find on a stamp!

This weekend I have two classes, so I have a lot to prepare and get ready! So until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Friday, 23 June 2017

A Little Wild Classes

Hello, Crafters.

I have two classes this weekend and I'm featuring the A Little Wild Stamp Set plus the co-ordinating dies called Little Loves Framelits. 

Both greeting cards and the 3D project we'll be making will entail using both of these products. 

The stamps for the bear, the elephant, and the lion are "double stamps". By that I mean one stamp produces an image of the front of the animal and the back. 

When these are die cut, they can be folded in half like a gift tag, with a small hole at the top to put some cord through for tying onto gifts. The stamp set also includes a TO and FROM stamp.
In the classes I'll be showing how I enlarge the eyes for the bear and the lion, as well as how I open the elephants eyes!

During the class I'll be showing how to ink up and stamp just part of a stamp. I will also be demonstrating these in Sunday's video which features the card I shared here on Monday.

To make today's card I started with a Daffodil Delight Cardstock (CS) base, a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Daffodil Dellight CS. 

I dry embossed the top layer using the Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder.

Using Basic Black Archival Ink and Crumb Cake CS, I stamped the two images of the front of the bear, three beehives, six flowers and some bees. 

Then using my Daffodil delight, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Marker Pens, I coloured the flowers and the bees.

I cut the bear and the beehive out freehand but used dies for the bees and the flowers - I don't know why! LOL!

My original plan was to have one beehive with several bees flying around it, on the same level as the bear, on the right-hand side of the card with the bear on the left-hand side. 

I was going to fit the flowers along the save level to fill the gap between them both.  When I arranged the pieces according to my plan, I didn't like it! I played until I came up with the design you see. 

I used Dimensional to add the bear, the beehive and the two sentiments to the card front, but glued the flowers on the Hexagon layer. 

Although I've forgotten to add some bees around the hive, I did remember to adhere one on a Dimensional on the bear!

I chose the first sentiment from the Bella & Friends Stamp Set and the Happy Birthday from Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set. 

I added a layer of Whisper White CS inside the card and I adhered another bear, but this time without the 3D bee!

As it's Liz's funeral today, I'm now closing down for the rest of the day. As always, until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Graceful Gardens "Inches"

Hello, Crafters.

It looks like our heatwave is about to break! Well, it was lovely while it lasted! 

Do you remember when "inches" were the in-thing with cardmaking a few years ago? 

There was a mini-revival a couple of years ago, but unfortunately it didn't mount to much. 

Today's card is my take on an inches card except I haven't adhered my image to small cardboard tiles. 

I chose the large rose from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set, which I stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

Then I used Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz Marker Pens, and coloured the image. 

I also stamped the image onto a large Post It Note, and then cut it out so I could use it as a mask. 

I covered my painted rose, and then I stamped the patterned imake from the same set in the bottom right hand corner using Sahara Sand Ink.

In the top left-hand corner, I stamped the splatter stamp from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set. 

I cut my image sheet down to 3 3/8" x 4 1/2". This enabled me to cut the image into twelve 1 1/8" squares.

Then I layered them onto twelve 1 1/4" Pink Powder CS squares. 

Fortunately, I have a retired Stampin' Up! 1 1/4" square punch, so that was very quick and easy!

Once my twelve squares were ready and I started working on a layout, it was very obvious that our normal A6 (A2) card size was not going to be big enough. 

I made a Whisper White CS card base that measures 7" x 5". 

I added a layer of Powder Pink CS, and then a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

As I made my layers, I kept watching to make sure everything looked balanced. 

Unfortunately, I was left with a relatively small space for the sentiment. 

Given the size of the image, I needed somethng with a bit of body! 

I decided on the ribbon and thought I'd stamp a sentiment on a piece of Whisper White CS that I could adhere over the ribbon.

Then I remembered something I'd seen on a swap I received, I think, at the OnStage Concention in Telford last year.

The demo had stamped a sentiment onto a strip of ribbon! 

I haven't tried before this but it worked beautifully. 

The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set. 

Have you tried this technique? Do you know if there are any do's or dont's i.e. does it matter what type of ink is used or the type of ribbon used? 

I think this needs to be a video, hopefully next Wednesday!

The strip of ribbon on its own wasn't substantional enough so I layered it onto a piece of Whisper White CS, which was layered onto a piece of Powder Pink CS.

I added three pearls either side of the the sentiment. 

To finish my card, inside the card I added a sheet of Powder Pink CS and then a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

I stamped the smaller rose from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set in the bottom right hand side. 

I coloured it in the same way as the main image on the front page.

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


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Front Step Card Video

Hello, Crafters.

The heatwave continues! YAY!

Unfortunately, I'm one of the few people who actually enjoys this weather! 

The forecast is that today's the last day, and temperatures will get back to normal tomorrow!

Earlier today I posted my Front Step Card video. 

I found this idea in a copy of Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine.

Unfortunately I don't know when this was published because, once I've finished with a magazine, I tear out pages I want to keep! 
The three-page article was with a two-page article called Budget Makes with Doilies, which is from the same magazine.

If I assume these articles are from the same month, they were in the July 2015 issue. There's an advertisement on the back of one of the pages that says "offer closes 31st July 2015"!

I found this article when I spent the day in my studio having a good clear out the day after Liz passed away last week.

I'll have to have a closer look at other aticles I've kept to see what else I can find! 
When I made the first Front Step Card, I really made hard work of it. 

On the positive side, it also helped me work out the easy way of doing it. 

By the time I made the video, I'd finished up with a very smooth and easy process. 

This card does fits into one of our standard envelopes.

It was a bit of an effort to get the card to stand up because the ceiling fan above me was on! 

It was quite funny to watch! LOL! 

The fans were still on when it came to photographing the cards, so I needed something to make them stand still and upright!

I found if I put a smallish punch, like the now retired Petite Petal Punch, inside the box, it stayed put brilliantly. 

Unfortunately I had to remove the punch when I wanted to take side view photos, so I had to allow the card to rest against the white backing. 
Just a little tip if you, or someone you know, receives a Front Step Card greeting card!

This was the fifth week of five weeks of fancy fold cards I promised. 

I will try and keep the fancy folds coming, but no promises! 

I hope you enjoy today's video. ☺

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Petal Garden Birthday Card

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I was making the first of five extra videos, so I can keep posting every Sunday and Wednesday while I'm in Thailand next month. 

As I was working on a really delightful project, on the side of my desk I kept seeing the four sheets of the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack from yesterday's project.

After I'd finished the video, I decided to make a card for today, and  the DSP sheets were stitting on the side.

When I was stamping my paper-piecing images for yesterday's project, I was very careful not to spoil the main image. 

These things happen for a reason, and I decided I could make a quick and easy card for today!

It wasn't really quick, but it was quick for me! LOL!

I started with a card base of Pool Party Cardstock (CS), then a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of the Petal Garden DSP Stack. 

After I'd cut the DSP to size, I adhered it to the Whisper White CS layer.

I tied a piece of our beautiful 3/8" Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon around the lower part, and tied it in a bow.

Then I adhered this layer to the card base.

Using Old Olive Ink, I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, in the top right hand corner. 

I took the second sheet of the DSP and cut out all four roses. 

I curled the largest three roses round a pencil. 

Using two regular Dimensionals under each of the two large roses, and one under the smaller rose, I adhered the roses to the card front.

When I cut out the smallest rose, I left a length of stem still attached, and adhered it to another layer of Whisper White CS, which I then adhered inside my card. 

My finishing touch was painting all four roses with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

I found the bee languishing in a box I keep on my desk for small bits I've made but not used at the time!

I had a delivery from my lovely UPS man yesterday - my Incentive Trip Documents! The box contained some lovely goodies, that I'd like to share with you!

 Fabric Travel Wallet
Four beautiful luggage tags
First Incentive Trip Badge - I won't be getting one 
of these when I go to Alaska next year!

I'll post more photographs on my Photo Gallery page!

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