Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Impossible Card

Hello, Crafters.

Last Saturday , I was asked by a crafter if I'd made a video showing how to 
make the Impossible card, and she told me about Maymay's video where 
she had seen it. I checked out Maymay's video and was amazed at 
what a brilliant card this is, as well as how simple it is to make. 
When Claire told me about this card she said she had only seen one other
 video, but more  and more videos have been popping up everyday!
The only area I found a challenge was with the first black and white card I made, 
because I chose a directional pattern. I really cannot recommend enough that 
you AVOID directional patterns. I have created two templates in case 
you really can't avoid this - please email me and I'll be happy to send you details.
When I made the first card, I followed Maymay's instructions very closely,
 but not precisely, including the partial die-cutting for the part that stood up. 
Although I was happy with the finished card, I felt the stand up oval was 
too small for the overall design.
 I took a lot of photographs of the three cards from various angles, and
 posted them to the Photo Gallery for those of you who would like to see more.
The last photograph I have shared here on this page, has a sheet of 
Real Red Cardstock underneathto show where there are cut-outs on 
the actual card. This, to me, is the real beauty of this card. That's it from me today.
 I wish you a very blessed Sunday, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.


PS I clicked the PUBLISH button too soon, so I am re-scheduling 
the video so that goes live now as well!

Petals & More Thinlits

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend, with weather equally as lovely 
as ours - sunshine, warmth, blue skies! We're making the most of it 
as this is unusual for April, and I'm sure our normal 
April showers will arrive soon!
Yesterday when I was making tomorrow's video, I was showing  the dies 
I was going to use from the Petals & More Thinlits, and 
showed the die cuts on the back of the magnetic sheet that was holding the dies.
 I made a comment about the stand-alone dies i.e.
 those that don't have a co-ordinating stamps, and it occurred to me that, apart
from the long decorative die, I don't think I've played 
with any of them. I decided there and then I would remedy that for 
today's card!
I carried on and finished recording the video, and once I'd set it up 
to start downloading onto YouTube, I set about make my card. 
 I decided to use the large die, and die cut the branches and leaves 
in Wild Wasabi Cardstock (CS), which I adhered onto a 
layer of Whisper White CS. It was like looking at a blank canvas,
 trying to decide where to go from here! The obvious choice was fruit, 
as in the Fruit Basket Stamp Set which has four 
co-ordinating punches, or flowers, like blossom, which made me 
think about the two new packets of the Touches of
Nature Wood Elements that were sitting on my desk - I was off!
 I chose Pink Pirouette as my co-ordinating colour, which, like Wild 
Wasabi, will be retiring on 31st May 2018! I coloured the 
white side of five of the small wooden daisy-like flowers using the Dark 
Pink Piroutte Stampin' Blend, and then adhered them in strategic 
positions using Tombow to hold them in place. Another product 
I've been enjoying using recently is the Fine Tip Glue Pen, 
which I used to paint over the daisies, 
On three of the flowers, the glue formed beautiful mounds, and
 on the other two it spread into one large covering, and went
 into the centre hole as well, blocking it up! Although the 
branches, leaves and blossom were looking good, 
the card front needed something else i.e. more than just 
a sentiment, and I thought of the three 
butterflies from the Sharing Sweet Thoughts Stamp Set. 
I stamped them onto a piece of Whisper White CS, using Jet 
Black Stazon Ink, and I coloured them using my Wild Wasabi and 
Pink Piroutte Marker Pens. To finish the card front, I fussy cut the 
butterflies, and adhered them using Dimensionals. Next I adhered small
 Basic Pearls in the centres of the daisies, and painted the 
wood elements with a second coat of the Fine Tip Glue.
  I tied a piece of retired Pink Piroutte Ribbon into a bow, around the card front, 
and stamped HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the Hostess In The City 
Stamp Set in Wild Wasabi at the bottom of the card front.
 I had already adhered a layer of Pink Pirouette and Whisper White
Cardstock inside the card, but couldn't decorate it yet 
 without the risk of smudging the daisis. The final touch was 
painting the three butterflies using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen! 
 A very pleasing card methinks! 
That's about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!


Friday, 20 April 2018

Basket of Wishes

Hello, Crafters.
What an absolutely fabulous day - weather-wise - it was yesterday! 
The hottest April day since 1949, apparently! In London the temperature 
went up to 28.8° Bring it on, I love the heat!
Yesterday I had my first play with the images in the Basket of Wishes 
Stamp Set. It took seven attempts before I was happy with the stamping 
and the colouring of the punnet of strawberries. I used my Marker Pens 
in Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake.
 My first few efforts included the sentiment stamped immediately under 
the image, to be included in the die cut. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get 
it all lined up correctly and eventually decided to keep them separate! As it 
turned out, I think the card looks better with the two elements 
being separate.
One of the good things about having multiple attempts is that I was 
able to fussy  cut the best one and adhere it inside my card. When I 
was ready to adhere my  card together, I knew I was having a Real 
Red layer between the top Whisper White Layer and the Whisper White 
card base, and I thought I'd just pop the sentiment and the image
 onto Dimensionals.
 I decided against that as it made the card look very bland, 
so I adhered them to co-ordinating Real Red scalloped shapes. 
This looked so very  much better!!  Although it doesn't show in 
the photographs, I added three Basic Black Rhinestones along the 
 top of the sentiment!
Overall, I'm very happy with the design of today's card, but it doesn't 
do so well under close scrutiny - so I'm not looking! I can't remember 
the last time I felt so disatisfied/critical of one of my projects. I'm going 
to put it down to the sudden arrival of some fabulous weather! ☺

This evening Hubby and I are going out for dinner to celebrate my 
promotion to Gold! That's it from me for today. Until tomorrow, 
happy crafting.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday, I had my first Stampin' Up! delivery since I was at the OnStage Convention two weeks ago.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find a roll of our narrow Solid Red Ribbon inside the box!

It was a reward offered by SU to all demos who took part in a Sale-a-bration challenge, during the last couple of weeks of SAB!

As all activities in the challenge were aimed at building our businesses, it was well worth doing - and receiving the ribbon was a bonus!

Today's card is my first play with the Sharing Sweet Thoughts Stamp Set, which is in the 2017 - 2018 Annual Catalogue in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

For every one of these stamp sets sold, Stampin' Up! donates €2.25/£2.00 to RMHC. 

To create the ladybirds in the jar I had two options to make them to be in front of the leaves and branches - one was masking, and the other was fussy cutting. I chose fussy cutting, as it was the easier option!

The jar and the two lids co-ordinate with the Everyday Jar Framelits Dies, but I decided I wanted to cut them out by hand so I didn't finish up with a white edge all the way round! 

Using Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped one jar, three branches, four ladybirds, three butterflies, and one lid. 

I used Marker Pens as follows to colour the images:-

Ladybirds - Real Red
Branches - Soft Suede & Pear Pizzazz
Butterflies - Lemon Lime Twist & Tranquil Tide  

I stamped the lid with the shaker holes in it, in Basic Black Archival Ink, and then I stamped over it using Real Red Ink! 

There's a grass stamp in the Sharing Sweet Thoughts Stamp Set, which I used with Pear Pizzazz Ink to stamp some as if it's growing in the bottom of the jar. 

I chose the sentiment from the Beautiful You Stamp Set, and I painted the words usng my Basic Black and Real Red Marker Pens.

I huffed on the stamp, and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS). 

I was so very pleased with how well the colour had stamped! I die cut the sentiment using one of the Stitched Shape Oval Framelits Dies. 

Just to ring the changes on my card a bit, I adhered three strips of the Real Red ribbon around the top two levels.....but no bow! 

I adhered the sentiment on Dimensionals to sit on top of the ribbon.

Inside the card I adhered a layer of Whisper White Cardstock, then I stamped and coloured a branch and a ladybird in the bottow right-hand corner. 

A fun birthday card waiting for the right recipient!

That's it from me today, so until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Ribbon of Courage Video

Hello, Crafters.

I am so excited to tell you all that I promoted to Gold yesterday - I'm so thrilled! I'm on cloud 9!  

Yesterday Stampin' Up! updated the Clearance Rack, without giving us advance notice!

Unfortunately, the system was down when I found out at 7.30 am yesterday morning, and by the time it was back up again, so many products had sold out! 

My biggest frustration was not being able to tell my customers as soon as I would like to have been able to!

If you're reading this, and you are one of my customers, I'm truly sorry!

This morning, I uploaded my video which shows how I made the Ribbon of Courage card I shared with you on Monday. 

I almost kept to the same design! 

Apart from the usual colour change - for the video I used Rose Red instead of Sweet Sugarplum - I also changed the sentiment. 

On the original card, I adhered the four circle flowers in each corner by adhering them with Dimensionals, but I wasn't totally happy with them. 

In the video I decided to adhere them directly on to the corners using Tombow, and I do prefer them this way. 

I felt that by popping them up on Dimensionals, gave them more prominence than they warranted; I felt they distracted from the main image and the ribbon!

As I didn't have any ribbon in Rose Red, I had a look through my retired stash and found one in Raspberry Ripple which was an InColour about four or five years ago. 

Although it's not an exact match, I think it's close enough. 

To create the die cut hole frame on the front layer, there are two ways to do it i.e. the perfectionists way or JanB's way - in the video I explained how to do the perfectionist's way, and demonstrated the JanB way i.e. the easy way! ☺
The die is from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, and they co-ordinate with the Snowflake Sentiments. They were in the Christmas Catalogue which has now retired, but they are being carried forward to the new Annual Catalogue. Although these products aren't showing in a current catalogue, you can still order them!
These are the catalogue numbers if you want to order them:-

Wood Mount Snowflake Sentiments 144817
Clear Mount Snowflake Sentiments 144820
Swirly Snowflake Thinlits 144678 

In the video I called the foil I used Rose Foil; it is actually called Champagne Foil 144748; and like the dies and the stamp sets, it was in the Christmas Catalogue, and will be carried forward, so can still be ordered! ☺

Another change I made to this card is on the inside where I adhered the hearts.

In the video, I used the very small ribbon die and cut four using Rose Red Cardstock, and adhered them under the hearts. 

I decided to adhere the two at the bottom up the right way as I thought they would silly upside down. 

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


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Bike Ride: Get Well Soon

Hello, Crafters.

I hadn't noticed this stamp before, and wondered how many others haven't noticed it either! 

It's from the Bike Ride Stamp Set and is a three step stamp, which I found difficult to do. 
In fact, I gave up trying, and just painted it using my Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist Marker Pens.

This is one of those cards that just happened, i.e. it wasn't inspired by anything in particular! 

My first attempt at stamping this image was to stamp the main stamp onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

I didn't like this because the centres of the flowers were solid black - far too heavy for such a small image. 
For my second attempt, I used Basic Grey Archival Ink, and once it was dried it looked a lot softer, which made it so much easier to choose the colours for the card.

Now that I've finished my card, the grey gives the bunch of flowers a "hazy" kind of look, which I rather like!

As I explained yesterday, I've brought all my retiring colours to the front of my cardstock trolley so I can see at a quick glance which ones I need to concentrate on, when it comes to using up those colours that will be retired within a couple of months. 

It's always sad to say goodbye to colours that are leaving, but it's more sad with certain colours - Pink Pirouette is one of the them!

So that's what I chose for my flowers with Marina Mist as my complimentary colour, plus Whisper White.

When I went to my boxes to see what layers I already had cut to size, I found a Whisper White top layer ready dry-embossed with the Dynamic Basket Weave Embossing Folder. 

This is ideal for a background behind a small image.

I die-cut the flower image using the second size Stitched Shape Oval Framelit Die, and layered it onto a piece of Marina Mist cardstock that I die cut using the third largest size Stitched Shape Oval Framelit Die. 

There are so many times, including now, that I think these dies make the cardstock look so much like leather!!

I chose the GET WELL SOON from the Apron of Love Stamp Set, and stamped it on a strip of Whisper White Cardstock using Marina Mist Ink.

When I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch, I also punched two more Classic Labels in Marina Mist.
I cut one in half lengthways, and adhered to the back of the Whisper White strip, with a small amount of blue showing through,  above and below, and then cut the other one in half vertically. 

When I tried to adhere one at each end of the Whister White label it just didn't look right so I left those two pieces off! 

The final touches on the front of my card were two Basic Rhinestones - one either end of the sentiment.

I also tied a small bow in Pink & White Baker's Twine, and adhered it with Tombow, to the paper wrapped around the bunch of flowers.

To decorate the inside of the card, I adhered a layer of Marina Mist cardstock, and I stamped my favourite Hold on to Hope corner stamp in three corners. 

For the fourth corner, I stamped the butterfly that comes with that stamp set - it's something a bit different! ☺

That's about it from me today, so untl tomorrow, happy crafting,


Monday, 16 April 2018

Ribbon of Courage

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've enjoyed a relaxing weekend. 

Today's card is another one that was inspired by a swap I received at OnStage  a couple of weekends ago.

My finished card doesn't have the same clean look as the swap, but I'm still happy with how it turned out!
The swap was made by Barbara Hill; so many thanks for the inspiration, Barbara. 

I chose Sweet Sugarplum as my colour, and decided to follow Barbara's card except for drawing the lines round the outside. 

As I struggle with straight lines anyway, I didn't want to try and get wavy lines that looked professionally drawn, and without allowing my pen to blob because I hesitated!  LOL!

I decided to go through my dies to find a shape I could draw along, like a scallop edge!

I came across the Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies - this will be retiring on 31st May 2018 - that has a strip similar to the one I used from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.

The difference is that the "holes" are short slanted "holes"rather than plain circle holes! 

I considered drawing along the edge of the trellis-like strip die in the Flourish Thinlits Dies, and I also considered die cutting the little strip of leaves in the Little Loves Framelits Dies!  
Another possibility I found was a different trellis-like die in the Petals and More Thinlits Dies, and another scallop edge in the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies - this will also be retiring at the end of May!

The Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies is being carried forward to the new catalogue, together with the co-ordinating Snowflakes Sentiments Stamp Set. 

To cut the line of holes on my Whisper White layer, I positioned the die along the edge, cranked it through the Big Shot, and did the same to the next three sides.
When I laid this on the Sweet Sugarplum layer, I thought the holes were too close to the edges, and tried again! 

This time, I measured in at 1/8" on all four sides, and cut all four sides again. 

This time I was much happier, but rather than discarding the first Whisper White layer, I used it as a layer inside the card, so you could see what it looked like, and you could decide which you preferred!

The other products I used on my card include the Rose Gold Foil Paper for the layer under the top, and the Ruched Ribbon that was available during the first year Sweet Sugarplume came in as an InColour!

The heart I adhered inside the card is the same as the small heart on the sentiment on the front of the card!

I hope you like today's card, and maybe you'll give it a go! ☺

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