Thursday, 22 February 2018

Silver Mini Gable Easter Box

Hello, Crafters.

Have you seen these gorgeous silver Gable Boxes in the Spring/Summer catalogue (page 13)? 

When I first saw them I thought weddings, but I've found they can be used for so much more depending on how they're decorated. 

Who wouldn't love to receive one of these Easter Boxes, especially when they find out there are some chocolate mini eggs inside. 

These boxes are a very generous 4" x 2" x 2", which also make them a lovely size for Easter gifts that are calorie free! 

As you probably know, I love the fabulous new Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder (EF) which is now available as one of the second release Sale-a-bration (SAB) gifts.

It's available as  bundle, with the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set, and is a level 2 gift for an €120/£90 order. 

The good news is that this EF is being carried forward to the forthcoming 2018 - 2019 Annual Catalogue, that will be going live on 1st June 2018. 

Why not make sure you get it for free with a €120/£90 order during SAB? Trust me,you will not be disappointed!

It was a bit tricky getting this box to go through my Big Shot, but it went although not without damaging one oF the corners slightly - see the last photograph!

With the stunning effect the EF has given the box, I doubt if anyone will notice the damaged corner!

Apart from the close up photograph, did you notice it?

The way I made this Easter box doesn't really need much explanation, apart from the embossing.

I stamped the row of daffodils from the You're Inspiring Stamp Set, three times in a row, twice, and coloured them using my Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight Marker Pens. 

Using my guillotine, I cut off the bottom edges so the green stems went off the edge of the Whisper White Cardstock (CS). 

Loosely following the contours, I cut along the top edge of the daffodils leaving a white edging, and then adhered the two strips together using Tombow.

I gently fold the strip around the box giving a squeeze on the corners to find out how much of the length I needed, and cut off the tremaining 2" or 3".

To adhere the strip to the box, I adhered Tear & Tape along the inside bottom, as well as along the highest straight point of the strip. 

I adhered the front piece first, then followed around, until I was back to the beginning except for the last side, which I'd saved till last. 

I used the same Marker Pens to colour the GOD IS LOVE stamp from the Hold on to Hope Stamp Set, which I did twice so I had one banner back and front. Using the banner die from the Cross of Hope Framelits Dies, I die cut them both, and adhered them to the slanted sides of the box lid. 

Using Wild Wasabbi Ink, I took some scrap Whisper White CS and stamped the HAPPY EASTER sentiment from the You're Inspiring Stamp Set and stamped two sentiments.
After punching them both out using the Classic Label Punch, I put the right-hand end of the strip back into the punch to shorten the sentiment to the required length.  

The second to last photograph shows both th embossed and the debossed patterns the EF produces!

I hope you've enjoyed today's project. I'll be back tomorrow, so until then, hppy crafting.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Flip Front Window Card

Hello, Crafters.

I'm calling today's card a fun fold card although there's only one small fold that's extra to a normal card! 

I'm calling it a Flip Front Window card, and it's another one of those that I don't know if it has a proper name.

From the feedback I receive from crafters, I know fun fold cards, or cards that are a bit different from the regular two sided cards, are very popular. 

So I have set myself a challenge of making five videos featuring fun folds! 

The other day I was thinking about how I first started doing a daily blog!

I shared it with my team because I found it was a great start, and it could work for them as well! 

I wonder if you remember back to that time when I challenged myself to making a one card a day on a particular theme. 

I clearly remember the first challenge was to make Father's Day Cards.

Each week I set myself a different challenge, and this went on for twelve weeks!

For today's card I used the Epic Celebration Stamp set which is one of the Sale-a-bration (SAB) gifts that can be chosen free for any order of €60/£45 during SAB which ends on 31st March, 2018.

In the video I gave a reminder about the Prize Draw I'm running during February for my online customers. 

Unfortunately I made a mistake and I said January instead of February. 

This is one of the reasons I find it somewhat frustrating that YouTube discontinued the facilty to put writing on the screen. 

Previously, I could put a correction and know that everyone would see it! 

As it is I have put a correction on the front page that surrounds the video screen, but it can be easily overlooked. 

Please check the PROMOTIONS page for full details of the Prize Draw. 

Please remember that Stampin' Up! have introduced three more gifts to the selection of SAB gifts already on offer. 

Click here to view: Sale-a-bration 2018: Second Release Gifts
That's about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit - No. 2

Hello, Crafters.

Today I'm sharing the second card I made using the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit, but this time I'm featuring the gorgeous soft Marina Mist vevet ribbon that comes in  the kit! 

Fortunately, I chose to use some of the individual flower stems which meant I couldn't use the Basket Weave Embossing Folder, which I am seriously in love with!

I started my card the same way as yesterday, which is a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) card base, with a Marina Mist CS layer, and a top layer of Whisper White CS.

To colour the back of the vellum flowers, I used Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi Marker Pens.

I painted four of the individual flower stems for the front of the card, and also four of the green bobble flowers/leaves(?).

This allowed three for the front and one for the inside. I also painted one stem of the bluebells for the inside of my card.

I adhered the flowers in place on the front of the card, starting with a blue flower at either end, and then one green bobbly stem in the centre. 

This made it so easy for me to place the other four, with two on each side so the spacing was pretty even!

I adhered the velvet ribbon around the Whisper White CS layer, and secured the ends at the back.

I then added a line of the Washi Tape which also came as part of the kit, in a straight  line under the ribbon.

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Cake Soiree Stamp Set, using Marina Mist Ink on Whisper White CS. 

I punched it out using the Pretty Label Punch, and I also punched out one shape in Marina Mist CS, plus two of the end pieces as far as the end of the second curved pieces.

I trimmed these two end pieces so they had a pointed base, to make sure there weren't any unwanted pieces sticking out where I didn't want them!

Using Tombow, I adhered them to the sentiment leaving about 1/8" gap. 

Next I cut the complete shape in half horizontally, and adhered one top and one bottom, again leaving about 1/8" gap all round.

From a distance, it looks like one complete layer in Marina Mist!
To finish off the front of the card, I added two Clear Faceted Gems on the sentiment, and to finish the inside of the card, I added a layer of Marina Mist CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS.  

Then I adhered  the  two remaining vellum flowers and added a small strip of the Washi Tape across the bottom of the stems.

Before I go, I'd like to show you a couple of photographs I took when we went in London last Saturday.

There's a lot of redevelopement going on in the area, and we spotted this very old facade of a building that has been shored up to preserve it.

I just cannot imagine what a new building will look like with this incorporated into it!   

We'll have to go back into that part of London in a year's time to see how it's been developed!

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


Monday, 19 February 2018

Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit

Hello, Crafters. 

I hope you've had a great weekend. 

Yesterday I said in my blog that I was going to look at all my stamp sets that I haven't used yet, and will work my way through them, making sure I do use them!

I should have said "products" I haven't used yet , because I was tidying my desk yesterday, and came across the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit! 

I'm not sure why I bought this because I'm not into toppers, but buy it I did, and therefore I have to use it!

Using this kit, I made two cards yesterday, and for both of them I concentrated on the silver embossed, die-cut flowers and leaves on vellum. 

I used my Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi and Island Indigo Marker Pens to paint on the reverse of the images so I didn't feel I was using just toppers. 

At the moment I have no idea what kind of cards I can make using the coloured images, which are in fact toppers, but I'll worry about that when the time comes! LOL!

As well as the flower and leaves image, I also painted one of the long stems of leaves plus a stem of three bluebells; fortunately no fussy cutting inolved with these images!

I started my card with a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) base, plus a layer of Marina Mist CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

I dry embossed the top layer with the fabulous Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder, and then adhered it to the Marina Mist CS layer. 

NOTE: The fabulous Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder is only available as a bundle with the Blooming Basket Weave Stamp Set, as a free gift for an order of €120/£90 during Sale-a-bration which ends on 31st March 2018!

I took a 1" wide strip of Whisper White CS, and stamped the long Happy Birthday sentiment from the Cake Soiree Stamp Set in Marina Mist Ink. 

In the meantime, I worked out where I'd be positioning the vellum images, so I'd know where to adhere the sentiment, which is exactly what I did using Tombow. 

Next I was ready to start adhering the images, and this is when the fun began! 

For some reason, the tiny bits of Dimensionals just did not want to adhere at the back of the flowers and leaves. 

In the end, I only succeeded if I held the small piece of Dimensional with my tweezers by holding onto the sides of the Dimensional, not the top nor the bottom!

I put my tweezers where I wanted the Dimensional to go, and used a finger  on my left hand to push the flower/leaf onto the Dimensional and the Dimensional onto the cardstock layer. 

When it was in position, I held my finger on top and removed my tweezers. 

Once the tweezers were free, I released the pressure I'd been applying to the Dimensional and it was stuck brilliantly. 

All's well that end's well!

I can only assume that the Marker Pen Ink was still wet/damp when I was trying to apply the Dimensionals. 

Therefore, if you decide to give this card a try, either leave the vellum to dry naturally, or carefully dry it with your heat tool. 

To finish the front of the card I added one Clear Faceted Gem to the centre of the largest flower and one each end of the sentiment. 

To decorate the inside the card I adhered a layer of Marina Mist and then a Whisper White CS layer on top.

I coloured another group of flowers the same as those on the front of the card, and adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner. 

The last photograph is a close up so you can see how much the Fine Tip Glue shows through the vellum; it's not enough to worry me, but you may not be happy with it.

I'm really pleased how my card turned out, and I'm more than happy to make more cards using the vellum images!

It's the ready coloured ones that are going to be a challenge for me, but my brain is already working on

It can't be that difficult, I just feel it's cheating, because I haven't created the images!  

Maybe I'll have to have a look at Pinterest to get some inpiration from crafters who don't have the same hang-ups as me! LOL!
Many thanks for joining me today, and I hope you like today's project. 

As always, until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Sunday, 18 February 2018

You Move Me Video

Hello, Crafters.

I bought the Move Me Bundle when the 2017 - 2018 went live on 1st June 2017, but I've never used it, until now! 

I always felt too busy to take the time to learn how to get the best out of this bundle!

Last week I did just that, and I'm so pleased I did because it's amazingly quick and easy to make a card that really packs a WOW for any age group, male or female!
In today's video, I show you exactly what you need to do to line the butterfly and the humming bird up so they move beautifully when pulled up behind the slatted window!

This week I'm going to check all the unused stamp sets I have, and work my way through them until I don't have any unused ones left on my shelves!
It's a fact that we're more likely to achieve our goals if we write them down, and even more likely if we tell someone what our goals are!

I've just done both, so let's see how I get on! LOL!

I wish you all a very happy Sunday, and until tomorrow, happy crafting!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP)

Hello, Crafters.

To create today's card I've used another new Sale-a-bration (SAB) product that's in the Second Release Brochure i.e. Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).

It's similar in style to the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP that was available in the Christmas Catalogue.

The sheet I've used is all flowers and leaves which have been embossed with Copper Foil.

The surface of the DSP is very smooth, and has a shiny finish to it, which gives a great effect when coloured with our Stampin' Blends!

I used the Light Rich Razzleberry, Light Old Olive and Dark Daffodil Delight!

I found if I painted in faint straight lines quickly, the ink dried like that but when I went over the same places two or three times, I finished with a brilliant "water splattered" look. 

The more I went over it, the more intense the splatters became - have a close look at the induvidual flowers!

I spent quite some time choosing which flowers to paint, some with leaves, some without, some buds and some fully opened flowers. 
After I'd coloured them, I fussy cut them, which gave me plenty of time to think how I was going to use them as part of a design.

My first idea was to use the HAPPY BIRTHDAY Framelit in the centre of the card and then arrange the flowers around. 

When I took the die out I decided it was too big, so I decided to try the Stylised Birthday Stamp.

I wiped a layer of Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS) using my Embossing Buddy, and stamped it in Versamark in the centre, at the top of my layer. 

I heat embossed it using Copper Embossing Powder, and played with arranging the flowers and leaves around. 

Once I was happy, I started adhering the flowers and leaves in position with Dimensionals. 

The arrangement of the flowers was lovely, but the sentiment was totally lost; it looked as if I was trying to bury it!

I took another piece of Very Vanilla CS, and heat embossed the sentiment with Copper Embossing Powder again, then I die cut it using the largest oval Stitched Shapes Framelits Die.  

Unfortunately, this cut off the lowest part of the letter "y", which was visible when I positioned the die cut where I wanted it to go, and I was delighted to see it matched the y on the Very Vanila layer! I couldn't have planned it better!

I found it was easier to put the Dimensionals straight onto the layer, rather than trying to work out where they needed to go on the die cut - it worked brilliantly!

I was able to get a couple of the flowers to lay on top of the die cut which helped to blend all the pieces together beautifully.

I added my layer to a piece of Copper Foil, and then onto a Very Vanilla card base. 

Unfortunately, I ran out of time and wasn't able to decorate inside the card.

Sometime over the weekend, I'll finish it off by adding a layer of Copper Foil, and a top layer of Very Vanilla CS. 

I'll decorate the bottom right-hand corner with another flower that I'll paint and fussy cut.

I hope you have a great weekend. I'll pop in briefly tomorrow morning to share my video with you, and in the meantime, happy crafting.


Friday, 16 February 2018

NEW Sale-a-bration Gifts Available

Hello, Crafters.

Today Stampin' Up! has introduced three more choices to the selection of Sale-a-bration gifts available on qualifying orders. For the European market, all orders of €60/£45 are qualifying orders for level one gifts, and €120/£90 are qualifying orders for level two gifts. 

The new level one gifts available as from today are the Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set (wood or clear mount red rubber), and Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), which is similar to the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP that was available in the Christmas catalogue. Also available is the Blossoming Basket Bundle which is a level two gift and includes the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set (wood or clear mount red rubber) and the Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder. NOTE: the Basket Weave Dynamic Embossing Folder will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue

This is the bundle I used to create today's card, and without a doubt, it's an  absolutely stunning bundle! As with all our dynamic embossing folders, the results this embossing folder gives are nothing less than amazing!

I used Shimmery White Cardstock (CS) for today's card, together with Wisteria Wonder CS.

Using Basic Black Archival Ink I stamped the basket image, and coloured it using Marker Pens as follows: flowers - Wisteria Wonder; centre of flowers - Crushed Curry; leaves - Wild Wasabi; basket - Crumb Cake; butterflies - Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight. 

Using Crushed Curry for the centre of the flowers was a mistake - I thought I'd picked up Daffodil Delight! 

Still using Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped three butterflies from the stamp set onto a scrap of Shimmery White CS, and another three on the bottom right-hand corner of the white sheet I was using inside  the card. After I'd coloured them all, I fussy cut the three that were going on the front of my card. 

I chose the sentiment from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set, and stamped it in Wisteria Wonder Ink. I punched it out using the Tailored Tag Punch, and I also punched out a piece of Wisteria Wonder CS, which I cut in half, horizontally, and adhered it on the back of the sentiment. Next I took a couple of thin strips of Wisteria Wonder and adhered them on each side to make it look like a complete shape!

I adhered the butterflies randomly on the front of my card just by their bodies, and finished off by adding three diamontes - one large and two small - below the sentiment.

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