Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fancy Folds - Secret Message Card

Hope that you are enjoying the Fancy Folds blog hop this month. Secret message cards are all the rage at the moment.  You have probably just popped by from Martha's blog - I am loving all of the creations this month! Here is mine:

I am trying to get in early with the crazy busy card giving time of the year. . .so this is my square card. I followed Frenchie's great tutorial on how to make a secret message card. I simply adjusted the measurements to suit a 6" square card. It meant that the card was scored t 3", 6" and 9" and that the card was cut at 1.5", 3" and 4.5". The base card is real red and the inserts (which are 3' wide and 6" long) are in whisper white and crumb cake. I adhered the white and the crumb cake together so that the front would be crumb cake and the back white.

I also chose to line the inside with small rectangles of Candy Cane Lane designer series paper.
The pattern on the DSP is quite busy but I like how the papers contrast with the different colours in the background. I also mounted rectangles of early espresso and whisper white on the real red base card so that there is a spot too write the Christmas message. I decided to line the inside of the front mount of the card too for some additional space for writing.
When the magic opening is made the sentiments from Candy Cane Christmas appear. They are stamped in early espresso. The white contrasts smartly with real red and marries in nicely with the candy cane and Christmas candy theme of the card.
I wanted the front to look like a decorated Christmas tree. I mounted a square off early espresso with a square of crumb cake and then a square of whisper white. 

I stamped the frond leaves from Christmas Pines in old olive and always artichoke and cut out more leaves with the Pretty Pines Thinlet Dies in old olive and always artichoke card stock. I punched out 3/4" circles of red foil and gold glimmer paper. You will see that I made little loops with the real red metallic thread for the Christmas baubles and attached them with dimensionals. 

I heat embossed the candy cane from Banners for Christmas with the real red glitter stampin' emboss powder and fussy cut it out. Its adhered to look like an ornament with dimensionls. The mini pine cone accents are supposed to look like ornaments too. The sentiment "be joyful" is from Merriest Wishes, stamped in real red.
You can see that there is a lot of layers on the front of the card. I wanted the leaves to look thick lie a real tree. The weight of the layers also contributes to keeping the card closed and sitting flat (this overcomes the need for a belly band).
The rear of the card is bare. The colour scheme fresh. There is a fair bit of depth in the card though - here is a photo of the card lying on its front so that you can see the layers:
 One of the tricky things is how the card unfolds to show the secret messages. 
I like how the card is less busy when the secret message is tucked away.
You can see that the double layering of the insert cards adds a lot of dimesion.
I hope that you find some inspiration in my project for this month's blog hop. It is a surprisingly easy fancy fold to make and comes together very fast. Check out Anne Granger's amazing creation next
Thanks for stopping by!
Shanni xx

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fancy Folds - Swing Cards

I blinked and it's Fancy Folds Design Team time again. . . this month we are doing swing cards which are amazingly easy. I hope that you have checked out Martha's blog - her creations are brilliant!

This is my take on the project:
It is a square card which is 6"x 12" (14.8cm x 29.6cm) - Whisper White card stock layered on the same size of Old Olive. I scored the card at 4 1/4" (11cm) from the left side and 41/4" (11cm) from the right side as the card stock sits landscape. I used the Oval Framelits for the swing shape in the centre. I used the incredibly easy-to-follow Swing Card Tutorial for instructions.
The card is basically a z-fold with a special feature centre. I partially cut the scalloped oval to the scored lines on the white card stock and cut it out completely from the Old Olive base card. I ultimately adhered the cards together but stamped first.

I initially stamped the lace from Touches of Texture in Smokey Slate ink around the perimeter of the white card stock. Next I stamped the foliage around the edge of the white card stock ~ I stamped the flowers and long grass stamp from In the Meadow set in Pear Pizzazz. I then stamped the weedy stamp from Wild About Flowers in Old Olive. The Real Red flowers are from the Number of Years (I wanted the suggestion of flowers but in blurred detail). I also randomly stamped the cluster flower image from Number of Years in Blushing Bride.
I wanted the whole card to look like a bundle of wildflowers - I was aiming for feminine and whimsy. . . so I added some Blushing Bride ink with a dauber around the stamped areas and also sharpened the perimeter of the card with Smokey Slate ink via a dauber. I highlighted the scalloped cut-out around the central sentiment with Blushing Bride to make the sentiment pop.
The swing feature is mounted with an oval of Old Olive and then with a smaller oval of Whisper White that I stamped (with the same stamps that I used on the perimeter of the card) in the same colours. But I only daubed the edges with Smokey Slate to define the area a little more. The sentiments from Me-Grateful are stamped in smokey Slate; I thought to keep the colours a little subdued.
Of course it needed a bit of bling so I added a strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, mounted this with a thin strip of Silver Foil Paper and a strip of Old Olive card stock. I stuck it on both the front and reverse of of the card to continue the theme because I have to be honest it felt a little odd that the card didn't fold in half.
Ultimately you are going to write on the reverse side of the card so think about the placement of the sentiment to ensure that if the card is open on a shelf that a the right words are on the front.

Ironically we used to sell flip card framelits a couple of years ago and here we are going back to basics of measuring and cutting. It shows that these fancy fold skills will always come in handy. Now I would love if you would take the time to pop by my friend Frenchie's blog she is such a clever stamper!
Until next time - stay glittery!
Shanni xx

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Shannean Moncrieff (that's me)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Totally Techniques - Thoughtful Branches

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques blog hop - this month we are a little light on numbers as people are busy with other commitments. . . so we have chosen something a little different, rather than showcase a particular technique we are highlighting a promotional bundle - Thoughtful Branches!

Wasn't Shelagh's project awesome?

Here's mine:
 I wanted to do something a little different as all the cards online seem to feature the tree and leaves framelits and the tree leaves stamp set and birds. . .

This is a square 6" card or 14.8cm for the metric markets. The base card is Whisper White and it is mounted with a square of Soft Suede cardstock. I then mounted that a square of Whisper White with a layer of Vellum cardstock over the top which I first embossed with Woodland TIEF.
Texture is something that I cannot live without. I layered onto the Vellum a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper, next a layer of Gold Foil Cardstock, then the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon stuck as a strip. finally I added a piece of the 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon in Delightful Dijon but it looks like its gold in real life. I threaded a string of gold sequins through the granny knot for added interest.
I stamped the leaves from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set in a rock 'n roll technique in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede and Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede. I fussy cut them to remove the white edge after I had cut the shapes out with the matching framelit from the Beautiful Branches set. To tie in the colour I then edged the leaves using the Gold Wink of Stella pen. I distressed the leaves a little bit with my bone folder and stuck them down with glue dots.

The tree leaves from the Thoughtful Branches set was heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. I cut them out with the matching framelit from the Beautiful Branches set and then cut the piece up even further and framed the sentiment which is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock - the words are both from the stamp set. I then cut the sentiment out with an Oval framelit. I mounted the oval with dimensionals.   
I hope you have taken some inspiration from our hop today and that you stop by again soon.

Patrice was the first of our bloggers today but you may not have seen her blog if you came by another link so check it out now!

Shanni xx  

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Shannean Moncrieff (that's me)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fancy Folds - Peek-a-Boo Cards

Can you believe that it's been a month since I last crafted with thee galz?! Welcome back!

This month we are featuring Peek-a-Boo Hidden Message Cards ~ thanks for stopping by. The chances are that you were just visiting with the incredible Martha Inchley. . . wasn't her project beautiful?

This is mine:
We have followed the great instructions by the amazingly talented Dawn Griffiths (I love this woman who has a massive personality and even bigger heart).

My base card is Whisper White mounted on a rectangle of of Basic Black and another of Rich Razzleberry to frame up the card which looked a little bland to my eye.  The card is landscape as I think the peek-a-boo feature works best this way.
You know me, I like weight in my cards and the more layers the better so that's what I have done with this card. On the front I have mounted a piece of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper on a rectangle of Rich Razzleberry.  About one third across the DSP I adhered a piece of Basic Black cardstock mounted with a contrasting piece of Rich Razzleberry. I added a piece of the new Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon with a simple granny knot for texture. This DSP is pretty but a little bland without popping the colour with a variety of combinations.
I stamped the large flower from Perfectly Wrapped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Sweet Sugarplum on Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White cardstock respectively. I also stamped the smaller flower in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White card. I fussy cut the flowers and arranged them around the ribbon and sentiment.

Using the Tags & Labels Framelits I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to an appropriate size for the sentiment from the Perfectly Wrapped set (this set is so versatile). The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black ink. Around the edges I again used the large flower from the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set to stamp the edges in Sweet Sugarplum. I mounted the sentiment punch out on a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and trimmed it to size - the sentiment on plain white was a little lost on the busy background. The sentiment is mounted using dimensionals.
I needed some colour and texture contrasts for the flowers so added a few cut outs from the Botanical Builder Framelits set using both Basic Black cardstock and Blushing Bride Shimmer Paper (I adore this shimmer paper and incorporate it on so many projects).  The flowers are adhered with glue dots and of course I couldn't resist the bling of a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
Inside the card I mounted a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock on a rectangle of Rich Razzleberry and cut out the void using the Tags & Labels Framelits that fit the "hooray" sentiment perfectly. I added another fussy cut flower because it seemed a bit naked and of course needed a rhinestone in the centre.  Because the inside of the card is not completely stuck down as we are used to I think that I am going to use this card for a gift card in due course.

This is not a fold that I would have attempted but for this months design team choice but I can highly recommend it and it is so easy.

Please take the time to pop by our next DT member, Anne Granger who has a beautiful card to share.
Until next time I hope your fingers are sticky and your life full of glitter!

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Shannean Moncrieff (that's me)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Totally Techniques - Masking Technique

Welcome back beautiful people to another Totally Techniques Design Team blog hop this month featuring Masking Techniques. . .

Hopefully you have come from Heather's Blog - isn't she incredible? I love how we have all used such different stamp sets and colours.

Here is my creation:
With the advent of the new "in colours" for 2016 I am challenging myself to use brighter colours and to embrace the bright and busy DSPs so I hope that you are shocked out of your socks by this little creation. . .

It is a rectangle card which I made with the full width of our A4 cardstock. The base is Pumpkin Pie, Mounted with Melon Mambo and then a piece of the glorious if overwhelming Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. I used the reverse side of the one page for the contrasting stripes to break up the colour a little. I have also lined the inside of the card with a piece of Melon Mambo, mounted with Whisper White and thin strip of the striped DSP.
What have I masked you may be asking yourself? Well I am still a traditionalist when it comes to stamping even if I am stepping out in the colour department. I masked the cacti, the flowers and the decorations across the top of the stamped area. And being old fashioned I masked using post it notes. The stamp set is the Birthday Fiesta which is really versatile for children's cards - I can tell already that this is going to be a favourite in our house. . .
The cacti were easy to stamp, mask and stamp with stamped off ink. The flowers likewise were really simple - I wanted to marry in the background DSP a little and this seemed the most obvious way to do it. . . I loved using the border stamp for the decorations - being photo polymer I was able to shape the stamp to the curve I wanted and then stamp in Melon Mambo. I made a mask with post it notes then stamped with the same border stamp but with a slightly different curve in Pumpkin Pie.
The llama is stamped in Tip Top Taupe on Sahara Sand and cut out using the matching framelit from the Fiesta Time Framelit set. The blanket on the llama's back was stamped in Melon Mambo on Whisper White and the floral pattern is actually meant to be a banner stamp but lends itself to this blanket perfectly. I fussy cut the blanket.
I added two stand alone cactus cut out with the matching framelits for interest. and dimension. I balanced the whole layout with Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim to contrast with the bright colours. Because I haven't added texture to this card I thought some dimension would be good. You can see from the photo above how many layers I have incorporated. The sentiment comes from the Crazy for You set.

Trusting that you have found some inspiration for the technique of the stamp set.
Please take the time to check out the others creations from our design team.  Check out Alison's amazing project here!
Thanks for stopping by.
Shanni xx

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Fancy Folds - Lever Cards

Welcome back to another month with the Fancy Folds Design Team, thanks for stopping by. . .

This month we are making Lever Cards, which are sometimes called tunnel or hinged cards, irrespective of the name I hope you are enjoying the amazing creations.  If you have just hopped over from Frenchie's Blog I know you are feeling inspired.

Here is my creation this month:
I am really excited by the new papers in the Annual Catalogue and simply adore the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  If you are looking for a video on how to make Lever Cards I suggest you check out Frenchie's simple video. My card is slightly different in that it is a square card (in Australia it is 14.8cm square but the imperial measurement is 6 inches square).

The Floral Boutique DSP is stunning and of course matches the Floral Phrases stamp set and Detailed Floral Framelits. There are other items in the suite all incorporating the beautiful Night of Navy and Whisper White colour scheme very reminiscent of Spode China. Today I have used the Floral Phrases stamp set only.
My cardbase is the thick Whisper White cardstock, layered with a square of Night of Navy with a square of Floral Boutique DSP on top of that. I used Square Framelits to cut the void in the front and cut though three layers of cardstock at one time to ensure that everything lined up perfectly. I then used the next sized (larger) square framelit to cut the DSP just that little bit wider. I kept the square of night of Navy cardstock cut out of the base mount to use as the mount for the stamped image.
The featured stamped image is the floral stamp from Floral Phrases; I simply stamped it upside down once I had lined up the top image, I married the bottom to be a bit of a reflection even though they are not mirrored images. The sentiment is from the same set. I love how the stamp inks unevenly so the image looks a bit vintage. The Whisper White base was narrower than the sentiment so I cut off the words "to you" but the message/intention is still clear.

I adore bling and couldn't resist mounting the stamped square (which was cut with a complementary sized square framelit to the Night of Navy mount) on a square of Silver Glimmer Paper which I cut to a corresponding size to the mount and top layer.
Because my card is square I adjusted the z-fold insert that fits the card and makes the lever or hinge work. Rule of thumb your insert needs to be 3/4 the size of the base card with a little extra for tabs. Your scoring is always half the width of the closed card. In this instance my closed card was 14.8cm or 6 inches square so the score mark was at 7.4cm (3 inches) then 14.8cm (6 inches) and I allowed an extra 2cm (1 inch) for the tabs and cut them exactly like Frenchie's video.

I couldn't resist stamping the border stamp from Floral Phrases in Night of navy to add continuity to the card patterns.
The card looks quite nice when it is completely opened up and the navy and white colour scheme is perfect for any occasion. If you plan to make it a birthday card or wedding card my suggestion would be to make the square cut out larger to allow room for a sentiment of that nature. The size of the cut out doesn't effect the function of the card and this is a really great card to utilise your collection of framelits with.
Let's hope you have found some inspiration in my colour scheme and use of stamps. This new suite is already proving a favourite of mine.

Why not head over and check out out next Design Team blogger Anne Granger
Until next month stay crafty!
Shanni xx

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