Saturday, June 1, 2019

Totally Techniques - Stencil Sponging

Welcome back to another blog hop with the crazy Totally Techniques Design Team, this month we are featuring Stencil Sponging!

This is my project this month:
Surprise, surprise! a square card! 6" x 6" and it was so fun and easy to make! I hope that you are enjoying the other projects on this months hop - we have so many talented people in our Totally techniques Design Team.
I have wanted to work with the Magnolia Lane Suite since I saw it at OnStage in April and have finally gotten the chance.  I also used the laser cut cards from the Bird Ballad Suite.

I followed the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers YouTube channel by Loll Thompson -it was so easy to follow:
I stencilled the background using a Laser Cut Card from the Bird Ballard Laser Cut Cards & Tin featured on page 168 of the new Annual Catalogue. I sponged the card front using Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and So Saffron Classic Ink Pads and Stamping Sponges. 
The base card is thick Whisper White card, mounted with a square of Mossy Meadow and an additional square of Whisper White which I stencilled direct. I wanted the colours to blend somewhat and look like layered lace doilies.
I stamped the magnolia from Good Morning Magnolia in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White card and coloured the flowers using Light and Dark Petal Pink and Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends. The leaves are done in Light and Dark Old Olive and the stem in Light and Dark Soft Suede Stampin' Blends.
The sentiment is from the Good Morning Magnolia set as well, stamped on the inside in Memento Ink and I stamped and coloured a smaller magnolia for the same set.
I fussy cut the flowers out once I had coloured them and adhered them to the card front with dimensionals. I punched out the Story Label in Mossy Meadow and cut out the oval around the "thanks" sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia set in Memento Ink with the Layering Oval Framelits.
I think it worked out quite well. I love the effect of stencilling and think that it can be applied to so many projects - card making and scrapping.

Don't leave us just yet - there's still so much to see! Why not hop along to the next project?

Until next time, stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Thinking Outside the Box - Folded Box

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Design Team blog hop1 I hope you are well and not too busy. . .

This month we are featuring Folded Boxes!
You have probably hopped over from my friend Fiona Carson's amazing blog -I am always blown away by her Fee Fee Stamps creations!

This is my project:
This is a very simple "Box Card" one of the famously collapsable cards that has a box structure in it. I am sure that others have taken a different path on this project but this was the style that I liked most.

I followed May-May's YouTube tutorial which is very simple, but you may also like to follow my step by step instructions.

I used the following stamps and materials:

Everything is Rosy
Country Home
High Tide
Well Said

Thick Whisper White card stock
Night of Navy card stock
Rose Gold Glimmer Paper (Everything is Rosy Suite)
Everything is Rosy 6" x 6" DSP Stack
Pre printed flowers Everything is Rosy

Everything is Rosy Framelits
Layering Ovals Framelits
Pearl Jewels
Rose Gold Shimmer Paint
Wink of Stella

Night of Navy Classic Ink Pad
Smokey Slate Classic Ink Pad
Melon Mambo Classic Ink Pad

The card requires one sheet of A4 card, I have used both metric and Imperial measurements for your ease.
First score your piece on the landscape position at:

Metric: 7.4cm, 14.9cm and 22.4cm
Imperial: 23/4", 51/2" and 81/4"

Next flip it to the portrait position and score at:

Metric: 10.5cm
Imperial: 41/4"

Finally in the portrait position cut the centre of the card from the score line at 7.4cm (23/4") to the 22.4cm (81/4") as per the green line on the diagram.
Using a framelit of your choice cut the shape out of the two middle rectangles. Fold the card portrait to do this step, the rest of the tie the card is folded landscape. I like the Layering Ovals Framelits because they complimented the Everything is Rosy Suite. I cut through both the layers at once. Make sure that you fold your card to ensure that only the two rectangle areas are cut out.
This is what the voice look like. I placed a piece of DSP behind the space so you could see it clearly.
Next step is the brackets for the floating inserts.  This is is a piece of Whisper White scrap that measures - 9.4cm (33/4") x 4 cm (11/2"). With the card in landscape position score in from each side 1cm (1/4") and then in the portrait position cut the piece into 4 equal lengths (1cm or 1/4"). Burnish the score marks squarely. the more precise you are the better the project will come together.
Fold the car in halves so that the cut out voids are both situated like they are above in step 3.  Flip the back over so that the voids are flush on your healing mat and the surface you are working on is the inside of the back cover. With the side of the card facing left and the fold of the strip facing the centre fold of the base card adhere the strips consecutively butting up against each other.
This is what the adhered pieces look like from above all lined up precisely. place glue on each of the folded tabs being careful not to use too much. You may prefer to use glue dots the first time.
Flip the front of the card back over and press the prepared strips to the base of the card with the voids already cut. Sounds crazy but it is really simple and means that your brackets line up every time.
This is what the brackets look like and from a different angle once the flower embellishments are stuck in using glue dots. I chose to use the Everything is Rosy suite because it is available this month only.
This is the view looking into the box from the side with everything lined up as you would expect it to sit on a shelf. I stamped the sentiment from High Tide in Night of Navy on one of the pre-cut sentiment shapes from the Everything is Rosy suite.
The DSP rectangles are cut from the Everything is Rosy 6" x 6" DSP Stack. I also cut the scalloped edged oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits and the Whisper White Oval is cut from the layered oval. The sentiment on this facet is stamped in Night of Navy using a sentiment from the Well Said set.
I love the contrast in the stark white agains the bokd pink and blue background and the splash of rose gold for contrast.
For the void on the side of the box that is at right angles to the brackets and flower inserts. I cut the oval (the same size as the void) from another piece of DSP from the Everything is Rosy Pack. I wanted to break up the pinks so opted for the marbled Night of Navy and Rose Gold piece.
Another piece of the DSP for the base and contrasting with a strip of the Night of Navy and Rose Gold DSP and then a piece of each of the ribbons that come with the suite - these are stunning, add interest and also texture!
Laying Ovals again with Rose Gold, Night of Navy and Whisper White - I stamped the sentiment from Country Home in Night of navy. I cut the fine leaves with the framelit in the Everything is Rosy Framelits.
The flowers are actually stamped using the Rose Gold Shimmer Paint and a dauber on the larger stamp in the Everything is Rosy stamp set. I stamped the smaller flowers in Melon Mambo and then went over them with Wink of Stella. You can't see the shimmer in the photographs but they look incredible in real life. I also painted some pearl jewels using the Rose Gold Shimmer Paint. They were all cut out using the matching framelits.
The leaves were stamped in Night of Navy and Smokey Slate and cut out with the matching framelits. I adhered the flowers and leaves with glue dots and dimensionals.
This is the full inside of the card - I love that the sentiment lines up through both ovals so it doesn't matter which way you look. And when you look through the oval void towards the last aspect of the card it looks like it is framed by the void as well.
 Final card view!
I hope you are feeling inspired to try this truly simple but dramatic pattern/fold.

Don't leave us just yet, as we have a heap of other awesome projects. Next cab off the rank is my beautiful friend Tanja Kolar! Tanja has a gorgeous project for you.

Until next time, stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

May Blog Hop Order
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) - that's me!
Tanja Kolar (Germany)
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Annette Elias (Netherlands)
Dena Rekow (United States)
Beate Wacker (Austria)
Aude Barbara (France)
Barb Stewart (Canada)
Fiona Carson (New Zealand)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Fancy Folds - Interlocking Gate Fold Card

Welcome back to another blog hop with the Fancy Folds Design Team, this month we are featuring Interlocking Gate Fold Cards.

You may have just come by from the lovely Gina's blog, wasn't her project sooooo beautiful?  This is my project this month:
I followed the easy to understand YouTube instruction video from Dawn Griffiths. and made a square 6" x 6" card.
I have featured the soon to retire Petal Pallet Stamp Set (a real favourite of mine) and Hardwood Stamp. The base card is Thick Whisper White card, mounted on a square of Real Red and the Basic Black to frame up the card.
The aim was to have a stark contrast between the background and the stamped images and I thought I accomplished this with the heat embossed Hardwood stamped image on the Basic Black. I heat embossed using Versamark and Clear Embossing powder.
The main stamped image in the centre is stamped on Whisper White card using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and coloured using the Light and Dark Poppy Parade, Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler and Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends.
I fussy cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them directly to the background. I wanted it to appear as if the roses were tumbling across the card. Of course to appeal to the eye I needed to use an odd number. Seven flowers didn't seem like enough but I worried that nine is too many. . .
The sentiments are from the same set and I simply inked up part of the sentiment for the "love you". I cut the sentiment out using the Beautiful Banner Framelit Dies.
I plan to use the card for a birthday coming up next month. I love this set and will really miss it as it goes so well with colouring and plain stamping.
I used the Layering Circles Die Cuts for the interlocking feature. The interlocking facets of my card are quite fine compared with the one that Dawn created in her YouTube but I wanted the stamped roses to be the focal point.  I even tried to piece together the leaves on the edges of the circle to maintain the impact of the images.
I hope that you have found some inspiration in this fancy fold. It's an easy but impactful design and great for all occasions.
Don't leave us just yet, my friend Aude, from France has a stunning card to share!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by, we love sharing with you!

Stay glittery
Shanni xx

Order of the Blog Hop for May

1.Gina Connor (United Kingdom) 
2.Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
3.Aude Barbara (France) 
4.Miranda Mols (The Netherlands) 
5.Astrid Hofmann (Austria)  
6.Nadine Schweda (Germany)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Thinking Outside the Box Sour Cream Containers

So excited to have you back for another blog hop with the International Thinking Outside the Box Design Team!  This month we are sharing Sour Cream Containers!
Potentially you have joined me from Fiona Carson's amazing blog - I love my Kiwi friend's take on this months project. Always so inspiring!  This is my first project:
For my first container I used the Gold and White Striped Treat Bag. It made the job really easy.
 I simply trimmed off the top pinking edges.
I then folded the top of the treat bag so that the sides pressed flat together. I crimped the edges slightly (technically this would ordinarily be the centre front and back of the treat bag)
I folded the edge over slightly and burnished along the folded edge with the bone folder.
The tag was stamped using the Climbing Roses stamp from the Occasions Cattie, heat embossed in Gold. The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink. I trimmed the top of the tag with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  The gold and white ribbon is from the Holiday Cattie and retired and I tied it off with the Metallic Gold Thread.
I love the simplicity if the gold on white and the touch of green marries is with the leaves that I cut using the Foliage Frame Framelits in Mossy Meadow and the Old Olive leaves using the Wonderful Floral Framelit Dies from the Occasions Cattie.
Sticking with the gold theme I used a small gold Library Clip to keep the container closed at the top. I plan to use the package for some easter treats this weekend. I can also imagine that it would make a great wedding favour or memento from a milestone birthday party or anniversary.
The Sour Cream Containers look fabulous from the side too as they sit very nicely once they have goodies inside.
This is such a simple container, coupled with relatively simple stamping.

Here's my second take on the container:
Featuring the stamped images from Bouquet Blooms and some extra foliage cut from Mossy Meadow card stock.
 Measurements are really simple. Half an A4 page scored at 5cm and 6.5cm.
Randomly stamped flowers in Poppy Parade ink and the sentiment from the same set stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.
Literally stick the back and base together and the top at the cross 45 degree. so that the top and the bottom end up stuck opposite ways.
This is a terrific container for party favours and small treats, perhaps something that can be sent to school with the kiddies - especially where you need to make a lot of them!
I used the other stamps from the same set - the circular "sun rays" are stamped in Mossy Meadow and the floral bouquet stamped half in Mossy Meadow and the other half in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I cut out the sun-ray image with the largest circle from the Stitched Edge Framelit Dies.
I stamped an additional large flower and two lots of the smaller flowers in Poppy Parade. I fussy cut all of the images. I coloured some of the flower using Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends. I adhered the flowers over the black stamped images to mask the black and green.
I then adhered the two leaves which were cut out using the Foliage Frames Framelit Dies in Mossy Meadow behind the bouquet flowers and dimensionalised them on the sun-ray image. The sentiment is from the same set.

This is a really simple container and one that you can make a large number of in a short time. I hope you feel like making a few this weekend!

Don't leave us just yet because I know you will love Tanja Kolar's incredible project! Tanja makes sour cream containers in all shapes and sizes. . .

Thanks for stopping by, stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Order of our April Blog Hop
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Tanja Kolar Germany
Carrie Bates United Kingdom
Annette Elias Netherlands
Dena Rekow United States
Aude Barbara France
Barb Stewart Canada
Fiona Carson New Zealand