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!
Shanni

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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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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Totally Techniques - Floating Re-Inkers


Welcome back happy campers! I hope you are enjoying the hop today and that you have found some great inspiration.  I can't believe how talented this group are!

I hope that you have just visited with Heather isn't her creation gorgeous? Wow!

Here is my project for the month:
The card is a bit of a combination of the old and the new. The base card is a new In Colour Sweet Sugarplum mounted with Blushing Bride and a square of the new Playful Palette DSP stack ~ it looks a bit textured like Irish linen but in pink and cream.  The card is an easel card.
I love the floating re-inker technique and use it a lot already. Rose Wonder seemed the perfect set for the technique and I am reasonably happy with how it all unfolded. I heat embossed the rose stamp image in white embossing powder on Shimmery White cardstock because it is a little more porous than Whisper White cardstock but not as absorbent as water colouring cardstock or coaster board.

I spritzed the entire image with water and then added ink directly from the re-inker bottle to the saturated cardstock. The colours leached nicely pooling in areas close to the heat embossed lines. I used Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride. I moved the ink about with an aqua painter and spritzed it when I thought it was drying too quickly. The leaves were done with Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.
Of course I didn't want to leave the leaves were they were so when I fussy cut the flower out I cut off the leaves and repositioned them. This contracted the stamped image a little and allowed me to position it in the space with enough void around it to balance the composition.

The burlap ribbon is retiring and I am devastated as I am a real textures person. I love the tactile and it seemed only right to fray the edges of the ribbon a little and position it below the stamped and coloured image. There are two pieces of burlap ribbon.  The gold is two strips of Glimmer Paper cut about the width of washi tape and I adhered two pieces inside the card - one to act as the stop for the easel and the other to balance the card.
Gold Metallic Thread seemed the perfect contrast - you will see the fine tousing behind the rose to tie in the gold contrast and the textures of the burlap and glimmer paper.  The sentiment is from Another Thank You.
The final touch is the use of the Clear Wink of Stella pen to highlight the edge of the petals and to marry in with the bling on the card.

Don't leave us without checking out all of the terrific projects for this technique.  Pop over to Nadine's Blog - I love all of her work, and I am sure that you will enjoy this month's design!
I hope you have taken some inspiration and look forward to you popping back soon. . .

Cheers
Shanni xx


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fancy Folds Hop - Camera Shutter Card

Such a busy and exciting time at the moment in my life - I have lots happening, I will be in New Zealand next week with my stamping sisters for OnStage Local Auckland ~ always such a blast! Then off next month to the Mediterranean with Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation demos. . . So this all means swaps, swaps and more swaps. . . not to mention creations for my special people.

Today it's all about the Fancy Folds Design Team and the awesome fold that's been selected for this month. . . a Shutter Card but I call it a Camera Shutter Card as I know there are a lot of "shutter card" designs out there.

You could quite possibly have just been looking at Frenchie's amazing card - how neat were those colour combinations, DSP and the stamped images?! She is such a talented lady!

Here is my take on the challenge:
I was really stuck on what to use as the basis for the card but focused on the fact that we won't have this beautiful DSP for much longer with the retirement of the Annual cattie. So this is the card 6'x6' square card.

Base card is Whisper White cardstock mounted on a square of Soft Suede to pop the colours of the DSP. We have all followed the tutorial by StampinTx which is a delight and lots of fun! The DSP is English Garden and the main colours are Night of Navy, Soft Suede and Tip Top Taupe.
This is just a gate fold card with a tricky insert on the inside. . .You know me I love textures and touches of bling. The stamp set I used is Garden in Bloom at two steps stamp set that I adore. For the flowers I mixed Night of Navy, Marina Mist and a spot of Island Indigo re-inkers on a saucer and made my own colour. I wasn't happy with the Night of Navy match to the DSP so this was my solution. I inked up the stamps using a dauber and because they are watercolour-esque it suited the project fine. The outline on the flowers is Night of Navy, the centres Tip Top Taupe. The leaves are Crumb Cake and Tip Top Taupe. I stamped on Whisper White and fussy cut them all out then pieced them together. . .
The sentiment is from Me=Grateful (I just like writing the name of this set). and I used the balance of the sentiment inside. The base shape is Lots of Labels Framelits. I used the largest in the pack, traced the outside on the back of craft coloured Corrugated Paper, I fussy cut it out so that it would be a mount for the actual Big Shot cut out. The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy. For bling I added Gold Metallic Thread tousing and sequins from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit in the Occasions min.

I decorated the inside of the card as well and went against all of my card making principles and used dimensionals - eek! The flowers and leaves were stamped as per the details above and fussy cut. I mounted the centre facade on Night of Navy to tie in the colours and to make the centre of the card look framed. I used the Banner Framelits to cut my camera shutter sliders and replicated the Lots of Labels framelit shape inside.
I thought that I would give a reverse shot of the card so that you could see that the colours do marry in quite well despite them being at odds on the colour wheel. . it also gives you some perspective of how the flowers sit when the card is open. Here is a view from the inside of the card:

So the finished product one more time. . .
I hope that it has given you some inspiration to give this fold technique a try. It certainly is a versatile and unique card style.

Don't leave us just yet. . . head over and check out our next design team member

Have fun until next time and thanks for stopping by. . .
Shanni xx

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Totally Techniques Blog Hop - Watercolour Technique



I am feeling really excited about this month’s hop with the Totally Techniques design team – the reason being that I know how incredibly talented they are at water colouring. . .

You have possibly just come by from Heather Wright-Porto's blog. Wasn’t Heather's card incredible?

Here is mine and I have to admit to being a bit of an amateur at water colouring and I wanted to use only Stampin’ Up! products so of course am using the Classic Ink Stamp Pads as my colour medium:
Surprise, surprise a square card lol!
The base card is Rich Razzleberry, since Blackberry Bliss was released two years ago, I don’t use this colour as frequently as I once did but I thought it was perfect for this card. The square mount on top of the base card is Old Olive.  I tend to lean towards square cards because I can fit more stamping and textures on them and I notice that the people I give them to seem to keep them on show a little longer. I am sure that they end up in the bin ultimately but if I can extend the shelf life that’s what I am all about lol.
I have been having trouble with the quality of my Stampin’ Up! water colour card so I opted to use the Coaster Board as my stamping base. Because I wanted a stamped image to be the main focus I heat embossed in white the flowers from the Helping Me Grow set. I like to unclip the lid of the ink pad and squeeze the lid and the base together so that you are left with a big squelch of ink in the base that is easy to pick up you are water colouring.
I dampened the embossed flowers with water – it’s really simple to do this with a clean aqua painter and it helps the colour to be taken up. I then water coloured the flowers using an aqua painter and Classic Ink Stamp Pads I used Rich Razzleberry as my main colour and then blended in the tips of the petals with Blushing Bride – I wanted two colours that contrasted as well as complementing each other.  I allowed the images to dry a little then came back in with Rich Razzleberry in the centres to have a more dramatic contrast.

The stem is coloured in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.  I used Old Olive and the fern stamp from Butterfly Basics in the background but didn’t stamp that aspect until I had done the background.


Whimsical backgrounds can be created with ink pads as well and that was my goal with this card. I spritzed the background with water being careful to avoid the coloured flowers so that they wouldn’t bleed into the background. I came back in between the individual flowers with a clean aqua painter to dampen the areas which I was trying to avoid bleeding into (this meant that the blue background would still spread on the background between these images as well).
In order to get a fair bit of ink on the background without looking like it was dabbed on I squeezed the lids and base of the Classic Ink Stamp pads until there was a large amount of ink residue in the base. I then spritzed the base of the stamp pad with water (it makes a colourful puddle), mixed the colour and the water through and applied it to the still damp background with an aqua painter. I squeezed the aqua painter as I went to ensure even more water flowed through the nib. The colours I used on the background were Pool Party and Old Olive for the background.  

Next I generation stamped the ferns from Butterfly Basics across the bottom left hand corner to blend the stamped images a little more.  I also stamped the fly poo dots from Gorgeous Grunge in Pool Party ink to add to the randomness of the background.


On a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the border from the Rose Wonder set in Rich Razzleberry and the ‘happy birthday” sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I fussy cut the shape out to avoid the white edge on the boarder.
I wanted to tie in the base card colour and the images on the front of the card so I punched three Rich Razzleberry flowers using the 4 petal flower out of the Itty Bitty Punch Set. These are mounted with glue dots and I couldn’t resist adding some pearls for the centres. To have a contrast to the flowers and the flatness of this card I used Linen Thread for texture and criss-crossed it across the card three times.


I hope that you have found some inspiration in my card, feel free to leave a comment - I love to hear what you think. And don't leave - stick around and check out the next blogger Nadine Weiner!
http://stampinclub.de/?p=14567
Happy water colouring!
Cheers
Shanni xx
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fancy Folds Design Team Blog Hop - Gate Fold Card


Wow! So delighted to be invited to be part of this very talented group of global Stampin' Up! demonstrators. . . chances are you have just visited Frenchie's blog - isn't she amazing?

This month we are creating different Gate Fold cards and here is my creation:
You will have followed the very simple instructions for how to make a Gate Fold card. I think that this style of card is so versatile and fun because you can build pockets inside for gift cards and cash and you can add a little more panache to the decoration on the outside.
I love square cards - they feel so much more substantial and extravagant than smaller cards but be conscious that you can adjust this design to any size preference. My base card is Whisper White Thick Cardstock (12" x  6"). I have scored and folded it to the Gate Fold template. It is mounted on a square of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock to "frame the whole creation and tie in the colours of the stamped project.

I have lined both the inside of the card and mounted the designer series paper on the front with Old Olive Cardstock. The inside is then mounted with another piece of Whisper White Cardstock. On the outside I mounted a square of floating leaves design paper from the English Garden DSP (primary colours Mossy Meadow and Old Olive). I couldn't resist layering a piece of the Watermelon Wonder 1" Stitched Ribbon over one edge of the DSP - I was wanting some extra texture and interest and a splash of solid colour to balance the images.
Using the Oval Framelits I cut a piece of Whisper White using the largest plain oval. I then traced the outside edge of that framelit on Old Olive Cardstock and cut out a mounting piece just marginally bigger that the white. I stamped the filigree stamp from First Sight stamp set in stamped off Old Olive ink. I heat embossed the flowers from Birthday Blooms in black on a separate piece of Whisper White Cardstock (two of the large flower and three of the smaller poppy image).
I water-coloured the heat embossed images using Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive inks and an aqua painter. I then fussy cut the images out and played with the arrangements until I was happy with the balance. Don't be afraid to cut into stamped images like these to change the configuration depending upon your project. Imagine these blossoms cascading down the side of a scrapping page!

The fussy cut flowers are mounted on dimensionals whilst the pink poppies are adhered flat on the background. The stringed pearls are from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit. I adhered them with glue dots that I rolled into narrow sticky spots to hide under the pearls.
I hope you can see the differences in the layering. The oval is mounted using dimensionals on the left hand opening of the card and there is a fair bit of weight in that side of the card which holds it firmly together. The sentiment "dear friend" from the Birthday Blooms set is stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White and punched out using the Large Oval Punch. It is adhered directly onto the DSP background.
The finished project! I hope you have gotten some ideas for your next Gate Fold card.

Check out the the rest of our blog hop here:

Here is the full roll call of blog hoppers this month:


Until next time
Shanni xx