Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fancy Folds - Sliding Pop Up Cards

Welcome back to another month of Fancy Folds blog hopping. This month the design team are tackling Sliding Pop Up Cards.

How incredible is Satomi's beautiful project?! I love how everyone has used a different stamp set and take on this project.

This is my card:
I followed Jennifer McGuire's YouTube tutorial which was really simple and instead of using framelites I cut the requisite shape using our Stamping' Paper Trimmer. It is a standard C6 card and I cut the void 1.5cm or 1/2" from the card edge and scored the lines at the top where the card was connected, at the half way mark and then about .5cm from the bottom.
You can see the rectangular void clearly in the photo above. I used Whisper White card stock for all of the elements because I was conscious that it is more forgiving than coloured card stock. I used dimensional adhesive strips. for the sliding feature. This is what the card looks like open when the sliding panel is pulled to capacity.

I framed the base of the card which is a proper card with the new rose gold Glimmer Paper from the Joyous Noel pack in the mini catalogue. I then mounted that on a rectangle of Blackberry Bliss card. I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits with Blackberry Bliss for the sentiment which is adhered to the slider element.
Plenty of room to write my message on the inside of the card. given how busy the outside of the card was I didn't stamp the insides.
I wanted the card to look like a vase of flowers. I adore the First Frost stamp set in the Holiday catalogue and every element of the stamped images is from this set. The small and large flowers were stamped in Berry Burst on Whisper White, The long garland leaves were stamped in Old Olive and the flowering leaves were stamped in Mossy Meadow. The thistles were stamped randomly using the rock and roll technique in Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss.

All the images were cut out using the Frosted Bouquet Framelits. I also cut extra leaves and berry branches (the stalks with the round berries)
Here the card is partially open. I arranged the flowers and adhered them to the floral cut-out from the Foliage Frame Framelits set.. Some of the flowers are dimensionalised. I kind of placed the solid coloured leaves throughout the arrangement to break up the colour and give the bouquet some depth. The vase is cut out using the additional shape froth Foliage Frames set in the rose gold Glimmer Paper.
You can see the different dimensions here - I wanted the arrangement to look like it was popping out of the vase and to stand up when the slider was activated.
This side view shows how the flowers and leaves are interspersed.
I am pretty happy with how the vase all sits and the arrangement is balanced.
You can see that I hoped some of the flowers with a touch of Wink of Stella - I loved how tis altered the colour of the flowers ever so slightly and gave the bouquet even more depth and dimension.

I hope you have found some inspiration from our blog hop and that you give this card a go. It's really easy and the effect is quite dramatic.
Don't leave us just yet! Nadine Schweda has done the most incredible project. It's exciting to have Nadine on board as a new Design Team member.
Until next month, stay glittery!

Shanni xx

October Blog Hop Order

1.Gina Connor(UK) 
2.Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
3.Shannean Moncrieff(Australia) that's me!
4. Nadine Schweda(Germany) 
5.Aude Barbara(France) 
6.Miranda Mols(Netherlands) 
7. Astrid Hofman(Austria)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fancy Folds - Double Slider Card

Welcome back to our blog  hop this month with the Fancy Folds Design Team. Thanks for stopping by! We have had a busy month with the release of the Holiday Mini and this blog hop just snuck up on us. We are doing Double Slider cards.

You might have just come from Satomi's blog. Aren't these cards super cute?

This is my card this month:
It's a long slim card and I have to admit that I found it difficult to decide on a stamp set.  I followed Insideout Jeans YouTube tutorial which was really simple ~ the card is a Double Slider Card with Hidden Slider.  The card is for my nephew who will be celebrating his 3rd birthday in a few weeks time, he just got a new puppy and is puppy-crazy.

I used Thick Whisper White card stock and the panels were simply cut 1cm narrower on each side to accommodate the slide channel.
I have used the Bella & Friends and Pretty Kitty stamp sets.  All the stamping has been done using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the colouring of the stamped images was done with Stamping' Blends.  I used the following colours:

Dark Poppy Parade
Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler
Dark Pumpkin Pie
Dark Petal Pink
Light and Dark Granny Apple Green
Light Pineapple Punch
Light and Dark Crumb Cake
Light Smokey Slate
Colour Lifter

The puppies and kittens are so cute and I simply wanted there to be playfulness about the card. The puppy and balloon in the foreground has been fussy cut and dimensionalised to add to the dimension of the card and marry in with the puppy that rises with the balloon (which is partially dimensionalised) as it is stuck to the slider element to move with the double slide action of the card.  I simply cut a small channel in the front of the card with an exact knife.
The tree branch is from Colourful Seasons stamp set. I cut out a random pattern on a scrap piece of Whisper White and used it as a stencil for the sky and ground. I used Pool Party for the sky and Smokey Slate Classic Ink pads for the ground.
This photo angle gives you a little more insight into the dimension of the card. I wanted it to appear that the puppy wanted to get the heart from the parrot on the branch and used the balloon to get up the tree.

Both the turtle on the bottom slider and the bird on the top slider are masked stamped images from the Bella & Friends stamp set. In the set they are each with a puppy but I wanted just the single image on both sliders.
The card looks quite unassuming when the sliders are hidden. I love that we have been able to have some fun with the fancy fold this month and hope that you are feeling inspired too.

Don't leave us just yet - Aude has the cutest project to share.

Cheers and stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

September Blog Hop Order
1.Gina Connor (UK) 
2.Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
3.Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
4.Aude Barbara (France) 
5.Miranda Mols (Netherland) 
6. Astrid Hofman (Austria)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Totally Techniques - Faux Linen


Welcome back after our summer break to another Totally Techniques Design Team blog hop. Our technique this month is Faux Linen. I hope you enjoyed Zoe's gorgeous project, I love how Zoe always thinks outside the box!

This is a really simple but effective technique and I am sure you are going to love it as much as we have. I followed a great tutorial by Beate Johns from Splitcoaststampers.

This is my card:
I know you are surprised its a square card. 6" x 6" with a Whisper White mount embossed using the new Tin Tile Dynamic Texture Embossing Folder.
The "faux linen" component uses a piece of Glossy White Card. I stamped the foliage from the First Frost set in Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz. I then sanded the card in the vertical and horizontal directions as set out in the the video tutorial. I sponged the card with Soft Sea Foam. I then sanded the card again.
It gave a nice even linen appearance. My tip if you are using the technique is to be careful of getting darker smudges of ink during the sponging application.
I wanted the flowers to look like an arrangement. I stamped the roses from the First Frost stamp set in Berry Burst, the thistles in Blackberry Bliss and the leaves in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive. I cut them all out using the matching Frosted Bouquet framelits (I love that there are duplicates of some of the framelits so you don't have to do so much big shotting). I also cut out some leaves in Mossy Meadow card.
Some of the flowers are dimensionalised and others are simply adhered with glue dots. The White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon is so easy to tie and adhere to the card that I wanted it to look like it was tying off the bouquet.
I decorated the inside of the card using the foliage stamps from the First Frost set along the right side of the card liner. I stamped in the same colours as the faux linen feature - Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.
The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and hand cut in a simple rectangle around the words. I hope you have taken some inspiration from the project. I actually love the technique and will be using it again in classes.

Don't leave us just yet - you should stop by at Barbara's beautiful blog! She has a fabulous project to share this month!
Until next month, get your fingers inky!

Shanni xx

Order of August Blog Hop

Lynsay Mahon Canada
Nadine Weiner Germany
Kelly Acheson United States
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Barbara Meyer Austria

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Totally Techniques - Bokeh

Welcome to our Totally techniques Design Team blog hop - this month we are sharing the Bokeh technique. Originally a photography style, this technique has transitioned nicely to the paper crafting world.

Perhaps you have just visited with Zoe Tant, I always love Zoe's projects and this month is brilliant!

This is my project:
I have used Rooted in Nature as my stamp set and this is not necessarily the first set you would reach for and neither are the colours but I wanted to try something a little different and the leaves in this set are stunning.
The base card is Basic Black and mounted with a square of Blackberry Bliss, then mounted both inside and out with a square of Whisper White card.  I stamped the lone tall tree in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink then masked out the area using post it notes.
Using sponge daubers (because I wanted concentrated colour) I used the following inks from top to bottom: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Real Red, Lovely Lipstick, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss.
I chose to do the "bokeh" technique in the traditional way with a stencil made from a piece of Thick Whisper White card punched with the 3/4", the 1" and the 11/4" Circle Punches. I then applied Whisper White Craft Ink with a dauber. In truth I didn't wait long enough for the inks to dry so the colour came through the white a little but I don't mind the effect.
I wanted to add a completely unrelated colour to contrast with the strong colours in the card. I stamped the largest leaf from the Rooted in Nature set in Blackberry Bliss on a piece of Highland Heather card stock and fussy cut and distressed the leaf, ultimately folding it down the centre vein.I adhered it with a dimensional. The I used the three sizes of Basic Black Faceted Dots as a bit of bling. The sentiment is from the same stamp set but I inked it so that the first word wouldn't appear.
Blackberry Bliss is an unusual colour to choose for a project such as this but I love how the dark colours frame the images and make the silhouetted tree all the more dramatic.
I hope you took some inspiration from my project today, the technique is an easy one which works with both subtle and darker toned colours. Enjoy!

Don't leave us just yet, next up we have Barbar Meyer who always blows me away with her beautiful projects and creativity

Until next time, stay happy,
Shanni xx

Order of the July Blog Hop

1. Annette Elias (The Netherlands) 
2. Kelly Acheson (USA) 
3. Zoe Tant (UK) 
4. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
7. Nadine Weiner (Germany) 
8. Satomi Wellard (Japan) 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Suitcases

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Design Team blog hop. This month we are doing suitcases:
I hope you have loved the projects so far if you are joining us from the incredible Barb Stewart, her project was amazing.  I love how differently people interpret our brief. this is my project:
I didn't want to do a suitcase. I converted it to a box that would be practical for other occasions. So I have made a box that closes like a suitcase but poses a different purpose.

These are the products and materials that you will need:

Rooted In Nature Stamp Set
Sahara Sand Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper
Cajun Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
Copper Metallic Thread
Leaves Trinkets
Pearl Rhinestones

The box is really simple and is actually just two boxes held together with two punched tags (as hinges).

So you start with two rectangle  pieces of card stock measuring 21cm x 16.5 cm. score each side at 2cm and 4cm then cut the voids as follows:
Next we need to cut the DSP to adhere to the project as follows:
Wood Textures DSP 2 x 12.5cm x 8cm pieces, 4  pieces that are 12.5cm x 1.5cm and 8 pieces of 8cm x 1.5cm.

Punch 2 x Everyday Label punched pieces

I also cut a piece 30cm x 5cm and scored it down the centre portrait and folded and adhered it in halves length wise. I inserted it in the constructed boxed base. I trimmed off the corners closest to the rear of the box at a 45 degree angle so that box lid closed smoothly.

Doubling up the sides of each box before you hinge them together means that the box is extra sturdy.

The difficult part is placing the hinges neatly.

I decorated the box with the Wood Textures DSP. I stamped the leaves and timber images from the Rooted in Nature stamp set and fussy cut them. They are stamped in the rock and roll technique using Soft Suede and Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. The timber is stamped in Crumb Cake.

The leaves are highlighted in Clear Wink of Stella to give them extra pop.
You will see that I added Copper Metallic Thread as tousing behind the leaves.

I hope you have found some inspiration in this project. Don't leave us just yet, take a look at my friend Tanja Kolar's project.
Until next time, stay sparkly.
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop for June 
1. Shannean Moncrieff ( Australia) 
2. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
3. Yoshiko Endo ( Japan) 
4. Annette Elias (Netherlands) 
5. Dena Rekow (USA) 
6. Sharlene Meyer (New Zealand) 
7. Beate Wacker (Austria) 
8. Aude Barbara (France) 
9. Barb Stewart (Canada)