Saturday, October 21, 2017

Thinking Outside the Box - Chocolate Dispenser

Welcome to our first Thinking Outside the Box Design Team blog hop. I am so excited to be joining with this incredible group of ladies in our first foray into bringing you free instructions for boxes, packaging and wrapping using Stampin' Up! products and helping you to think outside the box when it comes to your next project.

Check out our design team members who represent every country where Stampin' Up! is sold globally. These team members will bring you an innovative and exciting project each month so keeep an eye out for us on Pinterest and stop by every month on the third Saturday/Sunday. . .
Our first project has a little bit of a national flavour as we wanted to showcase not just talent but a favourite chocolate or candy from our country that would be easily recognisable to everyone!
This is my project:
Here are the instructions:

1.  You will need to use 12" x 12" card stock for the sized box that I have made (Cadbury's were not very considerate of the crafting world when they released Caramello Koalas!)
2.  Cut a rectangle of card 31/2" x 12", using your Simply Scored, score the card at 21/4", 53/4", 8" and 111/2" and again with the card stock portrait score at 1/2".

3.  Cut on the score lines as per the plan - the orange dotted lines:
Using the 21/4" circle from Layering Circles Framelits cut a semi circle from the narrow panel as marked with the orange dotted line.
4.  Choose your stamps and decorate the panel.
I used the pine leaves from Christmas Happiness stamped in Old Olive and the reindeer from Seasonal Chums in Memento Black. I also stamped an extra reindeer on a piece of whisper white card stock to fussy cut.  I proceeded to colour the reindeer with our Stampin' Blends - used Light and Dark Crumb Cake, with the Colour Remover and Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler  

5.  The lid is as per the pictorial instruction above. I cut a piece of Old Olive 43/8" x 51/2". Score the card 1" on each side and snip the scored lines in 1" and trim the card on an angle.
This is how it will sit:
6.  This is the base requirement for the dispenser part of the box:
I chose to make the base in Whisper White card stock, basically the base ends up the same size as the box perimeter so 21/4" x 31/2". Cut along the orange dotted lines and score where the dark blue lines are. Stick the base to the box with a heavy duty tape like Tear & Tape Adhesive. The triangles on each side of the scored area slip back into the semi-circle void which you slit on each side up to about 11/2" mark.

7.  This is what it should ultimately look like: 
8. Decorate to your taste.

I also used Striped Ribbon, Merry Little Labels, Everyday Label Punch, Mini Ornaments, Green Sprigs and Black Rhinestone Jewels to decorate the top of the box. 

Enjoy! And seriously consider making this box. It's really simple.  Don't leave us yet though. . . we have so much more planned. Check out Tanja's incredible dispenser!

Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia)
Tanja Kolar (Germany)
Yoshiko Endo (Japan)
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Annette Elias (Netherlands)
Dena Rekow (United States)
Sharlene Meyer (New Zealand)
Beate Wacker (Austria)
Aude Barbara (France)
Barbara Stewart (Canada)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fancy Folds - Wiper Card

Happy October Folks - it's so great to be doing another blog hop with the international Fancy Folds Design Team, you probably just popped by from Martha's blog - I love her project. Martha is always so clever!

This is my card this month:
I followed the YouTube Tutorial by Beate Johns which was so easy to follow but I changed out the dimensions ever so slightly to make the card with a full piece of A4 card stock - the dimensions ended up being 10.5cm x 29.8cm. I scored each piece of card at 4.5cm and 9cm. And the wiper card is 4.5cm x 9cm as well, scored at 4.5cm and also diagonally.

The base card is Soft Suede and I mounted the front and the back with a rectangle of Early Espresso, then a rectangle of Old Olive and then the Whisper White canvas for stamping.
I stamped the sunflowers from Painted Harvest in Crushed Curry and Soft Suede on a separate piece of Whisper White card and fussy cut them out. I stamped the centres of the flowers in Soft Suede, cut them out and dimensionalised them on the flowers.
The stamped leaves are done in Old Olive and second step stamped in Early Espresso then punched out with the Leaf Punch. I also contrasted some other leaves in Old Olive using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. I drew a border around the edge of the white card with a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker.
The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White and cut out with the Stitched Shape Framelits. I dimensionalised the sentiment off the card base too and to add contrast I added a small piece of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper behind it. The "netting" behind the flower is a piece of Copper Trim stretched and adhered with glue dots.
To add contrast and interest to the whole card layout, I used another piece of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper to the first panel on the front. I then stamped on a piece of Old Olive using the fern stamp from Painted Harvest in Early Espresso. I daubed the edges with Old Olive to tone the panel in with the balance of the card.
I decorated the panels on the reverse of the card in the opposite order. I wanted to bring more colour and pattern closer to the flower on the white area where you would write.
The sunflower is stamped in the same colours as the front flowers (again they were stamped on a separated piece of card stock then fussy cut). I did the leaves in Early Espresso on Old Olive and punched them out with the Leaf Punch. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso direct on the card.
The wiper element is stamped with the fern stamp from Painted Harvest in Old Olive. I then stamped the bee from Touches of Texture in Early Espresso both on the card base and again on a separate piece of Whisper White, I coloured the bee with Crushed Curry and an Aqua painter, then fussy cut it out and stuck it over the base stamped image. I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the wings.
I wanted the wiper to be an extension of the scene of the flowers so the white card is moiunted on Old Olive and Early Espresso. The Black Rhinestone Jewels are scattered to add interest and a touch of texture to the layout.
I hope you can see the dimension in the wings of the bee from this angle. 
And you can see the dimension in the reverse side of the card too.

I hope that you feel inspired to try this fold because it is really easy and the options and selections of stamp sets and designers series papers at the moment are really well suited especially for the holidays. I know that the other members of the Design Team will have inspired you with their projects too.
Good luck and don't leave us yet because Aude's amazing project is next! I love it and know you will learn a lot about the fold and options.

Thanks for popping by, see you next time!
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop for October
2. Monica Gale (UK) 
3. Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
4. Martha Inchley (Canada) 
5. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
6. Aude Barbara (France) 
7. Miranda Mols-Heidenrath (Netherlands) 
8. Astrid Hofmann (Austria) 
9. France Martin (USA)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Totally Techniques - Black Magic

September is almost over and that means another International Blog Hop with the talented Totally Techniques Design Team. This month's technique is Black Magic and I have to say that I was a bit challenged by this technique.

I hope you love Marine's project as much as I do!

I followed the Splitcoast Stamper Tutorial which seemed pretty straight forward. I will let you be the judge though. This is this month's creation:
A square card . . . for a change. Base card is Basic Black, lined with a square of Berry Burst and then with a square of Whisper White to marry in with the almost black board approach to this project. The stamped canvas is a square of Basic Black.
I heat embossed the Hello stamp from Floral Statements with White Stampin' Emboss powder directly onto the Basic Black card stock and also onto a scrap of the same coloured card. I then applied Craft White Ink to the two flowers using a Blender Pen ~ I heat set the craft ink. This is obviously different from how others will have approached this technique, as they were stamping in Craft White ink.
Following the tutorial I then coloured over the White Craft Ink with a white watercolour pencil, and proceeded to layer the colour on top of the white base - I started with the Real Red pencil and layered over the top with Rich Razzleberry. My goal was to match the brightness of the Berry Burst card stock.
The green leaves are the two green pencils in the Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencil pack - I would like to think that they are close to Old Olive and Always Artichoke but I can't be certain. I then fussy cut the sentiment letters from the scrap paper that I heat embossed at the same time as the original image. The letters are stuck down with mini dimensionals. I needed to make the sentiment pop.
A scattering of pearls to add an element of luxury was the final touch to overcome the starkness of the black background.

I hope that you won't limit this technique to just stamped images given that you can colour in the voids of stamped images with the Craft Ink and a Blender Pen.
Good luck with this technique if you decide to try it!

Don't leave us yet as Zoe's project is next!
See you next month!

Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop - September 2017
Pattrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Marine Wiplier (France)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Barbara Meyer (Austria)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fancy Folds - Simple Pocket Card

Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team blog hop. This month we are doing Simple Pocket Cards. Yu have possibly just come from Aude's blog - isn't her project cute?

Here's mine:
I followed the YouTube Tutorial but varied the design again by using a 12"x 12" card base which I simply cut a 6"x 6" square from one corner so that it's a square card with the pocket front.

The base card is Whisper White and it was basically 3 squares that fold together with the front being the pocket as per the tutorial and the cack section being a standard card. I wanted to be able to slip some gift cards in the front and write a bigger message in the back and I also like my cards to have a little weight in them.
It's never too early to start getting Christmas cards together and this year is no exception especially with the beautiful new Holiday Mini! The inside of my card and the note card are both lined with Gold Foil Card Stock and Whisper white is the "canvas" in both instances.

I also feature the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper because it's my favourite and I can't resist gold and silver for the festive season.

I stamped the Little Drummer Boy Silhouette from Musical Season stamp set using Early Espresso ink onWhisper White card and I cut the stamped image out with the matching framelit frontage Musical Instruments Framelit Dies. Both Sentiments are from the Musical Season stamp set and stamped in Early Espresso which contrasts nicely with silver and gold and is not as stark as black.
I embossed the "note tag" with the snowflake Winter Wonder TIEF - it's beautiful but I wanted it slightly off the card. I basically lined it up on the card stock so that it could still fit through the threat of the Big Shot. I embellished with a few rhinestones because it's Christmas and that's what we do - sparkle!
The words were perfect for the "theme" of the card.
The embellishment is a gold foil star from the Foil Snowflakes Embellishment pack. I layered this on top Gold Metallic Thread which is toused at the back and some Gold Mini Sequin Trim. 
I added some contrasting snow flakes in Silver Glimmer Paper and Silver Foil Card Stock which I cut out using the border thinlit from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlit Dies (I just trimmed these up with scissors). You might notice that I added a rhinestone to the centre of two of them. The stamped image is dimensionalised on the top.
So the whole card is really simple and I know I will be making a heap of them as gift cards are the best presents for family and friends further afield.
I hope you got some inspiration from the hop today.  Don't leave us yet though - please check out Miranda's creation this month!
Until next month- get your sparkle on!
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order September

Monica Gale (United Kingdom)
Satori Willard (Japan)
Tanja Kolar (Germany)
Aude Barbara (France)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Miranda Mols-Heidenrath (Netherlands)
Astrid Hoffman (Austria)
France Martin (United States)