Thursday, December 13, 2018

Fancy Folds - Flip Flap Cards

Hello Everyone - welcome to our December Blog Hop with the Fancy Folds International Design Team - you have possibly just hopped by from Satomi's blog, wasn't her project awesome! So cute!

This month we are highlighting Flip Flap Cards. This is my project:
I followed Beth's Paper Cuts YouTube tutorial which was really simple and easy to understand.

For something different I stamped on DSP and used the Snow is Glistening promotional stamp set from last month's sale. I stamped in Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Soft Seafoam. The sentiments are from Beautiful Blizzard, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
My base card is Whisper White. I matted the back and the front of the card using the green glimmer paper from the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper pack and Tranquil Tide Card Stock. The DSP feature on the front is the bleached timber from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper Pack (I love this DSP pack as the designs and patterns are so versatile).
The green Glimmer Paper really makes the stamped images pop. I used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut the square shapes for the Flip Flap feature. The top feature is three layers and the hidden feature is two layers - they are quite sturdy and move smoothly with the pull mechanism.

I used Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon from the Holiday Catalogue and secured it with the Silver Metallic Thread.
I made the second scoring line a little closer than the one in the YouTube Tutorial - I just wanted it to sit a little more flush. As you can see the flip flap mechanism is really neat.
The combination of three green tones is very subtle and the card is delicate despite using the dark glimmer paper and card stock.
The contrast with the timber grain gives the whole project a Christmas winter feel. The ironic part is that where I live in Australia we are in the midst of a heat wave and have a hurricane re-forming and making a u-turn to come back and hit us for the second time in a week! So snow is the furthest thing from my mind lol.
The Scalloped Tag Topper and the Classic Label Punches are ingenious in this project and make the whole process so easy.
I decorated the inside to marry with the overall theme. I think it finishes it nicely! Hopefully you have been inspired by the hop so far and by my Christmas project - there is still time to grab a bargain on our clear out sale and still time to get your creativity fired up before Christmas day!
Don't leave us just yet! Nadine Schweda has a beautiful project to share and she has some great tips too!
Until next time, stay sparkly!

Shanni xx

December Blog Hop Order

Gina Connor United Kingdom
Satomi Willard Japan
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Nadine Schweda Germany
Miranda Mols Netherlands
Astrid Hofmann Austria

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Totally Techniques - Polished Stone Technique

Welcome back this month we are sharing the Polished Stone Technique, you may have just popped by from Zoe's amazing project!

This is my project this month:
I wanted the polished stone technique to feature and have chosen to add stamped images using the Lovely Lattice Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

This is an avid stamper project although it is really quite simple. It's a square card - the base card is Powder Pink mounted with Whisper White squares on the front and inside. The technique is done on a square of Glossy White card stock and the stamped images are on a separate piece of Whisper White (fussy cut and layered).
The polished stone technique was done using Bermuda Bay and Pool Party re inkers, Isocol Rubbing Alcohol and cotton pads. I was patient and allowed the inks to dry before employing the gloss card in the project.
The floral image was stamped on Whisper White using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I coloured the images using - Light Bermuda Bay, Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler and Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends. I stamped out the large flower three times and fussy cut two of the images after colouring them.
I stretched out the flowers using the bone folder, curling the petals upwards and into the centre of the image. For the first layer I also cut between each petal to allow each to forma separate shaped. The very centre of the flower is just one piece.
Once I had cut out the stamped image I layered it onto a piece of Copper Foil Sheet which I cut using the scalloped Layered Oval Thinly. Added housing in Copper Metallic thread behind the ovals and dimensionalised the ovals. You will see that I also stamped and coloured five smaller flowers from the  Lovely Lattice set and curled them little too once I had cut them out, I wanted the flowers to feel like they had been scattered at the top.
As always I like to dimensionalise my cards and give them a lot of layers. Here is a side view.
The colours truly compliment the copper foil and bright Bermuda Bay background. I wanted the polished stone technique to meld well with the project and not be outshone and I hope that I have found that difficult balance. I think that this stamp set is going to be extraordinarily popular for every level of stamper because the beautiful fine line of the images lends itself to colouring an simplistic monochromatic stamping too. . . stay tuned as I feature this set over the coming weeks. Building flowers is easy and makes a massive impact.
The sentiment is from the Incredible Like You stamp set which will be released in the Occasions Mini due out in early January. I stamped in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White and punched it out with the Everyday Label.
I hope you have found some inspiration in my project today and that you feel inclined to give this technique a go. It is great for cards and scrap booking alike and will be a great background or stamping feature on all types of projects.

Don't leave us just yet as we have so many other projects to share. Nadine Weiner is next with an awesome project!
Until next time, stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Order of November Hop

Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Shannean Moncrieff Australia
Nadine Weiner Germany
Lynsey Mahon Canada
Barbara Meyer Austria
Kelly Acheson United States

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Totally Techniques - Embossing Crackle

Welcome back to another blog hop with the zany team from Totally Techniques. This month we are doing Cracked Glass technique. You may have just popped over from Kelly's blog - wasn't her project just incredible?

This is my project:
I followed Beate Johns' YouTube tutorial which was really simple step by step instructions.

I have made a square easel card with the following materials:

Base card - Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
First Mount (front and inside) is Early Espresso Card Stock
Second Mount Inside - Whisper White Card Stock
Second Mount Front Wood Textures 6"x 6" (daubered with Early Espresso Ink)

I have used glimmer paper features on the front and inside the card (which is mounted on a strip of Early Espresso Card Stock) - I chose the copper tone from Joyous Noel pack in the Holiday Cattie.
I used the stamps and sentiments from the Country Home stamp set, cut out the stamped image with the Layering Ovals Framelits and mounted it on two of the scalloped ovals from the same set in Early Espresso Card Stock.  All images have been stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The timber elements are from Frames Elements - I stamped the darling label-style wooden elements with the filigree stamp from Timeless Textures in Early Espresso ink.
The leaves from the Frames Elements were coloured using the Dark Cherry Cobbler and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends. I stuck these together with the three leaf copper element from Leaves Trinkets, I added the linen thread tied in a bow and dimensionalised the embellishment. I coloured some Pearl Jewels with the Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend to marry them in with the stamped image feature.
The actual cracked glass over the coloured stamped image was achieved by first stamping the whole oval with Versamark then heat embossing with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I did about six (6) layers and simply dipped the oval back into the embossing powder before the project cooled down. I left it to dry for about 15 minutes then folded it in on itself - this cracked the gloss coating and gave the image a crazed cracked appearance.
To enhance the cracks slightly I sponges some Early Espresso ink across the front of the glass coating.
I coloured the stamped image with the following Stampin' Blends:

Green Foliage - Dark and Light Old Olive, Light Granny Apple Green
Berries - Dark Cherry Cobbler
Artichoke like Flower - Dark and Light Old Olive, Light Rich Razzleberry
Duck Flowers - Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light Soft Suede
Ribbon - Dark Cherry Cobbler, Dark and Light Poppy Parade
Jug - Dark and Light Smokey Slate Light Bermuda Bay
The inside of the card is very simple:
I hope you have found some inspiration.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Don't leave us just yet though as Barbara Meyer has the most beautiful project to share!
Until next month, stay glittery!
Shanni xx

Order of the October Blog Hop
Lynsay Mahon Canada
Nadine Weiner Germany
Kelly Acheson Unites States
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Barbara Meyer Austria
Annette Elias The Netherlands

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Easel Top Matchbox

Welcome back to another TOTB Designer Team blog hop. . . it's so great to have you back, I was busy last month so missed our hop but I saw how incredible the projects were and got really inspired. So this month we are doing the Easel Top Matchbox off the page project!
You may be starting the hop with me or perhaps you have checked out Barb Stewart's amazing project this month - I love Barb's creativity it's always stunning!

This is my project:
I followed the basic principles in Anya's YouTube tutorial which gives a quick overview but of course I made the card and the box as 6"x 6"square.  The matchbox base is made with 12"x 12" Whisper White Card, Lined with Basic Black and matted with Smokey Slate Card. The drawer is Basic Black card lined with Smokey Slate card.

The easel card is standard, made using Smokey Slate, lined with Basic Black card and mounted with Silver Foil Card. The inside is lined with Basic Black and Whisper White card.

The match box is very simple and straight forward. First I made the drawer to be certain that the whole project could actually be 6" square. The square of Basic Black Card is 19cm square of 71/2" square. I scored the card on each side 2.22cm or 1" from the edge. I cut into the four corners to the 90 degree point and trimmed the edge so that it could be folded without problems and adhered with tear and tape.
The cover or outside of the drawer was equally as easy.
Literally the two scored lines closest to the centre of the card are scored at the 15.3cm or 6" mark and then the next line out was 2.2cm or 1" from the first score lines. You will appreciate that the sides of the card don't meet because it will need to be a lot longer than 30.6cm or 12". So I cut a faux base which is simply a 15.3cm or 6" square piece of Whisper White Card.
I folded the base card and adhered the faux base using tear and tape to keep it sturdy. The lined the base with a square of Basic Black and a square of Smokey Slate. The two exposed edges were also lined with the same matting.
The front of the drawers was lined in the same way but of course only with the Smokey Slate. I also stamped the liners for the drawer front and back with the filigree stamp from Timeless Textures in Smokey Slate ink.

The easel card itself is decorated using stamps from Angels on Earth, Post Script and Dandelion Wishes.
I love the Pressed Tin Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder and think it will be the all time favourite from the Holiday catalogue this year. I embossed the Silver Foil Card and daubered it roughly with Whisper White Craft ink to give it an oxidised look.

The next layer up is a square of Whisper White that I heat embossed with the diamonds design from the Gallery Grunge set in Silver. I then daubered the edges of that card with Smokey Slate ink. Next layer is a rectangle of Gold Glimmer Paperand a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper running at right angles.

The largest square of card under the image is Soft Suede. I stamped the corner filigree from Angels on Earth stamped in Soft Suede; you will see that the edges are daubered in Smokey Slate but it looks a bit like zinc - you can get this effect by putting Whisper White Craft ink on your dauber first then Smokey Slate ink next - it makes the colour more opaque. Layered on top of this is a piece of Chicken Wire Elements.
Next Smokey Slate rectangle stamped with the Post Script background stamp in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, edges daubered in Smokey Slate. I punched out some leaves in Vellum card stock using the Leaf Punch and poked them under the corners.

The angel is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I stamped it twice so I could cut out the wings and dimensionalise them. I coloured the wings slightly using Smokey Slate ink and Wink of Stella and then I used Wink of Stella and Gold embossing powder so to heat emboss the wings - I haven't heard of anyone doing that before me so its a new technique I think. I also coloured the angels hair and embossed it the same ways as the wings.

I coloured the gown in Cherry Cobbler ink and Wink of Stella and added a touch of Blushing Bride to the cheeks and collar bones using an aqua painter.
The timber element is from Frames Elements. I lay it on the Versamark ink pad then heat embossed it with Gold. The pearl jewels are to add a touch of luxe and contrast for the gold.
The easel card stays open using the word celebrate from the Celebrate You Thinlits in Silver Glimmer Paper. It's a neat way to keep the card opened.
You can see how well the wings are dimensionalised and how the project has a heap of layers. I have made it for my daughter who turns 14 in a couple of weeks time and I plan to put some Fenty makeup in the drawer along with some makeup brushes.
The knob on the front of the drawer is a silver rose from the Share What You Love Embellishment kit to marry in with all of the silver and also the antique feel of the project.
I hope that you have been inspired by all the incredible projects this month and that you give this unusual box card a try. Don't leave us just yet though as we have an amazing project from Yoshiko- she is so incredibly talented!
Thanks for popping by!
Shanni xx
October's Blog Hop Participants:

1. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
2. Yoshiko Endo (Japan) 
3. Carrie Bates ( UK) 
4. Annette Elias (Netherlands) 
5. Dena Rekow (USA) 
6. Beate Wacker (Austria) 
7. Aude Barbara (France) 
8. Barb Stewart (Canada)