Sunday, March 17, 2019

Thinking Outside the Box - Test Tube Gift Box

Welcome back to another blog hop with the Thinking Outside the Box Design Team - this month we are highlighting Test Tube Gift Boxes.  I hope you are stopping by from the fabulous Fiona, who joins us for the first time as our Kiwi demo!
This is my completed project:
I made the matching card and test tube gift box for a fun gift. The base of the card is Thick Whisper White, mounted with a rectangle of Mint Macaron and mounted with another rectangle of Whisper White card stock. I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Bloom By Bloom stamp set in Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron. The sentiment is from Part of My Story (Sale-a-Bration set).  I added Rhinestone Jewels for a touch of bling!
The box is really straight forward, I used Thick Whisper White card stock for both aspects of the project.

The box base measures 6cm x 15cm. I scored at 2cm intervals with the card stock laying portrait. I then turned the card stock to landscape and scored 2cm from each end. I then burnished the score lines and sniped each of the side tabs per the picture above, trimming a little more off the tabs to they could be adhered without hassle.

The belly band is 3cm x 9.5cm. I scored the piece from the base every 2cm, this leaves a 1.5cm remainder. I trimmed off the edges on this remainder length per the diagram above - this is the adhesive tab.
Once you have trimmed and burnished the score lines simply adhere the tabs at each end. The box is very rudimentary, but fun and easy to make and use - it will come in handy for so many little treats.
I stamped the belly band before cutting and scoring.  Make sure you burnish each of the folds so that the band slips perfectly over the test tube box.
I hope that you feel inspired to make this easy project when next you have a cylindrical gift to package!
The box is quick and a great way to add some fun decoration to gifts for friends.

Don't leave us just yet - we have a great project from Tanja which is super cute!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order March 2019

Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Tanja Kolar (Germany)
Carrie Bates (United Kingdom)
Annette Elias (Netherlands)
Beate Wacker (Austria)
Aude Barbara (France)
Fiona Carson (New Zealand)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fancy Folds - Centre Fold Card

Welcome back to another blog hop with the Fancy Folds Design Team!

I hope you enjoyed Satomi's cute project!

This month we are doing the Centre Fold Card. This is my design:

I followed Frances Byrne's YouTube tutorial which was super easy1

I used the Thick Whisper White card stock as my base. the Designer Series Paper elements are from the Needlepoint Nook DSP and the stamped images are from the Needle & Thread stamp set and the sentiment from Part of My Story (the Sale-a-Bration stamp set).
I stamped the smallest flower from the Needle & Thread set in Flirty Flamingo and the leaves were stamped in Old Olive and the small flower buds Fresh Fig (Stampin' Write Marker). I cut all of the stamped images out using the Needlepoint Elements Framelit Dies.
The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive and the oval shapes are from the Layering Ovals Famelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits sets.
I shaped the flowers using the bone folder to give them some dimension and double mounted them (so each flower is two stamped images). A rhinestone is the touch of bling to make the project pop. 
The fold is really simple and fun to make and it has quite the impact! I think it's great for cards that are going to be put on display so birthdays and get well soon cards are perfectly matched!

I hope you have enjoyed the fold and stick around for the rest of the hop.

See you next time!

Order of Blog Hop for March
1.Gina Connor (UK) 
2.Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
3.Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
4. Nadine Schweda (Germany) 
5.Aude Barbara (France) 
6.Miranda Mols (Netherland) 
7. Astrid Hofmann (Austria)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Home to Roost Sale-a-Bration Style

Just thought I would pop by with my friend and fellow blogger Zoe Tant for a quick little share. . .

Zoe and I have both enjoyed the Sale-a-Bration products this year and wanted to do a mini share to inspire you to continue to create over the next few weeks until Sale-a-Bration finishes.  Here in Australia you get to choose a FREE Sale-a-Bration product each time you spend $90 ore more, and of course if you spend $180, $270 you get to choose two and three items etc.

I am featuring Home to Roost - I love it because of the quirky rooster. The stamped image gives me opportunities to explored different colour combinations and I simply love the wheat/grass stamp and sentiments in the pack.

These are my creations and I have included my wrought iron rooster Roger in the background as well!
I have embraced simple stamping with this set and stamped the rooster on Whisper White card stock using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and coloured the images with Stampin' Blends - the colours I used were:

Dark and Light Night of Navy
Dark and Light Bermuda Bay
Dark and Light Old Olive
Dark Daffodil Delight
Dark Pumpkin Pie
Dark Poppy Parade

First card incorporated masking - I stamped the grain grass in Crumb Cake. I made a mask of the rooster image with a post it note and placed it over the stamped image of the rooster to stop it from being stamped on. The card that the rooster is stamped on is cut out with the Layering Squares Framelits. The base card is Real Red card, the mount behind the stamped image is Bermuda Bay.
Base card is Crumb Cake and I have stamped the Buffalo Plaid in Night of Navy on a rectangle of Crumb Cake card and run another rectangle through the Big Shot with the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. These are both mounted on a rectangle of Night of Navy as is the stamped image to give a "framed effect".
The third card incorporates some different techniques. Base card is Bermuda Bay mounted with a rectangle of Basic Black, then Whisper White card as is the stamped image (black and white). As a point of difference I inked the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder with Bermuda Bay ink and treated it like a stamp to get the chicken wire effect at on the base card.
I also stamped the rooster a second time and coloured the image then unched the head out with a 13/8" Circle Punch to pop the detail of the rooster.
Base card is Basic Black, mounted with Bermuda Bay embossed using the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. A pop of Daffodil Delight with the Gingham Gala DSP.
This card is almost monochromatic with the pop of colour coming from the rooster. Pear Pizzazz Card base mounted with a rectangle of the same card. The wheat/grass is stamped in Pear Pizzazz. I wanted the pop of colour to come from the coloured rooster.
A close up shows the rooster coloured with Clear Wink of Stella to give it some additional pop.
Old Olive Base card stamped randomly with the rooster image. A rectangle of black to tie in with the stamped central rooster image and Real Red card behind the image to marry in the colours.
I love country style cards and projects look great with Night of Navy colour schemes. So the base card is obvious here. Stamped all over with the rooster image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The main stamped image is mounted on Basic Black card on the 45 degree angle.
I thought that the diamond shape of the main stamped image made the whole thing pop.

So seven different ways to incorporate the rooster image on your projects and all of them simple and easy to complete.

Why not pop over to Zoe's blog and take a look at her amazing mixed media creation. I love it - the colours are superb and the different textures and colouring sublime!

Until next time, stay glittery
Shanni xx
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Thinking Outside the Box - Little Bottle Box

Welcome back to another month of blog hopping with the Thinking Outside the Box Design Team, this month we are featuring the Little Bottle Box. 
This is a very simple little project and would fit so many occasions. I hope you enjoyed Barb's amazing creation! I always feel so inspired by Barb's creations.

Here is my project:
These are the materials and tools that I used:

Lovely Lattice (Sale-a-Bration)
Forever Lovely (Occasions Mini)
Melon Mambo card stock
Old Olive card stock
Lemon Lime Twist card stock
Whisper White card stock
Basic Black card stock
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Light & Dark Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends
Light Petal Pink Stampin' Blends
Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends
Light Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends
Classic Label Punch
Well Said Framelit Dies
Organdy Ribbon - Lemon Lime Twist  
I cut the piece of Melon Mambo card for the box aspect of the project and with the card in landscape position, scored the from each side as follows: 2cm, 3cm and 13.5cm. So I scored the first three lines then flipped the card around and scored the next three lines. Burnish the score lines with a bone folder. 

With the card portrait, punch using the Classic Label Punch at the top and the bottom (see the photo above).
For the band through the centre of the inside of the box I cut a piece of card stock 3cm x 22.8cm and scored each end at 2cm and 4cm.  The central part of the band is mounted with a rectangle of Old Olive (2.5cm x14.3cm) and then a smaller rectangle of Lemon Lime Twist (2cm x 13.8cm). It adheres to the card using the 2cm tabs.
The front panel is mounted on a rectangle of Old Olive (14.2cm x 9.8cm) mounted with a rectangle of Lemon Lime Twist (13.8cm x 9.4cm). The stamped base of Whisper White card stock is 13.4cm x 9cm).

I stamped the floral image from Lovely Lattice twice on a scrap of Whisper White card in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, coloured them with the Stampin' Blends listed above then fussy cut them out. It's important to think about the versatility of stamp sets and what images would look like separated - in this instance without the oval and lattice work behind the flowers.

You will see that I left one of the floral images almost in tact and I then cut the others separately and used them on the front and inside the project on the belly band. The sentiment is from the Forever Lovely stamp set, stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
I cut out the "friend" sentiment using the Well Said Framelit Dies from the Occasions Mini, in Basic Black card stock and arranged these on the belly band with the remaining flowers. The box is held shut with the Lemon Lime Twist Organdy Ribbon which is a popular Sale-a-Bration item,
I hope you are feeling somewhat inspired by the project, it's very easy to make and I plan to put a few more together in the lead up to Easter. Don't leave us just yet because Tanja has a gorgeous project to share with us!

Look forward to seeing you again soon!
Shanni xx

Order of the February Blog Hop
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Tanja Kolar Germany 
Carrie Bates United Kingdom
Annette Elias Netherlands
Dena Rekow United States
Beate Wacker Austria
Aude Barbara France
Barb Stewart Canada

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fancy Folds - Two Way Fun Fold

So great to have you back for another Fancy Folds Design Team Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Two Way Fun Fold Cards. I hope you enjoyed Satomi's beautiful project - I love how clever Satomi always is.

I followed the amazing YouTube Tutorial by Linda Bauwin which was super easy to understand. Here is my project:
I made a square card because I thought it would complement the stamp sets and the framelits best. I used the floral stamp set from Lovely Lattice (a Sale-a-Bration stamp set) and the sentiment from Forever Lovely (from the Occasions Cattie) - both of which were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
I stamped the flowers twice on a scrap of Whisper White card and coloured the flowers with the Dark and Light Poppy Parade, Dark Cherry Cobbler, Dark Old Olive and Light Granny Apple Green Stamping' Blends. I then fussy cut the images.
Because reds are a difficult colour to modulate I removed a bit of the depth with the Stampin' Blend Colour Remover Pen.
The leaves were easier to blend and were a good contrast to the flowers and tie in with the Old Olive tab which folds across the card opening from the rear.
Layering Oval Framelits are brilliant for creating that focal point. Here the scalloped edged oval is cut from Basic Black card to marry in with the stamped sentiment and flower. Pearls were used to finish the project.
The mounting card at the back of the card is a square of Poppy Parade that marries in the colours of the flowers and contrasts sharply with the Basic Black and Whisper White.
I hope you are feeling inspired by this fold style. The fold speaks for itself and the Sale-a-Bration stamp set is a great set for so many cards and projects.

Don't leave us just yet, Nadine Schwede has a gorgeous project that highlights the fold perfectly!

Stay glittery!
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order February 2019

1.Gina Connor (United Kingdom) 
2.Satomi Wellard  (Japan) 
3.Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
4. Nadine Schwede (Germany) 
5.Aude Barbara (France) 
6.Miranda Mols (Netherlands) 
7. Astrid Hofmann (Austria)