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)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Totally Techniques - Baby Wipe Technique

Welcome to our latests Design Team blog hop, this month's technique is Baby Wipe Technique.  You have possibly just popped by from Zoe's beautiful blog - isn't her project gorgeous!

This is one of my projects:
I followed an easy YouTube Tutorial by Glenda which outlines the way you created your baby wipe ink pad. I used Tranquil Tide, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and Lemon Lime Twist ink refills for my cacti.
I used Flowering Desert to stamp the cacti. I love the different cactus and the set is really versatile. I especially like the rounded cactus stamps as you can "build your own". The stamp set really highlights the technique well. I stamped on Whisper White card stock and fussy cut the cacti out.

You will see that I have also stamped some grass using the wheat stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration set Home to Roost; I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and masked off the bottom of the stamp image with a post it note. The sentiment is also from this set and stamped with the same ink.
For the background I used Glossy White card stock and used baby wipes to add the desert landscape colours - So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight and Fresh Fig.  I followed a great YouTube Tutorial by Beatte Johns. To get the different shades I used the two yellows and pink at the top and the pink and fig at the bottom. I also masked in a sun by punching out a circle on a post it note and adhering it before I did the wiping with the inked baby wipes.
The inside of the card (I used the additional Glossy White card that I had done in the same technique for the front of the card - waste not want not). I should have mentioned that the card base is Daffodil Delight and on the front I framed up the glossy card on a rectangle of Fresh Fig card stock to make the colours pop.

I didn't want to waste the inks that I had prepared for the cactus so I inked up a "D" acrylic block with  the baby wipe ink pad and stamped it on a square of Whisper White card stock with the plan to do some #simplestamping and this is what I created:
I didn't like how the square was stippled as I had hoped that the colours would merge a little more. I stamped the leaves in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink directly on the background. The bird is also stamped in the same ink on a piece of Pool Party card stock which I fussy cut then highlighted with some Clear Wink of Stella.  The base card is Pool Party, mounted with a rectangle of Basic Black card. The sentiment is from the Flowering Desert stamp set.

To get the colours to merge a little I inked up the acrylic block a second time and sprayed it with some rubbing alcohol and Pearl Shimmer Paint (which has carried over from the Holiday Cattie - thank goodness).
I was much happier with the background for this card. I feels a bit like foliage against the sky. Again I used the stamps from Petal Palette and Flowering Desert stamped almost the same as the card above.

The Background swiping was so simple and fun I thought I would experiment a little with some of the beautiful Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper - the Botanical Butterfly DSP is so versatile and cute. I love the black and white paper as I can colour or change it up depending on the project.

So first with So Saffron and Petal Pink reinkers on the baby wipe:
I heat embossed the sentiment from a set we received at CentreStage Orlando called Stamping Your Way to the Top  in Gold Embossing powder on Basic Black card. I think gold goes beautifully with pinks and yellows! The base card is Petal Pink with a Basic Black mount.

Here is a different take:
This time I used the same wipe that I started for the above and added Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist ink refills to the same baby wipe and made the same background. The sentiment is heat embossed on Basic Black card with White Embossing Powder. I also added a piece of the ombre ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist to pop the sentiment a little. The base card is Lemon Lime Twist with a Basic Black mount. Both cards are definitely #simplestamping and quick to make!

So I hope that you have got some great ideas. The projects are all really easy.

Don't leave us yet, check out Barbara's amazing card this month!


Until next time, stay glittery!
Shanni xx

Order of January's Blog Hop
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!)
Barbara Meyer Austria
Annette Elias The Netherlands
Lynsey Mahon Canada
Nadine Weiner Germany
Kelly Acheson  United States



Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fancy Folds - V Fold Cards

Happy New Year and welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team blog hop. This month we are featuring V Fold Cards. If you have just joined us from Satomi's blog. I hope you are feeling inspired. I always love Satomi's projects. She is soooooo clever.

This is my project this month:
I followed the cool tutorial by Crystal Wagner on YouTube on how to make a V fold card without cutting anything out and adhering it to the inside of the card. Instead you make two cards, the inside insert slightly smaller and you fold down the top spine to the size that you require for your internal feature.

The card is a standard C6 size made with Whisper White card as the base card and the liner.  On the front I cut out the void using the Layering Square Framelits. The largest square is cut from the card base, I then cut a scalloped square from a piece of Basic Black card stock and adhered it to the inside of the base card so the it frames up the DSP which is cut just a little larger than the void so that it could be adhered.
I love this designer series paper which is a free Sale-a-Bration Item when you spend $90 here in Australia, its called Botanical Butterfly DSP. I choose the finer detailed print as I thought it added a touch of whimsy to the card design.
The sentiment is from Part of My Story which is also a free Sale-a-Bration stamp set. I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, punched out with the Pretty Label Punch and daubed the edges with some Balmy Blue Ink. So simple and easy. The sentiment is dimensionalised. I also stamped the butterflies from the Beauty Abounds set in Memento ink and coloured the butterflies using the Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight and Grapefruit Grove inks and an aqua painter. I then cut them out and adhered them with Tomboy Glue to the edge of the punched out shape. #simplestamping

The V fold feature is of course on the inside of the card which looks like this:
Again I used the Botanical Butterfly DSP for the butterflies - I fussy cut three that I liked and I thought would complement the inside of the card and then stuck them on thin three strips of Window Sheet with Glue Dots and positioned them to the rear of the V fold so that they pop. The sentiments are from Beauty Abounds stamp set.

You could potentially use strips of Whisper White card stock instead of Window Sheet but it wouldn't have as much flex in it and the butterflies wouldn't look like they are floating. You could also use a piece of the seal plastic from the photopolymer stamp sets!
I bent the window sheet strips ever so slightly so that the butterflies all sit in different positions but fold nicely into the card without showing when its closed. Because of the flex in the window sheet the butterflies kind of bob around.
This is what they look like from another angle so you can see that they are all sitting a part. This was such fun card and very easy to make. I would like to try a few more of this fold because they would be fabulous for birthdays, thank you and thinking of you cards. This fold really is an example of simple stamping and two extra steps.

I hope that you have found some inspiration in the project today and that you don't leave us just yet because Nadine has the cutest project!

Until next time, add some glitter to it!
Shanni xx

Order of the January Blog Hop

Gina Connor (UK) 
Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) ~ this is where you are now! 
Nadine Schweda (Germany) 
Aude Barbara (France) 
Miranda Mols (Netherland) 
Astrid Hofman (Austria)

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Totally Techniques - Notecards Simple Stamping

Welcome back to our last Totally Techniques Design Team blog hop for 2018! This month we are embracing something different in the hope of inspiring everyone in the paper crafting world to try simple stamping. We realise that not everyone is inclined to make detailed and layered projects and wanted to appeal to a broader group of stampers! So bring it on #simplestamping

You may be just joining us from Zoe Tant's beautiful blog - wasn't Zoe's project just gorgeous? I love that the project is so simple and effective! Let's hope you get inspired with all of the projects we have to share.

The brief was:

*Stamp and ink only
*One layer
*Accessories optional

This is what I started with - so I suppose you can say that this is my project:
For my projects today I have used the following Stamping' Up! products:

* Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527)
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (132708)
* Touches of Texture Stamp Set (141934)
* Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set (141519)

I have literally stamped in black ink on white card stock. I wanted to keep it clean and simple. A fabulous example of #simplestamping if ever there was one. This floral stamp set lends itself to so many projects and can be used from a variety of occasions. Here is a close up of the stamped image:
The font of the sentiment stamp set from the Thankful Thoughts set complements the style of the flower stamp perfectly. Now you know that I can't just keep things totally simple so I stepped up this design by layering the stamped image on the front (not quite keeping to brief), it's still simple stamping but with an added layer. . .
I simply centred the stamped image and left out the sentiment. I stamped on Whisper White Card Stock and mounted the rectangle on a slightly larger rectangle of Basic Black Card Stock. All card bases in this instance are the Note Cards available in the Annual Catalogue.
Because of the clean outlines this stamp set lends itself to so many techniques - colouring, paper piercing and so much more. . . which lead me to the next idea. . . stepping the card design up a little. Imagine if we stamped on DSP? And I love the wood grain pattern in the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper pack in the Holiday Mini Catalogue which is only available for a few more days. . .
Stamping directly onto DSP is a brilliant way to add a bit more pizzazz to a project without complicating things too much. Again the only change I have made to this project is to stamp directly onto the Festive Farmhouse DSP in Memento Ink. The DSP is mounted directly onto the Note Card.
I love the look of the white washed wood grain through the stamped image. Very simple stamping. . . So imagine if we were to add a touch of colour. . .
For this card (again using a Note Card and the Festive Farmhouse DSP) I stamped in Memento Ink and coloured the flower buds with the Dark Mango Melody Blend and the leaves with Light Granny Apple Green Blend. The open flowers have been stamped using the small stipple stamp from the Touch of Textures Stamp Set in Lovely Lipstick ink. I added three Pearl Jewels for a touch of glam!
The Mango Melody Blends (147945) are only available in the Holiday Mini Catalogue so don't miss out. You can see that the Lovely Lipstick stamping is not even "inside the lines" - but the effect is awesome and it is still a very simply stamped card. . . Check out the next evolution. . .
I love colouring in and there is nothing simpler than colouring in a nice clean stamped image. This image is stamped in Memento Ink and coloured using Light Lovely Lipstick, Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo, Light Granny Apple Green and Light and Dark Sea Foam Blends. The stamped image is mounted on a Basic Black Card background on the Note Card.
There is nothing more satisfying than colouring in and with the blends it is a simple stamping project with a touch of colour! I know - I am a rule breaker . . . but this stamped image was calling out for some love. . .
I wanted to show you that you could stamp with just one colour and one stamp set and make some beautiful projects - this card involves masking with a post-it note and moving the stamp a little each time you stamp to change the appearance of the stamped image.
For this card I simple covered the stamped image with a post-it note and stamped the next image on a 25 degree angle at say 2 o'clock over the masked stamped image. I stamped three times in total. Very effective and still simple stamping but with a simple technique thrown in! Now what would happen if we added a touch of colour to an image stamped like this? Well I had to try it out. . .
I coloured the flowers with Coastal Cabana ink and an aqua painter, the flower centres were coloured with a Dark Lovely Lipstick Blend pen and the leaves with the Light Granny Apple Green Blend pen. For an added touch of difference I stamped the main flowers in the image three more times, coloured them with the same ink, fussy cut them out and stuck them on top on the flowers with TomBow Glue.
I would argue that it is still simple stamping with a little effort invested. . . Here's another example of simple stamping. . . Because I had the aqua painter and the Lovely Lipstick ink pad and Blend pen on the table. . . I thought, why not add some popping pink to the equation?
The biggest impact here is the background - I painted the background with a clean wet aqua painter, spreading water to wet the card stock without adding any ink (this means the ink application goes mores smoothly). I then loaded the aqua painter with ink from the Lovely Lipstick Ink Pad and washed it over the background. I splattered the excess ink residue from the aqua painter by tapping it on a bone folder over the card. I cleaned out the aqua painter then splattered some more spots of clean water on the background for good measure.
This is the same stamp masked once and stamped twice in Memento ink. The stippled centres are stamped in Lovely Lipstick and the buds coloured using the Lovely Lipstick Blend pens. I also stamped the larger stippled stamp from the Touch of Textures stamp set in Crumb Cake. The pearl jewels are added to break up the colour a bit. . .

Keeping with the simple stamping theme I thought it important to show how to stamp using the Stamping' Write Markers as the method or tool for inking up a stamp to provide a simple stamped image.
I inked up the stamp with the Real Red and the Mossy Meadow Stamping' Write Markers using the brush nib. I then coloured the image using an aqua painter and simple leaving the colour from the stamped outline into the void of the stamped image.
I adhered the stamped image to the Note Card using the Suite Season Specialty Washi Tape from the Holiday Mini Catalogue. . . the sentiment is stamped in Memento Ink. Stepping this card up just one level, I did this:
The image is inked and stamped the same way as the card above, the only difference is the background which I created using the "D" size Clear Stamping Block inked with the Soft Sea Foam ink pad and stamped over the coloured stamped image.
This is great way to get more value from your clear stamping blocks and is a neat background for all types of projects. I think this is the best type of simple stamping. . .

So ten Note Cards in the pack, and ten different simple stamping projects using the one main stamp set and a few different coloured ink pads, blend pens, Stamping' Write Markers and tools. . . I know that everyone could replicate these projects really easily!

I hope you are feeling inspired to give simple stamping a try. Don't leave us just yet because there is a fabulous project on Barbara Meyer's blog, Barbara always blows my mind with her amazing creativity! I love her project this month and am sure that you will too.
I hope that you all embrace #simplestamping and that you share your projects with others.

Until next time, stay glittery!
Shanni xx

December Blog Hop Order

Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Shannean Moncrieff Australia (that's me!!)
Barbara Meyer Austria
Annette Elias Netherlands
Kelly Acheson United States