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