Saturday, March 30, 2019

Totally Techniques - Shaker Cards

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques Design Team Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Shaker Cards.

Shaker cards can be so much fun as the layered approach adds depth and interest to the card project. I wanted to feature a few designs so this is my first card:
The card is square (6"x6") made on a base of thick Whisper White card. I mounted it on a square of Rich Razzleberry card to frame up the image. The DSP featured behind the shaker element is from the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper pack - the vellum is glorious and so easy to work with. I adhered it with glue dots hidden behind the leaf patterns on each corner.
The shaker element is made with standard Whisper White card and Vellum card stock for a more subtle appearance and to blend with the vellum DSP I used two of the rectangle framelits from the Layering Rectangle Framelit Dies. I wanted the shaker element to look a bit like a window.
The stamped flowers are from Painted Seasons stamp set, stamped in Lovely Lipstick and the leaves in Old Olive. The smaller violet flowers are stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the image from Wonderful Romance, coloured with Dark and Light Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends. I then fussy cut them out!

To get the best results with these distinctive stamps I have chosen to dauber the ink onto the stamps. There are matching framelits for the images. The sentiment is from the Part of My Story Sale-a-Bration set which is only available until tomorrow at 10.59pm Queensland time. . .
I cut a matching size rear for the shaker element so that the pattern of the DSP did not show through the window of the shaker. Before mounting it together I added the sequins for the shake part of the element. I used the foam adhesive strips to separate the top of the shaker and the base so that the sequins can move around in the void freely. A very easy card.

My second card is a similar design by made with Window Sheets instead of the Vellum card and with the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper behind the shaker element.
Again a square card made with thick Whisper White card - I like the weight of the card, it always makes the project feel more substantial and is a good balance for the shaker feature.
Again I used the Layering Rectangle Framelits. I used the void from the larger rectangle for the sentiment and trimmed the right angle from the rectangle to align it on the corner of the shaker element. The sentiment is from Well Said in the Occasions cattie, stamped in Lovely Lipstick. All other elements are stamped in the same colours as mentioned above.
You can see the depth in the shaker element and the clear Window Sheet means that the colour of the sequins are more stark agains the stamped elements. I love the subtlety of the DSP design and how it is distressed in areas.

My third card features a different shape shaker element:
Standard C6 size card made with thick Whisper White and mounted with a rectangle of thiskc Whisper White card. The shaker element was cut using the Layering Circles Framelits in Old Olive, Window Sheet and a further circle of Whisper White as I like to construct the shaker element and adhere it to the surface of the card.
I always construct and fill the shake and adhere it together, then stick it on the card front. It's easier to build that way. I used Foam Adhesive Strips and kind of fed them around the edge of the Window Sheet and card frame. I always stick the protective layer (so the Vellum and Window Sheet) to the frame with Tombow glue.  The sentiment is from Part of My Story, stamped in Lovely Lipstick.

We are using a new linking system for our hop so you can move from blog to blog in your preferred order. I hope you don't leave us just yet and that you find lots of inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shanni xx

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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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