Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Faux metal bohemian butterfly card

The ESAD challenge this week is to use the Faux Metal technique. I taught this technique quite a few years ago now and had forgotten about it. So when I read this week's challenge I thought it was a great opportunity to revisit this technique and use one of the new stamp sets from the 2015 - 2016 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. Watercolor wings is becoming one of my new favourites! Here is my finished product.
I cut some Whisper White cardstock to size (2" wide) and punched with the banner triple punch before applying the Versamark and embossing powder. I figured if it didn't work out how I had it pictured in my head I could always cut around it and use as an embellishment!

This is a really easy technique. If you'd like to give it a try here are the instructions.

 Faux metal
Ink up your stamp with Versamark and set aside for now.
Cut a piece of cardstock a little larger than the desired shape.
Press the whole piece into a Versamark pad. You want the whole piece inked up with Versamark.
Sprinkle the whole piece with the embossing powder (EP) of your choice.
Heat until the EP melts. To prevent burning your fingers with the heat gun, either hold with tweezers or place in a small box lid. Let cool just a minute so you can handle it.
Repeat the Versamark/EP/heating process two more times, so that you have three layers of EP on your piece.
When you have the last layer on there and melted, heat it up one more time until it is very hot, then press your stamp into the hot layers, and leave it there for about 15 seconds. The versamark on the stamp will help it release. Pull the stamp straight up. Trim the piece as desired and use on a project.
 Here is what you need to make my card.
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wedding mini treat bag thinlits meets the TGIF Challenge #tgifc08

Today I am taking on the latest TGIF challenge - Together Forever. I have been asked to make some wedding cards so it seemed the perfect marriage!

I started with Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper as my inspiration. I love how you can colour in parts using Stampin' Write Markers to add pops of colour and to tie in with your colour scheme. The mini treat bag thinlits die and the You're so sweet stamp set from Stampin' Up! added the details.
Silver Metallic thread adds a nice detail. I just coil it and secure on the back.

You can see how I have used the heart from the mini treat bag thinlits set on the front.
(Do this before adhering the bag together.) 

A strip of the heart paper looks great peeping through on the card insert. Watermelon Wonder adds that subtle pop of colour.

You can make this too! Here is what you need.
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Just Add Ink Challenge #267 - Just add topography

Just Add Ink has great challenges each week. Week after week I have been looking at them and thinking of what I could make for each one but not quite getting to the making stage. Well today I actually made something to enter this week's challenge and despite the bad lighting conditions due to bad weather I am really happy with what I have come up with.

The challenge is to ... Just add topography ... to use font or type to create a print. I have been asked to make some cards for eighteenth and twenty-first birthdays and thought this challenge would match beautifully with these occasions. So I went to my 'go to' card fold of the easel fold. Even though it is a fold that has been around for ages I find that people still love getting cards using it. It is so great to be able to stand up your cards - especially if they are for special occasions.

I have used the new stamp set Layered Letters Alphabet by Stampin' Up!. It is such an easy set to line up and use and I think that the crisp images make for a really simple elegant card. Throw in a bit of metallic thread and a button or cord and you are good to go. after I had finished my first card I was so pleased with it that I thought I would copy it for the second.

I really love this colour combination of Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Night of Navy. The gold thread really sets it off. Unfortunately the light was not right today and it is a bit hard to see the detail - the Sunshine Coast is not so sunny!

I am still in love with Mint Macaron and teamed it with Calypso Coral and Backberry Bliss for this 21st card. The dots on the inside are from the Watercolor Wings set. I can see that I will using these little letters a lot.

Here's what you need to make these cards.
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Build a birthday Stepped Tent Fold card 2 ways

It's not so sunny on the Sunshine Coast at the moment so it has been perfect crafting weather. Not so great for photographing my cards though sorry. Even Millie, my trusty feline assistant, wasn't up for a photo shoot today.

Today I couldn't quite get my creative groove on so I started thinking about my 'go to' tricks for kick starting the creative process. Here are a few things you can do if you get stuck:
  1. Copy an old design or card fold - or one you see online.
  2. Use an old card fold and remake it using new stamp sets.
  3. Clear your workspace and just pick one stamp set to use.
  4. Choose a set of Designer Series Paper and use the colours from that.
Today I decided to do nearly all of these things! First I revisited some old card folds that I taught in classes a few years ago and came across this Stepped Tent Fold. It's really easy but quite effective as it stands up nicely to show off your handiwork. I chose the new stamp set from Stampin' Up! called Build a Birthday and then got out the Bohemian DSP also from Stampin' Up!. With the colours from the DSP calling the shots (they are listed on the pack by the way) I folded, stamped and then decided how best to use the paper. I have added candles from the Sprinkles of  Life set which I blinged up by using Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds.

You can see how the cards stands up nicely to show off your handiwork.
With my mojo back, I grabbed my new favourite colour Mint Macaron, teamed it with Blushing Bride and came up with a wedding card. Same card fold, same design just with a few changes.
It's easy to make the cake layers look 3D. Stamp each layer on scraps of Whisper White and cut out leaving about a 1 cm tab on each end. Use a bone folder and your thumb to run along each strip to gently curve. Bend each tab under the layer and place a glue dot on each one. When adhering each layer, allow the layer to keep it's curve. The gorgeous Mint Macaron dotted lace trim was gathered on doubled sided tape on the back of the bottom layer. I used a coordinating Blossom Accent and delicate silver metallic thread to finish it off.
Want to make this great card fold? Here are the instructions for you. 

Here are the supples you need to make these cards. Please contact me using the button at the top of this page if I can help you order anything.
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Thursday, 11 June 2015

The continuing tales of a now not so underachieving Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Well it's been 5 weeks since I dusted off this old blog and got serious with it. It's been a very steep learning curve but it has also been very rewarding. In my first post I talked about unpacking my 'too hard basket' and am pleased to report that although it is a slightly embarrassing turn of phrase it is nearly unpacked!

As I was thinking about writing this post I started reflecting on what I've achieved. I think I have achieved a lot of what I wanted to and more. One of the things that I keep going back to is the idea of enjoying the journey and not only being focused on the end point. So  many times in life we are fixated on that end point that we miss all of the good points along the way. I have really enjoyed creating for a purpose and coming up with original projects.

The internet is a great tool but I guess I am like a lot of people and get bogged down in searching and surfing rather than just making and creating. There are so many great ideas online that you can lose yourself in them. While I certainly haven't given up using the internet (I'd be lost without Pinterest!) I have tried to free my mind by limiting surfing the internet a bit to allow my own creativity to come through. It has been great to free up my mind a bit and give myself some space for the creative process.

Rather than spending hours and hours crafting (or thinking it was only worthwhile if I had that amount of time) I have tried to fit in 1/2 - 1 hour each day. To do this I have had to clean up my craft room and make sure that I have it all organised so that I don't waste time getting ready to craft each time. I can just go into my lovely room and pick up where I left off. Instead of losing myself in the internet I have spent more time losing myself in the creative process. In doing this I am less stressed and feel lighter mentally for want of a better way to describe it. I have less of that little voice nagging me for wasting time and more of that self satisfied feeling.

In the beginning I was hoping that maybe some friends and family would look at my posts and maybe one or two strangers would somehow happen upon it. I've been blown away by the response and also the fact that people have taken the time to not only look at my blog but leave comments and private messages. It is really lovely to have that link with people - even if you have never met. The online crafting community is really great and encouraging and I thank all who have taken the time look and comment.

For those people following along on my journey so far I did end up putting in the application for the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team. I'm sure that there will be so many talented people apply and even though the application call provided the impetus for me to restart the blog, the focus soon shifted off that. I started to regain confidence in my crafting ability and creativity and focus on the pure fun of creating. I would love to have my dream fulfilled and be picked for the design team but I'm sure that more experienced people than myself will get on. Even so I feel that I have done the best that I possibly could and am really pleased with what I have achieved and produced. So we'll wait and see! In the meantime I have more blog hops to participate in, class projects to design and make and maybe some tutorials to finish to sell online. The journey continues ......

Monday, 8 June 2015

Tree Builder Punch - what can't it do?

I really love products that you can use for so many different things. It makes me feel like I am really getting value for money. So when Kelly Kent set the latest ESAD challenge I was really able to make the most of my Tree Builder punch.

The brief is to use a builder punch to create something other than it’s obvious application (ie, the cupcake builder for anything other than a cupcake) and display this on a card, scrap page or 3D item. Stampin' Up! has 5 builder punches but I chose to use the newest one, and my favourite at the moment!

As soon as I read this challenge I knew that the tree trunks had to be antlers and so a reindeer was born.

I've attached the head to a Curvy Keepsake box and used 2 apples trimmed as feet.
Won't these be cute tags for Christmas?
This reindeer is really easy to make. Below are the instructions for you to make one yourself. Don't have the Tree Builder punch yet? Contact me and I can help you order one.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

It's here .... the new 2015 - 2016 Stampin' Up! catalogue

You can now order from the new catalogue. There are lots of great new products and lots of returning favourites. Just let me know if you don't have a catalogue yet and I'll get one to you.

I have used a lot of the new products in my last few posts. If you are coming to my next class have a look here to see what we will be making.
Today (June 2nd) is catalogue transition day. So you can order from the new catalogue as well as the retiring catalogue and the occasions catalogue (which both finish today.)

Check out the new In-colours. I think you'll love them.

If I can help you with ordering, just fill out the contact form on the right. Pop back regularly to see the latest projects I have made from the new catalogue.
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