Tuesday, 28 July 2015

CASEing yourself for JAI #272

The Just Add Ink challenge this week is to Just Add Butterflies. Here is my entry for the challenge JAI #272.

For this challenge I have decided to CASE my own work. CASE means to Copy and Share Everything. I'm like a lot of people - I amass heaps of ideas and inspiration and then feel so overwhelmed by everyone else's talent that it inhibits my own creativity. I have tried to create a happy medium - I still take time to browse online but then allow myself time to create and explore my own ideas. We spend a lot of time online looking at ideas, collecting ideas and generally spending time not creating. It is easy to get caught up in "surfing" and loose the creative urge or just plain run out of time. Over the past few months I have tried to spend more time creating and less time looking at things I could be creating. It's great to find inspiration online but, as with life in general, it is better to participate rather than just observe.
My original design.

My new design.

I was really happy with the card that I created for this post using the Pop Out Swing Card fold. In this post you will also find the instructions so that you can make one for yourself. So for this challenge I changed things up slighlty. You don't always have to reinvent the wheel so to speak. I really liked the layout that I originally created so why not use that as my inspiration? Plus silver embossing always add something special! This stamp set from Stampin' Up! is called Floral Wings and you can use your Stampin' Rewards to purchase it. It co-ordinates with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.

While I was on a roll I made 2 other cards in this style for an order. Even though I have stuck to similar colour schemes I think they all have a different look.

I challenge you to CASE yourself. Celebrate the great creations you have made and copy away. Just remember if you CASE someone else it is always polite to give them credit where possible. I'm always flattered if someone CASEs my work. It's a huge compliment to be recognised.Afterall as the saying goes "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Reflection or mirror stamping technique -ESAD Challenge -Part 2

In my last post I explained how to do a technique called Reflection or Mirror Stamping. It is really easy and means that you can reverse or reflect your stamped images. Today I have the second part of that post. I have used the dear from the Made with Love stamp set by Stampin' Up! and stamped his  mirror image to decorate the inside of the card.

This is the outside of the card and it was an entry into last weeks Just Add Ink Challenge. Read my post to learn more about it.

A few weeks ago I saw  this fantastic post by Krista Frattin who is a current member of  the Stampin'  Up! Artisan Design Team. She showed how to use sentiments from stamp sets to create banners. I love the Made with Love stamp set and it has lots of sentiments to use. Perfect!

By using the reflection or mirror stamping technique I was able to have each dear facing inwards.

The string is attached to the back of each dear with strong adhesive and then they have been raised using foam dots.

Leave a tab at the top of each sentiment for easy attachment. I have used double sided tape to attach each banner.

For the banners, fold a piece of designer series paper in half. When you punch it position the fold just inside the punch edge. This will give you a fold to hang over the string.
I think this idea is so cute and can see that now I will have to make a birthday version! 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Reflection or mirror stamping technique ESAD Challenge Part 1

I must admit that I have had reflection or mirror stamping on my "to do" list for many years. I haven't had a great deal of success in the past so have always dismissed it and moved on to another technique. Recently I was asked to teach it at my next class so decided to conquer it!  It is also my turn to set this week's ESAD challenge so I thought I'd see what everyone comes up with using this technique. 

Most people use acetate to stamp the reflection or mirror image but I read somewhere (wish I could remember where!) to use wax paper. You get a crisper image from both outline and solid image stamps and you can use coloured inks as well as black. With acetate I find only outline images and black ink work for me. Wax paper gives you more scope. It still gives a lighter image but it seems more even in colour.

This technique is a great way to get the most out of your stamps. You can use them to easily stamp reflections or mirror images.

Here’s how to do it:

1.      Stamp your image on cardstock.

2.      Re-ink your stamp but this time stamp it on a piece of wax paper. Make sure that you have scrap paper underneath as some of the ink will come through.

3.      Flip the wax paper over and “stamp” it by either lining up underneath (below left) for a reflection or beside (below right) for a mirror image. Rub the wax paper carefully to get a crisp image.

4.      Your images can now be coloured, sponged over or decorated as desired.

5.      Don’t limit yourself to just images – try words and sentiments for a fun look. You can use the same ink colour and stamp off before stamping the reflection or just use a lighter colour ink as I have done below.

I love the effect you get when you use the Layered Letters Alphabet set.
Use Sheltering Tree and the bird from Made with Love to build up a scene.

Make sure to stamp inside the card for added effect.

Come back over then next few days to see part 2 and learn about the surprise in the card that I entered in the Just Add Ink JAI #271 challenge.

To make these cards you will need these stamp sets from Stampin' Up!:
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Little Dear - JAI #271 Challenge

Do you ever feel like making a card but find it hard to think of a design? Challenge sites are a great way to kick start the design process. Just looking at all of the entries can give you great ideas. You don't even have to enter - just use them as a starting point. Just Add Ink is a fantastic site to check each week. They have different types of challenges, including colour and sketch challenges. This week they have a sketch challenge - JAI #271.
I decided to make a baby card using a Stampin' Up! set that I haven't had a chance to use yet called Made with Love. It co-ordinates with Baby's First Framelits.

Sketches can be changed slightly by altering proportions or in this case the shape. I decided to use my new 2" circle punch by punching the main colours that I had used. I was really a bit too lazy to die cut larger circles! I figured that the class participants who will make this in August will appreciate the ease of doing it this way!

Tip: Use Crystal Effects to adhere sequins and sequin trim to your projects.

Inside this card is a great surprise. You'll have to check back in over the next few days to see what it is. It's my turn to set the weekly ESAD challenge tomorrow and the inside is part of that.

To make this card you'll need:
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Friday, 17 July 2015

Flower Patch Pop Up Step Card

Recently I was asked to make an 80th birthday card that stood up and was decorated in Autumn colours. Immediately I thought of the Pop up step card which I featured in this post and this. I love this card fold as it folds flat to fit in a standard C6 envelope but when it stands up it really looks special. What better way to commemorate an 80th birthday?

This special card needed 3 flower stamp sets to complete the bouquet. I used Flower Patch, Floral Wings and Pictogram Punches - all from Stampin' Up!. I thought the Hardwood background stamp was perfect for the basket.

I wanted to make the back of the card special but also leave enough room for the message. To do this I teamed the vine from Floral Wings and some flowers from Pictogram Punches. The flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack makes it so easy to punch flowers quickly. Remember that the flowers are not symmetrical so you need to make sure that you stamp the flower the same way that the punch is orientated.

And of course if there is a camera out my stylist/assistant is always around to help/hinder!

To make this card you will need:
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Sheltering Tree - Spotlight Technique Challenge

This week's ESAD challenge is to use the Spotlight Technique. For this technique you stamp an image or images in a dark colour such as black or grey then stamp part of the same image on a smaller piece of cardstock. When you place the coloured spotlight image over the top it should line up with the base image. Matting the coloured spotlight piece adds nice definition.

Here's my entry for the challenge. It was a lot of fun stamping the scene.

I like how the coloured spotlight enhances the images.
This is a super easy technique that I think is really effective. Here is the scene that I stamped in Basic Grey and Smokey Slate.

Lining up the images on the coloured spotlight piece is easy if you use acetate. I used old washi tape to secure my base piece, then secured acetate over the top. My spotlight piece is lined up exactly where I want to eventually adhere it and also secured.

If you use one piece of tape at the top or your spotlight piece you can flip it so that you can easily clean the acetate after each colour has been stamped.

This Stampin' Up! stamp set is called Sheltering Tree. It is photopolymer so it is extremely easy to line up with the base images. The acetate means that you can stamp the whole image and wipe the ink off later.

Spotlight pieces can be any shape. Try circles, squares, rectangles or tags.

This is what you will need to make this card:
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Sunday, 5 July 2015

2015 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

It's time for another ESAD blog hop featuring products from the 2015-2016 Annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. You have probably just joined me from Liv Ingle's blog. If you have started with me make sure you hop around to see all of the fantastic projects that everyone has made.

I decided that I was going to mainly focus on 3 products for this blog hop - Watercolor Wings stamp set, the Gift Bag Punch Board and Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I love using the Watercolor Wings stamp set. There are so many different colour combinations that you can use. The small butterfly also has a lot of wing combinations as there are 4 images to use. The main project that I have designed is a box of 5 A6 gift cards.

I have used Stampin' Write Markers to pick out details in the DSP in each card base colour. 

For some reason as soon as I saw this stamp set in the catalogue I thought that it would make great flowers - not quite sure why! As soon as I had a chance I started playing around and after a bit of experimentation my "butterflowers" were in bloom. (Probably a bit corny to name them that but now it is stuck in my head!) My original idea was to use the larger butterfly but because of the wing shape they looked wonky. So here is how they turned out. Quite cute I think!

The small gift bag at the centre front was made with a piece of DSP 6" x 10". (Please excuse the use of imperial measurements but the punch board is in inches). The top edge was scored at 1" and folded over before scoring. The rounded petal butterflower in on display here using a different colour scheme. The bags at the back are scored on the medium and large score lines.

Want to make some of your own butterflowers? Just follow the directions below and you'll have butterflowers in no time. From 4 butterflies you will get 2 flowers (one with elongated petals and one with rounded petals) with leaves.

I have chosen 5 main colour combinations for the set as you can see below. Once you start playing around you won't be able to stop putting colours together.

The Gift Bag Punch Board is so versatile. It not only makes bags of different sizes and proportions but it also makes boxes. To make the card gift box just follow the diagram below. Fold up and use adhesive to secure the sides of the box then decorate. Don't throw away the 3 cm strip that you cut off. Use it to make the belly band. I even scored it on the Gift Bag Punch Board. To make sliding it on easy I lined up each score line a bit to the left of the notch.

The belly band looks great with a butterflower attached.

And just at the crucial time up jumps Millie my "assistant" to
"press" my flowers.
Of course I had just gotten them looking just as I wanted them!
Thanks for stopping by. Now hop on over to see what great projects Jackie Noble has made.
Blog Hop participants:
6. Lou Kitzelman - You are here!
 9. Ria Kaire
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