Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Happy 1st Birthday TGIF Challenges!

The TGIF challenge site is turning 1 this week and to celebrate I've made them a card (as part of their competition). #tgifchallengesdotcom #birthdaygiveaway The prize is one of the new stamp sets from Stampin' Up! - one I have my eye on!

For the challenge I wanted to try a new card fold that I have seen around. I first saw it on a Jan Brown's blog. She calls it a Double Z fold. It folds flat so it can fit into a standard Australian C6 envelope.

It opens up to stand up and show off your design. A bonus is that is super easy to make.

This is a very bright design - I have a soon to be 12 year old in mind who might also like to receive this!

Making it is easy. No measuring or scoring!
  1. Cut a piece of A4 in half lengthwise and fold in half.
  2. Fold the front flap back on itself towards the centre fold. Burnish with a bone folder.
  3. Mat the front flap and inside panels.
  4. Cut a piece 3cm wide of the left over piece of cardstock (it will measure 3 x 29.7 cm). You can use a contrasting piece of cardstock if desired. Fold in the same way that you folded the card base.
  5. The folds are orientated the opposite to that of the card base. See the photo below. The first half of the long unfolded panel is adhered to the card front and the first half folded end is adhered to the card inside. (It all makes more sense once you start cutting and folding.)
  6. Add embellishments to the pop out z fold part.

For this card I have used the Botanical Builder thinlits in different bright shades. I have used 1 cm strips of acetate to give support and height to the larger flowers. The flowers are attached with glue dots as is the acetate to the back of the pop out z.

To make this pop out z a bit fancier I have used the decorative edge in the thinlits set. So that it matched when folded I die cut it folded. Once you have run it through the Big Shot once, you can unfold it, line up the die again with the impression and cut the last bit.

Happy Birthday TGIF. Thanks for all the great challenges you have given us in the last year. Look forward to many more to come.

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Multi-tasking for Mother's Day

It's all happening today!  A day that started with a mild panic turned into a great, creative day. I'm surrounded with mess in my craft room - too much mess to create. Panic lead to a coffee and a list. I had a few challenges I wanted to enter and some cards that I needed to make - how could I do everything? Energised by coffee my solution emerged. I created a huge mound of 'to be sorted' items out of sight and realised that I could make 1 card for 3 challenges and it would also be for my Mother-in-law for Mother's Day.

First things first - here is my card.

This card fits perfectly with this week's challenges at TGIF (#tgifc52) .....

...............and Just Add Ink (JAI #308) - Just Add M. I also now have a card ready to send to my Mother-in-law. My list was soon getting smaller. Of course my eyes remained averted from the mound.

I have also been itching to play with some of the new stamp sets that I was lucky to receive at OnStage last Saturday where we got to see the new catalogue from Stampin' Up!. You'll be able to order from it from June 1st. I think that is what caused my panic this morning - the ever present struggle between what I want to do and what I need to do! Being a grown up is hard sometimes! I have used one of the new stamp sets called Mixed Borders. It is really great and I think you'll love it. There are border strips with a gap for you to stamp your sentiment, of which there are 4 in the set.
Mixed Borders was perfect to use with the Crazy About You stamp set and Rose Garden thinlits so that I could participate in a 3rd challenge - Global Design Project #GDP032 - Case the designer.
Krista Frattin has designed this great card from which I have taken lots of design elements to create my card.
  • The stripes made using Mixed Borders
  • The colour pink
  • The layout with the main element bottom right
  • Bits poking out from the main element and
  • Something shiny.
The inside of the card is really simple and uses elements from the design on the front.

So ........ I was on a roll (who wants to clean up a mound of stuff) so I used those same products and design to create a card for the one-for-one card swap that Kylie Bertucci is running. It's not too late to participate - just remember to add the priority mail stamp so that Kylie receives it my Friday April 29th.

I used my favourite colour combination of Crushed Curry and Night of Navy for a unisex card. Because Mixed Borders is photopolymer it is so easy to line up to make a pattern. The card is for someone I may not know and the theme is Encouragement so I have added 'For being you' from Crazy About You. Mixed Borders also has great little stamps like these brackets. I can see me using them a lot.

Such a super quick card that I hope someone will like to receive. I can't wait to see what lovely card I will receive. This is my card inside but it would also make a nice card front if you were pushed for time.

So 2 cards and 4 purposes. After much back patting and another coffee to boost energy I think I can tackle some of the things I need to do!

Now on to that mound - if I squint it looks smaller. Better get to sorting - squinting causes too many wrinkles!

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