Monday, 21 May 2018

Petal Passion & Stampin Blends Quad of Cards...

Wanted to share something bright with you today ... as the weather in the UK is beautiful this Sunday as I write this. 

The sun in is out with just a bit of a breeze... and I have just come back from a walk in the beautiful countryside where I live... so thought I would write Mondays blog post before I start on the more mundane Sunday roast dinner duty... 
Also just realised that I hadn't shared this card made back in January at our Quarterly Training event... a really lovely & stunning but simple card by Julie... 

These Petal Passion papers just scream out for colouring... even though I do like them just black and white too....
Stampin Blends were used on this card... which aren't available today.. but they will be in 10 days time... in the initially released colours (aka "old")... and lots more!!! (aka "new")

So I will be starting 2 Stampin Blends Clubs... spread over 3 months... one for the new... and one for the old... click here to contact me to register interest... no obligation at this time whatsoever...
Yup... still love this card... and rather proud of my colouring on it too!!
And here are the links to the other 3 cards in the quad on display! Just press on the individual card photo to go to the post and more details...

And gosh... as I searched for these... I have just realised how much "mileage" I have got out of my Petal Passion papers... so many cards and projects made with them.... 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Mixed Drinks Bubble Over... The Lager card...

So I was asked for a Lager Beer based card for a late teen... so a quick re-make of this card here... brightened it all up for a younger audience... and made a happy requester...
Bear in mind Mixed Drinks (for the glasses) is very sadly retiring... so is only available while stocks last - or till 31st May latest...
Mixed Drinks Photopolymer Stamp Set
Also bear in mind that Bubble Over does carryover to the new 2018-19 Annual Catalogue... but not with the bundled 10% discount for the stamps and dies that you can get now... but only till 31st May...
Bubble Over Photopolymer Bundle
And an interesting twist for the lager colour... I tried quite a few of the colours and they were all too yellow - or too brown... but Crushed Curry with Sahara Sand overstamped did the trick!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Share What You Love Impossible Card daisies in a field...

Another of these cards...

But using the NEW Share What You Love papers... but in a different colourway to the original today!
This pattern is usually on a yellow background... but I quickly sponged with Mint Macaron ink ... and here you have a lot of daisies in the field... or rather in the grass around the house... in this case

But do remember to wipe your sponged paper with tissue paper... to remove the wet ink off those pearly flowers which are resisting the ink... or you (and the recipient) will have inky fingers!
And talking of the Share What You Love papers... remember to contact me here to register your interest or request more details for my Share What You Love paper, card & embellishment kit coming in June... 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Fiftieth Birthday Conservatory card...

So an up-graded card to last week's Greenhouse card (for which the Tutorial was posted here) for a fellow demo friend... on her special birthday...
I added a bit more furniture... a couple of chairs using the Seasonal Layers dies & the Wood Textures papers... and a Big On Birthdays greeting on the table top...

And a tip... I had to give my chairs legs so that they were the right height! Easy to create from the left over bits from the tables... about 2 cm/3/4" in height...
And then I added the sentiments for the 50th special birthday... from Milestone Moments (Retiring!!)... on both the front of the windows and the flower pots... though you will have to look closely at the flowerpots to see it!
But that is where I came unstuck... as OMG.... I was a whole year early!!! Oh my... what am I like... Luckily she loved it.... and reckons it is even better in the flesh than these photos portray... 

And more importantly in the circumstances... it has thoroughly amused both of us... though I get the feeling that I will NEVER EVER live it down!!! 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

3D Thursday - Share What You Love Mini Basket

A remake of a classic... but I couldn't resist making a basket with my favourite pearly flower being able to take centre stage... just fussy cut from a sheet of the Share What You Love papers...

Click here for the Mini Basket Tutorial...
And a  few reminders for you...

(1) The fabulous Basket Weave embossing folder used is available to order come 1st June when the new catalogue is released...

(2) These gorgeous papers are available now in the I Want It All bundle... either by order or as part of a Demo Starter Kit... Click here for more details...
(3) These papers are available to order as a pack on their own come 1st June when the new catalogue is released...

(4) I am putting a June Share What You Love Kit in the Mail together - to include papers and co-ordinating card, ribbon and embellishments... some prepped card kits and and a tutorial or two... Live in the UK? Please just email me by clicking here to register interest (no obligation at this stage whatsoever)
And finally

(5) The new 2018-19 Catalogues have arrived in the house! Live in the UK? Not got a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator? Please contact me here to request your own copy...

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Waterfront Wednesday... Tall Trees

Oh look what I found... one of the first Waterfront cards I made... but one I wasn't 100% happy with... so one that resulted in another 2 quick makes at the time...

It was all a bit too ...well... green!!
So extended/double stamped trees to add height... with marker thumped trees... ie trees inked up in Tranquil Tide.. stamped off a couple of times... then Tranquil Tide added randomly using the marker pen to form the texture/leaves... not forgetting the trunks in Early Espresso... using the marker direct onto the stamp...

Though now ... happy dance... I would be able to ink up the trees initially in Mint Macaron as it is returning!
Then Tranquil Tide "single line" land mass ( x 2 without re-inking in between) and stamped off Pool Party sky (x3) with Pool Party "sprinkles/blobs" added at the top too...

So the "extended trees concept" was quickly re-used... and became the Delphinium card... click here for more details on that one...
And this was the second re-make... making it even simpler... with paler sky... neutral land mass... and the trees at the designed height...

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Impossible - New Home - Card with TUTORIAL...

This is a card theme we don't get to make often...  and the Welcome Home dies seemed perfect for the job I had in mind... along with the greetings in the co-ordinating Home Life stamps .. available as a bundle with 10% off here too... but only till 31st May...
So I was plotting a simple pop up card or something... and then the latest craze of The Impossible Card caught my eye... and it just had to be done...

The Impossible Card is a card originally designed by Claire and appearing first here on her iheartmaggie site... her inspiration for the card fold was a magic playing card trick (known as Hypercard ) ... and I have to add that this card fold is a truly inspired and very clever twist of the card Claire!!!

Claire then made and shared a video here on the Trimcraft You Tube site/blog... which is short enough for (even) me to watch!! Though blink and you will miss the key moment!! And now there are probably 30 or so videos to choose from... but not a lot in writing...
So seeing as it is Tuesday... a Tuesday Tutorial for you... Note that I have used a Foil Frenzy paper that is different on both sides for the tutorial pictures... makes the trick a bit more obvious!

But before I start... you can also see a Garden Shed version posted previously here...

1.       Cut an A6 card sized panel ie 14.8 x 10.5cm (US Letter 5 ½” x 4 ¼”)

2.       PORTRAIT. Line up at 5.25cm (US 2”)
3.       Score from 4 to 10.8cm (US 1 ½” to 4”)
4.       LANDSCAPE. Line up at 7.4cm (US 2 ¾”)
5.       Cut from score-line (ie 5,25cm or US 2) up to 0
6.       Turn the piece of card 180degrees (so that your cut line is now at the bottom)

7.       LANDSCAPE. Line up at 4cm.(US 1 ½”)
8.       Cut from score-line (ie 5,25cm or US 2) up to 0
9.       LANDSCAPE. Line up at 10.8cm (US 4”)
10.   Cut from score-line (ie 5,25cm or US 2) up to 0
So you end up with this...  
11.   With central cut line to bottom/front…hold the top/back left hand cut/sections in your left hand
12.   Flip the right hand “back to front L shape” back on itself on the central fold… so that the top/back narrower section ends up at the front/bottom... and upside down!
13.   Bone Fold centre scoreline at the right hand side (ie above the cut-out/notch section)
14.   Pull left hand side of central scoreline/section up and fold to front/bottom (ie back on itself) & Bone Fold

15.   Cut your “grass” papers to size… 7 x 10cm (x2) (US 2½” x 4” - x 2)
16.   PORTRAIT lined up at 3.5cm. Cut 5.25cm to 0 (US line up at 1 ¼”.Cut 2 ⅛” to 0)
17.   LANDSCAPE (with cut to left hand side) lined up at 5.25cm. Cut 3.5cm to 0. (US line up 2”.Cut 1 ¼” to 0)
18.   Repeat for 2nd piece of paper
And an admittance… the 2 panels should really be cut slightly differently… but I decided that life was too short!! So both of mine are the same…and lined up to best compromise!

19.   Decorate as required. I wanted a clean and simple style… kind of the "less is more" aspect of the hygge style... so just added a wooden die cut house and heart… and a couple of greetings… Job done...

Stampin Up Products Used
Papers - Naturally EclecticWood Textures
Stamps - 
Home Life, Beautiful Bouquet
Dies – Welcome Home
Sweet & Sassy
Card & Ink - A4 Mint Macaron card, Memento Ink, Mint Macaron Ink

Monday, 14 May 2018

Pinks Petal Passion Pop out Swing card

Another version of the wee little A7 Pop Out Swing card for which the Tutorial was shared here...
So just more colour added to the Petal Passion papers & extra Lots of Happy flowers...

And here you have the coloured and uncoloured versions side by side... which do you prefer?

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Happy Mothers Day in the USA

So although ours is long gone... it is Mothers Day in the US today... and in a few other countries too... so a perfect opportunity to share this card that I made a while ago... and to wish everyone a lovely Mothers Day - or just a lovely Sunday... wherever you may be...

So another Double Pop Out Swing Card... for which you will find other versions and the Tutorial here...
Note that this was the first prototype card I made to test the new card fold I had designed... and that I just used the Everyday Label punch to create the apertures on this one...

I then quickly brought out the Lots of Labels dies for the follow up cards... as getting the apertures central and straight was a bit hit and miss with just the punch! Shame!
Stampin Up Products used
Petal Passion papers
Labels to Love stamps
Thoughtful Banners stamps
Brushwork Alphabet stamps
Everyday Label Punch
Lots of Labels dies (not used on this sample... but makes the card easier!)

Friday, 11 May 2018

Fancy Fold Friday - The Greenhouse Card Tutorial

Otherwise known as the Conservatory card... OR the New Extension card!! And great for a New Home card too...

Well this one proved very popular when I shared it here last weekend... so... by popular request... here is the Tutorial as promised...

Craft Spa Recipe
Thick Whisper White 20 cm x 10 3/8" (7 7/8" x 10 3/8")
Window Sheet 20 cm x 6" (7 7/8" x 6") NOTE - this works best if slightly shy of 6" H
Sahara Sand 14cm x 1 1/2" (5 1/2" x 1 1/2")
Embossing Paste & Soft Suede ink refill
(D) Thick Whisper White 7.4cm x 21 cm (x3) for the windows
(St) Thick Whisper White 6 x 18cm for the 3D'd hanging baskets & plant-pots
where (D) is for die-cutting and (St) is for stamping

Stampin Up Products used
Hearth & Home dies
Hanging Garden stamps
Bookcase Builder stamps
Barn Door stamps

Pattern Party Masks
Embossing Paste & Palette Knives
Wood Textures papers
Window Sheets
A4 Thick Whisper White card
Inks - 
Memento Black ink; Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
And Stampin Blends or Many Marvellous Markers for colouring

Craft Spa Tutorial

1.       Mix a few Soft Suede ink drops with the Embossing Paste
2.       Mask & apply the embossing paste to form the bricks
3.       Remove the mask (and quickly clean everything up!)
4.       Leave to dry (I reckoned they were touch dry after 30-40 minutes or so –maybe sooner)

5.       Score large Whisper White panel LANDSCAPE (long side across top) at 1 ½”, 2 ¾”, 4” & 10”
6.       Turn scored card over (so mountain fold to top) and lay down PORTRAIT (short side across top) with the thin/1cm score line to the top
7.       Ink up & stamp the 3 hanging baskets (Memento Black) down from the top score line
TIP: mark along top score line at 7, 10 & 16cm if you want to stamp the baskets equidistant (1 ½”, 3 15/16” & 8 7/8”)… though I have my stamps all lined up on my Stamparatus tool so that it is a quick job for my ladies in class

8.       Optional –for 3D baskets…  Ink up and Memento stamp the 3 hanging baskets again on scrap Thick Whisper White & colour as necessary with Stampin Blends – and fussy cut!! Does look really nice…
9.       OPTIONAL : for 3D pots on the table… Ink up and stamp Cajun Craze pots and Old Olive/Always Artichoke grasses… and fussy cut!

10.   Ink up & stamp Early Espresso Barn Door on a piece of Wood Textures paper
11.   Cut Table as shown below

12.   Die cut 6 Thick Whisper White windows
13.   Make up a door (Quick pictures for you here… but click here for the full door tutorial)
And sorry - I do not know why they have turned on their sides!! But it is the same pic after all...

14.   Make up 2 windows (Again pictures here…but click here for more step by step  - though note that I used a double joining “slat” for this one)

15.   Trim the brick wall piece to 7 cm (2 ¾”)wide (x2)

16.   Grab all your decorative parts… and lets make the card!!

17.   Bone Fold main card -  Bottom Front= Valley, then Peak, then Valley and last one/thin Top Front section = Peak
18.   Pencil mark centre of Bottom Front section 3 cm (1 ¼”) down… and then at 7 and 13cm (2 ¾” & 5 1/8”) across at 3 cm (1 ¼”) down. Cut out notch

19.   Apply Tear & Tape adhesive to back of Top Front/narrow section  & back of Bottom Front ( ie at the top edge to either side of the notch)
20.   Stick in the acetate to top and bottom ( I didn’t but… you may find you need to trim a sliver off the height to get it all to lay flat… depends on your prepping/scoring… )
21. Finish internal decoration... there are also the terracotta pots on the table... but these are missing from this shot as I have made another as a surprise for someone... and they would give the game away...
22.   Stick brick panels to the Bottom Front sides
23.   Stick in windows to left and right hand side
(a)the tops line up with the top of the card and the bottoms just cover the bricks….. AND
(b) the outside edge of the window moulding (top and bottom) is lined up to the outside edge of the card…so you can see the acetate to the side of the main part of the window… you can trim this if you like…I didn’t bother… keeps the card stronger that way
24.   Stick in door so that it covers the windows very slightly to left & right (well that’s the plan!!)
And the eagle eyed will have noticed a slight addition to the internal decoration in this tutorial... but more on that another day... again a surprise...