Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Avant Garden Palm Trees Scene & Tutorial

Finally finished off a card project I started a while back!  As soon as I came up with the Avant Garden Palm Trees idea as shared here and here... the "daydream" stamp from Designer Tee and a hammock between palm trees beckoned me... but I had to go and create for my booked classes instead... so it went off to the side...

So today I grabbed my Serene Scenery paper stack and got to work. Love that the sky & clouds paper works so well for sea.... and that the dandelions paper works so well for a sunset sky... don't know why I didn't see these until today! But I am off to purchase some more now... makes cardmaking scenes so simple!
Stamped black sentiments both from Designer Tee (yours for free with a £45 order until Friday!) Have to admit that this is my most used Sale A Bration set...and not a T-shirt in sight (yet!)

Palm Trees stamped and given the Touches of Texture treatment as already shared here...

Hammock just a small piece of folded stripey ribbon with Linen Thread stapled along the back so I could attach to the trees (yes a few sewn hand-stitches would have been better... but I was a woman on a mission...and I can't sew!!)
Interestingly the card format I used changed suddenly from my original plan... as I saw this super Centre Box Card by Liza last night and had to make a version of the fold (without the extra box part as not needed on this occasion)... so thanks to Liza for immediately inspiring me to make this.... a super but simple fancy fold.... And it all folds to fit into a Medium Crumb Cake envelope (or a standard C6 envelope would work too)
My measurements are different as from our A4 card...
So this card is 10.5 x 21cm Thick Whisper White.
Scored when LANDSCAPE (long side at top!) at 3.5; 7; 14 and 17.5cm.

Paper Panels are 3x10cm (x4 for Fronts & Sides) and 6.5x10cm for the Back Panel.
Bottom Panel is Thick Whisper White 2.3 x 14cm & DSP 2 x 13.5cm

Enjoy! I did... and I don't think this is the last you will see of this card fold...
And remember...Sale A bration finishes this Friday 31st March... and that both Avant Garden and Designer Tee are stamps you can earn for free with a £45 order... full set pictures here... 
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Beautiful You & Mediterranean Moments

Another Watercolor Pencil masterpiece! Built up from the same Shimmer White sized stamping panel & mat  - and using the Paper Piecing technique for the girl... as explained yesterday...

This Beautiful You girl was stamped... then masked... and then the scene stamped over... all using black Staz On...

And then I had to laugh at myself... as my dislike/inability? of colouring quickly evaporated....

I started off with a wash of grey for the road and sepia for the rest (aka Basic Gray and Early Espresso pencil & water Aqua painted off a plastic sheet again as explained here) And I intended to stop there...
Then I just thought I would add the Old Olive greenery...

Then came the Real Red pencil dot geraniums...

And then I just carried on... bit of sky... pots & lamps... bridges & window frames... drainpipes and fascias... all became more & more defined as I lost myself in the scene... And the moment!!

And here are the two cards together...
Can't wait to show you my next Mediterranean Moment!!! Which I am in the middle of... And I really must finish my Lovely as a Tree series first!!!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Beautiful You - Dancer on Beach...

A card to celebrate mothers everywhere today.... as it is Mother's Day in the UK....

Simple card with a Shimmery White A7 panel (7.4 x 10.5cm)... so you get 8 from an A4 piece of card to maximise your card useage! Pool Party 7.9x11cm mat.
Beautiful You images & greeting stamped in black Staz On...

Skirt, top of hat and umbrella paper pieced using Pool Party papers in the Subtles paper stack ...
Watercolor pencil & Aqua Painter wash of the sea (in Bermuda Bay) and the sky (in Pacific Point). Click here for more explanation of how to do the wash...

Rest of colouring done with watercolor pencils - T-shirt coloured with Bermuda Bay and skin with a light touch of Calypso Coral
Can't believe this is my first use of Beautiful You!! Love it....



Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cool & Tasty Treats ...

Seeing as the Tasty Treats papers are now a Sale A Bration item you can earn for free with a £45+ bundle... I thought I should share the lovely cards we made at our last Quarterly Training... all designed for us by Julie...

These all use the scrummy Tasty Treats Speciality papers and the Cool Treats stamps and Frozen Treats dies bundle... a great fun bundle to use... lots of potential... and at £43 you have almost got the papers for free in one swoop!! Just add a Tombow!! Or the Tasty Treats A4 cardstock pack... or the Tasty Treats Washi Tape
Cool Treats Photopolymer Bundle
Here are some close ups of the 4 cards... 
This last one was actually Julie's swap card...
And here is a Tasty Truck card we made at an earlier training that also uses these papers... Tasty Truck is another Sale A Bration item you can earn for free with a £45 order... 
And here are some SU! designed projects to further tempt you if you like these.... what's not to love?
Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series PaperCool Treats Class
Cool Treats Photopolymer Stamp Set

Friday, 24 March 2017

Watercolor Pencils # 11 - Damp & Stamp Technique Parts 2 & 3

Another card made with the Watercolor Pencils Damp & Stamp Technique (as shared earlier here)... but a little more controlled this time... 

First the background... Pacific Point and White pencils scribbled onto plastic (Stamp A Ma Jig sheet perfect! Clear blocks not...)  Spritzed (or added drop of water from the Aqua painter) and then Aqua painter washed the sky on the Watercolor Paper. Same but with Old Olive pencil for the grass... left to dry...
Then onto the Damp & Stamp technique Part 2... I used the Aquapainter to cover the leafy areas of the stamp with water... then coloured those areas with the Old Olive pencil... then I went back with the Aquapainter and applied the water to the trunk and branch areas... then coloured those areas with the Early Espresso pencil. Then spritzed and then stamped... (Note to self for a remake! Don't add water to those long grass bits in the centre of the trees!!)

And then onto the Damp & Stamp Technique Part 3... using the grass stamp in the In the Meadow set... wet just the bottom of the grass stamp (see image top right).... add Old Olive pencil... Spritz and stamp upside down... perfect grass length!
In the Meadow Clear-Mount Stamp Set




Thursday, 23 March 2017

Angry Bird....

And from the Easter Chick.... was born the Mini Egg Carton Angry Bird! Nice one Andrea....

Though I think some of you may have guessed at this one from the batch spray job photo I shared yesterday....

But a tip if you want to make one yourself... you need a lot of Real Red refill drops in the Spritzer... think we did about 22 drops before we were happy! It was all a bit pink up till then... 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mini Egg Carton... Easter Pig!

Before I start for today... please don't miss the news about the third release of promotional Sale A Bration items... scroll down or click here....

We had such fun with our Mini Egg Cartons in classes last week...

Take a cow... add a class of ladies in a creative mode... and up pops a cute little pig! Amongst other things!!
I adore the pig that Heidi came up with... though I was particularly happy to have the Sprinkles Punch on hand to create that curly tail.... eureka moment!!!
And you will have to wait to see what else we came up with.... but maybe some clues here.... 






Tuesday, 21 March 2017

New Sale A Bration promotional items - Third Release

Second post today... Scroll down or click here for my earlier creative share...

Ooh how exciting! Just popping on to share eight more items just released by Stampin' Up! that you can select for free when you order £45+ Stampin' Up! products during the Sale A Bration promotion which ends 31st March.

These are items in the Annual or Spring Summer catalogues... but please enter the item codes shown below to get them for free... ie not the item codes shown in the catalogues!
Need the full picture of what you can select? Click here for the round up on the first and second release Sale A Bration items

And for those of you new to Stampin' Up! and/or Sale A Bration... this is how the Sale A Bration promotion works...  
Earn Free Product in any (or all) of 3 ways... until 31st March 2017...

SHOP: For every £45 you spend (before shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. Spend £90 get 2 free SAB products... and so on... with no limits...  Choose now from a total of 15 items.

JOIN:- Get an extra TWO STAMP SETS for FREE. Choose the standard £130 product plus 2 more free current stamp sets (could be an extra £93 for free!! Yes...up to £223 product). Pay just £99. Ships for FREE too...

HOST:- Order over £200 or... host a qualifying party with at least £200 in sales... and you'll earn £20 more Host/Stampin' Rewards. You can even use the Host/Stampin Rewards towards a Demonstrator Starter Kit. Example: For a £200 order... earn £40 total Host/Stampin Rewards during Sale A Bration 



Watercolor Pencils #10 - Back to Lovely as A Tree...

Back to the "Trees mini series" within the Watercolor Pencil series! Can't believe I am already on number 10...

Here is another quick & simple little landscape care of Lovely as a Tree and the Watercolor Pencils...
Pacific Point & water wash of the sky... by which I mean... Scribble pencil on a plastic sheet (such as your Stamp A Ma Jig sheet - unfortunately the clear blocks don't work so well...)... add a few drops of water from your Aqua Painter- and mix for a watery wash to subtly colour in that sky area...

Old Olive pencil & Aqua Painter colouring of grass and leaves on the trees...
Real Red dots on the 2 smaller trees to represent apples (Note- no water applied afterwards so as to ensure a "hard" dot...)

3 ticks in the sky for the birds... using the Basic Black pencil
SU! Products Used
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree, Helping Me Grow
Watercolor Pencils & Aqua-painter on Watercolor Paper
Ink - Staz On Black



Monday, 20 March 2017

Mini Egg Carton - Moo on Monday!

Following on from the Easter Chick and the Easter Bunny... I then moved onto a cow!

I can hear some of you asking... why a cow!? Probably something to do with the fact that Milka Chocolate is probably my favourite chocolate - especially those very big bars I used to bring back from many a French ski holiday!!

And when you have seen a "purple cow" skiing (and handing out chocolate... to kids!!! Cough!) around the French Alps during the Easter holidays... then it all becomes a logical choice... though I couldn't go the whole way and actually make my cow purple... maybe next year!
Ano hey...guess what! The cow was the most popular make here for Easter!!! But I forgot to take the photo of the herd!!!

SU! Products Used
Stamps - Playful Pals, Perpetual Birthday Calendar (blobs), Basket Bunch (flower)
Dies - Stitched Shapes, Baker's Box (nostrils, mouth), Playful Pyramid
Circle Punches - 1 3/4", 1/2"
Embellishments -  Subtles Enamel Shapes (So Saffron)