Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fancy Folds - Simple Pocket Card

Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team blog hop. This month we are doing Simple Pocket Cards. Yu have possibly just come from Aude's blog - isn't her project cute?

Here's mine:
I followed the YouTube Tutorial but varied the design again by using a 12"x 12" card base which I simply cut a 6"x 6" square from one corner so that it's a square card with the pocket front.

The base card is Whisper White and it was basically 3 squares that fold together with the front being the pocket as per the tutorial and the cack section being a standard card. I wanted to be able to slip some gift cards in the front and write a bigger message in the back and I also like my cards to have a little weight in them.
It's never too early to start getting Christmas cards together and this year is no exception especially with the beautiful new Holiday Mini! The inside of my card and the note card are both lined with Gold Foil Card Stock and Whisper white is the "canvas" in both instances.

I also feature the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper because it's my favourite and I can't resist gold and silver for the festive season.

I stamped the Little Drummer Boy Silhouette from Musical Season stamp set using Early Espresso ink onWhisper White card and I cut the stamped image out with the matching framelit frontage Musical Instruments Framelit Dies. Both Sentiments are from the Musical Season stamp set and stamped in Early Espresso which contrasts nicely with silver and gold and is not as stark as black.
I embossed the "note tag" with the snowflake Winter Wonder TIEF - it's beautiful but I wanted it slightly off the card. I basically lined it up on the card stock so that it could still fit through the threat of the Big Shot. I embellished with a few rhinestones because it's Christmas and that's what we do - sparkle!
The words were perfect for the "theme" of the card.
The embellishment is a gold foil star from the Foil Snowflakes Embellishment pack. I layered this on top Gold Metallic Thread which is toused at the back and some Gold Mini Sequin Trim. 
I added some contrasting snow flakes in Silver Glimmer Paper and Silver Foil Card Stock which I cut out using the border thinlit from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlit Dies (I just trimmed these up with scissors). You might notice that I added a rhinestone to the centre of two of them. The stamped image is dimensionalised on the top.
So the whole card is really simple and I know I will be making a heap of them as gift cards are the best presents for family and friends further afield.
I hope you got some inspiration from the hop today.  Don't leave us yet though - please check out Miranda's creation this month!
Until next month- get your sparkle on!
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order September

Monica Gale (United Kingdom)
Satori Willard (Japan)
Tanja Kolar (Germany)
Aude Barbara (France)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Miranda Mols-Heidenrath (Netherlands)
Astrid Hoffman (Austria)
France Martin (United States)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Totally Techniques - Stencils

So excited this month to be blog hopping with the Totally Techniques Design Team because it's given me an opportunity to use a new set from the Holiday Mini which will be released to the public in a few days.

You have possibly just dropped by from Nadine Weiner's blog - I love Nadine's work it always inspires me to either acquire a new stamp set, designer series paper or try a different ink colour combination and this month is no different! Gorgeous project! It makes it hard to follow in her footsteps but here is my creation for "stencils":
Surprise, surprise, surprise - square card! The base card is Crumb Cake, mounted with a square of Crushed Curry and then mounted with a further square of Gold Foil Sheet and the stamping canvas is Whisper White card stock.

The stamp set is Painted Harvest and I think it is going to be very popular this holiday season.
I have used a stencil to ink the background with the brick-like pattern by simply applying a Crumb Cake ink pad directly on the stencil and inking in the voids. I then applied Embossing Paste randomly across different areas of the background. The stencil is from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set. I wanted different textures and colours to make the flowers pop.
I stamped the sunflowers using the two step stamping images in the Painted Harvest set. I stamped the base less detailed stamp in So Saffron. I then stamped the detail layer stamp in Crushed Curry and again in Soft Suede (which I stamped off once). The flower centres were stamped first in stamped off Soft Suede and then stamped again in Soft Suede. I also coated the flowers with clear Wink of Stella for a little glitz and glamour. . . and the Gold Metallic Thread tousing at the rear ties in the colours and card.
Because the detail of the stamped image was a little unpronounced I then outlined the petals with a fine tip journalling pen to pop more. I probably didn't follow the lines too precisely as I was intent upon simply avoiding uniformity.
The leaves were stamped in Pear Pizzaz and detail stamped in Old Olive using the two stamps from the Painted Harvest set. I fussy cut both the flowers and the leaves and adhered them to the card base. the bottom left hand flower and leaves are dimensionalised.
The sentiments in this set are very nice and I chose the thankful one as it is more universal and fit the layout best. I stamped in Soft Suede on Whisper White card and simply curled the card and cut the pennant shape in the right hand end.
Here is an angle for you to see the dimension and layers.
This is the interior of the card stamped in the same colours as the front but without the penned details and the Wink of Stella. The inside is lined with a square of Crushed Curry and the Whisper White card.

I hope you have felt inspired, the card and design are simple but the stencilling adds an aspect of interest.
Don't leave us yet - there is still so much to see. Check out Zoe Tant's beautiful creation - I love how Zoe always does something completely different with the technique, she is awesome!

We love sharing with you each month and if you would like to see us feature a particular technique simply comment in the comments section below and we will be sure to share your ideas.

Until next time,
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order August

Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Barbara Mayer (Austria)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Totally Techniques - Die Cut Masking

Its great to be doing another blog hop with the fabulous Totally Techniques team and this month we are highlighting Die Cut Masking. I followed the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers which is very easy.

I hope you enjoyed Marine's gorgeous creation!

This is mine this month:
I wanted to do a word mask and "hope" seems like a good theme for the coming months. . .

So its a square card 6"x6" - the base card is Basic Black, mounted with a square of Pool Party and then a further square of Whisper White card stock.

I used the Large Letters Framelit Dies simply because they are the only alphabet that Stamping' Up! currently carries. . .it's a good thing I like it!
I sponged the background with Soft Sky first then followed with Pool Party ink as I wanted to build the depth of colour. I also stamped along the right hand side with the filigree stamp from Timeless Textures - this is stamped in Pool Party. I also used the "fly poo" stamp from the same set stamped in Old Olive. You will see that in some areas I generation stamped for better effect.
I also fussy cut the flowers from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Papers. I adhered them flat on the card which felt funny given that it is over the masked letters and then coated each flower with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
And added touch of gloss and scattered bling set the whole project off.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't leave us yet as I know Zoe has a terrific project to share!

Until next month, stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Totally Techniques - Cling Wrap

This month's blog hop is small as everyone is preparing to depart on the Stamping' Up! Incentive Trip to Thailand. . . it's busy but exciting at the same time. Welcome!

I hope you enjoyed Nadine's beautiful creation - I am always so inspired by Nadine's projects ~ beautiful and I can't wait to see her swaps on our trip next week!

Cling Wrap technique has proven quite the challenge. I followed Lydia Fielder's YouTube Tutorial and changed out the card stock to Glossy White Card. This is my project:
I have used Magical Mermaid. The base card is Lemon Lime Twist (and of course the card is square). I mounted a square of Bermuda By card and then another square of Dapper Denim card stock before the stamped layer.

In making the background I used Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party re-inkers. I placed drops of the coloured re-inkers on a large piece of cling wrap. Spritzed the cling wrap thoroughly and then placed the square of Glossy White card flat on the cling film. I then scrunched the cling wrap and left it for about 2 hours for the colours to set. It left a marble like finish.
The colour in the mermaid's tail was created using the same cling wrap technique on Shimmery White car - my observation is that the porous card stocks are not suited to this technique because the depth of colour in Stamping' Up! re-inkers is saturated. I didn't want to waste the coloured card because I liked the tones - I used Dapper Denim and Tranquil Tide re-inkers on the Shimmery White card. Once the card had dried I stamped the mermaid's tail in Archival Black Ink and fussy cut the image out.

I stamped the top half of the mermaid on Whisper White card stock and coloured the hair in So Saffron using the Wink of Stella Clear pen and Dapper Denim for the hair band.
I love the shimmer through the hair. I proceeded to fussy cut the mermaid, adhere the tail and then stuck the mermaid on the project with dimensionals.
The seaweed in the back ground is from the Magical Mermaid set, stamped in Archival Black Ink. I also used the fern leaf from Butterfly Basics - this is also stamped in Archival Black Ink. The spray of ink is from the grunge stamp in the Magical Mermaid set stamped in Dapper Denim ~ I was so disappointed when the spots at the top smudged; this is one of the hazards of working with glossy card and water based inks.
How cute is the sentiment? This is from the Magical Mermaid set and is heat embossed with Silver Stamping' Emboss powder. I wanted the sentiment to glisten and disappear almost as if you are looking through water to see it. . . The Glitter Enamel Dots are the finishing embellishment and I chose a number of the green ones matching the colour tones with the marbled back ground. I wanted the suggestion of air bubbles and sunlight popping the undersea world.
I decorated the inside of the card with the seaweed from the Magical Mermaid set to marry in the theme. I stamped in Archival Black Ink and like the sharp contrast with the Whisper White card liner and the Lemon Lime Twist card base.
I hope you have found the background technique inspiring. The trick with the technique is to be patient and allow the inks to dry naturally. Don't leave us yet. . . Check out Patrice's amazing card it's so delicate and pretty ~ she managed to eek out an entirely different background to mine and Nadines. . .

Until next time. . .

Order of Blog Hop June

Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) ~ that's me!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fancy Folds - Flap Fold Cards

Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team blog hop - hope you have gotten your hands on our new Annual Catalogue and started your wish list! Perhaps you have just popped by from Martha's blog - I love this month's fold - so stinking' cute!

This is my Flap Fold Card, I used this tutorial on YouTube:
I love this suite! Birthday Memories remind me of the cards I would receive when growing up. . . that gives my age away right? So my base card is Real Red and I used the standard measurements that I would use for a square 6"x 6" card but folded the top flap down at 2.75" or 7cm and then the balance of the card was simply folded into the centre.

The gorgeous DSP is the new Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and there are so many beautiful patterns and designs to choose from. The sheet that I have used has both the balloons and the colourful lines design so I only had to cut into one sheet! I also fussy cut from the same piece the turtle and the squirrel and the ballon and banner that you see above.
I stamped the sentiment Hip Hip Hooray from the Birthday Delivery set in Memento Black in the banner. The balloon was reinforced on another piece of card stock and dimensionalised to act as the little block for the top flap.
I love this turtle - it has so much personality! It is mounted on a piece of Whisper White card stock with the Stitched Edged Framelits mounted on a square of Real Red card stock cut out with the co-ordinating square from the Layering Squares Framelits which is only marginally smaller than the square used to cut out the base card. I cut the void out once I had adhered the DSP.
I cut the three balloons for the squirrel from another sheet of DSP from the Birthday Memories set - these were surprisingly easy to fussy cut. I adhered these direct to the DSP and luckily you can't see these when the top flap is down but they also suit when the flap is lifted. . .
This is what the whole card looks like opened fully. I cut the DSP to mount with the shading and fading marrying up with the void cut out of the centre. I added the lined piece at the bottom then a rectangle of Pacific Point to divide the pattern a little. The base for the message is Whisper White mounted on a rectangle of Pacific Point.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is Happy Birthday Thinlits cut apart. I think that the font marries in nicely with the balloons and images. My only reservation is in the adhering of the words - I was a little awkward. The sentiment is cut out of Real Red card stock.
As the final tie-in I stamped the fox from the Birthday Delivery set in Memento Black and coloured him in using the Stamping' Water Colour Pencils and a Blender Pen. I hand drew the string with a Journalling Pen to match the colours in the balance of the card.
This was a fun and easy card and I am sure that you have found a lot of inspiration in this month's hop. Don't leave us yet - check out Tanja's amazing creation this month!
Until next month, enjoy your craft and stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop for June

1. Monica Gale (UK) 
2. Martha Inchley (Canada) 
3. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
4. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
5. Aude Barbara (France) 
6. Miranda Mols (Netherlands) 
7. Astrid Hofmann (Austria) 
8. France Martin (USA)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Totally Techniques - Paper Embellishments

This month we are a small group of demos doing the Totally Techniques blog hop and I hope that it is simply because of end of school year in the northern hemisphere and not because of the technique that was chosen? . . .

So this month we are doing make your own paper embellishments. I am sure that you have loved Shelagh's creation - what an amazing embellishment!
I followed the recommended tutorial but I think if I had had more time on my hands I would have chosen to simply make my own embellishment in another manner. I followed the Scrapbook and Cards tutorial but used tissues instead of toilet paper!
I have used the daisy from the new set Daisy Delight as my central stamp for the embellishment. Its a square card of Night of Navy. I mounted both the front and the inside of the card with squares of Whisper White. The DSP is Floral Boutique which is retiring in four days!
I used tissues to mould my daisies then once they were dry I fussy cut them. I added the Daffodil Delight centres with an aqua painters and ink pad and layered the petals up to add interest. I think next time I would choose a less busy flower or image and this interfered with how quickly the tissue dried and how clearly it embossed on the tissue.
I used the Flourish Thinlits and the new Tranquil Tide card stock - this is such a beautiful rich green and goes perfectly with Night of Navy. I added new Gold Faceted Gems to the centres of the daisies for my bling.
I like the fact that the paper flowers are not perfect, that you can see the folds in the petals and the impression isn't quite even. The embellishments are very soft and sit quite delicately on the card front.

The sentiment is from Happy Happenings. I stamped it in Night of Navy ink.

Finally you can see the depth in the embellishment. I think that the card won't travel well in the post so it's an in person card lol!
I hope the blog hop has been inspirational to you and that you want to make your own embellishments.  Don't leave us just yet. . . check out Barbara's creation I love how she has created an entirely different embellishment - gorgeous!
Until next month - stay crafty!
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order