Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fancy Folds - Shadow Box Card

Happy New Year and welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team Blog Hop. It's hard to get my stamping mojo on after a couple of weeks' break, I hope you have had time for crafting or some other relaxing pursuit.  This month we are doing Shadow Box Cards and you have possibly just stopped by from Satomi's incredible blog! Satomi is so incredibly talented.

This is my first project:
I followed the amazing Linda Bauwin's YouTube tutorial for this simple and dramatic card.

I suppose you have already worked out that the card is a 6" x 12" piece of Whisper White card that I cut in halves. I scored the whole sheet first before cutting because I am lazy like that lol. I lined the rear piece of card stock with a rectangle of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (obviously I took into account the scored sides and the fact that this made the back narrower.
I cut out the Scalloped Edge Oval on the front of the card from the Layering Ovals framelits. I then cut a void from a rectangle of Calypso Coral card using a plain edged oval framelit from the same pack. BTW I kept the oval that I cut and plan to use it on a future project! I adhered the Calypso Coral card to the back of the front piece of card so that it framed the cut out area and married in with the DSP in the back of the card.
To accomplish the colouring of the flowers I approached them in a backwards order. I coloured some Whisper White card stock with the Light and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends. Then I stamped the flower images from Perennial Birthday in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. The reason I did this is because the Stampin' Blends tend to compromise the heat embossed images if you colour them after you have stamped and embossed the image. I coloured the leaves (with Dark and Light Old Olive Stampin' Blends) after the heat embossing because the space was more accommodating. I fussy cut the flowers.
I stamped the other leaves and flowers from the Perennial Birthday set in Old Olive and Calypso Coral directly onto the card front. The words "amazing" and "you" have been cut from Calypso Coral and Silver Foil Sheets respectively using the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies from the Sale-a-bration catalogue! I can tell already that these are going to be some of my favourite thinlits.
This is a photograph from above so that you can see the DSP on the back of the card and the positioning of the "you" greeting inside the card. And you can also see quite clearly why it's called a shadow box fold.
Here's a photo from a different angle that gives another perspective on the shadow box aspect.

Because I was conscious that other card folds are called shadow box I also did a project following the incredibly talented Julie Edwards YouTube tutorial. I followed her instructions to the tee!
My base card in this instance was Calypso Coral and I used the same design of the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP and an additional piece which is on the Marina Mist background for the flowers at the front of the card (which I fussy cut).
I stamped the cake from the Cake Soiree stamp set in Smokey Slate on Whisper White, coloured the flowers in Stampin' Blends - Light Pink Pirouette, Light and Dark Calypso Coral, Light Pumpkin Pie and Light and Dark Old Olive.
I then shaded the edges of the cake using an aqua painter and Calypso Coral direct from the ink pad. The Happy Birthday greeting on the top is stamped in Smokey Slate.
Of course I fussy cut the cake out and then I dimensioalised the cake on the DSP background with double dimensionals. The fussy cut DSP is adhered with glue dots to the front of the frame.  Because I thought that the card would be awkward to write onI adhered a square card with the exact dimensions to the rear of the shadow box.
I mounted the card with a square of the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Marina Mist background. I then cut out the word "celebrate" with the Celebrate You Thinlits dies in Silver Foil card.
This gives you some perspective on the card from the front side.
Internal view. Stamped the rose and solid leaf from the Cake Soiree set. The rose is stamped in Smokey Slate, coloured with Light Pink Pirouette and Light Calypso Coral and the leaves are stamped in Old Olive ink.
I hope you have gotten a little inspired to check out the new Occasions Catalogue and perhaps consider investing the requisite spend to earn the fabulous and versatile Sale-a-Bration thinlits for free!

Don't leave us yet because you need to check out the awesomely talented Tanja Kolar who always blows me away with her projects.

Until next time! Stay glittery
Shanni xx

Order of January Blog Hop

1.Gina Connor(UK) 
2.Martha Inchley (Canada) 
3.Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
4.Shannean Moncrieff(Australia) 
5. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
6.Aude Barbara(France) 
7.Miranda Mols(Netherland) 
8. Astrid Hofman(Austria) 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thinking Outside of the Box - Shopping Bags

Hello again! With Christmas just around the corner its all about the gifts, the gift wrapping and the packaging so this month the Thinking Outside the Box Design Team wanted to help you with Gift Bags, Shopping Bags and Totes for your Christmas gifts. . .
You might have just popped in from Barb's blog - isn't her project incredible?! Or you might have started with my blog - thank you!

This is my project:
I have approached this in a really basic and easy to make fashion, simply because if you are like me you might be light on time this Christmas and still want to do things to make your packages pretty.

I have used the following materials:

Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper
Copper Foil Card
Whisper White Card Stock
Soft Suede Ink Pad
Silver Mini Tinsel Trim
Year of Cheer Silver Embellishment
Mini Tassel Assortment (Gold)
Gold Metallic Thread
Silver Faceted Gems
4 brads

These are the tools that I needed:

Paper Trimmer
Simply Scored
Season to Sparkle Stamp Set
Stitched Edge Framelits
1/16" Hand Held Circle Punch
Layering Ovals Framelit Dies
Corner Rounder Punch

I trimmed the selected sheet from the Year of Cheer Specialty DSP pack to be 12"x 9" and cut 1 strip of Copper Foil card at 1"x 12", then cut the foil in halves at 6" (so you have two pieces 1'x 6") these are the features at the top edge of the bag.

This is how the piece is to be scored and trimmed:
Portrait ends scored at 1". Landscape edges scored at 11/2". Placing the paper landscape in the Simply Scored, score at 53/8" and again at 65/8".
This is what the DSP looks like once you have done all your scoring. Know that you can adjust the width of the box to suit what you want to insert into the bag by changing the base measurements (the scores that are in the middle of the case card).
This photo is looking at the reverse side of the DSP with the trimmed edges folded in and the Copper Foil card adhered to the edges of the card and the extra corner's removed.
This is the right side of the DSP showing where I have added Tear and Tape Adhesive. The areas at the left and right ends of the photo are where the Copper Foil is stuck on the reverse.
These are the strips that ultimately become the handles of the bag. The copper Foil is 12"x 7/8" and the DSP is 116/8"x 5/8". I rounded the corners on all 4 pieces and adhered them together.
You construct the bag part of the project first and then adhere and decorate the handles.
I adhered the handles direct to the bag with adhesive, then pierced the handles and the bag with the hand held punch and used a brad to secure the handles even further. I added the Silver Faceted Gems over the top of the brads to marry in with the project.
 Here is a rear view. I actually like how the faceted gems and the DSP complement each other.
This is a view from above so that you can see how neat the bag is inside with no edges to catch on the gift that you might like to place in it. It's the perfect size for a pack of cards, some boxes of embellishments or a box of chocolates. . .
I wanted to add a sentiment so stamped the words from the Season to Sparkle stamp set in Soft Suede ink on Whisper White card and then cut the oval out using the Layering Ovals Framelits. I then mounted the sentiment on a further oval cut from the Copper Foil card using the Stitched Edge Framelits.
I placed the sentiment in the same way that a label would be placed on a real bag. I also added a tassel for a bit more bling. For this I used the Silver Mini Tinsel, a gold tassel from the Mini Tassel Assortment in the Annual Catalogue. I tied them together with some Gold Metallic Thread and threaded on a silver embellishment from the Year of Cheer Embellishments.

I hope you like the finished project and realise how simple it is to make. I would encourage you to try to make one for any gifts you are wanting to give over the Christmas and Holiday period. . .
Don't leave us just yet, you are going to be blown away by Tanja's totally awesome project - this woman is incredible!
Until next month, add some glitter to it ~ it will make you happier!
Shanni xx
Blog Hop Order December
1. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
2. Tanja Kolar (Germany)
3. Yoshiko Endo (Japan)
4. Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
5. Annette Elias (Neterlands)
6. Sharlene Meyer (New Zealand)
7. Aude Barbara (France)
8. Barb Stewart (Canada)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fancy Folds - Corner Fold

Welcome back to another month of blogging with the Fancy Folds DT!  This month we are sharing our take on Corner Fold Cards. Hopefully you have just visited with Satomi and loved her project!

This is my card - the corner fold has been fun:
Guess what? It's a square card!! Base card is Real Red, mounted on the inside with a piece of the gingham DSP from the Quilted Christmas 6"x 6"Designer Series Paper Pack and then with a smaller square of Whisper White.

The front cover is a square of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, mounted with a square of Pool Party card stock then finally a square of Whisper White card.
To pop the front of the card I used the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies to build the boarder around the edge of the Pool Party card stock. Because the card is square and a little wider than the thinlit I adjusted the width by cutting one corner first but not allowing the entire piece of card to go through the Big Shot, then moved the thinlit and came in from the other side. I ended up with two stars about half an inch apart but thought that the card needed a central feature at the top of the front. I also used the Dark Pool Party Blend pen to freehand draw the lines on the bottom half of the card.

The Happy Christmas sentiment comes from the Seasonal Bells set in the annual cattie. I stamped it in Real Red ink on a scrap of Whisper White and fussy cut it out. You will also notice the pool party on the edges of the banner. I coloured this using the Dark and Light Pool Party Blend pens.
The ornaments are two different stamps from Carols of Christmas stamped in Real Red and Pool Party ink. I was trying to tie into the theme of decorating the house as the main stamped image of the woman from Christmas in the Making.
The additional sentiment is from Christmas in the Making and stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The planned recipient for this card loves Christmas and I thought it the perfect time to help her celebrate.
I stamped the woman from Christmas in the Making in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Shimmery White card stock. I coloured the image using the following Stampin' Blends:

Hair - Light Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Crumb Cake
Face - Ivory, Light Pink Pirouette and Light Cherry Cobbler (I also used Ivory for her arms and legs - I tended to blend the colours with the Colour Lifter)
Dress - Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler for collar, bow and shoes, Light and Dark Pink Pirouette for the dress and Light and Dark Pool Party for the dress feature. The holly is done in Dark Cherry Cobbler and Dark Old Olive.

The image was cut out using the largest Oval Stitched Shape Framelits and then mounted on The scalloped edged oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits.
I adhered the mounted image with dimensionals to raise it a little from the other stamped background.

The interior of the card looks like this:
The card feels almost back to front and I think if I did it again this would impact what and how I was stamping but overall I think its a really simple but effective fold and would recommend it as it's quick and simple.

Thanks for popping by - I hope you enjoyed the project.
Don't leave us just yet. I am sure that you are going to love Tanja's card - she always blows me away!
See you next time1
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order for December
1.Gina Connor (UK)
2.Satomi Wellard (Japan)
3.Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
4.Tanja Kolar (Germany)
5Aude Barbara(France)
6.Miranda Mols (Netherlands)
7.Astrid Hofman (Austria)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Totally Techniques - Stampin' Blends

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques DT Blog Hop - this month our feature is Stampin'Blends. I don't know about you crafters but there is nothing more relaxing than colouring in. . . you are able to tune out completely and just relax, so this technique was a blessing to me this month as we are so busy with end of school year, break up parties and concerts, graduations and all things festively oriented. . .

I hope you enjoyed Marine's gorgeous creation - her projects are always so beautiful!

Here is my project this month:
I love the Birthday Blooms set because it's so easy to stamp and colour. I have used the following Stampin' Blends:

Dark Pink Pirouette
Light Pink Pirouette
Light rich Razzleberry
Dark Old Olive
Light Old Olive
Light Smokey Slate

It's a square easel card! Base card is Thick Whisper White card stock mounted on a square of Blushing Bride. On top of the Whisper White I have mounted a square of Blushing Bride which is marginally larger than the square of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper which forms my canvas.
I stamped the flowers from Birthday Blooms on Shimmery White Card Stock in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured the flowers. I like to start with the darker shadowed areas first and then come in with the lighter colour and if need be the colour remover although in this instance I didn't need to. I then fussy cut the flowers as I wanted the card to be a bit celebratory and the added bling of the glitter pops the stamped and coloured images nicely.
I adhered a Delicate White Doily to the glimmer paper and then added the stamped coloured flowers to the top of the doily. I went around the bottom of the adhered images with the Light Smokey Slate Stampin' Blend to give an illusion of shadows.  I drew the Dark Pink Pirouette directly on the glimmer paper using a ruler and the pen. I added a touch of smokey slate to the line as well to marry in with the shadowing beneath the flowers.
I highlighted the stamens of the flowers in Light Rich Razzleberry. I added the Silver Mini Tinsel Trim to marry in with the Rhinestone Jewels and glitter of the glimmer paper.
The easel device of the card is the line of Rhinestone Jewels inside the card. The sentiment is the Stylized Birthday stamp. I stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White card and fussy cut it out. It is adhered with Tombo Multipurpose Glue. I also added Clear Wink of Stella to the voids in the letters in the sentiment in the hope of getting it to blend a little better but I don't think I was successful.
I hope you have taken some inspiration from my card. I love the fact that you can draw on and colour glimmer paper with the Stampin' Blends to work them in with the project.

Don't leave us just yet, we have a few more blogs to go, starting with the amazingly talented Zoe Tant, from the UK! Check out Zoe's beautiful project this month!

See you next time!
Shanni xx

Order of November Blog Hop
Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Marine Wiplier (France)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Barbara Meyer (Austria)
 Annette Elias (Netherlands) and brand new!