Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thinking Outside the Box - Simple Advent Calendars

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Blog Hop! This month we are sharing Simple or Quick Advent Calendars. Enjoy!
The idea behind the Quick and Simple Advent Calendars is that you make just four of them to represent the 4 Sundays of Christmas. I hope you find some inspiration and fun with our creations. You may have just popped by from Barb's amazing blog, if so stick around we have heaps to share. This is my creation:
My photo is not in black and white - these are the colours I have chosen for my project this month. I have made four non-traditional boxes!
So the boxes are made with 12" x 12" Basic Black cardstock. I have stamped in Archival Black Ink and Smokey Slate (in the instances when I have used grey).

Here are the instructions which I have kept simple:

1.  Each project uses a piece of card stock 6" x 12"
I scored the piece landscape at 4" (10.2 cm) and then turned the card stock to portrait and scored at 27/8" (7.4cm) from the left hand side of the card. I folded the scored line up and simply scored three more times at the same measurement.

You leave the little left over bit on the right hand end to adhere the box together.

2.  I snipped out the triangle shapes so that the base of the card would be easier to fold and adhere.
The photo is flipped as it is the "right side" of the project.

3. Next step was cutting the windows. Ideally it would be great if we had some rectangle framelits so that we could simply run a box template like this through the big shot. Instead I used my Paper Trimmer to cut out 4 voids.

I simply cut in from each scoreline 3/8" (1cm). I left a consistent border at the top of the box of just shy of 5/8" (1.5cm) and at the bottom 3/16" (0.5cm).

4. To decorate the voids I cut Vellum Card to fit the space. In total I cut 16 pieces 21/2" x 31/2" (6.4cm x 9cm). I stamped these before I adhered them on the inside of the box over the void.
5. To keep the advent calendar interesting I stamped off to the side on some panels and added contrasting detail in Basic Black card stock.
6. I adhered the Vellum Card using Tombow Multi Purpose Glue. I used the same glue for the cut outs when adhering them to the front of the boxes.
7. Where necessary I trimmed excess overlaps. This is an image of the reverse side of the box before construction. You can see that i have placed tape on the bottom panels.
This is the right side of the project. Note the placement of tape for construction. I also made tags to add to the boxes and used Shimmer Ribbon in Basic Black to add a bite of luxe to the boxes.

The four boxes are decorated differently. I have chosen non-traditional images and framelits but it would look very effective with traditional religious images and framelits. So here are the details of each of the boxes.

The Snowman Box

Snowman is from Seasonal Chums

Materials & Tools

Christmas Lamppost Thinlit Dies

Seasonal Chums
Christmas Happiness
Ready for Christmas
Hearts Come Home

Basic Black Card Stock
Silver Glimmer Paper

Archival Black Ink
Smokey Slate Ink

Rhinestone Jewels
The christmas tree is from Ready for Christmas
The house and sleigh is from Hearts Come Home
The background tree frond is from Christmas Happiness
All of the tags have been made in the same way the only difference is the contrasting stamp on the front.

So the back is Smokey Slate punched with a 21/2" Circle Punch. Silver Metallic Thread has been toused as the next layer and then on top of that is Silver Glimmer Paper punched with the Everyday Label Punch.

The top circle is 2" Whisper White. The rings from Cheers to the Year has been heat embossed in Silver, the greeting from the same set is stamped in Black Archival Ink and the leaves in Smokey Slate.

The Little Drummer Boy Box

The little drummer boy and the background foliage are from the Musical Season stamp set

Materials & Tools

Musical Instruments Framelits Dies

Musical Season

Silver Foil Paper
Basic Black Card Stock

Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon

Black Archival Ink
The French horn is cut using the Musical Instruments Framelits and Silver Foil card
The little drummer Boy is used twice on this box but positioned ever so slightly differently.
 The treble clef has been cut out from Silver Foil.
 This is how the tag sits over the box.
The tag is exactly like the earlier one above, the only difference being the leaf image from Musical Season stamp set, stamped in Smokey Slate.

The Lantern Box
I love the simplicity of the Lantern Builder Framelit Dies, the candle image is from the matching stamp set, Seasonal Lantern

Materials & Tools

Lantern Builder Framelit Dies
Chandelier Thinlit Dies
Detailed Gate Thinlit Die

Seasonal Lanterns
Season to Sparkle

Black Archival Ink
Smokey Slate Ink

Rhinestone Jewels
The beading add on to the chandelier is from the Season to Sparkle stamp set, stamped in Black Archival ink and decorated with rhinestones.
 I added a rhinestone as the flame on the candle, stamped in smokey slate.
 With the tag across the same panel.
The Detailed Gate is busy enough without the need to add a stamped image. I simply added rhinestones to pop the detail.
The tag is the same as the rest, the leaves are from Seasonal Lantern.

The Snow Box
Very little stamping on this box. The snowflake is from Trim Your Stockings Thinlits and the scroll from Swirly Snowflakes Thinlit Dies.

Materials & Tools

Trim Your Stocking Thinlit Dies
Swirly Snowflakes Thinlit Dies

Stare of Light
Cheers to the Year

Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder

Silver Glimmer Paper

Rhinestone Jewels

Black Archival Ink
Smokey SlateInk
 The star dust from Star of Light Stamp set is heat embossed in Silver.
I liked the scroll and the snowflake without any stamping but the rhinestones add a bit of bling!
 Star dust and a snowflake off the edge.
 With the tag in situ.
Tag has the snowflake from Cheers to the Year as the contrast.

So this is what they look like when they are set up with candles in them:
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed the projects.  I have decided that I will use mine as table decorations on Christmas Eve.

Don't leave us just yet. Check out Tanja's amazing creation!

Stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Order of November Blog Hop
1. Shannean Moncrieff Australia
2. Tanja Kolar Germany 
3. Yoshiko Endo Japan
4.Zoe Tant United Kingdom 
5. Annette Elias Netherlands
6. Dena Plummer USA 
7. Sharlene Meyer New Zealand
8. Beate Wacker Austria
9. Aude Barbara France
10. Barb Stewart Canada

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fancy Folds - Double Dutch Fold

Another month and another hop - such a busy time of the year and a lot of us are off to OnStage. I am heading to Auckland to visit with all my favourite people across the ditch. Hope the you have enjoyed the hop so far. . . Satomi's cards are always so beautiful!

Here is my card:
I followed the YouTube video by Beate Johns from Splitcoast Stampers ~ her directions are always so easy to follow.

I made a square card and tried to keep it simple. Base card is Basic Black mounted with Cherry Cobbler and of course Whisper White. The stamp set is Falling Flowers and I have to admit to using this stamp set because I had noticed a lot of cards on social media this week using this set (thanks Patty Bennett).
I did all of the stamping in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and have coloured the flowers using an aqua painter and the following colours: Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry, Berry Blast and Old Olive.
Rather than using the framelits for this set I fussy cut the flowers and leaves as I wanted to do away with the little white edge. I also used the scrolled or filigree stamp from the same set for the gate fold part at the bottom of the card.
You all know that I love texture so I used a section of the gold and white Striped Treat Bags behind the flowers to add a bit of glimmer. I embossed this section of paper bag with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.
To tie in the gold I also added some Gold Metallic Thread. The tousing is in place of DSP because I thought that a background paper was too busy but wanted to blend the whole card layout. I also used Clear Wink of Stella on the large flowers which are coloured with Cherry Cobbler - this changes the colour ever so slightly. Rhinestone Jewels for the centres of the large and small flowers then Glitter Enamel Dots in the light pink tone.
I hope you can see the dimension in the flower element. I used the Layering Ovals thinlits and wanted a greater contrast between the white and red areas so I jumped a size.
The inside of the card is lined with Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. I didn't decorate it simply because I thought it might not marry in smoothly if the bottom part of the gate opened by accident. The weight of the ovals holds the whole card closed.
Hope you got some inspiration from my design. Don't leave us just yet because the incredible Tanja Kolar has a beautiful project to share!
Until next time, stay happy!
Shanni xx

Order of November Blog Hop
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) 
2. Gina Connor (United Kingdom) 
3. Satomi Wellard (Japan)
4. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
5. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
6. Aude Barbara (France) 
7. Miranda Mols (Netherlands) 
8. Astrid Hofmann (Austria) 
9. France Martin (United States)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Totally Techniques - Playing with Paste

I love this month's techniques with the Totally Techniques Design Team. I hope that you are having a crafty time and that all is well in your world.  I always love Nadine's projects and hope you do too.

Because we are showing "Playing with Paste" this month I have included a few of my projects. You know I love texture and you layering so this is the perfect brief for me to have a little fun.

Here is my first project:
A very simple card. The base is Lemon Lime Twist and for a change it is a standard C6 size card. I mounted the base card with a rectangle of Basic Black and stamped on Shimmery White card stock.
The flower from Birthday Blooms is heat embossed in Black Stampin' Emboss and coloured with an aqua painted in Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.
I smeared the area around the flower with Embossing Paste and the diamond shaped spatula. I wanted to add texture and draw attention to the flower.
The paste adds depth to the card which I know sounds funny but I wanted to copy the painting trend of layering gesso, oils and pastes on the background of the card to add a complexity that the simple flower loses without this little extra.

My next project is more Christmas oriented and is a 6" square, Thick Whisper White card stock base, lined with a square of Basic Black and stamped on Whisper White:
Again I am doing something a little different, I used a Foil Snowflake from the Holiday Cattie as my template and spread the Embossing Paste over the snow flake using it as a stencil. 
I then sprinkled the Embossing Paste with Dazzling Diamonds and allowed it to dry. This is the hardest part as you just want to get on with making the card and need to be patient!
The Sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments and stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink. This set has some beautiful sentiments that are heartfelt and beautiful ~ in fact I think its my favourite set this season. Seasonal Lantern is another set which will get a lot of use both over the Holiday Season and beyond especially if you like vintage cards and steam punk style themes.
Here I have used the Lantern Builder Framelit Dies to cut out the black lantern, I lined the lantern with a piece of vellum card stock and stamped the candle on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock. I coloured the candle with Soft Sky, the flame in So Saffron and the area around the candle in So Saffron but a lighter hand. . . I wanted the candle to be subtle. I then added just a touch of Wink of Stella clear to the front of the vellum. The lantern is built using the Foam Adhesive Strips which sit off the cardbase just that little bit more.

My final card that I will share today is using the Embossing Paste in the manner suggested in the catalogue, in conjunction with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks:
This is an easel card, its 6" square Blushing Bride layered with a square of Old Olive and mounted with a square of Whisper White for stamping.
I used the brick wall mask and like to leave the edges a little half hazard. I think that the texture is much more fun when its not uniform.
The sentiment is from Layering Love, stamped in Garden Green on Whisper White. I cut out the oval using the Layering Oval Framelits, I mounted this on a oval cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits in Blushing Bride to pop the sentiment off the page. It is stuck down with dimensionals.
The pine leaves were cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits and Garden Green cardstock. The Old Olive Leaves are punched out using the new Leaf Punch from the Holiday Mini and the larger flowers were cut out with the May Flowers Framelits in Whisper White and daubed with Blushing Bride. The smaller Blushing Bride flowers were cut out using the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits. For the added touch of glam I added Silver Faceted Gems and Rhinestone Jewels.
For the easel aspect I added a pice of Whisper White card as a liner and the additional flowers for the "stopper" wedge.  I love that the texture of the Embossing Paste contrasts with the smoothness of the oval cut sentiments and complements the dimension of the flowers.

Hope that you are feeling inspired and excited to break out the Embossing Paste - its lots of fun and provided you replace the lid tot he jar immediately post use it will give you hours of enjoyment.

So a recap of the different styles of cards:

And don't leave us just yet. . . you are going to love Zoe's gorgeous projects!
Until next time, add some glitter, its the spice of creativity!
Shanni xx

Order of October Blog Hop
Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Barbar Meyer (Austria)