Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fancy Folds ~ Peek-a-Boo Flap Cards

Welcome back peeps!

I am sure that you enjoyed Martha's project ~ she is such a creative person.  Here is my creation for this month's hop:
I followed Frenchie's easy to understand YouTube video. My card is a square 6"x 6" card in Night of Navy, incorporating the Floral Boutique DSP and You've Got This stamp set.
The base card is lined with a square of Silver Glimmer Paper, then mounted with a square of the Floral Boutique DSP. I love the different tones of Night of Navy on the DSP. The front Flap is stamped with the filigree image from Timeless Textures in Night of Navy along each side. The oval void was cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits, again with the Silver Glimmer Paper feature.
I stamped the flower image from You've Got This in Night of Navy on Whisper White. I coloured the flowers with a blender pen and Night of Navy ink. I then fussy cut the flowers and highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella. I thought that by layering the flower on the front and then two others inside the flap feature added interest to the card.
They possibly don't look as effective inside but I like to the idea of an odd number of flowers to balance the layout. 
 Inside I stamped the single image of the flower without colouring it.
The sentiment is from Hello You Thinlits, cut out in Whisper White for simplicity. I hope that you have gotten some inspiration from my card and encourage you to pop by our next design team member.

Make sure that you check out Tanja's incredible card she is just so amazing!

Until next time, may your glitter sparkle,
Shanni xx

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Totally Techniques - Baby Wipe Technique

Welcome to another Totally Techniques Design Team Hop - this month our technique is the Baby Wipe technique. I really enjoyed this technique as it gave me an excuse to get a bit messy! Of course we are referring to the way that you ink up a stamp and you use baby wipes as your ink pad and Classic Stamping' Up! Re-Inkers as the ink. . .

Marine's creation was so beautiful! I hope that you are finding inspiration from everyone's projects. . .
There's a great, easy to follow tutorial from Sandi McIver on YouTube that's so neat to follow if you haven't worked out what we are all doing.

Here's my creation this month:
It's a square card! Yay! Just for something a little different right? My base card is Crumb Cake, mounted with a square of Watermelon Wonder and then mounted with a square of the new Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. I chose the "sprinkles" one because the others were either too busy or too plain for my purposes. The colours all blended in with my baby wipe colour palette.

I took my inspiration from the cupcakes at my youngest daughter's 10th birthday party last week. . .
I was thinking about how I could use a combination of colours without it looking like a technicolour explosion. Of course it's important to use solid stamp images to show off the baby wipe technique well so we have all been sweating on themes and images these past couple of weeks.
I stamped on Whisper White card stock using the following re-inkers on my baby wipes: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron. The ice cream stamp I used is from Cool Treats which is a two step stamping set. Once I had stamped the ice cream with the baby wipes palette, I stamped the detail using Watermelon Wonder stamped off once so that it was a little more delicate over all the colours.
The cones are Sahara Sand with detail in Crumb Cake to marry in with the DSP and base card. I cut both the ice creams and the cones out with the Frozen Treats Framelit Dies. I love that the framelits cut inside the stamped image because I could manipulate the final image to make sure that the darker areas of the stamping were captured. I then coated the whole ice cream area with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (and the precision glue). Finally I added some Sprinkles Embellishments to each of the ice creams.
The next feature is the layering - I cut two lots of the stars and squiggles in Watermelon Wonder using the Star Blast Edgelit Dies in the Occasions Mini. I love these cut outs as they lend themselves to so many occasions and projects (not just cards). I wanted the stars to pop a little more so I highlighted them with Wink of Stella clear. 

I layered one set of the exploding stars at the back flush to the DSP, next I incorporated a Delicate White Doily, then on top of that (dimensionalised) I added another set of the exploding stars. . . I detached the smaller spirally stars from the main cut out and stuck them at various angles to seem like an explosion of happiness. I used the squiggles from the set in a similar fashion and stuck the negatives of the stars to the background too.
You can get a feel for the layering with this side view. I added the three ice cream cones with dimensionals as well as I wanted them to jump off the explosion for more fun. Plan to use this card as a congratulations recognition for one of my team members in the coming weeks.
To add some colour contrast and to tie all the colours together I cut a strip of the sprinkles DSP and used the reverse side which is what is set behind the ice cream cones and forms the mount for the Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon. The contrast in the ribbon and the DSP add texture and interest to what is a very busy layout. You will see that I also added extra Sprinkles Embellishments to the background.
The sentiment is from a number of sets - Cool Treats for the "you're" and "sweet" and the "awesome" comes from Marquee Messages which is a brilliant set. I wanted the card to send the message that the recipient is sweet and awesome all at the same time! I thought by stamping them in different colours that could have greater impact ~ I am referring to this as double stamping sentiments, and I plan to use it a bit more in future because we have so many great greetings but we all tend to use the same old ones again and again. . .

The words are stamped in Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach on Whisper White card stock. I simply cut the card to size and used the Banner Triple punch to do each side. The square oval shape behind is from the Star Blast Edgelit Dies (I just cut it in halves and stuck it to the back of the banner. The whole thing is dimensionalised off the card surface.
This gives you a little perspective on the five layers on the card. It has a felling of luxury and weight to it which I like in my cards.
I decorated the inside with an ice cream cone as I did an extra to be able to choose which one I wanted on the front. I didn't use Dazzling Diamonds here as I thought it looked great in the plain colours. The cone is a little textured by the Frozen Treats framelit.
I hope that you have taken some inspiration from my card. It was fun to play with colour combinations and to enjoy the whimsy of glitter and bling. I highly recommend the technique and think that with the right stamp images it can lend itself to many projects: cards, scrap booking and off the page projects.

I can't wait for you to see Nadine's amazing creation - she is so talented and such an incredible demonstrator and mentor to her team!
Until next time my friends, happy crafting!

Shanni xx

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fancy Folds - Simple Box Card

Happy 2017 Peeps! Welcome back to other Fancy Folds International Design Team blog hop. . . we are so excited to have new team members and incredibly different projects for the new year. Wasn't Martha's project incredible?! She is such a talented stamper!

This is my Simple Box Card for this month:
I followed Valita's YouTube Tutorial which is so easy to follow and adopted the exact dimensions. The base card is Peekaboo Peach which I have mounted with a rectangle of Cupcakes & Carousels DSP from the paper stack in the Occasions Mini Catalogue.

I wanted to have a card that was a little bit whimsical and fun and the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP stack offers so many alternatives.  I heat embossed the bokeh spots from the Dragonfly Dreams set in Copper Stamping' Emboss powder. I wanted the background to be like a party with dappled light and dragonflies around the bunting. . .
The dragon flies from the Dragonfly Dreams set is a two step stamped image. I rock and rolled the wings with Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink on Very Vanilla card stock then stamped over with the dragonfly detail with Tuxedo Black Memento ink then I stamped the body in Bermuda Bay ink only. I coloured over the wings with Clear Wink of Stella then fussy cut the dragonflies. I double dimensionalised the dragonflies for added height and to get more of a contrast between the stamped images and the DSP background.
The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, both the "friend" stamp and the framed outline are from the Awesomely Artistic set. Likewise I stamped the smaller dragonfly from the Awesomely Artistic set in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink again using the rock and roll technique. I daubed the edges with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I then applied Clear Wink of Stella over the colours.
Rather than a belly band I preferred the Gold Binder Clips which added a touch of bling and the ribbon ties the colour themes together. Inside I included some gift tags which also could be used as bookmarks. The Peekaboo Peach Taffeta ribbon is the perfect textural contrast for the project.
The base liner is Very Vanilla and I did't stick it into the base as it would make it too hard to write your message without it being removable. I punched the top of the base card with the 1/8" handheld circle punch so that it can be removed with ease. The bottom of the base card includes a 1" length of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP to tie in with the theme.
I thought that the four tags were versatile and added to the overall theme. The top corners of the tags were rounded with the Project Life Corner Rounder. The Peekaboo Peach Taffeta ribbon is secured through the hole in the top of the tag with Copper Metallic Thread looped around the ribbon 5-6 times and tied off.
I thought that the carrying through of the "friend" sentiment tied the project together.
I hope that you have taken some inspiration from my project today. It is a very simple but high impact fold that I would encourage you to try. Thanks for stopping by!

Don't leave us just yet because Aude's project is a must see and it's her first time hopping with us!

Have lots of creative fun!

Shanni xx

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Totally Techniques - Watercolour Wash

2017 is on our door step and it's going to be an incredible year. I can feel it in my bones. . .

Thanks for hopping by, wasn't Amy's creation incredible. We are so lucky to have such creative members on our Totally Techniques Design Team. . .

So this month's technique is Watercolour Wash backgrounds and here is my card:
I thought it only right to make a card to celebrate the start of 2017 and for something different I made a large rectangle (landscape) card. The base card is Basic Black mounted with a rectangle of Gold Foil Card, then a minutely smaller rectangle of Silver Glimmer Paper and then mounted with Whisper White as my stamping canvas.
 I did my watercolour wash background with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and an aqua painter, followed by the smallest smudges of Smokey Slate wash. I think we often forget that the Memento Ink is waterbased and can be used for water colouring in the same way as out classic ink pads. I also wanted to make the strokes in my background quite clear rather than subtle and blurred ~ my goal was to make it look like movement and reflection. . .
I heat embossed the sparklers from the It's a Celebration set in the holiday mini which is only available for a few more days. I love the Gold Stamping' Emboss for this type of project because it makes the stamped images pop that little more.
The numbers were cut out of Silver Glimmer Paper and Basic Black card stock using the Large Numbers Framelits - I love these framelits and use them for so many projects, they are a must have in my book. I shadow mount the numbers so that they pop more and I have dimensionalised them on this project for added texture and interest.
To add a greater sense of celebration to the card I cut the swirls from Gold Glimmer Paper using the largest swirl from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlest. I wanted the suggestion fireworks and action and thought that these gold elements balanced the card nicely.
The sentiment is from Here's to Cheers and embossed with the Gold Stamping' Emboss on Basic Black card and punched out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I dimensionalised it add some more height to the card on top of the layers.
Final touch was the addition of the stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes accessories, for added bling and of course I heat embossed a sparkler on the inside.
Wishing you a sensational start to the 2017 year, stick around and check out what Nadine has to share - her creations are always breathtaking!
Happy New Year - fill the year with sparkles, bubbles and bling!

Shanni xx

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fancy Folds Twist & Pop Blog Hop

Another month, another hop. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed our Fancy Folds blog hop so far this month. Wasn't Martha's project beautiful?!

Twist and Pop cards are all the craze at the moment. I love them and they are so much easier than they look. This is mine for this month:
For something different I made a square card!! It's a 6"x 6" square card with a heavy Whisper White base mounted with a square of Dapper Denim card stock and the top square is standard Whisper White card stock. The front is quite simple because of all the work on the inside.

The only fancy feature on the front, is the oval cut out using the Layering Oval Framelits - it's a void as opposed to layering on top of the card, it's removing layers down to the card base.  I used a slightly smaller one on the Dapper Denim and then a larger one on the top layer of Whisper White. The sentiment is stamped in Dapper Denim ink on what is the base card.
All of the stamps including the sentiment are from the Blooms & Wishes stamp set which is available in photopolymer only. It is such a versatile set because the images are pixelated (they look textured when you stamp them) and can be stamped generationally for different effects.
The main flower is stamped in Dapper Denim and the smaller daisy-style flowers are stamped in the same ink but stamped-off first (so second generation colour). The centre of the large flower is stamped in Night of Navy to contrast with the blue.

The poinsettia style flowers are stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink and the smaller wattle flowers in stamped-off Tip Top Taupe. The leaves are in Mint Macaron and generationally stamped too. The little whispy bits are stamped in Tip Top Taupe. I highlighted a few areas randomly with Wink of Stella Clear.

I followed MayMay's Twist & Pop instruction video on You tube on how to make my card and merely adjusted it for a square card. I used a piece of A4 Dapper Denim for the feature and the only difference is that the wings are not as long so they adhere to the middle of the mountain valley feature in the centre.
I matted each side of the base card inside with a square of Basic Black card stock so that the Dapper Denim feature would really pop. This side angle shows where the "v" meets.
I also wanted to decorate the inside to feel like a garden but leave enough space for messages and anything else that might need to be included.
I wanted the stamped flowers to carry over on to all aspects of the project but I was mindful of it being overwhelming and this was part of my motivation in selecting the subtle colours that I used. You can see that I used Dapper Denim card for the fancy fold and design feature so that it would tie in with the stamped images and be framed by the black matting on the base card. By keeping both the feature and the mounting fold in the same colour they are more seamless.
I think that the muted stamping doesn't distract from the fold and impact of the feature. I plan to write something about the person that I am gifting this card to on each of the four spaces across this design feature. Here are some close-ups of the featured panels:
Again I used the colours that I had employed on the front of the card with highlights in Wink of Stella.
The sentiment is fairly generic and will fit most occasions. It is also the perfect size to allow more space for writing.
I kind of wanted a water colour feel to the stamps and really like how these stamps stamp when they are stamped off first.
The touches of Wink of Stella work beautifully with the watercolour style stamping. The placement of the stamped images and the touch of bling keep the fancy fold feature as the main focus of the project which is the purpose of the card.
This is the top section of the card. Because some area on the inside of the card is compromised by the fold design I thought that it was a good idea to continue the stamping up to the top as well as across the bottom of the card where it is traditional to write.
Dapper Denim is becoming one of my favourite colours this season and has a classic feel to it. This is the base of the card and has sufficient space for my own message.

I hope that you have found some inspiration from our hope, I certainly enjoyed making the card.

Don't leave us yet, you still need to see French's incredible card - this lady is so creative and clever in how she goes about her projects and business.
Until next time, I hope your life glitters and shines!
Shanni xx

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