Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fancy Folds - Wiper Card

Happy October Folks - it's so great to be doing another blog hop with the international Fancy Folds Design Team, you probably just popped by from Martha's blog - I love her project. Martha is always so clever!

This is my card this month:
I followed the YouTube Tutorial by Beate Johns which was so easy to follow but I changed out the dimensions ever so slightly to make the card with a full piece of A4 card stock - the dimensions ended up being 10.5cm x 29.8cm. I scored each piece of card at 4.5cm and 9cm. And the wiper card is 4.5cm x 9cm as well, scored at 4.5cm and also diagonally.

The base card is Soft Suede and I mounted the front and the back with a rectangle of Early Espresso, then a rectangle of Old Olive and then the Whisper White canvas for stamping.
I stamped the sunflowers from Painted Harvest in Crushed Curry and Soft Suede on a separate piece of Whisper White card and fussy cut them out. I stamped the centres of the flowers in Soft Suede, cut them out and dimensionalised them on the flowers.
The stamped leaves are done in Old Olive and second step stamped in Early Espresso then punched out with the Leaf Punch. I also contrasted some other leaves in Old Olive using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits. I drew a border around the edge of the white card with a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker.
The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso on Whisper White and cut out with the Stitched Shape Framelits. I dimensionalised the sentiment off the card base too and to add contrast I added a small piece of Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper behind it. The "netting" behind the flower is a piece of Copper Trim stretched and adhered with glue dots.
To add contrast and interest to the whole card layout, I used another piece of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper to the first panel on the front. I then stamped on a piece of Old Olive using the fern stamp from Painted Harvest in Early Espresso. I daubed the edges with Old Olive to tone the panel in with the balance of the card.
I decorated the panels on the reverse of the card in the opposite order. I wanted to bring more colour and pattern closer to the flower on the white area where you would write.
The sunflower is stamped in the same colours as the front flowers (again they were stamped on a separated piece of card stock then fussy cut). I did the leaves in Early Espresso on Old Olive and punched them out with the Leaf Punch. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso direct on the card.
The wiper element is stamped with the fern stamp from Painted Harvest in Old Olive. I then stamped the bee from Touches of Texture in Early Espresso both on the card base and again on a separate piece of Whisper White, I coloured the bee with Crushed Curry and an Aqua painter, then fussy cut it out and stuck it over the base stamped image. I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the wings.
I wanted the wiper to be an extension of the scene of the flowers so the white card is moiunted on Old Olive and Early Espresso. The Black Rhinestone Jewels are scattered to add interest and a touch of texture to the layout.
I hope you can see the dimension in the wings of the bee from this angle. 
And you can see the dimension in the reverse side of the card too.

I hope that you feel inspired to try this fold because it is really easy and the options and selections of stamp sets and designers series papers at the moment are really well suited especially for the holidays. I know that the other members of the Design Team will have inspired you with their projects too.
Good luck and don't leave us yet because Aude's amazing project is next! I love it and know you will learn a lot about the fold and options.

Thanks for popping by, see you next time!
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop for October
2. Monica Gale (UK) 
3. Satomi Wellard (Japan) 
4. Martha Inchley (Canada) 
5. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
6. Aude Barbara (France) 
7. Miranda Mols-Heidenrath (Netherlands) 
8. Astrid Hofmann (Austria) 
9. France Martin (USA)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Totally Techniques - Black Magic

September is almost over and that means another International Blog Hop with the talented Totally Techniques Design Team. This month's technique is Black Magic and I have to say that I was a bit challenged by this technique.

I hope you love Marine's project as much as I do!

I followed the Splitcoast Stamper Tutorial which seemed pretty straight forward. I will let you be the judge though. This is this month's creation:
A square card . . . for a change. Base card is Basic Black, lined with a square of Berry Burst and then with a square of Whisper White to marry in with the almost black board approach to this project. The stamped canvas is a square of Basic Black.
I heat embossed the Hello stamp from Floral Statements with White Stampin' Emboss powder directly onto the Basic Black card stock and also onto a scrap of the same coloured card. I then applied Craft White Ink to the two flowers using a Blender Pen ~ I heat set the craft ink. This is obviously different from how others will have approached this technique, as they were stamping in Craft White ink.
Following the tutorial I then coloured over the White Craft Ink with a white watercolour pencil, and proceeded to layer the colour on top of the white base - I started with the Real Red pencil and layered over the top with Rich Razzleberry. My goal was to match the brightness of the Berry Burst card stock.
The green leaves are the two green pencils in the Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencil pack - I would like to think that they are close to Old Olive and Always Artichoke but I can't be certain. I then fussy cut the sentiment letters from the scrap paper that I heat embossed at the same time as the original image. The letters are stuck down with mini dimensionals. I needed to make the sentiment pop.
A scattering of pearls to add an element of luxury was the final touch to overcome the starkness of the black background.

I hope that you won't limit this technique to just stamped images given that you can colour in the voids of stamped images with the Craft Ink and a Blender Pen.
Good luck with this technique if you decide to try it!

Don't leave us yet as Zoe's project is next!
See you next month!

Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop - September 2017
Pattrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Marine Wiplier (France)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Barbara Meyer (Austria)

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