Thursday, 22 June 2017

Lemon Lime Twist & Background Bits

A summery day scene.... featuring the new hostess set Background Bits 
Background Bits Clear-Mount Stamp Set
With 3 of the birds from High Tide... 
High Tide Photopolymer Stamp Set
Sponging & swooshing inks for the "marbled" sky on glossy A4 cardstock again which all my ladies are loving doing! (mixing Soft Sky, Pool Party & Dapper Denim for the sky with Lemon Lime Twist for the ground)

And spot the extra script over the ground area (in Pear Pizzazz) - love this stamp in the Background Bits for adding a bit of texture and interest....
And lots of new projects to photo tomorrow.... been a busy little Amanda!!!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Simply Decorated Tissue Box for Julie...

So when I sent this card to my fellow team member and friend, Julie Wade 2 weeks ago... I was told that I owed her a box of tissues! So never one to shirk from my duties... I had to oblige... and I searched for the largest box that I could find... but I couldn't resist a quick decorative treatment before I handed them over at our Quarterly Training on Monday...

Stamping and punching of the label care of the new Label Me Pretty bundle (with Pretty Label punch) plus the 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches...
Label Me Pretty Clear-Mount Bundle
The top opening made using Lots of Labels dies... which I was so glad I remembered as they were perfect for this job... and for a few others I have planned over the next few weeks...
Lots Of Labels Framelits Dies
And the rest was just cutting and sticking of paper... Measure your top and sides. Take off 1/4" (or 1/2cm aka 5mm) off each of the measurements and cut paper to suit... and then just stick it on... 

So for my record (as I will be making one of these again quite soon!)... My box was 9" Wide by 4 1/2" Deep x 2 3/4" High... so I cut my papers as follows...
- one x 8 3/4" x 4 1/4" for the top
- two x 8 3/4" x 2 1/2" for front & back
- two x 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" for the sides
And... apologies for sharing something made out of retired Floral Boutique papers... but the largest tissue box I could find was blue... so these papers had to be used... as co-ordination is very important to me!!

And now I am trying to find tissue boxes in the new In Colors (or white!) so I can use my lovely co-ordinating Fresh Florals papers (which do of course include these same patterns as in these Night of Navy Floral Boutique papers)

And lastly.... did these get used at training... oh yes! By more than one of us actually.... And are they still... oh yes! I have reason to believe that our lovely 💖Julie 💖may need some more soon....  Who knew when we signed up as demonstrators ... that a bit of stamping and sharing what we love could lead to such emotional highs and joys.... 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Thanks A Latte Coffee Cup for Team Training

I couldn't resist making these little treat holders for my Quarterly Team Training swap yesterday... together they are like a little coffee cup army! Ready for action... and SO cute!

The hardest thing being finding something coffee related to pop in them... but these little Diablo sweets came to the rescue
The little holder box is straightforward... and seeing as it is Tuesday for Tips, Techniques or Tutorials..... 

1. Cut a 2 3/4" x 2 1/4" piece of cardstock
2. Score LANDSCAPE at 3/4" and 2" 
3. Turn 90 degrees 
4. Score PORTRAIT at 3/4" and 1 1/2"
5. Cut up 2 score-lines on 2 wider opposing sides
6. Glue on 4 corner tabs
7. Adhere tabs to outside of wider sides 
8. Adhere a coffee cup to the long sides

And I have made a few extras.... ready to go out as order thank yous this month...
Other Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps - Coffee Cafe (also available as a Bundle)
Dies - Coffee Cups (also available as a Bundle)
Paper - Coffee Break
A4 cardstock Crumb Cake


Monday, 19 June 2017

Coffee Cups anyone?

 
 A quick and simple card showcasing the Coffee Break papers & Coffee Cups dies... with just a little bit of stamping using the Coffee Cafe stamps...

Not quite as much stamping as intended... as my class was set up and I had totally run out of clear blocks... but  this goes to prove that the Coffee Cups dies work with or without the outline stamping... and this way is definitely faster...
Spot the crimped effect on the Life Happens label... so cool... all in the cut and scores of one die!
And I had to laugh at the coffee stained papers... every person in last week's class asked me where the stamps were!!?? So much for giving them papers!!! Though they are right in that the Timeless Textures stamp set does have a great coffee stain stamp....
Timeless Textures Wood-Mount Stamp Set
So a lovely bundle and suite this one! I knew that it would be very popular with some of my coffee-mad friends.... but it has quite surprised me at how much I like it... and I know that I will get a lot of use out of it... but more on that another day!
Coffee Break

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A6 Double Z Joy Fold Card with Tutorial & Happy Anniversary Moya

Happy 2 year Stampin' Up! Anniversary Moya...

Sharing a card I made especially for the lovely Moya in my team who is celebrating her 2 year Anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator today... it is truly a pleasure to know you Moya... and I hope that this card arrived yesterday as planned so I don't spoil the surprise!
So this is a re-sized and re-worked version of the fully opening Large Square Double Z Joy Fold Card for which this tutorial is proving very popular on here at the moment...

But this one is re-sized to to an A6 card so that it fits in a standard C6 sized envelope and it is also adapted to neatly fit one die-cut Large Number on it...
The card introduces the new Berry Burst In Color and the gorgeous co-ordinating  Fresh Florals In Color 12x12 paper stack....  Don't forget to check out my In Color Bundles details here if these colours are of interest...
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack
And a lovely excuse to get my new Crafting Forever stamp set out... and make a stamp and scissors with bright pink handles for Moya! Love them....
Crafting Forever Clear-Mount Stamp Set
And for my American readers... don't fret... another version will follow in due course... but converting this one would not make any sense - as you wouldn't have an envelope to fit it in!
Craft Spa Recipe 
A4 Thick Whisper White 21 x 14.8cm
A4 Berry Burst 16 x 9.8cm
A4 Whisper White Front 5 x 9.3cm; Back 4.7 x 9.3cm
Paper Left Front 4.7 x 14.3cm
Paper Right Back 10 x 14.3cm
Paper Centre 4.7 x 9.3cm

Directions
1. Score Thick Whisper White LANDSCAPE panel at 5.25 & 10cm.
2. Z Bone Fold. Valley for halfway/centre... Peak for quarter-way
3. Score Berry Burst LANDSCAPE panel at 5.25 & 10cm
4. Z Bone Fold. Peak halfway-ish (front) fold... Valley for Quarter-ish (back) fold
5. Adhere papers

Now to sticking the two Z Fold parts. Think about what needs to go where!!! Otherwise you will just stick your whole card together and it won't open after all!! Suggest a dry run with no glue the first time... then it should all become obvious... So...

6. Adhere back section of smaller Z Fold onto back face of main card - 
make sure the left/inside valley fold of the smaller Z section panel is behind your 
front left peak fold of the main card  ie slip the smaller Z in behind the larger left fold as you stick it down/line it all off on the front... 

7. Adhere front part of smaller Z Fold onto main card front (think about where NOT to put your glue!?)

8. Decorate as desired



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Anyone for a Coffee Break at the Craft Spa Cafe?

Coffee with friends what can be better... apart from crafting and coffee with friends!!!

And yes... they loved this new Bench Fold Card.... though I was told off by Karen for not adding a cake!!! Oh these master bakers with a sweet tooth!!
This card will be part of Series TWO of the Bench Fold Cards but click here for the details of Series ONE Tutorial(s) which are available now... 

Products from the wonderful Coffee Break suite... apart from the Wood Textures papers used for the kitchen cabinets... and the cabinet doors and windows care of At Home With You... for which my Class in the Mail details will be released very soon...

My favourite Coffee Break papers.... right up my colour street... the decorative coffee cups, cafetieres and jug all being cut out from these too (images roughly cut from the paper sheet, stuck onto some card and then fussy cut)
Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
Greetings care of Coffee Cafe... available separately ... or as a bundle with the fabulous Coffee Cups dies...
Coffee Café Photopolymer Stamp Set
Coffee Cups Framelits Dies
And World's Best Trophy for the greetings on the blinds... and who can spot why I had got this stamp set out already!!!? Call it an AHA moment!!!
World's Best Trophy Photopolymer Stamp Set

Friday, 16 June 2017

Delightful Daisy Delight Double Z Joy Fold Happy Birthday Card

Time for another Large Square Double Z Joy Fold card using the gorgeous Delightful Daisy papers... Tranquil Tide taking centre-stage this time... I do SO love this new colour...
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
Dressed up with a simple white-embossed and punched Daisy Delight daisy... colouring care of Soft Sky & Tranquil Tide marker pens... with a Daffodil Delight stamped flower centre for a pop of colour... (Note that the Daisy Delight bundle and punch are un-orderable at present - stocks expected back  in the European Stampin Up! warehouse at the beginning of July. Stamp set still available to order)
And a die cut Happy Birthday...which I think may just become my most used die of all time... finished off with a bit of Tranquil Tide sponging for an ombre effect...

Plus a greeting from the co-ordinating Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
Happy Birthday Gorgeous Photopolymer Bundle
Click here for the Card Tutorial...

Thursday, 15 June 2017

You Move Me for some fluttery action....!

Quick post in answer to a question about the You Move Me stamps and dies.... which is difficult to explain in words! So watch the attached video and all will become clear!

Stampin' Up! tell us... 

Ready to make cards like no one has ever seen? This bundle includes the stamp and dies you need to create cards that will really 'move' the recipient. The horizontal slots of the main die piece make the offset stamped images come to life. 
You Move Me Photopolymer Bundle
Lined images are hypnotizingly beautiful as they are. Additionally, you can overlay images cut with the Move Me Thinlits Dies for a fluttering effect. 

Click on the picture below to watch the video and see the magic in action. So fluttery!!
A great & fun bundle for all the butterfly and bird fanciers...



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Text Ya Later... for Exam Congratulations...

Now this is bright!! So bring Your Sunshades!

The new Lemon Lime Twist meets Bermuda Bay with a bit of Smoky Slate to try to calm it down!!!

All set on my Hearth & Home Centre Step Easel card (you know the Centre Step Card that doesn't flop down on the mantelpiece!) ... Click here for the Tutorial...
Nicola asked me to make a Congratulations on Your Exam Results card for her daughter... and we all should need those this year... so hopefully this is a good multi-sex option....

Such fun in a stamp set... so many words to choose from in the Text Ya Later set!!! Can't wait to use it again....
Text Ya Later Photopolymer Stamp Set
Also used Bookcase Builder for "Congratulations"...
Bookcase Builder Photopolymer Stamp Set
And Marquee Messages for " So Proud of You"
Marquee Messages Photopolymer Stamp Set

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

NEW Embossing Paste... and At Home With You...

And so to the last but one of my At Home With You projects... 

I was itching to get the new Embossing Paste into action for some bricks! And to see what the Boxwood Wreath embellishments would add to a project... so it had to be a christmas card...
Kept it simple... as the bricks and the wreath had to take centre stage...

Well the Boxwood Wreaths make dressing your door child's play... I just added a Linen Thread bow and hanger to add rustic charm...
Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments
And I have to say!! I wasn't disappointed... The Embossing Paste is such fun... felt like a bricklayer for half an hour! But I bet they wish bricklaying was as quick!!
So you have a trio of products that make up the whole... which tot up to just £17.25 all in... 

Embossing Paste
Palette Knives
and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks to push it through... Bricks, Clouds, Mandala/Medallion and Diamond shapes! Lots of play factor... 
Pattern Party Decorative Masks
I of course just used the biggest pallete knife... slopped it on... smoothed it down into the holes... this way and that... scraped it off flat... added a bit of paste if I had missed a bit... and repeated the process until I was happy... 

Then left my pasted piece of card to the side to dry.... (which actually ended up as 3 days due to the flu! Though I think an hour or two would do it normally....)

And then it was all ready to add to the front of my card... and wow... it really adds texture and interest! But so simple.... and such fun...

I then went onto play with adding ink to the paste... sponging ink through the template after the paste bricks were dry... and a few other things... but they are for another day! But all worked well... so go on ... just have a play!
And gosh a distant memory has just come flooding back..... we used to make paper bricks!! Soggy newspaper into a metal contraption and apply pressure.... and you ended up with a paper brick to throw onto the fire (once dry!)  Wonder where that contraption has "got filed!"