Friday, 21 October 2016

Stampin Up! Centrestage Ticket

Oops... I have a new Fancy Fold Friday Tutorial written and a new card to share today... but need to re-take photos of the card!!! My hands must have been shaking.... so please come back later....

In the meantime... look what arrived in the post today... my invite from Stampin' Up! to the Centrestage Reception at our next Stampin' Up! On Stage UK local event in Telford.

I had to share as I think this Large Ticket concept is fabulous... and it might just get repeated for something special I am plotting soon...
Though it is a good job they were not employing me to tie all those Linen Thread bows!!!! Cough...I am somewhat bow challenged....

Not long to wait now until Telford... just 2 weeks and I will be meeting up with over 400 UK demonstrators and cough... getting the new Spring Summer Catalogue in my hands!!
Really looking forward to it.. can't wait ladies and gents!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Star of Light Z Fold Panel Card & Tutorial

Following on from yesterday's post... here is another simple Star of Light Small Square Z Fold Card with an added extra panel... so I guess that makes it a Z Fold Panel Card....

Just a die cut largest scalloped and plain square from the Layering Squares Framelits dies... a perfect fit...
Finished off with a Triple 3D Star stamped in Whisper White craft ink on Island Indigo card - and then die cut... 

And a very quick Tutorial for you... from A4 card...
(1) Cut a piece of Island Indigo card 10.5 x 21cm  
(2) Place on trimmer LANDSCAPE 
(3) Score at 10.5 and 5.25cm 
(4) Bone Fold Centre Line (10.5cm) as Valley and Front line (5.25cm) as Mountain

And a quick conversion for you guys in the US with the 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.... 
(1) Cut a piece of Island Indigo card 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" 
(2) Place on trimmer LANDSCAPE 
(3) Score at 4 1/4" and 2 1/8" 
(4) Bone Fold Centre Line (4 1/4") as Valley and Front line (2 1/8") as Mountain

Though whether the Panel fits quite so well... Mmm not sure... the panel may look a "smidgeon" short.... If not... you need to go to the exact equivalent to our Metric (centimetres) card... which is a 4 1/8" x 8 1/4" piece of card. Landscape- Score 4 1/8" and 2 1/16".  I would appreciate any feedback on this if you try it out....
Simple but very effective...

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Fancy Frost & Star of Light Z Fold Card

Another card using the gorgeous Fancy Frost embossed speciality papers...

The subtle embossed stars pattern being perfect for this card... and for any one that cannot see it... it is on the back square of the card!
And this is just the second outing of the Star of Light bundle... stunning dies and gorgeous stamps... lots of both! If you like your stars... then this is the one for you.... 

But be warned you had better stock up on Silver Glimmer Paper and Silver Foil too... Teamed with Island Indigo in my Stars collection.... oh and Soft Sky and Smoky Slate too...

And be warned... yes I did say second outing! Which is code for lots more Star cards in my collection to share!! 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Hang your Stockings on the Fireplace CAS Card

Have to admit that this is one of my favourite - and one of the most popular cards we have made this year.... so far...

Simple in style and execution... got to love that! So quick too...
And the back story...

Colour combination care of Heidi who suggested Soft Sky, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake for the colours for her private family cardmaking class with me this month... Thank you Heidi...right up my street!

Fireplace decoration care of a gorgeous Team Quarterly Training swap made by the very lovely Tracy Hill.
Die cut Hearth & Home Crumb Cake window, central thin panes snipped out by hand.  Die cut Crumb Cake mantelpiece too.

Die cut Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper NOEL and bow. And 3 stamped and die-cut small stockings. Smoky Slate stamped greeting. All from Hang Your Stockings which is fast becoming my most used set this year....

Wallpaper simply a piece of Fancy Frost Speciality paper. FABULOUS! And not easily spotted in the catalogue or on display.... all the sheets are white and embossed...what is not to love!

All laid up on a 5 1/2" Square Crumb Cake card blank... the perfect size... And finished off with a gemstone...

Definitely a few of these being made for my friends' christmas card stash this year... Cool Yule!

Monday, 17 October 2016

The Staircase Card Tutorial Part 2 - Decorating Your Stairs & Window...

Back with the sequel... how I decorated the Staircase and Window.... step by step!

But for anyone that has missed it.. click here for Part 1 of the Tutorial... on how to make the Staircase and Card...

First up...  the holly boughs (or swags). I used Holly Berry Happiness
1. Ink up and stamp an Always Artichoke outline image
 2. Ink up and stamp a second Always Artichoke image to the right...with the second overlapping the first
3. And finish with a third...
4. Ink up and stamp the filler image in Garden Green ( x3)
5. Ink up and stamp 3 Cherry Cobbler outline bows

6. Overstamp with Cherry Cobbler filler bow

8. Fussy cut the whole holly bough/swags... takes about 10-15 minutes...and yes definitely fussy! As I said to my ladies... you will love me, hate me and then love me again for this card!!!
9. Add small dabs of glue to top of slats (I have added a dot so you can see where I mean!)
10. Position and stick the holly bough
11. Add the 2 outer bows

12. Add a small piece of Tear n Tape (or Sticky Strip or equivalent) to the centre
13. Add a small length of Bakers Twine (I used Cherry Cobbler from the new Trio pack) to your Christmas Trinket Embellishment and attach to the small Tear n Tape piece

14. Cover with the third bow...

Second up... the window....
1. Place a punched 1/2" Circle onto a 6.3 x 8.3cm panel of Whisper White card (US 2 1/2" x 3 1/4") as a mask. Think about where your tree will stamp (see pt.6) 

TIP- I put a bit of temporary glue on the back of mine to avoid movement. Remember that Tombow Multi Purpose is a great temporary glue when dry (if you have the time and patience for it to dry!!)
 2. Place a ripped post it note to cover/mask the bottom third of the panel
 3. Grab a Sponge Brayer and Dapper Denim ink
4. Brayer your ink over...
Start lightly (to avoid hard edges) as you can always build up and go darker... and darker...
 5. Remove the 1/2" circle mask
 6. Ink up and stamp a Garden Green tree from the Christmas Greetings set. Hopefully you can just get it on your masked moon!
 7. And a couple more...slightly more overlap onto the post it note to make them smaller...
 8. Remove your post it note mask...and reveal your snow...
 9. Die cut a Hearth & Home window.
10. Stamp a  6.3 x 8.3cm Vellum panel (US 2 1/2" x 3 1/4")  with white Staz On snowflakes  from the Greetings From Santa set. 

11. Add a thin bead of glue round your window frame
12. Adhere your vellum

13. Add another thin bead of glue round your window frame (on top of the vellum)

14. Adhere your stamped panel
15. Adhere to your card...
And there you have it... one finished card...

Right I am off to finish a few makes for my next class... and then I hope to make another few staircase cards! My head brimmeth over with other ideas!!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Staircase Card - The Tutorial - Making the Stairs and Card

Now I  know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for this one. So here it is... along with lots of photos to guide you on your way...

Like what I am providing... then please feel free to make a contribution via this link here . Any currency works... I prefer it this way rather than to have to charge for some of these more time consuming tutorials.... And it all goes towards new stamps etc so I can create and (hopefully) further inspire...

But before I share the steps... this is a slightly modified version of this one shared earlier. This is much more to my taste...

Much more subtle wallpaper this time using the Presents & Pinecones papers! (previous one just being masked and stencilled Cherry Cobbler cardstock) 

And the side/back wall papered too.... 

So here we go...

Metric (centimetres) Recipe from A4 card
Thick Whisper White x A4
Thick Whisper White 16.8 x 12.5cm
Paper Back 14.3cm Square
Paper Front Left 7.1 x 14.3cm (x2)  ( NOTE – this is wider than the 6.9cm wide that I would normally cut for this card type as I didn’t want a border to the RHS for neatness purposes through my staircase!)

US Imperial (inches) Recipe from 8 1/2 x 11" card
Thick Whisper White 8 1/2 x 11"
Thick Whisper White 6 1/2" x 5"
Paper Back 5 5/8" Square
Paper Front Left 2 5/8" x 5 5/8" (x2) ( NOTE – this is wider than the 2 1/2" wide that I would normally cut for this card type as I didn’t want a border to the RHS for neatness purposes through my staircase!)

And this is what you want to do....

1. Grab the piece of A4 card. (US 8 1/2" x 11")

2. LANDSCAPE. Score at 14.8 and 7.4cm. (US Score 5 1/2" and 2 3/4")
3. PORTRAIT. Cut at 14.8cm. (US Cut 5 1/2")

4. Pick up the thin strip.

5. Place PORTRAIT on trimmer with 2 score lines to top.

6. Line up at 2.5cm (US 1") to right hand side.
7. Cut from 14.8cm (US Cut 5 1/2") (ie central/2nd score line) to Top (ie 0). 
8. LANDSCAPE. 2 score lines/cut section to right hand side and thin (2.5cm/US 1") section to bottom

9. Line up at 14.8cm (US 5 1/2") (ie so central/1st score-line is on the groove!)
10. Cut from cut line (about 3.7cm/US about 1 1/2"?) to Top (ie 0)
11. Cut from Top of widest section to centre/top of 2.5cm (US 1") section (either with craft knife and ruler or with your trusty trimmer like I do!) 
Note – I have only drawn a line so you can see it! I wouldn’t actually do this myself…

12. Ink up and stamp greetings as required ( I recommend doing this now as a new section can be quickly re-made if your stamping is not as you want… you don’t want to be doing after you have stuck all you slats on!!!)

13. Grab your rectangular 16.8 x 12.5cm (US 6 1/2" x 5") white panel.
14. Cut diagonally.
Now my ladies have all been surprised at these next steps not being as difficult/time consuming as they first imagined…. Phew!!

15. Cut 12 x ¼” slats/risers (US - only 11 required) starting from the high side (TIP – make sure your orientation is in the same way as the card ie the top LHS will bethe same height as the highest slat on the left)

16. Grab your grid paper (inches) - or a ruler and pencil!

17. Turn wider/sloped section onto its back.
18. Mark every ¼” at top and bottom

19. Apply thin line of glue from top to bottom of highest ¼” section, miss a section, apply glue to next section etc… do as many or as few at a time as you like…
20. Stick longest slat/riser to highest ¼” section (Tip make sure your slope is in same direction as the base of your stairs!)
21. Continue until you have stuck all your 12 (US 11) slat/risers in place…. (TIP there is an an unequal sized gap at the end for the metric version!)

22. Stick papers. ( Tip I have lined up the front left to the centre as I don't want an ugly gap through my stairs!!!)

23. Concertina fold your base card and stairs strip (Note there should be a 2nd narrower piece of paper for that side wall in this photo shot!!!)
24. Adhere right hand side of the strip to the back right hand side

25. Adhere left hand side of the floating strip to the front left of the card (TIP - think about where you do NOT want your glue!!!)

22. Decorate as required.  As this is getting rather long and has so many photos…  I will do another post tomorrow with details on my decoration….