Monday, 29 May 2017

High Tide - in Stormy Seas....

I love this card!! It may be simple... but ... in the flesh... it has an atmosphere all of its own! And that wasn't quite as originally intended....

So I wanted to demonstrate Clear Block Stamping in my class... so I used the big fat rectangular block (ie Block E)... scribbled Soft Sky, Island Indigo and Crumb Cake with my markers onto the block... gave it a spritz and stamped onto my Whisper White stamping panel...
The ink whirled around as it does... and the sea became very choppy! Perfect for this wording in the set! Couldn't have planned it better if I tried...

A quick add of Second Stamped Crushed Curry lights... ie ink up, stamp on scrap paper and then onto the stamping panel... Sahara Sand "outcrop" and a lighthouse* I had prepared earlier... and the card was done...

*The lighthouse is Island Indigo over Basic Grey...  with more Crushed Curry to fill in the windows... and then fussy cut
Now bear with me for the next few days... as I will probably publish more than one post each day... 

I know that most of you visit here for my crafty shares... and I have a few projects left with retiring products to show that need to be shared now - or never! 

But it is also time to get ready for the new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue reveal.. only 2 more sleeps until it goes live now! Live this Thursday, 1st June with ordering commencing at 8am UK time... Such exciting times ahead.... 

So I will aim to do both types of posts each day... just scroll down until you find the type you want...

In the meantime.... drum roll please... here is the Front Cover for you.... lots of lovely new bright colours for us here... just click on the picture to email me your request for your own copy in the post....

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Cream Kitchen...

Quick share of Denise's Aga for today... and yes you guessed it she has a cream Aga with newly painted mushroom (aka Tip Top Taupe) walls and her accessories are green and mushroom... as her walls were green up to recently... 

And she has already bought her frame to put it in!!! No folding it flat and putting it an envelope for Denise! Proud kitchen maker....
Click here for all the details on the Tutorial...  I can't wait to see what everyone has done with it this week... or click here for the original share...

And a quick update for all those who have ordered... they have all been emailed out... I am completely up to date... so if you haven't seen yours... check your Spam box first and then click here to email me... 
And the other thing I am up to date with... is posting out the NEW 2017-18 Annual Catalogue to those of you that have ordered over £50 through me during the last 12 months. Want a catalogue... have ordered but know that doesn't apply... then click here to email me and request one to get your own "hard" copy on its way....

Saturday, 27 May 2017

High Tide... and an Epic Day!

Quickly sharing another Double Z Joy Fold Card that fully opens! Tutorial shared here yesterday...

But not a lot to say about the card today... apart from I used the lovely High Tide stamp set... and the fabulous Serene Scenery papers ( and a bit of brayering, sponging and stamping through a circular aperture.... ) as I want to share something personal for a BIG change!
Epic day today.... last "normal" school run!! Obviously there is all the stress of the A level exams to come throughout June... and the huge priority around getting son in and back for those exams at different hours... as we live in the country so the bus service just doesn't work!
But after 11 years of doing an hour plus round trip at the beginning and end of the day  - for 6 days a week - as a school run... I have felt an enormous sense of relief coming over me for the last week... so feeling quite euphoric today!

So I just had to share!! End of an era!!! Who knows what the next phase will deliver.... I will probably start worrying about that tomorrow!!
So to celebrate ... think I might have a New Catalogue Special coming on this weekend! 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Fancy Fold Friday Tutorial for Double Z Joy Fold Card

You asked... and here it is!  The recipe and directions for the fully opening Large Square Double Z Joy Fold Card that I quickly shared earlier in the week here... And this is a SIMPLE one...

The card pictured today is exactly the same card... but the papers are flipped ie showing the reverse side... which meant everyone could choose their preferred colour way in classes... always like doing that when I can! Most people did this version...
And I know that some of you will laugh with me as you see how logical (aka obvious) - and simple - it is... still do not understand why my brain could not compute this when it tried to last year!!!

And this is a "tryer" girls (and boys) ... Too simple a Fancy Fold not to... I have made a few!!!

So it is the same card size whether you use A4 or US 8 1/2" x 11"... ending up as a 5 1/2" Square or 14cm Square card... so you are free to cut your panels & score in inches from A4 if you prefer ...  So cm measurements and directions are highlighted in yellow... 
Metric Recipe
A4 Thick Whisper White 28 x 14cm
A4 Thick Whisper White 21 x 9.5cm
A4 (Front) Soft Sky 9cm Square; (Insides) 6.5 x 9cm [x2]
Paper Gingham (Front) 8.5cm Square; (Insides) 6 x 8.5cm [x2]
Paper Flowery (Back)  13.5cm Square
Paper Olive Dots (Front) 6.5 x 13.5cm

Inches Recipe
A4 Thick Whisper White 11" x 5 1/2"
A4 Thick Whisper White 9 1/4" x 3 3/4"
A4 Soft Sky (Front) 3 1/2" Square ; (Insides) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" [x2]
Paper Gingham (Front) 3 1/4" Square ; (Insides) 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" [x2]
Paper Flowery (Back) 5 1/4" Square
Paper Olive Dots (Front) 2 1/2" x 5 1/4"

Directions
  1. Place large panel LANDSCAPE (long side along top) on trimmer
  2. Score at 2 3/4" & 5 1/2" (7 & 14cm)
  3. Bone Fold Valley for halfway/centre... Peak for quarter-way

  4. Place small panel LANDSCAPE on trimmer
  5. Score at (wait for it!!!!) 2 3/4" & 5 1/2" (7 & 14cm)
  6. Bone Fold Mountain half way (kind of!)... Peak for Quarter(ish) way

  7. Adhere larger papers on card front & back
  8. Adhere back section of top/smaller Z Fold onto square Back of main/larger card AND AN IMPORTANT TIP! Think about what needs to go where!!! Otherwise you will just stick your whole card together!! Suggest a dry run with no glue the first time... it should all become obvious!

    SO.... make sure the left/inside valley fold of the smaller Z section panel is behind your main/larger card front left peak fold

    ie slip the smaller Z in behind the larger left fold as you stick it down/square it all off on the front...

  9. Adhere square front part of smaller Z Fold onto main/larger card front (think about where NOT to put your glue!?)
  10. Decorate as desired
Stampin Up! Products Used
Papers - Succulent Garden (retires 31st May - but discounted!)
Stamps - Stylised Birthday; Big on Birthdays
Card  - Thick Whisper White, Soft Sky






Thursday, 25 May 2017

How long is a piece of string? And a Crafty Storage idea...

Dunno... but we had some fun making "string in a tin" from some (hoarded) empty coffee tins...

All thanks to Andrea... who came up with an idea for a "nice string in a tin" project when I asked what they would like to make for their menfolk other than cards... a titter went round the room... I pulled a face... and we all thought nothing more of it...
But later that day... a grin appeared on my face... as I realised what all those coffee tins I had been collecting for years could be used for!!! All it took was a spare piece of 12x12 (the now sold-out Urban Underground in this case, a bit of washi (again Urban Underground) and a piercing tool  to make the hole (s) in the lid(still got my long reach Crop A Dile - so easy for us on the day) ....

And there were no "titters" when presented at class!!! They all made them... proudly shared them... or even gave as presents (and weeks till Fathers Day yet!!!)... and now I have been asked to save more coffee tins!! Luckily Heidi - I have just found a new collection in a new place... so your wish is my command!!!
And for us crafters... punch/pierce multiple holes and pop 3 (maybe 4?) Bakers Twine on a reel in there... another crafty storage solution solved... so I for one will be making a few as an easier - and much prettier- way to store my Bakers Twines... with a new set of papers of course! So watch this space....

And as a final point... there are so many "string" expressions in our world... I chose "World on a String" as my excuse to use the retiring Places You'll Go set for one last time (oh now sold out!) as well as Urban District (retiring but still available in both clear mount and wood)... Along with the carrying over Labeler Alphabet for the wording....
Oh and thank you to Lavazza, Kenco and Nescafe for the tins!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Cheers DAD!

Another twist on the Dad U Fold Card shared here (tutorial linked there too!)

Proved very popular in classes....
And just another picture of it folded flat in a standard C6 envelope.... perfect fit...
Cheers Dad!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

More Nailed It Tools... Planer & Bradawl

Just very quick share today...

A couple more tools to add to your Tool Benches.....

Handle of hammer on hand trimmed saw for the planer... plus a trimmed "hitting" end of the hammer for the small knob....
And a screwdriver with a trimmed "hitting" end of the hammer for a bradawl  ... though I really should have trimmed and sharpened my point to make it even more realistic!!

Trimmed parts direct inked on a black inkpad to finish off the lines...

Such as shame these Nailed It stamps are retiring come 31st May... I reckon there are a few more tools in there.... but moving on!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Mixed Drinks In the Bar... Cheers! Bench Fold Card #4

A simpler dressing of the Tool Bench card that I shared here

And update on the Bench Fold Card tutorial(s)... all orders received have been emailed out now... so you should have them in your inbox... Thank you so much for your support... and I really hope that you enjoy the card fold as much as I am!
Back to today's card.... suitable for the man in your life that is "drinki-dextrous" and likes a pint (or two) of beer and is rather partial to Champagne (or Prosecco) too... or for a couple of friends that you just like a drink with!

This was a quick make with a re-made Tool Bench card for the Tutorial photos.... I am sure you will see an alternative (prettier and more dressed) version at some point....

Things to spot....

(1) Reversed pint of beer to the left...

I just grabbed a larger-than-the-glass photopolymer stamp... and placed it upside down in front of me (so looking at the flat back of the stamp)...

I inked up the glass stamp using Memento Black (Archival Black didn't work interestingly! and don't use Staz On...) and stamped on the reverse of the larger upside-down stamp and then quickly stamped the "flat back stamp" onto my white card...Eureka!

I did however then have to re-stamp my right hand beer glass in Basic Grey... as there was too much difference compared to the originally stamped Memento Black version....
(2) The previous workbench top has become a table.... just sticking my panels in a different order... front sides then top in this case...

(3) Bubbles coming out of the Champagne flutes... again care of the Playful Backgrounds stamp set that I didn't know what to do with originally... I have to thank the very talented Shannon Lane in Canada for this clever idea... pop over to see her gorgeous card using this concept and the Mixed Drinks set...

(4) Champagne is stamped with Gold Wink of Stella (sadly not available in Europe anymore!).... I brushed the Gold WOS onto the stamp and stamped....

(5) The Gold WOS was also used over the beer to make it all shimmer... and then the Clear Wink of Stella over the glass areas of the 4 glasses...

So Cheers! And remember that the step by step Tutorial(s) are now available here for these Bench Fold Cards... with the full lowdown on how to make the Kitchen Range (AGA), BBQ and Tool Bench designs...

Stampin Up! Products Used
Papers - Urban Underground (not available)
Card - Crumb Cake, Thin Whisper White
Inks - Memento Black, Delightful Dijon 
Other - Gold Wink of Stella (not available), Clear Wink of Stella

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Succulent Garden re-designed Double Z Joy Fold Card

Just popping on with a quick share today... but one I will come back to soon with all the details for you... seems like a good Fancy Fold Friday tutorial post to start off next weekend!

Edited To Add:- Bench Fold Card tutorials for the Kitchen Range, BBQ & Tool Bench will start to be emailed out tonight when I get back home... so please allow 36 hours before worrying that you haven't got it... 

Remember this one...

And this one
And this one with the Tutorial...
Well I finally tweaked it... so now it opens fully... and in parallel!!
Can't believe I couldn't suss it before... and boy did I try!!!
So glad I now have... 
Back with the full lowdown soon...





Saturday, 20 May 2017

Kitchen Range Bench Fold Card Part 2


And so this is the Kitchen Range card made by Heidi... no guesses that she does possess an Aga and that her walls are green... with accents of yellow... she is also a master baker... so it is all relevant...

We got particularly excited over her flapping tea towel!! Love that there is never a mistake in crafting... and the others were gutted that they had already stuck theirs on when they saw this added bonus...
My original Kitchen Range card is here... and click here for the Tutorial ...

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Bench Fold Card Tutorial is now available - Series ONE - Kitchen Range/BBQ/Tool Bench

It is ready! The newly named Bench Fold Card is in the house...
I am offering the Tutorial(s) for £5 (GBP) for the whole Trio of Bench Fold Card designs shared last weekend OR just any one of the cards for £3GBP each. As a rough guide... £5 (GBP or British Pounds) is approx. 6.5USD, 6EURO, 8.5AUSD, 9CAND

Or if you are in the UK only... you can get the Trio Tutorial(s) for free with a £20 Class Kit in the Mail (whilst stocks last) OR an online order of £20+ (before P&P) 
The Tutorial(s) are step by step and full of photos... with Bonus Tips too. Suitable for all levels of Papercrafters. It is a .pdf document which will be e-mailed to you. Please allow 48 hours (though I will usually do sooner!)

And these will be just be Series ONE.... I have a very long list of other designs with this Fold to work on for the future... can't wait!!!! Any monies received for the sale of these Tutorials will basically fund my Stampin Up! purchases to be able to use and create more of them (and other ideas!!) to share with you via this blog... I will never run enough classes here in a year for my list!!! Call it crowd funding...... 

And for my new followers... I don't normally charge for my tutorials... I publish 100s a year on this blog... so please stay a while and have a look round... I am sure that some of them will be of use to you... Enjoy!

So how to order & pay?

Just select from the options in the drop down list below and click on Add to Cart. You will then be taken to a new screen showing the amount to pay and to enter your details. Payment can be via Paypal or credit/debit card. And any currency conversion will be dealt with through that process - I will just receive less in a nutshell... 

Please select the option you require

So the Tutorial(s) are available... and being emailed out daily ... so please allow 48 hours after your payment... then check your Spam folder (or add my email address thecraftspa@gmail.com to ensure it doesn't go to spam!) and then please feel free to email me ... there is sometimes an occasional email that goes astray...

And further details for you....

The Card does lay totally flat to put in an envelope to mail...!
Just click the highlighted links here to see the original post and more photos & details for Kitchen Range/AgaBBQ and Tool Bench  

The Card Fold is the same for all 3... so there is just one Card Fold Tutorial for all 3 cards... but the details or dressing (and order of steps in some cases) are each different... and you know what they say... the devil is in the detail! So these are detailed separately in specific Attachments... one for each card design...

My cards were made from A4 cardstock and using metric (centimetres) measurements  - and fit in a standard C5 envelope - but I have re-sized a version from 8 1/2 x 11" card for my US readers and I believe that they will then fit in an A9 (or A8) envelope (the card lays 7 3/4" x 5 1/2" flat size).

The Tutorial/instructions are provided for sole use by the purchaser and are not be given out, rewritten/videoed or replicated without my permission.  However  - fellow demonstrators - you are very welcome to use my tutorials/instructions to hold your own physical classes and instruct your class members. Thank you for your understanding...

Anything else???

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Cheers and 5 pints... for Male Happy Birthday

May your Beer be plentiful!

Simple DL card (approx 4 1/8" x 8 1/8" for my US readers!) with a few Mixed Drinks pint pots aka tankards stamped in Delightful Dijon & the Gold Wink of Stella (now out of stock & retired) coloured over the top.
Froth & Glass areas all nice and shiny care of Clear Wink of Stella...

Overstamped with Layered Letter alphabet (also retired and out of stock!)

And yes all glasses hand cut and 3D'd for that extra pop...
Wish I hadn't coughed when I set the A down though!!!! 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cheers To You! Mixed Drinks Part 2

May your wine be plentiful!

Simple DL card (approx 4 1/8" x 8 1/8" for my US readers!) with a few Cherry Cobbler & Gold Wink of Stella (now out of stock & retired) stamped and filled Mixed Drinks wine glasses to cheer you up! 

Glasses all nice and shiny care of Clear Wink of Stella...
To YOU! wording care of Labeler Alphabet

And yes all glasses hand cut and 3D'd for a pop... Though all the glasses appearing "behind" could have been stamped direct... I just find it easier when faced with a blank card to move my pre-cut 3D images around to work out where I need to stick them!! And I do so like fussy cutting in an evening... 
Need I say more... Cheers!