Friday, 14 December 2018

Classic Garage Suite - Occasions Catalogue Sneak Peek

If you're as keen on a masculine stamp set as I am, you'll love the new Classic Garage Suite in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue!  The new products in the Occasions Catalogue will be available from 3 January 2019.
The fantastic masculine Classic Garage Suite will be available from 3 January 2019
The suite comprises the Geared Up Garage stamp set which can be purchased as a bundle with the coordinating Garage Gears Thinlits dies at a saving of 10%.  There's also the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper, Striped Metallic Ribbon and Classic Garage Metal Elements.  The Classic Garage Cardstock Pack contains 8 sheets each of Basic Gray, Crushed Curry and Tranquil Tide A4 cardstock.

Sale-A-Bration also begins on 3 January with FREE items available with product orders of $90.

For example: If you purchased the entire Classic Garage Suite plus some Stazon ink, some Multipurpose Liquid Glue and a pack each of A4 Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock
you would be able to choose either 2 of the free products indicated with a pink tag or 1 of the bigger rewards indicated with a green tag in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

Please contact me for a copy of the Occasions and/or Sale-A-Bration Catalogues if you live in Australia, don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and are not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator yourself.

To create the card above, I sponged Whisper White Craft ink onto a piece of the Class Garage paper (I know - it seems shocking to cover up such gorgeous paper doesn't it?!).

Once the white ink was thoroughly dry (it takes a bit of patience - or a heat tool!), I used my Embossing Buddy and then stamped the car image with Versamark before adding the Basic Black Embossing Powder and heat setting it.  I coloured it with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

I then used Basic Gray ink to stamp the smudges (which would make great exhause fumes) and black ink to stamp the tyre tracks from the One Wild Ride stamp set.

I stamped the greetings with Whisper White Craft ink and then added Whisper White Embossing Powder and heat set.

Having sponged a bit of black ink around the edges, I layered the piece onto some Whisper White cardstock and then adhered it to the Basic Black base card.

I added a little loop of the Striped Metallic Ribbon and popped a Classic Garage Metal Element on top.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Poinsettia on Frosted Florals

I used White Velvet Paper for this one (which is no longer available, I made this card way back in October!) so the poinsettia has a lovely soft texture but normal Whisper White cardstock will produce an excellent result!
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A simple Christmas card with a Rooted in Nature poinsettia

This is in fact a very simple card!  Simply layer a couple of sheets of the stunning Frosted Florals Specialty Designer Series Paper, add a piece of Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon, a greeting and the poinsettia made with leaves from the Rooted in Nature Bundle.

TIP:  I stick the leaves to a punched circle of cardstock (any scrap will do - it doesn't show!).

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Hearts Come Home Double Z Fold Christmas Card

I love leftovers - on the craft table as well as in the fridge!  They make things so much quicker and easier!

This is a card of leftovers!  The strangely coloured sky (perhaps it's the Northern Lights) was spare strip of watercolour paper that I used months ago to mop up some leftover ink and water after a watercolour background session.
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Double Z Fold card creates a Christmas scene with Hometown Greetings, In The Woods and Detailed Deer dies

The die cut row of houses was leftover from a previous card where I just wanted to use some of the little bits from the roofs and doors. 

The Sahara Sand trees were cut for another card and eventually discarded.

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A previously rejected watercolour background makes for an interesting sky

To give the pine tree some illusion of depth, I cut both of the pine trees in the die set and layered them on top of each other.  I curled out the little pieces in the top layer, placing small pieces of Stampin' Dimensional behind them to keep them popped out.
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Top view of the Double Z Fold card to show how it fits together

The greeting is stamped with Shaded Spruce ink onto the Granite Gray cardstock and punched out with the coordinating punch from the Christmas Traditions Punch Tin.

The Glimmer paper star is cut with one of the Starlight Thinlits.
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The closed Double Z Fold card measures 4.25" square

When closed, the card is 4.25" square.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Double Easel Fold

https://www.pattystamps.com/2018/06/double-easel-fancy-fold-card-and-die-cutting-tips.html
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So, I originally made this card for a Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop and although the hop has been postponed, I've decided to go ahead with this post anyway.  It's a CASE of a card by Patty Bennet I just love this fun fold and its versatility - change the colours and embellishments and it can suit all occasions.  And, best of all .... it's quick and easy!

I've made a couple of Christmas cards using the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper as my jumping off point.
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A Christmas Double Easel Fold card featuring the Pretty Pines foliage
In her blog post, Patty has included all the dimensions in inches with very clear instructions as well as a video.  She's also provided lots of great tips for colours and die cutting.

I decided to convert the dimensions to metric sizing so that I could easily made two cards from my one A4 piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  Basically it's a question of cutting the A4 in half vertically but for the more precise (like me) you'll want to measure your cardstock and may need to slice off the merest whisker so that it measures 28cm by 10.5cm.  Score at 14cm and fold in half.

The Tranquil Tide cardstock measures 26cm x 9.5cm.  Score and fold at 13cm and 19.5cm.

Glue the Tranquil Tide piece to the Sahara Sand base card.
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The front view of the open Double Easel card

Cut one piece of Designer Series Paper to 12.5cm by 9cm and two pieces should measure 6cm x 9cm.

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A picture of the closed Christmas Double Easel card

Then it's just a question of choosing how to dress up this gorgeous fun fold!  I was guided by the patterns on the paper.  For the first one I used the Foliage Frames label - which happened to be sitting on my table.  It was actually a reject from a previous card because I wasn't happy with the way I'd added the Frost White Shimmer Paint.  However, for this card, it didn't matter!  

The foliage is cut using the Pretty Pines dies and the sentiment is from the Christmas Traditions Punch Box.

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This Christmas Double Easel card has a snowflake theme
Since this piece of paper inspired snowflakes, I cut a piece of Glimmer Paper with the Blizzard Thinlit and sponged some of the snowflakes with Tranquil Tide ink.

The greeting is from Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and the labels are cut with the Foliage Frame die set and the Pretty Label Punch.
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The snowflake Double Easel card as it appears from the front when open

Since the Gold Faceted Gems are self-adhesive, it was important to ensure that, when folded closed, the gem on the free-standing snowflake wouldn't stick to the base card.  The remedy was simple - I put the little circle cut from the centre of the snowflake onto the exposed adhesive on the back of  the snowflake.
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This is the closed snowflake Double Easel card

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 7 December 2018

Bauble in a Blizzard Christmas Card

A few months ago I made an experimental background using several masks and stencils (most of them homemade with some of my dies) and sponging with a variety of inks.  I wasn't very happy with the result but, unwilling to consign it to the bin, was waiting for the right opportunity to use it.
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Using up a colourful but rejected background for a bright Christmas card
So here we are!  I'll confess though, that in order to use the most subtle (!!) part of the pattern but in the location I wanted it, I cut a circle from the background (hidden behind the top panel) and placed it under the bauble.

I cut a circle in the top panel of Bermuda Bay with one of the Layering Circles Framelits and then embossed with the Blizzard Thinlits die, using the Embossing Mats.  The Detailed Bauble is cut from Champagne Foil Sheet and decorated with rhinestones.

The word "Christmas" from the Merry Christmas Thinlits is cut from Black Foil Sheet and I added some Black Mini Sequin Trim to the top of the Bauble.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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