Sunday, 11 November 2018

Ready For Decorating The Christmas Tree

I love the ritual of putting up and decorating the Christmas tree.  It's always more fun with the help of family members and we sing along to Christmas Carols as we go.  When we've finished, as night falls, we sit in the darkness watching the twinkling lights and celebrate our creativity with a festive drink!
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This Christmas card features a lady putting the star on top of her Christmas tree

Perhaps we should all have a stairway to nowhere in our homes - apparently it makes it a breeze to put the star on top of the Christmas tree!  Ooops - I didn't really think that one through, did I?
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The Christmas tree was adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to add depth to the card.

I decided to place the table legs under the tree because the composition seemed to be lacking something - perhaps this lady likes the convenience of an artificial tree.

The little baubles are stamped with Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint and coloured with a variety of Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

Thank you for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Botanical Bliss Paper Pieced Card

This is what became of the Highland Heather base card that I didn't use for Wednesday's card.

I also had a very narrow frame of Champagne Foil left from that card which I glued to this card rather than waste it.  Then I had to figure out what to do with it!
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The little flower is cut with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits
The paper-piecing is very straight forward.  I simply cut the flowers once with the Champagne Foil and once with the Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  For the leaves, I cut only that portion with the die from Shaded Spruce cardstock.  To make life as simple as possible, I had placed Mulitpurpose Adhesive Sheet to the back of all the cardstock before I started cutting.

TIPS:

  • I was careful to keep the shapes in the die to make it simple to know which piece to put where.
  • The Take Your Pick Tool made it very quick and easy to pick up each little piece and position it.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Painted Glass: Mango & Grape

This card caused me some trouble, mainly because I didn't plan in advance.  I started out with the centre vellum panel and then thought about what to do with it!

I originally made a base card from Highland Heather cardstock and changed my mind at the last minute.  So I was left with an unused Highland Heather card.  On Friday, I'll share what I did with it.
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Graceful Glass Vellum centre panel with an oblong frame cut with a square Stained Glass die
To make the frame around the centre panel, I "elongated" the square die in the Stained Glass Thinlits set.  It did require a little patience and fiddling.  

  • I first cut a piece of Champagne Foil to size.
  • I positioned the die at the top of the Foil strip, making sure to keep it straight.
  • I positioned the top cutting plate in such a way that the lower horizontal pattern would not cut (See image 1 below)
  • Next, I repositioned the die, ensuring that it lined up and that there would be sufficient overlap to continue cutting the vertical pattern (see image 3 below).
  • I positioned the top cutting plate in such a way that the top horizontal pattern would not cut.
  • I carefully rolled it through the Big Shot, being careful to stop before I reached the lower horizontal pattern.  It's not a very big die, so I didn't roll it far!
  • I then repositioned for the last time - lining up the bottom of the die with the bottom of the Foil strip and making sure that vertical edges all lined up.
  • I then repeated the cutting process, ensuring that the top horizontal pattern did not cut.
  • I then found I needed to tidy up a few areas that had not cut properly with my craft knife.
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Image 1:  Die cutting an oblong with a square die - Positioning the top cutting pad

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Image 2: Die cutting an oblong with a square die - After the first cut

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Image 3: Die cutting an oblong with a square die - Positioning the top cutting pad for the second cut

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Close up of the Graceful Glass Vellum shows the Shimmer Paint
I coloured the front of the vellum with Stampin' Blend alcohol markers and then used a paint brush to apply some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to the rest of the centre panel, leaving the edges unpainted.

I attached the vellum to a piece of Grapefruit Grove cardstock by sponging the back of the vellum with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The greeting (from the Hand Delivered stamp set) is heat embossed in silver onto a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock and cut out with one of the Bunch of Banners dies.  After cutting, I used some Frost White and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paints to add some definition to the banner.

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'Til next time!
Stephanie

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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop with Special Guest: Sarah Flemming

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Welcome to the Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop with our Special Guest stamper, Sarah Flemming - we are thrilled to have Sarah join us this month and so excited to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) any project that has been created by her.

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I really love this card of Sarah's: the bright pop of colours behind the black silhouettes, the layout, the touch of gold!

I also saw it as an opportunity to use another watercolour background that's been kicking around in my craft room for months!

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Night Owl silhouette on a watercolour background
The main colours are Gorgeous Grape and Grapefruit Grove
So I cut the owl from Basic Black cardstock as well as the branch from the Seasonal Layers die set.  There is a beautiful branch in the Night Owl die set but this one suits my layout better.

I used one of the Timeless Textures stamps and Bright Copper Shimmer Paint to stamp the corners of the Gorgeous Grape layer and then added some splatters of the same Shimmer Paint.

Once I'd finished the card, I wished I used the Nature's Twine instead of the Grosgrain Ribbon but, although I tried, it was too difficult to make the change - oh well!

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Thanks for visiting.
'Til next time!
Stephanie

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