Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fancy Folds - Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder

Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team Blog Hop! This month we are featuring the Envelope Punch Gift Card Holder Card. . .

You may have just visited with the amazingly talented Monica Gale - her project this month is beautiful. It's hard nofollow in those footsteps. . .This is my creation:
I followed the easy to understand YouTube presentation from Jackie Topa

My base card is Rose Red which I don't use very often but I wanted to create this card for my mum and this tone of red suits her. I matted the Rose Red with a square of the same colour, then a square of Blushing Bride and then a square of Whisper White. I stamped the flower images on a separate piece of white cardstock.

The flowers and leaves are three step stamped from Penned & Painted - the larger flowers are stamped in the following colours:

Blushing Bride
Flirty Flamingo
Rose Red
Real Red (centres)

The leaves are stamped in:

Pear Pizzazz
Mint Macaron
Old Olive

I then fussy cut the flowers out and mounted them with glue dots and double dimensionals (putting two layers of dimensional). I also added some blotches of Clear Wink of Stella and Sprinkles Embellishments (sequins and beads).

I wanted a little extra height in the flowers to differentiate them from each other. I like double dimensionalising for that reason.
The sentiment is from Greatest Greetings which is a really versatile set and has greetings for nearly every occasions imaginable. I stamped it in Real red to make it pop. the ribbon is Flirty Flamingo  Ruched Ribbon.
The inside of the card is also decorated with a fussy cut stamped image for the Penned & Painted set. I wanted to tie in the theme both inside and out.
I secured the edges of the insert card with glue dots to make sure that the insert card sat very firmly and flat so as not to interfere with the smooth operation of the card.
This was such a fun card to make and I hope that I have done the fancy fold justice. Thanks for stopping by.
Don't leave us yet though as we have some amazing projects for you to check out. Next stop is the totally incredible Tanja Kolar - her project is adorable!
Until next time my friends, stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) 
2. Monica Gale (UK) 
3. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
4. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
5. Aude Barbara (France) 
6. Miranda Mols (Netherlands) 
7. Astrid Hofmann (Austria) 
8. France Martin (USA)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fancy Folds - Z Fold Flap Card

This month's fold is such a neat one. I bet you have loved the projects so far. How cute was Martha's card? I am always so inspired by the projects that our design team bring together. This is my card this month:
I followed Dawn Griffith's YouTube instructions and made my card 6" square. The smaller card which is the feature is 4" square.

These are the supplies I used:

Sahara Sand A4 card stock
Whisper White A4 card stock
Pear Pizzaz A4 card stock
Falling in Love DSP
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Detailed Floral Thinlet Dies
Flourish Thinlet Dies
Botanical Builder Thinlet Dies
Stitched Frames Dies
Layering Ovals Framelit Dies
Suite Sentiments
Flourishing Phrases
Rhinestone Jewels
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Sahara Sand Classic Ink Pad
Blushing Bride Classic Ink Pad

I mounted a square of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper on a square of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and mounted it on the inside of the base card. I wanted a muted background and a suggestion of whimsy. Because this is a z fold card the base is exposed and I wanted to ultimately frame the feature of the card which is the smaller card.
Th smaller 4" square card has Sahara Sand as its base card. I mounted that with a square of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and then mounted on top of that a square of Whisper White card which I had run through the Big Shot using the larger of the Detailed Floral Thinlet Dies. I also removed an oval shape from the right side of the white card stock and framed the void with an oval cut from the Stitched Frames dies set.
The sentiment from Suite Sentiments is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on an oval of Whisper White card stock and mounted behind the stitched frame. I wanted a contrast and decided on flourishes cut from Pear Pizzaz using the Flourish Thinlet Dies. I trimmed them to suit the card size. The flowers are cut from Whisper White card using the Botanical Builder Framelit Dies. I daubed the centres of the flowers with Blushing Bride Classic Ink.
I creased the flowers to give them dimension and added the larger of the Rhinestone Jewels for a touch of bling and glamour. The flowers are adhered with glue dots.
The card doesn't need a lever or clasp to keep it closed as the layers of card stock make each fold heavy enough to simply sit square.
I stamped the inside of the smaller card with the Flourishing Phrases in Sahara Sand ink.
I tried to keep the background as neutral as possible so that the sentiment and main card feature really popped and draw attention to the sentiment as the main act of the card. I plan to gift this card to a good friend of mine on her wedding in April.
I hope that the overall feel of the card is quite romantic with a little bit of a vintage feel. I hope you have taken some inspiration from my project.  Don't leave us yet though, because my good friend and truly inspirational stamper, Tanja Kolar is next with a beautiful creation.
Thanks for popping by, see you again in two weeks!

Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop

Patrice Halliday Larsen (New Zealand)
Monica Gale(United Kingdom)
Martha Inchley (Canada)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me
Tanja Kolar (Germany)
Aude Barbara (France)
Miranda Mols (Netherlands)
Astrid Hofman (Austria)
France Poitras Martin (United States)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Totally Techniques - Reflection Technique

Wow! How incredible are the projects this month? I just love this technique!

Welcome to the Totally Techniques Design Team February Hop - Reflection Stamping. . . wasn't Shelagh's project beautiful?

I am always astounded at how creative our team is and how different every project is. Shows that we all see the possibilities of stamps differently. Here's my creations this month:
And because I wasn't as happy with the card as I had hoped to be I created another card with a different set. . .
I hope you take some inspiration from one of them at least. So they will be referred to as the motorbike card and the lighthouse card. . .

The motorbike card is a square card - 6" x 6" Smokey Slate, Mounted with a square of Basic Black and the stamping is undertaken on a square of Whisper White. I wanted the scene to look like a rider had left his motorbike on the side of the highway post rain to check out the view - the card is from the rider's perspective.
I used the following stamp sets:

In the Meadow
One Wild Ride
Lovely as a Tree
Sheltering Tree
High Tide

I stamped the bike from One Wild Ride in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, I stamped the reflection of the bike using Basic Grey. I stamped the bike on a piece of window sheet/acetate and applied it directly beneath the image of the bike. I wanted the reflection to be a mere suggestion and for it to be directly on the wet "road".
The bare tree on the front right is from Sheltering Tree - Stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento - you will see that I needed to leave a little gap between the base of the tree and where the "road" starts I accomplished this by masking the area below the stamped image.The reflection is stamped in the same ink in the same manner as the bike.
The tree line from Lovely as a Tree was stamped a little above the other images to give the suggestion of diminishing horizon and perspective. Again I stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and again I masked the area on the grass so that the tops of the tress would reflect on the road.
In the background I stamped the mountain ridge from In the Meadow in Night of Navy. I masked the bike so that it wasn't smudged by the other stamps. I water coloured the mountains in Night of Navy and Always Artichoke using an aqua painter. The foreground is water coloured in Always Artichoke and Old Olive using an aqua painter.  I stamped the grass image from High Tide in Always Artichoke ink.
The road is done with a sponge and Smokey Slate ink. I did the sky the same way. I then came back in with some Baja Breeze ink using an aqua painter to give the suggestion of water on the road and the sky clearing after a storm. The birds in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink are from High Tide. I pulled apart some thick Black Bakers Twine for the feature across the bottom of the card because it was too thick.

The lighthouse card was so simple. It is an extra large rectangular card that I plan to give a friend to recognise all of his hard work over the past 6 months.
The base card is Basic Black and it measures 5" x 8 1/4"when closed. I then mounted a rectangle of Real Red on top of that and the card that I stamped on is Whisper White.

I stamped the light house in red first. High Tide is a two step stamp set, the detail on the light house is stamped in Smokey Slate.  The reflection is masked slightly to accommodate the foreground.
I stamped across the reflection using the water stamp from the set - I love how this stamp image can be layered and overstepped. I used Smokey Slate and stamped off for the water closer to the lighthouse and left first generation ink for the image in the foreground to the bottom of the card.
The island is stamped in Basic Grey Ink and over stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I did the same for the little island in the background. The grass from the same set is stamped in Always Artichoke.
The birds were stamped in Basic Black and I contemplated reflecting them in the water but knew that I was covering it with the sentiment. Once I had done all the stamping I came back over the card with Baja Breeze using an aqua painter to suggest the blue sky and of course the calm blue water hence the reflection.
I didn't like the look of bakers twine across this card so I used a piece of house and garden hemp twine from my kitchen. Kind of wanted the suggestion of rigging rope. The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White, mounted on Real Red and double mounted on Basic Black. I dimensionalised the whole thing so that it sits square over the hemp twine.

Hope that you got some ideas and now I would love it if you would check out Nadine Weiner's project. As always Nadine's card is amazing! 
Until next time, stay out of sticky situations.

Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop
Patrice Halliday Larsen (New Zealand)
Amy Koenders (United States)
 Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Zoe Tant (United Kingdom)
Barbara Meyer (Austria)
Mathilde Kortekaas (Netherlands)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fancy Folds ~ Peek-a-Boo Flap Cards

Welcome back peeps!

I am sure that you enjoyed Martha's project ~ she is such a creative person.  Here is my creation for this month's hop:
I followed Frenchie's easy to understand YouTube video. My card is a square 6"x 6" card in Night of Navy, incorporating the Floral Boutique DSP and You've Got This stamp set.
The base card is lined with a square of Silver Glimmer Paper, then mounted with a square of the Floral Boutique DSP. I love the different tones of Night of Navy on the DSP. The front Flap is stamped with the filigree image from Timeless Textures in Night of Navy along each side. The oval void was cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits, again with the Silver Glimmer Paper feature.
I stamped the flower image from You've Got This in Night of Navy on Whisper White. I coloured the flowers with a blender pen and Night of Navy ink. I then fussy cut the flowers and highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella. I thought that by layering the flower on the front and then two others inside the flap feature added interest to the card.
They possibly don't look as effective inside but I like to the idea of an odd number of flowers to balance the layout. 
 Inside I stamped the single image of the flower without colouring it.
The sentiment is from Hello You Thinlits, cut out in Whisper White for simplicity. I hope that you have gotten some inspiration from my card and encourage you to pop by our next design team member.

Make sure that you check out Tanja's incredible card she is just so amazing!

Until next time, may your glitter sparkle,
Shanni xx

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Totally Techniques - Baby Wipe Technique

Welcome to another Totally Techniques Design Team Hop - this month our technique is the Baby Wipe technique. I really enjoyed this technique as it gave me an excuse to get a bit messy! Of course we are referring to the way that you ink up a stamp and you use baby wipes as your ink pad and Classic Stamping' Up! Re-Inkers as the ink. . .

Marine's creation was so beautiful! I hope that you are finding inspiration from everyone's projects. . .
There's a great, easy to follow tutorial from Sandi McIver on YouTube that's so neat to follow if you haven't worked out what we are all doing.

Here's my creation this month:
It's a square card! Yay! Just for something a little different right? My base card is Crumb Cake, mounted with a square of Watermelon Wonder and then mounted with a square of the new Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper. I chose the "sprinkles" one because the others were either too busy or too plain for my purposes. The colours all blended in with my baby wipe colour palette.

I took my inspiration from the cupcakes at my youngest daughter's 10th birthday party last week. . .
I was thinking about how I could use a combination of colours without it looking like a technicolour explosion. Of course it's important to use solid stamp images to show off the baby wipe technique well so we have all been sweating on themes and images these past couple of weeks.
I stamped on Whisper White card stock using the following re-inkers on my baby wipes: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Mint Macaron. The ice cream stamp I used is from Cool Treats which is a two step stamping set. Once I had stamped the ice cream with the baby wipes palette, I stamped the detail using Watermelon Wonder stamped off once so that it was a little more delicate over all the colours.
The cones are Sahara Sand with detail in Crumb Cake to marry in with the DSP and base card. I cut both the ice creams and the cones out with the Frozen Treats Framelit Dies. I love that the framelits cut inside the stamped image because I could manipulate the final image to make sure that the darker areas of the stamping were captured. I then coated the whole ice cream area with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (and the precision glue). Finally I added some Sprinkles Embellishments to each of the ice creams.
The next feature is the layering - I cut two lots of the stars and squiggles in Watermelon Wonder using the Star Blast Edgelit Dies in the Occasions Mini. I love these cut outs as they lend themselves to so many occasions and projects (not just cards). I wanted the stars to pop a little more so I highlighted them with Wink of Stella clear. 

I layered one set of the exploding stars at the back flush to the DSP, next I incorporated a Delicate White Doily, then on top of that (dimensionalised) I added another set of the exploding stars. . . I detached the smaller spirally stars from the main cut out and stuck them at various angles to seem like an explosion of happiness. I used the squiggles from the set in a similar fashion and stuck the negatives of the stars to the background too.
You can get a feel for the layering with this side view. I added the three ice cream cones with dimensionals as well as I wanted them to jump off the explosion for more fun. Plan to use this card as a congratulations recognition for one of my team members in the coming weeks.
To add some colour contrast and to tie all the colours together I cut a strip of the sprinkles DSP and used the reverse side which is what is set behind the ice cream cones and forms the mount for the Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon. The contrast in the ribbon and the DSP add texture and interest to what is a very busy layout. You will see that I also added extra Sprinkles Embellishments to the background.
The sentiment is from a number of sets - Cool Treats for the "you're" and "sweet" and the "awesome" comes from Marquee Messages which is a brilliant set. I wanted the card to send the message that the recipient is sweet and awesome all at the same time! I thought by stamping them in different colours that could have greater impact ~ I am referring to this as double stamping sentiments, and I plan to use it a bit more in future because we have so many great greetings but we all tend to use the same old ones again and again. . .

The words are stamped in Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach on Whisper White card stock. I simply cut the card to size and used the Banner Triple punch to do each side. The square oval shape behind is from the Star Blast Edgelit Dies (I just cut it in halves and stuck it to the back of the banner. The whole thing is dimensionalised off the card surface.
This gives you a little perspective on the five layers on the card. It has a felling of luxury and weight to it which I like in my cards.
I decorated the inside with an ice cream cone as I did an extra to be able to choose which one I wanted on the front. I didn't use Dazzling Diamonds here as I thought it looked great in the plain colours. The cone is a little textured by the Frozen Treats framelit.
I hope that you have taken some inspiration from my card. It was fun to play with colour combinations and to enjoy the whimsy of glitter and bling. I highly recommend the technique and think that with the right stamp images it can lend itself to many projects: cards, scrap booking and off the page projects.

I can't wait for you to see Nadine's amazing creation - she is so talented and such an incredible demonstrator and mentor to her team!
Until next time my friends, happy crafting!

Shanni xx

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