Saturday, July 29, 2017

Totally Techniques - Die Cut Masking

Its great to be doing another blog hop with the fabulous Totally Techniques team and this month we are highlighting Die Cut Masking. I followed the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers which is very easy.

I hope you enjoyed Marine's gorgeous creation!

This is mine this month:
I wanted to do a word mask and "hope" seems like a good theme for the coming months. . .

So its a square card 6"x6" - the base card is Basic Black, mounted with a square of Pool Party and then a further square of Whisper White card stock.

I used the Large Letters Framelit Dies simply because they are the only alphabet that Stamping' Up! currently carries. . .it's a good thing I like it!
I sponged the background with Soft Sky first then followed with Pool Party ink as I wanted to build the depth of colour. I also stamped along the right hand side with the filigree stamp from Timeless Textures - this is stamped in Pool Party. I also used the "fly poo" stamp from the same set stamped in Old Olive. You will see that in some areas I generation stamped for better effect.
I also fussy cut the flowers from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Papers. I adhered them flat on the card which felt funny given that it is over the masked letters and then coated each flower with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
And added touch of gloss and scattered bling set the whole project off.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't leave us yet as I know Zoe has a terrific project to share!

Until next month, stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Totally Techniques - Cling Wrap

This month's blog hop is small as everyone is preparing to depart on the Stamping' Up! Incentive Trip to Thailand. . . it's busy but exciting at the same time. Welcome!

I hope you enjoyed Nadine's beautiful creation - I am always so inspired by Nadine's projects ~ beautiful and I can't wait to see her swaps on our trip next week!

Cling Wrap technique has proven quite the challenge. I followed Lydia Fielder's YouTube Tutorial and changed out the card stock to Glossy White Card. This is my project:
I have used Magical Mermaid. The base card is Lemon Lime Twist (and of course the card is square). I mounted a square of Bermuda By card and then another square of Dapper Denim card stock before the stamped layer.

In making the background I used Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party re-inkers. I placed drops of the coloured re-inkers on a large piece of cling wrap. Spritzed the cling wrap thoroughly and then placed the square of Glossy White card flat on the cling film. I then scrunched the cling wrap and left it for about 2 hours for the colours to set. It left a marble like finish.
The colour in the mermaid's tail was created using the same cling wrap technique on Shimmery White car - my observation is that the porous card stocks are not suited to this technique because the depth of colour in Stamping' Up! re-inkers is saturated. I didn't want to waste the coloured card because I liked the tones - I used Dapper Denim and Tranquil Tide re-inkers on the Shimmery White card. Once the card had dried I stamped the mermaid's tail in Archival Black Ink and fussy cut the image out.

I stamped the top half of the mermaid on Whisper White card stock and coloured the hair in So Saffron using the Wink of Stella Clear pen and Dapper Denim for the hair band.
I love the shimmer through the hair. I proceeded to fussy cut the mermaid, adhere the tail and then stuck the mermaid on the project with dimensionals.
The seaweed in the back ground is from the Magical Mermaid set, stamped in Archival Black Ink. I also used the fern leaf from Butterfly Basics - this is also stamped in Archival Black Ink. The spray of ink is from the grunge stamp in the Magical Mermaid set stamped in Dapper Denim ~ I was so disappointed when the spots at the top smudged; this is one of the hazards of working with glossy card and water based inks.
How cute is the sentiment? This is from the Magical Mermaid set and is heat embossed with Silver Stamping' Emboss powder. I wanted the sentiment to glisten and disappear almost as if you are looking through water to see it. . . The Glitter Enamel Dots are the finishing embellishment and I chose a number of the green ones matching the colour tones with the marbled back ground. I wanted the suggestion of air bubbles and sunlight popping the undersea world.
I decorated the inside of the card with the seaweed from the Magical Mermaid set to marry in the theme. I stamped in Archival Black Ink and like the sharp contrast with the Whisper White card liner and the Lemon Lime Twist card base.
I hope you have found the background technique inspiring. The trick with the technique is to be patient and allow the inks to dry naturally. Don't leave us yet. . . Check out Patrice's amazing card it's so delicate and pretty ~ she managed to eek out an entirely different background to mine and Nadines. . .

Until next time. . .

Order of Blog Hop June

Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand)
Nadine Weiner (Germany)
Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) ~ that's me!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fancy Folds - Flap Fold Cards

Welcome back to another Fancy Folds Design Team blog hop - hope you have gotten your hands on our new Annual Catalogue and started your wish list! Perhaps you have just popped by from Martha's blog - I love this month's fold - so stinking' cute!

This is my Flap Fold Card, I used this tutorial on YouTube:
I love this suite! Birthday Memories remind me of the cards I would receive when growing up. . . that gives my age away right? So my base card is Real Red and I used the standard measurements that I would use for a square 6"x 6" card but folded the top flap down at 2.75" or 7cm and then the balance of the card was simply folded into the centre.

The gorgeous DSP is the new Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and there are so many beautiful patterns and designs to choose from. The sheet that I have used has both the balloons and the colourful lines design so I only had to cut into one sheet! I also fussy cut from the same piece the turtle and the squirrel and the ballon and banner that you see above.
I stamped the sentiment Hip Hip Hooray from the Birthday Delivery set in Memento Black in the banner. The balloon was reinforced on another piece of card stock and dimensionalised to act as the little block for the top flap.
I love this turtle - it has so much personality! It is mounted on a piece of Whisper White card stock with the Stitched Edged Framelits mounted on a square of Real Red card stock cut out with the co-ordinating square from the Layering Squares Framelits which is only marginally smaller than the square used to cut out the base card. I cut the void out once I had adhered the DSP.
I cut the three balloons for the squirrel from another sheet of DSP from the Birthday Memories set - these were surprisingly easy to fussy cut. I adhered these direct to the DSP and luckily you can't see these when the top flap is down but they also suit when the flap is lifted. . .
This is what the whole card looks like opened fully. I cut the DSP to mount with the shading and fading marrying up with the void cut out of the centre. I added the lined piece at the bottom then a rectangle of Pacific Point to divide the pattern a little. The base for the message is Whisper White mounted on a rectangle of Pacific Point.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is Happy Birthday Thinlits cut apart. I think that the font marries in nicely with the balloons and images. My only reservation is in the adhering of the words - I was a little awkward. The sentiment is cut out of Real Red card stock.
As the final tie-in I stamped the fox from the Birthday Delivery set in Memento Black and coloured him in using the Stamping' Water Colour Pencils and a Blender Pen. I hand drew the string with a Journalling Pen to match the colours in the balance of the card.
This was a fun and easy card and I am sure that you have found a lot of inspiration in this month's hop. Don't leave us yet - check out Tanja's amazing creation this month!
Until next month, enjoy your craft and stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop for June

1. Monica Gale (UK) 
2. Martha Inchley (Canada) 
3. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 
4. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
5. Aude Barbara (France) 
6. Miranda Mols (Netherlands) 
7. Astrid Hofmann (Austria) 
8. France Martin (USA)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Totally Techniques - Paper Embellishments

This month we are a small group of demos doing the Totally Techniques blog hop and I hope that it is simply because of end of school year in the northern hemisphere and not because of the technique that was chosen? . . .

So this month we are doing make your own paper embellishments. I am sure that you have loved Shelagh's creation - what an amazing embellishment!
I followed the recommended tutorial but I think if I had had more time on my hands I would have chosen to simply make my own embellishment in another manner. I followed the Scrapbook and Cards tutorial but used tissues instead of toilet paper!
I have used the daisy from the new set Daisy Delight as my central stamp for the embellishment. Its a square card of Night of Navy. I mounted both the front and the inside of the card with squares of Whisper White. The DSP is Floral Boutique which is retiring in four days!
I used tissues to mould my daisies then once they were dry I fussy cut them. I added the Daffodil Delight centres with an aqua painters and ink pad and layered the petals up to add interest. I think next time I would choose a less busy flower or image and this interfered with how quickly the tissue dried and how clearly it embossed on the tissue.
I used the Flourish Thinlits and the new Tranquil Tide card stock - this is such a beautiful rich green and goes perfectly with Night of Navy. I added new Gold Faceted Gems to the centres of the daisies for my bling.
I like the fact that the paper flowers are not perfect, that you can see the folds in the petals and the impression isn't quite even. The embellishments are very soft and sit quite delicately on the card front.

The sentiment is from Happy Happenings. I stamped it in Night of Navy ink.

Finally you can see the depth in the embellishment. I think that the card won't travel well in the post so it's an in person card lol!
I hope the blog hop has been inspirational to you and that you want to make your own embellishments.  Don't leave us just yet. . . check out Barbara's creation I love how she has created an entirely different embellishment - gorgeous!
Until next month - stay crafty!
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fancy Folds - Big Buckle Card

Welcome back to another month with the Fancy Folds Design Team - this month we are featuring Big Buckle Cards. Haven't there been some incredible projects so far? You may have just hopped by from Martha's blog ~ that lady has soooooo much talent.

Here is my card this month:
I am featuring new colours, new stamps, new thinlits and new DSP! I love this time of the year when we retire an annual catalogue and are exploring what we can create with our new tools, stamps and designs.

You all know that I love my square cards and this fold really lends itself to square cards. . . so I stuck with what I know. . .

Beate Johns has been a long time favourite of mine - I love her style and she always amazes me with her creativity. I followed Beate's tutorial on how to make the Big Buckle Card on Splitcoast Stampers and simply adjusted the measurements for a square card. My front panel is 8.5cm from the fold.
I love the depth of tone in the new 2017-19 in-colour, Berry Burst and thought I would feature it first this month. I have used Whisper White as my card base and layered it with Berry Burst and the new ombre paper from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. I also mounted the entire card on another square of the Berry Burst card to "frame" the project.

The daisy stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set is super cute. I heat embossed the flower in white and used emboss resist technique to add a touch of colour (Berry Burst) to the centre of the daisy. I wiped off the excess colour with a wet wipe to pop the white emboss on white card stock. The beauty is that this particular stamp has a matching punch - so I punched out the flowers with the punch, bent up the petals a little to give it some depth and stuck two of the stamped punched images on top of each other. I thought the Silver Faceted Gem was a great centre for the flower. I also scattered some Rhinestones as well to bling it up.
You might see the feature behind the daisy - this was created using the circular detail thinlit from the Eastern Medallion Thinlit Dies (which is available to customers on advance purchase this month!), this set is so versatile and will quickly become a favourite I have not doubt. I snipped the detail cut- out from the centre of the circle. I wanted the daisy to pop but not be overpowered by the shape behind it.

Heat embossing always wows people and I love how the white embossed flowers and leaves from the Wood Words set looks stamped on the ombre DSP from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. I have stamped this image twice and masked the second stamp using a post it note so that the stamped image was well within the parameters of the DSP.
I used the Classic Label Punch for the void for the belt and adjusted the "belt" to be narrow enough to slide in and out of the void without getting caught on the thinlit feature behind the daisy. I contemplated shaping the belt end that is tucked in, but decided against it.
The sentiment is from the Daisy Delight set. I love the size and style of the font - this is a great sentiment and I think I will be using it a lot this season.
I hope you have enjoyed the project and feel excited about what is to come. The new catalogue is delicious!

Don't leave us now. My beautiful friend Tanja Kolar is next in the hop and her creation is so cute!

Stay sparkly!
Shanni xx

Blog Hop Order May 2017
1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) 
2. Monica Gale (United Kingdom) 
3. Martha Inchley (Canada) 
4. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me! 
5. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
6. Aude Barbara (France) 
7. Miranda Mols (Netherlands) 
8. Astrid Hofmann (Austria) 
9. France Martin (USA)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Totally Techniques - Watercolour Spritz Technique

Hello Crafty Folk - welcome back to another Totally Techniques blog hop. This month we are highlighting the Watrcolour Spritz Technique.

Hope you enjoyed Marine's project this month - I think its totally adorable.  This is my card:
I believe that we have all followed Kim Peck's YouTube tutorial which is really simple! Sticking with my traditional square cards, the only twist with this card is that it is an easel card and features a sneak peek of a new stamp set coming in the Annual Catalogue which goes live on 1 June.

My base card is Bermuda Bay mounted with a square of Cupcakes and Carousel DSP - I love the whimsical design that features clouds. . . I have also used Shimmer White Cardstock as my "canvas" for stamping.

I used the "splotches" stamp from Gorgeous Grunge (I am going to miss this set the most of everything that is retiring with the Annual Catalogue this year as it is my "go to" set) in Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry and spritzed the stamped images as soon as I had applied all three to the cardstock.
I love how the colour leached down the yardstick. I then stamped the "fly poo" stamp from the same set in Archival Basic Black as I wanted a dramatic contrast to complement the stamped feature of the card. I used s ski strip of Copper Foil Card to tie in the copper and texture theme of the card, along with the copper dotty wash tape from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi set.

The new Copper Trim featured in the new Annual Catalogue is going to be the most popular ribbon or trim in the cattle this season is my prediction. I have teased the copper trim out of its thin tubular shape, the trim is a terrific mount for the stamped image and adds texture and a bit of glimmer to the card.
I love the pain brush pot from the new Crafting Forever stamp set. I stamped the image on a piece of the Cupcakes & Carousel DSP paper  in Archival Basic Black ink and fussy cut the pot out. Next I stamped the image again on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut the entire image. I coloured the paintbrushes and pens with the Watercolour Pencils and blended the colour with a Blender Pen.
I adhered the DSP pot to the stamped image and dimensionalised the image off the base card. I have used Copper Thread for some housing behind the stamped image to marry in with the copper highlights. As another contrast I added a few Bermuda Bay sequins from the trim (that is retiring).
I used Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie to marry in with the copper theme as the orange is a nice contrast with the blue and remind me of the way that copper oxidises.
The inside of the card is mounted with another square of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP and a plain piece of Whisper White cardstock. I added a piece of the copper spotted wash as the method of levering the easel.
I hope that you have enjoyed this fun card and that you will pop by our next blogger Zoe Tant who has an amazing creation to share with you this month!
Until next month, glitter is gorgeous
Shanni xx

1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) 
2. Amy Koenders (USA) 
3. Nadine Weiner (Germany) 
4. Shelagh Freemantle (Canada) 
5. Marine Wiplier (France) 
6. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) that's me!
7. ZoĆ« Tant (UK) 
8. Barbara Meyer (Austria) 
9. Mathilde Kortekaas (Netherlands)