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)

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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