Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Set Sail Card in a Box

There is nothing quite like sailing to make you feel relaxed. It brings back lots of happy summer memories from when I was young, so when I saw the Sale Away Suite in the Annual Catalogue, I knew it would be one of my first purchases.

The Sale Away Suite is all inclusive and coordinated so you can create lots of different projects. 
Using lots of the elements from the Set Sale Bundle, I created this Card In A Box.


When making a Card In A Box it is important to lie the card flat at regular intervals to check that the "scene" you are creating is pretty at first glance. The card arrives flat and that is the first view the recipient will have until they get the surprise of how it looks when opened. You can experiment to see which "picture" is the most appealing and fold it that way to send.

Flattened to the right hand side.

Flattened to the left hand side
 I plan on doing a little sailing myself over the next couple of weeks while on my vacation to the Greek Islands. It will be with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who have earned this wonderful opportunity. The day you see this post, I will be sailing around Mykonos. How awesome is that?

I hope you gain some inspiration from my Card In A Box using  the  Sail Away Suite. It can be purchased as an entire suite, as a bundle or each of the elements individually, and the cards and projects can be from very simple to more advanced. So this is a suite to suit everyone.

Until Next Time
Happy Stamping



If you'd like to purchase any part or all of the suite, and you live in Australia, I would love you to shop with me. Simply select the item(s) below and you will be taken directly to my On-line Shop.

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Tropical Chic Press n Seal Card

Have you tried the Press n Seal Technique? It gives an awesome 3D effect to your card and is an interesting concept in card making. 

Today I've chosen to use the Tropical Chic stamp set by Stampin' Up!


The design is lifted off the base and looks like it is floating.
Tropical chic is a beautiful graphic set of stamps that relies on the shapes and colours you choose for its impact. I stamped the flowers in Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze and Flirty Flamingo and the leaves in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow. Simple stamping that is enhanced by cutting with the coordinating dies "Tropical". 

WHAT'S THE METHOD?

Stamp lots of flowers and leaves on a piece of Thick Whisper White.
Cut the shapes using coordinating dies from the Tropical die set.
Arrange the shapes in a design - I found it easier to overlap some of the shapes but you need to be careful that all shapes can be adhered to the base card with dimensionals.
Cover your design with Press n Seal and cut out the centre with a Shape die like Stitched Rectangles, Layering Circles etc.
Place a dimensional on the back of each shape then carefully turn the Press n Seal over and position it on the card front. 
Gently peel the Press n Seal off the design.



The finished design with the centre cut out and a large greeting stamp inserted.  

One of the really good outcomes of this technique is that you can end up with 2 cards if you are careful with your design.1 card uses the outside of the design and the other uses the cut out piece from the inside.



All you need to do is add a greeting and maybe a little faux stitching and you have 2 lovely cards.


If you'd like further information on this fun technique, you are welcome to contact me  
You'll find links to all the products used in the list below. Just select the image of interest and you can see all the details.

If you'd like to learn more about Stampin' Up! and the current special deals for joining - our Extra Extra! campaign, then take a look at my website. 
Extra free product in the Starter Kit and extra value coupon for the month following joining. That's Extra Extra value!

Until Next Time


Happy Crafting  


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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Simple Stamping Techniques - Cling Wrap Sprinkles


Hello and welcome to another blog hop by the Simple Stamping Techniques team. This month we are showing a cool technique using the new Pigment Sprinkles from Stampin' Up! 



Look at how vibrant the colours are, and they come in jars that already have 3 sprinkle holes in the top with a secure 
re-closable lid. 
We have Bermuda Bay: Daffodil Delight: Granny Apple Green: Gorgeous Grape: Mango Melody and Melon Mambo. 
And you can  create multiple other colours by allowing the sprinkles to blend.
The technique is fun, but it is important to follow the instructions to get your desired effect. 



Being the person I am, I often don't read instructions and this is the result of putting the sprinkles directly onto the paper. I used Shimmery White  to better cope with the water, and while the colours are pretty, I didn't get the results I was looking for. When I checked the instructions I found you need to put the sprinkles onto the cling wrap and spritz the cling wrap before flipping it over onto your paper and crinkling the cling wrap with your fingers - allow to dry thoroughly before removing the cling wrap - I got much better results doing it this way!



This time I can see where I crinkled the cling wrap and using all the same products but simply changing the method makes a big difference to the results.
Aren't the colours gorgeous? So vibrant, even when they start to combine with each other. 
Another hint is to be very frugal with the pigment - it is very strong and too much will not give you the desired effects. Just a few spots of pigment is all you need. And think about the colours mixing together - so place the pigment strategically. 

Here is the card I made using the cling wrap method and the Daisy Lane stamp set by Stampin' Up! The Heirloom frame has been lightly sponged using a dauber and Whisper White ink.



I added a variety of other Stampin' Up! products that I've listed below, so if you'd like to purchase any of them and you live in Australia, you are welcome to use my online store.


The daisy is embossed onto the background and some edges are fussy cut so they can protrude outside the frame.  
I've used Shimmery White card stock and Pretty Peacock as the surround colour.

Rather than reinvent the wheel I have listed a link to an excellent tutorial for this technique by Lydia Fiedler, on Splitcoast Stampers. Have a look and give the technique a try - it is lots of fun and you could spend an hour or so creating lots of gorgeous backgrounds. 

Don't forget to look at other awesome examples from demonstrators around the world. Select the name below and hop along!

Until Next Time
Happy Crafting


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