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Monday, 17 July 2017

Interactive Card Class Card #3 Waterfall Card - Super Cute nautical theme for kids and babies.

I was asked to do a class using interactive cards or designs that were more interesting than the simple basic card. Since I always struggle knowing when to stop it's no surprise that of course I took the challenge and amplified it to not 1 but 3 interactive designs. The class was lots of fun and this is one of the projects we made.

I had never made a waterfall card and had thought that it would be way too complicated so I put it off for ages. This class seemed like a good reason to try one and I was so surprised at how easy it really is- and just how super cute and effective. It was a big hit and I may have just convinced a few people that they NEED the Message in a Bottle set!
I searched Pinterest (of course) but was unable to come up with too many cards made recently using current stamp sets so I just set about experimenting with the sets I have and I am really happy with the results.
I found the best tutorial on Split Coast Stampers although there are plenty around. (it was a new craze back in 2007! according to SCS). I did add the punched half circle at the base which Dawn Griffith shows in her video also.

My Measurements
  • standard Australian card base 10.5cm x 29.7 scored in half to stand vertically ( 2 cards per sheet of A4)
  • DSP 10cm x 14.2
  • Anchor strip 1" x 10.5cm
  • folding mechanism 2" x 9" score at 2", 23/4", 31/2", and 41/4" so you have 4 score lines 3/4" apart, use the tag punch at the 9" end
  • 4 squares Cardstock 2x2"
  • 4 squares of very vanilla 17'8 x 17/8"  TIP: I scored the very vanilla page at 17/8" intervals and cut it into strips 17/8"wide for the class so each participant had one pre-scored strip and they stamped the images in a row before cutting into squares, just made my job easier, and it was less confusing for them.
We did the Message in a Bottle in class, but I made a few other samples and I'll photograph them and post them tomorrow. I would love to enter this for the Global Design Project #95 Kids but I think I may have missed the deadline!

I had a little Berry burst on the trial sample but went with only 3 colours for class
For the class they had one strip of Very Vanilla and did all the stamping in one go before cutting it along the score lines and mounting on the 2"Denim Squares.

I was really happy with the Baby cards because I've had Bookcase Builder in my stash for ages -  You know those sets you just have to have- then didn't know what to do with it! I think this could be the answer.

I did try and do a short video but that doesn't seem to have worked so well!

thanks so much for looking.

I'll have one more card for tomorrow, be sure and check back.

and remember
"don't just post online
post something pretty!"


Sunday, 16 July 2017

CTC#137 Easy to be Artistic with beautiful papers!

Welcome back for another week's creations inspired by the catalogue. There are loads of images in the artistic expression section, but my card is taken directly from the banner photo today using the wood rings image in the top right. To be honest I didn't realise that was a stamp until I had a closer look but the whole card appealed to me and I used DSP as the background instead. It's easy to be artistic with so many brilliant tools available to us. If you follow by blog (which is easy to do- just register your email address in the little box below the fourth rainbow swirl box on the right side of this page) then you'll know that I am a big fan of a square card, this one is 12cm x 12cm, a good luxurious size.

The inspiration photo this week has so many gorgeous cards and they are all made using background stamps. Just when I think my wish list has gone down to a manageable size it zooms up again! Which one of these beauties will I need first?

For this card I cut the lovely words "hugs" from gold foil but it got a little lost on the paper so I mounted the ring onto a circle of vellum and that gave it a whole new life. The gold thread is a retired SU thread but it worked better than linen thread. And for the flower I simply used the pansy punch and once I had punched out 2 Powder Pink flowers I worked them with my bone folder until the paper fibres became loose enough that I could gently separate the cardstock into 2 pieces- the pieces have a sort of velvet feel on the underside. It's an old technique but a good one, and then you have 4 layers instead of 2 which gives your flower more dimension. If you layer some of the flowers back to front you get a nice texture.The leaves are simply a plain punch pansy cut into wedges.

I made a matching gift bag using a square of 6x6 DSP. 

You can see more of these cute bags and the instructions on my post from 14/06 here

Thanks so much for looking today.
Be sure to hop all the way around and then create something inspired by pages 132-181 and share it with us on our Facebook Page.

Next on the hop this week is Monique

and before me this week is Mel

and remember

"don't just post online
post something pretty!"


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

CI#13 Did I mention Green is my fave?

Welcome back to another week of colourful inspiration. This week Bronwyn has selected another gorgeous inspiration pic, and this time it has green in it!! I have found some of the challenges...well....challenging because there hasn't been any green in many of them. It has been a revelation to me as to how often I reach for it. Do you have a go-to colour??

I am still struggling to use Lemon-Lime Twist but it worked beautifully in a watercolour wash together with Wild Wasabi on some shimmer paper. I then dropped clean water from my aquapainter and let it spread the colour around which gave me a few patches of quite pale colour.  On a second panel I did some more mixed green watercolouring and then stamped some text over the colour while it was still damp using the border stamps from  Background Bits. When that piece was dry I used it to die cut some leaves.(I like the detail of the leaves from Falling Flowers rather than the solid shape from Swirly Birds for this card) 
The Swirly Scribbles Roses (also in shimmer paper) were easy to sponge with both Sweet Sugarplum and Fresh Fig, and I layered the rose onto some vellum just to make it stand out a bit more from the background. The diecut word has been treated with some Wink of Stella too just to keep the shimmery effect uniform.

Of course this is not much like my original plan but I am happy with the end result.
I tried to keep the background plain but couldn't help using an embossing folder for the vanilla base! You know how that is some days.....
And of course there were some bits left over from the trials pieces, so I couldn't let them go to waste. You can see the 2 tome leaf a bit clearer in this second card.

Thanks for looking, do be sure and have a go with creating a card using these beautiful colours and share it with us on our Facebook page.
Next this week is Nicole, can't wait to see what she has created this week.

thanks for looking and remember,

"don't just post online

post something pretty!"