Monday, 22 September 2014

Gift box of 3x3 notecards

Daffodil Delight, Petite Petals Punch, Itty bitty
Accents Punch

Meadow Moss, Blackberry Bliss,
Best of Flowers Stampset and Scallop circle Punch, Bitty
Accents Punch, Venetain romance DSP

Found a groovy little box by SU demonstrator Sam Donald from She makes a myriad of boxes and I have tried quite a few. This one caught my eye and I made several for the markets, and we did this design in class this weekend. I have used several different sets of DSP and matching cardstock rather than stamp the cards, and I have altered some of the measurements to make it easier (for me) for cutting out. The boxes and lid measures are unchanged .
Box 7 3/16" square, score at 2" on each side,
Lid 6 1/4" square, score at 1 1/2" on each side,
However for the card fronts I used:
Mat 2 3/4"' square, DSP 2 1/2" square, and for the lid Mat 3" square, DSP 2 3/4" square.

The post on is for 3x3 box for swaps for US convention(July)and you will find her measurements here.

You can find Sam's video here.

thanks for looking, Liz

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

SUO# 105 - Embellishments, Card in a Box with the Open Sea

I love the card in a box style and have been wanting to try this technique with the Open Sea sailing ship for my Dad's birthday. He was in the RAN and has enjoyed a trip on a sailing ship (the eldest crew member on the Young Endeavour) so I think he will like this. Masculine cards can be a bit of a challenge! I am also entering this in the SUO challenge- to use an embellishment (page 208-209 of the Annual Catalogue). there are such a lot to choose from

I have made this style before (see posts here(Jan 9) and here for directions and measurements). I am also in awe of a french paper crafter Lezards de Cilou and she inspired me to try and get more detail in the elements. So after heat embossing with Early Espresso powder and cutting out the ship I have used the blender pen and some More Mustard ink to colour the sails, then manually embossing with the stylus. I am quite happy with the effect.
Ink colours include Island Indigo, Pool Party and Coastal Cabana for the sea, and Marina Mist for the sky.  the sea is 4 layers of torn cardstock sponged with all the sea colours., I have also used the aqua painter in the sea to blend the colours together a little.
 The anchor is embossed with a mixture of Early Espresso and Pewter for an aged patina.

The Antique Brad seemed to fit perfectly with the mariner theme, and I added a few candy dots from the brights collection near the globe. I have also used an old SU embellishment - the Soda Pop top which has been flattened in the Big Shot and filled with Crystal Effects.

Monday, 8 September 2014

JAI #230 Just Add DAD and PPA#218

This weekend was Father's Day here in Australia, and Just Add Dad is the challenge for Just Add Ink this week. 
You can check out the great cards by the design team here.

This simple banner card was one of the designs I made for Father's Day this year for my stall at  The Handmade Expo Markets. I had forgotten how much I like stitching on cards - the effort of getting the machine out is really worth it!  Sahara Sand and the Champagne Glimmer Paper work well with the Hello Honey. I am also entering this in the Pals Paper Arts Challenge which is a colour challenge this week. There's a tiny bit of blackberry bliss in the fabulous DSP.

Here is another sample of the same style of card

My other Father's Day Card is the Tag Card, 
which is slightly more elaborate but definitely worth the effort. 
You can find the instructions for this on my blog here.
 It is the August 6th entry.

Thanks for looking, and I hope all the fathers in your life had a beautiful day, Liz

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #234

This great sketch was quite easy to use, and I was keen to use up the leftovers from my card class today - christmas with the Festival of Trees Set. (more photos of those later)
 I have used one of my favourite colour combinations -
Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon and Kraft/ Crumb Cake.

The Festival of Trees image is heat embossed with Pool Party powder which tones so beautifully with the Lost Lagoon. Unfortunately I used up all my ribbon in the class but I have a great stash of crochet cotton in matching colours to most of my cardstock thanks to my good friend and colour expert Sloane at Needlework cottage.

One of the great products in the new Christmas Catalogue is the  Under the Tree Designer Series Paper. It has such  great weight and texture. .
After watching the video from SU on Stampin Connection I was keen to try the spritzing colour on the kraft side because the white printing allows you to use the emboss resist technique. It's beautiful.

 Perhaps I didn't use enough ink in my spritzer but I had much better success applying ink direct to the card with the ink pad. I LOVE the rich tones it gave me. Here are my comparison pieces and I have used a small strip of this in the card.
Spritz on the left, ink pad on the right.
Tried it with Hello Honey too  natural on the left, ink pad on right, cardstock colour behind.
- love this,  much richer IRL

There's the little strip, love it

Hope you try the technique with the DSP.
Thanks for looking, Liz

Monday, 1 September 2014

CASE-ing the Catty #7 with a Clean and Simple card for SUO#104

I love the concept of CASE-ing the Catalogue and have been keenly following the blog regularly but haven't been able to participate for a while. Have missed the deadlines too often!!!! but it has been a great exercise to examine the weekly challenge and see what I would make if I had time?.... It has also made me more aware of how few card samples are actually in this catalogue. There are loads of packaging ideas/ entertaining ideas but not that many card layouts to copy. Since the challenge from the blog is to be inspired by an image, an embellishment, a colour scheme or any other layout ideas it makes you look at the pictures differently.
I also like to participate in the Stampin Up Only Challenge and this time it's a Clean and Simple card - definitely a challenge for me to not add too much!
I have taken inspiration from the cushions on page 101. I love the camera image and the colour scheme so I have used Hello Honey and Island Indigo to create this Clean and Simple Card using the Snapshot and Amazing Birthday sets. My brother really will get a surprise if I actually post this card to him this year!!!

Partial die cut technique for Words - a photo tutorial (finally)

Some time ago I posted some photos of a few cards die cut with the great Little Letters Framelits so that the word stands up when the card is folded.
See Little Letters Thinlits, Love, Love, Love these (from July23).
It's a great effect and I was asked to create tutorial to explain it.
So Jacqueline I apologise for the delay but I have finally found some time to put this photo tutorial together. (I couldn't even contemplate creating a video).It is a picture -heavy post and I hope it is easy to understand, any questions please email me.

These are a few Christmas notecards that I had fun playing with  (they will be cute table place cards)

Begin by ruling a pencil line along the centre fold of your card base. Place the lower big shot plate on the cutting platform. Put the cardstock on the plate and then arrange the letters cutting side down with the base of the letter approx 3mm below the pencil line. Use a ruler or straight edge of cardboard to make sure they are in a straight line. The Magnetic platform for the Bigshot is a huge advantage for this technique.

Take a piece of Washi tape and remove some of the "sticky"ness by sticking it to some fabric a few times first (the leg of your jeans for example). Then place the 'not so sticky' washi tape over the letters to secure them in place. Have the straight edge of the tape running along the pencil line.

Layer the sandwich by placing the top big shot plate with the edge along the edge of the washi tape. This way when you run it through the big shot only the top part of the letter will be cut -the 3mm below the pencil line will remain intact.
edge of the top plate along the edge washi tape but not completely over the letters before running it through the big shot
Gently peel back the washi tape and remove the letters. It may be necessary to gently push out the cardstock letters using the small end of a scoring stylus. (a paper piercing tool will damage the cardstock)

Gently score the centre fold along the scoreline between the letters, do this from the front first so you can clearly see where to start and stop between letters. Then turn it over to the inside and score it  properly on the inside.(be careful not to go through the letters)
Inside before you score it, the letters are partially cut but the base of each letter is intact.
this has been scored from the front, now you need to reverse the score so that it fold the right way.

 Gently fold the card and stand the letters up. Then you are free to decorate as desired.
This si a birthday card for a 5 year old!
Folded so the letters are standing, ready to decorate.

View from reverse, letters may need a little gentle straightening with your bone folder

Just needs the number 5

With a matching envelope made to fit.

As I said in my earlier post (July23) It is a bit fiddly a probably not suited to a class unless they are very small classes and very proficient card makers. The letters are small and easy to lose and it is a bit fiddly, but I still think it is well worth the effort.
If you do make some of these I would love to see you creations, and I would love it if you could link your cards back to this blog.
Hope that helps, Liz