Saturday, 19 October 2019

The Joy of Sets Blog Hop October 2019 - 1 Stamp Set 3 Ways

Hi and welcome to my blog or welcome back if you've been here before.  Here we are again blog hopping with the lovely members of the Joy of Sets group on Facebook.

This month's theme was suggested by one of our members and what a great and popular idea it was too! She suggested we use one stamp set in three different ways. That could mean to make three different types of card, to make three different papercrafted items such as a bag, a card and a box or we could really go to town and stamp on fabric, candles or make other 3D projects. The choice was ours and the intent was to show the super versatility of stamps and stamping.

So after you've had a look at my three projects please click on the forward and back arrows to go and check out what everyone else made and leave them a little comment if you have time. We bloggers love comments, especially kind, positive ones! I've also uploaded a video showing my projects in greater detail but please don't go and watch that until you've been around the hop. If you keep clicking forward you will eventually come back to me if everyone has their links right of course.

I decided to show how a typically Christmas stamp set could be used to create something that was not at all to do with Christmas. For starters though I made a Christmas card with it. The Stamp set I chose was  Perfectly Plaid by Stampin' Up! and for my first card I used it with Night of Navy card stock and ink, as well as Basic Gray ink and some silver mirri card to create this gorgeous card. The trees were first stamped with ink and then the stamp changed and using the appropriate tools I heat embossed a pattern on top of the ink using white and silver embossing powders. I added some silk Night of Navy ribbon and some pearls - all also from Stampin' Up!

To show versatility I then took the same tree stamp I used for the embossing element of the Christmas card and using four different inks I stamped in a kind of wheel with the top of the tree in the centre and then I used the largest stitched shape circle to cut a piece out of the stamped paper I'd made. I nestled this onto scraps of Highland Heather coloured paper from the Needlepoint Nook DSP and a piece of Gorgeous Grape card stock I had lying around.  I added another stitched circle to the centre after stamping on it from a Clearly Besotted set.

For my final project, I used the solid plaid tree and stamped it onto a piece of calico and then embroidered in a very rudimentary fashion over it, added some french knot snow fall and embroidered on some simple snowflakes with the whole piece stretched into a small embroidery frame. I also stamped Merry Christmas under the tree in Garden Green ink. I love how this turned out and think they would be fabulous for craft stands or gifts this Christmas.

So I hope that I've given you some ideas and even if I haven't I hope that you dig out a favourite stamp set and have a go yourself at using it in three very different ways. Now please go and see what my friends over at Joy of Sets have been making and sharing starting with Libby Fens if you click the forward arrow. If you want to go backwards just click the back arrow to take you back where you came from or if you like doing things the wrong way round and this was your first stop then click that arrow to go back to              .

Thank you for dropping in, enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great week ahead. Use the arrows below to go forward to the fabulous work of  Sue and previous to go back to Libby's wonderful projects.

Andrea x

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe Challenge Blog October 2019 #josttt010

Here we are now coming into the end of another year. What a fabulous year it's been for the JOS Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog! We've had consistently fabulous projects, using the amazing tic tac toe boards we've each had a share in creating and we've seen tons of lovely projects entered by our readers. Not many to go now and we'll be onto 2020.

So the grid for October was designed by Angie McKenzie and this one felt very autumnal to me.  I struggled a bit I'll tell you, especially with the middle square. I looked and said it aloud and asked the universe what on Earth does watercolour smooching mean? Of course Google and You Tube helped me out and I came up with something.

I show how I did my smooching on my video which should be live now on my channel but just quickly I used an old quilting ruler and covered that with a used (but clean) zip lock bag, then I stamped some Tim Holz distress ink onto the plastic bag and spritzed with water and lay my piece of white cardstock down on it and gave it a rub. A quick dry with my heat gun and then another bit of circular inking and repetition of the process and I was done. I quite liked it and will definitely try it again. I tore a chunk off to add to my card. I love the torn look.

So I opted for the middle horizontal and used silver foil as my bottom layer and as one of the layers for my sentiment and for the apples I used a really cute stamp and die set I bought from Clearly Besotted. I stamped my sentiment from the same set and did all of that stamping with Gorgeous Grape ink from Stampin' Up!. I also added a little touch of the same coloured card stock to the background for my little apples to sit on, fixed with mini dimensionals.

I really enjoyed making this card, it pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me try something new. Originally this was going to be quite a big card but in the design process it shrank a fair bit from a 5 x 6 to a 4 x 4 but I like it, it works.

Thank you for popping in, if you're a new visitor or an old friend, it's always good to have people look to see what I'm up to. Do pop and have a look at the JOS Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and have a try yourself, it's a good one!

Have a great weekend.

Andrea x

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Joy of Sets Blog Hop

Hello and welcome (or welcome back if you've been here before)!

It's half way through September, can you believe it? Soon it will be 2020. Gosh that makes me feel old. I don't think I ever envisaged a day when it would be 2020, not even when I was a little Star Trek fanatic.

Anyway, it's time for another Joy of Sets Blog Hop and for this one I used the gorgeous Magnolia Lane Suite from Stampin' Up! At last! I've used bits of it at least, the fabulous DSP and the delicious organza ribbon and I added a stamp from the Everything Rosy collection which was a limited edition from Stampin' Up! several months ago.

Our brief was to make a tri-fold card so genius here, who picked the brief, made a gorgeous z fold card and then realised that a z fold and a tri-fold are two different things... the clue was in the different names I guess.

So I started again and recreated my z fold as a trifold. I opted for a more unusual 5 x 5 inch card which made scoring easy as I just had to score at 2.5 inches in from either end on the long side. I then added layers of the gorgeous papers using 3 of the designs in total and layered them up using a base of Whisper White with a mat of Old Olive beneath the papers. I stamped a little white piece for the inside for someone to write a greeting in the same Old Olive as I'd used for the front sentiment and added a couple of faint foliage accents for good measure. The ribbon just covered the joins in my front pieces and I sat another set of layered squares on top, gluing on one side so that it flaps open.

I'm really pleased with this card, I love flowers and I love greens against white and black, I think it can look very crisp against white and very rich and earthy against black. So that's all going on in the card.

So, thank you for joining me today. Have fun hopping around looking at what everyone else has made by clicking on the links at the bottom.

Have a great Sunday evening and enjoy the coming week.

Andrea x