Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Happy Crafters Design Team Project #1

I'm delighted to have been chosen to be a part of the first ever Happy Crafters Design Team. Throughout this month I'll be making projects using a fabulous stamp set supplied by the wonderfully creative Ann Melvin at Positively Papercraft who is also my Stampin' Up! upline and head of the Happy Crafters team.

The stamp set Ann chose for us is the super cute Message in a Bottle.  I have made a quick video tutorial for the Crafty Little Things UK You Tube channel which can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

For my first project I opted for a really simple card.

I started with Whisper White measuring 8 x 6 inches and scored at 4 inches on the long side to make the card base. I added a mat of Tempting Turquoise which was an eighth of an inch smaller on each side. I then added another layer of Whisper White with corners rounded off in the envelope punch board. Just over half way down I printed the ship from the stamp set and the whale so that just the tail would be showing. I stamped these in Early Espresso.

Next I added a Tempting Turquoise top layer which I attached using dimensionals to give the card some depth. I'd trimmed this with the scalloped edgelit which is retired but available on resale sites. I used Whisper White 3.2mm sheer ribbon to add a couple of lines of detail to the Tempting Turquoise and then accented each curve with a silver multi faceted glimmer dot.

I finished off the whole thing with a layered sentiment using the oval stitched shape framelits with a larger one in Tempting Turquoise and a smaller one in Whisper White stamped with the heart from the Message in a Bottle stamp set and the You Float My Boat sentiment and added a little bow of the white ribbon.

Hope you enjoy giving it a go. Thank you for dropping in and please consider signing up to this blog or subscribing to my You Tube channel the support is much appreciated.

Andrea x

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Joy Of Sets Christmas 2017 Blog Hop - Gorgeous Gold Christmas Card

Welcome to my contribution to the Joy of Sets blog hop for Christmas 2017. I'm so happy that the Joy of Sets has arranged this. I love the whole ethos of JoS and how easy it is to share creativity, find inspiration and to send out love to other members. If you're not a member give it a go, the admin have set up albums based on stamp sets so you can add your work to them. It makes it so easy to go to an album and get inspiration from the members with a particular stamp set and you can submit your work to a non Stampin' Up! folder so you don't have to be a Stampin' Up! lover to join in with the sharing.

Once you've had a read of my post please do go and spread the love and visit the other blogs taking part by clicking the link below.

So here is my Christmas Card which has been made using some absolutely gorgeous foils and speciality DSPs on a crisp white cardstock base. Video tutorial is embedded at the end of this post.

I've worked on so many monochrome projects this Christmas and so many traditional reds and greens that I wanted a little shift away into a shiny, rich, opulent world of foils and I also wanted to move away from basic folds to something a little more elaborate. This is only just a tiny bit more elaborate and is still monochrome but it has satisfied a need in me to create something a little different.

I started with a 10 x 6 inch whisper white card stock base and scored it on the long side at 2.5 and 3.5 inches and the same at the other end (or if you prefer to score all in one go then it's 2.5, 3.5, 6.5 and 7.5 inches).

I folded and burnished the score lines so that the centre piece was recessed from the two side flaps.

Next I added a mat of Speciality DSP from Stampin' Up! from the Year of Cheer pack. I cut three panels which were just an eight of an inch smaller on each side than the sections of the card I added them to, so they measured 5 and seven eighths and 2 and three eighths for the side panels and 2 and seven eighths for the centre panel.

Next I took more Whisper White and popped it through the Big Shot using an embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Softly Falling. I love this folder it's so versatile and although gives a snowfall effect it is useable year round to create stunning relief and texture on projects.

I cut the two side panels at 5.75 inches and 2.25 inches and the centre panel at 2.75 inches.

I used Tombow liquid adhesive to stick the mat and layers to the base.

I added two strips of Champagne Foil from Stampin' Up! to the inside of the folds either side of the centre to just add a little finish to them. These measured half an inch by 5.75 inches.

Next I took a Sissix embossing folder and die set which I've had in my collection for some time and embossed and cut out the trees, snowflake, sentiments and frame from champagne foil and added them to the card using dimensionals. I do love this set and it just works so well with the foil.

I love how the Champagne foil changes colour and can look more golden next to the gold foil of the background or how it can catch light and look more silver. Standing next to a candle this card throws off some beautiful colours. I just love it.

In the video you see me make a belly band from the speciality DSP that I used for the mat on the card but you don't need this. I toyed with adding other things to it but eventually decided that this minimalist opulent style was really appealing to me and so I left the fabulous textures and clean lines to speak for themselves.

The finished dimension would require a 6 x 6 inch envelope.

I hope you enjoy the hop. Please do go and check out the other posts and show some love for the creativity you'll find. Thank you so much for dropping in on me and even though my rudimentary card making skills are not a patch on so many others out there, I love to give things a go and by dong that I'll improve. We all have to start somewhere so if you're not a crafter why not start with something nice and easy like this?

Andrea x

Saturday, 2 December 2017

100 Cards in 15 Minutes!? Christmas Cheer Challenge Update

Today was the day when we held our Christmas Cheer Challenge event as part of the Stampin' Up! initiative to have UK crafters make thousands of cards this weekend to raise money for Ronald Macdonald Houses Charity.

We set out to make 100 cards in a speed challenge lasting just FIFTEEN minutes.

We had a few people drop out of our original number so we were up against it. We had two events happening simultaneously and we linked together by Skype. We did record it ... or rather we thought we did but I hadn't pressed record on the camera I'd been recording the whole set up and when I thought I'd hit record I'd actually stopped recording. BUT, all is not lost because fortunately I did have my overhead camera that I use for tutorials rolling. So there is a little video showing at least what I did on my You Tube channel right now, which you can access via THIS LINK.

I personally made TWENTY cards in the allocated time, which was some going and with everyone else's contributions we made a final total of 101! Some novices who have never crafted before made 6 cards in that time which was great. Lots of fun was had, especially before and after the challenge when we all sat together to make the envelopes for the cards and to use up the extra materials prepared to make a few more cards to put on top.

There are still so many events going on this weekend and so many have taken place either in their entirety or part one or two is done and part three is coming on Sunday.  It's so exciting taking part in this event and so rewarding to give something back by doing something we love.

I can't wait for the final tally and to find out if Stampin' Up! managed to rally the community to hit that huge target.

Thank you to everyone who took part, who spurred me on to create the card, to choose the final design (which had to be adapted but still stayed true to the theme) and who just encouraged us today and for the great team headed by Paula Gorry at Stampin' Up! for all of their hard work behind the scenes.

Have a great weekend!

Andrea x