Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Photo Tutorials Loaded

Just a quick note to let you know that I've loaded several new photo tutorials onto the Photo Tutorial page from past newsletters. Feel free to download and use.

An Old Friend, Painted Harvest for Global Design Project

Well, fall is definitely here. We cancelled a camping trip because we're wusses! We just didn't want to camp in the cold and rain. We did that already in July. Darn it! We were hoping for sunshine and warm temperatures, but now I've got a cold coming on so it's just as well. But on our way down to Vancouver last weekend, we saw definite signs of autumn with the leaves starting to show hints of oranges and yellows, so it is time to get some warm harvest colours into my card making again.

When I saw Global Design Project's latest theme challenge #207, which is Bloom and Grow, I immediately thought of sunflowers, and an old friend - the Painted Harvest stamp set. I haven't inked that favourite of mine up in a while and this was the perfect opportunity. Here's the Challenge Banner:

And here is my entry:

  • I love warm autumn colours and my palette for this card was Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and Garden Green, with Crushed Curry for the bow.
  • When stamping the sunflowers using 2 step stamping, I always stamp the more detailed, darker image first (in Mango Melody). This makes it easier, when I've inked up the less detailed filler stamp in a lighter coloured ink, to be able to see the already stamped image through the stamp and ink and to be able to line it up correctly. This stamp set gives you arrows on the stamp backing to help you line the stamps up as well.
  • The leaflet and the fern fronds were stamped in Early Espresso and Garden Green for the leaflet, and Cajun Craze and Mango Melody for the fern frond.
  • Everything but the leaflet, which could be punched out using the Leaf Punch, has to be fussy cut as there are no coordinating dies for this stamp set, which is a shame, as it's a bit of a production to do the fussy cutting.
  • I used the Stitched rectangles to die cut a rectangle from Soft Suede cardstock, then dry embossed it using the Corrugated Embossing Folder. This made a great background for the sentiment, which is from the Slice of Happiness stamp set.
  • The bow is a double finger bow, made from 3/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Crushed Curry.
  • The background paper is also from the Come to Gather DSP pack.

The Clearance Rack has been restocked!! Message me soon and I can place an order for you or go to my On-Line Store and click on Clearance Rack to have a look and purchase from there. There are lots of new items including paper, but at up to 60% off, favourite items are going to go fast, so don't wait! Several items are gone already.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.  

Product List
Leaf Punch
Sprig Punch
Paper Snips

Monday, September 16, 2019

Snow Globe Scenes Dies as a Wedding Card!

This past week, I had a unique experience that I will remember for a long time. I was invited along with the other members of our refugee sponsor group to attend the wedding of one of the older girls in the Syrian family we brought to Canada a year and a half ago. It was a little sudden and a bit of a surprise so we didn't have much notice and we had to travel to Vancouver for the celebration so we went down on Thursday and returned home on Friday.

But it was quite a cultural education for us and so good to see our sponsored family again. We've been really missing them now that they are so far away. They are doing really well and the move was a good one for them.

I wanted to make a beautiful card for the bride, Marwa, and I had just seen a gorgeous one in white using the Snow Globe Scenes Dies on Facebook. It was created by Heike Fallwicki, and since I just ordered and received the Still Scenes Bundle which contains these dies, I decided to CASE her card for the wedding card. Here's how it turned out:

  • Heike's card used the church image inside the shaker globe and I tried at first to turn the church into a mosque, since Marwa and her new husband are Muslim. It looked amazing, but then I wondered if it was culturally responsible to feature the image of a mosque on a card and if that would even represent a wedding to a Muslim, so I opted instead to go with floral images.
  • To do this I used die cuts in Whisper White, using the Bouquet Bunch dies and the Frosted Bouquet dies for the flowers and foliage, as well as the Leaf Punch. I mounted them all on a circle of Pool Party Paper, die cut with the largest Stitched Shapes Circle die using glue dots and small pieces of Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • I cut a similar stitched circle with the same die from Whisper White cardstock and used the snow globe inner outline die to cut a hole in it for the Snow Globe Dome. You pull off the top film to expose the adhesive on the top and press this white cardstock circlet over top of the dome and pressing it down on the adhesive on top of the rim of the dome. It must be flipped then and filled with the Ice Stampin' Glitter. I feel I used too much of it and next time would cut it back by at least half. 
  • The blue circle was flipped over so that the flowers would be inside the dome and the seal on the bottom adhesive on the dome removed so I could seal it onto the blue circle. The glitter is now trapped inside. The excess seal on the snow globe dome had to be trimmed away as it was larger than the largest circle die SU has.
  • Two designs of a retired laser cut paper (Delightfully Detailed) were layered on top of the Thick Whisper White card base, rather than just using the laser cut paper as the card front. The reason for this is because I wanted to add a gift card holder on the indside that I didn't want to show to the outside. The retired Gift Card Holder Dies created that. 
  • I also used some retired Pool Party shimmer Ribbon to embellish the card front and to fasten the gift card holder.
  • The sentiments are from the Special Celebrations stamp set.

The next two Paper Pumpkin Kits will bring you some coordinating projects for your Christmas Crafting season. Subscribe for the first time or renew your subscription before October 10, to get in on them!!

                                                                                                                    Stampin' Up! has redesigned and streamlined our Demonstrator Websites. I'd love for you to go and check mine out:   
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                                                                                                                      Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Product List
Pool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon
**Pool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon
Leaf Punch

**Retired Product - no longer available