Thursday, 23 February 2017

Falling In Love & Dragonfly Dreams - The Blues one!

Quick share of today's card...

This is a card made "kind of" from scraps!!! - as the paper panel is the gutted centre from my Heart Wreath card shared here... (gutted at 1 1/4" from all sides fyi) ... and the greeting banner is the scrap from cutting out the two Very Vanilla panels used here... kind of neat!
Falling in Love papers meets Dragonfly Dreams stamps & dies and introducing the other BIG word in Happy Celebrations.... how much do I love this "celebrate" greeting!!

And I have to admit that these papers have really proven to be versatile... and are not just in the pinks!!
Oh and here is the inside... thought it worthy of decorating too...
Love the softer look of the just the dragonfly wings and body...

And a little tip... I have used clear embossing powder on the Very Vanilla cardstock so that the cream card colour can shine through... and the colouring is done using Pool Party and Mint Macaron markers over the embossed and die-cut dragonfly (ie Emboss Resist... remembering to wipe off the excess ink with tissue paper afterwards)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Exciting News! British Craft Awards 2017

I am absolutely thrilled to share the news that Stampin’ Up! has won Papercraft Brand of the year 2017 and Papercraft Retailer of the year 2017 at the British Craft Awards 2017! The awards ceremony was held at the NEC on Sunday 19th February.
So happy to be a small part of this journey! And I look forward to the next part of the voyage... I have to love that I have so much Papercraft Brand of the Year stash to work with!
Want to start your own creative journey with Stampin' Up!... click here for more details... as this month is a very good time to start!
Back soon with a creative share .. but I had to share!
And don't forget to check out the new Sale A Bration promotional items you can earn for free! Click here.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Second release of Sale A Bration items... now live!

Three more products added to the Sale a Bration promotion today. 

Click here to see these second release items. And/or click here to see the first release items which are all still available too... 

Here is a sneak peek of some projects...
And here are some quick pics of the 3 items...

First up the absolutely gorgeous Glimmer Paper Multipack... 4 6" square sheets each of Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum & Bermuda Bay... what's not to love!
Second up ...Make A Medallion...

 And last but not least... Reverse Words....

And here are a couple of creative shares from our last Monthly Training using the Reverse Words stamp set...

And click here for more details on this previously shared project showing off the 3 gorgeous colours of the Glimmer Paper! 

Oh and for those of you new to Stampin' Up! and/or Sale A Bration... this is how the Sale A Bration promotion works...  
Earn Free Product in any (or all) of 3 ways... until 31st March 2017...

SHOP: For every £45 you spend (before shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. Spend £90 get 2 free SAB products... and so on... with no limits...  Choose now from a total of 15 items.

JOIN:- Get an extra TWO STAMP SETS for FREE. Choose the standard £130 product plus 2 more free current stamp sets (could be an extra £93 for free!! Yes...up to £223 product). Pay just £99. Ships for FREE too...

HOST:- Order over £200 or... host a qualifying party with at least £200 in sales... and you'll earn £20 more Host/Stampin' Rewards. You can even use the Host/Stampin Rewards towards a Demonstrator Starter Kit.
Example: For a £200 order... earn £40 total Host/Stampin Rewards during Sale A Bration 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dutch Map Fold Explosion Card featuring Blooms & Bliss papers

More explosion cards for you today .... everyone has loved these cards in classes... and all left inspired & resolved to get their papers out of storage and get some cards made!

Here is a selection using the Blooms & Bliss  papers... as I found one piece of paper left over after all my makes... and very quickly made four cards...

Huge Thank You greeting inside care of the Sale A Bration So Very Much stamp set (see page 8. Free with a £45 order! ) and card front greeting care of Thankful Thoughts

Wonder what might be my customer thank you cards this month!!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Six Panel Pop & Twist Card Tutorial

Another version of my Six Panel Pop & Twist Card for you... and the Tutorial... so warning... this is a very picture heavy post!

This is a re-make of the wedding card shared here earlier ... but dressed up for Mothers' Day wishes this time...

I have used the Falling in Love papers, Large Letters dies, Stitched Shapes dies , Window Shopping stamps and So Detailed dies again. And introduced the new Happy Celebrations and Dragonfly Dreams stamp sets and also used the Layered Letters alphabet stamps to complete the overall sentiment.... and the long retired Family Reunion stamps for the Mum on the front...

Six Panel Pop & Twist Card Tutorial

Card Blank: Thick Whisper White 11” x 5½”
Panels: Thick Whisper White 10½” x 3”
Mechanism: Thin Whisper White 8½” x 3”
Front Card Mat: Sahara Sand 5¼” Square

Panels: 1½”W x 2¾”H (x6)
Inside: 5¼”W x 3¾”H (x2)
Front: 5”W x 4”H
Ribbon x 18”

Step by Step Card Fold Tutorial

       Outer Card Blank
1.       Score largest panel LANDSCAPE at 5½” (Card Blank) 

2.       Place PORTRAIT at 2¾” on Top Bar of Trimmer and pencil-mark using the cutting groove ruler at 10, 14 (ie on score line!), 18 & 25 cm (alternatively 3⅞”, 5½”score-line, 7⅛”, 10”) See Bonus Tip 1 below

3.       Bone fold (with marks on inside!) & set aside

Concertina Panels
4.       Score longer 10½” Thick White panel LANDSCAPE at 1¾”, 3½”, 5¼”, 7” and 8¾”

5.       Concertina Fold Mountain, Valley, Mountain, Valley, Mountain.

6.       Score shorter 8 ½” Thin Whisper White panel PORTRAIT at 1 ½”

7.       Turn 90 degrees & score LANDSCAPE at ¾”, 2 ¾”, 5 ¾” & 7 ¾”  See Bonus Tip 2 below

8.       Score diagonally from 2nd Top (2 ¾”) score to 3rd Bottom (5 ¾”) score

9.       Repeat for 2nd Bottom (2 ¾”) score to 3rd Top (5 ¾”) score
10.   Bone Fold central long score as a mountain fold

11.   Bone Fold the two diagonal score lines as valley folds

12.   Open out (ensuring central horizontal score-line is a mountain fold and the 2 diagonals are valleys) and push the sides/mountains in towards each other until they meet at the centre (ie they form a house shape with a triangular roof on top!)

13.   Place down flat and Bone Fold
14.   Apply glue to top and bottom triangle sections See Bonus Tip 3 below

15.   Open out and mark top right section (see R) and bottom left section (see L)

16.   With the R to the top right hand side! Cut along central line from outside edge to 2nd score-line… then cut up from bottom right diagonal score line to cut off the bottom right sections
17.   With the L to the bottom left hand side… Cut along central line from outside edge to 2nd score-line… then cut up down from top left diagonal score line to cut off the top left sections
18.    Apply glue to the 2 sections/tabs marked R and L

Making up the Card
19.   Open out the Card Blank PORTRAIT with one mark to top and 2 marks to bottom
20.   Do a dry run…. Place the closed mechanism PORTRAIT with the top triangle tip onto the central pencil-mark/score-line and the centre of the legs lined up with the bottom pencil-mark to ensure everything is straight… See Bonus Tip 4 below. The R should show at the bottom right hand side…

21.   Remove protective strip on the underside and stick in that position
22.   Remove protective strip on the top face and close the card blank down onto the mechanism

23.   Open out the mechanism. 

And open out the 6 panel concertina piece ensuring that the mountain folds are in the centre and 2 sides…

24.   Lay down flat on top of the mechanism with the centre score-line lined up between the top pencil-mark and the 1st pencil-mark on the bottom of the card blank (note that the mechanism and concertina panels are the same height so they do line up flush…)

25.   Fold over the right hand (6th) concertina panel (to the left), remove the protective glue strip and stick the 6th panel down onto that top right tab

26.   Fold over the left hand (1st) panel (to the right), remove the protective glue strip and stick the 1st panel down onto that bottom left tab

27.   Ensure that the end panels/tabs are a mountain fold… ie give them a good “squidge”!

28.   Rub out your pencil-marks…

29.   Close up your card with the end panels facing out and down towards the bottom of the card blank … it does tend to need a helping hand for the first closure… See Bonus Tip 5 below

Bonus Tips
1.      Positioning Marks
These marks down the centre of the card are for positioning panels later and ensuring that they are lined up and straight.

This version of the card allows for decoration after the “blank card” is complete… which also enables decorating the main parts of the card from just one strip of 6” x 12” of paper….

ut if you wish to cover all of the inside of the card blank– make sure you stick your papers in first and then make your pencil marks…

2.     Score or mark  - up to you!
Seeing as I need to score the ¾” and 7 ¾” lines – I find it easier to just score the other 2 lines I need… but these do not need to be score-lines… So you can mark the 2 ¾” and 5 ¾” at the top and bottom of the panel if you prefer. Some ladies ended up marking the score-lines as they couldn’t see them to then score those diagonal lines… So personal preference!

3.      Apply glue right to the edges of the triangular mechanism parts…
Some of my ladies commented that their mechanisms had started to pull away at the sides of the triangular parts with previous versions of Pop & Twist cards they had made. I hadn’t suffered this problem… We thought this may be due to my usage of thin card for the mechanism and thick card for the card blank ( whereas they had used thin or thick for both) but it could also be due to the applying of glue on the triangular part of the mechanism – as it is likely to come away if you haven’t got glue right to the edge…

4.      Place the centre/top point of the triangle onto the score-line/mark
The main problem suffered when making this card was the mechanism not then opening out and laying total flat! This is due to placement of that central top tip of the triangle section. Most people have placed it just slightly too low (ie under the score-line) so there is a little gap and the mechanism then lies slightly proud & buckles. However it all still works – it is just that the card doesn’t fold as flat as we would like!

However you also do not want to stick it too high (ie over the score line) as the card blank will then not close flat! Easy to make sure you have hit the “sweet spot” when doing a dry run as you can ensure that the card blank folds over flat before you stick everything down in position…

5.      Close the finished card with a helping hand and with the end panels protruding down…
Put your fingers into the mechanism from both sides (imagine those pens as your fingers!!) whilst pushing your concertina panels flat together with the end panels folded out/down towards the bottom of your card blank . Hope the pictures make those words make sense!!

If the end panels are folded in the concertina mode instead - they tend to catch as you open and close the card. Though the panels open up more pronounced as mountain folds as you open it...
6.      Use Standard (Thin) Whisper White for the mechanism part of the card
It just seems to work better overall. So far!

I started off with the card blank in Thick Whisper White and the concertina panels and mechanism both in thin Whisper White as I wanted the card to close as flat as possible and I had noticed other people having to use belly bands to keep the card closed…

Then I tried Thick Whisper White for both the concertina panels and the outer card blank. Not only are the panels stronger but the card opens and shuts more easily after the first closure

Ladies that used all Thick or Standard (Thin) reported the mechanism peeling away at the corners after a few open & closes… though my glue tip above may indeed solve that problem for them…