Technique Tuesday | Colour Me Irresistible

Stampin' Up! UK Sprinkles of life colour me irresistible;l

I’m a bit concerned that this fantastic Designer Series Paper may have passed you by in the Annual Catalogue this year! It can be found at the very top of page 142, it just looks like a series of coloured chevrons – but take a closer look! Its the most wonderful Designer Series Paper – do you remember the Irresistibly Yours DSP from Sale-a-bration this year? Well, its like that – but better! You get 12 sheets, all with fabulous patterns in ink resist embossing, but some are pre-coloured, while others are white – all ready for you, a sponge and your favourite ink!

Stampin' Up! UK Sprinkles of life colour me irresistible;l

Paired here with the wonderful Sprinkles of Life Stamp set, I can’t choose which version of the paper is my favourite! The one on the left uses the pre-coloured Colour Me Irresistible paper, while the right had card features the DSP that has been coloured by me with my trusty sponge and some Mint Macaron Ink!

Have I mentioned about the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by the way? Not only is it super cute! but also £2 is donated to Ronald Macdonald House Charities here in the UK for each stamp set sold! Awesome right! RMHC do fantastic work, keeping parents and sick children close together during some of the worst times, providing houses near to hospitals.

Stampin' Up! Colour me Irresistable Color

What’s your favourite version of this card?



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Cardmaking 101 – Lets Make a Card!

Stampin' Up! UK Freshly Made Sketches

Hello!

Did you catch my mistake last week? I have complete wedding brain at the moment and managed to film this video on the wrong week! magic! but its ok, because I’ve filmed another tutorial for you this week!

I love using sketches as a quick and easy way to make a card, I will often hit Pinterest or check the latest challenges on some of my favourite challenge blogs. Sketches make card making so super quick and easy, and also stretch my card making into areas I would never have explored. Do you ‘get’ how much I love sketches! and I would love you to love sketches too!

So, this is a Cardmaking 101 – but one with a difference, because today we are actually going to make a card! So far we have explored tools, adhesives, and accessories. We have talked about stamps and stamping. But we have never actually made a card! until today. This is also the last Cardmaking 101 for a couple of months, but it will return bigger and better than ever in the Autumn – is there something you really want to learn? or a technique you would love to try but just don’t know where to start? Let me know so I can feature them as part of my next Cardmaking 101 series (or should that be Cardmaking 102?!)

Ok, so shall I stop waffling and get on with making a card!

Freshly Made Sketches #196 Cardmaking  101

This is our sketch for today, Sketch #196 from Freshly Made Sketches!

I always start by looking at the sketch, turning it around and changing the shapes. The key to using sketches is not to think of the shapes as boxes (or flowers, or butterflies) but just as shapes, shapes that your stamps can fill

Next I turn to my stamp shelves, trying to place my stamps into that shape. Sometimes I will use a stamp and punch combination for this, or sometimes I just use my current favourite!

Once I have collected my supplies and grab the sketch again. Cut my card stock, and begin to assemble my card

Stampin' Up! UK Cardmaking 101 Watercolour thank you

Here I have used the Watercolor Thank You, along with a piece of the Neutrals Designer Series Paper. I recently received a pack of the Metal Rimmed Peals, and just HAD to find away of using them!

So, what do you think? I would love to see your latest make, show me on my Facebook page!



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Technique Tuesday | Blender Pens on Vellum

Stampin' Up! UK Blender Pens on vellum

Hello and welcome to another Technique Tuesday, I have recently been playing with my Blender Pens, and thought I would share the easiest way to use them!

I love the Blender Pens, they make colouring images so super quick and easy, but they take a little bit of practice particularly on Whisper White card stock. However, they are really easy to use on vellum.

So, what is a Blender Pen?

A Blender Pen is a pen that contains a special clear solution, that helps inks to move on paper. They create a similar effect to watercolouring, but without the mess of water everywhere. These pens work best on smooth surfaces; Whisper White card stock, Shimmery White card stock, or Vellum. This is because the ink still needs to be a little wet for the solution to move the ink. I find that they work best on vellum, this is because the ink takes longest to dry, giving you plenty of time to get a smooth colour blend

Stampin' Up! UK Blender Pens on vellum

I had some issues during the filming of this one! So, as usual you get a couple of ‘live bloopers!’ My camera ran out of battery (I’d filmed about 8 videos in one day!), but I hope it doesn’t effect your enjoyment of the tutorial

Top Tips for using Blender Pens on Vellum;

– I prefer to use Stazon Black on Vellum, as it is designed for smooth surfaces and dries to a nice crisp Black

– Use on colour at a time, here I coloured all the leaves first, then the flower centres and then the petals

– Scribble off your Blender Pen onto some scrap paper between each colour. The tip of your Blender Pen may stain, but this won’t effect the colour once you have scribbled off the excess

– Play and have fun!

Stampin' Up! UK Birthday Blossoms Vellum

Once the vellum is coloured I turn the vellum over, and use Fast Fuse Adhesive to stick the vellum to the card. I love Fast Fuse for this, because it is a clear tape you can’t see it, but I also apply the tape to the coloured areas. This way you can’t see when it is attached, I like the look of the vellum loose at the edges, but you could use glue dots in each corner and cover them with Candy Dots or Pearls.

What’s your favourite way of attaching Vellum to your cards?


 

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Freshly Made Sketches 195 – Cardmaking 101 Process video

Stampin' Up! UK Freshly Made Sketches Crazy About You Video tutorial

 

Disclaimer: I got totally ahead of myself this week, and planned this video as the final part of my Cardmaking 101 series (my brain is complete mush right now, call it Wedding brain!) I am planning something else for next weeks Cardmaking 101 (probably another process video) but I am compiling a list of card making FAQ’s, do you have a burning card making question, let me know in the comments section below and I’ll answer it next Sunday!


 

I thought I would show you my card making process, using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I have been really enjoying using sketches in card making recently, generally because it makes me make cards I wouldn’t normally make!

Stampin' Up! UK Freshly Made Sketches

This is the sketch for this week. I always try and modify the sketch a little, and not use it completely literally – for example here I have rotated the card by 90 degrees, but I might choose a different shape, or move the sentiment a little, just to convert the sketch in to something a little more my style.

Stampin' Up! UK Freshly Make Sketches Cardmaking 101 Crazy About You

I had loads of fun making this card, even though I made several mistakes (all in the video!). I swapped the circles for these scallop circle flowers from Crazy About You, and added the leaves in the background.

Don’t forget to ask your card making questions in the comments section below.



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Technique Tuesday|Layered Alphabet

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I have a slightly different Technique Tuesday for you this week. I have been loving the Layered Letters Alphabet, I’ve used it for all sorts the projects this month – Catalogue bookmarks, my swatch book, and now my customer Thank You cards for July!

If you have placed an order this month, this card will be coming to you in the post at the end of the month! If you haven’t ordered yet…. you better get ordering to get one!

Stampin' Up! UK Layered Letters Alphabet

Aren’t they cute! Check out the video for some great tips about using this stamp set!

Top tips:

– Stamp your layering pieces first! get those rectangles and ovals onto your card – using different colours for each one looks awesome!

-Lay your letters out onto a clear block, to check your spelling! (particularly important if your dyslexic like me!)

-Position your letters onto the layering spots, stamp side down, and pick them all up in one go with a large clear block – this way you can stamp them together like one big stamp!

Do you have any alphabet stamp tips? Let me know in the comments section below!



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Ink Splatter Two Ways

Stampin' Up! UK Ink Splatter Gorgeous Grunge Watercolour Thank you

Slightly different style of video for you today. I am going to try some different videos over the next few weeks, thinking of trying some ‘craft along’ type videos. I wanted to show you the two ways I most commonly make ink splatters. I love this look, although I don’t share it very often, I do use both of these methods to create this effect

Stampin' Up! UK Ink Splatter Gorgeous Grunge Watercolour Thank you

As you will see in the video I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this card. I had pulled this stamp, as well as as Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder inks, the card base and a Whisper White matt.

There are two different types of ink splatter here (well, its almost three, but I want you to ignore the large Cucumber Crush Splat for the moment).

The Watermelon Wonder ink splatters are watered down ink, splattered onto the card stock with a paint brush, whilst the Cucumber Crush ones are a stamp! Can you tell the difference? because I can’t! How cool is that!

What do you think? Which is your favourite ink splat method?



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Card Storage Box

Stampin' Up! UK card storage box cherry on top DSP

There are a stack of these floating around on Pinterest, but I just had to put my own spin on it. The Classic Card Box. I wanted a box specifically to hold cards and envelopes while they wait to go to customers. Did you know that I always send a ‘Thank You’ card when you place an order in my store? If you have ordered and haven’t received a card it may be that you have selected ‘No Contact’ drop me an email if you think I’ve missed you.

Stampin' Up! UK card storage box video tutorial

The first box uses Lost Lagoon card stock, and a piece of that lovely Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. Whereas the video version is in Bermuda Bay with a piece of Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper. I grabbed the Cherry on Top DSP during demonstrator Pre-Order, purely because it was available to me! Demonstrators get the chance to order from a sample of product before the big launch! and I have to say, looking at the pictures in the Catalogue, I’m not sure that I would have ordered if it hadn’t been in that pre-order selection. And I would have missed out! Because it is fabulous! Featuring Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder, and a collection of birthday themed papers with some great patterns; it would look fab as part of a Project Life album! I might even have to order a second pad!

Measurements:

Card stock – 12 x 8″ (30.5 x 20.5 cm)

Score on the long side at – 4 1/2, 5 3/4, 10 1/4, and 11 1/2″ (11.5, 14.5, 26, and 29 cm)

Score on the short side at – 1 1/4″ (3 cm) turn the card stock around and score in the wide section nearest the skinny flap at 1 1/2″ (4 cm)

Designer Series Paper – 4 1/4 x 5″ (11 X 12.5 cm)



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Stamp Layering…A Great CASE!

Stampin' Up! UK Awesomely Artistic

I’m slowly working my way through a massive list of techniques to try (anyone else write a heap of lists?) including the techniques listed in the latest Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue (Have you got yours yet?)

I am loving the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue, and the techniques listed there. I know I’ve done this one before, but I just love the sample in the book, and really wanted to CASE it. It’s been a whiles since I did a CASE card – Copy and Share Everything! I love doing this, particularly around a new catalogue launch, giving the samples my own twist.

Stampin' Up! Awesomely Artistic

So, that’s the Stampin’ Up! version, and I have changed it up slightly, check out the video below to see how I did!

Stampin' Up! UK Stamp Layering Awesomely Artistic Video Tutorial

I got the chance to play with this stamp set for the first time at Regional Training back in May, before it’s release! and we made a great Make and Take which I shared recently. Awesomely Artistic is one of the stamp sets designed for Stamp Layering; where you layer stamped images on top of each other to create a collage effect.

I have also used a few pieces of Designer Series Paper on this card; I’m trying really hard to use more DSP on my cards at the moment and have another using it later in the week. This card uses little pieces of the Neutral Designer Series Paper Stack (I’m sorry, I made this card before it was unavailable, but it WILL be back really soon!) and that lovely Typeset Speciality paper that I am completely in love with!

This stamp set also coordinates with a set of framelits, the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, but I have to say I don’t own them. However, this label is so easy to fussy cut even I did it!



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Marshmallow Box – Video Tutorial

Isn’t it always the way, when your doing a big ol’ deep clean that you come across something you had totally forgotten all about! well, that’s what happened to me last week. Deep cleaning my kitchen cupboards and this little box fell out on my head! First of all I thought it was a higher power being nice to me, rewarding my hard-work with Marshmallows, but alas the box was empty! However, it did inspire me to create this fab gift box – great for Marshmallows, or chocolates, a small candle, or just something little and cute!

Stampin' Up! UK Box video tutorial perpetual birthday calender

I love this box! The dots are from Perpetual Birthday Calender, while the sentiment is a retiring Hello There!

Measurements:

Card stock = 11 1/2 x 9 3/4″ (29 x 25 cm)

Score on the long side at – 2 3/4, 5 1/2, 8 1/4 and 11″ (7, 14, 21, and 28 cm)

Score on the short side at – 3/4, 3 1/2, 6 1/4, and 9″ (2, 9, 16, and 23 cm)



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How to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig!

I have recently invested (not that it cost very much, but it was definitely worth the spend) in the Stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin’ Up!

I had not realised how much I would use it, and will openly admit I bought it because I can’t tell you how useful something is without trying it first. I have to say, I think this is a tool that will definitely make it into my top 5 stampers tool kit!

Stampin' Up! UK how to use a stamp-a-ma-jig

There are so many ways to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, but this is the way I use it most often….

Place the Acrylic Imaging Sheet with the shiny side down onto your grid paper, and butt the handle up against a corner, ensuring the corner of the imaging sheet is into the top corner of the T shape of the handle.

Ink up your stamp in a dark colour (Momento Black works particularly well). Put the corner of your stamping block into the top of the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle, slide the block down the corner to stamp onto the Imaging sheet. Your stamped image should now be on the imaging sheet

Remove the handle, position the imaging sheet onto your project, so that the image on the imaging sheet is where you want to stamp for real.

Place the handle back onto the corner of the imaging sheet in the same position it was before, and remove the imaging sheet – holding onto the handle ensuring it doesn’t move.

Ink up your stamp and stamp again, putting the corner of the stamping block into the corner of the handle, sliding the block down and back up to ensure a smudge free image.


 

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