This card was a request, by the group, to try a reflection technique. Immediatley the “Lovely as a Tree’ stamp set came to mind.
One of the things with community groups is that there are always new members and others moving on so whilst some had used this technique for half it was new and the others happy to have a refresher.
We used Dapper Denim ink and card stock for the predominant colour, and created the image on Very Vanilla CS. After using the window sheet to transfer the image below the trees we then over stamped the top trees in Crushed Curry, to create Autumn tones and shadows. . Whilst waiting for the ink to be perfectly dry the greeting on a torn piece of vellum was stamped with Stazon.
The accents I created for the ladies before hand by punching out tiny dots from Dapper Denim then filling them with our retired Glossy Accents – called liquid glass in other products.
Then the sponging began. We used Old Olive, Dapper Denim, Soft Sky and Smokey Slate. The water was completed with the waves from High Tide and the sky with the birds from the same set. Add the sentiment, a touch of Wink of Stella on the water and all done. For a first attempt I think they have all turned out rather well.
Let it Snow …. Elsewhere! Here in Australia the seasonal Christmas cards depicting Snow don’t suit our climate so here at Crafty’s we made one with a difference. Hope you like it.
We stamped the sun from Day at the Beach in Daffodil Delight then sponged over in Peekaboo Peach. We sponged the sky in Soft Sky, the water with Pool Party, and the sand in Tip Top Taupe then added highlights in Crumb Cake with the dots in the Swirly Bird Stamp Set. The grass was from In the Meadow and stamped in Lost Lagoon, now retired.
Of course the sail boat is from Swirly Birds as well, in Real Red and Crumb Cake. Inside we continued using the Day at the Beach with words from Endless Wishes retired also.
Several of our ladies were away this week and Betty has moved further up the Queensland Coast to a retirement village. We wish her all the best in her new home but she will be missed.
Till next Crafty’s Cheers Naomi.
This time of the year there are masks in the shops everywhere, gruesome, ghoulish creations but here at Crafty creations we used a more serene form of Mask and created these beautiful backgrounds for future cards.
The only thing missing in the image is the sparkle from the Heat and Stick powder with the Dazzling Diamonds.
We used a variety of masks from the Seasonal Decorative Masks and the Heart and Stars Masks to retired ones.
One technique we used, the Heat and Stick Method, can be found here. Heat and stick – Technique Treats 9.
All these Shimmering Circles, Pink Paisleys, Hearts and Diamonds below were created using this technique.
Want to know how?
Just grab your tutorial now! It’s simple, just click on the buy now button on the Technique Treats page.
These are some of the products used. click on image for more details.
Thanks for stopping bye,
Happy Crafting Naomi
We had a happy day Friday and the Crafty ladies created some delightful double pocket cards, using the Irresistibly Floral DSP with swirls of colour here and there. It’s fun to watch the pop of white as you sponge the ink off the Card Stock, then rub the residual die off the card with a tissue and it pops even more!! Great fun!!
These pocket cards are perfect for adding gift cards. Rose turned hers into a Christmas gift card and Julie chose a 21st birthday for guess who, Jessica.
For my card I chose Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Emerald Envy inks and coupled them with the Love and Affection flower from this stamp set. I stamped the flower, then masked it before adding the leaves on to the inside edge of the card as well as the tag.
I like the addition of the Enamel shapes on the tag Einine made, may copy that.!! One lady took some homework home, hope she brings it next week to show us the completed card.
The greeting and banner came from Banners for You stamp set.
Instructions abound on Pinterest but I found this one` for an A6 card.
Before I launch into this months Techniques, (which holds a surprise for you all) I would like to thank Alex at the Hosanna Farm Stay just over the NSW border for making our time there so enjoyable. And yes! I did jump off the 3 meter diving board. Check the farm out when you can put your crafting aside, it is a very family friendly, relaxed (I needed that) country place.
So what’s the surprise!
Having listened to you, our dedicated support group, we will be including a full photo view of the cards we make from this month ……..you can also look back to a few months ago to see what was behind the sneak peeks then as well. Vicky is working hard on bringing you the updated images.
As well, if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrators you can now just purchase your next class all neat and tidy for you to run with, all the hard work done.
This month sees the fantastic Technique Heat and Stick that just adds so much bling to any card. I’m sitting here, looking at them, and feeling for you as the images don’t do the wonderful dazzle justice. So much more beautiful in real life, as is the Wink of Stella. Those who have used it know this all to well.
Our other Technique is using Masks and we again have extra tutorials for you because there are so many wonderful ways to use masks. We have touched on only a couple with other suggestions on how to use them in your cards. There are 4 new ones in the Holiday catalogue, just begging for you to try them.
We combined the techniques with the Peace this Christmas Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalogue. Christmas is coming at us fast. Time to get those cards made!!!
Hope you enjoy this change in our presentations. Let me know what you think. We aim to please!
Cheers, a rested Naomi!
Here we are as promised. I think Vicki and I have been burning the candle at both ends to get this delightful treats to you today, as promised.
Some of the more senior viewers of this blog may well remember the Torn Paper Technique but for others it will be new. Whichever set you belong to you will find new ways to enliven your cards or scrap booking pages by following our detailed instructions.
As this month sees the launch of the 2016 Holiday Catalogue we have teamed the Faux Linen Techniques and Torn Papers with the A Day at the Beach Stamp Set from the new range. It is the same set I used here.
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas is all about family, fun times, the beach, keeping out of the sun and digging in the sand. This set is just perfect for expressing a hot Christmas or just a fun time. Tearing paper and making Linen looking papers just adds to the fun off making your surprising cards.
There is a bonus this month as you get 4 technique sheets this time as we found it hard to confine ourselves to just using the Techniques one way each.
Many thanks to those of you who have benefited from our previous Techniques, make sure you tell your friends that you are on to a good thing!!
Pop back during the month to see more from the Christmas Catalogue, using some of the previous Techniques . Drop us a line if there is a technique you would like us to showcase as well. We are more than happy for any feed back you give.
Bye for now.
Off to organise next weeks card class.
As promised I said I’d show you what the talented ladies made at the Caloundra Community Center today.
As you can see from the images there were varied coloured inks used as well as differing sentiments but Hey! they all look great. It may not show but two people added a Wink of Stella to add some shine to their moon and stars as well.
Everyone agrees that this stamp set Lovely as a Tree is one that’s very versatile.
As we were sponging, there were some “This isn’t looking right!” “Mine doesn’t look like yours!” “I’ve mucked it up again!” and I’d say “Just keep sponging, it will be OK!” and sure enough once we stamped the trees the ladies could see how it all comes together and were pleased with their, in some cases, first attempt at sponging.
If you would like to know more go to the Technique Treats Page and choose the first Tutorial on Sponging and Re-inkers.
Well done! Hope to see more sponging on your cards ladies!
Sometimes there’s a part of me that is just not satisfied with my cards.
I have made these for our Crafty Creations on Friday but let me talk you through my personal dissatisfaction with each one.
This was my first card. I didn’t put in a moon and not happy with the trees overlapping each other at the bottom Right Hand corner. To me they are looking squashed and not shadowy enough.
Happy with this before I sliced it. Then didn’t like the bulge on the side of the moon. It would have been fine but a gremlin managed to make a blob on the card (not that easy to see here but under the diamentie below the moon and under the sentiment). Wet ones, sneaky glue or a weeing gecko have a lot to answer for!! I wanted to use an elongated sentiment not an oval one and It wouldn’t cover it all.
So to take 3
So not to be put off and still striving for personal satisfaction I had another go. After all the inks were still on the desk. Now this is fine but in the spirit of this Blog I could have made a better moon and more dappled sky. My Right hand tree seems to have been made slightly too narrow and is disappearing off the card compared to second card.
Must say I am loving the new In colours Dapper Denim – the sky and the Emerald Envy – front grass. Have you purchased yours yet?
Our first Technique Treats Tutorial uses sponging and this same stamp set.
Lets see what the girls can come up with at Crafty Creations on Friday.
Be sure to return and check them out.
I can’t say that I am big on completing card challenges but when three things coincided this week I thought I’d give this one a go.
I had just finished the card for Crafty Creations and opened my emails and saw Vicki was starting a new set of challenges, then Bevan, long suffering husband, arrived with my SU order. Why not I thought, the challenge looked straight forward and the supplies I need were on the desk.
I was happy to break out the new stamps Sea Side Shore, after all I live right next to the beach, so perfect for me. While there isn’t a punch for the set they are very quick and easy to cut by hand – fussy cut. I sponged the background in our new Dapper Denim Ink, stamped and coloured the seaweed in Emerald Envy Ink, then added some sand with Soft Sky from the Timeless Textures. Love this set as it adds just that bit of difference when needed. I popped up the fish and the shell on Stampin’ Dimensionals after stamping the star fish and bubbles, added Ahoy There and Pearls after putting card together.
All the dimensions and instructions are on Vickie”s Blog here.
Thanks Vicki! I enjoyed the play.
Usually I would showcase the Weekly Deals on a Wednesday but like many other products it has retired. Speaking of which there are still bargains to be had HERE for Stamps and HERE for other products.
But there is still some exciting happenings. Vicky and I have created our 4th Technique Treat. This time showcasing the very versatile and timeless Lovely as a Tree. The Techniques Featured are Sponging and Heat Embossing. Both beautiful Techniques that work well on numerous cards.
Thank you to those who have been enjoying these Tutorial and I encourage those of you who are hesitating to just give it a go and purchase this one as you won’t be disappointed. They are all beautiful cards and techniques that you can use over and over, even if I do say so myself.
So pop over to HERE and get yours NOW! No more procrastinating! Creating awaits!
Good luck. Naomi C.