Carols Of Christmas Folded Corner Card

by Joanne James22. August 2017 10:00

Today I'm sharing my second card in a row for the current colour challenge over at As you See It:

 

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this was the first card I made using these colours and the Carols of Christmas bundle - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Carols of Christmas - I used the other large sentiment from the Carols Of Christmas stamp set on my card today, again inking the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant and Real Red, using the rock 'n' roll ink technique to blend the colour across the centre of the stamp for a two-tone effect. I layered my stamped panel using my Layering Squares Framelits for a little extra colour and detail.

A Fancy Fold - The real interest on today's card is the fancy fold. This is called a Folded Corner Card, although I adapted the fold to the centre as I wanted a wide border that was equal and opposite to the inside edge, where I decorated the border with stamped and cut out poinsettias.

Paper-Pieced Poinsettias - For the opposing corner, I used the detail of the poinsettia corner thinlit and paper-pieced the flowers, berries and leaves, finishing off with a few pearl centres. It was a little fiddly, especially the berries, however worth it to show both of the poinsettia pieces.

So what do you think? Which one do you prefer - yesterday's card which you can see here if you missed it or today's? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I have the second of my technique classes this month this morning so I will be busy. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with another project - perhaps I'll share something from today's class. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Carols Of Christmas Available Now To Order!

by Joanne James21. August 2017 19:30

Today I'm sharing a card for the current colour challenge over at As you See It:

 

Continuing with my run of Christmas cards, I decided it was time to finally ink up my new Carols of Christmas bundle - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Carols of Christmas - Carols of Christmas is a bundle that features in the new forthcoming Autumn-Winter seasonal catalogue. Christmas has come early at Stampin' Up! though and it has been available to all customers to purchase since the beginning of August, a whole month early. It features two large focal sentiments and a range of accompanying pieces, with everything from baubles to poinsettias and a sweet deer. Here I've inked the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant and Real Red, using the rock 'n' roll ink technique to blend the colour across the centre of the stamp for a two-tone effect.

Frame Your Card - The Carols Of Christmas bundle also includes some great card front builder thinlits that can be used to create frames and decorative borders to your cards. I used the patterned edge frame on my card today. It adds a nice decorative border to your card without being too fussy. 

Hanging BaublesI also cut out my ornaments individually using the co-ordinating thinlits; this is useful as it means you can be lazy when stamping the baubles and strings and stamp them in the colour that you want for your strings (here I stamped them in black) then stamp them again on some scrap paper in your chosen colours, then just cut out the baubles and pop them on top of the original stamped ones, enabling you to combine colours with ease. If you look at your card at an angle (see my thumb nail at the top of this post), you will be able to see the original stamps underneath if you pop you ornaments onto mini dimensionals - which are perfect for this by the way! - but they can't be seen from the front, so worth the time saved I think. I also used a few leftover baubles to decorate the inside of my card:

 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

So I have something of a confession to make: this is actually the second card I made for this week's As You See It challenge - I had an idea that I used for the first one but when finished I wasn't sure that I liked the finished result. I might share that one with you tomorrow to see what you think!

I have the second of my technique classes this month tomorrow morning so am looking forward to working with the Color Theory Suite, which is our bundle of choice. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Carols of Christmas

Holly Berry Happiness Wreath Christmas Card

by Joanne James19. August 2017 21:35

Today I'm popping by with a quick post and a card for this week's challenge over at CASology where they have a fun cue word:

Many of the designers over at CASology this week were inspired to use cacti or hedgehogs on their cards. Me? I have Christmas on the brain this week and I immediately thought 'holly' - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

I use the holly berry sprig from the 'Holly Berry Happiness' stamp set, on carryover from last year and now available all year round in the annual catalogue, to create a holly wreath that I coloured in with my Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive Stampin' Write markers. I used the same layout that I used for my recent quilted Christmas card, stamping my wreath off the page and adding a strip of Coffee Break DSP and a sentiment banner accented with a piece of punched holly, courtesy of the Holly Berry Builder Punch, to finish. I stamped this lovely verse onto the inside too:

 

It was fun to get this set out again and always worth remembering that the annual catalogue has some great Christmas sets - you don't have to wait until the release of the new Autumn-Winter seasonal catalogue if you want to start festive crafting in earnest.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Night In Bethlehem One Layer Card

by Joanne James18. August 2017 20:16

 had a little crafty time today and was creating with more of my pre-order stash and decided I just about had time to squeeze in a card for the current challenge over at Less Is More (this was my starting point for today's card but I'm too late to link up unfortunately) which also fits the bill over at Stamp Ink Paper and ATCAS this week:

       

I went with a rather less obvious vehicle for my one layer card today - take a look:

 

Since the dictionary definition of 'vehicle' is 'a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, lorry, or cart' I think my donkey more than qualifies; not the most common mode of transport granted, but one that transported Mary on that momentous journey to Bethlehem so many years ago. 

I've used a combination of stamps from one of my favourite sets in the new Stampin' Up! Autumn-Winter catalogue called 'Night In Bethlehem' to create my card today. It has a set of co-ordinating framelits which I will share another day; today's card uses the stamp set alone, with some additional masking and brayering to create the illusion of depth and layers, finished with an embossed star. I also stamped the verse that comes with this set on the inside too (in my second colourway):

 

Little more than stamps, ink and paper today - and I love this card! In fact I liked it so much I made a second version in an alternative colour combination too:

 

Which one do you prefer? Leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

 

Sneak Peek Quilted Christmas CAS Christmas Card

by Joanne James17. August 2017 09:40

My week has been whizzing by as usual, but I've had a few snatched opportunities to create with my pre-order goodies and managed to whip up a quick card using this week's CAS(E) This Sketch using some new products:

 

I used a new stamp set called Christmas Quilt and some new co-ordinating designer series paper called Quilted Christmas for my border for my clean and simple Christmas card:

 

Such a versatile set with a wonderful homespun feel that will be useful for Christmas and beyond and is sure to appeal to the seamstresses out there. A lovely sentiment for the inside too:

 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

The items used on today's card will be available to purchase when the new seasonal catalogue goes live on 1st September; if you're not already on my mailing list and don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator of your own and would like me to send you a catalogue, please get in touch with your details and I will pop one in the post to you when mine go out within the next week or so. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

The Clearance Rack Has Updated - Grab A Bargain Today!

by Joanne James15. August 2017 09:00

What a great start to a Tuesday - I logged on this morning to find a surprise update to the Clearance Rack. There are now lots of new items available, some with as much as 60% off. As is always the case, popular items will sell out quickly, so don't spend too long deliberating - get in there quick! There are some great paper bargains, including many designer series papers, accessories, kits, framelits and even a few punches. The gorgeous Affectionately Yours DSP is there along with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch too at 50% off - perfect for Christmas makes. I could go on, but the best thing you can do is hop on over and take a look.

Click here to go the clearance rack in my online store and grab a bargain whilst stocks last! Don't forget to include the current hostess code 3HFYNMYT make sure that 'allow your demonstrator to contact you' is ticked in order that you receive your special 'thank you' in the post from me. 

 

Race you to the shop - first one there gets the bargains! Happy shopping! 

   

Label Me Pretty In-Colour Card Set

by Joanne James28. July 2017 06:00

Today I'm sharing a set of cards I made a while back to showcase the new in-colours at my Annual Catalogue launch event but just haven't got around to blogging. I also used this design as the basis for the cards that I sent out to my customers and anyone who had requested a catalogue from me with their copy of the new catalogue. Here's the first one:

 

 Here's the low-down on today's card:

Label Me Pretty - Label Me Pretty is one of the new bundles in the annual catalogue featured on page 27, comprising the 'Label Me Pretty' stamp set and the Pretty Label Punch. Just like the new daisy punch, the introduction of this punch to the Stampin' Up! punch collection has proved incredibly popular with demonstrators and customers alike, and it's easy to see why: this versatile label is great to use on cards or packaging alike, and the layering options that the stamp set and addition of a few circle punches gives allows for lots of creative possibilities.

In-Colour Quintet - As I mentioned above, I created the same card using each of the new in-colours. Having worked with them for some months now, my favourites are still Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist, the latter especially when combined with other colours such as Night of Navy - I just love it! Here's a shot showing glimpses of each of the cards in the collection:

 

Background Tip - The construction of my card is simple and the photograph fairly self-expanatory - well, it needs to be an easy make when mass-production is called for! I did just want to point out how I stamped the background flowers on the card base. If you look closely, you will see that they are the flowers from the 'Happy Birthday' stamp in the Label Me Pretty set, yet the wording isn't visible. I actually stamped the image, then turned it through 180 degrees so that the bottom of each image overlapped (you can't see this as it's covered by the label) to provide some extra florals to frame my label. This was a tip I picked up at Onstage in Amsterdam earlier this year from Donna Morgan at the Home Office I think, if my memory serves me correctly - so thank you Donna!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

So which of the in-colours is your favourite, or is there any one you find a real challenge to work with? Do leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Enjoy your day and I'll be back soon with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Eclectic Layers Thinlits Diamond Background: Part 3

by Joanne James27. July 2017 06:00

I've another Oh So Eclectic card for you today! Still looking at the different ways you can use the diamond-patterned die in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to create backgrounds - today's example is actually my favourite! Take a look: 

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Create A Stencil - If you cut the diamond-patterned thinlit in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits set without the outline into a piece of acetate window sheet, you will have a permanent stencil that you can use to add even more interest to your backgrounds. You could use it with embossing paste - yes, that card will need to be featured in a part 4 blog post, to follow some time later when I've made the base into something! - or as I've done here, to create a blended coloured background using ink and sponges.

Tropical Colour Combo - I stuck with the Berry Burst and Peekaboo Peach colours that have featured on a number of my other cards featuring the Oh So Eclectic Product Suite and blended them with some Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango, to give my card a bright, tropical feel. Here's my colour combination should you wish to save it for your future projects:

 

Gold Glimmer Flower Two Ways - I wanted to add a couple of hibiscus-inspired blooms to my sponged panel, so decided to choose two of the solid colours for the bases and accent each with both parts of the top layer diecut in gold glimmer. This really was easier than it looks to achieve: I adhered my gold glimmer paper to an adhesive sheet before running through my Big Shot, then having cut another top layer using a piece of scrap cardstock, used the this diecut as a guide to piece the small pieces into, before removing it. 

I think this card is one of my most favourite yet using this set; if I made it again though I would stencil my pattern more offset to the right rather than centrally, so that more of it would be visible once I'd added my embellishments. I still love it though!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

This is the last of my cards for a while that uses the Oh So Eclectic product suite, but I assure you this won't be the last of it! If you need no further convincing as to the versatility of this set, do click on the link to it below that will take you to my online store to purchase your very own bundle - include this month's code for an extra thank you in the post from me. Orders place before the end of the month will put you only £2 away from receiving a £4.50 money off bonus days coupon too, so be sure to add in a little something extra in order to take advantage of this great saving!

Until next time, happy stampin'!

 

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Eclectic Layers Thinlits Diamond Background: Part 2

by Joanne James25. July 2017 06:00

I've another Oh So Eclectic card for you today! Still looking at the different ways you can use the diamond-patterned die in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to create backgrounds - today's example is actually a CASE of a card featured on page 132 of the Stampin' Up! catalogue: 

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Colour Above - This card uses the diamond-patterned thinlit in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits set, again without the outline, to add interest to the mat layer of the card. On today's card I've used a piece of Extra Thick Whisper White below the diecut layer and cut the diecut out of a piece of the lovely faux watercoloured paper from the Naturally Eclectic designer series paper pack - this time the Emerald Envy piece,which was the other end of the paper I used for the background on my previous card. I added further detail to this layer by stamping leaves and dots directly onto it and added texture by sticking some of the diamonds that had been cut out back onto the base layer. Waste not, want not as the saying goes!

Embossed Leaves - Did you realise that two of the leaf thinlits and one of the diamond thinlits in the Eclectic Layers set are actually for embossing not die cutting? I've highlighted them on the image below - so useful for adding in texture to your designs:

 

I used the sprig of leaves on the background layer, again another way to add detail and texture without adding bulk.

The Midas Touch - A few final gold elements - foil, mini sequins and metallic thread - finish the card.

As my regular readers will know, I'm not usually into 'fussy' cards, however I love this set: it makes freestyle collage cards so easy, without having to sacrifice too much of my clean and layered style. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I'll be back soon with my final card (for now!) that uses the Oh So Eclectic product suite. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

 

Eclectic Layers Thinlits Diamond Background: Part 1

by Joanne James23. July 2017 06:00

Here's another Oh So Eclectic card from my technique class last week. One of the things we looked at was the different ways you can use the diamond-patterned die in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits to create backgrounds in a number of different ways. As such, I'm going to do a series of posts that each show an alternative example. Here's the first one: 

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Colour Below - The diamond-patterned thinlit in the Eclectic Layers Thinlits set, like the flower and diamond dies, can be used with or without the outline piece. Used with the outline it creates a delicate cutout, perfect for layering. Used without, it adds interest to the mat layer of the card and can be used to add detail to a background from which to add additional detail. On today's card I cut it out of a mat of Extra Thick Whisper White and placed a piece of the lovely faux watercoloured paper in Night of Navy from the Naturally Eclectic designer series paper pack behind it, allowing the graduated colour to show through.

Naturally Eclectic - The Naturally Eclectic designer series paper really is one of my favourites - I love the colour combinations and whilst some of the patterns are rather bold, the watercolour washes on the reverse are gorgeous. Here's a shot of these papers in all their glory:

Mini Sequins For Maxi Impact - The last thing that I want to highlight on my card today is the addition of some of the new gold mini sequins. Perfect for embellishing cards without adding a lot of bulk, these add a touch of glamour to any project and are the perfect addition to a collage-style card such as this one. I just love these and think I might be addicted to them! 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Just a reminder too about this month's Bonus Days promotion: If the Oh So Eclectic bundle is on your shopping list, or any of the great bundles that Stampin' Up! has to offer, July is a great time to purchase; not only will you save 10% off the individual item prices by purchasing as a bundle, for every £45 you spend you will also receive a £4.50 coupon that can be used against next month's purchases too. A win-win! Furthermore, remember to add this month's hostess code JG7PHQKR to your order if shopping with me online to receive an extra little thank you in the post from me. 

I'll be back soon with another card that uses the Oh So Eclectic product suite. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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