CUT THAT PAPER ON AN ANGLE!

Do you hoard that precious paper away?  Occasionally pulling it out and admiring it and stroking it.  Maybe just maybe you might cut it.  Oh boy that’s tough isn’t it!

This week it’s all about paper.  We are going to cut that paper that you have piling up.  You know if you use it then you can go and buy more of the pretty stuff. 🙂

Today’s card is getting that angle on your paper.  I normally don’t do angles.  They don’t sit well with me.  Everything has to sit straight and even.  I am trying to let go a bit  more and throw caution to the wind – and angle things up.

So let’s check out this gorgeous paper Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper and cut it on an angle.  I did give a sneak of these cards last week but I will tell you about them now.

Whether you use this gorgeous paper or another of the gorgeous papers Stampin’ Up! has, the idea is the same.  You don’t need a lot of stamping with these cards as you can let the paper be the star.

Another great benefit to creating this type of card is that you get to make 2 cards at the one time.

TO CREATE YOUR ANGLE 

1. From your 12″x 12″ piece of Designer Series Paper you will cut a strip of paper.  Which way you cut will depend on which way the pattern lies on the paper but for the most part you will cut it vertically but just check first.  The width you cut will be just slightly smaller than your card base.  For metric you will cut your paper 10.1cm wide.  For the US I think your card base is slightly wider at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. You just want a small margin around each side so cut your paper to this size, (4″ but just double check).

2. Then from this long strip of paper, cut 2 pieces at 14.4cm (approx. 5 1/4″).

3.  With these 2 pieces you have cut, flip one over and put them together.  You can cut them both at the same time which will mean you get the same angle making it so much easier.

4. To cut the pieces put them together and place them on your paper trimmer with the long side along the top and the left hand end at approximately the 3 cm mark (1 1/4″).  Tilt your paper to angle it slightly. The angle is really up to you.  When you are happy with the angle then cut the papers.

5.  You can now separate the papers.  You will have 2 large sections which will be for the top.  Take the 2 narrow bottom angled pieces and swap them over to mix them with the tops.

6. Assemble your cards as you like.  I have added a strip of ribbon with the gorgeous Lemon Lime Twist and the Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon.  I have then finished the cards with the sentiments from Oh! So Eclectic cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Ovals and Squares Framelits.  I also added some diecuts with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.

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This gorgeous Whole Lot of Lovely DSP is one of the packs available this month for the Buy 3, Get One Free!  There are some beautiful prints in this pack.  Well really all of them. 🙂

It’s only a couple of weeks left for this promotion to get your free paper.

 

Stop by again and we will see some more fun ways of using that paper.

Jenny

 

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WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #7 – I’M EXCITED TO SHOW YOU THESE!

I have something exciting to share with you today for WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #7.  I was going to hold off for a couple of weeks before I shared it …but I can’t wait!!!

There is something new coming to Stampin’ Up! and Demonstrators can now buy them.  I received them yesterday and unpacked them.  So I had to take a video as I unveiled them.  So today we meet the Stampin’ Blends. 

In the video I said I used paper but it was actually Whisper White cardstock.  Just remember to use Memento Black ink when using these markers as they are alcohol based markers. Also, to have some scrap paper underneath your work as the ink does bleed through to the back but that’s ok.

I was very impressed with them when I played with them – and kind of excited if you could gather that. At the moment there is no official date for them to be available for customers.  So you will need to sit tight and wait.  I will let you know when I know.   As demonstrators we can order them until October 15th.  Just a tip:  If you are impatient to wait, then you can get them as part of your kit when you join the family until October 15.  Something to think about… Ask me for more info.

I hope you enjoyed this WATCH IT WEDNESDAY episode.  I have been playing around with them this afternoon so hopefully I will actually show you some finished  projects soon.

Have a great day.

Jenny

 

SOME COOL CARDS THIS WEEK AT CLASS? CAN’T MAKE IT? – GRAB THE CLASS TO GO.

Look at these cards for Card Class this week?  

Here are the details.  Of course if you can’t make it because of a clash with times OR you are too far away then Grab the CLASS TO GO!

Friday Oct 13th 10am or Saturday Oct 14th 2pm. Christmas Card class.  

Create 3  special Christmas cards. (1 of each card).  $20   

BYO: Scissors and adhesives.  

Please RSVP:  Thursday 12th. 

Can’t make it?? Why not grab the CLASS TO GO.  Cost: $20 

Does not include stamped images.  You can substitute the stamps or order them separately.

Jenny

 

 

IT’S WORLD CARDMAKING DAY – AND I HAVE A SPECIAL PROJECT FOR MY NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS!

OCTOBER 7TH IS WORLD CARDMAKING DAY!

And, we can celebrate all weekend! Do you get excited when you receive a surprise in the mail?  It’s a nice feeling. How about this weekend you make a card – and send it out!  Wouldn’t it make someone’s day. 🙂

Now you would have already read about the 15% off select stamps that Stampin’ Up! are offering at the moment.  If you can’t remember then head back a couple of posts.

BUT OCTOBER 7TH IS ALSO MY BIRTHDAY!!

To celebrate World Cardmaking Day (and my birthday) I am sending out a special project to my newsletter subscribers.  Plus, I have a some exclusive bonuses too – BECAUSE IT IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I WANT TO SHARE SOME EXTRA LOVE! 

To receive the exclusive project you have to be receiving my newsletters.  If you haven’t already, then be sure to click the link in the right side bar for ‘NEWSLETTER SIGN UP’.

Have a Happy WORLD CARDMAKING DAY!!!!

Jenny

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #6 – CHECK OUT THAT PAPER!

I am really excited about today’s video.  I was thinking about putting together a video showing the beautiful papers in the catalogue since we have that awesome special on this month.  I don’t think the catalogue shows off what beautiful papers they are.  BUT I came across this video from Stampin’ Up! and I thought you would love this so much more.  Check out these papers! Really they are just gorgeous and all these ones are on special this month for the Buy 3, get one Free!  How cool!

Watch the video!

What do you think??  How lovely are they and this showcases them so well.

I have been playing around with some of the papers recently.  I will be sharing them to you over the next couple of weeks but here is sneak peek for you.

These cards use the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP that you saw in the video.  This uses the Angle cut for the papers.  I will tell you more about that when I blog about these in the next day or two so stay tuned.

Thanks for visiting.  I do hope you enjoyed this one as I much as I did.  I was just so excited seeing all the beautiful prints.

Until next time,

Jenny

** Grab your Free pack of Designer Series Paper when you purchase 3 packs.  What will you choose? There are these and so many more.  See the previous post to see the details.

 

SWEET HOME HOUSEWARMING!

I have a special card to share with you today. My niece and her partner recently bought their first home.  It is a very big deal and I wanted to make a card to share in their excitement.  The pressure was on though as my niece makes cards and comes to my classes.  Here is the card I made for them.

When I was going through my stamps I realised I didn’t have a lot for housewarming cards.  They are not cards you make too often but I came across the Sweet Home set and the Home Sweet Home  Thinlits.  I thought they would work well.  The colours are Old Olive, Soft Sky and Sweet Sugarplum.  The card layout was using the card sketch from CASE THIS SKETCH #193.

The paper I used was from the Merry Little Christmas DSP.  This paper doesn’t have to be used just for Christmas.  It has some great prints either Black and White or the Old Olive.  It really doesn’t do it justice in the catalogue. (p 12 Holiday Catalogue). When I sat the house on to the paper I thought it was a little plain so I added a Vellum circle and some loops of the Silver Thread. This was a fun card to put together. 

My niece really loved it.  It passed the test I think. 🙂

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

STOP THE PRESS! FREE PAPER OR 15% OFF STAMPS!! WHY NOT BOTH!

So what would you like?? Free paper or 15% off stamps?? Hard decision isn’t it.  Well, to make life a little easier why not get both.  There are 2 fantastic specials for this month.  Let me tell you all about it.

**SPECIAL NO. 1

There are select papers available from both the Annual and Holiday Catalogue.  See the list below and you can check them out pictured further below but you can see them even closer in the catalogue. The papers include 12″x 12″ and paper stacks.

Mmm! Now what would you choose?  I am glad you can get 4 choices here.

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SPECIAL NO. 2

 

World Cardmaking Day is officially celebrated on Saturday October 7th this year.  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t want you celebrating for just one day.  Why not celebrate from 1st – 10th October with 15% off select stamps and also on notecards. AND if you choose to buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive you can get 2, yes 2, Refills for free!  Here are the details.

 

 

Is there a stamp set there that grabs your attention?  YES! Be sure to grab them between now and October 10 to get 15% off. Grab the notecards and envelopes too while you are at it.  They make up quick cards in no time.

 

All these can be seen in my store now -> HERE and orders can be made via my store and sent directly to you.  (psst! They don’t take long to arrive either when you order online!!).  If you are ordering online please use the Host Code: PW7NDBKF         

OR

You can contact me directly to order.  I love to chat to you anyway. 🙂

Thanks for visiting.  Now go and have fun choosing what you will get.

Jenny

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #5 – BLENDER PENS VS AQUAPAINTER!

Welcome to Watch It Wednesday #5 edition.  I have been playing a little with watercolouring lately.  (still much to learn!).  I have had a few questions from customers asking what the difference is between the Blender Pens and the Aquapainters.  I came across this video from Stampin’ Up! so thought I would share it with you.  Perhaps it will help you too with your watercolouring.  Don’t miss the fun tip at the end.

NB: If you receive this blog post update via your email the video link may not show up.  Just click on the blog post title in your email and it should take you to the blog post and you can view it there.

What did you think??  I liked the tip with the Reinkers.  Must try that sometime.  I think the effect looks great.

What do you prefer to use when you are watercolouring?  I prefer the Aquapainter but it also can depend on what you want to colour and how you want it to look.  The Aquapainter gives a lighter, washed look whereas the Blender Pen gives more a look of colouring with Markers.

Just a note too:  In the video she stamped with Stazon.  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry Stazon any longer.  You could use the Black Archival ink pad. Be sure to let that dry a bit or give it a blast with the Heat Tool. Also, she suggested stamping on Watercolour Paper.  That is very important to stop pilling but you can also use the White Shimmer paper or even the Thick Whisper White if there is not too much water used.  I mostly use the White Shimmer paper.

The Aquapainters and the Blender Pens are available in my store now for your watercolouring.  The Aquapainters are $20 for 2 available HERE.  The Blender Pens come 3 per pack and they are dual ended (even more value).  They are $21 available HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by today for this week’s edition of Watch It Wednesday.  If there is something particular you would like to know about or to see a video of then drop me a comment and I will see how I go.

Jenny

FRESH COLOURS FOR CI17 COLOUR CHALLENGE!

I had a little play today with the Colour INKspirations Challenge (CI17).  I have missed a few rounds lately so it was good to take time out to play.  I really like to have a go at these challenges as it really extends your creativity.

The Colours for this week are: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo.  What fun, fresh colours!

I had in mind to use the Beachy Christmas set in the Holiday Catalogue.  I hadn’t got around to using this set yet.  And you don’t need to use this just for Christmas …

For this card I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #261

I was going to watercolour the houses with just a wash but then saw the Work of Art set.  One of the larger “block” type stamps covered over it nicely.  I did do a test run on scrap card to mist the colours after I stamped but I liked it better just to leave them.

The Flirty Flamingo card mat was embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  I added a strip of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I love that Lemon Lime Twist!  The sentiment I used was from Better Together set.

The clouds were from the Lift Me Up Bundle stamped in Pool Party.  I wouldn’t have necessarily stamped them in that colour but had to add it somewhere.  I did add some sparkle with the Wink of Stella pen.  It’s a bit hard to tell though.

Now when I made this I first used the Peekaboo Peach instead of the Flirty Flamingo.  So I had to put that one aside and redo it with Flirty Flamingo. Once I had finished the card I then went back and finished this one.  I thought I would show you that one too.

I used more of the Eastern Palace DSP.  I played around with the sentiment a bit to cut angles and all kinds of things but ended up just trimming it down and adding some doily underneath.  The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams.

I think I like this version better.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking.  I hope your weekend has been great and you have had a chance to be creative,

Jenny

STAMPIN’ DREAMS BLOG HOP – SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

I am joining in with the Stampin’ Dreams Blog Hop today.  You would have come from Jenny Hall’s blog (HERE) coming all the way from the US. Or you have just started here. Thanks for stopping by either way.

The theme this month is Something Different.  A fold, a technique, something we have been wanting to try but haven’t as yet.  Really! That’s an open minefield.  I like doing different card folds so thought I would try a different.

This Fun Fold really is simple but I think it is fun.  This is a Step card and  I haven’t done a Single Step card before.  For this I used the Night In Bethlehem Bundle.

I love how you have the stamps and the matching dies in the bundle making it so easy to create your images.  No scissors required Thank you very much. 🙂  I lightly sponged around the edges of the white card to soften the edges.

The sentiment on the bottom panel has been heat embossed in Gold. For the ground under the figures I used a stamp from the Timeless Textures set.  I like the effect that created.  Edited to add: The base card and the stamping is Cherry Cobbler.  It is a bit hard to tell in the photo. 🙂

As you are all busy hopping today I don’t want to take up much of your time.  Stop by tomorrow and I will have a tutorial for you to create your own step card.

For now you need to continue on with the Hop.  You can head off now to Sue’s blog HERE.  She creates amazing projects so be sure to stop by.

See you tomorrow for the Step Card Tutorial.  

(Edited to Add: The tutorial is now available at the next post.  You can find that HERE.)

Jenny