WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #23 – LET’S LOOK AT THE NEW INKPADS!

Have you heard that the Stampin’ Up! inkpads are changing in design?  This is because it was time to update the moulds that they are made with.  So it was time for a new design.  I think they are much easier to open.  I hope you will too.  I managed to get one of the new inkpads at Onstage so I thought I would do a little comparison of the new pads with the current ones.

You can view the video below. (**If you receive the updates by email and the video doesn’t show up then please head to my blog post by clicking on the heading above and it will take you to view it there – or you can view it on my Youtube channel: Jenny Hayward_A Stamping Journey).

Let me know your thoughts on the inkpads.  Also, I would love feedback on the videos too.  I am just starting out in this area and would love your input – good or bad. I know I have a long way to go 🙂

So for Wednesday’s WOW! #23 – Comparing the New with the Old.

So what do you think??

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #22 – BACK TO BASICS CUTTING YOUR CARD!

I have been asked often about how to cut your cardstock to make your cards.  When people come to my classes the card is already cut for them but they want to know how to go about it at home.  So finally I have put together a video to share with them but also with you if you are not sure.  So for Wednesday’s WOW! #22 we are looking at How to cut your card.  

I hope you do find it useful and might be able to refer back to it when creating your own cards.

NB: I realised that there is some glare from the trimmer in the video. I apologise in advance for that but I hope it still gives you some idea.

Also, the measurements I give are for metric card.  The US card size is different but I have mentioned about the measurements in the video.

The measurements I used in the video I have listed below so you can refer to them later.  These are my personal measurements though.  These measurements are for a standard card with equal layers.

Standard Card measurements

Card base: Cut A4 card at 14.8cm.  Score on the long side at 10.5cm.

** For the layers for the standard card I decrease the card size by 4mm.

1st layer: Cut card 14.4cm x 10.1cm.

2nd layer: Cut card 14cm x 9.7cm.

 

For US Imperial card size: These are my understanding of the measurements. Do Check your own measurements.

Cardstock size is 8 1/2″ x 11″

Card base: Cut card in half at 5 1/2″. Score card on the long side at 4 1/4″

** For the layers I would suggest decreasing it by 1/4″ but check to see what you personally feel.

1st Layer: Cut card 4″ x 5 1/4″.

2nd Layer: Cut card 3 3/4″ x 5″.                            Hopefully these measurements are OK. 🙂

 

I hope this is helpful.  I hope to bring you more Back To Basics videos in the future.

Jenny

 

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #18 WITH HAPPY WISHES!

Today’s Wednesday’s WOW! we are looking at the Happy Wishes set in the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue.  I have to say I haven’t really paid much attention to this set but I think it might be one of those hidden gems.  I didn’t realise just how versatile it is.  There are so many different sentiments in the set and you can layer them together before and after the main word or just have one of the 2 main words which are pretty in themselves with the flowery swirls.  So since I didn’t pay much attention to it I thought you might not have either.  So here is a video from Stampin’ Up! showcasing it. Take a quick look at it.

The cards look pretty with some simple colouring and a few of the sentiments.

Here are 2 of the cards shown in the video.  These ones are fancy with the Textured Embossing Paste.

This is the stamp set.  So many sentiments. How could you use them?

This set is available Free with a qualifying orders from $180.  So be sure to grab it very soon.  There is only 2 weeks left for Sale-A-Bration so be quick.

Have a great day,

Jenny

CREATING LANDSCAPES WITH THE WATERFRONT SET FOR WEDNESDAY’S WOW #17!

We have seen some simple stamping with this set and I will show you in the coming days but today for Wednesday’s WOW! #17 I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with you how you can create watercoloured landscapes.  It’s truly amazing and I have had fun creating these.  I will share the cards in later posts.

For today though I asked a lovely Demo friend Linda Dalke if she would mind if I shared her video to create watercoloured landscapes.  She can show it so much better than I could.  You really must watch this.  It is long, about 18 minutes, but totally worth it.  Firstly, this is her card, then watch the video below.

 

Isn’t it amazing! If you want to see more of Linda’s work do check her blog out.  She creates such gorgeous cards.  Visit her blog -> HERE. 

Tomorrow I will share one of my watercoloured creations.  I have shared this card already on my Facebook and Instagram and I think it was well received, so watch out for it.

Jenny

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THERE IS “LOTS TO LOVE” ON VALENTINE’S DAY!

I showed you in yesterday’s post the cute Flip Top Treat Box using the Lots To Love Box Framelits.  Here it is if you missed it but you can jump back to the last post though too and see more of it and the instructions.

        

This is actually a cute little Framelit set but there were parts that I wasn’t sure what they were used for.  Like those little tiny arch shaped dies down at the bottom of the image below???

I found this video from Stampin’ Up! explaining the pieces and showing some great projects.  I thought for my Wednesday WOW! #14 this week we will take a look at this set.  Very timely today being Valentine’s Day right. ❤  It does work well with the matching Sure Do Love You stamp set too.

That explains everything!

You can grab the Framelits in my store now -> HERE $57 AUS or grab the bundle and use them together.  Clear mount stamp set is $84.50 AUS  See that -> HERE.

Aren’t these projects pretty? These are from the current Occasions Catalogue and shows how gorgeous the products are especially with the beautiful Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series paper. SO much prettiness!

Thanks for visiting me today.  Always nice of you to drop by whether you are from near or far.  I hope your day has been a great one.

Until next time.

Jenny x

 

 

BRUSHO LONG WEEKEND DAY 3 – A SPECKLED BUTTERFLY!

I think this is my favourite card.  I really like how it turned out.  Can I say that??  Sometimes I am hesitant to say that about something I have made.  But I like the effect of it and I have to say it is just chance really.  When you use these Brusho Crystals you don’t know how it will work.

The butterfly is from A Beautiful Day set.  For the sentiment I masked the first word in the sentiment from the set to just stamp the “thinking of you” and heat embossed it in white.

To find out how to create this effect I have a video for you.

So what are your thoughts on the Brusho Crystals?  Have you tried them?  Do you think now you might give them a go?  Let me know what you think.  I would love to hear.

Just a reminder that my 15% off the Brusho Crystals ends at 8pm tonight. If you want to grab them and save money on then just drop me a comment or email me and I will get that sorted for you.  Included is an information sheet to help you use your set of Brushos.  I hope you will give them a try.  I don’t think it is the last you will see of these from me.

Thanks for joining me in this.  I hope you have had a great weekend.

Jenny

IT’S A BRUSHO CRYSTALS LONG WEEKEND – DAY 1!

We start today! I am excited to bring these projects to you for our Brusho Long Weekend.  I have been playing with these Brushos (as I commonly call them) for the past few weeks.   Each day over the next 3 days I will bring you a fun new project with a video and tips.  I hope you enjoy them.  Plus don’t miss out on the Special bonus savings this weekend if you are an Australian resident.

Warning: These Brushos are fun, addictive and at times messy.  🙂

DAY 1

My first project is creating a simple background similar to this one I have shown on this Dragonfly card.

Here is a video to create a washed out effect but I have also written a description below with a few tips.

NB. The above card was made a few weeks ago as I was still experimenting.  For the card above I used watercolour card and sprinkled over the powder with the card dry and then wet it. It does give a slightly different effect.  On watercolour card the colour doesn’t run as well. You can create a background like this or how I have in the video.

In the video: I chose to use Gloss card and wet the card with the Aquapainter before I added the Brusho Crystals as the water enables the Crystals to spread easier.

Sprinkle over some Brusho Crystals lightly on your card after you have wet the card.  I have used the Prussian Blue.  You only need a small amount and for this technique I would keep it to one colour.

Spritz the card with water. Tilting the card will help make the colour run. Spritz lightly with more water if you think it needs more or you can sprinkle over more colour if need be.   When you are happy with the effect, leave the card aside to dry.  Once dry you can assemble the card.

On the card above I stamped the Dapper Denim base with the dots from the Dragonfly Dreams set.  A dragonfly was cut from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits in Gold Foil. I stamped a few of the dots from Timeless Textures in Versamark on my coloured card piece and heat embossed them in gold.  The paper is from the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Just a note on the sentiment: I masked part of the sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams set and inked it with versamark.  After I stamped it on the Dapper Denim card I heat embossed it in gold.  It was cut with the smallest framelits in the Lots of Labels Framelits.  I added a few loops of the Gold Thread behind the sentiment.

I hope you like this project. Each time you do it the effect will be different.

Come back tomorrow for a second project.

Grab 15% off your Brusho Crystals this weekend. (ends Sunday 11th 8pm). Details below.  Includes an information sheet on ways to use your Brusho Crystal Colours.

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BRUSHOS THIS WEEKEND + GET15% OFF!

It’s coming this weekend.  It’s a Brusho Crystals Long Weekend and I am inviting you to be my guest.

I have been busy experimenting, preparing, creating and videoing ready for you. I have 2 face-to-face classes happening tomorrow and Saturday but I have some projects to share with you too. It all starts on my blog here tomorrow so be sure to stop by.  If you haven’t already subscribed to my blog to get updates then click on the link in the right hand bar so you won’t miss out on the updates.

So what do I have in store?

I have 3 projects to share with you including some videos of different ways to use the Brusho Crystal Colours. The projects I share will be different to the ones I am doing in the classes but they will be special.

In addition, I have a special on the Brushos for Australian residents only. (sorry folks!).

**Receive 15% off the price. RRP is $52    Take  off $7.80    Weekend price = $44.20 (+S&H).  This is for Australian residents only.  Special not available in store.  Contact me directly.  Includes an information sheet on using your Brusho Crystal Colours.  Offer ends 8pm Sunday 11th Feb.**

So stop by tomorrow for our first project.

Jenny

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #13 – HEARTFELT BLOOMS!

Watch It Wednesday’s and Wednesday’s WOW! are back for 2018.  I have decided to combine them both in to Wednesday’s WOW! Each Wednesday I will bring you a stamping WOW! It might be a video, a tip, a product that has caught my attention or a special project.  I hope you enjoy these episodes.  You never know what I might uncover.

Today we have Wednesday WOW! #13. 

Do you find sometimes you go through a catalogue and see a stamp or maybe a die set and think Mmm? Maybe? But it doesn’t really do it for you.  I found that with the Sale-A-Bration set Heartfelt Blooms.  Another flower set and the flowers weren’t all that exciting.  What do you do with a stamp like that??? 

Well! I have been watching this little sleeper over the last few weeks and I have to say I am quite surprised with what this stamp can do.  Firstly, this stamp is a different type of stamp.  It is a “distinktive” stamp.  Meaning that the stamp lays down the ink at different opacities.  So you get different depths of colour.  It gives a Photographic finish.  Clever!

Stampin’ Up! have recently released a Youtube video highlighting this stamp.  I was impressed.  I thought I would share it with you if you hadn’t noticed it.

What do you think of this stamp?  I would love to see some of your cards using this set.  Why not email them to me and I might just share them here. (I might event send out a random prize of some handmade cards).  I have just got this set so I look forward to playing with it.

There are so many different ways that people have used this set.  Some people have coloured it with pencils, or with ink and daubers.  They have cut and layered the flowers.  If you want some inspiration, I have put together a Pinterest Board with this set.  Head on over -> HERE to see them.

Now this stamp is a Free one.  Really! Grab this as one of your Free Sale-A-Bration choices when your order reaches $90 AUS.  Available in Wood and Clear Mount. See it in store now -> HERE.

Have a great day,

Jenny

TIPS WITH THE CHARMING CAFE BUNDLE!

Have you seen the Charming Cafe Bundle in the Occasions Catalogue?  I was quite taken with this bundle as I saw great new options when making your cards like the Tri-fold card it shows. So this bundle was one of the first on my order.  I haven’t seen much done with this Bundle around so I thought I would share a few tips with using it.

This is the Bundle shown in the catalogue on page 25. It has the really sweet Charming Cafe stamp set and the Cafe Builder Framelits.

For the first card I made with this bundle I CASED this card which is in the Catalogue.

I will be honest it didn’t go as smooth as I thought, but that’s just me …  😉  Here is my card.

The front view

Inside

Open

It all came together well in the end.

I have a video below to show you some tips that I discovered using it.  I apologise in advance.  I am new at the video business but hopefully it helps.  I will outline the tips below too.

(NB: If you receive this blog update by email and the video is not showing please head to the blog post directly and view it there.

 

SOME HELPFUL TIPS

– Adhere your designer Series Paper BEFORE you cut the front window.  Much easier. 🙂

– Use the smaller rounded shape for the front window so you have something to adhere the flowery circle on.

– After you cut your front window.  Fold the card and sit the next Framelit inside to get the correct position to look through the front.  Open your card before you cut it.

– To stamp your sentiment or the inside image close up the centre fold so you can position the stamp THROUGH the window. 🙂

Since I put together this video I discovered Stampin’  Up! have a video on these but I think I can share a few “user errors”.

 

SOME ADDITIONAL CARDS

All is not lost though with my “mistakes.  Here are a few of the other cards that I salvaged.  I cut off the centre flap and made standard fold cards with them. Note: All the images were coloured with the Watercolor Pencils. It’s hard to tell but I coloured some of the flowers and the Topiary bush with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.  I have used the gorgeous Whisper White Organza ribbon too.

Close-ups.

I cut the large Circle shape from the front which wouldn’t work trying to adhere the diecut flower circle on it. So I added one flower strand to the top and stamped the chairs and sentiment inside.

You would have thought I learnt the first time not to cut the large circle shape. No! So I stamped the awning image on a piece of Whisper White and adhered that to the inside of the front flap on the card.  I stamped the window a second time and cut just the awning and raised it up.

Look! I cut the smaller circle shape in the front.  DOH! It was on the side.  It doesn’t matter too much as I cut the flower strands and raised them up off the card.  I kept it simple and stamped the Topiary for the front and I added one to the inside of the card too.

So I hope you find these tips helpful.  I do love this bundle.  We are using it at my Catalogue Launch this weekend so I will show you the card next week.

You can buy the Bundle in store now -> HERE.  It is available in Wood mount ($88AUS) or Clear Mount ($75.50AUS)

Have a great weekend,

Jenny