BUTTERFLY FOR FRESHLY MADE SKETCHES #257

Today I indulged and made a card just because I wanted to.  Well it was my birthday so I thought I could …..

I saw the Freshly Made Sketches for this week so wanted to try something out for that. Firstly here is the sketch.

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Here is my card.

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Let me tell you how I made it:

Butterfly – To create the butterfly I firstly washed over some Shimmery White card with the Aquapainter and water.  Then using the Aquapainter I picked up some ink from the ink pad and brushed over the card in patches.  The first colour was Watermelon Wonder. Here it is to show you.

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Wipe off your Aquapainter on scrap paper before picking up the next colour and brush over in patches again.  I have used Cucumber Crush.  The third colour was Delightful Dijon. You can fill in areas at the end with any of the colours or go over some.  See how it looks.  Well what you have at the end really is …… a mess!!! It is pretty ugly isn’t it? But don’t despair.  Something beautiful will emerge. 🙂

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From this I cut the large Butterfly Thinlits.

Just as an aside; When I cut the butterfly and rolled over the back of the die with the Die Brush, this is what was left when I lifted the die.  I thought it looked really pretty.  Just had to show you. 🙂

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This was the finished butterfly.  See persevere with the ugly mess and it is pretty.

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Now for the card: On a piece of the Moroccan DSP I stamped the fern leaf from the Butterfly Basics set and the “splodges” are from Timeless Textures. I sponged around the edges of the paper. This piece was adhered to some Copper Foil sheet and adhered to a Crumb Cake base. What you might not be able to see in the  photo is the sparkle from the Wink of Stella.  It does sparkle really!

The sentiment is from Badges and Banners.  I finished off the card with some pearls.

That was lengthy.  Sorry about that.  Thanks for visiting though. You can visit the Freshly Made Sketches blog HERE and play along.

See you again soon,

Jenny

SOME MORE SWIRLY BIRDS!!

I have some more Swirly Bird cards to show you today.  This is such a fun set. Have I told you that before 😉

Here they are. These first 2 cards we made at our Swirly Bird class along with others I had already shared. These cards were inspired by ones I had seen on my internet travels.

On this first one, the sentiment is from ‘Butterfly Basics’ and the clouds are from ‘Sprinkles of Life’.  The base card is Dapper Denim with the kite stamped in Dapper Denim and Real Red.

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This next one, the card base is Chocolate Chip.  This is a colour I haven’t used in AGES!!! I even dragged out the inkpad! This made a cute image of mummy bird and her eggs.  The sentiment is from ‘Thoughtful Banners’. The background spots are stamped in Soft Sky. This card is fairly simple looking but it did take some time to cut and to put together.

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What about a Christmas Swirly card?  Yes I made a Christmas card!  I couldn’t help it.  I wanted to show the versatility of this set at my class. This card was CASED from Beth on a Facebook group I am on.  I just made it into traditional Christmas colours.  I added some dazzle with the Dazzling Diamonds in the centres of each bauble too.  The sentiment for this is from ‘Wondrous Wreath’.

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So many ideas for this set.  What have you come up with?? I would love to see them.  Send me a photo and I will share them here on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.  Today it is FREEZING!!! Is it Summer soon???

Have a great day wherever you are,

Jenny

 

FRESHLY MADE SKETCHES #200 – TAKE 2!

Yesterday I shared a card I made for the Freshly Made Sketches 200th Birthday Challenge.  I mentioned that the card I posted wasn’t my first card I made for it.  I wasn’t really happy with the first card but I thought I would show you it today.  It was my first time inking this stamp set up and I had an idea in my head but it just didn’t seem to work.  I don’t know?? You can be the judge. 🙂

Here is my card.

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I started with watercolour paper and lightly misted water on the card.  Then I used an aquapainter and the inkpads to brush colour over the card picking up ink from the pool of ink in the lid.  I used Marina Mist, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz and let it dry.  Really I left it overnight as I had to get going doing other things.  I really wanted to stamp the card to get it finished and picked up the stamp several times to stamp but had to seriously talk to myself to wait!!!  The stamp set is ‘Gift From The Garden’. I stamped the pots in Mossy Meadow onto the card and then on scrap white stamped them again in Calypso Coral.  I cut the pots out and raised them up off the card with dimensionals.  I stamped the gloves onto scrap white card also and cut them out.  The greeting is from ‘Butterfly Basics.  I finished the card off with Whisper White Baker’s Twine and a Marina Mist Candy Dot.

Something is a miss though.  What do you think????

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope your week is super awesome. 🙂

Jenny

HALF CIRCLE POP-UP!

Here is one of the first cards I will share from my Stamping Weekend.  Each of us had a Make and Take to share.  I chose this one.  I completely CASED it, but that’s OK Right??? 🙂  I came across this cool Half Circle Pop Up Card by Julie Davison and loved the idea of it.  The other girls liked it this weekend too.  I will give you the link for it further down.  Here is the card.

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On this card I have used the ‘Watercolor Wings’ stamp set and ‘Tin of Cards’ set.  I love this set for the sentiments even if you weren’t making the kit. The colours are Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. The fun part is when you open the card.  Check it out.

Surprise!!! The butterfly pops up.

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I love how the butterfly pops up. You can see how that works in the close-up in the photo below. You have a little strip of acetate across the circle.  Love it!!

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The Pool Party piece at the top of the card is embossed with the Fluttering Embossing Folder.  I didn’t realise I had embossed this on the opposite side until I was putting the card together but I don’t think it matters.  I still went with it.  The little butterfly is from the ‘Butterfly Basics’ set.

If you would like to make this type of card yourself, then head over to Julie’s blog HERE and she has a video and the PDF instructions.  It is such a WOW card – and it really is very simple to create.

Have fun making them.  I can’t wait to try this card again.  My mind is buzzing with all the different stamps you could try this with.

Come back soon.  I have lots more projects to share.

Jenny

FAUX SHAVING CREAM BUTTERFLY!

A little while ago I shared the Faux Shaving Cream technique with you.  I showed everyone at our team meeting this week so beforehand I played around with a few other stamps using this technique.  I thought I would show you the card I made.

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There is quite a few new products on this card. Can you spot them??

I have used the set ‘Watercolor Wings’ and the butterfly was cut with the new Framelits, Bold Butterfly.  I have used 2 of the new Incolors Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  (I also used Pacific Point for this technique too).  The other stamp I used to create the honeycomb effect was from Butterfly Basics. The White card is embossed with the lovely new embossing folder ‘Fluttering’.  How gorgeous is this folder??  The greeting I have used here is from ‘Butterfly Basics’ which continued from our recent Occasions Catalogue.  See the centre of the butterfly?  I cut the smaller butterfly with the Bold Butterfly Framelits from regular old baking paper! How cool!  In the centre of the butterfly I added a Watermelon Wonder In Color Blossom Accents. I was really happy how this turned out.  You really have to play with a few different ink colours and different stamps to see what effect you get.

If you missed the post showing the Faux Shaving Cream Technique and want to have a go yourself, you can find that tutorial post HERE on my blog.

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

Jenny

FAUX SHAVING CREAM FLOWER!!

I have always been fascinated in the Shaving Cream technique but I haven’t got around to trying it. I think it is the mess!  The shaving cream and reinkers and ….. Just too hard!  SO, when I came across THIS technique on Splitcoaststampers a few weeks ago when I was looking for a different technique for a class, I thought I could really try this one.  Here is the card I made.

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The layout for the card was INSPIRED from Deb Currier from artfeltcreations.com.  I changed a few things around and I created the Shaving Cream flower.  I loved the effect.  Here is a close-up. (OK a little blurry!)

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I don’t usually share a tutorial for the Technique Classes I do but this technique is so cool I just wanted to share this with you my lovely readers. Of course, you can read about it at the Splitcoaststampers link above too.  It is a bit like the Kissing technique if you have tried that.

SHAVING CREAM TECHNIQUE

1. Choose 3 co-ordinating ink colours. I have used Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo.  I found the darker colours didn’t blend well and just looked messy 🙂

You will also need 2 stamps: One solid image stamp and one patterned stamp.  I have used the flower from ‘Crazy About You’ and the honeycomb pattern from ‘Butterfly Basics’.

2.  Ink up your solid image stamp with the lightest colour. Don’t stamp it on your card yet.

3. Ink up your patterned stamp with one of the other ink colours. Press it on to your solid image stamp and give it a slight twist.  Clean your patterned stamp and ink again in the same colour.  Press on to your solid stamp on the other part of your stamp and give a little twist.  See the photo below.

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4. Clean your stamp again and ink your patterned stamp with the other ink colour.  Turn your solid image stamp 1/4 turn.  Then press your inked patterned stamp on to the stamp and give a little twist. Clean your stamp.  Ink it again in the same colour and stamp on the other part of your solid image stamp and give a twist.

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5. Now give your solid image stamp a little huff to re-moisten the stamp and then press on to your piece of card.

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It gives a really cool effect.  Don’t you think???

I really loved the effect so I made some tags up using this technique for our team swaps last week.

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Here is a close-up.

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So why not give this technique a try.  It is so cool and each time will work out different.

Have a happy, stampy weekend 🙂

Jenny

CONVENTION SWAPS!

I have finally had a chance to go through my swaps and take photos.  I thought you might like to see them. There are some great ideas. I have grouped them to help you see them.  If you would like a closer view of one or to know about it more then let me know.

Butterflies are always popular!

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Flowers of all types!

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I took photos of these next 2 separately to show you as I liked these ideas.

On the left is a collage card.  I have been wanting to try one of these.  One on the right is a triple layer stamped card using ovals.  It looks great!  (I will give this one a go too).

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A variety of cards here.

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Some ideas for the men!

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These are gift card holders, tea bag holder and little tags.  Check out the black dress.

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I had to take a close-up of the dress.  It is using the Bow punch.  How clever!

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Some little treat holders. Very cute!

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Tags and bookmarks

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There you go.  Thanks to those people who swapped with me. There are some great ideas for you to try.  What is your favourite??  What will you try first?? I think I will need to grab my bow punch and try the dress out.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Join me again soon,

Jenny

CASE THE CATALOGUE!!

Sometimes when you sit down to create you get stumped what to do.  The MOJO is just not happening! I am sure I am not the only one that happens to.  But inspiration is everywhere and especially in our Stampin’ Up! Catalogues.  I know I don’t use the catalogues enough when I am trying to come up with something.  They have been designed that way not just to show the products but to inspire us with projects.  We might CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or might just use it as a springboard for our next project.  We might just pick out the colours they have used or the layout.

A few weeks ago I was flicking through the catalogue and this card caught my eye.  I love how it showcases the Butterfly Thinlets and the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  So I CASED the card shown.  I changed the base colour and a few other little changes.

This is the card you can find on p 27 of the Occasions Catalogue.

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Here is my card.

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The base card is a little taller than the standard size so I could fit the butterflies on there.  The base is Crumb Cake and the butterflies are Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango.

So next time you get stuck, grab one of your Stampin’ Up! Catalogues and see what jumps out at you.  🙂

Have a Happy Day,

Jenny

ESAD 2015 OCCASIONS AND SALE-A-BRATION BLOG HOP!

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Welcome to the 2015 ESAD Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop.  You might be starting here or you have come from Leonie Schroder’s blog.  Either way I hope you have a cuppa in hand and ready to take the journey to a number of blogs showcasing projects from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues.  Now before I share my project I must share with you what ‘ESAD’ is.

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

 We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

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Now for my project.  I chose to use the Butterfly Dies from the Occasions catalogue.  I am sure you have seen many projects around using these dies and the matching stamp set ‘Butterfly Basics.

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I wanted to create something a little different with these dies and stamp set.  I found this Triangle Easel card in an older issue of Stamping and Papercraft Magazine but if you have a look on the internet you will see some different versions. Sometimes known as Twisted Easel card.  I will show you how to create one below.  I will also show you how I did the butterfly too.

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1. Cut your card 10.5cm x 21cm.  (I have used Coastal Cabana). Score at 10.5cm.  (4 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ score at 4 1/8″).  You can make these any size you like just see that the length is twice the width.

2. Score diagonally from the bottom right at the score line (ie on the left hand side section) to the top left of the card.  Fold in on the centre score line and open it again.  Then fold in on the angled score line. See the photo below.

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You can decorate this as you like.  Place something at the centre of the piece on the right which will anchor your folded triangle.  You can see what I have done below.  It could be a button or other embellishment or a label or punched image. I have used one of the ‘Something Borrowed’ Embellishments from the Occasions Catalogue.

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Just to give you some dimensions for the pieces on this part of the card.  The Whisper White piece measured 10.1cm x 10.1cm.  If you are using Imperial measurements then cut it slightly smaller than your card piece. Cut your Designer Series Paper to 10.1cm x 10.1cm and then cut it diagonally in half.  I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set to decorate the card.

Here is a close-up.

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Here is the front of the card as it would be to fold and send.  (Maybe it needs more stamping at the back now that I see it like this.  You could do that). You could make an envelope to fit using your Envelope Punch Board. 🙂

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Now for the butterfly.

If you have a close look at the butterfly you can see it is shiny.  I found this idea firstly on Barb’s blog HERE.  I have used the Silver Foil sheets to cut the butterfly from.  Once cut I then coloured the butterfly with Blendabilities (the Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight sets).  You can colour parts randomly but leave some parts silver.

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I hope you can make a Triangle/Twisted Easel card soon.

Thanks for visiting.  Don’t forget to leave a comment as you visit each blog.  It is nice to have the little encouragement. 🙂

Now to continue your Blog Hop you are off to Tamsin’s blog HERE.   (Click “HERE” not the next blog button. Thanks.)

 

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 Here is a list of blogs for you to visit today if you get lost along the way.

1. Libby Dyson – http://www.libbystampz.com

2. Narelle Hoggard – http://www.handmadebynarelle.wordpress.com

3. Leonie Schroder – http://www.stamp-a-latte.com

4. Jenny Hayward – http://www.astampingjourney.wordpress.com

5. Tamsin Adams – http://tamsinadams.blogspot.com.au

6. Helen Williams – http://craftyhelen.blogspot.com

7. Pauline Bennetts – http://www.paulinebennetts.com/stampede

8. Monique Fielder – http://stamping-with-moni-q.blogspot.com.au

9. Nicole Wilson – http://nicolejuliewilson.blogspot.com/2015/02/esad-occasions-saleabration-2015-hop.html

10. Keryn Campbell – http://kerynscards.com

11. Clare Mcilhatton – http://www.crafty-cow.com

12. Ria Kaire – http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/qraftyqueen/blog

13. Kathryn Ruddick – http://www.katlodesigns.com/

14. Sally Williams – http://sallystampingdelights.blogspot.co.nz/

15. Tricia Raineri – http://www.thespeckledsparrow.blogspot.com.au

16. Nerida Carter – http://www.stampingjoy.blogspot.com

17. Mel Pagano – http://createwithmel.blogspot.com.au

18. Rachael Lewsley – http://www.mystampinhaven.com.au

19. Amity Knight – http://www.stampinamity.com.au/ESAD-blog-hop-project-life

20. Kelly Kent – http://mypapercraftjourney.com

21. Norelle Targato – http://rellspaperink.wordpress.com

OCCASIONS AND SALE-A-BRATION LAUNCH 2015!

Last Saturday I had my Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogue Launch.  It was a great time with 2 different times scheduled.  I think we all had a great time.  Why wouldn’t we?? We are creating and having a few laughs (always good for the soul!!).  I thought I would show you the projects we did.

Firstly, this card uses the new Chalkboard cardstock and chalk inks. (p 25 of the Occasions Catalogue). The chalk inks come in 3 colours at the moment – Aquarmarine (green), Rose Coral (pink) and Yellow Citrus (yellow). This card was CASED from Pinterest.  I have used the Sale-A-Bration paper ‘Best Year Ever’. The chalk inks match nicely with this paper.  I used the ‘Big Day’ stamp set. Another Sale-A-Bration Free choice!

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To give an idea how the Chalkboard cardstock looks I stamped the images on different card for comparison.  You might get some idea from the photos but I have to say it is much better in real life. 🙂

I used the same chalk ink on each of these cards – the Rose Coral chalk ink pad. The first one on the left the image is stamped on regular Basic Black cardstock, the middle one is stamped on the chalkboard paper on the rough side.  The one on the right ( I know I didn’t write on this one.  I thought I could use it on a card later), is stamped on the shiny, smooth side of the Chalkboard paper.  This is important.  You will notice the 2 different surfaces to the card. You must stamp on the smoother side. You get a much more crisper image.

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This card was CASED from Pinterest also and is using ‘Crazy About You’ stamp set.  This is stamped in Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding.  The greeting is in Smoky Slate and the “you” is from the ‘Hello There’ Thinlets from the Silver Foil.

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Of course, we can’t forget the Goodie Bags I gave to all the guests.  These were inspired by a project on Pinterest.  I used regular brown lunch paper bags and decorated them with the ‘Butterfly Basics’ stamp set and the Butterfly Dies.  The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration set ‘Simply Wonderful’.  I coloured part of the “THANKS” with the blender pen and inkpads.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Painted Blooms DSP.  Absolutely gorgeous paper! The tags were attached with a cute little peg.

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So I bet you wish you could have joined us!! If you are local you will have to make sure you are here next time 🙂  It was great fun.

If you haven’t seen the Occasions or Sale-A-Bration Catalogues yet then there is a link in the right hand column that will take you there.  If you would like your own copy (and you are in Australia), then let me know and I can send one your way.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Jenny