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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #65 – EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR TRIMMER BLADES!

I often have people telling me about problems when cutting with the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer.  The blades don’t seem to last long and they get furry edges when trimming. I have that problem too. Add to that now the Trimmer is being retired and there won’t be any more Trimmer blades available.

So I have a solution today for you for Wednesday’s WOW! #65 I think you will find very useful if you experience some of these problems.  How to extend the life of your blades to avoid those furry edges.  And also so you don’t have to replace your blade so quickly. 🙂

When you cut your card place a piece of scrap paper or copy paper in between the Trimmer and the card you are cutting.  You will get a crisper cut edge when you cut.  This will help you make those blades last longer before you have to replace them.

Of course you end up with shreds of paper but that’s ok.  Just recycle them.  I will say it can be tedious if you have to cut a lot of card but for a few quick cuts it is great. I have used this for some time now and I don’t have to replace my blades too frequently.

Hope this is helpful.  Share it around as it might help some of your cardmaking friends. 🙂

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #64 – EMBOSSED GEARS!

For today’s Wednesday’s WOW! I have shared similar before – BUT I really like this technique.  I have used this on one of my recent makes with the Geared Up Garage Bundle and so I thought I would share the technique again with you.

For Wednesday’s WOW! #64 it’s all about embossing with you dies.  This is such a cool and different way to use your dies.

I have embossed the Real Red card with the large gears die in the Garage Gears Thinlits.  You can see on the card how it looks.  It’s really cool don’t you think?

I put together a chart to show you the layers to help you to emboss with your dies.  Then you can go on trying different dies to emboss with.

Have fun with it.

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #63 – USING THE LEFTOVERS!

Do you have “bits” left on your craft table that you don’t end up using on your projects?  I do quite often.  Then they get shoved in a drawer to sometimes never see the light of day again.  I have just finished working on my swaps from Onstage and had some leftover “bits”.  Instead of shoving them away I thought “use them straight away …” So I thought maybe this is a good thing to chat about for Wednesday’s WOW! #63 – Using those leftover bits.

It might be scraps of Designer Series Paper, or die-cut pieces you don’t end up using.  Maybe it’s a sentiment or image that you changed your mind on.  If they don’t get used, do you just throw them or put them away for later?? And like me never to be used again. 🙂

SO … why not use them straight away and make another project right there and then.  You have all the products out, you have everything on hand.  I know sometimes it’s a time thing but I decided today to use them straight away.  Not to put them in the bottomless drawer.

So with that in mind.  I created this card with leftovers on my table.

The Gingham Gala paper was left from another project, The butterflies and the Highland Heather narrow card strip was left over from my Onstage swaps. I just cut another piece of Highland Heather card with the Delicate Lace Edgelits. I won’t go in to details with the butterflies at the moment.  I will tell you about them when I show you my swaps in the next week or 2.

I stamped the sentiment from Butterfly Gala on a scrap piece of white too and cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.  I added some loops of Silver Thread under the sentiment. I just noticed on the photo that there is only 2 Rhinestones on the card.  I had put 3 on.  It’s good to work in odd numbers on the elements.  I must have dropped one off so I will have to fix that.

So the moral of the story is and the message for Wednesday’s WOW! #63 – use those scraps – straight away though.  Otherwise they enter the drawer of no return never to see the light of day again. 🙂

Have fun creating,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #61 – BOTANICAL BUTTERFLIES GIFT BAG!

Wednesday’s WOW! #61.  I have something special today.  I hope you like it.  I am featuring the Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper all week.  Of course you can use any paper for these projects but how pretty is this paper – and bonus because it is free!

Today I want to show you this cutie Butterfly bag.  I have the tutorial below for you.

For the cute tag above I punched a butterfly from a scrap piece of the paper using the Butterfly Duet Punch. I used the Detailed Trio Punch on the white tag. The sentiment is from Beauty Abounds.

Here is the side view.

This is such an easy Gift Bag to make and it only uses 1/2 sheet of the Designer Series Paper.  You can make a few in no time.

BUTTERFLY GIFT BAG

METRIC MEASUREMENTS:

30.5cm x 15cm.

Score on the long side at 12cm, 14.5cm, 26.5cm and 29cm.

Score on the short side at 2.5cm and 12.5cm.

 

IMPERIAL MEASUREMENTS:

12” x 6”.

Score on the long side at 4 ¾”, 5 ¾”, 10 ½”, and 11 ½”

Score on the short side at 1” and 5”.

 

With the paper in landscape orientation, cut up on the scored lines along the bottom up to the score line.  Angle the cuts if you prefer so the tabs will sit better when they are folded up.

Fold on all the score lines.  On the top score lines fold the paper forward to show the other side of the paper.  Adhere this down on to the front.  See the photo to show it clearer.

Place adhesive on the narrow side tab and fold the paper to form a box shape.  Adhere this narrow tab to join the other side.  Place adhesive to the bottom small tabs.  Fold up and then adhere the long tabs at the bottom to form the box.

HANDLES:

Card strip – 2 @ 1.2cm x 14.8cm.

2 @ ½” x 6”

For the handles: Firstly, take a strip and run it up and down on the edge of the table.  This helps curve the card and breaks down the tissue a little.

Place adhesive on each end of one strip, Position one end inside the bag at the top.  Gently curve the strip and adhere the other end to the inside of the bag.  Repeat the same for the second strip on the other side.

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Have fun creating them,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #60 – LET’S LOOK CLOSER AT THE NEEDLEPOINT NOOK SUITE!

I don’t know about you but I am not a needlework crafter.  I will mend some pants and I have sewn curtains but when it comes to the finer points of embroidery and cross-stitch I don’t have the patience for that.  So I wasn’t taken with the Needlepoint Nook Suite in the Occasions Catalogue initially.

For Wednesday’s WOW! #60 I thought we would have a closer look at this suite.  I have to say it has me intrigued now.  You have to have a closer look at the Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper. It is actual photos of embroidery.  They are beautifully done.  You can see the original work in this video below.  Take the time to check it out and have a closer look a the Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies.  

Below is the Needlepoint Nook Bundle containing the Needle and Thread stamp set and the Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies.  The stamp set is a Distinktive style of stamp so you will be able to achieve more depth in the image when you stamp it to make it more realistic looking.  And it does do that.

If you see the dotted die in the bottom right corner you will notice with the dots it won’t cut your card but create a “stitched” effect on your cards which is great for backgrounds.  Check them in the sample cards at the bottom.

The Needlepoint Nook DSP has realistic “embroidered” images on one side and on the other side is a simple stitched print.

Samples courtesy of Stampin’ Up! Aren’t they pretty?

So now if you are like me and not in to needlework you can get the look of it with the paper and stamps.  How clever!

You can grab the Needle and Thread Suite which includes the Stamp set and the dies for $80 AUS.  Add a pack of the Needlepoint Nook DSP for $19.25 and you can grab your choice of Sale-A-Bration item.

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Have a great day,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #59 – REDUCING THE SIZE OF DIECUTS!

Today for Wednesday’s WOW! #59 I want to share a little trick I discovered yesterday. Well it is not necessary a new discovery but new to me and it might be new to you.  Today I want to share with you how to reduce the size of your Framelits especially your shapes like the Rectangles Stitched Framelits.  

Do you sometimes have an image or a sentiment that is just slightly different size to what your current Framelits sizes can cut? It happens occasionally and it can be annoying.  Yesterday when I was making the card I will share below I wanted a smaller square to fit the sentiment.  So … I cut it down. Let me show you.

HOW TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF YOUR DIECUT SHAPES

Cut your piece of card with one of the Framelits Dies that is close to what you need. Then position your Framelits die over the cut piece of card to make it the size you want.  You will find the card will slip in to the die snugly.  Just check it out underneath to be sure.  (See below for the position of the die).

Diecut the card out and you have the smaller diecut you need.

Note: I hadn’t stamped this piece of card as this was just as a sample to show you.  It is a good idea to stamp before you cut so you know the exact size needed.

Below is the card I used the smaller diecut on.  I found that any other size and even a square in the Stitched Shapes Framelits was still not the right size.  That’s ok.  I could make a custom sized one.

For this card I stamped the image from By The Bay Sale-A-Bration set on to Grapefruit Grove Foil sheet.  Be sure to use Stazon when stamping to avoid smudging of the image. This stamp set By The Bay is a free choice for Sale-A-Bration.  The Foil Sheets were too but sadly have run out.

For the sentiment I daubered White Shimmer Paint on to the stamp and stamped it on black card.  Call me lazy.  I couldn’t be bothered getting my Heat Tool out and emboss it. 🙂

Don’t you like the colour with this card when the light hits the foil?  It’s like a rainbow.  Just a tip I found when making this card.  Don’t use Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive on the back of the Foil.  You can see the marks from it. At least you can’t see it in this photo. 🙂

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #58 – WHICH INK TO USE?

I have had a number of people asking me recently which ink should they use when they are doing some of the different techniques.  I was putting together a chart to share with them.  Then this chart appeared in our Stampin’ Up! emails just today so I adapted it to share with them – and to you too as I am sure you ask yourself that same question.

So for Wednesday’s WOW! #58 today let’s look at the basic inks and see what inks to use.

TIP: If you are on your phone or even on a Tablet this table might be hard to read.  Save it to your device and then you can expand it.

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So I hope that is helpful for you.  PIN the table so you can refer back to it time and time again.

Thanks for visiting me today for another Wednesday’s WOW!

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW #56 – MASKING FROGS!

I have a fun card for you today for Wednesday’s WOW! #56.   I want to show you how to make this cute card with the So Hoppy Together set using the masking technique.

For the card I have used Lemon Lime Twist base with the Gingham Gala paper stack.  The frogs were stamped in Black Memento ink and coloured with the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.

Do you want to know how I stamped the frogs?? I used the masking technique.  Let me show you how it is done.

MASKING TECHNIQUE WITH THE FROG

You can use this technique with any stamps.  The idea is to create a mask on a piece of sticky note paper.

1. First stamp your image on to a piece of sticky note being sure to stamp where the sticky part is underneath.  Fussy cut around this image.

2. Stamp your image again onto your white card towards the left hand side of your card in the position you would like it to be.  Place your “mask” piece that you had created in Step 1 directly on to that stamped image.

3.  Stamp your image again to the right next to your stamped and masked image where you would like it to be.  See the photo below if you are unsure.

4. Remove your mask and place it over the 2nd stamped image to mask this one.  Stamp your image again to the right of this.  See the photo below.

I hope this helps you.  What stamps could you use for this fun technique??

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Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #55 – TIPS WITH THE FLORENTINE FILIGREE BUNDLE!

For Wednesday’s WOW! #55 today I thought I would look at the Florentine Filigree Bundle in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.  I have been fascinated with it every time I see it in the catalogue.

The Florentine Filigree Thinlits die is quite fancy and the Florentine Filigree stamp set has a number of different medallion style stamps.

When I looked at the samples though I was quite fascinated with them.  On the one on the left those flourish style images were stamped in the little gaps in the diecut .  How can you get them so lined up and so neat?

The smaller card on the right looked like it had Texture Paste used with the diecut.

I came across a video with some great tips and it shows you how to easily create these cards.  I thought you might like to see the video.

Here are you are below.

What do you think? Are you going to add this bundle to your wish list now? It’s a gorgeous one isn’t it.

You can shop for this in my store now -> HERE. Please use the Host Code: Q6XB6QR6  It is $69.25 AUS 

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Thanks for visiting me today.

Jenny