Saturday, 29 September 2018

How to Step it Up with Varied Vases

Hello friends

I hope, like me, you found some time to be creative this week? I get so much pleasure from spending "me" time in the craft room!

Today I wanted to share three cards that I made with the lovely Varied Vases stamp set and matching builder punch. You can also purchase these as a bundle and save 10%. So I've listed them below as a bundle and separately.

I used the same colours in all three versions; Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Grapefruit Grove, Night of Navy, Poppy Parade with a top folding Whisper White card base. The Poppy Parade piece measures 8cm x 11cm and the Whisper White layer 7.5cm x 10.5cm.

The first is very simple using just stamps, ink and cardstock. This one is ideal for new crafters and is a great introduction to stamping and the joy of creating. As the stamp set is photopolymer it is easy to see exactly where to place the images. There's a video for this card card which you can watch later in this post. I'm sorry that the video is a little jumpy - I'm still trying to find better equipment to make my videos but it's a minefield and I want to get it right!!
The second is for casual crafters and shows how you can improve a project by adding some punched elements, using dimensionals, embellishments and applying some sparkle i.e. Clear Wink of Stella, of course!
The last is for avid crafters and really Steps It Up. Using the Big Shot (my precious!!) always makes a huge difference to a project. I've added some amazing texture to a cut down piece of Poppy Parade using the Tufted dynamic embossing folder. I stamped the flowers again on a scrap of Whisper White and added them with dimensionals as well as some ribbon and linen thread. The birthday sentiment is from the Balloon Celebration stamp set and that is punched with the Classic Label punch.
Here's the video, I'd really love to know what you think.
If you’d like to purchase any of the items used simply click on the photos below to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse but remember to use the September Hostess code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me in October.

If you have any questions, live near West Sussex and would like to come to a class or have a girls night in with a difference please get in touch at lynniecdesigns@gmail.com.

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Making a start on this year's Christmas cards ...

Happy Wednesday!

I thought I'd share two cards from my September classes. I designed the silver version first but as I was prepping for the classes realised I didn't have enough silver glimmer paper, so made a gold version.
On the silver version, the A6 card base is made with Basic Black. I embossed a piece of whisper white cut @ 10 x 14.4cm on the Bigshot using the fabulous new Swirls and Curls Textured Embossing Folder from the 2018 Autumn / Winter catalogue. Silver ⅜" Metallic-Edged Ribbon was added across the middle and attached at the back before being glued to the base with the embossed side showing. Before embossing the paper, I lightly spritzed with water to soften the fibres of the cardstock. I ran a piece of Silver Glimmer paper with the largest scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits and a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the largest square through the Bigshot to create the focal panel. The sentiment from Merry Christmas to All stamp set was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. It fits perfectly. I love the font. To finish the panel I stamped three holly leaves in Shaded Spruce and added pearls coloured with the Cherry Cobbler Blender pen to create berries. After gluing the panel in place I added a matching bow with a glue dot.
The gold version was made in exactly the same way but with a Shaded Spruce card base, Very Vanilla cardstock, Gold ⅜" Metallic-Edged Ribbon and gold embossing powder. This time the debossed side is on show - both look fabulous, in my humble opinion!

I'm really happy with both versions. Do you have a favourite?

If you’d like to purchase any of the products that I've used just click on the photos below to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse but remember to use the September Hostess code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me in October.

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C
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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Stampin' Up! Share What You Love 12" x 12" cute bag

Happy Sunday

Today I'm bringing you a bag made from a sheet of teg gorgeous Share What You Love 12" x 12" Speciality Designer Series Paper.

If you follow my blog and watch my tutorials on YouTube you know that I usually make cards but I'm trying to push myself out of my comfort zone so hope you love this as much as I do.
It's a generous sized bag measuring 7½" tall, 3½" wide and 2¼" deep. I made it for a friend's birthday and just love making packaging for gifts.

To create the bag you need a piece of 12" x 12" DSP score @ 3 ½", 5¾", 9¼" and 11½", rotate 45° and score @ 2", 4¼" and 9¾". Watch the video towards the bottom of this post to see which bits to cut and how the bag comes together. It's really simple.
The first one was made (a prototype I guess) with some retired DSP from my "collection"(ok stash!). The bag is based on a breakfast bar box - am I the only one who takes apart packaging to see how it's made?
I'm still having a few issues with the quality of my video's. Ever since my Samsung A3 automatically updated sofware, the camera is having trouble and jumps in and out of focus. I hope you can bare with me as I try to find an affordable replacement. I'm upgrading my phone at the end of November but hope I'll find a good alternative soon. I'd love to get some proper equipment but I just can't justify the cost (at the moment)!
After finishing the video I decided to add some artisan pearls to the label - just couldn't help myself. Every project needs a bit of bling lol. I'd love to know what you think so please leave me a comment if you have time.
If you’d like to purchase any of the items used simply click on the photos below to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse but remember to use the September Hostess code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me in October.

If you have any questions, live near West Sussex and would like to come to a class or host a get together with friends at yours, I'll bring the craft supplies, get in touch at lynniecdesigns@gmail.com.

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C
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