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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Butterfly Wishes - Stitched nested labels

Hello there!  

At the time of writing, summer is in full swing,  but who knows what it will be like when this is scheduled to publish today?  All I know is that when it's holiday/vacation time, we want time to tarry a while, not fly past like there's no tomorrow!

Speaking of flight - this Butterfly Wishes stamp set is a Dist-INK-tive one and that single branch with the photo realistic texture floats my boat!  

I chose a monochrome effect - using texture for the background layer by embossing it with the Subtles 3D embossing folder.

It was also embossed again using the largest of the Stitched Nested Label dies with the embossing mats. Did you know you can use any of your dies for embossing with?  You need special embossing mats which were available for purchase in last year's catalogue.   So long as you use this sandwich formula  starting with the basic platform, followed by the die (cutting edge face up), followed by   the card stock on top, then the thin blue silicone mat, and lastly  the White Impressions plate, then the die will NOT cut through the card stock, but emboss it instead.

Next, I die cut a piece of Sahara Sand card stock using next size down from the Stitched Nested Labels dies and placed it on top securing it with washi tape and with the Stamparatus, I was able to stamp over both layers repeatedly until I was happy with the depth of colour.    The Subtles embossed layer was torn and all the edges sponged before adhering it to the card base.

I cut a little slot on the fold so I could thread through the scalloped ribbon and tied a flat knot bow.

The reverse side of the butterfly was also stamped using the Mirror Stamping Technique with the help of a silicone mat and the Stamparatus.  Watch out for a video tutorial to demonstrate how very soon.

I used the picture in the catalogue for my inspiration, but the way this card has ended couldn't be more different from the original!!! lol!

Please note that the old style Dynamic Impressions embossing folder works with the basic platform and one clear plate.  It does not require the new 3D Embossing plate which is blue in colour.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, 16 August 2019

For the Love of Felt Kit

Do you need a holiday/vacation project?  If you're already a crafter "For the Love of Felt" is just the perfect kit to take with you.  There is a pretty box to keep them in too, after you've finished!

Twelve cards - four each of three designs with instructions on how to make them.  Of course you'll need the stamp set, some clear blocks "b", "c" and "h" for mounting the stamps on and the recommended ink pads, dimensionals, multipurpose adhesive and a pair of scissors and a ruler or a sheet of grid paper as you need to measure and cut different lengths of linen thread for your projects.

In the photo above, these are the 3 designs of cards and the original box which comes with the kit.

If you're a demonstrator and would like to run a class with it, you could split the cards into 4 sets of 3 cards and add a box to hold all 3 cards.  Consequently, I designed a bespoke box to incorporate this 3D element for the class to contain the 3 cards and envelopes.  Alternatively, if you need teachers gifts, this could also be cost effective, you'll be able to make 4 sets for 4 teachers!

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Pressed Petals Journal - Path of Petals

Wow! The Pressed Petals suite gives and gives!  Not only stamps and dies and a bumper pack of Specialty designer papers, but the cutest little journal which has removable pages which can be used on a memory keeping page or even as a card front!  

Of course you don't have to remove the pages, you could just simply use it as a pocket journal and leave the pages in tact!  The choice is yours!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Are you a Grandma, Nana, Nan, Gran, or Gan Gan?

Happy Sunday!  

When school breaks up, usually that's the time when grandchildren come to visit, but there are no Grandmas in our house, I am called by another name!  Whatever the tradition in your house, generations of grandparents have their grandparent status passed down through the ages according to their tradition or ethnicity.

I wondered about this stamp set because "grandma" didn't apply to me, but I loved some of the sentiments and decided it was worth the investment.  I can write, so I can substitute grandma for "Por Por" in my own hand or use an Alphabet stamp set to customise it.

My ethnic background is Chinese, be it fourth generation in Australia and far removed from China a country which I have yet to visit.  The Chinese have a rather complicated way of addressing their relatives.  They differentiate between the maternal and paternal grandparents, as they do nephews and nieces on either side, but I won't go into all that.  Suffice to say, I am my grandchildren's maternal grandmother, so I'm known as "Por Por"(pronounced Paw Paw).

I used "Make a Difference" to spell "Por Por" out.

Did you know that the long awaited new 3D embossing plate is now available?   It is a blue acrylic plate which makes up the difference in height of our new thinner 3D embossing folders.  To make your "sandwich" you need the basic Die Cutting machine platform, insert the card stock in the new type 3D embossing folder, the new blue 3D embossing plate and you're good to go.

I've used the new Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder and it is gorgeous.   The "bricks" have a rough texture and incorporated at various heights, some are more prominent and others just give a hint of the brickwork.

This is the inside, but this trio of flowers could so easily be used for the front of the card too.  Switch to a different sentiment set, and you can use this stamp set for any occasion, not just for Grandmas!!!

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