Saturday, November 26, 2016

Totally Techniques - Resist Technique

Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away? This year has literally flown by, thanks for joining us for another Totally Techniques Blog Hop - this month we are doing "resist technique" and I am sure that you already have some incredible ideas. How amazing is Amy K's creation? Amy always has such beautiful work that I am a bit nervous following on from her. . .this is my creation for the month:
I wanted to do a thanksgiving card given that our American friends are celebrating this annual holiday and I wanted the colours to be reminiscent of fall as that is the season in the northern hemisphere and of course I couldn't resist using leaves for this technique (pun intended).

So the base card is Basic Black mounted with a square of Copper Foil card stock. I then mounted another square of Basic Black and the "orange" canvas is actually a square of the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini Catalogue.
I have sponged the Fancy Frost DSP with Pumpkin Pie ink - the paper is embossed on one side and de-bossed (or impressed) on the other. I have sponged the side that is embossed ~ the raises leaves pick up more ink than the flat areas which "resist" the ink. You will see that I have also stitched a few areas around the perimeter with black cotton to tie in the leaves and other features. I love this DSP as it adds texture to projects and can provide a completely different focal point.
The leaves from Vintage Leaves are heat embossed using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Clear Embossing Powder and Versamark on Whisper White card stock. I then saturated the leaves with water in a spritzer then dropped ink onto the card wth reinkers in Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke and Real Red, the water dispersed the ink, but the areas which were heat embossed resisted the ink colours. I fussy cut the leaves after they had thoroughly dried. The colour faded out of them significantly.
Sticking with the "stitching" theme I used the stitched framelit in the smallest square to cut a rectangle of Basic Black card stock and then heat embossed the sentiment from Paisleys & Posies in the Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder to marry in with the theme. I also cut some of the paisley flowers in the Copper Foil card using the Paisley Framelit Dies.
I used Gold Metallic Thread for housing behind the central leaf which is dimensionalised whilst the other leaves are stuck flush with the DSP. The sentiment is also raised with double dimensional. I wanted the housing to provide some relief between the leaves, add a touch of bling and texture to the layout.
Inside the card I mounted a square of Whisper White card stock on a square of Basic Black and a square of Copper Foil card. I like the added weight and it gives the whole card a luxurious feel. I also stamped the inside with the Vintage Leaves image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
I love the leaf images in this set - they are rustic and ageless. They are brilliant for every type of card and are versatile for males and females.
I hope that you have taken some inspiration from my "resist" technique and that you consider using the Fancy Frost Specialty DSP - it is great for any project, white on white or as I have used it where it can take on any colour for a project. The designs become more pronounced when ink is added and the pattern resists colour.

Don't leave us now check out Nadine's blog, she is always so creative and talented! I love her project this month!
Until next time
Shanni xx

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fancy Folds Pop Up Book Card

Hope you are enjoying this months blog hop for the Pop Up Book Card and that you took the time to look at the easy to follow video from Norma at Splitcoast Stampers - this was exactly the instructions that followed for my card this month.

Wasn't Martha's card awesome? I love her choice of stamps and colours. . . it's always hard to follow in her footsteps!

This is my creation this month:
I have made a 6" square card with a base colour of Soft Suede mounted with a Rich Razzleberry mount. The the stamped square is Whisper White and I have embossed it with the Brick Wall TIEF and washed it with Crumb Cake ink using an aqua painter.

The scrolls have been cut from Old Olive card stock using the Flourish Thinlets. I trimmed and cut the flourish to fit the background and frame the Lots of Labels shape which I cut twice - once in Crumb Cake and next in Whisper White. I cut the crumb Cake label in half and mounted it behind the white to frame it a little.

Tuscan Vineyard is a beautiful set which I haven't utilised as much as I would like and this seemed the perfect opportunity to rectify my slackness - the grapes and the olive branch are from that set. I have stamped them in Staz-On Black, coloured the grapes with Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant, the leaves are in Always Artichoke and Old Olive. The olive branch is in Old Olive, Always Artichoke and the highlights on the olives are done with Daffodil Delight. I love watercoloring with aqua painters and ink pads.

The bird is from Best Birds - I have watercolored the bird using Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.  You have probably worked out that I fussy cut the grapes (I cut down one of the bunches of grapes to suit my purposes) and the bird out and then coated them with a layer of the fine tip glue. It dried fairly quickly - possibly because it is so hot here at the moment. The sentiment from Tin of Cards is stamped in Rich Razzleberry.
Inside the card I stamped the flourish from Flourishing Phrases in Old Olive to tie in the theme from the front of the card.

The grapes and wine flasks and flagons from from Tuscan Vineyard and have been watercolored with Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Rich Razzleberry inks.  The bird from Best Birds was coloured using Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry. I coated them with a layer of the Fine Tip Glue for a glossy appearance.
I actually stamped the images onto plain Whisper White card stock and fussy cut them so that I could position them strategically. The sentiment is from Garden in Bloom.
I positioned the images slightly off the top of the card and the bird's tail over hangs the fold as well.
I hope that you have taken some inspiration from my card and that you continue with our blog hop today.

Next stop on the blog hop is Anne Granger, check out her incredible project this month:

Until next time,
Shanni xx

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Totally Techniques - Ombre Effect

Hello again blog hoppers! Welcome to another Totally Techniques hop- this month we are highlighting ombre technique and here is my card:
You have probably just hopped across from Marine's beautiful blog, she is such a talented stamper.

Its that time of year when we can't get enough Christmas cards and this is made for a friend of mine in the USA who won't be with family at this crazy time. My card is 6" square heavy Whisper White card stock mounted with a slightly smaller square of Night of Navy card stock. The stamped square is also heavy Whisper White as it is better to water colour directly onto than the lighter card.
I loved Merry Mice as soon as I saw it and was coming up with a heap of ideas to watercolour and emboss it. So here I have embossed in black emboss powder. The sentiment is from Greetings from Santa (also heat embossed in black).
My colouring was not as good as it could be and I was a little impatient which resulted income leeching of colours but you get the effect lol. The mouse is coloured with Smokey Slate and Blushing Bride and the turtle neck is in Real Red. The leaves are Garden Green. The Christmas bauble I have treated as a little light as such and colours in Real Red and I coloured some rhinestones with a red Sharpie pen to make it seem as if it is illuminated. I used an aqua painter.
The background is where my ombre technique comes in - I have tried to watercolour from dark at the top to lighter at the bottom. I used Night of Navy and an aqua painter. I then stencilled some stars from the Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks with Craft Whisper White ink and a dauber. I wanted the subtle reference to the red white and blue of the USA. And the stars marry in perfectly with the little star on the mouse's tail.
Hope you have taken some inspiration and enjoyed our hop this month!

Be sure to stop by our next blogger the inspiring and talented Nadine Weiner

Until next time,

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Shannean Moncrieff (that's me)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fancy Folds - Secret Message Card

Hope that you are enjoying the Fancy Folds blog hop this month. Secret message cards are all the rage at the moment.  You have probably just popped by from Martha's blog - I am loving all of the creations this month! Here is mine:

I am trying to get in early with the crazy busy card giving time of the year. . .so this is my square card. I followed Frenchie's great tutorial on how to make a secret message card. I simply adjusted the measurements to suit a 6" square card. It meant that the card was scored t 3", 6" and 9" and that the card was cut at 1.5", 3" and 4.5". The base card is real red and the inserts (which are 3' wide and 6" long) are in whisper white and crumb cake. I adhered the white and the crumb cake together so that the front would be crumb cake and the back white.

I also chose to line the inside with small rectangles of Candy Cane Lane designer series paper.
The pattern on the DSP is quite busy but I like how the papers contrast with the different colours in the background. I also mounted rectangles of early espresso and whisper white on the real red base card so that there is a spot too write the Christmas message. I decided to line the inside of the front mount of the card too for some additional space for writing.
When the magic opening is made the sentiments from Candy Cane Christmas appear. They are stamped in early espresso. The white contrasts smartly with real red and marries in nicely with the candy cane and Christmas candy theme of the card.
I wanted the front to look like a decorated Christmas tree. I mounted a square off early espresso with a square of crumb cake and then a square of whisper white. 

I stamped the frond leaves from Christmas Pines in old olive and always artichoke and cut out more leaves with the Pretty Pines Thinlet Dies in old olive and always artichoke card stock. I punched out 3/4" circles of red foil and gold glimmer paper. You will see that I made little loops with the real red metallic thread for the Christmas baubles and attached them with dimensionals. 

I heat embossed the candy cane from Banners for Christmas with the real red glitter stampin' emboss powder and fussy cut it out. Its adhered to look like an ornament with dimensionls. The mini pine cone accents are supposed to look like ornaments too. The sentiment "be joyful" is from Merriest Wishes, stamped in real red.
You can see that there is a lot of layers on the front of the card. I wanted the leaves to look thick lie a real tree. The weight of the layers also contributes to keeping the card closed and sitting flat (this overcomes the need for a belly band).
The rear of the card is bare. The colour scheme fresh. There is a fair bit of depth in the card though - here is a photo of the card lying on its front so that you can see the layers:
 One of the tricky things is how the card unfolds to show the secret messages. 
I like how the card is less busy when the secret message is tucked away.
You can see that the double layering of the insert cards adds a lot of dimesion.
I hope that you find some inspiration in my project for this month's blog hop. It is a surprisingly easy fancy fold to make and comes together very fast. Check out Anne Granger's amazing creation next
Thanks for stopping by!
Shanni xx

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fancy Folds - Swing Cards

I blinked and it's Fancy Folds Design Team time again. . . this month we are doing swing cards which are amazingly easy. I hope that you have checked out Martha's blog - her creations are brilliant!

This is my take on the project:
It is a square card which is 6"x 12" (14.8cm x 29.6cm) - Whisper White card stock layered on the same size of Old Olive. I scored the card at 4 1/4" (11cm) from the left side and 41/4" (11cm) from the right side as the card stock sits landscape. I used the Oval Framelits for the swing shape in the centre. I used the incredibly easy-to-follow Swing Card Tutorial for instructions.
The card is basically a z-fold with a special feature centre. I partially cut the scalloped oval to the scored lines on the white card stock and cut it out completely from the Old Olive base card. I ultimately adhered the cards together but stamped first.

I initially stamped the lace from Touches of Texture in Smokey Slate ink around the perimeter of the white card stock. Next I stamped the foliage around the edge of the white card stock ~ I stamped the flowers and long grass stamp from In the Meadow set in Pear Pizzazz. I then stamped the weedy stamp from Wild About Flowers in Old Olive. The Real Red flowers are from the Number of Years (I wanted the suggestion of flowers but in blurred detail). I also randomly stamped the cluster flower image from Number of Years in Blushing Bride.
I wanted the whole card to look like a bundle of wildflowers - I was aiming for feminine and whimsy. . . so I added some Blushing Bride ink with a dauber around the stamped areas and also sharpened the perimeter of the card with Smokey Slate ink via a dauber. I highlighted the scalloped cut-out around the central sentiment with Blushing Bride to make the sentiment pop.
The swing feature is mounted with an oval of Old Olive and then with a smaller oval of Whisper White that I stamped (with the same stamps that I used on the perimeter of the card) in the same colours. But I only daubed the edges with Smokey Slate to define the area a little more. The sentiments from Me-Grateful are stamped in smokey Slate; I thought to keep the colours a little subdued.
Of course it needed a bit of bling so I added a strip of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, mounted this with a thin strip of Silver Foil Paper and a strip of Old Olive card stock. I stuck it on both the front and reverse of of the card to continue the theme because I have to be honest it felt a little odd that the card didn't fold in half.
Ultimately you are going to write on the reverse side of the card so think about the placement of the sentiment to ensure that if the card is open on a shelf that a the right words are on the front.

Ironically we used to sell flip card framelits a couple of years ago and here we are going back to basics of measuring and cutting. It shows that these fancy fold skills will always come in handy. Now I would love if you would take the time to pop by my friend Frenchie's blog she is such a clever stamper!
Until next time - stay glittery!
Shanni xx

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Totally Techniques - Thoughtful Branches

Welcome back to another Totally Techniques blog hop - this month we are a little light on numbers as people are busy with other commitments. . . so we have chosen something a little different, rather than showcase a particular technique we are highlighting a promotional bundle - Thoughtful Branches!

Wasn't Shelagh's project awesome?

Here's mine:
 I wanted to do something a little different as all the cards online seem to feature the tree and leaves framelits and the tree leaves stamp set and birds. . .

This is a square 6" card or 14.8cm for the metric markets. The base card is Whisper White and it is mounted with a square of Soft Suede cardstock. I then mounted that a square of Whisper White with a layer of Vellum cardstock over the top which I first embossed with Woodland TIEF.
Texture is something that I cannot live without. I layered onto the Vellum a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper, next a layer of Gold Foil Cardstock, then the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon stuck as a strip. finally I added a piece of the 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon in Delightful Dijon but it looks like its gold in real life. I threaded a string of gold sequins through the granny knot for added interest.
I stamped the leaves from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set in a rock 'n roll technique in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede and Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede. I fussy cut them to remove the white edge after I had cut the shapes out with the matching framelit from the Beautiful Branches set. To tie in the colour I then edged the leaves using the Gold Wink of Stella pen. I distressed the leaves a little bit with my bone folder and stuck them down with glue dots.

The tree leaves from the Thoughtful Branches set was heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. I cut them out with the matching framelit from the Beautiful Branches set and then cut the piece up even further and framed the sentiment which is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White cardstock - the words are both from the stamp set. I then cut the sentiment out with an Oval framelit. I mounted the oval with dimensionals.   
I hope you have taken some inspiration from our hop today and that you stop by again soon.

Patrice was the first of our bloggers today but you may not have seen her blog if you came by another link so check it out now!

Shanni xx  

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