Wednesday, 17 September 2014

In review - centre step cards - now with instructions

After sharing my long centre step card yesterday, I realised I hadn't shared instructions for regular sized centre step cards. Cue new blog post! :-) Before we get to the tute, here are some of the cards I've made in this size. I've included links back to the original posts for more pics & detailed info on the projects too.

Party Penguin
This card is the 3rd most popular post on my blog ever so I guess you like it. Thanks :-) It's one of my faves too.  See original Party Penguin card post here

Sarah's Monkey Birthday
Another fun card for a monkey loving friend. See original monkey centre step card here
Flower Pot Cards
The centre step base is very much the supporting act for the pretty & removable flower pots. See the original post for more pics, info & links to make the flower pots.
Regular Centre Step Card Instructions

So, if you're ready to make your own centre step card...Here's the link & a screen shot of the pdf.

View & Download Regular Centre Step Card Instructions here
* Measurements are provided in centimetres & inches to match the regular sized cardstock available, so cm measurements are based on A4 cardstock. Inch measurements are based on standard 8-1/2 x 11 inch US cardstock.
* The instructions doc is designed to print A5 size (half an A4 sheet), to fit our class instruction books. Select fit to page in your printer options if you want to print it bigger.
* My docs are hosted on Google Drive. Just click on the link to view the pdf doc, then select 'download' to save the pdf to your computer-device. Please don't select share, as this just sends me an e-mail request.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you find my centre step instructions useful & enjoy making your own. Leave me a comment if you have any questions about the cards, tute, anything SU or just want to say hi. I love hearing from you. I'll be back next time with some new projects.
Inky wishes, Di

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Masculine centre step card - with instructions

Ahh the best laid plans, but I'm finally sharing the second card from my Father's Day / masculine card class in August - a long centre step card.
Fancy fold cards are so easy & fun to make. They're especially great for masculine cards, since they also reinforce how clever we are to our husbands, dad's etc (grin), so I designed a long centre step card version to suit the oh so flexible & popular image from Lovely as a Tree.
I  added quick colour & a modern twist to the image with the long stamp from Work of Art. The idea was inspired by the masking tape technique used on this great card. I used pear pizzazz for the grass, lost lagoon & soft sky (stamped off) for the sky. I also used part of the tree image for the message panel on the card back.
Here are some more pics to show the centre step effect, which raises the centre front panel out from the rest of the card.
One last note - this card fits a standard business sized (DL) envelope, or you can make your own pretty one with your trusty envelope punch board.

 Long Centre Step Card Instructions

I often prepare instructions for my class lovelies & am sharing them here, since you all seem to like them too.

Notes: * Measurements are provided in cm's & inches. The dimensions for each are slightly different to make them easier to measure-cut, so please use one or the other, not both together!
* The doc is designed to print A5 size (half an A4 sheet), to fit our class instruction books. Select fit to page in your printer options if you want to print it bigger.
* My docs are hosted on Google Drive. Just click on the link to view the pdf doc, then select 'download' to save the pdf to your computer-device. Please don't select share, as this just sends me an e-mail request.

Thanks for visting. I hope you liked my project & find the instructions helpful.
If you have any comments or questions about the project, instructions, anything else SU, or just want to say hi (or thanks), I'd love to hear from you.

Inky wishes, Di

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Hexagon nuts - for birthdays & Father's Day

August means masculine cards - for my lovely FIL's birthday & my Father's Day - masculine card class. Today I'm sharing some cards featuring punched 'nuts' made with the hexagon & half inch circle punch inspired by this great card by Nance. This was one of my class projects.
The card layout is very simple so I've added texture & interest in other ways.
Nuts - Punch a half inch circle then punch the hexagon over the circle. Use a mix of card & DSP (Moonlight DSP stack used here). Sponge edges to help them pop. Stamp the perfect plum/blackberry bliss nuts with the line & splatter stamps from Gorgeous Grunge, then sponge edges.
Stamped background - Start with naturals white card, sponge sahara sand ink onto Dictionary stamp. Randomly stamp with large splatter stamp & the speckle stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.
Metallic accents - use silver mini brads
Texture - use linen thread
PS - I LOVE the Happy Birthday sentiment - you may have missed this beauty from the super useful & cheap 'Hey You' set. Check it out!

We made this fun extra project at class too - a gift box to match the card. So easy to make with our new hamburger box die.
More Hexagon Nut Cards
Here's another version in shades of grey with paper from the Moonlight DSP stack. This was actually the first one I made - for my FIL's birthday.
And one more just for the fun of making them...

Looking back at these cards reminds me of these more girly hexagon cards.
Anyway, that's all I have for today. Hope these cards have inspired you in some way. I'll be back with the second card we made a the class. Until then, thanks for visiting.
Inky wishes, Di

Card 1
Stamps: Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge, Hey You

Card/Paper: sahara sand, naturals white, blackberry bliss, perfect plum, Moonlight DSP
Ink: sahara sand, blackberry bliss, perfect plum

Accessories, linen thread, silver mini brads
Tools: Hexagon & 1/2 inch circle punches

Cards 2 & 3
Stamps: Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge, Hey You (card 2), And Many More (card 3)

Card/Paper: smoky slate, basic grey, naturals white (3), lost lagoon,  Moonlight DSP
Ink: smoky slate, basic grey

Accessories, linen thread, silver mini brads (card 3), neutral candy dots (card 2)
Tools: Hexagon & 1/2 inch circle punches, word window & banner punches (3)

Card 1
Stamps: Dictionary, Gorgeous Grunge, Work of Art

Card/Paper: naturals white, blackberry bliss, sahara sand
Ink: sahara sand, blackberry bliss
Accessories, linen thread, blackberry bliss satin ribbon, silver mini brads
Tools: Big Shot, Hamburger box die

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Matchy matchy punch board gift box

I needed a little gift box to match this card in a box (apparently my most popular post ever), so of course I turned to my trusty envelope punch board to make this floral box.
 Pretty, quick & easy - yay! I used the same size box as my Christmas ornament box - see it & instructions here, so no figuring out required. The colours & theme match this card in a box - see more pics & measurements in this post.
Hope this gives you some ideas to make your gifts matchy matchy. Thanks for stopping by.
Inky wishes, Di

Stamps: Petite Petals
Card/Paper: calypso coral, crisp cantaloupe, pool party, whisper white card, Subtles DSP stack (so saffron & calypso coral)
Ink: calypso coral ink pad
Accessories: basic pearl, dimensionals
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Floral Collection Framelits, Blossom Punch,  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Quick tissue paper flowers - with instructions

I shared this super quick & easy tissue paper flower on my fb page on Friday, so I thought I'd share it here too with some quick instructions. The instructions will take me longer to write than the flower takes to make. I'm sure you'll be adding them to all your pressies!

Tissue Paper Flower Instructions
1.  Cut 12 flowers using the Floral Collection framelits with your Big Shot. Tissue is very thin, so I easily cut 6 layers at a time. I used the second largest flower in the pack.
2.  Arrange the flowers so the petals are mis-aligned, then attach all layers together at the flower centre with staples or a brad.
3.  Pull up each tissue layer towards the centre of the flower, gradually forming a flower shape. The first layers will be more much tighter & upright than the last layers. Scrunch a little if you want a more distressed look.
4.  If attaching to a gift, adhere a few dimensionals to the back of the flower.

 - Add colour by very lightly spritzing the tissue with a ink refill/rubbing alcohol mix in a spray bottle.
- Use SU filter paper for longer lasting flowers.

Get these dies for 15% off or FREE in August.
With our Big Shot + Bundles offer, buy a Big Shot this month & you can choose the Flowery Daydream Bundle free. If you already have a Big Shot, buy the bundle for 15% off.
The Flowery Daydream Bundle includes the Flower Collection framelits & Daydream Medallions stamp set. Available in wood in wood mount for $93.25, or cling mount ($82.25).
There are 4 other great bundles to choose from too. See all the Big Shot + Bundles offer info here.

That's all from me for now. Until next time, inky wishes from me.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Big Shot & Bundles - with Christmas sneak peek!

You know the Big Shot is my all time fave tool so I'm super excited to share our new fantabulous offer for August. Simply...

1. Buy a Big Shot & choose a FREE stamp & die bundle, &/or
2. Buy discounted stamp/die bundles at a 15% discount.

There are 5 bundles to choose from - including brand new Christmas sneak peek 'Bright & Beautiful' Christmas stamp set & matching star framelits - gorgeous!
These special bundles are only available during August. See them here in my store or download the flyer. Bet you can't pick just one bundle!
I've compiled an extra page to fully show you all the stamps & dies included in the bundles too:

Want to see the Big Shot in action? Check out this vid showing some new Annual Catalogue Big Shot goodies. If you're local to me, even better. I'd love to show you more of what this amazing little guy can do.

I've never seen an offer like this in my 7 years with SU, so don't miss this chance to get a Big Shot at & bundles at amazing prices.
Inky wishes, Di

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Blendabilities colour sampler template pdf

I thought it would be useful to create a Blendabilities sampler sheet to easily see the individual marker colours, so, I created one. This is it!
Since my customers & fellow demonstrators might find this helpful too, I've shared them below, so you can download a pdf version. (SU Demos can also find them on Stampin' Connection).

Download Blendabilities Sampler pdf  
Choose your region - I've included local prices for each listed.
Canada pdf
UK / Europe pdf

Note: If you'd like to share this document with others, please share the link to this post, rather than hosting the document on your site. Please feel free to pin it too. I left it free of my demonstrator/blog details, so please respect the time & effort it took to create it. Thanks :-)

Note - google weirdness:
- When you view the pdf in google drive, the fonts look different....but should look like the above pic when you download it.

- Please don't request the Google drive option to 'share' the doc in google drive Just select the option to download it to your computer. Thanks.

Edited: 4 August 2014I've added a UK-European version above for my Euro demo cousins too.

Inky wishes, Di

Friday, 4 July 2014

First play - Blended Bloom & Blendabilities

Today, I'm sharing a couple of cards made on my first play with our new Blendabilites markers. Blendies (as I'm fondly calling them) open up a whole new world of colouring options, all of course in SU colours for matchy matchy girls like me. I'll share more info on Blendies below, but I know you're here for the pretty pics first, so here you go.
I've kept the card very simple, to let the flower shine. I wanted a soft, light flower, so I used the 2 lightest Calypso Coral pack markers, together with the Blush marker from the Skin Tone pack for the petals & and the skin tone mocha marker for the centre. Here's a closer look.
I've never used alcohol markers before, so was pretty pleased with this first effort. There's definitely a learning curve to find your favourite way to colour, so plenty of play time will definitely improve my technique.

Daffodil Blended Bloom

I coloured this flower using the Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie marker packs & mounted it on a pool party hexagon hive panel, with some pretty paper from the Moonlight DSP stack & nee lost lagoon ribbon. Here's a close up of the flower.

Blendabilities Basics

Blendabilities are Stampin' Up! own exclusive range of alcohol markers, designed to add luscious & beautifully blended colour to your projects. Each marker has a brush and fine tip end & are a wonderful tool for anyone who loves to colour. Blendabilities come in a 3-pack of light, medium & dark shades (plus a 6 marker skin-tone pack) & work perfectly simple whisper white (or any SU) card. Use them to colour ribbon, on acetate & many other surfaces. Use our new black Memento ink pad to stamp images to be coloured. Please don't use staz on ink with blendies. It's alcohol based too, which means it will bleed & ruin your markers.
There are currently 12 Blendabilities colour packs & you can see them in the above pic. 6 packs are now available to order, with the remaining colours available to customers on 1 August. See the available Blendabilities here in my online store.
Check out this intro vid by Stampin' Up!'s lovely Carrie Cudney, to see them in action too.
I'm sure you'll see lots more Blendie projects coming as I get time to play. If you have any questions, about the cards or Blendies, leave me a comment or drop me a line.
Until next time, inky wishes, Di

Card 1: Calypso
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Express Yourself (hostess-retired)
Card: calypso coral, crisp cantaloupe, whisper white, In Colour 13-15 DSP Stack - baked brown sugar
Ink: baked brown sugar ink pad, black Memento ink pad, Blendabilities - calypso coral, skin tones
Accessories, gold sequin trim, baked brown sugar thick bakers twine

Card 2 - daffodil
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Perfect Pennants
Card: crumb cake, pool party, whisper white card, Moonlight DSP stack
Ink: lost lagoon ink pad,
black Memento ink pad, Blendabilities - daffodil delight, pumpkin pie
Accessories: lost lagoon stitched satin ribbon, large basic pearl
Tools: Big Shot, Hexagon Hive die

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