Saturday, 30 August 2014

Flower Patch no. 2 & 3

Hello Everyone

Now I know everyone is showing you Christmas stuff right now - but I still have two Flower Patch projects to show you!

How cute is this one ?

I used the leaf stamps and layered them with the same colours, (Real Red and Pacific Point). I just stamped off to create the background leaf and stamped the internal design without stamping off.

I did a fancy fold too, Just scoring an inch or so from the right side and then folding the left hand side to match up in the middle. I find that is easier than measuring!

And this one is my favourite - love how easy it is to do the two step stamping and I was so happy with how this colour combination came out. Soft Sky and Pool Party, Wild Wasabi and Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.

I am back with some festive planning on Tuesday - I have a treat box video for you. :)

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

VIDEO Awesome Flower Patch

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Today I am sharing a video on using the Flower Patch stamps and matching framelits. There are tips on the video - but since I filmed this I learned two more helpful tips….

1. When mounting the stamps on to your clear block, lay them face down and bring the block down on to them. It prevents accidentally stretching the stamp while mounting it.

2. When stamping the larger images, (like the Tangello Twist flower in the video), you will get a better result with a pad of grid paper or a pricking mat, (available in the Stampin' Up! catalogue), under the cardstock. When my class ladies stamped with only one sheet of grid paper, they struggled to get a clean image - but when we tried with the pricking mat it worked perfectly.

OK - now on with the video…

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Vintage Traveller

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Today it is back to Traveller, (have I mentioned I like that stamp set? LOL), and I have gone all vintage. These stamps can be used in so many ways, but this is the most obvious one. I have combined them with some other vintagey Stampin' Up! stamps and really like how they came up…come and have a closer look...

For this one I started with the World Map background stamp - which really could have been made to match this set. It is stamped on to Crumb Cake cardstock and daubed with Soft Suede ink. I used a stamp image from Postage Due and finished the card with Neutral Candy Dots and Baked Brown Sugar thick twine, knotted at attached to the back of the layer with sticky strip.

For this one I used the World Map again and the Tag Topper Punch. The greeting comes from Something to Say - which has some lovely sentiments.

On the final one I used the Post Card background stamp and Postage Due for the stamps. The greetings are once again from something to say. Really the main instruction for these cards is - if it moves daub it - if it stays still daub it!

I hope you liked my vintage take on this stamp set. Which one do you like?

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

VIDEO Blendabilites with a fancy fold

Hello Everyone

Today's video shows how to make this cute fancy fold card, (thank you my lovely upline Amanda for this fold design), and how to use the Blendabilities from Stampin' Up! Enjoy

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Bloom with Blendabilites

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Today's trio of cards are made using the Blendabilites alcohol markers from Stampin' Up! For those not familiar with this type of marker, they come in packs of 3 - a light, medium and dark tone of the same colour. The markers allow you to blend colours together for a beautiful effect. If you want to try this yourself, you will also need the Memento black ink - stazon is also alcohol based so will smear if you try to use it with Blendabilites.

I have a video coming up on Tuesday to show you more, but here are some of my projects made using the Bloom with Hope stamp set.

This one uses the skin tone markers for the pink flower. Skintones are actually a set of 6 pinks and browns which make a very useful set for all sorts of subjects - not just skin! The yellow is the Daffodil Delight set. The darker tones of this co-ordinate well with our Hello Honey colour too.

This next one shows the Real Red and Old Olive colour sets. Colouring with these markers is so easy and the effect is lovely.

And here is my favourite of the three. So vibrant. I first stamped direct on to the white and just coloured in with the palest red. Then I stamped again, coloured with all three reds and two yellows and then cut that flower out and popped it up on dimensionals. To me it looks real - I never thought I would be able to get that effect so easily. 

Pop back on Tuesday for a Blendabilites video - and if you want to order some for yourself, check out my online store here - and don't forget the Memento Ink if you don't already have some. :)

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

VIDEO Embellishment Box Hat

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Do you have a pile of those embellishment boxes? The ones the Stampin' Up! buttons and brads come in? I do - and today I am sharing a project to turn them into a cute hat shaped trinket box.

I hope you enjoyed the video. Why not dig out your old trinket boxes and make some pretty hats?!

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Swallowtail Butterfly as Home Decor

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Today I am sharing a little sneak peek of one of the projects I will be teaching at my upcoming Blendabilities Masterclass. If you can get to Southampton, contact me if you would like to join one of my sessions.

First I have to credit my lovely downline Carolyn for her idea. She showed how to make a similar project using inks and Crystal Effects. It was stunning, (she is very talented), but I just felt it would be difficult to do in a class because of the impossibility of getting the Crystal Effects to dry in time.

Then along came Blendabilites - our fabulous alcohol markers and I knew at once it would be the perfect way to create this home decor item.

The background in this sample is done with Regarding Dahlias, but I am also offering an option with the Typeset DSP background and of course the colour of the butterfly will depend about the chosen Blendability markers. I can't wait to see what they all look like!

I hope you like - I will be back on Tuesday with a video for a completely different 3D project.

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

VIDEO - Travelling by Liner

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For those that don't know, I live in Southampton, England where all the liners and cruise ships sail from. You can often see two or three of them lined up as you drive into the city.

The Titanic sailed from here - and for those that think this image is that famous ship - nope it isn't. The Titanic had four funnels. My husband, (in his role as liner expert LOL), says it looks more like the original Queen Mary, now residing in dry dock as Hotel Queen Mary in California.

Anyway - enough of the boat lesson and on with the video…watch out for the tip on how to make the waves under the ship!

Hope your day is plain sailing!

Love Elizabeth X

Sunday, 3 August 2014

FREE and DISCOUNTED Bundles in August :)

Hello Everyone

Just a quick post today because I didn't want you to miss out on this AMAZING offer from Stampin' Up! During August if you order a Big Shot, you can choose a free bundle of matching stamps and framelit dies worth up to £47.50!

And if you already have a big shot or other die cutting machine that takes framelit dies, you can still chose one of the die and stamp bundles and receive a 15% discount.

Don't miss out - you can order online now at my store here.

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 2 August 2014

You have the stamps…now go change the world!

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A couple of weeks ago I shared a video on how to make the train card in this trio - and next Tuesday I have the video showing how to make the card using the liner image.

Today I am sharing the other card. The stamp set Traveller really lends itself to all sorts of cards - and this one is designed for a graduation or exam pass card. The greetings on all three come from a stamp set called Something to Say, which has some great sentiments like those below.

 I've used the Moonlight paper stack and co-ordinating cardstock in Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Basic Grey for my circles and the images are stamped using Memento ink. As I said - back on Tuesday with a video for the final card in this set.

Love Elizabeth X