Thursday, 26 October 2017

Pootles Design Team Challenge, Week 4, Brightly Lit Christmas

I was very happy to be chosen to take part in the 'October 2017 Pootles Design Team Challenge'. The team have to design four projects using stamps from the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set, one for every week of the month.

Last week I needed to make a card for my husband's birthday and used the cute box and ribbon stamps to embellish the card. He loved it. Unfortunately, when he was given the card this morning he managed to stain it about 10 minutes later! He slipped on the stairs and the remnants of his Ribena (the only drink our cat doesn't help herself to in the night) flew through the air, landed all over the newly decorated wall, the carpet and only after I had cleared up the mess did I discover it had also landed on the card. The good news is he didn't hurt himself! And the stained card is my reminder not to procrastinate about taking photos.



I used the Christmas Lamp Post Thinlits stamps gift box and bow, plus Large Letter framelits and the Happy Birthday stamp was from the Number of Years stamp set. The gold ribbon is 3/8" metallic ribbon. The beautiful blue letters and mat are Bermuda Bay. I used the new Stampin' Blends pens to colour the boxes and to add a polka dot ribbon trim. They are amazing pens, much much better than the Zig pens I have had in the past. If, like me, you don't like to take your inks out of the craft room, so easy to work with without fear of making a mess. I am really looking forward to getting creative with these pens! I used heat embossing to colour the box ribbons.

I discovered something whilst making this card. I learnt that the Stampin' Up! acrylic blocks make stamping so much easier than the store bought ones from my pre Stampin' Up! days. I didn't think that would make any difference at all BUT they are thicker which means more room for finger gripping and also have indents to assist with holding. I have always managed to splodge a bit of ink here, there and everywhere whilst card making which means my bin fills frequently but this time I made no 'surprise design feature ink patterns' at all! Those blocks are worth every penny!

Thank you for reading my blog! I hope that you will come back and see the other projects that I have come up with using this stamp set and it would make my day if you would subscribe to my blog too!

Have a creative day!

Love, Linda x

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Pootles Design Team Challenge, Week 3, Brightly Lit Christmas

I was very happy to be chosen to take part in the 'October 2017 Pootles Design Team Challenge'. The team have to design four projects using stamps from the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set, one for every week of the month. Last week I showed you a Christmas card using the street lamp complete with a banner and some fun in the form of a naive snowman. This week has been challenging. I had what I thought was a really clever design planned in my head. I tried several times to pull it together but it wasn't to be. It happens! So I decided to stop trying to be clever and to go simple and this card is so incredibly simple, my six-year-old grandson would be able to make something along these lines for his friends without any real help at all.



I used the Christmas Lamp Post Thinlits Dies to cut gift boxes and a bow, plus a very useful Christmas tag which would be used in several ways. I also used Large Number Framlit Dies to cut the year out of silver card which I laid over Real Red card. I decorated the boxes with metallic pens just to add a bit more of a gleam.

Thank you for reading my blog! I hope that you will come back and see the other projects that I have come up with using this stamp set and it would make my day if you would subscribe to my blog too!

Have a creative day!

Love, Linda x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Pootles Design Team Challenge, Week 2, Brightly Lit Christmas

I was very happy to be chosen to take part in the 'October 2017 Pootles Design Team Challenge'. The team have to design four projects using stamps from the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set, one for every week of the month. Last week I showed you a pretty little box (and followed that up with another version). This week I have a Christmas card using the street lamp complete with a banner and some fun in the form of a naive snowman.



I stamped the lamp onto the black card with Versamark then sprinkled silver powder before using my heat gun then stamped it again, this time onto white card and again heat embossed it with silver. I painted in the 'glass' with So Saffron ink using an Aqua Painter before fussy cutting the lamp top and glueing it over the original. It would have been so much easier if I had had the co-ordinating thinlits.

Then I created some snow and a snowman using white card roughly cut into a snowman sitting in snow, stamping it with Whisper White ink using a sponge dauber and quickly sprinkling white embossing powder taking care to NOT be thorough and then again using the heat tool applying a little Smokey Slate ink with a sponge dauber to give texture. Coal eyes and buttons were made by using a journaling pen and a slither of Tangerine Tango card became a nose. All that was needed to finish the snowman was a scarf from a scrap of thin ribbon.

The stars are Rhinestones and I used the ball of a glass head dressmaker pin dipped into Versamark which I again used with white embossing powder.

Thank you for reading my blog! I hope that you will come back and see the other projects that I have come up with using this stamp set and it would make my day if you would subscribe to my blog too!

Have a creative day!

Love, Linda x

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Pretty Little Christmas Box

I have taken part in a Tic Tac Toe challenge set by the very talented Linda Parker.

We had to choose a line - either horizontal, vertical or diagonal - of paper crafting options. I chose the bottom line.



Having blogged in the last couple of days about a box I made using Stampin' Up! Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set, I made it again this time using the gift box and ribbon stamps from the same stamp set. It is pretty. I can easily see this box being used with numbers for an advent set either hanging from the tree or lined up on a sideboard.



The instructions and template for this box are available on my previous blog. AMENDMENT: For your ease I have added the template below. The score lines have been drawn on, fold all of the resulting flaps to the reverse then fold the box up starting from the centre rectangle which becomes the base. There is no need for any glue or adhesive.



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Have a creative day!

Love, Linda x

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Brightly Lit Christmas

I was very happy to be chosen to take part in the 'October 2017 Pootles Design Team Challenge' though I was a 'little' bit concerned when I saw what stamp set the team had to use to create a project every week of the month with! Happily, once I stopped worrying and started to play around I came up with my four projects in record time.

My first submission is constructed from one piece of A4 card, is cut in one piece and uses no adhesives so it is able to be cut and decorated and then left flat if you needed to create, say, 25 for an Advent tree decoration, or 100 for wedding favour boxes.


I used Soft Sky cardstock and used the 'dotty stamp' which is actually meant to be used to place baubles on a Christmas Holly Wreath to stamp Versamark onto the card before applying gold and silver embossing powder and heating to get the luxurious metallic decorative finish I was striving for. I prefer to decorate before scoring so that I am not left with 'blank lines' in the decorative area but I realise that that is a personal choice. I do recommend that the Stampin Up! Paper Trimmer with the scoring facility for this project as some of the scoring lines are at angles and it is by far easier to place the card at the correct angle on the trimmer and set the scoring blade to start and stop at the appropriate points than it is to line up the angles on a conventional scoreboard though if you do use a scoreboard here is a little tip for you if you are unused to scoring at unusual angles: lay the card matching a furrow on the board and hold the card in place with the scoring tool, then rotate the card until you have found the same furrow at the corresponding place at the other end of the intended scoreline. If you make a mistake, turn your card over and use the large ball on your score tool to erase the scoreline and try again.

Each of the products I used is shown below and if you would like a copy of the template I made for this box, including all of the score lines please ask, I am very happy to share it with you. AMENDMENT! Due to popular demand (oh I am feeling pleased with myself lol) I link the template file here:



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Have a creative day!

Love, Linda x


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Stamping on Fabric

I love fabric. I really enjoy making bags etc but sometimes I just want a certain look and I can't find the 'perfect' fabric to purchase. Frustrating?
Well, yes, it can be very frustrating but there is a way that you can create your own printed fabric by using your water based Stampin' Up! inks and stamps! With 50 FABULOUS ink colours to choose from and a huge range of stamps you can get very creative with your fabric.




In the samples I have used a plain calico look cotton and also a bonded curtain lining. Both accepted the inks well but I found the bonded curtain lining gave a smoother finish at the end of the project. I then cut them to the size I wanted and then I laminated the fabric using a product from Vilene called Lamiflex which comes with a gloss or a matt finish. I used matt. This seals the fabric, and therefore the inked images, and creates a wipe clean fabric! I used a plain, thin white shower curtain which I purchased from Sainsbury as lining fabric so the inside is also wipeable.

It is a very easy process as these photographs show. First of all stamp your fabric and allow the ink a little time to ensure that it is completely dry before taking it to your ironing board. Cut Lamiflex slightly larger than the fabric piece and place it with the adhesive side down on the printed side of the fabric - if you cut it to exactly the right size and it wrinkles or moves you may end up with a little fabric untreated. You will be able to tell the right side of the Lamiflex as it feels slightly smoother. If you have a piece with a printed selvedge the red text is the right side. The manufacturers instructions say to use a warm, dry iron on setting 2 over a press cloth for eight seconds. Do not iron, PRESS! You don't want to cause wrinkles. However, if when you lift the press cloth you discover bubbles simply press again and they should disappear. Allow the fabric to cool before moving it to your cutting board and trimming away the excess Lamiflex.





Now you are ready to construct your project and I show you here how easy it is to make a pouch.

Lay your printed fabric right side up and place your zip on the top but facing down (so the zip pull is down) then place the lining fabric over the top of the zip. Align the raw edges of fabric, zip and lining at the top edge. Stitch.


Pull the fabric and lining aside to expose the other edge of the zip and repeat the process.


Now separate the fabric and lining, so you have the fabric right sides together, lining right sides together. Open the zip making sure the pull is within the actual pouch area. Manipulate the zip tapes at the sides so that they lay towards the lining pieces. Sew around all four sides, reinforcing your stitches over the zip by stitching over a couple of times and then leave a gap on the lower edge of the lining (I have marked the lining with a pen). You will turn the pouch through the gap later. Trim the corners taking great care to get close to the stitches without snipping them!


Put your hand in through the gap you left in the stitches. Grab a corner and pull it through the opening in your lining. Repeat for the other corners. Use a smooth rounded object such as your bone folder to poke the corners out as neatly as possible. Close up the lining, following the machine stitched seam as a guide with either with hand or machine stitching or if you prefer, since this pouch is wipe clean only and cannot be washed, use your Stampin' Up! Tear and Tape Adhesive strip. You will need to press pouch again, and I suggest that you stuff the item with something soft especially if you have used an unbonded fabric such as the calico as when I turned my pouch right sides out at the end of construction it was very creased. Using bonded fabric will lesson the creasing caused by turning and will create a more sumptuous end product. I am in the process of making up a bag to show you using the bonded fabric and I shall add that to this blog when it is finished.

If you are interested in any of the products I used for this project you will find a link below.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog. I hope that you come back again soon!

Linda

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