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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Christmas Card Club Challenge - Non Traditional Colours


Stampin' Up! Colourful Seasons for Christmas Craft

The lovely Carol has set our Christmas Card Club challenge this fortnight for a card that uses non traditional colours.  I've been paying with ink, water and salt on glossy card stock to create a funky background and although I've used green it isn't a traditional Christmas shade.  I absolutely love the Lemon Lime Twist from Stampin' Up! that came in in June this year.  It's so much fun to use and coordinates with so many others colours.  I shared my Craft Stamper first card last week using this colour with Berry Burst and Fresh Fig also new colours from Stampin' Up!.   

Today I've teamed the Lemon Lime Twist  with Basic Grey, Smokey Slate, white, black and hints of silver.  The snowflakes are die cut using the Seasonal Layers thin lits dies and I've used re-inkers to drop ink onto a water and salt mix painted over the glossy card stock.  

My sentiment is from an old retired set that fits just nicely onto the classic label punched shape.  A little ombre ribbon and some silver washi tape taken from the Cheers to the Years set and you're almost there.  A finishing touch of bling with traditional rhinestones and also new black rhinestones as let's face it we all know that snowflakes sparkle! 

Remember to visit Carol and the other ladies via the Christmas CC button above to see which colours they've used.  

Best wishes for a great week ahead

Zoe x



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Challenges
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - ATG
Happy Little Stampers Challenge - ATG but Use a die


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Autumn Creations for Moving Along with the Times

Painted Harvest from Stampin' Up! is just perfect for the theme chosen by me for Team As Moving Along with the Times challenge starting today. 

We'd love to see your designs with an autumn theme and you can see the rest of the design teams designs at MAWTT.  


These cards are all based on a simple design with slightly different 'tweaks' the ones below are smaller 9.9cm square cards that you can get 3 out of a sheet of A4 card.  


My favourite part is the copper trim bow.  The trim starts as a ribbon but once you've tied a bow you can 'tease' the threads apart to give it some body and more of a 3D appearance.  It can also be used to slide treats inside it.  

I hope you'll join us at MAWTT for this easy challenge with a wide open theme. 

Thanks for popping by.

Zoe x




Thursday, 5 October 2017

Craft Stamper Magazine Designer with Stampin' Up! In Colors



Welcome to my blog, particularly if this is your first visit. I'll be sharing this and other cards over the next few days that I  designed for a very special project. If it's your first time here you'll see from the side bar and description that I'm an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator and the products used to create these cards can be bought in my ONLINE SHOP

Back in July whilst on the Stampin' Up! incentive trip I received an email from the editor of Craft Stamper magazine inviting me to design some cards for the November issue.  Well I did a happy dance, much to the amusement of my family.  I was so honoured to be asked and very excited at the prospect.

This is the first card I designed using the specified Stampin' Up! colours of Fresh Fig, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.  The November issue is on sale on tomorrow or if you subscribe you may have received your copy already this week,  and you can see all of my cards along with some designed by the editor.  You can also join in a giveaway if you buy the magazine, because Stampin' Up! have given ink pads to Craft Stamper for lucky people like you to try and win.

Craft Stamper is a multi-media style craft publication and so you'll see I've used different textures and techniques to create this card.

The background features the shaving foam technique and some heat embossing with copper embossing powder which really pops with this colour scheme.  I've used the Swirly Scribbles dies and Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up! to add some defined shapes and a sweet little hello from the set Tabs for Everything.  The Seaside  6 x 6 embossing folder made a perfect back drop for the card, but you'll see I used the de-bossed side of the card stock.

The copper trim and berry burst finely woven ribbon are the finishing touch.

Do come back and see more about my designs or nip to your local stockist of Craft Stamper Magazine for your own copy and the chance to enter the giveaway.  Alternatively you can go to www.craftstamper.com to buy a subscription, www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk 


Thanks for visiting
Zoe x


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Christmas Card Club - Make it Round


Here we go with our latest Christmas Card Club Challenge set by Valery.  She asked us to Make It Round, so here is my take on her theme.  I used my stampin' up! layering circle dies and the stitched shape framelits.









First I made a card base using the largest scallop circle die.  I cut and scored a card base in early espresso card. I made sure that the die was just over the fold at the top so that is didn't cut two circles, but a folded circle shaped card base.  I then added two rectangles one to the inside front and one to the outside back circle.
I added a stitched circle layer, followed by a foil snowflake and then a smaller stitched circle which I had stamped and embossed with copper powder using the fir branch stamp from Stampin Up Merry Patterns.
The sentiments are stamped in early espresso ink and a flourish from Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiments and some basic pearls as the finishing touch.

My tip for today is to invest in an embossing buddy which removes static and finger oils from your card stock before you stamp in versa mark for embossing hence avoiding unwanted specks of embossing powder on your design.  

I hope you'll visit our club members to check out their 'Make it Round' designs.  You can visit them easily by heading to the page detailed above Christmas CC.  

Best wishes for the week ahead and do pop back as I have some very exciting news to share this week.  

Hugs all  Zoe xx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Totally Technique - Black Magic Tutorial





Hi and welcome to another Totally Techniques blog hop with our global team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  You can follow the hop with the next button or go to the list at the bottom of my post to visit them all too.  We are sharing the Black Magic technique this month which is achieved by stamping a white pigment ink onto black card and then adding colour with pencils.  I used the popular stamp set Watercolour Wings for my image building up layers of white ink with the different stamps. 

 I started with the background of the butterfly and stamped it in white craft ink onto a black piece of card.  Heat with a heat tool to dry the image.





Then add the layers of design for the butterfly following the same process stamping in white craft (pigment) ink and drying with a heat tool.








Start to then add colour. I used my Stampin' Up! watercolour pencils to colour on the whitest part of the image.










I used daffodil delight, real red and finished with pacific point
I then added the body of the butterfly by using an embossing buddy to remove static from the design and stamped the body with versa mark ink. I added copper embossing powder and used a heat tool to set the embossing powder.  I repeated this process for the antennae.   

I mounted the design on a matting layer of copper foil card and added some gold glitter spots. 

It's not easy to photograph, but I then added copper thread in loops to either side of the design by adding a fast fase strip of adhesive to the reverse on each side and then carefully looped the thread catching it in the adhesive strip to secure it.  

Stampin' dimensionale were used to add the finished design piece to my base card.  I've left it sentiment free so that I can stamp one in basic black towards the bottom as required. 




Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop.  
Zoe x

1. Patrice Halliday Larsen New Zealand 
2. Nadine Weiner Germany
3. Marine Wiplier France
4. Shannean Moncrieff Australia
5. Zoe Tant UK you're here
6. Barbara Meyer Austria