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Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Friday, 26 June 2020

Start simple with a One Sheet Wonder 6 x 6




I don't know about you, but in lockdown I seem to have been busier than ever. I've enjoyed having the children at home and with some very nice weather we've enjoyed the time in the garden and finally bringing the right kind of floral life and fruit and veg back into it.  When I snapped my Achilles tendon two years ago I couldn't do a thing and as the lead on things gardening it all went to pot.  However this year we will be feasting on tomatoes, beans, courgettes, red and black currants, pumpkins, squash to name but a few.  Not forgetting my hanging baskets and pots which if I say so myself are looking rather beautiful.  

This has however distracted me from crafting, but today I'm joining my fellow international Stampin' Up! demonstrators to bring you our versions of the One Sheet Wonder.  I've never actually done one before so started small with a piece of 6" x 6"  designer series patterned paper and started cutting.  My cut plan is below and you could use any papers you have in your stash or indeed you can stamp your own using any stamps and colours. 


 It's easy to do and is a great way to use up those papers that we all have lurking in the craft box and it's a quick way to make cards once you have a layout to follow.  It's even simpler if you stick with just a couple of colours and simple sentiment stamps.

 Here's the plan I made of my cutting.  You can see just two tiny strips weren't used but look at my Bee Happy post you can see that even those bits can be put to good use.  You can then matt your cut pieces like I have with coordinating card stock, add embossed layers and punched shapes or could even do more stamping beyond the simple sentiments I've added, but this gives you a great starting point and you can take it where you want.

Simple stamping for the sentiments and a little embossing on a couple adds some differences.You could step it more with twine, ribbon or embellishments.  

I used sentiments from Stampin' Up! sets Well Said, Lovely You Bundle and Rooted in Nature,  the Tin Tile embossing folders, Stitched Shape dies and my trusty trimmer.   The paper is part of the In Good Taste pack where each design is a photographic image depicting visual textures, great for various types of projects.  

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Thanks for stopping by and keep safe and KEEP STAMPING!!

Zoe x


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Friday, 29 May 2020

Learn some watercolouring ink techniques with Totally Techniques Blog Hop


Birthday card using the new Stampin' Up! Forever Fern stamp set 152559


Well hello everyone. I hope you are all well as lockdown continues but is starting to be eased.  We've been busy enjoying the sunshine and our new puppy whilst hubby has continued to work. I have been crafting but preparing a batch of classes by post and also running my monthly, but now fortnightly card clubs.  It's been great connecting on Zoom and we've all gone from novice to competent intermediates and have enjoyed the connection and chat with other human beings outside our own households.

Now I"m back, finally, to share our next Totally Techniques Blog Hop showcasing watercoloring  which was chosen by  Lynsay over in Canada.

I've used watercoloring in its simplest form creating circles of watercolour wash in shades of green which I then stamped on with various colours using the new stamp set Forever Fern which will be on sale from 3 June.


I first used one of my layering circle dies to cut an aperture in some very thin acetate, but you could use vellum card.  I cut the circle in the middle of a piece the same size as a piece of watercolour card  which was 5" square, hence the sharpie lines to mark the centre to help me get the circle in the middle.  I then watercolour washed the first circle in the centre by placing the acetate over the watercolour paper.  The rest of the circles I judged by eye having got the first in the middle.  

To do the wash I used one clean aqua painter to add water to the bare circle of watercolour card.  I added more water to the centre than the edges to avoid seepage under the acetate.  The circles aren't perfect, but close enough and it adds to the rustic style of the card.  I then used another aqua painter to lift ink from the inside lid of each shade of green cleaning it on kitchen paper between each colour.    I used my heat gun to make sure the circles were dry before then creating a paper stencil to stamp different leaf images onto each circle.   I did the stamping using my Stamparatus (stamp positioning tool) so that I could add more ink if necessary to each image as stamping onto watercolour paper can be a little temperamental.  

 I added some marker pen splatters with some of the colours. If you haven't done this before you place the nib of the marker into the marker lid and flick the nib off the edge of the lid.  For more intense splatters you need to have your pen nearer to the project.  I also added some using a wet, but not dripping aqua painter brush.  Pick up some ink with the brush and then tap the brush over your project. Have kitchen paper on hand just incase the water splatter is more than you intended.  To finish the card I added a Merry Merlot matt layer followed by a layer of brass foil card.  From the foil card I cut a square using my trimmer to use on another project, waste not want not......  


Green shades used for the circle washes were Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Pear Pizzazz.  Colours used for the image stamping included Early Espresso, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadown, Pear Pizzazz and Mint Macaron.

I added happy birthday using the soon to retire (sadly as I love it) Label Me Bold set and used scissors to snip it out.  I then used the Merry Merlot marker to colour the cut edges of the sentiment to make sure just the merlot shade showed and it helps define the edge.

You can see all the inks and sentiments in my shop now and the Forever Fern stamp set and brass foil card will be there from 3 June.

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Thanks for stopping by

Keep safe and well and #KEEPSTAMPING

Hugs Zoe x





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