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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Diagonal Fold Tutorial

Many of you will have seen me post this card recently on a post showcasing my Winter Stamp Camp cards.

I was fortunate to receive a lot of comments on the social media posts featuring the stamp camp cards and have been asked about this fold in particular. I promised to show how easy it is, so here we go!
First, let me point out, you can make this card any size that you would like but I've made it to fit a standard English sized C6 envelope which are available from Stampin' Up!. In other countries such as the US, the sizes have different names but just know that this should work in a Stampin' Up! envelope. If you decide to make a larger card, it is very likely that the side flaps on the fold will get bent in the mail. So, for me, this was the optimum size. For this tutorial I will be using inches (simply because  of the number of US demos asking me for information), I will endeavour to add metric measurements later. UK readers please see note at foot of post.

Instructions -

Take a piece of card measuring 7 1/2" x  4 1/4". Lay this landscape on your scoreboard or SU trimmer. Below I will show you on the trimmer.

Measure across the top to 2 1/2" then score down from top to bottom

Slide along to 5" and score down again from top to bottom. Your card will look like this, each panel the same size -

Fold on the score lines

Now you are going to turn your card slightly on the trimmer/scoreboard to enable you to score the left panel from top left corner to bottom right 

Your card should look like this

Now score the right hand panel top left to bottom right, in the same way. Your card should look like this with score lines on the two outer panels-

Fold the left panel over the centre panel, then along the diagonal score line fold back, as in this picture

Open out flat. Fold the right panel over the centre panel then, along the diagonal score line, fold back
So, that's all your base card done. When folded together it will look like this (without my fingers!)

You can decorate and embellish as you wish. I used Very Vanilla cardstock and the Cable Knit Embossing Folder.
To CASE what I've done you will need -

2 pieces of Very Vanilla card measuring 2 1/4" x 4" - these will be for the centre back (to write your greeting) and centre front panels (you can stamp on this). They do not get embossed.
Inside the card
Back of card

You also need - 
3 pieces of Very Vanilla measuring 2 1/4" x 4"
These you will emboss. Once you emboss take one piece and cut it diagonally, top right to bottom left -

These get stuck to the front of the card under the flaps, as shown...

The other 2 pieces to be cut top left to bottom right and glued as shown below (NOTE: I need to cut mine a little neater so have not stuck them on at this point but put them in place so that you can see where they go - you'll need to forgive me on this one, it's evening on New Years Eve and I need to finish and get this posted for all those of you who have asked).

***UK readers - if you make your card 7 1/2" x  4 1/8" you'll get 2 cards from each A4 sheet!  DSP will then need to measure 2 1/2" x 3 7/8".
I do hope that you've found these instructions easy to follow ant that you'll try out this fold. 
I'm off to be with my family now but wish you all A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A Little Thanks

Last month I attended Onstage in Telford. I had a lot of fun travelling to and from the event with other team members and their upline, Kim.
We went in a white minibus, singing and dancing along the way (thankfully, you don't get to see or hear me!!!), driven by the lovely Bridget.
I wanted to send a little 'thank you' card and found just the right stamp in one of the new Saleabration (SAB) sets, called Tasty Trucks. The set features an ice cream/hot dog van but with a little masking I managed to produce a passable minibus.
In the space where the sign would normally go, I put a 'Thanks' stamped image to represent an illuminated sign. The windows were filled with window sheets, the headlights and wheel caps had some crystal effects on them which i had left in my stash. I was quite pleased with the end result.
If you don't know what Saleabration is then let me tell you. The next one starts on 4th January and ends 31st March. During that period you are able to choose a free item from the SAB leaflet each and every time you purchase £45 in product (not inc. p+p).
Interested? Contact me for your new spring/Summer 2017 catalogue and SAB leaflet, think of all the goodies you could get FREE!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Video Evidence!

After having said that I really was skidding into Christmas on the seat of my pants with my cards this year, I thought I'd provide you with some evidence in the form of a video.!
Click the image above.
Apologies in advance....I simply couldn't resist!
A very Happy Christmas to you all!🎅🎅🎅🎅

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winter Stamp Camp 2016

Last month I held my Winter Stamp Camp. It almost didn't happen this year as I hadn't managed to book a hall. However, go ahead, it did - even if it was in shifts!
As in previous Winter Stamp camps, there were 5 different cards and the ladies made 3 of each.
Before we began I was thinking that maybe I hadn't given them enough to do in 5 hours but they just about squeezed it all in!
Here is the first card, it's a CASE of a card by Rachel Macleod -

A tree stamp is stamped several times to give the impression of a star.
The second card is non traditional colours - Sweet Sugarplum and very vanilla teamed with copper - 

Adore those mini copper pine cones! The work well with the sugarplum glitter ribbon.
This next card is monochrome - night of navy and whisper white. Navy always seems so smart and chic!

The star has been die cut 3 times and layered to give dimension.
Now a cute little diagonal fold card, using the cable knit embossing folder...

Opened out so that you can see the inside -

...and standing -

This final card is my favourite -

I love the soft gentleness in this scene.
Well, that's it for now. Hope that's inspired you a little to go and create for yourself. Happy stamping!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Card Frenzy!

I normally skid into Christmas with my Christmas cards, just about scraping in on time. However, having been rather poorly I didn't think I was going to arrive at all this year! Step up Project Life!
I pulled out my Hello December 2016 Project Life cards and accessory pack along with packs of note cards in an effort to catch up a little.

Now, those of you who know me know that I like to make my cards from scratch, not from a kit or using toppers, but needs must this year.
I used sentiments from another stamp set, some dimensions and added some retired red Dazzling Details which needed using up.
50 cards later, I can report back , that I've still heaps of stuff left over.
Here are some photos of the cards I made.

I shall certainly be starting my cards much earlier next year and including a 'Card Frenzy' class for my ladies who have left their cards until the last minute!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

December's Class Cards

Final batch of customer made Christmas cards at this month's Just for Fun classes.
Again, all four needed to be fairly quick to complete in class time and replicate at home.
Each person received the Happy Ornament stamp and, as I explained to them, it wasn't a stamp that I was immediately drawn to or particularly liked but I am happy with the end results!
The first card was a simplified CASE of a card by a lady called Jennifer Lane, which I saw online.

This was simply stamped and water coloured. Little paper piecing with the silver cap on the top.
The second card was stamped and paper pieced.

This third card was stamped, fussy cut and then mounted on some fabulous upcoming DSP - sneak peek from the new catalogue!

The final card was stamped and then bleached. Another sneak peek here, the silky very vanilla ribbon.

So, four cards - all the same but all different! All have a Wink of Stella on them.
My ladies went away happy with their cards, hope you like them too!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

November's - Just For Fun

I thought it was time to get a little 'Christmassy'. I'm loathe to start too early or we miss enjoying other delights such as the month of thankfulness in November. I managed to sneak that in on one of October's cards so I had 'free reign' to go ahead during last month!
Four very different cards, the photos aren't great but I hope they're clear enough for you to get a good idea.
All four cards are simple enough to reproduce fairly quickly.
The first is using daubers...

This next one has been made using our textured paper which has ink sponged on it, embellished with a star which has been die cut

Now for a cosy card, snuggled up in an aran jumper

Finally a monochromatic 'bauble'with an embossed top layer.

I hope these give you some ideas, should you still be making cards, like me!
I'll replace the photos once I get some clearer ones.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Where Did The Time Go?

This afternoon I came home to some happy mail.
In October I celebrated 5 years of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. This 5 year pin is one of the new style pins and can be worn on my apron.
I've had the opportunity to play with some fantastic products during those years.
I have also met some wonderful people, both customers and other demonstrators. Many of them bring fun and laughter.
Some have gone on to become close friends. Today I want to tell you - you fill my life with joy and for this I'd like to say a heartfelt 'Thank You'.
Here's to the next 5!!!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Happy Birthday Chicky!

Having attended Onstage Local I was able to order a few of the new catalogue and Salebration stamp sets early.
Those who know me well, know that to say that I'm not keen on birds is somewhat an understatement! However, the chicken in our Saleabration leaflet made me laugh out loud every time I looked at them!  So, when I knew it was a friend's big birthday, in addition to her being the keeper of chickens, the choice of Hey, Chick stamp set was a no-brainer!
Here I present to you Rebecca's card in the form of a double Z fold/card in a box - TADAAA!!!

That Polish chicken made me giggle with it's daft hair, just had to use her (why do I want to say him???) on the back of the envelope and on the greeting panel, as shown below..

Saleabration starts on 4th January for our customers. Be sure to ask me for your copy of both the new Spring/Summer 2017 Occasions catalogue and a Saleabration (SAB) leaflet. Earn a FREE SAB item for each and every £45 order through me (not inc. p+p).