Sunday, January 29, 2017

"Beautiful You" Card #4

The fourth and final card to this class, is a paper piecing one. I love doing this! Especially with the addition of alcohol markers to add some shading (not done here). I did use the Bermuda Bay Watercolour Pencil to create  the blue highlight around the figure, though.

Close up...

I had one more photo to place here, but it won't upload for some reason. It is my usual side view so you can see the layering and is popped up. I guess we won't get to see it today. But next is the inside of the card.

So that's it for this class which is fun filled with different techniques.

Happy stamping everyone!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sharing a Double Gift Made That Gave Me Another Idea!

Today I would like to share with you a gift a made for two lovely young women, that are serving a mission here in Victoria, BC. Actually it is two gifts, as they each received one. They are identical on the outside, but the inside holds most everything different from each other.

As a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, and instructor at Scrapbook Essentials, BC, I end up with a ton of cards! Some I sell and many I give away as sets for gifts. I was expecting these two young ladies over at my place and thought that as missionaries they could always use cards! Especially 'Thank You' cards, and I have a lot of those. I chose 18 cards each, and then thought I had to give them the cards in a nice box, and not just tied up with ribbon in a bag.

So next was what kind of box, and what would make it a box that they could keep and use over and over again? It had to look good on a desk or on a shelf somewhere. It had to be eye catching but simple. It had to be neat and clean looking. If it where to be used over and over again, what would the box need to make access to the cards easy without creating stress on the opening of the box? Then I remembered this box. I only had to modify the idea to meet the requirements for this box.

So out came my sketchbook, and I drew my new idea and figured out the measurements needed. To make it sturdy to last longer, I had to add additional cardstock panels on the inside and bottom to give it more strength. So I figured those out too.

And this is the result!

As I assembled them, I began to think that these would look lovely on my shelves, too! A place to keep my cards all in the same box, labeled with the type of card in the box - birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you, and so on. If I made them all the same colour or combination of colours, my shelves would look a lot neater, without seeing cards stacked in clear bins. 

 The amazing thing about these boxes, is that the front folds down, and the panels that lay flat when opened, could also have a card list for the year added to them. This way you could have one box with all the cards you need for the year! Then when the year is over, just go to the other card boxes to pull out the cards needed for the next year! So one box would act as a card organizer for the year, while the others would be easily accessible card storage.

So here, in the next photo, you can see that you could access the cards from the top, but...

 ...if you pull down the front flap, you can get them even easier. You can see that the 18 cards with envelopes in this box, do not take up all the space, And, some of those cards are thick. If the cards are fairly flat, you could probably get 24 cards with envelopes in there easily.

Now, I know some you will want to make these for yourself or in a class. Please be patient and I will get the instructions out there for you as soon as I can. In the mean time, keep creating those lovely cards to fill up some of these boxes with!

Happy creating!

You Choose - Vintage? Or Masculine? - Seashore Stampers Blog Hop

Welcome from Mi Ran's blog!

Our Favorite 2017 Occasions Stamp or a Valentine project is the theme for this month's Seashore Stampers Blog Hop! Not everyone around here makes Valentines, so not everyone purchased a Valentine themed product.

I tried to go for a certain look, but when completed, questioned it. In the end I decided it was more of a 'Pioneer' look. A card that a girl might give her 'beau' back then, with just a peek of petticoat showing, lol.

You can see in the photo below that I stamped the background with a couple of the smaller stamps in the set.

Here is the side view...

...and the inside of the card.

So did you decide what genre this card might be? Hope that it has given you some inspiration. And have you checked out the creations of the rest of our group? Be sure to leave a comment about their creations. The previous blog was Mi Ran, and after me, you go back to the beginning with Adrienne!

Mi Ran
Sabrina - that's me...

Thank you for stopping by and hopping from blog to blog. We love to share ideas with you.

Happy stamping till the end of February for the next Hop!

Friday, January 27, 2017

"Beautiful You" Card #3

This is the third card of the "Beautiful You" card class. This stamp is so versatile! Here we create a background, and use the stamp set water brush scribble to colour stamp the dress (it can also be used as a shadow). The hat is the only thing that gets the Watercolour Pencil treatment.

On the inside, I decided to reverse the hat and dress colours, just for fun.

So there you have it! The fourth and last card of the class will be revealed tomorrow,

Happy stamping!