Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Beautiful You - #TGIFC135 - Ombre Technique

I am very excited to take a part in the weekly TGIF Challenge.  

This week is all about the ombre technique. Ombre means the gradual blending of one colour hue to another.

I used Stampin' Up! watercolour pencils and an aqua painter. 
My first colour choice was more in purple/pink shades but it didn't feel right to use the stamp I choose. I needed something warmer, something cosier, something sunnier. Something like the sun, maybe. And you know what? The sun actually came out while I was working on this card. I was nearly late for the school run as I had to take a photo in that lovely afternoon sunlight...

Do you like my project? Leave me a comment to let me know!

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Back To Basics - Let's Get Hopping, Round #3

Hello and welcome! I hope you enjoyed Tracy's post and are ready to see my take on the challenge.

When I read of the theme of this hop, it took me back in time, when I was just starting to stamp. It reminded me of my fantastic demonstrator in America, Erin and her big dining room table. And her monthly Stamp Camps she used to run and all the women that used to sit around that table and made beautiful things. Btw, quite a few I still count as my friends. How is that for Stampin' Up! fellowship?

Many years passed but I still have the technique and idea workbook Erin gave to us. And today I looked through those pages and reminded myself of techniques long forgotten (by me, anyway) and stamps sets from another decade that I loved then and still love enough to keep on my shelf. It filled me with nostalgia and weird sadness too that makes one to pause to reflect and reminisce.

Back to Basics to me means back to the beginning. So today, I am going to share a couple of pages from my old workbook.

Two Steps Stamping, Page #11

I remember how this technique wow-ed me back then. So simple but what an effect! And that wonderful set! I still have it and use it every now and then. 
Since this is a proper blast from the past for me, nearly everything on this car is retired. The flower is stamped with Brilliant and Ballet Blue, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, More Mustard and Apricot Appeal. The sentiment is Baroque Burgundy. Two steps technique is quite easy with photopolymer set as you can see through them. This set is wood mounted and I was rather lucky to line up the images the way I did. Normally I'd use Stampa-ma-jig but this is no-tools challenge.

Shadow Stamping with an Ink Pad, Page #21

It mentions a rolling stamp accessory. To be honest, I don't remember what that is. I used just two pads, Lemon Lime Twist and Pacific Point. This is a very simple basic technique that creates a beautiful effect. Ink your stamp using the lighter pad and then smudge the edges with the darker one. Don't forget to huff on the stamp to moisten the ink before pressing it onto a paper.

Kissing, Page #34

To use this technique you need a bold solid and a background stamps. I've used a bold heart from the new set, called Heart Happiness. The background stamp is the little rose from the same set and so are the little background hearts. The sentiment is from Petal Palette. The colours are Real Red and Blushing Bride. I've stamped the smaller image onto the solid one and pushed onto the cardstock. Very happy with the results.

Do you remember my Two Steps card at the beginning? After I finished this post I decided to make another, stepped up, version of it and sent it to my old demonstrator, Erin. I am not sure if I ever told her what her stampin' evenings meant to me. Never too late to express something like that, right?

Well, this is all from me. Thank you for stopping by. Click on the arrow below to hop over the pond to see Nina McMillan's post. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Xmas Cookie Jar - Step by Step

Fancy a Xmas gift in a jar? Read on, I'll tell you how these are done...

Get a 500ml jar. I got mine from Ikea (currently 95p). It's large enough to make a batch of 12 cookies.

Fill it with ingredients. I'm using two flavours - a dark chocolate chip with fudge and white chocolate with cranberries. 
Create nice layers of all the ingredients. I keep it in this order: 75g plain flour, 1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 75g brown sugar, 50g dark or white choc chips, 50g fudge or 50g cranberries, 60g oats.  
I fold a sheet of baking paper to finish the jar off.

Print the labels from the print lab here.

Make Santas and Reindeers toppers. Stamp, colour, apply glitter to Santa outfit, Wink of Stella to reindeer bows, punch the images, glue on a pompom or bow. The full list of supplies is at the end of this post.

Cut out a top layer, punch out the labels. I'm using SU! layering circles on big shot, oval scalloped punch (now retired) and handheld 1/8" punch. 
Scalloped circle size ... is for the ingredients. Those will show on the bottom of the jar lid when it opens. The top layer is a themed paper. These two cutouts are glued together (words facing down, desired design facing up). The small label is used for a tag.

Make a tag. Cut 8.5 x 5 cm of white cardstock and same size of themed paper I use the paper matching the previously made simple circular layer. The reverse punch on the envelope board cuts off 2 corners on the narrower side. Stick the printed label with instructions onto the white cardstock and lay it underneath the themed piece. Slide both into the tag punch, sharp (uncut) corners first and punch. Thread the small bells onto a string that goes through the small hole on the oval label. Make a little loop at the end. Push the ribbon through the top of the tag and attach the oval label. This tag is at the end attached to the side of the jar hinges. I use a simple knot here.

Attach the circular label to the lid. I used double-sided tape. Then apply dimensional to the back of the Santa o reindeer topper and the jar is ready to be given. 

The cookie mix is not specifically just Xmasy so the jar can be decorated for any occasion and be a perfect little gift all year round! 

Do you feel inspired? 

Give it a go! Make one or two... or a hundred! Below is the full list of supplies used in this project. Check this post to see different Xmas design.

          Supply List