Erica Edney - Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Victoria, BC Canada

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Wedding Theme

Welcome back to this month's blog hop - the month of weddings. My parents were married in June, June 24 to be exact and they would have been married for 64 years if they had lived on into their eighties. My husband and I will have been married for 30 years this August, August 15 to be exact.

Today, with so many couples already living together, they already have so much of the basic items that were traditionally given as a wedding gift. Now couples seem to be struggling to make ends meet so a gift card or cash seems to be appropriate and much appreciated.

And for this reason I chose to create a gift card wedding card in monochromatic tones using Whisper White and Tranquil Tide. The gift card is held in place by a panel that slides into the envelope. The envelope is made using the designer series paper on top of which you layer a piece of Tranquil Tide. Then, rather than a flat one-dimensional greeting piece, I decided to create a small card for the front.

 Here are the card supplies I used:

Floral Phrases stamp set
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper
Tranquil Tide card stock
Whisper White card stock
Tranquil Tide stamp pad
VersaMark stamp pad
Silver embossing powder
Word Window punch (retired) or Classic Label punch
1-3/4" circle punch
Hole punch
Layering ovals framelits
1/2" finely woven ribbon in Tranquil Tide

Cutting Measurements (CS = card stock; DSP = designer series paper) and Assembly

For the card envelope:

Tranquil Tide DSP : 6" x 9", scored in landscape position at 4-1/4" and 8-1/2". In portrait position score at 1/2" on left side.
Top layer: Tranquil Tide CS: 5-1/4" x 4"

Burnish the score lines on the DSP envelope. I suggest using Tear & Tape for the adhesive.
Adhere the Tranquil Tide card stock on top.
Using the circle punch, punch half a hole on the top half of the opening.
Set aside.

For the small card:
Whisper White CS: 7-1/2" x 2-3/4" scored at 3-3/4"
1st layer: Tranquil Tide CS: 3-5/8" x 2-5/8"
2nd layer: Tranquil Tide DSP: 3-1/2" x 2-1/2"

Adhere the card stock piece followed by the DSP piece to the front. Cut a 1/2" slit along the spine of the card to thread the ribbon through and tie a knot. Stick a glue dot beneath the ribbon to hold in place.
On scrap Whisper White card stock stamp the floral image in VersaMark, cover with silver embossing powder and heat set. Cut out, add dimensionals and stick to card front.
Stamp the 'wedding wishes' greeting and cut out with one of the oval framelits. Cut out a corresponding scallop. Stick the two together then stick on top of ribbon using glue dots.
Stamp a corresponding greeting on the inside.

For the gift card insert:
Tranquil Tide CS: 5-1/4" x 4"
1st layer: Tranquil Tide DSP: 5-1/8" x 3-7/8"
2nd layer: Whisper White CS: 5" x 3-6/8"

Repeatedly cut a slot using the Word Window or Classic Label punch making it wide enough to hold a gift card which typically measures 3-3/8" x 2-1/8".
Stamp and emboss the floral image.
Adhere the layers to the base. Be sure to only stick adhesive around the edges of the Whisper White layer to ensure the insertion of the gift card.
Punch a hole on the right side and thread the ribbon through and knot.

For an envelope to put the entire project in, I found that a regular A2 envelope was too small so I make one using the Envelope Punch Board and selected the Card Size of 4-1/2" x 5-1/2".

Now go and make one as this design can be used for any occasion but before you do that, please be sure to visit our other demonstrator's submissions.

Jean M.
Bruni P.

Participants this month:
Adrienne H.
Bruni P.
Erica E. (that's me)
Jean M.
Miran B.
Happy stamping everyone!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Catalogue is Live Today!!!!!

Exciting news to share - the products featured in the new catalogue are now live

Click on the image to view the online catalogue or come to my Open House on Sunday, June 4 from 1:00 - 4:00 to get your own copy. Make sure to register for this event by noon on June 2. Register here. Registration ensures your catalogue is reserved along with a catalogue survival kit, supplies for the make & take and a thank you gift for attending.

If you like to feel and touch before you buy, I will have a number of products and projects on display

To wet your appetite for the exciting new products check out several videos by Stampin' Up!

Designer Series Paper Stacks

Designer Series Specialty Papers

Exciting New Products Not Seen Before

New to Stampin' Up! - a planner

Embossing Paste

Bundles (stamp sets and framelits/thinlits/embossing folders) 

A Little Wild Bundle

At Home With You Bundle

Coffee Cafe Bundle

Eastern Beauty Bundle

Home Life Bundle

Oh So Eclectic Bundle


Color Theory Suite of Products

Wood Textures Suite

Embossing Folders

Remember that fabulous Cable Knit folder that came out last Christmas? Many of you purchased it. Then in the spring catalogue, the Hexagons embossing folder came out. This was a fabulous folder creating not only a masculine texture but a great background for anything 'bee' or 'nature' related. Well they are back again along with thee new ones. You must build your Big Shot sandwich a little differently from the other embossing folders and this video shows you how.

3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Brand New or Back from Years Ago

A really exciting new product are the smaller version of the dimensionals on page 203. Imagine - no more cutting them in half.

Item #144108

Another new product is embossing paste on page 201. This has been around for a while and Stampin' Up! has recognized its popularity for adding dimension to projects. And the best thing - you can colour it using your re-inkers. I will have a class on this for sure. Other must have for using this paste are the palette knives, decorative masks and the silicone craft sheet.

Item #141979
Item #142808
Item #144103
Item #127853

Stampin' Up! used to carry glossy paper on page 194 - fabulous for inking techniques - and now it's back.

Item #144420
Oh and I have to tell you about the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. You know those intricate details dies? Examples are the Butterflies Thinlits, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits and the Detailed Floral Thinlits (to name a few) and any word dies. Well these have presented challenges with how to both cut them out and adhere them to our projects. Well, to cut them out, you really should have the the Precision Base Plate and the Big Shot Die Brush. And for sticking them down - no matter which glue we use, the glue seems to seep out leaving a glossy mess. This is where the adhesive sheets come in - no more mess and they ensure better adhesion. Check out this new Happy Birthday die.
Item #143700

I could add a few more things here, but I think I've taken up enough of your time. I'm hoping you have enjoyed this preview. Now go on, register for my Open House. I'd love to see you!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Masculine Themed Card

Welcome to my blog and be sure to check out our other member contributions this month. They are listed at the end of this post.

With Father's Day just around the corner, the Father's Day/ Masculine theme for this month is perfect. I sadly cannot celebrate Father's Day since my dad passed away when I was 22 so I made a birthday card instead but before getting into that let me tell you a bit about my dad.

My father passed away from a second heart attack at 52 years old. It was a shock at the time as to me he was such a strong man. As my 52 birthday was closing in, I thought of him everyday - in particular his age at death. At the time, I thought of him as an old man, but even now in my sixties, I don't think of myself as an old woman so I realized just how young he was - robbed of so much more life to live. My father was an extremely hard worker, often putting his customers before family which meant he didn't spend a lot of time with us.  Typical to those days, my mom cared for her three children and so he attributed his long hours to wanting to provide the best life possible for us. He did and I am forever thankful. He was kind, generous, and funny. There was always a smile beneath his thick black mustache. Here I share a photo the two of us on a rare holiday in Cape Cod.

For the background on this card, I used a technique I learned from Gina K. Designs called 'woodgraining'. It created a perfect backdrop for the Nailed It stamp set bundle. Unfortunately this bundle completely sold out.

To start with I cut a piece of Whisper White to 3-3/4" x 5". Place the short side of the card stock on your score board and score at 3/4", 1-1/2", 2-1/4" and 3". Rotate it to the long side and then randomly score between the horizontal lines to create the look of a hardwood floor or brick wall. Hopefully this next photo will show you the lines I created.

Pick out three ink pad colours. I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Always Artichoke.

Starting with the lightest colour, drag the ink pad across the card stock. You want to tilt the pad slightly and drag slowly from the short end of the pad. You don't' want to lay the pad flat and drag. It will just stick to the card stock and create an outline of the pad. Turn the card stock so you can drag from the other end, applying as much colour as you want. Switch to the next colour and repeat, then do the same with the darkest colour. Here is the result:

You can choose to leave in as much white as you want or not want. You decide. I really enjoyed how simple this technique was and will be doing it again experimenting with different colours. If you have any of the sea/ocean themed stamp sets, imagine a background with a whitewashed look. For two more 'woodgraining' looks, check out Gina's video below.

Happy Stamping everyone!
Bruni P.
Jean M.

This month's contributors:
Adrienne H.
Bruni P.
Erica - you are here and welcome
Jean M.
Mi Ran B.