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

Friday, 22 June 2018

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Red & White Theme

If you are coming from another Seashore Stamper's blog, welcome.

This month's theme are the colours red and white. Since Canada Day is just around the corner, I decided to make a card using the Ruffled embossing folder that I had purchased earlier this year yet had never used. Recently I saw a card that had created a layer of ruffles and it reminded me of a flag waving in the wind.

So, for my card, I used Real Red for the card base. I then cut a piece of Shimmery White cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4 inches and did a red watercolour wash to create the flag colours. Shimmery White cardstock is fantastic for use with watercolouring techniques.

After it dried, I ran it through the Big Shot in the Ruffled folder.

I used the Colorful Seasons stamp which returned to the catalogue for another year. I love this set as it has images useful for all seasons and has coordinating framelits, such as the fabulous maple leaf and the Adirondack chair. To add a bit of sparkle, I used the Wink of Stella pen on the leaf. This was a fairly simple card to make but quite effective I think.

Last year one of my team members, Adrienne, had a Canada Day card making class that I attended. She made some fabulous designs for Canada's 150th celebration. Be sure to check her blog to see what she comes up with this year. Click on the images below to move around the blog contributors.
Bruni P.
Miran B.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Are Your Acrylic Plates Warped??

Do your acrylic plates look like this?

 How would you like to get them looking like this?

Our Big Shot acrylic plates become warped over time, making it difficult to position framelits/thinlits/edgelits dies over stamped images.

Well, I have a method to straighten them that actually works. I have tried other methods only to find dissatisfactory results.

What you will need:

  • Aluminium foil
  • Baking sheet 
  • Very heavy pot *

Remove the top rack from your oven and pre-heat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wrap each acrylic plate individually in aluminum foil.

Stack the wrapped plates on a large baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and stack the heavy pot on top of the plates. As you can see from the image, I easily stacked four plates.

‘Bake’ for 45-60 minutes.

Remove everything from the oven and place on a protective surface. Reassemble the stack. It's important to keep everything the way it was in the oven duing the cooling period.

Once cool unwrap the acrylic plates. They should now be flat.

Be sure to keep the aluminium foil for the next time.

* I use a cast iron pot (a Le Creuset knockoff that I purchased in Canadian Tire) and the lid. A large cast iron frying pan would work as well. If you don’t have a very heavy pot, use the largest pot you have and fill with water to add weight.

I sure hope this works for you. May be worth the investement of a new cast iron pot. I love mine. It makes the best chili, stews and soups, not to mention I have it in my favourite colour.

Happy baking!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Masculine Themed

Hello everyone,
I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It's sunny but terribly windy here in Victoria. Great for the Swiftsure International Yacht Race though.

Browsing through the new Annual Catalouge, I came across the cards featured for the Tranquil Textures suite. I just love the octopus and all the images from the stamp set -- so West Coast.

Here is the card I designed.

I think the idea of an octopus peeking in a port hole came to me after watching a fictitious movie called Goliath Awaits. It's not about an octopus actually, but rather an interesting story of a passenger liner sunk by a German U-boat. It was  discovered 42 years later by a research vessel only to find 339 people still alive. I digress but it was a fascinating watch. 

I decided to create the Captain's office and used the Wood Textures DSP to create the panelled wall with a shelf holding ocean treasures.

I stamped the octopus in Tranquil Tide ink and cut out with the framelit. I then cut a piece of the Tranquil Textures DSP and a piece of window sheet measuring 3 x 3 inches. I adhered the octopus and some sea greens to the DSP and then, using glue dots in the corners, adhered the window sheet on top. Using the circle framelits dies, I created a frame in Early Expresso and punched out some gold foil dots to embellish the port hole. I sponged the sea dollar and coral to give dimension and made the shelf using the Classic Label Punch. I cannot remember which stamp set the greeting came from but the banner stamp is from the Birthday Banners photopolymer stamp set.

June 1 and 2, in my Stampin' Studio, is the new Annual Catalogue Showcase. See details on my Events calendar and RSVP to reserve your copy of the catalogue. Lots of fun so be sure to come.

Please hop along now to see other creations for this month.
Bruni P.
Miran B.
Happy stamping!