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

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop-Wedding Cards

Have you heard church bells on Saturdays during the last couple of months? How about seeing those beautiful long limosines? Well, I have - and that's because June and July seem to be the most popular months for weddings here in Victoria. Actually, they are not. Did you know that December is the most popular month for engagements with August being the most popular month for weddings. And if you are interested in other wedding related FAQs, take a look at this interesting site.

Several members of our Seashore Stampers group participated in our monthly card swap and created some beautiful wedding cards for our meeting on July 21. Some of those ladies will be participating in this month blog hop so you will be able to see their creations here as well as mine.

So, let me explain why there are two cards. My first idea was to create interlocking hearts using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. Well, for whatever reason, after cutting about six of the hearts, I started to struggle getting the paper out of the die. So, because I was pressed for time, oh, did I say this card was for a swap with the members of our Seashore Stampers group, I had to change up the design. so on the other card I used the ovals framelits. I still created an interlocking theme.

I created a gatefold card using Whisper White thick cardstock and Mint Macaron for the panel layers. I cut two pieces of vellum and embossed them with the layered leaves embossing folder, which happens to be one of my favourites. I chose to use the new pink colour in the collection called Petal Pink. The stamped floral images are from the new Pop of Petals stamp set which has a coordinating punch called the Four Petal Flower. The greeting on the inside panel is from the Special Celebrations stamp set, a wonderful set of paired greetings for the exterior and interior of the card.

The word love is a thinlit from the same set as the heart. You cannot see it in the photos, but I did use Wink of Stella on the flowers and the new Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins and some pearls.

I loved how both cards turned out and decided the ladies would have to fight it out as to which card they wanted for their swap collections. Luckily no fighting occurred.

Leave a comment if you have any questions about these cards and if you'd like to purchase any of the products used, please visit my online store.

Bruni P.


Contributors this month are:
Adrienne H.
Bruni P.
Miran B.
Tanya S.

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!