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

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Stocking Stuffers

Welcome to the second Seashore Stampers Blog Hop. We are still encountering some newbie technical difficulties with linking to each others blogs. We appreciate your patience as we keep learning more.

The theme for this month is gift packaging for stocking stuffers. I have a daughter and picking up things for her stocking is always easy. Anything nail related, anything soapy related, anything lip balmy related so with this in mind I found a cute cracker style package that would work well for a new nail polish or lip gloss.

Although I made Christmas cracker style boxes last year using the envelope punch board, I found this idea from Ann's Happy Stampers. Only one end of the box has the cracker closure and I loved the use of vellum.

You basically start with a piece of vellum that measures 6 x 6 inches. Place it on your score board and score at: 1-3/8, 2-3/4, 4-1/8 and 5-1/2 inches. Rotate the vellum 90 degrees and score at: 1, 1-1/2, 2 and 4-5/8 inches. Fold and burnish all score lines.

Unfortunately Ann made a slight error in punching the vellum on the envelope punch board and that's why she struggles to pop the top down. Before starting to punch, you need to fold over the narrow edge and punch, then fold over the next score line and punch and so on. Lastly, flip the paper over and punch the last hold on the bottom edge.

Take a look at Connie Stewart's 'Merry Moments Christmas Cracker' video to see how you punch but remember, that on my project, you are only doing one end. The opposite end is folded like a box. Fast forward to about 4:40 minutes to see where she does the punching.

I used two stamp sets: Totally Trees for the silver embossed trees (on all found sides) and Merriest Wishes and the coordinating Merry Tags framelits. I will list all the other products below in case you'd like to purchase anything from my store. I will be place a group order at the end of this month.

To read all about Bruni's stocking stuffer project, click this button.

And to read all about Jean's stocking stuffer project, click this button.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Double Pleated Fold

Over the last few weeks I've noticed many videos by Stampin' Up! demonstrators that incorporate the fold commonly called 'drapery or curtain fold'. I'm thinking it's because there is a Designer Series Paper (DSP) sale on right now at Stampin' Up!. Everyone must be thinking the same thing -- let's use up some of our older papers in order to buy more. But these videos are showing a slightly different version and are referring to it as the 'double pleated fold' and I'll explain how to make it.

If you'd like to order and live in the Victoria area, let me know and I'll add to my end of the month group order. If you live elsewhere in Canada, you can certainly order from me, and I'd love it if you did. Simply use this month's Hostess Code: xxxx when placing your order.

Now on to the fold technique. Here is a sampling of the cards I've been making. The first two were designs for my last Stamp Cafe class. And the last one I made for my husband's upcoming birthday.

The pleated piece is so simple to make. Cut a piece of DSP to measure 5 x 10 inches.
With the design you want facing up, place the long side on your score board and score as follows:


Keeping the paper on the score board , take a pencil and mark at 4-1/2" and 5-1/2" top and bottom of the long side. Rotate to the 5" side and mark at 2" and 3" top and bottom.

Next, you will match up these pencil marks on your trimmer and cut. You end up with a rather elongated diamond shape.You then simply fold back and forth along the score lines and place some glue along the narrow pleats to glue down.

For this last card:

 I lined up the elongated diamond shaped DSP on my trimmer (prior to fold the pleats) and basically cut it in half to create two pleated pieces or you can fold up the pleats then cut as demonstrated in this video.

The card layering measurements are:
Cajun Craze Card Base: 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 scored at 4-1/4 inches
Delightful Dijon layer: 3-7/8 x 5 inches
DSP for the pleats: 10 x 5 inches
Very Vanilla for the inside: 4 x 5-1/4 inches
DSP strip for the inside: 4-1/8 x 1 inches

Now why don't you try and make one and if you have any questions, leave it in a comment.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Celebrating World Cardmaking Day

Today, October 1, is World Cardmaking Day. I initially thought this was an initiative started by Stampin' Up!, but it's not. However, the company, as well as many demonstrators and customers love to celebrate it by making a card on this day.

A Google search of 'world cardmaking day' brought me to this interesting site. It delves into the history of this day and how you can celebrate.

My plan is to make more customer thank you cards. I love to have a small supply of these on hand so I can include one in each customer order. These are usually 3x3 inches in size because, well, they are just so cute. I started making these cards when Stampin' Up! sold small envelopes for 3 x 3 cards. Unfortunately they no longer sell these but that doesn't deter me; I simply pull out my envelope punch board and from one sheet of 8.5 x 11, I can make three 3x3 cards.

Here are a few photos of what I've made in the past.

I'm including a link to a video by Stampin' Up! on a watercolour technique called 'watercolour lifting'. I'm going to made my cards based on this technique. So, if you can, make a bit of time tomorrow to make a card with this technique and send to someone you care about - a simple thank you for, well, just because.