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

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Watercolour Balloon Background

Hello and welcome once again to my blog. I got the inspiration to make this card from France Martin. She did a balloon background with a simple embossed greeting over top. You can see her video here.

I started with one card and loved it so much I just had to keep going with other colours. So these are the three cards I made complete with ribbon, dimensional balloons, Wink of Stella and I used the enamel embellishments as well. The stamp set is Balloon Celebration and the greeting banners are from the Cards & Labels framelits.

Card One     

Card Two

Card Three

Card Four

I video taped the making of Card Four to share the technique with you. As I was filming, I started to recognize the number of tips I was passing on so be sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take some notes.

Enjoy the video and scroll down to get the card measurements and ink pad colours used.

Cutting Measurements and Colours

Card One
Card Base: Crushed Curry 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored in portrait position at 4-1/4" for a side fold card
1st Layer: Island Indigo 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Island Indigo, Pool Party, So Saffron

Card Two
Card Base: Pink Pirouette 4-1/4" x 11" scored in landscape position at 5-1/2" for a top fold card
1st Layer: Rich Razzleberry 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz

Card Three
Card Base: Cajun Craze 4-1/4" x 11" scored in landscape position at 5-1/2" for a top fold card
1st Layer: Daffodil Delight 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron

Card Four
Card Base: Pacific Point 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored in portrait position at 4-1/4" for a side fold card
1st Layer: Soft Sky 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Top Layer: Watercolour paper 4" x 5-1/4"
Inside panel: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
Ink Pads: Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight

If you would like to purchase any of the products you see here, please visit my online store. Any questions, please feel free to contact me via a comment her on my blog, or by email.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Second Colour Challenge

Hello again.
So it looks like my upline Sue will advertise the colours every Sunday. My plan is to create a colour challenge blog post and publish every Tuesday. That gives you time to create a card of your own before the following Tuesday. This is the plan anyway.

The colours this week are Pacific Point, Sahara Sand and Soft Sky. Here is my card:

This colour combination did make me think of the ocean - the sand, water and sky especially having experienced such elements during my recent trip to the Hawaiian Islands. My inspiration came from a card made by Amanda from The Craft Spa blog. The three pearls represent seashells one could find while on a walk. However, I didn't find any. And besides, we are no longer permitted to take anything from a beach. It's really frowned upon. We are to simply look and admire.

This card measures 5 x 5 in Soft Sky. I cut the Whisper White piece to 3 x 3 and the Sahara Sand cardstock was cut with the Layering Squares framelits (one of the scalloped framelits).

I created the sand by dragging the Sahara Sand ink pad across the paper a few times. I did the same to create the sky with the Soft Sky ink pad.

I stuck the Whisper White piece onto the card base with a small piece of removable tape. I inked up my images and stamped, being sure to go over the edges onto the card base.

I removed the Whisper White piece from the card base and glued it to the scalloped piece then adhered them to the card base lining up the images.

This technique is often referred to as double-time or triple-time (3 stamped layers) stamping. You can find a few videos on You Tube to see more of how it's done.

Now go ahead - take out these colours and make a card. And I'd love to see what you come up with.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Colour Challenge

I'm participating in a weekly colour challenge created by my upline Sue and I'm challenging you to join me.

How it works: Sue will select a colour combination and post it to her team. The challenge is to incorporate these three colours on a card. The media used can be card stock, ink, or embellishments such as ribbon. We may be given one other base colour such as Whisper White or Very Vanilla as we need these colours for stamping on.

The first colour challenge is Peekaboo Peach, Wisteria Wonder and Smoky Slate.

Now you place those three stamp pads or card stock side by side and see what you think? Not very 'together' is what I thought. Oh well, on with the challenge.

I used the stamp set called Avant Garden, a Sale-A-Bration free item that, by the way, you can till get until March 31. It's a versatile set because of the ability to build the flowers, lovely greetings and a bit of background grunge.

 Here is the card I created:

I loved this card so much, I decided to make another one.

The colours here are Pacific Point, Tip Top Taupe and Calypso Coral and this choice was inspired by a card recently send to me. I decided to film the making of this card so that, if you like, you can make one as well. If you don't have these colours, challenge yourself and pick 3 of your own colours. If you don't have this stamp set, use any other floral set you have. I would love to see what you create so send me a photo.

Here are the card measurements:

Card base - thick whisper white 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
First layer - Peekaboo Peach 4" x 5-1/4"
Second layer - Smoky Slate 3-1/2" x 5"
Stamping layer - Shimmer White 3-1/4" x 4-3/4"

Happy Stamping!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - Easter

With Easter just around the corner this month's Blog Hop is devoted to showcasing a hand made project for this springtime event. Most of us purchase some treats for our children, husbands, grandchildren. etc. so there are lots of options for packaging up such sweet gifts.

For example, you could purchase a set of mini egg cartons, fill with treats and decorate the exterior. Or, in the Annual Catalogue, there are varying sizes of cellophane bags. Fill them up ad tie with ribbon or create a bag topper.

As for creating cards, take a look at page 18 in the Occasions catalogue to see a wonderful stamp set and coordinating framelits.

I will be making a number of things but here I am showcasing a card to send to my sister and her family. I used the Basket Bunch stamp set and coordinating framelits to create this card.

This was a labour of love as there were quite a few pieces to cut out using the framelits plus the colouring of the bunnies but it was so fun to make. If you look carefully at the photo, you will see the top half of the baskets extend beyond the top of the card. This was achieved by cutting a pieces of the thick Whisper White card stock to measure 6 x 5-1/2". On the 6" side, score at 3", fold and burnish. The finished card base now measures 3 x 5-1/2 inches. When adding the baskets, be sure not to extend higher than 4-1/4 inches otherwise the finished card will not fit inside the A2 envelope.

I hope you enjoy this card and if you have any questions, please leave it in the comment section.

The supplies used are listed below. Please note that the glimmer paper is a limited time offer and is a free item you can earn with a $60 minimum order (before shipping and taxes) during Sale-A-Bration which ends March 31 so if you would like to purchase any of the products used for this card project, order through my online store or send me your order via email.

Here are the supplies used:

Please visit the other members of Seashore Stampers to see what they have created. Thank you for stopping by.
Bruni P.
MiRan B.

Bruni P.
MiRan B.
Sabrina R.

Monday, 27 February 2017

New Glimmer Paper and March Host Code

Just a quick post to send you a video from Stampin' Up! on one of the new items they have added to Sale-A-Bration. You can earn this pack of three delicious colours for free with your next $60 order.

Order online through my store and use March's Host Code, JSVA4KRT, to your cart and your name will be entered into the monthly prize draw. Oh, and speaking of monthly prize draws, I will draw from the four names entered from January in mid March.

There are so many ideas for using this glimmer paper. Check out YouTube by searching 'stampin up glimmer paper'.

To see the other two new items, check out this flyer.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop-Something to Frame

This month's Blog Hop theme is to create something for a frame. There have been quite a number of You Tube videos of hand-made square frames made with card stock but I decided to go with a frame that I had tucked away from a summer visit to Ikea. It's a shadow box frame that measures 8 x 10 with a 5 x 7 center.

Continuing with my obsession with chickens and the fabulous Hey Chick stamp set, I created this:

The other stamp sets used were Butterfly Basics for the chicken wire, In the Meadow for the grass and flowers, Gift from the Garden for the flower pots and the Hardwood stamp for the bottom of the chicken coop.

The background paper is from the Serene Scenery paper stack. I used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut out the chicken coop windows from Always Artichoke card stock. I stamped the chickens onto Whisper White with Memento Black ink and used an aqua painter and ink pads for colouring. I then hand cut the chickens and slightly curled them to add dimension. After stamping the grass and flowers, I added a strip of Crumb Cake that I stamped with the Hardwood stamp to create the base of the chicken coop. After stamping the flower pots with Cajun Craze on Crumb Cake card stock, I added shading with the Cajun Craze marker. I also cut a strip of Pear Pizzazz card stock and cut the edge with a pair of fringe scissors.

And last but not least, I just had to add the little hatching eggs to the grassy area -- mamas watching over their little ones.

I have to admit to you that I was pretty thrilled with how it turned out and thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating it. I hope you enjoy looking at this and will give some thought to creating your own framed art.

Enjoy hopping though the other demonstrators posts. Happy stamping.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Chicken Coop Card

Continuing with my chicken obsession, I made this card after watching France Martin's card video on make a 'chicken coop' using the Hey, Chick stamp set, one of the items you can earn during Sale-A-Bration.

It may look complicated to make but really is easy to put together once you have prepared all the pieces. I'm going to make another one with only two chickens (male and female) in the coop for good friends of mine who are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this year. It would also be a perfect card to send to someone who has just purchased a new home or moved into a new apartment, or for a wedding.

Here is the first card I made after viewing France's video. I made a mistake positioning the door on the chicken coop but since it was a lot of work, I fixed it by adding the chicken's names to the coop.

Here is the second version I made with a peep hole in the door.

And this is the last one I made and recorded a video tutorial so you can see how to make one for  yourself.

I hope you enjoy this project.

I'd love to hear what you think, so please post comments below. And if you have any questions, post there are well.

Card Base: 4-1/4" x 11 scored at 5-1/2"
For the chicken coop: 2 pieces that measure 4-1/4" x 5'1/2"

from the double-sided piece of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cut:
3-1/4" x 4" for the door
1/2" x 3-1/4" for one of the horizontal boards for the front of the door
1/2" x 1" (2 pieces) for the hinges

from the single-sided piece of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cut:
1" x 5-1/4" (2 pieces) for the inside side panels
1/2" x 4 (3 pieces) for the frame of the door opening
1/2" x 3-1/4" for the second horizontal board for the front of the door

One piece of shimmer white card stock cut to 4" x 5-1/4" to stamp the chickens on
One piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4" x 5-1/4" for the inside of the card

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Seashore Stampers Blog Hop - My Favourite from Sale-A-Bration

Hello everyone.
Welcome to the first Blog Hop for 2017. Our members had a choice for this month - a Valentine theme or our favourite product from the new Occasions catalogue/Sale-A-Bration brochure.

It turns out that nearly every one of my customers chose the Hey Chick stamp set as one of their free items from the SAB brochure. As soon as I saw the brochure it was the stamp set I immediately zeroed in on. I don't live on a farm but for whatever reason I love chickens. My best buddy in Washington State has real chickens and I enjoy visiting with them when I go down. I'm also interested in seeing the varying colours of eggs they produce. Not just white and not just brown, but shades of blue, pink and yellow. Maybe my chicken interest stems from my love of owls and the collection I had in my early twenties. I now have a collection of chickens in my kitchen and I share them with you here.
Tiny glass roosters sitting on my kitchen window sill.
One of my clients was happy to trade her rooster light for a couple of stamp sets. He sits on my dining room hutch.

This is my chicken/rooster collection on my kitchen floor. The black & white rooster on the far left is my latest addition - a Christmas present from my husband.
So, as thank you notes to drop into my client's recent orders, I used the Hey Chick stamp set (p. 17 of the SAB brochure) and the new Hexagon embossing folder (p. 47 of the Occasions catalogue). All of the cards measure 4 x 4 inches save for the last two which measure 3 x 3 inches. So, for the envelopes, I made my own using the envelope punch board.

I embossed the front of this card with the embossing folder and used it again to create the chicken wire texture on the Whisper White panel. To ink the folder, open it up and drag the Basic Gray ink pad over the side that has the Sizzix and Stampin' Up! logos. Then gently place the Whisper White piece on top of that inked surface and then I place a piece of scrap copy paper on top of that and gently rub to pick up the texture.

For this card, I inked up the embossing folder as described above then placed the front of the card base on top, closed the folder and ran it through the big shot. Here's a photo to show you the placement of the card base.

This is a Basic Black card base and I inked up the Hexagon folder with the Whisper White craft ink. Be careful not to smudge the ink as it stays wet for quite a while.

 Have you noticed a bit of a layering theme going on. These chickens are quirky so I felt the papers had to follow suit.
 I also used washi tape on some of the cards to add some more texture and interest. I am loving it.

For the colouring, I mostly used the new Watercolor Pencils (p.24 of the Occasions catalogue) and an Aqua Painter (p.18 of the Annual catalogue). Here's a tip for you. You don't need to colour over the entire image with the pencils. Just outline the image and colour over any of the dark lines then use the Aqua Painter to pull the colour into the white areas.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. All of the supplies used are listed below and link directly to my online store. Be sure the use the January Host Code Q2RNCBA6 when ordering to have your name entered into this month's prize draw.

Please have a look at all the blog entries for this month by following the links below. Any questions, be sure to contact me. Happy stamping!