Monday, 26 August 2019

Stuffed Envelope Swap Challenge with a Shabby Chic Feel.

I love doing swap challenges and over on the Joy of Sets Facebook Group there are always swaps and challenges going on. Shabby Chic is a style that I don't follow so this was going to be a challenge, but it is good to come out of your comfort zone and try something different.

At the time of writing this I have no idea who my swap partner will be, but as sometimes is the case, swappers don't always swap back, so I thought I would let you all see what I was sending and to keep a record for myself to look back on in the future.

So this is the completed stuffed envelope and it is full of lace and soft colours for the shabby chic feel.

The envelope was made with a 9" x 9" piece of cardstock folded corner to corner and then the flaps turned back to made several pockets.  I die cut some white butterflies, added a lace punch border round the edge of the pockets and finished it with some blue and lace ribbon.

There had to be a ribbon share, so I took a piece of cardstock and wrapped half a yard of 9 different types of ribbon width ways and then added a tenth and 11th piece of lace and twine vertically to hold it all together.  This was then put in a hand made envelope decorated with a doily and a tag.  Both these were left loose so the recipient can use them again.

The doily was held in place with some lace ribbon and the ribbons just poke out of the top so the recipient can see what they are.

Part of the swap rules was to add some die cuts and punched elements so I made some hand made envelopes from patterned paper and then filled them with an assortment of goodies and finished the envelope with another tucked in doilie and a couple of tags tied with some more ribbon.

Another little envelope filled with embellishments and other homemade bits an tied with ribbon over a free standing doilie that can be used afterwards.


A couple of tags and a journaling page or photo matt finished the project off.  I really enjoyed making these ad although was quite time consuming and took me a week or so doing a little element a day in between my other crafting project it was great fun and I do so hope my recipient whoever it may be will enjoy and get to use all of the little pieces inside.









Saturday, 24 August 2019

Halloween Treat Box - make 2 from one sheet of A4 cardstock

 Halloween fun! Make two treat boxes using one sheet of cardstock.


I love Halloween but in the UK it is no celebrated as much as elsewhere.  However we have Bonfire Night which is only a few days apart and as we tend to celebrate at the weekend due to work commitments both celebrations tend to link together.

This little treat box is an ideal little gift which can be filled with all sorts of sweets and goodies and would look good on a Halloween table for us adults that may be having a dinner party that weekend before the firework display.

These cute little boxes are 2 1/4" square with a hinged lid so will fit quite a few little treats.

Measurements and products needed

Black cardstock cut 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" (you can get 2 out of a standard sheet of cardstock)
score 1" and 3 1/4" on the short side 
score 1", 3 1/4", 4 1/4" and 6 1/2" on the long side

Mats for decorating
White 2 at 2" x 2"
7 at 2" x 7/8"

Dsp - 2 at 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
7 x 1 3/4" x 1/2"
The designer series paper is called Monster Bash and is available 4th September in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue. A pdf link to the catalogue will be available on my blog but if you would like a catalogue sent in the post then drop me a line allmark.j@sky.com and I'll be happy to post one out to you.

Here is a step by step video tutorial so you can see how to make these boxes with some tips for making successful boxes every time.






Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Simple One Layer Christmas Card using New Snow Front Scene Builder stamp set.

Simple stamping is an easy way to create cards quickly and simply using just paper, stamps and ink and this lovely Christmas Card using the new Snow Front stamp set is just that.


This really is a super quick card to make. Using the Aqua Painter to create a simple wash background. Stamp the tree is Soft Suede and the ground in Smoky Slate, then using Cherry Cobbler for the little birds and the sentiment.

This card takes minutes so you make a whole batch ready for the Christmas rush and get ahead.

Step by step video tutorial to help you make this #simplestamping card.




Saturday, 17 August 2019

Scene Building stamp set Snow Front, shimmery moonlit sky technique.

Create a lovely moonlit sky with lots of shimmer above a tree lined pool with a couple of deer with the New Snow Front scene builder stamp set.

This stamp set is in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue from Stampin Up launching 4th September 2019.  This will be available on my blog to view as a pdf but if you would like a catalogue posted to you and you live in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium or the Netherlands then drop me an email allmark.j@sky.com and I'll be happy to pop one in the post.

You can't buy the stamp set until 4th September but the rest of the products used you can get now, just click the links.

Sponge brayers - 2 handles and 4 sponges for just £7.50 great for all sponging products to give a seamless finish.

Shimmer Paint - the gold and copper are on sale while stocks last at just £3, as they have been discontinued. (I used the gold on this project. The Frost White and Champagne Mist are current so are available for the next year.

I really love how this scene came together and it is really quite easy to achieve.  Take a look at my video tutorial and have a go and creating this lovely scene.









Thursday, 15 August 2019

DIY Post it note magnetic memo board using 6" x 6" patterned paper

Make this great DIY post it note magnetic memo board ideal for craft fairs and stocking stuffers.

Buy the Brights 6" x 6" paper pad HERE to make this simple project.

The stamp set used is the new Beauty & Joy which is available in our new Autumn/Winter catalogue which launches on the 4th September 2019.  Want a copy of the catalogue? and live in the UK Austria, Germany, France, Belgium or the Netherlands then just drop me a line allmark.j@sky.com and I'll be happy to post one out to you.

The lovely dies to create personalised wording which I used for the notes is the Hand Lettered Prose dies buy them HERE

Here is the memo board on my fridge and I think the lovely bright colours really brighten up the room, ready for all my notes.

Measurements -

2 x 6" x 6" cardboard ( I used the backing board from our dsp packs)
1 piece of black cardstock 6" x 6"
1 piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"

post it note panel

1 x piece black cardstock 4" x 4"
1 x piece Flirty Flamingo cardstock 3 3/4" x 3 3/4"
1 x piece of white cardstock 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

stamped panel

1 x piece of black cardstock 1 3/4" x 4 3/4"
1 x piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 piece of white cardstock 1 1/4" x 4 1/4"

Here is a step by step video tutorial to show you how to make this project












Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Create backgrounds & focal images using the NEW Beauty & Joy stamp set

The new Stampin Up Autumn/Winter catalogue is available 4th September get your FREE copy posted from me.

I can post a free copy of the Autumn/Winter catalogue if you are in the UK, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany or the Netherlands. Just drop me an email allmark.j@sky.com with your address details and I will pop one in the post.

The NEW Beauty & Joy stamp set has some lovely planters and plant images that are perfect all year round.  As it was a horrible wet day and not the heat of Summer as expected for August I chose a bright summery card using Melon Mambo.

Making use of the leaf stamp I stamped the background in Pear Pizazz which works perfectly with the bright Melon Mambo.

Here is a step by step video tutorial to show you how to achieve this lovely card.






Saturday, 10 August 2019

Stampartus Simple One Layer Card using New Nature's Beauty & Beauty & Joy

The Stampin Up Autumn/Winter Holiday catalogue is available 4th September 2019. Get in touch for your FREE copy.

Today's sneak peek is the lovely Nature's Beauty and this will be a very special stamp set as £2.50 from every purchase will be donated to Mental Health Organisation.  So please do your bit and on the 4th September when this set is available buy your stamp set from my shop.

With Christmas fast approaching, I  know that us crafters try and get a head start on our card making and projects for the holiday season and with the launch of the Stampin Up Autumn/Winter catalogue on the 4th September there will be lots of choose from. Over the coming weeks I hope to share with you some of these products to help in your buying choices.

Postage is always something to consider when making cards as it seems to be getting more and more expensive and really does depend on the thickness of your card.  This card is a one layer card and uses the STAMPARATUS in my opinion the best positioning tool on the market. It makes creating this wreath super easy.

If you missed the DIY wreath template instructions see them HERE

Here is  a step by step video tutorial to show you how to make this card *please note that I used the Beauty and Joy new stamp set for the sentiment and the little berries to finish off the card, however this was after I had finished the video as I thought it needed a little extra something and decided to make it a Christmas card.