Trendy Trees

My mission to make a few Christmas cards each month continues this week with 6 cards created with some new goodies from Taylored Expressions.  This time it’s using the Trendy Trees suite comprising a background stamp, die-cut and layering stencils.

I started by stamping the Trendy Tree Farm Background stamp with Versamark and heat embossed using various metallic powders on white card and white on craft card.

The first card was completed by using the cutting plate to create little tree ‘windows’ for the embossed trees to peek through.  The sentiment is from Waffle Flower Cozy Holiday Sentiments and the small tree and snowflake stamps, also from that set, were stamped in the same colour as the card to give some tone-on-tone pattern without detracting from the trees.

Gold embossed trees with a Bermuda Bay frame on top

For the rest of the panels, I added colour to the trees using 3 of the 4 tree stencils (the 4th stencil is the tree trunks).

To begin, I stuck to greens but then ventured out, adding pinks and then trying out a blue and grey colour scheme with the silver trees.

Here are the finished white embossed trees.  Unfortunately, the pink ink stained the heat embossing so I’d use metallic embossing with staining colours in future.

Old Olive, Garden Green and Shaded Spruce inks with white pigent ink on the left and Rococo Rose and Lovely Lipstick on the right

The blue and grey one has a cool, modern feel to it.

Seaside Spray, Pacific Point, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray inks on Pacific Point card with silver embossing

For the white panels, I added a die cut over the top of one as I’d smeared some ink when buffing the ink off the panel.  Unlike the turquoise one above, I made this panel a shade narrower which allowed the white panel behind to create a frame.

Team Training with Inspiring Inkin’

To be a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up!, you have to join another demonstrator’s team.  You can join any team you fancy within your worldwide geographical area but I joined a local demonstrator, Amanda Fowler of Inspiring Inkin’ (http://www.inspiringinkin.com) as I’d enjoyed many of Amanda’s videos on YouTube and I like to support local businesses where I can.

We have online training once a month via Facebook Live but there are a few in person training days where you get to meet other members of the team, get new ideas and try out new products, chat, eat cake and craft together, which makes a nice change as crafting tends to be a solitary occupation.

A common, but optional, activity at this kind of event is Team Swaps.  This involves making a card front to swap with other demonstrators, thereby getting new ideas for a stamp set you own or seeing a new set that may have escaped your notice!  I decided to repeat my old favourite of the ombre sunset and Dandelion Wishes card front and, whilst watching the Masters snooker, spent a very pleasant couple of hours ink blending 25 card fronts.  I then stamped the image together with the sentiment, then heat embossed them with clear powder.  The Stamparatus is invaluable for this kind of mass production.  A sticker with the ‘recipe’ is put on the back should anyone want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) your design.  Here are my swaps.  Can you spot the slight oops moment? I inked the panel upside down – I have no idea how I managed it!!

These are the swaps I received from my fellow demonstrators – such a talented bunch!

Amanda also had a Demonstrator’s Choice competition whereby you make any project using anything, but if SU! sell it (like ribbon, card etc.) you have to use it but anything they don’t sell can also be used.  I decided to make a Lighted Bethlehem 3D frame as I’d made a few of these for Christmas presents and they had all been well received.  I was chuffed to bits to be voted the winner especially as there was very strong competition.  Here’s my frame with lights off…

….and lights on.

For this, I won a stamp set and was also lucky enough to win another one in the raffle too.

Whilst the day is called a training day, that is a rather formal term and it’s actually a lot of fun.  Amanda provides a number of projects for the team to complete although I didn’t get to finish all of them.  Here’s what I did complete.

We also had a couple of demonstrations of techniques and new product lines and a very interesting presentation on bullet journaling, or Bujo as it’s apparently known!  This really piqued my interest and I’m going to investigate this further, particularly as I may be able to combine it with my challenge to myself for this year, to learn hand/brush lettering – so that I’m not totally dependent on stamp sets for my sentiments!!

 

 

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Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to my craft blog!  I’m completely new at this lark and so out of my depth as I’m not the least bit computer savvy…..but I’m learning.   Every day’s a school day, as they say.  I had been reticent to do a blog as I thought it would impinge on my crafting time, allowing me to do less.  In fact, it inspires me to do more and gives me a kick up the bum to get on with it rather than surfing around the internet looking at things I could be doing.

So, I thought I’d write my first blog post about my craft room.  Now I wouldn’t say that I’m the messiest person in the world but there are times when I could give him/her a good run for their money!  After walking into my craft room this morning and it looked like a whirlwind had been through there, I decided to have a big tidy up, which then also turned into a bit of a clear out. It got worse before it got better but very cathartic, if you’re in that kind of mood.

I found 2 quilts in various stages of completeness, some half-finished Christmas cards from last year and off cuts of curtain fabric from a house I bought about 23 years ago!  I hate throwing stuff out but enough’s enough!  Along with the curtain off cuts went small random sized bits of curtain heading tape, unfinished clothing projects from years ago that probably wouldn’t fit me now even if I wanted to finish them and a myriad of miscellaneous fabric and craft stuff that I’d been holding on to ‘just in case’.

IT FELT GOOD!

I then put everything away again and made the place nice and neat.  Now all I have to do is keep it that way!  Easier said than done.  I am rather a messy worker and I also get quite easily distracted and will start another project without finishing, or even putting away, the first.  (It’s become apparent why my Mum used to call me ‘Lorraine The Unfinished’ when I was young!)  Hence why there were pieces for a dress pattern, zips, various fabrics and a load of card making stuff all over my desk this morning.

Must.  Try.  Harder.

Anyway, that’s probably too many words already.  I hope you enjoy my posts and they inspire you to get out and get crafting…..or at least have a good tidy up!