Thursday, 28 February 2013

Playing paper doll dress ups

I am loving the new "Dress Up" Framelit Dies ( #130101) in the new Seasonal Catalogue.  When I first saw them I thought what would you do with them???  So I bought them to see what I could do.  Here are 2 of my creations that I put together today.  I am now loving them :)

 This one is very simple using Sycamore Street DSP which you can get free with a $100.00 order only until 22 March so just a little over 3 weeks left.  Get in quick so you don't miss out. Pop in a comment if you live in Australia and would like to place your order and I'll get straight back to you.

Stamp Set:  Curly Cute
Ink:  Island Indigo
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Accessories:  Pearl Basic Jewels, Sycamore Street DSP, Lucky Limeade Everyday Enchantment Organdy ribbon (retired)
This second one is your "Little Black Dress" for that super special occasion.  Here my dress is dry embossed using the Manhattan Flower EF and placing the dress, after it has been cut out with the Framelit, in the right place for the pattern you are looking for.

Stamp Set:  A Little Greeting (Seasonal Catalogue)
Ink:  Basic Black
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Basic Black, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Island Indigo Sycamore Street Satin Ribbon (sale-a-bration brochure), Flower Trim (Seasonal Catalogue), Manhattan Flower EF, Scallop Trim Border (Retired), 2.2 cm Scallop Circle Punch, 1.9 cm circle punch, Dress Up Framelits Dies.

Hope you get to play with this set and love it as much as I do.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Tulle, Tulle and more Tulle!!!

Hello Stampers,

I have been looking at all my Tulle know the ones that were in our last Holiday Catalogue??

I used the Cherry Cobbler in my Christmas decoration.

Well I really wanted to use it again so surfed my favourite crafting sites for inspiration.  On Pinterest I found Kimberley Van Diepen from Woodbridge, Virginia and I love Kimberley's designs. I fell in love with her mini mannequin using the Dress Framelits.  Check them out here.

I just had to make one or a few of these myself.  So here is my first attempt and as I don't have any wooden cotton reels but plenty of corks I decorated the champagne cork with Tulle and stuck the skewer into this. Works a treat :)

I stamped the top of the dress form with the flowers in the Vintage Vogue stamp set (retired) using the new Illuminate stamp pad and attached a couple of the little flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  These are attached with a mini paper clip which is non Stampin' Up!  The flower on the waist is from the Vanilla Flower Trim in the new Seasonal Catalogue on Page 5.  Contact me here if you are in Australia and are simply dying to get your hands on these darling little flowers :)

Another use for the Tulle was in this Wedding card that I made for my stash.

I cut small circles of the Crumb Cake tulle and ran a gather stitch around the middle to give it a bit of added oomph!!  The DSP is from Summer Smooches and added a bit of gold glimmer paper behind the cake sentiment from the Love & Laughter stamp set (# 125477 C / 127512 W). The word "Love" is stamped onto the DSP with Versamark and embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder using the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet (#126360) on Page 147 of the Annual Catalogue. The background is the Honeycomb Embossing FolderThe little mini heart on the cake is from the Owl Builder Punch.

I hope you like my creations and they give you inspiration to make some of your own :)

Happy stamping

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Masking Embossing Folders Tutorial

As promised here is my Tutorial on Masking Embossing. This is a card I made for my brother's birthday....

The card base is Midnight Muse 21 cm x 14.8 cm ( normal half the A4 cardstock size ). I then cut another piece of Midnight Muse 10 cm x 14.3 cm and ran this through the Big Shot as shown

The sandwich consists of Multipurpose Platform with all TABS closed, no bottom plate, Embossing Folder (EF), top plate.  The Embossing Folder is made up like this...

I used the Houndstooth folder which, I think, is quite manly.  I placed the cardstock into the EF and I created a template using 2 x pieces of the backing board from the Glimmer Paper to place on the top of the EF.  I added a couple of spots of Dotto just to keep it in place.  You can make your template any shape you choose but it must be "chipboard" thickness ( 2 mm ).  So you can glue together a few layers of the backing card from your Designer Series Paper (DSP) - I usually do 3 or 4 layers - or use this card from the Glimmer Paper.  As each Big Shot is calibrated slightly differently do a test run first and adjust accordingly for your machine.  The end result is........
 Here is the finished card.   The greeting is from the free sale-a-bration stamp set "Patterned Occasions" stamped on whisper white , then Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse embossed with Houndstooth again and Cherry Cobbler at the bottom. The cupcake stamp is coloured using the 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers - Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit and Raspberry Ripple.

and inside I used the greeting from the "Best Dad Ever" stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.

I hope you have lots of fun playing with this technique and create some wonderful designs

Happy creating