Sunday, 28 April 2019

Floating Frame technique...

I've had a lovely couple of days playing with the Tropical Chic stamp set and the Floating Frame technique.
I found a couple of tutorials online showing me how to do this technique, and once you've done it a few times, it really is quite easy!
The easiest tutorial I came across was from Bruno Bertucci, it was so easy to follow and I found the press and seal here.

Here is one I made yesterday

and with this technique, you also get to use the cutout on another card

The sentiments came from the stamp set that's part of the Soft Sayings Card Kit on page 8 of the Annual Catalogue.

I love this technique, and I find the easiest way to stamp all of my pieces is to use the Stamparatus. I die cut all of my pieces from Whisper White card stock - I can cut through 2 layers of white card at a time - then make a template to use in the Stamparatus, leaving plenty of room to ink up my stamps. I lay the stamp in the cut out and close the stamparatus plate and it "picks up" the stamp on the plate. 

I then put one of the die cuts into the matching space,  ink up my stamps, then close the plate, pressing each stamp evenly to distribute the ink. If the stamp doesn't transfer evenly, just close the plate again and press on the stamp. You can do many stampings quite quickly.

Once I have stamped my pieces, I cut a cardfront to the right size, then lay my pieces out, rearranging them until I am happy with the layout.

 I then cut a piece of Glad Press and Seal and lay it over the top, pressing and smoothing down until all of the pieces are secure. It's like putting Glad Wrap over the top, but it's a bit sticky like a post it note. It just keeps it in position so that I can peel it off the cardfront and run it through the Big Shot to cut the centre out (as above) or to leave it in one piece.
 Once you have finished either cutting out the centre, or leaving it whole, turn it over and place dimensionals on all of the pieces, you may need to cut some up to fit on the smaller pieces. 
Once you have finished with the dimensionals, peel off the backings and lay your cardfront down, pressing down to attach dimensionals. Flip your piece over and attach to the card base with your favourite adhesive (I like wet glue). 
When your cardfront is attached to your card base, carefully peel off the press and seal from the front of your card - if some pieces come away, you can always add another bit of adhesive to adhere it as you go.
If I have confused you, watch Bruno's youtube video, it will show you exactly how to do the above, or google 'floating frame' or 'press and seal technique' and you will find lots of inspiration and how-to.
Here is one that I didn't cut out the centre

It's a great technique, and I keep getting better at it the more I do it.
Why don't you have a go yourself? I would love to see what you come up with!
Let me know if you have any questions, or would love to order the products I used in these cards :)

Until next time,
Kylie x

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Clearance Rack has been updated!!

Run, don't walk - the Clearance Rack has been updated, and there are some wonderful new things on there!

Here are some of my favourites:

The Christmas Traditions Punch Box 148030 - it was $78 now only $31.20, that's less than half price!
See amazing samples here!

All Is Bright DSP 147892 - it was $19.25, now only $7.70!

Dashing Along DSP - it was $19.25, now only $7.70!

Frosted Floral DSP 147800 - it was $24.25, now only $9.70!

Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper 147817 - it was $26.00, now only $10.40!

There's plenty more bargains on the Clearance Rack, you can find it here - pop in and see what else you just have to have before they sell out :)

Let me know if I can help you with anything!
Until next time,

Monday, 22 April 2019

Extra-large chocolate and voucher wallet....

I spent some time making a custom order this weekend, and I'm so pleased with how it came out!
I recently made a Merci chocolate wallet for a lady who did a wonderful job of making my daughter's dance costume, and she seemed to really like it - so much so that yesterday she messaged me asking me to make her 2 more, ones that could hold both the chocolates and some flight vouchers that she is gifting her mum and her mum's best friend.
I wanted to make something a bit larger than the one I made her originally, so that she could fold the flight vouchers neatly. I came up with one that measures 22.5cms x 10cms x 2.5cms and is quite a sturdy, substantial gift!
It has 2 pockets, one for the chocolates and one for the folded documents. You could put chocolates in both sides if you like, instead of documents, yum!
It has a magnet closure, but you could also add ribbon to tie into a pretty bow.
I used the retired Painted Season Designer Series Paper because I think it is just beautiful, but you could use any paper that you liked and make it for a male, female or teen, it's a very versatile design.
Here is the finished wallet:

The inside holding the chocolates and the empty document side which could also be filled with chocolates:

The colours I used were Calypso Coral and Whisper White and the stamps are retired except the 'treat yourself' from the "Picture Perfect Birthday" which is retiring this catalogue.
I've hidden the magnets under the dsp panels and it snaps together well, holding everything in nice and securely.

If you would like to order this chocolate wallet from me, I am selling them for $25 each, they hold 12 chocolates, or if you would like chocolates in both of the pockets, they are $30 each, postage extra.
If you are local to me and would like to book a private class for you and up to 3 friends, let me know, your class fee is the same - 12 chocolate for $25 and 24 chocolate for $30, plus you get me to show you my tips and tricks for putting it together!
 You will need to supply your own strong double-sided tape, or I can supply you your own roll for a small fee - our tear and tape is $9 and is super-strong and easy to use.
*Tear and tape is having a small price rise with the new 2019-2020 catalogue and after June 3 will cost $11.50 per roll.*

Don't forget that our Retirement List is out now and things are beginning to sell out. Click here to pop into my online store to place your order, or contact me and I can place your order for you, or to book a class :)
Until next time,

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Retirement List in Picture Form

One of our lovely US demonstrators put together some graphics for the Retirement list and shared them with us, so I thought it might make it easier for you to see what is actually retiring in picture form.
Here you go:

If you would like to place an order, pop into my online store here.

Until next time,
Kylie x

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