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Vellum Butterflies

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I admit, I rarely see butterflies these days.  Hopefully this is down to my suburban living rather than a decline in the pretty insects.  They are like little delicate moments of beauty fluttering by, aren't they?  I've sought to capture that in my cards by using vellum to create the butterflies.


Vellum seems most appropriate for making butterflies with its opaque qualities.  To make the blue butterflies here I used my watercolour pencils to colour in a block area on the vellum.  I put down Night of Navy first then added some smaller areas on top of Rich Razzleberry  and Old Olive.  Then with little water, I went over the top of it with my aqua painter.  (Too much water will mean your paper will dry curled up which you don't want.)  A little curling is effective, too much and you have a dead butterfly!


Another way to create vellum butterflies is to use the gorgeous Floral Romance DSP which has some vellum sheets in the pack.  I've punched out butterflies from one of those sheets in the card below.


You might have noticed that I've made these cards a slightly different shape to usual.  They are the dimensions of half the USA letter size paper (which is what the American demos use for their cardstock) rather than half and A4 which we use in Australia.  I did this so that the Rectangle Stitched Framelits would fit the card better.  (I will do a tutorial video on this.  Subscribe to my YouTube channel here to get notified of my videos.)


Edit: The tutorial video is now live!



Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Ink it! Stamp it! Blog hop - 3D

Friday, February 22, 2019


I have the cutest box for you guys!  Wait till you see how quick and easy they are to make up.  Then, make your way through the other blogs in this month's Ink It! Stamp It! blog hop and see some other wonderful 3D projects you can make up.


I even made up one of my sped up videos for you to see how to put them together.  No instruction needed, they are THAT easy!  Click below to view the video (for those receiving this by email you will need to go to my website blog page to view).


All the dimensions are listed below. You can pick your choice of colours and patterns.  I've chosen to top mine off with flowers from the Pop of Petals bundle.


How many are you going to make up?  And are you going to go with Lindor Balls or Ferrero Rochers?



Dimensions
Cardstock: 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Score at: 1 1/2" and 3 3/4"
DSP: 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"


Blog hop line up:


Project inspired by The Paper Pixie with thanks.

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Friendship

Love is a Warm Cup of Tea

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time to practice some of those watercolouring skills.  I had fun colouring this tea set and love that the sentiment is part of the picture rather than sitting loftily on its own.  Best thing of all about this card...the framelit dies were FREE!  And they can be for you too - read on.


I don't profess to be the world's greatest watercolourer, but what I can tell you is...practice, practice, practice.  And this is a good project to practice on because you can just start again on your cup or tea pot if it's gone a bit haywire.  That's the beauty of die cut images - you don't lose much time if things need redoing.


So how do you get your hands on these FREE framelit dies?  You can choose the Tea Time Framelits as a Sale-A-Bration item when you spend $90 (they require 2 x $90 and they are SO worth it!)  Shop for them here until 31 March.  


Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Birthday

One Big Happy Birthday

Friday, February 15, 2019

Talk about a fun card to make up!  I spied Gaynor Joyce making these up in a video and I just had to a have a go myself.  I love them!  But read on for a neat trick I can't wait to do on more cards...


The background is made by off stamping images in Crumb Cake and then getting a black marker to do the little dots to fill in the blank areas.  Comes up well, don't you think?

I couldn't decide between Merry Merlot and Night of Navy, so I made up one in each! 


The trick I was telling you about is to go around the stamped sentiment Happy Birthday (from the One for All stamp set) with the light Smoky Slate Blends pen - it gives the sentiment so much more presence on the card it's incredible.  I admit I was skeptical at first but wow, was I surprised.  Give it a go!


Would you like a video tutorial for this card?  Comment below and let me know!

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Team Beautiful You

Sunday, February 10, 2019

When I attend a Stampin' Up! On Stage (official gathering of national demonstrators) I like to make a card for my team.  These are the cards I made for the November On Stage in Melbourne.  I forgot when I was making them up that one is a guy, oops! He was very good natured about it!



These cards use the Beautiful You stamp set and are stamped on Whisper White first then onto the matching DSP in Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, and Rose Red which I fussy cut.  Looks effective, huh?


The hats are coloured in with an aqua painter (or you could use a blender pen, marker, or Blends).

A great card to make up in bulk - so vibrant too!


I hope to see you at an On Stage soon!  And if you're in my team, you can look forward to another handmade card from me AND a celebration gift!

Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Treat Envelopes

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

I made up a stack of these super simple but effective treat envelopes for my market stall this month.  They were a real hit!


They are made using the Envelope Punch Board (useful for so much more than envelopes!) and perfectly fit little chocolate bars found in Aldi.


They are SUPER EASY to make up.  Watch my sped up video (only 1min 27sec!!) below to see just how quick and simply they are using any patterned paper of your choice.


Dimensions:
5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Punch and score at 2" then follow the score lines all the way around.


Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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Baby Fables

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Inspired by cards made by Natalie Lapakko a couple of years ago, these baby cards made good use of the Fable Friends stamp set in the current Occasions Catalogue.  


I love that they are strong cards, and not to cutesy!  Not that I dislike cute baby cards, hello, I LOVE them, but I like to offer something for everyone with the cards I make and these speak very much to people who want to divert from the traditional pastels and white + blue/pink combos.


The background is achieved by stamping the image in Versamark only.  I've used the same colours in each, just mixing them around.  Grey Granite, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Powder Pink, and Highland Heather.


Happy crafting,
Fiona x

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