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Thumping Thursday – Lemon Lime Twist Floral (Video included)

It's Thursday and that means it is time for Thumping Thursday.   Today's quick and easy card features the new 2017-2019 In-Colour - Lemon Lime Twist, as well as the soon to be available stamp set - Wood Words! I must admit I am drawn to this bold new colour and it looks fantastic when paired with Basic Black!  I also created a video tutorial to make this card so be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for the video link! I used a piece of Whisper White Cardstock measuring 4" x 5-1/4" for both the inside and the outside of the card.  I stamped the large floral image from the new set Wood Words in Lemon Lime Twist ink all around the outside edges of my card front. Next I stamped my sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink on scrap Whisper White and die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (in the video I did the opposite. I die cut the paper before hand, then stamped) I also die cut a larger oval from the Stitched Shapes dies from Lemon Lime Twist so the sentiment would really stand out!  While the Lemon Lime Twist die cut oval is adhered with SNAIL directly to the card front, the stamped sentiment is popped up over this using Stampin' Dimensionals. You'll notice I carried the floral theme to the inside of the card as well, stamping only in the top right and bottom left to allow room to write a greeting. As promised I created a video to show you how to make this card.  Check it out here!   You can re-create this card easily in any of the In-Colours (or any of our great colours) and have hello, thank you, birthday, etc cards on hand and ready to go in a flash!      

Book Card Tutorial

Well I just realized that while I thought I posted a video tutorial here on my blog a while back, I hadn't! A couple months ago I shared a book card created using the Beautiful You Stamp set, which also featured some watercolouring.  As I had been asked how to make it in more detail, I created a video to provide a visual aid! Without further ado - here is that video tutorial I created 🙂 I am definitely a visual/ hands on person, so having images and videos to go by certainly help me and I hope this video and these pics help you as well! For this video I used the Lift Me Up Bundle (you can still purchase the bundle and save 10% but only until May 31st - visit my on-line store to order yours before it's too late).  I also used the now retired Sale-A-Bration designer series paper, Carried Away! Here are some still shots of the card: What stamp set would you use to create a book card?  Leave me a comment <3        

Up and Away Adventures

I'm sad that Sale-A-Bartion (SAB) is already over but all good things must come to an end.... so the saying goes. Needless to say, I am not going to allow that to stop me from sharing projects made with Sale-a-Bration items. For instance, while today's card used the exclusive Carried Away Designer Series Paper that had been an option for SAB, the stamp set featured is the Lift Me Up stamp set and Up and Away Framelits (currently available in a bundle in the Occasions catalogue for 10% off). I decided to make the hot air balloon bold by die cutting it from Basic Black cardstock. Against the lighter card base and the colourful designer paper, it really stands out! I added a strip of Whisper White cardstock to the cardfront as well and randomly stamped clouds in Smoky Slate cardstock.  The card is competed with a banner made from Watermelon Wonder cardstock and the ends trimmed into a banner shape. The sentiment was stamped using Archival Basic Black ink. How easy was that to make?  Designer paper can certainly take up a lot of the work for you with the fun patterns available! Now I don't know if you recall but a few weeks ago I shared with you a Book Card.  Well  I finally had a chance to make a tutorial on how to make it.  Here you go! I hope you have creating your  own book card.      

Stampin’ Basics 101 – Adhesives

I promised I had another Stampin' Basics 101 video for you and have finally had a chance to edit it and get it published. Hop on over to my you tube channel Stamp Haven and check it out. This video focuses on all the adhesives available in the current 2016-2017 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue.  Hopefully it will provide you with some information on these items that you may not have been aware of! Do you have any suggestions for me for other Stampin' Basics 101 videos that you would like me to create? Leave me a comment! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature1

Stampin’ Basics 101 – Sponges

I have been stamping for 13 years and I am the first to admit that I forget not everyone is familiar with all the products and how they work.  Don't get me wrong, I am constantly learning new and sometimes simple things but that doesn't excuse me from ensuring novice stampers understand basic elements of stamping.  I remember demonstrating a workshop for a group of women, where the hostess was a former demo, and collecting my belongings at the end of the night only to find nearly all my SNAIL adhesives in the garbage.  I ignorantly assumed that these women knew that you keep the cartridge and simply buy the refill for them.  I was completely surprised me when they said they didn't know this! I learned then that I need to make a more conscious effort to go over the basics with my stampers, something I need to remind myself of on a regular basis. That moment has always stuck in my mind and I decided that it is time that I attempt to create a video line focusing on Stampin' Basics. Here is a link to my very first Stampin' Basics 101 video. I have another one created that I need to edit and plan to release in the next couple weeks for adhesives. Is there any topic that you would like to see me cover in my Stampin' Basics 101 videos? Please let me know!   MargaretdeWittHavenSignature  

Bookmark Magnets – Video Tutorial

Hello Tuesday and warm weather!  After some cold days last week starting at 0°C, heading out at 6:30am this morning it was nice to see 19°C on my thermometer!  Fall is in full swing, our trees are changing colour and dropping leaves fast, which is a sign that winter is not far off now 🙁  Don't get me wrong, I love and appreciate all four seasons but two things I'm not fond of with winter are the dark mornings and nights when I leave for and return from work and the bitter cold/ winds that come. bookmark-2 Since we are on the topic of winter now, lets have a look at a video I recently posted to my YouTube channel.  It focuses on creating Magnetic Bookmarks using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle.  Now keep in mind that this can be done with any set throughout the year that features a coordinating punch, and while I haven't tired it yet, I imagine it would work with coordinating dies/ framelits as well (I wouldn't try with thinlits/ detailed dies, that may be asking for trouble) The video takes you through the basics of creating these sweet gifts. If you have book lovers in your life, I am sure they would appreciate some of these sweet bookmarks in their stocking this Christmas.  You could make one for each season 😉 bookmark-3 Some easy stamping, colouring, punching and gluing and you are good to go! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature    

Ghoulish Treats! – Video Tutorial

I promised last week that I would share a treat box I had created to hold some fun treats, such as chocolate eyeballs, candy corn and spooky pumpkin face chocolates. treat-boxes-2 I created a video to help re-create this fun and easy box. Here are a couple close ups of the completed boxes. treat-boxes-4 Are you loving the Ghoulish Grunge backgrounds?  I held off ordering these for awhile but finally broke down and got them.  I just know that I'll be using it for more than just Halloween projects. treat-boxes-3 I have a small confession to make.  I don't normally eat any of the treats I buy to create projects like this but after realizing that some of the chocolate eyeballs are fudge inside and others are caramel, I couldn't resist eating a few....! treat-boxes Hopefully you found the instructions easy to follow.  I created this video with Madden laying in the room behind me Sunday afternoon as he enjoyed, what I would later realize was, the last few hours of quality time with me before the Lord took him to His heavenly home.  I am grateful for that time with him.  He was so quiet and well behaved, I needn't have worried about him barking while I shot the video, as was my concern originally! What ideas are coming to your mind after seeing this project? MargaretdeWittHavenSignature        

Double Window Shaker Card – Video Tutorial

Happy Wednesday all! Today's post will be short and sweet because I am sharing a card with you that I made a video tutorial for!  A few months ago I posted a double window shaker birthday card.  I had a request to provide a tutorial for it and since I had already given the original card away, I designed a new card (a baby one this time) and put together a video tutorial to take you through the steps to re-create it! I had someone comment on my matching nails... this was a complete fluke LOL I hope you enjoy the video and have the opportunity to sit and create some of these fun shaker cards! specialoffers_banner_demo_sept2016_na Also today is the last day to take advantage of the Special offers!  Click on the image above to view the final deals and use hostess code H97ZPY27 when placing your order through my on-line site! special-offers-1   special-offers-2 MargaretdeWittHavenSignature        

#GDP045 – A Pop of Pink

Wow! What a bold colour combination for this weeks challenge over at Global Design Project.  I love how beautifully these colours go together and the impact it can have on a final design! Here is the challenge for Global Design Project # 045: GDP045_Colour_Challenge Great or what!  Here is the funny thing though.... when it said the link closes at 3pm AEDT, I didn't check to see what timezone that was, so by the time I posted this, the link was closed LOL   Too late to add now 🙂  Oh well, I still had fun designing with these colours. I've only recently begun to use the Botanical Blooms stamp set and Botanical Builders Framelits dies and felt the flowers from the Framelit set would be the perfect choice.  The flowers are arranged in a mixture of Melon Mambo and White with Basic Rhinestones added to the centres of the smaller ones.  With the largest Melon Mambo flower having a black centre already, I refrained from overdoing the embellishments on it. pink 1 I had to get some Smoky Slate on the card somewhere while keeping a balance to my design. The designer series paper from the Neutrals Paper Pack was the best option to combine with my flower arrangement. pink 3 If you look closely at the smallest Melon Mambo flowers you'll notice they have some form to them.  I used a simple burnishing technique to achieve this.   Check out the video below for basic instructions. You'll have to forgive me... it has been a few years since I have made a video and this is the first time taking and editing a video on my iPhone.  It is quite simple but I'm sure I'll get better as I use it more 🙂 When I die cut the stamped the Anniversary sentiment and die cut the frame from the Large Numbers Framelits, it looked a bit bare and plain.  I had the card completely assembled at this point and was worried I would ruin the card if I attempted to add some stitching and that it would end up looking bad, but I got lucky and I'm happy with the final result! pink 4 Thank you so much for stopping by.  I do appreciate you visiting and the comments you leave. MargaretdeWittHavenSignature

Rose Garden Shaker Card – Tutorial

I promised earlier this week that I would share a tutorial with you on one of the shaker cards we created at the card class earlier this week.  I'll try to be as clear and succinct as possible 🙂 First let me show you the completed card! completed rose shaker card   And a close up shot! close up of completed rose shaker card The card base is Basic Black and cut @  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored along the long side at 4-1/4", to create a folded 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (A2) card.  Since you can't use a regular pen to write on black cardstock I like to add a layer of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card.  This piece is cut to 4-1/16" x 5-5/16". step 1 card base and inside layer The next step is cutting a piece of white cardstock (I used Whisper White but Shimmery White would work better) at 3-15/16" x 5-3/16" to stamp your large rose image on in Archival Basic Black ink, from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  TIPS: for stamping with Archival Black Ink - Clean the stamp with your Stampin' Scrub first.  Then ink up the image and stamp image on white cardstock without delay.  I find if you fuss too long to line up the image over your paper, the ink starts to dry on the stamp and you won't get a clear image. Also ensure the following, you have a Pierce Mat under your paper and you apply even pressure over all areas of your image.  Be sure not to press too hard around the edges of the image to avoid stamping a 'halo'. step 2 stamped coloured image Colour the image using ink refills and an Aquapainter.  I used Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi for this card. Set aside to dry. Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4-1/16" x 5-5/16" and a piece of Gold Foil Paper to 4" x 5-1/4".  Using the Rose Garden Thinlits and the Big Shot, die cut the large rose image from both these pieces.  When die cutting the white cardstock be sure that you have enough space around all edges to add foam adhesive strips in behind without showing outside the edges. step 3 die in big shot   The sandwich for this is the Big Shot Platform with the tabs closed (or the new Platform with the spacer tab on it), the Precision Plate, your cardstock, your thinlit die (make sure the metal edge is facing down) and finally your cutting pad. step 6 brush removing gold foil die cuts Use the new Big Shot Die Brush and Foam Pad to gently remove the die cut Rose image from the thinlit.  Be sure to save your Gold Foil paper bits as the smaller pieces are perfect to add in the Shaker card. You will be using the negative space of the White cardstock for this card and the die cut rose from the Gold Foil paper. Next cut a piece of Window Sheet to 4" x 5-1/4" and adhere in behind the Whisper White negative die cut cardstock using Tombow Mono Adhesive.  Then going back to the front of the Whisper White cardstock, add the die cut Gold Foil Rose to the front of the card using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  This will fit into the negative image space of the White die cut cardstock.  You do need to be careful so as not to get glue all over your Window Sheet with this step.  TIP: A drop of Lemon Essential Oil on Kleenex helps remove adhesive from smooth, non-porous surfaces such as a Window Sheet. Be careful not to rub on Gold Foil paper as it will remove the Gold colouring. step 8 foil white and window Your next step is to add the awesome new Foam Adhesive Strips on the backside of the window sheet.  The best way to get this to mould to the fine curves of the image, is by removing the liner on the adhesive strip (just don't handle the sticky part too much or you'll remove the stickiness).   Then using the Embossing Buddy, rub around the inside of the Foam Adhesive on the Window Sheet to help prevent your shaker items from sticking to the edges once the card is assembled.  I use Kleenex to wipe up excess powder from the embossing buddy from the Window Sheet so it is clear.  Double up some Stampin' Dimensionals and add them to the corners to the card has consistent dimension to it. step 9 foam step Normally with a shaker card you will add your items to the inside area of the foam strips but since we need to line up the die cut window image to the hand stamped layer we created earlier, we will need to carefully add the shaker material on the stamped image piece.  For this card I used the smaller leftover Gold Foil pieces and the Metallics Sequin Assortment embellishments.  Keep it on the stamped area and you should be fine. step 10 shaker embellishments Next remove any liners left on your Foam Adhesive Strips and Stampin' Dimensionals and lining up the die cut image with your stamped image, adhere the two pieces together. step 11a  top to stamped image Hand stamp a sentiment onto a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock, 7/8" x 3-5/8", using Archival Basic Black ink and trim the end into a banner shape using your Paper Snips.  Add some Fast Fuse adhesive to each end of your banner, gently add the right side down to your card, gently 'pucker' the cardstock so it is not flat to the card front and adhere the left side down to your card front. I also added a few Sequins from the Metallics Sequin Asst to the card front as well. step 12 sentiment applied Last but not least, apply adhesive to the back of your completed card front layer and attach to your Basic Black card base. step 13 adhere shaker layer to base Your shaker card is complete.  I hope this makes you more confident in creating one yourself.  Once you do one, you will see how fun and easy they can be! MargaretdeWittHavenSignature