Wednesday, 20 June 2018

It's a gift!

Hello, and welcome!
I always think there’s something a little bit magical about dry-embossing.  Taking a plain piece of card and adding depth and texture – I never get tired of seeing the magic happen.  And the latest generation of Dynamic embossing folders really add the “Wow!” factor. 
The tufted embossing folder went right to the top of my shopping list when I saw it in the catalogue and I couldn’t wait to get using it.
Today’s project is a gift card holder, but with a real feel of luxury about it.


Take the top off the box and the gift card is inside!

I designed this so that it could form the front of a greeting card – so could stand up on a table -  and still be opened easily.

Here’s the tutorial-


If you want the cutting/scoring diagram, then here it is!

If you’ve not discovered the joys of embossing folders yet, why not have a look at those on offer in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue?  There’s a link at the bottom of this page – or if you would like a “real” copy, get in touch and I’ll let you know how to get one.

Thanks for visiting,

Keep Crafting,

Keren

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Coastal Living

Hello, and welcome.

I don't know how it is where you live, but here in South Wales the weather can be a bit - well, unpredictable.  We hope for sunny days in the summer months, but we often don't get them.  This year, however, we've had some warm weather, and so everyone heads for the beach.

I'm so lucky to live within walking distance of this!

 I've been inspired to make some projects with a sea-side theme - including today's sweet little box.

It holds two Yankee Candle tealights - the fragrance is called Coastal Living, so it's very appropriate, don't you think?  - and they are an almost perfect colour match to Mint Macaron.  I was so pleased when Mint Macaron returned in the Colour Revamp.  I did miss it when it retired.

I'm also loving the Under the Sea framelits  which I've used to decorate my box - and I promise you you're going to see me using them again very soon, because it seems that my crafting mojo is enjoying sunning itself on the beach and sending me wish-you-were-here postcards!

Here's the tutorial - 



And here's the cutting/scoring diagram.

I do hope you enjoyed the tutorial and wherever you are or whatever the weather, keep crafting!

Crafty Hugs,

Keren

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

High Tide

Hello and welcome!


Today I've been trying my hand at stamping on a different surface.   I'll be quite honest, it was a bit of an experiment, stamping directly on to wood, but I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!



The idea I had was to make something that looked like pyrography on driftwood - I don't know if I succeeded but I like the effect anyway!   All the inks I used on the panel (which is made of large lolly sticks) are water-based.  To mask off the lighthouse, I used artist's masking fluid because I wanted to make sure that, when I blended the colours the water wouldn't get where I didn't want it.  I wasn't sure that I'd be able to get it off again - but as you can see, it all worked out OK.




I am so please that these stamps carried over into the new annual catalogue.  If you've followed this blog, you're probably aware that I live by the sea (yes, I do know how lucky I am!) and my husband loves seaside-themed items, so with Father's day coming up, this one is going to be for him (from the cat, of course!)    

And now I've started with the seaside theme, I've got a few more ideas bubbling up in my brain, so please do come back and see how they work out!

Ta-ta for now!

Keep crafting,

Keren






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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Elegant Box - Part 2




Hello, and welcome!  

Last time I shared a tutorial on making this rather elegant box and promised I'd show you what was inside - and so here it is!

I made a pair of earrings from embellishments left over from the Spring catalogue (I keep my left over embellies for that reason - SU's quality is so good, they make great jewellery!).  The pop-up section could easily be adapted to display a pendant or a pin.

Here's the tutorial - 

See you again soon

Crafty Hugs,

Keren

PS Have you seen the colour revamp yet? 

Wouldn't this box look amazing in one of the new colours?  Do you have a favourite?  I'm so happy to see Coastal Cabana and Blackberry Bliss return! Let me know which you like best!



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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Elegant Box - Part 1

Hello, and welcome!

Today's project is part one of two.  This time I'm showing how I've made this lidded box.  

It's made in two parts which are then joined together, which makes it quite sturdy.  

Here's the cutting/scoring diagram.
Here's the tutorial - 



What's inside?  Come back soon to find out!

Keep crafting,

Keren


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Saturday, 2 June 2018

InspireINK - Carnival!

Hello and welcome to my bit of the latest InspireINK Blog Hop!

This time the theme is - 




When I was a child, my parents would take my sister and me to the seaside towards the end of the summer season.  After doing all the usual things you do at the funfair, the evening ended with a fireworks display.  It was one of the highlights of the year for me, so when I think funfair, I think fireworks.  And when I saw the Birthday Backgrounds stamps in the new catalogue, I thought of fireworks. 

I made this card using the "Joseph's Coat" technique (check out my YouTube channel in the next few days for a tutorial) 



Time to continue the blog hop now, so if you wouldn't mind proceeding in an orderly fashion to Anna's blog...


Thanks for visiting!

Keep crafting,

Keren


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