Monday, September 17, 2018

Tin Tile Christmas

Hello everyone.  

I hope you had a great weekend.  I spent mine celebrating my birthday and wedding anniversary.  My husband and I had a lovely meal together.  We visit the same restaurant every year as its the place where my husband had his last meal before getting married.  

The night before our wedding I went to another restaurant with my family but as a couple we prefer the same one and they make fantastic pizza.

I recently received the gorgeous Tin Tile embossing folder from Stampin' Up!  I love it.
The detail is just amazing.

Its a Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which means it has lots of lovely dimension with different layers of embossing.  You will find that these are a lot thicker than regular embossing folders but work great in most die cutting machines.

I decided to mix a little new Christmas with a little from the annual catalogue.

I started with a piece of kraft card stock and placed this through my die cutting machine with the tin tile embossing folder.

Next I very lightly pressed my versamark ink pad all over the surface.  I added some gold embossing powder and heat set this.

Next I cut an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Die Set and added the sentiment from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

I added this to my card using some foam squares.

I then cut the trees and the very cute deer using the Card Front Builder framelits dies from last years Christmas catalogue but you can easily do this with any of the tree dies now available and added these also using foam squares.

The card came together very quickly and I just love the embossing folder.  Its a great addition to your stash as you can use it for all kinds of occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today and please check me out on Facebook and Instagram.  Just click the links down the side.

Please pop over to the Stampin up Website for more details and when placing an order please add me (Dawn Barwick), country (France), address (St Hernin) as your demonstrator

Just a little update:

The clearance rack has now been update and there are lots of lovely craft goodies at reduced prices.  Head over there NOW to check them out.

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Friday, September 14, 2018


Happy Friday.

Its been a hard week for my children.  Both have been off school with colds.  They haven't been back long either.  Then every morning I drop off my youngest he cries and wants to say with me.  It breaks my heart when I have to leave him.  The teacher always tells me that a few minutes after I have gone he stops which makes me feel a little better.

So lets get to this weeks challenge from Daring Cardmakers.

Ruth is our lovely host this week and its all about embossing.  So Lets see some embossing techniques on your cards.

I used an embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Pinewood Planks.  I coloured the surface of the embossing folder with ink first.  I then placed a piece of white card stock inside and ran this through my die cutting machine.  The ink creates this lovely effect. 

I then created a little wreath for my card using the tiny leaf stamp from the Lovely As A Tree set and added a little cockerel from the Wood Words stamp set both available from Stampin' Up!

I the heat embossed the little sentiment banner in gold.

I love this card so much and thought I would create a simple Christmas card.

This time I stamped the fir cone from the Lovely As A Tree onto a piece of white card stock and then ran this through my die cutting machine use the Pine Wood Planks folder.  I also added a few little red gems as its a Christmas card.

I then added a sentiment banner using the stamp set from Stampin' Up! called Making Christmas Bright.

I made both cards in a similar design but one for each of the upcoming seasons.

Please stop by the blog over at Daring Cardmakers to see how they used embossing on their creations this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bokeh Effect

Hello Everyone.

I am a little late posting this as I have had my children off school poorly and then every Wednesday in France the children don't have school.  

For todays project I wanted to try out the Bokeh effect.


In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

I have only tried this technique once and at the time I had no white ink and I ended up using bleach and a cotton bud to pull the ink off the paper.

So to create this effect I inked up a square of white card stock using different shades of green.

I then made a stencil by punching different size circles into some window sheet.  I then placed this over the area where I wanted the circles to be and inked through the stencil with white ink to create the Bokeh effect.

Next I used the Follow Your Dreams Bundle and stamped the dream catcher in black and added the details with the flowers and feathers.

I then die cut the word dream in black card stock and added the stamped word in black ink.

I love the effect of this card and I must try and make it in other colours.  I am not sure why I picked green but I love it with the black.

Thanks for stopping by today and please check me out on Facebook and Instagram.  Just click the links down the side.

Please pop over to the Stampin up Website for more details and when placing an order please add me (Dawn Barwick), country (France), address (St Hernin) as your demonstrator

Don't forget during the month of September if you host a party and your party sales reach 275 euros/£200 you will receive an exclusive designer series paper pack called Dashing Along.

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