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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stampin' Up! Boxes and Bags 2018 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Crafty Cupcakes Team Stampin' Up! Blog Hop for March 2018. Each month members of the Team take part in our Team Blog Hop to share with you our cards and projects made using the fabulous Stampin' Up! products. You are currently visiting my blog, Jenny Dowding, and below you will see the full list of everyone taking part. To move to the next blog just click the name after mine in the list. This month our theme is Boxes and Bags.
 I have made an Easter basket.
 Thank you for visiting my blog today. 

The Team have worked really hard on our Blog Hop to bring you a variety of creativity and inspiration. Make sure you click the next name on the list to carry on through the Hop.

This Easter Basket is very simple to make and would be a fun way to get your children and grandkids involved.

Cut a 6" x6" square of card and score it at 2" and 4"on both sides. 

Cut up to the 2" line on both sides as shown. 

Fold the triangular piece up and then fold in alternate narrow pieces, starting with the middle ones.

 Staple it into place and trim off the top of the triangle. 

Cut a 6" x 1/2" strip for the handle and 2 x 1" circles to cover all the joins
Attach the handle with glue and add the 1" circle over the top of the joins.

 Add any decoration that you like and fill with sweets or chocolate eggs. 

I hope you have a go at making these really simple little baskets

Thank you once again for visiting my blog and taking part in our blog hop.  There are so many amazing ideas being shared by the Team you really don't want to miss any of it! Make sure you carry on hopping through the list to see everything there is. Remember that currently you are at my blog (enter name) so check the Blog Hop line up list above to see who is next.

Please leave a comment below if you like of dislike my blog

Happy Stampin'

Jenny x
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Playing with the new Brusho,

Hi Stampers

Over this weekend I have been playing with the new to Stampin'Up! Brusho Crystal Watercolour paints. 

The Brusho Crystals available from Stampin'Up! are a set of 5 colours; Brilliant Red, Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Gamboge (orange) and Yellow. The crystals activate when they are mixed with water and are VERY concentrated, so you will only need to use teeny, tiny amounts of crystals to get an explosion of colour. We suggest that you dont take the lids off, but instead poke a hole in the top of the lid and then block it off with a tack as I have done here.

It is easy to mix colours together to get a new colour as I have done to get the purple on the top right hand side.

Below are the cards that I have produced using the Brusho Crystals. At first I did not really like what effects I was getting, but as I put together the cards, I was hooked. I have used watercolour paper above, but you can use normal cardstock and I am off to try shimmer paper as I am told that it works beautifully.

Below I have added the link to a video made by Stampin'Up! for you to see. There are also many more YouTube videos online to look at

If you would like to purchase the Brusho Crystals, follow the "Shop Now" link at the top of this page to purchase from my shop.

I would love to hear what you think of these experiments and which card you like the best.

Happy Stampin'

Jenny x

Friday, 2 March 2018

How to make the Feb Fancy Fold card from the previous post - Weekend Blog

Hi fellow stampers. I have been asked for the instructions for the pretty fancy fold card that I made in my last post, so here are the instructions.

Card recipe

Soft Sky - 11 1/2" x 5 3/4" scored at 5 3/4"
Whisper White - 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2" and 5 1/82 x 5 1/8"
Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) - 5" x 5"
Window cut out with the largest scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Dies, save the cut outs
Scraps for the sentiment and bird
Silver Glimmer paper for the cut out heart

Fold and burnish your Soft Sky card
Fold and burnish the Whisper White card

Set the DSP onto the Whisper White 5x5 and then set it centrally on the front of the card and stabilize it with washi tape to keep it in place. Check with a ruler to make sure it is square

Cut through all layers with the 3 1/8" square Layering Squares Framelits die. I found that I was able to cut 2 layers and then reposition it on the dent marks for the third card layer

Using the cut edges as your template, glue these 3 layers together

Take the white cutout square and cut it down one size with the next smallest die

Stamp as desired on the white square and on the 3 parts of the insert. I have used the Petal Pallette stamp set and cut out the birds and flowers using the matching Framelit Dies.

Tip - I stamped with Memento Black ink as I coloured using the New Stampin' Blends.

 Tip - I use glue dots to hold my rubber stamps stable on the blocks for stamping

Now to assemble the card -

Cut 2 small pieces of card 3/4" x 2 1/2" scored approx 1/2 way across the longer side.
Apply glue to the back of the right hand 1/3 of your insert and set it down on your card so that the fold to the left is level with the centre of the card

Glue the small blue pieces to the back of the insert as shown.

Attach your birds and flower to the insert 

Close your card and apply glue to the white card that shows. Apply the front square as shown with the card closed to see where it sits correctly

 Bend the remaining strip back out of the way, apply glue to it and then stick them down once you have the front in the correct position 
(by closing the card)

This is how it will look inside the two layers

Well Done!

All you have to do now is add your sentiment and bird to the front. These are my two cards that I have made, both slightly different

I hope you have a go at making this card, yes it is a bit fiddly but it makes it all worth while when you are done, I hope I haven't been too long winded 

Please leave a comment below and you can purchase any of the products from my link at the top of this page

Happy Stampin'

Jenny x

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