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Hi friends, I hope you are having a great week. The card I am presenting today is very delicate and feminine and it is ridiculously easy to make!

The card base is made out of a sheet of vellum and then "reinforced" with the thin frame so that it's not going to bend when standing upright.

For writing a message I would suggest using a white pen or a white pencil - besides being unusual it is also not going to be too visible (again, in a standing position of a card).


To create a background and floral embellishments I have used my favorite one-of-a-kind Gummiapan dies and added a hint of pink to the flower shapes.


Watch the video tutorial below for a step by step guide on how to create this card!

A Hint of Pink - YouTube

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have found some inspiration. See you again next time!

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Hi guys, I'm here today to show you the fantastic 3D chipboard Bird House by Laserowe Love  from Swedish House Crafts, as you know I love Chipboards!!!!
Suha has some gorgeous chipboards in the online store and they can be altered in many ways, on this post I'm going to show you how I decorated mine with a photo tutorial,

Above is my finished Bird House. I wanted some added interest and soft colouring, so I added some more chip board, stenciling, stamping and a few of my hand made Foamiran flowers too,

Tutorial:


Take all the pieces except the scalloped roof edges out of the packaging carefully, cutting the little tabs holding them in place.


I chose to use Distress Inks for my chipboard in three colours. Using a large brush I made circular movement to add some Scattered straw randomly here and there on each piece.


Here it's hard to see, but I softened it with some Antique Linen distress ink, using my brush the same way.


Here I have also added some Peeled paint distress ink too. You can go over as many times as you like till you get the desired look you wish, but try to keep the colours separate.


On the Base I only coloured the outer edges, leaving the very centre uncoloured, as you will not see this part when the Bird House is attached on top.


Colour the roof sections in the same way, then cut them out of their base pieces. This way the delicate lines of the chip board don't get damaged when colouring them, and it's easier to do too.


When I'd finished colouring the pieces I wanted to add a little interest to some of the sections of the Bird House. So I took a Gummiapan bricks stamp and a Versa Mark pad then randomly stamped onto the sections of the house where I wanted it. Then I added some white embossing powder over the top, shook off the excess, then heat dried it with my heat tool. Try to do this quickly and if the chipboard warps a little, place it upside down under a heavy book for a while, it will straighten the chip board out again.


This is the effect you're after.


To give added interest on the side panels I took a mask I had in my stash and stenciled some structure paste through it.


Take the mask off carefully and let it air dry.


For the chipboard heart that came with the Bird House I simply dabbed some of the structure paste onto it with a foam dauber, this creates texture.


This is the assembled Bird House onto which I have added a couple of  Laserowe Bricks here and there too. I kept these in their natural colour.


As you can see the bricks have interest without adding too much depth. I love the effect the dabbed structure paste on the heart gives.


Here's another closer view of the brick effect.


I wanted some hand made Foamiran flowers on my Bird House, so I cut some flower shapes out using a Gummiapan flower die from Swedish house Crafts. Onto the cut shapes I added some Memento ink, I added the colour by using a slightly damp wet wipe, this helped spread the quick drying ink and softened the colour slightly too. I then went over with a darker colour on the edges of the petals using the same technique. 


After colouring them I scrunched and twisted each petal in turn on the edges only so as to get the above effect. I then made a hole in the middle of each flower and added some stamens through, gluing them in place behind the flower.


I used some feathers from my stash and this cute bird that I hot glued onto the perch. Then when fully dry I added some of the Foamiran flowers along the side of the Heart. I then used another couple of different Foamiran flowers underneath the Bird too.


I finished the base of my Bird House off with some more feathers, Foamiran flowers and another piece of Laserowe Love chipboard too which I coloured in with some of the Peeled paint Distress ink.


I decorated the roof sections by randomly placing a Jute Die cut by Magnolia here and there, some cheesecloth and natural fibers randomly placed over this, then some more hand made Foamiran flowers glued on top too.


This is the other side view. I love how nature is wild and untamed and that's the look I was after for the roof of my Bird Box.


This is the view as seen from above, I really hope I've inspired you to have a go yourself, if you do let me know and I will take a look.

Links to products I used:
Laserowe Love Chipboard - Easter Twigs ( yes they can be used for more then Easter)

As you may already know we are Celebrating our one year Anniversary of being on Suha's fabulous Swedish house Crafts Design Team. Suha wants you all to join us in the celebration by linking any creations of yours if you wish to show us, if you love Foamiran as I do you can leave us a link with your makes for those as well, we will then come and take a look at your work and leave some love!!! go to the link below for more details

 #1specianity Link up your make for June Celebration to be seen..



Happy Crafting!!!
Hugs Liz xx

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It has been slow this week. I know we are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. Well I know now we love the sun more than blogging now. But I am happy it rained yesterday because my plants were suffering the heat.

In this post you will know more about how some of the SHC design team made it. Also they are giving us valuable advice on what you need to know to become a design team member and maintain a balanced life.

Lynn has been blogging since 2009.  She's been published in various magazines over the years but more recent Craft Stamper Magazine twice this year already! Isn't that amazing?! 

She's been a DT on several companies before but now she's only with SHC. Lynn is our DT Team Leader and Coordinator. She prepares the schedule for all of us, makes sure we are on time, correct our language and trust me, she finds the mistakes! Sometimes we make her job impossible lol but still she tolerates us! 

Her advice to you: "As the DT Lead, I have the role to sometimes remind people for posts! Help you DT Lead and be ready with spare cards too.

You see what I mean? lol! Sorry Lynn, we are a pain sometimes!!


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 Liz has been blogging since 2009. She loves most working with foamiran at the moment, as you can do so many different flowers and creations with it. She was published in Making Cards Magazine before too. Currently she's on My Besties Shabby Chic but she has a history full of DT's. Liz is a pioneer DT member on SHC team and hoping years to come.

Her advice to you: "Be on time with your projects, good clear photography, help where you can, ask questions if you don't understand, usually the DT coordinator or owner plus other team members will help. B friendly and you will get a lot of joy being a member of the DT. Have fun!!!! lol!!"

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This week we still had little entries but I loved the makes! 

I loved Sharon's work even none of them are sold at SHC.. that doesn't affect my choice. I love many brands and I also buy from almost all shops and I hope you also do support other small business like us.




the numbers between 13 and 19 are the new entries for week 2.
I hope next week will be more bloggers to enter, since it's been raining a bit :).





Number 16 is the winner:
You will receive a secret pack in your mail from Swedish House Crafts.
Please email your address to:
hello@swedishhousecrafts.co.uk
within 7 days to claim.


Last thing to say after this long post. I am so happy to see new blogs and faces. Encourage your friends to submit their blogs as that will help them to get seen too. 

See you next week with a new winner and some amazing makers!!! 

Cheers from Suha!

You can leave your links for next week too here:


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Hello, friends! It's Nancy back today with a new project share! 

Living on the Prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada, I do not have many opportunities to see the ocean. I am a big fan of all things nautical, and love to dream of when I will travel to the coast again. I remember seeing my first lighthouse when I was about 10 years old...several years ago! lol I've loved them ever since! I really enjoyed creating this card, and combining this lovely paper, chipboard, and sentiment!


Of course, the sentiment can apply to us here in Saskatchewan too, as we do have the Sun and the Moon! lol Isn't it a fun stamp? It would work on so many Summer projects, wouldn't it? I stamped it on white cardstock using some red ink. Then cut it out with this wonderful Gummiapan die. I love this set of dies. They can be layered as circles, or they can create wonderful frames, as I did with the red star piece. 


The lovely lighthouse chipboard comes in a set of six seashore themed pieces. I coloured it with the same ink that I used to stamp the sentiment, before adhering it in place on the card. Finally, I added some random red pearls from my stash.


If you're lucky enough to live by the ocean, I am very happy for you! For those of us that don't, I wish us sweet dreams! We'll continue to enjoy creating fun nautical projects instead! 

Suha is having a wonderful celebration during the month of June. Please visit Suha's post HERE for a video where she explains all about it. Everyone is invited to join the party. we are all being celebrated no matter what you make.

Suha would love for you to share your makes with us so she and us DT peeps can pop in and see your wonderful creations. All you need to do is write a short post with your make and then link on your post HERE so we can come visit you.

Suha has made a hashtag you can use if you post on social media. She had made it especially to show that we are 'One Special Community' and she will keeping watch for you using it, and here it is...

#1SPECIANITY

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Come visit me at The Nickel Nook anytime! :o)

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Hello! Here I am not a new tutorial ... ready to create, step by step, with me, a new card ???


To realize our Stop Baby we need:

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Hello, everyone!

Donna here with something that's a bit different from me! A card that isn't overloaded. It started off well, and then I wish that I'd overloaded it after all. 

I used a couple of the new Laserowe chipboard pieces, and a selection of Maja Design Celebration
6" x 6" papers to make my card. The Doohickey dragonfly is from my stash! The number 50 has been die cut using Gummiapan anniversary numbers set.

Links to the products can be found at the end of my post.


I trimmed a piece of the chipboard Damask square background and attached it to the card. I secured the chipboard Dentelle doily above it. I adhered the metal antique luxury ornament flower on top of the doily and adhered a purple moonrock gem in the centre of the flower ornament from my stash.

I handmade the flowers using Gummiapan flowers - 3 dies, and inserted some stamens into the centres. I used Gummiapan twig pointy leaves, and little twigs dies to cut the foliage and position them underneath the arrangement.


A closer look at the new Roxstamps congrats sentiment die cut.


Inside the card is decorated to complement the front.

And more excitingly, as you know Suha is having a wonderful celebration during the month of June. Please pop in on Suha's post HERE for a video where she explains all about it. Everyone is invited to join the party. we are all being celebrated no matter what you make.

And even more special is that Suha would love for you to share your makes with us so she and us DT peeps can pop in and see your wonderful creations. All you need to do is write a short post with your make and then link on your post HERE so we can come visit you. I cannot wait to pop in on you all!

Suha has even thought of a fantastic hashtag you can use if you post on any social media you use. She had made it especially to show that we are 'One Special Community' and she will keeping a special eye out for you using it, and here it is...

#1SPECIANITY

Thank you for stopping by today!

You can find my blog HERE

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Hello crafty friends, 

The black and white card I have made today has a lot of texture and some interesting elements, but at the same time it is really easy to make, it suits nearly any occasion and it's good for both men and women. 


I used my favorite flower dies by Gummiapan to embellish a wreath (also by Gummiapan). I just love their doodle like design! 


Watch the video tutorial below for more details on how to create this card:

Scene in a Wreath - YouTube

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and got inspired. Have a great week!

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Morning everyone, Becky here with you today, a day later than I was supposed to be here. A big thank you to Lou for taking over my spot for me yesterday. I have decided to make a card with the gorgeous chipboards that Suha now has in her store.

I have embossed a LARGE STENCILED BUTTERFLY and added lots of stick on pearls too. I have used two of the GUMMIAPAN SCALLOPED CIRCLES NESTING DIES and given them some depth by using corrugated card between them.


The paper from the circles is from Maja Designs DENIM & FRIENDS 6X6 PAPER PAD and the background DP is both sides of HEARTBREAKER which is a 12x12 sheet from the same collection and is currently on sale.


The CONGRATS DIE is by Roxstamps and I've cut it out with the same dp collection.


I have used 5 CHIPBOARD BUTTERFLIES and stained them with a bit of DI ink by quickly tapping them on the ink pad and then added some glitter on there too.


And my arty shot to see how it has been built up.

Remember Suha is having a wonderful celebration during the month of June. We already had one winner. 

Suha would love for you to share your makes with us so she and us DT peeps can pop in and see your wonderful creations. All you need to do is write a short post with your make and then link on your post HERE so we can come visit you. I cannot wait to pop in on you all!

Don't forget to use the hashtag Suha made specially to show that we are 'One Special Community' and she will be keeping a special eye out for you using it, and here it is...

#1SPECIANITY

Thanks for dropping by,

Hugs,

Becky xx

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Morning everyone,

It's Lou in for you today with a make just perfect for Father's Day which is fast approaching us now.

Fixer Upper Edwin is just the sweetest little stamp to help you along with those slightly harder to make for males! and I ADORE him. I thought a little notebook for Dads' to jot down bits and bobs would make a really lovely father's day gift so using a little mini notepad bought from the shop, I got to work. You just need to gently remove the front cover and replace it with a piece of kraft card stock. I allow 1/2cm for the "spine" of the notebook width and then a good 1.5cm to go down the back of the notebook so the front is secure. Once that's done, you are ready to decorate it!


I stamped Edwin out on some normal colouring cardstock and then onto some papers from my paper scrap box (the little pieces I find in there from my stash of used bits were just perfect for a little notebook altering!). Then it was time to colour up and have some fun paper piecing his hat and shirt to match! so cute!!


And how fabulous are the little screws and bolts in the Fixer Upper Painting brush, Hardware & Hammer dies set? I think they are just magic. They would be just perfect for a shaker card too you know! Just imagine those little screws and bolts floating around!!



Links to Products I used: 

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What a wonderful week it's been with warm weather still on, it did affect plants but still a precious sun and warmth tanned us pretty!

In this post you will know more about how some of the SHC design team made it. Also they are giving us valuable advice on what you need to know to become a design team member and maintain a balanced life. Further, I have picked some of my favourites from the submitted blogs and finally the WINNER of this week's GIVEAWAY. Let's start



Laurigami has started blogging only in 2013? Now she's part of the Besties Shabby Chic who will release their own magazine soon. She's one of the first DTs to join SHC but she's also with Paper Nest Dolls.

Her advice to you: "I thought at first that it was good to have a lot of DT's, but this is a mistake. As we meet deadlines so we are obliged to put a aside  family time to make our cards . I see full call DT but only 3 would happy if one day, I'm caught in their DT. I am proud to be part of the 3 DT's that I currently have. It can't be part of a DT only to have free products but we must already love the products beforehand and be proud to represent the brand"

Some of her favourite own makes:



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Donna has started blogging since 2012, she's been busy since with wonderful makes. She is published in Simply Cards & Papercrafts before joining SHC and Making Cards Magazines featuring SHC Roxstamps and Gummiapan. She's, like Laurigami, a pioneer to DT member for SHC.

Her advice you: "Work as a team and communicate with each other. Be respectful to other team members. Focus on what projects you are going to make every month in advance and ensure that your projects are in on time. Make an extra in case another team member is unable to reach the deadline."
These were featured in magazines:

Some of her favourite makes: 




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Lou has been a blogger the last 10 years! She know what should be done..When I asked her what is her favourite make ever, she said she loves them all, so hard to choose, but I would say, she is innovative and loves integrated and 3D cards.

She was published in few magazines: Simply Cards and Papercrafts, Die-Cutting Essentials and Making Cards Magazine, but she prefers to swing her wings and fly free in the craft world and landed finally on our twigs (did rhyme, ha!).
Well, Lou is not just with SHC, she is a lead DT at Tiddly Inks and Mo's Digital Pencil. She was a Lead DT for Saturated Canary before too, so she really knows how to advise you, take it and use it!

Her advice to you: "...DT peeps-Be prepared! Always look after your team mates, being on a DT is a magic thing but life happens too and you need to support each other through that. Enjoy making!"

She loves everything but I have chosen some of her works for us which are a bit different:

 













Now you know a bit about some of the team, this week there has been 12 blogs submitted, I am not sure I should say, thank God, that was less work for me or I say wow, you're not interested  to show off your work!! But at the end I remember it is sunny and lovely out! Let's hope for some rain then lol!

Thank you so much for those who left their blogs for the week, if you haven't visited them yet, here is the link to the Celebration Post.

It is hard to pick because most of those were different levels and everyone has a different style. But those I am showing here are ones I never met before and they have their own character. Here they are in random order:
Niharika Expressions:
Sounds like a specialist in scrapbooking albums. Her work is very clean finish. I loved it, thank you so much for sharing. She also videos them for us..,here is one of her makes that I liked: 
Heaven Sent Baby Album - YouTube

Laura is out in the Craft Shed:
Easy to spot her Magnolia spirit along the blog, but she's taking it to another level, check out her blog, the latest make of hers is wedding related and you'll love it. Nope not spoiling it, check it out for yourself, but here is her Get Well make for us:



Linda Simpson Designs:
So here is what you need to know... she's expert. Her video tutorials take you step by step, so don't miss them if you are looking for how, why, when and how again!! Linda has it all in her youtube channel and her blog. Here is one of her tutorials:

Card Making for Beginners - YouTube

Honourable Mentions of the week!
WooHoo... Stars have popped in... guess who??!!

Suzi Mac

and

Diana DeeDee


Thank you so much Suzi and Diana for joining us!

If you don't know them, they are Magnolia icons and we are all their fans.

WEEK #1 GIVEAWAY
I used Google number generator, just write number generator in the search engine and this will come up as in the video which is screen recording actually. 



Number 4 is the winner:
You will receive a secret pack in your mail from Swedish House Crafts.
Please email your address to:
hello@swedishhousecrafts.co.uk
within 7 days to claim.


Last thing to say after this long post. I am so happy to see new blogs and faces. Encourage your friends to submit their blogs as that will help them to get seen too. 

If you'd like to join us, submit your link here.

See you next week with a new winner and some amazing makers!!! 

Cheers from Suha!



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