Saturday, 23 June 2018

InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card

Nigezza Creates aka Gez, Independent Stampin' Up® Demonstrator




Hi and thank you for doing me today for this blog hop. The theme for this one is Milestone Birthdays and was set by me. I had 2 big birthdays to make cards for so that was what gave me the idea for the theme. We were all a bit worried as we can no longer use the large number dies as we have to use current products so it was going to be a challenge!



Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card


I love exploding box cards, they make such a statement. I have made many of these for special occasions like weddings and big birthdays. This one is for an 18th Birthday. 

Measurements and Materials

  • Card size when collapsed 7" x 5"
  • One sheet of Tranquil Tide card stock 
  • Score on the long side @ 2 1/2" - 5" - 7 1/2" - 10"
  • Score on the short side @ 4"
  • Trim the card stock down to 7" x 10 1/2"
  • The long strip will be cut in half and then 4 strips will be made 
  • The strip will be trimmed to 1/2" either side of the score lines
  • This will make 4 supports that will be stuck across the box which is what the decorations will be attached to.
  • 1/4" strips of Tranquil Tide cardstock were cut to stick the balloons and beer bottles to
  • I used Tranquil Textures for the mats to decorate the box
  • 4 for the bottom of the box - 3 3/4" x 2 1/4"
  • 6 for the top flaps - 2 3/4" x 2 1/4"
  • For the back of the box I used Whisper White Cardstock, one on the back to write your message and one on the inside to decorate, they also add strength to the box
  • Whisper White crd stock 6 3/4" x 2 1/4"
  • I used 
  • Bottles & Bubbles Framelits 
  • Bubble Over stamp set
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous 
  • Balloon Bouquet Punch
  • Balloon Celebration Stamp Set
  • 3/4" circle punch
  • Tranquil Tide Ink
  • Soft Sued Ink
  • Mint Macaron Ink
  • Pick a Pennant Stamp Set

Ready for the close ups!


Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card

Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card

Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card

Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card

Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card

Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card

Nigezza Creates InspireINK Blog Hop: Exploding 18th Birthday Card


I hope you liked this project, if you pop back again tomorrow I will be sharing the video tutorial that shows exactly how I made this. I will also be back again on Tuesday with another project :-) 

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See you 

Gez xxx



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    Nigezza Creates aka Gez, Independent Stampin' Up® Demonstrator


    Nigezza Creates

    Hi everyone and welcome to my blog - I know there are 2 blog posts today, I am so busy! 

    This post is to show off everyone in the Facebook Group Stampin For All who have joined in the challenge this week. The theme was Frame Home Decor. I made this to inspire. People could make a frame or decorate one they bought it was up to them.

    Nigezza Creates Shadow box frame

    I have another blog post that shows how I made this project and a link to the video tutorial is also available. Click here for that blog post

    Projects by group members 

    This first example was make by Victoria Littlewood. Love this,  so stunning.



    This next project was made by Elaine Spencer. This shows how different something looks when different papers are used. Love it.



    Lorraine Turner has made this project, as a Stampin Up demonstrator I just love this apron, its not a set I have but just love how it looks like my work apron. Absolutely brilliant.



    This next frame was made by Debbie Harper. I love the colours in this one and how the frame has been lined. Just stunning.



    Elaine Spencer has done another project, this one is a little Christmas Decoration, I love this, I can see me doing something very similar to this, maybe not in June though! lol



    Thank you to everyone who had a go at this challenge. There will be another one set on Monday by another member of the Design Team. Please pop over and have a look :-)

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    See you tomorrow for another tutorial

    Gez xxx

    Thursday, 21 June 2018

    Stampin' Up!® On Stage Make & Take: Graceful Glass Suite

    Nigezza Creates aka Gez, Independent Stampin' Up® Demonstrator

    Thank you for joining me today. I thought the best way to show case some of the amazing suites in the new catalogue was to share the make and takes I did at On Stage. On Stage is a fabulous event that happens twice. year to launch the Annual catalogue and the Spring summer catalogue. It is also a time when Stampin' Up! recognises demonstrators achievements. We all get a chance to see the catalogue almost 2 months early and also able to order from it. We also get lots of freebies as well as a chance to make some awesome cards. Here is one I made wth the Graceful Glass Suite - this Velum paper is totally gorgeous - I think I need to find a better technique for sticking it to the card though!


    Video Tutorial 


    Measurements & Materials



    Time for the close ups

    Stampin' Up!® On Stage Make & Take: Graceful Glass Suite

    Stampin' Up!® On Stage Make & Take: Graceful Glass Suite

    Stampin' Up!® On Stage Make & Take: Graceful Glass Suite


    I hope you have enjoyed this project and seeing this beautiful suite. I will be back on Thursday with the last of the Make & Takes from On Stage, I do hope you will join for that. If you want to make sure you do not miss any of my post be sure to subscribe to my blog :-) 


    See you then

    Gez xxx

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    Monday, 18 June 2018

    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge

    Nigezza Creates aka Gez, Independent Stampin' Up® Demonstrator

    Hi and thank you for joining me today. I am doing my Tuesday project a day early to coincide with the Design Team Challenge over on the Facebook group #stampinforall run by Amanda Charlseworth,  Srimping Mommy. 

    Each Monday one of the design team members makes a project and shares the theme with the group and members are invited to make their versions and we then do a blog on the following Saturday to showcase what everyone has made. The theme for this challenge was Frame/Home decor


    Shadow box frame hanging home decor by Nigezza creates


    I have decided to share my tutorial and instructions for making this project first because some people may have never come across a tutorial for making these shadow box frames and I wanted to save everyone the trouble of watching loads of tutorials to get the method. To prepare for this I did watch loads of tutorials, there are different ways people make these frames and this is the way I found easiest. It is very easy to resize the frames and I will explain that here. 

    I made this frame for my son who recently bought his first house and I wanted to make something a bit more special that a new home card. I wanted something that he could use as a piece of home decor so it was the perfect project for the Design Team Challenge as that was the theme.

    Video Tutorial


    I have tried really hard to write the instructions, but you may find it easier to watch the video through first before you make your first one. Click below to watch the tutorial :-)



    Measurements and Materials


    • 4 sheets of 6x6 paper
    • I used the new In Colour 6x6 paper packs
    • Each frame is made in exactly the same way and the principle can be used on any size square or rectangle. 
    • I made my frames with a 3/8" frame, this size can be changed  easily and the same process of scoring applied
    • My frames measure 3" x 3" when made up
    • The internal measurement is 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"


    Scoring and Sticking the Frame


    • Score @ 3/8" - 3/4" - 1 1/8" - 1 1/2"
    • Repeat on all 4 sides
    • On 2 sides opposite each other do 2 more score line @ 1 7/8" - 4 1/8"
    • Score down to the second score line and then STOP
    • Now cut off all 4 corners where the score line across and you have a grid
    • I have saved these squares and intend to use then on another project!
    • Now cut down the 4 score lines you made
    • When you get to the second score line cut diagonally to meet the score line on the adjacent corner
    • Repeat for all four corners
    • Fold and burnish all score lines
    • Put what ever strong adhesive you like on the outer edge of the frame (on the wrong side) starting with the two sides that are not trimmed down
    • Fold the glued edge at the second score line (glue side facing up)
    • Now fold over again so it doubles over
    • The edge will now be stuck in place
    • Fold back and forth and burnish again
    • The edge should now stand up in a square 
    • Repeat on the opposite edge
    • It is slightly different for the cut edge
    • Apply adhesive to the wrong side as before 
    • Fold over just the glued edge to the right side
    • Fold at the third score line
    • Slightly flatten the side so that they will fit under the mitered edge
    • Repeat for other side
    • Use a glue dot to hold in place
    • For larger frames you can apply adhesive to the diagonal edge before you fold up
    • The video tutorial demonstrates this for you is you have difficulty following the written instructions. 


    Template

    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge


    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge

    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge

    How to resize your frame


    When working out what size frame you need you have to consider the size of the folded frame edge. What ever size you want for this you will end up with an overall frame size that is that measurement x8 smaller on each side.


    • 6" x 6" paper size with a 3/8" frame edge
    • 8 x 3/8 = 3
    • So frame is 3" x 3"
    • 12" x 12" paper size with 1/2" frame edge
    • 8 x 1/4 = 4
    • So frame size is 8" x 8"

    To work out the internal size of the frame you multiply the frame edge by 10 because it has 4 edges and is then folded in one more time.


    • 6" x 6" paper size with a 3/8" frame edge
    • 10 x 3/8 = 3 3/4
    • So internal frame is 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"
    • 12" x 12" paper size with 1/2" frame edge
    • 10 x 1/2 = 5
    • So internal frame size is 7" x 7"

    I hope that makes sense!


    You can of course use a piece of paper that is a rectangle and the principal is the same.

    • 12" x 10 1/2" paper size with 1/2" frame edge
    • External frame size is 8" x 6 1/2"
    • 8 x 1/2 = 4
    • 12-4 = 8 
    • 10 1/2 - 4 = 6 1/2
    • Internal frame size is 7" x 5 1/2"
    • 10 x 1/2 = 5
    • 12 - 5 = 7
    • 10 1/2 - 5 = 5 1/2

    The extra 2 score lines you add for the cutting line is always the same distance away from the last score line as the frame edge. So if it is 1/2" then you score 1/2" after the last score line of the first 4 you score and 1/2 BEFORE the next 4 lines you score. ONLY SCORE TO THE SECOND SCORE LINE.


    Sticking the frames together


    • I used some chip board, I recycle backs of writing pads, the cardboard that comes with some paper packs, you can buy chipboard but I have never had to with being a teacher I have endless supplies of A4 note pads and my students know I use the backs of them!
    • I cut a strip 2" x 12" - if you only have a back of a writing pad then it would still work, I used the chipboard that came with the Glimmer paper
    • I stuck the first frame with the bottom edge to the bottom of the strip and the left side to the left side of the strip
    • I then stuck the next frame with the top edge to the tope of the strip and stuck the sides of the frames together 
    • The next frame was stuck with the bottom edge to the bottom of the strip and edges again glues to the the frame
    • The final frames top edge was stuck to the top of the strip 
    • This ensured that the frames were evenly adhered 
    • I then stuck some ribbon to the back of the chip board for hanging the frames up
    • I used the Whisper White fine ribbon
    • I then cut some white card to cover this and gave me something I could write on
    • I used the stiff white card that comes with a paper pack - hate to waste anything!


    Decorating the frames


    • I used the large letter dies to spell HOME
    • The letter fit perfectly into these frames
    • I stuck to the sea colours and used the opposite colour in each frame
    • I then used different stamp and die sets to cut out, beer bottles, thumbs up, drinks glasses, balloons and the words Amazing and Celebrate

    Time for some close ups! 



    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge


    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge

    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge


    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge


    Home Decor Shadow Frame using Stampin' Up!® Products for #stampinforall Design Team Challenge

    I am really pleased with how it has turned out and plan to make more of these for children's bedrooms with their names on.

    Stampin' For All Facebook Group


    I do hope you liked this project and will make some frames for yourself. Please go to the #stampingforall FaceBook group and join in with the challenge. You can make any type of frame, you can do just one you do not have to make multiple to join together. I will be blogging about everyones contributions on Saturday, and featuring pictures of everyones makes, so please join in. They are actually really easy to do once you have made one. I made about 8 in one evening in front of the TV!

    Click here to go to the group





    Nigezza Creates for Design Team Stampin For All


    I will not be doing my normal Tuesday tutorial as I have done it today instead, so I will be back on Thursday with another blog and video tutorial. Until then have fun :-)

    Gez xxx

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