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Trimming The Town Split-Panel Card

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Trimming The Town - Split Panel Card by Simone Bartrum

Welcome to this week’s project for The Spot Creative Challenge. Our challenge this time is to create a project using our favourite fun fold.

What an awesome theme!

I have a few fave fun folds, but my ultimate (at the moment lol) is the SPLIT PANEL CARD. I’ve shared a few of these in the past – and you can find a couple here in the portrait orientation.

For this card I decided to turn the card in its side – literally – and try a landscape version.

Trimming The Town - Split Panel Card by Simone Bartrum

The card base is Misty Moonlight cardstock, with the bottom and top panels 4cm high each.

The gap is joined by the house and tree, which were both cut from the Trimming The Town designer series paper using the coordinating Home Together dies.

To make them more sturdy I cut an extra piece from Misty Moonlight cardstock and adhered them together.

For a little bit of extra dimension, I cut an extra roof (from another house), scored along the roof lines and raised it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. For a giggle, I added a little piece of tissue paper poking out from between the chimney layers to look like smoke.

The sentiment was trimmed from an amazing sheet of paper from the same Trimming The Town pack. It has loads and loads of sentiments in different languages.

I cut out the English ones to use on projects and was totally blown away by the variety! One of these little sentiments were the perfect fit for my card.

And finally, to finish the card I did a little stamping and colouring with Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

Split Panel Card (inside)

In this photo above, you can see how backing the house and tree with cardstock (to make them more sturdy) had the added benefit of allowing them to blend in when the card is open.

So there you go! My favourite fun fold card. I hope you like it!


About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE:

Each week our Design Team of international creatives share projects based on a new challenge. It could be a sketch, a technique, a colour challenge or – as it is in this week – a theme challenge.

Each Tuesday at 9pm (Syd/Mel time) you’ll see a new challenge post on the challenge website (click to visit). You can play along, and if you want you can even enter your card in the weekly challenge by uploading your project (and you don’t even need a blog!).
A winner will be chosen each week.


Your Challenge

So now it’s your turn. Think of your favourite fun fold card and make it with different stamps or papers. When you’re finished, jump over to The Spot and upload a photo of your project. Have fun!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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Sketch Challenge [The Spot #125]

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Welcome to this week’s project for The Spot Creative Challenge. This week we have a sketch challenge!

If you ever find yourself stuck for inspiration, sketch challenges are fantastic. I highly recommend collecting a few different sketches and keeping them on hand for when you need that little idea to get you started on a new project.

I decided to mix things up by using the sketch to decorate the top of a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box!

The sides of the box use the brushed metallic gold paper. I wanted to tint it with Misty Moonlight ink, but of course the ink just rubbed off. My solution was to ‘distress’ the metallic paper with sandpaper to rough it up and expose some of the white core. Wiping it over with an inked sponge finished it off.

About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE:

Each week our Design Team of international creatives share projects based on a new challenge. It could be a sketch, a technique, a colour challenge or – as it is in this week – a theme challenge.

Each Tuesday at 9pm (Syd/Mel time) you’ll see a new challenge post on the challenge website (click to visit). You can play along, and if you want you can even enter your card in the weekly challenge by uploading your project (and you don’t even need a blog!).
A winner will be chosen each week.


Your Challenge

So now it’s your turn. Use the sketch that you see at the top of this post, and use it as inspiration for a project of your own. You don’t have to follow it exactly – for example, feel free to change the circle to a different shape. When you’re finished, jump over to The Spot and upload a photo of your project. Have fun!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119]

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Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119] Created by Simone Bartrum

Hi friends,

It’s great to be back again with The Spot Creative Challenge and this time it’s a colour challenge.

You can find the link to this week’s challenge page here.

Colour Combo [The Spot #119]

This week we were invited to use the colours Magenta Madness, Black, Gold and Pool Party.

Phew – That was a good challenge for me! Definitely got me out of my comfort zone.

Here is what I came up with:

Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119] created by Simone Bartrum

There’s a fair bit going on with this card, and it morphed into different versions along the way.

In the end, I settled on it being a large square card – 13.5cm x 13.5cm – on a Pool Party base.

Embossing Folders & Dies

One of the layers was dressed up with the Scripty embossing folder, the sentiment cut from the Well Written dies, the black frame from Ornate Layers and a tiny loop of Magenta ribbon.

The main die cut shape across the middle is from the Poppy Moments dies.

Such an unusual die!
It cuts out the negative pieces and leaves the shape intact on the card stock.

I cut a matching piece in gold foil and also Magenta Madness to layer behind it.

I added an Adhesive Sheet to the cardstock before die cutting. Let me tell you… it was a game changer!

Using Adhesive Sheets when die-cutting

That stuff is MAGIC.

You just need to peel off one side of the backing paper and attach it to your cardstock before die cutting. Instant sticker! Too easy.

And the cool thing is, you can’t tell in the picture above but the gold piece also had an adhesive sheet attached so I peeled that one off and layered into a third piece – in Magenta Madness. So fun.

Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119]

The result is something pretty unusual.

On certain angles you can mainly see the pink of the Magenta Madness cardstock as the dominant colour. Then you turn it on a different angle and all you can see is the shiny gold foil.

So cool!

Join the challenge

All you have to do is a make a project in these same colours, then jump over to the The Spot page to Challenge #119, scroll down and you’ll see where you can upload your project.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog or Instagram to link to, just click on the ‘add without link’ option and you can still share your photo. Remember that the photo will crop to a square, so keep that in mind when taking your photos.

Until next time…

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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