Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hello Friend!

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a simple and easy to make card for you - we all sometimes need this kind of cards, don't we?

I started by stamping My Favorite Things' Wavy Coloring Background onto a piece of watercolouring paper. I used my stamping tool for that because I wanted to stamp in multiple colours. For the ink I chose a watersoluble one and three shades of blue.
After I finished the stamping  I sprayed the background with water. In the area where I wanted to put the sentiment Iapplied more water and in the ather areas less. I love the effect that this created.

For the sentiment I die cut Mama Elephant's Hello Friend Script a few times from grey cardstock and stacked them up. Before I cut the top layer I added some Stick It to the paper. That way I could add some foil to my sentment in silver.

I stamped and heat embossed the cute little octopus from Lawn Fawn's Octopi My Heart three times onto vellum and fussy cut all of them- I added liquid glue to the lines on the backside of the images and adhered them to my card.

For the finishing touch I added some silver rhinestones as baubles to the octopus.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Hear me Rawr!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m ‘rawr’ing sweet nothings...

...using Lawn Fawn’s delightful Rawr mini set.

Another absolute knock-out mini set from Lawn Fawn. Incredibly affordable and beyond cute, what’s not to want?!

I started by stamping out my cute little dinosaur, colouring with Copics, and cutting out.
I then stamped out my background using a few little pieces from Lawn Fawn’s Life Is Good to build up a scene and, again, coloured with Copics creating a (or attempting to) soft blends around the edges.  I then took the little speech bubble from the Rawr set and lightly stamped it all across my background for a little added fun.

My sentiment is also from Rawr and is stamped directly onto my background and heat embossed.
I add a few little hearts to embellish and to add a contrast colour so it wasn’t all too ‘matchy-matchy’.
I matted onto colour card and there you have.

Quite a young fun simple card (hopefully) showing how one teeny little stamp set can still pack a punch!

As always everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


RAWR  Life is Good Image 1

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Lion Dance Chinese New Year Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Yesterday was Valentine's Day. If, like me, you don't buy in to that commercialised celebration of love, then you might be interested in something else that's happening tomorrow - Chinese New Year! I love all the displays of colour and the bright celebrations in the streets when Chinese New Year rolls around - and I still recall the story of how the years were assigned. I'm a Rooster, do you know what you are?

I wanted to put together a bright, celebratory card that brought to mind the street celebrations for the event, so the Mama Elephant Lion Dance stamp set seemed ideal:

I just love those lions! The've been illustrated so cutely!

I started by creating my background. I used a mini ink blending tool to just add circles of red and gold ink, then lightly blended some gold ink for my ground and over my background. Some splatters of mists and water helped add interest and also a touch of bokeh to the scene! I then heat embossed the little confetti pieces with gold embossing powder.

Next came all my images. I stamped them out and coloured with Copics (adding some shimmer with a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen), before carefully fussy cutting them out and adhering with dimensional glue gel.

Don't they all look like they're having a great time?

I'd love to hear what you think of this card. Is there someone you know who'd love to receive it? Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

It's a Wild Birthday!

I know it's Valentines day but I don't actually send any Valentines cards and my muse generally doesn't suit the pinks. Instead, I bring you a brightly coloured birthday card! I've had this set for a while and always pull it out for those birthdays where the recipient has a fun personality. These cute little animals can't fail to put a smile on anyone's face!

I started out by stamping all the animals from the Lawn Fawn Wild For You set using Versafine Black Onyx Ink onto some watercolour card stock. I coloured them in using my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and a water brush. I stuck to light, bright colours so they would stand out from the background. I looked in my stamps and found some good sized leaves in the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle set that would perfectly frame my animals. I stamped and coloured these in the same way as the animals and cut them out with the coordinating dies once dry.

For the background, I blended on some Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber Distress Ink onto a horizontal A6 card base. On another, I blended on some Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Ink and cut out two grassy hillside borders so I had something to ground my critters.

Before adhering anything, I stamped out the sentiment from the set in three lines. I wanted to accentuate the 'WILD' so I stamped this on some white card stock and fussy cut this out. I then adhered the leaves and one of the grassy borders directly to the background panel. Using some foam tape I then popped up the animals and remaining grassy border.

A few clear sequins finished the scene off nicely!

Thanks for reading and Happy Valentines Day to those that do celebrate today! :)



Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Wish Rainbow Stack

I’ve got a CAS card to share today, with a rainbow twist! 

I’m using the new Wish dienamic from MFT for this card. I die cut a piece of white card with a single stitched line rounded rectangle frame. On the inside piece, I die cut the Wish dienamic in the bottom right corner.

I added some rainbow colours to the frame, then adhered the panel and frame onto a white card base, and layered the positive 'Wish' die cut letters back onto the card. 

I then die cut the Wish dienamic from an assortment of coloured card stock, plus another white piece. 

Going in reverse rainbow order, I adhered the letters onto the card, one on top of each other. I then finished with the second white layer. In total, there are 7 layers.

When viewing the card from the front, the letters look white, but when viewed from the side, it gives a lovely rainbow effect.

I added an additional sentiment, from Lawn Fawn Upon a Star, on top of the stacked letters. Then I finished the card with some sequins on the background.

Thanks for joining me today,

MFT Wish
Lawn Fawn Upon a Star

Monday, 12 February 2018

Mushroom for love

Hello there, Jenny back again and I'm sure you'll aware it's Valentines day this week!! Well even though I don't really have the need for lovey-dovey cards I do think the Love you so Mush stamp set from Altenew is just lovely for creating cards to show someone you care....

Those mushrooms just appealed to the 'nature-loving' side of me and I couldn't wait to get them inked up :) I decided to try stamping on patterned paper as I have a lot of off-cuts in various colours! I chose a tone on tone neutral piece and stamped the mushrooms. I sponged on green distress ink and then used the edge of a piece of card dabbed into the inkpad to make blades of grass.

I added a few details with coloured pencils and a white gel pen and when I'd finished it reminded me of a painted piece of art so I over-stamped with a wood plank background to give it a rustic feel.... like a painted piece of wood :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Liquid Watercolours and Mandalas

I've been having a play with the new liquid water colours from Avery Elle this weekend.  I must admit when I saw them being peeked at Creativation I wasn't sure what the fuss was about but so many people were raving about liquid water colours in general that I knew I had better get them in store for you or risk missing out on the next big trend (lots of brands have them - we'll have the Hero Arts version in a few weeks too)

Now I am no water colourist so was not about to create a landscape masterpiece, so I just decided to play and see what I could do with them.

Firstly I just tried a background technique - I wet a piece of thick watercolour paper all over with a water sprayer and then just dropped random drops of colour in shades of green and blue all over and allowed them to expand and run.  Once dry I added some neat drops for a stronger pigment look and then added a few spatters with a paintbrush.  I allowed it to dry again and then went about die cutting it to create a big birthday wish card using the big balloon border from MFT's Blue Prints 26, their new Wish word die and the simple alphabet from AlteNew.

Next I wanted to try painted with them over embossing.  I embossed the new MFT Mandala stamp from MFT using satin pearl embossing powder on watercolour paper and then got it good and wet.  I then just drew circles of colour -the bottles are great for this technique - and spread the colour with a paintbrush.

I trimmed it down to fit a 4x6 card once dry and stamped over a sentiment from the new Anything But Basic Birthday Sentiments from MFT using versafine black ink so it would hold on the embossing.  [My top tip is to have a Kuretake Sketching pen to hand for this - its a permanent marker so will fill in any gaps!]

Whilst I was playing with Mandalas, I wanted to play with the co-ordinating die - this does not cut the stamp - it's smaller but the same shape so you could do some fun layering.  I thought that it had a floral shape so die cut it twice from some old ombre purple paper and layered them over each other to create my floral shape.  I added some silver glitter highlights around and finished with another sentiment from the previous MFT set.


This week we will have the following:
  • The new release from Mama Elephant - it has shipped so fingers crossed will be here for release day on the 15th.
  • The current release from Concord and 9th is hopefully shipping to us tomorrow so we should have it by the end of the week customs willing.
  • The new release from Newton's Nook  is shipping this week.
  • The new release from Sugar Pea Designs is shipping to us this week hopefully.
  • We are waiting for the new Altenew release to ship. 

  • We are still waiting for the Hero Arts new release to reach the UK distributor - all we know is that it is "expected late February"
  • The Lawn Fawn release date has been confirmed as 22nd February.  We will have it in store on that date.

We have our Stamping Bella delivery but due to the massive numbers of new releases we've still not managed to open it all and add it to the store yet (there's a tonne of it!) so bear with us - we'll fit it in around the new releases when we can.