Friday, 23 June 2017

Celebrate the Summer

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm celebrating the arrival of summer!!!

With a whole load of Lawn Fawn loveliness & a helping hand from Hero Arts.

Can you actually believe how hot it's been?  Of course, typically, we couldn't handle it and started praying for rain...which we only had to wait two days for up here in Newcastle whilst the rest of the country continues to bake & now we all want the sun back haha.

I started my card by inking up my background with some bright yellows, gradually fading it out. I added a sprinkle of water to pick up some colour & a spritz of white ink to add a little interest.  I then mixed some texture paste with some of the yellow ink and, using a spatula, spread it over this lovely Hero Arts Honeycomb stencil.  I then set my background aside to dry.
My sweet summery bees are from Lawn Fawn's  Hello Sunshine which I stamped out and coloured using my Zig Real Brush markers.  I fussy cut them, purposefully chopping off their wings (ouch-eee, sorry little fellas); I then stamped them out again onto vellum, this time time fussy cutting the little wings and adding them back onto the bodies.  
My flutter of foliage is from Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers, stamped out in an array of bright colours and cut using the matching dies.

My sentiment is Lawn Fawn's Scripty Hello which I cut several times and adhered together to create a more substantial piece which, once built-up, I covered in a couple of layers of clear embossing powder to give it a lovely shiny finish.  I finished my sentiment by partially stamping the 'Hello Sunshine' from Mama Elephant's Spring Garden, stamped onto vellum and cut into a a banner.  I love creating my own message by mixing different sentiments together.

I built up my scene and once I was happy with the placement of my pieces, I adhered them in place.  I then mounted my panel onto a dark grey card base, up into the corner, and there you have it.

A nice bright summery card to celebrate the where's that fan...

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Hello Sunshine Image 1Fab FlowersScripty Hello Die Image 1

Honeycomb StencilMama Elephant Spring GardenZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Incoming Mail

Hey stampers, Anni here on a Thursday for a change - I swapt days with Taheerah!

Last weekend something shocking happened to me -   I wasn't in the mood to colour! That happens to me very rarely! So I decided to create some colourful backgrounds and played with AlteNew's Halftone Stencil.

For the first background I applied an embosssing ink through the stencil. Then I embossed it with white embossing powder. To bring some colour to my background I added some ink blending in rainbow order.

For the second background I added ink directly through the stencil, again in rainbow order.

For my third background I left the remaining ink from the last background on the stencil. I spritzed it with some water and pressed it on a piece of cardstock. There was still enough ink left to create another pattern.

I die cut the backgrounds with Lil'Inker Designs' Stitched Mats: Rectangles and Avery Elle's Postage Stamp Die.
Still not in the mood for colouring I decided to go with animals, that don't need a lot of colour - like panda bears! All the images are from the set Incoming Mail by Mama Elephant.
I also die cut Stitched Circles by My Favorite Things from vellum to put under the panda bears.
The sentiments are from the sets called Lots of Hugs by My Favorite Things, Good Times and Mini Messages by Mama Elephant.

Thanks for stopping by and have fun weekend.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

June Challenge - Week 3

This is your final reminder to play along in this month's challenge - at first glance it might seem a little tricky but we promise it's lots of fun when you get going!

The idea is not to see a single die-cut as the "finished" product - take a look at it creatively - if you cut it again with another die - could it be more exciting or give you a different look?  Maybe the word you want to spell out doesn't fit on your card, but if you die cut the next letter into the previous one then it would?

Here are the first of the DT's examples to give you more of an idea if you're struggling with the concept.

I die cut a stitched panel using Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square Stackables and then die cut it again using My Favorite Things Wild Greenery. I re-cut the leaves from green card and inlaid them back into the panel. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise.

Using Mama Elephant's Hooray Script and Tiny Heroes, My Favorite Things Star Stax.

Link up to the challenge page when you've finished for a chance to win £20 to spend in store.  Deadline is 10pm on Sunday 25th June.

As always you MUST use at least ONE product from the range we sell in store to be eligible for the prize and for the DT to comment.  Please ensure you list the items you use in your description, particularly if the qualifying item you've used is not obvious.

My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise tropical ocean card

Hi everyone, it's Esther here with a tropical ocean card using My Favorite Things.

I started by stamping and heat embossing in silver My Favorite Things Framework Background Stamp. I then used the ink smooshing technique over the embossed pattern, using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in 030 Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 033 Persian Green, 042 Turquoise Green, and 080 Violet in water colours to create an ocean feel.

Using My Favorite Things Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Dienamics I cut a circle from the pattern and popped it into a corresponding circle cut from a white card panel using Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables

I die cut, stamped and coloured with alcohol markers some of the characters from My Favorite Things Polynesian Paradise and clustered them round the patterned circle.

Finally I stamped a sentiment from the same set and mounted everything onto a top folding card base.

That's all for this week - thanks for visiting and I'll see you again next Wednesday!


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Rainbow Stripes

I'm a big fan of cover dies. The Reverse Confetti 2-way Stripes cover panel die is really versatile. By keeping some or all of the stripes in the die cut, it offers lots of design possibilities. 

For this card, I decided to use it without the stripes and create a background to show through.

I blended a rainbow of distress ink colours on to an A2 notecard. I flicked it with a perfect pearls water mix and blotted with a paper towel to give some pretty distressed patterns.

I die cut the panel from white card, and stamped a greeting in Versamark ink, before heat embossing it with silver embossing powder.

I added the panel to the card base and the card is finished. 

Use with a different sentiment, or perhaps more than one sentiment on different lines, to adapt this design to fit other occasions.

Thanks for joining me today,

Reverse Confetti 2 Way Stripes
Altenew Birthday Greetings

Monday, 19 June 2017

Raising the Woof!!

Hello, Jenny here.... I think we're on the third day of a mini heatwave here in the UK and I for one am flagging!!! 

Anyhow, onto today's card. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the animal card dies from Paper Smooches a few weeks back and it seems you all loved them too as they sold out quite quickly, but are now back in stock :)
I had to have a play with the Dog and Cat dies first being a total dog lover and I came up with this rather fun Husky type dog....

I would advise that you cut all the dies apart in these sets and then cut all the pieces in some thin scrap card so you can play with the shapes and see how they all work together... you can mix and match to make different faces or even animals!

I have cut various parts in different coloured card including two sets of ears in brown and white then free-hand cut the brown patches for the ears. When I had arranged the facial features I felt the ears, nose, tongue and eyes needed some extra detail so I used Polychrome pencils to do that.

The sentiment comes from the stamp set that's designed to work with the dies but I wanted to emphasise the pun part so I used the Well Connected alpha for the word WOOF! I have left the inside blank for now so I can add a suitable sentiment for any occasion I use it for ;)

I love his big happy face.... a sort of doggy selfie!! Lol


Thanks for stopping by today, see you next week :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A Cluster of Cacti

Good morning - hope you're enjoying the mini-heatwave we have in the UK.  We were very traditional yesterday and went to a farmers market and watched some cricket on the green - it was far too hot to stay indoors so my card is fresh off the craft table this morning.

I decided to play with cacti - I do love a succulent and used to grow them - so Cultivated Cacti from Newton's Nook was a must have set for me.  I love how easy the solid images are to stamp in a couple of shades to get some depth and interest really quickly.  I just used a variety of green inks and went to town with them.  I plumped for orange and teal pots again double stamping with a darker shade on the right to give some shading to them too.

To add some interest to the background I used a stamp from AlteNew's Watercolor Frames and then after fussy cutting the cacti (there is a die set which would make cutting the spikey cacti a little easier!) I clustered the pots together and finished with a sentiment from MFT's Big Birthday Sentiments.


It will be a quieter week this week in terms of deliveries:
  • We are waiting for Sugar Pea Designs to ship their latest release - there was an issue with a couple of sets so their delivery was late.  Hopefully it will ship this week and then we'll have it a few days later.
  • We should have some Kuretake restocks later this week.
  • We are still waiting for the latest Hero Arts items to arrive - we never get any advance notice from them as they come via a UK distributor so we only know the day before they are coming.
 Right - that's all from me this week - catch you after the sunburn.