Friday, 20 April 2018

3D Shaping with a Snowflake set

Hello! It's Keren back just for a visit, just filling in for Jill.

 I was digging through some of my sets and found this Hero Arts stamp set which is actually titled as 'Snowflake Pattern Bold Print'
It's a pretty cool snowflake pattern, but seems so completely versatile for all year round, that I thought I'd try and create something just a little bit more dimensional with it.First of all, stamp it and colour in. I've just used alcohol markers. Then trim out each hexagon and score straight down each point so you get the shape divided into 3. Fold and then trim up one of the lines stopping at the centre.

Then simply overlap one of the triangles and glue well and you end up with dimensional pentagon. These patterns now take on an almost Art Nouveau-stained glass-Tiffany lamp vibe ;-)
I just added a little wet glue along each bottom edge and held the shape in place for a minute until I knew it had adhered.

They take on an almost Limpet quality and are perfect for a contemporary card. Add some more masculine colours (or even leave it black, white and grey) and it'll so double duty as a 'man card'.
The sentiment is from another of my current favourite sets 'Just Because' by Concord and 9th

I hope you'll try giving your flat stamps a dimensional make-over. I'm certainly looking at them all with new eyes. And before you ask, yes, this will be a challenge to get into an envelope; I'm thinking shallow decorated box! ;-)

Thanks for having me and I'll be joining you again in a few weeks

Keren xx

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thanks For Sticking By Me Mega Succulent Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I have to admit, I was late to the whole succulent thing. I sat and watched as my feed and my friends' houses slowly filled with these mini cacti-like things. I really didn't get it.

Since visiting Phoenix last year though, I think I've slowly started to love them. So much so that I finally got some little succulents of my own for my home. And now I want more.

My love of cardmaking and my new-found love of tiny cacti came together beautifully on today's card, which combines some goodies from Altenew's Mega Succulent stamp set and Concord & 9th's Stuck On You stamp set:

Fun right? I love how this turned out!

I started by stamping and heat embossing the mega succulent onto watercolour paper using sparkly copper embossing powder. Love that sparkle!

I watercoloured my design using some water-based dye inks. I used a couple of greens and a mauve-pink. A combination of water and ink splatters really adds a more of a rustic effect.

The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th set. I heat embossed it with metallic copper embossing powder (no glitter this time) so that it is easier to read but still ties in with the other embossed colour perfectly!

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, 18 April 2018

Cake Ninjas!

Hello, Tallie here, and I'm joining Gemma with a little bit of ninja inspiration for you this week!

I have a friend who loves manga and all things ninja, so I knew I had to make her a set of cards featuring these ninjas from the Altenew Ninja Invasion. It's been a while since I made a card without bringing out my alcohol markers, but these cards were surprisingly easy and quick to put together.

I started out by stamping out several of the ninjas from the set using a combination of Versafine Black Onyx ink and some Lawn Fawn mini ink cubes. I then silver heat embossed the swords and shuriken to make them stand out from the black ink. The different stamps in this layering set are really quite easy to match up and Altenew has helpfully printed guidance directly onto the clear acetate the stamps come on. Once dry, I cut them out with my Scan N' Cut, but there are coordinating dies available.

For the backgrounds, I used the MFT Radiating Rays Stencil to blend on some Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans. keeping the darker ink to the centre. I removed the stencil and blended some more ink on to create a subtler pattern for my ninjas to be bursting out from.

I cut several of the smaller picture frames from the Lawn Fawn Say Cheese, Again set from some smooth white cardstock. For the first card, I used the insides of the picture frames, instead creating a sentiment out of a couple of flagged banners, one in white and one in black. The two sentiments come from the Altenew Ninja Invasion and the Lawn Fawn Beam Me Up sets, because which ninja wouldn't demand cake if they had the power? I used some liquid adhesive and foam tape to arrange the ninjas so it looks like they are bursting out from the centre of the card.

The other two cards were completed in a similar way, using Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink for the yellow background. I stamped the 'DEADLY NINJA' sentiment on the bottom of the frames and arranged the ninjas one each to a frame.

A fun set of cards that could be masculine or feminine, as long as the recipient loves ninjas!


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Ninja Stars

Hello, Gemma here and today I have a fun ninja card to share.

I started by working on the background. I die cut an MFT Stitched Mod Rectangle , then die cut three MFT stitched peekaboo star windows from the rectangle. This die leaves a nice stitched outline on the negative space. There are also MFT Mod Rectangles available without stitched lines.

I blended colour on to each star with distress oxide inks (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, and twisted citron), then adhered the panel onto a card base and inlaid the stars back in the spaces.

Next, I stamped three of the Mama Elephant Tiny Ninjas and coloured them with alcohol markers. I love the sketchy style of these stamps and they don’t take long to colour. I die cut them with the coordinating dies, then added them to the card with foam tape.

Finally, I die cut a sentiment for the top of the card, and added some matching enamel dots.

Thanks for joining me today,

Monday, 16 April 2018

Cheerful and Tropical

Hello, Jenny here and  today's card has a tropical feel to it.

I have gone back to a favourite technique for this card... Masking. I don't have the dies to match this Blissful Blooms stamp set from MFT so I went about masking the different shaped leaves to make a tropical frame for the Toucan...

After planning the layout of the leaves on scrap paper I used masks made from post it notes and stamped out the final design on a panel of card. I then cut around the inside of the leafy aperture with a craft knife so the toucan could peek through. The flowers are stamped and cut out separately so I could add them with foam dimensionals.

Mr Toucan is from a Reverse Confetti set called Toucan of Friendship .... I thought he was a perfect match in style to the whimsical leaves and flowers, I also matched my Copic colouring to that whimsy style too :)  


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 15 April 2018

On Point Birthday

Whilst I had the Concord and 9th Stuck on You dies out for Friday's post, I thought I'd play with the stamps too whilst they were on my desk - I love how there are so many elements that you can mix and match together and I really wanted to play with a textured background for a change as its not something I do often.

I wanted a simple one layer card, but also wanted to have a water coloured look - so started with a nice thick base card that wouldn't warp too much with water.  I stamped and masked the pots, added the cacti, the flowers and sign to create my scene and kept all my masks to the side.  Using the elements to decorate the pots with blue ink finishes the scene.  I stamped all the cacti elements again onto masks for later.

I then used Altenew ink cubes on my block with the tiniest bit of water sprayed onto each colour to get my watercolour look.  I used 3 sets - Warm and Cozy, Sea Shore and Tropical Forest.

Then it's a case of covering it all up with your masks so you can stamp the dotted background for some textured fun  (I used morning frost - the palest grey from the Warn Gray set) and then stamping the x's across the bottom.


  • Unfortunately, Mama Elephant had an issue with one item in this month's release so it shipped very late and we haven't actually received it yet so we won't be able to release it today.  It is due to arrive tomorrow but our deliveries now come late afternoon as we're further out from the depot (we used to get them around lunchtime) so it unlikely to be live until late tomorrow or early Tuesday.
  • Our Concord and 9th delivery is on hold in US Customs.  We will try to get it cleared tomorrow but it will then still take time to get to us and clear UK customs.  Hopefully we'll get it before the end of the week.
  • Our AlteNew delivery is in transit so should be here at some point this week.
  • Both Newton's Nook and Sugar Pea Designs have new releases on Friday 20th.   We will have the Newton's Nook release on the day as it has already shipped to us.  Sugar Pea have not shipped, nor provided an estimated shipping date so I don't know when we will get that but it is on order.
  • Lil' Inker Designs have a new release on the 23rd which we should have available on the day.
  • Our massive Lawn Fawn restock order will hopefully ship this week and be here next week.
Don't forget we are now running our new monthly challenges in our customer only group on Facebook which is proving a bit hit with around 400 members already.  We hoped it would be a great place for customers to "meet" and share projects, hints and tips and ask questions in a friendly environment and it is proving to do exactly that.  Click the link to join but you have to be a current customer of our store so will need to provide either an order number or the full name you order under and agree to the rule so we can confirm your membership and let you in!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Friends For All Seasons

Hey stampers, Anni here.

You know the stamp set line by W Plus 9 called Friends For all Seasons, don't you! These sets are all so cute. For today's card I used three from the four sets: Spring, Fall and Winter.

I started by stamping the three animals on a piece of white cardstock with black ink. I added in some accessoires from the sets: balloons and flowers. These stamps are easy to mix and match because they have all the same style. I also planed to add the super cute birds but in the end I decide there was enough going on on may card.

For my colouring medium I chose pencils and spent some time colouring - this part of making a card is my favourite.
When I was finished I drew over the black lines with a black line to emphasize them. Then I also added some white details with a gel pen.

All that was then left to do was to stamp the sentiment (from the Lawn Fawn's Simply Sentiments) and mount the panel to a pink card base matching the balloons.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.