Thursday, 17 August 2017

Good Times Flamingo Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I'm always happy to see a new kid on the stamping block! The newest brand in the Seven Hills Crafts store is Flora And Fauna and I couldn't be happier! I love them!

I pretty much bought almost everything, so deciding on a set to play with first was hard! I settled for the Flamingo Pool Party set because I'm still craving Summer:

I went minimal and modern with this card - Flora And Fauna sets lend naturally to this style with their quirky nature!

I kept my stamping simple, with the tree, flamingo and sentiment in black, the waves in an aqua, and the patterned 'sky' in a peach.

I added some simple watercolouring of the flamingo and sea to finish things off. That's all this card needs!

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, 16 August 2017

Sunny Big Hugs

Hi everyone, it's Esther here and today I've got a card featuring My Favorite Things Big Hugs Dienamic and a cute little sun from My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns. Perfect for a quick card to cheer up a friend or let someone know you're thinking of them!

I started by die cutting the Hugs die from a panel. I then lightly marked on the card base the tops and bottoms of the apertures of the letters. Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, I shaded this area from dark to light yellow and set the base aside to dry.

On the die cut panel, I stamped the little sun repeatedly using waterproof ink, then shaded the suns from dark to light yellow to match the letter apertures.

When everything was dry, I adhered the panel to the base.

That's it for today - thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Meow You Doin'?

Aren't these cats the cutest! 

When I get a new stamp set, I usually stamp and colour lots of the images so I have some ready when I want to make a card with them. I used alcohol markers to colour the cats like my own, and chose three for this card.

I die cut the frame from the MFT Blueprints 27 die set, and cut it down so I had just the three squares in a strip. This set is unfortunately out of stock, but the MFT Stitched Collage Frame die is the perfect alternative.

I added some light grey ink to it to give the look of a photograph strip. I placed some foam tape behind and layered it at an angle on a white card base, trimming off the excess.

I added a cat in each square, with a mix of foam squares to match the frame depth, and liquid adhesive where they sat on the frame. I also gave them each an accessory.

Finally I added the wonderful greeting from the set to finish the card.

Have a lovely day,

Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin
MFT Stitched Collage Frame

Monday, 14 August 2017

A Garden Quartet

Hi there, I'm still on the garden theme from last week, although this time it 
doesn't involve vegetables! It's another 'almost' one layer card that involves some basic watercolouring...

I used the Beautiful You stamp set from Altenew to make a long, narrow notepad cover in a similar style back in the spring, so I wanted to turn it into a card design and a square card seemed the best option. I marked out the centre point lightly with pencil and then stamped the four images in black ink... it has to be waterproof so you can watercolour the images afterwards.

After stamping the images, I watercolour them with Distress Inks in a loose style. Next is the hardest part for me.... leaving it to dry!!! Once it had dried, I painted a rough square shape around each image... trying not touch the dry ink and reactivate it!!

The sentiment is a small greeting from the new Winnie & Walter set called Sentimental Birthday which I trimmed into a slim tag shape before adding a piece of floss... I thought it went well with the gardening theme :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 13 August 2017

August Challenge Week 2

Here is your first reminder to play along with our colour challenge.  We have a great collection of colours for you to choose from this month for our prize winning challenge.  As always just pick your preferred option and use at least 3 colours from it - NO BACK LINKS - new work only will be accepted.  You can create anything you like and combine with other challenges as long as you use at least one product from the vast arrange within Seven Hills Crafts.  The winning entry will get a £20 voucher to spend in store.

We have a couple more members of our DT with their takes on the challenge


I chose colour selection 3 and used My Favourite Things Scribble Rose Overlay and Hi There Dienamics.

Link up to our challenge page when you're ready to play.  You need a blog post/instagram/flickr page to put your entry on to link it to.  Sorry but direct emailed or facebook posts cannot be accepted - entries must use the link tool provided.   Deadline is 10pm on Sunday 27th August

Christmas is coming........

It seems weird to be thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer, but the arrival of the Avery Elle release this week reminded me that I never start making my cards early enough so I thought I'd make a couple to get my 2017 collection started using Merry Florals.

I love kraft for Christmas cards so started with a sheet of that and some embossing powders.  For the first look I went full on traditional festive and painted the gold embossed image with Gansai Tambi regular colours mixed with a little gold from the starry colours sets for extra festive shine.  I die cut the panel with Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangles and used a copic marker to colour the frame.

Whist I had the image out I decided to switch up the embossing powder to the rose gold version and decided to just let the outline sing.  The first card was pretty quick to make but this one was quicker still - handy if you want to knock up a batch in a hurry to build up your stocks.   Just simply die cut with a stitched die and added a pearly green mat to add contract - the green and peach is a classy Christmas colour combo with a modern feel don't you think?


  • We should get the new release from Concord and 9th early this week.
  • We will also have a small Christmas papers release from My Minds Eye.
  • We are still waiting on news of the arrival date for Hero Arts Winter release - hoping it will be here before the end of the month but as yet have no confirmed date.

That's all for this week folks - happy crafting and I'll catch you on the flip side.


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Summer Sky

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Overhere in Germany we have a really cold and rainy summer - no fun at all. So I needed a little bit of sunshine on my card!

I have this really awesome set called Spring Showers by Lawn Fawn with stitched clouds and a sun - I LOVE it and I use it a lot. There are also rain drops but obviously I didn't want to use these!
I die cut the sun from yellow and the clouds from white cardstock.
To create a sky to put my sun and my clouds on I used inks and water and smooched these onto my paper.

While the background dried I stamped a tiny bird from the set Hello Sunshine also by Lawn Fawn and coloured it in pink.

To make it a birthday card I die cut a balloon from Paper Smooches Balloons set from patterned paper.
I arranged the images on a card panel and tied a thread to the balloon and to the bird's beak.

For the sentiment I chose one from Lawn Fawn's Tiny Tags Saying: Birthday.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Is it safe to get back in the water yet?

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got a....duh-nuh...duh-nuh...du-nu..du-nu..du-nu..du-nu...

...a terrifying vicious man-eating monster in the waters...or maybe not!
This guy, from Lawn Fawn's fabulous Duh-nuh mini set, is by far the sweetest looking shark I've ever seen...just look at that grin!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE these mini sets Lawn Fawn come out with.  They are just such great value for money and even if you don't use them as stand alone stamps, it's just so awesome to have them to stretch your other sets.  This Duh-nuh set, however, is more than capable of standing on it's own two feet especially when used in conjunction with the brilliant Ocean Wave Accent Dies from the same release.

I started by cutting a piece of card using Lawn Fawn's Cross-stitched Rectangles to create a frame and an inner panel to work on.  I then cut my inner panel several times using the Ocean Waves Accent Dies, also repeating the process with a piece of vellum.  I then ink blended a different colour blue over each section of wave, added texture with flicks of water, and pieced back together adding the vellum between layers for extra texture.  I then took the same blue inks I had used to blend, and flicked them across my frame to add some interest.
I then stamped out all them elements from the Duh-nuh mini set and clear heat embossed them to give me a solid line to water colour within.

I then coloured all my pieces using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens with water and fussy-cut leaving a thin white line to imitate the look of matching dies (which are available - I just don't have them).
I stamped my sentiment out onto one of the sections of vellum I cut earlier and heat embossed in white powder, adhering back over my inked panels using the teeniest bit of wet glue so it barely shows through the vellum.
I then built up my scene over my panel using foam tape and wet glue, tucking my sweet shark under a vellum wave to give the look of him gliding through the ocean.

I finished by mounting my piece onto a white card blank and there you have it. 
The sweetest predator in the sea :)

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked blow.

See you next week.


Duh-nuh  Ocean Wave Accents Die  Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Summer Time Tropical Leaves Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I have been desperately clinging on to what little Summer we've had in the UK. It's been nice to have some sunshine but I'm really craving some tropical heat!

Seeing as a trip to an exotic island isn't on the cards right now, I decided to recreate my wanderlust in card form using the awesome Waffle Flower Greenery dies:

Doesn't this take your mind on a trip to a Miami skyline?! I'm there already!

I die lots of leaves and then coloured them to the shades of green I wanted. It's a really useful trick if you don't have a million different colours of cardstock! I did the same with my background too, but blending a couple of shades of ink together to give that pale pink/lavender hue.

I have found the Altenew Bold Alphabet dies to be such a fantastic staple in my collection! I die cut my letters from both black and white cardstock, and adhered the black letters underneath for just a touch of depth and interest.

I love the bold statement these alphas make! No stamps at all on this card - shocking, right?!

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, 9 August 2017

Quick, clean and simple gratitude card

Hi everyone, Esther here with a quick, clean and simple gratitude card featuring Concord & 9th Lace Leaf and some bright ink colours!

I cut a panel of white heavyweight card stock, then inked up the watercolour effect background stamp from the Lace Leaf set and stamped it randomly in two different colours. 

The sentiment is from the same set and was inked in Industrial Diamond from the Altenew Rock Collection Mini Ink Cube set.

I mounted the panel on a top folding card base, and that was it done! Perfect when you need something quickly.

Thanks for visiting :)