Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Beary Merry Christmas

Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm going all Christmassy again this week with this cute little bear from the Beary Merry Neat & Tangled stamp set.

I started out with a piece of watercolour cardstock and used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a bright and vibrant background. I used a few different layers to build up the colour, drying between each layer and then splattered on a mixture of clean water and white paint to give a snowy effect.

Whilst I let that dry, I stamped out the bear, penguin, gingerbread man and candy cane with my MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, coloured in with my alcohol markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Next, I gold heat embossed one of the sentiments from the stamp set on some black cardstock and adhered it to my background panel. As I was adhered the die cuts I noticed the white border around the die cut pieces was a little too harsh in comparison to the background so I took out a gold marker and coloured in the white edges. This matched the sentiment and balanced out the amount of gold on the card.

A little Wink of Stella clear glitter over the die cuts and that finishes off a cute, bright and colourful Christmas card!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hooray for Balloons

I love big sentiments on cards and the Neat & Tangled Hooray is so fun! That font is gorgeous and works so well as a focal point.

For my card this week, I teamed it with the balloon duo stencils, also from Neat & Tangled. These stencils are really clever.

I began by using the stencils to add balloons across a piece of white card. By using both of the stencils, you get the lovely effect of balloons layering over each other.

I cut down the white panel with the Lil’Inker Deco Edge Border dies. Another new favourite of mine, these allow you to get a ripped edge effect with more control than just tearing the paper.

I used these dies again on a piece of patterned paper, and layered it behind the white panel, before adding them to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the Hooray word die from glitter paper. 8 did cut the shadows from white card, which allows the word to stand out from the background.

To finish, I added a stamped sentiment underneath and a sprinkling of sequins.

I loved the finished card so much, I just had to make some more in different colours. Do you have a favourite?

Thanks for joining me today,

Lil'Inker Deco Edges
N&T Balloon Duo Stencil

N&T Hooray

W&W Sentimental Birthday

Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow

Monday, 16 October 2017

Anniversary Owls

Hello, Jenny here to start the week off with a couple of cute owls.... these were fun to 
colour and they have the funniest expressions too :)

I thought these two looked like a happy couple for an anniversary card ... 
okay, so Mrs Owl looks a lot more enthusiastic than Mr Owl!!
 To help make them the focal point I used a stitched dome frame and a older branch and leaves die 
set from my stash.  I thought it would look good bushing out beyond the frame.

The cloudy sky behind the owls has been sponged using a stencil and I added a sentiment from
 Avery Elles So Happy stamp set...

To finish off, I added a tiny red heart.... well an Anniversary card isn't complete without one is it!! :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Pretty Plaid and Santa Trees

Hope you're all enjoying this good weather we're having this weekend - it feels like summer came back for one last blast.

I've been playing with the new release from Concord and 9th this weekend - it is such a strong release I love it ALL but I a sucker for a fun font so the first thing I wanted to play with was the Trim the Tree stamp but with a bit of a santa twist.

I started with some kraft cardstock and heat embossed the two large sentiments in copper embossing powder and then topped them with a santa face from Hero Arts coloured with pencils.

To create the cards themselves I took some kraft base cards and stamped a plaid pattern on using the new plaid background stamp from Concord and 9th using red for the main image and embossing the lines over the top in copper to tie the looks together.

I couldn't decide if I liked it better with or without a red matt layer so I did one of each - which do you prefer?


  • Yesterday we finally managed to get the new release from Altenew which had been held up in customs live for sale.
  • Later today we'll have the new release and restocks from Mama Elephant.
  • Tuesday 17th there is a new Lil' Inker's Designs release and on Friday there is a holiday release from Newton's Nook - we'll try our best to get them live on release day.
  • We'll also hopefully have Stamping Bella's last couple of releases live this week too.
Catch you next weekend


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Happy New Home

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a card for a home warming party to show.
I don't have a lot of stamp sets in my stash for this occassion (well, that's a good reason for a shopping trip, don't you think?) so I had to get creative.

I went through my stamp sets and found this super cut bird in Reverse Confetti's The Tweet Life. A long with the bird house I thought that would go well on a home warming card.

I stamped both images on alcohol marker friendly paper with my go to ink: My Favorite Things' Black Licorice Hybrid Ink - crisp and very black image and alcohol marker and water colour friendly. Then I coloured the images with alcohol marker and fussy cut them.

For the background I die cut a rectangle with Reverse Confetti's Lacy Scallop Frame Confetti Cuts from white cardstock. I masked of the edges of the rectangle and added some ink blending in blue to create a sky.

For the sentiment I used Lawn Fawn's Happy Birthday Border but I just needed the word Happy for my card. So I cut the sentiment apart.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend!


Friday, 13 October 2017

I'm happiest when floating in the sea.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm indulging in my favourite past-time of  'floating in the sea'...

...using Flora and Fauna's delightful Mermaid's Kisses.

I am loving the store's newest brand, Flora and Fauna.  Their style is so unique, so playful and whimsical.  They allow me to just have fun instead of over thinking style and design.  The illustrations have such a wonderful naivety to them, as if they have been picked straight from a dream.  I just love em'!.
My card was a case of me simply wanting to have fun, I just wanted to stamp out the gorgeous images and watercolour my day away.
I thought it would be fun to set up a scene from the perspective of the bottle being at the fore-front of the picture, as if closest to the lens we are looking through, with all the wonderful sea life going on behind.

My favourite thing about this set is the sentiment, it could not be more true for me 'I'm happiest when floating in the sea', I simply could not resist. 
I thought it would be fun to add a shaker element to the mix so stamped two of the bottles onto vellum, filled the middle with all types of deliciousness such as glitter and sequins, and sealed the edges.  

After adding a good amount of flicks and splashes across my scene, I added my bottle using clear tape strategically placed so as not to show up on the front.

I had a thoroughly enjoyable time making this card, I find the Flora and Fauna stamps help me drift off and get lost in a world of my own where I'm not giving myself a hard time about imperfections.  Sometimes, it's allowing the imperfections that makes your crafty time perfect :)

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

See you next week.


Mermaid Kisses

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Just a Couple of Bears

Taheerah is taking a little break this week so I've made a couple of extra cards to share this week and today I'm all about bears.

I started off with the super cute bear in the new Polar Pals set from MFT - I mean come on - a polar bear in a jumper???  What could be cuter?

I picked a really simple colour scheme to start with - turquoise, purple and green and used that to theme my card.  I coloured the bear using markers from my zig set with teal and purple on his jumper and light grey to add shadows to his fur.  I die cut the starry circles background from MFT and did a light colour wash using the same markers I coloured the jumper with but with lots of water.  I used green with a hint of yellow on the trees and then fussy cut them out.  I added a dotted snow hill over the bottom of the starry background and then added all the items on top.

To frame the scene on the base card I added a die cut scalloped circle from green paper from the knock on wood pack from Lawn Fawn and to ensure the sentiment matched I stamped that on a scrap of card coloured with the same purple marker. 

For my second card I finally got around to playing with the fabulous Paper Layering Bear die  from Hero Arts - isn't he just so handsome?

I simply die cut him from some water colour card and using the zig markers in two shades of blue coloured his scarf.  Using a little grey to define his shape and black for his eyes and hey presto - he's done!

The sentiment is from the Polar Pals stamp set and is die cut using the stitched fishtail sentiment dies from MFT and coloured with the same blues.  It would be a great die for all year round as he's not totally Christmassy so I think with this sentiment you could use it for a winter birthday too.

That's all from me today - catch you on Sunday.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A Window Under the Sea

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I'm back with a colourful mermaid window card this week. It's been a long couple of weeks at work and I needed some colouring therapy, so this background gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down and escape for a while.

I started by stamping the sitting mermaid from the MFT Mermazing stamp set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink, creating a mask for her so I could stamp the rock underneath. I also masked the rock so I could stamp the MFT Wavy Coloring Book Background. I then spent a happy half an hour colouring it all in with my alcohol markers before trimming it down to A6 size.

To make the card base, I took a top folding A6 card base and adhered my coloured panel to the inside. I then used the second largest die from the MFT Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Dienamics to cut a window from the front of the card, making made sure to align this with the mermaid so she would be seen through the window. I adhered some acetate to the back of the front panel so I had a little window card looking through to an undersea grotto.

I cut out a few more circles of varying sizes and inked them up with colours that coordinated with my coloured background. I arranged them on the front panel so they looked a little like bubbles and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Sea set.

Thanks for stopping by, see you next Wednesday.



Tuesday, 10 October 2017

October Sketch Challenge Week 2

Here's the first reminder to play along with our sketch challenge this month for a chance to win £20 to spend in store.  You can twist it, flip it, change the shapes to suit - as long as we can see the general starting point for your inspiration was our sketch then you are good to go - just remember to include at least one item from those we sell to be eligible for comments and the prize.

As always the DT have been playing along so we have projects to share with you as the month goes along and here are a couple more to inspire you and they've both taken the sketch underwater....

using Stamping Bella's Under The Sea Creatures and Lawn Fawn's Happy Birthday Border.

Using My Favorite Thing's Soak Up The Fun.

You have until 10pm on Wednesday 25th October to play along so link up your entries on our challenge page when you've made them.