Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Owl birthday card with My Favorite Things


Hi everyone, it's Esther here with an owl birthday card using My Favorite Things I'm Owl Yours stamp set.

I think these owls are the cutest I've seen, and this little chap is no exception.


I stamped a background using the medium and small hearts from I'm Owl Yours and coloured them in with alcohol pens. I die cut two irregular ovals using My Favorite Things Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dienamic, but keeping the centres for use and discarding the stitched negative outlines. I layered these up under my owl and adhered them to the panel. The sentiment was stamped on vellum, and this plus some die cut hearts were adhered over the owl grouping before popping the whole lot onto a Kraft card base.


The light for taking photos has been a nightmare the last few days with grey stormy weather and high winds... brrrrr! Hopefully you can see the hint of Wink of Stella Orange on the three die cut hearts. The orange is a fab colour for using over reds and yellows as it warms them up far better than the clear pen, but without being too obtrusive.


That's it for this week! Thanks for stopping by.

         

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Little Cat Birthday Parade

I'm really enjoying colouring these adorable cats from the Mama Elephant Little Cat Agenda stamp set. 


For this card, I wanted a birthday parade of Maine Coon cats (both the recipient of this card and I have Maine Coons). 

I began by die-cutting a scalloped border from an A2 note card size piece of white card. I stamped five cats, making sure to choose ones all going in the same direction to form a parade. I coloured them with alcohol markers, and added ear tufts with a black fine liner pen to turn them into Maine Coons. 

I choose a piece of patterned paper to go on the bottom half of the A2 note card base, then attached the stamped piece with foam tape.


Using a die from the Mama Elephant Polaroid die set, I die cut some speech bubbles - twice from white card and once from black card. I stamped a sentiment on one, then layered them together, with the black speech bubble offset slightly to create a shadow. I adhered this directly to the card, above the cats.

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the cat accessories. 


I hope you like my birthday cat parade. Have a lovely day,
Gemma

Mama Elephant Little Cat Agenda

Mama Elephant Polaroid Fun

MFT Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges

Mama Elephant Mini Messages

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter



MFT Fresh Squeezed Chevron Paper





Monday, 20 March 2017

Flippin' Super Birthday

Hi there and happy Monday to you :)

Well my card today would have been more suited to sharing nearer Shrove Tuesday a couple 
of weeks ago because this little guy has been making pancakes.....


He's from MFT's Recipe for Happiness stamp set and I just love his expression :)
I couldn't pass up the chance of a pun so I've given him a frying pan and spatula
 to hold behind his back as he's a little embarrassed that he's dropped his 
pancake mid-flip!! I've used a small oval shadow die which I've 
coloured with alcohol markers to make it look like a pancake


For a background I've inked through the English Brick Wall stencil from MFT 
which is currently out of Stock but I've linked to one below that would work just as well.
 For the sentiment I've used the FLIPPIN' from the stamp set and then used the rest of the wording 
from a Lil Inkers set which is out of stock but you could easily use alpha stamps instead.
 When you're using lots of words from different stamp sets it's easier to chop
 them into separate pieces and mount them on your card at jaunty angles :)

    
   

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

March Theme Challenge Week 3

We've got a fun theme for you this month - we're playing tic-tac-toe!   Just pick a line across the grid below, either vertical, horizontal or diagonal and get creative!   So for example you could create a bright purple watercoloured elephant if you used the top horizontal, or say a big HELLO with bold patterned paper if you pick a diagonal.


As with all our challenges it is important that you use at least one product from the almost 7000 we sell and also that the project you make is inspired by the challenge so links to previously made projects will be rejected.  Qualifying entries will be eligible for our monthly prize which from this month on will be £20!


We have the final couple of inspirational entries from our fabulous design team this week - they are sure to spark your creativity!

Gemma
Selected the diagonal line with Animals, Big Words/Letters and Die Cutting


Esther
Selected the diagonal line with patterned paper, big words/letters and bold shades.

You have until 10pm next Sunday 26th March to play along.

Link up to our challenges page when you're ready to play

A non card welcome

I have something a little different to share today - a way to welcome a new baby without a card.  New parents get so many cards that I thought this was an interesting way to welcome the baby that will stand out from the crowd of cards.


I made a very simple 3D rattle using the new die from MFT along with a couple of shaker pouches which the die has been designed to fit.  

It's very easy to create - I simply die cut the rattle die 4 times - twice from 300gsm card for stability and twice from pretty paper for decoration.  Take 2 pouches, fill one with sequins - I used the new ombre blue ones from Hero Arts - these are much bigger packs of sequins than the Neat and Tangled ones so you could fill a lot of rattles with one pack!  I used a little strong wet glue on the rim of the other pouch then stuck them together.  I glued and sandwiched the 4 layers of rattles together around the pouches and then set them aside to dry - you need to leave them a good while as the wet glue in the plastic needs drying time so I went with the bulldog clip approach to drying for a good fix.


Once dry I added the welcome word using the Lil' Inker Designs die (die cut from white and coloured on both sides with copics to get the shade I wanted) and tied on a mini tag (MFT pierced tag die) with a little blue ribbon.   You could use a stamp to add the name but I went with freehand calligraphy.



NEWS FROM THE STORE

  • We are expecting to get the Concord and 9th release this week - it was delayed as some of the products were delayed in manufacture but our order is now complete and in transit.
  • We have lots of other orders placed but no firm shipment dates yet fixed so we will update as they arrive - as always your best place for up to the minute news is our Facebook page

 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sorry I'm Slow!

Hey stampers, Anni here!
If you believe it or not I didn't see Jill's card from last week's post before I made this card... Great minds think alike, don't they?


I started by creating a watercolour background. I didn't use any fancy watercolours, just some dye inks (which are fancy, too, of course). I pressed them on a piece of acetate, sprayed them with some water and smooched it onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. After it dried I stamped the sentiment with black ink onto it.


I stamped and coloured the sloth from Lawn Fawn's Set called Hang in There with coloured pencils. For the highlights I used a white gel pen. After fussy cutting (if you don't like fussy cutting you can use the matching dies, of course) I die cut a frame for the sloth. To create that frame I combined My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX with a regular circle die.

I went for a aqua cardbase - usually I use only white cardbases - and assembled the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Anni


   


Friday, 17 March 2017

Starry Starry Night.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm looking to the sky on a starry night...


...and using my supplies to create a deeply sentimental card for an incredibly special friend, taking inspiration from the very beautiful Don Mclean song, 'Vincent'.


It had been a while since I did a galaxy/night sky background so was looking forward to getting very inky!
I started with a panel of white card and my choice of coloured inks to use as my constellations. I chose pink, yellow, and blue and inked them randomly across my card.  I then went in with the black.  Now this is quite intimidating to most of us, I think the trick is to go slowly and steadily, but be brave and bold.  Once I had laid all the black I wanted down, I gave my piece a good sprinkling of water droplets which I then soaked up with paper towel.  I also added a good flicker of white paint and a spritz of shine mist.  Once I was happy with how it looked, I took Wplus9's Starry Background, and cut it twice from my panel.  


I took a piece of vellum and cut Lawn Fawn's Forest Border from it, I really wanted to emulate one of those stunning photos you see of the Northern Lights, really magical and beautiful, and thought the Forest Border really helped set the scene.  I then stamped out my sentiment in the spare space using these beautiful words from Mama Elephnat's Shooting Star set, and white heat embossed.  I find myself turning to this set a lot for sentiments as they are all heaped with meaning and very touching.


I adhered my vellum in place by creating a wrap and hiding my double sided tape around the back of the panel, then mounted my whole piece onto some silver sparkly card to really make my stars 'pop'.
I finished by cutting a few stars from the same silver sparkle card using Mama Elephant's Confetti and adding them as embellishments.



I really enjoyed making this card, so really hope you like how it came out.
As always, everyhting I used is linked below so be sure to check it out.

See you next week.

Jillx

Starry Background Die Image 1Shooting Star Image 1

Forest Border Lawn Cut Image 1Confetti Creative Cuts Die Image 1


For Lee, 'This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you'.











Thursday, 16 March 2017

Pretty Monochromatic Roses

Hi there everyone, Lydia here! And today I'm sharing a very classy monochromatic card.


I used Altenew Vintage Roses to create that classy vintage background, I love the fact that you could create this a big as you wanted for any project you have in mind. I stamped all of the base images randomly all over my card base using Limestone from the Altenew Rock Collection of Crisp Ink. I then took Silver Stone for the second layers and Industrial Diamond for the third, I have to say I do love how pretty these images look in grey.


As I didn't want to take ant focus from the background I added a simple sentiment panel, the sentiment is from Floral Frame and was stamped onto black card and heat set in white.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you again next week!

Hugs, Lydia xxx