Monday, 20 February 2017

A Prickly Pun

Hi there and happy Monday morning to you all :)

I have another fun... or should I say 'pun' card today!! This time, inspiration came in the form of artwork on Pinterest so I take no credit for making this pun up but just loved the idea of using a couple of stamp sets to illustrate it :)

Yes its a 'Catcus' :) I know.... it's so easy to say, that I now can't not say it that way round!!

I used the plumpest cat from MFT's Cool Cats that would fit in a pot from the Sweet Succulents set and used a bit of masking to plant him up... I decided against including his tail because he didn't look right with it.

I used three shades of markers to make him look 'cactus like' and added spines with a white gel pen. To give him some company I stamped a couple of succulents in the background and set him on a black strip of card alongside the custom made phrase which I used alphabet stamps for. Sometimes its okay to not put a sentiment on a card.

I did think of doing a whole group of cat shaped cacti but I didn't think the
 pun worked as well in the plural... what do you think?


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 19 February 2017

February Challenge - Week 3

It's your final reminder to play along in this months colour challenge and this month I've gone with my personal "go to schemes"   As I'm sure you've guessed - teals and turquoise feature in lots of my makes along with lime greens (just like the logo) but one of my favourite options for card making is greys and yellows so hopefully you will find something that you can work with too.

You must use at least 3 shades from one of the options above AND use at least one product from the range we sell in store to be eligible for the £15 prize.  New projects only - no back linking.

Here are the DT's final inspiring posts to get your mojo flowing.

I'm using the middle colour palette as I love yellow and grey together. My card features:
Mama Elephant Little Cat AgendaMFT Stepped Up Chevron Die-namic, and
Mama Elephant Mini Messages.

You have until 10pm on Saturday 25th February to play along this month.  Link up to the challenges page here

Wine A Little

I've gone full-on wino this week lol!  I may be a gin girl but all my mates are wine drinkers so all the new wine themed products we've had in store recently will be getting a lot of use!

Firstly I did a simple card using the MFT dies Wine Service and Cheers

I die cut a frame using the peek-a-boo window (sorry it just sold out again but we will get it back as soon as we can) so I had somewhere to sit my bottle.   I die cut the bottle and glass and did some quick colouring with alcohol markers before covering both with a thick layer of clear embossing.  I added a gold die cut cap and a wine label - the stamping of which came from one of the sentiments in MFT's Uncorked using the selective inking technique using a momento pen to ink up each word one at a time.  I finished with a gold matt and a matching gold Cheers sentiment.

For my second card I wanted to make a shaped card so I switched dies to the larger wine bottle from Avery Elle and used it in a slightly different way than they intended!

The die cuts the bottle in 4 pieces which you then align on your card.  However as I wanted a stand alone bottle, I just drew around the die twice on some green card and cut them out with scissors.  It's an easy shape to cut so it's no great hardship. I then die cut the label part from kraft and did some scruffy embossing to the edges to give the label a distressed feel and stamped one of the larger sentiments from Uncorked onto it again.  Another gold top finished the top bottle off - to make it into a card I just scored under the gold top to create a crease to lift the front up with and then used a little strong tape behind it to glue the two bottles together.  You could make fun bottle gift tags if you just did single ones too. 


It will be a busy week in store again this week:
  • Lil' Inker Designs have a new release tomorrow which will be live in store after they release it in the USA
  • This month's Concord and 9th release was delayed in customs in the USA (we are finding they are tightening up on  regulations and parcels are being held up for the smallest of reasons so we are facing many unhelpful delays) but should be here in a couple of days.
  • The much anticipated Lawn Fawn release will finally be released by Lawn Fawn in the USA on the 23rd February.  We will have ours tomorrow but retailers are not allowed to sell it until they have released it in the USA so we won't be releasing ours until they do.
  • The SugarPea release from last Friday will hopefully ship to us early this week so we should have it in around a week to 10 days.
  • We are still waiting for the Hero Arts release but it reached the UK distributor on Friday so hopefully it won't take them too long to sort out everyone's orders and get it out to us.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Happy New Home!

Hey stampers, Anni here!
A friend of mine moved a few weeks ago and I needed a little gift for the house warming party. Avery Elle's Happy Home die was perfect for that occassion.
I created a little gift box and a small gift tag.

For the gift box I used the Goodie Bag die by Lawn Fawn as a basis. I die cut all the pieces of the house from different cardstocks.
To create a more realistic look of a brick wall I used a stencil I got from a friend. My friend made the stencil with her craft plotter but you can create that kind of stencil with this die for example.
For the curtains I used some patterned paper to bring in a little bit of color.
On a little banner I added the sentiment. For that I combined sentiments from two sets - you have to be inventive if you don't have the sentiment in your stash that you need, don't you?
On the inside of the bag I adhered a little magnet to make it closeable.

For the tag I used the Pierced Traditional Tags Dies. I die cut again the pieces for the house and went for the same cardsock as for the box to make them match. I finished up the tag by adding some twine.

And do you know what is the best thing about the Happy Home die? It is on sale right now!


Friday, 17 February 2017

Squad Goals!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm celebrating some of the best things in life...girlfriends!

Using the adorable, and oh-so handy, Mama Elephant's 'Girlfrineds' set.

I am incredibly lucky to have the best friends in the world so this set was a must-have for me when it was released.  I especially love any set that you can personalise to fit in with your life and this is so perfect for that, you just need to colour the girlfriends' hair and outfits accordingly to match your own mates, and et voila, personalised pals ready to go!

I started by stamping out my girlfriends and colouring them in alcohol markers, like I say, to fit in with my 'squad' and fussy-cut.  I die-cut a heart from my card panel to use as a frame, and gently ink blended behind to give my girlfriends a backdrop.  I die-cut Paper Smooches Awesome from plain white card to use as my main element in a statement sentiment.

I completed my sentiment by stamping onto vellum and clear heat embossing, and built up my scene adhering everything in place using foam tape.  I embellished with a scattering of matching sequins and there you have it.

I especially enjoyed this project as it feels so personal, and I just know my gal pals are going to love it!

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

See you next week.


Girlfriends  Awesome Die

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Simple Note Cards

Hello there everyone and happy Thursday. Today I have a set of matching note cards to share that would be perfect to give for every occasion just by changing the sentiment. You could even mix up to colours to give these a different look.

Swoon.... just how gorgeous does that foiling look?!?! And I have to say these look so much better in real life but foiling is just so hard to photograph.

To create these I marked where I wanted the images to be on the card by drawing a faint pencil rectangle on a card blank. I added this into my stamp positioning tool and arranged the flower and leaf images from Altenew Bamboo Rose so they all fitted within the rectangle. I then closed the lid of the stamp positioner so the stamps stuck, this meant I could stamp as many of these as I wanted, all the same!

I used these cluster of images and versamark to then stamp four card blanks for the set. I then used a sticking embossing or bonding powder and heat set. When sticky embossing powder (or bonding powder) is warm its sticky so I heated it up and then added some foil over the top, if some places don't stick just heat that part up again and add the foil back on top.

For the sentiment I used Altenew Magnolias For Her and foiled in the same way as I did for the background. Simple but very pretty, I think these would also make perfect wedding stationary too. I'm really eyeing up the Black Deco Foil.... I think these would look amazing using that!

Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

Hugs Lydia x

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Kindness card using My Favorite Things Fancy Flowers

Hi everyone, Esther here with a kindness card using My Favorite Things Fancy Flowers from the new February release. 

This is such a lovely set to work with as it has a surprisingly elegant and tranquil feel, despite the funky doodling on the flowers and leaves!

I went for a mostly monochromatic palette as I wanted the single yellow flower to really stand out against everything else - like an act of kindness stands out in an ordinary day :)

I started by stamping the background all over in a repeated pattern using two of the leaves from My Favorite Things Fancy Flowers. I colour washed loosely over each leaf with one of my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and a waterbrush. The background was then cut using the large rectangle panel from My Favorite Things Blueprints 29.

I then cut 5 layers of the tri-window frame (does that name make anyone else think of the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter?!) from My Favorite Things Blueprints 29, adhered these onto the background, and splattered liberally over the entire background with green and black specks. 

Using the My Favorite Things Fancy Flowers set, I stamped, coloured with alcohol markers and die cut with the matching Dienamics three flowers and four leaves, and arranged these against the frame until I was happy with the layout and could stick them down with wet glue. 

Finally, I used my favourite sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Calathea set, masking and stamping to get it into a straight line instead of a block. You could also cut it apart to achieve this. I cut round the sentiment using the longest sentiment strip die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 29 and splattered over it with green and black so it matched the background before sticking it down over the frames.

That's it from me, but I'd love to hear if anyone else has bought this set and if you're enjoying working with it like I am? I'll be doing a few more solid colour/ombre projects with the flowers for upcoming birthdays, and also experimenting with using multiple colours on the flowers. Such a fun set to play with!

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by :)