Monday, 18 November 2019

Bright Lights

Hello hello, its Jenny again bringing you a bright and colourful Christmas card which is 
ironic as it was anything but bright when I took these photos!! 🙄

The Party Lights stamp and die combo from MFT is a great set. I love different the curly strings for 
the lights and you have three options for adding the bulbs... three stamps that line all the bulbs
 up exactly where you need them or individual bulb stamps and of course, the dies

I've used grey pigment ink to stamp the wires across the card panel, they are easy to line up 
if you need to extend them. I have used the matching multi bulb stamps for each string
 and used different coloured inks for the bulbs. I thought it was not the best idea when I first 
started but actually it worked very well and of course using the stamping alignment tool helped.

It just so happened that the word Bright from the Rainbow Wishes dies fitted the space
 perfectly ... that never usually happens! The rest of the sentiment is from Mini Merry 
Messages and just snuggles into the gap nicely.

To add some dimension I used Nuvo Crystal Glaze on the bulbs, they really lift the 
design with a little bit of shine on each bulb 😊


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Seven Ways With Foiling Dies

If like me you've been resisting buying another machine for your craft room, then you may think the current trend for hot foiling dies is not for you.   Well, I caved and bought a machine last week, and although I did love the result, I wanted to challenge myself to see if the new foiling dies we have can be used WITHOUT a foiling machine - and I have 7 cards below all done without the machine as well as 1 with it, so you can see the original look too.   All the cards were made with one die - the Impressive Snowflake Die from MFT and one stamp set - Mistletoe Messages from Concord and 9th.

1)  Hot Foiled
So for those of you like me with no will power who bought a foiling machine (I have the spellbinders glimmer which fits in my existing die cutting machine and I found super easy to use - this card was actually my first ever try with it) then this is how the foiled impression looks. 

For those of you don't know about hot foil dies (and until last week I didn't!) basically you get a hot plate that replaces the bottom platform of your die cutting machine.  You plug it in, once its hot you put the die on, place your foil (coloured surface down) on top of the die and press the timer button.   Once the time is up, pop your cardstock on top, place the relevant plate that comes with your foiling machine on top of that and run the whole sandwich through your die cutting machine and it foils and debosses at the same time so you get a foiled letter-press look to your finished image.   All the foils we stock are heat activated so will work with your hot foil machines.   Here I used copper on some teal card and the sentiment I stamped and embossed with copper embossing powder.

2)  Glue Pen Foiling
For those of you who would love to get the foiled look, but don't have or don't want a foiling machine, then I've had a play and there are ways you can do it.

For this look I just ran the impressive die (in this case impressive means to leave and impression rather than being brilliant but it is that too!) through my die cutting machine with my embossing mat in the sandwich and then turned it over to work on the embossed side.   I used a fine glue pen and traced over the embossed lines and once the glue was tacky, I placed a sheet of teal foil over top and set it aside for 10 minutes so it could fully dry, a gentle rub and then peel back and hey presto - foiled look with no expensive machine required.

2½)  Glue Pad Foiling
I also think you can do it on the debossed side using a glue pad to ink up the die with glue before running it through the machine, then clean up the die place foil over the glue and run it back through to get the foil look more like the hot foil, but when I tried it this morning my flitter glue was dried up so I'll have to get more and give it a go later for you.

3)  Embossing/Debossing
The dies work brilliantly for just leaving an embossed/debossed design in your card stock.  For this one I just went for the straight forward embossed on white using my embossing mat in the sandwich - its a really crisp embossed texture.

4) Shallow Embossing
This one came out by accident - I got the sandwich wrong and the mat was behind the die (doh!) so the die only debossed the card very slightly as it had nothing soft to press into but it did leave a subtle pattern and I kinda liked it - so I just traced over it with a coloured pencil so it showed up better on photos (irl I would probably have left it as was as I liked the subtlety)  I added some gems for sparkle too.

5) Letterpress
By inking up the die (using really light dabs to ensure it only sits on the top) then you can get a letterpress loo to add more drama to the embossed impression.  Here I used navy cardstock and inked up the die with Unicorn White ink.

If you swap it round on white cardstock with a darker in you get a really dramatic look!

6)  Embossed Letterpress
By taking it a step further - you can ink up your die with versamark and then sprinkle on embossing powder - that's how I got a whiter look to the snowflake here.

7) Glitter Fill
For this last one, I debossed the die as before with my embossed mat in the die cutter and then used sea spray stickles to fill in the debossed lines with lots of festive glitter!

Hopefully that's given you lots of ideas for how to get the most of impression dies - with or without a hot foil machine!


We are expecting deliveries from the following brands this week:

  • Newton's Nook
  • Altenew
  • Avery Elle

Catch you later


Saturday, 16 November 2019

We Wish You Merry Christmas

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Do you go with traditional colours when you make Christmas cards? Or do you like to make different things beside green, red, silver and gold. I like both but I often tend to reach to untraditional colour combos making Christmas cards.

With this card I started colouring these super cute bears from Mama Elephant's Fuzzy Hugs and I had no idea in my mind what card I make with it. For the colouring I used coloured pencils, my favourite colouring medium. To cut out the image there are coodinating dies available.

Then I decided to go with a Christmas card with these sweet bears although you could send them to a friend who needs a hug or just sending warm winter wishes.

I created a background using Distress Oxide inks matching the colours I used for the hat and the pullover. I decided to use shades of reds and oranges although this could get creepy - I always can't stop thinking of blood when I have too much red on card. Is it just me?
I toned down the edges with a dark red to give the scene kind of a frame. When the ink blending was finished I added splashes of water and watered down white gesso to the background.

When the background was dry I cut it out using Lawn Fawn's Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables (they are on sale right now). I also cut a scrap of white cardstock with the same die and cut a snowy hill out of it. On that piece I stamped the sentiment that I found in Mama Elephant's Holiday Messages. All there was left to do was to assemble the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 15 November 2019

A Birthday Announcement!

Hello there, it's Jenny back again today. Apologies if you were expecting to see another edition of
 Found on Friday, fear not, it will return at the end of the month instead with a double edition 
as Tara is rather busy with the shop at the moment.

I have revisited the Oyez stamp set from Waffleflower today with a fun birthday card 
using the Town Cryer which I enjoyed colouring...

After colouring him I cut around him with scissors but a coordinating die set is available here.
For a background scene I used the buildings from Mama Elephants City Sidewalks which 
are stamped onto the card base. I masked them and sponged on 
a light blue sky and grey pavement.

I decided to leave the buildings uncoloured so our Town Cryer could take centre
 stage... I love the clean and simple design this gives too. The sentiment from the 
set just nestles snugly into the space.... I think this makes a great card for 
guys and its not often you can say that!


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Fun with Geometrics

Happy Thursday!

It's Bev here today with a FUN geometric and masculine birthday card. It's my Dad's birthday at the weekend, and so I needed to make a card for him.

I was looking though my supplies to make my card and with limited masculine themed products, I was inspired to use the Waffle Flower Color Combos For Inkpads stamp set. As I've not got round to my intended purpose for using these stamps (swatching all my ink pads), it was nice to ink them up to create this fun background. 

I decided to use the Altenew Lapis Lazuli collection which features two bright blues and two softer shades creating a fun combination. I used my stamping tool to stamp all of the shapes, this was to ensure I achieved even coverage with them being solid and new stamps. 

The 'Happiest Birthday' sentiment is from Concord & 9th Confetti Turnabout stamp set and the DAD is die cut using the My Favourite Things Impact Alphabet dies and adhered to the card using foam adhesive for a little dimension.

This card would look great in all kinds of colour combinations, for women and all different occasions. Geometrics are my 'go to' for masculine cards and they come in all types of products too, not just stamps. 

I hope I have inspired you today & I hope to share more masculine makes with you soon. Until next week, thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

We 'herd' it's your birthday!

Hello, Tallie here.

I'm taking a break from the Christmas cards today with this punny set of birthday cards featuring the 'We Herd' stamp from Waffle Flower. Paired with some Lawn Fawn Watercolour Wishes Patterned Paper (this is my favourite paper besides the rainbow pack and is back in stock right now!), you can customise the card colours to suit the recipient.

I started out by stamping the herd of sheep and balloon stamps from the Waffle Flower We Herd stamp set twice onto some blending cardstock in some MFT Extreme Black ink. I coloured the sheep in with my alcohol markers using two different tones of grey - more cool greys for the blue card and warm greys for the pink card. I used some pinks to brighten up their cheeks and ears, and die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I cut two pieces from the Lawn Fawn Watercolour Wishes Patterned Paper pad - a blue and a pink - down and adhered them to top-folding A6 card bases. On this vertical design some of the ears and tails stick out, but the standard C6 envelopes will fit around these so I'm not too worried. I used a couple of strips of DIY black and white striped paper I made a while back (here's the post explaining how) to ground the main image, popping it up with some foam tape.

For the balloons, I popped them up with some foam tape and adhered them above the sheep. I used a black fine liner to add some strings, making sure to get underneath the images so there was no 'gap' in the strings.

I finished the cards off with the punny sentiment from the main set, white heat embossing it across the bottom of the card with some Hero Arts Detail White Embossing Powder.

I actually gave our building's cleaner one of these cards last week and she was tickled pink! Hehee. :)

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Happiest of Holidays

Hello, it's Liz here again and I have the happiest of cards to share! How are your Christmas makes coming along? It's only 43 days to go! I have watched one Christmas movie - Love Actually, I have listened to my Christmas playlist twice and I have made ten Christmas cards! I'll need to get a wiggle on!

My card features the three elves from the Santa's Elves set by My Favourite Things. I added the stitched detail to the background using my Quilted Stitched Spirals die by Lil' Inker Designs, I love all these background type dies, so useful. Before attaching the backgound panel to the card base I wrapped some red and white twine around and tied a bow. As a finishing touch, and to add some festive sparkle, I added some stickles to their hats and cuffs.

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!