Monday, 12 November 2018

Holly Jolly

Hello there, Jenny back again to start the week off with a couple of Christmas cards... I had to have a play with the new Holly Jolly die set from Wplus9...

Apologies the lettering looks fuzzy.... gold embossing doesn't play nicely with the photo lighting!

I love how this set cuts the letters and the outer frame too so I had a play around mixing and matching colours to go with these watercolour holly branches from Flora & Fauna. In the end I decided to heat emboss them in gold so I used a strip of masking tape to hold the letters inside the frame and liberally cover the whole piece in Versamark ink and pour over the embossing powder. Once heat set and cooled, I could remove the letters and adhere them onto the woodgrain cardstock panel and arrange the holly around them.

The holly branches are cut from watercolour card and loosely watercoloured with distress inks... their whimsy style suits the font of the dies well :)

So I was left with a gold embossed sentiment frame.. perfect for another card. This one is a small 4"x 4" card which is a good size for the sentiment to take centre stage ..

I cut a piece of black card with the shaped frame and placed it behind the letters. I then used the sentiment stamp from the coordinating set to add the rest of the wording along with a couple of spare watercoloured holly leaves. To add a touch of bling I coloured two clear gems with a red copic.... they compliment the metallic gold shine quite well :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Shoji Lantern

I've got a little Christmas decoration project to share today in an east meets west vibe as I've created a Christmas lantern based on a Japanese Shoji Screen.

It may look complex but it actually only took an hour to make and is pretty simple.  You just need thick card in your chosen colour (I went blue as it will be used in my dining room this Christmas), a rectangle die, a sheet of vellum, stamp of your choice, embossing powder in your choice of colour and strong glue.   If you want to light it, you will also need some battery operated lights that do not get hot - DO NOT USE A CANDLE WITH A REAL FLAME.   I used a small set of leds wired on copper  (£10 for 8 sets on Amazon)

I forgot to take step by step photos as I went, but I have drawn up some plans for you instead so you have the exact measurements of mine if you want to replicate it, but you can scale it up or down to suit your stamp or die cut design.

I started with 2 sheets of A4 navy card and scored along the longest side at 10cm and 20cm and then trimmed at 20.5cm to give me a small folded edge to glue my two pieces together.   I then turned the card and scored at 13.5cm along the height, leaving the remaining card stock to fold in to form the bottom of the lantern.  (trim off the extra 0.5cm from that edge as it will get in the way.  To create the holes for the vellum panels I used the 5th largest die in the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity set.

To create the legs I used another sheet of navy card trimmed to the same width (20.5cm) but this time with 2 5cm deep strips scored at 10cm and 20cm and at 1cm down to create a folded area to glue to the underneath of the base - this creates your feet and adds that oriental feel to the shape.  I used the dies to ensure I got the gaps the same as the panels - just line them up and let them hang over the edge as in the image below.
Put those aside and create your panels - either use a die 2 sizes larger than your holes or trim 4 pieces of vellum to size so it covers the panels but stays inside the frame.

Dust each vellum sheet with an embossing powder tool as vellum will hold every bit of loose powder without it.  Stamp your chosen image - I used the gorgeous sparkly tree from AlteNew's Starry Night Stamp set, topping it with a star from the same set and embossing it with Silver Sparkle powder from Hero Arts.  I added a few dots of teal glitter glue to some of the elements just to make it fit my decor better but it really doesn't need it - here's the silver version.

If you didn't want to go down the embossing route - you could add a delicate die cut like the Captivating Mandala or a Christmas sentiment like Li'l Inker Designs Peace on Earth.

Once your panels are decorated - glue them behind your frame - using a strong wet glue like Lawn Fawn's Glue Tube makes it easier to align the panels as you have a little wiggle-time with wet glue.   That glue was also my choice to glue all the elements together as it really is very strong.  Add glue to the narrow tabs and glue to two panels of the lantern together and then glue the base so the folded in tabs hold.

Turn the lantern upside down and use more glue to adhere the legs to the underneath of the base and glue the narrow tabs to hold the legs together.

Add lights and celebrate your achievements with a small sherry (well it is nearly Christmas!)


It's going to be another busy week.

We were inundated with orders on our day off and over the following couple of days thanks to the freepost code we gave out in our newsletter - if you missed it then make sure you sign up for our  newsletter here so you don't miss future offers.   So it will be Tuesday before we catch up on packing orders.

Otherwise we expect the follow items to be added to store this week:
  • Reverse Confetti's latest release
  • Neat and Tangled's latest release
  • Ranger Alcohol inks and some other Tim Holtz bits and pieces
  • Mama Elephant's latest release will be live in store on the 15th
  • Concord and 9th as soon as we get it after it ships (we hope that will be Monday so we should have it by the end of the week customs willin)
That's all for now folks.

Catch you later


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Birthday Card for a Dad

Hey stampers, Anni here.

It way my father’s birthday yesterday, he turned 80. The card I share today is the card I made for him. So I guess you can see that he is young at heart. That’s why I wanted to create not typical for an 80 years old man. And I didn’t want to put the 80 in the focus but I wanted to make it personal. So I decided to put his name on the card.

For the name I die cut the letters that I needed from blue card stock using Altenew’s Fine Alphabet Die. I die cut the letters several times and stacked them up to achieve some dimension. I love these clean and smiple letters but wanted a playful element for the card, too. I thought the animals from My Favorite Things’ The Greatest Show would be perfect for my dad and I chose the bear from the set.

I stamped the bear, coloured its fur with coloured pencils in brown but couldn’t decide which other colours to use.

So I continued with the background. I ink blended some shades in aqua and turquoise onto my piece of white cardstock and stamped some 80s in the same colour. The numbers come from Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABC.

With all the cold colours going on on my card the card needed a little bit of warmth. So I decided to add a little bit of pink to my card. I coloured the hat and parts of the unicycle of the bear in pink. To add even more pink I embossed the sentiment on a stripe of pink card stock. The sentiment from My Favorite Things’ Beary Special Birthday works so well with the image. I heat embossed it in white and that finished up my card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 9 November 2018

Treat Yourself

Hello, Gemma here today. I’m back for my second post this week, so thought I’d share a non-Christmas card for a change. This card ended up quite summery looking, probably due to my colour choices, but it’s sure to brighten up someone’s day.

I got the Lawn Fawn Treat Yourself stamp set a while back, but have only just got around to using it on a card. I stamped the images onto white card and coloured with my alcohol markers, then cut the images out.

On my card base, I used the MFT Radiating Rays stencil. The MFT Sunrise Radiating Rays stencil would work very well too. I inked this over my card base with Squeezed Lemonade distress oxide ink. I then removed the stencil and added some more ink to the card base, as this softens the rays and helps blend them a little better, I feel.

I stamped the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Treat Yourself set at the bottom of the card, then added the images above. I used foam tape for the ice cream tub and spoon, to give this mostly one layer card some more dimension.

Have a lovely day,

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Sparkle Dot Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

As we head towards the festive season things are definitely starting to get a bit more sparkly.

This time of year always conjures up images of fairy lights for me! I just love how they cheer up any setting! So that's just what I wanted to capture with today's card:

Stunning, right?! I love how this turned out!

I wanted to create a random dot pattern to mimic the lights but I decided to recreate a festive feel but with a twist on the traditional light colours! Who says fairy lights have to be white?!

I used the Ranger Detail Ink Blending Tools to create my background. All I did was ink up the tip with some Versamark ink and use that to stamp my pattern - so easy! I then heat embossed most of the dots with a metallic platinum embossing powder and some of my dots with sparkly copper embossing powder!

The sentiment from the Altenew Starry Night stamp set works so well with this card, don't you think? I heat embossed it with black embossing powder and I was all done!

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, 7 November 2018

Birthday Monkeys

Hello! Tallie here with a break from the festive cards. Today I have some cheeky little Birthday Monkeys from Mama Elephant!

I started out by stamping out the three monkeys, the cake and a birthday hat from the Mama Elephant Birthday Monkeys onto some blending cardstock using some MFT Extreme Black Ink. I coloured these in with my alcohol markers, sticking to a simple colour scheme of red, gold and blue with some brown for the monkeys. I cut these out with the coordinating dies.

On a white, top folding A6 card base I stamped out the flags from the Mama Elephant Swinging Borders set, arranging them across the top of the card. With a black marker, I added the 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' letters inside the flags and then coloured these in with the same markers as the monkeys and cake.

I popped the monkeys and cake up on some foam tape and used a light blue marker to add some grounding.

A bright and colourful birthday card for any cheeky little monkey!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week!



Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Christmas Knit Patterns

Today I’m sharing a fun Christmas card, featuring the new Knit Patterns stamp set from WPlus9.

This set has several border stamps with different patterns, so you can build up a beautiful background knit pattern.

I chose a traditional red colour scheme for my Christmas card, choosing some different MFT red dye inks. I used my stamping platform to help me stamp the lines straight. It would be easy to create several cards at the same time too.

Next, I gold heat embossed a greeting from the Mama Elephant Scripty Xmas stamp set onto vellum. I used tiny dots of liquid adhesive behind the sentiment to adhere the vellum to the card.

To help the vellum stay put, I adhered a gold embellishment at each corner, with liquid glue hidden underneath.

I love how striking this card design is, and how easy it would be to make several at a time. Change the colours or add some embossed lines for a different look on each card!

Have a lovely day,