Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Birthday Snail Mail

Hello, it's Liz here today. Have you ever thought of decorating your envelopes? We put so much effort into making our cards why send them in a plain envelope! Wouldn't this just make someone smile before they even opened it? It doesn't take long to do and these stamp sets from Flora and Fauna make it easy. I used Happy Bird Day, Aviary Love and Mini Snail Mail.

For the card I stamped the Happy Birthday sign and flowers inside the aperture. Then I stamped coloured and cut out the two cute birds (the matching die set is here). I stamped a branch and popped the birds on using foam pads. 

I stamped straight onto the envelope and coloured with water based markers, this means the colour will not bleed through to the other side.The name and address has been stamped using the Birdie Brown Alphabet and Numbers set.

On the back of the envelope I did some repeat stamping. 

Wouldn't you just love an envelope like this to pop through your letterbox? I know I would!

Monday, 14 October 2019

Amazing Type!!

Once I saw the cute typewriter die from Sugar Pea Designs I was inspired to try this 
interactive card.... it seemed the perfect idea for a typewriter...

.... and if you pull the sheet of paper up....

I've used a die to cut the slit in the circular panel behind the typewriter but you can 
easily use a knife to do the same thing. I inked through a sun ray stencil onto the 
front of the circle and then worked out where the slit had to be.

This is the back view... as you can see the sheet of paper is thin card which has a strip of 
card added at the bottom to stop it coming all the way through from the back. 
I added foam tape around the rest of the panel so the moving card can slide more easily.

To add a subtle pattern to the card base I used a Typewriter background stamp in
 pale grey... a perfect match for this die!! :) A smattering of stars in silver and black 
and I called it done, I can add my message on the inside depending on the occasion :)

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x


Sunday, 13 October 2019

Bold Sentiments

Now if you know me, you know I love 3 things come Christmas card making - something fast to make, anything with a Christmas tree and big bold sentiments - so the new sentiment stamp in the shape of a Christmas tree that fills a whole card on its own from MFT had my name all over it!   I've got a couple of cards to share with it today.

For my first I have gone super simple - so if you wanted to knock out a load of these you can do them super quick!   I started with a piece of paper from the Simple Stories Country Christmas pad - a beautiful soft blue with hints of red which drove my inking choices.   I simply stamped it using Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and used stickles on the star and around it to add some shimmer!

For the second version I did a shadow stamping technique.  I stamped and embossed it first in copper embossing powder and then stamped on top and just to the left using pine distress oxide just over the words leaving the star just in copper.  I then buffed the green ink off the sentiment and gently smudged it around the shape to give a soft green hue in the shape of a tree.   I used stickles again to make the star shine.

Whilst I was playing with sentiments, I also wanted to play with the Merry Christmas Blend Stamps and Dies

For this one, I just made the sentiment the star.   If you had the birthday version and found it hard to line up the stamps and dies, then I have a few tips to share.   If you are going to die cut, I find it easier to die cut the shapes first, use a bit of repositionable glue to hold them to some scrap paper and then stamp on top.  That makes it easier to see where to put the letters - I found the other way around I kept cutting into the letters as I had them too far over or too far apart.   I popped it up on a few extra die cut layers and created a background using the Ho Ho Ho Background stamp.

Whilst I had the stamps out I thought I'd play around with some more ideas in contemporary colour schemes.  They are so big and bold they can easily be the focal point of a card on their own.

Here I stamped it in Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers on a piece of white card and then used the Lawn Fawn Door Die to cut a door from the middle of the sentiment.   This gives you the option to have a fun character peeking out from inside.

I used the cute little reindeer from MFT's Festive Friends stamp set and used the same colours but in pencils to tie the inside to the outside.

I did make one final card, as I wanted to use just the "Merry" so I could make a portrait card (Christmas is too wide to fit on a standard card in that orientation but would fit on a 5x7), however, the Elf is now out of stock - sorry - but it will be back as soon as we can get it and I wanted to show that you can ink up the stamps without the frames to get a "non-selfie" look from them.

That's all the inspiration I have to share today.   Hope it gives you a few ideas to have a go at.


We're working on adding the deliveries we've had this week so should have the following online later today or tomorrow:
  • Hero Arts September Kit Add-Ons
  • Altenew's latest stamp, die, stencil and washi tape releases
We also expect the following to be delivered this week:
  • Concord and 9th latest release
  • Mama Elephant will be in store on the 15th along with some restocks from last month, but some were out of stock so are expected to follow in a couple of weeks.
  • Newton's Nook have a new release on Friday and fingers crossed that should be here by then too.
Catch you later


Saturday, 12 October 2019

Merry Christmas

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Are you excited for the Mama Elephant release week, too? They always come up with the sweetest designs. And I know, when I buy something I will love it for a long time - just like the set I used for today's card. Mama Elephant's Polar Pals is an older set but still soooo cute  - love it.

I started by stamping the penguin pair with an alcohol marker friendly ink. Penguins are always easy to colour and I only had to pick a few colours of my alcohol markers. To cut the images out there are coordinating dies available.

I love that the penguins can hold a banner with Merry. I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed it in white on orange cardstock matching the beaks and feet. To go with the Merry I wanted a big Christmas but didn't found one that would fit in my stash. So I decided to go with alphabet dies. This one by Lil'Inker Designs is called Mixed & Stitched Alphabet. It's a great set as you get upper and lower case letters.

I prepared a piece of white cardstock: I added ink blending in various cool colours and spritzed water and watered up white gesso on it. As it was dry I die cut the letters from that piece.

For the background I choose cardstock in a very light aqua colour and heat embossed snowflakes from Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Arctic for a very subtle effect.

To give the scene a frame I die cut the biggest of My Favorite Things' Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames. And that finished up my card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 11 October 2019

Festive Friday!


It's Bev here (again). I'm stepping if for Tara this week as she gets some important accounting done and she promises to be back in a couple of weeks with a bumper issue of Found on Friday.

Did you see the NEW MFT Release this week? If you didn't you must have been hiding under a rock or you are avoiding Christmas OR you are so scared your bank balance will be wiped out in an instant that you daren't look!

Well, I looked and caved for more than I intended! Isn't that always the case?! My goodies arrived on Thursday (my selfie day) and I couldn't wait to ink up the new Christmas sELFies clear stamp set...

Now, I'm not big lover of cute, I've never been one of those types of girls. But this set is just my style of fun and cute. Plus I have a thing for polaroid photos!

This first card was pretty quick to make. I used colour pencils to colour the image and when I am excited about a new stamp, I opt for quick flat colouring with minimal fuss and shading. Which is exactly what I have done with this image.

Next, I had a fun layering design in my head in which I was able to use all of the sELFie images from the set.

This was so fun to make and the masking was super quick too, with the images being square. Again some quick simple, flat colouring and one of the sentiments from the set & I was done.

That's all I had time to make yesterday using this set, but I am sure I will be reaching for it again soon!

Now if you've had your eye on this set, you might want to snag one quickly HERE before the stock Tara ordered in of this one has gone, it's going FAST!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!


Thursday, 10 October 2019

Dreaming Of A White Christmas!

Hey All & Happy Thursday!

With Christmas only 11 weeks away, I thought I had better make a start on my Christmas card stash. Yep, I am usually one of those leave it to the last minute and panic kind of Christmas card makers, but I am doing my best to not let that happen this year ;)

I am also one of those people who constantly dream of a white Christmas and I absolutely LOVE snow and snowflakes! 

So when I saw WPlus 9 Merriest Snowflake clear stamp set, it had to come and live with me and I've used it for a trio of cards to share with you today.

For my first card I kept things really CAS, but with a lot of sparkle! Christmas card making is the perfect time to dig out those sparkly embossing powders & metallic inks we all hoard ;) 

This stamp set contains a lovely large snowflake wreath image, which I stamped in silver metallic ink, heat embossed with some sparkly embossing powder and coloured with blue alcohol markers. I also added some clear dimensional to the centres of the snowflakes which make up the wreath. The sentiment is one of the smaller sentiments, stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and adhered using foam adhesive. 

Next, I wanted to used the large snowflake wreath image as an all over background and I've been itching to give the Hero Hues Paradise premium card stock an outing. 

This is one of my favourite colours and it makes me happy to pair with snowflakes too! Again, I have stamped the image in silver metallic ink, heat embossed with some sparkly embossing powder. 

I then added the 'merriest wishes' sentiment, stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with sparkly embossing powder. Some glossy white dimensional drops were added to the snowflake centres finished my design. 

Lastly I have a really quick CAS design...

I used a combination of the sentiments accented with the small star image, all stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with sparkly embossing powder. 

I added some coordinating colour to the stars to match the Hero Hues Paradise premium card stock I have used as a mat layer. 

That's all from me today, I hope I have inspired you a little with your Christmas card making. Thanks for stopping by & see you again next week :)

Crafty Hugs

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Wild for You: Comic Book Style!

Hello, crafty friends! It's Tallie here today.

I love the idea of your cards telling a story - a collection of 'scenes' if you like - and the comic book style is a great way of doing this. Today I chose two jungle/safari sets from Lawn Fawn, Wild for You and Critters on the Savanna, to create an assortment of scenes. I have a friend who absolutely loves animals, so either of these cards would be perfect to wish them a happy birthday!

Step 1: Choose a Layout

With these type of cards, the layout is the most important part. I know I had 4 animals to create scenes with so I chose two simple frame designs. In the first each of the compartments is separate, whereas the sentiment in the second joins two of the compartments. I sketched both of these designs out on paper, leaving a 0.5cm gap around the edges of the A6 card panel, and practice stamped out my scenes. Once I was ready, I used an alcohol marker friendly black pen to draw the frames onto an A6 blending card panel.

Step 2: Stamp and Mask the Scenes

These scenes can sometimes take quite a bit of masking. The key thing to remember is: stamp the elements nearest to you first, the furthest from you last. I used a variety of different elements from the sets and then used my marker to add in horizon lines or draw the sentiment bubbles.

Step 3: Colour it In!

The final and most fun part is to colour it all in! I used my alcohol markers, ensuring I used at least three markers for each colour to add some depth to the scene. To give some added texture to the creatures or the ground, I used the dotting technique - adding dots of colour with each of the markers.

Try it out and see what scenes you can compose. The possibilities are endless! I'd love to see what you create so do share it with the rest of us in the SHC VIPs group, or tag myself (@talliescrafts) and #sevenhillscrafts if you post on instagram!