Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Year of the Dog

I’m ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year with my card today. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, so I got out the cute dog from the Mama Elephant Lunar Animals set, ready for some colouring.

I seem to be reaching for my Zig clean colour real brush pens more lately, as I’m enjoying watercolouring. I stamped the Dog with MFT Extreme Black ink, which is fine for watercolour. I can also recommend their black hybrid ink for using with your zig pens too.

I chose just three colours of markers - beige 72, dark brown 62, and light pink 26. I added a little of the beige colour first, blending out with water. I then dried the image with a heat tool and repeated this step 3 or 4 times to get a nice buildup and blend of colour. I then added a thin line of the dark brown around the edge, blending out with water again. Finally, I added some light pink to the cheeks and blended out with water to soften.

Once the image was dry, I added some black gel pen to the eyes, and some white gel pens dots to the cheeks.

For the background, I die cut a rounded rectangle from red cardstock. I used the MFT chevron stencil with versamark ink, then embossed the chevrons with clear embossing powder. I love the texture and shine this gives to the background. I added this to a white card base.

I stamped, in versamark ink, three of the lanterns from the Avery Elle Bunting stamp set. I embossed these with gold embossing powder. I used coordinating dies to die cut the strings and bows from gold metallic card. Unfortunately, the dies are out of stock currently, but the stamp set does come with string and bow stamps. By stamping and embossing these in gold on the background, it would give a similar look. Alternatively, some gold twine would look lovely too.

The year is die cut from gold metallic card, using the C&9th Double Cut Numbers. 

I added everything to the card, using either foam tape or liquid glue. To help ground the dog on the card, I added a grey oval shadow beneath him.

Thanks for joining me today,

Avery Elle Bunting
Mama Elephant Lunar Animals
C&9th Double Cut Numbers

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
MFT Oval Shadows Dienamics

Monday, 22 January 2018

A Bowling Scene

Hi, it's Jenny here back in my normal Monday slot :)

I have been inspired by a couple of recent diorama style cards, one from MFT here and then Dawn at Wplus shared a video showing how to make a larger, skinny version here
I love a spot of papercraft engineering so I decided to make a bowling alley scene using the videos as a guide and the Sugar Pea designs stamp set called Spare Me.....

I adjusted the measurements so my card would fit in a standard UK C6 envelope and added two strips along the base to build the scene.

I stamped the images onto white card and coloured them with markers before cutting them out with scissors. I added a piece of patterned paper to the back wall and some basic shapes to represent the back area of the bowling lane.
The stamp set comes with some funky retro shapes which look great as signs so I added another strip of card for a ceiling so I could attach the "Strike up some fun" sentiment  to it.

I have used a discontinued alpha die from my stash for parts of the sentiment but there are small alphabets in store you could use instead such as the Bottlecap letters or alphabet stamps like Hollow Letters for the same effect.

Here's a top view to show the card strips inside the box.... I love the neat and compact this style of card is yet it's quite different from the normal too... just fold it sideways to flatten it for the envelope :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

You & Me

I've gone off the page today with a little something to decorate our bedroom door using one of the oh so fabulous monogram stamps from Concord and 9th.  The whole alphabet is a considered purchase but the stamps have been designed so you can use them individually too with co-ordinating sentiments so "B" is for Birthday for example. There is also a really beautiful heart and and ampersand which allow you to get creative without the letters at all and I decided to play with one of those to make my door sign.  If you are confused as to why I wanted you and me on the door - it's not as random as it seems - our first dance at our wedding was to the "you and me song" by The Wannadies!

I stamped the ampersand onto white card using versamark ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I actually stamped it twice to get a nice thick embossed layer.

You can then stamp the flowers and leaves into the spaces left behind, or with the co-ordinating dies create a pretty layered look either just with coloured card or with stamping and cutting (the dies are slightly larger than the stamped image to allow you to get a number of different looks from the one set)

To finish I used the same coloured card I die cut the tiny leaves from to tie the colours together and die cut the words "you" and "me" from it using AlteNew's Inline Alpha Die.  I added a gold mat behind to make it pop from the door.

There is a cute little hanging tab in the die set (the piece that looks like a capital I) so I now really want to make a full banner with our names to hang from the fireplace in the bedroom too!


There won't be any new arrivals this week - all our brands are busy at Creativation (the large Craft Tradeshow in the USA) and we will be busy buying all their new releases which will be here in February! 

We're getting more on track with packing orders now so are back to shipping within a couple of days (Monday-Friday)

That's all the news this week - catch you later.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Wishing You a Happy Birthday

Hey stameprs, Anni here!

Today I have a elephant birthday card for you.

I don't know about you but winter is the time of the year when I have the feeling my mojo is on vacation. I ask myself where it could be and imagine it somewhere on a sunny beach - far, far away from my crafting area.
In these times I turn to challenges to give me some inspiration. The inspiration for this card came from the Lawn Fawn challenge blog. For the current challenge there is a inspiration board you have to follow: a lot of reds, pinks, greys, glitter and hearts.
So Istarted by creating a background with ink blending with red and pink ink. I sprinkled some water droplets on it to achieve these bleached posts. While the background dried I stamped elephants and mice from Lawn Fawn's Wild For You and Elphie Selfie. I coloured the images with alcohol markers, added some details with coloured pencils and fussy cut them.
I die cut the polaroid from Lawn Fawn's Selfie Frames twice from white cardstock and glued vellum behind it. I arranged the elephants and a mouse in the frames and added three hearts. These hearts I die cut from red glitter cardstock with Heart dies by Lawn Fawn.

For the sentiment I chose the set Happy Happy Happy by Lawn Fawn again.I heat embossed the sentiment in white on dark grey cardstock and cut it into stripes.
To die cut the background I used Mama Elephant's All Prettied Up. After that all that was left to do was to assemble the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 19 January 2018

Fab-stract Watercolour Flowers

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some abstract (well, that's what I'm calling it) watercolour for you...

...using Fab Flowers from Lawn Fawn.

If you're a regular visitor to our delightful blog you'll know I used the same set last week.  I've decided this is my 'new thing', and a way of getting more use out of my crafty stash.  I'm, (and I'm sure I'm not alone), like a kid in a sweetshop with my crafty goodies - spoilt for choice and too excited to play with everything all at once, so I tend to use a set then put it away never to be seen again for a long long time.  Well no more I tell ya.  So my new 'thing' is - I must make at least two cards with a set before it goes back in it's pack!  So this is the second outing of this beaut in as many weeks.
I was aiming for a kind of really loose, abstract watercolour effect with this design and the way I accomplished that was to use Distress Ink so the colours would react with water (Zig Clean Colour Markers would also work a treat), and, once my stamp was covered in ink, to spritz it with water before stamping it onto my card.  I don't think I'll ever fall out of love with the look of watercolour, and this technique is by far one of the easiest ways to achieve it.  I stamped out all my elements using the same technique, die-cut, and then built up a sweet bouquet adhering each piece from the back.  My background is My Favourite Thing's Sketched Chevron (literally one of my all time favourite stamps let alone backgrounds) which I clear heat embossed and add a wash of blue inks over-top.

I cut Lawn Fawn's Love Ya Border Die to use as my sentiment and added another couple of elements from the Fab Flower's to tie my design together.
I finished by adding a purple twine bow and embellished with a scattering of clear gems, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.
As always everything I used is linked below, and I'll see you next week.


Fab Flowers  Love Ya Line Border Die  Sketched Chevron Background Image 1

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Winter's Not All Bad Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

With the weather taking a turn for the shivery worst recently, it's hard not to long for the warmer climes of Spring. Yet, if we stop to think about it, there are a whole bunch of things about Winter to love. Cosy nights in front of the fire, your favourite soft woolly jumper, a rich mug of hot chocolate... Winter's not all that bad!

It's with that sentiment that today's card, featuring the Neat & Tangled Hello Winter set, was born:

I don't know about you but I'm feeling cosier already!

I heat embossed my sentiment block with clear embossing powder, then blended a few different colours of Distress Ink over the card. I love how the transition from blues to browns and greys gives a sense of warmth and cosiness as you progress down the front!

I heat embossed the main Winter sentiment with white and then with sparkly embossing powder. It doesn't show up well in photos but you should see the sparkle in real life! Some fine mist splatters compliment it perfectly!

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, 17 January 2018

Bella's Morning Glory

Happy Wednesday crafters!

Today's card features three new things for me: 1) no-line colouring; 2) an actual rubber stamp (other than a background); and 3) a cute little stamp from the brand Stamping Bella. It's a new year and time to try new things and challenge yourself, right?

I started out by stamping the Stamping Bella Morning Glory stamp onto some white cardstock with some MFT Grout Gray Hybrid Ink.  The lines on this stamp are so fine and the ink is so light I had to stamp it twice to enable me to see it. I then used my alcohol markers to colour her in, finishing up with a couple of coloured pencils in white, dark brown, grey and green to add fine detail and ground the image.

When finished, I cut the panel down, mounting it onto an A6 top folding white card base and a small strip of card coloured with two blue markers. I cut a sentiment strip from a scrap of green cardstock, snipped the end off into a banner and white heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT Essential Sentiments set. I foam mounted this and added some sequins, letting the colouring be the main focus of the card.

If you've never attempted no-line colouring, why not give it a go?

Catch you next week.