Sunday, 22 January 2017

Hearts aren't just for Valentines.......

I thought I share today how some of the more Valentine's themed releases can actually have a life beyond the 14th February.

One of the things I often get asked to make for friends and family as a card maker is wedding invitations and some of the products are perfect for making those!   I've knocked up a couple of samples - and before my husband panics, we're not getting married again this summer!!!  I just used us as an example of what you can do with the lovely Perfectly Penned alphabet set from Concord and 9th.  If hand lettering is not your forté, then this set is for you - it is so easy to line up the letters and spell out any word in beautiful scripty perfection!

For the first invite I opted for the stitched heart grid die from MFT to be the design element - such a simple but elegant design that is perfect for wedding invites.  Just match the colours to the wedding colour scheme and you're good to go!  I did wear a teal dress at our wedding, so that might explain why teal is my go-to colour on lots of my cards!

My top tip for making it easy to line up the hearts perfectly is to use the "waste" from cutting them as a template - just place it over your card - add a line of glue on the seam line, fold the hearts a little and place in the holes.

If you're making 100+ invites - you may not want to glue down 1600 individual hearts (16 per card), so if you want a quicker invite design then I think Lil' Inker Designs nailed it with their today and always greeting die.   It's the perfect sentiment for a wedding - just die cut from card pre-backed with stick-it and you could knock up 100 invites in an evening.   I decided to mount it onto a teal square first but you could go straight onto the card like the first card.

Both designs would be great for anniversary cards too.  I always make a note of wedding colours for weddings I go to and mark them on the calendar each year with the date, then I send a card in the colour theme every year as a little extra reminder of their happy day.

For my final card I moved away from invites to a hidden theme of love for a more general card.

I started with Blue Prints 28 from MFT to make my outer frame and did a light blue wash onto the lift up flap.   I added the cute mail box die from Lawn Fawn cut from an old scrap of patterned paper to add a little fun (make sure you use double sided paper) and added a little shading with grey markers.  Don't be afraid to colour onto your papers - you can get so many more looks that way from one pad!  The die folds together really easily as does the miniature envelope that comes in the set too.  I added some grass using Avery Elle's Rocky Shore die and a cute snail from Waffle Flower's Snail Mail stamp set.  The sentiment comes form Sugar Pea Designs Happy Mail stamp set.

To decorate the "under flap" I used the gorgeous delicate falling hearts from the Love Always stamp paired with the word love from the Love Always Frame Die to create the inner reveal of what I'm sending.  Sometimes you just want to send someone a little love to let them know you're thinking of them, and this delicate image is a nice subtle way to do it.


It will be a quieter week for new stock this week as most of this months releases are already here and the other brands who are at CHA Creativation show this weekend won't be releasing their products that are shown there until next month.

We will however be getting or delivery from Stamping Bella at some point this week.  It is currently stuck in customs in Cincinnati but I provided the information they needed to get it moving on Friday so finger crossed it moves on tomorrow and then we should get it before the week is out.

We are working on an order to Hero Arts today as they have their 2017 catalogue out now - lots of fabulous new layering stamps and ink cube packs to go with them!  We don't expect to get them until mid-to-late February though.

Hope you're having a crafty Sunday.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Coffee And You

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Coffee And You is the name of the super cute stamp set that I used for today's card!

I am totally in love with anything coffee and couldn't resist this sweet elephant drinking coffee with his little friend Mr. Mouse!
I started by stamping  and coloring the images with alcohol markers. To make the eyes appear ectra black I use a black gel pen and a white one to add dots to the cheeks as well.
There are coordinating dies available. But I am one of the weird people who likes to fussy cut.
I die cut a circle from some patterned paper by Avery Elle. It matches the cheeks of the elephant and the mouse perfectly.

For the sentiment I chose one included in the set and stamped it on a stripe of aqua cardstock. I cut the stripe of paper into a banner.
To add a little bit of interest to my card base I used a die by My Favorite Things called Stitched Strip.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Friday, 20 January 2017

Otterly in love.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I am going 'otterly nuts'...

...for the brand spanking new Otterly Adorable from Mama Elephant.

I love otters, they are one of my particular favourite animals, the way they swim on their backs holding hands...gaaaah!  They are just such beautiful, gorgeous creatures.  So seeing them take centre stage in this new set...oh be still my beating heart!
I started by colouring a few different sheets of vellum using Distress Inks, (I only learnt yesterday this would work.  HOW did I not know?!).  In any case, I coloured my vellum in various blue/greens, and also covered a sheet in white pigment ink.  I then cut them, at varying heights, into waves using the cloud border from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio Dies, by simply turning the die upside down.
I then cut a frame from a piece of card using Lawn Fawn's Cross Stitched Rectangles and layered up my vellum waves behind.

I stamped out and coloured my favourite image in the set, which is obviously the little guys on their backs, and the little heart also included, then fussy cut everything.
I cut Mama Elephant's Friend word die from a piece of black card adhered to some black foam using Stick it, and began to build my scene. adding the little heart to my sweet swimming otters.

I finished off my sentiment by stamping straight onto the vellum along the bottom of my scene, and clear heat embossing.
I cut the smallest rectangle that makes up my frame, from my card blank to allow the light to shine through, and mounted my panel onto it using foam tape.
I embellished with a scattering of clear sequins and there you have it.

I really hope you like it, and hope you love the new Mama Elephant release as much as I do!

As always, everything I have used is linked below so be sure to check it out.

See you next week.


Otterly AdorableLandscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1Friend Script Creative Cut Image 1

Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1Stick It

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Owl Are You?

Howdy, crafters! I know you are expecting Lydia, but she's on break today so I, Julia, decided to chip in. Today I have a clean and easy project for you:

I started by die cutting a panel of Copic friendly paper and then stamped the images and colored them with my markers. You can go nuts here and color the owls any way you want; I decided to have a guy and a girl sharing a branch.

After some easy Copic coloring, I adhered the panel with foam tape to my card base. I had covered the front with some bright patterned paper so it would contrast nicely with the white panel but still instill a happy feeling.

Hope you like this clean and simple card and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Owl birthday card using My Favorite Things

Hi everyone, it's Esther here with an owl birthday card using My Favorite Things. As soon as I saw the new set I'm Owl Yours, I had to have it! I'm always doodling owls, and these are so cute and will be perfect every time!

I inked some card creating an ombre pink effect, and then used the Moroccan Lattice stencil to add deep pink shading. I then used the Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover Up Dienamics to cut a panel.

Using the I'm Owl Yours stamp set and the matching Dienamics, I stamped, coloured with alcohol markers and cut an owl and two sizes of heart, using a white pen to add highlight detail.

I cut numerous leaves using Wild Greenery and coloured them in two-tone shading with alcohol markers. 

I then stamped and heat embossed in white a sentiment from I'm Owl Yours onto black card.

Finally, I added the panel to a card base and layered everything up until I was happy with the layout, then adhered the elements down using a mix of foam pads, wet glue and silicon glue for dimension.

That's it for today, and I hope you're inspired to take a look at those gorgeous little owls - perfect for birthdays, Valentines, anniversaries and thank you cards!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Birthday Present with Mini Tag

I had an idea for a card featuring a birthday present and a mini gift tag. I searched through my craft stash but didn't have a present stamp big enough, so instead I got creative.

The stamp I chose is from the MFT Fall Florals stamp set. It's the flower stems image, but I thought it would work really well for what I wanted.

I chose some MFT ink cubes in blue colours, and stamped the stems image five times onto white card, going from dark to light ink. I made sure to remove the ink from any part of the stamp that I didn't want to use before stamping.

Next, I die cut some Mama Elephant Mini Tags from white card, and stamped a greeting from their Mini Messages set. The stamp set has a great range of mini sentiments, which perfectly fit on the tags.

To add the tag to the card, I used some Lawn Fawn twine. I also added a bow and more twine to the present.

As this was a fun and simple card to make, I recreated it with pinks and reds.

Thanks for joining me today.

MFT Fall Florals
Mama Elephant Mini Messages

Mama Elephant Mini Tags
Lawn Fawn Twine
Lawn Fawn Twine

Monday, 16 January 2017

This Much Love!

Hi there and happy Monday to you :)

I have a fun slider card to share with you today.... now I'm not a slushy person but this style of card is okay with me ;).....

It's bold and fun and uses the long doggy image in Waffleflower's On My Mark stamp set.
I used the matching die to cut out the dog and then concertina folded him to make a shorter version, the striped panel is made using and the solid line stamp in the same set to stamp a stripe pattern across the piece. I have used the smallest slider die from Lawn fawn to make the channel in the striped panel...

I attached the rear end of the dog to the card and then, using a Spin and Slide disc, I attached the nose of the dog to a strip of card through the channel aperture.

The sentiment is from the same Waffleflower set and I added a couple of arrows and a little heart to embellish the design..... it's a simple pull tab card and goes like this...

Hehe..... it works pretty well and makes me chuckle :)


Thanks for stopping by and see you next week :)
Jenny x