Saturday, 27 August 2016

Vibrant Spring Card with Fall Florals

Aloha, crafty friends! I feel this card today is so tropical that I cannot use any other type of greeting. Despite, at the time I was making this card, being less than a month away from the first of my two moves (so this was early January), I decided to buy some of the My Favorite Things Dye inks which had just come to Seven Hills Crafts. And I was not disappointed – these dye inks area vibrant and give great coverage right away unlike the HA inks which get muted and need to smooth out, sometimes blurring finer details. Armed with these new inks I was finally motivated to use my My Favorite Things Fall Florals stamp set for a spring card (because at the time of making this card, spring was the season coming up :)

I started out by die cutting a panel from linen card stock and sponging on some Distress Ink in fresh colors, then spritzing it generously with my trusty water+Perfect Pearl solution to make the ink run and blend. I used my fingers to move it around even more – loved getting messy here :)

Stamping the floral images was fun, but fussy cutting them certainly wasn't. The downside of my Scan n Cut is that when you use light inks to stamp your images, it doesn't see them and therefore can't cut them. You can create cutting templates, but if you want a border around them, the minimum is 3mm and not 1mm as you'd get if you'd cut directly (and not from a saved shape). So, I might spring for the dies for this set after all.

Overall, I am happy with the card even if the fussy cutting did nothing for the state of my hands. But the new inks – so lush, so vibrant, and no longer anxious waiting to see how the stamped image would eventually turn out. Don't confuse the dye inks with the hybrid inks, though! The hybrid inks are much paler, and I wasn't happy with them (save for Licorice, my go-to black). So, if you want fresh, vibrant colors with great coverage, go for the dye inks!

Have a great day!

Friday, 26 August 2016

A Fancy Frilly Fringe.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some fancy frilly fringing for you...

Using the gorgeous new Fringe Dienamic from My Favourite Things.
I don't have anything like this in my stash already, so just HAD to have it.

I started by stamping out and white heat embossing the beautiful Lace Background from My Favourite Things on two pieces of card.  I then watered down some purple ink and washed it across one piece for my background, using the embossing as a resist.  I washed another piece of card in the same ink to cut my cute little fringes from, and added a few little flicks and splatters of white and shimmery sprays to add a little interest.


I used my other heat embossed card to cut my 'thanks' sentiment from, using Lawn Fawn's Scripty Thanks Die, and this sweet Tiny Bow from Waffle Flower, (soooo cute).  I wanted to use the embossed card for my sentiment and bow etc for the added texture, I thought it would add a little extra fanciness to match the fancy frills!
I used Lawn Fawn's Small Stitched Rectangles to cut my panel so everything was all neat and precise, and also because, hands up, I'm addicted to them.  They just give such a nice finish to your card.


I also cut the fringe from a piece of white card to break the colour up a little, and adhered everything in place.
With all the lace and the fringes, and all that jazz, I felt my card had enough going on so skipped embellishments and left it there.
I LOVE this new die, and think it will look awesome cut from some gorgeous patterned papers, so can't wait to give it a try.
I really hope you like it, and as always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Fringe Die-namic Image 1 Lace Background Stamp Image 1Scripty Thanks Image 1

Tiny Twine Bow Die Image 1 Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Stretching Your Stamps With Selective Inking

Hi there everyone and a very happy Thursday to you!

I have been feeling a little out of practice with my no-line pencil colouring but when I saw the flowers on the cake of Concord & 9th 'Happy Day' I just knew I had to give it a go again. 

I started by drawing a circle in pencil with a die that I would use to cut parts of it later. I then selectively inked the top flower portion and stamped it in a light grey ink on the top of the guide circle and then selectively inked the bottom flowers in the same light grey ink and stamped this at the bottom of the circle. I then used Polychromos pencils to colour in the image- it did take a little time but I find this very relaxing.

Once the images were coloured I put the die back over into position and did some partial die-cutting on the parts of the circle that had no flowers. Then I cut around the edge of the flowers up to the die-cutting. 

For the sentiment I die cut the 'beautiful' from Concord & 9th 'Beautiful You' die set. I added some to the sentiment using the same stamp set as before.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you again next week!

Hugs, Lydia x

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Mermaid for you

Today I have a  simple card using Lawn fawns Mermaid for you stamp set.
I have quite a few cards I need to send out just to say hello and I love the mermaids waving hello.
Unfortunately this set is currently out of stock but we have lots of alternatives from  Neat and tangled and Reverse confetti.

The images were all stamped in black momento ink and coloured with copics. 
I then fussy cut them.

I thought the Lawn fawn bokeh paper was perfect as a kind of watery backdrop.
To finish I simply added some liquid pearl bubbles.

Mermaid For You


Mermaid Kisses

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

So long,friends

Hi! How are you all?
I thought I'd take advantage of one of the newest Mama Elephant releases and pair it with one of the slightly older ones. 
Here's my rationale behind the card; you've all got those friends- the ones who are deliciously different and are completely unique? Well, this card is celebrating that. The new 'Words Defined' set
is brilliant and you don't need to use the whole stamp. Cut (yes, I do do that!) or mask the definitions to get even more versatility from your sets. The definition made me think of that unique friend and so I coloured her pink and left all the other friends 'gray' in comparison. It makes for a fun colour scheme too.
For the dogs, I've used Playful Pups

I've trimmed into the legs so that they could hang off the sentiment area and stand on each other. It's a really useful trick that avoids more complex masking.
For the pink background I blended a little Bubblegum ink from MFT
It's a easy and clean design and just a lot of fun, which is what I've had a tonne of too whilst at Seven Hills Crafts. 

I've been on the Design Team for quite some time now and I'm really sad to be saying 'so long' friends to you lovely blog readers and customers. I am having to change how I spend my free time (whatever that is!) so have reluctantly stepped down from the team. Tara has agreed to let me back onto the blog onto the blog occasionally (so you haven't got rid of me that easily) but can I take this opportunity to say a big Thank-you for supporting this blog, business and me too. You have no idea how much the Design Team value all of your comments, and it really does make it all worthwhile.
Tara will pick someone splendid to replace me, so please consider trying out for the team. It might seem a little daunting, but you'll never get picked if you don't actually apply!

I've loved being a part of this wonderful community and business, and know that you'll continue to be inspired by the other fantastic Design Team members.

Hugs, and much love!

Keren xx

Monday, 22 August 2016

DT Call

We have a vacancy coming up in our Design Team so are looking for applicants to fill it.

Applicants must:
  • be able to produce one blog post per week on our blogger account including good quality project photos using Seven Hills Crafts stocked products
  • create one challenge project per month (just photos no write up required)
  • comment on a proportion of challenge entrants to our monthly challenge
  • have an active personal blog
  • have an active social media presence, at a minimum a Facebook account as all DT communications are handled via a private Facebook group
Previous DT experience is not required and applicants must not already be on any other store DT (whether UK or overseas) nor on a challenge DT that is linked to any store.  Applications from designers on Brand DT's are welcomed.

Please note - this is not a paid position.  DT members do get a store discount and occasional freebies and the fun of being part of a great team!

If you are interested in being considered then please email your details to me at the address below and include a link to the 3 posts on your blog which you think best illustrate your crafting style.   I would also like to know which of the brands we stock are your favourites.
 Deadline for applications - 10pm (GMT) 31st August 2016

Cheery Robins

Hello and happy Monday :)

Unusually for me, I have a Christmas card to share with you today.... I'm not one for starting my seasonal cards this early but the sweet little birds in Wplus9's All Year Cheer
made me think of robins because the body can be stamped in two different colours...

I used Hero Arts Cup o' Joe and Pale Tomato inks to stamp both birdies out and then cut around them with scissors so they had no white border. I thought they needed a snowy winter sky for a backdrop so after heat embossing the snowflakes from the set, I blended two shades of blue Distress ink over them on the card base.

When the sky was almost dry I used pigment ink to stamp the branch and added a layer of snow with white gel pen. The robins are popped up on foam pads and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts set called Merry Cactus to You. I love these cute little birds and I'm so pleased they turned out great as Christmas robins.... I think they need a stocking each to hang on that branch don't you? 


I love this stamp set ... lots of small images for scene building and patterns, it's also great for cards all year round..... just as the name suggests :)

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x