Thursday, 19 July 2018

Texture Embossing

Hello, Gemma here for a second post this week. Today I’m sharing a card featuring fun texture with stamps and embossing.

Flora & Fauna have a great range of Texture stamp sets. I used the first stamp set on this card, but it would work well with any of the texture sets they have.

On a panel of white card, I stamped strips of colour using two of the stamps in the Flora & Fauna Texture stamp set and some MFT dye inks.

I used some anti-static powder over the panel, then lined the stamps back up over the colour images using a stamp positioner tool. I lightly swiped the stamps with Versamark ink before stamping them over the colour images. When heat embossed with silver embossing powder, it gives a modern look to the stamping.

I chose a sentiment from the Mama Elephant Scripty Bday stamp set, stamping with versafine onyx black ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder

I finished by adding some enamel dots that matched the stamping colours. You could use some of the gorgeous Tonic Nuvo Drops to get the same effect.

Thanks for joining me today,

F&F Texture
Mama Elephant Scripty Bday

Silver Embossing Powder

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Doggie Birthday Celebrations

Hello, Tallie here, bringing you a card featuring the MFT Puppy Pals stamp set. It's perfect for those that have paw friends!

I started off by inking up three panels with some Distress Oxide Inks, one with Candied Apple, one with Peeled Paint and one with Broken China/Faded Jeans. I flicked clean water on the red panel to get some texture and then used the MFT Stitched Collage Frame Die to create a border panel. I also cut a few more border panels from white card stock, stacking them together to create some dimension.

I ran the blue and green panels through with the same frame die to get the background pieces. For the green background bits, I then ran each of these through with a Lawn Fawn Grassy Borders die so I could ground my characters. I used liquid glue to adhere all the pieces to an A2 top folding white card base.

I stamped out some of the characters and accessories from the MFT Puppy Pals stamp set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink and coloured them in with my alcohol markers. Once dry, I cut these out with my Scan N Cut, though there are coordinating dies available. I adhered some of these directly to the background panel, with one popped up on foam tape to give some movement to the card.

To finish off, I white heat embossed a sentiment from the set onto some black card stock, trimmed one end into a banner shape and adhered it with some foam tape to the centre of the card.

Perfect for any paw-loving friend!


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Coffee and Craft

Yes Coffee and Craft... the perfect combination and ideal decoration for a mug too...

The mug is the Coffee Talk 2 die from Lil Inkers and its such a great shape. It's a fun size and takes pride of place on this 4x4 inch card base.... nice and big for adding decoration and colour. This Coffee and Craft quote comes from the coordinating stamp set called Coffee Talk 2 and I love all the typography stamps to add to the mug but equally they can be used on any project.

I have heat embossed the quote in white before sponging distress oxide ink onto the mug and spoon, the embossing resists the ink and just needs a quick wipe with paper towel to remove any residue.

I've teamed the mug up with Neat & Tangled's Crafting is my Jam stamp set to add some crafty accessories. I used the stitching stamp to white heat emboss a patch of Gingham paper. The cotton reel is stamped and cut out so I could wrap a piece of scrap thread around it which then threads through the needle.

By using two different size circle punches I have two different style buttons from the stamp set :)
I used a white gel pen to add detail to the buttons and highlights to the mug and spoon.

I love that this could be a greetings card to a crafty friend..... how about popping in a gift card to your favourite crafty store as a birthday surprise :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Monday, 16 July 2018

Colour Blocking

Hello, Gemma here today, sharing a card featuring colour blocking, This is definitely one of my favourite looks. I’m teaming it with navy and rose gold, a favourite colour palette of mine.

I took a piece of Lawn Fawn Blue Jay card stock, and trimmed it down to create two panels. 

On one panel, I added some stencil detail with the Altenew Scallop Builder stencil and Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. This ink looks more light blue on the blue jay card stock, so if you wanted bright white, you could use versamark ink and white embossing powder instead.

I used the Lil'Inker Designs Deco Edges to add a fun edge to both pieces of card, then layered some rose gold glitter paper behind each, die cut with the same deco edges.

I added both panels to a white card base, then added a stamped sentiment from Avery Elle below, using a dark blue ink to match the card stock. The set I used is out of stock but here are a couple of lovely sentiment sets that I think would work well with this design: Reverse Confetti Birthday Wishes or Hero Arts Hand Drawn Everyday Messages Set.

I finished with some enamel dots in complementary colours. Some tonic nuvo drops or sequins would look lovely too.

Thanks for joining me today,

Altenew Scallop Builder

Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink

Lil'Inker Designs Deco Edges

Lawn Fawn Blue Jay Card

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Rainbow Birthday Blocks

I love graphic lettering styles so this new die released by MFT this month was simply a must have for me.  I can see so many different styles of cards it will be great for, but this weekend I knocked up two cards with it using just one sheet of rainbow paper from the new Cue The Confetti pad from Reverse Confetti.

The first card is super simple - literally just the die cut from the paper and the negative space used to create a single layer square card.  The only added detail is that I traced the edges of each letter with a fine black pen just to make the edges pop more.

For the second card I used the letters from the die cut and again edged them this time before putting them on the card - I used an alcohol marker and ran it around all the edges before gluing them down.  To make lining them up easy, you could cut the die from scratch paper and use it to piece the letters into, but because I had this happy rainbow stripe, it was easy to line up the stripes to get the letters in the right place.  

To make a standard sized card rather than another square, I just added a couple of characters from MFT's new Safari Friends  stamp set, just stamped directly onto the card base and coloured with pencils.  I added a little grassy mound for them to stand on by using the new grassy edges stencil - rather than inking I just traced the edge with a coloured pencil and shaded it down to the edge.

  • The latest release from Concord and 9th arrived late on Friday afternoon so will be in store tomorrow morning.
  • We have the latest release from Newton's Nook so that will be in store on release day.
  • Given the issues we had in June, we've worked with AlteNew to ensure the July release arrives before release day but we don't yet have a confirmed release date.  Watch this space and Facebook for news.   We'll make the stencils live as soon as it arrives.

We are taking a small summer break so orders received up to NOON (BST) on Friday 20th July will ship that day.   Orders received after that time will be processed when we return form our break on Wednesday 25th July.   The store will remain open for ordering during our break but there will be no addition of new releases  and we will not be answering emails or facebook messages.  Due to the backlog of orders we will have when we get home it may be a few days before orders ship whilst we catch up so if you could please be patient and don't chase for delivery until the first week of August that would help us get orders out faster!

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Oh Happy Day

Hey stampers, Anni here!

This card came with a lot of mistakes and troubles but in the end I like how it turned out. I think the cute elephants by Mama Elephant (the set is called Fly With Me) are having a fun summer party by floating in the air.

I started by stamping the elephants. I wanted to do an one layer card (in the end it didn't work out but about that I will tell you later), so I had to do a whole lot of masking. For the stamping itself I would have needed just a few masks. But I wanted to do some ink blending on the background so I had to cut masks for all the images.

The first mistake happened during stamping. One stamp fell out of my hand and landed on my card. Luckily I could save it with a sand eraser.

When all the masks were cut and temporarly adhered to the images I added the ink blending. And that was my second mistake - a mistake I seem to make often with masks. I apllied too much ink to my background, it got much to dark. In the moment I lift up all the masks I realized I didn't like it at all.

Again I had some saving to do. I decided (believe me it was a hard decision) to fussy cut the image. The whole masking and stamping process had already taken up too much time to throw it in the trash.
But there was a problem with the fussy cutting: Obviously I couldn't leave a border around the image because of the ink blending. But there were strings from the balloons!!! What to do? I cut them apart from the image and drew them later with a fine black pen onto the panel - not perfect but it worked out in the end.

I created a new background with watercolours. For that I die cut the biggest rectangle from Waffle Flowers Lacy Layers from watercolour cardstock, added a lot of water and a little bit of colour.

All there was left to do then was to stamp the sentiment and assemble the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 13 July 2018

Love you More than Ice Cream

I'm filling the void left by Jill's departure for a couple of weeks whilst I read through all the applications we got to replace her.  Picking a new team member is never easy so bear with me.

So today I have a personal card to share - the one I send my hubby for our anniversary last week using a stamp that is just perfect for me as ice-cream is just about my favourite thing to eat ever!

I used Stamping Bella's new Harper Goes Headfirst from the Uptown Girls range which isn't necessarily the first image you'd think of for an anniversary card, but paired with my handwritten sentiment (I made it last minute and ran out of time to stamp it!) then it gets the message across cos anything I love more than ice-cream is very much loved indeed!

I simply stamped the image onto white card stock and coloured it with copics using my wedding dress for the colours.  The Happy Anniversary comes from my old favourite Avery Elle sentiment set called So Happy which was stamped in Galactic Stream from AlteNew's Sweet Dreams ink set

That's all for today - I'll have some more projects to share on Sunday so see you then!