Monday, 24 July 2017

Smarty Pants!!

Hi there :)  Jenny here and I'm just back from my holidays so it's a quick and simple card from me this week using the appropriately named I'll Be Brief set from Lil Inkers :)

I've took the liberty of changing up the name of the garment this smug little bear is wearing to fit my punny sentiment ... yes they're known as pants in this house!

To spell out part of the sentiment I've used Mama Elephants Iconic Letters set which has two alphabets that can be layered or used separately... I do like a bit of double duty in a stamp set ;) I have only used the solid alpha and inked it using two shades of blue for an ombre effect to match the bears pants.

I've used a circle stencil from my stash to help me make the simple dot background pattern, the circles act as a guide for placing a pen dot, I then popped up the different elements on foam adhesive pads and added a smattering of gold stars to match his starry pants..... very smart pants indeed :)


Thanks for stopping by, catch you next week :)

Jenny x

Sunday, 23 July 2017


If you want to make money from your hobby, then making wedding invites is a great way to do it and as soon as I saw the new invitation sets from Mama Elephant I could see their money making potential - especially with those scripty fonts that do all the hard work for you so I've knocked up a couple of examples.

Firstly, a save the date card.  I used the fabulous Flower Turnaround stamp from Concord and 9th  using 5 shades of pastel inks to create a subtle background and then stamped the Save the Date scroll from Invitation Wishes over the top in black.

For the second card I went very traditional white on white with a delicate white die cut and embossed sentiment.  I die cut Detailed Blooms from Concord and 9th twice from white wood grain vellum with stick-it on the rear to avoid those horrid "how do you stick down vellum" issues.  I adhered them top and bottom of the card to form a subtle frame and then simply embossed the "you're invited" sentiment in the centre with Golden Peach powder from AlteNew as Rose Gold is the "in" colour for weddings this season so I'm told ;-)

You can use the co-ordination DIY Invitation stamp set to create the insides or check out the variety of other invitation stamps and dies we have in our invitation categor


We're away this weekend so not much to update you on - we will be catching up on order packing but will have stamping bella online by the end of the week and with luck our brand new brand too!

We also have some new Halloween themed products from Echo Park which will be live shortly.

Our AlteNew restock order which was mistakenly shipped a slow method is now in customs hell and we've had to produce a load more paperwork to try and get it cleared.  With any luck it will move by the end of the week and we'll have it online the week after.

Thank you to everyone who's sent birthday wishes to Rick - he's really chuffed as we say in Yorkshire ;-)

Catch you next weekend


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Rainbow Coffee

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Coffee and rainbows - two thing I really really love - I think everyone of us does!
So I decided to combine these two favourites of mine in one card.

I chose Newton's Nook's Newton Loves Coffee (I like cats, too, so that's a bonus). I inked it up with my favourite black ink for alcohol markers, watercolour, etc. etc.: My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink - it goes with every colour medium I use. For this card I went with coloured pencils.
After finishing the colouring process the fussy cutting began - there are matching dies available, too.

I die cut a rectangle using Avery Elle's Dotted Dies and arranged my images on it. To adhere them I used dimensional adhesive. After sticking the cups and the cat down I added them shadows with alcohol marker.

I glued everything onto the card base and that finished up my card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Chirpy Cheer All Year Round

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some cute chirpy birds spreading some all year cheer.

Using the so so sweet, All Year Cheer from WPlus9.

I started with my background by cutting a panel using Lawn Fawn's Cross Stitched Rectangles and stamping out the large floral from Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blossoms, on either end then clear heat embossing.  I then masked off the edges and went in with the ink, blending a pink into an orange with a gentle blend in the middle creating an emboss resit where the flowers were stamped.  I then added a few flicks and splashes of each colour across my panel.

I then set about stamping out all my little elements I wanted to build up my scene.  This All Year Cheer set is made up of block images as oppose to lined images for you to colour.  Now I'll be honest, these build-up-block sets used to scare me a little but I really wanted to start using my inks for more than just blending, so stepped out of my comfort zone and tried this set, and I've gotta tell you, I LOVE it!  It's just so quick and easy with such a clean, neat, crisp and professional finish.  I will be investing in more like this for sure.  Once I had all my images stamped out, I cut using the matching dies.  I also cut a Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame from My Favourite Things as an anchor for all my elements, and also as a frame for my sentiment.

I stamped my sentiment onto some vellum and clear heat embossed, then cut into a circle slightly smaller than my scalloped circle and adhered beneath it. 
I then built up my entire scene using foam tape and wet glue.
I finished my card by adding a little drop of Glossy Accents to my little birdie's beaks, and matted onto green card to add an extra pop of spring zing colour and there you have it.

I really hope you like it, as always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


All Year Cheer  Penelope's Blossoms Image 1 All Year Cheer Die

Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames DienamicsSmall Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reach For The Stars Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Sometimes a stamp set is so perfect that it doesn't really need much to create a stunning card with it. The WPlus9 Little Dreamers stamp set is one such example! Those adorable images just work so well together and work for a variety of styles - not just baby cards!

I couldn't wait to play with this cutie of a set:

Happy sigh. It really turned out exactly as I imagined in my head!

I built my scene with several of the adorable animals from the set, as well as those open and solid stars. Easy peasy!

I added some very simple watercolouring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I love the storybook look they helped me create!

A little bit of subtle mist splatter and that wonderful sentiment and this card was done! I'm so happy with how it turned out!

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, 19 July 2017

Floral hello card with My Favorite Things

Hi everyone, Esther here with a floral hello card featuring My Favorite Things.

I started by die cutting a panel in dark blue card stock using the large stitched rectangle from Blueprints 29. I added matching flowers from the Stitched Flowers Dienamics, glued down flat. Then I die cut some smaller Stitched Flowers from a piece of watercolor card stock coloured with a pink Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen, shaped them with a ball tool and glued them here and there in the spaces.

Finally I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in gold, from Lil'Inker Designs Wreath of Roses and mounted the panel onto a top folding card base. I love the variety of sentiments in the Wreath of Roses set, all in gorgeous cursive handwriting.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

July Sketch Challenge Week 3

It's final reminder time to play along with our sketch challenge this month.  You can interpret it how you like, flip it, rotate it, use it for a page layout or a card or even a piece of artwork.  The shapes can be interpreted too (as you will see from our examples).  We just need to see that you used the sketch as the jumping off point for your inspiration.  As always you must use AT LEAST ONE product from the items we sell in store to be eligible for comments and the chance to win the £20 store voucher prize.

Here are some great examples from our final DT members to get your crafty juices flowing if you're stuck for ideas.



You've got until 10pm on Tuesday 25th July to play along - just link up using the linky tool on our challenge page when ready.  You can play along as many times as you like, and combine with other challenges as long as we can still see our sketch!