Saturday, 22 October 2016

Fresh Autumn Colors

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the autumn days before winter breezes in. I have been experimenting with some different color schemes for fall this year, and I found that adding a bit of blue into my projects adds quite a bit of interest. Check out my very clean and simple design using Concord & 9th “Lace Leaf”.

As you can see, I once more gave my attention to the smaller stamps in a set, not to the “main” star. I love the thin sentiment strip, which you could use by itself to create a pattern on a card or a to create a background panel for something else. And the smaller leaves are perfect for accents.

Since this is a fall card, I also wanted to use some natural twine since it just screams “autumn” to me. The twine, paired with the soft fall colors and ice blue, just make me gaze at this card dreamily. Why can’t real leaves turn blue in the fall?

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Cute Critter Christmas Tags.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some cute critter Christmas tags for you...

Using Mama Elephant's adorable 'Page Huggers' set.

I didn't buy this set when it was first released as I was trying to be 'good', but then I remembered that good doesn't suit me and life's too short to not have adorable stamps, so snapped them up as soon as they were back in stock!  This set is designed to make little book marks, but obviously they are so cute and versatile, you can do anything you want with them.  As soon as I set eyes on them I knew I wanted to make tags from them, they have such a large simple body area I just thought they'd be perfect.

I started by stamping out my little Santa hats (how do you make something 'Christmassy?  Simple, whack a Santa hat on it!), four times onto strips of kraft card, masked off, and stamped by lovely huggers over the top.  I then coloured them, very simply, in coloured pencils.  I love pencils on kraft, and always think it works perfect with a festive theme.  I then scored a line, right above the highest point, folded my card strip, and cut around ensuring to leave enough connected area to make the tags strong enough.  I guess this would be much easier to do if you opted for partial die-cutting the matching dies, but I don't have them so went the old-fashioned route.  I then punched a hole through the top of each tag, and threaded with some red twine.  At this point they were done, and looking very cute, but I decided for one last final touch, to add a little candy cane to each of them; so stamped out, coloured and fussy cut these little canes from Mama Elephant's Reindeer Games, snipped a little cut around my critters paws, and added the cane.

I really love how these turned out, and really enjoyed making a project with a bit of a difference.

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

See you next week.


Page Huggers     Reindeer Games Image 1

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Festive Foliage Frame

Hi there everyone Lydia here sharing a card that uses chrismas foliage to frame a sentiment.

I used one of the beautiful sentiments from Winnie & Walter 'Merry & Bright' and stamped and heat embossed in gold this onto a die-cut panel.

I then used some winter foliage at the top and bottom of the panel to frame the sentiment. I used Winnie & Walter 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Happy Christmas' for the foliage- sorry Winter Wonderland is OSS but there are so many other sets you could use for the firs and berries these being Altenew 'Poinsettia & Pine' and Avery Elle 'Retro Ornaments' to name just two, but you could also mix it up by adding some dies into the mix like Wplus9 'Woodland Basics'.

I matted this onto some patterned paper before adding to my card.... loving all the new Christmas papers that are making their way into the store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Lydia x

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Clean and Simple (CAS) Christmas Santa

Hi everyone, I'm back with a Clean and Simple (CAS) card for Christmas! This sort of design is so useful because you can mix it up really easily to use other products if you don't have exactly the same ones and it will still look really crisp and CAS!

I cut a slightly over-sized panel of heavyweight card stock with my guillotine. Using the My Favorite Things Chevron Grid Stencil I spread a layer of white embossing paste in a small, uneven area at the top right. This one from Finnabair for Prima would work well and can be coloured with your favourite inks or sprays.

The panel was then set aside to dry naturally. If you heat set the embossing paste, you can get really interesting bubbles and texture, but I wanted a smooth look.

While the panel dried, I stamped the Santa and a present from My Favorite Things Merry Everything stamp set onto watercolour card and coloured them in using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. When they were dry, I die cut them using the co-ordinating My Favorite Things Merry Everything Dienamics

By now, the embossing paste on the panel was dry so I die cut it down to the right size using the largest of the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables

I added a twist of silver metallic thread over the embossing, then positioned Santa and his prezzie on top with foam pads which also holds the thread in place.

Finally, I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set, glued it down and added an offset strip of silver glitter card. The whole thing was then mounted on a heavyweight card stock base.

So how can you adapt this design to other supplies?
  • Use a different stencil.
  • Use ink through the stencil instead of embossing paste.
  • Use a stamp instead of a stencil, and either leave it 'as is' or heat emboss. (Tip: if you use a large background stamp, ink it lightly and then press down unevenly in just one small area of your card panel using your fingers instead of an acrylic block or stamp press. This gives a small area of coverage and beautifully uneven, faded edges).
  • Instead of thread, use a small die cut circle over the background embossing. Glitter card would look fantastic.
  • Use a different stamp set! This layout could easily become an autumn card (try Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy), a birthday card (try My Favorite Things Beary Special Birthday) or a wedding/anniversary card (try Altenew Vintage Roses for a pretty, formal look or Wild Hibiscus for a loose, sketched feel).
I hope this gives you some ideas for using this layout with different supplies and for different occasions. Thanks for stopping by!

If you want to Pin this card, here's a Pinterest-ready graphic you can use.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Abstract Florals

This week I have two cards to share with you, both featuring an abstract floral pattern.

I created the pattern using two stamps from the MFT Fall Florals set. I first stamped the stems in black ink, then added the flowers in rainbow colours.

I kept a lot of white space on the card but wanted a bold sentiment too. From black card, I die cut words from the MFT Brushstroke Birthday Greetings (these are available as stamps too).

On the second card, I used one of the MFT Scalloped Edge border dies and the Happy word die from the same set as before, to create a different look.

Thanks for joining me today.

MFT Brushstroke Birthday Greetings
MFT Fall Florals

MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges

Monday, 17 October 2016

Woodland Wreath Decoration

Hello there :)

On the run up to Christmas my brain starts buzzing with ideas for gifts and decor projects I'd like to make but as always, most never see the light of day!! I have, however, followed through with one for today's project.... I've used the new Woodland Basics dies from Wplus9 to make a wreath decoration for the Christmas tree....

The dies are fabulous as they're able to span from Autumn into Winter and I wanted to try something seasonal using material scraps. I started by cutting a wreath shape in brown felt with a 3¼" and a 1¾" circle die and used blanket stitch to join them together on the inner seam first.

I added small rolls of cotton wool as stuffing for a more rounded look, before blanket stitching around the outside edge. The leaves are cut from scraps of material that are backed with interfacing (left over from another project) the dies did require a few passes through the Bigshot with a cardboard shim to make a clean cut. The cone is part material and part patterned paper for the contrast in colours... the dark paper overlay also helped to stiffen the fabric. The berries are cut from red felt and are backed with a small piece of white card.

I drew in some faint woodgrain on the wreath with a pen and attached the foliage using hot glue.... I'm quite pleased how it turned out and will definitely make more and use the bird instead of the cone on some :)

If you don't fancy sewing, you can always make your wreath flat and sandwich a piece of card between the layers to help stiffen the circle, this would be a great activity to use with fun foam or felt for Children to make on the run up to Christmas.


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 16 October 2016

October Challenge Week 3

It's your final reminder to play along in our tone on tone colour challenge this month.
Pick at least 3 shades from one of the 3 options above and then get your stash out!  Remember you must use products we sell to be considered for the prize.

This week our DT newbies are playing along


using My Favorite Things Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Dienamics and Mama Elephant Whale Wishes stamps and co-ordinating dies.

The deadline is 10pm on Tuesday 25th October so you have plenty of time to play and you can play as often as you like and combine us with other challenges where it fits.  Link up your project to the Challenge Page when you're ready.