Friday, 9 December 2016

Resisting Christmas is futile!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm sending Merry Christmas wishes via a pretty winter sky using the emboss resist technique...

...and Mama Elephant's 'Merry Christmas Wishes'.

There's nothing I love more than a huge, massive sentiment stamp; and there's nothing more I love to do with a huge, massive sentiment stamp than emboss it and cover it in a beautiful, pretty, inky watercolour wash!  So I couldn't wait to get my hands on this stamp and do just that!
My idea was to create a little winter scene using Lawn Fawn's Little Town and Grassy border dies, then have the sentiment stamped into a lovely wintry sky.

I started by cutting a panel from a piece of watercolour card, then cutting the Little Town and Grassy Borders from it.  I took the top piece and stamped this gorgeous 'Merry Christmas' from Merry Christmas Wishes  onto it, and clear heat embossed.  I then added a few little stars from Mama Elephant's Rock and Paws around the sentiment to add interest to the sky, clear heat embossing those also.  I then went to town with a wash of pinks, purples, and blues to create that dreamy romantic winter sky ideal.

I washed my grassy piece in greens and kept my little town white, adding a piece of card behind, that had been washed in yellow to create little lights glowing out across the winter evening.  I then in-laid all my pieces back together.
I added scattering of coordinating sequins to add a little sparkle, matted my panel onto a piece of navy blue cardstock, then mounted the whole thing onto a white card blank.

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

See you next week.


Merry Christmas Wishes  Little Town Border Lawn Cuts
Grassy Border Die Image 1Rock and Paws

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Merry Poinsettias

Hi there everyone !

It's Lydia here with you today and I'm doing a little mixing of companies.

I have used Mama Elephant 'Poinsettias' and mixed it with Wplus9 'Be Merry', although these two sets are a very different style I do feel choosing the right images to work with from each set worked out well. 

I started by stamping two of the small poinsettias and a mixture of leaves from the Mama Elephant set in a light ink. I coloured the images almost like a no-line colouring effect and then stamped over the images again and embossed in gold. I did the embossing after the colouring so I wouldn't stain the gold with my alcohol markers. I then cut these images out with the coordinating die set.

I then took the Wplus9 set and stamped the banner and sentiment within it and embossed in red. When cooled I went over it with a gold ink pad, just to tie in with the gold on the flowers, and then cut with it's coordinating die. 

Before adding the flowers, leaves and banner into place I stamped some of the small branches from 'Be Merry' in gold to where the flowers would be to create a kind on spray.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I do hope you enjoyed my card for today!

Hugs, Lydia x

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Emboss resist watercolour birthday card

Hi everyone, it's Esther here with an emboss resist watercolour card that I loved making! I needed a birthday card for a lady I recently met who went out of her way to give me brilliant customer service several times when I was having trouble with my car. How great are people like that?

Using the largest of the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, I die cut a stitched rectangle panel from watercolour card. I deliberately kept the deckle edge of the card stock so it would give a gentle, slightly shabby chic feel to the bottom of the panel.

I wanted to get a soft, pretty look so I used an old favourite that I've not pulled out for a while, My Favorite Things Funky Flowers stamp set, heat embossed in white embossing powder. 

I used a large paintbrush to wet the card stock and then dropped in colour from two Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens: 081 Light Violet and 080 Violet. I softened and blended the colour with a smaller paintbrush. The embossed flowers resisted the colour so the white still pops through. Emboss resist is such a fun technique!

When it was dry, a splattering of water and then white acrylic paint over the top of the panel softened the look even more.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Make a Wish stamped in black ink.

Finally I used partial die cutting with the same stitched rectangle die as before to make a panel in coordinating coloured card stock that I attached underneath the top panel with glue tape. Both these panels were then attached to a heavyweight card stock base.

That's it - very simple, but I love the finished effect and might do something similar with snowflakes for my final Christmas cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Rose Gold

I love the look of pink and gold together - it's so pretty and elegant on a card. 

I started this card by blending pink distress inks onto watercolour card. I flicked it with water to create some distressed patterns, then spritzed it with a gold perfect pearls water mix for some pretty shine. 

I dried the panel with my heat tool, then cut it down to fit on an A6 card base. Before attaching to the card, I used the Lil'inker Designs Woodgrain cover plate to add some some pretty detail to the panel.

The new Roses in Bloom die-namic from MFT Stamps is a great die to have in your collection. It's very versatile and inexpensive. For this card, I die cut it from gold foil card stock. You can use just the outline of the rose, but I decided to keep the petals in place this time.

I needed something for the rose to sit on, to help draw the eye from the strong background. I settled on an oval frame, created using two sizes of oval die-namics, with a vellum panel behind to diffuse the pink. As the oval die-namics are currently out of stock, I've linked to the oval frames - a great alternative to achieve the same look.

I added the rose on top, then stamped and cut out a greeting using the MFT Label Maker Sentiments set. I added this with foam tape, and finished the card with a gold heart embellishment.

Thanks for joining me today. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

Festive Neutrals

Hello there :)

I'm still in Christmas mode here and exploring my Woodland Basics dies again from Wplus9. This week I've gone with a neutral colour palette for a clean and simple, rustic feel....

I had originally decided to try a cream on cream look but I felt another colour was needed.... do these colours remind you of creamy coffee?.... they do me, yum 😉
The little details in the berries and leaves allowed me to add brown accents to the arrangement which is made from layered die cuts... three or four for each piece. I love how chunky and sturdy they are so you get height without having to use tiny pieces of foam dimensionals ....

I cut a panel of cream card using MFT's double stitched rectangles and stamped it with a wood grain background similar to Concord & 9th's Barnwood, using Brown Sugar ink. The sentiment is cut and layered three times using Avery Elle's Season's Greetings die.... love how it cuts it all in one piece ... well, apart from the little apostrophe that is!!


Well that's all from me today, catch you next week and thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Have a FanTAGstic Christmas!

So we're officially in December and Christmas is now just 4 short weeks away - eek!   I am more disorganised this year than ever before and have not even bought any presents or finished making my cards.  However I have been busy making my gift tags this weekend - so I have something to put on the presents I haven't bought!  Genius right :(   At least I have something to share with you all - so here are my Santa inspired tags.

Firstly I've been playing with the wonderful journaling alphas and number dies from Neat and Tangled with glitter paper cos you can never have enough glitter at Christmas.   Simple red and black and you have the perfect Santa inspired tags.

I just used the Pierced Traditional Tag Stax from MFT and die cut the largest one from red glitter paper and die cut Ho! Ho! Ho! from black and used a zig squeeze and roll pen to apply glue to the back to adhere the letters.  This is a great glue for working with glitter - just make sure it's dried to the tacky stage before applying it as it's not sticky enough when its still blue!   It's also thin enough for working with fine die cuts like this.

For the smaller tag I switched to a black background and added Ho cubed and a band of red to jazz it up.

Next is the first of batch of tags that I am going to be making using the same genius set from Lil' Inker Designs which is for sure my favourite Christmas set of 2016 - Moody Santa.  I think Laura designed this set with my family in mind as we do often have to paint on that "I love it" face!

I die cut my own craft tags using the same pierced die set and added some striped kraft paper from the Kraft Collection papers from MFT and simply adding a die cut Santa and a matching sentiment from the set.  For the socks tag - I will giving lots of people festive socks with this tag on as a bit of jokey present so wanted to switch one the sentiments around.  It is very easy to cut apart your sentiments - you don't damage your stamps in any way and can always put them back the way they were intended but chopping them up means you can do more with them too!   The little tag was a way not to waste the scrap of kraft left after cutting the first two tags - a Santa would just fit but I thought the sentiments were fun on their own too!

As I am going to make LOTS of these, I've been taking the Santa's around with me anywhere I knew I'd have a few minutes spare for colouring.  I just stamped up a few sheets and then took my inktense pencils and water brush with me.

There are 3 other facial expressions to choose from but I wanted lots of his disappointed face to match my sentiments. 

That's all the crafting I've managed this week!

  • Tomorrow we will have the latest release from Wplus9 in store
  • There is a new release from MFT on Wednesday - our order was not packed as quickly as normal so we may not have it in store until either late Wednesday or even Thursday but will get it live as soon as we can.
  • There is no new release from Mama Elephant this month but we do have a large restock order in transit which will be here this week.
  • We will have the new 'Lil Inker Designs release this week as well.
  • The new Reverse Confetti release is also in transit.
  • If you haven't signed up to our newsletter then you will have missed the news about our gift vouchers which are now live in store 

Christmas Posting Dates and Closure

The dates below are the Royal Mail's last recommended dates for post, however, given our recent experience we are finding orders are taking longer than normal to get through their system and we can only imagine this getting worse the further through the month we go, so if you need something for Christmas we recommend ordering sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment as there is nothing we can do about it once it it is in the Royal Mail system.
Last Posting Date
Cyprus/Far East/Eastern Europe (Except Czech Republic/Poland/Malta/Turkey)
7 December
Greece/Australia/New Zealand
10 December
Czech Republic/Germany/Italy/Poland
14 December
15 December
16 December
17 December
21 December
As we have to get our last orders to the post office by 3pm on the 21st December - we will be closing the store at NOON on the 21st DecemberThe store will remain closed over Christmas for our annual break and stock take and will re-open at 9am on Monday 2nd January 2017.   You will be able to browse the store and add items to your wishlist but you will not be able to add items to your shopping basket during the closure period.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Quick and Simple Patterns for Christmas Card Sets

Hi there! Today I want to show you how you can create quick and simple christmas cards that will not reveal that they were done quickly. This year, time has somehow gotten away from me and I’m struggling to get everything done in time, and I found myself looking for a design that would yield a great result in a very short amount of time.

Obviously, you can use any type of ink you like, but I decided on pigment ink because it gives nice, even coverage and crisp edges. I usually spray my pigment ink with hairspray (aerosol type, I have been taught) so the ink will be sealed and not smudge (as much) if you touch it. My pigment ink (AE and ME) literally never sets — I can touch a card I made months ago and the ink will smear, so I spray it.

You can speed the process up even more if you stick to just one image or if you stick  to only one ink color, but I felt that going with some traditional color combination looked quite nice. Since I wanted to add a little bit of wow to the card, I die-cut the panel with a die by Reverse Confetti to get that nice edge, then embossed the sentiment by Altenew. A bit of bow rounds off the ensemble.

I actually created more cards with the same design—my colleague had asked for some christmas cards, and now that I knew how to create them, I created another pair in less than 10 minutes. I think I spent most of the time scrubbing down the stamps, but putting these cards together was fun and easy. Perfect if you are in a rush to get them out before the season gets too busy.

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

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