Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Hello Foxy

Hello, Tallie here. I'm back with a fantastic foxy card today, featuring the Waffle Flower Be Her stamp set. I have a relative who loves foxes and her birthday is just around the corner!

I started out by stamping the cute little fox from the set onto some blending cardstock with some Copic-friendly MFT Extreme Black ink. I coloured him in with my Copic markers, using one of my favourite foxy/red hair combos: E39/E08/YR18/YR14/Y21. I used some E50/E95 for the furry cheeks. I made full use of the texture marks included in the stamp and added some little flicks to give the impression of fur.

On a separate sheet, I scribbled some more  markers - one in some teals, one using the darker reds and one using the lighter yellowy-oranges - to create some scenic elements. I cut the sky background with an MFT Stitched Inside Out Circle, the darker red panel with a Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Circle Stackable and simply trimmed the lighter yellowy-orange panel square with my trimmer.

I mounted these onto an A6 top-folding card base, popping up the fox and sky panel using some foam tape for a little dimension.

A few drops of Glossy Accents adds some interest in the small circle cut-outs and helps to keep it adhered!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

21 Again?! An Elephant Never Forgets (Your Age) Birthday Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Tuesday!

Hands up everyone who sometimes wishes they were a bit younger! Keep those hands up if you sometimes have your age described as '21 again' or some other youthful age.

I knew it wasn't just me. *wink*

We may try and wish ourselves younger at times, but I don't think we should forget our actual ages. They are celebrations of our years around the sun after all!

It would appear that elephants agree with the notion of never forgetting, or certainly the one in the SugarPea Designs Elephant Parade stamp set at least! Here's here with me today to celebrate 'one of those' birthdays:

So cute! I love how this turned out!

I started by watercolouring my base to give a 'ground' for my scene. I then stamped all my elements and watercoloured them. I used the numbers and heart balloon (and the 'Again') sentiment from the SugarPea Designs Balloon Numbers stamp set to help build my scene. I love the little rabbit getting in the punchline with his balloon!

After all my watercolouring was done I used some Nuvo Glitter and Jewel Drops to add some dimension to my balloons and ball. The colours I used are out of stock I think, but there's plenty of others to choose from! Now if only I had the patience to let them dry!

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!

Monday, 18 March 2019

Birthday Bears

Now here's a fun gathering.... I think they've come for the birthday picnic!!!
I've used the Avery Elle set called All of Us and used 'masking' to stamp two rows of bears

They're a fun bunch to colour.... we have quite a mix of bears there. I trimmed the piece out 
so I could add an interactive element behind this furry bunch.....

If you pull the tab, one of the bears holds up an extra part to the birthday message.

I've used the Double Slider Loops Slot Die from MFT to make the mechanism and cut it into
 the front of a card base.... probably not the best idea but I made it work 😉. The slider with the smallest gap was still too long for what I needed so I ran the die through twice to cut each slot with a custom space between them... this would've been much easier on a card panel not the base!! This is what the card base looked like before adding the bears. 

I attached a card strip to reduce sideways movement of the pull tab and because all of this was 
inside the card, I added a panel of card to hide it all

I used a piece of black card as a contrasting frame for the birthday bears to peek through 
and the balloons are just coloured circles with hand-drawn strings.
 Faux white stitching and a sentiment finishes it off perfectly :)

You can find a video by MFT showing you how to use and assemble the double slider
 mechanism on their You Tube Channel HERE


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 17 March 2019

A positivity canvas

As the weather here was awful yesterday, the best place to be was in my craft room getting messy and watching Queer Eye on netflix so I set about making a mixed media positivity canvas as a gift for a friend which took me around 4 episodes...

I started with a 7 x 5 inch stretched canvas and blended oxide inks straight onto it (I am not a mixed media expert, so although I know conventional wisdom is to prep the canvas first, I don't find I need to)   I used Scattered Straw, Fossilised Amber,  Dried Marigold and Crushed Olive to get a blend from top to bottom and then used a little weathered wood and pine needles to "dirty" it up a little in places before spritzing with water for a little reaction here and there.

The next step was to add some paste detail to the top right corner using one of Tim Holtz's mixed media #2 dies to create a stencil from a scrap of card (you can use acetate to make a stencil to keep and reuse) and gluing it down with stick and spray repositional adhesive before spreading seaspray green tonic mousse through and allowing it to dry.

Whilst that was drying I die cut all my elements to decorate the front.  As one of the sentiments I used is about time, I wanted to feature the fabulous Timekeeper clock die also by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.  This is a steel rule die so can cut really thick material like leather or as I used here super thick cardboard.  I cut two and glued them together for added dimension and then used a couple of shades of green and teal wow embossing powders and Hero arts Copper for that verdigris look.

The floral stems come from the Wild Flowers #2 die set again another one of Tim's, and I die cut them from 3 shades of card - Sage Leaf by Lawn Fawn, and then Pesto and Palm from Hero Arts.  I used some more wow embossing powders to add hints of sparkle in places.

The sentiments were all taken from the Reason to Smile Stamp Set from Altenew, the ones at the bottom were white embossed onto Hero Arts Adriatic cardstock, the one inside the clock was embossed using the "verdigris" combo onto vellum.

Once the paste was dry, I added a little stamping to add some texture to the background using the ocean waves background from Hero Arts (sorry this is currently out of stock but will be back as soon as possible, but any simple pattern would work)   The technique here is to just add random "bits" of stamping rather than the whole image just to add some detail and texture.

My normal style is very CAS, so doing something like this really pushes me out of my comfort zone but I really had fun tyring to make something I was happy with (even if I did ruin my desk by dropping embossed pieces on it upside down!)  I just kept adding things and taking them away and taking photos to remember what I had put where before I fixed it all with strong glue in the end.   Hopefully my friend will like it and the positivity reminders will do their trick.


This week we will have:
  • Lil' Inker Designs latest release and restocks
  • Altenew's latest release
  • Lawn Fawn restocks
  • Echo Park and Carta Bella papers and stencils and embellishments
For European customers worried about Brexit - I am sorry but there is still no concrete news to give you.  The UK Government have voted this week to reject the "divorce deal" that is on the table from the EU which left us with "leave without a deal" or "another referendum" both of which were also rejected so currently we have no clue what will happen on the 29th March and cannot do any planning for it!!!   It's a case of watch this space still I'm afraid.......



Saturday, 16 March 2019

Happy Easter Slider Card

Hey stampers, Anni here!

I love interactive cards but I don't make them often because they take so much time. But recently a lot of companies came out with dies to make the process easier and faster.

One example I am showing you today as I made an easter card using Lawn Fawn's Double Slider Surprise die. If you need help putting the card together then check out Lawn Fawn's video on YouTube. It is so much easier than I thought at first and the video is very helpful.

To decorate the card I used images from many, many Lawn Fawn sets: The bunnies came from the set Hello Baby, the eggs in the grass and the butterflies are from a set from the latest release called Simply Celebrate Spring,one of the birds I found in the set Elphie Selfie, the other birds in the set Hello Sunshine and finally the hedgehog can be found in the mini set Hedgehugs. I stamped, coloured with alcohol markers and fussy cut them all.

I put the slider mechanism together, added a grass border with alcohol marker and then arranged all the critters on the card.

The colouring process took a bit longer because of all the images but the interactive part was easy and in no time at all to do.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 15 March 2019

Bad Influence

One of my BFF's had a birthday this week and as we are notorious for leading each other astray on shopping trips, this sassy sentiment was the perfect way to celebrate her birthday and our friendship!

The sentiment is from MFT's Sassy Pants Best Friends stamp set which features lots of quirky sentiments and I thought it paired perfectly with the girls in Concord and 9th Winter Wear set as they look like they are having a good giggle about an in-joke between them!

This card started off as a two layer card where the girls were partially cut out from the white layer - but  I messed up the sentiment stamping and had to do it again!  So to save the colouring I had already done, I cut them out totally and layered them up over the white layer with the new sentiment instead.

You can mix and match the girls clothing and I just coloured them in copics in colours to match my friend and I, and then added a little blended ink to the base card behind them before popping the white panel up on foam tape.

That's all for today - catch you Sunday


Thursday, 14 March 2019

Floral Distress Oxide Bleaching

Today I have a floral card to share with some simple colouring and the distress oxide bleaching technique.

I began by adding Shabby Shutters distress oxide ink to a panel of white card. On this, I stamped some images and a sentiment from the Altenew Hello Sunshine stamp set. I added some smaller stamped images around the panel, using Shabby Shutters distress oxide ink, to fill in the gaps.

Next, I chose two blue-green copic markers and coloured in the flowers. I deliberately went outside the lines and missed areas, to give the colouring a loose feel.

For the leaves, I first painted them with plain water using a small brush, then used a paper towel to blot them dry. By adding water, the distress oxide ink is reactivated and some of the colour can be removed, giving a bleached look.

I added a panel of foam sheet before mounting it on a white card base. I finished with a few white jewels around the sentiment.

Have a lovely day,

Altenew Hello Sunshine
Distress Oxide Inks