Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Hey Honey - Happy Bee-day!

Hello, Tallie here. I love the Hey Honey set from Sugar Pea Designs so I made a handful of different Bee-Day cards. These simple but bright cards are sure to put a smile on a few beekeeper faces!

I started out by stamping the bear, hive and bees the Hey Honey set in some MFT Extreme Black Ink onto some blending cardstock. I coloured the bear and hives in with my alcohol markers. For the bees, the stamp set has two separate pieces - the body and the stripe detail. I stamped the body in some Lawn Fawn Carrot and Sunshine ink, and then stamped the body detail in black over the top. I cut all the pieces out with the coordinating dies.

For the background, I blended on some Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon and Broken China Distress Oxide Ink to contrast with the die cut pieces. I die cut a piece of kraft cardstock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Simple Wavy Border die and white heat embossed several different sentiments from the MFT Meant to Bee set.

I used some foam tape to pop up the kraft panel and then adhered the bear, hives and bees in a scene behind. A few dot details with a white gel pen finishes off this set!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

To The Birthday Girl

Hello, it's Liz here today. When I was little (I'm going to show my age now) I loved playing with those paper dress up dolls. The outfits had little foldover tags to attach them to the cardboard doll, hours of fun! Well this stamp set reminded me of those dolls. It's the Fashion Wear Stamp Set by Concord & 9th. You get two basic face stamps and then you can stamp different hairstyles and accessories. This means you can personalise for the recipient. There's loads of sentiments too!

For my card I used the largest die from the Wonky Stitches set by Avery Elle to cut a piece of watercolour card. I then stamped my girls using Versafine as I used watercolours to colour. The background patterned paper is from the Vintage Botanicals paper pad.

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!

Monday, 19 August 2019

Golden Classic

I made this card a couple of weeks ago for a friend who is a music fan and 
seeing as the fab Greatest Hits stamps and dies are now
 back in stock I thought I'd share it with you.

I love the Classic reference in this sentiment so I thought I should 
pair it with a golden disc in a frame...

I've cut the record from gold mirri card and used one of the sentiments for the centre. 
To add some extra background detail, I cut the Musical Cover Plate in black card 
and then used a few of the notes in a random pattern behind the disc.

 The sentiment is embossed in gold... top tip... do this before you attach the mirri card 
disc as it doesn't like heatguns!! 😉 ( I learn't the hard way!)

The Rectangle frame is also cut in Gold Mirri card and the whole piece mounted 
onto a card base which has red ink blended around the edges... Gold Mirri card and 
red are probably the two worst colours/textures to photograph 
and I've put them both on the same card!! 🙄

Lets just say it looks better in real life!


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Sea Views

I've got a couple of cards to share today using one of the new larger sized Lovely Legs sets from Colorado Craft Company - the new 6x8 sets mean you either get one larger focal image (like the tree on the reflections set) as well as the fab sentiments or two images as here on the Man's Best Friend set.

I am really enjoying colouring these images at the moment so keep finding myself turning to their new releases every month.  My favourite colouring medium at the moment is pencils and they work really well on these detailed image.  My added trick with these ones is I have sealed them with Distress Glaze which stops the pencil coming off on your hands when you've finished.  I used both images in the set and did two different cards with them.

For this one, I had the pets looking out over a sunset so added some yellows, pinks and purples to the sky and a little bit reflected into the sea.  After die cutting with a circle die, I extended the lines on the pier to fill the bottom of the circle (just a few squiggles so not really drawing) and extended the sky at the top to give enough space for the sentiment from the same set.  Then to create an interesting frame for the finished card I used the same die set going up one die size at a time and cut 3 layers of card using colours from the sunset to draw the eye to it.

For this second card I used the image with the people in and made an anniversary card (sentiment is finished inside - it says ....each other.  Happy Anniversary!)   I went with a day-time view this time so stuck to blues in the sky and again I did a little extending of the image this time to the sides so the horizon and clouds were as wide as the pier.  I also added a scribble of hair to the lady so I could crop the image straight across the gentleman's shoulders and it didn't look like part was missing.   Sentiment was stamped with my favourite detail inks - Versafine Clair.


It's going to be a BIG week in the store this week, as the much anticipated Christmas releases from two of are largest brands are both going to be live in store on Thursday!   Lawn Fawn and Avery Elle will be in store that morning so stand by your beds! 

Release day for those brands is always mega busy, so whilst we do try and combine your orders normally when you place them on the same day and we spot them, please note we CANNOT do that on busy releases as we just don't have the manpower, so PLEASE take your time, and ensure you have EVERYTHING you want in your basket before you checkout, or be prepared to pay postage on every order.

We will also have The Stamping Village Holiday Seals set live that day for those that have been asking about it.

We will also have the latest release from Newton's Nook later this week.

That's all this week - also we are expecting the new Hero Arts release at some point before the end of August the dates are yet to be confirmed as we have to wait for the UK distributor to get it and send ours out.

That's all for this week



Saturday, 17 August 2019

Altenew Happy Bloom and watercolouring

Hello there, It's Anna here. 
 I'm covering for Anika today, and she is going to take over for me next Thursday. After that, we are sure to be posting on our regular days.
Today's card is full of florals from Altenew Happy Bloom stamp set, accompanied by Hello Friend script creative cuts from Mama Elephant.

 My first step was to stamp this huge floral arrangement twice on to watercolour paper and colour it with Zig markers. 
 I chose bright colours and scribbled with my marker where I wanted the shadows to appear the darkest. Then pulled it out with the water brush. ( You can also use a paintbrush ).

I decided to add a border around the edges. For this, I simply masked off the small area, using masking tape and coloured it with a dark marker. You can see the uneven edge here and there, but I like that it is imperfect. ( You can also use dark cardstock if you prefer more graphic look )

My next step was to die cut the Hello Friend sentiment die from Mama Elephant. I cut it three times from Lawn Fawn Kraft Cardstock and stacked together, using liquid glue for a dimensional look.
I also added a strip of vellum from Lawn Fawn to drawn attention to the greeting.
To finish off this card, I chose sequins and glossy accents over the die-cut.

That's all! This card was super fun to make.
Thank you for stopping by. 

I will be back soon with another card. 

Friday, 16 August 2019

Found on Friday August Part 1

It's that time of the month again where I feature here on the blog those makes that caught my eye over in our customer only group on Facebook.

First off this fabulous kitty calendar from Rebekka really jumped out at me.  Newton's Look at all the fun stuff she has Newton doing every month.   Rebekka used a variety of Nook stamps to decorate the Hero Arts Calendar Kit - what a fabulous gift this would be!

I really love how Helen has used the Crystal Frame die from Altenew and decorated it with flowers in the same tone - great way to make a cohesive design and to turn small elements into a focal point.

Sophie's brother-in-law runs a dog walking business so this is the perfect personalised birthday card for him using the Lawn Fawn Critter Chat Pets in their Speech Bubble Backdrop Die.

How could you not be drawn to this super cute pirate card by Emma?  Cutting the dome frame to pop the scene in the background is a really clever technique and gives room to show off the Party Like a Pirate set to it's fullest.

Sympathy cards are never an easy thing to make, but this one Jess made is perfect in it's simplicity.  The vintage flower stamp from Concord & 9th has so much detail that simple monochrome is all it needs especially paired with a big bold sentiment.

Julie had lots of fun making lots of Snapdragon cards and there were all knock-out, but I picked just one that really caught my eye.  I loved how the tonal stencilled background really worked so well with the flowers - especially how the florals interact with the geometrics.  Fab!

Finally in this edition, we have a fabulous Christmas card from Jodie - let's face it, it will be here before we know it so I guess we should all get making Christmas cards soon!   She created a fun little scene using Mama Elephant's Little Agenda train full of presents ready for the big day!

Hope this highlights a few sets you may not have seen in use before - we try our best as a DT to highlight what we can, but there are just too many releases to do justice so sharing as many great customer makes is another way to provide you with crafty inspiration.

If you want to join in and have your makes featured here, then head to the Facebook group and join the fun.   You have to be a Seven Hills Crafts customer to join us, so will be asked to provide an order number before joining the group so grab an invoice before signing up.

We'll be back with our next edition of Found on Friday at the end of August so you've got a couple of weeks to start adding your makes to the group for a chance to be featured, and we do it every 2 weeks after that!



Thursday, 15 August 2019

Neat & Tangled Later Alligator set and simple watercolouring.

Hello everyone!
 I'm back with another card. Today's project features Neat & Tangled Later Alligator stamp set along with simple watercolouring and ink blending.

I started with stamping all chosen images on to piece of watercolour paper with waterproof black ink. After watercolouring, I fussy cut everything out and left on the side, while working on the background.

I decided to do simple ink blending on my background, using distress oxide ink and a blending tool. I masked off the top part of card panel with a piece of masking paper as I didn't want any unnecessary ink going there. I chose to leave the top portion of my card white, to give watercoloured images more attention. I also added water splatters.
Before attaching anything, I arranged my little scene to make sure that I was happy with the results.  
I used foam squares to adhere all the images ( except the banner, where I used liquid glue ).
My last step was to stamps the sentiment from the same Later Alligator set with black ink and add a few blue and gold sequins.
I adhered the whole card panel to the slightly larger card base with crafts foam and double-sided tape.

That's all for this project! Thank you for stopping by.
Leave the comment below to let me know if you like this card.


See you soon! Anna