Thursday, 23 November 2017

Warm Holiday Wishes Plaid Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

We're certainly hurtling towards Christmas at full speed - and towards the colder months for certain! Whether you're one of those who eagerly awaits Christmas, or you don't care for the fuss, I'm sure you've noticed the chill in the air and the nights closing in.

That's probably what inspired this card - the desire to wrap up warm. Plaid and tartan are still very trendy right now, and when I saw the My Favorite Things Warm Holiday Wishes stamp, I just knew I had to pair it with a plaid:

Cosy huh? I feel warmer just looking at it!

There are many different plaid stamps out there, but if you don't have any, then no problem! I created this one by watercolouring with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers. It's imperfect and uneven but to me that just adds to the cosiness!

Once my watercolour had dried, I heat embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder, and mounted the panel onto a card base and was all done!

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, 22 November 2017

Christmas Colour Challenge Week 2

I've just realised I've forgottend to post the first reminder for our Christmas colour challenge this month.    Just make any Christmas themed project based on one of the 3 colour combos below.

Here's some awesome inspiration from the DT.


I decided to go with the image on the left. For my card I used Avery Elle's Holiday Bouquet and WPlus9's Hand Lettered Holiday Dies.

I chose option one and used Mama Elephant's Christmas Wishes and Lawn Fawn's Mini Wreath die.


The challenge  will close at 10pm on Sunday 3rd December.

Frosty Snowflakes

Hello everyone and a happy Wednesday to you!

I have some frosty snowflakes to share with you today. Snowflakes are always a Christmas classic and I think this design would be easy to replicate if anyone still needs to create some last minute cards!

I started out with ink blending some blue tones onto a white A6 card base, splattering with some clean clear water to give that frosty effect.

Whilst I left the background panel to dry I die cut a stack of the MFT Let it Snowflake Too Dienamics and Lawn Fawn Scripty Merry Dies from some white card stock. I adhered several of the Merry die cuts together for dimension, covered with Versamark ink and heat embossed with some silver embossing powder. 

I adhered the snowflakes to the back panel, scattering them across the card and trimming any overhanging crystals. I added a black banner across the centre of the card to make the silver die cut stand out. A white heat embossed sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages set on another smaller piece of black card, trimming one edge into a banner.

Thanks for reading!



Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Belle of the Bauble

Today I have another card to share using the WPlus9 Holiday Trimmings stamp set. 

I was inspired by the cards I’d seen using this set, showing a row of baubles, but wanted to put my own spin on it. This card was simple to mass produce (I made 8 in one crafting session) so perfect for quickly making a batch of Christmas cards.

I did all the cards in stages, and started with the stamping. A stamp positioner is a big help for this part. Once I’d stamped all the baubles, I heat embossed in silver, the decorative elements. Then I added the sentiment in black ink.

Next, I cut down the stamped panels with the Lil’Inker Deco Edges. I did the same with some silver glitter card, layering behind the stamped panels before adhering to card bases. I kept the layers flat, so they’d go through the post easily.

Thanks for joining me today,

WPlus9 Holiday Trimmings
Lil'Inker Designs Deco Edges
Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder

Monday, 20 November 2017

Santa's Delivery

Hi there and Happy Monday to you :)

I'm switching back to Christmas mode today and giving one of last years stamps an outing!! Waffleflower's Special Delivery is a smaller stamp set but still makes a big impact on a card. I thought I'd jazz up the image by adding my own bakers twine drawstring rope and use patterned paper scraps to make pressies to go inside...

I stamped the sack on brown card in brown ink and trimmed it out with scissors, I've used a linen texture background stamp from my stash to make the bag look like it's made of hessian but you could get the same affect with the Mesh or Scattered Surface background.

To add the bakers twine I cut slits following the image and used a needle to thread it through, leaving a length either end and tying a knots. When cutting the image out I trimmed off the ties down the side of the bag the best I could and used glue to shape and adhere the bakers twine in their place.

The gifts are simple squares and rectangles cut from scraps of patterned paper decorated with thread, ribbons and die cut bows .... it looks like someone has definitely been nice this year!!

I used one of the sentiments in the stamp set to decorate the bag and an oval shadow underneath it to ground it... it's a nice size to stand-alone on a card :)


Thanks for stopping by
 Jenny x

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pawfect and Thanks

I have a couple of cards to share today as I needed to make cards for a friends birthday this week and I needed to thank a family member for helping us clean our new house.

Firstly we have the birthday card featuring the new MFT stamp set "New Best Friends" as my friend is a dog lover so I coloured the dogs to match her two, the seated one is actually much bigger in real life but the little one is most definitely in charge!   I used a little masking to create the scene - it's an often overlooked technique but it's a really useful way to get more from your stamps.

It's simply coloured with copics and cut with a 4 bar frame before mounting onto a card with some kraft striped paper and a sentiment embossed onto a pink flag strip.

For the thank you card I wanted to use the awesome new Botanic Thanks stamp from Mama Elephant.  We've had a few queries about the new image formats from Mama Elephant - unfortunately they have been badly hit by cheap Chinese knock off brands stealing their designs so are having to do all they can to make it harder for their designs to be stolen.  Whilst you might think you are getting a bargain - the knock off stamps are very poor quality and in the long run will put the brands we love out of business and then there will be no stamps and the knock-offs don't design their own stuff and will have nothing left to copy so please be aware and support the hard work of the legitimate brands.   OK rant over, back to the card.....

I wanted to do a little water colouring - not my strong point and I am out of practice but I find it easier to do with an embossed image.  I wanted to make the sentiment pop so I did a little double embossing to begin with.  I stamped the whole image in versamark ink and embossed it in white.  Once dry I used a versamark pen to gently trace over the outline of the letters and embossed that in gold.

From then on I just did wet into wet water colouring - allowing the colour to flood each flower and then adding green around for the leaves and finishing with a fade to nothing blue border.   It's a set that packs a big punch with extra sentiments and little leaves to fill in the stamping or add a few extra and will be handy for post-Christmas thank you cards too ;-)


Pending move - we still don't have a date for our move.  The broadband engineer came on Friday and discovered that the cable is on the opposite side of the street and apparently they need a special permit to dig up the road and get it across to us which can take 3-5 days to get!  Once the "road team" are complete, then the installation team come back and then we'll know where we are at.  We are trying to avoid the start of the month as that is when we are busiest with the arrival of new stock so it could be we aim for an early closure for Christmas and move in mid-December.   As promised - we'll keep you posted.

For arrivals this week we will have:
  • AlteNew - will be live in store tomorrow
  • Concord & 9th - shipped on Thursday - we hope it will arrive by Tuesday customs willing.
  • Newton's Nook have a fab new release on Friday - we have it already so it will be live on release in the USA (or shortly thereafter due to the time difference and sleep patterns!)
  • We have a small MFT restock coming hopefully by the end of the week.
  • We should have the monthly add-ons from this month's Hero Arts kit soon too.

Catch you next weekend


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Merry Christmas

Hey stampers, Anni here!
I am back with another Christmas card - again.

My starting point was this super cute set by Neat & Tangled called Into The Woods. I just had to use this adorable deer. But this set is a fall set. So I decided to combine it with another set for some Christmas accessoires. I went with Reverse Confetti's Christmas Bear. I used the gift, the tiny bird, the snowflakes, the star and the sentiment from this set.

I started by stamping, colouring (using alcohol markers) and fussy cutting the images for my card.
The snowflakes and the star I used for my background. I stamped them and heat embossed them with white embossing powder on watercolour cardstock. Then I created a background by adding ink and water to the paper. I chose inks in turquoise shades. This is one of my favourite colour combos for Christmas: red, turquoise and a warm brown.
From this piece of cardstock I die cut a frame using My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frames.

I embossed the sentiment in white on a stripe of brown cardstock and assembled the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend (perhaps making some Christmas cards?)