Saturday, 23 June 2018

Dragon Wishes

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today is the birthday of a crafty friend of mine. And of course I wanted to make a card for her. As I know she really likes Mama Elephant's dragons I used the sets Me And My Dragon and Dragon Wishes.
I left the outside quite simple because I know I wanted to make a pop-up part on the inside.

I started by stamping all the images I wanted to use, coloured them with alcohol marker and fussy cut them. I also added some highlights with a white gel pen.
For the outside of the card I created a background on the middle of my panel by blending some light aqua ink. I also stamped fourties with the same ink (that's the age my friend is turning) to create a subtle effect. The numbers came from Lawn Fawn's Plan On It: Birthday .
Then I stamped the sentiment in black ink (from Mama Elephant's Dragon Wishes) and adhered a small dragon and a birthday cake from the same set.
And that's the inside of the card.

The pop-up part was easy to create because I used dies by Lawn Fawn. The mechanism is from the die set Stitched Hillside Pop-Up. You can't see this part on the photo because I covered it up with a die cut I cut with the Cloudy Hillside Pop-Up Add-On.
I added some coloured images from Mama Elephant's Me And My Dragon.

I really had fun playing with these stamps and dies and the dies madeit so easy to create a sky on the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 22 June 2018

Trying Turnabouts!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m trying those wonderful Turnabout Stamps from Concord and 9th for the first time...

I’ve loved the look of these Turnabout sets since they were first released, but I have been trying with all my heart to be a good girl and use more of the stash I have, however, I simply could not resist this star pattern.

The stamp itself is in two parts so you can use the inner, the outer, or both.  There’s a load of Youtube videos to help you out on how to use them so definitely check them out before you get started.  
There are so many options with these stamps the possibilities are endless.  I decided to go with a night sky with white embossed stars which is possibly a wee waste of the thought process behind these stamps I guess haha, but hey-ho, I had fun!

I started by inking a piece of card up in an ombre burst of purples, I then covered my panel in stars using both pieces of my Stars Turnabout stamp.  I decided to only do two opposite turns to leave plenty of space for die-cutting stars also.  I then white heat embossed my stars.  Had I had more time to play I would’ve liked to have done a different embossing powder with each turn.  I think that would look incredible, and I’m already so excited to have a really good experiment with this set! 

I then took the Star Turnabout die and cut that on the two opposing sides to my stamping.  I then cut a bigger star from the centre of my panel using Lawn Fawn’s Puffy Stars.

My sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Space Bears set and is stamped onto vellum then adhered behind my star aperture.


I then added my whole panel over top of some sparkly silver cardstock to allow the stars to twinkle through.  I added a ton of pink & blue paint splashes across my card and embellished with a scattering of sequins.

I thoroughly enjoyed having a quick play with this set, and really can’t wait to get to grips with it and start testing its potential.

As always, everything I used is down below.

See you next week.


Star TurnaboutStar Turnabout Die

Puffy Star Stackables Dies Image 1   Space Bears Stamp

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sending All My Love Floral Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

With Summer finally in bloom in the UK I've been loving all the flowers that are around! In particular roses seem to be everywhere, and they really do remind me of childhood summers at home.

The Hero Arts Floral Rose Stem stamp set features a stunning rose image that resembles an intricate ink pen drawing. It was just begging me to give it the monochrome treatment, so how could I say no?

I love how pretty this is!

I stamped the rose image three times, with the tiniest bit of masking to give a cleaner look!

The Mama Elephant Occasional Labels stamp set is such a great all-rounder that every stamper needs! I love the look of all these smaller-scale sentiments, and this one makes for a great multi-purpose card.

Some black ink splatter finished the pen and ink look perfectly!

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, 20 June 2018

Rock On! Mashup

It's Wednesday again and I'm back with a project featuring a mix and match of Waffle Flower, Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant products. I love the Rock On! stamp set from Waffle Flower and even though I'm jumping on the same bandwagon as fellow DT member Jill this week, I have two bright, cute cards to share with you!

I started out by stamping all the images in the set onto some blending cardstock using some MFT Licorice Black Hybrid Ink. I took one of my fine liners and altered some of the images slightly, changing some of them into bees. I coloured them in with my alcohol markers, using at least three markers in each hue to give depth and dimension. I then used my Scan N Cut to cut out the images, though there are coordinating dies available.

To create the background scenes, I blended on some Distress Oxide Inks onto some white cardstock. For the sky I used Broken China, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. For the grass I used Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron. For the purple sky I used Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple and Seedless Preserves. I flicked on some clean, clear water droplets and blotted them off with a paper towel before setting them aside to dry.

From two A6 white card panels I used the Mama Elephant Fish Tank Creative Cuts to cut a window out of the top half. It's actually the perfect size for this type of window when turned upside down! I used a Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillside die to cut out two pieces from the green inked panels to give my scenes a ground.

Behind the window, I layered a sky background panel and the grass cuts before popping up the die cut characters with some foam tape. I stamped out two different sentiments that coordinated with the characters on the card. For the more busy card, I used some Lawn Fawn Inks to stamp out some musical notes to give the scene a little bit of life.

Perfect cards for any bee-loving friends!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Tooth Fairy Gift Tags

Today I’m sharing something a little bit different.

My young nieces and nephew will soon be at the age where they'll be getting visits from the tooth fairy. To make this a more magical experience for them, I decided to make some thank you tags for the 'tooth fairy' to use. The fabulous Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends stamp set is perfect for this.

I stamped, coloured and cut out lots of images from the Fairy Friends stamp set. I then die cut some tags. There are lots of great tag die sets in the store. You could even cut some basic rectangles or squares too.

I blended some ombré colour on to the tags, then stamped the sentiment from the Fairy Friends set with black ink. I added the die cut images to the tags, using foam tape for the fairies.

I then stamped some extra images from the set on to the tags to add more interest, and finished by punching a small hole in each tag.

The tags can be added to a small organza gift bag, containing a coin from the tooth fairy to say 'thank you fairy much'.

Have a lovely day,

Monday, 18 June 2018

Mammoth Birthday Wishes

Hello, Jenny here welcoming the new week and today's card is the product of some colouring practice. I've been keeping a watchful eye over our little dog this week whilst he recovered from an operation, so I found it easier to stamp out some images and colour them wherever I needed to be...... I went through my stamps and found some sets I hadn't inked up yet!!!

This Woolly Mammoth and his friend are from Neat and Tangled's Prehistoric set.... I love how she's positioned so she can sit on his back!! I masked off the girl and stamped the mammoth so they were all one piece and then set about colouring them with markers.

I carefully trimmed around the image and used a couple of scenery images from MFT's  You're Rawr-some..... the boulder is the top to a small mushroom in MFT's You Gnome Me, it's the perfect shape!

I sometimes struggle to plan a layout on my cards so I turned to my patterned paper scraps for a background. I thought a cut on the diagonal would be a different way to add a focal area for the images as well as leaving a space for the sentiment.... another thing I'm not great at planning for either!!
I've used a sentiment from the Rawr-some set and just replaced the word BIG with die cut letters instead to accentuate the meaning.

That's one scrap of patterned paper used.... many, many more to go!!!


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Cowboy Sunsets

I sadly don't have anyone to make father's day cards for anymore, but felt in the mood for a masculine make so knocked up a few cards that could work for father's day but gave them an every day twist with added cowboys....

My inspiration was the new Desert Sunshine fancy die from Hero Arts - this really is my kind of product, I love a silhouette die and an excuse for some ink blending.  I die cut a circle from kraft using the Lil Inkers Stitched Mat Circles and trimmed the panel to fit my base card and lightly traced around it so i knew where to ink blend.   I used oxide inks to blend from purple to yellow on the white base and fixed the kraft panel in place over it once dry.  I then die cut the desert sunshine silhouette from black and used the same circle die to trim around it to get a circle to fit in my aperture and glued that in place.  I wanted to add some clouds so used some white liquid pearls - and then discovered it reactivated the oxides so my clouds turned golden (let's just call that the sunset effect shall we!)  To finish I wanted a really strong masculine sentiment to match with the strong black silhouette so used the large happy birthday from Snarky Mix and Match sentiments also from Hero Arts.

So I had a circle of kraft card left and I am trying to not through away bits of card, but also NOT add to my scraps stash, so I made another card....   I used the same inks and blended them as before but the effects were so much more subtle on the kraft as you can see here from the side by side shot.  I quite like the softer look.

Once dry I ran it through my die cutter using the safari sunset die to get the cloud effect as its a perfect size to match the silhouette die..  I die cut another desert sunshine from black and used a large circle from the circle infinity die set to again get another circular frame but this time without the stitched detail.  I popped them onto a white base card again and finished with a sentiment from AlteNew's Birthday Builder set.

 Finally I decided to go full on cowboy using bits from the die paired with the new Cowboy Adventure stamp set.

I started with the sunset stamp and embossed it with detail white powder [this stuff in the bomb by the way - I'll be doing a future post featuring detail white and black powders as they really are amazing] and then masked off the back of my base card so I could ink blend a sunset sky.

I added hills and a "canyon edge" foreground using Mama Elephant's Kingdom Trio die just using plain white card blended with more oxide inks.  I stamped the grand canyon elements from the stamp set and used pencils to get some extra colour depth to those which I then fussy cut as I didn't want the borders from a die showing in this card.  I tucked the two on the right behind the foreground so their lack of a bottom edge didn't show.  I die cur the cacti from the desert sunshine die twice from scraps of black left from previous card and just trimmed the bottom edges with scissors to get a bit of ground for them.  Finished by stamping the cowboy in black across the two layers [use a fine pen to draw in any bits that don't meet up] and a sentiment from the same stamp set.


  • We will have the new release form Lil' Inker Designs in store tomorrow - it's a fab one for coffee lovers!
  • We will also have a small new release from Echo Park with papers and stencils and a couple of dies
  • We also have a small Hero Arts restock of products that didn't arrive with our last order and were on back order.  The new kit add-ons should be here later this month.
  • There is a fab new release from Newton's Nook coming this week and we will have it for release day.
  • We are still waiting for the Sugar Pea Designs and AlteNew to ship our orders for their releases.  We HOPE they will do it this week.

That's all from me this week - hope all of you who still have them around are making the most of father's day.