Thursday, 29 September 2016

Adding Ink Shading To Solid Image Stamps

Hi there everyone!

Today I'm sharing a sweet card that uses solid stamps but I will show how to get variation in the colouring.

I used the beautiful set from Mama Elephant 'Brushed Florals' for both my images and sentiment. I started by stamping the sentiment in a black ink so I could then stamp the flowers and leaves without stamping over it.

To get the different shades of colour on the solid stamps, I first stamped the image in a light colour for a base. I then inked up the same image using a darker shade of ink but then took off the ink on the edges of the image with a small sponge and then stamped this on top of the lighter image I already stamped. I love this look and I think it does help you get more out of solid image stamps you have.

Once I finished stamping I wanted the sentiment to 'pop' more so I cut around it using Lil Inkers 'Stitched Circle Mats'. I adhered the panel to my card base flat and added the sentiment circle with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you like my card.

Hugs, Lydia x

Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Today as well as a card to share I have some news. 
I am taking a break from Seven hills crafts. 
Real life has gotten in the way of making but  you still have the most awesome talented design team.
Back to the important stuff ...Today's card features Concord and 9th.

I love clean and simple and today Ive gone for a one layer card.
I have stamped all of the images with distress inks but any water based inks will work and spritzed with water.
This gives a very different look. 
 If done with water colour card it works very well and gives a more water colour effect.
The small dots were stamped in versamark and then dusted with gold powder.
Then not being able to resist the gold water colours i splashed some gold gansai tambi paint over.
The sentiment was then stamped in black archival ink.

Sophisticated Script UppercaseFlourishsophisticated script stamp

Gansai Tambi Set of 36

I love making thank you cards and I'd like to say thanks to Tara and to everyone that leaves comments.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Friends from the Sea

I have a fun off the page project to share today - as soon as I saw the sneak peek of Lawn Fawn's Narwhal and Friends die set I knew it would make the perfect fun mobile!

If you haven't seen this die set - it is so clever - one basic die shape, a few added extras and hey presto you get a whale, a seal and a narwhal!

I die cut the front and back body shapes in 3 shades of grey card and then cut the other parts from card scraps and did a little shading with markers to add interest.  I assembled them using strong double sided tape sandwiching a length of silver sparkle twine inbetween each with the twine coming out of the top of their  heads to hang them from my mobile.  For added fun I popped some tiny googly eyes into the holes where you would normally add coloured card for the eyes.


To make the mobile itself, I did a little bit up upcycling and wrapped the cardboard inner of a roll of selotape in some winter plaid paper inside and out before using an awl (pokey tool) to make some holes to thread the twine through.  3 at the bottom for the characters (or more if you wanted to add some more items - some snowflakes would be fun) and 3 at the top spaced evenly to create the hanger.

It would be a really fun and easy project to do with kids over half term.

Catch you on Sunday!


Monday, 26 September 2016

Modern Colour Block Card Set

Good Monday morning to you :)

The autumnal feel to the weather has made me turn to a foliage set this week, I do love autumn and natures colourful show.... not so keen on the darker mornings though!

I've used the Altenew set called Freeform Greenery which has quite a bold, lino-cut feel to it so I went for a modern 'colour block' design to make a set of A6 notecards...

I was inspired by these images on Pinterest but decided to use bright strong colours to match the thicker lined images. This is a great project for using up scraps of card too.... I started by stamping out the images I wanted to use on scrap paper and working out the shape and colour ratio.

For smooth stamping, the coloured and white card is butted up right next to each other and adhered to a piece of copy paper. I decided to stamp the images following my scrap paper pattern before cutting them into their final shapes.

Just to lift them from the base card and to add some extra interest, I have used black card in various ways as a background for the panels and then added sentiments to most of them.... I had a good rummage through my stamps to find suitable fonts and phrases :)

Well I hope you like them, they have quite a contemporary feel which I know is not everyone's cup of tea! :) They make a lovely card set and another design that's suitable for the guys too I reckon.


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Lacy Panels

It may surprise you that as a CAS crafter, the first item I wanted to grab from the new Waffle Flower release was the Lacy Panel die but I have a secret crush on intricate dies!   I often buy them, try to use them, find all the bits too hard to get out and stick them in a drawer.   However not with this one - it cuts like butter.   Also if you do ever have problems, Keren taught me a new trick she'd learnt whilst working with some tricky dies this week from a UK brand, if the bits are stuck, keep the paper in the die and change the plates on your machine so you can run it through again with an embossing mat as this will push the detailed areas back into the die and make them easier to get out.

For this first card I used the main panel but I cut around the dotted lines to remove the central panel so I could reveal the coloured card underneath.

I used a Concord and 9th Happy Hues card base and to turn lacy into fun and modern added one of the super cute characters from the Stamping Bella Christmas release - The Penguin & The Marshmallow who is just so adorable and fun to colour.  The sentiment is cut from glitter paper using a Paper Smooches Merry Christmas die.

Whilst I was in Christmas mood, I thought the floral element in middle of the panel could be coloured to look like a poinsettia (would make a good Lily for year round crafting too) so I knocked out a couple of quick Christmas cards for my stash (only about 300 to go...)

I used the Merry and Bright die from Lil' Inker Designs and coloured the lettering with copics and added shine with a red wink of stella pen.  I gave the die cut the same treatment and popped it over a green base card with some hand drawn green lines.

For a super traditional card, I took the same green base cards but added an embossed panel using Avery Elle's Double Pierced Rectangles.  I die cut the floral element twice and layered a white one behind the coloured one with a tiny offset to make it stand out from the green base.  The sentiment is my all time favourite Christmas die cut - Season's Greetings also by Avery Elle just cut from Gold mirri.  Finished with a sliver of red card to balance the flowers and some scattered red gems.


We are not expecting any deliveries this week.

We have ordered the new release from Altenew but it normally takes around 3 weeks for it to be processed so is unlikely to be here until early October.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Fall is Coming

Autumnal greetings, crafters! Fall is finally coming! As some of you know, I don’t like summer. It’s too warm and too bright. I love autumn, though. The air has a crisp touch, there’s fog and of course beautiful colors that make for gorgeous photos. I tried to capture that fall feeling in today’s project featuring the Lace Leaf stamp and die set by Concord & 9th.

I started out by die-cutting the leaf shape into my black panel, and then stamped the leaf through it. I could have just left it as it, since the detail is absolutely stunning, but I added a few color spots to it by coloring in a few of the sections.

The sentiment was stamped on top of with Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder to make it shiny.

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

Friday, 23 September 2016

Soft and simple, sweet little Pix in the spotlight.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've gone soft and simple with a bit of design spotlighting...

...putting Mama Elephant's Pix's Favourite's in the spotlight!
Such a gorgeous set, it just seems to go hand in hand with a delicate design.

I started with a piece of watercolour card cut down to a panel using Lawn Fawn's Stitched rectangles.  I die-cut an off-centre circle, so that it edged off my card; to that circle, I cut Lawn Fawn's Forest Border and the cloud from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio.  I then watercolour washed my background and my elements using Distress Inks.  I really wanted my background to be the softest of soft washes, so really watered down my inks and blotted the back as soon as I'd put the colour down to the point it's barely visible in the pictures, but looks really lovely and subtle in real life.

Once everything was dry, I added a sun die-cut from Lawn Fawn's Spring Showers and in-lad all my pieces back in place.  At this point I thought my spotlight circle was getting lost in the pale expanse of the background, and it wasn't really 'popping' like I wanted it to, so I added a border of grey patterned paper behind to help it stand out.
I then stamped out my main focal image, this delightful little bunny (Pix, I assume?), and little tree stump from Pix's Favourite's.  You get a load of different designs in this set, each one as adorable as the next, but with her little butterfly, I felt this one would work perfect with my design.  I coloured her using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens, again, keeping it as light and gentle as I possibly could by adding a lot of water to my ink, and blotting often.  I then fussy-cut my image and mounted on top of my spotlight using foam tape.

I then stamped out my sentiment from the same Pix's Favourite set onto vellum in black ink, heat embossed, and adhered with just the teeniest bit of wet glue along the top, masked by the crosses from the stitched rectangle borders.
I added a few little bits of ribbon to embellish, cut into flags and banners and tucked into a little label, and finished off with a couple of black enamel hearts to tie the whole design together.

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

see you next week.


Pix's Favorites Forest Border Lawn Cut Image 1Landscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1

Spring Showers DiesSmall Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)