Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Happy Birthday with Alphabet Sets

Although I’m spending most of my crafty time making Christmas cards these days, I still need birthday cards too. Today I’m sharing a simple design that would be easy to create multiples of, if needed.

I began by stamping the large cake image from MFT Happy Hippos. I coloured it some alcohol markers, then cut it out. I used a white gel pen to add some decoration to the cake, just to give some more interest to the image.

On a piece of white card, I draw with pencil lightly around a circle die. This is to help me with placing the letters for my sentiment around the cake image.

I used the MFT Birdie Brown Alphabet & Numbers stamp set to create my sentiment (they have a standalone die set too, if you prefer that to stamping). A stamp positioner really helped me with this step, as I could better space the letters before stamping.

I stamped the images with an embossing ink, then embossed them with gold embossing powder. I also added a couple of gold stars, which I found in the Avery Elle Bunting stamp set.

I adhered the panel to my card base, then attached the cake image to the centre with foam tape.
I love the clean and simple look of this card. The most tricky part was positioning the letters for stamping, but once they are on a stamp positioner, you could quickly and easily make a few cards at the same time.

One last thing to mention, this is another example of how to use the extra images in your stamp sets, which just happens to be the SHC VIPS facebook challenge for November. Don't forget to join in!

Have a lovely day,

MFT Happy Hippos
MFT Birdie Brown Alphabet
Avery Elle Bunting

Monday, 19 November 2018

Festive Knitwear

Hello and happy Monday to you all.... I'm afraid I have another Christmas project for you today because I just couldn't wait to use the Ugly Sweater die set from Neat & Tangled. Its my first stitching set and it's brilliant with lots of very useful dies for many Christmas projects...

I broke out my felt and used the set as intended to make a cute tree decoration complete with metallic stitching!! The holes in the pieces make it so easy to add detail and even though the gingerbread man doesn't have pre-cut stitch holes I found it easy to add detail.

He has a couple of black seed beads for eyes and two black knots as buttons. I cut the plain jumper piece from the set to use as a backing piece, they are glued together with a length of bakers twine sandwiched between for a hanging loop.

I decided to make a card to match so I can send them both to my cousin who I know will appreciate this for her tree...

The idea was hang the ornament in the aperture but I realised the card would look odd when it was removed so I replicated the jumper with card. The background is made using the Fa La La stencil from Neat & Tangled, I used pearlescent embossing paste through it which I tinted with light blue ink.

I used enamel accents for the gingerbread mans details... you could get the same affect with Nuvo Crystal Drops. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set and continues on the inside with the help from part of a Mama Elephant sentiment..

Here's the finished look....I will make a box to send this card :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 18 November 2018

The big 5-0

One of my best friends turned 50 yesterday so my makes today were all for her.  First off her card, which was inspired by one Jenny made but hasn't shared on the blog - but I just loved the sentiment!

So as my friend is a mathematician I decided to emphasise the sentiment with a pie chart which I just made by die cutting 4 different colours of paper from a circle die and then cutting them all into quarters (so you can make 4 cards at once should you choose!)

I used the Bold Numerals Die from AlteNew to die cut my 49 from both patterned paper and 3 sets from navy card so I could get a deep stack.

The rest of the sentiment was spelt out using the Birdie Brown Alphabet and Numbers Die set from MFT.

I also made my own gift wrap as I couldn't find any wrapping paper with 50 on in the shops.  So I got out my trusty roll of brown paper, trimmed a strip to the size required, taped it to my desk and set about stamping it with Concord and 9th's Notable Numbers stamp.

It may look like a lot of work, but it actually stamps up quite quickly.   The trick is to stamp diagonally so you get a nice finish to the final wrapping.

Once it's wrapped and jazzed up with a bit of ribbon, plain old brown paper can actually love rather lovely!

That's all my makes for today.


We got the Concord and 9th and AlteNew releases on Friday.  We'll get them added to store as soon as we can this week.

We also have a delivery from Hero Arts due this week.

Newton's Nook have a new release on Friday which should be here in time to release when they do.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 17 November 2018

Wooly Winter

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today's card features the super cute sheeps of Mama Elephant's Wooly Winter. I made a more untraditional card in images and colours.

I started by stamping three of the sheeps and some accessoires, colouring them using coloured pencils and fussy cutting them out (there are coordinating dies available). For the sheeps I chose warm greys and decided to go with reds and pinks for the rest of the details.

These colours determine the colours of the background. Therefore I used Distress Oxide Inks in Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar for the inkblending. I also stamped snowflakes using Hickory Smoke that I took from the Sets W Plus 9's Folk Art Flurries and Avery Elle's Snow Much Fun.

From the background I created I die cut My Favourite Things' Stitched Dome Frames. I die cut it a second time from warm grey cardstock matching the sheeps. That one I adhered to the cardbase using dimensional adhesive. The inner piece I glued down flat.

I arranged the sheeps in the frame and added a sentiment by die cutting the word Merry from W Plus 9's Hand lettered Holidays several times and stacking them up. I also added a tiny Christmas from Lawn Fawn Say What? Christmas Critters.

I also stamped some snowflakes on the cardbase and that finished up my card!

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 16 November 2018

What no stamps?

I've got a couple of cards to share today both featuring animals and made without a single stamp!  I love to stamp, but I do love die cutting too and sometimes that's all you need to make really cute cards.

First of all I made a Christmas card with the adorable penguin treat holder die from Neat and Tangled.  Whilst this guy is designed to hold a little treat as in these examples from the Neat and Tangled DT so he has extra long wings that can be folded over his treat.

However, with a bit of die surgery you can trim the wings so he works perfectly as a standalone character too.  Just follow the slit line on his wing up to his neck and glue the wings behind his head et-voila on perfect penguin!

I dressed him up with glittery accessories using the Lawn Fawn Woodland Critter Huggers Winter Add-on Dies and the bow that comes with him and then popped him on a background made by die cutting the Fa La La Cover Plate from white layered over red card stock.

Next up I needed a thank you card for a pig fan so the Mama Elephant release yesterday was perfectly timed!   I created a super cute pig using the Favor Bag Acessory Piggie Die just cutting the elements from white card I had inked up with Tattered Rose Distress Oxide and then ink blending a little Victorian Velvet around the edges before layering him up with pinflair gel so I could get some dimension to his ears and trotters.

To place him in a scene I added some ink blended grass using Shabby Shutters over an element die cut using Avery Elle's Picket Fence set.  The fence itself is from Wplus9's Fence Border Die and all finished with a glittery sentiment spelt out with Lawn Fawn's Finley's ABCs

Hope that inspires you to get your dies out and create some stamp free cards!

Catch you Sunday


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sparkly Happy Holidays Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I've definitely caught the Christmas bug now. I'm even itching to put my tree up already, when it doesn't usually go up until right before Christmas!

I don't know what's wrong with me.

No matter though, if catching the Christmas bug early means I can play with gorgeous Christmas stamp sets already then it's all good. Case in point: the beautiful Altenew Starry Night stamp set. Last week I used just a sentiment from it, but this week I wanted to give that sparkly border a turn:

Stunning, right?! I love how this turned out!

I stamped the border twice and that was all it took to create it! I wanted to give a more frosted 'messy' look though, so I swiped my Versamark inkpad around the edges before sprinkling all my embossing powder on.

I stamped the sentiment then heat embossed that too, before using some Distress Inks to build up the deep rich red colour that is beautifully intense at the edges and lightening/brightening towards the centre.

Some splatters of water and glimmer mist and I 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, 14 November 2018

Polar Peek-a-Boo Pals Tags and Cards

Hello, Tallie here with a couple of cards and a couple of tags featuring the super cute Avery Elle Polar Peek-a-Boo Pals set. This one uses quite a few products but I think the effort is totally worth it!

I started out by stamping all the critters from the Avery Elle Polar Peek-a-Boo Pals set onto some Bristol Smooth Paper. I coloured them in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, using a waterbrush to push out the colour and give dimension. Once dry, I cut these out with the coordinating dies.

To make the tags, I started off by cutting some of the gorgeous winter papers from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Christmas 6x6 paper pad with the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Star Stackables dies and Stitched Star Frames dies. I also cut out more of each out of some acetate and white cardstock so I could stack the layers to create some shaker tags. I filled the insides with some blue, turquoise and iridescent sequins. I sandwiched some ribbon from my stash in between the layers of cardstock to finish off the bases.

I adhered the critters onto the acetate and white heat embossed the 'merry christmas' sentiments from the stamp set onto some black cardstock. I cut these out with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banner die. Some black gel pen for the eyes and noses and a little Wink of Stella for some shimmer finished off the tags.

To make the cards, I used some of the off-cuts left over from the tag bases. I silver heat embossed the sentiment from the Avery Elle A Merry Little Christmas set for one and made another banner for the other, this time white heat embossing on some red cardstock. I added some Glossy Accents for the lights and a little Wink of Stella for the scarf and hat.

Thanks for reading and I hope your Christmas crafting projects are going well!

Catch you next week.