Monday, 23 July 2018

Retro Games

Hello again, it's Jenny and I'm back with my usual Monday spot.
I've been getting crafty this week with the new Life is a Game stamps and dies from Neat & Tangled. This set brings back some great memories of playing this game back in the 80's with family, especially my cousins. We still have the original game which was a Christmas present in 1984! ... I bet the newer version is very different!!!
Anyhow onto my two cards....

For this card I stamped the board spaces in grey and turned them into a road with a white gel pen. The little car is actually a roller coaster carriage from Coaster Critters..... I don't know about the new game but you used to go around in a car in the original board game 😉
When you open the card, the inside reads...

I just had to share this bonus card with you because whilst I was playing around with the board spaces in this stamp set, another game from my childhood came to mind.....

I die cut the corner spaces in red, green, blue and yellow along with a couple of black circles to make SIMON.... yep that iconic game of the 70's/80's. Now I know SIMON didn't speak as such but the play on words works along with the other classic "Simon says" game :)

I used Paper Smooches Fireworks die to make the radiating flashes and blended distress ink behind them... the sentiment is from Mama Elephants Photo Bomb. I love that cute miniature SIMON game


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 22 July 2018

A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On.....

I really liked the new designs of shaker pouches MFT brought out this month and decided to have a play with them this week before we went away so I've got a longish post with lots of photos to share today.  First off I used the new gift shaker pouches to create a gift shaker card (although I do think these would make fab windows too!)

I went with a simple green and blue colour scheme on a craft card so it would be a great card for boys or girls.  I used some green paper from Reverse Confetti's Fun Times pad (the blue is from my scraps drawer) and die cut the present using the co-ordinating die.   You can leave the bits behind the pouch clear or do what I did and piece the die cut squares back in so the gift looks more complete.  I just placed the top layer over the base card, drew around the holes with pencil and glued the squares in place. Because each "window" is separate, you can include different shaker elements in each if you want. I went with two different ones across the diagonals - stars and circles from the Nuvo Golden Years Confetti pack.  I piled a little on top of each square and then used Lawn Fawn's glue to draw around the paper and the edge of the card so I could glue my top layer (with the window pouch already glued in place behind) on top and hold the shaker bits in securely.  This is pretty much my glue of choice for everything now - so easy to apply accurately and SUPER-strong when dry!

You can see here in this close up how none of the different shaker bits mix together.  The die set gives you the ribbons and bows to finish of the parcel in style too.

For the sentiment I used the Birthday Candles stamp from MFT as I really love the fun placement of Birthday and it works without the candles!   However stamping it with the same colours didn't work as the "happy" didn't show up well - it got lost on the kraft.   As it had 3D elements I couldn't stamp it in a platform, so couldn't over stamp it with another colour without risking messing it up, but all was not lost....

I used a green glitter gel pen and carefully drew over the happy by hand to make it stand out more!  We all make mistakes in crafting - the key is finding tricks to keep the trash can empty!

 I really enjoyed putting this together and am going to make a few in different colours to keep in my stash as they are the perfect "one size fits all" birthday card to suit all tastes.

I decided to use the other pouches in this release to do another equally "works for anyone" birthday card, this time with an added rainbow cos everyone loves rainbow colours right?

I basically did the same process as before, but this time used the Mini Balloon Shaker pouches and the co-ordinating die set.  This is basically a scaled down version of the original sized balloon but the smaller size means you can get a lot more of them on a single card.   This rainbow of balloons floating up the card full of shaker fun really makes me smile!

I used a DL card and played around with the pouches to get a layout which fit them all on.  Then it was a case of die cutting the die from scraps of rainbow coloured card using the balloon frame die, using the "frameless" die to cut the holes in the front panel and sticking it all together as before (tracing the holes in the front onto the back to get the coloured bits from the frames in the right place)  I used a sentiment from Newton's Nook Birthday Essentials because it fit the space perfectly.  I hand drew a black dotted border to add a little detail to finish.


We're actually on a break so up to date eta's aren't possible, however, what I do know will be in store later in the week is as follows:
  • Lil' Inker's new release will be in store by Wednedsay
  • Mama Elephant restocks will be live by Friday
  • Lawn Fawn restocks (including the reveal wheel sentiments they missed out of our last delivery) will ship this week so there is a slim chance they will be here by Friday too.
See you later!


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Gift Boxes for Crafty Friends

Hey stampers, Anni here!

A few month ago we had a big get together of german cardmaker. We met at a former monastery, which is now a hostel! You can't imagine how much fun we had.
And of course there was a exchange of small gifts in handcrafted bags od gift boxes. Today I want to show you the ones I gave away.

I started by die cutting Lawn Fawn's Goodie Bag 60 times (well, actually it wasn't me, I had help from my sweet heart) for 30 goodie bags. You need two parts for one bag.
I applied some white pigment ink through Newton Nook's Cloudy Sky Stencil before I assembled the bags.

For the decoration and as a little gift I created book marks. For that I stamped images from two Mama Elephant sets called Party Animals and Lil'Painters, coloured them with alcohol markers and fussy cut all of them.

I added sentiments from Altenew's Crafty Life and Crafty Friends. To the book mark I added a magnet to hold it on place.

Here you can see a lot of the boxes (not all of them because they wouldn't fit on a photo.)

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 20 July 2018

Fish Paste and Cocktails......

Morning, no that's not a recipe for breakfast - it's just a quick sum up of today's blog post!

Today is the 5th Birthday of Newton's Nook and they have some fabulous new products available which we have live in store now too and I've managed to play with a couple of them already for today's post.

Firstly, I've been itching to create some fishy tiles for our loo as I hate the ones that are in there and I couldn't find any I liked in the stores.  So here's the first one I made thanks to the new Tropical Fish stencil from Newton's Nook and a little bit of mousse (the paste element of my title) from Tonic......

I started with a plain blue tile (9cm square in this case, and I would say that a tile larger than the stencil is easier unless you use spray adhesive, which I have coming today!)

So either tape the stencil to (or over) your clean tile (a quick wipe with surgical spirit or white vinegar to make sure there is no grease is a good preparation step) and then just carefully spread a layer or mousse over the top.   Remove carefully whilst still wet, wash your stencil then set it aside to dry.


Even though the mousse is a water based product, once it is thoroughly dry it sets like rock and water doesn't affect it (I soaked this with water and left it to test it).   I am not sure how well it would hold up to detergent and scrubbing, but a gentle wipe would be fine.  I got very excited by this, so have started to test out some other designs....

Here's a work in progress using 3 shades of mousse to get a sort of marble effect using the serene stripe stencil from the last Newton's Nook release on a 2ft long tile.  I've masked off a strip and will just keep flipping the stencil over to the front and back to get the wave to run across.  You have to let each one dry before doing the next so you don't ruin it with the edge of the stencil so it will take a couple of days for me to complete this 36" tile but it would make a fab accent in the bathroom.

However, back to this release, and I couldn't resist the fab new punny mini stamps they've released.  Such fun!  I was drawn to the Koala, you know me by  now, anything cocktail related and I'm right there!!!

So to emphasise the cocktail theme, I've bobbed my Koala into a margarita shaker!  I created my own fun background paper using strips cut from the Cue the Confetti pad from Reverse Confetti glued on the diagonal on a white panel from which I then cut an opening to pop my shaker pouch through.  To get my koala to go inside the glass, I used a craft knife to carefully cut a slit in the top of the pouch just long enough to wedge his bottom into.   I filled the glass with sherbet mix sequins and finished with the fun pun over the glass.

OK, back to getting your orders out before our break but I will be back on Sunday with my regular post.


Thursday, 19 July 2018

Texture Embossing

Hello, Gemma here for a second post this week. Today I’m sharing a card featuring fun texture with stamps and embossing.

Flora & Fauna have a great range of Texture stamp sets. I used the first stamp set on this card, but it would work well with any of the texture sets they have.

On a panel of white card, I stamped strips of colour using two of the stamps in the Flora & Fauna Texture stamp set and some MFT dye inks.

I used some anti-static powder over the panel, then lined the stamps back up over the colour images using a stamp positioner tool. I lightly swiped the stamps with Versamark ink before stamping them over the colour images. When heat embossed with silver embossing powder, it gives a modern look to the stamping.

I chose a sentiment from the Mama Elephant Scripty Bday stamp set, stamping with versafine onyx black ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder

I finished by adding some enamel dots that matched the stamping colours. You could use some of the gorgeous Tonic Nuvo Drops to get the same effect.

Thanks for joining me today,

F&F Texture
Mama Elephant Scripty Bday

Silver Embossing Powder

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Doggie Birthday Celebrations

Hello, Tallie here, bringing you a card featuring the MFT Puppy Pals stamp set. It's perfect for those that have paw friends!

I started off by inking up three panels with some Distress Oxide Inks, one with Candied Apple, one with Peeled Paint and one with Broken China/Faded Jeans. I flicked clean water on the red panel to get some texture and then used the MFT Stitched Collage Frame Die to create a border panel. I also cut a few more border panels from white card stock, stacking them together to create some dimension.

I ran the blue and green panels through with the same frame die to get the background pieces. For the green background bits, I then ran each of these through with a Lawn Fawn Grassy Borders die so I could ground my characters. I used liquid glue to adhere all the pieces to an A2 top folding white card base.

I stamped out some of the characters and accessories from the MFT Puppy Pals stamp set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink and coloured them in with my alcohol markers. Once dry, I cut these out with my Scan N Cut, though there are coordinating dies available. I adhered some of these directly to the background panel, with one popped up on foam tape to give some movement to the card.

To finish off, I white heat embossed a sentiment from the set onto some black card stock, trimmed one end into a banner shape and adhered it with some foam tape to the centre of the card.

Perfect for any paw-loving friend!


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Coffee and Craft

Yes Coffee and Craft... the perfect combination and ideal decoration for a mug too...

The mug is the Coffee Talk 2 die from Lil Inkers and its such a great shape. It's a fun size and takes pride of place on this 4x4 inch card base.... nice and big for adding decoration and colour. This Coffee and Craft quote comes from the coordinating stamp set called Coffee Talk 2 and I love all the typography stamps to add to the mug but equally they can be used on any project.

I have heat embossed the quote in white before sponging distress oxide ink onto the mug and spoon, the embossing resists the ink and just needs a quick wipe with paper towel to remove any residue.

I've teamed the mug up with Neat & Tangled's Crafting is my Jam stamp set to add some crafty accessories. I used the stitching stamp to white heat emboss a patch of Gingham paper. The cotton reel is stamped and cut out so I could wrap a piece of scrap thread around it which then threads through the needle.

By using two different size circle punches I have two different style buttons from the stamp set :)
I used a white gel pen to add detail to the buttons and highlights to the mug and spoon.

I love that this could be a greetings card to a crafty friend..... how about popping in a gift card to your favourite crafty store as a birthday surprise :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x