Monday, 15 October 2018

In the Mountains

Hi there, it's Jenny with you on this Monday morning and I've got a wintery card for you today that opens to reveal pop up scenery....

Oh my goodness!! isn't this Ski Holiday set from Hero Arts just such fun and so different!! Having just had a holiday in Switzerland enjoying the mountain views and cable cars, I couldn't resist making  a pop up scene using the Inside Arch dies from Mama Elephant.

I've used the two mountain stamps in the set to make a range using a combination of selective inking and masking... making sure they would hide the arch shape of the interactive dies. These are quite simple shapes so easy to cut around and leave a border. 

I've used metallic thread to make the cable car wire and attached it at both ends so the cars dangle in the mountain scenery. The trees are stamped in clusters using masking and attached to the small tabs from the die set.... here's a photo to show how I positioned the scenery elements..

My two top tips are:
* Make sure you check the height of the elements and whether they will protrude from the card when closed! The mountains are higher than the arch so I needed to position them lower down the centre fold of the card.
* I found it easier to lightly position the arch die cut then adhere one side before closing the card to adhere the opposite base flap... that way you know your card will fold correctly.

I made a simple wrap to slip over the card front which helps keep it closed for posting and also adds to the surprise inside..

I just used the Scalloped Circle frames to make a simple stamped and coloured scene for the front... I haven't included a sentiment for the moment... not really sure it needs one!

I'm wishing I was back in the mountains now


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x


I'm hacking the end of Jenny's post to bring you the update I couldn't bring yesterday.  Unfortunately my new laptop had a catastrophic hard disk failure over the weekend and we are going to have to send it back to the manufacturer as nothing we tried all weekend helped.  Thankfully we managed to get the old faulty one fixed enough to get working today but it's all a bit frantic here whilst we play catch up.

However, we do have the latest AlteNew release so I am working on adding that today.  

Concord and 9th has also arrived so I will work on that next.

Mama Elephant's new release is out today but unfortunately we have not yet received it.  We will get it online as quickly as we can once it arrives.
We also hope to receive Newton's Nook and Neat and Tangled this week but we don't have an eta as yet.


Saturday, 13 October 2018

Happy Birthday, Sweetest Pea

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Sweetest Pea is the name of the very pretty stamp set by Altenew I used on today's card. Well, the flowers on my card doesn't really look very realistic, very much artistic freedom involved. But that's what makes crafting so much fun, isn't it.

I started by stamping and heat embossing in white each and every flower in this set on a piece of watercolour paper. Then I coloured the images in with watercolours. I chose three colours (yellow, orange and pink), filled the sections of the flowers with water and dipped my brush with a little bit of colour in the water. I kept ot to the edge and let the waterdo the work. This way the colours blended into eachother and I got that random look.
For the background I went with grey to make the flowers pop and a subtle shade of green for the leaves.
When the piece was dry I die cut a rectangle from it using Waffle Flowers' Lacy Layers.

For the sentiment I die cut Sugar Pea Designs' You Word Sugar Cut from grey cardstock matching the background of my watercolour piece. I die cut the You several times to stack them up.

I found a tiny Happy Birthday to You in Newton's Nook's Winged Wishes. I stamped it on a stripe of pink cardstock and heat embossed it in white.
To highlight the sentiment more I cut a stripe of vellum and glued both parts of the sentiment to it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 12 October 2018

Unexpected Trees

I'm back on Christmas cards again today and I have a couple of "unexpected" trees to share which give you ways to get more from your dies.

Firstly I really wanted to play with the Hero Arts Very Merry Tree Fancy Die and to show you an alternative way to use it.  The die is designed to be used as a panel front design leaving the "tree" as negative space.  Here I've done a quick example of how to use it traditionally and quickly - you could make batch cards with this and get all your cards done in minutes!

However, you can do more with it - instead of cutting it from green card as I have done here, you could cut it again from patterned paper and glue the words on top so the words become like tinsel on your tree. 

If you didn't want to faff wit the extra layer of die cutting - cut the tree from white, place it on a coloured background and use markers to colour the words to get the same effect ;-)

What I wanted to do though was to not be forced to use it as a panel but to have the tree shape as a focal point on my card.

So here  I die cut it from green glitter cardstock from the Concord and 9th pack and then I just cut around the tree shape with scissors to "remove" it from the panel concept.  I wanted more green but as I'm a tight Yorkshire woman, I didn't want to waste all that glitter under the white so I cut thin strips and cut the ends diagonally to form a frame around the white giving a matt look with a 10th of the paper ;-)

For my final card, I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's recent video where she made a pop up cat tree using the new Mama Elephant stamp and die inside her card using the inside arch die to make the tree pop up on opening.  I thought I could do that with another of my favourite trees from last years Christmas release from Lil' Inker Designs the Christmas Word Tree.

As this die has lots of "space" around the words, I wanted the pop up to be near invisible so I die cut the small arch from acetate and glued the tree to it.  It's nigh on impossible to see in the photo but the arch goes from the R to the M in Christmas.

I just glued it down with Lawn Fawn glue which is super strong but dries clear and used the same on the tabs.  I folded it in half, slotted it into the card, closed it and opened it and it then finds the right place to sit for the pop up to work.

For the front I decided against another tree and went instead with the fun new Ho Ho Ho die from MFT cut from white cardstock covered with Red Ombre Washi Tape from AlteNew.

The "extra" bits the die cuts are designed to make layers so you can do two-coloured words, but they work well as exclamation points too!  I used the inner bit from the biggest Ho to add a sparkle detail to the first one and finished with a couple of crystals.

I hope these give you some inspiration for unexpected trees!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thanks So Much Autumn Wreath Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Just one look at the tree in my garden and I can tell it's Autumn. The leaves are a lovely riot of greens, oranges, reds and yellows. Turning onto my road and seeing it in all its splendour is one of my favourite things about Autumn.

Autumnal wreaths might not adorn our front doors as much on this side of the Atlantic, but with the wonderful inspiration of my tree I was definitely inspired to create something that captures the feel of the season - and the WPlus9 Woodland Wreaths stamp set was the perfect product for the job!

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

I used the twig wreath and berry stamps to create my basic wreath shape using browns, oranges, and yellows. I repeated the berries faintly in my background too.

I then wanted to 'decorate' my wreath a bit more, so I pulled out the Flora And Fauna Woodland stamp set and added some of the leaves and acorn stamps to my design. I spritzed my stamps each time to stamp a softer look and fill out the wreath. I added the bow as well as some of the leaf sprigs from the WPlus9 set to round it off. This looks so stunning in real life!

I really wanted to adorn my wreath a little more so I pulled out the Nuvo Crystal Drops! The colours Ripened Pumpkin, Dandelion Yellow and Copper Penny gave me the most gorgeous dimensional berries!

I completed the design using a sentiment from the Flora And Fauna Glass Dome stamp set. Some mist splatters and a little inking round my card edges and this design 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, 10 October 2018

Floral Aviary

Hello! Tallie here again with a simple, bright general card.

Today I have a card with a new (to me, at least!) stamp company: Flora & Fauna. Their whimsical stamps are wonderful to colour and I thought it was time I brought out my Prismacolor pencils! This card was made with minimal supplies - the stamps, ink, a stamp positioner, Post-It Notes, coloured pencils, a black pen and a gel pen.

On an A6 white top-folding card base, I stamped out most of the images from the Flora & Fauna Floral Aviary stamp set. I used MFT Extreme Black Hybrid Ink and a few Post-It notes so I could mask off some of the flowers and stamp others behind. When I finished, I used a black marker to correct those lines that weren't quite perfect.

I then sat in front of the TV and took my time colouring the images in with my Prismacolor pencils. I used lots of bright colours, building up the colour in layers so I avoided the waxy build up.

I used a gold gel pen to add some highlight dots to the image.

A cute little card to brighten up anyone's day!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Full of Heart

Today I’m sharing a card that’s full of hearts. I chose one of my favourite colour schemes - rose gold, navy and pink.

Using the MFT Full of Heart cover die, I partially die cut three rows of hearts at the top of a piece of white card. I then left a gap of two rows, then partially die cut the remaining 5 rows at the bottom.

I heat embossed, with rose gold embossing powder, a greeting from the MFT Handwritten Happiness in the space between the die cut hearts. I then adhered the panel to a card base.

To emboss some hearts in the same embossing powder, I temporarily adhered some to a strip of white card. I used Versamark to add sticky ink to the hearts, then covered them with the embossing powder and heat set.

I coloured the other hearts with copic markers, using the broad tip to quickly colour them in. I then added the hearts onto the card with liquid glue, in rows of each colour.

This would be an easy design to recreate in your own favourite colour scheme. Change the sentiment for a pretty anniversary or wedding card.

Have a lovely day,

Monday, 8 October 2018

Santa Stop Here

Helloo crafters 😊

I love the latest Flora & Fauna seasonal release.... so much fun to choose from. I have
 a couple of cards to share using a combination of a few of the stamp and die sets...

This little chap is from the Arctic Critters set.... doesn't he look cosy in his woolly hat?
I've stamped the images and added extra details with colour, dies and white gel pen. 
I've set the scene on a curve of glitter cardstock and added a trim of hand stamped 
buffalo plaid from the Texture 7 set.... what a great pattern building stamp that is

My second card uses the big brushstroke background from Texture 7 as a winter sky backdrop.... 
I've used three blues from the distress oxide range to ink it for an ombre winter sky....

I added another swathe of glittery snow and then three trees from the Festive Nature die 
set cut in three different shades of card. I love the collage effect 😊

Yay!nothing like new stash to inspire some
 Christmas crafting... have you started yours yet?


Thanks for stopping by 
Jenny x