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.


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Pretty Peonies

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I am sharing two simple cards featuring Mama Elephant’s Pretty Peonies.

I started by stamping the flowers with embossing ink on watercolour cardstock and heat embossing it with white embossing powder.  For the colouring I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and a waterbrush. Then I fussy cut out the images.

I wanted to create a clean and simple card and let the flowers stand for their own. So I asked myself: What could I add to make the card more interesting without taking the focus from the flowers? I decided to go with decorated rectangle die cuts. Reverse Confetti’s Lacy Scallop Frame dies are perfect for this. I die cut the rectangles from white cardstock and matted them with matching coloured cardstock.

For the sentiments I chose simple ones from Lawn Fawn. One is from the set Tiny Tags Saying: Birthday and the other one is from the set: Happy Happy Happy.

Both cards took something around 1,5 hours what is fairly quick for me – I am a real slow time crafter- and I had fun making them!

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 15 June 2018

Get your rocks off & ROCK ON!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m getting my Rock’s off.... getting my Rock’s on using the incredible ‘Rock On’ from Waffle Flower!

This set is so awesome.  You can make the little winged bugs anything you want by colouring however you like.  There’s just something about them that makes me smile.  They have absolute killer rock star attitude and I am LIVING for it!  The little guy with the drum though....
This was such a simple card to make but when sets have as much character as this there’s really not a lot needs doing with them!
I started by creating a quick watercolour wash across a piece of cardstock as my background, adding a ton of flicks and splashes to add interest.  I then cut MFT’s Peek-a-boo Windows from a separate piece of card and adhered over top using foam tape. 
I then got to the fun part of stamping out and colouring my bugs.  I decided to make mine bee’s because bees are awesome and so are these guys!  Once coloured I fussy-cut, added a coat of Glossy Accents to their wee wings, and placed over each ‘peek-a-boo’ hole.

My sentiment is from the same Rock On set and is stamped into a frame from Lawn Fawn's Flirty Frames set.  Oh, and just for a change (wink wink), I coloured all my card with my trusty Zigs.

I really hope you like it and simple rule for life...ROCK ON!

As always everything I used is linked below.  See you next week.


Rock On  Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dienamic

Flirty Frames Image 1  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Dream Big Fireworks Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I just love fireworks. Watching them always fills me with wonder and excitement, and I always look forward to Guy Fawkes Night and New Year's Eve just to see the them!

There are some awesome fireworks stamp sets out there, but the My Favorite Things Fireworks stamp set is a real winner with me for its simple, uncomplicated style - and the host of little companion images that really help you build a scene! I couldn't wait to play with it:

How awesome is that?!

I stamped the fireworks with Versamark ink and then heat embossed them with a variety of metallic embossing powders. Then the magic really happened when I blended several inks over the scene to create that stunning sky!

The SugaPea Designs ParisScape Die is just so intricate and gorgeous, so of course it had to make an appearance here! And the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Occasional Labels stamp set nestles so perfectly between two of the buildings and just looks like it belongs!

Some water and mist splatters finished this card perfectly. It really does transport me to a fireworks-filled scene!

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, 13 June 2018

Sublime Birthday

Hello, Tallie here with a super sublime birthday card!

I started by inking up three panels of card with Broken China, Salty Ocean and Antique Linen with some Distress Oxide Inks. I splattered some clean water drops onto each panel and left to dry. Once dry, I cut the darker blue panel with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Wave border and the sandy panel with a Stitched Hillside Border.

On some watercolour cardstock, I stamped out the images from the Lawn Fawn You Are Sublime set and coloured them in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, cutting them out with the coordinating dies. Of course, I had to have a yellow submarine!

I adhered the background panels to a card base and popped up the die cut images with some foam tape. I kept it super simple with the sentiment, white heat embossing a sentiment from the set on some black card stock.

A super sublime birthday card!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Happy Birthday Stripes

Hello, Gemma here today, sharing a quick and simple birthday card.

The Altenew Birthday Builder stamp set is a favourite of mine. I love the variety of fonts in this set, which give so many possibilities. I thought it would be fun to use lots of them on a card.

To create a place for the sentiments to sit, I first used the Altenew Watercolour stencil and some distress oxides to add stripes to a card base. I used blueprint sketch, twisted citron, wild honey and antique linen.

I then used my stamp positioner to help me stamp all the sentiments in the stripes. The stamp positioner is useful for allowing several lines to be stamped at once, speeding up the design. I also like to double stamp to get a darker impression.

This design would is perfect for recreating in different colours, or using with different sentiments you may have in your collection.

Thanks for joining me today,

Altenew Birthday Builder
Altenew Watercolour Stripes Stencil

Monday, 11 June 2018

DIY Hanging Planter

Hello there, it's Jenny here again and my card today features a floral hanging plant which has been made using various stamp sets...

What sparked this idea was the round bottomed pot in Waffleflowers Spice Garden stamp set... I figured it would look good as a hanging pot and remembered the dotted pattern stamp in Avery Elle's Indigo set which would make a good macrame or chain style of hanger!
Now, the dotted border stamp does come as a strip of three on the one piece so I just cut a strip off carefully with my scissors... they can easily fit back together again.

I stamped and water-coloured the pot and did the same with leaves and flowers from Altenew's Doodle Blooms and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I cut a slit in the top of the pot so I could tuck the greenery down inside. Here's how I stamped the plant pot holder and arranged the leaves. The dotted border stamp is easy to curve and follow the shape of the pot and I used masking to help stamp the shorter pieces of the pattern.

I added a few flowers which are stamped in Altenews Limestone ink and just a touch of grey watercolour to give them a bit of shape and definition...

For the backdrop I added loose watercolour in shades of yellow distress ink with the smooshing technique and when it was dry I stamped the dotted border again to make the hanging chain/macrame. The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Fuchsia stamp set which I thought was quite a nice phrase for any occasion.


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Gym Rats

I've been playing with the new Gym Rats set from Waffle Flower this weekend which I love for it's quirkiness but I am not sure they are rats - I think either hamsters or guinea-pigs lol!

Firstly my friend has been part of a group of 6 who have been running 10K a day for a whole year!  I couldn't run a whole 10K in year never mind do one every day but he did it and they've raised around £7k for a hospice from it which is amazing.  So I made him a card using the set which I think is perfect for recognising his achievement.

I coloured him with pencils, fussy cut him as I wanted him to hold the handle on the treadmill so I could have him doing a "jumping for joy" now he's finished.  I added a top layer of card and die cut a window using MFT's Square Peek a Boo die and it moved a bit in my die cut machine cos I was being lazy and not using tape or my magnetic platform.  It was out by 2mm which may not seem much but on a really CAS design it really bothered me, so I did another layer and popped it on top trimming off the excess inside the window with a craft knife (didn't want to take the bottom layer off as it would have destroyed the base card)  I thought I'd share my mess-ups as there is always a way to fix them.  I added some striped red paper for contrast (that's a bit out too but I'd lost the will to live by the time I noticed that and the recipient wont!)

I had lots of fun colouring the cute characters so I decided to make another with a punny twist.

I stamped 3 different guinea-pigs (I think that's what I've landed on what they are!) on a die cut craft circle and coloured them with pencils.   I added a sentiment underneath using Owen's ABCs from Lawn Fawn, but I messed it up, so I did it again and cut a banner around it to cover up my off-centre stamping underneath!

The pun comes on the inside, and because I couldn't be bothered to spell it out with stamps, I just wrote it by hand - I think sometimes we forget we can just write stuff!  If you don't want to use your own penmanship then pick one of the many alphabet stamps and spell it out  - just visit our Alphabet section in the store.  I added another little guinea-pig inside and drew a little gin coupe in his hand to match the pun.  Very me :-)

  • We'll have the latest release from Neat and Tangled in store on Monday
  • The as yet to be released June products from Mama Elephant will be in store on the 15th
  • Lil' Inker Designs have a new release this week and fingers crossed it should ship tomorrow so we should have it by the end of the week customs willing.
  • Concord and 9th's release that went live in the USA on the 9th should ship tomorrow also so again should be with us by the end of the week.
Catch you on the flipside.