Monday, 24 June 2019

Big Blue Hydrangea

I'm sure I've said before that I don't normally make many floral cards... I love flowers and 
plants with many in our garden and have a few sets in my stash but they're not my go-to images.
Having said that I couldn't resist this huge Hydrangea image which is one of the new line of stamps from 
Colorado Crafts called Big and Bold.... and they certainly are!! 

I stamped the whole image in Shaded Lilac and Bundled Sage distress ink, trying to ink the flowers
 and leaves/sem in the correct colour but not fussing too much if it isn't exact as the watercolour will hide any
 overlaps. I then painted the whole image and used the shading on the stamp to guide me with light and dark areas. 

I went with a loose style and allowed the layers to dry before adding more. 
I finished off by returning the piece into my Stamping platform and re-stamped the whole 
image using Versafine Clair Morning Mist which made the image much crisper.

I used a square die to cut the final area I wanted to use on a 5"sq card and then heat embossed a sentiment 
from the Anything But Basic Encouragement Stamp onto a strip of vellum.
 I felt it didn't show enough so I used a wider strip behind it which gives a nicer finished look too.

These florals are great for colouring, there large size is great for that and
they cover a card easily but still have a Clean and Simple feel.


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Inky Backgrounds

Apologies for the late post today - we woke to an overnight dishwasher disaster all over the kitchen floor this morning so we've been mopping rather than crafting this morning!

I've been having a play with options for inking backgrounds today using a couple of different inks so you can see a little better how they compare.

Firstly - I made a run rainbow birthday card using Distress Oxides and layered some stamping over the top in the same ink colours.

I simply blended stripes down my top fold dove white card using Candied Apple, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet, blended each into the other in between.   I sprayed with water for a light mist and then added some larger drops of water for the oxidised effect.  I then stamped using the same inks filling the background with streamers and confetti from the very useful little Cheeky Birthday stamp from Hero Arts and finished with a stacked Big Happy Birthday die cut from Mama Elephant.

Then to compare the oxides to the new Reactive Inks from Hero Arts, I made a quick thank you card.  I picked 3 shades and did stripes again, starting with Fog, then Pool Party and Blue Raspberry at the top.  Again sprayed and splattered with water and left to dry.  These inks are a hybrid dye/pigment similar to oxides but without the oxide effect but they do still react with water so the look is similar.  I found them a bit wetter than an oxide and because of that found it a little easier to get a softer blend.  Less colours to choose from (15 currently whereas there are 60 oxides) but there are some shades that could fill gaps in between oxides if you want to use both together.

I turned it into card with the addition of a grey die cut hilly thanks from  Mama Elephant.

When I was cleaning my blending tools (I spray them with clean water and dry on kitchen paper) I noticed the colour looked pretty so decided to have a play, and managed a really quick watercolour style background for another card (I just grabbed a card not watercolour paper so it warped a bit but the effect would be awesome on the right cardstock)

The top here is the pool party shade, then Berry Smoothie and Thistle at the bottom - all just one dunk on the pad with the blender, sprayed with water, most of the colour dabbed off and a quick stroke across the card.  This time finished with the Hilly Hello die cut again from Mama Elephant this time cut from White Glitter card - Pixie Dust from Lawn Fawn.


I'm still working on finishing adding all the new Hero Arts items - it takes around 10 minutes to load each item to store and I do it around packing orders which always get priority, and as we've got lots of other stuff going on which is taking me out of the office for meetings etc then I am just desperately playing catch up.  I'll get it done just as quickly as I can.

We're expecting the following deliveries this week:
  • Wplus9's new release plus restocks
  • Sugar Pea Designs latest release and "most" restocks but some wait listed items are on back order still as they haven't got them left in stock themselves.
  • Hopefully Altenews latest release plus restocks but I am still waiting on confirmation that they are ready to ship it.
  • Lil' Inker Designs have a new release this week but we are not able to order that in advance so will have that hopefully next week instead.
We will be closed on 3rd July for my Mum's funeral so nothing will ship that day and we will not be answering correspondence.  Thanks for your patience.


Saturday, 22 June 2019

A Birthday Card and a Very Special Voucher

Hey stampers, Anni here!

A colleague asked me to make a birthday card for his daughter! She had a very special wish: She wanted a voucher for a dental prophylaxis. So I had to make a card for this special request.

Fortunately I found a little tooth in Mama Elephant’s Little Fairy Agenda set. That gave me the idea that one of Mama Elephant’s Three Amigos could show this tooth on his sign. I started by stamping the raccoon and the cat from the set in a very light ink because I wanted to do some no line colouring. The Happy Birthday I stamped in black on the other sign.

To get more of a birthday feeling I also stamped some balloons from Mama Elephant's The Birthday Bash and a cupcake from Mama Elephant’s Carnival Cupcakes. I coloured the images by pressing Distress Ink pads onto a acryl block and watercolouring with this colour palette.
For all of these sets you can find coordinating dies in the shop.

For the background I took a piece of white cardstock and added a little bit of very soft ink blending through Newton’s Nook’s Bokeh Stencil Set
To give this scene a frame I die cut Mama Elephant’s Framed Tags Madison Avenue and adhered it with dimensional adhesive. That finished up my card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 21 June 2019

We Go Together Like Movies and Popcorn Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Friday!

Movies and popcorn, is there a better pairing? In my opinion it's not a 'real' trip to the cinema if you don't have some, and a movie night at home just isn't the same if you aren't snuggled up together on the sofa sharing a big box of freshly made popcorn!

The Popcorn Stencil from Newton's Nook is a perfect design for the movie buff (or popcorn lover)! I've had an idea in my head since I laid eyes on it, and couldn't wait to give it a go:

I love how this turned out! Looks almost good enough to eat, right?!

I started by building up a few layers of popcorn with my stencil, using ink, mist, and even a Nuvo Jewel Drop to add different colours and interest. I rotated the stencil each time so each layer could peek through. This was only the background part and was pretty much covered up by the top layers but it still added some interest to what would otherwise be a plain white base!

Next came the actual idea itself - embossing paste! I started with adding a drop of yellow reinker to some paste and mixing it to a lovely cream, then laying down my first dimensional layer of popcorn. Now comes the trick - applying heat with a heat gun or heat tool puffs the paste up so it looks just like popcorn! I sprinkled a little gold glitter over some of the popcorn for added texture and interest!

I added my second layer in the same way, adding white popcorn this time. I added some fine splatter from a brown reinker to add a little attitude, before starting on my sentiment.

I used the sentiment from the Newton's Movie Night stamp set, stamping the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I trimmed the sentiment into a movie ticket shape - so cool! I added red stripes to the the layer of cardstock behind the ticket - I used some skinny washi tape to mask the stripes then swiped the Versafine Clair ink in the Glamorous colourway to create the stripes! Both pieces were added to the card base using dimensional glue gel for some variable height from the base.

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!

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Safari party

Hello lovely people! 
I'm back with a very simple card today, which features MFT Safari Party stamp set.  ( Hey! This set in now 25% off! )

I must say, I often struggle with clean and simple cards.
I like splatters and dimension, so it was very hard not to add any of it here.

My first step was to stamp this adorable elephant on to watercolour paper with Versafine Onyx Black. This ink is waterproof and perfect for working with waterbased mediums. Then I've coloured it with Zig markers and cut out using scissors.


Before assembling this card, I die cut large circle from Large Stitched Circle Lawn Cuts in white. It has lovely stitched details, just enough to add a little bit of interest behind the main image.
I've also used Hero Hues Pebble Cardstock from Hero Arts, cut to be slightly smaller than my card base.
My next step was to stamp the sentiment. I chose one of the greetings from the same Safari Party set. I've curved it to fit along the circle part and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black. 

After adhering everything together, I added a few clear sequins and glossy accents to the hat and little bow.

 See all the supplies below.

Thank you for stopping by! I will be back next Thursday with another card.
See you soon!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Happy Birthday Chicks

Hello, Tallie here.

I have a striking birthday card featuring some homemade background paper and the MFT Birthday Chicks stamp set.

There are several products I use to create striped backgrounds like this one - the Altenew Classy Stripes stencil, the Concord & 9th Stripes and Sayings stamp or MFT Black and White Stripes Paper are just a couple of them. Six months ago I made a huge stash of paper using the MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes Background with my regular MFT Extreme Black Ink. I cut one of the pieces down and adhered it to a white card base. I also cut out a kraft cardstock circle using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle die to give a backdrop to my images.

Next, I stamped out the chicks and cake from the MFT Birthday Chicks stamp set and coloured them with my alcohol markers. I cute these out with the coordinating dies and adhered them in a scene on the circle.

For the sentiment, I die cut several of the Lawn Fawn Scripty Happy - one from red cardstock - and stacked them for dimension. To finish off, I white heat embossed a 'BIRTHDAY' sentiment strip from the Lawn Fawn Simply Sentiments set.

Thanks for reading, catch you next week!



Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Focus on the Sentiment

Hello, it's Liz here. Today I have made two cards where the sentiment takes centre stage. The sentiment on the card above is by Lil' Inker Designs. I decided to set it back in an aperture by using Lawn Fawns Outside In Stitched Square Dies. I used black cardstock as a layer behind the white, I like the effect of the black edges showing through the aperture.

The sentiment on the card below is from the So Kind set by Avery Elle. The square was die cut using the Stitched Square die set by Reverse Confetti

The super cute mice are from the Garden Mice set by Newton's Nook, matching dies are available here.  I think they are the perfect size to complement a larger sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting!

Monday, 17 June 2019

For the Knitters

I have a make to share with you today that is ideal for those knitting fans out 
there using the Letterboard dies and Knit Wit stamp set from Sugarpea Designs...

This piece started life as a panel to go on the front of a card but when looking for some 
grey foam to mount it onto I found a piece with a magnetic backing and I decided 
to turn it into a fridge magnet instead!

I've just cut lots of letters using the alpha die in the Letterboard set and arranged the quote 
around the pile of knitting wool which are from the Knit Wit set.

Now I had to go back to the drawing board with a card to go with the magnet so I used two more balls of wool from the same set and paired them up with a sentiment from Mama Elephants Scripty Birthday. I used Distress oxides to stamp the words so they matched the Copics used for the wool and I extended the lines from the sentiments using other 
stamps in the set and the partial inking technique.

To balance up the design I used a small sentiment on a piece of textured card to look like 
a stitched label... adding a small dotted line with a stamp but could easily be done by hand too

I think that quote would work for any crafter whatever their crafting medium, lets face 
buying supplies is just as fun as using them 😉 


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x