Sunday, 24 March 2019

Magical Day

I'm going interactive for today's card and I have to say the new magic picture changing die set from Lawn Fawn is perhaps one of the easiest interactive die sets I've ever used.  Some of the interactive dies take a little figuring out and I have never managed to get it right first time, but this one is so simple it's fool proof!

Whilst Lawn Fawn specifically designed a couple of stamps to work and change picture, you can use any other stamps with the die too and I thought it would be fun to do a magical design to match the magic of the die so I decided to pull a rabbit out of a hat......

To create the pictures, you stamp and colour first and then line the windows in the two die pieces over your two images to create slots and tabs which then slide one picture over the other and it really is that simple!

I used the top hat from Lawn Fawn's Hat's Off stamp set and stamped that onto my two pieces of card before colouring with copics. For the "front" image I just added a few dots with a fine liner to indicate magic dust and then set that aside.

For the second image, I masked off the hat and then stamped one of the bunnies from Eggstra Amazing Easter again from Lawn Fawn but any bunny image that fits the hat would work here.  Then all you do is die cut both and fold along the score lines - this provides a channel up the sides to stop the slider moving from side to side and provides a slot in the first image through which you feed the tab on the second.  You just poke each of the 4 tabs into the corresponding 4 slots and bingo - it slides, well like magic!

To finish I added a frame in sage green along with a matching tab top to the pull tab - this acts as a stopper so the recipient can't poke the slider out of the bottom of the mechanism and both are provided in the die set.   The add on die provides a rectangle frame and different pull tab to mix up the designs you can do.   I stamped sentiments above and below the frame using MFT's Magical Day stamp set which is just perfect for this card.

It's easier for the recipient to pull the tab if the mechanism is raised on foam so I added a layer of spiffy speckles to a top fold sand base card before sticking foam squares to the back of the mechanism to finish.


It will be a quieter week this week however, we will have:

  • The latest monthly kit-add ons from Hero Arts
  • Some Echo Park and Cartabella (we have 3 different releases of that to add, its taking a while so bear with us!)
  • Chapter 2 from Sizzix also releases early April so we should have that early the following week.

Catch you later


Saturday, 23 March 2019

Happy Bday

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Valentine's Day isn't as big in Germany (where I live) like in other countries. So I often resist Valentine's stamp sets. But I couldn't when Reverse Confetti came out with this set called Heart Pals. All these critters are just too cute. And all these images in the set are perfect for non Valentine's Day cards, too. In this case I amde a Birthday card for my sister.

I started by stamping the cat with the balloons and coloured it with alcohol markers and fussy cut it (there are coordinating dies available).
Then I created the background. I masked of a stripe on the bottom of a rectangle of white cardstock and blended ink in green and turquoise onto the cardstock.

My cat was a little bit small for the space so I added some clouds I die cut from white cardstock using Mama Elephant's Rainbow High die set.

All that was then left to do was to stamp the sentiment. It comes from Mama Elephant's Wishfull Taggins. This set has Christmas sentiments but also sayings for all year round.

Thanks for stopping by anfdh ave a crafty weekend.


Friday, 22 March 2019

Spring Pile up for Easter

We had our last book group before Easter this week so as is traditional shared some little gifts with each other.   I bought us all a book and made some cute Easter themed bookmarks to go in them.

I opted for the super cute Spring Pile up stamps from last months' release from Newton's Nook as not only are they perfectly themed for Easter but they are the perfect shape when paired with the matching die for a bookmark too!

I stamped a whole row of them onto some Kraft cardstock from Lawn Fawn which is just the perfect texture for colouring with pencils.  I used a mixture of polychromos, prismacolour and a new white pencil which is a pitt pastel soft by faber and castel which was recommended in a drawing class I'm taking online and I love how it goes on and it leaves a really love "feel" behind on the card too.  Very stroakable!

I spent a haapy evening in front of the TV colouring up 8 of these adorable images - I find batch colouring like that really relaxing as you just repeat it so there is less stress about what to colour after the first.

Once all were complete I die cut them with the coordinating die and then used some of the lovely new hero arts cardstock to die cut a "back" into which I could embed the die cut sentiment - you could just stick the sentiment on top but I wanted them super smooth so nothing would stick in the books.   I used pesto and mustard to keep on the spring theme but you could use any colour you like - just remember to keep all the "middles" of the letters when you die cut the word out of your base colour so you add them back in and not leave any holes.

I used a good layer of lawn fawn glue to stick the two layers together and left them under my big acrylic blocks to dry good and hard and flat.

Happy Spring!


Thursday, 21 March 2019

Hope You're Back On Your Feet Soon Tortoise Get Well Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Spring may almost be upon us but a lot of people I know have been suffering from colds and sniffles lately! I guess that's Winter's last hurrah while it can get it.

With all these bugs that seem to be passing around right now it felt very apt to create a Get Well card. The Lawn Fawn Get Well Before 'n After stamp set is cute and funny which makes it perfect for lifting people's spirits:

So cute! I love how this turned out!

I started by stamping and fussy cutting the tortoise from a few different samples of green patterned paper, then watercoloured in some depth and detail! I did the same with the little plaster image too. I used dimensional glue gel to adhere all the pieces together with some custom dimension.

I added a little watercolour shadow on my base before stamping my sentiment and assembling my card. The sentiment is actually one long line, so I performed a touch of the dreaded 'stamp surgery' to stamp it over two lines. This little mini card is so adorable, but the diminutive size will still create a large impact!

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, 20 March 2019

Hello Foxy

Hello, Tallie here. I'm back with a fantastic foxy card today, featuring the Waffle Flower Be Her stamp set. I have a relative who loves foxes and her birthday is just around the corner!

I started out by stamping the cute little fox from the set onto some blending cardstock with some Copic-friendly MFT Extreme Black ink. I coloured him in with my Copic markers, using one of my favourite foxy/red hair combos: E39/E08/YR18/YR14/Y21. I used some E50/E95 for the furry cheeks. I made full use of the texture marks included in the stamp and added some little flicks to give the impression of fur.

On a separate sheet, I scribbled some more  markers - one in some teals, one using the darker reds and one using the lighter yellowy-oranges - to create some scenic elements. I cut the sky background with an MFT Stitched Inside Out Circle, the darker red panel with a Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Circle Stackable and simply trimmed the lighter yellowy-orange panel square with my trimmer.

I mounted these onto an A6 top-folding card base, popping up the fox and sky panel using some foam tape for a little dimension.

A few drops of Glossy Accents adds some interest in the small circle cut-outs and helps to keep it adhered!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

21 Again?! An Elephant Never Forgets (Your Age) Birthday Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Tuesday!

Hands up everyone who sometimes wishes they were a bit younger! Keep those hands up if you sometimes have your age described as '21 again' or some other youthful age.

I knew it wasn't just me. *wink*

We may try and wish ourselves younger at times, but I don't think we should forget our actual ages. They are celebrations of our years around the sun after all!

It would appear that elephants agree with the notion of never forgetting, or certainly the one in the SugarPea Designs Elephant Parade stamp set at least! Here's here with me today to celebrate 'one of those' birthdays:

So cute! I love how this turned out!

I started by watercolouring my base to give a 'ground' for my scene. I then stamped all my elements and watercoloured them. I used the numbers and heart balloon (and the 'Again') sentiment from the SugarPea Designs Balloon Numbers stamp set to help build my scene. I love the little rabbit getting in the punchline with his balloon!

After all my watercolouring was done I used some Nuvo Glitter and Jewel Drops to add some dimension to my balloons and ball. The colours I used are out of stock I think, but there's plenty of others to choose from! Now if only I had the patience to let them dry!

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!

Monday, 18 March 2019

Birthday Bears

Now here's a fun gathering.... I think they've come for the birthday picnic!!!
I've used the Avery Elle set called All of Us and used 'masking' to stamp two rows of bears

They're a fun bunch to colour.... we have quite a mix of bears there. I trimmed the piece out 
so I could add an interactive element behind this furry bunch.....

If you pull the tab, one of the bears holds up an extra part to the birthday message.

I've used the Double Slider Loops Slot Die from MFT to make the mechanism and cut it into
 the front of a card base.... probably not the best idea but I made it work 😉. The slider with the smallest gap was still too long for what I needed so I ran the die through twice to cut each slot with a custom space between them... this would've been much easier on a card panel not the base!! This is what the card base looked like before adding the bears. 

I attached a card strip to reduce sideways movement of the pull tab and because all of this was 
inside the card, I added a panel of card to hide it all

I used a piece of black card as a contrasting frame for the birthday bears to peek through 
and the balloons are just coloured circles with hand-drawn strings.
 Faux white stitching and a sentiment finishes it off perfectly :)

You can find a video by MFT showing you how to use and assemble the double slider
 mechanism on their You Tube Channel HERE


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 17 March 2019

A positivity canvas

As the weather here was awful yesterday, the best place to be was in my craft room getting messy and watching Queer Eye on netflix so I set about making a mixed media positivity canvas as a gift for a friend which took me around 4 episodes...

I started with a 7 x 5 inch stretched canvas and blended oxide inks straight onto it (I am not a mixed media expert, so although I know conventional wisdom is to prep the canvas first, I don't find I need to)   I used Scattered Straw, Fossilised Amber,  Dried Marigold and Crushed Olive to get a blend from top to bottom and then used a little weathered wood and pine needles to "dirty" it up a little in places before spritzing with water for a little reaction here and there.

The next step was to add some paste detail to the top right corner using one of Tim Holtz's mixed media #2 dies to create a stencil from a scrap of card (you can use acetate to make a stencil to keep and reuse) and gluing it down with stick and spray repositional adhesive before spreading seaspray green tonic mousse through and allowing it to dry.

Whilst that was drying I die cut all my elements to decorate the front.  As one of the sentiments I used is about time, I wanted to feature the fabulous Timekeeper clock die also by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.  This is a steel rule die so can cut really thick material like leather or as I used here super thick cardboard.  I cut two and glued them together for added dimension and then used a couple of shades of green and teal wow embossing powders and Hero arts Copper for that verdigris look.

The floral stems come from the Wild Flowers #2 die set again another one of Tim's, and I die cut them from 3 shades of card - Sage Leaf by Lawn Fawn, and then Pesto and Palm from Hero Arts.  I used some more wow embossing powders to add hints of sparkle in places.

The sentiments were all taken from the Reason to Smile Stamp Set from Altenew, the ones at the bottom were white embossed onto Hero Arts Adriatic cardstock, the one inside the clock was embossed using the "verdigris" combo onto vellum.

Once the paste was dry, I added a little stamping to add some texture to the background using the ocean waves background from Hero Arts (sorry this is currently out of stock but will be back as soon as possible, but any simple pattern would work)   The technique here is to just add random "bits" of stamping rather than the whole image just to add some detail and texture.

My normal style is very CAS, so doing something like this really pushes me out of my comfort zone but I really had fun tyring to make something I was happy with (even if I did ruin my desk by dropping embossed pieces on it upside down!)  I just kept adding things and taking them away and taking photos to remember what I had put where before I fixed it all with strong glue in the end.   Hopefully my friend will like it and the positivity reminders will do their trick.


This week we will have:
  • Lil' Inker Designs latest release and restocks
  • Altenew's latest release
  • Lawn Fawn restocks
  • Echo Park and Carta Bella papers and stencils and embellishments
For European customers worried about Brexit - I am sorry but there is still no concrete news to give you.  The UK Government have voted this week to reject the "divorce deal" that is on the table from the EU which left us with "leave without a deal" or "another referendum" both of which were also rejected so currently we have no clue what will happen on the 29th March and cannot do any planning for it!!!   It's a case of watch this space still I'm afraid.......