Monday, 21 January 2019

Love is in the Air.... Toadally!

Hello, Jenny here on this rather chilly Monday morning.... 
hopefully spreading some warmth with this little guy and his heart shaped balloons... 

Yes, I had this little toad all coloured up from my card last week but unfortunately 
the pond was too full for him so he got a card all of his own! His one arm/front leg raised up
made me think of him holding balloons and the floating toad idea was hatched.

I blended blue ink onto half of a card stock panel and added a few splatters of water 
for some texture.The balloons are cut in white card, coloured with markers 
and then arranged into a cluster which makes adhering them to the panel easier.

I used the 'Toadally' word from a Paper Smooches set and masked part of a 
sentiment from the frog/toad stamp set for the 'Love You'..... love the mix of fonts.

Just a heads up to say that both the Paper Smooches cloud dies and sentiment set I 
used are in the sale... links below :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Rooted in love

I've got another soppy card to share today as we're awash with all the valentines releases at the moment but you can use most of the products for non-valentines cards too.

I used the very popular Heart Tree die from MFT which is now back in stock but I stretched what you can do with it by die cutting it twice and using the upper branches to form roots with the hearts "planted" in the ground too.

There is a neat trick to using fiddly dies such as this to get them aligned perfectly - press and seal (I got mine on amazon) which is like cling film but is coated with a low tack adhesive.  I pressed it on the back of the die to lift all the pieces out in the right place and then coloured them with markers whilst stuck to the press and seal.   I then used another piece on top and removed the one from the back so I could add glue and then pressed it onto the card front removing the press and seal once the glue dried.

I used the MFT Full of Heart stencil with oxide inks to create my "ground"  and then made my own sentiment on the computer (you could spell it out with alphabet stamps if you don't have a printer) and finished with a few bits of glitter here and there.

I think this would be a great anniversary card, or even a card to give to a member of your family who is going through a tough time to remind them of their strong roots.


This weekend is the big trade show in Pheonix where lots of USA brands are showing off their new products for 2019.  We're not able to go but we're keeping an eye out on social media but do let us know if you spot anything you think we should consider.

In terms of arrivals this week you can expect:
  • MFT's mid-month kit release (we can't get the kits but we do now get the stamps and dies at the same time the kit is released) will be in store on Tuesday
  • We were slammed with Concord and 9th orders and sold out of the kits and many of the other items (we will try and reorder when they get stocks back themselves) so are a bit behind on adding other items but hope to finish adding the Stamping Bella release today.
  • We have also just received the Chapter 1 release from Sizzix (not everything - we picked the lines we think you would like) including all the latest stuff from Tim Holtz from this release and Christmas.  We will get it in store as soon as we can but it will take some time as there is a tonne of it!
  • We're waiting for the new release from Lil' Inker Designs to ship to us but we should have it next week.
  • We should have a new release from AlteNew next week too along with the pens and build-a-flower that were aleady released earlier in the month.  We just get one shipment per month to make it easier to manage and keep costs down. 
The major releases that are being peeked by Lawn Fawn, Avery Elle etc, etc are not released until FEBRUARY so don't expect them any sooner - we will have them on their respective release days but they have not yet been confirmed.

We have plans on Friday so won't be in the office to ship orders or answer emails - we'll respond next Monday when we're back in the office.


Saturday, 19 January 2019

Birthday Fishes

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a no line coloring fish birthday card for you! What medium do you use for no line coloring? I tend to reach for coloured pencils when I do this technique. In fact I never used another medium, I think.

For this card I used the stamp set Gill Friends by My Favorite Things. I stamped some of the fishes with My Favorite Things' Grout Gray Dye Ink which is a very light ink. Then I coloured with pencils, and added a lot of shading to define the shapes. The eyes I drew with a black gel pen and added some highlights with a white one.

For the background I ink blended some Distress Oxide ink on white cardstock. I used Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Blue Print Sketch and Black Soot. To create the bubbles I drew circles with only water and dabbed it away very carefully after a little bit of waiting.

I wanted to have a little bit of underwater plants. But I don't have that kind of dies in my stash so I had to improvise. If you believe it or not but these plants are Flora & Fauna's Holiday Foliage. I die cut it from several scraps of green cardstock.

I also stamped the sentiment in black direct on the cardbase - thanks to my stamping tool.
Then I assembled the card.

So let me know which medium you prefer for no line colouring! I really would like to know!

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend!


Friday, 18 January 2019

Tea Party!

I love tea and cats so Newton's Nook Caffeinated Cats stamp was a no-brainer must have for me from this new release.
Although this stamp is designed to fill the whole front of a card as it is part of their "Full Card Front" range they have cleverly designed them so that if you like to fussy cut you can cut them out and get more looks from one design so I decided to add some depth and dimension and layer up my first card with it decoupage style.  I use pinflair gel when layering up fiddly images as it allows you more wiggle room than foam pads but they would work too - whatever methods works for you.

I wanted a rainbow cups so I kept all my cats grey so they stood out and then went to town with pencils to colour in the cups as bright as I could make them.   I stamped the image 3 times and worked out which "layers" I wanted to cut (you could do more or less) and then coloured the images on just the layers I would use keeping the bits that wouldn't show uncoloured.  My top tip though is to colour the "edges" of the layer underneath so when people look sideways the white doesn't show.  [if you look closely you can see the difference as i missed the edges on the bottom layer!] 

I just finished with a sentiment I spelt out myself using Lawn Fawn's Violets ABCs but we have lots of alphabet stamps and dies and I would say one of each is a must have so you can say exactly what you want to say if the sentiment hasn't already been created for you!

That's all today folks - catch you Sunday.


Thursday, 17 January 2019

Minimalist Masculine Thank You Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

When it comes to masculine cards I know a lot of people struggle. When you're so used to all the floral and cutesy stamp sets that companies put out en masse, it can be tricky to know what to resort to for guys!

In situations like this, I find that simple is often best.

I turned to the Flora And Fauna Texture Three stamp set to illustrate my point:

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

I used the outline wonky equilateral triangle stamp to build my background. Smaller stamps like these really give you more options than you may realise! Here, a simple mistake when I was doing a practice run led to me making the actual card with a few triangles at an angle and overlapping the others - and I really think it helps bring some energy to the design!

I alternated the colours for some of the triangles for some added interest. The black splatters and sentiment finish things off perfectly!

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, 16 January 2019

Metallic Wedding

Hello, Tallie here and today I'm tackling a couple of wedding themed cards. This is one category of cards I really struggle to get good inspiration for and my challenge to myself for this year is to go outside my comfort zone. That and my usual resolution to use my older supplies before buying more!

I chose Avery Elle's Love is in the Air stamp set as the basis - great timing because this stamp set is on sale in the SHC shop right now! I paired the set with some metallic inks and a Lawn Fawn sentiment to make two different variations in gold and silver.

I stamped out the solid hearts from the set using first gold and then silver metallic pigment ink onto some A6 top-folding white card bases.

I then made a mini-scene using the birds and heart string and fussy cut them out. I also stamped and die cut a coordinating 'congrats' sentiment using the Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words set.

I adhered these directly to the background panels and added some Wink of Stella in gold and silver to the mini-scenes.

A little bit of coordinating twine finished off the cards. I think this design would also work perfectly for anniversary or engagement cards.

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Happy Village Reveal Wheel

Today I’m sharing a Lawn Fawn Reveal wheel card. This is my favourite interactive die and I think it’s a must have.

I teamed it with some other Lawn Fawn goodies. For the background, I used the Stitched Cloud Backdrop Portrait die to add some subtle detail.

The scene is created with images from Lawn Fawn Happy Village, all coloured with alcohol markers and die cut with the coordinating dies.

I added a Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside along with the Simple Roadside border (the latter is currently on sale in the store).

For the reveal wheel opening, I added a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple stamp set. The birds and sun/cloud are from Happy Village. I then created my own rainbow with alcohol markers to show in the window for one of the turns of the wheel. As the window opening is similar in shape to a rainbow, it works really well.

Thanks for joining me today,

Stitched Cloud Backdrop
Simple Roadside Border
Simple Hillside Border

Reveal Wheel

Happy Village

Plane & Simple

Monday, 14 January 2019

Hoppy Birthday

Hello hello, Jenny here again to start another week off and today I have an interactive card to share. I've had these MFT Toad-ally Awesome stamps for a while and decided it was time to ink them up for a fun birthday card.....

To make the interactive part of this card I used the Let's Toast Pull Tab die from Lawn Fawn.... it fits perfectly on the back of Mr Toad! I followed the instructions on the product video from Lawn Fawn although I actually cut mine onto the card front but if you want to hide the mechanism I suggest you use a separate card panel.

To make the pond cross section, I simply used two deep strips of blue vellum and adhered two of the toads between them. I 'free styled' the sides and bottom of the pond to help create the scene and they also hide the foam tape holding the vellum off the card front so the jumping frog can move easily. 

I made my punny sentiment using the Mini Well Connected alpha from MFT .... hehe aren't they just the cutest peeking out of the water. I love how the pull tab mechanism doesn't show and is easy to assemble.... I think you could probably cut it down a bit to fit behind slightly smaller images too.


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 13 January 2019

New Year Birthday

My birthday card making mission continues today to ensure I have cards for all the new year birthdays in my life and for this one, I am using a new year stamp to boot.

I used Newton's New Year and stamped him onto the circle that comes out of the middle of the MFT Happy Birthday Circle die so that I could ensure the image would fit in the sentiment circle.  I used 3 shades of oxide inks and a small make-up blending brush to get a graduated shading effect to the sentiment after die cutting.

I coloured newton with kuretake kurecolor alcohol markers, which as we can no longer get Kuretake in the UK, have been reduced by 50% in our clearance section if you're looking for a bargain.  To get some realism on the bottle I added some tiny touches of gold foil to the bottle using gold gilding flakes.

The textured square was created using the new Diagonal Stitched Cover Panel die from Reverse confetti but after the first cut I did a quarter turn of my paper and ran it back through the machine to get a different pattern.


This week we will have the following:

Stamping Bella's boxing day release
Mama Elephant's January release (Tuesday)

The following are shipping on Monday so should be here by the end of the week (shipping and customs willing):

Concord and 9th
Newton's Nook
Neat & Tangled

That's all for today - catch you later