Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Big Thanks

Hello, Tallie here again. Today I have a simple but colourful card that uses just 1 stamp, 1 die and three ink pads. Sometimes I need a break from the colouring and like to keep it simple.

Starting off with two A6 white cardstock panels, I used the MFT Big Thanks die to cut three 'THANKS'. I was careful to line up the die at the edges each time, turning it upside down to cut out the middle one. As a bonus, I now have three lots of white die cut letters that I can use on another project!

On the other panel, I used three Distress Oxide Inks in Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber and Broken China to blend a vertical rainbow. Blending these colours with the next gives the orange and green so I didn't have to use the additional two ink pads.

I cut down the white panel by half a centimetre top and bottom so that some more of the rainbow background would show through and adhered it directly to the background. I then adhered this to a white top-folding card base, using some of the die cuts to line up the centre pieces of the A's.

I white heat embossed the 'Just Wanted to Say' sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Sentiments set onto some black cardstock, trimming this down and adhering it to the middle of the card with some foam tape.

A simple, colourful thank you card that could be given to both male and female recipients!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Wildflower Sympathy

Today I'm sharing a card featuring the beautiful Wildflower Garden stamp set from Altenew. This set includes some sentiments for sympathy cards, which are always difficult to make, so I appreciate sets like this.

I decided to try some simple white embossing on patterned paper. I chose a piece of watercolour patterned paper from MFT, and cut it down to the same size as my white A6 card base.

I treated the paper with an anti-static powder bag, then stamped the images with Versamark ink before covering with white embossing powder. I heat set the images, then added a sentiment from the set in the same way.

I adhered the paper to my card base, then added some simple embellishments to finish.

The white embossing is tricky to capture on camera but it’s very pretty in real life. With a different sentiment, this design would work well for a elegant wedding card.

Thanks for joining me today,

Altenew Wildflower Garden
MFT Watercolor Wash Paper Pack

White embossing powder

Monday, 13 August 2018

Hooray, You did it!!

Hello there and Happy Monday to you :)

August is the time for students to receive their exam results which, I'm sure I don't need to tell you if you have a family member biting their fingernails in anticipation!!! The Hooray Ribbon die and coordinating stamp set are great for this occasion as well as birthdays... nothing says well done like a rosette 😉

It's quite simple to fold the die and Concord & 9th have a video here to show you some tips and ideas for this die too. I used a bright sunny yellow and trimmed it with glittery black cardstock to match the sparkly black embossing powder for the rosette centre piece.

 I stamped the bold stripes as a border on the card front and added a simple sentiment..... you could easily add a safety pin to the back of the rosette for the recipient to wear if you wanted too 😉

For a different style of card I used Concord & 9th's Above Average stamp set (which is in the sale section 😉) and I paired up with Sugar Pea Designs Notebook Journal Card dies...

Aren't those pencils just adorable, not to mention the paperclip!!.. I love this set of dies 😊
Okay so this is not so much aimed at GCSE students.... do they use pencils anymore in school at that age???
I couldn't resist the primary colour palette for a bold contrast on the Kraft base card .


Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Getting Festive

I'm back again with more from the Avery Elle Christmas release.  I don't normally feel the urge to create Christmas cards this early but these sets have really inspired me so I have another 4 cards to share today!

Firstly, I couldn't wait to use the corners some more.   I did a very similar design to the ones I did on Friday but specifically aimed to send to family in Australia this time...

I embossed the sentiment in rose gold then inked over with distress oxide in peeled paint and evergreen from AlteNew and did a little splattering after buffing the embossing clean.  I added the koala from the original Peek A Boo Pals and turned him festive by borrowing the hat off the deer in A Merry Little Christmas.

For the second card I stuck with the corner but gave it a complete twist - having a character taller than the corner means you can move the corner out of the corner and it still works.  Here I used the bear from A Merry Little Christmas and for the sentiment went with a double coloured embossing to make the Merry pop.  I embossed the blue fist avoiding as much as possible getting any powder on the word merry.  Then add the red and use the tonic embossing pen to draw over the y where it crosses the blue.  Makes the sentiment super modern particularly if you used a bold fresh colour combo.

Next I wanted to play with the stunning Starry Scene set so I stamped the big background using tumbled glass oxide onto a square card and then stamped the trees and mountains onto copic colouring card so I could colour and cut them out.  I added a character from A Merry Little Christmas and used the sentiment from that set too.

For the last card I did second generation stamping of the background with the ink that was left on the starry background from the first card and just added a couple of characters from A Merry Little Christmas and more trees from the starry scene.   It's a great set to add big impact for quick cards.  For the sentiment I went back to my corner set and used masking to selectively ink up only the Merry Christmas part.

Hope that inspires you to get started on Christmas cards - only 135 days to go!


Our AlteNew delivery with their new watercolours is in transit and due to reach us tomorrow fingers crossed - we will get it opened and processed as quickly as we can but it can be delivered anytime up to 7pm.

The August release from Concord and 9th is due to ship tomorrow so should be here by the end of the week.

We have the whole of the new Hero Arts Winter Catalogue ordered and its due before the end of August.

Catch you later


Saturday, 11 August 2018

Rainbow Village

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have another rainbow card for you! Rainbows make anything better! In fact when I don't have an idea for a card I often make a rainbow card because you can't go wrong with raibow colours.

But for this card I had this idea of a rainbow village in my mind the minute I saw the set Happy Village by Lawn Fawn. For this card I combined it with Lawn Fawn's Village Shops. The sets might seem to be quite similar but I love the variation of houses you get with both sets. And all the cute small "accessoire" stamps like the ice cream truck, the shop signs, the little (most adorable) car and the speech bubble. I HAD to had them both (and I will not talk about the Winter Village at this moment that is still on my wishlist).

I started by stamping all the houses and decided which ones I wanted to use on the card and in which order. Then I decided what colour each house should become and marked the houses with a little dot in the colour. I coloured the houses with alcohol markers and fussy cut them without leaving a border. Some off the houses were already in a group so I thought it would look weird if I would leave a white border and group the others later.

When the process of colouring and fussy cutting was finished the rest of the card took no time at all. I stamped the sentiment (also from the set Happy Village), adhered the houses, clouds and the speech bubble with dimensional adhesive and that finished up my card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Christmas Corners

With the thousands of stamp sets that pass through SHC HQ, it's easy to become jaded, but every so often a set comes along that it is just so different to anything I've seen before that I get over-excited and there was one such set in the new Avery Elle release for me - Corner Sentiments Holidays.  I was just so excited about the graphic style of the sentiments and the ease with which I knew I could batch make lots of really interesting but quick and easy Christmas cards.   Here are the first two I knocked up last night.

For the first one I just used one sentiment and the two snowflakes that are included in the set, embossed them with detail white powder (my go to now for all white embossing) onto a white card panel trimmed to fit a 4x6 card and then blended over the whole panel with tumbled glass and broken china distress oxide inks.  Job done.

For the second card I changed the orientation (the corners are so perfect for that - they fit either way!) and the sentiment and went with candy apple and fired brick oxides this time.  I added one of the adorable mice in their Christmas onesies from A Merry Little Christmas on top of the sentiment (stamped direct for the whiskers and tail then stamped again on white card to colour with markers and fussy cut without the difficult bits and layered up) and as he had his hand up added the guiding star in his eye line.  Any one of the cute characters would work - as would the polar peeking pals!

I can't wait to try out some more ideas with these corners and am hoping the fact that they called them Corner Sentiments Holidays means they are planning a range of corner sentiments for other occasions too!

See you Sunday........


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Treat Yo Self! Giant Ice-Cream Kitty Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

It's no secret that I'm a cat lover. With two kittens recently added to my furry family I'm well on my way to crazy cat lady status! I also love ice-cream. With the hot weather I've indulged quite a bit in ice-cream in the past few weeks. I've probably eaten a mountain of ice-cream at this point - and I'm not even sorry.

You might be wondering why I'm talking about cats and ice-cream in the same paragraph. Well, with the most recent Newton's Nook release these two loves combined with super-sweet results! I'm talking of course about the Newton's Nook Newton's Summer Treats stamp set - and I couldn't wait to play with it!

Let's be honest - I'm basically Newton in this scenario.

I mixed some white embossing paste mixed with some reinkers to create my vanilla and strawberry ice-creams. I then freehand created my giant scoops of ice-cream. Don't they look so realistic?!

The chocolate flakes/crumbs were also made from coloured embossing paste. I spread it onto some acetate and left it to dry before scraping it off. Tapping it lightly into my strawberry ice-cream gave an awesome effect!

It was time Newton made an appearance! I partially stamped him and then coloured him with Copics, adding some detail with a white gel pen. I trimmed him out and adhered him with dimensional glue gel. Look at him about to go to town on that giant ice-cream!

My sentiment is in the form of a Cadbury's Flake! I coloured a piece of white cardstock with Copics, adding the detail with the chisel tip. I freehand trimmed the Flake shape, then heat embossed the sentiment in white.

I added some extra vanilla ice-cream where the Flake was tucked in. Doesn't it look good enough to eat?!

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!