Friday, 19 October 2018

Crazy Coffee and Dino-tea

You might think I've lost the plot today with my first make - a card for coffee-loving cowboys....

The first thing I saw when I looked at the Waffle Flower Coffee Time set was a cowboy from those old western movies, the ones that strode into the saloons banging the doors open and standing there in their ponchos!   To me the coffee cup in this set is exactly that so I coloured it that way and added some eyes and an eyebrow with a marker pen.

I created the "saloon" by using the shutter die in the Mama Elephant Window Watching set and adding some extra bits to give the classic shape freehand.  I used the Small Brick Stencil to create the walls.  I used distress crayons to make a sandy floor on the background and then ink blended the sky before adding hills with the Kingdom Trio Die from grey card stock.   I wrote my sentiment by hand - my coffee take on ride 'em cowboy.

Whilst I was on a coffee theme I decided to ink up my coffee sloth from last month's Newton's Nook release.  I love coffee, sloths and puns so I think they made this set just for me!

I decided he would be perfect to make a little gift tag from so I could send a little coffee gift to a sleepy friend.  I popped the coloured and die cut sloth onto a double layered gift tag from the new Mama Elephant Scalloped Tag Trio Die set so he's on top and the sentiment on the one behind.   I also cut a third from white woodgrain textured card and used a craft knife along the perforated lines to cut out a frame for the top layer.

As much as I love coffee in the mornings, by 3 I'm all about tea - so I couldn't leave out the little tea-rex either!

I wanted to keep with the tag theme but he was too tall to fit on the same die, but using partial die-cutting it was pretty easy to lengthen the die to get a rectangle to stamp him on.  I opted to use pencil this time direct to the kraft tag - perfect to add to a nicely wrapped tea-bag to send a little drink to someone you can't share one with in person!

The new release from Newton's Nook will be live in store today and there are more punny stamps for Christmas amongst it as well as a couple of more sloths!

That's all from me today - I'll get back to getting this lot loaded to store now!


Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Easiest Galaxy Background Card Ever

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I'm sure you all know by now that I love galaxy background cards. I've created them with practically every medium going - watercolours, ink blending, mists, glimmer pastes - you name it, I've probably tried it!

Except for the easiest way of all, of course - the Altenew washi tapes!

I had to race to get these washi tapes. They're so popular and keep flying off the shelves - and I can totally see why! The designs look amazing and the ease of covering a card in one fell swoop? Sign me up!

I pulled out the Watercolour Nebula Washi Tape and couldn't wait to play with it!

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

I applied the washi tape to my card front then used my teflon bone folder to burnish the tape on so it would stay put. Instant galaxy background!

I wanted to pull out something else I haven't had a chance to play with yet - the WPlus9 Lucky Stars stamp set - love this set! I heat embossed the sentiment and stars with white embossing powder, flicked on some mist and I was all done! The easiest and quickest galaxy background card ever!

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, 17 October 2018

Gingerbread Scenes

Hello, Tallie here! I have another set of Christmas cards for you today. I'm sorry to all those people who hate hearing the word before 1st December, but I have to get an early start on my cards otherwise a panic will ensue!

I have a thing for gingerbread stamps and dies. As soon as I saw the new Lawn Fawn Gingerbread Friends dies, my mind was whirring with the card possibilities! Paired with the Avery Elle Starry Scene stamp, and with a simple heat embossed sentiment, these cards are easy mass produced.

I started with an A6 top-folding heavyweight white card base. A stamp positioning tool makes this design easy to do, so I lined the Starry Scene background from up and stamped a gradient using three different colours of ink per colour combination. For the blue/teal cards, I used Lawn Fawn Fish Tank, Peacock and Merman inks. For the pink/purple cards, I used Lawn Fawn Blue Jay, Sugar Plum and Peachy Keen inks. I then stamped again in Versamark ink and clear heat embossed to get a shiny backdrop.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages set in Silver for the blue card and rose gold for the pink/purple card.

Next came the fun part - building the gingerbread! I cut several of the base layers out from both white and kraft cardstock. I used some Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to add some dimension to the edges of the kraft pieces. I stacked these together to give some dimension to the card. For the faces and decoration I cut these from white cardstock and coloured different pieces in with my alcohol markers. I adhered these onto the gingerbread characters with some liquid glue.

These cards were so much fun to create and I now have 10 more cards to add to my Christmas stash!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Oh Happy Day

Happy Tuesday!

The Avery Elle Loads of Wishes stamp set is one of my favourite sentiment sets. I love the mix of fonts. For my card today, I’m focusing on this set.

I began by stamping a sentiment in black versafine ink, then clear heat embossing it. I also stamped some of the heart images from the same set around the sentiment, heat embossing them in gold.

Next, I layered the MFT Radiating Rays stencil over the top of the panel. I inked on distress oxide inks in spun sugar and picked raspberry.

I then removed the stencil and trimmed down the panel at the sides, where the stencil didn’t reach. I added some more picked raspberry distress oxide ink to the edges to soften the lines, the flicked the panel with water droplets.

I used liquid glue to add the panel to a white card base. I then cut some thin strips of gold glitter paper, adding the, to the edges of the panel for a nice finish.

Thanks for joining me,

Monday, 15 October 2018

In the Mountains

Hi there, it's Jenny with you on this Monday morning and I've got a wintery card for you today that opens to reveal pop up scenery....

Oh my goodness!! isn't this Ski Holiday set from Hero Arts just such fun and so different!! Having just had a holiday in Switzerland enjoying the mountain views and cable cars, I couldn't resist making  a pop up scene using the Inside Arch dies from Mama Elephant.

I've used the two mountain stamps in the set to make a range using a combination of selective inking and masking... making sure they would hide the arch shape of the interactive dies. These are quite simple shapes so easy to cut around and leave a border. 

I've used metallic thread to make the cable car wire and attached it at both ends so the cars dangle in the mountain scenery. The trees are stamped in clusters using masking and attached to the small tabs from the die set.... here's a photo to show how I positioned the scenery elements..

My two top tips are:
* Make sure you check the height of the elements and whether they will protrude from the card when closed! The mountains are higher than the arch so I needed to position them lower down the centre fold of the card.
* I found it easier to lightly position the arch die cut then adhere one side before closing the card to adhere the opposite base flap... that way you know your card will fold correctly.

I made a simple wrap to slip over the card front which helps keep it closed for posting and also adds to the surprise inside..

I just used the Scalloped Circle frames to make a simple stamped and coloured scene for the front... I haven't included a sentiment for the moment... not really sure it needs one!

I'm wishing I was back in the mountains now


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x


I'm hacking the end of Jenny's post to bring you the update I couldn't bring yesterday.  Unfortunately my new laptop had a catastrophic hard disk failure over the weekend and we are going to have to send it back to the manufacturer as nothing we tried all weekend helped.  Thankfully we managed to get the old faulty one fixed enough to get working today but it's all a bit frantic here whilst we play catch up.

However, we do have the latest AlteNew release so I am working on adding that today.  

Concord and 9th has also arrived so I will work on that next.

Mama Elephant's new release is out today but unfortunately we have not yet received it.  We will get it online as quickly as we can once it arrives.
We also hope to receive Newton's Nook and Neat and Tangled this week but we don't have an eta as yet.


Saturday, 13 October 2018

Happy Birthday, Sweetest Pea

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Sweetest Pea is the name of the very pretty stamp set by Altenew I used on today's card. Well, the flowers on my card doesn't really look very realistic, very much artistic freedom involved. But that's what makes crafting so much fun, isn't it.

I started by stamping and heat embossing in white each and every flower in this set on a piece of watercolour paper. Then I coloured the images in with watercolours. I chose three colours (yellow, orange and pink), filled the sections of the flowers with water and dipped my brush with a little bit of colour in the water. I kept ot to the edge and let the waterdo the work. This way the colours blended into eachother and I got that random look.
For the background I went with grey to make the flowers pop and a subtle shade of green for the leaves.
When the piece was dry I die cut a rectangle from it using Waffle Flowers' Lacy Layers.

For the sentiment I die cut Sugar Pea Designs' You Word Sugar Cut from grey cardstock matching the background of my watercolour piece. I die cut the You several times to stack them up.

I found a tiny Happy Birthday to You in Newton's Nook's Winged Wishes. I stamped it on a stripe of pink cardstock and heat embossed it in white.
To highlight the sentiment more I cut a stripe of vellum and glued both parts of the sentiment to it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 12 October 2018

Unexpected Trees

I'm back on Christmas cards again today and I have a couple of "unexpected" trees to share which give you ways to get more from your dies.

Firstly I really wanted to play with the Hero Arts Very Merry Tree Fancy Die and to show you an alternative way to use it.  The die is designed to be used as a panel front design leaving the "tree" as negative space.  Here I've done a quick example of how to use it traditionally and quickly - you could make batch cards with this and get all your cards done in minutes!

However, you can do more with it - instead of cutting it from green card as I have done here, you could cut it again from patterned paper and glue the words on top so the words become like tinsel on your tree. 

If you didn't want to faff wit the extra layer of die cutting - cut the tree from white, place it on a coloured background and use markers to colour the words to get the same effect ;-)

What I wanted to do though was to not be forced to use it as a panel but to have the tree shape as a focal point on my card.

So here  I die cut it from green glitter cardstock from the Concord and 9th pack and then I just cut around the tree shape with scissors to "remove" it from the panel concept.  I wanted more green but as I'm a tight Yorkshire woman, I didn't want to waste all that glitter under the white so I cut thin strips and cut the ends diagonally to form a frame around the white giving a matt look with a 10th of the paper ;-)

For my final card, I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's recent video where she made a pop up cat tree using the new Mama Elephant stamp and die inside her card using the inside arch die to make the tree pop up on opening.  I thought I could do that with another of my favourite trees from last years Christmas release from Lil' Inker Designs the Christmas Word Tree.

As this die has lots of "space" around the words, I wanted the pop up to be near invisible so I die cut the small arch from acetate and glued the tree to it.  It's nigh on impossible to see in the photo but the arch goes from the R to the M in Christmas.

I just glued it down with Lawn Fawn glue which is super strong but dries clear and used the same on the tabs.  I folded it in half, slotted it into the card, closed it and opened it and it then finds the right place to sit for the pop up to work.

For the front I decided against another tree and went instead with the fun new Ho Ho Ho die from MFT cut from white cardstock covered with Red Ombre Washi Tape from AlteNew.

The "extra" bits the die cuts are designed to make layers so you can do two-coloured words, but they work well as exclamation points too!  I used the inner bit from the biggest Ho to add a sparkle detail to the first one and finished with a couple of crystals.

I hope these give you some inspiration for unexpected trees!