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


Saturday, 12 January 2019

Brilliant Blooms

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Over New Year's Eve I went on a short vacation. Whenever I'm on a vacation I take something to colour with me. And when I have more time on my hands to colour for the most part I choose coloured pencils.

My Favourite Things' Brilliant Blooms is the perfect set to practice your colouring. I stamped the flowers in the set on white cardstock. Whenever I colour with coloured pencils I leave the stamps in my stamping tool. When I finish the colouring I stamp again to get crisp deep black lines because the pigments of the pencils often dull the lines.
I fussy cut the images (there are coordinating dies available, too).

For the sentiment I used My Favorite Things' Block Happy Birthday. I die cut it from brown embossed cardstock. To get it straight I adhered the negative part of the die cut to the card with non permanent adhesive and used it as a guide. I used dimensional adhesive to glue down the letters to get a floating look.

That finsihed up my clean and simple card! The colouring process took some time but the rest of the card came together quickly.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 11 January 2019

Lots of Hearts

I'm getting all lovey-dovey on the blog today with a couple of heart themed cards that would work well for valentines or other occassions when you need to express your love like an anniversary or just to tell someone you love them, something we should all do more often!  I actually made the first for my hubby as yesterday was our 24th dateiversary - we were together for many years before we tied the knot so we decided to keep celebrating our first date so a little like the Queen and birthdays we have two anniversaries a year now!

I used the fabulous new Hearts Entwined die from MFT and die cut it a couple of times from white card backed with stick-it which is just perfect for glueing down intricate dies like this.   On the top layer I actually applied a layer of stick-it to both the back and front of the card stock before die cutting so I could then use the glue on top to gild the hearts using a mixture of gold and copper gilding flakes.

As this was an anniversary card I selected a pair of the entwined hearts and filled them in with red and ab glitter to signify the joining together of the two of us and then finished with a sentiment from Sweet Nothings embossed in red on vellum to avoid obsucuring the hearts underneath.

For the second card I wanted to play with hearts again but wanted to arrange them myself so opted for the lots of hearts and lots of hearts outline dies again from the latest MFT release.  They match with each other so can be layered or used independently.

I inked up a couple of scraps of white card using reds and oranges and oranges and yellows to get some shading before die cutting.  I wanted some simple background pattern so used the fabulous new Diagonal Stitched Cover Panel die from Reverse Confetti and arranged the hearts around a sentiment again from Sweet Nothings stamped directly onto it.  Finished with a few dots of liquid pearls for more texture and backed onto a card made using Canned Pumpkin cardstock from Lawn Fawn.

That's all from me today - hope I sparked your romantic side.