Sunday, 5 March 2017

Fabulous Frames, News and Challenge Winners

Good morning, I hope you're having a fun and crafty weekend.  I've got a simple card to share today as I wanted to play with some of the new goodies we got from Hero Arts last week.

I fell in love with the Floral Border die as soon as I saw it - it is so delicate and intricate but cut like a dream in a single pass through my big shot with no shims.  I also wanted to try the Daniel Smith water colour dot sheets as I have been itching to get my hands on his paint since I saw Sandy Allnock play with them at CHA last year.  I simply used a water brush and coloured the floral elements of the frame with the paints.  Hero Arts are only doing these sample sheets but I am looking to see if I can stock a fuller range of his paints as they are amazing.  I barely touched the dots to colour the entire frame - they are so highly pigmented a little goes a very long way!

To finish the card I die cut an oval frame in green card stock using the coordinating die in the set to frame the floral border and drew around the oval with a white gel pen in the corners to break up the green a little.  I created a soft blue panel by ink blending sno cone and blue raspberry inks from MFT before creating my own custom sentiment by mixing and matching some of the ones from Birthday Messages also by Hero Arts - as I make more birthday cards than anything else, I do love to have a good variety of birthday sentiments to play with.

I think this frame would make brilliant simple cards for mother's day too.


Many of our brands have releases this month so this week we have placed orders with:
  • MFT
  • Mama Elephant
  • Neat & Tangled
  • Reverse Confetti
  • Newton's Nook
  • Concord & 9th
  • and Wplus9
 They will be arriving over the next couple of weeks.

The SPD release was delayed due to a family emergency but it has now shipped so should also be here this week.


There were some brilliant entrants this month - it looks like my favourite colours were some of yours too!  

Our winner of the £15 prize this month is Yming!  We loved her embossed resist card and the die cut sentiment really pops off the background.  The funny sentiment made us giggle too!

Our runners up were Caroline, Mirella and Jenn - all 3 were such great examples of using the colours to perfection!

We'll be back this afternoon with our brand new challenge for March and we hope you're going to like it just as much as this one!



  1. Your floral frame card is so pretty - how did I miss that gorgeous die when I placed my Hero Arts order?! Thanks for the store update too.

  2. I was just thinking the same thing, Lynn! Beautiful frame, Tara, and the Daniel Smith Watercolours are looking very tempting... :)

  3. A wonderfull Card and I like also your idea with the white lines, it make the look perfect.
    And congratulation to the winners. I am always thankfull for the many and different inspirations and like to play the callenges ( only) for fun. :)

  4. Oh my word, thank you guys so so much for choosing my card and the £15 voucher (will spend it straight away in store, I have so much I'd like to get). Tara, it's so kind of you for the voucher, and you liked my card.

    1. Just sent you an email Tara. Thank you! xx

  5. Oh yay, thanks so much for picking my card as one of the runner ups! There were so many wonderful creations there this month! :-) Congrats to the winner and the other top 3 picks!

  6. Hello. So happy to see my card as one of your top 3. Thank you.
    Love seeing all the entries to the colour challenge, so much inspiration.
    Congrats to Yming and the other runners up. xxx


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