Friday, 25 May 2018

Enjoy the small moments


Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm enjoying the simple things in life...


...using Avery Elle's Furry Friends.


My favourite thing in this universe is my gorgeous little doggy, Indiana (Indy to his pals).  Nothing brings me more joy than watching him frolic around, tail wagging having the time of his life on a beautiful summer's evening...and nothing brings Indy more joy than his ball!  He is obsessed!  So I decided to celebrate these small moments and the joy they bring with this week's card.


I started by stamping out and colouring, in the likeness of Indy, this cute little chap, from Avery Elle's Furry Friends, and his little ball (which is also coloured to match Indy's favourite ball).  I then cut a few strips of Lawn Fawn's Grassy Border for him to be sitting amongst.  I covered my front panel in some of the smaller stamps from the Furry Friends and cut a heart aperture from that.
My sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings and is stamped and heat embossed onto vellum, adhered in place with a small amount of glue strategically placed!
I edged my card and my aperture with ink to help the scene 'pop'.

It's in these simple chilled out, laid back times I find myself to be my truest, happiest self; so never forget, 'Enjoy the small moments'.

Image may contain: 1 person, dog, grass, outdoor and nature

As always, everything I used is linked below.

Jillx

Furry Friends Image 1Everyday Greetings Image 1Grassy Border Die Image 1




Thursday, 24 May 2018

Mix Tape Hello Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

The youngsters may not realise how much more physical music used to be. Whether it was getting your first Walkman or recording songs onto tape from the radio (I mean, I *never would have done such a thing... *wink*), cassette tapes will always bring back memories. In particular I can't help thinking back to the friendship you'd show others by creating a mix tape for them. Everyone used to take pride in getting the mix just right for the recipient, and I still have some treasured mix tapes in my collection!

Given the much revered and nostalgic feelings a mix tape conjure for me, it was no wonder that I had to snap up the Concord & 9th Mix Tape stamp set as soon as possible! I couldn't wait to make my own version of a mix tape - papercrafting style!

Here's what I came up with:


How funky is that?!


I stamped the cassette tape and its accompanying smaller sentiments then partially stamped the 'hello' tape sentiment. This set is so clever in how the main sentiment mimics an unwound tape! However the sentiment normally only works if it's directly below the cassette, meaning really you only get a portrait layout. So by partially stamping the sentiment I was then able to add my own winds of tape back to the cassette in a landscape format!


I used one of my all-time favourite stamp sets to decorate the card and add some funkiness - the WPlus9 So 80s stamp set is one I will never get tired of using! I stamped the halftone shapes, stars, flames and 'Rock' sentiment with a variety of bright, neon-esque colours.


I added a few of the tiny accent stars in black too in order to balance out the design and add some movement. This card is totally ready for the 80s now!

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, 23 May 2018

Get Well Soon Bear

Hello, Tallie here!

I have a simple one layer card today, featuring the gorgeous Bear & Bird set from Waffle Flower. I've seen some wonderful inspiration using this set but today I kept it simple with some watercolours.


I started off by stamping the main characters from the set onto the centre of a piece of watercolour cardstock that was slightly bigger than a standard A6 panel. I used Versafine Black Onyx ink and clear heat embossed to give a raised edge to the design. I then created a mask from some Post-It Notes and proceeded to stamp some of the greenery from the set in a circular design around the main characters. I centred the greeting directly underneath.


Next came the fun part! After sticking my panel down to board with some painter's tape, I painted a simple wash over the background using a turquoise blue from my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours. After several layers I then filled in the other pieces, making sure the bear and bird were the brightest in hue so they stood out in the centre. Once dry, I put the mask back over the main characters and splattered on some of the colours in the background to give some more interest to the background.


A simple but fun card to cheer up anyone who is feeling under the weather!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.

Tallie


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Monster Pivot Pop-Up

Today I'm sharing a monster pivot birthday card, which I made for my nephew.



I began by stamping and colouring lots of images from the Lawn Fawn Monster Mash stamp set. I fussy cut them out and added some gel pen, glossy accents and glitter details.

Front of the card
I decided on a party photo design for the front of the card. I layered a piece of patterned paper on a white card base, then a stack of white polaroid frames on top. On one of the inside frame pieces, I added a blend of distress oxides and stamped a present (from another Lawn Fawn stamp set) for a fun pattern. I added four monsters and adhered the piece within the polaroid frames. To finish the front of the card, I stamped a greeting from Elphie Selfie.


Inside the card 
On the inside of the card, I first added a layer of light purple ink. I didn’t spend long blending as the messier the better for a monster card!

I die cut all the pieces for the pivot mechanism from a lightweight cardstock, using the Lawn Fawn Pivot Pop-Up die set. I’ve found this to be better than the card I would normally use as it’s not too bulky and folds better. 


I used the same combination of colours for the scene inside, adhering more monsters and accessories. I love the Lawn Fawn sets for being able to mix and match different elements. They all work so well together.

For a big sentiment, I used the Altenew Simple Alphas set and a C&9th Double Cut Number.


Thanks for joining me today,
Gemma

C&9th Double Cut Numbers

Lawn Fawn Monster Mash

Altenew Simple Alphas
ME Polaroid Fun
Lawn Fawn Pivot Pop-Up


Monday, 21 May 2018

A Brewtiful Day

Hello and happy Monday to you... anyone fancy a brew??
Well you're in luck as I have a card for a 'tea lovin' friend today and just to change it up a bit, I've used the Neat and Tangled Maze die to add an interactive element....


The Avery Elle Tea Time stamp set has a nice sized tea bag stamp that can be guided through the maze into the cup at the bottom. I used the matching die to cut it out and then used a small circle die to cut three discs to stack and adhere to the back of the teabag and a larger circle on top of those to hold it in the maze pathway...



I die cut the maze into a square of white card and stamped the tea cup at the base of the maze ensuring the channel went into the cup. I also had to stamp the same image onto the base card so the image looked complete on the finished card...




The tea bag sits down nicely in the cup and then all you need to do is stamp, colour and cut out another cup body to layer over the teabag.... remember to give it enough dimension so the teabag fits inside and keep the adhesive around the edge too :)


The sentiment is stamped using Mama Elephants Bella Letters and a Lil inkers set.

It actually works quite well and you can decide on the start position for the teabag depending on how challenging you want the puzzle to be 😉

            

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Geode Art

I was really inspired by the video I shared to our Facebook page earlier this week showing the American lady who makes amazing geode art work and tables from resin and glitter.  I'd love one of the tables, but as I am unlikely to get one I thought I'd crank out a little mini art work myself using Concord and 9th's Geode stamp set from their latest release.



As I was going to use a lot of thick layers, I started with a canvas hardboard as card stock wouldn't take the weight.  You can pick these up in art stores or the Works quite inexpensively.   I stamped the geode stamp at the bottom and across the top left corner, then added the heart across the the top right and embossed them all with gold powder.   Because I wanted a super deep embossed line, I then drew over all the embossed lines with my Lawn Fawn glue pen and covered that with more powder and CAREFULLY heated that making sure not to stick the heat in any one spot for too long to avoid the glue bubbling through the powder (please take care with the fumes too - do it in a well ventilated room)  I wanted to make the bottom geode a little larger so free-handed an extra layer around the stamped image so it fell off the canvas.


Once all the embossing was set I went to work with glitter!   I pulled out all my old stickles bottles in golds, clear, greens and teals and added pearl and peacock liquid pearls too.  It's basically a case of filling up each ring as you go and adding a few dots of a second colour and swirling with a pin.  I used glossy accents as a clear medium to aid the mixing.   For the central areas I crushed some old glass beads and dropped them into glossy accents.  [Again, if you try these - word of caution - be careful crushing the glass beads.  I popped mine into a thick plastic bag and tapped gently with a hammer and used a little scoop to tip each where I wanted them - be careful you don't end up with sharp bits of broken glass on your craft table]   This layer gives you some real geode dimension.  As stickles dries quite matt, I covered those layers with more glossy accents once it had dried so the whole piece has a super shiny finish. 



I'm really pleased with the finish piece - not quite the impact of the originals that inspired me, but it will still add some fun and colour to our bathroom wall!



NEWS FROM THE STORE

  • As we sold out of some Lawn Fawn items super fast - we got another order in quick and Lawn Fawn were amazing in turning it around so quickly for us, so there is a good chance we will have all the new release back in stock by Friday!
  • The Neat and Tangled May release will be in store tomorrow (Monday 21st)
  • The Hero Arts Summer Catalogue arrived late on Friday.  There are 8 large boxes!  We'll get it opened, processed and added to store as quickly as we can this week.
  • AlteNew have a new release this week - our order is in but it hasn't shipped yet - we'll get it online as quickly as we can after release.
That's all for this week - hope you're getting some lovely sunshine where ever you are as it's glorious in Sheffield today.  Catch you next weekend.
Tara

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Me And My Dragon

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Last weekend we had such a fun gathering of German (and one Austrian) stampers in a former monastery. I can't tell you how much I laughed and learned and how much fun it was. I didn't get a lot of sleep but my heart is full! There are so many talented, kind and generous people among the stampers that makes the hobby so much more fun.



And of course there were goodies involved. Today I want to show you the tags I made for the two girls from Berlin I drove with to the monastery.
I was dying to use these super cute dragons by Mama Elephant, the set is called Me And My Dragon. I stamped it with a alcohol marker friendly ink, coloured it and fussy cut it. After I finished the colouring I added some details with a white and a glitter gel pen: some highlight and some dots.


Then I die cut two scalloped circles using Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched Circle Stackables and some clouds using Mama Elephant's Stitched Sky Creative Cuts.

On one of the clouds I stamped the sentiment. I used one of Mama Elephant's Wishful Taggins.
I finished up the tags by tying twine to the tags.

Do you meet up with other crafters? With crafters nearby or would you drive somehours to meet up?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.
Anni