Sunday, 18 March 2018

Easter Bunny Baskets

I've got some fun little gifts for Easter to share today.  I host a monthly book group at my house and we always do little gifts for Christmas and Easter and we've had some great items in store recently that I knew would make perfect little Easter baskets for them.

I decided to make the stitched baskets from the latest Lawn Fawn release - they're a really good size when you put them together (would fit a cupcake) and they are really easy and fun to make.

You die cut the curved part with tabs 3 times, the hexagon and handle twice and the two parts of the bow once.  Fold along the crease lines on the sides and tabs and then glue them together.  I used the Lawn Fawn Glue Tube - it has quickly become by go to glue - easy to get where you want with the fine tip and super strong - these baskets are not going to fall apart anytime soon I can assure you!  You then pop a hexagon on both the outside and inside bottom of the basket - the one on the inside just covers up the tabs and makes it nice and neat so you could do that with patterned paper if you wanted to line the inside of your basket and make it pretty.  The handle had me confused at first, but basically the round end goes in the basket and there is a curved line to help you line it up with the top of the basket.  The squared end is shaped to fit the middle of the bow so you glue the two ends in the middle of that to form your handle.  I cut mine from some spring-like gingham.

To decorate my basket I want to add bunnies so I had a go to see if I could use the new Happy Bunny Border Die from Lil' Inker Designs as I just love the look when you add the variety of faces with the Happy Bunny Stamps that go with it.  It is a little tricky to get it around the shape but with my super-glue making my thin card really pliable it worked a treat and I love the look I got!

I filled my baskets with chocolate carrots (from M&S if you want to make them too) but being a book group I wanted to add a book mark to the basket too so thought the new Slow Down and Enjoy set from Lawn Fawn was the perfect thing to play with.  There are some brilliant sentiments for book marks!

I used the co-ordinating dies to cut out the front and back with of each animal and the add-on tag dies to make the book marks.  I just snipped off the middle bit between their legs and then when I layered them up made sure to NOT glue down the front legs so they would slide over a page.  I think they are super cute!


We've had a lot of deliveries this week that are waiting to be loaded to the store.  I will do it as quickly as I can but we do prioritise getting orders out over adding new stock so can't make any promises.

The items in the queue for loading include:
  • AlteNew
  • Concord & 9th
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Some Ranger and Art Impressions although we are waiting for half of that to arrive still so won't add that until the rest arrives.
  • Some new paper pads from Echo Park.
We can't answer individual emails about "when will xxx be live"  the more emails I have to answer, the less time I can spend packing orders and adding stock............   We always announce what has just gone live on Facebook so your best place for news is to follow us there and keep engaging with the page (liking posts) to make sure we stay in your feed.

We also don't answer emails or FB messenger outside of normal office hours which are Mon-Fri 9.30 - 6.00.   We are not a huge place with tonnes of staff - it's mostly just me and Rick and we contrary to popular believe we do need a little downtime sometimes!  We are also getting lots of emails asking for a phone number to call us - we don't have a phone and don't intend to get one.  Because we get emails at all hours, and the store is in our home, we don't want phone calls at midnight so I am afraid we will just be sticking to emails.  There is an email on every invoice we send out so it's easy to get a message to us if you have a problem and we will answer emails within 24 hours Monday-Friday.

That's all for this week folks - breakfast is calling.

Catch you next weekend.


Saturday, 17 March 2018

Happy Purrr-Thday

Hey stampers, Anni here!

There are cat lovers and dog lovers in the world! And in only rare cases there is both in one person! Me, I am a cat person! I like dogs, don't get me wrong but if I would be able to have a pet it definetly would be a cat (insert sigh here)!

So, if I can't have a cat in real life it has to be a cat on a card! There are many many great cat stamp sets aut there but one of my favourites has to be My Favorite Things' Cat-Itude. So many darling cat images!
For today's card I stamped one of them and a food bowl and coloured the images with coloured pencils. After finishing the colouring I fussy cut them (don_t panic, there are coordinating dies available, too).

Then I die cut a frame with My Favorite Things' Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames from white cardstock. For my background I die cut a circle from masking paper and used the negative part to mask of the inner part of the frame die cut.
I added some ink blending in greens and turquoises. Then I removed the mask. For the clouds I used Newton's Nook's Cloudy Sky Stencil an some eb´mbossing paste.
And then all there was left to do was assembling my card.

And now let me know: Are you a cat or a dog person? Or are you both?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 16 March 2018

Rainbow Chicks.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’ve got a rainbow of chirpy birds...

...using Lawn Fawn’s Simply Celebrate.

Lawn Fawn’s newest release is another absolute knock-out and this set is no exception. Rows & rows of beautiful borders including some of my favourite Lawn Fawn images - like these cute chicks for example.

It’s a very simple card; I wanted to make something nice and easy but with a ton of colour.
I started by stamping out my birdy borders over & over, & clear heat embossing onto a watercolor card panel.  I then reached for my trusty Zigs to colour them all in, aiming for an ombré rainbow kinda vibe. Once dry, I also lightly coloured the background.  I then stamped and clear heat embossed this speech bubble sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Chit Chat and cut out, leaving a white trim as if it had been die-cut.  I added a few twirls of twine beneath my sentiment, embellished with a scattering of sequins, and there you have it, a rainbow border of beautiful birdies!

Hope you like.

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Simply CelebrateChit Chat Image 1 Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Vintage Floral Hello Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I love the timelessness of vintage items. Whether it's a treasured trinket or heirloom jewellery, a retro telephone or iconic typewriter, or classic couture or a faded print... there's just something so magical about holding in your hands an item with history.

It was with all that nostalgia that I decided to make a more vintage style card for today! And in keeping with the vintage theme, I couldn't think of anything better to incorporate than florals. It also gave me a chance to pull out the Altenew Flower Arrangement stamp set and put it through its paces:

Stunning, right?! I couldn't be more thrilled with how this turned out!!

I started by stamping the Reverse Confetti Something Wonderful stamp set onto my card base and heat embossing it with white embossing powder. I blended a couple of Distress Inks over it to bring out the design, then added a few different layer of patterned paper and vellum and some sparkly gold ribbon to build up the look.

Then it came to the time to create my flowers! I pulled out some of the Altenew inks and got to work, combining them with some other inks in my stash! I added thin lines of adhesive to the leaves and added some gold glitter for added glam!

I fussy cut my florals then adhered them in place with dimensional glue gel for lots of custom dimension! The sentiment from the Flower Arrangement set worked perfectly to finish off the design!

Check out all that dimension! Awesome!!

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, 14 March 2018

Honesty Seeds

Hello, yes it's Jenny here on a Wednesday and my card today features some beautiful Honesty seed heads which I've created using a Concord & 9th stamp set....

Do you recognise the beautiful papery seed heads?
 Like these...

I've used Concord & 9th's Beautiful Branches stamp set and turned one of the round leaves into a seed head and the berry stamp into the seeds.

Although the leaf is an almost solid image you can use the rock & roll technique on the inkpad to just ink the edges. I have used Pumice Stone Distress ink so I could reactivate the ink with a waterbrush and soften the edges and wash over the seeds to soften the colour. When the image was dry I then went in with ink and water on a brush to add the darker edge and line details.... I stamped out three images to show you the stages..

 I used a sentiment from the set and simply adhered the panel to a dark brown card base, 
I love the monochromatic colour palette :)

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Spring Brushstroke Blooms

Spring is my favourite season. I look forward to the tree blossom and daffodils, and hopefully some warmer weather! My card today has a spring feel to it, with the sunshine yellows, complimented by a touch of soft grey.

I began by stamping some flowers from the MFT Brushstroke Blooms stamp set. I used MFT dye inks. Then I cut the images out with the coordinating dienamics.

For the background, I die cut the Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes cover die from white card, and adhered it to a white card base. I wanted to add a touch of colour, so I die cut it again from yellow patterned paper, then paper pieced the small diagonal pieces into the white cover die. I’ll keep the rest of the yellow patterned cover die cut for another card.

I stamped a birthday greeting in the centre of the card, then adhered the flowers and leaves around the edge, using some foam tape for the flowers. I finished the card with some sequins.

Thanks for joining me today,

MFT Brushstroke Blooms
MFT Brushstroke Blooms Dienamics
Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes

Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring Papers

Monday, 12 March 2018

Party Pals Celebrations

I've swapped with Jenny this week to bring you this celebratory card featuring the cute Avery Elle Party Pals stamp set!

I stamped out the two bunnies and a star from the Avery Elle Party Pals set onto some blending cardstock with some alcohol-friendly MFT Licorice Black Hybrid ink. I coloured these in using my alcohol markers using the lighter warm greys, some pink for their nose and ears, and a couple of reds for the star. I used my Scan 'n Cut cut to cut them out but you can also use the coordinating dies.

From the Simple Stories Let's Party paper pack, I cut out a panel of light greenish-blue patterned paper that was just slightly smaller than A6 and mounted it onto a top folding A6 white card base. I also added some white stitched lines around the edge with a white gel pen, bringing in the white of the background as the pattern was so subtle. From the same pack, I die cut a star using a really old die from my stash (something like the Altenew Halftone Stars would also work) and used some Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide to give some dimension to the star and pop it up from the background. I adhered this directly to the background panel, popping the bunnies and star I coloured earlier up on some foam tape in the centre of the yellow star.

I cut several of the Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats die cuts, including one from black cardstock, and adhered them together with the top layer slightly offset. This I adhered underneath the star and covered in some Glossy Accents. A few clear sequins and a couple of white gel pen dots finish off this lovely celebratory card!

Thanks for reading. Jenny will be posting this Wednesday but I'll be back next week with some more inspiration!