Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Saying Thanks with Bunting

Today I am sharing cards I made using an older set from Avery Elle. Actually, this was the first set I bought when I started making my own cards again last year, and it's still one of my favourites.

I die cut a stitched square using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Squares die set.  On the die cut square, I heat embossed the bunting in gold. I added a die cut gold glitter bow from the coordinating die set.

Next, I die cut a 'thanks' from gold glitter paper. This is from the Avery Elle Sentimental set, another favourite of mine. I adhered this under the bunting, then stamped a greeting from the set underneath.

I added everything to a 4 inch white notecard and made a coordinating envelope. As this was a simple card to make, I made another in silver colours.

I think a set of these notecards would make a lovely gift.

Have a lovely day.

Avery Elle Bunting Elle-ments

Avery Elle Bunting

Avery Elle Sentimental Elle-ments

Avery Elle Sentimental
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder

Versamark ink pad

Lawn Fawn Stitched Squares

Monday, 24 October 2016

Colourful Autumn Leaves

Hello and happy Monday to you all :)

I hope you don't mind but I haven't put the Woodland Basics dies away from last week, I wanted to make an autumnal wreath and play with colour!! Yes I'm afraid it's another wreath... seems the best way to display 'all things foliage' ...

These leaves are probably a little more vibrant than you might find in the local woods but hey... we can dream right? I started by just adding lots of water to a couple of sheets of watercolour card and dropping in shades of yellows, oranges, reds and greens so they could blend and bleed a little into each other... and even some browns too. When they were dry I had great fun just cutting lots of leaves from both panels and a few acorns in the brown areas as well :) That's a whole lotta happy in that bowl *happy sigh*

Then I simply arranged all the pretty leaves into a wreath and glued them down before adding a sentiment from Altenew's Birthday Greetings set....  a few splatters and a bow of twine.. autumn card done :)

Here's another card I made using some of the leftover watercolour card.... seemed to good to discard!!

I used a square frame which I'd stamped with this woodgrain pattern to adhere over a section of the die cut piece and then backed with a piece of vellum to contrast the rough texture on the card base. I popped a sentiment strip up and used one of the acorns and a few leftover leaves to embellish...

Well that was a colourful autumnal post.... can you guess it's my favourite time of year?? !!


Thanks for stopping by, catch you next week :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Clever Frames

I was really excited last month when I saw the preview Concord and 9th sent me to order their latest release as I loved the idea behind their new frame die set and mistletoe add on (I think we might see more add ons in future releases "wink") so I've been having a play with all the elements so far.

The main die Happy Card Frame Die includes two rectangles one of which has a "break" in the cut lines into which you slot the "elements" which go across the frame and fill in the "breaks" and when you use the two rectangles together creates a delicate frame.  Its a REALLY clever concept, just what we've come to expect from Concord and 9th as they do many innovative products like this.

There are two elements in this set - a happy script and a floral spray so there is lots of versatility and then this month they have also brought out a mistletoe add on which is great for Christmas but could be tweaked for year round floral sprigs too.   I couldn't wait so used them all!

I started with white on white using the floral element and simply added some colour with markers and some ombre stamping on the greeting.  I think they would make really elegant wedding invitations.  As the die is US A2 size - I trimmed my standard UK 6x4 card down to make it fit.

Now on this card I got a bit tricky and turned the frame around cutting it twice and making it the right length for a standard 6x4 card too.  This meant I could add two floral elements with my greeting in between which comes from the co-ordinating Happy Words stamp set

Next I moved onto the Happy word element and went for something a little more masculine adding a Yeti from Beast Friends from My Favorite Things - a little guy who is so not just for Christmas!  The sentiment from the co-ordinating set fits nicely onto the mini banner element that is included in the die set.

Finally I used the mistletoe add-on die to create a neat and quick Christmas card.  I love the elegance that thin line across the card brings and decided to highlight it with a strip of plaid from the delicious new traditional paper pad from Echo Park "Deck the Halls"  (did I mention my pretty paper addiction - I can't resist Christmas papers in particular!)   I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto the plaid in red and used white enamel topped with glitter for the mistletoe berries.  [Its not a great photo of it sadly - no matter what I did I couldn't get a good shot of the berries and it looks really washed out - sorry I need to go to photography school!]

  • We will have the Lil Inker Designs release on the 25th October
  • The latest Neat and Tangled release is in transit, as is the upcoming release from Newton's Nook along with the September items we missed.
  • As we've had lots of requests for Neuvo Drops - we are also going to be stocking Tonic Studio products and our first delivery should be in store this week too.  We plan to add their lovely new range of glitters early next month too once a certain shopping channel's exclusivity period is over.
  • We hope that the new release from Altenew will also ship this week so there is a slim chance we'll have it online by next weekend but we often encounter customs delays with their products so don't hold your breath!

That's all from me this week folks - catch you next Sunday after a lie in as don't forget the clocks go back then ;-)


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Fresh Autumn Colors

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the autumn days before winter breezes in. I have been experimenting with some different color schemes for fall this year, and I found that adding a bit of blue into my projects adds quite a bit of interest. Check out my very clean and simple design using Concord & 9th “Lace Leaf”.

As you can see, I once more gave my attention to the smaller stamps in a set, not to the “main” star. I love the thin sentiment strip, which you could use by itself to create a pattern on a card or a to create a background panel for something else. And the smaller leaves are perfect for accents.

Since this is a fall card, I also wanted to use some natural twine since it just screams “autumn” to me. The twine, paired with the soft fall colors and ice blue, just make me gaze at this card dreamily. Why can’t real leaves turn blue in the fall?

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Cute Critter Christmas Tags.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some cute critter Christmas tags for you...

Using Mama Elephant's adorable 'Page Huggers' set.

I didn't buy this set when it was first released as I was trying to be 'good', but then I remembered that good doesn't suit me and life's too short to not have adorable stamps, so snapped them up as soon as they were back in stock!  This set is designed to make little book marks, but obviously they are so cute and versatile, you can do anything you want with them.  As soon as I set eyes on them I knew I wanted to make tags from them, they have such a large simple body area I just thought they'd be perfect.

I started by stamping out my little Santa hats (how do you make something 'Christmassy?  Simple, whack a Santa hat on it!), four times onto strips of kraft card, masked off, and stamped by lovely huggers over the top.  I then coloured them, very simply, in coloured pencils.  I love pencils on kraft, and always think it works perfect with a festive theme.  I then scored a line, right above the highest point, folded my card strip, and cut around ensuring to leave enough connected area to make the tags strong enough.  I guess this would be much easier to do if you opted for partial die-cutting the matching dies, but I don't have them so went the old-fashioned route.  I then punched a hole through the top of each tag, and threaded with some red twine.  At this point they were done, and looking very cute, but I decided for one last final touch, to add a little candy cane to each of them; so stamped out, coloured and fussy cut these little canes from Mama Elephant's Reindeer Games, snipped a little cut around my critters paws, and added the cane.

I really love how these turned out, and really enjoyed making a project with a bit of a difference.

I really hope you like them, as always everything I have used is linked below.

See you next week.


Page Huggers     Reindeer Games Image 1

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Festive Foliage Frame

Hi there everyone Lydia here sharing a card that uses chrismas foliage to frame a sentiment.

I used one of the beautiful sentiments from Winnie & Walter 'Merry & Bright' and stamped and heat embossed in gold this onto a die-cut panel.

I then used some winter foliage at the top and bottom of the panel to frame the sentiment. I used Winnie & Walter 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Happy Christmas' for the foliage- sorry Winter Wonderland is OSS but there are so many other sets you could use for the firs and berries these being Altenew 'Poinsettia & Pine' and Avery Elle 'Retro Ornaments' to name just two, but you could also mix it up by adding some dies into the mix like Wplus9 'Woodland Basics'.

I matted this onto some patterned paper before adding to my card.... loving all the new Christmas papers that are making their way into the store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Lydia x