Saturday, 24 September 2016

Fall is Coming

Autumnal greetings, crafters! Fall is finally coming! As some of you know, I don’t like summer. It’s too warm and too bright. I love autumn, though. The air has a crisp touch, there’s fog and of course beautiful colors that make for gorgeous photos. I tried to capture that fall feeling in today’s project featuring the Lace Leaf stamp and die set by Concord & 9th.

I started out by die-cutting the leaf shape into my black panel, and then stamped the leaf through it. I could have just left it as it, since the detail is absolutely stunning, but I added a few color spots to it by coloring in a few of the sections.

The sentiment was stamped on top of with Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder to make it shiny.

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

Friday, 23 September 2016

Soft and simple, sweet little Pix in the spotlight.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've gone soft and simple with a bit of design spotlighting...

...putting Mama Elephant's Pix's Favourite's in the spotlight!
Such a gorgeous set, it just seems to go hand in hand with a delicate design.

I started with a piece of watercolour card cut down to a panel using Lawn Fawn's Stitched rectangles.  I die-cut an off-centre circle, so that it edged off my card; to that circle, I cut Lawn Fawn's Forest Border and the cloud from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio.  I then watercolour washed my background and my elements using Distress Inks.  I really wanted my background to be the softest of soft washes, so really watered down my inks and blotted the back as soon as I'd put the colour down to the point it's barely visible in the pictures, but looks really lovely and subtle in real life.

Once everything was dry, I added a sun die-cut from Lawn Fawn's Spring Showers and in-lad all my pieces back in place.  At this point I thought my spotlight circle was getting lost in the pale expanse of the background, and it wasn't really 'popping' like I wanted it to, so I added a border of grey patterned paper behind to help it stand out.
I then stamped out my main focal image, this delightful little bunny (Pix, I assume?), and little tree stump from Pix's Favourite's.  You get a load of different designs in this set, each one as adorable as the next, but with her little butterfly, I felt this one would work perfect with my design.  I coloured her using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens, again, keeping it as light and gentle as I possibly could by adding a lot of water to my ink, and blotting often.  I then fussy-cut my image and mounted on top of my spotlight using foam tape.

I then stamped out my sentiment from the same Pix's Favourite set onto vellum in black ink, heat embossed, and adhered with just the teeniest bit of wet glue along the top, masked by the crosses from the stitched rectangle borders.
I added a few little bits of ribbon to embellish, cut into flags and banners and tucked into a little label, and finished off with a couple of black enamel hearts to tie the whole design together.

I really hope you like it, and as always, everything I used is linked blow.

see you next week.


Pix's Favorites Forest Border Lawn Cut Image 1Landscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1

Spring Showers DiesSmall Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Bright Brushed Florals

Hi there everyone and happy Thursday to you!

I have a CAS floral beauty to share with you today using an older set from Mama Elephant, Brushed Florals.

I started by cutting a panel from white card, stamped a sentiment from the set and drew a black frame using a fine line pen and a ruler around the edge. I then used this sentiment panel to draw around onto a card panel as a guide to stamp the floral clusters.

I stamped the flowers using ombre ink pads to give depth and shade just using the solid image stamps. I love the way this looks and its so simple and quick to do!

Once I had finished the stamping I erased the guide lines and attached the sentiment into place using foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again next week.

Hugs, Lydia x

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Hello Autumn

As the weather starts to cool and the evenings get darker I was inspired to make an autumnal style card.

To start I stamped and heat embossed some of the leaf images in red and gold embossing powers.
I then die cut the card with the scalloped rectangles from Lawn fawn and distressed the edges.
 And then I splashed lots of the gold gansai tambi water colours on the panel before die cutting again with the stitched rectangles.
I then water coloured a panel with more gold , while that was drying i die cut the hello.
the gold panel was placed behind the hello and then I added some red twin from Lawn fawn before adhering with foam tape. 
I didn't want to added to much embellishment as the gold embossing powder has a sparkle to it.

In Bloom:  Renees Leaves

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Anniversary Wishes

It's my friends second wedding anniversary today so I thought I'd share the card I made for her.  I made all her wedding stationery and swore I never wanted to see another pink butterfly after I finished them all but figured I could squeeze in just one more for her anniversary....

It's a very simple card - a pink panel layered under the beautiful new Leaves Cover Panel Die from Reverse Confetti cut from white card.  I die cut the circle from the die with a slightly smaller circle die to get a pink border and then stamped a solid butterfly from Graceful Beauties by Paper Smooches with a sentiment from Avery Elle's So Happy.

You could do so much more with the leaves die - it would be great to create a negative stencil, would look fab cut from felt, or covered in glitter!   Watch this space as I use it more.

See you on Sunday.


Monday, 19 September 2016

Good Luck Placard

Hello there and happy Monday to you :)

I'm back to a card again this week as my daughter has requested a good luck card for herself and her housemates to give to a uni friend who's off overseas to continue his study. 
It just so happens that there's four of them to sign the card and Good Luck contains 8 letters... 
time to get those Avery Elle hands out I think :)

I do love this stamp set :)
For this card I have stamped and coloured the arms with Inktense pencils and cut them apart, of course to make them pairs I had to mirror stamp the image so I used the Stamping Bella Cardstock Matcher stamp to do this. I find it much easier using the rubber block to do mirror stamping and because I was cutting the images out it didn't matter about exact placement either. 

To make the placards I used the Sketchy Alphabet stamp set and coloured the letters in rainbow order before trimming around them in a rough rectangular shape

After working out the layout.... (a long card was needed for this one!).....
 I attached the placards and arms to the card with varying depths of foam tape
 for some dimension and interest.

I tucked them all behind a strip of Kraft card to match the base colour and added some sketchy lines to carry on the hand-drawn feel, which I love as much as the pop of the rainbow colours on the Kraft.


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Playful Pun

I do like a pun, and this weekend I needed a card for my uncle's 80th Birthday and I thought of a fun way to make a card to "spell out" his age that you could apply to other ages too....

I used the new Tea Party Die-namics set from MFT to create the tea elements and stacked them to match the height of their large number 8 from the Decor and More range which I just love for big in your face milestone birthday cards.

I decorated them using the new Lined Up Dots Background stamp and embossing it in white before inking ombre style using just Blue Yonder ink for a kind of a nod to delft pottery.  For the little tea bag, I used the tea bag die in the tea party set and cut it twice from vellum.  I used a thin line of glue around the bottom and sides to create a little bag and once dry I added some real tea from an actual tea bag before sealing the top and adding some twine for string.  Using real tea adds an extra bit of fun and a talking point for the recipient.


It will be slightly quieter this week but we will have the following in store this week:
  • Lawn Fawn restocks
  • Some restocks and a few new items from Hero Arts
  • Stamping Bella's Christmas release

That's all for today - I'll see you on Tuesday!