Saturday, 3 December 2016

Quick and Simple Patterns for Christmas Card Sets

Hi there! Today I want to show you how you can create quick and simple christmas cards that will not reveal that they were done quickly. This year, time has somehow gotten away from me and I’m struggling to get everything done in time, and I found myself looking for a design that would yield a great result in a very short amount of time.

Obviously, you can use any type of ink you like, but I decided on pigment ink because it gives nice, even coverage and crisp edges. I usually spray my pigment ink with hairspray (aerosol type, I have been taught) so the ink will be sealed and not smudge (as much) if you touch it. My pigment ink (AE and ME) literally never sets — I can touch a card I made months ago and the ink will smear, so I spray it.

You can speed the process up even more if you stick to just one image or if you stick  to only one ink color, but I felt that going with some traditional color combination looked quite nice. Since I wanted to add a little bit of wow to the card, I die-cut the panel with a die by Reverse Confetti to get that nice edge, then embossed the sentiment by Altenew. A bit of bow rounds off the ensemble.

I actually created more cards with the same design—my colleague had asked for some christmas cards, and now that I knew how to create them, I created another pair in less than 10 minutes. I think I spent most of the time scrubbing down the stamps, but putting these cards together was fun and easy. Perfect if you are in a rush to get them out before the season gets too busy.

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

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

Friday, 2 December 2016

Simply a mouse in spectacles.

Hi everybody,

Jill here and this week I've got a super simple and, hopefully, sweet card to share...

Using Mama Elephant's adorable Page Huggers set.

This set is originally designed to make little book marks, but the critters (you get four different cuties) are just so beyond amazing looking, they work in any way you want them too.  The faces on know when a set just melts your heart to look at....this does that to me, it turns my insides to mush!

I started by stamping out my little mouse in a light grey ink to make the whole scene a lot softer than using a harsh black, and added this sweet heart balloon from Paper Smooches Hullabaloo set.  I coloured everything, including my background, using Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens with water to create a soft water colour effect.  I LOVE my Zigs, yes, they're a little pricey, but they are just so wonderful and easy to work with.  They're pretty much my 'go-to' colouring tool nowadays.

You get a load of little accessories in the Page Huggers set so I thought I would add a pair of spectacles to my little pal and added a coat of Glossy Accents to the lenses and to my balloon.
My sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Woodland Gifts and is stamped out in a grey ink, but a few shades darker than my critter to allow it to stand out.
I added a few flicks and splashes across my background for a little added interest and added a string to my balloon for my mouse to hold.  I then cut my panel using Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles, and mounted the whole thing onto a pale grey notecard.

I really hope you like it, as always, everything I used is linked below.
See you next week.


Page Huggers  Hullabaloo  Woodland Gifts Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (60 piece set)  Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Chalkboard Hello Sunshine

Hi there everyone and happy Thursday!

Today I have a card that uses a technique that I haven't used in a while...

I really think that Altenew 'Hello Sunshine' works well with the chalkboard effect- the bold, fun flowers work so well in white against the black background.

I first stamped and embossed the sentiment in white and then added flowers to the top and bottom, again heat embossing the images in white. Once all my images were in place I added some colour with coloured pencil and with that the card was complete!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like my card.

Hugs Lydia x

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Peace on Earth - clean and simple Christmas card

Hi everyone, it's Esther here with a clean and simple Christmas card to show you. 

When I saw the Mama Elephant Home Collection Creative Cuts set, I couldn't resist it. There's just something about those little houses and trees, and I know I'll be able to use them for Christmas cards, and also birthday and new home cards throughout the year.

I used My Favorite Things Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Dienamics to cut a circle in a panel of card stock. I use these circle dies on so many cards. They're one of my all time top buys!

Next to the circle I stamped a sentiment from My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Christmas

Taking a new, smaller piece of card stock I inked a night sky in dark to light shades of blue, then splattered it with water and white paint. You can use any ink of your choice, and I particularly like the frosty, cool look of Altenew's Glacier Caves Ink Cubes. This smaller panel was stuck behind the main one to show through the die cut circle.

Using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders, I cut a hill and then re-cut it into a circle at the base using My Favorite Things Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Dienamics before sticking it into the circle.

I cut the houses and trees using Mama Elephant Home Collection Creative Cuts, and coloured the trees and windows with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in 040 Green, 041 Light Green and 050 Yellow, then splattered the trees with white paint. I hand cut the base of the houses to fit the curve of the hill, then stuck them down and positioned the trees around them.

Finally I layered up the finished panel onto coordinating coloured card and then added it to a card base.

That's it for this week - thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Spinning Ninja

I was so excited to finally get the Mama Elephant Tiny Ninjas stamp set and the matching dies, which I've had my eye on since it was announced in September. I think it's such a fun and unique set, and great for lots of occasions.

There are two stamps in the set that mirror each other, perfect for a spinner card. I stamped both of these ninjas, coloured them with copic markers, then die cut them with the matching dies. I don't always get the matching dies for stamp sets but I think they are worth having with this set, especially when creating a spinner card as they cut the mirror images to line up perfectly.

I die cut a rectangle frame, attaching it to an A2 card base. I placed the inner rectangle piece in place on the card (but not stuck down) and ran them through my die cutting machine together with a circle die. This will cut the circle in both the card base and the rectangle so they match up exactly when you put the card together.  I'll link to the circle dies I used, but really any circle dies will work for this.

I blended distress inks on to the rectangle to create a night sky, then flicked it with a perfect pearls mix to create some starry patterns.  

To create the spinner element, I used a strand of metallic gold thread stuck between the two ninjas. I added lots of strong adhesive to the card base, before placing the ninjas on the card. I made sure to pull the thread taut and press it down into the adhesive so it stuck really well. I added more adhesive to the distress inked rectangle, then stuck this down over the top. 

Next, I die cut a larger circle than the aperture. I wanted it to be larger so there would be less white showing when viewing the card at different angles. I blended on some yellow distress ink to create a glowing moon, then stuck this onto the inside of the card to show through behind the ninja.

I chose a sentiment from the same set, and white heat embossed it onto black card. I cut it into a banner and attached to the card.

Finally, I added some ninja stars coloured with the Wink of Stella gold glitter pen, and a couple of glitter hearts.

I think this is one of my favourite cards I've made recently. I love the ninja and I'm so pleased with how he spins!

If you haven't tried making a spinner card before, I'd really recommend having a go. 
They are great fun and sure to be well received.

Have a lovely day,

Mama Elephant Tiny Ninjas

MFT Single Stitched Rectangle Frames
Lawn Fawn Circle Frames
Yes Please Enamel Shapes
Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners

Monday, 28 November 2016

A Simple Flower Bouquet

Hi there :)

My card today uses the new(ish) stamp set from Altenew called Simple Flowers... it's just fabulous, and 'simple' is exactly what they are. I love the bold solid shapes that can be used for lots of pattern making too. I do like flowers but have to say that I tend to go for this kind of stamp set over the detailed line images...

I decided to make a simple cluster of flowers on stems to pop through the Rectangle Peek-a-boo window which is currently out of stock but any aperture die would work here.

These stamps don't have a matching die set but the shapes are really quite easy to trim around.
The hardest part is deciding on a pretty colour palette and arranging them 😉

The sentiment is made using the letters cut from Reverse Confetti's Happy Pretty Panel die 
and part of a sentiment from Avery Elle's So Happy. 


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

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Nuvo Drops

I wanted to highlight some of the new Tonic Studio products today as I've been itching to play with the Nuvo Crystal Drops for ages.  I have a couple of "non dot" applications to share with you using them.

Firstly I wanted to make some Christmas decorations with a modern twist.  If you've seen any interior shows recently you'll know that grey is the new magnolia so I thought I'd make some decorations to match.  I've made a couple but I may make more and turn it into a funky row of bunting.

I started with some Narwahl cardstock from Lawn Fawn covered with stick-it on the back for ease of glueing and the Lil' Inker Designs Baubled Wreath die.  I die cut it twice, once with the die facing the cardstock, once with the die facing the stick-it - that way you can flip it and sandwich two together with a sheet of acetate in the middle and create a decoration you can "fill" with the crystal drops.  I used a selection of colours in greys, and teals to keep on my theme.

This is the back view - if you were making baubles for the tree then I would fill the back once the front is dry, but as I think I will make something I can hang on the wall I will just keep them as is.

You could do them in any colours - the glitter drops would look really festive and the light would shine through them more.

Secondly, I thought I would have a go at using the drops to "paint".   I die cut the Outline Rose die from Wplus9 from more Narwahl cardstock and stuck it straight onto a thick base card.  I then used dandelion yellow, pumpkin and rhubarb drops, drawing lines with them on each petal and using a pokey tool to blend them together.   I used green and gold for the leaves and did the same blending.  I like the kind of cloisonné enamel effect you get when it dries.   Its a really quick and fun technique to play with too.


  • It will be a quiet week from a new stock point of view - but there are more new releases pending, I just need a little time to get my orders in!   Watch this space next week for more news including new stock from Winnie and Walter and Lil' Inkers and the new crystal drops and fine glitters from the Nuvo range.
  • We will have our restock of Perfectly Penned from Concord and 9th though so grab them quick if you want them as they sold out in 6 hours last time!  We got as many as they could spare but we don't think it will be enough and will of course re-order as soon as they get more made!
  • We also  hope to finally have our gift vouchers working this week and will be doing a newsletter explaining how they work as soon as they are ready to go so make sure you are signed up to our newsletters if you aren't already.
That's all folks - see you on the flip side.