Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Cheeky Little Elf

Hello and happy Wednesday!

We've definitely seen the wintry weather here this week so I have one more Christmas card to share with you this year. My card today features this cheeky little elf from the Avery Elle Elf-Tacular set (which just so happens to be on sale now if you want to grab yourself a bargin)! If any of you still are in that last minute panic, this might be a good design to reproduce multiples of. It's also a good design to give to a male relation, friend or colleague.



I started out with an A6 white card base and stamped the MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes Background using some Lawn Fawn Jalapeno ink. This is a wonderfully festive bright green and I love the texture when I stamp on my slightly rougher card stock.

Setting aside to dry, I stamped out the cheeky little elf hiding in his present from the Elf-Tacular set in some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink so I could colour him in with my alcohol markers. I stuck to festive shades of green and red, with some light browns for the box. I then cut him out with the coordinating dies.

I chose one of the MFT Inside & Out Stitched Circles that centered the elf perfectly. and cut it out of some Chilli Pepper cardstock. I also trimmed down a thin strip of Black Licorice cardstock so I would have something to mount the circle to the background. A little bit of foam tape helped the little elf pop in the centre of the card.



Don't you just wish you could find a cute little helper elf in one of your presents on Christmas Day?

Thanks for reading along. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I'll see you back in the New Year!

Tallie

    



Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Cheers to the New Year

This year seems to have gone by so fast! Hard to believe we'll be in 2018 in a few short weeks. With that in mind, I have a New Years card to share today. 


I began with a square card base, then die cut a zig-zag square to go on the top. From that, I die cut a stitched star peek-a-boo window. You could easily turn this into a shaker card, using one of the fabulous MFT shaker pouches.

Next, I reached for one of my favourite stamp sets - Avery Elle Bunting. This was actually the first stamp set I bought when I started making cards again in 2015! I am still finding new ways to use it, too.

I reached for the stars, circles and starburst shapes from this set, and heat embossed them around the star with gold embossing powder.

Before adding the zig-zag square to the card base, I layered a piece of black card behind the star.

I added a gold glitter 'Cheers' word die over the top of the star. The black background really helps it stand out. If I made this again, though, I think I’d layer a few of the word die cuts for some more dimension.

To finish, I added some sequins for extra sparkle.



Thanks for joining me today and throughout the year. 
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Gemma

MFT Stitched Star Peek-a-boo Window

MFT Cheers
Avery Elle Bunting
Lawn Fawn Zig Zag Squares







Monday, 11 December 2017

Pop the Bubbly!!

Hi there, Jenny here with a final card for you before Christmas and the New year so I thought I'd showcase this brilliant Champagne Pop die from Waffleflower which is ideal for any celebratory card including seeing in the New Year...


I chose a shimmery green card scrap to cut the bottle with and then kept to the traditional red and gold trimmings.... I love the little extra dies in the set to make a highlight and give the rim of the bottle top some dimension too. The top of the bottle has a slit in it so you can insert the cork or allow the champagne to flow out... I'm sure there's scope for an interactive card there somehow!!


I have used the Neat & Tangled Falling Circles cover plate to emboss a wite background panel, the circles resembled bubbles to me :) I also cut a Zig Zag circle aperture to make a focal point for the bottle and to allow the sparkly white 'Cheers' to stand out. I don't usually send New Years cards so I thought I'd add a simple 'to you' under the sentiment so this card could be used for any occasion :)

Well that's all from me now before Christmas so I'd like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and I'll be back again in the New Year :)

Jenny x

                                       
                                     

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


I have something a little different today as I am one of the guests and sponsors for our fabulous DT member Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza which is a pretty enormous task that Taheerah undertakes every year so I had to make sure we were part of it to support her.



Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!


And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!


Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!


For my project I'm sharing some gift tags with a hint of humour from Sugar Pea Designs.  I love Wendy's sense of humour and she's done it again this year with this fabulous Christmas Tag Greetings set with a co-ordinating die.  I will be making lots of these to add to my parcels.  I like wrapping in kraft and often stick to classic red, white and green accessories to go with it so have done my tags in that theme.



There are lots of options with this set and all the pieces and sentiments perfectly co-ordinate so you can mix and match to your hearts content!




Now, it’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win as part of the extravaganza! Today’s prize is supplied by me so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.


Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!




NEWS FROM THE STORE

That's it for the extravaganza part of my post - now we have my regular weekly news round up for what will be happening at Seven Hills Crafts this week.

We close at MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY 15th DECEMBER for our move and for Christmas and will not re-open for orders until the 28th so don't hang around for any last minute purchase requirements  (You can still buy gift vouchers if you need a last minute gift after Friday but you can't spend any you receive until we re-open)

We will have the following new releases in store this week just before we close:
  • Concord and 9th December release probably on Tuesday or Wednesday
  • The Lawn Fawn release will be in store on Thursday
 We have some other orders coming but they will not be here before we close so look out for the following when we re-open and into early to mid-January:
  • Hero Arts December Kit Add-ons
  • Avery Elle's latest release
  • Altenew's latest release
  • Flora and Fauna's latest release
  • Waffle Flower latest release
  • Winnie and Walter's latest release
The blog will also close on Friday to give the Design Team a well deserved break - I'll have the odd update whilst we're closed but otherwise we'll be back with your daily dose of artistic inspiration on 2nd January.

Tara
x




Saturday, 9 December 2017

Merry Christmas From All Of Us

Hey stampers, Anni here!

I have another set of cards for you in the categorie: Easy and fast to make!
This time I wasn't in the mood to colour so I decided to go with dies. I chose W Plus 9's Stitched Holiday Icons - what a great set. I love the stitched details and how versatile this set is.


For this card I started with something I normally do last: Stamping the sentiment. I set up a sentiment in my stamping tool and stamped five cardbases (three from white cardstock, and two from shimmer carddstock, one silver and one gold) at once. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things' Merry Everything.


Then I die cut the snowman and the tree of the Stitched Holiday Icons from white, grey and silver cardstock.


I decorated the snowman and the trees with various things: On the one hand I die cut different shapes with Mama Elephant's Confetti Creative Cuts from mirror and glitter cardstock in silver and gold.


And on the other hand I used pearls and rhinestones.
I tried to spread them randomly and not to create an even pattern. In my opinion it looks more intresting this way.


For a final touch I cut by hand a snowman nose for most of the cards.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.
Anni

      

Friday, 8 December 2017

Adorable Arctic Penguin Parade

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’ve got a group of Mama elephant’s adorable Arctic Penguins...


playfully slipping and sliding down an icy slope, struggling to stay upright on their little sweet skates!



I LOVE these precious little penguins, in real life and in magical Mama Elephant land. Penguins are pretty amazing animals. As if the whole ‘partners for life’, thing isn’t the most endearing quality in the universe  you only have to watch their little waddle to fall head over heals in love with them, and I think these Mama Elephant illustrations capture their playful personalities perfectly.
And to top it all...the images are black & white so anything you do with them saves you a TON of time on colouring and means you can whip up your designs in next to no time!



I wanted my card to look like a slippery snow covered slope with all the little penguins skating down it. You get so many different designs of penguins all doing different things in different directions I thought it would look really cute - like they are all battling to keep their balance as they have their fun.
I started by stamping out my penguins and fussy cutting, adding a wee dash of red to their skates and orange to their beaks for the teeniest splash of colour. I made my slopes by cutting Mama Elephant’s Landscape Trio Border Dies and lightly ink blending blue ink behind. I used foam tape to elevate my slopes and adhered my party of penguins behind. I added a slick of glitter across the edges of my die cuts to add a little sparkle to my snow. My sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Polar Pals and is stamped straight onto my card.


I finished by adding a scattering of sparky sequins and cutting my panel using Lawn Fawn’s Cross Stitched Rectangle, mounting onto a card blank, and there you have it!


A very quick easy peasy parade of precious penguins!

I really hope you like it.
As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.

Jillx


Arctic Penguins Image 1  Polar Pals Image 1  

Landscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1  Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts


Thursday, 7 December 2017

A teeny weeny gin truck

Hi it's Tara back today as Taheerah is super busy with her Advent Extravaganza on her own blog - do go and visit if you haven't as she has lots of prizes to be won every day.

So today I have a fun idea to share - as soon as I saw the truck die from Neat and Tangled I had the instant idea of using it to make my place cards for the Christmas table and adding a little festive cheer to it.


As you can see it's perfectly sized to add a miniature (gin for me naturally!) and by adding the guest's name to the number plate then you get a super cute place card come gift all in one handy and super cute little truck! 


At first it looks a little complicated as there are lots of little bits in the die but as they have given you a couple of each little piece it means you can cut out lots in one go.  The die for the truck is very large and doesn't fit straight away on a standard platform on a big shot but as I don't have an extended platform I just used standard partial die cutting techniques to run it all through in two passes.   However on this example, I actually cut off the top to make a pick up truck so didn't need to cut the roof and didn't need the extra pass.

I just die cut the windows and added acetate behind and then for the side and back panels I added patterned paper rather than extra windows as I wanted some snowflakes to match my Christmas table theme this year.

It is much easier to add all your decorations before you build the truck so I just folded all the score lines, creased them with a bone folder and then opened it up again to add the elements before sticking it all together with red line tape for strength.

I added a Cheers die to the front to go with the bottle inside but you could also add the person's name there or on the side if their name is too long to fit on the number plate.

If you wanted to make a children's version you could add a little pack of crayons and some candy canes sticking out of the top or keep the roof on and add some little chocolates.

They could also be a cute way of handing over cash - much more fun to open the roof and find the cash folded inside than just opening an envelope!

I could also see them in different colours becoming a bit of a race game around the Christmas table to keep little people occupied whilst the turkey's carved...

That's all from me for now - see you on Sunday!

Tara



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Yeti Wishes

Hello, happy Wednesday!

Today I have a Christmas card to share with you featuring this cute little yeti from the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti set. I've finally managed to finish and send all my cards for this year with the exception of a few extra special ones I will give to close family and friends. This card uses products from a few different companies, mainly because I had a bunch of die cuts and coloured pieces left over from previous projects and I never let them go to waste!


I started out with an A6 kraft card panel and stamped some of the small snowflakes from the MFT You Make My Heart Melt stamp set in Lawn Fawn Yeti ink, setting aside to dry.

I stamped the yeti from Mama Elephant's Me and My Yeti, coloured him in with my alcohol markers and die cut him with the coordinating dies. I had a coloured present left over from a previous project (it's actually from the Neat & Tangled Berry Merry set) and it fit perfectly between the little yeti's arms. I cut a stitched tag from a nice bright red cardstock, tied some twine through the top and foam mounted my yeti in the centre.


For the large sentiment, I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Wishes several times and adhered them on top of each other for some dimension. The smaller sentiment is from the MFT Snow Globe Sentiments set, which I gold heat embossed on a banner of black cardstock.

A touch of clear Wink of Stella gives the final finishing touch!

Thanks for reading.

Tallie