Thursday, 20 July 2017

Reach For The Stars Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Sometimes a stamp set is so perfect that it doesn't really need much to create a stunning card with it. The WPlus9 Little Dreamers stamp set is one such example! Those adorable images just work so well together and work for a variety of styles - not just baby cards!

I couldn't wait to play with this cutie of a set:


Happy sigh. It really turned out exactly as I imagined in my head!


I built my scene with several of the adorable animals from the set, as well as those open and solid stars. Easy peasy!


I added some very simple watercolouring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I love the storybook look they helped me create!


A little bit of subtle mist splatter and that wonderful sentiment and this card was done! I'm so happy with how it turned out!

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, 19 July 2017

Floral hello card with My Favorite Things


Hi everyone, Esther here with a floral hello card featuring My Favorite Things.



I started by die cutting a panel in dark blue card stock using the large stitched rectangle from Blueprints 29. I added matching flowers from the Stitched Flowers Dienamics, glued down flat. Then I die cut some smaller Stitched Flowers from a piece of watercolor card stock coloured with a pink Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen, shaped them with a ball tool and glued them here and there in the spaces.

Finally I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in gold, from Lil'Inker Designs Wreath of Roses and mounted the panel onto a top folding card base. I love the variety of sentiments in the Wreath of Roses set, all in gorgeous cursive handwriting.



That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by!


      

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

July Sketch Challenge Week 3

It's final reminder time to play along with our sketch challenge this month.  You can interpret it how you like, flip it, rotate it, use it for a page layout or a card or even a piece of artwork.  The shapes can be interpreted too (as you will see from our examples).  We just need to see that you used the sketch as the jumping off point for your inspiration.  As always you must use AT LEAST ONE product from the items we sell in store to be eligible for comments and the chance to win the £20 store voucher prize.


Here are some great examples from our final DT members to get your crafty juices flowing if you're stuck for ideas.

Gemma



Esther

You've got until 10pm on Tuesday 25th July to play along - just link up using the linky tool on our challenge page when ready.  You can play along as many times as you like, and combine with other challenges as long as we can still see our sketch!

The More Candles, The Bigger The Wish!

Happy Tuesday! Gemma here, with a card featuring in-laid die cutting. This is one of my favourite techniques for adding depth to a card.


I'm using the MFT Birthday Candles dienamics for my card today. I cut a rectangle of card to be slightly smaller than my card base, and then I die cut the birthday candles from it. To keep the candles alternating between tall and short, I layered the die over the last candle before I ran it through the die cutting machine for a second time. That way it only cut four candles, rather than five.

I followed the same process with the candle flames.


Next I added the sentiment, from the MFT Birthday Greetings stamp set. I part stamped it, so I could continue the sentiment inside the card.

I put tons of foam tape on the back of the panel, then attached it to the card base.

There were enough candles for me to do a fun rainbow colour scheme, so I die cut candles from some MFT papers, before layering them in the die cut spaces. For the candle flames, I die cut some gold glitter paper. I find using liquid glue to add these pieces is easier because you have a little wriggle room to get them in just the right position.



For the inside of the card, I wanted to continue the sentiment. At this point, I wasn't brave enough to stamp it directly in the card, in case I ruined it. I do struggle sometimes with part stamping! So instead, I stamped it on a separate piece of card and adhered it inside. I had a few candles left over so added them too.


Thanks for joining me today. I hope you like this card and feel inspired to give this in-laid die cutting technique a try.

Have a lovely day,
Gemma

MFT Birthday Candles
MFT Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Papers
MFT Birthday Greetings




Monday, 17 July 2017

Simply Relative Florals

Hello, Jenny here again... these Mondays whizz around again so quickly!!

I thought I'd follow last weeks foray into floral territory with another this week and this is a set which has only just been inked up for the first time!! *shame*


These are the Freehand Florals by Wplus9 which is a fun basic layering set and I saw someone use black ink for one of the layers and thought how striking the flowers looked so I had to try it too :)

You have a stamping guide on the back of the packet but really they are quite forgiving to layer up and quite easy to arrange for novice florists like myself! I chose bright colours to contrast the black ...... the flowers remind me of the canal roses painted on narrow-boats so I wonder what a white embossed layer would look like too?? I need to try that!!


Another good purchase has been the sentiment set called Simply Relative by Newtons Nook, I do struggle with fonts and words to personalise a card but this set has a good mixture of both and you still have the option of using them with other stamp sets too :)

The card base has been stamped with the Pinstripes background for a tone on tone effect... I love this technique to just add a subtle bit of texture in the background :)

  

Well thanks for stopping by and catch you again next week :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cats and Dogs

As I love cats and dogs (probably more than most humans!) then there was only one way I was going with this months MFT release!


I started with smitten kitten and did a little masking to get two cuties onto my base card together.  The kitchen as hand drawn - much easier than it sounds - a few straight lines and some shading.  All coloured with copics and then finished with a little strip of grid patterned paper as it looks like tiles and a sentiment from the stamp set stamped on top.


For the doggies I had the dog from "Up!" in my head, I love that you could hear his thoughts and I thought the sentiments in the Puppy Pals set were just like his.  My friend and I always include our pets on our cards so I thought this would be fun to send to her from her dog on her next birthday!


I created a rough sky by inking up my acrylic block with some pale blue ink and spritzed it with water before swiping across the card.  I stamped and die cut the dog and mounted him onto a thin strip of card stamped with instructions using the MFT Interactive Labels set as I wanted the dog to show his excitement by jumping for his ball.   To give the pull strip somewhere to go I die cut a strip of grass and glued it down missing section wide enough for the strip at the bottom and the dog at the top - that way the dog can hide in the grass but won't fall out of the bottom of the card altogether.

Both these cards were easy but took more than a few minutes and as I also needed to make a very last minute masculine birthday card yesterday I grabbed the new Celebrate Speech Bubble die and made one in under 5 minutes!  I do love to have some products on hand I know will make something quick and stylish in an emergency (like when my husband asks for a card for xxx's birthday which is always "today"!)


I simply die cut the speech bubble from black card and mounted it on the base card and used 3 shades of Blue-Green pens from very pale through to pale to give the word itself an ombre look.  You could do a rainbow too which would look fabulously festive!




NEWS FROM THE STORE

It will be a slightly quieter week in the store this week following all the arrivals last week but we should have our Stamping Bella delivery which includes restocks and the new release - there is a ALOT to upload so bear with me whilst I do that.

We are also going to be having a few days off next weekend to celebrate my husbands birthday - the store will remain open but we will not be answering emails or processing any orders from 5pm on Friday until 9am on Tuesday.  When we start back at work on Tuesday there will be a big back log of orders to process so please note that orders will not arrive quite as quickly as you are used to but it is our first day off  THIS YEAR so I do hope you'll forgive us just this once.

There is a slim chance that we will receive a restock delivery from Lawn Fawn in time to upload to the store before we go away.  If not - it will be live at some point the week after once we catch up on order processing.

Waffle Flower have a new release on the 20th July.  Again there is a slim chance we will get it before we go away - if not we will get it online as soon as we can the week after.

We are still waiting for the Altenew order we made a couple of weeks ago to be processed and shipped.

I will still have a blog post next week but it will be scheduled before we leave so the news update may be short!

Laters.

Tara

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Rainbow Letters

Hey stampers, Anni here!

I told you a few stories about my nephews in recent weeks. Today I have another card for one of my nephews - the youngest one.
He had his confirmation a few weeks ago. And I needed a card. For a boy. A teenage boy. For a confirmation. Couldn't get much harder, could it?


After a lot of thinking I decided to go simple! And a rainbow couldn't hurt!
I started by die cutting all the letters of the german word for confirmation with the Inline Alpha Die set by AlteNew from watercolor cardstock.
I pressed some ink pads in rainbow order on my craft mat, added water and dyed the letters with the mixture. If it wasn't intensiv enough, I repeated the process.


I die cutted a recangle with Lil'Inker Designs' Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles and adhered the letters in groups of three. After that I glued the panel onto a white cardbase.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

    

Friday, 14 July 2017

Little Doggy Noisy Birthday Jam.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a little doggy parade making a whole load of birthday noise...


...using Mama Elephant's, off the scale adorable, Little Dog Agenda.


Now it's no secret I am absolutely, unashamedly, unabashedly dog obsessed.  I'm that girl who will cross a road if it means a quick kiss off a puppy.  So when this set was released, my eyes were on beanstalks and I fell instantly in love!  I mean what's better than a dog?  Well I'll tell you what's better...twenty dogs!  Twenty cute, adorable, fun little puppies all packed on to one sheet of stamps!  Amazing.
So anytime I get a set like this I look through all the images and look for a story.  I try to find images that link together to help me create a scene in my head...and I think it's pretty indicative of who I am that the loud noisy birthday band parade is what leapt out to me!


I started my card by stamping out my cute pooches (and the bottom half of my sentiment) onto my card panel and clear heat embossing.  I then added, freehand, some little sprigs of grass to ground my parade.  I wanted to create a sweet and simple scene for my card but I also knew I wanted to add a little extra interest by adding a background stamp to my, well, background (:/), so I masked off my images and sentiment then took My Favourite Things Sketched Chevron Background and stamped it across my panel, not taking too much care around the edges so it gently faded out.  I then set about colouring my images using Zig Real Brush Markers, (I apologise that I use these all the time but I am 100% hooked on them, they're just so easy to use and incredibly effective!).  Once my images were dry I moved on to colouring my background, again, using my Zigs, taking care to leave a space around my sentiment.  


I then finished up my sentiment, which is from Mama Elephant's Monster Jam and works perfect with my scene, by stamping the first line out onto black card and white heat embossing.  I also did this with the little 'Rock On' speech bubble from Mama Elephant's Rock and Paws and added both pieces to my scene using foam tape.
I finished by covering my scene and sentiment and adding a few flicks of ink across my background and there you have it.


I really hope you like it.  
As always everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.

Jillx

Little Dog Agenda Sketched Chevron Background Image 1 Monster Jam

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)Rock and Paws Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts