Sunday, 20 August 2017

August Challenge Week 3

Here is your final reminder to play along with our colour challenge this month.  We have a great collection of colours for you to choose from this month for our prize winning challenge.  As always just pick your preferred option and use at least 3 colours from it - NO BACK LINKS - new work only will be accepted.  You can create anything you like and combine with other challenges as long as you use at least one product from the vast arrange within Seven Hills Crafts.  The winning entry will get a £20 voucher to spend in store.


Here are the final members of our DT with their takes on the challenge

Gemma
I chose the 3rd colour scheme for my card, 

Esther
I chose the first colour scheme for my card, doing hand drawn stripes using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (033 Persian Green, 036 Light Blue, and 050 Yellow), stamping with Altenew Halftone Happy, and the sentiment using Altenew Happy Die.


Link up to our challenge page when you're ready to play.  You need a blog post/instagram/flickr page to put your entry on to link it to.  Sorry but direct emailed or facebook posts cannot be accepted - entries must use the link tool provided.   Deadline is 10pm on Sunday 27th August

Mini Shaker

Good morning all - hope you're having a fabulously crafty weekend.  I'm continuing on my mission to have enough Christmas cards to send this year so have a little shaker card to share today using the new Avery Elle release again.


I've used Avery Elle's Warm Wishes stamp and taken the smaller jar and created a mini scene inside.  I stamped it with a pale grey ink and then masked over it whilst I stamped the snowflakes and sentiments using the new Deep Blue Seas inks from AlteNew.  To create the window for the shaker I used a craft knife to cut inside the lines and around the bow.

I then stamped my scene again on the front of my base card and coloured it in.  I wanted to add some metallics so used the red and green metallic pens from Kuretake on the bow, tree and church door.  I added some dimension with crystal drops for the snow (we are expecting restocks soon!) and just finished with a light watercolour wash on everything else.


I used some thin foam tape around the jar and made sure there were no gaps by blocking the corners with a little wet glue.  Once dry I added a little bit of white glitter so we have a very thin and subtle shaker - I was going for a snow globe feel as that's what the jars reminded me of.



NEWS FROM THE STORE

There will be a lot of new stock in the store this week.
  • We've just received our delivery of Hero Arts so will have that live in the next couple of days (there are over 100 new items to add so it takes a long time to do!)
  • Our Lawn Fawn delivery is in transit - so other than any issues with customs clearance we should have the entire new release (and some restocks) available on Thursday when they release it in the USA.
  • We also have some new paper, embossing and stencil and embellishment collections from My Minds Eye and Echo Park which will be online this week.
  • We will have some tonic restocks coming soon including drops and pastes and hope to have them in early September.  We have finally managed to secure some more stamping platforms from their "next available shipment"   Sadly that won't be until sometime in October!
Catch you next weekend.

Tara


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Christmas in August

Hey stampers, Anni here.

I challenge myself to make two Christmas a month  cards so I won't stress myself out when December comes around! To be honest I am a little bit behind but now I decided to make another Christmas card.


For that I chose the super cute set by W Plus 9 called Friends For All Seasons: Winter.
I started by masking of my card panel leaving a circle open. In the set there are tiny snowflakes. I stamped these a few times and heat embossed them in white. Using the Emboss Resist technique I created a background by ink blending a winter sky over the snowflakes.


I stamped one of the foxes, the snowman and hats for both of them. To create a scene I added stamped images of the snow drifts and snowballs. For the stamping I used My Favorite Things' Black Licorice Hybrid ink. To colour the images I went with alcohol markers.

After fussy cutting the images I arranged them on my background.
I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Winter Scripty Sayings in black under the image.

For a finishing touch I added some dots of silver glitter to the sky.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.
Anni


      

Friday, 18 August 2017

Everything Will Be Ok...

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm sending you all some bold words of comfort I think we can all do with hearing from time to time...'Everything will be OK'!


Using the oh-so original Enveloper OK from Waffle Flower.


I was instantly drawn to these Enveloper stamps which were recently released by Waffle Flower, as they are unlike anything I have ever seen before.  There is a whole range to choose from, all of them look awesome filled with a ton of interesting images; so bold and unusual, something really cool and new to add to your collection.

I did wonder whether my card could be colourful with the outlines being so dominant, but actually, the boldness really helps a small amount of colour pop creating a very strong, on-trend, in-your-face statement card.


I started by stamping out the main design from the set onto a white card panel, and built up my scene by stamping out the foliage and flower stamps, (all from the same set), around the edge.  I then coloured the whole panel using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens mixed with water and cut my panel down using Lawn Fawn's Cross Stitch Rectangles.  I then cut another rectangle from a piece of white card, cut it down using Lawn Fawn's Speech Bubble Border, and stamped my sentiment within.


I finished by matting my panel onto black card and mounting onto a white card base.

As I mentioned earlier, there is a whole range of the 'Enveloper' designs, all full of awesome cool designs, so be sure to check them all out.

As always, everything I used is linked below.
See you next week.

Jillx

Enveloper OK  Speech Bubble Border Die Image 1   

Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)







Thursday, 17 August 2017

Good Times Flamingo Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I'm always happy to see a new kid on the stamping block! The newest brand in the Seven Hills Crafts store is Flora And Fauna and I couldn't be happier! I love them!

I pretty much bought almost everything, so deciding on a set to play with first was hard! I settled for the Flamingo Pool Party set because I'm still craving Summer:


I went minimal and modern with this card - Flora And Fauna sets lend naturally to this style with their quirky nature!


I kept my stamping simple, with the tree, flamingo and sentiment in black, the waves in an aqua, and the patterned 'sky' in a peach.


I added some simple watercolouring of the flamingo and sea to finish things off. That's all this card needs!

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, 16 August 2017

Sunny Big Hugs


Hi everyone, it's Esther here and today I've got a card featuring My Favorite Things Big Hugs Dienamic and a cute little sun from My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns. Perfect for a quick card to cheer up a friend or let someone know you're thinking of them!


I started by die cutting the Hugs die from a panel. I then lightly marked on the card base the tops and bottoms of the apertures of the letters. Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, I shaded this area from dark to light yellow and set the base aside to dry.

On the die cut panel, I stamped the little sun repeatedly using waterproof ink, then shaded the suns from dark to light yellow to match the letter apertures.

When everything was dry, I adhered the panel to the base.


That's it for today - thanks for visiting!

  

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Meow You Doin'?

Aren't these cats the cutest! 

When I get a new stamp set, I usually stamp and colour lots of the images so I have some ready when I want to make a card with them. I used alcohol markers to colour the cats like my own, and chose three for this card.

I die cut the frame from the MFT Blueprints 27 die set, and cut it down so I had just the three squares in a strip. This set is unfortunately out of stock, but the MFT Stitched Collage Frame die is the perfect alternative.


I added some light grey ink to it to give the look of a photograph strip. I placed some foam tape behind and layered it at an angle on a white card base, trimming off the excess.

I added a cat in each square, with a mix of foam squares to match the frame depth, and liquid adhesive where they sat on the frame. I also gave them each an accessory.



Finally I added the wonderful greeting from the set to finish the card.

Have a lovely day,
Gemma

Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin
MFT Stitched Collage Frame








Monday, 14 August 2017

A Garden Quartet

Hi there, I'm still on the garden theme from last week, although this time it 
doesn't involve vegetables! It's another 'almost' one layer card that involves some basic watercolouring...


I used the Beautiful You stamp set from Altenew to make a long, narrow notepad cover in a similar style back in the spring, so I wanted to turn it into a card design and a square card seemed the best option. I marked out the centre point lightly with pencil and then stamped the four images in black ink... it has to be waterproof so you can watercolour the images afterwards.

After stamping the images, I watercolour them with Distress Inks in a loose style. Next is the hardest part for me.... leaving it to dry!!! Once it had dried, I painted a rough square shape around each image... trying not touch the dry ink and reactivate it!!


The sentiment is a small greeting from the new Winnie & Walter set called Sentimental Birthday which I trimmed into a slim tag shape before adding a piece of floss... I thought it went well with the gardening theme :)

                                   

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 13 August 2017

August Challenge Week 2

Here is your first reminder to play along with our colour challenge.  We have a great collection of colours for you to choose from this month for our prize winning challenge.  As always just pick your preferred option and use at least 3 colours from it - NO BACK LINKS - new work only will be accepted.  You can create anything you like and combine with other challenges as long as you use at least one product from the vast arrange within Seven Hills Crafts.  The winning entry will get a £20 voucher to spend in store.


We have a couple more members of our DT with their takes on the challenge

Tara

Jill
I chose colour selection 3 and used My Favourite Things Scribble Rose Overlay and Hi There Dienamics.




Link up to our challenge page when you're ready to play.  You need a blog post/instagram/flickr page to put your entry on to link it to.  Sorry but direct emailed or facebook posts cannot be accepted - entries must use the link tool provided.   Deadline is 10pm on Sunday 27th August

Christmas is coming........

It seems weird to be thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer, but the arrival of the Avery Elle release this week reminded me that I never start making my cards early enough so I thought I'd make a couple to get my 2017 collection started using Merry Florals.

I love kraft for Christmas cards so started with a sheet of that and some embossing powders.  For the first look I went full on traditional festive and painted the gold embossed image with Gansai Tambi regular colours mixed with a little gold from the starry colours sets for extra festive shine.  I die cut the panel with Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangles and used a copic marker to colour the frame.


Whist I had the image out I decided to switch up the embossing powder to the rose gold version and decided to just let the outline sing.  The first card was pretty quick to make but this one was quicker still - handy if you want to knock up a batch in a hurry to build up your stocks.   Just simply die cut with a stitched die and added a pearly green mat to add contract - the green and peach is a classy Christmas colour combo with a modern feel don't you think?




NEWS FROM THE STORE

  • We should get the new release from Concord and 9th early this week.
  • We will also have a small Christmas papers release from My Minds Eye.
  • We are still waiting on news of the arrival date for Hero Arts Winter release - hoping it will be here before the end of the month but as yet have no confirmed date.

That's all for this week folks - happy crafting and I'll catch you on the flip side.

Tara

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Summer Sky

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Overhere in Germany we have a really cold and rainy summer - no fun at all. So I needed a little bit of sunshine on my card!


I have this really awesome set called Spring Showers by Lawn Fawn with stitched clouds and a sun - I LOVE it and I use it a lot. There are also rain drops but obviously I didn't want to use these!
I die cut the sun from yellow and the clouds from white cardstock.
To create a sky to put my sun and my clouds on I used inks and water and smooched these onto my paper.


While the background dried I stamped a tiny bird from the set Hello Sunshine also by Lawn Fawn and coloured it in pink.

To make it a birthday card I die cut a balloon from Paper Smooches Balloons set from patterned paper.
I arranged the images on a card panel and tied a thread to the balloon and to the bird's beak.

For the sentiment I chose one from Lawn Fawn's Tiny Tags Saying: Birthday.