Saturday, 25 March 2017

Another Year Wiser

Hey stampers, Anni here!
I have a fun interactive card for you today featuring My Favorite Things I'm Owl Yours set.

I kept the card pretty simple on the outside.


I stamped one of the owls and coloured it with grey alcohol markers. I fussy cut the owl (no fear, you don't have to, there are coordinating dies available) and added some three-dimensional gloss medium to the eyes to make them shiny.
For the background I first masked off a stripe on the bottom of my card base and ink blended some turquoise ink for the sky. Then I changed the masked to the top and added some grey ink to create a ground.


And then when you open the card a bunch of rainbow coloured owls pop up to wish the recipient a Happy Birthday!
To create the pop up effect I used Lawn Fawn's Every Day Pop Ups dies. They are currently out of stock in the shop but there are similar ones by My Favorite Things you can find here and here and by Mama Elephant. Those dies are easy to use and making these kind of cards simple.

(I'm sorry I had problems taking a good photo of the inside due to bad lightning that day)

For the inside of the card I stamped all the owls in the set and coloured them in rainbow order, fussy cut them and added some details with a white gel pen. 


(I'm sorry I had a problem taking a good photo of the inside due to bad lightning that day)

The card took some time because I had to colour all these owls - no problem for me because I think colouring is the best part in making a card. But after I had finished the colouring the rest was easy and took no time at all.

Thanks for stopping by and have a sunny and craft weekend.
Anni

Friday, 24 March 2017

Little cats playing Lil Painters.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and I've got some 'Little Cats' playing at being 'Lil Painters' for you today...


...by mixing up two gorgeous sets from Mama Elephant.


This scene popped in my head as soon as I got my hands on these delightful sets for some reason, with the little cat from 'Little Cat Agendas' painting his little pal playing around, using the easel from 'Lil painters'.
I started by stamping out all the elements I wanted to use from both sets, colouring using my Zig Clean Colour Pens, and fussy cutting.  I also used the sun & clouds from Mama Elephant's 'Sunday Stroll' and did the same with those.  For the actual painting the little kitty is doing, I just did a silly little doodle onto the easel and lightly coloured.


I did a little ink blending to create my background, sprinkling and soaking up some water droplets across it to add a little interest.
My sentiment is from another Mama Elephant set, 'Ella & Friends' and is stamped in black ink then clear heat embossed.
I then adhered all my pieces in place to create my scene.


I really like how this card came out as it makes me smile.  I love using my sets together to create alternate stories and outcomes.

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

See you next week.

Jillx

Little Cat AgendaLil' Painters
Ella & Friends Image 1Sunday Stroll Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)




Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rainbow Haired Unicorn

Hi there everyone and happy Thursday!

Have you checked out the new Waffle Flower release in the store? It's soooo super cute! I have been playing around with one of the new stamps and die sets....


Ack, how cute is that Stitched Unicorn? I stamped the first image from the stamp 'Stitched Unicorn' the frame with the unicorn hair onto some black card and then white heat embossed. I then coloured over the white embossing with alcohol marker in rainbow colours. I then stamped and white heat embossed the unicorns face.


The sentiment is from the same set and the layers were cut using the 'Stitched Layers Die'.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you again next week!

Hugs, Lydia xxx


   

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Owl birthday card with My Favorite Things


Hi everyone, it's Esther here with an owl birthday card using My Favorite Things I'm Owl Yours stamp set.

I think these owls are the cutest I've seen, and this little chap is no exception.


I stamped a background using the medium and small hearts from I'm Owl Yours and coloured them in with alcohol pens. I die cut two irregular ovals using My Favorite Things Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dienamic, but keeping the centres for use and discarding the stitched negative outlines. I layered these up under my owl and adhered them to the panel. The sentiment was stamped on vellum, and this plus some die cut hearts were adhered over the owl grouping before popping the whole lot onto a Kraft card base.


The light for taking photos has been a nightmare the last few days with grey stormy weather and high winds... brrrrr! Hopefully you can see the hint of Wink of Stella Orange on the three die cut hearts. The orange is a fab colour for using over reds and yellows as it warms them up far better than the clear pen, but without being too obtrusive.


That's it for this week! Thanks for stopping by.

         

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Little Cat Birthday Parade

I'm really enjoying colouring these adorable cats from the Mama Elephant Little Cat Agenda stamp set. 


For this card, I wanted a birthday parade of Maine Coon cats (both the recipient of this card and I have Maine Coons). 

I began by die-cutting a scalloped border from an A2 note card size piece of white card. I stamped five cats, making sure to choose ones all going in the same direction to form a parade. I coloured them with alcohol markers, and added ear tufts with a black fine liner pen to turn them into Maine Coons. 

I choose a piece of patterned paper to go on the bottom half of the A2 note card base, then attached the stamped piece with foam tape.


Using a die from the Mama Elephant Polaroid die set, I die cut some speech bubbles - twice from white card and once from black card. I stamped a sentiment on one, then layered them together, with the black speech bubble offset slightly to create a shadow. I adhered this directly to the card, above the cats.

Finally, I added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the cat accessories. 


I hope you like my birthday cat parade. Have a lovely day,
Gemma

Mama Elephant Little Cat Agenda

Mama Elephant Polaroid Fun

MFT Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges

Mama Elephant Mini Messages

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter



MFT Fresh Squeezed Chevron Paper





Monday, 20 March 2017

Flippin' Super Birthday

Hi there and happy Monday to you :)

Well my card today would have been more suited to sharing nearer Shrove Tuesday a couple 
of weeks ago because this little guy has been making pancakes.....


He's from MFT's Recipe for Happiness stamp set and I just love his expression :)
I couldn't pass up the chance of a pun so I've given him a frying pan and spatula
 to hold behind his back as he's a little embarrassed that he's dropped his 
pancake mid-flip!! I've used a small oval shadow die which I've 
coloured with alcohol markers to make it look like a pancake


For a background I've inked through the English Brick Wall stencil from MFT 
which is currently out of Stock but I've linked to one below that would work just as well.
 For the sentiment I've used the FLIPPIN' from the stamp set and then used the rest of the wording 
from a Lil Inkers set which is out of stock but you could easily use alpha stamps instead.
 When you're using lots of words from different stamp sets it's easier to chop
 them into separate pieces and mount them on your card at jaunty angles :)

    
   

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

March Theme Challenge Week 3

We've got a fun theme for you this month - we're playing tic-tac-toe!   Just pick a line across the grid below, either vertical, horizontal or diagonal and get creative!   So for example you could create a bright purple watercoloured elephant if you used the top horizontal, or say a big HELLO with bold patterned paper if you pick a diagonal.


As with all our challenges it is important that you use at least one product from the almost 7000 we sell and also that the project you make is inspired by the challenge so links to previously made projects will be rejected.  Qualifying entries will be eligible for our monthly prize which from this month on will be £20!


We have the final couple of inspirational entries from our fabulous design team this week - they are sure to spark your creativity!

Gemma
Selected the diagonal line with Animals, Big Words/Letters and Die Cutting


Esther
Selected the diagonal line with patterned paper, big words/letters and bold shades.

You have until 10pm next Sunday 26th March to play along.

Link up to our challenges page when you're ready to play

A non card welcome

I have something a little different to share today - a way to welcome a new baby without a card.  New parents get so many cards that I thought this was an interesting way to welcome the baby that will stand out from the crowd of cards.


I made a very simple 3D rattle using the new die from MFT along with a couple of shaker pouches which the die has been designed to fit.  

It's very easy to create - I simply die cut the rattle die 4 times - twice from 300gsm card for stability and twice from pretty paper for decoration.  Take 2 pouches, fill one with sequins - I used the new ombre blue ones from Hero Arts - these are much bigger packs of sequins than the Neat and Tangled ones so you could fill a lot of rattles with one pack!  I used a little strong wet glue on the rim of the other pouch then stuck them together.  I glued and sandwiched the 4 layers of rattles together around the pouches and then set them aside to dry - you need to leave them a good while as the wet glue in the plastic needs drying time so I went with the bulldog clip approach to drying for a good fix.


Once dry I added the welcome word using the Lil' Inker Designs die (die cut from white and coloured on both sides with copics to get the shade I wanted) and tied on a mini tag (MFT pierced tag die) with a little blue ribbon.   You could use a stamp to add the name but I went with freehand calligraphy.



NEWS FROM THE STORE

  • We are expecting to get the Concord and 9th release this week - it was delayed as some of the products were delayed in manufacture but our order is now complete and in transit.
  • We have lots of other orders placed but no firm shipment dates yet fixed so we will update as they arrive - as always your best place for up to the minute news is our Facebook page

 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sorry I'm Slow!

Hey stampers, Anni here!
If you believe it or not I didn't see Jill's card from last week's post before I made this card... Great minds think alike, don't they?


I started by creating a watercolour background. I didn't use any fancy watercolours, just some dye inks (which are fancy, too, of course). I pressed them on a piece of acetate, sprayed them with some water and smooched it onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. After it dried I stamped the sentiment with black ink onto it.


I stamped and coloured the sloth from Lawn Fawn's Set called Hang in There with coloured pencils. For the highlights I used a white gel pen. After fussy cutting (if you don't like fussy cutting you can use the matching dies, of course) I die cut a frame for the sloth. To create that frame I combined My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX with a regular circle die.

I went for a aqua cardbase - usually I use only white cardbases - and assembled the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Anni