Sunday, 21 January 2018

You & Me

I've gone off the page today with a little something to decorate our bedroom door using one of the oh so fabulous monogram stamps from Concord and 9th.  The whole alphabet is a considered purchase but the stamps have been designed so you can use them individually too with co-ordinating sentiments so "B" is for Birthday for example. There is also a really beautiful heart and and ampersand which allow you to get creative without the letters at all and I decided to play with one of those to make my door sign.  If you are confused as to why I wanted you and me on the door - it's not as random as it seems - our first dance at our wedding was to the "you and me song" by The Wannadies!

I stamped the ampersand onto white card using versamark ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I actually stamped it twice to get a nice thick embossed layer.

You can then stamp the flowers and leaves into the spaces left behind, or with the co-ordinating dies create a pretty layered look either just with coloured card or with stamping and cutting (the dies are slightly larger than the stamped image to allow you to get a number of different looks from the one set)

To finish I used the same coloured card I die cut the tiny leaves from to tie the colours together and die cut the words "you" and "me" from it using AlteNew's Inline Alpha Die.  I added a gold mat behind to make it pop from the door.

There is a cute little hanging tab in the die set (the piece that looks like a capital I) so I now really want to make a full banner with our names to hang from the fireplace in the bedroom too!


There won't be any new arrivals this week - all our brands are busy at Creativation (the large Craft Tradeshow in the USA) and we will be busy buying all their new releases which will be here in February! 

We're getting more on track with packing orders now so are back to shipping within a couple of days (Monday-Friday)

That's all the news this week - catch you later.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Wishing You a Happy Birthday

Hey stameprs, Anni here!

Today I have a elephant birthday card for you.

I don't know about you but winter is the time of the year when I have the feeling my mojo is on vacation. I ask myself where it could be and imagine it somewhere on a sunny beach - far, far away from my crafting area.
In these times I turn to challenges to give me some inspiration. The inspiration for this card came from the Lawn Fawn challenge blog. For the current challenge there is a inspiration board you have to follow: a lot of reds, pinks, greys, glitter and hearts.
So Istarted by creating a background with ink blending with red and pink ink. I sprinkled some water droplets on it to achieve these bleached posts. While the background dried I stamped elephants and mice from Lawn Fawn's Wild For You and Elphie Selfie. I coloured the images with alcohol markers, added some details with coloured pencils and fussy cut them.
I die cut the polaroid from Lawn Fawn's Selfie Frames twice from white cardstock and glued vellum behind it. I arranged the elephants and a mouse in the frames and added three hearts. These hearts I die cut from red glitter cardstock with Heart dies by Lawn Fawn.

For the sentiment I chose the set Happy Happy Happy by Lawn Fawn again.I heat embossed the sentiment in white on dark grey cardstock and cut it into stripes.
To die cut the background I used Mama Elephant's All Prettied Up. After that all that was left to do was to assemble the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 19 January 2018

Fab-stract Watercolour Flowers

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some abstract (well, that's what I'm calling it) watercolour for you...

...using Fab Flowers from Lawn Fawn.

If you're a regular visitor to our delightful blog you'll know I used the same set last week.  I've decided this is my 'new thing', and a way of getting more use out of my crafty stash.  I'm, (and I'm sure I'm not alone), like a kid in a sweetshop with my crafty goodies - spoilt for choice and too excited to play with everything all at once, so I tend to use a set then put it away never to be seen again for a long long time.  Well no more I tell ya.  So my new 'thing' is - I must make at least two cards with a set before it goes back in it's pack!  So this is the second outing of this beaut in as many weeks.
I was aiming for a kind of really loose, abstract watercolour effect with this design and the way I accomplished that was to use Distress Ink so the colours would react with water (Zig Clean Colour Markers would also work a treat), and, once my stamp was covered in ink, to spritz it with water before stamping it onto my card.  I don't think I'll ever fall out of love with the look of watercolour, and this technique is by far one of the easiest ways to achieve it.  I stamped out all my elements using the same technique, die-cut, and then built up a sweet bouquet adhering each piece from the back.  My background is My Favourite Thing's Sketched Chevron (literally one of my all time favourite stamps let alone backgrounds) which I clear heat embossed and add a wash of blue inks over-top.

I cut Lawn Fawn's Love Ya Border Die to use as my sentiment and added another couple of elements from the Fab Flower's to tie my design together.
I finished by adding a purple twine bow and embellished with a scattering of clear gems, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.
As always everything I used is linked below, and I'll see you next week.


Fab Flowers  Love Ya Line Border Die  Sketched Chevron Background Image 1

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Winter's Not All Bad Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

With the weather taking a turn for the shivery worst recently, it's hard not to long for the warmer climes of Spring. Yet, if we stop to think about it, there are a whole bunch of things about Winter to love. Cosy nights in front of the fire, your favourite soft woolly jumper, a rich mug of hot chocolate... Winter's not all that bad!

It's with that sentiment that today's card, featuring the Neat & Tangled Hello Winter set, was born:

I don't know about you but I'm feeling cosier already!

I heat embossed my sentiment block with clear embossing powder, then blended a few different colours of Distress Ink over the card. I love how the transition from blues to browns and greys gives a sense of warmth and cosiness as you progress down the front!

I heat embossed the main Winter sentiment with white and then with sparkly embossing powder. It doesn't show up well in photos but you should see the sparkle in real life! Some fine mist splatters compliment it perfectly!

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, 17 January 2018

Bella's Morning Glory

Happy Wednesday crafters!

Today's card features three new things for me: 1) no-line colouring; 2) an actual rubber stamp (other than a background); and 3) a cute little stamp from the brand Stamping Bella. It's a new year and time to try new things and challenge yourself, right?

I started out by stamping the Stamping Bella Morning Glory stamp onto some white cardstock with some MFT Grout Gray Hybrid Ink.  The lines on this stamp are so fine and the ink is so light I had to stamp it twice to enable me to see it. I then used my alcohol markers to colour her in, finishing up with a couple of coloured pencils in white, dark brown, grey and green to add fine detail and ground the image.

When finished, I cut the panel down, mounting it onto an A6 top folding white card base and a small strip of card coloured with two blue markers. I cut a sentiment strip from a scrap of green cardstock, snipped the end off into a banner and white heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT Essential Sentiments set. I foam mounted this and added some sequins, letting the colouring be the main focus of the card.

If you've never attempted no-line colouring, why not give it a go?

Catch you next week.



Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Blue and White Brushstroke Blooms

My card today showcases the beautiful new Brushstroke Blooms stamp set from MFT. This is a layering floral set, with solid images, so it’s perfect for creating quick floral cards with a painted look.

My inspiration actually came from an oriental bowl I saw on an antiques programme the other evening! I love the look of blue and white porcelain, and thought a pattern of blue flowers and leaves would work really well on a card too.

I chose three colours of MFT inks - Blue Yonder, Cornflower, and Blueberry - and stamped clusters of flowers and leaves onto a white card base. I didn’t do any masking, just selective inking for the leaves so they didn’t overlap the petals.

I finished the card with a very simple sentiment banner and greeting, plus a few sequins.

If you wanted to make multiple cards with a patterned background, try stamping a larger sheet of card and then cutting it down to add to several card bases.

Thank you for joining me today,

MFT Brushstroke Blooms
MFT Dye Ink - Blue Yonder
MFT Dye Ink - Cornflower
MFT Dye Ink - Blueberry

Monday, 15 January 2018

Fab & Fierce

Hi everybody,

It's Jill here, happy to be back blogging for you fine folks, and grateful to Jenny for covering me on Friday - which is why I'm making an appearance here on Monday!

I wanted to start the New Year as I intend to go on, full of positive vibes and aiming for a bright, happy and fun-filled future, jam-packed with self belief and a fearless today's card is a mantra to myself with a pretty twist...

And for anyone else looking to give their inner warrior a kick up the bum...I say go get em tiger!

I started by stamping out My Favourite Things Pinstripe Background onto my front panel in pale grey, then cutting their Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame from that.  I then stamped out a ton of Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers in some pretty pink and purple inks and die cut them.  
I stamped the same Pinstripe Background out again in a pale lemon onto a piece of card to have as my back piece, and stamped onto it this awesome empowering sentiment from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings so that it would be centred behind my aperture.
I then built up all my Fab Flowers and foliage so they peaked out and created the perfect pretty frame to my fierce message.

I added a white Scallop Circle over top to help the frame 'pop', and there you have it.

A message of empowerment to start the year off the right way...ready to rock n roll!

See you Friday.


Everyday Greetings Image 1 Pinstripe Background 

Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames Dienamics  Fab Flowers

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Hearts aren't just for Valentines

Sometimes the Valentine's products we get are soooo gorgeous but I look at them and think but I only have one card to make I can't justify buying them all......  But I was so in love with some of the Lil' Inker Designs release this month that I had to have them so have been finding ways to use them for more than V'day.

For the first card, I actually needed to make an anniversary card for Rick - we have two anniversaries - our wedding and our first date as we were together 13 years before we married so like the "longer" years of the first date!  So this is for our "date-iversary"  I opted for the "love you more heart die" for this one.

When you have such a statement sentiment, you don't need to do much  - the die speaks for itself, especially in such a gorgeous font, so I kept it simple with some gilding.  I simply applied stick-it sheet adhesive on either side of some thick grey card stock and then ran the die through the die cutter a couple of times to make sure it cut all the way through.

I peeled off the release tape from the words on top of the card stock - leaving all the rest in place - before applying my gilding flakes.  Once you've buffed them up you can then just remove the release tape from behind the words and apply to your card.  The die cuts the sentiment in two pieces - most of the phrase is joined together - you just pop "you-than" next to the rest of it - simples!  I kept the finished card really simple with just a grey matt.

For my second card I was itching to play with the two-part Forever Heart Layer Dies.  Here I inked up some white card in stripes of purples and pinks and ran it through the die cutter with layer one.  I then ran some purple card through with layer two.  This embosses the heart but I traced around the die and trimmed it out so I could layer it over the first.  You can get a lot of different looks from this die set!

To use it beyond Valentines I went with a sentiment from MFT's Big Birthday Wishes that makes sense of the hearts.  I finished with a few balloons die cut from the same colours I used in the stripes  using Lawn Fawn's Party Balloons dies.


Following our store crash on Monday when we exceeded our monthly bandwidth allowance within 10 minutes of re-opening we've made the decision to move the store to it's own dedicated server with unlimited bandwidth to avoid the issue happening again in the future.  This means that the store will be unavailable for a few hours on WEDNESDAY MORNING whilst the developers move it to it's new permanent home.   Apologies in advance for the inconvenience but this will best for the store going forward.

In terms of deliveries this week we will have new releases (and restocks) from:
  • Neat and Tangled
  • Mama Elephant
  • Newton's Nook

We will be getting the newest releases from AlteNew, and Avery Elle soon but not this week.

We are still waiting for the UK distributor to get the December kit-add ons from Hero Arts.

We are still a little behind on packing orders but we're catching up as quickly as we can - the sale meant we were very busy so now that's finished we should be able to catch up and get back on track this week.  Thanks for your patience.

That's all the news this week - catch you next weekend.