Monday, 19 February 2018

Pop Up Herd!

Hello hello, Jenny here and I'm down on the farm today with a pop up herd!!!

Yes the new Inside Pop Fence die from Mama Elephant just gave me the idea to fill it with the animals from MFT's The Whole Herd stamp set...

I followed the video tutorial from Mama Elephants You Tube channel to assemble the fence and grassy strips then adhered it to a green card base. I found that you need to place the fence slightly lower than centre on a card that has a shorter folded edge so the fence doesn't protrude outside the card when folded.

I stamped, coloured and die cut the animals and added them to the grassy strips so they were sightly staggered. To make the rest of the green space look like a grassy meadow, I used the dies in the set to cut a few white flowers and adhered them to the card base.

I wasn't sure how to do the front... I'm not used to making a card were the inside is the star of the show!!
With the Scalloped frames I cut a panel of card and set about inking a sky and grassy field ( I used the negative pieces from the grass die cuts to make a mask for spiky grass)

The fence panel is from the pop up die and I just trimmed a piece off and added grass and shading, then made it a perch for the chicken. I used Mama Elephants Bella Letters to create my 'punny' sentiment which follows on to the inside of the card with a sentiment from the animal stamp set.

Having a look through my stash and I came across a few stamp sets that would work with this pop up fence... how about gnomes or hedgehogs, a vegetable or flower garden or even a baby onsie on a washing line??!! It's such a fun surprise inside the card and quite easy to assemble too :)


Thanks for stopping By :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Getting into the Olympics Vibe

I'm not the sportiest of people and I do hate snow but for some weird reason I do love the winter Olympics and keep trying to stay awake to watch the curling.....   So this week I thought I'd get into the Olympic vibe with a fun card seeing as team GB just won it's first ever medal on skis!

I combined MFT's Ski-sons Greetings with Mama Elephant's So Many Snowmen to provide the crowd for my ski jumping Olympian.  I did a quick inky background (masking off the snowmen on the top row) and added some water drops for snow.    Some of the snowmen have little bits of holly in their hats so to make it less Christmassy I just made a couple of score signs (hand drawn) and stuck them over to cover up the bits I didn't want to see.  It's a good way of getting a longer season out of your stamps ;-)  There's often an easy way to "disguise" some odd bits!

I also wanted to share a card I made for the current Less is More Challenge as it's their 7th birthday this month and I am sponsoring their current "dry embossing in a CAS way" challenge.

Here I've used the Full of Heart Stencil and run it through my Big Shot with a tan mat so you get a really subtle embossed effect of hearts all over the background.

For the focal element I've used the gorgeous Mosaic Dome die from AlteNew and embossed it using the tan mat again into some thick card.   I've then used an embossing pen to colour in the raised elements and used different embossing powders to get an enamelled look to the dome.  I really like the soft blue shade which came about by accident - the embossing pen has a slight blue hue and I used satin pearl embossing powder over the top and the blue showed through - one happy accident!

I added a blue glitter banner and then the two part sentiment using Waffle Flower Crafts really useful Congrats stamp and die sets.  All layered up with tiny bits of foam tape for dimension and interest.

Hope you like it and hope you are inspired to join in the challenge too - it's a really fun one!


We will have the new release from Hero Arts in store this week as well as the Lawn Fawn release on Thursday.

We may also get a few more arrivals but it all depends on how much time we have to get those opened and loaded in amongst those two major releases which equate to a days work each to load to the store never mind pack!   We'll get everything else online as quickly as we can.

As always new arrivals will be reported on our Facebook page as soon as they are available in store to purchase.

Catch you next weekend


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hello Friend!

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a simple and easy to make card for you - we all sometimes need this kind of cards, don't we?

I started by stamping My Favorite Things' Wavy Coloring Background onto a piece of watercolouring paper. I used my stamping tool for that because I wanted to stamp in multiple colours. For the ink I chose a watersoluble one and three shades of blue.
After I finished the stamping  I sprayed the background with water. In the area where I wanted to put the sentiment Iapplied more water and in the ather areas less. I love the effect that this created.

For the sentiment I die cut Mama Elephant's Hello Friend Script a few times from grey cardstock and stacked them up. Before I cut the top layer I added some Stick It to the paper. That way I could add some foil to my sentment in silver.

I stamped and heat embossed the cute little octopus from Lawn Fawn's Octopi My Heart three times onto vellum and fussy cut all of them- I added liquid glue to the lines on the backside of the images and adhered them to my card.

For the finishing touch I added some silver rhinestones as baubles to the octopus.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Friday, 16 February 2018

Hear me Rawr!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m ‘rawr’ing sweet nothings...

...using Lawn Fawn’s delightful Rawr mini set.

Another absolute knock-out mini set from Lawn Fawn. Incredibly affordable and beyond cute, what’s not to want?!

I started by stamping out my cute little dinosaur, colouring with Copics, and cutting out.
I then stamped out my background using a few little pieces from Lawn Fawn’s Life Is Good to build up a scene and, again, coloured with Copics creating a (or attempting to) soft blends around the edges.  I then took the little speech bubble from the Rawr set and lightly stamped it all across my background for a little added fun.

My sentiment is also from Rawr and is stamped directly onto my background and heat embossed.
I add a few little hearts to embellish and to add a contrast colour so it wasn’t all too ‘matchy-matchy’.
I matted onto colour card and there you have.

Quite a young fun simple card (hopefully) showing how one teeny little stamp set can still pack a punch!

As always everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


RAWR  Life is Good Image 1

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Lion Dance Chinese New Year Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Yesterday was Valentine's Day. If, like me, you don't buy in to that commercialised celebration of love, then you might be interested in something else that's happening tomorrow - Chinese New Year! I love all the displays of colour and the bright celebrations in the streets when Chinese New Year rolls around - and I still recall the story of how the years were assigned. I'm a Rooster, do you know what you are?

I wanted to put together a bright, celebratory card that brought to mind the street celebrations for the event, so the Mama Elephant Lion Dance stamp set seemed ideal:

I just love those lions! The've been illustrated so cutely!

I started by creating my background. I used a mini ink blending tool to just add circles of red and gold ink, then lightly blended some gold ink for my ground and over my background. Some splatters of mists and water helped add interest and also a touch of bokeh to the scene! I then heat embossed the little confetti pieces with gold embossing powder.

Next came all my images. I stamped them out and coloured with Copics (adding some shimmer with a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen), before carefully fussy cutting them out and adhering with dimensional glue gel.

Don't they all look like they're having a great time?

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, 14 February 2018

It's a Wild Birthday!

I know it's Valentines day but I don't actually send any Valentines cards and my muse generally doesn't suit the pinks. Instead, I bring you a brightly coloured birthday card! I've had this set for a while and always pull it out for those birthdays where the recipient has a fun personality. These cute little animals can't fail to put a smile on anyone's face!

I started out by stamping all the animals from the Lawn Fawn Wild For You set using Versafine Black Onyx Ink onto some watercolour card stock. I coloured them in using my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and a water brush. I stuck to light, bright colours so they would stand out from the background. I looked in my stamps and found some good sized leaves in the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle set that would perfectly frame my animals. I stamped and coloured these in the same way as the animals and cut them out with the coordinating dies once dry.

For the background, I blended on some Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber Distress Ink onto a horizontal A6 card base. On another, I blended on some Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Ink and cut out two grassy hillside borders so I had something to ground my critters.

Before adhering anything, I stamped out the sentiment from the set in three lines. I wanted to accentuate the 'WILD' so I stamped this on some white card stock and fussy cut this out. I then adhered the leaves and one of the grassy borders directly to the background panel. Using some foam tape I then popped up the animals and remaining grassy border.

A few clear sequins finished the scene off nicely!

Thanks for reading and Happy Valentines Day to those that do celebrate today! :)



Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Wish Rainbow Stack

I’ve got a CAS card to share today, with a rainbow twist! 

I’m using the new Wish dienamic from MFT for this card. I die cut a piece of white card with a single stitched line rounded rectangle frame. On the inside piece, I die cut the Wish dienamic in the bottom right corner.

I added some rainbow colours to the frame, then adhered the panel and frame onto a white card base, and layered the positive 'Wish' die cut letters back onto the card. 

I then die cut the Wish dienamic from an assortment of coloured card stock, plus another white piece. 

Going in reverse rainbow order, I adhered the letters onto the card, one on top of each other. I then finished with the second white layer. In total, there are 7 layers.

When viewing the card from the front, the letters look white, but when viewed from the side, it gives a lovely rainbow effect.

I added an additional sentiment, from Lawn Fawn Upon a Star, on top of the stacked letters. Then I finished the card with some sequins on the background.

Thanks for joining me today,

MFT Wish
Lawn Fawn Upon a Star

Monday, 12 February 2018

Mushroom for love

Hello there, Jenny back again and I'm sure you'll aware it's Valentines day this week!! Well even though I don't really have the need for lovey-dovey cards I do think the Love you so Mush stamp set from Altenew is just lovely for creating cards to show someone you care....

Those mushrooms just appealed to the 'nature-loving' side of me and I couldn't wait to get them inked up :) I decided to try stamping on patterned paper as I have a lot of off-cuts in various colours! I chose a tone on tone neutral piece and stamped the mushrooms. I sponged on green distress ink and then used the edge of a piece of card dabbed into the inkpad to make blades of grass.

I added a few details with coloured pencils and a white gel pen and when I'd finished it reminded me of a painted piece of art so I over-stamped with a wood plank background to give it a rustic feel.... like a painted piece of wood :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Liquid Watercolours and Mandalas

I've been having a play with the new liquid water colours from Avery Elle this weekend.  I must admit when I saw them being peeked at Creativation I wasn't sure what the fuss was about but so many people were raving about liquid water colours in general that I knew I had better get them in store for you or risk missing out on the next big trend (lots of brands have them - we'll have the Hero Arts version in a few weeks too)

Now I am no water colourist so was not about to create a landscape masterpiece, so I just decided to play and see what I could do with them.

Firstly I just tried a background technique - I wet a piece of thick watercolour paper all over with a water sprayer and then just dropped random drops of colour in shades of green and blue all over and allowed them to expand and run.  Once dry I added some neat drops for a stronger pigment look and then added a few spatters with a paintbrush.  I allowed it to dry again and then went about die cutting it to create a big birthday wish card using the big balloon border from MFT's Blue Prints 26, their new Wish word die and the simple alphabet from AlteNew.

Next I wanted to try painted with them over embossing.  I embossed the new MFT Mandala stamp from MFT using satin pearl embossing powder on watercolour paper and then got it good and wet.  I then just drew circles of colour -the bottles are great for this technique - and spread the colour with a paintbrush.

I trimmed it down to fit a 4x6 card once dry and stamped over a sentiment from the new Anything But Basic Birthday Sentiments from MFT using versafine black ink so it would hold on the embossing.  [My top tip is to have a Kuretake Sketching pen to hand for this - its a permanent marker so will fill in any gaps!]

Whilst I was playing with Mandalas, I wanted to play with the co-ordinating die - this does not cut the stamp - it's smaller but the same shape so you could do some fun layering.  I thought that it had a floral shape so die cut it twice from some old ombre purple paper and layered them over each other to create my floral shape.  I added some silver glitter highlights around and finished with another sentiment from the previous MFT set.


This week we will have the following:
  • The new release from Mama Elephant - it has shipped so fingers crossed will be here for release day on the 15th.
  • The current release from Concord and 9th is hopefully shipping to us tomorrow so we should have it by the end of the week customs willing.
  • The new release from Newton's Nook  is shipping this week.
  • The new release from Sugar Pea Designs is shipping to us this week hopefully.
  • We are waiting for the new Altenew release to ship. 

  • We are still waiting for the Hero Arts new release to reach the UK distributor - all we know is that it is "expected late February"
  • The Lawn Fawn release date has been confirmed as 22nd February.  We will have it in store on that date.

We have our Stamping Bella delivery but due to the massive numbers of new releases we've still not managed to open it all and add it to the store yet (there's a tonne of it!) so bear with us - we'll fit it in around the new releases when we can.