Saturday, 24 March 2018

Hey There Fabulous Friend!

Hey stampers, Anni here!

It's snowing! AGAIN! At the end of March!!! It is supposed to be spring! It's unbelievable!

In another attempt to elicit spring I am making again cards with lots of flowers. A lot of die cutting and no stamping at all was involved.

I just recently bought Concord & 9th's Just Because Die set! I love it so much because it is so versatile and just perfect for masculine cards in my opinion (but I didn't make a masculine card today). The Just Because Stamp set is beautiful, too, and goes great with the die set but I haven't used it for these two cards.

I started by die cutting the flowers and leaves from watercolour cardstock several times - I used up all scraps of watercolour paper in my stash.
Then I pressed some different shades of Distress Oxide Inks (they will be available at Seven Hills Crafts soon - YEAH!) onto my craft mat and sprayed them with some water. Then I dipped all the die cut pieces into the puddles, let them dry and dipped them in again - this time chosing another matching colour.

For both cards I die cut sentiments from Concord & 9th's Fabulous Phrases. Again I die cut several ones to stack the sentiments up. This is an easy way to achieve some dimension.

For the card above I also die cut a scallop rectangle from Mama Elephant's All Prettied Up. On this rectangle I arranged a lot of flowers and leaves with the sentiment in the center. The card turned out a little bit wild and not the CAS style I prefer.

That's why I decided to make another card - and because I had still some leftover die cuts. The second card turned out really clean and simple. I just used three flowers, some leaves and a sentiment. For a finishing touch I added some gems and that finished up the second card.

Let me know which card you prefer? The simpler one or the one full of flowers? And please tell spring to come over when you meet it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Friday, 23 March 2018

Birds On A Wire

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I’ve got a string of sweet birds sitting on a wire...

...using Lawn Fawn’s superb Simply Celebrate.

I used this set last week and as I had it out was looking at it and thought, ‘wouldn’t it be brilliant if those little balloons fit nicely behind those little birdies as if they were holding them....’ and low & behold, they did! Those smart cookies over at Lawn Fawn think of everything!

So straight away a little scene popped into my head if a string of sweet birds sitting on a wire sending celebratory messages!

I started by stamping all my elements out; the balloons from Simply Celebrate and the trees from Lawn Fawn’s Joy To The Woods I stamped directly onto my base card, and the string of birdies I stamped onto a separate piece of card. I then coloured everything using my trusty Zigs for ease and speed. I fussy cut around my birds leaving a thin white edge that I then coloured to blend in with my background.

I then cut the thinnest piece of black card to act as the ‘wire’ the birds are sitting on, and Waffle Flower’s adorable Tiny Twine Bow to tie it to the trees. I stamped my sentiment, again from Lawn Fawn’s Simply Celebrate, onto my card and heat embossed in red.

I finished by adding a layer of Glossy Accents to my birdies beaks and my bright balloons, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.

See you next week.


Simply Celebrate Joy To The Woods Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set) Tiny Twine Bow Die Image 1

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Sending All My Love Floral Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Sometimes, Clean And Simple is best, particularly when you want the recipient to focus more on the sentiment behind a design rather than being distracted by many shiny things (some literal, some metaphorical).

After my last card featured the Reverse Confetti Something Wonderful stamp set as a subtle background detail, I decided this time to have the stamp be the star of the show, albeit with a soft and subtle way itself:

Pretty, right? The subtlety of this design really lets the sentiment stand out!

I started by stamping the floral spray in the bottom corner of my card and heat embossing it with white embossing powder. I then softly blended some ink over the design to help bring it out.

For some added glam I stamped the spray again onto vellum and heat embossed with a sparkly metallic embossing powder. I trimmed out the image and adhered to my card using dimensional glue gel. The sentiment from the Mama Elephant Occasional Labels stamp set and some Nuvo Drops finished everything off 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, 21 March 2018

Let's Celebrate!

Hello, Tallie here. There's nothing like Lawn Fawn and a few colours in rainbow order to help brighten up your day! Whilst the snow thaws out here I've been working on bringing in the spring with the new Simply Celebrate set from Lawn Fawn and the amazing Really Rainbow paper pack (this is definitely one I will be hoarding!). Using only one stamp set, this card came together quickly.

Starting with an A6 piece of white blending cardstock, I stamped out the line of balloons with some MFT Licorice Black Hybrid Ink. I repeated this three times, changed out the balloons for the 'Let's Celebrate' sentiment from the set, then finished off with one last line of balloons.

Once dry, I coloured the balloons in rainbow order using my alcohol markers. Balloons are a challenge for me - I don't always leave enough light colour to show the highlights. This was partly a practice project for colouring balloons and as such, I used about four markers for each colour.

When finished, I cut down the panel so it was A6 in height and half a centimetre short in width on both sides. I cut down two strips of paper from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper pad and attached them so they would give an even border on either side. This is a good way to preserve that precious paper by not using a whole sheet unnecessarily!

To finish, I mounted the panel on a white top-folding A6 card base. I used a little clear Wink of Stella and a white gel pen on the balloons before covering in Glossy Accents to make them nice and shiny.

A great card for any celebratory occasion. I hope it brightened up your Wednesday!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Happy Balloons with Distress Oxide Watercolour

Hello, Gemma here to share a card using distress oxides. Distress oxides are my favourite ink to use and it’s so exciting that they will be available in the store!

I’ve had my distress oxides for a while but I haven’t used them for watercolour before, so I thought I would try them out on my card today.

I chose two colours of distress oxide inks - peacock feathers and cracked pistachio, and pressed the ink pads directly onto an acrylic block. I spritzed the ink with water, then pressed a piece of white card down on the acrylic block. I moved the card around to make swirls of colour on the card, then dried it with my heat tool. 

I repeated this process a few times, layering more colour onto the card. I wanted to add a little of a darker blue colour so I chose blueprint sketch, which is a lovely vibrant blue, repeating the same steps to add this colour to the background.

I cut another piece of white card with a rounded rectangle die, from the MFT Blueprints 31 set. I trimmed down my watercolour panel so I had three strips of card, then added them onto the white rectangle at a diagonal.

Next, I stamped a balloon from the Concord & 9th Happy Balloons stamp set with the blueprint sketch distress oxide ink. These inks stamp very well!

As these inks have pigment properties, its best to dry it with a heat tool first before heat embossing. I stamped one of the patterns from the set onto the balloon and used silver embossing powder to compliment the blues and greens on the card. I then die cut it with the coordinating die.

On the panel, I stamped a greeting from the stamp set with black ink, then masked it before stamping the balloon string too. I added the balloon with foam tape, then used liquid glue to attach the whole panel to a white card base.

I finished the card with some enamel dots.

Thanks for joining me today,

C&9th Happy Balloons Dies
C&9th Happy Balloons

Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder
MFT Blueprints 31

Monday, 19 March 2018

Brighter Days

Hi, Jenny here hoping you have a good start to the week.
I'm also hoping the temperature starts to rise and we can finally get back to spring which is 
reflected in the sentiment on today's card....

I was rather smitten with the new layering stamp sets illustrated by Kamo in the recent Waffleflower release. They have an old story book feel to them harking back to the days of Enid Blyton so I wanted to try and build a scene and use the classic old print colours.

This set is called Biking Girls and it does take a bit of practice to get the layers lined up right. My advice is to use blacks and greys with a strong colour as an accent whilst you practice on scrap paper but the style of artwork is quite forgiving anyhow if you don't get it quite right.

I stamped the girl and her bike onto separate card so I could trim her out with scissors. The set comes with a few spots to add texture to the ground but I decided to use Avery Elle's Shine Bright and Modern Trees from MFT to add some scenery.

As always, the sentiment gave me the most trouble.... what to put? this stamp set could be used for lots of occasions and then where to put it within the scene!! quite pleased with my final decision.... anyone else have the same problem??


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Easter Bunny Baskets

I've got some fun little gifts for Easter to share today.  I host a monthly book group at my house and we always do little gifts for Christmas and Easter and we've had some great items in store recently that I knew would make perfect little Easter baskets for them.

I decided to make the stitched baskets from the latest Lawn Fawn release - they're a really good size when you put them together (would fit a cupcake) and they are really easy and fun to make.

You die cut the curved part with tabs 3 times, the hexagon and handle twice and the two parts of the bow once.  Fold along the crease lines on the sides and tabs and then glue them together.  I used the Lawn Fawn Glue Tube - it has quickly become by go to glue - easy to get where you want with the fine tip and super strong - these baskets are not going to fall apart anytime soon I can assure you!  You then pop a hexagon on both the outside and inside bottom of the basket - the one on the inside just covers up the tabs and makes it nice and neat so you could do that with patterned paper if you wanted to line the inside of your basket and make it pretty.  The handle had me confused at first, but basically the round end goes in the basket and there is a curved line to help you line it up with the top of the basket.  The squared end is shaped to fit the middle of the bow so you glue the two ends in the middle of that to form your handle.  I cut mine from some spring-like gingham.

To decorate my basket I want to add bunnies so I had a go to see if I could use the new Happy Bunny Border Die from Lil' Inker Designs as I just love the look when you add the variety of faces with the Happy Bunny Stamps that go with it.  It is a little tricky to get it around the shape but with my super-glue making my thin card really pliable it worked a treat and I love the look I got!

I filled my baskets with chocolate carrots (from M&S if you want to make them too) but being a book group I wanted to add a book mark to the basket too so thought the new Slow Down and Enjoy set from Lawn Fawn was the perfect thing to play with.  There are some brilliant sentiments for book marks!

I used the co-ordinating dies to cut out the front and back with of each animal and the add-on tag dies to make the book marks.  I just snipped off the middle bit between their legs and then when I layered them up made sure to NOT glue down the front legs so they would slide over a page.  I think they are super cute!


We've had a lot of deliveries this week that are waiting to be loaded to the store.  I will do it as quickly as I can but we do prioritise getting orders out over adding new stock so can't make any promises.

The items in the queue for loading include:
  • AlteNew
  • Concord & 9th
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Some Ranger and Art Impressions although we are waiting for half of that to arrive still so won't add that until the rest arrives.
  • Some new paper pads from Echo Park.
We can't answer individual emails about "when will xxx be live"  the more emails I have to answer, the less time I can spend packing orders and adding stock............   We always announce what has just gone live on Facebook so your best place for news is to follow us there and keep engaging with the page (liking posts) to make sure we stay in your feed.

We also don't answer emails or FB messenger outside of normal office hours which are Mon-Fri 9.30 - 6.00.   We are not a huge place with tonnes of staff - it's mostly just me and Rick and we contrary to popular believe we do need a little downtime sometimes!  We are also getting lots of emails asking for a phone number to call us - we don't have a phone and don't intend to get one.  Because we get emails at all hours, and the store is in our home, we don't want phone calls at midnight so I am afraid we will just be sticking to emails.  There is an email on every invoice we send out so it's easy to get a message to us if you have a problem and we will answer emails within 24 hours Monday-Friday.

That's all for this week folks - breakfast is calling.

Catch you next weekend.