Friday, 22 September 2017

I'm sorry for being late, but more importantly...did I miss the cake?

Hi everybody.

Jill here, and this week, I've got the sweetest way to say sorry...

Using the adorable 'Friends For All Seasons: Fall' from Wplus9.

As card makers it's the moment we all dread isn't it?  Missing a loved one's special day.  Well this set from Wplus9 is the perfect way to say sorry and send a belated card...and how can anybody stay miffed with a critter as cute as this delivering your message?

My card was very simple to make.  I cut an aperture form a piece of cream card using My Favorite Thing's Scalloped Circles and stamped my scene onto the centre piece.  I reached for my favorite colouring medium, my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens but...and this is borderline weird...used them WITHOUT water.  Yup, I literally use them pretty much every time I craft but had never coloured with them without the addition of water!  And boy oh boy have I been missing out!  Now I'm a megafan of watercolour, always have been always will be, but it was such an eye opener to see how they work on their own.  So bright and vibrant and blend so beautifully.  So now I love them twice as much :)

I stamped out a second set of the balloons so I could have them coming out from the aperture and adhered using foam tape to give them some dimension.
My sentiment is a sweet belated greeting and is from the same Friends For All Season set.
I actually stamped a few of the wee stamps from the set, the hearts and stars, across my background and clear heat embossed for a tone on tone effect but, sadly, my poor photography skills have done the details an injustice.

As always, everything I used is linked below so if you need a 'go to' apology in your stash, be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.


Friends for All Seasons:  FallStitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX Die-namic Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Geeky Wedding Congrats Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I make no secret of the fact that I'm a geek. And naturally, as a geek, I know and have many geeky friends! So when one of my geeky friends was getting married last weekend, I knew that no ordinary wedding card would do!

Cue the awesome Pixelated Heart die and Pixelated Faces die, both from Neat & Tangled! With their retro 8-bit look, I knew they would be perfect in creating my friend's card:

I just love how this turned out!

I die cut the heart using the Pixelated Heart die. The die is intended to create a pop-up card interior, but you can create a standalone heart shape by trimming off the extra bits! I used gold mist to colour my heart, but you could always cut it from coloured cardstock to save you the trouble! The 'shine' on the heart came from die cutting two of the shapes that come with the Pixelated Faces die. I love that those dies can be used for pretty much anything!

I waned my heart to be the star of the show, so I added a sentiment created with my label maker, and splattered some mists onto my card base before adhering the pieces in place! Simple, geeky, and my friend absolutely loved it!

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, 20 September 2017

Birthday Parade

Hey there, Tallie here for another Wednesday card. Today I kept it simple with a one layer card featuring Winnie & Walter's Party On set. Who doesn't deserve a cute birthday parade on their special day?

I started out by stamping all four of the musical animals in the set onto an A6 side folding white card base using some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, stamping the two outer animals first and masking them off to give the impression that they are in front of the others. I then masked off the ground just above their feet and blended on some turquoise ink in a gradient, before reversing the mask and inking on some brown to ground the animals. To give that added bit of texture I flicked on some clean water and dabbed the drops off with some kitchen towel.

Once dry I removed the masks and coloured in the animal musicians with my alcohol markers. I kept to the same colour scheme of teals, browns, reds and warm grays and then added a layer of Clear Wink of Stella over the animals. To give some more movement to the card, I stamped out several of the musical notes included in the set in some teal ink. I finished off with stamping the sentiment from the set underneath the parade.

Cute little birthday parade! Which animal is your favourite? I love foxes and I used to play the flute so I'm picking little Mr Foxy on the end there.

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Celebrate with Orchids

I have a floral card to share today. I haven't reached for my floral sets much recently, so it was nice to use the Altenew Oriental Orchid set again.

I only used two layers of the orchid layering set this time - the outline and a detail layer, which I stamped with a pink ink. I used the Wink of Stella clear glitter over the top, which pulled some of the pink out to the rest of the flower. I stamped and coloured two leaves, then cut everything out.

On the card base, I used masking tape to create a rectangle in the middle. I then blended colour over the Altenew watercolour stencil. This is a quick and effective way to add a pop of colour to a background.

I flicked it with water for some detail, then layered the orchids on to the card base. I used tape runner, rather than foam tape, so it isn't too bulky.

I added a sentiment from the Altenew Celebrate stamp set - a fab set of sentiments for a great price. I plan on keeping the inside of the card blank, so this card could be used for many occasions.

Thanks for joining me today. Have a lovely week,

Monday, 18 September 2017

September Challenge Week 3 - Spotlight It!

We're back with the final reminder and more inspiration to play in our challenge this month which is to spotlight. it.  The spotlight technique is an oldie but we think it's still a goodie and there are plenty of ways to interpret it.  Basically you just need to "highlight" one area of your card either through the use of colour whilst the rest is black and white, by using a frame to pick out an area, mats and layers over stamping, or even by creative use of die cuts!  We'd love to see your take on the spotlight technique whether traditional or your modern twist.

If you're still a little confused then hopefully these examples we've brought you as a DT will give you a few ideas of how to take it.

Using Concord & 9th's Oh, Hello Turnabout stamp set, I spotlighted one of the words from the background by stamping in a teal gradient that matches the sentiment banner.

You've got until 10pm on Sunday 24th September to get your spotlights shining for a chance to win £20 to spend in store.  As always you MUST use at least ONE product from the choice of 8000+ products we have in store.  You can combine with other challenges but we must see that you used our challenge as inspiration to play.

Add your entry via the linky tool on our challenge page

Over the Moon

Hi there and happy Monday to you all :)

It seems a while now that MFT released the Space Explorers stamp set which proved very popular,
 well I had this little guy all coloured and cut out ready to go so this is how I used him :)

I had made a watercoloured galaxy background, but rather than using it as one solid piece I die-cut it using the Power Rays die which meant the background sat perfectly on a 4 inch card base. To make my lunar landscape I found the Rocks stencil to sponge through with grey and white ink for the craters, I used the shapes in a random pattern rather than using the stencil as is. 

I cut the curved edge with a Speech Bubble border die but to give a more irregular shape I used scissors to cut away some of the edge and then roughly outlined the craters for more dimension. The little astronaut looked great tucked just over the horizon and that fitted the sentiment well too..... I had to draw a little smile on him to make him look a least a little happy for the recipient!!


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Getting Messy With Falling Autumn Leaves

Now I'm normally a pretty CAS card maker, but every now and then I do like to mix things up a little and stretch my skills in the craft room and just lately I've been having lots of fun with texture paste and this weekend as there is a distinctive feel of Autumn in the air I've been using it with colour to get some easy realism into autumn leaves using the new Falling Leaves stencil from Newton's Nook.   If you've never used paste then don't be put off - it is really easy - all you need is an easy clean mat and a spreader (old credit card will do but I use an old icing spatula) and it all cleans up with a wet wipe ;-)  

To colour my paste is shades of autumn I used water soluble oil pastels as they blend beautifully into the paste without adding any extra liquid - you just scribble a little directly onto the mat and pop a scoop of paste on top and mix.  You can use ink pads directly onto the mat too but not reinkers as they make the paste too wet.  From there it is just a case of adding a little of each colour into random areas of the stencil starting with your palest shades - here's a little step-by-step photo to show you the process.

Whilst I'd got the paste and pastels out I made a couple of different pieces with.   I wanted to leave one plain but I wanted to add some hints of metallic shimmer to the second so after applying the paste and removing the stencil I sprinkled on a tiny bit of gold embossing powder onto selected areas.  You need to allow the paste to dry before heating the embossing powder or it can bubble up and destroy the embossing layer with holes, but the drying time doesn't affect the embossing powder so just set it aside for an hour or so and finish the process later.

As I had a bit of paste left on the sheet, and being a tight Yorkshire woman not wanting to waste it, I used it on a small card- it was mostly all the same shade of browny-orange so I went with a green base and to get the colour variation used a mixture of red, yellow, copper and green embossing powders.

You can see here the difference between the finished pieces - the plain paste and the hints of gold on the embossed version.

Then it was time to turn the embossed pieces into finished cards.   For the plain version I decided to pair it with a simple copper-embossed birthday sentiment and a very thin matt of copper to match.   I used the fabulous Happy Birthday die cut from AlteNew which is great when you want the sentiment to be the big bold star of the show.

For the second one I decided to emphasise the autumnal feel with the addition of a branch wreath die cut from Hero Arts and some elements from possibly my all-time favourite seasonal die set from Wplus9 - the woodland basics set and a simple greeting from their basic greetings die set to finish.

I hope that's given any fellow messy-phobic crafters out there inspiration to get out of their comfort zones and try something a little different.


We will have deliveries this week from:

  • Concord and 9th
  • Lil' Inker Designs
  • Winnie and Walter
  • and Neat and Tangled (although that is currently being held by customs in the USA so could be further delayed)
We have Lawn Fawn restocks on order but currently don't have an eta on their arrival - it is likely to be 2-3 weeks.

That's all for today.   Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Oh Hello There

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Now and then I challenge myself to make a masculine card! I can tell you I struggle with this! Even if I start with a masculine theme and masculine colours I end up adding sequins or glitter or jewels.

For this card I kept up till the end with the masculine stuff - well, nearly, I have to say. I don't know where these tiny pink flowers came from...

I think My Favorite Things' Sweet Succulents is a good set to start a card for a man - although it would work for a woman, too, of course. I stamped a few of the succulents on alcohol marker friendly paper with black alcohol marker friendly ink (my go to ink is My Favorite Things' Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice. I coloured the images with alcohol markers (surprise, surprise) and fussy cut them. I decided not to got with the pots in the stamp set but to die cut some flower pots from cardstock with My Favorite Things' Perfect Planters.

For the sentiment I chose one that comes with one of the popular Turn About sets by Concord and 9th called Oh Hello Turn About. I haven't tried out the turnabout part of the set yet but I really like the font of tha single stamp - so cute!
I added some ink blending to the background and assembled the card.

Do you struggle to make masculine cards,too? What are your tips and tricks?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 15 September 2017

Making New Friends Under the Sea

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm enjoying my first fling with the store's newest addition, Flora and Fauna.

Using their oh-so-sweet Under The Sea.

It is so exciting to see a new company in the store, especially one that grabs your attention because all their sets float your boat!  I just love their style, so sweet and whimsical.  They are also unlike any thing else within my collection which makes it even better!  I have my eye on a ton of their sets that I now want.
I started my card by stamping out a few of the waves onto watercolour card stock and clear heat embossing, then washing some blue inks across it creating an emboss resist background.  I then stamped out all of the elements from the set I wanted to use and coloured using my Zigs.  I fussy cut my fun characters leaving a white trim to emulate the look I would get from matching dies, and coloured around the edges in a pale blue so they would melt into the background better.

I then stamped some of the coral and seaweed across the bottom of my card.  When it came to building my scene I really wanted my beautiful mermaids to come right forward and have some movement to them so made a couple of little acetate hinges to attach them to the card.  It's obviously hard to portray in still pictures, but they actually dance and wiggle as if frolicking in the sea! 

I finished by stamping the simple sentiment straight onto my panel.

I'm really happy with how this card came out, and can't wait to play with some more of their gorgeous goodies! 

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to stop for a peek.

...Now if anybody wants me I'll just be over here making a space for what will be my new Flora and Fauna collection :)

See you next week.


Under The SeaZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)