Saturday, 24 February 2018

Hello Birthday Girl

Hey stampers, Anni here!

It's VERY cold right now over here in Germany! I can't wait to spring to begin but the weather forecast isn't very promising: -10 centigrade amd snow coming.
So I had to include some spring feeling into my card. For this Mama Elephant's Botanic Hello is perfect. Love all these flowers and the sentiment comes along!

I stamped the image with an embossing ink onto a piece of watercolour cardstock and heat embossed it in white because I knew I wanted to use my ZIG Clean Colour Real Brush Pens. You know I have this thing with flowers and watercolours. And the ZIGs are so easy to use.

I always colour one petal at a time, leave it to dry working on another petal and coming back to the former petal to add another layer. I start at the area I want to be the darkest and then work my way up to the lighter areas. The letters I lfet white. When the whole piece was dry I added some shadows with a coloured pencils.

After I finished the colouring I started the fussy cutting. And I really fussy cut everything, not only the outer edge but also the tiny spaces in between the flowers, leaves and letters. I wasn't that bad because I find that the embossing makes the fussy cutting easier.

Then I adhered the image to a matching cardbase with dimensional adhesive and added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 23 February 2018

Sparkle, Paste, & Acetate.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m experimenting with texture paste on acetate...

...& adding a ton of sparkle because who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle!

I started with a simple piece of acetate and a desire to make it sparkle! I used Altenew’s Halftone Stencil and spread a good layer of paste over-top, sprinkled with Lawn Fawn’s Chunky & Prisma Glitters, then set aside to dry.
I then covered a piece of white card in Stick-It and cut Lil Inker’s Stitched Butterflies from it, peeled back the Stick-It and, again, covered in Lawn Fawn’s Chunky & Prisma Glitters.
My ‘Hi’ is from My Favourite Things’ Hello There die set which I cut from card and heat embossed with Lawn Fawn’s Rose Gold embossing powder several times to create a nice substantial molten metal look element.
Once my acetate panel was dry I cut a frame from both my card blank and another piece of card, allowing me to sandwich the acetate in between creating a pretty sparkly acetate fronted card.
I built up my other elements and adhered in place, adding a silver bow to finish off.

I added a panel of silver sparkle card on the back of my card so the pretty went all the way through, and there you have it.
I love the way the texture paste has worked with the acetate and look forward to a little more experimentation!

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Halftone Stencil Stitched Butterflies Die Image 1 Hello There Dienamics

Embossing Powder - Rose GoldGlitter - Chunky Glitter - Prisma

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I Miss Hanging Around With You Monkey Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I am absolutely terrible at sending out the cards that I make. There, I said it. I know I need to get better at it, but life always tends to get in the way! Anyway, I was missing someone and decided to create a card to let them know that.

Will they ever receive it? That's anybody's guess. *wry smile*

I have been wanting to ink up the SugarPea Designs Chunky Monkey stamp set for *ages* and was so glad of an opportunity to do so:

I just love that little cheeky monkey! Isn't he adorable?!

I started by stamping my little monkey, branch, and bananas using brown ink. I know we often reach straight for the black, but given there are so many brown tones in the colouring I think this just works better, don't you agree?

I coloured all my images with Copics before fussy cutting them out. I loved adding some fun additional details, like the spotting on the bananas!

I created a background on my car by blending a couple of green inks, a brown ink and a blue ink. I wanted to give the impression of a jungle in the distance, along with a hint of sky. I splattered on some water droplets and some shimmery mist for an extra touch then stamped my sentiment. I love the custom dimension that I get from using dimensional glue gel!

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 February 2018

It's a Nutty Birthday!

Happy Wednesday! I'm back today with a bit of a nutty card. I love this set from Neat & Tangled and it's perfect for water colouring.

I started out by stamping the largest stamp from the Neat & Tangled My Favorite Nut stamp set on some watercolour cardstock with some Versafine Black Onyx ink. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to colour them in, blending in the colour with some additional water and a paintbrush. Once dry, I cut this out with the coordinating dies.

For the card base, I lightly blended some Salty Ocean distress ink and splattered some additional splots over the blended ink. I popped the die cut up with some foam tape and adhered it to the centre of the card base. I wanted a simple sentiment to finish it off so I white heat embossed a 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' from the MFT Essential Sentiments set onto a thin strip of black cardstock. A few sequins finish of the card nicely!


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Spring Bouquet

When I saw the new Spring Bouquet stamp set from Avery Elle, I couldn’t wait to colour the beautiful flowers.


One of my favourite ways to colour images at the moment is to use a mix of alcohol markers and coloured pencils, for a no line colouring look.

I began by stamping the large bouquet image with a very pale pink ink. I then used some light pink and green markers to add colour. I left some areas free of colour so they can be highlights on the image. 

By adding this layer of alcohol marker colour first, it covers a lot of the white card and adds a nice base layer on which to add the finer pencil details on top.
I used my coloured pencils to build layers of colour on top. I really love this process and find it relaxing. Though I am still learning, and every image is different, I recommend just having a go and seeing what you can do. 
To turn this into a card, I trimmed the panel down, added some gold sparkle twine, and used foam tape to add it to a kraft card base.

I then added some sequins and a banner sentiment, using a greeting from the same stamp set. 

Thanks for joining me today,

Avery Elle Spring Bouquet
Lawn Fawn Gold Sparkle Twine
MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips

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