Monday, 22 May 2017

BBQ Apron

Hi, it's Jenny here and I hope you all had a good weekend 😄

I'm back with some more Waffleflower fun today and an idea which could make a fun guys card... and don't forget Father's Day is next month too 😉

The latest release contained two great BBQ stamp sets and I thought the BBQ Sayings would look great on an apron shaped card!! 
I decided on a kraft coloured card for the apron and simply sketched the area to cut away on one side and then used that off-cut to draw around on the opposite side of the apron... that way the shape is symmetrical. For a background pattern I used the MFT Triple stripe background with white pigment ink..... any stripe or basic pattern would work just as well, you could even use a denim texture to give some subtle pattern.

I stamped, coloured and trimmed out the 'BBQ Star' image and a few utensils on white card before 
adhering them to the apron, the tools tucked nicely into a large pocket which has been cut using MFT's Stitched Dome Stax dienamics. 
I found a length of jute twine in my stash (I'm always hoarding stuff like this from clothing labels 😉) and used it to make the neck strap and ties for my apron. I used the trick of coating it with Multi Medium Matte to give it some stiffness and help shape and stick it in place.... it's like string-taming magic 😊😊

I'm quite pleased how it turned out and by having the fold down the side means the card stands quite well too.If you'd rather, you can easily download a free apron template from your computer or use a suitable shape die. 
Since making this card the Meat Up stamp set has unfortunately sold out but the utensils in Lawn Fawns Lets BBQ would make a perfect substitution instead.


Thanks for stopping by, see you next week 😊
Jenny x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Inspiration comes in strage forms.....

I've got a fun card to share today that was inspired by one of my all time favourite TV shows - The Big Bang Theory!   When I saw Sheldon's t-shirt in this seasons penultimate episode it really kick started my mojo.

The galaxy broken into cubes instantly made me think of the MFT Large Grid stencil so I wanted to play at making my own broken galaxy with it.

I started with a sheet of black card and secured the stencil with a few bits of washi tape before applying two colours of nuvo embellishment mousse from Tonic Studios - here I used Persian Red and Citrus Green.  I put them in opposite corners and did a little mingling in the middle.  With the stencil still in place I then added a few splats using the amazingly sparkly metallic shimmer sprays from Altenew and a few white splats using the Hero Arts unicorn white spritz (I opened them up and used the tube to splat rather than spraying with all of them)  I added a few little pinches of glitter too which sticks to the wet paste.

At this stage you remove the stencil and wash it before all the paste dries and then leave the piece to dry thoroughly (around a couple of hours minimum but overnight is safest depending on the thickness of your paste)

I trimmed it down to fit a standard card and then stamped and coloured some images from MFT's Out of This World set to keep with the theme and added a sentiment made up from a couple of sentiments in that same set.

I hope this inspires you to look for inspiration in slightly different places!


It will be a quieter week for deliveries this week which will give us chance to catch up on ordering some more items we're behind on.

We do however expect a restock from Kuretake with more of the new pearly colours paints as well as more pens.

We also have a very exciting new addition to the Design Team - our new team mate will be making her debut on Thursday so do make sure you stop by then to find out who it is ;-)

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Happy Birthday Fox

Hey stampers, Anni here!
Today I have a super cute birthday fox for you! As you may have already noticed I love all shades of turquose, aqua and blue. I think orange is the perfect warm colour to add to the mix. That's (one of the) reason why I love all critters I can colour in orange. So Altenew's Hug Me set had to get into my shopping cart.

I started by creating a background with My Favorite Things' Concentric Circle Grid Stencil and embossing paste. I dyed the embossing paste with ink from my inkpads.
While the background died I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the image (coordinating dies are available, too). To make the balloons look more realitic I left a tiny area without colour to create a highlight.

When I glue down the fox on the background I had the feeling as if he was floating on my card. So I added a small oval cut out with My Favorite Things' Oval Shadows.
For the sentiment I chose a set called Happy Happy Happy by Lawn Fawn. I thought the font would go fine with masculine touch of the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!


Friday, 19 May 2017

Lil' Baby Story Time

Hi everybody,

Jill here and this week I've got a sweet and simple story for you...

...using Mama Elephant's Lil Painters to help tell the tale.

I don't know about you, but when I get a new stamp set, I like to lavish attention on it as soon as I have it in my hands.  You know, hold it, stare at it, drool over it etc any case...I was fawning over the adorable Lil Painters from Mama Elephant,when these sweet little images popped out at me as a little story of brand new life that would make a perfect 'new baby' card.

Now I'm not sure if they were intended for this use, but I'm totally claiming the idea as mine haha.
I started by stamping out these three separate images in row, masking them off and adding a few little sprigs of grass.  I  then coloured them using my Zig Real Brush Markers.  Once dry, I masked them off again and stamped Lawn Fawn's Gingham Backdrop set over top in a bright, vibrant bubble-gum pink ink.

I took my sentiment from Mama Elephant's New Family, as it worked perfectly for my card and the font and style worked perfectly with my design, and stamped it out in black ink.
I finished by matting onto a piece of kraft card and mounted the whole thing onto a white card base.
I loved the crisp, cool, CAS design of my card so skipped on embellishments and left it there.

I really hope you like it, and enjoyed my little story time.  I really love it when a stamp set takes you in a totally different direction to what is first apparent!

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to drop by and have a peek.

See you next week.


Lil' Painters New Family Stamp 

Gingham Backdrops Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Dotty 2 For 1

I wanted to have a play with one of the turnaround stamps this week as I think it's such a fun and clever concept that Concord and 9th came up with and as everyone seems to prefer triangles over dots I thought I'd show that dots can be fun too!

Now, the instructions tell you to draw lines and find you centre point on the stamp to get the turning right, but I figured if you start with a square and keep it in the same place you can skip that step and I was right!  So I just started with a 5½ inch square of card and put it in the corner of my stamping platform and lined my stamp up straight onto it.  I used Altenew Sea Shore Inks starting with the lightest and after each stamping I just rotated my card one turn until I had stamped all 4 colours.  I then allowed it to dry, gave it a dust with an embossing buddy, and set about adding a few copper embossed decorative dots from the same set over the top to add some interest - I do love copper with teal its the natural verdigris look!   This gave me my base for my 2-4-1 cards.

I trimmed one piece down to size to fit and 4 x 6 card base and added a simple frame and hello sentiment in white card over the top for a fun card with a background that makes a big impact.

With the strip I had left I had enough to die cut a cute dotty teapot and cup to make a thank you card.  To keep with the copper theme I die cut a frame using the Peek-a-Boo Wonky window die and aligning the dotted lines up with the edge of my trimmer so I could make a wonky frame to stick on my card base (the die normally cuts you a window from a panel but this way you can stretch your stash and make it do a little more for its money)  To emphasise the wonky angles I drew a teal border around the outside with a gel marker and ruler and then finished with a tea themed sentiment embossed in copper to tie it all together.

Lawn Fawn have now released their new summer products - we have ours but I haven't finished adding it all to store yet.  I am working on it this morning but also have the orders from last night to pack - will get both done as quickly as I can!

See you Sunday with my regular spot.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

May Challenge Week 3

Here's your final reminder to play along in our colour challenge this month - the colours all come from florals with pastel shades.  You don't need to use florals on your project - just at least 3 colours from one of the 3 schemes below. 

As with all our challenges, you must use at least one product from those we sell in store (if it is not the main focus of your card, please make sure you identify it!) and the winner will get a £20 voucher to spend in store!   You can combine with other challenges (5 max) and enter as many times as you like.

Here's the final projects from our DT to stretch your imagination.

I used the first scheme to make a "summer at the seaside" card. The background stripes represent a beachfront cafe awning, done with My Favorite Things Distressed Stripes Background Stamp. The dome is My Favorite Things Stitched Dome STAX Dienamics. The lollies, ice creams and sentiment are Altenew Way Too Sweet.

I chose the first colour scheme, using MFT Delicate Pretty Poppies and Neat & Tangled Celebrate.

Remember to link up on our challenge page by 10pm on Friday 26th May.

Altenew Extra Special floral card

Hi everyone, hope you're having a good week. It's Esther here with a floral card using Altenew Extra Special. This is a lovely set that has a slightly vintage feel in the thick, sketched lines of the leaves and stems. The main image is a gorgeous floral spray, but I wanted to use it as a frame round a card rather than showing all of it.

I stamped the floral spray repeatedly round the edges of a panel, then watercoloured it using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in 036 Light Blue, 041 Light Green, 047 May Green, 050 Yellow, 051 Lemon Yellow, 081 Light Violet, and 082 Purple.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from Altenew Beautiful Quotes, and mounted the panel onto a top folding card base.

That's it from me for this week. Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Square Necessities

A rainbow of colour always makes me smile! My card today features brightly coloured squares and some fun Waffle Flower stamp sets. 

By masking stamped images, you can add bold colour around them and really make them stand out. I just love removing the masks to see the images behind! 

This technique works best with outline images. Offset the stamped images on the squares, rather than in the centre, to add some additional interest.

I used full post it notes to create the masks, stamping then fussy cutting them out. If you have matching dies, you could use these to create a mask, but fussy cutting helps to minimise the white space around the images.

I chose some fun bright inks and blended them onto the squares. I've used distress inks but other inks will work well for this technique. 

I used foam tape behind the squares to add dimension, then added a die cut sentiment on top. I layered a black die cut word over a silver glitter die cut word to help it stand out.

I think this design can work for so many occasions. Change the colours (an ombré would look great), switch the sentiment and stamps used to create a different look.

Thanks for joining me today,

Waffle Flower Hibiscus
Waffle Flower Willy

Waffle Flower Yippee

Monday, 15 May 2017

Real Pretty Wings

Good morning, Jenny here :)

I just had to ink up the Pretty Wings stamp set by Waffleflower as soon as it arrived. It's one of many fantastic sets in the new release and appeals to me because those butterflies and moths can be made to look quite whimsy or a little more life like as I've shown below...

The layers line up perfectly and are quite easy to stamp with or without a stamp platform ;) My top tip is to stamp the veins/patterns of the creatures first as it's much easier to line the solid images up over the top.

I decided to use pigment ink on soft coloured card and then add details and a faux shadow with Polychrome pencil afterwards. I was aiming for them to look like real specimens on display.

There are two very useful sentiments in the stamp set but I needed something larger for this design so this phrase is from a Hero Arts set. I added a couple of strips of brown card to frame the trio and used the MFT Geometric Grid background on the base card in light grey pigment ink

They really are quite pretty specimens which you can make as colourful or muted as you want depending on the style you're going for ... I need to explore this set more :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x