Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Triangle Patterns

I have a fun geometric card to share today. I love geometric patterns and I think they are perfect for masculine cards. 

I'm really enjoying using stencils more at the moment, so I reached for the MFT Triangles stencil and my favourite distress oxide inks

To add some interest, I also used some patterns from the Flora and Fauna Texture Two set, stamping them through the stencil to create patterned triangles. As well as being easy to blend, the distress oxides stamp very well.

I created three rows of triangles, increasing them in size for each row. I then added a birthday sentiment in black ink above to finish this one layer card.

Thanks for joining me today,

Monday, 23 April 2018

Bring on the Big Gifts

Hello and happy Monday to you, Jenny here, and this week I have two birthday 
cards to share with you...

These two ladies come bearing large birthday gifts and they are from a Newtons Nook set called Holding Happiness
What a fun set!! and great for simple birthday cards.

I stamped out two of the images on smooth Bristol cardstock and used Distress inks to watercolour them. 
Matching dies are available but I used scissors to trim around them..

I've used the Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge frames on both cards, making a simple 
inlaid central frame for this lady with a cake... nice that she has colour coordinated her outfit with her gift :)
The stamp set comes with some great sentiments but, as usual, I like to rummage through my stash to see what other phrases I could use.... I thought this was a good one from MFT's Piece of Cake.

For the second colour coordinated party guest I used the Big Hugs die from Neat and Tangled and just trimmed away the unwanted letters. The rest of the sentiment is from MFT's Gift Card Greetings stamp set..... sometimes just swapping out words in a phrase for die cut letters or a different font, can jazz up a simple sentiment and bring it into the overall design ;)


Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a good week :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Party Decorations

I love to do "non card" projects with my paper crafting supplies - and making your own party decorations is a really good way to get more out of your stash.  I had my girlfriends round for the first time since we moved on Friday for a girly dinner and cocktail party so I got busy with my stash to get the room looking pretty.

Firstly I made a fun wreath inspired by cocktails for the door to the dinning room to set the mood for the evening (we did get through quite a lot of cocktails!)

It's a really quick and easy make - take one polystyrene wreath base, one pack of paper cocktail umbrellas - chop the sticks a bit shorter and shove them in all over til you cover the whole wreath.  I then got my Martini Fancy Die from Hero Arts and die cut a load of glasses in shades of card to co-ordinate with the umbrellas and tucked a few in under the umbrellas and glued a few on top.  I added a few flamingo cocktail stirrers to up the kitsch factor to 11 ;-)

We have a big wooden fire surround in the dinning room that was ripe for decoration so I wanted to make a banner using the simply gorgeous Monogram Alphabet stamp and die set from Concord and 9th.

I spelt out "girls night" for my banner and stamped all the letters with versamark ink and embossed them all with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder.   I die cut them all with the co-ordinating die and then set about stamping all the floral elements using the same colours throughout.

I used coral bliss, aqualicious, parrot and evergreen from the AlteNew cube inks and then used a couple of markers in yellow and lilac to add some more detail to the smaller elements that have no stamps (they are designed to be left white but are easy to colour by hand too for a different look).  To turn it into a hanging banner I die cut the hanging tab (the bit that looks like an I in the die set) from co-ordinating shades of card, glued them back and front just where they touch the card so you can thread cord through the top.  I used Lawn Fawn's Gold Glitter twine to match the gold embossing and add extra sparkle.

As you have the whole alphabet plus and heart and an ampersand to play with you can make endless banners - names, Mr & Mrs for weddings or engagement parties, spell out number for big birthdays etc  and they are surprisingly quick to come together.


  • Tomorrow there is a fabulous new release from Lil' Inker Designs which should be in store mid- to late-afternoon.
  • We have received 6 HUGE boxes of restocks from Lawn Fawn, so will get those online asap.
  • We also have some new items from Hero Arts and Echo Park so will get those processed as quickly as we can too.
  • We're still waiting for the remaining items from Art Impressions to ship from the new distributor.  We've been waiting over 8 weeks so are already working on another "new" way to get them more efficiently.

Catch you next week


Saturday, 21 April 2018

White on White

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today's card is a bit shy in front of the camera - too much white on white - which is hard to take a photo off as we all know.

A friend of mine ask me to make a card for her son's thirtieth birthday. She told me he likes to ride a bike.

I started by making the background. Using Avery Elle's Postage Stamp Die I die cut a rectangle with a frame. Newton's Nook's Cloudy Sky stencil is one of my favourite for backgrounds. I used it with white embossing paste on the inner piece of my die cut.

While that one dried I die cut a few bikes with My Favorite Things' Bicycle and stacked them up. I also die cut My Favorite Things' Heart-Shaped Ballon from several pieces of scraps of cardstock.

On the balloons I stamped "30" using Lawn Fawn's to make the card more special. I tied the balloons with black thread to the bike to make it look like as they were dragged by the bike.

All that was left to do was to heat emboss the Happy Birthday (I chose one of the sentiments of Winnie & Walter's Sentimental Birthday) onto a stripe of black cardstock and assemble the card.

Do you make cards for friends if they ask you to? Do you like to have free hand or do you try to incooporate something about the person?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 20 April 2018

3D Shaping with a Snowflake set

Hello! It's Keren back just for a visit, just filling in for Jill.

 I was digging through some of my sets and found this Hero Arts stamp set which is actually titled as 'Snowflake Pattern Bold Print'
It's a pretty cool snowflake pattern, but seems so completely versatile for all year round, that I thought I'd try and create something just a little bit more dimensional with it.First of all, stamp it and colour in. I've just used alcohol markers. Then trim out each hexagon and score straight down each point so you get the shape divided into 3. Fold and then trim up one of the lines stopping at the centre.

Then simply overlap one of the triangles and glue well and you end up with dimensional pentagon. These patterns now take on an almost Art Nouveau-stained glass-Tiffany lamp vibe ;-)
I just added a little wet glue along each bottom edge and held the shape in place for a minute until I knew it had adhered.

They take on an almost Limpet quality and are perfect for a contemporary card. Add some more masculine colours (or even leave it black, white and grey) and it'll so double duty as a 'man card'.
The sentiment is from another of my current favourite sets 'Just Because' by Concord and 9th

I hope you'll try giving your flat stamps a dimensional make-over. I'm certainly looking at them all with new eyes. And before you ask, yes, this will be a challenge to get into an envelope; I'm thinking shallow decorated box! ;-)

Thanks for having me and I'll be joining you again in a few weeks

Keren xx

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thanks For Sticking By Me Mega Succulent Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I have to admit, I was late to the whole succulent thing. I sat and watched as my feed and my friends' houses slowly filled with these mini cacti-like things. I really didn't get it.

Since visiting Phoenix last year though, I think I've slowly started to love them. So much so that I finally got some little succulents of my own for my home. And now I want more.

My love of cardmaking and my new-found love of tiny cacti came together beautifully on today's card, which combines some goodies from Altenew's Mega Succulent stamp set and Concord & 9th's Stuck On You stamp set:

Fun right? I love how this turned out!

I started by stamping and heat embossing the mega succulent onto watercolour paper using sparkly copper embossing powder. Love that sparkle!

I watercoloured my design using some water-based dye inks. I used a couple of greens and a mauve-pink. A combination of water and ink splatters really adds a more of a rustic effect.

The sentiment is from the Concord & 9th set. I heat embossed it with metallic copper embossing powder (no glitter this time) so that it is easier to read but still ties in with the other embossed colour 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, 18 April 2018

Cake Ninjas!

Hello, Tallie here, and I'm joining Gemma with a little bit of ninja inspiration for you this week!

I have a friend who loves manga and all things ninja, so I knew I had to make her a set of cards featuring these ninjas from the Altenew Ninja Invasion. It's been a while since I made a card without bringing out my alcohol markers, but these cards were surprisingly easy and quick to put together.

I started out by stamping out several of the ninjas from the set using a combination of Versafine Black Onyx ink and some Lawn Fawn mini ink cubes. I then silver heat embossed the swords and shuriken to make them stand out from the black ink. The different stamps in this layering set are really quite easy to match up and Altenew has helpfully printed guidance directly onto the clear acetate the stamps come on. Once dry, I cut them out with my Scan N' Cut, but there are coordinating dies available.

For the backgrounds, I used the MFT Radiating Rays Stencil to blend on some Distress Oxide Inks in Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans. keeping the darker ink to the centre. I removed the stencil and blended some more ink on to create a subtler pattern for my ninjas to be bursting out from.

I cut several of the smaller picture frames from the Lawn Fawn Say Cheese, Again set from some smooth white cardstock. For the first card, I used the insides of the picture frames, instead creating a sentiment out of a couple of flagged banners, one in white and one in black. The two sentiments come from the Altenew Ninja Invasion and the Lawn Fawn Beam Me Up sets, because which ninja wouldn't demand cake if they had the power? I used some liquid adhesive and foam tape to arrange the ninjas so it looks like they are bursting out from the centre of the card.

The other two cards were completed in a similar way, using Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink for the yellow background. I stamped the 'DEADLY NINJA' sentiment on the bottom of the frames and arranged the ninjas one each to a frame.

A fun set of cards that could be masculine or feminine, as long as the recipient loves ninjas!