Monday, 20 November 2017

Santa's Delivery

Hi there and Happy Monday to you :)

I'm switching back to Christmas mode today and giving one of last years stamps an outing!! Waffleflower's Special Delivery is a smaller stamp set but still makes a big impact on a card. I thought I'd jazz up the image by adding my own bakers twine drawstring rope and use patterned paper scraps to make pressies to go inside...

I stamped the sack on brown card in brown ink and trimmed it out with scissors, I've used a linen texture background stamp from my stash to make the bag look like it's made of hessian but you could get the same affect with the Mesh or Scattered Surface background.

To add the bakers twine I cut slits following the image and used a needle to thread it through, leaving a length either end and tying a knots. When cutting the image out I trimmed off the ties down the side of the bag the best I could and used glue to shape and adhere the bakers twine in their place.

The gifts are simple squares and rectangles cut from scraps of patterned paper decorated with thread, ribbons and die cut bows .... it looks like someone has definitely been nice this year!!

I used one of the sentiments in the stamp set to decorate the bag and an oval shadow underneath it to ground it... it's a nice size to stand-alone on a card :)


Thanks for stopping by
 Jenny x

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pawfect and Thanks

I have a couple of cards to share today as I needed to make cards for a friends birthday this week and I needed to thank a family member for helping us clean our new house.

Firstly we have the birthday card featuring the new MFT stamp set "New Best Friends" as my friend is a dog lover so I coloured the dogs to match her two, the seated one is actually much bigger in real life but the little one is most definitely in charge!   I used a little masking to create the scene - it's an often overlooked technique but it's a really useful way to get more from your stamps.

It's simply coloured with copics and cut with a 4 bar frame before mounting onto a card with some kraft striped paper and a sentiment embossed onto a pink flag strip.

For the thank you card I wanted to use the awesome new Botanic Thanks stamp from Mama Elephant.  We've had a few queries about the new image formats from Mama Elephant - unfortunately they have been badly hit by cheap Chinese knock off brands stealing their designs so are having to do all they can to make it harder for their designs to be stolen.  Whilst you might think you are getting a bargain - the knock off stamps are very poor quality and in the long run will put the brands we love out of business and then there will be no stamps and the knock-offs don't design their own stuff and will have nothing left to copy so please be aware and support the hard work of the legitimate brands.   OK rant over, back to the card.....

I wanted to do a little water colouring - not my strong point and I am out of practice but I find it easier to do with an embossed image.  I wanted to make the sentiment pop so I did a little double embossing to begin with.  I stamped the whole image in versamark ink and embossed it in white.  Once dry I used a versamark pen to gently trace over the outline of the letters and embossed that in gold.

From then on I just did wet into wet water colouring - allowing the colour to flood each flower and then adding green around for the leaves and finishing with a fade to nothing blue border.   It's a set that packs a big punch with extra sentiments and little leaves to fill in the stamping or add a few extra and will be handy for post-Christmas thank you cards too ;-)


Pending move - we still don't have a date for our move.  The broadband engineer came on Friday and discovered that the cable is on the opposite side of the street and apparently they need a special permit to dig up the road and get it across to us which can take 3-5 days to get!  Once the "road team" are complete, then the installation team come back and then we'll know where we are at.  We are trying to avoid the start of the month as that is when we are busiest with the arrival of new stock so it could be we aim for an early closure for Christmas and move in mid-December.   As promised - we'll keep you posted.

For arrivals this week we will have:
  • AlteNew - will be live in store tomorrow
  • Concord & 9th - shipped on Thursday - we hope it will arrive by Tuesday customs willing.
  • Newton's Nook have a fab new release on Friday - we have it already so it will be live on release in the USA (or shortly thereafter due to the time difference and sleep patterns!)
  • We have a small MFT restock coming hopefully by the end of the week.
  • We should have the monthly add-ons from this month's Hero Arts kit soon too.

Catch you next weekend


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Merry Christmas

Hey stampers, Anni here!
I am back with another Christmas card - again.

My starting point was this super cute set by Neat & Tangled called Into The Woods. I just had to use this adorable deer. But this set is a fall set. So I decided to combine it with another set for some Christmas accessoires. I went with Reverse Confetti's Christmas Bear. I used the gift, the tiny bird, the snowflakes, the star and the sentiment from this set.

I started by stamping, colouring (using alcohol markers) and fussy cutting the images for my card.
The snowflakes and the star I used for my background. I stamped them and heat embossed them with white embossing powder on watercolour cardstock. Then I created a background by adding ink and water to the paper. I chose inks in turquoise shades. This is one of my favourite colour combos for Christmas: red, turquoise and a warm brown.
From this piece of cardstock I die cut a frame using My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frames.

I embossed the sentiment in white on a stripe of brown cardstock and assembled the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend (perhaps making some Christmas cards?)


Friday, 17 November 2017

Chilly Christmas Cheer

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm spreading some chilly Christmas cheer!

Using Wplus9's All Year Cheer.

I LOVE this set and have got SO much use out of it already as it is so easily adaptable to whichever season or feeling you want to portray.  Since first getting it I have been looking forward to the winter chill kicking in so I could craft a little Robin Red Breast out of the sweet
bird, and eventually got the chance to do that with this, the first of my Christmas cards!

I started by stamping out & heat embossing a ton of the little snowflakes from the All Year Cheer set all across my background then washing a load of watered down purple inks across...which I then pretty much covered completely with a panel of vellum sandwiched between a frame cut from Mama Elephant's Index Card Creative Cuts...but ho-hum haha.  I then inked up, stamped up, and die cut all my small elements- my wee little robin and all the leaves and branches.  I had already embossed my sentiment onto my vellum panel in a gold powder so all that was left to do was build-up my scene up, around and over that.  

I added a scattering of pearl drops that I had coloured red with an alcohol marker to act as holly berry accents.
I finished my card by adding a teeny slick of Glossy Accents onto my Robin's beak, and a coat of shimmer onto his wee little tummy.

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


All Year Cheer  All Year Cheer Die   Index Card Creative Cuts Image 1

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Vintage Merry Christmas Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Although we're not even in December yet, Christmas is starting to feel like it's not that far away! I've started seeing all manner of decorations and the like in the shops, and the crafting world is starting to burst with Christmas cards and goodies!

I have been buying up all the Christmas stamps in sight (they're my main weakness!) and as a part of that I recently picked up the gorgeous Lil' Inker Designs Vintage Christmas Wreath stamp set. I just love how in the midst of all the fun, modern styles that are out there, there's still place for this ornate beauty.

I couldn't wait to put it to use:

Gorgeous right? I love how this turned out!

I used the wreath to stamp the centre image and the leaves on the border of the card panel. Some simple watercolouring with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and a little painting with some watered down mist was all this beauty needed!

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, 15 November 2017

Bearful of Holiday Happiness

Hello crafters, I am back today with another Christmas card for you. I'm definitely making a dent in the stack of cards I need to send this year so I hope you're not too sick just yet of my festive sharings!

My card today features two stamps that seem to be a favourite of my muse this year: Neat & Tangled Beary Merry and MFT's Bold Diagonal Stripes Background. The background stamp is so versatile - stamp it in black for a backer for almost any card panel, or stamp it in red to replicate a candy cane! It was the latter that inspired me today.

I started out with an A6 top-folding white card base on which I stamped the striped background in some Lawn Fawn Lobster ink. I also cut a snowy hill out of some white cardstock with one of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies, adhering this to the bottom of the card base.

I stamped out the bear and the cute little Santa mug from the Neat & Tangled Beary Merry set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, colouring them in with my alcohol markers in some traditionally festive colours. One of my favourite things about this set is that the coordinating dies cut out the bear's hands so you can adhere items like the mug to make it look like he's holding on to it. After adhering the bear with some foam tape over the snowy hill, I added some trees I had leftover from a previous project using the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti set.

The sentiments from this set are fabulous so I felt I had to make it just that little more special. I gold heat embossed the 'wishing you Holiday Happiness' sentiment from the set on some green card stock before poking a hole on either side and threading through some Lawn Fawn Lime Twine. I adhered this with some foam tape centered on the striped panel and tied off the twine on the inside.

A little Wink of Stella to give it some shine and I think this makes a bright and cheery Christmas card!

Thanks for reading. I'll catch you next week with something a little less festive!



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Hippo Bird-Day

I love the MFT Happy Hippos stamp set. Such adorable images and fun sentiments. The sentiment I used on my card today makes me smile every time I see it!

I began this card by die cutting a Polaroid frame twice from white card. On one of the inside squares, I stamped a scene using the Hippos stamp set, then coloured it with alcohol markers.

I created masks for the hippo and bird, then blended on some clouds with the MFT cloud stencil. 

On one of the polaroid frames, I stamped the fabulous sentiment, then layered the two frames together for some dimension.

From MFT patterned paper, I die cut three stepped up chevrons and added them to the card base across the middle. 

I layered the stacked polaroid frames on to the card base at an angle, then adhered the scene inside them.

To finish the card, I added three enamel dots in coordinating colours.

Thanks for joining me today,

MFT Happy Hippos
MFT Mini Cloud Stencil
Mama Elephant Polaroid Fun

MFT Stepped Up Chevron