Saturday, 27 May 2017

Wish Big!

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Today I have a very PINK card for you. I wanted to make a card with this super cute set called Elphie Selfie by Lawn Fawn. And I thought pink would go great with the grey elephants.

The card took me quite some time because I had to colour all these images. I used coloured pencils. Colouring with coloured pencils takes always longer than colouring with for example alcohol markers. But I really really love to colour with coloured pencils. It is very soothing to me, blending is easy and I get much more detailed with pencils. So when I have a little bit of extra time on hand I choose coloured pencils.

When the colouring and fussy cutting was finished the rest was easy and finished in no time at all.
I cut down a piece of watercolour cardstock into a rectangle and created a background by smooching down dye inks in lilac, pink and orange. I choose the colours I used for the images but in a lighter shade. On this panel I stamped one of the sentiments that were included in the stamp set.
For the last finishing touch I added some glossy accents to the balloons.

Thansk for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Otterly obssessed.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I am going otterly adorable with a peek-a-boo window card...

...featuring the delightful Otterly Adorable from Mama Elephant.

I am otterly obsessed with these amazing creatures, they are soooo cute, sweet, and adorable and best of all...they hold hands with each other when swimming so they don't float away!!!  I mean...gaaaaah *heart bursts into a million pieces*  
So every time I see this sweet set, it just makes me smile and makes me want to ink it right up.

I've spoke before about how obsessed I am with my My Favourite Things Stitched Triple Peek-a-boo die and because there's a ton of different images in the Otterly Adorable set, all doing different things & swimming different ways, I thought it would work perfect to have a little group of them swimming along and 'peeking' through the windows.

It was a very simple card to make.  I started by colouring a piece of card in sea greens and blues to use as my background and, using the cloud border from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio dies upside down, cut some waves from it.  I then stamped out all the images I wanted to use and clear heat embossed them so I had a raised edge ready to colour with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens.  I used them with water to create a watercolour finish.  My sentiment is from the same Otterly Adorable set and is stamped out and heat embossed within the banner from Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blooms.  To add a little 'something something' to my sentiment banner I inked it up from the back in matching colours to background and waves.

I built up my little scene how I wanted it to look from behind the Peek-a-boo windows using wet glue and foam tape and embellished with a scattering of pretty clear sequins.
I adhered my vellum banner in place by placing a teeny bit of wet glue behind the most bold outlines and letters so that it is barely visible.

I really hope you like it and that these adorable otters make you as happy as they make me!

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to stop by.

See you next week.


Otterly Adorable    Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dienamic
 Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (48 piece set)  Penelope's Blossoms Image 1

Thursday, 25 May 2017

A Floral Hello

Hi everyone, happy Thursday! I'm Taheerah and those of you who are regulars to the blog might recognise that I'm a new face here! I'm delighted to be joining the Seven Hills Crafts DT as the newest of Tara's awesome team!

So as I'm new. I thought I'd say hello! And what better way for a cardmaker to do that than with a 'Hello' card?

I loved pulling out the Concord & 9th Hello Lovely set for this quick and easy card! That massive floral spray really speaks for itself!

We always seem to want to colour our flowers (who can blame us when nature gives us so much inspiration?!) - but for those who are intimidated by colouring, I wanted to show you how you can create a stunning effect by colouring the background instead! That's precisely what I did, with some watercolouring!

I heat embossed the 'Hello' sentiment with gold embossing powder. A little splattered gold mist to finish things off nicely, don't you think? The end result almost looks like marble!

I hope you have a great day! I would love to get to know you all a bit better - why not say 'hello' back in the comments? :) Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Altenew Extra Special card using Kraft

Hi everyone, it's Esther here with a card using Altenew Extra Special and Kraft card stock for a warm, neutral look.

I know I've become a bit obsessed with this stamp set (it's something about those vintage lines!) and I promise to move on to something different next week ;-)

For this card, I stamped the main floral image and its layers using water-based dye inks, and die cut it out using the matching dies.

I then stamped a background panel using My Favorite Things Distressed Stripes Background Stamp and Versamark on Kraft and die cut it out using one of the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles.

I mounted this panel onto a wider white card base, and added the word "wonderful" from Concord and 9th Wonderful Words Die using white card stock and white fun foam for dimension. I tucked "you're" underneath stamped from Mama Elephant Labeled Messages. I then added the floral die cut, letting it pop off the side and top of the card slightly for a looser and more informal look.

That's all for this week - thanks for visiting and have a great few days until we reach the weekend!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Elphie Selfie Baby Box Card Pop Up

I've been having great fun with the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up die set. Today I'm sharing a new baby card I made using it.

I thought I'd first share a tip I've discovered from making several of these box pop up cards.

The box card pop up die will fit on 6x6 paper, but remember you'll need two die cuts to create the box so two sheets of the same patterned paper. If you use 6x6 papers, you may want double-sided so there is some pattern or colour on the inside of the box. If you're not worried about that, any 6x6 papers will do. 

On to my card, I die cut two box pieces from a 12x12 piece of patterned paper I had in my stash of supplies. I die cut three tabs and added grassy hills to each before putting the box together. 

Next I stamped, coloured and die cut lots of images from the Lawn Fawn Elphie Selfie stamp set. I added these to the tabs with strong adhesive tape. 

I used some thin strips of acetate to attach the bird and one of the balloons. This is a fun trick to give the illusion that they are floating. 

The scalloped box card pop up die set comes with a great banner and different pennants to add to it. I used these to add a personalised banner to the card.

To finish, I added a card panel to the box card with a heat embossed sentiment on it, made up from greetings in the Lawn Fawn Elphie Selfie and Altenew Oriental Orchid stamp sets.

Thanks for joining me today,

Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up
Lawn Fawn Elphie Selfie

MFT Grassy Hills

C&9th Perfectly Penned
Altenew Oriental Orchid

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!