Sunday, 24 September 2017

Seasonal Greetings

Sometimes a stamp set just speaks to you and you have to have it - and for me that happened this week with the Seasonal Border stamp from Concord and 9th - I love all 3 borders but particularly the dotted one as it will be brilliant for creating quick backgrounds.  Today however I made 3 cards featuring the other two borders and the Season of Cheer die which co-ordinates brilliantly with them.

First off I reached for that stunning leaf border and I wanted to fill a card with it.  I stamped it several times onto kraft using distress oxide inks starting with yellows working through orange, reds and browns.   I've found if you layer these inks over each other whilst they are still wet your get a gentle oxide effect which works well for autumn leaves.  Once dry I just added a simple bold sentiment over the top - I went with birthday but I think autumn leaves would make good sympathy cards too.

Onto my next "season" and I went full out Christmas - I think I will be making lots of these cards as they would be great to knock out production line style (particularly using a stamping platform)

I just stamped the pine border in 3 shades of MFT green ink at the top and bottom of the card to get a lush green border and then used the complimentary die in red mirri card for a spot of seasonal sparkle on the sentiment.

Finally I moved onto my third "season" and made a New Year card.  I always make a few of these so I can send one to those people who weren't on my Christmas Card list but from whom I get an unexpected Christmas card - that way you can include them without them thinking they've been forgotten.

Here I paired the sentiments from the Season of Cheer set die cut from gold glitter card with the fireworks die from Lawn Fawn on a black card.  The fireworks die embosses the lines and dotted lines rather than actually "cutting" an image you can add to other cards so I just added a few and then used a metallic silver marker from Kuretake to draw over the lines and some liquid pearls to add colour to the centres and over the dotted lines.


This week we will have new arrivals from:
  • Lil' Inker Designs
  • Echo Park
  • Hero Arts (the September kit add-ons)
  • Winnie & Walter
  • Wplus9
There may be a day this week that the store is offline for a time.  Following the issues we had over the bank holiday weekend where the servers went down, we have put in a plan to move to a more secure environment where that won't happen again.  To move the store though necessitates a period of closure to allow the transfer to take place.  We will keep it to a minimum and will give you as much notice as possible but obviously with a number of outside people involved and their schedules to take into account, the exact timings may move a slightly.  We are aiming for Thursday this week at the moment and will confirm exact timings once they are fully agreed.

Don't forget today is the last day to enter our challenge this month too - you've got until 10pm tonight so get crafting!!!!


Saturday, 23 September 2017

Happy Hippos

Hey stampers, Anni here!

I instantly fell in love with My Favorite Things' Happy Hippos when they were released - I think a lot of you did, too! Esecially the tiny birds in the set are so cute.
Today I have a quite simple card for you featuring those hippos.

I started by stamping the images in my favorite black ink for alcohol markers: My Favorite Things' Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. For the colours I tried to go with a combination I usually don't use. Most of the time my cards contain some shade of turquoise - my go to colour. But from time to time I'm challenging myself to go out of my comfort zone and try something new.
For the hippos and the birds two colours were set: grey and yellow. Grey counts as a neutral colour so I chose two more colours to go with yellow (following the rule of three) and that was a pale violett and a bright pink.

For the sentiment I searched for a small one in my stash so it wouldn't compete with the cute images. I found one in My FavoriteThings' Birthday Bears set. I stamped it on a stripe of pink cardstock and heat embossed it in white.

What about you? Do you have a favorite colour combo that you use most of the time? Or a colour? And do you try from time to time to stay away from these colours?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend!


Friday, 22 September 2017

I'm sorry for being late, but more importantly...did I miss the cake?

Hi everybody.

Jill here, and this week, I've got the sweetest way to say sorry...

Using the adorable 'Friends For All Seasons: Fall' from Wplus9.

As card makers it's the moment we all dread isn't it?  Missing a loved one's special day.  Well this set from Wplus9 is the perfect way to say sorry and send a belated card...and how can anybody stay miffed with a critter as cute as this delivering your message?

My card was very simple to make.  I cut an aperture form a piece of cream card using My Favorite Thing's Scalloped Circles and stamped my scene onto the centre piece.  I reached for my favorite colouring medium, my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens but...and this is borderline weird...used them WITHOUT water.  Yup, I literally use them pretty much every time I craft but had never coloured with them without the addition of water!  And boy oh boy have I been missing out!  Now I'm a megafan of watercolour, always have been always will be, but it was such an eye opener to see how they work on their own.  So bright and vibrant and blend so beautifully.  So now I love them twice as much :)

I stamped out a second set of the balloons so I could have them coming out from the aperture and adhered using foam tape to give them some dimension.
My sentiment is a sweet belated greeting and is from the same Friends For All Season set.
I actually stamped a few of the wee stamps from the set, the hearts and stars, across my background and clear heat embossed for a tone on tone effect but, sadly, my poor photography skills have done the details an injustice.

As always, everything I used is linked below so if you need a 'go to' apology in your stash, be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.


Friends for All Seasons:  FallStitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX Die-namic Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Geeky Wedding Congrats Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I make no secret of the fact that I'm a geek. And naturally, as a geek, I know and have many geeky friends! So when one of my geeky friends was getting married last weekend, I knew that no ordinary wedding card would do!

Cue the awesome Pixelated Heart die and Pixelated Faces die, both from Neat & Tangled! With their retro 8-bit look, I knew they would be perfect in creating my friend's card:

I just love how this turned out!

I die cut the heart using the Pixelated Heart die. The die is intended to create a pop-up card interior, but you can create a standalone heart shape by trimming off the extra bits! I used gold mist to colour my heart, but you could always cut it from coloured cardstock to save you the trouble! The 'shine' on the heart came from die cutting two of the shapes that come with the Pixelated Faces die. I love that those dies can be used for pretty much anything!

I waned my heart to be the star of the show, so I added a sentiment created with my label maker, and splattered some mists onto my card base before adhering the pieces in place! Simple, geeky, and my friend absolutely loved it!

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, 20 September 2017

Birthday Parade

Hey there, Tallie here for another Wednesday card. Today I kept it simple with a one layer card featuring Winnie & Walter's Party On set. Who doesn't deserve a cute birthday parade on their special day?

I started out by stamping all four of the musical animals in the set onto an A6 side folding white card base using some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, stamping the two outer animals first and masking them off to give the impression that they are in front of the others. I then masked off the ground just above their feet and blended on some turquoise ink in a gradient, before reversing the mask and inking on some brown to ground the animals. To give that added bit of texture I flicked on some clean water and dabbed the drops off with some kitchen towel.

Once dry I removed the masks and coloured in the animal musicians with my alcohol markers. I kept to the same colour scheme of teals, browns, reds and warm grays and then added a layer of Clear Wink of Stella over the animals. To give some more movement to the card, I stamped out several of the musical notes included in the set in some teal ink. I finished off with stamping the sentiment from the set underneath the parade.

Cute little birthday parade! Which animal is your favourite? I love foxes and I used to play the flute so I'm picking little Mr Foxy on the end there.

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Celebrate with Orchids

I have a floral card to share today. I haven't reached for my floral sets much recently, so it was nice to use the Altenew Oriental Orchid set again.

I only used two layers of the orchid layering set this time - the outline and a detail layer, which I stamped with a pink ink. I used the Wink of Stella clear glitter over the top, which pulled some of the pink out to the rest of the flower. I stamped and coloured two leaves, then cut everything out.

On the card base, I used masking tape to create a rectangle in the middle. I then blended colour over the Altenew watercolour stencil. This is a quick and effective way to add a pop of colour to a background.

I flicked it with water for some detail, then layered the orchids on to the card base. I used tape runner, rather than foam tape, so it isn't too bulky.

I added a sentiment from the Altenew Celebrate stamp set - a fab set of sentiments for a great price. I plan on keeping the inside of the card blank, so this card could be used for many occasions.

Thanks for joining me today. Have a lovely week,

Monday, 18 September 2017

September Challenge Week 3 - Spotlight It!

We're back with the final reminder and more inspiration to play in our challenge this month which is to spotlight. it.  The spotlight technique is an oldie but we think it's still a goodie and there are plenty of ways to interpret it.  Basically you just need to "highlight" one area of your card either through the use of colour whilst the rest is black and white, by using a frame to pick out an area, mats and layers over stamping, or even by creative use of die cuts!  We'd love to see your take on the spotlight technique whether traditional or your modern twist.

If you're still a little confused then hopefully these examples we've brought you as a DT will give you a few ideas of how to take it.

Using Concord & 9th's Oh, Hello Turnabout stamp set, I spotlighted one of the words from the background by stamping in a teal gradient that matches the sentiment banner.

You've got until 10pm on Sunday 24th September to get your spotlights shining for a chance to win £20 to spend in store.  As always you MUST use at least ONE product from the choice of 8000+ products we have in store.  You can combine with other challenges but we must see that you used our challenge as inspiration to play.

Add your entry via the linky tool on our challenge page