Thursday, 18 January 2018

Winter's Not All Bad Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

With the weather taking a turn for the shivery worst recently, it's hard not to long for the warmer climes of Spring. Yet, if we stop to think about it, there are a whole bunch of things about Winter to love. Cosy nights in front of the fire, your favourite soft woolly jumper, a rich mug of hot chocolate... Winter's not all that bad!

It's with that sentiment that today's card, featuring the Neat & Tangled Hello Winter set, was born:

I don't know about you but I'm feeling cosier already!

I heat embossed my sentiment block with clear embossing powder, then blended a few different colours of Distress Ink over the card. I love how the transition from blues to browns and greys gives a sense of warmth and cosiness as you progress down the front!

I heat embossed the main Winter sentiment with white and then with sparkly embossing powder. It doesn't show up well in photos but you should see the sparkle in real life! Some fine mist splatters compliment it 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, 17 January 2018

Bella's Morning Glory

Happy Wednesday crafters!

Today's card features three new things for me: 1) no-line colouring; 2) an actual rubber stamp (other than a background); and 3) a cute little stamp from the brand Stamping Bella. It's a new year and time to try new things and challenge yourself, right?

I started out by stamping the Stamping Bella Morning Glory stamp onto some white cardstock with some MFT Grout Gray Hybrid Ink.  The lines on this stamp are so fine and the ink is so light I had to stamp it twice to enable me to see it. I then used my alcohol markers to colour her in, finishing up with a couple of coloured pencils in white, dark brown, grey and green to add fine detail and ground the image.

When finished, I cut the panel down, mounting it onto an A6 top folding white card base and a small strip of card coloured with two blue markers. I cut a sentiment strip from a scrap of green cardstock, snipped the end off into a banner and white heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT Essential Sentiments set. I foam mounted this and added some sequins, letting the colouring be the main focus of the card.

If you've never attempted no-line colouring, why not give it a go?

Catch you next week.



Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Blue and White Brushstroke Blooms

My card today showcases the beautiful new Brushstroke Blooms stamp set from MFT. This is a layering floral set, with solid images, so it’s perfect for creating quick floral cards with a painted look.

My inspiration actually came from an oriental bowl I saw on an antiques programme the other evening! I love the look of blue and white porcelain, and thought a pattern of blue flowers and leaves would work really well on a card too.

I chose three colours of MFT inks - Blue Yonder, Cornflower, and Blueberry - and stamped clusters of flowers and leaves onto a white card base. I didn’t do any masking, just selective inking for the leaves so they didn’t overlap the petals.

I finished the card with a very simple sentiment banner and greeting, plus a few sequins.

If you wanted to make multiple cards with a patterned background, try stamping a larger sheet of card and then cutting it down to add to several card bases.

Thank you for joining me today,

MFT Brushstroke Blooms
MFT Dye Ink - Blue Yonder
MFT Dye Ink - Cornflower
MFT Dye Ink - Blueberry

Monday, 15 January 2018

Fab & Fierce

Hi everybody,

It's Jill here, happy to be back blogging for you fine folks, and grateful to Jenny for covering me on Friday - which is why I'm making an appearance here on Monday!

I wanted to start the New Year as I intend to go on, full of positive vibes and aiming for a bright, happy and fun-filled future, jam-packed with self belief and a fearless today's card is a mantra to myself with a pretty twist...

And for anyone else looking to give their inner warrior a kick up the bum...I say go get em tiger!

I started by stamping out My Favourite Things Pinstripe Background onto my front panel in pale grey, then cutting their Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame from that.  I then stamped out a ton of Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers in some pretty pink and purple inks and die cut them.  
I stamped the same Pinstripe Background out again in a pale lemon onto a piece of card to have as my back piece, and stamped onto it this awesome empowering sentiment from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings so that it would be centred behind my aperture.
I then built up all my Fab Flowers and foliage so they peaked out and created the perfect pretty frame to my fierce message.

I added a white Scallop Circle over top to help the frame 'pop', and there you have it.

A message of empowerment to start the year off the right way...ready to rock n roll!

See you Friday.


Everyday Greetings Image 1 Pinstripe Background 

Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames Dienamics  Fab Flowers

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Hearts aren't just for Valentines

Sometimes the Valentine's products we get are soooo gorgeous but I look at them and think but I only have one card to make I can't justify buying them all......  But I was so in love with some of the Lil' Inker Designs release this month that I had to have them so have been finding ways to use them for more than V'day.

For the first card, I actually needed to make an anniversary card for Rick - we have two anniversaries - our wedding and our first date as we were together 13 years before we married so like the "longer" years of the first date!  So this is for our "date-iversary"  I opted for the "love you more heart die" for this one.

When you have such a statement sentiment, you don't need to do much  - the die speaks for itself, especially in such a gorgeous font, so I kept it simple with some gilding.  I simply applied stick-it sheet adhesive on either side of some thick grey card stock and then ran the die through the die cutter a couple of times to make sure it cut all the way through.

I peeled off the release tape from the words on top of the card stock - leaving all the rest in place - before applying my gilding flakes.  Once you've buffed them up you can then just remove the release tape from behind the words and apply to your card.  The die cuts the sentiment in two pieces - most of the phrase is joined together - you just pop "you-than" next to the rest of it - simples!  I kept the finished card really simple with just a grey matt.

For my second card I was itching to play with the two-part Forever Heart Layer Dies.  Here I inked up some white card in stripes of purples and pinks and ran it through the die cutter with layer one.  I then ran some purple card through with layer two.  This embosses the heart but I traced around the die and trimmed it out so I could layer it over the first.  You can get a lot of different looks from this die set!

To use it beyond Valentines I went with a sentiment from MFT's Big Birthday Wishes that makes sense of the hearts.  I finished with a few balloons die cut from the same colours I used in the stripes  using Lawn Fawn's Party Balloons dies.


Following our store crash on Monday when we exceeded our monthly bandwidth allowance within 10 minutes of re-opening we've made the decision to move the store to it's own dedicated server with unlimited bandwidth to avoid the issue happening again in the future.  This means that the store will be unavailable for a few hours on WEDNESDAY MORNING whilst the developers move it to it's new permanent home.   Apologies in advance for the inconvenience but this will best for the store going forward.

In terms of deliveries this week we will have new releases (and restocks) from:
  • Neat and Tangled
  • Mama Elephant
  • Newton's Nook

We will be getting the newest releases from AlteNew, and Avery Elle soon but not this week.

We are still waiting for the UK distributor to get the December kit-add ons from Hero Arts.

We are still a little behind on packing orders but we're catching up as quickly as we can - the sale meant we were very busy so now that's finished we should be able to catch up and get back on track this week.  Thanks for your patience.

That's all the news this week - catch you next weekend.


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Hey stampers, Anni here!
I like to wish all of you a Happy New Year 2018.

For this occassion I wanted to make a card for a crafty friend of mine! I am in love with the Favor Bag Accessory by Mama Elephant - all these cute creatures you can create with these dies. And I am thinking of ways not only to use them on the bag. For this card I just decided just to make the cardbase more narrow to fit this bear (this is the Favor Bag Accessory Bear Die).

I die cut the pieces of the bear from coloured cardstock, assembled it and glued it to my cardbase. I added pink cheeks with alkohol marker, white highlights with a white gel pen and Glossy Accents to the eyes and the nose to bring it more to life.

For the sentiment I die cut the word happy with My Favorite Things' Cause For Celebration from black cardstock several times and stacked them up. The rest of the sentiment I found in Mama Elephant's Sentiments From A Yeti. I stamped the the sentiment on a stripe of black cardstock and heat embossed it in white.

To create the confetti I used three old circle punches and some scraps of cardstpock. To achieve a random pattern I throw the confetti on the card and glued down right there where it landed.

So let me know: What are crafty resolutions for the new year?
Thanks for stopping by and have a great crafty weekend!


Friday, 12 January 2018

Flamazing Flamingo!!

Hi, It's Jenny here on a Friday this week as Jill and I have swapped days!

As it's my first blog post after Christmas and the weather has been quite gloomy for the past few days, I thought a splash of colour is what we need.... so how about a pink flamingo to brighten your day??

This is my first time inking up this set and I found it quite easy to line the various solid parts up without the need for a stamping tool. Seeing as I hadn't been into my craftroom at all over the Christmas break I thought I'd go clean and simple and hope the mojo was still there *wink*

I used the largest Stitched Dome Stax die to make a negative mask and sponge a light blue sky before stamping the water ripples and palm tree. The flamingo is stamped and trimmed out (coordinating dies are available and on my wish list!) along with some greenery from the set.

For the sentiment strip I used the largest Oval Word Window die to cut a black banner and then heat emboss the wording in white. It's great how you can use either the frame of the centre piece from those dies and the rounded end matches my background inking too :)

Looking at the scene now I can see I should have put the sun in the sky.... perhaps I've forgotten what that is, I haven't seen it for quite a few days here!!

Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x