Monday, 23 October 2017

Poinsettia Pattern

Hello... Jenny here starting your week off with some Christmas cards!! It's about this time of year when I start to work on a design for my Christmas cards, something simple I can make in batches and this Poinsettia stamp set from Waffleflower enabled me to do just that..

I love how the layers make the flower multi-coloured... it's one of those sets that needs to be seen completed to do it justice. I tried two different colour ways, a traditional green and red alongside a more retro palette. The design of the poinsettia made me think of lino print patterns so I was curious to see how it would look in blues and reds

The green is pretty but I just love this retro combination...

I used a stamping platform tool to help with the repetition and make four cards but you do not need one for the purpose of layering the stamps... they are easy to stamp and actually quite forgiving if you do not get them absolutely spot on!! I teamed the panels with a sentiment from Avery Elle's Kitsch Christmas.... well I had to continue the retro vibe  :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 22 October 2017

A Trio of Reindeer

With all the new Christmas releases coming through I've been spoilt for choice as to what to play with this week but realised there were a lot of reindeer related products so that is my theme for this week cos who doesn't love a reindeer!

All my Christmas gift tags last year were made with Lil' Inker Designs Moody Santa's so I was really pleased that Laura designed a Rowdy Reindeer to go with him so I have some more snarky sentiments to play with this year.

I'm also loving the emerging trend for stitching in card making so to create my tag I used the new Pegworks die from Mama Elephant which has the largest stitching area of the any of the dies currently on the market.  I just cut the stitching panel only in landscape from some kraft card and then lined up a large tag die over it so there was space without holes at the top and bottom.  Then you have room to make your tag hole and stamp a sentiment.  I used some old variegated embroidery floss to stitch a simple back stitch border and added my die cut reindeer in the middle.

Lil' Inker Designs also brought out this really unique Noel sentiment die which I think is just fabulous!

I wanted the sentiment to shine so die cut it 3 times from green card and then once from green glitter card and once from champagne glitter card.  It's then a simple case of stacking them up for dimension and trimming the antlers to fit over the O.   I cut the middle of the O from red glitter and then dropped it off centre to make it a nose.

For my final card I turned to Newton Nook's amazing Reindeer Roll Call stamp which is a little set that packs a HUGE punch!

 I stamped the base card first creating a pattern with the prancing reindeer to create my own background paper as it were.  For the sentiment itself I wanted to do something easy quick and simple but with enough interest to make it the star of the show so opted for tri-coloured embossing in traditional Christmas shades.  Now whilst Rudolph is not in the poem so doesn't make the list, I wanted to add him to my card so thought the perfect way to do that was to add his little red nose at the top of the list.  I trimmed the sentiment using one of the large flags in the pinking edge sentiment flag set from Lil' Inker Deisgns


We have our Stamping Bella delivery but it's 7 large boxes and 16 A4 pages of inventory to add!  We're working on it in between processing orders but it will take a while to get it live.

The latest release from SugarPea Designs is in transit so we should have that this week customs willing.

We've also got some exciting news to share but we can't do that until tomorrow so I'll have to keep you in suspense for 24 hours.............

Catch you later


Saturday, 21 October 2017

A Birthday Set

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Sometimes when I struggle to come up with an idea I just start by grabbing a stamp set and stamping and colouring all the images in the set. A few days ago it was the super cute set Wild Ones by Neat & Tangled.
When I finished the fussy cutting I was starring at all the images. At first I thought I could put all the critters on one card. But I decided that was way to much cuteness for just one card and the idea for a set of a card, a gift box and a gift tag was born.

For my card I let the monkey with the balloon ride the giraffe. For a little more party mood I added a party hat to the head of the giraffe.
I die cut a rectangle with Waffle Flowers' Lacy Layers from white cardstock. For the background I added some ink blending. For the ground I die cut just a stripe of kraft cardstock.

For the box I used Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Treat Box and die cut it from white cardstock, too. I added ink blending in the same colour like on the card. For all three parts of my set I embossed Happy Birthday from Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy stamp set in white on stripes of aqua and pink cardstock.

And for the tag I die cut Reverse Confetti's Thanks Tag again from white cardstock. And here also ink blending happened. For the ground I masked of a stripe on the bottom and added some warm grey ink.

So what do you do when your mojo is lacking? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by and have crafty weekend!


Friday, 20 October 2017

Hip Hip Hooray!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm giving it some Hip Hip Hooray to celebrate a happy couple...

...using the awesome & 'out there' Hooray from Waffle Flower.

I'm going crazy for all things Waffle Flower at the minute.  They just bring such a breath of fresh air to my collection.  They're weird and wonderful with a good measure of wacky, (there's actually a stamp of a duck in a wig in this set :) a duck. in a wig. don't believe me - check it out here), which is all the kinds of crazy I LOVE.  Amazing.

I teamed the Hooray set up with Sunday Sentiments from Mama Elephant to create a slightly less conventional 'Happy Engagement' card.
I started by stamping out the 'Congratulations' line form Sunday Sentiments.  This sentiment set is still one of my all time favourites.  I just love that my sentiment can give me the grounding for any scene I want to set up!  I then stamped all my cool and kooky characters and flowers all around.  I wanted the sweet happy couple to look like they were giddy with delight at their own happy news and dancing around their 'Congratulations' message.  I added a scattering of hearts and coloured everything using my Zigs.
I didn't spend too much time perfecting my colouring as I don't think that's what a set like this is about.  It's about fun and freedom and just letting yourself go with the flow!  

I stamped out my remaining sentiments to complete my message from Sunday Sentiments and Hooray, onto black card & white heat embossed and added them to my card using foam tape for some added dimension.  I also added another layer to my fun flower again just to add some dimension. 

I really hope you like it, and these new cool designs are floating your boat as much as they are mine!

As always, everything I used is linked below so give yourself a giggle and head straight over to check out a duck in a wig!

See you next week.


Hooray  Sunday Sentiments Image 1  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

October Sketch Challenge Week 3

Here's the final reminder to play along with our sketch challenge this month for a chance to win £20 to spend in store.  You can twist it, flip it, change the shapes to suit - as long as we can see the general starting point for your inspiration was our sketch then you are good to go - just remember to include at least one item from those we sell to be eligible for comments and the prize.

As always the DT have been playing along so we have projects to share with you as the month goes along and here are the final two to inspire you.

You have until 10pm on Wednesday 25th October to play along so link up your entries on our challenge page when you've made them.

A Long Time Ago Star Wars Birthday Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

If you know anything about me you'll know I'm a bit of a geek. Okay, a lot of a geek. Alright, pure geek. Pure geek and proud. And as a geek and working in a geeky industry, I naturally have a lot of geeky friends. One of my geeky friends had a birthday over the weekend, and as he is a massive Star Wars fan, I just had to pull out the *awesome* Neat & Tangled A Long Time Ago stamp set and the nicely coordinating Time Warp stamp set, to create a birthday card for him:

Stunning, amirite?! And so, so easy to create, trust me!!

I started by heat embossing my sentiment using some sparkly jade embossing powder. I know you can't see it much underneath the white, but it's there!

I then set about creating my background. I've done galaxy backgrounds a thousand ways, and this time I wanted to try something new! Enter... Nuvo Glimmer Paste and Embellishment Mousses! The ones I used are out of stock right now, but sign up to the Out of Stock Notifications as they will be back!

I diluted a small amount of each of the Embellishment Mousses with some water and painted with them straight onto the black cardstock. I did the same with the Glimmer Paste too. I liberally spritzed with water to allow my colours to move more freely, dabbed up some colour in places then dried with my heat tool. I repeated a few times until I got the look that I wanted, then splattered on some mists and white paint for the stars! When that was all done and dry, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments again with white embossing powder, and stamped the Time Warp stamp with white ink.

It might be a little difficult to see, but if you look say at the bottom corner you can see some of the iridescent sparkle from the Glimmer Paste glitter! The finished card was so cool I really had a hard time parting with 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, 18 October 2017

Beary Merry Christmas

Hello and happy Wednesday! I'm going all Christmassy again this week with this cute little bear from the Beary Merry Neat & Tangled stamp set.

I started out with a piece of watercolour cardstock and used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a bright and vibrant background. I used a few different layers to build up the colour, drying between each layer and then splattered on a mixture of clean water and white paint to give a snowy effect.

Whilst I let that dry, I stamped out the bear, penguin, gingerbread man and candy cane with my MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, coloured in with my alcohol markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Next, I gold heat embossed one of the sentiments from the stamp set on some black cardstock and adhered it to my background panel. As I was adhered the die cuts I noticed the white border around the die cut pieces was a little too harsh in comparison to the background so I took out a gold marker and coloured in the white edges. This matched the sentiment and balanced out the amount of gold on the card.

A little Wink of Stella clear glitter over the die cuts and that finishes off a cute, bright and colourful Christmas card!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hooray for Balloons

I love big sentiments on cards and the Neat & Tangled Hooray is so fun! That font is gorgeous and works so well as a focal point.

For my card this week, I teamed it with the balloon duo stencils, also from Neat & Tangled. These stencils are really clever.

I began by using the stencils to add balloons across a piece of white card. By using both of the stencils, you get the lovely effect of balloons layering over each other.

I cut down the white panel with the Lil’Inker Deco Edge Border dies. Another new favourite of mine, these allow you to get a ripped edge effect with more control than just tearing the paper.

I used these dies again on a piece of patterned paper, and layered it behind the white panel, before adding them to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the Hooray word die from glitter paper. 8 did cut the shadows from white card, which allows the word to stand out from the background.

To finish, I added a stamped sentiment underneath and a sprinkling of sequins.

I loved the finished card so much, I just had to make some more in different colours. Do you have a favourite?

Thanks for joining me today,

Lil'Inker Deco Edges
N&T Balloon Duo Stencil

N&T Hooray

W&W Sentimental Birthday

Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow