Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Treasure Map Fold Out Card

Today I'm sharing a treasure map card, that opens out to reveal a scene with the treasure inside. 

I began with a piece of white card, measuring 8 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches tall. I then scored two vertical lines at 2 1/8 in on both sides of the width of the card. This creates an area in the middle that's 4 1/4 inches, with two sides that fold in.

Front of the card:
For the treasure map on the front, I cut a piece of watercolour card to 4 1/4 by 5 1/4 inches. I used my zig clean colour real brush pens and a water brush to create a watercolour map, freehand painting two islands. To keep the colours soft, I scribbled the zig markers first on to an acrylic block, then used the water brush to add the colours to the card. 

I then added some water to the edges and tore the card stock for a jagged edge all around it. I blended on some dark brown ink around the edges to make it look more aged. Once this piece was dry, I added stamped wave details, the compass, and the 'X marks the spot'. 

I stamped, coloured and cut out lots of images from the Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey and Lawn Fawn Duh Nuh stamp sets, and added some elements to the map. Then I drew a red marker dotted line from the ship to the X. 

Once the map was finished, I cut it in half and attached it to the folding card base.

Inside the card:
It's best to avoid too many layers inside the card and to keep them slightly away from the scored line edges, so it folds shut nicely. 

I cut a Lawn Fawn stitched hillside from kraft card. On some white card. I blended on salty ocean distress ink, spritzed it with water for texture, then cut it with the MFT ocean waves borders.

Before layering these onto the card, I added some cloud detail directly to the card base with the MFT mini clouds stencil and tumbled glass distress ink. 

I adhered the Ahoy Matey images and a shark from the Duh Nuh stamp set, then finished the card with a vellum Lawn Fawn Bannertastic banner and a heat embossed glitter sentiment. 

Finishing touches:
To help keep the card closed, I cut a vellum belt to go around the card. I heat embossed a greeting on it too, for a fun finishing touch.

For the message to the recipient, add a stitched rectangle panel on the back so that when the message is written, it won't show through to the inside. 

Thanks for joining me today,

Monday, 21 August 2017

A Terrarium of Succulents

Hello again, Jenny back for a Monday morning and hope it's a good start to the week for you :)

Like my teamie, Taheera, I was excited to see Flora & Fauna stamps and dies come to Seven Hills Crafts.... and as I love anything that grows I had to get the Succulents set in use first...

I have used a mixture of paper piecing, marker colouring and plain ol' stamping for this little collection of plants. The succulents set comes with a selection of vases and bottles but I love how you can mix and match the Flora & Fauna sets so I used the Octagon Greenhouse die as a terrarium for the plants

I just love the hand-drawn style of the images and by using coloured card for a spot of paper piecing you can add some bold impact too :)

I've used a stitched square panel for my stamping and then mounted it to a card base and trimmed off the excess. The base card has been stamped using the linear scribble from MFT's Distressed patterns.... by using a similar colour ink to the cardstock you can just add a subtle texture.


Well tha'ts another green fingered card!!.....
 I've gradually moved from the allotment to indoor plants over the last three weeks!!
Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

August Challenge Week 3

Here is your final reminder to play along with our colour challenge this month.  We have a great collection of colours for you to choose from this month for our prize winning challenge.  As always just pick your preferred option and use at least 3 colours from it - NO BACK LINKS - new work only will be accepted.  You can create anything you like and combine with other challenges as long as you use at least one product from the vast arrange within Seven Hills Crafts.  The winning entry will get a £20 voucher to spend in store.

Here are the final members of our DT with their takes on the challenge

I chose the 3rd colour scheme for my card, 

I chose the first colour scheme for my card, doing hand drawn stripes using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (033 Persian Green, 036 Light Blue, and 050 Yellow), stamping with Altenew Halftone Happy, and the sentiment using Altenew Happy Die.

Link up to our challenge page when you're ready to play.  You need a blog post/instagram/flickr page to put your entry on to link it to.  Sorry but direct emailed or facebook posts cannot be accepted - entries must use the link tool provided.   Deadline is 10pm on Sunday 27th August

Mini Shaker

Good morning all - hope you're having a fabulously crafty weekend.  I'm continuing on my mission to have enough Christmas cards to send this year so have a little shaker card to share today using the new Avery Elle release again.

I've used Avery Elle's Warm Wishes stamp and taken the smaller jar and created a mini scene inside.  I stamped it with a pale grey ink and then masked over it whilst I stamped the snowflakes and sentiments using the new Deep Blue Seas inks from AlteNew.  To create the window for the shaker I used a craft knife to cut inside the lines and around the bow.

I then stamped my scene again on the front of my base card and coloured it in.  I wanted to add some metallics so used the red and green metallic pens from Kuretake on the bow, tree and church door.  I added some dimension with crystal drops for the snow (we are expecting restocks soon!) and just finished with a light watercolour wash on everything else.

I used some thin foam tape around the jar and made sure there were no gaps by blocking the corners with a little wet glue.  Once dry I added a little bit of white glitter so we have a very thin and subtle shaker - I was going for a snow globe feel as that's what the jars reminded me of.


There will be a lot of new stock in the store this week.
  • We've just received our delivery of Hero Arts so will have that live in the next couple of days (there are over 100 new items to add so it takes a long time to do!)
  • Our Lawn Fawn delivery is in transit - so other than any issues with customs clearance we should have the entire new release (and some restocks) available on Thursday when they release it in the USA.
  • We also have some new paper, embossing and stencil and embellishment collections from My Minds Eye and Echo Park which will be online this week.
  • We will have some tonic restocks coming soon including drops and pastes and hope to have them in early September.  We have finally managed to secure some more stamping platforms from their "next available shipment"   Sadly that won't be until sometime in October!
Catch you next weekend.


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Christmas in August

Hey stampers, Anni here.

I challenge myself to make two Christmas a month  cards so I won't stress myself out when December comes around! To be honest I am a little bit behind but now I decided to make another Christmas card.

For that I chose the super cute set by W Plus 9 called Friends For All Seasons: Winter.
I started by masking of my card panel leaving a circle open. In the set there are tiny snowflakes. I stamped these a few times and heat embossed them in white. Using the Emboss Resist technique I created a background by ink blending a winter sky over the snowflakes.

I stamped one of the foxes, the snowman and hats for both of them. To create a scene I added stamped images of the snow drifts and snowballs. For the stamping I used My Favorite Things' Black Licorice Hybrid ink. To colour the images I went with alcohol markers.

After fussy cutting the images I arranged them on my background.
I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Winter Scripty Sayings in black under the image.

For a finishing touch I added some dots of silver glitter to the sky.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Everything Will Be Ok...

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm sending you all some bold words of comfort I think we can all do with hearing from time to time...'Everything will be OK'!

Using the oh-so original Enveloper OK from Waffle Flower.

I was instantly drawn to these Enveloper stamps which were recently released by Waffle Flower, as they are unlike anything I have ever seen before.  There is a whole range to choose from, all of them look awesome filled with a ton of interesting images; so bold and unusual, something really cool and new to add to your collection.

I did wonder whether my card could be colourful with the outlines being so dominant, but actually, the boldness really helps a small amount of colour pop creating a very strong, on-trend, in-your-face statement card.

I started by stamping out the main design from the set onto a white card panel, and built up my scene by stamping out the foliage and flower stamps, (all from the same set), around the edge.  I then coloured the whole panel using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens mixed with water and cut my panel down using Lawn Fawn's Cross Stitch Rectangles.  I then cut another rectangle from a piece of white card, cut it down using Lawn Fawn's Speech Bubble Border, and stamped my sentiment within.

I finished by matting my panel onto black card and mounting onto a white card base.

As I mentioned earlier, there is a whole range of the 'Enveloper' designs, all full of awesome cool designs, so be sure to check them all out.

As always, everything I used is linked below.
See you next week.


Enveloper OK  Speech Bubble Border Die Image 1   

Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Good Times Flamingo Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I'm always happy to see a new kid on the stamping block! The newest brand in the Seven Hills Crafts store is Flora And Fauna and I couldn't be happier! I love them!

I pretty much bought almost everything, so deciding on a set to play with first was hard! I settled for the Flamingo Pool Party set because I'm still craving Summer:

I went minimal and modern with this card - Flora And Fauna sets lend naturally to this style with their quirky nature!

I kept my stamping simple, with the tree, flamingo and sentiment in black, the waves in an aqua, and the patterned 'sky' in a peach.

I added some simple watercolouring of the flamingo and sea to finish things off. That's all this card needs!

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, 16 August 2017

Sunny Big Hugs

Hi everyone, it's Esther here and today I've got a card featuring My Favorite Things Big Hugs Dienamic and a cute little sun from My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns. Perfect for a quick card to cheer up a friend or let someone know you're thinking of them!

I started by die cutting the Hugs die from a panel. I then lightly marked on the card base the tops and bottoms of the apertures of the letters. Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, I shaded this area from dark to light yellow and set the base aside to dry.

On the die cut panel, I stamped the little sun repeatedly using waterproof ink, then shaded the suns from dark to light yellow to match the letter apertures.

When everything was dry, I adhered the panel to the base.

That's it for today - thanks for visiting!