Saturday, 17 March 2018

Happy Purrr-Thday

Hey stampers, Anni here!

There are cat lovers and dog lovers in the world! And in only rare cases there is both in one person! Me, I am a cat person! I like dogs, don't get me wrong but if I would be able to have a pet it definetly would be a cat (insert sigh here)!

So, if I can't have a cat in real life it has to be a cat on a card! There are many many great cat stamp sets aut there but one of my favourites has to be My Favorite Things' Cat-Itude. So many darling cat images!
For today's card I stamped one of them and a food bowl and coloured the images with coloured pencils. After finishing the colouring I fussy cut them (don_t panic, there are coordinating dies available, too).

Then I die cut a frame with My Favorite Things' Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames from white cardstock. For my background I die cut a circle from masking paper and used the negative part to mask of the inner part of the frame die cut.
I added some ink blending in greens and turquoises. Then I removed the mask. For the clouds I used Newton's Nook's Cloudy Sky Stencil an some eb´mbossing paste.
And then all there was left to do was assembling my card.

And now let me know: Are you a cat or a dog person? Or are you both?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 16 March 2018

Rainbow Chicks.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’ve got a rainbow of chirpy birds...

...using Lawn Fawn’s Simply Celebrate.

Lawn Fawn’s newest release is another absolute knock-out and this set is no exception. Rows & rows of beautiful borders including some of my favourite Lawn Fawn images - like these cute chicks for example.

It’s a very simple card; I wanted to make something nice and easy but with a ton of colour.
I started by stamping out my birdy borders over & over, & clear heat embossing onto a watercolor card panel.  I then reached for my trusty Zigs to colour them all in, aiming for an ombré rainbow kinda vibe. Once dry, I also lightly coloured the background.  I then stamped and clear heat embossed this speech bubble sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Chit Chat and cut out, leaving a white trim as if it had been die-cut.  I added a few twirls of twine beneath my sentiment, embellished with a scattering of sequins, and there you have it, a rainbow border of beautiful birdies!

Hope you like.

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Simply CelebrateChit Chat Image 1 Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Vintage Floral Hello Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I love the timelessness of vintage items. Whether it's a treasured trinket or heirloom jewellery, a retro telephone or iconic typewriter, or classic couture or a faded print... there's just something so magical about holding in your hands an item with history.

It was with all that nostalgia that I decided to make a more vintage style card for today! And in keeping with the vintage theme, I couldn't think of anything better to incorporate than florals. It also gave me a chance to pull out the Altenew Flower Arrangement stamp set and put it through its paces:

Stunning, right?! I couldn't be more thrilled with how this turned out!!

I started by stamping the Reverse Confetti Something Wonderful stamp set onto my card base and heat embossing it with white embossing powder. I blended a couple of Distress Inks over it to bring out the design, then added a few different layer of patterned paper and vellum and some sparkly gold ribbon to build up the look.

Then it came to the time to create my flowers! I pulled out some of the Altenew inks and got to work, combining them with some other inks in my stash! I added thin lines of adhesive to the leaves and added some gold glitter for added glam!

I fussy cut my florals then adhered them in place with dimensional glue gel for lots of custom dimension! The sentiment from the Flower Arrangement set worked perfectly to finish off the design!

Check out all that dimension! Awesome!!

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, 14 March 2018

Honesty Seeds

Hello, yes it's Jenny here on a Wednesday and my card today features some beautiful Honesty seed heads which I've created using a Concord & 9th stamp set....

Do you recognise the beautiful papery seed heads?
 Like these...

I've used Concord & 9th's Beautiful Branches stamp set and turned one of the round leaves into a seed head and the berry stamp into the seeds.

Although the leaf is an almost solid image you can use the rock & roll technique on the inkpad to just ink the edges. I have used Pumice Stone Distress ink so I could reactivate the ink with a waterbrush and soften the edges and wash over the seeds to soften the colour. When the image was dry I then went in with ink and water on a brush to add the darker edge and line details.... I stamped out three images to show you the stages..

 I used a sentiment from the set and simply adhered the panel to a dark brown card base, 
I love the monochromatic colour palette :)

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Spring Brushstroke Blooms

Spring is my favourite season. I look forward to the tree blossom and daffodils, and hopefully some warmer weather! My card today has a spring feel to it, with the sunshine yellows, complimented by a touch of soft grey.

I began by stamping some flowers from the MFT Brushstroke Blooms stamp set. I used MFT dye inks. Then I cut the images out with the coordinating dienamics.

For the background, I die cut the Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes cover die from white card, and adhered it to a white card base. I wanted to add a touch of colour, so I die cut it again from yellow patterned paper, then paper pieced the small diagonal pieces into the white cover die. I’ll keep the rest of the yellow patterned cover die cut for another card.

I stamped a birthday greeting in the centre of the card, then adhered the flowers and leaves around the edge, using some foam tape for the flowers. I finished the card with some sequins.

Thanks for joining me today,

MFT Brushstroke Blooms
MFT Brushstroke Blooms Dienamics
Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes

Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Spring Papers

Monday, 12 March 2018

Party Pals Celebrations

I've swapped with Jenny this week to bring you this celebratory card featuring the cute Avery Elle Party Pals stamp set!

I stamped out the two bunnies and a star from the Avery Elle Party Pals set onto some blending cardstock with some alcohol-friendly MFT Licorice Black Hybrid ink. I coloured these in using my alcohol markers using the lighter warm greys, some pink for their nose and ears, and a couple of reds for the star. I used my Scan 'n Cut cut to cut them out but you can also use the coordinating dies.

From the Simple Stories Let's Party paper pack, I cut out a panel of light greenish-blue patterned paper that was just slightly smaller than A6 and mounted it onto a top folding A6 white card base. I also added some white stitched lines around the edge with a white gel pen, bringing in the white of the background as the pattern was so subtle. From the same pack, I die cut a star using a really old die from my stash (something like the Altenew Halftone Stars would also work) and used some Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide to give some dimension to the star and pop it up from the background. I adhered this directly to the background panel, popping the bunnies and star I coloured earlier up on some foam tape in the centre of the yellow star.

I cut several of the Lawn Fawn Scripty Congrats die cuts, including one from black cardstock, and adhered them together with the top layer slightly offset. This I adhered underneath the star and covered in some Glossy Accents. A few clear sequins and a couple of white gel pen dots finish off this lovely celebratory card!

Thanks for reading. Jenny will be posting this Wednesday but I'll be back next week with some more inspiration!



Sunday, 11 March 2018

It's all about the Bella

I've got a couple of cards to share today featuring Stamping Bella images.  When I want to do some colouring for therapy then I pretty much always turn to my Bella's as you can make them simple or go to town depending on how you feel and after the last couple of weeks I was in need of some serious colouring this weekend so here's what I made yesterday.

I wanted a fun card for an upcoming girlfriends birthday so I grabbed one of the stamps from the Uptown Girls range - Snapshots Acting Goofy - and coloured it with pencils.  I watched a couple of pencil classes on craftsy free weekender last weekend and one of them was about combining pencils with watercolour so I used that for the background in the photo - soft pencil lines getting darker at the bottom finished with a pale watercolour wash to smooth it out and make it a little brighter.

For the card background I used oxide inks (which will be in store this week along with their reinkers!) through the Neat and Tangled Balloon Duo Stencil and then stamped a row of glasses and a sentiment from Reverse Confetti's Clink stamp.  The little Party Time stamp is from Mama Elephant's Occassional Labels.

For my second card I've used one of the brand new stamps from the utterly fabulous Rosie and Bernie range which was released on Thursday.  We got ours late on Friday and they will be in store to buy tomorrow when I've finished adding them but I couldn't resist inking one up yesterday (I am allowed a bit of time off now and then to play myself!)   I found it really hard to chose one of the stamps - I want them all - but I opted for Rosie Loves Bernie in the end as I was drawn to that rear view of the main and tail and I decided to go rainbow on my unicorn.

Again I coloured the image with pencils, cut it out with the co-ordinating die, and then paired it on a background made using the Stitched Rays die from Reverse Confetti on a sheet of paper from their beautiful fun times paper pad.   This die cuts perforated lines to create the rays which is a beautiful subtle background but I wanted something more bold so I just used scissors to snip along the lines and removed every other ray to get a different look.  The sentiment is from the same Mama Elephant Occassional Labels stamp I used before.


  • Tomorrow Lil' Inker Designs have a new release and it will be live in store tomorrow afternoon.
  • We'll also get the Stamping Bella release live tomorrow as quickly as I can get it all added.
This week we also expect to receive:
  • Concord & 9ths new release by the end of the week hopefully
  • Mama Elephant's dragon-tastic new release on the 15th
  • Our new selection of products from Ranger including the latest Oxide Ink colours
  • A very BIG selection of old and new products from Art Impressions including the watercolour range.  This will take a while to load so it may be next week before that's completed as I have to fit in adding product around packing orders, ordering new product and dealing with general correspondence.
  • We are waiting for the latest release from AlteNew to ship and are not quite sure when that will arrive.
That's all from me today - hope all you yummy mummy's out there are having a fabulous Mother's Day and have lots of crafty time today whilst everyone else does the chores!