Friday, 27 March 2015

My nod to Warhol

Lydia is off having fun in Rome so I'm filling in again today - sorry you'll be fed up of me now!

I've seen lots of pop art stamping on pinterest recently and I've always been a fan so I thought I'd dig out the Warhol within and see what I could do with it.   I have to say that my colours are a lot more neon irl but the limitations of computer screens mean its impossible to show them and my little kitty bottom right is all pastel which he so isn't!   Anyhow - it's a fun style to play around with and has endless possibilities and is very easy to achieve so I hope you give it a go.

I marked out a piece of white card with a grid big enough to house the kitty from My Lucky Charm and drew light pencil lines to follow for masking.  I stamped the kitty into each rectangle and then made a couple of masks of him (you could do it with 1 or cut 6 to do all at once) and masked off one rectangle at a time with the kitty masked too and then used the straight to paper technique with pigment inkpands in really bright colours until I had the backgrounds for each coloured.  Remove the masks, and repeat with each until all 6 are coloured. 

Once fully dry I coloured each kitty with copics with flat colour - no shading in a Warhol! Using just 2 clashing colours for each.  I wish you could see the true colours as its much more vibrant than this shot!   This was the painting I used as my inspiration.

Once I'd finished with that I added a sentiment using Scripty Sayings and just extended the swirls freehand to split it over the two lines from edge to edge.  A little black panel on the side pulls it all together and highlights the contrasting colours.

We have lots of new stock in store today - Altenew and Mama Elephant and restocks from Waffle Flower.


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Star Signs Trio


I have been dying to play with my cute Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars set for ages - I don't really know which sign of the zodiac goes with which month but the images are just too sweet to resist!  So sweet that I made 3 cards to share with you :)

I have watercoloured each of the images and die cut them with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle and Squares dies.  I created different backgrounds using Winnie and Walter's The Big, The Bold and The Happy stamps and Big Bang Confetti.  I found these images really easy to work with and they added to my stash of birthday cards.

Hopefully these stamps will be back in store later today or tomorrow once our crafty superhero, Tara, has had the chance to upload the latest delivery from Mama Elephant!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sarah x

The Big, the Bold and the Happy   Big Bang Confetti   Cosmic Stars    Label Love 
Large Stitched Square Lawn Cuts  Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Florals in pencil.

I have two  cards to share today using flower stamps from Avery Elle.
I saw this pencil technique a few places and gave it a try and i love that its a different look to copics or watercolours.

I used the large bloom flower from Petals and stems for this card.
To start i stamped it in pixie ink and let dry.
I then used coloursoft pencils to colour over the ink.

I used the same technique with this flower from blossoms and blooms.
This time stamping in silver fox ink so that is shows on the coloured card.

Click the images below to go to the products used in today's cards.

Silver Fox Pigment Ink Pad Pixie Pigment Ink Pad

Petals & Stems Oh Happy Day Blossoms and Blooms

Celebrate Large Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Pac-Man Pie!

Hi! Hope you're all ok today? Today I've gone back to the 80's.
80's gaming in fact. That time when Pac-Man was totally cool and I remember trying to master the game before the monsters got me.
This card came about as I was looking at this set Humble Pie from Avery Elle
See the pie/PacMan? 
I needed some fruit and so immediately thought of the Milk and Cookies set from WPlus9
Simple, a little cool and perfect for that bloke or even a teen into gaming.
It made me smile making it...altho you don't want to see my first attempt! ;-0
See you next week..

Keren x

Monday, 23 March 2015

Coloured pencils

Good Monday morning to you :)
Today I've got a splash of rainbow colours to brighten your day and a fun technique to make your own background patterns....

I was totally inspired by a card in our monthly challenge gallery entered by the talented Kate who had used the Hero Arts cactus stamps to make a faux textile effect pattern... I love the retro feel and minimal colours to shade them :)

I chose a simple pencil shape from Paper Smooches Just a Note and made myself quite a few masks (you'll need something with all-over low tack for this job) I trimmed them out, not being too fussy about keeping on the lines as this adds to the effect, then adhered them in a random pattern to my card panel before sponging with a soft brown ink over the whole piece...

Next step was to remove the masks and stamp the pencil with Memento ink roughly on or in the space left by the mask, for the best effect you need to try and get some more off-set than others..

Then, having experimented on a scrap piece of card with how much colour to add, I used the chisel end of my Promarkers to colour the pencils... that was the best bit :)

I chopped the finished piece into two so I could make a second card... each was matted onto black card and uses a sentiment from the same set :)

I love this chubby pencil image and there are quite a few images in this set that would work well for this technique ... plus it's at a bargain price in the sale *wink* :)
                                                            Just A Note

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Hey Foxy Lady

Good afternoon - sorry I'm a bit late posting today but I had to revise my plans on what I was posting today.  I had planned an extensive demonstration of all the exciting things you can do with our new foils from Thermoweb but I hit a few snags (they are new to me too!) and rather than post something which won't help you understand what they can do or help you avoid the pitfalls I found (and therefore waste foil - better that I do that so it doesn't cost you!) I thought I'd postpone it until I try some tips I found.  My issues were related to the printing and foiling with a laminator - it seems that because I have a colour laser rather than a black and white one, it can cause some issues so I want to try a black and white one to compare before I show you what to do.   I am also trying to video it, not something I have ever done before so bear with me (and don't laugh when you see and here me!) and I will try and have it sorted for next week.

So, for today I decided to do a little bit of foil but also to show off my favourite new stamp and die set that has just arrived from Lil' Inker Designs.

I adore this fox - it is such a versatile set as the stamps that match the die have different sets of eyes so you can do girls, boys and different experssions.    I die cut her from orange and white card and simply used 3 pencils to add a little shading a furry texture.  Stamp the face and stick him together (I added stick-it to the back of the card before I started to make it super quick and easy!)

I wanted to sit her on a little hill so I die cut a blue back ground using the rectangle dies.  For the green hill I wanted to add foil so I covered a strip of green card with Stick-it and then simply pressed the lime foil onto the sticky surface and it you get super shiny foiled card -yummy!  To make it hill shaped I die cut with the rectangle to get the stitched edge and then rather than using the standard grassy border die I used the grassy cupcake die and sat the bottom edge just inside so it wouldn't cut the bottom but cut a slightly curved top to make a hill shape.

The sentiment comes as two lines but I did a little stamp surgery and cut in between the lines with very sharp scissors so I could stamp it as one long banner across the card.  This isn't as scary as it sounds and it just goes back together as originally intended but gives you more scope from your stamps.


  • Lil Inker Designs are live in store
  • Thermoweb ICraft foils are in store and some colours are already selling out
  • Altenew have FINALLY shipped the order I placed around 10 weeks ago and I hope it will be in store by Tuesday.
  • Mama Elephant's latest release and massive restocks will also be here this week
 Catch you next week

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Stretch Your Dies for Easter Cards

Hi crafty friends, Julia here!

I hope you are having a fantastic start into the weekend! Let's take a second look at some dies and check out how I turned the leaves of the Spring Flowers Dies set from Lil Inker into little Easter Eggs:

I wanted to create a little easter basket with some grass and the eggs tucked neatly inside of it. Out came my new Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die, which is just as lovely as I had hoped:

I die cut a piece of green card stock for the grass, and then cut it down to fit into the little nest I created. All you need to do is cut two slits into your card stock, and then fiddle your twine through a few times.  Finally, I stamped some florals onto another panel in colors that matched the ones I had used for the eggs, but muted that by layering some vellum on top. Mount that on your card base and you're done!

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to check out the video of how I created this card, hop over to my blog, you'll find the link in the sidebar to your right.

As always, I'm listing more supplies below than I actually used to give you some alternatives in case the products I mentioned are out of stock. If they are: since recently, the store has a very neat feature where you can sign up (right in the product's description) to be informed when something is back in stock. That gives Tara a great indicator of how much stuff she should order and you can place an order as soon as the items are loaded in the store. 

As always, you can find a video tutorial on how to create this card on my blog. Click on my name below after checking out the products in the store to have a peek.

Julia xoxo