Monday, 22 September 2014

Celebrate with Cake!!

Good Monday morning to you all :0)

I'm tempting you into the new week with some birthday cake this morning, yup and this one is calorie free *wink* :0)
I'm also using the sketch from the current AEIHeartU challenge.... did you know that Avery Elle run there own challenge blog too?? It's well worth checking out the details here :0)

I've used the sentiment from the Cake and Candles stamp set.... its uniform square shape immediately made me think of a layered birthday cake so I heat embossed the whole sentiment on three different colours of cardstock before chopping them up. For the cream layer I used a red embossing powder on cream card so it would show up and also to mimic jam and cream... yum :0)
A birthday cake has to have candles and there are some lovely chunky candles in the Avery Elle stamp set called Fill the Blanks, perfect style to match the cake and easy to line up for repeatedly stamping them for a blaze of candles on the cake :0)

I assembled the cake in a 'wonky on purpose' fashion... (not unlike my cakes in real life *wink*) on top of three strips of washi tape and then added the stars and streamers from the same set along with a few dots of silver stickles for some bling!!!

                                  Cake & Candles  Fill In The Blanks

Speaking of sketches, our own sketch challenges closes tonight at 10pm (GMT) so hurry if you want to play along to be in with a chance of winning a £15 voucher to spend in store.... it's also a great place for inspiration as we've had some amazing entries so far this month :0) Click on the link above or the challenge tab at the top of the page to find the gallery and inlinkz tool... we love to see your creations.

If that's not enough to wet your appetite for challenges, Paper Smooches Sparks have an Anything Goes challenge this week and here's my DT card made using the sets, Be Boppin and Simply Said
Jenny x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

It's all about Weddings

Hi folks - it's been a busy week for me with not one but two weddings to attend and gifts and stationery to make.   I made a very easy yet on trend gift using our wood veneers so thought I'd share that as today's project.

I used some woodgrain paper as a backdrop and then layered up some white card both smooth and textured using an embossing folder.  I then mounted two hearts that had been die cut from two of the veneers using the Wplus9 clear cut heart stackers dies onto stiff card cut using the same die.  Adding more dimensional foam behind them to give depth.  The date of the wedding was then stamped onto white card using the indespensible Milo's ABCs set.  Popped into a simple box frame - et voila - simple but personal wedding gift.


The latest release from Mama Elephant and Avery Elle is now live in store along with restocks from both companies.

Wplus9 restocks and the September release is in customs clearance and should be here next week.

Lawn Fawn restocks are on their way.

The Paper Smooches Christmas release is en-route too.

Altenew restocks are crossing the Atlantic at the moment.

Hero Arts restocks and Christmas products will be here soon too.

A quick heads up though - I have come down with a lurgy this weekend - will do my best to get orders out but please be patient if I'm not quite as quick as normal.

See you next weekend.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Create Your Own Patterns (and Use Your Dies in Unexpected Ways)

Hello fellow stamp addicts! This card is somewhat of an "accident" – I actually just wanted to play around with my new(ish) Papel Picado stamp set by Wplus9 and the matching dies. My first plan was to create a card what would open in a more creative way by having sort of a "label" stick out which you can grab and open the card to. Needless to say, the biggest effort was in figuring out how to send this through my die cutting machine to make it work ;)

But I think it looks different and creative enough to make all the headache worthwhile. The trick is to cut just far enough to create the sticking out "label" but not so far that you actually cut out the entire shape. In case you want to try this too, here are the steps (images below):
  1. Line up the die correctly on your card. Fix it in place with some low tack tape and also draw a thin pencil line that marks where your cutting plates need to be. Line your paper up on the bottom cutting plate, with the die on top of the cutting plate, but only as far as to the pencil line.
  2. Place the second plate on top, but again – only as far as the pencil line goes. Basically, the smallest part of your card is between the plates, and most of your card isn't even inside of the sandwich. Make sure that the top border of the die is not between the cutting plates because you want to partially die cut, not completely.
  3. Use a crafting knife, a cutting mat, and a good stable ruler to cut along the pencil line to get rid of the bottom part of the card.
  4. Done!

Once that is done, the rest was easy. I used some of the smaller stamps from the Papel Picado stamp set to create the pattern. I didn't draw any guidelines, just started in the middle and worked my way across the card. Since I was using pigment inks from Avery Elle (currently OOS, sorry!!), I just needed to make sure I wasn't touching the just stamped images (pigment inks need a while to dry).

On the inside, I used a Versa Gold Ink and also one of the little stamps from the same stamp set. I intentionally skipped the green here because I wanted to have some contrast so the recipient of the card would see immediately that it would open there. To increase the contrast between the outside and the inside, I smushed my ink pad onto some white card stock, then cut a thin stripe and glued it to the bottom of the front.

For the finish, I die cut the Hand Lettered Thank You, also from Wplus9, multiple times from white card stock and then used Glue 'n Seal (like Multi Medium Matte) to stick them all together. I prefer the matte glue because you can have boo-boos and no one will ever know. I added some white Wink of Stella brush and then coated the thick sentiment with glossy accents to trap the shine. And of course, this card wouldn't be finished if not for some sequins.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and it will make you look at your dies in new creative ways. Cheers!

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Dino Birthday

Hi there ! Happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing with you a card packed with lots of stampy goodness :)

I made the card base using  Lawn Fawn 'Large Stitched Journaling die', I used the die set also for the speech bubble for the sentiment. Those super cute dinos  and the super palm tree are from Lawn Fawn 'Critters From The Past'.For the tasty looking cake I used 'Bake Me A Cake' (sorry OOS).

The group of balloons are from Mama Elephant 'Up & Away' and the single is from Wplus9 'Whole Lotta Happy Dies'. For the sentiment I used a mix of Lawn Fawn 'Milo's ABCs' and Wplus9 'Strictly Sentiments 1'.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Hugs Lydia xxx

 Critters from the Past.   Bake me a cake  Large Stitched Journalling Die (4x6)  Whole Lotta Happy DiesUp and Away   Strictly Sentiments 1   Milo's ABC's

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Throwback Thursday

Hello! Happy Day-After-Humpday!

Do you have a Harry Potter fan living with you?! I do! Today's card is made using Lawn Fawn Gnome Sweet Gnome and Critters in the Arctic

The lightning bolts are from Lil' Inkers Cut it Out Clouds dies and the sentiment is made using good 'ol Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC's

I had to reverse stamp 'Hedwig' onto 'Dumbledore',or he would have had an owl butt in his face ;-),coloured them both with Copics and fussy cut them out. I think the little gnome works pretty well as a wizard,no? 

There is still time to play with this months challenge-its a sketch one,and has lots of lovely ideas from the DT to get you cracking!

See you next week!
Lou x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our friend ship grows

I made a card on my blog this week using Lawn fawns Our friend ship grows stamp set.
As it was out i stamped and coloured some more of the gorgeous sunflower images using copics and the no line technique.
I'm so pleased how they turned out. 
I added extra details using a white gel pen.
Then die cut them with the matching dies.
I decided to test out my lawn fawn goodie bag die and honestly if you haven't used it yet its so quick and simple and i would recommend it.
Lawn fawn restocks have been ordered so if your after anything that's out of stock follow our facebook page for all the updates.
I also made a tag, just to show that with the one stamp set you can get so much from it, it would look great just tied to some flowers a s a gift.

Here is the card i made  and i used the new Lawn fawn stitched rectangle dies ....i am in love with them they give a great look to cards. There are two sets and i would suggest getting both the large and the small as they work with each other.
Again some items may not be in stock, you can let Tara know you are interested on the comment form on the shop website.  

All pictures below should link to the item in the shop ...fingers crossed :)

Goodie Bag Lawn CutsRetro Tripple TwineStitched Scalloped Borders DieStitched Journaling Card

Tag, You're It DiesOur Friendship Grows DiesOur Friendship Grows

Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsLarge Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

September Challenge, Week 3

You still have a few days left to play along with our challenge.  Just follow this simple sketch and link up on our challenge page.

Our design team have some final awesome inspiration for you in case you're struggling for ideas.