Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Sparkly Christmas shaker card.

I'm loving these Christmas stamps from Newtons nook  and wanted to get some  more  cards made using them.
I had already planned a shaker card although this one changed a bit as i saw the inky paws challenge on the Newtons nook blog and change to kraft.
You have time to order and play along :) 

Its a basic shaker card kept simple in design.
I started my card by adding stripe of glitter tape to my kraft card base.
I the cut my frame using lawn fawn stitched rectangles and stamped the snowflake from Newtons Christmas cuddles in gold ink. 

I had made the sky/snowy background using distress inks and added the fussy cut image before putting all the elements together.
The image is coloured with copics.

Newton's Christmas Cuddles

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A Baby Zoo Baby Set

Hello there! It's Lydia here with you today, so your clever Keren fix will be with you Thursday ;) . In the mean time I have a really cute baby set using Altenew 'Baby Zoo' , I know this is for a baby boy but if you just swap out the blue for pink it is quite easily for a baby girl.

Warning-this post is a little picture and text heavy :)

So in this set I have a card, a gift bag, tags and wrapping paper. I just love that by having a stamp set like this you can make everything coordinate.

Firstly the card and gift bag.....

I created the card by taking my card blank and adding a masking tape border around the outside, that way when I removed the tape I would have a clean white border around the edge of my card. I stamped the sentiment from the set first in black and then stamped the animals in blue, green and yellow.

For the gift bag I cut two of the Lawn Fawn 'Goodie Bag' dies and then stamped the animals all over them before sticking them together. The circle tag is from Lawn Lawn 'Stitched Party Banners', I stamped the elephants head and sentiment to it before punching a hole and adding it to the gift bag with some lemon twine.

Onto the tags and wrapping paper....

For the tags I cut some tag shapes from white card (you could use this set ). I stamped the animals and then added their detail layer in grey so as to not take too much attention from the sentiments that I then stamped in black. I love the sentiments in this set , they are so varied and some of them are quite unique! I added some lemon, lime and aquamarine twine to these.

For the wrapping paper I took a big piece of plain white paper and then stamped the animals randomly all over it before wrapping the gift and adding some more twine.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Hugs Lydia xxx


Monday, 23 November 2015

Garden Grown Birthday Wishes

Hello there :)

I'm back using one of my favourite stamp sets, perfect for those green-fingered folks. This time I have used the selection of potted plants in the Garden Grow Stamp set from Altenew and their matching dies which are a must for cutting out those intricate shapes ;)

I started by stamping and colouring the plants with Promarkers and Copics then cut them all out with the dies so I could play around arranging my little display :)

To make a subtle background I masked around the edge of the card to leave a rectangle in the centre. I then arranged all the small words and phrases in the set onto a long acrylic block in two staggered lines, making sure I could repeat stamp them across and down the card front. I used three shades of grey ink and started with the lightest at the top.

I felt the space needed some soft inking to help define the edges, especially around the lightest grey text at the top, so I sponged light grey ink in from the edges and faded it to nothing in the centre.

The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment is from an old discontinued Hero Arts stamp set in my stash that I felt fitted the card perfectly.

I absolutely love this set... so many uses and possibilities and it was also good to remind myself of a different way to use the smaller text stamps in the set too :)


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Chefs and Penguins

I've been having fun with my Stamping Bella images again this week - this brand was amongst the first I ever bought and remain my firm favourite to this day - I have more of them then I should mention!

On this first card which was specially made for a foodie friend, I've combined two stamps into the perfect card for her from me as we both love to cook!

Here I masked off one of the three chicks from Iron Chef Chicks so I could stamp a pair of them at the feet of Chanel the Chef to create a little cooking scene.   The sentiment is from the Chanel set too and is just the perfect quote for me and my mate too!  I coloured them with zig markers on watercolour paper and then used some co-ordinating strips of paper from the Dots and Stripes Sorbet paper pad from My Favorite Things.

I couldn't resist inking up another older stamp which just came back into stock as Penguideer is just such a fun stamp!

I've used a little trick here when working with small images if you want them to be the main element on a larger card without them looking lost.  I popped the penguin up on a little rectangle which mirrors the design on the base card.  This helps frame him but without distracting from the card base design.  I used Lawn Fawns stitched hillside borders to cut the snow drift and the sentiments are from Toboggan Together.  


We have the latest release and some restock from Altenew in stock now.

It will be quieter for the next week or so as the only arrivals we are waiting for are some Hero Arts items including the much anticipating kindness stamps by Jennifer McGuire.   Still no update so I will chase them this week.

Lawn Fawn and Avery Elle will both be starting their next sneaky peeks in a week or so - we've seen it already but can't share - but there are some fabulous new things coming with a focus on Valentines amongst other things.

Wplus9 will also have a new release in early December which we will be ordering shortly.

Lil' Inker Designs new release is on order and will be with us in time for release day.


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Create Depth and Dimension with Copic Coloring

Are you sick of Christmas cards yet? I sure hope not, but I thought that it would be fun to do something non-Christmas related today. It's the season of snow and cold and mulled wine, but also the season of running noses and sore throats. To be prepared for the inevitable cold, which this year will hopefully not strike me down at Christmas, I decided to prepare a few "get well" cards, just to have them handy.

There are a few aspects to this card that I would like to point out, specifically because I have struggled in the past a bit to make sure that my cards have a strong focus point but not a lot of distraction. I either ended up with cards that were too white with a focal point that was not interesting enough, or too much clutter on my card.

First and foremost, I tried to create interest for my focal point (the boot with the flowers) with my Copic markers. You know that I like high contrast coloring, which means I have deep shadows and light highlights. I tried to do this on this board here and I also added a few black dots, simply to give the boot more character.

I could have just mounted it on the white card base, but I decided to use some sponge daubers to create a blended background. I kept with a fall color scheme that would complement of the colors of the boot and flowers. I had the images fussy cut with my Scan ’n Cut machine and the slim white border helps for additional contrast against the background.

By having such a strong colored image and the colorful background, it's much easier and pleasing to the eye to leave the rest of the card white. You have one area on the card that draws in your attention. I even accentuated it by adhering some half pearls to the scallops on the diecut circle.

I had originally intended to add another butterfly on the front panel of the card, outside of the circle, but when I had placed it on my card I saw immediately that it wouldn't work. To have a contained area of color helps to draw the attention and to make that area pop even more against the rest of the card which is stark white.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Snowflakes and Sequins.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I am eventually facing the fact Christmas is around the corner!

I've noticed a lot of projects around blog land using a striking red and teal colour theme, and really wanted to try it myself, (there's a couple of cards in particular which I took inspiration from, so will link them at the bottom of my post), and here is my effort... 

I started by inking up a piece of watercolour card using Distress Ink, (Peacock Feathers and Broken China), creating a dark to light gradient, and adding a shimmer by spritzing with water mixed with mica powder, finishing with a few flicks of white.  Once I was happy with my background, I took my Lil Inker's Snowflake's Die, and cut three from my background, (leaving me 3 pretty snowflakes I can use on another card).  I was going to simply add a layer of vellum behind, but when I see a chance to add a wee little shaker to my card, well, I just can't pass it up!  So added some sequins and glitter behind each little flake. 

I cut Mama Elephant's Merry Script Die and coated in a couple of layers of red embossing powder to give it a really high gloss.  I finished my sentiment by white heat embossing a simple 'Christmas', from Lawn Fawn's Trim the Tree, on black card, and cut into a banner.
I added a wrap of bare twine and a cute little bow, and adhered my greeting over the top.  I added some silver Stickles around my snowflakes, and a scattering of sequins to finish off, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it, as always, everything I used is linked below, and below that, the stunning creations that inspired my project.

See you next week.


Snowflake Dies   Merry  Script - Creative Cuts   Trim The Tree

Inspo:  This, (which I think might be one of the most beautiful cards I have ever set eyes on!), and This stunner from the amazingly talented Debby Hughes -
and this beauty from Giovana Smith.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Monochrome Butterfly

Hi there! I hope you are having a great Thursday so far.

It's Lydia here with you today and I'm sharing a heartfelt sympathy card with you today, I know it's not a card that anyone likes to make but they are needed sometimes.

I have used the fabulous butterfly from Altenew 'Bejeweled' and used the matching dies to cut it perfectly. Now usually butterflies are brightly coloured but this was not the look I wanted so I decided to colour mine in grey pencil.

As I wanted the card to be very soft I stamped my sentiment in a grey rather than a black ink, I used Winnie & Walter 'Happiest Of Holidays'. Even though this is from the winter release ths set can be used all year round.

To finish I added a scallop bottom to my card layer using Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Scallop Borders' and added so clear sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs Lydia xxx