Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Hello September!

Hello! and how did it finish being summer already? In honour of it being September, I thought I'd do a fall/autumn inspired card using several different Lawn Fawn sets.
The background was created by using the Louie's 123's dies. I added the dies onto the card blank, saved the insides of the numbers & added a layer of acetate behind the front to which I added the insides of the 6,8,9 & 4.  
http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/~/product/category=2717757&id=36694237
 
The little bird is courtesy of this lovely set. I've not inked up the bird before, but I wanted the idea of the bird perching on a tree which was shedding its leaves (or hearts in this case!)
http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/~/product/category=2717757&id=36595407
 
To get the tiny hearts, I used the dies from the Hello Baby die set; there are two different sized hearts- they may be tiny, but are ever so useful!
http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/~/product/category=2717757&id=36694211
 
The little tree is, in fact from the Into The Woods set, but as that's out of stock- and there's THIS yummy new set instead (which is winging its way to me as I type, but didn't make it here in time for me to create this project!!). The trees here would be great, just trimmed down slightly.

http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/~/product/category=2717757&id=39872398
That's quite enough flannel for me.. I'm starting to think of warming casseroles and steamed puddings, and hot water bottles and a roaring fire...oh wait..that's an advert..I don't have an open fire!! Meanwhile, I hope you don't have to put away your sandals just yet ;-)
 
See you next week,
 

Monday, 1 September 2014

September Challenge - Week 1

Sorry this is late but I have just about managed to squeeze in a little time in between packing orders to finish viewing all last months challenge entries so we could all vote for our winner.  There was a clear winner for us all this  month (we don't always agree!) and so I am pleased to announce that the winner of our £15 voucher this month is Kate with this knockout floral number.  Isn't is just stunning!   I have to try grey flowers very soon.....    Kate, please drop me an email through the store to collect your voucher.


There was also agreement on our runners up this month - congratulations to Sarah and Gra who rocked our colour challenge too.


Please take your winners badge for your blogs ladies.


Right - back to this month......

We have a really simple sketch for you to play with this month - open to interpretation in many, many ways - not just for cards!  (You can even flip it if the orientation doesn't work for you - as long as we can see the sketch was the inspiration)  You can make anything you like with it, as long as you use at least one product from our store and if you like up to the challenge page and link the challenge on your blogs you could be in to win £15 to spend in store too!   Easy peasy right?  So what are you waiting for???



Here's what the week 1 team did with it:

Jenny


Louise

Head on over to the Challenge page to link up your entry once you've had time to play!  The link stays open until 10pm on the 22nd September......    http://makethedayspecialcards.blogspot.co.uk/p/challenges.html



Faux Painting on Wood

Good Morning :0)
Well it's been an indulgent weekend here with new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies arriving :0)
I also picked up a pack of the Wood Veneers that Tara has in store and I thought I'd have a play with them to see what I could make...

As you can see straight away, it's green!! I took the piece of pine veneer and sponged white pigment ink across it before swiping Bundled Sage distress paint over the whole piece... I love that you can see the grain through the colours.

I wanted to achieve a stencilled paint look so I used Lawn Fawn's Penelopes Blossoms stamped first in Memento Pistachio dye ink to give a tone on tone effect. I then used this as a guide to over stamp the individual leaves and flowers using a selection of Avery Elle and Memento pigment inks.... had you noticed the individual elements in Penelopes Blossoms are exactly the same size used in the semi-circular display???

Being pigment inks you have to remember they need drying time although you can easily use a heat tool on this veneer at a gentle heat and remembering to keep the tool moving!!
Whilst the pigment inks give good coverage on the wood I still love the translucent quality of some of the colours, to finish I edged the trimmed piece with white ink and matted onto grey card for contrast :0)
The veneer has a self adhesive backing which is super sticky and makes life a lot easier :0)

                                   Peel & Stick Veneer Pack   Penelope's Blossoms

It's the 1st of September so our next monthly challenge will be launched later today and this time we have a sketch for you so stay tuned for that and as always a reminder that the new Paper Smooches Sparks challenge went live yesterday. It's Anything Goes and I've used Market Fresh and Streamers for my DT card... check out the challenge details here :0)

Thanks for stopping by :0)
Jenny x

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bright and Fabulous

Hi there! Lydia here with you today on this dreary Sunday morning but hopefully I have a card that will brighten your morning if just a little.


I made this card with the Lil Inker set 'Spot On', although this is currently OOS it is back soon so just keep your eyes peeled. The inks that have been used are the fabulous Hero Arts Shadow Inks that Tara has recently added to the store - in Tide Pool (sorry OOS), Bubblegum (currently OOS) and Lemon Yellow. I have to say that Lemon Yellow is one of my favourite inks and its just one that I keep reaching for again and again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs Lydia xxx

Spot On  Bubble Gum Shadow Ink  Lemon Yellow Shadow Ink   Tide Pool Shadow Ink

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Va Va Voom!

Surprise! 
Its Lou here,taking an unusual Saturday-just to keep you on your toes ;-)

Thank you cards. You can never have too many of them knocking around,right? Well today's card is the quickest simplest 'thank you' card ever. EH-VAH! Here it is...

See? Told you ;-) And how CUTE is that little guy?! Bet you don't know which stamp set he is from...Give up? Well,hurry as there is only 1 set left and it wont be coming back,so to get hold of it again will cost you an air fair State side (or some hefty customs ;-) ) He is from Unity's My Dear set,right here,and what a great price for these excellent quality stamps! But hurry! If no one buys this last set,I will be back next week to show you some more ideas on how cute this set is-you have been warned!
 Here he is again...

Hmm,ooh la la! So what other stamps did I use to make this. The shading is from Paper Smooches Positive Strokes (OOS for now,but will be back!) and the sentiment is from the scrummy Mama Elephant Around We Go. Voila! 
I hope you like him. Don't forget our new challenge is coming up in a few days :-)

Lou x

Friday, 29 August 2014

Girly Unicorn Birthday Card

Hi there and happy Friday! Lydia with you today and I'm sharing a card using some of the older Lawn Fawn sets.

This is actually the card that I gave my baby girl for her birthday ( she is getting too big ). She is such a girly girl so literally anything pink pleases her.



I created the shaped card blank using Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Party Banners' and the sentiment strip uses Lawn Fawn 'Speech Bubble Border'. I made the personalised sentiment using Clark's ABCS and the paper is from the Lawn Fawn 'Let's Polka' 6x6 pad. The unicorn is from one of my favourite LF sets 'Critters Ever After'. 

All these Lawn Fawn goodies are in stock....... as well as the NEW RELEASE!! That's right only a day after America we have the new stock in and ready to be shipped out to you. 

I'm off to put in my order, so have a great weekend.

Hugs Lydia xxx 


Speech Bubble Border Die  Stitched Party Banners Lawn Cuts  Clark's ABCs  Critters Ever After  Let's Polka 6x6 Paper Pad

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ombre Wood and Paper

Hello again - fed up of me yet?  Sorry - Lou and I have swapped today so I can show you a quick project I've made to showcase our brand new wood veneer packs which I am totally in love with (so yes you're going to be seeing a lot of them!)


I created a quick background using one of the ombre papers from the new My Mind's Eye paper pads and layering up some card on top for dimension.  To join the two sides together I used a tag die cut.  I layered up some strips of the veneers on an off cut of card in an ombre pattern until I had an area big enough to die cut.  I put the die on an angle for added interest and cut it out with the tagged stitched die from Papersmooches - the stitched detail shows up fantastically in the wood.

To finish I die cut the scripty thanks from Lawn Fawn from another shade of the veneer - the packs give you lots of options, and simply stuck it on top of the tag - that sticky backing certainly comes in handy!   Here's a shot of all the colours you get:



You can stamp on the wood or colour it with markers too so it is very versatile.

For those of you waiting on Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Lil' Inker Designs - you may want to stay close to the website this weekend.........

See you on Sunday.

Tara