Monday, 3 August 2015

More Shared Stamping

Do you remember that challenge we set ourselves as a DT to create different cards using the same stamp set, well that stamp is still doing the rounds amongst the DT and today we have a guest blog from Louise who decided to join in with us too.

Louise went for a genius monochrome look which would be great for those tricky masculine cards.  Using a kraft base and stamping a great background using Neat and Tangled's Sunburst stamp which really highlights the cake.  The stamps are from the Birthday celebration stamp and die set from Echo Park.

If you're wondering where Jenny is - don't panic - she's just up to her eyes in laundry following her family holiday but she will be back next Monday as normal.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Jingle Stripes

Well it's August and as usual in the UK pretty miserable outside, so I thought I'd make a start on my Christmas cards - I was so far behind last year I almost had to send shop bought cards "shock horror" so I do need to get ahead this year for sure!

I started with the great Graduated Stripes Cover plate die from Neat and Tangled and die cut it just once from green card - the bonus on this die is that you can create two cards from the one die if you use the stripes that fall out as well as the plate die itself ;-)   This die is ONLY available here and at Neat and Tangled - it was exclusive to them but I persuaded them to let me have it for my UK and European customers.

I paired the die up with Jingle all the Way from My Favorite Things.  For the first card I used the dancing Santa and die cut a stitched circle from the cover plate die and embedded a white stitched mat into the space to mount the Santa onto.  I love the HO squared sentiment - makes for a fun and funky card!

For the second one I just layered the stripes that came out of the die closer together on the bottom of the card leaving room at the top for the trees and presents which I masked and then coloured with pencils so it wouldn't show on the inside of the card.  The Santa's are coloured with copics.


  • August is going to be a HUGE month!   Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, and Avery Elle all have their Autumn/Winter releases out this month.   We have our order into Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts, Avery Elle's will be the last release on the 27th so that won't be coming for a couple of weeks yet.
  • My Favorite Things have releases every month on the 7th so that one is already en-route and will be available on release day.
  • Mama Elephant also release every month on the 15th - our order for that one is in and hopefully we'll have it for release day also.
  • Wplus9 is also having a release towards the end of the month and that will be available for me to order tomorrow.
  • SugarPea Designs have a new release out but due to a mix-up it won't be available to us until later in the month but it will be coming along the with restocks on the home die that everyone is waiting for.
  • We are getting restocks from Winnie and Walter as their next release is not until late September.
  • We are waiting for our order from Altenew to ship and hope that will be at some point in August.
Told you it was going to be a BIG month!   If anyone has any spare elves knocking around - I could use some to help pack!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.   Happy Crafting


Saturday, 1 August 2015

August Challenge Week 1

We're back with a new challenge today and you have 3 whole weeks to play along.  This month we're playing with a nice simple sketch so nothing as taxing as last month's challenge so we're hoping for a record number of players!

You can flip the sketch and change the shapes a little to fit your design, as long as we can see our sketch was your jumping off point.  You must also use at least one product we sell in store to be eligible for the £15 prize voucher.

Need a little inspiration?   Well our fabulously talented design team will be here each week with our interpretations , here are the first 3 but make sure you come back in 7 days to see some more.

Using Celebrate You by My Favourite things and Stitched Borders

Using Paper Smooches Chubby Chums and Sentiment Sampler.

Using Waffle Flower Lotus and Leafy, So Happy plus Stitched Borders and Enamel Dots

You have until 10pm Sunday 23rd August to link up your entry here when you've made it.

Artsy Coloring with Wplus9 Doodle Buds

Rise and shine, crafters! No matter what's going on with your day, I'm determined to put a smile on your face today :-) For that reason, I decided to go with bright and cheerful colors for today's card.

I'm also using the wonderful stamp set by Wplus9 called “Doodle Buds”. It's a wonderfully whimsical and just perfect for coloring.

On the flowers and on the stems I used my trusty Stabilo markers. You can create great gradients with these pens without even having to use water by blending them into each other with small circular motions (I have videos for that on my blog - you can find me via the sidebar).

For the green bottom I put down some color first with the markers and then went in with a damp brush and smooshed that out towards the bottom.

I added some dots with my pens in the background to give this card a more artsy look. And of course I could not resist using a white gel pens to add additional accents onto the color.

For the bottom of the card, I used a strip of dark patterned paper and then another patterned paper as a background for my sentiment.

I hope you have enjoyed the card and I'll see you again soon!

Friday, 31 July 2015

July Challenge Winner

We'll have a brand new challenge starting tomorrow as it's the first of a new month, so it's high time we announced the winners of this month's challenge which I think its fair to say you all found a little tricky as the number of entrants was pretty low.  I promise we have some easier for August!

However, we did have some brilliant entrants to our twisted Christmas challenge and I know those who gave it a go did find it a lot of fun and they certainly stretched their stash to get more out of those stamps that only see daylight at Christmas!

The winner of the £15 prize this month is Claire - her idea to take the Narwhal to the beach for his holidays was brilliant and I love how she used the Christmas stamps to create palm trees and even shells on the beach!

Our runners up were Thordis who created a stunning stamped background using some of the smaller stamps from Avery Elle's Noel set that might otherwise be overlooked.

and Cornelia who used a Christmas tree to create this brilliant rainbow focal point on her card.

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow afternoon to find out what our new challenge is - we love it when you play along!

A friend for all weathers.

Hi everybody,

I hope you're doing just fine.

Well, well, well, what suprise, we're in July, the peak of the, not so fabulous, British summer ... and it has rained non-stop up here in Newcastle for the last 3 days!

So I thought this card was particualrly fitting...

I used Mama Elephant's 'Chance Of Rain' set to make my card.  I adore this's the little bear in his little raincoat, he is just beyond adorable, the expression on his face just makes me chuckle!

I started by stamping out all my elements, coloured them using Crafter's Companion's pencils, and fussy cut.  I then used Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mustard seed Distress Inks to create a watercolour wash background, which, once dry, I added some sparkly raindrops to, using a stencil and some sparkle paste.  I then stamped out my sentiment, into one of the empty cloud shapes that comes in the set, and onto vellum, setting with clear embossing powder,  
Now I love vellum, but there's always the, 'hmmmm, how am I gonna attatch it?', vellum conundrum that comes with it.  Well, I think I may have just found the answer...the wonder pruduct that is 'Stick-it'.  Now excuse me if I'm a little late to this party, and y'all are like, 'erm, yeah Jill, everybody knows that', but I didn't!  I was wondering how to adhere my piece, and thought I'd give it a shot and see how much the Stick-it showed up behind, so stuck to the back and cut down to the same size - and it was all but invisible!  Now, I'm not sure how it would look on, say, plain white card, (I'm gonna have a little play), but it worked an absolute treat here!  

My little characters are all adhered using foam tape for some dimension, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it, and, even if you all already knew the Stick-it/vellum secret...can we at least pretend I made a discovery :)

As always, all products I used are linked below so be sure to click and peek!

See you next week.


Chance of Rain      Stick It Die Cut Adhesive Sheets (pack of 5) Large

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Buzzy Birthday


I love a good pun so the stamp set from Reverse Confetti The Buzz makes me very happy!  I have two punny birthday cards for you today.

I stamped the smaller bee from the set randomly in the background and coloured them with Spectrum Noir pencils and wink of stella.  The sentiment is white embossed on black and popped up.

Given my terrible track record in actually sending birthday cards I am more likely to use this one with its 'I forgot' message!  This time I used the larger bee from the set and added glitter to the trail and wings.
I love the round, clean look of the bees in this set - they are very easy to make clean designs with.
Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah x
The Buzz