Friday, 22 May 2015

Bejewelled Butterflies

Hi everybody,

Jill here, hope you are all well.

I've got some simple water colouring I'd like to share with you today...

Now, if I had to, (like really really really had to), choose a favourite technique, I think I would have to choose watercolour, (I'm so sorry inks, pens, papers, powders - you are all beautiful and I love you all very much!).  I just love the simplicity, the naivety, and how calming and enjoyable it is to do.  You don't have to be a master artist, just have fun and enjoy the process.  

I chose to use the stunning 'Bejeweled' set from Altenew for my card.  The loose, cool, stylised design screams out watercolour, and inspired me to keep it clean and fresh by using only a couple of colours.  I used Spectrum Aqua pens to paint my beautiful butterflies, but there's so many options when it comes to watercolour, we're spoilt for choice! I stamped both butterflies off the page, in Versamark Ink, heat embossed in white powder, and added my colour.  My sentiment is from the same 'Bejeweled' set, and is stamped out in the same two colours I used on my butterflies, mixed on the stamp, and spritzed with water to carry the laid-back theme through.  

I hope this has made you wanna go get your paints out - go deserve a little 'you time' :)

As always, everything I used is linked below, so click over to the store and check out all the gorgeous Altenew designs!

See you next week.



Thursday, 21 May 2015

Happy Beeday


Just a quick post to share a card that I have made with my fabulous new Reverse Confetti stamps - The BuzzIt is a great set to help add to that stash of birthday cards that always seems to need replenishing and the punny sentiments work for lots of other occasions too.

I love the clean lines of these stamps.  This is a simple design - I coloured the bee with Chameleon pens , stamped it on vellum a few times and glittered the wings to add some movement.  I stamped the hexagon background using a Paper Smooches stamp which I think has been discontinued (but you could use the little ones in Vogue Abode to do the same pattern or for a different background how about the Bees Embossing Folder)

I shall buzz off and leave you to enjoy the rest of your day :)

Sarah x

Large Stitched Square Lawn CutsThe Buzz


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Baked with love

Today I am revisiting the baked with love set from lawn fawn but not for a birthday card but something a little different.  

A recipe card!
Its all very simple and had I thought it out more there is so much more I could have done with it.
I have simply stamped and copic coloured some of the images and added some basic instructions for my most used cake recipe. 
You could easily make it  two sided or even two pages and turn it into laminated recipe cards or a mini book or even line the inside of a birthday card.
You could also use lots of other Lawn Fawn sets and i will link some up that would work well with the baked with love.

Baked with Love Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Alternative sets you could use ...

Best Pun Ever  Milk and Cookies Let's Roll 

Happy FeastHere's the scoopLove n Breakfast

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Doggone Cute!

I think most of you will know exactly which set this little dog is from
There's tonnes of cuteness in this set.. and as a new pup is in our family, I had to get it. Easy to make and probably one of the smallest cards I've ever made- only 8.5cm square!
The beauty of this set is that none of the dogs have any markings, so you can really go to town with recreating your own pooches look or just playing around as I did here.
One of the dogs looked like he was looking through something and so I created the idea of one of those play tunnels that agility dogs go through
By using some vellum and alcohol ink, it was easy to get a see-through effect!- and by positioning both the dog and the ball under the tunnel and using a near invisible glue, I could add the glue to the dog and ball (that were already mounted on foam pads) and thus they could be the anchor points for the 'hard-to-invisibly-glue-down' vellum parchment.
So very cute- and there are a really good pile of them left....go...FETCH!!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Two of your Five a Day!!

Hello there :0)... yes I've turned my attention to Fruit and Veg for my Monday morning blog post and it just so happens that today also marks the start of National Vegetarian Week too!!. I could pretend I planned it that way but that would be fibbing!!

I fell in love with the sketchy images in the Hero Arts 'Stamp Your Own Salad' set, they have a bold graphic feel and I could see textiles and patterns popping out at me so I suppose it's a bit odd that I should be trying watercolouring with these images. They help you cheat a little at watercolouring but the recipients of your projects will think you've spent ages on them :)

Because the images have a crosshatch scribbled look to them it means they lay down a nice amount of ink when you use distress ink pads so all you need is a damp waterbrush to fill in the base colour. I found second generation stamping best because its best to start with a pale colour!! Once the base colour is dry you can then build up extra layers and shades to add shape and texture to your images. It's all about taking some scrap watercolour card and having a play with ink and water :)

With the tomatoes above, I completed one fruit first and then blasted it with a heatgun to dry it off before stamping the second image behind it. You don't really need to make masks because you can roughly judge where to wipe the ink away from your image before you stamp it.... any overlap or gaps can easily be rectified when you add water. I got brave and tried inking half the tomato to make a wedge shape.... by wiping some of the ink away in the centre and using second generation stamping I managed to get a paler impression to work with. I Googled an image to make sure I replicated the inner colours and shapes right. I had a few practices first on scrap card :)

The carrots are created pretty much the same, one at a time and allowing them to dry in between layers. The tops aren't quite right for carrots (think they're supposed to be parsnips actually) but that's okay unless you show your husband who's a keen gardener!!
I stamped the tops in a pale green and used darker ink to colour them. The colour bled a little with these so I decided to go with it and work on that look but it's quite hard to make an accidental colour bleed look accidental!!

To finish them off I kept the base card simple and used Lawn Fawns Argyle and Gingham backdrops to add a subtle pattern. The sentiments are from Wplus9's Hand Lettered Thanks and Fresh Picked.

         Stamp Your Own Salad  Hand Lettered Thanks  Fresh Picked  Gingham Backdrops 
                       Argyle Backdrops  Quote Tag Dies  Dots and Dashes Dies

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Love Cats

Hi everyone,

Jill here, hope you are all well.

Today I'd like to share a clean and simple card I made using the irresistibly cute 'Smart Kitty' set from WPlus9...

Now I'll be honest, I'm straight up, through and through, well and truly, an 'all about the dog' kinda gal!  I've got a little Yorkshire Terrier who I am pretty much obsessed with, and will happily cross a road if it means getting to pet a little cute pooch!  But oh my word, the minute I set eyes on this set I fell in love with these gorgeous little Kitty's and just HAD to have them!  The expressions on their little faces though...they are just adorable.  And here's my finished card...

I love this set, you get so many little extra stamps to use as props to help build up your scene.  It makes it so versatile, and makes it easy to mix and match with stamps you may already have to create just the right message.  
I stamped out my scene, masking as I went, and coloured using alcohol markers.  I wanted to keep everything clean and simple, so the love story of the little boy lovingly staring up at his sweetheart could take centre's so easy to get carried away with these sets, I always end up with a whole story in my head, I mean, I've pretty much got these two little cuties married off :)  The little love hearts are heat embossed, and I added a splash of matching colour to my sentiment, for added interest.  I added the little girls bow, also from the 'Smart Kitty' set, for a hint of dimension, and there you have it.

As always, everything I used is linked below so make sure to have a quick click and see what story you could tell!

See you soon.


Smart Kitty

Saturday, 16 May 2015

May Sketch Challenge Week 3

Here's your final reminder to join in with our challenge this month - you have until next Sunday to make something using products we sell in store based on the sketch below.

Here's our final design team inspiration posts for you:

Using Ella and Friends by Mama Elephants and the Timeless Tags 2 by Wplus9 with some Distress Inks and Copics. Full video tutorial on my blog.

Used Lawn Fawn's 'Hearts', and 'scripty hugs' dies,
Mama Elephant's 'Happy everything' and various sequins and glitter.

You have until 10pm on Sunday 24th May to play along and you can combine with other challenges as long as we can see our sketch in there somewhere.   You must include a link to the challenge in your blog post and you must use at least one product from the store to be eligible for the prize.  Link up your entry on our challenge page when you're ready to play.

Whilst we're talking challenges I need to do a little admin and announce the winner of our Stamping Contrasts play-along challenge from last month. 

Kate was very brave and made both a colourful and black and white floral card inspired by one of our posts in Stamping Contrast week so she is our winner.

A stamp set is in the post for you Kate ;-)