Saturday, 22 November 2014

Less Is More With Clear Embossing Powder

Some cards are so much fun to make and you’d have never guessed it before you started. This card is a shining (yes, pun intended) example of how you can use clear embossing powder, which is now also available at the Make The Day Special Stamp Store, to create stunning effects. I discovered this quite accidentally and I’m so happy I changed my original plan.

I sponged the background to create a wonderful cold winter night (using cold colors like dark blues and purple). Once I was done, I originally wanted to use golden Gilding Flakes on the stamped image, but after I lifted the stamp off and saw the effect I was already achieving with just the Versamark ink, I grabbed my clear embossing powder.

As you can see, the clear embossing powder changes the brightness of the underlying color a tiny bit and that’s all I needed. I wanted a very clean and simple card and I feel that’s exactly what I got with this technique. Also, very non-messy as long as you remember to heat set your background first and use an anti-static tool so the embossing powder won’t cling to it.

I intentionally made this huge snowy hill so it would take up most of the card. In total, including die cutting and getting out all the tools, this card took me about 20 minutes. Once you have everything out and ready, you could probably cut that in half, so this card would be perfect to mass produce. It’s the first time, really, I’m using Neat and Tangled products and I’m delighted.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Chistmas - Our Home To Yours


Hello and happy Friday, Lydia here with you today :)

My gosh can you believe that it will be the end of November next weekend? That means the tree will be coming out of the loft with the decorations, Christmas story books, Festive DVDS and our Elf, Elfie McJingles, will be making and appearance. Where oh where has this year gone?!?! It seems like the year has just started and will be soon coming to a close.... but before that happens we do have Christmas to look forward to and enjoy.

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card that uses non-holiday stamps and just by mixing in a die-cut Christmas sentiment with the original sentiment.


I have used the cute little houses and elements from Paper Smooches 'Bitty Bungalows' to create a little street scene and then coloured with Copics.  I do like using non-holiday sets for Christmas cards as this means that I can stretch my crafty purchase and make cards throughout the year using the same set.

To change this up into a Christmas card all I have done is stamped the non-Christmas sentiment just without the first word and then added the 'Christmas' and 'Cheer' die cuts from Paper Smooches 'Christmas Words' .

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs Lydia x

Bitty Bungalows  Christmas Words

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Throwback Thursday

Wow,what a cold misty morning-it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Yippeeee! 
Today's card is made using the versitle CAS-ual Fridays Round tag die and Mama Elephant's Alpine Carolers.
Very simple and self explanatory card-again,you can churn a few of these out very easily :-)

I cut the tag from glitter card and mounted it over plain white. The caroller is Copic coloured and brushed with A Wink of Stella (but very hard to pick up with my camera!)

I love this stamp set so much! Hurry-there aren't many left ;-)

See you next week!
Lou x



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winter wonderland

I have a long post for you today to show you just some of what you can do with the new Winnie and Walter stamps that are in store.

Many of you will have seen Dawn from Wplus9 and her fabulous watercolour techniques, well i have used Winnie and Walters new winter woodland set with that technique.
This was surprisingly easy and quick to do was my first try so there's is still room for improvement but definitely if you haven't tried it yet give it a go.

Using the same new set i have given the deer a funky rather than traditional look.
I coloured the stamp with distress markers and lightly spritzed with water before stamping. 
Once dry i covered it with glossy accents.
I kept the main panel very simple but added more colour to my card base with distress inks.

For this card i have used the new stampets line and this set is called the gift. 
It doesn't have to be for Christmas but as its not far away now i just had to :)
 I stamped the images and coloured with copics. 
I have used one of my own die cuts and layered it up i adhered it over the pets and stamped the images again and coloured where it went over. 
You could also die cut the panel and layer the die cuts underneath to save extra colouring.
The sentiments are from the big the bold merry.

And back to the deer ..can you tell i like him? :)
I put some distress inks onto a craft sheet and spritzed with water and the put the stamp onto it and stamped of on to water colour card.
Once dry i heat embossed it with glitter twice.
Honestly if you could see the sparkle in real life so much better than the photo.
I kept the card really clean and simple and just added some sequins.

Click the images to go to the products.

Winter WoodlandThe Big, the Bold and MerryStampets:  The Gift

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Dreams!


Hi! How are you all today?
Continuing with the Christmas theme- I thought I'd dig out a few sets that haven't see too much ink of late. I absolutely LOVE the deer in this set.. 

Creating this card was fun. I wanted a one-layer card (ok..minus the bakers twine!) and wanted a background using Distress inks. I reckoned the quickest way was by using an ancient Embossing Ink pen that I scribbled all over my coloured (Copic & Promarker) image. Sprinkle over the embossing powder and then heat to set.

 I wanted to have the reindeer flying in front of the moon, so made a simple circle mask.
 I added lots of different coloured ink, added some mini stars & the twine for the reins
I used this set 'Critters Ever After' for the sentiment

So there it is.. a fun card you could send to a child.. so many of them are dreaming about what their presents might be and there are certainly more than a few adults with a few dreams of their own! Mine involve peace, quiet, a good book and a cup of tea!!

See you next week!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas for the Younger Generation!!

Hi there :0)

I have two, fun Christmas cards today for the youngsters.... actually, the first would be great for anyone that's a Twitter addict fan .....

The Lawn Fawn set called #Awesome is just that!! ..... this little twitter app icon has been made by clear embossing the bird from the set onto white card and then covering with a mask so blue ink could be sponged around him. Then you can use the die from the matching set to cut the rounded square shape around him.

Finish off by adding a generous coat of Glossy Accents and top it off with the santa hat from Lawn Fawns Hats off to You. Of course the sentiment from Winter Sparrows is what sparked this idea and paired up with a hashtag is the perfect greeting :0)

(unfortunately #Awesome and Winter Sparrows are currently out of stock, Lawn Fawn re-stocks will be arriving next month)

My next card uses the fireplace from Lawn Fawns Cosy Christmas but by chopping it down in size I've turned it into a Chimney!!

Oh dear!! poor Santa has been eating too many Mince pies as always and got stuck... he obviously isn't impressed either ;0)
His boots are from a Paper Smooches set called Green Thumb... I had to have a go at reverse stamping to get a left and a right boot!! The little glimpse of red trouser is the trim from the Santa Hat (used in the card above) and the snow topping for the chimney is made using the snow bank in Lawn Fawns Winter in the Park. With some careful selective inking you can extend it to any length :0)

The sentiment from Paper Smooches Slang Gang seemed very appropriate... looking at it now it looks pretty much like a snow globe which wasn't my intention but another option for an interactive card!!!
The circle is cut using Lil Inkers Stich mat circles... each of the SEVEN dies cuts the stitching marks into the positive and negative of the circle die cut.... now thats value for money ;)

#Awesome   Winter Sparrows  Slang Gang   Hats Off To You
Cozy Christmas  Winter In The Park  Green ThumbStitched Mats:  Circles

I've used the Paper Smooches Green Thumb stamp set for my Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge card this week to make a welcome card with a gardening theme!! It's Anything Goes this week and we'd love to see you play along too can find the linky tool here

Jenny x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Getting more from your stamps

Good afternoon - I've been hanging on in the hope of daylight coming to Sheffield, but it looks like were set for second solid day of fog and drizzle, so I've given up and used artificial light so forgive the poor photography.

I wanted to play with the new fabulous large Christmas words in the massive new stamp set from Winnie and Walter - The Big, the Bold and Merry and I've done two takes on it one black, and one white, both using stamps in ways other than the makers intended.

I began with black and just some simple white embossing of words from the set onto some black shimmer card, and I teamed it with a simple image from the Joy to the World set from Avery Elle.

The Santa and reindeer image is actually designed to curve around the globes in the Joy to the World set but it is very easy to change the curve to get more out of your stamps.   I added a shining star from A Blessed Christmas from Paper Smooches which is now back in stock and one teeny-tiny hint of colour with a spot of red glitter for Rudolph's nose.

I was then inspired by the globes in Joy to the World and the lovely large "peace" word and came up with something a little different.

As all the globes in the set have words on, it would have been hard to pair them with the large words I wanted to be my focal feature, but I really love the stand of the globe so I just made my own world!   I turned one of the globe images over (the "wrong" side of a stamp will still cling to your acrylic block) and I inked the whole of the back with a light blue dye ink and stamped it.  I cleaned the back and then selectively "splodged" some green ink in vaguely continental shapes (I used memento teardrop shaped ink pads - the pointed tips are excellent for selective inking techniques) and then stamped it over the blue - OK, so it's not going to win me any geography prizes, but it gets the point across!   I die cut the globe using the matching dies and added it to a plain white panel onto which I had stamped and embossed the "peace on earth" sentiment in silver.

I wanted a little something extra, so added one of the doves from Mama Elephant's Peace on Earth set with a little olive sprig in his beak to tie the colours together on either side of the image.  The mat is silver mirri - even though in the rubbish light it looks black!

Hope that inspires you to look at what you can do with your stamps to make them do more for you.


New arrivals and restocks this week:
  •  Winnie and Walter - New Christmas release
  • Waffle Flower - restocks on the planners and calender stamps that sold out in October
  • Hero Arts - Embossing powder, cleaning pads and spray and ink restocks along with a few new stamp and cut sets
  • Avery Elle restocks - including lots of storage pockets

Still to come:
  • Altenew - has been delayed as they didn't have stock ready when they released it - it's on its way now and should be here in a week or 2.
  • Mama Elephant - the latest release is currently in customs clearance and should be here later this week.  I've also managed to snag some more penguins and the Holly Jolly sentiments to go with them this weekend - they have yet to ship so will be here around the 1st week of December.
  • WPlus9 restock order has just shipped - again should be here by the end of the month
  • Lawn Fawn - I have another massive restock order in - they should ship it to me next week so it will be here early December.
See you next week