Sunday, 25 January 2015

You Got This!

We got the latest release from Mama Elephant this week, and as I live with a comic book fan I couldn't wait to get my hands on tiny heroes (and neither could everyone else it seems as we only have a couple left in stock already!)






I paired one of the super heroes with the lots of stars die to create a bit of a background for her to match the stars in the stamp set.  I cut it 4 times on a panel and then used distress inks to make a blended background on the base card.  The hero was coloured with copics and cut out before sticking on top.  The sentiment in blue ties it all together - don't forget sentiments don't have to be black!  This would be a great card for someone fighting an illness or starting a new job or facing any of life's little challenges.



NEWS FROM THE STORE:


  • Lawn Fawn restocks are in transit.
  • Neat and Tangled's new release plus restocks are also on the way.
  • The 'Lil Inker Designs parcel which should have been here by now has unfortunately gone under investigation at Customs.  This is the first time this has happened to me, so I am not sure exactly what happens but I have had to send off a lot of extra forms and paperwork and have been informed it could take up to 21 days for the investigation to be completed.   I will keep you updated as soon as I hear anything back from them.   Fingers crossed 21 days is a worst case scenario and it happens much quicker!


Catch you next weekend for more updates.

Tara

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Birthday Card with Altenew Butterflies

Hello fellow crafters! I don't know how the weather is in your end of the world, but here in the south of Germany its cold and drizzly. So, naturally, I'm craving bright and cheerful colors … and butterflies.


First, I masked off the card so only the center would remain open. Then I used a Mama Elephant stamp and light grey ink to create a subtle background pattern. Once that was dry, I added the circles. Do you see the dashes around the centerpiece? I had lined up my stamp in a weird way so that there was a gap between where the pattern started and the edge of my mask. To "hide" this, I drew that border :)


The butterfly ... well. It took me a few attempts to get it right. I actually spent two evenings practicing each butterfly - bis to align the stamps, which color combinations work, how to combine dye and pigment inks. I also used a permanent marker to draw lines around the stamps that go together so it would be easier in the future to quickly pick out the pieces.

I fuzzy cut the butterfly when it was done and applies some Wink of Stella to give it some  sparkle. And of course now I can't wait to use the stamp set again :)

I hope you got inspired. Have a wonderful day!

If any of the products I used for this project are not available in the store, I'm offering alternating products for you in the product listing below.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Handwriten ( sort of) Hello



Hi there! Did you know that today is National Handwriting Day? ...well you do now ;)

Although I haven't used my own handwriting on my card today I have used the 'Hand Lettered Hello' from Wplus9.....


Firstly I stamped and heat embossed the medium 'hello' from Wplus9 'Hand Lettered Hello' in black. I then used Wplus9 'More Fresh Cuts' and stamped two floral clusters using Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Neon Pink, Soft Yellow, Lemon Yellow and Charcoal (double stamped).)

Once all the flowers were stamped I added the rest of the sentiment from the same set as the 'hello', a few clear sequins and some washi tape to the side to pull the colours together.

Have a great day!

Hugs Lydia xxx


Hand Lettered Hello   More Fresh Cuts   Soft Yellow Shadow Ink Lemon Yellow Shadow InkCharcoal Shadow Ink

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Let's Party!

Hello - Sarah here :) 

I don't know about you but I am in the mood for a party to chase away the January blues!  And to make the party go with a swing did you know that there is 10% off the Altenew set that I am featuring today?

First up is a card to celebrate the first anniversary of the store re-opening - Tara has done an amazing job with the store and range of brands she has brought over to the UK so this card is for her.

 
It was this lovely banner stamp that first attracted me to the Altenew set and the sentiment is gorgeous too.  I coloured the banners and sentiment in with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush before adding a touch of Wink of Stella.  A few sequins finish off.  It is a simple card :)
 
 Before I go I wanted to share another party inspired card which combines the Altenew set with a great sentiment from Mama Elephant:



This time I coloured the banners in with alcohol markers.  I cut two of them out to layer them up a bit more.  The sequins from Winnie and Walter's Big, Bang, Bling are stamped in coordinating colours.

I hope these cards brighten your day!

Sarah x


Birthday Bash  Big Bang Bling    Make A Wish   Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Thanks so very much


Hello.
Hopefully you have seen by now that Reverse Confetti is now available at Make the day special stamp store.
Some items have sold out but you can now get email notifications when they come back in stock. 
I have used the diagonal stripe pretty panel die which is out of stock but there are other pretty panel designs still available that will work the same for this technique .
I used this to show the distress ink that's on the card base through the tag.
I then cut a vellum tag and stamped the sentiment from lots to say in black archival ink and added it over the white die cut tag.
I finished with some enamel dots.

Click the images to go to the products. 

Tag Me, Too Confetti CutsLots To SayDiagonal Stripe Pretty Panel

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

You Moose Be My Valentine!

 I know yesterday was 'Blue Monday' where all the fuzzy 'after-Christmas' feelings apparently vanished (yeah, right!), and if you've noticed the shops are getting in all Easter goods!.well my mind went to the next 'event'; Valentines Day.
I've had this Critters Set in a little while & hadn't looked at the sentiments- I'd just dismissed it as a Christmas set.
Well it's not!
http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/Critters-in-the-Arctic/p/39872413/category=2717757
And.. with 15% off..it's only £8.95.
If you're not a mad fan of fussy cutting..look no further than the dies that match

http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/Critters-in-the-Arctic-Creative-Cuts/p/39872416/category=2717757
and as these are also on Special Offer, it would criminal not to get them together ;-)
 
To create it, once I'd stamped the moose and die-cut it out, I simply die-cut the hearts from this set plus a couple of smaller sizes from other Lawn Fawn die sets. I used the papers from Sweater Weather & Snow Day to create the grass and hearts plus some gold mirror card (which in small quantities is actually pretty useful!!)
Attach the hearts to some string and attach to the reverse of the moose. After all, what else are antlers for?!
The sentiment is just perfect for any love card or a secret Valentine too!
Hope you can show these little fellas a little love. I have plans for some fun stamping using just his antlers!
See you next week

Keren xx








Monday, 19 January 2015

January Challenge - Week 3

It's our final reminder for our January challenge where we would like to see you recycle something or use household items in your crafting - the challenge closes at 10 pm next Monday so this is your last week to play along.



It's Lydia and Julia's turn to inspire you this week with their take on the challenge.

Lydia
I have used beer bottle caps to make magnets! I stamped my images onto some shrink plastic and when shrunk down popped them inside the bottle cap using Glossy Accents and then added a small magnet to the back.


Julia
I used up something most of us have: bubble wrap foil that comes with almost all of my craft supply orders and makes sure they arrive safely at my home. I simply glued a piece to an acrylic block, smushed some ink over it and took it to paper.


Don't forget - our favourite entry gets a £15 store voucher so be sure to link up your projects over on our challenge page here - http://makethedayspecialcards.blogspot.co.uk/p/challenges.html