Thursday, 27 August 2015

Lawn Fawn has arrived!

Sarah is away so I'm filling in with a super-quick card featuring some of the stamps released today by Lawn Fawn.   This little dude is so cute he's hard to resist!


The sheep and sentiment are from Baaah Humbug, simply stamped and coloured with pencils.  I love that you can add wool and have him knitting!   I framed him using the cute little corner stamp from Let's Bokeh using my favourite shade of ink from Mama Elephant - Winter - it's such a great shade for Christmas cards where you want a snowy feel.

Right - back to packing!

See you Sunday for some more inspiration.




Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Party animals



Hello.
Today's card came about because i was practising colouring with my inktense pencils.
I love the look you can get from them either very loose watercolour or by taking more time and more layers you can have a lot of control.


I have used Lawn fawn stamps sets Party animal and scripty sayings.
The images were all coloured with inktense pencils and a water brush then fussy cut.
I made the background with distress inks and perfect pearls the tamped the sripty sayings to looking like streamers at a party.
I didn't add any extras as i feel there is plenty going on.


Party Animals Scripty Sayings

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Pop-out Letters


 Hey! How is it nearly September?! I had one of those days where nothing really went right and after a piece of annoying news, I decided to experiment (only on your behalf of course ;-) )
I wanted to do something different with my alphabet dies & had an idea to partially cut them in a circular fashion. Can't say I've ever been very successful with partial cutting, so decided to have a go!
First off... draw a circle around a die-cut circle (you'll need the same size as the die for later)
 Now you can see what I ended up with- how did I get to that point? By adding the letter slightly below the circle so it would remain attached after the next few steps. The photo below shows part of the die sticking out from the top cutting mat (so it doesn't get cut) but actually I ended up moving the mat further away so there was more letter showing as otherwise the pressure cuts the whole letter anyway!
 The beauty of the circle is that no matter where you start and finish, it looks perfectly placed. I did have to keep my piece of cardstock fairly small so I could fit it onto the cutting area and turn it as each letter needed to be aligned straight with the cutting mat.
Next I cut out a central piece. The idea behind this was saying to a couple of friends that they were a blessing, but I decided to go with a ring shaped idea so you could use this for a wedding or blessing.
 To create the cut out part- this took a little more thought. I added washi tape just below the edge of each end letter. I then had to line up the cutting mat (so the bits protruding were the bits I DIDN'T want cutting)
 yep, scuse my messy cutting mat!

 Once I'd cut nearly up to the washi, I rearranged the mat so it lined straight with the other side and die cut again.
You end up with this shape cut into the cardstock. At this point you could use a craft knife to cut between each letter and create a standalone shape if you preferred.
I should mention here that the alpha dies are Cole's ABC's from Lawn Fawn. They're a great price too.


I could have left it there, but wanted to bend the letters forward and add a contrast with some patterned paper. I die cut the letters again using this Beachside patterned paper pack
I flipped the piece over to the back- this was the easiest way to line them up. I added little dots of glue to the base of each letter and adhere them that way. Once I'd added glue to the back of the piece it meant when I turned the piece over, the letters didn't move from their position.

It might have seen a lot of work for one card- but I loved the process and want to include partial die cutting in my projects now. I added some tiny heart dies from a Lawn Fawn set 'Hello Baby' .
That's it.
No stamping.
Shocker ;-)

See you soon!
Keren xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

Faux Textured Florals


Hello there :) .... I have a bright and colourful bouquet for you on my card today... perhaps a little unrealistic like those heavily enhanced photographs in plant and seed catalogues but cheerful nevertheless :) I have also used a great technique to give those solid florals and leaves a subtle texture too....


This is a technique I've seen many times and uses the properties of Versamark ink to repel dye ink.... I have satmped the MFT Linen background onto some white cardstock and allowed it to dry for a good 30 mins at least, before stamping the petals and leaves in dye ink over the dry Versamark ink. The linen pattern shows through as a subtle texture and the darker the ink the more obvious the pattern.

I have used Prismacolour pencils to add some shading, as long as you have a light touch the pattern should still show through.


I stamped these flowers over the period of a few days and the effect of the versamark showing through the ink seems to fade with time, as you can see on the blue and yellow flowers which have hardly any texture at all. It may also have something to do with a larger area showing more of the pattern and the amount of shading you add but I'm quite happy with the result :)

It's a great way to stretch those background stamps and give new life to your solid stamps too... have a flick through your stamps to see what ideas you can spark :)

Here are the products used:
            Petals & Stems  Linen Background Stamp 
                                         Bear Hugs

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Pearly Snowflakes

Quick post today as there is a LOT going on in MTDSSS HQ at the minute.   We have so much new stock that has just arrived or is due in the next 10 days that I'm really not sure where we're going to put it all!   More on that below.

The latest new arrival is the Christmas release from Hero Arts and one of the many things that grabbed my attention was this beautiful hand-drawn snowflake background stamp.  Coupled with the new pearly white embossing powder you have the basis for a couple of quick Christmas cards.....


I stated by embossing the whole stamp onto glossy white cardstock using the new Pearly White powder.  Inking over with Mint Julep, Cornflower and Emerald shadow inks gave a soft verdigris effect so I decided to add copper into the mix too.  The snowflake is die cut using the Lil' Inkers Dies and embossed in the copper powder and the sentiment is stamped over the edge of the panel.  The sentiment is from Big Bold and Seasons by Winnie and Walter.


As I'd cut the stamped snowflake panel in half it meant I could make two cards - for this one I stamped the same sentiment onto a flag panel and used a square card and different snowflake for a different look.



NEWS FROM THE STORE:

  • Echo Park's latest co-ordinating collections have just arrived in store.
  • Hero Arts Winter release is now in store - some items were not shipped so are listed but showing as out of stock - I am hoping they will follow soon but am waiting for an answer from the distributor.
  • Stamping Bella's latest release is shipping next week so should be here soon.
  • Lawn Fawn's massive winter release will be live in store on the 27th August - as soon as it is released in the States.
  • Avery Elle's winter release has been delayed by a week so that will now be in store on 3rd September, again, as soon as its released in the States.
  • Winnie and Walter restocks and the latest releases from Sugar Pea Designs are hopefully shipping soon.
  • New releases from Neat and Tangled, Lil' Inker Designs, Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant and My Favorite Things will be ordered in the next week or so and will follow soon after - it's a little like painting the forth bridge around here at the minute!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Clean and Simple Copic Coloring with Wplus9

Hello again, crafters! Today I have a clean and simple card for you featuring two of my favorite new products: Doodle Buds stamps by Wplus9 and a new die set by Avery Elle.

I wanted to create a one layer card, but one that would have a really huge impact. That's why I decided to go with very intense colors.


As you can see, I've also enhanced the flowers and some of the leafs by adding accents with my black Copic liner. For additional interest, I used my Copic markers to also add some dots around the flowers. The die by Avery Elle is framing the arrangement perfectly.


As always, I was using Copic friendly card stock but it bled through to the inside. This was fixed easily by adhering a piece of card stock to the inside of the front panel. That makes it look very clean inside and on the outside it still appears to be a one layer card.

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon!

Friday, 21 August 2015

A Wild Watercolour Ride.

Hi everybody,

Jill here.  I hope you're all well.


I've got some of the newest release from WPlus9 for you today, and boy oh boy what a killer release it was!


I used the 'Going Places' stamp and matching die sets to make my card.  I'm not sure if it shows well on the pictures, but I added a sneaky little shaker behind the hot air balloon!  


I started by stamping out my elements, and watercolouring them using Distress Ink.  I washed over my background at the same time, to create a pretty sky of pinks and blues.  I then took the matching die set, and cut out my pieces, cutting the balloon from my background at the same time.  I only needed to cut the balloon to create my little shaker window, so inlaid the rest back in.  I covered my window in acetate, filled with some beautiful Neat and Tangled sequins, and sealed up.  I cut a couple of layers of clouds using Mama Elephant's 'Landscape Trio die', one layer from white card, and one layer from vellum.  I then put all my pieces together and built up my scene.  I stamped my sentiment onto vellum and adhered using 'Stick-it' (I can't stop sticking vellum any, and every, where now I know 'Stick-it' is invisible!).  I matted onto another layer of vellum, and another piece of card I had washed with Distress Ink, then onto a soft grey card base.  I embellished with a couple of black enamel hearts, and there you have it.

I hope you like it and would love to read what you think of the newest Wplus9 release.

Everything I used is linked below, so be sure to go and be blown away by how awesome the new sets are!

See you next week.

Jillx

Going PlacesGoing Places Die

Landscape Trio Creative CutsIndex Card Creative Cuts

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

     Sunset Shimmer Sequin Mix      Crystal Clear Sequins