Tuesday, 7 July 2015

1 Die..2 Ways!

Hey! It's sure whizzing around quick- these Tuesdays get closer and closer! Maybe it's just that mad end of term dash. I wanted to show you a really amazing die, that does more than just one thing.
Here's the Lil'Inker die

So first I made it how it's designed...as a treat holder. Perfect for pencils, lollipops, mini pinwheels or decorated straws. I'm sure you could think of other things. It does struggle with a wide straw, so you can see I've squished the straw slightly.
There's another way of flattening it- to add little snips to each circle aperture- at '12', '3', '6' & '9'. I also created a solid back which would make the best pocket to slot a gift card in.
Instead of cutting it out as usual, slot the paper in, so you bypass the holes and create a new pocket shape
I glued this to the reverse of the card- it could be just a backing, or something to slot a voucher or gift card in, or use as a base/layer for a card

 I've used my favourite Teacher stamp set 'A Good Apple'
The second idea? A mini book.
 Simply score a line just after the two holes on as many pages as you want & thread ribbon, twine or D rings through.
 Isn't it the simplest way to make a book- even better for those 'large cards' that you sometimes need when giving a card to one person from a large group of people.
I've given a prettier vibe to the Really Rosemaling set I used the other week
So, two ways with one fantastic die- and I've not even begun to use the little eyelet type dies yet!..that's for another week!
See you next week,
Keren xx

Monday, 6 July 2015

Adding ink to Die-cuts - MFT Headphones

Hello folks... I'm sure you've all seen or heard about the new brand in store??!! Yep, I'm super excited that Tara is now able to stock My Favourite Things... unfortunately my bank account isn't though!!! Lol :)

I have a few stamps and dies already *ahem*, so I'm able to play with stash I already have for today's blog post.....

The Headphones die set is a great addition to your crafting collection especially for those hard to make 'young guys' cards. They can be easily personalised in any colour and by using ink and a sponge you can give the die-cut pieces some depth and dimension.

I started by cutting three basic shapes in black card and then I cut the extra detail pieces in black and again in blue card. Layering up the die-cuts gives the image dimension without using foam pads and sponging dark blue ink around the edges of the blue pieces gives the illusion of shape. The last extra detail was to use white ink and a sponge dauber very gently along some edges of the die cuts to give a bit of shine and highlight.

The diagonal text is from the Spotlight Sentiments stamp set.... I coloured the open spaced 'Happy Birthday' with black pencil and added glossy accents over it. I had to ask my daughters boyfriend if these type of headphones have wires and apparently one wire is the normal.... although they can also have two or none at all!!! I used hemp twine for mine... still think two would look better though ;)

It's amazing how just sponging a darker and lighter ink can take your die cut shapes up another notch to give you a more realistic look or you can easily get the same affect by using pencils or alcohol markers too :)
Here are the links to the products I used for my card...

Headphones Die-namics  Spotlight Sentiments  Confetti Creative Cuts DieFinished Frames Elle-ments

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 5 July 2015

My Favorite Things

It's our wedding anniversary today, so we're out and about taking things easy this weekend so this will be a brief post.   I made this card for my husband - we watch a lot of TV so it seemed like the perfect set to play with.

This is a stamp and die that complement each other from our new brand My Favorite Things.  The Television was die cut from one of our own brand wood veneer sheets and some scraps of card before being put together with the stamped screen (I love the fuzzy static stamp that comes in this set!)  The rest of the card is just scraps from my bits of old paper drawer!   I added another sentiment from the set to the inside - this stamp set is packed full of great ones so I was spoilt for choice.

Whilst I had the MFT stamps out, I couldn't resist the gorgeous Penguins in Paradise so I made another card.

I used vellum and the ocean wave dies from lawn fawn for the water, perched him on a diving board made using the stitched flag die from Lil' Inkers and framed him with a "porthole" made using stitched mat circles.   The sun die is also from Lil' Inkers.   All coloured with copics.

  • We have restocks from Waffleflower Crafts and Paper Smooches just arrived along with the new releases from Paper Smooches too.   We already have the new release from Waffle Flower, and the ink pads, but they can't be released just yet.
  • We have the new release (and the last one we missed) from Newton's Nook - it will be live in our store as soon as it is released in the States.
  • The new release (and it's a HUGE one) from My Favorite Things will be here in time for release day in a few days time and we have a few more older items that were requested on Facebook too.
  • The new release from Mama Elephant is also en-route and will be live on release day on the 15th July.

That's all this week folks - time for some quality time with the hubby.

Saturday, 4 July 2015


Well, howdy, folks! Today we'll be using an oldie – the Buckaroo stamp set by Paper Smooches. As ya'll know I love to pretend that I'm one of them artsy folks so I am using watercolor on today's card.

I started out by stamping the images in Distress Ink and then, using very little water, softening the stamped lines and pulling the color into the actual image. Since I tend to overdo it and go too intense, leaving too little space for highlights, I went really slow this time. I let each layer of color dry before I added more.

By building up my color layer after layer I was able to control how deep my shadows were and it still left me enough space for highlight, giving my cacti a nice dimensional look. And of course I had to do the same with the sentiment which just screamed to be colored the same way. I went for some bright yellows and oranges to contrast nicely with the green of the cacti.

Add to that some wood veneer stars that I coated in Versamark and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder and mount that on a panel of green card stock die cut with Wplus9 dies and this beauty was done.

Hope you enjoyed. See ya'll again soon. Yeehaw!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Foil Fun and Frolics

Hi everybody,

Hope you're all well.

I'm getting in touch with my wild side today...

..by going crazy with leopard print!

So foiling is EVERYWHERE at the moment;  it's the 'trend du jour' for sure, and I'm all for it!  I love the look you get with foiling, and, although it can seem a little scary, and like you need expensive machines etc, that's really need not the case, and with the right tools, the look can be really easy to achieve. (...although blumming hard to photograph!).

I used the genius product 'Stick-it' to help with my foiling.  I added my Stick-It to a piece of card, die-cut my letter's using Lawn Fawn's 'Quinn's abc's, removed the protective sheet and covered in the ridiculously cool and quirky, Thermoweb Gold Leopard Deco foil.  I then ran all my die-cut pieces through my Laminator (a cheap as chips one) so that the foil would adhere to the Stick-it.  I LOVE how my letters turned out - I am a huge fan of leopard print, it just makes me smile, but if you're not, the other colours in the collection are also gorgeous!  
My leopard is actually the cat from Mama Elephant's Three Amigo's set.  Sadly, I can't take credit for the idea to change him into a leopard, I saw someone else do it out there in blog land and just HAD to try it and, well, this was the perfect opportunity! 

To make up my scene, I inked my background, water-colour washed a seperate piece of card to cut Lawn Fawn's Grassy Border from, coloured a few elements from Lawn Fawn's Blissful Botanics and fussy cut.
I put all my elements together using foam adhesive for added dimension and matted onto a piece of card edged with more leopard print foil.  I finished with a tie of twine, and there you have it.  I hope you like my walk on the wild side, it's fun to let your leopard out once in a while :)

As always, everything I used is linked below, so be sure to have a loook. 
See you next week.


Three AmigosQuinn's ABC's Dies (lower case)Blissful Botanicals Gold Leopard Deco FoilGrassy Border Die

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

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Christmas Donuts

We have an old face back for Throwback Thursday today - Louise is making a rare but welcome visit and she's been inspired by our current challenge - only this time she's twisting it the other way around and using non-Christmas stamps to make a Christmas card!

Personally I love the idea of a Christmas donut - much more tasty that Christmas pudding ;-)   Louise used the Donuts die set and the co-ordinating Eat More Donuts stamps both from Lil' Inker designs paired with some Christmas sentiments.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July Challenge - Week 1 - Anything but Christmas!

It's the hottest day of the year so far today, so naturally my thoughts turned to Christmas.......   Well actually we planned this challenge a while ago so it's a bit of a co-incidence and I hope you'll forgive me when you see what the challenge is.

If like me you have lots of Christmas themed stamps that you shove in a draw until December, then this challenge is just for you!  We want to show those stamps a little more love, dig them out in the height of summer and use them to make something OTHER THAN a Christmas theme!  Now this may sound daunting, but honestly when you look at those sets in a new light you will see that you can get a lot more mileage from them all year round!

So, if you are still sitting there scratching your head thinking I've gone bananas then check out the cards Jenny and I have to share with you to see if it makes the idea any clearer.

I've used the Paper Smooches Stockings dies to make a pair of cute socks for a New Baby card.
The greeting is from Lil' Inkers Sending You

I used Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum with Milo's ABCs for my sentiment both by Lawn Fawn. 
The train track is hand drawn.

The rest of the DT will have their projects to share over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime get your craft on and link up to the challenge post when you're ready.  As long as you use products from the store then you have the chance to win a £15 store voucher!

The challenge closes at 10pm on the 22nd July.