Monday, 21 May 2018

A Brewtiful Day

Hello and happy Monday to you... anyone fancy a brew??
Well you're in luck as I have a card for a 'tea lovin' friend today and just to change it up a bit, I've used the Neat and Tangled Maze die to add an interactive element....

The Avery Elle Tea Time stamp set has a nice sized tea bag stamp that can be guided through the maze into the cup at the bottom. I used the matching die to cut it out and then used a small circle die to cut three discs to stack and adhere to the back of the teabag and a larger circle on top of those to hold it in the maze pathway...

I die cut the maze into a square of white card and stamped the tea cup at the base of the maze ensuring the channel went into the cup. I also had to stamp the same image onto the base card so the image looked complete on the finished card...

The tea bag sits down nicely in the cup and then all you need to do is stamp, colour and cut out another cup body to layer over the teabag.... remember to give it enough dimension so the teabag fits inside and keep the adhesive around the edge too :)

The sentiment is stamped using Mama Elephants Bella Letters and a Lil inkers set.

It actually works quite well and you can decide on the start position for the teabag depending on how challenging you want the puzzle to be 😉


Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Geode Art

I was really inspired by the video I shared to our Facebook page earlier this week showing the American lady who makes amazing geode art work and tables from resin and glitter.  I'd love one of the tables, but as I am unlikely to get one I thought I'd crank out a little mini art work myself using Concord and 9th's Geode stamp set from their latest release.

As I was going to use a lot of thick layers, I started with a canvas hardboard as card stock wouldn't take the weight.  You can pick these up in art stores or the Works quite inexpensively.   I stamped the geode stamp at the bottom and across the top left corner, then added the heart across the the top right and embossed them all with gold powder.   Because I wanted a super deep embossed line, I then drew over all the embossed lines with my Lawn Fawn glue pen and covered that with more powder and CAREFULLY heated that making sure not to stick the heat in any one spot for too long to avoid the glue bubbling through the powder (please take care with the fumes too - do it in a well ventilated room)  I wanted to make the bottom geode a little larger so free-handed an extra layer around the stamped image so it fell off the canvas.

Once all the embossing was set I went to work with glitter!   I pulled out all my old stickles bottles in golds, clear, greens and teals and added pearl and peacock liquid pearls too.  It's basically a case of filling up each ring as you go and adding a few dots of a second colour and swirling with a pin.  I used glossy accents as a clear medium to aid the mixing.   For the central areas I crushed some old glass beads and dropped them into glossy accents.  [Again, if you try these - word of caution - be careful crushing the glass beads.  I popped mine into a thick plastic bag and tapped gently with a hammer and used a little scoop to tip each where I wanted them - be careful you don't end up with sharp bits of broken glass on your craft table]   This layer gives you some real geode dimension.  As stickles dries quite matt, I covered those layers with more glossy accents once it had dried so the whole piece has a super shiny finish. 

I'm really pleased with the finish piece - not quite the impact of the originals that inspired me, but it will still add some fun and colour to our bathroom wall!


  • As we sold out of some Lawn Fawn items super fast - we got another order in quick and Lawn Fawn were amazing in turning it around so quickly for us, so there is a good chance we will have all the new release back in stock by Friday!
  • The Neat and Tangled May release will be in store tomorrow (Monday 21st)
  • The Hero Arts Summer Catalogue arrived late on Friday.  There are 8 large boxes!  We'll get it opened, processed and added to store as quickly as we can this week.
  • AlteNew have a new release this week - our order is in but it hasn't shipped yet - we'll get it online as quickly as we can after release.
That's all for this week - hope you're getting some lovely sunshine where ever you are as it's glorious in Sheffield today.  Catch you next weekend.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Me And My Dragon

Hey stampers, Anni here!

Last weekend we had such a fun gathering of German (and one Austrian) stampers in a former monastery. I can't tell you how much I laughed and learned and how much fun it was. I didn't get a lot of sleep but my heart is full! There are so many talented, kind and generous people among the stampers that makes the hobby so much more fun.

And of course there were goodies involved. Today I want to show you the tags I made for the two girls from Berlin I drove with to the monastery.
I was dying to use these super cute dragons by Mama Elephant, the set is called Me And My Dragon. I stamped it with a alcohol marker friendly ink, coloured it and fussy cut it. After I finished the colouring I added some details with a white and a glitter gel pen: some highlight and some dots.

Then I die cut two scalloped circles using Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched Circle Stackables and some clouds using Mama Elephant's Stitched Sky Creative Cuts.

On one of the clouds I stamped the sentiment. I used one of Mama Elephant's Wishful Taggins.
I finished up the tags by tying twine to the tags.

Do you meet up with other crafters? With crafters nearby or would you drive somehours to meet up?

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.


Friday, 18 May 2018

Magical Birthday

Hi everybody,

I'm baaaaaack  How are you all?  I've missed you that's for sure.  I've been a busy bee moving house and changing careers so needed a little time to get sorted and settle in.

I've got a little Mama Elephant magic for you to ease myself in, I do hope you like it...

I used Mama Elephant's Lovely Piggies, Scripty Bday, and Picket Fence to make my card.

As soon as I got my Scripty Bday set, and read this sentiment, I thought of this little piggy in his little top hat and how he looked like a magician, so set up the scene from there.
I started by creating my background, a loose watercolour wash using my wonderful Zigs.  I free handed the grassy verge and added some of the flowers from the Lovely Piggies set.  I stamped and cut out all my other elements and coloured, again, using my Zigs, stamping and cutting a spare little hat to use as my 'magician's hat'.  I would've dearly loved a little bunny popping out of the hat, but I couldn't find one that would fit, so opted for this cute bouquet.

I love the expression on this little piggies face, he looks so very pleased with himself, like he really has just pulled off the greatest magic trick of all time!
I stamped my sentiment from Scripty Bday straight onto my background and heat embossed to give it some extra definition.
I finished my card with a scattering of stars cut from Mama Elephant's Confetti Creative Cuts and there you have it! 
I can't tell you how pleased I am to be getting back to normal...whatever that is!  
As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to click the links, and I shall very much look forward to cyber seeing you all next week :)


Lovely Piggies  Scripty Bday  Mama Elephant Picket Fence Creative Cuts

Confetti Creative Cuts Die Image 1  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Salty Kisses Nautical Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

I'm definitely dreaming of Summer. Last week it was the refreshing hit of ice lollies that had me reminiscing, and today I'm all ready to set off for the beach!

I love the nautical look. It's a trend that has been around for a while and is also so easy to get on board with (pun not intended!). I decided to pull together a simple nautical card featuring a slight twist on the classic stripes:

Fun right? Who isn't dreaming of the wind in their hair as they set sail?!

The Sketched Stripes Background Stamp from Concord & 9th made creating these skinny, uneven stripes a breeze! I simply inked up the entire stamp with a navy ink and stamped down, not being too careful about having a perfect stamped look as that's what I was going for!

I paired the stripes with the fun sentiment from the Waffle Flower Salty Kisses stamp set. I just love this set and can't wait to play with the images too! I head embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder and my card was done!

I'd love to hear what you think of this card. Is there someone you know who'd love to receive it? Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

You're One Smart Cookie!

Hello, Tallie here, bringing you some scholarly inspiration this sunny Wednesday!

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and this card was two challenges in one. Firstly, I needed a graduation card. Secondly, I needed a masculine graduation card. Teaming some Lawn Fawn Paper Bag cardstock with the Smart Cookie stamp set and Scripty Congrats die solved my problem!

Starting with an A2 piece of Paper Bag cardstock, I stamped out the cookie repeatedly in Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. Using some Vintage Photo and Ground Expresso Distress Ink, I watercoloured the heat embossed images, using the darker shade to add some depth. Whilst that was drying I stamped out some scrolls and made a graduation cookie, masking off the hat and adding some glasses. I used more of the same Distress Ink, adding in some Black Soot for the hat. I used my Scan N Cut to cut out the figures but there are coordinating dies available.

I cut out the background using the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Frames. I also cut an additional two frames from white cardstock so I could stack them onto the card base for some dimension.

I used a Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle die to cut out a circle, stamping and heat embossing the sentiment from the set in the centre. I also inked this up around the edges with the Distress Ink, using some foam tape to adhere the cookie and scrolls in the centre.

I cut out the Scripty Congrats die from some more Paper Bag cardstock and twice more from some white cardstock, stacking them to create some dimension. There's a lot of the same colour cardstock so the dimension will help to distinguish between the elements. I inked up the top layer with some more Distress Ink, adhered to the background under the central element and added a layer of Glossy Accents.

And there you have masculine graduation card!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Inspired by the May Challenge

My card today is inspired by the May challenge over on the SHC VIPs Facebook group. I love the inspiration photo with the rainbow colours and bold sentiment. 

I began by working on the background. On a white card base, I repeatedly stamped an image from the Flora and Fauna Texture Two stamp set. I used a rainbow selection of distress oxide inks, trying to vary the length of the stamping to add interest.

For the sentiment, I die cut the word ‘celebrate’ several times from black card, using the Altenew Simple Alphas die set. I love the font and size of this alphabet set.

I layered three of each letter together to create some dimension. On the top layer, I added some sparkle with the Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

Next, I cut a rectangle piece of vellum and used my grid mat to space out the letters as evenly as possible. I adhered the letters to the vellum, and then the vellum to the card.

Finally, I added a layer of glossy accents to each letter. I’ll admit that this step was a bit messy as I’m not the best with glossy accents. I always seem to put my finger in it! I think it turned out alright this time and I love how it accentuates the glitter on the letters.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you’ll feel inspired to join in with the competition too.