Saturday, 18 November 2017

Merry Christmas

Hey stampers, Anni here!
I am back with another Christmas card - again.

My starting point was this super cute set by Neat & Tangled called Into The Woods. I just had to use this adorable deer. But this set is a fall set. So I decided to combine it with another set for some Christmas accessoires. I went with Reverse Confetti's Christmas Bear. I used the gift, the tiny bird, the snowflakes, the star and the sentiment from this set.

I started by stamping, colouring (using alcohol markers) and fussy cutting the images for my card.
The snowflakes and the star I used for my background. I stamped them and heat embossed them with white embossing powder on watercolour cardstock. Then I created a background by adding ink and water to the paper. I chose inks in turquoise shades. This is one of my favourite colour combos for Christmas: red, turquoise and a warm brown.
From this piece of cardstock I die cut a frame using My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Frames.

I embossed the sentiment in white on a stripe of brown cardstock and assembled the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend (perhaps making some Christmas cards?)


Friday, 17 November 2017

Chilly Christmas Cheer

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm spreading some chilly Christmas cheer!

Using Wplus9's All Year Cheer.

I LOVE this set and have got SO much use out of it already as it is so easily adaptable to whichever season or feeling you want to portray.  Since first getting it I have been looking forward to the winter chill kicking in so I could craft a little Robin Red Breast out of the sweet
bird, and eventually got the chance to do that with this, the first of my Christmas cards!

I started by stamping out & heat embossing a ton of the little snowflakes from the All Year Cheer set all across my background then washing a load of watered down purple inks across...which I then pretty much covered completely with a panel of vellum sandwiched between a frame cut from Mama Elephant's Index Card Creative Cuts...but ho-hum haha.  I then inked up, stamped up, and die cut all my small elements- my wee little robin and all the leaves and branches.  I had already embossed my sentiment onto my vellum panel in a gold powder so all that was left to do was build-up my scene up, around and over that.  

I added a scattering of pearl drops that I had coloured red with an alcohol marker to act as holly berry accents.
I finished my card by adding a teeny slick of Glossy Accents onto my Robin's beak, and a coat of shimmer onto his wee little tummy.

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


All Year Cheer  All Year Cheer Die   Index Card Creative Cuts Image 1

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Vintage Merry Christmas Card

Hi everyone, Taheerah here wishing you a happy Thursday!

Although we're not even in December yet, Christmas is starting to feel like it's not that far away! I've started seeing all manner of decorations and the like in the shops, and the crafting world is starting to burst with Christmas cards and goodies!

I have been buying up all the Christmas stamps in sight (they're my main weakness!) and as a part of that I recently picked up the gorgeous Lil' Inker Designs Vintage Christmas Wreath stamp set. I just love how in the midst of all the fun, modern styles that are out there, there's still place for this ornate beauty.

I couldn't wait to put it to use:

Gorgeous right? I love how this turned out!

I used the wreath to stamp the centre image and the leaves on the border of the card panel. Some simple watercolouring with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and a little painting with some watered down mist was all this beauty needed!

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, 15 November 2017

Bearful of Holiday Happiness

Hello crafters, I am back today with another Christmas card for you. I'm definitely making a dent in the stack of cards I need to send this year so I hope you're not too sick just yet of my festive sharings!

My card today features two stamps that seem to be a favourite of my muse this year: Neat & Tangled Beary Merry and MFT's Bold Diagonal Stripes Background. The background stamp is so versatile - stamp it in black for a backer for almost any card panel, or stamp it in red to replicate a candy cane! It was the latter that inspired me today.

I started out with an A6 top-folding white card base on which I stamped the striped background in some Lawn Fawn Lobster ink. I also cut a snowy hill out of some white cardstock with one of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies, adhering this to the bottom of the card base.

I stamped out the bear and the cute little Santa mug from the Neat & Tangled Beary Merry set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, colouring them in with my alcohol markers in some traditionally festive colours. One of my favourite things about this set is that the coordinating dies cut out the bear's hands so you can adhere items like the mug to make it look like he's holding on to it. After adhering the bear with some foam tape over the snowy hill, I added some trees I had leftover from a previous project using the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti set.

The sentiments from this set are fabulous so I felt I had to make it just that little more special. I gold heat embossed the 'wishing you Holiday Happiness' sentiment from the set on some green card stock before poking a hole on either side and threading through some Lawn Fawn Lime Twine. I adhered this with some foam tape centered on the striped panel and tied off the twine on the inside.

A little Wink of Stella to give it some shine and I think this makes a bright and cheery Christmas card!

Thanks for reading. I'll catch you next week with something a little less festive!



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Hippo Bird-Day

I love the MFT Happy Hippos stamp set. Such adorable images and fun sentiments. The sentiment I used on my card today makes me smile every time I see it!

I began this card by die cutting a Polaroid frame twice from white card. On one of the inside squares, I stamped a scene using the Hippos stamp set, then coloured it with alcohol markers.

I created masks for the hippo and bird, then blended on some clouds with the MFT cloud stencil. 

On one of the polaroid frames, I stamped the fabulous sentiment, then layered the two frames together for some dimension.

From MFT patterned paper, I die cut three stepped up chevrons and added them to the card base across the middle. 

I layered the stacked polaroid frames on to the card base at an angle, then adhered the scene inside them.

To finish the card, I added three enamel dots in coordinating colours.

Thanks for joining me today,

MFT Happy Hippos
MFT Mini Cloud Stencil
Mama Elephant Polaroid Fun

MFT Stepped Up Chevron

Monday, 13 November 2017

Cheers Dad!!

Hello hello :) 
It's been a busy birthday week with cards I needed to make and send, one of which was this one for my lovely Dad who celebrated a BIG birthday this week :)

I was so infatuated with the wonderfully coloured wine bottle and glass on this card by the very talented Francine so I had to have a go at shading one in the same style...

Whilst working out the sentiment, I started to play around with the layout and decided to try a block of typography around the images. I used a scrap of paper and drew around the bottle and glass die cut so I could then try out different fonts and words to see which would fit best. The Cheers is from an Avery Elle set of the same name and the numbers are Avery Elle dies, which have been shaded with alcohol markers to match the wine. It was just a case of going through alphabets stamps and dies to find a good mix of shapes and sizes...

The bottle, numbers and word 'Years' are popped up on foam tape to add a bit of dimension but the word 'TO' gave me the most trouble of all!! It looked lost in the space until I had a lightbulb moment...... I know, I'll accent it with a circle die from this Waffleflower die set... and that's just what it needed :)
 My craft desk looked an absolute mess with alphabets strewn everywhere but I was very happy with the result...... I hope you give it a try too with whatever alphas you have in your stash!!

I've linked to the products I've used below, unfortunately the Waffleflower set is currently out of stock but the die set of the same name are in stock here.



Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle

I both love and loath Christmas with equal measure - I love the idea of creating the full on "Martha Stewart" with home made and home baked everything in a house bedecked to perfection, but it never happens and by the 20th of December I am throwing shop bought tat at the problem in a messy house I've barely time to clean!   So this little penguin from Sugar Pea Designs all tangled in his Christmas light and the corresponding sentiment really sums up Christmas for me!

I stamped him on white card, coloured with copics and cut him out and did the same with the present on the iceberg.  I thought it would be fun to have him on a iceberg too so I drew one on vellum and traced the one for the parcel onto vellum too.

To create the scene I used a couple of stencils from MFT - the drifts and hills and radiating rays keeping my inks in blues and pale teals for that extra cold frosty feeling.  I used the hills to create the lake too and after inking in the colour used a slightly darker colour to drag a few lines down from the top edge to add depth.

I finished with a little sparkle on the icebergs and the sentiment in the corner.


We still don't have a date for our move - we have a broadband engineer site visit on Friday and should hopefully have a better idea after that.

In terms of deliveries this week we are expecting:
  • Reverse Confetti
  • Neat and Tangled
  • Mama Elephant
  • Altenew
We have managed to grab some more lipstick pouches and dies from MFT and they will hopefully be here by the end of the week too.