Friday, 17 April 2015

Dip-Die Inspired

Hi there and happy Friday! Looks like the weather is picking up so I hope you will all have a great weekend :)

Today I want to share with you a card with a ombre/dip-dyed feel.....

I firstly created the background on watercolour card using pink watercolour, I kept the colour deep at the top and washed it out more and more the further I went. I then added some white die-cut feathers using the Feathers Dies from Paper Smooches and added some white thread to the top of them.

For the sentiment I cut Lil Inkers 'Seriously Die' out of gold craft metal and finished the sentiment with gold ink using Lawn Fawn 'Flutter By' (sorry OSS but there are lots of other sentiments that would work with this 'seriously', but if you really want this one it will be back in store in a week or 2 ;) ).

I hope this has inspired you today!

Hugs Lydia xxx

Flutter by   Feathers Dies  Seriously Word Die

Thursday, 16 April 2015

April Challenge Week 3

This is your final reminder for our tic-tac-toe challenge which closes next Wednesday.   Choose a line either vertical, horizontal or diagonal and use ALL THREE items in your line to make a project using items we sell in the store.  You can win £15 just for making a card - that can't be bad!

We have two more stunning projects from our Design Team to inspire you today.

picked the top line and used masculine colors, adhesive wood sheets, and some bling for metals [and I hope you guys have seen the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" to get the joke ;-) ]

picked the bottom line and used stripes, die cuts and a feminine theme.

You have until 10pm on Wednesday 22nd April to get your entries in for a chance to win £15 to spend in store!  Link up your entries here once complete.

Whatever the Weather!


The weather over our way has been up and down over the past few days and has put me in the mood to use the fabulous dies from WPlus9.  They have great stitched details and are really fun to use - I love the pretty scalloped frame that comes in the set too.  I think I will be using that a lot! 

I thought they would go perfectly with this sentiment from Mama Elephant which I stamped in the centre of the card and then again on patterned paper from Avery Elle.  The central banner is popped up.

It is a bright and cheerful card - I hope it brightens your day!

Sarah x

Sunshine Layers Die   Hustle   The Everyday Collection 6x6 Pad

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

More sketchy roses

I have more sketchy roses from Altenew today.
I have used watercolours to colour the rose and stems and honestly if your afraid to water colour don't be its so easy to it this way.
Simply heat emboss the image the  add a wash of watercolour and the colour will stay in the embossed sections creating your shading. 
Really really simple.
If you don't have watercolours you can use distress markers or the equivalent add some colour where you want the darker parts to be and either spritz with water from a mister bottle of pull the colour out with a water brush,
To add an extra touch use a sparkly or metallic embossing powder.
The sentiment is also Altenew and is stamped in the hero arts ombre ink.

Click the images below to go straight to the store.

Sketchy RoseLabel LoveHero Arts Gold Embossing Powder

Ombre Ink Pad Gray to BlackSmall Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsCrystal Clear Sequins

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A Little Triangle Watercolouring!

Hi! Thought I'd go exploring into some of the stores 'new' category..the 'new in store' is always good to see what's recently come in that you might have missed.
This card is a case in point. Had I not been having a mooch there, I wouldn't have spotted these Kelly Purkey with Basic Grey/Hero Arts sets.

Making the card is's 'cheats' watercolouring...scribbling a marker onto an acrylic block, adding water and 'painting' it onto the image after you've stamped and white embossed the triangles.
The sentiment is taken from another Kelly set...

I've got a scrapbook page using this set for next week- but you can see just how useful these two sets are…check out that robots eyes… blank.. perfect for filling in expression, just like on a card I've already posted
Well.. do go and have an explore, there's a load of new Waffleflower sets plus other exciting goodies just waiting to be loved ;-)
Have a lovely day and I'll see you next week with some smaller scale scrapbooking!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Tied in knots!!!

Hello there :)
I have a couple of fun cards for you today, quite CAS and a little on the punny side ;)

The Wicked Nauticool stamp set by Paper Smooches has a fun Rope Knot image and I had a couple of non nautical ideas for it....

This first card utilises the idea of tying a knot to remember something.... 
I thought it would be useful for a number of occasions :) 
I used a Lawn Fawn Alphabet to customise the sentiment and 
some white stitching around the navy panel

How about this for a fun 'non-romantic' style wedding card... Tying the knot.. get it? okay you can groan now :)
I was originally going to use the image and sentiment separately on the front of the card but then realised the knot actually makes a fun looking ampersand. The lettering is from We Connect and the spotty pattern is a stamp from Kissables 1

            Wicked Nauticool  We Connect Kissables 1  Harold's ABC

Talking of Paper Smooches, have you seen the new challenge over at the PS Sparks challenge blog, we have an inspiration photo for you this week so please hop over and take a look and check out the DT's inspiration cards too :)

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jenny x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

A bit of a Shower

We got the new release from Wplus9 yesterday so I couldn't resist having a quick play today and I've got a couple of cards using just one of the small stamp sets - Love Showers.

Firstly I made a quick and simple birthday card.

This is a one-layer card - I stamped the umbrella with Mama Elephant Winter ink and embossed it with clear powder to protect it.  The hearts were stamped with Mama Elephant Lollipop ink and embossed too.  The sentiments arranged around and stamped in black before finishing with some raindrop splatters using tumbled glass distress ink splattered with a paintbrush and toothbrush.

Then with the addition of the cloud border die, you can get a completely different look from the same set.

The clouds were die cut 4 times - twice from white card and twice from a sheet of striped grey paper from the Lawn Fawn Let's Polka pad and paper-pieced together before trimming off any overhanging bits from the edges.   If you look carefully too you can see where I trimmed bits from the centres to make individual clouds (just draw around the inside an trim with scissors to get your centre shape) and get more from this great die.  The umbrella this time was stamped with Hero Arts Tide Pool and I coloured a bit of card the same colour to stamp part of the sentiment on.  The hearts this time were Hero Arts graphite ink.

There are lots of great stamps in this new release - the cute bird which apparently is a chickadee (a US tit-like bird) is so versatile - it could become a myriad of small garden birds depending on how you colour it - I'll be giving it a go myself later.


  • WaffleFlower's latest release is now available
  • Wplus9 new release is in store now
  • Reverse Confetti's latest release is in the UK but we are struggling with customs paperwork - hopefully it will be here mid-week.
  • Echo Park - our new brand will be in store mid-week too along with Hero Arts restocks including Ombre inkpads ;-)
  • SugarPea Design's release that we have been waiting for quite a while for we hope will ship this week if their manufacturing issues are finally sorted.
  • We have just re-ordered massive restocks from Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn but both companies take around 2 weeks to process orders so it won't be with us until the end of April.
  • We have an order in with Avery Elle for massive restocks too but they are waiting on restocks of stamps and hope to ship in a week or 2.