Wednesday, 23 April 2014

This and that

I've got some different cards to share today using new products
First up is this one using the fabulous sunburst stamp from Neat and tangled
I coloured the stamp with various colour pens before stamping.
Then used the banner and sentiments from other neat and tangled  sets.
I had a small vellum heart and coloured that with copics so that it matched the background colours.

Next up is this little set that i made using Party dots stamp set that i made to join in  the neat and tangled challenge blog. They are very simple to make just stamped with distress inks once dry i added glossy accents and the banner was stamped and then coloured with the same distress inks with a blender tool.

Now something else new in store are the fab My guy icon dies from paper smooches. 
They co ordinate with the original my guy stamp set
So just perfect for any masculine card you need to make. 

Party DotsSunburstOn the CornerOn the Corner Additions

My Guy Icons DiesMy Guy

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Ever-Difficult-to-make Man Card!

Hey! Hope you're all ok & not having eaten too much chocolate (is that even possible?!). Today I wanted to do a generic 'Man' card. Granted, a boat doesn't float everyones..well boat!- but you could easily substitute the boat for a couple of buttons, or dare I say even sequins!!
I've used one WPlus9 set & a die set too.

You can see I've simply die cut out one of each word in vanilla cardstock & then one in different coloured cardstock & attached them offsetting them slightly. The boat is coloured with Promarkers & the patterning done with a clear Copic marker. I then embossed the rope stamp in gold & to create the waves I used the tiny 'rope' stamp that is supposed to go over the Lifepreserver. I actually snipped a quarter out ( I wouldn't have separated any more of the stamp as it is in a precise position for laying over the Lifepreserver, but just taking out a quarter means it's easy to fit back in).
I've left a sentiment off- you could add several from the Dockside WPlus9 set- it's a great set particularly for men!

I could do with a rescue today myself- not loving having to be back to work & school runs etc after the lovely long Easter break!

See you next week,

Monday, 21 April 2014

My Favorite

Hi - me again - twice in two days - it must be a bank holiday ;-)   Hope you're all ready for work tomorrow....  (no me neither!)

Anyhow I have a couple of super quick projects to share today.   Firstly I made a quick guy card for my hubby using one of the gorgeous new stamps from Neat and Tangled - did you notice we got them - currently we're the only place in the UK that sells them ;-)   We're always looking to bring you the best of the US ahead of the competition.....

I used the classic watercolour technique with distress inks but I used 3 masculine browns rather than the normal bright colours you see the technique used with - I think I ended up with something marble like.  I embossed the sentiment in gold first and then stamped it again with black over the top but off-set to get a shadow effect.  

Secondly I thought I'd share my little Easter gifts - I've used Hunny Bunny - and if you're waiting for it, it's on its way back.   I simply stamped it onto coffee bags and coloured with pencils to make simple bags for my Easter goodies.

We have large shipments coming from Avery Elle, Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn as well as a couple of new brands - all should be here in a few weeks so watch this space!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Wplus9 Newness

Sorry today's post is very late but I've been busy loading all the new Wplus9 goodies that arrived yesterday into the store.  Unfortunately the box was badly damaged in transit so it's taken a long time to go through to stock and sort out the damaged goods from the ones that are in saleable condition.  This means that on some of the items stock levels are considerably lower than anticipated so I apologise in advance if you can't get the sets you want but I have already been in contact with Wplus9 for replacements on both new and older stock items that were damaged.

The first set I wanted to demonstrate to you all is the gorgeous new "Spring Florals" set which I think is just scrummy so I've used it to make a fresh floral and feminine card for my friends birthday.

This set is slightly different to fresh cut florals and more fresh cuts in that the stamps don't have layers to build up but you can still achieve amazing results.  To get a layered look to the flowers which are solid stamps I used a double inking technique.  (sorry but I used the currently out of stock Avery Elle inks on this project - I have an order in with Avery Elle for replacements but they are waiting for stock themselves and anticipate it will be arrive in early May so I guess it will arrive here in early June given the shipping times)  Simply stamp your flower in your base colour (the palest shade) and then using a dabber add shades of ink to your stamp and over stamp again.  I think the picture below might give you more of an idea what I mean.

I finished the card with sentiments from the equally gorgeous new "Hand Lettered Hello" set.  I double stamped the hello with grey and black to give a subtle shadow effect.

I made a second project today with the much anticipated arrival of the limited edition re-release of the "So 80s" stamp set.  Dawn at Wplus9 has received so many requests for this set since she discontinued it last year that she has brought it back as a limited edition - I did grab a lot but unfortunately several were damaged in the box so I am hoping to get them replaced - however as this is limited, once they're gone I may well not be able to get them back (I actually used one of the damaged sets myself so as not to take ones you might want!)

I love the 80s - I am a child of that decade - so I channelled my inner 12 year old and went neon crazy with the splats and stars and arrows using Hero Arts neon inks and a little black for extra 80s boldness.  I paired this set with the new Epic Dad set but in this instance I just used the dies to cut out the word epic and added some stars and the arrows from the stamp set.  I added a few black splats from the very useful ink splats set too - I just selected the smaller ones from one the larger splats and selectively inked them for variety.

Wow - super long post - thanks for sticking with it.   Hope you're all having a lovely Easter.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Bright House!

Hi Everyone!  This lovely bright sunny and warm weather inspired me to make a nice bright card!  A new style for me - this card has an acetate front to give a two layer and 3D effect.  Fun to make! I love these stamps from Paper Smooches - they are so fun to colour with alcohol pens! I added some glossy accents to the colourful house and the red car - just to make them pop! 

Here are the links to the goodies I used! 
It goes without saying my love for all things "Paper Smooches" continues!   
I also used some Lawn Fawn papers.  Pop over and check out all the lovely sets currently available! 

Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend! 

Tracy x

Friday, 18 April 2014

Bright Cheers!

Hello and Happy Good Friday to you all. Today it's my day to post over on the Make The Day Special Blog. I'm sharing with you a pretty bright card using Avery Elles 'Cheers' stamp set.

For the sentiment panel I used the bleed technique that Jennifer McGuire did HERE by inking up my stamp using three different Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry). I then dropped water sploches over it, waited for it to dry and then over stamped it using Archival Black ink. 

For the background panel I have used Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry. I used the mini blending tools like Jennifer McGuire did HERE. I then added some water drops to it to add some texture. 

I then wanted to add a bit more of a bubbly texture to the background so I took the Falling Snow Stencil from Simon Says Stamp but placed it so the bubbles were 'falling' to the right. I used clear embossing paste just to add the bubbly effect. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Hugs Lydia xxx


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Throwback Thursday

Welcome back to another Throwback Thursday :-)
Ok,so this set I used today (LOOOOVE this set) isn't a huge Throwback like last weeks,but a few of you might not have been introduced to the gorgeous Avery Elle Papel Picado Banners yet,so here you are :-)

Sooo pretty! I stamped the blobby line (for want of a better word) onto the background in random areas and embossed it in white. Then I stamped all the flags in a similar colour to the kraft card to give a bit of depth. The fore flags are all stamped onto similar coloured card and cut using the matching die. These were machine sewed on then the whole thing was mounted onto black cardstock and the sentiment stamped and heat embossed. I also heat embossed the little flourish in black,just 'coz ;-)
Here's a closer look

Hope you enjoyed todays Throwback,
Lou x

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