Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Challenge No 1 - Final Week!

Have you been playing along with our first challenge yet?  No?  Well you've still got a week - but don't wait too long as the doors close on the 23rd April at 10 pm prompt.  Don't forget you could win £15 to spend in store and the first theme couldn't be any easier!

We have a final pair of gorgeous projects from our fabulous Design Team just in case you need a little inspiration.



You'll find the link to add your project on our challenges page

Just a note

I have a simple note card for today using Lawn fawn stamps and papers.
I used Check this out Milos abc stamp sets and Into the woods papers and Quinns abc dies.
I cut the paper to the size of my card base then made an off set panel with white card and stamped the library  card in black.
Then die cut the letters from the panel and another set from patterned paper.
One they were all stuck in place i stamped the sentiment using milos abc in orange and added glossy accents.
Thanks for looking.

Check This OutInto The Woods Petite Paper Pack
Milo's ABC'sQuinn's ABC's Dies (lower case)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

'SugarPea' Washing!

Isn't it the perfect day to go and do loads of washing?! Before you splutter your tea out, I'm not a fan of washing either but this set nearly makes me want to get the machine going!
This is the set from one of our lovely new companies; SugarPea Designs

It's a larger set & there's tons of scope with this collection. You can see I've just used parts of the washing line
I've simply cut out a slightly larger shape after tracing around the outside of the stamp. I've added the line and hearts with a black gel pen & cut the sentiment stamp in half to give me more flexibility with the set. There's tons you can do with this..I'd love to see how you create with the set. 
Don't forget about our challenge
You've until the 23rd April to link up any card with a set found in the Make The Day Special store & there's a fab prize of £15 store credit. We'd love to see you joining in!

Righto- better go and get some new sets inky!

See you next week,

Monday, 14 April 2014

Rice Rice Baby!!!

Happy Monday to you all :0)
It seems a while ago that the Sugar Pea designs stamps arrived in store and I haven't had a chance to play with mine yet so today I thought I'd put that right....

This little penguin is just adorable and full of action so it probably seems odd I've tucked him behind a piece of cardstock!!!
I thought he looked perfect resting his flipper on the edge of the card and to add some interest without over-powering the little guy, I cut a vellum burst to tuck behind him using the larger Paper Smooches Bam Bubbles die.
He certainly looks chirpy enough to wish you a Rice day :0)

                                          Rice Rice Baby   Bam Bubble Dies

I hope you're enjoying using the Sugar Pea Design stamps, check out the range so far here

See you next week :0)
Jenny x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wait for it....

Hello - so our week of Unity inspiration is over but it you missed it you can still find the stamps in our discontinued section and the 25% off continues too.  We need to clear some space to make room for all the new goodies coming your way very soon....

Now, we're back to normal on the blog with a variety of inspirational projects covering all our brands and I'm playing with one of the new sets from CASual Fridays - as soon as I saw "Wait for It" I knew I had to have it.  If like me, you're a fan of the US TV show "How I Met Your Mother" then when you see my card you'll see why I was instantly attracted to this set!

I started with a black DL base card and cut a white mat to fit from which I cut some chevrons to allow the black to show through (I used a punch but the chevron border die from Avery Elle would be perfect here too).  I added a couple of stripes of grey washi - I wanted to keep it all masculine and I often think its hard to make cards for guys but this set is perfect with lots of bold graphical statements.   I stuck with grey and used the Fog pigment ink from Avery Elle to stamp the words from the Wait for It set.   I used a bit of washi to mask the word LEGENDARY before inking it so I could split it to stamp wait for it in the middle in a nod to Barney Stinson from the show.   Simply mask the letter you don't want and ink over the ones you do, peel off the washi tape and stamp.  Clean and repeat the opposite way around for the rest of the word.

While I'm here - just a little note about your restock requests - I am a little behind on processing them at the moment as there have been hundreds of them!  At busy times I prioritise getting orders out over answering non-urgent emails.  If you have requested a restock, it will be ordered, and you will get an email when it is back in stock but please note this may take a number of weeks, or even months depending on the item and the brand - it may well be out of stock at the brand itself when I place a re-order and so it will have to wait until I order again.  I do not order from every brand every week - I have to have a certain amount of stock to meet minimum order requirements and also to make it cost effective for me to import.   So be assured your order will be noted and ordered even if you do not get a reply.  If your item is no longer available I will let you know.   I am trying to move to an automated "tell me when it's back in stock" system but it;'s going to take a little while to set up.  At the moment I a caring for my husband who had surgery on Thursday so everything is taking a little longer than normal so please be a little patient.



Saturday, 12 April 2014

On a sunshiny day!

Who better to have a play with on a nice sunshiny day than Little Miss Sunshine from Unity Stamp Company & My Little Shoebox!?  This is a lovely Itty Bitty set with such amazing detail to colour. I've kept this card simple and kept it to one layer - I think this works are there is so much detail in the image.  All Unity stamps are really deeply etched in rubber so the quality is amazing.   If you've been following our blog you'll already know that we have an amazing offer of 25% off Unity at the moment! 

So her are the sunshine girlies...

..and with just a little diamond glaze over the ladybird to make her shine! 

Have a lovely weekend! 


Friday, 11 April 2014

Celebrate Unity

If you follow the Make The Day Special blog you will now know that we are saying farewell to Unity and that Tara now has them on sale for 25% off so there has never been a better time to stock up on Unity if you live in the UK.

I have used the Unity Itty-Bitty 'Celebrate' on my card today. This is such a great masculine image to use on those (in my opinion) harder to make male cards. 

I simply stamped to boat image in black Memento ink and coloured with Copics. For the sentiment I stamped it in FitterGlu and cover in scrummy gold guilding flakes. 

There is also a challenge going on at the Make The Day Special Blog! This month it is Anything Goes, all you need to do is make sure you use one product we have in the MTDS store and you could be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend instore on some awesome stampy goodness.

So glad you sailed over... hehe.

Hugs Lydia xxx