Saturday, 25 October 2014

Create a Quick and Easy Set of Cards

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? The holidays might seem far away, but if your life is like mine, December gets pretty hectic and making cards becomes a chore between work, family and preparations for Christmas.

For that reason I'm showing you four slightly different card designs today. All of them are perfect to mass produce, either to send out yourself or to give away as a gift.


There's a video over at my blog showing you all the detailed steps, but all you really need is a mask, some white pigment ink, and silver or gold embossing powder. Since pigment ink needs some time to dry, you could sponge all the front panels first, then set them aside to dry while you either cut mats for the panel or decorate the card bases. As a greeting, I went for Mama Elephant's Merry Greetings, but really, any greeting would work here.


If you want to go all CAS and not have any more work, you could stop after putting the cards together, but I decided to use some gems and some sequins for added interest and bling. I mean, it's the holidays! When are we ever going to get away with a lot of bling again (until next year)?

I hope you enjoyed the video and the idea. Let me know which design you like best. I have to admit that the blue and black are probably my favorites :)

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Santa Watching.....

Hi there stampers and a very happy Friday to you! Hope you have had a great week and have a fun weekend planned.

Today I have a card to share with you using one of the awesomely cute sets from Newton's Nook 'Newton's Curious Christmas'...


Just how cute is this image of Newton on the rooftop watching Santa fly by in his sleigh?!?! 

I created the background using Distress Markers and water before stamping the image over the top. I took the colour away from the moon using clean water and a paper towel before adding silver mica and stickles to it.

I stamped Newton on to a separate piece of card, coloured with Copics and fussy cut out before adding to the scene.

The stitched layer is the smaller of the Mama Elephant Femme Frames which can be found in the Basics Set .

I just want to say that there is a new Inky Paws Challenge over on the Newton's Nook Blog today.... the theme is 'Sparkle', so grab your Newton's Nook stamps and glitter and join in on the fun!

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

Hugs Lydia xxx

Newton's Curious Christmas  Basic Set - Creative Cuts

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Throwback Thursday

Hello! 
Happy Thursday to you all :-)
Well,Halloween is nearly upon us so I thought I would squeeze one last Halloween card in ;-)
I used the super cute Lil' Inkers Carving Pumpkins-I just adore how vintage this image is! 

After stamping it on watercolour paper,I cut it out with a nesting pumpkin die and watercoloured the
little scene. To give it a vintage look,I applied a generous layer of crackle medium,flicking some gold  and silver eyeshadow in between layers. I used two bigger pumpkin cuts to create a shadow mat and mounted them all onto some orange card flecked with the scrummy Wplus9 Lucky Stars in Hero Arts gold embossing powder (oh my-this stuff is INSANELY good!) Topped it all off with some curled ribbon and an embellishment I found in my stash.
I hope you like it!


There will be a new challenge on the blog in a few days,so keep your eyes open for that! As always,there is an awesome prize to be won :-)

Until next week! 
Lou x


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Penguins


Did somebody mention penguins? 
You sure did like the mama elephant ones, but if like me you missed out this time all is not lost.
We still have these seriously cute and great value penguins from Lawn Fawn.
They were coloured with copics and die cut with the matching dies.
I used the stitched rectangle dies for the panel and inked on some background before adding some of the stitched snowflakes also from Lawn fawn.
I like the happy holidays sentiment but its not very English so went with this one from Let it snow set.
Click the images to go to the products.

Winter PenguinWinter Penguin Lawn Cut

Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsStitched Snowflake Lawn CutsLet it Snow


Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ta-Daaah! A little something NEW!



Yup! Something new? 
Well, you all know me, don't like to waffle ;-)- but this brand new company to Make The Day Special is a UK first!
Waffleflower is a fabulous company with some beautiful and contemporary sets. I've just concentrated on the 'Loved' set- a very versatile set that actually doesn't have a wreath in it- but the foliage perfectly lends itself to creating one. It's sorta 'manly' and would be great for a Christmas card for those that don't celebrate it.
Here's the set

 This next card is created using our gorgeous wood veneers packs- which are brilliantly backed with adhesive so perfect for die-cutting too!


The veneers bring a wonderful warmth and texture to the project- I've coloured mine with Copics and because of the natural grain you will get a slight run in colour- the image isn't quite as crisp as on paper/cardstock, but that adds to the beauty of the project, plus, you can bet your card will be really original as not many are using this gorgeous product (yet ;-)




Forgive me for posting these other two- they're not new projects, but I wanted to show you the versatility of the set. There ARE these sets in stock…but don't be that person who had a good think about it, and returned to store to see that they'd gone (yep, I've done that too!)
Better go,
Hope you've enjoyed a look at a new set. Do check out the other sets by Waffleflower, there really is something for everyone!

See you soon,
Keren xx

PS- the papers used in the first card are the Lawn Fawn 'Sweater Weather'- which is in stock here


Monday, 20 October 2014

Christmas Crackers!!!

Hello there :0)

Well...Two weeks ago I was on a Christmas theme, then last week Halloween and I'm back to Christmas again today..... with all the yummy Christmas themed stock flooding the store it would be rude not to *wink*

For my card today I've been stretching my stash. I've used the Paper Smooches Stockings dies and made Christmas Crackers with two of the stocking cuffs....


Don't they look cute!!! A great project for using up those festive scraps of paper.... and they would make great wrapped sweets too :0)


You can see how I used a thin strip of card to hold the shapes together, it also meant I had something to adhere those gorgeous dainty bows from Avery Elles Finished Frames die set too. They look soo pretty in gold foiled card but you could easily use festive twine or narrow ribbon instead :0)


Using a craft knife I cut a zig zag through one of the crackers and added the sentiment above it along with a sprinkling of confetti die cut in the same gold card..... very festive :0)

                           Stockings Dies  Finished Frames Elle-ments  Big Balloon Dies   
                                                                  Joyful Greetings

As always I just want to remind you of the new Paper Smooches Sparks challenge this week, it's Anything Goes. Please pop over and check out my teamies inspiration projects and join in the fun :0)

Thanks for stopping by

Jenny x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Getting Festive

So we heading towards Christmas at an alarming rate and I am so far behind on Christmas cards (this running a stamp store lark doesn't half cut into your crafting time you know!!!) so don't be surprised if you see a lot of Christmas cards from me on here for the next few Sundays!

I'm starting today with 2 using the new Wplus9 release which I just adore!  I have two styles too - a shaker card and then a much quicker CAS invite.

For the shaker card I've used Festive Greetings - anyone who knows me knows that I cannot pass a twinkly-light - they're my kryptonite so I knew I had to ink these up as soon as they arrived!  I wanted to give them a real twinkly feel so reached for acetate and stamped them using stazon jet black ink which is the best ink for acetate stamping.  Then I flipped it over so I could colour the lights with copics without the ink bleeding.  I added a little red glitter on the back too, and a white highlight on the front.


To make the shaker element I die cut 6 rectangles a white card and layered them up, added the acetate cut to fit and then put a layer of decorative paper from the Sleigh Bells pad on top to cover the acetate edges.  I stamped the sentiment on the base card in the centre and then masked it off before I went twinkly-light crazy around the edge of the base card.


I stamped the image repeatedly and coloured them with pencils in the same colours as the copics on the acetate but giving a slightly softer finish to ensure the centre panel popped.   Remove the mask, pile some little bits in the middle of the shaker and secure it with strong tape so it doesn't escape.   A fun card but not one you're going to want to mass produce!

So, I had a look at the other sets in the release and found one that would be PERFECT for mass production.  For that I turned to Snowflake Backdrops and I came up with a little card that would be fun to send as Christmas party invites.


I stamped the large background stamp in the gorgeous new winter ink from Mama Elephant - I have to say I'm not normally a pigment ink fan, I prefer dye inks, but these ink pads are just lovely to work with and the colours are superb.  The sentiment is made up from Jolly and Merry from Mama Elephant teamed with the hand lettered holiday die from Wplus9 which was given a double coat of Hero Arts silver embossing powder (btw did you know we also carry versamark ink now to get perfect embossing results).   I made this as invite, but you could easily switch it up and add Christmas after the Merry to make it into Christmas cards instead.






NEWS FROM THE STORE

OK so this will be brief as you got a full update in yesterday's newsletter (if you're not signed up for that, add your email to the box on the front page of the store - we don't do more than 2 newsletters a month so you won't get an inbox full of spam from us)

  • Mama Elephant - the penguins (we had 30 sets) sold out in 5 hours.  Really sorry - it's so hard to get things right on stock levels.   I have ordered lots of some sets which I thought would be popular and sold none of them, so I have to balance the risk as I can't afford to stockpile lots of stock which doesn't sell.  I will order them again as soon as possible providing Mama Elephant haven't sold out as well as they did with the Pandas when they came out.
  • Hero Arts White embossing powder.   I get Hero Arts products through a UK based distributor so I am reliant on what they have in stock - I ordered 12 but they only had 5 - again I will get them back as soon as they have them in stock.
  • Don't forget to stop by the store on Monday for the arrival of Waffle Flower and Newton's Nook.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Tara