Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our friend ship grows

I made a card on my blog this week using Lawn fawns Our friend ship grows stamp set.
As it was out i stamped and coloured some more of the gorgeous sunflower images using copics and the no line technique.
I'm so pleased how they turned out. 
I added extra details using a white gel pen.
Then die cut them with the matching dies.
I decided to test out my lawn fawn goodie bag die and honestly if you haven't used it yet its so quick and simple and i would recommend it.
Lawn fawn restocks have been ordered so if your after anything that's out of stock follow our facebook page for all the updates.
I also made a tag, just to show that with the one stamp set you can get so much from it, it would look great just tied to some flowers a s a gift.

Here is the card i made  and i used the new Lawn fawn stitched rectangle dies ....i am in love with them they give a great look to cards. There are two sets and i would suggest getting both the large and the small as they work with each other.
Again some items may not be in stock, you can let Tara know you are interested on the comment form on the shop website.  

All pictures below should link to the item in the shop ...fingers crossed :)

Goodie Bag Lawn CutsRetro Tripple TwineStitched Scalloped Borders DieStitched Journaling Card

Tag, You're It DiesOur Friendship Grows DiesOur Friendship Grows

Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsLarge Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

September Challenge, Week 3

You still have a few days left to play along with our challenge.  Just follow this simple sketch and link up on our challenge page.

Our design team have some final awesome inspiration for you in case you're struggling for ideas.




Smile!..It's Tuesday. Hope you're all having a good day so far!
I really like clean and graphic type stamps, or the occasional cute one. I've not ventured into the sketchy ones so much but this one took my eye by Avery Elle called 'Smile'!
So many possibilities- and I love the line across which is perfect for cutting with your craft knife and adding a picture or phrase. I just added the happy birthday as it's for a very special girl I know!
I've cut out the lens, added the stamped image onto a separate piece of card & adhered to the back of the trimmed out camera. Then I stamped it again, trimmed out the frame, added some acetate (which amazingly you can't see, and normally there's an annoying reflection in!) and added to the card with 3D foam pads.
I've added little dots and dashes to bring the images to life a little & that's it- pretty plain and simple!

Do have a nosey around the store- Tara has done an amazing restocking and a wave to you all if you've popped over from Craft Stamper.. good to see some new stamp lovers!!

See you next week,

Keren xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

(thisssss) much love!!!

Hello there... are you ready for some big love this Monday morning??? I hope so because my card features some loving happy mail for the recipient... and that panda is not sure what to make of it !!!

I had great fun mixing some dies from Lil Inkers with stamps from Mama Elephant. The sideways facing panda is rather cute and by adding his little arm he can be holding up that huge envelope which is by Lil Inkers. To make it look like an open envelope I cut a second one and trimmed out the inside flap to adhere above. 
I thought I'd try a mix of die cut and stamped sentiment... the different fonts and colours add to the collage effect. The 'Sending You' is a Lil Inkers die which I've layered up three times before adding a coat of black embossing powder for a raised glossy finish. The red 'love' is from a sentiment in Mama Elephants Love from Above, I've selectively inked it to leave off the 'd' of loved. All this sits nicely on a die cut tag by Mama Elephant.... think it's the first time I've used a tag on a card!!

Here are the products used
           Mini Envelopes Dies & Accessories  Pandamonium  Love From Above
                                     Embellished Tag Creative Cuts  Heart Dies

Well my daughter has already nabbed this card to send to her boyfriend.... well it's much nicer than a text isn't it!! :0)

A quick reminder that it's a photo inspiration week over at Paper Smooches Sparks challenge, please hop over and check out the DT's cards and challenge details. Here's my card made using Ghoulfriends and Bam Bubble dies
Thanks for stopping by
Jenny x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Arctic Lights

With all the talk of coronal mass ejections that have been happening this week and their effect on the Aurora Borealis I was inspired to make a card with the northern lights and as the best place to see them is the arctic circle I thought it was  great excuse to ink up the new adorable Critters in the Arctic set from Lawn Fawn!

To make the arctic background I used LuminArte shimmer paints and did a basic blue wash - light blue for the icy water and darker for the sky.  Once it was dry I added some lime green for the light from the Aurora and then let that dry too.  For the Aurora detail itself I used two shades of green and dry brushed it on top with an upwards flicking motion - it is a lot more shimmery in real life but shimmer is so hard to photograph - here's a close up

For the icebergs I used the one stamp that comes in the set and stamped it on vellum adding wow vodka sparkle for the glittering edges.  To get the larger berg for the Walrus to sit on, I stamped half the berg (using a little masking) and then stamped it again joining up the "bumps" for a bigger berg.

Then the super cute Walrus was stamped on copic colouring card and coloured with copics - dotting the palest grey over the coloured image to finish to get a realistic looking texture to the skin.  The sentiment is from the same set.

News from the Store:

There will be some new Paper Smooches made live this afternoon.

Mama Elephant, Wplus9 and Avery Elle are all in Customs Clearance and will be here as soon as they clear.  Hopefully this week (Avery Elle should be here Wednesday - the other two may be later or early next week)

Restocks from Lawn Fawn have been requested - we're just waiting for them to package and ship it but I hope it will be here by the end of the month.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Chase Your Dreams

Hello fellow crafters!

For today's card I wanted something bright and cheerful. Also, I haven't played with my Newton's Nook stamps nearly enough, so they had to be thrown in the mix.

I started by coloring the super cute cat with my Copics, then added clear Wink Of Stella to the balloon to give it some sparkle. It's also easy to fuzzy cut these stamps; if you leave a white border, it goes rather fast. For the background I used the Landscape Trio dies by Mama Elephant. Who doesn't love stitched borders? Some careful sponging with Distress Ink and voilĂ  - a sky!

Hint: I cut the same scalloped rectangle shape that the front panel is in from a piece of thin copy paper and then glued the cut up cloud panel on that paper, then adhered that to the card front. I didn't want to start puzzling the clouds together on the card itself because I was worried I might not get the alignment right (knowing myself, it would have been catastrophic) so I used that little trick.

As a sentiment, I picked one of the beautiful sayings from Altenew. I wanted it to dangle from the cat's balloon, but it was too big. I simply masked off the part I didn't need with a post it, stamped the first part onto the tag and the other part inside. The Wplus9 Timeless Tags 2 fit perfectly here. Some Judikins Iridescent embossing powder on top of the Versafine pigment ink and - sparkle!

The other half of the sentiment was stamped inside of the card. I thought that would be fun for the recipient: super funny card front and a very encouraging sentiment once opened up. Just a cute fit with the cat hanging on to the balloon, don't you think? :)

I mounted the little cat with foam squares to add dimension, fiddled a really long time with the twine to make it look good and spent ages to "properly" sprinkle my sequins across the card. I never get the "random" placement right the first time and rearrange my elements to make them look great. Not sure I always succeed, but it's fun :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Thanks You're My Hero

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a good week and have a super weekend planned. I think we are having a chilled weekend as it's the end of the first full week in school I just want to spend some snuggle time with the kids and not have to rush around.... sometimes having no plans is the best plan, don't ya think?

Today I am sharing with you a super fun card using a couple of the adorable sets from Mama Elephant.

The characters and balloons are from 'Up & Away' which I have paper pieced. Wit the balloons I did three layers to create dimension to them. I used two sets fro the sentiment 'Sketchy Letters' for the 'thanks' and the rest is from 'In My Heart' (sorry OOS).

The background clouds I made by cutting a mask from scrap paper using the 'Landscape Trio Dies' and inking over it in different places using Salty Ocean Distress Ink and then adding a layer of vellum to soften it further.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Hugs Lydia xxx