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

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Create an Elegant CAS Card with Altenew

Hi folks! Today I grabbed one of my favorite floral stamp sets, which is Hennah Elements from Altenew. Love, love, love. These images are gorgeous for coloring. My original plan was to stamp out the image, color it with copics, and then stamp on top of it with embossing ink and heat emboss the outline. After two attempts I gave in – I was just too impatient to line up the flowers correctly on the second stamping round. So instead, I went with clean and simple.


I die cut a blue panel from the Femme Frames, then a white panel with the smaller one of the two dies. The big flower was stamped and embossed first, then I added the smaller flower and the leaf. The dimensional effect is done via masking … if you don't know what masking is or how it works, I've got a video showing it in detail here.


I used a shiny embossing powder to give the floral elements some shine and special-ness. Looks so lovely in real life! That's already it for today! Thanks for stopping by and see ya soon!

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Spookatular Goodie Bags

Hellllooo and happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing with you two super cute treat bags using a few Lawn Fawn goodies. I have used the Goodie Bag die (it's currently OOS but these little toppers could work on lots of other gift bags or even on cards).


The cute lil critters are from the Critters In Costume set and then I have added the little bags and sentiments from Spookatular. The stitched circle from Stitched Party Banners makes an awesome place to add images and sentiments as it's such a great size.  


I hope I have inspired you today to make your own Halloween treat bags and have a great weekend!

Hugs Lydia xxx


Critters In Costume   Spooktacular   Goodie Bag Lawn Cuts  Stitched Party Banners Lawn Cuts

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Throwback Thursday

Hello! 
Are you starting to speed up into Christmas card production? I am! Autumn and Winter are just my absolute fave seasons ever<3 So with that firmly in mind,here is today's card,inspired by the wealth of 'ugly sweaters' that are bombarding the high street shops of late ;-D

I used Wplus9 Background Builders:Knit as my base (it is such an easy set to 'interlock') then inlaid a Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes die cut,making sure to keep the tiny little sweater pieces to pop back into the snowflake. The sentiment is made using Avery Elle Fun with Letters,which is out of stock right now,but any chunkier font will be perfect for this (check out some of the Lawn Fawn ones)

I hope this inspires you....not to go buy one of those sweaters but to explore your inner ugly sweater via the medium of card making ;-D
Til next week,have a great weekend!
Lou x