Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New home

I've taken a leaf from Jenny's book and mixed and match from two companies today..
I have used Winnie and Walter with Lawn fawn.
One of my friends is moving this week so i wanted a new home card for her.
 The Lawn fawn Home sweet home stamps are the only house ones i have but i wanted a bigger sentiment than came in the set so i combined words from big bold you and big bold extras sets.
I used some Lawn fawn papers on my card base and stamped the sentiment in black across the top.
I coloured the house in copics and the die cut with the matching dies.
I added some little details to the house using copics to make bricks and some glossy accents on the window and handle.
I wanted the house to look grounded so used the Lawn fawn grassy border die with some more of their papers.

Home Sweet HomeHome Sweet Home DiesGrassy Border Die

The Big, The Bold and ExtrasThe Big, the Bold and You

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A different sort of relaxing!

Last week we were breathing deeply with a substantially serene card. Today? not so much! I've made a 'tongue-in-cheek' relax card and it's one that tons of you will relate to! The sort of card you'd send wishing someone a 'great holiday' or 'big adventure'.
It's that wonderful driving to your holiday feeling where you're bumper to bumper with the car in front. It's using this fun Lawn Fawn set 'Happy Trails'

Now, I'm not a massive camping fan (don't get me started on our camping disasters!) but this set is way more adaptable & I hope this card shows. I've also used Cole's ABC's but that's not in store right now, so I'd plump for Louie's ABC's instead. Once I'd die-cut the phrase, it was looking a little lost against the grass, so I outlined them with green and added a hefty dose of Stickles!
For any of you setting off soon, don't forget the really annoying kids CD's to be played full blast for the 'delight' of everyone else in the car. 

See you soon,
Happy queuing! 

Enjoy the break…and….relax

Monday, 18 August 2014

Figuring some more!!!

Good Monday morning to you....... only two Mondays left of the summer hols so I'm treasuring them :0)

I'm back today with another card featuring Figure Effects but only one, as crafting time has escaped me this week!!

The tiny bowler hat in this set made me look at those two seated figures and see an interview taking place... albeit a rather informal one.. Lol!!!

Now I know it's rare to see a city worker in a bowler hat these days but with these simple figures its the suggestion that counts and to add a bit of extra contrast and detail I used some striped material to cover a piece of chipboard as a backdrop for this simple scene.
Both the Lawn Fawn Alphabet and Labelled Love are out of stock at the moment but you could use any combination of sentiments from your could even make it a 'Good Luck in your interview' card instead!!  

                                     Figure Effects  Label Love  Riley's ABC's

Just a quick reminder to check out this weeks challenge at Paper Smooches Sparks, it's Anything Goes and why not combine it with one of the colour palettes in our own monthly challenge here at Make the Day Special Stamp Store... the details and linky tool are here :0)

Thanbks for stopping by
Jenny x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Balsa Florals

I've been dying to get my hands on some balsa wood thin enough to die cut so I can try the stamping techniques I've seen Debby Hughes try out recently and I finally managed to source some so am pleased to report I am now stocking it in the store too.  It's the first item in our "basic supplies" section - this will grow over the coming months so do let me know if there is anything else specific you would like me to consider.  [Edited - I made this card yesterday and the balsa and persian motifs went and sold out - now I'm out all day so don't have time to make a new card - both these oos items will be back just as soon as I can get them]

I started by die cutting a tag from the balsa using the Tag Stitched Die from Paper Smooches and stamping one of the flowers from Persian Motifs and embossing it in gold.  I coloured it with vintage photo distress marker and water to let the grain show through.

I used the Flourish stencil from Hero Arts  to create a soft background on my kraft base card with distress inks and then selectively inked spots of it to emboss in gold to match the tag.

I used the new sentiment set from Wplus9 to add a greeting - half on vellum on the base card and half on the tag itself.  I finished with a little coiled gold sparkle twine from Lawn Fawn - I won't lie I spent longer fussing about trying to get that how I wanted it than I did making the rest of the card!!!

If you've ordered the new Wplus9 release this weekend it will ship first thing Monday morning so not long til you get to play with it too!

Have a good week - I'll catch you on the flip side.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Cats and Triangles

Just a really quick post today as I have a couple of large boxes of stock from WPlus9 that I need to check off and load into the store....

But I do have a couple of cards to show you.   I made the first one last week whilst I was having a bit of a panic about my lack of Christmas cards...   The cats in Newton's Holiday Mischief are definitely going to feature lots in my cards this year as I love them!

All I did here was watercolour him on a little scrap of watercolour card and then mount him on gold and again onto some candycane striped paper.  A little glossy accents and glitter finished off the lights.

Then yesterday I spotted that there are new challenges every Friday over at Moxie Fab World - I used to love playing the Tuesday Trigger so really wanted to play with Fabulous Friday's and this week's trigger was lots of triangles which led me to Sohcahtoa.....

I love triangles - you can make really pretty patterns and the sizes and solids vs stripes in this set make it super easy to add lots of interest to a really simple card.  A little black tones down the colours and a sentiment on a popped up panel adds interest.

 See you tomorrow........


Friday, 15 August 2014

August Challenge - Week 3

It's your final week to play along in this month's challenge for a chance to win £15 to spend in store!  (Although as it's a long month you've got 2 full weekends left to play....)   Just pick 3 colours from any of the schemes below and make something using a least one product from our range.

Lydia and I are here this week with a little inspiration for you and both of us have opted for colours from the first option but with very different projects!

using Sweet Havana

using Seaside Wishes

Once you're ready to play, you'll find the linky here  
Challenge closes at 10pm on Sunday 24th August

Happy Yellow Flowers

Yay it's Friday! I really do have that Friday feeling today, even though its a bit dull and dreary outside I got a bit of stampy happy mail that I plan on having a play with today :)

Today I'm sharing with you a card using Altenew stamps. If you follow my blog you are probably asking 'Again?' but I just love them and they work with so many different looks.

*Start by masking off the top part of your card.
*Stamp the two large flowers with leaves from Altenew 'Painted Flowers' randomly on the bottom part of the card.
*Stamp the solid image of the flower with Hero Arts 'Lemon Yellow' Shadow Ink and the detail with Hero Arts 'Butter Bar' Shadow Ink.
*Stamp the solid leaves image with Hero Arts 'Green Hills' shadow Ink and the detail image with Hero Arts 'Field Greens' Shadow Ink.
*Remove the masking tape and add a thin peice of yellow washi tape in its place.
*Stamp the sentiment above the washi tape using Altenew 'Dodecagram' in black and then heat emboss in black.

I am so in love with the pairing of these sets! At first look it looks like there would be no way that this sets would work together but I have had so much fun using them hand in hand. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs Lydia xxx

Painted Flowers  Dodecagram

Lemon Yellow Shadow InkGreen Hills Shadow InkButter Bar Shadow Ink  Field Greens Shadow Ink