Sunday, 4 October 2015

Fancy Die Cutting

I've got 3 projects to share today - a little late I know but it's been one of those weeks around here!

Firstly, I wanted to play with one of the new fancy dies from this year's Hero Arts Christmas release - the range of paper layering dies are lots of fun and a little bit different.  I went with the tree which we got for the first time yesterday.  We have snowflakes and ornaments too

These dies make look a bit confusing at first and it may not be obvious what you do with them, but once you see the finished samples it should all become clear!  The central line on each die is an embossing line not a a cut so you get "half" an image and fold parts back to create a whole image.   Here I've done a very simple sample using some lined paper (you could get a fancier look with double-sided patterned paper) and these would be easy to mass produce for Christmas.

I used a dark green base card to try and give a dark and light side to the tree.  You just fold back 2 parts of the die cut and leave the middle one flat.   I added some metal dots for baubles and a die cut star on top and finished with an old favourite Hero Arts sentiment.

However, when discussing the die with Keren we thought it could be much more versatile and she had an idea for 3D vellum tree so I gave that a go too.   I do love the white on white look for Christmas - its a real classic!

This one is a little trickier to explain, but basically I die cut the tree with the embossing line just inside edge of vellum 4 times.  I used a little bit of stick- it to die cut just the central bit and used that to glue it together and a little more to add glue to the outer layer to secure it to the card without the glue showing.  I used a tiny bit of glossy accents on the tip and the trunk to hold the edges of the middle layers together.   This gives you an amazing 3D tree but it will still fold flat for posting.  I didn't want any baubles this time - just a simple tree but a single gold star matching the gold embossed sentiment and sharpie frame is all that is required to make it sing.

Then my final project is a little something inspired by our current challenge - to make ANYTHING BUT  A CARD.  I'm in a book group but am hopeless at finishing books so go through bookmarks at an alarming rate!   So when I saw the new Witches Feet Stamp and Cut set from Hero Arts I had a Wizard of Oz inspired idea for one.

The idea is that your book will look like the house falling and killing with wicked witch with just her feet sticking out (and yes the shoes should be ruby glittered really but you get the idea!)   This was achieved using partial die cutting with the die in the set combined with Avery Elle's super bookmark die set.   If you aren't sure how to do it, then it is very easy.   Just pop the bit of the die you don't want to cut sticking out of the plates on your die cutter so no pressure will be applied to it.  You can see here - I die cut the bookmark first but leaving the bottom line out, and then added the feet dies with the tops overlapping into the bookmark but with that part not in the sandwich.

To add the lines and dots on the part of the bookmark that I didn't cut, I drew around the die and used scissors and a pokey tool to make the wholes.   The sentiment was spelt out with the ever useful Milos ABC's from Lawn Fawn.  (currently out of stock but Lawn Fawn restocks will be here this week)


  • Tomorrow is Wplus9's release day and we have it all ready to go as soon as they release it!
  • Tuesday is MFT's Christmas release - we are still waiting for that to arrive but hope to have it for Tuesday or Wednesday if not.
  • Lawn Fawn restocks are in transit and will be here this week too.
  • We've ordered the new release from Altenew and hope to have those in a couple of weeks.
  • Mama Elephant's 3rd Birthday release which is choc full of Christmas goodness is here and will be released on the 15th October.

Enjoy the rest of Sunday - I'll catch you next week.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Combine Different Stamp Sets: Ella and Leaves

Are you enjoying the fall? Me, totally! I love autumn: the light, the leaves, the colors – except for the darker mornings, which make it hard to get out of bed. But to help you get started with your day today, I have a fun card for you.

I combined a Mama Elephant and Hero Arts stamp set – I just thought it would be incredibly cute to have the elephant blow leaves through the air for his little friends. As usual, my color choices were inspired by Pinterest. It's so much easier to find a good combo there than to go through dozens of trial and error runs by myself.

Since the leaves looked a little lost on the card, I grabbed my golden gel pen from Signo and added some dots throughout; I even added a few black dots because I felt that this part of the card lacked contrast. I then added some gold dots on the elephant, just for the fun of it.

Also, I added the sentiment to the inside of the card. I find that it's a neat surprise to see it there when you open the card, and also it gives me more space to work with on the outside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today,  I hope you enjoyed the project!

Friday, 2 October 2015

October Challenge Week 1

I'm a bit late both with announcing last month's winners and starting off this month's challenge - so I'm going to do both at once!   Let's start with the new challenge:

It was hard to work out what to show for this challenge - this month we have a theme and the theme is ANYTHING BUT A CARD.   I thought it might be nice to give you some ideas for handmade gifts for Christmas so you could choose to make framed pictures, stamped candles, glassware etc etc and I will be giving you more ideas as the month goes on but if you can't manage something complex, then think scrapbook page or tag.   As long as it is NOT A CARD it counts!   You must still use at least ONE PRODUCT from the range we sell in STORE.

Here's our DT's first range of inspiration.  As Sarah has stepped down, I am thrilled to announce that Lydia has come back to join the team and is playing along today.

Using Lawn Fawn's Snow Day & Twine and Hero Arts Green Hills Ink

Using Paper Smooches Dies - Wreath Builder, Holly, Foliage 2 and Merry Christmas
all simply layered on a large die cut circle and hung with twine to make a mini door wreath

I have made a couple of simple jotter pads and decorated the front covers with Fall Florals and the Three Amigos... more details on my blog :)

As we're a bit late starting - we'll run the challenge longer this month so you have until 
Link up on the challenge page when you're ready to play

NOW  - time for last months' winners!

Our overall winner and the winner of the £15 prize was GEMMA!
This bold geometric design was the perfect choice for the colours she picked - its a real knock-out!  A great one for those awkward guy cards too!!
Drop me a line to collect your prize Gemma.
Our two runners up this month were Wendy and Kate.
We loved the cute little bee buzzing over the stitched florals on Wendy's card - another bold design where the colour choice really makes it pop.    Kate's subtle gold shimmer gives a real touch of elegance to her design which really appealed to us.

Congrats ladies!

We can't wait to see what you come up with this month!

The Sunday Strolling, Walking Dead.

Hi everybody.

Holy macaroni - October already?!  That can only mean one thing...HALLOWEEEEEN!  And I'm getting into the spirit of things this week...

I saw this card doing the rounds in blogland this week, where one very talented lady had turned Mama Elephant's Penguins into Zombies!  It was so clever, and so funny, I just had to try something similar...

I used Mama Elephant's Sunday Stroll and Sunday Sentiments to build up my scene as the way the little boy and girl are standing looks just like the way zombies walk haha.

I added some scars and scratches to my little characters, and coloured using Distress Inks as watercolour.  I added the purple as that kind of smoky ground haze you always get in Zombie films lol.

I finished off my sentiment using Mama Elephant's Starry Night set to help make the card make sense...kind of haha.  Just go with me on this one, I didn't have any 'Zombie sentiments' lol.

This was so much fun to do and really shows how far these gorgeous little character sets can be stretched.  I now want to 'Zombify' everything I own...I'm going to spend all of October turning my cute stamps into mean monsters!

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything is linked below so go make your own monsters!

See you next week.


Sunday Stroll  Sunday Sentiments Starry Night 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A Touch of Ribbon


I hardly ever use ribbon on my cards....I can never get it to sit right, can't tie a bow etc etc.  It just never seems to work for me BUT now I have the fabulous Beautiful Bow set from Avery Elle I can stamp my ribbon in any colour I want :)

I have made a few Christmas cards with this set and paired it with a sentiment from the Fa La La set.

I love how easy it is to create the look of a wrapped present with these stamps.  I red embossed the ribbon and backed it with some red glitter paper to add a bit of festive bling.

Changing the colour creates a different look again and I went with a fave colour combo of black and gold here.  A very simple design which would be easy to use if batch making Christmas cards.

I masked the ribbon here to create the look of a wrapped present with some holly tucked in (the holly here is from Waltzingmouse Stamps but this Holly Jolly set from Hero Arts would give a similar look).
Obviously the ribbon stamps will work perfectly with any sentiment so is a year round set and one which is quick and easy to use.  Now I can add ribbon to my cards whenever I feel like it :)
I am sad to say this is my last post for Make the Day Special - I have had great fun and want to thank Tara and the rest of the fabulous DT for their friendship, support and inspiration over the past 9 months.  I will be checking back regularly to get my daily dose of inspiration!  Thank you too for your positive comments and visits :)
Sarah x

Beautiful Bow   Fa La La   Large Stitched Square Lawn Cuts

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


With October fast approaching i wanted to go with something  bit spooky.
Don't worry i scare easily so this is a cute kind of spooky.

I used the Lawn fawn Booyah stamp set and coloured the images with copics.
The background was made using distress inks and some splashes of glimmer mist.
So that it looked more like a scene rather than the three ghosts just floating i die cut a stitched circle and the picket fence die both from lawn fawn.
The sentiment is also from the Booyah set.
I finished with some clear sequins.

Lawn fawn restocks have shipped and should be here early next week :)

Booyah Picket Fence Border Lawn Cuts Large Stitched Circle Lawn Cuts

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Coffee Spills

Hi! Hope you're all raring to go and bright eyed and bushy tailed? No?
Maybe you need some of this... a coffee fountain!
 Some days, I'm not sure even this would do the trick, although I'd probably have substantial palpitations trying to down such a lot!
I've used this set from Avery Elle
As long as you don't mind cutting a few coffee cups out- or actually, masking them would work just as well.
The little hearts in the set are perfect for adding a little colour to the scene and if you fancied making them cute, you could add the face that's in the set too!
The spillage was just using some distress ink with water added onto an acrylic block and then painted using a water brush to keep the ink fluid
I got a little paint-happy and sloshed it everywhere. I wasn't meaning for it to get quite that spilled, it even ended up in the left hand corner of the card too.
It was just like the butterscotch sauce all over my kitchen floor on Sunday.. but that's another story ;-)

It's a great set- full of fun images and useful sentiments.
Hope you have a great day, and don't drink too much coffee, (unless it's the really good stuff!)

See you next week,

Keren x