Friday, 21 April 2017

Spreading a little lunar love.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some sweet little Lunar Animals...

...spreading a little love from My Favourite Things Peek-a-boo Windows Dienamic.

I have eyed this die up for soooo long, but wasn't sure I 'needed' it, (I've been trying to be a good avail), but eventually bit the bullet and treat myself...and now I can't put it down!  It is so simple yet so effective, I absolutely love it and can see me getting so much use from it!  Awesome buy :)

I started by cutting the fabulous Peek-a-boo die and doing a little ink blending on the back card in the areas which would 'peek' through.  I then took the adorable, and one of my all time favourites, Mama Elephant's Lunar Animals and stamped out onto some watercolour card.  I coloured all my images using Zig Real Brush Clean Colour Pens and fussy cut, leaving a neat white border.  I then placed my little Lunar Animals behind the Peek-a-boo die and adhered in place.  

My sentiment and little speech bubbles are from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings and are stamped in pale grey ink to keep the card light and bright.  I finished by adding a little heart balloon from Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine which is stamped using Zig Pens, and to which I added a piece of thread as the balloon string for a little added cuteness.

 I adhered my top panel over my background using foam tape to add some nice dimension and finished by adding a cute enamel heart.

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows DienamicLunar Animals Image 1Hello Sunshine Image 1

Everyday Greetings Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Friday, 14 April 2017

An Old Favourite

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm playing with an old favourite...

...'My Favorite' from Neat and Tangled to be precise.

I remember the first time i ever set eyes on this stamp, I fell in love with it instantly.  I'm a sucker for a large sentiment stamp and go weak at the knees for a cool font so this ticks all my boxes!
I made this as an anniversary card but the sentiment works for any loved one, family or friends, it's just fun, quirky and something a little different.
I started by stamping out Altenew's Tiny Hearts across the top 3/4 of my panel and clear heat embossed, then stamped 'My Favorite' over the top in black ink and covered that in clear embossing powder also.  I then did a gentle purple ink blend around my sentiment to show off the tiny hearts, and added a light hint of yellow at the bottom to make the colours pop.

I then took these two adorable little birdies from Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine and stamped them out twice; once on my actual panel and once on a separate piece of card.  I then coloured them by ink blending over the top on the separate piece of card, cut out their little bodies, and added over top of the images on my card uisng foam tape.
I coloured another piece of card in bright pink ink and cut a bunch of Lawn Fawn's 'Hearts Dies' from it.  I knew I wanted to use one of the hearts as a balloon for my two birdies to be holding, but I also wanted some to embellish with.
I took the largest heart I had cut and laid it over where I would like it to lie on my card.  I then used my stamping tool to stamp over the heart so that, when added back to the card, it would have the right part of the stamp on it and the whole sentiment would still be legible.  Like I say, I used a stamp tool but you can just as easily stamp out a spare image on some scrap paper, place your element over the corresponding place then over stamp onto that...if that makes sense :/

I added my little heart back in place with some foam tape and added a little black thread as the balloon string, then embellished with the rest of the hearts I had cut.

I really hope you like it.  I forgot how truly gorgeous this stamp is so really enjoyed re-visiting it.

As always, everything I have used is linked below.

See you next week.


My Favorite Image 1Hello Sunshine Image 1Tiny Hearts

Friday, 7 April 2017

In-Lay Loveliness.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a whole load of in-lay loveliness for you...

...featuring a little of Paper Smooches newest release!

I'm a sucker for anything small and cutesy, so fell for the Leaves Die 2 from Paper Smooches latest release as soon as I set eyes on it.  It can, however, be hard to know how to use smaller items, so I thought I'd make a card attempting to use them as a main feature.
I thought the lovely little leaves would look really sweet across a background so decided to in-lay them over an entire panel to make a real feature of them.
I started with a piece of white card and simply started cutting a load of the leaves from it.  When you first get the dies they are connected together with tiny bits of metal, it was much easier to keep them together to cut the bulk with, then, when space was limited, I snipped them apart and fit the individual leaves to cut from the smaller spaces.  I kept a piece of low tack tape by my side to store all my die-cut pieces on.  I then took a piece of green card and cut the same amount of leaves from it.  Then came the fun part, piecing it all back together!  The shapes are actually incredibly simple so it didn't take long at all, and I taped some sticky tape behind my panel to keep all my in-laid pieces in place.

I loved how my panel looked and wanted to keep with the same vibe for the rest of my card, so took Paper Smooches Roses Die and repeated the exact process, this time using red card for my rose.

My sentiment is Lawn Fawn's Scripty Thanks which I cut from black card and covered in a few layers of clear embossing powder to give it a nice rounded 3D effect.
I anchored my rose and sentiment with a tie of twine around my card and added a sweet little bow to finish off my design.

I really hope you like it and it helps you out with ideas on how to use our lovely little dies :)

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Leaves 2 DieRoses Dies

Scripty Thanks Image 1

Friday, 31 March 2017

A big splash with Whaley small stamps.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm getting the most from those uber cute tiny stamps we all have that sometimes get over-looked...

Using Lawn Fawn's Whale You Be Mine, and Altenew's Tiny Bubbles.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, these wee little sets that Lawn Fawn come out with absolutely rock my world.  The price point is incredible (especially in our amazing store!), and they are always so so cute.  And now Altenew are joining the party and have released a few small stamps recently, I've used Tiny Bubbles here but they have Tiny Stars and Tiny Hearts also, all amazing for building up backgrounds etc.  Just brilliant.
I started by stamping out my lovely whales and the surrounding scene, including the sentiment which is from the same set, in Versamark and white heat embossing everything.  I knew I wanted to create an emboss resist background.  I then masked off my whales and the little heart using masking fluid, and went town with a big inky wash background.  once that was dry, I added a load of Altenew's Tiny Bubbles across my washed area, making sure to 'dab off' the ink form the edges of the stamp to give a softer finish.

I then added a flicker of darker blue ink, and a good splash of white to complete my background.  I removed the mask from my whales and heart, and coloured using Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens.
I finished with a slick of Glossy accents to make my scene stand off the page, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it and it makes you want to re-visit some of your smaller stamps that sometimes get lost amongst our vast collections :)

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to stop by the store.

See you next week.


Whale You Be Mine Image 1Tiny BubblesZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (48 piece set)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Party time!

Hi there,

Awesome news...Lawn Fawn have started their own twice monthly challenge over at! Chooo Chooo!  I do love a challenge as it's a fun way to get your creativity flowing, and boy oh boy am I a fully fledged paid-up member of the Lawnfanatics club already!  These guys can do no wrong in my eyes.
Lawn Fawn are celebrating their 7th birthday, so the 'theme' of the first challenge is 'Happy Birthday', and here's where it took me...

Because it's Lawn Fawn's 7th birthday, I thought it would be a really sweet idea to use an element from a set from each year they have been going, and set up a little party gathering to celebrate this milestone.  So in my head, all these wonderful and varied critters are on their way to a Lawn Fawn party in the woods.  Now yes, yes, it is rather unlikely that these creatures would ever be in the same place at the same time haha - but that's the beauty of our stamps isn't it?  It is only our imaginations that set the boundaries :)

All my elements are stamped out, coloured with Copics, and fussy-cut; and I used foam adhesive to try and help with the perspective, so the idea is that the scene is set in layers, like a long lense shot through a camera.
I love the idea I have in my head of all theses little critters, spanning all the years of Lawn Fawn's story so far, rocking up to a party in the middle of woods.
I'll list below what elements are from what sets and from what years etc, but all that's left for me to say is HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAWN FAWN, here's to the next seven.  Oh, and thank you so much for the new challenge!

Thanks for stopping by.

2010 - rabbit (one of my all time favourite images EVER) from Critter's In The Burbs.
2011 - Hedgehog from Critter's In The Forest.
2012 - Little house from Sweet Christmas
2013 - party banner from Blu Skies
2014 - little birdie from Hello Sunshine
2015 - Squirrel from Let's Play
2016 - chick from Chirpy Chirp Chirp
2017 - Sloth from Hang In There

Friday, 24 March 2017

Little cats being Lil Painters.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and I've got some 'Little Cats' playing at being 'Lil Painters' for you today... mixing up two gorgeous sets from Mama Elephant.

This scene popped in my head as soon as I got my hands on these delightful sets for some reason, with the little cat from 'Little Cat Agendas' painting his little pal playing around, using the easel from 'Lil painters'.
I started by stamping out all the elements I wanted to use from both sets, colouring using my Zig Clean Colour Pens, and fussy cutting.  I also used the sun & clouds from Mama Elephant's 'Sunday Stroll' and did the same with those.  For the actual painting the little kitty is doing, I just did a silly little doodle onto the easel and lightly coloured.

I did a little ink blending to create my background, sprinkling and soaking up some water droplets across it to add a little interest.
My sentiment is from another Mama Elephant set, 'Ella & Friends' and is stamped in black ink then clear heat embossed.
I then adhered all my pieces in place to create my scene.

I really like how this card came out as it makes me smile.  I love using my sets together to create alternate stories and outcomes.

I really hope you like it.  
As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Little Cat AgendaLil' Painters
Ella & Friends Image 1Sunday Stroll Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)