Friday, 8 December 2017

Adorable Arctic Penguin Parade

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’ve got a group of Mama elephant’s adorable Arctic Penguins...

playfully slipping and sliding down an icy slope, struggling to stay upright on their little sweet skates!

I LOVE these precious little penguins, in real life and in magical Mama Elephant land. Penguins are pretty amazing animals. As if the whole ‘partners for life’, thing isn’t the most endearing quality in the universe  you only have to watch their little waddle to fall head over heals in love with them, and I think these Mama Elephant illustrations capture their playful personalities perfectly.
And to top it all...the images are black & white so anything you do with them saves you a TON of time on colouring and means you can whip up your designs in next to no time!

I wanted my card to look like a slippery snow covered slope with all the little penguins skating down it. You get so many different designs of penguins all doing different things in different directions I thought it would look really cute - like they are all battling to keep their balance as they have their fun.
I started by stamping out my penguins and fussy cutting, adding a wee dash of red to their skates and orange to their beaks for the teeniest splash of colour. I made my slopes by cutting Mama Elephant’s Landscape Trio Border Dies and lightly ink blending blue ink behind. I used foam tape to elevate my slopes and adhered my party of penguins behind. I added a slick of glitter across the edges of my die cuts to add a little sparkle to my snow. My sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Polar pals and is stamped straight onto my card.

I finished by adding a scattering of sparky sequins and cutting my panel using Lawn Fawn’s Cross Stitched Rectangle, mounting onto a card blank, and there you have it!

A very quick easy peasy parade of precious penguins!

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

See you next week.


Arctic Penguins Image 1  Polar Pals Image 1  Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Friday, 1 December 2017

Pretty, quick make Christmas cards

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm sharing my quick make Christmas cards that are the actual design I am using this year (I know, get me showing off, for the first time ever...I am organised early!).

It's a tough time time of year for us card makers; our nearest and dearest are well aware of our hobby and are looking forward to something fancy and bespoke, and I don't know about you, but for me I still want to make every card impressive and pretty, and to look like it took me a whole load of blood sweat and tears...but whilst being really easy to make and without taking too much time.  I mean, making a whole batch of cards for a whole load of different hard! 
My answer...SENTIMENTS!  Big, bold, beautiful, stylish and superb...SENTIMENTS!

Quick and easy to make, but hopefully pretty enough to make an impact!
For me, it's all about the organisation.  I have an idea in my head, and I have all my tools and elements in place before I begin; stamps mounted, card-stock cut to size, paints and brushes ready to go etc...then I get to work. 
I started with the backgrounds.  I chose my colours and watercolour washed across each of my panels in an ombre effect.  Once I was done with the last one - the first one was pretty much dry and ready to be covered in plenty flicks and flickers of beautiful iridescent and gold paint from Gansai Tambi's Starry Colours.  Once each panel was dry, I had a variety of stencils and stamps at the ready to add extra interest to my background in soft and subtle white ink.  I used a variety of snowflakes and the Tiny Bubble stencil from Altenew to act as snowfall.

I then moved on to the main event - the big bold sentiment stamping.  A beautiful background with a big stand-out sentiment is my all time favourite design when it comes to card making.  I just don't think you can go wrong, and it simplifies batch card-making so much.  No colouring or fussy-cutting for example.
I decided to use Mama Elephant's Merry Christmas Wishes sentiment, but there are so many of this kind of stamp to choose from.  All fabulous fonts and stylish designs.  
I used a stamping platform to make my life that little bit easier, but really, there's no need.  I had a little production line all set up - my pile of backgrounds which I stamped onto using Versamark, covered in gold embossing powder, and left aside to do all my melting at once.  I added a little trim along the bottom from Mama Elephant's Zennith Borders.  This border always reminds me of a Nordic folk tree design so thought it would finish of the card nicely, also embossing in gold.


And there you have it, a pretty background, a big bold sentiment, and few little added bits of interest, and you could have the task complete in next to no time!

As always, everything I used is linked below.  

See you next week.


Merry Christmas Wishes    Zenith Borders

Sparkling Snowflake StencilTiny Bubbles Stencil

Gansai Tambi Starry Colours Watercolour Pan Set (6)

Friday, 24 November 2017

Super cute sticky note.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I’m making a cute birthday memo...

...using the cute as a button ‘Sticky Note’ from Mama Elephant.

I love any set that contains ‘peek-a-boo’ critters, there’s just something so uber cute about their little noses peeking over a page edge or similar. It makes my heart melt and that’s all it takes for me to snap up a set! I’ve also had a massive stationary obsession since I was tiny so this set was ticking all my boxes!

I started by stamping out and colouring my wee sneaky peeky critter and fussy cutting. I really wanted my sticky note to look like a, well, a sticky note and didn’t have the exact colour so used, yup you’ve guessed it...sticky note paper! It’s obviously very thin and I wanted it to look like a stack with the cute memo on top so stamped it out a few times, only adhering at the top so the pages could curl up along the bottom.

I stamped my greeting onto my sticky note and cut a Scalloped Circle from My Favourite Things to act as a frame.
I added a balloon attached to string and a further sentiment to some vellum and adhered my elements in place.
I embellished with a tab of ribbon and a scattering of enamel dots and there you have it.

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

See you next week.

Sticky Note

Friday, 17 November 2017

Chilly Christmas Cheer

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm spreading some chilly Christmas cheer!

Using Wplus9's All Year Cheer.

I LOVE this set and have got SO much use out of it already as it is so easily adaptable to whichever season or feeling you want to portray.  Since first getting it I have been looking forward to the winter chill kicking in so I could craft a little Robin Red Breast out of the sweet
bird, and eventually got the chance to do that with this, the first of my Christmas cards!

I started by stamping out & heat embossing a ton of the little snowflakes from the All Year Cheer set all across my background then washing a load of watered down purple inks across...which I then pretty much covered completely with a panel of vellum sandwiched between a frame cut from Mama Elephant's Index Card Creative Cuts...but ho-hum haha.  I then inked up, stamped up, and die cut all my small elements- my wee little robin and all the leaves and branches.  I had already embossed my sentiment onto my vellum panel in a gold powder so all that was left to do was build-up my scene up, around and over that.  

I added a scattering of pearl drops that I had coloured red with an alcohol marker to act as holly berry accents.
I finished my card by adding a teeny slick of Glossy Accents onto my Robin's beak, and a coat of shimmer onto his wee little tummy.

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

See you next week.


All Year Cheer  All Year Cheer Die   Index Card Creative Cuts Image 1

Friday, 10 November 2017

Three Bear Party!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a tale of three little bears, and they're looking for a party!

Created using the so so sweet Bitty Bears set from My Favourite Thing's.

I fell in love with these little Bitty Bears as soon as I set eyes on them. Firstly, they are beyond sweet, and secondly, I loved that the open design meant you could create any kinda bear your heart desired from them.  So I decided to go with a whole little soiree of species!

I love the clean and simple design of the Bitty Bears set and really wanted my card to mirror that style so went with a very CAS no-line colour design.

I started by stamping out my little bears all in a row in a very light ink so the outline could be easily covered, then colouring them using pencils as I thought the modest subtle effect would work well
with the style.  I'm not too great at pencil colouring (obviously ha), but I tell you what, I LOVE it and find it so therapeutic.  It is calming and relaxing and I put the enjoyment I get from that way ahead of a perfect result, surely that's what it's all about, right?

Once my bears were finished I added some black pen to make their eyes and noses 'pop', and added a soft blend of pencil across the background.
My sentiment is from the same Bitty Bear set and is heat embossed in white.

As I said, I really wanted to embrace the simple design of the stamps so left my card free from embellishments and with a lot of 'bare' space ;)

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek at which type of bear you see!

See you next week.


Bitty Bears