Friday, 15 September 2017

Making New Friends Under the Sea

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm enjoying my first fling with the store's newest addition, Flora and Fauna.

Using their oh-so-sweet Under The Sea.

It is so exciting to see a new company in the store, especially one that grabs your attention because all their sets float your boat!  I just love their style, so sweet and whimsical.  They are also unlike any thing else within my collection which makes it even better!  I have my eye on a ton of their sets that I now want.
I started my card by stamping out a few of the waves onto watercolour card stock and clear heat embossing, then washing some blue inks across it creating an emboss resist background.  I then stamped out all of the elements from the set I wanted to use and coloured using my Zigs.  I fussy cut my fun characters leaving a white trim to emulate the look I would get from matching dies, and coloured around the edges in a pale blue so they would melt into the background better.

I then stamped some of the coral and seaweed across the bottom of my card.  When it came to building my scene I really wanted my beautiful mermaids to come right forward and have some movement to them so made a couple of little acetate hinges to attach them to the card.  It's obviously hard to portray in still pictures, but they actually dance and wiggle as if frolicking in the sea! 

I finished by stamping the simple sentiment straight onto my panel.

I'm really happy with how this card came out, and can't wait to play with some more of their gorgeous goodies! 

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to stop for a peek.

...Now if anybody wants me I'll just be over here making a space for what will be my new Flora and Fauna collection :)

See you next week.


Under The SeaZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 8 September 2017

Partying with Birthday Buddies

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm partying with some old friends...

...using Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies.

This set is from way back when and is still absolutely amazing.  It is Jam packed with fun-filled characters and cute punny sentiments all in a cool quirky font.  It was an absolute pleasure to be reacquainted with these brilliant Birthday Buddies.
I started my card by stamping out all of the characters I wanted to use from the Birthday Buddies set and coloured them brightly using Copics. I then fussy-cut.  I also stamped out, coloured and fussy-cut a ton of balloons from Paper Smooches Hullabaloo set to use as a fun colourful backdrop.
I then used my Peek-a-boo die from My Favourite Things to cut my panel and built up my scene behind it using wet glue and foam adhesive to give dimension.

I then matted my panel onto a piece of patterned paper and mounted onto a card blank.  My sentiment is from the Hullabaloo set which I stamped onto a balloon and added a string.
I embellished with a cluster of ribbon tabs and flags to tie the whole design together, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it and it inspires you to give some of your older sets a fresh outing.

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Birthday Buddies Image 1Hullabaloo Image 1Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dienamic

Friday, 1 September 2017

Sweet Seal Smooches.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got some sweet smooching seals...

...using the adorable new Sealed With A Kiss from Lawn Fawn's latest release.

I am going to repeat myself for the millionth time...but I LOVE these small sets that Lawn Fawn release.  The price point and value for money are unreal, like cheaper than you would pay for one card from the high-street!  Unbelievably amazing.
As soon as I had this set in my hands I knew I wanted the sweet little seals having a sneaky smooch in front of a pretty that's what I did.

I started with my background using inks as watercolour and washed a variety of colours, (yellows, pinks and blues), across my panel to create a pretty sunset.  I then cut the sun and a couple of clouds from Lawn Fawn's Spring Showers from a piece of card and (the sun, partially) from my background, coloured the sun, and in-laid them back in.  I then stamped my elements out for my main scene from Sealed with a kiss with the ice block from Avery Elle's Brring On The Joy, coloured using my Zigs, and fussy cut.

I stamped my sentiment from the same set straight on to my background and clear heat embossed.
I then built up my scene using foam tape to add dimension, mounted onto a pale blue card base and there you have it.

I can't say enough good things about Lawn Fawn, and especially their uber affordable mini-sets and this. THIS, in my opinion, is one of the best EVER, I mean look at their little faces!  Adorable.

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.


Sealed With A Kiss  Spring Showers Dies Image 1 Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 25 August 2017

Be Bewitched!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm getting hyped for Halloween!

Using the awesome Bewitching from Avery Elle's latest release.

Let's just get past the 'HOW is it nearly October already?!', (but really, HOW?!), and on to the WOOHOO-OOOO it's nearly Halloween!  I've always loved Halloween as it's the day after my best friend's birthday so we always do something fun, and I'm loving how amped up it has become over in the UK - for sure our friends over the pond do it best, but we're definitely catching up.

I love this new Bewitching set from Avery Elle, it's packed full of all your favourite Halloween images, spooky ghouls and a wickedly wretched witch, (who's actually really rather sweet), and a ton of cool sentiments made with a spooktacular font!  Another job well done from Avery Elle!

I started my card by cutting a circle from masking paper and inking through it to create a bright moon, then uisng the positive piece from my masking paper, covering the moon and ink blending a black background around it.  I added some purples and navy blues to my background to give it some depth but it didn't show up to good in the photos.  I then added a flick of water to add some texture to my background.  Once completely dry, I added some stars from my stash and heat embossed in silver.
I then stamped out the awesome witch from the set, flying across the sky on her broomstick, and coloured using Copics.  I then cut around her leaving a thin outline which I coloured yellow to help blend into the moon and added to my card front using foam tape.

I took a piece of purple card and stamped out my sentiment right along the bottom, adding the sweet little bat which is included in the set, and heat embossed in silver. I then added the same little bat to the moon in black, for a little added interest, matted my panel over top of the purple card and mounted onto a card base.

And there you have it, a Bewitching blog post to get you hyped for Halloween :)

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.



Friday, 11 August 2017

Is it safe to get back in the water yet?

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got a....duh-nuh...duh-nuh...du-nu..du-nu..du-nu..du-nu...

...a terrifying vicious man-eating monster in the waters...or maybe not!
This guy, from Lawn Fawn's fabulous Duh-nuh mini set, is by far the sweetest looking shark I've ever seen...just look at that grin!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE these mini sets Lawn Fawn come out with.  They are just such great value fro money and even if you don't use them as stand alone stamps, it's just so awesome to have them to stretch your other sets.  This Duh-nuh set, however, is more than capable of standing on it's own two feet especially when used in conjunction with the brilliant Ocean Wave Accent Dies from the same release.

I started by cutting a piece of card using Lawn Fawn's Cross-stitched Rectangles to create a frame and an inner panel to work on.  I then cut my inner panel several times using the Ocean Waves Accent Dies, also repeating the process with a piece of vellum.  I then ink blended a different colour blue over each section of wave, added texture with flicks of water, and pieced back together adding the vellum between layers for extra texture.  I then took the same blue inks I had used to bled, and flicked them across my frame to add some interest.
I then stamped out all them elements from the Duh-nuh mini set and clear heat embossed them to give me a solid line to water colour within.

I then coloured all my pieces using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens with water and fussy-cut leaving a thin white line to imitate the look of matching dies (which are available - I just don't have them).
I stamped my sentiment out onto one of the sections of vellum I cut earlier and heat embossed in white powder, adhering back over my inked panels using the teeniest bit of wet glue so it barely shows through the vellum.
I then built up my scene over my panel using foam tape and wet glue, tucking my sweet shark under a vellum wave to give the look of him gliding through the ocean.

I finished by mounting my piece onto a white card blank and there you have it. 
The sweetest predator in the sea :)

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

See you next week.


Duh-nuh  Ocean Wave Accents Die  Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Friday, 4 August 2017

Vintage Folksy Florals

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm  channelling my folksy side... creating some vintage folksy florals using Waflle Flower's Bear and Bird.

I've been on a bit of a 'good girl' kick recently, trying to get more use out of the stamp sets I already own before buying any new ones ( never lasts...), so I've been going through my stash and trying to look past the obvious to see what designs jump out at me, and this is where this gorgeous Bird and Bear set took me.  The set is full of flower and foliage clusters so I decided to create a card using only them.

It was a really simple card to make but I really like how it came out, it reminds me of the folksy paintings you find all over narrow boats.

I started by stamping out the middle banner leaving the space free for me to add my sentiment later.  I then masked that off and went to town stamping all the the pretty flowers, leaves and hearts etc all over and around my panel taking care to make the design symmetrical.  I stamped everything out in a very light ink so that, when coloured, it would appear as if there was no stamped line there.  I then coloured the whole thing using colouring pencils.  I used pencils as I thought the effect would wok really well with the look I was going for.

Once all my elements were coloured, I added my sentiment into the banner in black ink and clear heat embossed.  I then decided the design would look more authentic if it looked a little worn, so I blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and across my panel.

I added a wrap of twine to finish of my design, and mounted my panel onto a kraft card base and there you have it.

I really hope you like it and it encourages you to take a more in-depth look at your sets and see what jumps out at you beyond the obvious :)

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.


Bear & Bird  Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts