Friday, 19 May 2017

Lil' Baby Story Time

Hi everybody,

Jill here and this week I've got a sweet and simple story for you...

...using Mama Elephant's Lil Painters to help tell the tale.

I don't know about you, but when I get a new stamp set, I like to lavish attention on it as soon as I have it in my hands.  You know, hold it, stare at it, drool over it etc any case...I was fawning over the adorable Lil Painters from Mama Elephant,when these sweet little images popped out at me as a little story of brand new life that would make a perfect 'new baby' card.

Now I'm not sure if they were intended for this use, but I'm totally claiming the idea as mine haha.
I started by stamping out these three separate images in row, masking them off and adding a few little sprigs of grass.  I  then coloured them using my Zig Real Brush Markers.  Once dry, I masked them off again and stamped Lawn Fawn's Gingham Backdrop set over top in a bright, vibrant bubble-gum pink ink.

I took my sentiment from Mama Elephant's New Family, as it worked perfectly for my card and the font and style worked perfectly with my design, and stamped it out in black ink.
I finished by matting onto a piece of kraft card and mounted the whole thing onto a white card base.
I loved the crisp, cool, CAS design of my card so skipped on embellishments and left it there.

I really hope you like it, and enjoyed my little story time.  I really love it when a stamp set takes you in a totally different direction to what is first apparent!

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

See you next week.


Lil' Painters New Family Stamp 

Gingham Backdrops Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Friday, 12 May 2017

Olde Worlde Bear and Bird.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm going vintage...

... by no-line colouring the delightful Bear and Bird from Waffle Flower in a whole array of brown and beige tones.

I love this effect and thought it would work perfectly with this Bear and Bird set.  I had tried it out using Copics and Watercolours before, so this time I opted to use colour pencils and I not only really enjoyed the process, but also the outcome.

It was a very simple card to make.  I started by stamping out my images in a pale ink so my colour pencils would hide the stamped line.  The beauty of this set is that, not only is it sweet and adorable,  the arches of foliage are already placed together on stamps so it looks like you're placement is amazing and has took you ages, but cheated!  I mean who doesn't love a shortcut :)
Once I had stamped my scene, I coloured the entire thing using coloured pencils in a whole load of browns, beige, and sepia to give this 'olde worlde' vintage look, making one exception for the heart as I thought it would look cool to add one pop of colour.  To finish the effect I created an ink blend across the whole of my card panel, concentrating stronger colours on the edges to create a distressed look.

I stamped my sentiment onto my banner and clear heat embossed, mounted the whole thing onto a dark brown card base, and there you have it.
An olde' worlde' Bear and Bird.

I really hope you like both the card and the effect.

The Bear and Bird set I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.


Bear & Bird

Friday, 5 May 2017

Are you ready for this Jelly?

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I don't think you're ready for this jelly ;) ... I bring you a whole load of nice and bright jellyfish using Lawn Fawn's So Jelly set.

I love Lawn Fawn's little mini sets, it never ceases to amaze me how you can make such big scenes with these tiny little sets that, let's face it, cost so little.  Just amazing.
I started by making up a load of masks for the jellyfish and one for the starfish so they were ready to go.  I then went to town on my stamping.  I started with the starfish in the middle, then stamped a ton of jellyfish all around and behind him, heat embossing each one as I went which, yes, was a little fiddly and time consuming, but:  
a)It stops the risk of getting ink all over, and 
b)I knew I wanted to watercolour my images and I find it much easier when the lines are embossed.

Once all my stamping was complete and embossed, I went to town with the colouring using Distress Ink as waterolour.  Once my shoal of cuteness was coloured, I took a few different blues and coloured my back ground,  I really wanted my main images to 'pop' so summoned my inner Kelly Latevola and outlined my images with a grey marker to intensify the shading.

I finished my background by adding a few flicks and splashes for added interest.  I then stamped out, coloured and fussy-cut another starfish image, and added over the top of my scene using foam tape to help it jump from the shoal and the rest of the card.
My sentiment is from the same adorable So Jelly set and is stamped onto vellum and heat embossed in white.  I wrapped my vellum panel around the card so it could be adhered at the back.
I then mounted my piece onto a grey card blank, embellished with a scattering of sequins, and there you have it.

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

See you next week.

So Jelly Image 1

Friday, 28 April 2017

Making a Splash on an inky sea.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm making a sweet birthday splash...

...using My Favourite Thing's adorable, 'Soak up the fun'.

I started by stamping out and colouring these cheeky little monkeys in their cute little banana boat using Zig Clean Colour Pens then fussy-cut, using a scalpel to get to the inner parts.  The 'Soak The Fun' set these fun guys are from is so brilliant, absolutely jam packed with adorable critters and creatures!  I then moved on to creating my background.  I knew I wanted them bobbing about on the sea, but I don't have any wave stamps or dies in my stash, so instead, I cut the cloud border from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio Creative Cuts from some thick card, turned it upside down to use as a mask, and softly blended a few different blues to create a nice wavey background, adding a few flicks and splashes of ink for extra interest.

I loved how my background turned out but wanted my boat to be behind a wave as oppose to just sitting on top, I also, however, wanted to keep as few layers as possible, so instead of adding extra bulk, I simply cut around one of the waves with a scalpel, and slotted my little monkey filled fun boat behind :)

My sentiment is stamped directly onto my card front in black ink and clear embossed.  I then added a couple of cute balloons to give a little extra oomph and an added pop of colour.  My balloons are from My Favourite Thing's Somebunny set, stamped out, coloured using Zig's, and fussy-cut.  I then added string from the monkeys to the balloons just for a little added cute.

I'm really happy with how this card came out, and think these little monkeys are cute enough to put a smile on anyone's face and fun enough to make a splash on anyone's birthday!

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

See you next week.


Soak Up The FunLandscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1Somebunny Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

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)