Friday, 21 October 2016

Cute Critter Christmas Tags

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some cute critter Christmas tags for you...

Using Mama Elephant's adorable 'Page Huggers' set.

I didn't buy this set when it was first released as I was trying to be 'good', but then I remembered that good doesn't suit me and life's too short to not have adorable stamps, so snapped them up as soon as they were back in stock!  This set is designed to make little book marks, but obviously they are so cute and versatile, you can do anything you want with them.  As soon as I set eyes on them I knew I wanted to make tags from them, they have such a large simple body area I just thought they'd be perfect.

I started by stamping out my little Santa hats (how do you make something 'Christmassy?  Simple, whack a Santa hat on it!), four times onto strips of kraft card, masked off, and stamped by lovely huggers over the top.  I then coloured them, very simply, in coloured pencils.  I love pencils on kraft, and always think it works perfect with a festive theme.  I then scored a line, right above the highest point, folded my card strip, and cut around ensuring to leave enough connected area to make the tags strong enough.  I guess this would be much easier to do if you opted for partial die-cutting the matching dies, but I don't have them so went the old-fashioned route.  I then punched a hole through the top of each tag, and threaded with some red twine.  At this point they were done, and looking very cute, but I decided for one last final touch, to add a little candy cane to each of them; so stamped out, coloured and fussy cut these little canes from Mama Elephant's Reindeer Games, snipped a little cut around my critters paws, and added the cane.

I really love how these turned out, and really enjoyed making a project with a bit of a difference.

I really hope you like them, as always everything I have used is linked below.

See you next week.


Page Huggers     Reindeer Games Image 1

Friday, 14 October 2016

Jump for you it's Autumn!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a really simple card celebrating the arrival of Autumn!

Using Lawn Fawn's incredibly cute 'Jump For Joy'.

I wanted to go with a really simple colour palette on my card, concentrating on some lovely autumnal tones, and  stamping and colouring my cute little critters in grey to replicate a more neutral no-line colouring effect.

I started by cutting a circle out of a piece of masking paper, and using both the negative and positive pieces to create my ink blended background.  I then added a little more interest by adding flicks and splashes of water and white ink across the background, and second generation stamping some of the block leaves that also come in the set, onto my panel.
I stamped out my main elements in co-ordinating colours to what I wanted to use, and coloured using Distress Inks as watercolours.  I then fussy cut all my pieces and began to put my little scene together using foam adhesive for dimension.

I stamped my sentiment straight onto my card panel and mounted onto a dark grey card base.

I added a few sequins to embellish, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it, and as always, everything I have used is linked below.
See you next week.


Jump For JoySmall Stitched 4 Bar Rectangle Lawn CutsCement Grey

Friday, 7 October 2016

Frame your phrase with flowers.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm framing some loving words with some lovely flowers...

Using Avery Elle's gorgeous Peonies and Altenew's Painted Inspiration.

I started by cutting a panel using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles from watercolour card, and masking the edges off with low-tack tape.  I then stamped a selection of the small and large flowers and leaves from Avery Elle's Peonies, around the edges, heat embossing in gold as I went.

I then coloured my flower frame using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens with water, and adding a few flicks and splatters across my background.
My sentiment is from Altenew's Painted Inspiration and heat embossed in gold.
I mounted my whole panel onto a Silver Fox notecard from Avery Elle with foam tape, and left it there.

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

See you next week.


Peonies Image 1Painted InspirationZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Silver Fox Notecards (12 pack)Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1

Friday, 30 September 2016

Going for Gold.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm going for gold!

Using My Favourite Things Chevron Grid Background as my main element, and smothering it in all things gold!

I started by stamping out the, brand new and beautiful, Chevron Grid Background from My Favourite Things onto some watercolour card and covered in gold embossing powder.  I didn't want it to cover my entire card panel so, using a soft cloth, gently brushed away the gold embossing powder from the edges, leaving an interesting shape, and heat set.  I then took the (truly beautiful) Gansai Tambi Starry Watercolours and, using one of the lighter more transparent colours, painted in every other chevron.  I then took the light grey colour from the Zig Clean Colour Brush Pens, added a teeny amount of ink to every other chevron, and painted out with water.  Once that was all dry, I went back to my Starry Colours and added a few flicks and splatters of gold across my background.

I then heat embossed another piece of card in the same gold powder, and cut my 'Celebrate' by Sugar Pea Designs sentiment from it, along with the hearts & arrow from Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts die (hands down the most value for money die I have ever purchased).  Once cut, I then added another layer of gold embossing powder to my pieces to give them a nice finish.
I wanted some form of vellum to go behind my sentiment to anchor everything in place without taking away from the beautiful Chevron design and shimmery paint, so opted to cut My Favourite Things Fringe Dienamic to add to my background (it didn't show up too great in the photos, but worked just as I wanted it too in 'real life'!).

I added a twirl of gold twine to the back of my card, and built all my elements upon it.
I added a scattering of clear sequins from Neat and Tangled to help tie my design together and, after mounting onto an Avery Elle  Silver Fox Notecard, left it at that.

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

See you next week.

Chevron Grid BackgroundCelebrate Sugar CutGansai Tambi Starry Colours Watercolour Pan Set (6)Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)Fringe Die-namic Image 1Tiny Hearts Dies

Crystal Clear Sequins Image 1 Silver Fox Notecards (12 pack)

Friday, 23 September 2016

Soft and simple, sweet little Pix in the spotlight.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've gone soft and simple with a bit of design spotlighting...

...putting Mama Elephant's Pix's Favourite's in the spotlight!
Such a gorgeous set, it just seems to go hand in hand with a delicate design.

I started with a piece of watercolour card cut down to a panel using Lawn Fawn's Stitched rectangles.  I die-cut an off-centre circle, so that it edged off my card; to that circle, I cut Lawn Fawn's Forest Border and the cloud from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio.  I then watercolour washed my background and my elements using Distress Inks.  I really wanted my background to be the softest of soft washes, so really watered down my inks and blotted the back as soon as I'd put the colour down to the point it's barely visible in the pictures, but looks really lovely and subtle in real life.

Once everything was dry, I added a sun die-cut from Lawn Fawn's Spring Showers and in-lad all my pieces back in place.  At this point I thought my spotlight circle was getting lost in the pale expanse of the background, and it wasn't really 'popping' like I wanted it to, so I added a border of grey patterned paper behind to help it stand out.
I then stamped out my main focal image, this delightful little bunny (Pix, I assume?), and little tree stump from Pix's Favourite's.  You get a load of different designs in this set, each one as adorable as the next, but with her little butterfly, I felt this one would work perfect with my design.  I coloured her using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens, again, keeping it as light and gentle as I possibly could by adding a lot of water to my ink, and blotting often.  I then fussy-cut my image and mounted on top of my spotlight using foam tape.

I then stamped out my sentiment from the same Pix's Favourite set onto vellum in black ink, heat embossed, and adhered with just the teeniest bit of wet glue along the top, masked by the crosses from the stitched rectangle borders.
I added a few little bits of ribbon to embellish, cut into flags and banners and tucked into a little label, and finished off with a couple of black enamel hearts to tie the whole design together.

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

see you next week.


Pix's Favorites Forest Border Lawn Cut Image 1Landscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1

Spring Showers DiesSmall Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)