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

Friday, 28 July 2017

Sky High Birthday Wishes

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm flying high to send some birthday wishes.

Using the adorable Across The Miles from Waffle Flower.

I absolutely adore this set.  For me, it's just one of those perfect sets that fall so into 'your alley' it's like they were designed just for you :). The font, the style, the cute little critter poking up from the basket, the banner, the choice of sentiments.  Yup, this is an amazing stand-out set for me.

I started my card by cutting a Stitched Circle Scalloped Frame from My Favourite Things from the front of my card to create an aperture, and in-laying the frame back in.  I stamped out the clouds, from the same set, onto my back panel & watercolour-washed a sky around them.  I then stamped out all of the elements I chose to use to make up my scene, clear heat embossed everything and coloured using my Zig Real Brush markers (yes again, but what else is a gal supposed to do - they are simply the perfect colouring medium!).  I always like to clear heat emboss my stamped outlines if I am colouring using water as the raised edges help so much with keeping all your colour pooled in the place you want it and not flood out into other sections.  I then fussy-cut all my pieces.  I wanted to be able to see through the part of my hot air balloon where the balloon meets the basket, so snipped off that part, stamped it out again onto acetate, and added that behind instead - I really love how it turned out and it really didn't take up much extra time.
I wanted to keep my card CAS with plenty white space and and a spotlight scene, so built up all of my elements in and around my aperture, adhering in place with foam
tape and wet glue.

I really liked how my scene looked like at this point so decided to leave it there.  I find when a set is as well designed as this, there really isn't much need to mess too much, it kind if just creates itself!

Waffle Flower have knocked the ball out of the park with their releases this year in my opinion, and this is no exception.  I just know I'm going to enjoy this set for a long long time!

Thanks so much for your time, I really hope you like it.

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

See you next week.


Across the Miles  Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames Dienamics  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Chirpy Cheer All Year Round

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some cute chirpy birds spreading some all year cheer.

Using the so so sweet, All Year Cheer from WPlus9.

I started with my background by cutting a panel using Lawn Fawn's Cross Stitched Rectangles and stamping out the large floral from Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blossoms, on either end then clear heat embossing.  I then masked off the edges and went in with the ink, blending a pink into an orange with a gentle blend in the middle creating an emboss resit where the flowers were stamped.  I then added a few flicks and splashes of each colour across my panel.

I then set about stamping out all my little elements I wanted to build up my scene.  This All Year Cheer set is made up of block images as oppose to lined images for you to colour.  Now I'll be honest, these build-up-block sets used to scare me a little but I really wanted to start using my inks for more than just blending, so stepped out of my comfort zone and tried this set, and I've gotta tell you, I LOVE it!  It's just so quick and easy with such a clean, neat, crisp and professional finish.  I will be investing in more like this for sure.  Once I had all my images stamped out, I cut using the matching dies.  I also cut a Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame from My Favourite Things as an anchor for all my elements, and also as a frame for my sentiment.

I stamped my sentiment onto some vellum and clear heat embossed, then cut into a circle slightly smaller than my scalloped circle and adhered beneath it. 
I then built up my entire scene using foam tape and wet glue.
I finished my card by adding a little drop of Glossy Accents to my little birdie's beaks, and matted onto green card to add an extra pop of spring zing colour and there you have it.

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

See you next week.


All Year Cheer  Penelope's Blossoms Image 1 All Year Cheer Die

Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames DienamicsSmall Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Friday, 14 July 2017

Little Doggy Noisy Birthday Jam

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a little doggy parade making a whole load of birthday noise...

...using Mama Elephant's, off the scale adorable, Little Dog Agenda.

Now it's no secret I am absolutely, unashamedly, unabashedly dog obsessed.  I'm that girl who will cross a road if it means a quick kiss off a puppy.  So when this set was released, my eyes were on beanstalks and I fell instantly in love!  I mean what's better than a dog?  Well I'll tell you what's better...twenty dogs!  Twenty cute, adorable, fun little puppies all packed on to one sheet of stamps!  Amazing.
So anytime I get a set like this I look through all the images and look for a story.  I try to find images that link together to help me create a scene in my head,  ...and I think it's pretty indicative of who I am that the loud noisy birthday band parade is what leapt out to me!

I started my card by stamping out my cute pooches (and the bottom half of my sentiment) onto my card panel and clear heat embossing.  I then added, freehand, some little sprigs of grass to ground my parade.  I wanted to create a sweet and simple scene for my card but I also knew I wanted to add a little extra interest by adding a background stamp to my, well, background (:/), so I masked off my images and sentiment then took My Favourite Things Sketched Chevron Background and stamped it across my panel, not taking too much care around the edges so it gently faded out.  I then set about colouring my images using Zig Real Brush Markers, (I apologise that I use these all the time but I am 100% hooked on them, they're just so easy to use and incredibly effective!).  Once my images were dry I moved on to colouring my background, again, using my Zigs, taking care to leave a space around my sentiment.  

I then finished up my sentiment, which is from Mama Elephant's Monster Jam and works perfect with my scene, by stamping the first line out onto black card and white heat embossing.  I also did this with the little 'Rock On' speech bubble from Mama Elephant's Rock and Paws and added both pieces to my scene using foam tape.
I finished by covering my scene and sentiment and adding a few flicks of ink across my background and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.  
As always everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.


Little Dog Agenda Sketched Chevron Background Image 1 Monster Jam

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)Rock and Paws Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts