Friday, 17 February 2017

Squad goals!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm celebrating some of the best things in life...girlfriends!

Using the adorable, and oh-so handy, Mama Elephant's 'Girlfrineds' set.

I am incredibly lucky to have the best friends in the world so this set was a must-have for me when it was released.  I especially love any set that you can personalise to fit in with your life and this is so perfect for that, you just need to colour the girlfriends' hair and outfits accordingly to match your own mates, and et voila, personalised pals ready to go!

I started by stamping out my girlfriends and colouring them in alcohol markers, like I say, to fit in with my 'squad' and fussy-cut.  I die-cut a heart from my card panel to use as a frame, and gently ink blended behind to give my girlfriends a backdrop.  I die-cut Paper Smooches Awesome from plain white card to use as my main element in a statement sentiment.

I completed my sentiment by stamping onto vellum and clear heat embossing, and built up my scene adhering everything in place using foam tape.  I embellished with a scattering of matching sequins and there you have it.

I especially enjoyed this project as it feels so personal, and I just know my gal pals are going to love it!

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

See you next week.


Girlfriends  Awesome Die

Friday, 10 February 2017

A Floral Hooray Array.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm playing with some sweet and pretty florals...

...using Mama Elephant & Wplus9 loveliness.

I started by stamping out a bunch of the sweet little leaves, branches and flowers from Wplus9's All Year Cheer using a variety of Hero Arts inks and cut out using the matching dies; it's one of these sets that you can build up so the possibilities of colourways are pretty much endless, which I absolutely love about it.
I then cut Mama Elephant's Hooray Script multiple times from white card and built up to create a nice substantial die-cut sentiment.  I then covered it in Versamark and covered in a coat of clear embossing powder to give it a nice shiny finish.

I embossed My Favourite Thing's Geometric Background onto a piece of card in clear powder, making sure to not ink the entire stamp, and wiping away a lot of the powder before heat setting to give a nice soft edge.  I then, very gently, ink blended over the top to create a delicate background for my Hooray array to go over top. I then added a few flicks and splashes of  gold to add a little flair.

I set my scene and adhered my elements in place onto my background, and finished my sentiment by heat embossing 'For you' onto grey card.  I added a scattering pearls onto my flowers and across my background, and there you have it.

I really like how this card came out and really hope you do too.  As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to check it out.

See you next week.


 Hooray Script Creative Cuts All Year Cheer Geometric Grid Background

Friday, 3 February 2017

Layer your dies for less!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm trying to create some faux die layering...

...for a whole lot less cash than layering dies cost!
Using Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn loveliness.

I'm sure we've all seen the very beautiful layering dies featured in a certain Queen of papercraft, Jennifer Maguire's 'Favourite's of 2016' a while back.  Yes they looked stunning, if not a little limited, but holy macaroni...HOW MUCH??!!!  I did love the layered look they created however, so had an idea to try and make something similar with my own supplies.

I started by cutting three separate panels of card in the colours I wanted to use all to the same size.  I then created a stencil from a piece of extra sturdy card, cut to the same size, by drawing a grid onto it and cutting the largest heart from Lawn Fawns 'Heart Dies', symmetrically across it in the design I desired.  I then used this stencil over the piece of each panel, to know where the next size down heart should be placed to be cut, (does that make sense?  I really should have took progress photos :/ ).
Once all my hearts were cut onto each layer, in descending order, I adhered my panels together so that they 'layered' over each other, creating this design.  I really love how it worked out, it may not be perfect, but it also didn't cost 4 million gazillion pounds like the ones I referred to do!

My card is intended to be for those single friends who can sometimes feel a little left out at Valentine's day so  I cut Mama Elephant's 'Friend' die from black card backed with black foam, and completed my sentiment using Mama Elephant's Friend Indeed set which I stamped onto vellum in black pigment ink, and clear heat embossed.
I added a scattering of gold sequins and mounted my piece onto a pool card base as I thought it made the colours really 'pop' brightly.  Go bright or go home, right?  And that was that.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, and can't wait to see what other sets I have in my stash that will layer nicely...without breaking the bank!

Everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

see you next week..


Heart Dies Image 1Friend Script Creative Cut Image 1Friend Indeed Image 1

Friday, 27 January 2017

Crazy colour & camouflage die-cut

Hi everybody, 
Jill here, and this week I am going crazy with colour...

...creating an explosion of butterflies and camouflaging my message.

I was looking at my Instagram feed the other day and realised I was in dire need of some colour, so that's what inspired today's card.
I used Brusho's to create my background (if you haven't heard of them already - Google/You Tube them - amaaaazing product!), but of course you could use anything; inks, Zig Clean Colour Pens, Watercolour, basically whatever your preferred medium is.  I simply sprinkled them on my background, spritzed with water & POW, an explosion of colour.  I then added a whole load of flicks and splashes using Kuretake Starry Colours & Zig Pens mixed with water.  I coloured a separate piece of card in the same way at the same time and used this piece to cut a load of Waffle Flower Teeny Wings butterflies from.  I also cut a load of the same Teeny Wings from plain white card too.
I then took Lawn Fawn's Scripty Wishes, and die-cut from the front of my card.  I added a layer of foam to the back, and in-laid the whole thing back in.  I wanted my die to remain 'camouflaged' into the background, but I didn't want to lose it completely, so I added a layer of vellum, again cut from the same die, and adhered over the top using Stick-It to give it a different finish to the rest of the card.

I then added my scattering of Teeny Wing butterflies, fluttering out from my die and colour explosion, and adhered them in place.
I white heat embossed 'Happy' from Lawn Fawn's Hello Baby onto black card, cut into a little flag and added to my card front to finish off my sentiment.
I then matted my panel onto black card, mounted the whole thing to a card base, and there you have it.
I really hope you like it, as always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Tiny Wings Scripty Wishes Lawn Cuts Stick It  Gansai Tambi Starry Colours Watercolour Pan Set (6)  Hello Baby Image 1

Friday, 20 January 2017

Otterly in love.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I am going 'otterly nuts'...

...for the brand spanking new Otterly Adorable from Mama Elephant.

I love otters, they are one of my particular favourite animals, the way they swim on their backs holding hands...gaaaah!  They are just such beautiful, gorgeous creatures.  So seeing them take centre stage in this new set...oh be still my beating heart!
I started by colouring a few different sheets of vellum using Distress Inks, (I only learnt yesterday this would work.  HOW did I not know?!).  In any case, I coloured my vellum in various blue/greens, and also covered a sheet in white pigment ink.  I then cut them, at varying heights, into waves using the cloud border from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio Dies, by simply turning the die upside down.
I then cut a frame from a piece of card using Lawn Fawn's Cross Stitched Rectangles and layered up my vellum waves behind.

I stamped out and coloured my favourite image in the set, which is obviously the little guys on their backs, and the little heart also included, then fussy cut everything.
I cut Mama Elephant's Friend word die from a piece of black card adhered to some black foam using Stick it, and began to build my scene. adding the little heart to my sweet swimming otters.

I finished off my sentiment by stamping straight onto the vellum along the bottom of my scene, and clear heat embossing.
I cut the smallest rectangle that makes up my frame, from my card blank to allow the light to shine through, and mounted my panel onto it using foam tape.
I embellished with a scattering of clear sequins and there you have it.

I really hope you like it, and hope you love the new Mama Elephant release as much as I do!

As always, everything I have used is linked below so be sure to check it out.

See you next week.


Otterly AdorableLandscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1Friend Script Creative Cut Image 1

Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1Stick It