Friday, 29 January 2016

Monkey Business...

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and today, I'm monkeying around...

...with the new release from MFT, Monkey Business...

How cute are these little chaps?  I'm really excited to start building up my MFT's collection from the store - and with sets like this - who can blame me?!
I wasn't sure where I wanted to go with this card when I first started, I just knew I couldn't wait a minute longer to ink these cheeky monkeys up!  I stamped a few of them out, (the set actually contains FIVE different monkeys - all as cute and fun as the next), masking each one as I went to create my little scene.  I added the little mound from another new MFT set, 'Ewe are the best', (another insanely cute set that I could not resist), to give them a little beachy verge to hang out on.
I coloured them with my Copics, and masked them off once again to create an inky background.  The sentiment is included in the Monkey Business set, along with a load of other funny phrases that I just think will be great for so many different people and occasions.  Once I'd finished my little scene, I decided I'd turn it into a full frontal shaker.  You get a load of extra banana's in the set, and I thought it would be fun to colour and cut a load out to add as little shaker elements, so that's what I did!

I also used the 'loose banana' stamps to add interest to my kraft card frame, and added a bunch of, yup you guessed it, bananas, to finish off my card.

I really hope you like it, and I can't wait to see what mischief you all get these little fellas into with your creations!

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

See you next week.


Cheeky Monkey StampEwe Are The Best Stamp

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Tara, YOU ROCK! Seven Hills Crafts Surprise Blog Hop...

Hi there,

'Surprise Tara' - and welcome everybody to my place on our surprise Blog Hop :) !

So I know you'll all agree that the new store is 'off the scale' amazing, and Tara and Rick have worked their socks off to get it sorted.  I honestly don't know how they get so much done in a day - but they constantly inspire and amaze, not just me, but all of us gals.  I have always had such respect and admiration for the folk in this world who have the courage and determination to chase their dreams  - and the work ethic with which Tara and Rick chase theirs, well, it is nothing less than jaw-dropping.
So, Julia came up with the idea that it was about time we all said 'You are Amazing', and to let them know that we think they're all kinds of awesome!

And here's my way of saying it...
Made using the 'Love you. Mean it', set from Concord & 9th.
I used several layers of embossing to create my card.  I stamped out each little element, and heat embossed them using various coloured powders, heat setting each colour as I went - then layering up on top and all around to create this pretty wreath.
The sentiment is from the same 'Love it. Mean it' set, and is stamped in the middle of my wreath, and heat embossed in white.  I finished by edging my card with a little ink, and adding a few touches of Glossy Accents to a few of my elements.
I love this set and think it is so versatile as you could build it up in so many different ways, with so many different mediums - the only limit is your imagination :)

Thanks you all so much for joining us on our surprise hop!  Tara and Rick - I hope you're enjoying it, and I hope you know how appreciated all of your hard work is.  You have created a wonderful little community that I, for one, am very proud to be part of :)  

You're all in for a treat next as you're off to our incredibly talented Julia's blog - it's all linked up below for you, (as are all the products I have used), so just click the link and 'hop along'!


- Keren
- Jenny
You are here - Jill

- Lydia

See you next time.


Love You.  Mean It.

Monday, 25 January 2016

MFT Colour Challenge 37...

Hi there,

Today I'm sharing a card I have made for the current MFT's Colour Challenge.  
This is the first time I have ever entered anything into a MFT Card Challenge, and I am over the moon to be taking part this time round.  I've been building my collection of all their goodies up recently, and now just can't stop playing with all the deliciousness :)

So here's the colour palette...

And here's my card...

I wanted to create something really soft and pretty, so went with a load of watercolour.

I started by stamping out the, beyond beautiful, MFT Lace background, (Oh my word, it is breathtakingly stunning - and has straight away jumped to the top of my absolute faves!), onto watercolour card, and heat embossed in white powder.  I then smooshed a ton of ink spritzed with water, matching the challenge palette, on top of the pattern, and left to dry,
I then cut MFT's 'Scribble Roses Overlay Dienamic', stamped out some leaves from MFT's Sweet Roses set, and again swooshed the pieces in the challenge palette colours.  I wanted to create a really soft romantic piece, so, before building my card up, I added a wrap of vellum over my whole background.  It created just the look I wanted. 

I added a couple of different elements of lace, a twirl of white twine, and built up my scene over the top.  My sentiment is from the new MFT 'Some Bunny' set that I cut up (ouch-sorry).  I wanted to use it as it was really small and simple and fitted perfect with what I wanted my card to look like, so I heat embossed it in silver to keep it very subtle .  
I finished with a scattering of sequins and gems, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it and would love to read your comments, so please feel free to leave them!

Hopefully see you next time :)


Friday, 22 January 2016

Enjoy the small things

 Hi everybody,

Jill here, and today, I am looking forward to, what will hopefully be, a beautiful Spring...

...with a sweet, simple, pastel, Paper Smooches scene.

If you got the chance to check out our 'favourites of 2015' blog series at the end of last year, you'll know Paper Smooches made a massive come back for me last year - and this cute little 'Birds' die was another knock-out in my opinion.  What can I say?  It is just soooo sweet!

I cut my pieces and coloured them all with my Copics, leaving the outline edge white.
I then created a soft pastel watercolour wash background using Distress Ink, added a few flicks and splashes to it, and adhered my pieces in place.  I wanted my card to be a nod towards the new, upcoming year, looking forward to Spring and new things to come, so thought this sentiment from 'Eveyday Sentiments' would work perfect.  I stamped it our and heat embossed in Black Sparkle for a little extra interest.

I wanted to keep my card as sweet and simple as the scene that inspired it, so decided to leave it there.

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used can be found in the beautiful new store, and is all linked up below.

See you next week.


Birds DieEveryday Greetings

Friday, 15 January 2016

One layer of leaves and copper...

Hi everybody,

I hope you are well.

I'd like to share a card with you which I have made for the current challenge going on over at A Blog Named Hero, where this time round, the challenge is to make a 'One Layer Card'.

And here's my offering...

I used Hero Arts Graphic Leaves background stamp to make my card. 

 I started by masking off the whole of the back of my card blank so as not to get it covered in ink, and also masked an inch strip along the front of my card to leave a space for my sentiment. I then stamped out my Graphic leaves background in Pine Needles Distress Ink, and clear heat embossed.  Once cool, I coloured all my different leaves using different shades of green Distress (Evergreen Bough, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters), using the inks as watercolour, and left to dry.  Once dry, i stamped out a thin strip at the top and bottom of my masked area, in Versamark ink, and heat embossed in copper.  I then took my sentiment from Hero Art's Essential Messages, and again, heat embossed in copper.  The copper looked so pretty against the green, and because I was making a 'one layer card' I knew I wouldn't be embellishing - so decided to add a little extra detail - I took a Perfect Medium bullet nib pen, and traced around a few of my background leaves, and also heat embossed them in copper.

And there you have it. 

I really hope you like it and would love to read your comments, so please feel free to leave one :)

See you next time.


Thinking of you.

Hi everybody,

Happy New Year, and even more importantly, Happy New Store!  So exciting!  In celebration of all things new, I thought I'd start my year with a brand new to me, Concord & 9th...

...and boy oh boy have I fell head over heels in love with them!

Their stamps are very cool, and kind of remind me of Roald Dahl illustrations - they're just brilliant.


I used the 'Grateful' set to make my card.  I stamped out the feathers, and watercoloured them using bright Distress Inks, adding a ton of flicks and splodges across my background.  I then took a piece of vellum, slightly longer than my card panel, and heat embossed this huge, gorgeous sentiment from the same set, across the middle of it using Black Sparkle powder.  I folded the top and bottom of my vellum so I could wrap it around my card and adhere it that way.  I finished with a bind and bow of natural twine, matted onto black card, added to my card base, and, quite liking the subtle simplicity, left it there.

If you haven't checked out their goodies already, you definitely should.  I guarantee you won't be disappointed...and it gives you the perfect excuse to go have a good explore of the new if you haven't already ;)

As always, everything I used is linked to the, oh-so pretty, new store, below.

See you next week.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

Meeting in a Winter Wonderland...

Hi everybody,

Hope you're well.
I'd love to share a card I've made for the current challenge going on over on the Lawnscaping Blog, and this time round, it's all about creating a 'Winter Wonderland'.

And here is where it took me...

I created a little critter meeting in a winter woodland :)
I gathered a whole load of critters from a whole load of different Lawn Fawn sets to create my scene. 

I started by stamping out and clear heat embossing a polka dot background, and inking it up using Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China Distress Ink.  I then spritzed with water and a couple different shimmer mists to create that nice winter glow.  I then stamped out my trees from the 'Joy to the Woods' set, all my cute little critters (I used about 5 different sets - all Lawn Fawn - so will list below), and coloured with my brand spanking new Copics (I still can't believe I own them and they really are mine all mine!).  I then fussy cut everything and, after adding a good amount of frosty glittery snowfall onto my trees, started to build up my scene using a ton of foam adhesive to give my little gang a heap of dimension.

My sentiment is from the 'Let's Play' set and is inside the banner from the 'Home Sweet Home' set and is stamped onto a piece of card I had covered in glitter to make it all lovely and frosty and sparkly :)

I am also going to add this to the Wednesday challenge over at Simon Say Stamp, where this week the challenge is to, 'Something new', which for me was using my new precious babies - my Copics! I just need to learn how to actually make them look any good lol!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Well, I really hope you like it, I'd love to read your comments so feel free to leave one!

Thanks for stopping by.

Critter credentials -
Deer - Into the Woods
Bunny - Hello Baby
Hedgehog - Hedgehugs
Squirrel - Critters in the burbs
Birds - Home Sweey Home