Friday, 29 July 2016

A quick cute rock out!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a quick & cute card suitable for any budding rockstars...

Using Mama Elephant's Rocks and Paws.

I started by die-cutting a circle from masking paper, and ink blending through it, in yellow, to create my 'spotlight'.  I then stamped out this awesome little puppy and a couple of speakers, coloured them using colour pencils, and fussy-cut.  I'm pretty obsessed with my little doggy, so used him as inspiration :) 

This set is so much fun.  You get six different doggies, all of which are sooooo cute...and even this little David Bowie inspired lightening bolt to add on to them if you so wish, which of course...I do!  
I added a semi-circle of black card, and a strip of silver to build up a stage and adhered in place.

I decided to use a sentiment built-up from Mama Elephant's Monster Jam set as it just fit so perfectly, so stamped that straight onto my card in black.  I added a few little splatters of watered down black ink across my panel, and popped my little scene on top using foam tape.  
I finished by embellishing with a scattering of gems coz you know...rockstar haha!

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

See you next week.


Rock and Paws   Monster Jam   Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1

Friday, 22 July 2016

Swim Team scene.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a sweet little sea scene for you...

Using Avery Elle's Swim Team.

If you caught my post last week, I created a soft ink blended sky using the cloud die from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio Creative Cuts.  Well this week, I created some gentle waves in the exact same way, with a mask from the same cloud die, just simply turned upside down, and blending over in a light blue ink.  Two masks for the price of one...can't go wromg with that, right?

I used a circle die to create a spot light for my waves to be inked within.  I then stamped out all my cute little sea creatures from Avery Elle's Swim Team in grey ink for a softer look, coloured them all using colour pencils, and fussy-cut.  I added a few little wisps of seaweed form the same set to my spotlight, and adhered my scene in place using foam tape for dimension.
My sentiment is built-up from the same Swim Team set, with a little help from Lawn Fawn's Life is Good set, as I wanted it to be a card of encouragment, and again, stamped in grey ink.
I created a matching background paper by blending ink over the same mask to tie everything together and mounted onto an Avery Elle notecard.
I added a scattering of enamel dots to embellish, and there you have it.

I hope you like it, as always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to check them out.

See you next week.


Swim TeamLandscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1Life is Good Image 1

Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsCaribbean Collection Notecards (12 pack) Image 1

Friday, 15 July 2016

Gentle colouring with soft ink blending.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm going for soft, sweet, and simple... colouring with only a gentle ink blend.

I have used Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine for my main image and sentiment.  This set is one of those I continue to go back to again and again.  I just love the simplicity of it and thought it would work perfect with the gentle ink blending I had in mind.
I started by creating my background.  I used the cloud shape from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio Creative Cut dies to create a mask, and softly, softly blended a pretty sky line, starting with a soft orange, moving onto a light pink, and finishing with some pastel blue greens.  

On a seperate piece of card, I stamped out these lovely little birdies from Hello Sunshine, and these cute balloons from Mama Elephant's Woodland Gifts and, using the same colours as my skyline, gently blended ink over my images taking special care to create a faded effect, so stronger colour at the bottom, fading off to almost nothing at the top.  I then fussy-cut my wee elements, chopping off (yikes) the tails from my balloons.

I stamped my wire and sentiment straight onto my inked background, and cut using one of Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle dies to add a nice finish.   I then glued my balloons and birdies in place (I actually stamped my birds out again onto the wire so their little feet would show without me having to fussy cut them), and tied some bits black string from my balloons to my birds beaks, glueing in place.
I created another gently inked skyline background in the exact same way but using a soft purple, and matted my panel onto it using foam adhesive for dimension.

  I wanted to keep this card really soft and simple, so skipped any embellishing and left it there.

I really hope you like it, as always, everything I have used is linked below so be sure to click and peek!

See you next week.


Hello Sunshine Image 1Landscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Woodland Gifts Image 1

Friday, 8 July 2016

Stinkin Cute' Scene...

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got something Stinkin for you...Stinkin' Cute that is!

Using Lawn Fawn's 'Stinkin' Cute'...and a whole load of other Lawn Fawn loveliness.

I started by stamping out and colouring my main element, this cutie patootie skunk from the Stinkin' Cute set. This is another mini set from Lawn Fawn and is such amazing value!  You get this gorgeous little fella, the sweet sentiment, and a handful of other little elements, hearts and flowers etc, definitely a bargain.  My balloon is actually an egg from Lawn Fawn's Chirpy Chirp Chirp set with a little upside down heart stamped onto the bottom, which I coloured using my Copics, and fussy-cut.
I cut the largest rectangle from Lawn Fawn's Cross-stitched Rectangle Dies from a piece of Lawn Fawn Cardstock, then cut my Grassy Border using the rectangle die to ensure it was the same size.  For some added detail and somewhere to stamp my sentiment, I cut a smaller white rectangle by cutting the same size again, lining the crosses back up to the width I wanted, and cutting again.


I used a piece of Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Paper Pad to use as a backdrop and cut a couple of little white clouds using Lawn Fawn's Spring Showers set, which i then cut theses amazing little faces from using Lawn Fawn's Make Me Smile dies - such an amazing and original set of dies, loads of cute little 'emoji' style faces you can cut from whatever. and wherever your heart desires!  Amazing.

I stamped out my sentiment onto my wee white rectangle in black ink, and built-up all my little elements to create my scene.  I tied the balloon to my little skunk's hand using a piece of black thread, and embellished with a scattering of enamel dots.  I matted onto more Lawn Fawn cardstock, mounted onto my card blank, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it, as always, everything I used is linked below, so be sure to go check them out.

See you next week.


Stinkin' CuteGrassy Border Die Image 1Make Me Smile Lawn Cuts

Spring Showers DiesSmall Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn CutsChirpy Chirp Chip

Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper PadRAINBOW

Friday, 1 July 2016

Abstract stencilling.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm stretching my stencil patterns...

...and coming up with some pretty abstract results.

I used Hero Arts Triangle Pattern Stencil on both of my cards.  The blue card is on white cardstock, and the red is on kraft.

I taped my card panel down using low-tack tape, then taped my stencil over the top and inked through, (the kraft card is purple, red and white ink, and the blue card is 3 different greeny blues).  Once my first colour was down, (which was just the first one I grabbed for - I didn't over-think the process), I lifted up my stencil up and simply shifted it slightly to a different position, (again, not over-thinking it), just hoping when I lifted the stencil it would reveal something cool, which it did, so I shifted my stencil again, and put a third colour down.

Once my inking was complete, I took Lawn Fawn's Scripty Hugs, and Scripty Cheers, and cut one each from each card.  I cut the same dies from white foam to add dimension to my die-cuts, and in-laid my pieces back into my card.  I then cut another layer from vellum backed with Stick-It adhesive and added that over the top of my die cut to help it stand out from the strong background pattern.  I completed my sentiment using one of those manual label makers I have had for years, but if you don't have one, there are a few different stamp sets from a few different companies, (Mama Elephant Labelled Messages, Altenew Label Love, Neat & Tangled Everyday Labels to name a few, but be sure to go search the store), which will give you the exact same effect.  

The crazy abstract patterns my stencil had created was quite busy enough for me, so, after embellishing with a few black enamel hearts, and mounting onto card bases, I left my cards there.

I really hope you like them, and that it inspires you to re-check your stencils and see what crazy patterns they can create.

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

See you next week.


Hero Arts Triangle Pattern StencilScripty Hugs Lawn Cuts Image 1Scripty Cheers Lawn Cuts

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