Friday, 24 February 2017

Stamp layering stars in your eyes.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got a simple starry design for you...

...turning 'Cant's into Can's' with Wplus9's Dreams into Plans.

Spring is so close I can almost taste it, and with that, the colour combo that 'springs' to my mind is always Navy blue and Yellow.  I'm not even sure why but think it must have something to do with the little Easter outfits we got as kids always having a sailor theme :)  Either way, I was feeling those colours so decided to do something using that theme.

I started with two same sized panels of white card and, using Altenew's Basic Borders, covered one piece entirely in stripes of yellow stars.  I then cut a star from the the centre of the other panel using Lawn Fawn's Puffy Stars, and stamped Wplus9's Dreams Into Plans straight over the top of both pieces, independently, in navy ink.  I then lined the pieces over the top of each other so that the sentiment is still clearly legible, but the the pretty yellow star pattern shows through the Puffy Star negative space.  
I adhered my top panel using foam tape so the added dimension would really help highlight the star space.
I really loved the clean simple boldness of the design at this point so matted onto navy blue cardstock and decided to leave it there.

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

See you next week.


Dreams into Plans Image 1Basic Borders Puffy Star Stackables Dies Image 1

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