Friday, 24 March 2017

Little cats being Lil Painters.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and I've got some 'Little Cats' playing at being 'Lil Painters' for you today... mixing up two gorgeous sets from Mama Elephant.

This scene popped in my head as soon as I got my hands on these delightful sets for some reason, with the little cat from 'Little Cat Agendas' painting his little pal playing around, using the easel from 'Lil painters'.
I started by stamping out all the elements I wanted to use from both sets, colouring using my Zig Clean Colour Pens, and fussy cutting.  I also used the sun & clouds from Mama Elephant's 'Sunday Stroll' and did the same with those.  For the actual painting the little kitty is doing, I just did a silly little doodle onto the easel and lightly coloured.

I did a little ink blending to create my background, sprinkling and soaking up some water droplets across it to add a little interest.
My sentiment is from another Mama Elephant set, 'Ella & Friends' and is stamped in black ink then clear heat embossed.
I then adhered all my pieces in place to create my scene.

I really like how this card came out as it makes me smile.  I love using my sets together to create alternate stories and outcomes.

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

See you next week.


Little Cat AgendaLil' Painters
Ella & Friends Image 1Sunday Stroll Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 17 March 2017

Starry Starry Night.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm looking to the sky on a starry night...

...and using my supplies to create a deeply sentimental card for an incredibly special friend, taking inspiration from the very beautiful Don Mclean song, 'Vincent'.

It had been a while since I did a galaxy/night sky background so was looking forward to getting very inky!
I started with a panel of white card and my choice of coloured inks to use as my constellations. I chose pink, yellow, and blue and inked them randomly across my card.  I then went in with the black.  Now this is quite intimidating to most of us, I think the trick is to go slowly and steadily, but be brave and bold.  Once I had laid all the black I wanted down, I gave my piece a good sprinkling of water droplets which I then soaked up with paper towel.  I also added a good flicker of white paint and a spritz of shine mist.  Once I was happy with how it looked, I took Wplus9's Starry Background, and cut it twice from my panel.  

I took a piece of vellum and cut Lawn Fawn's Forest Border from it, I really wanted to emulate one of those stunning photos you see of the Northern Lights, really magical and beautiful, and thought the Forest Border really helped set the scene.  I then stamped out my sentiment in the spare space using these beautiful words from Mama Elephant's Shooting Star set, and white heat embossed.  I find myself turning to this set a lot for sentiments as they are all heaped with meaning. 

I adhered my vellum in place by creating a wrap and hiding my double sided tape around the back of the panel, then mounted my whole piece onto some silver sparkly card to really make my stars 'pop'.
I finished by cutting a few stars from the same silver sparkle card using Mama Elephant's Confetti and adding them as embellishments

I really enjoyed making this card, so really hope you like how it came out.

See you next week.


For Lee, 'This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you'.

Friday, 10 March 2017

A Slow and Sorry Sloth.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm saying sorry for being slow...

...with the help of this adorable little sloth from Lawn Fawn's new Hang In There set.

There are few things in life more embarrassing than missing a loved ones birthday, probably even more so for us card makers, but it certainly helps soften the blow if you make up for it with an uber cute card, and this set steps up to that mark perfectly!  I mean, everybody has a soft spot for the gorgeous sloth, don't they?
I started my card by stamping out my sweet sloth, watercolouring him using ink and fussy cutting.  I then cut a ton of Stitched Leaves from Lawn Fawn and, again, watercoloured with ink.
I cut a circle aperture from a panel of white card and built up my leaves behind, then added my sloth, hanging from his branch, so he was over-hanging the aperture.

I then took a cute little bloom of foliage from Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blossoms and stamped it along the bottom of my panel, then stamped the sentiment from the Hang In There set, in black ink and clear heat embossed.
At this point I really liked how striking the green looked against the stark white so, after mounting onto a white card blank, decided to leave it there.

I love this new set, and have fell head over heels for this lovable guy!  I certainly hope he helps deliver my 'sorry I'm late' message with a smile!

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

See you next week.


Hang In ThereStitched Leaves Dies Image 1Penelope's Blossoms Image 1

Friday, 3 March 2017

Fab flowers for your fabulous mam.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a fab floral bouquet fit for the finest Mam!

Using the gorgeous new Fab Flowers from Lawn Fawn.

I loved this set as soon as I set eyes on it and knew straight away I wanted to create a huge bouquet using it.  I love all the different flower layering stamps that are around nowadays, and especially loved the more whimsical style of this set as I felt it was more 'me'.
This card was incredibly simple to make; I started by making myself a circle card base, then stamped out the beautiful range of flowers and foliage you get, in all different colours I wanted featured in my bouquet.  I then cut them all out using the matching die set.  Once all my flowers and foliage were cut, I simply built them up over my card base to create a pretty arrangement and, once happy, I adhered everything in place.

I then cut Lawn Fawn's Happy Mother's Day Border from white card, added a strip of teal card behind, and cut around the border to help the sentiment 'pop'.  I added a twirl of twine and added my border over the top using foam tape to give some dimension.
I finished by adding a good scattering of clear sequins around my Fab Flowers, and there you have it.

I'm really happy with how this turned out and think my Mam (yes, it's 'Mam' where I'm from), is going to love it!
Simple?  Yes.  Time consuming?  Certainly.  Worth it?  Definitely!  

I really hope you like it and it inspires you to do something a little different for your Mam's this year :)
As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Fab Flowers Fab Flowers Lawn Cut Mother's Day Border Lawn Cuts

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