Friday, 9 March 2018

Picnic With Friends

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m having a picnic...

...with Mama Elephant’s Picnic With Friends.

Such a sweet little set, the illustrations just come to life conjuring up daydreams of hazy sunny days having a picnic in the park with your pals.

I started by stamping out all of my elements and coloured them using pencils, the designs just seemed to call out for the sweet naive look of pencil colouring. Once everything was coloured, I cut out and set aside.  I then created a soft blended spotlight background, again, using pencils and adding a wee free hand grass verge.

Although I love having a simple focal point on my cards I felt the background called for something else so made a rough mask to cover my pencil colouring and stamped Lawn Fawn’s Gingham Backdrop over-top - what more perfect background for a picnic scene?!

I stamped out my sentiment form the Picnic With Friends set onto my sky and hear embossed in white.

I built up my scene using foam tape, matted my panel onto yellow card and added the whole thing onto a cream card base.

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

See you next week.


Picnic With Friends  Gingham Backdrops Image 1

Friday, 2 March 2018

The Dog's Woof's Wicked Party!

Hi everybody,

Jill here and this week, I’ve got a rad doggy party for you...

Using the utterly incredible, The Dog’s Woof, from Mama Elephant.

These kind of ‘group shot’ designs that Mama Elephant have come out with recently are just beyond brilliant. They make colouring so fun, coming up with different designs and personalities for each one of the ‘gang’, and being able to change the look so easily with your colouring. Just brilliant.
I started by stamping out my doggy crew and heat embossing in clear to make life easier when it came to colouring. I then coloured using my Zigs with water.
I stamped out the balloons from Mama Elephant’s Up And Away, created a mask, and stamped out again and again creating a whole cluster of balloons, which I then coloured in lovely bright colours using my Zigs again. I also created a quick background wash with the help of my magnificent Zigs once more, and adding a few flicks of white for added interest.

My sentiment is from Mama Elephant’s Occasional Labels and is stamped out, clear heat embossed, and fussy cut.
I then cut around all of my elements and adhered in place using foam tape, adding some silver thread behind as the balloon strings and using the foam tape to keep them in place.

I am a dog obsessive - no joke - I recently even landed my dream job of working a rehoming centre, so this set was an absolute ‘must-have’ for me and I LOVE it! I actually can’t wait to use it again...and again and again and again...

I hope you like the dog crew party!
As always, everything I used is linked below.

see you next week.


The Dog's Woof  Up and Away Image 1  Occassional Labels

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 23 February 2018

Sparkle, Paste, & Acetate.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m experimenting with texture paste on acetate...

...& adding a ton of sparkle because who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle!

I started with a simple piece of acetate and a desire to make it sparkle! I used Altenew’s Halftone Stencil and spread a good layer of paste over-top, sprinkled with Lawn Fawn’s Chunky & Prisma Glitters, then set aside to dry.
I then covered a piece of white card in Stick-It and cut Lil Inker’s Stitched Butterflies from it, peeled back the Stick-It and, again, covered in Lawn Fawn’s Chunky & Prisma Glitters.
My ‘Hi’ is from My Favourite Things’ Hello There die set which I cut from card and heat embossed with Lawn Fawn’s Rose Gold embossing powder several times to create a nice substantial molten metal look element.
Once my acetate panel was dry I cut a frame from both my card blank and another piece of card, allowing me to sandwich the acetate in between creating a pretty sparkly acetate fronted card.
I built up my other elements and adhered in place, adding a silver bow to finish off.

I added a panel of silver sparkle card on the back of my card so the pretty went all the way through, and there you have it.
I love the way the texture paste has worked with the acetate and look forward to a little more experimentation!

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Halftone Stencil Stitched Butterflies Die Image 1 Hello There Dienamics

Embossing Powder - Rose GoldGlitter - Chunky Glitter - Prisma

Friday, 16 February 2018

Hear me Rawr!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’m ‘rawr’ing sweet nothings...

...using Lawn Fawn’s delightful Rawr mini set.

Another absolute knock-out mini set from Lawn Fawn. Incredibly affordable and beyond cute, what’s not to want?!

I started by stamping out my cute little dinosaur, colouring with Copics, and cutting out.
I then stamped out my background using a few little pieces from Lawn Fawn’s Life Is Good to build up a scene and, again, coloured with Copics creating a (or attempting to) soft blends around the edges.  I then took the little speech bubble from the Rawr set and lightly stamped it all across my background for a little added fun.

My sentiment is also from Rawr and is stamped directly onto my background and heat embossed.
I add a few little hearts to embellish and to add a contrast colour so it wasn’t all too ‘matchy-matchy’.
I matted onto colour card and there you have.

Quite a young fun simple card (hopefully) showing how one teeny little stamp set can still pack a punch!

As always everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


RAWR  Life is Good Image 1

Friday, 9 February 2018

Arctic Amour

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’ve got a Valentine’s love story...

...starring Mama Elephant’s adorable Arctic Penguins.

I think I have a tendency to see these delights as a Christmassy set for some reason. Well, no more! These perfect penguins are free to play any time, and what better time is there for such wonderful creatures to make an appearance, (I for life *heart strings officially pulled*), than to help celebrate the day of love, Valentine’s.
I started by cutting a heart stencil and using the negative piece to colour inside with a mixture of Zig Markers & water. I then added a few flicks and splashes across my background, and a ton of tiny hearts. I then stamped out my perfect pair of penguins, added a wee touch of colour, & cut out. My sentiment is from Wplus9’s wonderful, That is all, which is a set with so many different options for how to build your sentiment up in a really gorgeous font, absolutely love it. I stamped my sentiment straight onto my card and clear heat embossed. I cut some Tiny Hearts from Paper Smooches (seriously the best value dies I have EVER bought), and added to my card front.

I adhered my sweet couple onto the front of my card using foam tape for a little dimension, and finished with a slick of gloss to the hearts and penguins' beaks and skates.

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

See you next week.


Arctic Penguins Image 1  That Is All  Tiny Hearts Dies Image 1

Friday, 2 February 2018

Bright and Bold Rainbow of Happy!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I’ve got a bright and bold rainbow of Happy for you...

...with Mama Elephant’s Happy Script taking centre stage.

I love me some snuggly cosy winter vibes but, holy macaroni, the brighter sun & the lighter evenings creeping in have me so excited for springtime! I decided to let my lust for brighter days take over me and lead the way in this sparkly card of celebration!
I started with my watercolour rainbow, achieved by mixing Distress Ink with water and blending them in order across my background. I was feeling inspired to get messy and knew I wanted a bit of bling on my card so reached for some silver sparkly texture paste but it had all dried up so I decided to make my own...which went horribly wrong and I just ended up with a ton of grey sludge haha. ‘Waste not want not’ however so I persevered and used that along with Altenew’s gorgeous Tiny Bubbles Stencil and swiped it across my background.  I then added a layer of silver glitter over the top to achieve my required look and left to dry.


I then cut Mama Elephant’s Happy from white card and foam and adhered together to form a nice substantial sentiment. I don’t think I will ever tire of die-cut sentiments. to this day these beautiful cursive Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant remain my absolute ‘Ride or Dies’ *pun intended :)
I also cut MFT’s Stitched Scallop Circle from some silver glitter card to use as a point to build around and, after white embossing the rest of my sentiment onto black card, adhered all my pieces in place.
I matted onto some grey card, embellished with a scattering of sequins, and there you have it.

A sparkly celebratory rainbow of Happy!

As always everything I used is linked below.
Hope you like it.
see you next week.


Happy Script Creative Cut Image 1  Tiny Bubbles Stencil Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames Dienamics

Friday, 26 January 2018

Lovely Loving Piggies

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some sweet, loving piggies...

...using the Lovely Piggies from Mama Elephant's latest release.

This was an instant 'must-have' for me as I have nothing like it in my stash, and everybody has a soft-spot for these sweet creatures surely?
You get a load of different designs of the Lovely Piggies in the set so the possibilities are endless.  I decided to make a Valentine's themed card because I just *had* to use the little cupid piggie cute!
I wanted to do some no-line colouring but my skills really aren't that sharp so went the utter cheat route haha.  
I started by stamping out my piggies in a pale ink and coloured over-top using my Zig Real Brush Markers, (to disguise the line), mixed with water for a lazy laid-back watercolour look.  I created my background by using the cloud border from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio as a stencil and gently ink blending over top to create a soft sky of pinks and blues.  My piggies are playing upon My Favourite Things Cloud 9 Dienamics and my sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Love Quotes (an oldy but a goody and comes out almost every time I get lovey dovey!).

I finished with a wrap of ribbon and a cute little bow and there you have it.

Lovely Piggies sending love this Valentines.

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

See you next week.


Lovely Piggies Landscape Trio Creative Cuts Image 1

Love Quotes Image 1

Cloud 9 Dienamics  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)