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)

Friday, 19 January 2018

Fab-stract Watercolour Flowers

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some abstract (well, that's what I'm calling it) watercolour for you...

...using Fab Flowers from Lawn Fawn.

If you're a regular visitor to our delightful blog you'll know I used the same set last week.  I've decided this is my 'new thing', and a way of getting more use out of my crafty stash.  I'm, (and I'm sure I'm not alone), like a kid in a sweetshop with my crafty goodies - spoilt for choice and too excited to play with everything all at once, so I tend to use a set then put it away never to be seen again for a long long time.  Well no more I tell ya.  So my new 'thing' is - I must make at least two cards with a set before it goes back in it's pack!  So this is the second outing of this beaut in as many weeks.
I was aiming for a kind of really loose, abstract watercolour effect with this design and the way I accomplished that was to use Distress Ink so the colours would react with water (Zig Clean Colour Markers would also work a treat), and, once my stamp was covered in ink, to spritz it with water before stamping it onto my card.  I don't think I'll ever fall out of love with the look of watercolour, and this technique is by far one of the easiest ways to achieve it.  I stamped out all my elements using the same technique, die-cut, and then built up a sweet bouquet adhering each piece from the back.  My background is My Favourite Thing's Sketched Chevron (literally one of my all time favourite stamps let alone backgrounds) which I clear heat embossed and add a wash of blue inks over-top.

I cut Lawn Fawn's Love Ya Border Die to use as my sentiment and added another couple of elements from the Fab Flower's to tie my design together.
I finished by adding a purple twine bow and embellished with a scattering of clear gems, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.
As always everything I used is linked below, and I'll see you next week.


Fab Flowers  Love Ya Line Border Die  Sketched Chevron Background Image 1

Monday, 15 January 2018

Fab & Fierce

Hi everybody,

It's Jill here, happy to be back blogging for you fine folks, and grateful to Jenny for covering me on Friday - which is why I'm making an appearance here on Monday!

I wanted to start the New Year as I intend to go on, full of positive vibes and aiming for a bright, happy and fun-filled future, jam-packed with self belief and a fearless today's card is a mantra to myself with a pretty twist...

And for anyone else looking to give their inner warrior a kick up the bum...I say go get em tiger!

I started by stamping out My Favourite Things Pinstripe Background onto my front panel in pale grey, then cutting their Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame from that.  I then stamped out a ton of Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers in some pretty pink and purple inks and die cut them.  
I stamped the same Pinstripe Background out again in a pale lemon onto a piece of card to have as my back piece, and stamped onto it this awesome empowering sentiment from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings so that it would be centred behind my aperture.
I then built up all my Fab Flowers and foliage so they peaked out and created the perfect pretty frame to my fierce message.

I added a white Scallop Circle over top to help the frame 'pop', and there you have it.

A message of empowerment to start the year off the right way...ready to rock n roll!

See you Friday.


Everyday Greetings Image 1 Pinstripe Background 

Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames Dienamics  Fab Flowers

Friday, 15 December 2017

'Tis The Season...

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I’ve got the last of my Xmas cards for this year...

...using the beautiful Festive Wreath from Avery Elle.

This set includes a large wreath and all the sprigs and baubles and lovely stuff you would use to make a wreath in real life...but no no, that’s not hard enough work for me haha, so I decided I wanted to make a CAS card using the little sprig to make a smaller wreath - so ultimately - you’re getting two wreaths for the price of one! Good stuff!

I started by lightly mapping out a small circle in pencil, and creating many masks using the smallest sprig, candy canes, stars and baubles. I then stamped all my stars and decorations around the circles, covered in their masks, and went over top with sprigs, making sure each over-lapped the last.

I then coloured the whole thing using my Zigs. I normally always use them with water and this was one of the first times I used them just as they are and ‘woah’ they are so intense and bright, Utterly amazing!

I stamped my sentiment over the wreath and heat embossed in gold. I added a simple bow from gold twine and finished by coating my decorations in Glossy Accents.

If you set up a wee production line and do each step on multiple cards, I think these could be produced uber quick - so if you’re cutting it close and are still to get started - I hope these give you a little inspiration on what you could do.
As always, everything I used is linked below.

Well folks, all that’s left is for me to wish you all the merriest of all Christmas', and the happiest of all new years! See you next year!

Love always, Jillx

Festive Wreath   Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)