Friday, 21 July 2017

Chirpy Cheer All Year Round

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some cute chirpy birds spreading some all year cheer.

Using the so so sweet, All Year Cheer from WPlus9.

I started with my background by cutting a panel using Lawn Fawn's Cross Stitched Rectangles and stamping out the large floral from Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blossoms, on either end then clear heat embossing.  I then masked off the edges and went in with the ink, blending a pink into an orange with a gentle blend in the middle creating an emboss resit where the flowers were stamped.  I then added a few flicks and splashes of each colour across my panel.

I then set about stamping out all my little elements I wanted to build up my scene.  This All Year Cheer set is made up of block images as oppose to lined images for you to colour.  Now I'll be honest, these build-up-block sets used to scare me a little but I really wanted to start using my inks for more than just blending, so stepped out of my comfort zone and tried this set, and I've gotta tell you, I LOVE it!  It's just so quick and easy with such a clean, neat, crisp and professional finish.  I will be investing in more like this for sure.  Once I had all my images stamped out, I cut using the matching dies.  I also cut a Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frame from My Favourite Things as an anchor for all my elements, and also as a frame for my sentiment.

I stamped my sentiment onto some vellum and clear heat embossed, then cut into a circle slightly smaller than my scalloped circle and adhered beneath it. 
I then built up my entire scene using foam tape and wet glue.
I finished my card by adding a little drop of Glossy Accents to my little birdie's beaks, and matted onto green card to add an extra pop of spring zing colour and there you have it.

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

See you next week.


All Year Cheer  Penelope's Blossoms Image 1 All Year Cheer Die

Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames DienamicsSmall Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Friday, 14 July 2017

Little Doggy Noisy Birthday Jam

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a little doggy parade making a whole load of birthday noise...

...using Mama Elephant's, off the scale adorable, Little Dog Agenda.

Now it's no secret I am absolutely, unashamedly, unabashedly dog obsessed.  I'm that girl who will cross a road if it means a quick kiss off a puppy.  So when this set was released, my eyes were on beanstalks and I fell instantly in love!  I mean what's better than a dog?  Well I'll tell you what's better...twenty dogs!  Twenty cute, adorable, fun little puppies all packed on to one sheet of stamps!  Amazing.
So anytime I get a set like this I look through all the images and look for a story.  I try to find images that link together to help me create a scene in my head,  ...and I think it's pretty indicative of who I am that the loud noisy birthday band parade is what leapt out to me!

I started my card by stamping out my cute pooches (and the bottom half of my sentiment) onto my card panel and clear heat embossing.  I then added, freehand, some little sprigs of grass to ground my parade.  I wanted to create a sweet and simple scene for my card but I also knew I wanted to add a little extra interest by adding a background stamp to my, well, background (:/), so I masked off my images and sentiment then took My Favourite Things Sketched Chevron Background and stamped it across my panel, not taking too much care around the edges so it gently faded out.  I then set about colouring my images using Zig Real Brush Markers, (I apologise that I use these all the time but I am 100% hooked on them, they're just so easy to use and incredibly effective!).  Once my images were dry I moved on to colouring my background, again, using my Zigs, taking care to leave a space around my sentiment.  

I then finished up my sentiment, which is from Mama Elephant's Monster Jam and works perfect with my scene, by stamping the first line out onto black card and white heat embossing.  I also did this with the little 'Rock On' speech bubble from Mama Elephant's Rock and Paws and added both pieces to my scene using foam tape.
I finished by covering my scene and sentiment and adding a few flicks of ink across my background and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.  
As always everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.


Little Dog Agenda Sketched Chevron Background Image 1 Monster Jam

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)Rock and Paws Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts

Friday, 7 July 2017

Monster Love

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I've got some monster love for you.

Using the brilliant Monster Jam from Mama Elephant.

I LOVE this set from Mama Elephant but can sometimes find it hard to make a card featuring just one set when composed of such small images despite how amazing those images are, so thought I'd give it a whirl and see where it took me.
This little guy spoke out to me, with his 'booming' heart and his adorable expression, I just knew I wanted to use him as my main feature as he definitely has enough character to hold his own.

My card was very simple to make; I simply stamped out my little monster creature and coloured him using my Zig Real Colour Brush Markers then fussy cut.  I stamped my sentiment along the bottom of my panel and clear heat embossed.  I then went to town on my background using a product called Brushos (Google them - awesome product).  I wanted to create an explosion as if my little monster's heart couldn't hold the love any more and had to burst out all over.  You could use so many different products to create the same look; you could use your inks or your Zigs mixed with water, or a background stencil or stamp.  Once my background was dry I added a few flicks of black to add a little extra interest.
I cut my panel using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles and framed with black card.  
My adorable monster is adhered using foam tape to help him stand out and covered in a layer of Glossy Accents to finish him off.

I finished my design with a scattering of enamel dots and sequins and there you have it.
Hopefully this card shows that even the smallest images can still pack a real punch and create quite the impression.

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

See you next week.


Monster JamSmall Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1

Friday, 30 June 2017

Simply Sweet Forest Friends

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm keeping things sweet & simple...

...using the adorable Sweet Forest Friends from My Favourite Things.

Oh my, the little critters in this Sweet Forest Friends are soooo cute...I just can't!  The style of this set is so sweet, and lines so simple I wanted to stick with the same theme with my design and create a very cute and clean card.
I started by cutting my frames using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles.  I took the centre panel and stamped my design onto it.  I masked off as I went so the little critters could all be gathering in front of the tree.  I stamped my sentiment from the same Sweet Forest Friends set onto my panel and clear heat embossed.  I then coloured my images and my background using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers and left to dry.
Whilst that was drying, I took my outer frame and stamped one of the teeny flowers from the set all over it, I also took this time to stamp out a ton of the small flowers from the set onto a spare scrap of card.  I then coloured all of my pieces, again, using my Zigs and fussy-cut the teeny weeny flowers.

Once all my colouring was compete and my pieces were dry, I pieced them back together, adding an extra layer beneath my main panel so it stands slightly forward.
I then added my little flowers to my scene.  Once my scene was complete, I felt it was lacking one little touch, so stamped out, coloured and fussy cut a few of the little butterflies from the set and added them to my card.  This finished off my piece a treat and added some lovely dimension.
I finished by adding Glossy Accents to my critters eyes and noses and there you have.

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

See you next week.


Sweet Forest Friends  Small Stitched Rectangle Lawn Cuts Image 1  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Friday, 23 June 2017

Celebrate the summer

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm celebrating the arrival of summer!!!

With a whole load of Lawn Fawn loveliness & a helping hand from Hero Arts.

Can you actually believe how hot it's been?  Of course, typically, we couldn't handle it and started praying for rain...which we only had to wait two days for up here in Newcastle whilst the rest of the country continues to bake & now we all want the sun back haha.

I started my card by inking up my background with some bright yellows, gradually fading it out. I added a sprinkle of water to pick up some colour & a spritz of white ink to add a little interest.  I then mixed some texture paste with some of the yellow ink and, using a spatula, spread it over this lovely Hero Arts Honeycomb stencil.  I then set my background aside to dry.
My sweet summery bees are from Lawn Fawn's  Hello Sunshine which I stamped out and coloured using my Zig Real Brush markers.  I fussy cut them, purposefully chopping off their wings (ouch-eee, sorry little fellas); I then stamped them out again onto vellum, this time time fussy cutting the little wings and adding them back onto the bodies.  
My flutter of foliage is from Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers, stamped out in an array of bright colours and cut using the matching dies.

My sentiment is Lawn Fawn's Scripty Hello which I cut several times and adhered together to create a more substantial piece which, once built-up, I covered in a couple of layers of clear embossing powder to give it a lovely shiny finish.  I finished my sentiment by partially stamping the 'Hello Sunshine' from Mama Elephant's Spring Garden, stamped onto vellum and cut into a a banner.  I love creating my own message by mixing different sentiments together.

I built up my scene and once I was happy with the placement of my pieces, I adhered them in place.  I then mounted my panel onto a dark grey cardbase, up into the corner, and there you have it.

A nice bright summery card to celebrate the where's that fan...

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Hello Sunshine Image 1Fab FlowersScripty Hello Die Image 1

Honeycomb StencilMama Elephant Spring GardenZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)