Friday, 18 May 2018

Magical Birthday

Hi everybody,

I'm baaaaaack  How are you all?  I've missed you that's for sure.  I've been a busy bee moving house and changing careers so needed a little time to get sorted and settle in.

I've got a little Mama Elephant magic for you to ease myself in, I do hope you like it...

I used Mama Elephant's Lovely Piggies, Scripty Bday, and Picket Fence to make my card.

As soon as I got my Scripty Bday set, and read this sentiment, I thought of this little piggy in his little top hat and how he looked like a magician, so set up the scene from there.
I started by creating my background, a loose watercolour wash using my wonderful Zigs.  I free handed the grassy verge and added some of the flowers from the Lovely Piggies set.  I stamped and cut out all my other elements and coloured, again, using my Zigs, stamping and cutting a spare little hat to use as my 'magician's hat'.  I would've dearly loved a little bunny popping out of the hat, but I couldn't find one that would fit, so opted for this cute bouquet.

I love the expression on this little piggies face, he looks so very pleased with himself, like he really has just pulled off the greatest magic trick of all time!
I stamped my sentiment from Scripty Bday straight onto my background and heat embossed to give it some extra definition.
I finished my card with a scattering of stars cut from Mama Elephant's Confetti Creative Cuts and there you have it! 
I can't tell you how pleased I am to be getting back to normal...whatever that is!  
As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to click the links, and I shall very much look forward to cyber seeing you all next week :)


Lovely Piggies  Scripty Bday  Mama Elephant Picket Fence Creative Cuts

Confetti Creative Cuts Die Image 1  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 23 March 2018

Birds On A Wire

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I’ve got a string of sweet birds sitting on a wire...

...using Lawn Fawn’s superb Simply Celebrate.

I used this set last week and as I had it out was looking at it and thought, ‘wouldn’t it be brilliant if those little balloons fit nicely behind those little birdies as if they were holding them....’ and low & behold, they did! Those smart cookies over at Lawn Fawn think of everything!

So straight away a little scene popped into my head if a string of sweet birds sitting on a wire sending celebratory messages!

I started by stamping all my elements out; the balloons from Simply Celebrate and the trees from Lawn Fawn’s Joy To The Woods I stamped directly onto my base card, and the string of birdies I stamped onto a separate piece of card. I then coloured everything using my trusty Zigs for ease and speed. I fussy cut around my birds leaving a thin white edge that I then coloured to blend in with my background.

I then cut the thinnest piece of black card to act as the ‘wire’ the birds are sitting on, and Waffle Flower’s adorable Tiny Twine Bow to tie it to the trees. I stamped my sentiment, again from Lawn Fawn’s Simply Celebrate, onto my card and heat embossed in red.

I finished by adding a layer of Glossy Accents to my birdies beaks and my bright balloons, and there you have it.

I really hope you like it.

See you next week.


Simply Celebrate Joy To The Woods Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set) Tiny Twine Bow Die Image 1

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