Friday, 17 November 2017

Chilly Christmas Cheer

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm spreading some chilly Christmas cheer!


Using Wplus9's All Year Cheer.


I LOVE this set and have got SO much use out of it already as it is so easily adaptable to whichever season or feeling you want to portray.  Since first getting it I have been looking forward to the winter chill kicking in so I could craft a little Robin Red Breast out of the sweet
bird, and eventually got the chance to do that with this, the first of my Christmas cards!


I started by stamping out & heat embossing a ton of the little snowflakes from the All Year Cheer set all across my background then washing a load of watered down purple inks across...which I then pretty much covered completely with a panel of vellum sandwiched between a frame cut from Mama Elephant's Index Card Creative Cuts...but ho-hum haha.  I then inked up, stamped up, and die cut all my small elements- my wee little robin and all the leaves and branches.  I had already embossed my sentiment onto my vellum panel in a gold powder so all that was left to do was build-up my scene up, around and over that.  


I added a scattering of pearl drops that I had coloured red with an alcohol marker to act as holly berry accents.
I finished my card by adding a teeny slick of Glossy Accents onto my Robin's beak, and a coat of shimmer onto his wee little tummy.


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

See you next week.

Jillx

All Year Cheer  All Year Cheer Die   Index Card Creative Cuts Image 1




Friday, 10 November 2017

Three Bear Party!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a tale of three little bears, and they're looking for a party!


Created using the so so sweet Bitty Bears set from My Favourite Thing's.


I fell in love with these little Bitty Bears as soon as I set eyes on them. Firstly, they are beyond sweet, and secondly, I loved that the open design meant you could create any kinda bear your heart desired from them.  So I decided to go with a whole little soiree of species!

I love the clean and simple design of the Bitty Bears set and really wanted my card to mirror that style so went with a very CAS no-line colour design.


I started by stamping out my little bears all in a row in a very light ink so the outline could be easily covered, then colouring them using pencils as I thought the modest subtle effect would work well
with the style.  I'm not too great at pencil colouring (obviously ha), but I tell you what, I LOVE it and find it so therapeutic.  It is calming and relaxing and I put the enjoyment I get from that way ahead of a perfect result, surely that's what it's all about, right?


Once my bears were finished I added some black pen to make their eyes and noses 'pop', and added a soft blend of pencil across the background.
My sentiment is from the same Bitty Bear set and is heat embossed in white.


As I said, I really wanted to embrace the simple design of the stamps so left my card free from embellishments and with a lot of 'bare' space ;)

I really hope you like it.  As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to have a peek at which type of bear you see!

See you next week.

Jillx

Bitty Bears




Saturday, 4 November 2017

Celebrating Seasonal Colours.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm celebrating the change of seasons and the beautiful colours that come with it.


Using a ton of falling leaves from Lawn Fawn and Newton's Hook.


Autumn is by far my favourite season.  I love the dark nights, I love the coziness, I love my warm clothes but most of all....I love the colours.  It's so magical walking through the park surrounded by vibrant reds and yellows and oranges, it always inspires me to create something.  I treat myself to Newton's Hook Falling Leaves Stencil recently so this was the perfect opportunity to enjoy it.


I started with a panel of watercolour card and blended my palette of autumnal colours over the top.  I then sprayed my background with water to create a softer muted look.  I took Lawn Fawn's Stitched Leaves die and cut a load from watercolour card and coloured them using the same palette blended with water.
While everything was drying I cut Lawn Fawn's Scripty Hello from a piece of card (and white foam to add dimension later), and also an aperture from my cover card using MFT's Scalloped Edged Circles.


I covered my Scripty Hello die-cut in several layers of a gorgeous rich bronze embossing powder to create a delicious, luxurious, shiny, sentiment.
I then built up my scene, bringing it all together with a natural twine bow and a scattering of enamel dots.


I really hope you like it and are enjoying the change in season and getting your winter warmers on as much as I am!

See you next week.

Jillx

Falling Leaves Stencil Stitched Leaves Dies Image 1             

Scripty Hello Die Image 1  Stitched Circle Scallop Edge Frames Dienamics

Friday, 27 October 2017

Tiny Hearts and Lots of Love

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm getting all romantic...


...using the beautiful Love Quotes from Mama Elephant with a scattering of Tiny Hearts from Altenew and even more Tiny Hearts from Paper Smooches.


If I had to choose my all time favourite sentiment, it would be this one...'And suddenly all the love songs were about you'.  I'm a sucker for soppy and I just think it's so beautiful, so romantic to let your special someone know how you feel.  It's perfect for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, but you know what, it's perfect for just letting your special someone know they still give you butterflies, anytime!
I started by stamping out the adorable Tiny Hearts from Altenew across the top of my background, allowing them to gradually fade out towards the bottom, then ink blending over the top in a variety of pink inks to create an ombré effect emboss resist.  I then added a few sprinkles of water to pick up some of the ink adding interest & texture.


I stamped out my sentiment onto vellum and heat embossed in white;  I always think white embossing on vellum looks romantic!  I then cut my vellum into a banner shape and adhered in place with tiny dots of clear glue so it wouldn't show through.
I then covered a piece of card in a white sparkle embossing powder and cut a load of Paper Smooches Tiny Hearts from it which I then used to sprinkle around my card.


I finished by added a bow of white string to bring my design together.


I really hope you like it and it makes you want to express your soppy side too :)

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to stop by the store and check out the rest of the lovey dovey sentiments on this awesome set.

See you next week.

Jillx

Love Quotes Image 1Tiny HeartsTiny Hearts Dies Image 1







Friday, 20 October 2017

Hip Hip Hooray!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm giving it some Hip Hip Hooray to celebrate a happy couple...


...using the awesome & 'out there' Hooray from Waffle Flower.


I'm going crazy for all things Waffle Flower at the minute.  They just bring such a breath of fresh air to my collection.  They're weird and wonderful with a good measure of wacky, (there's actually a stamp of a duck in a wig in this set :) a duck. in a wig. don't believe me - check it out here), which is all the kinds of crazy I LOVE.  Amazing.


I teamed the Hooray set up with Sunday Sentiments from Mama Elephant to create a slightly less conventional 'Happy Engagement' card.
I started by stamping out the 'Congratulations' line form Sunday Sentiments.  This sentiment set is still one of my all time favourites.  I just love that my sentiment can give me the grounding for any scene I want to set up!  I then stamped all my cool and kooky characters and flowers all around.  I wanted the sweet happy couple to look like they were giddy with delight at their own happy news and dancing around their 'Congratulations' message.  I added a scattering of hearts and coloured everything using my Zigs.
I didn't spend too much time perfecting my colouring as I don't think that's what a set like this is about.  It's about fun and freedom and just letting yourself go with the flow!  


I stamped out my remaining sentiments to complete my message from Sunday Sentiments and Hooray, onto black card & white heat embossed and added them to my card using foam tape for some added dimension.  I also added another layer to my fun flower again just to add some dimension. 


I really hope you like it, and these new cool designs are floating your boat as much as they are mine!

As always, everything I used is linked below so give yourself a giggle and head straight over to check out a duck in a wig!

See you next week.

Jillx

Hooray  Sunday Sentiments Image 1  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 13 October 2017

I'm happiest when floating in the sea.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I'm indulging in my favourite past-time of  'floating in the sea'...


...using Flora and Fauna's delightful Mermaid's Kisses.


I am loving the store's newest brand, Flora and Fauna.  Their style is so unique, so playful and whimsical.  They allow me to just have fun instead of over thinking style and design.  The illustrations have such a wonderful naivety to them, as if they have been picked straight from a dream.  I just love em'!.
My card was a case of me simply wanting to have fun, I just wanted to stamp out the gorgeous images and watercolour my day away.
I thought it would be fun to set up a scene from the perspective of the bottle being at the fore-front of the picture, as if closest to the lens we are looking through, with all the wonderful sea life going on behind.


My favourite thing about this set is the sentiment, it could not be more true for me 'I'm happiest when floating in the sea', I simply could not resist. 
I thought it would be fun to add a shaker element to the mix so stamped two of the bottles onto vellum, filled the middle with all types of deliciousness such as glitter and sequins, and sealed the edges.  


After adding a good amount of flicks and splashes across my scene, I added my bottle using clear tape strategically placed so as not to show up on the front.


I had a thoroughly enjoyable time making this card, I find the Flora and Fauna stamps help me drift off and get lost in a world of my own where I'm not giving myself a hard time about imperfections.  Sometimes, it's allowing the imperfections that makes your crafty time perfect :)

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

See you next week.

Jill

Mermaid Kisses