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)

Friday, 16 June 2017

Helping Easter chicks party hearty!

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week - I've got a question.  How do you turn a bunch of Easter chicks into all year round party animals?

Add party hats & balloons of course!  We all know there ain't no party until the balloons & hats make an appearance!

I'm sure you are the same as me and have plenty adorable sets, like the Chirpy Chirp Chirp set from Lawn Fawn which I've used here, that you dearly love and want to use all year round but they're focused on a certain theme, like with this set it's Easter.  So this week I thought I'd do a quick design to share how easy it is, with a few simple accessories, to stretch your stamps to fit any occasion.
I started by stamping out a simple scene using Lawn Fawn's Chirpy Chirp Chirp and colouring using my Zig Real Brush Markers with water to create a watercolour effect.  I also used my pens to create a wash across my background.  I then took Lawn Fawn's Party Animals set and stamped out the party accessories I wanted to add to my Easter chicks. I chose a selection of hats & stamped out a couple of balloons.  I then coloured these using my Zigs and carefully fussy-cut.

I then took Lawn Fawn's Scripty Cheers die and cut it straight from my background, cutting it a few times from black card at the same time.  I then built all my cuts back up to add depth, and pieced it back into my background.
I then built up my scene by adding the party hats and balloons to my little cute chicks, using foam adhesive to add dimension after already stamping the balloon strings straight onto my card.

I added a slick of Glossy accent to my balloons, hats, and chiks beaks, and a scattering of clear sequins to add a little sparkle and there you have it.
Easter Chicks ready to party hearty all year through!

I really hope you like it and it encourages you to get more from your themed sets.
As always everything I used is linked below.See you next week.


Chirpy Chirp ChipParty Animals Image 1Scripty Cheers Lawn Cuts Image 1

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (12 piece set)

Friday, 9 June 2017

Dreaming of adventure.

Hi everybody,

Jill here and this week, I'm dreaming of adventure...

...using the incredibly beautiful Boho Vibes from Reverse Confetti.

I'm a fully fledged unadulterated hippy to the core, so this set is right up my alley.  I love anything that sends a message as oppose to just a sentiment so fell in love with this set the second I saw it.
I wanted to keep in theme with the design of the set and was hoping to achieve a chilled out, laid back cool, tie-die kinda vibe.
I started by heat embossing one of the large arrows from the set across my background in white.  I then took a load of my favourite inks, smooshing them on my craft mat then adding them to my background with a ton of water allowing them to mix and blend into each other, but quickly mopping up any areas that became too 'muddy'.  I wanted my panel to be completely flat as I knew I was going to do more stamping and heat embossing over the top so, once my background was dry, I ironed my panel in between 2 sheets of copier paper.  If you've never tried this technique before it is awesome; you get all the gorgeous pooling and gathering from the emboss resist, but once you've ironed the powder off, it leaves your panel totally flat.  Perfect for backgrounds and an incredibly handy technique to know!

Now I had a nice flat panel to work on, I set about stamping my main images.
The sentiment, arrow and dream catcher are all from the same Boho Vibes set.  I wanted my stamping to be done in silver embossing powder as I thought it would look beautiful against the ink colours, but it is also very easy for silver to get a little lost against a strong background so I had the idea to stamp it out first in black ink and clear heat emboss that, then re-stamp over the top in Versamark and add the silver.  it worked a treat, it gave a much stronger impression and added height to the embossing.

Despite it only being one layer so far, there was already a lot going on on this card so, after colouring the centre heart bright red, decided to leave it there.

I really like how this card came out, I hippy hope you do too!

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.


Boho Vibes

Friday, 2 June 2017

Racy in lacey for you

Hi everybody,

Jill here and this week I'm going a little racy in lace...

...using the beautiful Lace background from My Favourite Things mixed up with a few other delightful pieces.

I'm a background fiend, I love em'.  I see them, I fall for them, and I am absolutely powerless against snapping them up and, boy oh boy, this divine beauty from My Favourite Things was no exception, it absolutely knocked my socks off, just stunning.
I wanted to create a really luxurious card, over the top and bursting with different textures and materials, so that's what I was aiming for here.

I started by stamping out the Lace background and heat embossing in white.  I then made a mask from a heart die and ink blended through it onto my background in gorgeous deep purples, lightening up towards the middle.  Once I was happy with my blend, I added a few flicks of gold paint to add another layer of luxury.  I then cut the awesome For You from Lawn Fawn a few times and glued them together to create a nice big substantial sentiment.  I then smooshed my sentiment in Versamark ink and covered in gold sparkle embossing powder, repeating this a few times to make it very thick and molten metal like.  I then finished with another couple of layers of clear embossing powder to give it a final finishing touch and I'm glad I did as it really gave then sentiment a lovely look.

At this point I was already happy with how my card looked but like I said, I wanted this card to be over the top luxurious so wanted to add another element and another texture so I cut myself a couple of the Stitched Butterflies form Lil Inkers Design in vellum and layered them up one on top of the other and tied them together with some gold thread leaving a long tail for a further flutter of fancy :)
I finished with a scattering of sequins and by mounting my piece onto a dark grey card base.

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

See you next week.


Lace Background Stamp Image 1Scripty For You Lawn Cuts Image 1Stitched Butterflies Die Image 1

Friday, 26 May 2017

Otterly obssessed.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I am going otterly adorable with a peek-a-boo window card...

...featuring the delightful Otterly Adorable from Mama Elephant.

I am otterly obsessed with these amazing creatures, they are soooo cute, sweet, and adorable and best of all...they hold hands with each other when swimming so they don't float away!!!  I mean...gaaaaah *heart bursts into a million pieces*  
So every time I see this sweet set, it just makes me smile and makes me want to ink it right up.

I've spoke before about how obsessed I am with my My Favourite Things Stitched Triple Peek-a-boo die and because there's a ton of different images in the Otterly Adorable set, all doing different things & swimming different ways, I thought it would work perfect to have a little group of them swimming along and 'peeking' through the windows.

It was a very simple card to make.  I started by colouring a piece of card in sea greens and blues to use as my background and, using the cloud border from Mama Elephant's Landscape Trio dies upside down, cut some waves from it.  I then stamped out all the images I wanted to use and clear heat embossed them so I had a raised edge ready to colour with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens.  I used them with water to create a watercolour finish.  My sentiment is from the same Otterly Adorable set and is stamped out and heat embossed within the banner from Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blooms.  To add a little 'something something' to my sentiment banner I inked it up from the back in matching colours to background and waves.

I built up my little scene how I wanted it to look from behind the Peek-a-boo windows using wet glue and foam tape and embellished with a scattering of pretty clear sequins.
I adhered my vellum banner in place by placing a teeny bit of wet glue behind the most bold outlines and letters so that it is barely visible unless you're reeeeeally looking!

I really hope you like it and that these adorable otters make you as happy as they make me!

As always, everything I used is linked below so be sure to stop by.

See you next week.


Otterly Adorable    Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dienamic   Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (48 piece set)