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





Friday, 6 October 2017

Cascading Mermaid's Tail.

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week, I've got a cascading mermaid's tail for you...


...using My Favourite Thing's brilliant Cascading Scallops Stencil.


If any of you are like me and into your beauty goodies, (which I find a lot of crafters are, it's like crafting on your face really which is why I like it :) ), you might recognise the inspiration behind my card as there's a certain beauty box i took the idea from after seeing their cover design for the month of September.
Mermaids and all things related are everywhere at the minute, and when I first saw the pattern on this particular beauty box, the beautiful Cascading Scallops stencil from My Favourite Things jumped to the front of my thoughts and I thought 'ooooh I'm giving that a blast!'.


So I started by covering my stencil in Versmark Ink and running it through my Big Shot so that the stencil acts as an embossing folder, transferring the ink onto the card at the same time and to which I then heat embossed using a gold powder.  I then coloured my scallops/mermaid tail scales using a variety of Distress Inks as watercolour.
My sentiment is made up from Mama Elephant's Birthday Script Creative Cut which I cut from card and covered in several layers of the same gold embossing powder, and my 'Happy' is from Neat & Tangled's Everyday Labels set, and again is stamped out out and heat embossed in gold.


I anchored my sentiment to my card with one of Lawn Fawn's Puffy stars cut from vellum which gives extra texture and creates more of a focal point.
I loved how my background turned out and really wanted the card to be all about that so left it there.


I really hope you like.  It blows my mind how a humble stencil can be used in so many ways, a stencil, a stamp, and an embossing folder!  Amazing little tools they are and so affordable!

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

See you next week.

Jillx

Cascading Scallop Stencil Birthday Script Creative Cut Image 1
Everyday Labels Image 1 Puffy Star Stackables Dies Image 1

Friday, 29 September 2017

Wild, free, and light as a feather.

Hi everybody

Jill here, and this week I'm bringing out my inner hippy...


...using the gorgeous Boho Vibes from Reverse Confetti.


I absolutely adore this set.  It is so effortlessly cool and has a real laid back chilled feel to it.  I also love a set that has encouraging or positive messages as oppose to just your standard greetings.
I wanted my card to reflect the 'free and easy' feel of the set so kept things very simple and, hopefully, with a natural fluidity to my design.
I started by stamping out my feathers, first with the the centre image then masking off as I stamped each other feather either side, then stamping out my sentiment across the top. I then used masking fluid to cover my feather design so i could get a really nice soft watercolour wash across the background.  


I used Distress Inks as my watercolour medium using the same palette to colour my feathers (once the masking fluid had dried and been peeled away) but without nearly as much water so the colours were much more vibrant and intense. 


Once my design was dry I added a bow of natural twine to keep the design fresh and organic and there you have.


I really hope you like it and makes you want to reach for the flares and flowers and get on down to the sounds of the sixties :)

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

See you next week.

Jillx

Boho Vibes

Friday, 22 September 2017

I'm sorry for being late, but more importantly...did I miss the cake?

Hi everybody.

Jill here, and this week, I've got the sweetest way to say sorry...


Using the adorable 'Friends For All Seasons: Fall' from Wplus9.


As card makers it's the moment we all dread isn't it?  Missing a loved one's special day.  Well this set from Wplus9 is the perfect way to say sorry and send a belated card...and how can anybody stay miffed with a critter as cute as this delivering your message?


My card was very simple to make.  I cut an aperture form a piece of cream card using My Favorite Thing's Scalloped Circles and stamped my scene onto the centre piece.  I reached for my favorite colouring medium, my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens but...and this is borderline weird...used them WITHOUT water.  Yup, I literally use them pretty much every time I craft but had never coloured with them without the addition of water!  And boy oh boy have I been missing out!  Now I'm a megafan of watercolour, always have been always will be, but it was such an eye opener to see how they work on their own.  So bright and vibrant and blend so beautifully.  So now I love them twice as much :)


I stamped out a second set of the balloons so I could have them coming out from the aperture and adhered using foam tape to give them some dimension.
My sentiment is a sweet belated greeting and is from the same Friends For All Season set.
I actually stamped a few of the wee stamps from the set, the hearts and stars, across my background and clear heat embossed for a tone on tone effect but, sadly, my poor photography skills have done the details an injustice.


As always, everything I used is linked below so if you need a 'go to' apology in your stash, be sure to have a peek.

See you next week.

Jillx


Friends for All Seasons:  FallStitched Mini Scallop Circle STAX Die-namic Image 1Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Making New Friends Under the Sea

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm enjoying my first fling with the store's newest addition, Flora and Fauna.


Using their oh-so-sweet Under The Sea.


It is so exciting to see a new company in the store, especially one that grabs your attention because all their sets float your boat!  I just love their style, so sweet and whimsical.  They are also unlike any thing else within my collection which makes it even better!  I have my eye on a ton of their sets that I now want.
I started my card by stamping out a few of the waves onto watercolour card stock and clear heat embossing, then washing some blue inks across it creating an emboss resist background.  I then stamped out all of the elements from the set I wanted to use and coloured using my Zigs.  I fussy cut my fun characters leaving a white trim to emulate the look I would get from matching dies, and coloured around the edges in a pale blue so they would melt into the background better.


I then stamped some of the coral and seaweed across the bottom of my card.  When it came to building my scene I really wanted my beautiful mermaids to come right forward and have some movement to them so made a couple of little acetate hinges to attach them to the card.  It's obviously hard to portray in still pictures, but they actually dance and wiggle as if frolicking in the sea! 


I finished by stamping the simple sentiment straight onto my panel.


I'm really happy with how this card came out, and can't wait to play with some more of their gorgeous goodies! 

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

...Now if anybody wants me I'll just be over here making a space for what will be my new Flora and Fauna collection :)

See you next week.

Jillx

Under The SeaZig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (24 piece set)

Friday, 8 September 2017

Partying with Birthday Buddies

Hi everybody,

Jill here, and this week I'm partying with some old friends...


...using Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies.


This set is from way back when and is still absolutely amazing.  It is Jam packed with fun-filled characters and cute punny sentiments all in a cool quirky font.  It was an absolute pleasure to be reacquainted with these brilliant Birthday Buddies.
I started my card by stamping out all of the characters I wanted to use from the Birthday Buddies set and coloured them brightly using Copics. I then fussy-cut.  I also stamped out, coloured and fussy-cut a ton of balloons from Paper Smooches Hullabaloo set to use as a fun colourful backdrop.
I then used my Peek-a-boo die from My Favourite Things to cut my panel and built up my scene behind it using wet glue and foam adhesive to give dimension.


I then matted my panel onto a piece of patterned paper and mounted onto a card blank.  My sentiment is from the Hullabaloo set which I stamped onto a balloon and added a string.
I embellished with a cluster of ribbon tabs and flags to tie the whole design together, and there you have it.



I really hope you like it and it inspires you to give some of your older sets a fresh outing.

As always, everything I used is linked below.

See you next week.

Jillx

Birthday Buddies Image 1Hullabaloo Image 1Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Windows Dienamic