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Distress Oxides – I Caved!

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Distress Oxides

So this might have happened this morning. I totally blame Lesley Oman for being an enabler! 🙂 She kindly sent me the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink pad one after I won it in a Giveway this week, though so far I had resisted the craze but as soon as I tried them, bang! Had to have more. They really are wonderful inks and I had some fun exploring this morning.

I created this gorgeous background using a mix of Faded Jeans and Broken China, before stamping over the blended background with the MFT Mermaid Scales background stamp. Wonderful results and I’m sure it will make at least one gorgeous card in the future.

Distress Oxides Background

 

 

Happy Mail and A Big Heffy Thanks!

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Hungry Heffy Thanks! (Lawn Fawn)

For the last couple of months Lesley Oman of Hungry Heffy Crafts has been holding a Friday night crafting session. I’ve not been able to attend all of them but I did manage to catch the episode on 9th June. Of course, it helped that she said she had a fantastic announcement! I’m really happy for her in that she and her husband are starting up their own stamp company! Woot! Heffy Doodle Stamps will be launching via Kickstarter on 3rd July 2017 and Lesley needs our help to promote it as far and wide as possible! Go check out her website for some sneak peaks of the really cute set she’s designed! I’m really excited about this as we definitely need more UK based high quality stamp companies!

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Cat-Ful of Thanks with Mama Elephant

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Catful of Thanks (Mama Elephant)

It’s been a while since my last update, during which I have moved house and job. I am currently fighting with my ISP to actually provide me with a decent internet connection so am having to make do with 4G on my phone. It’s really like being back in the dark ages! 🙂

I wanted to say thank you to my neighbour in the flat I’ve just moved out of. She loves cats so what better way to say this than with a Lawn Fawn scripty thanks and the Mama Elephant Page Hugger cats? I love how this turned out, despite it probably being one of the most dull cards I’ve made in terms of colour!

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Showcasing… Series: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

This post will be the first in my Showcasing… Series where I will take one of the stamp sets I own, find some of the amazing cards other makers have created using the set and then create a set of cards of my own. The first set I would like to Showcase is the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland set. Even if it is only April, I have to start early on my Christmas stash! I fell in love with this set after seeing some of the truly amazing cards created using the stamps, especially with the sillouette birch trees and deer. One of the first ever dies I purchased was the Memory Box Deer Trio and this set made me remember old times! This is an older set by Mama Elephant (SHC), released back in October 2013 I think, and has coordinating dies available (SHC).

Winter Wonderland Stamps (Mama Elephant) Winter Wonderland Creative Cuts (Mama Elephant)

The first card I found was this one from Nicole Spohr (blog post and video). I love the stark white embossing against the inked background – it gives a wonderful effect! I loved this one so much that I recreated this card with a few minor changes. I choose two colour variations, one using Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, the other using Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. I mounted them on black card and used white heat embossing on black sentiment banners.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

Another card using this stamp set was created by Yaneia (blog post, video tutorial). I love how she wasn’t restricted by the traditional colours on her cards and got some gorgeous results with some pretty cheap watercolour paints.

To recreate this card in my own way I used three different colours from my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours after I had heat embossed and masked my background. It took me a couple of layers to get the colour intensity I was looking for. I then used two different Lawn Fawn inks to stamp and clear heat emboss my sentiment in the bottom corner.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

A great start to my Christmas card stash, I think!

Nutty Birthday with Neat & Tangled

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Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

These two cards have to be my favourites to date. I probably say this with every new card, but the bar is getting higher as I learn and improve! I love this set and was really happy to use it when Mum asked for a birthday card for my Aunt that featured squirrels. What better way to showcase the set but with watercolours and a little dimension?

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I started out with two pieces of watercolour cardstock and laying down some clean water focussed on the bottom bart of the card. I then used my Kuretakin Gansai Tambi watercolours (three shades of the blue and turquoise) to create a wash on the background. It took a couple of layers to get the intensity I wanted and I added some paint splatters in the same colours before drying.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I then stamped the various characters and props from both the My Favorite Nut and Into the Woods sets from Neat & Tangled and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Fun set in some Versafine Onyx black ink onto some more watercolour cardstock. The Happy Birthday sentiment came from the Neat & Tangled Big Top Birthday set. I coloured them in using my watercolours and left to dry.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

Once dry, I cut them with the coordinating dies and mounted the main features and characters with some foam tape. The foliage, acorns and mushrooms I adhered directly on top of the background. I then mounted them onto some white A6 card bases.

Nutty Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

For some finishing touches I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to my characters, brightening up some of the places that got a little dark with the watercolours. I thought about adding some sequins but decided to let the watercolour shine as it was. I think I like the card with the two squirells hugging in the nut slightly more!

Anniversary with Lawn Fawn and Concord & 9th

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Love Anniversary (Lawn Fawn, Concord & 9th)

This card was a challenge for me as I don’t have a lot of anniversary related stamps. In fact, the only stamp I had that mentioned anniversary was the Lawn Fawn Happy Everything stamp set, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it after inking such a pretty background! I made this colourful card for my parents who have been married for 35 years – congrats to you! The card was also inspired a little by this card from Kristina Werner with her beautiful pastel inking as I’ve been looking for other ideas on how to use this background stamp.

Love Anniversary (Lawn Fawn, Concord & 9th)

I started out on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock and blended several colours of Distress Inks in rainbow colours (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon).

After heat setting, I then stamped the Barnyard Background by Concord & 9th in Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. I then went over again with the inks, this time shifting the colour bands down slightly so the darker ink would highlight the lighter ink under the embossing powder. I buffed off the ink that had pooled over the embossing powder to get a really nice effect, I think! I will have to experiment with different colours with this technique.

I then stamped a load of the Fab Flowers from the Fawn Fawn set onto some black cardstock and white heat embossed. After die cutting with the cordinating dies, I arranged them on the bottom of the card and adhered with some Multi Medium Matte. This took a little bit of effort and some extra stamp blocks to press them down onto the embossed background.

I really struggled with the sentiment but finally decided to cut the Scripty Love from both black and white cardstock, adhering them slightly offset to give a shadowed look and layering over a simple black cardstock banner.

I adhered the card to an A2 white card base and finished off with some black and white sequins and some Glossy Accents on the love sentiment.

Entered into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Happy Easter with Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle

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Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant, Avery Elle)

Happy Easter Sunday! I don’t make many Easter cards but I did manage one this year. I hope the recipient as already received this otherwise it will ruin the surprise. Using a combination of products from Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle, this bright Easter card will hopefully put a smile on my friend’s face when she opens the envelope.

Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant, Avery Elle)

I started with stamping out the background using the Fab Flowers stamp set from Lawn Fawn with some of the new ink cubes from the last release. I used Sunflower, Carrot and Celery Stick with the largest rose layering stamp, filling the background in a random pattern. I made several backgrounds that I will share in future cards in exactly the same way – so easy to mass produce!

I stamped out the bunny from the Mama Elephant Page Huggers set a couple of times (one with glasses and one without) along with a handful of carrots and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Wonders set with some MFT Black Hybrid ink. I coloured them in with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I made up the sentiment from the Plan on It: Holidays stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I popped them up on some foam tape, attached them to the background panel and mounted it on a white A2 card base. I finished with a little Spectrum Noir Sparkle and some Glossy Accents for the glasses.

Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant, Avery Elle)

A cute, bright Easter card!

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Fairy Happy Birthday with Avery Elle and Altenew

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Fairy Birthday (Avery Elle & Altenew) Tallie's Corner

I’ve had both the Pixie Dust Fairy Stamp set from Avery Elle and the Hello Sunshine floral set from Altenew for a while now and not had a chance to use them. When I needed a card for my Aunt’s birthday, this was the perfect chance to combine them both. Coloured using a mixture of Copic markers and Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, this card could be for girls of any age!

Starting with a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped a whole bunch of the florals in some MFT Black Hybrid Ink, focusing mainly on the bottom and sides of the card. Using two to three markers for each shade I coloured the leaves and flowers in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers. I added in some blues and purples to match the copic markers I had picked out for the fairies. I stamped the sentiment in some Delicata Silver Ink and added some silver dots to the background with a gel pen.

Fairy Birthday (Avery Elle & Altenew) Tallie's Corner

I then stamped two of the fairies, a wand and three of the smaller flowers with some MFT Black Hybrid Ink onto some Neenah Solar White cardstock. I coloured them with Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I popped them up with some foam tape and adhered them to the card panel. I adhered the panel to an A2 white cardbase and covered the fairies with some Spectrum Noir sparkle for a little pixie dust.

A fun little birthday card that I’m also entering into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Mother’s Day with MFT Owls

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Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things

It’s Mother’s Day today here in the UK and this card is for my own mother. She loves owls so this set from My Favorite Things was perfect for her. Coloured with my Zig brush markers with a few additional stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things

I started out by stamping two of the owls from the MFT I’m Owl Yours set in MFT Black Hybrid Ink onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock. I then coloured these in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers in shades of brown, green and purple with a little orange for their beaks. I cut them out with the coordinating dies. I die cut a stitched circle die from MFT from some white cardstock and scribbled on some blue and green ink, blending out with my water brush to create a background. I stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Lawn Fawn Mum + Me set and adhered the owls to the background with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things

Using an A2 Neenah Desert Storm side folding card base, I used the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops stamp set to add a subtle background with some Versamark ink. I adhered the panel to the card with some double sided tape and added a scattering of sequins from the Neat & Tangled Festive Fall mix.

Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card with one more owl from the set!

Mother's Day Owls - My Favorite Things


Out of this World Birthday with MFT

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Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

This has to be one of my favourite cards I have made this year. I love bright colours on a white background and I really love the cute space stamp sets that all the companies seem to be coming out with recently. This card features the new MFT Space Explorer set with a sentiment from the Out of this World set from Lawn Fawn. I have to give credit where it is due by stating that this birthday card is inspired by Ashley Marcu (see her design team blog post here). I loved how she had the spaceman rocketing up into space and had to try my own version of this.

I started out by masking a slice out with some post-it tape on some smooth white card stock. I blended Squeezed Lemonade with some Wild Honey Distress Inks to make the rocket blast. I then switched the masking so I could ink up the rest of the night sky using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (white, black and silver) to add some splatter to the background for a starry effect. Using an MFT die, I cut out a circle for the focal point background.

Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

On some Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped out the astronaut and three of the planets. I coloured them in with my Copic markers using some reds, blues, greens and cool greys. I added some pale yellow to the reflective parts of his suit to tie in the yellow of his rocket blast. I had originally intended to use the coordinating dies but felt that the white border would detract from the scene I had created in the background, so I fussy cut out the pieces and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I added a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the pieces before adding some Glossy Accents to the astronaut’s visor and control panel.

On the front panel of the A2 smooth white card base I white heat embossed some stars to give some subtle interest to the background. From the same card, I white heat embossed the sentiment and ink blended some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for a matching birthday sentiment banner. I cut the ends on one side to make a banner and trimmed it to the width of my card.

Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

To assemble, I used my tape runner to adhere the background sky to the base before using some foam tape to pop up the astronaut, planets and sentiment.

It’s been a while since I was able to bring out my Copics to experiment but I think I need to do it more often! I really like the reflection effect and it warms up the scene nicely. I am sure this template will be used to create many more birthday cards in the future!