Paper hugs

I bought this really cool Concentric Doodle cling stamp from Simon Says Stamp back in Stamptember last year, and still hadn’t gotten around to using it, so I thought it really was about time!

I love it and actually made 5 different backgrounds, which I’ll share as I turn them into cards, but for today I’ll tell you how I made this one!

I took some Karin Brushmarker Pro pens in rainbow shades, and applied them directly to the stamp – just scribbling them on in rainbow order. I then spritzed the stamp with water using my Nuvo mister, and stamped onto some watercolour paper.

It got a little smudgy in the middle but that’s OK as I was planning a bold sentiment to cover it anyway. I die cut the Paper Hugs sentiment (also from SSS) twice in white and once in silver, and glued them together for dimension. I added this to the centre of the panel, glued some raindrop embellishments around, then added the finished panel to a kraft card base.

Simple but totally cheerful, and I love it! I’ll share my others soon!

Have a hamsteriffic birthday!

I totally fell in love with these Celebration Hamsters from Mama Elephant’s new release and couldn’t wait to get colouring them! I chose pastel shades and coloured the whole stamp set, so I’ve still got some left for another card 😊

These little guys are so cheerful, I felt like a shaker card was required! So I die-cut the Balloon Cover-up Die-namics drame from MFT Stamps and added some vellum to the reverse for the shaker window. I then die cut five of the little balloons that come with the frame die and Copic coloured them in pastel shades to match the hamsters and their cake/gifts, then added them on top of the white balloons on the frame.

Next, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Wishes Enclosed stamp set (Mama Elephant) on to the vellum. I then used liquid glue to attach my hamster on his birthday cake, and the little guy bearing presents.

Finally, I added some doubled up foam tape around the edge of the frame, filled it with pastel coloured clay hearts from Time for Tea Designs, then placed my card base over the foam tape, to seal in the shaker contents. Of course, I finished the balloons with some Glossy Accents because… Balloons!

Hope you have a great day and a fab weekend ahead! See you soon!

Rainbow shaker card

I was recently reminded of a technique I’d not done in a while – making a shaker card with layered circles in the centre. To do this, I started with six pieces of card measuring 6×6″. From the first, I cut a circle in the centre using the Time for Tea Designs Circle of Love nesting dies. Then I lined up the next piece of card behind it, and positioned a smaller circle in the centre of the gap, and die cut this. I repeated for the next three pieces of card, with increasingly smaller circles.

Next, I ink blended the final panel a pale blue sky colour, using Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink. I ink blended the edges of each of the panels with the circle cut-outs in rainbow colours, leaving the top panel (the one with the biggest circle) white. I used distress oxides in Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon.

I then glued a 6×6″ panel of acetate to the reverse of the top panel, and some foam tape around the outside (you can skip this step and just have the various layers of card giving you enough room for the shaker element, but I decided to make mine extra shaky!). I glued the remaining five panels together, starting with the biggest circle on top, going to the smallest, with the blue sky coloured panel last.

I filled the centre of the card with clear sequins by Lucy’s Cards, then placed the top panel over the rest of the card.

I stamped, coloured and die cut the cat from the All Occasions Critters stamp set (T4TD), and glued him to the front of the window, along with a couple of clouds from the Paper Plane Pals stamp set (again, T4TD). I then heat embossed the sentiment from the Storms Don’t Last Forever stamp set (yes, T4TD!) on to some black card, trimmed it down, and added it beneath the cat.

I don’t make square cards very often these days, and I’m quite enjoying this one, although it has so much dimension, I think it’ll need a box rather than an envelope to post!

Don’t forget my discount code T4TJAYNE10 for 10% off anything at the T4TD online store.

MFT Wednesday sketch challenge

I mentioned in my last blog that I was inspired by some card sketches recently, so when I saw MFT’s Wednesday sketch challenge, I was keen to join in!

I actually had some foxes already stamped and coloured from the MFT Let’s Curl Up stamp set, so I used those and then did some free range stamping to create some circular shapes using the small foliage stamps from the set. I coloured the foliage with Copics.

For the centre circle, I also had a stitched circle diecut in my stash, so I added some greenery around the outside, and added the circle to the card with fun foam.

I then added the foxes to each circle with foam tape, then heat embossed the sentiment from the Well, Hello stamp set on to some black card, trimmed it down and added it to the centre circle.

I added a little bling with some sequins from Lucy’s Cards, then matted my panel onto some black card, and finally on to a white slimline card base.

Thanks for joining me again today, and see you soon!

Hello bluebird color challenge

I love Hello Bluebird, so I was excited when they recently launched a monthly challenge! This is my entry for this month’s challenge, which is based on the following colour palette:

I looove these spring pastels and I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use for my project – Feed the Birds.

I used the following Copic colours for my images:

Girl (coat and hat): BG23, BG10, G000. Hair: E35, E33, E31. Face: E11, E53, E51, E50, R20. Scarf, gloves and trousers: R83, RV11, R01. Boots: E35, E33, E31.

Bird 1: B95, B93, B91. Bird 2: R83, RV11, R01. Bird 3: Y000, Y11, Y13. Bird 4: B02, B00, Y000

Bird house: E35, E33

I stamped, coloured and cut out my images, and finished off the colouring with some white gel pen highlights. I also added some “fluffy stuff” to the top of the bird house to give the snow a fluffy, dimensional texture.

I ink blended a slimline panel (8 1/4″ x 3 3/4″) with the following shades of Distress Oxides: Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac and Salvaged Patina.

I then cut some hill shapes from white card, added the first with a layer of foam tape, then the second over the top with another layer of foam tape, to give the scene some dimension. I added my images with a mix of foam tape (single or double layeresd) and/or liquid glue depending on what layer of the card they were on.

I then added some thin streaks of Quicky Glue coming down from the hills and sprinkled Glamour Dust glitter powder over the top, for a frosty look.

I then added my sentiment by heat embossing straight on to the sky background. I added some clear sequins, then finished off by adding some stitched lines around the edge with white gel pen. I added my finished scene to a slimline card base with tape runner.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it! The sentiment is particularly fitting, as this is the first weekend in the UK this year that it has felt like winter has melted away and spring has begun! Hope you have a lovely Easter!

Happy Easter!

I’m not much of an Easter crafter, but there’s a few crafty items I fell in love with this year and decided to make a couple of simple Easter cards.

After a period of illness, I was feeling a bit uninspired, so I turned to some card sketches on Google to give me some layout ideas, and it really helped!

For my first card, I used the Floral Background stencil from Pretty Pink Posh, and ink blended a background using pastel shades of Distress Oxide inks. I cut the panel down using the Fishtail Banner dies by Pink and Main.

Next, I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the adorable bunny from Lawn Fawn’s Better Days stamp set. I die cut a white circle using the stitched circle nesting dies from Time for Tea Designs and added my bunny to it with foam tape. I added the circle to the left hand side of my banner and trimmed off the edge. I then added the banner to an A2 panel of green cardstock, which I’d cut using some stitched nesting dies from Pink and Main.

I die cut the “happy easter” border sentiment from Lawn Fawn a couple of times from white card and stacked them together for dimension, then added to my card panel. Finally, I added some sequins (“Lullaby” mix from Lucy’s Cards) and glued my finished card front to a white A2 base.

The sketch on the left is the one I used for inspiration:

For my second card, I ink blended a background panel in the same way, and die cut it to just smaller than A2 size using the same stitched nesting dies from Pink and Main. I coloured up a second bunny and added him to another white die cut circle, as before.

I popped the circle on to the background, added another “happy easter” die cut sentiment, and the same sequin mix as above. Finally, I added my finished panel to an A2 cream card base using foam tape.

This time my card was loosely based around the layout on the left:

Have you ever used card sketches to inspire you? I think I’ll be doing it again in future!

Have a lovely Easter Weekend, and see you soon!

You raise me up

Happy Friday, crafty friends. I’m glad it’s the weekend, it’s been a tough week! In fact, it’s been a tough few weeks and so I made this little card for my husband to thank him for all his support recently.

The main image is from the You Raise Me Up stamp set by Mama Elephant, which I absolutely love. It has such lovely sentiments in it, including the one I’ve chosen for my card, and “thank you for being there for me”, which I added to my envelope.

I coloured the critters using Copics, and added highlights with white gel pen. I then die cut the frame (using the Smile Inverted Scallop Frame dies from Time for Tea Designs) from white card, and the grass (using the Landscape Edge Standalone dies, also from T4T) from green.

I cut a panel of blue card the same size as the frame, and stencilled on some clouds with white pigment ink, using the Clearly Besotted Cloudy Day stencil.

I glued the grass to the reverse of the frame, and the critters to the front. I then added the frame to the top of the sky background using thin foam strips (including behind the critters so there would be no sagging).

I stamped and trimmed down the sentiment, and added it on with foam strips, then did the same with a couple of clouds from the stamp set. Finally, I added the finished scene to a UK A6 card base with tape runner.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card! Have a great weekend!

Welcome baby Jamie

Hey, crafty friends 😊 hope you’re all good! Today I’m sharing a card that my friend asked me to make to celebrate the arrival of her baby nephew, Jamie. She requested sloths and something 3D with his name on, so this is what I came up with!

I used one of my favourite stamp sets from Time for Tea Designs called Be Slothy. I stamped and coloured the images with Copics and then die cut with the co-ordinating dies.

I then die cut the box display card using the Heffy Doodle Big Shadow Box dies (there’s some great video tutorials on their YouTube channel). The gorgeous green card is from Seize the Stamp.

Before assembling the shadow box, I stencilled on the leaf pattern to the back panel with white pigment ink (the stencil is called Chic Chevrons by T4TD).

I cut some slim pieces of acetate and attached the two sloths on branches with liquid glue. I scored and folded the acetate at the end, so I could attach it with double sided tape to the sides of the shadow box, giving the impression that the sloths are hanging in the air.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the All Occasions Critters stamp set (also T4TD) in gold, trimmed it down and added to the top of my window. I die cut in gold the letters for JAMIE from a Honey Bee Stamps alpha dies set, and glued them to the front of the card, along with the other images.

And that’s my card, done! Apparently it was well received, so that’s always nice to know! Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you soon!

Thank you card

Today I’m sharing the 2nd thank you card I made after Christmas, and this one was also mass produced, even if it doesn’t look it!

To start, I cut two of the Altenew Garden Trellis background die (for each card) from white card, glued them together for dimension, then glued them to a vanilla coloured piece of A2 card.

Next, I used an amazing technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire to make a handmade jig, allowing you to quickly mass produce with co-ordinating stamps and dies. The video tutorial is here:

I used the Painted Peony stamp and die sets from Concord & 9th, die cut each of the shapes in scrap card to make my jig, then followed Jennifer’s process to stamp all the layers of the flowers. In one lunch hour, I made enough florals for 6 cards.

The colours I used for the stamping were all from Concord and 9th. For the large peony I used Ballet Slipper, Grapefruit and Poppy, then Buttercup and Wheat for the centre. For the small peony, I used Aqua Sky, Oceanside and Peacock. For the large leaves I used Clover and Evergreen, and for the smaller ones I used Sprout and Parsley. Finally, for the little buds I used Stardust and Wheat.

I arranged the florals over my lattice background and secured with liquid glue. I then die cut the “thanks” die (by Time for Tea Designs) from black card, and added a layer of Glossy Accents to the top for some shine. I glued the “thanks” to the top of my floral arrangement, then finished the card off with some raindrop embellishments from Lucy’s Cards.

I loved making these cards, and they really didn’t take very long to do – even if they look like they did! The best type of card 😂

Have a Super birthday!

Hi crafty friends! As you may know, I love superhero cards, so when I nabbed the Heffy Doodle Superdudes set for the recent collab with Time for Tea Designs, I couldn’t stop at just one card!

To make this interactive card, I started by ink blending a panel of smooth white card with various blue distress oxides: mermaid lagoon, blueprint sketch and chipped sapphire. I then added in some black soot around the top edges. Next up, I stamped the cityscape along the bottom with black ink. I used a stamp positioner, as I had to stamp several times to get a really good, solid impression over the inky background.

I then used a small foam dauber to apply embossing ink through my Simply Radiant stencil, and applied Frosted Glass embossing powder on the top, and set with my heat gun.

Then, I created my interactive element using the Pull Tab dies from T4TD. To do this, you cut a track in the card where you want your interactive element to go, create a strip to sit behind it that your element will attach to, then cut a notch from the side and add a pull tab to slide the element left to right. For a more detailed look at how to do this, check out this blog post or this video. Once made, I attached my card panel to my card blank with doubled-up foam tape, to give the slider element plenty of room to move. I left a nice white border around the edges, so the colours of the card really popped in contrast.

I then stamped, coloured and fussy cut my superhero and attached him to the interactive slider.

Finally, for the sentiment, I heat embossed “have a” and “birthday” from the Superdudes stamp set on to some black card, then die cut the Super from holographic cardstock, and stacked it on to a couple of white die cuts for some added dimension. I added the Super with liquid glue, and the rest of the sentiment with foam tape.

Hope you like this card as much I liked making it! See you all soon – and if you like any of the T4TD supplies used in this card, discount code T4TJAYNE10 will get you 10% off in the Time for Tea online store.