Otterly amazing – Hello Bluebird

Hey crafty friends, hope you had a lovely weekend. Today I’m sharing a card that I made with my long-awaited Hello Bluebird supplies!

I started out by creating my seashore background. I used my blender brushes to ink blend the following Concord and 9th colours: Wheat (for the sand), then (lightest to darkest), Aqua Sky, Sea Glass and Oceanside for the water. I sprinkled some water over the background then absorbed it with a paper towel to add some “watery” texture, then stamped on the waves from the Otter Friends set by Hello Bluebird, in Oceanside and Sea Glass.

Next, I stamped and coloured (with Copics) a couple of the otterly adorable otters from the set, as well as the fish and the reeds, and fussy cut.

I then die cut from Neenah Class Crest 110lb white cardstock, the Gallery Frame #6 die (also Hello Bluebird) and popped it up with thin foam strips over the background. I die cut the “hello” from the same set three times and stacked them together for dimension, and ink blended some Sea Glass on the bottom half. I glued the “hello” in the centre panel, and added the other elements with a mixture of foam tape and liquid adhesive, so that everything was equally popped up.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set using Antique Gold embossing powder from Wow! Embossing, on to some white card, then also added this with foam tape. Finally, I added some clear sequins to finish my scene.

I hope you enjoy this card! See you all again soon, with some more Hello Bluebird goodies, no doubt!

Prickly Plushies

I’ve been doing really well this year in keeping my resolution to use more of my existing craft supplies, and not to buy too much new stuff. However, I did cave and buy a few new sets from the Clearly Besotted sale last week, and I couldn’t wait to colour up these adorable cacti! (The set is called Prickly Plushies).

It’s my sister’s birthday on Sunday, so I decided to use the sentiment in the set: “Hope your birthday is on point”… I do love a crafty pun!

I tried out several different combinations of green Copic markers for the Cacti, and I’ve listed below the ones I’ve used, left-right:

Cactus 1: G99, YG95, YG93, G20, flower: Y13, YG21, Y000

Cactus 2: YG67, YG17, YG07, YG03, YG21

Cactus 3: G24, YG03, YG21, G20

Cactus 4: G24, YG03, YG21, G20, flower: R20, R01

Cactus 5: YG67, YG17, YG07

For the terracotta plantpots, I used: E09, YR27, YR24, YR12

And for the violet-blue plantpots: V09, V17, BV04, BV02

And all of the cacti have R22 rosy cheeks 🙂 To finish them, I added some highlights with white gel pen.

To create my scene, I masked off a rectangle on some white card stock, then used the Clearly Besotted Built It stencil to create a little wall for the plantpots to stand on. I used Aged Mahogany and Crackling Campfire distress oxides for the wall, then ink blended some Tumbled Glass above the wall for the sky.

I added my prickly plushies with foam tape to the top of the wall, heat embossed my sentiment on to some black card and also added that with foam tape. Then to finish, I added a few Ice Crystal clear sequins from Lucy’s Cards, and added my finished scene to some mushroom coloured cardstock.

I hope you love this little card as much as I do! I never want to send my cards out, do you?? 🙂

Seahorsin Around

I made another card using the card sketch for the current Lawn Fawn challenge, this time featuring the cutey little seahorses from the Seahorsin Around stamp set.

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out, as it was my first time playing with the Tonic Studios shimmer powders I used for the background. I just sprinkled some of the Atlantis Burst and Blue Blitz on to white cardstock, then spritzed with water.

Once dry, I cut an A2 panel using my stitched panel dies from Pink & Main, then attached it to an A2 card base using tape runner.

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the seahorses and hearts, and some of the bubbles from the Scripty Bubbles stamp set.

Copics used:

Blue seahorse: B34, B32, B91, B95

Green seahorse: BG49, BG57, BG23

Bubbles: R20, B00, BG10

I added the images to the card using foam tape, then heat embossed the sentiment in white on to black card, trimmed it down and also attached with foam tape.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and get some crafty time in!

Lawn Fawnatics sketch challenge

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well! It’s been a rough week here with illness so I took some time to recoup today and make a couple of cards for the current Lawn Fawn challenge.

I stamped out the super cute images from Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Bubbles stamp set using Gina K Amalgam Onyx Black ink and coloured them with Copic markers:

Mouse: E31, E51, E00

Bubble wand: B95

Bubbles: Y02. RV23, BG23, R01, V01, G000

Hugs: Y11, BG10, R20

I cut an A2 stitched panel using dies from Pink and Main, then masked off a column to the right of the card. I ink blended inside the column using kitsch flamingo, squeezed lemonade and salvaged patina distress oxides.

Next, I die cut the images and used foam tape to attach them to the card.

Last up, I stamped the “sending” above the “hugs” and attached the card front to an A2 top folding card base with tape runner.

This was really fun to make, and I think it turned out really cute, too! Thanks for tuning in again, and see you soon 🙂

Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Collaboration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Heffy Doodle and Time for Tea Collaboration Blog Hop!
Design Team members from both companies are sharing inspiration using products from both companies!

For my card, I’ve combined some of my absolute favourite stamps and dies from both companies – full products listed throughout the tutorial, below!

To make my card, I die cut a slimline rectangle from bright blue cardstock using the T4T Slimline Scalloped Trio Nesting dies, and then applied white pigment ink through the HD Zapp Attack stencil. I then used the T4T Lift the Flap dies to cut three flaps in the centre. I glued the blue panel to a white slimline panel, about 1/4″ wider and longer.

I die cut the words “BAM!” and “POW!” from yellow and red card, and again from black, using the T4T Anthony’s Alphas dies, then glued the coloured card over the black, slightly offset to give a comic book shadow effect. I then glued the words to the left and right flaps on my card.

I stamped and coloured one of the superheroes from the HD Superdudes stamp set, then adhered it to the centre flap using foam tape.

Next up, I stamped the main sentiment (from the Superdudes stamp set) under the centre flap in black ink, then heat embossed two further sentiments from the HD Whatcha Sayin’ stamp set on to black card, and cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I then adhered them under the left and right flaps.

To finish my card, I heat embossed “Cardmaking is my Superpower” onto black card, trimmed it down, and added it with foam tape under the superdude. I used tape runner to add my finished panel to a white slimline card base, and my card was done!

BLOG HOP DETAILS:

To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop!
Time for Tea will be giving away £25 and Heffy Doodle will be giving away £25 to their respective stores!  Be sure to comment before 11:59 PM EST on Mar 2nd to be entered to win!

Each company will post their random winner on Mar 3rd at 10AM EST!  Make sure to check the Heffy Doodle Blog and Time for Tea Blog to see if you’re a winner!

You should have come from Amanda Stevens and the next stop is Tallie Clewley.


Blog Hop Lineup:

Heffy Doodle Blog

Claudia Cubas 

Carrie Rhoades

Lyndsey Turner

Amanda Stevens

Jayne Vaughan

Tallie Clewley

Silvia Galloni

Amanda Fitterer

Time for Tea Blog

Don’t forget that discount code T4TJAYNE10 will get you 10% off anything in the T4T store.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a crafty day!

Winter Hugs

Are you tired of all the storms? It feels like winter is never going to end at the moment! So what better time to send out some wintery hugs to your friends?

For today’s card, I used some of the products from the latest Time for Tea Designs release, combined with a few older sets (full product list below).

I started off by ink blending an A6 sized panel of white card stock with various shades of pink and purple distress oxides. I then used a silver shimmer spray on the card and let it dry, before die cutting it with the geometric snowflakes background die. I cut the background die a second time from white card and adhered this to the back, just to give some extra dimension and sturdiness to the card. I then glued the background to a white card blank.

Next, I die cut the word “hugs” three times from black card, and glued them on top of each other with liquid glue (my favourite at the moment is Honey Bee’s Precision Glue, especially for slimmer die cuts). I then stamped the word “Warm” from the Jumping with Joy stamp set in black ink onto white card and trimmed it down.

I then die cut several snowflakes out of holographic card, using the Falalala Scalloped Slimline die set, and adhered them to the front of the card along with the “Warm” and “hugs” sentiments. I finished up by adding Glossy Accents to the word “hugs”.

Products used (all Time for Tea Designs): Geometric Snowflakes Cover Die; Hugs Sentiment Die; Falalala Scalloped Slimline Die Set; Jumping with Joy stamp set; Silver Sparkle Shimmer Spray

Thanks for joining me again today, and if you’d like to purchase anything from the T4TD store – please use discount code T4TJAYNE10 to get you 10% off your entire order! Happy crafting 🙂

Thank you cards… and lots of them!

Winter is a busy time in our household – two November birthdays, Christmas, a January and a February birthday – so the New Year is definitely time for making Thank You cards! I needed to come up with a couple of designs that I could mass-produce – enter the Concord and 9th turnabout! Have you ever used them? They’re so good for making quick card backgrounds! I honestly couldn’t figure them out at first, but after taking part in the C9 Summer Camp last year, it finally clicked!

For this card, I used the Scattered Dots turnabout. If you’re not sure how they work, check out the Concord and 9th website for video tutorials! I pre-cut about 10 pieces of white card to A2 size. I placed my turnabout jig in my MISTI, then positioned a piece of cardstock in the centre of the jig, held into place with temporary adhesive.

I used C9 ink cubes for my project (I love their colour palette). I started by inking up the stamp in Ballet Slipper, stamped it twice to get good coverage, then removed my card and added the second piece. I stamped this one, then moved on to the third… and so on, until all 10 pieces had been stamped with Ballet Slipper. Then, I went back to my first card, rotated the jog to position 2, and stamped in Sea Glass. I repeated the process for all 10 cards again. Then, I rotated the jig to position 3, stamped in Stardust, and then used Dove for position 4 (each time, doing the same for all 10 pieces of card so there was no need to clean the stamp every time – this saved soooo much time!).

Next, I used one of the dies from the Large Fishtail Banner Dies set from Pink and Main (https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1047151&u=2971938&m=73505&urllink=&afftrack=) to cut out a banner from Sea Glass cardstock. I then heat embossed in white the Thank You sentiment, from Concord and 9th’s Buds & Blossoms stamp set. Finally, I stamped out several small hearts in Versamark ink from the same set, which I then heat embossed in gold, fussy cut, and added to the banner with foam tape.

I glued the banner to the front of the card with liquid glue, then mounted the finished panel onto a white top-folding card base. These were to easy to make but I love how they turned out – I even made a few backgrounds in different colour combinations, as the C9 colours work so well together!

Thanks for tuning in and see you again soon! 🙂

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Seaside birthday display card

As I mentioned in my previous blog, it was my youngest daughter’s birthday at the weekend, and my oldest daughter wanted me to make a card for her to give to her sister. Both of my girls absolutely LOVE going to the beach, so this Seaside Girls set that I just received from Hello Bluebird, was absolutely perfect!

I stamped out the images in Gina K Onyx Black Amalgam ink, and coloured them using Copic markers. I coloured up the two adorable little girls to look like my daughters 🙂

Next, I used the Big Shadow Box Die set from Heffy Doodle to create the display box for my scene. It was super easy to do – Heffy Doodle have some videos on their YouTube channel / website if you want a walk-through demonstration. I used Sea Glass cardstock from Concord and 9th for the box, and Wheat (also C9) for the sand dunes. I then used a pale blue for the sea (not sure what brand, sorry!). I used double-sided tape to attach the sand dunes and sea to the sides of the box, at different depths, then used liquid glue along the bottom of the wave to ensure it was secured right at the front of my scene.

I then used liquid glue to adhere each of my elements to the scene, with the little girl at the front adhered behind the wave, as if she’s dipping her feet into the sea!

I die cut a cloud using a die from the same set and glued it to the background. I then used the two frame dies from the set taped together to make a white frame for the front of the card. Finally, I used the larger frame die cut out of white card to adhere to the back of the card, so there is space to write a message.

I flipped my card over and stamped my sentiment (which is from the same Seaside Girls set) and added one of the seagulls from the set also. For a finishing touch, I used Concord & 9th Glossy Details along the top of the wave to create the “foam”.

I hope you love this card as much as I do!! I can’t get enough of interactive and display cards! Thanks for joining me again, and see you soon!

RAM 2nd birthday card

Hey, Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had a lovely time celebrating my youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday.

I made her this sweet little card using a digi image from Rachelle Anne Miller. I’ve never used digi images before and I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was 😂

I simply coloured up the image with Copics, added highlights with a white gel pen, then finished the balloons and “2” with Glossy Accents.

I then matted the image on some patterned paper from Time for Tea Designs (the Sweet Summer paper pad) and used foam tape to secure everything to the card base.

Finally, I heat embossed on to some black card, the sentiment from a Reverse Confetti stamp set called “The Bear Up There”.

Happily, I think my daughter loved her card ❤️. Now, if only time would stop going so fast!!

Valentines Day Blog Hop!

Hello Tea Timers!! We have some great news for you today! To celebrate Valentine’s day we are running a sale on a range of products in the T4TD store and we can tell you they’re all so adorable!

To celebrate we’ve organised an Instagram and Blog Hop giving you a chance to win one of the two £20 vouchers to spend in the store. Here is how you can join in:

  • Leave a comment on this post and every DT’s blog post

The hop will close at midnight February 14th UK time. The winners will be chosen at random from both Instagram and blogs and the winner will be announced on the T4TD Instagram & Blog on February 15th.

The next stop on the hop is the lovely Annalisa: http://albcards.home.blog

For my card today, I used some of the patterned paper from the Brighter Days paper pad for my background, and I die cut the Tree of Love to place over the top with some foam tape. I coloured the tree with distress oxides and a tiny blender brush, filling in any smaller branch space with a matching colour of Copic marker.

Then I added some super cute kitties from the Smitten Kittens stamp set, which I coloured with Copics. I inlayed the heart back into the centre of the tree, coloured with Copics and finished with Glossy Accents. Then I stamped and trimmed down the sentiment to add with liquid glue.

Best of luck and remember to check out the DT’s Instagram pages for more chances to win!