Jubilee celebration card

I couldn’t let the Platinum Jubilee pass by without making a card to celebrate!

It was the perfect opportunity to finally use my Oh Crumbs stamp set by Heffy Doodle! I stamped and coloured the images from the set with Copic markers, then cut them out with my Brother Scan N Cut.

I used the Let’s Polka stencil also from Heffy Doodle to add some Broken China distress oxide to the centre of the card.

I found some Union Jack patterned card in my stash and trimmed it down to cover the bottom third of the card, then arranged my Corgis and their afternoon tea on the top. I stuck them down with foam tape for some dimension.

Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment onto black card, trimmed it down and added it to the card with foam tape.

Have a lovely jubilee weekend if you’re celebrating, and see you soon!

E-I-E-I ‘ello!

Hey crafty friends, I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Today, I’m sharing another interactive card, this time using the new Platform Pop-Up dies from Lawn Fawn. I absolutely love how you can easily create a scene with these dies.

I won’t try to describe the process of putting the card base together as Lawn Fawn have a great video tutorial on this!

I stamped and coloured all of the images from the Clearly Besotted E-I-E-I ‘ello stamp set, and coloured them with Copic markers. I then cut them out with my Brother Scan N Cut, and decided which of the images I wanted to use. Once I’d played around with the layout and was happy, I glued everything down to the three rows that protrude from the base, using liquid glue. I also glued my barn image to the very back of the card base.

I cut a length of brown gingham patterned paper from my stash, so that it would wrap around the base. I made it around 3/4″ tall. I attached it with tape runner, and then on the front of the card I die cut the stitched rectangle which comes with the Lawn Fawn dies, and stamped on the sentiment from the EIEO set.

It really was that simple to make, and I’ll definitely be making more of these. This one is destined for my two year old little girl who loves everything farm and tractor related!

I also love how the cards fold flat into a standard A2 sized envelope to go in the post!

Hope you all have a wonderful, crafty week!

You’re tutu cute

Today I’m sharing an interactive “magic colouring” card using a technique inspired by the one and only Jennifer McGuire!

I’ve set out step by step instructions on how I made my card, below:

1. Cut 2 pieces of white card 4×4″ and one piece of acetate also 4×4″.

2. Using Heffy Doodle’s Let’s Polka stencil, ink blend one piece of cardstock using Worn Lipstick distress oxide.

3. Die cut a circle around the same size as the main, circular image from the Clearly Besotted Twinkle Toes stamp set, in the centre of the stencilled card.

4. Place the card in the MISTI or other stamping tool, and line up the main image from the CB set in the centre of the die cut circle. Pick the stamp up with the MISTI door. Replace the cardstock with the blank 4×4 piece and stamp the image in Copic friendly ink. Leave the stamp in the MISTI then replace the cardstock with the acetate. Stamp the image with embossing ink (masking off the line for the stage), then emboss using black embossing powder.

5. Stamp the sentiment in the centre of the acetate piece with embossing ink and heat emboss in black. Glue the acetate panel to the reverse of the stencilled panel.

6. Colour the image stamped on the white 4×4 piece.

7. Cut a number of strips of card, 1/4″ wide. Glue one to the bottom of the cardstock with the image on, and trim so it doesn’t overhand the edge. Glue 3 more on top of it. Do the same for each of the sides but not the top. Adhere the front panel right side up to the top of the little walls we’ve just made.

8. Cut a piece of pink cardstock around 3.5×3.5″, to slide into the gap between the two pieces of card. Die cut a pull tab using the Time for Tea Designs Memory Keeping Essentials dies, and stamp “pull” onto it (I used the Pull Tab Add On stamps by Heffy Doodle). Glue the tab onto the top of the pink cardstock.

9. Adhere the finished card panel onto a 4×4″ card base.

The image on the acetate and the image underneath will line up exactly, and when you slide the coloured card upwards, it will reveal the colour underneath! Magic!

Such a fun technique – have you tried it? I think I’ll definitely be making more of these in future!

Hello!

Hey, how are you? I’m back after a couple of weeks away to share this beautifully retro card using supplies from the new Time for Tea Designs release!

I started out by making my background – I lined up several of the greetings from the Hey There Critters stamp set on my MISTI and then stamped them with a soft grey ink (Dove by Concord and 9th) on to some white cardstock. I shifted the cardstock up and across (by 1/2 inch each way, I think), and stamped again. I continued shifting the cardstock up and to the left or right until I’d filled the whole background, then just filled in any gaps at the side using a single greeting on an acrylic block. I then mounted my background onto some grey card which was about 1/4 inch bigger on each side, then added the whole panel to an A6 card base.

Next, I die cut the various pieces from the Retro Phone Builder set, using a pale pink for the phone and its buttons, and cream for the dial. I assembled them with liquid glue and added the phone to the card using foam tape.

Finally I die cut the “hello” sentiment (from the Hey, Hello, Hi dies) from grey card, and the shadow from vellum, and added this below my phone.

I love how this card turned out so much!! I think the colours really add to the retro vibe!

Don’t forget to use my discount code for 10% off at Time for Tea Designs – T4TJAYNE10

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!