Tulip bookmark

Do any of you guys follow Mona Toth on Instagram? She’s so inspirational and a few months back she made a see through shaker bookmark and I instantly fell in love with the idea (hardly surprising given that shakers and bookmarks are two of my favourite things πŸ˜‚).

I used the new tulips add-on slimline die from T4TD, cut four pieces of lilac card to the exact size of the die, then ran each one through my die cutting machine so I knew they’d line up perfectly.

I then cut two pieces of acetate to be fractionally smaller than the bookmark. I used liquid glue to adhere them to the back of two of the bookmark pieces. I then glued another bookmark piece over the top of each one, sandwiching the acetate in.

I then added my shaker filling (a gorgeous mix from Lucy’s Cards that feels like spring to me!) into the tulip windows in one of the two bookmark pieces, and glued the other on top. There’s not much room for shaking, but it needed to be thin enough to be a bookmark, too!

I finished by punching a hole in the top and threading a piece of ribbon through. All done! Shaker bookmark 😊

Hey friend

I absolutely love the jammy dodger stamp included in the Teariffic set from Time for Tea Designs, so today I’m sharing another card project I made with it!

I started by stamping the image with Versamark ink onto a rainbow of different cardstock. I heat embossed in white, and then fussy cut around each one (there is a co-ordinating die, but I didn’t have it at the time!).

Next, I chose some distress oxides in co-ordinating colours to the jammy dodgers, and ink blended around the edges.

I then adhered my dodgers to a panel of white cardstock, using foam tape so they’re nicely popped up. I trimmed down the white panel to leave a small border on all sides, then adhered this to a neutral coloured card base (I think this one is Lawn Fawn!).

Finally, I added one of the pre-made sentiments from TFTD to the centre.

I hope you like it. I do love the rainbow colours on a neutral background!

Space shaker card

Hey everyone, hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend! Friday was a sad day for us work-wise as we lost one of our amazing team members, who left to pursue another opportunity. However, I’m so pleased for her and she’ll totally smash her new role!

I had a galaxy background leftover from last week (see my previous post) and I thought it would make a perfect “new job” card when paired with Heffy Doodle’s Spaced Out stamp set. I love coming up with different ideas for using the same supplies, to really get my money’s worth!

I decided to make a whole card shaker, so I trimmed my background down to A2 size, then cut a piece of acetate so it was about 1/4 inch wider on each side. I scored the edges and folded it round the background on 3 sides, adhering it with tape runner. I then added these amazing star shaker fillings from Lucy’s Cards and sealed up the last side.

I stamped, copic coloured and fussy cut the space images and adhered them in place with liquid glue. Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on to black card stock, and added this to the centre. I attached the finished panel to an A2 card with more tape runner.

Shakey, shakey, shakey!

Have you tried a whole card shaker before? I absolutely love them!

Zooming by to say…

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. This weekend, I had my first attempt at making a galaxy background, and it was so much fun. I love how something that looks like a complete mess when it’s in progress can actually turn out to look so cool.

To make the galaxy background, I applied patches of various distress oxide inks to some Neenah Classic Crest 80lb cardstock (for this one, I used mermaid lagoon, wilted violet and picked raspberry), then blended around the colourful spots with chipped sapphire. I then blended some black soot around the edges, and lightly over the rest of the card. Once the oxides were dry, I added some spatters of white paint over the top for the stars.

To make it into a card, I stamped out the images from Heffy Doodle’s Spaced Out stamp set (I’ve been wanting a space themed stamp set for ages!) and coloured them with a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. I actually much prefer the Copics, but will be building up my collection slowly, as it’s such a huge investment!

I fussy cut the images, decided on the layout and before I stuck them down, I added a sentiment with white heat embossing. I then added my images around it using foam tape, and added the finished panel to a 5×7 card base (again, with foam tape, because…. dimension :)).

I hope you like it – I have to say, it’s probably one of my favourite cards I’ve made!

Lucky Duck

I love playing with new techniques, do you? For this card, I wanted to create a reflection in the duck pond, so I decided to give mirror stamping a go. I followed a tutorial by the amazing Jennifer McGuire, of course!

To do this technique, you’ll need a stamp with a large solid surface area. A Misti or stamping tool is also really helpful. Place the large solid stamp on the Misti door, then place a piece of acetate or plastic down into the Misti with your duck stamp on top of it. You’ll want to remove the Misti mouse mat for this. Ink up your duck stamp and close the Misti door, so the duck and the solid stamps “kiss”. You’ll be left with an image of the duck on the solid stamp. I repeated this 2 or 3 times to get a good amount of ink on.

Remove the acetate from the Misti, replace the mouse mat and add your card stock. When you close the Misti door, you’ll be left with a mirror image of your duck on the card stock! Remove your large solid stamp, then stamp your original duck above the “reflection”.

I masked off the duck at the top and stamped the flowers and reeds behind him. I then used Copics to colour the image and create a pond around the duck.

To finish, I die cut a circle in the front of an A2 card, then using a slightly larger circle, die cut the scene and placed it inside the card. I added some extra reeds to the front, and a sentiment from the stamp set which I heat embossed in white on to black card. I also added a co-ordinating sentiment on the inside.

Hope that tutorial was helpful and you give mirror stamping a go!

As always, you can use my discount code TFTJAYNE10 to get 10% off your purchase at the TFTD store ☺️

Masculine happy birthday card

Do you enjoy making cards for men? I have to admit, I have to specifically address my mind to it, as most of my cards probably lend themselves to female recipients!

This month is my Dad’s birthday, so I searched my stash and came up with this amazing Hugs Enclosed background stamp from Honey Bee Stamps, which I’ve been waiting to use anyway!

I used my new Copics (yey!) to colour the hearts in blue (B32 and B34), then used Warm Greys to add shadow behind each envelope (yes, really πŸ˜‚).

I then stamped some of the little envelopes with Versamark on to a similar blue cardstock, and heat embossed in white before cutting them out with the co-ordinating dies.

I then die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment from Sizzix in white, with the shadow in black. I attached the sentiment and envelopes to the background with foam tape.

I trimmed the panel down to about 4×6″, then mounted it onto some black cardstock using foam tape. The finished panel was then added to a white card base, trimmed to size.

Finally, I finished the blue hearts with some Glossy Accents for a bit of shine.

I quite like how this turned out and will definitely be using this stamp a lot! What is your favourite technique for masculine cards?

Rainbow Jammy Dodgers!

Yes, you read that right… as soon as I got my new Teariffic Pals stamp set from Time for Tea Designs, I knew I wanted to make a jammy dodger wreath… In rainbow colours!

I used Gina K’s original wreath builder to help me stamp the images with even spacing. I started with the jammy dodgers, then the teabags, and then added the sugar cubes with the little faces! Finally, I stamped the sentiment in the centre.

I used alcohol marker friendly ink for my stamping so I could colour the images with my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers.

The finished card panel was 4.5 x 4.5 inches, so I made a square card base measuring 5×5 inches out of Concord & 9th cardstock, and mounted the panel onto it with foam tape.

Finally, I added some glossy Accents to the centres of the dodgers to give them that lovely jammy shine!

I think this card is perfect for anyone you’re missing right now. I might make several to send to my family and friends!

Tree of Life shaker card

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last blog post, as I’ve been so busy with work and childcare I’ve barely found time to craft, let alone blog!

However, the new release from Time for Tea Designs is out today so I can finally start showing off some of the cards I’ve been making with the new goodies!

I absolutely love how this card turned out, and it was so simple to make. I started by die cutting the Tree of Life cover plate die from Neenah Solar white Classic Crest 110lb card. Next, I chose the sequins I wanted – I was looking for something with a spring vibe and this Lullaby sequin mix from Little Things by Lucy was exactly what I was after.

I chose the colours for my ink blended panel to match the sequins – spun sugar, tattered rose, twisted citron and bundled sage. I ink blended in that order, top to bottom.

Next, I adhered some acetate to the back of the tree die-cut, folded some foam tape in half lengthways to make it really thin, and stuck this around the edges of the panel. I used some anti static powder on the acetate and filled the panel with the sequin mix.

I placed the ink blended panel down on top of the shaker panel to seal in the sequins, then used liquid glue to attach the whole thing to an A6 card base. Last but not least, I used foam tape to attach the sentiment strip to the tree trunk (sentiments are pre-made ones from TFTD’s new release and are such a time saver!!).

Thanks for joining me again! See you all soon.

Oh, also, I have a discount code that will get you 10% off your order at Time for Tea Designs – it’s TFTJAYNE10 πŸ™‚ Happy shopping!

A mice day to celebrate

Guys, my baby nephew just turned 13. 13!! I can’t believe it. But, it did give me an opportunity to use the new Mice Day to Celebrate stamp set from My Favorite Things, which I’ve been dying to do!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a sucker for a shaker card πŸ™‚ I wanted to use more masculine colours, so I ink blended my background using Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon distress oxides.

Next up, I stamped the little mice, stool, cupcake and bunting images using alcohol marker friendly ink and coloured them using Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend markers in blue-green shades to complement the background. I attended an online colouring class by Time for Tea Designs recently and I used my newly acquired techniques here – I really like how the images turned out! Finally, I fussy cut the coloured images.

To make the shaker, I die cut a circle from my card panel, glued some acetate to the reverse, then added foam tape all around the window. I filled it with confetti and gold stars, then sealed them in by placing my ink blended panel down over the foam tape.

I arranged my little scene over the top of the shaker window, stuck the characters down with foam tape, and stamped my sentiment below. I then added my finished panel to a white card base, and this little guy was all done!

Hope you’re all staying well and crafty!

Hoppy Easter

I can’t get enough of these adorable little bunnies from Mama Elephant! Today I’m sharing some mini slimline cards that I made with this set and the Landscape Edge dies from Time for Tea Designs.

I started out by stamping all my bunnies and their Easter eggs in Gina K’s obsidian black amalagm ink, which is alcohol marker friendly, then coloured them using Spectrum Noir markers. I used the co-ordinating dies to cut the images out and set them aside.

Next, I set about making my scene. I cut a background panel in blue cardstock, measuring 2 3/4 x 6″ (so it’d have a 1/8″ border when mounted on a mini slimline card, which measures 3 1/4 x 6 1/4″). I then used the T4TD dies to cut out the clouds, grass and hills in different coloured cardstock. Handily, the size of these dies were a perfect for my panel!

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I used a little Speckled Egg distress oxide to ink blend the edge of the clouds for a little more texture. I adhered the clouds to the top of the panel with foam tape, I used liquid glue for the hills, and then more foam tape for the grass (you’ll see why later).

To make the greeting, I cut the word “EASTER” from different pastel shaded cardstock, using Honey Bee Stamp’s Bee Narrow uppercase alphabet dies. I then cut the letters out of some fun foam, and adhered the coloured letters to the top of the foam with liquid glue, to give them some fun dimension without having to fiddle about with several layers of card on such delicate letters!

I tucked the letters into the grass (which is why I added the dimension to it earlier) and stamped the word “happy” above them, from the same Eggstatic stamp set – I did have to perform a little stamp surgery and cut in half the “happy easter” sentiment, though!

Finally, I added my little characters around the word Easter using liquid glue, and mounted the finished panel on to a lovely Easter-y pale yellow cardbase. Don’t you just love the little scene, with the bunnies painting their eggs and going on an egg hunt?!

Have you tried the new mini slimline size yet? I’m not sure I’ll be a convert, but these did turn out pretty cute!