Northern Lights (with added sparkle)

Welcome to the Time for Tea Designs x WOW Embossing blog hop! Full details at the end of this post 🙂

Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? I was lucky enough to catch them in Iceland a few years back and I couldn’t believe I was actually looking at it in person – one to tick off the bucket list!

When I got my new embossing glitters from WOW, the colours reminded me of the Northern Lights, so I thought I’d see if I could recreate it in a card! I picked the Winter Dreams Trio, which is a lovely festive mix that co-ordinates so well. And who doesn’t want a ton of glitter at this time of year?!

I used a small ink dauber to apply WOW’s ultra-slow drying embossing ink in swooshes across the page. First I added the Icicle Teal colour and heat set, then I went in with the Rose Cheeks, adding a small streak to the sky, and a few shooting up from the horizon. I finished off the sky by ink blending Aqua Sky, Peacock and Midnight inks from Concord and 9th, with my blender brushes.

Next, I made my own snow cardstock by covering a piece of white card in embossing ink, then sprinkling it with Powdered Snow embossing glitter and heat setting. I absolutely love the sparkly snow effect it created!

I used the Slimline Hillside Scene dies from T4T to create the hill shape, and adhered it to the sky background.

I then stamped and coloured the critters from the Life’s Ups and Downs stamp set, toasting their marshmallows over the campfire. I added them to the scene with foam tape (because…dimension!). To finish, I white embossed the sentiment onto black card, trimmed it down and added to the bottom of the scene.

This is the first time I’ve used any embossing glitter, and I do love the impact it creates. I suspect this trio will appear on many more of my Christmas cards this year!

To celebrate this fun collaboration both WOW! Embossing Powder and Time for Tea Designs will be giving away a gift voucher for their stores!
WOW! will be offering a £/$20 voucher for either their US or UK sites and Time For Tea Designs will be offering a £20 voucher to their store!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment on this blog post by 23/11/21!
For more chances to win, hop through to each designers’ post and leave comments there too!

We will choose the winners by 25/11/21 and they will be announced by both brands over on their blog & Instagram.

If you have fallen in love with any of the products from either brand, you’ll find money off vouchers throughout the hop for you to use whilst shopping!
For 10% off at Time for Tea, you can use code T4TJAYNE10.

The next stop in this hop is the wonderful Natasha, of handmadebytasha – https://
Be sure to head over and see what inspiration they have to share!
If you’d rather, you can head over to WOW! Embossing Powders Blog to start from the beginning of today’s hop!

Love you a Latte – Gift card tag

Happy Friday!! I am really feeling the shift into autumn now, and I think that inspired my latest creation – this little gift tag with a space to pop in a gift card for your recipient’s favourite coffee shop. I love the autumnal colours that went into this 🙂

It is NEW RELEASE time at Time for Tea Designs! And we want you to celebrate with us by joining our Blog hop and Instagram hop for a chance to win a giveaway

Make sure you hop along with us for lots of inspiration as well as a chance to win a £30 voucher to the Time for Tea shop! To participate, leave a comment on each of the DT members’ blogs. We are also doing an Instagram hop, so make sure you check that out too!

Here is the complete blog hop list, see you there!:

Annalisa Boccia

Jane Taylor

Jayne Vaughan

Lindsey Turner

Natalia Neila

Natalie Seddons

Silvia Galloni

A random draw will determine our winner* and will be announced right here on the T4TD Blog & IG stories on Friday, the 5th of November.

*one winner will be drawn from the blog and IG hop participants

Here’s how I made my project:

To start, I cut the tag shape from Kraft cardstock, using the tag die from the Large Die set which is part of Time for Tea Design’s new memory-keeping release (which is amazing by the way – check it out if you haven’t already!). I did some partial die-cutting to make sure the tag was long enough to accomodate a gift card – I left the end of the die poking out from my die cutting plates, so the die cutting machine wouldn’t cut that end. I then marked where I wanted to trim the tag down to and trimmed it with my paper cutter. Here’s what I mean:

Next, I die cut one of the square label dies from TFT (the 6th smallest) which was just larger than the width of the tag. I scored it along 3 sides, where the little flap starts:

Next, I ink blended a coffee stain (using the T4T Coffee Stains stencil) onto the pocket using Gathered Twigs distress oxide. I then stamped, coloured and die cut the little coffee cup from the Coffee Lover stamp & die set.

Next, I white heat embossed the “love you a latte” sentiment from the same set onto some black card, and adhered it, along with the coffee cup, over the coffee stain, using foam tape for dimension.

To create the pocket, I folded the flaps from the pocket around the back of the gift tag, and secured in place with liquid glue:

I finished the tag by adding some little red heart sequins, and popped my coffee gift card into the pocket!

Thanks for stopping by, as always, I’m delighted to have you here!

*Discount code* don’t forget you can get 10% off at the T4T store using my discount code – T4TJAYNE10 🙂

World card making day 2021

Did you know that it’s World Card Making Day today? To celebrate, I’m taking part in a hop over on Instagram with Time for Tea Designs, where the design team are each sharing a card made using their favourite technique!

It’ll come as no surprise if you’ve been following me for a while that my favourite technique is making shaker cards! As a bonus, this was a super simple card to make and took just over 30 mins!

I die cut a rectangle out of white card, just smaller than an A2 card. I then made an A2 top-folding white card base.

I used the Big Birthday Wishes die on the card front and stuck a piece of acetate behind it. I then chose some rainbow striped paper from the Brighter Days paper pad and stuck it to the card base, behind the die cut window.

Next, I placed some doubled-up foam tape around the die cut window and the edges of the card front. I filled the shaker window with clear sequins from Lucy’s Cards, then stuck the card front to the base.

Finally, I added some clay rainbow stars to the front of the card with liquid glue, and my card was done! Clean, simple and full of rainbow joy!

Happy World Card Making Day to you all, I hope you get a chance to do a bit of crafting today!

***Discount code*** T4TJAYNE10 will get you 10% off in the T4T store.

Pop up slider card

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me today, it’s been a while!

I thought I’d share with you a card I made recently for my daughter’s friend’s birthday. He loves dinosaurs, so I had to get them in somewhere!

To make this card, I die cut and assembled a slider mechanism using the Heffy Doodle double slider mini dies – there’s a great video on their website / YouTube showing you how to do this.

I then stamped out three of the present boxes from the Popping By stamp set (also from HD), coloured them, and stacked them in a pyramid. I cut a notch from the bottom of the presents where the pull tab was going to go, and a green pull tab semi-circle.

I placed my double slider mechanism behind the presents, using foam tape doubled up to adhere it in place. This gives the slider room to move freely. I did have to trim down the little panels on the mechanism so they wouldn’t be poking up above the first row of presents, but it was still sturdy enough! Then I glued the little green tab with the arrow into the notch at the bottom to make it clear what to do!

Next, I stamped out one of the dinosaurs from My Favorite Things’ A-roar-able Friends stamp set, and the lid of the present from the HD set. I coloured both with Copics, then glued the present lid to the top of the dinosaur’s head and glued him into place on the pop-up slider when it was fully extended. I made sure to test it out so that the present lid would sit right on top of the box when the mechanism was closed.

For my background, I used Concord and 9th die inks to ink blend a rainbow of colours through the Heffy Doodle balloon stencil. The colours I used were: Poppy, Marmalade, Buttercup, Sprout, Aqua Sky and Eggplant.

I then fixed my presents to the background with more doubled-up foam tape (making sure not to get any on the mechanism or it won’t pop up!) and finished off with a pre-printed sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamp that I trimmed right down.

I also added a sentiment from the MFT stamp set to the inside of the card to tie the whole thing together.

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon 😊

Snail Mail slimline slider

I’m so in love with the new release from Time for Tea Designs, especially the pull tab slider dies! Today I’m going to share how I made this cute interactive snail mail card, where the snail is delivering his letter!

There’s quite a lot going on in this card, so I’ll break it down into bullets:

  • Stamp and die cut (or fussy cut) your snail, envelope, mailbox, tulip and row of houses
  • Colour each the elements – I used Copics for everything but the houses, which I coloured with pencils
  • Using the slimline scene builder dies, die cut a hill from green card, the road from grey card (and again from white so you can inlay the road markings into the grey piece)
  • Glue the road and the hill onto blue card so you’ve got sky in the background
  • Take your pull tab slider set and cut out a track horizontally across your scene (any length you like), cut a notch on the side of your scene at the same height as the track, cut the long rectangle from some grey card to match the road (do this twice and stick the pieces together, so you have a nice sturdy slider), cut the pull tab piece with the arrow in from white cardstock, then cut the small rectangle and the “band-aid” shape from some scrap.
  • Score the band-aid shape along the creases and fold it round your long rectangle. With the little flaps that are left popping up, poke them through your track from the reverse side of your card, and flatten the little flaps down on the front side of your card. Position the slider so that the flaps are at the furthest point away from the pull tab, and glue your snail to the flaps.
  • Turn your card over again and line up the rectangle slider so it is in the centre of the notch. Glue the small rectangle, just in the centre, next to the notch. Wrap the small rectangle loosely around the long one, to stop it wiggling about. Glue the small rectangle at the top to secure.
  • Turn your card back over so it is right side up, trim any excess length off the long rectangle, and glue the pull tab in place so it sits snug in the middle of the notch.
  • You should now be able to slide your pull tab so your snail travels along the track!
  • Adhere your other elements to the front of the card.
  • I heat embossed the sentiment “sorry its late” from the snail mail set onto black card and added this to the front, too.
  • Die cut the largest postage stamp shape from the slimline postage dies set.
  • Using foam tape, adhere your scene to the postage stamp shape. You’ll need to use foam tape here to give the slider element room to move – tape runner or glue will squash it down too tightly, and it won’t be able to move.
  • Finally, add the whole scene to a slimline card base.

And that’s it, guys!! I know it’s a bit hard to follow with written instructions, but I’m hoping to do a video tutorial for the June T4TD Blog!

If you love this release as much as I do, make sure you use code T4TJAYNE10 to get yourself 10% off in the store.

Happy crafting!!

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 😂).

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 ☺️