Thursday, 18 January 2018

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Bloomin' Love

Hello and welcome to the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. I'm so excited to be taking part in this blog hop with so many talented fellow stampers from around the world. The theme for this hop is Love and have combined the classic Bloomin' Love set with the new Magical Day bundle from the Occasions catalogue, they make such a fun and quirky love theme. 

I just love all the images in the Magical Day bundle and have framed each one in their own scene within the hearts window using the Sweet & Sassy framelits. There is such a variety of techniques used to inlaid die cutting, ink blending, white heat embossing and embossing using embossing folders to bring out each character/s in their scene. The die cut love sentiment is from Sunshine Wishes dies and used on each card to tie them all altogether. I have die cut three pieces for each one to give it that thickness like a chipboard and makes it stand out so much better.

Here is a unique and cute Valentine's card with the dragon among the gorgeous blooms from the Bloomin' love set. Pinewood Plank dynamic embossing folder used on the front panel to give extra texture. 

Love this wizard and he's conjuring a love spell lol, it's a retired chipboard embellishment, but any heart shape embellishment or die cut would look awesome. The Sweet & Sassy framelits have been utilised to nest within each other for a puzzle piece like inlaid die cut effect. 

The mermaid and sea horse are just adorable and love the waves from Magical Mates framelit dies to create a pocket insert with the waves border. Ink blending and copic colouring have been applied for the background and die cut love sentiment.

The fabulous unicorn has been set against an elegant dazzling diamonds glimmer paper die cut floral background using the lovely Bloomin' Hearts thinlits. Copic colouring used for both the unicord and the love die cut sentiment.

The final card has the dragon and the knight celebrating love. This was a fun card to make with the hearts die cut window frames and the multiple die cut love sentiment. Ink blending used on Shimmery cardstock with distress inks to get that water distress effect. Copic colouring used on the images as well as on the wooden chipboard heart embellishment that the dragon is holding. 

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. All these sets work so well together, adding so much more creativity and use out of them. Thank you to Jessie for organising this wonderful hop. Please be sure to continue to hop around and see all  the amazing creations featuring the love theme.
Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting!

Supplies used can be purchased through Jessie Holton:
Bloomin' Love set  
Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits Dies
Magical Day Bundle
Sweet & Sassy Framelits
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
Large Number Framelits Dies (banner)
Softly Falling Texture TIEF
Sparkle Textured TIEF
Seaside Textured TIEF
Pinewood Plank Dynamic TIEF

Monday, 15 January 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 20 - Fun With Food! So Smooth

Hello and welcome. Today's card has been inspired and entered in Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #20 - Fun with food! It was a great way to use these awesome newly acquired stamps sets that feature all healthy and wholesome plant based food. Vegan and plant based of course - it's delicious and not malicious to your health, animals and the planet. 

Yay! My card was featured on the Fun With Food Challenge #20. Thanks Lawn Fawn. :) 

The stamp sets I have used are, So Smooth, Thanks a Bushel, Make Lemonade, Happy Summer, Aloha. The dies used are Palm Trees and the new You're Sweet line border. I have also used the Large stitched rectangle die on the front panel card base.

These sets are so much fun to colour in and put together, all colourful and makes a stunning display overall. I was pleasantly surprised and fell in love with the So Smooth set as it contained a Vegan option incorporating Almond Milk - props to the designer for making this set. It's so refreshing and promising to see this, especially in stamp sets. All the images have been coloured in with copic markers and first stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Copic Xpress it blend cardstock.

The fruits inside the blender has been achieved by making a mask of the bananas and strawberries on a post it note and hand cutting them out to use as masks over the stamped image to gradually build up the layout. It's such a great technique to use to make your own custom scenes with any stamped images. I have added glossy accents over the top to emulate the glass effect when dried, hard  to see on the photos but it adds so much interest to the image in person.

I have used my electronic cutter machine to cut out the images and is so helpful especially with so many images and saves time as colouring can take some time too.

The images have been popped up with foam dimensionals to make them all stand out and add depth. The background has been ink blended with some water droplets on smooth Bristol card stock using Ranger distress inks, Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Dried Marigold, just love this colour combination as it goes so well with many scenes especially for a summer feel.

I have added in the palm leaves from Palm Trees dies to add to the summer feel and works well framing the die cut sentiment using the You're Sweet line border die. To add depth to the sentiment it has been die cut three times and adhered together. This makes it stand out better as it's raised up. The apostrophe is very fiddly so a tool pick or tweezer helps to position it on there. It's a great die with many possibilities and was even thinking of doing something with the negative die cut space. Perhaps for next time as it would be great for a shaker window. 

The sentiment underneath is from So Smooth stamp set, that has been white heat embossed using Ranger super fine detail white embossing powder.  It always works a treat and perfect for fine detailed sentiments. The sentiment is just perfect for the theme as well as the recipient of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed and found inspiration. The Lawn Fawnatics food challenge is a lot of fun to take part in, and good to see a few healthy options on there, it would be nice to think that most of the foods are the Vegan version hehe.

The list of supplies are listed below if you would like to make this card for yourself. Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting!

Supplies used:

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Papercraft Business Challenge #2 - Woodland Critter Huggers

Hello and welcome to our first Papercraft Business Challenge for 2018! The is the second challenge and the theme is Anything Goes with an option 'Something new' for an extra entry to win the prize! This can be a new product, a new technique, new baby etc. Anything that is new to you! Click here to join in the fun. 

For something new, I'm excited to share a couple of new product releases from Lawn Fawn and they are the 'Woodland Critter Huggers' and the coordinating 'Stitched Gift Card Pocket' Lawn cuts dies. They are so adorable and have created the examples on the packaging of the cute fox, deer and raccoon. Which ones are your favourite? 

I have created four cute and unique cards that also doubles as gift card holders, these three critters is just as an example on what can be created with these awesome new dies. The great thing with creating these cards, is that all the hard work is done for you hehe.  There is no stamping or colouring, it is all die cutting even the sentiments, so something new that I don't usually do in terms of cardmaking.  The only stamping would be a stamped sentiment inside though as an option but very minimal. The die cut sentiments on the card is using the 'Scripty Hello Lawn Cuts'  dies and the fun bold script just compliments the cute and happy critters.

Lawn Fawn has a guide sheet on how create and assemble each critter on their website that you can download for reference as well as a video tutorial. I have also attached them on here and you can click here to see the wonderful video tutorial. There are so many critters that you can create and is all up to your creativity and imagination as to what you can create with these amazing dies.

Here are the three amigos, they are standing up and converted onto a top folding card that measures: 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" in the same coordinating colour cardstock respectively.

Cardstock used are Stampin' Up! colours that I have on hand and they are; Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Powder Pink. 

The green patterned paper is Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Collection Rainbow 12x12 sheet called Sour Apple. I have used this on the card base as the background, the leaves on the die cut flowers and also as a decorative feature on a sample gift card. The actual name of the patterned paper has been used to make the most of all the lovely papers used.  

Here is the back of the cards showing the gift card holders and the Perfectly Plaid patterened paper that shows the name. It makes a great decorative gift card design. The gift card holder has been created using the coordinating 'Stitched Gift Card Pocket Lawn Cuts dies and is designed to perfectly fit behind the Woodland Critter Huggers. The hugs die cut sentiments is part of the Stitched Gift Card holder die.

Don't you just love the raccoon's eyes? Using googly eyes just adds instant fun and extra personality and brings out the character to the critter. You could totally personalise each critter and add even more creativity to them. I hope you've enjoyed these projects and found inspiration. These dies are just fabulous and will make a great addition to your crafty supplies. They are also perfect to making use of any left over cardstock or scraps you may have. I have the supplies listed below if you would like to make these for yourself. I hope you join in the fun challenge and look forward to seeing what you create. Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time - Happy Crafting! :) 

Supplies used: