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Bella’s Morning Glory

Copic Colouring, Handmade Cards, Seven Hills Crafts DT
Morning Glory (Stamping Bella)

Happy Wednesday crafters! I’ve been a little under the weather recently so felt it was time for some colouring therapy. Before I start, I just have to give a little shout out to Alyce from Kit and Clowder for helping me improve upon my first attempt. It’s not perfect, but definitely an improvement. Practice makes perfect!

Today’s card features three new things: 1) no line colouring; 2) an actual rubber stamp (other than a background); and 3) a cute little stamp from the brand Stamping Bella. It’s a new year and time to try new things and challenge yourself, right? Never one to do things by half!

I started out by stamping the Stamping Bella Morning Glory stamp onto some 210gsm Clare Fontaine DCP paper with some Copic-friendly MFT Grout Gray Hybrid Ink.  The lines on this stamp are so fine and the ink is so light I had to stamp it twice to enable me to see it. I then used my Copic markers to colour her in, finishing up with a couple of Prismacolor pencils in white, dark brown, grey and green to add fine detail and ground the image.

Copic Markers Used
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: YR24, YR26, E99, E15
Greens: G12, YG09, G17, G29
Blue: B12, B24, B26, B39
Background: BG000, Prismacolor Pencil in Silver

Morning Glory (Stamping Bella)

When finished, I cut the panel down, mounting it onto an A6 top folding white card base and a small strip of card coloured with two blue markers. I cut a sentiment strip from a scrap of green cardstock, snipped the end off into a banner and white heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT Essential Sentiments set. I foam mounted this and added some sequins, letting the colouring be the main focus of the card.

And just to prove that not all cards come out perfect every time, this is my first attempt before I sought advice from Alyce. I made a mistake in trying to use the sample image on the stamp packaging for guidance and ended up getting the light source completely wrong. I tell you, those Copic classes are worth every penny! I’m sure I’ll end up colouring her a couple more times to learn more about the lightsource and folds. 

Morning Glory (Stamping Bella)



Thank You Letters

Paper Crafts, Seven Hills Crafts DT
Thank You Letters (Lawn Fawn)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break. I didn’t get much crafting done whilst I stayed with family and friends so I’m getting back into the groove of crafting as normality slowly creeps back in. The Seven Hills Crafts blog took a break whilst Tara and Rick moved premises. They’re now back open and have a 10% sale going on until Friday so go grab a few bargains whilst they’re still in stock!

Seven Hills Crafts

The blog is now back open and I’m bringing you the first of my Wednesday DT inspirations for 2018. I’ve made a resolution to use more of those stamp sets I’ve not used as much as they deserve and this card featuring Lawn Fawn’s Love Letters stamps was perfect to send as a thank you for some festive pressies!

I started with an A2 piece of Copic friendly Clare Fontaine 210 gsm DCP paper and some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I made sure to stamp out the speech bubble that held the sentiment first to ensure it was placed exactly where I wanted it. I then used a variety of the remaining stamps so the card was completely covered, making sure that no two of the same images were next to each other.

Thank You Letters (Lawn Fawn)

I chose some of my favourite Copic markers to colour in the images:

Letters & Envelopes: W4, W2, W1, W00, R22, R32, R20
Ink Bottles & Pens: RV69, RV66, RV63
Birdies: YR24, YR21, Y21, Y00, YR07
Bubble: YR18, YR07, Y38, Y17
Shadows: C3, C00

I trimmed the panel down and mounted it on a top-folding A2 card base in Peacock. A little clear Wink of Stella and some Glossy Accents on the hearts made the finishing touches.

A perfect way to start the new year with some gratitude!



Love Letters (Lawn Fawn)

Kit & Clowder November Markers Class

Copic Colouring, Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
Kit and Clowder Nov 17 Markers Class (Hannah Lynn)

It’s been a while since I sat down and completed one of the Kit and Clowder Monthly Classes. Last month’s alcohol markers class featured one of my favourite digi artists, Hannah Lynn. It’s been a busy few months for me but I completed it, just in time for this month’s class to be released!

I had to substitute like crazy for just about every colour but the skin tones, but I got there in the end. I especially like the sparkly fabric effect on the Nutcracker’s jacket.

For anyone who is interested in colouring with alcohol markers or pencils, you should check out the Kit and Clowder Facebook group. It’s a great community resource and the owner, Alyce, is a fantastic and supportive font of knowledge! It’s free to join and they have all sorts of festive freebies on offer this month.

Cheeky Little Elf!

Handmade Cards, Seven Hills Crafts DT
Cheeky Little Elf (Avery Elle)

I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts blog again for my final DT post of the year. We’ve definitely seen the wintry weather here this week so I have one more Christmas card to share with you this year. My card today features this cheeky little elf from the Avery Elle Elf-Tacular set (which just so happens to be on sale now if you want to grab yourself a bargin)! If any of you still are in that last minute panic, this might be a good design to reproduce multiples of. It’s also a good design to give to a male relation, friend or colleague.

I started out with an A6 white card base and stamped the MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes Background using some Lawn Fawn Jalapeno ink. This is a wonderfully festive bright green and I love the texture when I stamp on my slightly rougher card stock.

Cheeky Little Elf (Avery Elle)

Setting aside to dry, I stamped out the cheeky little elf hiding in his present from the Elf-Tacular set in some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink so I could colour him in with my alcohol markers. I stuck to festive shades of green and red, with some light browns for the box. I then cut him out with the coordinating dies.

I chose one of the MFT Inside & Out Stitched Circles that centered the elf perfectly. and cut it out of some Chilli Pepper cardstock. I also trimmed down a thin strip of Black Licorice cardstock so I would have something to mount the circle to the background. A little bit of foam tape helped the little elf pop in the centre of the card.

Don’t you just wish you could find a cute little helper elf in one of your presents on Christmas Day?


Yeti Wishes

Handmade Cards, Seven Hills Crafts DT
Yeti Wishes

Hello, happy Wednesday! I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts blog again today with another yeti!

Today I have a Christmas card to share with you featuring this cute little yeti from the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti set. I’ve finally managed to finish and send all my cards for this year with the exception of a few extra special ones I will give to close family and friends. This card uses products from a few different companies, mainly because I had a bunch of die cuts and coloured pieces left over from previous projects and I never let them go to waste!

I started out with an A6 kraft card panel and stamped some of the small snowflakes from the MFT You Make My Heart Melt stamp set in Lawn Fawn Yeti ink, setting aside to dry.

I then stamped the yeti from Mama Elephant’s Me and My Yeti, coloured him in with my alcohol markers and die cut him with the coordinating dies. I had a coloured present left over from a previous project (it’s actually from the Neat & Tangled Berry Merry set) and it fit perfectly between the little yeti’s arms. I cut a stitched tag from a nice bright red cardstock, tied some twine through the top and foam mounted my yeti in the centre.

Yeti Wishes

For the large sentiment, I die cut the Lawn Fawn Scripty Wishes several times and adhered them on top of each other for some dimension. The smaller sentiment is from the MFT Snow Globe Sentiments set, which I gold heat embossed on a banner of black cardstock.

A touch of clear Wink of Stella gives the final finishing touch!

Thanks for reading.




Season’s Greetings with Winter Owl

Handmade Cards, Seven Hills Crafts DT
Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn)

Hello and happy Wednesday! I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts blog again today with some festive inspiration!

I promised myself this year that I would take out some of the older stamps in my stash so I could revive and get the most use out of them. I hate to think that some of the cutest stamps stay hidden away, never to see the front of a card again! This week I chose the Lawn Fawn Winter Owl

Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn)

I started out with an A6 card base of Bristol Smooth card, treating it with a powder tool before stamping the Lawn Fawn Winter Owl repeatedly in some Versamark Ink until the panel was covered. I then sprinkled on some gold embossing powder and heat set. I took out my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers in festive shades of green, red and brown, colouring in the owls and pulling out the colour with my water brush. I used two markers for each colour to give some depth to the colouring.

Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn)

For the greeting, I used a sentiment from the MFT Snow Globe Sentiments set, white heat embossing onto some kraft card stock and trimming the edge into a banner. I needed some matching card strips to mount the sentiment so I coloured some scraps with the red and green markers, adhering these to the panel beneath the foam mounted sentiment strip.

A bright and festive card that revived one of my older-but-never-forgotten sets! Check out this month’s DT inspiration post for the Monthly Challenge to see an alternative colour combination using metallics.

Thanks for reading!



Frosty Snowflakes

Handmade Cards, Seven Hills Crafts DT
Frosty Snowflakes

Hello everyone and a happy Wednesday to you! I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts blog again today and I am sharing some frosty snowflakes. Snowflakes are always a Christmas classic and I think this design would be easy to replicate if anyone still needs to create some last minute cards!

I started out with ink blending some blue tones onto a white A6 card base, splattering with some clean clear water to give that frosty effect.

Whilst I left the background panel to dry I die cut a stack of the MFT Let it Snowflake Too Dienamics and Lawn Fawn Scripty Merry Dies from some white card stock. I adhered several of the Merry die cuts together for dimension, covered with Versamark ink and heat embossed with some silver embossing powder. 

Frosty Snowflakes

I adhered the snowflakes to the back panel, scattering them across the card and trimming any overhanging crystals. I added a black banner across the centre of the card to make the silver die cut stand out. A white heat embossed sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages set on another smaller piece of black card, trimming one edge into a banner.

Thanks for reading!


You’re a Real Gem!

Handmade Cards, HeffyDoodle Design Team

Hello and happy Saturday! I’m excited to be guest designing over on the Heffy Doodle blog today. I actually had a chance to play with some of Lesley’s wonderful stamps last night and created a whole bunch of cards to add to my stash.

The card I am sharing with you features the fabulous Geology Rocks (HFD|SSS) stamp set. With a layer of Glossy Accents, these gems really do sparkle!

I started out by repeatedly stamping the largest diamond on some white card, rotating until the A6-sized panel was completely covered. Using four Blue-Green Copic markers, I coloured in the gems and added some shadows with some Cool Grey markers to make it look more dimensional. 

Using the same BG markers I scribbled on some more white card and die cut it with the Scripty Thanks die (SHC|SSS), stacking it four layers high with additional die cuts to add some dimension. I added some Wink of Stella sparkle followed by a layer of Glossy Accents to both the gems on the top half of the panel and the sentiment, then set them aside to dry.

I then die cut a stitched rectangle (SHC|SSS) out of white card, further cutting it down with a stitched hillside border (SHC|SSS) for a background for the sentiment and adhered it to the bottom of the gen panel. I white heat embossed the “YOU’RE A REAL GEM” sentiment from the Geology Rocks (HFD|SSS) stamp set onto a strip of black card and adhered this and the thanks die cut to the white panel section. I finished the card off by mounting on a teal base. The finished card has lots of dimension and sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by!


Bearful of Holiday Happiness

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Bearful Holiday Happiness (Neat & Tangled)

Hello crafters, I am back today with another Christmas card for you. I’m definitely making a dent in the stack of cards I need to send this year so I hope you’re not too sick just yet of my festive sharings!

My card today features two stamps that seem to be a favourite of my muse this year: Neat & Tangled Beary Merry and MFT’s Bold Diagonal Stripes Background. The background stamp is so versatile – stamp it in black for a backer for almost any card panel, or stamp it in red to replicate a candy cane! It was the latter that inspired me today. I started out with an A6 top-folding card base on which I stamped the striped background in some Lawn Fawn Lobster ink. I also cut a snowy hill out of some white cardstock with one of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies, adhering this to the bottom of the card base.

I stamped out the bear and the cute little Santa mug from the Neat & Tangled Beary Merry set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, colouring them in with my alcohol markers in some traditionally festive colours. One of my favourite things about this set is that the coordinating dies cut out the bear’s hands so you can adhere items like the mug to make it look like he’s holding on to it. After adhering the bear with some foam tape over the snowy hill, I added some trees I had leftover from a previous project using the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti set.

Bearful Holiday Happiness (Neat & Tangled)

The sentiments from this set are fabulous so I felt I had to make it a little more special. I gold heat embossed the ‘wishing you Holiday Happiness‘ sentiment from the set on some green card stock before poking a hole on either side and threading through some Lawn Fawn Lime Twine. I adhered this with some foam tape centered on the striped panel and tied off the twine on the inside.

A little Wink of Stella to give it some shine and I think this makes a bright and cheery Christmas card!

Thanks for reading. I’ll catch you next week with something a little less festive!


Scandinavian Print Christmas with Neat & Tangled

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Scandinavian Print Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I’m returning to the Christmas theme with this card that would be an easy one to replicate for multiples. 

I started out with a top-folding A6 cardbase, inking up the MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes Background stamp with some Lawn Fawn Lobster ink so that one side was completely covered. I hit it with a heat gun to ensure the ink was completely dry before using my Versamark Ink Pad to roughly coat the edges. I then heat embossed this with some gold embossing powder.

For the main panel, I stamped the largest solid simple tree from the Neat & Tangled Scandinavian Prints Christmas set using two shades of Lawn Fawn Ink: Noble Fir and Freshly Cut Grass. I hit it with a heat gun again to insure the ink was dry and gold heat embossed the coordinating horizontal lines stamp over the top. I also gold heat embossed a sentiment from the set under the tree and repeated the golden edges so the panel would match the background.

Scandinavian Print Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

I love the bright colours on this card and it’s definitely a design that you could mix and match with the other great sentiments from the set!


MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes