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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!

Tallie

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

Best Fishes and Warm Kisses Heffy Doodle Blog Hop

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HeffyDoodle Blog Hop

I’m really excited to join in the Heffy Doodle second release blog hop and showcase some of Lesley Oman’s amazing new stamps! She has gathered some wonderful crafters so continue to the end of the post for instructions to be in for a chance to win some fantastic Heffy Doodle goodies!

 

My Card

My card uses the Warm Hugs stamp set and coordinating dies. This is definitely my favourite set from this release!

Eskimo Kisses (HeffyDoodle Bloghop)

I started out with an A6 top-folding white card base, blending on some Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks. I then cut three additional layers using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Border Dies and Stitched Hillside Border Dies, inking just the very edges with the Salty Ocean Distress Oxide to match the background. I layered these over the inked background and added some white gel pen dots to the sky to give the look of falling snow.

Eskimo Kisses (HeffyDoodle Bloghop)

I then stamped out the cute little fisherman, his fishing rod, the bucket and two fish from the set, colouring them in with my Copic markers in shades that coordinated with the background. At the same time I also stamped out the little hole in the ice, coloured and covered in with some Glossy Accents to give that watery effect. I cut out the coloured images with the coordinating dies, foam mounting them and arranging them on the background. For the fishing rod, I used a piece of white cotton to attach the little fish as his catch!

Eskimo Kisses (HeffyDoodle Bloghop)

I used the Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners to cut out a banner in black cardstock so I could white heat emboss three of the sentiments. I foam mounted this at the top of the card

Finishing touches of some clear Wink of Stella, sparkling clear sequins and white gel pen make this a cute little winter card!

 

Heffy Doodle Blog Hop

A random winner will be selected for a $25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store.
Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 11/7/2017. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle blog.

Don’t forget to hop along and leave comments at each of the stops.
Hop along to the next stop, Lesley Oman!

Heffy Doodle Blog
Heather Hoffman
Olga Moss
Cassie Tezak
Jessica McAfee
Kelly Martin
Maria Rudolph
Dennice Watts
Laura Sterckx
Tallie (you are here)
Lesley Oman
Lydia Evans
Sandy Allnock

 

HeffyDoodle Blog Hop

 

Jungle Gym with MFT

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Jungle Gum with MFT

Happy Wednesday! It’s the first day of November and I am on the Seven Hills Crafts blog today with a colourful critters card that can be used for a variety of occasions. I’ve had the MFT Jungle Gym set for a while and I challenged myself to combine it with a Christmas stamp. It didn’t quite turn out the way I planned, but then the best cards never do!

Jungle Gum with MFT

I started out by stamping the cute swinging monkey/tiger and bird from the MFT Jungle Gym set onto some Copic friendly 210gsm ClareFontane DCP paper with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink. I then coloured them in with my Copic markers using at least three shade for each colour to get some depth. I tried to stick to the brighter, warmer colours as I knew the background would be cooler blues. I cut these out with the coordinating dies, added a few accents with a white gel pen and a layer of clear Wink of Stella. I mounted these with some foam tape and set aside to work on the background.

To make the background, I blended some Faded Jeans, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink onto some smooth white cardstock. I then spritzed some water onto the ink and dried with a paper towel to give that wonderful chalky finish. I trimmed it down so it was just smaller than the A6 side-folding cardbase and adhered it at a jaunty angle. I felt it needed a little more something so I used a white gel pen to draw on faux stitching around the outside.

Jungle Gum with MFT

For the sentiment, I used the ‘for you’ from the MFT Hand Lettered Christmas set. I stamped it out with some black ink and fussy cut around the sentiment. To make it look a little more dimensional, I used my white gel pen to add some highlights on the left and top sides of each letter. I then also mounted this with foam tape and adhered to the background in line with the tiger’s feet. A few crystal clear sequins sweeping through the bottom right to top left of the card helps to give the impression of movement for the swing.

This makes a nice little all-occasions card I can add to my stash!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.

 

  

 

 

Amazing Yeti Hugs with Mama Elephant and Altenew

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Amazing Yeti Hugs (Mama Elephant)

Hello and happy Wednesday! I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts blog again today with a big yeti hug!

Today I challenged myself to use a Christmas/Winter themed stamp for a non-Christmas themed card. I love the cute yeti from the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti stamp set and the one with his hands spread wide makes me think he’s wanting to give you a hug!

I started out with a piece of rasberry cardstock that was slightly smaller than my white A6 cardbase. Using a sentiment from the Altenew Amazing You set to stamp, I stamped it in a repeating pattern across the panel with some Versamark ink. I then heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder and adhered the panel to the cardbase.

For the secondary panel, I blended on some Distress Oxide inks onto some white cardstock and dropped some clean water onto it to give it that distressed look. Once dry, I cut it out with the smaller rectangle of the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches dies so that I would still see the background pattern when adhered.

Amazing Yeti Hugs (Mama Elephant)

I stamped out the yeti from the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti stamp set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and coloured him in with my alcohol markers. I then cut him out with the coordinating dies and adhered him to the smaller panel, then adhered both to the card base.

For the main sentiment, I white heat embossed two from the Altenew Amazing You set on some black cardstock. I cut this out and adhered this just under the yeti’s feet to ground him.

A final touch of clear Wink of Stella, a couple of sequins and I have a thank you card full of yeti hugs!

Thanks for reading, catch you next week.

Tallie

Crazy Croc Christmas with HeffyDoodle

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Crazy Christmas Crocs (Heffy Doodles)

I think you all know by now that my favourite set in the HeffyDoodle first release are the crazy crocs – I could make cards with these guys all day long. I made an extra background when I made the last card so I thought the green crocs would look fantastic.

I watercoloured the background with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi paints in exactly the same way as I did for the Beary Merry Christmas card, only I left out the darker shade of purple. I then die cut this with an Avery Elle Wonky Stitches rectangle die and adhered to a white top folding A6 cardbase.

The croc is from the Happy Snappy Crocs set and I stamped the craziest pose and wine bottle with some Copic friendly MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on some ClareFontaine 210gsm DCP Paper. I chose some YG Copics to contrast with the warmer background and coloured him in. I’ve had the Santa hat lying around on my desk for a week or so (I think it’s from the MFT Beast Friends set) and it was a perfect size for the crazy croc.

Crazy Christmas Crocs (Heffy Doodles)

I gold heat embossed the sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Beary Merry set on some white cardstock and found I needed some more gold to balance it all out. I don’t actually have any gold metallic cardstock (something I will definitely have to resolve for the festive season!) so I made a strip with the watercolour paints and layered the sentiment over the top. I then adhered the croc and his festive accessories on top and just had to add these crazy googly eyes to make him a little more crazy!

Some Wink of Stella and a few white gel pen touches and this card will be one I send to a crazy friend! 🙂

Stand by for more projects featuring these guys!

Beary Merry Christmas with Neat & Tangled

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Beary Merry Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

Hello and happy Wednesday! I’m going all Christmassy again this week on the Seven Hills Crafts blog with this cute little bear from the Beary Merry Neat & Tangled stamp set. I bought this set last year and didn’t get much of a chance to use it so I’m glad this came together today.

I started out with a piece of watercolour cardstock and used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to create a bright and vibrant background. I used a few different layers to build up the colour, drying between each layer and then splattered on a mixture of clean water and white paint to give a snowy effect. I love these watercolours because of their vibrancy.

Whilst I let that dry, I stamped out the bear, penguin, gingerbread man and candy cane with my MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, coloured in with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Beary Merry Christmas (Neat & Tangled)

Next, I gold heat embossed one of the sentiments from the stamp set on some black cardstock and adhered it to my background panel. As I was adhering the die cuts I noticed the white border around the die cut pieces was a little too harsh in comparison to the background so I took out a gold marker and coloured in the white edges. This matched the sentiment and balanced out the amount of gold on the card.

A little Wink of Stella clear glitter over the die cuts and that finishes off a cute, bright and colourful Christmas card!

 

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Mermazing Porthole with MFT

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Mermazing (MFT)

Hello and happy Wednesday! I’m on the Seven Hills Craft Blog again this week with a colourful mermaid window card. It’s been a long couple of weeks at work and I needed some colouring therapy, so this background from MFT gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down and escape for a while.

I started by stamping the sitting mermaid from the MFT Mermazing stamp set with some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink, creating a mask for her so I could stamp the rock underneath. I also masked the rock so I could stamp the MFT Wavy Coloring Book Background. I then spent a happy half an hour colouring it all in with my Copic markers (Mermaid: Rs, YGs, Es, Vs, Ys, WGs; Background: BGs, Bs). I had fun colouring this one, exploring depth of colour and shadows in all the nooks and crannies of the background. It was a great opportunity to practice! It was almost a shame to cut it down to A6 size so it would fit on a card base.

Mermazing (MFT)

To make the card base, I took a top folding A6 card base and adhered my coloured panel to the inside. I then used the second largest die from the MFT Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Dienamics to cut a window from the front of the card, making made sure to align this with the mermaid so she would be seen through the window. I adhered some acetate to the back of the front panel so I had a little window card looking through to an undersea grotto.

I cut out a few more circles of varying sizes and inked them up with colours that coordinated with my coloured background. I arranged them on the front panel so they looked a little like bubbles and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Critters in the Sea set.

 

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Thankful Honey Bear with WPlus9

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Honey Bears (WPlus9)

Morning, crafty friends. Autumn has definitely arrived in the form of foggy mornings and chill winds here in the UK this last week. Blink once and it will be Halloween. Blink a few more times and it will be Christmas already. I don’t know whether I should panic or start planning my gifts! Can you believe today’s post marks a full month since I joined the Seven Hills Crafts Design Team? I can’t, but I’m having a blast!

I’m really liking the clean and simple (CAS) look recently and when I needed a thank you card for a friend I challenged myself to maximise the white space. Plus, I’ve been waiting to use these cute little WPlus9 bears for a while now.

I started out with a side folding white A6 card base and used the MFT Square Peek-A-Boo Window Dienamic to die cut a window in the front of the card. With the square that was left over, I blended on some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and spritzed with some Shimmer Spray to get a sparkly sheen.

With the panel prepared and the background set to dry, I stamped out the bears and two branches from the WPlus9 Forest Friends and Curious Forest Friends sets in some Copic friendly MFT Licorice Black Hybrid Ink. I used two different tones of browns – the E50s and E40s – to differentiate between the warm bears and the branches of the trees, some greens for the leaves and some YRs for the honey. This was something I learnt from Sandy Allnock – the warmer colours automatically move to the foreground whilst the cooler colours fade to the back. I fussy cut them all out and went around the edges with a black marker to cover any cutting imperfections.

Honey Bears (WPlus9)

I wanted to give the impression of a window in the front of the card so I adhered the blue background square to the back inside panel inline with the die cut window in the front panel and put the bear holding the honey in the bottom left corner. Arranging the branches so they stretched out across the open window and met in the middle, I then adhered the cute little bear reaching down for his share of the honey.

A few touches with a black gel pen to the bear eyes and noses, a layer of clear Wink of Stella and a crisp black sentiment from the set finishes off the card nicely.

Thanks for reading, happy autumn!

Coffee, Donuts and Pretzels with Hero Arts

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Coffee and Donuts (Hero Arts)

Autumn always brings the coffee themed cards. I struggle with masculine cards but these stamps and colours came together to create the perfect birthday for my coffee/donut/pretzel-loving friend!

I started out with repeatedly stamping the coffee cup, donut and pretzel from the Hero Arts City Adventure set with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink on some white card until the background was covered. I then coloured in the images with my alcohol markers, keeping to warmer grey and brown tones. A little Nuvo Crystal Glaze for the icing on the donut and the background was finished. I mounted it on an A6 top folding kraft card base to bring out the brown tones of the stamps.

Coffee and Donuts (Hero Arts)

I needed a simple greeting and the Happy Birthday speech bubble from the Lawn Fawn Chit Chat setfit the bill. I stamped it in two tones of brown ink and clear heat embossed it to match the donut icing. I die cut with the coordinating dies and foam mounted it on the background.

I’ll have to try this again with some of my other stamp sets!

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