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Mermazing with MFT

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Window Under the Sea (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.

Window Under the Sea (MFT)

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.

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.

Window Under the Sea (MFT)

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tallie

 

Thankful Honey Bear with WPlus9

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Thankful Honey Bear (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.

Thankful Honey Bear (WPlus9)

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.

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.

Thankful Honey Bear (WPlus9)

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 Donuts Pretzels (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!

Coffee Donuts Pretzels (Hero Arts)

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 Donuts Pretzels (Hero Arts)

I needed a simple greeting and the Happy Birthday speech bubble from the Lawn Fawn Chit Chat set fit 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!

Check out my DT post over at Seven Hills Crafts Blog.

Birthday Parade with Winnie & Walter

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Birthday Parade (Winnie & Walter)

I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts Blog today keeping it simple with a one layer card featuring Winnie & Walter’s Party On stamp set. I’ve been getting back into practicing with my Copic markers so I really wanted the colouring to shine through on this one. Besides, who doesn’t deserve a birthday parade of musical animals on their special day?

I started out by stamping all four of the musical animals in the set onto an A6 side folding white card base using some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, stamping the two outer animals first and masking them off to give the impression that they are in front of the others. I then masked off the ground just above their feet and blended on some turquoise ink in a gradient, before reversing the mask and inking on some brown to ground the animals. To give that added bit of texture I flicked on some clean water and dabbed the drops off with some kitchen towel.

Birthday Parade (Winnie & Walter)

Once dry I removed the masks and coloured in the animal musicians with my alcohol markers. I kept to the same colour scheme of teals, browns, reds and warm grays and then added a layer of Clear Wink of Stella over the animals. To give some more movement to the card, I stamped out several of the musical notes included in the set in some teal ink. To finish off, I stamped the sentiment in black ink underneath the musical parade.

Birthday Parade (Winnie & Walter)

Cute little birthday parade! Which animal is your favourite? I love foxes and I used to play the flute so I’m picking little Mr Fox on the end there.

Merry and Bright with Winnie & Walter

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Merry and Bright (Winnie & Walter)

Each year, Christmas always comes upon me in a rush and I find myself dedicating one weekend sometime around November to pumping out at least fifty Christmas cards. This year I am determined to be more organised and so I am starting early! I’m on the Seven Hills Crafts Blog this week with this card featuring the Happy Owlidays set from Winnie & Walter. It’s a very simple design that can be replicated very easily. In fact, I made several at once and made a good start to my Christmas card supply!

Merry and Bright (Winnie & Walter)

I started with an A6 card base of Clare Fontane 300gsm DCP paper. I used my MISTI to stamp both the dove and the sentiment from the Happy Owlidays set in some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I used four different Copic markers in shades of cool grey and orange to colour in the dove before covering the whole bird in some Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I wanted a strong background without the hassle of keeping in the lines and the glazed area will resist any non-permanent ink. Once completely dry (I left overnight) I blended on some Salty Ocean Distress Ink, focusing it so that it is was brightest around the edges of the bird. After buffing off the ink trapped on the glaze, I added a trio of Crystal Clear Sequins.

Merry and Bright (Winnie & Walter)

Simple, elegant and very easy to reproduce!

Rainbow Birthday Hugs with HeffyDoodle

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Unbearable Birthday (Heffy Doodle)

The Unbearable Without You set is my second favourite set from the new HeffyDoodle release. Paired with a rainbow and some clouds, I think it makes a bright and colourful birthday card!

Unbearable Birthday (Heffy Doodle)

I stamped the adorable bear and the clouds onto some ClareFontane 210gsm DCP Paper using some Copic friendly MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I coloured them in using some E30/50 Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I used the Rainbow dies from Paper Smooches to cut out a rainbow and again used some Copics in rainbow shades to colour in the rainbow stripes.

Unbearable Birthday (Heffy Doodle)

On a top folding A6 card base I blended some Distress Oxide ink in Broken China in the top two thirds. I then adhered the die cuts over the background with some liquid glue, stamped a sentiment from the set and covered the pieces in some Wink of Stella.

Clean, simple, but sure to put a smile on any recipient’s face!

SHC Design Team: MFT Birthday Gnome

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Birthday Gnomes (MFT)

Some eagle eyed viewers may have noticed from my post on Wednesday that I have joined the Seven Hills Crafts design team. I’m excited to join Tara and the other fantastic DT members! My posts will be scheduled every Wednesday so keep a lookout. 🙂

This week my first post featured the MFT You Gnome Me and Spotlight Sentiments sets. I have had the Gnome set for a while, in fact purchasing it because I have some friends who love their gnomes with the intention that every Christmas, Birthday and Anniversary card will feature these little guys. I just love their little ears and faces!

Birthday Gnomes (MFT)

I stamped this little guy out using some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and coloured him in using my Copic markers. I wanted to avoid a Christmassy vibe so I chose some BG markers to partner the Rs. I then cut him out with the coordinating dies.

I needed a bold background for him to stand against so I chose the MFT Spotlight Sentiments set. I stamped it repeatedly on a white card panel in a gradient pattern using the Merman, Peacock, Tea Dye and Walnut inks from the Lawn Fawn GazeboCandy Store and Tea Party Ink Cubes. Once dry, I die cut it using the largest frame from the Wonky Stitches Elle-ments dies and adhered some teal ribbon from my stash to break up the border between the brown and teals.

Birthday Gnomes (MFT)

With a little bit of foam tape on the back of the little gnome I popped him up on the front panel, which I then adhered to an A2 side folding kraft card base. I felt like it needed a little something else so I stamped an additional sentiment from the MFT Things With Wings stamp set, coloured with the same red Copic markers and made into a banner. That and a few clear sequins finishes it off nicely, I think.

Look out every Wednesday for my DT posts!

Thanks for reading.

Tallie

      

  

Happy Snappy Birthday with Heffy Doodles

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Happy Snappy Crocs (Heffy Doodle)

Of all the sets in Heffy Doodle‘s first release, the crocs in the Happy Snappy Crocs set are my absolute favourite. I have big plans for this stamp set for future cards, so watch this space! Green is my favourite colour and I got to practice my Copic colouring from my unfinished All About Animals Kit and Clowder Colouring Technique Class.

I stamped two of the crocs onto some ClareFontane 210gsm DCP Paper using some MFT Black Hybrid Copic friendly ink and used a variety of shades of G and YG Copic markers to colour them in. I also stamped and colouring in a few props: the wine bottle, the glass and a birthday present. Using the coordinating dies, I cut them out with my Big Shot.

Happy Snappy Crocs (Heffy Doodle)

I used the MFT Bold Diagonal Stripes Background stamp and some Versafine Onyx Black ink to create the background panel, cutting this just shy of the A6 side-folding white card base. Next, I cut the largest photo frame from the Lawn Fawn Say Cheese, Again die set from some white cardstock and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs set along the bottom. It didn’t stamp as bright as I liked so I went over it with my Sakura gel pen to make it stand out. I coloured the middle square of the frame using two Distress Oxide colours: Faded Jeans and Broken China. I cut another square from some white cardstock, inking it with some Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn, then die cutting with one of the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.

I adhered these to some Lawn Fawn Cilantro cardstock (my favourite colour of them all!) and stuck to the background panel.

Of course, I had to include this happy little croc who’s hogging the wine bottle on the inside. This is a completely appropriate card for its intended recipient!

Happy Snappy Crocs (Heffy Doodle)

I have to say that I’m impressed with the quality of the Heffy Doodle stamps. They stamp and die cut beautifully and, best of all, the stamp and their inner cards fit into an Avery Elle stamp pocket without hassle. It’s the small things that count! Thank you, Lesley, for thinking of these things!

A Heffy Doodle Haul!

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I am seriously spoiled today. Both my Heffy Doodle and Lawn Fawn hauls turned up at the same time! It’s such a shame that I’m fully booked until Monday and won’t immediately get a chance to play with them!

Look at these cute sets! It’s been a long wait since the Kickstarter was announced but I finally have my hands on these babies!

And of course, who can resist the cute lawn fawn goodies? Tara and Rick from Seven Hills Crafts is amazing – I only ordered yesterday morning and the package arrived today. I think less than 24hrs! Fantastic service!

So this means lots more cards will be coming up soon!

Wild For You Birthday with Lawn Fawn

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Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

I absolutely love the animal critter sets from Lawn Fawn and when I saw Sandy Allnock’s video, I had to give something similar a try. I haven’t had time to sit down and work on my Copic colouring for a while so this gave me the perfect opportunity!

Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

I started out by stamping some of the animals from Lawn Fawn’s Elphie Selphie and Wild For You sets on some Clairefontaine DCP 210gsm paper. It’s a change for me paper wise as I usually use Neenah, but on Lesley Oman and Snow’s suggestion I am trying out this paper. I have to say that it is just as good and blends wonderfully, and it’s much cheaper than Neenah here in the UK. It makes your Copics squeak as you go along but it seems to use up the same amount of ink with no bleeding as the Neenah does. I was impressed with the red balloon – normally that would have bled, even on Neenah, but it stayed within the lines. I’ll do more experimenting but I think this will be my favourite paper from now on.

I started with the background, using all of my YG and darker green markers to make leaf like shapes. I then coloured the ground with some E markers, using the dotting technique to give some texture. Once dry, I used bold, bright colours to help distinguish the animals from the background. I found I had to go over the background leaves a couple of times to tone it down and help the animals stand out more. A couple of dots and lines with a white gel pen and some Glossy Accents for the balloon finished it off.

Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

Thank you, Sandy, for the fabulous prompt, even if I didn’t include the city scene as you did. My animals obviously aren’t as crazy as yours!