Hugs Within

Hugs! Everyone loves a hug. Back in January of this year I coloured this super sweet image from Gerda Steiner Designs for the 30 Day Colouring Challenge (click the link for information and to join the most recent challenge which started on 1st June 2018).

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Gerda Steiner Designs – Warm Fuzzies

I hadn’t managed to get around to putting the image on to a card but as soon as I saw the wonderful ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ stamp set I knew I had to make a card just so I could use one of the hug related sentiments on my envelope!

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For the card I embossed the ‘All Prettied Up’ Dies from Mama Elephant on to the front of the card using my Big Shot and a silicone mat. I fussy cut the image and then secured it on to the front of the card using foam tape. The sentiment was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I finished off the card with some Pale Periwinkle Nuvo Jewel Drops.

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For the envelope I used the ‘Hugs Within’ stamp along the top seal of the envelope with Hero Arts Ombre Ink in ‘Light Purple to Grape Juice’.

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Sealed with a Kiss: Happy Birthday! (DT Verity)

Hi there, it is Design team member Verity from Pretty Little Button. I do love to make a clean and simple card, and I have another one for you today. Of course, I used a stamp from Chunky Monkey Crafts to finish the card off. This is from another stamp set called ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ and this retails at £6.99 for this A6 stamp set. Again, for today’s card, I created a Happy Birthday card, which I aimed for a more masculine/unisex style. I needed to make my dad a card, and thought this would be great!

Sealed with a Kiss Card overview:

To start off, heat emboss a striped pattern onto grey cardstock – the stamp used was from Concord & 9th ‘Hooray’ set. Trim this down and round off the edges. Apply silver Tonic Nuvo Embellishment mousse with a palette knife to a Kraft card panel and allow to dry.

Mount the card panel onto a white card base with a small border. Foam mount the heat embossed panel onto the card, offset from the embellishment mousse. Die cut a sentiment several times and layer up – this is the ‘Happy’ die from Lawn Fawn. Stamp and emboss a secondary sentiment onto a piece of white card and trim down to size. Adhere the sentiments onto the card and add white Tonic Nuvo drops as embellishments.

Finishing the card off:

As I mentioned I used a stamp from the ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ set from Chunky Monkey Crafts. I added one to the back of the card beneath my logo sticker and felt this sentiment was very apt as well my cards are made with love. In addition, I also added a sentiment to the back of the envelope and loved how this turned out!

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Until next week,

 

      

“They lived happily ever after”

every Disney lovers dream! It’s one of my favourite Sentiments. When I found the stamp for it I just had to have it!

I found the stamp on amazon when I was searching through anything craft related, when I found the set from Papermania I knew I had to get in the game and do a wedding range. I’ll pop links in below of anything I’ve used if you want to grab anything for yourself.

Ive never really layered card before, which is probably going to sound strange to some of you avid crafters reading this blog, but I’ve always worked freehand and flat. For this particular card I decided to contrast cream and brown (my favourite colours to work with obviously!), with brown being the front piece.

I used the wonderful “happily ever after” stamp right on the front with my embossing ink. I went for a copper coloured embossing powder for this one – I think it matches the brown craft card beautifully.

I finished off with two stamps on the back this time, I’ve used a “made with love” stamp which is really nice from Chunky Monkey Crafts, it’s got a variation of lettering just to give it that bit more of an oomph! And I also used my all time favourite stamp on the planet right now – my beloved “shop handmade”.

I really like the Sealed With a Kiss set because there’s so much flexibility in what you can create. You can decorate your envelope for an extra special touch, or still place it on the back of the card like I did.

Links –

Shop Handmade stamp is from the Narky Sentiments pack by Chunky Monkey Crafts – http://www.chunkymonkeycrafts.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1477625-a5.html

Made with Love stamp, also from Chunky Monkey Crafts in their Sealed With A Kiss set –
http://www.chunkymonkeycrafts.co.uk/ourshop/prod_6407349-Sealed-with-Love-a6-stamp-set.html

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Happily ever after stamp is in this set here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013H2GMN6?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Embossing powder by Papermania in Copper – https://www.therange.co.uk/hobbies-crafts/embossing/embossing-powders/papermania-embossing-powder#428754

Embossing ink pad –
Tsukineko Emboss Ink Pad Clear https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0018NBE7G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_IdNdBb52ASBGJ

Sealed with a Kiss – Delivered by Fairies

Good morning everyone, DT member Elaine here sharing an interactive envelope using  a super sweet sentiment from the new ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ stamp set.  I recently made a fairy card for a friends little girl and I thought this stamp would be a perfect accompaniment for the envelope!

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Here is the card I made (mermaids tail sequin mix used in the top row of panels) and I have also shown you photographs and instructions on how I made the interactive element on the envelope.

 

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Top row -CMC mermaids tail sequin mix

 

I lined up the Mama Elephant Zipper Die on to the flap of my envelope and secured it with post-it tape before running it through my die cut machine.

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I then placed the envelope into my mini misti and lined up my sentiment stamp to fit within the zipper cut marks.

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I used Memento Ink in London Fog.

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To further embellish the envelope I used a fairy from the Little Fairies stamp set (TGF) and then stamped a little heart in Memento Angel Pink Ink as well as a ‘Pull Here’ stamp (HeffyDoodle Crafts-Interactively Yours).

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Sequin Mix: Icicle – Happy Birthday! (DT: Verity)

Hi there, it is Design team member Verity from Pretty Little Button. I have a lovely clean and simple card to show you today where I used a fabulous sequin mix sold by Chunk Monkey Crafts.- Icicle It has a variety of shapes and sizes which add a touch of elegance to any card. I love the whites and silvers of this mix, so make sure you head over to her Etsy shop and pick a bag up!

Icicle Sequin Mix Card overview:

To start, ink blend with a soft bristle brush in a colour of your choosing in one corner of the card – I used Peacock feathers distress oxide for this card. Add a few splatters of water and soak up with a paper towel for added texture.

Layer and foam mount several die-cut circle frames and position over this area. Die cut a sentiment several times out of white card and layer for dimension – mount this onto the card. Stamp a secondary sentiment and position underneath.

Applying the sequins:

Once the whole panel is matted onto a card base, it is time to embellish with sequins. I choose to position my sequins in three clusters on the card. Two around the sentiment and one cluster up in the top left corner. It is more aesthetically pleasing if you vary the size of the sequins in a cluster and their position. This sequin mix is perfect for this as it contains sequins of several different sizes. Adhere these down with glue and allow to dry to ensure the sequins stay put.

Finishing the card off:

I finished this card off with a sentiment from the ‘Narky Sentiments’ stamp set – ‘Shop handmade’. These are a fabulous set to help finish your cards and envelopes off!

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Until next week,

 

      

Narky Sentiments & Background Die Bits!

Have you seen the new stamps I’ve been using on the backs of my cards?

They’re these great stamps by Chunky Monkey Crafts that are specially designed to go on the backs of cards. They have messages for all kinds of cards; funny ones, sweet ones and practical ones too!

These are a great staple for card makers, they finish off cards just perfectly in my opinion!

Before I had these I was combing through my stamp sets every time I finished a card in search of something that might do to put on the back. But now it’s a doddle cause they’re all in one place!

The set I’ve got is called Snarky Sentiments 1. It’s a set of 13 high quality clear photopolymer stamps that can be mixed and matched. It’s designed for the backs of cards but some you could use on the front of cards, depending on your style. There are even some I would put on my envelopes if I didn’t already have a set designed for envelopes also from Chunky Monkey Crafts!

Method:

  1. Die cut your background die and then carefully remove it from your machine, making sure not to lose any pieces
  2. Remove the background piece (the largest bit) from the die and press it face first onto some Press’n Seal
  3. Remove each of the pieces one by one from the die and place them into their spot face down on the Press’n Seal
  4. Once you have dome this for all pieces, carefully remove the background die that you have been using as a guide
  5. Put liquid glue on the back of all the little pieces, but not too much or it will flow out the sides later. I recommend Ranger Matte Medium as it’s a very strong adhesive
  6. Make sure it’s laid flat on your surface and place a piece of card that’s bigger than it on top and press down firmly
  7. Put something flat on top (like a stamping block) and then something heavy on top of that
  8. Once it has fully dried, turn it over and very very carefully remove the Press’n Seal, leaving behind a pretty background piece
  9. Cut your card down to size leaving a small border around the edge of the pieces. You may find it easier to use a rectangle die or a paper trimmer, depending on your preference
  10. Stick on a pretty picture and a sentiment and you’re done!

The aim when I was making this was to use pieces of card that would otherwise be wasted and recycled when I am actually able to use them. It’s not something I would do often with small pieces but it’s easy enough to do with the larger pieces!

That butterfly I used is one of many butterflies that I watercolour stamped using Scribble Sticks and die cut quite a while ago. I have so many because for each time I coloured the stamp with Scribble Sticks I was able to spray with water and stamp several times because they’re so pigmented! So I’m doing my best to use some of the many bits and pieces I have stored from previous projects that will end up in the recycling if I don’t actively use them! That would be a real shame!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my mini how-to for this relatively simple card and that you take a look at those fab stamps for the back of cards!

 

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CHARLOTTE DT. WEDDING VIBES

Thursday 24th May
I was asked to do something a little different to my usual style for a very special reason – I was asked to make two bridesmaids cards, a father of the bride card, and also a best man card for the groom’s father.

My style is usually consistently based on hand lettering, which I’m fine with, but for the gents cards it felt a little bit feminine for the purpose.

I used my white gel pen and also a standard black fine-liner for the hand lettering on the bridesmaids cards – which looks amazing!

I was sent an image of a tag-like design by the lady who requested the cards, which was based on a tuxedo. So I got to work on thinking how I could make the tuxedo tag match the already designed and made bridesmaids cards.

I literally folded card and layered it up to make the shape of the tux, making sure there was a nice big collar and dickie bow.
I also made a little handkerchief pocket and handkerchief to match from folded craft card too.

For the buttons on the tux jacket I used a heart shaped hole punch on contrasting cream card, saved the punched parts and glued them on to the tux jacket.

For the shirt buttons underneath, I decided to make good use of the little dew droplets I was sent from Chunky Monkey Crafts – thanks again dani! – even though they’re listed as dew droplets, who says I can’t use them as little tiny shirt buttons to finish of that tux?! LOVE IT. The dew drops finish it perfectly! I’m usually prone to getting glue everywhere but actually these stuck really well with ordinary craft glue and I also stayed clean-fingered! Win win!

For the best man card, I got a little bit dickie bow happy, and ran with that theme. Instead of hand lettering on this card I actually used individual letter stamps and as plain and simple as it sounds I stamped “suit up Dad” on the front with black ink.

As ever, all cards were finished off with stamping on the back from the Narky Sentiments set to finish off.

Gorgeous set of 4 cards, using some of my favourite products at the moment, as easy as that!

You can find the white gel pen, narky sentiments stamp set, and water droplets on Etsy here – https://etsy.me/2rp96Lp

Narky Finishing Sentiments for Cards and Envelopes

Good morning crafty friends!  DT member Elaine here to share some inspiration as to how to use the Narky Finishing Sentiment stamps to embellish and decorate the back of your cards and envelopes.  Take a peek at the photographs below to see how I’ve used them for a subtle, elegant look.

Photo 18-05-2018, 12 00 24 (1)On the back of this card I used papermania embossing powder in copper to heat emboss a fun, quirky sentiment. I think we can all relate to this one!

Photo 18-05-2018, 12 02 52 (1)Here I have used a couple of the smaller sentiments to embellish my envelopes. I used memento ink in London fog to give a subtle, classic look.

Thank you for joining me today. Next week I have some more stamps to share with you which I am so excited about!

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Layton’s Legacy Charity Card Drive & Lawn Fawnatics Sketch Challenge!

I was deeply moved by the Layton’s Legacy blog hop I’ve seen all over Instagram this past week, it’s a wonderful and thoughtful idea!

I personally know what it’s like to go through difficult times and to have struggles with my health. What people don’t tend to realise is that it’s also really hard on the people supporting you, sometimes it’s even harder.

I wanted to help these parents and do what I can in my own way: by making some cards!

So I made four card using the inspiration of this mood board and I hope they will bring some comfort 🙂

I really liked this muted and calm feeling colour scheme and I immediately decided to focus on the animals in it. As I don’t have animals that match, I used some that fitted the general theme instead.

I chose a simple design, inspired by the Lawn Fawnatics Sketch Challenge and tweaked it a bit. The style I have gone for is similar to some baby cards I’ve seen with pastel shades in new baby colours, cute animals and bold sentiments.

I decided to use the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop Die because it reminds me of my baby blanket that my mamie (French grandma) knitted for me before I was born. It’s also generally reminiscent of being all cosy tucked up in bed, safe and calm. My bed is my safe place so this brings me happy feelings 🙂

For the sentiment I used matching Lawn Fawn Mermaid cardstock and dye ink to tie it all together. It’s a lovely muted blueish teal that looks so great with the grey bits in my cards!

Method:

Design & Prep

 

  1. Use a stamping platform to stamp a bunch of critters in various Lawn Fawn Dye Inks. I used Manatee, Sunflower & Hippo. I recommend you try multiple colours for ones you’re not sure about, ie light and dark grey for an elephant, light and dark brown for a squirrel
  2. Let them dry and then cut them out using the coordinating dies or fussy cut them leaving a small border
  3. Select a few (at least 4) that you want to use for this project and put away the others for future fun!

  1. Layout your materials approximately where you want them until you are happy with your design
  2. Take a photo for reference later

  1. Stamp and die cut your sentiment four times. It’s easier to use a sentiment banner die but you can cut them out by hand using a paper trimmer and scissors if you don’t have one

 

 

  1. Die cut your circles using the second largest Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Circle Die (2.75″ x 2.75″). Use complementary colours for your images. Ie a yellow circle for a grey image, a grey circle for a yellow image
  2. Prepare four each of the following:
  3. Once you have cut your word die, carefully remove it from the die making sure to collect all of the pieces
  4. Place them back into the negative of the die cut and stick a piece of low-tack tape to the FRONT of it. This will align the letters perfectly for gluing down later
  5. Carefully peel the negative of the die cut off of the tape, leaving the word behind
  6. Trim off any excess tape. You want it to be shorter than the word die so that you can see the full size and shape of it without tape in the way

  1. Lay out all your pieces to make sure you’re happy with the final design

  1. Stick your largest cream panels onto your card bases. This is because the best way to centre all of your pieces on your card is to work from biggest to smallest
  2. Separate your pieces back into piles. I like to arrange them in order of sticking down, but that’s just me! 😀

♥ Little Things That Make It Special ♥

  1. Use a stamp platform to stamp a secondary sentiment inside your cards and another on the back. Using a stamping platform make it much quicker to stamp multiple times and your sentiments will stamp in the exact same place for every card, making them uniform and look more like a set

Stamping after you have stuck down your first panel makes it easier to figure out where the right place to stamp is. Ie which side to stamp and which way up. Its so easy to make these mistakes when tired or distracted, I do it far more often than I’d like!

You can do it in whatever order you like, this is just what I prefer 🙂

Constructing Your Cards

 

 

We’re using double sided tape for most of this as it is a very strong adhesive that lasts a very long time without losing it’s stick. I have found that most things stuck with a tape runner lose their sticky after a few months.

  1. Stick double-sided tape to the back of your quilted panels, making sure to avoid the holes. Don’t worry about the small stitching lines, it won’t show through
  2. Stick them in the centre of your cream panels. It doesn’t matter which way up you stick them as they are close to symmetrical and it won’t be that different either way
  3. Put double-sided tape on the backs of your circles. I’ve shown you how I did it in the picture above
  4. Don’t remove the release paper yet, place a circle and a word die (still on the Post-it tape) on your cardbase and line them up until you’re happy with their position
  5. Stick the word die in place using low-tack tape
  6. Stick the circle to the centre of the gap left between the word die and edges of the quilted layer (see photo). I like to use a T-ruler to make it more accurate
  7. Look at the pattern of the quilted die for landmarks that you can use to line up the other three circles in the same position
  8. Stick the other circles according to those landmarks. If you couldn’t make it work that way, stick the word die in place for every card
  9. Using a fine tipped nozzle, put Ranger Matte Medium on the back of the letters. Not the tape or it will stick too!
  10. Place the word down in the exact centre of the space left by the circle on the quilted panel (see photo) and put a stamping block and something heavy on top of it. This is so that it dries totally flat

  1. Separate your card pieces by colour combinations. This way you won’t stick a piece to the wrong card like me!
  2. Play around with placement of the critter and sentiment banner
  3. Use double-sided tape to stick the banner down first then glue down the critter using Matte Medium and put a stamping block on top of it. Make sure the block isn’t sitting on the banner. It’s thicker than the critter and it won’t lie flat otherwise

Decorate Your Envelopes

 

 

Stamping the rainbow of envelopes is much easier to do than it looks, it just requires a bit of measuring and a stamping platform!

Follow the instructions and you’ll have a beautiful envelope in no time at all!

  1. Measure your envelope width ways and find the exact centre of the top of your envelope (or wherever you want to stamp)
  2. Make a little mark in pencil. Be gentle so that it’s easy to rub off later
  3. Put your envelope in your stamping platform, front facing up and upside down. So the top of your envelope is pressed against the edge of your stamping platform
  4. Secure with magnets
  5. Put your envelope stamp (or any other stamp) on your pencil mark upside down (so it stamps the right way up in the end)
  6. Slide your envelope along until your stamp is 1cm within the edge of your stamping platform
  7. Look at where the edge of your envelope is now sitting and adjust it’s position so that it sits on a 1/4″ mark
  8. Put a piece of tape to mark the spot and close the lid to attach your stamp
  9. Pick your colours and lay them out in the order you want to stamp them. I used Peacock, Celery Stick, Sunflower, Carrot, Plastic Flamingo, Fresh Lavender and Mermaid!
  10. Put your centre ink slightly above the others so you always know which one it is
  11. Stamp with your centre ink, clean your stamp, move your envelope 3/4″ and stamp the next colour
  12. Once you have gone all the way to one side, clean your stamp and bring your envelope back to the starting position (marked with tape)
  13. Move 3/4″ in the other direction, stamp, clean your stamp, move 3/4″ and repeat until the other side is done
  14. Repeat for all envelopes. It’s much quicker for subsequent envelopes because it’s all lined up for you already!

Now I know the instructions are long but in reality it wasn’t as bad as you thought right? 😀

  1. In your stamping platform, centre your sentiment just underneath your row of stamping and stamp in Peacock Lawn Fawn Ink
  2. Repeat for all envelopes
  3. Once Dry, turn your envelopes over and use magnets to secure the flap down
  4. Centre your little envelope stamp near the bottom of the flap and a sentiment higher up the flap and also in the centre. By using a stamping platform, you only need to line them up once
  5. Stamp these in some of the inks you used on the other side of your card. I used Mermaid and Plastic Flamingo
  6. Repeat for all envelopes

And you’re done! Ta Da!

Though this isn’t my usual style I really love them! They feel calming and reassuring to me, which is what I was going for! Yay! 😀

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Chunky Monkey Crafts

So I’m on the Design Team for Chunky Monkey Crafts and I’ve used on of their amazing stamps for the backs of cards! They do funny ones and cute ones, something for all kinds of cards.

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I am also submitting these cards in the Lawn Fawnatics Sketch Challenge!

This is my first time taking part and I’ve really enjoyed putting my own spin on it! In fact I’ve never done a sketch challenge at all! It’s not as hard as I thought it would be. But to be fair I did get some great inspiration when I saw it for the first time, I’ve seen many great cards on Instagram that look like the sketch.

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