Saturday 30 March 2019

Craftsulove Design Team - March Tutorial and Card #2

Morning everyone 💜

Today I'm sharing the last of my March Craftulove Design Team cards with you for March plus a tutorial. This week I've again used the Pinkfresh Studios stamp set and Julie Hickey sentiment stamp set but combined them with white embossing powder to create a resist and some distress oxide inks. The final effect was really pretty as the flowers also look distressed.  I hope you like my tutorial and card. If you would like me to create a tutorial covering another crafty technique why not let me know in the comments. x

All the links to the specific Craftuslove products can be found below, and the link to the general store is here.


Here's What I Did

1. From a sheet of black A4 card create a 5¼” x 5¼” card blank.

2. Trim down a piece of white card to 5½” x 5½”. Using a stamping press arrange a few of the stamps and leaves on the card so they lay on and off the card. Close the lid to pick up the stamps. 


3. Dust the white card with an anti-static bag to help eliminate residue from finger prints and grease. Apply versamark ink to the stamps, close the lid and stamp them onto the white card. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the top. Carefully remove any stray particles using a fine paint brush.

4. Melt the embossing powder using a heat tool.

5. Using the stamping tool again turn the card 90° and repeat steps 3-6. Continue to stamp the flowers and heat emboss until all the areas are filled.

Tip – If the card is very warped, place it under a pile of book or run it through a die cutting machine to flatten it. 

6. Apply 3 different distress oxides to the card using an applicator.
Tip – When you apply the ink use a piece of card to rest your hand on, this will protect your work from fingerprints.

(a) Apply the first colour (Wild Honey) to the bottom of the card.


(b) Add the 2nd colour (Worn Lipstick) next to the first and blend where they meet.


(c) Add the 3rd colour (Candied Apple) at the top and blend this with the 2nd colour. 


Repeat the application of the inks blending where each colour meets until you are happy with the result. 


7. When the ink is dry wipe the surface over with a soft cloth or a paper towel to remove the ink from the embossing flowers and leaves.


Tip - If the ink is stubborn, slightly dampen the cloth first or use a damp baby wipe.

8. Spritz and flick water over the surface of the card, and dry off the excess with a paper towel.


9. Attach the panel to the front of the card blank leaving a slim border around the edge.

10. Stamp the sentiment on black card using versamark ink. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the top and heat emboss it.

11. Trim down the sentiment to create a banner and cut off the end at an angle. Add this to card front using foam pads.


12. To complete the card add 3 gems to the sentiment banner.


Available from Craftsulove
Stamp Set: Embroidered Blossoms by Pinkfresh Studio
Stamp Set: I Need It - Family Sentiments by Julie Hickey
Distress Oxides: Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple

Should you purchase any of the above products, please select  'Design Team'  in the 'where have you seen us' drop down so we know we have inspired you! Thank you x

My Own Stash:
5¼” x 5¼” Black Card Blank, Black Card, Sheena Douglas Stamping Card,  Stamping Press, 
Versamark Ink, Water Spritzer, Anti-static Bag, White Embossing Powder, Double Sided Tape, Foam Pads, Gems

Why not, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or on our YouTube Channel we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back next month with more Craftsulove cards and a tutorial.  TTFN!

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x Janine x

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Lili Of The Valley (LOTV) - March #3 Card

Morning everyone💜

I'm back with one of my latest Lili Of The Valley (LOTV) cards for you. For this weeks' card I thought I would play with a baby card for you. I just adore all of the LOTV stamps especially the baby section. The digi stamp I used this week is called 'Bunny Cuddles' and it's available from the Etsy store as an instant download. I used Copic pens to colour everything with. I hope you like it. x

For your information, here is the link to the LOTV online store and the LOTV Etsy Store to check out the rest of their goodies.




Here's What I Did
I trimmed down a piece of patterned paper to fit the front of my  6" x 6" card front, inked around the edges then attached it leaving a slim border.

I imported the cute bunny digi stamp image into my graphics software, then resized it to fit the circle die I planned to use. The image was printed directly onto colouring cardstock and coloured using Copic pens, then die cut into a circle. The image was printed again onto copier paper and fussy cut out, then removable sticky tape was added to the back and placed over the image. Blue ink was lightly applied around the bunny along with hand stamped hearts in the same colour ink.

When dry the topper was adhered to a fancy die cut circle and added to the front of the card using foam pads. Using white and blue card die cut leaves and flowers were added to the topper along with a few pearls.

To finish the card a clear glitter pen was applied to the little flower heads.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp (Bunny): 'Bunny Cuddles'

Other: 6" x 6" White Card Blank, Neenah Card, Nasturium Cluster Dies (Creative Expressions), Circle Doily (Tattered Lace), Stitched XXL Circle Dies (Crealies), 'On The Clouds' Paper Pad (Trimcraft), Glitter, Colour cloud Ink - Summer Sky (Cosmic Shimmer), Mattastic Card (Hunkydory), Clear Glitter Pen, Tumbled Glass Distressing Ink

Copics:  Bunny - E31, E33, E35 / Toy & Ground - E50, E51, E52 / Bunny Outfit & Heart - B000, B00, B12, YG03, YG11 / Box - YG03, YG11, YG17, B000

Or why not join us on social media at  'We Love Lili Of the Valley' Facebook Group run by the Design Team, the official Lili Of The Valley Facebook page and on Instagram.  We'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and please don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back in a few days with another fabulous image for you....so I'll see you very soon. TTFN

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x Janine x

Saturday 23 March 2019

Lee Holland Illustrations Design Team

Afternoon everyone


It is with great sadness that there will be no more cards from Lee Holland Illustrations Design Team, myself included. Lee and his partner have decided to disband the team and not upload any additional images to his Etsy shop, well for the time being anyway. They have told the team that they need to concentrate on other areas of their lives. I wish them both well and good luck for the future. I hope that one day they will have another Design Team and share more images in the shop.

If you still need a Lee Holland fix, there are lots of Lee's images still available to buy in his store. Here is the link to visit his Etsy shop.

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x Janine x

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Craftsulove Design Team - March Card #1

Morning everyone 💜

Today I'm sharing the first of my March Craftulove Design Team cards with you. This month I received a Pinkfresh Studios stamp set and Julie Hickey sentiment stamp set. I have to admit to being a little out of my comfort zone, as I'm more of stamp and colourist so as there was no colouring to do I was a little lost. But as the stamps are so beautiful it didn't take lost to be inspired. Anyhow I hope you like my final project. x

All the links to the specific Craftuslove products can be found below, and the link to the general store is here.



 
Here's What I Did
I trimmed down a piece white card on to 4¾" x 6¾". I stamped 3 sets of the branches in green ink along with some small flowers in yellow, pink and blue ink. Next I stamped the sentiments using black ink. TIP - To make it easy to layout the design I first stamped the flowers and leaves onto copier paper and loosely cut them out so I could decide on their placement.

When the ink was dry the stamped panel was attached to the front of a 5" x 7" top fold card blank. Using pink and lilac ink two of the larger flowers and two of the smaller flowers were stamped onto white card and fussy cut out. The flowers were then added to the card front using foam pads. One of the large flowers and one small were raised up higher than the other two by adding more foam pads, this was to give them extra dimension. To completed the card a few small gems and pearls were added.

Tip - If you find you get pooling with the stamps depending on the ink you use, rub them over with an eraser or with an light sandpaper like an emery board.

Available from Craftsulove
Stamp Set: Embroidered Blossoms by Pinkfresh Studio
Stamp Set: I Need It - Family Sentiments by Julie Hickey

Should you purchase any of the above products, please select  'Design Team'  in the 'where have you seen us' drop down so we know we have inspired you! Thank you x

My Own Stash:
5" x 7" Black Card Blank, Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglas Colouring Card, Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black, Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Summer Sky, Pear Tart, Dandelion, Mini Pearls, Gems, Foam Pad, Double Sided Tape

Why not, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or on our YouTube Channel we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back at the end of the month with my usual Craftsulove tutorial and card.....so see you then. TTFN!

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x Janine x

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Lili Of The Valley (LOTV) - March #2

Hi everyone💜

I'm back with more of the new stamp from the Spring/Easter collection by Lili Of The Valley (LOTV). For my card this week I've used one of the super cute mice digi images, this one is called  'Love Tag' and the 'Special Friend' sentiment is from the Everyday Greetings set. Please note that the mice digi stamp is available to buy on its own, however in the rubber version the mice stamp and sentiment stamp are both part of the same set called 'Fluffy Birthday'. I have provided the links for both, please see below. I used Copic pens to colour everything with. I hope you like it. x

For your information, here is the link to the LOTV online store and the LOTV Etsy Store to check out the rest of their goodies.



 
Here's What I Did
I imported the sentiment and the sweet mice digi stamp image into my graphics software, then resized them to fit. The image was printed them directly onto colouring cardstock and coloured using Copic pens.

I measured the finished image panel so that it would fit my card front. Next I drew a line either side of the mice and cut this section off leaving a large area around the mice, then with a pair of scissors I fussy cut around them as well inside the tag area. Glitter was added to the patterned edge of the tag.

To finished the card I added the panel to the card front using foam pads.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp (Mice): 'Love Tag'
Rubber Stamp Set (Mice): Fluffy Birthday
Digital Stamp (Sentiment): 'Special Friend' sentiment (from Everyday Greetings set).
Rubber Stamp Set (Sentiment): Fluffy Birthday

Other: 5¼" x 5¼" White Card Blank, Joanna Sheen Colouring Card, 'A Winter's Tale' (Crafters' Companion) Paper Pad, Glitter, Green Fineliner

Copics: Mice - E11, E13, E15, E99, R30 / Outside Tag- E08,YG03 / Inside Tag - E51, E53 / Pencil - YG03, YG017, YG67, Y21, E41 / Ground - E50, E51, E53

Or why not join us on social media at  'We Love Lili Of the Valley' Facebook Group run by the Design Team, the official Lili Of The Valley Facebook page and on Instagram.  We'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and please don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back in a few days with another fabulous image for you....so I'll see you very soon. TTFN

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x Janine x

Saturday 9 March 2019

Lili Of the Valley (LOTV) - March #1

Morning everyone💜

Well, it's March and I'm back with more of the new digital stamp from the Spring/Easter collection by Lili Of The Valley (LOTV). For my card this week I've used one of the sweet bunnie images, this one is called  'Spring Rabbit Letter' and the 'With Love' sentiment. Please note that the bunnie digi stamp is available on its own, and is part of a collection of stamps in rubber. Both the digi and rubber version of the sentiment 'With Love' is part of a collection of sentiments. Both stamps are also available as rubber stamps, I have provided the links for both, please see below. I used Copic pens to colour everything with.

For your information, here is the link to the LOTV online store and the LOTV Etsy Store to check out the rest of their goodies.



 
Here's What I Did
Using my graphics software I imported the cute bunnie digi stamp, then resized and printed it directly onto colouring cardstock. The image was die cut it into a rectangle and coloured using Copic pens.  

Two pieces of pretty patterned paper were trimmed down to fit the top portion of the 5" x 7" card blank, the bottom edges of each sheet were then die cut. One of piece of the patterned paper was then trimmed slightly shorter than the other, and attached over the top. Both pieces of the paper were added to the top of the rectangle. Funky foam was glued to the back of the rectangle and attached to the card front.

Two die cut flowers and leaves were added to the card front along with a printed out sentiment. To finish the card glitter was added to the centre of all the flower and the sentiment.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp (Bunnie): Spring Rabbit Letter
Rubber Stamp Set (Bunnie): Fluffy Birthday
Digital Stamp (Sentiment): Spring Sweeties
Rubber Stamp Set (Sentiment): Spring Sweeties

Other:  5" x 7" White Card Blank, Joanna Sheen Card, Green Card, 'Country Meadow' (LOTV) Paper Pad, Glitter, Envelop Edger Dies (Whimsy Stamps), Noble Double Pierced Background Rectangle (Creative Expressions), Blueprint 14 (MFT), Ribbon

Copics: Bunnie - C1, C2, C3, C5, R30, R32 / Flower & Envelop - R000, R00, R32, RV10 / Grass - YG03, YG127, YG67

Or why not join us on social media at  'We Love Lili Of the Valley' Facebook Group run by the Design Team, the official Lili Of The Valley Facebook page and on Instagram.  We'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and please don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back in a few days with another fabulous image for you....so I'll see you very soon. TTFN

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x Janine x

Sunday 3 March 2019

Lee Holland Illustrations - Easter (March Stamps #1)

Hi my friends💜

Today I'm showcasing a new digi stamp from Lee Holland Illustrations, it's perfect for Easter, and is totally adorable. Lee has some new Easter stamps in his Etsy shop which include the most gorgeous hedgehogs as well as cute bunnies, so definitely check them out.   

The digi stamp I used  today is called 'Hedgehog With Easter Egg', and costs £3 in Lee's Etsy store. I printed the gorgeous image onto smooth colouring card (not Kraft) and used my Caran D'ache pencils to colour with. To check out everything else in Lee's Etsy store click here Lee Holland Art.



  
Here's What I Did
Firstly I trimmed down a piece of white card to cover my card front so that it fit between the scalloped sides. The card was then embossed using a wood effect embossing folder. Distressing ink was added over the raised patterned using Pumice Stone first, then Tea Dye and finally Vintage Photo. The textured card was attached to the front of a 5" x 7" white card blank.

Using my graphics software I imported the sweet hedgehog stamp, then resized and printed it directly onto colouring cardstock. Please note - the sentiment was computer generated by me. I coloured the images with pencils and die cut it into a rectangle. The finished image was mounted onto a brown die cut rectangle and added to the card front using foam pads  A small die cut bunting  embellishment was added to the left hand side along with a red enamel dot.

To finish off my card, 2 die cut Easter eggs were added to the bottom right corner.

Here's What I Used
New Digital Stamp: 'Hedgehog With Easter Egg'

Other: 5" x 7" Scalloped White Card Blank, Desert Storm Neenah Card, Yellow Textured Card, Red Card, Brown Card, 'Cherish The Moment' Rectangle Die Set (Tonic), Easter Dies (X Cut), Bunting Dies (Dovercraft), 'Wood Grain' Embossing Folder (Crafters Companion), Pumice Stone, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distressing Inks, Black Fineliner, Red Enamel Dot, Foam Pads

Cara D'ache Lumince Pencils: Hedgehog - White, Brown Ochre, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cassel Brown, Perylene Brown / Easter Egg - White, Anthraquinoid Pink, Permanent Red, Russet, Perylene Brown, Lemon Yellow, Cornelian / Grass - White, Spring Green, Moss Green, Dark Sap Green

You can find Lee's Etsy shop here. Or why not, follow us on Facebook group and Instagram we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, and please don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back very soon with more fabulous images....so I'll see you very soon.

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x Janine x