Winnie & Walter Release Day 5

Hey! Well, ok, strictly speaking it’s only the 4th day of the release, but I was counting from the initial reveal!

Today… some especially cute little guys from another set by Evelin T Designs ‘Welcome to The Family’. I’ve combined it with ‘Sentimental: Love’ and the stunning ‘Mini Scenery:Bed of Roses’.img_9676

First up- how cute are that little twosome! I tried a different way of adding detail; using dotted darker colours plus white gel pen highlights. 

The background, which ended up better than it started 😉 was using Glitter Embossing powder ( Wow! Embossing) and then colouring with Zig Clean Color markers and water. 

Then just add in dots. 

Make that 100’s of dots- but it gives an almost sparkling effect. Dots in different sizes and added randomly and you end up with an interesting effect! 

The sentiments in the set are great for mixing and matching and it’s a super mini set that’s got lots of options.

Do pop over to the Winnie and Walter blog to see how the girls have interpreted the same stamp sets- I still find it amazing how all of our brains work in such different directions!

Enjoy your day; the stamps are all available today, so you’ll have lots to choose from! 

See you very soon, and thanks for visiting today!

Keren xx

February 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm 5 comments

Winnie and Walter Release Day 4

Hello! How are you all?!

Welcome to the Winnie and Walter February release!

Today I’m showcasing Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs and Sketchy Thoughts. The first just uses the Big Hugs set along with an older Winnie and Walter set; Scenery:Stripes

 

You can see the patterning on the right that I’ve created using the Stripes stamp set. The main Big Hugs set is a large set of beautiful animal images along with some lovely matching sentiments. 

For my second project, I’ve added in the Sketchy Thoughts stamps too.

I created this card by colouring the images in with Copics and then adding Prismacolors over the top. I just adore these little giraffes! This could be used for so many different occasions and I can see myself reaching for this set often,

Do go and visit the Winnie and Walter blog to see what other amazing creations the Talent have come up with. I’m back tomorrow with another card for the final day of releases. I’m joining in 2 days in so don’t miss what’s already been created on the blog

Thanks so much for joining me,

See you soon,

Keren xx

February 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm 7 comments

PaperArtsy Pink & Orange

Hi there!

You might have seen the new Topic over on the PaperArtsy blog?

It’s Pink and Orange.

Two amazingly vibrant colours- although you don’t have use bright tones. I did though!img_9501

I’ve used the gorgeous new JOFY release I showed you last week. If you want to see what I’ve created, do head over to the blog. I’ve even got a little painty; I’m getting braver!!

 

January 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm 4 comments

Florally January! 

Hello there! I’ve popped back to the Seven Hills Crafts blog for a quick visit whilst Lydia is having her brief break.

It’s lovely to be back with you all, and today I wanted to combine two Concord & 9th sets to create a bloom filled birthday greeting.

First up, the newer ‘All Year Long‘ set

Don’t dismiss this set as one for planner people or just Birthdays; there are some lovely flowers that are incredibly versatile. Granted , this card might only be suitable for people called January 😉 but the sentiments are perfect for lots of occasions and the contrast in fonts is really beautiful.

I decided to pair it with another set; Flourish


To add colour to the flowers and leaves I used some of the Hero Arts Ombre inks

 I’ve secured most of the fussy cut stems to the reverse of the die cut circle although I did have to use a little extra acetate ‘scaffolding’ in a curved shape. Granted it may not fit in a standard envelope but with the dreary January days, we all need a riot of colour, right?!
Thanks for joining me today, hope you enjoyed seeing how gloriously these two sets combine!

See you soon, 
Keren xx

January 26, 2017 at 8:14 pm 5 comments

PaperArtsy JOFY New Release!

So! It’s time to welcome another beautiful collection from Jo Firth-Young. PaperArtsy have brought out 4 sets of new stamps plus matching stencils too.

You can see the whole collection on the blog tonight and I’m just going to show you what I did plus Jo & Sarah have got even more inspiration for you to see on the PA blog.

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For this design, I wanted to use the flowers upside down. I created all of these stamp samples before Christmas, so had door decorations in mind whilst I was creatingimg_9319

We had a gorgeous colour palette to work with14725609_10210886062448046_8228509146012474587_n

I’m not one for doing much with paint, but I’m getting braver. So, I simply added layers of the paint to give depth and shade and then added lots of white gel pen to give a look of sparkle! Jo’s attention for detail makes creating really easy.

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This second set has so much versatility. I created something with a little dimension using the flowers. They’d be really gorgeous built up, using multi layers of the stamped flowers.img_9318

I stamped the flower stamp onto a piece of Smoothy and then using a craft knife, cut around the flower edges so I could lift them up and simply backed the piece with pink cardstock. I painted the flowers and then added gel pen detailing.

I also wanted to create a circle shaped sample using the butterflies. I wanted to add as much movement to it. I added some random strokes od coloured paint onto sheets of cardstock, then once dried, stamped and trimmed them out. It’s much quicker painting this way! I arranged them around a circle in different directions having folded them in half so they could stand proud from the base.

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For this set- I thought I’d create a more complicated flower by simply building up stamped layers. I stuck the bottoms of the petals to the edges of the previous layer. It would make a beautiful sun too. The centre would be gorgeous as a shaker style card.

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I’m not a big stencil girl- I do love creating embossed details using a tan mat and the stencil in your die-cutting machine. Instead, I just added Distress Ink in layers and then traced ont vellum to create the soft layer. I sewed it onto the base for ease of attachment (so you don’t get the adhesive showing through).img_9565

The stencils come with detachable inners so you can create with the outside and inside and end up with wonderfully intricate designs that you can add multi layers of colour to.

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For my last sample, I stamped a pattern using these lovely images. It ended up looking a little like period wallpaper /fabric.img_9353

I stamped the flower image separately, coloured with alcohol markers and then added a grey line around the edges to bring the image forwards. I just painted around the edges to give the background colour.

PaperArtsy have produced a fab video to accompany the release. Do have a closer look

If you’d like to see more details- visit Jo’s blog and Sarah’s blog to see how they created their beautiful samples.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the incredible new collection. The JoFY range is the last of this week’s release posts- there are so many new products all with such a varied style. If you haven’t visited and seen- do pop over to the blog .I’d love to hear which set is your favourite.

I’ll see you soon!

Keren x

January 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm 9 comments

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January 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 comment

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

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Hi everyone! Welcome to this fun event!!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Rather than just do cards- (as I reckon by now, if you haven’t finished them by now, then they probably aint gonna happen unless you intend on doing New Year ones!), I thought I’d take one die and a stamp set and do some decor/table decoration. I added in a card using the Noel die although you could easily swap it out for a ‘thanks’ ready for after Christmas gratitude!

The card is using the wonderful Noel Cutaway from Winnie & Walter along with the Frenchy’s Festive Florals set.

I’ve added in the frame from the Winnie & Walter Framed Stamp set.

Next up, a really simple spray of flowers onto a wrap of paper for an easy serviette decoration. These would look so lovely on your Christmas table.

And, whilst we’re talking about tables, you want to seat your guests in the right places, and these partial die-cut place cards would look so sweet at each seat. I’ve used the Noel Cutaway again along with Frenchy’s Festive florals and added in that lovely poinsettia from In bloom: Elsa’s Flora

Adding in a few sequins just gives it a little lift. Lots of little gel pen dots gives it an almost sparkly look!

There you have it; a few festive ideas in case you’re sat on your sofa twiddling your thumbs wondering quite what you’re going to do with yourself for the rest of the day 😉 (haha!)

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Butterfly Reflections Ink

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who are a total one-stop shop of all the latest stamping and crafty products so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Might you know the peace of the season and I’ll see you soon!

Keren xx

December 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm 190 comments

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