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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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 10 comments

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January 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 comment

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


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


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

A little Tonic minus the Gin 

Hey! Did that title get your attention?

I’ve been playing with some Tonic products recently. They recently sent me some to try out. I had a quick play and loved the quality. 

This first project is using the Patterned Panels Die ‘Budding Vine’ . Instead of just using as a layer, I backed acetate onto it and then coloured in elements of it using markers. 

This second project is using the Essentials Circles dies. It’s often tempting to just use the circles to matt and layer, but they’re so much more useful than that.

I’ve cut into a few of the coloured frames to interlink them and create a fun, playful design useful for an unisex type of card.

My last one is another simple treatment of Framed Screens- Zig Zag and Floral Die. This set has 2 inside panels and an outer frame.

I’ve just paper pieced and it’s ready for a sentiment. Sometimes it’s just easier leaving them un-sentimented ( there, a new word!) and then I’ve always got choice!

I recently made some samples for Tonic using their gorgeous new Mandala Moments stamps and dies and Brush Script pens. I’ll show you those in another post.

I’m so glad to post today as I have been running out of time recently. However I did a complete #parentingwin – I turned up at school over an hour EARLY. Yup. And it even took me 10 minutes to work it out 😜. I’m not in any way shape or form losing it?! 😉

At least I’m not late, although the rapidly defrosting shopping in the boot certainly isn’t enjoying my early start! 

Back to writing (& making ) my Christmas cards once I’ve finished this post!!

See you soon xx

December 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm 9 comments

Winnie & Walter Black Friday Stamp Set

Hi! I’m delighted to be here showing an exciting Black Friday deal from Winnie and Walter…

In Bloom: Julie’s Roses stamp set  is free with a purchase (while supplies last) when you spend $35 after discounts are applied and prior to any shipping & handing and taxes being applied from 12:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016 until 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016. 

Isn’t the set gorgeous. I’ve gone Christmassy with it

I’ve added some of the new release products to it including the In A Word:Noel Cutaway and Essentials Carly Cutaway

I’ve cut the Noel from some glitter paper and then coloured Julie’s Roses using copics. Arranging them around the frame is easy and then adding a few sequins and twine.

There is a slight issue with balance that I had to rectify and add weight to the back left but I’m going to add this to make a special card (serves me right for going with the flow and not planning ahead! Ha!)

Notice the teeny snowflakes? They’re one of my favourite mini stamps and give the extra hint that it’s a seasonal card (if the ‘Noel’ didn’t do it for you 😉) and that’s from the new In Bloom: Frenchie’s Festive Floral set.

Do check out the blog to see what the other girls created and see what a wonderful new set this is. It’s only while stocks last (plus you could get it when it’s released next year- but who likes waiting?!!)

Happy shopping! 


November 25, 2016 at 6:00 am 1 comment

Winnie & Walter Tour of The Stars


Hello! Welcome to the culmination of a creative week showcasing the wonderful new Winnie & Walter release. It all starts over on the blog and hopefully if you’re hopping in order, you’ll have come from the supremely creative Kelly Griglione

I’ve used one of the sets shown yesterday- ‘Seasons Tweetings’

See the igloo? I thought if I stamped it twice onto some acetate and adhered it together, I could create a human hamster ball to put little Mr Snowman in. 

I’ve made the background using more Molotow masking pen dots onto a card base, adding distress inks over the top and then rubbing away the masking dots. 


The next lovely star on the hop is the lovely Lydia Evans and I can’t wait to have a look around at everything that the other girls have produced. 

Hope you have enjoyed seeing the new products that are all available from Winnie & Walter here now. 

Do leave comments on the Winnie & Walter blog entries from the last week for a chance to win each day’s release plus one lucky winner will win the entire release! 

For this blog hop, 5 randomly chosen commenters across all the blogs will win $30 each to spend in the W&W store. Comments must be left by Monday Nov 21st at noon CST! 

See you soon xx

November 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm 60 comments

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