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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I created a card for my Fiancé using Lawn Fawn’s Pizza My Heart set. We loooooove pizza so knew this stamp set would be perfect! Build-your-own pizza? That’s what we do when friends come round – yum! Anyway… I wanted to use the pizza slices instead of the whole pizza image as I love the ‘no matter how you slice it’ sentiment. I stamped the slices and added some toppings. I made a small mask so that the toppings only stamped to the edge of the pizza. I used Copics to colour the images and then die cut them out.Lawn Fawn Pizza My Heart Emma Chizlett Lawn Fawn Pizza My Heart Emma Chizlett

I split the sentiment from one line into three sections so it fit on to my card base perfectly. Versamark and white embossing powder made it stand out on the kraft card.
The red background was made with barn door Distress Ink and water droplets.

Totally love how you can mix and match the pizza so it’s exactly how you want it to look 🙂

Congrats engagement card

I have a little shaker card to share with you today… I made it ages ago but alas, it still hasn’t been given to our lovely friends who got engaged just before Christmas (but we’re seeing them soon!).

I couldn’t wait any longer to share with you!

Congrats engagement card

I used Lawn Fawn’s quinn’s ABC’s for the letters and the engagement ring from the happy wedding stamp and die set – all coloured with copics. I then stamped the My Favorite Things Distressed Stripes background with Lawn Fawn sunflower ink for the background. I used the Lawn Fawn stitched oval and rectangle dies for the shaker area and mounted it all on a piece of white hammered card cut with Lawn Fawn’s biggest scalloped rectangle stackable die. I used a mixture of glitter, Pretty Pink Posh sequins and micro beads for the shaker.

Congrats engagement card

Congrats engagement card

Congrats engagement card

I can’t wait for another wedding, although I better get cracking with my own wedding plans first!
Coming up soon… a tasty Valentine’s Day card!

Finally! The blog posts that have been waiting to happen…

How is it almost the end of 2015?!

This little blog has lacked some TLC over the last few months but I have been busy behind the scenes – you may have seen them over on Instagram but if not, here’s what I’ve been busy making :o)

I love this little fox from Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods set. I wanted to try out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens again and they worked a treat!

Fox Zig Clean Color Real Brush

Paulina, owner of Pretty Pink Posh, set a challenge to name her new sequin mix of greens and gold. I suggested “whimsical woodland” and she picked “whimsical forest” so I won a packet of 4mm and 6mm before they went on sale – happy days!

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PPP - name winner whimsical forest

In November, I found a wooden advent calendar in hobbycraft which I couldn’t resist! I wanted to use my Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins which I bought last Christmas so started by painting the whole calendar with several coats of white acrylic paint. I cut the numbers from glitter paper using Lawn Fawn Louie’s 123’s and mounted on foam. I stamped, coloured and die cut a mixture of penguins and accessories and also mounted them on to foam to make them stand out. I stamped Milo’s ABC’s for the small numbers on the penguin doors and used PVA and a sparkly glitter to create a snow drift for each penguin to stand on. Once each door was decorated with a number or penguin, I filled up each drawer with two chocolates (one for me and one for my Fiancé!).

ME advent calendar 2015 EC ME advent calendar close up EC

My Favorite Things released some gorgeous stamp sets just before Christmas. I picked up Sweet Safari stamps and dies, Leafy Greenery dies and the Adorable Elephants stamps and dies. I don’t normally use background stamps but really liked the Watercolor Stripes background. MFT also have some versatile grass dies so picked up a couple of those too.

MFT haul

We had a fabulous handmade piece of furniture added to our house and I wanted to create a card to say thank you. I wanted to use Lawn Fawn’s Owen’s ABC’s for the sentiment and decided to create a jungle style background using Distress Inks. I had an old stencil which I laid on top and used a baby wipe to rub off some of the ink to create the pattern. The Lawn Fawn stitched square die finished off the background and then I stamped, coloured and die cut the elephant, snake and leaves from Critters in the jungle.

Jungle thank you card EC LF thank you jungle mixture EC

LF thank you inside EC LF thank you snake EC

For my family Christmas cards I wanted to try something without a critter (I know, almost impossible!). I love the Lawn Fawn snowflake dies so decided to make them a feature by paring them with a watercolour background and an embossed sentiment from Toboggan Together. Simple and straightforward without red and green in sight!

LF Christmas snowflake watercolour EC LF Christmas snowflake watercolour all EC LF Christmas snowflake watercolour stamp EC

Just before Christmas is my Mum’s birthday. I knew the elephants from MFT would be perfect and chose to make a shaker card using Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins. The Lawn Fawn scalloped rectangle dies are definitely my favourite – you’ll be seeing them a lot! I love the small butterflies in this set along with the balloon and flowers. The new hollow dies from MFT make it so much easier to die cut, wahoo!MFT happy birthday elephants EC

MFT happy birthday elephants mixture EC

Lawn Fawn’s Baaah Humbug set is so cute. I used the two sheep facing each other and the sentiment “all i want for christmas is ewe” for my Fiancé’s Christmas card. I used blue Distress Ink for the background along with the forest border die for the tiny trees. I stamped and coloured the sheep faces with copics and used liquid appliqué for the fluffy wool. I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and mounted the card onto a glittery scalloped base. The santa hats finished the card nicely.

IMG_3387LF all I want for Christmas is ewe EC LF all I want for Christmas is ewe close up EC LF all I want for Christmas is ewe mixture EC

The Lawn Fawn December 2015 release included two new ink colours – they are amazing! Plastic flamingo and fresh lavender came out beautifully and I couldn’t wait to add them to my swatch folder and create labels for the ink pads, all courtesy of Jennifer McGuire’s downloads.

LF ink swatch pink flamingo fresh lavender EC

If you’ve made it to the end of this long post… thank you!
I can’t wait to create and share more in 2016 🙂

A tropical birthday

Although summer is well and truly over here in the UK, I just HAD to try my new Blissful Blooms set from My Favorite Things for a birthday card. I went for a tropical colour theme but you could definitely change the colours for a completely different look.

MFT Happy Birthday flower card ECI tried out my ZIG’s again and loved how vibrant the colours turned out.

I’d never used solid die cuts before but managed to get the hang of them after cutting out all these flowers and leaves! If you’re careful, you can get a really accurate cut.

I cut out a circle for the shaker and placed the flowers round the edge to cover the shape. I wanted the yellow background paper (a Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka 6×6 sheet) to peek through. I filled the shaker with Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins, some micro beads and a pinch of chunky glitter.

MFT Happy Birthday flower card stamps EC

MFT Happy Birthday flower card close up EC

Hope this card bought a little sunshine to your day!

Saying ‘I do’

I am fully consumed in all things wedding at the moment with less than a year to my very own ‘big day’!
We were invited to a wedding reception at the weekend and I wanted to create a simple card to celebrate their own Wedding Day as well as making a personalised gift for them.

Congrats wedding card ECI am loving my new scalloped die cuts from Lawn Fawn, they totally rock and come in a variety of sizes too. The second largest is the perfect size for a card base. I chose a polka dot 6×6 sheet of paper from the Lawn Fawn ‘hello sunshine’ petite paper pack for the background.

On the white background, I embossed the Neat and Tangled ‘Falling Hearts’ stamp twice using VersaMark and Ranger Bridal Embossing Tinsel. The shine on the hearts is magical!

The ‘congrats’ was cut using a Hero Arts die from silver glitter card.

Congrats wedding card close up hearts EC Congrats wedding card close up ECAs a reminder of their special day, I made a personalised heart frame with their wedding date. I used a mixture of white and cream buttons and some tiny silver and pearl gems to create the heart which fit nicely in a wooden frame (excuse the bad photo!).

Wedding heart button frame ECHope you like their gifts :o)

A roaring 1st birthday

A special little person in our family turned one last week so a personalised card was a must! Choosing Lawn Fawn’s Critters from the Past was easy for this card!

To include Oliver’s name I incorporated die cut letters into the background…

Lawn Fawn Oliver card EC

I used my ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens for the very first time and coloured the dinosaurs, tree, rocks and leaves with them. I found some colours blended better together than others but overall they were easy to use and make quick work of colouring!

I used Distress Inks to create the background – I wanted to keep the colours bright and playful so didn’t add much shadow but added a few dots using a Copic marker to create a sandy floor for the letters to stand on.

Lawn Fawn Oliver dinosaur ECI added little lines of white gel pen to add some texture…

Lawn Fawn Oliver dinosaur red ECThe letters were die cut from a navy blue sheet of 6×6 paper from Lawn Fawn’s ‘pint-sized’ patterns – beachside. I had to add a couple of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off, obviously (it’s not a finished card without Wink of Stella or a sequin – both if you’re lucky!).

Dinosaur - Oliver stamps EC

Thanks for flying by!

A baby on the way…

Our lovely friends are due to have a baby any minute now and I can’t wait to find out if they have a girl or a boy! I made these cards a while ago so I had one ready to go…

Baby cards - salt EC

I saw Jennifer McGuire create some backgrounds recently using salt and watercolours and I immediately wanted to try it out! It reminded me of my GCSE art days when we used to try loads of techniques for texture. I wet some watercolour paper and added some watercolour paint in different shades. Before it started to dry, I added some coarse and fine salt all over each background. Overnight, the salt soaked up some of the colour and left a gorgeous mottled pattern! I used a stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn to finish the background.

Baby card - salt x2 ECTo make the shaker, I die cut ‘hello’ using my Lawn Fawn scripty die cut and a stitched oval die. I stamped ‘sweet girl’ in rose ink and ‘little prince’ in fish tank ink – both sentiments were from the Lawn Fawn Hello Baby stamp set.

Baby card - salt close up ECThe shaker has a mixture of Pretty Pink Posh sequins and chunky glitter so it sparkles and shines! A few sequins were added to the corners to bring the colours together.

Baby card - hello pink EC Baby card - hello blue ECI can’t wait to find out which card to write – will it be a sweet girl or a little prince?!

Lawn Fawn inspiration week

Just popping by quickly to let you know it’s currently Lawn Fawn’s inspiration week…hurray!

I bought a selection of their fall/winter collection as soon as it came out but haven’t had time to play in my craft room, just yet! The winter sets were more appealing as it’s not very traditional to send Autumnal or Halloween cards here in the UK.

Winter Fall haul September 2015

They have tons of their design team showcasing their amazing projects and loads of videos too – their blog is well worth a look and there are still four more days to go!

I have got some new projects to share with you very soon so watch this space!

Good luck – double trouble!

I absolutely love making shaker cards. It’s so exciting to see all the sequins move around and sparkle and also rewarding when it works out OK and nothing falls out the bottom! It’s sometimes frustrating though when you’re happy with your card, only to stand it up and all that magic sinks to the bottom and you’ve got a blank space left and it’s looking a little sad…

So, that’s why I decided to make a DOUBLE shaker card (although technically it’s just one layer of shake and one layer of static). I’ve had the My Lucky Charm stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn for a while but wanted to colour those sweet little shamrocks so thought this was the perfect time to use it. Plus, I came across the cutest shamrock confetti which worked perfectly for the static layer.

Lawn Fawn Good Luck EC

I used a new die from My Favorite Things for the pierced dot detail around the circle which frames a watercoloured background. The shamrocks and sentiment are from the Lawn Fawn My Lucky Charm set (coloured with copics) and the banner from WPlus9 was stamped in Lawn Fawn’s celery stick with the sentiment in freshly cut grass dye ink.

Lawn Fawn Good Luck with stamps ECLawn Fawn Good Luck close up EC

To create the static shamrock background I laminated a cluster of the confetti and then adhered this to the back of the foam layer. Inside went my selection of sequins and then acetate on top of the foam to hold them in place. The shamrocks are almost holographic but the photos don’t do them justice!

Here’s an attempt to show them in a better light…

Lawn Fawn My Lucky Charm - close up shine EC

I can’t wait to try this on a whole host of new designs – a little added sparkle and surprise is always a good thing in my book! Hope you enjoyed this slightly different way of making shaker cards!

Under the sea…

…under the sea! I’ll stop singing along to The Little Mermaid now…

It probably won’t come as a surprise that I adore the Lawn Fawn stamps that have under the sea critters! I’ve made a couple of projects recently which used mostly new stamps and dies but also an older set.

We had a special birthday meal whilst on holiday in the Isles of Scilly and I wanted to make some little place names (with a surprise treat inside!) using the Lawn Fawn Candy Box die.

As we were by the seaside, it was an easy choice to pick my favourite under the sea images!

Here’s a look at the different boxes I made…

Lawn Fawn candy boxes - under the sea place names x4 EC2

Lawn Fawn candy boxes - under the sea stack ECLawn Fawn candy boxes - under the sea E&P EC

I used them to hide two Ferrero Rocher’s inside whilst they doubled up as place names. I used Copics to colour the images and Milo’s ABC’s to stamp each name.

I also made a card to say ‘thanks’ as we had the most wonderful time on holiday. I used the  ‘Life is Good’ stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn and a lot of foam dots!

Lawn Fawn Life is Good thanks card EC

Lawn Fawn Life is Good thanks card with stamps ECLawn Fawn Life is Good thanks card close up EC

So glad to finally share these projects with you – let’s hope the sun comes out again in August so more days at the beach can be had 🙂