Thursday, 22 June 2017

Wedding card with MFT stamps

Hi folks!

The Craftie Cafe team are featuring Wedding and congratulations cards this month. Using some really cute My Favorite Things stamps and dies, I created this wedding card:

 Here's the stamp set and matching dies:

I often deliberate about buying the matching dies - some images are pretty easy to cut out with scissors, but when they're even slightly complicated, I always add the matching dies to my cart.

Here's how the card came together:

Step 1
I stamped a couple of the dog images from the Top Dog stamp set using a waterproof ink onto some mixed media cardstock. I have some Distress Inks and a waterbrush ready to go.

Step 2
I like to work small areas at a time, wetting it lightly with my waterbrush, then adding small amounts of colour at a time and allowing it to spread in the water. I used Pumice Stone ink for the dog bodies, Tattered Rose to add some colour to the cheeks, Festive Berries for the hearts and Lucky Clover for the bow and scarf. When these were dry I cut the shapes out using the corresponding dies. I just cut the hearts by hand with scissors.

Step 3
I created a background using Broken China ink - smooshing the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing with water then smooshing it onto some watercolour paper. I repeated the process to add some variation and depth to the colour. I trimmed an 8 x 12cm piece for the background of the card, then used this edge piece with some scanty Broken China to stamp and die cut some clouds.

Step 4
One of the things I remember most about my wedding is all the photos that were taken. I thought it would be fun to add a polaroid frame to my card, so I cut a rectangle from white cardstock, then cut a window out of it with a square die:

Once I had most of my pieces stamped, die cut and ready to roll, I added some foam mounting tape to the back and assembled everything onto the background piece:

Step 6
Of course, there's too many elements to have them all fit into the polaroid frame, so I find it fun to have some components overlapping and overhanging the edge of the borders. Here's one of the dogs with its front paws sitting over the frame, and its behind protruding beyond the background piece:

Step 7
The bottom of the polaroid frame gave me some room for a sentiment so I used the Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words stamp and die set  to create the 'congrats' sentiment:

If you look really closely, you can see that I have had to label my Big Scripty Words dies because I was having trouble identifying them. I did this with a permanent marker - now I have no trouble choosing the correct long as I can find my glasses LOL.

Here's the card again, and a list of all the supplies I used:

Craftie Cafe Supplies:
My Favorite Things Top Dog stamp set
My Favorite Things Top Dog die set
Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words stamp set
Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words die set
Foam Mounting Tape

Other Supplies:
Archival Ink: Watering Can
Distress Ink:  Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Festive Berries, Lucky Clover, Broken China
Mixed Media cardstock
Watercolour cardstock

 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Christmas Placecards with Chameleon Pens

Hi there crafty people! I have another project to share that I made using products from Craftie Cafe - a set of placecards:

Placecards are a nice touch for a celebratory/formal dinner,  and it's nice when the guests take their placecard home with them when they leave as a little memento of the evening.

I used Chameleon Pens to colour the names stamped with Lawn Fawn's Quin's ABC stamp set. I haven't used the Chameleon Pens in the traditional way - I have used the colourless blender to pick some colour up and apply it - much like a watercolour brush. 

Here's a close up :

Silver tinsel trim and some diamentes finish each placecard off.

I made a short video of the process and you can see that here on YouTube.

The list of products available from Craftie Cafe (and well worth checking out as most of these come with free postage!):

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Vintage Paris Postcard Stamp

Hi folks! I have a couple of cards to share that I made using a new stamp from Darkroom Door - the Paris Postcard Eclectic Stamp.

I went for a vintage look with this card, and I threw in some modern elements:

I stamped the mini postcard twice and cut it out, adding to the mixed media background under some twine and a few wooden chevrons. The Distress Oxide ink was so much fun to play with!

For this second card, I used the postcard image to create a background:

I stamped it with Distress Oxide ink then added some water and watched some magic happen. The feather is reminiscent of olden days and ink and quills, and adds to the vintage effect.

For a full materials list and step by step instructions on how these came together, visit the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for dropping in today!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Stamped Background made with Little Stamps

Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing a card and wrapping paper set I made using all those little stamps that come in sets that I never know what to do with:

The stamps are from Craftie Cafe - Waffle Flower Wild and Free and Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy.

Here's a close up:

It was so much fun working out which colour ink would go where. I have made a video to show some of the process - pop over to YouTube and watch it if you like.

Thanks for dropping in!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Mini Mason Jar Stamp from Darkroom Door

Hi folks!

I have some cards I made using Darkroom Door's Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp:

Here's a shaker card:

You can see this one shaking and moving on a little video I posted on Instagram.

This is a little tag I made with a beachy theme:

and this last one is a collection of jars filled with good stuff:

Instructions on how I made these cards as well as a full materials list can be found on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Bicycle cards with Darkroom Door

Hi crafty peeps!

I have a couple of happy carefree cards to show you I made with Darkroom Door's new Step-through Bicycle Eclectic stamp:  

This stamp matches with the other bikes in the Enjoy the Ride stamp set:

Here are my cards:

For all the details on how I put them together as well as a list of all the bits and pieces I used, please pop over to the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mother's Day Cards for Craftie Cafe

Hi folks! I have a couple of cards to share today that I made for Craftie Cafe. There's even a video showing how I put them together!

Here are the cards:

They are essentially made using the same techniques, just different colours. The blue one was make using Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks over some black embossing:

 and this one was made with Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks over gold embossing:

Here's the Craftie Cafe supplies list:

and here's the video:

or click here if you prefer to watch on YouTube. I'd love for you to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you like :)

Thanks for stopping by today, and a very Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Darkroom Door Crayons Eclectic stamp

Hello lovely people! I'm back with samples using the new Crayons Eclectic stamp from Darkroom Door:

Lovely crayons, lined up waiting to be coloured! Here are my samples:

This was so much fun!!

You can find all the details on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Gift Card Holder Card for Craftie Cafe

Hi folks! It's my first post as part of the Craftie Cafe design team, and I'm excited to bring you an idea for Mother's Day that's coming up in a couple of weeks:

That's a gift card holder I made using a Lawn Fawn die and some funky watercolour patterned paper I made using Distress Oxide inks stuck to the front of a card - great for the mum who likes to make her own choices for gifts, or for those of us who have their subtle-as-a-sledgehammer hints ignored and have to go out and buy their own gifts.

I have included a complete supplies list at the end. Here are the steps:

Step 1
Here's the Small Stitched Envelope die set together with a selection of Distress Oxide inks.

Step 2
Apply a little ink from each pad to a craft sheet, spritz with water then press some white cardstock into it. Dry each colour before applying the next:

Step 3
Once the cardstock is dry, cut out the envelope using the die. It cuts cute little stitching around the edge as well as scoring along the lines that need to be folded to create the envelope.

Step 4
Apply some double sided tape to the inner tabs to create the envelope:

Step 5
Insert the gift card, special note or cash into the envelope before tying it shut. You can see here what I will be getting for Mother's Day from me:

Step 6
I wanted to add a watercolour patterned layer to the card, so I watercoloured just the edges of a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of cardstock. This not only saves ink but also time as I have less of an area to dry off.

Step 7
Die cut some of the words and hearts from a scrap of watercoloured cardstock, and adhere in place on a 9.5 x 13.8 cm piece of white card using a glue pen.

Step 8
Layer the 9.5 x 13.8 cm piece to the watercoloured edge piece, then onto the front of a white card. Apply some foam mounting tape to the back of the assembled envelope and adhere to the card front.

Here's a close up of the envelope in place on the card:

 and here's the finished card again. Surely I won't have to write it and address it to myself?

Craftie Cafe supplies:
Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts Dies - Small Stitched Envelope LF1284
Ranger Distress Oxide ink pads - Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China
Couture Creations - Double sided tape 3mm
Couture Creations - Turbo Precision Glue Pen 
Couture Creations - Foam Mounting tape

Other materials:
Craft sheet 
Water spray bottle

Thanks for looking! Don't forget to check out the Craftie Cafe Facebook page where you can find links to some amazing projects from the design team as well as other project ideas, shop information and notifications of sales and special discounts.