Saturday, 23 January 2016


I'm playing with the challenge at Less is More today and they are looking for CAS cards with silhouettes.  I had a few ideas but couldn't find everything I was looking for but a dig through my old stash did stir up some unused stock so I've made 3 cards!

I started with a set I think is by Craft Work cards but its from before I labelled things!  Simply stamped the cage on a tiny 3x3 card and stamped the silhouette bird inside it.  The sentiment is by Elzybells.

Then I found this old car - no idea who its by.  Did a little distress inking with some water splatters and stamped the car over top.  The sentiment is kaisercraft I think.

Finally I faked a silhouette using a Little Claire Christmas cats set and stamping it and colouring it in with a sharpie before cutting it out.  Did some more distress inking and trimmed a window frame with a craft knife (cos I did the inking first and my die was too small to cover it!)  Added a moon with picket fence dauber and some stickles for a glow.  The sentiment is Elzybells again.

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

New Seven Hills Blog Challenge

We've launched the new blog for my store today with our first monthly craft challenge for 2016 ahead of the new store opening tomorrow (fingers crossed)

All you have to do is make a project on ANY theme, using AT LEAST 3 colours from ONE of the 3 colour palettes below and there is a £15 prize for the winning project.

For my project I was totally inspired by this card by Laura Bassen.   I loved the "innie and outie" die cutting technique as it adds lots of interest really easily!

I started with a panel of 300gsm card stock and did some ink blending (not as well as Ms Bassen unfortunately but ink blending is her super power!) using shades of blue and green distress inks.  I then die cut them using some nested star dies.  The panel "waste" was then adhered to the base card and you just work to the middle adding foam behind alternate stars.

The sentiment panel was die cut from glitter card using an MFT accent it celebration die set and was popped up on foam to add to the dimension.

It's a really fun technique so I will be looking for other nested shapes to play with!

Hope you're inspired to come and play along with us.


Monday, 4 January 2016

Spreading a little love....

I've been waiting in vain for some decent light to take a shot of this card I made on Saturday for the latest LIM challenge which is to use neutral colours, but it looks like Sheffield is never going to emerge from under the grey skies so this is the best I can do.

I used a super cute stamp from Stamping Bella's new "stuffies" range - this is one is ellie loves phant and I just think it is totally adorable and it is such fun to colour.  To keep with the theme of the challenge I used nothing but cool and warm greys and am really pleased with how the colouring came out.   I framed it using a MFT die and added a sentiment from Mama Elephant as it filled the frame better than the "I love you" that comes with the stamp.   I added a few grey die cut hearts to link the two together - they are by Paper Smooches.

Right - back to work - I have lots to do on getting our new store site up and running this week!

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