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Hello everyone and happy Monday!

Last week our 6 year old daughter was trying to convince hubby and I that we really should her a baby brother or sister! LOL I blame last weeks movie session  – Storks! She was pulling out all the stops in order to try to convince us. Knowing that my favourite time of year is Autumn, she was suggesting the names – Autumn, Leaf and in the end she decided that Conker would be the best name for her new imaginary sibling. Oh geez, that girl!

So I guess this card was inspired by this silly conversation, where I have combined the Welcome Baby stamp set with the Country Wreath stamps and dies! Let me walk you through it!

I started with an A2 die cut panel which I then ran through my Big Shot using the circular wreath die, then I added a woodgrain embossing effect to the outer section with an embossing folder. I then stamped the twig design onto the circular die cut using a light brown ink. I also used the same honeycuts die to cut a circle from gold glitter paper so I could layer one on top of the other.

First I stamped the cute bambino from the Welcome Baby stamp set and die cut this using the companion honeycuts dies. Next I stamped & die cut a bunch of floral and leaf designs from the awesome Country Wreath stamp set, and then used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to add some loose colouring to the images. I decided to leave some uncoloured to add some interest to the design.

I had fun layering all the floral images, and the Autumn Sunset sequin mix were perfect additions to this card, so I added these with some Ranger multi matt medium.

To finish the card, I heat embossed the word Welcome from the Welcome Baby set and die cut it with its coordinating die.

I love how this card turned out…. now I am off to see if Piper will settle for a baby on a card instead of a real life baby sibling! Wish me luck! 🙂

 

Happy Crafting

 

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HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY Y’ALL

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We are celebrating Moms today over here in the UK, and so its only fitting that I have a Mothers’ Day card to share in today’s video tutorial. Whats more, it features lots of products from the awesome MAMA Elephant! This is one of my favourite stamp manufacturers and I was so in love with the Lil’ Painters stamp set that I was very naughty and bought it as soon as I saw it arrive in a UK online store! 

I simply HAD to use it for todays card. Whilst I was giving in to my crafty retail urges, i spied that the Mama Elephant zipper die was also in stock. I have been wanting this for ages, so i just went ahead and clicked ‘Add to Cart’ without a moments hesitation! Teehee!
The idea for this card was to create a white top panel, with a colourful panel beneath, so when you pull the zipper a colourful cardstock can be seen, with the message ‘you’re a good egg’. This message is from the Mama Elephant Just Hatched set. Of course, this silly legit didn’t take a photo of the hidden message but you will be able to see it in the video. On my card, I wanted there to be a family of cute chickies, all having fun drawing a picture of mummy. The cute easel is in the Lil’ Painters set, but I pulled out the ‘mother hen’ image from the Mama Elephant Lunar Animals stamp set (technically i think its a rooster, but lets not dwell on that) 🙂

 I used my distress inks and a damp paintbrush to add some loose colour to the bottom of the panel, and after I coloured my images with copics and stuck them down, I added some splotches of pink and blue ‘paint’ using Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers distress inks. I wanted it to look like these chicks were getting super messy – we all know kids love messy play!

For the greeting I built the word Hello from the ME alphabet stamp set called Cali Letters, then added the word MOM with the new Iconic letters set. I love the way you can build the shadow on top of the solid image!

On the inside, i added a few extra images from the Lil’ Painters set and stamped a greeting on the inside – for this I used a Paula Pascal stamp set called All Year Round. It has some awesome words that come in useful for holidays all year round!

Thanks for joining me, and I hope you enjoy the video.

Happy Mummy’s Day to my Mummsy and Mom (mother in law) – they really are the best this gal could ask for!

Happy crafting

Lesley

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–Featured on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog today–

Hello there my sweet HoneyBee friends! Today I had so much fun making this slider card for today’s blog post – take a peek at the contents of the box on the photo below. Now let’s have another look at the box in the photo below! SURPRISE!! <3

For this card, I have made a hidden slider card, and I was inspired by the awesome Celebration Box HoneyCuts die as it cuts a line on the inside of the box. Originally I thought I would insert a gift card, as it is the perfect size – but sometimes my creative journey turns out different from my creative plans. 🙂

To start with, I stamped some images and got colouring. The balloons, box and strings are from the Celebration box set and the pretty kitty is from the Curious Kitties set. I coloured these with copic markers and set them to the side whilst I worked on the rest of the card. I cut a panel from white cardstock and added some ink blending through a mini hearts stencil using Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar. I trimmed it down and added a pink border on both the left and right.

I used a slider die to cut a slot into the white cardstock – this will be how I hide the sliding panel. Speaking of which, I am creating this sliding panel using two strips of acetate with my die cut elements inside. Because there is acetate on the front and back, the acetate will slide in and out super easily and none of the die cute pieces will catch as it travels up and down. Plus it gives a really cool invisible effect due the transparency of the acetate. As well as the balloons, I added a strip of pink card with white embossed YOU DID IT on there! This will be a surprise message when you pull out the slider.

At the bottom of the acetate, I added a skinny piece of card which was longer than the hole in the white panel. This will act as a stopper then I pull the acetate up, just like you can see in the photo. I added foam tape on both sides of the cardstock panel, and a very thin piece along the bottom, making sure that these won’t interfere with the acetate. The strip at the bottom makes sure that the acetate doesn’t fall out the bottom of the card.

Next I mounted the front panel on to a piece of teal cardstock, making sure the acetate was already through the slider hole. Next I took my stamped and die cut box and pushed the acetate through the slit in the middle. Carefully, I added glue dots to the back so I could secure my box in  place. I wanted the balloons to be juuuussssst peeking out!

I trimmed off the excess acetate so it was flush with the top of my panel then I then took a circle punch and punched through the white and teal cardstock to create a little thumb notch at the top. I reached for my Hooray stamp set, white embossed the Hooray image onto pink cardstock, and used the coordinating shadow honeycuts die to cut it out! I only added foam tape to the far left and right, then stuck this carefully onto my card, making sure the foam didn’t hinder the acetate.

I used the same pink cardstock to punch out another circle to add to the top of the acetate -I think this helps draw attention to the fact that there is something there to pull. I also added my cute kitty to the scene to finish off the design.

Now for the magic —- pull the acetate UP!!

TA-DA!

A secret slider message! And SUPER FUN!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope that you too have lots of fun playing with these great stamp sets!

Have a happy crafty day!

Lesley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey Bee Stamps Products used

Curious Kitties Stamps & Dies
Celebration box Stamps & Dies
Hooray Stamp set
Hooray Shadow Dies

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