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Monday, 21 August 2017

Moving Along with the Times - Something beginning with 'B'


We've a great challenge and an easy one to join in with at Moving Along with the Times right now.  We're looking for projects designed featuring something beginning with 'B'.  Mine for the DT is this fun pot of brushes from the Crafting Forever stamp set.  It's a lovely set if you like colouring or you can just stamp on to colour and I'll share another card like that with you soon.

 A quick and easy way to colour these images is to use the marker pens and an aqua painter.  I've used very vanilla card stock so you need to be quick and not too fussy so that the card doesn't get too wet.  Using the acetate sheet from my stamp a ma jig or indeed a plastic bag if you don't have the acetate, add patches of colour to the sheet with marker pens. Lift the colour with a slightly damp aqua painter brush and add to your image. It allows you to add some light and shade as the colour fades and is really quick to do.

I created a little depth on the card on the left by adding double layers of stampin' dimensional to the back of the pot before adhereing to the card.   The new mini or baby dimensional as they are known in my house, are perfect for the raising the scissor handles.

Please do join us in our challenge over at MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES.  We'd love to see what you create sharing something beginning with 'B'.

Hugs Zx


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Christmas Card Club - The Nativity

Stampin' Up! Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set

It's been while since I've participated in the Christmas Card Challenge as life has been busy with the build up to Thailand and this week exam results for Olivia. I'm delighted to share though that she got her first choice place to study Business and will be leaving the nest very soon.  We are so proud of her.

Our challenge today is set by Christine and she wanted us to remember the true meaning of Christmas which has fallen perfectly with my recent order of the new stamp set Night in Bethlehem and the Bethlehem edgelits . These will both be available to purchase in my Stampin Up online shop from 1 September.  Aren't they fabulous and will be useful for years to come.  I've teamed them up with some new papers called Merry Music Specialty and you can just see that the sheet I've used has a carol printed on it with the line "Born a king on Bethlehem's plain...."  I've used sponges and ink to add colour to a soft sky bendy card similar to one in shape to one I made years ago for Shelli's old creative challenges which I won.  You can just see too that I used the brick wall mask behind the first layer of buildings to add a little more interest.  I've also heat embossed in clear some stars onto the carol sheet prior to sponging on colour.  Mary and Joseph are stamped and die cut black on white.

Do take a look around the other ladies blogs for lots more 'Reason for the Season' inspiration.

Happy Sunday.

Hugs Zx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sweet images in Heartland Set

I fell in love with this sweet image as soon as I saw this year's catalogue. Living in Lincolnshire it fits our farming county perfectly.  The barn and tractor stamp also in the set are super too and are just right for young boy and older male cards.

We used this set last week at coffee and a card at The School House Coffee Bar in Horncastle and also before I went to Thailand at The Craftea Cafe in Lincoln.  Everyone loved it and of course it is a very therapeutic stamp set with gentle colouring required. We used the water colour pencils and a blender pen to move and blend the colours across the image.

You'll see an accent of Island Indigo card stock made with the Ticket Tear Border punch, new to the Stampin' Up! range this year.  We also used the Triple Banner punch to create the Pool Party banner cut at 1.5" wide.

To make sure that your stamped image doesn't run or bleed when coloured you need to use either the Archival Black stamp pad from Stampin' Up! or your black Star On ink.  Stamped onto a precept stitched shape circle which as a little more detail, but is easily created.

I love the sentiment in this set too as it is suitable for lots of occasions.

Have a great day!

Zoe x

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

It's Back - The Daisy Punch

Stampin' Up! Daisy Punch is back in stock YAY!!!

This punch and the Daisy Delight stamp set are just so popular.  I think because it is a timeless and pretty set that you can use for simply created cards like these or for more detailed cards depending upon your personal choice of style.

I love it because it is quick and easy to use for those short notice cards, dare I say the ones you forget or need on the spur of the moment.  A batch made like this with no sentiments can be kept in reserve and appropriate sentiments added as required.

The dotted border is stamped with a stamp from the set which you could overlook, but in fact you can see its potential here.

Bought together the stamp set and punch are classed as a bundle and so you can save 10% on the purchase price.  If you missed out on the first wave because the punch was withdrawn temporarily to avoid excessive backorders, you can now buy it again as it is back in stock.  Contact me to order or place an online order via my shop.

Have a Delightful Daisy Day

Zoe x

Friday, 28 July 2017

Totally Techniques Blog Hop - die cut masking technique



Hi and welcome to July's Totally Techniques blog hop.  We're sharing our take on the die cut masking technique this month. It's a technique that is easy to do and you can have a lot of fun with it.  There's a great tutorial here that will help to get you started or you can follow the simple instructions below.

1. Using removable note sheets or removable 'sticky' tabs cut out the die cut of your choice.  I used the Stampin' Up! Large Letter dies.

2. Position the die cut pieces on your card layer making sure that they are secure, but still removable.

3. Spritz, stamp, smudge, sponge or whatever ink over the masks to build your design.  I used sponges, stamps Timeless Textures and Touches of Texture.  Colours used were Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Rose Red.

4. You can add extras like glitter dots with a fine tip glue pen at this stage, but before removing the masks make sure everything is dry so as not to smudge any glue or ink.  

5. Remove the masks to reveal the clean letters in the original card stock colour.  

As the Meerkats would say 'Simples'!!

To finish my card I add flowers which were stamped using the Touches of Texture smallest flower and then punched with the Sprinkles punch, an addition to my sentiment from Lovely Inside and Out and some additional flowers.  The design is matted onto Crumb Cake card which has been smudged around the edges with the same colour ink and then a Soft Sky card base.  

You're here in the UK with Zoe Tant, but please do go on a mini globe tour to see the designs with Die Cut Masking from my lovely demonstrator friends.  

All products can be bought in my online store HERE 


1. Nadine Weiner Germany
2. Shelagh Freemantle  Canada
3. Shannean Moncrieff   Australia
4. Zoe Tant  UK
5. Barbara Meyer Austria


Thanks for checking in...
Zx