Thursday, 13 June 2019

Little Mermaiden Agenda Shaker Card - All Mama Elephant!

Good morning Crafters!  Today I'm back on my blog and YouTube channel bringing you some bright and summery vibes with some cute mermaidens thrown in for good measure!  Thank you to Karen of Karen_Kards who suggested I make something summery or with mermaids (I asked in my YouTube community page what you'd like to see!)  I decided to use both as inspiration!

I'm entering this card in to Mama Elephants Top Card Contest so I used all ME stamps and dies to create this card - check out all the supplies in my list below (they are also all listed in the description box of my co-ordinating video on YouTube).

A full process video is available on YouTube - there were lots of steps to this card and a little difficult to explain with just words....a visual always helps so I hope you check out the video if you want to make something similar!  

I used my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils to colour in the mermaidens....I swatched out some colours to try and match them as closely as possible to the distress inks I used.  Here is a list of colours and the co-ordinating ink colour:

Peacock Feathers - Cobalt Turquoise (155)
Blueprint Sketch - Helioblue-Reddish (151)
Wilted Violet - Manganese Violet (160)
Picked Raspberry - Middle Purple Pink (125)

All other colours:
Burnt Ochre (187) - skin
Dark Flesh (130) - cheeks
Cadmium Orange (155) - fish
Copper (252) - star & fork
When I use my coloured pencils I like to use a blending fluid - the one I use is by Winsor Newton and called Sansodor (I have linked where I buy it from below (UK) but its available widley here in the UK...I'm sure gamsol is similar and I've even heard baby oil works - not tried that myself though!!

When using the blending fluid I like to pop a small make up sponge (really, nothing expensive just a small cheap sponge to hold some fluid is all you need) in to a container - I use a small jar (a clean mini jam jar to be exact) and then pour a little of the blending fluid on to the sponge.  Using a container with a lid is great as it stops the fluid drying out!!
For these small mermaiden images I found it easiest to colour a very light layer of colour on to the image then blend it all out with a stump pencil with blending fluid on.  I then went in with the colouring pencil again to add in shadows and hair streaks.  I then blended the colour out again but not too much, I wanted to keep some definition so its just about blending out harsh lines!  I recommend a sharp point on the pencils especially for creating the hair streaks - you want to keep some nice definition on those streaks of colour!  These images are super tiny so keep pencils sharp to help you stay inside the lines :)

When using a stump pencil you need to make sure you are cleaning off the colour when moving from one colour to the you also need to keep the stump pencil to a fine point if possible to help keep in the lines.  One of my lovely subscribers gave me a great tip recently and that was to use a nail file/emery board to file down stump pencils.....what a genius idea!!  Thank you xx

that's it for today folks!  I hope this post inspires you and you enjoyed sure to check out the video here!

Thanks my lovlies...have a great day!! xxx

Here is a list of the supplies I used to make this card!  Some links are affiliate links but most are just there to make things easier for you to find!  If you do use an affililate link I receive a small commission at no extra cost you (yay) but it does help me to keep my crafty passion going and keep bringing you guys inspiration!
SSS - Simon Says Stamp (US)
DST - Dies To Die For (UK)
SVN - Seven Hills Crafts (UK)
CST - Craftstash (UK)
AMZ - Amazon (UK)
CTA - Crafty Arts (UK)




• Mama Elephant OCEAN WAVES TRIO

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad EVERGREEN BOUGH [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pad BLUEPRINT SKETCH [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Cosmic Shimmer PIXIE POWDER White Pearl [ CST ]


• Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF [ SSS ] [ CST ]




• Nuvo/Tonic PURE SHEEN CONFETTI Ice White Circles (Golden Years) [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Winsor Newton SANSODOR Blending Fluid [ CTA ]

• Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only White & Grey UK [ CST ]

• Sakura STARDUST GLITTER PEN Silver [ SSS ] [ CTP ]

• Gel Pen WHITE uniball [ SSS ]

• Nuvo by Tonic AQUA SHIMMER PEN [ SSS ] [CST ]

151 Helioblue
160 Manganese Violet
125 Middle Purple Pink
155 Cobalt
130 Dark Flesh (cheeks)
187 Burnt Ochre (skin)
155 Cadmium Orange (fish)
252 Copper (fork/star) [ CST ] [ SSS ]

• Spellbinder TOOL N’ ONE [ SSS ] [CST ]

• Tonic 12” GUILLOTINE [ SSS ] [CST ]

Friday, 31 May 2019

Swedish House Crafts Guest Design Team Post ft. Paper Nest Dolls 'Elephants'

 Hello crafters!  Thank you so much for joining me here today on my blog!  I'm very excited to be a Guest Designer over at Swedish House Crafts today; welcome if you have joined me from there!

My card today features a stamp set from Paper Nest Dolls called Elephants.  There are lots of cute elephant stamps in the set and I have used one on my card today....I also snuck in another elephant on a matching tag (see other photo).
 I used lots of different dies from my stash to create this dimentional card.  The scallop base is the Lawn Fawn Inside Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die and the quilted panel is also a Lawn Fawn die-Quilted Backdrop.

To create a focal area for my elephant I used some square scalloped frames from MFT.  I originally just used the larger frame but it just didn't look right (my elephant looked a little bit lost) so I left the card on my desk (for about a week!) until I could work out how I wanted to proceed.  I finally had a eureka moment and cut another smaller frame to better place my elephant inside and I was really happy with how this looked.

Behind the frame, on the scalloped panel/base I used some distress inks to lightly blend on a scene.  I made sure to mask the area with post it tape to keep the colour with in the frame area.  I used some distress inks to create a sky and some grass.  
I used copic markers to colour my elephant - all of the colours I used are listed in the visual below:
I fussy cut the image using my cutterbee scissors.

I added some dimention to the card by popping foam adhesive squares behind the quilted panel, the large & small frame and the elephant.  All elements were adhered to the base layer and then adhered to a side folding A2 (american) sized card base.

I created a simply sentiment layering the white card on to a base of pink inked card.  I die cut some hearts from the same pink card and adhered them to the sentiment finishing with some glaze pen to make the shine.

The corners of the card were embellished with some cute dies from CC Designs.

Finally, to complete the card I liberally covered the elephants dress, bow and both frames with Nuvo aqua shimmer pen.
I hope you enjoyed my guest design team project!  All of the supplies are listed below.  Thank you to Swedish House Crafts for having me today!


• Paper Nest Dolls ELEPHANTS
——— [ SHC ]

——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CST ]

——— [ SSS ]
——— [ DST]

——— [ SSS ]
——— [ DST ]
——— [ SVN ]

—— [ SSS ] [ CLB ]

——— [ DST ]
——— [ CCD ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad EVERGREEN BOUGH
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CST ]
• Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Pad SALTY OCEAN
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CST ]

• Scrapbook Adhesives 3D FOAM SQUARES
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ AMZ ]

• Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CST ]

• Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only White & Grey UK
——— [ CST ]

• Gel Pen BLK GLAZE sakura
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CTP ]

• Gel Pen CLR GLAZE sakura
——— [ SSS ]
——— [ CTP ]

• Gel Pen WHITE uniball
——— [ SSS ]

• Nuvo by Tonic AQUA SHIMMER PEN
——— [ SSS ]
——— [CST ]

Elephant: W4, W3, W1, W00, RV93, RV91
Dress/Bow: V09, V06, V01, V000

• Spellbinder TOOL N’ ONE
——— [ SSS ]
——— [CST ]

• Tonic 12” GUILLOTINE
——— [ SSS ]
——— [CST ]
Some of the links above are affiliate links.  This means I receive a small commission should you purchase something through one of the links in the supplies list at no additional cost to you.  Please know I appreciate every single purchase made through my links and it enables me to continue to bring you crafty inspiration!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart xx

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Time for Tea Designs new release! 'Moo-vellous' stamp set

Hi crafty friends I hope you are well!  Today I am back to share this super cute clean and simple card featuring stamps and dies from Time for Tea Designs new release...I just love this cow and his floppy hair!  This stamp set is called 'Moo-vellous'.
To celebrate the new release I have a coupon code to share - T4TPINKPEPPER10.  Use this at the checkout to receive 10% off your order for a limited time.  Right, now to move on to how I made the card!

I first stamped the images on to my favourite copic friendly cardstock with memento tuxedo black ink.  The images were coloured using my copic markers which I have listed below:
Once the images were coloured I die cut them with the co-ordinating dies, then popped them to one side while I worked on the rest of the card.

I next made a cardbase using some heavyweight white cards stock.  This particular card is a side folding A2 size card so the base was 8 1/2"x5 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/4".  The top card panel was also cut from heavyweight white card and measured 5 1/4"x4" and was adhered to a piece of kraft cardstock measuring 4 3/8" x 4 1/8" to give a small border around the top panel.  

Before adhering anything to the cardbase I cut the 'smile' sentiment die from some black cardstock and stuck this to the white card panel.  The 'you are moo-vellous' stamp was stamped using my mini misti tool with some Versafine onyx black ink.

The kraft panel was then adhered to the white card base with some strong liquid adhesive.  I gathered my coloured images and then arranged them on to the card front.  I laid some post-it tape over the top of the images in the arrangement I was happy with.  I flipped them over, popped foam tape on to the back and this held all the images together.  I removed the release paper from the foam tape and then carefully turned the collection of images over and secured to the card base.

Finally I added some nuvo aqua shimmer pen to the petals of the flowers and the birds along with some clear glaze pen for the birds beaks.  This is the card complete!

I hope you enjoyed this card and the crafty process to make it!  Here is a list of the supplies used to make the card....don't forget you can use my coupon code T4TPINKPEPPER10 to get 10% off your order!  Happy shopping!

Product list:
Moo-vellous stamp set - click here
Moovellous co-ordinating dies - click here
Inside Scalloped/Stitched Frame and Smile Script Die - click here (this item is a create and craft exclusive and not eligible for the discount)
Copic Cardstock click here
Heavyweight White Cardstock - click here
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Copic Markers
Foam Tape
Liquid Adhesive
Kraft Cardstock - click here
Tonic Guillotine
Fiskars Scoring Paper Trimmer & Scoring Tool

Saturday, 4 May 2019

DIY Sliding Window Card with Secret Shaker Element

Hello everyone! So sorry I've not posted in a few weeks! Life has been crazy busy with Easter holidays, illness and general life admin! Over the next few weeks I hope to post a lot more on my blog and upload more videos to my YouTube channel which you can find here.
For today's card I am sharing another sliding window card but this time I've added a twist!  I've added a hidden shaker element to the card plus I've created my own sliding window panel.
I started with a card panel slightly larger than A2 size blended on some twisted citron and evergreen bough distress ink.  I used the Newtons Nook Tropical Leaves stencil and blended on some more of those inks over the top to create a fun jungle theme element to my card.  To add texture I splattered on some green jewel paint (I used the Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolor pallet) before removing the stencil.  Once the panel was completely dry I used and A2 size rectangle die to die cut the panel to size.

To start creating the sliding window panel I took a rectangle die from my stash to create a template.  Any rectangle die will just need it to be smaller than A2 size and give a wide enough border to allow adhesive to run along the edges - I used  to cut a rectangle from lawn fawn.  I cut the rectangle from a piece of scrap cardstock.  This will be my template to help create my sliding window panel. On to the template I measured out some markings to help me work out where I would score and cut my card panel-I've created this diagram below to help explain.
The small rectangle at the bottom will help form part of the pull mechanism for the sliding window.  Rectangles 1 & 2 should be even in size so that the sliding window can pull up without buckling or bending.
I then placed this template centrally on to my inked up card front and used by craft knife to cut around three sides of the template.  I removed my template and then used a scoring tool to create score lines to form the pop up sliding feature (my video will probably show a better visual explanation!)
This diagram shows where to cut, and where to score.....
To cut out the notch at the top of the card panel (and the front panel of my cardbase) I used a die from MFT blueprints tag 5. Before moving on to decorating the hidden panel I flipped over the front card panel (i.e. jungle face down) and placed some double sided adhesive along the small strip at the base of the sliding window flap.  I cut a piece of cardstock slightly wider (ensure it is only slightly wider - you don't want it to get in the way when you put the card together) than the sliding window element, removed the release paper from the tape and secured the cardstock flush along the edge.  If the cardstock is too long (overhangs the top of the top edge of the card) just trim it down to size
For the hidden panel/shaker window I took the cardbase and lightly blended on some distress ink (twisted citron, evergreen bough), stamped some leaf images in co-ordinating colours (hello bluebird-jungle littles) and stamped a sentiment in Versafine onyx black ink (sentiment also from jungle littles stamp set).

I took strips of foam tape (I made custom sized strips by sticking foam tape to the release paper of label paper and then cut into strips with a craft knife).  I placed the foam tape along both sides of the cardbase, the bottom of the cardbase and then a small strip along the top but below the cut notch.  
I placed sequins in the well created, removed the release paper from the foam tape and secured a piece of acetate over the top.  The acetate was cut to size, avoiding interfering with the notch at the top of the card.
More double sided adhesive was placed on top of the acetate using the foam tape as a guide for placement. The release paper removed from the tape and then the front card panel (the one with the slider flap on!) secured to the cardbase. 

With the slider and shaker elements finished its time to finish the front of the card!

I cut the 'HAPPY birthday' sentiment by hello bluebird from some black card stock.  I then glued the HAPPY to the card front.  I coloured and die cut the cute little monkey from jungle littles and hooked him on to the 'birthday' element.... I used glue and some reverse tweezers to secure into place.  To secure to the card I only placed glue on the bottom half of the 'birthday' die cut to ensure it popped up when the slider mechanism is pulled as it is placed across the middle score line.

The monkey's little present is from Mama Elephant Page Huggers stamp was the perfect size for the monkey!

I used copics to colour the monkey & present.  The monkey was coloured with E70's (body) and E40's (face).  The present I used some R80's.

To finish off the card I added some black glaze pen to the monkey's eyes and nose plus some white gel pen to add some highlights.  To add a little bit more sparkle I took some spring green jewels from Pretty Pink Posh and glued them to the card front using my jewel picker and some Gina K connect glue.
I hope you enjoyed this card and I hope this post helps you to make one too! I made YouTube video which I think will explain thing better, visually:

 Here is a list of all the supplies I used to create this card:

SS - Simon Says Stamp US
DST - Dies To Die For UK
SVN - Seven Hills Crafts UK
CST - Craftstash UK
BMB - Bumbleberry’s UK

• Hello Bluebird JUNGLE LITTLES Clear Stamps [ SSS ] [ MNN ]

• Hello Bluebird JUNGLE LITTLES Die [ MNN ]

• Hello Bluebird HAPPY BIRTHDAY Die [ SSS ] [ MNN ]


• My Favorite Things TAG BUILDER BLUEPRINTS 6 [ SSS ] [ DST ] [ SVN ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad EVERGREEN BOUGH [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Newtons Nook TROPICAL LEAVES stencil [ SSS ] [ SVN ]

• Gansai Tambi PEARL WATERCOLOR SET - 6 [ SSS ]

• Sequins - The SKYFALL mix are no longer available but this sequin mix from Lucy’s Cards are similar and equally lovely! [ LCY ]

• Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti GOLDEN YEARS (ROSE GOLD SQUARES) [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Mama Elephant PAGE HUGGERS Clear Stamps [ SSS ] [ DST ] [ SVN ]

• Mama Elephant PAGE HUGGERS Creative Cuts/Dies [ SSS ] [ DST ] [ SVN ]

• Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only White & Grey UK [ CST ]


• Pretty Pink Posh SPRING GREEN Jewels [ SSS ] [ DST ]

• 3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent [ SSS ]

• Hot Off The Press HEAT RESISTANT ACETATE 5 Sheets 8.5x11 [ SSS ] [ CST ]

• Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE Adhesive 5614 [ SSS ] [ BMB ]

• Gel Pen BLK GLAZE sakura [ SSS ]

• Gel Pen WHITE uniball [ SSS ]

• Spectrum Noir CLEAR SPARKLE PEN [ SSS ] [CST ]

Monkey (body): E77, E74, E71
Monkey (face): E44, E43, E42
Present: R85, R83, R81

Friday, 22 March 2019

Interactive Sliding Window Card - Pink Puffy Clouds Birthday Card

Hi crafty friends:...…

Thank you so much for joining me here on my blog!  Today I'm sharing another interactive sliding window card....I absolutely love the sliding window die and how easy it makes to create a fun interactive element on your card.

I used some scrap watercolour cardstock to create the base panel of my card and used the mini cloud stencil and some picked raspberry distress ink to apply some pretty fluffy clouds.

The stamp set I used for the main images on my card is the 'Up We Go' stamp set from Mama Elephant/Hampton Art and I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
to colour in the images:
  • Balloons (Peach Pink, Sugared Almond Pink, Lilac, English Lavender, Light Blue, Haze Blue, Turquoise Green, Pale Green, Blender)
  • Bunny (Pale Gray, Pink Haze)
I have posted a youtube video to show you how I created this card...I hope you find it helpful and gives you some inspiration on how to create your own card :)
Here is a list of all the supplies I have used to create the card in this post:

There are some affiliate links contained in this post (not all....I have included some links purely for your convenience!)

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Crafting Desert Divas Monthly Challenge - Pastels!

Well if you follow my Instagram you'll most likely have seen than I loooove pastels!  I especially love pinks and purples :)

For this months CDD challenge I chose to go with the pastel theme (you could have also chosen interactive cards) and I absolutely love how it turned out and I really enjoyed pulling out all of my CDD goodies!

For the background of my card I used four shades of distress ink: 
- wilted violet
- tumbled glass
- worn lipstick
- squeezed lemonade
I used a make up brush to lightly blend on the colour and build the colour up slowly.  I then smooshed some of the ink pad on to my glass mat (I first started with wilted violet), loosened it with some water and then used a paint brush to splatter on some purple droplets.  To protect the rest of the panel (blue, pink and yellow sections) I used a paper towel to lightly cover them while I splattered each section.  I then repeated the splatter process on each of the colours (blue on blue, yellow on yellow etc).  I trimmed down my panel to 4"x5
25" and used double sided adhesive to secure it to a white A2 side folding card base.
I used the 2nd largest die from the inside scalloped rectangle frame die set and cut it from some heavyweight white card and then secured this to the center of  the pastel card panel using some liquid adhesive.
The clouds were cut from some heavyweight white card with CDD puffy cloud die and lightly ink blended around the edges with the same distress inks as the background.  These were also adhered to the card with liquid adhesive. 

My bunny on a swing comes from the stamp set 'Look for Stars' which is full of adorable images.  I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on some copic friendly cardstock.  I used the following copic markers to colour my image:
* Bunny - W4, W3, W1, W00, RV10
* Onsie - BV13, BV02, BV01, BV31
* Heart/Bows - R85, R83, R81
* Stars - Y13, Y11
Swing - BG34, BG11 (rope), E35, E33, E25 (seat)

I fussy cut the bunny and used liquid adhesive to secure to the card base.  I used a white gel pen to highlight a few points on the image.  I popped some Nuvo Aqua shimmer pen on the clouds, stars and heart and some glossy accents on the heart and star for a little pop of dimension.  I secured some confetti stars from the 'fairy dust' sequin mix with liquid glue on to the pastel background.
I hope you enjoyed this card and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Shaker card & colouring with polychromo pencils

Hi my lovely crafty friends!  Today I share with you this very cute, pink and sweet shaker card!  I'm also using my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils on a card for the first time!  
I'ved used lots of different stamps and goodies from my stash...scalloped heart dies from Pretty Pink Posh, Joyful Mouse stamps from Hello Bluebird and Carnival Cupcake stamps from Mama Elephant.

I have created my pink background panel by layering ink with an ink smooshing technique.  I have layered several heart scallop frames to create a shaker window and filled it with some lovely pastel confetti pieces from my stash.

The colouring of my images was kept soft with just a few colouring pencils and some odourless mineral sprit (the one I use is listed below) and paper blending stumps.

If you would like to see how I put this card together from start to finish then just click the link below to watch my YouTube Video!

Craft supplies used for this card:

Joyful Mouse - Hello Bluebird
Scripty Birthday - Mama Elephant
Carnival Cupcake - Mama Elephant
Scalloped Hearts Die - Pretty Pink Posh
Quilted Heart Background Cling Stamp - Simon Says Stamp
**Outside In Stitched Scallop Rectangles - Lawn Fawn
**Antistatic Powder Bag -
**Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat -
**Tim Holtz Stamp Platform -
Daler Rowney Watercolour Card -
**Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry
**Distress Oxide- Picked Raspberry
**Paper Blending Stumps
Gina K Connect Glue
Artists Medium (blending fluid) - Winsor & Newton
StazOn Ink - Cotton White
**Acetate Sheets -
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
** Premium Mirror Card - Silver
**Tuxedo Black Ink - Memento
3M Scotch Foam Tape -
Cutterbee Precision Scissors
**Versamark Ink
**White Pearlescent Embossing Power - WOW
Confetti Pieces - from my stash!
Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder - Ranger
**Heat Tool -
Faber Castell Polychromo Pencils
Mouse: Cold Gray V (234), Rose Carmine (124)
Bows: Helio Turquoise (155)
Present - Purple Violet (135), Rose Carmine (124)
Cupcake Frosting - Fushia (123)
Cake Bow - Blue Violet (137)
October Crystals - Studio Katia
**Tim Holtz Sidekick Die Cutting Machine
**Big Shot Die Cutting Machine -
**Tonic Guillotine Paper Cutter -
**Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen -
Uniball White Gel Pen Size 1.0

Thank you for joining me today for this cupcake frosting inspired card!  Hope you have a great day and look forward to sharing more creations with you soon!

Elaine x


*All of the products used in this video have been purchased by me and are products I love :)
**Affiliate links are contained in this description box. I hope that you find them useful and if you purchase through these links (at no extra cost to you) it will help me to keep brining you crafty goodness and inspiration...mwah!