Christmas wishes {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. Earlier this week, the new Christmas collection from Lili of the Valley was launched on Create and Craft TV in the UK. Six stamp sets were released and my cards were shown on TV, that’s so freaky. You can watch the replay here – and I would because it was a fun show. And a funny show, the hostess couldn’t even finish her sentences because the products sold out so quickly.

This card features the same stamp from the Snow Cute stamp set that I used on the previous card I made with stamps from this release (it’s this one). For today’s card, I isolated the penguin in the stamp, fussy cut him and put him in a polaroid frame.

I created my card base from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink, and I wanted a blue gradient near the bottom, fading into white at the top. I pulled out a couple of blender brushes, the Lapis Lazuli inks (Azurite, Ultramarine, Eastern Sky and Iceberg) from Altenew and started blending from the darkest at the bottom to the lightest at the top.

Once I was happy with my blending, I die cut a bunch of snowflakes. I used an old die from Marianne Design (CR1335) which cuts plenty of snowflakes, as well as the Snowflake Confetti Fancy Die from Hero Arts. This is actually a cover plate, but as the name suggests, it creates confetti in the shape of snowflakes. I put the positive die cut back into the packaging to use for another card and glued the snowflakes to my background. The stark white of the snowflakes was a little too white for the sentiment I was putting on top to stand out, so I went back over with more blue ink once the snowflakes were adhered. This toned them down a bit, just enough for my die cut word to stand out.

Speaking of die cut word, I used this wishes die from Mama Elephant and die cut three layers of white cardstock, which I glued together for dimension. For the polaroid frame, I used the Precious Polaroids die set from My Favorite Things and die cut three of those as well.

I adhered the polaroid frame and the die cut word to the card front, popped the little penguin into the opening of the polaroid using some foam tape and completed the sentiment with a stamped word from the new sentiment set from Lili of the Valley, cut down to a strip and adhered with a couple of additional strips of cardstock behind it. Because dimension is life!

I hope you check out the new release from Lili of the Valley, there are so many great images and sentiments in these sets, the possibilities are endless!

Snow cute {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends! There’s a brand new release from Lili of the Valley right around the corner, and it’s a good one. It’s a beautiful Christmas collection of six different photopolymer stamp sets. There are penguins, polar bears, reindeer, a santa, some gnomes, snowflakes and a separate sentiment set. You know I can’t resist a cute penguin, and I thought I’d share a peek today.

This cute image with the penguin, reindeer and bear peeking up from behind something stole my heart. It’s from the Snow Cute set, which includes another one of these peeking images and six individual penguins. I colored a winter sunset behind them before coloring the critters, used a black Glaze pen to make their eyes extra black and shiny and also put a dash of Glossy Accents to Rudolph’s nose. Once the layer of Glaze was dry, I added white dots using a 05 Gelly Roll pen.

I fussy cut the image at the bottom and added my narrow panel to a white cardstock panel. At the bottom of the panel I stamped the word Christmas from the sentiment set using Ocean Tides ink from Papertrey Ink. I adhered the white panel to a top fold landscape card base I created from Ocean Tides cardstock, also from Papertrey Ink.

I white heat embossed a sub sentiment from the sentiment set onto Ocean Tides cardstock, cut it down to a strip and adhered it to the card with a few extra layers of cardstock behind it for dimension.

I decided to keep the card very simple and added a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish.

The sprinkles add a little bit of dimension to the card. So does the sub sentiment. In this photo you can even see that Rudolph’s nose sticks out a little because of the Glossy Accents.

I used a lot of Copic colors for this image.

These stamps (and the other four sets in this release) will be launched on Create and Craft at 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday 2nd August – You can watch in the UK on Sky 683, Freeview 85 or watch online anywhere at https://createandcraft.com/. You can even watch later online if you miss it! They will launch on the Lili of the Valley website a week later on Tuesday 9th August – as polymer stamps only – so if you want them you need to get them as A5 stamp sets.

Happiness is being one year older {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with a card featuring the adorable Party Parade image from Lili of the Valley.

This image is the perfect fit for a mini slimline card. I colored it with my Copics, before using a die from the Slimline Starter die set from My Favorite Things to partially die cut my panel twice to get it down to the perfect size.

I adhered the colored piece onto a mini slimline card base I created from Sour Apple cardstock from My Favorite Things.

Onto the balloon, I stamped a sentiment from the Bursdag inch stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

I adhered some sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards here and there on the scene to embellish a little.

I really wanted the image to be the focal point of this card, and with this festive gang of party goers, I think it is.

Simple, analogous color palette for this card.

Thanks {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing a sweet card today, featuring a real cutie from Lili of The Valley. Isn’t this bunny sooo sweet? My heart melted as soon as I saw it.

I used the Little Friends Rabbit with daisy stamp, printed it near the bottom left corner of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ panel of X-Press It blending card, which is hands down my favorite for Copic coloring. I’ve used this cardstock for the past 10 years, it’s just the best for Copic coloring!!

Once my coloring was done, I adhered it to a top fold A2 card base I created from white cardstock. Using the Snow Drifts Cover-Up die from My Favorite Things, I die cut three wavy pieces from solid colors Of cardstock to go towards the top of my card. I used Limeade Ice, Lovely Lady and Harvest Gold, all from Papertrey Ink. I butted them right up against each other, added them to a backer so I could handle one piece instead of three and mounted them on foam tape. I then die cut the Thanks from the Twice the Thanks die set from My Favorite Things four times from white cardstock from PTI. I love the cardstock from Papertrey Ink, it’s my favorite!! Onto a strip of Lovely Lady cardstock, I white heat embossed a sub sentiment from the Itty Bitty Basics stamp set from My Favorite Things and mounted it below my stacked Thanks die cut. To finish I added a few Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Soft, simple color palette for this one.

Party time {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! I have a super simple card to share today, featuring the Party Frame image from the latest release from Lili of the Valley, which came out earlier this week.

This was a BIG image. It came into Photoshop as a full A4, and it’s kind of perfect for the front of a party invitation (which is what it’s actually intended for), but I wanted to create a regular size card from it. The tag tied to the a in Party actually says RSVP, but I erased that digitally before printing my image.

I was worried this would take a long time to color, but it wasn’t that bad, actually. I used a fairly limited color palette, I think that helped.

I colored the entire panel using my Copics, before using my scissors to cut around the edge. I usually use a trimmer or a steel ruler and a craft knife for this, but the frame has a fun, uneven line, and I wanted my cutting to be uneven too, so scissors were the way to go.

I adhered my panel onto a card base I created from Sorbet cardstock from Concord & 9th, stamped and white heat embossed part of a sentiment from the Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp set from My Favorite Things onto a strip of Sorbet cardstock and glued a few additional cardstock strips behind it for dimension before adhering it to the card.

To finish off I added a layer of Glossy Accents to the letters. I didn’t want to add any embellishments to this card, it had enough going on already with the busy scene, but a little bit of shine is never a bad idea.

See? Not that many Copics considering how busy this scene is.

It’s your day {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a super simple card to share with you today, featuring this cute Cupcake Teddy image from Lili of the Valley.

I colored up this image nearly a year ago, so it was about time I put it to good use on a card. Using the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from My Favorite Things, I turned it into a panel with the faux stitch edge that I love to use on my cards. There’s something about faux stitching dies that make the cards look more finished. It’s a nice, subtle detail. I adhered the panel to a top fold card base I created from Blueberry cardstock from My Favorite Things.

From the same color cardstock, I die cut the sentiment using the Dagen er din die from Papirdesign. I stacked four die cuts for a dimensional look and added a few blue enamel dots from Papirdesign to finish off the card.

Blues and greens for the win for this one. I’ve always been a fan of analogous color combinations, they’re very harmonious.

Have a fantastic celebration {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m sharing a very typical Elin card today. It’s what I like to call clean and simple cluster. I love creating clusters of die cut scraps of patterned paper for my cards, but I haven’t done it in a while, and thought this card was the perfect opportunity for some paper play.

I colored up Teddy with pile of presents from Lili of the Valley, sticking to a combination of mostly blue, teal and green (with a little bit of yellow). I’m a big fan of analogous color palettes, and the images from Lili of the Valley are perfect for it. There’s usually a lot of patterns in their images, and by sticking with analogous color combinations, the end result isn’t too busy. You may notice that each of the presents here only has one actual color, but I’ve gone a shade darker for the patterns (the base color in the top two presents). If I’d mixed and matched, this would look like a hot mess, but by sticking to one color, it’s more pleasing to the eye.

These clusters are pretty easy to put together. On my desk I keep a bin with die cut scraps of patterned paper. I organize these scraps by color, and put each color in a stamp storage bag. Whenever I want to create a cluster, I choose the colors that go with my card, dump the contents of the storage pockets on my desk and play. This time I used three bags; the blue, the green and the gray – it’s nice to throw a neutral into the mix. The scraps I used for this card are from a few different companies. The blue ones are from Papirdesign (the grey with the blue stars is the back of that blue with the lighter dots), the green ones are from 3ndypapir and Karen Foster, with a little bit of New Leaf cardstock from Papertrey Ink thrown in for a darker green to make the dark blue a little less dominant. The top grey one is actually from Magnolia, whereas the one with the sentiment is from DCWV. The sentiment itself is from Norsk Stempelblad, stamped in Cornflower ink from My Favorite Things. To finish off the card I added a few green enamel dots from Papirdesign.

This color palette makes me happy.

You’re the best {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing a fairly simple card today, featuring this cute Chick from Lili of the Valley. The card design is heavily inspired by this one that Laura Bassen shared last year.

I colored the chick with Copics and fussy cut it, leaving a white border around the edge. I put it aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

On a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4″ panel of Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I adhered 1/4″ strips of pastel colored cardstock at an angle. The colors are (top to bottom) Ballet Slipper (Concord & 9th), Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink), Mint Julep (Papertrey Ink), Aqua Sky (Concord & 9th), Blue Breeze (My Favorite Things), Lilac Grace (Papertrey Ink). I then die cut a circle from the center of this panel.

I die cut a sligthly smaller circle out of vellum and adhered it to my card base using foam tape for a little bit of lift. I mounted the stripped up panel on top using even more foam tape (a thicker one for this layer) and put pieces of foam tape behind the little chick and added it in the center of the window opening.

I stamped a sentiment from My Favorite Things using Harvest Gold ink from Papertrey Ink on a leftover strip of Lemon Tart cardstock, then used foam tape to adhere it to the front of the card before finishing off with a few raindrops from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

This card has lots of dimension and a soft look because of all the pastel colors of cardstock, but that little chick is still the star of the show!

Very simple color palette for this tiny little image.

Hi there {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. Today I’m sharing a card featuring this Dragon Letter image from Lili of the Valley. I love dragons!!

The dragon has a little friend handing him a note, and it’s just so cute. I colored the image with Copics, fussy cut it leaving a thin white border and put it aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

I really like the stars scattered around in the image, and decided to die cut a piece of patterned paper from the Subtle Grey Tones 6×6 pack of patterned paper from Sunny Studio using a die from the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die set from My Favorite Things. I mounted it on foam tape on a card base I created from Harvest Gold cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

I mounted the colored image on foam tape and added it to the top center of the card. I die cut and folded and envelope from the Mini Mail die set from My Favorite Things and glued it below the colored image.

Inside the envelope, I die cut another piece from Harvest Gold cardstock using the same die set. I love the little scalloped edge at the top. I stamped a sentiment from the Monster Hugs stamp set from the Concord & 9th/Simon Says Stamp collaboration stamp set from Stamptember 2018 using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and slid it into the envelope. I didn’t glue it down, it can be a nice little interactive element on the card, it fits perfectly inside the envelope on the front. To finish I added a couple of enamel stars from the Pocketful of Sunshine enamel dots pack from Altenew.

Lots of dimension on this card, but it’s still simple. The envelope with the message inside is a nice nod to the image with the dragon and the bird.

Aside from the colors I used for the background, this is a very warm color palette.

A little sweet surprise {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a simple card to share today, featuring this Chocs Away image from Lili of the Valley. A bunny making it rain chocolate eggs, what’s not to love?

I colored the image with Copics and fussy cut it, leaving a white border. The frame that’s part of the image makes fussy cutting super easy, the only thing sticking out is one small egg at the bottom. I mounted my panel on a card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. This card is on the smaller side, it measures 3 x 4 7/8″.

I colored a separate piece of X-Press It blending card with one of the purples I used for the image. I made sure it was dry before I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the IWCL2017005 English stamp set from InkyWings. I popped it up the colored piece for even more dimension, using Double Thick Crystal Clear foam tape from The Rabbit Hole Designs.

I added a few Pearl White Crystals from Pretty Pink Posh between all the eggs for a little bit of embellishment.

A simple card, but the dimension adds some interest. The clear foam tape makes the sentiment look like it’s floating above the card.

Soft color palette for this one.