Birthday Monsters

Hi there! I hope you are all having a good week! Today I wanted to show you all a quick card that I’ve made using some cute monster critters.

I used a photo editor app to create my scene using the digital stamp set Birthday Monsters once I was happy with my scene I printed onto smooth white card from PaperMill Direct. I used the confetti piece from the set to print onto PaperMill Direct vellum.

Next, I coloured those cute critters, bunting and cake using my spectrum noir illustrator pens.

Cut my card down to measure 4.5” x 6.5” attached my vellum on the back of my card using double sided tape. Only adhered to one side so that my vellum piece opened like a book.

Next I cut blue card from my stash to measure 4.7” x 6.7”. Attached my front then adhered to 5” x 7” card base.

Happy birthday lil’ monster is a sentiment from the same set, I have used this as an inside quote for my card. Here is my finished card.

I hope this inspires you to get inky and make some fun birthday cards.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Did you know you can use Inkjet Printer on Gelli Plate Prints!!!

Hi friends, I wanted to share a technique that I have just came across, while chatting to some crafting friends over on the Creative Team. I’ve never thought of trying this before and I’m so happy with the results.

To make my card I got out my gelli plate and brayer, used Acrylic Paints in Oranges, yellow and Mixing White. I love adding texture to my prints so got out some bubble wrap and dabbed some texture using the mixing white. Pulled my print on Sheena Douglas Stamping Card 300gsm. There is lots of videos on YouTube showing how to use a gelli plate.

I set aside to dry and once completely dry I popped my print into my inkjet printer face down and printed Background 4 of Honeycomb Backgrounds onto my white card. Then I layered onto black cardstock and mounted onto 5”x7” Kraft card base.

I printed off the scene from Sweet Like Honey and coloured in with my Promarkers using

  • Spice
  • Peach
  • Soft Peach
  • Black
  • Canary
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw Sienna
  • Ice Grey 5,3,1
  • Blender Pen

I had printed off the scene twice so I could fussy cut them both and layer ontop each other. Then put some foam tape on the back to add dimension to all the bees and the honeycomb. I printed off the sentiment and used the stencil designed by Angie Blom (BeeCandy) to create honeycombs over my sentiment. I blended Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Layered onto black card and added foam tape to adhere.

Here’s my completed card. What do you think. I’m in love with the fact I can now make my own prints then run them through my printer 🥰❤️

That’s all from me today. I would love to know your comments. Thanks for stopping by and take care ❤️. Kirsty

Picture Perfect Day-18th birthday card

Hi friends, Sharing a card that I’ve made using the sweet digital stamp Picture Perfect Day from Angie Blom Digital Designs

I was asked to make an 18th birthday card for a young woman whom loved being glam. As soon as I saw this digital stamp I knew this was the one to use. I paired it up with a stencil designed by Angie Blom and available through Polka Dot Orchard called With Love

The sentiments were taken from the same stamp set. Coloured in with my Promarkers. My choices of colours were taken from Colour Blend Charts from Kit and Clowder these are available to anyone, especially if you are wanting to learn how to colour.

Ink used for stencilling was Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Rubellite. I love how my card finished up.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting

Kirsty 🌸

Check out the new Say-It-Slim stamps from Polka Dot Orchard

Hi friends, today I have been able to play with the new stamp set range which has been designed by Lea Ingle Keisling. I am so excited with their new range as I was able to make 3 different cards in one day.

The new set Oh Happy Day is released by Polka Dot Orchard and it’s part of the Birthday Sale with a massive 37% off.

There are more of these Say It Slim stamp sets coming out very soon and I can’t wait to see what’s coming. These sets make excellent cards with lots of usability. Here are the cards that I’ve made today.

For the bottom two cards, I printed the stamp onto vellum. Created 2 backgrounds, one with balloons and the other with the bunting. Coloured in with all my blue shades of Promarker pens.

All these cards were simple to make and are suited for both male and female cards.

I hope you’ve got some inspiration from my projects today and I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting

Kirsty 🌸

Birthday card featuring New Love stencil and Note to Self Stamp from Polka Dot Orchard

My card for today is made using the recent releases from Polka Dot Orchard The stencil With Love (square stencil) and stamp set Note To Self both pictured above.

Hi friends, what wet weather we are experiencing just now, it’s definitely perfect for spending time in our craft rooms. Today I have made a card using the Tone on Tone Technique with Stencil.

I printed off the stamp and sentiment onto Neenah Solar Crest Card and coloured in with Spectrum Noir Illustrators. Pens used, Black, Poppy, Coral, Deep Coral, Mimosa, Begonia, Tea Rose, Rose Blush, Cream, Emerald, Meadow, Brown Grey, 6,2 Blender Pen.

After colouring I fussy cut around the image and cut the sentiment out using my guillotine.

For my background, I used the With Love Stencil which was designed by Angie Blom. I got out my Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Razzleberry, Rubellite & Pink Diamond. I wanted to use the Tone on Tone Technique where I first create an ombré effect with my 3 colours, starting with the darkest to the lightest. Once I had finished this I then positioned my stencil in place with low tack masking tape then once again using my blender brushes I went over my background with the same colours following their blending and that creates the tone on tone effect.

Once dry I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to some of the stencilled love hearts. Layered onto black card then onto my card base. Attached foam tape to my image and sentiment. Added some sequins to finish my card.

Loved colouring her in. This set is perfect for many occasions. Click on the links at top of my blog to take you direct to the stamp and stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to hear your comments.

Keep safe my friends and happy crafting

Kirsty 🌸

Cutesy Halloween Card – Polka Dot Orchard

Hi Crafty friends, we’re getting closer to Halloween and I wanted to share another project with you. For this card I have taken elements from 3 different sets to produce this cutesy Halloween card.

To make this card I printed off the cute ghosts, love hearts and both sentiments from the set You’re My Boo The moon is from the set Spooktacular Night The dead trees are from Scare In The Air

I coloured using my Spectrum Noir Illustrators. Pens used True Black, Brown Grey 6,2, Mimosa and Blender Pen

For the background I used the new Slimline Stencil Cloudy Eclipse from Polka Dot Orchard A small blender brush and Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in UltraVoilet

I used some glossy accents on the ghosts and love hearts and set them aside to dry. Fussy cut out the ghosts and adhered using foam tape. For my backing card I blended some of the same Ultraviolet Ink onto edges of my card using a blender brush. Here is my finished card –

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!

Kirsty 🌸

Give it some ‘Unicorn Dance Moves’

Hi friends, happy Sunday! Today is very wet here so it’s the perfect day for spending time crafting. I’m sharing such a cute and adorable card that I’ve made using Unicorn Dance Moves from Polka Dot Orchard

Just check out all those sentiments and that Unicorn doing the Dab! Perfect for making fun cards and great for kids cards. I’m making this for a 6 year old in mind.

I started by creating my background on my photo editor app and printing onto smooth white 300gsm card from Papermill Direct and colouring in with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Pens

Next I printed off the Unicorn, rainbow and 2 of the sentiments from the set ‘SPARKLE like a unicorn’ and ‘Unicorn DANCE moves’

Coloured in the unicorn and rainbow then fussy cut them inc the sentiments, added some shimmer by using the Wink of Stella.

Then I used the Slim Film City Dies from Mama Elephant, I used some bright pink card. The film die was used to cut 3 layers of white card and one bright pink card. Glued them all together for added dimension.

Layered my card together then adhered the unicorn, rainbow and sentiments with foam tape and this completes my card.

At time of publication this set is on sale, why not pop over to Polka Dot Orchard and grab some of those sets that you have been wanting.

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by and keep safe everyone. Happy Crafting

Kirsty 🌸

Shih Tzu Handmade card

Hi friends, today I’m sharing a card that I’ve made for a friend. She is getting a Shih Tzu Pup the same weekend that it’s her son’s birthday. She asked me to make a birthday card to give from “the pup” to her son. I looked through all my rubber and clear stamps looking for a Shih tzu stamp but to no avail, checked online too, there is lots of digital stamp shops out there and I couldn’t find a Shih Tzu stamp anywhere, So what could I do…..

I done a rough sketch of the outline of the dog, my friend sent me over a photo of her new pup then I coloured in with my Promarkers and coloured pencils.

The collar, biscuit, paws and fur baby love sentiment all come from a digital set from Graciellie Design called Fur Baby Love

The sentiment have a furry happy birthday and the small paw prints are from a cardmaking magazine and the stars stencil is from my stash.

I layered my card front onto Matt black card and adhered to my card base with double sided tape.

Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear what you think of my card. Take care everyone.

Bye for now

Kirsty 🌸

Monkeys Monkeys Monkeys Galore | Gotta have some Monkey Mail

Hi friends, I have a quick post for you today, I’m loving these sock monkeys from the digital stamp set Monkey-Mail from Polka Dot Orchard aren’t they just the cutest.

Monkey Mail is currently on sale, grab it while you can for an amazing 35% off

I made this into a 6”x6” Card. Printed the sentiment and monkeys onto Neenah Solar Crest Card and coloured in with my Promarkers.

  • Cocoa
  • Cinnamon
  • Tan
  • Pastel Beige
  • Cardinal Red

Fussy cut them out along with the sentiment. Layered up my card using paper from First Edition Paper “Love Letters” and white Card. Adhered together using double sided tape. Positioned my pieces in place and added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Metallic Soft Mint.

That’s my finished card, cool fun and quick to make. That’s it for me. Hope your all keeping safe and having a nice day.

Crafty Hugs

Kirsty 🌸

Woodland Cuties | Polka Dot Orchard | My First Gelli Print

Hi friends and welcome back to my blog. Today I’m sharing a card which I’ve made using a homemade Gelli Printing Plate. I wanted to create a background scene for this adorable Moose.

From the Digi Set Woodland Cuties (Easter Moose) from Polka Dot Orchard
This digi set is currently on sale with an amazing 35% off (At time of my blog release) This is a phenomenal sale and not to be missed so hop on over for some crafty delights.

To create my background I used thick paper, acrylic paint and a brayer. I found this process very soothing and relaxing. Now I understand why people can get so much enjoyment out of Gelli Printing. There is many videos on YouTube about using a Gelli Plate. If you would like to know how I made my plate, then please leave me a comment or send me a message. If a lot of people enquire I’ll create a blog on how I made mine.

I have created another card using Easter Moose if you would like to check that card out, just click on this link https://lilacdreamsstudio.wordpress.com/moose-birthday-card

Here are some more photos of my card. Hope you enjoyed this card and it’s given you some inspiration for creating your own projects.

This was made on a card base measuring 8” x 8”

Happy Crafting

Kirsty 🌸