Sunday, 10 April 2016

Purrfect Combination

I was checking out one of the card mags I subscribe to recently and noticed a stamp and die set that was being sold by a company called Make The Day Special, who have since changed their name to Seven Hills Crafts I subsequently purchased the set I saw, but can't say what yet because I'm using it to make a card for a special someone who will see this post and I'll spoil the surprise!

Suffice to say I was so impressed with the service at Seven Hills Crafts that I've made several purchases since. The above cards are made using part of my latest purchase, the cats stamp and die are by Neat & Tangled and come with a selection of cat lover sentiments. I've made a couple of cards to send to some of my cat mad friends and I think there will be several variations being made for the Cats Protection box as well.

Tara at Seven Hills Crafts not only gets your orders to you at lightening speed, she is very helpful and encouraging. The beauty of Seven Hills is, if like me you're a fan of the American stampers like Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner you'll be familiar with the stamps they use from American companies like Simon Says Stamp, Lawn Fawn, AlteNew, Mama Elephant and the company I mentioned above Neat & Tangled? You'll also know how hard it is to get hold of them in the UK when they first get released, without buying them from America and with shipping and import tax the stamps ending up costing twice as much!

Seven Hills Crafts carry all the brands I've mentioned and more besides, great prices as well and NO import tax, they even do inks and re-inkers for a lot of the American brands as well! When I found them I was like a kid in a sweet shop, suddenly all those cards I'd watched Jennifer and Kristina making, I could attempt to make my own, based on their designs. Whoooo hooooo!

When I checked their website earlier this week I noticed that Neat & Tangled had released the Purrfect set I used above, so when it arrived I got stuck in, regular readers of my blog will know that I'm new to colouring so I'm learning and readily admit that my coloured images aren't perfect, but I do think I'm making a little progress, but to do this well you need to understand light and shadows and things I don't fully grasp yet, but I'm working on it.

This is the first of the cards I made using the Purrfect stamps and die, each card is done on a 6" x 4" card blank. I embossed the card using my Lea'bilities 'Hearts' embossing folder. After embossing I coloured in the hearts with a Spectrum Sparkle pen in shade 'Cosmos'.

I coloured the cats with my Inktense pencils and stamped the banner in Jet Black Staz-On ink. The hearts are in the die set and were coloured with an 'Electric Pink' Sharpie pen and then covered with Glossy Accents to give them some shine and dimension.
The next card I again used inktense pencils to colour the cat and a 'Red' Sharpie pen to colour the hearts. The background was stamped in Versamark using a JustRite 'Chevron Stripe' background stamp.

I used WOW 'Clear Gloss' superfine embossing powder and then used inktense pencils in shades of red, orange and yellow to colour the bits that weren't embossed. Finished off by lightly wiping a wet baby wipe over to clean the embossed image and blend the inks.
Card number 3 had the same glossy accented hearts this time coloured with a 'Turquoise' Sharpie. The cats I didn't colour for this project, I'd used distress inks in Hickory Smoke and Iced Spruce to create a background for another project and I had some scraps left over. So I stamped and die cut the cats out of a piece of that.

The background I used the same technique as card 2, this time using a JustRite 'Embroidered' stamp and colouring with inktense pencils in blue and greens and finished off with peacock feathers distress ink. I cut the background wonky I noticed when I added it to the card base, so I 'saved' the disaster my gluing strips of turquoise glitter foam to the edges. The sentiment was a free download I got ages ago and was in my 'Maybe Someday' box.

The last card (for the moment anyway) I did for what I thought was to enter the Monthly Craft Challenge over on the Seven Hills Crafts Blog. I put the card together reading the bit that said "This month we're playing with colours and we're feeling a little 'blue' so all of our schemes this month feature blue", off I went and made the card in shades of blue. When I came back to enter it, I read the whole thing and noticed that your were supposed to work with one of the three palettes provided picking a blue from them and using other colours from the palette, doh!

Oh well! It's a good card, I used the same background stamp as I did for card 2, this time using Blue Sketch and Tumbled Glass distress inks to colour the background. The cats were coloured using a mix of Tumbled Glass distress ink and blue and pink shades of Inktense pencils. The banner was made from an offcut from the edge of the background and the hearts are again coloured with a Sharpie this time in 'Blue' and glossy accented. I mounted the panel on some thin blue glitter foam to give some sparkle to the card. The sentiment was stamped using 'Majestic Blue' Versafine ink.

I can see this stamp set and dies getting used a lot, I have lots of cat friends and the Cats Protection will love them. I have another cat stamp and die set to play with this time by WPlus9 which I also got from Seven Hills in their sale, so watch this space :)


  1. Love the different versions of this cute cats stamp!

  2. Wow so many wonderful cards that is a gorgeous stamp. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Beautiful cat image Debs, love your colours and different cards using this stamp.. will pop over to have a peek at this shop, not heard of this one.
    Pam x


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