Thursday, February 22, 2018

Winnie & Walter Guest Post


Hi friends!  I'm sharing over on the Winnie & Walter blog today as part of their birthday month festivities.


Here's a little sneak peek of my card, head over their for all the details!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Technique Tuesday One Layer Cards & Giveaway


Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a couple cards created using some products from Technique Tuesday. 

One layer cards are not necessarily in my wheelhouse, but I enjoy making them from time to time.  I love the simplicity you can achieve and I feel like they are often the most sophisticated looking cards I create.

For these cards I'm featuring both the Sweet Succulents and Perfect Picture stamp set (unfortunately this stamp set appears to be sold out right now).

For the first card, I first stamped the frame image in a light tan color (this was Crumb Cake from Stampin' Up).  Then I created a mask for the frame itself by stamping the image on a large post it and cutting out the inside of the frame.


Once that was done, I placed the mask over the frame and stamped the succulent image in the same ink.  Then I colored the succulents with Copics and added a sentiment from the Picture Perfect set.


For my next card, I stamped the same succulent image in black twice, at the top and bottom of my card to fame the area for the sentiment.

I added subtle accents using C1 and C3 Copics - basically just adding a bit of color where shadows would be.  This was really quick and easy, but I think it has a big impact.


The very kind and generous folks at Technique Tuesday are also sponsoring a giveaway.  One lucky someone will win a stamp and coordinating die of their choice from Technique Tuesday.  To be entered to win, simply be a blog follower and leave a comment with what you would choose if you won.

A winner will be announced on Monday.  Good luck!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No Stamping or Die Cutting featuring Simple Stories


Sometimes you just want to make something quick and easy without pulling out of ton of supplies and getting dirty.

That's what I did for today's card.  I pulled out an old Simple Stories SN@P pack called Fresh.  The good things is all this stuff is supposed to go together so you don't really have to worry about finding matching/coordinating pieces.

I started with a 3x4 journaling card featuring striped triangles at different angles.  I loved the design, but wanted to customize it a bit, so using my cutting knife I carefully cut out some of the triangles.  Then I layered that card over another and used a third 3x4 card for a mat.

The entire piece was then layered over a mat created by trimming down a 4x6 journaling card.


For the sentiment I layered three pieces of ephemera that come in the SN@P pack, a round piece, a floral cluster, and then the sentiment piece.  To add some balance, I fussy cut a second floral cluster from another journaling card. 

Really quick and easy, and so nice to be able to use some older products in my stash!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Winnie & Walter 4th Birthday Bash Blog Hop


Happy Friday!  I'm excited to be helping Winnie & Walter celebrate their fourth birthday today.  You should be arriving from Taheerah Atchia's blog.

I was lucky enough to be able to meet and hang out a bit with Shay last month at Creativation.  She's the real deal, down to earth, fun, and supportive.  I was also able to meet Evelin T - who designed the stamp set I'm featuring today.  So sweet and kind.  I could hang out with those girls all day!


Anyway, I thought it would be fitting to create a birthday card for this hop, and this little puffin from the Winter Wishes set looks to me like he is just partying and having a great time, so I thought I would make him the focus of the card.

I started by stamping him on my panel and coloring him with Copics.  Then I created a mask for him and also masked off the bottom of the card to create a ground line.

There are four blobby dot stamps in this set which I used to create the background, I wanted almost a lava lamp effect.  I used the Sea Shore ink collection from Altenew and did both first and second generation stamping of the inks as well as varying the shades.


The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday to You set from Winnie & Walter.

All good hops need prizes right?  Well there are four up for grabs on this hop.  Four people will win $40 credits to the W&W store.  You have until February 28th to complete the hop.  Your next stop is Keren Baker, and I'll put the full list below in case you get turned around.


Good luck and happy hopping!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stamp Sale at Ellen Hutson


Hi folks!  Just popping in quickly to let you know that Ellen Hutson currently has 20% off stamps!  Good through tomorrow with code HEARTSTAMPS18.  If you've been eyeing something, now is a great time to pick it up.

The good news is that the code works on clearance items too.  I've linked a few clearance items below (including a couple of my older N&T sets), a few things on my current wishlist, and my latest So Many Sentiments set from Neat & Tangled if you are in the shopping mood.

And if you just want to browse on your own, feel free to use/not use my affiliate link: http://www.ellenhutson.com/#_a_106

Be back tomorrow for a fun blog hop!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leafy Hello and Leaky Copics


Hey everyone!  I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a seasonal change!  While nature ping pongs us in Northern Virginia back and forth between winter and spring (we're getting a lot of 20 degree temperature shifts from day to day), I thought I would throw it back to fall.

This is the time of year I try and get to some of the sets that have been languishing in my stash and today I'm working with the Thistle and Snailed it set from Ellen Hutson.  For this card I wanted to focus on the foliage sets.

They were stamped with Altenew inks and I added some accents to the stamped images with Copics.  Nothing complicated or really shaded here, just an accent line on the 'shadow side' of the image with a slightly darker tone.

That's where the trouble began.  This was originally supposed to be a full sized card, but I ran into some trouble with one of my Copic markers.  Have you ever had one of those leaky Copics that basically drops a giant blob of color onto whatever you're coloring?  Yup.  It happened to me.  TWICE.  The first time I was all, yeah I can hide that, but the second time it was in a totally different area of my panel and I had no choice to trim it down to a square piece.  The other blob is hidden behind the sentiment.


Anyway, my friend May is the master of creating backgrounds and filling them with these cute little dots of color, so I thought I would try it here.  What do you think?  I think I like it.  I feel like it's probably a little more effective with small images, but it works pretty well here.

The sentiment is from the Mondo Magnolia set, also from Ellen Hutson, and was just embossed in gold on some dark brown cardstock.

That's all for me today, and if anyone knows how to make those leaky Copics unleaky, I am all ears!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Neat & Tangled / Tonic Collaboration


Hi everyone!  This week Neat & Tangled is collaborating with Tonic USA.  I was so excited to be able to work with their products, and created two cards to share.

For this first card, I die cut our Punchinella die from cream cardstock.  Then I used some liquid adhesive to essentially pain across the bottom of the die on a diagonal.  Once the glue was dry, I used the Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes to embellish the bottom of the die cut.  I then tacked the die cut piece down in a couple places over a piece of patterned paper.

Those dimensional hearts are from the Scored Shapes Dies set.  I cut the hearts from both patterned paper and vellum.  I rubbed the vellum hearts with Powder Blue embellishment mousse to give it a little shine and subtle color. 

Those were then stitched to the punchinella/pattered paper as well as a sentiment strip with a sentiment from the So Many Sentiments set.


I also added a vellum mat.  Just as with the vellum hearts, I rubbed the top and right edges of the mat with some embellishment moussse, this time using Pure Platinum mousse.

Everything was adhered to the card base and then I added a few sequins as well as a few dots of White Blizzard Glitter Drops to finish it off.


For my next card, I used the Embellishment Mousses in a different way.  I was a little surprised by the texture of the mousse when I first used it.  I expected it to be more like a paste that you used for stencils, but it had more of a clay consistency.  You can still use it in that for for stencils, but you have to kind of work it into the openings.  Or, you can soften it into more of a paste form by adding some water.

You can also add water to create a type of paint, which is what I did.  I just used my palatte knife to put a bit onto a craft mat, added water to create a paint consistency, and than painted onto a watercolor panel using the Powder Blue and Pure Platinum embellishment mousses.

I then added some stamping using the Landscape Textures stamp set and the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.  I placed the stamp in the middle of the platform so that I could move the panel around underneath to create the random stamping.


Then I added some gilding by 'coloring' some dots on the panel using my glue pen.  And then adding the Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes.

Note - make sure your ink is totally dry before you do this.  I managed to smudge a bit of black ink when I was brushing away the excess gold flakes.

I die cut the You Can Do Anything sentiment and gilded it as well.  To give it a little more strength, I did add a second layer and then adhered the entire piece to my panel.

That's all for me.  Be sure to head over to both the Neat & Tangled blog and the Tonic USA blog.  One lucky commenter on the Neat & Tangled blog this week will win a $75 credit to Tonic and a commenter from the Tonic blog will win a $75 credit for Neat & Tangled.

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