Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bee Happy Glitter Stripes with The Hedgehog Hollow

Hey, everyone! I'm using the February card kit from The Hedgehog Hollow to make a clean and simple glitter card today! It makes me feel like spring is coming! Remember that if you want to purchase a subscription there are several ways to subscribe! You could do a month to month rolling subscription or a three month subscription! Head over to The Hedgehog Hollow shop to subscribe!

I started by adhering two strips of double sided adhesive to my A2 sized card. The skinny strip on top is 1/4 inch and the wide tape is 1 inch. I peeled off each layer separately and added the Silk Microfine Glitters from Elizabeth Craft Designs in the February box. I used my fingers to really rub in the glitter and I'm still amazed at how smooth and fine the finish is! It really looks like it's part of the actual card rather than a glitter on top!

I stamped the bee, his little trail, and the sentiments using some black ink and colored in the bee with some Copic markers. I used very simple shading and blending - just some Y17 and Y13 for the yellow and some BG13 for the wings. I didn't even color in the whole wings, instead I just flicked on some color from the inside out for some dimension and color.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the February 2019 box from The Hedgehog Hollow!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Pink & Main February Release Sneak Breakfast Fun

Hello! Are you ready to get a sneak peek at one of the CUTEST stamp sets I've EVER seen!? The Breakfast Fun stamps and dies are from the Pink & Main February release and they'll be available Wednesday February 20th! I used alcohol inks to create a set of backgrounds and used a bunch of images from the Breakfast Fun stamps and their coordinating sentiments. I made four cards and didn't even use all of the images and sentiments! There's so much cuteness packed into this stamp set!

I picked out the images and sentiments I wanted to use from the Breakfast Fun stamp set and stamped them on watercolor cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed them with clear powder. I used my Staedtler felt tipped markers and a waterbrush to color them and then die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I've been obsessed with alcohol inks lately! I grabbed some Yupo paper and my inks and just started making backgrounds! I used two or three colors on each background and tried to keep the inks in a diagonal pattern going left to right.

I have a tendency to get a little heavy handed with my alcohol inks, but that's no problem! After I let my inked background sit for about 10 minutes I use DecoFoil and press it on top of my ink. The foil will stick anywhere the ink pools and is tacky and leaves behind some awesome shine!

I added my sentiment strips and die cuts from the Breakfast Fun stamp set with foam tape onto each background. I love how quickly this little set of cards came together! And the foodies are so super cute! Remember that the February release from Pink & Main will be available Wednesday the 20th! See you soon!

Scrapping for Less February 2019 Flavor of the Month Sneak Peek

Hi, friends! I'm here to share a little peek at the new February 2019 Flavor of the Month card kit from Scrapping for Less! Our theme this month is Whip it Up and it's all about baking and all kinds of yummy goodies! This is one of my favorites! I love baking with my son and this kit gives me all the good feels!

This Whisky Business stamp set is included in the Banana Split level kit for February 2019. I love it so much! The font is gorgeous and I think it's so punny! I wanted to have a simple background to really make the sentiment shine, so I watercolored some stripes with my Brea Reese watercolors and liquid glitter for a sparkly rainbow background. Then I stamped and heat embossed my image and sentiment with white embossing powder. This kit also comes with some loose glitter, so I used some liquid glue at the bottom of the whisk and added some of the glitter for an extra bit of shine!

I hope you've enjoyed this look at the February 2019 Flavor of the Month card kit from Scrapping for Less! The whole kit will be available on the 23rd! Be sure to come back then to see my unboxing video and more cards I've made with this kit! See you soon!

Friday, February 15, 2019

One Layer Watercolor Cards with Students of Magic

Hi, there! I have a fun video today using the Students of Magic stamp set from Kindred Stamps to create a trio of watercolored cards! As I'm writing this post the Students of Magic stamp set is sold out, but never fear! It will be back in stock soon! It's just such a popular stamp set! But be sure to head over to the Kindred Stamps website and add your name to the email list so you'll be the first to know when it comes back in stock!

These cards are all one layer, so they're super easy to put through the mail! And I was sure to use neutral colors so they're perfect for all the guys in my life, too!

Let's start with the card that inspired the mini collection of cards! I loved the feather and the owl in the Students of Magic stamp set as well as this sentiment. I LOVE sentiments that mix script and print! I wanted to have the feather coming down from the bottom looking like someone dropped a handful of them from the top - so they're flipping and falling through the air. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment and the owl with Versafine Onyx Black ink and used a small acrylic block to stamp all the feathers. I was sure to turn my block so that I would get the "falling" effect of the feathers. Once all the stamping was done I heat embossed the panel with clear powder to help hold in the watercolor. I used my Sakura Koi Pocket Sketch watercolors to add some color to the feathers and the owl.

Of course I had to use the socks and this sock loving little guy! I wanted the same idea - socks falling through the air! I did everything the same as I did with the owl card, except for a little tweaking with the sentiment. I cut it in half! It was a little too long for the layout I had in my head, so I cut the photopolymer right after the "I love you" and stacked it on top of each other. This is perfectly okay to do as long as you cut the photopolymer in between the words and not the part that actually stamps. I again stamped everything with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed with clear powder and colored with my Koi watercolors.

My last card is the card I almost didn't make - but it's my favorite! I had meant this video to be a duo of cards, but I was so drawn to this sentiment! I LOVE the mix of fonts and how it's stacked! So pretty! I stamped the sentiment and all the images with Versafine Onyx Black ink and again heat embossed with clear powder. I thought these little flying creatures needed some shimmer and shine, so I swapped my regular watercolors for my Gansai Tambi Starry Colors palette. I used white gold on the wings, a tad bit of red gold at the top of the ball and the main body is yellow gold.

You can see the shine a little bit more in this photo, but really it's so awesome in person! It adds an extra special touch! Check out my video below to see exactly how I made these cards!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Stamped Text Backgrounds with The Rabbit Hole Designs

Hey, there! I love to create my own backgrounds - you all know that! Usually I stamp images across my backgrounds, but the sentiments in the Caffeinated Cat and Caffeinated Octopus from The Rabbit Hole Designs are just the best! I created a video for these cards, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to watch!

Aren't these cards the cutest?! And they were so easy to make! I started with Caffeinated Cat and lined up the sentiments in a straight line across my card in my MISTI. I moved my card up and down leaving the top and bottom of the card blank. I made sure to skip a couple lines so that I could swap the sentiments so that everything wouldn't blend together.

The Caffeinated Octopus card was just a little different. I still used my MISTI, but the sentiments wouldn't line up straight across. They were too long, so I stacked them one on top of the other and stamped a few lines and then swapped the sentiments again so that you could get a little glimpse of each of the sentiments. For the cat card I lined up my sentiments and so that they form a square background, but I left this one with the staggered look!

I stamped each of my images onto Bristol smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored them with my Staedtler felt tipped markers then cut them out with scissors. I popped them up with foam squares and added Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops for a bit of embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sparkly Bee Die Cut Card

Hi, everyone! I'm head over heels for the February 2019 box from The Hedgehog Hollow! It's full of products from Elizabeth Craft Designs including a full pack of white cardstock, adhesive sheets, 2 pots of loose glitter, a bee die and a coordinating stamp set! WOAH! Hold on to your hats! I have lots in store for this box! And remember that if you want to purchase a subscription there are several ways to subscribe! You could do a month to month rolling subscription or a three month subscription! Head over to The Hedgehog Hollow shop to subscribe!

Check out that big bee die cut! It's super cute! And big enough to be the focal point of the card! It's the Bee die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs and it's exclusive to the February box! It comes in 6 separate pieces so you could easily cut the bee from different colors of felt or cardstock. I used the white cardstock included in the box and applied the adhesive sheets to one side (though I wish I had done both sides! Haha!) and cut out all the pieces, except the wings. The kit comes with two pots of glitter - yellow and black. I peeled back the adhesive and applied the glitter to the different parts of the bee and rubbed it in with my fingers. OMG! This glitter is so smooth and velvety! It's like it's molded to the paper! It's amazing! I wanted the wings of the bee to be glittery like the rest of the bee, so I used some glitter embossing powder on the wings.

I mean seriously! The shimmer and shine!! I used the Buzzin Around stamp set to stamp a background with Versafine ink and embossed it with clear powder. I also stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment onto black cardstock and added a strip of gold glitter cardstock to the bottom.

This is a simple card to recreate, but I am obsessed with the fine glitter!! Watch my process below!

Thanks for watching! 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Magical Birthday Gift Bag and Card

Hey, everyone! I'm using some Pink & Main products to make a simple gold embossed gift bag and matching birthday card today! I'm in desperate need of birthday cards in my stash and gold is such a classy color! And that extra large bow die set is phenomenal!!

The idea for this project started because I needed a gift bag for a friend's birthday gift. She loves gold and so I knew I wanted to create something golden and special for her! I used the Extra Large Bow Die Set to cut out all the pieces of the bow from some shiny gold cardstock. I used some super strong adhesive to glue the pieces together and to the top of a kraft colored gift bag.

I wanted to give the bag a little something extra, so I used Versamark and gold embossing powder to heat emboss a sentiment I pieced together from the Magical stamp set. I didn't think of it at the time, but how cool would it be to die cut the word "magical" from the Magical die set and use foam square to pop it up on the bag so it really grabs your attention!

The Extra Large Bow Die Set comes with all the pieces to make a flat bow and with the tails hanging down. I loved how all the pieces looked together, so I just ran with it!

Of course this gift bag wouldn't be complete without a matching card, so I used the same gold embossing powder and a stamp from the Sweet Carousel stamp set for my card. I also used the same sentiment from the Magical stamp set to help my pieces coordinate! And that's all! This gift set was so simple to create and my friend really loved it!