Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Masked Plaid Background

Hey, everyone! I'm so excited about the December box from The Hedgehog Hollow! It's full of goodies from Pretty Pink Posh! I just can't get enough of the script die! I keep using it! And the stamp set is perfect for New Years and other celebrations! I have plans for using the champagne glasses for an anniversary card! Let's get in to my card! And there's a video, too! You'll want to watch because it's difficult to explain how I made the background!

I knew I wanted to use the cute champagne glasses from the Happy New Year stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh, so I stamped them onto some Bristol smooth cardstock and colored them with my real brush markers. I added some Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to the champagne part and cut them out with the coordinating dies. By the way, how AWESOME is it that there are coordinating dies in this box!! I used them to die cut some sticky backed fun foam so I could add some perfectly shaped and even dimension to the glasses!

My background is made with a whole lot of washi tape and two colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Indian Gold and Black Ash. I started by masking off half inch strips onto some white cardstock and used a blending tool and foam to "blend" on the gold mousse. I waited about 5 minutes for it to dry and then masked off quarter inch strips going vertically for the black mousse. I thought it needed more black (even though it probably didn't! haha!!), so I framed up the gold mousse with horizontal stripes of the black. It ended up looking more "checkerboard-ish" than plaid, but I liked it anyway! And the mousse gives SO much shimmer and shine! It's gorgeous in real life!

When I think of New Years cards I always think of shiny and shimmery with a black, gold, and silver color palette. The silver mirror cardstock in the kit die cuts like a DREAM, so I used the Pretty Pink Posh New Year Script die from the mirror cardstock once and three additional times from regular white cardstock. I stacked up the three layers of white cardstock and glued the silver mirror die cut on top. This way the dimension matches the dimension with the champagne glasses and I didn't have to cut teeny tiny pieces of foam tape!

Check out the video below for the full process!

Thanks for watching! 

Monday, December 17, 2018

Let's Go On a Safari Ride

Hi!! I have another of my favorite Pink & Main stamp sets to share with you! It's the Wild Thing stamp set from their November release. I'm a sucker for cute critters and these are some of my favorites! The little giraffe is adorable and I LOVE that there's an ostrich!

I started this card by masking off an inch at the bottom of my card with masking tape. I grabbed my absolute FAVORITE stencil from Pink & Main - the Clouds stencil. This stencil has a different cloudy border on all four sides as well as puffy clouds cut out of the center of the stencil. There are so many things you can do with this stencil, but I love it for making a puffy cloudy sky! I used some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create some clouds all the way down to the masking tape. Then I removed the tape and moved it up so that I could ink up the bottom portion of the card. I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink to create a little road for my images to sit on.

I stamped out a bunch of images from the Wild Thing stamp set and colored them with my Copic markers. I added quite a bit of Wink of Stella to my images - because all safari animals should sparkle! - and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I tend to go overboard with the amount of foam tape I use to pop up my images. I cut down tiny little pieces to make sure that there is tape behind every little bit of my die cuts because I don't want them to squish and get mangled in the mail. Instead of cutting down pieces of foam tape I decided to die cut some fun foam with the Wild Thing dies. This gives me perfectly shaped foam tape for each of my images! And it was so quick and easy!

You can see here that I used brown fun foam. It doesn't show unless you're looking at it from the side. Even then it doesn't bother me because you can see regular foam tape from the side as well! Thanks for joining me for this card!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunny Studio Christmas Tags

Hi, everyone! I have a set of six quick and simple Christmas tags using products from Sunny Studio to dress up your holiday gift packaging! And you can find all of the products I used today at the Scrapping for Less store! I have a process video for this project, so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to watch!

I used the Sunny Studio Snow Kissed stamp set for these tags. These penguins are the CUTEST! There are three penguins in the set, so I stamped each one twice so that I could make six tags. I used my Staedtler felt tipped markers to color these images. I knew I was going to use some papers from the Sunny Studio Holiday Cheer paper pad, so I chose colors for my images that would coordinate with the papers. Watch the video below to get a peek into my coloring process. When I color multiple images that are similar (like 6 penguins) I color all of the similar areas all at once. For example, all of the black of the penguin bodies, then all the orange in their mouths, then the whites of their faces and bellies, etc. Once the coloring was done I fussy cut them out with my scissors.

I die cut the three pieces of Holiday Cheer papers with a tag die twice so that I would have six tags total. I couldn't find the exact tag die that I used, but click here to purchase a similar die. You could really use any shape for this project - circles, fancy tags, etc. You could even just trim the papers into rectangles! I knew I wanted to add a sentiment and some snowflakes to the tags, but I didn't think it would show up well if I stamped directly onto the patterned paper. No problem! I quickly die cut six more tags from vellum!

I stamped three of my tags with one sentiment and the other three with another from the Snow Kissed stamp set with Versamark ink. My plan was to mix and match the papers and the sentiments so that I had one tag of each design of paper for each sentiment. I hope that makes sense! Haha! You can see it better in the photos and video! I used my MISTI for my stamping, so all six tags were stamped and embossed super quickly!

I used foam squares behind my cute penguin images and adhered them onto the vellum tags above the embossed sentiments. I love how the snowflakes peek out from behind the penguins! To finish off the tags I threaded some tulle through the notch at the top and tied a bow around it with some baker's twine!

Thanks so much for watching! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kindred Stamps December Release - Crazy About You

Hey, everyone! I have a video for the December release from Kindred Stamps! This release is CRAZY awesome! I hope you'll head over and check it out! I used the Swirl Stencil along with the new Crazy About You stamp set! And I have a video, too! Scroll to the bottom to watch! The entire Kindred Stamps December release will be available Friday, December 14th at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to check out the Kindred Stamps blog on Friday for the full product release as well as the complete line up of all the Kindred Stamps Design Team projects from release week! If you visit and comment on all of the designers' blogs this week, you could win $15 in Kindred Stamps shop credit! So join the Fan Club and release event, show the design team some love, and get ready to empty those wallets this Friday!

These characters are SOOOOO crazy awesome! I love them to death! I started with the Swirl Stencil and a couple panels of watercolor cardstock. I knew I wanted to add some water splashes and I find that inks blend better on watercolor cardstock. I taped the panels to the back of the stencil and blended the inks darker in the middle and lighter towards the outside. It was pretty straight forward for the green one - I taped the stencil right in the middle of the cardstock and blended on some Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks. I kept the stencil in place and flicked on some water. I wanted to keep the drops in the ink blended areas. Some of the droplets seeped under the stencil, but it didn't bother me. I love how it turned out!

My second panel involved a little more work, but not too much! I taped off half of the stencil so that I could do two colors of inks! I used Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks for the blue and Fired Brick and Candied Apple for the reds. The spatters bled under the stencil more on this panel, but I think I like the look!

I stamped out the images and sentiments from the Crazy About You stamp set onto white cardstock with Copic friendly ink and colored in the characters. You can see the markers I used below! I've started snapping a quick photo of the markers I'll be using and I plan to add the image to my blog post. Let me know if you like this method of sharing my marker colors or if you prefer I list them individually!

I popped up the sentiment and images with foam tape and that finished off my two cards! Watch the video below! And make sure you head over to the Kindred Stamps store to check out the rest of the release!

Thanks for watching! 

New Year Fireworks Cards

Hi! I always like to stay ahead of the times when I make cards, so the December box from The Hedgehog Hollow is just perfect! Everything inside is themed for the new year! Yay!! If you want to purchase a subscription there are several ways to subscribe! You could do a month to month rolling subscription to The Hedgehog Hollow starting with the December 2018 box or a three month subscription starting with the December box. There are also a few different boxes available for individual purchase so be sure to visit The Hedgehog Hollow shop!

I LOVE the products in this box! And the sponsor this month is the AMAZING Pretty Pink Posh! There are a bunch of not yet released products from Pretty Pink Posh in this box, so you get first dibs as a subscriber to the box! Love that! I took two cards made from kraft cardstock and positioned the Fireworks stencil from The Hedgehog Hollow in the center. I used some white pigment ink on one and some Black Ash Nuvo Embellishment Mousse on the second. 

The box has some awesome silver mirror cardstock inside and I decided to use the Happy New Year script die and die cut my sentiment from it. I love the shine! And it really pops against the white in real life! 

I had planned to use the silver mirror paper on the second background, but the Nuvo Mousse leaves so much shimmer and shine that it seemed to clash. A white die cut was actually just what I needed! I used some of the exclusive Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish off both of the cards! 

This box also includes a stamp set and for the first time there are coordinating dies! I can't wait to show you what I made with them! See you next time! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pink & Main Birthday Sewing Card

Hey, everyone! There's no new release from Pink & Main this month, so the rest of the design team and I are using some of our favorite products! And the Sewing stamp set is definitely one of my FAVORITES! I used to sew with my mom when I was a little girl and this stamp set somehow brings back all of those memories!

Since we are talking about favorites I decided to use one of my favorite color combos - pink and yellow! I blended some Fossilized Amber Distress Ink on to a piece of cardstock keeping the color heavier towards the outside and lighter towards the inside. I love how it gives a highlight to the center of the card! This card needed a little something to break up the background and my images, so I die cut some white cardstock with the Basket Cover die (one of my favorite background dies from this year!) and glued it on top of my inked background.

I stamped a bunch of images from the Sewing stamp set onto white heavy weight cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I also stamped a sentiment and trimmed it into a slanted edge for some interest.

Pink & Main has so many products that lend towards my clean and simple style! I love their background dies because they are so perfectly intricate and simple at the same time! I can't wait to show you some of my other favorite products this month! I'll see you next time!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Foxes with The Greeting Farm

Hi! I have a card and video for the Scrapping for Less blog and shop today! This time my product feature is the Oh, What Fun stamp set from The Greeting Farm and some patterned paper from the Holiday Cheer paper pad from Sunny Studio!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for my process video! I started by stamping the tree you see near the  middle of my card from the Oh, What Fun stamp set from The Greeting Farm. I wanted the tree to be two colors - brown for the tree trunk and green for the needles, so I used a Memento Rich Cocoa Dew Drop ink pad to ink up just the trunk. It was pretty easy because the dew drop pads have a pointed end. Since it's a dye ink I didn't have any trouble wiping away any ink that ended up where I didn't want it with my fingers before I stamped it. I did the same thing with Cottage Ivy ink for the needles.

I moved on to stamping and coloring my images from The Greeting Farm's Oh, What Fun stamp set. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink because I wanted to do some watercoloring with my real brush pens. I grabbed all of the colors I would need and started coloring. Watercoloring is my preferred method of coloring for so many reasons - but one of the big reasons is that it's so easy for me to manipulate colors! I didn't have the exact color I wanted for my foxes, so I put down some color with a bright red and then added some orange and blended them together with a waterbrush. Perfection! I did the same thing with my pink - the shade I picked was a bit too bright, so I scribbled down some darker pink/purple onto my craft mat and picked it up with a waterbrush and blended the colors together. The rest of the coloring was straight forward!

I cut out all of my images and went to work on my background! I used a stitched rectangle die to cut down a piece of patterned paper from the Holiday Cheer paper pad from Sunny Studio. I LOVE the light gray with the snowflakes! Perfect for a snowy scene! I wanted a place for my foxes to stand, so I cut down a piece of watercolor cardstock with the same stitched rectangle as well as a stitched hillside die. Scrapping for Less has some Whimsical Waves dies from MFT in stock that would work just as well for this scene! I used one of my real brush markers and sketched some snow drifts and blended out the color with a water brush to soften the edges. I arranged everything on my scene with foam tape and added a liberal amount of clear shimmer to my foxes and tree as well as my sentiment strip.

Check out the video below!

Thanks for watching!