Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wishing You Peace (plus Giveaway)...

Hello friends. Today I'm sharing our Christmas card....
To create my card, I inked up THIS snowflake die from Hero Arts with silver ink and ran it through my die-cut machine with THIS embossing mat. This allows it to only emboss the image and not cut through all the way. I heat embossed a sentiment from THIS stamp set in Gold. I die-cut the panel using THIS die to achieve the stitched frame and added some of THESE, THESE, THESE, THESE, and THESE to finish off the card. I mounted it all on a black card base made out of THIS cardstock.

I wanted something playful and fun for the inside. Here it is.....

I love this picture of my little guy and thought it might put a smile on the recipient's face, as it always does mine. :) 

A closer look at that embossing technique...

I wish I could all send all of you a Christmas card, but since I can't, how about a giveaway?

GIVEAWAY
I'm giving away one of each of these two Hero Arts stamps featuring my handwriting!...
WINTER WONDERS

HAND PRINTED MERRY CHRISTMAS

Want to win? Just leave a comment by midnight EST on Monday, December 29th telling me your favorite thing about Christmas for a chance to win these stamps. Good Luck! 

Speaking of giveaways, the winner of the Simon Says Stamp Tons of Hearts Stamp Set is....
JESSICA P. Congratulations! Email me with your address and I'll get your goodies out to you. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! From my home to yours, Merry Christmas! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bling Challenge

It's the last challenge of the year over on the Little Tangles Challenge Blog and it's all about Bling...
Here is my card I created for the challenge..
I embossed the Punchinella stamp with Silver Embossing Powder on to some gray cardstock and punched a heart shape from it. I die-cut a large circle from THIS glitter paper and punched a scalloped circle out of Neenah White Cardstock to go behind it. I also cut a curve out of the Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock panel and adhered some glitter paper from that same pack underneath. I heat embossed a sentiment from THIS set in white and added some sequins for a finishing touch. 

A closer look at all that sparkle that the glitter paper adds...
I hope I've inspired you to create a project with some bling on it! Be sure to enter it HERE for your chance to win a Neat and Tangled stamp set of your choice! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stretching Your Stamps-Hearts

Hi there. On my last blog post, I decided to giveaway THIS stamp set...
I thought it was a perfect set to pair up with the new Better Together release from Simon Says Stamp. I wanted to create a card to show you just that and show you how to look at your stamps in a different way.

When I first saw all of the hearts, I thought they would make great balloons...
I created balloons by stamping a smaller heart below each of the larger hearts upside down. This creates a bottom to the balloon. I thought all of the balloons would be fun paired with THIS monster stamp set. For the coloring, I chose to use my Peerless Watercolor. I love how vibrant they are! Adding glossy accents on top gives it the realistic look of a balloon...
Speaking of watercolor, I used the same colors but with much more water for a toned down version of the same card...
I like to emboss my images when I watercolor because it allows the color to pool up in one area. I embossed the sentiment as well to make it pop...
To finish off the card, I used my paper piercer to punch small holes under each balloon to pull my colored string through. Easy Peasy. 

I had so much fun with this stamp set that I decided to EXTEND the deadline on the Giveaway! You now have until Thursday at Midnight EST. Just post a comment to this post or HERE to be entered to win. That two chances per person! 

Speaking of Giveaways...the WINNER from THIS post is Barbra! Congrats. Please use the CONTACT ME button on the top of the blog to email me with your address so I can get out your goodies to you!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

SSS Better Together Release + GIVEAWAY...

Hello! I have LOTS of projects to share today, so let's get to it...

Have you heard!? Simon Says Stamp's newest release, Better Together, is available today! You can read all about it HERE and purchase the product HERE.


Heidi was sweet enough to send me some of this product to play with and I created five cards. (Three of them are pictured in the advertisement above! Woot! Woot!) 


My favorite set from this collection is THIS one. Those monsters stole my heart. I used the set and the coordinating dies to make this card...
I used my Mister Huey's spray mists to create a fun background on a piece of Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock. I colored in one of the monsters with colored pencils and used a black marker to color in the open letters of the greeting. It's a great way to get a new look and stretch your stamps! I finished off the card with some wood veneer hearts that I applied black enamel accents to. Here's a closer look...

I used the same stamp set to create my next card...
I colored in the image with my Copic Markers and die-cut some grass for the bottom of the mailbox pole. I finished off the card by die-cutting THIS word die and stamping a coordinating sentiment from the Monster Hugs stamp set in black ink. I used a heart from the die set to top off the "i" in the greeting...
The next card uses THIS stamp and die set called, Love Makes A Home....
I stamped and embossed the image on some Watercolor Cardstock and used my Peerless Watercolors to "color" in the image. I die-cut the heart from the coordinating die set and adhered it on top of the chimney with foam adhesive for some dimension...
I knew I wanted to create a shaker card when I saw THIS die...
For the sentiment, I heat embossed one from THIS stamp set and used THIS stencil to create the tone-on-tone background on the notecard.

I love to create a background using small images in a stamp set. I used THIS set to create the background on my final card...

A closer look...
Isn't that large sentiment beautiful!? I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder and I just love it paired with the purple inks from Hero Arts. (Grape Juice and Raspberry Jam Ink)

NOW FOR A GIVEAWAY! 

I think THIS stamp set would make a great addition to the Better Together Release and I have an extra one to share....
Just leave a comment to this post by Tuesday, December 16th at midnight EST EXTENDED DEADLINE- Thursday December 18th at midnight EST telling me which card is your favorite to be entered to win. Good luck! 

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Super Hugs...

Hello! You might remember THESE cards I made recently using a favorite stamp set of mine. I actually created those cards with a friend of mine's stamp set. I couldn't purchase it because it was a limited edition and sold out. I just loved the set and she knew it....so what does my sweet friend do? She sends me hers! She is a gem and I wanted to make a thank you card for her using the set...
I stamped the greeting repeatedly using some pigment inks so I could heat emboss on top of them using clear embossing powder. Hard to see in the pictures, but it gives a great shine.
Instead of coloring the super hero image with my markers, I heat embossed the image and used my watercolors. I also cut some tiny banner shapes out of vellum to give the illusion she is flying. I coated each one with some Wink of Stella for some bling.

Thanks for stopping by! Super Hugs to you!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Easy Mulit-Colored Embossing

Hello! Today's new challenge over on the Little Tangles Blog  is all about Embossing! I have a great tip to share for multi-colored embossing. First, here is my card for the challenge...
 ...and this is the background image I used from Neat and Tangled...
Neat and Tangled's Tiny Triangles Stamp
This stamp works perfectly for this technique because of the solid and open areas in the stamp. So to create the multi-colored silver and gold triangles, I first heat embossed the image using some Gold Embossing Powder. I wanted to add silver to the open triangles so I used THIS VersaMark pen to color the inside of the image with the sticky ink and then heat emboss them with Silver Embossing Powder

TIP: The VersaMark pen is the key to getting this look as it can get into tight spaces that the regular VersaMark ink pad can't. 

Here's a closer look...
Pretty cool, huh? I finished off the card by heat embossing THIS sentiment in silver, cutting it out, and adhering it to my card along with a bow and some sequins

I'm loving the look of silver and gold lately, which happens to be the color combo of my Christmas cards this year. (That I haven't started yet... Eek! Who's with me!?)

Make sure to join in the fun and enter your project using embossing over on the Little Tangles Challenge Blog HERE. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stretching Your Dies- Showcasing new SSS dies + Giveaway!

Hello! Happy Die-cember! I have A LOT to share today. Hang in there with me because there's a giveaway at the end! 

Simon Says Stamp is releasing lots of new dies today in celebration of Die-cember and they were so sweet to send me three to play with. I'll share two different projects for each showing you how to stretch your dies! 

First up, Tea for Three Die

How cute is that!? Here is the first card using this die...
I die-cut one of the tea cups using black cardstock. I added a small heart die to the front and coated it with glossy accents for some shine. I created my background using THIS stamp set. It has the perfect sentiment in it to coordinate with the die-cut. I die-cut the steam using some glitter paper and formed two into a heart....
I decided to bring some attention to one of the sentiments I stamped by using some watercolor and embossing...
I finished the card with some silver thread, die-cut the background panel using THIS die and adhered it to a black note card. 

For my second card using the Tea for Three Die, I wanted to create a Valentine's Day card for my hubby. I die-cut a couple spoons from the die and printed out a cheeky sentiment from my computer...
I punched out several hearts from colored cardstock and cut a banner shape using THIS die. I added some Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the spoons for some shine...

The next die I created projects with is the Mod Arrow Border Die...
I love this die. It's a must have. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do a die-cut inlay technique with it...
I cut several arrows out of colored cardstock and laid them in place like a puzzle. I wanted to make them shine so I added VersaMark with a pen and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. You can see a close up picture of the shine by clicking HERE. The sentiment is from THIS Paper Smooches set. 

For my next card using the Mod Arrow Border Die, I kept it simple....
 ....and used some extra arrows to draw attention to my sentiment. I cut THIS die out several times out of black cardstock and stamped the coordinating stamp set for the sentiment using VersaFine Black ink. I finished off the card by adding some embossing to the bottom...

For my final projects, I used the Garden Stems Tag Die...

I decided to use just the tag portion of the die to create a Christmas tag...
It's super easy to snip off the stem images so you can use it as a tag frame. I heat embossed a snowflake image from THIS stamp set using white embossing powder and did some watercolor over it to make it pop. The flower images in the die work PERFECTLY in the center of the snowflake! The sentiment is from THIS set and I die-cut the frame from some glitter paper for some shine to match my wrapping paper...

My next card uses the flower images of the die minus the tag portion...
I die-cut two of the tags using White Neenah Cardstock and did some quick coloring with my Copic Markers. I adhered them to a outside scene I created and topped some of the stems with the flower image die. I doubled up each one to give it lots of dimension and placed an orange gem in the center of each....
I finished off the card using a sentiment from THIS set. 

Now it's time for a GIVEAWAY:

Want to win one of these dies?! Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite project from this post. You have until midnight EST on December 7th. Good Luck. 

I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in a new light. Make sure to check out the entire release of Die-cember HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Die-cember! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi! I just adore THIS stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and had to make a card in honor of turkey day...
Nothing fancy. I just stamped the turkey image and colored it in with some Copic Markers. I did a little partial embossing on the panel along with a stamped sentiment from the same set. I finished it off with a little twine and scalloped border. I attached it to a Hero Arts Note Card. Quick and easy...
Oh, a quick tip....white enamel accents works great on the bones of the turkey legs. ;)

I hope you have a blessed day. I'm thankful for you! Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tips on Creating Card Sets/ Multiple Cards

Hello! I'm a BIG fan of creating card sets. You already have all of the supplies out, so why not make a bunch of cards at once!? Today I have five cards to share using THIS adorable stamp set along with some helpful tips on creating multiple cards...
Background stamps, note cards, and inks all by Hero Arts
TIP #1- Keep it simple
These cards measures 3.5 x 4.75 in size. Working on a smaller canvas is a time saver. I also knew I wanted to keep the card clean and simple, keeping the emphasis on the animals. 


TIP #2- Use the same formula
All of these cards have the same formula....stamped background pieces, a few embellishments and a border sentiment/critter strip. Creating an assembly line of each part makes creating multiple cards easier. 

TIP #3- It's all in the details
Adding some glossy accents to the critter's eyes, adding sequins, adding some Wink of Stella for some shine really helps pull all the cards together and make each one unique and special. 

TIP #4- Same Medium
I used THESE watercolors to color in all the critters. Heat embossing the image really helps the watercolor stay inside the lines. Keeping the same coloring medium on all cards made it so easy because the supplies were already out. 

TIP #5- Something Fun and Unexpected
I chose to do partial die-cutting to help the critters stand out even more. I used some clear adhesive behind them to make it seem as if their popping off the card! 

I don't know about you but I'm lucky to use a stamp set twice before it goes away in a pile and I may never use it again. Creating card sets from one stamp set really helps me get some good use out of my stamps! 

I hope you give these tips a try the next time you make multiple cards. Thanks so much for stopping by!