Thursday, February 25, 2016

Multi Color Ink Pads plus GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today I'm sharing a few cards using multi color ink pads along with an inlaid die-cutting technique. 

For the first two cards, I used THIS stamp set along with THESE coordinating dies. I created a stitched border around the edge of the black cardstock using THIS die. I die-cut the word from the center of the black cardstock and from a piece of white cardstock. I applied the ink straight from the pad on top of the white die-cut, moving it back and forth slightly to get the colors to blend. Leaving the die in the negative space makes this step easier and prevents the die from shifting.

After it was dry, I adhered it into place on the black cardstock panel. I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set in white and added an epoxy heart for a finishing touch. I also used the same ink pad and THIS mini hearts background stamp to create a colorful, coordinating background. 

A closer look...

I also want to share another example of this technique using THIS Ombre Ink pad from Hero Arts. I used it to add color to the word "Love"...
 I finished off this card using THIS stamp set for a coordinating sentiment and THESE enamel hearts.
I hope this inspires you to break out your multi color ink pads to create some fast coloring! Now how about a Giveaway!?

I have THIS Ombre Ink Pad by Hero Arts to giveaway. To be entered, just leave a comment below telling me your favorite card from today's post. You have until March 3rd at midnight EST to enter into the drawing. Good Luck! 


Friday, February 19, 2016

Felt Gift Bag Toppers & Blog Hop

Hello and welcome. I'm honored to be a part of the Simon Says Stamp's Reason To Smile Blog Hop today. I have a project to share using a die from the collection that is intended to be used with felt.

With it, I created some gift bag toppers...
I know that Easter is around the corner, but I wanted to create a non-traditional, colorful "boy" and "girl" bunny as an accent for a couple of baby shower gifts. I used THIS bunny die and die-cut it from several colors of felt. I did a very basic stitch (as I'm not good with a needle and thread) using THIS floss and used THIS glue to add on some playful googly eyes and bows. Before finishing all the stitching, I added some cotton to the inside to make them fluffy...
Also while I was stitching, I added a larger loop of string on top so that I could use one of THESE mini clothespins to attach the piece to the bag. In keeping with the theme, I stamped the baby sentiment from THIS stamp directly on the bag. Here's a closer look...

I also want to share my felt organization since some of you asked about it from THIS Instagram post. I keep mine in a wooden holder that I found in Target's dollar spot. I was inspired by my sweet friend, Jennifer McGuire. Her felt organization is awesome (you can find it HERE), but I wanted to do some mini swatches that I could attach to the front of my holder...
I created some one inch squares using THIS punch and THIS paper. I used THIS label maker to create the labels and THIS die set to create the felt hearts. I used THIS metal adapter plate to get a nice cut through the felt.
This particular storage box holds twenty seven rolls of felt, but it could probably hold a couple more comfortably. These are all of my Taylored Expressions rolls of felt.
I attached each square to the holder using Velcro. This way I can pull them off easily to match up colors and create color combos...
P.S. If you're interested in seeing another project using products from the new release, I shared a card set yesterday on my blog HERE.

Now how about a Giveaway!?

Simon Says Stamp is picking one winner from each blog hop stop to win a Goody Bag valued at $50. Leave a comment below to enter. The winners will be drawn Tuesday, February 23rd. Good Luck!

Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my kind and talented friend, Debby Hughes. To start at the beginning of the hop, click HERE.