Saturday, June 16, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our first four videos in this series, check out the original post HERE, which explains how and why we're sharing our own unique take on the same products. 

Today, we're featuring Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends and Fox Builder Punch. This is a fun, versatile set with 29 images that can make cards for every occasion, year-round! We're also featuring the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Nature's Poem Cardstock Pack and Nature's Twine Pack. These products and their colours and textures all work so well with our featured products.

I love this set so much that once I got started, I got carried away and made three cards with three very different layouts. As you can see, the possibilities are endless with this stamp set, especially by changing colours and sentiments!

I used cats as my feature animal because I have so many cat lovers in my life and I could always use more cat cards in my stash. This first one uses a traditional layout of repeating images. 

I used inks that coordinated with the colours in the Nature's Poem Cardstock Pack to stamp nine cat heads. Then I arranged them on a panel embossed with the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, and embellished with twine from the Nature's Twine Pack.

The idea for my second card spun off from the three extra heads that were stamped for the first card. I added bodies and tails to create a little trio of kitties. Then I stamped some cute, tiny mushrooms to finish the scene.

You can see how tilting the heads and adding the legs in the front makes a difference in the look and personality of the cats.

Both the sentiments from the first two cards are from a Paper Smooches stamp set called Many Thanks and the flag tag die is from My Favorite Things' Blueprints 29.

My third card doesn't have a sentiment but makes an impact without one because of the details on the cat and the pearl embellishments I added to the laurels. I used the spotted head, bibbed torso and white-tipped tail to make this lone kitty unique.

Since this panel is flat and the card base is the palest of the three cards, all the white space and pearls on the laurels really makes the kitty pop.

I really enjoyed playing with these beautiful products! Stampin' Up! was one of my first loves when I started stamping more than a decade ago.

We’re giving away one Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set and Fox Builder Punch, with one lucky winner chosen randomly from Kalyn’s video or Emily’s video. You must be a subscriber to both our channels! 

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on June 21st. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on June 23rd. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn’s blog and YouTube channel to see her take on Foxy FriendsThanks so much for watching!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

{My Favorite Things} Wednesday Sketch Challenge 389

I'm back with a card for My Favorite Things' Wednesday Sketch Challenge and it's another fun one! The first thing I saw was a boat but since I don't have anything that resembles a boat, I went with the next best thing - Beach Buds! I had two ideas, one using the rectangle (and if you bought the Aquarium, that would be perfect) but I went with my second idea using the Arch STAX dies.

I used the second largest of the Arch STAX dies to create a faux-shaker recessed window. I recut the arch from watercolour cardstock and used the Snow Drifts dies, masking paper and four distress inks to sponge the waves. Then I stamped all of the images and watercoloured them with distress inks.

I created my own sentiment using three of the sentiments provided in the Beach Buds set to create a new and unique sentiment - Have a Jawesome Day, You're Fintastic and Happy Birthday. I die cut it using one of the stitched sentiment strips from Blueprints 29. I sponged the top of the strip to match the coral holding the kelp, and the bottom to match the large fish's face which is the same colour as the twin fishes' tails.

To finish, I added clear round drops to mimic bubbles and to follow the three points indicated by the sketch.

I hope you'll play along with us this week! Simply link up your creations HERE for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at the My Favorite Things store. Thanks so much for stopping by!