Saturday, August 18, 2018

{Spellbinders} Fire Up the Grill by Debi Adams


I had the pleasure of playing with Spellbinders' Fire Up the Grill stamp and die set designed by Debi Adams and this is what I came up with! To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of assembled s'mores and, much like peanut butter and jam, I'd rather eat the parts separately. LOL Almost everyone else I know loves them though, especially with dark chocolate so that's what I used here.


The details on these dies are the cutest and I used Spellbinders Platinum 6 die cutting and embossing machine for the rest results. I adore the graham crackers and chocolate bars. Look at the little details, like the dimples and score lines in the crackers, as well as the tiny pieces in the chocolate bars!


I die cut the marshmallows from linen cardstock for added interest. The marshmallows, crackers and card base were sponged with Gathered Twigs distress ink.


The grill was die cut from slate gray cardstock and the forks were die cut from silver foil cardstock, which I always love using! I actually modified the length of the forks by partially die cutting each end separately. They were too long for the design of my card and interfered with the sentiment.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} Winning Trifecta


Hey there! Thanks so much for tuning into my latest videos for Two Many Cards along with Kalyn Kepner! We enjoyed showcasing Avery Elle's Peek-a-Boo Pals for you all and loved reading every single one of your comments on our blogs and YouTube channels. In case you missed them, we would love it if you stopped by and joined in on the fun!




The winner of the Peek-a-Boo Pals Stamp Set and Peek-a-Boo Pals Elle-ments Dies is Lori ElderCongratulations, Lori! Please check your inbox for information on how to receive your prize.

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Hey there! Thanks so much for tuning into our latest videos for Two Many Cards along with Kalyn Kepner! We enjoyed showcasing Essentials by Ellen's Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2, Plaid Maker and Block Words for you all and loved reading every single one of your comments on our blogs and YouTube channels. In case you missed them, we would love it if you stopped by and joined in on the fun!



The winner of the $25 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson Store is Lisa TilsonCongratulations, Lisa! Please check your inbox for information on how to receive your prize.

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We enjoyed showcasing Waffle Flower's Always stamp set and coordinating dies for you all and loved reading every single one of your comments on our blogs and YouTube channels. In case you missed them, we would love it if you stopped by and joined in on the fun!




The winner of the $25 Gift Card to the Waffle Flower Store is Shelly PCongratulations, Shelly! Please check your inbox for information on how to receive your prize.

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Thanks so much for joining us. We are taking a break at the end of August for Kalyn's wedding!! We will be back with the next installment in our video series on September 15th!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Hero Arts: Birthday Celebration + Giveaway!


Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our other 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 Birthday Celebration by Hero Arts! This fabulous set is perfect for birthdays and other celebrations. I love the solid images and coordinating dies, which make it perfect for stamping when you don't want to colour. The dies make it easy to create pop-ups and recessed images perfect for making shaped shakers.


I used several different techniques on this card and I go into detail about that in my video. I used five of Hero Arts' fabulous ombre inks, including three ombre neon inks, which are my favourite ink colours of all time. They're so vibrant and pretty!


I used Ombre Neon Chartreuse to Blue for the martini, Ombre Neon Red to Purple for the party hat and bottom half of the sentiment, Ombre Neon Yellow to Orange for the cupcake, Ombre Tide Pool to Navy and Ombre Mint Julep to Emerald Green for the balloon string.


I combined Ombre Neon Chartreuse to Blue and Ombre Mint Julep to Emerald Green to stamp the fizz above the martini. The word 'Celebrate!' was stamped with Blackboard Mid-Tone ink. I double-stamped it, first on the panel and again on the cupcake so I could place the cupcake perfectly on the panel.


I used Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder on the cupcake for added visual interest and created a shaker from the balloon to give this card a fun element.


I added a strip of silver glitter cardstock to the left side of the card before adhering the panel to the card base. The silver complements and highlights the crystal star sequins.


GIVEAWAY
We’re giving away a $25 Hero Arts Store gift certificate to 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 August 21, 2018. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on August 23, 2018. Be sure to check back then.

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

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{Spellbinders} August 2018 Card Kit of the Month Inspiration


Hi, friends! I'm delighted to be sharing projects using the Spellbinders August 2018 Card Kit of the Month. It's so pretty!! I love everything about this kit, from the exclusive limited edition dies to the colours and ephemera. It's my favourite kit from all of the Spellbinders Club Kits!


As soon as I saw that sloth eating watermelon die cut from the ephemera, I knew I had to feature him on a card. He's super sweet and makes me smile! I used four of the seven dies included in this kit to die cut the scalloped panel, layered rose and leaves.


Then I added the yellow flower, also from the ephemera, and adhered all the pieces together with glue dots. I picked the perfect sentiment from the sticker sheet to go with the adorable sloth. All of the elements are on an ombre panel from the patterned paper included in the kit.


I rarely use ribbon and I really wanted to feature the ribbon included in this kit because the colours are so pretty! Then I had a lightbulb moment and decided to feature the ribbon as strips of paper instead of the traditional bow. I cut them at different angles and layered them with patterned paper strips for variation and visual interest. I used two layers of ribbon at the top and bottom since they were on top of the patterned paper strips and you could see the edges through the ribbon.


I use two more of the dies to create a tiny gold sun to go with the sentiment, also from the sticker sheet. I love that these kits include so many sentiment options so stamping is not required. The gold confetti was created using the hole from the tag die included in this kit.


I used a tried-and-true layout on this last card to showcase more of the patterned paper and the gorgeous leaves included in the ephemera. This card, like the others, were so easy to throw together. You really can't go wrong with this kit! It's that amazing. I can't say enough good things about it.


I added a die cut flower using the last of the dies included in this kit and layered it with the same stamen die I used for the little "sun" in the previous card. I love that this versatile die could be used as a star, sun, its own flower or the centre of the petunia.


I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration featuring Spellbinders August 2018 Card Kit of the Month. You can shop all the Spellbinders Club Kits HERE or using the links below. There is also a special going on right now so it's the perfect time to take advantage of the freebie!


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Monday, August 13, 2018

{Avery Elle} Happy Birthday follow-up to Two Many Cards Video Series


So there's a funny little story attached to this card, which features Avery Elle's Peek-a-Boo Pals. After my son saw the card for my last Two Many Cards Video Series, he said this, "I want this for my birthday. You have to give this card to me for my birthday." Then he continued, "I really like how you wrapped the sloth's feet around the tree. Why didn't you do that for the koala and panda?" LOL


Ok, buddy, here it is! As I mentioned in my video, I wanted to try a horizontal version so I did just that. I also switched out Evergreen Bough in the background for Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint since my son loves lime green. I love the greater contrast with the sky in Peacock Feathers.


I also used the little trees I made in the video as bits of foliage for this card. I love how they look! The sentiment on the original card for a general uplifting sentiment but since this was for my son's birthday, I used a birthday sentiment and added little party hats and hearts to make this perfect for the occasion.


I left the panda's feet hanging but I did wrap the koala's tiny paws around the trunk, just like the sloth's. In the angled shot, you can see all of the layers and dimension.


I hope you enjoyed this version of the original card!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} August 2018 Release Day!


Welcome to Technique Tuesday's August 2018 Release Day! The design team is featuring a variety of release products and you're sure to love them so be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday blog for the full reveal and links to all of the amazing projects. All of the amazing new products are now available for purchase!


Today, I'm showcasing the Sassy Vacation Memories stamp set! I was literally rolling on the floor laughing after I came back from my vacation and saw these sentiments. They are just so good! I ended up combining it with Planner Beauty (spa face) and Sassy Fashion (purse, dress, shoes, flower petals as fingers).


Are you laughing?! I had so much fun creating this lady from so many pieces and it was equally fun putting this whole scene together. I coloured all of the images with Copic markers and trimmed them out. Then I used glue dots to adhere the pieces to create the lady to make it easier to place her amongst the suitcases.


In case you missed my other August 2018 release posts, or if you want to shop for those supplies, here are the links:



Thanks so much for stopping by and happy shopping!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} August 2018 Release Countdown: Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of Technique Tuesday's August 2018 Release Countdown! The design team is featuring a variety of release products and you're sure to love them so be sure to head over to the Technique Tuesday blog for the full reveal and links to all of the amazing projects. All of the product links will go live on August 1, 2018 for your shopping pleasure.


Today, I'm showcasing the Olive the Octopus stamp set and coordinating dies, along with the Waves on the Border die. EEK, right?! Olive is so cute and those sentiments are hilarious! What a great addition to the Animal House Collection. But that die? It's stunning!


I used the same colours from my Happy Hydrangea Gift Set, minus the pinks. Isn't it amazing how different they look here? To create the two panels, I used lots of masking paper. I cut the watercolour panel with the Waves on the Border die and separated the orange and blue parts, keeping all those little wave pieces together with the bottom half on a piece of masking paper.


While the two halves were separated, I sponged them with three shades of orange and blue distress inks and splattered them with water. All of those colours are listed below. I also used a brush to watercolour Olive. After all the pieces dried, I used another piece of masking paper on the front side of the panel to transfer both halves back together for a smooth inlaid look. Then I added Scor-Tape to the back, holding everything together.


Finally I stamped the sentiments and adhered Olive with glue dots. To finish, I coloured the eyes and underside of the tentacles with my clear Wink of Stella marker.

See you tomorrow for Release Day!

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Monday, July 30, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Avery Elle: Peek-a-Boo Pals


Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our other 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 Peek-a-Boo Pals by Avery Elle! The little panda stole my heart the first time I saw this set and I couldn't wait to create with it. I wanted to make these little critters more life-like by using them with four paws, instead of two.


I use the landscape dies from a retired set called Snow Caps to create the tree trunk. Alternatives to the Snow Caps set are Picket Fence and Woodland Wonders.


I stamped the panda, koala and sloth using Archival ink on watercolour cardstock. Then I coloured them with distress inks. I also used distress inks to sponge the tree trunk and background.


I used shimmer mist to splatter the background, wicking away the colour, resulting in beautiful shimmery specks.


By using four paws to wrap the animals around the tree trunk, they really come alive and create movement along the length of the card. 


I had so much fun making this one and I look forward to making horizontal, birthday versions of this!


GIVEAWAY
We’re giving away the Peek-a-Boo Pals stamp and die bundle to 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 August 7, 2018. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on August 9, 2018. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn’s blog and YouTube channel to see her take on Peek-a-Boo PalsThanks so much for watching!

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