Friday, April 20, 2018

{Altenew} Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to Altenew's Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop! Our goal is to send cards to the elderly that live in nursing homes or shelters to let them know they’re not forgotten. Please check out the Celebrating Parents Card Drive and join this great cause by sending in cards. All of today's artists are featuring stamp sets in our Celebrating Parents stamp category, of which 20% of all proceeds earned will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

Emily Leiphart (you're here)
Karin Åkesdotter (your next stop)

I have four cards to share with you so let's get started! All of the stamp sets, dies, stencils and ink colours are listed below for your shopping convenience.

My first card features the Best Dad stamp set and coordinating dies. I've also used the Inline Alpha Dies and Pegboard Canvas Cover Die.

I watercoloured the tools and hung them on the pegboard, just like in a workshop. Then I die cut 'dad' from foil and black cardstock to create a shadow. I heat embossed the sentiment on a black strip and adhered everything to a strip of vellum.

I also sponged around the edges of the pegboard to give it the illusion of being light brown, like many pegboards, without it being completely brown and making the background too dark.

My second card features the Extra Special stamp set on a flat, easy-to-mail card with dry embossing and pearl embellishments.

I used two of the lightest shades on flowers in diagonal corners and two of the darkest shades on flowers in the other two corners. I did the same with the grey leaves.

The final step was to dry emboss the Sketched Lines Stencil on the panel after stamping. It gives a beautiful texture for visual interest.

My third card is another masculine card, and the perfect card for my Minecraft-loving mechanical engineer husband! 

First, I used the Cube Builder Stencil to sponge the pyramid of blocks on to a panel. Then I stamped the customized sentiment and added small die cut images, using the Engineers Rule stamp set and coordinating dies.

When my son saw this card, he eyes grew big and he started dreaming of Minecraft cards he could make himself with this awesome stencil. ;)

My fourth and final card for this hop is another feminine card for my mother-in-law. She had surgery recently and I thought this would make a wonderful card to let her know that we're thinking of her.

I stamped the birds from Birds of a Feather in her favourite colours, along with a sentiment from Trigonometry.

In two of the corners behind the lilac-coloured birds, I also stamped florals from Frosted Garden in the lightest shade of blue used on the belly of the middle bird.

Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. Be sure to leave comments by May 6th, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed above and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Mother's Day, May 13th, 2018.

I'm also drawing ONE $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. The deadline for comments is the same as above and the winner will be announced on my blog on May 10, 2018. Please leave a comment below for your chance to win and be sure to check back to see if you're the lucky winner!

Thanks so much for hopping with us!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

{Spellbinders} Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok Release: Day 3

Hi, everyone! I'm sharing two more cards that were on the Spellbinders blog last week, using the new Folk Art Collection by Lene LokI love using dies in unique ways and I'm here to share some ideas for the Kurbits 2 die. These dies are so intricate, there's so much you can do with them, whether you use the entire die or just part of it.

I haven't made ultra tall cards in a while and 3.25" x 6.5" cards are my favourite card shape. The Kurbits 2 die lent itself perfectly to this shape so I made two of them to show how different they can look with small changes in materials and colours!

For the first card, I die cut the bottom end of the Kurbits 2 die from both ends of the watercolour panel. I chose this watercolour cardstock for its texture. Then I die cut the die twice from black cardstock to inlay it into the negative space.

Next, I die cut a panel from gold foil cardstock included in the March 2018 Card Kit of the Month. Then I used the Platinum 6 embossing mat and plate to dry emboss the top end of the die on to both ends of the panel. This beautiful embossing into the gold foil shows that part of the die design through the black die cuts that are inlaid into the watercolour panel.

For my second card, I used daubers to sponge distress ink colours on to the Kurbits 2 dies, which were die cut from watercolour cardstock, then misted with water.

The front panel was watercoloured with evergreen bough and peacock feathers distress inks. Instead of the gold, I used a panel of blue cardstock that blends perfectly into the watercoloured panel in the foreground.

On both cards, I used simple but beautiful sentiments from Altenew's Birds of a Feather which complement the Kurbits 2 die perfectly. These were stamped with black pigment ink and clear embossed for shine and dimension.

I hope you enjoyed all three of my posts featuring dies from Spellbinders' Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok. If you missed the first two, you can find them all here:

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Sunday, April 15, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video} featuring Paper Smooches + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! I'm super excited about today's post and video for Two Many Cards, a new video series I'm doing with Kalyn Kepner. This has been in a works for a while and we're finally bringing you our first in what will hopefully be a never-ending series of fun videos where we share our own unique take on the same products.

It's fitting that Paper Smooches is our first feature since Kalyn and I were on the Paper Smooches team together for few years. We both have very different cardmaking styles but there’s often a crossover in techniques. For example, Kalyn often uses patterned paper and embellishments and I do that, too, though no quite as often as I should. I tend to hoard those supplies! I love watercoloring everything from backgrounds to critters and Kalyn does that, too. We both love layers, colour, great sentiments, and mixing and matching stamp sets! I thought it would be fun to start a video series where we both put our own unique twist on the same stamp set, tool or other product. I approached Kalyn with this idea and she loved it! She went right to work, designing our fabulous logo and video intro so here we are! We really hope you enjoy this new series. Please do let us know if there’s something you’d love to see us do or feature and we’ll add it to our idea book!

I won't go into too much detail about the cards here on the blog since the post is long enough and the video covers all of my techniques. I made two cards to showcase something from all of the pineapple-themed products Kim kindly sent us to feature!

My first card showcases Pineapple Crush and I made a flat, easy-to-mail card featuring the sweet bunny and pineapple detailing as a background for the sponged distress inks.

My second card uses the outline pineapple from Pineapple Crush, faces from the Pineapple 1 dies and glasses from the Pineapple 2 dies, and a sentiment from Pineapple Crush 2.

All of the patterned paper on both cards is from the Gather 6x6 paper pad by Crate Paper.

The faux-stitching was created using the Stitched dies by Paper Smooches and the white glitter enamel dots are by Doodlebug.

We’re giving away one $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store to one lucky winner chosen randomly from Kalyn’s video or Emily’s video. You must be a subscriber! Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on April 21st. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on April 23rd. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn’s blog and YouTube channel to see her take on Pineapple Crush!

Thanks so much for watching!



{Spellbinders} Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok Release: Day 2

Today, I'm sharing another Spellbinders project featuring the new Folk Art Collection by Lene LokLast week, on the Spellbinders blog, I used the Nordic Blooms and Nordic Floral dies to create an oval wreath. These dies are so cute and it was fun to sponge all of these unique colour combinations to create one-of-a-kind florals and foliage.

I used five of the six flowers from Nordic Blooms to create the main elements of the wreath. I die cut two to three of each flower and arranged them on a mock layout. Then I used daubers and distress inks to colour the flowers.

The tiny green leaves were cut from the leaves of one of the flowers from the Nordic Floral set. All of the vellum leaves are from the foliage dies from Nordic Blooms. I tucked both the green leaves and vellum leaves between the flowers to create dimension and add visual interest.

Before adhering the wreath, I used coordinating distress inks to sponge around the base of the card. Then I heat embossed the sweet sentiments from Altenew's Extra Special directly on to the white linen panel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this project featuring dies from the Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok and I hope to see you again tomorrow with more inspiration from this collection!


Friday, April 13, 2018

{Spellbinders} Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok Release: Day 1

Hi, everyone! I was a guest designer on the Spellbinders blog last week featuring the new Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok and I finally get to share them with you here. I used the Rosemal Heart and Nordic Tree dies on two cards with a shared colour theme.

These are two of the largest dies in the collection and you can see that they fill up an entire 5.5" x 5.5" or 4.25" x 5.5" (A2) card, which makes it easy to create clean and simple cards with them.

I used daubers to add distress ink to the die cuts. I love that a few colours instantly transforms these dies into complete scenes!

I added white glitter and purple frames to the square Rosemal Heart card, then double-stamped the sentiment since the bottom of the die hung down into the sentiment a bit. I added a bit of foam tape under the birds only. The rest of the Rosemal Heart die was adhered directly to the front panel.

I kept the design of the Nordic Tree card even simpler. The die itself was mounted with a second die cut from fun foam to give the entire die some dimension. I added white pearls to all of the birds' eyes and coloured them with a black Copic marker.

I also used bird-themed sentiments from Altenew's Birds of a Feather stamp set on both cards since the Rosemal Heart and Nordic Tree dies feature birds. These were stamped with black pigment ink and clear embossed for shine and dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my projects and I will see you again soon with more projects using dies from the Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

{Paper Smooches} I Wooly Love You

Today was International Day of Pink and all of the kids wore pink to school to support diversity and raise awareness to stop discrimination, gender-based bullying, homophobia and transphobia. You can read the story behind the Day of Pink HERE. I was inspired to create this cute card for Kim's birthday next week!

I used Positive Strokes Two and three shades of distress inks to create the background, which I splattered with water and shimmer spritz. Once the sentiment was stamped with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, I splattered the panel with black colour shine and set it aside to dry.

The critters are all from the cutest stamp set called Courteous Cuties. I again stamped them with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I used a brush and distress inks to watercolour the images, then die cut them with their coordinating Courteous Cuties Icons dies. To finish, I adhered the lamb and bear with foam tape and the bees with mini glue dots.

For the panel of patterned paper that peeks out from either side of the watercolour panel, I used a retired Seven Paper 6x6 paper pad called Amelia. I've linked to a newer paper pad below, if you're looking for one with comparable colours.

Thanks so much for stopping by!