Friday, January 15, 2021

Catherine Pooler Designs | I Love You Soy Bundle

Hello, friends! I'm back with another delicious card featuring the I Love You Soy Bundle from Catherine Pooler's Love-n-Hearts Release! I also used three of the new inks from the Date Night Collection and Do-Si-Do might be my favourite new colour. As I mentioned in my previous post, the I Love You Soy Patterned Paper pack is my favourite ever. They're just so inspiring and an easy way to jump start my cards!

I used the Cummerbund and white striped paper to create my shaker card. Then I stamped and die cut a ton of images from Hey There Dumpling in more colour combinations than you can imagine. I even masked off the inside of the soy bottle to get pure colours of Catching Rays and Cummerbund inks.

Before adhering the images to the card front, I used the Nested Oval Dies to create a window in the front of the patterned paper panel to create the shaker element. I also used the new Halo Embossing Glitter on the frame for a super shiny holographic finish.

I added the new Romance Sequin Mix before attaching the patterned paper panel to the card base. Then I assembled all of the images and attached them to the front of the card using a combination of liquid glue, glue dots and foam tape. For example, the fortune cookies are flat, except for the fortunes. It adds an extra element of interest to the card.

This card is definitely busier than my usual designs but it was so much fun to make. I'm looking forward to playing with this set again and coming up with new colour combinations with the new Date Night Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Happy Hex Monogram Card Kit

Taylored Expressions continues to knock it out of the park with their kits and the Happy Hex Monogram Card Kit is no exception! This kit was made to create a set of cards to give away as a gift but you can definitely - and you'll likely want to - keep it for yourself and make fun, beautiful cards for yourself using the ingredients in this kit.

You get six mini slimline card bases in sugar cube cardstock and they are top-folding which is ultra unique since you can't cut your own card bases in this manner unless you have legal-sized cardstock. You also get a rainbow assortment of mini slimline envelopes, which I absolutely love! This shape is so unique and elegant.

I started by stamping the Happy Hex Mini Slim Background with watermark ink and heat embossing it with diamond embossing powder. This background can be very bold or subtle, depending on what colour(s) you choose to stamp it with. Since mine is subtle to highlight the rainbow stencilling, I wanted to make it sparkly!

I used the Happy Hex Mini Slim Stencil, blender brushes and the following ink colours to stencil the ombre rainbow hexagons down the length of the slimline cards - Watermelon, Sweet Potato Pie, Lemon Meringue, Lime Zest, Sprinkles and Jelly Donut.

After the stencilling was completed, I used the Happy Hex Add-Ons Clear Stamp Set to stamp the patterns on one hexagon in each row, using the coordinating ink colour. I used the large hexagon from that stamp set to stamp the double outline for the sentiment using Oreo Ink. I chose three of the six sentiments in that stamp set, and stamped two of each in the centre of the hexagon.

I stamped the same three sentiments on the six envelope seals but since the seals are a slippery material, I used StazOn solvent ink.

To finish the gift set, I die cut the Belly Band Die from lemon meringue cardstock and adhered the two halves together with scor-tape. I stamped and heat embossed a monogram for the belly band using the Typewriter Alpha Clear Stamp Set on lime zest cardstock and trimmed it out with scissors, attaching it to the front of the belly band.

Thanks so much for watching!


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Spellbinders January 2021 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop + Giveaways

I'm thrilled to be part of the Spellbinders January 2021 Clubs Inspiration Blog Hop! You should've arrived from Virginia Lu's blog and I have the full list of participants below. There are also details on the generous giveaway so be sure to read 'til the end. For this hop, I created two cards with contrasting colour themes - dark and light - using both the Small Die of the Month and the Clear Stamp of the Month. Be sure to let me know which one you like better!

I used the same colours on both cards but in different proportions. I started by using all four dies from the Small Die of the Month. Originally, I only planned to make one card for this hop but the die cutting became addictive, as it did with my last two posts featuring the Spellbinders Club Kits.

The card base for the darker card features sea salt cardstock and I used that for the inside rectangle of the lighter card. I love this shade of grey because it's just dark enough to provide a slight contrast against the white linen cardstock.

The largest die in the Small Die of the Month leaves a solid centre but there was too much red so I used the inner rectangle to cut out that section to allow the sea salt card base to show through. Both of the inner rectangle pieces were layered over a second piece die cut from heavyweight cardstock for added dimension.

I recut the main heart from both red glitter cardstock and white glitter cardstock. Then I used the two remaining dies from the Small Die of the Month to die cut the inner heart from white and graphite foil cardstock. I love the beautiful shine and drama the foil provides against the glitter backgrounds!

I used the basic sentiment from the Clear Stamp of the Month and heat embossed them with white powder on oreo cardstock, and in silver powder on white linen cardstock. I trimmed them to fit the width of the inner rectangle and attached them to the card with scor-tape.

To finish, I added silver foil pearls on the inner corners of the white card. I considered adding embellishments to the darker card but I felt it was a bit over-the-top since the colours were dramatic enough. If you are inspired by my cards today, I hope you'll consider using my affiliate links below.



To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on our blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, January 17th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in this blog hop post the following Tuesday. The winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.

I'm the last stop on today's hop so I will direct you back to the Spellbinders Blog to begin the hop. Thanks so much for hopping along with us!