Saturday, September 22, 2018

Studio Katia September 2018 Release Blog Hop + Two Many Cards Video Series

Hello and welcome to the Studio Katia September 2018 Release Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Ilda Dias' blog and your next stop is Kalyn Kepner's blog. Kalyn and I are super excited to be participating in this release hop as part of our Two Many Cards Video Series.

I'm showcasing Holiday Village, Dotted Shaker Tag 3 and Trimmings Borders, as well as Silver Polka Fusion Sequins and Classic Christmas Confetti Sequins.

All three of my projects feature images and sentiments from Holiday Village. The shaker tags were created with Dotted Shaker Tag 3 and I used Trimmings Borders for the hills on the first tag and card.

The two tags feature the 3mm Crystal Clear Sequins and brand new Silver Polka Fusion Sequins. The card features the brand new Classic Christmas Confetti Sequins with Gold Crystal Sequins, both of which were adhered using the fabulous new glue.

The frame for the card was made using dies from Dotted Patterns Set 1. All of the sponging and watercolouring was done with distress inks and colours are linked below.

Studio Katia is giving away TWO $50 CAD gift certificates on each day of the Hop and winners will be chosen from the comments left on all blogs of the Hop. There will also be a $25 CAD gift certificate offered at each stop of the Blog Hop. Kalyn and I are giving away one $50 CAD gift certificate on EACH of our YouTube channels so be sure to stop there and leave some love! Be sure to leave all comments by 11:59pm EST on Friday, September 28, 2018. All winners will be announced on September 30, 2018 on the Studio Katia Blog.


Thanks so much for hopping with us! Your next stop is Kalyn Kepner!


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Christmas Blog Hop with Technique Tuesday

Hello and welcome to our Mini Christmas Blog Hop! Technique Tuesday released new Christmas Products in August and September and more festive products will be released in October and November!

I'm featuring the adorable and whimsical Christmas Birds stamp set and coordinating dies. This set is on the smaller side at 3" x 4" so I made three very different cards to show its versatility.

Now that I have Cars on the Road, I had to pair it up with Christmas Birds. I cut off the back window to make a convertible and cut out an extra wing to place on the outside, as if the bird is feeling the breeze.

All of the images on these cards were coloured with Copic markers and the colours are all listed below. I coloured the car with Copic markers to match the blues on the other cards. The wheels and road were die cut with glitter cardstock. I also curved the sentiment to follow the shape of the road die.

My second card features a group of carollers and their little music book is from Planner Bookworm. I added a little gold bow to one of the carollers to match the gold wheels on the car from the previous card.

This card features a few more layers than I normally use but I love the red frame against the black and white stripes.

My third card brings in the sleigh full of gifts as well as the harness, which was used on the first card to represent speed or exhaust from the car. I used just the single curved die from Cars on the Road to create the glittery snow hills.

I used a snowfall embossing folder to create visual interest at the top of the card. I didn't have the exact shade of ink to match the Copic markers so I overlapped two different blues to create the perfect shade. I used this same technique for the red sentiment on the first card.

PRIZES: Technique Tuesday is giving away a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner who leaves a comment along the way! The more you comment, the greater your chances of winning. Comments will close on September 20, 2018 and the winner will be announced on the Technique Tuesday Blog on September 22, 2018.

Thanks so much for hopping with us today! Be sure to visit all of my teammates for amazing holiday inspiration.

Emily {you are here}Kymona {go here next} |

Please head over to Kymona's blog to see her gorgeous project!


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} Scholarly Goats

What can I say? I'm a book lover and I love goats! LOL It was only natural to combine Gertie and Garth with Planner Bookworm. I love that the little planner set includes three types of books. While I love books in their traditional format, I'm now an eReader convert. My first eReader was a Kobo Aura and I recently bought a second eReader, in the form of a Kobo Clara, because my son was hogging my Kobo Aura. I do love that he is addicted to reading so it's all good! ;)

Naturally, I had to feature all three types of books from Planner Bookworm on these two cards. I actually made the more clean and simple card first but I'm going to show the busier one first. I started by stamping multiples of the books and Gertie and Garth.

Since Planner Bookworm doesn't have coordinating dies and I had to fussy cut them anyway, I decided to do the same with Gertie and Garth, just like in this other card I made previously. Sometimes the images look better without the white border that result when using dies.

I used a generic border die to create my hill but it's very similar to Cars on the Border, which I did not own until after I finished my card. I will use that next time I need to create hills! I sponged all of the backgrounds with distress inks (colours linked below) and splattered with shimmer mist. I also added some chunky confetti glitter to anchor the two goats in the foreground.

It seems like I don't make clean and simple cards very often but they were my original style when I first started crafting and it always feels very satisfying to create one that I love. That was the case for this simpler card.

I swapped out the word BACK and used one of the other sentiments 'Here's LOOKing at you kid' with some selective masking to stamp the word BOOK. On the first card, I did the same thing but inserted the word BOOK between GOATS' and CLUB to modify that original sentiment.

I had so much fun creating these two cards and I can't wait to send them to my bookish friends! I hope I've inspired you to mix and match your stamp sets. You never know what you'll discover.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, August 27, 2018

{Spellbinders} Grow Newer With Me by Stephanie Low

I'm back with another project using Spellbinders' new Inked Messages Collection by Stephanie Low. This time, I'm playing with a stamp and die bundle called Grow Newer With Me and it's so pretty!

There are only two red rubber stamps and two dies included in this set but I had quite a number of ideas in my head after stamping a bunch of the images. Like most of this collection, the images have so many beautiful details and they're fun to colour!

I used my MISTI stamping tool to help me repeat-stamp the flower image across the panel. Then I used distress inks to colour everything, including the background.

I trimmed the sentiment, backing it with black glitter cardstock cut with a single angle for visual interest. I finished by adhering some iridescent bubbles for an added element of pretty.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, August 26, 2018

{Altenew} August 2018 Inspiration Challenge

I had to make birthday cards for my neighbour's twins, one girl and one boy, and the boy is really into ninjas so I decided to play along with Altenew's August 2018 Inspiration Challenge. This made it easy for me to choose colours and use their great products to make one feminine card and one masculine card.

It goes without saying that Altenew is known for their layered floral sets and I ended up using three sets for the flowers, including Floral Arrangement, Frosted Garden and Vintage Flowers. The sentiment is from Celebrations, which was ombre stamped using Caribbean Sky and Persian Blue inks.

I used the Sketched Lines Stencil to create the background for the florals. The Frosted Garden florals were heated embossed on vellum with gold tinsel embossing powder. All other stamping was done on white cardstock.

The 12 ink colours featured on both cards are from the Warm & Cozy, Tropical Forest and Glacier Caves oval sets.

I used Ninja Invasion and Engineers Rule on the second card and ombre stamped the swords using all 12 ink colours. The background was sponged using the Watercolor Stripes Stencil and the sentiment is from the Beautiful Lady stamp set. I added star sequins from a retired sequin mix but I've linked below to other gold star options.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, August 20, 2018

{Spellbinders} Fare Thee Well by Stephanie Low

Have you seen Spellbinders' new Inked Messages Collection by Stephanie Low? I had the chance to play with a stamp and die bundle called Fare Thee Well and it's absolutely gorgeous!

There are only two red rubber stamps and two dies included in this set but I had quite a number of ideas in my head after stamping a bunch of the images. They seem simple at first but the details are really beautiful and they are so fun to colour!

I picked four distress colours (see supplies below) to colour a bunch of the feathers and mirrored those colours in the horseshoe image with the sentiment. When I was arranging the feathers, I wanted to create a wreath but ended up with this windmill-like shape and I loved it!

To finish, I used the same two shades of purple distress inks to paint a background. After it dried, I used white and black mist to splatter the background and dried it with my heat tool. To finish, I adhered the coloured images and added sugar plum sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!