Monday, April 30, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Winnie & Walter + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our new video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our first 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 Winnie & Walter's In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies, illustrated by Lydia Evans. This 6x8 floral set is so stunning and easy to use, which makes it a must-have! Some layering sets require you to be precise but this one is very artistic and looks amazing no matter how you stamp it. I absolutely love it!

We’re giving away TWO $25 gift certificates to the Winnie & Walter store, with one lucky winner chosen randomly from Kalyn’s video and one lucky winner chosen from 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 May 6th. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on May 8th. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn’s blog and YouTube channel to see her take on In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies!

We hope you're enjoying 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. Thanks so much for watching!


{Technique Tuesday} May 2018 Release Countdown: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Technique Tuesday's May 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 May 1, 2018 for your shopping pleasure.

Today, I'm showcasing Hanna the Horse together with Sassy Guy. They go so well together, don't they? LOL Don't even ask me how I thought about putting these images together but I was so excited when I discovered that the proportions were so perfect!

I stamped, heat embossed and watercoloured all four images. The horse is from Hanna the Horse and the glasses, tie and sandwich are from Sassy Guy. Since I don't have the dies yet, I fussy cut all four images. I used a hole punch to cut out the centre of the glasses by punching several times.

I used some newly-acquired patterned papers from Pinkfresh Studio's Let Your Heart Decide 6x6 paper pad. I trimmed along one edge of the yellow piece that looked like sand dunes and adhered it to the faded red stripes with temporary tape so I could stamp the sentiment on both layers. After I stamped the sentiment, I permanently adhered the two pieces together and trimmed it down to fit on the A2 card base.

See you tomorrow for Release Day!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} May 2018 Release Countdown: Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of Technique Tuesday's May 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 May 1, 2018 for your shopping pleasure.

Today, I'm showcasing the Lilac stamp set and coordinating Lilac Crafting Dies. This 3x4 stamp set is packed with a beautiful main image and three small floral accent images, plus seven sentiments! The die set also includes a scripted 'you' word, which is perfect for accentuating how much the recipient means to you.

I made a relative one-layer card with three small flowers popped up with two glue dots to look as if they're flying off the card. I watercoloured the lilac and leaves with three shades of purple and three shades of green, respectively. I sponged around the edges of the card with three shades of grey-blue. All of the distress ink colours are listed below.

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of the May Release Countdown!


Saturday, April 28, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} Rock Family Trio

Hi friends! I'm sharing a fun trio of cards featuring the small but jammed packed stamp set called Rock Family. I giggled when I first saw this stamp set and knew I had to have it. This stamp set covers so many occasions and I have three different ones to show you.

This first card features just one of the rocks piled up to create a mountain and I coloured them in a rainbow for encouragement, which goes well with the sentiment!

This second card is a birthday card featuring my own little family represented by the rocks. LOL!

The flower on my head is from A Little Prickly and I added a little strip of blue cardstock between the watercolour panel and the striped patterned paper. All of the striped pieces are from MFT's Black & White Stripes 6x6 paper pad.

My third card is a friendship card, which also features little smartphones from Sassy Girl Thoughts. I love incorporating the planner-type stamps into my scenes and this is just one of those examples where the phones add so much personality to the rocks.

Aren't these rock ladies hilarious? I had a certain friend in mind for this since we have similar outfits and accessories, though we try not to wear them at the same time. ;)

Technique Tuesday's May 2018 sneak peeks begin tomorrow so be sure to stop by then!


Monday, April 23, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} Paper Smooches Winner!

Hi, everyone! Thanks so much for all your support with the launch of the first videos in our Two Many Cards Video Series. We enjoyed showcasing Paper Smooches' Pineapple Crush 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!

We used to choose the winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store and that lucky lady is Denise Bryant! The first box shows that the comment came from Kalyn's YouTube video and the second shows the comment that won. Congratulations, Denise! Please check your inbox for an email from us to be set up with your gift certificate.

We will be back with the next instalment in our video series on April 30th. Any guesses as to which stamp company we'll be featuring? ;)

Thanks so much for watching!

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 Ã…kesdotter (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!