Saturday, May 26, 2018

{Altenew} May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for the Altenew May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop and left some love! I enjoyed reading every single one of your comments and appreciate all of your kind words!

I used to select a winner for the $30 gift certificate to shop at the Altenew online store and the lucky lady is Lindsey!

Congratulations, Lindsey! Please email by June 10, 2018 with the subject line Altenew May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Emily's blog to be set up with your gift certificate. Happy shopping!

In addition, Altenew will be announcing the SIX winners of a $50 gift certificate to their store on the Altenew Card Blog, so be sure to check there tomorrow. ;)

Don't forget to shop Altenew's Memorial Day Sale! You can save 15% on over 170 items in the shop. Click on the banner to shop!


Friday, May 25, 2018

{Studio Katia} 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop: Day 1 + Giveaway!

Hi, friends! I'm delighted to be part of Studio Katia's 2nd Anniversary celebrations! Studio Katia has just released 6 new Clear Stamp Sets and 4 sets of Coordinating Dies, 4 new stand alone Creative Dies, 2 new Stencils and new Embellishments. There has been so much inspiration from the Studio Katia design team on their blog and social media. You're about to see so much more in this two-day Anniversary Blog Hop!

I made two cards using five of the new products. Both share the same colours but look entirely different. It's easier and convenient for me to keep creating once I have my colours picked!

This first one features Lovely Blooms, Stitch Borders and Birthday Greetings. I stamped the blooms on watercolour cardstock with black pigment ink and heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder.

Then I watercoloured with distress inks, all of which are listed below. These blooms are absolutely stunning and therapeutic to colour! I'm pretty sure these will end up on loads of cards.

To create the background, I used all four of the greens I used for the foliage and smooshed them on to a large acrylic block, misted the ink and smooshed the block on to a panel of watercolour cardstock. 

After the panel dried, I used the largest of the Stitch Borders dies and die cut two rows at both ends of the panel. To finish, I heat embossed a sentiment from Birthday Greetings, one which fit nicely into the little nook created by the blooms.

My second card features the Kobi Bearing Gifts stamp set and coordinating dies. As I mentioned earlier, I heat embossed the images and watercoloured them with distress inks.

Then I used the same colours and sponge daubers with the Bubbles Stencil to create the background, which was die cut with the Dotted Patterns - Set 1 die set.

I sponged around the top left- and bottom-right corners of the card base using the same six colours before adhering the popped up frame and inside panel.

I also added adorable and super shiny Crystal Stars Sequins to the ground to anchor Kobi.

Here's the full hop list for today:

Studio Katia is giving away TWO $100 CAD Gift Certificates on both days of the Blog Hop! That's FOUR chances to win. The winners will be chosen randomly from comments left on ALL blogs of the Blog Hop. To enter, simply leave a comment on all blogs on both days, follow Studio Katia on Instagram, and Like Studio Katia on Facebook. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning! Comments must be left by 11:59pm EST on Saturday, June 2, 2018. All winners will be announced on the Studio Katia blog on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Thanks so much for hopping with us!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} Neat & Tangled Winner!

Hey there! Thanks so much for tuning into my latest video for Two Many Cards along with Kalyn Kepner! We enjoyed showcasing Neat & Tangled's Ride With Me stamp set and 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!

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

We will be back with the next installment in our video series on May 30th. Get excited for what's featured next - Hint: it's not a stamp set! ;)

Monday, May 21, 2018

{Altenew Video} May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be joining Altenew for the May 2018 Release Blog Hop! I made six cards using five new products and I also have a video which highlights one of the stamp sets, Botanical You. Botanical You is a layering wreath set that is so unique since the wreaths form the word YOU. I'll let the video do most of the talking since this post is long enough without me writing a novel. ;)

I used the same colour scheme for this set of four cards in case I wanted to give this set away as a gift. Visually, it also looks nice and the consistency helps you focus on the techniques, as well as the versatility of this set. The blues are the two lightest shades in the Cool Summer Night ink collection and the corals are the two lightest shades in the Tea Party ink collection.

The first card is the simplest but the partial die-cutting adds that wow factor. The pearls add that extra special something. However, if you're a true clean and simple, one-layer stamper, this card is still stunning without the added die-cutting and embellishments.

My second card places the wreath word on an angle, stamped three times. Again, I used the partial die-cutting technique but only on the centre wreath. I sponged the upper left- and lower right-hand corners with Pink Pearl ink, which is the lightest of the Tea Party ink collection used to stamp the berries and flowers on the wreaths. I also added pearls to the O in the middle of the card.

The next two cards uses the wreath letters separately, rather than as a unit. I die cut them completely to use the letters in different arrangements.

This third card uses the letters on black die cuts, which resemble shadows. This makes the letters appear larger and also closer together on the card. I sponged around the entire panel using Sea Glass and scattered pearls across the entire word; they are not so concentrated on the O as on the two previous cards.

My last card has the shortest sentiment but the most unique way to use the wreath. Using only the letter U, I was able to create a fun phrase by stamping the secondary sentiment four times in all of the colours used on the wreath.

I also dry embossed the panel using the Floral Drape Stencil, which gives this clean and simple design its wow factor.

I kept the pearls to a minimum this time, only adding a few to the left side of the letter U. Quick, add Botanical You to your cart now!

To create the colour wash at the top of the card, I smooshed all four of the colours from the Cool Summer Night ink collection on my craft sheet and used a large brush to drag the colours down, one at a time, from dark to light. I love how it turned out and I think I need to do this again!

I used those same watercolours, plus two greys from the Warm Gray ink collection to colour the heat embossed Starry Flowers, then added enamel dots in coordinating colours.

This last card looks more complicated than it is. It was probably my favourite to make. While I was stamping the Starry Flowers for the previous card, I stamped two extras and clear embossed them. After die cutting, I simply adhered them to the grey base.

Then I cut a slightly smaller panel of vellum cardstock, on which I adhered the die cut letters from the Fine Alphabet Die Set. The gold glitter cardstock cut like butter and the flat base made the letters super easy to line up with my design ruler.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Friday, May 25, 2018 for a chance to win. The SIX winners will be announced on both blogs on May 27, 2018.

I am also giving away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky winner drawn from comments left on my blog. Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on May 25, 2018 and I will announce the winner on May 26, 2018.

Thanks so much for hopping along with us!


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Technique Tuesday + My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Welcome to the Technique TuesdayMy Sweet Petunia Blog Hop! The Technique Tuesday design team is delighted to be joining the My Sweet Petunia design team for this very special blog hop. We're very excited to feature projects created by using products from both companies.

I've owned both the original MISTI and mini MISTI for years and love them both equally. I use them interchangeably and both sizes get lots of use. I received the Creative Corners for this hop and had lots of fun playing with all of the pieces included in the set. I've always wanted to be able to place my card away from the corners of the MISTI for various design reasons and now I can! I can also create awesome angled patterns with markers and pens, like in today's card.

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I wanted to CASE an older card that I made with the Cherry Blossoms set back in February and use the Creative Corners to create an angled background for my new design. As you can see in the collage above, I used  three pieces from the Creative Corners, including the t-ruler and both triangles, plus both ends of two shades of green Copic markers that I used to colour the Cherry Blossoms. By sliding the bottom triangle downward and to the left along the top triangle, I was able to keep the lines the same just by flipping my panel 180 degrees. When I turned the card horizontally to draw the third and fourth set of lines, I had to shift the triangles downward and used the bar magnet to keep the triangles lined up at the top.

Here's what the lines look like before adding the flowers, butterflies and sentiment. The combination of Creative Corners helped me create a perfectly uniform set of lines with exact spacing. Next, I coloured two sets of Cherry Blossoms and butterflies from Grandma Blessings in coordinating colours.

To create the sentiment, I used the hello word die from the coordinating Cherry Blossoms Crafting Dies I used both sets of magnetic corners and the t-ruler to line up the die, which I held in place with removable tape before die cutting from the panel.

I also die cut the hello word from black glitter tape and adhered it to the black panel. The tape is thinner than the cardstock so it's slightly recessed.

To create the ombre beautiful, I stamped it in two shades of blush and rouge to coordinate with the Copic markers I used to colour the Cherry Blossoms.

I hope you enjoyed this new take on one of my older designs. I had so much fun experimenting with the Creative Corners and look forward to using them more. There's so much that can be done with them and I can't believe I didn't own them until now! I'm very grateful for this chance to collaborate with My Sweet Petunia.

Here's the full hop list. Be sure to leave some love at all stops to increase your chances of winning one of two fabulous prizes!
Two lucky commenters will be chosen from the entire hop to win one of two prizes: a $50 shopping spree at My Sweet Petunia and a $50 shopping spree at Technique Tuesday. Comments must be left no later than 11:59pm CST on Monday, May 28, 2018 and winners will be announced on both the Technique Tuesday blog and My Sweet Petunia blog on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Neat & Tangled + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our new video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our first two 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 Neat & Tangled's Ride With Me, illustrated by Elena Roussakis. This adorable set is perfect for daily life, travel adventures, relocation and baby announcements! Make it even more versatile by using sentiments from other Neat & Tangled stamp sets. I really do hope that Elena will illustrate a complementary set with other animals, a boy and girl, plus other accessories!

We’re giving away one $25 gift certificate to the Neat & Tangled store, with 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 May 21st. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on May 23rd. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn’s blog and YouTube channel to see her take on Ride With Me!

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!