Sunday, June 24, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} Animal House Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Technique Tuesday has a fun post and giveaway on their blog today!! All you have to do is head over there, browse all of the stamp sets in the Animal House Collection, pick a favourite set and leave a comment for your chance to win it! Easy, right?

Just to give you an idea of what you could win, here are some of my favourite cards using the stamp sets and coordinating dies from the Animal House Collection. Simply click on the links below to visit the original post with full supplies or on the names to shop.

Visit my original post for Duck Swan Goose HERE.

Visit my original post for Hanna the Horse HERE.

Visit my original post for Penny & Parker Pig HERE.

Visit my original post for Chicken Family HERE.

Visit my original post for Clementine the Cow and Gertie & Garth Goat HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to head over to Technique Tuesday's blog for your chance to win. Comments close on June 29, 2018 and the winner will be announced on July 1, 2018. Best of luck!!


Saturday, June 23, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} Stampin' Up! Winner


Hey there! Thanks so much for tuning into my latest video for Two Many Cards along with Kalyn Kepner! We enjoyed showcasing Stampin' Up!'s Foxy Friends photopolymer stamp set and Fox Builder Punch 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 the Foxy Friends photopolymer stamp set and Fox Builder Punch, and that lucky lady is shanners2762! The first box shows that the comment came from Emily's YouTube video and the second shows the comment that won. Congratulations, Ruth! Please check your inbox for an email from us to be set up with your prize.

Thanks so much for joining us. We will be back with the next installment in our video series on June 30th!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

{My Favorite Things} Wednesday Sketch Challenge 390

I'm back with a card for My Favorite Things' Wednesday Sketch Challenge and it's another fun one! I'm really loving this month's sketches. They are simple and, for me, that means a lot of versatility to play outside of the box. Instead of using squares, I decided to use my A2 Rectangle STAX Set 2 to create the frames for my scenes!

Since there were two boxes, I split my scenes with a beach at the top and an underwater scene below. I stamped the coral and layered flowers from Adorned Ocean Friends. The sentiment and pelican are from Beach Buds, and the pelican was coloured with Copic markers to coordinate with the rest of the scene.

Then I used Die-namics Surf & Turf with masking paper to sponge in the sand and water waves on to both sets of framed rectangles. I die cut a second set of rectangle frames and a pelican using craft-a-board and adhered the layers with glossy accents, which I also used to adhere the frames to the card base.

To finish, I attached the flowers to the edges of the frame with glue dots and chomped the bottom right corner to add a bit of softness to the overall look since there are so many corners between the card base and two frames.

I hope you'll play along with us this week! Simply link up your creations HERE for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at the My Favorite Things store. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, June 16, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our first four 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 Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends and Fox Builder Punch. This is a fun, versatile set with 29 images that can make cards for every occasion, year-round! We're also featuring the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Nature's Poem Cardstock Pack and Nature's Twine Pack. These products and their colours and textures all work so well with our featured products.

I love this set so much that once I got started, I got carried away and made three cards with three very different layouts. As you can see, the possibilities are endless with this stamp set, especially by changing colours and sentiments!

I used cats as my feature animal because I have so many cat lovers in my life and I could always use more cat cards in my stash. This first one uses a traditional layout of repeating images. 

I used inks that coordinated with the colours in the Nature's Poem Cardstock Pack to stamp nine cat heads. Then I arranged them on a panel embossed with the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, and embellished with twine from the Nature's Twine Pack.

The idea for my second card spun off from the three extra heads that were stamped for the first card. I added bodies and tails to create a little trio of kitties. Then I stamped some cute, tiny mushrooms to finish the scene.

You can see how tilting the heads and adding the legs in the front makes a difference in the look and personality of the cats.

Both the sentiments from the first two cards are from a Paper Smooches stamp set called Many Thanks and the flag tag die is from My Favorite Things' Blueprints 29.

My third card doesn't have a sentiment but makes an impact without one because of the details on the cat and the pearl embellishments I added to the laurels. I used the spotted head, bibbed torso and white-tipped tail to make this lone kitty unique.

Since this panel is flat and the card base is the palest of the three cards, all the white space and pearls on the laurels really makes the kitty pop.

I really enjoyed playing with these beautiful products! Stampin' Up! was one of my first loves when I started stamping more than a decade ago.

We’re giving away one Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set and Fox Builder Punch, 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 June 21st. The winner will be announced on both our blogs and YouTube channels on June 23rd. Be sure to check back then.

Please head over to Kalyn’s blog and YouTube channel to see her take on Foxy FriendsThanks so much for watching!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

{My Favorite Things} Wednesday Sketch Challenge 389

I'm back with a card for My Favorite Things' Wednesday Sketch Challenge and it's another fun one! The first thing I saw was a boat but since I don't have anything that resembles a boat, I went with the next best thing - Beach Buds! I had two ideas, one using the rectangle (and if you bought the Aquarium, that would be perfect) but I went with my second idea using the Arch STAX dies.

I used the second largest of the Arch STAX dies to create a faux-shaker recessed window. I recut the arch from watercolour cardstock and used the Snow Drifts dies, masking paper and four distress inks to sponge the waves. Then I stamped all of the images and watercoloured them with distress inks.

I created my own sentiment using three of the sentiments provided in the Beach Buds set to create a new and unique sentiment - Have a Jawesome Day, You're Fintastic and Happy Birthday. I die cut it using one of the stitched sentiment strips from Blueprints 29. I sponged the top of the strip to match the coral holding the kelp, and the bottom to match the large fish's face which is the same colour as the twin fishes' tails.

To finish, I added clear round drops to mimic bubbles and to follow the three points indicated by the sketch.

I hope you'll play along with us this week! Simply link up your creations HERE for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at the My Favorite Things store. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

{Technique Tuesday} Sassy Love Your Guts

I'm playing along with Kathy Racoosin's 10th 30-Day Colouring Challenge and for Day 6, a few local friends and I are using Technique Tuesdays's Sassy Love Your Guts stamp set. I stamped the images with archival ink and watercoloured the images and background with Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints. I hadn't used these paints in a while and love the vibrancy and opaqueness of them!

I used different spray mists to splatter the background before adhering the images. The sentiment was die cut with the new Jam Jar Labels dies but I modified it by partially die cutting it twice to fit the sentiment better. This particular sentiment was too big for the middle size but too small for the largest size. I also used my Wink of Stella marker on the scallops and tendrils of the jellyfish to make them sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


{My Favorite Things} MFT & Friends - June 2018 Release

Hi, friends! I'm so happy to be joining My Favorite Things and their MFT & Friends feature for the June 2018 Release. The MFT design team is joined by several guest designers to inspire you with the new products!

A very good friend of mine is celebrating a birthday next week and she's a cat-lover so Meow Mix was the perfect set to use. We both own pretty much every cat set that MFT has ever produced and I know she's going to add this one to her wish list, too. ;)

To set the scene for the kitties and flowers, I stamped the Radiating Halftone Background and blended six distress inks across it to create a sunset. I used the same yellows and oranges for the hills, which were die cut with retired Scenic Safari border dies but Snow Drifts is an excellent alternative.

I used Copic markers to colour the images from Meow Mix and I used as much purple as possible, making all the flowers and butterflies purple, since that is my friend's favourite colour.

I used warm earthy colours to colour the cats so they would complement the bright colours in the background. I adhered three of the images flat on the card base and the other three were popped up with foam tape for balance and visual interest. To finish, I used a clear Wink of Stella marker to add some shimmer to the butterflies.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to visit the MFT blog to see what the other guests and design team are sharing. :)


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

{My Favorite Things} Wednesday Sketch Challenge 388

I'm so excited to be guesting for My Favorite Things' Wednesday Sketch Challenge this month! This week, we're kicking things off with a simple sketch that can be interpreted creatively in so many ways. I didn't have a tag die of a similar shape so I thought outside the box while looking at my die-namics shapes and the brand new June 2018 Release.

I started by creating a background with partially die cut words using Die-namics Wow. I used bits of foam tape at the top of each word before adhering it to the card base so they would stay popped up.

I laughed so hard when I saw the 'ConCRABulations' sentiment from Just Beclaws so I knew I wanted to feature that set. To set the scene for the cute crabs, I used distress inks to create the sky and sandy beach on watercolour cardstock before misting with water and die cutting the Precious Polaroids.

I offset the insides of the frames, as well as the frames themselves, when adhering them to the 'WOW' background for added visual interest. To finish, I stamped the sentiment on one of the Stitched Sentiment Strips and attached it to the card.

I hope you'll play along with us this week! Simply link up your creations HERE for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at the My Favorite Things store.