Wednesday, January 29, 2020

VIDEO | Winter Birthday Card feat. Simon Hurley create.

I'm so excited to share this fun, humorous birthday card featuring loads of products from Simon Hurley create. I didn't get a chance to use the Caroling Squad stamp set over the holidays and I love the adorable images so much that I thought of a way to use them in a non-Christmas-y way. This was pretty easy, especially with the sentiments from Dudes Too!

I separated one of the kids from the group of three and placed him with two little dogs. Sure, he lost part of his earmuff and shoulder but with the careful placement of the dogs, as well as his position within the frame, no one will ever know!

I used the Classic Flannel background stamp on the polaroid frames and sponged through the Frostbite Stencil. All of the watercoloring, stamping of the frames and stencilling was done using Simon Hurley create ink pads and reinkers.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

VIDEO | Bat Mitzvah Card feat. Concord & 9th

My son was invited to his first bat mitzvah so I wanted to make a special card to celebrate the occasion. I was told that the recipient's favourite colours are pink and rose gold so I chose my colours accordingly.

I used Concord and 9th's Vintage Flower stamp set and coordinating dies to heat emboss and create dimension for the flowers, which I watercolored with distress inks.

The custom sentiment was stamped using Concord and 9th's Perfectly Penned stamp set, using Altenew's Coral Berry ink pad.

I used blending brushes to sponge the background in the same colours I used to watercolour the flowers. Then I splattered shimmer spritz to up the glam factor.

I adore the way the flower dies give the petals so much dimension and I'm so pleased with the way this card turned out! I hope the recipient loves it as much as I enjoyed making it.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

VIDEO | Chinese New Year Card feat. Evelin T Designs

I'm on the Evelin T Designs blog with this Chinese New Year card and video tutorial. I love making Chinese New Year cards every year, especially if I have the appropriate animal stamps for that zodiac year. As it turns out, this Saturday, January 25, 2020 is the start of the Rat Year and I'm a rat! My husband and son are also rats so this is a big year for us.

I used three stamp sets, including Good Tidings To You (also available at EH | SSS), All Hallow's Cuteness (also available at EH | SSS) and All Is Calm (also available at EH | SSS). The two mice are from Good Tidings To You, the mushrooms are from All Hallow's Cuteness and the sentiment is from All Is Calm.

I stamped the images on to a watercolour panel. I also created masks for them so I could sponge the background before watercoloring the images with distress inks. After all the colouring was done and the panel dried, I heat embossed the sentiment with gold tinsel embossing powder.

To finish, I embellished the card with a strip of patterned paper, a strip of gold glitter cardstock and gold star sequins. I hope you enjoyed this out-of-the-box project using Christmas and Halloween stamps to create a Chinese New Year card!

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Monday, January 13, 2020

VIDEO | Underwater Seascape Card feat. Simon Hurley create.

It feels so good to be back making videos! It's been too long so it's no surprise that I'm using Simon Hurley create. products. I have a lot to catch up on! As you know, Simon just had a new release on January 10th and I look forward to showcasing those products as well. For now, I'm starting with his second release.

There are a lot of photos in this post so I won't bore you with too many details since my video is a step-by-step of how I made this card.

I created a watercolored background with the Sea Floor (available at Ranger | rubber cling background stamp. I inked it up with four ink colours and misted it with water before stamping.

Then I stamped and watercolored four images from the Mythical Mermaids (available at Ranger | clear stamp set, using Simon Hurley create. inks. I used all but one of the inks from Simon's first release and you can find the entire list of colours in the supply links below.

I used Simon Hurley create. stark white cardstock (available at Ranger |, which is a beautiful, bright white cardstock that is smooth on both sides and holds water extremely well. The fact that it's smooth makes it so easy to stamp on.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Travel Notecards feat. Essentials by Ellen

Last week, I posted a crafty haul on Instagram and my boys got right into some of the supplies to make travel notecards for each other since my husband was travelling. It has been our tradition for many years to exchange little cards ahead of each trip.

Damian combined three Essentials by Ellen stamp sets to make his card: Bear Ware 3, Bear Ware 4 and Backyard Party. He coloured them with Prismacolor Pencils before using the coordinating dies (links below) to die cut the images.

He used a My Favorite Things A2 Rectangle STAX die and masking paper to blend distress inks for the background. I love how it turned out!

Chris used Background Party for his card, which is hilarious. He coloured his card with Copic markers and added action lines with a Copic multiliner. The scene reflects the antics of our outdoor pets and perhaps the stuffed animals in Damian's collection. 😂

The notecard die is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit from May 2016 and it's one of our most-used dies! These kits are limited edition and once they sell out, they are no longer available. However, there are constantly new, exciting and unique dies in every monthly kit so be sure to check it out.

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