Monday, May 16, 2022

Spellbinders | Stitched Alphabet Collection | You Are Delightful

Spellbinders just released their Stitched Alphabet Collection and it's so much fun! The collection consists of 26 alphabets plus an ampersand that can be used with embroidery floss or as is, with their base or without. There's a set of Glimmer Descriptors and Descriptors Sentiments. You can use the letters individually to make monogrammed encouragement cards or spell complete names and words.

To create this 3.25" x 6.25" mini slimline, I cut panels of RainforestTeal Topaz and Cosmic Sky cardstock from the Assorted Pack Color Essentials. I used Polished Brass Hot Foil and the Diagonal Glimmer Stripes Plate on the Rainforest and Cosmic Sky panels, then adhered them with to the panel with white linen strips in between.

To create the custom monogrammed sentiment, I die cut the Stitched D three times from white linen cardstock, glueing two layers together and stitching them with gold thread. I placed foam strips on the back and adhered it to the third layer. The backer was die cut from gold glitter cardstock. I used Polished Brass Hot Foil and the Glimmer Descriptors on Cosmic Sky and Rainforest cardstock, trimming them with the dies in the Mini Sincere Glimmer Sentiments.

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Taylored Expressions | More Mother's Day Cards

To all you moms and mamas out there, I hope you're being celebrated and thanked for all you do! If you remember THIS post where I shared a couple of Mother's Day cards using the Flower Patch Background and Flower Patch Layering Stencils, I ended up flipping the WOW back to MOM and removing the foam tape from both On the Block - Mom and Mini Strips - You're the Best so the card would be easy to mail.

As indicated in that original post, the card base was cut from Spearmint cardstock. I stamped the Flower Patch Background with Poppy Seed ink and used Bitty Blender Brushes with Lavender Glaze, Potato Chip and Spearmint ink to fill in the background. I used the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets to create additional texture on the background before adhering it to the card base.

On the Block - Mom was ombre stamped using Lavender Glaze, Plum Punch and Eggplant ink cubes. The Mini Strips - You're the Best sentiments were gold heat embossed on Oreo cardstock and die cut using the Mini Strips - Asymmetrical Die.

One of my neighbours loved the original design but said that she calls her mom MAMA so I said I'd make her a custom version. I used the Cap It Off Alpha Dies with gold glitter cardstock for the outside edge. Since this card was getting mailed to Belgium, and the letters were a bit too wide for the card if they were placed side-by-side, I angled them and cut off parts of each letter so they wouldn't overlap at all. This removed all of the bulkiness.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Scrap 'n Stamp | Create Crafty Memories Inspiration Hop + Giveaway!

I'm thrilled to be hopping along with Scrap 'n Stamp Canada to celebrate crafty memories in lieu of National Scrapbooking Day! You should've come from Lindsey's blog but if you just happened upon the hop, head over to the Scrap 'n Stamp blog to begin. There's loads of inspiration across all social media platforms and you can comment for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the shop. There's also a weekend sale and you can save 30-50% on select items.

I've made a few layouts in my time as a papercrafter but I don't (really) scrapbook in general so I decided to make a snarky crafty card for a friend. The layout I used goes back to my days of using a lot more patterned paper to make scrapbook-style cards with lots of paper layers. 

The base layer was cut from Hero Arts Pebble cardstock and heat foiled it using Speckled Prism Hot Foil and the Spellbinders Diagonal Stripes Hot Foil Plate. This is an amazing must-have product! I added a piece of Coral cardstock for a pop of colour and I love it with the coloured images from several Taylored Expressions sets, including Crafty Stamp & Die Combo, Do Something Creative, Max & Millie and Simple Strips - Snarky.

I used Copic markers to colour all the images but the list is too long so you can check out the list HERE if you're interested in seeing all the colours I used. After colouring the background and stamping the main sentiment, I die cut the cat, mouse, cup, cat-made cards and additional sentiment strip so I could add dimension with glue dots and foam tape. 

I trimmed down the coloured panel and tucked a piece of patterned paper from Honey Bee Stamps Back To Basics 6x6 Paper Pad, then used a tape runner to attach all the layers to the card base. I hope you enjoyed my scrappy-style card and I'd love to see your version should you be inspired by it!

Be sure to check out the National Scrapbooking Day Sale HERE for great deals and head to Kia's blog to continue the hop. 

Thanks so much for hopping along!


Catherine Pooler | More Summer Nights Inspiration feat. Happy Camper

When I said I couldn't stop colouring these cuties from Catherine Pooler's Summer Nights Collection, I wasn't kidding! It feels like it's been years since I used Copic markers and, of course, now I'm wondering why I haven't used them in so long. All new products are available for purchase and today's card combines products from the S'mores Please Bundle and Cosmic Extras Bundle

I used the negative piece from my first card to ink blend the background using Cove Blue, Sage and Spruce inks. As an alternative, you can use masking paper and the largest of the Round About Dies, which is what I would've done had the cast-off piece not been conveniently sitting on my desk. To create the picnic blanket, I inked up the Cozy Plaid Background with Apricot, Polished and Terracotta inks, then used same end of the tent die and the partial die cutting technique.

As with my other cards, I used Copic markers to colour the images from the Happy Camper Stamp Set, die cut them with the coordinating dies and used a quick trimmer to cut around the arms of the badger and raccoon so they could hold the s'mores. The hedgehog also got a s'mores treat this time, which made my husband so happy. After he saw my other cards, he thought it was unfair that the hedgehog never got to eat the s'mores. LOL

If you missed any of my posts for the Summer Nights release, you can find them here:

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Catherine Pooler | Summer Nights Collection | Clean & Simple Card Inspiration

If you haven't seen the new Catherine Pooler Summer Nights Collection, I hope you'll check it out! All new products are available for purchase and today's card combines products from the S'mores Please Bundle and Cosmic Extras Bundle with the previously released Circle Landscape Die.

In contrast to my first two cards for this release, I went with a clean and simple design here to show off the smaller Copic-coloured images from the Happy Camper Stamp Set, as well as the gorgeous Circle Landscape Die, which is a must-have! The sentiment is from the Round About Messages Stamp Set, which works so well with all circular designs such as Scenic View.

I ink blended the five background pieces with both original and large blending brushes from top to bottom using Apricot, Polished, Terracotta, Cove Blue, Spruce and Black Jack inks. The silver glitter circle was cut using the largest of the new Round About Dies which provides the perfect border for the Circle Landscape Die!

If you missed my last two posts for this new release, you can find them here:

I'll see you again tomorrow with more inspiration featuring the Summer Nights Collection. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Catherine Pooler | Summer Nights Collection | Release Day

It's Release Day over at Catherine Pooler and the Summer Nights Collection is now available for purchase! All products are live and today's card combines products from the S'mores Please Bundle with the previously released Melon Edge Dies and Scallops & Dots Dies.

I used Copic markers to colour the images from the Happy Camper Stamp Set, die cut them with the coordinating dies and used a quick trimmer to cut around the arms of the badger and raccoon so they could hold the sticks and marshmallows.

I used the Melon Edge Dies with S'mores Please Patterned Paper and premium cardstock. To create the grass panel, I ink blended the panel with Sage and Spruce inks. Then I splattered the panel with a brush and gold and black paint.

I used the three-line sentiment on a single line using Sage and Black Jack inks. Then I arranged and assembled the scene on panels cut from Scallops & Dots Dies and S'mores Please Patterned Paper.

I'll see you again tomorrow for more inspiration featuring the Summer Nights Collection. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Catherine Pooler | Summer Nights Collection | StampNation Early Ordering

It's time to share inspiration for Catherine Pooler's Summer Nights Collection! All of these new products will be available to StampNation members TODAY, May 3rd at 12pm EST and for General Ordering tomorrow, May 4th at 9am EST. New product links will go live at the times indicated when you're signed in and, as always, existing products are available for purchase now. 

My card features products from both the S'mores Please Bundle and Cosmic Extras Bundle. I used Copic markers to colour the images from the Happy Camper Stamp Set, die cut them with the coordinating dies and used a quick trimmer to cut around the arms of both animals so they could hold the stick and s'mores.

To create the frame, I used the three largest Round About Dies on a piece of S'mores Please Patterned Paper, then stitched it with Tin DMC Embroidery floss. Before adhering the circle to the panel, I gauged its position and stamped the sentiment from the Round About Messages Stamp Set with Black Jack ink.
I ink blended the centre piece with Cove Blue, Sage and Spruce, then splattered it with white gold paint.

I'll see you again tomorrow for more inspiration featuring the Summer Nights Collection. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 2, 2022

Taylored Expressions | Sweet Mother's Day Cards

I've always leaned towards the savoury versus sweets but if there's one thing I have a weakness for, it's donuts! That's why I had to have the Taylored Expressions Donut Days Cling & Clear Combo, even if I had it for months before I inked it up. Haha! I made a few extra Mother's Day cards for my neighbours and I thought this stamp set combined with Mini Strips - Donut Worry and Mini Strips - You're the Best would make fun Mother's Day cards. 

Mini Strips - Donut Worry and Mini Strips - You're the Best combined with On the Block  - Mom made the perfect focal point for both cards. This first design features a Poppy Seed card panel with a textured frame using the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets.

On both cards, I started by stamping the Donut Days Cling & Clear Combo with Poppy Seed ink. The donuts themselves were stamped with Honey ink and the glazes were stamped with Fruit Punch, Peaches 'n CreamPotato Chip and Spearmint ink. The sprinkles were stamped with Chocolate Truffle ink.

My second card design features the original stamped panel with a circle cut out from it to show the Sea Salt card base. Both On the Block  - Mom sentiments were heat embossed with sparkle embossing powder over white embossing on Spearmint cardstock and Poppy Seed ink, respectively. They're super sparkly in real life but hard to capture on camera.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ellen Hutson | Interactive Cards feat. Spellbinders Happy Dance Collection

Ellen Hutson has added lots of new Spellbinders products to the shop, including the Happy Dance Collection! When I saw the adorable drinks, flowers, glue and prize ribbon, I knew I had to have them. There are also two sentiment sets, We Dance Glimmer Sentiments, which I used on both these cards, and the Happy Parents Day Glimmer.

I made two cards using the same colours of Bazzill heavyweight cardstock from the Ellen Hutson shop. These include Marshmallow Chick, Gold Coins, Juicy Pear, Easter Grass, GumdropRobin's Egg, Candy NecklacePeanut Cluster and Licorice. The specialty cardstocks are Spellbinders gold mirror cardstock and Essentials by Ellen white linen cardstock.

On this Mother's Day card, I used the I Dance die set, adding the hot foil sentiment from We Dance Glimmer Sentiments to the sleeve on the coffee cup. I also used the flowers from the same die set as accents. You can create a huge bouquet as the object for the hands to hold but I used them as accents here.

To create the background, I cut a 0.875" x 4" strip of Robin's Egg cardstock, taped it flush to a 3.25" x 4" piece of white linen cardstock and again to a piece of 1.125" x 4" strip of Gumdrop cardstock. Then I dry embossed that panel using the Head in the Clouds embossing folder.

For my Father's Day card, I had to use the beer mug because it's so awesome! Actually, the bubbles in the beer lines are covered up by the label, which is disappointing but it still looks amazing. These dies are from the Let's Dance die set and I think you can see how it might be fun to mix and match these elements with I Dance.

Again, I used the same colours as the first card, minus Gumdrop but as I look at it now, I could've used it in the beer label since there's so much white on this design. To create the background, I heat foiled the Diagonal Glimmer Stripes on Robin's Egg cardstock, the dry embossed a 4" x 5.25" white linen cardstock panel using the Sun Rays embossing folder. This folder isn't sold at Ellen Hutson but you can get a similar effect by dry embossing with the Radiant Background Stencil.

I hope you enjoyed this inspiration post using new Spellbinders products, now available at Ellen Hutson! I hope to be back soon with more inspiration for these products. Please tag me if you create with these particular sets. I'd love to see what you make.

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