13 November 2017

Penguin Birthday

Hello there, I am back today to share my second post for Whimsy Stamps as a Guest Designer. My card today uses the adorable Penguin Birthday set. I often feel that penguins get neglected throughout the year, at other times than Christmas, so I thought I would use this penguin for a birthday card!
 

I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock that was cut using a SSS Stitched Rectangle die. I then stamped the Penguin Birthday image on top using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I also stamped the 'happy birthday' sentiment from the Everyday Mini Sentiments set. The whole panel was then coloured using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). It is difficult to see on camera but I added colourless blender dots to the background, to help with the celebration feel to the card!
 
 
I adhered the image panel to a white A2 card base with foam tape. Then to finish off, I added clear Wink of Stella to the ribbon on the present, purple spots on the hat and on the balloon. I also added a coating of Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the balloon.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Penguin - BV 29, BV25, BV23, E51, E50, YR27, YR24. Hat & present - V17, V15, V12, R85, R83, R81. Balloon - V17, V15, V12. Ground - W5, W3, W2, W1, W0. Background - BG01, BG000, BG0000, 0.
 
For more inspiration using Whimsy Stamps products, please visit their blog. A big thank you goes to Denise, Deb and their team for having me guest with them this month. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

6 November 2017

Penguin Loves Bunny

Hello there, today I have the pleasure of guest designing for Whimsy Stamps. Their sets are wonderful, especially if you like colouring like I do. They are just so cute! My card today uses the Penguin Loves Bunny stamp set.
 

I started off by stamping the image on to white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. The image was coloured using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and then I fussy cut it out using scissors. I took a piece of white cardstock and cut this using a Creative Dies Stitched & Pierced Nesting Square Die. I then took the Blush Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray and spritzed this on to the middle of the panel. The piece was then set aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, I took the 'hugs' sentiment from the Everyday Mini Sentiments set and stamped this using Archival ink (I use a DIY pad and ink it with the Black Soot re-inker. This is a darker black than the normal Jet Black one). I adhered this panel to a white 4.75" x 4.75" card base with foam tape. The image was then added on top with thin foam squares.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Penguin - BV29, BV25, BV23, E51, E50, R000, YR27, YR24. Bunny - E59, E57, E55, R02, R20, R00.
 
Unfortunately, the shimmer does not show up well in the photos but in real-life, the Color Shine has a lovely shimmer to it. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. For more inspiration using Whimsy Stamps products, please visit their blog. Have a great day!

28 October 2017

Captain America

Hello there, this is one of my scheduled posts while I am taking some time off. It was my nephew's birthday this week, he is a big fan of super heroes, so I decided to theme his card around Captain America's shield.
 
 
I started off by cutting lots of circles for the shield using the Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies. I wanted to inlay the design so I first cut a large circle from red cardstock. I then cut this using a smaller circle die to create a frame. I die cut a white circle which would fit inside and repeated the steps to create a frame and then another red circle frame inside. The middle piece is a blue circle which I cut a Nestabilities star from. I then cut the star from white so that I could inlay them together. I went around the edges of the shapes with Distress Ink and an ink blending tool to create a bit of depth. It doesn't look like much in the photos but it does make a difference in real-life!
 
 
I took the seven number from the PTI Block Alphabet Numbers Die Collection and cut this five times from black cardstock. I took a white 5.5" x 5.5" square card base and adhered the shield pieces to it using tape runner. I then added the seven on to the star using liquid glue. I took the sentiment from the YNS Tag Banner Sentiments set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. I then took the letters for my nephew's name from the Doodlebug Teensy Type Stickers set, added foam tape on to the back and added these to the card also.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
It was a lot of fun creating this card. I really like trying to tailor the cards I make for my niece and nephews to their interests. Last year I made my nephew a Lego card, so I am hoping he will like this Captain America one! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you are well and have a fabulous rest of the day!

26 October 2017

VIDEO | Warmest Wishes - MFT Video Guest Designer

Hello there, today I have the absolute pleasure of guest designing over on the My Favourite Things You Tube Channel. If you have been following me for a while, you will know how much I love MFT products. Today I am creating a simple scene using some of their newest products.
 

How amazing is the new Drifts and Hills Stencil? For years I have been die cutting them from mask paper to ink, and now I don't have to! I love it! I thought I would try something a little different and use lilac for the sky instead of blues. I also wanted to create a bit of interest on my card so I used the popped up inlay technique to create a focal point. The new Snow Globe Die-Namics were perfect for this.
 
 
The critters in the Polar pals stamp set are so cute, I had trouble deciding which one to use but went with the seal for my card today. He is adorable! I also used the new Snow Globe Sentiments set for the greeting. To finish off, I added a few Sparkling Clear Confetti and clear Wink of Stella to the scarf and earmuffs.


VIDEO:
You can see how I made the card in the video here:
 


SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links may be used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Seal - W7, W5, W3, W2, W1, W0. Scarf & earmuffs - BV11, BV01, BV000.
 
I cannot wait to use some of the other critters in the Polar Pals set, especially the penguin! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

22 October 2017

Be Back Soon!

Hello there, I wanted to pop in today to let you know that it has sadly become necessary for me to take some time off from crafting, blogging and making videos.

 
Unfortunately I have been suffering with some health issues lately and they have got to the point that I need some medical intervention. I will be having a procedure next week that will hopefully help with some the symptoms I have been having.
 
Hopefully I won't need too much time off and will be back soon. My Design Teams have been so kind in giving me some time off, for which I am incredibly grateful. I do have a few scheduled posts coming up, so I hope you will come back to see those! See you soon! :)

21 October 2017

Trimming The Tree

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the Trimming The Tree set from Clearly Besotted. It is such an adorable set filled with lots of little critters ready to decorate the tree.
 

For my card, I started off with a panel of white cardstock, cut using the ME Femme Frames die. I first stamped the fox and skunk and then masked off the fox to stamp the ladder beneath him. I then masked everything off, and stamped the tree behind. The sentiment was stamped in the top right hand corner. I then removed the masks and coloured the images with Copic Markers.
 
 
I took a piece of paper from the MFT Calm & Cozy Paper Pad and added this on to the front of an A2 card base. I then added the image panel on top using DST and foam sheet. To finish off, I added Glossy Accents on to the star and bauble and then black glaze pen to the critters' eyes.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Tree - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Fox - E09, E13, E11, E50. Star - Y15, Y13, Y11. Ladder - E57, E55. Skunk - W10, W8, W6, W5, W3, W1, W0. Bauble - R89, R37, R29, R24. Ground - W3, W1, W0.
 
Did you spot my boo boo? I made a bit of a mistake with the angle of the ladder. The back piece should be straight and the front piece should be angled, instead of the other way around. It seemed a shame to just throw away the card, so I am hoping one of my less observant relatives may not notice! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great weekend!

20 October 2017

Winter Wishes

Hello there, today I have a tag to share that I made using the Hero Arts Winter Time Fun Stamp set. This was released last year but I had to use it this year as it is just so cute!
 

I started off by creating the background for the tag. I took a panel of white cardstock then placed the Pop Pattern Stencil over the top. I then liberally spread over Moonstone Tonic Nuvo Glimmer Paste, using a palette knife. I removed the stencil and set the piece aside to dry and made sure to wash the stencil and palette knife very well. Once dry, I cut the panel in to a tag using one of the Nesting Tag Dies.
 
 
I stamped the tree, fox and rabbit from the Winter Time Fun stamp set on to a separate piece of white cardstock, using black ink. I coloured the images using Copic Markers and then die cut them out using the coordinating dies. I added the tree to the tag with tape runner and then adhered the fox and rabbit with foam squares.
 
 
I took the 'winter wishes' sentiment from the set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the tag with foam squares. To finish off, I added black Doodle Twine through the top of the tag and added black glaze pen to the fox and rabbit's eyes.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Tree - YG67, YG65, YG63, YG01, B000. Fox - E13, E11, E30, R00. Bunny - N5, N3, N1, N0, R00.
 
I think the Glimmer Paste works quite nicely in the background for the tag. In real-life it is really sparkly. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a fabulous weekend!

19 October 2017

Love You Big Time

Hello there, today I have a card to share that I made for the current issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine, which goes on sale today! I made a five cards for the magazine, all using Hero Arts stamps and dies and a masculine theme. I thought I would share my whale card with you today.
 

To first took the whale from the Color Layering Blue Whale stamp set and stamped this on to white cardstock. I used Pool ink for the bottom layer, followed by Deep Ocean Ink for the middle layer, and then Navy ink for the details. The whale was then cut out using the coordinating frame cuts dies. I took a panel of white cardstock and cut this using one of the Rectangle Infinity Dies. I inked up the Pearl Strings Bold Prints stamp with Soft Pool ink at the top, Pool ink in the middle and Deep Ocean ink at the bottom. This was then stamped on to the white cardstock panel using my MISTI.
 
 
I added the stamped background piece on to a navy card base using foam tape and then added the whale on top with foam tape also. I took a strip of black cardstock and stamped the sentiment on to it using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. I cut the strip diagonally on one side and added it to the card with foam tape as well. To finish off, I added black Nuvo Drops.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
I hope you might be able to check out the magazine. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a fabulous day!

18 October 2017

Fa La La La Llama

Hello there, today I have a little card to share using the adorable new Little Llamas set from Clearly Besotted. These llamas are just adorable and I particularly like the one that I have used today with the Christmas/Santa hat on.
 

I started off by stamping the llama on to some white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured the image using Copic Markers and fussy cut it out (there are coordinating dies available). I then took a piece of kraft cardstock and using the MFT Drifts & Hills stencil, blended over some Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink. This created a little snowbank for the llama to stand on.
 
 
I took one of the sentiments from the set and stamped this on to the kraft piece with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. The piece was then adhered to a 3.75" x 3.75" white card base with tape runner. The llama was added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added Star Dust Stickles to the white parts on the hat and three tiny Studio Katia snowflakes around the sentiment.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Llama face and feet - E44, E43, E42, R00 (cheeks). Llama body - E42, E41, E40. Hat and belt - R89, R37, R29, R27, R24, R14.
 
I think the llama goes nicely against the kraft cardstock and the white pigment ink worked perfectly for the snow. That MFT stencil is fantastic! Thanks so much for popping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you are well and have a fabulous rest of the day!

16 October 2017

VIDEO | How To Emboss With Stencils

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog and You Tube Channel sharing how to emboss with stencils. This is one of my favourite things to do with stencils and I love getting the extra use from them doing this. I kept my cards really simple to show off the embossing but you could ink over the embossing, you could spray over it or leave it plain like I did.
 
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Bees - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, B0000. Unicorn body - N3, N1, N0. Hair & horn - R85, R83, R81. Rainbow - V01, V000, V0000. Clouds - B000.
 
Please do head over to the Hero Arts Blog for more details on how I made the cards. You can also check out the video directly over on the Hero Arts You Tube Channel. Thanks so much for popping by today, I hope you have a great day and a fabulous week!

15 October 2017

VIDEO | Card Making Haul - September & October 2017

Hello there, today I have my September and October haul to share with you. There were also a few bits that I bought at the end of August that didn't go in to my August haul.
 
 
As you would probably expect, I bought a lot of winter and Christmas stamps these last two months. Mama Elephant had a great release, as well as MFT. I got a lot of stamps, a few dies and some other bits. Here is a look at what I purchased:
 


 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I shared in the video. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
As always, I am sharing the things I bought with you just to give you some ideas of what is out and what you may have missed. I think it also helps to see the sizes in real-life. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

13 October 2017

You Are Loved Messages

Hello there, today I have two note cards to share using the You Are Loved Messages set from Hero Arts. Not only is this a wonderful set, when you buy it, Hero Arts donates it's profits from the sale to the Kind Campaign to help end bullying.
 

I started off with two panels of TH watercolour paper. I took some mask paper and cut a heart from it, using the Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies. Using the negative piece of the mask, I placed this over the watercolour paper panels. I then blended over Distress Oxide Inks. The first card uses Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers and the second uses Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet.
 
 
 With the mask still in place, I spritzed over some Sparkle Shimmer Spritz. The masks were removed and then set aside to dry.


Once dry, I took the sentiments from the You Are Loved Messages set and stamped these on to the panels with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I also stamped the heart from the set three times. I applied clear embossing powder and then heat set. The panels were adhered to black card bases with ATG.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
The cards are a bit smaller in size than a US standard A2 size. I thought the smaller size fitted the design better. They are 3 3/4" by 4 3/4" so I will have to make some homemade envelopes for these. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a lovely rest of the day and a fabulous weekend!
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