17 January 2018

Love Is In The Air

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the adorable Call Cupid stamp set from Clearly Besotted. How cute are those cupids? :)
 

I started off by stamping one of the cupids from the set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured him with Copic Markers (the colours I used can be found below the supplies section) and fussy cut him out with scissors (there are coordinating dies available). I took a piece of white cardstock and cut a cloud border from it.
 
 
I took a 4.25" x 4.25" white card base and blended Shaded Lilac on to the top portion of it, adding the darker colour towards the bottom. While blending the ink on, I added some hearts using the MFT Full of Hearts stencil. The sentiment was then stamped in the upper left corner with black ink. The cloud piece was added to the card base with tape runner and then the cupid added on top with foam tape.  To finish off, I added Aqua Shimmer to the heart arrow and the cupid's wings. I also added Crystal Glaze to the heart.
 
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: Skin - E70, E11, E00, E50, R20. Hair - E55, E53, E51, E50. Clothes - C3, C1, C0. Wings - BV11, BV000, BV0000. Bow & Arrow - E57, Y28, YR24, BV11, BV000, BV0000. Cloud - B000, B0000.
 
I coloured the cupid as part of Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Colouring Challenge. I am hoping to turn all my colourings in to cards but please do feel free to follow me over on Instagram as it may take me a while to get them made in to cards! How about you? Are you taking part in the challenge? I would love to hear. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a fabulous day!

15 January 2018

Beautiful Bouquet

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the new Bouquet stamp from Hero Arts. This wood mounted stamp was released as part of the January My Monthly Hero release and it is so beautiful.
 
 
I started off by stamping the bouquet on to a piece of white cardstock using Intense Black Ink. I then coloured the image with Copic Markers, adding a little blue around the outsides. The colours I used can be found below the supplies section. I then took a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and added shimmer details to the flowers. The panel was adhered to a black A2 card base with ATG.
 
 
I took the 'happy birthday' sentiment from the Eat Cake All Day Stamp & Cut and stamped this on to a piece of black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. The piece was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added three Ice Cube Jewels around the sentiment piece with Multi Medium Matte adhesive.  
 
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 - Large leaves: BG75, BG72, BG70. Small leaves: G43, G40. Purple flowers: V28, V25, V22. Heather: V12. Pink Flowers: R85, R83, R81. Shadow: B000, B0000, 0.
 
Thank you so much for popping by to see me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous week!

13 January 2018

When Is A Magnolia Not A Magnolia?

... when it is purple, I guess! ;) Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Magnolia Moments stamp set from Clearly Besotted, which is a stamp layering set. I do usually gravitate towards outline images as I love to colour, but these stamp sets are so easy to line up and I love the added details on these. They also make for quick and easy cards.
 

I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and stamped the bottom layer of the magnolia petals first. I used my Mini MISTI to stamp everything and it helped a lot. I stamped both of the flowers first. I used Altenew's Soft Lilac for the bottom layer and then Deep Iris for the second. I stamped the stamens with Midnight Violet. These were then masked off and the branch piece stamped. I used PTI Kraft for the branch portion and Altenew's Frayed Leaf for the leaves. The second layer for the leaves was stamped with Altenew's Forest Glades. The masks were then removed.
 
 
I took the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame Dies and cut the panel out with it, using the centre portion for my images. I then cut three of the frames from white cardstock. I added the image panel on to a white card base with tape runner and then stacked the frames up around it (so that they are three in height). I took the sentiment from the Tiny Type set and stamped this on to a strip of black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few PPP Sparkling Clear Confetti and then Aqua Shimmer pen to the stamens.
 
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.
 
 
As you can see, I used a bit of artistic licence with the colour of the magnolias. I thought they would look nice in purples, even if that is not their natural colour. I apologise for the grey tint in the photos but it so dark here. I am so looking forward to getting closer to spring/summer and getting some better lighting! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

11 January 2018

You're My Tweetheart

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog sharing a card made using the new Love Birds Stamp & Cut that was released as an add-on for the January My Monthly Hero Kit. The birds are just so cute! I decided to colour them like parakeets as we have some living in the trees where I live.
 
 
 
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: YG17, YG23, &Y03, YG01, YG00, Y11, E43, E50.
 
Obviously parakeets are not native to London but there is a rumour that they escaped from Isleworth Studios in the 1950s and have been breeding ever since. They are lovely to look at but they do make  a lot of noise! For more information on how I made the card, please head over to the blog post. Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a lovely day!

8 January 2018

Hero Arts January 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the January 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It is lovely love themed kit which is perfect for Valentine's Day but can be used all year round too. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Janette but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

As much as I like the main kit, I couldn't help but use one of the add-ons for my cards today. The Love Bandit set is just so cute and I love that it can also be used for Valentine's cards or as I have used it, for general all occasion cards. My first card uses the raccoon holding the bunch of flowers. I started off by stamping him in Intense Black on to white cardstock. He was then coloured in using Copic Markers and fussy cut out with scissors (there are coordinating dies available, I just do not have them yet).
 
 
I then took a panel of white cardstock and scored lines on to it using my score board. I used to do this a lot but haven't in a while and then I saw Yana do it recently and it encouraged me to try it again. I love the look! This panel was added to a white A2 card base and then I added the raccoon on with foam tape. I took the 'thanks' sentiment from the Many Everyday Messages set, stamped it with Versamark Ink on to a strip of black cardstock and added white embossing powder. The powder was heat set and then the strip added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Ice Cube jewels and black glaze pen on the raccoon's eyes and nose.
 
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: Raccoon - W8, W6, W5, W3, W1, W0. Flowers - RV55, G43.
 
 
I kept my next card very simple too and used the same design. This time, I used one of the raccoons holding the heart. I stamped him out and coloured with Copic Markers too. He was fussy cut out and set aside. I took another panel of white cardstock and stamped the Hugs and Kisses Message on to it using black ink.
 
 
I took the panel and again added score lines with my score tool and a bone folder. This time, I made sure to score up to the sentiment stamp but not over it. The panel was added to an A2 white card base and then the raccoon added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added shimmer pen to the heart and Crystal Glaze to the raccoon's eyes and nose. I love the different look of the scoring lines. One is embossed and one is de-bossed. I think I like them both equally.
 
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: Raccoon - W8, W6, W5, W3, W1, W0, R12, R00. Heart - V17, V15, V12.
 
THE KIT:

The January 2018 kit contains the 4" x 6" Layered on Love clear stamp set, four coordinating dies, 4 ink cubes (Passion Flower, Red Royal, Navy and Mulled Wine), 2 sheets of decorative paper, 3 sheets of cardstock, heart sequin mix and Pink Prisma embossing powder.
 
 

That is an amazing $62 worth of products for only $34.99 (approximately £25.80 depending on exchange rate). Remember that the kits are limited edition and often sell out very quickly. You can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit. International kit subscribers also receive money off shipping too!
 
There are lots of fabulous add-on products that you can purchase this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from the Hero Arts store or your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:
 
 
VIDEO HOP:

Here is the full list of participants taking part in the hop today:
 
Michelle Short - you are here!
 
GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader, selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Be sure to comment on all of the stops for more chances to win. Giveaway closes Sunday, January 14th at 11.59pm EST and the winner will be announced the following week. If the winner has already purchased the kit, they will be reimbursed for it.
 
The next person on the hop is the fabulous Libby. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a fabulous day!

6 January 2018

January 2018 MMH | Love You So Much

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts blog sharing a card using the January 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It releases on Monday, 8th January and is a fabulous love themed kit.
 
 
As you can see, I kept my card very clean and simple. I love the layering love word from the stamp set. You can find out more about how I made the card over on the Hero Arts Blog. Have a great weekend! See you on Monday for the release and hop.

31 December 2017

VIDEO | Crafty Favourites 2017

Hello there, today I am sharing a look my favourite craft products of 2017. There was so many that I could choose from but I narrowed it down and just picked my very favourites that I discovered in 2017 or used a lot.
 

First up is stamps. Well, there were so many stamp sets that I loved using this year but my very favourites are the Clearly Besotted Tiny Type set (I used it lots), the MFT Snow Globe Sentiments set (I used it a lot for Christmas cards), Clearly Besotted Make A Wish (how amazing is that magnolia image?), Clearly Besotted Sending Sunshine (I love sunflowers!) and the MFT Bitty Bears set (because it is so cute!).
 

Next up is dies. Most of the dies I have used this year have been shapes/nesting dies. I love the Dotted Patterns Scallop Frame set from Studio Katia, the MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle sets and also the Hero Arts Nesting Infinity Dies. Another set I have loved using this year is the Clearly Besotted Tag Along Die Collection. What a fabulous set, you can customise tags to your hearts content!
 

For stencils this year I have loved using the Hero Arts ones. I have especially loved embossing with them. Two of my must haves though for the year, are the MFT Cloud stencil and the MFT Drifts & Hills stencil. How fabulous are they for creating clouds, waves and hills/snowbanks? I love them!
 
Alcohol Inks have ben a big favourite of mine this year. I have really enjoyed getting inky with them and creating some fun backgrounds. I have enjoyed using them with Yupo paper and also Lana paper, which is similar to Yupo. I have also enjoyed using Copic Marker Refills to get the same effect.
 

One of my favourite storage/organisation pieces this year has been a nail polish holder. I love storing my ink blending tools in it for easy access. I mention it in my Craft Room Tour 2017.
 
 
Next on to tools. I have loved the Tonic Easy Clean Mat this year. I like that it is white and that it has a non-slip coating on the back. I also really like the Tonic Spoon - it has so many uses from glitter to embossing powder. The Marvy Jewel Picker has been a big favourite of mine this year too and of course, I had to mention the MISTI tools. Although I didn't buy them this year, I have been using them a lot more so I felt that they needed a mention! I have them in beautiful cases made by my friend Ruth.
 
Last but not least, for embellishments I have loved using the Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze and the Rainbow and Ice Cube Jewels from Little Things from Lucy's Cards - so pretty!
 

VIDEO:

You can see them all of my favourites here in the video here:
 


 
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.
 
 
What have your favourites been this year? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave me comment letting me know. Thanks so much for your support this year. Wishing you all a fantastic 2018.

29 December 2017

My Favourite Cards of 2017

Hello there, since we are almost at the end of 2017, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favourite cards of the year. It is always a little tricky picking my favourites, not because I love them all but because I tend to like different cards for different things. I did a lot of colouring this year, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and that focusses a lot in my favourites.
 
Here is a look at them. You can click on the image or the purple butterfly to go to my blog post for that card. There you will find more details on the card and also a list of supplies with links to the products used.
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed looking back at my favourite cards for the year. There were quite a few products that I really wanted to use this year that I didn't get around to, so I am really looking forward to using them next year. I am planning on making more videos in 2018 too. I am really hoping that 2018 will be a great one for me and for all of you reading too. I have really appreciated your support this year. All the comments, the likes on Facebook and Instagram, on You Tube ... I appreciate all of it so much, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am hoping to be back in the next two days with a look at my favourite products of the year.

28 December 2017

You're Pawsome!

Hello there, today I have a tag to share using the adorable Puppy Love stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I am also using the fabulous Tag Along Die Set, this set is fabulous as you can mix and match different dies to make some unique tags.
 

I started off by cutting the scallop top tag first from white cardstock, I then took the rectangle piece and die cut this in to the centre to create a window. I cut another whole tag from MFT Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Pastels Paper Pad and adhered the white tag over the top with tape runner. I also added a white one to the back, to finish the back off nicely.
 
 
I took one of the puppy's from the Puppy Love set and stamped this on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured him using Copic Markers (colours used listed below the supplies section). I fussy cut him out (there are dies available, I just do not have them yet) and added him to the tag with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped using the same black ink on the bottom right of the tag. I added Crystal Glaze to his nose and then added some twine and a little clothes pin to the top of the tag.
 
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 - E47, E43, E42, E41.
 
I am not sure whether to keep this as a tag or to add it to a card. For the time being, I like it as a tag :) Thanks so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day!

27 December 2017

A Christmas Thank You

Hello there, I am back today to share a card using the gorgeous Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints. I have some thank you cards to send and I thought this would make a nice background for a Christmas thank you.
 

I started off with a piece of TH watercolour paper. I stamped the Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints on to it using Versamark Ink. I then applied white embossing powder and heat set. I took three Distress Oxide Inks and blended these over the panel for an embossed resist look. I used Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio. I then misted over a little Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and set aside to dry.
 
 
For the sentiment, I took two greetings from the Thank You Messages set and stamped these on to a strip of back cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. I added the snowflake panel to a white A2 card base with tape runner and then added the sentiment strip on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins.
 
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 love those Distress Oxide colours together. By the way, there are not white bits on the black strip in real life, I just forgot to wipe away and dust that had fallen on it before photographing it, because I am clever like that! ;) Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a fabulous day!

26 December 2017

So Many Snowmen

Hello there, happy Boxing Day! I have one last Christmas card to share with you today. It uses the adorable So Many Snowmen Stamp Set from Mama Elephant.
 

Technically it is not a Christmas card it is a gift voucher card for an electronic gift card code. I thought it would like nice to add it in to a card rather than just give the code on a piece of paper/printed email.
 
 
I simply took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the image on to it using Copic Markers. I coloured all the snowmen first and then added the sky in with shades of blue. I added dots of Copic Colourless Blender to look like snow falling. I added the panel on to a white 4" x 4" card base and then added some Stardust Stickles to a few of the snowman's hats. Simple!
 
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: Snowmen - B000, YR15. Aqua - BG15, BG13, BG11. Brown - E57, E55. Black - C8, C6. Red - R89, R37, R24. Blue - B14, B12. Grey - C1. Green - YG17, YG03. Yellow - Y11. Sky - B02, B01, B00, B000, 0.
 
I was debating whether to add a sentiment or not but I decided not to in the end, being a gift card holder, I think it is ok not to have one. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. I have my brother, sister-in-law and kids round today :) Have a great day!

24 December 2017

A Beary Christmas

Hello there, happy Christmas Eve!  Today I have a card to share that I made for my friend for Christmas using the adorable A Beary Christmas Stamp Set from Mama Elephant.


I started off with a panel of white cardstock cut using the ME Femme Frames die. I then stamped the two bears on to the piece using black ink. The bear to the left was masked off and then the tree stamped so that it looks to be behind the bear. I then made masks for the tree and the other bear too. I took the MFT Drifts & Hills Stencil and used this to mask off the bottom portion of the card and blended over TH Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass above to look like they are standing in snow. The masks were removed and then the images coloured with Copic Markers (the colours used are listed below the supplies section).

 
I took the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from the MFT Snow Globe Stamp Set and stamped this in the top right hand corner with black ink.  I took a white A2 card base and added patterned paper from the Doodlebug Polar Pals paper pad (sadly discontinued) on to the front with tape runner. The image panel was then added on top with a layer of foam sheet and DST. To finish off, I added Stardust Stickles to the ornaments on the tree and the hat on the bear.


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: Bears - E47, E44, E43, E42, E41. Glow - YR31, YR30. Tree - YG67, YG63, YG61, E57, E55. Round ornaments - B01, B000, V000. Star - YR31, YR30. Tree Trunk - E59, E57, E55. Scarf & hat - V17, V15, V12. Shadow under feet - BG000.

Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas, and if you do not celebrate it, a wonderful holiday season. I'll be back on Boxing Day!
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