24 May 2017

Magical Day

Hello there, today I have my final card to share as part of my guest design Stamping Bella Wonderful Wednesdays With spot. I know I used them two weeks ago, but I couldn't resist using the unicorns again. They are just too adorable!
 

I started off by cutting a panel of white cardstock using the rectangle Mama Elephant Femme Frames die. I then stamped one of the unicorns from the Set of Unicorns. The sentiment is from the Unicorn Sentiments set. I then coloured the unicorn and butterfly with Copic Markers. I added a cloud of colour behind the unicorn using the lightest of the Copic Marker shades in blue, pink-violet, pink-red and purple. It is difficult to see in the photo but I then added dots of colourless blender to add to the magical feel.
 
 
The panel was adhered to a white A2 card base with foam tape. To finish off, I added clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly and the unicorn's wings. I then added three teeny tiny pearls from Lucy's Glossy Eggshell Mix (they are beautiful!).
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Unicorn - E40, E41, Y11, Y00, Y000, YG11, YG40. Ground - W1, W0. Background - B000, B0000, R000, R0000, V000, V0000, BV000, BV0000, 0.
 
For more inspiration please do head over to the Stamping Bella blog. A huge thanks to Em for having me guest again. I have loved it! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

22 May 2017

VIDEO | Have A Killer Birthday

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog and You Tube channel sharing a card I have made with the new Killer Messages Stamp set. It is such a fun set that can be used for so many occasions but today, I decided to make a quick and simple birthday card.
 
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product to shop at your favourite store.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: N6, N4, N2, R89, R37, R29, R27.
 
For more details on how I made the card please head over to the Hero Arts Blog Post. You can also watch the video directly on You Tube here. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have  a great day!

19 May 2017

Jumbo Hugs & Kisses

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the super cute new Playful Pair stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I love these cute elephants!
 

I started off by taking a piece of white cardstock and cutting the bottom piece using one of the dies from the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die collection. I then took one of the sets of elephants from the Playful Pair set and stamped these with black ink. The sentiment was then stamped below.
 
 
I coloured the elephants and added in some grass and sky using Copic Markers. I purposefully wanted the colouring to be light to look like a story book page. I took a white 4" x 5 1/4" card base and added a sheet of paper from the MFT Homespun Gingham paper pad to the front. I then added the image panel on top with foam tape.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product to shop at your favourite store.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Elephants - N6, N3, N2, N1. Grass - YG23, YG03, YG11, YG01. Sky - B00, B000, B0000, 0.
 
I am loving creating with Clearly Besotted stamps again. I hope that you are enjoying them being back too! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a fabulous weekend!

17 May 2017

Hero Arts Summer 2017 Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello there, today we are celebrating the Hero Arts summer release with a fun blog hop. Let me tell you, the release is amazing. Some of the products are already available at Hero Arts retailers but today the whole release is available to purchase from the Hero Store.

 
If you are following along with the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Tracie Pond's blog. If you get lost along the way, I have a full list of participants below.
 

My card today uses the adorable Believe In Yourself Narwhal. I absolutely love this set, it has a few different narwhals in it, in different sizes plus lots of accompanying sentiments. I started off die cutting a white circle piece using one of the circles from the Nesting Circles Infinity Dies. I then stamped the largest of the narwhal's from the set, as well as the sentiment on to it using Intense Black Ink.
 
 
The Narwhal was coloured using Copic Markers and then I added in a sea background behind him, also with Copic Markers. The panel was added to a larger white cardstock circle with foam tape. This was then added to a circle card base with ATG. To create the circle card base, I took two circles that I again, die cut with the Circle Infinity Dies. I added a score line to one of them at the top to create a flap. This piece was adhered to the other with strong tape. I then cut a little sliver off of the bottom of the circle to aid with standing the card up. To finish off the card, I added clear YNS gumdrops.
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product to shop at your favourite store.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Narwhal - T8, T7, T6, T5, T4, T3, T2, T1, T0, R000. Sea/water - B66, B63, B21, B12, B00, B000, B0000.
 
BLOG HOP:

Here are the full list of participants taking part in the hop:
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from the comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please leave a comment by Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 11.59 PT and the winner will be announced the following week.  
 
The next person on the hop is the fabulous Heather Ruwe. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great rest of the day!

Succulent Chicks

Hello there, I am back today to share a card using the super cute Stamping Bella Succulent Chicks stamp set. Oh my goodness! These chick are adorable!

 
I started off by taking panel of white cardstock and cutting the SSS Tri Square Die in to it. I took the sentiment from the Kitty & Mousie Celebrate A Birthday stamp set (I had to do a bit of masking/selective stamping to get the words I wanted) and stamped this below the windows. I took another piece of white cardstock and placed this behind the window piece. I  then traced around the inside of the windows with a pencil so that I knew where to stamp.
 
 
I took three of the four chicks that come in the set and stamped these in the windows. They were coloured using Copic Markers. I added the image panel to an A2 yellow card base with ATG and then added the window piece on top with foam tape.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product to shop at your favourite store.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Chicks - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, YR16, YR15. Succulents - G28, G24, G21, R02, R12, R00. Plant Post - E19, E08, E13. Background - B00, B000, B0000.
 
For more inspiration using this set, as well as the other sets from Stamping Bella, please visit their blog. The Stamping Bella Design Team are amazing! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great rest of the day! I will be back later with a fun Hero Arts blog hop.

10 May 2017

Have A Fin-Tastic Birthday!

Hello there, this is my second post for the day. Please scroll down to see my Stamping Bella card :)
 
I am over on the Hero Arts Blog today, sharing a card using the Manatee Stamp & Cut, as well as the new Monster Birthday Stamp & Cut (which will be in the Hero store on the 17th May). I love combining sets to create lots more possibilities. Isn't that manatee fabulous? I love him!
 
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Manatee - W6, W4, W2, W1, W0. Hat - R29, R27, R24, R14. Balloons - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, YG07, YG05, YG03, YG01, B26, B24, B12, R29, R27, R24, R14. Background - B41, B000, B0000.
 
Please head over to the Hero Arts blog post for more details on how I created the card. Thanks so much for popping by today, I hope you have a great day!

Unicorns Leaping Over Rainbows

Hello there, today is Wednesday so that means another Wonderful Wednesday with Stamping Bella! Today I have a card to share using the Set Of Unicorns and Unicorn Sentiments sets. How adorable are those unicorns?!
 

For my card, I started off by cutting three circles using one of the dies from the Hero Arts Circle Infinity Dies set. I cut two from white cardstock and then a third from vellum. I then taking two of the dies, I made a frame from white cardstock too. I cut one of the cardstock pieces and the vellum piece using the cloud die from the Mama Elephant Landscape Border Dies. I then cut a Lawn Fawn rainbow from white cardstock.
 
 
On the solid circle piece that was left, I blended over blue Copic Markers to create a sky. I then coloured the rainbow using Copic Markers also. I stamped the unicorn from the Set Of Unicorns set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. She was coloured using Copic Markers and I added Spica glitter pens to her hair ... because all unicorns have sparkly hair right?! :)
 
 
I fussy cut the unicorn out with scissors and then layered everything up on to a white A2 card base. The circle frame piece was added with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped with black ink on to the card base and then I finished off the card with Sparkling Stars confetti from Little Things from Lucy's Cards.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product to shop at your favourite store.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Unicorn - E41, E40, V09, V06, V05, V04, V01, Spica 13 Lilac, Spica 01 Lavender. Sky - B01, B00, B000, B0000, 0. Rainbow - R89, R37, R27, R24, YR04, YR16, YR14, Y17, Y15, Y13, YG07, YG05, YG03, B04, B02, B00, B69, B66, V17, V15.
 
How fun is that sentiment? I love it! For more inspiration using Stamping Bella products, do head over to their blog. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

8 May 2017

Just A Note

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new Garden Gnomes set from Clearly Besotted. It is so very cute! It is a great set for creating scenes but you could equally stamp a gnome separately with a just sentiment.
 

I started off with a piece of cardstock and stamped the gnome, toadstools/mushrooms and fence on to this. I created masks as I went so that I could create my scene. The scene was coloured using Copic Markers. I then took a piece of cardstock and cut this using the Mama Elephant rectangle Femme Frame die, as well as the Simon Says Stamp Circles die collection.
 

The sentiment, from the A Little Sentimental set, was stamped on to the window piece with black ink. The image panel was added to a white A2 card base and then I added the window piece on top with foam tape.

SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 shop logo below the product, to shop at your favourite store.
 
COPIC MARKERS: Gnome - Skin: E13, E11, E00, E50, R20. Hair: E27, E25, E23. Clothes: B26, B24, B12, C10, C8, C6, Y26. Toadstools/Mushrooms - E59, E57, E55, R89, R37, R29, R27, YR21, YR000, E50. Fence - E44, E43, E41. Sky- B00, B000, B0000, 0. Grass - YG67, YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01.
 
As you can see, a very simple card but I love that little gnome, he is so cute! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a fabulous week!

6 May 2017

It's Your Day To Relax

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new Clearly Besotted Hung Up On You stamp set. It is such a cute set with sloths all in their different poses. I thought I would combine my sloth with the thought bubble and the cake!
 

I started off by taking a piece of white cardstock and cutting it using the rectangle die from the Mama Elephant Femme Frames die collection. I then stamped the sloth on this, followed by the thought bubble. I then stamped the cake inside the thought bubble. I wanted to create a little scene with clouds behind so I die cut some clouds from mask paper. I added these on top of the image and then I traced the tops of them with a blue Copic Marker. The masks were taken off and then I coloured in the rest of the background, along with the slot, thought bubble and cake. This was all done with Copic Markers.
 
 
The sentiment, from the same set, was stamped below in black ink. I took a white A2 card base and added a sheet of paper from the MFT Homespun Gingham Paper Pad to the front. The image panel was then added with foam sheet and double sided tape.
 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS - Sloth: W7, W5, W4, W2, W1, 0. Branch: E59, E57, E55. Cake: E33, E53, E50, R89, R37, R24. Bubble: C3, C1, BG11, BG10. Sky: B00, B000, B0000, 0.
 
He definitely looks relaxed to me! I thought it would be cute to add the cake in the bubble as I thought it might work well for a birthday card. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great weekend!

5 May 2017

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted May 2017 Release

Hello there, I have been asked a few times if I would continue to do my Clearly Besotted release preview videos. I have listened to you all and I am happy to say that I will continue to make them. Since this release is so huge, I decided to make the video without sharing any of the cards I have made with the stamps. Since there is no teaser countdown for the release, I thought I would show you all the stamps now and then share my cards in the upcoming days.
 
 
The release will go live at 6pm BST tonight and can be purchased from the Clearly Besotted Shop (UK based, ships to almost all locations worldwide) and Simon Says Stamp (US based, ships worldwide). The release is absolutely adorable. Here is the video:
 


Cute, right?! Like I said, I will be back in the next few days sharing cards I have made with the sets. Do check out Stephanie, Keren and Debby to see what they have created too. Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great day! Happy shopping!

3 May 2017

Love Story

Hello there, this month I have the absolute pleasure of guest designing for Stamping Bella for their Wonderful Wednesday's feature. As you all know, I love Stamping Bella images, they are just so much fun to colour and of course, I love to colour!
 

For my card today, I am using the gorgeous Love Story Squidgies stamp set. I love that the couple come in two sizes. I have used the larger of the two and made an 6.75"x4.75" card. I started off by taking a piece of white cardstock and stamping the couple on to it using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then stamped the sentiment next to them. They were coloured using Copic Markers ( I was heavily inspired by the amazing colouring on the packaging by Elaine).
 
 
I made the card base from white cardstock and then added a layer of purple Bazzill cardstock to the front (sorry, I do not know what colour it is). I then added the panel on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added Periwinkle Jewel Drops to the centres of the pink flowers and White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the purple flowers (I applied it with a paintbrush).


SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.



COPIC MARKERS: Girl - Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, R20. Hair: E25, E23, E21, E31. Dress & Shoes: C3, C1, C0, C00. Veil: BG70, BG10, BV13, BV11, BV00, R21, R11. Boy - Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, R20. Suit & Hat: 110, C10, C9, C8, C7, C6. Hat Band & Bow Tie: BV13, BV11, BV00. Shoes: W10, W8, C7. Ground - C5, C3, C1, C00.

I have someone in mind to give this card to later in the year. I love being able to tailor make cards for different people. The person receiving the card might not always know that, but it is lovely to be able to do it! Thanks so much for visiting me today. For more inspiration using Stamping Bella stamps, please pop over to their blog. I hope you have a great rest of the day!

1 May 2017

May My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today I have the pleasure to be taking part in the Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop. The kit releases today and it is absolutely beautiful! I just adore these mermaids. They are so beautifully drawn and I love the sentiments and accompanying images too.
 
If you are following along with the hop, you should have arrived here from Libby's Blog but if you get lost along the way, you can find the full list of participants below.
 

For my card, I started off by stamping the mermaid, starfish and fish, from the stamp set using Intense Black Ink. These were coloured with Copic Markers and then I cut them out using the coordinating dies. I added dots of Copic Spica glitter pens to the mermaid's tail and also to the starfish and fish. I took the 'sending mermaid kisses and starfish wishes' sentiment from the stamp set and stamped this using Versamark Ink on to a piece of watercolour paper. I applied White Embossing Powder and then heat set.
 
 
I then went to town creating the background panel. I did go a little mad with the layers but I do like how it turned out! I first made layers of ink with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens in Fresh Green, Aqua Splash and Azure Blue and water. I then added water to Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cornflower Blue and Aquamarine and pounced these on to the card base too. They give a lovely shimmer to it. I then added a few splatters with water from a mister bottle.


Once dry, the panel was cut down using one of the dies from the Nesting Rectangles Infinity Dies set. The panel was added to a white A2 card base and then the mermaid, fish and starfish were added with foam tape. It is a little difficult to see the sentiment in the photos but it is easier to read in real-life!
 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Please click on the picture or wording to be taken to where I purchased it. 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 letters below the product to shop at your favourite store - Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Hero Arts (HA), Seven Hills Crafts (SHC) Amazon (AZ) etc. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.


 
COPIC MARKERS: Mermaid - Skin: E21, E51, E50, R20. Hair: E47, E57, E25, E23. Top & tail: BG49, BG34, BG13, BG11, Spica 12 Silver, Spica 08 Turquoise. Starfish - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, Spica 16 Buttermilk. Fish - V06, V05, V01, Spica 13 Lilac.
 

THE KIT:
 
 The May MMH Kit contains:
1 4"x6" clear stamp set
18 coordinating dies (5 fancy dies & 13 frame cuts)
1 6"x6" stencil
A selection of Cyrene sequins
3 ink cubes - Deep Blue, Aqua & Amethyst
5 5"x6" aceate sheets
1 bottle of turquoise silk liquid ink
3 sheets of 6"x6" lightweight paper (ice blue, marble tissue & swirl tissue)
 
That is a whopping $70 for only $34.99 (approx. £28.00). It limited edition so grab one while you can. You can purchase it HERE. You can also subscribe here so that you never miss a kit!

There are several amazing add-on products this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from any Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them: 



 
 
BLOG HOP:

Michelle Short - you are here!

GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. If the winner has already purchased the kit, they will be reimbursed for it. Giveaway closes Sunday, May 7th at 11.59pm EST. The winner will be announced the following week.

As you can see, the next person in the hop is the fabulous Ilina. I didn't use the papers that come in the kit on my card today but let me tell you, they are gorgeous! You can see me use them in my countdown post here. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.
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