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!

12 October 2017

Christmas Trees

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new Give Thanks stamp set from the Making Spirits Bright release from Simon Says Stamp, which is out today. This is such a beautiful set for both autumn cards and winter ones. I went with a winter Christmas theme for my card today.
 

I started off with a sheet of watercolour paper. I took the tree from the stamp set and stamped this repeatedly over the piece using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. I then took three Distress Inks and blended these over the panel. I used Broken China, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire.


I misted the panel with water and then dropped on some Iridescent Bright Silver Liquitex Ink (unfortunately in the photos it looks like grey blobs but in real-life it is iridescent and shimmery!). I felt like it needed even more shimmer, so I spritzed over some Sparkle Shimmer Spritz too. The piece was then set aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, I die cut the piece using one of the SSS Stitched Rectangle Dies. I took the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from the set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. The piece was then cut in to a banner. I adhered the tree panel on to a white A2 card base with foam tape and then added the sentiment on top, with more foam tape. To finish off, I added PPP Sparkling Clear Confetti.
 
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.
 
 
When I think of Christmas trees, I usually think of green and red, so it was nice to use blues for them on this occasion. Unfortunately you cannot see all of the shimmer on the panel. In real-life it is really pretty! You can find all of the new Simon Says Stamp release here. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a lovely day!

11 October 2017

Build A Snowman Shaker Tags

Hello there, today I have a couple of tags to share with you that I made using the new Build A Snowman Stamp Set from Clearly Besotted. I thought it would be fun for me to create some shaker tags with the set and have the snow surrounding the snowmen.
 

I started off by die cutting the tags pieces. I used the MFT Tag Builder Blueprints 6 set. I cut two bases from watercolour paper and then two from white cardstock (for the backs). I also cut two front pieces from white cardstock. I die cut two circles from acetate and then set these aside.
 
 
I took the watercolour paper pieces and added on some Midnight Blue Pixie Powder. I then spritzed them liberally with water. These were set aside to dry. Whilst they were drying, I stamped the snowman and snow bunny from the set on to white cardstock. I coloured them with Copic Markers and then fussy cut them out (there are dies available). I added these on to the background pieces with tape runner.
 
 
I adhered the acetate to the back of the front pieces and then added foam tape around them. I placed the background piece flat on to my work surface and sprinkled the confetti on to the middle of it. The front of the tag was then adhered over the top to create the tag.


I wanted to add a sentiment on to the back so I stamped one from the new Knitted With Love set on to the cardstock backs. These were then adhered to the back of the tag with tape runner. To finish off, I added Doodlebug Twine through the top of them.
 
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: B00, B0000, V17, V15, V12, E57, E55, R16.
 
Unfortunately the confetti mix's that I used (Fairy Dust and mini hearts) are no longer available to purchase from Lucy's Cards so I have linked to similar ones in my links list. I had great fun making these tags! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great day!

9 October 2017

Pretty Pansies

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new Pretty pansies set from Clearly Besotted. If you liked the set that they brought out for STAMptember then I am sure you will love this one too!
 

I started off by stamping the two clusters of pansies in the set on to a panel of white cardstock. I stamped the images using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloured them using Copic Markers. I went around the flowers with pale blues to help the flowers pop off of the panel. I also added white gel pen and pale yellow Spica dots to the insides of the flowers for some added interest.
 
 
The panel was added to a black A2 card base with foam sheet. I took the 'happy birthday' sentiment from the A Little Sentimental Set and stamped this on to a piece of black cardstock using 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. To finish off, I added a few Disco Ball Jewels from Lucy's Cards.
 
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: Flowers - V17, V15, V12, V01, Y35, Y13, Y11 Spica 15 Buttermilk. Leaves - YG17, YG23, YG01.
 
Another white embossed sentiment on black! I am not sure what is wrong with me at the moment! ;) I just seem to be drawn to them. Do you ever get like that? I seem to have phases of using the same thing over and over again. Please tell me that happens to you too?! Thanks so much for popping by to see me today. I hope you have a great week!

8 October 2017

VIDEO | Simon Says Stamp Haul #18

Hello there, today I have a quick Simon Says Stamp haul to share with you. I made the order to get the Mama Elephant STAMPtember set but to get the most of the postage, I added a few extra things in to my cart!
 
 
I got a couple of the new stencils that were released as part of their STAMPtember release. I love the intricate designs and I think they will be wonderful to emboss with, as well as ink. I got two Honey Bee sets plus a few embellishments. Here is what I got:
 



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.
 
 
Thanks so much for popping by today. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

6 October 2017

Modern Peonies

Hello there, today I have a card to share that I made for my mum for her birthday. My mum loves flowers so I thought it would be nice for me to use the WPlus9 Modern Peonies set for her card. Although Peonies are not purple in real-life, I went with a pale shade of purple/lilac for the flowers.
 

I started off by stamping the flowers and leaves with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on to white cardstock. I coloured them with Copic Markers, keeping the colours pale, and then added some lilac glitter dots with a Copic Spica pen to the flowers. They were then die-cut out with the coordinating dies.
 
 
I took a piece of white cardstock and cut this using the largest of the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies. This was adhered to a black A2 card base with foam sheet. I then added the leaves on top with ATG. The flowers were then popped up with foam squares. I stamped the sentiments from the CB Tiny Type set on to black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card. To finish off, I added a few Ice Cube Jewels from Lucy's Cards.
 
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: Flowers - BV01, BV000, BV0000. Leaves - G43, G40.
 
These stamps are so beautiful. I am glad I went with pale colours for this card, I think they work quite nicely with the black and white (although difficult to photograph!). I am, however, looking forward to colouring them bolder colours next time :) Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great weekend!

5 October 2017

VIDEO | Foxes Copic Speed Colour and Feedback Request

Hello there, today I have a quick video to share of me colouring the adorable foxes from the Neat and Tangled Merry Kisses stamp set. I do have another motive for making the video though, I would really like some feedback from you regarding what videos you would like to see from me in the future.
 
 
Do you enjoy card making tutorials? haul videos? storage/organisation videos? reviews? colouring videos? I would love to hear your thoughts!
 


 
SUPPLIES:
Here are the links to what I have used 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.
 

 COPIC MARKERS: Foxes - W7, W5, W3, W2, W1, W0, R00. Scarf - V17, V15, V12.
 
Any feedback you can give me will be very gratefully received, I know that I cannot please everyone and everyone will have a difference of opinion, but I would like to try! Thanks so much for popping in today, I hope you have a great rest of the day!

4 October 2017

Happy Anniversary

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the adorable new Kiss Me Quick stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I fell in love with these cute animals as soon as a I saw the set and thought the bunnies would be nice to create a card for my brother and sister-in-law's wedding anniversary.
 

I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and stamping the bunnies on to it. I then went ahead and created a forest for the bunnies to be in. I had planned on making the background more autumnal but as I was going along, it became more spring/summer like but that is ok :) I freehand drew in the trees and grass and then added a little blue for the sky. The colours that I used are listed below the supplies section.
 
 
On a seperate piece of cardstock, I stamped the hearts from the set, coloured these with Copics, cut them out and added them to the card with glue. I adhered the whole panel to an A2 white card base with ATG. I took the sentiment from the Tiny Type set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and then heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added white gel pen dots to the bunnies and then Glossy Accents to the hearts.
 
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: Bunnies - T7, T4, T3, T2, T1, R000. Tree trunks - E79, E59, E57, E55. Tree tops - YG99, YG97, YG95, YG67, YG17, YG25, YG23, YG03, YG01. Grass - YG 95, YG67, YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Sky - B00, B000, B0000. Hearts - R89, R37, R29, R27, R14.
 
The background didn't quite come out as I had planned but it was my first time at drawing trees so I am fairly pleased with it! For more inspiration using the new release from Clearly Besotted, please check out my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Debby. Thanks so much for popping by today. I hope you have a great day!

3 October 2017

Christmas Tags

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts Blog today sharing an idea for Christmas tags. I am using the new Santa's Door Accessories stamp set, as well as the coordinating dies for my tags today. The stamps in the set work perfectly with the Paper Layering Wooden Door Die but I thought I would use the wreath and bow on their own.


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, YG01. R89, R37, R29, R27, R24, R14. Spica 03 Red, 21 Lipstick.
 
How gorgeous is that big bow? I love it! I think the wreath would work really well on it's own for cards too. For more details on how I made the tag, please visit the blog post here. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

2 October 2017

Hero Arts October 2017 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the October 2017 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It is called Destination North Pole and let me tell you, it is fabulous! I adore the stamp set in the kit, it is filled with lovely little images that are perfect for creating scenes with.
 
If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Ilina but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

I wanted to create a winter scene for my card today. I took a panel of white cardstock and first stamped the mountains towards the top of the piece. I then stamped the trees below, followed by the sled and huskies. I then stamped the 'happy holidays' sentiment at the top. The panel was coloured using Copic Markers.


I wasn't sure what kind of card base to use, so I thought I would use an acetate one so that the focus is on the panel. I added foam tape to the back of the panel and adhered it to the front of the card. I then added cardstock pieces to the inside panels and the back to hide the adhesive and to give somewhere to write on. To finish off, I added white gel pen snow to the sky and Star Dust Stickles to the snow on the top of the mountains.


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: Sky - BV04, BV13, BV02, BV01, BV00, BV000. Mountains - BV25, BV23, BV20. Snow - BG01, BG000, BG0000. Person - E000, BV13, BV00, C5. Sled - R29, R24, R14. Huskies - E57, E55, E53, E40.

In case you didn't see it, I thought I would share my countdown card with you too. For this card, I went with a North Pole themed card with Santa and Mrs Claus.

 
I created a background piece first for the sky by blending Broken China Distress Ink on to a piece of Bristol cardstock. I then spritzed this piece with water. I die cut the mountains from the kit from Bristol cardstock also. I then blended over Iced Spruce Distress Ink on to them and spritzed with water again. I set them aside to dry and stamped out my images. The images were coloured with Copic markers and then cut out with the coordinating dies.


I stamped the sentiment and the stars/snowflakes on to the sky piece and then cut some snow banks from white cardstock. I then set about layering up my images on to a square card base with a combination of tape runner and foam tape. I took a square panel of cardstock and cut a circle from it using a Circle Infinity Die. This piece was then popped up on to the card base with foam tape to frame the scene.


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 KIT:


The October My Monthly Hero kit contains the fabulous 6" x 8" stamp set, along with 10 coordinating frame cuts and 3 fancy dies. The kit also contains a unicorn white ink pad, 3 sheets of speciality paper, a lacquer pen and a pot of silver embossing powder.
 
That is an amazing $70 worth of products fro only $34.99 (approx. £28.00). Remember that the kits are limited edition and often sell out quickly. To make sure that you never miss a kit you can subscribe here. If you are an international subscriber you get a reduced rate of shipping too! :)
 
As always, there are some fabulous add-on products available to purchase this month too. You can purchase these in the Hero Arts shop but also at any of your favourite retailers that stock Hero Arts. Here is a look at the add-ons:



BLOG HOP:

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

GIVEAWAY:

Hero arts are giving away one kit as a prize to one lucky blog reader. The winner is selected from all of the comments left across all of the blogs in the hop. So the more you comment, the more chances to you have to win! The giveaway closes Sunday, October 8th at 23.59 EST, and the winner will be announced the following week. If the winner has already purchased the kit, they will be reimbursed.
 
Next on the hop is the fabulous Jess. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great rest of the day!
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