22 September 2017

Sunny Studio Birthday Blog Hop

** This is my second post of the day, please see below for my Neat & Tangled Guest Design post **

Hello there, I am delighted to be taking part in Sunny Studio's 2nd Birthday celebrations today. They are one of my favourite companies and I just adore their stamps. Today we are using the new holiday release which is out on the 29th September. In honour of the birthday celebrations, you can pre-order the new products now! Yay!

 

If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Vanessa but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 
My first card uses the fabulous new Playful Polar Bears stamp set. The polar bears are just so cute! I started by stamping the bear of on to white cardstock. I then masked him and stamped the sleigh below so that it looks like he is sitting on it. 


The mask was removed and I coloured the image with Copic Markers. I stamped and coloured the present too. These were both then fussy cut out using scissors. I took a piece of white cardstock and cut an MFT Dome Stax die on to the bottom left hand side. Using the positive piece, I blended over Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet Distress Inks on to it using a blending tool. I adhered this down to a purple A2 card base.

 
I then took the negative panel piece and added acetate to the back. I applied foam tape around the opening to create a shaker card. I didn't want the sequins to move that much so I only added one layer of foam tape. I added the Lucy's Magical Shaker bits on to the card base and then added the panel on top. I added the polar bear and present on top with more foam tape. I then white embossed the sentiment on to black and added this to the card with foam tape 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.
 

COPIC MARKERS: Bear - E51, E50, C8, C5. Scarf - V17, V15, V12, BV11. Sleigh - E57, E55, C5, C3, C1. Present - V12, V01, V000, B93, B63.
 
My second card uses the Playful Polar Bear stamp set as well as the Frosty Flurries set. I started off by creating the background. I die cut a piece of Bristol cardstock using a stitched square die. I then created a snow bank from mask paper and added this to the panel. I repeatedly stamped the Frosty Flurries stamp across the panel. I then applied white embossing powder and heat set.
 

With the mask still in place, I blended over Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. The mask was then removed. I took the skating bear from the set and stamped this on to white cardstock with black ink. I coloured him using Copic Markers. He was then fussy cut out with scissors (there are dies available, I just do not have them yet).
 
 
The panel was adhered to a black 4.75"x4.75" card base with foam tape. The bear was then added with foam tape on top. I stamped the sentiment 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 then added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added Sparkle Pen to the scarf and added a few Lucy's Magical sequins around the sentiment piece.
 
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: Bear - W3, W1, W0, R02, R00, C8, C5. Scarf - V17, V15, V12. Skates - V17, V15, V12, C5, C3, C1.
 
BLOG HOP:

The full list of participants in the hop are as follows:
 
Michelle Short - you are here
 
GIVEAWAY:

I have a $25 gift voucher to the Sunny Studio store to give away. All you have to do is comment on this post and I will randomly pick a winner. The giveaway closes on Monday 25th September at 23.59 PDT. The winners will be announced on the Sunny Studio Blog on Friday 29th September. The giveaway is open worldwide. Good luck!
 
On top of that, Sunny Studio are offering 15% off all retail orders using the code CELEBRATE through to till October 1st.
 
The next person in the hop is the amazing Anni. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a fabulous day!

Big Hugs

Hello there, today I have a card to share for my Guest Design post for Neat and Tangled. Today I am using the Big Hugs Die along with the Star Stencil. I wanted to keep the card simple to focus on the die so I made a simple background to go with it.
 

I started off by embossing the Star Stencil on to some TH watercolor paper. I then sprayed the piece using Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Teal and Ocean. It is difficult to see in the photos but the background has a beautiful shimmer to it from the sprays.


I wasn't sure whether to emboss the stencil first or after adding the colour but I am glad that I did it before, as the colour ran into the embossed edges and I think it made the background more interesting.
 
 
I die cut the Big Thanks Die three times from white cardstock and stacked these up using liquid glue. I added the background piece to a white A2 card base with foam tape and then added the hugs die on top with more liquid glue.
 
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.
 
 
Like I said, very simple but I have to say, I really like how this card came out. I think I might make some more with different colours for the backgrounds. For more inspiration using Neat and Tangled products, please head over to their blog. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have  a great day!

21 September 2017

Wonderful Christmas

Hello there, did you see that I posted over on the Hero Arts Blog yesterday? I shared this card using the Wonderful Stamp & Cut. I love that you can use the Wonderful Stamp & Cut all year round for lots of different occasions but I decided to combine it with the holly from the Bird Words stamp set for a quick and simple Christmas card today.
 
 
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.
 
 
For more information on how I made the card, please head over to the Hero Arts Blog. Have you seen? to celebrate STAMPtember, Simon Says Stamp are offering 20% off all purchases on Hero Arts products in their store until 23.59 hrs EDT on the 22nd September (that is 04.59 hrs on 23rd September for us in the UK). Go grab some goodies! Thanks so much for popping by today, I hope you have a great day!

20 September 2017

Especially For You

Hello there, today I have another card to share with you as part of me guest designing with Stamping Bella. One of my favourite lines of theirs is Petunia (the pig). Isn't she just adorable? I love her! My card today uses the super cute Especially For you Petunia.
 

I started off by cutting a circle using the SSS Stitched Circles Dies. I then stamped Petunia inside the circle. The image was then coloured using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). I took the sentiment from the Kitty & Mousie set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then cut in to two strips.
 
 
I die cut a square from MFT Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Pastel Paper using the Stitched and Pierced Squares dies set from CraftStash. This was added on to a white 5.25 x 5.25 card base with ATG. I then added the image circle on top with foam tape. The sentiment pieces were then added with more foam tape to finish.
 
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: Pig - R32, R21, R20, R12, R11, R00, R000. Grass & leaves - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Chick - Y38, Y19, Y15, Y13, Y00. Sky - B000, B0000, 0.
 
I do hope Stamping Bella continue to make more stamps with Petunia! For more inspiration, please head over to the Stamping Bella Blog. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

18 September 2017

Bold Blooms

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the beautiful Happily Ever After stamp set from Clearly Besotted. The set is geared towards weddings but as you can see, you can use the flowers for any occasions. I went with a birthday card as I seem to lack some of these in my stash.
 

I started off by stamping the flowers on to a piece of cardstock cut using the rectangle ME Femme Frames die. I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloured it with Copic Markers. As you may notice, I went with bolder colours than I usually do with my colouring. I am loving using black card bases at the moment and I thought the bold colours would make a nice contrast to the black.
 
 
The panel was adhered flat to an A2 black card base with ATG. I then stamped the sentiment, from the Tiny Type stamp set, on to a piece of black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and then heat set. The piece was cut in to strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish, I added a few Lucy's Clear Iridescent Jewels.
 
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. Leaves - YG67, YG17, YG23, YG01. Background/halo - B01, B00, B000, B0000, 0.
 
I seem to have an obsession with white embossing my sentiments on black cardstock at the moment. Sorry about that! :) Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great week!

16 September 2017

STAMPtember | Purple Pansies

Hello there, have you been enjoying seeing all of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember collaboration sets? Yesterday was Clearly Besotted's turn. How gorgeous are these stamp/colour layering pansies?
 

I started off by cutting a panel of white cardstock using one of the SSS Stitched Rectangle dies. I then took the bottom layer of the pansies and stamped these on to the panel using MFT Grapesicle ink. I then stamped the middle layer with SSS Lavender ink and then the top layer using MFT Grape Jelly Ink. I made a mask for them and then stamped the leaves around. I used MFT Sour Apple, SSS Green Apple and MFT Gumdrop Green inks.
 
 
I then stamped the sentiment towards the bottom right of the panel using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I took an A2 Lavender card base and ran this through my die cutting machine to emboss the SSS Medium Dots Stencil on to the front for some added detail. I then adhered the stamped panel on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Grape Jewels.
 

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.
 
 
These stamps are really easy to line up. I usually have so much trouble with these kind of sets but I didn't even have to use a stamp positioner for this one! Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great weekend!

15 September 2017

Studio Katia Fall & Winter Release Blog Hop

** This is my second post of the day, please see below for my Neat & Tangled Guest Designer post **
 
Hello there, today I am delighted to be taking part in the Studio Katia Fall & Winter Release Blog Hop. It is such a fun release!
 
 
My card and tag today use the fabulous Friends of Winter set, along with the coordinating dies. I have also used the fabulous new Dotted Shaker Tag #2 die. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the Studio Katia Blog, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

My first project uses the super cute Santa from the Friends of Winter set. I first stamped the Santa on to some white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured the image with Copic Markers and cut him out using the coordinating die. I die cut the Dotted Shaker Tag #2 die also from white cardstock. I masked off the bottom of the tag and then blended Tumbled Glass Distress Ink above to create a soft background. Santa was then added on top with foam tape.
 
 
I took a white A2 card base and added a sheet of paper from the Doodlebug Swiss Dot Rainbow Petite Prints Paper Pad on top. I tied some Doodlebug Bettle Black Doodle Twine through the top of the tag and then added this on to the card with foam tape. I took the 'ho ho ho' sentiment from the set and stamped this on to a piece of black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and then heat set. This was cut in to three pieces and added to the card with more foam tape.
 
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: Santa skin - E13, E11, E00, E0000, R20. Beard - W3, W1, W00. Outfit - R89, R37, R29, R27, R24. C2, C0. Belt, shoes and gloves - C10, C8, C7, C5, Y26.
 
For my next project, I thought I would make a tag. I couldn't resist the reindeer from the set, so I had to ink him up too!
 

I started off by stamping the reindeer using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured him using Copic Markers and then cut him out using the coordinating die. I then took the Dotted Shaker Tag #2 Die and cut this from Bristol cardstock.
 
 
I added a mask to the bottom and then blended over Distress Inks in Broken China, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire. I then sprizted the tag with water. Once dry, I added the reindeer with foam tape and then added on a few of the Snowflake Embellishments around the reindeer with Multi Medium Matte. They are so pretty! To finish off, I simply added some Beetle Black Doodle Twine through 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: E59, E57, E55, E31, E51, E50, R00. Nose & Collar - R89, R37, R24, R14.


BLOG HOP:

Here are the full list of participants in the hop today:
 
Michelle - you are here


GIVEAWAY:

I am giving away a $35 CAD gift certificate to the Studio Katia Store. I will randomly choose a winner from the comments left on this post by 22nd September 2017 at 23.59 hrs BST. I will announce the winner on the 23rd September 2017. The giveaway is open worldwide.
 
The next person on the hop is the fabulous Erum. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I will be sharing some more cards using the wonderful release later in the month. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop!

Birthday Monkey

Hello there, I am delighted to be guest designing for Neat and Tangled this month. I will be sharing cards for the next three weeks on a Friday. My card today uses the super cute Wild Ones stamp set and coordinating Nice & Neat Dies. I just love that cute monkey!
 

I started off by stamping the monkey from the set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. the image was then coloured using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and cut out using the coordinating dies.


I took a panel of Bristol cardstock, cut this using a SSS Stitched Rectangle die and blended over Distress Inks for a soft background. I used Broken China and Tumbled Glass for the sky and Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for the grass. I then flicked on a little water for some interest.
 
 
Once the piece was dry, I stamped the 'happy birthday' sentiment from the Big Top Birthday stamp set on to it using black ink. The panel was then adhered to an A2 white card base with foam tape. I adhered the monkey to the background piece, also with foam tape. To finish off I added a few sequins from the Mermaid Tail and Ocean Waves mixes. I then added a coating of shimmer pen and Glossy Accents 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: Monkey - E59, E57, E55, E53, E51, E50, R00. Balloon - V17, V15, V12, V01.
 
This is such a cute set and I cannot wait to use the other animals in it for more cards :) Thanks so much for visiting me today. For more inspiration using Neat and Tangled products, please visit their blog. I hope you have a great day!

13 September 2017

New Beginnings

Hello there, today I am back sharing a card as part of Stamping Bella's Wonderful Wednesdays With feature. My card today uses the beautiful Tiny Townie Fairy Garden Fairy House.
 

I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and cutting it using the ME Femme Frames Die. I then stamped the house in the middle with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I stamped the sentiment in the top left. The image panel was coloured with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section).
 
 
The panel was added to a white A2 card base with foam sheet and DST. I then added little dots of Copic Spica pen to the flowers and I also added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the windows for some added shine.
 
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: House - E44, E43, E42, E41, B41. Leaves - YG17, YG23, YG01. Flowers - V28, V25, V22, V20, Spica 13 Lilac. Grass - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Sky - B01, B00, B000, B0000.
 
I love creating cards like these. So very simple but I love that the focus is on the image itself and of course, I loved colouring it in! For more inspiration using this set, please head over to the Stamping Bella Blog. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a fabulous day!

11 September 2017

Hello Sunflower

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the beautiful Sending Sunshine stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I adore sunflowers but I usually colour them very bright and so for my card today, I thought I would colour them with more of an autumnal feel.
 

I started off by stamping the sunflower image from the set on to watercolour paper using Hero Arts Intense Black ink. I used my Mini MISTI so that I could stamp it multiple times to get a good impression on the textured paper.  The image was then water coloured using Distress Inks. I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs for the sunflower's petals. I then used Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso and Black Soot for the inside portions. The leaves were coloured using Peeled Paint and Forest Moss inks. The accompanying flowers were coloured with a very light concentration of Mustard Seed. I added the ink to a slick surface and then picked it up with a paint brush and water.
 
 
I then created a mask for the image. I stamped it on to masking paper and cut it out using scissors (this did take a while as the image is quite intricate). The mask was placed over the image and then using a blending tool, I went around the outsides with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The colour looks a bit lighter in the photos. In real life, it is a little darker and a bit more dramatic! The water colour piece was cut down and added to a black A2 card base with ATG.
 
 
I applied some Stick It adhesive to more black cardstock and cut the MFT Hello die from it three times. These were stacked together and then added to the card. I added a coating of clear Wink of Stella on top for some shine. I then added dots of Copic Spica Pens to the flowers. It is a bit difficult to see this in the photos but when it catches the light, it is really beautiful!
 
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.
 
 
This card was a little out of my comfort zone with the grey background but I do like how it turned out! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great day!

9 September 2017

Make A Wish

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the beautiful Make A Wish stamp set from Clearly Besotted. Aren't those flowers stunning? Inspired by Jenny (owner of Clearly Besotted) and Steph, I decided to try colouring the flowers with colour pencils. I definitely need more practice using pencils but I did enjoy colouring this image in, even if it did take ages! :)
 

I started off by stamping the flowers on to some Strathmore Toned Grey Mixed Media Paper with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured the flowers with Polychromos Pencils plus the white  Luminance pencil. The colours I used were mainly from the 60 pencil set but I did buy some open stock of warm greys, which I used on the flower petals. The colours I used are listed below the supplies section.
 
 
I cut the panel down and adhered it to a black A2 card base with ATG. The sentiment, from the Tiny Type set, was stamped on to more black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder, heat set and cut this in to a strip. This was added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added three 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.
 
 
POLYCHROMOS PENCILS: Flowers - 275, 274, 272, 270 + Luminance 001. Branch - 199, 177, 283. Leaves - 267, 174, 168, 171 + Luminance 001. Shadow - Copic Markers W3, W2, W1.
 
I love these larger floral images from Clearly Besotted. I love that they fill a whole card. You just need to add a sentiment and you are good to go! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

7 September 2017

Autumn Leaf

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts blog sharing a look at the Autumn Icons Fancy Dies. These were released on Tuesday as an add-on for the main kit and let me tell you, they are beautiful! I love the cut-out look to them. As soon as I saw the dies, I knew I wanted to add Gilding Flakes to them and I thought the copper colour would work beautifully on the leaf for autumn.
 
 
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 how the gilding came out on the leaf. I must try it again! For more details on how I made the card, please head over to the Hero Arts Blog. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!
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