17 February 2018

Hoppy Easter!

Hello there, today I have a cute tag to share with you using the Hoppy Easter stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I just love that cute bunny holding his Easter egg.
 

I started off by die cutting a tag from the Tag Along set, once from white cardstock and once from Bristol cardstock. I took the Bristol piece and blended over Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China for the sky, and Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for the grass. I then splattered on a little water with a paint brush, removed the excess and set aside to dry.
 
 
I took the bunny image from the Hoppy Easter set and stamped him on to white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. He was coloured using Copic Markers and then fussy cut out with scissors (there are dies available). I then worked on the back of the tag. I took the white cardstock tag and stamped the 'Happy Easter' sentiment from the All In Onesie Easter set using black ink. I took the little carrot from the Hoppy Easter set and stamped this around the sentiment. They were coloured with Copic Markers as well. The two tags were adhered together back to back with tape runner.
 
 
The bunny was added to the front with foam tape. I then added a few Iridescent Jewels from Lucy's Cards around him. To finish off, I added Aqua Shimmer to the egg and Crystal Glaze to the bunny's nose and the egg.
 
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: Bunny - E59, E57, E55, E53, E51, R20, R00. Egg - V17, V15, V12. Carrots - YR14, YR12.
 
I thought this tag would be nice to add to a little Easter parcel. I cannot wait for Spring! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

15 February 2018

Hero Arts 2018 Catalogue Blop Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today I am delighted to be hopping along to celebrate the release of the new Hero Arts 2018 catalogue products going live in the Hero Store. The new catalogue is packed full of fabulous products and you will see tons of inspiration using them across the hop. You should have arrived here from the amazing Nichol, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of hopper below.

 
I am in love with the new Liquid Watercolors from Hero Arts. They are highly pigmented and can be used for lots of different techniques. I have two projects showing them in use today. My first project shows them used for soft water colouring, while the second uses them for a bold background.
 
 
For my card, I started off by stamping the beautiful new Flowering Magnolia stamp on to some Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Press watercolour paper. I then water coloured the image using the new Liquid Watercolors. You can see how I water coloured the image in the speed paint video here:
 


I then went around the image with a light grey Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen to help the image pop. The side of the paper was cut, cutting around the leaf image with scissors. I stamped the Designer Woodgrain stamp (not new but still wonderful!) on to an A2 grey card base for some added interest and then added the watercolour panel on top with foam tape.
 
 
I took the sentiment from the new Color Layering Elephant stamp set and stamped this 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 with more foam tape. To finish off, I added a couple of sequins from the new Seashore mix, plus an Iridescent Jewel.
 
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.
 
 
My next card shows how to use the Liquid Watercolors for a bolder background. I used the new Mermaid Wishes stamp set for this. This is one of the previous My Monthly Hero kits that was voted to come back as a permanent set. I am so happy that this set has come back. I love it!
 

I started off by cutting the tag from some Acrhes watercolour paper and a Tag Infinity Die. I first layered over a light coat of Indigo, Deep Ocean and Pine Liquid Watercolors and blended these together on the tag. I sprayed a generous mist of Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz over the top and then dried this with a heat tool. Using the watercolour that was left on my craft sheet, I pouched the tag back in numerous times to get a splattered and layered look. I really like how it came out. I then set this piece aside to dry.
 
 
I stamped one of the mermaids from the set using Intense Black ink and coloured her using Copic Markers, adding a little Spica pen to her tail. She was cut out using the coordinating frame cut. I took one of the sentiments from the set, stamped this with Intense Black ink on to white cardstock. I cut this using the new Rounded Rectangle Infinity Dies. The mermaid and sentiment were added to the tag with foam tape. I added some twine through the top of the tag and then finished off with some Seashore Sequins and 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: Skin - E13, E11, E00, E000. Hair: E49, E57, E25, E23. Top - BG13, BG11. Tail - BG49, BG13, BG11, BG10, Spica 08 Turquoise.


BLOG HOP:

Here is the full list of participants in the hop:

Michelle Short - you are here!


GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away three $50 shopping sprees! Winners will be drawn from comments left across all of the stops in the hop. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win. One comment per blog please. Please leave a comment by February 22nd at 11.59pm PT. The winners will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog. Good luck!

The next person on the stop is the amazing and lovely, Wanda. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a lovely time on the rest of the hop and a fabulous day!

12 February 2018

VIDEO | Embossing With Stencils

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the beautiful Stained Glass 1 Stencil from Simon Says Stamp, along with Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Watercolours.
 
 
I started off by embossing the stencil on to some Tim Holtz Watercolour paper. I find that this watercolour paper embosses with stencils really well. I then added colour to the panel using Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Watercolours in Hyacinth Blue, Juniper Green and Turquoise Blue. These are highly pigmented watercolours but I added lots of water to them to get them to be more pastel shades. I misted over some Sheer Shimer Spritz in Sparkle to give a little shine and set aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, the piece was cut down to 5.25" x 4" and added to a white A2 card base with ATG. I die cut the SSS Sending die three times from white cardstock (with Stick It adhesive on the back), layered these up and added the piece to my card. I took the 'you love and hugs' sentiment from the SSS Sending And Wishing stamp set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a little strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added Lucy's Clear Iridescent Jewels around the sentiment with Multi Medium Matte glue.
 
VIDEO:

Here is the video showing how I made the card:
 


To enter the prize for the hop, you need to leave a comment directly on the video over on YouTube HERE.
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card and 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 mentioned in the video, this is part of the Save The Crafty YouTuber Video Hop. A bunch of YouTubers have got together to create some tutorials, so that you may find some new channels to subscribe to. This in turn will hopefully help out the smaller channels that will be affected by the changes that You Tube are brining in, with regards to participation in the You Tube Partnership Programme. You can find more details about the hop HERE. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I really do appreciate it.

9 February 2018

Udderlicious Birthday

Hello there, today I have a card to share using a few of the new sets from Clearly Besotted that were released this month. As soon as I saw the cow in the Fun On The Farm set, I knew I had to ink her up, I mean, how cute is she?! And of course, she has to have a birthday hat on, so I grabbed one from the new Playground Pals set, it is a little small for her, but she is making it work! ;)
 

I started off by stamping the hat, making it off and then stamping the cow. The mask was removed and then both images coloured with Copic markers (the colours used are listed below the supplies section). The image was then fussy cut out with scissors and set aside. For my background, I took a piece of white cardstock and placed the MFT Radiating Rays stencil on top. Using daubers, I went to town creating a rainbow using almost every colour of Distress Ink I own!
 
 
Once my rainbow was complete, I removed the stencil and cut the piece down slightly. I spritzed on some water, let sit for about 30 seconds and them removed it with a paper towel. This would work better if using Bristol cardstock or watercolour paper but since I was using regular cardstock, I had to be careful with how much water I used. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Scrumptious Birthday Sentiments set on top, using black ink. The piece was added to a black A2 card base with ATG and then the cow added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added black Nuvo Drops to her eyes and Crystal Glaze to the hat.
 
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: Cow - N10, N7, N5, N3, N0, E02, E01, E00, E000, E23, E21. Hat - BG07, BG05, BG75.
 
I had great fun creating this card, my desk looked like a rainbow with all those ink pads out! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a fabulous weekend!

8 February 2018

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog sharing a card using the new Come Fly With Me Stamp Set. I kept the card really simple and just did some emboss resist with watercolours. I actually only used one colour of paint, as it is a really interesting paint and has lots of texture to it.



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.
 

Because of the texture in the paint, it did make this card rather difficult to photograph but it is pretty in real life! For more details on the card, please head over to the blog post. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a lovely day!

7 February 2018

Using Ornate Frames In A Clean & Simple Way

Hello there, today I am using the November 2017 Spellbinders Large Die Of The Month Club Kit. It is called Holiday Frame and it is so pretty. I love the frames in the kit and I thought it would be nice to show that although they are quite ornate in style, you can still use them in a clean and simple way, if you wanted to.
 

My first card uses the circle shape frame. I created a background using alcohol inks on Yupo paper. I used Honeycomb, Peach Bellini and Valenia to get an ombre look. The piece was then die cut. I also cut a second piece from white cardstock. I took the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Scripty Birthday Stamp Set and stamped this with Versamark Ink on to the centre of the die cut. I applied white embossing powder and heat set.
 
 
The Yupo piece was adhered to the white cardstock piece for extra stability and then I added foam tape to the back. I added score lines to a white 5 x 5" card base (sadly they do not show up in the photo but they do add a little extra something to the finished card in real life) and then added the die cut on top. To finish off, I added a few 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.
 
 
My second card uses the larger of the frames. For this one, I went with shades of blues and purples for the alcohol ink background.
 

I used Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Indigo and Purple Twlight. I die cut the frame from the piece and then die cut the frame a further three times from white cardstock. These were layered up with Multi Medium Matte glue.
 
 
I adhered the frame piece on to a white 6" x 4" white card base. I then took the sentiments from the Mama Elephant Many Thanks Stamp Set and stamped these on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. These were added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few 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.
 
 
The frames cut beautifully using the Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting & Embossing Machine, which Spellbinders kindly sent me to try out. I love it so far. It is a wonderful machine! Do check out the Spellbinders Die Of The Month Club Kits. They are great value for money. You can subscribe here but can also find older kits in their shop too :) Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a wonderful day!

6 February 2018

Magical Birthday

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new Fairy Tale Mermaid set from Clearly Besotted. I know that it was a favourite with a lot of you in the last release and I know why. She is beautiful!
 

I took a panel of white cardstock and cut her out using a stitched square die. I then stamped her out on to the panel, masked her off and stamped the seaweed piece so that it is behind the stone. I then went to town colouring her with Copic Markers. I also added some dots with Copic Spica glitter pens to her tail. The colours I used for all of the Copics are below the supplies section.
 
 
The sentiment from the set was stamped in the upper right of the panel. I took some MFT Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Pastels paper and added this to the front of a white 4.75" x 4.75" card base. I then added the stamped panel on top with a piece of foam sheet and double sided 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: Skin - E70, E13, E11, E00, E50, R20. Hair - E49, E59, E25, E23, E21. Top - BG49, BG13, BG11. Tail - BG13, BG11, BG10, 08 Spica, BV11, BV01, BV00, BV000, 01 Spica, 13 Spica. Rock - T7, T5, T3, T2, T1. Seaweed - G46, G43, G40. Sand - E44, E43, E42, E41, E40. Water - B01, B00, B000, B0000.
 
I had a lot of fun colouring her! I was tempted to colour her hair purple but as you can see, went with brown in the end! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a fabulous day!

5 February 2018

Hero Arts February 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the February 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It is called The Spoken Bird and it is fabulous! It can be used for so many occasions. Since I focussed my countdown cards on the main kit, I thought I would focus my projects today and two of the fabulous add-on products, as well as the sentiments in the main kit stamp set.
 
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.
 
For my first project, I thought I would make a tag, using the wonderful hummingbirds set.
 
 
I started off by cutting the tag using the Nesting Tag Infinity Dies (I used the second largest size) from watercolour paper. I blended over Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, focussing most of the colour in the upper right of the tag. I splattered over some water and set aside to dry. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from the main kit stamp set in black ink on the top left of the tag.
 
 
I took the hummingbird from the set and stamped this with Intense Black on to white cardstock. I also stamped three of the flower image too. These were coloured with Copic Markers, added some glitter details to the flowers and Aqua Shimmer to the bird's wings (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). They were fussy cut out with scissors (there are dies available) and added to the tag with foam tape. To finish off, I added some 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: Hummingbird - V28, V25, V22, B04, B02, B01, B00, BG13, BG11, BG10, C5, C3. Flowers - V17, V15, V12, Spica 01 Lavender, 13 Lilac.
 
My second project uses the Paper Layering Feather die. In my mind, it was just crying out to be used in a rainbow!
 

I started off by cutting the die five times from Bristol cardstock. I used Distress Inks to apply colour to the die cuts. I used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry for the pink, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade for the orange, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for the green, Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon for the blue and finally, Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet for the purple. I splatted on water and set aside to dry.
 
 
I added a piece of Decorative Woodgrain Cardstock to a white A2 card base and then added the feathers on top with foam tape. The ' sending you sunshine' sentiment is from the main kit. I stamped it with Versamark Ink on to black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then 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.

 
THE KIT:

The February 2018 MMH kit contains a 6" x 8" clear stamp set, 24 coordinating dies, 3 ink cubes (Nest, Robin's Egg and Feather), 2 sheets of Stone woodgrain cardstock, 2 sheets of Bubinga woodgrain cardstock and 2 mini grapevine wreaths.
 
 
The value of the kit is $70 but you can get it for an amazing $34.99 (approx. £26 depending on exchange rate). Remember the kits are limited edition and often sell out quickly. You can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit. International subscribers get a discount on shipping too!
 
There are lots of wonderful add-on products this month. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. here is a look at them:
 

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

Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one lucky winner, selected from all the comments left across all the blogs in the hop. The giveaway closes Sunday, February 11th at 11.59pm EST and the winner will be announced the following week. If the winner has already bought the kit, they will be reimbursed for it.
 
The next person in the hop is the fabulous Ilina. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop!

3 February 2018

Dino-Mite Birthday

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new You're Dino-Mite Stamp Set from Clearly Besotted. Oh my cuteness! I love this set! How adorable are those dinosaurs?
 

I started off by stamping the dinosaurs in the set on to white cardstock using black ink. I then coloured them with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and fussy cut them out with scissors (there are dies available). I took a panel of white cardstock and cut circles from it using the SSS Stitched Circles die set. I took a panel of Bristol cardstock and blended Distress Inks on to it in the areas that the circle windows are. I used Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon for the blue, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for the green and Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade for the orange.
 
 
I flicked on some water and set aside to dry. Once dry, I added the panel to a white A2 card base. The window piece was then added on top. I took the sentiment from the set and stamped this using Versamark Ink on to black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was added to the card with foam tape and then the dinosaurs were also added with foam tape. To finish off, I added Crystal Glaze to the spots on the dinosaurs.
 
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: Blue dinosaur - B06, B04, B01, Y17, Y13, Y11. Orange dinosaur - YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12, Y17, Y13, Y11. Green dinosaur - YG09, YG07, YG06, YG01, YG000, YG21.
 
I love how this card came out, bright and fun! Have you seen what my Clearly Besotted Teamies have been up to? Please do check out Stephanie and Keren's blogs. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

2 February 2018

The Spoken Bird | Hero Arts MMH February 2018

Hello there, today I am kicking off the countdown to the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit for February 2018. I am sharing two cards over on the Hero Arts blog using the main stamp set from the kit. It is a fabulous bird themed kit and perfect for so many occasions.
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Please head over to the blog for more details on the cards and to enter for a chance to win a kit. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a lovely day!

1 February 2018

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted February 2018 Release Preview

Hello there, today is release day over at Clearly Besotted. It is a wonderful release and I am sharing a look at it with you today. All of the items release at 10am GMT today and are available to purchase at Clearly Besotted Stamps (UK based, ships almost worldwide) and Simon Says Stamp (US based, ships worldwide).
 
 
In the video, I share a look at the new stamps and also share a few of my projects with you. I will share these projects in full here on my blog over the next two weeks. Here is a look at the new release:
 



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.
 

What do you think of the release? The stamps are adorable aren't they? What will you be buying? Thank you so much for popping by to see me today. I hope you have a great day!

31 January 2018

Piggy Thanks

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Lovely Piggies stamp set from Mama Elephant. I was kindly given this for Christmas from a wonderful friend. I love pigs so this set is perfect for me!
 

I started off by stamping one of the pigs from the set on to white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured her in using Copic Markers, adding a little glitter pen to her dress and bow in her hair. I then fussy cut the image out using scissors.
 
 
I took a panel of grey cardstock and scored some lines on to it using my score board and bone folder.  I then took the sentiment from the Mini Messages set and stamped this on to the panel with more black ink. The panel was added to a white A2 card base with ATG and then the piggy was added with foam tape. To finish off, I added Crystal Glaze to her nose and hair bow.
 
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 MARKER: Pig - R30, R20, R000. Bow and dress - V17, V15, V12.
 
Sadly the scoring lines do not show up well in the photos but they do give that added bit of interest to a clean and simple card. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a wonderful day!
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