21 April 2017

VIDEO | Craft Room Progress

Hello there, I made a quick vlog style video to share on my You Tube channel about how my craft room is progressing. I thought I would share it here too. Although things are going a lot slower than I originally expected (and hoped!), there is progress! Yay!
 
 
I have all the walls painted. Although, I loved the blue I had, I wanted a lighter colour to brighten things up. I love the colour I chose which is an exact match for MFT's Sno Cone colour. I got a new carpet and finally my windows got installed. I am still waiting to get some blinds fitted and then once they are done, I will be back in properly. In the mean time, I have made two new pieces of furniture - a small Alex unit and a Hemnes cabinet (both from Ikea). You can see how I am getting on in the video:
 


As you can see, I have my stamps in my new unit (I still need to label everything though) and I am slowly getting my cardstock in. Although I really want to get back in as quickly as possible, I do actually like the process of organising! I hope you will bear with me a bit longer with my sporadic blog posts and lack of videos. Thanks for popping by today, see you soon!

18 April 2017

My Monthly Hero International Shipping

Hello there, today I have an exciting announcement to share. Hero Arts have reduced their international shipping for My Monthly Hero Kit subscribers.


If you subscribe to the kit, shipping internationally will now be $9.99 for my UK peeps, that is approx. £7.95 (depending on exchange rate) which I think is an exceptional shipping cost :)
 
The even better news? you can add your add-ons in to that same parcel for the same shipping cost. If you love the kits but have been put off subscribing due to the postage, I hope you will now think again about it.
 
The new rate applies to the May kit,  you need to sign up by April 19th to receive the May kit. Nothing has changed for US subscribers, shipping is still free!
 
You can learn more about the subscription service HERE and subscribe HERE. Thanks for popping by today. I hope you have a great day!

16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Hello there and happy Easter to you! Today I have a card to share using the adorable Hoppy Easter Bunny Wobble stamp from Stamping Bella. I thought the image would be really cute for an Easter card to my mum.


I started off by stamping the image on to a piece of white cardstock, using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. The individual egg and grass are separate stamps, so I masked these off as I went to create a little trail of eggs. The sentiment in the set reads 'hoppy Easter' which is cute but I wanted a 'happy' one so I took the sentiment from the Easter Bunny Chick set instead.


The image was coloured using Copic Markers. I then added clear Wink of Stella to the eggs and then for the chocolate ones, I added on white dots with a gel pen. I took a white 5.25" square card base and added a piece of Doodlebug patterned Paper on to the front panel. The image piece was then added on top with foam sheet.


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.



COPIC MARKERS - Bunny: C5, C3, C1, C0, R00, R000. Daffodils: Y35, Y18, Y13, Y11. YG17, YG23, YG03. Bag: BG57, BG53. Easter Eggs: R85, R83, R81. E25, E23, E51. Grass: YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Sky: B00, B000, B0000, 0.

I am sure I have said this many times but I love Stamping Bella images! They are so lovey to colour! Thanks so much for popping by today. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Easter weekend.

13 April 2017

Mother's Day Flowers

Hello there, today I have the card to share that I made for my mum for Mother's Day (we celebrated it here in the UK about two weeks ago). My mum loves flowers so I decided to use the WPlus9 Kind Soul stamp set for her card. I just love WPlus9's florals!
 

I started off by taking a piece of white cardstock and stamped the flowers on to it using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then stamped the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted All Occasion Sentiments Stamp Set below. The image was then coloured using Copic Markers. I also added a soft blue halo around the image to help it pop.
 
 
The image panel was simply added to a white A2 card base with ATG. To finish off, I added PPP Sparkling Clear sequins and a little clear Wink of Stella to the centres of the purple flowers.
 
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.


 
COPIC MARKERS: Purple flowers - V09, V06, V05, V04, V01, Y13. Pink flowers - R85, R83, R81. Leaves - YG67, YG17, YG23, YG03. Shadow/halo - B00, B000, B0000, 0.
 
A bit of a simple card but my mum liked it so that's what matters! :) Thanks so much for visiting me today. I  hope you have a great week!

11 April 2017

Succulent Trio

Hello there, today I am sharing a card over on the Hero Arts Blog using the gorgeous Succulent Trio stamp set. These are wood mounted stamps and they are so cute! I stamped them on to Kraft paper and coloured them using colour pencils.
 
 
The Hero Arts Kraft Layering Paper works really well with colour pencils as it has a little bit of a texture to it. You can see the post over on the blog HERE. Thank you so much for popping by today. I hope you have a great rest of the day!

7 April 2017

To A Fungi

Hello there, today I have a fun card to share that I made for my Dad for his birthday. My friend Kari kindly sent me this Lawn Fawn stamp set last year and I have been eager to use it ever since. I thought my dad might appreciate the pun!
 

I started off with a panel of white cardstock and stamped the middle mushroom/toadstool first. I then created a mask for him and added this on top. I then stamped a mushroom to either side of him and removed the mask. The sentiment was then stamped below.
 
 
Since I wanted the middle mushroom to be the fun guy, I coloured him like a toadstool with colour and kept the other two muted with greys, like normal mushrooms. The card panel was simply added to a red A2 card base with foam sheet. I then added a coating of Glossy Accents to the toadstool (not shown in the photograph as I was short of time to get the card posted in the mail!).
 
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.


 
COPIC MARKERS: Mushrooms - W7, W5, W3, W2, W1, W0. Toadstool - E59, E57, E55, R89, R37, R29, R27, R24.
 
Unfortunately, the set was a Scrapbook.com exclusive and has now been discontinued. I try my best not to use discontinued products on my blog but I hope you will be ok with me sharing the card. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and wonderful weekend!

5 April 2017

Absolutely Fabulous

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the fabulous Dress Up Stamp & Cut from Hero Arts. It was released on Monday as an amazing add-on for the April My Monthly Hero Kit. Unlike the kit itself, this set is not limited edition. Like the stamps in the main kit, you can build women and girls in this set using the stamps and dies. I wanted to show another way of using it though, by just using the girl's top half!
 

I started off by taking a strip of white cardstock and stamping the girls head and top half of her body on to it using Intense Black Ink. I then stamped her face separately (you can mix and match faces too, which is really fun!). I stamped one of the sentiments from the set beside her and then coloured her with Copic Markers.
 
 
I took a piece of the teal cardstock from the MMH kit and stamped the Confetti Bold Prints stamp on to this using Tide Pool ink. This piece was then added to a white 4-bar notecard with ATG. I took a strip of black shimmery paper (also from the MMH kit) and added this on top. I then added the image panel 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 letters below the product to shop at your favourite store - Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Hero Arts (HA), Seven Hills Crafts (SHC) Amazon (AZ) etc.
 


 
COPIC MARKERS: Face - E13, E11, E00, E000, R20. Hair - E27, E25, E23. Top - BG18, BG13, BG01.
 
It is such a cute little set. I am really looking forward to having a play with it using the die for the skirt too! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a fabulous rest of the week!

3 April 2017

April My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today I have the pleasure of taking part in the Hero Arts April My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop. The kit releases today and I have to say, it's a great one! Like I said in my post on Friday, it's especially good for all the women in our lives and for my cards today, I went with a friendship theme. I have focussed on using the main stamp set in the kit which is a fab DIY person set. You can create women with different heads, outfits, arms, feet etc. It is a lot of fun!
 
If you are following along with the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Libby. If you get lost a long the way, I have a full list of participants below.


For my first card, I started off with a piece of white cardstock and stamped the head, top, jeans and feet to create my woman. These stamps are really quite easy to line up but I did use a stamp positioning tool to help me out. These were all stamped using Intense Black Ink. I then coloured the image with Copic Markers.


The sentiment, from the Dress Up Stamp & Cut (a fabulous add-on that can be purchased separately), was stamped to the side. The panel was then cut down to 3.5" x 4.75" and added to a card base made using the teal cardstock included in the kit, 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.



COPIC MARKERS: Skin - E13, E11, E00, E000, R20. Hair - E23, E25, E27, E49. Top - BG78, BG57, BG18, BG13, BG01. Trousers - T10, T8, T7, T6. Ground - W5, W3, W1.


Since I had so much fun building the woman using the stamps, I decided to create another. Again, I mixed and matched her head, top, arms, skirt and legs. When stamping the legs, I did mask off the skirt to make the legs fit a little better. The image was coloured with Copic Markers. This time I went for a softer look, just adding a slight bit of colour to each part of her.


The sentiment, from the same main stamp set, was stamped next to her using Intense Black Ink and Ultra Pink Ink. I took a white 4" x 5.25" card base and added a panel of the gorgeous shimmery pink cardstock that comes in the kit on top. The image panel was then added 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.



COPIC MARKERS: Skin - E11, E00, E000. Hair - E55, E53. Skirt - RV55, RV52. Ground - W3, W1, W0.
 
THE KIT:

The MMH kit contains:
1 6"8" Clear stamp set
18 Coordinating frame cuts dies
1 bottle Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops
3 Ink cubes (Lavender, Teal, Midnight)
2 half sheets Onyx shimmer cardstock
2 half sheets Pink shimmer cardstock
2 half sheets Tiffany Blue cardstock
18" long pearl string
Themed paper clips
 
That is a whopping $70 worth of product fro only $34.99 (approx. £28.00). It is limited edition so grab one while you can. You can also subscribe to the kit so that you do not miss out.
 
There are also several great add-on products this month. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from any Hero Arts retailer.



 
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 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, April 9th at 11.59pm EST. The winner will be announced the following week.
 
As you can see, I am last in the hop. I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the inspiration throughout the hop. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great rest of the day!
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