15 January 2018

Beautiful Bouquet

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the new Bouquet stamp from Hero Arts. This wood mounted stamp was released as part of the January My Monthly Hero release and it is so beautiful.
 
 
I started off by stamping the bouquet on to a piece of white cardstock using Intense Black Ink. I then coloured the image with Copic Markers, adding a little blue around the outsides. The colours I used can be found below the supplies section. I then took a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen and added shimmer details to the flowers. The panel was adhered to a black A2 card base with ATG.
 
 
I took the 'happy birthday' sentiment from the Eat Cake All Day Stamp & Cut and stamped this on to a piece of black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. The piece was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added three Ice Cube Jewels around the sentiment piece with Multi Medium Matte adhesive.  
 
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 - Large leaves: BG75, BG72, BG70. Small leaves: G43, G40. Purple flowers: V28, V25, V22. Heather: V12. Pink Flowers: R85, R83, R81. Shadow: B000, B0000, 0.
 
Thank you so much for popping by to see me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous week!

13 January 2018

When Is A Magnolia Not A Magnolia?

... when it is purple, I guess! ;) Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Magnolia Moments stamp set from Clearly Besotted, which is a stamp layering set. I do usually gravitate towards outline images as I love to colour, but these stamp sets are so easy to line up and I love the added details on these. They also make for quick and easy cards.
 

I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and stamped the bottom layer of the magnolia petals first. I used my Mini MISTI to stamp everything and it helped a lot. I stamped both of the flowers first. I used Altenew's Soft Lilac for the bottom layer and then Deep Iris for the second. I stamped the stamens with Midnight Violet. These were then masked off and the branch piece stamped. I used PTI Kraft for the branch portion and Altenew's Frayed Leaf for the leaves. The second layer for the leaves was stamped with Altenew's Forest Glades. The masks were then removed.
 
 
I took the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame Dies and cut the panel out with it, using the centre portion for my images. I then cut three of the frames from white cardstock. I added the image panel on to a white card base with tape runner and then stacked the frames up around it (so that they are three in height). I took the sentiment from the Tiny Type set and stamped this on to a strip of black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few PPP Sparkling Clear Confetti and then Aqua Shimmer pen to the stamens.
 
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.
 
 
As you can see, I used a bit of artistic licence with the colour of the magnolias. I thought they would look nice in purples, even if that is not their natural colour. I apologise for the grey tint in the photos but it so dark here. I am so looking forward to getting closer to spring/summer and getting some better lighting! Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

11 January 2018

You're My Tweetheart

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog sharing a card made using the new Love Birds Stamp & Cut that was released as an add-on for the January My Monthly Hero Kit. The birds are just so cute! I decided to colour them like parakeets as we have some living in the trees where I live.
 
 
 
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, &Y03, YG01, YG00, Y11, E43, E50.
 
Obviously parakeets are not native to London but there is a rumour that they escaped from Isleworth Studios in the 1950s and have been breeding ever since. They are lovely to look at but they do make  a lot of noise! For more information on how I made the card, please head over to the blog post. Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a lovely day!

8 January 2018

Hero Arts January 2018 My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the January 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It is lovely love themed kit which is perfect for Valentine's Day but can be used all year round too. 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.
 

As much as I like the main kit, I couldn't help but use one of the add-ons for my cards today. The Love Bandit set is just so cute and I love that it can also be used for Valentine's cards or as I have used it, for general all occasion cards. My first card uses the raccoon holding the bunch of flowers. I started off by stamping him in Intense Black on to white cardstock. He was then coloured in using Copic Markers and fussy cut out with scissors (there are coordinating dies available, I just do not have them yet).
 
 
I then took a panel of white cardstock and scored lines on to it using my score board. I used to do this a lot but haven't in a while and then I saw Yana do it recently and it encouraged me to try it again. I love the look! This panel was added to a white A2 card base and then I added the raccoon on with foam tape. I took the 'thanks' sentiment from the Many Everyday Messages set, stamped it with Versamark Ink on to a strip of black cardstock and added white embossing powder. The powder was heat set and then the strip added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Ice Cube jewels and black glaze pen on the raccoon's eyes and nose.
 
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: Raccoon - W8, W6, W5, W3, W1, W0. Flowers - RV55, G43.
 
 
I kept my next card very simple too and used the same design. This time, I used one of the raccoons holding the heart. I stamped him out and coloured with Copic Markers too. He was fussy cut out and set aside. I took another panel of white cardstock and stamped the Hugs and Kisses Message on to it using black ink.
 
 
I took the panel and again added score lines with my score tool and a bone folder. This time, I made sure to score up to the sentiment stamp but not over it. The panel was added to an A2 white card base and then the raccoon added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added shimmer pen to the heart and Crystal Glaze to the raccoon's eyes and nose. I love the different look of the scoring lines. One is embossed and one is de-bossed. I think I like them both equally.
 
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: Raccoon - W8, W6, W5, W3, W1, W0, R12, R00. Heart - V17, V15, V12.
 
THE KIT:

The January 2018 kit contains the 4" x 6" Layered on Love clear stamp set, four coordinating dies, 4 ink cubes (Passion Flower, Red Royal, Navy and Mulled Wine), 2 sheets of decorative paper, 3 sheets of cardstock, heart sequin mix and Pink Prisma embossing powder.
 
 

That is an amazing $62 worth of products for only $34.99 (approximately £25.80 depending on exchange rate). Remember that the kits are limited edition and often sell out very quickly. You can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit. International kit subscribers also receive money off shipping too!
 
There are lots of fabulous add-on products that you can purchase this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from the Hero Arts store or your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:
 
 
VIDEO HOP:

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

Hero Arts are giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader, selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Be sure to comment on all of the stops for more chances to win. Giveaway closes Sunday, January 14th at 11.59pm EST and the winner will be announced the following week. If the winner has already purchased the kit, they will be reimbursed for it.
 
The next person on the hop is the fabulous Libby. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a fabulous day!

6 January 2018

January 2018 MMH | Love You So Much

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts blog sharing a card using the January 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It releases on Monday, 8th January and is a fabulous love themed kit.
 
 
As you can see, I kept my card very clean and simple. I love the layering love word from the stamp set. You can find out more about how I made the card over on the Hero Arts Blog. Have a great weekend! See you on Monday for the release and hop.
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