16 July 2018

Hang In There

Hello there, today I have a card to share using stamps from a new company - Alpaca Pals. These stamps are designed by the amazing artist Tracey Hey who has an alpaca farm down in Dorset (hence the name!). Tracey kindly sent me some of her stamps to play with, so I will be sharing some cards with them this week and I'll have a giveaway at the end of the week too.
 

My first card uses the fabulous Koality Stamp Set. I took a panel of white cardstock and stamped the koala in the tree image with Memento Tuxedo Black. I then die cut the panel using a SSS Stitched Rectangle die. I took the sentiment from the set and stamped this below the koala.
 
 
The image was then coloured using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). The panel was simply added to a black A2 card base with foam sheet and DST.
 
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: Koala - W7, W5, W3, W1, R000. Tree - E59, E57, E55, YG17, YG25, YG03, YG01.
 
Isn't that koala adorable?! There is another koala image in the set plus lots of sentiments too, so they can be used for lots of different occasions. For more inspiration using the Alpaca Pals stamps, please head over to Tracey's website and Facebook page. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful week!

15 July 2018

Waving Hello From My Treehouse

Hello there, today I have another card using stamps from Purple Onion Designs. The thing that I love most about the stamps from POD, is that you can create your own scenes using them easily. Today I have combined the Treehouse with Oscar (sitting fox), along with the snail from the Garden Bugs set.
 

I started off by stamping the treehouse on to a panel of white cardstock. This was then cut down using a SSS Stitched Square die before colouring with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). The treehouse is actually a winter stamp, there is snow on the mushrooms/toadstools and also along some of the bottom of the tree trunk. Since I wanted a summer feel for my card, I tried to cover them up!
 
 
I then stamped and coloured the snail and fox images. These were fussy cut out and added to the panel with thin foam tape. The whole panel was then added to a 4.5" x 4.5" white card base with foam sheet and DST. I took the sentiment from the Journey Sentiments Set and stamped this with Versamark Ink on to black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more thin 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: Treehouse - E59, E57, E55, E53, B000, V15, V12. Grass - YG17, YG25, YG03, YG01. Stones - C5, C3, C1. Sky - B00, B000, B000. Mushroom/Toadstool - R89, R37, R27, R24. Snail - V17, V15, V12, BG72, BG70. Fox - E19, E09, E08, E13, E51, E50, V17, V15, V12.
 
I realised after I had taken the photo, that I forgot to add the white dots on to the mushroom/toadstool. I have done that now! All stamps over at Purple Onion Designs are now 25% off until the 22nd July 2018. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today, I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

13 July 2018

Peep + POD Sale News

Hello there, today I am using the super cute Peep stamp, along with the Blossoming Perch from Purple Onion Designs. They are so sweet together!


I started off by stamping the branch on to a panel of white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help with placement (since the stamps are red rubber), I stamped the bird (known as Peep) so that he is standing on the branch. I then stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Occasions Sentiments set below.


The images were coloured using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and I added a few details and highlights with a white gel pen. The panel was then simply added to a white A2 card base with foam sheet and DST.


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: Bird - B79, B69, B66, B63, B60, YR24. Branch - E57, E57, E53, YG17, YG23, YG01, Y17, V15, V12.

Good news! All stamps over at Purple Onion Designs are 25% off from now until Sunday, 22nd July 2018. So if you have been putting off making an order, now is the time to do it!


For more inspiration using Purple Onion Designs stamps, head over to the blog. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

12 July 2018

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, I am delighted to be taking part in the Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop today. We are all focusing on colouring with Altenew Artist Markers. As you may know, I love colouring. I also suffer with some health conditions and I find that it really is a form of therapy for me.
 

My card uses the beautiful Fresh Freesia set. I started off by stamping the image on to a panel of white cardstock with Fog ink. I wanted a light ink for a no-line look. Using the Altenew Artist Markers Set A (I used just the blues and greens from the set), I coloured the image in, adding the darker colour first and blending out with the lighter. I only used two shades for each section (the exact colours are listed below the supplies section).
 
 
I took a bit of artistic licence with using blues for the petals, but I just love blue flowers, even if most of them only exist in my imagination! The sentiment from the set was stamped using black ink and then the panel was added to an A2 white card base with foam sheet and DST. To finish off, I added a few sequins around the image.
 
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.
 
 
ALTENEW ARTIST MARKERS: Petals - B313, B201. Leaves and stem - G715, G702.
 
BLOG HOP:
 
 
If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from Lilith Eeckles. The next stop on the hop is the amazing Nina-Marie Trapani. If you get lost along the way, please head over to the Altenew Card Blog.
 
GIVEAWAY:

Altenew are giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or the Altenew Scrabook Blog by Wednesday, July 18th for a chance to win. The six winners will be announced on the Altenew Blogs on the 22nd July 2018.
 
I also have a $20 gift certificate to Altenew to give away too! All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by 17th July 2018 at 23.59hrs BST. I will announce the winner on the 18th July 2018. Good luck!
 
Additionally, there is a promotion going on to save 15% off on all Artist Marker purchases with the code HAPPYCOLORS. The code is valid until the 15th July 2018 at 11.59pm EDT.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day and happy colouring!

10 July 2018

Congrats

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Pink Avenue stamp set and dies from Pink & Main. It is such a cute set filled with little images to create street/house scenes. I thought the little car/vehicle and trees would make a cute little card for someone who has just passed their driving test.
 

I started off by stamping the car and trees using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on to white cardstock. These were coloured with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and die cut with the coordinating Pink Avenue dies. I took a panel of white cardstock and added a strip of post-it tape to mask off a section to create a sky. I took Broken China Distress Oxide ink and softly blended this above the tape.
 
 
The tape was removed and the sentiment (I had to do some masking to get the congrats word only) stamped towards the top. I then added the panel to a white A2 card base with foam sheet and DST. The car and trees were then added on top with a combination of foam tape and tape runner.
 
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: Car - V17, 15, V12, C8, C5, C3, C1, C0, B0000. Trees - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01, E57, E55.
 
How cute is that little car? Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day!

8 July 2018

Reverse Confetti July 2018 Release Blog Hop

Hello there, I am delighted to be hopping with Reverse Confetti for their July 2018 Release today. It is a fabulous release and I have three cards to share with you, using three of the new sets. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the wonderful Kathy, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

My first card uses the Greatest Adventure stamp set and coordinating dies. I started off by stamping the racoon and fox in the boat image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on to white cardstock. I coloured the image using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and cut out with the coordinating Greatest Adventure Confetti Cuts.
 
 
I took the (already released) Stitched Rays Cover Panel Die and die cut this from white cardstock. Using a blending tool, I blended Squeezed Lemonade and Broken China Distress Oxide inks on to the panel. I then stamped the sentiment below. I adhered the panel to a white A2 card base with tape runner and then added the image on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added Raindrops with liquid glue around the image. Aren't these guys so cute? :)
 

My next card uses the Mod Floral Stack stamp set. It is such a pretty set with different sized petal/leaf shaped images. I just used one size and stamped these on to a panel of white cardstock. I used Altenew Dew Drops, Aqualicious and Teal Caves ink and overlapped the images so that it looks like a tulip head.
 
 
I took the 'happiest wishes to you' sentiment from the set and masked off the 'to you' part before stamping with black ink below the petal image. The panel was added to a white A2 card base with foam sheet and DST. To finish off, I added a couple of Shimmering Pool Jewels.
 

My final card uses The Most Beauty stamp set. This is a wonderful sentient set. I first took a panel of white cardstock and using an ink blending tool, blended Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks through the Leaf Lattice Stencil. The stencil was removed to leave a pretty leaf pattern on the cardstock.
 
 
I took one of the sentiments from the set and stamped this on to the panel with black ink. The panel was then added to a white A2 card base with foam sheet and DST. To finish off, I added a few raindrops.
 
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: Racoon - W8, W5, W3, W2, W1, W0, Y17, Y13. Fox - E09, E08, E19, E13, E51, 0. Boat - E59, E57, E55, B28, B23, B21. Oar - E55, E53, E50. Fish - YG23, YG01.
 
BLOG HOP:
 
 
Here is the full list of participants in the hop today:
 
Michelle Short - you are here!
 
As you can see, the next person on the hop is the fabulous Audrey. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a wonderful rest of the weekend!

6 July 2018

Peony Thanks

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the beautiful Japanese Peony stamp from Studio Katia. If you watched my June haul video, you would have seen a sneak peek of this card already!


I started off by stamping the peony in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured it using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). I die cut it out using the coordinating die and set it aside.
 
 
I took the Halftone Dots Cover Die and die cut this from black cardstock. I added it to a black A2 card base with liquid glue. I then took the Giving Thanks dies and die cut the shadow of the thanks word with Vellum and the outline with white cardstock. I added Stick It to the back of this before I die cut. I removed the backing of the Stick It and added this to the shadow.
 
 
I adhered the peony to the card base with thin foam pads. I then added the thanks word on top, half with liquid glue and half with the thin foam pads. To finish off, I added Sparkling Crystals around the flower with 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.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: R89, R85, R83, R81, YR12, Y11. G46, G43, G40.
 
I love that large peony image and I think it would be perfect to colour with lots of different colouring mediums too! Thank you so much for popping in today to see me, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.

5 July 2018

Hay Party Pig

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts blog sharing a card using the new Hay Party Animals set that was released as an add-on with this month's My Monthly Hero Kit. I love pigs, so of course I had to use the pig image on my 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.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: RV42, E01, R01, E000.

For more details on how I made the card, please head over to the blog post. Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

4 July 2018

Tiny Tortoise

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new Tiny Tortoise set from Clearly Besotted. This is definitely one of my most simplest cards but I really like how it turned out, the tortoise is so cute!
 

I started off by taking an A2 white card base and stamped the bodies of the tortoise's with MFT Sour Apple ink. I left them to dry a little before stamping the shell using MFT Gumdrop Green Ink. These are really easy to line up. I used the Mini MISTI but acrylic blocks would work just as well. I then stamped their faces in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
 
 
I took the party hat and stamped this using MFT Berrylicious Ink. To finish off, I added the sentiment from the set below in Tuxedo Black Ink.
 
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 don't make true one layer cards that often but I really like the simplicity of this card. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day and happy 4th July/Independence Day to my friends across the pond!

2 July 2018

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

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the new My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts for the month of July. It is a fabulous kit this month featuring a funfair/county fair theme. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous May but if you get lost along the way, the full list of participants are below.


Both of my projects feature the main stamp set from the kit. My first uses the silhouette image of what we call here in the UK, a theme park. I think maybe it is called an amusement park in other countries? To start with, I took a panel of watercolour paper and using an ink blending tool blended inks over the top half of it. I used Broken China, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot to create night sky. I then took the silhouette image and stamped this along the middle of the panel with black ink.
 
 
I took the firework image from the stamp set and stamped this three times in the sky, with Versamark Ink. I applied Sparkle embossing powder and heat set. Although this doesn't show up that well front on, it looks wonderful when the light hits it! The panel was added to a white A2 card base with tape runner and then I added a panel of white cardstock below with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment on this from the Birthday Hugs & Kisses set (already released).

 
My next project is a simple tag featuring more stamps from the main kit stamp set. I took a piece of watercolour paper and die cut this using the second largest of the Tag Infinity Dies. I blended over Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet (I got this colour combination from Little Crafty Pill).

 
I then stamped the roller-coaster image at the bottom and one of the sentiments from the set at the top. To finish off, I added some black and white twine through the top. Simple as that!


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 July 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" clear stamp set, 10 coordinating Frame Cuts, 1 4.25" x 5.5" Fancy Die, 3 ink cubes (Reactive Red, Reactive Blue and Unicorn White Pigment) and 3 4" x 6" chipboard postcards. The kit contents value at $72 but you can get it all for $34.99 (approx. £28 depending on exchange rate).

Remember that the kits are limited edition and often sell out quickly. You can subscribe to the kit so that you never miss one (it starts with the August kit). There are some wonderful add-on products this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:



BLOG HOP:

Here is the full list of participants in the hop today:
 

GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one lucky blog hop reader - selected from all the comments left across all the stops in the hop. The more you comment, the more chance there is to win! One comment per blog. The giveaway closes Sunday, July 8th at 11.59pm EST. The winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog. Good luck!
 
Next on the hop is the fabulous Nichol. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a great day!

1 July 2018

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted July 2018 Release Preview

Hello there, today is THE day! The July 20187 release from Clearly Besotted will be available to purchase at 8pm BST/3pm EDT. It is a wonderful release with lots of sets to suit everyone. There are quite a lot of stamp layering sets this month, in case colouring is not your thing, but there are a few colouring sets too :)
 
 
You can purchase the new products directly from Clearly Besotted (UK based, ships almost worldwide) and also from Simon Says Stamp (US based, ships worldwide). The links to the products are below (the links will be live at release time), but first, here is a look at the new products and a recap of the cards I made:
 


(If you are viewing this post via subscription, you can see the video directly on YouTube here)
 
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.
 
 
What sets have caught your eye this month? I would love to know! Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a great day!

30 June 2018

My Monthly Hero Countdown | Hello There

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog sharing a look at the new My Monthly Hero Kit for July 2018. It has a wonderful funfair theme to it but I loved the look of this plane image so went with a simple hello card.
 
 
 
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: R89, R37, R27, R24, R14.
 
For more details on how I made the card, please head over to the blog post and remember to leave a comment over there for a chance to win a kit! Thank you so much for stopping by, hope you have a great rest of the day!
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