14 November 2018

40th Birthday Flowers

Hello there, today I have a card to share that I made back in August for my Sister-in-Law for her 40th Birthday. I am now finally getting around to sharing it.
 

I started off by stamping the WPlus9 Kind Soul flowers on to a panel of Fabriano watercolour paper with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. The panel was then coloured using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, a paintbrush and water (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). Once the panel was dry, I die cut it using the largest rectangle die in the Mama Elephant Cloud Nine die set.

 
I then took the Altenew Mega Numbers dies and die cut the 4 and 0 from the middle. I cut a further four numbers from white cardstock. I adhered the panel flat to an A2 white card base with tape runner and then stacked the white cardstock numbers up and added them in to the gaps. The image panel ones were added on top to complete the design through the panel.
 
 
I stamped the sentiment from the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 1 stamp set on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few 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.
 
 
ZIG CLEAN COLOR REAL BRUSH PENS: Pink flowers - Pink 025, Geranium Red 029. Purple flowers - Lilac 083, Violet 080. Leaves - Light Green 041, Turquoise Green 042. Blue - Light Blue 036.
 
Unfortunately I have only just got around to editing the photos and they are not the best, so I do apologise for that. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great day!

12 November 2018

Anniversary Sheep

Hello there, today I have a card to share that combines a few Clearly Besotted stamps to make a cute anniversary card.
 

I started off by stamping the sheep pair from the Kiss Me Quick stamp set on to a panel of white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I made a mask for these and added it on top of the stamped images on my panel. I then took the fence image from the Best Friends stamp set and stamped this either side of the sheep. I removed the mask and then stamped the sentiment below.
 
 
I first stamped the 'anniversary' from the new Occasion Calligraphy stamp set and then added the 'happy' from the new Modern Calligraphy Additions stamp set above. I love the combination of these fonts. I the scene was then coloured with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies area). The panel was then simply added to an A2 white 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: Sheep - W5, W3, W2, W1, W0, E53, E51, E50, R00. Fence - E43, E42, E41. Grass - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01, YG000. Sky - B000, B0000, 0.
 
Aren't those sheep just adorable? I love them! Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day and a wonderful week.

9 November 2018

Concord & 9th | Winter Wear

Hello there, I am delighted to be guest designing with Concord & 9th this month. What a wonderful release this month. I have had a lot of fun creating my cards and I am looking forward to sharing them with you. Today's cards feature the new Winter Wear stamp set and Swirl dies.


For my first card I started off by stamping the girl on to a panel of white cardstock. This Winter Wear stamp set is wonderful as you can mix and match the faces with the clothing accessories. I stamped the scarf first and then the girl's face with messy bun above. I took a craft knife and ruler and cut a line across. I then fussy cut around the girl with scissors to cut the top of the panel off. I stamped the sentiment from the set beside her. I then coloured the girl using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section).  


The panel was set aside while I worked on the background. I took a panel of watercolour paper and die cut the Swirl dies on to the top of it. You can use the dies in any combination but I kept them together as they come in the set. This gave a lovely swirly pattern. I took Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord Distress Inks and blended these on to the panel, to match the purple on the girl's scarf. I then spritzed this with shimmer spray. The panel was added to a white A2 card base and then the image panel added on top with foam tape.


My next card uses the swirl dies for a background again but this time, covering more of the card. I took a panel of watercolour paper and die cut the swirls on to it, leaving a space at the top for the sentiment. I blended Distress Inks on to the panel. I used Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and finally Seedless Preserves at the bottom. I then spritzed the panel with shimmer spray and set aside to dry.


Once dry, I took the sentiment from the Winter Wear stamp set and stamped this at the top using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I cut the panel down, popped the little dots pieces out and adhered this to an A2 white card base with 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: Girl skin - E13, E11, E00, E000, E50, R20. Hair - E49, E29, E27, E25, E23. Scarf - V17, V15, V12.

For more inspiration using the Winter Wear set, please head over to the blog to see what the other guest designers have done. Also, check out the rest of the C9 November release. It is wonderful! I will be sharing cards every Friday this month using them. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great rest of the day!

8 November 2018

Reverse Confetti November 2018 Blog Hop

Hello there, I am delighted to be hopping along with Reverse Confetti for their November release today. What a wonderful release! It is full of both winter/Christmas and every day stamp sets and dies. 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 adorable Snow Bunnies stamp set and dies. I started off by stamping the bunny and bird on the sled, as well as the clouds on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured them with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and die cut with the coordinating dies. I added Aqua Shimmer pen to the hats and then set them aside.

 
I took an A2 white card base and blended Distress Oxides on to it. I used Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac. I then stamped the snow flurries in Tumbled Glass ink. The bunny and two of the clouds were added to the card with foam tape and the final cloud added with tape runner. I took the sentiment from the set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied Detail White embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more foam tape.
 
 
My second card uses the super cute Furever Friends stamp set and dies. I started off by stamping the dog on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured him with Copic Markers and die cut him out with the coordinating dies. I then took the Dashed Line tag die and cut this from watercolour paper. I blended Distress Oxide inks on to it to create a grass and sky scene. I used Tumbled Glass for the sky and Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for the grass.


I took the sentiment from the stamp set and stamped this on to the bottom of the tag. The dog was then added on top with foam tape. I tied hemp twine through the top and added Crystal Glaze to the dog's nose. I took an A2 white card base and scored lines on to the front panel using a mini score board and bone folder. The tag was then added on top with more foam tape.


SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the cards. 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 - W5, W3, W2, W1, W0, R20, R01. Bird - B02, B00, B000, Y00. Hats and scarf - V25, V22, V20. Cup - R20, R01, R000. Sled - C5, C2. Clouds - B0000. Dog - E59, E57, E55, E53, E51, E50.


BLOG HOP:

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

Next in the hop is the wonderful Audrey. 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!

5 November 2018

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

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the Hero Arts November My Monthly Hero Kit. This kit is geared towards advents for Christmas but it can also be used in lots of other ways as you will see with my projects today. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Lydia, but if you get lost along the way, you can find the full list of participants below.
 

For my first project, I wanted to use the cling stamp that is in the kit, with the ornaments on. This is great combined with the die to create the advent windows but I wanted to use it simply for a card today. I started off by stamping it on to a panel of watercolour paper using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. I then blended on Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire. I sprayed the piece with White Iridescent Shimmer Spray and set aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, the piece was cut down in to a square. I created a mat for this from vellum and added these to an A2 white card base with foam tape. I took the sentiment from the Warm Animals set (which is an add-on set this month) and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. I then cut this in to a strip and added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added Frost and Blue Ombre sequins.
 
 
For my next project, I wanted to create tag using the clear stamp set that comes in the kit. I first die cut a Nesting Tag Die from red cardstock and took a number of the small images from the stamp set and stamped these on to the tag with Versamark Ink. I applied clear embossing powder and heat set. I then blended on Red Royal Ink around the edges of the tag to create some depth.
 
 
The sentiment from the Warm Animals set was stamped with Versamark Ink and white embossing powder was added before heat setting. This was cut in to a strip and added to the tag with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few jewels around the sentiment and twine (from the DIY Ornament Kit add-on) through the top 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.
 
 
THE KIT:
 
 
 
The November 2018 My Monthly Her Kit contains a 4" x 6" clear stamp set, 4.25" x 5.5" ornament background cling stamp, 4.25" x 5.5" Ornament Flap Fancy Die, Green-Gold embossing powder and gold embossing powder. All of this is worth $60 but you can get it for $34.99 (approximately £28 depending on exchange rate). The kits are limited edition and often sell out quickly. You can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit.
 
There are also some fabulous add-on products available 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 is the full list of participants in the hop:

Michelle Short - you are here
 
GIVEAWAY:
 
Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one lucky blog reader. The winner will be picked from the comments left across all of the stops in the hop. The giveaway closes Sunday 11th November 2018 at 11.59pm. The winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Good luck!
 
Next on the hop is the amazing Nichol. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great day!

4 November 2018

Spellbinders | Large Die of the Month Kit

Hello there, have you seen the November Large Die Of The Month Kit from Spellbinders? Spellbinders kindly sent me one to play with and let me tell you, it is wonderful! It is perfect for little  treats and gifts, which I love creating at Christmas time.


I started off by creating a card. I took a layer of white cardstock and die cut the inside tree image from this to create a window. I then took a panel of watercolour paper and blended blue Distress Inks on to it. I used Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and a little Black Soot at the bottom. I then spritzed this first with Shimmer Spray and then splattered on some drops of Perfect Pearls solution (I added gold Perfect Pearls with water and splattered on with a paintbrush).
 
 
The piece was set aside to dry and then added to a white A2 card base with tape runner. I applied foam tape to the back of the tree aperture panel and then added this on to the card base. I took the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Just Saying stamp set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then added to the card with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Gold Crystals to the ornaments on the tree.
 
 
My next project uses the dies that create the little box. It is so cute! I cut the box pieces with blue cardstock and then assembled, using 1/8" scor tape. Before adhering together completely, I added a strip of gold glitter paper to the front piece and cut off the sides to fit. I stamped the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Hippo Christmas stamp set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then cut this with the smallest of the label dies in the kit. This was added to the front of the box with foam tape. You could add any small items inside the box, I added a chocolate. I thought they would be good to add to the Christmas dinner table but you could also use them as advents and add numbers to the outside with the dies included in the kit.
 
 
Last but not least, I created a pyramid shaped gift box. There is a large tree/triangle shaped die in the kit that you can cut twice to enclose the little box that I shared above. I decided to cut it four times to create a little pyramid instead. I cut the die four times from vellum and attached them at the bottom using tape runner. I scored the stars at the top with a stylus tool so that I could fold them in half to make it easier to close the pyramid. I also cut a small hole in each of the stars to thread floss through.
 
 
I cut two squares from blue cardstock. I adhered one to the outside bottom of the pyramid and one in the inside of the pyramid. I cut the tree layer from blue cardstock that has Stick It adhesive on the back and added this to the front panel (I cut the ornaments off this time). I then stamped the Clearly Besotted sentiment again and die cut with the smaller label die. I also die cut the larger label die from gold glitter cardstock and added these to the front of the pyramid with foam tape. To finish off, I added a gold Lindt bear inside and tied up the pyramid with blue thread.
 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the projects. 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 had a lot of fun making these! For more information on how to put together the boxes, please take a look at this video from Spellbinders. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

1 November 2018

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted November 2018 Release Preview

Hello there, today I am here to share the November 2018 release from Clearly Besotted. You may have noticed that we did not do teaser countdown posts this month. This is because the release is sentiment based, so Jenny and Stephanie  kindly gave us the month off. I will be using these throughout the month and going forward, though. For some samples using them, please head over to Stephanie's blog.
 
 
The new release goes live tonight at 8pm GMT/4pm EDT. You can purchase the new sets from the Clearly Besotted shop (UK based, ships almost worldwide) and Simon Says Stamp (US based, ships worldwide). Here is a look at the new sets:
 


If you are viewing this post via email subscription, you can watch the video here on YouTube.
 
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.
 

 
How amazing are the sets? I love a good sentiment set and I am sure out of these, there will definitely be one or two that you will want! Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a great day!

31 October 2018

Simple Silhouette Scene

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog sharing a card I have made with the Color Layering Christmas Tree stamp set. Although this set is perfect for layering up to make a fun Christmas tree, I wanted to create a simple silhouette scene for 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.
 
 
I know that a lot of people struggle during Christmas and the holidays, so I thought this would be a nice card to send out. For more details on how I made the card, please see the blog post here. Thank you so much for stopping by today, have a great day!

29 October 2018

Christmas Bear

Hello there, today I have another Christmas card to share with you (sorry, I am hoping to get some other cards up soon but I am trying to make as many as possible at the moment!). Today I am using the super cute Polar Greetings set from Hero Arts, along with the Snowflake Pattern Bold Prints.


I started off by stamping the Snowflake Pattern Bold Prints on to aqua cardstock using Soft Pool ink. I cut this down and added it to the front of an A2 card base with tape runner. I thought this would make a nice background for the polar bear. I stamped the polar bear and hat from the Polar Greetings stamp set on to white cardstock with Intense Black Ink. I then coloured them using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section).
 
 
I die cut the polar bear using the coordinating die and then fussy cut the hat. This does have a die to match but I thought it looked better on the bear without the white outline. I took the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from the 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 strip and added to the card with thin foam tape. I then added the bear on top with normal thickness foam tape, as well as the hat with tape runner and foam tape. To finish off, I added glitter pen 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: Bear - E41, E40, 0. Hat - BG13, BG11, BG10.
 
I think the bear looks like he could be getting up to mischief this Christmas! ;) Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day!

26 October 2018

Christmas Deer

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Hero Arts Deer and Ornament Fancy Die. I fell in love with it when I made this card and wanted to create another with a watercolour background.
 

I started off by creating the watercolour background. I took a panel of Fabriano watercolour paper and applied clean water to it. I then added in pink and purples, aqua and blues to create an interesting background. I let the colours mix and then set aside to dry. Once dry, I messily added another layer to create more interest and depth of colour and set aside to dry again.
 
 
I took a panel of white cardstock and cut the inside portion of the Deer and Ornament Fancy Die (I removed the ornament part) on to it. The middle pieces were removed and then I added foam tape to the back. I added the watercolour piece to an A2 card base with tape runner and then added the deer panel on top.
 
 
I took the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from the Off-Beat Holiday Messages 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 a strip and added to the card with foam tape and tape runner. To finish off, I added a few 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.
 
 
I really like how this card came out. I love how the colours work nicely with the white panel. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a lovely day and a wonderful weekend.

24 October 2018

VIDEO | Embossing on Vellum

Hello there, today I have my last card to share as part of guest designing with WOW Embossing Powder. Today I am creating a Christmas card and embossing on to vellum.

 
For my card, I started off by creating the background. I took a panel of watercolour paper and masked off the edges with Post-It tape. I then blended Distress Inks in to the centre. I used Candied Apple, Festive Berries and Worn Lipstick. I spritzed the piece with Altenew Iridescent Spay before removing the Post-It tape and setting aside to dry.
 
 
Next, I took the Altenew Festive Poinsettia stamp set and stamped the poinsettia image on to vellum using WOW Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Ink. I applied WOW Oyster Glintz Embossing Powder (a pretty shimmery cream colour) and heat set. The image was then die cut out using the coordinating die. I adhered the background piece on to a white A2 card base with tape runner and then added the vellum poinsettia on top with small dabs of Multi Medium Matte glue.
 
 
I took the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Tiny Type stamp set and stamped this on to black cardstock with WOW Embossing Ink. I then applied WOW Opaque Bright White Superfine Embossing Powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off the card, I added a few Studio Katia White Diamond Crystals.
 
VIDEO:
 
Here is the video showing how I made the card:
 


 If you are viewing this blog post via email subscription, please watch the video here on YouTube.
 
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 really love the cream colour embossing powder with the reds for Christmas. For more inspiration using WOW Embossing Powder products, please head over to their blog. A big thank you goes to WOW for having me guest with them this month. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great day!

22 October 2018

Birthday Peonies

Hello there, today I have a card to share that I made for my mum for her birthday to use as a gift voucher card. I purchased her a magazine subscription and I thought it would be nice to enclose the information in something, rather than just on a piece of paper.


I started off by stamping the Clearly Besotted Perfect Peonies stamp set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black. I then cut this out using an MFT Stitched Rectangle die. I first coloured the image with a layer of Copic Markers, I then went in with Polychromos Pencils to add some detail (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). The panel was added to an A2 card base with foam sheet and DST.
 
 
I stamped the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Tiny Type set with Versamark Ink on to black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. I then die cut it out using one of the dies from the Flag It die collection. This was added to the card with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added a few 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/POLCHROMOS: Flowers - R85, R83, R81 + 142 Polychromos pencil. Leaves - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01 + 267 Polychromos pencil.
 
I really like how the added detail with the pencils look on top of Copic Markers. Thank yuo so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wondaful day!
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