24 September 2018

VIDEO | MFT Simple Scene Building + Giveaway

Hello there, I am back today to share a card and video using My Favorite Things products. MFT kindly sent me some of their September 2018 release and are also sponsoring the giveaway today too (more on that below). The Friendly Raccoons set caught my eye straight away, so I thought I would use that on my card today.
 
 
I started off by embossing one of the A2 Stitched Rectangle Stax dies on to a 5.5" x 4.25" panel of white cardstock. This gives the impression of another layer, without having an actual layer. I then masked off the edges of the panel, and using the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, I blended on Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink to create the sky. I then took the Grassy Edges Stencil and created grass with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Inks. The post-it tape masks were then removed.

 
I took one of the raccoons from the set, along with one of the trees and stamped these on to white cardstock with Extreme Black Ink. They were coloured with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and die cut with the coordinating Die-namics dies.

 
I took the 'just a note' sentiment from the Birdie Brown Greetings Galore Stamp Set and stamped this at the top of the panel with more Extreme Black Ink. The panel was then added to a white A2 card base. The tree was added on top with thin foam squares and the raccoon with thicker foam squares. To finish off, I added white gel pen highlights and black glaze pen to the raccoon's eyes and nose.
 
VIDEO:
 
Here is a look at how I made the card:
 


 
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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.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Raccoon - W7, W6, W5, W4, W3, W1, W00, R12, R00, R000. Tree - E57, E55, YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01.
 
GIVEAWAY:
 
To be in with a chance of winning a $25 gift certificate to the MFT Store, you need to leave a comment directly on the video on my YouTube channel, you also need to be a subscriber of my YouTube channel and a subscriber on the MFT YouTube channel as well. Please comment by 1st October 2018. The giveaway is open internationally and the winner will be announced here on my blog, shortly after the closing date. Good luck!
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it and a big thank you goes to MFT for sponsoring the giveaway. Have a great day!

21 September 2018

Gerda Steiner Designs | Whooo Is Having A Birthday?

Hello there, I am delighted to be guest designing with Gerda Steiner Designs today. They kindly sent me the Owl Rather Be With You stamp set to play with and let me tell you, it is so cute! Great for so many different occasions.
 

I started off my card by taking a panel of white cardstock and stamping one of the owls from the set on to it using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then masked this off and stamped the branch below him so that it look like he is standing on it. I masked this off also and then stamped three balloons from the Happy Hoppy set above. These again were masked off as I went. I then added masking tape around the sides of the panel.
 
 
I took the MFT Mini Cloud Border Stencil and using an ink blending tool, blended Broken China Distress Ink across the background to create a sky. All the masks were removed and the sentiments stamped with more black ink. The images were coloured with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below). The panel was then added to the front of an A2 black card base with foam sheet and DST.
 
 
For the inside, I took another panel of white cardstock and blended clouds on to this too. I then stamped the sentiment with black ink to complete the sentiment from the front of the card.
 
 
I had such great fun creating the card that I decided to create a little tag too. I die cut the rounded tag from the Clearly Besotted Tag Along set from white cardstock and blended clouds on to this, as I did with the card. I then stamped the 'thank you' sentiment from the Brush Bunny set along the bottom. On a separate piece of cardstock I stamped another of the owls from the Owl Rather Be With You set, coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut out (although there are dies available). This was added on to the tag with foam tape. To finish off, I added 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: Owls - W7, W5, W3, W2, W1, W00, Y26, YR24, Y28. Branches - E57, E55, E53. Leaves - YG17, YG23, YG01. Balloons - R85, R83, R81/BG13, BG11, BG10/V17, V15, V12.
 
Aren't those owls adorable?! Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. For more inspiration using Gerda Steiner Designs products, please do visit their blog. Have a great rest of the day!

20 September 2018

Altenew Refresh Your Alcohol Markers Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Altenew for their Refresh Your Alcohol Markers Blog Hop today. Altenew have released refills for their Artist Markers so that you can refill them, but as you will see from my cards, you can use them in other fun ways too! More details on the hop below :)
 

My first card uses the blues from the Artist Marker Refill Set A (the refills can be purchased either in sets or individually) for an alcohol ink background. I took a panel of Yupo paper and dropped the refills on this. I used all four blue colours from the set - Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Desert Night and Dusk. I took an air spritzer and used this to spread the alcohol ink on the paper and it also helps to dry it too. I then set the piece aside to fully dry.
 
 
I took the Doodled Lace Cover Die and ran this through my die cutting machine on to a panel of white cardstock. I then added the dry alcohol background piece on to an A2 white card base with tape runner. The Doodled Lace piece was added on top with foam tape. I took the sentiment from the Adore You stamp set and stamped this on to a piece of black cardstock with Versamnark 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.
 

My next card uses a similar technique but this time with just the two lightest blue shades of refills - Sea Glass and Ocean Waves. I added these to a panel of Yupo paper but this time, instead of using the air spritzer, I blew on the piece and lifted it up and moved the ink to create a more blended look. This was then set aside to dry.
 
 
I took one of the flower images from the Starry Flowers set and stamped this on to vellum using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then die cut using the coordinating die. I adhered the alcohol ink background to an A2 white card base with foam sheet and DST and then adhered the Starry Flower piece on top with small dots of Multi Medium Matte. I white heat embossed the sentiment on to a black cardstock strip and added this to the card with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added a few clear gems.
 

My final card uses the refills in a more traditional way of refilling the markers. I took three purple shades of markers from the Shades of Purple Artist Marker set and using the three darkest (Lavender Fields, Deep Iris & Midnight Violet), I drew lines on to Yupo paper. This creates a fun ombre look. I left the piece to dry for a minute or so and cut the piece using the Fine Alphabet Dies to spell the word 'hugs'.
 
 
I also die cut three more of each letter from white cardstock. These were stacked up with the Artist Marker letters on the top. I took the Doodled Lace Cover Die again and die cut this from white cardstock, but I made sure not to cut all the way through so it gives an embossed look. I added the panel flat on to a white A2 card base. The letters were then added on top 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.
 
 
BLOG HOP:
 
 
 
There is a huge blog hop happening to celebrate the release of the Artist Marker Refills. You should have arrived here from Lilith Eeckels. I am the last on the hop but you can always start back from the beginning over on 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 Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, September 26th for a chance to win. The six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 29th September 2018.
 
I also have a $20 gift certificate to giveaway to the Altenew store. All you need to do to enter is to leave me a comment on this post by 25th September 2018 at 23.59hrs BST. The winner will be announced here on my blog on the 26th September 2018. Good luck!
 
Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have had a great time on the hop! Have a great day!

19 September 2018

Celebrate You Stamp Set Winner

Hello there, I apologise for the delay in getting this up, but I am here today to share the winner of my Neat & Tangled Celebrate You stamp set giveaway. Thank you so much to all that entered and left me lovely comments too, I really do appreciate it.
 
 
Congratulations Claire Louise! Please could you email me at michshort@gmail.com or use the email me button on my sidebar with your address and I will get it out to you asap.
 
Thanks again to all the entrants, have a great day!

17 September 2018

Simply Hello

Hello there, today I have a super simple card to share with you using the MFT Captivating Mandala Stencil, along with the Simple Hello die, which is free with any order over $60 this month.
 

I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and placed the Captivating Mandala Stencil towards the top. I then blended on Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Broken China with an ink blending tool.
 
 
I took the Simply Hello die and die cut this in to the panel. The panel was then adhered to a white A2 card base with tape runner. I die cut the Simply Hello three more times, this time from black cardstock. I layered these up with liquid glue and then popped back in to place on the card front. The stencilled pieces were then added on top, as well as the insides of the letters.
 
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 love how the black cardstock underneath the letters adds some shadow to them. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day!

15 September 2018

Be A Mermaid

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Picket Fence I am A Mermaid stamp set that Picket Fence Studios kindly sent me to use. What an adorable set!
 

I started off by stamping the mermaid and seahorse from the set, along with the seaweed from the Little Coral Girl stamp set on to white cardstock with black ink. I coloured the images with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and fussy cut them out with scissors.
 
 
I then created the background piece. I took Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and smooshed this on to a craft mat, I spritzed it with water and then pounced a piece of alcohol ink cardstock in to it. The piece was dried and then I moved on to the next colour. I used layers of Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans, drying the cardstock in between each colour. Once the final layer was dry, I took an ink blending tool and added Distress Micro Glaze on to it. This was then blended on to the panel and the excess buffed off with a dry cloth. This really brings out the colours of the oxide inks.
 

I took the panel and die cut a SSS Stitched Rectangle die in to the middle. I then stamped the sentiment from the I Am A Mermaid set on to the smaller panel with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. The outside ink panel was added to a white A2 card base with tape runner. I then added the inside piece with foam tape. The seaweed was added on with tape runner and the mermaid and seahorse added with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added shimmer pen to the mermaid's top and tail and a jewel to the flower in her hair. I also added White Blizzard Nuvo Drops to the seahorse's belly.
 
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: Mermaid skin - E13, E11, E00, E000, E50, R20. Hair - E47, E27, E25, E23, E21. Top & flower - V17, V15, V12. Tail - BG57, BG53, BG13, BG11. Seahorse - YR21, YR000, YR0000. Seaweed - YG17, YG23, YG01. Stones - E44, E43, E42, E41.
 
How adorable is that mermaid? I love her! I am looking forward to using more Picket Fence Studios products soon. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day!

12 September 2018

STAMPtember | Magnificent Magnolias

Hello there, have you been enjoying seeing all of the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember collaboration sets? Yesterday was the turn of Clearly Besotted. There are two sets to choose from, or of course, you don't have to choose and get both! ;)
 
I received the sets this early afternoon, so I apologise that the stamp and die combos have already sold out for both sets, but the stamp sets are still in stock (at the moment!). Today I am using the Magnificent Magnolia set but there is also the Lift Me Up set to check out too.


I started off by stamping the open magnolia image on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured it using Polychromos pencils (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies section). Once coloured, I embossed the panel using one of the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies. The panel was then added to an white A2 card base with tape runner.
 

I took the sentiment from the 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. To finish off, I added a few Moonshine 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.
 


POLYCHROMOS: Flower centre - 177. Flower petals - 133, 129, 132. Leaves - 267, 112, 171.

I apologise for the not so good photos, it is so dark and gloomy in London today. Please do check out the sets, they are wonderful! As well as all of the other collaboration sets as they are selling out fast! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day!

10 September 2018

Spellbinders | Uncork & Unwind

Hello there, I am back today to share the second card that I made for Spellbinders using the Wine Country Collection. Today I am using the Time for Wine A2 Card Front Die which I think is great for lots of different occasions. I love that it covers the whole front of an A2 card so all you need to do is add a sentiment and you are good to go!
 

I started off by die cutting the die from a panel of white cardstock. I then went ahead and started to create my background. I took a panel of watercolour paper and using a direct to paper technique, I applied Aged Mahogany and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink to the panel. I sprayed the piece heavily with shimmer spray and then set it aside to dry.
 
 
I took the sentiment from the Barrel of Sentiments set and stamped this on to black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then cut in to a strip. Once the background was dry, I adhered it to an A2 white card base with tape runner. I then added the frame piece on top with liquid glue. To finish off, I added the sentiment piece on to the top right hand corner 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.
 
 
I really love how the background sparkles against the white frame. I will let you into a secret though, I adhered the background panel upside down. I wanted the darker colour to be at the bottom not at the top. Oops! I still think it looks OK though! Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a fabulous week!

9 September 2018

VIDEO | Card Making Haul - July & August 2018 + Giveaway

Hello there, I am back today to share a look at what I purchased in July and August 2018 (and a few items at the beginning of September too!). I am sorry it has been so long since I shared a haul video. I hope to be back on track for monthly ones again now.
 
 
There have been so many amazing releases in the last couple of months! I bought a few stamp sets, some stencils, some ink pads and colouring mediums. Here is a look at everything I purchased:
 


 
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. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
GIVEAWAY:
 
As mentioned in the video, I have the Neat & Tangled Celebrate You stamp set to give away. The proceeds of purchasing this set goes towards the Burning Limb Foundation to help sufferers of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which I suffer with. You can find out more about this here and why Danielle has chosen to support this condition.  
 
To be in with a chance to win the set, please leave me a comment here on this post by 16th September 2018 at 23.59 HRS BST, saying that you would like to win the set. I will randomly draw a winner shortly afterwards and announce it on my blog on the 17th September 2018. Good luck!
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day!

8 September 2018

Reverse Confetti September 2018 Release Blog Hop

Hello there, I am delighted to be hopping along with Reverse Confetti today to celebrate their September 2018 release. It is an amazing release! For my projects today I went with a Halloween set and a holiday/Christmas one. If you are following along on 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 project uses the new Frightening Friends Stamp Set and Confetti Cuts. It is such a fun set for Halloween! I started off by stamping a few of the images from the set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured them with Copic Markers (the colours used are listed below) and then die cut them out with the coordinating Confetti Cuts.
 
 
I took the Stars Pretty Panels die and cut this from watercolour paper. I then blended on Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot Distress Inks for a night sky. I took a white A2 card base and stamped the sentiment from the set on to this with black ink. I then arranged the elements above to create a little scene. I used a combination of tape runner and foam tape to adhere them down.
 

My next project uses the Holiday Gnomes Stamp Set and Confetti Cuts. These gnomes are so cute and I think can be used for lots of occasions, but I went with Christmas tags today. I took the Topped Off Tag die and cut this twice from red cardstock. The tag as it is wasn't quite as long enough in height as I wanted it to be, so I did some partial die cutting to make the tag longer and cut the bottom with a guillotine. I took panels of white cardstock and added these to the bottom of the tags. The sentiment from the set was stamped on them with black ink.
 
 
I took Versamark Ink and stamped one of the snowflakes from the set on to the tags to give a tone-one tone look. I then stamped both of the gnomes on to white cardstock with black ink. I coloured them with Copic Markers (the colours used are listed below) and die cut out with the coordinating Confetti Cuts. I added these to the tags with foam tape. To finish off, I added twine through the top of the tags, Ice Cube jewels to the centres of the snowflakes and I also added white glitter details to the images with White Blizzard Nuvo Drops.
 

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: Boy - E13, E11, E00, E000, E50, R20, R89, R37, R29, R27, R24, C10, C7, C5. Pumpkin - YR27, YR18, YR16. Fence - W5, W3, W1. Tree - E59, E57, E55. Moon - E40, Y000. Gnomes skin - E13, E11, E00, E50. Female gnome's hair - E44, E43, E41. Male gnome's moustache and beard - W3, W1, W0. Outfits - R89, R37, R29, R27, R24, YG17, YG23, YG01.
 

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

As you can see, the next person in the hop is the wonderful Audrey. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have fun on the rest of the hop and have a wonderful day!

7 September 2018

Spellbinders | Wine Country

Hello there, I was delighted to guest design with Spellbinders at the end of August and today, I am sharing two of the cards that I made with you (I will share the third next week). For my cards, I am using the Wine Country collection, which I think is great for lots of occasions.
 

My first card uses the wonderful Wine Snippets set. The set consists of fabulous frame dies in different sizes. I used the largest one on my card today. I started off by die cutting the frame twice from white cardstock that had Stick It on the back. The frame pieces were stacked on top of each other.
 
 
I took an alcohol ink background piece that I had already made (you can see how I made it in this post here) and added the frame piece on top. The piece was added to a 4.75" x 4.75" white square card base with tape runner. I then stamped the sentiment from the Vineyard Wine Bottle Tag set on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut down using a craft knife and ruler and then added to the card with foam tape.
 
 
My next card uses three sets from the collection. I started off by die cutting the sentiment piece from the Barrel of Sentiments set from kraft cardstock. While die cutting, I also cut the leaves and grapes from the Frame Charms set from white cardstock. All four of these die cuts were run through the Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine again using the embossing plate to get the embossed detail on them.
 
 
I stamped the sentiment from the Vineyard Wine Bottle Tag set on to the banner with black ink. I then took a blending tool and added Walnut Stain around the edges. I also inked the leaves with Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss Distress Ink and the grapes with Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Walnut Stain. I added a panel of woodgrain cardstock to the front of an A2 white card base and added the sentiment banner on top with foam tape. I then added the leaves and grapes with liquid glue. To finish off, I added a few Raindrops around the sentiment piece.
 
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.
 
 
For more inspiration using the collection, please do check out the Spellbinders 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!

5 September 2018

One Layer Lanterns

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts blog sharing a one layer card using the new Patterned Lanterns Bold Prints, along with the Autumn Moon stamp set. These were both released as add-ons to the September My Monthly Hero Kit yesterday.
 
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.
 

 
PRISMACOLOR PENCILS: 906, 904, 1023, 938.
 
For more details on how I made the card, please pop over to the blog post. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day!
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