20 June 2018

Alcohol Ink Inlay Hibiscus

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the new Hibiscus Frame die from Simon Says Stamp. It is part of the new Good Vibes collection which is released today.
 

I decided to do an alcohol ink die cut inlay technique for this card, which did take me quite some time but I really like the effect I got. I started off by die cutting the Hibiscus Frame die from white cardstock panels 4 times. These were layered up with liquid glue and added to a white A2 card base.
 
 
I then took alcohol ink panels that I had made previously and die cut these using the same Hibiscus Frame die. I used a purple/pink/silver piece for the flower itself, a green piece for the leaf and aqua/blue for the background. Glue was added to the centres of the white frame and the alcohol pieces added in with more liquid glue. They fit in just like a puzzle piece!
 
 
I took the stamen and cut this from white cardstock and added this on top of the hibiscus. I took the 'happy birthday to you' sentiment from the You Matter stamp set, masked off the 'to you' part and stamped this in Versamark Ink on to black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more 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.
 
 
Do head over to see what else is part of the Good Vibes release. It is a good one! :) Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day!

19 June 2018

Hero Arts + Scrapbook Adhesives Blog Hop

Hello there, Hero Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L are collaborating today to bring you a fun blog hop full of inspiration! Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L sell lots of wonderful adhesives but also a few more fun products that can be used in different ways, like the 3D Foam Creative Embellishment Kit that I am using today. For the hop, you should have arrived here from Margie Higuchi, but if you get lost along the way, the full list of participants are below. 
 

For my card I started off by creating the embossed background. I ran the Bold Graphic Confetti Die through my die cutting machine with an embossing pad to get a subtle pattern on a panel of white cardstock. This was adhered to an A2 white card base with the EZ Runner Grand Refillable Dispenser with the EZ Runner Grand Permanent Dots Refill. Despite this being a bigger sized tape runner, it is really easy and comfortable to use.
 
 
Next, I stamped the Artistic Peony stamp on to some white cardstock with Intense Black Ink. I masked the flower and then stamped a few leaves from the Peonies Stamp Set around it. The mask was removed and then the flower coloured using Copic Markers. The image was fussy cut out with scissors and I went around the edges of the cardstock with a black pen to neaten the edges. This was added to the card with a combination of Thin 3D Foam Squares (white), on the edges, and Adhesive Dots Mini in the middle.
 
 
I took the Hello die from the Hello Stamp & Cut set and die cut this from the adhesive foam in the 3D Foam Creative Embellishment Kit. I removed the backing sheet and adhered it to my card. I then took the top backing paper off and pressed the blue foil in to it. I rubbed the top of the foil to help it stick and then removed the foil to create a foiled 3D foam word. To finish off, I added a few Iridescent Jewels around the flower.
 

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: B26, B24, B23, B21, G46, G43, G40.


BLOG HOP:



Here is the full list of participants for the hop:

Michelle Short - you are here!

GIVEAWAY:

There are two prize packs to be won worth $35. One from Hero Arts and one from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Two winners will be picked from the entries over on Rafflecopter. Please head over to the Rafflecopter widget here, as well as leaving a comment on each stop on the hop. Entries close on 24th June 2018 at 11.59pm CST. Good luck!
 
Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. The next stop on the hop is Shannon Morgan. I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and have a great day!

17 June 2018

Sunny Studio Guest Designer | Simple Scene Cards

Hello there, I am delighted to be guest designing with Sunny Studio Stamps today. I am using some sets from their latest release and combining a couple with older sets too. So let's get on to the cards:
 
LIFE WITH YOU IS AN ADVENTURE

My first card uses the Critter Campout stamp set, along with the coordinating dies, as well as the Cascading Stars stamp. I started off by creating the background. I took a panel of watercolour paper and stamped the Cascading Stars stamp on to it twice (to cover the width of the panel) using Versamark Ink. I applied clear embossing powder and then heat set.
 

I took Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, as well as a little Black Soot and blended these on to the panel with an ink blending tool. I focussed the darkest colour at the top, getting lighter towards the bottom of the panel. I then blended Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs up from the bottom to meet the blues, for the ground. I took the sentiment from the Critter Campout set and stamped this at the bottom of the panel with black ink.
 
 
I took the skunk, fox, fire, marshmallows and snail from the set and stamped these on to white cardstock with black ink. I coloured them using Copic Markers adding some yellow glow to the critters from the fire (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). These were then die cut out using the coordinating dies. I added the background piece flat to a white A2 card base with tape runner and then added the images on top with foam squares.
 
YOU’RE FINSTASTIC

My next card uses the Background Basics set, along with the older Magical Mermaids set. I really like how the black and white stripes work along with the more colourful images on top, to help ground the scene. I first took the stripes background piece from the Background Basics set and stamped this with black ink on to a white A2 card base and set aside to dry.
 

I took a panel of watercolour paper and blended over Distress Inks in Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire, keeping the layers fairly light. I then flicked some water on it, let sit for a little while and picked up any excess water and ink with a paper towel. Once the piece was dry, I stamped the sentiment on, using black ink.
 
 
I took one of the mermaids, the rock and seaweed from the Magical Mermaids set, and stamped these on to white cardstock with black ink. I coloured them using Copic Markers (colours listed below the supplies section) and die cut them out with the coordinating dies. The background panel was added to the card with foam sheet and DST and then the images added on top with tape runner and thin foam squares.
 
SEA YOU SOON

My last card isn't really a scene card but it does have a cute critter on it! I used the Background Basics set to create a whole panelled background this time and combined it with the Hello die, along with the Oceans of Joy set. I started off by creating the background piece. I stamped the polka dot background repeatedly across a panel of watercolour paper using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set.
 

I took Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet and blended these over the panel with an ink blending tool. I removed any excess ink from the embossing powder with a dry cloth. This was cut down and added to a white A2 card base at an angle.
 
 
I took the Hello die and die cut this three times from black cardstock. They were layered up with spray adhesive and then added to the card base. I took the 'sea you soon' sentiment from the Oceans of Joy stamp set and stamped this with Versamark Ink on to black cardstock. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to strip and added below the hello using thin foam tape. I then stamped the turtle from the set using black ink on to white cardstock and coloured him using Copic Markers (the colours used listed below the supplies section) and die cut him out with the coordinating dies. I added him above the hello 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: Skunk - N9, N6, N5, N3, N1, N0, Y13, Y11. Fox - E09, E07, E13, E11, E31, E30, C1, R12, R00, Y13, Y11. Guitar - E27, E23. Marshmallows - E57, E55, E53, E50, Y00. Snail - W5, W3, W0, BG96, BG93, BG90, Y11, Y00. Fire - E57, E55, YR18, YR16, YR12, Y15, Y13, Y11. Mermaid skin - E13, E11, E00, E000, E50. Mermaid hair - E57, E27, E35, E23. Mermaid top & hair clip - V17, V15, V12. Mermaid tail - BG18, BG23, BG13, BG11, Spica Turquoise 08. Rocks - T5, T3, T1. Seaweed - YG17, YG23, YG01. Turtle - BG78, BG57, BG53, G46, G43, YG01.
 
A big thank you goes to Mendi for having me guest design with Sunny Studio today. For more inspiration using the sets, please head over to the Sunny Studio Blog. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

15 June 2018

Birthday Bear Hugs

Hello there, today I have a card to share that I made for my friend Sarah for her 40th Birthday. She likes bears, so I wanted to incorporate one into her card, and I thought the Beary Special Birthday set from MFT was perfect.
 

I started off by stamping the bear using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on to white cardstock. I coloured it using Copic Markers and stamped the 40 from the Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned stamp set inside of the balloon. I die cut him out using the coordinating dies, as well as a piece of foam sheet. The cardstock piece was added to the foam piece with liquid glue and then I added a good coating of Aqua Shimmer Pen and Crystal Glaze to the balloon and set aside.
 
 
Next, I took a panel of white cardstock and stamped the Concord & 9th Bitty Burst Turnabout stamp on to it. I thought it worked perfectly with the birthday theme. I used MFT inks in Blu Raspberry, Grapesicle, Grape Jelly and for my last layer, I stamped it in Versamark Ink and applied Nuvo Shimmering Pearl Embossing Powder and heat set. This gives a lovely sparkle in real life (although a little difficult to see in the photos!).
 
 
I adhered the background piece to a square 5.25" x 5.25" card base with foam tape and DST. I then stamped the sentiment from the Beary Special Birthday set on to white cardstock and cut this in to a strip with banner ends. This was added to the card with foam tape and then the bear added in the centre.
 
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 - E57, E55, E53, E51, R20, R00, R000. Present - V17, V15, V12, BG13, BG11. Balloon - V17, V15, V12.
 
I am not sure if I managed to correctly line up the stamps for the Bitty Turnabout set, I think I need to have another go but thankfully, with it looking like confetti, I do not think it matters too much. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and a fabulous weekend!

13 June 2018

Magical Birthday

Hello there, today I am back with another card using the new Spreading Kindness release from Purple Onion Designs. I am using the super cute Goldie (Girl Fairy) along with the Twinkling Stars.


I started off by creating my background piece. I took a panel of watercolour cardstock and stamped the Twinkling Stars on to it twice with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. I then blended on various Distress Inks in blues and purples to create the sky. I generously spritzed this with Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set this aside to dry.


I took Goldie and stamped her on to a piece of white cardstock with black ink. I coloured her with Copic Markers and then fussy cut her out with scissors. I applied a few coats of Aqua Shimmer pen to her wings. I added the background piece to a white A2 card base with tape runner and then added panels of white cardstock on top with foam tape. The bottom panel has one of the sentiment from the Essentials Thoughts Sentiments set stamped on to it using black ink. To finish off, I added Goldie on top with more 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: Skin - E13, E11, E00, E000. Hair - E23. Hat & skirt - R85, R83, R81. Top and socks/shoes - V17, V15, V12. Wings - BG11, BG10, BG000.

Sadly the shimmer doesn't show up in the photos but let me tell you, there is a lot of it on this card! Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great day!

11 June 2018

Hugs For You

Hello there, today I have another card to share with you using the new Spreading Kindness release from Purple Onion Designs. Today I am using the super adorable Bella, along with one of the sentiments from the Essential Thoughts Sentiment Set.
 

I started off by stamping Bella on to a piece of white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured her using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and fussy cut her out with scissors. I added a little Spica pen to the flower for some added sparkle. I took the 'hugs for you' sentiment and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was then cut in to two pieces with a craft knife and metal ruler.

 
I took a piece of TH watercolour paper and added sprinkles of Nuvo Shimmer Powders in Atlantis Burst and Blue Blitz. I sprayed over a generous amount of water to get a soft look, and set aside to dry. Once dry, I cut this down in to a circle using a Hero Arts Circle Infinity Die. I used the next size up in the die collection to emboss a bigger circle on to the front of an A2 card base.
 
 
I adhered the background circle to the card base with tape runner and then added Bella and the sentiment on top with foam tape. The shimmer powders give a lovely sparkle in real-life but since I added so much water to this piece, I was left with more of subtle sheen of sparkle which is really pretty. Sadly though, it doesn't show up in the photos.
 
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: Bella - N5, N3, N2, N1, N0. Flower - G46, G43, V17, V15, V12, Spica Lavender 01, Spica Lilac 13.
 
For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to the Purple Onion Designs Blog. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great day and a wonderful week!

9 June 2018

New Home

Hello there, today I am back with another card using the new release from Purple Onion Designs. Today I am using the beautiful new Tiny Dwellings stamp along with the already released Chloe.
 

I started off by stamping the house on to a panel of white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then die cut the panel using a pierced square die. The whole panel was then coloured using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section). I then stamped Chloe on to another piece of white cardstock, coloured her in with Copics and fussy cut her out using scissors.
 
 
I adhered the main image panel on to a white 5" x 5" square card base with ATG. I then added Chloe on top with foam tape. I didn't realise that I didn't have a POD 'new home' stamp, so I used my Dymo Embossing Labelling Machine to make one. This was added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added Aqua Shimmer pen to the flowers.
 
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: Sky - B01, B00, B000, B0000. Grass - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Flowers - V17, V15, V12 + greens from grass. House - N5, N3, W3, N1, W1, N0, BG70, BG10. Chloe (bunny) - E55, E53, E51, E50, R20, R00, R000. Top - V17, V15, V12. Flower - Y17, Y13, Y00, G43.
 
For more inspiration using the new Spreading Kindness release from Purple Onion Designs, please head over to their blog. Thanks so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you Monday for another card.

8 June 2018

Anniversary Heart

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Purple Onion Designs for the new release over the next few days. The new release, designed by Stacey Yacula, is full of super cute critters, beautiful florals, wonderful sentiments and some more traditional images too. It is fabulous!
For my card today, I am using the super cute Pecan and Dotty along with the Floating Hearts stamp and Happy Anniversary sentiment. I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment on to it using black ink. I then took a piece of masking paper and die cut a heart in to the centre of it. The negative of the piece was added to the cardstock panel so that I had the heart opening to ink into.
 

I first stamped the Floating Hearts stamp repeatedly into the heart using Festive Berries Distress Ink. Using an ink blending tool, I then blended over Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks in to the heart. I felt it was a little light, so I added a little Black Soot around the edges to give it more definition. The mask was then removed.
 
 
On a separate piece of cardstock. I stamped both Pecan and Dotty using black ink. I coloured them using Copic Markers and fussy cut them out with scissors. The background panel was added to a white A2 card base with foam sheet and DST and then Pecan and Dotty were added on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added a little Crystal Glaze to the little heart in Pecan's hands.
 
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: Pecan (squirrel) - W5, W3, W2, W1, E43, E41, R12. Heart - R89, R37, R24. Dotty (mouse) - N5, N3, N1, N0, R12, R000.
 
For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to the Purple Onion Designs Blog. I will be back tomorrow to share another card with you! Have a great day!

5 June 2018

Ahoy There!

Hello there … or should I say ahoy there?! I am over on  the Hero Arts Blog today sharing a card made with the new You & Me By The Sea stamp set, that was released yesterday as an add-on to the My Monthly Hero Kit.
 
 
As you can see, I kept the card very simple with some subtle stamping and colouring. I used Soft Granite Ink to stamp the anchors and coloured them with Copic Markers. I used W5, W3 and W1 for the anchors and E44, E42 and E40 for the rope.
 
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 details, please head on over to the blog post. Thanks so much for popping by today. I really do appreciate it. Have a great day!

4 June 2018

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

Hello there! Today we are celebrating the release of the June 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. It is a wonderful kit with a beach theme that is especially great for summer cards but I think can be used for other occasions too. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Yana, but if you get lost along the way, the full list of participants is below.
 

I wanted to do something a little different from my card than create a beach scene, so I went for a sunset scene instead. I love palm trees and as soon as I saw one in the main kit stamp set, I knew I wanted to use it. I started off by creating the sunset background. I took a piece of Bristol paper and added a circle mask that was cut using one of the Nesting Circle Infinity Dies. I then applied Hero Arts Inks to the panel with a blending tool. I used Dandelion, Tangerine, Strawberry, Orchid and Grape Juice inks. I removed the mask and blended over more inks to create the sun.
 
 
I took the palm tree image from the stamp set and stamped this repeatedly on the panel using black ink. I set the piece aside to dry for a little while and then extended the tree trunks with a black pen to get the height that I wanted. This panel was then added to a black A2 card base with tape runner. I took a panel of black cardstock and stamped one of the sentiments from the set on to it using Versamark Ink. I applied white detail embossing powder and heat set. The panel was then added to the card base with black 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.
 
 

THE KIT:
 
 
The June 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" clear stamp set, 12 coordinating frame cuts, 4 ink cubes (Deep Ocean, Summer Sky, Soft Sky, Soft Granite), sand embossing powder, Sea Foam shimmer spray and beach enamel stickers. The kit contents value at $72 but you can get it for an amazing $34.99 (approx. £27 depending on exchange rate).
 
Remember that 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 this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased either from the Hero Arts store, or from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at the add-on products:
 
 

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 - selected from the comments left across all stops in the hop. The giveaway closes Sunday June 10th at 11.59pm EST. The winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts Blog. Good Luck!
 
Thank you so much for visiting me today. As you can see, I am the last stop in the hop but I hope you have had a fabulous time looking at all of the wonderful inspiration. Have a great day!

1 June 2018

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted June 2018 Release Preview

Hello there, I am back to day to take a look at the new release from Clearly Besotted for June 2018. All of the new products release tonight at 8pm BST/3pm EDT. It is such a great release! It is full of cuteness, beautiful flowers and fun sets - something for everyone!
 
 
All of the new sets can be purchased from the Clearly Besotted Shop (UK based, ships almost worldwide) and Simon Says Stamp (US based, ships worldwide). Here is a look at all of the new sets and a recap of the cards that I made for the teasers:
 


 
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.
 
 
What has caught your eye? I would love to hear! I know the hippos have been a favourite amongst the DT :) Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great day and happy shopping!

31 May 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | That's Genius!

Hello there and welcome to day four of the Clearly Besotted June 2018 Teasers. All of the new sets release tomorrow at 8pm BST and I am back with my last teaser to share with you today. Today uses the new That's Genius set and it is so cute! Perfect for students, teachers, assistants etc.
 

I started off with a panel of white cardstock. I stamped one of the puppy images from the That's Genius set, along with one of the sentiments, onto the top middle of the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then stamped and cut out a mask for the image and placed this over the panel. I also used post-it tape to mask off the bottom portion of the card. I took Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and blended this over the top half using an ink blending tool. For some depth, I added some Faded Jeans Oxide ink towards the bottom. The masks were then removed.
 
 
I coloured the image with Copic Markers (colours used are listed below the supplies section). The panel was added to a white A2 card base with foam sheet and DST. I then added Crystal Glaze to his spectacles/glasses, 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.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Dog - E55, E53, E51, E50. Book - C5, C3, C1, C0, E43, E40.
 
These images are adorable and I love their huge glasses! So cute! For more inspiration on using the release, please head over to see Stephanie. Not only will she have some stunning projects to share with you, she will also have links to the rest of the DT and guests sharing today too. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I will back tomorrow with my release video. Have a great day!
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