7 August 2018

It's Always Tea Time!

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts Blog today sharing a card using the new Tea Time set that was released yesterday as an add-on to the My Monthly Hero Kit. It is a wonderful tea party/afternoon tea themed set and it is so fun to create your own cake stand with yummy treats on it!
 
 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the card. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
 
 
As you can see, I did a lot of masking on this card. I really anted to create a one layer scene and I find masking is the best way to do this. It adds a lot of depth to the scene. For more details on how I made the card, please head over to the blog post. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day!

6 August 2018

Hero Arts August 2018 My Monthly Hero Kt Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the launch of the August 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. The theme of the main kit, as well as the optional add-ons, is coffee and tea. I know a lot of you love coffee and tea, so this kit is for you! If you are following on from the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Lydia but if you get lost along the way, the full list of participants is below.


My card today uses the window fancy die from the main kit. As soon as I saw this die, I fell in love with it. I love these type of dies and the possibility they have with them - you can create a silhouette look, you can colour them to be the scene itself, I just really like them. I started off by cutting the frame from a panel of white cardstock.

 
I then went ahead and created the background. I used a combination of different blue sprays, as well as the Hero Arts Iridescent White and a sparkle spray to give it lots of shine. I thought it kind of looked like you were looking out of the cafĂ© window on to a sparkly sky.

 
The background panel was added flat to an A2 white card base with tape runner. I then added the window piece on top with foam tape. I took the sentiment from the Spill The Tea set (which is an optional add-on this month) and heat embossed that on to black cardstock. This was cut out and added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I die cut a little heart from white cardstock (using the Sun Showers dies) and coloured it using red Copic Markers. I added this to the sign and then coated it with the Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen that you get in the kit.


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 August 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" clear stamp set, 1 Window Fancy Die, 11 coordinating Frame Cuts, Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen, White Puff Embossing Powder and two sheets of coffee and tea hand dyed decorative paper. All of this is worth $77 but you can get it for an amazing $34.99 (approximately £28 depending on exchange rate).
 
The kits are limited edition and often sell out quickly. You can subscribe to them so that you never miss a kit! There are also some fabulous add-on products this month. These are not limited edition and can be purchased from your favourite Hero Arts retailer as well as added to your cart when purchasing the main kit. 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 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, August 12th 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 amazing Nichol. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop!

4 August 2018

August 2018 MMH | Latte Love

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts blog today sharing a look at the August 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. It is perfect for all you tea and coffee lovers out there! It releases on Monday and all weekend long, the Creative Team are sharing peeks of it with you.
 
 
For this card, I am using the main kit along with two add-ons this month. The beautiful Floral Doily Bold Prints and the fabulous new shade of liquid watercolour - Cocoa! Head over to the post to see how I made the card and for a chance to win a kit. Thanks for stopping by today, have a great rest of the day!

1 August 2018

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted August 2018 Release Preview

Hello there, today is THE day! The new products from Clearly Besotted release today at 8pm BST/3pm EDT. It is such a great release! There are sets to colour, sets to layer, cute, elegant and beautiful. Something for everyone!
 
 
You can purchase the products from Clearly Besotted (UK based, ships almost worldwide) and Simon Says Stamp (US based, ships worldwide). Links to the individual sets are below. Here is a look at all of the sets up close and a reminder of the cards that I have made:
 


 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have 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 sets have caught your eye? I would love to hear! Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today. Have a great day and happy shopping! :)

31 July 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Brushed Butterflies

Hello there and welcome to day four of the August Clearly Besotted Teasers. Not long to wait now, the new sets will be available to purchase tomorrow at 8pm BST. For my card today, I am using the new Brushed Butterflies set along with the Say Something set that I used a couple of days ago. The Brushed Butterflies set is a fabulous stamp layering set but there is also an outline image, which is what I used today.
 

I started off by stamping one of the outline butterflies from the Brushed Butterflies set on to watercolour paper six times using Versaamrk Ink. I applied Detail White Embossing Powder and heat. I then took Distress Inks in rainbow shades and blended the inks over the butterflies, having them slightly darker at the bottom. I then fussy cut them out with scissors but there are dies available to purchase.
 
 
I took a white card base and added a strip of MFT Black & White paper on the bottom. I then added a panel of white cardstock over the top of the card and added a black strip to the bottom of that. The butterflies were then added on top using tape runner.
 
 
I took the sentiment from the Say Something set and stamped this on to black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Raindrops around the sentiment strip.
 
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 new sets, please head over to my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. See you tomorrow for release day!

30 July 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Have A Wonderful Day

Hello there and welcome to day three of the August Clearly Besotted Teasers. The new sets release on Wednesday, 1st August. I hope you are enjoying the teasers so far. Today I am using the new On Your Bike set. This is such a cute set filled with critters that can ride the bike as well as critters to fit in the trailer. As you will see with my card, I went in a bit of a different direction!
 

I started off by stamping the little critters on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured them with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out (there are coordinating dies available). I then took a panel of white cardstock and cut this from the largest of the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies. I blended over a faint layer of Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink on to the panel.
 
 
I took the 'have a wonderful day' sentiment from the On Your Bike set and stamped this towards the bottom of the panel. I die cut the Winnie & Walter Hello die three times from white cardstock and stacked these up with liquid glue. For the top layer, I blended over Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink, making it darker at the bottom. The critters were added in place with tape runner and then the die cut word added on top with liquid glue. The panel was then added to an A2 white card base.
 

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 - E59, E57, E55, E53, E50. Cat - W7, W5, W3, W1. Bunny - N1, N0, R81.
 
Thank you so much for visiting me today. For more inspiration using the new sets, please head over to my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa. See you tomorrow for the last day of teasers. Have a great day!

29 July 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Just A Note

Hello there and welcome to day two of the August Clearly Besotted Teasers. For my card today, I am using the new I Do Day set. This is one of the smaller stamp sets and it consists of a beautiful rose image, along with some fabulous sentiments which would be perfect for a wedding day card. Since I didn't need a wedding card, I thought I would make a little note card with it.
 

I started off by creating the background for the rose. I took a panel of watercolour paper and die cut this using a SSS Stitched Rectangle die. I then smooshed various Distress Inks on to a palette (so that I could use them as watercolours) and taking a flat paintbrush and water, painted stripes on to the panel in rainbow colours. This was then set aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, I stamped the rose image from the I Do Day Stamp Set on to this using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. The panel was adhered to a 4" x 5.25" black card base with foam sheet and DST. I then took the sentiment from the Tiny Type set and stamped this on to a scrap of watercolour paper using the same black ink. This was added to the card with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Ice Cube 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.
 
 
Isn't that a stunning rose image? Perfect for lots of different occasions. For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa. Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend. See you tomorrow!

28 July 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Hello Cupcake

Hello there and welcome to the start of the Clearly Besotted Teasers for August! The new stamps and dies release on the 1st August at 8pm BST and from now until then, the Design Team will be sharing teasers with you. For my card today, I am using the new Hello Cupcake set along with the new Say Something set. Yes, the hippos are back! :)
 

I started off by stamping the hippos from the Hello Cupcake Stamp Set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured them using Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and then fussy cut them out with scissors (but there are dies available). These were then set aside while I worked on the background.
 
 
I took an A2 white card base and using the MFT Radiating Rays Stencil, I blended ink rays on to the card. I used Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Inks with ink daubers. I then took a panel of white cardstock and cut this using a cloud border die from CraftStash. I took one of the sentiments from the new Say Something Stamp Set (a fabulous sentiment set) and stamped this on to the bottom of the panel. This was then adhered to the card base with foam tape.
 
 
The hippos were added with more foam tape. I then added dots of glitter to the cupcakes with Copic Spica pens for some added sparkle. I also added chunky confetti glitter to the background for even more sparkle and shine.


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: Hippos - W7, W5, W3, W1. Cupcakes - E55, E53, E51, E50. Purple frosting - BV11, BV01, BV00, BV000, Spica Lilac 13. Pink Frosting - R85, R83, R81, Spica Pink 02. Aqua frosting - BG13, BG23, BG11, BG10, Spica Turquoise 08.

I just love these little guys! So cute! For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great day, see you tomorrow!

27 July 2018

Alpaca Pals Giveaway Winner

Hello there, I am popping in quickly to share the winner of my giveaway of the Alpaca Pals by Tracey Hey stamp sets. Thank you to everyone that entered, I loved hearing what your favourite animal was. There were a lot of people that said cats but there was also a wide range too. If you have been following me for a while, you will know that my favourite animal is a pig :)
 
The winner was drawn at random and that is …
 
 
Congratulations, Tracey. Please could you email me your details by clicking on the link on my sidebar ---> and I will get your new goodies out to you asap.
 
Once again, thank you to everyone that entered. I hope to be able to do another giveaway soon. Hope you have a great rest of the day!

26 July 2018

You Are Amazing, Remember That

Hello there, today I am using the beautiful new Sketch Lotus Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, released as part of their new Friendly Frolic release. It is a beautiful set with a lovely arrangement of lotus flowers, plus lots of fabulous sentiments.
 

I started off by die cutting the scallop frame from the SSS Frames Die Collection from white cardstock. I die cut this four times and layered up the frames. I then took the inside piece and stamped the lotus flower image on to it using black ink. The image was coloured using Copic Markers for the base layer and then I added some detail with Polychromos pencils (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section).
 
 
I adhered the image panel on to an A2 white card base with tape runner and then added the four stacked frames around it with liquid glue. I took one of the sentiments from the 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 and I cut a banner/ribbon end on to one side. This was then added to the card with thin 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.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Stems/leaves - G46, G43, G40. Pink flower - R85, R83, R81. Aqua flower - BG13, BG23, BG11, BG10. Yellow flower - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11. Purple Flower - V17, V15, V12, V01, V000.
 
POLYCHROMOS: Pink flower - 142, 129. Aqua flower - 156, 153. Yellow flower - 109, 107. Purple Flower - 249, 136.
 
How perfect is that sentiment? I love it! I am not sure if what I coloured as the purple flower, is indeed a flower and not a leaf but I made it into a flower if not! :) Please do check out the rest of the Friendly Frolic release, it is amazing! Thank you so much for stopping by today, have a great day!

23 July 2018

VIDEO | Creating A Mini Tag Notecard

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts Blog and YouTube channel today, sharing how to make a mini tag notecard. I love creating tags but I thought for today, I would like to make it in to a card. I am using the Hero Florals Rose Stem as my focal point. It is so beautiful!
 
 
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.
 
 
For more information on how I made the card, please head over to the Hero Arts blog post or you can watch the video directly here. Thank you so much for stopping by today, have a great day and a wonderful week!

22 July 2018

Hey Friend + Giveaway

Hello there, today I have another card to share using a wonderful stamp set from Tracey Hey and Alpaca Pals. This time I am using the adorable Hey Cutie set.
 

I started off by stamping the elephant on to white cardstock with 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 stamped the sentiment on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink and applied white embossing powder and heat set. These were then cut in to strips.

 
When I made this card, I created a couple of extra backgrounds so I thought it would be good to use for this card. The background was made by embossing the SSS Stained Glass 1 Stencil and adding Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Watercolours on top. The background piece was then die cut using a SSS Stitched Rectangle Die and then adhered to a white 4.5" x 4.5" card base with foam sheet and DST. I added the elephant and sentiments on top with thin foam squares. To finish off, I added Aqua Shimmer Pen and Crystal Glaze to the heart on her top.
 
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: Elephant - W7, W5, W3, W1. Top - V28, V25, V15, V12, V01, B04, B02, B000.
 
GIVEAWAY:
 
I had so much fun using these stamps from Alpaca Pals that Tracey has kindly provided me with three stamps sets for me to giveaway, so that you can enjoy them too. The sets I am giving away are the three that I used this week - Koality, Hey Cutie and Make A Splash.


All you have to do to enter the giveaway is to leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favourite animal is. The giveaway closes on 26th July 2018 at 23.59hrs BST. The winner will be announced here on my blog on the 27th July 2018. Good luck!
 
For more inspiration using the Alpaca Pals stamps, please head over to Tracey's website and Facebook page. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!
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