11 October 2019

VIDEO | Tonic Studios Wonderful Wishes Release

Hello there, today I am delighted to be joining Tonic Studios to celebrate their Wonderful Wishes release. We are celebrating with a fun party (more on that below) full of inspiration, discounts and giveaways.
 
 
Today I have three projects to share with you using the new release plus lots of ways to add sparkle and shine to your cards and projects.
 

My first card uses the wonderful new Tonic Studios Warm Cocoa Wishes Stamp Set. I first stamped the girl stamp from the set on to white cardstock with Nuvo Black Shadow Hybrid Ink. I then coloured her using Nuvo Alcohol Markers (the colours that I used will be listed below the supplies area) and fussy cut her out with scissors.
 
 
I took a panel of white cardstock and blended ink on to the bottom half. I used the Polar Ice colour from the Nuvo Sea Siren Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads collection and built up the colour using a blending brush. I then spritzed the panel with a solution of Perfect Pearls and water and set the piece aside to dry. I took the sentiment from the Tonic Studios Warm Cocoa Wishes Stamp Set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark ink. I applied Nuvo Glacier White Embossing Powder and heat set. It was then cut in to a strip.
 
 
Once dry, the inked panel was adhered flat on to a white A2 card base with tape runner. I then added the girl image and sentiment on top with foam tape. I took Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and added this to the girl's bow, followed by Nuvo Crystal Glaze on the heart on the cocoa cup. To finish off, I added Nuvo Gloss Simply White Crystal Drops around the sentiment.
 

My next card uses the super cute new Tonic Studios Snowman Snuggle Stamp Set. I started off by stamping the snowman group image, as well as one of the sentiments from the set on to a panel of white cardstock with black ink. I then made a mask for the snowmen from mask paper and added this on top. I took a sheet of mylar and die cut a circle from it. This was placed over my panel so that I could ink blend through it.
 
 
I used Polar Ice from the Nuvo Sea Siren Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads collection, as well as the Blue Siren colour from the Nuvo Blue Blossom Diamond Hybrid Ink Pads collection. Keeping the masks in place, I placed the Tonic Studios Winter Wonderland Stencil on top and masked off the areas that I did not want to use with Post-It Tape. I took Nuvo Frostbite Glacier Paste and applied a thin layer of this over the snow flurries. I removed the stencil plus both masks and left this aside to dry overnight.
 
 
Once dry, the images were coloured using Nuvo Alcohol Markers (the colours listed below) and the panel adhered on to an A2 white card base with foam tape. To finish off, I added Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the snowmen's hats.
 

Last but not least, I have a little tag to share with you. I first made the tag from white cardstock using the WRMK Tag Punch Board. I then placed the Tonic Studios Winter Wonderland Stencil over the tag and blended Distress Inks on to the trees. I used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles. I then added on a layer of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste, being careful not to be too precise with it. I actually wanted it to look a bit messy to resemble snow piling up on the branches. I removed the stencil and set it aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, I added a piece of MFT Black & White Striped Paper across the bottom, as well as a thin strip of black cardstock. I then took the mouse image from the Tonic Studios Warm Cocoa Wishes Stamp Set and stamped this on to more white cardstock. I coloured her with Nuvo Alcohol Markers and then fussy cut her out. She was added to the tag with foam tape.
 
 
I also white heat embossed the same sentiment as I used on the first card, but this time I masked off the 'and kisses' portion to have the sentiment read simply 'hugs'. This was also added to the tag with foam tape. To finish off, I added twine through the top of the tag and Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to her scarf. I also added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to her glasses.


VIDEO:

Here is the video showing how I made the projects:



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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. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 

NUVO ALCOHOL MARKERS:
 
CARD 1: Girl's skin - 475, 477, 473, 449 + Copic E13, E11. Hair - 465, 463, 461. Cardigan - 369, 363, 360, 443, 436, 433. Scarf - 443, 436, 433. Hair bow & heart on cup - 369, 363, 360. Cup - 487, 485.
 
CARD 2 - Snowmen 'skin' - 433. Noses - 393, 391. Snowman left and right tops - 369, 363, 360. Hats & scarves - 429, 427, 425. Snowman left middle glove & top - 431, 430, 428. Scarf - 415, 412, 410. Hat - Pitch Black, 491, 489, 431, 430, 428, 479. Snowman middle right hat, top & gloves - 381, 379, 377. Presents - 429, 427, 425 / 431, 430, 428 / 381, 379, 377 / 416, 412, 410 + 485. Tree - 416, 412, 410, 401.
 
TAG - Mouse skin - 499, 497, 495, 449. Top - 443, 436, 433, 369, 363, 360. Scarf - 443, 436, 433.


ONLINE PARTY + SHOPPING DISCOUNTS:



We are celebrating the Wonderful Wishes release with a fun party! To check out who else is attending the party, please visit the Wonderful Wishes Online Party blog post. There you will also find giveaways.
 
I also have a special 10% discount for you. All you need to do is place an order at the store (UK or USA) and you will receive 10% off all products (excluding kits) until 11th November 2019. For the UK Store CLICK HERE, for the USA Store CLICK HERE. As long as you click on the link, the discount will come off automatically. If you are purchasing from my list above, use the code MICHELLE10
 
Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope you have fun at the party and a great rest of the day!

10 October 2019

Simon Says Stamp | Sending Prayers

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the new Prayers die from Simon Says Stamp. It is part of their new Cheer and Joy release which is out today.
 

I started off my card by taking a panel of white cardstock and blending Distress Inks on to the top portion of it. I used Wilted Violet at the top, followed by Blueprint Sketch and then Peacock Feathers at the bottom. I have used this colour combo a few times and really love it! I then splattered on some water droplets and let it sit to dry.
 
 
I took the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves Die and cut this from pearlescent vellum. The leaves were wrapped around the top of the panel and secured at the back with tape. The panel was then adhered to a 4" x 5.5" white card base with foam tape. I made the card base a little narrower, so that it will accommodate the leaf hanging off the edge slightly.
 
 
I took the Simon Says Stamp Prayers Die and cut it three times from white cardstock. These were adhered one on top of another and then added to the card with Multi Medium Matte glue. I took a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp Set and stamped the 'sending' portion on to black cardstock with Versamark ink. I applied super fine white embossing powder and heat set. This was then cut in to a strip and added to the card with more liquid glue. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's 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. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
I kept the design pretty neutral in occasion so that it could be sent for a few different reasons - sympathy, thinking of you, get well etc. I hope that you will check out the rest of the release, it is wonderful! Thank you so much for popping by today, I really do appreciate it.

7 October 2019

Hero Arts October 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the Hero Arts October 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The kit is winter/Christmas based and has a fun retro vibe to it. For the hop, you should have arrived here from Mariana, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.


I love the images for scene building in this kit but I also fell in love with the font on the sentiments and thought it would be fun to combine these with the papers in the kit, to make some tags.


I started off by die cutting the blue and teal neon cardstock from the kit using one of the dies from the Hero Arts Ornaments Infinity Dies set. I then took Reactive Inks and blended these on to the bottom section of the ornaments. Kind of like the glass ornaments that you can get. I used Hero Arts Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink for the teal cardstock and Hero Arts Grape Slush Reactive Ink for the blue cardstock.


I then spritzed them with the Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray and set them aside to dry. Sadly, the sparkle doesn't show up that well in the photos but in real life, the sparkle is so pretty! Once the ornaments were dry, I stamped the sentiments from the stamp set in to the middle using Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink.


I applied Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. I then stamped the snowflake images on the teal tag and the retro shaped images on the purple one. They were also heat embossed in white. I die cut a further two tags from Hero Arts Dove White Cardstock and adhered these to the backs of the stamped ones.


I die cut two ornament topper pieces from the Chrome cardstock in the kit and added these to the top of the ornaments. To finish off, I added a twine bow at the top of each tag.


I also wanted to quickly share the card that I made for the countdown on the Hero Arts Blog. This card uses some of the images from the kit that I stamped using Hero Arts Intens-ified Black Ink and then coloured using Copic Markers. They were cut out using the coordinating dies in the kit and then adhered together so that the presents are in the boot/trunk of the car and the tree on top.

 
The background was created my simply blending Hero Arts Pool Party Reactive Ink on to a panel of white cardstock and spritzing over the same White Iridescent Shimer Spray, as well as Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Picket Fence. The sentiment was then stamped the in top left hand corner and the car added at the bottom with foam tape. To finish off, I added Prisma Glitter that comes in the kit to the top of the tree, car and presents.


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. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.

 
COPIC MARKERS: Car - R85, R83, R81, C8, C7, C5, C3, C1. Presents and ornaments on tree - B02, B00, V17, V15, V12. Tree - YG17, YG25, Y03, YG01.


THE KIT:



The October 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" clear stamp set, 19 coordinating frame cuts, 2 5.5" x 8.5" Chrome cardstock, 6 5.5" x 8.5" neon cardstock, clay snowflake embellishments and 0.5oz Prisma glitter. All of this is valued at $75.00 but you can get it $34.99 (approximately £28.00 depending on exchange rate). The kit is limited edition and they often sell out quickly, so you can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit! International subscribers also get a discount off shipping too. Kits begin shipping on October 11th.


ADD-ONS:

There are also some amazing add-on products releasing this month too. These follow the theme of the kit but are not limited edition. They can be purchased form Hero Arts when you purchase the kit, or also from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:


BLOG HOP:

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


GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog hop winner. The winner will be drawn from all of the comments left across all the stops in the hop. The giveaway closes October 13th and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts Blog the following week.
 
Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today, I really appreciate it. The next stop in the hop is the amazing Nichol. Hope you have a great rest of the day!

6 October 2019

And The Winner Is ...

Hello there, I hope that everyone is well. I am just popping in quickly to let you know the winner of the Hero Arts STAMPtember set that I am giving away. I am so sorry for the delay in drawing the winner, I haven't been well so I hope that you will forgive me or that. So without further ado …


Congratulations, Helen! Please can you email me and we can sort out claiming your prize. Thank you so much to everyone that entered and left me such lovely comments. I really do appreciate it. I hope you all have a lovely rest of the weekend! See you tomorrow for the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero release.

1 October 2019

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted October 2019 Release Preview

Hello there and welcome back to my blog. As mentioned earlier, I am back to share my Clearly Besotted release preview video with you for the October 2019 release. The sets release tonight at 8pm BST.
 
 
You can purchase them from the Clearly Besotted Shop, as well as from Simon Says Stamp. Here is a look at all of the sets up close, as well as a recap of the projects that I have made:
 


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 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. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
I would love to hear your thoughts on the release, I think it is amazing! Although the sets are geared towards Christmas, you can definitely use a lot of them for general winter cards too, as well as some all year round. Thank you so much for spending time with me over the last few days, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Christmas Fishes

Hello there and welcome to Clearly Besotted release day! The new October 2019 release goes live tonight and I have one last teaser to share with you this morning, before sharing the release later. Today I am using two new sets - Christmas Sea and Merry Maidens.


I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and stamping the seabed image (how cute is the Christmas tree made from coral?!) from the Clearly Besotted Christmas Sea Stamp Set at the bottom, using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I also stamped two fish from the set on to the panel. I took the starfish image from the set and stamped this on to a separate piece of cardstock. I also took two of the mermaids from the new Clearly Besotted Merry Maidens Stamp Set and stamped these on to more white cardstock.
 
 
The mermaids and starfish were coloured using Copic Markers and then fussy cut out. They were set aside while I worked on the background. I made a mask for the seabed image and placed this over the stamped panel. I then blended Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch above for the sea. I took the Clearly Besotted Sunny Day Stencil and placed this over the panel. I sponged on Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink to make light rays through the sea. Before removing the stencil, I also spritzed the panel with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.
 
 
The stencil and masks were removed and I coloured the seabed with Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below). I took the sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Christmas Sea Stamp Set and stamped this towards the top of the sea. The panel was added to a white A2 card base with tape runner and then the starfish was added on top with liquid glue. The mermaids were added next with foam tape. To finish off, I added dots of Copic Spica pen for some added sparkle, as well as a few dots with white gel pen.
 
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. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: Mermaid skin - E13, E11, E00, E000, R20. Hair left mermaid - E27, E25, E23, E21. Hair right mermaid - E18, E09, E19, E13. Hat and present - R89, R39, R27, R24. Mermaid Tails - BG49, BG15, BG13, BG11. Starfish - Y28, Y26, YR31. Fish - R89, R39, R24/BG49, BG15, BG11, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11. Seaweed - G46, G43, G20/V17, V15, V12. Tree - YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12/R43, R32, R30/R02, R01, R00/V12, V000. Rocks - W5, W3, W1, W00. Sand - E44, E43, E42, E41.
 
It was really fun to combine these sets to make an underwater Christmas scene but sadly, because of all the sparkle on it, my camera struggled to get good photos of it. I am really sorry about that but hopefully it might show up better in my release video.  For more inspiration using the new sets, please head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, as well as Keren, Lisa and our guest Joy. See you in a couple of hours for my release preview video where I will take a look at the new sets.
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