4 December 2019

MFT Sketch Challenge | Birthday Blooms

Hello there, I am delighted to be Guest Designing with My Favorite Things this month for their Sketch Challenge. We are on Sketch 466 and I think this sketch is fabulous! It works with so many different images but I thought it would be fun to use the Fresh-Cut Flowers Background on my card today.


I started off by stamping the MFT Fresh-Cut Flowers Background stamp on to a panel of MFT Smooth White Cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white detail embossing powder and heat set. I then blended on Distress Inks in Broken China, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry. The panel was spritzed with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and set aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, the panel was cut down to represent the sketch. So that the image would not be distorted when added to the card base, I cut thin strips out of the image for the gaps. The gaps are not as big as in the sketch but hopefully it still works! The panels were adhered to a white A2 card base with foam tape.


I took the sentiment from the MFT Bitty Bears Stamp Set and stamped it on to MFT Black Licorice Prestige Cardstock with Versamrk Ink. I applied more white detail embossing powder and heat set. It was then cut in to a strip using the MFT Skinny Strips Dies and added to the card with thin foam squares. To finish off, I added Sparkling Crystals using MFT On-Point Precision Glue.
 
SKETCH CHALLENGE:
 
 
This is the sketch we are using this week. Create and share a card using the sketch and you could win a $50 gift card to the MFT boutique. For more details on the challenge, please head over to the MFT Blog.
 
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.
 
 
Although I love colouring, it was really nice to use the floral image for ink blending instead. I love those colours together too! Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great rest of the day!

2 December 2019

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

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the Hero Arts December 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The kit has a fantastic earth, nature and wonders of the world theme. For the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Lydia but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

For my hop card, I wanted to use the beautiful woman image in the main stamp set. I love that she represents the animals, flowers, water and sky of the earth. I stamped her on to white cardstock using Hero Arts Intens-ified Black Ink. She was then coloured using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies section) and then cut out using the coordinating die that also comes in the kit. I also stamped, coloured and die cut the induvial butterfly.
 
 
I took a Dove White Top Folding Card and blended Hero Arts Grape Slush Reactive Ink towards the top, blending into white half way down the card base. The woman and butterfly were then added on top with foam tape.
 
 
I took the sentiment from the Hero Arts Nature's Beauty Stamp Set (which is an add-on product this month) and stamped this onto Hero Hues Pitch Black Cardstock with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I applied Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. This was cut into a strip and added to the card with a combination of foam tape and tape runner (where it overlaps the image).
 
 
My next card is the card that I shared for the countdown over on the Hero Arts Blog. I used the koi fish from the main stamp set and stamped these again on to white cardstock and coloured with Copic Markers. They were fussy cut out and added to a white card cut using the Hero Arts Tag Fancy Die. The sentiment is from the main kit but I masked the sentiment to fit on one line (it stamps stacked up). The tag was added to a Hero Hues Papaya Cardstock card base, that has been scored using a score board, 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. 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: Woman's skin - E13, E11, E00, E000, E50. Hair - E27, E25, E23, E21. Dress - V17, V15, V12, V01, V000. Water - BG15, BG11, BG10. Clouds - BG10, BG000, BG0000. Deer - E57, E55, E53, E50. Leaves - YG17, YG03, YG01. Flowers and butterflies - R85, R83, R81. Flowers - YR21, YR20, YR30. Bird - B66, B63, B61. Fish - B18, B16, B12, B00, B000. YR18, YR16, YR12, YR00.
 
THE KIT:
 
The Hero Arts December 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set, 18 Coordinating Frame Cut Dies, Earth Palette Reactive Ink Pad, Green Eco-Glitter and 5 Mini Brushes. All of this values at $74.00 but you can get it for $34.00 (approximately £28 depending on exchange rate). The kit is limited edition and they often sell out quickly. You can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit. International subscribers also get a discount off shipping. Kits begin shipping on 6th December 2019.
 
ADD-ONS:

There are also some amazing add-on products releasing this month. These have the same theme as the kit but are not limited edition and can be purchased when you order your kit, or from your favourite Hero Arts retailer. Here is a look at them:
 
 
BLOG HOP:

Here are all the participants in the hop today:
 
 
GIVEAWAY:

Hero arts are giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky blog hop winner. the winner will be drawn from all of the comments left across all of the stops on the hop. The giveaway closes 8th December 2019 and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week. Good luck!
 
Next on the hop is the amazing Nichol. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!

1 December 2019

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted December 2019 Release Preview

*This is my second post of the day, please see below for my Simon Says Stamp blog post*

Hello there, today is THE day! The December 2019 release from Clearly Besotted is out today and I am here to share a look at them all. The release is definitely love themed this month but you can definitely use these sets for different occasions too.
 
 
They will be available to purchase tonight at 8pm GMT at Clearly Besotted (UK based) and available now over at Simon Says Stamp (US based). Here is a look at the new sets plus a recap of my projects (plus a new one that you haven't seen yet!):
 


If you are viewing this blog post via email subscription, you can watch the video HERE on YouTube.
 
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. 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.
 
 
What do you think of the release? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I think the sets are really cute and I love the flourish sentiments. I am hoping to use them soon! For more inspiration, please head over tot he Clearly Besotted Blog, Keren and Lisa. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Simon Says Stamp DieCember | Christmas Blessings

Hello there, today we are celebrating the start of DieCember! DieCember is a fun, month long event over at Simon Says Stamp and today is the day for the Simon exclusive DieCember release. I was kindly sent the Blessings Die to use on my cards, which is a beautiful die that can be used in different ways - with the border, without the border, inlay etc. Today I am sharing two ways to use it.
 

For my cards, I started off by stamping snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Lots Of Snowflakes Stamp Set on to Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper with Versamark Ink. I applied Hero Arts Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.
 
 
I then used Distress Inks to apply colour towards the top half of the panel, having the colour fade to white at the bottom. I used Aged Mahogany, Barn Door, Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick for the red card and Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon for the blue card. I removed any excess ink from the embossing powder with a cloth and then splattered on a solution of Perfect Pearls and water. The panels were then set aside to dry.
 
 
Once dry, the panels were adhered flat to A2 white card bases with tape runner. I then took the Simon Says Stamp Blessings Die and die cut this six times from white cardstock. I added Stick It adhesive to the back of the white cardstock before die cutting. For the red card, I took the individual letters and stacked these up so that they were three high. They were then adhered to the card. I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hellos Stamp Set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder.
 
 
The sentiment was heat set until melted and then cut out using the smallest of the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels Dies. It was added below the 'blessings' with foam tape. For the blue card, I stacked both the individual letters and the frame piece from the die and placed these on to a piece of vellum. I used the negative piece of the die cut to help with placement. The edges of the vellum were cut down around the frame and then I ran this through the Xyron X machine to cover the entire back with adhesive. This was added to the card and another sentiment from the Holiday Hellos set white heat embossed and added below 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. 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.
 
 
The new release is fabulous so I hope that you will take a look at it. I will be back later with my Clearly Besotted release video, so until then, thanks so much for stopping by. See you soon!
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