13 April 2021

Spellbinders | Watercolor Florals

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the wonderful new Watercolor Florals Collection by Sushma Hegde for Spellbinders. As the name suggests, these images are perfect for watercolouring but you can also use them in lots of different ways. I decided to watercolour mine today, as I thought the style of the images worked well with a loose watercolour.

I started off by stamping the flowers from the Spellbinders Beauty In Bloom Stamp Set on to Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock with FSJ Clear Pigment InkI applied Altenew Rose Gold Embossing Powder and heat set. They were then loosely watercoloured using Arteza Real Brush Pens, a paint brush and water and fussy cut out with scissors. 


I took a Hero Arts Nautical A2 card base and scored horizontal lines in to the front panel with a score board and bone folder. The images were then adhered on top with tape runner and foam tape. I took the sentiment from Yana's Tiny Sentiments Glimmer Foil Plate & Die Set and foiled it on to more Nautical Cardstock with Spellbinders Champagne Glimmer Hot Foil Roll, die cut it out and adhered it on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added Lucy's Iridescent Jewels. 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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 hope that you will check out the rest of the collection. There are some really beautiful stamp sets. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a lovely day! 

12 April 2021

VIDEO | Simple Alcohol Ink Underwater Scene

Hello there, I am over on the My Favorite Things YouTube Channel today, sharing a card using the Mermazing set (one of my favourites!) and combining it with a simple alcohol ink ocean. 


I started off my card by creating the alcohol ink background. I took a panel of Yupo Paper and added a layer of Alcohol Ink Blending Solution on top. I then added on Tim Holtz Alcohol inks in Aqua, Pool, Turquoise and Stream. They were moved around with an Air Blower Tool and once I was happy, I let it sit for a minute or two. 


Once the majority of the alcohol ink was dry, I placed a sheet of Silver Deco Foil on top and where the alcohol ink was still sticky, the foil adhered to it. I thought that this gave some added interest to the ocean, as well as a bit of sparkle. I then let it sit to dry while I worked on my images. I took the MFT Mermazing Stamp Set and stamped one of the mermaid's, as well as the turtle from the set on to white cardstock with MFT Extreme Black Ink


They were coloured using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area) and die cut out using the MFT Mermazing Die-namics. I cut the alcohol inked piece to 5" x 3.75" and adhered it to an A2 card base made from MFT Black Licorice Cardstock. I then stamped the sentiment from the MFT Bitty Hugs & Kisses Stamp Set on to more black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip using the MFT Skinny Strips Die-namics. The sentiment and the images were adhered to the card with foam tape and then I added a few Lucy's Bubbles to complete the card. 

VIDEO:

Here is a look at how I made the card:


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 used on the project. 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, E50, R20. Hair - E49, E29, E25, E23, E21. Top & hair clip - V17, V15, V12, V01. Tail - V17, V15, V12, V01, V00, BG49, BG13, BG11, BG10. Turtle - G29, YG17, YG23, YG01, BG78, BG75, BG72. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful week! 

10 April 2021

Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Altenew today to celebrate their 7th Anniversary. There is a fun 4 day blog hop going on, filled with inspiration and prizes and today is day 3. Please see below for more information on the hop and giveaway. 


For my card today, I wanted to create a Mother's Day for my mum. I had been wanting to use the Spring Roses Die Set for some time and I thought this was the perfect opportunity! I started off by adding Altenew Double Sided Adhesive Sheet on to the back of sheets of white cardstock. I then ran them through my die cutting machine, die cutting two of the Altenew Spring Roses Die Set Dies. I die cut each flower three times so that I could layer them up. 


On one set, I added ink blending using Altenew Small Ink Blending Tools. I used inks from the Altenew Sugarplums, Tranquility, Shades of Purple and Green Meadows Crisp Dye Ink Cube Sets. I then spritzed them using Altenew Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray. The white cardstock layers were adhered to a panel of white cardstock and then the inked one added on top. I also inlaid the flower pieces but left the leaves with the outlines only. This panel was then adhered to an A2 white card base with foam tape. 


I took the Altenew Fine Alphabet Dies and die cut them twice from black cardstock and once from black glitter cardstock. They were layered up one on top of another using liquid glue and added to the card with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder, heat set and cut it in to a strip. This was also added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Bubbles. 

SUPPLIES:


Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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.



BLOG HOP:


As mentioned, this post is part of a fun blog hop to celebrate Altenew's 7th Anniversary. For the hop, you should have arrived here from Norine Borys. Next on the hop is Bumbleberry Papercrafts. If you get lost along the way, please head over to the Altenew Blog

SPECIAL OFFER:


Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping with code HAPPY7TH or $5 OFF international shipping with code ANNIV21 at checkout. Offer valid from 8th April 2021 at 12:01 am EDT through 11th April at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes. 


GIVEAWAY:


Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Be sure to leave comments by 18th April 2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!" 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 24th April 2021. 


Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a lovely time on the rest of the hop and have a great rest of the day! Take care :) 

Spellbinders | Stitched Thanks

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the Spellbinders April 2021 Small Die of the Month Club. This month is called Stitched Thanks and you can see why! This is a gorgeous large die with a beautiful floral pattern around the word with stitching holes. Although the die is made to be stitched, you could definitely leave it without the stitching and it would still look pretty, I think! 

For my card, I started off by die cutting the Spellbinders April 2021 Small Die of the Month from white cardstock. I then ran it back through the Platinum 6 to emboss it. This helps to show up the stitching lines that are created when die cutting. On the packaging, there is a guide to how to stitch but these lines do help too! I didn't have the packaging, so I did wing it slightly but I think it looked pretty in the end! 

I used DMC Embroidery Floss in a pink, teal, purple and green. I apologise that I do not have the actual number reference for the colours. Once the stitching was completed (I am not going to lie, it took some time but I do think it was worth the time and effort!), I die cut the thanks letters twice from white cardstock and then once from coordinating cardstock colours. They were layered up and adhered to the stitching piece with FSJ Craft Glue

I took a 7.5" x 3.75" white card base and blended Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink at the bottom, blending to white as I went up the card. The panel was then added on top with FSJ Foam Squares. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Bubbles. 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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 hope that you will check out the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month Club Kit. It is a wonderful monthly subscription where you receive the kit each month. Designers like myself share inspiration using the kit at the beginning of the month to show you lots of different ways that you can use it. There are also lots of other club kits too, so there is something for everyone! If you do subscribe, you will get other benefits from Spellbinders too. Please see here for more information. You can also buy older kits here too. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, I will be back later with another post. In the mean time, I hope you have a wonderful day! 

9 April 2021

Concord & 9th | Painted Peony

Hello there, I am delighted to be guest designing with Concord & 9th this month. It is such a fantastic release this month and I will be sharing projects using it every Friday in April. For my card today, I am using the new Painted Peony set. This set is so pretty! This is a stamp layering set. There are layers for each image, so that you can stamped them and add the layers with different colours, or you can do how I have done and just use the one layer. 


I started off by stamping the smaller flower from the Concord & 9th Painted Peony Stamp Set on to white cardstock with  Aqua Sky Ink. I really liked the painted look of these with just one layer but there are three, if you wanted to create dimension. I then stamped the leaves in Sprout Ink and the leaf/berry sprigs using Peacock and Midnight Ink. I did layer these ones up as I liked the added detail. All of the inks I used are from the Concord & 9th Ink Cubes Bundle


I took the Concord & 9th Painted Peony Dies and cut the flowers and leaves out. They were then set aside while I worked on the background. I took a panel of Midnight cardstock from the Concord & 9th Assorted Color Cardstock Pack and scored horizontal lines in to it using a score board and bone folder. 


I then stamped the sentiment from the set on top using Versamark Ink. I applied Detail White Embossing Powder and heat set. The panel was adhered flat to an A2 white card base and then the leaves added on top with tape runner, followed by the flowers with foam tape. To finish off, I added Lucy's Raindrops to the centres of the flowers and then a scattering of Iridescent Jewels on the background. 

SUPPLIES:


Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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.



Please do check out what the other guest designers have been up to over on the Concord & 9th blog. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day! 

8 April 2021

Spellbinders | Glimmer Essentials

Hello there, there have been lots of new releases over the last couple of months and today, I am using the new Glimmer Essentials Collection. This wonderful collection is simply as described, essential glimmer plates in basic shapes. These are so versatile and can be paired with so many different stamps and dies. 


For my card, I started off by taking a panel of black cardstock and foiling one of the new Spellbinders Essential Duo Lines Glimmer Plates on top with Spellbinders Lavender Petal Glimmer Hot Foil Roll


I then took the Clearly Besotted Perfect Peonies image and stamped it on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured it with Copic Markers and fussy it out. The panel was adhered to an A2 black card base with tape runner and the peonies added on top with foam tape. 


I took the sentiment from Spellbinders Yana's Tiny Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set and foiled it on to more black cardstock with the Lavender Petal Foil. It was cut in to a strip using the die in the set and then adhered to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few sequins (sadly now discontinued, sorry!). 

SUPPLIES:


Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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 really love the purple and black together. I think these Glimmer Essentials will become very much used from now on! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a lovely day! 

7 April 2021

Altenew | Craft-A-Flower Cistus Layering Die Set & Gradient Cardstock Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Altenew today to celebrate the release of the new Craft-A-Flower: Cistus Layering Die Set, as well as four new colours of Gradient Cardstock. For the release, we are celebrating with a fun blog hop. More details on that below. 


For my first card, I am using the new Create-A-Flower Cistus Layering Die Set. I have loved creating with these layering die sets recently and this one is no exception. It is so beautiful! There are two flowers in the set plus two leaves. I started off by die cutting the Altenew Craft-A-Flower Cistus Layering Die Set from Altenew Cherry Blossom Gradient Cardstock. I then used Fall Harvest Gradient Cardstock for the centre. I did add ink blending to the layers with the matching ink pads but to be honest, you cannot really see it so that was a step I could have eliminated!


I then cut the leaves from Altenew Green Meadows Gradient Cardstock. The layers were all adhered with Altenew 2 in 1 Precision Glue. I then added Altenew Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to the back of white cardstock before die cutting the Altenew Fine Frames Squares Dies. The frames were added to an A2 white card base first and then the flower and leaves added on top with tape runner. 


I took the sentiment from the Altenew Sentiment Strips Stamp Set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Raindrops. 


Next, I wanted to show you the new colours of the Gradient Cardstock being released today. These colours are so pretty! I die cut the Cistus from each of the collections - top left is Red Sunset, top right is New Purple, bottom left is Coffee Break and bottom right is Rose Petal. Although Cistus are not usually purple, I fell in love with the New Purple collection so I had to use it for my next card.




I took a panel of black cardstock and using the Altenew Crafter's Essential Bone Folder and a score board, I scored horizontal lines in to it (sorry that they are difficult to see in the photos but in real-life they do add something extra to the card) before adhering it flat to an A2 white card base. 


The flowers were adhered on top and then I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Strawberry Stamp Set on to white cardstock with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Sparkling Clear Sequins. 

SUPPLIES:


Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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.



BLOG HOP:



As mentioned, this post is part of a fun, inspiration filled blog hop. For the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Nathalie DeSousa. Next on the hop is the amazing Jaycee Gaspar. If you get lost along the way, please head to the start of the hop over at the Altenew Blog

GIVEAWAY:

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 13th April 2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 7 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the AltenewWinners Page on 15th April 2021. 


Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a great time on the rest of the hop and a wonderful day! 

5 April 2021

Altenew | Whimsical Wonder Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Altenew today to celebrate the release of the Whimsical Wonder Collection. This is such a wonderful collection that includes stamps, dies, stencils and embossing folders. I have some floral projects to share with you today using some of the new sets. This post is part of a fun blog hop, more details on that below. 

My first projects use the beautiful new Scalloped Flowers 3D Embossing Folder. I thought I would create a tag and card using the same technique but with different colours. For the card, I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and blended Altenew Crisp Dye Inks on top with the Altenew Ink Blending Tool. I used Midnight Violet (Shades of Purple set), Rubellite (Cherry Blossom set) and Chamomile (Golden Sunset set). 

I then ran the panel through my die cutting machine using the Altenew Scalloped Flowers 3D Embossing Folder. I took Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink and using a foam ink blending tool (I wanted something flat), I blended the white ink on to the raised area of the embossing. I then spritzed the panel with Altenew Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray and set it aside to dry. 

Once dry, it was simply adhered flat to an A2 white card base with tape runner. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Altenew Sentiment Strips Stamp Set on to black cardstock with Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and cut them in to strips. They were added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few sequins. 

I loved the look of the embossing on the card so much that I wanted to create a little tag too. I did the same method but this time, I die cut the Altenew Terrific Tags Die first, cut a strip off of it from the left hand side and then blended it with Evergreen, Forest Glades (both from the Green Fields set) and Persian Blue (from the Glacier Caves set) inks. 

It was run through my die cutting machine with the embossing folder and the white ink applied. I didn't use the shimmer spray on this one. I then die cut another tag and added a strip of the new Altenew Elegant Foil Stripe Washi Tape down the left hand side. I then added a small strip of black cardstock, followed by the embossed tag that I had created. It was finished off with a heat embossed sentiment (from the Sentiment Strips set) and enamel dots from the Altenew Our Family Enamel Dots Set

My next projects use the new Bouquet Of Love set. This is such a pretty set that can be used in lots of different ways but I went very simple on my projects and simply used the outline to heat emboss. For the card, I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and stamping the large image from the Altenew Bouquet Of Love Stamp Set on top with Versamark Ink. I then applied Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder and heat set. 

Using Altenew Ink Blending Tools, I blended on Altenew Sugarplums and Tranquility Crisp Dye Inks. I then spritzed the panel with Altenew Iridescent Shimmer Ink Spray. The panel was adhered flat to an A2 white card base. I then stamped the sentiment from the set on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few sequins. 

Again, I thought that I would create a tag with this set too. I first die cut an Altenew Terrific Tag Die from white cardstock and blended over the same inks that I used on the card. I spritzed it with the shimmer spray and set it aside to dry. 

Whilst it was drying, I stamped the Altenew Bouquet Of Love Stamp Set on to a panel of vellum and heat embossed. I added Altenew Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to the back and then cut out using the Altenew Bouquet of Love Dies. It was adhered on to the tag and I cut around the edges with scissors. A sentiment from the set was heat embossed on to black cardstock and adhered with foam tape. I added twine through the top of the tag and embellished with sequins. 

For my last project today I am using two new sets - Marbled Blooms and Tie Dye Motifs. I started off by stamping the Altenew Marbled Blooms Stamp Set flowers and leaves on to white cardstock with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks. I used Cherry Blossom and Golden Sunset for the flower and Green Meadows for the leaves. They were then die cut out using the Altenew Marbled Blooms Dies

I then took a mini slimline card base (6.5" x 3.15") and stamped the lines from the Altenew Tie Dye Motifs Stamp Set on top using Altenew Obsidian Black Ink. I then stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Bouquet Of Love Stamp Set. The flower and leaves were adhered on top. The leaves with tape runner and the flower with foam tape. It was finished off by adding a few Lucy's Ice Cube Jewels. 

SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the project. 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.



BLOG HOP:

As mentioned, this post is part of a fun, inspiration filled blog hop. You should have arrived here from Svitlana Shayevich. Next on the hop is Maryam Perez. If you get lost along the way, you can start the hop from the Altenew Blog. The full list of participants are also linked on the Altenew blog. 

SPECIAL OFFERS:

  • Get a FREE brand new Whimsical Wonder Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Whimsical Wonder release bundles (exclusions apply).
  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Whimsical Wonder release collection from 5th April 2021 to 11th April 2021.
  • Get a FREE brand new Whimsical Wonder Stamp & Die Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 5th April 2021 to 7th April 2021. 

GIVEAWAY:

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $100 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 11th April 2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 9 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 13th April 2021.

Thank you so much for stopping by to see me, I really do appreciate it. I apologise that the post was so long but I hope that I gave you some inspiration using the new release. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted April 2021 Release Preview

Hello there and welcome to Clearly Besotted April 2021 release day! There are six new stamps sets releasing today at 8pm BST. 


The sets this month all have an encouragement/brighter days ahead feel to them. Perfect for times like these! You can purchase the new sets as a bundle (with a discount off the price and free gifts) or separately from the Clearly Besotted shop. You can also purchase them separately from Simon Says Stamp and ArtCreatiu. Here is the video showing the new sets, plus a recap on 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.



For more inspiration using the new sets, please head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, Keren, Lisa, Kitty and Francine. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me. I hope you like the release and happy shopping if you have a little spend :) 
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