11 January 2019

January Destash

Hello there, I am just popping on quickly to let you know that I am destashing some of my stamp sets over on eBay.


I apologise that I only have UK shipping on eBay, but I hope those of you in the UK will take a look. Thanks so much and have a great weekend! :)

8 January 2019

Hearts Are Not Just For Valentine's

*This is my second post for the day, please see below for the Reverse Confetti January Blog Hop*

Hello there, today I am over on the Hero Arts Blog sharing a card made using the new All My Love Decorative Hearts stamp set that was released as an add-on to the January MMH Kit. It is perfect for Valentine's but as you can see from my card, it can be used for other occasions too.



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.
 

I love how the Liquid Watercolors work with the heat embossing on the heart. For details on how I made the card, please pop over to the blog post here. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Reverse Confetti January 2019 Blog Hop

Hello there, today we are celebrating the January 2019 release from Reverse Confetti. What a wonderful release, it is perfect for Valentine's but also all year round cards too. Today I am using two new sets, as well as a new paper pad. If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Kathy, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.
 

My first card uses the new adorable Big Bear stamp set and coordinating dies. I started off by stamping the big bear and heart images from the set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on to white cardstock. I coloured them with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and then cut them out with the Big Bear Confetti Cuts. I love that the die cuts out the bear's hands so that you can have him holding different things. I added the heart.
 
 
I then took a panel of paper from the new Call Cupid Paper Pad and added this to the front of an A2 white card base. I took the sentiment from the set and stamped this on to a strip of black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was added at the bottom of the paper piece with foam tape. I then added the bear on top. I added foam tape at the top and tape runner at the bottom. To finish, I added Aqua Shimmer to the heart and black glaze pen to the bear's eyes.
 

My second card uses the super cute Heart Pals stamp set and coordinating dies. I first took the dog image from the set and stamped this using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on to white cardstock. I coloured the image with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and then die cut out with the Heart Pals Confetti Cuts.
 
 
I took an A2 white card base and embossed a circle die on to it. I then die cut two smaller circles, one from the Call Cupid Paper Pad and one from white cardstock. I cut the white piece down further so create a ground. They were adhered together and then on to the card with tape runner. I added the dog image on top with foam tape. To finish off, I added black glaze pen to his eyes and then Crystal Glaze to the hugs and kisses sign.
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the cards. 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 - W9, W8, W7, W5, W3, W2, W1, W00. Heart - R85, R83, R81. Dog - E59, E57, E55, E53, E51, E50, R12, R02, R01. Sign - E33, E31, E30, R24, R22, R21.
 
BLOG HOP:
 
Isn't the release so cute? I loved making these cards! Next in the hop is the fantastic Audrey. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great day!

7 January 2019

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

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the January 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit from Hero Arts. What a beautiful kit, it is filled with beautiful flowers, a flower stand, wonderful sentiments and lots of amazing dies. It is perfect for Valentine's, spring cards, birthday cards and just because cards.

If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Jessica, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.


As you can see, I kept my card very clean and simple. I started off by taking a panel of white cardstock and the balloon image from the main stamp set. I stamped the balloon on to the panel with Intense Black Ink. I masked off as I went, so that I could create a cluster of balloons flying up in to the sky.


When I got to the third set of balloons, I decided to stamp the sentiment. I masked off the 'I' from the sentiment and just stamped the 'love you' portion. I made a quick mask for this and then carried on stamping the balloons. I removed the masks and then coloured the balloons with Copic Markers. I used my favourite colour combination for red - R89, R37, R29, R27, R24. The panel was added flat to an A2 white card base and then I added a few raindrops to finish.

 
In case you didn't see it, this is the card that I shared over on the Hero Arts Blog. I used the flowers and containers from the main stamp set. Masked these off and then stamped the Hearts & Flowers Bold Prints at the top of the panel and added some ink blending. The sentiment is from the You Are Loved Flourish Messages set. Both this set and the Bold Prints are add-ons this month. You can find out more details about the card here.


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 January 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 6" x 8" clear stamp set, 21 coordinating Frame Cuts, 1 easel die with inner board cut, 10 A2 vellum envelopes, 20 circle envelope seals, 10 8.5" x 5.5" sheets of cardstock (5 red, 5 pink) and 1 Pink Glimmer Lacquer. All of this is worth $79.00 but you can get it for $34.99 (approx. £28 depending on exchange rate). The kits are exclusive to Hero Arts and often sell out quickly, so you can subscribe here so that you never miss a kit.


ADD-ONS:

There are a number of amazing add-ons this month. You can add these to your cart when ordering the kit and they are also available at your favourite Hero Arts retailer.



BLOG HOP:

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

Michelle Short - you are here!
 
GIVEAWAY:

Hero Arts are giving away one kit to one lucky blog hop reader. The winner will be selected from all the comments left across all of the stops in the hop. The giveaway closes Sunday, January 13th at 11.59pm and the winner will be announced the flowing week on the Hero Arts Blog. Good luck!
 
Next on the hop is the amazing Nichol. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. Have a great time on the rest of the hop!

5 January 2019

Hello | MMH January 2019

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts Blog today sharing a card using the new My Monthly Hero Kit, as well as two add-on products - Heart & Flowers Bold Prints (for the pattern at the top) and the You Are Loved Flourish Messages set (for the sentiment). It is a great kit, perfect for so many different occasions.
 
 
For more information on how I made the card, please head over to the blog post here and remember to leave a comment over there for a chance to win a kit! Have a great rest of the weekend! See you on Monday for the release.

1 January 2019

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted January 2019 Release Preview

Hello there and happy New Year to you! Wishing you all a wonderful 2019 filled with lots of love, laughter, kindness and good health. Thank you for all your support in 2018, I really do appreciate it.
 
I am here today as it is Clearly Besotted release day. The January 2019 products release today at 8pm GMT 3pm EST. You can purchase them from the Clearly Besotted shop (UK based) and Simon Says Stamp (US based).


It is a wonderful release filled with cute critters, fabulous sentiments, beautiful images and fantastic stencils. Here is a look at all of the products, including the projects that I have made with them:
 


 
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.
 
 
I absolutely love the release this month and had such a great time making my projects using the new sets. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to use the new stencils but I will soon :) I would love to hear your thoughts on the release. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you have a great day!

31 December 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Happy Mail

Hello there and welcome to day four of the Clearly Besotted January 2019 teasers. Not long to wait now, the new sets release tomorrow at 8pm GMT. Today I am using the new Snail Mail stamp set. This is perfect for decorating envelopes and parcels but can be used equally as well for cards and tags. I thought I would make some tags with it today.


I started off by die cutting two tags using the Tag Along die set. I then took the grass image from the set and stamped this on to them using black ink. The image is slightly shorter than the width of the tag, so I stamped it once, masked it off and stamped it again to the side. I then took the MFT Mini Cloud stencil and placed this over the top, I blended on Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink to create a sky. I then coloured the grass with Copic Markers.
 
 
I took the happy mail sentiment from the Snail Mail set and stamped this on to one tag. For the other one, I used a sentiment from the Tiny Type set. I then stamped the turtles/tortoises from the set on to white cardstock, I coloured them with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and then fussy cut out with scissors, but there will be coordinating dies available to purchase.
 

I added the tortoises on to the tags with foam tape. For the happy mail one, I die cut a SSS Mini Heart from white cardstock and coloured it with Copic Markers and added it below the sentiment. To finish off, I added hemp twine to the tops of both.
 
SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I have used on the tags. 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: Grass - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01. Tortoises - BG78, BG75, BG72, G46, G24, G21, G20. Heart - R89, R37, R24.
 
Aren't they just adorable? There is snails in the set too, as well as lots of sentiments and postage stamps. For more inspiration using the new sets, please visit my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa. Thank you so much for visiting me to day, I really do appreciate it. See you tomorrow for release day! Have a great day and a very happy New Year's Eve.

30 December 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Perfect Pair

Hello there and welcome to day three of the Clearly Besotted January 2019 teasers. Today I am using the wonderful Apples & Pears set that will be released on January 1st.
 

I started off by stamping the pears on to a panel of white cardstock with Memento New Sprout Ink. I used this colour to get a no-line colouring look. I then coloured the pears using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies section). The panel was cut down and then I took an A2 white card base. I added a strip of black and white patterned paper on the left hand side. I then added the image panel to the right with tape runner.
 
 
I cut a thin strip of black cardstock and added this at the side of the image panel with liquid glue. I took the sentiments from the Apples & Pears stamp set and stamped them on to black cardstock with Versamrk Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. These were cut in to strips and added to the card 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: Pears - E43, E42, YG21, YG00, YG000. Stem - E44, E43, E42, YG01. Leaves - YG17, YG23, YG03, YG01.
 
As you can probably tell from the name of the set, there is also a bunch of apples in it. There is also lots of different sentiments that work well with both of the images. For more inspiration using the new sets, please visit my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa. Thank you so much for visiting me today, see you tomorrow for the last day of teasers.

29 December 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Tutu Sweet

Hello there and welcome to day two of the Clearly Besotted January teasers. Today I am using the new Twinkle Toes stamp set which will be released on January 1st 2019. What an adorable set!
 

I started off by stamping one of the hippos from the Twinkle Toes stamp set on to a panel of white cardstock. I drew a line towards her feet and then cut this with a craft knife before and after her (so that she stays part of the panel), I then fussy cut around the image with scissors. If you had the dies, you could partially cut it, which would save the fussy cutting. I then coloured the hippo with Copic Markers (the colours I used are listed below the supplies section) and stamped the sentiment from the set beside her.
 
 
I took an A2 white card base and blended Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide on to the top portion. I wanted more colour at the bottom and lighter at the top. I then placed the Basic Spots II Stencil on top and blended more ink over. Again, I kept the higher saturation of colour at the bottom blending lighter towards the top. I then adhered the image panel on top 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: Hippo - W7, W5, W3, W2, W1. Tutu - BV13, BV11, BV01, BV000.
 
I absolutely adore these hippos and dancing ones are a perfect addition to the line. For more inspiration using the new sets, please check out what my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa have been up to. Thanks so much for visiting me today, see you tomorrow for day three. Have a great day!

28 December 2018

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Finstastic Day

Hello there and welcome to day one of the Clearly Besotted teasers for January 2019. The new products will release on the 1st January 2019 and from now until then, we (the DT) are sharing sneak peeks with you. Today I am using two new sets, Water Plushies and Picture It Ocean.
 

I started off by stamping the Water Plushies on to a panel of white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black. I made masks for these and then stamped the Picture It Ocean on top. This creates the most wonderful background for underwater scenes. I removed the masks and then coloured the panel with Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies section).
 
 
I coloured the animals first and then the background. Once finished I added some water bubbles with the colourless blender and a white gel pen. I took the sentiment from the Water Plushies set and stamped this on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. This was cut in to a strip. I added the image panel flat to a white A2 card base and then added the sentiment strip on top 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: Whale - B99, B97, B95, B93, B91. Jellyfish - V17, V15, V12. Turtle - BG78, BG75, BG72, YG01, G46, G24, G21. Sand - E47, E44, E43, E42, E41, E31. Rocks - W7, W5, W3, E43. Water - B45, B34, B32, B02, B01, B00, B0000.
 
Aren't those plushies adorable? and they work so perfectly with the background stamp. For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to my teamies Stephanie, Keren and Lisa. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a great day!

25 December 2018

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!


I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukka, Happy Saturnalia .. whatever you celebrate, or if you are not celebrating at all, I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful few days. See you on the 28th for the start of the Clearly Besotted January teasers :)

24 December 2018

VIDEO | Tone-on-Tone Mandala Background

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts blog and You Tube channel today, sharing a card using the Mandala Bold Prints with a tone-on-tone look.
 
 
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 on how I made the card, you can see the blog post here and watch the video directly on You Tube here. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve!
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