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!

22 December 2018

VIDEO | Craft Room Tour 2018

Hello there, today I have my craft room tour of 2018 to share with you. I usually do these every year and so I wanted to get one in before the year is over.

 
As I have mentioned before, the room looks a lot bigger on camera than it is in real-life. It is really quite small but I am incredibly grateful for it. Craft storage and organisation is one of my favourite things and I am always trying to find new ways to improve the work flow of my room. For me, organisation is very important. It means that I can grab things easily when crafting and also put them back easily too. I like to keep things tidy but you need to find out what works best for you.


VIDEO:

Here is a look at my tour for 2018:



If you are viewing this post via email subscription, you can watch the video here on YouTube.


CRAFT ROOM DETAILS:


I have two large desks which take up the length of the room on one side. I use one for crafting and one for office type stuff. Under my desk, I have drawer units. I have three Helmer units from Ikea and one Alex unit (also from Ikea). These hold a lot supplies that I grab for often.


I try to keep my main crafting desk clutter free but I do keep some things on there all the time. I have a shelf from Ikea that I use to create extra space. On the shelf I have some Scotch tape, my Copic Markers in Color Cubbies from Studio 3 Solutions (these are unfortunately discontinued but I will link to something similar below), and my mini score boards and a notebook that I use to write supplies in.
 
Under the shelf I have little bowls that I use to hold various things, one magnetic one that I hold my most use sentiment strip dies in, two ramekin dishes that hold baby wipes and my absorber cloth when in use, I have one that currently has lots of little die cuts in and two spare that I use for the backs of adhesive so that they do not end up all over the floor!
 
 
In the corner, I have my tool carousel. This holds all of my main used small tools like rulers, bone folders, tweezers, adhesive, scissors, palette knives, corner rounder punch etc. In the drawers are things like extra blades for my craft knives, erasers, Copic nibs etc. Next to that I have a container that I use for new items (mainly stamps and dies) that I want to use or for Design Team projects. I also have my Tim Holtz Media Mat on my desk (I have a review of that here, if you are interested).
 

Above my desk are two shelves. These are mainly decorative but I do store my washi tape in containers from Ikea and my paint brushes in jars.
 
 
Above that is my camera mount. I have a Manfrotto Variable Friction Arm that I mount my camera to so that I can film from above. You can see more about that in my FAQ section here.
 
As I mentioned, under my desks I have drawer units from Ikea (Helmer and Alex). These hold colouring supplies, stamping supplies, basic tools, alcohol inks, foil, envelopes, mixed media supplies, adhesives and my Distress Inks and ink blending tools.
 
 
I have my ink blending tools in nail polish holders. I have individual ink blending tools for my most used colours of Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks. I label to the top of the tool with labels I printed off from the Ranger website (I used the ones for the Distress Spray Stains). Inside the holders I have larger labels and for these I have adhered them to a piece of white cardstock and laminated it. This way, I know where the ink tool should go but I will not get ink on the holder.
 
 
Above my computer desk on the wall to the side, I have Picture Ledges that I hold my liquid paints on. On the top shelf I have stencil brushes, a card from my friend Lisa (I do rotate the cards during the year) and a frame that my friend Sarah made for me (which reads 'I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares').
 
 
The two shelves below hold Dr Ph Martin's Radiant watercolours, Hydrus watercolours, Bombay ink and Hero Arts Liquid Watercolours. I think they look so pretty all lined up like that!
 
 
Back to the other side of my room and I have a new addition on the wall. A pegboard from Ikea. I love this! On the top section I have my Mini MISTI and Tim Holtz Platform. Both are in cases made by my friend Ruth. Next to that I have spray bottles and stamp cleaner. Below I have Distress Reinkers, Altenew Marker Refills, Nuvo Shimmer Powders and glitter paste.
 
 
Below that is my favourite piece of furniture, my Raskog! This holds so much stuff! The top tier holds colour pencils, pens, two of my swatch binders and colour charts. The second tier holds more pens (Zigs, Arteza, Altenew and Tonic), as well as Distress Markers and Hero Arts Glimmer Paints. The bottom tier holds spray adhesive, MISTI cleaner, rubbing alcohol, my Copic refills  and Airbrush supplies (my actual airbrush compressor now lives in my bedroom under a cabinet). I also have my heat tools attached to the side of it with 3M command hooks.
 
 
I keep my Copic Refills in a Really Useful Box (3L) they fit in really nicely but as you can see, I have run out of space now, so will need another one. I keep track of which refills I have by marking them on a blank Copic colour chart.
 
 
The other side of my room has a large Hemnes cabinet as well as my embellishment drawers. I store all of my stamps and dies in the cabinet, along with cardstock, paper and my die cutting machines. Right at the top of my cabinet I have round boxes from Ikea that hold my wood mounted stamps in.
 
 
The top shelf holds larger stamps. I have them in boxes from Ikea. I have my larger stamp sets in Avery Elle Extra Large Stamp & Die Pockets. My background stamps are in WRMK 6x6" sleeves. The next shelf down holds my Clearly Besotted stamps. These are in containers from Muji which are sadly now discontinued. Since I am on the Design Team, I keep these stamps separated by category - sentiments, floral, animals etc. The dividers are made from clear plastic swing clip files. The box to the left is for Clearly Besotted overflow (new release etc.) and the box to the right holds any new items that I have just purchased.
 
 
The next shelf down holds my Hero Arts stamps and dies. These are again in Ikea boxes and divided by category. I am on the Creative Team, so I find this works well for me to find the set that I need. As with the rest of my 'normal sized' stamps, these are in the Avery Elle Large Stamp & Die Pockets. If I have a die set to match, these are kept behind the stamp set in the same pocket.
 
 
The next shelf holds my 8.5" x 11" cardstock (and some A4). I have the cardstock in magazine files and divided with labels so that I can easily grab the colour that I need. I keep the cardstock in 9" x 12" grip seal bags and just cut off the top. I find these work really well and keep my cardstock contained and easy to get in and out of the magazine files.
 
 
To the side of the cardstock I have EZ Mount Binders that I use to keep my dies in. On the bottom shelf, I have die cutting machines and their cutting plates, envelope punch board and my 6" x 6" paper pads.
 
 
To the side of my cabinet I have The Best Organiser drawer cabinets. On the top of it I have 12" x 12" cardstock and paper in a Cropper Hopper paper holder. Next to that I have another swatch binder and then my stencil binders.
 
 
 
In the drawers of the top cabinet, I have ink pads, embossing powders and Nuvo Drops. In the bottom drawers I have sequins and embellishments, stickers, felt, ribbon and glitter. Beside the cabinets I have my tripod for my camera and a drawing board.

One thing that I didn't mention in the video is that I do have some supplies that are not in the room. I have a Cricut that I keep in my bedroom, as well as my Copic compressor. I also have the Gemini FoilPress that I got recently, I haven't quite found a space for that yet. I also have a cupboard on my landing where I have extra adhesives, photo props, Christmas stamps and the cards that I have made.
 


SUPPLIES:

Here are the links to what I use in my craft room for storage. 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.
 

If you have made it this far, thank you so very much for sticking with me! I really do appreciate it. I hope you have enjoyed looking around my room and maybe have got some ideas for your own space. Thank you so much for visiting me today, have a great day!
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