17 January 2020

Happy New Year

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the Clearly Besotted One More Sleep set. I made a tag using this set when it came out and I just love how the fireworks look on the ink blended background. I decided to create a similar tag (minus the dog but added in the building instead) and added it to a card.
 

I started off by die cutting one of the tags from the Clearly Besotted Tag Along Die Set. Using blending brushes, I blended on Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves. I then took the buildings and moon image from the Clearly Besotted One More Sleep Stamp Set, masked off the moon section and stamped it on the bottom of the tag using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.
 
 
I let the tag dry for a little while and then took the fireworks from the set and stamped these on the tag using Versamark Ink. I applied Tonic Nuvo Shimmering Pearl Glitter Embossing Powder and heat set. I then stamped the sentiment on to black cardstock using more Versamark ink, applied White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the tag with foam tape.
 
 
I added black twine through the top of the tag and tied in a bow. The tag was added to an A2 white card base with scored lines on, with tape runner. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Iridescent 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 know it is a little bit later for new year cards but hopefully it is a case of better late than never! Thanks so much for popping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day and a fantastic weekend!

15 January 2020

Abstract Triangles

Hello there, today  have another card to share with you that I made last year and never got around to blogging. This one I made back in August. It is just a simple birthday card but I often struggle with male cards and I do like how this one came out.
 
 
I started off by taking a panel of watercolour paper and applied Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay Inks on top. I used Black at the top, followed by Blue and then Teal at the bottom. I often do gradients the other way around and have the darker colour at the bottom, but I quite liked it this way around on this card. Once dry, I took the Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles Stamp and stamped this on to the panel with Versamark Ink.
 
 
I applied Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder and heat set. The panel was cut down and added to an A2 white card base with tape runner. I then took the MFT Happy Birthday Script Die and cut this five times from white cardstock and stacked them together. They were added to the top of the card with liquid glue. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Raindrops.
 
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 really like how the Bombay Inks blend together and I think they work really well with the subtle pattern on top from the stamp. I remember being in a rush to take photos of this card before I had to post it, so it looks like I didn't get rid of the scraggly bit of the die cuts. I am hoping, however, that they got removed before I posted it to the recipient! Thanks so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a fabulous day!

13 January 2020

Butterfly Transformation

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you that I made back in October. I did peek it in a haul video, so you may have seen it if you watch them, but I am only now just getting around to blogging it! It uses the beautiful Transformation stamp from The Ton.
 

I started off by stamping the big butterfly from The Ton Transformation Stamp Set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured it using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area) and fussy cut out with scissors. I took a white panel of cardstock and die cut the Reverse Confetti Stitched Rays Cover Panel on to it. This was added to the front of an A2 white card base with tape runner.
 
 
The butterfly was then added on top at an angle, using foam tape. I took the sentiment from the MFT Birdie Brown Greetings Galore Stamp Set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more foam tape. To finish off, I added white gel pen dots to the butterfly and Lucy's Iridescent Jewels around 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.
 
 
COPIC MARKERS: V09, V17, V15, V12, V01, V00, BG49, BG15, BG13, BG11, BG10.
 
I did have to make a custom envelope for this card but it was so worth it! I love that gorgeous butterfly! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful week.

10 January 2020

VIDEO | Spellbinders + FSJ Kindness Matters Kit

Hello there, I am delighted to be over on the Fun Stampers Journey YouTube Channel today to take part in the Kindness Matters release launch. For today's projects, I am using the FSJ Kindness Matters Project Kit. This is a wonderful kit, perfect for lots of different occasions and has a lovely happy and fun feel to it. It includes three stamps sets, plus a stencil and lots of supplies to get you started. You can now also buy the stamp sets and stencil individually too.
 
 
For the launch, I made three clean and simple cards using the three stamps sets in the kit, as well as the stencil. Here is the video showing how I made the cards:
 


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KINDNESS IS COOL
 

For this card, I used the Folk Blossom Stamp. I stamped it on to watercolour paper using Clear Pigment Ink and applied White Embossing Powder. It was heat set and then I applied Mermaid Markers in Byron Bay, Bluebottle and Jellyfish. It was cut down into a panel and added to an A2 white card base with foam tape. The sentiment is from the Kindness Is Cool Stamp Set, stamped on to Black Licorice Cardstock and white heat embossed also. To finish off, I added Splash Zone Sequins.
 
LET’S CELEBRATE
 
 
For this card, I first stamped the cake from the Sweet Birthday Wishes Stamp Set on to vellum using Clear Pigment Ink. I applied Rose Gold Embossing Powder, heat set and then fussy cut it out with scissors. I took the sentiment from the same set and heat embossed with Rose Gold on to Black Licorice Cardstock and cut down in to a strip. I took the Cane Weave Stencil and embossed this on to white cardstock using the Platinum 6. The piece was added to a card base and then the cake added on top, along with the sentiment.
 
SMILE
 
 
I took a piece of paper from the Journey Basics Brights Paper Pack and added this to an A2 white card base. A white tag was added on top with twine through the top. The sentiment from the Kindness Is Cool Stamp Set was white heat embossed on to black cardstock, cut in to a strip and added to the card. The sunflower image from the set was stamped on to white cardstock with Cave Black Squid Ink and coloured using Journey Color Burst Pencils. It was added to the card with foam squares.
 
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.
 
 
As mentioned in the video, the Kindness Matters Project Kit also comes with four project ideas plus all the supplies you need to create them. I hope that you will check out the rest of the launch over on the Fun Stampers Journey channel and Spellbinders Blog, there is lots of fun and inspiration to be had! I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made too! Thanks so much for joining me today. I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day!

9 January 2020

Thanks, Wonderful Friend

Hello there, today I have a card to share with you using the new Simon Says Stamp Heart Garland Background stamp from the Hey Bestie release, which is out today. They kindly sent me this stamp to play with and I love it! I think it can be used for lots of different occasions but I thought a thank you card for a friend would work well.
 

I started off by creating the background piece. I took a piece of Simon Says Stamp Lavender Cardstock and stamped the Simon Says Stamp Heart Garland Background Stamp on top using Versamark Ink. I applied Clear Embossing Powder and then heat set. It was then cut in to a rectangle using one of the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies.
 
 
I took blending brushes and first blended over Dusty Concord Distress Ink, I covered the entire panel but added more to the edges. I then went in with a little Black Soot Distress Ink to darken up the edges further. I then spritzed the piece with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set aside to dry. I removed any excess ink off the embossing powder with a soft cloth to reveal the lighter coloured pattern. This was added to a white A2 card base with tape runner.
 
 
I took the Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Die and cut the word three times from white cardstock. I then stacked them up on top of another using liquid glue and added to the card. I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words Stamp Set and stamped it on to Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. It was then cut in to a strip using the Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Labels Dies and added to the card with thin foam tape. To finish off, I added a few Lucy's Blackberry 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 apologise that the photos are not great. It is so dark here at the moment. I cannot wait for the nicer light in the spring! I hope you will check out the rest of the release. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day!

7 January 2020

With Love

Hello there, I am over on the Hero Arts Blog today, sharing a card using the new Floral Heart Wreath set. It is such a pretty set that can be used for lots of different occasions but I thought today, I would create a simple with love card.
 
 
The wreath from the Hero Arts Floral Heart Wreath Stamp Set was stamped in Inten-sified Black Ink and coloured with Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area). It was cut out using the coordinating dies and added to a scored card base using foam tape. The sentiment from the new Hero Arts Flower Bouquet Pieces Stamp Set was heat embossed in white on to back cardstock. I finished off with a few Hero Hues Purples Enamel Dots.
 
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: Flowers - V17, V15, V12 / B66 / R85, R83, R81. Leaves - YG17, YG25, YG03, YG01 / G46, G43, G20 / BG78, BG75.
 
For the full details on how I made the card, please head over to the Hero Arts Blog. Thank you so much for visiting me today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day!

6 January 2020

Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello there, today we are celebrating the release of the Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit. This is such an amazing kit to start off the New Year with! I absolutely love it! If you are following along in the hop, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Lydia, but if you get lost along the way, I have the full list of participants below.

 
I thought that I would start off by sharing the card that I made for the Hero Arts blog. I love this pretty butterfly! I die cut the butterfly from Hero Hues Arctic Cardstock and then blended on some Pool Party Reactive Ink in to the centre for some dimension. It was then sprayed using White Iridescent Shimmer Spray for some sparkle and set aside while I worked on the other elements. I took an A2 white card base and scored lines on to the front using a scoring board and bone folder.
 

I then die cut the envelope die from the kit using Classic Vellum Layering Paper and added that to the card. I die cut two leaf branches from the kit using Hero Hues Kiwi Cardstock and added them to the envelope with Precision Glue. The butterfly was popped up using foam tape. The sentiment from the kit stamp set was stamped on to Hero Hues Pitch Black Cardstock, white heat embossed and cut out using the banner die in the kit. I then embellished with a few Hero Hues Blues Enamel Dots.
 
 
My next card has the same feel to it but this time using the flower dies in the kit. I started off by taking an A2 top folding card base and scoring lines on to the front panel with a scoring board and bone folder. I took the bouquet wrapper die from the kit and cut this from Classic Vellum Layering Paper. I then die cut the flowers from white cardstock and coloured them using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area).
 
 
The flowers were popped inside the bouquet (adhered with Precision Glue) and then the bouquet adhered to the card using tape runner. I took the sentiment from the kit stamp set and stamped it on to Hero Hues Pitch Black Cardstock with Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I applied White Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. It was then cut in to a strip using the banner die. The sentiment strip was added to the card with foam tape and then I finished of by adding a few dots on to the flowers with white gel pens and also added a few Hero Hues Purples Enamel Dots around the sentiment.
 

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: Flower heads/petals - V17, V15, V12, V01. Leaves and stems - YG17, YG25, YG03, YG01.
 

THE KIT:

 
the Hero Arts January 2020 My Monthly Hero Kit contains a 4" x 6" clear stamp set, 14 coordinating Fancy Dies, 8 5.5" x 8.5" sheets of cardstock, Pink Sparkle Embossing Powder, Aqua Glimmer Metallic Ink and 2 yards of pink satin ribbon. All of this values at over $76 but you can get it for $34.99 (£27 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. International subscribers will receive a discount off shipping too! Kits begin shipping 10th January 2020.
 

ADD-ONS:
 
There are some wonderful add-on products available this month too. These are not limited edition and can be purchased when you purchase the kit from Hero Arts, 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 shopping spree to one lucky blog hop reader. The winner will be drawn from all of the comments left across all of the stops in the hop. The giveaway closes on 12th January 2020 and the winner will be announced the following week.
 
Next on the hop is the amazing Nichol. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day!

VIDEO | Clearly Besotted January 2020 Release Preview

Hello there and welcome to Clearly Besotted January 2020 release day! The new sets release tonight at 8pm GMT. There is definitely a history theme to this release and it's something different for the stamping world, so I hope that you will love them as much as I do!
 
 
As mentioned, the new sets release tonight at 8pm GMT and can be purchased from the Clearly Besotted Shop (UK) based or now at Simon Says Stamp (US based). Here is a look at the new products, plus a few extra stencils:
 


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 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 would love to hear your thoughts on the release if you would like to leave me a comment but for more inspiration, please do head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog and Keren has one last teaser to share with you too! Thanks so much for popping by today. See you later for the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero release.

5 January 2020

Clearly Besotted Teasers | My Hero

Hello there and welcome to day four of the Clearly Besotted Teasers. The new sets release tomorrow at 8pm GMT but before then, I have one last teasers to share with you. I couldn't resist using the Roman Hippos again!
 

I started off by stamping one of the hippos from the Clearly Besotted Roman Hippos Stamp Set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I cololured him using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area) and fussy cut him out using scissors. I then took a panel of white cardstock cut using one of the Hero Arts Nesting Circle Infinity Dies. I took The Colosseum from the Roman Hippos set and stamped it on the circle.
 
 
I coloured the piece with Copic Markers to create a sky and ground. I took a white A2 card base and embossed the larger circle from the circle die set on to the front panel. I then added the image piece on top with tape runner. The hippo was then added with foam tape. I took the sentiment from the Roman Hippos set and stamped it on to black cardstock with Versamark Ink. I applied white detail embossing powder and heat set. It was cut in to a strip and added to the card with more 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: Hippo - W7, W6, W5, W3, W2, W1. Sword - E57, E55, C5, C3, C1. Shield - E99, Y28, Y26, Y13. The Colosseum & ground - E44, E43, E42, E41. Sky - B06, B04, B02, B00, B000.
 
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my teasers. There are two sentiment sets that I have not used, plus a stencil. I will share them in my release video tomorrow. In the mean time, please head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, Keren and Lisa for more inspiration. Thank you so much for visiting me today. See you tomorrow for release day. Have a wonderful day!

4 January 2020

Clearly Besotted Teasers | You're Pawsome

Hello there and welcome to day three of the Clearly Besotted Teasers. Not long to wait now, the new sets release on the 6th January. For today's card, I am using the new Viking Pooches set. It is so cute featuring lots of pooches in Viking outfits!
 

I started off by stamping one of the dogs from the Clearly Besotted Viking Pooches Stamp Set on to white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured him using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area) and fussy cut him out using scissors. I then set him aside while I worked on the background.
 
 
I took one of the tags from the Clearly Besotted Tag Along Die Set and cut it from white cardstock. I took the mountains and ship image from the Viking Pooches set and stamped it on to the tag using more black ink. I then coloured the tag using Copic Markers. I took the sentiment from the set and stamped it on to black cardstock using Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set.
 
 
I then cut the sentiment down using the tag die for the bottom and cut along the top. It was added to the tag with tape runner. I added the dog on top with foam tape. I die cut the tag hole from black cardstock and added that with liquid glue before tying on some Hemp Twine. I took a white A2 card base and added scoring lines on to it before adding the tag using tape runner. To finish off, I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the horns on the hat.
 
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: Dog - E57, E55, E53, E51. Hat - C8, C6, C5, C3. Sea - B18, B16, B12. Mountains - W5, W3, W1, W0. Sky - B02, B00, B000, B0000. Ship - E59, E57, E55, R89, R39, R27, R24.
 
How fun is this set? There are lots of other dogs in the set, as well as accessories and sentiments. For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, Keren and Lisa. Thanks so much for popping by today, see you tomorrow for day four. Have a great day!

3 January 2020

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Hippo Anniversary

Hello there and welcome to day two of the Clearly Besotted January 2020 Teasers. Today I am using the new Roman Hippos set. This is such a fun set. I am not sure I have seen many Roman stamp sets, especially in hippo form!
 

I started off by stamping two of the Roman hippos from the Clearly Besotted Roman Hippos Stamp Set on to white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then coloured them using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies section) and then fussy cut out using scissors.
 
 
I took an A2 white card base and stamped the building on to it using Hero Arts Soft Granite Shadow Ink. I then took the sentiment from the new Clearly Besotted Says It All Stamp Set and stamped that in black ink below. The hippos were added on top with foam tape. I then stamped, coloured and cut out a heart from the Clearly Besotted Rainy Day Play Stamp Set and added that between the two hippos.
 
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: Hippos - W5, W3, W2, W1. YG17, YG25, YG01. BG72, BG70, BG10. R83, R81, R000.
 
The female Roman probably wore slightly more clothing back in the day but since hippos don't usually wear clothing, I hope that she isn't flashing too much! Haha! For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, Keren and Lisa. Thanks so much for popping by, I really do appreciate it. See you tomorrow for day three. Have a wonderful day!

2 January 2020

Clearly Besotted Teasers | Sphinx You're Great

Hello there and welcome to day one of the Clearly Besotted January 2020 Teasers. We are a little bit later this month due to the holiday season, but for the next few days, we will be sharing teasers with you using the new sets. They will then release on the 6th January. This release is something a little different, I think, so I am excited to share my cards with you!

For my card today, I am using the new Clearly Besotted Egyptian Feline Stamp Set. This set is perfect for the cat lovers in your life! I first took a panel of white cardstock and stamped one of the sphinx cats from the set on to it using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I made a mask for her and then stamped the pyramids in the background.

I also stamped the sentiment from the set to the left. I then coloured the panel using Copic Markers (the colours that I used are listed below the supplies area). I coloured the sky first to create a sunset, followed by the pyramids and sand. Finally, I coloured the cat. The panel was then simply adhered to an A2 white card base with foam tape. To finish off, I added a few highlights to the cat using a 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: Sky - R24, YR18, YR16, YR15, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11. Pyramids/Sand - E44, E43, E42, E41, E40. Cat - N8, N6, N5, N4, N3, E99, Y28, Y26, Y15.
There are a lot of different cats in the set, as well as accessories and sentiments - so cute! For more inspiration using the new release, please head over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, Keren and Lisa. Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today. See you tomorrow for day two. Have a great day!
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