Thursday, 14 February 2019

Warm Heart

 I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with my final Valentine for 2019! This one's nice and cozy!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Catherine Pooler Designs February Release Instagram Hop

Today is the day! The Catherine Pooler  Welcome Home release will be available later today. But right now, we have an Instagram hop, so be sure to check it out for a chance to win!

I made this card by using the new Blowing Bubbles Border die as a stencil, and blending ink through it.  The sentiment is from the new Awesome & Wonderful sentiment set. There's a quick video on my IG feed, so pop over for more!

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Catherine Pooler Designs February Release - Hello

Today is the video hop to celebrate the February release from Catherine Pooler Designs, which will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13.

This card features the new background stamp Rondi's Window and a sentiment from Ways to Say Hey border dies.

This stamp is intricate and can be used with simple blending and colouring techniques, but I decided to go labour-intensive and colour it with Copic markers before overstamping with black and embossing with clear WOW! embossing powder for a stained glass look. I trimmed the panel with a stitched rectangle die from the Postage Stamp die set.

Then, by simply changing the marker colours and changing to gold embossing powder, I got a completely different look:

I love the rich, elegant vintage feel of this Christmas card. I have a feeling I'll be playing around with this stamp for a very, very long time!

Here's my video:

Monday, 11 February 2019

Catherine Pooler Designs February Release Blog Hop

Good morning! On Wednesday, Catherine Pooler has a new release coming out and it's full of amazing new stamps and dies! Today is the blog hop, and while I'm not on the hop (list is below), I couldn't wait to show you some of the new goodies!

I used the new Interlock die to create this card. It's a big mandala-type die and it's delicate and oh, so beautiful!

I cut it from white cardstock, and then blended a rainbow of inks over it while the pieces were still in it.Then I popped out the negative pieces and cut the mandala in half, so that I could make it look like it was wrapped around my panel.

My sentiment is from the new Awesome & Wonderful set. I absolutely love this handwritten font! (and you'll recall that Catherine already has Awesome and Wonderful dies, so this set will work perfectly with items you already have!)

I couldn't bear to throw away all the negative pieces, so I created another card with another sentiment from the Awesome & Wonderful sentiment set.

Here's the blog list - be sure to hop and comment for a chance to win!

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

FS627 - Best Wishes

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Crafty Merla! I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Merla's:
-floral theme
-purple, yellow, green colours
-scalloped edges

I changed:
-square card
-inlaid the scalloped circle
-used purple on background not as a flower

I used:

Essentials by Ellen February Release - Coffee

There are two new coffee sets in the February Essentials by Ellen release! A Breve Note has lots of classic coffee images along with some pretty funny sentiments, and I knew immediately I had to make this card, inspired by the Chaos & Darkness sentiment!

I started with a square panel of white cardstock. I masked off the 'almost-v' in the centre and swirled some brown Catherine Pooler inks on the edges, to create a coffee-coloured impression of chaos and darkness. It was strange to NOT be trying to get a smooth blend, but fun to use this method to create some texture. I sprtized the panel with water for some more texture, but made sure not to leave the water on for too long - I used Neenah here.

Once the darkness was done, I blended the 'light'. I used a blender brush to make sure I got a smooth blend on this one - this card is a study in opposites!

I finished by stamping the sentiment and the steam, and then adding the two coffee cups (which were coloured with Copics and decorated with a stamp from Latte Love).

Here's a video:

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Essentials by Ellen February Release - Daisy

The February Essentials by Ellen Release is now available!

This release is full of amazing goodness from Julie, including a new Mondo flower, TWO coffee sets and some new sentiment dies. Links are below.

I made this card with the daisy, my 'MISTI-turn' technique and some fun Copic-dot colouring.

I started by placing the daisy so that I could get it close, but not overlapping when I turned the panel in my MISTI. I needed to use my original-sized MISTI so that I could stamp the daisy off the edges of the panel. I used the measurements on the MISTI, to make sure that each daisy edge was close to the centre of the panel edge. I was still surprised when it all worked out though!

Then I coloured the daisies, using cool grays for the petals and warm yellows for the centres. I marked the back of the panel so I knew which side was the 'top', just to help with the shading on the flower centres.

Next, I used several blue/purple/aqua Copics to dot the background. I love the look this technique gives!

Finally I added the sentiment using the new Big Scripty Hello die. I cut the shadow from vellum and put some Stickles around the edges for sparkle. I stacked up 2 black 'hellos' and glued them to the vellum.

To glue the sentiment to the card, I put liquid glue on the back but only where the black hello was, so that it wouldn't show through the vellum.

Here's a video:

I used: