Saturday, 28 March 2020

Tips for Producing Multiple Cards - Christmas Blessings

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Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Betty (gabbygal).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Betty's:
-red patterned background
-die cut red flower with green leaves
-sentiment strips

I changed:
-1 strips horizontal instead of 2 diagonal
-swirl as part of the background
-white accents instead of black

I made 30 of these cards for my Church Christmas Card project. Here's a video:

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Oh, baby, baby! (Card for twins!)

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Good morning! Today the Ellen Hutson Design Ambassadors are having a little Sprinkle for our teammate, Emily, who is expecting twin boys soon! (you can see the rest of the team's cards on Ellen's blog here).

A Sprinkle is a toned-down baby shower for second babies. Or, in this case, 3rd and 4th babies, since Emily already has twins at home!

Congratulations and best wishes to Emily and her family!

To make my card, I used the new Stripe Background stamp to create a plaid panel with Juniper Mist and Aquatini ink. Then I blended Juniper Mist, Fiesta Blue and It's a Boy over top to create a more tone on tone look.

I cut a circle using one of the new Essential Circles dies and turned it 90 degrees so that the plaid is going the other way. I blended Juniper Mist ink around the edges.

For my sentiment, I used letters from words from the Block Words die set. To save me having to line them up, I glued them down in a bouncy way on purpose!

And finally, I added some little otters from Otterly Awesome, holding some hearts from It's a Date.

4 Card Ideas Using Birch Press Design Alphabet Stamps & Dies

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I'm on the Birch Press blog today with 4 cards (and a giveaway!) using the new Mod Alphabet stamps and dies!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Spring Flowers 3 Ways (Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop)

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Today I'm excited to be part of a very special video hop - Save the Crafty YouTuber! (link to my video and prize information below).

Despite the crazy times, I decided to embrace spring by making some cards featuring spring flowers and products from a number of different companies.

Watch my video to see how I made them:


Thanks to these fabulous sponsors, we have prizes on every stop on the hop!!

For a chance to win, hop and comment on the videos on YouTube.

Comments must be left by April 5th. Please mention USA or International if you would like to be chosen for physical prizes (Gift certificates will be awarded to anyone). You do not have to comment on every video, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

Prizes will be announced April 10th on Justine’s channel and blog.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

4 Cards using Pretty Pink Posh Crocus Stencil

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Today I have 4 cards made with the new Pretty Pink Posh Crocus stencil. This stencil has several crocuses (croci?!) on it as well as leaves and I chose the biggest, most open flower for my cards, as well as some pretty pastel Catherine Pooler inks.

I started by creating a little scene of flowers and then added a die cut Eyelet Border along the left side. I stamped my sentiment with dark Gray ink.

The other three are all basically the same card, just with different colours. I blended ink through the same crocus and then cut it with a Scallop Circle die.

I added little sentiments from Animal Signs, and 3 little matching jewels for each one.

I popped the circles up over white panels that had been blended with fresh green ink, fading toward the top.

It's Easter theme week at Pretty Pink Posh and all items in the Easter Category are on sale! (sorry, this Crocus Stencil isn't one of them).

Monday, 23 March 2020

Three Sweet Card Ideas using Catherine Pooler Forever 13 (Plus Blog Hop!)

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Good morning! Today the Ellen Hutson Design Ambassadors are hopping with some products from Catherine Pooler's latest release - Forever 13! Details are below.

As I often do, I fixated (who, me?!) on one stamp from Sweet Life and explored it for a while. Here's the evolution of my thinking:

Watermelon semi-circle stamped in rows to create a solid, vertical background. Finished with a sentiment and a smile made from the watermelon rind and a solid dot stamp from the set. 

Similar idea, but horizontal, and I created full circles with the semi-circle stamp rather than offsetting them. I started adding tone on tone 'decorative elements' and of course I immediately saw those dots as eyes.

So I made some bees, and created my own sentiment with some masking. This card also has 3 of the patterned papers on it and I want you to notice something. Both the dot patterns fit perfectly on an A2 size card - there is symmetry when I used them as borders - that, my friends, is called good design, which we always get with Catherine's products!

Blog Hop Details:

One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Sunday, March 29th at 11:59pm PDT. Winner will be notified by email.

Ardyth Percy-Robb  <<You are here!

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Take Good Care (FS685)

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Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Sheri Gilson (PaperCrafty).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Sheri's:
-vellum with white sentiment
-enamel dots

I changed:
-shortened the strips
-die cut sentiment
-added flowers to my rainbow
-black dots and border

I used 2 of the new Essential Rectangles dies from Ellen Hutson. I cut one for the white panel and black border and 7 of the smallest one to create my rainbow, using Copic markers.

The EBE sentiment has a Pearlescent Vellum shadow which has a lovely iridescent shimmer!

I actually finished this card once, a couple of weeks ago (I was working ahead, thinking I would be away this past week during March break, but of course, I ended up staying home!):

I wasn't happy with the variation of colour in my strips, especially that purple, and I wondered if I could 'fix' the card.
I carefully removed the die cut sentiment, and considered my options. Of course I could cut 7 more rectangles, re-colour them and glue them on top, but I was more ambitious than that.

I used a little flower background stamp from Pattern Play and stamped it right on top of the strips and I was happily surprised that it worked out so well! I love the added definition the black stamping added to my rainbow.
Then, given the times, I thought I would add a little 'take good care' sentiment. I'll pop this in the mail tomorrow to let someone know I'm thinking of them!