Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Birch Press String Art Frame

I'm on the Birch Press Design Blog today with these 4 cards using the String Art Frame!

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Happy Spring

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper Sharon (sharonwisely).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Sharon's:
-spring/nature images (bunny, bird, butterflies)

I changed:
-die cuts instead of stamping
-sentiment on bottom only
-white background

This was such a fun card to make - I used lots of little Essentials by Ellen stamps from various sets on one of the Mini Tags dies.

I started by cutting 9 of one of the tags, and then I stamped the little images on them. I coloured them with Copic markers then masked each one with a mask cut using the coordinating die.

I blended blue ink over the tags to make the images pop.

I used an Essential Rectangles die to cut my panel, and coloured the frame with a Copic marker to match the blue tags.

I popped up each of the tags and added some Stickles for sparkle.

I combined two sentiments from Tis the Season to make my Happy Spring sentiment.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

3 Ideas for Easter Cards using Pretty Pink Posh

Good morning! Today I'm sharing 3 pastel Easter cards using Pretty Pink Posh products.

For this card, I used the die from Easter Eggs as a stencil. I blended Catherine Pooler inks through it, and masked as I went to create a 'dimensional' background.

I used the square die from Spring Days and cut it from the panel, and then popped it up over the scalloped square die cut from white cardstock.

For this card, I blended the same inks through the Easter Background stencil. I used one of the Eyelet Border dies to create a pretty sentiment strip and I blended Hot Tub ink onto a plain white egg die cut.

Finally, I used the idea of the sentiment strip cut with the Eyelet Border die to create my pretty pastel strips on this card. I popped them up with foam tape and used an plain white (I shaded the left side with 2 Cool Gray Copic markers for 'dimension). The flower is a coordinating die from the Spring Wreath set, and the sentiment is from that set as well.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

4 ideas with the new i-crafter Doily die

Good morning! Today the April i-crafter release is available and we are hopping to celebrate! (Hop details below).

There are lots of new goodies, and I focused on the beautiful new Doily die as well as the Carly alphabet.

Here, I used 3 of the doily dies to create a little sun-catcher. I cut them (the Spellbinders Tool-n-One is invaluable for getting all the little bits out easily!) and then blended ink through them. By doing it this way, I was able to blend the ink onto a white card panel, and make this card as well:

And a word about the Carly Alphabet - it is a huge set of dies that includes both upper and lower case letters as well as punctuation. It's in a fun whimsical font and it's easy to work with, especially if you put BeCreative tape on the back of the cardstock before you die cut your letters.

My next card uses a fun technique I learned from watching Amber's video on the Save the Crafty YouTuber hop. I embossed the doily onto a piece of white cardstock by running it through my die cutting machine with the rubber embossing mat. I used Copic markers to colour it and then laid another die cut (from Memory Box glitter cardstock) over top. This gives the look of inlaid die cuts.

My final card also uses an embossed doily, this time as the focal point. I added some jewels for colour and sparkle and popped it up over another doily cut out from black cardstock.

Here's a video:



Saturday, 28 March 2020

Tips for Producing Multiple Cards - Christmas Blessings

click here for my 30 Days Colouring post.

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!)

click here for my 30 Days Colouring post.

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.