Sunday, 19 January 2020

FS676 - Happy Birthday

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Maria Patrick (Maria P).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on:
-mostly white card with border
-bold sentiment with shaped element

I changed:
-added a shaker

I used some new products from a new company called i-crafter (see yesterday's post and video for more info!).

I started with a white panel and I cut the star window and the happy window from Zip Gift Tags in the centre. Then I cut the star window from silver mirror cardstock and trimmed the star out before gluing it on top of the white star on my panel. I stamped 'birthday' in black ink.

I created my little shaker behind the star window and filled it with Graphite jewels from Pretty Pink Posh. I added a narrow black mat and some more jewels on top.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

5 Ways to Use Zip Gift Tags Dies - i-crafter launch

Good morning! I've got exciting news to share today! I'm one of the very proud members of a new Inspiration Team for a new company called i-crafter!

Here's a few words from Lynda, the owner:

This is a company backed by years of experience in the crafting industry. Built from the ground up with a lot of blood, sweat and tears {of joy} by people who truly like working with each other.
We will be launching new product at the beginning of each month and together with that, we will feature an inspiring blog hop by our talented Inspiration Team. New ideas and new crafty goodies to start your month off as well as an entire 30ish days of inspiration by the Team.
Because we are so new, you may notice a few glitches here and there. Just know that we are working to make your experience with us as fun and inspiring as possible. We want to build lots of tutorials, videos and ideas into this site so each time you visit there is something new to see and learn.
So here we are and here we go!

Today we're having a blog hop to celebrate the launch and January release so be sure to hop along (information below).

I created 5 different projects featuring the new Zip Gift Tags die set - here's a video to show how I made them:

Be sure to hop to all the blogs and leave a comment, plus leave a comment on the i-crafter post as well. On February 1, one winner will be randomly selected from all commenters who have posted a comment on every blog. This winner will receive a a prize of some brand new i-crafter dies and stamps. 

**Contest is open to U.S. residents only**

Thursday, 16 January 2020

6 Ways to use Polka Dot Coverplate (AJVD 10th Anniversary)

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today to celebrate their 10th Anniversary! Pop over for daily giveaways and free shipping for a limited time!

Here's a link to my video:

Monday, 13 January 2020

Customizing Stamped Images - Pretty Pink Posh 6th Anniversary Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 1 of the Pretty Pink Posh birthday blog hops (hop details below)!

We have a new release and there's lots of gifts and goodies for you too!

I made 4 Happy Birthday cards using the new Party Pals set - if you look closely, you'll see that each card has at least one 'altered' image - I made a video showing how easy it is to add (and take away) details to customize and personalize your cards!

Blog List

We'll be giving away a total of 6 $50 Gift Codes over the 3 days of Blog Hops, so be sure to comment below for a chance to win!

Saturday, 11 January 2020

FS675 - Love You

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Kim (hamiltonkim55).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Kim's:
-yellow background with pink focal point
-black sentiment element

I changed:
-no flowers
-no stencil

I started by stamping one of the Love Border stamps on a white panel, and then cut the LOVE die from the new Love set so that the hearts were on the letters.

Then I cut an O from the previously released Joy set, and I blended the 3 colours of ink I had stamped the hearts with onto that.

The YOU is part of the Happy Birthday to You Script die cut, and I wrapped it around the E for added interest.

And I popped all of this up onto a panel that had been blended with 2 yellow inks for a bright sunny look!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Pretty Pink Posh January Release

Good morning! Today is release day at Pretty Pink Posh and the first release for 2020 is now available in the shop!

January is also Pretty Pink Posh's anniversary, so starting Monday, January 13, we've got some fun celebrations planned, including giveaways, discount codes, free gifts and a blog hop to show you the newest products, and give you tons of inspiration!

This simple card shows one of the best qualities of photopolymer stamps, especially if they are long and narrow like this row of hearts from Love Borders, and the sentiment from Pond Friends - they can bend!

I started with the row of hearts. I put a panel of white cardstock in my MISTI and then I put a piece of acetate over top. This allowed me to curve that row of hearts the way I wanted it to, and it kind of 'stuck' in place on the acetate while I picked it up with my MISTI door. Then I stamped one row, moved the panel up by 1/4 inch and stamped again, then moved and stamped, moved and stamped until I had 5 rows of hearts.

Then I lined up the sentiment in the same way, so that it curved underneath the curved row of hearts and stamped it with black ink.

Before I coloured the hearts, I went around the left side of each heart with a gray Copic marker to make them look like they are popped up. Then, I chose a rainbow of Copic markers and went from darkest at the bottom to lightest at the top - yes, that means I used 45 different markers on this! I made it easier by starting in the centre and then working out left and right, and colouring the rainbow symmetrically, if you know what I mean.

Finally I added little dots with a white gel pen to look like 'shine' and added some Sparkling Clear Confetti sequins.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

FS674 - Hello

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper,  Patricia (pawilliams)!

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Patricia's:
-floral theme
-overlapping circle pattern
-bright rainbow of colours
-use of black

I changed:
- reversed the black and flowers
-no ribbon
-die cut sentiment

I was initially attracted by the bold colours popping from the black background, but then I was fascinated by the overlapping circle pattern that Patricia used on her flowers. I decided to create my background in a similar style and used a layered stencil technique to achieve it.

Here's a quick video showing how I made this card: