Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Catherine Pooler Designs - Celebrate Bursts & Backgrounds

The new Catherine Pooler Designs Bursts & Backgrounds release is now live!

I made this card with the new Climbing Flowers background stamp and my Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers. And my MISTI.

This gorgeous backgound stamp is a real staple -  you can use it in so many ways to get so many different looks!

I put the stamp on my MISTI door and then coloured a few areas with a pink marker, spritzed it with water and then closed the door.

Then I did a few areas with yellow, spritzed and closed. Green, spritzed and closed, aqua, spritzed and closed.

The water on the stamp mixed the colours to give this faux-watercolour lookc.

To finish it off, I cut 3 celebrates from white cardstock and stacked them up. The top one had been embossed with Wanderlust embossing glitter. I put a thin strip of midnight cardstock behind it to help it stand out a bit, and I love the contrast it adds!

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Pretty Pink Posh August Release - Scarecrow Hugs

The latest Pretty Pink Posh release is available now! Lots of new stencils, stamps, dies, gems and sequins to play with!

For this card, I used the Autumn Leaves stencil with 4 colours of ink and a turn technique. I placed the stencil on a panel of white cardstock and blended one colour of ink. Then I turned the stencil 90 degrees and blended the next colour, and again. And again. 4 turns in total, and I think it gives a fun, layered look, much like real autumn leaves (only less raking required here!)

I practiced my no-line colouring with Copics markers and this sweet scarecrow from Fall Signs and I used a portion of a sentiment from Bear Friends.

To create my shaker, I stacked about 7 of the Scalloped Circle frame dies, added acetate and then used the tiny orange star sequins (each pack comes with the 4 colours shown, and are limited in quantities and exclusive to the PPP Shop, so be sure to get them fast if you want them!)

Sunday, 18 August 2019

FS654 - Hello

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Donna Ross (Rostergold).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Donna's:
-two flying creatures on white background
-cool colours
-hello theme

I changed:
-added more colour
-butterflies to birds

I loved the deep aqua colour on Donna's card, so I stuck with the cool side of the rainbow. I started by using some post it tape as a mask and then I blended Aquatini, Lime Rickey and Melon Ice ink over the panel. I spritzed water over the blended ink and picked it up with a dry paper towel to create my dots.

I trimmed the panel with a stitched rectangle die, and then stamped the two Tropical Toucans and the sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies.

I used Copic markers to colour the toucans. Very simple stamping and inkblending.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

August Innovations with Ardyth

Today I'm on the Ellen Hutson blog and YouTube channel with the August instalment of Innovations with Ardyth.

This video has tips and project ideas for an early start to holiday Crafting! (and it also has a non-interactive version of my Elf-meter card from this post!)  Be sure to check it out!

AJVD - Oh What Fun!

The A Jillian Vance Design release is now live! Direct shopping links are below.

I made this sweet scene with the Cozy Cottage Birdhouse die and the Sweet Gingerbread add ons. So clever how these two work together - the door die fits right over the round hole in the birdhouse, to create a gingerbread house. And I'm already picturing all the cards I can make with the tree and gingerbread people and their accessories, even if I don't use the house!

Look at the detail on that house - the boards and nails are clearly visible. As for the Add-on set, I used pretty much everything  - the landscape, the tree, the door, the snowy roof line.

I created my gingerbread colour by blending Over Coffee and Mandarin Spice ink on white Neenah cardstock. Notice how the die cut lines (mouths, and trim) appear to stay white - I love that!

My trees are also white Neenah, blended with Lime Rickey and Spruce inks.

The house and door were cut from Kraft cardstock, and I blended Rouge ink over the door - love how rich it is! I blended the same Rouge ink on white for the girl's bow, so you can see the difference that the two colours of cardstock make.

And check out how that little scarf actually wraps around his neck! So cute!

I added a tiny portion of one die cut from the Merry Mistletoe set and I used a sentiment from Just BeClaus, stamped in Rouge ink.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

AJVD - Lights, Camera, Christmas

Today I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog with 2 Christmas cards. It's 'Tech Week' and we 'Set Designers' are each in charge of a 'Dress Rehearsal'. And there's special pricing and a giveaway each day this week, too, so be sure to pop over and check it out.

'Opening Night' is coming Saturday but Pre-orders are being taken now!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Tips for Making Multiple Cards


Today I have a video with tips for making multiple cards. I make LOTS of multiples each year for my Church Christmas projects and over the years, I've learned lots of ways to make the process more efficient.

This time, I challenged myself to make 8 interactive cards. This nice-meter was surprisingly easy to do, and as a bonus, I'll show you how I made sure that the elf always lands on 'nice'  - check out the video to see how I did!