Tuesday, 22 August 2017

SugarPea Designs Release Sweet Peeks Day 2

Good morning! It's Day 2 of SugarPea Designs' Sweet Peeks week and we've got a set for all the creators out there!

Made with Love and the matching dies With Love are perfect for making tags for your hand-made gifts. Whether you love to bake, sew, knit, crochet (I've got at least one of each in my family!) - we've got the sentiment for you. And one little add-on that will make you and the gift recipient laugh.

I created a little shaker with the tag and heart dies and popped it on a card, using the foliage die to build some dimension and interest in the background.

Here's another look at the Arrow Coverplate we showed yesterday - this time I used it as a stencil. I added a double-tag (from today's reveal) and there's a sneak peek of something from Thursday here, too! I'm always amazed by how you can get so many different looks from the same products!

Be sure to drop by all the DT Members' blogs for more inspiration and a chance to win (details on the SugarPea Designs blog)!

(links will be live at 6 pm on Friday, August 25)

Muse 231 - Thank You

Good morning! This is my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Kim has given us this welcoming inspiration:

I focused on Kim's:
-big yellow, die cut focal point
-green foliage
-black and white accents


Monday, 21 August 2017

In Honour of the Solar Eclipse...

Please scroll down for my SugarPea Sweet Peeks Week Day 1 post.

I had some fun yesterday making a solar eclipse card. Of course there are no sentiments made for this precise occasion since it happens so rarely so I made one from parts of several different stamps from various sets. It seemed appropriate to comment on the 'specialness' of the day.

I started by sponging a 'sun' of Tiara ink, and then stamped a 'moon' from Spot On (from the Foundations Box) in Midnight directly over it. To complete my focal panel, I created the rest of the sentiment using stamps from I Pick You and Good Things (Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval collection). I cut it using a Dotted Circle die and offset a shadow behind it.  I blended a 'sky' panel using It's a Boy, and spritzed it with water for interest and colour variation.

I used:

SugarPea Designs Release Sweet Peeks Day 1

Good morning! Are you excited? I sure am, and so are all the members of the SugarPea Designs DT! It's Day 1 of SugarPea Designs' Sweet Peeks and we've got SO much to show you! I think this is my favourite release ever! (do I say that every time? lol! It's TRUE!)

Let's dive right in, shall we? Today we're introducing new patterned papers in classic stripes and polka dots and in a full rainbow of colours (brights AND pastels!). We've got a new cover plate and of course, a sweet stamp set full of autumn images and cute critters - with matching dies, of course!

This card uses the brights paper pack and the cover plate, along with some of the smaller stamps from our latest stamp set.

And here are the raccoons! Aren't they adorable! I drew a scene around them, using a Copic-safe marker.

And don't forget our (still quite new) coloured envelopes - we have a rainbow of them too! 

Be sure to drop by all the DT Members' blogs for more inspiration!

(links will be live on Friday, August 25 at 6 pm)

Sunday, 20 August 2017

FS550 - All My Love

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, (aka HappyinMarco)

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on:
-vertical flower arrangement
-black script sentiment

I changed:
-colour of card base
-position of sentiment

I used Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip markers on an Impression Obsession cling stamp. Here's a quick video:

Saturday, 19 August 2017

MCV83 - Cards 2&3

Here are Card 2 and 3 for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge for August, where Cornelia has given us 4 cards as inspiration:

Today, I'm posting my cards inspired by the top-right  and bottom-left cards.

Card 2 (Merry Little Christmas)
I focused on Cornelia's:
-deer theme
-colour scheme

I used:
-Stamplorations (our Sponsor!) - Christmas Reindeer (and matching dies)
-black and white striped patterned paper

Card 3 (Jingle All the Way)
I focused on Cornelia's:

Friday, 18 August 2017

SugarPea Designs Light Bulb Moment

I'm on the SugarPea Designs Blog today with my weekly Light Bulb Moment.

 This week we're looking at tips for creating cards inspired by a photo (like when you want to play along with the SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge, for instance!)

Thursday, 17 August 2017

AJVD - Be-Leaf in Yourself

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design Blog today with this fun starburst technique using a mask and Distress Inks.

Also linking up to Time Out #90 where the theme is Autumn.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Release Day

 The Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval collection is available now to Wait List members and it's looking like it's selling out quickly! It's not surprising - a box full of this much goodness is sure to be extremely popular!

Here are two more cards I made with this amazing collection of goodies:

Stamps: Bloomin' Bouquet, Autumn Blessings
Inks: Lime Rickey, Melon Ice, Bellini, Fiesta Blue, Party Dress, Sweet Sixteen, Midnight

Stamps: Leaf Motifs, Autumn Blessings
Dies: Tags, Etc.
Inks: Black Jack, It's A Girl, Tiki Torch

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Muse Challenge #229 - Get Well Soon

Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Tracey has given us a fun, whimsical inspiration:

I focused on Tracey's:
-blue background
-colour scheme

I have the hippos, and they haven't seen any ink yet, but I didn't want to be too close to Tracey's card, so I squinted and blurred my eyes and decided to focus on the colours of the balloons and use this pretty bunch of tulips. I chose a very grey-looking green for my stems, to kind of incorporate the grey of the hippo. I did not emboss my sentiment in white on black because that is a skill I do not have! lol! But I placed it in a similar position. Finally, I masked and sponged some pale blue in the background and added some Stickles for sparkle.

I used:
-Clearly Besotted Delightful Day Additions

Monday, 14 August 2017

Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Blog Hop. You should have come from Kristie's blog (full blog list below). 

Oh, wow, this collection is absolutely stuffed FULL of amazing products - it includes basics that you will use all the time as well as some amazing season-specific goodies. I couldn't stop making cards with these incredible stamps, dies and stencils!

If you’re new to Stamp of Approval – click here to check out everything you need to know about this amazing collection of Stamps, Dies and other goodies.

You can WIN your Stamp of Approval Collection!

THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day). The more blogs you comment on, the better your chance of winning!
Entries close on THURSDAY, August 17 at 9AM EST and will be announced on Catherine's blog later that day.
If you have already purchased a box, you will receive a $100 gift certificate towards your next purchase.

Let's move on to some cards so you can see some of the stamps, dies and stencils included in this fabulous collection!

Stamps: Autumn Blessings, Good Things
Dies: Thankful, Tags, Etc.
Stencils: Geo Trio, Marching Leaves
Inks: BlackJack, Midnight, Rockin' Red, Tutti Frutti, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini (links below)

For this card, I used a fun ghosting technique with the Marching Leaves stencil. I created the top 'bar' with the chevron portion of the Geo Trio stencil and a stitched rectangle die from Tags, Etc. Next, I blended ink onto watercolour cardstock, then laid the stencil over it before misting with water. I left it for about a minute before pressing paper towel onto it. I just love how well these vibrant Catherine Pooler inks react with water! Here's a quick video of the process:

Stamps: Bloomin' Bouquet
Dies: Tags, Etc.
Ink: Midnight, Fiesta Blue, Lime Rickey, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti (links below)

For this card, I used one die repeatedly (a 3x4 grid of tiny hearts) and popped it up over a blended rainbow. I used the same scalloped rectangle die as the first card, but only on one edge. Clean, simple but lots of impact!

Stamps: Bloomin' Bouquet, Leaf Motifs
Ink: Black Jack, Party Dress, Tiara (links below)

For this card, I stamped the bunch of daisies 5 times to create a larger flower. I cut a circle and sponged pink and yellow ink for my flower centre.

Today's Blog Hop:

Saturday, 12 August 2017

FS549 - Thanks

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Sharon (aka shendrian).

There are so many amazing cards in Sharon's gallery, that I had a hard time choosing an inspiration this week - I ended up with two!

This one

and this one:

Card 1:
I focused on Sharon's:
-black and white colour scheme
-thanks theme
-circle elements

I changed:
-added a rainbow
-shape and size of the card

(also linking up to Ellen Hutson's Mix it Up Challenge with Avery Elle).

Card 2:
I focused on Sharon's:
-blended background
-white layer with yellow flower

I changed:
-no dry embossing
-added a sentiment

I used: