Monday, 19 March 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs All That Jazz Release - Make a Wreath

It's Day 2 of the Blog Hops for the new release from Catherine Pooler which will be available tomorrow. I'm not on the hop today, but I've included the list below, so you can hop and comment for your chance to win 2 CP Ink pads!

Seems like everyone's making wreaths these days, doesn't it? There are stamps that turn and there are templates that turn, but I made this just with a square panel and my MISTI.

The stamps I used are from two sets from the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Collection that was released last fall, and will be available in the shop tomorrow.  I used pretty pastel colours, and voila, my wreath has a fresh, spring feeling! That little spiral really goes with the pumpkin stamp, but it fits right in here, doesn't it?

It's important to start with a square panel (I used 4.25x4.25 and then cut it with a circle die when I was finished my stamping). And you need to know where the centre of the panel is. I use a circle die and a pencil to draw a guideline, but that step isn't necessary.

Be sure to hop and comment for a chance to win:

Catherine Pooler
Chrissie Tobas
Tracie Pond
Ashlea Cornell  
Jen Carter   
Josefine Fouarge  
Ilina Crouse  
Melissa Miller  

Here's a quick video:

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Catherine Pooler All That Jazz Release

I'm excited to be here with a card using some new products from Catherine Pooler that will be available on Tuesday, March 20 (for StampNation members, you can order on Monday at 10 am! Here's more info about becoming a StampNation member!).

We are celebrating with 3 days of blog hops. I'm not on the hop today (but the blog list is below, so you can hop for your chance to win!) but I couldn't wait to show you some fun cards using the new goodies!

This release is made up of some completely new stamps, dies and stencils, as well as the products that were in the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Collection last fall and the All That Jazz Ink pad and reinker.

This card uses a solid leaf stamp from Leaf Motifs in a rainbow of inks from the Party Collection. I started by creating an 8-petal 'flower', overlapping each one for even more pretty shades of colour. 

I used the scalloped rectangle die from Tags, Etc. to create the scalloped edge on my white panel.

The Awesome die is brand new and is, well, awesome! I love the bouncy, happy font! To get this look I blended the rainbow of inks onto a piece of cardstock and then die cut it. I then spritzed it with water and let it dry before cutting it out. I stacked it with 3 other die cuts for some dimension.

Be sure to hop for your chance to win 2 inks - winners will be announced on Catherine's blog on March 23.

Friday, 16 March 2018

SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop

Good morning! It's time for SugarPea Designs' Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop! Now that you have had a chance to play around with the newest goodies, our Design Team has come up with even more inspiration for you!

Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 24th.

Sugar cookies are my weakness, but my paper version of my favourite treat is just as sweet, with no calories! I stamped and masked the cookies and then coloured them with Copic markers. I blended some Antique Linen Distress Ink for a warm glow and stamped my sentiment.

These cards show you how this Diagonal Stripe Cover Plate creates two cards for one! I blended ink onto one panel before cutting. I used the full panel for one card and a few of the cut out stripes for another. 




Thursday, 15 March 2018

Happy Easter

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with a video showing how I made my pastel rainbow background with one sentiment stamp, and how I added colour and dimension to a die cut.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Colour Trend: How to Incorporate Attitude (Colour Palette)

Good morning! Today I've got a fun card inspired by this vibrant Attitude colour palette, using stamps and dies from the latest Essentials by Ellen release and Catherine Pooler inks.

I love these bright colours and that  rainbow citrus caught my eye right away!

I started with a 4.25x4.25 white panel. I blended Fiesta Blue about half-way down the panel, fading to white.

Then Something Borrowed just on the area closer to the top.

I splattered it with water and let it dry.

Then I stamped (with some masking) my girls and the sentiment.

I used Copic markers to colour their obis and left their kimonos white, because I wanted to capture that rainbow-citrus from the inspiration photo in their parasols. I used the matching dies to cut out the 3 parasols.

I trimmed the panel to 4x4 and adhered it to a white card base before adding the 3 parasols.

And that's it! Really a simple, mostly-stamped card with some blending and colouring but bright, fun and full of energy and life! 

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Saturday, 10 March 2018

FS579 - Roll With It

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Denise (aka Visa Visa). I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Denise's:
-colours (black, white, green)
-circular focal point with strip behind

I changed:
-stamped image
-clearer background

I started by simply stamping my images and sentiment on a white panel. I coloured it with Copics and then thought about how to add some interest.

First, I cut and coloured the sushi grass as my strip for a bigger pop of colour on the card. Then inspiration hit, and I created a big maki roll by cutting my focal panel with a circle die and matting it on black (seaweed).

For more interest, I tilted my maki so that it looks like it's rolling.

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Muse 256 - Golden Anniversary

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Anita gave us this pretty, romantic inspiration:

I focused on Anita's:
-anniversary theme
-metallic accents

Later this year we will be celebrating my parents' 50th (Golden) wedding anniversary, and this is my mom's favourite colour, so I decided to get a head start on the card.

I decided to make a big card (for me, anyway!), so I started with a 5x7 panel of watercolour cardstock.

I used the cling-wrap with watercolours technique for my background, with some blue-y green Catherine Pooler re-inkers as my watercolours. Using the reinkers gives a more intense colour but you could easily smoosh your inkpads onto your palette and achieve a similar look, as I've done before.

When the panel was dry, I flicked Delicata Gold ink over it for some golden splatters.

Next, I cut the Prismatic Heart die from Gold Mirror cardstock and again, out of my panel. I adhered acetate to the back of the panel and created a shaker with Pretty Pink Posh Gold confetti and Studio Katia iridescent gems. Here's a close up.

I used a spray adhesive on the delicate golden die cut - so much easier than trying a liquid glue, which may have spread onto the acetate.

Here's a quick video:

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Friday, 9 March 2018

SugarPea Designs Light Bulb Moment - Happy Mother's Day

Did you know it's Mother's Day on Sunday? It is - in the UK. Which is where my Mother-in-Law lives. Hop over to the SugarPea Designs blog to see how I made this pretty card.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The CLASSroom - Epic Birthday

I'm excited to be on The CLASSroom blog with a step-by-step tutorial for this epic card using some of the newest Essentials by Ellen products!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Happy Birthday, Kate!

Today's my daughter's 15th birthday! I was excited to finally use some Neat & Tangled goodies that I haven't been able to get to, along with my favourite Catherine Pooler inks to make this card for her.

Happy Birthday, Kate!

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

FS578 - Fortune-ate!

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Bronwyn (aka BronJ). I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Bronwyn's:
-different fold
-use of one colour plus metallic

I changed:
-type of fold

I used some of the latest products available later today at Ellen Hutson. These stamps and dies have an Asian feel and were inspired by Julie's recent travels to Japan. Just wait until you see how fun they are - the Design Team has all sorts of inspiration for you!

I started by die cutting the fortune cookies and blended distress ink on them in different shades of browns to create some dimension.

I stamped and embossed a lantern and then blended red inks to create an ombre background. I trimmed it down and cut 2 pieces from it to fit the front portions of my card.

My card is my normal square 4.25x8.5 cardbase, scored at 2.5 and 6.75 so that there are two flaps that meet at the front of the card. It's slightly asymetrical but there's a reason! Because of the orientation of the cookies, I couldn't really put one on each side, so I had my panels 'meet' slightly off-centre to give space for both cookies on the left side.

I stamped the 'fortunes' and carefully adhered the cookies so that you can slide the fortunes in and out.

I also stamped a sentiment on the inside of the card.

Here's a video:

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Ellen Hutson Design Team Hop

Good morning! The new Ellen Hutson Design Team is having a 'get to know you' blog hop today. Even though most of us have been crafting and cardmaking for many years, I still find it fun and informative (and occasionally life-changing!) to see other crafters' favourite tips and techniques and that's what this hop is all about.

I chose a few of my favourites to feature - CAS design, a mixture of stamp sets, a rainbow of colour and crisp black sentiment.

I started by creating my rainbow panel, with mid-tone Copic markers. I put down colour in lines across the panel, some straight, some slightly diagonal and started each colour in the bottom of the previous colour to blend a bit. I wanted a lot of variation in the colours - a streaky look, so I went over the coloured panel with my colourless blender which lifts and softens the colours.

Next, I stamped and cut the penguin, 2 balloons and a party hat (turned out it was a bit too big for him, so I stamped another balloon). This penguin with his flipper up looks so earnest, like he's waving hello or he wants to be picked next for a team or like he's floating away with balloons!

I left him and the balloons mostly white to let the background stand out. I did add some sparkle to the balloons with Star Dust Stickles (another one of my long-time favourites!)

I used Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink for all my black stamping - this ink is Copic-friendly, waterproof and stamps easily and crisply. You need to use a light hand - a couple of taps is all it takes to ink up your stamp.

Now for some fun facts about me!
  1. Coffee or tea? Tea but it has to be black tea (I need caffeine!). Here in Canada we have a chain called David's Tea which has lots of flavoured teas and fun tea accessories. In the winter, I drink a mixture of Candy Cane Crush and Santa's Secret (chocolate/mint - YUM!!) and all year long, I drink Maracuja Mango iced in my fizzy water (I gave up my 4-a-day Diet Coke habit a few years ago!).
  2. How did you come up with your blog name? My family is made up of (in age order, even!) Michael, Ardyth, Struan and Kate. MASK is our acronym and I decided to use it to personalize my blog way back in 2012 when I started. I'm the vowel - the glue that holds it all together! lol!
  3. Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself! The background for this card was inspired by my phone's homescreen! 

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Friday, 2 March 2018

Concord & 9th February Release - Mosaic Turnabout, Fabulous Phrases

Well, I'm sad to say that today is my final post as a Guest Designer for the February Release from Concord & 9th! I've enjoyed working with these amazing products so much

This week, we're featuring the Mosaic Turnabout stamp set and Fabulous Phrases dies

Wow is exactly right. This stamp is so fun and the combinations are endless! I stamped both the inner and outer stamps with Catherine Pooler inks and then use the Every Day Greetings circle die to cut out and pop up the inner part of the design.

Last week when we were using the Wonderful Florals die, I had a lot of left over cut-out letters, so I made a list of words that used letters from 'wonderful'. There are quite a few, and WOW perfectly sums up my experience this month with these products!

As I was playing around with colours, I realized that yellows would make great sun rays. Again, I used the Everyday Greetings Circle die, this time with the inner texture die and a sentiment from the Sunshine Turnabout set.

Next up, let's call this 'design by mistake' (and then I liked it so much I did it again!). My intent was to do 3 turns of BlackJack and one pop of Aquatini. I forgot to turn the stamp before I did the pop and ended up stamping over the grey, resulting in a darker shade of Aquatini. So I did it again with Party Dress. I cut my sentiments from white cardstock and smooshed ink onto them to ensure a good match. I laid the sentiments on a simple dark grey strip to help them stand out. (The Hooray die is this month's freebie with a $60 order before midnight on March 8!). 

Last week I saw a video on Instagram where the centre stamp was used WITHOUT A MISTI! I thought this was genius and decided to give it a whirl. It's SO easy and allows you to quickly place more than one image on a panel! 

 Here's a quick video:

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