Sunday, September 17, 2017

{Hero Arts} 30-Day Colouring Challenge featuring Christmas Crystals + Joy to the World

For Day 5 of Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge, I shared this card on Instagram. It features Christmas Crystals, a retired set from Hero Arts. I love the shapes of these crystals and they can even be used as terrariums for so many of the succulent stamps available right now. Since this set is retired, I've included a couple of alternate stamp and die sets in my supply list below.

The crystals were heat embossed and I used daubers to add three different shades of each colour on the crystals, before splattering with water, as well as shimmer mist. I trimmed the crystals with scissors and attached them to the background panel with glue dots. Then I added silver string, sequins and enamel dots for further embellishment.

The sentiment is from a much-loved favourite called Joy to the World, also from Hero Arts.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

{Ellen Hutson} 30-Day Colouring Challenge featuring Otterly Awesome + Tree Farm

Hi everyone! If you've been following along on Instagram, I'm playing along with Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge and these are the cards for today, featuring Otterly Awesome and Tree Farm. My friends Angela, Lindsey and I are all using the same sets all month long for this challenge and it's been so much fun. I urge you to join in and crank up your creative juices!

I coloured all three otter images from Otterly Awesome, as well as the holiday accessories from Tree Farm. Then I paired up the accessories and sentiments with the otters to create two cards for different occasions. I just love how those two sets go so well together!

The first one will be a holiday card and the second will go to my husband on his next business trip.

To create the backgrounds, I used a 4x5 acrylic block and smooshed distress inks on it then misted it with shimmer spray, before placing it against the watercolour panel. Once it dried, I splattered a contrasting colour that was also used to colour the images.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

{Neat & Tangled} 30-Day Colouring Challenge featuring Floral Heart, Prehistoric + My Favorite Nut

Hi everyone! If you've been following along on Instagram, I'm playing along with Kathy Racoosin's 30-Day Colouring Challenge and these are the cards for today, featuring Floral Heart, Prehistoric and My Favorite Nut. These sets are too cute for words! I'm obviously a huge fan of all things Elena Roussakis. ;)

My son has a stuffed diplodocus named Dippy and it's his most precious stuffie so, naturally, I had to own this set. I had to pair up the dinosaur with the floral heart. I lined the floral heart with fun foam and then lifted just Dippy's head with a piece of foam tape to make it look like he's popping out of the centre of the floral heart. I'll be giving my son this card on the first day of school.

The second card features my all-time favourite squirrel set! The original sentiment is on one line but I broke it up so it could fit into the centre of the floral heart along with the squirrel, whose head I also popped up with foam tape. The little envelope is flat on the panel and the two extra little acorns are also popped up with foam tape.

It was so much fun to colour these floral hearts! I thought it would take a very long time but once I had all the distress inks out, it was easy to create a pattern and vary the colours. I'll save the squirrel card for one of my husband's business trips. I always like to send a bunch of cards with him to ease the stress of being away.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

{Neat & Tangled} 5th Birthday Design Team Reunion

Hi, everyone! It's been a while since I last blogged but when Danielle asked me to join the Neat & Tangled design team reunion, I couldn't refuse! I spent two amazing years working for Danielle and loved the products she designed, along with Miriam Prantner and Elena Roussakis, so I fittingly used products designed by all three super talented ladies on my trio of cards today.

First, I stamped, watercoloured and die cut the cute little monkey and birthday hat from Wild Ones. While those dried, I used the Balloon Duo Stencil to create backgrounds for the monkeys. I splattered the balloons with shimmer spray and set the panels aside to dry.

Next, I split a sentiment from Happiest Birthday, another Neat & Tangled anniversary set, as well as Journaling Numbers dies to create the custom sentiments. The 'th' is from the sentiment 'throw kindness around like confetti', which I masked and stamped next to the number six.

The glittery numbers were adhered to fun foam to make them pop and my Xyron sticker maker made it very easy to attach the layers together and to the panel itself.

To finish, I cut out coordinating patterned paper panels from a retired paper pad and adhered them to the card base before attaching the stencilled panels asymmetrically.

In the close-up photos below, you can see the effect of the shimmer spray on the balloons. The shimmer acts the same way water does on distress inks, except it leaves shimmer behind which I love!

All images and sentiments were stamped with Versafine pigment ink and clear embossed for added visual interest and easy colouring.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

{Studio Katia} May Release Guest Designer

I'm absolutely delighted to be guest designing with Studio Katia today! It's a pleasure to discover new companies and amazing talents, especially Canadian ones. ;) Studio Katia's latest release is an incredible one and I loved playing with the new stamps, dies and embellishments! My first card is a birthday card featuring Kobi the Birthday Bear stamps and coordinating dies. He's so adorable and I'm in love with those numbered candles!

I used a total of eight images from that set, along with their coordinating dies. I used fun foam to pop up the candles and balloon since it was the easiest way to layer small areas. I stamped all of the images with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then used distress inks to colour everything. I used the Clear Round Drops Mix on the balloons.

My second card features the You're So Ranunculus stamp set, Mini Thank You dies and Dotted Patterns Set 1 dies. I stamped the flowers with watermark ink and heat embossed with gold tinsel embossing powder. Then I watercoloured the image with distress inks.

After the panel dried, I dry embossed the largest frame using Dotted Patterns Set 1. You can see the details in the close-up photo below.

To create the sentiment, I watercoloured a die cut from Mini Thank You and layered it, first, with black cardstock and fun foam.

Aside from the tans and browns I used for the bear and cake, I used the same bright colours on both cards. The ranunculus card is busier and more saturated with colour and shine, while the birthday card is clear and simple in comparison. I love using the same colours on two very different cards to show versatility.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. Thanks so much for stopping by!