Wednesday, October 18, 2017

{Altenew} Craft Friends Blog Hop: Day 2 + Giveaway!

Welcome to Day 2 of Altenew's Crafty Friends Blog Hop! I'm so honoured to be joining Altenew and its line-up of amazingly talented crafters, awesome companies and magazines for this special hop to celebrate our love of crafting and blogging. I've been making handmade cards as far back as I can remember. My mom always insisted on handmade cards, never store-bought. About seven years ago, when I knew I was going to be a stay-at-home-mom for a few more years, I started blogging and then I ventured into publications, which seems like a whole lifetime ago. Does anyone else really miss the tangible paper crafting magazines?! I would definitely count some of the crafty friends I've met in blogland as my best friends. There are a few that I text with every day, not just about crafting but anything and everything. Yup! I love them, they're awesome and I don't know what I'd do without them. 

In honour of Altenew and this celebration of crafty friends, I made a trio of cards using six different Altenew stamp sets and three coordinating die sets. The moment I saw the Sweet Friend set, I knew I had to have it. I love frames and I knew that I wanted to pair it up with the foxes from Hug Me.

For the first card, I heat embossed the frame in gold, then created a custom sentiment using two different sentiments, one from Crafty Friends and one from Coffee Love. I just changed the period into a comma using a Copic multi-liner.

The spoon, teacup and saucer are also from the Coffee Love set. I created an ombre effect for the second line using Rose Quartz and Puffy Heart inks.

For all of the frames and foxes, I used the same distress ink colours which are all listed below. It's the difference in embossing powders that changes the look of the frame.

The second card is the only one with a coloured background and I chose the green to coordinate with the watercolours in the images since the frame was so pale. I loved playing with the positions of the foxes in the frames!

The sentiment on this card was created with a line from Hug Me and a partial sentiment from Crafty Friends.

This last card is my favourite of the three. The frame was heat embossed with clear embossing powder over gray pigment ink. At first, I thought it looked dull but the watercolours seem to pop the most of the three frames. Plus, it has a nice rustic, antique look.

I love the three foxes hanging out together - something I always look forward to with my local crafty gals - and the sentiment is so perfect for the setting and this blog hop!

Once again, I used Volcano Lake and Lagoon inks to create the ombre effect on the two-line sentiment, created using phrases from Crafty Friends. It's a must-have stamp set with endless possibilities!

Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1 year subscription

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 20 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.

There's more! I will also draw a winner from my blog to win a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. Please leave a comment on my blog by Thursday, October 26th at 11:59 p.m. EST for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on my blog on Friday, October 27th.

Click on the special offer above to shop at Altenew and save on shipping for the duration of the hop!

Full Blog Hop List: Day 2


Monday, October 16, 2017

{Stamp of Approval} Winterhaven Collection Bonus: Cheers & Warm Wishes

It's so exciting to see everyone creating with their Winterhaven Collection! At the time of this post, the collection is 90% sold out so be sure to get your box before they're all gone!! I wanted to make a card for Catherine and since it's only fall, I went with non-traditional colours for the poinsettia from 'Tis the Season. I first stamped it in Tiara Ink and then rock 'n' rolled it in Tiki Torch to make the tips darker. This creates an ombre effect with the two shades of ink.

I stamped all the foliage with Mint To Be Ink and Aquatini Ink. The berries were stamped with Something Borrowed Ink. The custom sentiment was created using words from Good Stuff Inside and an ampersand from And Sentiments. Again, I used the rock 'n' roll technique to stamp the words in two blues and ampersand in two yellows.

All papers are Catherine Pooler's Premium White Card Stock, which is the smoothest, most luxurious cardstock! It's a perfect match for her brand of inks, as well as alcohol markers. I was able to blend Mint To Be Ink into the Mod Squared Stencil so easily and it looks amazing close-up.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

{Stamp of Approval} Winterhaven Collection: Release Day!

It's release day and the Winterhaven Collection is now available for purchase! If you haven't already ordered yours, click HERE to grab a box before they're all gone!! You still have time to comment on the three-day hop for your chance to win the collection. If you have already purchased the box and happen to win one, you will be refunded. Go HERE to see all the stops along the hop and be inspired by this amazing collection!

The card I'm sharing today uses the Winterhaven Dies for the village and hills. The frame was created by modifying the tag die from the Good Stuff Dies. I used the partial die cutting technique and flipped the die after cutting just the bottom half without the tab.

The sentiment is from the Here We Come A-Caroling stamp set, stamped with Aquatini ink. The berries are from the 'Tis the Season stamp set and coordinating dies, stamped with Rockin' Red ink.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

{Stamp of Approval} Winterhaven Collection Blog Hop: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection blog hop! If this is your first time hearing about Stamp of Approval, this is an exclusive collection designed exclusively for this particular box. The stamps and dies in the Stamp of Approval Collections are brand new on the market and won’t be released for individual sale for several months.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this blog hop with the Stamp Nation Dream Team and several guest designers!

I have two cards to share with you today. This first one features four of the products in the Winterhaven Collection. First, I second-generation stamped the Ornamental Background using Mint To Be ink.

Then I die cut and watercoloured the wreath from the Joy Wreath Dies using six Catherine Pooler inks, all of which are listed below in the supply lists below. The sentiments, star and music notes are from the Here We Come A-Caroling stamp set, and the dashed lines are from the Good Stuff stamp set.

I attached the white panel to the kraft card base before attaching the watercoloured wreaths. Then I trimmed the overhanging pieces.

My second card features the 'Tis the Season stamp set, and coordinating dies which will be sold as add-ons. I used Catherine Pooler inks and the ink smooshing technique to watercolour the background.

The inks give such amazing, smooth and vibrant stamping coverage on the poinsettias and foliage! The floral arrangements with this set are endless and you can use them to create beautiful cards all year long for so many different occasions.

Be sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Day 1 and Day 2 hop lists are posted on Catherine's blog. One winner will be chosen at random from each day's comments and announced on October 11th at 9:00 a.m. EST on Catherine's blog. The winners will win their box and if you happen to win but have already purchased the collection, you will be refunded.

Catherine Pooler
Laurel Beard
Emily Leiphart
Heather North
Cynde Whitlow
Julie Mogford
Melissa Miller
Taheerah Atchia

Release day is Tuesday, October 10th at 9:00 a.m. EST! Be sure to get on the Wait List for first dibs at this amazing collection. You will gain access one full day before public access. Not only do you get a box FULL of amazing stamps and dies, but you’ll get a downloadable PDF Project Guide (for free!) with tons of project tutorials!

Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Sources for Silent Night:

Sources for 'Tis the Season:


Saturday, October 7, 2017

{Winnie & Walter} World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop

Welcome to Winnie & Walter's World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop! You should've arrived from Kelly Griglione's blog. If not, please visit Winnie & Walter's blog for all the details. We have loads of inspiration and prizes so be sure to leave comments along the way. The more comments you leave, the higher your chances of winning one of five $25 gift certificates to the Winnie & Walter shop!

I wanted to use the trio of penguins from Season's Tweetings to make both a winter birthday card and a holiday card to show the set's versatility. All of the images and sentiment on the holiday card are from the 6x8 stamp set. There's just so much to love!

For the birthday card on the left, I combined a larger sentiment from The Party and Sentimental: Birthday. If you don't already own either of these sets, then I suggest you snap them up right away! They're so perfect for birthdays. The three gifts were masked using a single image from The Party 6x8 stamp set.

All of the images and sentiments were heat embossed on watercolour paper and coloured with distress inks. A full list of colours and supplies is offered below for all your shopping needs! ;)

Your next stop is Lea Lawson. Thanks so much for hopping with us!


Friday, October 6, 2017

{Neat & Tangled} Thank You for Being Awesome

One of our family friends recently brought back a souvenir for my son from the Microsoft Convention in Orlando so we had to make a thank you card together. Since the gift was a Minecraft Ocelot Beanie, we decided to re-create a full-bodied ocelot for the card!

We pieced together the ocelot using the Pixelated Faces dies, then created the sentiment using the Awesome stamp set and coordinating dies. The little hearts are from the Little Bits die set, using white glitter cardstock that coordinates with the background of the die cut sentiment.

All of the coloured papers for the ocelot are from Stampin' Up! and the stitched border die is from My Favorite Things' Blueprints 27.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!