Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spellbinders Winner

Hi all!

Just popping in to announce the winner from last week's Spellbinders Hop post featuring the new Lene Lok Folk Art Collection.

Congratulations to Laetitia Lisa, the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders!

Laetitia, please shoot me an email for details on how to claim your prize.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Technique Tuesday Iris - Card Within a Card

Hi all!  I'm popping in to share a card featuring a new April release from Technique Tuesday.  This is the April Greenhouse Society Iris stamp set.

If you're not familiar with the Greenhouse Society it's a series of stamps that comes out monthly featuring florals.  You can purchase these individually, or become a member and save 15% each month.

Anyway, this month's flower is the iris.  I recently picked up some new Copics, including several greens, and I wanted to try them out, so I opted for no-line Copic coloring the iris.  Of course I realized halfway through that my purples are very limited, so the flower was a little more challenging, but I think it turned out OK.

I colored the iris on a panel of white cardstock, and decided it would be fun to die cut the flower from the front of my card base so you could see through to the flower.

Because I then realized that this didn't leave much room for writing a message, I decided to create a card within a card, mounting the colored panel onto a small, top fold card from green cardstock.

The sentiment is from my So Many Sentiment set for Neat & Tangled.  I wanted to keep things pretty clean and simple and not cover up too much of the flower, and thought the thin black strip would work well.

That's all for me today!  Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ellen Hutson April Pin-Sights Challenge

Hi everyone!  I'm happy to be helping unveil this month's Pin-Sights Challenge at Ellen Hutson.

The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Color Trend Inspirational photo.  This month's is shown above.

There are so many directions you can go with the Pin-Sights board this month I actually had a hard time creating my card.  I started with something very different (and more complicated), but in the end it wasn't speaking to me and I ended up with this much cleaner and simpler card.

I started out using this dot background from the Wonky Backdrops set.  It was stamped on watercolor paper using my MISTI, but instead of using ink, I painted the stamp with watercolors.  I started in one corner with one color painting the first three diagonal lines of dots.  You kind of have to experiment with it - initially it was stamping too dry, so I needed to go back and add water/color until I was happy with the results.  

Then I 'painted' another three diagonal lines of dots - including the last line from the first color so that there was one overlapping line to help with the gradient/color change.  This was repeated again with the last color, and then the entire panel was set aside to dry.  

The flower from the United We Flourish Poppy Fields collaboration set with Altenew was stamped with Versafine on Watercolor cardstock and then embossed with clear embosssing powder to give it a bit of shine and to sharpen/deepen the black color.  

Once the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment (also from the Poppy Fields set) and the stem with Versafine and then die cut the flower and popped it up.

This card is easily mass producible, but with that watercolored background you'll get a slightly different look every time.

I hope you're inspired to play along with the challenge!  A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store. To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. There will be an inlinkz link up on the challenge post where you can submit your projects.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spellbinders Blog Hop Featuring Folk Art by Lene Lok

Hi everyone!  I'm really excited to be participating in a blog hop today featuring some of Spellbinder's newest releases.  I'm working with products from Lene Lok's new Folk Art collection for Spellbinders.

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I love Scandinavian designs, so I was really excited to work with these new dies.  I created three cards to share with you today.

My first card features the Floral Mandala die.  This is a beautiful large die that carries the whole card.  To create this card, I die cut the mandala three times.  Once from cream cardstock, once from watercolor paper, and once from black cardstock.

I used the die cut from the watercolor paper as the focal point and colored it using Spectrum Noir Aqua markers.  I also added some additional shading/details using my Prismacolor Pencils.

The colored die cut piece was inlaid into the frame created from the cream die cut and the negative pieces from the black die cut were inlaid in the negative spaces between the flowers and leaves.

This was all arranged over a piece of kraft cardstock, but not adhered.  I then colored the kraft cardstock beneath the flowers using the Prismacolor pencils.  Once that was complete, all the pieces where adhered/inlaid in place.

The sentiment is from my Dala Horse stamp set for Neat & Tangled.

This next card features elements from the Nordic Blooms set.  I love this set because you get so much bang for your buck.  There are 11 dies in the set and countless ways to combine them.  For my card, I cut several of the elements from different cardstocks and arranged them to form a pattern.

The sentiment is from an older Mama Elephant set called Filigree.  Don't you love the great details/texture in these dies?

Finally a very clean and simple card to wrap things up.  This card features the Nordic Floral set.  There are five dies in the set, and I used just the three smaller flowers.  They were die cut in both black and white and then adhered onto some bright cardstock tiles with the white negative pieces inlaid into the black.

A black mat finished things off and I added a sentiment from Neat & Tangled's So Many Sentiments set.

Three very different looks with these folk art dies.  I hope this gives you some ideas on how you might use them!

Every blog hop should have prizes right?  Well if you head over to the Spellbinders blog you can enter to win a $50 gift certificate to the store.  And, I also get to give away a prize!  Leave a comment to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders.  I'll announce a winner next Wednesday.

Your next stop is Emily Midgett, and the entire hop list is below if you need it.  Happy hopping!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Die Sale at Ellen Hutson

Hi friends!  Just popping in quickly to let you know there's a sale on dies going on over at Ellen Hutson today through Tuesday using code SPRINGDIES18.

Since dies are pricier than stamps I always try and wait until there's a good sale and that's when I pick up things like cover plates, boxes/bags, alphas, etc.

I've linked a few of my favorites below - I shared a card last week using some Alexandra Renke dies - that particular set is currently out of stock (the brand has been hugely popular!), but linked below are a few from my wishlist that are still in stock.

My all time favorite Altenew layered dies are in stock (only three layers to the flowers here so super easy), and EH still has a few of my Maze Die and Panda Die in stock - those are both currently out of stock at N&T, and the Maze s out of stock at Simon too.

I also linked up my favorite EH stand alone dies since this is the very best time to pick those up as they're exclusive to EH.

As always I recommend checking the Clearance section when there's a sale at EH because those items are already marked down, and you can get a sale on sale when you use the code.

Happy shopping!

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