Monday, March 25, 2019

The Rabbit Hole Designs April Release Blog Hop - Happily Ever After

Hey, everyone! It's FINALLY time to check out the April release from The Rabbit Hole Designs! This month they have released two new stamp sets perfect for spring celebrations! And guess what!? Both the Happily Ever After stamp set and the We are Family stamp set are available for purchase RIGHT NOW! The Rabbit Hole Designs is celebrating this new release with FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more before taxes and shipping (applies to US orders only) (No code necessary, exclusions apply)!! So hop on over to The Rabbit Hole Designs shop and grab your goodies! In addition we are having a 2 day blog hop and a giveaway for each day!

To celebrate day 1 of the release The Rabbit Hole Designs is giving away the stamp set Happily Ever After to One lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on participating blogs, so make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment. Leave comments by 11:59 pm PST 03-28-2019 on all participating blogs. Winner will be announced on The Rabbit Hole Designs blog 03-29-2019!

The Happily Ever After stamp set is GORGEOUS! It features three images of this super cute little couple and a bunch of scripty sentiments! To make my first card I cut a piece of cardstock and folded it so that I had a letter size card. Long cards are an easy way to add a bit of "wow" and step outside of the standard greeting card size!

I started by masking off all of my card except for a skinny strip near the bottom. I wanted to have a gradient of color going across - dark on the left and light on the right. I used Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, and Tattered Rose Distress Inks. I removed the masking tape and stamped my sentiment with black ink.

I stamped and colored my image with Copics and added it with foam tape to the right side of my card!

I rarely make wedding cards and often find myself needing to make one quickly. One of my favorite ways to customize a wedding card is to use the couple's wedding colors on their card!

This background is super easy to create! I grabbed a bunch of colors of ink cubes and used the edge to quickly swipe color across my card. I kept the color darker towards the center and lighter towards the edges. I stamped my sentiment at the bottom in black. I colored my image from the Happily Ever After stamp set with Copics, cut it out, and adhered it directly to my card front. You can change up the colors to match whatever you need to!

I hope you enjoyed looking at these cards! Check out The Rabbit Hole Designs shop to find the new release and be sure to hop through all the designer's cards for a chance to with the Happily Ever After stamp set

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Kindred Stamps March Release

Hi, everyone! I hope you've been inspired by the sneaks you've seen for the March release from Kindred Stamps! I have another for you using the Bloom stamp set!!

The Bloom stamp set is perfect for spring and Mother's Day! I love the adorable children images and the floral cluster! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch my process video! I started by repeatedly stamping the floral cluster across the bottom of my card using Gina K Amalgam ink and a bit of masking.

I grabbed a bunch of Copic and Spectrum Noir markers and colored in the flowers, grass, and the little boy. I modeled the boy after my son so that he can give this card to my mom for Mother's Day!

I wanted to add some color to my background, but I'm not good with blending alcohol markers - especially on a large scale, so I used some Distress Oxide ink and watercolored my sky! I added my image and sentiment onto my card and I was finished! I hope you enjoy the video!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Pink & Main 5th Birthday Blog Hop

Happy 5th birthday to Pink & Main! They are one of my most loved companies and I am so thrilled and honored to be a part of their birthday bash! As if it's not exciting enough that Pink & Main is celebrating a birthday - their new release is live in the shop today! Make sure you head over and fill up your cart!

I hope that you will hop along through all of the designers' blogs! There's so much inspiration! And prizes! Don't forget prizes! Pink & Main is giving away FIVE $50 gift certificates to the Pink & Main store to FIVE random winners! To be eligible to win one of these fabulous prizes you must have commented on EVERY blog in the hop! But why wouldn't you want to?! There's so many pretty things to be seen! With that - let's see mine!

I decided to use the new BEE Day stamp set to create a double shaker card! This is the first time I made a card like this, but it was relatively easy once I figured it out! I started by taking two landscape cards, turning them sideways, and gluing the backs together to make a tri-fold card. I used a circle die to cut a circle from the center of the front of the card, then I closed my card and traced the outline onto the inner flap of the card, lined up my die, and cut a second circle so that I had a sort of "tunnel" going through the two flaps of my card to the back. I stamped my sentiment and little bees from the BEE Day stamp set onto the front of my card and added some simple coloring to the bees.

I wanted the inside to have pops of color and I also needed some way to sandwich my shaker pouches into my card, so I trimmed a piece of yellow cardstock to be slightly smaller than my card and again lined up my circle die and cut out a circle window. To add a bit more interest I stamped the little bee image from the BEE Day stamp set repeatedly and added clear embossing powder for some shine. I did this twice so that I would have a panel for both inside portions of my card.

To create my shaker pouches I cut a rectangle from a piece of acetate and added strong double sided adhesive around a 4 sides. I added some sequins to the middle and removed the backing from the tape and folded it in half to create a square with sealed edges and sequins in the middle. This allows me to create a flat shaker, but there's still enough space in the middle that the sequins can move around a bit. I made 2 shaker pouches and adhered them to the back of the yellow pieces of cardstock and sandwiched them between the card base and the cardstock.

I stamped the bee hive and some more bees from the BEE Day stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies and added them to my card. I am so excited about how this card turned out! And I love how you can see straight through the front to the back where the little bees are buzzing around their hive!

Now on to the hop! Remember that to win one of FIVE $50 giftcards to the Pink & Main store you need to comment on each stop in the hop! Good luck!

Lynnea H. - you are here! 

Good luck to everyone! And happy 5th birthday to Pink & Main

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Two Spring Rainbow Themed Cards using Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets

Hi, everyone! I have a new post on the ThermOWeb blog today using the new Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets! These sheets are AMAZING! They give just the right amount of texture and fun to your projects! Check out my video below to see two ways to use the flock - with some Deco Foil Transfer Gel as well as Gina K Tape Runner Adhesive!

I also use the new Crazy Daisy stencil from the Gina K Designs StampnStencil system new for ThermOWeb! And you'll get a peek at the new Pixie Spray as well! This product is AMAZING for us stencil lovers! I hope you love it!

Thanks for stopping by! You can read my full blog post on the ThermOWeb blog!

Stamping on a Tote Bag with Artesprix Markers

Hey, everyone! I'm always looking for new and fun ways to use my stamps and coloring them with the Artesprix sublimation markers from the March 2019 box from The Hedgehog Hollow is so much fun! I have a video at the end of this post, so be sure to watch it to see my whole process!

I love the flower arrangement in the Beautiful Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! It's gorgeous! I knew I wanted to use it on the tote bag that comes in the March 2019 kit from The Hedgehog Hollow. To use stamps with the Artesprix markers I highly encourage you to use a stamping platform of some kind as you will need to work in small areas and stamp the image on top of itself repeatedly. I have a MISTI, so I mounted the large floral arrangement in my MISTI and inserted a piece of regular copy paper to stamp onto. I used the black marker from the marker set and colored onto the stamp. I worked in small areas - a few leaves or a single flower at a time. I would color the outline of the image, huff onto the ink, and stamp then repeat. I did each area twice to make sure my black outline would be nice and dark. Once I had the entire image stamped I started coloring using the Artesprix markers. I only used 3 colors - the red, green, and a bit of yellow for the flower centers. It's important to note that the colors will appear dull as you're coloring, but the heat and pressure of an iron will brighten them. Next I turned my colored image pretty side down onto the tote bag and used some thermal tape to help hold my image in place and put another piece of copy paper on top so that I would have an extra barrier between my image and my iron. The kit comes with a piece of cardboard and I found it helpful to place that into the bag so that the image didn't bleed through to the other side. Then I took a household iron on the highest setting and held it straight down onto the bag and pressed for 4 minutes. And just like that I have a beautiful bag!

I do want to say that this took some practice for me, so I have some tips for you! You want to make sure your iron is good and hot. In face - I had it heating up the whole time I colored my flowers. Next, make sure you push STRAIGHT DOWN onto your image and don't move the iron! I think it's ingrained into our heads to do the typical swivel motion with your wrist - but trust me ... don't! I ruined a few projects before finally getting this one right! Last - the kit comes with the tote and a coin purse, but you can use any material that has polyester in it! It's recommended to use something that has a percentage of 80% of polyester or higher for best results. I hope you got inspired by today's project! See you soon!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Pink & Main March Release Sneak

Hi, everyone! We're coming up on another new release from Pink & Main! Mark your calendars for Wednesday the 20th! This release is awesome for building up your stash of birthday cards - which is something I've been trying to do this year! 

I started this card by grabbing one of my favorite stencils from Pink & Main - the Herringbone stencil - and blending on a light gray ink.

I stamped a bunch of balloons using the new Party Balloons stamp set. I love that this stamp set has 4 different balloons as well as layering images to give a bunch of variety! I also stamped the balloon strings and used the coordinating dies to cut out all of my images.

I cut a black piece of cardstock using a stitched rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles 2 Die set and stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment onto it and covered it with Wink of Stella glitter. I arranged my balloons and strings and let them hang off the top and the sides. And that's it! I love how easy it is to create perfect birthday balloons using this stamp set! Make sure you check out this stamp set and the rest of the new release on March 20th!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Masking Two Ways for Scrapping for Less

Hi! Today I'm showing you two ways to use masking to create an *almost* one layer card! I used the Graduation Boy stamp set from Dreamland Crafts and you can get yours at the Scrapping for Less store!

I started by stamping the boy from the Graduation Boy stamp set onto a piece of watercolor cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed it so that I could do some watercoloring with my Sakura Koi watercolor set. Once my watercoloring was done I heat set the paint completely. I used a Versamarker (Versamark ink in pen form) and colored all over the colored image and embossed it with clear powder. I repeated the process again so that I would have more dimension to my clear embossing. This is one of my favorite ways to emboss! There's no need to fussy cut a mask and no wait for drying time!

I used a piece of Inkadinkado masking paper and sketched a simple hill shape and cut along my sketch line. I used the top piece to mask off the upper portion of my card so that the hill section of my cardstock is exposed. I used two colors of green Distress Ink - dark at the top and lighter at the bottom. Then I dried the ink with my heat gun and added the other portion of my masking paper to the cardstock so that the green hill is covered.

I grabbed the Cloud stencil from Pink & Main and some Distress Ink and created my cloudy background. It's super easy since I didn't have to mask off my colored image - I just blended the ink right across my heat embossed image! I used a stitched rectangle die to cut down my panel and adhered it to a card base! You can watch my process video below!

Thanks for watching!