Monday, October 21, 2019

Watercoloring with Nuvo Shimmer Powders

Hey, there everyone! I learned a new technique while I was at JunkieFest 2019 and I couldn't wait to try it again with the Sketched Floral Background stamp from Erin Lee Creative!

The watercoloring technique I used to color the background is super easy! I started by stamping the Sketched Floral Background stamp with Versamark Ink and heat embossing with gold powder. Then I started working each flower petal by petal. I dropped some of my Nuvo Shimmer Powders (Color Bursts would work too! Any kind of powdered watercolor!) into a palette and added a few drops of water and mixed it up. Then I added clean water to a single petal and picked up some of the Nuvo Shimmer Powder mixture with a fine tipped brush and added it to the darkest area of the petal. The water wicked out the color a bit and then I came in with a clean brush and dabbed at the edge of the color to pull out the color into the rest of the petal. This gives me intense color at the darkest areas and light color at the edges of the petals.

Once my whole background was colored I added a few flicks of black watercolor for texture. I die cut the "hello" sentiment from the Big Hello Love die set four times from black cardstock. I wanted the die cut to really stand out from the background, so I covered one of the die cuts with a clear glitter pen. Then I pressed my Versamark ink pad on top of the glittered die cut and sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat set. I repeated the process and added a total of three layers of clear powder. Then I stacked up all four of my die cut words with the glittered and heat embossed die cut on top.

I just LOVE how this card turned out! There's so much dimension and shine - but it was relatively simple to create! Thanks for joining me today!

Fa La Llama Copic Background

Hello! Did you catch the new release from Pink & Main yesterday!? It's full of fabulous Christmas fun and I used the Fa La Llama stamp set to create a cute cute CUTE Copic colored background!

The Fa La Llama stamp set has four of the cutest Christmas llamas I've ever seen! I stamped all four of them repeatedly on an A2 panel of heavy weight cardstock and colored in each of them with Copic Markers. Some of them I colored with warm gray markers and some with a soft brown color combination. For the presents, lights, and other decorations I used the same three color combinations - a red, green, and a golden yellow. I thought about mixing it up and doing different colors for each type of llama, but I really love how it turned out using just the same three colors! After all the llamas were colored I traced around the outside of each of them with an icy blue Copic marker to make them pop off the page.

I die cut the Bold Christmas Die from a Gold Sparkle Sheet and I loved how the gold glitter looked on top of my background, but it wasn't standing out enough. I have an easy fix! I just glued the Bold Christmas Die onto a piece of vellum and fussy cut around the letters so it looks like a shadow die. I added a small stamped sentiment from the Fa La Llama stamp set on top of the die cut sentiment.

That's all! I'm so in love with these llamas! Hope you are too! See you soon!!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pink & Main Be Merry Card Kit ++ October 2019 Release

Hello! I hope you're ready because it's time for the October 2019 release from Pink & Main! And this month that includes a super special LIMITED EDITION Christmas card kit - Be Merry! Ahhh! This kit is so super exciting! So exciting that I made a 5 cards 1 kit video and didn't stop at 5 cards! This kit is not part of the regular Crafty Courtyard subscription and will need to be purchased separately. Remember though - this is limited edition! And the kit is absolutely fabulous!! Make sure you check out the Be Merry kit and the rest of the new release from Pink & Main!

I picked up this kit and couldn't put it down! I made a total of 8 projects! Seven cards and a set of tags! A large stamp set, paper, glitter Sparkle Sheets, buttons, ribbon, gems, and more are all in this limited edition Be Merry kit!

I can't talk about the Be Merry kit enough! The Be Merry stamp set included in the kit is full of wintery goodness! There is a car, a truck, mistletoe, trees, and a wreath! And a bunch of sentiments! "All hearts come home for Christmas" makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside! My whole family packs into my mom's house for Christmas. We have cocoa, we laugh, and we're together. It's everything I love!

This kit even has tags! There are six included in the kit, but I only used four. Even the sparkly red ribbon is packed in the Be Merry kit!

I hope you've enjoyed these projects! Watch my video at the beginning of this post to see an unboxing of the Be Merry kit and a process for all eight projects! I'll be back tomorrow with a project featuring the new release from Pink & Main!! 

Scrapping for Less October 2019 FOTM Sneak Peek

Hellllooooo! Can you believe that it's time to start sneaking the October 2019 Flavor of the Month card kit from Scrapping for Less?! Crazy, right!

How fabulous is this peek into the October 2019 kit?! I am so in love with the plaid patterned paper! And that Christmas tree is AMAZING!! And can we just talk about the font on the sentiment? Gah! I'm loving it! I used the patterned paper and the tree stamp from one of the collections and the sentimetn and glittery Stickles are from the bonus goodies in the Banana Split kit! You'll definitely NEED the upgrade this month!

That's it for my quick sneak! Come back on October 26th to see the full kit reveal!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pear Blossom Press and Karen Burniston Blog Hop

I'm so happy to be pairing together two FABULOUS companies on one card! Amanda from Pear Blossom Press is a good friend of mine and I'm totally obsessed with her EZ-Lights she recently released! There is no easier way to create a light up card! No tape, no switches - just a button and some wires that you don't even have to connect! And I got the opportunity to play with some Karen Burniston dies for the first time to create a super fun interactive card!

As a thank you for hopping along with us on the Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Hop we have prizes to give away! Be sure to comment along the way to be entered to win one of two great prizes:

Snowman Twist Circle Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights


Cake Pop-Up Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights! 

Now don’t worry if you aren’t drawn as one of the winners; we’ve got a special gift for everyone! Just enter the code POPANDLIGHT for 15% off your purchase at Karen Burniston or Pear Blossom Press. One code works for both shops! (Coupon code valid until November 2, 2019.)

You seriously need to watch my process video to see all the magic in this card! It's gorgeous and sparkly on the outside and then pops up AND lights up on the inside! Things don't get much more fabulous than that!!

I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and blended it over a snowflake stencil on my A2 sized card and then sprayed the whole front with Silver Glitter Dust Spray from ThermOWeb. I die cut the Merry Christmas die from Karen Burniston four times from white cardstock and once from a piece of Pink & Main Barbershop Sparkle Sheet and stacked them together. That's the front of my card! It would make a great clean and simple Christmas card, but the inside is where there is all kinds of magic!

Remember - I have a full tutorial on how I put together this card in my YouTube video at the top of this post! I die cut all of the necessary pieces to put together my Karen Burniston Twist Panel Pop-Up card. Instead of using patterned or colored cardstock I did a little ink blending for my night background and stamped and heat embossed some stars from the Ellen Hutson Cozy Christmas and Trinity Stamps Season Greetings Silhouettes stamp set. My Critters are from the Mama Elephant Fuzzy Hugs stamp set and colored with Copic Markers. I die cut some Ice Rink Sparkle Sheets for my snowbanks and put all the pieces together.

It's hard to see in the light, so I turned off most of my lights and photographed the inside of the card - so please excuse the lighting! I pierced a hole into the center of my heat embossed stars and wired my Pear Blossom Press EZ-Lights so that the first three panels would have light up stars! The magic happens when you press the little mice on the last panel! The EZ-Light system is truly SUPER DUPER easy! There aren't any switches to build or copper tape to run - everything is wired for you! All you have to do is place the light, tape down the wires, and pop in the battery!

I hope you love this project! Remember to hop through all of the blogs below and leave comments to win one of two fabulous prizes! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lynnea Hollendonner - YOU ARE HERE!

Prizes & Official Contest Rules

Two prizes will be awarded to two separate winners, chosen at random, from comments left on participating blogs and videos. No purchase necessary. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on October 26, 2019. Only one comment per blog or video will be counted, but you can comment on multiple blogs and videos in the hop for additional entries. (This is to prevent spam.) Contest open internationally to participants over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. Any personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of contacting winners, your information will never be shared or sold. Comments left on YouTube videos must not violate community guidelines. This contest is not sponsored by YouTube. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2019 here and prizes must be claimed within thirty days of announcement, or new winners will be drawn.

Penguin Palace Cyber Wallpaper Stencil

I have another project for you featuring the Penguin Palace fall and winter release! This time I'm featuring the Cyber Wallpaper stencil and mixing it with the Fun Night Out stamp set!

This card is a simple design, but I added a few bits and bobs to step it up a notch!

I used three colors of purple Distress Inks and blended them over the Cyber Wallpaper stencil that I masked off with Purple Tape. Before removing the stencil I sprayed it with Silver Glitter Dust Spray for sparkle! I also added a thin strip of black cardstock to finish the edge of the stenciling.

I colored the cat DJ from the Fun Night Out stamp set and cut him out with the coordinating dies and added him with foam squares. I stamped a sentiment and some music notes to fill in the background! Thanks for joining me!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Penguin Palace Vintage Basket Stencil

I hope you're loving the new release from Penguin Palace! I LOVE that they have added stencils to their shop! Stencils are so versatile! Today I'll show you one way that I like to step up my stencil game!

I love to add multiple colors to one stencil to create a multicolored background and the Vintage Basket stencil is a really easy design to add two colors to a background! I used small ink blending brushes to add Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks to add color to the background and die cut the panel with the largest die from the Cross Stitched and Dots Large Rectangle die set.

I needed a cute little image to add to the front of my card so I stamped and colored the cute little relaying turtles from the new Happy Track & Field Chapter 1 stamp set and die cut the image with the coordinating dies. I added the image and the sentiment to the front of my card with foam tape. And that's all! See you soon!