Tuesday, September 21, 2021

LDRS Creative | Peace & Joy Pirouette Background

I love to create my own background papers and the LDRS Creative Pirouette Pattern Templates helps make perfect backgrounds! 

Creating my own backgrounds is probably my favorite part of card making. Whether it's stamping, watercoloring, ink blending, etc - I just love it! I have been using the Pirouette Pattern Templates so often because they're great for building backgrounds. I've created video tutorials showing the circular patterns, so this time I thought I would use the bonus template and create a full background pattern! 

I used greenery stamps from the Peace & Joy Pirouette Stamp Set and four colors of green ink - Olive Branch, Four Leaf, Evergreen, and Pistachios-a-Plenty. In my video above I show you just how to create this background - it really is simple! I filled in the little squares in each quadrant, stamped and turned four times, and then repeated the process with a new color of ink and new stamps for each quadrant. 

The new Layered Poinsettia Die Set is simply gorgeous! I die cut the layered flower pieces from red cardstock, the leaves from three colors of green cardstock, and the centers from brown cardstock. The die-cuts are easy to align, but if you need a bit of help I always find it helpful to look at the back of the packaging. 

I die cut my background panels using dies from the A2 Stitched Layered Card Toppers Die Set and added them to a card base. I created a sentiment strip by stamping a sentiment from the Potted Poinsettia Stamp Set with Olive Branch Ink and finished the card by scattering some pearls around the card. That's it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Pink & Main | 5 Cards 1 Kit Homespun Christmas Kit

The September release from Pink & Main is here and it includes the FABULOUS Homespun Christmas Kit! I made a 5 cards 1 kit video to show off the amazingness of this kit! 

I'm in love with the Homespun Christmas Kit! Perfect for both traditional and non traditional Holiday projects. This kit is not part of the regular Crafty Courtyard subscription and WILL need to be purchased separately. Grab it up quick! There are limited quantities and it's a fabulous kit! There is so much packed into this kit - a large 6x8 stamp set WITH coordinating dies, a full patterned paper pack as well as a pack of foiled cardstock, a stencil, and MORE! 

I went classic and simple with my first card. I used the Pink & Main Stitched Rectangles 1 Die Set to cut out various patterned papers from the Homespun Christmas Kit and stacked them together. I added a bit of baker's twine from my stash for a small detailed accent and added the mason jar of poinsettias in the center of my card. This image is gorgeous! You can color the poinsettias traditionally as I have or color them with teals for a non traditional look. 

I can't create with a card kit without creating a shaker card! I decided to mix traditional and non traditional colors on my card. I used the Reverse Scalloped Rectangle Dies to cut out a frame from a piece of patterned paper and used acetate and foam tape to create a shaker well. I filled it with sequins from the kit and backed it with a cream colored paper. I colored the bells and stamped a sentiment and added them to the center of the shaker. 

My third project is a tag - I thought it would be cute to have something a bit different! I used the stencil included in the Homespun Christmas Kit and stenciled some light brown ink onto white cardstock and used the Fancy Tag Die Set to cut my tag shapes. I accented with some of the gold foil cardstock in the kit and added a sentiment strip and the candy cane image. 

I liked the stencil so much that I decided to use it again and stretch it across a slimline card! I ink blended with a light blue ink and then shifted the stencil to the right and blended ink over the rest of the panel. I used the frame die from the Blessings Slimline Die Set to create a nice scalloped edge and added the lantern and a sentiment. 

I went with non traditional colors for my last card - lime green and pink! And I colored the stocking with some aqua markers, too! I used the Concave Rectangles Die Set and hung the die-cut piece off the edge of the card for some interest. The patterned papers in the Homespun Christmas Kit are stunning!

I am over the moon in love with the Homespun Christmas Kit! Remember that it's a limited edition kit and not part of the regular Crafty Courtyard subscription, so hurry over to the Pink & Main Store and grab yours! 

Miss Ink Stamps | Bugs and Kisses Sneak Peek

Let's sneak a peek at the new Bugs & Kisses Stamp Set from Miss Ink Stamps! Creepy crawlies are my thing and mixing them with lovely foiling makes it even better! 

I stamped the beetles from the Bugs and Kisses Stamp Set onto a piece of white cardstock and used a stitched die to cut out the panel and colored them with Copic Markers. 

I love beetles and think they are truly gorgeous. I wanted to create a shiny background to mimic their shiny coverings, so I added Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco over the Wonky Checker Stencil and let it dry. Once it was dry I used my laminator to transfer Brutus Monroe Rainglow Foil over the stencil. I LOVE the effect! 

I stamped a sentiment from the Bugs and Kisses Stamp Set and created a drop shadow with a piece of black cardstock. I used foam to mount all of my pieces onto my background. 

I hope you've enjoyed this quick peek at the new Bugs and Kisses Stamp Set! Visit the Miss Ink Stamps store tomorrow for the full release! 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

A Pocket Full of Happiness Appreciation Instagram Hop

Myself and a bunch of other creators are hopping on Instagram and showing our appreciation for an AMAZING company - A Pocket Full of Happiness! I created two quick cards and I have a tutorial on YouTube! 

I am in love with how bright these cards turned out! I used the Tie-Dye Stamp Set and created two cards - one simple and one a bit more stepped up. 

I used a few colors of Hybrid Inks and the Tie-Dye Stamp Set right in the center of my card and added some black ink spatters for texture. I stamped some tiny hearts and a sentiment from the Mosaic Circle Builder Stamp Set to finish off the card. 

I used the Tie-Dye Stamp Set to build a full background on my second card and added some ink spatters. This took a bit more time, but SERIOUSLY! I LOVE the background! It's bright and happy and perfect! I have had the When Life Gives You Lemons Stamp Set in my stash for a little bit now and never inked it up (SHOCKING! I know!) - so I knew I needed some happy lemons for this card. I stamped a few lemons in two different colors and placed them in the center of my card. I added a sentiment from the Mosaic Circle Builder Stamp Set and some pearls to finish the card. 

I hope you enjoyed these cards and video tutorial! Don't forget that we are hopping over on Instagram! You'll see lots of inspiration there! 

Miss Ink Stamps | Boo Sheet Sneak Peek

It's sneak peek time for the new Miss Ink Stamps release! I'm using the new Boo Sheet and Halloween Sentiments Stamp Set on this cute and spooky card. All of the new products will be available on Tuesday the 21st! 

I started with a simple background - just a bit of yellow ink over the Basket Case Stencil. I added a bit of texture by flicking on black, gold, and orange glitter watercolor. 

I stamped the adorable ghost and his little bucket from the Boo Sheet Stamp Set (coming soon!) and colored them with Copic Markers and cut them out. 

I am obsessed with the Halloween Sentiments Stamp Set! There are big sentiments and smaller sentiments that you can mix together. I stamped the large "boo" and cut it out and then stamped a coordinating sentiment onto a strip. 

I popped everything up with foam tape in the center of my card. The new Halloween release will be available on Tuesday, September 21st! See you then! 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Trinity Stamps | After God Created You He Said Ta-Da!!!

The Ta-Da Stamp Set from Trinity Stamps is so amazingly fun! It just makes me want to scream TAAA DAAA! 

I stamped the sentiment and images from the Ta-Da Stamp Set and colored them with Copics before cutting them out with the Coordinating Ta-Da Dies

I created a quick background with the Superstar Layering Stencils and then added my images and sentiment on top and that's it! Ta-da!!! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

ThermOWeb | Holiday Embroidery Hoop Card

I'm going live on the ThermOWeb YouTube Channel today at 12pm CT / 1pm ET creating an embroidery hoop themed Christmas card with Laura Kelly Toner Sheets and Foils

Foiling is one of the most magical things in the crafty universe! I used the Laura Kelly Sprinkles Stripes Toner Sheet and foiled it with Wagon Red Laura Kelly Foil. It makes a perfect candy cane background! 

I learned a new foiling trick from Larissa, a fellow design team member and I am OBSESSED! Tune in LIVE to see how I used a Deco Foil Adhesive Pen to easily create foiled spatters in my background! 

I used the Waffle Flower Embroidery Hoop Die and some Emerald Green Flock to create the embroidery frame and the Waffle Flower Doily Circle Die along with Wagon Red Foil to create the faux embroidered portion. I can't stitch to save my life! So I had to fake it! 

I hope you'll join me on YouTube at 12pm CT / 1pm ET for the full tutorial! See you then!