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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Your Next Stamp Sketch and Colour Challenge #93

Hello friends and welcome back!! Today is the start of a new sketch/colour challenge for Your Next Stamp. You can choose the sketch, the colours or mix things up and combine both!!!  You're playing to win a $15 gift certificate from the Your Next Stamp shop BUT if you use YNS products on your creation, the dollar amount increases to $20!!!

You can find all the details on the challenge and the link-up here!!  Here's a look at both the sketch and the colours:

Confession: I don't usually go for a sketch challenge!!  I'm not sure why but my creative juices stop flowing when I see a sketch, haha! So, of course I went with the colours!

I used the I used the Little Notes stamp set and its co-ordinating dies to create this card. This is the most adorable set and one of my favourites!  I used all the colours in the photo to colour the images with copic markers. I added a bit of patterned paper that was cut with the Curved Scallop Edge Die to add a bit more interest and colour.  In retrospect, I think I would have used a navy shade instead to help bring out the colours of the umbrella.. :(

Lots of glitter pen and Nuvo Crystal Glaze was added to give the sparkle and shine that I adore on cards!

I hope you all have a chance to play along! I had so much fun with these products and colours!  

Remember, all the details can be found over at the Your Next Stamp Blog!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!  See you soon!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Your Next Stamp DT Dare...Pop It Up!!

It's time for the DT Dare on Your Next Stamp and the "dare" is to pop it up!!  This comes pretty easy to me as I LOVE dimension on my cards! Stay tuned to the end of this post for details on how you can win a stamp set of your choice from YNS!!!

For this project I used the brand new Strike Up Some Fun stamp set. This is the funniest set with awesome images and sentiments.  Perfect for all the bowlers you may have in your life.

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the single bowling pin as well as the group of pins.  I added a double layer of foam adhesive to the group and a single layer to the single pin.

I added them to a layer of red cardstock which was also popped up on the card base using fun foam.  To add a bit of interest to the base of the card, I used the Star Ink Splatter stamp and a light grey ink.  I love every single one of the Ink Splatter stamps.  It's a quick and easy way to add something extra to your card without a lot of effort.

The sentiment comes from the same stamp set. I coloured it up with some Copics and fussy cut around it.  And of course, more foam tape was used to pop it up!

I added a white gel pen stitching line around the red panel and Glossy Accented to the eyes of the pins and the sentiment!  

For a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from the YNS shop, all you have to do is leave a comment on the YNS BLOG!!!  Comment must be left by July 13th at midnight. Winner will be announced on July 15th!!  

Good luck and thank you so much for stopping by...much appreciated!

Until next time....


Tag It Tuesday with My Creative Time!

Welcome back!! It's time for another edition of "Tag It Tuesday" for My Creative Time!  Emma has the most wonderful selection of tag dies...I'm not kidding!!

Today I used the Tag Die Layers Set. This set is made to co-ordinate perfectly with the Tag Dies Set but can be used on its own, like I did today!

I started with your basic A2 folded card base and selectively die cut the scalloped tag from the set.  This is easy. Simply place the tag on the front of the folded card base but make sure to place it so the top of the die is overhanging the cardstock...the folded end!!  This will result in the die cutting through both layers only where the die is sitting. Oh my, I fear this isn't making sense and I did not get a photo, I'm so sorry!  Here is what you'll end up with...

A folded tag, which is a great way to hide your sentiment!  I cut 5 of the "zig zag" die, which is also included in this die set, out of a pink and mint cardstock.  For the main image of this tag, I used the small party hat from the Party Hat Dies and used the same colours of cardstock for the decorations.

My sentiment comes from the Time to Celebrate Stamp Set and was heat embossed in silver. 

This stamp set is filled with clever and fun sentiments...

I tied a piece of twine around the top of the tag just for decoration.  And added a bit of sparkle detail with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen as well as a few sparkly enamel dots!

And that's the finished tag for today!!  I hope you enjoyed!

Thank you so much for stopping in today, I always appreciate your visits!!

Until next time...stay crafty!!


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Your Next Stamp July Release Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the YNS July Release Blog Hop!!  I'm so grateful to be joining this hop with the talented team from Your Next Stamp! Today we're showing you some of the amazing new stamps and dies from this month's release!

This blog hop runs until July 10 at midnight (EST).  All you have to do is leave a little love on each stop of the hop and you could win a $25 gift certificate to the YNS shop!! Remember, the more stops you make and the more love you leave increases your chances of winning! Winners will be announced on the YNS Blog on July 12th!!

In my Preview post earlier today, you got to sneak a peek at the new Hedgehugs stamp set and co-ordinating dies.  Tonight, it's all about clinking those glasses and making a toast! Or just maybe kickin' back with a cold one.

I used the new Happy Hour Stamp Set and its co-ordinating dies for this fun card.

Instantly, I thought about a tropical vacation and all the yummy drinks to be had while lying beneath a palm tree!  

I adore all the accessories that come in this set. And each one has a die!!!!  These beverages fit perfectly on the smallest of the Ripped Rectangle Dies. Instead of using the sentiment the way it was intended, I decided to "stretch" it out by snipping it apart...don't scream!! I rarely do this but if it gives me a little more mileage out my stamps, I'll break down and perform the surgery.

The sentiment just happens to fit perfectly onto the smallest of the Scrapworks-Strips Die Set.  And to finish it off, a few lime green Gumdrops from the Tropical Paradise pack!!

Hmmm, maybe Happy Hour does start now because this fantastic new release is available NOW!!! And did I mention SALE????

Thanks for joining us and remember to leave all these talented ladies some love for your chance to win!!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Your Next Stamp July Release Preview!!

Hello and welcome!!  Today's the day where we get to show you a little peek at whats to come in this months release for Your Next Stamp!!  There is so much fun and cuteness in this release and I had a blast using these new products as a guest designer this month!  Let's have a little look at one of the stamp sets being released.

This gorgeous wreath is from the new Hedgehugs stamp set. That's just a little clue that there is so much more to this set than just this wreath!

This image also pairs perfectly with the Scalloped Circle Die Set...just sayin' :)

Please remember to stop by the YNS Blog to see more fabulous projects from the design team!  And don't forget that tonight we are having a blog hop showcasing this awesome release!!  Stay tuned!!

See you very soon!!


Thursday, July 5, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #203

Helloooo!! I'm so excited because today is the day I officially start on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog!!  This is a bi-weekly challenge starting every other Friday so you have a couple of week to play along for an awesome prize!!  I hope you'll join in on the fun!!

The newest challenge is all about....HEAT EMBOSSING!!!

This is by far one of my favourite techniques. There is truly something magical on watching embossing powder melt.  I was tossing ideas around on what I wanted to do and the "emboss resist" technique came to mind.  Maybe some ink blending? Watercolour?  Nope!! I chose neither.  I went through my stash of embossing powders and came across some Zing powders.  I've had these forever and can't honestly tell you if I've ever used them. I think they may have been an impulse buy.

I had a scrap of kraft cardstock and thought I would test how these powders melted. I'm used to working with fine/detail powders and these are definitely neither. They are quite coarse. But wow, I loved how they melted!  Look at those colours!  I ended up using these images which are from the Pretty Posies stamp set and used the Posies Fri-Dies to cut them out.

I adhered the flowers and leaves together and foam mounted them to an ivory panel which was cut with a stitched rectangle die.

The sentiment is also from the Pretty Posies set and the heart comes from the Sassy Smiles stamp set.

Just look at how bright and thick that embossing it!!  I ended up keeping this card fairly clean and simple to let the embossing shine!

I'm not sure where I actually purchased these powders but Simon Says Stamp does carry a few. 

To enter the challenge, simply link up your fab creations on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog for a chance to win $25 worth of CAS-ual Fridays stamps/dies.  BUT the prize amount will DOUBLE if you use CAS-ual Fridays!!

Thank you for stopping by today!!  I cannot wait to see what you've heat embossed :)

Until next time...stay crafty!


One Stamp, Two Ways with Scrap 'N Stamp Canada!

Hello and happy Thursday!! Welcome back to my little blog:).  Todays post features a beautiful stamp from Taylored Expressions called Mandala Background 2.  Mandala designs are very trendy right now. The designs are gorgeous and lend themselves well to many techniques or even colouring!

For both cards today, I did a watercolored emboss resist technique using two different mediums. Let's take a look, shall we?

For the first card, I used the textured side of a piece of watercolour paper. I used Versamark Ink and white embossing powder. By the way, this stamp fits perfectly in the Mini Misti!

I decided to use Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Caribbean Brights for this card.  I haven't used these awesome powders in a long time!  If you've never tried a watercolour in powder form, they're really fun!  However, if you like a more controlled look or don't like inky fingers, these may not be for you..they can be a bit messy.

I used three colours from the set:  Chartreuse, Fuchsia and and Turquoise. I sprinkled the powder on lightly except for that big blob at the top. The turquoise colour came out much easier than the others.

I sprayed it generously with water, sorry I didn't get a photo of that. But the paper was VERY wet.  After it was dry, and I did use my heat tool, I sprayed it again with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water. This gave it a beautiful shimmer!

I fussy cut around the stamped image but made it easier on myself by not cutting around each scallop on the edge, I simply cut them off. Instead of using the image as a whole, I cut it in half so I would have a couple of options for layout.

I added some foam tape and adhered each piece to the front of an A2 side fold card base.  For the sentiment, I used the Choose Happy stamp set from Penny Black. I love this set! It's full of amazing, uplifting sentiments.

I embossed the sentiment with white onto a black strip of cardstock which happened to fit perfectly between the mandala image!

I decided to add a bit of white gel pen detail and a few clear sequins. Overall, I really like how this one turned out but if I were to do it again, I would have probably stamped on the smooth side of the paper.

Now onto the second card and my favourite! This time I stamped on the smooth side of the watercolour paper and used gold embossing powder.

And my watercolour medium of choice was Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks. 

I used the very fancy technique called Ink Smooshing.  Just press down your ink pads onto a slick surface, spray with water and smoosh down your paper.  With Oxide Inks, you get a much better result by drying in between layers, which I did here.

I LOVE the way this turned out!!  For the sentiment, I used the Just Because Sugar Script Die from Birch Press Designs. This die is such a great size and the font is awesome.  I cut it 4 times from white cardstock and adhered it onto the panel.

I thought it needed a little heart, too! That was cut using a very old die from an unknown company but any heart die would work!  I foam mounted the panel onto a white card base and that was it!  I tossed the idea around of adding sparkle to the sentiment but decided to leave it as is.

Like I said, this card is my favourite but I really like the first one, too!  Which one is your favourite? I'd love to know!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!  I hope you enjoyed the process and can try something like this soon!!

Until next time...stay crafty!!


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