Friday, December 15, 2017

Studio Katia December 2017 Release Blog Hop!!

Hello, friends!!  I'm super excited to be a part of the December 2017 Release from Studio Katia!!  We are celebrating with a Blog Hop full of inspiration using these latest products!  Keep reading for all the giveaway details!!


This release is absolutely amazing! From florals to coffee to of course, Kobi!!! Everything was created to work together in this release, which I love!  I created two projects for you today to show you how well everything can work together.

Ever since Kobi the Bear made his debut, I was smitten with him.  So let's introduce ourselves to the new Kobi's Hugs & Kisses and the Best Ever Stamps  and Co-ordinating Dies!!


Isn't he adorable!?  There are so many images in this set that Kobi can hold on to, as the dies provide the cutting lines to tuck things under his arms.  I used the "best" and "ever" dies as well as the "mom" sentiment from the Best Ever sets to create my sentiment.  To finish off, I used the brand new Cupid's Kiss Crystals Mix for a light sprinkling of colour and sparkle.


I wanted to show you one more card just to demonstrate how well these new stamps and dies work together!!


Here, Kobi is holding an iced beverage!  That sweet little image as well as the sentiment is from the new Sweet Latte Stamp Set which also has Co-Ordinating Dies!!  For the background, I used the new and super cool Dotted Loops Die.  I used the negative portion (because I had that left over from another project) as a stencil.  I simply laid it over a panel cut using the Dotted Patterns Set 1 die set and lightly sponged some blue ink to create some ombre circles.


The embellishments on this card are also new!!  The Mint Dream Crystals are beautiful! Now, on to the giveaways!! 

 Make sure you leave a comment on the Studio Katia Blog for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate, there will be 2 to give away!! You can also increase your chances of winning by following Studio Katia on Instagram and "liking" them on Facebook!!

I'm also having a giveaway for a $20 gift certificate for comments made of THIS POST!! Just leave me some love by December 22nd and I'll announce the winner HERE on December 23rd!!

You should have arrived from the lovely Tracy!!  

Next stop on the hop is the super talented Olesya!!

If you get lost along the way, just return to the Studio Katia Blog!  

HAVE FUN HOPPING!!!!

Laurie







Tuesday, December 12, 2017

All Dressed Up at the North Pole!!

Hi, Friends!!  Just wanted to quickly let you know that I'm up on the LDRS Inspiration Page today with this card!!



This was made using a combination of winter and non winter products and it was a total blast to make!!

Hope you can drop by and say hello!!

Have a great day, everyone.

Laurie


Friday, December 1, 2017

Festive Florals Card

Hi Friends!!  I wanted to do this post tonight to give huge praise to one of my favourite stamp companies.  And that's Lil'Inker Designs.  If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm a huge fan of Laura the owner and her products.

Recently, I posted this card and mentioned that I did not own one Christmas stamp set from Lil'Inker!! I was shocked by this because I am a super fan :).  Laura was so sweet and offered me a Christmas set from her shop!!  I was beyond excited and super grateful.  This is why I love shopping from small, home-based businesses like this.  You cannot beat the customer service and the appreciation of these owners have for their customers is second to none!

So without further ado, the stamp set I chose was the Festive Florals.  I should also mention that she sent me the co-ordinating dies!!!!  I tried, I really did, to make a softly coloured card.  I wanted to make the poinsettias white, which I have a hard time with!

These are the Copic markers I chose:


I kept it very pastel.  I think if I had the C2 it would have turned out a bit softer.


After everything was coloured, I used the dies to cut everything out.  This is the arrangement I came up with after about 1/2 hour of fiddling!!  For the cardbase I used Soft Sky cardstock from Stampin Up which is the perfect match for the B11 marker.


I stamped and embossed the sentiment, which is also from the Festive Florals set, onto a banner cut using the Stitched Scallop Border Die. Everything was adhered with a combination of tape runner and foam adhesive.  And of course, some glitter pen, Glossy Accents and clear sequins finish it off!


Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this card!  And thank you to Laura from Lil'Inker who is absolutely amazing!!  Please check out her shop if you aren't familiar with her products!!

See you soon!!

Laurie




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Paper Smooches Guest Designer Entry

Hello everyone!!  So, this is a very last minute entry into the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search for December 2017!  I love me some Paper Smooches so I thought what a great way to have a play with some stamps and dies AND possibly get to be a guest designer!!



One of my all time favourite PS sets is Chubby Chum Pals.  That moose gets me every time:)  I also used leaf images from the Natural Beauties stamp set.  All the images were stamped with Versamark ink onto watercolour paper and heat embossed using a combination of Zing Chestnut and Brown Sugar Embossing powders.  Just a side note on those powders..I've had these for ages and have never used them.  They are a chunkier powder that seems to emboss nicely but they smell terrible!!! Seriously, almost toxic smelling!!  So embossing powders go bad??

Anyway, let's have a look at the card I created!  After, using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens to do some simple watercolour, I used the co-ordinating dies, here and here to cut everything out.


I then cut out the Frame 2 die to act as a backdrop for my moose.  I used Broken China and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks to add the colour.  After making a dry run on how to place the images, I decided I needed that super sweet bird, also from the Natural Beauties set, to sit on the moose's head!

I adhered almost everything with foam adhesive to add some great dimension.  For the sentiment, I used the one that always makes me smile!  The "I miss your face" comes from  the Fun & Flirty stamp set, which is one of my all time favourite sentiment sets!

I added a little extra detail with a white gel pen, Clear Wink of Stella (which is impossible to see here) and Glossy Accents!


Thank you for stopping by today!! 

Until next time...

Laurie



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Coffee Card for Butterfly Reflections Ink

Good morning, Friends!!  I wanted to share a little peek at the card I have up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog.  I always get so excited when I get asked to help out :)


I hope you'll swing by and say hello!!!!

Thanks, 

Laurie

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Honey Bee Stamps Season's Tweetings Holiday Release Blog Hop!!!!!

HELLO CRAFTY FRIENDS!!!  I am so excited to be a part of the Honey Bee Stamps Holiday Release!!  The release is now available in the store and it's super awesome!!

To celebrate the new release we are having the Season's Tweeting Blog Hop.  So get comfy and hop along with us!! Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment for your chance to win!!! We will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to the Honey Bee Stamps store.  The winner will be posted on the Honey Bee blog on Monday, November 13th!!!


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My projects today use the new and adorable Season's Tweetings stamp set.  This is a LARGE set filled with the sweetest bird images and beautiful sentiments.  Once I started I couldn't seem to stop using this set!

I made two very different cards to showcase how versatile this set is.  The first card is more of a fun one.  I used only one bird image and created a "pile of birds" using the masking technique.  Masking is something that I don't do often and when I do, it's simple as possible!


I started by stamping one bird at the bottom of my panel and simply worked my way up. I think I used a total of 4 masks. The colouring was done with some basic Copic colouring.


I stamped the word "tweeting" repeatedly with Versamark ink onto the grey card base and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I simply stamped "Season's" onto some white cardstock with black ink and trimmed it into a banner shape.


I fussy cut around the top of my pile of birds and foam mounted that piece onto the card base.  A little glitter pen and Glossy Accents finish this card off!!

My next card is a little more sophisticated, still cute, but a little more elegant.  I started by stamping 3 of the birds onto Bristol paper and coloured them with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  I fussy cut them out but there are co-ordinating dies for this set (which will make their way to my craft room, I'm sure :))


Because these bird images and sentiments are quite large, I decided to make a longer card.  3 1/2 X 9, as a matter of fact.  Again, I used Bristol paper and ink blended a night sky, snowy hills background.  I used Tumbled Glass for the snow and Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord and a bit of Chipped Sapphire for the sky.  After that had dried, I heat embossed that beautiful sentiment with silver embossing powder.  I LOVE that script!!


Finally, I foam mounted each of the birds onto the panel and foam mounted the panel, as well, to the white card base.  I added a few "stars" and "snowflakes" using a white gel pen and added some Glossy Accents to certain areas of each bird.


This set is amazingly versatile. Beautiful sentiments and the cutest bird images I've ever seen, a definite must for your stash :)

Finally, I just wanted to show you quickly a project made using the new Miracle of Christmas stamp. This is the most beautiful sentiment!!  This card features the Hexagon Solid Stack Honey Cuts and the Hexagon Stitched Stack Honey Cuts and some simple ink blending.


The sentiment is really all you need on a card, it's just beautiful!!

Thank you for hopping along with us to celebrate the new release!!

Here's the complete Blog Hop Lineup: 


Bibi Cameron  

Emily Midgett

Kelley Kohout

YOU ARE HERE!!

Lisa Cisneros

Melissa Bickford

Nichol Spohr

Taniesa Vlasak

Yulianna Neginskaya

Vera Yates



Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you to HoneyBee Stamps for letting my participate in this awesome release and hop!!

See you soon,

Laurie




Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hugs!!

Hello!!!  I wanted to stop in and share a card made using some new goodies from Butterfly Reflections Ink.  This is by far my favourite shop!!  I've gotten spoiled with the ridiculously fast shipping and awesome customer service from Vanessa!!

My last order included the The Crew: The Garden Club Stamp Set and its Co-ordinating Dies.  I've recently become addicted to colouring people and houses. And while I'm currently waiting for my next "house" stamp set to show up, I thought it would be fun to colour in a few images from this set.

I also ordered the Bold Alphabet Die Set a while ago and have never used it.  I'm not sure why because this set is AWESOME!!! Now, while this set is quite pricey, in my opinion it is worth every penny.  These are some big letters that can easily stand alone on your card!

Let's get to stamping and colouring!!  I started by colouring up some flower pots, a table and one of the pretty girls from the Garden Club set.  I used my Copics to colour.  I definitely need help in the skin tone department, but I try :)


I then die cut the letters H, U, G and S from the alpha dies and used some Faded Jeans Distress Inks to get an ombre look.


I got a huge fingerprint on the "g" but hid that later!  Next, I adhered a piece of navy cardstock onto a white A2 cardbase and placed a white mat on top of that.  I foam adhered the letters to roughly the middle of the white panel.


I strategically placed the little girl on top of the "g", this hid that ugly fingerprint. I added the flower pots beside her.


I finished off by adding a few Sparking Clear Confetti.  I was tempted to use a white gel or glitter pen but I resisted.  

I love the way this card turned out and I hope you do too!!


Thank you for stopping by today!!

See you soon...

Laurie






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