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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Wild About You with Pink & Main!!

Hello, friends! Welcome back! While the Pink&Main Blog is getting an exciting new look, I'm sharing my latest creation here!


I used the fun, new set called Toucan Do It stamp set and co-ordinating dies for this card along with some fun ink blending.

I started by die cutting a white panel of cardstock using the largest of the Stitched Rectangles Set 2.  I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to add some base colour. I focused on the bottom left portion. I then placed the Puffy Hearts Stencil over top and used the same ink, with a harder pressure. This creates such a beautiful look!


I stamped that adorable alligator with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and used my Copic markers to colour it in.  I cut the image out with the co-ordinating die.


I adhered the heart panel onto a white card base and used foam adhesive to adhere the alligator.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I decided to leave it as it was and not add any sort of embellishment...which is hard for me, haha! I really wanted that background to shine!



Thank you for stopping by today!! I hope you have some time to check out some of these new (and older) products in the Pink & Main Shop!!




Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Create A Smile Sketch Challenge!

Hello, hello!! Today, is the start of another fun challenge over on the Create A Smile Stamps Challenge Blog! We have a very cool sketch for you to work with this time around!


Remember, you don't have to follow this sketch exactly! Just go with where your creativity takes you!  I, myself, followed it almost to a tee :)


I started by stamping, colouring and fussy cutting a few images from the uber cute Best Bugs Stamp Set.   I created the partial oval scene panel by partial die cutting a rectangular piece of cardstock with a circle die. But, Create A Smile has a sweet die set that creates this shape perfectly! Check out the Stacked Pierced Ovals!


Before I adhered the scene to the card base, I used the Diagonal Grid Stencil along with Spun Sugar Distress Ink to add a bit texture.  Of course, a few white gel pen details add so much!


The sentiment is from the Best Bugs stamp set. I stamped the sentiment on a white cardstock strip. I decided to layer that onto a banner die that I inked with the same pink ink. This acted like the little flag portion of the sketch!

Thank you for dropping in today! I hope you'll play along with us! Up for grabs is a €25 gift certificate to the CAS online store!!

Please visit the Challenge Blog for more details and to link up your creation!!

See you soon!

Laurie







Friday, August 2, 2019

Pop 'N Hop with Scrap 'N Stamp!!!

Welcome back to our monthly blog hop for Scrap 'N Stamp Canada!  We are playing with a cool new product that's available in the shop right now!!


The design team have all made pop up box cards today made using kits from The Paper Cut. This line of products lets you create fun, interactive cards without investing in pricey dies! These kits include all pre-cut cardstock, in all the pieces you need!  Some of the kits available are the Pop Up Box, Triple Mini Window Card, Swingin' Z-Fold Card, Stair Step Card, Graduation Cap Card and even a Slider Card! I should also mention that some of these kits come in different sizes and colours!

I personally don't own any box card die sets.  I don't make many interactive cards such as these, so investing the money just doesn't make sense.  BUT, with that being said, if you've been on the fence on buying any of these die sets, I would suggest playing with one of The Paper Cut kits. This will give you some sort of an idea on how often you would be creating these specialty cards!

Anyway, enough chit chat! Let's have a look at what I made for you today!



I used the Square Pop Up Box Card kit in white.  Assembling the box was as easy as adding two strips of Scor-Tape to tabs. The part that took the longest was trimming out all the patterned paper to adhere to the flaps.  I used an older Lawn Fawn paper pack for that!  I have to admit the dimension of the little scene is pretty awesome!




I used the adorable Happy Village Set (unfortunately, out of stock at the moment) and its co-ordinating dies. I love this set and get a lot of use out of it! I coloured everything up with my alcohol markers.


I used an extra house for the front flap of the card along with a sentiment from the Wavy Sayings Stamp set which was stamped onto one of the Simple Wavy Banner Dies.


This flattens completely and fits into a 6X6 square envelope.  You would add your sentiment on the back of this card.  I want to apologize for these photos. Like I said, I rarely make such dimensional cards so I'm used to flat lay photography :)

I hope you enjoyed my project for this hop!! You'll find the full blog hop list below!










GIVEAWAY!!

One lucky commenter will receive a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!! The winner will be announced on August 15, 2019 on the Scrap N' Stamp Blog. So, leave a little love on each stop to increase your chances of winning!!

FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

Today, also starts a new challenge on the SNS Facebook Page and the theme is 3-D cards or cards that POP!! We hope to see your creations!!

Thank you for hopping along with us today! Remember to leave a comment by August 14th!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Create A Smile Stamps Challenge!

Welcome to another crafty challenge from Create A Smile Stamps!  We're mixing things up a bit this time by using a Mood Board!


I was always daunted by creating from a mood board. I didn't really know what I should do with all these images!  But I finally figured out it's all in what speaks to you. The images themselves?  Or the colours? Or both?  You can find inspiration in all the photos or just one! It's all up to you:)

I found inspiration in the colours and the floral images. And this is what I came up with..


I used the fabulous Floral Decorations Stamp Set and created my own patterned paper. Instead of black ink, I used a dark brown ink to stamp the images. I coloured them in using yellow, brown and pinks.  I decided to add in a purple as well!

For the sentiment, I used the large "you" from the All About You Stamp Set. I stamped it in the same brown ink and used my purple markers to colour it in. I then painstakingly fussy cut it! To seperate it from the stamped panel, I used the 3rd largest die from the Scalloped Rectangles Cool Cuts. I stamped the sub-sentiment from the same sentiment set then foam mounted the scalloped die on top.


I used liquid adhesive to adhere the large "you".  Because there were wood veneers on the mood board, I went through my stash and found a few wooden hearts which I glued down.  I put the panel onto a kraft cardstock and called this card done!


I hope you enjoyed my take on the mood board. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!!  Remember you're playing for a €20 gift certificate to the CAS store!  There's a bunch of new goodies in the shop so a shopping spree will be fun!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon!

Laurie




Friday, July 19, 2019

My Creative Time 93rd Edition Release Blog Hop and Sale!

Today is the day!! All the fabulous products we've been showing you this week are now available to purchase in the My Creative Time Shoppe!!


I used the new I Have Faith in You Stamp and Die Set for my project today. I adore this wreath image but wanted to try something a little different!


I stamped the wreath, did some simple no-line colouring and die cut as it was intended.  I decided to snip the bow portion off and create more of a garland than a wreath. I love how it turned out. There are so many more possibilities with this image than just using it as intended!

For a bit of contrast on this card, I used the Grainy Wood Background Stamp with Barely Beige Ink from Simon Says Stamp. It's "barely" noticeable but it does create a bit of texture.  I decided to cut down the stamped panel using one of the More Stitched Edges Dies which creates the look of torn paper...so cool!


I adhered the woodgrain stamped cardstock directly onto a white card base. I added a ton of foam adhesive to the floral images and adhered that down over top.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and was stamped in a slightly darker shade of ink.


And because I can't get enough of these white gems, I added a ton of them!!  I hope you enjoyed today's card and are able to see the possibilities of this set!!  Here is the full blog hop list! Prepared to be amazed and inspired :)

Thank so much for joining us!! Up next is the super talented Miss Ruthie!!


BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY!!

For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving a $25 gift card to the My Creative Time Store to ONE lucky winner!  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs. You are not required to comment on every blog but the more you comment, the more chances you have of winning!! Very important:  Please leave a way for us to contact you (with your comment) just in case you are the winner!!

FREEBIE!!

Starting today, Friday June 21st, 2019 at 8am PST, we will be giving away these adorable new "Cute Micro Tag Dies".  This new set will be given to the first 25 shoppers!  It will be automatically added to your package during packing/shipping. Once the 25 shoppers have gone through, this die set will be available for purchase!  So, if it's available in the store, you are not one of the first 25 shoppers.  No exceptions will be made.  the "freebie" is NOT part of the bundle and will be sold separately.

SALE ALERT!!

Don't forget!! Our sale starts right now at the My Creative Time Store!!  Use the code July2019 at checkout to receive 15% off your entire in-stock purchase!! The sale ends on Friday, July 26th 2019 at midnight PST!!

Here's the complete blog hop lineup:

Laurie (that's me!)

Here's a look at the entire release!

Especially for You

More Chunky Tag Dies

I Have Faith in You


Strawberry Treat Box

Cute Micro Tag Dies (FREEBIE)





Thursday, July 18, 2019

My Creative Time 93rd Edition Sneak Peek Day Three!!


Welcome back to the last day of sneaks for the 93rd Edition Release from My Creative Time! I just know that you are going to LOVE today's peek!  This is called the Strawberry Treat Box and it is just adorable!!!


It literally can't get any cuter than this!  I assembled the box in white cardstock and found some very old patterned paper in my stash to decorate it.  The colours just happened to work perfectly!

The sides of the treat holder are a series of tabs that must be adhered together. I found the best way to do this was to apply a dot adhesive (something that doesn't adhere right away and that can be repositioned if necessary) to each flap and work your way around. I then went back and used liquid glue.


What is great about this treat box is not only it's amazing shape, but the decorative layers could be used on their own as focal points on cards or scrapbook layouts!  

The sentiment is from the Especially For You Set that we took a look at on Monday. It's stamped on the FREEBIE die for this month called the Cute Micro Tag Dies. Everything in this release works so beautifully together!!


Remember, tomorrow we have a blog hop and all products will be available for purchase (along with a sale, of course!)

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

**Sneak Peek Giveaway**

We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!! For example, the sets we showcase on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we showcase on Thursday will be announced on Friday on the MCT Blog!  All you have to do is leave some love on each of our blogs.  You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do comment on, the more chances you have of winning!!   VERY IMPORTANT: Please leave a way for us to contact you with your comment, just in case you are the lucky winner! For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #mycreativetime!  Good luck!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

My Creative Time 93rd Edition Sneak Day Two!

Welcome back to the second day of sneak peeks for this release! I have to say that this is one of my favourite releases to date and I think it will be your too!


We are having a little look at the new stamp and die set called I Have Faith In You. This set has the sweetest wreath image along with a ton of sentiments to fit inside. This sentiment set will keep you covered for any occasion!


I created a square card, again, to showcase this beautiful wreath.  I started by stamping the image onto kraft cardstock with a light, Copic safe ink and coloured it in.  After colouring, I restamped the image in Versamark Ink (I used my Misti for this!) and heat embossed in white. I used the co-ordinating die to cut it out.


I stamped the wreath repeatedly onto a cardbase in Versamark Ink as well to get a subtle background. I made sure to keep the inner portion of cardstock when die cutting the wreath so I could stamp the sentiment without it getting lost in the background stamping.


I die cut several wreaths from scrap, white cardstock and adhered them all together. I glued the wreath first then inlaid the sentiment portion.  To finish off, I added some white crystals.  

I love this set so much and I hope you do to!

Thank you so much for dropping in!  See you tomorrow for our last product sneak!


**Sneak Peek Giveaway**

We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!! For example, the sets we showcase on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we showcase on Thursday will be announced on Friday on the MCT Blog!  All you have to do is leave some love on each of our blogs.  You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do comment on, the more chances you have of winning!!   VERY IMPORTANT: Please leave a way for us to contact you with your comment, just in case you are the lucky winner! For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #mycreativetime!  Good luck!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

My Creative Time 93rd Edition Sneak Peek Day One!!

Well, it's that wonderful time of the month! New release time!!  We are sharing some sneak peeks of the upcoming 93rd release from My Creative Time.


Today, we're showing you the new More Chunky Tags Dies and the Especially For You Stamp Set. The Chunky Stitched Tag Dies are one of my fave sets and are super popular.  This new set is just as awesome!! BONUS:  the Especially for You Stamp Set has a set of dies that co-ordinate with these new tag dies!!


I've been drawn to square cards lately so that's what I made today. I used one of the More Chunky Tags to set the scene.  Notice the sentiment and that cute speech bubble die? Those dies are part of the Especially for you set and work perfectly with the Chunky Tags...so amazing!!

The bird was made using the Lucky Bird Die which is also one of my favourite sets!


I used a neutral patterned paper for the background on this card and I think it really made the colours of the bird pop!  


These two new products are going to be a must have in your stash! Between the awesome sentiments (that come in various sizes to fit the speech bubbles) and those incredible flag ended tags, you'll truly be covered for any occasion!

Thank you for stopping in today!!  Stay tuned for the rest of the week where you'll see some more incredible sneak peeks!!


**Sneak Peek Giveaway**



We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!! For example, the sets we showcase on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we showcase on Thursday will be announced on Friday on the MCT Blog!  All you have to do is leave some love on each of our blogs.  You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do comment on, the more chances you have of winning!!   VERY IMPORTANT: Please leave a way for us to contact you with your comment, just in case you are the lucky winner! For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #mycreativetime!  Good luck!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Create A Smile Sketch Challenge!

Welcome back to another challenge hosted by Create A Smile Stamps!  We have a Sketch Challenge for you this time around!



I love sketch challenges. They always seem to get the creative juices flowing. What's nice about them is that they can be taken literally or you can put your own spin on them!  Wherever the idea takes you is okay!!

I made a very bright card for this challenge! Like most of us, I have a stash of patterned paper that I rarely use. But I thought some of it would go great with the rainbow colouring I did on this card.


I stamped out those gorgeous hearts from the Colour Your Heart Out stamp Set, coloured them rainbow style and fussy cut each one. I used the second largest of the Scalloped Rectangles Dies on white cardstock and arranged all those hearts according to the sketch. 


I foam mounted the rainbow hearts and used glue to adhere the two smaller hearts.  Something else I rarely do is stamp the sentiment in anything but black, brown or grey. I used a yellow ink here and love the way it looks!

The rectangle panel was foam mounted to the card base, which I covered in the yellow polka dot paper. I added 3 clear sequins to finish the card off.


Thank you for stopping by today!  I cannot wait to see your take on this sketch!  

Remember to link up your projects on the Create A Smile Challenge Blog for a chance to win a €25 gift certificate to the CAS Store!!

Laurie



Friday, July 5, 2019

Turnabout Blog Hop with Scrap 'N Stamp Canada!

Welcome back to another monthly blog hop for Scrap 'N Stamp Canada!  It's all about the Turnabout stamps from Concord & 9th. These stamps are a lot of fun to use but do require some precision.  But once you get the hang of things, the results are awesome!!


I chose to use the Stitched Turnabout stamp set for my projects today.  This is a great set because it has two separate portions. You can stamp the large outline, the inner portion or the whole thing together!  It's quite versatile. Plus, there are quite a few other images and large sentiments!

The first thing you need to know about these stamps, well this one in particular anyway, is that precision is key. If the stamp is not laid down correctly, the images will overlap or not line up. This will make the image look...not right.  Concord & 9th have included in the newer sets, an alignment guide which makes this step much easier!

The guide will tell you which side is up. Place the guide in your stamping tool (necessary for all turnabout sets!!) and lay the stamp on top, stamping surface down.  I found I had to stretch, tug and push to get the images to line up perfectly. I think because there is no centre portion to this stamp, it makes it wobbly.


Now, C&9th also offer a Turnabout Jig. I don't own one so I can't say for sure what it's made of but it basically gives you a surface to hold down your cardstock so it can be turned easily.  I myself, use a 6X6 inch piece of cardstock, lightly adhere my cardstock to it and bam, you got yourself a jig! BUT, you can also skip that whole process and stamp directly  onto a 6X6 piece of cardstock and trim it down after...which is what I did here!


I went for a tone tone look by stamping a dark brown ink onto kraft cardstock.  I used all 4 turns of the stamp but eliminated the middle portion.


On an ivory piece of cardstock, I lined up the centre portion of the stamp and used some light, pastel colours to stamp. With each rotation, I used a new ink colour. This is where these stamps really shine!!  

I used a circle die that matched perfectly with the centre portion and cut the ivory stamped section out.  I stamped "happy birthday" with the same brown ink as the background panel.


I foam mounted the sentiment circle onto the stamped background and adhered the entire thing to an A2 side fold card base.


While I was playing around with this set, I stamped out another of the inner portion and fussy cut around it. I didn't want to waste that piece, so I used it on a 3X3 inch card. 


With a some faux, white stitching and a few details added to the hearts and leaves, this would make a cute tag for a gift!  The "for you" sentiment is also included in the Stitched Turnabout Set!



GIVEAWAY AND DISCOUNT CODE!! 

Scrap 'N Stamp is generously giving away one $50 gift certificate to the SNS store! To have the chance to win, all you have to do is leave some love for all of us on the hop! The winner will be announced on the SNS Blog.  Also this month, all Concord & 9th products will be discounted 15% by entering the code CCD15.

CHALLENGE PAGE

Just a reminder that SNS has a Facebook Challenge Page. You also have the chance to win a prize there! All you have to do is upload a project with this months theme!! We love seeing what you create, so please share!!

BLOG HOP LINEUP:

Sandi

Thank you so much for joining us! We hope you are inspired to take out your Turnabout Stamps or even add to your stash...wink,wink!

See you next time!!

Laurie

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