Saturday, 17 February 2018

Muse 253 - The Sweetest


Are you sick of me? That was a heck of a week - so many cards with so many amazing new goodies!

Anyway, I managed to squeeze in some time for Muse, where Tracey gave us this adorable inspiration:



I focused on Tracey's:
-bear with a heart
-blue and green background
-white sentiment on black

I used:


Friday, 16 February 2018

Concord & 9th February Release - Birthday Stacks

This is my second post as a Guest Designer for Concord & 9th, featuring their fabulous February release.

Today, I'm featuring the Birthday Stacks Stamps and Dies and WOW! I could work with these products forever! There are so many possibilities!


I started with the candles stamp and matching die. I stamped the candles at the bottom of my panel and then created a mask out of masking paper with the die before stamping a row above. I kept going until I had all these candles on the card. I cut the top row with the die for some texture and interest and popped the panel up on a plain white card where I had stamped my sentiment.

I did some copic colouring in cool greys and yellows and added some Stickles for sparkle. You could do the exact same idea with the presents and the balloons stamps.


Next up, this celebrate edge die. I fell in love with it and I will use it a lot! Here, I cut it from a white panel and carefully coloured each letter with a copic marker. I added a strip of silver for sparkle and stamped one of the little sentiments. Quick and easy!



This set comes with solid stamps that you can use to fill in the outline shapes quickly, or you can use them on their own like I did for this card and the next. I started by stamping CELEBRATE in rainbow inks, using my MISTI and some tape to mask each letter. I then stamped my balloons with two colours each, to create dimension. There is a string stamp in the set, but can you believe I lost within about 2 minutes of opening the package?! Grrr! I hate that! After searching everywhere, I gave up and drew my strings in.  I cut the edge of the panel with the decorative edge.



OK, this is the card you make when you have 2 minutes before you're leaving for the party. Or does that not happen to you?! LOL! Cut a coloured panel and cut out the celebrate die. On a white card, stamp a bunch of the balloon-fill-in circles in bright colours. Add some glue and you're done!



Finally, although this is a birthday set, You can use it for other occasions. Here, I stamped the balloons over and over, turning them and creating a fun background. I then took the solid stamp and inked up a few with lime and aqua inks and added a die cut thanks (we're featuring these next week).

There's a lot in this post, but I really feel like I've only scratched the surface of these amazing products. I know there are 3D options you can make with them - I can't wait to give them a try!


I used:

Catherine Pooler Designs - Zen Garden Release


Today's the final day of Blog Hops for Catherine Pooler's Zen Garden collection. I'm not on the hop today, but I've included the list below so you can hop for a chance to win a full set of the new colours of inks!


Today we're introducting the stained glass coverplate (oh, just wait until you see the amazingly creative ways the DT has used this beautiful die!)



I decided to cut it down and only use the centre of it on my square card. I cut it once in silver sparkle and once in white. I coloured some of the white pieces in rainbow order and then inlaid them back into the silver outline. 


Next up is Faithful Flutterings, a layering butterfly set with thoughtful sentiments. I stamped the smaller butterfly in Shea Butter and Sauna. For my background, I used the Split Chevron stencil and Juniper Mist and Stone Blue inks. I love how the blues seem to separate out a bit when spritzed with water, and give a pinkish-purplish tinge.








SugarPea Designs February Release Sweet Peeks - Day 5

Good morning! Today is the final day of SugarPea Designs' Sweet Peek Week and all of the products will be available tonight at 6 pm EST.

Today we're introducing Better Together stamps and Dies and the Diagonal Stripe CoverPlate.

This small set is full of fun images and sentiments to make wonderful 'love' cards. I stamped, masked and coloured my PB&J with copics on the oval portion of the Large Oval Striped Cover Plate we introduced the other day. I cut it down to use on my square card and left it white on white, so it just adds a bit of interest without any clutter.


I'm linking this one up to CASology 287 where the Cue Card is Together.



Here, I used the stripes out of the Diagonal Striped Cover Plate and the largest rectangle in the Card Front Element Builder set. I blended ink onto each stripe, leaving it lighter in the centre. 

Don't forget to leave a comment on the SugarPea Designs blog for your chance to win!





Thursday, 15 February 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs - Zen Garden Release Blog Hop - Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 of the Blog Hop for Catherine Pooler's latest release: Zen Garden!


Today we're featuring Eat, Sleep, Create and the newest background stamp, Doodle Garden.




Stamps: Eat, Sleep, Create
Inks: Midnight, Black Jack, Shea Butter, Seafoam, Spruce, Skylight, Stone Blue, Sugared Lavender, Rose Petals, Polished
Paper: White, Smoke & Mirrors

This stamp set has the word 'create' in different fonts and lots of add-ons, so you can get lots of different looks. The word 'repeat' isn't included, but I created it by using 'eat', the 'ep' from sleep and the 'r' from more, for a fun addition to my sentiment.

Stamps: Eat, Sleep Create
Inks: Midnight, Black Jack, Shea Butter, Polished, Rose Petals, Sugared Lavender, Stone Blue, Skylight
Dies: Create

There is also a create die in the release - in a fun script-y font. And speaking of the add-on sentiments in this set, I just couldn't choose, so I used them all to create a 'grafitti-wall'. 


Finally, Doodle Garden - this design was on the wall at Creativation and we have all been dying to play with it since then! There are so many ways to use this doodly background and I know I'll be playing with this one for a long time! Here, I stamped it in Midnight and then partially inlaid the new Smile die, which I had blended with Polished ink. 







SugarPea Designs February Release Sweet Peeks - Day 4

Today is Day 4 of Sweet Peek Week for SugarPea Designs, and we are introducting Topiary Garden, an elegant, all-occasion set with matching dies. All products will be available for purchase on Friday, February 16 at 6 pm.




Here, I used the heart topiary in a different way to create a bright and cheery Valentine. I used a pencil to draw a circle on my white panel and stamped the hearts in alternating colours. I stamped one of the elegant sentiments and popped it up with a black frame around it.


Here, I combined it with Heartfelt Sympathy. 

Be sure to leave a comment on the SugarPea blog for your chance to win!



AJVD - Happy Birthday


I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with this pretty birthday card using one of the new cover plates!