Wednesday, November 20, 2019

My Heart is Full | Crafty Friends Blog Hop ft The Stamp Market

Hi There! 

Welcome to another Crafty Friends Blog Hop. If you have not joined us for one of our hops before, the Crafty Friends Blog Hop is a group of friends who have all shared some common crafty beginnings, and we hop each month with a spotlight on a company we love. 
This month, we are spotlighting products from The Stamp Market 

The Stamp Market

As with previous months, we have a coupon code to offer you, that is good for today and tomorrow on the official The Stamp Market website.  
For my card today, I used the "Bouquet of Kindness" Stamp Set, as well as the "Criss Cross Background" Stamp.  I've used both of these sets in the past, but I just love them!

This pretty card was created with stamps from The Stamp Market, as part of the November Crafty Friends Blog Hop.  Coloring on the image was done with Copic Markers, and colored pencils.  A full list of the colors used, along with all of the supplies, can be found on the blog post.

I began by stamping the floral image from the "Bouquet of Kindness" Stamp Set onto Sweet Sentiment Coloring Paper with Gina K Designs "Barely There" Amalgam ink.  Then I used ALL the coloring things (Not really, but close!) to color in the image.  I began with the Copics to get a nice saturated base, then added colored pencil shading and details.  Because I go through certain shading colors so quickly, I've supplemented my ColorBurst pencil set with a few Prismacolor pencils.

Copic Colors Used: 
E0000, YR00, YR02, E08, Y00, Y08, E47, YG93, G21, YG99

ColorBurst Pencils Used:
09, 018, 019, 023, 037, 040, 048

Prismacolor Pencils Used:
PC947, PC1026, PC1065, PC1079

Once I was happy with my coloring, I added a few details with a white gel pen, and then die cut the image into a heart shape, using the second largest die in the Heart-Felt die set.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in Copper Embossing Powder.  

I stamped the "Criss Cross Background" Stamp in River Stone Ink onto a piece of Tin Pail card stock.  Once stamped, I die cut the same heart shape out of the background, then matted the stamped panel onto a piece of River Stone card stock.  I adhered the stamped heart piece to the card front with foam squares. This allows a "shadow" to show when the card is held at an angle.  

This pretty card was created with stamps from The Stamp Market, as part of the November Crafty Friends Blog Hop.  Coloring on the image was done with Copic Markers, and colored pencils.  A full list of the colors used, along with all of the supplies, can be found on the blog post.

I adhered the card front to a white card base, and added a few Nuvo drops to add a bit of subtle shine.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  The "Bouquet of Kindness" Stamp Set, and the "Criss Cross Background" Stamp are both such fun sets.  Be sure to get your hands on them!




The next stop, in today's hop, is Lydia!  

If you've somehow been turned around, or missed a stop, here's a handy list for reference.

Sara Sherlock (You are here!)



Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used**:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 


**If a particular item I used was out of stock when I was preparing my post, or the item I used was discontinued, I have provided a link to a similar item - that is available - when a substitution would not affect the card design.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Look for the Light | Essentials by Ellen Release

Hello!

I have something exciting to share today.  There is a new Essentials by Ellen release over on Ellen Hutson, and I had the opportunity to work with one of the new stamp and die sets to share with you today.   I used the new Be The Change by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps and the coordinating Designer Dies


There's a lot of ink blending on the card, so I created the background first.  I stamped one of the butterfly image, from the Clear Stamps, in the place I wanted it, and began by blending out the "glow" that I was creating.  I used Scattered Straw over the stamped image, and allowed the ink to come over the edges of the image slightly.  Then I went over that with Antique Linen, blending out the edges further from the image, and trailing down my card front to create the light trail.  I blended the Antique Linen along the bottom of the card front, then added some warmer tones with Tattered Rose and Abandoned Coral.  I started to add the blues, with Tumbled Glass blended in around the edges of the "glow" and moved on to Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and finally Black Soot at the top of the panel.  I worked the colors back and forth until I had a fairly smooth blend, and then finally blended all the edges into the glow with the Antique Linen.  I added a few water droplets (simply by wetting my hand and then shaking it over the card front), and also added a few droplets of Shimmer by shaking the Nuvo Shimmer Pen over the background.


On a scrap of white card stock, I stamped the butterfly image again, and then colored in the image with Copic markers.  Once colored, I die cut the image before I added a little detail, with a white gel pen, and a lot of shimmer with the Nuvo Shimmer pen.

Copic Colors Used:
0, C1. C5, C7, BG01, B05, B39
I also used the gel pen to add some dots, and the Shimmer pen to add a bit more sparkle to the light trail on the card front.  This does pick up a bit of color from the background, so I just wiped the brush tip on a baby wipe to remove the ink when I was finished.  
I used my heat tool to make sure the background was dry, before stamping and heat embossing my sentiment.  I curled the wings of the butterfly slightly with my bone folder, and attached the die cut image directly over the original stamped image on the background.  I used foam squares to give this wings some depth, while the body of the butterfly is directly attached to the background.  Then I atached the card front to a white card base. 


I hope this card inspired you.   The Be The Change by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps and the coordinating Designer Dies are brand new today!  Don't miss out on these and the other new goodies in the  Ellen Hutson release.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product.  If a particular item I used is out of stock or discontinued, I will provide an alternate link to a similar item, that is available, when possible.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Legendary Magical Birthday

Hello!

I have a fun and colorful card to share with you today.  I used the Hero Arts Dragons & Unicorns stamp set  previously, to create a smoldering dragon birthday card, but I wanted to use the unicorns from this stamp set, to create another card for my adorable grand daughter, who is 11 today! 


This card worked up very quickly.  I taped out the area I wanted to ink blend, and then blended Festive Berries, Shaded Lilac, and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide inks to make the background.  While still taped, I sprinkled some water on using my blending brush, and some Shimmer, from my Nuvo Shimmer pen.  While that dried, I stamped and colored in the two unicorn images, then fussy cut them out.  (There are dies available with this stamp set, I just don't mind a little fussy cutting now and then.)

Copic Colors Used:
0. C1. C3, R02, R24, R32, Y17, BV02, V17

I carefully peeled the tape off of my dry background panel, and then heat embossed the sentiment in the lower right corner of the inked area.  I added my unicorns with some foam squares, and then attached the card front to a Grape Fusion card base.  A few scattered Fashion Gold pieces added a bit of bling and interest.

Of course, I forgot to photograph the inside, because I was in a hurry to get this in the mail, but there are additional fun sentiments in the set, so the inside included a white panel, which was stamped with the "Have a Legendary Birthday" stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

A Little Nuts

Hello!

Today I'm sharing two fun cards, that might seem a bit fall-ish, due to the colors, but would really be perfect for any time of year.  The images I have used are from Picket Fence Studios.  I really enjoyed working with this A Little Nuts stamp set and the coordinating dies.  The images are adorable, and super easy to color, and the sentiments are really cute.  As always, the full supply list, will be at the bottom of this post.

These squirrely and fun handmade cards, were created using the Picket Fence Studios A Little Nuts stamp set, and coordinating dies.  All of the supplies used can be found on the blog post.

I began this first card, by blending Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink, onto an A2 piece of Sweet Sentiments Premium Coloring Paper (My friend, Becky, recommended this, and it was so amazing to ink blend on!).  I blended the ink about 1/3 of the way down - fading it out as I went.  Then, I stamped the branch image from the A Little Nuts Stamp Set where the ink began fading out.  I set that aside to dry, while I stamped the squirrel image onto another piece of paper and colored her in with Copics.  Once I had her blended up, I used a black pen to fill in her eyes, and a white gel pen to emphasize the light reflection on her eyes.  I then colored in the branch with a very light touch with my Copics.

Copic Colors Used:
0, E0000, E53, E15, E08, E18, E47, G99

These squirrely and fun handmade cards, were created using the Picket Fence Studios A Little Nuts stamp set, and coordinating dies.  All of the supplies used can be found on the blog post.

I die cut the squirrel, using the coordinating A Little Nuts die set, and also trimmed down the card front slightly.  I adhered the squirrel to the card front, by gluing the head and back of the tail to the card, and adding a foam square behind the base of the tail and her bottom.  Then, I used my MISTI to line up the sentiment and stamp it next to the squirrel. I would not normally suggest adhering your image before stamping the sentiment, but the MISTI makes it easy to restamp if it did not come out right the first time.  

I used a scrap of printer paper that was on my desk to mask off the colored images and sentiment, and sprinkled on some Gold Silk dots over the ink blending.  If you hold the paper up off of the project by 1/2"-1", the silk will form round dots, instead of possibly cutting the dots in half right along the edge.  Once the silk dried, I attached the card front to a white card base, using foam squares. 

These squirrely and fun handmade cards, were created using the Picket Fence Studios A Little Nuts stamp set, and coordinating dies.  All of the supplies used can be found on the blog post.

For the second card today, I again ink blended my background using Distress Oxide inks.  I used Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, and Twisted Citron - working back and forth to get a good blend between the colors.  Then I used a large blending brush to splatter some water on the ink.  I allowed that to dry while I stamped and colored in (using the same Copic colors, and pens, as before) another of the squirrel images from the A Little Nuts Stamp Set.  I die cut the squirrel, along with a circle of Oatmeal Cookie card stock, and a circle of Corrugated card stock.  Then I lined up where my image would be on the Oatmeal Cookie circle, so that I could stamp and heat emboss my sentiment.

These squirrely and fun handmade cards, were created using the Picket Fence Studios A Little Nuts stamp set, and coordinating dies.  All of the supplies used can be found on the blog post.

Before adhering the circles and squirrel to my card front, I sprinkled on Gold and Dark Roast Silks.  Then I attached the circles and image to together with liquid flue and adhered the cluster to the card front with foam squares.  I trimmed the overhanging portion of the circle off, and then adhered the card front to an Oatmeal Cookie card base.

I hope you enjoyed today's cards.  Have a fantastic weekend.  Do you have you Halloween costume ready, and candy bought?

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.) Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use. Products with two or more logos - underneath, or on the side, give you options of where to purchase, in case the item has sold out at one shop. To visit the first store, click on the photo of the item. To visit the second (or greater) source, click the logo for the second shop - you will still be taken directly to the product.