Thursday, March 14, 2019

In the spotlight: Sharyn Sowell's Happy collection for Spellbinders

Hello there friends,

I'm sharing a few cards today that I've created with the adorable Happy collection by Sharyn Sowell for Spellbinders. This collection is full of birthday themed products, which is great because I never seem to have enough birthday cards in my stash! You will find dies as well as Glimmer Hot Foil plates in this line. This was my first time using the Glimmer Hot Foil system actually, or foiling of any kind for that matter! So much fun!

First up a card duo I've made with the Celebrate with Cake Etched Dies. All my cards in this post are mounted on an A2 size top folding (portrait or landscape) card base. I cut two pink card panels to add to my card base. I then die cut two ovals using my most fave Spellbinders die set ever, the Nestabilities Fancy Edged Ovals. Seriously, this is the most used die set in my whole stash!


I die cut all the little pieces from various patterned papers; for the flowers and candles I used some  mirror copper card stock as well. On the card on the left I used the inner pieces of the cake tiers to die cut the pattern, on the card on the right however, I used the same pieces to just foil the design (Blush Glimmer Hot Foil). That's right, you can use any of your dies to foil! Isn't that awesome?


I backed the die cut tiers with white card stock, then added foam adhesive to all of my cake pieces, on both cards. I adhered all pieces to my card front, decorated the cakes with the cute flowers and added a stamped birthday sentiment.


Next up is a very simple card! For this I used the Birthday Banner Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and some Blush Glimmer Hot Foil. I fussy cut out the banner so I could give dimension to it.


I glued a 5,25x4" piece of navy card stock to my card front and added the banner to it using foam tape. To finish off this card I tied some twine around the top and placed some navy crystals here and there.


On my next two cards I used a couple of Glimmer Hot Plates, Bird in Heart and Oh Happy Day, with some gorgeous Crimson Stars hot foil. For the banner on the left card I used the It's Your Day Etched Dies with the same foil. Red is one of my least favorite colors, but if it comes to foil, it's one of my favorites. I have no idea why, but there's just something so elegant about red foil!


First I foiled the designs on white card stock then assembled my cards, using some strips of patterned papers, black card stock and lace trim. I generally feel like my cards are not finished if they only have one layer, so I had to find something to add!


Flowers! Of course flowers ha! There are some tiny flower dies in the It's Your Day Etched Dies set, so I went ahead and die cut some from a pink/red patterned paper. I glued them in place and to finish them off, I added some Nuvo drops in their middles. A bunch of black crystals and both cards are done.


On my next card I used the sweet Let's All Party! Etched Dies as well as the Oh Happy Day Glimmer Hot Foil Plate with Crimson Stars hot foil

I die cut an oval shape from patterned paper (again, I used the Nestabilities Fancy Edged Ovals set) and popped up the negative shape on my card front. I die cut all the animals from different patterned papers. I tried to keep my color scheme neutral because the most birthday cards I need are for my son's friends, all boys! 


I die cut the tree and the cake from gold glitter paper to add some sparkle! I foiled a small piece of white card stock and die cut the little hats from it for a fun accent. I tucked some animals behind the oval cut out, some I added directly to the patterned paper panel. I then used the Oh Happy Day Glimmer Hot Foil Plate to create a foiled sentiment, which I popped up with foam adhesive. Last but not least I added some black enamel dots.


On my last two cards I haven't used foil. First up is my favorite card from today's post! Isn't this little scene the most adorable?! Bunny pulling a cake on a cart with a little girl helping? Oh my goodness! I can't even! This set is called Sending a Happy Birthday and comes with a lot of small dies. I added a piece of floral patterned paper to my card front, and layered a couple of oval die cut shapes on it.


I then die cut all the little pieces from various patterned papers, assembled them and glued them down using foam tape. A sentiment and a few crystals finish off this card. 


Last but not least another simple card I made with the Happy Wishes Etched Dies set. I die cut this lovely sentiment from patterned paper as well as from heavy weight card stock a few times and stacked them up to create a dimensional focal point. I added a patterned paper panel to my card base and layered some tilted rectangles on top. The two smaller rectangles were die cut using another favorite set of mine, the Nestabilities Fancy Edged Rectangles Etched Dies. The largest rectangle I just cut using a trimmer. 


To finish off this card I added some sequins and twine.


SUPPLIES:
Spellbinders:

Others:
  • Heavy Weight White Card Stock, local brand
  • Neenah Solar White Card Stock 80lbs
  • American Crafts Color Card Stock
  • Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park Paper, Doodlebug Designs patterned papers
  • Concord & 9th Glitter Paper
  • Prima Marketing Say It With Crystals
  • Sequins
  • Enamel Dots
  • Lace Trim
  • Twine
  • Scotch Foam Tape
  • Scotch ATG
  • Scrapbook Adhesives Micro Dots
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue


That's it from me for today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thank you for stopping by!
I wish you all a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Altenew March 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello crafty peeps,

I'm so excited to be joining the Altenew March 2019 release blog hop today! You should have arrived here from the lovely Virginia Lu's blog.

There are so many beautiful stamps and dies in this month's release again! I've created quite a few cards to showcase these gorgeous products. I'm not sure I did them justice!

All my cards today are top folding A2 size cards. First up is my favorite card! I've used the Wallpaper Art stamp and die sets (bundle is also available at a discounted price!). I stamped the flower and leaves with Versafine onyx black ink because I wanted to watercolor them. I did some simple coloring, then die cut these images. I also die cut a partial circle from green card stock. 


I dry embossed a 5.5x4.25" piece of white card stock to create some texture in the background. I glued this onto my card base, then added the green die cut, some gold thread and the flowers and foliage. To finish off this card I added a white embossed sentiment.


I've used the same set on my next two cards as well, but this time I didn't do any coloring. I white embossed the flowers and leaves on vellum using the Pure White Crisp embossing powder, then die cut them. I also die cut some images from purple and green card stock and layered them up on my card bases. To finish off these cards I added some gold ink splatters and white embossed sentiments.


Next up is the Rennie Roses stamp and die sets (bundle also available). I stamped a bunch of roses and leaves and colored them with artist markers. The sets I've used for these are the Artist Marker set A (the pinks and blues) and the Shades of Purple set. I stamped the sentiment on my card front, then arranged my die cuts around it. I added some foam dots here and there for dimension. I finished off this card with some gold paint drops.


On my next cards I used the Prettiest Pomander stamp set (coordinating dies and stamp+die bundle are also available). On this first card I stamped the flowers and leaves first. Now, this is a layering stamp set but it's pretty easy to line it up. Once done, I white embossed the outline using the Pure White Crisp embossing powder. I then masked off the bouquet and stamped the background using the Rustic Linen background stamp. I love background stamps and this one is a staple for sure! Last but not least I added my sentiment and a pink bow.


On my next card I stamped the outline in grey ink and added some white gel pen details. Again, I masked off the bouquet and this time I stamped polka dots in the background using the Dainty Swiss Dots stamp. Then using the Thinking of You die, I die cut the background. I also die cut this sentiment from grey foam, then pieced everything back together for a dimensional look. This took awhile, I'm not sure what I was thinking haha!


Last but not least I tried a grungy feel. Not on purpose, mind you haha! What I've learnt: if you want a soft look, you white emboss the outlines, definitely don't stamp them in black. There's a lot of detail in the outline stamp, so the bouquet gets really dark. I do like how these turned out though. As you see I did some masking here too and used the Rustic Linen stamp again to create my backgrounds. On the card on the left I die cut the sentiment from black glitter card stock using the Simply Friend Die. I die cut the word from white card stock a bunch of times too, then layered them up for dimension and texture. On the right card I just stamped my sentiment and added a bunch of punched little circles for embellishment.


On my last card duo with this release I used the Bold Bunch stamp and die sets (bundle also available). I stamped my sentiment in the middle on both cards. On the right you have a simple card, where I just stamped the flowers directly on the card front. I actually loved the white background but then it kept nagging me because I rarely do white cards like that...I gave in and added a few purple card stock strips haha! Not sure if I like it more this way though. For the card on the left I stamped lots of flowers, die cut them and arranged them in a circle. Some twine finishes off both cards. That's it!



I hope you've found something here today that inspires you!

And now the fun part...Giveaways, yay! Read on to find out how you can win! Good Luck!

Prizes: 
1. To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook blog by 03/19/2019 for a chance to win. 

2. ATTENTION! The rules on this one have changed so please read carefully: Altenew will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from comments on each designer's blog in the blog hop list.

All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 03/17/2019!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Your next stop is Reiko Tsuchida!

Have an awesome day!

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Blog Hop list:

All the blues - DT projects for Pinkfresh Studio

Hi there lovelies,

I'm stopping by to share my latest cards for Pinkfresh Studio.

If you've been following me for awhile, you might know that blue is one of my most favorite colors. And since there's plenty of blue in the new scrapbook collections, I decided to create blue cards for today's post. Well, blue and white more specifically because I chose all kinds of folksy dies to work with and blue and white designs often remind me of folklore. 


All my cards in this post are A2 size and top folding (landscape). On my first card duo I used the beautiful Spring Floral and everyone's favorite Adore alpha die sets (you can also find the coordinating Adore alpha stamp set in the shop). I cut two 5.50x4.25" panels from the Big Ideas patterned paper (Joyful Day collection), one is from the 12x12" paper, the other is from the 6x6" paper pad. You can see the difference in the scale of the pattern. I die cut HUGS from the Fresh Start paper and from white card stock, then combined the two to make two blue-white sentiments. For the card on the left I did some partial cutting from white card stock, then glued the cut out on my blue background. I stamped and white embossed a sentiment from the Scripted Bold Sentiments 1 stamp set onto a thin blue strip of paper. I added HUGS using foam dots. To finish off this card, I placed a few crystals here and there.


For my next card I die cut Spring Floral twice and glued them down in the middle of my card. I added a thin strip of Fresh Start paper in the middle then glued down my letters on top, using foam adhesive. Again, a few crystals finish off this card.


Next up two simple cards. For these I used the Folk Elements dies! These tiny elements are just the cutest! I added a light-blue and a navy card stock panel to my card bases. I die cut the 3 little pieces from the light-blue paper, then also from white card stock and the Fresh Start patterned papers then pieced them back together. 


I stamped and embossed the sentiment, which is from the Scripted Bold sentiments 2 stamp set. I added some white paint drops and lace trim, done.  



I die cut 3 flowers from the navy panel and also from white card stock, then puzzled the pieces back together. Using the Oval Foliage die, I die cut an oval shape in the middle of the panel, then glued it all down onto my card base. I drew around all leaves with a white gel pen so that they stand out. I die cut 4 more flowers from the Folk Elements set and adhered them down in each corner. I stamped my sentiment (from the Scripted Bold sentiments 2 stamp set) in blue and popped it up on the card with pop dots. White paint drops finish off this card. I just love white against a navy background!


That's it for today. I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
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