Sunday, December 17, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hi stampers! 
Happy Sunday! I didn't fall off the face of the Earth. I am still alive and kicking. lol. Just busy with projects I can share yet. So will pay off...I promise. 
Today I am honored to be one of the Advent Calendar Extravaganza's Guests.
Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Today's sponsor is Hero Arts and I have as well a card featuring couple sets from Hero Arts. I used Kelly's S'mitten set along with It's Christmas Time. 

I stamped the circle image on white card stock using soft granite ink, then the snowflakes using silver ink. I stamped the mittens with Intense Black and colored with with Chameleon Pens and Color tops and then die cut using the coordinating die. 
I stamped the sentiment from It's Christmas Time on red card stock and embossed with White embossing powder. I assembled the card and added Nuvo drops to finish it off. 

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Hero Arts so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hero Arts 2018 Valentine's Day Catalog Release - Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to the Hero Arts Valentine's collection blog hop! 
If at any point you get bored, just hop onto the next blog :D (I will have the same list on the bottom of this post) which is Michelle and I check her amazing creations!

Ilina Crouse - that's ME

I have few projects for you today, so please bear with me. 
For my first project I am using the Mini Calendar kit, which actually is not really part of the Valentine's collection, but with the New Year coming pretty soon, we all need 2018 calendar and on. I LOVE this kit! The kit includes:
  • 6x8 clear set of months, days, dates, icons and other calendar essentials
  • 12 sheets of 4x6 heavy white card stock
  • 1 cube Intense Black hybrid ink
  • 1 calendar stand
So, for my calendar I used paper and set that came in the kit. I stamped the border , days and year with versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. Next I stamped the dates using Intenese black ink, made the banners, stamped on the calendar pages and put them together. 

For my next card I used Loving Swans wood mount set and at the end I used the Floral Border with die frame cuts. I blended the background using bubble gum, orchid and grape juice ink pads.Added little splatters using the Pink Metallic Mist. Colored the swans using my Chameleon Pens and Pencils, cut them out and assembled the card.

My next card features the new set called Cherrubs. I decided to make a shaker card and used the new mist to add shimmer and color to the background inside. The cherubs were stamped using the pink to red ombre ink then die cut. 

And then we have the Otter stamp and cut set. I love these cute otters. I decided to cut them out and form shape of a heart and adhered to vellum heart. My background was stenciled using 3 colors of ink (tide pool, antiqua and navy) to get ombre effect. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Added some sequins to add more interest. 

Hero Arts will  be giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please ask hoppers to comment by Thursday, December 21st at 11:59pm PT and we'll announce the winner the following week.

Blog hop list:
Ilina Crouse - that's ME

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Concord and 9th December Release

Hi stampers! 
Happy Snowy Saturday! Well at least we are snowed in here in Georgia. 

I just wanted to give you heads up for the new Concord and 9th Release! Another amazing one. My favorite is  the Polka Dot Turn about which I think may get sold out pretty quick because it's an amazing one. So hurry up ;)

And of course I got the whole release ;) again

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Impression Obsession Challenge: Last Minute Gifts

Hi Stampers! 
It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge and this time around, it's Last Minute gifts. And I am the queen of last minute gifts aka Gift cards. I used few new products to make my gift card holder (all from Impression Obsession). I stamped the branch with white pigment ink, let it dry (or heat set) then colored with Pencils, stamped hte sentiment with Versamark, embossed with white embossing powder. To finish it off I added some white Nuvo drops and voila! 

Visit the rest of the DT blogs for more inspiration :

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Impression Obsession Valentines Release Blog Hop Day #3

 Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday Decmeber 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW at

For my card today I used Princess Silhouette, Perfect Day and Solid  Modern heart stamp. I stamped the heart using the Peony ink, then stamped the image with black and then Versamark and embossed with Sparkle embossing powder. Stamped the sentiment, then assembled my card. :) 

Visit the rest of the DT blogs for more inspiration and more chances to win! 

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