Thursday, October 19, 2017

IO Stamps Challenge : Haunted Greetings

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to another Impression Obsession challenge. This week the challenge is "Haunted Greetings".  I decided to use the Eat Drink Pumpkin die and make a shaker card. I cut the the pumpkin without the outline from black card stock and sprayed with shimmer spray. Once it was dried I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with White embossing powder. I adhered piece of acetate on the back to cover the die cut and created shaker and filled with sequins. Using foam mounting tape I adhered to my card base. To finish it off I added some googly eyes to the pumpkin!

Make sure you visit the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration! 






Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hero Arts: Very Merry Flash Sale

Hi stampers! 

Quick post! Hero Arts is having 25% off flash sale on all holiday category products today only! 
So head over the Hero Arts store to take advantage of this awesome sale!!!! 
Below are few of my favorite products!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hero Arts : I Love You to the Mewn & Back

Hi stampers! 
Happy Saturday! Sorry for the quietness. Work has been crazy and I was working on projects I can't share yet, so you will need to wait a little longer to see those :P 
But for now I have a card using the Hero Arts Mewn and Back set. Who doesn't like space cats? 
For my card I cut a panel of 4" x 5 1/4" from snow paper. Then I die cut the circle on it and stamped the sentiment using my MISTI and Intense black ink. I stamped the images with Intense black ink pad and colored with Copics. 
On separate piece of paper (4"x4" snow paper) I applied directly Navy ink (swiped with the ink pad) leaving the bottom un-inked. Then inked the bottom using the same technique using the Grape Juice ink and kind of blended both colors. While the ink was still wet I stamped the stars with Versamark ink and dried with the heat tool. Then I stamped more stars and embossed with Sparkle embossing powder. I added some dots(stars) using white gel pen, too.
I adhered the inked piece on top of the note card, making sure it's placement was under the circle window that I made earlier. 
I adhered the white panel with the circle window using mounting tape and arranged the images I stamped, colored and cut earlier. Voila! 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Winterhaven Stamp Of Approval is live!

Hi everyone!
The Winterhaven stamp of approval is live for the general public. Since last night when it went on sale for the Stamp Nation members who attended t he PJ party, then for those on the wait list, only 30% of the boxes remain in stock. So hurry up! Head over Catherine Pooler's store to get yours!

In meantime here are few more cards I made using the collection!

For my first card I combined Here We Come A- Caroling and Tis the season (the little dots).  I used one of the trees in the set to create my background. I stamped with variety of non traditional ink colors (Aquatini, Melon Ice and It's a Girl), then added the little dots using It's a Boy, Limey Rickey and Party dress inks. For the sentiment, I stamped it with Versamark, then by mistake I embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I stamped it again and embossed with white and repeated the procedure few times until I got nice, solid and raised image. I cut a circle and adhered to my card. I added some Clear Nuvo Crystal drops to finish off my card.




For my next card I created a background using the Tis the Season set using Rockin' red, Lime Rickey, Grass Skirt and Garden Party Then stamped the little dots with versamark and embossed with gold. I created the frame from gold foil card stock using the Good Stuff dies and the Joy using the Joy wreath dies. I adhered to gold foil card stock panel, then white note card. 



For my last, but not the least card I used again both Tis the Season and Here We Come A Caroling sets. I cut mask for the poinsetia and dry embossed the tag from Good Stuff die set. Then masked around it, added the poinsettia mask and sponged around with Aquatini ink pad until I was satisfied. Removed the poinsettia mark and stamped the poinsettia. Then removed all masks. I stamped the sentiment in versamark and embossed in white, then moved my paper a little bit in the MISTI and stamped the sentiment again, this time I applied clear embossing powder. I added some White Nuvo Crystal drops. I sponged the edges of white panel using Aquatini ink, then adhered my panel onto it. to finish I adhered the whole panel onto white card note.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Concord and 9th New Release is LIVE

If you are like me, you LOVE LOVE Christmas Crafting! And you don't want to miss the new October Concord and 9th release. It's all about Christmas and Christmas crafting. It's the most wonderful time of the year and I did find the BUY IT ALL button, again lol




Sunday, October 8, 2017

Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Blog hop

Welcome to Day 2 of the Winterhaven Stamp of Approval Blog Hop! You should have come from Amy's blog (full blog list below)
If you’re new to Stamp of Approval – click here to check out everything you need to know about this amazing collection of Stamps, Dies and other goodies.
And make sure you are on the wait list so you get access to the collection at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 10th before the public. These collections almost always sell out, so if you're liking what you're seeing on the blog hop, you'll want to make sure that you have an opportunity to get your hands on this collection! (and trust me, you do!!!!)
Christmas is my favorite time of the year for crafting, and you can never have enough Christmas stamps (and dies)!!! Trust me! Thought I may need an intervention when it comes to Christmas stuff lol. But this is my favorite SOA so far and it's so versatile!!! Pair it up with the amazing Catherine Pooler designs inks and you have cards for the win. 
I like to think and create outside of the box. So when it comes to Christmas crafting I often find myself using non traditional colors. 
For my first card I paired the Here we come a caroling set and the Joy wreath dies. I used few of the Catherine Pooler's designs ink pads (Rockin' red, Party dress, It's a girl and Flirty Fuchsia ) to create the the watercolor wash, then sprayed some drops onto the background. After it was dried I stamped and embossed the sentiment. The wreath was cut from Premium white card stock and I added some Nuvo drops. I adhered the panel onto Paper Source hot pink note card.



For my second card I used the Here we come A-caroling stamps and dies along with the Good Stuff dies. To create the two tone effect I used the MISTI when stamping my images. I stamped first with one color (I used soft cloth to remove some ink from the edge - aka transition area of the color, then stamped the other half. I die cut them and created my little scene.


And for my last, but not the least card I used the Ornamental Background stamp and Joy Wreath dies (only the joy sentiment) .I stamped the background on Arches hot press paper and embossed with copped embossing powder. Unsing 3 Catherine Pooler's designs inks (Something borrowed, aquatini , Fiesta blue and It's a boy) I created the watercolor wash. I adhered the strip of white and copper card stock, adhered the sentiment and added some clear drops , then adhered my panel to a card base.





1. Catherine Pooler
2. Jen Carter
3. Amy
4. Ilina - that's ME
5. Lisa
6. Ingrid  
7. Chrissie 
8. Kimberly


Its time not to start hopping along, BUT before you go, make sure you leave comments on each stop along the way for your chance to win!  Your next stop on the hop is Lisa

One winner will be chosen at random from EACH day's comments and announced on October 11th on Catherine's blog.  The winners will win their box and if you have already purchased it, you will be issued a Gift Certificate worth $100 towards a future purchase.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hero Arts: Happy World Cardmaking day

Hi everyone! 
Happy WCMD. Just a quick post. I am over Hero Arts blog with these two cards. Head on over there to see how I made them as well chance to win a gift certificate! 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pop Up House cards and templates

Hi all,

Another post from me. I see dies being released which resemble a template I did back in 2012 to make this House pop up card. First the instructions were part of an online class (Cards that pop), then I made this particular template available for whoever wants to purchase it. It's only $3.75. And it's pdf file.
You can buy the template by clicking on the Buy Now button
Using the principle of this template I converted the Hero Arts 3-D two story house die into pop up house as a guest designer on the Hero Arts blog back in February, 2016





You can purchase the template below, or going to Tutorials and templates tab.

House Pop Up Card instructions and templates. Price $3.75
Click on the Add to Cart button to purchase

Hero Arts - Under the Mistletoe

Hi stampers!
Post #2 just to let you know that I am over at the Hero Arts blog with this cute card. Head over there for more details! 

Impression Obsession challenge: You are an animal

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to another Impression Obsession challenge. This week the challenge is "You are an animal".  I decided to use this little dancing mouse stamp along with the hugs die cut. I stamped it on Canvas paper and colored using Alcohol markers. Set it aside to dry. In meanwhile I die cut the hugs sentiment and prepared by note card from black card stock. I adhered the colored image panel onto the note card, adhered the sentiment and added few Nuvo glitter drops....voila :) 

Make sure you visit the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration! 

Monday, October 2, 2017

October My Monthly Hero and Giveaway!!!

Hi Stampers! 
Happy Monday! It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for the new My Monthly Hero kit and  Blog hop for the new October kit. I absolutely love the winter and Holiday theme of the kit and all the add ons! 

Let's take a look at the main kit! 


Here are the contents of this month's kit:
6x8 Clear Set
10 Frame Cuts
3 Fancy Dies
6 sheets 5x7 decorative paper: 3 assorted styles 2 of each
1 Thick Lacquer Pen
1 Silver Embossing Powder 0.5 oz 
1 Unicorn white Ink Cube
This kit is an incredible deal with so many goodies in it that the value is $70 but the cost to you is $34.99.
We also have wonderful, optional add-on products this month --4 stamp sets, 3 Coordinating Frame Cuts, 1 Layering die. 1 wood mounted stamp, and 3 Stamp 'n Cut sets!  First we have the Nice Elves stamp set and coordinating Nice Elves Frame Cuts. These images are so cute and will bring a smile to anyone's face.

Now, you have probably arrived here from Amy's blog, and if you haven't trust me you don't want to miss her amazing projects. So go back to her blog or start from the beginning(the Hero Arts blog) and if you arrived here from her blog, then you are on the right track and your next stop will be Michelle's blof(and you don't want to miss her project, either).

Now onto my projects. The first one is a snow globe. I purchased the globe from a local craft store and it's perfect for this kit. I stamped each image twice and colored with chameleon pens. Next I adhered the North Pole station back to back (the image is symethical) and used acetate in the middle to adhere it to the bottom of the globe on which I adhered circle from one of the papers from the kit. I did same with the sleigh. I adhered Santa Clause and Mrs Clause using mounting tape to the house. I sprinkled some white pain inside the globe, let it dry and added artificial snow and frost sequins. I closed the globe. I added strip of the fancy paper around the lid to it looks nicer and on piece of Blush layering papers stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Voila :) 


Now I have few cards. For the first one I stamped the images onto white card stock with Intense black ink and colored with Chameleon Pens and Color tops. Next I die cut them. I created the scene using white glitter paper and white card stock that I spayed with Sparkle Shimmer spray. I added vellum to the bottom. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder. I adhered my scene to Navy top folding note card and sprayed again with the shimmer spray. 

For my next card I stamped the images onto white card stock using Intense Black ink and colored again with Chameleon Pens and color tops. I trimmed my panel down to 5" x 3 3/4" and adhered to Navy base. I stamped the sentiment onto Navy card stock with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Cut with circle infinity dies and adhered to my card. ;) 

Now look at some of the add ons. For this card I used the Nice Elves set and matching frame cuts. I stamped the elves on white card stock and colored with Chameleon pens and color tops. Then die cut them using the matching frame cuts. I cut a circle from vellum and stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with Platinum embossing powder. I used one of the fancy papers from the kit to adhere them onto. Then adhered my panel to a blush note card. 


And now it's time for the naughty elves. I used some woodgrain card stock to cut the Paper Layering wooden door and then added some of the accessories. I stamped the elf with intense black ink and colored with Chameleon pens and color tops. I adhered the panel with the door onto white card base using dimensional  tape. I adhered the elf inside and stamped the sentiment. I stamped the sign from the Santa's door accessories set and cut using the coordinating frame cuts. I adhered it to the door to finish of my card. 







For my last, but not the least card I used Fluffy stocking stamp and cut set. I stamped the image and colored it with Chameleon pens and color tops then added some texture to the dog using the colorless blender. I die cut it using the coordinating frame cut. Using Versamark ink I stamped Swirly flower background onto kraft card stock and embossed with white satin pearl embossing powder. I cut a circle out using the infinity dies and adhered vellum on the back of my panel. I stamped the sentiment onto vellum stripe with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Adhered it to my kraft panel. Then I adhered the panel onto Blush note card and adhered my image. To finish it off I added few white Nuvo Crystal white drops.



Full blog hop list:
Ilina Crouse -that's ME
GiveawayWe are giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (We will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Monday, 10/08 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.
 Kit availability and shippingThe kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday October 6th.  In order to not miss a kit, you can get a subscription (it's the way to go, trust me)



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