Saturday, September 30, 2017

October Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Sneak Peek

Hi stampers!

Just a quick post today! I am over on the Hero Arts blog sharing a peek of the new October My Monthly Hero kit. For details how I made this card head over to the Hero Arts blog

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Muse Release day

Hi stampers! 
Happy Friday! It's release day at A Muse Studio and I have two cards for you today using the new Pinning for you set. This set is perfect for Christmas and non Christmas cards. 
My cards today demonstrate this. 
For my first card I used the Snow Day background to stamp onto my  Cobalt card base and embossed it with white embossing powder. I stamped the trees and houses onto Cobalt and Grass card stock using Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder and die cut them. I created the snow drift using the Landscape dies and Sugar card stock and stamped the sentiment with Cobalt pigment ink. I assembled my card and voila ;) 

For my second card I die cut 3 trees from a sugar panel and used the negatived to adhere in front. Stamped the sentiment with Bermuda dye ink I adhered using dimensional adhesive to Bermuda gingham card stock and added the silver elastic cord. Easy peasy ;) 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek Day #3

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to day #3 and final day of A Muse Sneak peeks. Today I featuring the new Peace die, as well I used the new set Pinning for you for this card. I used Peerless watercolors to color the background. Then using Versamark I stamped the stars and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. While the powder was still hot I applied diamond glitter and zapped it again with the heat gun! Next I die cut the Peace sentiment from glitter paper and adhered on 2 more die cuts from Sugar card stock in order to get some dimension. To finish off my card I adhered my panel onto Cobalt card base.

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog ( I have another card up on the A Muse Blog), and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks! 

Melissa Chipperfield  (
Ilina Crouse ( - that's me

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Muse Studio October Release Sneak Peek day #2

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to day #2 of A Muse Sneak peeks. Today I have non traditional Christmas card for you. I used the new set Pinning for you for this card. I put the two little trees on an acrylic block and stamped onto my Sugar panel. Then stamped the sentiment with Versamark on Bermuda card stock and embossed with white embossing powder. Used one of the stitched circle dies to cut it. After I was done I assembled my panel and adhered to Blush card base. 

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog ( I have another card up on the A Muse Blog), and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks! 

Melissa Chipperfield  (
Ilina Crouse ( - that's me

Hero Arts: 3-D houses for fall

Hi all,

I am over the Hero Arts blog today with these little cute 3-D houses. Head over there to see the details ;) 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Muse Studio October Release Sneak Peek Day #1

Hi everyone! 
Happy Tuesday and welcome to Day 1 of A Muse studio Sneak peeks of the October release. Today I have a card showing you the new set called "Season Tweetings" and the coordinating dies. I stamped and my image using Memento Black ink, colored it with Chameleon markers, then die cut it. Next I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Black ink onto Sugar card stock panel and adhered the image. I added twinkles and adhered to Bermuda gingham card base and added very thin Bermuda strip on the side. Voila! Quick and easy card! 

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog ( I have another card up on the A Muse Blog), and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks! 

Melissa Chipperfield  (
Ilina Crouse ( - that's me

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hero Arts color layering squirrel video

Hi all.

I finally have the video for the Color Layering squirrel card ;)

MISTI meets Kitchen Sink (and a VIDEO)

Hi stampers! 
Happy Monday and welcome to the Kitchen Sink Stamps and My Sweet Petunia blog hop. Did you know that Kitchen Sink stamps is celebrating their 10 year anniversary (and they are having a sale, too, details on the bottom of this post)
If you started the hop from the beginning you should have arrived here from Maria's blog blog. If you didn't head over to her blog, because you don't want to miss her beautiful projects!

And from here your next stop will be Jeanne's blog :)

For my cards today I used the Zinnia stamp set and did few cards using different colors and techniques. 
For the first cards I did stamping on white card stock, which all of you are very familiar with. The Zinnia flower has FIVE layers which gives it this amazing detail and makes it so realistic. I am still in awe. And it's so easy to line up with the MISTI and mass produce. 

For my second set of two cards I stamped on kraft card stock. In order to have the colors pop up I stamped first the most solid layer using Hero Arts unicorn ink, let it dry ( or heat set it) and then stamped on top of it with the same choice of colors like the previous cards that were stamped on white card stock. I am really liking the effect. It adds one more step to the card, but well worth it.

Again, I will have video by the end of the week! 

Blog hop list:
Ilina Crouse - that's ME
Lynn McAuley

Now to the fun part: 
  • Everyone who comments on every stop on the hop will be entered to win one of two prizes - winner's choice of an original or mini MISTI, and a prize package from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Winners will be announced on October 3rd on the MSP and KSS blogs. (commenting deadline is October 2nd 11pm Central time)
  • Kitchen Sink Stamps birthday sale info: KSS 10th Anniversary Sale.
35% off all items in stock - Free Shipping at $65 (US Only)
(Sale Excludes Out of Stock and Special Order/Retired Items)Sale Dates: Sept. 25th - 29th (midnight PDT)
Coupon Code:  KSSDECADE

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hero Arts: You Put a Spell on Me

Hi stampers!
I am back today with couple more cards. I was impatient to share these, hence 2 posts from me today. I used the same concept for both cards just little bit of variation. The main element is the Gothic Vines fancy die. I die cut a black card stock panel using the die (without the frame) and spayed it with shimmer spray. White that was drying for my first card I sponged snow panel with the following inks : bubble gum, orchid and grape juice. Then stamped the cats and embossed them. Sponged them to match the background (so the white outline doesn't jump off the card and the cats blend in). Next I die cut them. Stamped sentiment onto my background and embossed it. To finish it off I splattered some Finetec Mica violet pearlescent watercolor. Assembled the card and voila ;) 
Before I go on, just a reminder today is last day to save 20% off all Hero Arts products over at Simon Says Stamp.

Scroll down for the 2nd card and list of supplies. 

The second card I kept it more simple. I stamped and cut two of the ghosts and embossed them, then spritzed them with the shimmer spray and let them dry. I did the frame the same as in the previous card. Only this time my background is black glitter paper. I cut the ghosts, as well as stamped and embossed the sentiment onto vellum, then die cut with the Oval infinity dies. Next assembled the card. 
Scroll down for list of supplies ;) 

Have a magical holiday season - CFC183

Hi Stampers!
Welcome to another CAS-ual Fridays challenge. This week the challenge is to create shaker card. So, that's what I did. I have been in Christmas creative mood, so I made a Christmas card. I used the Bubble box fri-dies to create the window. Then in the background I used Dazzling diamonds glimmer paper, as well as to die cut the funky snowflakes. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark and embossed with White embossing powder, so it stands out.
I used 3M mounting tape to create the shaker and filled it with sequins. I adhered the snowflakes and then the whole panel onto white top folding card base.

Visit the CAS-Fridays challenge blog for more inspiration and to see what the rest of the Design team has created. You won't be disappointed ;)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Impression Obsession challenge - You're invited: Join us

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to another Impression Obsession challenge. This week the challenge is Invitation. I decided to make fall inspired invitation using the Holiday Gate stamp set and coordinating dies, along with Wood Grain cover-a-card background stamp. 
I used Pool paper and stamped the wood grain using Sea Foam ink. I stamped the gate, wreath, pumpkins etc on Neenah white card stock using IO black ink, then colored with Chameleon Pens and color tops. I die cut them and assembled my card. I stamped the "Join us" with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I adhered the pool panel onto white top folding card base. 
Make sure you visit the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Splitcoast Stampers Technique spotlight guest

Hi stampers! 
Happy Wednesday! Today I have a tutorial over Splitcoast Stampers as part of the Technique Spotlight. I am showing you a Blender bleed technique.
Below are the couple cards I made and the video. I am using several Hero Arts product linked below. But my tutorial happens to coincide with the Simon Says Stamp sale on ALL Hero ARts product. So you can purchase the items I used(and then some) at 20% off  using the code HASS623, the sale is good until 9/22 11.59PM EDT!

I stamped my images using several Hero Arts shadow inks and then turned my paper over and applied the blender pen generously. The more of the colorless blending solution is applied the more bleed you achieve and you get look of faux water coloring. The pale looking image was accidentally discovered while I was working with the blender pen and noticed that as I applied the blender pen the ink bled ( seep through) on the back of my card stock panel and it looked like a stamped image that I've put velum on top for a softer look. 

Watch the video below on how I made these cards :) 

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