Monday, September 24, 2018

Impression Obsession: Fall/Winter Die Release Celebration

Hi stampers!
Happy Monday! The Impression Obsession die release is in the store now and I have few cards to share with you today! You can see the entire die release HERE And you don't want to miss it. There are some awesome dies you will NEED.

I have been dying to try a technique Jennifer McGuire showed about  a year ago , Reverse Die Impression, and thought the new snowflakes and sentiments are perfect for it.
I dry embossed the back of the dies onto my card stock, but previously I inked the back of the die with white craft ink, then run it thought my die cutting machine.
I die cut snowflakes and sentiments from glitter paper and adhered in the dry embossed inked area.
Pretty simple but effective!
Head over the IO Blog for more inspiration and list of participants in this fun celebration!










Friday, September 21, 2018

Pink and Main and Glue dots collaboration and giveaway!

Hi stampers!
Happy Friday and welcome to the collaboration blog hop between Pink and Main and Glue Dots! 
Today I am featuring one of the new release sets from Pink and Main called Snow Sweet Along with the coordinating dies. As well I used Pop Up Glue dots to raise my image and sentiment for more interest. 
To make the card I started with a white card stock panel and masked off the bottom with a piece of masking paper that I created by die cutting the edge using the scallop waves dies. Once masked I ink blended few blue ink colors to create ombre background. Then splattered some white and shimmer paint to create snowy effect, as well added dots using white gel pen. Set it aside to dry. 
In meantime I stamped the cute little snowman, colored with Copics and die cut. Then for the sentiment, I stamped it on Navy card stock using Versamark and embossed in white. Trim to size.
Once my background panel was dry, I stamped the snowflakes and embossed in white textured embossing powder. Assembled my card using Pop-up glue dots! 



Blog Hop Details:

Hope you are following the blog hop and finding a lot of inspiration, as well as enjoying all the ideas. If you are following the hop along, you have probably arrived from Amanda's blog and your next stop will be the amazing Samantha (you don't want to miss either of their creations!)




Giveaway: Pink and Main is giving away $25 gift certificate Winner will be announced on Wednesday September 26th


Full Hop List

Ilina - that's ME!


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Impression Obsession: Things with wings

Hi stampers!

It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge. This time around it's "Things with Wings".
I decided to use couple new stamps to create clean and simple card using couple stamps: Season Greetings and Fluffy Bird.
 I stamped the images using my MISTI onto white card stock and embossed with copper embossing powder. I didn't want to take away of the pretty copper color, so I just trimmed down my panel and adhered to a brown card base using fun foam.


Don't forget to play along over at the IO Stamps blog for a chance to win a gift certificate, as well as visit the other Design Team members for more inspiration:


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs: Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval is LIVE!

Hi everyone!

The Home for the Holidays 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 and  time there are some add-ons too and new items in the store ;)

Here's a card I made using couple sets from the SOA collection!
To make the card I started with a piece of Premium white card stock, on which I drew my guidelines for the wreath. Draw vertical line through the middle and one horizontal at 2" from the top, using pencil. Use the compass to draw a circle with about 1 1/2 radius with the center in the intersection point of the lines you draw.
Then I marked my  panel at 4" from the top on both left and right sides and connect those points with the top left and right (connect opposite sides). This will split the circle in 8 parts and you can use it as a guideline to stamp the images to create a wreath.
Using my guide I stamped the images around in a circle, once I was done I let the ink dry and then erased the guidelines.
Stamped the sentiment in Midnight ink and adhered to Midnight note card! 
I have a video of a similar card up on my YouTube channel if you wish to check it out. You can find it HERE





Friday, September 14, 2018

Picket Fence Studios: Winter Release is Live and GIVEAWAY!!!!

Hi everyone! 
And welcome to the very first Picketed Fence Studios Official release. This is a release full of winter focused stamps and three new stencils perfect for making ink blending background.

GIVEAWAY: I am giving away set of circle blending stencils (all three of them) to one lucky reader. You need to leave a comment to my blog by Friday September 21st, and the winner will be announced by 9/24

For my first card I used the 2 1/2" circle stencil and created the background. I used the Bear King of winter for the image and sentiment. 


For my next card I used "all that sparkle" background stamp and stamped on Vellum using Versamark, then embossed with copper embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment from String of Lights and again embossed with Copper embossing powder. I adhered the panel onto slightly smaller white card stock and then adhered onto pool note card. Simple and Ease ;) 








Monday, September 10, 2018

Spellbinders: Santa's Parade

Hi Stampers! 
I am back today with another card. This time I am using some goodies from Spellbinders, in particular the Santa's parade etched dies. I die cut the sentiment and image from white card stock and fun foam. Adhered them together and let them dry. Since the die was longer then my card stock I trimmed couple of the images and the length of it.
For my background I decided to do night sky or galaxy. I used wet on dry technique and my QOR watercolors. To create the starry background I sprinkled salt and alcohol onto the background, when it was completely dry I rubbed off the salt with soft towel and added stars using white gel pen.
I assembled my panel and adhered to white note card using some fun foam for extra dimension.

All supplies are listed on the bottom! 



World Suicide Prevention Month blog hop


Hi stampers!

Happy Monday!
I am so excited to be participating in the first I Care Blog Hope to benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on World Suicide Prevention Day 2018!!

Joanne Soukup of Perky Penny Paper Arts©, in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp©, organized this blog hop to raise money and awareness for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and World Suicide Prevention Day. When she contacted me, I knew right away that I wanted to join in!

For information on the blog hop, the I Care Stamp set, and the wonderful ways you can help read her post here.

As, when it comes to suicide, the picture of an older man jumping off the stone bridge in Skopje, Macedonia (where I grew up) will never fade away. My friend and I were just sitting in the city square and watching toward the bridge and the river chatting. And at once we saw someone flying down, directly on the concrete column of the bridge. We were still in Middle school.

Few years later, our neighbor who lived on the same floor with me in our condo building attempted to take his own life by jumping off the balcony of their condo (4th floor). 
You never know what's going through someone's mind and what they are going through....
 
For my card today I used the set and some Catherine Pooler inks to stamp the heart images to create a circle. Next I stamped the sentiment "You are strong" in the middle. On the back of my card I stamped the NSPL phone stamp.



BLOG HOP:

Joanne has all of the links on her blog, so please visit her blog to see everyone’s amazing creations, read their personal stories, and donate by ordering the I Care Stamps set from Simon Says Stamp©. “

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Impression Obsession: Rainbow Colors

Hi stampers!

It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge. This time around it's "Rainbow Colors".
I decided to use the new Faceted background stamp along with Precious Germs stamp set. To make the card I stamped the background onto arches watercolor paper and embossed in white. Next I adhered to a board panel with tape and created the rainbow background using QOR watercolors. I srinkled with water and removed with towel, then sprayed with shimmer spray. Once dry I splattered some white iridescent shimmer spray and diluted unicorn craft ink refill. Set it aside to dry.
In meantime I stamped the sentiment onto black card stock and embossed in white, then cut it out and adhered to my watercolored panel. Added sequins and adhered to black top folding card.

Don't forget to play along over at the IO Stamps blog for a chance to win a gift certificate, as well as visit the other Design Team members for more inspiration:


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hero Arts: September My Monthly Hero Blog Hop, Video and Giveaway!

Hi Stampers!

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to another My Monthly Hero release. This months' kit is all about fall and I love it, even though it's still in the 90s here in Georgia.

Kit Contents:
6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
18 Coordinating Frame Cuts
1 Window Fancy Die with Frame

1 Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Card (6 Autumnal colors)
5 Mini Watercolor Brushes
30 Translucent Leaf Sticky Notes

Kit Value: $73.00
Kit Cost: $34.99

We also have several optional add-on products this month four clear stamp sets, four coordinating Frame Cut sets, one Stamp and Cut set, one Famcy Die, tone Bold Prints background cling stamp, stencil and another new addition to our Liquid Watercolors line - Orange and Red Embossing powder!


Let's take a look at the cards I have for you today.
First is a card I made for the countdown post over at the Hero Arts blog, so head over there for more details.

For my next set of cards I used the kit and dies to create faux dimension with masking. Watch the video below to see how this card came to be.






Then I did some watercoloring. I stamped the images with Versamark and embossed with white, then watercolored the image for soft look. Watch the video below to see how I made this card.





Next, it's a "special effects" card. Being Electrical Engineer, I just had to do it. I created parallel circuit using Copper Tape and used 2 red chibi lights to make it light up (and a battery of course). Watch the video below to see how I made it. And a note: never ever in every day life make an open circuit and leave the end hanging like I did in the video lol The voltage of the battery is pretty low, so for the card it didn't really matter. lol





Last, but not the least is a card I made using couple add on-s : Autumn Moon stamp set and dies and Patterned Lanterns Bold Prints. I stamped the images on white card stock and embossed with Copper Embossing powder. Then colored with copics and die cut. I stamped the background with Versamark on kraft and embossed with copper. Stamped the sentiment and assembled my card.


Blog Hop Details:

Hope you are following the blog hop and finding a lot of inspiration, as well as enjoying all the ideas. If you are following the hop along, you have probably arrived from The Hero Arts blog and your next stop will be the amazing Lydia (you don't want to miss either of their creations!)

Giveaway:  Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. The giveaway closes Sunday, September 9th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

Kit availability and shipping: 
The main kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday August 10th

Full Hop List

Ilina Crouse - That's ME

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