Friday, February 28, 2020

Hero Arts: Happy Birthday to My Main Squeeze

Hi everyone!
Today I have a fun card using the new Hero Arts Orange Blossoms set and featuring watercoloring with reactive inks. To make the card I started with a piece of Dove White cardstock measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and applied Pool Party reactive ink over the Tile Pattern stencil, while the stencil was still secured over my paper I splashed some water and let it dry.
In meantime stamp the oranges and leaves using Intens-ified black ink and color using reactive inks (Lemon Drop, Creamsicle, Green Apple and Key Lime Fizz). Once colored die cut them. 
Once the background piece has dried stamp sentiment. Adhere the oranges and leaves using foam squares, add  clear enamel dots and adhere to top folding note card made from Pitch Black cardstock.
All the supplies are listed at the bottom of this post. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Spellbinders: Foiled Basics by Yana Smakula and a VIDEO

Hi everyone!
I am back today with bunch of fun cards featuring the new Spellbinders Foil Basics by Yana Smakula and new foil colors. I had so much fun creating with this collection ended up with bunch of cards and TON of leftover foiled and die cut elements. 
There are 4 foiling die sets in the collection: Yana's Sentiments, Foliage Border, Organic Foliage and Polka Dot Strip. 
I started by using each set to foil bunch of images and backgrounds. I used also a lot of different foil colors and card stock (supplies listed on the bottom). Once I had everything foiled I die cut all the elements and organized in different little bowls, then assembled my cards.
I have video below of my process and how I made the cards. Just a little heads up. The video is little on the longer, as we are making 8 cards. 
I have all the photos of the cards below individually too! And all supplies are on the bottom. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Crafty Friends: Gina K Designs and Discount Code!

Hi everyone!
Welcome back to our monthly Crafty Friends Blog hop!
Who are the crafty friends? We are group of talented, crafty, stampers who all share a similar crafty beginning and want to show our amazing projects to all of you!
Each month we will be focusing on a specific brand or company that we all love and this months surprise, surprise is is Gina K Designs!
We have exciting things to share from other brands in the coming months, so be sure to stay tuned.

And, to celebrate with us Gina K Designs is offering 20% discount to our readers! See code below!!!!

If you are following the hop you probably arrived from Tanya Boser and your next stop is the amazing Maria's Blog 
I made few cards today using the Have Faith and Layered Daisies sets. I started by stamping the sentiment on white card stock (4" x 5 1/4"), then stamped bunch of daiesies in orange and pink colors using my MISTI. Die cut them and assembled the cards. Easy right? I added jewels for extra detail.

Watch the video below to see how these cards came to be (or click HERE)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Hero Arts: 2020 Catalog Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone!
It's time for the new Hero Arts 2020 Catalog release and we are celebrating with a hop (see all participants on the bottom of this post) and giveaway (again details at the bottom)
If you are like me, you will LOVE LOVE this catalog. There are a LOT of amazing new products and you'll want them all. I had hard time picking with what product to work for today's hop so picked up few. 
Hero Scapes!!! Those are amazing new layering stamps. I used the sunflower one! 

Orange Blossoms! LOVE LOVE those big oranges and coming from the Medeterannean I had to use this set and make not one but 2 cards.

Last but not the least, another one of my favorites and best way to use scraps of card stock! Thinking of you stamp and cut set (I am in love with the sentiment font and size!!!) and the Circle Pattern bold prints.

A note on the new black MISTIs
: The new MISTI-s will be available March 15th, but display "out of stock". You can put yourself on the "notify me" list to be notified when they'll be available

Blog hop prizes: Hero Arts is giving away 3 $50 shopping sprees to people who comment along the hop. Comment on as many blogs as you'd like - more comments means more chances to win! Comment by Wednesday Feb 19 at 11:59pm pst, the winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog.

Hop List

Ilina Crouse - that's me!

Picket Fence Studio: February Release is LIVE

Hi everyone!
Happy Friday and Valentine's day. But it's not just that, happy Picket Fence Studio release day!
Have you seen the new paper glazes?!? You better go check those out. I have few cards coming using those, but they were still wet and couldn't finish them for today (that's what happens when you work at last moment).
Anyway, this is a smaller release than January, but it's an amazing one nonetheless.
For my card today I used the new Funky Leaves stencil, Favorite Notification set and Hello Word die.
I used shades of teal/green to do my stenciling using the Life Changing blending brushes. Once my background was done I trimmed it down to 3 7/8"x5 1/8". I die cut the Hello die 3 times (one from glitter black card stock and twice from pitch black) and adhered all the layers together, then added to the stenciled panel.
Adhered the die cut to the panel. Stamped sentiment on pitch black card stock, embossed in white, trimmed to size and adhered to panel.
Using fun foam I adhered the panel to top folding note card.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pink and Main: Hello Friend, Ergonomic Blending Brushes and Video

Hi everyone,

I am back today with a Pink and Main post for you and a video using the new Ergonomic Blender Brushes and Garden Gate Stencil.

To make the card start with a piece of white card stock measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and secure the stencil over it. I used two blender brushes for all of the colors used, but you can use as many as you like or as few as you like.

Watch the video below (or click HERE) to see how this card came to be.

Starting from the lightest color start blending the inks going to the darkest. The colors I used are the following: butter bar, soft cantaloupe, pale tomato, bubble gum and ultra pink. Once done remove the stencil and trim the panel to 4" x 5 1/4". 

Next stamp the sentiment, I used Spring Sentiments and Terrariums set for it. I cut the Hello Friend in half to separate the works and stamped in two separate lines. Trim the sentiment and layer onto Ice Rink Sparkle sheets. Adhere to ink blended panel. Adhere to top folding note card and add Birthday Girl glossy dots to finish it off.

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