Friday, January 18, 2019

My Sweet Petunia meets My Favorite Things Blog Hop

Welcome to My Sweet Petunia and My Favorite Things Hop!

My Sweet Petunia and My Favorite Things are celebrating and with our celebrating comes some prizes, which will be three (3) gift certificates from both My Sweet Petunia and My Favorite Things. All you need to do is comment on my blog post for your chance to win.

  • To be eligible to win: leave a comment on this blog post.
  • Deadline to comment is Sunday, January 20 at 10 PM EST.
  • All winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 23, so make sure to check back to see if you are a winner!

Moving on to more of what I made for today. 

Along with the treat mugs above, I made these co-ordinating cards.
 The design is the same for all three (3) cards, the only difference is the papers I used and the colours of the inks. For the cards, I used the tag die along with the sweet heart die Straight from the Heart, that is free at My Favorite Things with a $60.00 purchase, before taxes and shipping, while supplies last.

The tags are attached to the card base with fun foam, as are the hearts.
The fox is actually a tag, with sentiments on the back as shown below.
When it came time for the chocolates, I had a bit of a problem. It is almost impossible to get Hershey Nuggets in Canada, unless one wants to pay a fortune. 
I was not going to let that stop me however, so I bought Hershey Mini bars and melted them down, using the MFT Shaker Pouches to form a mold. I had to do a bit of trimming once they were set. I ran into another problem with the gold foil ... I had to buy enough for 10 years! So I went looking for chocolate bars to unwrap. They are not the same as they once were either, so I ended up with three (3) Ferrero Rocher bars which I unwrapped, promptly eating the nine (9) chocolates. I ironed the wrap, and trimmed it to use for my little bars. My bars are a bit thicker than the ones that can be bought, so I attached them to the tag using foam dots. 

I hope you have enjoyed my projects for today, and I am sure the people I will give them to will enjoy them as well.

Following is a list of those participating in today's hop.


 Remember to leave your comments for a chance to win.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Scrap'n Stamp Love is in the Air Blog Hop

Welcome to our Scrap'n Stamp January Blog Hop!

The Scrap'n Stamp Design Team would like to share with you some inspiration for this month's hop "Love is in the air".

Yes, we have prizes ... a $50.00 Gift Certificate to one lucky winner, and each designer gets to give away a Valentine Gift Pack to one lucky winner. So leave your comments for your chance to win in this months draws.

Now, on to the cards I made for the hop.

First up is a floral Valentine I did that has wonderful textures, given by the heart dies inlaid in the flower. 

This kind of card came to mind the minute I saw this Beautiful Bloom from My Favorite Things. So I went looking for a heart die that would do the bloom justice, and was super excited when I found this die.
I stamped using Memento ink and coloured using Copics. Once completed I die cut using the Wonky Stitched die to frame the piece, then die cut the heart inlay over the heart area.
I stamped the sentiment on the panel using the Memento ink and attached the panel to my pink card base using fun foam and creative tape. 
For the inside I used a couple of the papers from the Sweet Stack paper collection, along with the wonky stitched die for the background paper, and the Wrapped Stitch Heart Die for the sentiment, which was stamped using Ranger ink. I added another of the papers using the Straight from the Heart Die, so cute.

Up next is a Valentine for a little girl, which would also make a great new February baby card.
I just love this stamp set called Over the Moon for Ewe. I again used my new Wrapped Stitch Heart die from the Sweet Stack paper pack, along with Ranger Distress Watercolour Paper as I wanted the texture. 
I attached the heart with fun foam, and attached the moon and the lamb using foam dots. The sentiment is stamped using Ranger ink Majestic Violet, and the stars stamped using Violet. 
For the moon I used Tumbled Glass, and the sheep I used Spun Sugar, with Wink of Stella added. For the inside I used another paper from the Sweet Stack, along with the Wrapped Stitch die for my sentiment from the Sweet Celebrations set.
I am a big fan of decorating the inside of my cards, and when I teach classes to my ladies they too have to decorate the inside. They one-upped me in last weeks class by decorating the back of the card too! So, I am paying homage to my wonderful ladies who give me many a laugh.
Thank you for joining me today, next up on the hop is Nancy. The list of participants follows. 

Kia - this is me

Following are Affiliate Links to the products I have used today.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Birthday Circles

 This is my sample card for the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week. The challenge is to use circles, which I have in the background along with the circle die cut.  
 I did the stencil work first for my background using clear Wink of Stella instead of ink or embossing. 
 In my Misti I stamped the floral image on the die cut circle, then removed the die and stamped again on my card base for the overlap. 
 I coloured the flower petals with Copic Markers and coloured the leaves and stem with the Wink of Stella. Once I was finished with the colouring, I put the dial back in my Misti and stamped the sentiment using Memento Ink.
 I attached foam tape to the back of the die cut circle and attached it to the card base, lining up the lines of the stamped image underneath.
 With the Wink of Stella I did not feel the card needed anything further. It is very pretty as it is.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I have provided Affiliate links below to the products I have used at no extra cost to you.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Happy Birthday to you

 I am playing with alcohol today, not the drinking kind, the craft kind! An alcohol background along with Copic coloured flowers for a Happy Birthday card for a friend. 
 In the background I have oranges, greens, even turquoise. For the flowers I have yellows, oranges and red. Once the background was dry I cut part of the piece into strips, then mixed them up before gluing down on the diagonal. 
  I stamped and cut out the flowers, then coloured with Copics. I am new to Copic colouring, and I know there are all kinds of videos about how to colour with them, but I find I am best to colour how I am comfortable. I don't like the look of a well blended piece because that is not my style. I think everyone should go with your heart and your style and make it your Art
I finished the piece by adding the sentiment on an angle. I am happy with the look and I have another piece of alcohol background that I will do in different colours. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession, but I note it is not available presently.
It is for reference purposes this stamp set called Birthday Wishes CL39.

I have listed the products that I have used for both US and Canadian sites, at no extra cost to you.

Thank you for joining me today.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Make Today Beautiful

I am up on the Scrap'n Stamp blog today with this card. If you have followed my work you know that I love colour, and the more vibrant the colour, the happier I am. In my neck of the woods it is a dull overcast day, so this card brings on the happy.
 I started by stamping in black ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I knew I wanted to water colour, and I knew I wanted a yellow base for my card. I was not sure about the top colour so I laid down a few, and I picked the two colours on the left, which are from my water colour palette. This can be done with any wet medium of your choice, including Zig Clean Color Pens. 
 The intense colour comes from the layering of the colours, starting with the yellow, going to the lighter orange and finally the darker orange. If necessary towards the end, I would again add in the yellow. And as you know, letting the colour dry completely between layers is key to your success.  
 Once I was done my flower and had it cut out, I moved on to my background. I die cut Ranger distress water colour paper using the new Blue Prints die, then did a wash in the yellow. When dry, I splattered with black acrylic paint. 
 I attached the Blue Print die to my card base,stampedthe sentiment in black and attached the flower using foam squares. I then stamped and cut the beautiful sentiment, going over the black with Wink of Stella.
 I finished my card with some Nuvo Black Crystal Drops.
Thank you for joining me today.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Heart Day

 I have not had the opportunity to play in the colour challenge at Splitcoaststampers for a very long time, but today two things happened that changed that. 

The first thing was I watched a video done by my friend Lydia of  Understandblue called Graphite Transfer Paper Deboss, and I was smitten, I just had to try this technique. I then went to look at the colour challenge, which was perfect for this kind of card.  
 It is rare that I do mixed media cards, so I really got into this card, which I did for a male friend of mine. I like to give Valentine cards to the guy friends, but not romantic type, so this worked great. I started by die cutting my panel using my Birch Press die.  I then did the embossing as per the video instructions. I then spritzed the panel with water and applied the water colours using Opera Pink, Scarlett Red, tilting the panel to let the paint move. I then dried and water coloured again going over the colours with Silver. I am loving the appearance of shimmer from the silver.
 Once all was dry I framed the panel using red glitter card stock. I wanted a card base that also had a lot of texture to it, so I used a piece of Arches Cold Press Water Colour paper for my base. 
 I then splattered the entire card with red and pink acrylic paint. I stamped the sentiment on red card stock and heat embossed using white embossing powder.
The embossing folder I used is called Crafts Too Love Hearts, but it is very hard to find. I have linked below to another very similar embossing folder that would be perfect for this technique.
This was such a fun card to do, and a nice change. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

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