Hello! I hope you are all having a great weekend! I’m here for Spellbinders today. I get to show you their latest card kit, and today is the big release! I’m super excited about this kit because it’s all about spring and Easter! I’m so weary of winter, and creating with this kit made me feel like spring isn’t all that far away. Below is a peek at some of the goodies included in the kit.
I had so much fun crafting with this kit!! I created 10 cards; some are Easter cards, some are spring–there is a wide variety of materials in this kit. At the beginning of my video I show the unboxing of this kit.
Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my blog. Today I’m reviewing the set of 120 Expert Colored Pencils from Arteza. They very generously sent me these colored pencils. I love trying out new art mediums, especially colored pencils. These pencils from Arteza are lovely. They are vibrant, easy to blend, and don’t break while you use them. (Free Swatch Chart Below!)
I revisited an old technique I used in a video a couple of years ago, and I love it. I call it panel splicing. I colored my image on pink card stock, and on kraft card stock. I love using colored pencils on colored card stocks! I then stamped the image again onto pink and kraft card stock, but this time I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This gives you a beautiful tone-on-tone look.
It’s key to use a stamp positioner like the Misti, so you can stamp in exactly the same place on each panel. Then when you cut them apart, they will match up perfectly. I cut two panels at the same time using my Fiskars paper trimmer. I also cut out a 3/4 inch strip on the inside of the image, so I could replace it with a piece of gold card stock. This really makes it look elegant.
Below is a list of the Arteza colored pencils I used on both the pink and the kraft card stock:
Pink Rose: Pink Macaron, Fruit Punch, Magenta, Garnet Red
Hello everyone! I have some really top-notch products from Trinity Stamps that I’m focusing my design team project on today for the Not 2 Shabby Shop! This is my first time designing with Trinity Stamps products, but it’s certainly not going to be my last. The products that really grabbed my attention are their 3×4 stamp sentiments and the coordinating Slimline Fold & Frame Dies. Use the code N2S10 to get 10% of you purchase at the Not 2 Shabby Shop!!
Ninety percent of the time I prefer to create A2 sized cards (4 1/4 x 5 1/2); however, the cards I created using these products are mini cards (4×5), and I absolutely adore them! Trinity released 5 of these sentiment stamps which you can use to create mini cards, or regular A2 size cards. The sentiments and the fonts are just lovely!
The Slimline Fold & Frame Dies were really fun to use with these stamps because they cut out a perfect sized card base to fit these stamps–it even scores a line in the middle for easy folding. If you’re planning on picking up any of these products, be sure to use the
Card #1: Chalkboard Hug Card
This stamp is my favorite of the set. I stamped out the sentiment onto a piece of black card stock using white pigment ink. I then colored in the sentiment with some polychromos colored pencils. To make the sentiment really pop off the paper, I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. You really don’t have to put a lot of time and effort into these cards to make them fabulous. Trinity Stamps has done most of the work for you.
I couldn’t get enough of this stamp, so I created another card with it. This time I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of kraft card stock. I used the coordinating Sending Monster Hugs die to die cut the word hug with different colors of card stock. I colored in the leaves, hearts, and other part of the sentiment with polychromos pencils and then adhered the letters dies onto my card front.
Card #3: Hug Window Card
On this card I die cut the word hug with the coordinating dies and place a piece of pattern paper behind it. I used foam tape to pop up my main panel. I also heat embossed the sentiment with more white embossing powder.
Card #4: Ink Blended Love Card
I heat embossed this sentiment with some clear embossing powder onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock. This card stock is great for ink blending because it has a smooth coating on it. To make the sentiment really pop, I added more colored pencils over the hearts and the love word.
Card #5: Copic Markers Better World Card
I love the graphics on this sentiment stamp! I had fun coloring it in with Copic markers onto a piece of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink card stock. I’m loving this paper so far! I added some white Gelly Roll pen to create some highlights–they really helped the card pop!
I also created some mini envelopes for these cards using my We R Memory Keeper Punch Board. They are so fun and easy to make! Mailing out little encouragement cards like these would create a whole lot of happy in this world!
Here is my process video! You can watch it here or over at my YouTube channel in HD.
Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a fabulous day! I created a few cards with Simon Says Stamp’s February Card Kit! It’s called Window Frames, and I decided to focus on one technique–chalkboard cards! I love creating chalkboard cards because the images really look fabulous on the black card stock, and it involves colored pencils–my favorite art medium.
Card #1: Balloon Window Frame
On my first card I used my favorite frame from the stamp set! All the balloons are so darling! I planned on heat embossing the images with white embossing powder, but it’s easier to color in the image without the raised embossed lines getting in the way. So, I used Unicorn White pigment ink to stamp the image first.
I decided to color them in with all the rainbow colors. I used three colored pencils on each balloon to give them depth. I used some polychromos colored pencils, and I used many layers so the colors would really pop off of this black card stock. After my coloring was done, I then re-stamped the images with embossing ink, poured over the white embossing powder, and melted it with my heat tool. In the shaker pouches I used some Moonstone Chunky Glitter form Arteza–I wanted the glitter to have more shine than color, so it wouldn’t compete with the balloons.
Card #2: Heart Frame Card
I stamped out the heart frame using more Unicorn White pigment ink. I was having trouble coloring in the hearts because I couldn’t see where the hearts stopped and the frame began. To help this situation I drew in some lines around the rectangle. I used a #10 Gelly Roll pen and a ruler to do this. Then I colored in the hearts with red and pink polychromos pencils and a white Prismacolor pencil–the white Prismacolor pencil is better than the polychromos white pencil in my opinion. After all my coloring was done, I again embossed the image with white embossing powder.
Card #3: Flower Frame Thank You Card
I selectively stamped out the flower frame for this card. I wanted the frame to be on the edges on my A2 sized card. This is easy to do if you have a stamp positioner like the Misti. I stamped out one side, flipped over the paper, and stamped the other side. Again for this card I stamped first using white pigment ink, colored in my images, and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. My very last step was to dot my card with white Nuvo drops–this added a little lightness to the card.
Thank you for visiting my blog! Here is the process video! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD. Have a wonderful week!!
Hello and welcome to my blog! I adore the Hero Arts January card kit! It includes tons of beautiful dies, stamps, and sentiments. It’s perfect for creating Valentine’s day cards, but it can really be used to create cards for multiple occasions. The sentiments included give you a lot of options. However, the main reason I purchased this kit was for the darling mini envelope die–I absolutely love it! I created 9 cards using this kit this time. The footage for my 10th card disappeared, so it’s almost a 10 cards, 1 kit blog and video.
Card #1: Hello Friend Card
For my first card I had to use my favorite products from this kit: the envelope die and the kraft card stock. I used some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink to distress the edges of the envelope. However, I could have added more distressing; it doesn’t show up very well in the photo. I die cut lots of flowers using Neenah Solar White 110# card stock, and I colored them in very quickly using more Distress Oxide Inks and a foam blender.
Card #2: Envelope & Hearts Card
I couldn’t get enough of the envelope die, so I used it again on card #2. I used some heart dies from my stash to cut out several sizes and colors of heart, and then I distressed the edges using Distress Oxide Inks. I also used the cute text block stamp to create my little letter for the envelope. I used the Pink Sparkle embossing powder from the kit for the sentiment.
Card #3: Butterfly Silhouette Card
I love creating my own pattern paper backgrounds. First I stamped the text block with gray ink several times on a pink piece of card stock. Then I randomly stamped the small images from the stamp set over the text. I used a piece of ribbon from the kit on this card and some black card stock for my butterflies and sentiment.
Card #4: Stamped Pattern with Die Cuts Card
I turned the dies from this kit into stamps by cutting them out with fun foam. I then put a few dots of Mono Multi Medium glue. When this glue dries, it dries tacky, and you can put it on an acrylic block to stamp onto your project. You can also reuse these die cut stamps. Make sure you allow the glue to dry for an hour or two before putting them on your acrylic blocks–speeding up this process with your heat tool won’t work unfortunately–I tried. Lol!
Card #5: Watercolor Die Cuts Card
I had a blast creating the beautiful flowers for this card with some Daniels Smith Watercolors and Arches Cold Press paper. I painted the panel first, allowed them to dry, and then cut them out with all the flowers and leaves dies. I love the soft look of these flowers!
Card #6: Roses and Banners Valentine Card
For this card I used left-over watercolor die cuts from my previous card. To showcase the flowers and the butterfly I matted them with two banner die cuts. I also cut out the sentiment with the banner die from the kit.
Card #7: Stamped Pattern with Die Cuts Card–Take 2
I wanted to use the die cut stamps again. I used different colors of Distress Oxide Inks for this one, and I added a dimensional die cut and leaf next to the sentiment.
This is one of my favorites from my set of cards. I die cut more flowers using Neenah Solar White card stock, and I colored them in with Copic Markers. To cut out my white panel I used a scalloped die and popped up the panels with foam tape. I used a piece of soft teal pattern paper behind my flowers.
Card #9: Butterfly Sympathy Card
This is a simple card, but I love how it turned out! I used one of the leaf dies to cut out several colors of green card stock. For the butterfly I used more white card stock and my Copic markers to color it in. I cut out this butterfly four times and glued them together to add a nice weight to this focal piece of my card.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful week! You can watch my process video below or over on my YouTube channel in HD!
Hello! Welcome to my blog! I created 10 cards with Spellbinders card kit called Hey Foxy. As always, I had a ball playing with their kit. I enjoy working with them because I never know what my card is going to end up looking like. I always have a plan in my head when I start designing a card, but the contents of these kits are so eclectic that I end up with something I didn’t imagine. They are usually very fast cards to put together too. They don’t involve a lot of coloring, although I usually find a way to use one of my art mediums. Check out my process video below, and I’ve included links to most of the products I used.
Card #1: Stamped Pattern Paper Card
I stamped out my own pattern paper for this card using all the pretty stamps from the set included in the kit. I used a beautiful brown-toned gray ink called Stone. I then used some of the ephemera pieces on top of it.
Card #2: Easy Wreath Birthday Card
This was the fastest of the cards to put together. I used pattern paper and ephemera pieces. I also used a few gold sequins for a touch of shine. (I love the green striped paper!)
Card #3: Butterflies & Flowers Card
The focal point of this card is the oval in the center of the card. I surrounded it with ephemera pieces and backed it with pattern paper. The font of these stamps is very pretty!
Card #4: New Home Card
This is one of my favorite cards! For the sunshine I used an old die from my stash and cut it out with the gold metallic paper. The sentiment fit inside it perfectly. I had to use the house pattern paper and the house ephemera pieces together to create a congrats-on-your-new-home card.
Card #5: Stripes & Florals Card
Again, love the striped paper–it has craft stripes! I really need more of this paper. There is nothing better than flowers and stripes together.
Card #6: Foxy Polka Dot Card
I intended this to be a masculine card, but I couldn’t help adding the pink flowers and the cute little fox. I used another die from my stash to create the rectangle piece. The die also cuts out the thin frame.
Card #7: Queen Fox Card
My favorite part of this whole card is the little crown on the fox’s head. So darling! The fox took some work to die cut and put together, but I love how it turned out.
Card #8: Happy Bear Card
This card kept changing as I was creating it. I tried to use the sticker that said, “happy,” but it was so thin that I ripped it. I used an ephemera piece instead. I just kept adding ephemera pieces to this card until I couldn’t fit anymore on.
Card #9: Stamped and Colored Pattern Paper Card
Card 9 is another of my favorites. I love the kraft card stock they usually always include in their kits. It has a very unique coloring to it. I stamped my patter paper using the stamps again, but this time I had to color them in. Card card stock demands colored pencils. I used my polychromos pencils to color in all the images.
Card #10: Dreams & Flowers Card
I had a lot of fun creating this card. I used a piece of the black card stock behind my images, and I think that makes it look so dramatic. I used Copic markers to color in the girl ephemera picture–her hair was so fun to color in! The sentiment is another sticker, and I love how it blends into the background.
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoy the video. Have a lovely day!
December’s hop/kit is all about “Sending Love.” We all know there should be more kindness and love in this world, and we have provided some super cute means to do that with this adorable kit. Our Design Team has provided some fabulous inspiration with these adorable stamps. Be sure to check out the Scrapping for Less Blog to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win one of these mini collections…there will be 4 prizes this month! Then, head on over to the Subscription page of the website to grab your kit…but do it fast we only have a few to sell this month. Teresa Russell – Owner & CEO
Hello my crafty friends! This month’s card kit from Scrapping for Less is all about Valentine’s Day card making! I LOVE creating Valentine’s Day cards, and this kit helped me get a head-start. All the different collections from this kit is fabulous–it’s really like 4 kits in one. Below you’ll see all the ingredients to the Double Dip Sundae kit as well as the Banana Split level kit. I’m crafting with the Banana Split level–I absolutely love the extra little goody bag of products; it’s always amazing and coordinates perfectly with the different collections.
Here are all six cards I created using this kit!
Card #1: Woof You Be Mine Card
I love the stamps from this collection! The puppies and sentiments are adorable–great for creating Valentine’s for kids. I colored in my image with Copic markers and used teal blue markers to color in some background around him. To create this card I used one of the sketches selected for this kit. The sketches are fun to play along with–I end up creating cards that I wouldn’t have created on my own.
Card #2: Love You Furrever Card
I couldn’t get enough of this adorable doggy stamp. I stamped him again with black dye ink and colored him in with Copic markers. I cut out a piece of masking paper using a heart die and used the negative piece over the card panel. I also put a mask over the dog and ink blended around him using Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Ink. I really love the pattern paper from this collection, and I used a piece to mat my panel.
Card #3: Wood You Be Mine Card
Collection two contains more fabulous stamps and pattern paper. The inspiration for this card was another of the four card sketches and this piece of plaid paper I used as my background. (I’m gonna need more of this pattern paper!) I colored in the log and the bird with Prismacolor pencils, and I tried matching my coloring to the colors in the pattern paper. I used cool grays and blues and pinks, and I love how this card turned out.
Card #4: Friendship Card
The stamp set from collection three is so unique and beautiful. I adore it! It has such delicate lines to it, and then you have this cute heart where you can stamp your sentiment. I colored in the hands with more Prismacolor pencils, and I stamped the heart with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. I had to mask the heart while I stamped the hands, and visa versa. I loosely followed another card sketch to create this card.
Card #5: Arrow Hearts Stencil Card
Collection three also came with a beautiful stencil, and I had fun playing with it! I used some White Glitz Glitter Gel which I dyed pink using a spun sugar re-inker. I gently smeared it over the stencil onto a piece of navy blue card stock. I allowed it to dry for an hour. Next, I used the Love die from the extra pack of goodies you get when you subscribe to the Banana Split level card kit. I cut it out twice and glued them together to give my word die a bit of dimension. This was a fun and fast card to put together!
Card #6: Snail Mail Card
What a darling stamp set collection four includes! I love the little mail box, and I had to use the puppy stamp from collection one–they went so well together! I colored them in with Copic markers. I used the last of the four card sketches to put this card together. I like how this card turned out because it includes a lot of different papers.
It’s all about “A Vintage Christmas” this month. I love the look and colors of vintage Christmas decorations. I hope you are inspired by the sweet little postal girl, the indented glass ornament stamp, and all of the other papers and baubles that we have added to the kit this month to give it that vintage feel. Join in on our hop and if you happened to miss where to start head back to the Scrapping for Less Blog where you can find the full lineup and also where you can enter into our Rafflecopter. If you are new to our blog and website head to the Subscription page for all the various links to purchase a 1x kit or to subscribe. New subscribers will receive a special gift this month (while supplies last) for signing up for a subscription. Enjoy the vintage inspiration from our Design Team and guest designers this month – Teresa- Scrapping for Less Co-Owner
Below is the ingredient page! It shows everything you will get in your kit for the Double Dip Sunday level and the Banana Split level.
Here is the sheet of card sketches for this month!
These are the four collections you’ll receive when you order the Double Dip Sundae kit.
With the Double Dip Sundae Kit you will also receive lots of high quality card stock. This last picture (below, right) is the goody bag you’ll receive if you subscribe to the Banana Split level kit.
I was asked to guest design again this month! I created a card using each collection from November’s Flavor of the Month Card kit. The theme is “A Vintage Christmas.” I absolutely love anything vintage–especially Christmas decorations! All the stamps and pattern papers from this kit have that fabulous vintage vibe–they were so much fun to craft with! Out of all the collections in this kit, I really couldn’t choose a favorite. Each collection is awesome, and I loved how all my cards turned out. Check out my YouTube Video below and supply links!
Card #1: Victorian Christmas Card
I stamped this Victorian house onto a piece of kraft card stock from the kit and colored it in using colored pencils. I pulled out my Gelly Roll Pens to add bright glowing colors to the twinkle lights hanging from the eves of the house. I then stamped the snowflakes from the set using white pigment ink.
Card #2: Christmas Post Card
The stamp from this collections is from LDRS, and of the back of the packaging they show a picture of this stamp already colored in. I used this as my inspiration, and colored in my card just like it. I love all the white details they left uncolored on their example. I used a mixture of my Prismacolors and Polychromos pencils to color in this scene.
I used one of the sketches to put this card together. I don’t often create square cards, but I had fun putting this one together. It is a 5″ x 5″ card, and I cut out the square window on the red pattern paper as well as the striped pattern paper using a square die.
Card #3: Jolly Santa Card
I love this Santa image! I’m going to be using this stamp again to make more Christmas cards this year. I colored him in using colored pencils again, but I used a very soft color palette. His hat looks more pink than red, and I love it! I stamped him onto a piece of Insulation Pink card stock. It was my inspiration for coloring in my Santa. It’s such a soft pink–you can’t buy this card stock anymore, so I’m going to hoard the rest of my 8 1/2 x 11 sheet. Lol! I used another card sketch to pull this card together.
Card #4: An Ornamental Christmas Card
I used even more colored pencils this time. I love using them on kraft card stock, so that’s what I did. I masked off the flower that was on this bulb so that I could stamp the sentiment there instead. I heat embossed it with Alabaster White embossing powder, but before I heat embossed it, I just stamped it with embossing ink, colored it in, and then heat embossed it. This allowed me to color in the image without having to go around the raised embossed lines.
Card #5: Noel Ornament Card
I love this die from the Banana Split level! I wanted to cut it out with some glitter paper, so I found a piece that matched really well with the pattern paper from the kit. I cut it out two more times with the die and glued them together. This added more dimension to the die cut.
Do you want to see how I put these cards together? Check out my video below! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube Channel in HD!
I loved crafting with this kit!! Scrapping for Less’ card kits are always so unique and fun and jam-packed with crafty goodness!
Hop along for more great inspiration using November’s Vintage Christmas Card kit.
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Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s post and video is all about postcards and family. I have an old book of vintage postcards that my Grandma Florence collected throughout her life. I’m also showing my old book of postcards that greatly pales in comparison to my grandma’s–Lol! Her old postcards have a fun, Victorian feel to them and mine are very common, but it serves as a journal of-sorts, reminding me of all the fun places I’ve visited.
I’m also creating two of my own postcards. In one of the art stores I visited I ran across a watercolor pad of postcards. It inspired me to created my own postcards. You can definitely use your own paper to create postcards, but I like this little pad of pre-made postcards because it has a place printed out of where to put the stamp, message and address.
These are basically one -layer cards. You can’t add any dimension, but it forces you to be super creative to add lots of interest to you cards. A lot of my grandmother’s cards were embossed, and I tried this technique on my first postcard. I also noticed a theme playing through my grandmother’s postcards. They featured little vignettes surrounded by flowers. On my second card I tried to mimic this with my scarecrow as my vignette, and I surrounded him with a diamond shape and sunflowers.
I had a ball creating these cards, and I’m definitely going to be doing it again. What a great thing to send to somebody–a handmade postcard to add to their book of collections.
Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I’m wishing you all a wonderful day and a fabulous Thanksgiving! Sending crafty hugs!!
Postcard #1: Thanksgiving Scene
I stamped this with my pad of VersaFine Clair Ink in the color Fallen Leaves. I love this ink because it’s waterproof and it a very dark brown color. I then pulled out my palette of Daniel Smith Watercolors and had fun painting in this darling little scene. I used a scallop die to emboss around my scene, and then I blended on some gold Delicata Ink and then some Vintage Photo ink around the sides.
Postcard #2: Scarecrow Vignette with Sunflowers
This postcard is my favorite. I love scarecrows and sunflowers, and I really enjoyed putting this one together. It did involve a lot of stamping and masking, and then I drew a diamond shape around my scarecrow using a square die and a ruler. I pulled out my Arteza Watercolor Brushes to paint in this scene. I didn’t use an aqua brush on this postcard; I wanted to keep my water use down to a minimum to prevent warping. I blended the various colors of my Arteza brushes together. I did add a little bit of color around the sunflowers and also around my scarecrow. I love how vibrant this postcard turned out.
Hello crafty friends! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! I want to show you the cards I created using Simon Says Stamp’s November card kit! I absolutely love the stamp set from this kit. The woodland critters are all so cute! I also love the sentiments and the banner stamp. This is an all-year-round use set.
I have a few card kits waiting for me on my desk, so I only had time for 5 cards this time, but I will definitely be going back to this stamp set!
Card #1: One of a Kind Reindeer Card
Card #2: Sending you Love Stamped Pattern Paper Card
Card #3: Tone on Tone Deer in Trees Card using Prismacolor Pencils