Saturday, September 22, 2018

Studio Katia September 2018 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome!! I am so excited to be part of the Studio Katia September 2018 release blog hop. Today is the Day 2 of this two day celebration!



You should have come here from my sweet and talented friend Amy Kolling's blog. If not start at the beginning at Studio Katia's blog. 
This is my first time playing with their products and I simply love them all. I have 3 cards for you today. 

I started by creating my sky using Memento Summer Sky ink and a Gelli plate. I then embossed the tiny snowflake cluster using WOW! opaque embossing powder. I then stamped some more snowflake cluster using the same memento ink.
Now, I stamped the images using Memento Black ink and colored them using Copic Markers. I die-cut all the images using Holiday Village Coordinating dies. I die-cut this mat layer using the Dotted Patterns Set 3 Creative dies and adhered this layer to the cardbase. I now adhered the images to create a scene. To finish I added the Clear Round drops  and some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard.





I simply adore this stamp set so couldn't keep it back after one card...lol. I stamped and die-cut the images using Holiday Village stamp set and Holiday Village Coordinating dies. I colored these using copic markers. I then created a wash onto the cardbase using Distress Ink Salty Ocean. Now to create the front panel, I used the oval die from Studio Katia Dotted Patterns Set 3 Creative dies. I created the scene onto the cardbase and adhered the front panel using 3D foam. To finish I applied some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard for some shimmer.






To start, I stamped the Poinsettia Trimmings clear stamp set repeatedly using Hero Arts Unicorn ink. I then stamped the image onto a white cardstock and colored in using copic markers. I then adhered double sided adhesive sheet onto it. Added LawnFawn Prisma glitter to it fussy cut this image. I then adhered it onto the panel using 3D foam tape. I then stamped the sentiment and finished the card by adhering some of the Holiday Cheer ConfettiMidnight Blue Crystals.



All the glitter looks so pretty with this beautiful image.



Studio Katia's September 2018 release includes 7 new Clear Stamp Sets and 6 sets of Coordinating Dies, 5 new stand alone Creative Dies, 2 new Stencils and 7 new Embellishments! The next stop in the hop is the talented Galina Filippenko
Studio Katia is giving away TWO $50 CAD gift certificates on each day of the Hop, winners will be chosen from the comments left on all blogs of the Hop! You can check out their post HERE for all the info. 
There's also a giveaway for a Studio Katia $25CAD gift certificate for a comment you leave on my Instagram Post. All you need to do to enter is follow me on Instagram and comment on the post. You can tag your friends but just one tag per comment please. Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EST on Friday September 28th and winners will be announced on September 29th, 2018



Here is the full hop list if you got lost :)

Isha Gupta (you're HERE)

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Exclusive Set By Heffy Doodle

Hello and welcome!


We’re so pleased to be sharing in the excitement of STAMPtember® with our friends at Simon Says Stamp! Today at Heffy Doodle, we’re thrilled to share with you a stamp set called "More Than Smores"created exclusively for this event and only available while supplies last! There is also a coordinating die set and you can purchase them as a bundle or separately!
Here’s my card. I absolutely love the sentiments and critters of this cute fall stamp set. Especially the little add-ons like the little leaves, pumpkins, pumpkin spice latte are so fun.
For my card, I created a watercolor background using distress inks. I colored the images using ZIG clean color brush markers. And of course, I couldn't resist using the leaves for some movement.


Check out the Heffy Doodle Blog to see more inspiration by the rest of the team. Have a nice weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Join the Party: Taylored Expressions 10th Birthday


Hello and welcome everyone! I am so excited and honored today to be part of the Taylored Expressions family in celebrating their 10th birthday! YAY!!! Huge congratulations Taylor and CHEERS to many more :)

This is a huge celebrations with about 47 designers from past, present and friends sharing their love and creativity. You'll find all the info and full hop list on Taylor's Blog HERE. There is a new release, which got live last night. You can check it out HERE.

I still remember the day when I got an email from Taylor. One of the sweetest, kind, generous, helpful and best person I've worked with. I joined TE blog team in December 2015 :) It's always fun to create using the awesome products. 

Taylor always treats her team as family and that is what I like the most. The respect :) After some time there was no blog team any more but we stayed in touch. Now to celebrate this wonderful occasion is an honor.

For today I made 2 cards. My first card is a simple Happy Birthday card using the cute "Peek-a-Boo"Birthday stamp and the Starry Night cutting plate



For my 2nd. card, I used this pretty Blooming Beautiful stencil and my all time favourite embossing folder "Weathered" and Frame in Frame die. For the sentiment I used C'mon Get Happy stamp set.



Now there is this wonderful campaign going on. it's called Share Joy Campaign

Here is the info about it. I am really touched by the cause of it. I hope you will join us for it.

At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy through the gift of handmade cards. As part of their 10th birthday TE is continuing that mission with the launch of a special Share Joy campaign focused on providing birthday cards to those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. To make as deep an impact as possible TE is inviting card makers everywhere to join the campaign. Will you join us? Find out how to participate by viewing their Share Joy page here: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/share-joy-birthday-2018

Grab a cuppa and enjoy the party! Have a nice and wonderful day!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

STAMPtember® Party Celebrations: Simon Says Stamp

Hello friends!!! STAMPtember is here YAY!!!! AND it's a party today. I'm so excited to join the EPIC party to celebrate! Simon’s STAMPtember® release is going to knock your socks off :)
There is a ton of inspiration for which you can find the links at Simon Says Stamp blog, so do check it out. There are some awesome promotions and new releases every day so mark your calendar for the whole month :)
There is fun free gift code for you too!!


For my card I used the newly released Simon Says Stamp BIG PICTURE BOOK FOX Wafer Dies. I love their picture book die collection so much. So this cute and adorable fox is the focus of my card. I colored him using copic markers and added googly eyes for fun :) I used various colors of distress inks to create the background. I then stamped the Simon Says Fractile Leaves in the background. I die-cut this panel using Simon Says Wonky Rectangle die



Hope you join in the STAMPtember fun! Have a nice day :)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sunny Studio: Guest Designer Spotlight

Hello crafty friends! I am so excited to be on the Sunny Studio Stamps blog as a guest today. Thank you Mendi for having me. 
I love their awesome stamps and dies. Have you seen the new standalone dies. They are so versatile. I love the slider interactive die a lot too. 
I’m sharing two cards with you all using some of the new fall release products. I used Home Sweet Gnome and Fall Kiddos stamp set and the Comic Strip Everyday dies. Check out the details on the Sunny Studio Blog

My cards




Hope you enjoyed these creations. Check out as tomorrow I have something special yet again :) Thanks for dropping by! Have a nice day :)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rubeena's Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY ONE + Giveaways

Hi everyone! Today, I'm sharing a card celebrating Rubeena's crafting anniversary hop. Congratulations, Ruby, hope your further crafty journey will bring you lots of joy!

The hop starts at Ruby's BLOG, where you can find the entire blog hop list. If you've been hopping along the order, you should've come from Tracie Pond's BLOG


This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!

When I think about the first time I discovered stamping, I get a bit nostalgic. Slowly discovering products and techniques like (heat) embossing, distress inks and dies on YouTube, it seemed like a whole new world had opened up before my eyes. And still today, I'm amazed by how much you can get out of a stamp, an ink pad, some colors and cardstock.
Another unexpected thing I found were some great friends across the globe. It's beautiful how sharing a hobby (and using the internet) can bring people together.

As you may already know, I absolutely love trying out techniques and playing with colours, so I decided to make a card using some of my favourite techniques: watercoloring (creating backgrounds and coloring in images) and heat embossing on vellum.



I started by creating a watercolor wash for my background. Once dry, I die-cut it. I then embossed the tag image onto a piece of vellum and die-cut this too. I then stamped and embossed the florals and leaves onto watercolor paper. I colored the images using Zig Clean Color real brush markers and fussy cut them. Finally, I assembled everything together.

Your next stop on the hop is Maria Peters' instagram.

GIVEAWAYS

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on THIS page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

Enjoy the hop, happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Celebrating Heffy Doodle 1st birthday + June Release

Hello and welcome!!! Today, I have a very special post as Heffy Doodle is celebrating it's 1st. BIRTHDAY and the BRAND NEW June release. YAY! Huge congratulations Lesley and here is to many more celebrations!!! I am so honored and excited to be part of the celebrations. They have wonderful collection of products...totally adorable :)

You must have come here from the sweet and talented Sindhu Prajay's blog. So without boring you with all the talks, let's start. 
I chose the Wingman Stamp set, Wingman Dies and unbeLEAFable Stencil to create my cards. Love these cute and playful birds so much. I decided to keep the theme for my projects as BIRTHDAY!!!

Card1: I created a circle mask for it and sponged some distress oxide inks through the ....stencil to create a foliage frame. Now I used the negative of the circle mask and sponged ink inside the circle. I then applied some wink of stella clear glitter and Nuvo crystal drops in white blizzard to give some subtle shine. Now I stamped this playful bird, colored using Copic markers and die-cut him using the co-ordinating dies. I wanted to color this bird in fun, happy rainbow colors :) I stamped the sentiment and embossed it using WOW! Opaque white embossing powder



Card 2
For the 2nd card, I applied some distress oxide inks to the unbeLEAFable Stencil, spritz some water and used this to stamp the background. Love the effect :) I then stamped  the birdie from Wingman Stamp set and colored him using copic markers. I added a vellum circle behind him to make him my focal point. I stamped the sentiment and embossed it using WOW! Opaque white embossing powder



Card 3
Well, by now I was having too much fun playing with the stencil and the cute birdies. I went a bit mixed media for the background. I sponged distress oxide inks  onto the layer, then put the unbeLEAFable Stencil on top and spritz some water through it. This gave me a subtle ghost impression. Once this panel was dry, I used the unbeLEAFable Stencil  again and applied some embossing paste through it. 
I then stamped the image from Wingman Stamp set , again colored him using copic markers. I stamped the sentiment repeatedly onto a black stripe and embossed using WOW! Opaque white embossing powder. I added a stripe of vellum and adhered the sentiment stripe and the bird to it.



The next stop on the hop is amazing Kelly Martin's blog.

Prizes
Now how can a celebration end without some prizes :) Heffy Doodle is generously giving away a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store to TWO lucky winners. All you have to do is leave a comment on each stop of the hop to qualify. Comment eligibility will close on 6/23/2018 at 12pm PDT 

Winners will be announced on June 24th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.
Other than this my readers can receive a 20% off their order from the Heffy Doodle store by using code : HeffyBirthday2u

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio: Smile

Hello lovely people! I am up on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today sharing how to create two totally different looks using one die and one stamp set. There are so many awesome products in our Spring release. I decided to use the Modern Mandala Die, Aviary stamp and Aviary co-ordinating die set


For this card, I sponged some distress inks to the center of my mat layer and flicked a little water for some texture. I then diecut the Modern Mandala using white cardstock and adhered it to the layer. I then stamped the birds from the Aviary stamp set and colored them using copic markers and diecut them using the coordinating die set.


I then stamped and embossed the sentiment onto a black stripe.I adhered a small vellum circle at the center of the mandala and then adhered the images and the sentiment. I adhered this piece to a white card base. To finish, I added a tiny puffy heart from Let Your Heart Decide collection puffy sticker sheet.

Card 2


I started with creating a background wash using watercolors. I then die-cut the Modern Mandala Die and sponged some distress inks to it. Now I added some embossing powers and embossed it. I adhered this to the watercolor layer. Now I adhered this panel to the white card base.


For the sentiment I used the Aviary stamp, stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a black card stripe. I adhered it to the layer giving it a wavy effect.

Hope you got inspired and had fun! Thanks for dropping by :)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Embossing!! Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge Guest Designer

Hello crafty friends!!!
So excited and honored to be a guest over at Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 98 sponsored by Simon Says StampThe theme is "Embossing". Thank you Barb and SSS for having me over :)
I love Simon's gorgeous products and they are so versatile too. I don't know about you but I like to stretch my supplies whenever I can so when I got the theme, I decided to work with techniques and stretch my products. I took out some of the new and old products and started creating. Here is how below:

Card 1
I used the Heart Stream die here and instead of using it for die-cutting, I embossed using it. I then used the back side of this embossed impression piece. Love the raised effect. I then die-cut the hearts from the Holiday Shapes die. It's amazing how it fits perfectly inside the Heart Stream die. I used Zig Clean color brush markers to add color to the hearts in a rainbow color order. Adhered them inside the raised parts. To finish I die-cut the sentiment from gold mirror cardstock using the Happy Birthday die. A clean and simple card, perfect for a birthday :)



Card 2

For this card, I used one of my favorite SSS stencil and rather than using it as a stencil, I used it for dry embossing. It gives a subtle raised effect, you can see it in the close up better. Here are the products I used for my card.Stamp: Cloudy Sky's, Tilted Banner Sayings; Die: Picture Book Lion, You word die, Clouds; Stencil: Mosaic Heart Stencil

I embossed using the stencil and then applied some distress oxide inks to it. (check for the colors HERE, HERE and HERE) I then die-cut the Picture Book Lion image (Oh! love them all), sponged various distress inks. Now for the grass, I went a bit creative. I didn't have any of the SSS hills or grass so I used the cloud stamp and dies to create the grassy bushes :) AND that is what I meant by versatile... aren't these products versatile?


check out the embossed detail using the stencil :)


Card 3

Now for this card I used dies for embossing as well as traditional embossing using watermark ink and embossing powder.
I used:
For the coloring I used the Zig Clean color brush markers and some distress oxide inks for the background.



And now it's your turn to create! Check out the rules and prizes at Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 98. Looking forward to see your creations :) Have a happy crafty weekend!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Spellbinders Die D-LITES: Guest

Hello crafty people :-)
Today is a special post as Yana Smakula from Spellbinders asked me if I wanted a surprise packet with two dies and I said YES!!! :)
So I got these fun Spellbinders Die D-LITES and had a blast creating

So the first card is a fun masculine card. Of-coarse it can be used for pretty girlie card....maybe I will create something for my next post. I used the Die D-LITES Tractors Etched Dies for this. Now  What's special about these dies is that once you die-cut it, you can let the die-cut piece in the die and then emboss the details of the dies. It looks really cool in real.


Here is a closeup for the details


For my next 2 cards I used the DIE D-LITES Build A Terrarium Etched Dies. Here I want to share how versatile dies can be. I created a CAS mixed media card and then using the same dies, created a layered card using patterned papers.

For this card I used some distress inks for the background and Nuvo mousse and a stencil for the background detail. I then die-cut the pieces from Neenah white cardstock and colored in using zig clean color real brush markers. Looks FUN isn't it :)



For my next card I used some patterned papers from Pinkfresh Studio. I then layered them. Then I die-cut the images and colored in using the copic markers. I then assembled everything together.




Thank you so much Yana and Spellbinders for asking me!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Card Inspiration

Hello  crafty people!! Today I am on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, sharing a few cards using the stamp sets which come with the scrapbook collections. They are really fun to create with and can easily be used to create technique bases cards while using some of the elements from the kit itself or can be mix and match with other stamp and dies.

Card 1


For this card I used the Be You collection kit and the stamp. I created my own background using pan pastels and the stamp from the kit.


I then used the Ephemera pack from the same collection to create the fun sentiment cluster.

Card 2


I used the stamp from Let Your Heart Decide collection and created the background by stamping the leaves in a random order. I then used glitter embossing powder and embossed them randomly.


I then combined it with the LOVE with Botanicals die from the new release. I stamped and heat embossed the Butterfly from the Bloom and Grow stamp set and adhered it to the panel as an accent.

Card 3


Here again I used the stamp from Let Your Heart Decide collection. I created this fun faux watercolor panel using the flowers and leaves.


I then used the newly released LOVE with Botanicals die to create the sentiment.

Hope you got inspired and had fun! Tell me what you think about the stamp sets that come with the kits? Do you use them for cards or scrapbooking or both :) Thanks for dropping by :)