Monday, February 19, 2018

Pinkfresh Studio Technique Talk Blog Hop

Hi there crafty friends,

Welcome to our Technique Talk blog hop at Pinkfresh Studio! 

You should have arrived here from the ah-mazing Erum's blog!

The technique I'm sharing today is very simple, but maybe still useful to some of you? I've made this card using the beautiful Lined Floral Background stamp designed by Inna Moreva.

Now, this stamp is 4x6" and I prefer my cards to be 4.25x5.5" so this wouldn't have covered the whole panel. I didn't want to trim off the sides so I thought I'd just use a part of the image. I love circles, so I created a mask from some scrap paper to stamp only a semi-circle. 

For this technique you'll need a stamping tool. At least I can't for the life of me stamp an image in the same position more times...but if you can, by all means give it a go!

Place your stamp on your panel where you want it, then pick it up with your stamping tool.

Now place your mask over your panel. I ended up taping down the card and the mask too to hold them in place securely since my card panel was not much bigger than the stamp, so there wasn't enough space for the magnets. 

Ink up your stamp. 

Now start stamping. Press the life out of that stamping tool :D. This is the image I got after the first stamping - not good. So ink up your stamp again and repeat these steps until you're satisfied with the result.

After the third stamping - looks better, I don't mind imperfect edges, so this is fine for me:

As you see I had smudges on my panel, because the ink bled through the copy paper I used as a mask.   So better use a thicker paper, or create a mask from stencil material to avoid this. Actually, the first card that you see above, I created using a much too thick paper for mask! I was too lazy to look for something thinner, so I must have stamped the image 12 times, in the end I even stood on my stamping platform, haha! It didn't break but be smarter than I was, choose the right paper :).

I will however save this panel too! I already die cut the stamped image and coloured it too - I only need to add it to a card, probably using foam sheet to pop it up!

To colour my card I used distress markers and only added flat colour, no shading. This image has so many lines, I felt this worked best.

I hope you found this little step-by-step helpful!

Now for the fun part! Hop along with us and leave a comment on each participating blog to be eligible to win one of FOUR (!) $25 gift certificates! Just how generous is Pinkfresh Studio?! Comments will close at 11.59pm CST on Monday, February 26th 2018. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, February 28th 2018.

The line-up:

Enjoy and Good Luck!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Marvelous Colors - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hi there crafty friends,

First of all, Happy Valentine's Day to you all! I hope each and every one of you gets spoilt by someone today! I know I WON'T haha! But that's OK, we don't celebrate Valentine's Day.

I still wanted to choose some heart cut file for today's layout! Paige has many to choose from, but they are pretty popular, so we already used most of them on the Design Team! In the end I went with the adorable Heart Lines Background (Design ID #246562). 

I cut a ton of these heart lines because originally I had a different idea - I might do that another time. I decided to use only as many as needed to cover the entire background. I backed most of them with different patterned papers from Paige's gorgeous brand new Pick-me-up collection. A lot of them actually came from one 12x12 sheet, Paper 21 and some from scrap pieces I had left from other projects. Perfect way to use up those tiny scraps many of us have a problem throwing away :).

I was planning to use a pink paper for background but I had this photo on my desk and then I found this awesome yellow paper in the collection. It was meant to be! Yellow for Valentine's?! Oh well, I've never been one for traditional things anyway, ha!

I adhered most of the strips to the background using liquid glue, however a couple I popped up with foam adhesive, just to add some dimension and interest. I layered some tissue paper, a journaling spot and a die cut frame behind my photo and glued these down. I added my title on top of the photo. I used the super gorgeous alpha thickers for this - I think these are one of my faves in the collection! The other half of my title came from the die cut pack. 

I scattered different embellishments around the page: some chipboards, stickers, puffy stickers and a few acrylic tags, no rhyme or reason! To finish off my layout I stamped the date, wrote my journaling and added some navy ink splatters.

That's it for today! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine - DT layout for Fancy Pants Designs

Hi there crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing a layout I created for Fancy Pants using their gorgeous Sweet Nothings collection from last year. I think this is still my favorite Valentine's line, the colors and patterns are just so unique! Which is actually why I've always loved Fancy Pants so much!

I chose the black and white striped paper for my background, because I think I haven't used this one for background before. To add a bit of interest and a little accent, I adhered two different strips of papers at the bottom of the page.

For my title I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and I backed the letters with a few different patterned papers. I added foam adhesive to the letters so I have a nice dimension on my layout. 

The photo I chose is a really bad quality photo, however my kiddo's face is priceless (he was still chewing on the last piece of his steak haha) and I love everyday captures like this so I scrapped it anyway. I layered some tissue paper and tucked some tags behind my photo to add a bit of color and texture. I also attached a couple of embellishments at the top, die cuts and a cute heart clip.

I hand stitched around the little heart in the letter A, glued a puffy sticker heart in the middle. Lately I've been using eyelets again, so I added one in the middle of the heart and hung the tags from the hole.  

I then glued down the photo and the cut file too, side by side, and started decorating the title. For this I used a few die cuts, puffy stickers and tags. 

I popped up some of the embellies on the title, to create extra dimension. To finish off my layout, I stamped the date, wrote the journaling and scattered some puffy sticker - and die cut sequins around my page.

So that's it for today guys! I hope you like my layout and get inspired to get crafty! 
Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, February 9, 2018

The Greatest Love of All - DT layout for Just Nick

Hello scrappy friends,

Today I have a new layout to share that I created for Just Nick. 

This week we are focusing on LOVE, so I've picked the Free Love cut file. I've used this as part of my title - the rest of the title was created using the Outline Alpha cut file.

When I think of love, the very first person that comes to my mind is my son, of course. I've come across this photo of him recently, as a tiny baby lying on his daddy's back. I thought this would be perfect for today's layout. Also, I haven't used the super cute Crate Paper Little You collection in ages so I was happy to bust it out!

First I created my title - I made LOVE the biggest so it remains the focus, plus I knew I wanted to place my photo behind the O. I welded all letters in every word to make my life easier ha! Then I backed each word with different patterned papers. I have a ton of papers left from this collection but unfortunately not many different ones and I'm missing the ones that have a bit of yellow in them. I didn't want my layout to be only blue so I decided to use yellow card stock behind my title. On the left I have my fave paper and on the right a simple blue-white striped paper that is actually not even from this collection.

I adhered the title to the background with the help of foam adhesive. Once done, I started embellishing. There's so many cute embellishments in this collection! I added a few chipboard pieces, stickers, a sweet little lion clip and scattered some enamel dots around the page. 

To finish off the layout I added my journaling and some black paint spatters. I could not stamp the date because I don't find it anywhere in the photo properties. Around the time Maxim was 4 my boyfriend did something on our computer, copied the photos from one place to the other or something like that, and all photos from before that time have the same date stamp on them. This still makes me so mad! Sure, in some cases I can figure out the year and the month, but in this case, I have no idea. Of course this is not the end of the world, but you know...just really sad that I don't know how old my kiddo is in some pictures. If any of you knows a solution to this problem, I'm all ears! 

That's it for today! Hope you like the layout!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Poppy Cards for Spellbinders

Hey there friends,

When the lovely and super talented Yana Smakula contacted me and asked if I want to play with some Spellbinders goodies, I was kinda jumping around with joy. I mean, really?! Me?! Sure I've been playing around with some stamps and dies in the last couple of months but really, I'm no card maker. I do love a challenge though, and trying new things, so obviously I said yes! Whoop whoop!

I received the two sets of dies: the Shapeabilities Poppies Etched Dies and the Die D-Lites Corner Poppies Etched Dies. First of all, the quality is amazing! Then, is it only me that gets giddy when things are pretty?! As in, these dies are not like the other dies I have. They are this copper kind of colour! Sooo pretty! The little things eh?! :)

Also, this magnet is awesome!!! I always had my dies all over my desk, it's a miracle I haven't lost any yet! Now they are all on my new toy, the Main Attraction magnet from Spellbinders! It's such a pretty mint colour too! Me and my colours right?!

Here are the cards I've made using these gorgeous products!

I've used the Shapeabilities Poppies Etched Dies to cut the big flower 3 times, plus a few extra blooms. I painted them all with some vibrant watercolours (Prima Confections Tropicals set and Kuretake Gansai Tambi). To achieve this look, I added several layers of watercolour. I then created a 4.5x4.5" card base from textured white card stock. For the panel I used some patterned paper and cut it to 4.25x4.25". I cut a circle in the middle, and before adhering this onto my card base, I tucked the flowers behind it and glued them down with some liquid glue. I love how the paper gets curved from the watercolour - I do no flatten it. I just love all the dimension and texture this gives to my project! I added some pop dots behind some of my flowers for extra stability. I sent this card to someone that is fighting a horrible battle right now, I hope it puts a smile on her face...

Next up is another card with the same die set:

Here I kept things simple and only used the big flower from the set. I painted this in traditional poppy colours using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours. I created a 4.24x5.5" card base from white card stock, then added a black panel to it. I cut a shorter piece of patterned paper, I glued my poppy on it  and wrapped some twine around it. I then added foam adhesive behind it and attached it to the black panel. To finish off my card, I added a sentiment that I embossed with black embossing powder and scattered some black Nuvo drops around my flower.

For my third and final card I've combined the two die sets. 

My card base is 4.25x5.5" again, covered with a striped patterned paper. I cut two corners with my die and embossed these with gold embossing powder. I also cut some flowers using the other die set and coloured these with my Polychromos pencils. I love the vibrant colours you can achieve with these pencils! I arranged the corner pieces in two corners on my card base and glued them down. I adhered some of the flowers directly onto these pieces, some others I popped up with 3d foam adhesive. Last but not least I added a black embossed sentiment and some black paint splatters.

The weather hasn't been good for weeks so my photos are rather bad, but I hope you can still see these projects well enough!

I've really enjoyed working with these products and can only recommend them to you!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great day!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Surprise - DT layout for Paige Evans + Silhouette

Hey there lovelies,

I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans + Silhouette Design Team! For this page I chose to work with the Polaroid Frame Banner Hearts (ID: #241012) cut file. It's Valentine's Day soon, so I wanted to use something with hearts of course!

I started out by blowing up the cut file and cropping the sides, because I wanted my banner to be larger. I then cut it from white textured card stock. I had the Oh My Heart collection on my desk because I made some cards with it earlier, so I just went with it for this project too. I still love this collection very much!

I backed each heart cut out and the clothespins with different patterned papers, then I hand stitched around the hearts as well to make them stand out more and to add a bit of interest and texture. I felt like the cut file was lost on the background paper I chose, so I outlined the frames with a rose gold gelly pen.

I popped up the frames with the help of 3D foam sheets, the rest I adhered down with liquid glue. Then the fun part, embellishing! I went through all my embellies and decided to add some die cut flowers, chipboards, puffy stickers as well as a few gorgeous heart charms! 

I hung my photos on the clothesline with mini clothespins in different colors - these are from my stash. I believe I've found them at Michael's.

I added my title, for which I used the alpha thickers from the Turn the Page collection.

To finish off my page I wrote a short journaling - I'll have more pages from this event, so I didn't need to write a whole lot this time. I also stamped my date using a roller date stamp.

That's it for today friends! I hope you like this page!
I'll be back with another layout for this design team soon - oh wait, on Valentine's Day to be exact, ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Bliss - #moodboardgirls

Hey there friends,

After a month hiatus the #moodboardgirls are back!

Our beautiful mood board was created by Jen Albrecht this month! Take a look:

As soon as I saw it, I knew just the perfect collection to go with it! I'm hoarding my old Basic Grey collections...This one, Urban Luxe, is one of the last ones Basic Grey had put on the market before they went out of business. I'm still so heartbroken about it; they were one of my favourite manufacturers!

So this one was a really quick layout if I don't count fussy cutting the flowers and hand stitching the title!

I also have a bonus layout because I loved the colours in the mood board and wanted to work with this beautiful Basic Grey collection some more!

This one is a lift from the ever so innovative Paige Evans (see her original here). It's hard to tell from this picture but the layout is only the circle!

I literally went through my whole stash to find matching embellies for each circle ha!

I hope you like today's inspiration - should you have any questions, just leave a comment, I'm happy to help!

Here's our line up this month, check out these amazing Ladies' projects too!

If you create something based on this mood board and share it on social media, use #moodboardgirls so we see it and can leave some love!

Thank you for stopping by today!