Friday, October 28, 2016

Sparkly Snowflakes

Hello all! I have a couple of glittery Christmas cards up at Poppystamps.


Please stop by here to have a look at them and to leave a comment.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to the Hero Arts Hostess Alumni Blog Hop! I'm so excited you're joining us for this two day event. You should be arriving for Emily's blog.

The Hosti's have gotten together to feature projects using products from the new 2016 release and winter catalog.

My first card uses the Happy Holly Days Stamp and Die Set. I love all the greenery in this set, perfect for so many different styles of cards. 

I heat embossed all my stamped images with Hero Arts Brass Embossing Powder. It's my first time trying it and is now a favourite. I'll be using it on a lot of my holiday cards this year. After embossing and die cutting I coloured in my pieces with Zig Markers. 

For the red piece I stamped the Holiday Florals Bold Prints Stamp with red ink on red card stock and used a Sakura glitter pen to add red dots on the background. Then it was just a matter of assembling the card and adding a sentiment.

On my second card I used the Color Layering Cardinal as my focal image. Half the fun is experimenting with different colour combos for the bird. The colours on my bird are Ranger Pink Gumball, Ranger Classic Cherry and Memento Love Letter.

I die cut a circle from white card stock and white heat embossed the Woodgrain Bold Prints image on it. I also heat embossed branches from the Happy Holly Days set with green glitter embossing powder and used them to frame the bird. 

For the strip of green I used Versamark to ink the edge of the cardstock, sprinkled it with the same green glitter embossing powder and heat set. I finished off the card by adding my sentiment.

Are you ready for some prizes? Hero Arts will be awarding 4 prizes ($25 shopping spree to Hero Arts online shop) from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on Oct. 24th and 25th, including each day’s ending post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! Comment by Sunday Oct 30th at 11:59pm PT for a chance to win. If you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts Blog.

I'm including a list of all the participants today in case there's a glitch.

Virginia Lu
Emily Leiphart
Sue McRae - You Are Here
Sarah Moerman
Nancy Krueger
Tiffany Ervin
Arlene McClung
Joy Taylor
Suzanne Czosek
Heather Doran
Hero Arts Blog

Now your next stop is Sarah.

Thanks for visiting today and have fun hopping!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Poppystamps Sneak Peek

I have a Christmas card up at Poppystamps using some of the new products from our last release.

Please stop by here to check it out and leave me a comment!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Birch Press & Poppystamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Poppystamps & Birch Press Design Blog Hop. You should be arriving from Patty's blog. If not you can start the hop from the beginning here.

For those not familiar with Birch Press Design, it's an online company founded by Memory Box and Poppystamps creator Dave Brethauer. Birch Press sells household and craft items including dies, stamps, paper and more. Birch Press also has a blog now with a design team and they are joining us on this hop. That blog can be found here.

On my card I'm using the Delfina Layers Dies. They come in a set of three dies which you can layer in different ways but you can also buy each layer die separately if you want.

I made a quick background using coral and white papers with two of the layer dies. I die cut Poppystamps Monterey Vine out of water colour paper, sprinkled on some Color Bursts and added a few spritzes of water. Love the soft speckled effect. I also die cut the vine from vellum and placed it behind the coloured piece.

I die cut a couple of birds from some of the left over Color Burst paper and tucked them into the windows and added a white embossed sentiment.

Make sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates for Birch Press Design. The more you comment, the more chances to win. You have until October 9th to leave a comment and the winners will be announced on the Poppystamps blog on October 11th.

Also there is a special going on right now, purchase a clear stamp set and get the coordinating dies for 20% off.

Your next stop is Tracy!

Here's a list of all the hop participants in case there's a broken link.

Tracey Mc Neely
Birch Press Design Blog

Happy hopping!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's All Black & White!

It's a new month so that means there's a new challenge up at Poppystamps. This month is all about Black & White.

For the challenge I made a Christmas card. I took the Pine Boughs and die cut them from computer paper and used this as a stencil. With white pigment ink and a sponge dauber I added boughs randomly around the edge of the black panel.  I then die cut a bunch of the Pine Boughs from white glitter card stock and adhered them to the panel.

The Merry Christmas sentiment was die cut from white card stock and then I applied white enamel accents on top for some added dimension. To add a bit more texture to the card I used a dotty embossing folder on the card base. I finished off with a sprinkling of sequins.

Remember, no other colours allowed on your projects so get creative and I can't wait to see what you make!

For all the info and to see more inspiration from the design team please click here.

Happy crafting!