05/18/2017I had to make 2 completely different cards yesterday; one for my friends who are Expecting (YAY!!), and one for my Aunt & Uncle who unexpectedly lost their daughter, my cousin; talk about complete opposites. And actually, you could say that the card making was actually a therapy for me, as I’m grieving my wonderful cousin that we have lost way too soon. Let’s start with the happy card! For this one, I pulled out a sweet old Lawn Fawn set, Plus One, and it’s coordinating die set. All the other dies used for this card are also Lawn Fawn; you can see them in the supply list at the end. I colored the image with Copic Sketch markers. The sequins are Pretty Pink Posh cupped sequins: Cornflower 4mm & Pink Blush 6mm. For my condolences card, I pulled out a favorite Altenew set of mine, Extra Special. It stamps beautifully, and the image is just so pretty. I stamped the purples with the inks from Altenew’s Shades of Purple ink set. The greens are from Altenew’s Tropical Forest ink set. Thanks for stopping by, and hug your loved one real tight <3
05/11/2017Hi Crafters! I can’t believe mom’s and dad’s days are right around the corner! I have a pretty Father’s Day card today featuring Avery Elle‘s new Shine Bright stamp & die set, and their new Scalloped Pierced Rectangles STAX die set. The images are stamped using Memento’s Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press IT Blending Card Paper, and colored with Copic markers (I use Sketch markers). The red & white diagonally striped paper is from Doodlebug’s 6×6 Anchors Away paper pad. The background is created using Distress Inks applied with onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock with Mini Ink Blending Tools. For the beam of light, I first stamped it with Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Ink from their Summer Afternoon ink pad set, available in full size ink pads or mini’s. Then I stamped it again with VersaMark Ink, and heat embossed it using Wow! Clear Gloss Embossing Powder. The sentiment was stamped using VersaMark, and heat embossed with Wow! White Pearl Embossing Powder. I added Zig Clear Wink of Stella to the flying birds and the red parts of the lighthouse. The final touch were the Pretty Pink Posh Sequins in Cobalt 4mm & 6mm. Thank you for stopping by and I hope this has given you some inspiration! This card will be sent to Altenew for their Celebrating Parents Card Drive!
05/03/2017I am SOOO happy I ordered this set from MarkerPop, the Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers stamp & die set! It is just SO pretty, and incredibly easy to work with; plus, look at the results! This card is also using the new & great-to-have-on-hand Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy stamp set, and the fun coordinating die set. ALL the inks used on this project are Lawn Fawndamental inks; they stamp perfectly, with such rich, crisp, bright color. You can see in the Supply List below all the colors I used. The dies used to get that fun zig-zag edge are Lawn Fawn’s STAX Zig Zag Square Stackables. I mounted each finished piece onto a square cut that was done with Lawn Fawn’s STAX Large Stitched Square Stackables. My finishing touches were adding a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Cupped 3mm sequins, and painting Zig Clear Wink of Stella on the butterfly. What a fun, carefree card to make. I highly suggest it to anyone wanting some light crafting with a beautiful result! This card will be sent to Altenew for their Celebrating Parents Card Drive!
04/27/2017Today I’m featuring a bunch of new products in the MarkerPop store! First, my set of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, and then My Favorite Things‘ (MFT) new (and a tad older!) stamp & die sets. I created a fun interactive card that combines these MFT products:
- Springtime Critters stamp & die set (just released in April!)
- Springtime Blooms stamp & die set (just released in April!)
- STAX Stitched Dome die set (just released in April!)
- Stitched Oval Word Windows die set (just released in April!)
- Slider Channel Builder die set (released in August, 2016; here’s a video on how to use this die)
04/23/2017It’s time for another Challenge over at Markerpop! The theme is watercoloring & florals! My project isn’t exactly “watercoloring”, but it IS using water based dye inks by Tim Holtz, his Distress Inks. I LOVE the colors in the given image, and I used Distress Inks Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, and Iced Spruce. I taped the Altenew Halfstone Stencil over a piece of Bazzill Classic Smooth White cardstock, and applied the ink using Mini Ink Blending Tools. I kept the card simple by stamping the gorgeous Extra Special floral image onto white cardstock, and die cutting it out with the coordinating Extra Special die. I then die cut the same shape again from a sheet of white foam, and glued it with X-Press It Clear Gel Glue onto the back of the stamped & die-cut floral image. I stamped the sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink using my Mini Misti, then applied some Zig Clear Wink of Stella to the word “hello”. And the final touch was putting Doodlebug Lilac Adhesive Jewels on the three flowers’ centers. Make sure you head over to the MarkerPop blog to get YOUR project entered! Join us as we celebrate watercolor all month here on the blog. The Design Team will be sharing lots of great projects and fun techniques. We will have two Challenges this month focusing on Watercolor, and we have Prizes, of course! We will pick 2 winners for a Prima Confections Watercolor Pan Set Of 12 in Pastel Dreams, and a Zig Watercolor BrusH2O Long Detailer Tip. And there is 1 Grand Prize – The New Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Brush Pen Set Of 12. To enter join us for each of our Challenges this month and share the contest info with your friends using the Hashtag #mpwatercolorgiveaway