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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Final Guest Design Project for CDD!

Hi everyone!!  Today I'm sharing with you the final card I made using the newly released Nice List stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas!

I've had an absolute blast with this set and highly recommend it!  I went back to the Santa image and wanted to try something a bit different and something I haven't done in quite awhile.

I stamped him onto some watercolour paper using Versamark Ink and white embossing powder.  I used my Tombow Dual Brush pens for the colouring.  I tried to get as vibrant of colour as I could by laying each colour after it had dried.



I have to be honest, I love everything about this, except his eyes. No matter what I did, I could not seem to get them to look right.  Oh well, this is still my favourite card!  I die cut him out using the Inside Scalloped Circle Dies and using Scotch Tape, I adhered the frame and inner portion together.

I also used one of the circle dies from the Stitched in Circles Dies to cut a piece of kraft cardstock.


As I was looked at the Inside Scallops die set, I thought it would be nice to use some of the extras that come in that set.  You not only get the circle dies, you get floral and leaf dies, as well!!  I die cut these out of watercolour paper and used my Tombows again.  I used liquid adhesive to adhere them to the circle panel.  

I took some "wood look" paper and adhered that to a 4.25 X 4.25 card base and adhered the focal panel on top!  White gel pen and Glossy Accents finish this card!


So, what card was your favourite?  I'd love to know!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  

Have a wonderful day,

Laurie



Friday, October 20, 2017

Guest Post #3 for Craftin Desert Divas

Hi, friends!!  Today is the third card I made using the adorable new Nice List stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas.  I had so much fun using this set.  In fact, this is a record for me!  I have never used a single stamp set for multiple cards...ever.  It was actually fun and challenging at the same time!

Today, we are going to use the a couple of the cute critter images.  This time, I created a scene with one of the cute reindeer and the squirrel.


I started by stamping and colouring with Copics then fussy cutting the images.  For my scene, I knew I HAD to use the newer Fall Border Dies!!  This is a must have set of dies in my opinion!  I started by cutting the tree line and snow bank out of white cardstock.  I knew I wanted all my edges to have that great stitched detail, so I simply placed the pieces into the smallest rectangle die from the Fancy Frames Die Set, this way they matched perfectly with the blue background.

This card came together quickly.  Everything was mounted with a combination of foam and liquid adhesive.  I added white gel pen snow to the blue panel and a lot of glitter pen to the tree line.


I love the way this turned out!!

Thank you for stopping by!  I have ONE more card to share with you this week, so stay tuned!!

Laurie


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Craftin Desert Diva Guest Post #2

Hello, all!!  Welcome back!  Today, I'm sharing the second card I've created using the new Nice List stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas October Release!

Today, I've used the super cute "round man" from this set, otherwise known as Santa!!


Isn't he adorable??  I coloured him and the North Pole sign using Copic markers then fussy cut them out.  For the background I did a bit of ink blending with water droplets and used on of the Stitched in Circles Dies to cut it out.  Now here is where I thought outside the box!!  I looked through my stash of CDD dies and came across the Garden Border Die Set.  I think it's lumpy enough to look like snow, plus it has die cut lines in it to easily tuck images in!!  Second idea..those snowflakes, aren't actually snowflakes!!  They are floral images from the same Garden Border set only cut from glitter paper!  Clever, right?


I stamped that awesome sentiment on to a panel cut with one of the Fancy Frames, foam mounted the Santa circle and adhered the panel onto an A2 top fold cardbase.  And keeping it in my style, glitter pen and Glossy Accents finish this card!


Thank you so much for checking out this project!  I'll be back soon with another!!

Have a fab day!!

Laurie



Monday, October 16, 2017

Guesting for Craftin Desert Divas!!

Hello again, welcome back!!  I am super excited to be a guest designer for the October 2016 Craftin Desert Divas release!  Through out this week, I'll be sharing four cards made with the new Nice List stamp set.

This 4X6 set is adorable!  I had a lot of fun working with it!  Let's take a look at my first card!!



I used the cute notebook paper die from the Mini Shaker Clips Die Set, masked the edges of each die and stamped a few of the images inside.  Everything was coloured with Copic Markers, including the background of each square.

I cut some white cardstock using the Fancy Frame Die Set (one of my all time favourite sets to this day!) and foam mounted my little pictures.  Before adhering the panel to a blue card base, I stamped one of the sentiments from this set in black ink.

To finish off and for a pop of red, I added those sweet hearts, which are also a part of the Mini Shaker Clips set!  A little glitter pen and Glossy Accents and my first project is done!!



Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to showing my other 3 cards I've created using this stamp set!!

Have a fabulous day!

Laurie


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Miss You card with LDRS!

Hello and Happy Thursday!!  I wanted to share my latest DT creation for LDRS Creative.  This card uses  a lot of different dies.  All the products in the shop go together SO well!

Today, I chose an image from All Dressed Up.  These stamps are among my favourites.  So much fun to colour their outfits!!  This set is an amazing deal!  It's called Girl's Night Out and it includes 3 different girls, each 4" tall!!


I hope you'll check out the LDRS Blog for all the details and links to the products I've used!!

Have a wonderful day, everyone and thanks for stopping by!!

Laurie

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Paper Smooches and Penny Black!

Hello everyone!!  Sorry there has been a bit of a lapse in my posts.  Life, ya know!  But be sure that I am still on my Making Use of My Stamps mission!!  Todays projects include stamps from Penny Black and stamps and dies from Paper Smooches.

I have exactly one Penny Black set, yes, one.  I would love to grow my collection but that would kind of defeat the purpose of this series.  I'm trying NOT to buy a lot of new stuff.  So this card uses the stamp set, Buddy and Duck.


This dog is so cute!  I did some masking and used the fabulous Cloud Stencil from MFT.  I used Scattered StrawSpun Sugar and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks.  The puppy was coloured with a combination of Warm and Cool Grey Copics.


A bit of Sparkle Pen and white gel pen details finish this cutie off!

The next card uses the Bitty Bungalows Stamp set and Co-Ordinating Dies.  


I created a little scene with a cute pink house and car! The rectangle that the scene is on is an awkward size and looked kind of weird on an A2 card.  To remedy that, I turned it into a 4.25 square card.


It looks a little like a Polaroid, doesn't it?  To stir things up a bit, I stamped the sentiment in Hollyhock Ink from Simon.


Thank you for stopping by today and continuing to follow along with me!!

I will see you soon!!

Laurie





Monday, September 18, 2017

Big Hello with LDRS Creative

Hi everyone!  Here's a little peak of my latest project which is up on the LDRS Blog!  I used a ton of product on this card including lots of the fabulous dies offered in the shop!!

I hope you have a chance to swing by for all details and products used!


Have a great day, everyone!!

Laurie

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Starting with "P"!

Hi everyone!!  Last week I picked a new letter for my "Making Use of My Stamps" series.  The letter picked was P.  I knew I had a lot of Paper Smooches stamps and dies but as I was going through my stash, I realized that I also have a lot of Papertrey Ink!!  I don't keep my PTI stamps in with the general population so I totally forgot about them...bad me!!  In this portion of the series, you'll also see some Pretty Pink Posh, Poppy Stamps and Penny Black.

I posted this card on Instagram yesterday for the 30 Day Colour Challenge hosted by the beautiful Kathy Racoosin!  It features the Forest Whimsy Stamp Set from Paper Smooches.  I haven't used my pencil crayons in quite some time so that was my medium of choice.  I have the Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and I love them!!


I also used the Leaves 1 Dies and the Pinked Circle Dies on this card.

The next two cards feature PaperTrey Ink.  I love PTI products but have not ordered from there for a long time due to shipping costs :(  This first card uses the Lovely Layers Stamp Set and the Co-ordinating Dies.  These dies are solid, which I'm not really a fan of (only because my stamping is ALWAYS off!).  I used all Catherine Pooler Inks for the stamping, love these inks for so many reasons, but that's another post!


Because the colours are so vibrant, I left the card fairly neutral.  I also used the Basic Bookmark 3 Die.   As an afterthought, I added a strip of sparkly washi tape to one side, I felt like it needed some shine!


And my final card for today uses one of my all time faves from PTI,  the Be Happy Stamp Set. Unfortunately, I could not find this set on the PTI website.  The shop still carries the Dies, which can totally be used on their own!


Again, I used CP Inks for the stamping.  This card is so happy, love the way it turned out!


I think I'm really going to enjoy the letter P!!  From whimsical and cute to classy and elegant, this is going to be fun!!


Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it!

Hugs!

Laurie






Sunday, September 10, 2017

Last of the "L"'s

Hello and Happy Sunday!  Today will be the last day of using stamps with "L".  I've decided to pick another letter...and again, it's a good one.  I'll share at the end of this post!

My first card features the ever cute stamps from Love Cynthia.  I used the Stay Classy stamp, which I tried to link to but it was taking me to the wrong stamp set :(.


Isn't that sentiment the greatest (sorry, it's stamped so crookedly)?!  I used my Copic markers to colour her.  The dies are from Lawn Fawn, Circle Stackables and Scalloped Circle Stackables.

Speaking of Lawn Fawn, my next card uses both the above mentioned die sets as well as the Winter Sparrows stamps and dies (sorry, out of stock @ Simon).


I coloured these cuties with Zig Clean Colour markers.

And lastly, comes Lil' Inker Designs!  I have had the Eat More Donuts stamp set and Dies for quite awhile now and have never used them :(.  What a fun set this is to stamp out!  I love that the donut shape is perfectly round and all the yummy toppings you can create with this set.


I also used the Anytime Tags and the Diamond Chevron Cover up Die.  This turned out pretty cute.

So the next letter in the Making Use of my Stamps blog series is.....

"P"!!!

Another awesome letter.  Be warned, I have a lot of Paper Smooches!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you soon!

Laurie



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Exciting News!!!!

Hi everyone and welcome back!  Today I have some exciting news to share!  I am officially a member of the Little Darlings Rubber Stamps Design Team!!

I'm so excited about this!!  These products are one of a kind and beautiful.  The dies come in colours, yes, colours!!  Pink and Teal, how cool is that??  The stamps are all cling foam rubber stamps, which is something quite new to me.  But I love what I see and they stamp beautifully!

Here is a look at my first DT project.  Please swing by the LDRS Inspiration Page for all the product details and links!!


I hope you follow along with me in this new adventure!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laurie

Monday, August 28, 2017

Thank You Studio Katia!

Hello and welcome back!!  I'm here to share what is unfortunately my last post for Studio Katia.  Today I made a thank you card, which I think is fitting for this occasion.

I had a ton of fun playing with all the fabulous stamps and dies in Katia's shop and am very thankful for the opportunity to share them with you!

I started by stamping "thank you" from the Mini Thank You Stamp Set repeatedly onto some ivory cardstock using a very light beige ink.  I cut the panel down using the rectangle die from the Dotted Patterns Set 1.


To give the card a bit of interest and dimension, I used the Stitched Loops die and cut directly out of the panel.  I die cut this 4 times.  I stacked the outer frame using 2 of the die cuts and the inner circles has 4.  This gave a really cool effect.  After adhering the ivory panel onto a pink card base, I simply glued all the pieces into the negative space.


I die cut the "thank you" as well as three hearts out of the same pink cardstock.  These dies are from the Co-ordinating Dies to the Mini Thank you Stamp Set.  I used liquid glue to adhere the sentiment and the hearts and topped them off with a generous coating of Clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.  I also used a few sequins from the Majestic Fusion sequins for a bit of added sparkle.


And that finishes the card!!  I want to thank Katia for the time she gave me on this team, it was wonderful!!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I'll be back soon :)

Laurie





Sunday, August 27, 2017

Making Use of My Stamps..L's!

Hello and welcome back!  It's Sunday which means it's time for another Making Use of My Stamps series.  As you know, the last letter picked was L.  I've made 3 cards using stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn, Lil' Inker and Love Cynthia.

First up is a card made using the When it Rains, Look for a Rainbow stamp set from Love Cynthia.  I used some new, super inexpensive liquid watercolours to create a night sky or galaxy background.  I did add some of the metallic paints from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolours (36) for a little shimmer.  I am in need of a good white paint for splatters!!


I also used the same paints to colour that sweet image!


I messed up on the sentiment but I didn't want to cover it up.  And that's card #1!

Next, I used the Blue Skies Stamp Set and Co-ordinating Dies for this card:


I white heat embossed the images before colouring them with, you guessed it, my new watercolours!  This card came out super cute except that I had so much warping on mt watercolour paper that it actually started to curl the cardbase!!  I have to start taping my paper down!


A bit of Glossy Accents, sparkle pen and sequins finish this card off.

And lastly, I used the Sweet Celebration stamp set and Co-ordinating Dies along with the Celebrate Word Die, all from Lil' Inker Designs.  This card has NO watercoloring :)


The florals in this set are beautiful.  And I've recently become addicted to Catherine Pooler Inks so that's what I used here.  I left the cardbase white (which was hard for me!) and simply adhered all the die cuts with liquid glue and foam adhesive.


This one is my favourite!  

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my newest cards!  I hope you enjoyed. And I hope you'll take some time to give your older stamps some love!

See you soon!!

Laurie






Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Fall Foxes!!

Hello everyone and welcome back!!  Well, it's undeniable, fall is in the air.  As I looked outside this morning, there are a few leaves on the ground.  I love fall, I just don't like what's coming next :(.

For today's card, I thought I'd use the change of season for inspiration.  This card has absolutely no colouring on it, just stamping and coloured cardstock.  I used one of the super cute fox images from the Foxes Stamp Set and used a couple of brown shades of ink to give it some shading.  Of course, I used my Misti for this!  I stamped the whole image in a light brown ink, stamped then inked only the lower portion in a darker brown and stamped again.  This gives a really pretty effect.  I also stamped the tree trunk and leaves from the same set onto different colours of cardstock. I die cut everything using the co-ordinating dies.


To create my little scene, I did a light wash of watercolour onto a scrap of watercolour cardstock.  Using the centre of the rounded edge label die from the Dotted Patterns Set 1, I gave that strip a really cute edge!!  I used the same die to cut a piece of brown polka-dotted paper and layered the two pieces together.  I adhered all my little bits and pieces to the watercolored piece and the scene was complete!


I was just going to adhere my little label onto an ivory card base but decided it needed just a little extra something.  So, I die cut the rectangle die from the Dotted Patterns Set 1 out of ivory cardstock. I adore all that dotted detail!!  The sentiment come from the Happy Stamp Set which I stamped in a mid-tone brown ink.


To finish off, I used a few sequins from the Autumn Fusion Sequin pack.

Thank you for stopping by today!! Have a great day!!

Laurie



Friday, August 18, 2017

Making Use of My Stamps...L!!!!

Hi everyone!!  It's time for another instalment in my "Making Use of my Stamps Series"!  This past week I decided to draw a new letter.  I was enjoying the letter m but was excited to see what was coming next!

The lucky letter is..."L"!!  I was really happy with this draw.  I know I have a lot of fun stamps in this letter, including Love CynthiaLil' Inker and Lawn Fawn.

This first card uses stamps from Love Cynthia and dies from Lawn Fawn.  I used the Somebunny Loves You stamp set which, by the looks of it, is discontinued.  Sorry about that.  As I'm going through and using these stamps, I'm realizing just how long they've been sitting!!


I used the Stitched Rectangle Frames Dies from Lawn Fawn to frame my little scene.

Next, I used the Fab Flowers Stamps and Dies from Lawn Fawn. Instead of stamping the solid images in this stamp set, I blended ink on each die cut and stamped the detail layer.  I used inks from Simon Says Stamp, Hero Arts and Altenew.


And finally, for my last card, I used Lil' Inker products.  I used quite a few products on this little 4.25X4.25 card!  And now that I look at this, there is NO STAMPING!!!


I used the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up Die for the background on the white panel.  The tag is from the Anytime Tags Die Set, the sentiment is from the Everyday Word Tags Die Set and the butterflies are from the Stitched Butterflies Die Set!!  And I actually used some patterned paper.

Thank you for stopping by!!  I'll be back with more cards in the "L" category over the next few weeks!!  Also, thank you if you're playing along with me.  I hope you're finding some hidden treasures in your stash!!

See you soon!!!

Laurie



Monday, August 14, 2017

Ink Lifting Technique with Distress Oxide Inks and Studio Katia Stamps

Hi everyone and happy Monday!!  Today I thought I'd show you a technique!!!  Exciting, right?  Actually, this is far from new but really fun and easy.  It's the "ink lifting" or "ink bleaching" technique.  Let's get started!

I started by heat embossing the large floral image from the You're So Ranunculus set in white onto some watercolour paper.  I stamped only the top of the image on both the bottom and the top of the panel.  The Original Misti and the Misti Creative Corners make this really easy.  All you have to do is rotate your paper 180 degrees and you get the perfect mirror image!


I picked two colours of Distress Oxide Inks, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick.  One of the keys to this technique is to use LOTS OF INK.  Really saturate your paper.  You can take the ink pad directly to the paper if you want but because I wanted a bit of a blended look, I used my blending tools.


Now, all you have to do is apply a liberal amount of water to the inside of the embossed image.  Because these inks are reactive with water, the ink will start to "lift" or "bleach", giving the image a whiter look!  I would let the water sit for a few seconds before dabbing it with a paper towel.


I probably could have added more water for a brighter white but I was happy with this.  I also took my wet paint brush and flicked some clean water across the background, because I totally couldn't resist.

I took the "lovely" word die, also in the You're So Ranunculus bundle and die cut that directly out of the panel.  My original idea was to do some inlay die cutting but after I layered this piece onto black cardstock, I changed my mind!


I used the positive die cut to help with placing the bits and pieces of the letters.  To finish off, I stamped the You're So above the Lovely in Versafine Black Onyx ink.  Now, I'm going to show you what happened next....


Yup!  I adhered that beautiful panel onto the wrong side of the card base, with my ATG adhesive, no less!  I just sat there, so annoyed with myself.  I could have just trimmed around the card base but this is quite a heavy layer already, so I didn't want to have THREE pieces of cardstock on top of a cardbase.  So, I took my bone folder and carefully lifted the panel off and adhered it the RIGHT WAY!!

To add a bit of sparkle, I used sequins from the Crystal Clear Sequin Fusion and a little Shimmer Pen over the flowers.




Thanks for joining me today!!  Have a great week and see you soon!!

Laurie