Someone pinch me. Am I dreaming?
No, I’m not.
I’m a guest on the Wplus9 blog today!!! *Insert all of the squealing and jumping up and down here.*
Good morning!!! Today we have a special blog hop celebrating the new Hero Arts 2018 Catalog! All of the gorgeous stamps, dies, and other goodies that you probably saw sneaks of at Creativation are now available in the Hero Arts shop! I have a couple of pencil projects to share with you today using some of the absolutely fabulous new goodies in this catalog, so let’s get started! (Be sure to stay tuned till the end for information on the generous giveaway!)
~All of the products that I mention in the card descriptions are linked at the bottom of the post!~
For my first project, I created a pretty, springy little scene with the darling Color Layering Rabbit (I prefer to call him bun-bun, but to each his own.) I love that the Color Layering sets have both the layered stamping as well as the outline options, so you can stamp OR color! I chose to stamp the outline of this little guy onto some white card stock, then color him with my Prismacolor pencils. I die cut him out with the coordinating Frame Cuts, and also die cut one of the b-e-a-yootiful new Trellis dies from some Woodgrain paper. This super detailed die is just gorgeous and cuts beautifully!
For my bun-bun’s backdrop, I decided to stamp the pretty new Color Layering Nasturtium in shades of pink and aqua in the corners of my A2 card base, as though they were draped gracefully over the top of the trellis. I added some blue “sky” by lightly blending around the edges and towards the bottom of the A2 panel. After I had adhered the bun-bun, trellis, and a strip of Pool Layering Paper (for some “grass”), I stamped the greeting from Make a Fountain using Intense Black ink.
For my next project, I couldn’t resist using one of the absolutely stunning floral stamps that was included in this release. (That magnolia?! Holy moly. Must. Color. Soon.) For today, I thought I’d play with the Flowering Nasturtium Wood Block stamp.
Honestly, using wood block stamps is relatively uncharted territory for me. I have always preferred clear stamps because of their precision and being able to see better whether I’m getting a clear impression. Well, turns out I just wasn’t using the right wood block stamps. 😉 I wanted to challenge myself a little, so I thought I’d do a color with which I have little experience: yellow. For some reason, I immediately gravitate toward pinks and purples, but nasturtiums in nature are in the red and yellow family, so I chose a peachy-sunset yellow for my palette today, and I’m kinda loving it!!
To start, I stamped the Flowering Nasturtium using Soft Yellow ink twice onto some of the new Radiant White card stock. I chose Soft Yellow because I wanted to do some no-line coloring, and the Soft Yellow lines fade nicely into the background of a colored image. I colored my images with my Prismacolor pencils and blended them with my blender pencil, then die cut them out using the coordinating Frame Cuts dies.
For my card base, I chose a very subtle background, clear embossing the beautiful new Floral Mandala Bold Print background onto a white top fold card base. Just enough texture to add some interest to the background for my flowers. I arranged the flowers in a swag in the bottom left corner, trimming and turning them until they achieved the shape I wanted, and adhered them with both dimensional foam adhesive and regular liquid adhesive. I also added a pretty sentiment from the new Layered Topiary set onto a strip of card stock, then mounted it with foam adhesive. The final touch was adding some sequins to fill in some bare spots and add some more texture.
We will be giving away three $50 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please be sure to leave your comments by Thursday, February 22nd at 11:59pm PT. The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances of being chosen to win a gift certificate!!! Your next stop is the absolutely fabulous Janette Kausen. Happy Hopping!
Good morning! I have a second post using the My Monthly Hero kit that debuted yesterday. I thought the gorgeous filigree layer and filigree corners would work perfectly for a chalkboard card. Let’s get started on the details!
I started with an A2 sized panel of Midnight Mix layering papers. I stamped the filigree corners, as well as the solid bottom layer of the love and the coordinating sentiments, using Unicorn Pigment ink. I added the detail portion of the love sentiment using Versamark and white embossing powder. Doesn’t it look just like a chalkboard?
To add a bit of color, I stamped several of the blooms from the Summer Garden stamp set using Unicorn Pigment ink, then used my Prismacolor pencils to do some no-line coloring. I also used my T-square and white pencil to draw a frame around the edge of the panel.
The final touch was to add some sparkly crystals to add a bit of sparkle and texture.
Now, for some giveaway fun! Hero Arts is generously giving away a full kit (valued at over $60!) to one lucky reader! All you have to do is comment on the blogs… One winner will be selected from comments across the blog hop, so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! (If you’ve already purchased a kit and are selected as the winner, Hero Arts will reimburse you for the price of the kit!) Giveaway closes Sunday, January 14th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog. There are still a few kits left on the Hero Arts website, and once they sell out, they’re gone for good, so if you’re waffling, you probably better just go over and buy one so that you don’t miss out!
Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!
And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!
Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!
Today, I am completely thrilled to be taking part in this special event using one of my absolute favorite companies: Concord and 9th! I am having a love affair with this beautiful Ornamental(C9|SSS|EH) stamp set… There are SO many fun techniques that you can do with the stamp and die set. You can see more of my projects with it here and here.
Today, I have chosen to work with just the stamps from the Ornamental set(C9|SSS|EH) to do some no-line coloring and create a chalkboard look. Chalkboard is one of my absolute favorite techniques, because it is so timeless, and no-line coloring helps me pretend that I have far more drawing abilities than I actually do. 😉 I started with an A2 panel of black card stock, then stamped both the main floral ornament image as well as the “merry and bright” calligraphy from Ornamental (C9|SSS|EH) using Simon Says Stamp White Pigment ink.
Once the image was dry, I used my Prismacolor (AZ|DB|SSS) pencils to color all of the little bits and pieces in. (You can see a video on my process for colored pencils on colored card stock here.) A quick recap on my technique: to maintain the vibrance of the colored pencil on the colored card stock, I first color the entirety of the image using white Prismacolor pencil, then color over the white using the colored Prismacolors and blend with the blender pencil. After coloring all of the floral images, I used the same white pencil to color over the top of the white pigment inked greeting, making it look almost exactly like a chalkboard.
After I had finished coloring everything, I used my T-square to add a frame around the edges with my white pencil. The final little detail was to add a small, white velvet bow at the top of the “ornament” just to add a bit of texture to this flat card, but you could definitely omit that to make it completely flat for mailing.
It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Concord and 9th, so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.
Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!
Good morning! Today is World Kindness Day. Isn’t that a fantastic “day” to celebrate? Much better (and by better, I mean worth celebrating) than some of the silly ones that have been floating about recently…. Anyway, the Honey Bee Stamps design team is here with some “kindness” inspiration for you!
For my project, I wanted to create a wintry scene focusing on a chilly little birdie that someone gave a nice warm hat and scarf. 🙂 To start, I blended some blue inks on an A2 panel of Bristol card stock. (Bristol gives you lighter blend, because the ink just kinda sits on top instead of completely saturating the card stock!) Next, I used the fabulous Outdoor Scene Builder stencils and some Nuvo Mousse in Pure Platinum to add some pretty birch trees to the backdrop.
After I had created the backdrop, I die cut some snowy hills using the new Hill Border dies from both silver glitter and white card stock and popped them up using dimensional foam adhesive.
For the sweet little birdie, I wanted to tell the “story” that some kind soul had given him some warmth on this cold day with a warm hat and scarf. I started by using the coordinating dies from Snowbirds to die cut the little guy from plain white card stock, then, because I wanted to do some no-line coloring, used very pale gray ink to stamp the bird. I colored him using my Prismacolor pencils. No-line coloring is fairly easy with colored pencils; you don’t have to worry about ink bleeding with pencils like you do with watercolors! 😉 I also added some snowflakes from Snowbirds to the backdrop, stamping some of them full strength, others stamped off once.
The final step was to add the greeting from Honey Bee’s beautiful Kindness stamp and the coordinating die set. I die cut the kindness from superfine black glitter paper, then adhered it to the card front and stamped the coordinating greeting.
Well, I hope this project and our blog hop will inspire you to do something kind today! The world always needs kindness, and now more than ever in this sometimes-terrifying world in which we live.
Now, for some fun extras to celebrate this lovely holiday! Melissa is giving away 4 $25 gift certificates to the Honey Bee Stamps store (check the blog for all of the details), and the fantastic Kindness stamp and die set are on sale 25% off! Be sure to go get your own set quickly. It’s such a versatile, lovely set!
Have a marvelous day!