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Pink & Main – Life is Better in Flip Flops

Woo-hoo! Happy Friday crafty friends! We did it! We made it through another awesome week. Today I’m popping in with a bit of summery fun inspiration featuring stamps, dies, a stencil and an embossing folder from the most recent Pink & Main release! Phew! That’s a lot of goodies but it’s SOOOO COOL! Let’s check it out.

I started by stamping my Stay Cool image and then used the coordinating stencil to apply ink over the different areas with a blending brush, essentially “coloring” in my image. I know there are other products out there like this but this is my first time trying it and I was totally blown away! It was so fun and easy to do! Next, I used the coordinating die to cut the image out, along with a sentiment from the set too.

Switching gears to my background, I cut a circle from white cardstock using the Layered Circles dies and another from orange cardstock using the Zig Zag Circle dies. I ran the white one through my die cutter with the Roundabout embossing folder to add fun texture to it. Then I went over the whole thing with a blending brush and light purple ink. I used EZ Squeeze liquid glue to adhere the circled together and popped my image up on it with foam tape.

Next, I ink blended some seedless preserves distress oxide ink around the edge of an A2 panel and spritzed it with water. Then I popped the zig zag circle up with foam tape and added my sentiment below that with foam squares. To finish everything off, I added some orange twine around the top of the card and tied it in a bow. I also used a scattering of enamel dots across the design for a little extra shine and interest, tying in colors from the ink blending.

Products used today:
Stay Cool stamps, dies and stencil
Layered Circles dies
Zig Zag Circles dies
Roundabout embossing folder
Enamel dots
Ergonomic blending brushes
EZ Squeeze liquid glue
Foam tape and squares

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pretty Pink Posh – June Release Instagram Hop

Hello again! I’m super excited to be taking part in the Pretty Pink Posh Instagram Hop for the June release today. I have a really simple but SUPER FUN card to share with you!

I used the new Layered Dinosaurs stencil set to ink up a panel. These guys are so absolutely adorable and the stencils are layered so perfectly that they are easy to ink in different colors with little to no masking. It’s fabulous! I can’t wait to try different color palettes to change the look.

Once my panel was inked up, I trimmed it to A2 size and adhered it to a white card base. Then I cut a 1/2 inch strip of black cardstock and a 1/4 inch strip of green and adhered them together. I used foam strips to add them to the left edge of my card. Then I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Dinosaur Friends on a Stitched Labels die and popped that up with foam squares in the upper middle of my stenciled panel.

Isn’t this card just too fun!?! I love the entire June release from Pretty Pink Posh and can’t wait to create so many different projects with it! Head to Instagram and hop along with us for a chance to win a gift card to the shop.

Products used today:
Dinosaur layering stencils
Dinosaur Friends stamps
Stitched Labels dies
Foam strips and squares

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Miss Ink Stamps – Let Your Creativity Bloom

Happy Thursday everyone. Thank you stopping by today. I have a little Miss Ink Stamps inspiration to share with you featuring a few stencils and the Blooming Brushes stamp set. This set is gorgeous and I have definitely not given it enough love.

To start my card, I chose a few images to stamp out and colored them wtih my copic markers. I used the scan-n-cut to cut them out and adhered the flowers to the tip of the large paint brush with liquid glue.

Next, I switched to stenciling my background using the Ins & Outs Hollywood masking stencil set. First I inked the inner section with light teal, then layered the Perfectly Plaid stencil over the opening and inked it with the same teal to darken the plaid texture. Then, I removed both stencils and lined up the outline layer for the Hollywood set and spread gold glitz glitter gel through it. I set the panel aside to dry and came back later to ink up the edges with a light brown ink.

I smooshed some of the ink from both ink pads on an acrylic block, added a few drops of water and splattered both colors all over the panel. Then I watered down some white acrylic paint and splattered that on the panel too. Once that was dry, I stamped my sentiment in the upper left area of the plaid section and adhered my images with foam squares.

For finishing touches I came in with glossy accents on the flower centers and white gel pen highlights to all of the images.

Products used today:
Blooming Brushes stamps
Ins & Outs: Hollywood masking stencils
Perfectly Plaid stencil
Glitz Glitter Gel – gold
Foam squares
Glossy accents

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Trinity Stamps – We Wish You a Yappy Birthday

Welcome everyone! I’m super excited to be celebrating, once again, with Trinity Stamps for their birthday release that went live a couple weeks ago. It’s packed full of so many amazing products and today I have a slimline card featuring one of the new stamp sets – Puppy Party.

The main image in the set is perfectly sized for a slimline card, which is what I created but I found another fun way to string those pups along. Let’s get started.

I started my card by stamping and heat embossing images from the set on Bristol Smooth cardstock. Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush pen to watercolor them. Once they were dry, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Then the real fun started.

I cut a slimline panel measuring 8.5×3.5 inches and pulled out some distress oxide inks – abandoned coral and dried marigold. I love them together so much! I think they might be one of my favorite combos. I inked up the panel with some stripes because I wanted shading below my pups on the card.

I spritzed the panel with water and blotted it dry. Then I splattered pearl watercolor all over it and black acrylic paint too. A fun way to save a step and add more shimmer – I don’t rinse my watercolor brush between the pearl and black paint so the black gets a little metallic shimmer in it too. If you don’t like that look, just rinse your brush and start fresh.

Next, I cut my puppy line into thirds and arranged everything on my card front so I could adhered things where I want them. Everything is adhered with foam squares and then the whole panel is popped onto a card base with liquid glue. Once that was dry, I used my scissors to trim anything hanging over the edge.

I think this card is so fun and love how the line of dogs just keeps going and going and going. It kind of cracks me up a little. Not to mention the fantastic punny sentiments in the set too! They’re all great!

I truly hope you enjoyed today’s project and found some inspiration to create something wonderful to share with someone.

Products used today:
Puppy Party stamps and dies
Distress Oxide Ink – abandoned coral and dried marigold
Foam squares

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Newton’s Nook – You Are CLAW-some!

Hello everyone! I’m over on the Newton’s Nook blog today sharing some fantastic summer-themed inspiration using those adorable little kittens playing on the beach.

To start my card today, I used my stamps and dies to lay out a mini scene using the Frames Squared dies and Kitten Beach stamps. I figured about how many images I need to fill my scene and then started stamping things. I used copic markers to color them all in and then the coordinating dies to cut them out.

I set them aside while I worked on creating my scene panels using distress oxide inks and the sea border and land border dies.

I started with two white squares measuring about 3.5 inches. I inked the top of one with tumbled glass and salty ocean, then one half of the other with salvaged patina and cracked pistachio and, finally, the other half with tea dye and gathered twigs. I used the sea and land borders die to cut the dual colored square into two sections for my sand and sea and commenced with all the splattering you can imagine!

The sky and sea were splattered with salty ocean and salvaged patina and spritzed with water. The sand was splattered with gathered twigs and spritzed with water. Then all of it was splattered with white acrylic paint for good measure, and fantastic texture too. Lol. I love this part! I used liquid glue and adhered the layers, then added them to an orange scalloped square I cut with the Frames Squared dies.

To resemble the sun in the sky, I cut a flag from Frames & Flags and stamped my sentiment on that. I trimmed it down and glued it in place while also adding all of my images to the scene with either liquid glue or foam squares.

At this point I switched from a square card to adding some fun stenciling and creating a regular A2 size card. I took a white panel and layered the Seashells stencil over top. I inked it with light peach and teal inks and can’t get over how much I love the result! It’s gorgeous and so fun for this card.

Okay, let’s wrap this cute card up. I added the stenciled panel to a card base, then popped the scalloped square up with foam tape. Finally, I wrapped some orange twine around the bottom and tied a bow before adding black glaze pen to the critter eyes, glossy accents to noses and toe beans and unicorn Stickles to the seashells and sea stars.

Phew! We made it! That was a lot of layers but isn’t this card so much fun?!? I love it!

Products used today:
Kitten Beach stamps and dies
Frames Squared dies
Frames & Flags dies
Sea Borders dies
Land Borders dies
Seashells stencil
Distress oxide – salty ocean, tumbled glass, salvaged patina, cracked pistachio, tea dye, gathered twigs
Foam squares and tape
Glossy accents
Stickles – unicorn
Bearly Arts glue

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pretty Pink Posh – Blog Hop Day 3

Hey friends! I’m ridiculous excited to be celebrating with Pretty Pink Posh once again for the June release! It went live a few days ago and this is the final day of the blog hop. I have a super fun slimline card to share with you featuring Across the Miles stamps, Layered Roads stencil set and the Just a Note Script die.

I started by laying out my road stencil on a slimline panel to see how it would fill and then placed my stamps on that to figure out which cars I wanted to use. Once that was decided, I stamped the images and colored everything with copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and set them aside to get inky!

I used blending brushes and dye inks to add grass and dirt with one layer of the stencils and then went back in to add the road and finally used distress oxide to add the road dashes because the pigment ink will sit on top of the dye ink and show up better.

I die cut the Just a Note Script from teal cardstock and glued it up in the sky but it was so flat compared to my popped up cars that I thought it needed more. So I cut it from the same teal again and also white two more times. I used liquid glue to adhere the layers together and it shows up so much better!

For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the lights everywhere and the hubcaps too. I added white gel pen highlights to all of the windows and finished the design off by stamping the car sounds above the bus and car. I think those are just too cute!

Before gluing my panel to a slimline card base, I stamped a sentiment and image on the inside just for fun. I don’t do this often but I really loved the sentiment and wanted to make sure it was part of my card.

Remember, there are three $30 gift cards to the Pretty Pink Posh shop up for grabs. So be sure to comment and hop along on all three days of the hop to increase your chances of winning!

Here’s the line up so you don’t miss anyone!

Pretty Pink Posh blog
Wanda Guess
Alberto Gava
Raquel Arribas
Dana Kirby
Amanda Wilcox (you are here)
Ashley Ebben
Gemma Campbell

Products used today:
Across the Miles stamps and dies
Layered Roads stencils
Just a Note Script die
Foam squares
Glossy accents
Liquid glue

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Pink & Main – Life is All About Balance

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you still have your sunscreen handy from my summery posts all week because you’re going to need it still! Today I have a super sparkly fun card featuring the brand new Pink & Main June release! It’s so summer and absolutely wonderful for so many interests!

Two things I love most when crafting – critters and getting messy! Today I got to do both and I loved every moment of it! I chose some images from the brand new Flocks of Love stamp set. I colored everything with copic markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Then I cut a Stitched Arch from white cardstock and used my blending brushes to ink up a sky and some sand. I popped the images up with foam squares to create a mini scene.

Next, I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from the set with my favorite aquatini embossing powder! You guys, I’m seriously obsessed with the new Pink & Main embossing powder line! It’s amazing!

Anyway, after the heat embossing was cooled I die cut the sentiment with a Large Sentiment Strip die that fit the length I wanted and popped it up at the bottom of my arch scene with foam squares too.

For my background, I used the Layered Rectangles A2 dies to cut a teal panel the size of my A2 card front and spread Glossy Gel through the new Bubbly Waves stencil. I removed the stencil and sprinkled Ocean Wave super fine glitter on it and set it aside to dry.

I cleaned up my work space and realized, I went about this totally backwards. Lol! It worked out because it was time to cook dinner for my family.

Once the glitter panel was dry, I adhered it to a card base and popped my arch scene up on it with foam tape. Then for finishing touches I added black glaze pen to flamingo eyes, white gel pen accents to various parts of the images and glossy accents to the swimsuit dots, flower center and sunshine in the sky.

Be sure to head to the Pink & Main shop and check out the whole release. It’s so much fun and it sure to get you in the summer spirit!

Products used today:
Flocks of Love stamps and dies
Bubbly Waves stencil
Stitched Arches dies
Large Sentiment Strip dies
Glossy Gel
Super Fine Glitter – ocean wave
Heat Embossing & Watermark Ink
Magic Anti-static Powder Tool
Embossing Powder – aquatini
Ergonomic Blending Brush
Foam tape and squares

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Miss Ink Stamps – Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy

Hello again, everyone! I’m popping in with some more stencil layering inspiration with Miss Ink Stamps products. I have been itching to play with this Flower Shower stencil set and finally just put it on my desk so I would make a point to try it out. I am in love! It’s so pretty!

I started by inking up a panel with the flower layer using a bright purple ink. Then I layered the leaves and flower centers stencil in it’s place and spread gold glitz glitter gel through the whole thing. It’s so pretty! I set the panel aside to dry while I started stamping and coloring images next.

I haven’t played with the Say Cheese stamps set in a while and I thought these cute mice would be a great combo with my floral background. After they were colored, I used the scan-n-cut to cut everything out and started deciding on my placement. It felt weird just placing the images on the stenciled background so I pulled out the Trinity Stamps Nested Hearts dies and cut one from vellum. I just love the look this gives. Once I had that, I attached the images with foam squares and attached them to the heart.

Next, I decided to trim the stenciled background down to 4×5.25 inches and popped it up with foam tape on an A2 size panel of green dot textured cardstock from my stash. I used liquid glue to adhere the heart to the stenciled panel because of the glitz gel texture. I placed a big acrylic block on top of it while it dried and I heat embossed my sentiment. That was cut out with a banner from Trinity Stamps 4-Bar Card die set and added with a foam strip.

For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the mouse’s nose and frog hat eyes. Then I came in with unicorn Stickles on the hat cheeks, butterflies and clouds. Last, I added some twine tied in a bow on the left side of the card. I like this more natural texture paired with the flashy glitz gel. I feel like they balance each other out in a really cool way.

To be honest, I have had to restart my computer 3 times while writing this post and thought I lost it one of those times. So I hope you enjoyed today’s project and I’m so happy to have it all written down finally.

Products used today:
Say Cheese! stamps
Flower Shower stencils
Thermoweb Glitz Glitter Gel – gold
Thermoweb stencil pal
Trinity Stamps Nested Heart dies
Trinity Stamps Embossed Edge Rectangle dies
Trinity Stamps 4-Bar Card dies
Foam strips and squares
Glossy accents
Liquid glue
Stickles – unicorn
Pink & Main embossing ink and powder

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Newton’s Nook – June Release Day 4

Oh my WOW! It’s already the final day of release reveals for the Newton’s Nook June release! I hope you are loving each item and have your checklist prepared because it’s all available starting TOMORROW!!!

But first, let’s reveal our final stamp and die set and get on to some fun inspiration.

Newton’s Kite

I will be honest, this may be the final day of reveals but I was so in love with this image and the new paper pad, that this was the first card I created. I had so much fun and love how bright it is.

I stamped and colored the image first, pulling the green choice from the paper pad. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out. While flipping through the paper pad I remembered the sun and clouds pattern which I thought would be fun background to the kite in the sky. So I used a die from Circle Frames to cut it out and also trimmed the stripes down to A2 size. The patterns together were too busy so I cut the scalloped circle from yellow cardstock to break them up a bit.

While toying with different ideas for my sentiment I thought they might fit being stamped directly on the clouds…but it’s a bit squishy and I didn’t love it. So I switched gears, keeping the clouds because that was a happy accident that I loved! Instead, I stamped and heat embossed each part of the phrase and trimmed them out with my scissors. That bold black sentiment looks so cool with all the bright color.

To assemble everything, I used liquid glue to add the sun and cloud paper to the yellow circle, along with the die cut clouds. Then I added foam squares to Newton and attached him. I flipped the whole thing over and added foam tape and squares to it all (some of Newton is double layer so he lays flat), removed the release paper and attached it to the striped panel. Last, I added the sentiment pieces with foam squares to the clouds.

I kept finishing touches very simple but just adding a little glossy accents to Newton’s nose and the bows on the kite tail.

I hope you have enjoyed all the inspiration this week from the team and are ready to order some new, fun goodies tomorrow! But first…

Would you like to win the “Newton’s Kite” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday June 16th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday June 17th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs
Donna Idlet
Ellen Haxelmans
Tina Herbeck
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Zsofia Molnar
Maria Russell
Farhana Sarker
Tatiana Trafimovich
Amanda Wilcox

Newton’s Nook – June Release Day 3

My, my, how this week is flying by! We’re up to day 3 of the Newton’s Nook June release reveals. I hope you’re loving things so far. Today we have another stamp and die set to have a look at! Let’s go!

Dog Park

I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a super fun scene card with this new great set!

I started by stamping my images and coloring them with copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out and laid them out on an A2 panel to figure out spacing and scene elements. Once I had an idea, I started getting inky!

The sky panel is distress oxide in peacock feathers, salty ocean and tumbled glass, while the grass is mowed lawn and twisted citron. I spritzed the panels with water and blotted them dry. Next, I die cut the fence, clouds and sun from white cardstock. I used the ink left in my blending tools to add color to the sun – using mustard seed and spiced marmalade distress oxide ink.

Now, to assemble everything, I used liquid glue for the scene layers and dog bones in the grass. The pup, his frisbee and party hat are all added with foam squares. Then, for my sentiment I stamped part on the smallest Framework die and heat embossed the other part, cutting it out with scissors. I added both elements with foam squares too.

For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the dog’s nose and frisbee. Then I came in with unicorn Stickles on the party hat and sunshine rays.

I am very excited for the recipient of this card to open it up! I just know they are going to LOVE IT so much!

Would you like to win the “Dog Park” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday June 16th at 9pm ET to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday June 17th. 

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs
Donna Idlet
Ellen Haxelmans
Tina Herbeck
Larissa Heskett
Samantha Mann
Zsofia Molnar
Maria Russell
Farhana Sarker
Tatiana Trafimovich
Amanda Wilcox