Sorry for the scarcity of updates here at the moment. After my Mum’s visit the winter bugs really took a hold of me. I think there must be a really virulent little devil around as everyone seems to be struggling at the moment all over the world! However, I miss my creative time when I’m away from my desk so today I pulled out some Copics to give this little guy from Monster Hugs a go. I think the image is designed to balance a heart on his outstretched hand but as this is for a lad’s birthday I thought the great Blocked Greeting set was just the ticket :D The bright colours are enough to chase the blues away too :D The lil’ monster from Monster Hugs is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic coloured before cutting out with the matching Monstrocity dies. There had to be wiggle eyes too of course :D
As for the sentiment, that is from the Blocked Greeting set stamped in Sunshine ink and cut out with the Greeting Blocks dies. Before adhering down I added splatters in Black and Pool to the card base and a strip of Sweater Weather patterned paper then foam mounted the two elements. A couple of enamel dots finish it off and keep it nice and boyishly CAS :D
One last thing, don’t forget there’s 25% off Copics at Simon Says Stamp at the moment if you need any supplies :D
Lots of fun going on today with a Simon Says Stamp hop! Simon Says Stamp’s released their Better Together products back in December and although it is necessary to have those new products out there at that time of year often as not we have other things on our minds with Christmas and the holidays. So what better time, now that the New Year festivities have calmed down, than a hop to take a good look at the new products :D
The Better Together release celebrates life. Sharing hugs, sharing love, spending time together, giggling, laughing, expressing how much we care for each other are great ways to celebrate our lives. Even though we are often physically far apart from our friends and family, we can connect through words and cards are such a delightful way for us to reach out to one another.
I wanted to make this post bright and happy and what better way than to pair the new release with some fun Lawn Fawn papers! As a base for the project I reached for my favourite Gift Card Envelope die and then piled on the goodness with elements from the Heartfelt Notes set and it’s matching Valentines dies. The hearts are stamped in Hot Lips ink on Neenah solar white and die cut out. Working from top left clockwise, the spotty envelope also has the sweet sentiment stamped in Sunshine ink and mounted on the base shape from the set die cut from white. Next up, for the yellow envelope, the heart was accompanied by the Cloud Bank die – the outline cut from white and then the clouds from more of the Lawn Fawn papers. The little bird envelope has the heart popped up on the Hello sentiment stamped on a Talk Bubbles 2 die and I also added a little tiny heart from the set stamped in Sunshine yellow and covered with Glossy Accents. Finally, for the blue envelope, the heart is mounted on the sun from Color & Sunshine and cut with it’s matching die. The sentiment on this envelope is from the Locking Hearts set, stamped in Cobblestone and trimmed out.
There’s a good dose of sequins to add to the happiness, the small Watermelon and Aquamarine ones are from Pretty Pink Posh and the larger yellow ones are from a Lawn Fawn pack. The envelopes are so versatile – a little note, a gift card or a few jelly bean hearts fit perfectly! Note, a few jelly beans may have been sacrificed to sustain the photographer ;)
Here’s a closer look at one of the envelopes, not that I’m showing favouritism or anything LOL. Before I move on to the hop details, a heads up that Simon are holding one of their popular Copic sales until 30th January – 25% off when using code COPIC at checkout :D
You probably know the drill by now as Simon’s hops are always so popular! Leave a comment here and on 23 January Simon will choose a random comment from each stop on the hop to win a prize pack! Now it’s time to hop on over to the über awesome and absolutely adorable
Ever try a technique that ended up feeling just too complicated to use on a card (or worse multiple cards)? We’ve all been there! Happily, Online Card Classes is ready to help us take on that challenge with a little technique know-how!
Online Card Class instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Julie Ebersole are here Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple. In this all-video class, they’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a Clean & Simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever. And guess what? I’m one of the guest artists in this class! How fun is that?
And now, one of you has the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right—I get to give away one spot in this fantastic class. Just leave a comment on this post by 11.59 EST Friday 23rd January to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, January 26, 2015. Hope to see you there!
I should’ve done this next bit earlier as it’s not my best attempt at splatter but I thought the panel could do with a little something and by this time everything was adhered down. I used the gold gelato in the kit to make my own custom splatter, scribbling the gelato on a craft sheet, mixing it with a little Perfect Pearls and water until I had a lovely gold and shiny mixture. By sheltering the focal point of the panel with one hand I was able to pick up some of the mixture on the paint brush (love that this kit is packed with so many extras) and splatter it across the panel. I really like the lovely deep gold colour of the splatters but still wish I’d managed to do this part earlier LOL. Finally the panel is foam mounted on a top folding Marshmallow card base :D
Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit; Stamps – Simon Says Stamp paper hug, make a home; Dies – Simon Says Stamp home building; Rub Ons – Crate Paper kiss kiss; Paper – Crate Paper kiss kiss 6×6 pad; Card – Simon Says Stamp black; Ink – Simon Says Stamp sparrow, beanstalk green, Versamark; Embossing Powder – Simon Says Stamp white; Accents – Perfect Pearls, Gelato