Happy World Card Making Day! Really. It is a thing. And it makes me super happy! I was lucky enough to be invited to help share some of the new Essentials by Ellen product line by Ellen Hutson and they are really fun. You’ll see that they were practically made for me!
As soon as I saw these products I knew exactly what card I was going to make. I wanted our little friend to be all ready to go on the adventures they have missed out on over the last year or two. Passport – check. Bag packed – check. Globe to spin for deciding – check. Ready to go! This adorable set is called the Bear Ware Grand Tour and comes with coordinating dies. I joined it with the new Planet Surface dies.
The bear is super cute, of course, but it is all the extra elements that really make the set. You can see the iconic buildings and there are fun details that go with each along with sentiments. I chose a few and used them like a banner.
Try not to fall over but I actually created a video to go with this card. I know, it is has been over a year since I made one. I thought it would be more fun to show you how I made this so hop over to check it out. I kept the video short and I’d love your feedback on it.
I hope you enjoy this release and have some time to craft today. Below I have listed links to the new release (the first one should take you to the shopping page). These are affiliate links which help me but have no additional cost to you. Have a great weekend!
Welcome to release day with Picket Fence Studios!! I’m excited to share for a couple of reasons. First, this release is really outstanding (again). But second, and most importantly, this is a big month for Picket Fence Studios. It is their 1-year anniversary!! And the whole team gets to celebrate by sharing a gift certificate with lucky winners. That’s right! Each and every design team member gets to give away a $100 Shopping Spree and a COUPON CODE. Details are at the bottom of my post.
So first up on the release is a set called Peach and Piper (with coordinating dies). I’m going to be REALLY honest with you. If you want this set, you need to go to my link below and buy it now. Like right now. Because it is going to fly off the shelves. It is so incredibly cute with fantastic sentiments. I am pretty sure the whole team is making stuff with it because we simply cannot stop ourselves. I stamped the little hugging bunnies with Momento Tuxedo Black and colored using Copic Markers. Then I created a little bit of texture inside of the scalloped frame with the new Layers of Grass Stencil. I love how it has the positive and the negative to easily ink both the grass and the background or sky. I inked the little frame using Peachy Keen (Lawn Fawn) to coordinate with the paper but also to keep with the stenciled ink look (all the inking is super fast with the Life Changing Blender Brushes!). I chose a sentiment from Peach and Piper and then added a little bird from Chirp Chirp. For my second card, I thought it would be fun to try and inlaid die technique. I first colored a piece of Yupo using Wild Plum and Silver Alcohol Inks and then cut it out using the new Flower Negative Die. It was easier to show you than tell you so I created a short video on the how to.
Now on to the details of the sale and giveaway. First of all, a sale. Yes, a SALE!!! To celebrate the one year anniversary, there is a 20% off sale. How do you get it?? Click this link: PICKET FENCE STUDIOS and use code PFS20.
For this giveaway, I’ll be running it on Instagram. Later today, look for the post in my feed with all the details (I will be posting after I fly this morning). I am there as jentimko or you can click my link in the sidebar on the right for IG.
Happy sale shopping and I hope to see you over at IG for the giveaways. Thanks so much for stopping in. I’ll be back tomorrow with another card from this release and the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. See you then!
Back today with a card I created for the Picket Fence Studios blog. I am super excited about how this turned out and I hope you will like it too. I even create a video for it…wow, it has been a while since I have done that.
I saw a similar technique done by the amazing Kelly Latevola and had it in my “to try” list for quite a while. This lovely Ruffled Peony Bouquet set seemed like the perfect one to use with it so I got to experimenting. In my video, I talk a bit about The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I cannot recommend joining in enough. Even if you don’t share it all, a little coloring every day (or every day that you can) for a month can make a big difference in your attitude and your creativity. I think it allows me to try more things, risk “failing” and it is good for the soul.
I’d love to know what you think about this technique. I will confess that as I created it, I kept thinking how my my mom would have loved this. But maybe that is why coloring is so good. You can remember and smile and heal a bit. I’m linking all the colors for the markers below in my product list along with some of the other products. If you have any questions, please let me know. And if you will be out and about during your holiday traveling in the US next week, keep your eyes open….I’ll be out there! Hopefully I will see you! Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon.
Welcome to day 1 of the Holiday Release from Newton’s Nook Designs. I love holiday cards. Love them! They are some of my favorites to make and this week’s release is full of amazing products to use. I can hardly wait for you to see everything! We are starting off with two stamp sets and two stencils. Yes, I said starting off. Oh wow!!
The first set I get to show you today is called All Aboard For Christmas. It honestly does not get cuter than this! I just love how these little train cards can be mixed with the adorable contents to create fun combinations. I chose Santa’s train and then filled the cars with Newton and his reindeer friend. At first I was only going to do one car but I just could not stop coloring. So instead, I made a card that is 6″ x 4″ to accommodate the larger train. I chose my colors based on this designer paper from Stampin’ Up in classic Christmas colors so that I could make a coordinating envelope with my Envelope Punch Board for this non-standard card. And I didn’t have to leave off anything! Want to see the coloring closer?
If you love to color like I do, this is going to be a must have set. But this is only the beginning of the release. Because there is a fantastic sentiment set called Sentiments of the Season that is full of perfect outside and inside words for all your holiday cards. I am a sentiment hoarder (especially holiday ones) and this set made me jump for joy!
Just look at that pretty handwritten style on the Merry Christmas. Awesome! And the snowflakes, why yes you do spy one of the two new stencils. It is called Snowfall and it is great, don’t you think? I really wanted to show off the details of this stencil so I played around with a new to me product called Nuvo Gilding Flakes. They are pretty fun and I found that I could use them with my Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive. Super exciting for me to figure that out!! Want to see how I did it? I made a short video.
I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed it using gold embossing powder and I love how the two gold techniques coordinate. There is such a pretty patina that comes from the gilding flakes and I think they really show off all the details of the stencil. There is an additional stencil that is amazing for the holidays too. With all the ways stencils can be used, they are such a great investment!
So wow. This is day 1. I told you it was going to be quite a week, didn’t I?! I hope you’ll go visit the rest of the design team because their work today is extraordinary! Oh, and of course you have a chance to win. Because Newton’s Nook Designs is awesome like that!
Would you like to win the “All Aboard for Christmas” or the “Sentiments of the Season” Stamp Set? Each 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)! Thewinner 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, October 19th at 9pm CST to comment — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 20th.
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:
Thanks for stopping in today and during this whole week. Make sure you stop back in tomorrow for Day 2 of the release. Copic Colors:
Stamps: All Aboard for Christmas (Newton’s Nook Designs), Sentiments of the Season (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Versamark; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Be Merry DSP (SU), Night of Navy (SU); Accessories: Big Shot, All Aboard for Christmas Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Land Border Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Snowfall Stencil (Newton’s Nook Designs), Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Nuvo Gold Gilding Flakes, Stitched Rectangles Dies (Simon Says Stamp), Envelope Punch Board
Welcome back for a special post today. I’m so excited to share that Newton’s Nook Designs and Xyron have partnered for an amazing inspiration week. Each day this week there are fresh ideas using Newton’s Nook Designs stamps and Xyron adhesives on both the NND blog and the Xyron Facebook page.As I thought about how to best show you both the stamps and the adhesive, I realized that a window card would be perfect for both! I chose the Toucan Party stamp set (it really is fun, don’t you think?!) and created this fun window that depends on the strength of a good permanent adhesive. I colored the images using Copic markers to coordinate with this Color Theory DSP from Stampin’ Up. Want to see the inside?
Because it is easier to explain “in person”, I created a video to show you how I colored the images and created the card.
Would you like to win a Prize pack including a Mega Runner from Xyron and a $25 store credit to Newton’s Nook Designs?
Here’s how to win: Leave a comment on the NND & Design Team blog posts using Xyron products all week (July 31-Aug 4th) to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen from blog posts throughout the week so the more posts you leave comments on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Friday August 4th at midnight CST to comment. The winner will be announced on the NND blog post on Monday, August 7th.
Xyron will also be giving away a prize pack! Make sure to visit their facebook page each day this week for inspiration and leave comments there for another chance to win!
Stamps: Toucan Party (Newton’s Nook Designs); Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers; Paper: Thick Whisper White (SU), Color Theory DSP (SU); Accessories: Xyron Mega Runner Permanent Adhesive, Big Shot, Toucan Party Dies (Newton’s Nook Designs), Misti Stamp Tool, Window Sheets (SU)
I am thrilled to finally share with you that I have been working on a Product Review for Splitcoaststampers over the last few weeks. I’m sure you already know that Splitcoaststampers is always on the leading edge in looking for the latest and greatest in products, helping put focus on talented designers and a one-stop-shop for inspiration and information! What a privilege it is to get the call about doing a review for something new!
For this round I am reviewing a new ink offering from Clearsnap called the Colorbox 4-Color Premium Dye Ink. It configures a color family of inks all into one box to make your stamping convenient and allow you to have perfectly coordinated colors with simply one box. Hop right over to the Product Focus page and you can see all the reviews and projects from the whole Product Review Team!
For my project today, I used the Summer palette’s blue to create this pretty card. I was inspired by a cool piece of pottery I saw on Pinterest that reminded me of the Detailed Floral Thinlets (picture below). I just had to see if I could mimic the look. Here is the video tutorial showing you the how-to:
I am so happy to be back today with this awesome new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Our resident Artisan, Amy O’Neill, has created a super one for us this week. You will see the team has some cool interpretations and I think you will have fun with this one.
I continued on my efforts to color as much as possible for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge. I was very inspired by the incredible Dawn Woleslagle of WPlus9 and wanted to try her technique for creating a watercolor look using stamps. She is a true artist but I simplified her method a bit to make these little flowers. I have a video to show you the details.
I hope you have a great time playing along with us this week! Let me know what you think about the technique and tutorial, too. I’m working this week but brought along some coloring to do. With any luck, you’ll see the results in a card soon (or maybe on Instagram even sooner). Until then…have a great day! Thanks for stopping in!
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Stamps: Garden in Bloom, Paper Pumpkin; Paper: Thick Whisper White, Smoky Slate; Ink: Zig Clean Color, Midnight Muse (SU ret); Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Mats: Circles (Lil’ Inker Designs), Thread, Sparkling Clear Sequins (PPP), Zig Brush2O Water Pen
I had a few requests to show you how I created the gray flower from my post a few days ago with this card.
So I created a quick video to show you the basics of my Copic coloring. I will apologize now….some of the video quality is not what I would want but I was trying out creating videos with my IPhone for the first time and clearly have some things to work out. In any case, you can see the fundamentals and I hope you will give this a try!!
As promised, I have a fun card to share with you today plus a video. We have this super sketch this week at Freshly Made Sketches from the queen of layers, Narelle. She makes layering look effortless and always elegant! As for me….it wasn’t working. So I took a step back and simply layered the images instead. I hope she doesn’t mind too much. Here is the how to on my card:
I’m still in Denver taking my check ride (3 days of fun in the simulator) but I did get to have coffee with the amazing Kim Singdahlsen from the team. I tell you what, it made facing all those engine out approaches much more tolerable!! *smile*
Ok….back to studying. I hope you enjoy the video and this fun sketch. Go check out all the inspiration from the team, of course, too! See you again Friday with another fun card!
Click HERE to purchase wonderful Stampin’ Up products!
Stamps: Best Thoughts, And Many More; Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Paper: Fabriano Cold Press 140 lb Watercolor, Soft Sky; Accessories: Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sequins (Watercolor Wishes Card Kit), Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles Dies (SSS), Zig Watercolor Pen
So guess what we have for you today at Freshly Made Sketches!! Just look at this awesome sketch. So cool and creative….just like Cindy Lovell who designed this one for us! The fun trio plus the vertical sentiment makes for fun options.
I used the stamp set from the latest Paper Pumpkin (October) called Blissful Bouquet. The images and sentiments are fabulous! I colored these with Zig Clean Color Markers to create these fall flowers. I made a video to show you how easy it is to color these flowers.
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