Friday, December 5, 2014

Miss You Lots

Happy Friday! I'm back as promised with more inspiration featuring our newest products. If you haven't yet, you can check out all of our new arrivals here.

Today I have two cards featuring the Miss You Lots stamp set. This set is one of those that is a little more "dear" to me. Generally I illustrate all of my stamps digitally. This is one that I sketched first and is based on my little sister when she was a little girl. Let's meet Nicole.

I am a huge fan of vintage artwork and illustration. I've tried to capture that essence in this image. The line weight is lighter and uneven to give it that softer feel. So naturally, I was dying to try it out stamped in Sepia ink and I really love the effect.

For the background, I sketched in a few rough outlines of a scene and then went to town. The leaves and flowers on the tree were actually an after thought and added in very last. I used a paint brush and Copic Opaque White Pigment to "block out" some flowers and then, once dry come in and add details with Copic markers. I couldn't believe it worked. Since the colors in the background were pretty light and already green, the leaves weren't any problem at all to add in.

For the rocky ground, I use a little trick that THE AMAZING Sandy Allnock featured in one of her videos. I just laid down my base color and then created pebbles by pushing the tip of my Copic marker onto the paper slightly laying it on it's side and varying the size and color.

Since the front of this card was already pretty full, I decided to simply stamp the "i really miss your hugs!" sentiment on the inside of the card.

This next card actually more closely resembles my sister with her dark hair, fair skin and blue eyes. No, I'm not envious...I have lovely dish water dirty dark blonde hair.

This image is generously sized at 4 inches tall, so there is plenty of room to fit in some detail if you'd like. I didn't want to take the focus away from the girl in this one, so I kept it pretty basic with a simple background. I made sure to leave room for my sentiment, also from this set.

I decided to go a little abstract with the background on this one, just adding the suggestion, and fading it out around the edges. I would say this was intentionally from the start...but truth is, I was kind of exhausted after the background in the first one. LOL I added some hand doodling with a White Gel Pen and a Black Copic Multi-liner.

So what do you think? I hope you love this little image as much as I do...she sure is fun to color!

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Thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments and support you all have shown this week. You all are so kind and leave the most encouraging words. I can't express how grateful I am to be able to do what I love and to see what you all create! Thank you!

See you soon. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December 2014 Release Night

Tonight's the night.

All of the new products we've been showcasing this week will be available for purchase at as well as at many of your favorite retailers. But before they officially go on sale, we still have lots more to share with you.

I have four cards to share with you today featuring the Knock Knock Valentine stamp set.

This set is filled with - you guessed it - punny knock-knock jokes! I created a fun shaker box using the previously released Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles die and filled it with Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

These little shaker boxes, sans card base, would make fun class valentines. Don't you think?

I added the penguin and fox from Winter Pals to opposite corners of the shaker. I think the playful styles compliment each other perfectly. The "Happy Valentine's Day" speech bubble along with the solid speech bubble in this set, coordinates with the long speech bubble in the Conversation Bubbles Die. Bonus!

To finish off the scene, I used our Landscape Borders Die cut twice from White cardstock and once from vellum to create some hills of snow and a little ice. A little Wink Of Stella Glitter brushed over the vellum helps add to the suggestion of ice.

Want to know a secret? This set was supposed to be released last December, but there was a mistake in one of the stamps. By the time it was noticed, it was too late to get it corrected and so I held them until this year....and then almost forgot all about them! LOL Thanks for the reminder Pat!

There are also a few separate speech bubble sentiments along with a solid blank speech bubble in this set that can be used alone like I've done in the next pair of cards.

Two super clean and simple designs. I started by stamping the solid speech bubble three times vertically in Ocean Drive, Wild Mango, and Sweet Nectar dye ink.

SIDE NOTE: Why have I not used this color combo before? Love.

For the first one, I just stamped the "Be Mine" and "You're So Sweet" speech bubbles direction over top in Memories Black dye ink. I finished it by adhering the panel to the card base using a little foam tape.

And for this one, I die cut the speech bubble using the Conversation Bubbles Die and stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" onto it. I added it to the center using foam tape and then added my panel to my card base, again using foam tape. I like to add a little foam tape for dimension when possible for super simple designs.

Either of these designs would be perfect masculine "love" cards, nothing to fancy or girly.

Speaking of fancy and girly...

Um, yeah...I puked poured girly all over this card. LMAO

Again, I used the Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles to create a smart phone. I used the larger rectangle for the base and then just cut a smaller rectangle from white for the screen. I stamped the "knock-knock" text message exchange alternating between Stampin' Up Regal Rose and Memento Gray Flannel.

And for the "home button" I used a Studio Calico wood veneer heart that I painted white with Copic Opaque White Pigment. A little different from my norm, but sometimes it just feels good to do something different. ;o)

I hope you've enjoyed the projects shared today. The Design Team is also sharing more on their blogs as well, be sure to stop by and check them out!

Design Team Inspiration

And here is a quick recap of all of the new products that will be available starting at midnight tonight.

December 2014 Release - available 12/05/14

Photopolymer Clear Stamps

Winter Pals
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Sparkle & Shine
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Knock Knock Valentine
4x6" Clear Stamp Set
$14 USD

Miss You Lots
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Punny Produce: Peaches
3x4" Clear Stamp Set
$6 USD

Steel Rule Dies

Winter Pals Die
$18 USD

Sparkle & Shine Companion Die
$3 USD

Sparkle & Shine Trio Die
$8 USD

Miss You Lots Die
$9 USD

Giveaway Alert

I hope you all have enjoyed seeing all of the new release products in action! Would you like to win the Entire December 2014 Release? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 p.m. EST on tonight, 12/04/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by 11:00 p.m. and announced on our Facebook page as well.

I still have more to show you and release week isn't officially over until be sure to stop by again tomorrow for more inspiration featuring these new products! Good luck!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 2014 Release Week - Day 3

It's Day 3 of of our December 2014 Release Week! If you are just joining us, don't forget to check out Day 1 and Day 2 to see lots more inspiration featuring the new products we will be releasing on December 5, 2014.

Today's cards all feature the Unconditionally stamp set. This set is full of a lot of great sentiments that are perfect for spreading a little love, whether friend-to-friend or with your significant other. And I gotta tell you, this is another one that I had a hard time putting down! I just love the fonts in this as much as I love the sentiments themselves.

This is my favorite card of the release. This could be a "love" card, but I think that sentiment just screams gratitude. Like you are so grateful, that your heart could burst! Know what I mean?

I started with a watercolor panel and added a little watercolored "splash" in the center using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry and Spiced Maramalade. Once that dried a used the tiny little heart included in Unconditionally and stamped a few in Memories Black ink.

I stamped the sentiment using the same ink onto watercolor paper as well and adhered it with foam tape. To finish off the focal panel, I added a few arrows using the previously released Cupid's Arrow Die and a wood veneer heart. I wasn't digging the natural wood look for this card, so I just colored it with a black Copic Marker and then covered it with a little Glossy Accents.

For the rest of the card, I layered a few neutral patterned papers together with the focal panel and added a mini clothes pin to "hold" them together. (Yeah, they are adhered together with adhesive too) I colored the top of the clothespin with a black Copic marker as well so it would match. Finally, I adhered the grouping to a Dove Grey card base using foam tape.

Along with the sentiments, there is also a great little solid frame image included in this set. All of the sentiments will fit inside of it either horizontally or vertically, but I wanted to show you how you can use it beyond that.

I really like the pattern this created by stamping the frame repeatedly to cover my background. I alternated between stamping it vertically and horizontally using Silver Lining, Bloomsberry, and Sweet Nectar ink on White cardstock.

To add my sentiment, I die cut a rectangle using the smallest rectangle from the previously released Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles Die and stamped the sentiment in Memories Black Ink. I cut another rectangle from Black cardstock and layered it behind the white one, offsetting it just a bit. I added a little bit of gray denim weight thread underneath for a little interest.

I cut the top panel a little short and added some gray striped washi tape to the bottom of my white card base before adhering with foam tape.

My last card for today is very graphic and something I've been meaning to try for some time now. And, since this is mainly a sentiment set, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try it. I'm very happy with how it turned out!

I started by die cutting the triangles using the Quilt Cuts 2 Die from Dove Grey, Cashmere, gold foil and aqua cardstock. This die cuts the larger triangles you see surrounding the heart. So I just cut a handful in half directly down the center to get the smaller triangles and then arranged them in a heart pattern.

I filled in the background with a few extra random larger triangles to help ground the heart and keep it from looking like it was floating. For the sentiment, I stamped the "you me" sentiment in black, stamped the separate ampersand and heat embossed it in gold and adhered it with foam tape to the center of the heart.

Very easy design, and I think the font looks as great with the modern edgy look as it does with the more eclectic and collage style of the first card. What do you think?

Design Team Inspiration

That's if for know what time it is...

Giveaway Alert

It's time for another giveaway! Would you like to win the Unconditionally Stamp Set, the Clear Cut Stackers: Rounded Rectangles Die and the Quilt Cuts 2 Die ? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 a.m. EST on 12/04/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon.

Good Luck! We are half way through Release Week, so be sure to come by again tomorrow for more release inspiration and a chand to win it all!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2014 Release - Day 2

Hello! I'm back with more inspiration featuring our December 2014 Release! If you are just joining us, don't forget to check out yesterday's post to see all of the new products we will be releasing on December 5, 2014.

Today I am sharing a bit of the new Sparkle & Shine products. There is a stamp set with companion die, as well as a set of word dies that compliment the stamp set beautifully. And let me apologize in advance for the gross over-use of watercolor techniques! LOL

First up, I've paired the Sparkle & Shine stamp set and the Sparkle & Shine Trio Die together for a fun and graphic card.

I started by heat embossing the gems in a random pattern onto watercolor paper in white. I then used the same technique as I did on yesterday's card and watercolored each of the gems with Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks. I could watercolor gems all day long! In fact, I think I did. LOL

I knew I was going to be adding the "shine" word die to my sentiment, so I added a partial sentiment from the Sparkle & Shine stamp set. I covered the word "shine" on the stamp with tape and then inked it up as usual. I removed the tape and then stamped it onto the watercolor paper.

For the top panel, I stamped the Wide Stripes Background cling stamp from Simon Says Stamp onto Dove Grey cardstock in VersaMark ink, sprinkled on some Ranger Sticky embossing powder and heat embossed it. This turned the powder into a sticky adhesive, allowing me to add a little clear glitter. Once that was all done, I die cut the bottom edge into a curve using the Landscape Borders Die.

I adhered the panel to the watercolor background using foam tape towards the bottom and directly with a tape runner to the top. Finally, I die cut the word "shine" from Black cardstock three times and glued all of them together, one on top of the other using Multi Medium Matte adhesive. I love how this design transitions from monochromatic to bright and colorful!

This set is great for creating quick and easy cards with style and an artistic flair as well. In this next card, I've paired it again with watercolor and the previously released Strictly Sentiments 1 stamp set.

Super simple. I stamped the sentiment onto a watercolor cardstock panel and added a little background wash of color just above it. Then I used the same technique as above, watercolored a gem, and this time used the Sparkle & Shine Companion Die to die cut it out. I popped it up on foam tape and then adhered the panel to my card base using foam tape.

A little Wink Of Stella clear glitter pen for a touch of sparkle on the diamond and...Done. I think I'll be making a set of these in several colors.

Now, you don't have to go through the trouble of making the gems look real either. They look just as cool with a loose style as well.

Here, I stamped the gems in black onto White cardstock and used a paint brush and Tim Holtz Distress Inks to very loosely lay down a bit of color over each gem. You can see that I didn't take any care to stay inside of the lines. I like the abstract look this gives the design.

This is another one that I can't wait to try in several different colors.

I've got one more pair of cards to share with you today. This set is full of fun sentiments featuring some wonderful fonts that make great focal points as well.

I started both of these cards the same way by heat embossing the sentiment onto watercolor paper in white.

I then covered the center of the paper with clean water and spread it out around the edges. I didn't cover the entire panel though, I wanted to reserve the white edge and end up with a "puddle" of color. I then used a large round brush to pick up some Tim Holtz Distress Ink and added it to the water by just touching the brush to the wet areas of the paper.

On the above card, I continued to add color at different stages as the water started to dry. You can see the different layers of watercolor show up in the finished product. I also added a watercolored and die cut gem along with some sequins and Hero Hues Clear Gems.

And in this card, I added all of my color while the paper was it's wettest, and allowed the colors to "bloom" into each other. The end result is a much smoother and softer transition of color. I finished this one off by heat embossing a gem onto vellum and die cutting it, this softens the color underneath and makes the larger gem just a bit more prominent. And for the littler gems, I heat embossed them directly onto the watercolored panel.

I still have several projects to share with you featuring this set, but I'll stop here for today and share the rest a little later this week. But the Design Team has plenty to share with you today as well.

Design Team Inspiration

Giveaway Alert

As always, we've got a giveaway! Would you like to win the Sparkle & Shine Stamp Set, the Sparkle & Shine Companion Die and the Sparkle & Shine Companion Die before you can buy them? Just leave a comment below by 10:00 a.m. EST on 12/03/14 to enter. I will select one random winner from all comments. Winner will be posted on our Releaser Winners page by noon.

As always, thanks for stopping by and Good Luck! Don't forget to come by again tomorrow for more release inspiration and giveaways!

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