ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am here with a quick break from the My Favorite Crafty Things series to share with you a new company started by my friend, Britta Swiderski.

ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together. A designer with a background in the world of papercrafting, Britta has fun handwritten designs that are personalized just for you. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! ThingsCrafted creates stamps and designs for addresses, “made by”s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases and more. Anything you need!

Here is a fun stamp Britta created for me. I just got it, but can’t wait to ink it up in multiple colors of inks. And I gotta say… there is nothing better than a wood-mounted stamp…

This is your chance to have any greeting or message you have ever wanted… in any size you want. You can see all the size options available HERE.

ThingsCrafted also offers several pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don’t have a particular need for a custom stamp. You can find some of those HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Want to win a custom stamp? For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmESTon 11/24/14. You can also increase your chances of winning by leaving comments on all blogs on the hop today. (Winners will be announced on the ThingsCrafted blog.)

BLOG HOP & DISCOUNT CODE

How about a shopping discount? Get 15% off your order until 11/25/14 using the code “GRAND15OFF”.

Now it is time to hop on to the next person – my dear, darling friend, Linda Trace. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the ThingsCrafted blog.)

Video: Coloring Embossing Paste + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi there! If you have been to my blog before, you know I am a big fan of new stamp companies. New companies means that we have a growing industry – such a good thing! Today I am taking part in the Create A Smile Video Hop. Create A Smile is a newer stamp company based in Germany. Using their stamps, I created a simple card that shows you how to add some color to an embossing paste background.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Sometimes it is fun to create a simple card with a simple stamped image and a simple background. Today’s card is just that! I started by heat embossing the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflake image with a new WOW Platinum Glitter Embossing Powder. (Perfect for the holidays!) I wanted to protect the image from the embossing paste so I tore pieces of tape to create a mask. I then applied some Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste on top using the Falling Snow Stencil from Simon Says Stamp.

After the white paste dots dried, I went back with my Copic markers and colored some of the raised dots… and added shine to others with my Wink of Stella Marker. I also added the same embossing powder to a few of the circles using a VersaMark pen. I really like the look of the all the different colors…

I also stamped a word bubble image from another Create A Smile set (available 11/4) using VersaFine Black Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. This gives it some shine and draws your eye to the sentiment. I cut out the sentiment and went around the edge with a black marker to give it a finished look.

I love using holiday themed stamps and stretching them for any occasion. This will be the perfect happy card to send to a friend I am missing this winter.

BLOG HOP

Today’s video is part of the Create A Smile Video Hop. Yep – every stop is a video! Gotta love that.

The next stop on the video hop is Vicki’s video. She is fabulous.

GIVEAWAYS

Interested in getting your hands on the Create A Smile Smiling Snowflakes set I used today? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 10/28/14. ALSO… be sure to head over to the Create A Smile blog for even more giveaways.

(By the way – I have some winners from previous giveaways. I have emailed the winners, as always: Studio Calico goodies - Linda Johnson and Waffle Flower stamp – berryblue.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Shaker Window Stamping + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hi! Today’s video shows stamping on shaker card windows. I am also very honored to be part of the Mama Elephant 2-year Anniversary Stampede (blog hop)! Lots of sales, giveaways and more.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Shaker cards are very popular right now. And although I don’t make them often, I was really wanting to make one with stamping on the window. And it is very easy! I stamped the greeting from the Mama Elephant Alpine Carolers with White Staz-On ink on a piece of acetate. (You can either use a clear piece from recycled packaging or from Hero Arts Acetate.) I also added two cute little Arctic Penguins… after altering their little mouths so they could sing. :) The Mama Elephant Peek A Boo Frames are perfect for forming the shaker card with sequins inside. (You can find all the products linked at the end of this post.)

I also created that background inside by blending various Mama Elephant Pigment Inks with a jumbo sponge dauber. I then heat embossed it all with sparkle embossing powder… creating a fun glitter paper.

For a video showing a closer look at these new great products from Mama Elephant, click HERE.

STAMPEDE

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Mama Elephant Stampede celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Check out the fun details…

The next stop on the stampede is the Mama Elephant Blog HERE. And a big congrats to my friends at ME. I love you.

GIVEAWAYS

Mama Elephant is giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede — 9 winners total. So be sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs including this one. Winners will be chosen and announced by Mama Elephant on 10/20/14 on the Mama Elephant blog.

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Video: Embossing With Dies + Pink Power Blog Hop

Hello! Today I have a video showing how to emboss with dies. I am also participating in the Pink Power Blog Hop… to spread breast cancer awareness and to support loved ones going through treatment.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Clean and simple cards are actually my favorite, but I struggle with them. Every once in awhile I am able to pull one off… and still incorporate some fun techniques. Dies are my favorite (am I allowed to say I love them as much as stamps?) and I love the look of embossing with them. Here, I used the Lawn Fawn Small and Large Stitched Rectangle die sets to make a double-stitched-frame impression onto watercolor paper. This is very easy to do with an embossing pad, but you could also use fun foam.

After heat embossing the awesome Pink Power stamp images with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, I did a bit of watercolor with a pink Tombow marker and Wink of Stella glitter pen. It works so well… and is quick. I also covered a tiny heart die cut with the silver powder and added it for a touch of dimension.

PINK POWER BLOG HOP

My friend Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread breast cancer awareness with this Pink Power Blog Hop. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set and Verve is selling it and I couldn’t be more proud of her for doing this. You can purchase the stamps HERE.

I also encourage you to check out the SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge HERE. What a great cause.

The next person on the hop is Amy’s blog HERE. You can also start at the beginning at Chaitali’s blog HERE.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Layering Texture Paste + Blog Hop + Giveaways!

Hi! Today’s video is packed full. Not only will I be using some new Simon Says Stamp products, but I will also use the new Distress Spray Stains by Tim Holtz. With these products, I created two cards that shows you how to color and layer texture paste. Oh – and this is also part of the SSS Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop with great giveaways. (More on that below.)

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I started by doing a quick spray of Easy-Tack to the new Simon Says Stamp tree stencils. (This is a great repositionable adhesive for stencils that can be cleaned off or left on after each use… and used again and again. A great product to have if you use stencils often.) I sprayed some gorgeous Silver Distress Spray Stain on to a bit of Texture Paste… mixing it with my palette knife. Yep – DIY silver Texture Paste! I applied it to the tree stencil

I repeated the same process but this time with the Brass Distress Spray Stain and the Falling Stars stencil. I laid the stars stencil on top of my silver tree and applied the DIY gold paste. After letting it dry, I felt like the tree needed even more stars, so I went back and repeated the process again with plain white paste.

Finally, I white heat embossed the “blessings” sentiment and added a frame cut with the Postage Stamp Edge Frame Set. For finishing touches, I used some of my favorite gold thread to create a bow for the top of my tree and also applied some Clear Wink of Stella to the image for even more shimmer.

I repeated the same process for the second card but used Mowed Lawn Distress Spray Stain for the tree and the Falling Hearts Stencil  with the Silver and Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stains for the hearts. I did this on the positive piece of white cardstock that I saved from the first card. For the background, I tone-on-tone stamped the new Tree Background Stamp. I transformed some silver thread to pink by placing my Copic Marker on top of the string and pulling it through. (You could also do this with a Sharpie.)

There you have it… an easy and fun way you can completely change the color of your Texture Paste with Distress Spray Stains and layer paste on top of each other for lots of dimension.

NEW SSS PRODUCTS

Here is a look at the new products from Simon Says Stamp. My favorite? The new inks! I will be doing a video with them soon, along with ink swatches.

 

 

 

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As I mentioned, this is part of the Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop… celebrating the newest products from Simon Says Stamp.

The next person on the hop my dear, funny, adorable Laura Bassen. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, head to the SSS blog.

GIVEAWAY

SSS will be giving away a grab bag Prize Pack to a commenter on each blog on the hop! For your chance, leave a comment here by 1:00pm EST on Friday, October 10, 2014. Winners will be announced on the SSS blog.

SUPPLIES

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Video: Floating Embellishment Card + Hero Arts Blog Hop (Giveaways!)

Hello. Today I’m taking part in the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop, showcasing their newest holiday release. I have a video for you that shows how to create a floating tree card with a fun background. It looks like magic and is sure to impress your card recipient!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Creating this background is such fun. After clear embossing the fantastic background stamp by Hero Arts and Basic Grey on green cardstock, I sprayed it heavily with Gold Metallic Spray from Hero Arts. (Make sure to shake it like crazy before you spray!) After letting it dry completely, I took a cloth and gently buffed the gold off the embossed areas. The embossing powder resists the gold spray and allows the green to show through.

After die cutting a window in the center of the the gold panel and the card, I stretched my favorite gold thread across and sandwiched it between the two pieces.

I used two felt trees from Hero Arts and glued them together in the center of the string, sandwiching the string between them. I colored a Hero Arts snowflake gem and a few regular gemstones with my E35 Copic Marker and adhered the snowflake gemstone to the top of the tree. I didn’t want the back of the snowflake gem to glue my card shut, so on the back I applied some powder from my EK Success powder tool… removing the stick.

Embellishments are not the only thing you can float on a card. You could also use die-cuts or even stamped images!

HERO ARTS BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, I am part of the Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas Blog Hop today.

The next person on the hop is the incredible Mariana Grigsby. She is so talented!

GIVEAWAY

There are several ways to win on this hop! Hero Arts will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE that includes an assortment of stamps, inks, stencils and dies valued at over $75. Two $10 Hero Arts Online Store gift cards will also be awarded! The three winners will be randomly selected from all comments received on the participating designers’ blogs, so the more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning. The giveaways will close at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, Oct 2, with the winners announced on the Hero Arts blog on Friday, Oct 3.

SUPPLIES

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