VIDEO: Stamp Gift Bag + Paper Crafts Special Thanks Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello. I have lots to share today! First, I have a video showing a stamped goodie bag along with another example of rubber cement masking. This post is also part of a very special blog hop. (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’m not sure there is a better gift for a crafty friend then a handmade gift bag containing a special stamp and ink. Creating the gift bag is easy, thanks to the must-have Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn. I decided to do lots of stamping and inking on the bag with some of my favorite products.

I first stamped the My Favorite Things bear using their Black Hybrid Ink. (Note that I made the bear image taller by doing some selective inking because I wanted him to peek over the heart.) I then colored the bear with Copic Markers and applied rubber cement over the image to mask it. For the background, I applied Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and stamped the Snowfall Background from My Favorite Things over the bear image. The rubber cement protects the bear and resists all the color I applied on top. Very cool! The rubber cement easily rubs away.

I stamped the Bossy Joscie “bless your heart” sentiment on a Simon Says Stamp heart die… replacing the “o” with a small die cut heart.

I took the two pieces of the gift bag and adhered them together. Inside the bag is a stamp and mini ink pad – the same stamp I used on the front of the bag. I really love this “bless your heart” stamp because the sentiment works for many occasions and the wood block is engraved – - such nice quality for a gift! This bag size is also great for a gift card or even jewelry.

I can’t wait to make more of these.

BLOG HOP

Today I am part of a very important, special and large blog hop – the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop.

It was recently announced that Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine would be shutting its doors. This has hit the industry hard. Yes, we will miss the magazine and seeing lovely cards in print. But what I will miss more is the people behind the magazine and the community they formed.

I worked for many years with Creating Keepsakes Magazine and went on to be a Go-To-Gal for Paper Crafts. (The two combined along the way.) Over the years I *loved* the people I worked with. They had such enthusiasm and passion for bringing crafting inspiration to everyone. They opened doors for crafters and encouraged them. And although I ended my time as a Go-To-Gal because my plate was overflowing, I loved and still love the faces behind the magazine. (To the team at PC&S… I love you for always being understandings and supportive. I will forever be grateful. XO.)

This has been a difficult change for many folks in our hobby. But it is more important now than ever that we keep our community strong, happy, encouraging and inspiring. This hop is perfect for that! I hope you will take the time to visit the many wonderful blogs along the way.

The next person on the hop is the wonderfully talented and super sweet (yes – I am her biggest fan)… Taheerah Atchia! (And a big thanks to Taheerah for organizing this. XO)

GIVEAWAY

I will admit it – I bought a second Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die when I couldn’t find my first one. Well, I found it! So I have a spare to give away to a lucky winner. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14. (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Window Card

Hello. Last week I was a guest over on Scrapbook and Cards Today where I shared this simple and happy window card. Thought I should share in here, too…

[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 just fun to make a happy and simple card… and this one fit the bill. I used the adorable Sending Hedgehugs stamp set from Lawn Fawn and stamped the images with my favorite Copic-friendly black ink – My Favorite Things Licorice Hybrid. Before I began coloring, I did a Google search using “cartoon hedgehogs”…  a trick that can be a helpful guide to jump start your coloring. (I share a few tips and tricks in this video using Copic markers, but if you’re interested in more information, check out the Copic Class over at Online Card Classes. Even though class is over, you can still sign up and have lifetime access to the content.)

I die cut a heart in the center of a piece white cardstock, and added some dimension using a dots embossing folder from Sizzix. This was the perfect window for my coloring.

That’s it. A super easy card using some favorite products that I’ve been excited to use. Oh – and it would be easy to make this a true window card by having the heart die cut window on the front of the card and have the colored images inside.

BRING A SMILE TO A CHILD

Scrapbook and Cards Today is collecting cards for sick children… and that’s where this card is going. If you are interested in participating, you can find info HERE. A great cause.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), and Amazon (AZ).

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Video: Lawn Fawn Product Release Close-Up… + GIVEAWAY

In the past I have shared a few “product release close-up” videos… giving a close look at the products in a particular release and ideas on how to use them. (I only do this if I am inspired by and love an entire product release from a company.) Today’s video gives a close look at the new Lawn Fawn release. Oh, and I have a big giveaway!

[Click HERE to watch on YouTube in HD.]

A great release, huh? Lawn Fawn images are so well designed that they are great for practicing any type of coloring you may like – watercolor, Copics, etc. And by the way… as always… Lawn Fawn did not ask or pay me to do this video – I did it in hopes of helping all of you decide if any of the products work for you.

GIVEAWAY

I have a great giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will get THREE of the new Lawn Fawn products. For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 9/7/14.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

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Video: Colored Pencils and Gamsol

Hi! Today I have a video showing how to add shading and highlights to a stamped image with colored pencils and gamsol. It is very easy to do!

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

A very easy way to add the look of dimension to a solid stamped image is with added coloring on top. I have showed this in the past with Copic Markers (click HERE for a video), but today I wanted to show how to use colored pencils and gamsol. I personally think the combination of colored pencils and gamsol makes for the easiest coloring there is. This video doesn’t really showcase that much since it is subtle coloring we are doing, but it does give you an idea of how fun it is! (Click HERE for another video with basic coloring.)

For this apple image from Clearly Besotted, I first stamped with Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Ink and then added just some quick shading and highlighting with Prismacolor pencils. I then used a paper stump and gamsol to blend it together. Fast. Simple. Easy. And what a difference it makes! (I mentioned in the video but wanted to say it again here – I really like the gamsol from Inky Antics because you can’t spill it and it is contained. I have used this for MANY years.)

And oh my goodness – check out that background! Looks like I spent a ton of time but I totally faked it with the help of the Lil Inkers Quilted Stitch die. I am head over heels in love with this die. 100%. And that heart? I used the large Nesting Hearts die set from Little B. Fun, huh? The “thanks” die cut is from Lawn Fawn… along with silver glitter paper from DCWV. (Warning: Many of the dies I used on this card are loved by others, too, and hard to find in stock. I did ask the stores and they have reordered and are waiting for more to ship!)

A few other things from this video:

  • I gave a peek at three Little B die sets: Nesting Hearts, Block Out and Handwritten. I wasn’t sure the quality would be good enough with this low price point but I was impressed!
  • For a video showing quickly how to color images with colored pencils and gamsol, click HERE. (I promise to do a better, more in depth video on gamsol soon.)
  • I used Prismacolor pencils here. However, the Spectrum Noir pencils are a less expensive option.

SUPPLIES

Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Dick Blick (DB), Clearly Besotted (CB), Lil Inker (LI), and Amazon (AZ)…

 

 

 

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Video: DIY Embossed Patterned Paper + 3 Cards + Giveaway!

Hello! A few days ago I posted a video showcasing the newest Lawn Fawn products. Today I have another video using several of these great products… and showing how to create your own colorful and embossed patterned paper.

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

Many great stamp sets come with tiny little images such as hearts, stars, dots and flowers. Often these little images get overlooked, but today’s technique allows them to shine. By repeatedly heat embossing lots and lots of these little guys in fun colors of embossing powders, I created my own vibrant patterned paper. Be sure to watch the video — I show tips for speeding up this process.

For these cards, created my own paper by starting with green cardstock and heat embossing small images from the Lawn Fawn Chit Chat, Hello Baby and Love You S’more sets. I used various colors of opaque WOW embossing powders. (I hadn’t really used many of their powders before and I am very impressed. They have a HUGE variety and the price of one bottle is very low!) From one 4.25″x5.5″ piece of DIY-patterned-paper, I was able to create three cards.

The first card showcases the DIY-patterned-paper behind a partial die cut greeting panel. This Lawn Fawn Thanks Scripty die has won my heart. Swoon! (I will do another video on this technique soon.)

For the second card, I die cut a “19″ from the DIY-patterned-paper using the new Lawn Fawn Louies die set. (This is an excellent set and I have already used it for two of Colin’s school projects!) I also created a white-on-white number background to give it a bit of interest. (Sidenote: I can’t believe our oldest, Kay, will be 19 next month! Oh my.)

The third card was super quick and basic. On top of a strip of my DIY-patterned-paper, I added three greetings from the Lawn Fawn Chit Chat set. Those greetings are perfection.

By the way, you can speed up the amount of time it takes to create the DIY-patterned-paper by just stamping with colorful inks on a light paper. But I just love the bright color on the bright background. And using a mini spoon to better control the powder and a Swiffer cloth to help with clean up makes a *big* difference.

By the way, I did this video for my friends over at Lawn Fawn to share on their blog. You can see the post HERE.

GIVEAWAY

I mentioned above that I really am liking the WOW Embossing Powders. So guess what? I have 10 bottles to share with a friend out there! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/28/14. Good luck.

SUPPLIES

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Videos: Layered Stenciling + New Lawn Fawn

Hello! Today I have TWO videos. One shows a way to do layered stenciling and the other shows a look at the newest Lawn Fawn release. (It is a REALLY good one!)

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch on YouTube.]

I love making happy cards, and I think this card fits that description! I started by die cutting a stitched banner with the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners die set. These dies are perfect for creating banners to hang for decorations, but I used them for a card.

Next up? Some layered/masked stenciling. I first used Salty Ocean Distress Ink over the Hero Arts Cloud Stencil for the soft clouds. (The Mini Inking Tool makes this so easy!) I then masked the clouds off with the masks that come with this stencil. (Isn’t that a great bonus? If your stencil doesn’t come with the matching masks, you can easily create your own. Just ink the same shape on scrap paper and cut the shape out. There you go – you have a mask!) I next created my own sun ray stencil by die cutting a piece of scrap plastic with the SSS sunshine die. (I used plastic so I could use it over and over again.) After applying Scattered Straw Distress Ink, I removed the DIY stencil and cloud masks, revealing a dimensional-looking, inked background.

I did some quick Copic coloring on the new Lawn Fawn lighthouse image and stamped the greeting. I finished the stamped area with a bit of Wink of Stella shimmer and a few sequins to hide a boo boo. Finally, I added it to a notecard covered with some adorable Lawn Fawn 6×6 paper.

I have always been a big fan of Lawn Fawn. The owners are so very wonderful and I really like that they stick to their style and do it so well. Somehow each release keeps getting better and better and this one is the best. I did a little video showing a close-up look at these new products and some ideas for using them…

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If you want to see A LOT more inspiration using these new Lawn Fawn products, be sure to check out their blog. It is a really good one!

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