Friday, November 29, 2019

Hello Bluebird - Mix & Match Holiday Penguin Card

Hello crafty friends! I have a very fun slimline card to share today.  I mixed and matched a bunch of different Hello Bluebird stamps and dies to create this winter holiday scene.  

If you've stopped here by way of Instagram, then you know that I'm joining the owner of Butterfly Reflections Inc. and friends for a birthday Instagram hop.  It's Vanessa's birthday and I wanted to make a special card using stamps and dies that she sells in her shop.  She carries quite a range of Hello Bluebird products and always ships super fast.  

All Hello Bluebird stamps and dies I used on the front of the card are listed and linked below:

My slimline card base measures 3.5" x 8.5".  I sponged on a combo of Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Ink to create the lavender sky.  I gave it a good splattering of white paint and heat embossed the tiny snowflakes.  

The color on the die cut mountains is a combo of Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink.  I also sponged that same color combo onto the edges of the snow hills.  I used Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to add a little sparkle to the mountain tops and hills.   

For the inside of the card I stamped a greeting and snowflakes from the Merry Wishes set. The penguin is from First Snow

Purple Onion Designs - Black Friday Sale

The Black Friday sale over at Purple Onion Designs is happening now! It's a great time to grab everything that's been on your wishlist... old and new.  I have two cards to share.  One that features some of the newest stamps and one featuring some oldies but goodies.

First up is a slimline scene showcasing all the cute critters from the new Happy Winter Forest Friends set.  

I've created a minty aqua background with Distress Oxides... a custom combo of Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough.  I gave the entire background a generous splattering of thinned white acrylic paint.  

I added two layers of snowy hills using my favorite white glitter card stock from Tonic Studios - Sugar Crystal Glitter Craft Card.  To give the hills some definition, I lightly shaded the top edges with the Evergreen Bough ink.  I applied a dusting of snow to the tree with glossy accents and some loose white glitter

This next card showcases some older stamps but they were new to me.  I've used a set called Holiday Sweets along with the Celebrate the Season Noteblock to create this 5"x7" card.  

I white heat embossed the large Noteblock image onto some coral pink card stock.  I trimmed the image right along the border and then mounted it onto a die cut scalloped frame.  I then layered this piece over some pretty gingham patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio and adhered it to the center of the card front.  I then simply added the fun Holiday Sweets images and some clear sequins around the framed Noteblock.  

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Hello Bluebird

I'm excited to be joining Tracy McNeely again this year for her annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.  This year marks her 9th anniversary of hosting the event. Be sure to visit the daily posts on Tracey's blog for more tag inspiration and a chance to win today's giveaway. 

Today's featured sponsor is Hello Bluebird.  Even though Hello Bluebird is known for it's cute critter stamps, I wanted to challenge myself and decorate my tags with all die cuts.  

I made my own kraft tag bases. I used the Holly and Pine dies to cut out the decorative elements from colored card stock. With a white gel pen I added highlight details.  I wanted a few of the pieces to have touches of snow so I added white glitter to the tips of the pine sprigs and pinecone.  

To complete the tags, I added a large word that I die cut from silver glitter card stock with the Christmas Words #1 & Christmas Words #2 dies.  

I had some small glassine treat bags that I wanted to use with these tags.  I decided to stamp a pattern on the bags with the Cozy Plaid background stamp.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Honey Bee Stamps

I'm excited to be joining Tracy McNeely again this year for her annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.  This year marks her 9th anniversary of hosting the event. Be sure to visit the daily posts on Tracey's blog for more tag inspiration and a chance to win today's giveaway. 

Today's featured stamp company is Honey Bee Stamps and 
there's an awesome Black Friday sale happening now!

I'm sharing some custom Santa tags that I've created using Honey Bee Stamps products.  I had seen similar paper pieced Santa tags on Pinterest and wanted to try making my own with dies in my stash. 

Listed and linked below are all the Honey Bee products I've used:

As you can see from the photo above, I started by die cutting all the elements to build the tags.  I did some partial die cutting to make the Scallop Circle Gift Tag just a plain scalloped circle.  You could just leave it as is to tie the twine onto instead of punching an extra hole in the hat.  For the beard, I cut the scalloped circle in half. I trimmed off an edge of the square scalloped tag to use as the hat trim.  

I used a scoring board to make the angled fold in the hat. I used Copic makers for shading on the beard and white hat trim and to add rosy cheeks to the face. The Black Gem Stickers were a quick and easy way to add eyes.   

I added stitching detail to the hat with a white gel pen.  Before assembling, I stamped a greeting on the back.  There's several from the Santa Express set that perfectly fit within the scalloped circle backing.  

For the nose and hat pom pom, I used circle punches from my stash - 1/2" for the nose and 5/8" for the hat.  

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Purple Onion Designs - November Release/Black Friday Sale

Hello crafty friends! I have some exciting news... POD is launching a new collection of stamps in collaboration with designer Julian Charlton. 

This collection will be available on the 29th and there will be a Black Friday Sale... 25% off all stamps!  So get ready to shop!

These new stamps so unique and I really enjoyed playing around with them.  I think there are many creative possibilities but the direction I chose was to go colorful and cut them out to build some fun scenes on cards and tags. 

If you are looking for a fun but quick and easy way to create cards or tags, these stamps fit the bill.  I simply picked out a bunch of bright holiday colors and starting stamping away.  Red rubber stamps always stamp cleanly so you get a nice crisp solid image with one stamp.  

After I had all my images stamped out, I used my Scan N Cut to cut them out.(be sure to use the color mode in the scan settings) The really fun part was playing around with them until I found some cute arrangements I liked to create the scenes.  Then all I had to do was stamp the snowfall background onto the card front, sponge on a little aqua ink to ground area, and adhere the images with dimensional foam squares.  

I also made some tags.  Again, these were quick and easy to make.  I made hinged tags so they open up like a card.  I stamped the snowfall and snowflakes onto the front for a decorative background and then added the images to create mini scenes.  I stamped a greeting and to/from on the inside of the tags. 


Monday, November 25, 2019

Sunny Studio - Hedgey Holidays Exclusive Stamp Set

I have some fun news... starting today you can receive the exclusive mini stamp set, Hedgey Holidays, with a $35+ purchase from Sunny Studio. I have a holiday card to share featuring that cute little hedge hog from the set.  I used the hedge hog, which is almost perfectly symmetrical, to make this into a spinner card,  When the recipient opens the card, the hedge hog spins. 

Spinner cards are very easy to make.  You just need to make two of the spinning element to adhere back to back.  For this card I started by die cutting a frame for the spinner.  I used the Layered Snowflake Frame to cut out the opening in the card front and a separate A2 size panel which has a light sponging of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the edges.  I Copic colored two hedge hogs and fussy cut them out.  I then adhered some clear thread between the two hedge hog images.  Using some strong adhesive, I secured the ends of the thread to the card front so the hedge hog is centered within the opening.  I then adhered the inked panel over top.  I added some snowflakes and holly leaves on both sides of the spinning hedge hog.  

To finish off the front of the card, I added some stamped pines sprigs with berries and a two part greeting.  I die cut the large Happy Word from green glitter card stock to layer behind a sentiment strip white heat embossed with hedge holidays. 

I also needed to decorate the inside of the card since a large part of it can be seen through the snowflake frame opening.  I made masks by die cutting snowflakes out of Post It Note paper.  I placed the snowflake masks in a random arrangement and then gently sponged on some Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink.  I removed the masks and then splattered with thinned red paint.  

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Honey Bee Stamps CAS Week - Christmas Pocket Shaker Cards

It's CAS week at Honey Bee Stamps and we are showcasing quick and easy holiday card ideas.  I'm sharing these fun Christmas pocket shaker cards. 

I stencil the snowflake background with Glimmer Paste and filled the pockets with some of Honey Bee's special sequin mixes.  I then simply added a greeting to the outside.  More details over on the Honey Bee Blog.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Sunny Studio - Rooftop Sliding Window Card

Hello crafty friends! I'm sharing more details on this Sliding Window card over on the Sunny Studio Blog.  I had an idea for creating a rooftop scene that would open up to a surprise peek at Santa leaving presents around the Christmas tree. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sunny Studio - Winter Wishes Card

Please join me over on the Sunny Studio blog where I'm sharing all the details for this Winter Wishes card. I was inspired by some recent early winter weather here in my area.  We had our first snow of the season.  So I decided to play around with dies from the Snowflake Circle Frame and Layered Snowflake Frame to create the feeling of a winter party on a card. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Sunny Studio

I'm excited to be joining Tracy McNeely again this year for her annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags event.  This year marks her 9th anniversary of hosting the event. Be sure to visit the daily posts on Tracey's blog for more tag inspiration and a chance to win today's giveaway. 

I will be sharing lots of tags this year (wink, wink). Today I'm sharing tags I've created with Sunny Studio stamps and dies.

I have used Copic Colored images from the Merry Mice stamp set to decorate the tags.  I cut out tag bases from white card stock with the Scalloped Square and Scalloped Circle tag dies. I masked off the scalloped edges of the tags before using a blending brush and some Distress Oxide Ink to color center area of each tag.  The red is Festive Berries and the green is Evergreen Bough.  I spattered the tags with thinned white paint and stamped a fun punny Christmas sentiment onto each.   I adhered the images with dimensional foam squares. Lastly I added a few stars for embellishment.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Miss Ink Stamps - November Release

Included in this release is a mix of peaceful and playful images for the holiday and wintertime seasons.  

Be sure to follow them on Instagram for daily inspiration and stamp giveaways today through the 15th.

I also have some inspiration to share. I've made three cards showcasing two of the new stamp sets.
First up is a snowy slimline scene featuring sentiments and images from the Calm and Bright stamp set.  

To set the scene of a quiet winters evening, I used five layers of glittery edged snow banks against a dark teal sky.  To get that beautiful shade of teal, I blended together a combo of Catherine Pooler Daydream and Skylight inks. I generously splattered the sky with thinned white acrylic paint to get the look of snowfall. I stamped the sentiments and then added several paper punched snowflakes. 

I Copic colored trees and sleeping critters and then used a Scan N Cut to cut them out.  I adhered them with THIN 3D foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives. The thin foam squares are 1mm thick and add the perfect amount of dimension without making the card too bulky for mailing.  

Next up are two pocket shaker cards featuring the playful images from the Snow Buddies stamp set. Again I Copic colored the images and used the Scan N Cut.  If you want to use a Scan N Cut to cut out your colored images then be sure to have it set to the color mode in the cut settings.  That's important especially for images like the hedgehogs. 

To create the shaker, I use the large Avery Elle stamp storage pockets.  I insert a panel of card stock cut to A2 size.  I fill the front facing side with glitter and artificial snow.  I then fold over the top half of the pocket to the back side and secure with strong adhesive.  This type of shaker card is not bulky which makes it easy to mail.

I wanted to add some stamped snowflakes to the outside of the clear pocket.  I used Cotton White StazOn Ink to stamp the snowflakes.  When stamping on a slick surfaces, it's easy to smudge the image if you press down too hard.  The stamp can slip a little.  Luckily StazOn Ink can be removed with stamp cleaner if you make any mistakes.  The ink dries very quickly and holds up well on the clear storage pockets.  

Friday, November 8, 2019

Reverse Confetti - November Release Blog Hop

I'm delighted to be joining the Reverse Confetti crew again for another fantastic release.  You can find the entire November Release here.  There were a couple of stamp sets that caught my eye right away. I instantly had several ideas for using these fun images. I have a card and some tags to share with you.

Your next stop on the hop is Heather Hoffman's blog
I have posted the full hop line up at the end of this post. 

The first project I'm sharing is an A2 size card featuring adorable images from Birdie Buddies.  I also pulled out some of my favorite Confettis Cuts to complete the design.

All Reverse Confetti products used for this card are listed and linked below:
This card is an easy one to recreate. I Copic colored the images and then arranged them on the tag while leaving enough room to stamp the sentiment which is included in the Birdie Buddies set.  That particular sentiment is in one vertical line but I did a little stamp surgery and cut it apart to be able to get the configuration I wanted.  I so often incorporate the sentiments into the scene, so it's easier to cut the stamp into shorter lengths.  I then simply arranged the short sections onto my Misti and stamped all at once directly onto the background.   

I just loved the Huggable stamp set.  I immediately thought the images would be perfect for tags.  These tags can be used to add to a little gift or used as lunch box notes.  They definitely would be great for Valentine's Day.  I used the Fold Over Tag Confetti Cuts to create the tag bases. 

There's a solid heart stamp included in the Huggable set and I stamped it on the front of the tags in a slightly darker shade than the card stock to get a tone on tone look.  I then picked out different sentiments to stamp over the heart for each tag.  These sentiments are from the Word Up set. 

When the tag is opened, the recipient gets a surprise... some love and a paper hug from the cutest little critters.   

Leanne West<--- you are here

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Honey Bee Stamps - Snow Globe Shaker Card

Hi everyone! Here's a peek at a what I'm sharing over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog today.  I've used the Globe & Ornament Shaker Card Honey Cuts to create this festive shaped card. I've decorated the front with the adorable Santa Gnome from Gnome Place Like Home and some holly leaves from Winter Bouquets.  For more details please join me over there. :)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sunny Studio - Mix & Match Holiday Card

Hello everyone! Please join me over on the Sunny Studio blog today.  I'm sharing all the details on this mix and match Christmas card.  It's no secret that I love mixing different stamp sets to create fun scenes on my cards.  I also love a good bold greeting. So this card checks off all the boxes for me. :)

Honey Bee Stamps - Slimline Valentine's Card

Hello Friends! Please join me over on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog today.  I'm sharing all details for this Bee Mine Valentine's Day C...