Tuesday, October 18, 2016

MFT Stamps Cooler With You Card Kit

The latest MFT Stamps card kit is now available! This limited edition kit is called, Cooler With You, and it is adorable. Ad.or.a.ble! Cute stamps and coordinating dies, along with a set of dies to create snowbanks, and an interactive element-creating die are included in this kit! I don't know about you, but I am in love with making slider cards! Especially with how easy MFT Stamps has made it!

I colored the two snowmen from the set, because I wanted them to be able to slide towards one another and hug. The sentiment from the stamp set says, friends make even the coldest days warmer, and well, what is better than sending a hug to a friend?!

The images move easily in the slider channel, created with the dies included in Cooler With You card kit. The kit also has two borders to create two unique snowbank lines. The stitching details on the dies are fantastic!

They are getting closer to a hug. Don't miss the great tree images from the kit. They are perfect for scene-building! And the little birds are fun to add also!

And finally, my snowmen friends get to hug! This Cooler With You card kit is just too darn cute!

Visit the MFT Stamps blog for all the details about the card kit, Cooler With You. The blog will have specific details about everything included. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the design team has created. It never ceases to amaze me how talented those ladies are!

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Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2016 Release Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to the Holiday 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!

You should have arrived here from the fabulous Kittie Caracciolo. Once you are done entering for a chance to win here, head to the amazing Julie Ebersole!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Happy hoppin’!

I am SO excited to be sharing some of the beautiful new Essentials by Ellen products being released for the holiday season! Its been tough waiting to share these cards for over two weeks! 

First up is Fat Pants designed by the fabulous Julie Ebersole. Fat Pants stamp set also has a set of coordinating dies! Which, was fantastic news, as the inspiration for my card needed those dies! When I saw Fat Pants, I immediately thought of Christmas cards from the 40's and 50's. Check out how I made this card fill my vision.

Knowing that the Fat Pants Designer Dies cut slightly larger than the stamped image, I knew I could make a cool background by masking! I cut the ornament images from Masking Paper. Then I placed them on my card stock base. Candied Apple Distress Marker was colored on an acrylic block and I used a water brush to pick up the color and start creating a completely washed background. I love how the Candied Apple turns pink when watered down! Oh, and the masks won't work perfectly, but I love the vintage shabby look it created.

After removing the masks, I stamped the ornaments inside the white openings, going with a color palette straight from the 40's. The images obviously fit perfectly. I will be using this idea often!

Once the background dried, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with black powder. I added stamped stars in the background with black ink. Marker lines were drawn from the ornament tops to the top of the card. And I finished things off with a few clear sequins. 

For my second card, I used Designer Dies Bird Shapes, once again by Julie Ebersole. There are two bird shapes in this set of dies, and I chose to use the larger of the two. I love the look of a dove. When I saw the stamp set, Season to Sparkle, I knew they would be perfect together!

I die cut the bird twice, once from white card stock and once from gold paper. I layered them together, slightly off center. On the white bird, I stamped a small snowflake from Season to Sparkle.

On the card stock base, a larger snowflake, also from Season to Sparkle was stamped repeatedly, to tie in with the snowflake on the bird. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with gold powder. A beautiful Christmas card for sure. One that would be easy to mass produce!

Time to head to Julie Ebersole's blog, but don't forget the giveaway!!


And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY  Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, October 25th!

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by 
Tuesday, October 25th!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, November 4thPlease check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Creative Watercolor Class + Discount Code + Giveaway

My talented friend, Angela, is launching her latest class, Creative Watercolor for Hobbyists, Art Journalers, Paper Crafters, Calligraphers, and the Enthusiastic Amateur. Angela is an incredibly talented professional (and award-winning) watercolor artist. Her works of art are always inspiring and she is a wonderful teacher. She teaches by showing and I never fail to learn fantastic tips from her. In Creative Watercolor, she is taking her fine art techniques and translating them into uses for the paper crafter.

A few lessons in and I was ready to get creating! I learned about brushes, tools, paints, and the most important part, paper. Each lesson unfolds into more and more learning, which leads you to more and more inspiration!

After a couple of lessons, which are video lessons, I was inspired to create a background and use masks. It was so great to have a vision in my head and then have the skills to create it. For my card, I wanted a bokeh background behind my focal flower images. I combined my stamps (because we all know I cannot draw), to finalize my vision. And while I see I have more to learn, my previous feeble attempts look pretty pathetic. :D

Creative Watercolor is $59, but until November 18th, you can get the class for $29 using the discount code FIRSTDIBS. For all my Canadian friends, there is pricing for you too. 
(My class links are affiliate links, meaning I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.)

This is a 12 lesson class with 4.5 hours of video. You have lifetime access, meaning you can go back and watch the videos anytime. There is also a forum for asking questions and a place for students to share their work. Sharing work with others is my favorite part of classes. Seeing what others create is so inspiring!

Check out what these creative artists have in store for you today!
And for the GIVEAWAY from me! I have a FREE enrollment code for one lucky commenter! Leave a comment on THIS post for a chance to win the class! You have until Monday, October 24th at 10 PM CDT to enter. Good luck!

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