Tuesday, March 20, 2018

All That Jazz Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Welcome, Everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Aren't you just SO JAZZED about this release? See what I did there?!

This release has some really unique pieces in it, and I had so much fun creating with them! You can find the entire release here.

Let's get to the first card:

Everyone loves a good rainbow, am I right? This card uses the Tags, Etc. die, the Polkadot background stamp, and one of the stamp sets from the Counting Blessings prior SOA release. I inked up the background stamp with several colors of distress ink and then applied my CPD premium cardstock over the background and used a firm hand to rub in the inky goodness. 

I then cut out a piece using the large tag die and stamped one of the sentiments from the Autumn Blessings stamp sets. You can add little embellishments around your tags with the small images from this stamp set--they are the perfect size! I added some shiny black ribbon to the tag and then added some black Tonic Nuvo drops. I mounted the tag on top of the polkadot background to finish it off!

How do you feel about watercolor looks? If you're like me, you love every.single.one. 

I used a technique for the first time on this card--and if you haven't tried it, YOU MUST!! I took a piece of watercolor paper and laid it flat on my work surface. Then, I used my Zen Garden reinkers to drop a few drops of ink on to the paper, and then used my water sprayer to spray the living daylights out of the panel. And of course, you can guess what happened. The color moved and mixed together and created this lovely watercolor goodness! 

I then used versamark ink and white heat embossing powder along with the images in the Bloomin Bouquet stamp set to create the rest of the background. I trimmed it down and mounted it on a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 

To create the sentiment, I just stamped one of the sentiments from the Grateful Heart stamp set and trimmed it down to a smaller panel, then mounted the sentiment panel with foam tape on to the card to finish it off. 

Last but not least!

You must buy all the black tie gala patterned paper. I'm telling you guys--this stuff is pure gold!! This card was SO easy to create, and you can easily incorporate this technique into other cards with patterned paper. 

Cover a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base front with adhesive, and then take 4 sheets of the patterned paper and lay them on to the card base, varying the angle, but always using the corners to line up with the corners of the next piece. After you've covered the entire card base, trim off the excess patterned paper. 

Pull out that new ink pad and fall in love all over again! Ink up a large sentiment stamp (I used one from the Bloomin Bouquet stamp set) and then stamp it on to a white panel. Trim down that white panel and mount it on to the black and white card base using foam tape. 

VOILA!! You're all done! So simple, quick, and easy to pull together!

You've come for a blog hop and a chance to win prizes, have you??? Well here's some more information...

Hop along to each blog, leave a comment, and you'll have a chance to win a great prize! 5 random winners will be chosen to receive 2 ink pads! And if you know anything about the Catherine Pooler Inks, you'll know what a great prize that is! Winners will be announced Friday, March 23 on Catherine's blog.

Here are the blogs you can hop along to today:

1. Catherine Pooler
2. Kelly Martin >> you are here!
3. Jen Carter
4. Ardyth-Percy-Robb
5. Laurel Beard
6. Kristie Goulet
7. Susan Powell
8. Lydia Evans
9. Cynde Whitlow

Have fun hopping and I hope you enjoy this new release!


Supplies Used
1. Doin The Polka Background stamp
2. Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, and Wilted Violet
3. Tags, Etc. Die
4. Black Satin Ribbon
5. Black Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops
6. CPD Inks in Midnight, Rose Petals, All That Jazz
7. Black Tie Gala paper
8. Autumn Blessings stamp set
9. Bloomin Bouquet stamp set
10. Versamark Ink
11. Hero Arts White embossing powder
12. CPD Reinkers in Rose Petals and Shea Butter

Monday, February 26, 2018

Heffy Doodle + MISTI Blog Hop!

Hey there, friends!

Thanks so much for joining me today for the MISTI and Heffy Doodle blog hop, celebrating Heffy Doodle's Release 3.

Let's take a second to talk about the MISTI. In case you are still not sold on whether or not a MISTI is a good investment, let me just tell you that I use mine almost every day. Recently, I also added the MISTI Creative Corners to my crafting stash, and I waited WAY too long to get them. I find I can mass produce cards so much faster when I use the MISTI. If you're still on the fence about whether or not to invest in a MISTI, hopefully this blog post will convince you!

One of your favorite things to use the MISTI for when you get one will be to create backgrounds more easily.  I used my MISTI to create this background for today's card.

I started out by arranging the images from the Honey Bunny Boo stamp set on to my card panel. Then I closed my MISTI door on to the panel to pick up the arrangement of the stamps, inked them up with black ink and stamped them down. 

THEN, the beauty of the MISTI comes into play here. I just rotated my card panel and inked up my images and stamped them again. 

I just had to arrange the images one more time before stamping and rotating my panel one last time, and then--VOILA! Background totally done! Using the MISTI really cut down my time creating this background, and I only had to arrange the stamps two times. The background is evenly spaced and lovely because of using the MISTI. 

I used my Prismacolor Colored Pencils to color the background and then colored the bunny images, too. I used my Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen to color the images for added shine, too. I trimmed down a smaller panel and stamped my sentiment first, to make sure that I could fit it all on the panel. Secret time! I used the sentiment stamps from the Eggcellent News stamp set since they were baby-themed! I love combining sentiments and stamps from different stamp sets to create customized themes on cards. And for the sentiment stamping, I also used my MISTI, because this ensured that I stamped the sentiment straight and evenly spaced. 

I also used the heart image from the Eggcellent News set and chose some various Hero Arts Bold inks on the sentiment panel. I also covered the heart images with Glossy Accents for added dimension.  

I trimmed down my background and glued it on to a piece of lime green cardstock that I had in my scrap drawer. I then die cut my sentiment panel using one of the dies from the Lawn Fawn 4 Bar Stitched Rectangle Die set. I glued some foam under the panel to pop it up from the background, and then for one more level of dimension, I popped up the bunny images from the sentiment panel using foam tape. 

It's Blog Hop Time!

We will choose two lucky commenters from the hop to win one of two prizes: a $50 shopping spree at www.mysweetpetunia.comand a 25 pound shopping spree at Heffydoodle.com . You must leave your comments no later than Sunday, March 4th at 11:59 PM Central time. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 6th on the Heffy Doodle and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

Here is the blog hop list:

Kelly Martin--you here!

 Good luck and enjoy the hop! Thanks for stopping by today!

Crafty Hugs,

Friday, February 16, 2018

Zen Garden Release Blog Hop Day 4!

Welcome to Day 4 of the Zen Garden Release!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've got a few cards to share with you today, and if your excitement isn't totally maxed out after 4 days of fantastic projects from the team, then check your pulse immediately!!! You can find the entire release here.

First up to bat is this little beauty that showcases the Faithful Flutterings stamp set. Want to know a fantastic secret about the Catherine Pooler Designs Premium Inks? You can make beautiful watercolor pieces with them! 

You can stamp the inside images from the set and then use the CPD inks and a paintbrush to spread the ink out and make the outline of the butterfly shape. I trimmed the watercolored panel down to a smaller size and then finished off this card by putting some coordinating washi tape on the edges of the panel before gluing it on to my card base. 

My next card uses some of my favorite things--foil!! I used the Split Chevron Stencil and my foil transfer gel to create this beauty. I used some silver deco foil and the Smile word die along with one of the sentiments from the Love Grows stamp set. 

And now for my favorite card! I readily admit that I, too, am totally obsessed with alcohol inks, and so I used some of my bright colors to make this card. I used the stained glass coverplate die to cut several layers and glued them all together before gluing it on to my alcohol inked background. I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from the Faithful Flutterings stamp set to finish off the card.

Have you been hopping along this week?!?!?

Catherine Pooler is giving away a full set of ink pads to 2 lucky winners on each day of the blog hop! Hop along to each blog and leave a comment for a chance to win! Winners will be announced Monday. 

Here is the full hop list for today:

6. Kelly Martin >> You are here!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by today and checking out these cards. They were so much fun to make, and I hope you have tons of fun with the release! 

Have a crafty day!