Magical Day with Kay





Hi there! Kay here, and I have a fun card to share with you today using the adorable Magical Day stamp set from Neat & Tangled!


First off I used the Swirly Twirly stencil to create my background. I used Bristol board and Distress inks, and stenciled the Picked Raspberry first, then slightly moved the stencil and stenciled the Wilted Violet. Next I blended some of the Picked Raspberry over the whole thing, then splattered it with water and some more of the Picked Raspberry ink mixed with water.



I colored the unicorn from Magical Day with colored pencils, and cut it out with the Magical Day Dies. I then cut two of the flower petals from the Flower Medallion Builder dies and glued those to the top of the Unicorn to make a Pegasus! :)



I heat embossed part of the sentiment with white embossing powder on black card stock and then the Magical part I just stamped in black on white card stock. I cut these both out using the banner dies from Scalloped Dies and and adhered the white one slightly over the edge of the black one.  I added a few sequins from the Fairy Garden Sequin Mix.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kay :)

Coffee and Friends | VIDEO with Natalie

To be fair there's nothing quite the same as getting a new stamp set in your hands as you wonder about all the possibilities it holds. But today I'm wanting to change tack a little bit and get you thinking about how you can use some of your older stamps in new ways by mixing and matching various sets you have in your collection.


Although on first impressions it might seems like all the stamps I've used here were made to work together, they actually come from THREE different sets (and their matching dies).
I've used 'Perfect Blend' for the sentiment and the coffee cup, 'Lumberjack Love' for the girl, and 'Floral Heart' for... well...... the floral heart! 


Here's some tips to keep in mind when mixing and matching stamp sets:
  • Start by picking a sentiment that inspires you to create a scene
  • Choose images that work together to build that scene
  • Keep in mind the scale of your different elements - they shouldn't be too disproportionate
  • Sticking with a simple colour scheme helps the images appear even more cohesive


In my video today I'm going to share my process of creating this card from start to finish. Not only will you get an insight into my inspiration and how I built up the idea from there, but you'll also get an peek into my real life such as how I store my stamps, and how I create with my kids around ;-)

          

Do you mix and match your stamp sets? Which sets have you combined before? Share in the comments because I'm sure we'd all love to check them out!

xx
Natalie

Squirrels Can Do Anything


Hey everyone!  We're so happy to be welcoming our May guest designer Therese Calvird back to the blog today.  Her cards today will have you smiling for sure, here she is with all the details:

I’m back today with some of the cutest squirrels on the block, these little fellas are from a fun set called My Favorite Nut which is cuteness overload.

I took the clean and simple road today. For my first design I thought it would be fun to stamp the nut image directly onto some wood design paper.



Then I stamped it a second time onto some white cardstock and coloured the leaves and squirrels with some Prismacolor pencils. Then I fussy cut everything out and basically paper pieced the image back together.

Finally, I used the Tiny Cuts die to cut a heart border and added the You Can Do Anything sentiment die cut in smoke grey and layered onto brown fun foam. (and those tiny red hearts are rescued from the border and coloured with a red Copic marker)



I used one of those cute squirrels from My Favorite Nut and the same You Can Do Anything die to create my second design, but this time the sentiment became my focal point with the help from a little bit of colour smooshing.



I also decided to add some bling from the Peacock Feathers Sequin mix and I have a video here showing you how this card came together.

I’ll be back next week with another video and some fun inspiration, I look forward to seeing you then.

Purple Prehistoric | Nancy Damiano

Hi everyone! Nancy here today with a look at the Prehistoric Pals stamp set. I chose the Polygon Stencil for the background because it reminds me of dinosaur scales!

I used the Polygon stencil and Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet and Mowed Lawn to create the blended ink background. This ink combination makes for a dreamy looking backdrop for our dinosaur pals.

The stamped Prehistoric Pals were colored with Zig Clean Color markers. A sprinkle of sequins from the Fairy Garden Mix lead from the tiniest dines up to the sentiment from the My Favorite Nut Stamp Set

Create pretty cards with hues of purple, blue and green for all of your little dinos!




Grey Shading a Rainbow with Kelly

Hello Crafters! 

It's Kelly here and today we are going to be talking about coloring a little differently. 


You know I love my Copic markers. I also realize the investment that they are.  I don't own all the markers and I know most of you don't either. 
Today we are going to talk about how you can get more out of the markers you own. 



Today's card is super simply in both design and shading. While I was at Simon Says Stamp CREATE I did a Create It, Take it showing how to shade your images with only gray markers. It doesn't matter which gray's you use. If you have warm or cool or something in between. Just use what you've got. 

You can see the technique in action in the video below. 


Like I said in the video I used more extreme shading for some variation but you can go as dark or as light as you want with this shading technique. If I was doing a face I'd only use a C1 and maybe a C3 but if you're shading a flower you can go as dark as you want. 


I hope you'll give this technique a try and let me know what you think! 

Thanks for stopping by! 



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