Dec 18

WPlus9 December Release – Sparkle & Shine

Hi guys, I’m back today with more of WPlus9 December Release, and today I’m concentrating on the awesome set that I can’t get enough of, Sparkle & Shine. The stamp set comes with a variety of hand-written sentiments in fantastic fonts, as well as images of gems of various sizes. Released are also accompanying Designer Dies – Sparkle & Shine which provides dies for the gems, and Sparkle & Shine Trio which gives you the matching die cut words. All three products can be mixed to create a variety of designs.

Here is my first card; I created the sentiment by selectively stamping and embossing in silver one of the sentiments, and pairing it with the word from Sparkle & Shine Trio, which I die cut from glossy cardstock. I used the beloved Pretty Little Peonies stamps and a variety of WPlus9 inks to create the flowery design, and I also stamped some faux splatters using the Ink Splats set.

It’s a one layer with a clean form that doesn’t need any frills to stand out.

On the card below, I fussy cut another one of the sentiments and used it to put a lovely finish on this collage style card. I paired it with some designer papers and a butterfly I also fussy cut, this time from a journaling page (MAMBI).

In order to make a banner from the sentiment, I cut the lengths from the ends of the smallest banner in Banner Trio Designer Dies, rounded the bottom corners and tucked under the sentiment I previously adhered to the butterfly.

The last card I’d like to show you, is another minimalistic design where I attempted creating a big diamond ring, hanging from a thread like a wreath. I die cut the ring using circle dies, die cut the diamond and embossed it in gold, and again created the sentiment by selectively stamping a part of it and pairing it with a die cut word from the coordinating die set.

I tied a knot on the ring, added a connecting thread and tucked the other end underneath the panel, and embellished it with some clear sequins for added sparkle. Thanks for joining me today, I hope it tickles 🙂

Shine Bright card

Sparkle and Shine card

Sparkling Ring card

Nov 17

Sing anyway

Some cards are harder to make than other. I’ve always had mixed feelings about sympathy cards because I felt those of the hardest words to share with the other person, don’t necessarily need dressing up. The tragedy that made this particular card happen affects me personally and the recipient is very dear to my heart. I felt the need to create for her, and include a message inside that would be well composed, saying everything I want to say without struggling to find the correct words in a face-to-face conversation. I created it having a very dear person in mind who is here no more, and it was beautifully cathartic.

I had a solid idea in my mind and some of the old stamps I have helped me execute it. One of them is from a company that shut its doors a year ago, There She Goes. I used to design for them. The set is called Angel Mail and the sentiment I used comes with it. I kept quite a few of their sets and this one is especially dear to me as the sentiments are truly unique and meaningful. I really wanted one that would be more personal than just a dry ‘with sympathy’.

The other stamps used here are Birch Branch Print from Memory Box (foliage) and Antique Engravings from Hero Arts. Only the latter can be found in the SSS store (here), and it’s one of my all-time favourites.

I created the scene by masking off a circle and creating a sun with Distress Inks first. I sprinkled on some water for a textured look. Then I stamped the branch and the bird and coloured the latter with Copics. Finally I stamped the sentiment. I used a light grey ink so that this rather large stamp doesn’t overwhelm the composition.

Oct 31

WPlus9 medley

Hi guys, first of all thank you so much for the comments left for my Altenew Blog Hop post below. It’s not as much as the sheer multitude of them, but the thoughtfulness and the fact that so many took your time to leave meaningful feedback, means a lot to someone who knows first hand how much effort it takes to fit commenting in one’s busy life. Muchos gracias, amigos!

Thing is, the fun I’ve been having stamping lately plus your encouraging c0mments, gave me fuel to keep going and so I’m happy to say that I have two WPlus9 cards for you today. Let’s get straight to it.

This card below you would’ve seen a sneak peek of on my Instagram. I’ve been itching to colour the hummingbird from Flora & Fauna 2 and so I did, using my Peerless watercolours (turned out a quick job, nothing too spectacular in therms of colouring I’m afraid) and after having it die cut with a corresponding die. I paired the bird with the branches, die cut with Foliage Frame Die (separate branch only) and the tiny flowers from Birds & Branches Frame Die. The latter I watercoloured as well, channeling my inner Teamie Joni *wink*

I mounted the elements on the panel of SSS Woodgrain cardstock (good stuff) and added a sentiment sticker (My Mind’s Eye).

The second card features the new Twenty Fifteen Clear Stamps which I paired with Small Butterfly Frame Die. I wanted to achieve that spectacular double-stamped look that Laura Bassen so effortlessly creates on her cards – alas, my die cut is in retrospection too elaborate for the sleek look I was hoping for.

I stamped the three different sentiments on a piece of PTI Ocean Tides CS and again on the lightly textured white CS which was then die cut. It’s not an easy job trying to align the images, I had a few mishaps 😉 Everything was then mounted on a SSS Fog card and embellished with clear sequins and an extra butterfly.

Hope you enjoyed, cheers and until next time xx

I Love You More card

Twenty Fifteen card

Oct 27

Altenew October release blog hop

Welcome to Altenew‘s third Blog Hop! It’s my pleasure to join Tasnim and Jennifer this month, along with some fabulous creative minds. Hopefully you have come here from Yana’s blog, otherwise feel free to join us from the beginning at the Altenew blog.

Altenew is a relatively new stamp company that opened it’s doors in April 2014. Today they are celebrating the release of their third collection of stamps. All the stamps that you will see here are available for purchase at the Altenew store and the Simon Says Stamp store.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away five stamp sets of choice to three lucky winners! The winners will be chosen from comments left on the Altenew blog.
There is more! I will choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be two stamps sets of your choice.
You have until Friday October 31, 11:59 EST to leave your comments. You may enter up to two comments on each blog:

  • Comment on the project, or the stamps.

The winners will be selected and announced on Saturday November 1 at 9:00 am EST.

On to the projects! I had *so* much fun with the new stamps and I’ll start with my favourite card from the lot, one that features the new Lacy Scrolls set. The idea happened when I read someone’s comment on the revealed set saying that it has Asian flair. I decided to try a silk painting look and I think I got quite close 🙂

I stamped the images in Brilliance inks first: flowers in Pearlescent Coral and foliage in Platinum Planet respectively. Then I applied shading with Peerless watercolours. The elaborate shading enriched the simple stamped look but you can see the base colour peeking out here and there. The shimmer from the Brilliance ink base adds extra beauty. I finished the card with the sentiment from the older Lace Up set.

For the other two cards, I focused on the new Halftone Hello and Vintage Roses stamp sets. If you follow me on Instagram, you’d have seen me getting a little excited over the latter one especially and here’s why. Suppose you expressed your wish casually on FB that you’d love to see someone design multi-stamped vintage roses, so that you could imitate the lovely look of retro designs. Suppose you were contacted by a stamp designing friend saying that this just happened. Yeah. Mind = blown.

So firstly I combined both sets on this graphic one-layer. I stamped the sentiment first in Versafine Onyx Black (the comma is added by hand) and then the roses in clusters with a variety of PTI dye inks. I didn’t use the base solid layer on the flowers, just the second and third layer so that the look is light and airy. I also added some branches and ‘berries’ from Hennah Elements to help giving the clusters the wildflower bunch look.

On the last card I stamped the roses and foliage with all the layers available and I used Memento Luxe inks, also for the sentiment. The rich, spongy surface of those inks helped me blend them seamlessly on the surface on the stamp and achieve a neat gradient effect on the sentiment – I used Rose Bud, Sweet Plum and Elderberry for this purpose. I fussy cut the elements and arranged them in clusters over the aperture window cut from patterned paper.

That’s it from me today, thank you for taking a peek! I’m the last stop in the hop, you can now make your way back to the Altenew blog and don’t forget to comment on both this post and Altenew’s one for your chance to win some of the October release goodness!

Miss you card

Hello you card













Hello lovely card

Oct 03

WPlus9 October 2014 Holiday Release #1

Hi there! You may or may not have missed the news that I suspended CASE Study, sadly one more thing down in my quest to reduce crafting commitments, but don’t worry, I’m still going to share stuff only less frequently. On the other hand, if you didn’t yet see the first two days of WPlus9 October Release previews, you’re missing out big time! It’s full to the brim with great stamps and dies that your Holiday stamping would be incomplete without, no joking! Check out the WPlus9 blog for the details.

I made a few cards featuring a variety of product from the release and I will be sharing more soon. For the first card, I used all of the pieces in the Holiday Apertures Designer Dies, making a recessed window which I matted with cardstock blended with two shades of green Distress Inks, thus creating a lovely ombre effect behind the teeny tiny die cut trees. I popped up the outer frame, after I applied a glittery edge to it (by sprinkling loose glitter over a strip of double-sided tape).

I added the hanging sprigs by blending a scrap of paper with the same mix of Distress Inks and die cutting the branches from Under The Mistletoe from it. I gathered them together and tied with a twine, added Liquid Pearls in places for the berries and decorated the card with sequins. The die cut word comes from the new Hand Lettered Holiday Designer Die. The sentiment belongs to the Strictly Sentiments 6 stamp set, also a part of the October release. I heat embossed it using green EP.

Next card is a one-layer. I stamped the sentiment and Christmas lights from the new Festive Greetings stamp set in Versafine ink and WPlus9 Sweet Gelato, watercoloured the bulbs using Inktense pencils and added a coat of Glossy Accents to them.

Finally, here’s a card featuring the sweet animal silhouettes from Winter Woodland Companion Die (don’t you just love the scarf on the deer??), the Landscape Borders Designer Dies and the sentiment from the Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set. I kept the scene white-on-white, with glittery “snow” only and contrasting silhouettes against it.

I’m truly loving this release, just as much as I did every one before it! I do hope that this month I will be able to share more of it myself, and in a more timely manner 🙂
The October Release will be available on 05/10, in the meantime don’t forget to check out the WPlus9 blog every day for the inspiration! You will find there the links to the fellow Teamies showcasing the product as well.
See you soon, hopefully!

Deck The Halls card

Merry Christmas card

Be Merry card

Sep 25

Papertrey Ink September 2014 Blog Hop

So, right on the day I announce closing down (temporarily, I hope) CASE Study (see the post here), I get to chime in with a rare these days, second post for a day. Totally a last minute idea, guys… I hope you’ll enjoy them both 🙂
I seem to have mastered impulse joining PTI Blog Hops, I usually forget about them until I browse Facebook in the evening and stumble upon someone’s early post (which by the way totally happened tonight). It doesn’t help that 10 am EST when the Blog Hop start means midnight my time either, lol.
Anyway, this month’s Blog Hop Challenge has a delightful photo inspiration, complete with colour combos and sketches to pick from. The photo itself got me decided on joining but I picked a specific sketch and colours and run with them.

What a class in both! I initially had in mind a single layer with large, graphic leafy shapes radiating from the center to create a flower, but I found nothing suitable in my PTI stash (which is getting severely outdated, ouch!). Then I saw the Hands Of Time stamp set and I knew what to do.

I die cut a window in a Soft Stone panel and stamped the clock face inside and on the base layer, in Soft Stone ink. Then I stamped and fussy cut the flowers and foliage from Ruby Rose, and tucked the elements under the sentiment strip stamped with Side By Side Sentiments. I won’t lie by saying that the last set waited for well over half a year to see ink!

I substituted the requested Smokey Shadow with Memento Luxe Gray Flannel ink, for the last of the first one. Thanks for visiting!

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