Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway



Hello friends! I'm excited to be part of Altenew's 2-Day Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway. This hop is all about celebrating our unique community and all that it means to us! We have lots of sponsors and prizes and special offers, so stay tuned for that in a bit.

I can still remember seeing a hand-stamped card for the very first time. A friend of mine came in to the Little Gym class our kids were attending waving it around saying "I MADE this." (That was at least 15 years ago, only because the preschooler I was taking to the gym class is now 17!) I really do believe I was hooked on card making that instant. That magic never gets old! Little did I know then that the real blessing would be the online (and sometimes in-person) community that has built up around this hobby. I was shy and very slow to put myself out there in the online community. It actually took me four years to work up the courage to post a card of my own. Now I realize every day I chose to watch instead of participate was just another day I missed out on the real blessing of this hobby, which is the community! 

I've put together two projects for today, both featuring the Fantasy Floral Die Set and the More Than Words stamp set. 


As soon as I saw the Fantasy Floral Die Set I wanted to watercolor those die-cuts! That layered effect of the flower dies is gorgeous.



 I die-cut these from watercolor paper, used used Zigs to color, and added some splatter after everything had dried.



For the background, I spritzed the watercolor paper with water, then scribbled Zigs on an acrylic block and smooshed to the watercolor paper. After I let that dry, I lightly splattered with a metallic gold mist. Last, I stamped one of the More Than Words sentiments in black.



This next card was a bit of an accident. I had stamped the beautiful Charmed image onto watercolor paper, intending to watercolor that image. But when I happened to lay the watercolored Fantasy Floral  die-cuts down on top, I ended up really liking the simple black-and-white Charmed line art as a background pattern. 


I added a strip of black and white striped paper along the right, the More Than Words sentiment, and some clear sequins to finish.


And now for some special offers, prizes, and a giveaway:


Special Offer
FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Offer valid from October 17th at 12:01 am EDT through October 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.




Prizes
Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of three Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1-year subscription


Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017



Giveaway:
And last, leave a comment here on my blog by 11:59 Eastern Time on Thursday, October 26 for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Altenew. I will post the winner here on Friday, October 27. Good luck!


For more Crafty Friends inspiration, visit all the designers on the hop:

Amy Sheffer (you are here)


Thanks so much for visiting today, and thank you Altenew for having me!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's All About the Candy Corn

Hi there, I'm over on the Queen & Co blog today with a pair of cards featuring the Halloween Hoopla Kit. and thought I'd share them here too. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I'm having with this kit!



The toppings are especially cute -- pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, candy corn, spider webs, and more!


It's All About the Candy

I had to start with my favorite: candy corn, and why stop at just one?


It's All About the Candy

I started with two candy corn shakers, and then surrounded those with several more flat candy corn pieces. The candy corn are so easy to assemble thanks to the trio of dies that go with this shaker shape. I created my shaker frames from white, orange, and yellow card stock, then backed each section with papers from the Halloween Hoopla paper pad. Last, I filled each shaker with a mixture of candy corn toppings, beads, and stars. 

I found the perfect sentiment in the Halloween Hoopla stamp set, white embossed it on the black polka dot Halloween Hoopla pattern, and accented with black and white twine.

It's All About the Candy

To add to the fun, I added a scattering of the Orange Iridescent Bubbles and the tiny black stars.




Hello Pumpkin

Next up is a simple and sweet scene card that could work for both Halloween or fall in general. 


Hello Pumpkin

Here I've die-cut a patterned paper pumpkin and filled it with a mixture of orange toppings and just a few of the black stars for a little pop of contrast. The narrow strips of patterned paper manage to add a ton of color while maintaining lots of overall white space.

Hello Pumpkin

The sentiment, once again, is white embossed on the black polka dot pattern. A few more strips of colorful patterned paper and a trio of Purple Iridescent Bubbles (included in the kit) completes the card.




Thanks so much for stopping by! 



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Papertrey Ink Traveler's Journal: Mini Scrapbook Kits


It's Traveler's Journal day over on the Papertrey Ink blog! This month's feature is all about making mini scrapbooking kits, either as gifts or for yourself. 





I've always found the idea of a December mini-album enticing, but the reality is I've never felt I've had the time to put one together. Today I'm sharing some ideas for how you can prepare supplies ahead of time and simplify December memory keeping.  Papertrey's Traveler's Journal booklets are the ideal size for a December mini-album or journal!


The first thing I did was choose a color combo to use throughout my book. I designed a simple, but colorful album cover using those colors. The letters are all die-cut with Headline Alphabet, the word "memories" is from the Monthly Moments: Year-Round Mini stamp set, and the number "ornaments" are from the Traveler's Journal: Dates stamp set.



You'll need either an elastic band closure or a clip. Otherwise, the booklets don't stay closed on their own. I added a label sticker to a gold binder clip, along with some festive Pure Poppy baker's twine. The label was done with the Traveler's Journal: Typed Notes stamp set, Moments Inked: Planner Banners stamp set, and Moments Inked: Planner Banners die.



On the first page, I set a merry tone with some red polka dot paper and a stamped "Merry & Bright" sentiment from Quick Notes: Holiday Mini.


I added some gradient with a darker shade of green ink, popped the sentiment up with foam adhesive, and added some gold sequins for a little extra pizzazz.



Next I chose a theme for the album. I picked out a dozen prompts and created a spread for each one. I die-cut several photo frames in various colors to have ready for photos, and I've left plenty of room for telling stories, recording traditions, and/or reflecting on the prompt.

The prompts I'm using are: selfie, family, ornament, cookie, holiday card, decor, peace, shopping, listen, lights, and weather. 

The frame is from the Traveler's Journal: Accessories die set, and the titles are all done with the same Headline Alphabet die that I used for the cover.



Next, I stamped and die-cut an assortment of images to use for embellishments. My advice is to not go too crazy with these. Keep it simple! These adorable trees are from the Treetops Glisten stamp set.


Here's an example of how you could add your stamped embellishments.




I also have a stack of snowflakes ready to go. These are from the Snowflake Sparkle set.



And here's another simple page design for the "family" prompt. I adhered the title to the frame with permanent adhesive, but used repositionable adhesive for the actual frame to make it easier to insert those printed photographs. The square frame on this spread is from the Traveler's Journal: Outer Cover die set.

I hope by planning ahead and simplifying the process, I'll be able to stick with a December mini-album project this year! If you don't already have a system you use, hopefully you're inspired to try as well!





Ink: True Black, Fresh Snow, Tropical Teal, New Leaf, Soft Stone, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Green Parakeet

PaperTraveler's Journal Page Blanks  Bitty Big: Pure Poppy Paper Collection; Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Green Parakeet, Tropical Teal, Soft Stone, Classic Kraft, and Stamper's Select White card stock

Other: white gel pen, Pure Poppy baker's twine, gold sequins



For more Traveler's Journal inspiration, be sure to visit the Papertrey Ink blog.
Thanks for visiting!


Reverse Confetti October Hop


Hello, friends! It's the 8th of the month, and the Reverse Confetti Crew and friends are hopping. Welcome! So glad you're here! To start at the beginning, visit the Reverse Confetti blog. When you're finished here, you'll hop over to Kathy Schweinfurth (full hop order below).



I have an autumn card to share today that I made using a number of the new products from last month's release. 


I started my card with a wreath and fall florals that I stamped with Fall For You, die-cut with the coordinating Fall For You Confetti Cuts dies, and colored with Copics.



Behind the wreath is a strip of yellow patterned paper from the Every Little Bit paper pad stamped with a sentiment from Autumn Blessings. For the background, I went with a tone-on-tone Leaf Lattice Cover Panel Confetti Cuts die-cut in Dark Roast card stock over a Dark Roast card base. Before adhering the wreath, I added some brightness with some light white splatter.


Stamps: Fall For You, Autumn Blessings
Confetti Cuts Dies: Leaf Lattice Cover Panel, Fall For You
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Premier Polar White and Dark Roast card stock; Every Little Bit 6x6 paper pad
Other: hemp cord, Copic markers, Mister Huey Opaque White

 





For more Reverse Confetti inspiration, visit the Confetti Crew and friends:





Thanks so much for visiting!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fa La La Shaker Tag


I absolutely love making unique gift tags, especially for Christmas gift-giving. Today, I'm sharing a shaker tag that I put together using the Fa La La Circle Confetti Cuts die set from Reverse Confetti.



I started by sponging the pinked-and-stitched circle die-cut in light green and pink Distress Oxide inks, spritzing a little water on to get the droplet pattern in the background.



I cut several more framed sentiments, then trimmed the words out, leaving me with just an open circle frame. I stacked those together to create enough depth for some shaker material. Next I adhered the built-up circle frames to the base layer, filled with some clear diamonds, covered with an acetate circle, and topped with a Fa La la Circle.




The final touches were some vellum snowflakes that I die-cut with the Snowflake Trio Confetti Cuts and a small helping of pink and green jumbo sequins.



Confetti Cuts Dies: Fa La La Circle, Snowflake Trio
Ink: Distress Oxide inks
Paper: Premier Polar White card stock, vellum card stock
Other: Charcoal baker's twine, clear Wink of Stella brush pen, Jillibean Soup jumbo sequins, Queen & Co Pastel Diamonds Toppings, ink blending foam, water spritzer

 


Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Joyful Wishes - September SFYTT


Hey there, just wanted to share a quick card I put together using this month's Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try. There's time left to play along, but just a smidge, so hurry on over to the Reverse Confetti blog for all the details and the link-up. Contest closes at noon CT on the 29th!

Here's the September sketch:



For my take on the sketch, I picked out some of the images from the adorable new Christmas Bear stamp set, stamped them on Reverse Confetti's Cloud White card stock, and did some quick and loose watercoloring using Zig Clean Color brush markers and a water pen. I absolutely LOVE Cloud White for watercoloring. Looks and feels like traditional card stock, but blends like watercolor paper. (For Copic coloring and general stamping, choose the Premier Polar White.)

My sentiment is from Sentimental Christmas, and the stitched- and pinked-edge circle die is from the Fa La La Circle Confetti Cuts set.


I subbed a length of ribbon for the smaller rectangle panel on the sketch and tied on some string and jingle bells for the embellishment trio.





Stamps: Christmas Bear, Sentimental Christmas
Confetti Cuts Dies: Christmas Bear, Fa La La Circle 
Ink: Midnight
Paper: Cloud White, Premier Polar White, and RC Teal card stock; Very Merry 6x6 paper pad
Other: Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, water brush, ribbon, linen thread, jingle bells, foam adhesive


Thanks for stopping in today! Hope you're having a great week!