Dimensional Tag for the First Create a Smile Stamps Card Making Challenge


Hello everyone! Today I am back with a very special post, as this is my first project as part of the Create a Smile Stamps Challenge Design Team! If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will know by now that Create a Smile Stamps is launching a new card making challenge, and that I was selected, together with some really amazing crafters, to be part of the team that will be sharing inspiration for each challenge. I was really excited to be accepted on the team, and really impatient to get started - and the day has finally come! Welcome to the first challenge on the Create a Smile Stamps blog!

The theme for this week’s challenge is Tag It! so I decided to create a tag, and to spice it up a little by adding lots of fun dimension with foam tape. 
To start off I stamped three of the leaves from the Create a Smile Stamps Time to Say Thanks stamp  set on some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then colored them in with Prismacolor pencils and cut them with my Cutterbee Scissors. 
I cut the base of my tag from some more Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with a die by Craftin Desert Divas and added some splatters with using white acrylic paint.


For the sentiment I used the for you saying from the Create a Smile Stamps Happy Days stamp set and I heat embossed it with white embossing powder on some black cardstock. 
To create dimension on the leaves I used a double layer of foam tape on the tip of each leave, a single layer of foam tape in the center, and I glued down the bottoms directly onto the tag. This way they stand out nicely from the surface of the tag, and at the same time they are supported all the way through. As a finishing touch I added some white Nuvo drops and some white embroidery floss.
If you are curious to see how I created this dimensional tag you can watch the process video down below. And don’t forget to let me know what you think about it - your feedback is really important to me and very appreciated! :)



And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this tags and enjoyed the video! Don’t forget that you can enter your projects using at least one Create a Smile Stamps product for a chance to win a 25€ gift certificate to the Create a Smile Stamps Shop (and by the way, did you see their international shipping rates? I wish international shipping could always be so affordable!). You can find the challenge guidelines and more information on how to play along on the Create a Smile Stamps blog, as well as some really wonderful inspiration from the whole design team! And if you haven’t yet, you can join the Create a Smile Stamps Friends and Family Facebook group - it’s a really lovely place with a super friendly atmosphere! :) 



I hope to meet you guys there and we are all looking forward to seeing your creations!
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!

List of Supplies

Craftin Desert Divas Shaker Tag dies
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock
Core’dinations Smooth Black cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Versamark ink
Prismacolor pencils
Cutterbee Scissors
White acrylic paint
Ranger white embossing powder
Crelando heat gun
Antistatic powder tool
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Scotch 3M foam tape
Tonic Studios easy clean mat
Nuvo Drops - Simply White
White embroidery floss

Valentine's Card feat Studio Katia Kobi's Hugs and Kisses


Valentine's day card feat Studio Katia

Hello everyone! After a long Christmas break I am super excited to be back with this sweet Valentine’s day card! It's Theme week over at the Studio Katia blog, and the theme is Hearts/Valentines, so I decided to combine the new the new Kobi’s Hugs and Kisses stamp set with the Sweet Heart Candy stamp set - they work perfectly together!
As a first step, I stamped images from the Kobi's Hugs and Kisses set on some Neenah Solar White cardstock, I colored them with alcohol markers and cut them with the coordinating dies. I also added some highlights with a white gel pen.

Valentine's day card feat Studio Katia - Close up

For the background panel I cut some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock using the Dotted Patterns: Loops Creative Dies. I did some ink blending with Distress Inks and added water splashes for some extra interest.
The card base is some dark gray cardstock that I cut with the rectangle die in the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies set.


Valentine's day card feat Studio Katia

I then adhered everything together, and, as a last step, I stamped several of the sentiments in the Sweet Heart Candy stamp set using Versamark ink.
And that’s it for today’s card! I really hope you liked it and I hope I inspired you to create with these wonderful Studio Katia products!
Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a great day!


List of Supplies

Neenah Solar White cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock
Dark Grey Cardstock
Spectrum Noir markers
Copic markers
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark Ink
Uni-ball Signo white gel pen
Mini MISTI
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
 

Triple Shaker Card feat C.C. Designs



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a fun triple shaker card I made for a dear friend of mine using digital stamps by C.C. Designs! I have been really enjoying C.C. Designs images lately! They are incredibly cute, and I love that they also offer digital stamps alongside their physical stamps - it’s so much easier, especially for us international customers!
For this card I used images from the Roberto’s Rascals Snowies digi set: I printed them on Neenah Solar White cardstock, cut them with my Silhouette Portrait, and colored them with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. 
For each of the shakers I proceeded as follows. I cut some white cardstock using the Lawn Fawn Selfie Frames dies to create the Polaroid frame. I also cut some extra frames to back the shakers. For the shaker background I blended some Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers over some Fabriano Bristol Smooth cardstock and added some water splashes. For the shaker elements I used some small ziplock bags which I filled with faux snow. I used double sided adhesive to assemble each shaker. 
For the background I did some ink blending on a piece of Canson XL watercolor cardstock cut to about 21 by 9,9 cm with Distress Ink in Blueprint Sketch and Shaded Lilac. I added some water splashes for some extra interest. I let everything dry and then applied some Nuvo Mousses in Duck Blue over the Create a Smile Wave of Snowflakes stencil using a spatula.
Once the Nuvo Mousses had dried I glued the three shaker panels to the card background with a generous amount of liquid glue. For the sentiment I used the Lawn Fawn Fa La La La La Border die. I mounted everything on a top folding card base which measures 21.1 by 19.8 cm.
And that’s it for today’s project! I really hope you enjoyed it and liked this card! I also want to take the opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas time with your friends and family! I will take a little break from the blog and my YouTube channel during this time, but I will be back in January with more fun content! (However, do hop over on my Instagram or Facebook if you want to see a couple more cards I will be showing in the next few days).
Thank you all so very much for sharing this journey with me, I really appreciate your support! 
Hugs,
Laura

List of Supplies 

C.C Designs Roberto’s Rascals Snowies digital stamp set
Lawn Fawn Selfie Frames Dies
Lawn Fawn Fa La La La La Border Die
Create a Smile Waves of Snowflakes Stencil
Spectrum Noir markers
Copic markers
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac
Ranger Mini Ink blender
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm smooth white cardstock
Fabriano Bristol Smooth cardstock
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Nuvo Mousse - Duck Blue
Spatula
White glue
Faux Snow
Ziplock Bags
Double sided adhesive
Canon Pixma TS 5055 Printer
Silhouette Portrait
Sizzix Big Shot Express
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
WeR Memory Keepers Scoring Board



Studio Katia December Release Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello everyone! It’s finally time for a new Studio Katia release, and today we are celebrating with a fun blog hop with lots of possibilities for you to win along the way! 



I will give you all the details at the end of this post - for now let’s have a look at today’s card! 
It was really hard to pick a stamp set from the new release for this project...they are all so fabulous! In the end I decided to go for the Blooming Bunch set, and to color it using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.


I cut my card base out of some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock using one of the dies in the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames set. I then stamped the floral image and the sentiment with Versafine ink in Onyx black, and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I colored the images with my Zig markers, using miltiple layers to achieve a higher depth of color. The raised edges of the embossed lines help a lot in keeping the pigments confined to the respective areas, and prevent bleeding. For some finishing touches I added some sparkle to the flowers with my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen and diluted some Distress Ink in Black Soot to add a few black splashes around the card base.



And that finished off my card.
As I mentioned above, this post is part of a blog hop in celebration of the new Studio Katia's release! 
You should have arrived here from Olga's blog, and the next stop in the hop is Amanda's blog

To further celebrate the new release Studio Katia is giving away a 50$ gift certificate to two lucky winners!  All the info on how to qualify to win can be found on the Studio Katia blog.
And there's more! You can win a 20$ gift certificate to the Studio Katia Store by leaving a comment on this post! You have time until December 22nd, midnight CET. I will randomly select a winner from all the entries and announce it here on the blog on December 24th. So make sure to check back in case you are the winner, because I will need you to email me within one week from the announcement to claim your prize! The other designers on the hop are also giving away gift certificates, so the more blogs you visit, the greater your chances of winning! 

EDIT: the giveaway is now closed and I am back to announce the winner! Thanks to all of you who left a comment, I really appreciated your sweet words!
Random.org selected the following winner 



which corresponds to Debra Rumpza’s comment! 



Debra, you have time until Dec 31st to email me at abitofmycrafts@gmail.com to claim your prize! Congratulations and happy shopping!

And that's it for today! I really hope you guys liked this card and enjoyed this post. Below you can find a list of all the products in the new release with links to the Studio Katia store. 
Thank you all so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Clear Stamps and Coordinating Dies:

Floral Trimmings:
Stamp set: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/floral-trimmings-clear-stamp-set

Blooming Bunch
Stamp set: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/blooming-bunch-clear-stamp-set

Kobi’s Hugs & Kisses 
Stamp set: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/kobis-hugs-kisses-clear-stamp-set
D: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/kobis-hugs-kisses-coordinating-dies

Sweet Latte
Stamp set: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/sweet-latte-clear-stamp-set
D: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/sweet-latte-coordinating-dies

Best Ever
Stamp set: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/best-ever-clear-stamp-set
D: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/best-ever-coordinating-dies

Sweet Heart Candy
Stamp set: (previously released) https://www.studiokatia.com/collections/clear-stamps/products/sweet-heart-candy-clear-stamp-set
Die set: (new) https://www.studiokatia.com/products/sweet-heart-candy-coordinating-dies

Standalone Creative Dies

Dotted Loops: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/dotted-patterns-loops-creative-dies
Dotted Mini Tags 1: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/dotted-patterns-mini-tags-1-creative-dies
Script Coffee: https://www.studiokatia.com/products/coffee-scrip-creative-dies

Embellishments: 

Lovely Fusion - https://www.studiokatia.com/products/lovely-fusion
Cupid’s Kiss Crystals - https://www.studiokatia.com/products/cupids-kiss-crystals-mix
Mint Dream Crystals - https://www.studiokatia.com/products/mint-dream-crystals-mix

Iridescent Hearts - https://www.studiokatia.com/products/iridescent-hearts-crystals
Red Hearts - https://www.studiokatia.com/products/red-hearts-crystals
Magic Hearts - https://www.studiokatia.com/products/magic-hearts-crystals



Inlay Die Cutting feat Studio Katia Kobi’s Hugs and Kisses


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Hello everyone! It’s Release Preview week over at the Studio Katia blog, and today we are showcasing the super sweet Kobi’s Hugs and Kisses stamp set! I have said many times how much I love this cute character, so I was very excited to create a card using this set!
To begin with, I stamped the images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies. 

valentines-die-studio-katia-inlay-die-cut-card

For the background I cut some white cardstock using the frame die in the Dotted Patterned Loops Creative Dies set. I also used the heart die in the Dotted Mini Tags 1 set to cut out some hearts from the main background panel. I blended Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspblerry on the die cut hearts and on the frame. I used the same inks to also stamp the envelopes on the background. I the added some sparkle to the ink blended elements and to the heart that Kobi is holding with my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen.
To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and adhered everything to my A2 card base. I tucked the die cut hearts in the corresponding negative cuts on my background panel for an inlay die cut look.

valentines-die-studio-katia-inlay-die-cut-card-close-up

And that’s it for today’s post! I really hope you liked this card, and don’t forget to check out the Studio Katia blog for more inspiration with the new Kobi’s Hugs and Kisses stamp set! 
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of supplies 

Studio Katia Kobi’s Hugs and Kisses | Clear Stamps
Studio Katia Kobi’s Hugs and Kisses | Coordinating Dies
Studio Katia Dotted Patterned Loops | Creative Dies
Studio Katia Dotted Mini Tags 1 | Creative Dies
Neenah Solar White 100 lb cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Spectrum Noir markers
Distress Oxides - Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Studio Katia Round Acrylic Block
Mini MISTI
Uhu white glue


Big Shot Express Die Cutting Machine

Coffee-Themed Card feat Studio Katia for the Winter 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop



Studio-Katia-Sweet-Latte-and-Scripted-Coffee-CAS-Card

Hello everyone! Today I am back with a clean and simple card I made for Studio Katia, as part of the Winter 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Today also marks the beginning of the countdown for the new release (yay!), and because Studio Katia is one of the sponsors for the blog hop, we are featuring the new Sweet Latte stamp set and the Scripted Coffee Creative Die. These products will be available for purchase in the Studio Katia blog starting Friday, December 15th.  

For my card today I colored the moka and the coffee cup images from the Sweet Latte stamp using my Spectrum Noir markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. 

Studio-Katia-Sweet-Latte-and-Scripted-Coffee-CAS-Card-close-up

For the card base I used some Doodlebug patterned paper from the Kraft in Color 6x6” paper pad. I cut the base using the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies, and I trimmed down a strip of striped patterned paper with my guillotine trimmer. I used the strip ground my images in the card design.
For the sentiment I combined the Sweet Latte set and the Scripted Coffee Creative Die. I die cut the word “Coffee” from some brown card stock, and stamped the “but first” sentiment using Memento Dew Drops in Toffee Crunch.
For a  finishing touch I added some Nuvo Drops in Dark Walnut. 

Studio-Katia-Sweet-Latte-and-Scripted-Coffee-CAS-Card-close-up-2

And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed this post! If you haven’t yet, you can check out the Studio Katia blog for more inspiration using the Sweet Latte stamp set and the Scripted Coffee Creative Die!
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

List of Supplies

Studio Katia Sweet Latte Clear Stamps
Studio Katia Sweet Latte Coordinating Dies
Studio Katia Scripted Coffee Creative Dies
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Memento Dew Drops - Toffee Crunch
Spectrum Noir Markers
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Doodlebug Kraft in Color 6x6” paper pad
Nuvo Drops - Dark Walnut
Mini MISTI
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Uhu white glue

Holiday 2017 Cardmaking Series - Sweet Scene Card feat MFT Our Story

MFT-Our-Story-Christmas-Card

Hello everyone! Today I am back with another card and video for my Holiday 2017 Card Making Series on YouTube. For this sweet card I decided to combine the MFT Our Story, Happy Pawlidays and Santa’s Elves stamp sets. 
As a first step, I stamped my images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and I colored them in with my Spectrum Noir markers. I cut them all out using the coordinating dies or my Cutterbee scissor, depending on whether I actually had the cooridating dies themselves. For the background of my scene I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide in Fossilized Amber on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock. To cut the panel to a standard A2 size I used a die from the Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames set. I added some water droplets and dabbed off the excess with a paper towel.
For the floor I used one of the papers in the Lawn Fawn knock on wood 6x6” paper pad. 
I glued all the elements in place with some liquid glue, and I then stamped the sentiment, from the Our Story stamp set, using Versafine Onyx Black ink.
For a finishing touch I added some glitter with a Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen, and some Nuvo Drops in clear glitter around the sentiment.

MFT-Our-Story-Christmas-Card

To finish off the inside of my card I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the MFT Merry Christmas Greetings stamp set with Memento ink in Love Letter. I also initially stamped the pile of presents that I also have on the card front with the same red ink, but I ended up changing my mind. So I stamped it again on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo black ink, colored it with the same colors I used for the card front, and adhered it on top of the stamped image on the inside of my card. 


If you want a more in-depth look at how I made this card, you can watch the video below. And don’t forget to let me know what you think about it!


And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked this card and enjoyed the video! I will be back soon with another fun project , and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

List of supplies

My Favorite Things Our Story stamp set
My Favorite Things Our Story coordinating dies
My Favorite Things Happy Pawlidays stamp set
My Favorite Things Santas Elves stamp set
My Favorite Things Merry Christmas Greetings Stamp Set
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Lawn Fawn Knock on Wood 6x6” paper pad
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Memento Dew Drops - Love Letters
Spectrum Noir markers
Distress Oxide - Fossilized Amber
Nuvo Drops - White Blizzard
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen
Uhu white glue
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
EK Success Cutterbee scissors
Mini Misti
Tonic Studios Stamp Platform