Watercoloring with Distress Inks - Cute Card feat Little Blue Buttons Digital Stamps


Watercoloring with Distress Inks - Cute Card feat Little Blue Buttons Digital Stamps


Hi everyone! Today I am back with my second post as a guest designer for Little Blue Button Stamps. If you are new to this company, they design and sell some really sweet and fun digital stamps, you can have a look at them here.

For today's card I used the Sweet Dreams digital stamp. I printed it on Canson XL watercolor cardstock with my Canon Pixma TS5050 because I wanted to paint it with my Distress Inks. This printer is great as it has a pigment ink that works well for watercolors and handles easily heavyweight cardstock. It also comes with a traditional black ink, that I use when I want to do some coloring with Spectrum Noir or Copic markers.

Watercoloring with Distress Inks - Cute Card feat Little Blue Buttons Digital Stamps (2)

I took my time and did some watercoloring with Distress Inks. For the sky I used Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean. For the moon I used Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw. For the blanket I used Peacock Feathers, and for the girl's PJs I used Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar.

Watercoloring with Distress Inks - Cute Card feat Little Blue Buttons Digital Stamps

I painted the skin with Tattered Rose and the hair with Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Scattered Straw.
Finally for the lantern I used Rusty Hinge and Barn Door. I created some stars using the gold pan in my Gansai Tambi Watercolor set.
I left my panel to dry and then die cut it with the Tonic Studios Layering Squares. I used the same set to cut some black cardstock too, with which I framed my watercolor panel.

Watercoloring with Distress Inks - Cute Card feat Little Blue Buttons Digital Stamps

And that's it for today! I really hope you guys enjoyed today's post and liked this card. I really love this illustration, and I think that with a bit of a lighter color palette, it would be perfect as a birthday card for a baby girl! Which occasion would you use this card for?









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Crafty Deals! Boxing Day Sales and End of Year Sales for Cardmaking and Papercrafting



Hi crafty friends! I hope that those of you who celebrated it had a wonderful Christmas together with your loved ones. I spent two wonderful days with my husband, we cooked, we laughed, we relaxed. I couldn't have wished for a better Christmas! How was yours?

The reason why I am back with this post today is that I spotted some crafty deals around the web, and wanted to share them with you!
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But now let's see what deals I found for you guys :)


Sizzix is having a huge after Christmas sale, with products up to 70% off! You can check it out here

 


There is a clearance sale at Scrapbook.com with lots of products up to 70% off!
You can shop the Scrapbook.com sale here



I also suggest that you take a look at the sales on the Spellbinders store! There is a Holiday Blowout Sale, but do browse the sales page, as there are deals on lots of products!



Tonic Studios is currently having a sale, with dies, cardstock, and Nuvo products at a reduced price!
You can shop the Tonic Studios sale here


If like me you love cute stamps, you can't miss out on the C.C. Designs End of the Year sale!
Use code EOY for 35% off your order! Click here to shop!



Craftstash is having up to 75% off for their Boxing day sale! Tonic Studios, Lawn Fawn, Sizzix, Tim Holtz and many more!  Shop the Craftstash sales here!



And if you spot something you like which is not in the sales category, you can use my exclusive code CRAFTY10 for 10% off your purchase! The code is valid until Jan 17th, not applicable on Copics and machines.



I have been browsing Amazon.com, and found sales on the Brother ScanNCut DX, as well as the Silhouette Cameo 3.

          

I also found two Brother Label Makers at a discounted price, these were on my Christmas wishlist!

  

For my UK and EU followers, I wanted to let you know that I found a great offer on the Brother PTD 400 label maker on Amazon.co.uk. I got one for myself and I can't wait to play with it! If you are on the market for a label maker, I suggest you take advantage of this offer! 



Thank You Tag Trio feat Studio Katia


Elegant Thank You Tag Bookmark Trio Studio Katia Poinsettia

Hi everyone! It's Laura here, and today I am back with a trio of thank you tags I created with the Merry Poinsettia and the Poinsettia Trimmings stamp set. I debated whether to create more last minute Christmas inspiration, but then I thought I would instead create these tags, as I think they can be a nice way to say thank you to our loved ones after the Holidya season. 
For all three of them I followed the same steps.

Elegant Thank You Tag Bookmark Trio Studio Katia Poinsettia Blue



I first die cut some colored cardstock using the Bookmark Die. I then created a tone on tone background by stamping the Poinsettia Trimmings with Versamark Ink over my tags. I heat embossed one of the images in the Merry Poinsettia stamp set over some vellum and die cut it with the coordinating dies.

Elegant Thank You Tag Bookmark Trio Studio Katia Poinsettia Red



I used the thanks sentiment from the A Cup Of Thanks Coordinating dies, and did some heat embossing on that too, to create a metallic die cut. I added some sequins to the tags and white Nuvo Drops to the center of the flowers.

Elegant Thank You Tag Bookmark Trio Studio Katia Poinsettia Purple



For the blue tag I used silver embossing powder and the  Silver Foil Fusion Sequin Mix, for the purple tag I used gold embossing powder and the  Gold Foil Fusion Sequin Mix, and  for the red tag I used copper embossing powder and the Golden Copper Foil Fusion Sequin Mix.

Elegant Thank You Tag Bookmark Trio Studio Katia Poinsettia



And that's it for today! These tags are really quick and easy to make, and I think they are a really nice idea to say thanks to those who made our holiday season special! Which one is your favorite?
Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a great day!
Laura






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Spellbinders New Collections Inspiration Blog Hop + Giveaway!


Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

Hi everyone! Today I am really excited to be joining the Spellbinders New Collections Inspiration Blog Hop! In this super fun hop, you will see projects created with products from the Exquisite Splendor collection by Marisa Job, the Great, Big, Wonderful World by Sharyn Sowell and the Destinations China by Lene Lok. Make sure to hop along and to read this post until the end, because there is a giveaway too! ;)



For my cards today I used products from the Destinations China collection and I created two different designs.  

For the first card I used the Lucky Clouds Etched Dies and the Lanterns Etched Dies
The Lucky Clouds set includes a rectangle die and a very intricate and really gorgeous cloudy background die. I was really excited to use it on my card, and I know already that I will be using it a lot in the future! 

Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

I started off my card by cutting some white and some light blue cardstock with the the rectangle die in the Lucky Clouds set. I then die cut the blue cardstock with the cloud background panel and glued it to my white cardstock panel. 

Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

Next, I used one of the dies in the Lanterns set to cut some red cardstock, as well as some gold cardstock from the Spellbinders Platinum Pack 3
For the sentiment I die cut some black cardstock using two of the dies in the Spellbinders Sew Sweet Sentiments set.

Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

I matted my cloudy sky on some black cardstock, cut at a standard A2 size and mounted everything on a top-folding A2 card base. 



For my second card I combined the Lanterns Etched Dies with the Traditional Fence Etched Dies.
Much like the Lucky Clouds, the Traditional Fence set comes with a base square die, and two additional dies that cut the detail of the fence.

Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

For my card base I die cut some wine red and vanilla cardstock using the square die in the  Traditional Fence set. I then used one of the two detailed dies to cut a fence pattern in my red cardstock panel. I layered the two panels, adding vellum in between for an extra detail.

Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

I then used another of the dies in the Lanterns set to die cut some more red, white and gold cardstock. I layered the different die cuts to build my lantern. And look at all that detail! So pretty!

Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

For my sentiment I used again the with love dies from Spellbinders Sew Sweet Sentiments set. I die cut the words out of white and black carstock, and overlapped them to create a drop shadow effect.

Handmade Card Destination China Spellbinders

I mounted everything on a top folding A2 card base and that finished off my second card.


And now it's time to tell you more about the blog hop and the giveaway! 
To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner that will be selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. The giveaway closes on Sunday, December 23rd at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Monday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

Here is the full blog hop list, you should have arrived from Ilda Dias and your next stop is Kaja Vezenšek.

Spellbinders
Marisa Job
Desiree Kuemmerle
Hussena Calcuttawala
Jennifer Snyder
Erum Tasneem
Anita Kejriwal
Sharyn Sowell
Mayline Jung
Anna Komenda
Brenda Noelke
Deepti Malik
Tina Smith
Mona Tóth
Ilda Dias
Laura Volpes <--- you are here
Kaja Vezenšek
Caly Person
Jean Manis

Remember to comment to enter the giveaway, and let me know which card is your favorite!
Thank you very much for stopping by, and have a great day!

Laura







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Holiday Card feat SugarPea Designs



Hi everyone! Today I am back with a cute and easy holiday card I created for the SugarPea designs Mix it Up challenge. I embraced the Anything Goes part of the challenge, and took the opportunity to use the adorable GingerSnaps stamp set.


I started by stamping my images on Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and coloring them with Spectrum Noir markers. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.
For the base of my card I cut some Bristol Smooth Cardstock with the Card Front Element Builder and the Zig Zag Stitched Circles. I did some ink blending with Distress Oxides in Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio. I also did some blending with Broken China, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire on a separate panel, which I glued to the back of my card front.


I glued the images to the card, and heat embossed my sentiment with white embossing powder by WOW!. I also added some Nuvo Drops around it and then went crazy with the embellishments. I added sparkle with my Clear Overlay Pen over all the sugar/glazing areas, as well as the candies and the wreath. I also covered those areas with Glossy Accents and left them to dry overnight.



I mounted everything on a top-folding A2 card base and that finished off my card.
And that's it for today! Don't forget that you can enter your projects to the Mix it Up Challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to the SugarPea Designs Store!
We look forward to seeing your entries!



Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Laura






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Scrapbook.com Exclusives Review: Stamps, Ink, Stencil Bushes and More + Sale


Hi everyone, today I am back with a review post in which I will tell you a little bit about some Scrapbook.com exclusive products that I had the chance to play with. I have shared two different cards where I used these products, you can have a look at them here and here.

First of all, I want to talk to you about the Scrapbook.com DIY Coupons and You and Me Quotes and Sayings Exclusive Stamp sets


The DIY Coupons is a fun set that allows you to create your own personalized coupons. These are  just perfect when you want to make a gift to someone that is not a physical object. It could be a dinner out, a trip, a night out at the movies, you name it! Whatever it is, with these stamps you can deliver these gifts in a fun and personalized way. 
The set comes with 7 different stamps, which produce a nice an crisp impression, and they feel like they are made of good quality photopolymer.
You can see how I used this set to create a fun congratulations card by visiting this post




The You and Me Quotes and Sayings is a large 8x6 inches stamp set, which features 23 different stamps: two little hearts and 21 different sentiments. The sentiments are good for a variety of occasions: you can find love sentiments, friendship sentiments...some are funny and ironic, while others are romantic and inspirational. There is a great range of sizes and font styles, so this is a good sentiment set to have in your stash. Again, the impression is crisp, and the material feels good quality. You see the card peeking out from under the set? Here you can read more about how I created it.




Next up I tried the Scrapbook.com Black Premium Hybrid Ink Pad. The hybrid formulation of this ink is such that it can be used with alcohol markers and with water based media. You need to wait for it to dry in order to take advantage of its waterproof property, and then you can watercolor directly on top.
In the picture above you can see how I tested the ink. I stamped one of the smaller images in the DIY Coupons set with the Scrapbook.com Black Premium Hybrid Ink Pad and gave the ink a bit of time to dry. I then scribbled over the image with Spectrum Noir markers, which are alcohol based, and with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, which are water based. As an additional test I also stamped the image on some watercolor cardstock, colored over it with one of my Zig markers, and then blended it out with some water.
As you can see from the picture, there was no bleeding and the stamped image remained crisp. I think that it is really great to have one ink that works with multiple mediums!




Another great product I had the pleasure to try are the Stencil Blending Brushes. I was really curious to test them out, and I have to say that I really like them! They come in packs of three, feel sturdy but are not too heavy. The bristles are compact yet soft, and do not come off the brushes when you use them. They yield a really soft and delicate blend, and are great to add colors to your panels or to use with stencils. This is definitely a product I want more of!




I also had the opportunity to try out the Flat Card Fronts and the Card Bases
The Flat Card Fronts are sheets of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock cut at 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches. 
The Card Bases are pre-scored and pre-cut card bases, also made from Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. When folded they measure the standard 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches.
These are really convenient to have, the cardstock is a nice, bright white, and it is great for stamping and to use with alcohol markers. I used to make my own card bases and card fronts, but having them ready is really a time saver! Plus, if you are a beginner cardmaker and do not have a paper trimmer or a score board, these are great to get you started! 




Finally, I tried the Scrapbook.com 0.25" double sided adhesive. It is a nice sticky adhesive, the backing comes off easily and you can tear it with your hands pretty effortlessly. There is a wide ranges of sizes available on the Scrapbook.com store, including double sided adhesive sheets, which are really handy, especially when you are dealing with intricate die cuts or die cut sentiments.

And this concludes my review. Do let me know if you found it interesting, and if it gave you a bit more of an insight on these Scrapbook.com Exclusive products. I definitely had fun testing them out, and found some new favorites!

If you would like to purchase any of them, or if you are up for some crafty shopping, as I am writing this post I spotted a sale on Scrapbook.com. The more you spend, the more you save for the next two days! This is a great deal, as lots of items are already discounted on the shop, including Lawn Fawn products, Scrapbook.com products, Ranger, Tonic Studios, and many more! You can check out all the sales here 


And that's it for today! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful. I will be back soon with more fun content (stay tuned ;) ) and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

Laura

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