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A little more Tropical with Catherine Pooler!

I am so LOVING this release from Catherine Pooler and I have been working on more cards today so I thought I would pop a quick tutorial up for you 🙂

You’re so tweet – how cute is that?!

Here is how I made this sweet Tropical card:

  • Cut a piece of Catherine Pooler Stamping Cardstock to 16 cm x 9.5cm
  • Using The Toucan Do It Stamp Set from Catherine Pooler’s latest release stamp out the two birds in an alcohol proof inkpad.
  • Use the double flower from the same set and stamp along the edge of the lower half of the card with your alcohol proof ink pad.
  • Apply a thin layer of Nuvo Making Fluid using a fine tip brush, allow to air dry completely.
  • Once dry using your Picket Fence Life Changing Blender Brush, blend Shea Butter Ink along the top of the card, then Bellini, and Finally Party Dress along the bottom.
  • With your finger rub off the Nuvo Masking Fluid.
  • Colour the birds and flowers using your Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers.
  • Stamp some flowers on the card using Shea Butter and Bellini Ink, cut two flowers out using the Toucan Do It Coordinating Dies, adhere with foam squares.
  • Add Wow! Glass Slipper Sparkles to the centres of the flowers.
  • Stamp a Border using the Good Vibes Stamp Set along the top left hand side of the card with and embossing ink, sprinkle on Wow! Wanderlust Embossing Glitter and heat set.
  • Mat and layering using gold glitter yardstick and pastel card.


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Sunflowers on #maplesyrupmonday

So it is #maplesyrupmonday again! (I know, I know I have been terrible posing lately)

Laurie from It’s All Cut and Die and I introduced this fun little blog post a few weeks back, basically it is two crafty Canadian girls sharing our projects using different brands, different techniques, having fun, giving away prizes and hoping you will join in and play along!

Last post and this post is all about Water colouring with The Ton Stamps.  We posted an opportunity for you to have various ways via both of our blogs etc to have chances to win a fabulous Stamp and Die set from the Ton (compliments of Maple Syrup Designs), and the winner will be announced at the end of this post.

For this weeks card, which was a quick and easy make I used the Sunflower Garden Cling Background Stamp by The Ton. (Supplies will be listed at the end of my post)

  1. Using your Stamp Platform, position your stamp and stamp onto watercolour paper using VersaMark Ink.
  2. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and gently heat set.
  3. I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and laid down the colour on my glass mat first and picked up the colours onto my water brush.  I used Sunshine, Gold and Sunflower on the Petals and Bark on the Centre of the flower (I added a little extra depth using the Spectrum Noir Aqua Tint markers after the fact, but this could all be done with the Aqua Markers alone).
  4. Keep Layering the colour up until you get the depth and shades you like, let dry, or dry with your heat gun between colour layers.
  5. Use a little bit of the Aquamarine Aqua Marker with your water brush and fill in the background.
  6. Take your Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen and add a layer of Sparkle to all of the sunflower petals.
  7. Cut out your stamped and painted image and mount onto a piece of Matt Gold Mirror card that is slightly larger.  I find that Sookwang Scor Tape is the best for adhering to watercolour cardstock.
  8. Cut a pice of white ribbon and add some tape runner to the back of the ribbon and the stick to the lower third of the card, making sure to wrap the ends around to the back of the card so that they are secure.
  9. Attach this to a card blank (you will likely need to make this yourself to suit the size you end up having for your card topper).
  10. Tie a bow and  secure to the ribbon banding.

This Easy yet beautiful card will be suitable for many different occasions, you could add a sentiment to the card but I like the effect of having the Sunflowers the whole focus.

We really hope you will join in and leave comments (and follow) our blogs and Instagram and tag your makes using The Ton stamps with Watercolour with #maplesyrupmonday for a chance to be featured and you never know when we will randomly choose a card to give away a prize!

Laurie and I will be back on May 7th featuring makes using Stamping Bella stamps….yay!!!

Ok….so, I know you are all basically wondering who won This awesome Large Peony 5 Stamped and die set…….

 

……Carol (justmeclm.blogspot) You are the lucky winner! Send me an email to claim your prize!

 

We really hope you have enjoyed and will continue to join in!

Laurie’s Blog: www.itsallcutanddie.blogspot.ca

My Instagram:  @maplesyrupdesigns

Laurie’s Instagram: @crazycardlady

 

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Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!

So, I’m totally not a plan ahead card maker…I know what stamp I want to use and it just goes from there.  So I knew I wanted to use the Bunny Friends Stamp by Penny Black, but that is all I knew, but, I love how this one turned out!

  1. First I Stamped the Image using Catherine Pooler Midnight Black Ink, and then coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers.
  2. I trimmed the card down to make even edge widths on the side and a decent amount left blank at the top.
  3. Who has the We R Memory Keepers Laser Square?! It is totally one of my favorite tools as my eyes never seem to see a straight line! So, I took the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Big Birthday die, lined it up, stuck it down with a little washi tape and ran it through my Gemini Junior.
  4. Once this is done, I cut a piece of acetate to size and adhered to the back of the cut out letters using my Nuvo Medium Glue Pen (let it sit for a few seconds to become nice and tacky before you stick down the acetate.
  5. Make a border around the back side of the letters with foam tape, and fill the enclosed are with sequins, cover over with a second piece of acetate (or white card).
  6. Using tape runner at the top and a few pieces of foam tape at the bottom stick the card front down onto a slightly larger piece of white cardstock, voila…Happy Birthday Bunnies!!

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Adding Dimension to Your Card – featuring Craftin’ Desert Divas

Hello Everyone! It’s Colleen Tyler from Maple Syrup Designs here another blog post for Craftin’ Desert Divas!

Today I will be showing you how to add some dimension to your cards.  There are many ways that you can add dimension to your cards, so I have chosen a few techniques that I use often to highlight as I walk you through the steps of this card.

  1. Stamp your image and colour using your preferred medium, for this card I have chosen to use Craftin’ Desert Diva’s Sparkle Stamp Set, stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers with the Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen.
    2. Cut out a cloud template along the edge of a scrap piece of card.  Using your mini blending tool and Distress Ink in Broken China Blend over the template edge onto the card, continue this process as you move the template all the way down the card. This adds a background layer of dimension to your card by adding depth. Stamp your sentiment in the bottom left of the card (leave enough room around the edge for a border).

3. Use a glue Pen and trace along the edges of the clouds, sprinkle on some Frosting Powder and heat set.  When heat set the frosting powder raises up and becomes white and frosting looking adding texture and sparkle to the card.

4. Use the Inside Scalloped Square die to cut out a frame, add foam squares onto the back of the frame and adhere to the cloud base of the card.

5)  Cut out the Unicorn and add a mini wobble Spring to the back.  Both step 4 and 5 are quick and easy ways to add simple dimension to your card, and who doesn’t like the added fun of a wobble spring to a card?!

6.  For the Final step of Dimension I have added some Nuvo Drops in “Morning Dew” dotted around the card.  I hope you have enjoyed and look forward to seeing what you make!

 

 

Sparkle Stamp Set – CDD

Inside Scalloped Square Dies – CDD

Nuvo Drops – Morning Dew

Spectrum Noir Markers

Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen

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Ski-Sons Geetings by MFT

How adorable are these bears!!?! I just can’t get enough of them ❤️

The stamp set is called Ski-sons Greetings by MFT and there are coordinating Dies also.

I created the background by cutting out the card with the Avery Elle Wonky die, and made he hills by using distress Inks with the Drifts and Hills Stencil, also by MFT.

I traced along the edges of the hills with a deco foil glue pen, sprinkled on Frosting Powder and heat set.

The front of the card is mounted onto glitter card and then onto a card blank.

The trees once stamped and cut out also have some frosting powder applied to them and then stick to the card using foam squares, and then the sentiment stamped directly onto the card

Finally the bear, which has been coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, is fixed onto the card using a mini wobble spring.

I think it’s safe to say quite a few of my own Christmas cards will be made using this set!

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Just thought I would share a few photos with you of some of the NEWLY stocked line of stamps from Craftin’ Desert Divas. They are ADORABLE and super awesome to use for the #thedailymarker30day challenge you will find on Instagram 😊 I will get these cuties into a card to post up here soon…I hope!    These have all been coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers overlaid with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils, both can be found in the shop section of my site. 

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Sneak Peek!!!

Coming up on July 11, 2017 Crafter’s Companion will be on HSN with LOTS of amazing new products and some returning favorites!

There is an amazing Signature Collection by Sara Davies called “Glamour”….the line is fantastic and I have been sent some to create with.  I’ve made tw cards so far using the following dies from the collection:

  • Dressed to Impress
  • Fabulous sentiment die
  • Charismatic Clutch
  • Sassy Shoe
  • Flourishing Frame

I have also used the Hot Pink Organza Ribbon and Adhesive Pearls that all belong to this range.

The quality of these products is top-notch! The dies cut and embossed beautifully and even thought they are very intricate they are easy to remove from the die once cut.

I am 100% in love with this range and will be creating lots more projects between now and July 11 so make sure to check back.  For now I leave you with a couple of cards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congrats on your New Home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to have “New Home” cards in my Etsy shop but they have been out of stock for a long time and I had been wanting to update them so when I saw the “Home Sweet Home” stamps by Jane’s Doodles I knew these were the update my card needed!

they are super sweet and fun and have lots of lovely sentiments to go with he houses, so make sure to check them out!

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New Crafter’s Companion Dies coming soon!!!

I recently had a parcel of lovely “Happy Mail” from Crafter’s Companion with awesome new products to create with as part of their US Design Team (super fun!!)

On May 9th Crafter’s Companion will be on HSN with LOTS of amazing new products.  The Today Special is a set of Dies that make a beautiful Circle pop out card. I received the set of the Circle Decorative Sentiment Dies that is an addition you can buy to go with the build a card set, so I decided to make something with those.

As you are probably gathering from my posts, I love sparkle, so I decided gold glitter card was where I would start.

1) I matched up the circle Sentiment size with one of the Double Stitched Circle Dies from The Ton Stamps, and cut out the circle.

2) I then placed the sentiment circle onto the cut out circle and ran that through my die cutting machine, next, weed out the bits from the die and set aside.

3) Use the next size up circle die and cut out a pale pink circle, take the next size up again and cut out a black circle.  These dies leave a lovely stitched edge when they cut.

4) I then used a pair of fringe scissors to make a small fringe all around the outside edge of the black circle and adhered the pale pink circle on to the centre of the black fringed circle.

5) Adhere the gold Sentiment to the centre of the pink circle (I find Loctite gel super glue to work well at quickly setting the smooth backing of glitter card to the regular cardstock, as some regular crafting glues even if permanent can still not hold these two surfaces together when dry).

6) Cut out a 5.5″ square piece of background paper and stick to a 5.75″ square card blank (or and square size accordingly adjusted). Then using foam squares adhere your circle to the centre of the card, and voila, a quick and elegant card.

This particular paper had beautiful gold foiling on it so it compliments the gold glitter perfectly.

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I’m back!

So, I’ve been out of the country for well over amonth, first on holiday, and then to say goodbye to a dear friend and love and support another.

I’ve been missing my craft studio, so will be spending a lot of time there in the weeks to come and have lots of projects to post!

Keep your eyes on the shop section as there will also be lots of new products coming in the next couple of months as well.

In some other exciting news, I am pleased to say that I am part of the 2017 Crafter’s Companion Design Team and with that will be running some specials to highlight some of my favourite products from them, this will be coming in April.

I will end this brief update with a few colouring projects I’ve been doing while getting over my jet lag, the Markers used are Spectrum Noir alcohol markers from Crafter’s Companion.