Alcohol Inks + Gilding Flakes with Koren Wiskman

Hello friends!

I am here today to share an amazing video and cards with you from a special guest!

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Koren Wiskman at Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Road Trip Challenge at The Queen's Ink. She was so wonderful! I started following her on Instagram, and saw her share some gorgeous work she was doing with alcohol inks and I thought you all would love to see it too!
Me, Koren, Kathy
Check out the video and cards below! She combined alcohol inks, gilding flakes and our Awesome stamps and dies.





Simply stunning! Have you tried using alcohol inks? I've had some sitting in a drawer and now I'm itching to break them out! 

Be sure to check out Koren everywhere:

Have a  great weekend!
Danielle

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Christmas and Cocoa with Heather Meeson


Happy Friday friends!  Not only are there only 10 days left until Christmas, but today is the last day our December guest Heather Meeson is with us.  This month, and year, are flying by!  Heather has a great idea for some quick and easy gift giving today, take a look:

For my last guest designer post, I’ve got a last-minute idea for gifting hot-cocoa.

Mine is sized to work with a cocoa packet that’s tall and skinny, but you can easily adapt it to work with any size you have.


To create this pocket all you need to do is a little scoring:

· Trim cardstock to 8” (wide) x 8 1/2” (tall)

· Create the “spine” by scoring at 3 3/4” and 4 1/4”

· Rotate cardstock and score at 6 1/8” and 6 5/8” (this creates the inside pocket)

· Trim excess cardstock under the left panel (front cover) and spine, this leaves only the pocket on the right side

This image shows what your scored paper will look like:

Once the pocket card was created, I added a candy cane to the outside spine with a glue dot and wrapped twine around to hold it closed.


The final step was to add the layer with the yeti scene; popping it up with foam adhesive to accommodate the twine underneath. The Yeti is from the Get Yeti set and the snowdrifts were created using the Stitched Slopes dies. My favorite bit is the candy cane (from the Beary Merry set) in the yeti’s hand (which I added by making a tiny cut with an xacto knife). The sentiment is also from Beary Merry.
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Christmas Pageant Twinkling Stars | Nancy Damiano

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! Today, let's take a closer look at the Christmas Pageant Stamp Set and Lucky Stars die.


The background design of this card was inspired by the ornaments in this cute little girl's tree "dress". I wanted to mimic the look of the twinkling lights and used tiny enamel dots in the center of the stars randomly. It gives the background a nice punch of color and texture. 


The little tree girl was colored with Zig Real Brush Pens and popped up with some adhesive foam. The snowflake was added to her hand and a present from Fa La Llama in the other.

Creating a simple card with a bit of twinkle is easy and fun with the Christmas Pageant stamp and Lucky Stars die!



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Warmest Wishes with Kay


Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! I have another wintery Christmas card to share with you using some fun stamps and dies from Neat & Tangled. I mixed several different sets here to create this cute scene! I used Merry Kisses, Wild Ones, Lumberjack Love, Holiday Baking, and Into The Woods.



For the background, I used Smooth Bristol Board and blended some Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles Distress inks, then sprinkled with water and white acrylic paint.  I added a snowy hill at the bottom, and a sentiment from the Merry Kisses stamp set at the top.
All of the images were colored with Copic markers, cut out with the coordinating dies, and adhered with liquid glue. The two little animals and bird in front, I adhered with foam tape for a little dimension.



I added lots of Stickles to the trees, candy cane, present and pudding, but it's hard to tell in the photo. In real life this card sparkles and shines!

I hope you have enjoyed my card today! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season!

Kay :)


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DIY Snow Globe | VIDEO | Natalie Elphinstone

I love Christmas crafting and always seem to put a thousand projects on my "must try" list at this time of year. There's just something about this magical season that makes me want to create magical things. But since it can also be a bit crazy-busy at this time of year, it turns out the best DIY projects are also the ones that simple and easy to make!


I couldn't resist this DIY Snow Globe when I spied it in my local craft store, and about a million different ideas popped into my head. You could easily fill this with any number of Christmas images, and build up a much more detailed scene than I have. But in the spirit of keeping things quick and easy (but still super cute!!) I went with a couple of the children from the Christmas Pageant Stamp Set


My only added 'technique' which came with a degree of difficulty was when I decided to add the snowflakes hanging down from the top. Granted this was a little fiddly! But I do love the extra dimension and movement these add.


And a snow globe wouldn't be a snow globe without snow or glitter or something to shake around inside of there, so I added my entire remnants of my bag of Snowfall Sequins! It was the perfect finishing touch!

You can see how the whole project came together in my video today. I hope you enjoy it. And if I don't see you again beforehand, may you have the Merriest of Christmasses ever!

           

Supplies:
Christmas Pageant Stamp Set
Christmas Pageant Die Set
Snowfall Sequin Mix
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Christmas Sleigh with Heather Meeson


It's the third Friday before Christmas and our December guest designer, Heather Meeson, is back to help us get in the holiday spirit.  Here's Heather with all the details on this adorable card:

This week I’m still crushing on the adorable puppy from the Get Yeti set. This is a quick, festive CAS design that, after coloring the images, comes together really fast.

I always start the with the “snowy” background panel so it has a little time to dry while I color. By the time I’m done, the background (made from flicking a bit of watered-down acrylic paint onto the cardstock) is usually dry enough not to smear (but if it happens to still be shiny in spots, I’ll speed up the process with my heat tool).


Adding a bit of sparkle with two-sided tape and red glitter was an easy-peasy way to get the look of glittered cardstock when I didn’t have any. I added the tape to the base card before the snowy layer.


See you again next Friday!
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Clean and Simple Glitter Holly Card with Kelly Latevola


Hello Crafters! 

Are you getting ready for the holidays? 
I have bought zero things.
Exactly nothing. 
I've got 19 days right? 

You know what I have been doing though?
Making Christmas cards. 
That I probably won't mail but it's the thought that counts right? 


Today's card is super quick and easy but still looks super elegant. 
My kind of card!


I started by using the Medallion Builder Dies to cut out "berries" and "leaves" to create Holly for my card. I cut the detailed version out of white and added some shading with my copic markers.  


With the help of foam tape I was able to layer the detailed die over the glitter die creating a ton of dimension, not to mention all that beautiful glitter! 

You can see the card from start to finish in the video below


It was a bit risky to add the frame at the end but sometimes you have to roll the dice to end up with a card you love :) 

Before I go I wanted to remind you all that there is a SALE going on! 
We are retiring some products to make room in the new year. You can see all of the products on sale here


I created this watercolor card with one of the sets on sale. If you're interested you can see the video here. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Supplies: 

Neat and Tangled HELLO WINTER
Neat and Tangled HELLO WINTER
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SSS | Neat & Tangled
MEDALLION FLOWER BUILDER - NICE AND NEAT DIES
MEDALLION FLOWER BUILDER - NICE AND NEAT DIES
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SSS | Neat & Tangled
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock ASSORTMENT GLITTER
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock ASSORTMENT GLITTER
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock PINE GLITTER
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock PINE GLITTER
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock CRIMSON GLITTER
Simon Says Stamp Cardstock CRIMSON GLITTER
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EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
EK Success WRITING PEN FINE TIP
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Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
Sizzix BIG SHOT PLUS MACHINE Gray And White
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder Bag
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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Copic Sketch MARKER G05 EMERALD GREEN
Copic Sketch MARKER G05 EMERALD GREEN
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9 x 12 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack
9 x 12 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack
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Copic Sketch MARKER G17 FOREST GREEN
Copic Sketch MARKER G17 FOREST GREEN
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Copic Sketch MARKER G28 OCEAN GREEN
Copic Sketch MARKER G28 OCEAN GREEN
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C-Thru T SQUARE RULER
C-Thru T SQUARE RULER
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Neenah 80 LB SMOOTH DESERT STORM  25 Sheets
Neenah 80 LB SMOOTH DESERT STORM 25 Sheets
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SSS
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Joy, Warmth & Love Of The Season With Debby Hughes



Hi, it's Debby here today with a last dash on the Christmas card making! This watercoloured background was quick to paint and showcases the large sentiment from the Wishing You Love set beautifully.



There are two ways you can create a background such as this. You can stamp the sentiment in clear embossing ink on watercolour card and white heat emboss before painting and letting the heat embossing resist the paint. This allows the paint to puddle around the heat embossing and gives nice variation. However, you can get paint dots drying on the heat embossing which need wiping off afterwards. Alternatively, and this is the method I chose for this card, you can watercolour a loose background and then when dry stamp and emboss the sentiment.



I painted a layer of Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral and Rose of Ultramarine on Arches Hot Pressed watercolour card and then dried that layer before painting an Indigo layer over the top. I dried the panel again and then splattered with the paint colours I'd used and in addition a silvery Finetec paint and Winsor & Newton White Gouache. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Wishing You Love set in clear embossing ink and white heat embossed.



I trimmed the watercoloured panel down slightly and mounted on an A2 side folding white card base. I then die cut a Stitched Slope and a house and couple of trees using the Warm Winter Scene die from white card. I foam mounted these over the bottom of the panel and then accented with Sweetheart and Snowfall sequins.

Thanks for joining me today and I'll see you next time!
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Christmas baking with Elena

Hi there!

We just wrapped up our annual Christmas cookie exchange party, and I did a ton of baking. I love everything about holiday flavors and smells! This card will be the perfect companion to a tin of cookies for our neighbors.


I used images from Holiday Baking to create the scene - the little mouse handing off a carton of milk is my favorite.

Because the images are small, but I wanted them to take center stage without the bigger bear and bunny found in the set, I placed them onto our Classic Tag 1 shape. 


I'm not sure if the card could scream Christmas any more than it does: the red milk carton, the green holly leaves and cake plate, the candy cane striped paper, and the knit green paper on the card-base (that last one is by Lawn Fawn. The lettered patterned paper is by Pinkfresh.)

If you love holiday baking as much as I do, you could give these cookies a try - I made almost 12 dozen of them this past weekend and they are yummy: white chocolate chai snickerdoodles. The only change I made to the recipe was to add some cinnamon to the cookie dough.

♥.
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