Sunday, June 24, 2018

Stirrup Some Trouble - Technique Tuesday Animal House

Good morning! This morning, Technique Tuesday has a special giveaway! Pop over to the Animal House Category at Technique Tuesday and choose your favorite animal stamp set, then pop over to the Technique Tuesday Blog and leave a comment with that name for a chance to win it! Comments must be left by June 29th - winner will be announced July 1st! These sets are always the cutest little critters - and the sentiments are so perfectly punny! LOVE!

To help give you some ideas - I have a card using one of the recently released Animal House Sets - Hanna the Horse!

I love this super cute horse image - I was definitely a horse crazy girl growing up, and still love them. My girls now take riding lessons and love them as well! And as always - the sentiments in this set are PERFECTION! I used two of them for this card, heat embossed on some pattern paper and then die cut using Hexagon Steel Dies.

The horse is colored with Copics and die cut with the coordinating Hanna the Horse Dies. And isn't that pattern paper perfect? It's from an older 6x6 paper pad called Creekside - one of my favorites.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Aqua and Gray Florals

Good morning! My daughter recently turned 15, and as always, I try to set some time aside to make a very special just-for-them birthday card on their special day! I chose this card to reflect some of her favorite colors, and also the fact that she is getting so very grown up - that's why this is a more grown up card than I think I've done so far! I pulled out several of my Altenew stamp sets to build this card!

I started off with the Beautiful Day Clear Stamp Set, and stamped the flowers using just 3 of the layers - skipping the base layer. I used Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, and Lagoon Crisp Dye inks to stamp the flowers. I can never get over the amazing layering of Altenew floral images - the realism is astounding and breathtaking! I stamped just one layer of the leaves from this set to fill in the background using Silver Stone ink

It felt like it need a few additional pops of color, so I filled in some tiny flowers from Vintage Roses using Mountain Mist ink, then I pulled out some Pretty Pink Posh Pearl White Jewels to add to the centers of all the flowers - it was the perfect touch of elegant sparkle! Finished off by adding the sentiment that was built with Birthday Greetings and Floral Shadow, die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle, matted with some gray cardstock, and mounted on a white cardbase.

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Big Bold Words Card Duo - on the Heffy Doodle Blog

Good morning! Just dropping by to share a peek of a couple cards I have on the Heffy Doodle Blog this morning! You can check out the post HERE to see more!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dreamy Watercolor Sky Background on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog

Good morning! Today I have a tutorial for this card on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog - AND - this set is on sale for the next 4 days as well! Woohoo! You can check out the blog post HERE, and find this set in the shop HERE (and dies HERE)!

Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful day!!!

Let's Travel Together - Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Blog Hop

Good morning! I'm thrilled to be hopping today to celebrate the BRAND NEW Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Release with a FABULOUS line up of talented creators! Today is Day 1 of the hop - make sure and check in tomorrow for Day 2 - there is a $25 prize up for grabs from EACH and EVERY stop along BOTH days of the hop!!!

You should have arrived here today from Elena Salo - if you just happened along, head over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog to start at the beginning!

You may notice that there is a coupon code above - enter code PUFFY when shopping at Simon Says Stamp to receive those adorable floral stickers! Coupon expires at 11:59 PM on June 24, 2018.

For my card today - I used the fun and fabulous new Classic Bicycle Die - such a fun and detailed die! It includes a basket, which I ended up leaving off - just couldn't decide where to put it, and liked it as it was, so decided to leave it alone! :)

I die cut the wheels from black cardstock, and the body of the bike in a combination of Tonic Gold Pearl Mirror Satin Effect Cardstock and Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red cardstock, then just used scissors to trim and piece together the gold parts onto the red. Fun to layer - and infinite possibilities! I glued those pieces all together, and set them aside to dry, and did some blending on my cardbase with Distress Oxide Inks and my current favorite ink blending tool - the Tim Holtz Ranger Ink Blending Brushes! I have one for each of the color families - and they are SOOO easy to use! LOVE! 

I added some gold ink splatters to the background with my Starry Colors Palette (my favorite way to add gold splatters right now!), and once that dried a little, I stamped my sentiment on there using the new Vacation Time Stamp Set. I love this stamp set - so different and unique, and the mix of large and small sentiments is so fun to put together! 

If you are looking for more inspiration - head over the Good Vibes Gallery on the Simon Says Stamp Blog - full of inspiration with this release! And...when you receive your goodies, please link up your creations as well to inspire others! I also have this card that I posted when the release went live if you are looking for more inspiration - this uses the gorgeous Strangeness Stamp Set and Vacation Time Stamp set for the sentiment (like my card posted above for today!) You can see details HERE if you're interested!

Your next stop along the hop is Gayatri Murali - I know she has something fabulous waiting for you - so make sure and head that way next!

Simon Says will be giving a $25 gift certificate to their online store at each stop along the hop - so make sure and leave a comment before you leave for a chance to win! Winners will be announced next Wednesday on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

Here is the entire blog hop line up in case you get lost along the way:

Heather Hoffman (you are here)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Wish You Were Here - Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Release

Hello! It's finally time to start sharing my projects with the brand new Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Release! YAY!!! Such a fun and happy release - just like the name implies! I have a feeling you will be seeing lots of the stamp set that I used on the card I thought I would kick off with - a GORGEOUS and unique floral set - definitely a unique and different feel to this image! I should also note that it is HUGE! This isn't an A2 card - it is actually a 5x7 card!

I started off by stamping the large floral image from Strangeness Stamp Set on kraft cardstock with kraft in k and coloring with my colored pencils. It took a while - quite a while, but was so fun! Once I finished, I used my MISTI to perfectly line up the image, restamp, and heat emboss in white. At first, I regretted doing that - kind of wished I kept gone more neutral and stamped in gold or something along those lines. But...I couldn't let ALL that WORK go to waste - so I set out to figure out how to use it on a card! :) 

I'm glad I did - because I ended up being happy with the end result! I created a 5x7 cardbase, and stamped my sentiment on there using another NEW stamp set called Vacation Time, and stamping in Khaki ink for the main sentiment, and in black for the mini one. I slightly masked that part off, then added a healthy dose of black splatters on the card base. While that dried, I fussy cut out the floral arrangement (I didn't have the dies on hand) - then mounted that with foam adhesive. All done!

Make sure and go check out the new release HERE - and come back on Thursday when I will be part of Day 1 of a fabulous blog hop to celebrate - and there will be giveaways too! And finally - if you are looking for inspiration, make sure and heat to the permanent gallery for all things from the Good Vibes collection, and add your own projects as well! You can find it HERE!

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Pinkfresh Liquid Watercolor Card Trio

Good morning! A few weeks ago, Pinkfresh Studios released some FABULOUS new Liquid Watercolors! I was going to be a guest on the release hop, but due to some postal issues, I didn't receive them until a little later. Then, life was crazy and it took me a bit longer than I hoped to get them out, play with them, finish some cards, take photos, and NOW finally get those photos edited and this post written! I hope it was worth the wait though - because I LOVE these new watercolors I have to tell you! 

I played with them in several different techniques for these cards, and so enjoyed all the different variations of color, blending, and intensity I could achieve with them so easily! And the colors are so rich and vibrant too!

First of all - I started with just a simple stamped scene on watercolor cardstock using Bloom and Grow stamp set and my MISTI to get a nice clear and crisp impression.

I used a mixture of Aquamarine, Bubblegum, Sunshine, Key Lime, and Sapphire and Licorice for these card. I mixed a few of the colors to get more shades and variation as well.

I particularly loved how well the Licorice worked for adding splatters! Without adding too much water - it stayed nice and deep and dark on my watercolor cardstock - I did add it after everything else dried to prevent the chance of it running. I also added some white gold splatter to this card with my Starry Colors palette for some shimmer and shine! Finished off with a yellow cardbase to make those colors pop!

For my next card, I thought it would be fun to try them out on just some sturdy white Neenah 110 lb cardstock instead of watercolor paper - I was blown away by how fabulously it worked!!!

I heat embossed the large floral image from Fleur 1 in gold on my white cardstock, then carefully added a bit of color to it. I was careful to not add too much water, but was amazed that my cardstock didn't warp or deform - YAY! I also die cut the floral image with the coordinating Fleur 1 dies.

I stamped some of the smaller leaf images from Fleur 1 in black on a panel of white cardstock to fit around the main image, then mounted it with foam adhesive over the top. I heat embossed a sentiment from Word Series: Brilliant on a strip of black cardstock, and mounted it with foam adhesive with a bundle of gold thread underneath. Added a few Pinkfresh Enamel Dots, and a good bit of splatters with some of the same watercolors - adding some gold with my Starry Colors palette again.

And finally, since I had bits of watercolor still on my palette and wanted to use them up, I created my own rough plaid design to use as a background on this next card!

For this one, I added strips of water with a wide brush on watercolor paper, then dabbed my paint in with a brush and let it spread out on it's own. I let the colors dry, then added stripes of black with the Licorice watercolor. I used the last touches of paint in the palette to add some splatters once that all dried.

For the focal point to place over my background, I used the beautiful new Modern Mandala Die cut from white, and tucked a slightly smaller solid circle behind it to keep it from being too busy with the background. I added a leaf cut from black with Botanical Branch (simply trimming off the frame with my scissors), and a sentiment from Be You stamp set heat embossed in white on a square of black cardstock.

And there you have it - lots of ideas and ways to use these fabulous new Liquid Watercolors! I can't wait to play with and use them lots more! NOTE: These are currently a pre-order, but I know that they are set to be shipping in the next week, so if you haven't ordered yet - this would be a great time to grab a few of them to try out without having to wait too long for them! You can find them all HERE if you are interested!

Also, since it's been a while, I thought I would link up with a couple of challenges! First up, the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Frame It (last card with Mandala forming a frame around the sentiment):

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