Thursday, February 21, 2019

Watercolor Branches Sympathy Card - Simon Says Stamp

Good morning! Sharing a super simple sympathy card that I made this past week using a beautiful die and stamped sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. Since sympathy cards are always hard to make when you need them, I always try to make sure I have some in my stash so they are ready when needed. I love how this simple design works so well with the sentiment on this card.


I started off by die cutting the Clustered Leaves Wafer Die from Watercolor Cardstock - trimming out the center and being left with two different leaf sprigs. I then did some ink smooshing with 3 shades of distress ink on each of them. It's hard to see the variation in the photos, but it adds some great depth with the different colors. The purple leaves used Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves, and Wilted Violet. The blue uses Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, and Chipped Sapphire.


Once those dried nice and thoroughly, I planned an arrangement I liked for them on a white cardbase, and carefully adhered them down. I then stamped a simple sentiment from Sketched Flowers Stamp Set - I love the elegant font on this stamp set!


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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Stenciled Candles - Reverse Confetti Wednesday in the Works

Good morning! I have a new edition of Wednesday in the Works on the Reverse Confetti Blog and YouTube Channel this morning featuring these super simple, one layer, easy to mail birthday cards with a bit of stenciling and sparkle! I hope you'll go check it out!


Thanks so much for stopping by - have a great day!


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

My Hero - on the Heffy Doodle Blog

Good morning! Just popping by with a peek at a little card I have posted on the Heffy Doodle Blog this morning! You can check out all the details HERE - I'd love if you pop over there and leave some love!


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


Monday, February 18, 2019

Soft Alcohol Ink Backgrounds - on the Unity Stamp Company Blog

Good morning! Stopping by today with a quick look at my set of cards for this week's video tutorial on the Unity Stamp Company Blog this morning! I'm kicking off a serious of tutorials featuring alcohol inks in different ways, and today is the first installment! You can check out all the details HERE!


Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful day!


For the Happy Couple - Simon Says Stamp

Good morning! I recently had a request to add a few more wedding cards to my stash of cards, so I pulled out one of my favorite dies from Simon Says Stamp, some distress oxide inks, and a simple sentiment, and put this card together!


I started by blending a trio of distress oxide inks on a panel of white cardstock - I used Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Aged Mahogany. I then smeared a coat of Nuvo Blizzard Glitter Drops over the top to add some sparkle, and set that aside to dry.


I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Corbel Heart from another panel of white cardstock, then trimmed it down with the largest Stitched Rectangle Die. Once the other panel dried, I mounted it over the top of the blended distress ink.


Finished off by heat embossing a tiny sentiment from Floral Bliss on a strip of black cardstock trimmed into a banner, then mounted that with foam adhesive over the top. Finally, I mounted that entire panel over a Slate cardbase for extra contrast! Can you see the sparkle in the negative space of the die?


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Saturday, February 16, 2019

I Believe in You - Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge

Good morning! Stopping by with a card this morning for this month's Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge - the fun monthly challenge at Reverse Confetti!


This month's theme is Encouragement and Congratulations:


I created this card with lots of texture and white space - and a nice bold pop of color with some black accents!


I used Diagonal Stitches Cover Panel to add texture to my background, then stamped the floral image from Pattern Blocks and colored with very simple Copic markers before die cutting with the perfectly sized Stitched Squares Confetti Cuts.


Over the top of this, I layered a black frame cut with Scalloped Square Confetti Cuts, and a sentiment from Mod Floral Stack, heat embossed on a strip of the same Midnight cardstock. Aren't the texture and layers fun?!?!?


Here are the Reverse Confetti products I used on this card - click on the picture if you want to learn more about any of these items!


   

   



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Friday, February 15, 2019

Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit - Fantastic Amazing Incredible

Hello! I'm popping in to share a couple more cards created with the BRAND NEW March Simon Says Stamp Card Kit - Lucky Rainbow! Aside from both the large Amazing Stamp Set, and the super cute small Wooly Lucky stamp set - there are also some adorable Doodlebug stickers, and some gorgeous Lawn Fawn pattern papers! And of course, lots of cardstock, some pretty envelopes, some shaker fillings, and a hybrid ink cube!

I have two more cards to share today using the kit contents - first up this simple and fun one layer card featuring lots of the Doodlebug stickers from the kit paired up with some super fun sentiments from the Amazing Stamp Set in the kit!


This was super fun to put together - just layering the stickers together, and stamping the sentiment around it.


Nice and flat and easy to mail too - and happens to be a perfect match for the pretty Metallic Gold Envelope in the kit as well!


The second card uses the Amazing Stamp Set with a different technique for kind of a fun unique look!


For this card I started with a panel of watercolor paper and the solid dot images from the stamp set. I inked them up with Distress oxide inks, misted with water, and stamped on my watercolor paper. I love how it left sort of a painted dot look!


Once I finished all the dots and let it dry thoroughly, I stamped my sentiment over the top and mounted it on a white cardbase. Another nice flat and easy to mail card! YAY!


Here is a closer look at the entire kit contents - you can find all the details HERE:


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Card Set Challenge - Winnie and Walter Birthday Bash

Good morning! Winnie and Walter is kicking off their 5th Birthday Bash Challenge Extravaganza today - so I thought I'd give you a peek at the challenge I'm hosting - a Card Set Challenge! Since one of my favorite things to do when I'm cardmaking is create multiple cards at the same time and change up either the color, sentiment, or some other element, I thought it would be a fun challenge! You can read all the details HERE - I hope you will come play along


Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!


That Really Stinks - Technique Tuesday Card

Good morning! I'm back today to share a fun card using some of the newest release from Technique Tuesday! All products from this January release are available at Technique Tuesday in the new product category HERE. Today I'm sharing some more cuteness with the adorable Sally and Sherman the Skunk stamp set!


I stamped and colored one of the skunks, then die cut with the coordinating dies. I stamped one of the hilarious sentiments from the set on a frame die cut from Essential Stitched Labels Dies - another new release.


The background was created by doing some ink blending with distress ink on watercolor cardstock, then misting a bit with water to help it blend and soften the edges a little. I also added some black splatters with my Pinkfresh Licorice Liquid Watercolors.


Finished off with a wiggly eye on the skunk (doesn't it up the cuteness factor a TON?!?!?) - and then mounted the image and sentiment with foam adhesive on my background!


COUPON CODE:
I also have a special coupon code to share with you - this coupon is good from February 15-17 on all products in the Thank You Category HERE! My coupon code is THXHEATHER!

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Altenew February 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Good morning! I can't tell you how delighted I am this morning to be hopping along with Altenew to celebrate the BRAND NEW February 2019 Release! You can find the entire release HERE.

So - fair warning - this is a VERY photo heavy post! I have a total of 8 cards to share, so make sure to get all the way to the bottom for the giveaway info!


I'm starting off with this lovely trio featuring the new Exotic Tulips Stamp and Die set. A couple of them also feature sentiments from the new Reason to Smile stamp set - full of wonderful sentiments!


I love how easy it is to alter the feel of these tulips just by switching out the ink colors and layers. They can go from soft to bold so quickly!


I also added some soft stenciling for interest on the backgrounds to each card.


For this first, softest color tulips, I actually skipped stamping the base layers of the flowers and leaves, and just stamped the next layers with the softest colors of ink. The stenciling on this background was created with Mega Hydrangea Stencil.


This next one steps up the bold colors by one step, stamping the base layer in the palest colors of ink, then building to darker. The stenciling on this one was created with Spring Garden Stencil.


And finally, for the deepest and boldest one - I started with the base layer in a deeper shade, then built darker from there! This one uses Flowing Drops Stencil for the background.


All the inks I used are linked below if you are curious - LOTS of Altenew inks on my cards today! They are perfect for layering stamps, and also worked lovely for all this stenciling!


Which is your favorite - soft, medium, or bold?


Next up, I have a duo of cards featuring the new Baroque Motifs stamp set!


For this first one, I did some soft blue ink blending on my background, then stamped a couple of the elements from this stamp set in a deeper blue shade over the soft background for a tone on tone effect.


I added a hefty dose of splatters with some of that same deep blue ink, as well as my Starry Colors Palette for some gold shine. Then I added a sentiment from the previously released Fancy Frames, heat embossed in silver on a bit of black cardstock, and popped up with foam adhesive.


The second card I stamped and heat embossed in clear on my white cardbase, then did some resist ink blending over the top in soft blue. Love the soft effect this gives! 


Added a sentiment from Reason to Smile, heat embossed in white on a strip of black cardstock, then mounted at an angle on foam adhesive with a twist of silver thread popped underneath.


Would love to hear which version of this you like best?


Have you noticed I seem to love making sets of cards? Haha! Next up, the lovely Dotted Blooms are so beautiful and simple for an elegant card!


I basically created the same card twice - but changed up the feel just by changing the colors of the card. This first one features the sentiment and frame from Fancy Frames heat embossed on a panel of vellum in white, then with the soft pink florals over the top.


I also added some jute twine, and some of the brand new Nuvo Dream Drops that I was lucky enough to bring home from Creativation - these are in Love Potion - and they are so fun! Creamy and smooth, with the perfect iridescent shine!


This second one has a slightly bolder feel, due to the deeper colors I used! For this one, I heat embossed with gold on the vellum, then used a range of teal inks on the florals.


To soften it up a bit, I used a softer jute string, and then added some coordinating Nuvo Dream Drops in Dragon Scales (isn't that a fun name?)


There is a nice soft feel to these thanks to the texture of the vellum on the background, and the the florals popped up on foam adhesive add just the right touch of dimension.


And ONE final card to share - you are almost to the end! This one features a leftover flower from the 50th wedding anniversary card I made for my parents a couple weeks ago (details HERE if you want to see that card) - and pairs it up with a fun sentiment from Reason to Smile!


I first added some black splatters to my card base using Pinkfresh Liquid Watercolors in Licorice, and let that dry thoroughly.


Once that dried, I attached the flower and leaves at the bottom corner of my card, and then added my sentiments at fun jaunty angles.


Finished off with a few white jewels for just a touch of sparkle! Love the simple elegance of this card - and the encouraging sentiment!


I would love to hear which set is at the top of your wish list - or which of these 8 cards is your favorite! I seriously had WAY too much FUN with this release!

GIVEAWAY INFO:
Altenew is giving away 6 $50 gift cards for comments left on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog. Winners will be announced on the Altnew blogs on 2/24/19. In addition, I have a $30 gift card up for grabs for comments left just on my blog here! My winner will be announced 2/21/19 on my blog here!

Here is the entire blog hop line-up so you don't get lost along the way - there are lots of giveaways along the hop as well:

Heather Hoffman (you are here)

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