Saturday, November 5, 2022

New Christmas Release from Colorado Craft Company!

 

Hi Friends! Welcome to the Colorado Craft Company Christmas blog hop to celebrate the new release of Kris Laurent Christmas stamp and die sets!

You may have come from the blog of Kassi Hulet, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Adrienne Kennedy CCC.


I've used a few snow globes before, but I love that the new
Snow Globe Bear set has several cute little critters (see below), and a perfect splattering of heavy snow. Quite the flurries going on in there!


I stamped the snow on top of the adorable mama and baby deer, and wiped off most of the flakes that landed on the face before embossing.



For the snow covered ground, I used a piece of fabric lace (from the giant lace tablecloth with a stain I scored at a garage sale for 50 cents!)


There are a few different sentiments to use from this set, including one that's holiday-themed, winter-themed, and sympathy-themed. Did you notice the customizable plaque on the base of the globe? All the numbers for the next 8 years are included to date your globes. How fun would it be to make a series of these for ornaments and date them each year?! The reindeer and bear are indeed sweet, but after you're done using them, pick something else from your existing stash and put it in the globe!
 

One additional card ... this one uses the fire place stamp and die from
Knitting Bear, and the stockings and sentiment from Stockings Mini. LOVE that large and long sentiment! You could even stick a large MERRY CHRISTMAS on top of that sentiment and use it more for a background.


Eeep! Those tiny stockings are adorable. They're too small for me to consider cutting them out myself, so it's a good thing they offer dies as an option.


I appreciate that the fireplace die has a lot of debossing details - the mortar between the bricks, the wood grain, the arch. It adds a lot, especially if you're not embossing the stamped image.

Prizes! 
There is one HUGE complete bundle giveaway of everything in this release!! To be entered, just use my, or anyone else's affiliate links to make your purchases. You will be emailed if you win.

We are also still doing a giveaway of one stamp set of your choice from comments left at each blog, including mine! More comments, more chances to win!! Please check the Colorado Craft blog, or sign up for their mailing list, for the list of winners. 

Your next stop on the hop is the uber talented Kelly Taylor!

 

Thanks,
- Kelly

 

Supplies used (affiliate links used, thanks so much for your support!)

 

Snow Globe Bear

Knitting Bear

Stockings Mini

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Trick or Treat - New Colorado Craft Company is Here!!

Hello Folks! Before sharing my projects with the new Colorado Craft Company Halloween line, I wanted to share my sympathies for all Floridians. It's been a long day watching news coverage of Hurricane Ian, and for those directly or indirectly impacted, you have my prayers! It was a bucket list item to get to the keys, and we finally made it early this year. We've enjoyed previous vacations to Ft Meyers, Sanibel/Captiva, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Miami, and it's hard thinking of what's happened to the land and people there. Lots of love also to those helping with the rescue/rebuilding operations. 

If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to share my cards now ...

 
Whenever I see a new Big & Bold set, I immediately think shaped cards. There's just something about a card not being a 5.5x4.25 rectangle that makes it extra special. So fun to put these shaped cards together that I made a whole set of them, and am thinking about keeping them all for Halloween decorations!

The shaped pumpkin card is made by cutting a second pumpkin in charcoal, scoring the top of the second pumpkin, and then adhering to the main pumpkin above the folded line. Love that there are dies that cut the insides of the eyes out to make things easy ... interior cuts are always a challenge to get smooth!

Here you can see a side view. Also take a look at the Big Bold Black Cat 1) you can see how he stands, by folding a strip of paper into a box that pops out, and 2) what a fun sentiment to put on the back of your card! The moon above is embossed in silver so it shines.


Love how easy these are to make!
And for a tiny bit more effort, paper piecing can really have a big impact ... 
 

I paper pieced the piercing green eyes on the cat,


paper pieced the striped stems,
 

and paper pieced the insides of the jack-o-lantern. Love how vintage he looks! This would be a great shaker too!

 
This card uses the Big Bold Scary Pumpkin Stamp Set. Instead of stamping the full pumpkin like the first set of cards, I just stamped a bit of the top pumpkin, made a mask, and then stamped two more pumpkins behind. 


These sets come with some fabulous sentiments! I had extra Halloween Greetings, so I used them to double and triple up.


I'm obsessed with the gray/blue pumpkins, even have them stacked in a few pumpkin totem poles at my front door. I colored these very simply and let the colors shine.

Prizes! 
There is one HUGE complete bundle giveaway of everything in this release!! To be entered, just use my, or anyone else's affiliate links to make your purchases. You will be emailed if you win.

We are also still doing a giveaway of one stamp set of your choice from comments left at each blog. More comments, more chances to win!! Please check the Colorado Craft blog, or sign up for their mailing list, for the list of winners. 

Your next stop on the hop is the uber talented Kelly Taylor!

 

Thanks,
- Kelly

 

Supplies used (affiliate links used, thanks so much for your support!)

Big Bold Black Cat Dies

Big Bold Black Cat Stamp Set

Big Bold Scary Pumpkin Dies

Big Bold Scary Pumpkin Stamp Set

Monday, August 15, 2022

Pinkfresh Studio August 2022 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

 

Hello!! Very excited to share some new goodies from Pinkfresh, as well as a super exciting new (to me anyway) discovery about hot foiling on velvet fabric!!

But first I have a few "normal" cards to share ...

Elongated Lattice Coverplate Die

I'm a big fan of unique backgrounds to really set off your cards in a special way, and the Elongated Lattice Coverplate Die is one of those background creators. I'm going to be using this workhorse in three of the cards, so wanted to make sure you knew what it looks like to start. 

 

This card starts with the Elongated Lattice Coverplate Die and then has the frame and several sentiments from In My Heart layered on top.

The hotfoiled "bestie" running across the card is from Phrase Builder Hello Hot Foil and is designed to work with the previously released dies from Phrase Builder Hello!

Did you notice the butterfly on the top of the card? Recognize where it's from? It's from a section of the elongated lattice coverplate!! I just snipped off the surrounding lattice and got a fun butterfly shape! The body in the middle is also part of the lattice I snipped away, and was particularly happy with the naturally forming antenna on top. 

Who knew there was a butterfly in there?!


This card also uses the frame from In My Heart but this time it's embossed in white on vellum. Doesn't it look a bit like lace here? It's a nice way to get a different look.


Here's a better view of the "lace". The flowers from another lovely new set, Beyond Measure, are in the middle peeking out.

Here they are together, same colors, same frame from In My Heart, but different looks.


This card came about from me "seeing things" in the lattice coverplate again ... does this ever happen to you?! We take my oldest six hours away to Ohio State on Friday, and all I've been seeing lately is "OHIO". So I cut out the letters and adhered them on the lattice for a good-bye card [sobs uncontrollably]. To the right is a photo from his grad party in front of the fun balloon arch my friend Brenda and I made.

 

 Love how the letters jumped out of the shapes, and the fun details on the O's. 


Here's the final card, and the one I was excited about discovering another use for the hot foil plates!! VELVET!!! One day it dawned on me that we used to lay velvet over solid rubber stamps, iron them, and then we were left with an indented image in the velvet. Strikingly similar in concept to heating hot foil plates and pressing them into fabric, only this is easier and eliminates the iron. But will it work?!

YES!!!

In the bottom right you can see the indentation from pressing the hot foil plate into velvet (actually more like a thick suede). And I was super happy with that, but then started wondering what if I add the hot foil? You can imagine how thrilled I was when I pulled the fabric off the foil plate and got the beautiful gold foiling adhered to the indented fabric!!


Wow-ee, look how beautiful and luxurious that foil is!! I really didn't have to do much with this card. Layered the elongated lattice coverplate in gold, a background in vellum, the FOILED VELVET, and then the secondary sentiment and an XO with alphas.

So much love for the Elongated Lattice Coverplate Die, and the frame from In My Heart. These were some really fun crafting days!!

 

GIVEAWAYS:

We will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh blog & YouTube channel!! We will also be giving away a total of TEN $25  gift cards, so comment along the hop for more chances to win. The winners will be posted on August 23, 2022 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE, so check back and claim any prize within 2 weeks. GOOD LUCK!!

I'd like to send you now to the blog of the super talented Kelly Taylor, who has some delightful projects to share with you!

Here's the complete list if you need it:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly 

Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks for your support!)

Beyond Measure

In My Heart

Elongated Lattice Coverplate Die

Phrase Builder Hello Hot Foil

 

A Fun New Release from Colorado Craft Company - Adorable Fairies, Honey, Bees

 
Hello! Colorado Craft Company is launching a brand new collection, a mash up between their beloved big and bold line of large-scale images, and the artistry of Kris Lauren! The theme for this release is rather unique, with honey bee fairies. So you can make bee-themed cards, fairy cards, or use the plentiful secondary stamps and create floral scenes. Very versatile!

Needing another idea before pulling the trigger? Switch it up to jam canning fairies like this card!

 

You aren't limited to bees, honeycombs, yellows and blacks. This SWEET fairy is resting on a can of grape jelly, sporting a tutu of aqua and chartreuse. She's close enough to smell the fresh flowers and appreciate how beautiful they are. 

There's not a stamp that says "JELLY" for the label, but it's nice that the word choices are separate from the label. I just handwrote JELLY in that space.


The wings!! I heat embossed white on vellum for two wings, cut them out, layered and bent them. It's such an easy way to add dimension that will lay flat in an envelope.

The sentiment was modified a bit to fit in this space. So instead of reading the sentiment across, I stamped a few individual words going down the card. And because this isn't a honey bee themed card, I only stamped BE instead of BEE. 

I'll be back in a few days with some more ideas for these new sets. If you'd like to check out the products, here's the whole collection, and here's the Honey Jar stamp set.

Prizes! 
There is one HUGE complete bundle giveaway of everything in this release!! To be entered, just use my, or anyone else's affiliate links to make your purchases. You will be emailed if you win.
 
We are also still doing a giveaway of one stamp set of your choice from comments left at each blog thru midnight August 18th. More comments, more chances to win!! Please check the Colorado Craft website, or sign up for their mailing list, for the list of winners.

I'm now happy to send you to the blog of Kelly Taylor who has something fun to share! 

Here's a complete list of hoppers in case you need it:

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

Supplies used (affiliate links, thanks for your support!)


Honey Jar