Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tips on Building a Background

Hi Folks! I'm happy to share a card I have on the Evelin T Designs blog today! This card just uses one small stamp from the Reading Buddies set. Stop by and check out my tips for using any smaller stamp in a set you already own to build a background. It's a great way to stretch your stamps and gives you a totally different look!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Essentials by Ellen August Release Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen August Release Blog Hop! You may have just come from the "mother" of all these adorable bears, ghosts, santas, etc. .... none other than Julie Ebersole! What a release she's created!! If not, feel free to start at the beginning with Adelina Starace.
We've got Halloween!
We've got Thanksgiving!
We've got Christmas!
We've got Bear Ware!!!!!

Want to take a peek?

Not only is there new Bear Ware, but there's an actual NEW BEAR! What?!

Isn't this little guy so cute taking the hand of mama bear (or on his own he'd be able to hold something up, like a birthday cake, or even this pie!) The pies included in this set are fun to use too ... says the person with the biggest sweet tooth ever. 

Having a wagon included in the Bear Ware 4 set is big-time ... all the different things you can put in it make it so versatile. Pets, kids, the top of the little bear, or just all the misc. die cuts from a set, like the gourds and leaves here. It's like a giant invitation to add more to your card.

The sentiment is from the Last Bite set, which is meant for Halloween (think vampires), but it totally fits here with the pies! And then I stamped a few "gobble, gobble's" by our cute little pie-eater. Finally, the border of the card is a strip I cut from the new Rustic Woodgrain background stamp, which you'll see more of later.

Next up is  an adorable Halloween set Happy Haunting with the cutest illustrations by Julie Ebersole. How darling are these two cuddly ghosts?! Just perfect for the sweet sentiment ... You're my Boo.

The Spiderwebs die is such a great addition as a background for any of your scary or cute Halloween scenes. Especially if you cut it with silver glitter paper!

And here's another look at that Rustnic Woodgrain background that you saw as a strip on the Bear Ware Thanksgiving card. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be using this one all the time!

Before we get to this card, can we just have a moment to applaud this sassy sentiment? Hahaha!! This sentiment, and the "You're My Boo" sentiment on the last card, are from Pumpkin to Talk About.

Aside from the cuddly ghosts, there are other cute creatures of the night in the Happy Haunting set like this little bat with the jack-o-lantern like grin. Give him a hat from this set, and a broom from the Bear Ware 2 set, and he's now a sassy witch.

The background was made by smooshing the Catherine Pooler inks on a stamping block and dropping water before pressing it onto a paper. The stamping block is what gives it that nicely uneven, but still controlled, rectangular shape. 

Added a few sequins and mounted the panel on a white card base. 

These are just two of the cute Halloween critters in the set ... be sure to check out the others!! And they also have coordinating solid colored stamps if you want to quickly color them in!

Finally, the Holiday Characters are just as cute as the Halloween characters, only there are a lot more of them! For this card I really wanted to give the illusion of a sleigh, so I stamped the presents on the card base first, layered a die cut of The Big Guy, and finally added the reindeer in front, pulling the sleigh.

Love how this looks like a sleigh scene, yet there is no illustration of a sleigh anywhere!

The sentiment is from Retro Holiday Greetings and it's just perfect for the outside OR inside of your card. Often the holiday sentiments I have are great for the outside of a card, but if they're just one line, or on the smaller size, they look a little lost on the inside of a card. This sentiment, along with seven others, take up a perfect amount of space on the inside. 

Here's another of the cute characters and another Retro Holiday Greeting ,,, certainly he's a "nice" elf. These Shipping Tags are also part of the release, and the good news is that they cut FOUR tags at once! This makes it so much easier for mass producing present tags, or even for individual tags to layer them up like on this one where I have a pink woodgrain tag beneath the elf. I always like to have two layers of tags for that extra bit of color and texture you can add. And any personal messages as well.

Again, be sure to check out the Holiday Characters set to see all the different characters included in the set.

PRIZES: We've got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole August Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop. Comment before Thursday, August 15th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

I have the pleasure of sending you off to the hilarious Laurel Beard, who is surely the quickest marker-sorter you'll ever meet (as demonstrated at Creativation this year)!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Altenew August 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to the Altenew August Release Blog Hop! You may have come from the beautiful blog of Sveta Fotinia but if not, feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.

Once again, I've got several cards to share with you ... these Altenew releases are always packed with so many goodies it's hard to stop!


This Playful Plumeria set is perfect for anyone who loves the look of the layered build-a-flowers but may be intimidated by lining them up. As you can see, there is a clear space between the uniformly-sized petals for the second and third layers, which really takes the guesswork out of where to stamp them. Let's take a look at two cards with this set, one with the corresponding dies and one without:

The corresponding dies on this set really come in handy since the flowers are meant to overlap when you stamp them on the branch, avoiding the need for a lot of masking. I wanted to go with a more muted color scheme which could be used for a sympathy or encouragement card, so I chose a mint for the base of the flower, and added the pink and red details.

Even though they're muted, they look so cheerful! The edge is stamped with my favorite triangle background stamp from the Pattern Power set and the sentiment is from the Dahlia set.

This card is done without the corresponding dies, and, aside from the sequins, is a one-layer card (ok, well, I guess it's also mounted on a gray card base!) These flowers are stamped in greens with a seafoam blue accent in the middle. To fill the spaces I used one of the smaller stamps from the Vintage Flowers set, but you could really use any small floral or patterned stamp here.

I appreciate that there are a lot of useful, and slightly different, sentiments included with this set. They're also graphically pleasing with one of the words highlighted in script.

Two different looks for this set.

2. Wonderful Wycinanki

The Wonderful Wycinanki set surely has limitless combinations of designs with all the elements which are included. There are two main floral images with stamps for each layer of color, a layered leaf, a smaller layered flower, a leaf base, and several squiggles. And a ton of sentiments.

You can definitely create your own pattern with these elements, but for this card I went with a focal point of three stylized floral images. To highlight the different shapes of color within each flower, I chose contrasting colors so they really stand out.

Although it's a simple (and again one layer) card, there's a lot going on with these detailed shapes. I definitely need to revisit this set soon, as there are so many other different ways to use it. It seems a shame I only have one example here. But, that's probably because I went a little nuts with the next set ...

3. Simply the Best

The combination of a large, bold bloom, with all of those fabulous sentiments, make the Simply the Best set my favorite from this release. Get ready, I've got four cards to share from this set!

"Wow!" is right! Love the size of this floral and how it totally carries the card on its own. Like the Plumeria set, this one is super easy to line up. Also like the Plumeria I stamped the base in a mint color, and then layered on a plum and a navy for accents.

The sentiment is stamped in that same navy, and then with a bright chartreuse, which is repeated in the center of the flower as well as the stenciled bottom of the card. I shifted the Feeling Dotty stencil to get the two-toned dots. So much use out of that stencil!

This card uses the coordinating die and only one of the three layers for a completely different look. Offsetting two of the detailed layers makes for a really cute flower.

The nice thing about using the coordinating die is that you can bend the petals up for a ton of dimension. The kind of dimension that conveniently flattens down for mailing.

The main sentiment is stamped with two different colors, and then I added a secondary sentiment from Sentiment Strips. You'll notice the triangles from Pattern Power also make an appearance here. Finally, I added some leaves from Sunflower Daisy.

With all the awesome sentiments, I felt like I could make a card (or two) that just feature THEM! I'm not sure if this was intended, but I was tickled to see how I could basically write a paragraph by stringing four of the phrases together.

The border of the card is stamped with the main floral image. I love how you can really change up a card while using the same sentiments and flower.

For my final card I decided to focus completely on the sentiment, without a floral image. You just can't go wrong with a rainbow. The thickness of the font used for "thank you" is perfect to get a lot of color on your card.

You could really do this with any of the six sentiments in this set. Lots of options!

And there you have it, no doubt how much I love this Simply the Best set! I honestly could have kept going : )

As you know from this blog hop, the August release is chock full of fun sets to play with, many of which I haven't even shown here. Feel free to check them all out!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 8/14/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/17/2019.

Your next stop on this hop is Enza Gudor with something wonderful to share with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used (including affiliate links; thanks so much for your support!!):

Playful Plumeria Dies
Playful Plumeria Stamps
Wonderful Wycinanki Stamps
Wonderful Wycinanki Dies

Simply the Best Stamps
 Simply the Best Dies
Simply the Best Dies

August Bundle