Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop

Hey everyone! Lydia here for the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop! If you came here from Agnieszka's blog you're in the right place! We are getting together today just to celebrate our crafty community, and all the joy it has brought into our lives. I can't tell you how grateful I am to have so many amazing people come into my life over a little ink. Pure joy.

May Park is one of those friends. She is a complete treasure, and I never would have met her if it hadn't been for Altenew, so it's a lot of fun to be here today.

I have two very differently styled projects for you today - which is one of the things I love about Altenew's range - it has something for everyone.

The first project is a watercolor card using the Under the Cherry Blossom Tree stamp set. This is a layering set, but I didn't just want to stamp it because I do so love watercolored cherry blossoms. So first I stamped the branch image in Rocky Shore ink. Then I watercolored it to fuzz it out a bit.Then I repeated that with the blossoms in Cotton Candy ink. I did the same with the outline of the branch - this is cool because it also stamps the center of the flowers - in Espresso. Finally I added some Caribbean Sky around the branch. I love the soft look of this image when it's watercolored.

For my sentiment - I wanted it to blend in with the background, so I used their Calligraphy Alpha dies just to make it dimensional, but with no color. The watercolor paper is Fabriano.

The next one is from the VERY graphic and fun Modern Cat bundle. The stamps in this set are stunning and elegant, but I needed a sympathy card, and so I thought I could give a sense of absence to the card with just the matching dies.
Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:

Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1 year subscription

Also - Altenew is offering a special in conjunction with this hop, so click over and shop with free shipping!

Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 20 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by today - be sure to visit all the other hop stops for your chance to win - and be sure and send a card to someone today! Next stop is Tracey McNeely

You arehere >>My Sweet Petunia<< You are here

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Team Tuesday with Maria Sabina

Hello there,

It's Maria ,here with a new card for Team Tuesday. Who loves foxes? I do! My dad actually calls me foxy and I spend a few good hours sitting on a chair. I got a bit inspired by this real story to create a cute foxy card.

I love bold stamping and the MISTI from My Sweet Petunia is the best tool to get the exact result. I like to double stamp or even do it extra sometimes, for a clean and bold look. 

The fox stamp and sentiment are from Studio Katia called: Foxes / And the fox says .  I also used the new Bar Magnet from My Sweet Petunia. They are super strong!

If you don't like coloring your stamped images, using markers or coloring pencils, then invest in bold stamps and ink pads. As you can see the result is pretty nice!

I hope you enjoy today's card!  Sending you all hugs!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Team Tuesday with Ceal

Hi there and welcome to team Tuesday! 
It's Ceal, here today to share a card using some Altenew stamps and of course the MISTI.
But before I share let me remind you that the winner from the Kitchen Sinks stamps bloghop will be announced here today so be on the lookout for that!
Now for the details on my card. 
I used the new Build a Flower Rose set by Altenew and y'all this rose has 6 layers! could you imagine stamping this rose without a MISTI? talk about wasting lots of cardstock. 
Here are the step progression pictures of the gorgeous rose. 

There is no way I would have ever bought this set if I didn't have a Misti.
 To make my card I placed a scrap piece of cardstock in the Mini Misti and stamped all the layers in different hues of blue ink by Altenew. Next I stamped the leaves which is a 4 step progression in different hues of gray ink by Altenew. For the leaves I did things a little different, I started with the last layer and went backwards, sometimes it's just easier for me to samp it that way. 

I created a background using a stencil by Simon Says Stamp. When I am using a stencil then I always use the Original Misti  and the new Bar Magnets to hold the stencil.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out the rose and one leaf, the other leaf I stamped directly on the card front and the popped up the rose and the other leaf I had cut out. When you stamp one thing directly on your card front or panel and then pop the others up it gives it more of a 3D look. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Team Tuesday with Kia

Greetings everyone. It is time for another "Team Tuesday", and, it is also Autumn, my favourite time of the year. So, to celebrate I have done a few Autumn cards using tissue paper along with Paper Artsy Infusions and Bister Powders. If you are not familiar with these powders, both brands are a water soluble stain which have dye colour pigment mixed with walnut stain, and they make for some fabulous backgrounds. I have used both powders on my cards today, along with tissue paper and embossing powders.  

My Misti plays a big role in making these cards. I have added a video below walking through the steps of making the 4th card below, and how I used my Original Misti, Creative Corners and the new Bar Magnet in the process.

The stamp and die sets that I have used throughout are from Neat and Tangled and called Maple Thanks. The rectangle dies I have used are Sizzix Dotted Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangles.  

These are the first two cards. The left is done using Paper Artsy Infusions Frankly Scarlet  and Bister Yellow. The right card is done using Infusions Frankly Scarlet, Green Man and Bister Yellow. For both cards, the panel is attached on foam tape, and the embossing is done in gold. 

For these 2 cards, on the left, Infusions Emerald Isle and Bister Yellow, and the right card is done using Infusions Sleight Blue and Bister Yellow.

To peak your curiosity, here is a picture showing almost all of the products that I used for these cards. A few things are missing, such as the Clear Embossing Powder and a couple of the Martha Stewart Glitter Markers that I used to colour the leaves inside the cards, along with the Tim Holtz Distress Peacock Feathers Ink. 

And, following is the video link. I hope you enjoy the video and that you too will feel compelled to create using the Tissue Paper Watercolour Technique. 

My inspiration for the Tissue Paper Watercolour came from Loll Thompson. You can find a link to her video on my blog under Awesome Tutorials here.

Thank you for joining me today for Team Tuesday - have yourself a MISTI creating day. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Blog Hop with Kitchen Sink Stamps

Howdy - Lydia here! Today the team is doing a blog hop with Kitchen Sink Stamps. I met Maria (the owner) - years ago in Houston when KSS did a traveling class - it was truly one of the most amazing classes I've ever taken. She is the inventor of what I consider the original multi-step stamps, and her images are amazing, so I'm thrilled to have the chance to hop with this incredibly creative woman and her team. I chose her Cabin by the Lake set because it looked so peaceful. I wanted a non-wintery setting for the cabin, so I decided to create a more summery lake scene, using the Colorbox stylus, foam tips and numerous inks. For the sky, I used pink and yellow, and then added blue on top to make it a nighttime scene, but leaving some pink and yellow shining through. I work with the stylus from the edges of the card in, and to get the best results, you really need to work on glossy cardstock - so happy that we carry this again. For the water, I stamped only the detailed water image from the set in Pacific point, and then used the stylus to add Marina Mist ink over that, as well as Daffodil delight for the reflected sun. All the green inks below are for the ground, and I used the browns for shadows. The cabin was stamped on Whisper White, not glossy, and I cut it out and sponged the edges with early espresso using the stylus, to make sure the edges were in shadow. I love the duck stamps and how they blend in with the water stamp and have their own reflection. The sentiment is from School Days.
I love how moody and peaceful it looks.
This card is for today's Kitchen Sink Stamps & My Sweet Petunia blog hop and giveaway!
If you comment on every blog in the hop, you will be entered to win one of two prizes: - a mini or original MISTI (winner's choice), and another lucky winner will get a $50 shopping spree at Kitchen Sink Stamps. It just so happens that today - actually this very day - is Kitchen Sink's 10th anniversary! In honor of that, Maria is having a sale - 35% off all in-stock items, with free shipping at $65 and above. Sale excludes out of stock and special order/retired items, and the sale runs from today through 9/29 at midnight Pacific. Use coupon code KSSDECADE to get the sale pricing! So here are the rest of the hoppers - go see what they've done and good luck! Comments close at 11 PM Central time on 10/2 and winners will be announced on the MSP and KSS blogs on October 3rd.
 You are here >>>Lydia Fiedler<<< You are here 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Team Tuesday - Happy Holidays with Ilina

Hi everyone!
Happy Tuesday! And Tuesday means it's Team Tuesday. Today I(Ilina) am showing you how to make quick and easy Christmas cards using the MISTI tool and ones that involve a lot of embossing.

For my card I used the new Concord and 9th set Magnolia Wreath. I stamped the main wreath using Garden Skirt ink pad, The rest of the images and the 2nd layer of the wreath were stamped in Versamark ink, and embossing with Hero Arts gold embossing powder. The wreath was die cut along with rest of the elements (the banners were hand cut ;)) , assembled and adhered onto Hero Arts Kraft Layering Paper. Using gold gel pen I added little dots for more interest. To finish I adhered the panel onto white top folding note card.

Watch the video below to see how this card came to be

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Team Tuesday with Stephanie

I'm excited to share my first Team Tuesday post with you.  Recently, I had a blast using my MISTI to stamp with a 5" x 7" Gel Press Plate to create lots of interesting backgrounds.

But before I share my technique ... drum roll ... I wanted to announce the winner of the My Sweet Petunia & Right at Home Stamps Blog Hop.

Teresa - Go to the My Sweet Petunia Website and set-up an account ... then e-mail your account e-mail address and whether you would like the original or mini MISTI as your prize.

Now on with the show ...

I started with 4 1/2" x 6" pieces of watercolor paper.  I used Yellow Inks to stamp a mostly solid background.

Next step was to cover my inked base with three widths of Eyelet Outlet Glitter Washi Tape and then ink again using blue ink ... combining the blue and yellow made a fabulous green.

After I was done inking my first background, I used the remaining ink on my Gel Press Plate to create a ghost print ... since there was more ink left on the plate where it had resisted the washi tape, the design is almost in reverse.

Next I used my MISTI to add stamping to my backgrounds.  It made it super-easy to position my sentiments in the un-inked space.

I added some Eyelet Outlet brads to complete my fun masked design with a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen's Crafty Ladies.

For my ghost print, I used a larger bolder sentiment from the same Crafty Ladies set.  I added some Eyelet Outlet glitter washi to accent the washi tape lines.

Here are a few more cards I made using the same technique.  For this one I used my MISTI to do some shadow stamping with my sentiment from Joy Clair Hello Sentiments.

Here is another pair of prints ... the original masked & the ghost print from the same Gel Press inking.

With black ink & my MISTI, it was quick and easy to make two more cards.

This one uses new Happy Hour stamps from Simon Says Stamp! with a green enamel dot olive.

For the next one, I thought the card was finished (I even had it mounted on the black card base), but then I decided it needed one more hashtag stamp at the bottom (stamps are Simon Says Stamp! Yay).  
In the past, I would have just let it be (or perhaps tried to stamp the hashtag and ended-up messing-up and throwing the card in the trash).  With my MISTI, it's a super-easy fix ... #nailedit.

I love how strong and bold the text gets with multiple MISTI stampings.

Now go break out your Gel Press & your MISTI and have some fun.