Watercolor Florals feat Studio Katia + Simon Says Stamp Blooming Trio

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Hi everyone! Today I am back with a card featuring the gorgeous Blooming Trio stamp set, which This is the result of the collaboration between Studio Katia and Simon Says Stamp for Stamptember 2017. This also means that once this set sells out, it's gone forever! So if you'd like to get your hands on it, you might want to do it fast, or you might be disappointed (ask me how I know about it that!). 
For this card I white embossed the image on some Ranger watercolor cardstock, and I did some watercoloring using my Gansai Tambi watercolors. To add some shine to the card, I added a second layer of color, this time using the Gansai Tambi Pearl Colors, and I think this touch made the card even more special! 
I then took some Canson watercolor cardstock and did some ink blending with Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar. I cut a frame out of this ink blended panel using the Studio Katia Dotted Patterns Set - 1 and the Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames, and I glued it on top of my watercolored panel. 
For the sentiment I cut some black cardstock using the "hello" die in the set that coordinates with the "You are so Ranunculus" stamp set, also by Studio Katia. I adhered it to my card using some Multi Medium Matte by Ranger, and, for a finishing touch, I added a few Ocean Wave Crystals.

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And that's it for today! I really hope you liked this card and this post! Don't forget that you have still a few days to participate in the Studio Katia Fall+Winter Release Blog hop, and I will be back soon with another fun project!
Have a great day!


List of Supplies

Studio Katia Blooming Trio stamp set
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns Set - 1 Creative Dies
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Studio Katia Ocean Wave Crystals
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor - palette of 36
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pearl Colors
Pentel Waterbrush
Ranger watercolor cardstock
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar
Ranger mini ink blender
Ranger white embossing powder
Versamark Ink
Crelando heat gun
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine

Halloween 2017 Card Making Series - Moonlit Scene feat MFT Witch Way is the Candy and Spectrum Noir markers


Hi everyone! Today I am back with another card I made for the MFT Card Design Superstar - this time for the Coloring Virtuoso challenge. I said it many time - I like card making challenges because they offer an opportunity to push my boundaries and venture outside my comfort zone. And with this card I pushed quite far! But I have to say, I am really happy I did, and quite satisfied with the result! :)
Inspired by some of the recent works by Kelly Latevola and Sandy Allnock, I wanted to try to create a night, Halloween scene, in which my characters were lit by the moon. So I pulled out my beloved and long desired MFT Witch Way is the Candy stamp set, I stamped some of the images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock, and I colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I made sure to leave space for the yellow highlights cast by the moon, and tried to achieve a deep contrast in all my images.
I then moved on to the background. I traced a coffee mug on some masking paper to create a mask for my moon, and I cut it with my scissors. The edges are not perfect, but I didn't have a circular MFT die, and in this competition no other dies are allowed, so I made it work. And in a bit I will tell you how I hid the imperfections :)
I then took some Bristol Smooth cardstock cut at a standard A2 size, placed the mask for the moon, and ink blended Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot to create the sky. I added stars with the silver color in my Gansai Tambi palette, simply loading a small brush with paint and flicking it on my paper. 
For the moon I used Distress Inks in Scattered Straw and Squeezed Lemonade: I masked the sky with the negative of the mask I had created for my moon, and did some more ink blending. 
I then removed the mask and created a halo around the moon with my Prismacolor pencils. This adds to the spooky feel of ths card, and hides the non-smooth edges of my hand cut moon :)


For the grass I used one of the dies in the MFT Grassy Borders set to cut some more Bristol Smooth Cardstock. I did some blending with Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn and Black Soot. Because I wanted to frame my scene on a black card base, I trimmed down my sky panel to 4 1/8" by 5 3/8".
I then heat embossed my sentiment with Ranger white embossing powder and glued everything to my card base. I added some foam tape behind the bat's wings for some dimension, and drew back in the cat's whiskers, that I had cut away when fussy cutting the images.
I also have two videos for this card. The first one, which you can watch below, shows the coloring for the witch, as well as the card making process. 
The second one has no voiceover, shows the entire coloring process for all the images, but does not include the card making process. I thought this could be a good solution to keep the card making video reasonably short, but it still gives the possibility to those of you who are interested in the full coloring process to have access to that info too. Let me know what you think about this solution, and if you enjoyed the video(s)!
Here is the full card making process video


And here is the coloring only video


And that's it for today! I really really hope you like this card, I surely had lots of fun creating it, and it was a reminder to be a bit bolder in my cardmaking! 
I will be back tomorrow with another card and a special post, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

List of supplies 

MFT Which Way is the Candy stamp set
MFT Grassy Fields die set
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Inks: Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint
Gansai Tambi watercolors
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versamark ink
Neenah Solar White 100 lb cardstock 
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock 
Ranger white embossing powder
Crelando heat gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
EK success Cutterbee scissors
Faber Castell Pitt Brush black marker 
Faber Castell black liner pen
Tombow Mono Multi glue 
Double sided adhesive (generic)
Repositionable packaging labels

Clean and Simple Birthday Card feat MFT Bitty Bears and Zig Clean Markers

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Hello everyone! Today I am back with a quick post and an even quicker card I made for the MFT Card Design Superstar - Clean and Simple Genius.
Now, am I a CAS genius? Certainly not. But, since I rarely make this style of cards, I thought this would be a fun opportunity to challenge myself. :)
So I stamped a few of the images in the MFT Bitty Bears set with black Archival Ink on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, and I colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Because I knew I was going to use the striped rainbow paper from the MFT Sweet Celebration 6x6 paper pad, I tried to introduce a hint of a rainbow in the bears too, by coloring the accessories they hold in rainbow order too. 
I then heat embossed the sentiment on some black cardstock using Ranger white embossing powder, and I adhered everything flat to my white A2 card base. 
For an extra touch I added some sparkle to the bears's accessories using my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen. Hopefully I managed to capture some of it in the picture below.

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And that's it! A really quick card, but quite cute, don't you find?  Stay tuned for more fun projects tomorrow and on Thursday, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaooo!

List of supplies 

MFT Bitty Bears Stamp set
MFT Sweet Celebration 6x6" paper pad
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 
Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen 
Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock 
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock 
Core'dinations smooth black cardstock 
Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder 
Crelando heat gun
Silhouette Portrait 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
Double Sided adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi Glue

Halloween 2017 Card Making Series - Slider Card feat Craftin Desert Divas Zombody

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Hello everyone! I am back with my third video for my Halloween 2017 card making series, featuring Craftin Desert Divas stamps and dies If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you'll have already seen this card - I finally managed to get the video edited, so here it is on my blog and YouTube channel as well! 
I really love the new Craftin Desert Divas Zombody stamp set, and I thought these two images were perfect to create a slider card! 
I colored them with Spectrum Noir markers, and used dies from the Harvest Borders, Outdoor Landscape, and Ocean Borders sets to cut some black cardstock and create elements for my scene and for the slider itself. I also backed the windows of the spooky house with some yellow cardstock to create the effect of lit uo windows.
For the sky I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors and some Canson XL watercolor cardstock. 
If you want to see me create this fun slider card you can watch the video below! And don't forget to let me know what you think about it! 



And that's it for today's post! I hope you liked this card and my video, hopefully it was clear enough :) Don't forget to check out my post for the Studio Katia Release Blog Hop - you can hop along for your chance to win great prizes in the Studio Katia store! You can find the original post by clicking here ⇽
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 
Ciaooo!


List of supplies 

Craftin Desert Divas Zombody stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Harvest Border dies
Craftin Desert Divas Outdoor Landscape dies
Craftin Desert Divas Ocean Border dies
Spectrum Noir markers 
Gansai Tambi watercolors, pack of 36
Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock 
Canson XL watercolor cardstock 
Core'dinations Smooth Black Cardstock
Yellow Cardstock from Crafters Companion Astrobrights Collection 
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Scotch 3M foam tape
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait 
Crelando Heat gun



Quick and Easy Christmas Tags feat Bugaboo Stamps

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Hello everyone! It's time for another challenge over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog, and this week's sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps. I used the Winter Circle Sentiments digital stamp to create three fun and super easy Christmas tags.
I printed the images on some heavyweight white cardstock, making sure that it was sized correctly to fit within the circle die I intended to use. I colored the Christmas spheres using my Spectrum Noir markers and added some sparked with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen. I then used the largest circle die in the Craftin Desert Divas Stitched in Circles set to cut around my images, and the largest scalloped die in the same set to cut some Lawn Fawn patterned paper. I then punched a hole on the scalloped circle, threaded some bakers twine through the hole, and glued everything together. For a final touch I added some rhinestones between the "Merry Christmas" sentiments along the outer edge of my tags.

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And that's it! Super quick and easy project, mostly because this stamp is already really pretty on its own. I will definitely use these tags for my Christmas decorations! :) 
Don't forget to join the Funday Friday Challenge for your chance to win 4 images of your choice from the Bugaboo stamps shop.
Just make sure to follow the challenge guidelines at the end of this post! We look forward to seeing what you create! 
I will be back soon with more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies

Bugaboo Stamps Winter Circle Sentiments digital stamp
Craftin Desert Divas Stitched in Circle dies
Spectrum Noir markers
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Lawn Fawn 12x12" Peace, Joy, Love paper
Rhinestones from a local store
Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue
Canon Pixma TS 5055
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine


Challenge Guidelines

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the link in Jo's blog post

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. Three entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries no backlinks accepted. The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements will not be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins, or any random wins by Jo. All random wins will be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until September 22nd by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of August 22nd.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!


Studio​ ​Katia​ ​Fall+Winter​ ​Release​ ​Blog​ ​Hop + Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a fun shaker card I made for the Studio Katia Fall+Winter release blog hop! This release includes 7 new clear stamp sets and coordinating dies, 4 new stand alone Creative Dies and 9 new embellishments, and is now available for purchase in the Studio Katia store!

Also stick with me until the end of this post because there is going to be a very nice surprise for you guys! ;) But for now let's have a look at how I made this card.
Most of the images come from the new Studio Katia Meowy Halloween stamp set; only the spider hanging from the spiderweb belongs to the Kobi the Grim Reaper stamp set. I also used the Dotted Patterns - Nested Squares set, and some of the new, beautiful embellishments.
To start off I stamped all the images on Neenah Solar white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers, and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I really love that the die for the cat cuts out its little paws, so that I could tuck the treat basket right in...I find it super cute! I also used two more dies in the Studio Katia Meowy Halloween set to cut out the spooky faces in the pumpkins - so fun!
For my background I did some emboss resist + ink smooshing with Distress Oxides. I randomly stamped some of the smaller images in the Meowy Halloween set on some Canson XL watercolor paper, and heat embossed them using Nuvo Clear Glitter embossing powder. For the ink smooshing technique I used Distress Oxides in Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmelade. I also added some black splatters using Distress Oxide in Black Soot.


For the shaker window I cut a frame out of some black cardstock using the two largest dies in the Dotted Patterns - Nested Squares set and I backed it with some acetate. I used two layers of 3M foam tape to coat the back of my window frame, to make sure that the sequins would be able to shake freely. I used the Majestic and Iridescent Veil 3mm sequins, and then adhered my background to the shaker window. 
The sentiment is heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock using Ranger white embossing powder.  
For a finishing touch I added some sparkle to the cat's hat, collar, and treat basket with my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen, and I glued a few of the new Iridescent Clear Crystals on the sentiment strip.


And that's it for my card...but it's far away from over for this blog post!  Why is that? Well, because we are having a....


Yay! To celebrate our New Release, Studio Katia is picking 3 winners to win their choice of stamp set combo (combo includes: clear stamp set + coordinating die + any 3 embellishments)! Winners will be chosen at random from all the participating blogs. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win! To enter:
- Leave a comment on this blog post and leave a comment on every stop 
- Follow us on Instagram 
- Like us on Facebook
- Make sure to leave all the comments by Friday 22/09/2017 11 PM EST. All winners will be announced on September 23, 2017 on the Studio Katia Blog

You should have arrived from Kaja's blog and Natalia's blog is your next stop. If you get lost you can find the full hop list below or visit Studio Katia Blog!
Ready to get hopping? Here’s the complete Blog Hop List

Erum 
Amanda  
Olga 

I’m also giving away $35 CAD gift certificate to the Studio Katia store. I will randomly choose a winner from the comments left on this post. Please leave a comment on this post by by Friday September 22nd, 11 PM EST for a chance to win. I will announce the winner here in this post on September 24th, 2017. 



And the winner is....



Congrats, Olga! Please, write an email to info@studiokatia.com within a week from today, Sept 24th, and with the subject "SK GC Winner" to claim your gift certificate! Make sure to mention you won the giveaway through this blog, and enjoy shopping at the Studio Katia store! 



And here you can see all the wonderful goodies in the new release! Aren't they beautiful?


And now I can say it...that's it for today's post! ;) I hope you liked my card and enjoyed the inspiration I shared using products from the Studio Katia Fall and +Winter 2017 Release! I will be back soon with more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies

Studio Katia Meowy Halloween stamp set
Studio Katia Meowy Halloween coordinating dies
Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper stamp set
Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper coordinating dies
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Nested Squares dies
Versamark ink
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay pen
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Crafters Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
Distress Oxides: Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Black Soot
Nuvo Clear Glitter Embossing Powder
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Tombow Mono multi glue
Scotch 3M foam tape


Prismacolor Colored Pencils on Kraft Cardstock - Studio Katia September 2017 Release Preview



Hello everyone! Today I am really excited to be back here on the blog with a card I made for the Studio Katia Release Preview - this is also my very first project as a member of the SK Design Team, so it's twice as exciting! This card features the Sweet Holiday stamp set, as well as dies and embellishments from the September 2017 release.
When I saw these cute gingerbread people and the gingerbread house I was immediately inspired to color them with colored pencils on kraft cardstock.  So I stamped them on some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with my Memento ink in Rich Cocoa, and used my Prismacolor pencils to color them in. I then went ahead and and die cut them using the dies that coordinate with the set. 


I also knew that I wanted to create a scene for my card with a starry sky and snowbanks. For the snowbanks I cut some white cardstock using the scalloped rectangle die in the Dotted Patterns - Scallop Frames set as well as the Stitched hillside border dies from the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio set. 
For the sky I thought it would look more interesting and more in line with the feel of this card if created it out of kraft cardstock. I therefore used the scalloped rectangle die in the new Dotted Patterns - Scallop Rectangle set to die cut some more  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I then heat embossed the sentiment with some white embossing powder by Ranger, and after that I created my starry sky:  I stamped the star image in the Sweet Holiday set in a random pattern with Versamark ink, and I did some more heat embossing using Nuvo clear glitter embossing powder. 



For my card base I layered some heavyweight white cardstock cut to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" with some red cardstock cut to 4 1/8" by 5 3/8". I thought this would help me frame my scene and tie in the red elements in the stamped images with the rest of the card. I then glued everything to my card base, and, for a finishing touch, I added a few of the newly released Snow Crystals around the sentiment.
And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card, showcasing products from the Studio Katia September 2017 release, and enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for tomorrow, as there will be more crafty fun, and giveaways! In the meantime I wish you all a great day! 


List of Supplies

Studio Katia Sweet Holiday stamp set
Studio Katia Sweet Holiday coordinating dies
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Scallop Frames dies
Studio Katia embellishments - Snow Crystals 
Mama Elephant Landscape Trio dies
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
Versamark ink
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Red Cardstock from Crafters Companion Astrobright collection
Nuvo Clear Glitter Embossing Powder
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Crelando Heat gun
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Tombow Mono multi glue
Ranger Multi Medium matte glue