Christmas Window Card feat Studio Katia Winter Kobi

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Hello everyone! Today I am back on the Studio Katia blog with a clean window card I made with the Winter Kobi and the Origami Winter stamp sets. I really think this little character is adorable, and I was super happy to see him in a winter outfit ;)
To start off my card I stamped the Kobi image on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I colored it with Derwent Inktense pencils, and die cut it with the coordinating dies.
I then cut my card base and the window front from some more watercolor cardstock, using the Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames and the Creative Stitched Window die sets. 


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For the inside of the window I created a masked scene. I colored the trees with Inktense Pencils and embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder. I then did some ink blending on the sky and the snow hill using Distress Inks ink in Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass. I coated the back of the window with acetate and used several layers of cardstock to give it dimension.
I stamped the sentiment from the Origami Winter stamp set using Memento ink in London Fog, and added a ribbon to the top of the window. I die cut it using the Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies set and colored with Derwent Inktense pencils.


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And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card, and I hope I inspired you to create with the adorable Winter Kobi set! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


List of Supplies

Canson XL Watercolor cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Crafters Companion clear acetate
Herma Repositionable Packaging Labels
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Versamafine Ink
Memento Dew Drops - London Fog
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Pentel Waterbrush
Wow White Embossing Powder
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass
Crelando Heat Gun
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Crafters Companion tape runner
Tombow Mono Multi glue

Holiday 2017 Card Making Series - Card and Coordinating Tag feat C.C. Designs - Spotlight on the Tag

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Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card I made with a super cute digi by C.C. Designs. I also created a card which matches with this tag - you can read about it here
For this tag I printed one of the images from the Roberto’s Rascals Snowmen Kids set on some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with my Canon Pixma printer. I also printed the same exact image on some re-positionable packaging labels, as this would allow me to create masks later on.
First off, I cut my tag using the I used the largest die in the Lawn Fawn Tag You’re It set. I then colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and masked it off before moving on to the background. I blended Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans and Black Soot on the sky. For the snowy hill and the snowfall I used Lawn Fawn Yeti white pigment ink together with two stencils by My Favorite Things: the Drifts and Hills stencil, and the Snowfall stencil.
I then cut another tag, also from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, and adhered it to the back of the one I had colored. As a final step I threaded some white and green bakers twin through the eyelet of the tag. If you want a deeper insight in the card making process, I created a video for you guys. If you are interested you can watch it below! And don't forget to let me know what you think about it!




And that’s it for today! If you haven't yet, you can check out the coordinating card by visiting this post! Here's a look at how this set looks

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Isn't it precious?! I really hope you like it too, and I hope you enjoyed the video! I will be back soon with more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

List of supplies

C.C. Designs Roberto’s Rascals Snowmen Kids digi stamps 
Lawn Fawn Tag You’re It die set 
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock 
 Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, set of 132 
Distress Oxides - Faded Jeans, Black Soot 
Lawn Fawn Yeti Pigment ink 
Ranger mini ink blender 
 My Favorite Things Drifts and Hills stencil 
My Favorite Things Snowfall stencil 
Herma Repositionable A4 packaging labels 
Bakers Twine 
Canon Pixma TS5055 
Big Shot Express die cutting machine 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
Crafters Companion tape runner

Holiday 2017 Card Making Series - Card and Coordinating Tag feat C.C. Designs - Spotlight on the Card



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Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card I made using some adorable stamps by C.C. Designs, as well as the fourth video in my Holiday 2017 Card Making series on YouTube. I also made a tag which coordinates with this card, you can see it and watch the video tutorial at this link. I think having matching cards and tags for your Christmas presents is a great idea, and a way to make your gifts even more unique! Consider yourselves warned, though: this is definitely not a project aimed towards mass production, it is rather something for one of those special people in your life. :)
But let’s move on to the card and tag making process. To begin with, I printed the images from the Roberto’s Rascals Snowmen Kids set on some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with my Canon Pixma printer. These images are also available as rubber stamps, but I decided to work with the digital version, because I was really eager to start creating with these cute images! I also printed the images on some repositionable packaging labels, so that I would be able to create masks later on.
For this project I decided to combine Prismacolor pencils and Distress Oxides: they look perfect together, especially when used on kraft cardstock! 
After having printed my little scene, I trimmed down the card panel to 4.25” by 5.25”, and I did some coloring with my Prismacolor pencils. I then masked the images and moved on to the background. For the sky I used Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans and Black Soot, and for the hill and the snow I used Yeti white pigment ink by Lawn Fawn. I used two stencils by My Favorite Things: the Drifts and Hills stencil, and the Snowfall stencil. I created an additional mask for the hill by tracing the stencil on my masking paper and cut the shape with my scissors.
For the sentiment on my card I used Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans and the Clearly Besotted Stamps Tiny Type stamp set.
I then adhered two strips of Neenah Desert Storm on the sides of the card because I wanted some of the kraft cardstock to show. I also cut another tag, also from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, and adhered it to the back of the one I had colored. 
If you want a deeper insight in the card making process, I created a video for you guys, that you can watch down below!  And don’t forget to let me know what you think about it!



And that’s it for today! I really hope you liked the card and enjoyed the video! If so you might want to check out how I made the coordinating tag by clicking on this link!
And here's a side-by-side look at these adorable card and tag

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I really love them, and I hope you do too! I will be back soon with more fun projects, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

List of supplies 

C.C. Designs Roberto’s Rascals Snowmen Kids digi stamps
Clearly Besotted Stamps Tiny Type stamp set.
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock 
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, set of 132
Distress Oxides - Faded Jeans, Black Soot
Lawn Fawn Yeti Pigment ink
Ranger mini ink blender 
My Favorite Things Drifts and Hills stencil
My Favorite Things Snowfall stencil
Herma Repositionable A4 packaging labels
EK Success CutterBee Scissors
Canon Pixma TS5055
Mini MISTI
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
White glue

Holiday Card Making Series 2017 - Sweet Christmas Scene feat Lawn Fawn


Hi everyone! Today I am back with a super sweet Christmas card I made using a bunch of stamps by Lawn Fawn, as well as their new Knit Picky 6x6” paper pad.
I stamped images from different stamp sets on some Neenah Solar White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo black ink and I colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I used the add-on die to the Sprinkled with Joy stamp set to cut the oven, and backed the oven glass window with some vellum paper. 
For my background I chose three different designs from the Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6” paper pad. 
For the frame I cut one of the sheets to 4.25x5.5” and used a die by Studio Katia to obtain the frame itself. 
The gray background is also cut to 4.25x5.5”, and for the floor in my little scene I used a strio of red patterned paper from the same collection.
I stamped my sentiment using my MISTI and some Memento Tuxedo Black Ink as well as some Memento Ink in Love Letter. I then went ahead and adhered all the elements to the card base, popping up the frame and some of the images with a layer of foam tape. 
And the fun part of this card is that, thanks to the add-on die I used, the oven door opens and closes, revealing the cookie tray inside. Here is how it looks when it’s closed 


And here is how it looks with the door open:



Isn’t it super fun?
If you want more details about the card making process, 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! I really hope you like this card and enjoyed the video! I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of supplies

Lawn Fawn Sprinkled with Joy stamp set
Lawn Fawn Cheery Christmas Stamp set
Lawn Fawn Baked with Love Stamp set
Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together stamp set
Lawn Fawn Forest Feast stamp set
Lawn Fawn Sprinkled with Joy add-on die
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Set 1 Creative Dies
Spectrum Noir Markers
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Lawn Fawn Knit Picky 6x6" paper pad
Vellum
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Dew Drops - Love Letters
Mini MISTI
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait
Uhu White Glue
Crafters Companion Tape Runner
Quickie Glue Pen
Scotch 3M foam tape

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Studio Katia


Hello everyone! Today I am really excited to be back on the blog with a tag trio I made for Tracey McNeely’s 25 days of Christmas Tags as part of the Studio Katia design team! How great is that?
For my tags today I used images from the Friends of Winter stamp set. I stamped them on some Windsor and Newton Drawing paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored them with Prismacolor pencils, and cut them with the coordinating dies.


For the tags I cut some Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock using both dies in the Dottet Shaker Tag 2 set. I wanted to go for an inlaid die cut look, and I decided to leave the outside panel white, and to do some emboss resist on the inside one.


I heat embossed three different sentiments from the Friends of Winter stamp set with silver embossing powder, and did some ink blending using Distress Inks. I used Candied Apple for the elf tag, Mermaid Lagoon for the Santa tag, and Mowed Lawn for the Rudolph tag. I threaded some twine through the eyelet of the tags, and, for an additional fun touch, I added some red jingle bells! 



And that’s it for today! I really hope you enjoyed the post, and I hope you like these inlaid die cut tags! You can check Tracey’s post for all the info about the 25 days of Christmas tags, and how you can participate for your chance to win prizes from all the great sponsors!
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

Vintage Christmas Tag Trio with Studio Katia

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Hello everyone! Today I am on the Studio Katia blog, and for day 3 of our Theme Week I wanted to show you some cute, vintage Christmas tags I made using the Sweet Holiday stamp set.
To begin with, I stamped my images on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock and did some no-line watercoloring with Distress Inks. I painted the images as I normally would, and, to give the images a vintage feel, I added a wash of Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.


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For the tag bases I used the Dotted Shaker Tag 2 Creative Dies to die cut some more watercolor cardstock, and created three different scenes for my images. I used Distress Inks and a stencil to create the sky and some snow banks. For the snow I used Tumbled Glass, and for the sky I used Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Broken China. I added some water splashes to the sky in order to convey the feeling of falling snow. As a final step I blended some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo over the whole card base to give it an aged look. I used a heavier hand towards the edges of the card, and added just a light coat on the center.

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I then stamped three different sentiments from the Sweet Holiday stamp set using some white pigment ink. The white pigment ink gives a softer look compared to white embossing powder, which I thought matches very nicely the feel of these tags. I sponged some Vintage Photo over my bakers twine and I threaded it through the eyelet at the top of the tags.

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And that's it for today's post! I really hope you like it, and I hope I inspired you to create your own Christmas gift tags using the adorable Sweet Holiday stamp set!
Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


List of Supplies

My Favorite Things Hills and Drifts stencil
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istress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy, Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Broken China
Lukas paintbrush no 6 and 8
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
Sizzix Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Bakers Twine
Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment ink


Holiday 2017 Card Making Series - Simple Holiday Card with Distress Inks and Nuvo Mousses


Hello everyone! Today I am back with the second card for my Holiday 2017 card making series! If you follow me on Instagram or on Facebook, you'll have already seen this card - I finally got around to editing and uploading the video tutorial, so I am here to share it with you today!
The card per se is pretty simple: some ink blending and some playing around with Nuvo mousses, but I think the result is really beautiful!
For my card base I blended Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock, and I added some water splashes. Once the background was dry I took a stencil by Craftin Desert Divas and I used in combination with my Nuvo Mousse in Powder Blue. I used a spatula to lay down the Nuvo Mousse on my card, and I left it to air dry.
For the die cut sentiment I did some more ink blending using the same colors of  Distress Inks on a separate piece of watercolor cardstock, and I used one of the dies in the Craftin Desert Divas Wishing set to cut out the word "wishing". I used the second die in the set to cut the outline from some white glitter cardstock.
I stamped the second part of the sentiment, from the Craftin Desert Divas Sending Sentiments stamp set, on some white cardstock. I cut the top of this white panel with the outline die in the Craftin Desert Divas Wishing to obtain and inlaid die cut look, and I glued it to my card base.
I then used the stencil and blended some Shaded Lilac on the sentiment panel, so that the snowflake design looks continuous across the card.
As a last step I glued the die cut word using some liquid glue
If you are curious to see the whole card making process, 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 really hope you liked the card and enjoyed the video! I will be back soon for another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day

List of Supplies

Craftin Desert Divas Snowflakes Flurries Stencil
Craftin Desert Divas Wishing dies
Craftin Desert Divas Sending Sentiments stamp set
Distress Inks: Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch
Nuvo Mousse - Powder Blue
Canson XL Watercolor cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm cardstock
Rayher Glitter cardstock
Spatula
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
White glue


No-Line Watercoloring with Distress Inks feat Studio Katia Together We Bloom


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Hello everyone! Today I am back on the Studio Katia blog with a birthday card I made using the Together We Bloom stamp set in combination with the Happy stamp set.
I wanted to try my hand at some no line watercoloring, so I stamped my images using Distress ink in Antique Linen on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock, and I painted them with my Distress Inks. I used Victorian Velvet for the flowers and Bundled Sage for the leaves. Once my images were dry I cut them out using the coordinating dies.

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I then used the rectangle die in the Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies set to cut my card base. The paper I used has an off-white color and a parchment like texture that I felt really matched the style of the card. The sentiment comes from the Happy stamp set: I stamped the word "happy" using Ranger Perfect Medium, and I coated it with Perfect Pearls in Perfect Copper. For the word "birthday" I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

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For a finishing touch I added some sequins from the Rose Gold Fusion sequin mix. 
And that's it for today's card! I really hope you like it, and I hope I inspired you to create with these beautiful stamp sets! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


SUPPLIES

Together We Bloom | Clear Stamp Set
Together We Bloom | Coordinating Dies
Happy | Clear Stamp Set Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames | Creative Dies
Rose Gold Fusion Sequin Mix
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Favini Parchment Paper
Distress Inks - Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage, Antique Linen
Ranger Perfect Medium
Ranger Perfect Pearls - Perfect Copper
Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive
Big Shot Express die cutting machine

Quick and Easy Christmas Card feat Heffy Doodle Stamps

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Hello everyone! Today I am back with a Christmas card I made combining stamps by Heffy Doodle with dies by My Favorite Things (MFT). This card is pretty easy to make and does not involve any particularly tricky technique, but I really love the result! I think it can be a great idea for mass producing Christmas cards to give to friends and family! And you can switch up characters and modify the color combination so that you get lots of variety starting from this design!
To start off this card I stamped my images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers. The bear comes from the Heffy Doodle Unbearable Without You stamp set, the present comes from the Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set, also by Heffy Doodle, and the Santa hat is one of the images in the MFT Beast Friends stamp set. Once I was done coloring I fussy cut all the images with my scissors.
For the Christmas ornament I used the MFT Tag Builder Blueprint 6, and for the snowflakes I used the MFT Let it Snowflake Too Die-Namics. I cut everything out of some heavyweight white cardstock. I then stamped my sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink: the word "hugs" comes from the Unbearable Without You stamp set, and the word "holiday" is one of the sentiments in the Lawn Fawn Frosty Fairy Friends set. 
For my card base and the ornament background I used some metallic paper with a linen-like texture that I got at a local store. If you don't have anything similar you can use smooth metallic cardstock or colored cardstock, they will both work perfectly! I cut the red panel with the Studio Katia Dotted Squares Creative Dies, and the gray panel with the Tonic Studios Square Layering set. 
I threaded some embroidery floas through the eyelet of my tag, and adhered everything using white glue and a fine tip applicator. As a finishing touch I added some Snow Crystals by Studio Katia.

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And that's it for today's card! I really hope you like it and I hope it provided you with inspiration for your Christmas cards! A huge thank you to Heffy Doodle for having me as a guest designer for the month of October, it was truly a wonderful opportunity, and I had a blast! I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day!

List of Supplies

Heffy Doodle Unbearable Without You stamp set
Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set
MFT Beast Friends stamp set
Lawn Fawn Frosty Fairy Friends stamp set
MFT Tag Builder Blueprint 6 Die-Namics
MFT Let it Snowflake Too Die-Namics
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Nested Squared Creative Dies
Tonic Studio Square Layering die set
Studio Katia Snow Crystals
Spectrum Noir markers
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Metallic textured cardstock - from local store
Embroidery floss
White Glue
Fineline fine tip applicator

Halloween 2017 Card Making Series - Nuvo Mousses plus Stencils feat Create a Smile Stamps

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Hello everyone! Today I am back with the last card and video in my Halloween 2017 card making series, this time featuring products by Create a Smile Stamps and Nuvo Mousses.
To start off the card I cut some black cardstock using a die from the Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies set. This die cuts to a standard A2 size, and it's so convenient that I use it in most of my projects! I then took the Create a Smile Concentric Circles stencil, taped it to my card base, and applied Nuvo Mousse in Black Aubergine in a more or less random way over the card base. I left everything to air dry.
In the meantime I stamped some of the images from the Create a Smile Creepy Cute stamp set on Canson XL watercolor cardstock. I used Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and colored them with my Derwent Inktense pencils. I then cut them out using my Cutterbee scissors. 
To add some extra interest to my card, I took a strip of green cardstock and used the Clearly Besotted Basic Spots set to add some polka dots with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I also used the Spectrum Noir IG1 marker to mute the green cardstock a bit, as I felt it was too bright. 
I stamped another image from the Creepy Cute stamp set on the top portion of my card with Distress Oxide in Twisted Citron, and I intensified the color with my Prismacolor pencils.  To add a fun touch I adhered some googly eyes by Studio Katia all over the background. 
I also recorded a video tutorial for this card, you can watch it below. And don't forget to let me know what you think about it!


With this card I would also like to participate in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.
And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked it, and I hope you enjoyed my first Halloween card making series - let me know which card and which video were your favorites! I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

List of Supplies 

Create a Smile Stamps Creepy Cute stamp set
Clearly Besotted Stamps Basic Spots stamp set
Create a Smile Concentric Circles stencil
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Nuvo Mousse in Black Aubergine
Derwent Inktense pencils
Prismacolor colored pencils
Spectrum Noir Markers (IG1)
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Distress Oxide - Twisted Citron
Spatula
Core'dinations Smooth Black cardstock
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Neenah Astrobrights Collection - Green cardstock
White glue
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Fine Tip Applicator
Pick Me Up tool
Studio Katia googly eyes


Winter Card feat Inktense Pencils and Bugaboo Stamps - FFC #212

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Hello everyone! It's time for another Funday Friday Challenge over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog, and this week I had fun playing with these adorable snowmen by Bugaboo stamps! How absolutely cute are they?
I printed them on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock and colored them using my Inktense Pencils. The twist on this week's challenge was to use violet, sky blue and white, so I stuck to those colors on my card. I also added a few details using a white gel pen. Once I was done coloring I fussy cut around the little squares using my Cutterbee scissors.
I stamped a snowflake image from the MFT Handwritten Holidays stamp set on some Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment ink. While the ink was still wet I sprinkled my Nuvo Shimmering Pearl embossing powder over the stamped areas, removed the excess, and heat set it. 
To frame the card I cut some light blue cardstock using  the largest die in the Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Squares set, and I mounted it on my card base with some foam tape. I glued down the four squares with the snowmen and the sentiment, and, for an extra touch of glitter, I coated the violet areas on my card with some Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen.
With this card I would also like to participate in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.  
And that's it for today's card! I really hope you like it, and I hope you will join us in this week's Funday Friday Challenge for your chance to win
Just make sure to follow the challenge guidelines down below and get crafty! I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 


List of Supplies

Bugaboo Snowmen Block digi stamp
My Favorite Things Handwritten Holidays stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Inside Scalloped Square dies
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Canson XL Watercolor cardstock 
Neenah Desert Storm cardstock 
Generic colored cardstock 
Lawn Fawn Yeti ink
Nuvo Shimmering Pearl embossing powder 
Crelando heat gun
Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen
EK Success Cutterbee scissors 
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer 
Pentel waterbrush
Uniball Signo white gel pen
Scotch 3M foam tape 
White glue
Canon Pixma TS5055


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 October 20th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of August October 20th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!


Clean and Simple Birthday Card feat Heffy Doodle Stamps

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Hello everyone! Today I am really excited to share with you the card I made for my second post as a guest designer over at the Heffy Doodle blog! This time I decided to use the Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set for my main image, and to create a clean and simple card (at least compared to my usual style :) ).
To start off, I stamped one of the images in the set on some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock and I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to do the stamping, as this ink doesn't smear when used with alcohol markers. I also added a few details to the crocodile with my white gel pen.


I then used a die by My Favorite Things to cut out the hearth shaped balloon from some red cardstock, and the string from some gray cardstock. I coated the balloon with glitter using my Spectrum Noir clear overlay pen and added a highlight with a white gel pen.
I cut my card base from some white cardstock using a die by Studio Katia, that I also used to cut some patterned paper by My Favorite Things. I adhered everything together using white glue.
I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Snappy Crocs set with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and, because I felt that there was a bit too much white space (clean and simple, right?! ;) ), I stamped the cloud image from the Unbearable Without You stamp set using Memento Ink in London Fog.

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And that's it for today's card! Quite quick to put together, but really fun with the croc carrying the birthday balloon! I really hope you like it too, and I hope I inspired you to create with these fun stamp sets! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

List of Supplies

Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set
Heffy Doodle Unbearable Without You stamp set
My Favorite Things Heart-Shaped Balloon Die-Namics
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Pen
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Dew Drops London Fog
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Generic colored cardstock
My Favorite Things Fresh Squeezed 6x6" patterned paper

My Top 5 Card Making Tools for 2017

Hello everyone! In today's post (also published on the Craftin Desert Divas blog) I will tell you about my current 5 favorite crafty tools. There are a lot of great products out there, and it was quite hard to narrow down my list to five items only, but I decided to present you with those tools that I use on pretty much all of my cards, and that in a way or another make my crafty life easier! ;)
The list includes a short description of what each tool is, and why it made it to my top 5 :)
The products are listed in no particular order. Whitout further ado, let's dive into it!


1. Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

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The first tool I want to talk about is the Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer. I am really happy with this cutting tool: I can always get sharp, precise cuts, and cut the tiniest strips of paper. This particular one has an arm that allows you to cut paper up to 12x12", as you can see in the picture below.

Tonic-Studios-Maxi-Guillotine-Trimmer-Open

And the great thing is that you can remove the arm and tuck it in the dedicated slot under your trimmer to save up space. 
I use this trimmer in all my cards: to cut bases, sentiment strips, and backgrounds. It definitely deserves a spot in my top 5 :)


 2. Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

Big-Shot-Express


The second item I decided to include in my favorite list is my Big Shot die cutting machine. This particular one is electric, but there are hand operated models out on the market, which come at a lower price point. I personally decided to invest in a more expensive machine to save my hands a bit of work, but that's just my personal choice. Regardless of whether they are manual or electric, though, I think die cutting machines are one of the most common and most used crafty tools out there. They are used in combination with dies and allow to cut a variety of shapes from multiple materials. 

Big-Shot-Express-Die-Cutting-Machine-With-Dies

Whether it's scene building elements, frames, or geometric shapes, there is no single card I make without using die cuts! Card making would not be the same for me without my Big Shot. Another definite favorite of mine!


3. Inks

Black-inks-for-cardmaking

The next item on the list are the inks I use for stamping. Because different inks work with different media, I decided to include a few of them. When I know I will be working with alcohol markers I use Memento ink in Tuxedo Black, and when I work with water based media I like to use Versafine Onyx Black ink. Versafine Onyx Black ink is a recent favorite of mine: it is quite juicy, so it is easy to get a good impression of your images, and it doesn't stain my stamps as other archival inks on the market. I know that staining can occur, and that it does not ruin my stamps, but I prefer to keep my clear stamps clear, if I can help it. :)

Versamark-Versafine-Onyx-Black-Memento-Tuxedo-Black

Finally, I decided to include Versamark ink in the list of my favorite inks to work with. It is a clear, sticky ink that can be used for watermark stamping, which yields sort of a tone on tone stamping look, and for heat embossing when used in combination with embossing powder. 
There is no stamping without inks (with the exception of digital stamps, of course), so I really felt I should include them in my list of favorite tools! And these three are a must have for me!


4. Pick Me Up Tool

Pick-Me-Up-Tool

Another tool I wanted to talk about is the Pick Me Up tool. This tool looks like a pen: it has a removable cap, which exposes a tacky tip, and it also comes with a two pointed tool, that you can extract from the back. 
Because of the tacky material on the tip of this pen, you can use it very easily pick up sequins or tiny die cuts. The tool that you extract from the back helps you release the objects that you picked up from the tacky tip. This comes in really handy when you are trying to glue small elements to your cards!

Pick-Me-Up-Tool-Usage-Exaple

And because of how much easier this tool made my life, it totally deserves a spot in my top 5!


5. Nuvo Drops

Nuvo-Drops

And, last but not least, my beloved Nuvo Drops. They are air drying embellishments that come in a fluid form. They are contained in bottles with a fine tip, for a precise application of the product. They come in a variety of colors and finishes: opaque, metallic, with glitter, semi transparent, and glow in the dark. What I really love about them is that I can add any size of embellishments to my cards: I just need to squeeze more or less product to get a larger or a smaller drop. 
Here are some examples of cards in which I used Nuvo Drops to add some finishing touches.

Card-Examples-With-Nuvo-Drops

The price point is also great, so you can get a variety of colors for a really good value. I personally really love the White Blizzard, which dries clear and has glitter in it, and the Jewel Drops: they dry transparent, but with a hint of color to them. You can see them on the card at the bottom right of the picture above: aren't they gorgeous?! 
And because of how beautiful and at the same time affordable they are, I could not leave them out of my top 5!


And that's it for today's post! I really hope you enjoyed it, and I hope that it has provided useful information to some of you out there! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!


Halloween 2017 Card Making Series - Fixing Mistakes on Your Cards feat MFT Fab-BOO-lous Friends



Hello everyone! Today I am back with another card and a video in my Halloween 2017 card making series, featuring the My Favorite Things Fab-BOO-lous  Friends stamp set, as well as dies and stencils by MFT and Avery Elle. Before going into the card making process I wanted to tell you that this card is full, and I do mean full of mistakes! I guess it was simply not my day, but I pulled through and I am happy I did, because I do like the final result. So I thought it might be useful for you if I shared the whole process of making and fixing my crafty accidents :P I hope this will serve as an inspiration for some of you out there to not get discouraged, and try not to leave a project halfway through, even when the situation seems desperate! :D And even if it doesn't work out, you will still have practiced!
Anyways, let's move on to the card: I stamped my images on some Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir markers. I cut two panels out of some Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock using the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches dies and the MFT Stitched Triple Peek-a-boo Window. I used the MFT English Brick Wall Stencil and Distress Ink in Iced Spruce on the front panel, and the MFT Cloud Stencil and Distress Ink in Seedless Preserved on the background panel. I inked up the circle die cuts that I had left from using the MFT Stitched Triple Peek-a-boo Window with Distress Ink in Wild Honey. For some extra detail I stamped the little star trio from the Fab-BOO-lous Friends stamp set with Dust Ink in Wild Honey over the die cut circles. 
I stamped my sentiment and the bats from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo black ink and I assembled everything. For some added dimension I popped up the panel with the brick wall detail using some 3M foam tape, and I mounted everything on a black A2 card base. 
If you want to watch the card making process and see how I fixed the many mistakes I made you can watch the video below. And don't forget to let me know what you think about it, and if you had noticed those imperfections from the picture, before watching the video :)



And that's it for today's post. I really hope you liked it and found it useful! I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! Ciaoo!


List of supplies 

My Favorite Things Fab-BOO-lous stamp set
My Favorite Things Cloud stencil
My Favorite Things English Brick Wall stencil
My Favorite Things Fa-Boolous Friends
My Favorite Things Stitched Triple Peek-a-boo Window dies
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches dies 
Spectrum Noir markers
Distress Inks - Iced Spruce, Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves
Ranger Mini Ink Blender
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Core'dinations Smooth Black cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait cutting machine
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Studio Katia Acrylic block
White Glue 
3M foam tape

Miss You Card for Heffy Doodle Stamps feat Unbearable Without You




Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card I made for my Guest Designer spot over at the Heffy Doodle blog! I was so incredibly happy when I was asked to guest design for Heffy Doodle, I am truly grateful that I was given such a wonderful opportunity!



For my card today I used one of the adorable bears from the Unbearable Without You stamp set as my focal image: I stamped it on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.
I then created a little scene for my bear. I used a rounded rectangle die by MFT and a large circle die by Tonic Studios to cut some Canson XL watercolor cardstock. I created two panels: one for the sky and one for my grassy hill. I blended Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers on the sky, and for the grassy hill I used Twisted Citron. I also cut some clouds using dies by Lawn Fawn. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.



My card base is some gray cardstock on which I repeatedly stamped the heart image from the Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set, and for the middle panel I used paper from the Doodlebug Kittens Smittens 6x6" pad. I cut both using dies by Studio Katia.
I popped up the front panel using some fun foam, and for a finishing touch I added some Studio Katia embellishments.



And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked this card, and I hope I inspired you to create with the adorable Unbearable Without You stamp set! Thank you all so much for stopping by, and have a great day!

List of Supplies

Heffy Doodle Unbearable Without You stamp set
Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set
MFT Inside Out Stitched Rounded Rectangles Stax Die-Namics
Tonic Studios Layering Circle dies
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Studio Katia Dotted Patterns - Set 1 Creative Dies
Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Versamark ink
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Ranger Mini Ink blender
Doodlebug Kittens Smittens 6x6" paper pad
Canson XL watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Fun Foam
Studio Katia Embellishments
Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive
Tombow Mono Multi glue
Studio Katia acrylic block
Silhouette Portrait cutting machine
Big Shot Express die cutting machine

Holiday Card Making Series 2017 | Shaker Tags feat Craftin Desert Divas stamps and dies

Christmas-Shaker-Tag-Trio

Hello everyone! Today I am back with some fun shaker tags and a video showcasing products from the Craftin Desert Divas October 2017 release. This release is absolutely adorable, and I really love the style of the images I used today! 
For the tags themselves I used some patterned paper by American Crafts, which I cut with the Craftin Desert Divas Shaker Tag dies. I also used a die from the Fancy Frame die set to cut a window in my tags. 
For the shaker background I did some ink blending on Bristol Smooth cardstock with Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn. I added some water splashes for a more fun look.
I stamped my images on Bristol Smooth cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. For the color palette I was guided by the colors of the patterned paper I used on my tags. 
I then cut the images using my Silhouette Portrait, stamped the sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and assembled my shaker tags. I used the Fairy Dust sequin mix and a double layer of foam tape to make sure that the sequin would have lots of room to move around. I finished off the cards using some ribbons that I got at a local store.
If you are interested in watching how I made these shaker tags, 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 really hope you liked it and enjoyed the video. You can check out my Instagram and Facebook pages to see more inspiration for the new Craftin Desert Divas release! 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 Christmas Wishes stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Oh, What Fun stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Holiday Hugs stamp set 
Craftin Desert Divas Nice List stamp set
Craftin Desert Divas Shaker Tags dies
Craftin Desert Divas Fancy Frames dies
Craftin Desert Divas Fairy Dust sequin mix
Bristol Smooth cardstock 
Color Copy 300 gsm cardstock 
American Crafts Holiday 6x6" paper pad
Crafters Companion clear acetate 
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 
Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn
Tombow Mono Multi glue 
3M foam tape 
Ribbon

Using Patterned Paper on your Cards feat Limited Runs - FFC #210

Card with Doodlebug Cream and Sugar paper and Coffee cup

Hello everyone! Today I am back with a card I made for the Funday Friday Challenge over at the Jo's Scrap Shack blog. This card features the Cuppa Love stamp set by Limited Runs, which is also the sponsor for this week's challenge.
To start off my card I printed the image on some Canson XL watercolor cardstock, cut it with my Silhouette Portrait, and colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. 
For my card base I used the Dotted Ovals and the Darling Ribbon and Dotted Frames die sets by Studio Katia to cut some patterned paper from the Doodlebug Cream and Sugar paper pad, as well as some blue cardstock from the Crafters Companion Astrobrights collection. 
The sentiment comes from the MFT Bitty Bears set, and I stamped it on some Canspn XL watercolor cardstock using Memento ink in Rich Cocoa. I also used the MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-Namics to cut a banner for my sentiment.
As a finishing touch I stamped some coffee beans from the Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set with Memento ink in Rich Cocoa and cut them with the coordinating dies. 
And that's it for today's card. Pretty quick to come together, but really pretty thanks to the detail added by the patterned paper. 
Remember that you can join the Funday Friday Challenge (the theme is Anything Goes) for your chance to win three digital stamps by Limited Runs! Just make sure to follow the challenge guidelines included at the end of this post, and get crafty! 
I will be back soon with another fun project, and in the meantime I wish you all a great day! 

List of supplies 

Limited Runs Cuppa Love digi stamp
MFT Bitty Bears stamp set
Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set and coordinating dies
Studio Katia Darling Ribbon & Dotted Frames Creative Dies
Studio Katia Dotted Ovals Creative Dies
MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-Namics
Doodlebug Cream and Sugar 6x6" paper pad
Canson XL Watercolor cardstock
Crafters Companion Astrobrights collection 
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Pentel Waterbrush 
Memento Tuxedo Dew Drops - Rich Cocoa
Big Shot Express die cutting machine
Silhouette Portrait
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer

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 October 20th by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of August October 20th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!


Trick or Treat Card feat Studio Katia Stamps and Dies



Halloween Card feat Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper - Full Pic


Hello everyone! Today I am on the Studio Katia blog with a fun Halloween card I made using images from the Kobi the Grim Reaper stamp set. 
To start off my card I stamped my images on some Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them in with my Spectrum Noir markers. I then cut them using the coordinating dies. I also used my craft knife to cut some slits around Kobi's paws, so that I could slide the scythe right through.

Halloween Card Kobi The Grim Reaper Close up

For my background I did some ink blending on a piece of  heavyweight white cardstock with Distress Oxides: I used Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey. I created a distressed look by adding some water splashes. For the outside frame I cut some black cardstock using the Dotted Patterns - Fancy Square die and did some more ink blending with Distress Oxides in Iced Spruce and Black Soot. I stamped the little spider on the sky, as if it was hanging from the frame, and adhered everything in place using some white glue.


Halloween Card feat Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper


And that's it for today's card! I really hope you liked it, and I hope I inspired you to create a fun Halloween card using the Kobi the Grim Reaper stamp set!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


List of Supplies

Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper | Clear Stamp Set
Studio Katia Kobi the Grim Reaper | Coordinating Dies
Studio Katia  Dotted Patterns - Fancy Square | Creative Dies
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Oxides -  Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Iced Spruce, Black Soot
Color Copy 300 gsm white cardstock 
Neenah Solar White 100 lb cardstock
Core'dinations Smooth Black cardstock
Uhu white glue