YNS Challenge #110 – Pastels

Welcome back everyone! I’m excited to be guesting with Your Next Stamp Challenge #110 and it’s to use Pastel colors in your project.

Now if you have been following me you should know this was truly a challenge for me. I love my bright and bold colors but I think I was able to tone it down for the challenge today.

I decided to create a watercolor background for my card. I ink smooshed Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Broken China onto a craft mat. Using a paint brush I applied a wash of water to a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor card stock. Then I picked up some ink and applied it to the background. The more water I add, the lighter my colors will be.

Once I was happy with my background, I smooshed down some Picked Raspberry, picked it up with a wet paint brush and flicked it onto my background. I trimmed my panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and added to an A2 card base made from Sunflower card stock.

My image is from the So Ewe-nique stamp set and was stamped in copic friendly ink. Then I colored my image with copic markers. I used the coordinating die to cut out the image and add to my background. This playful sentiment is stamped from the Egg Hunt stamp set. To finish off the card, I added a few Pretty Pastel Gumdrops.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration for Challenge #110. Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and leave a comment there for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice. Comments must be left by March 27 at midnight and a winner will be announced on March 29.

You can also play long with the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate. Head to the blog for more information.

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Your Next Stamp Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to the YNS New Release Blog Hop! I’m so thrilled to joining YNS this month and sharing part of the new release! Couple quick details to hash out first before the fun begins. There’s a GIVEAWAY!! Leave a comment for a chance to be entered into the giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to YNS. The more comments you leave, the better your chances! I’ll include a list of the blogs at the end of the post.

My card today is featuring this totally adorable stamp set Egg Hunt. How darling are these little guys!? I used almost everything on the stamp set. I couldn’t pick just one image. I stamped my images onto Neenah White card stock with copic friendly ink. Then colored with copic markers and die cut out with the coordinating die.

For my colorful background, I started with a piece of white card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and attached the Basic Shapes Circle stencil using post it tape. I masked off some of the circles and started to ink blend some Distress Oxides. By masking off some of the circles, I could ink blend different colors and sizes are my card. Post it tape is great because it doesn’t harm my paper when I remove it. This way, I could pick up my stencil, clean it off and move to another area of my card for a new color.

Colors used were Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks.

Next, I attached the Grassy Edges stencil to the bottom of the card and ink blended Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide. This created such a fun scene!

Once I was happy with my background, I attached this panel to another piece of white card stock measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″ and added this panel to a card stock base made from Salt Water Taffy card stock.

I finished off my card by attaching all of my die cut images. Some I used a regular tape runner and others I popped up with foam tape. I didn’t want to disrupt my scene with another piece of card stock for the sentiment, so I stamped directly onto the front panel using my Misti tool and Versafine Black ink. One more little bit of added interest is the darling Gumdrops.

I’m totally loving how this scene came out! I hope you enjoyed it too! I had so much fun creating it! Thank you to Your Next Stamp for inviting me. It’s always a blast playing with their products.

Here is a list of the hop below. Be sure to comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Just click the link below to be taken to the line up.

Also, YNS has a sweet deal for you!

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Neat & Tangled March Release Day 2 + GIVEAWAY

Welcome back to day 2 of the March release with Neat & Tangled! Be sure to leave a comment on the blogs for a chance to win a giveaway sponsored by Neat & Tangled. Head to the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration!

Today’s card is featuring the stamp set All The Bunnies. This set has the larger image on it of this bear holding the bunnies. It also has a few other smaller images on it and sentiments.

For my card, I started by stamping my images on Neenah White cardstock with copic friendly ink. Then colored with copic markers and used the coordinating die to cut them out.

For my background, I ink blended Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks. I applied the colors lightly using a Life Changing Blender Brush onto Neenah White card stock. If you haven’t tried these brushes yet I highly recommend them. I’ve been using them a lot lately. You can buy a small pack to try them out and I’ll be showing more of them in a video soon!

I trimmed this panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and added to a white card base using foam tape.

Next, I added my images off in the corner. For the sentiment, I stamped in Clear Embossing Ink onto Black card stock and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I trimmed this down to a small strip and added to a piece of white card stock and trimmed that down as well. I love the look of labels lately. Then added to my card with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration! Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to enter the giveaway.

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Bitty Bunnies – Guest Designer Newton’s Nook Designs

Absolutely thrilled to be back guest designing today for Newton’s Nook Designs. Today’s card is featuring the adorable Bitty Bunnies stamp set. These are seriously just the sweetest bunnies! 
I’m going to start my card by creating the background. I’m using the Diamond Circle stencil and I attach it to my card panel by first securing my panel to the stencil from the back because the stencil is bigger then my paper. Then I’ll flip it back over and attach this down to my craft mat. This way nothing moves while I apply the ink. I’ll be using Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks going in a diagonal pattern across my paper.
Next, I’m going to apply some of this beautiful Moonstone Glimmer paste. I spread this across my stencil …. carefully. Then I’ll scrape off the excess but DO NOT put it back into the container because this excess is now tinted from the ink. Now I’ll gently remove my stencil and wash off immediately.
While my background is drying, I’m going to color up one of these little bunnies from the Bitty Bunny stamp set. These are so sweet and simple to color up. I’m using Neenah white 80lb cardstock and coloring in copic markers. Then I’ll use the coordinating die to cut my bunny out. I already went ahead and cut out a banner from white cardstock using the Frames and Flags Die. Then I’m going to prep my cardstock with an antistatic powder tool. I can now stamp my sentiment from the Bitty Bunnies stamp set with Versafine ink and sprinkle Wow Clear Embossing powder and heat set.
I trimmed my background panel down to 4″ x 5 1/4 ” and added craft foam to the back. Then attached to my A2 sized cardbase using double sided tape. I’m also going to attach my sentiment banner with double sided tape because it has a nice strong hold and I know it will stay in place on top of that stenciled background. My bunny is attached with foam squares to complete my card.
Copics Used
I hope you enjoyed today’s card! 
I have a video on my Youtube Channel or you can view down below. 

Newton’s Easter Basket -Guest Designer

Welcome everyone! I am super excited to say that I’m guest designing over at Newton’s Nook Designs. They have some super adorable images and I love seeing what they will be doing each month. PLUS on top of amazing stamps, they have dies and stencils too!! Be sure to check out their site! 
For my first project, I’m creating a card with Newton’s Easter Basket stamp set. Isn’t Newton adorable? And don’t forget that cute little rabbit tucked in by the eggs. I decided for my card to do a little masking. I have a process video of my card down below as well that you can view here on my blog or on my Youtube channel.
I’m starting off my taking a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Neenah white cardstock and stamping my image using My Favorite Things Extreme Black which is a copic friendly ink. I like to use my Misti tool just in case it doesn’t stamp completely for me the first time, I can easily stamp it again for perfect alignment. Next, I created a mask for my image using some Inkadinkado Masking Paper and attached that to my stamped image to protect it. 
Next, I’m going to add some painters tape to section off where I want to ink blend. I purposely lined it up so part of the image would be above the ink. I think this helps draw the attention that its masked off and Newton won’t get lost in the blending. I’m going to apply some Shaded Lilac distress oxide to the bottom and Mermaid Lagoon distress oxide to the top portion. To add a little more interest, I’m going to use some of the smaller images from this stamp set and randomly stamp them in my blended area. I’ll use Simon Says Stamp Hot Mama on the Shaded Lilac and Catherine Pooler’s Something Borrowed onto the Mermaid Lagoon. 
I’ll be honest, at this point I thought I overdid because there is a lot to the image itself but I kept going! I colored my image with copic markers adding a little shading here and there to show some depth and dimension. I also grounded my image by coloring on top of the Shaded Lilac ink.
I finished off the card by stamping the sentiment on to the panel and adding craft foam with double sided adhesive to attach to my A2 size cardbase. I am really glad I kept going with this card as I love how it all came together! This is such a great image and so much more on this stamp set! 
You can view my process video down below or HERE on my Youtube Channel.

Copics Used
I skipped around a lot with the colors but here are some of the combos I used
Newton – C2-1-0
Bunny – E34-33-31-30
Grounded area – BV04-02-00