Friday, October 21, 2016

Warm Wishes from Pretty Penguins!

Hi there!
Samantha here with you today, and I'm sharing a fun, totally "me" kind of Christmas card! Why is it totally me? Well, it has rainbows, mist and watercolor! Ha!


I promise I do try to use other color combinations besides's just that they're so pretty! And those little penguins all in rainbow order? I couldn't resist a fun twist on a holiday card! :)

So, let's start making this card! It's pretty easy, and it didn't take that long, win!! :)

- I started by stamping the penguins onto some paper. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and for those babies, I like to stamp onto some Strathmore Mixed Media paper! 
- I colored the penguins in (rainbow!) and then fussy cut them out once they were dry

- On the card front, I used a circle die cut that was hanging around my desk for a while and then spritzed it with a light grey mist! LOVE the subtle texture and color that adds! 
- I arranged the penguins around the circle, and then used one of the chipboard pieces from the Snow Dance Kit to finish it off! LOOOOOOVE how it looks!

You don't have to use rainbow colors, of course...but why not!! Lol! You could choose one color (green, for instance) and color a bunch of penguins in varying shades of green to create an ombre pattern! You could create a watercolored background with rainbow colors and grey penguins if you're more into that! This card design is SO versatile! 

I used the cute cute cute Cool Buddies stamp set for that ADORABLE little penguin image! And then, as I mentioned, the phrases is provided in the Snow Dance Kit which will be restocked! Yay! :)


Guys, the Cool Buddies stamp set is ON SALE!! Pick up while you can and then you can start your holiday cards, too! :)



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Glowing Seaside | Chibi lights


I've been wanting to play with my Chibi Lights for a long time, when I saw the Glowing Seaside stamp set I knew they would go perfectly together! (it might even be so that Christine designed them to work with the system).

Sometimes you just want a card that lights up, had so much fun creating characters and a background that would look great lit up.

The techniques behind getting this result is quite easy and here is a video on how I did step by step.

When working with Chibi Lights use them sparingly, build a card that would work awesome on itself but woud get that little bit extra by using the lights.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Distress Crayons + Background Stamp Giveaway

Hi everyone! How's your week been? Are you preparing from Christmas already? I'm starting to work on Christmas cards which I'm excited to share with you soon. But right now, I'm preparing some mini thank you cards :) 

P.S : I have a mini giveaway on my instagram :)

All you need in your favourite Thanks / Danke die or stamp, a background stamp, watercolour papers and versamark. Oh and sequins for some sparkles :) 

I've started by roughly embossed the background on to the watercolour papers in white but only the bottom half to create some "texture" 

Next, I used Distress Crayons to add some colours. They are easy to use! If you like more demos on Distress Crayons, let me know :) 

Use my wet paintbrush to move the colours around. Keep some light and dark areas :) 

Add your sentiments and embellishments and you'll have a bunch of thank you cards ready to give away when you need to :) 

Distress Crayons

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's Your Birthday - Time to Party

Hey stampers, Anni here!
"It's your birthday - time to party" that says the German sentiment on my card today.

I haven't used this fun set called Time Flies/Die Zeit fliegt yet. So I wanted to make a card with it and always need birthday cards. That was the starting point.

  • Stamp, color and fussy cut the clock.
  • Create a background with a stencil and die cut it with the Double Stitched Rectangles die.
  • Adhere the panel to a pink card base.
  • Stamp and emboss the sentiment on a piece of pink and black cardstock. Die cut the second part of the sentiment from violet cardstock.
  • Assemble the card.
  • Add some dots of Enamel Accents.

  • There are so many cute and fun details and accessoires in this stamp set. You have so many possibilities to create the clock.
  • For the background I used a stencil with falling snow. But I think it totally could be confetti as well.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

A Very Sheep-mas Card

Hi there!
Samantha here today, and I'm sharing a sweet, little Christmas card with you! And funny story, I made this card when we didn't have power because of the Hurricane last weekend! Ha! No power - no problem! 


Last week I made a card with those cute little ornaments, and I wanted to use them again. And While I was flipping through my stamps, I saw this cute little sheep and could NOT resist coloring him up again! I think he's one of my favorite images ever! Love that cute little egg shape! :) Ha! 

So, let's start making this card! Who's with me?

- I started by stamping my images onto my favorite watercoloring paper and then using my Distress Markers to watercolor! LOOOOOOOVE! :)
(this includes stamping the letters for the sentiment!)

- Next, I used a polka dot stencil onto a white card front with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add a subtle backround. Once I was done with that, I spritzed the whole card front with water and set aside to dry.
- once the images and letters were all dry, I fussy cut them out (yes...even the letters...and it didn't take as long as you think! And I really didn't I mentioned above, we were without power for a while, so what else was there to do?! Ha!

- Once the card front was dry, I arranged the letters and glued them down. I drew a string for the ornaments and attached those to the card. popped up the little sheep, and then sat back and laughed at my clever-pun-ness! Ha!
(In case you were wondering, it's from the song Deck the Halls, and should really be " Fa la la la la"! Ha!)

- I added glitter to my letters with the Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen and then a layer of glossy accents on top to make them shine! 

You don't have to use transluscent embossing paste if you don't like it, or don't have it! Any texture paste will give fun, subtle interest to the background of your card! 

I used the adorable Made of Snow stamp set for the sweet little ornaments! The sentiment was created with the Crystal Letter Lower stamp set! And the star of the show: that cute little sheep is from the Eggstraordinary Egghunt stamp set! LOOOOOOVE using nontraditional Christmas sets to make a Christmas card! Ha!


Have you seen the release from last month, yet? That halloween set...I CAN'T EVEN!! It's so adorable!! :) Ha! Be sure to get your hands on the release and then look out for the NEW October release next week! 



Thursday, October 13, 2016


Hello crafty friends, Nicole here.

As soon as I got that cute coffee pot stamp, I had to color it but it did not get a home on a card right away. So that was my goal when I made this card.

  • stamp, color (I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers) and fuzzy cut the coffee pot
  • die cut a frame using two of the rectangle dies
  • cut a piece of pattern paper
  • arrange the card and stamp your greeting
  • decorate your card with a chipboard and some clear perls

Grey (neutral) objects or critters and bright papers are a great combination.

I messed up the heart on the coffee pot. Because I did not want to start all over again, I looked for a way to cover it up and I found out that the tiny circle die with the heart from the "stacked pierced oval" die matches perfectly.

just like coffee - so wie Kaffee / mini Danke - mini thanks / Double Stitched Rectangles / stacked pierced ovals

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