Friday, May 13, 2016

Release Countdown "1" (+"2) - Video Hop + Giveaway

Hello my crafty friends,

tomorrow is the day! The Beach Party Kir will finally be for sale!
To tease you even more and to up the ante we're here with an AMAZING video-hop full of tipps and great ideas how to use these products.

We LOVE video tutorials, how about you?

Birst first of all - I missed yesterdays post because I worked on the video hop until 2am and I knew I could't write one correct sentence, so the design team and "day 2" comes first:

In this kit:
12 double sided papers - 5.8 x 5.8"
a 3"x4"stamp set
a set of 2 steel craft dies made in the US
a 6x6" stencil
2 sheets of Alphabet stickers
168 enamel stickers
1 pack of our custom Beach Party mix of Pretty Pink Posh sequins
1 zipper pouch

The following products are kit-exclusives and not sold separately:
Stamp set, Die, stencil, PPP custom Mix

The entire kit will be 35€  (and will be available in the store on Saturday, May 14th at 4pm CET/ 10am EST

What's up this week?
Saturday:             Countdown "0" IGNITION!!!! Sets will be released at 4pm CET/ 10am EST

(Kits are limited, so we have a different release time than for most releases because we want everyone to have a chance to get the kit.)

Today we have three design team samples for you, and they ROCK:

First up is Keeway who is - by the way - new on the team - woohooo! I love love love her projects, she has an amazing style and her cards all POP! Make sure to check her blog out (It just moved and looks so amazing now!). I am super porud to have her on the team because I think this girl is going PLACES!
This is her card for this release:

Look at that scene! The colors, the waterdrops and how this little guy seems to be behind the waves - I am in love!!

Next up is Sam, with a scrapbook layout in her unique mixes-media kind of style full of layers and little details.

Sam pulled up the stickers edges for a little detail, splattered some ink around and added a few enamel droplets. She also added mirror-stamping with the rhino - super adorable!

Last but not least is another new addition to the team. Janine Langer is a German Scrapbooker who will from now on have scrapbook-layouts for you every other Saturday. She has an amazing clean style and incorporates lots of images to her layouts. I have never seen scrapbook-layouts like this, they're also inspiring for my cardmaking - check her out!

She used Papers, stamps, alphas and enamels from the kit and still kept it super clean. Don't you think this is an outstanding design?

Janine always keeps her color schemes simple - I think I can learn a lot from her.

That was release countdown "2" - I am now dicing into today's video hop which keeps me over the moon excited.

What is a video hop?:
Some cardmaking artists created videos using the kit and link to the next video and the end of their own video. This way you can hop from video to video and enjoy tons of crafty inspiration. Of course you can also visit the artists blog for more inspiration (and to subscribe!)

Who's on the Hop?
This line-up is going to blow your mind! We have some of my very favorite cardmakers on this hop and I still can't believe they're all joining us! This is the hop order:

1) Create A Smile Blog/ Christine (you are here)
2) Amy R

If you have not checked out our close-up video on the kit you might want to do so first:

For today's video I made a pop-up slider card and I'm showing you how to creaate them without lots of measuring, diecutting or whatever. It's actually super simple!

Happy Hopping!

For the giveaway!
We are giving away one entire Beach Party Kit. To play along please follow these rules:

• Hop along and watch all the videos
• Leave a comment mentioning at least 4 things on the video hop that you learned or found inspiring
• Tell us about your favorite product in the kit.
• You have until Sunday 10am CET (4amEST) to leave your comment.
• Winner will be announced on Sunday  afternoon :)

Good luck!

Hope you enjoy the fun - we sure do <3



  1. What a great technique. I love the card. I love your tip about heating the washi tape if it's grabbing your card stock, so smart. Plus using washi as masks for highlighting. Your Copic skills are mad good! Such a great kit! This rhino is adorable!

  2. I loved the blog hop! I've learned how to add the sticker letters straight, using acetate and my craft mat and how to work the die cuts so that the palm trunk looks like it is behind the leaves. As a nice bonus, I also learned how to make a pop-up card and how to get rid of washitape that is stuck to your card stock. Happy Beach Party Kit! I can't wait for it to be Saturday!!! Weeee!

    1. My favorite products are definitely the die and the stamp set... and the paper :)

  3. Love that set!It inspired me for the sommmer and as the blog says to send and share some smiles to me and my friends! The idea i can use the 2 steel craft dies separate and create only the leaves or the contour and even use it to create so beautiful flowers inspire me at most. I find that product is the best in the set, even if it so difficult to choose one of it. Also i love the dimension that Vicky gave to her Palm!!! Thanks Vicky and thanks to u all to bring that spirit in my life! And i cant find words to say how adorable ist the pop up card, i just cant wait to create one of those! The water drops are bringing so much from that sommer feeling in the set, its amazing!!! Thats girls, keep going and make the world more beautiful

  4. i learnt how to make a lsider and a box card. I loved how Kelly used the palm as a tree instad, how Vicky gave dimension to her tree with patterned paper, how you all lined up those letter stickers, that was a big aha moment ;-) i ight actually use them now lol and the wave stencil can be used upside down as well ;-) great cardkit as favorite bit is the hippo stampset he's too cute!

  5. Love that set!It inspired me for the sommmer and as the blog saysi learnt how to make a lsider and a box card. I loved how Kelly used the palm as a tree instad, how Vicky gave dimension to her tree with patterned paper, how you all lined up those letter stickers, that was a big aha moment ;-) i ight actually use them now lol and the wave stencil can be used upside down as well ;-) great cardkit as favorite bit is the hippo stampset

  6. Hi
    beautiful collection, nice videos

    I was so inspired with the color matching between the green and yellow
    also the shading technique used in coloring the main character the rhino
    when you made a card of a circle shape, and the two flowers on it
    diecutting two different fons in different colors wow

    my favorite thing is the palm tree
    lovely kit..
    i hope i win it

  7. Love the vids, 4 things I learned and got inspired was learning how to do that slider cards, that was awesome, learning Vickys layering the palm tree to give dimension, learned how to do blending to make sunset with masking and learned how to do stickers straight!

    My favourite out of the kit is the palm tree die.

    Fingers cross I will win!

  8. The whole kit is just amazing!! I cross my fingers!!

  9. Hi! first of all, thanks a lot for this opportunity and congratulations for this awesome kit!!
    I think I have learned/discover tips form all the videos (super lucky me); I always enjoy the copic skills of Francine, and the way she does her super simple backgrounds. Kelly's copic coloring for the flowers has been just amazing, and water color painting from Amy was also wonderful. Both your card structure and Birka's are something I will try for sure, as well as the scratch papers background from Justine. The three dimension tree from Vicky is maybe my favorite technique from all the video hop, and the tips from Laura to maintain the die cut pieces together or from Marika to stamp the sand or blend the background were also fabulous.
    And my favorite product from your kit is the stamp.
    Once again, thank you very much and congrats!!

  10. Ok, done with the hop, it was fun, I enjoyed every and each video! I learnt a lot: I learnt how to make pop-up slider card and a box card, I learnt some neat tricks about straight placement of stickers, how to use the top of the palm as a flower, how to use scraps of design paper to create an awesome card and of course another fun story from Laura Bassen's life:-) Well done, ladies, well done.
    It's a great kit for summer, even though I am not a beach person, I like it a lot. My fav item is the stamp set and it's so cool you got your special sequins mix.
    Have a nice weekend!

  11. Such a fun and happy kit! I think my favourite is the beautiful die :-)
    I got inspired by all the cool ideas using patterned paper, for example just a stripe on the edge of the card makes a big difference (Amy) or using the paper for clothes (Francine). I also loved the white die cut (from Marika) a lot! Such a cool way to keep the focus on the rhyno but still creating a scene. Christines card inspired me to look for color combinations of two colors that really match perfectly and have that "special something". And from Birka I got the idea to just try something new and of course how to make that cool pop-up-card! Thank you for all the ideas and a chance to win.
    Have a happy day, Nicole

  12. Love that stencil and thanks for the tip about using the heat tool for washi tape. Second generation stamping for sand grains was a clever way to add dimension and I loved the tops of the trees used as flowers. We don't have a Misti or press and seal here in the UK but sticking things with temporary adhesive was a useful tip. I enjoyed this hop and found a couple of crafters I've not seen before but have now been able to subscribe to. Look forward to seeing more of their work.

  13. What a great video hop!! I have found I need to invest in a glue pen--love how the palm tree can be used to make flowers--love the slider card and tip about washi tape. Love the blending techniques from everyone. What a cute kit and I really like the palm tree die!!!!

  14. The kit looks wonderful, hope I can get one! Love, love your card, it's so cute and cherry. The blog samples are very well done and soooooo cute. Thanks for a look-see.

  15. Just want to say all the girls made awesome cards!! There were so many great tips!!! Using the palm tree as flowers, and suggesting using the trunk as stacked cups of cakes!! Also liked idea for using stencil for embossing valum! The tip on using the clear back from stamp package to lineup letters straight was good! And adding double sided tape before cutting out tree! I really found lots of great tips to many to name. I think this is my favorite kit because it's so versital and cute!

  16. 1. I'm a stencil junkie, so I love how you used the stencil to create your card.
    2. Love the use of the kit on a scrapbook page (I never think to do that).
    3. Love that you can use the palm die as a flower too. Kelly's use of it amazed me.
    4. Love the interactive and 3-d cards (Birka's box card), it inspires me to give them a try.
    THANKS for the chance to win this amazingly cute kit.

  17. Love this kit! I learned how to keep sticker letters straight, using acetate and my craft mat and how to use die cuts to create 3D look. I watched how to make a pop-up card and how to use wasitape. Thank you for chance to win.

  18. I didn't see anything that was new to me except the beautiful kit!!

  19. All of the videos are great. I learned how to ad dimension to a die cut, how to use up scraps of cardstock, using the palm tree as a flower, how to apply letters straight. I found the coloring amazing. Since I have to pick one favorite product, it would be the cardstock. Love how the entire kit is color coordinated in bright colors. Great video hop!

  20. What I learned / what inspired me:

    Christine's slider card looks awesome! I am so bad in making shaped or fancy moving cards. You make it look so easy. I will have to try it. I haven't seen this kind of card yet.

    Amy´s use of the patterned paper is wonderful. I love patterned paper and I have a lot, but it's always hard for me to use it on clean and simple projects.

    Marika made me realise that the stencil looks wonderful upside down too. :D It still looks wavy. The trick with the palm tree is great. I have to keep that in mind.

    I love Laura's chatty videos and I learned a lot about Chicago! :D The trick with putting the letters on transparancy or a ruler is great! All the ladies did a great job with that.

    Francine's coloring is awesome. Such a fun and clean card! Wonderful!

    Kelly's palm tree flowers are beautiful. I saw the die as flower on some projects and it's such a great thing to do.

    I thought Christine's slider card was the project with the highest "I can't do that"-factor and now Birka comes along with that pop up box card. Awesome project, but I think my skill level isn't high enough for that one. :D

    Vicky's idea for the 3D tree trunk is genius! It looks great.

    Justine has a great idea for left over scraps of papers. I usually use them for banners, but this background is so beautiful, I have to try it.

    My Favorite:
    That's a tough one! The paper is awesome, the stamp super cute, but I think the palm tree die is my number one.

    Thanks for this awesome blog hop! I am super inspired. :)

  21. Oh this is great!! I learned about the washi tape trick to cut without a die cut or pencil lines, to use the heat tool to help it release better, how to place letter stickers straight, and my favorite thing is the slider!! Brilliant ideas!!! Thank you for the chance to win this great kit!

  22. Congratulations on the new kit! It is AWESOME!!! All the projects shown these week, today and on the blog hop are so so inspiring and GORGEOUS!! Thank you all for the inspiration, great tutorials and tips and eye candies you created. :o)
    My favorite product in the kit is Stamp set. Love love love that cute little Rhino and accessories. :o)
    And here are things I learned and found inspiring on the hop:
    the easiest way to create slider card, adding glue paper on the back of the cardstock before die-cutting, distress ink blending, sand color combinations, cleaning adhesive from cardstock with an eraser after removing a stencil, creating dimension with die-cuts, creating background with paper scraps.
    Once again for the inspiration and opportunity to win this awesome kit! :o)

  23. Sign me up, I love the playful design and multi uses of this set.

  24. the kit is soo cure. I have learned : 1) by Vicky Papaioannou give dimensions ( is a fantastic technique, looks like 3D) ;
    2) by 1001 cartes to give such a beautiful sunset using inks ; 3) by Prairie Paper & Ink (AmyR), amazing card, how she created so cute scene on an island using all elements on the kit; 4) by craftybit, lovely card, i do love how she created a beautiful see/sky by using the stencil.. all videos are full of inspirations and creativity, it is hard just to choose one... my favourite product on the kit... this is also very hard to say just one.. i do love all things but ok, if i have to choose then i would say the palm tree... is sooo adorable!!!!

  25. Wow! I learned so much...I love the slider card (so simple who knew?), lining up your sticker letters on a rule to keep them straight, heating washie tape to help remove it from paper and that Press and Seal is a must have for the craft room.
    I love the entire kit. It's difficult to pick just one favorite but I would have to say the stencil is super cute and unique!

  26. What a cute set. 1) AmyR from Prairie Paper & Ink showed how to use the enamel "splashes" with the soda bottles
    2) AmyR used the embossing powder to contain her water coloring
    3) Vicky Papaioannou introduced me to making things more dimensional
    4) AmyR showed how to use transparency to help line up stickers
    Choosing a favorite is hard, but the colors from Pretty Posh Pink were a perfect match and highlight to this kit

  27. What a great line up. The blog hop was awesome. I learned about using Press and seal to hold your dies together, how to make s great slider card,Great Copic color techniques from Kelly, a great way to use up those scraps of patterned paper. It's hard to pick one favorite thing, but I guess it would be the palm tree because it is so cute and versital.

  28. I think my favorite thing in the kit is the die - a palm tree AND a tropical flower - that's wonderful! As for what I've learned - loved the two methods used to line up letter stickers - on acetate packaging and using a ruler - that's super clever and I will definitely be trying both. Also, Vicky always has fun ways to add dimension to her projects. using three layers for the palm tree's branches was great! The use of color in making the backgrounds was fun, too - I tend to stick to a single color, or I use obvious combos - a blues, or pinks, etc. More than one person used green or green blends along with blues to achieve water. And finally, it sounds silly, but I've gotten so used to seeing all of these wonderful card makers use dies to make hills or contour on their cards, it was wonderful to see one used a piece of paper cut in a circe to get the line between sunset and sand and another used her craft knife to get a hill. These videos always advance my techniques and I"m grateful!

  29. Wow!! You've done it again Christine!! Thumbs up:) What a fabulous kit! Awesome video hop from everyone. Each designer's card are so unique and each has it's awesome techniques! Few of my favorites are Amy's tip to emboss the image first before watercoloring! That just made water coloring a breeze! Second, using an acetate or ruler to line up the stickers...who knew?!! No more un even stickers here! Lol!! 3rd Laura's tip on using cling saran wrap to hold your die curs in place. Wow!! Never losing a anything small pieces anymore! Lastly, Vicky's technique of tripling the leaves to add dimensions and depth! Just so beautiful! Everyone is so creative and there is so much I learned today. All awesome videos by everyone. Thank you for sharing and congrats to the release of this beautiful kit!!! Love all the different elements and versatility of this kit! Hats off to you!!!

  30. Ooohhh, I love this kit <3 It's so colorful and happy *-*
    I love the way to make the interactive card in the first video (Create a smile stamps Youtube channel), also, I learnt how easy is to color a stamp with heat embossing, I found very inspiring the way the DT color the little rino in the stamp set and finally, I love how Kelly use the die tu create flowers and not a palm.
    I think that the thing I like most of the kit is the die, but is a difficult decision because I love the stamp set too, the colorful papers, the enamels and the pouch.
    Thanks for all the inspirational projects, I love all of them and found them pretty awesome.

  31. Wow, Christine, das ist eine tolle Zusammenstellung für ein Kit!
    Begeistert bin ich von der Stanze: Palmwedel und tropische Blume? Da hat wohl jemand um die Ecke gedacht :), super!
    Diese Tipps nehme ich mit: der von Vicky mit dem 3D-Effekt, deine Pop-up-Schiebekarte, Birkas Pop-up-box-Karte, Kellys Hinweis, wie man über mehrere Ebenen Papier/Cardstock stempelt und Justines Idee, wie man gemusterte Papiere kombinieren kann. Würd' am liebsten sofort alles ausprobieren!

  32. Hello and thank you. Thank you for making this amazing kit. The four things that I learned and found inspiring were as follows:
    1. The stencil looks great either right side up or down and could have many uses. (craftybit)
    2. The die cut shown in Vicky's video gives options for layering and adding dimension. The fact that it isn't limited to just a palm tree (like a flower) gives lots of ways to stretch that die. I just love it.
    3. The stamp that adds sand speckles is a brilliant idea and I think you should give your designer a raise for that one (who thought of smart)
    4. The papers that are included are so bright and cheerful and in Justine's video she shows how to use the strips in a fun and useful way. I really liked that, such a great way to use the strips that we often don't know what to do with. She was right in saying it's almost like washi in the way she used them.
    5. The pouch that it comes in is such a useful tool. I can think of 20 ways it can be used in the craft room and 20 more in practical non crafty life. What a great idea.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win this kit. Thank you to all the designers who awed me with their creativity and inspiration. Great job!

  33. Wow Christine the kit is fabulous and I have to agree with you the palm tree die is my favourite piece. I loved the idea of using the top of the palm tree to create flowers, that was awesome. I loved the paper strips that were put togeather and made their own panel will be doing this for sure. The idea of die cutting the palm tree twice and using the outline and two dets of the inner leaves and only attaching the outline and one set of leaves in the m I ddke yo enable them to be lifted up for dimension was brilliant. Finally the trick of using either a ruler or transperancy to help l Iine up the word stickers was a fantastic tip. All the videos were wonderfully inspiring and the cards fantastic. Great kit and fabulous examples.

  34. I loved the blog hop! 1. I've learned how to add the sticker letters straight, using acetate and my craft mat 2. I also learned how to make a Pop-Up-Box-Card and 3. how to get rid of washitape that is stuck to my card stock and 4. Amy´s use of the patterned paper is awesome. I love patterned paper and I have a lot, but it's always hard for me to use it on clean and simple projects. Gorgeous projects with an adorable and amazing kit!!! The stamp and the die are my favorites! Thanks for the chance to win a kit! Hugs xx

  35. Wow I don't know where to start. I loved the video hop. I am followers of Kelly, Justine, Amy, Laura and Vicky but I got to see a few crafters I hadn't seen before. I thought Amy's tip about using the transparency to aligh your letter to get straight was awesome, I loved Laura's use of the press n seal with the dies to hold them in place, and justices paper picking the vertical stripes. But my very favorite was Kelly's card and how she used the palm fronds to make flowers with them. Very creative idea. I love the colors and the doubled sided DSP. Wonderful card kit. Thank you for a chance to win.

  36. Hi Christine, this kit is really gorgeous. Most I like die and stencil, I really can't decide :-)
    What I liked/learned:
    1- slider card from you - I must try it
    2- funny palm tree from Viki - it has a new dimension
    3- alignment of text using ruler/foil
    4- pop up box from Birka
    5- playing with inks - color grading
    6- stamping with misti over flowers
    All videos was really wonderfull and helpfull. Thank for them and an opportunity to win. Have a great weekend!

  37. I'm excited for this release. The cards were very cute.

  38. What a cute kit. First I love how easy you made a slider card. I will be doing them that way from now on. I have never used sticker letters because I didn't think I could get good alignment, but I will now. Wow flowers out of the palm die and a great coloring tutorial to boot. I will be using the technique of stamping over the flowers. That will be useful in many ways. Thanks so much for the blog hop.

  39. Hello!!!!
    I love all the videos. I think Cristine is very original idea. Vicky is simple and easy and very beautiful. And I'd like to try the Birca's craft, it's so wonderfull!!!!
    My favorite product in the kit are the enamel stickers...I love!!!!
    Thank you so much and I hope to win!!! ;)

  40. Such a cute kit. All the projects featuring this kit are adorable. Thanks for such a great video hop.

  41. What a great video hop. I learned you can use a heat gun on washi tape so it's not so sticky, I love the ruler idea for the letters so they are straight and evenly spaced, I learned how to make a slider card and the card that Birka made, the box card, I've never seen anything like that, totally amazing.

  42. Such a fun card! loved the color combo!

  43. Love the embossing to help with watercolor bleeding. The layering of the palm tree added such realism. The use of strips of paper to develop a background is a wonderful use of scraps. I also loved the paper piecing. The little rhino stamp was my favorite product out of a great kit.

  44. Hello Christine
    1. Well you did create a smile on my face with your slider card, love your easy way of making the card, on my list to try.
    2. Vicki as always did a wonderful job creating dimension to her card, also love her accent.
    3. Laura showed us how wonderful the misti is for multiple stamping when you don't get even coverage, which happens to me.
    4. Loved Justine's card what a fabulous way to use the paper especially the top quality ones included.
    My favourite thing in the kit would be the palm tree die - so many uses for it flower, leaves, you could even stack the inside pieces of the trunk and make a cake or present. All the demonstrators were wonderful, so talented.

  45. Very cute stamp set, die and all the fun products in this release! I love the palm tree die! Thanks for the tip about heating washi tape to help remove it. And this IS an easy design for a slider card. Congrats on your new release!

  46. Excellent hop! The DT did an awesome job. I learned how to stamp over die cuts without getting a skp when using the mimi Misti. I learned a simple way to create a pop-up slider card. I learned that the die can be used as a palm tree or a flower and that you can pop up the pieces to make it 3-D. I learned that you can use Press n' Seal to keep die pieces together. I learned that you can use a ruler or piece of acetate to help apply sticker letter straight. I adore the entire kit, as I love all things beach and tropical related. I think my favorite product from the kit would be the die, because it's so versatile.

  47. Oh my GOSH!!!!
    1st things first - I have NEVER heard of this company - I owe this to Vicki who I just started following because of her beautiful art journals - I fell in love immediately and now watch everything I can of hers - so I see this - OH MY GOSH - the Palm tree is my ABSOLUTE favorite - MEEEEE WANTS. Vicki - I love what you did with that palm tree - all the layers really give it dimension - I need to think about this for other dye cuts.
    2. Christine - your slider card is amazing - I didn't realize this could be so easy to make. Your product is darling - what a great kit!!!
    3. Watching the MISTI tool in action makes me want one. To see that you can stamp an image to make it darker but exactly in the same spot - brilliant! I love that she used the palm tree as a flower - and sliced the paper then added them at an angle and die cut them - I love the stitched die cuts - so cute!!!
    4. Big one - I have suffer on several occasion from torn card stock by pulling washing tape off - I had no idea you could use your heat gun to help reduce tearing while you pull it up - MUST TRY.
    You are all so talented! I am now following Create A Smile Stamps - and I am smiling!!!!

  48. Delightful kit and a fun hop!
    I learned about heating washi tape, using the palm tree top as a flower, adding dimension by layering, and to use heat embossing with watercolors to help contain the color.
    Favorite product in the kit is that awesome palm tree die set!

  49. Yay can't wait for the kit to be available ! What a inspiring video hop ! I learned so new things : How to make a pop-up box card from Birka's video, how to make a slider card from Christine's video, How to put straight your stickers using a ruler from Laura's video and how to align colors of pattern paper to create a fun background from Justine's video! And of course so fun ideas of how to use and create nice cards with the products from kit!

  50. I would be ecstatic to have this kit!! The palm tree is the best I've seen......and I have every palm tree on the market. I have been looking for the perfect palm tree to use for my designs! My fingers & toes are crossed for this :)

  51. This is a beautiful collection of goodies. Reminds me of pool parties here in sunny, hot Florida. Sure can think of all the projects to make.

  52. Can't wait to get the kit! Favourite things in kit are palm tree die and papers. What I learned from video hops were that always look your supplies in creative way-a tree can be flower; great tip to align alpha stickers; don't be afraid of bold colors because result is gorgeous and reminder to myself to finally try alcohol markers. Is it possible to have more than two kits per year because they are just beautiful!!!

  53. This is a beautiful collection of goodies. Reminds me of pool parties here in sunny, hot Florida. Sure can think of all the projects to make.

  54. 1. From Amy R's video, I learned to add watercolor to diecut pieces while they were still attached to the surrounding paper
    2. From Marika's video I took note of the fact that she used removable adhesive to adhere the paper to her craft mat before inking it, to keep it in place (such a good idea!), as well as the dotting of color she did in the shading on her rhino
    3. From Francine I was inspired to use glossy accents on glass-images, as she did on the goggles on the rhino =)
    4. From Kelly, I was inspired by the way she colored her flowers with long "flicks". I also loved her tricj with the MISTI on how to do the sentiment on top of the flower diecuts without getting the "skipping" as she says.
    5. I was inspired by how Vicky added several layers of the leaves on the pal tree, to create dimension
    My favorite product in the kit is probably the stampset - the rhino is so cute =) I actually already have a fun card idea in mind with that, which I can do if I am so lucky as to winning the kit!

  55. Wow what a fabulous kit, love all the lovely elements. The video hop was also really fun to participate in, and very inspirational.

    I love how Kelly and you showcase that the palm die cut can also be used as a flower - so versatile!
    Really cool tip by Amy, Laura and Marika about sticking the alpha stickers - so simple and so effective! The stamp and press showed by Laura also comes handy by the looks of things!
    Vicky inspires as usual with fan dimensional look!
    And I am so grateful to you Christine for showing such great tips on how to quickly make a slider card.
    All videos were lovely to watch for colouring and different ideas on how to use the kit.

    My favourite element of the kit is the palm tree die, followed closely by the super cute rhino :-)

    Thanks for the lovely hop and a chance to win!

  56. Great kit. Love all the designers' creations and your pop up slider is so cute and looks easy to make. Thank you for the inspiration.

  57. I just discovered your fantastic brand, blog, and kit! I found it from watching Vicky's YouTube videos.

    The kit is super cute and just in time for summer in New England. The Rhino is adorable, but the versatility of the palm tree die to create flowers makes that my absolute favorite item!

    This was my first blog hop and I found it very inspirational, full of ideas, and I learned so much. I discovered the Mini Misti for easy and accurate stamp placement, received great instruction on how to shade with Copics, learned how to create a pop-up slider card, and picked up the tip of embossing an image to keep your watercolors within the lines.

    I can't wait for your next blog hop to see what other tips I can pick up!

    Thank you!

  58. Oh my! Just fell in love with this kit! This was the first time watching blog-hopping videos....and wow! So much fun and inspiration! What an awesome group to intro the kit! First off...seriously? Jennifer's hubby invented Press-n-Seal? What's even more awesome is how Laura used it to hold her die cut images in place...awesome trick....I also liked how she used the ruler to align the alpha letters...easy trick to try next time! I loved how Kelly's flowers turned out...I would have never thought to have used the palm tree in that manner! Beautiful! I am definitely going to have to try the slider card...I loved how Francie used as she called it "second generation stamping" to do the sand grains...what a great technique! All these talented ladies did an awesome job! I think my favorite has to be the paper...and of course that rhino stamp! Thank you for the opportunity to win this fun kit! Definitely a fan!

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    2. Sorry....meant...****Francine 😊

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  60. Never saw this type of slider before! Love that and super easy! Heating washi is also something i never heard. Dry embossing the wave on vellum is beautiful and I can totally see using embossing paste too!!

  61. Wow! Thank you for this fun video hop and for sharing some inspiration! I've learned how to do: slider card and the alignment of text using ruler.

    I liked so much the funny palm tree and the absolutely amazing pop up box! ‹3

    I'm a stamp addicted, so my favourite product of this kit is the stamp set. The little Rhino is absolutely cute!

  62. WOW a great kit with lots of tips & tricks. Some of the things I've learned here today...
    1.I have never made a pop up slider card.
    2.Heating the Washi tape for easier removal.
    3.Definitely some great Copic colouring tips.
    4.Taping down smaller images when Distressing to avoid finger prints. (Great idea!)
    5.How to make a flower from palm fronds....
    I could go on. LOL Fantastic video hop, I just hope I followed it all correctly because I have been watching videos ALL day and not scrubbing my (much needed) floors! LOL

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  64. WOW a great kit with lots of tips & tricks. Some of the things I've learned here today...
    1.I have never made a pop up slider card.
    2.Heating the Washi tape for easier removal.
    3.Definitely some great Copic colouring tips.
    4.Taping down smaller images when Distressing to avoid finger prints. (Great idea!)
    5.How to make a flower from palm fronds....
    I could go on. LOL Fantastic video hop, I just hope I followed it all correctly because I have been watching videos ALL day and not scrubbing my (much needed) floors! LOL

  65. So many tips! 1- The glue pen Vicky used. 2-Justine's method for creating a background from different pattern strips of paper.
    3-The Rock Star pop up slider card was explained so simple! 4-Amy's tip for embossing a stamped image makes water coloring
    easy! 5-Marika's tip for creating texture using the dot shadowing technique! 6-The press n seal tip from Laura! 6-The blended sunset sky from Francine. 7- Kelly's beautiful "Palm" flowers! Beautiful cards! So much learned, so wanting this kit...Thanks for a chance!

  66. I love this slider card-I will try one of these-thanks for the easy tips' I also truly love the kit it's awesome!! Really appreciated the tip about using a heat gun to remove sticky washi tape. Thank you X Excellent blog hop videos well done to everyone such inspiration!

  67. Wow what a fun slider card. I have never made one before, but I now will try with your great example. I love the fun colors of this kit and the rino is so darn cute. I have been inspired from all the videos I have seen with this hop. Great inspiration from very talented and creative artists :)

  68. Your new kit is AWESOME! My favourite is the stamp set - the rhino is adorable! The video hop was a lot of fun! I learned about ink blending, using Press-and-Seal to keep your die-cuts together, how to get alphabet stickers lined up straight, and how to make a cool slider card. You have a very talented team! Thank you for your giveaway!

  69. I love this kit! My favorite thing is the palm tree die!! I loved seeing how you made the slider card. Loved the idea of using a ruler to stick your alphabet stickers on straight. Loved how Kelly used the palm tree as flowers!! And last but not least i loved the dimension Vicky did with the palm tree die, awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome kit!!! :-)

  70. Love this set. I liked the way you did the slider, there are many ways and I loved yours. Amy R I love that you color without taking out the cut dies. Laura the press and seal I have never seen that I must be kept under a rock. Kelly using the palm tree as a flower would be what do. Vicky using the layers for added dimension.

  71. What a great hop. I learned how to make a pop up card. How to use a ruler to lay down your letters or words in a straight line. Also how to use press seal to keep the pieces together until you are ready to use them. Using the palm as a flower was cool too. Anytime I can repurpose something I am all about that. Very cute kit.

  72. Thanks to all the designers for a great video blog hop!!!
    I learned a little something from each one listed below:

    1. Christine- Washi tape guideline for pop up card... Heat gun to remove washi tape. The vellum tip to mute the background. I'm going to make that pop up card!

    2. Amy- Leaving the die cut in the paper to water color. Use a transparency to hold alpha stickers for easy placement. AWESOME!

    3. Marika- when coloring in add "dots" to give Rhino some texture. Adhesive before die cutting. And hiding the trunk by "double" die cutting it with palm die. She also used the transparency trick for her alpha stickers.

    4. Laura - press n seal!!! Cool! She does the alphas with a ruler!

    5. Francine- like the 2nd gen stamping to lighten the color.

    6. Kelly- Misti tip for avoiding multi level stamping look.

    7. Birka- I was very inspired by her popup card. First time I ever saw that in the making.

    8. Vicky- dimensional tricks for the palm tree.

    9. Justine- I totally liked the patterned paper strips idea!!!!

    My favorite piece in the kit is the palm tree die (of course). Oh how I want one!!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a kit.

    This was a fun and inspiring hop!

  73. Just had a blast on this video hop which I love as I am a visual learner.
    Was inspired by them all but the tips I will definitely put into practice are:
    the easy way to make a pop up card on Birkas video.
    Laura's tips on how to keep die cut pieces together & using the ruler to get letters straight.
    Kelly's tips on shading were great too & those flowers just jumped of the page.
    Also haven't done paper piecing for a while so thanks for the reminder of how cute it looks especially
    on the rhino from the stamp set which is my favourite.
    Thanks again for all these fantastic videos and the time given to produce them!

  74. Do an alpha with a ruler, Ink blending, pop up card, Copic clouring tips, dimensional tips...only four things? All of you are pure inspiration!!! I love soooo much this kit but the dies makes me crazy!!!! Thanks for the chance!

  75. OH many amazing creations! Love them all.

  76. Awesome kit ...really like the palm tree die. These were the thing that caught my eye on the hop...Laura Bassen uses cling wrap to hold die cut pieces in place, Amy used clear embossing to contain the watercolours, Marika muted her stenciled background by going over the final piece again with distressed inks and I liked how Francine used a stencil template to create the random circles and then added 2 colours to each circle for some added interest.

  77. I love all the videos - they really inspire me.
    I love the idea of using different card stock for the t-shirt and shorts.
    I love Laura's idea with the press n seal
    I love Kelly's unique card with using the Palm Tree leaves as flowers
    I love using the enamel dots as coconuts :)
    Really adorable kit..

  78. I learned how to paper piece, make a box card, how to make a flower out of a palm tree, and how to use press and seal with card making. My favorite item in the kit is the rink stamp.