Hey everyone! The weekend has officially kicked off so I’m here with another Saturday Stamp Day card and video. In this week’s video I’m showing you how to stamp and color a background with the Magical Unicorns stamp set from My Favorite Things. A vellum overlay adds an extra touch to this project while it tones down the bright background.

Unicorns are so popular lately so I couldn’t resist using the Magical Unicorns stamp set from My Favorite Things. I used the little sun stamp from the set to stamp and color a fun background. Don’t you think that this card has a retro/vintage feeling to it? The stamped pattern and the overall color scheme look a bit vintage to me. ūüôā

ssd-vellum-overlay-fullAfter stamping and coloring my background, I wanted to tone down that bright background a bit. Using a vellum overlay is a great way to do this! My friend Julia from Just One More Card taught me that. She’s such a talented card maker and a dear crafty friend of mine. In my previous Saturday Stamp Day video, I created a sentiment banner with a Copic marker. This time I created my own colored card stock with an R43 Copic marker. Then, I heat embossed a sentiment from the Magical Unicorns set from My Favorite Things.

ssd-vellum-overlay-closeupI die cut a circle out of some white card stock and Fun Foam. I doubled up these layers to create a nice and thick circle to let my unicorn stand out a little bit more. I attached the sentiment banner to that circle with the foam adhesive on the back of the unicorn. I finished off the card with some clear sequins, a Clear Wink of Stella pen and some Glossy Accents.

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Hi! I am back again with a brand new Saturday Stamp Day card and video. In today’s video I am creating a fresh and fruity card with Create A Smile Stamps. Lately, I just love to mix yellow, pink and peach colors on my cards. Another thing I like lately is wood veneer shapes!

I started out by ink blending the Leaf Effect stencil from Winnie & Walter on some white paper. Because the shape of the leaves reminded me of lemons, I used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. This made sure that my fresh and fruity background matched with the stamped images from the Served Up stamp set from Create A Smile Stamps.

ssd-treat-yourself-full-cardI am determined to get better at Copic Coloring. So after lots of practicing and watching tons of YouTube videos, I switched up my technique. Nowadays I like to start out with my darkest color to add my first layer of shading. Then, I use the medium toned color to blend out the darkest shading. Next, I use the lightest color to blend everything together and finally I go back to that dark color to add extra pops of shading. I only used three colors for the hippo. When I want to do some basic coloring, I use only two markers. I use the darkest marker to add the shading first, then I blend it out with the lightest marker and finally I go back to that darkest color to add more shading.

IMG_0680I had no idea where I was going with this card, so I just played with the goodies I had on my desk. After adhering my hippo to a die cut circle, I created a matching banner by scribbling the RV13 Copic marker on some white paper. I heat embossed a sentiment on there from the Served Up stamp set from Create A Smile. As soon as I finished my main element of the card, I started assembling everything together.

I adhered a strip of yellow woodgrain patterned paper to some white card stock. Then, I created some extra interest behind and around the circle. I mixed¬†some wood veneer shapes with¬†lovely sequins from the Fruit Sorbet mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I really like to use wood veneer lately and I especially love how it looks paired with sequins. ūüôā

That’s it for now. Thanks so much for watching my video. See you soon! Xo

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Multiple shops are linked: click CASS for Create A Smile Stamps, EH for Ellen Hutson, SSS for Simon Says Stamp

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Hey everyone! It’s Laura here and I am glad to be here with a new video series featuring Close To My Heart products. A while ago CTMH reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in using their products. After checking out their website, I immediately¬†knew I was up for it! Each Monday (until July 11) I will be sharing a new video featuring their products. And… there will be some giveaways, too!

NOTE: Like I mentioned in Saturday’s blog post, I got a new camera and a new set up. I created this card and photographed it before buying the new camera, so that’s why the set up is different in this picture.

In today’s video, I am creating a fun clean and simple card with a very summery color combination!

I know I say this all the time, but I truly enjoyed making this card! I did a lot of stamping and coloring for this project and those are just two things I really like doing. Before I’m moving on to the information on this card, I wanted to tell you that the yellow¬†on these pictures is way brighter than in reality. The aqua color looks the same in the photo, but the yellow looks way brighter in this picture.¬†The colors in the video give a better view on the actual card! It was a very bright day when I photographed this card and I think this is why the yellow¬†looks a bit different. ūüôā

ctmh-video-series-fullI started out by stamping a fun background using the Charming Cascades stamp set. I inked up the dots with Glacier ink. This ink color is a perfect soft aqua color and I really like it to create a soft background. Next, I took a piece of white paper and I masked off some stripes with leftover washi tape. I used an ink blender and Amber ink from CTMH to create yellow stripes. I was really amazed at how easily this ink blends on paper!

ctmh-furever-closeupAfter stamping and coloring the cat from the Friendly Pets set, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set. I stamped it with Black ink since I wanted to add a bold touch to this card and I also didn’t want the sentiment to get lost on the project. I die cut a circle out of the masked striped pattern and I adhered it to the card with foam adhesive. After adding some white thread to the card,¬†I of course needed to add some little touches of sparkle on this card. So I used the Close To My Heart Calypso Sequins and the Bitty Sparkles to add extra bling bling. What I like about these sequins is that they have adhesive on the back so there’s no need to mess around with other liquid adhesive. Fast and easy! ūüôā

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Onto the giveaway! CTMH has been very generous and offered a giveaway. You could win a prize pack including the Friendly Pets stamp set + one acrylic block + one ink pad. Close To My Heart is a big fan of Instagram so this is an Instagram exclusive giveaway. Simply like my latest post on Instagram (the picture of this card), follow CTMH and my profile on Instagram and tag a friend in the giveaway post to earn another entry. Good luck and thanks for checking today’s post! ūüôā

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Go to¬†http://www.closetomyheart.com for more information on how to¬†purchase the products I used. Unfortunately, I can’t link directly to them and create a supply list like usual. Here’s a list of the CTMH products I used:

  • CTMH Friendly Pets Stamp Set
  • CTMH Charming Cascades Stamp Set
  • CTMH Glacier Ink
  • CTMH Black Ink
  • CTMH Amber Ink
  • CTMH Amber Card Stock
  • CTMH Bitty Sparkles
  • CTMH Calypso Sequins

Happy Saturday,¬†everybody! How are you all doing? Do you have any fun plans for the summer? I have some exciting card making related projects coming up and I can’t wait to share the news with you in a couple of weeks. In today’s Saturday Stamp Day video I will be showing you how to create another slider card with the Slide on Over dies from Lawn Fawn.

A couple of days go I purchased a new camera that allows me to focus well on my card and make things in the background blurry. I am having so much fun with it! Since I got a new camera, I wanted to switch up my setup a little bit. Do you like¬†the photo style of my cards? If not, let me know and I’ll try some other things or I’ll go back to my previous setup. I love¬†to receive constructive feedback so I can make sure I offer YOU¬†the best content.

ssd-ciao-fullI started out by coloring the dogs from the Friends for all Seasons: Summer stamp set from WPlus9. This is one of my new favorite stamp sets out there! That dog holding the basket filled with bones cracks me up. I created a slider card so that it looks like the dog on the right is giving the (hungry) dog another bone! Just like “trick or treat”¬†on¬†Halloween.¬†After die cutting a rectangle and hill, I did some ink blending with Vanilla Frosted Cupcake ink from The Ton. This ink blends like butter!

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Creating a slider card is so easy! It may look intimating at first, but I can reassure you that it is easy and fast to do. Simply die cut one of the slits first. Then, turn your paper around and create a foam border for your penny. Next, double up your¬†foam adhesive. After you created your frame, line up your penny with the slit and adhere two layers of foam adhesive to the penny. Finally, adhere your image to the foam adhesive. And voila! Your slider is finished! Easy, right? ūüôā

That’s it for now! Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post. I will be back on Monday with a brand new video series filled with inspiration and giveaways. See you then. Xo

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