Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Your Next Stamp Tweet Holiday Greetings Card Video


Hello everyone.

Today I am sharing my latest video for Your Next Stamp. In this video, I am creating a handmade greeting card using Your Next Stamp Supplies. I am using the Home for the Holidays stamp set and coordinating dies to create a cute way to say hello during the holidays.

This card is super simple to create. Most of the time it took to create this card was in the coloring. I love that you can use non traditional colors and still make a cute holiday scene with these bird houses.


Below I have linked my YouTube video that I created while making this card and a Copic color map listing all of the markers I used to color my images. I will also leave a complete list of supplies.

Thank you for visiting my blog today,

Koren



Saturday, November 17, 2018

Spellbinders Gingerbread House with Nuvo Vintage Drops

Hello everyone.

Today I am sharing with you a video I created a for Spellbinders, using their Charming Cottage Box Die Set.  I have been dying to make a gingerbread house, but not the kind you eat, just the kind you create using paper. This die did the trick for me. I was able to create an adorable gingerbread house that was festive and fun for the holiday season.



I love the beautiful Scandinavian gingerbread houses you see on Pinterest. If you haven't seen these types of gorgeous gingerbread houses, then do yourself a favor and google or Pinterest Scandinavian Gingerbread House and you will see my inspiration for this project. You can also keep reading so see some photos of the completed project and a complete list of supplies.

The video below shows a much simpler way to use the die and create a stunning light up Gingerbread house. Check the description box of the video for a list of supplies used on that project.



As far as the creation of the gingerbread house with the Nuvo drops on it. I created the house the same exact way as I created the house in the video. I just decorated the outside differently and added a different stamped sentiment on the biscuit like tag.

I added each Nuvo Vintage drop onto flat layouts of the gingerbread house and waited impatiently for them to dry. There were quite a few times were I messed up dropped things on freshly dropped drops! It was not an easy project to create, but I had a blast, despite its difficulty. I absolutely love how it turned out and I'm hoping to create more just like it over the holidays with my family.


A complete list of supplies I used to create this project is linked below, using Affiliate links when available at no additional cost to you- these links help provide some financial relief to small businesses, such as myself. Thank you for supporting my blog and YouTube Channel. I really appreciate you all so much. Happy Holidays.

Koren




Tuesday, November 13, 2018

MFT's Sassy November Release



Hello everyone.

Today I am sharing with you a project I made using My Favorite Things November Release, Sassy Pants Holiday and a few other Die-namics to make the cards really cool. To see the entire NEW Release from MFT (CLICK HERE!) to visit MFTStamps.com.

These cards are super simple to create. Keep reading to find out how these were made.



I started with a piece of navy blue cardstock and ink blended some Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire towards the outside edge of the card panel.  I did this to add an ombre effect or richness to the card. This panel measures 3 1/2 by 4 3/4. I enjoy using this size panel for the front of my cards.

For the tree portion, I used MFT's Christmas Tree Window die placed directly in the center of the blue inked panel. Then I ran it through my die-cutting machine. This cut out the most perfect Christmas tree with ornaments strung all around it and a star at the top.



To add some interest I used foam tape behind this panel to pop it up onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock. I inlaid a gold foil star at the top of my tree, but the rest is nicely popped up onto crisp white. I stamped the sassy sentiment from the NEW Sassy Pants Holiday stamp set using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder. I placed this on a Simon Says Stamp Fog card base and called it done. I love the way it turned out so I made another.

This one is made the same exact way except I inlaid the gold foiled cardstock in the center of this NEW Snowflake Window Die. This panel is adhered flat to the white cardstock below it using liquid adhesive. It too is popped up onto a Fog card base.



I hope you enjoyed my project and the NEW products from MFT. You can (CLICK HERE!) to see more of MFT's November Release and tons of fantastic inspiration.

If you have a sassy sense of humor like myself, these sentiments are surely going to be a staple in your holiday stamp collection.

Koren


Your Next Stamp Merry Christmas Deer Card Video

Hello Everyone.

Today I am sharing with you my latest video for Your Next Stamp. Today I am using the Your Next Stamp Holiday Wreaths Stamp Set and a few other supplies to create a handmade greeting card to share Christmas cheer.. with a deer. I crack myself up.

So, I began with Paper Trey Ink's Pine Feathers cardstock, which is a gorgeous rich, and dark green and I applied some Nuvo Clearmark embossing ink to a few if the individual stamps from my new Your Next Stamp Holiday Wreaths stamp set.  I applied the sticky ink in a random pattern, then generously dusted the ink with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder, and heat set it.  I used the same color combinations, and technique for the banner and sentiment.  And once again, I repeated this same technique on my wreath, but this time used the wreath from the same stamp set, and StampinUp!'s Old Olive light green cardstock to create a tone on tone effect.



Once I had my wreath stamped, and looking fabulous, I used the coordinating dies that are available for purchase with this set to cut out my wreath.  This die was fantastic.  It is open-backed which makes aligning the image with the die unbelievably easy.

I selected my deer from the Winter Critters Wreath stamp set from Your Next Stamp, and, using Your Next Stamp Black Olive ink, stamped him onto Neenah 110lb solar white cardstock.  This is a copic-friendly ink, and I immediately set out to use my copies and make him beautiful.  On the tip of his nose, I finished him off with a drop of Nuvo Crystal Glaze to make his nose sparkle like Rudolph.



Now that my images were complete, it was time to assemble.  I used Scotch 3M Foam tape, aligned my images the way that I wanted them, and used that foam tape to give me a layered effect.  I adhered this panel to a top folding A2 sized card base in Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock, and found that happy place where the card is done.  Anything else is too much, and anything less was not enough.  I love the way that this turned out.  The products worked so well, and I screwed up so much while making this one, but the result was so so worth it.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and I look forward to connecting with you again soon.  Until next time!

Koren




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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Heffy Doodle Veggie Much Card Video

Hello everyone.

Today I am sharing my latest video created for Heffy Doodle. In this video I'm using the NEW Veggie Patch Stamp Set and coordinating dies to create a fun card to say "I Love You" to some-veggie special in your life.



Not only do I have a YouTube Video showing the creation of this card but also a few photos and a Copic Marker Color Map showing the exact markers I used on my project.

I was inspired to create this card after seeing fellow Design Team member Franci's card. She made an awesome version of this card and her carrots where in the ground! I loved it so much that I wanted to make one of my own. To check out her card (CLICK HERE!)



I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog today.

Koren



Friday, November 9, 2018

Neat and Tangled and Benzie Designs Collaboration Felt Ornaments


Hello everyone,
Today I am sharing with you, a project that I created using some products from Neat and Tangled, and Benzie Designs, who collaborated to create the dies used for this project.  (CLICK HERE!) to visit  Benzie Designs, and (CLICK HERE!) to visit Neat and Tangled.



Using the Ugly Sweater and Snowflake Stitching dies from the Neat and Tangled and Benzie Designs collaboration and Glitter and Glass and Winter Mint felt color palettes from Benzie Designs, I set out to make some special winter ornaments.  These palettes include a beautiful selection of high quality felt, but also offer coordinating embroidery flosses (which I purchased).  I cut the sweaters (one for the front, and another for the back) from the glitter and glass color palette.  I was really channeling the "ugly sweater" fad that has become popular over the last several years, but I think I missed the mark a bit, because these turned out really cute!



Once I had the sweaters themselves cut, I proceeded to cut the sweater cuffs and collars from a coordinating color, and stitched them onto the sweater using the embroidery floss.  I used the same process for the candy cane, wreath, snowman, and gingerbread man.  However, I elected to enhance these items by selectively stitching some seed beads onto them to dress them up a bit.  I then attached these items to the sweaters using liquid glue in lieu of the stitching.

Using the embroidery floss again, I made loops of floss, and secured them to the back of my sweaters, and then used liquid adhesive to attach the backs of the sweaters, and moved on to my snowflakes.




I followed much of the same steps to create my snowflakes- beginning with the Winter Mint palette of felt (again with the coordinating embroidery floss), I die cut my main snowflake shapes (in twos- one front and another rear), and inner structure of the snowflakes from the felt.  I then created an interesting series of stitching, incorporating sequins and glass beads to add some sparkle to the felt (what's a snowflake without sparkle anyway?).  After getting them looking the way that I wanted,  I again added some loops to the backs before sealing the snowflake "panels" with liquid adhesive.  These loops will allow me to hang some of these cute "ugly" sweaters from our Christmas tree this year!

I hope you enjoyed my project today, I certainly had a lot of fun playing with something a little different, and I think this would be a fantastic family crafting idea- everyone could spend a little time creating something adorable for your holiday celebrations!

Koren



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Your Next Stamp Winter Unicorns Card Video



Hello everyone.

It's Preview Day at Your Next Stamp, and with it comes a NEW video from me. In this video I'm using the NEW Winter Unicorns Rock Stamp set and coordinating dies to create a fun, and non traditional Christmas card.  The blog hop for this release will begin at 11am EST on November 8th. (CLICK HERE!) to visit the YNS Blog.



Linked in this post below, you can find the video I created while making this card. You will also find a Copic color map for your Pinterest enjoyment, some additional photos and a complete list of supplies using affiliate links when available; these links are at no additional cost to you, and a small percentage of the sale helps fund this blog, so, thank you very much for your support!



I hope you enjoy my project and don't forget to stop by the Your Next Stamp blog and check out what the rest of the design team has create with the NEW Release products. To visit the YNS blog (CLICK HERE!) 

Koren






Tuesday, November 6, 2018

My First Project Life Pages using NEW Spellbinders Clear Stamps

So... I did it.  I finally took the time to create my very first Project Life pages.  I chose a trip that we all took last December to visit my Mom in North Carolina.  We had several great photos, and it seemed like the perfect trip to use...

I want to thank @sarascraps for always pushing me to pick up my scrapbooking supplies. I am dedicating my very first page to you Sara. It's not too bad for my first try.



Anyway- onto the project.  The project life pocket configurations really drive your image sizes, so, I laid out my pages in the way that I thought looked best, and then began trimming, clipping and cropping my images, as well as sections of colored cardstock that I incorporated into the design (and later stamped and journaled on).

Page One 
All of my sentiments for this project were from from Spellbinders' Captured Sentiments set.  I used their "you are my sunshine" stamp , and applied a healthy coating of Staz-On opaque Cotton White, and stamped on a photo of Dexter playing at the beach.  I then selected the "Memories" stamp, applied some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink, and stamped that beautiful image onto some plain white 110lb cardstock.  "Can you believe this" was stamped on Stampin'Up!'s Night of Navy cardstock in tumbled glass ink, "Today" was white ink on a separate piece of that same navy cardstock.  Using some Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire, I stamped the word "Captured" onto Simon Says Stamp's Sea Glass cardstock, and then "Shine" onto a separate piece of that same colored paper. Below "Shine", I stamped "Bright" in white ink.

Page Two 
I also die-cut a speech bubble, and the 2017 from the same navy cardstock, using the Spellbinders "Say What?" and "Count the Stars" die sets. From there, I began adhering my die-cut pieces to their backgrounds using some liquid and tape runner adhesives.

Page Three 
 I stamped "this moment" onto a piece of heat resistant acetate, with the intention of sliding this in front of the photo where everyone is getting a little splashed... and I totally screwed it up.  But in "this moment", I realized that my happy accident ended up looking like 3-D water splashing effect.  So, I abandoned my desire for my original idea, and in fact, I accentuated it a bit using a splatter technique and some white acrylic paint!

Page Four 
I finished off this project with some handwritten entries, including a few details about the trip, and I was really relieved to have this first Project Life page in the books.  It feels so familiar, yet, strange and foreign at the same time.  It was a fun project though!

Page Four 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Your Next Stamp Gross-Tastic Birthday Card Video



Hello Everyone.

Today I am sharing with you my latest video for Your Next Stamp. In this video I'm using the Silly Trash Monsters Stamp Set and the Trash Can Die to create a Gross-tastic scene. I even used the Slime Splats to add a little more gross to the tastic.



Just below will be photos of my project as well as a link to the video I am sharing over on my YouTube channel. I also have a Copic color map and a complete list of supplies for this project using affiliate links when available.

I want to thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoy my video.

Koren



Sunday, October 28, 2018

Heffy Doodle and Marvy Uchida Collaboration

Hello everyone.

Today I am sharing with you a... well a bib. It’s a My First Birthday bib. The kind of bib that you would wear while eating a smash cake. Here in the U.S. it has become a tradition to give your child his/her own personal cake to eat during their first birthday party- and its a big sticky mess of fun! This has been going on for quite some time. I know I had a "smash cake" on my first birthday and so did my little brother.  You know the kind. The personal cake your parents got you to eat all by yourself, on your very first birthday. Well, if you haven’t experienced this both as a child and/or as a parent, you should. It’s a fabulous way to celebrate a first birthday.

So the Heffy Doodle design team has paired up with Marvy Uchida to create some projects using  products from both companies, and to put forth some inspiration for all of you to maybe think outside of the box for your next stamping project.



I purchased a pack of bandana style white bibs from Amazon. I bought more than enough, because I was unsure of just how many times, I would mess this up. So, I bought a little extra insurance.

I started by cutting out all of the die cuts I would iron on my project. I cut out both the "Congrats" as well as the "Baby" using Heffy Cuts Word Die from Heffy Doodle. I also used a large number one by Altenew using their Bold Numbers Die Set. I cut the word dies from Iron On Vinyl by Circut. I used a metallic gold for the words and a glitter version for the number one. I also cut a ballon using the coordinating die set from Elephant of Surprise. I set those aside to later be set in place and ironed on permanently.


I then mounted the cake image from the Heffy Doodle Elephant of Surprise Stamp Set onto my Fiskars stamp press. I used Marvy Uchida's Transfer pen to ink up my stamp. I basically inked the lines of the stamp with the transfer pen just like I do with a Memento Marker. I then stamped the image onto a regular piece of tissue paper or tracing paper. I masked the image with Avery Reposition-able sheets after fussy cutting it out with my Fiskars Scissors. This is just like I would do when working with ink and paper. I then loaded the elephant image onto the Fiskars Stamp press and inked it up with the Marvy Transfer pen just as before. I turned the stamp press over and lined him up to appear to be behind the cake. I stamped it down onto the transfer paper as well.



I then moved the tracing paper over to my ironing board or Easy Press mat (as was the case with this project). I also heated up my iron at this point. A regular household iron is what I used. I turned the transfer paper over onto the bib in the placement of where I wanted this image to live on the finished project. You then take your iron and run it over the paper with the ink side facing the bib. Just as if you are ironing on a patch. When you have given it enough heat the lined image will then appear onto the bib. It will look faded as if you have stamped the image in a light gray ink. Think of it as no line coloring.

I then used Marvy Uchida Graffitti Markers to color in my image. I used gray markers in two shades. I started with the darker shade in the shadows of the image and blended it out with a lighter gray shade toward the lighter parts of the image. I also used the Marvy Uchida Glow in the Dark Yellow Marker to add a glow in the dark candle on top of the cake. It glows wonderfully when you turn off the lights to sing happy birthday.


I then laid out all of the die cuts that I cut earlier, and arranged them onto the bib where I wanted them. There is clearly a dull side and a shiny side to the vinyl that I used for this project. It was easy to determine which side faces the bib with the adhesive on it. Make sure the adhesive side is down, facing the bib. I used a light cloth and laid it over the die cuts being careful not to disturb them and shift them out of place. I then applied heat using my household iron until the die cuts where securely stuck down.

I added a little piece of twine coming from the elephant's hand to the balloon. I threaded it through the bib using a sewing needle and tied it in the back to secure it to the bib. Doing this makes the balloon string 3 dimensional, yet secure.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. I love idea of creating this keepsake for a friend or loved one. I know I would have loved to have one for my children. I can't wait to give this to another Mom to keep in her 1 year old's baby box.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Koren


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Heffy Doodle Glow in the Dark Background Card Video



Hello Everyone.

Today I am sharing with you a card I made using Heffy Doodle products. I'm using the BRAND NEW Heffy Doodle Hootiful Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies along with a bunch of other NEW Release products.





My YouTube video creating this project will be linked below along with photos and a complete supply list, using Affiliate links when possible at no added cost to you. I also created a Copic Color Map that is perfect for saving my Copic color combos to Pinterest for future reference.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoy the video.

Koren