09 May 2018

Guest Designing for Create A Smile Stamps - Bear mail

Hi Everyone,

We are still on our two-week holiday in Ireland with the family (oh, I miss my craft room!), but I am popping by with a quick post today. I have the great honour of guest designing for Create A Smile today, thanks to the fact that I was one of the Featured Artists in a recent challenge of theirs, yay! 

This time, the theme is TEXTURE. For my card, I decided to finally bust out the cutest little bear from the Bear mail stamp set. The moment I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it, but - of course - it took me a while to get to using it. I am so happy that I finally had the opportunity! I also used the lovely heart stencil for my background, to add some texture with glitter paste. And, surprise surprise, I had to incorporate some rainbow colours into my project. 

The images are coloured with my beloved ZIGs, and fussy cut.

I hope you like my card, and that you join this fun challenge over at CAS. They're a really great European-based company, with loads of gorgeous and unique designs, and their prices are so pocket friendly, too - that's always a bonus, isn't it? :o)




I am entering the card into the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday Challenge - For the boys

Have a great day, and I hope someone sends some happy mail your way soon,

Mirella

SUPPLY LIST (please see affiliate disclaimer & essential supplies info here):


Create A Smile BEARMAIL Clear Stamps clcs64 Create A Smile HEARTS POLKA Stencil SCS8 BoBunny SUGAR Glitter Paste 12740919 Neenah Environment 100 LB SMOOTH DESERT STORM  Paper Pack 25 Sheets My Favorite Things GRASSY EDGES Die-Namics MFT Mama Elephant FEMME FRAMES Creative Cuts Steel Dies Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82 Lawn Fawn PERFECTLY PLAID RAINBOW Petite 6x6 Paper Pack LF1347 Zig CLEAN COLOR 48 SET Real Brush RB6000AT48V Crafter's Companion CLEAR OVERLAY Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens SPECNSPACLE3 Sakura BLACK GLAZE GEL PENS Pen 2 Pack 38495 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue Adhesive Paint INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 Tonic Studios 6 x 12 INCH GUILLOTINE PAPER TRIMMER T453 EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01 Pentel AQUASH BRUSH MEDIUM Fine Point 226537

26 April 2018

Mother's Day card - Altenew Educator Certification Program - All About Layering 1

Hi Everyone,

Today's post is a very happy and special one - it's my first post and project share for the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). I am so honoured and happy to be able to participate in this fun initiative, and I hope you will enjoy this "journey" with me! 

My first project was inspired by the "All about layering 1" course (which, by the way, is FREE, so feel free to check it out yourself), where Nicole shares her inspiration using many of the gorgeous layering stamp sets by Altenew. 

Many of her projects truly inspired me, and my creation uses a few of her suggestions and techniques: second generation stamping (the flowers in the background), heat embossing the outlines of the image, fussy cutting and popping up the focal images, using smaller images from the stamp set for the background, and - finally - using the outlined images without the "proper" stamped layers, and free-hand colouring them instead. 

I wanted to make a Mother's Day card for my purple-loving mum, and opted for the "Beautiful day" stamp set, which was my very first set I got from Altenew, and is still my favourite of all the ones I own. 

I had loads of fun making this card, and I am really happy with how my colouring of the flowers with ZIGs turned out - for a moment, I felt like a true watercolour artist, they're so easy to use! 

I was considering adding sequins or other type of bling, or at least some glitter/shimmer, but in the end decided not to - the design is already quite busy, and I wanted to make sure that the main focus is on the three coloured flowers :o)

I hope you like my first project, stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!








I am entering the card into the following challenges:
SSS Monday Challenge - Flower Power
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes
Work it Wednesday - For the Mom

I will be taking a short break from blogging and crafting for the next few weeks, as I am going away, but I will be back mid-May! 

Take care,

Mirella

SUPPLY LIST (please see affiliate disclaimer & essential supplies info here):

Grey ink - from my stash
Altenew BEAUTIFUL DAY Clear Stamp Set Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink HYDRANGEA INK035 Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 Brutus Monroe GILDED Ultra Fine Embossing Powder BRU2487 Zig CLEAN COLOR 48 SET Real Brush RB6000AT48V Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096 Pentel AQUASH BRUSH MEDIUM Fine Point 226537 Ranger EUROPEAN VOLTAGE HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL HIT27089 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue Adhesive Paint INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 Tonic Studios 6 x 12 INCH GUILLOTINE PAPER TRIMMER T453 EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01
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