09 January 2019

Create a Smile Stamps January Challenge: Kraft

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! 

I am starting mine with some great news - for the next 6 months, I will be on the Create a Smile Challenge blog Design Team, woohoo! If you are not familiar with Create a Smile Stamps, you should definitely check them out! They are a German company (which means cheap shipping for us in Europe, as well as worldwide!), and they have some fantastic & great quality products. They have stamps, dies, stencils and some additional embellishments, too - most of these are available both in a German and an English version. They're super cute, versatile, and they have lots of really unique designs, which I love. 

I have been using their products for a long while now, I am a big fan, and so am really delighted to be part of their team!

The challenges run bi-weekly, which in my opinion is a great amount of time to get crafty and participate. 

This time, the theme is KRAFT

I love the look of white on kraft (be that pencils, white paint, texture paste, heat embossing, etc), hence the background I created (and by the way, isn't that Mandala stamp to die for?!).  I also wanted to try my skills in colouring with coloured pencils, and since I love how they look on kraft, it was the perfect opportunity for me. And, seeing that this is my first creation for the challenge blog as a DT member, I of course had to use my favourite stamp set, which is Bear Mail

The card design might look familiar to you - that's because I made two quite similar cards in the past - one in a more summery theme, and one in a winter theme. I plan to make a small series out of these, just to see how different they can look with just changing the colour schemes, textures, etc, hence - stay tuned for a spring and autumn edition! :o)

And here's my card, I hope you like it:



I am really happy with how it turned out, and for a newbie to colouring with coloured pencils, I think my colouring came out quite nicely, too!

Will you participate? I can't wait to see what you make! If you share your creations on Instagram, feel free to tag me (@handmadebymirella), so that I can see it the moment you share it! 

Have a great day,
Mirella

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

This particular kraft paper is from my local stationery store, and it's unbranded

CraftStash (for my European readers):

Polychromos at Craftstash
Big Shot at Craftstash
Tonic Trimmer at CraftStash   



Simon Says Stamp:

Create A Smile BEARMAIL Clear Stamps clcs64 Create A Smile MANDALA Cling Stamp CGCS1 Faber-Castell POLYCHROMOS COLORED PENCILS 36 Piece Set in Tin 110036 Heffy Doodle STRIPS OF EASE Dies hfd0036 Ranger EUROPEAN VOLTAGE HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL HIT27089 Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE WL01SF Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE COMFORT PAPER TRIMMER 1980e Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425 EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01

28 December 2018

Altenew Educator Certification Program - Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Hi Everyone,

Today I am back with another card I made for the AECP. This time, the class was all about Easy Die Cutting Techniques, and the videos and ideas were led by the one and only Yana Smakula. I adore Yana's creations, so I was delighted to see what she had to share with us. 

Yana did not disappoint - in the class, she shares some great ideas on how we can stretch the dies we already have in our stash. She also *might have* encouraged me to get a die or two, haha! I will admit, I was familiar with most of the techniques Yana showcased, however it was great to be reminded of some of them, and to learn a few new tips along the way. Plus, let's face it, her inspiration was fantastic, too! 

One technique that I really like seeing, and usually forget using myself, is embossing with dies. Whenever I dry emboss, I tend to reach for my embossing folders straight away. Which is a bit limiting, seeing that I only own a few of them... However, I have a plethora of dies, and I really need to remember that for the future, as my dry embossing options are so much wider thanks to the dies! 

For my card, I opted for a rather simplistic design, but I am really happy with how it turned out. And, it pretty much uses only dies, with just a bit of bling and some colouring/ink blending. I used the gorgeous Rose Filament die set for both the focal image on my card, as well as the dry embossing of my background. The fantastic Fine Frames came handy to draw the eye to the sentiment. I honestly don't think this designs needs anything more!

This is a perfect feminine card, and I am sure it will make any special woman in my life happy on her birthday!





I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes

I hope you like this design as much as I do, and that you give dry embossing with dies a go, if you haven't already!

Have a great crafty day,
Mirella

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

Vellum: Crafter's Companion, Printable vellum
Enamel dots: from my stash 


Altenew ROSE FILAMENT Die Set ALT1844 Altenew FINE FRAMES RECTANGLES Dies ALT2274 Altenew HUG ME Clear Stamp Set ALT1605 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad SPUN SUGAR Ranger TDP40194 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad SEEDLESS PRESERVES Ranger TDP40156 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRUSHED OLIVE Ranger TIM27126 Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965 Crafter's Companion CLEAR OVERLAY Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens SPECNSPACLE3 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 Simon Says Stamp GRID TRANSPARENCY gridtran Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE COMFORT PAPER TRIMMER 1980e Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425
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