Friday, September 12, 2014

A Friday Hello

Yay!!! It's Friday!!!  I have 2 days of LESS running around to do. I might actually be able so sleep in or stamp!  I live for the weekends when the kids are in school. How about you?

Today I decided to play along with my 2 favorite blogs....Simon Says Stamp and A Blog Named Hero.  I am not very good at combining challenges. I usually never combine them but this week it was just so easy to do that I thought "why not?"

The girls over at A Blog Named Hero have this challenge going on:

The challenge? Use letter stamps for something other than a title. ;)

And Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is to "Create your own background"

Here is my card:


I used the journal alphabet letters from Hero Arts. I arranged them on an acrylic block going every which way. I then inked them up in Colorbox Frost White ink (just for visibility purposes) and heat embossed them with Ranger's Silver Super Fine Detail Embossing powder.  I turned the stamp a few times until it covered the paper. I found embossing right away works best too. The white pigment ink dries pretty fast and didn't allow me to emboss it all at once.

Here is a closer look:



I used the Simon Says Stamp Feather die and Small Hello. I cut the large feather out of this really cool silver paper I found in my scraps and the smaller one out of some Studio Calico papers.  I mounted both on black cardstock. I die cut the Hello out of Simon Says Stamp Red Lipstick cardstock and then out of black.

To finish is off I wrapped some twine around the bottom of the feathers.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have an awesome weekend.

Michelle

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Create A Smile Blog Hop

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be here to share a new stamp company, with a new stamp release, with you today!



Create A Smile is a new stamp company in town - their first stamps were released in July 2014. The stamps are made of high quality photo-polymer and produced in Germany. They will for sure make you smile!

These are the facts:
Create A Smile is releasing three sets TOMORROW! You can find their store at www.createasmilestamps.com, the stamps will be available for purchase at 8am CET (2am EST).

You should have arrived here from the very talented, super sweet Linda Trace's Blog

Here are the two sets being released:

Whimsical Wheels


Penguin Party

Here is the card I created for the hop using Whimsical Wheels:


I used digital images that Christine Drogt, the owner and designer of Create a Smile, sent to me. They may be off a little in size as I did use a digital image. I tried my best to get them to be true to size.  I love this little train set. I added a third car to it.  I wanted one to hold the sentiment and another to hold the hearts. I drew in the train tracks with a black fine point pen and highlighted it with a silver colored pencil.  

I went for clean and simple on this design because this train is just too cute to not be the entire focus of the card. Christine does an AMAZING job at designing these stamps. There are so many uses and sentiments to go with it. It's not just for little boys. ;)



I masked off the car before stamping some hearts into it (the hearts aren't in the set sorry), I added some waterfall stickles to those adorable puffs of smoke. I also resized those in photoshop.  Isn't this set just adorable? Wouldn't you LOVE to WIN a set?

You can win a 12,50€ gift-certificate for the Create A Smile store - all you need to do is hop along and leave comments on all the fantastic and inspiring stops (one comment per person, per blog please!). We’ll pick random winner from all the comments - so the more blogs you visit (and leave a comment on) - the more chances you have to be a winner!

You have until Saturday September 12th, 8am CET (that's 2am EST). The winner will be announced on the Create A Smile Blog on Sunday (September 13th)
Enjoy the hop!

Now hop on over to the very talented Samantha Mann. At any time during the hop that you get lost or find a broken link the list is below.

Michelle Liimatainen<<<<<YOU ARE HERE

Until next time....
Michelle

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Halloween Home Decor

Hi everyone! I am up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today with a tutorial on how to make this little burlap home decor piece using Heat Transfer Vinyl, your Silhouette and a Hero Arts Digital kit> I would love if you stopped by to check it out.


Michelle

Monday, September 8, 2014

Christmas Cheer--New SSS Stamptember Release

HI! I am really, really excited to be back today with this post. I am sorry it was delayed. The start of school threw me. I have literally been living in my car driving the kids EVERYWHERE. I never even made it to the stamp room until Saturday night to clean it.

Anyhow, I received a SWEET TREAT in the mail a little over a week ago. It was THIS FAB stamp set from Simon Says Stamp!!! I was so excited to play with it. I started playing with the trees immediately and had a few sneaks on Twitter and Instagram:



These are the trees when they were still wet.

An Instagram Sneak that shows all the yummy glittery goodness.  Perfect pearls on the background, Distress Stickles and Wink of Stella. The options for glittery goodness are everywhere these days.

Today I am revealing the entire card:


I started by stamping the trees in Hero Arts black ink, then I took my colored pencils and just kept drawing lines in different colors of green until I got that natural pine look.  It is such an easy way to get dimension and texture while coloring.  After they were colored I covered the entire tree in Rock Candy Stickles. While the Rock Candy was still wet I added Star Dust Stickles (Thank you Kelly Latevola) to the edges to make it look like ice and snow.  The look of these trees are so AMAZING in person.

I also fussy cut the sled....no easy task but with the help of a really sharp xacto knife it made it easier.

The presents were cut from scraps of paper.

The background is Distress Chipped Sapphire and Distress Faded Jeans, with a heavy dose of Perfect Pearls on them.

There are so many wonderful stamps, dies and stencils in the Stamptember release. Make sure you check them all out. :)

Have a great day.
Michelle

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Season's Greetings....Wait? WHAT???

Yes, you read that right....SEASON'S GREETINGS!!!!! It's getting to be that time of year where we must think about Christmas Cards. It kills me...I want Summer and my flip flops every single day of the year. But...it is just not meant to be. Hero Arts came out with a new catalog and a2z Scrapbooking and the Design Team are celebrating it this month. So our theme for the month is FALL & Christmas!

For my card I used two new sets from the Holiday Hero Arts catalog. They were instantly my favorites when I saw them and I have a lot of ideas in store for these. Here is today's card:


I started by stamping the Poinsettia's in Red Royal Mid-tone ink and the Holly Leaves in Forever Green. I then took my Prismacolor Pencils and shaded them. I love to add shading to a stamped image with colored pencils and blend it in with some Gamsol. I think it adds so much to it. I finished by adding a shadow in light gray, a few dots of Viva Pearl Dots (LOVE) and a sentiment embossed in Liquid Platinum.  

I finished with Wink of Stella....look at that sparkly goodness. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that pen!!!!

If you would like to purchase some new stamps from the Hero Arts catalog, then head over to  a2z Scrapbooking Store and use the code MICHELLE15 to receive 15% off of your order!!!


That's all for me today. Head on over to a2z's Scrabooking Blog....you want want to miss the goodness the other girls  have for you.

I'll be back with a 2nd post later today to show you a NEW stamp set from SIMON SAYS STAMP TOO!

Michelle