Thursday, February 20, 2020

Crafty Friends: Gina K. Designs and a Discount!

Hey everybody! It's the 20th of the month and that means it's time for the Crafty Friends Blog Hop where we offer you a 20% discount to shop at our featured company. This month we are featuring products from Gina K. Designs and Gina was generous enough to give us a discount code for you to use when you shop using this link and code:

SHOP GINA K DESIGNS- Code: CRAFTYFRIENDS20

For my card I decided to use the Majestic Peony set. This set has the most gorgeous flowers and coloring them was a ton of fun. I used my Copic markers in a variety of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Then I colored the background in shades of blue and added drop shadows with my Cool Grays.
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After my flowers were colored I wanted to add even more depth and dimension. I grabbed a fine tipped Sharpie and added depth, some scribbles and some random dots. I also added some highlights with a white gel pen too.
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I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock and adhered it with foam tape. Then I added some Moonshine sequins from Simon Says Stamps and called it a day.
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This Majestic Peony set is one of my favorites but there are so many more beautiful stamps over at Gina K Designs. There are also all kinds of amazing products for inking, foiling and glittering your cards. If you are looking for beautiful products to add to your collection I hope you'll head over there and take a look. Remember that if you use my link (CLICK HERE) and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 you will receive 20% off of your entire purchase from now through February 22, 2020.  


Ok, that is it for me today. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you'll continue hopping along with us today. I know my Crafty Friends have more amazing Gina K. inspirations lined up for you and next up on the hop is the fabulous Becky Roberts.

Have an awesome day you guys!
Maria




CRAFTY FRIENDS BLOG ROLL:
Becky Roberts
Sandi MacIver
Sue Plote
Sara Sherlock
Lydia Fiedler
Jill Hilliard
Jen Timko
Amy Kolling
Jenny Hall
Tanya Boser
Ilina Crouse
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tonic Studios Spring Dreams Stamp Collection Online Party!

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Hi everybody! It's release day over at Tonic Studios and we are throwing an on-line party to celebrate! Before I get too far into this post I want you to know this party comes complete with a little gift for you... 15% off all stamps from Tonic Studios! If you'd like to take advantage of the discount here are some links for you:



Now let's get to the good part, the stamps! This Spring Dreams stamp release has five different stamp sets and while they are all fantastic... I couldn't tear myself away from the Unicorn Wishes set. I ended up making two cards and a tag and believe me I could easily have kept going (but I decided I needed four hours of sleep). 
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For my first card I ink blended the background and then splattered it with my Glitter Gloss pen. It gave the background a fun, sparkly look. After coloring my images I created a bouquet of balloons with silver strings so that I could suspend the unicorn in the air. Once I saw the sentiment, "You Don't Need Wings to Fly," I knew I had to have my unicorn flying around via balloons. 
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The balloons are all coated in a thick coat of Nuvo Crystal Glaze so they all look shiny and thick. I heat embossed my sentiment in white onto black cardstock and cut it out so that it would pop off of the card. The last bit of fun that I had with this card was to add sequins in Silver Rain and Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9.
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My next card is even shinier as I decided to use Nuvo Sparkle sprays and Holowave holographic cardstock. I ink blended my unicorns and then used a white gel pen to add some sparkles to their booties. I added Glitter Gloss to my clouds, colored my rainbow, heat embossed my sentiment and set it all aside.
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I used the Nuvo Sparkle Sprays in Marine Mist and Lavender Lining to lightly spritz the black cardstock background. I layered that with a wide frame cut from Holowave cardstock before adhering all of my stamped images on with foam tape. 
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To finish this card off I added a little more sparkle with Silver Rain sequins.
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Since I had my Nuvo Sparkle Sprays out I had to have a go with them on Tonic's Black Glossy Mirror Cardstock... Because the sparkle sprays on glossy cardstock are insanely gorgeous! I cut this perfect little tag using the Wondrous Woods Silhouette Tag & Wallet Die set. This is also the tag die that I like to use when I'm making swatches.
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After spritzing the background with sparkle spray I used my heat tool to help it dry more quickly. Sparkle Spray dries pretty quickly on regular cardstock but with the glossy cardstock it tends to sit on top of the paper and takes a little while too dry. So, I sped that process up a bit so I could start putting my tag together. 
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I stamped my image onto Holowave cardstock and adhered it using foam adhesive. I followed that up by adding the unicorn and a shooting star. This tag is so sparkly I decided not to add any embellishments.
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Well, that is it for my projects today but you can head over to some of these other party people for some inspiration (list below). If you're interested in checking out any of the products that I've used today I've put a list together for you below. 

You can see the whole stamp release by clicking HERE FOR THE UK SHOP, or, HERE FOR THE USA SHOP.

Have an awesome day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Maria Willis


PARTY PEOPLE!

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Release and a Giveaway!

Hi everybody! I hope you're Monday is off to a great start but if you're having a little case of the Mondays I'm hoping this blog hop will turn things right around for you. Today is release day for the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit and in addition to a blog hop with tons of inspiration we've also got a giveaway for you (details at the bottom of my post)!

This month's kit is all about birthdays and I decided to make a few cards using some of the add-ons from the kit. This adorable dog and funny sentiment are from the Birthday Paw-ty set. There are multiple adorable dogs and many more great sentiments.
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I'm having a bit of a birthday card shortage over here so I decided to stamp the dog and sentiment multiple times and change some details of the cards so that they'd all look different. I colored all of the dogs with my copic markers (E23, E25, E27, E29). 
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I masked off the dogs and bottoms of my cards with masking tape and then I ink blended the backgrounds using Hero Arts reactive inks in Taffy, Lemon Drop, and Splash.
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Then I used the Banner Letterset Fancy Dies to create customized sentiment banners for each of my cards. These banners are so cool! I left all of the letters attached and cut out the whole alphabet at once. It was so convenient and quick to do. I added sequins from the kit to add a little razzle dazzle and called it good for these cards.
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For my next card I used an awesome die called the Happy Birthday Cake Fancy Die. I love this die! It was the first thing I had to use out of the whole stash and I love how quickly I was able to make a shaker card with it. I ink blended the inside panel in Splash reactive ink. Then I ink blended the front panel in Lemon Drop, Creamsicle and Fruit Punch. I used Hero Arts Shimmer Spray to add a bunch of sparkle and shine to this piece.
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Next, I cut the die out of the front panel and I love how the leaves the Happy Birthday sentiment perfectly framed in the middle of the cake. Also, check out those candles! They are so much fun! I covered that opening with acetate, added a layer of foam adhesive, stuffed the card with sequin guts and sealed it all up. I decorated the front of the card with a combination of sequins from this kit, older sequins and enamel dots. I wish you could see how much this card sparkles in person because it's really fun.
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Ok you guys, that's all I've got for you today except for telling you about the generous giveaway from Hero Arts! 

GIVEAWAY!
Hero Arts is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment right here on my blog by Sunday, February 9th at 11:59pm pacific and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions and if not, I hope you'll continue on with the rest of the blog hop. The fabulous Michelle Short is up and her projects are always fantastic!

Bye for now and have an amazing day!
Maria Willis


BLOG HOP LIST:
Hero Arts
Amy Kolling
Caly Person
Channin Pelletier
Chari Moss
Daniel West
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jennifer McGuire
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
Maria Willis
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr
Seeka


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Crafty Friends: Picket Fence Studios

Hey guys!
It's been such a long time since I've been here to share anything pretty with you. Life has been wild and this week I've been in Phoenix at Creativation. It's my second time to Creativation and this time I"m here working with Tonic Studios. I've been doing demos for all of the Nuvo products  and it's really been a great time. I'm glad to be back here today hopping along with my crafty friends and showcasing Picket Fence Studios.

Now, Picket Fence has so many amazing products and I really wanted to make so many things... but I've only been getting a few hours of sleep a night and at some point I need to admit that I can't do anymore. So today instead of a full card I've got some coloring to share with you because that is literally all I can pull off right now. I used the Dani Girl stamp set and colored with both copies and colored pencils.



I love this stamp set so much? I saw it for the first time last year at Creativation and here I am one whole year later working with it. Ok, guys. I am wicked tired and I need to go to bed. Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'm so sorry I didn't have more to share with you... good new, though. today's blog post is part of a monthly hop that I do with my Crafty Friends. Follow along the hop and enjoy projects from the rest of my friends. Bye guys!

Maria

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