2.13.2016

INTRODUCING: Carried Away




Welcome back to today's Intro post! Today is a reallllyyyyy special one as it is one of follow-up sets that we plan to introduce in the coming year. There are some ME sets that have become so loved and timeless that many of you begged for more! So, today we introduce to you Carried Away, the addition to Up and Away!

Carried Away is designed in the same style and even matching sentiments, but now the critters have got some kiddie friends to get carried away with!

I chose to use the balloon from the Carried Away set and the bunny from the original Up and Away set. The tiny cloud is from Unicorns and Rainbows. I love how free flowing this card came out with the soft colors!


Angela sure got a bit carried away with this set. She was so intrigued by all the interactive cards out there, she decided to give one a try.


Here we present to you, a Magic Slider Card using the Carried Away stamp set and the Rainbow High creative cuts.




Here is a little video of the card in action.

2.12.2016

INTRODUCING: Space Bears





Are you guys ready for lift-off? Hold on tight, because we are going out of space today with Space Bears. Yes, they are cute little astronauts, lol! This set is so much fun, it's great for little kids especially, boys or girls!

My first card uses watercolors to create the space background. I love how all the different layers of colors come together imperfectly. A few dots were needed with a white gel pen to finish the look. The sentiment and stars were white embossed.


This little guy here is my favorite! This set can have so many uses with the fun sentiments included. I used distress inks and some black paint splatters to create the space sky. The sentiment was heat embossed again in white.


The ground was stamped then colored with Copic markers. I also used Framed Tags - Madison Avenue (again) for the frame. I think it adds such a pretty touch to an otherwise gender-neutral card!

Thanks for stopping by today!


2.11.2016

INTRODUCING: Unicorns and Rainbows + Rainbow High Creative Cuts




Hello, we are so stinkin' excited to introduce Unicorns and Rainbows today. I've been having wayyyyy too much fun with this set! I was so smitten with this set that I got a jump start on using it months ago in November when I needed a last minute birthday card for a special little girl. 

Yes, I have stacks and stacks of already made cards, but I wanted something super special and unique and I just knew that Unicorns and Rainbows had all those elements to help me make the perfect card for the little girl!

This was so easy with the help of Framed Tags - Madison Avenue, which has become a staple on my desk. You will see me overuse this a lot! Just some basic stamping, coloring and quick assembly and this card was done in about 10 minutes!


Now months later, I came back to this set to create some projects for today's post and challenged myself to use pretty much the same elements from the first card. This is what I came up with using our new Rainbow High Creative Cuts die set as well.



The sentiment for this set pretty much dictated the entire card! It is just perfection!

Let's take a closer look at the new Rainbow High dies... you get a joined rainbow of 7 arches, an offset giant balloon, and 3 cute little clouds. 


(There's also a small separate heart piece that I forgot to include in the photo that was detached from the biggest cloud shown here.)

Let's look at the the rainbow die cut in particular, they are cut as ONE PIECE, joined slightly together at the bottom of both ends, see photo below.


This is intentional as there is no assembly and lining up to worry about. I found it so easy to use as I can just die cut the rainbow in white card stock once and color each piece separately. It's a whole lot easier than die-cutting it 7 times, each in different colored card stock then piecing them all together.

Of course you can always trim the ends to separate them as well, then you would get 7 different pieces. We absolutely love the versatility and ease of use of this awesome new design!

Thanks for stopping by today, are you loving these unicorns and rainbow cuts as much as we are?! See you back here tomorrow! :)



2.10.2016

FEBRUARY RELEASE PREVIEWS

Hello everyone! Welcome to our February Release kick-off!

Super stoked about this month as it's one of the best, in my opinion!

ME fans, brace yourself, because this month, we are going AIRBORNE!

First, let's take flight with Rainbows and Unicorns illustrated in Angela's signature style. It's a fluffy and fun set great for uplifting or birthdays projects! We could always use some happy unicorns and rainbows in our lives, right?


Next we will blast off to outer space with the out of this world set named Space Bears. This stamp set is perfect for both genders, boys or girls! We especially love the fun and uniquely designed sentiments that ties in perfectly with the space theme. And that bear, he's adorable, isn't he??!

Labeled Messages a fun little sentiment set that covers many occasions, from basic ones to fun, cheeky ones! They will look especially great stamped with our line of vibrant pigment inks! This set will go great with ANY stamp set!


Finally, let's all get carried away with Carried Away! Carried Away is the long-overdue follow-up to the wildly popular Up and Away! We stayed true to the original set so now it's easy to mix and match with even greater options! I love that giant balloon!


Well, that's it for the stamp previews! Come back tomorrow as we start our Introductions series following up to the release and Stampede on the 15th! We hope you enjoyed today's fun previews.

Before we go, I wanted to link you to a fun giveaway on our friend Kathy Racoosin's blog. Her popular #thedailymarker30day challenge is happening right now, so come on and play along!



2.05.2016

New Family with Nichol

Hello friends! Nichol here today with a Designer Series baby card featuring the New Family Stamp Set and coordinating New Family Creative Cuts dies. The sweet bunnies and foxes in the stamp set are perfect for creating cards, tags, and other projects for new babies! I wanted the bunnies to be "soft" so I did a little no line coloring with Prismacolor colored pencils. A soft background and die cut frame and scene add to the delicate feel of my card.

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I stamped the bunnies and carrot from the New Family Stamp Set on smooth white cardstock using Antique Linen Distress Ink and colored in the images with Prismacolor colored pencils and blended the colored lines with Gamsol and a stump pencil. The individual pencil colors are listed below:
  • BUNNIES: PC1051, PC1068, PC927
  • DIAPER: PC1024, PC1023
  • CARROT: PC1033, PC1005, PC1024, PC1023
I die cut the bunnies using the coordinating New Family Dies and then added detail to the eyes with a Sakura Black Glaze Pen. I added dimension to the bunny tails with the Marvy Snow Marker and heated the liquid for the puffy tails.

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I die cut a frame for the bunny scene card from watercolor cardstock using the Madison Avenue Creative Cuts Dies, keeping both the inside piece and frame. On the inside piece, I applied Weathered Wood Distress Ink using the Mini Ink Blending Tool and spritzed the background with water from the Distress Sprayer. I blotted the water with a dry paper towel after about 30 seconds. Once the background was completely dry I stamped a greeting from the New Family Stamp Set using Versamark Ink and heat embossed the greeting with gold embossing powder.

I die cut additional frames from watercolor cardstock to use to build up the dimensional border. From one of the additional inside rectangles I die cut a cloudy border using a Landscape Trio Die. I die cut an additional border from vellum using the same border die and layered them along the bottom edge of the background.

I secured the bunnies to the scene and then adhered a frame and the center scene to a card base. I adhered the frames one on top of another to give dimension around the scene.
I die cut a bow from glitter paper using the Dainty Bow Creative Cuts die, assembled the bow and secured it to the top of the frame to finish the design.

To watch the creation of this card from start to finish, click HERE or watch below:


Thanks for hanging out with me today!