Friday, August 11, 2017

Altenew Card Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome! I am thrilled to be a part of the Altenew New Day Card Kit blog hop! We are sharing projects today with the New Day card kit. The kit is full of so many lovely supplies! If you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from Chari Moss' lovely blog! If you are just joining in, check the entire list of hoppers at the end of the post.

The New Day card kit comes with stamps, cardstock, gorgeous patterned papers, paper die cuts, wood cut shapes, enamel dots, glitter gold tape, dies, and glossy letter stickers! Its packed full of the beauty we all love from Altenew!

Because I am always drawn to the stunning stamps from Altenew, I started with those. Otherwise, how do you choose from all that goodness?! :D

I placed my floral image onto my MISTI and inked it with Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink. I stamped the image and wiped away the ink. Then I inked the image with Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade ink. By stamping the same image in the exact same spot, a cool color layer effect happened! To take it even father, I applied Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry ink around the outside edges of the image. Once again, another layer of color was added! Its such a neat effect and works so well with the formula of the Distress Inks! 

 So well in fact, I did the same effect with the stem and leaves image!

Along the left side of the panel, I added a strip of the glitter gold tape. Layered over the top is a small strip of patterned paper. Oh, how I love stripes! The sentiments are two die cut images that are included in the kit, along with the enamel dots.

For the envelope, I added a liner made from a color-coordinating piece of patterned paper I found in the New Day card kit pad, plus to stripes of the gold glitter tape.

Speaking of gorgeous papers, I HAD to use this piece of art to create a card! I simply trimmed the paper down to A2 card size. (It is a 6x6" paper pad.)

I added a stamped sentiment, along with more of that yummy gold glitter tape. I cut the tape in half, length-wise, to create the frame for the sentiment. And well, no card is complete without enamel dots! This kit makes me a happy card-making girl!

While I was on a roll with the patterned papers, I grabbed this rainbow paper and again trimmed it to A2 card size. Another item I could not wait to use were these geometric wood cut shapes! How cool is that grouping of triangles?!

I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set on black cardstock and heat embossed it. Adding the black enamel dots from the kit tied things together. And for fun, a small heart-shaped enamel dot was added. Because, pink enamel hearts! :D

We can't have blog hop without a prize! Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Thursday, August 17th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on Saturday, August 19th.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure and continue on the hop by heading over to the wonderful Lydia Evans' blog. For those that need it, the entire hop list is here. Wow!

Kimberly Crawford *you are here

Sincerely yours,

Supplies: please note that most of the supplies used in my cards today are contained within the Altenew New Day card kit. Please click the image below for more details of the kit contents.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

upcoming online event: Stamp-a-faire 2017

I am excited to be a part of the upcoming Stamp-a-Faire 2017 with Papertrey Ink! Below are all the details of this fun and FREE celebration. And let me tell you, from all I am seeing and hearing behind the scenes, there is going to be a ton of amazing eye candy and inspiration!

From Nichole's Blog:

We are very busy behind the scenes preparing for Stamp-a-fair 2017: 10th Anniversary Edition! This event ended up being SO BIG, it is going to take place over THREE days! So get ready to join us August 25th through the 27th
There will be challenges, videos, prizes and SO much more! Just in case we didn't mention it before, this spectacular online event is FREE to everyone! So there is no reason why you can't plan to stop by and join in on the fun!
Since we celebrated our big 10th Anniversary, this years theme falls in line with traditional anniversary gifts. For example the "traditional gifts" you get for each year of marriage.
  • 1st Anniversary: Paper
  • 2nd Anniversary: Cotton
  • 3rd Anniversary: Leather
  • etc...
Fun, right?!?!? Just wait until you see all the ways the team embraces these themes for ten years worth of traditions. Oh, and did I mention that it won't be just the team playing along to share exciting new videos with you? That's right! We have TEN special guests joining us for Stamp-a-faire 2017! I'm not going to name any names, but let's just say we are embracing the past, present and the future!
Also of note, to help allow everyone to play along, all of the challenges will be geared towards using what you have on hand in your stash. There may be a few select specialty supplies you might want to gather beforehand, and we will be sharing notes about those on the morning of August 15th on our blog.
Here is a brief rundown of the schedule for this year's event...
7am ET: Stamp-a-faire exclusive stamp set revealed and team samples shared! This set (with a $24 value!) will be FREE with every qualifying order placed between 8/25, 7am ET and 8/28, 7am ET. A qualifying order will be any final order total of $100 or more (before any applicable shipping charges are applied).
2pm ET: The party will officially get started with a special warm up challenge and some fun announcements you won't want to miss!
4pm-10pm ET: Videos and challenges will be posted on our blog every two hours! Each post will include a video for you to watch and learn from and an InLinkz list for you to participate and share your project with the world! All you need is a link to your project to share using the InLinkz software...this can be a blog, Flickr, any online gallery, Instagram and more. It's easy and fun, and you will have a chance to win a prize!
8am-10pm Both Days: Videos and challenges will continue to be posted every two hours on our blog! Be prepared to be blown away!!!
7am ET: All InLinkz challenge submissions are due. This gives you a few extra days to play along in case you didn't complete projects in real time over the weekend.
7pm ET: All of the Stamp-a-faire challenge winners will be announced on our blog.

Can't wait to "see" you there!

Sincerely yours,

Saturday, August 5, 2017

embossed resist marbling video tutorial

One more fun technique with the marble stamp image from my Modern + Marbled kit from Papertrey Ink. When I designed the stamp, I knew I would love the way it could create marbled backgrounds in basic tone-on-tone stamping. But with all these new techniques, the possibilities are endless! 

Today's technique involves emboss resist with a twist. I begin by inking the card stock panel, stamping and heat embossing with clear powder, and finishing the panel off with a darker shade of ink over the top. Its pretty cool!

Watch the video above for the entire process. Keep an eye and ear out for my big boo boo and how you can learn from my mistake. Click the arrow in the center to watch.

To watch the video in HD, please click here: Emboss Resist Marbling

I hope you have enjoyed this quick video series on different ways to use the marble image from the Modern + Marbled kit. If you miss any here is the list:

I have one more really great technique to share, but you will have to wait until Papertrey Ink's big celebration at the end of the month, Stamp a Faire! This free online event is going to be an absolute blast! Don't miss out on on all the fun! Details can be found here-Stamp A Faire 2017. I will have more details here on my blog soon!

Sincerely Yours,
Please note that many of the supplies in the Modern + Marbled Kit are being used in this video series, including the marble image stamp. The contents of the kit can be seen by simply clicking the image in the supply list below. It is the first image and is labeled Modern + Marbled.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Distress Oxide Ink Resist Marbling video tutorial

Another post with another fantastic way to use the marble stamp in the Modern + Marbled kit! This time I paired the marble stamp image with Distress Oxide Inks. The results are wowee!

I am in love with the properties of the Distress Oxide inks. Dye ink AND pigment ink properties all rolled into one ink pad of heaven!

Look at how unique and subtle the marbling look is with the inks and a little bit of water! A fine mist bottle and a cool stamp can sure make something beautiful!

Watch the video above to see how simple it is to create this beautiful resist marble background. Simply click the arrow to watch.

If you would like to watch the video in HD, please click here: Distress Oxide Resist Marbling

As a bonus in the video, learn how to add gilding to acetate! Yes! It is another incredibly easy technique that adds serious pow! The Nuvo Gilding Flakes and the Nuvo Medium Glue pen that I used to create the hexagon are included in the Modern + Marbled kit! 

To finish off my card, I added some leaves and flowers from Gran's Garden stamp set from Papertrey Ink. So pretty! And also stamped with Distress Oxide inks! For links to the supplies used to create this card, please check out the images below. For those of you viewing this through email, please click over to my blog and you can access the direct links. Thanks!

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, August 3, 2017

creating a watercolored marble background video tutorial

Its time to kick off a little video series using that uber cool marble stamp image in the Modern + Marbled Kit! I wanted to show you a ton of ways to create beautiful marbled backgrounds using various inks, powders, and more! Stay tuned because over the next several days, I will be sharing my favorite ways to create backgrounds. This is SO much better than the old-school shaving cream technique! Its a stamp!

My marble stamp image was inspired by Japanese paint floating called, suminagashi. The colors ebb and flow, mixing and meeting, always creating a new combination. By using watercolors directly on the marble stamp image, the combinations are endless. Each impression with the stamp is unique.

Look at how beautiful the marbling is with watercolor! To see how to create this stunning background, watch the following video, click the arrow:

To watch the video in HD, please click here: Creating a Watercolored Marble Background

In the video, I also show how to create the ombre die-cut sentiment with the same watercolors, along with the stamped sentiment.

I hope you enjoy the first technique as much as I do! To find any of the supplies, simply click the images below to be taken directly to the items in an online store. 

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, July 20, 2017

finding inspiration

I have to once again thank each of you for the love and support over the launch of my new line, Sincerely Yours, with Papertrey Ink! The Modern + Marbled kit is just the beginning and I hope you love it as much as I do!

After coming up with the marbling stamp image, I knew I needed more inspiration for creating with the kit. Pinterest is my favorite place for images for inspiration! I will be having a Pin Board for each of my kits with Papertrey Ink. 

You can find the Pin Board here: Modern + Marbled.

I will add more images, including my projects and videos, projects from the Papertrey Ink design team, and from YOU! Make sure to link me up to your projects using Modern + Marbled! If you are sharing on Instagram, please use the hastags #PapertreyInk and #SincerelyYoursPTI so that we can see your gorgeous projects. If you blog, please email at the address above and link a girl up!

Seeing others work with the products I have designed is a thrill that cannot be described. It truly brings tears to my eyes when I see some of the beautiful projects that have been created already! That is my biggest hope-that you are inspired. Not only to create, but to send your creation to someone!

 Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cards for Kids and local card making fun

As an adult, you know how fun it is to get mail, real mail, not a bill! Now imagine you are a child, who is ill, and spending extended time in the hospital. Imagine how a card would make you feel!!! My local Christian radio station is having a Cards for Kids card drive for the month of July. They will be collecting cards for children at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. This hospital is incredible and cares for some of the sickest and horribly injured children from all over. Here is a link to the information for card criteria. Because these children can be very ill, please follow the guidelines listed. Cards for Kids Card Drive.

My local scrapbooking store, Scrapmania, is hosting a huge get together of stampers from a Facebook group called, Stamp Junkies. I highly recommend the group! It is 17,000+ members all who are crazy in love with stamping and card making. They share projects, advice, sales, and so much more! 

The Iowa Stamp Junkies Meet-Up will be happening July 22. Illiana from Sweet Petunia (MISTI creator!) will be there. Along with myself! I will be sharing products and tips from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, We R Memory Keepers, and from my new line with Papertrey Ink, Sincerely Yours! Space is limited. Contact Scrapmania today to reserve your spot! The event is FREE and you will get a 10% discount that day! I look forward to a day with people who love stamping!

I love how the card making community brings people together for fun and for sharing love! What a wonderful group of people to be surrounded by!

sincerely yours,