Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Last Day of March Release

It’s the last day of our release! 
I hope you’ve had some fun this week. It sure was a nice break for me to write the posts and show you pretty projects. Normal felt realllly good!

This last series is a special one. We all have something in our life that requires support. Whether you have personally been diagnosed, or care about someone who has, or champion a cause that is important to you. We all have something. This set is about support, encouragement, love, and caring. We could all use a little of that! And I hope creating with this set will help you spread some of those wonderful things around. 

Introducing Heart Ribbon 

From Vicki 

From Shona

From Michelle

From Lisa:

From Nora 

From Larissa 

We will get through this! 
Let’s do one last prize!!! One random comment will win this set.
My ribbon is pink for me, my mom , my mom-in-law, and sister-in-law.
What color is your ribbon?

All the NEW products are in the shop!
We will have another release later this month. The new stuff arrives today! Mark your calendars for April 19th!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March Release Day 3

It's day 3 of our release week. 
We are back today with some project ideas for our new birthday stamp set.
This set has the same 70's vibe font that I used to design Hot Mama from the first day of the release.
You will have a lot of fun making cards for your friends and family who appreciate sassy humor.

Introducing Happy Birthday 

From Vicki 

From Larissa 

From Michelle

From Nora

From Shona

From Lisa:

So much fun!

Let's talk bonfires for a prize! I will be blowing out  52 candles next month. Leave me a comment telling me how many candles you will blow out or have blown out this year for a chance to win this set. Lucky random winner will be announced after the release.

This set and the entire release is available in the shop now! Be sure to check out the previous release posts this week for more chances to win and an update on how I am still shipping safely.

We'll be back again tomorrow with our last set. Stay healthy and stay home! 

Monday, March 30, 2020

March Release Day 2

Hello and welcome back to Day 2 of our release!

Our very first release was October of 2012. Can you believe we've been doing this for that long? Time certainly does fly when you're having the time of your life!
One of my first sets was Truth Is, a set of hand drawn flowers and everyday sentiments. It retired a couple of years ago but I've had so many requests for it that I decided to give it a reboot. So, I refreshed the flower image and had some fun with pretty fonts to create another collection of great everyday sentiments.

Introducing Terrific Flowers 

 From Michelle

From Nora

From Vicki

From Shona

From Larissa

From Lisa 

Wow! I am ready for spring now, how about you?
Let's do another prize: 
We had snow on Friday night and as it melts, I'm noticing little baby pansies peaking out! I needed that little bit of happy! 
Leave a comment here telling me what first bloom lets you know that spring has sprung in your yard. A lucky random winner will receive a Terrific Flowers set. 
I'll announce the winner at the end of the week.

Tomorrow we'll be back with lots of fun cards showcasing our new birthday stamp set!

All the sets are available in the Shop now. 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

March Release Day 1

Hello and welcome to our March 2020 stamp release!
I am so glad you are here!

Before we get started, I want to address the health crisis we are all experiencing. 
First let me start by saying THANK YOU to all the nurses, doctors, first responders, lab technicians, scientists and everyone else who is putting themselves in harms way while trying to figure out how to treat and protect, and find an end to this pandemic. Sincerely and with a heart full of appreciation...Thank you. 2 tiny words for your enormous efforts.

I really considered postponing this release because of what's happening to our poor world. Some of you have lost jobs, and some of you have been ill or know someone who is. The vast majority of us are in quarantine, on shelter in place or stay at home orders. I hope against all hope that none of you have lost anyone to this. I feel like daily routine and any sense of normalcy has been taken away from us at this point as we try to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The problem with postponing the release is that I would be postponing the happiness you might receive by taking a break from the news and doing something as normal as oohing and aahing over some eye candy. You deserve a break! 
I don't know if you're like me but I have been glued to the news and I'm tired of it. I am tired of having my stomach do flip flops every time a special report breaks in. I am tired of feeling afraid all the time and I need the break too. 
I don't want to postpone my excitement to show you my new designs that I worked so hard on months before this all came to be, or the fabulous projects the Ink Squad has prepared for you. It felt so normal and so good to write the release blog posts, and I really needed that.  
We all need a little normal I think, so if you need or want a break from our challenging reality, come hang out with us for a few minutes each day as we showcase a new set and maybe even fire up your creative mojo. Crafting is one of our most important pleasures so let's keep crafting on!

If you are not able or wanting to purchase right now, no worries. I get it! Stick around and enjoy the fun and we'll be here when you are ready.
If you would love to add some crafty fun to your stash and fall in love with any of my stuff, I am still shipping and I'll talk more about that at the end of this post.
 We are all in this together and we will make it through!
Now let's take a well deserved break and look at some fun stuff, shall we?!

I've got 4 great stamp sets to share with you this week that I think you are gonna love! 
First up is a sassy sentiment set called Hot Mama
I fell in love with this seventies vibe font and thought it was perfect for the funny sentiments in this set. It's fun for new moms, old moms and sassing your girlfriends. Check it out!

 From Michelle

From Shona

From Larissa

From Vicki

From Nora 

From Lisa 

The entire release is available now in the shop!

Ok, so I have a question and a chance for a prize for you...
Question: If we host a card challenge at the end of our release week for anyone to play along, would you play with us?

Prize opportunity: leave a comment here answering our question for a chance to win this set.
Lucky winner will be announced at the end of our release week.

A word about shipping:
Here in Colorado we are on Stay at Home orders. Lucky for me, my business is in my home and I'm the only employee, so I don't have to break any rules.
My family and I have been self isolating for the past 2 weeks and are happily healthy so the Stay at Home for us is simply an extension of what we've already been doing. 
I have changed my shipping routine and will now have your orders picked up from a special box on my porch by USPS instead of taking it to my local post office. This allows me to have NO contact with anyone and still be able to get your orders out to you, and again not break any rules.
I am taking extra care with your packaging as I follow the CDC guidelines (lots of Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer are decorating my shipping desk) and will only have pick ups scheduled twice a week. This means it may take a little longer than normal for you to receive your orders. I have also implemented a new shipping tool that will provide your tracking numbers to you and should allow you to follow your package's journey on its way to you. I hope that gives you a little peace of mind when purchasing from me.
Now, because your package will have passed through many postal workers hands by the time it arrives in your mailbox, I encourage you to clean it off with a Clorox wipe or the like before you open it to combat any germs that might have hitched a ride on the envelope surface. I encourage you to do that with any delivery you receive right now! It's an easy extra step to keep you safer :)

We will be back tomorrow with another terrific set that is a throw back to our very first release! 
See ya tomorrow :)

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Thinking of You Card to make someone SMILE!!

Hello Crafty Friends!! 

Larissa here today to share a SWEET thinking of You Card!! I'm using one of my FAVORITE Sets Called Nate & Friday along with giving you a SNEAK PEEK of a NEW Set coming NEXT WEEK!! The Sentiment is from that set and I hope you'll join us next week for ALL of the FUN and Inspiration!! 

I started by creating a Patterned Paper Background!! I used some Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to Ink the Edges of the Panel!! Then a added some Black Soot Distress Paint for some texture!! 
Next I Stamped and Embossed the Image using Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink and WoW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder!! I LOVE the extra Texture that the Embossing Gives to the Image!! It really makes it POP!! I added some Tonic Studios Glitter Nuvo Drops to the Heart on his chest and some Black Gel Pen to his Nose, along with some White Gel Pen details for highlights!!
 I Stamped and Embossed the Sentiment in WoW Glitter Embossing Powder to coordinate with the Nuvo Glitter Drops I added to the Heart!! I Die Cut a Black Banner and adhered it behind the Sentiment Banner that I inked with the same Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to help tie it all together!! Then I adhered it using 3D Foam Squares!! A Few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins were added and I added some Tonic Studios Morning Dew Nuvo Drops and Red Glitter Drops to add even more interest!! I LOVE the way it turned out!!

For TONS of AMAZING Inspiration make sure to visit the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog and shop the NEW, Old and Sale Products in the CFS Shop!! You can also use my discount code LARISSASENTME to SAVE 15% off anything in the Shop!!  

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by today I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! 
Don't forget to join us NEXT Week for the NEW Release!! We'll be sharing LOTS of AMAZING Inspiration plus chances to WIN!! WHOOP WHOOP!! 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hi There Hop Stuff!

Hi there!  Lisa here and I'm sharing another shaker similar to one I made for the Crafting of Hue Sponsorship Weekend so I could show you how I made this shaker using the paw die from the Huggable Critters die set!

I started by cutting the Bubble Box layer using the 2nd largest die in the set.  I taped it in place and then took the paw die from the Huggable Critters set and taped it in the bottom left corner so I could run them through together and avoid an extra run through the Gemini.  Then I took that piece and taped the paw die in place again and ran it through.  Then one more time so the paws were hopping across the bubblebox.  Once all three paws were cut out, I ran the entire thing through with a floral embossing folder.

Next I adhered acetate over the back of the die cut paws and added foam tape to create a well around the area I wanted to place my sequins and then additional tape to provide support for the Bubble Box layer.  I filled the well with sequins... using my fine tweezers to flip them over so when the shaker was right side up, most of the sequins would be too!

And finally I placed the design paper that I wanted to show through the shaker windows over the back.  I added adhesive to that and flipped the whole shaker element over onto my card front.

To finish it off, I used this cutie pie bunny from the Little Huggables set that I colored with my Copics.

And I added this cute sentiment also from the Little Huggables set... love all of the punny sentiments on this set!

A few sequins and done!

Thanks so much for stopping today!  Hope you enjoyed your visit and that you'll come back for more inspiration soon!  And should you need anything from the shop, I have this for you:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Happy Birthday using a Stencil Technique on Dark Cardstock

Hi everyone!! Nora here from A Creative Touch with a masculine birthday card using stencils on dark cardstock.

Stamps: Somebunny
Stencils: Starlequin

I started off this card by daubing white pigment ink through the Starlequin stencil onto navy blue cardstock. I tried to cover the blue paper with as much white as I could get onto it. Next I heat set the ink with a heat gun.

I then used blue dye ink and foam daubers to blend three different colors of blue over the white, creating an ombre look. Just make sure that the pigment ink is dry because you do not want to contaminate your ink pads.

I left the bottom white as I knew that I was going to cover most of it up with the sentiment. 

Using the Happy Hanukkah Fri-die, I die cut "happy" out of silver cardstock and used a trimmer to cut two different width strips.

I adhered both strips of cardstock to the bottom of the card, and added the sentiment above.

I masked off sentiment from Somebunny and used blue dye ink to stamp"birthday" onto a white strip. I used foam adhesive to adhere it to the card.

The card still needed a little something so I die cut some stars out of silver using the Fun-Fetti Fri-dies and adhered them around the sentiment. 

This was a really fun card to create and I urge you to give this technique a try.

I hope that I inspired you today and don't forget to use my code NORASENTME for 15% off in the CAS-ual Fridays Store.

 I thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a FABULOUS day!!