18 January 2019

Altenew Educators Blog Hop +Giveaway

Welcome to Altenew Educators Blog Hop!  As Altenew-Certificated Educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE ( techniques, styles.... or Altenew supplies)! If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Michelle Ochoa Murray's blogIf you find a broken link, you'll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog.

I thought I'd share with you two cards using one of my favourite techniques, pairing delicate flowers with backdrops consisting of black and white elements. I love the fresh modern vibe it creates.

For my first card I used the Watercolor stripes cover die to create a black backdrop for my flowers to sit against.  I added floral elements using the Bride to be stamp and die set. I chose to use pastel inks to give a soft feminine feel. My sentiment is from the Hope stamp and die set.

My next card was created using the same idea, this time I used the Layered Medallions A cover die cut in white against a black card. I used the Fine Alphabet to die but the word Hugs, which I placed on to vellum.

As many of you will know, Altenew is a huge part of my crafting life, I'm not only a huge fan, Certified Educator but also run the Altenew fan group on Facebook, I just can't get enough of their stunning products.

When I first heard about the AECP I was ready to jump in with both feet. The program was a way for me to learn new techniques, ways to get more form my Altenew stash and take my crafting to the next level.

I adore Altenew's stamps, inks and dies (well in fact all of their products) They make such a difference to my crafting, if you are thinking about joining the AECP, I would say go for it. You have nothing to lose and so so much to gain. The lessons are full of hints, tips and inspiration and the support from Virginia who runs the program is fantastic.

I hope you will join hop along and see what the all of the other ladies have to share , below is a list of all the stops. Your next stop is Maryam Sharara

Hop participants;

Prize Info

Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.

I also have a $15 gift certificate to give away, please leave me a comment below and I will pick a winner at random and announce it here on 1/22/2019.

Thank you for stopping by today, take care, Terri.

14 January 2019

3 ways with Altenew's Sunlit Flower card making kit

Happy Monday Crafters, Today I am launching a new series on my blog called "3 ways with"

Today I am sharing 3 cards created with the Sunlit flower card making kit from Altenew. The kit is jam packed with a whole host of goodies to create stunning cards, If you've not got any Altenew items in your stash this kit is a perfect starting place.

The kit has, a layering stamp set, a layered butterfly die, an ink pad, 3 Artist markers, cards, envelopes and an inspiration guide.

I have made 3 cards using 3 different techniques, Layered stamping, Simple watercolour and colouring with Artist markers. Of course I used some items from my stash and will link to them for you.

Layered Stamping

I started by stamping all of the elements onto masking paper and fussy cut them in order to be able to create a floral composition.  I stamped the flowers and leaves using the black ink included in the kit. I used several coloured inks from my stash to add the layered colours to the flowers, I choose Coral BlissPink PearlWarm SunshineSunkissed and Caramel Toffee crisp inks.  I used the stamp which normally adds the centre to the flowers to decorate around the floral display.

Simple Watercolor

Next up is my simple watercolor, and when I say simple I really do mean simple.  I literally just stamped out the flowers, heat set the ink and then added some watercolor using the 36 pan watercolor set. I fussy cut the flowers and added foam pads to give dimension. I used some of the leaf and spring stamps to add more shape to the design, I stamped these direct to one of the cards in the kit. I added a heat embossed sentiment and some inky splatters using Antique gold and Coral Berry spray inks to finish the card.

Colouring with Artist Markers

For my last card I wanted to show how you can use Altenew Artist markers to give a cute look with no experience with using Alcohol markers.  Once again I stamped out my floral display using the mask I made earlier.  

 I opted for pink and yellow tones to colour my flowers.  I used the inspiration guide to see where the darker areas on the flowers would be. I used the darker shade of pink or yellow depending on which flower I was colouring and added little flicks of color from the base of the petal to about half way up, it's important to turn your card so that you are flicking away from you each time you color a new petal.  I then use the lighter shade to flick in the same way this time going from the base of the petal to about 3/4 of the way up the petal.  You can use 3 shades of a colour if you prefer a fuller petal.

I hope you like the cards I've shared today, please pop back soon for more crafty eye candy.

04 January 2019

Paperbabe Stamps challenge #90

Good Morning crafty friends, Happy New year.

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps blog, the theme this time is
"New" (fresh start)

I love new things, but at this time of year I am always looking forward to spring (early I know) and planning my garden. I chose to make a card with flowers and a garden themed quote.

I lightly inked through the stencil with distress oxides to give a faint polka dot background.  I stamped the roses and leaves onto super smooth card with water based inks, I love the soft airbrushed look it gives.

I fussy cut the flowers and leaves and adhered them with foam pads. I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment in black to make it pop.  I also added 3 little butterflies to complete the look.

I hope you will be joining in with the challenge, you could even win a prize from the super talented and generous Kim aka Paperbabe herself.

I can't wait to see what you create.

03 January 2019

STAMPlorations January CAS Card challenge

Happy New Year guys, today is the first CAS card challenge of 2019, the theme is as always anything goes, but the optional color twist is Burgundy.

I put together my DT project using one stamp set and one ink pads, simple and easy to do. I stamped all of the images from the House Extras stamp set using a Burgundy water based ink pad. I then used a water brush to pull the color out and add some shading. In some places I created a wash of color.

I love how this card turned out, it reminds me so much of the picture in the Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child, my children loved them when they were little.

To join in with the challenge visit the link below

I have a discount code for you to use on the STAMPlorations store which will entitle you to 20% off your order, this can not be used with other discount codes

Use>>>>>>  STAMPGIRLTERRI when checking out at http://stamplorations.com/shop/

07 December 2018

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #88

It's Fri-Yay  and I for one can't wait for the weekend and some extra sleep and crafting time. Before that let have a look at the new challenge from Paperbabe Stamps, the theme is 
"anything goes".

That means you can make anything you like, a card, journal page, a piece of mixed media art.... Just get creative and join in for the chance to win a prize. Pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps Blog for the linky and more details.

As Christmas is fast approaching I thought it would be a good idea to get on with a Christmas project.

I have used the Cute Nativity MDF substrates and matching Stamp set to put together a rustic Nativity set.

Now let me start by saying I'm not religious but I have always loved a nativity scene. In fact Nativity scene hold a special place in our families heart, let me tell you a funny little story,  It was a couple of days before Christmas  and myself, Hubby and the kids were visiting my Mother in Law.  She had a beautiful Nativity set up and each year she would bring out each of the key characters on  the day they arrived and light a little candle too.

This particular year she had a little mishap while lighting the candle and managed to set fire to the snow on top of the stable. Hubby and I were in the next room and heard one of the kids shouting "Babcia (Nan in Polish) has set fire to the Nativity", I think the other was shouting "oh no poor baby Jesus"!!!  I didn't know weather to laugh or cry, luckily hubby dealt with the flames and saved baby Jesus!!

This was the last Christmas we were together before my Mother in Law passed away, every year since, we all chuckle every time we see a Nativity scene and remember that moment.

To create the nativity I put together a stable using some salvaged wood, I used twigs for the fence panel and added straw to the floor and moss to the roof.  I even placed some Alfalfa rabbit treats that look like bales of hay into the stable.

As I wanted a rustic look I decided not to paint the MDF substrates and instead stamped straight onto them and coloured using a wash of Neocolour II water colour crayons. 

You might remember that last year I made a Nativity plaque with the same kit from Paperbabe but it was a different look all together, you can see it here.

I really hope you'll join in with the challenge, I can't wait to see what you create. Have a fabulous weekend.

06 December 2018

STAMPlorations December CAS Card challenge

Hi there, thanks for popping by. Today I have a DT project to share with you.

Can you believe it's time for the December CAS card challenge already? I know, right! Where has the year gone?

The theme is, Anything CAS goes with the added colour twist of Green.  I have put together a Christmas card using a couple of items from my STAMPlorations stash.

I chose to make a fair Isle inspired print using green as the main color.  I used the Nordic-Knit-Tag stamp set and the Warm-Winter-Wishes die.  I can't wait to give this card to a loved one this Christmas.

Now it's over to you, to join in with the challenge visit the link below

I have a discount code for you to use on the STAMPlorations store which will entitle you to 20% off your order, this can not be used with other discount codes

Use>>>>>>  STAMPGIRLTERRI when checking out at http://stamplorations.com/shop/

23 November 2018

Paperbabe Challenge #87

Good morning, today we have a new challenge over on the Paperbabe stamps blog, this time around it's a sketch challenge

You can use the sketch any way you like, flip it, rotate it just get creative. I decided to make a scrapbook layout

I used the Herringbone stencil to add the detail behind the flowers which I stamped using the Peony and Bud stamp set and fussy cut. I added splatters in the background with distress oxides in the same colours I stamped in. I added a sentiment from the Birthday wishes set and then chose 3 photos to add to the layout.

To join in with the challenge pop over to the blog and link up your project, there you will find all the details, I can't wait to see what you create.

09 November 2018

Paperbabe Stamps chellenge #86 DT inspiration

Hey there crafters, today we are starting a new fortnightly challenge at Paperbabe Stamps, the this this time around is "Animals/Pets"

The theme can be used in any type of crafty project, be it a card, mixed media piece or maybe even a scrapbook layout.

I have put together a project to inspire you

Meet Mr Floppy Ear. How cute is he?

I decided to make a Mixed media decoupaged card using the White rabbit template, face stamps and a few stencils from my Paperbabe stash.

I started by creating some prints on my Gelli plate using the following High viscosity Pebo acrylic paints; Buff Titanium, Raw sienna, Yellow Ochre, Naphtolene Carmine and Iridescent gold. I used some tissue paper and stencils to help create patterns and texture to the print.

Once dry I drew around the templates for the White Rabbit on to the prints, deciding which print to use for which part of the rabbit and his clothing as I went. I then fussy cut them and added some Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) to the edge of all the cut pieces, this helped take away any stark white and kept with my vintage feel.

I assembled the Rabbit using foam tape to add layers and shadows, I love decoupage style projects.  To finish the rabbit I stamped his face in brown ink and added a few pencil lines to his whiskers and eyebrows.

My card base was also a Gelli print using the Naphtolene carmine and iridescent gold along with the checkerboard stencil.

I am so pleased with how Mr Floppy Ear turned out, he's so cute and full of charm. Here are the links to the Paperbabe products I used

To join in with the challenge pop over to the Paperbabe Stamps blog where you will find all the details and linky tool, I cant wait to see what you create.

01 November 2018

STAMPlorations November CAS Card challenge

I am really excited to share todays post with you because I've created a super cool card for the November STAMPlorations CAS Card challenge. 

So as you can see from the graphic above this month the theme is anything goes with the added colour twist of RAINBOW. I love a rainbow card and this one is my all time best.

I stamped the little monsters onto masking paper and roughly cut around the outline leaving a bigger edge than I normally would. I then stamped the monsters onto my card and added the masks over them.

I used Distress Oxide inks to add the rainbow colours from top to bottom making sure to gently overlay the colours so I didn't get a harsh line where they meet.

I flicked water at the card and used a paper towel to blot, this bleaches the colour leaving lighter patches behind. Once dry I stamped and embossed my sentiment in white, I love the bright white against the rainbow colours.

To join in with the challenge visit the link below

I have a discount code for you to use on the STAMPlorations store which will entitle you to 20% off your order, this can not be used with other discount codes

Use>>>>>>  STAMPGIRLTERRI when checking out at http://stamplorations.com/shop/

26 October 2018

Paperbabe challenge #85 - design team inspiration

Good morning crafty friends, it's time for a new challenge from Paperbabe Stamps
This time we have a picture inspiration theme

You can use the inspiration any way you like, pick out the colours, use an image or just be inspire by how it makes you feel.

I was feeling all Halloweeny and decided to create something a little moody and different from how I would normally use the Alice template.

I chose to go for a more goth like Alice

To create my project I chose to work with the Rose edge layered frame mdf substrate. I used the Alice portrait template and Female face stamps to sketch out my picture, I then added colour and detail with both acrylic paint and water colour crayons.

I like how Alice looks a little spooky and ready for a haunting time this Halloween.

If you'd like to play along and join the challenge then pop on over to the Paperbabe Stamps blog and link up your project and you also find all the details on prizes and when the winner will be announced, good luck, I can't wait to see what you create.

15 October 2018

Sanna Lippert ARTplorations blog hop part 2

Hi Crafty friends I am really excited to be part of  a fun bloghop for the second release of Sanna Lippert designs stencils.

To see all of the awesome inspiration from the STAMPgirls please hop along with us

I used 2 of the new stencils to create a couple of cards, the first used the Wales Tail

I created a simple background using a Gelli plate and the added Whales Tails in gold and black

The second card uses the Abstract Oats stencil

I made another Gelli plate background and then used some gilding wax through the Abstract Oats stencil. I also dry embossed with the stencil to add some dimension to my card.

All of Sanna's stencils can be found here

Please leave a comment for a chance to win one of 4 prizes. There will be one winner of a $20 gift certificate, one winner of a $10 gift certificate, and 2 winners of their choice of three (3) Sanna Lippert Designs stencils. Commenting closes October 21. Winners to be announced on November 10 in the October Winners post.

***Special Offer***
From October 8 to 21, all stencils are 15% off - no coupon needed. The discount is automatically applied in the shopping cart. Customers can get an extra 20% off if they use my discount code STAMPGIRLTERRI

12 October 2018

Paperbabe stamps challenge #84

Good morning crafty friends, it's time for a new challenge over at the Paperbabe stamps and this time it's a "Anything goes" theme.

I have put together a cute little card with an added twist, Using the DesignA Adorimals and the matching Kawaii face stamps, Terri stamped and coloured her images before turning them into 5 cute animals on magnets. They were added to a card which was inked with the Polka dot stencil and a sentiments added using the Watercolour alphabet stamps. The animals can be removed and used as fridge magnets to enjoy forever more.

To join in with the challenge pop over and visit the Paperbabe Stamps Blog, there you will find all the details you need on how to join in and the prize information.

I can't wait to see what you create.

08 October 2018

Sara's Stamping techniques - Basic and beyond review

Hi Crafty friends, today's post is a little different from my usual crafty makes. I recently got my hands on a copy of Sara's stamping techniques by the awesome Sara Naumann and wanted to share with you my views on the book and the techniques shared within it.

Before I dive in some of you may be asking who is Sara Naumann well, she is a very talented crafter, demonstrator and designer. Some of you may recognise her name/face from her time on Create and Craft while others may have seen Sara's facebook live's for Altenew.....yep this lady has her crafty fingers in several pies, lol.  I love all of her work and believe me she can pull off any style, be it mixed media or clean and simple.

So on to the book, "Stamping techniques - basic and beyond" is so much more than the title gives it credit for. Whether you are a seasoned crafter or just starting out you are bound to learn something new or be reminded of a technique you had long forgotten.

The book is a digital book which can be viewed on any device and retails for $14.97, inside there are 24 stamping projects which show inking, embossing, brayering and many more techniques. The big bonus here is that there are 7 exclusive videos in which Sara shows the techniques up close and personal, I dont know about you but I love to see things in action as well as reading the steps.

Each of the techniques have clear step out photos and written instructions to help guide you. Sara takes you through everything you need to know to create beautiful cards, from getting your stamps out of their packaging to how to make that first stamped image, Sara really holds your hand and you can tell that she is the voice of experience.

One of my favourite parts is the section on masking, when I started out I was baffled by how others managed to get one stamped image to look like it was behind another, this book clearly shows you how to achieve this. 

One of the techniques I hadn't tried until I read Sara's book was, stamping through a stencil. Yes you read that right, stamping through a stencil. I always thought stencils were for inking through or drawing round but now my eyes have been opened and I can see lots of new things I could achieve.

Here's a card I made using one of the techniques from the book, (using a brayer to add watered down ink to card)

The book really is jam packed with great advise, tutorials and card ideas. I really hope you'll give it a read and try out some of the techniques shown.

Here's a link to where you can purchase

Terri x