Video: Small Valentine's Day Haul

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just a month away!  I have a quick video showing some cute Valentine's themed products I got from the Kat Scrappiness shop.  Hearts, flowers, and rose gold.....I can't wait to start creating!  Be sure to check out Kat's Valentine's section in the shop for more.....Enjoy!

 

 

SUPPLIES FEATURED IN THE VIDEO:

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How You Bean?  Conversation Hearts Add-On Clear Stamps by Lawn Fawn Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Conversation Hearts Add-On

 

Sweet Friends Clear Stamps 4'x6" by Lawn Fawn Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends Stamp Set

Botanical Blooms 4"x6" Stamp Set by MudraMudra Botanical Blooms stamp set

Wild Rose 4"x4" Stamp Set by MudraMudra Wild Rose stamp set

Rose Gold Embossing Powder by Lawn FawnLawn Fawn Rose Gold embossing powder

Watercolor Wishes Petite Paper Pack 6"X6" by Lawn FawnLawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad


Video: Springtime Floral Card

Hi Everyone!

For those of you in the middle of winter cold, I have a bright, and cheery springtime card for you.  I broke out my Copics and one of my favorite floral stamps and had some fun coloring.

I have a video down below showing you how I created this card.  I'm not sure what this technique is called (raised, stamped die-cutting??), but I've seen it before and I love the way it looks.  Supplies are linked below the video too, if you want to purchase what I used.

 

I used one of the Never Ending Ovals dies from Kat Scrappiness along with Avery Elle's Floral Bouquet stamp set.

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With help from my stamp platform, I stamped the image once on the oval and once on a notecard line them up together.


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My Copic Coloring Chart helped me to pick out just the right color combo for my flowers.  


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SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.  

Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White

Never Ending Oval Dies by Kat Scrappiness - NEW!

Never Ending Ovals die

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink Pad

 Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

 

If you're looking to challenge yourself to do some more coloring, head over to Kathy Racoosin's blog for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Thanks for joining me and have a great day!


Video: All About Clean and Simple Cardmaking

Hi Everyone!

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The January Challenge is up at the Kat Scrappiness blog!  I got to host this month and I chose the theme of Clean and Simple.  Here is a card I created for the challenge and I also have a video below showing my process.  Enjoy!  Products I used are linked below.  Scroll down further for more on "clean and simple" card making.......

 

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My new favorite "go together" colors:  Distress Oxide Candied Apple and Peacock Feathers.......

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I added a little Spectrum Noir clear shimmer to the whipped cream.....

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SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.  

(Kat Scrappiness)

Morning Cup Craft Die-Poppy Stamps

But First, Coffee stamp set-Echo Park

Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Cut stamp set

Spectrum Noir clear pen

Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers

Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform

Scor- Buddy Scoring Board

Stick-It Adhesive Sheets

Inkadinkado Masking Paper

Metal Shim

(Ellen Hutson)

Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White Cardstock

 

(Scrapbook.com)

 

Be sure to pick yourself up one of these.......I have one, but thought I wouldn't need to use it for just a small project using 2 dies.  LOL!  I spent over 15 minutes looking for the little whipped cream die from above that was hiding on my table.  This magnetic helper is a lifesaver in keeping your dies all in one spot when you're crafting.  I highly recommend it!

 

 More on Clean and Simple Cardmaking.......

 

I found a great definition of "clean and simple" on The Card Concept Blog:

CAS:

One main image with lots of open space, very little embellishment, and easy to re-create. 

 

I've loved this style since I began card making.  I feel like my cards usually end up falling somewhere in the middle, with a few more layers and embellishments--I do like my supplies :).  Sometimes though, I manage to get that perfect balance of white space and a main focal point that really packs a punch.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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 If you're looking for other CAS designers, some of my favorites are Michelle Short and Laurie Willison.  Their designs make this style look so effortless.  Really, it's not always as easy as it looks!  The key is understanding and using the main principles of design.  You can find a lot online about this, or a book I recommend is The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams.  This is a great book to keep as a reference in your craft room.  

Some great challenge blogs to follow that involve CAS design are the Less Is More Challenge, CASology, and Addicted to CAS

If, like me, you fall somewhere in the middle, you would probably enjoy the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  This challenge emphasizes clean design, but encourages more embellishment. 

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Be sure to join in over at the Kat Scrappiness Blog for the January Challenge.  The prize is a $25 gift card to the Kat Scrappiness Shop.  

 


Kat Scrappiness Design Team Project: Family

 

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a project using the new Distressed Edge Rectangle dies along with the All in the Family dies and Double-Stitched Heart dies.

I used the two largest sizes of Distressed Edge rectangles to create a soft backdrop for my hearts.

To create a kind of "tissue paper" look, I cut them out of vellum and colored the larger piece with a light blue Copic marker.

I love the soft layers--and I didn't even have to tear paper!

I die cut multiples of the "family" die cut from the All in the Family set and glued them together to give it a 3D look.

 

The inside sentiment is from Technique Tuesday's Classic Christmas Sentiments.

SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.  

Kat Scrappiness Distressed Edged Rectangle dies

Kat Scrappiness All in the Family dies

Kat Scrappiness Double-Stitched Heart dies

Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 Paper Pad

Technique Tuesday Classic Christmas Sentiments stamp set

Zig 2-Way Glue Pen

Vellum

White cardstock

Wooden hearts from the Chocolate Lover's card kit

B04 Copic Marker

Foam tape

 

Thanks so much for joining me  today!  All of the products listed above are available for purchase over at the Kat Scrappiness shop.

 

More Kat Scrappiness News:

 

There is a clearance sale going on now, through the 15th on all Christmas-themed products in the Kat Scrappiness shop.  Use the coupon code 2017CLEARANCE  to receive 30% off on these products.

Also, Kat Scrappiness is looking for a few talented designers to join the team for 1 year starting in March.  You can find all the details here on how to apply.  The deadline is January 31, 2018 PST at Midnight.

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Finally, please join us for this month's January challenge.   The theme this month is CLEAN AND SIMPLE--my favorite!  Find all the info here on how to join in the fun.  A $25 gift certificate to the Kat Scrappiness shop is the prize.  We can't wait to see your projects!
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Video: Kat Scrappiness Haul

Hi Everyone!

I received some great products in my Kat Scrappiness design team package for this month and I wanted to share those with you.  I have a video below of that along with a few other crafty things I purchased at the shop this month.  I have all the products listed below with links to where you can purchase them in the shop.  Enjoy and scroll down below for more "news"......

 

 

SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Kat Scrappiness Distressed Edge dies

Kat Scrappiness Wonky, Wavy dies

Kat Scrappiness Double-Stitched Heart dies

Kat Scrappiness Stitched Fancy Scalloped Heart dies

Fashionista 6x6 Paper Pad-Echo Park

Nuvo Crystal Drops--Crushed Grapes

HoneyBee Stamps Celebration Box stamp set

Nuvo Blending Sponges

 

A few other things to note:  

 

There is a clearance sale going on now, through the 15th on all Christmas -themed products in the Kat Scrappiness shop.  Use the coupon code 2017CLEARANCE  to receive 30% off on these products.

 

Also, Kat Scrappiness is looking for a few talented designers to join the team for 1 year starting in March.  All the details are over at the Kat Scrappiness blog on how to apply.  The deadline is January 31, 2018 PST at Midnight.  

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Finally, I am hosting this month's January challenge over at the Kat Scrappiness blog.  The theme this month is CLEAN AND SIMPLE--my favorite!  Find all the info here on how to join in the fun.  A $25 gift certificate to the Kat Scrappiness shop is the prize.  We can't wait to see your projects!
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Crafty Goals 2018

 

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Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to stop in today to share with you some of my crafty goals for 2018.  Last year was an exciting one--I re-vamped my blog, joined Instagram and created a YouTube Channel.  Plus, I was honored to be a part of 2 design teams which have helped me grow creatively.  A lot more than what I expected to do, but it was so worth it.  Instagram gave me the nudge I needed to start improving my picture-taking skills.  I am not a  professional by any means, but my comfort level has greatly improved-- especially with my discovery of the Snapseed app.   If you haven't tried it for editing IPhone photos, I highly recommend it.  It's easy and free!   Here is my posting of my most favorite photos from 2017:


YouTube was not something I had planned on trying, but one day, I was creating a card and I thought it would be an easy one for a tutorial.  I've watched so many great videos on papercrafting, I decided to just film my process and see if I liked it.  28 videos later, I'm excited to create more!  

My first video:

 

I'm thankful everyday to have my papercrafting hobby as a fun and rewarding creative outlet.  I've been inspired by so many in this industry and I'm excited to see what this year brings.   I want to thank you, my readers, too.  It's a joy to know there are others out there who share my passion for this hobby.  I'm happy to put out content that you enjoy and am always open to suggestions.  With that said, I wanted to list my goals for this year.  I kept it to just 3, so it's do-able, plus, as card makers, don't we all love things in "3s"? :).

1.  Finally complete Jen Schow's Introduction to Brush Script Class.

    I bought this class months ago, and never got around to actually watching it.  I have always wanted to learn brush script so I could add my own personal touches to cards and scrapbook pages.  Sometimes, you just don't have the perfect sentiment or size for what you need.  I feel like this may solve my problem.  Jen does the most beautiful brush script lettering and has her own cut files on her website--Crafty Jen Schow for purchase.  I've begun watching the videos and have printed out the worksheets so I'm on my way.  I plan to feature my progress on my Instagram feed so be sure to follow me over there.

2.  Continue to create more YouTube tutorials.

    I recently finished a video series for Christmas called Gift Tag Greetings: Holiday Cheer.  This was fun, but a ton of work to commit to a weekly series.  My plan for this year is to continue to create content as the mood hits me or as you request.  I want to include a variety of card techniques as well as product reviews and hauls.  I will also include series type projects but not in a regularly scheduled way.  I welcome your suggestions on what you'd like to see as far as tutorials and other card videos so please leave me a comment below or on my YouTube Channel.

3.  Inventory my stamps using Evernote.

    I discovered this organizational system months ago, when I was trying to find a way to keep track of the stamp and die sets I owned.  Koren Wiskman has an excellent video showing how she catalogs her papercrafting products using Evernote.  I got some tips from her on how to better utilize this system.  I have made a little bit of progress with my stamp inventory, but I want to complete it this year.  I feel like it will make it easier to use the supplies I already have if I remember I have them :).  

What are your crafty goals this year?  Leave me a comment below if you'd like to share or join me over on the Blue Scallop Creations Facebook page to join in the conversation.  If you are having trouble trying to put some goals together, check out Victoria Marie's most recent blog post on 5 Creative Actions for 2018.  I found it very inspiring.  She has some great ideas!  Happy New Year!

 

 

Heidi  


Kat Scrappiness Design Team Project: Let It Snow

Hi Everyone!  I want to wish you a happy New Year!  Today, I have a clean and simple card using the Woodlands Reindeer die along with one of the Never Ending Oval dies.

I started off by cutting an oval out of white cardstock then cutting the reindeer die into that.  I'm saving the die cut portion for another version of the project.

I adhered a rectangle of blue glitter paper to go behind the reindeer oval.  I wanted to create a simple silhouette that "pops".  I thought about a shaker, but I thought the crisp blue really highlighted the die.

After stamping a sentiment from Avery Elle's Snowflakes stamp set, I adhered the oval over the glitter paper with foam tape.

Here is an alternate version of the card where I offset the positive image over the die cut opening with foam tape.

    

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I have all the products I used from the Kat Scrappiness shop linked below.  Have a great day!

SUPPLIES:

 Woodlands Reindeer die

Never Ending Oval die

Avery Elle Snowflakes stamp set

glitter paper

foam tape


Kat Scrappiness Top Ten Favorites

*Updated 1/6/18 

Hi Everyone,

Since September, I have had the pleasure of being part of the Kat Scrappiness design team--I can't believe how fast the time has gone!  I wanted to stop in really quick and share with you my top ten favorite items from the Kat Scrappiness shop.  I love Kat's shop, because not only does she have her own brand of awesome stamps, dies and sequins, but she carries other companies products as well.  Her "new items" section is regularly updated with all the latest products from Tonic, Hero Arts, Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn and much more.  Here are some of my favorites--in no particular order because I love and use them all!  Be sure to click on the links if you want to see them in the shop.

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My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

 

1.  Foilables-Toner Graphics

Using a Minc machine or laminator,  you can create foiled sentiments or backgrounds easily using this printed toner paper.  In this post, I show a quick video demonstration of how to create a beautiful background using this product.  

 

2. Nuvo Drops

My go-to favorite for creating my own "enamel" dots without the little "peaks" you can sometimes get.  The variety of colors both soft and bright make me want to collect them all!

 

3.  Nuvo Embellishmen Mousse

This is my new favorite paste for creating raised designs using stencils.  The buttery shimmer of all the ice cream colors makes me happy!

 

4.  Mudra floral stamps--Linen Blooms

I love using floral stamps on a lot of my projects.  Mudra has some gorgeous ones and the Linen Blooms is my favorite.  I've used this stamp set on two projects already.  Here and here.  I like that the set includes both solid and open flowers for colored inks or Copic coloring.  Plus, with a sentiment included it's a perfect "starter set" for someone just getting into stamping.  

 

5.  Kat Scrappiness Never Ending Shapes Dies

I reach for these all the time.  So many size options for squares, rectangles, ovals or circles.

 

6.  Sparkling Clear Droplets Sampler Pack

I'm a huge fan of enamel dots.  I like these clear dots that come in various sizes for when you don't want the color, but you just want a little texture to highlight a sentiment or focal point.  Especially flowers!

 

7.  Avery Elle Snowflakes clear stamp set

Another great stamp set that offers variety.  Different sizes of intricate snowflakes along with some nice sentiments will get you through an entire winter season.  

 

8.  Coffee-themed products

 It's fun to make these types of cards and Kat actually has a section dedicated to coffee.  Tons of cute stamps as well as coordinating sequins.  My favorite is But First Coffee from           Echo Park--lots of great sentiments.

 

9.  Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy

A great tool when you're multi-stamping and need to change colors.  One quick swipe and your stamps are squeaky clean.  

 

10.  Stitched, Scalloped Nesting tags--Kat Scrappiness

Three sizes offer so many options.  I love the scalloped and stitched detail along the bottom of these tags as well as the largest one that is perfect for the front of a gift bag.  

 

Thanks so much for joining me  today.  All of the products listed above are available for purchase over at the Kat Scrappiness shop.   

 

 

 

 

 


A Blog Named Hero Challenge: Winter Holiday

 

Hi Everyone!

I'm joining in over at A Blog Named Hero for their current challenge:  Winter Holiday.  This month, they're partnering with Simon Says Stamp, so I included some products on my card from them along with Hero Arts.  

I started off by heat embossing a wooden stamp from Hero Arts called Large Floral Background onto some vellum to create an overlay for my card.  I love how the lavender embossing powder gives a cool, crisp winter feel.  I attached the vellum piece to another panel of white cardstock, then cut it down to create an angle.

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For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp's  Inside Holiday Greetings set on a panel I popped up with foam tape.  They had a great one for a New Year's greeting. 


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I tucked a couple of Alexis Snowflakes underneath the sentiment panel for some more texture and finished the card with some gems and metal accents.


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Thanks so much for joining me today and be sure to head over to A Blog Named Hero to join in the fun.  Entries will be accepted till the 31st of December.  I have all the supplies I used linked below.  For the lavender embossing powder, I used Zing which I am unable to find anymore, so I linked an alternative that may work for you.  You could also use lavender pigment ink and heat emboss that with clear embossing powder for the same effect.  

 

SUPPLIES:

My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

 

Simon Says Stamp Inside Holiday Greetings

 Simon Says Stamp Alexis Snowflake

Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White cardstock and vellum


More Chocolate Lover's Card Kit Projects

Hi Everyone!

I have a few more cards from the Kat Scrappiness Chocolate Lover's Card Kit to show you today, along with a video.  Unfortunately, the kit is sold out, but good news--the Layered Chocolate Bar stamp set and the "Sweet" sentiment die will be available for purchase separately in the shop very soon.  I've had so much fun working with this kit!    You can see my previous projects here and here.

I stamped 4 of the chocolate bars for this card (no wrappers) and cut out the little squares.  I got about 4 squares from each bar and I love the way this turned out.

I attached the glitter washi tape from the kit to a strip of cardstock to line the bottom of the card.  The gold on that tape is just a perfect shade of shimmery goodness!

For this card, I added a shaker element using the negative cut of the word die.

I put a strip of white cardstock where I poured the sequins so they would stand out underneath.

I used a Copic marker to change the color of the wood hearts.  These were one of my favorite embellishments in the kit.  The little hearts are such a nice shape.

Can you tell I like the Wonky Wavy Stitched Heart die?  I cut a bunch of the smallest heart from the berry colored cardstock that came with the kit to highlight one of the die cuts.

I decided to create an old fashioned valentine with the largest Wonky Wavy Stitched Heart die.

I shaped the card by placing the die cut a little over and a little under the folded part of a pink notecard to create the seam.

I decorated the inside with a die cut from the pack included in the kit.

For this card, I used a the gingham heart that was left from a previous project and popped it up with fun foam.  Another heart from the die cut pack fit perfectly inside.

Finally, I did a fun interactive card for a gift.

You can use the chocolate bar to slide the panel open to reveal the gift card.  I also added a little die cut tab on the other side for another way to slide it.

I have a video below showing you how I put this card together.  Enjoy, and thanks for joining me today!  Feel free to use my coupon code: Heidi10 to take 10% off your purchase in the Kat Scrappiness shop.

 

 

 

SUPPLIES:

  My blog uses affiliate links when possible. This means when you click on those links, I may get a small commission (at no cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and love. Thank you so much for your support. I currently participate in affiliate programs with Scrapbook.com, BlueMoonScrapbooking, ConsumerCrafts, Ellen Hutson, Hallmark Scrapbook, ScrapbookPal, Blick Art Materials, Blitsy and Kat Scrappiness.   I am also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. 

Chocolate Lover's Card Kit by Kat Scrappiness

Wonky Wavy Stitched Heart dies

Chocolate Lover's sentiment stamp set

Tim Holtz Tonic stamp platform

Versamark Ink

Ranger silver embossing powder