Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hero Arts: Monster Hugs and a VIDEO

Hi Stampers!
Happy Thursday! I am here with a cute monster card for you using the Hero Arts Mix and Match monsters stamp set along with my Chameleon Pens and Chameleon Color tops. Note: the Chameleon Color Tops will be available for purchase soon. I have them because I purchased them during their Kickstarter campaign late last year and they finally arrived in June. I know I waited 2 months to play with them. 

Watch the video below to see how this card came to be. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Distress Oxides Sale

Hi all,

I know the Distress Oxides have been hot product and hard to get your hands on them. But Hallmark Scrapbook has them back in stock and they are 20% off!!!! Hurry before they are still in stock! I just got mine!

Friday, August 11, 2017

You're my best Friend - CAS-Fridays Challenge CFC180

Hi stampers!

And welcome to another week of CAS-ual Friday challenge. This week we have color challenge: red, pink and white.
For my card I used two sets: Sassy Smiles and Mermaid. I stamped the two mermaids in Aquatini and Flirty Fuschsia ink pads from Catherine Pooler, then the sentiment using the Midnight ink. I trimmed my panel and adhered to Hero Arts pool note card. Next added sequins and the little black strips. 

Visit the CAS-blog to play along for a chance to win $25 gift certificate, or double that if you use CAS-Friday stamps!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Focus on Ink

Hi Stampers! 
I am back today with a quick post. Here are few cards I made for a product focus over at Splitcoast stampers. This month we reviewed the ColorBox dye mini ink pads. For full details visit Splitcoast stampers HERE

IO Challenge - orange and turquoise

Hi stampers!
It's time for another IO challenge. This round the challenge is "orange and turquoise"
For my card I used the new birthday stamp Another Birthday. First I created the background using watercolor paper and Smith Watercolors. I painted the lines using #6 brush. Once the background was dried I stamped the sentiment and embossed with clear embossing powder. Added sequins and adhered to black note card. 

Make sure you visit the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration! And don't forget to play along for a chance to win IO Stamps gift certificate.

Dina Kowal
Ilina Crouse (That's me!)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hero Arts Mewn Back Space cat video

Hi stampers! 

I have one more video up from the My Monthly Hero Blog hop

New Concord and 9th release, GIFT and SALE

Hi stampers! 
It's the 9th of the month and that means new Concord and 9th release! Concord and 9th is celebrating their 2nd Birthday today and they are giving away free stamp set with $60 purchase and there is a BIRTHDAY SALE section on the website, too. So make sure to check it out. And of course the famous BUY IT ALL button, that I LOVE. LOL 

VIDEO:Your Kindness Reaches Above and Beyond

Hi all,

Just a quick note: I added the video for the Astonimical card. You can see it in my original post, or below. I am working on the rest of the videos :)

Monday, August 7, 2017

August My Monthly Hero is Out of This World - release, blog hop and give away

Hi Stampers! 
It's the most wonderful time of the month, and means it's time for new My Monthly Hero kit! I was jumping up and down when I was asked to guest design this month with the kit. I think this might be my most favorite kit so far (I say this for each kit, they keep getting better and better). 
This month's theme is out of this world literally and not. I am in LOVE with the kit and all of the add ons!!! 
You've probably got here from Wanda's blog, if not you can start from the beginning of the hop and visit Hero ARts blog and go from there, or just scroll to the bottom to see all blog hop stops.
So I created quite few cards so please bear with me. If you are bored at any time  hop to the next blog stop and go check May's amazing designs
This month's kit contains:

6" x 8" Clear Stamp Set
11 Coordinating Frame Cuts
1 Fancy Window Cut Die
1.5 oz Celestial Sequins
1 Metallic Blueberry Mist
1 Gold Shimmer Mist
1 Stencil 5.25" x 6.5"
3 5" x 7" Assorted Patterned Celestial Paper

all is $77 value, and you get it for only $34.99!!! 

Now, lets move to the cards, because I have lots to share! And I have few videos to add today and tomorrow that I didn't get a chance to edit as I ran out of time. 
For my first card I used hot press watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors to create the background. Next I stamped the images and embossed with white embossing powder. I added some sequins and spayed a little with the navy shimmer spray that comes in the kit. And voila ;) 

For the next 2 cards I used Arches watercolor paper (cold press) and created the galaxy using the Mijello gold watercolors along with white gel pen, alcohol and salt. I will have video showing you how to create this galaxy background (not for these 2 cards in particular but the ones below, but it's same technique). I stamped the images and sentiments with versamark then embossed with white embossing powder. While the embossed image was still hot I applied Sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This added sparkle to my images. 

For my next card I used the Dream big set, I stamped the image on hot press watercolor paper and then created the galaxy background using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Then colored the planets and the girl. 

This might be my favorite card. I used the add on set, Astonomical. I created the galaxy background using circle infinity dies (to trace the circles for the planets) and Mijello gold watercolors on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I will have video later today or tomorrow showing you how to create this galaxy!!!! So hang on ;) 

I used the same technique for the card below, but used Mewn and Back set for the cat, and Astonomical for the sentiment. I have a video for this card, too. So hang on and check back later. The cat is colored using copic markers. 

Then, I had to make the cat spin, so I made spinner card with help of the Circle infinity dies. I will have a video for this card, too.

Now let's move to couple quick and easier cards. 
For this card I used the Zodiac Birthday set and stamped the background with help of the MISTI. Then stamped the image on white card stock, colored with copics and applied Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. I stamped the sentiment on black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder. (I will have video posted later for this card, too)

And last but not the least, real CAS card. I stamped the image with Intense Black and colored with Copic markers. Then adhered to blue note card, added some skiny silver glitter washi, some gems and voila. 

I hope you are inspired enough ;) and you didn't get bored or annoyed.
Here are the details about the give away and kit availability! 
GiveawayHero Arts giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (We will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, August 13th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.
 Kit availability and shippingThe kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday August 11. You can remind your readers that they can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

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Ilina Crouse ( that's ME)
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