Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hero Arts: Just because flowering magnolia

Hi everyone! 
Happy Tuesday! Today I have an Hero Arts card for you using one of my favorite stamps from the new catalog, the Flowering Magnolia. There is coordinating frame cut for it, which actually I didn't use it for my card as I didn't want the white border around, as I was adhering it to a black card and background. 
I stamped the flower on Neenah white card stock and colored with copics. Then I fussy cut the flower out. Next I stamped the background on black layering paper panel and embossed with ultra fine embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment on black strip and embossed with white embossing powder.

I assembled my card and added few drops of Nuvo Crystal Glaze and let it dry before handling the card.

All the supplies are listed at the bottom of this post :) 



Friday, February 16, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs Zen Garden release and Blog hop - Stained Glass cover plate meets Faithful Flutterings


Welcome to Day #4 of the Catherine Pooler's new release! The new Zen Grarden release is LIVE in Catherine Pooler’s online store. This release consists of eight AMAZING inks from her new Zen Garden Collection, new stamp sets (with available coordinating dies), a background stamp, stand alone word dies and stencil.
Since there are so many new items, check out What’s New section in Catherine’s store to find the new items this release. 
You should have arrived here from Justine's blog, but if you didn’t, you can find the whole blog hop list at the bottom of this post. 
And your next stop will be Ashelea's blog and you don't want to miss her amazing creations.
PRIZES: To celebrate the new release Catherine is so awesome and each blog hop day she's giving away 2 sets of the Zen Garden inks!!!! (if you already purchased them, you'll receive $45 gift certificate). Winners will be posted on Catherine's blog!!!

I have few cards for you today and 2 videos.
For my first set of cards I did some Ombre stamping using my MISTI and different set of colors and used the new Faithful flutterings stamp set. Watch the video below to see how this card came to be.





Next is a card covered in glitter. I used the Stained Glass cover die with adhesive sheet and selectively applied glitter. I did this by selectively removing the backing of the areas I wanted to be covered in the teal glitter and applied the glitter, next I removed the rest of the adhesive backing and applied the diamond glitter. I glittered the Smile die cut in a same way (using adhesive sheet). Watch the video below to see how this card came to be. 




Last, but not the least I shared this card last month as a sneak peek, but wanted to show it to you again. I combined Faithful flutterings and the Stained Glass cover die. 


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Ilina Crouse -that's ME 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hero Arts catalog release , blog hop and give away!

Hi Stampers!
 Happy Thursday! And welcome to Hero Arts  Catalog Release  blog hop. Hope you are following the blog hop, and if you are already tired and probably overwhelmed from all the beautiful creations so far, but don't worry you are almost to the end. There are only few more stops after me, but trust me you don't want to miss them.




Now, you have probably arrived here from Lisa Stain's blot and if you haven't trust me you don't want to miss her amazing projects. So go back to her blog or start from the beginning(the Hero Arts blog) and if you arrived here from her blog, then you are on the right track and your next stop will be Amy Kolling blog(and you don't want to miss her project, either).




Giveaway
Hero ARts giving away three $50 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Thursday, February 22nd at 11:59pm PT and the winner will be announced the week after that.
Now lets take a look of few cards I made using the new catalog goodies.

First off is the Color Layering Elephant (I used only the outline stamp) and the Flowering Nasturtium wood block stamps. I did some reverse masking and colored with the new liquid watercolors. 
Watch the video below, how this card came to be! 





Then there is the Color Layering caterpillar set, along with Weird and Wonderful. i had so much fun playing with different colors for the caterpillar. 





Then, one of my favorite sets the Color Layering Swan. I did some ink blending on the background using Bubble gum, Orchid and Grape Juice inks, and black and Navy for the water. 



Then, there is the Color Layering Swallowtail. I love butterflies, so I had to showcase couple cards using this set today .Again, I played with different color combinations for the butterflies 




Another set I LOVEd playing with is the Color Layering Nasturtium. I again played with different color combinations and few different Stamp& Cut sets





Last but not the least is the . House Stamp and Cut. I used Chameleon Pens to color the image and Wallpaper background stamp for the background.





Thank you so much for stopping by and hop you are inspired to create something today

Full blog hop list

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kristina Werner
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Yana Smakula
Cathy Zielske
May Sukyong Park
Nichol Spohr
Michelle Short
Wanda Guess
Amy Tsuruta
Lydia Fiedler
Heather Ruwe
Laurie Willison
Clare Prezzia
Iliana Myska
Emily Midgett
Janette Kausen
Jenn Shurkus
Sean Fetterman
Simon Hurley Joan Bardee
Megan Hoeppner
Lisa Stein
Ilina Crouse  - that's me
Amy Kolling
Rubeena Ianigro
Kelly Latevola
Libby Hickson
Lucy Abrams

Impression Obsession - Happy Birthday

Hi stampers! 
Welcome to another Impression Obsession challenge.  This time around the challenge is Happy Birtday.. For my card today I used the new  Elephants stamp and did some alcohol blending on Yupo paper. Stamped the Elephants in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I then added Vellum strip with previously stamped Happy Birthday sentiment.

Don't forget to play along over at the IO Stamps blog for a chance to win a gift certificate, as well as visit the other Design Team members for more inspiration:

Ilina Crouse - that's ME



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs Release Day - Zen Feathers and Chevron Cheer


Hi Stampers! 
Welcome to Day #1 of the Catherine Pooler's new release! The new Zen Grarden release is now LIVE in Catherine Pooler’s online store. This release consists of eight AMAZING inks from her new Zen Garden Collection, new stamp sets (with available coordinating dies), a background stamp, stand alone word dies and stencil.
Since there are so many new items, check out What’s New section in Catherine’s store to find the new items this release. 
You should have arrived here from Ardyth's blog, but if you didn’t, you can find the whole blog hop list at the bottom of this post. 
And your next stop will be Justine and you don't want to miss her amazing creations.
PRIZES: To celebrate the new release Catherine is so awesome and each blog hop day she's giving away 2 sets of the Zen Garden inks!!!! (if you already purchased them, you'll receive $45 gift certificate). Winners will be posted on Catherine's blog!!!

Now let's move to the projects I have for you today. First I wanted to introduce you to the new 8 ink colors for this release. The Zen collection: Polished, Shea butter, Seafoam, Spruce, Skylight, Stone Blue, Sugared Lavender and Rose Petals.

And they fit perfectly with previously released Paradise Found 8 colors. All these colors are from the SPA collection, which compared to the Party Collection has more muted colors, but still greatly pigmented! 


For my first card I used the Zen feathers set and stamped the background using: Aquatini, Green Tea, Spruce, Eucalyptus, Royal Treatment, Rose Petals, Sauna, Shea butter and Sugared Lavender. I die cut the create die 3 times from Midnight card stock, and embossed the top layer 3 times with clear embossing powder. Adhered the die cuts together and then onto my card. I stamped "sunshine" from the "Eat, Sleep, Create" set on Midnight card stock and embossed with white embossing powder. I assembled my panel and adhered to a card base made from Midnight card stock.




For my next card I used the Chevron Cheer set along with the Ovals and Flowers dies. I used the Split Chevron stencil to do some dry embossing on the background to give it a subtle look. It may be little hard to tell on the pictures due to being a white background, but it;s there. I used Polished Stone, Green Tea, Sauna and Shea Butter to ink up the flower and leaves die cuts. 




Next, I used the stencil again on Mirror card stock, but this time I applied Transfer Gel from Therm-o-web and when it was dry I run it through my Minc Machine using Opal Deco Foil. Next I stamped sentiment from Zen Feathers on vellum and embossed with white embossing powder. Die cut it and assembled my card.









And the stencil strikes again. Now I used it with white sparkle embossing paste onto Catherine Pooler's premium white card stock. White it was drying I stamped different sentiment from Zen Feathers set on Vellum and embossed with white. I die cut it using circle dies and layered onto PTI's Berry Sorbet card stock. I added some silver thread, iridescent confetti and adhered to coordinating top folding card base.  



Last, but not the least I made 3 coordinating cards using the feather stamp from Zen Feather set and few of the new ink colors. I used the MISTI to stamp them symmetrically.  I used Polished stone, Seafoam, Skylight and Sugared Lavender. I used the same colors to ink up the edges of my card bases to create coordinating colored card stock. 
I stamped different sentiments from Zen Feathers set on Vellum and embossed with white. I die cut it using circle dies and adhered to my panels







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