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Gnome for the Holidays Blog Hop

Friday, October 8th, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day friends!  We’ve got a fun theme for you on this October evening… Gnome for the Holidays!  Each of us on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team will be sharing fun holiday projects with you today featuring gnomes.  As always, you can leave comments at each stop along the way for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to spending the SNS Online Store!  It should be a lot of fun!

My card today features the fun Gnome Child set from Crafters Companion.  It includes stamps, dies and a coordinating stencil for adding details to the gnome image!  I paired my gnome with a background featuring the new Scribbly Snowflakes dies by Tim Holtz.  I was on the fence about getting these dies, but they really are a perfect whimsical combination with my gnome, and I’m sure I’ll find more fun things to mix them with!

I started with a pre-inked background I had made when I got the new Prize Ribbon Distress Bundle.  I made up several backgrounds using the Distress Spray Stains and shared one of my cards on this post.  (Side note- the next new color is being released NEXT WEEK!  Any guesses on what it might be?) Anyways, I simply arranged some of the snowflake dies over my background and die cut using the detail cutting plates.  I needed a little extra oomph since this background is on watercolor paper.

I had a little lightbulb moment looking at the stencil… what if I used a fun glitter texture paste through the stencil instead of just ink?  I dusted off my Copic Markers to quickly color this guy (I’m REALLY out of practice with them, so I colored several until I was happy with my blends) and grabbed some sparkly paste & a palette knife. Unfortunately, my paste has dried up and turned to gel on me so I had to find another option.  Since my image is pretty tiny, I decided to try some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.  I squeezed a small amount under the broadest part of the hat portion and swiped up, then repeated the process going down and IT WORKED!  I’m in love with the sparkly stripes on his outfit- it’s just so stinking cute!

I added about a hundred 3D foam squares behind my background layer (I’m not even joking. LOL) & finished off my card with a few fun touches… I wrapped purple twine around the card and hung a small hand cut tag with one of the sentiments from the stamp set “Jingle Gnomes” and layered one of the die cut snowflakes, glitzed up with some of the same Nuvo Glitter Drops I used on his outfit.  I also added some bling to the white card base under some of my die cut snowflakes.

Are you ready for some more inspiration?  Next up on the hop is Deborah, and I know she’s got something fabulous to share with you!  Happy hopping and have an amazing weekend!

Inky hugs,

For the Birds Blog Hop

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Hello & welcome to our September Blog Hop- For the Birds!  I’m a sucker for bird stamps and dies, but when I started to plan my design for this hop I realized it’s been a while since I got a new one.  I’m sure after seeing the cards the rest of the team make I’ll have a big wish list 🙂

As usual, we ask that you leave us some comments along the way as you do the hop- we’ll be selecting one special commenter to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!  You’ll also find some great savings there this weekend, so be sure to check it out!

For my card, I decided to feature a favorite of mine, the feathered friends dies by Tim Holtz.  It had been a while since I’ve made anything with these, so I started by inking up a bunch of backgrounds so I could cut multiple times and mix & match them.  I wanted to pair with one of the backgrounds I made the other day when I was playing around with my Distress Inks & Floral Outline Stamps, so I chose one of the more neutral colored birds to complement the flowers.

I overwatered the background with water to try to bleed the colors out… which didn’t work quite like I wanted, but still made a nice, soft design.  I spritzed over it with bundled sage Distress Spray Stain to tie it together with the greens in the bird as well.

As you can see, the inky green part has a text pattern and some gold shimmer to it!  I don’t have any of the new Distress Mica Sprays, but I have plenty of shimmery things in my stash to help me improvise 🙂

My little sentiment is from an older Tim Holtz set, Crazy Talk. It’s got a bunch of great sentiments to mix & match AND it’s still available to purchase!

Now it’s time to carry on hopping!  You are here with me, Tara and your next stop is Susan.  Enjoy!  Don’t forget to leave some comments for a chance to win!

Thanks for visiting, and have fun!

Inky hugs,





Seas the Day August Blog Hop

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Woo!  It’s a new month and a new opportunity to Seas the Day and check out our Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog Hop!

We are featuring some fun engineered cards this month, and hopefully our card themes will have you dreaming of time on the beach or the water, or whatever grants your soul some rest… ahhh…

I’m not gonna lie, my cards have definitely been more CAS lately (or at least simple, perhaps not so clean. ha!) and the thought of making an engineered card intimidated me!  Thankfully this fab tunnel card kit by Photoplay made the assembly part easy!  I already have a variety of nesting dies at home, so I chose to work with the value pack that doesn’t have dies included. (If you don’t have them already, it also comes with circle or rectangle dies.)

Since I was already going rogue, I went with an old nesting die set by Spellbinders to make things interesting.  I knew I was going to be using seashells on my card and I like the curves of these.  I also gathered some patterned paper and Cardstock I thought would work well together and using the tutorial on YouTube, I built my card base!

I used the largest cutout from the inside tunnel as well as a larger die cut piece on the front of my card.  I stamped several shells from this Jane Davenport set in shades of Distress Ink, layered with some mixed media stamps.  I also cut and embossed seashells by Tim Holtz, and almost didn’t use this one because it was slightly off… once I grunged it up a bit more with excess ink and layered the sentiment over it (also by Tim Holtz) I really like it!

Inside, I used the same elements you see on the front, framed around a sentiment by Taylored Expressions.

The shells were stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink (I’ve got the original jumbo quad pad they were released in, this new set is on my wish list!) and watercolored with some of the Distress Inks I used on the front of the card, mostly Salvaged Patina.  The addition of round metallic stickers adds a bit of shine and helps tie it together with the card front.

As you can see, I added the smaller embossed shell inside the card as well.  I’m so glad I had this piece of wood grain patterned paper!  I really wanted to use an embossing folder and make one, but felt that another textured layer might be too much for this style of card.  I stayed up way past my bedtime working on this card, so it’s great when all the pieces come together 🙂

The rest of the team has been working on wowing you as well, so please HOP ON and enjoy the rest of their projects!

Please be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a $50 gc for the online store!  There’s also an INTERACTIVE SALE happening right now too, and you can save on a variety of products to assist you making fun interactive projects like this one!

Happy hopping & Inky hugs,