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Poignant Poppies Blog Hop

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by to check out our November Blog Hop! The theme this month is Poignant Poppies. Yes, it’s all inspired by the flowers that we love (and their connection to Remembrance Day)! There are some beautiful stamps & dies in the SNS online store featuring poppies, and this weekend they are all on SALE! You can save 20% through Sunday, Nov 3- happy shopping!

challenge & prizes

We also challenge you to play along with our FB group and create a POPPY project! We’d love to see themes of remembrance, sympathy, thanks, friendship… or just some pretty flowers! As usual we’ll be giving away $50 gift certificates to the SNS online store. We will announce the random winner for comments/social media shares of the blog hop Nov. 19. The FB Challenge prize will be announced at the start of next month!

The full list of links for the blog hop will be at the bottom of this blog post. I hope you enjoy the hop and my card!

my card

It wasn’t intentional, but the primary elements I chose were all from My Favorite Things (aka MFT)! I’ve used the Delicate Pretty Poppies stamp set, Framework stencil & Miss You dies. I decided to try my hand at ‘no lines coloring’ for the first time on this card. When I look closely I really wish I had practiced more before sharing, but it’s not bad for a first go at it! LOL

I stamped the poppies (blooms, stems & leaves are all separate stamps so you can create your own arrangements) with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Once that set for a bit (not because it had to necessarily, but I was nervous and decided to walk away from it!), I set in with my Copics, starting with an outline in my mid-tone color. I won’t go into details of my technique because I really don’t think it was that great… I actually think I’ll look for a tutorial to watch before trying again!

finishing details

Once I finished coloring my poppies, I selected Lawn Fawn’s Dotted Square dies to cut it out. I also cut a larger layer in black to frame my design. The white background needed some detail, so I chose to take a risk and stencil over/around my image. I used the MFT Framework stencil, Distress Ink in Scattered Straw & Vintage Photo and gently inked the white space with a Life Changing Blender Brush by Picket Fence.

I finished off the card with a bit of washi tape & bling to highlight the die cut sentiment. On the card base, I stamped a poppy and sentiment from the stamp set multiple times in Scattered Straw for some subtle detail, then added a strip of torn paper and red twine to anchor it all. On a simple card, those little details can make a big difference!

hop along

Our design team has some fabulous projects ready to inspire you- hop along with us! Be sure to leave comments along the way for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store. Your next stop is Sandi! The full list is below in case you get lost along the way or need a second (or third!) look at any of these beautiful cards.

Hope you are inspired by my card and all the projects on our Poignant Poppies Blog Hop! Happy Hopping & Happy November!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Let’s get (Di)stressed Blog Hop

Friday, October 4th, 2019

EXPLORE DISTRESS OXIDE INKS WITH US!

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp October Blog Hop! We are thrilled to have you join us as we (Di)stress a bit this month… by having some inky fun with Distress Oxide Inks & Sprays! The Design Team has some gorgeous projects ready to inspire you AND this weekend you can save 10% on all things OXIDE (even the new sprays!) with coupon code “OXIDE10” (fine print: not valid with any other coupon, sale or promotion. Valid on in stock items only. Expires Oct. 6 at midnight)

Win Prizes

As you know, we love when you leave us some love by way of comments… so will once again be randomly selecting a commentor to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store! (winner will be announced Oct 22) Be sure to comment at all the stops along the way- the full link up is at the end of this blog post!

Be Inspired

It’s my privilege to kick things off once again with my project! I use Distress Oxide Ink probably on about 80% of my cards these days. But the funny thing is, I was a bit stumped with what to share! Thankfully, I found some time to ink up something autumn inspired. I also got to use the die cut letters that were left from the project I shared on Tuesday– bonus!

My card features a resist technique on book print paper, which I’d never tried with Distress Oxide Inks before. It was a bit touchy adding water to such thin paper, but it was fun to see it all come together! I started by clear embossing leaves from the Sketchy Flowers stamp set by MFT. I then added my first layer of ink with my Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios.

(Di)stress with Distress Oxide

One of my favorite things about Distress Oxide Inks is how the colors layer over each other, especially when you add water to help them oxidize! I brushed on another layer of color, then rubbed and misted some Spiced Marmalade onto my kraft sheet and dabbed it over the surface. I used a slightly damp rag to wipe the ink off the embossed design, revealing the white leaves. It felt like it needed just a bit more colour, so I used the coordinating solid images to help my design stand out.

My card base was made from a scrap of brown cardstock, sized approximately 7″ square before I scored it. I heat embossed one of the leaves on a lighter brown cardstock in metallic teal and copper. I love the look of two-tone embossing, though it’s been a long time since I’ve done it! Details like twine, bling and some splatters of Distress Oxide Spray in Spiced Marmalade and Distress Spray Stain in Antiqued Bronze finish off my card.

I really love how the Old Paper Distress Oxide ink plays so well with the alcohol ink colors in my letters! It also really softens up the brightness of the other colors.

I hope you like my card, and I know you’re gonna love the rest of the projects in this Blog Hop! Next up you are heading over to see what Kia has for you! Below you’ll find the full list of links for the team.

Hop Along


Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Hi & welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp September Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop! The design team has been busy creating with a variety of mediums. We are so excited to share some beautiful watercolur projects with you today.

Details

The Watercolour Wishes Blog Hop starts right here, on the SNS blog! I’ll share a list of the full link up at the bottom of this post, after my project. Be sure to leave some love for the team along the way- your comments, as well as likes & shares when you see our projects on social media, earn you a chance to win a great prize! One lucky comment, like or share will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store!

Bonus- shop this weekend and save 20% on all Watercolour products in the shop! Woohoo!

Watercolour Stamping

For my project today, I decided to showcase a stamp set that is designed to give you a watercolor look simply by stamping. I’ve used the Hello Lovely stamp set by Concord & 9th, which is a beautiful floral image with coordinating sentiments and several images designed for layering colours so you will get a watercolor look.

I made two very similar cards, both started the same way- layering Distress inks over the stamped image. I used a variety of original Distress Ink colours stamped onto watercolor paper. Here’s what they looked like before I added any water to them, except for a light spritz before stamping on the larger portions.

You could easily leave the images as they are, and would actually get more of a watercolored look and softer color blends if you were stamping on smooth card stock instead of the textured watercolor card stock I used.

Simple Watercolour

For my first card, I decided to add just a small amount of water from a water brush to soften & blend the inked colors. This left a good amount of white space in my image, but still allowed me to get a soft watercolor look quickly and easily. I finished off the card with a black embossed sentiment together with a bold block embossed on black cardstock with Wow Opaque Vanilla White Embossing Powder.

Colour Blending

For my second card, I stepped up the colour blending a little bit. I applied some ink to an acrylic block and added more layers of colour to my design by picking up the ink with my water brush.

The colours on this second card ended up a bit bolder and more vibrant. I was also able to fill in most of the white spaces and play around with colour tones a bit more. It was hard to stop, but I was trying to focus on this simple technique!

You can see better in this close up photo, I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella shimmer to the large blossom. This card was finished off with another embossed sentiment paired with a die cut thank you by Lawn Fawn.

On both cards, I added a bit of Distress Ink blended around the edges and a little bit of ink splatters using an acrylic block to position them where I wanted them.

I really love this stamp set and am ready to try some freehand watercolour on it next! I suspect you’ll see it again through the month of September!

Get Hopping

Here’s the full Blog Hop order- You’ll be heading over to see Chala next. Enjoy!

Have fun! I hope to see you sharing your Watercolour Wishes projects with us on Facebook this month!

Inky hugs,

Tara