Friday, April 20, 2018

{Altenew} Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hello and welcome to Altenew's Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop! Our goal is to send cards to the elderly that live in nursing homes or shelters to let them know they’re not forgotten. Please check out the Celebrating Parents Card Drive and join this great cause by sending in cards. All of today's artists are featuring stamp sets in our Celebrating Parents stamp category, of which 20% of all proceeds earned will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.


Emily Leiphart (you're here)
Karin Åkesdotter (your next stop)

I have four cards to share with you so let's get started! All of the stamp sets, dies, stencils and ink colours are listed below for your shopping convenience.


My first card features the Best Dad stamp set and coordinating dies. I've also used the Inline Alpha Dies and Pegboard Canvas Cover Die.


I watercoloured the tools and hung them on the pegboard, just like in a workshop. Then I die cut 'dad' from foil and black cardstock to create a shadow. I heat embossed the sentiment on a black strip and adhered everything to a strip of vellum.


I also sponged around the edges of the pegboard to give it the illusion of being light brown, like many pegboards, without it being completely brown and making the background too dark.


My second card features the Extra Special stamp set on a flat, easy-to-mail card with dry embossing and pearl embellishments.


I used two of the lightest shades on flowers in diagonal corners and two of the darkest shades on flowers in the other two corners. I did the same with the grey leaves.


The final step was to dry emboss the Sketched Lines Stencil on the panel after stamping. It gives a beautiful texture for visual interest.


My third card is another masculine card, and the perfect card for my Minecraft-loving mechanical engineer husband! 


First, I used the Cube Builder Stencil to sponge the pyramid of blocks on to a panel. Then I stamped the customized sentiment and added small die cut images, using the Engineers Rule stamp set and coordinating dies.


When my son saw this card, he eyes grew big and he started dreaming of Minecraft cards he could make himself with this awesome stencil. ;)


My fourth and final card for this hop is another feminine card for my mother-in-law. She had surgery recently and I thought this would make a wonderful card to let her know that we're thinking of her.


I stamped the birds from Birds of a Feather in her favourite colours, along with a sentiment from Trigonometry.


In two of the corners behind the lilac-coloured birds, I also stamped florals from Frosted Garden in the lightest shade of blue used on the belly of the middle bird.


Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificates to THREE lucky winners. Be sure to leave comments by May 6th, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed above and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Mother's Day, May 13th, 2018.

I'm also drawing ONE $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. The deadline for comments is the same as above and the winner will be announced on my blog on May 10, 2018. Please leave a comment below for your chance to win and be sure to check back to see if you're the lucky winner!

Thanks so much for hopping with us!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

{Spellbinders} Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok Release: Day 3


Hi, everyone! I'm sharing two more cards that were on the Spellbinders blog last week, using the new Folk Art Collection by Lene LokI love using dies in unique ways and I'm here to share some ideas for the Kurbits 2 die. These dies are so intricate, there's so much you can do with them, whether you use the entire die or just part of it.


I haven't made ultra tall cards in a while and 3.25" x 6.5" cards are my favourite card shape. The Kurbits 2 die lent itself perfectly to this shape so I made two of them to show how different they can look with small changes in materials and colours!



For the first card, I die cut the bottom end of the Kurbits 2 die from both ends of the watercolour panel. I chose this watercolour cardstock for its texture. Then I die cut the die twice from black cardstock to inlay it into the negative space.


Next, I die cut a panel from gold foil cardstock included in the March 2018 Card Kit of the Month. Then I used the Platinum 6 embossing mat and plate to dry emboss the top end of the die on to both ends of the panel. This beautiful embossing into the gold foil shows that part of the die design through the black die cuts that are inlaid into the watercolour panel.


For my second card, I used daubers to sponge distress ink colours on to the Kurbits 2 dies, which were die cut from watercolour cardstock, then misted with water.


The front panel was watercoloured with evergreen bough and peacock feathers distress inks. Instead of the gold, I used a panel of blue cardstock that blends perfectly into the watercoloured panel in the foreground.



On both cards, I used simple but beautiful sentiments from Altenew's Birds of a Feather which complement the Kurbits 2 die perfectly. These were stamped with black pigment ink and clear embossed for shine and dimension.

I hope you enjoyed all three of my posts featuring dies from Spellbinders' Folk Art Collection by Lene Lok. If you missed the first two, you can find them all here:


Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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