Thursday, November 28, 2013

{Paper Smooches} November DT Blog Hop!

 Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

This is my second post of the day.
If you're looking for my {Studio Calico + Mama Elephant} Blue Note Card Kit + Cole Add-On post, please scroll down or CLICK HERE.

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches December release with you! FIVE new stamp sets and EIGHT new dies will be available to purchase at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on December 1st. You will find them HERE. Follow the Paper Smooches blog for more sneak peeks.

To add extra fun to our hop, we are offering up a prize!
  1. FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog
  2. The prize - a $25 gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.
  3. Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
  4. You have until midnight MT on Sunday, December 1st to leave a comment.
  5. Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, December 2nd to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.
Design Team Blogs:
To increase your chances of winning:
  1. Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  2. Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  3. Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

My card features the Paws for a Cause stamp set and coordinating Lucky Dog sentiment set. Both of these stamp sets will capture the hearts of anyone who has adopted a dog, works at a shelter or raises money for adoption awareness. All of the silhouettes and sentiments in both these sets are so, so sweet!

I stamped the happy dog silhouette directly on to patterned paper die cut with the Notebook Bracket die. The sentiment comes in a straight line but I used washi tape to mask off different parts and stamped it on three lines using two different ink colours. The Santa's hat is from the Chubby Chum Pals stamp set.

I embellished the card with the Snowflakes dies. All of the patterned paper, including the sentiment strips, is from Teresa Collins' Santa's List paper pad. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Remember to check the Paper Smooches Blog on Monday to see if you are the lucky winner of the Paws for a Cause stamp set!


{Studio Calico + Mama Elephant} Blue Note Card Kit + Cole Add-On

Studio Calico's December Card Kits are now available! This month, Mama Elephant designed not just one but two exclusive stamp sets for the December Card Kits! This first card uses the stamp set included in the Blue Note Main Card Kit.

My tip for this card involves using washi tape or masking tape to stamp this subway art style sentiment with three different inks, three different times. You can watch a video tutorial of my technique HERE.

I stamped LOVE with a glue pad and applied obsidian glitter. I stamped this line first but if I were to remake the card, I would stamp it last since covering it and pressing the stamp on the glitter two times to stamp the other lines loosened some of the glitter.

I covered the glittered LOVE with a strip of scrap paper. Then I applied washi tape to all lines, except PEACE and JOY JOY JOY which were stamped with Nautical Blue pigment ink.

The remaining two lines were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink. All of the papers and embellishments are included in the main card kit. The tag was die cut using Embellished Tag Creative Cuts.

This second card uses the stamp set and three of the patterned papers included in the Cole Card Add-On.

My first tip for this card is to adhere the patterned paper to a piece of cardstock for added stiffness, especially if it's going to be popped on foam tape. That way it doesn't warp or get crushed when it goes through the mail.

I used the white vinyl stars from the kit to accent the stars on the patterned paper.

My second tip for this card is to use a grid mat and acrylic block when stamping on angled panels. This ensures that stamped images and sentiments line up with the vertical and horizontal edges of the card base.

The trees were stamped in Starlite Silver and the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black pigment inks.

Mama Elephant will be giving away the Blue Note December Card Kit to one lucky winner and the Cole Card Kit Add-On to another lucky winner.  Please be sure to comment at the Mama Elephant Blog and all of the design team blogs to increase your chances of winning!

Emily Leiphart

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