Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hero Arts 2017 Wintertime Fun Catalog Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY

Hi stampers! 
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that is the Hero Arts Wintertime Fun catalog blog hop. I am excited over the top to be guesting one more time for Hero Arts! 
If you haven't seen the catalog, better run to look at it. It's AH-Mazing! 

So, if you are following the hop, you should have landed here from Kathy's blog and you are floored by her creations, and now you'll going to be bored here. And if that happens, head over to Clare's blog, she's your next stop, and don't skip it, she has something great in store for you.

Before I go onto my cards, you can see the Hero Arts Entire Wintertime Fun release HERE

Now onto my cards! For my first one I used the new infinity dies (12 point stars) to dry emboss the background (use thicker card stock for this, I used 110lb Neenah), and my favorite set from the catalog, The color layering baby penguin!!!! This little buddy is so stinkin' cute! I stamped the image then die cut it with the coordinating dies. For the sentiment I used strip of black card stock and stamped in versamark, then embossed with white embossing powder.



Next up is shaker card featuring the new Frost Sequins and shaker card using the new set Bird Words. I stamped the birds using the Pool to Navy Ombre ink and die cut them. I created the shaker using the circle infinity dies and filled it with Frost sequins. The background for the shaker was sponged using Soft Pool and Tide Pool inks, then on it I stamped the branch from the Ornaments Stamp and cut set and embossed in white. I stamped the sentiment from Winter Silhouettes with Ombre ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.



This next card, includes a lot of embossing, so I got video that will be available later today. I used the new ornaments stamp and cut and a new bold prints stamp! Come back later today for the video



Fot my next card I used background stamp and embossed with gold then did ink blending using Soft Pink, Cotton Candy and Bubblegum shadow inks. Next I die cut the sentiment along with few times. I added Stick it adhesive on the back before die cutting. I sponged one of the die cuts with versamark and embossed with  Igold embossing powder. I stacked all die cuts together (and adhered) in order to get dimensional look. I stamped the sentiment on strip of vellum and embossed with gold. Adhered to the panel and added to black card base. To finish it off I added some Champagne Sequins. 



And this is another of my favorites. I used Penguin family and circle infinity dies.I stamped the image in black and embossed  using clear embossing powder , then I colored it using my Chameleon pens! I made a mask from masking paper and circle infinity dies and sponged inside the circle using Soft Pool and Tide Pool ink pads. When dry I stamped the falling snow and embossed with white embossing powder. I cut the images and adhered to my panel. Stamped the sentiment from Winter Silhouettes set and embossed with clear embossing powder. To finish off my card I adhered my panel to black note card and added some sequins. 




Giveaway
Hero Arts will giving away three $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please ask hoppers to comment by Wednesday, 8/30 at 11:59pm PT and we'll announce the winner the following week.
Blog Hop List
The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Cathy Zielske
Wanda Guess
Kathy Racoosin
Ilina Crouse --> You're here!!!
Clare Prezzia
Yana Smakula
Lydia Fiedler
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Tsuruta
Michelle Short
May Park
Libby Hickson

A Muse September Release - Sneak Peek Day #2

Hi stampers!
Welcome back to day #2 of A Muse sneak peeks. Today I am featuring the new set called Fierce! It will be available on Friday and it's full of great sentiments that can be used alone on a card, since they are larger scale or combined with other stamps. 
For my card I used 4"x4" piece of watercolor paper and using a pencil I drew a  heart. Next I added water to it and dropped in color (Peerless watercolors). After it dried I erased the pencil marks, stamped the sentiment and embossed with clear embossing powder. Added 3 heart twinkles and adhered my panel onto Onyx card base ( 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" scored in half) 
Come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks! 

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog, and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks! 

Melissa Chipperfield  (inkedregards.com)
Ilina Crouse (www.ilinacrouse.blogspot.com) - that's me


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Muse September Release - Sneak Peek Day #1

Hi stampers!
Welcome to day #1 of A Muse sneak peeks. Today I am featuring the new set called Hello Pumpkin. 
I stamped  the pumpkins using Orange and Melon inks, then embossed with clear embossing powder and cut them out. Next I added some Halloween Washi on my white panel and stamped the sentiment with Onyx ink. I adhered the pumpkins and added few Onyx sequins. To finish it off, I adhered the panel onto Orange card base! 
Come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks! 

Make sure you visit the A Muse studio blog, and the rest of the Design team blogs for more sneak peeks! 

Melissa Chipperfield  (inkedregards.com)
Ilina Crouse (www.ilinacrouse.blogspot.com) - that's me


VIDEO: MISTI-Concord and 9th Happy Balloons - partial embossing

Hi stampers!
 August is a birthday month for my middle child, Milena. She turned 4 couple weeks ago. So in "honor" of her birthday and all other friends who celebrate their birthdays in August I made a birthday card. I used the new released Concord and 9th Happy Balloons set and dies. Did you know that Concord and 9th celebrates their birthday in August? They just turned 2. I used my MISTI to do some partial embossing on the Pink balloon. First I stamped the balloon with Cotton Candy Hero Arts shadow ink, then inked the bottom of it with Versamark and using a towel I blotted the edge so it doesn't give a harsh line when stamped. Then embossed with Hero Arts Rose Gold embossing powder (this ep comes in a set with 3 cubes). The Butter bar ballon is more straight forward. I stamped the solid portion with Butter Bar ink, then over that the second layer with versamark and embossed with Gold Embossing powder. For the background I used Hero Arts Tribal Stripes Bold Prints and stamped in Versamark onto my black card base, then embossed with clear embossing powder. 
Watch the video below to see how this card came to be.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hero Arts: Monster Hugs and a VIDEO

Hi Stampers!
Happy Thursday! I am here with a cute monster card for you using the Hero Arts Mix and Match monsters stamp set along with my Chameleon Pens and Chameleon Color tops. Note: the Chameleon Color Tops will be available for purchase soon. I have them because I purchased them during their Kickstarter campaign late last year and they finally arrived in June. I know I waited 2 months to play with them. 

Watch the video below to see how this card came to be. 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Distress Oxides Sale

Hi all,

I know the Distress Oxides have been hot product and hard to get your hands on them. But Hallmark Scrapbook has them back in stock and they are 20% off!!!! Hurry before they are still in stock! I just got mine!



Friday, August 11, 2017

You're my best Friend - CAS-Fridays Challenge CFC180

Hi stampers!

And welcome to another week of CAS-ual Friday challenge. This week we have color challenge: red, pink and white.
For my card I used two sets: Sassy Smiles and Mermaid. I stamped the two mermaids in Aquatini and Flirty Fuschsia ink pads from Catherine Pooler, then the sentiment using the Midnight ink. I trimmed my panel and adhered to Hero Arts pool note card. Next added sequins and the little black strips. 

Visit the CAS-blog to play along for a chance to win $25 gift certificate, or double that if you use CAS-Friday stamps!





Thursday, August 10, 2017

Focus on Ink

Hi Stampers! 
I am back today with a quick post. Here are few cards I made for a product focus over at Splitcoast stampers. This month we reviewed the ColorBox dye mini ink pads. For full details visit Splitcoast stampers HERE



















IO Challenge - orange and turquoise

Hi stampers!
It's time for another IO challenge. This round the challenge is "orange and turquoise"
For my card I used the new birthday stamp Another Birthday. First I created the background using watercolor paper and Smith Watercolors. I painted the lines using #6 brush. Once the background was dried I stamped the sentiment and embossed with clear embossing powder. Added sequins and adhered to black note card. 


Make sure you visit the blogs of the rest of the DT for more inspiration! And don't forget to play along for a chance to win IO Stamps gift certificate.

Dina Kowal
Ilina Crouse (That's me!)



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hero Arts Mewn Back Space cat video

Hi stampers! 

I have one more video up from the My Monthly Hero Blog hop




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