Monday, January 20, 2020

Add You to My List - January Release from Kindred Stamps

Hello crafty friends!  Welcome to release week for Kindred Stamps.  I am a huge fan of dragons, castles and a bit of chaos. Kindred Stamps new stamp set Protectors of the Throne is right up my alley!  I am so excited to see these fandom characters and create with them.  

I had such a blast creating the above card - Add You to My List.  I colored the knight and the young girl with my Spectrum Noir Triblend markers and fussy cut both of them out.

I chose a piece of printed scripty paper. I stenciled the stone street on the bottom this and added the die cut buildings to each side of the street.

I stamped the "Don't Make Me Add You to My List" sentiment at the top in between the two buildings. Next I added a green and black layer of cardstock and attached it to a blue cardstock card base.

My second card is a Woman Scorned. I colored this lady in a rich red with flaming red-orange hair.   

Let's talk about layouts.  Sometimes when I am working on my card designs, I need a little inspiration to get stared.  Iwill head over to Pinterest, Facebook card challenges, Instagram, or an old papercraft magazine to search out different card layouts.  I usually pick out one that resonates with me or one that I see I can make a change in to fit my project. Above is a modification of a card layout I saw and changed up slightly.  You can see the different layers in the drawing above. While a layout may not show measurements, you can usually use your best judgment to create your layout.  

I choose a rich dark red cardstock, printed grey paper,  grey solid cardstock pieces, and white cardstock to cut the pieces of my layout.  Six pieces in total.

A - I glued the grey printed paper on to the 5 1/4" x 4" red card front and slight left of the center
B - I glued the longer solid grey cardstock across the top of the card front and the bottom grey square just under the top grey piece towards the right side of the card
C - I attached the white cardstock pieces top of the grey pieces (I actually stamped the sentiment "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned" on the larger piece first before glueing it down) 

I added adhesive foam squares to the back of the red headed woman I colored and attached her to the bottom square. The card front was added to a white card base to finish the card.  Protectors of the Throne is a 6” x 8” set of clear stamps with six fandom characters.

So the next time you need a bit of help with a card, do not forget to use the resources you have available. Check out card layouts on Pinterest. Take a look through some of the cards you have collected and created.  Look at Facebook or Instagram, find a layout that you find interesting. modify it if you like.  I hope you enjoyed my blog and it sparked a bit of inspiration.  Thank you for stopping by my blog!


Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn


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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Happy Birthday Gift Card Tag - i-crafter Jan 18 Blog



Hello crafty friends!  I am so glad you popped by today to see my i-crafter Inspiration Team  blog.  This Zip Gift Tag die is amazing.  This tag die can be used alone or you can add a gift card inside the tag itself. There are several insert dies for this set.  You will have every occasion covered!  Here’s how I made my Happy Birthday Gift Card Tag.


A - I cut one of the Zip Gift Tags out of purple cardstock for the front of the tag.  Next I found the center of the front tag an die cut 4 of the cake dies to creat a four square pattern as shown
B- Next, I cut four squares of different colored cardstock slightly larger than each of the cake die cut openings 
C - i glued the colored cardstock squares to the back of the cake tag covering each cake die opening

A - I cut a second Zip Gift Tag out of the purple cardstock adding the zipper pull die insert at the top and the Happy sentiment die at the bottom openings in the tag die
B - I die cut three more Happy sentiments one over the top of the next creating a stack of four
C - I used the same four colors of cardstock I used to color block the cake dies, cutting them slightly bigger than the Happy sentiment
D - I glued the colored strips to the back of the happy sentiments
E - Here is how the front and back of the Zip Gift Tags will look


A - I used double-sided foam tape to line the outside edge of the back Zip Tag and red line tape to the top of the tag
B - Make sure your gift card fits the opening 
C & D -  i used a stamp positioner to line up the bottom and top of the tags.  I exposed the tap and sealed the gift card in the tag
E - I added the ribbon at the top to finish the tag




Thanks you so much for stopping by today for my i-crafter blog post.  I hope you enjoyed learning how to create this birthday Zip Gift Tag. Let me know if you have any question!

Visit the i-crafter website for more inspiration and see new dies and stamps.  Make sure to follow i-crafter on instagram too

Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn






Introducing i-crafter - New Company, New Release - January 2020




Hello my crafty friend!   Oooh I cannot believe the day is here!  The launch of a new company that is based on years of experience in the craft industry.  You will love these new line of dies and stamps. Let’s make interactive cards easy and interchangeable,  let’s mix and match dies to make cards, projects, and scrapbook pages, let’s have fun creating!  ...Ohh and let’s have a GIVEAWAY!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to i-crafter!


What we believe: 

We believe that CREATIVITY lives in all of us

That creativity is the IMAGINATION made visible

That LEARNING new things can and should be fun

That creativity flourishes when we take time to EXPERIMENT and make mistakes

That MAKING things with our hands is good for the soul

That CURIOSITY makes life infinitely more interesting

I-crafter is built from the ground up with YOU, the crafter, in mind by people who truly like working with each othe.

Join us at the beginning of each month for the launch of new products and an inspiring blog hop by our talented Inspiration Team.  We will share new ideas and inspire you through tutorials, videos, and with lots of ideas. Visit often as the Inspiration Team will be bringing you new content nearly all month long giving you something creative to see and fun learn.



...and with that, we’re off

Let’s make something together

A-MAZE-ing!  Right?  My first project features the Amaze Me stamp set at the Heart Maze die 
A - I die cut eight of the Heart Maze pieces from pink and white cardstock.  I glued 7 of them together in a stack.  I die cut the solid heart from a piece of pink cardstock and from a piece of clear acetate.  I glued the stacked Heart Maze to the pink cardstock heart
B - I added pink shaker elements to the middle heart and made a small barrier from clear acetate to enclose them in the heart.  I adhered the clear acetate heart on top of the Heart Maze sealing the shaker.  I glued the last heart maze piece to the top of the maze
C - I tied a piece of ribbon into a bow around a piece of 5 1/4” x 4” black sparkle cardstock. I attached this to a piece to a 5 3/8” x 4 1/8” metallic red cardstock.  I glued the cardfront to an A2 white cardbase and glued on the Heart Maze shaker to the left of the cardfront
D- I stamped the “You AMAZE Me” sentiment on a piece os metallic red cardstock with clear pigment.  I embossed it withe Alabaster white and heat set it.  I cut the semtiment and layered it on pink and white cardstock ...and the card is done


The Lost Without You card is simple to make.  I love the characters you can make with the fun whimsy Making Faces die set.  There are so many possibilities as you can see with the glasses and goté. I paired it up with the Amaze Me stamp set


A- I stamped out the maze stamp in pretty pansy ink randomly on a  piece of 5 1/4” x 4”  purple cardstock
B - I cut a piece of vellum to 5 3/8” x 4 1/8”  i stamped out the Maze stamp and the ”Lost Without You sentiment on to light purple cardstock. I added a red heart to the middle of the maze.  I also created one of the many faces from the Making Faces die set. Aren’t the glasses so darn cute?
C - I placed a piece of double sided tape in the middle of the vellum a attached it to the card front centering it.
D - I attached the vellum to the middle of the stamped maze cardfront

A, B - I added foam squares to the back of the purple stamped maze piece and attached it to the card front at a slight angle
C - I attached the fun face i created
D - I used a small dot of glue in each corner behind the vellum to secure the corners down an added silver brad to cover glue dots and add interest completing this card


My next project is the adorable gift card tag. Yes, it hold a gift card and has a pull tab you can add!  This Zip Gift Tag die set will be such fun to create with!



A - I cut the tag from blue cardstock twice.  One with the Star and Congrats die added for the front of the tag and the second with the Zip die added for the back of the tag. I die cut the star die twice more fro metallic red and white glitter cardstock.  I glued white glitterstock behind the opening on the tag front and glued the small metalic red star in the middle of the blue star
B - I cut open the large white glitter stars to link it to the metallic red star and glued it on front. I added the remaining solid white glitter star to the front of the tag
C - I created another fun face from the making faces die set and added it to the front of the tag.  I think this red headed boy with his hip glasses is adorable

To finish the tag I added foam tape leaving enough space in between to add the gift card and sealed it in  between the tag front and back.  I added ribbon to finish the tag

I also created a full on glitter Zip Tag!  What I love about this dies set is you will find several inserts for  all sorts of occasions giving you many options to create the perfect gift card Zip Tag

Thanks you so much for stopping by today and being a part if the new i-crafter launch.  I hope you enjoyed learning more about i-crafter and the new fun creative dies and stamps. Let me know if you have any question!

Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn

To enter the i-crafter GIVEAWAY, Make sure to to leave a comment on every Inspiration Team blog post and the i-crafter blog for a chance to win a selection of the new i-crafter dies and stamps. There will be a random selection to choose a winner. -Contest is open to U.S. residents only with the winner being announced on February 1, 2020.

Now on to the next team blog:













Sunday, January 12, 2020

Caffeine Saves Lives!




Hello crafty friends!  I am so glad you popped by today to see my newest creation for The Rabbit Hole Designs - Design Team blog.  I am smitten with the new Twisted Sunshine Stencil!  I have glitter glazed it,  foiled it and in this card -  I am blending with Distress Oxide inks. 

Here is the amazing Twisted Sunshine Stencil
6" x 6" stencil


Don't you just love the attitude of the Caffeinated Flamingo?
It is a 3' x 4" clear stamp set


And for those not so into fussy cutting, there is the Caffeinated Flamingo matching die!



Perfectly Blended is additional sassy coffee and tea sentiments you can add to any coffee related card you make!
This is a 4" x 6" clear stamp set


The background stencil is so simple to recreate.  Here are the steps with photos to follow along:

A - I found the center of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock using a ruler from corner to corner.  I marked the X gently with a pencil so I can erase it later
B - I place the middle area of the stencil over the pencil mark X. 
C - I taped the side of the stencil with Purple Tape and masked of the rest of the stencil with post it notes
D - Using a three blender brushes, I blended my three desired colors of distress oxide inks over the stencil
E - I removed the stencil to reveal the design.  You must let the ink dry before erasing the pencil mark  

See how cool this blended Twisted Sunshine stencil turned out?  I see so many possibilities!

I colored the the whimsy Caffeinated Flamingo using my Triblend alcohol markers and fussy cut him out. (I like fussy cutting, but you may not - great news it there is a Caffeinated Flamingo Die availbel too) It make me laugh to see him standing on one foot with his bumble bee slipper!


I assembled the card as shown in the first photo , I stamped the sentiment  "Caffeine saves lives , mostly yours" (from the Perfectly Blended stamp set) at the top of the card front.  I added a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" pieces of peach-ish cardstock for a mat and attached it to a white card base.  I used foam squares to attach the flamingo to the front of the card.  

I hope this inspires you to create your own background with stencils.  It save time looking though printed paper and you make it uniquely your own, especially since no background comes out the same.

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Happy Anniversary - w/TRHD Logo Shaker Elements - & GIVEAWAY!




Hello crafty friends!  Happy Saturday and welcome to the second day of the 1 Year Anniversary Celebration for The Rabbit Hole Designs!  .  

This adorable The Rabbit Hole Designs Logo stamp is being slipped into orders placed on the website. For this anniversary card I used it to create some of the shaker elements in the cake and if you read to the end... a fun GIVEAWAY!.  

A - I stamped the image with a Black Shadow Nuvo ink on to shrink plastic.  I set the sheet aside to dry and and colored it with my Spectrum Noir Triblend Markers using Lavender Blend, Citrus Green Blend, and Ice Blue Blend 
B - I used a 1" hole punch to punch out the circles  
C - I used a pair of tweezers and my heat tool to shrink the logos


A - I used the Light Me Up stencil  to create a banner stenciling the smaller light string  at the top of a 4" x 5 1/4" card front using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink
B - I masked off one of the Twisted Sunshine stencil fans and lined it up to the bottom of one of the light stenciled light bulb holders
C - I alternated the fans as I stenciled them in Shabby Shutters and Broken China Distress Oxide ink to create a festive banner


I stamped out the double layer cake stamp from the Celebrate With Cake stamp set  on craft foam, the front on my stenciled card front and an additional piece of White cardstock.
A - I cut out the cake body from each cake layer on the foam to create the pockets for my shaker elements
B - I colored the cake on the additional piece of card stock, but only the top frosting  on each cake layer and the bottom cake plate  using  Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers
C  - I used the craft foam to map out the shaker opening on the cake 
D - Using a craft knife, I cut the cake openings on the card front making sure it will hide the craft foam when assembled.  


A - I turned the card front over and using double stick red liner tape and liquid glue, I added a clear piece of acetate to create the shaker window
B - I used double stick red liner tape and liquid glue to adhere the purple craft foam over the acetate  creating the pocket for my logo shaker elements and sequins.  I added double sided foam tape to the rest of the back side of the card front.  I gently removed the tape liner and added a pink card base sealing the fun shaker elements in the card
C - Turning the card over, I masked off the cake and added Electric Lime, Cosmic Grape, and Cool Pool Silks to the front creating a confetti look.  Next, I stamped and embossed the  the Celebrate sentiment (from Celebrate With Cake) on to a piece of  white cardstock and fussy cut it out.  It is added to the card using foam squares.  To finish the card, I took the additional cake I colored and wrote Happy Anniversary on the top of the cake frosting. I cut  each layer of frosting and the cake plate out and glued it to the front of the cake image on the card front to outline the cake windows of the card





Celebrate with Cake is a fun and versatile stamp set you can use for several occasions!


I love the Twisted Sunshine stencil!  Great for masking off too!


As you can see in my card - the Light Me Up stencil is not just for Christmas!



...and BONUS a GIVEAWAY!  

I made these cute TRHD Logo earring too!  I am giving away a pair this weekend!  To participate please leave a comment  below telling me your favorite stamp set or stencil from The Rabbit Hole Designs and include  your email.

Must comment by 11:59 CST  on Sunday Jan 12, 2020.  Winner announced Monday Jan 13th - here!  I will use Random Number Generator App to choose our lucky winner.  This giveaway is not sponsored by The Rabbit hole Designs. It is me giving back to my followers.  

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!
Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn


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Friday, January 10, 2020

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY - Celebrating The Rabbit Hole Designs 1 Year Anniversary


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

Today starts of the 1 Year Anniversary Celebration for The Rabbit Hole Designs!

Hello crafty friends!  I am so glad you popped by today to see my newest creation for The Rabbit Hole Designs - Design Team blog.  


This adorable The Rabbit Hole Designs Logo stamp is being slipped into orders placed on the website.  I stamped and colored it with my Triblend Markers using Lavender Blend, Citrus Green Blend, and Ice Blue Blend.  I fussy cut around the Logo.


I used the Twisted Sunshine stencil for the background with Distress Oxide ink in Broken China, Wilted Violet and Shabby Shutters. I will not going into details on the masking and blending today, but if you come back and check out my Sunday, Jan 12th blog, you will see a new creation and get the details on creating this style background using the Twisted Sunshine Stencil and additional colors! 



To finish this card, I used The Rabbit Hole Designs colors once again to add layers to my card.  Using a foam square I added the Logo to the middle of the card and a final touch with sequins to add a little bit of bling!

Please make sure to join the weekend festivities  as The Rabbit Hole Designs celebrate it's 1 Year Anniversary!  You never know what kind of mischief may be about!  (goodies , games, giveaways)

  DID YOU SEE THE LOGO CUP? (1st photo) There may be a few extras... Just saying!


Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!

Be Creative ~ Stay Inspired
Jenn Gross
@journeycoachjenn

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