November 17, 2017

Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop | SugarPea Designs

Hello friends and welcome to the SugarPea Designs Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop! This hop is all about sharing even more ideas and inspiration using products from the recent Holiday Release. If you aren't familiar with this hop, let me fill you in on all the details. The Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop is held the month after each new release from SugarPea Designs to share some new inspiration using the recently released products. Today, I'm sharing a cute little Penguin card I created. Keep reading for the details on how I created it and then enter below to win a $20 gift certificate from SugarPea Designs!

Eskimo Kisses Penguin Card | Eskimo Kisses and Flurry Of Warm Wish Stamp Sets


To create this adorable penguin card, I stamped the sweet little couple and ice berg from the Eskimo Kisses stamp set, colored them with my Chameleon Pens and die cut them using the coordinating dies. I wanted a slightly non-traditional holiday card, so I choose some fun patterned papers from the Sugar and Spice Paper Pad to create the front panel of my card.

Eskimo Kisses Penguin Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Eskimo Kisses and Flurry of Warm Wishes Stamp Set by SugarPea Designs

The snowy background behind the penguins was created using the Flurry of Warm Wishes stamp set. To begin, I stamped the snowflakes onto a piece of white cardstock with Versamark Embossing Powder. I then heat set them with white embossing powder. To help them pop, I ink blended the background using Distress Oxide Ink in Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. Next, I die cut the paper using a circle die and then mounted it onto the card base.

Eskimo Kisses Penguin Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Eskimo Kisses and Flurry of Warm Wishes Stamp Set by SugarPea Designs

Blog Hop Details & Giveaway

Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to SugarPea Designs?  To enter all you have to do is visit each of the design team members blogs and leave a comment for your chance to win!

Guests: 

Supplies


Are you interested in the SugarPea Designs products I used to create my card? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. Affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp are used at no additional cost to you and I truly appreciate your support.
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November 13, 2017

Make Your Holiday Shine with Foil-Mates™ | Gina K. Designs

Hello friends and welcome to the Gina K. Designs Make Your Holiday Shine with Foil-Mates™ Blog Hop! Today the design team from Gina K. Designs is sharing ideas for creating Christmas Gift Wrap and Cards using the brand new Foil-Mates™ Holiday Release. All of the new products are perfect for creating easy, but elegant looking Christmas cards and gift wrap for the upcoming holiday season. You can check out all of these new products in the Gina K. Designs Shop under the Foil-Mates™ Collection.

Make sure to keep reading for some inspiration using these new products and then hop along for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate and to see more festive inspiration from the Gina K. Design Team. All of the details about the hop and giveaway are listed below.

Coordinating Christmas Gift Bag and Card | Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™


To create the background on my coordinating Christmas gift bag and card I used a full sheet of the Foil-Mates™ Background - Holiday Flora on the bag and a half sheet on the card. I then trimmed each piece to size and matted it on a piece of Black Onyx cardstock.

I foiled both of these with a piece of Fancy Foils in Radiant Red. All of the new foils have the shimmer and shine of glitter, but without all the mess. You gotta love that! Make sure you hang onto the scraps of foil from both of these. Below, I have a bonus project to share with you on how to use some of these scraps.

Coordinating Christmas Gift Bag and Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ and Fancy Foils

The tag on the gift bag was created using the Foil-Mates™ Sentiments  - Tag Tidings. These sentiments were designed to be used with the new Gina K. Designs Decorative Tag Dies. I foiled the tag with a piece of Fancy Foils in Grass Green.

Detail Christmas Gift Bag by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ and Fancy Foils

The sentiment on the card was created using the Foil-Mates™ Sentiments - Holiday Cheer.  I die cut it using the Gina K. Designs Stitched Circle Dies and then foiled it with Fancy Foils in Grass Green.

Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ and Fancy Foils

For the final decorative touch on both the gift bag and card, I added some of the new Gingham Fancy Ribbon.

Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ and Fancy Foils

Bonus Project | Merry Christmas Card with Fancy Foil Scraps


I told you to hang onto those Foil Scraps and now I'm going to share with you a fun way to use them. I'll admit most of my scraps end up in the trash. However, after I created the Christmas card above, I knew I had to save that scrap to create another card. It was just too pretty to throw away!

If you've never used your scraps to foil with, I will walk you through the process. To start with, you will need some Therm O Web Deco Foil Toner Sheets. Cut the Toner Sheet to size, place the scrap of Fancy Foil on top of it, position it between a piece of parchment paper and run this through your preheated laminator. Peel off the transfer sheet to reveal the foiled design. The Toner Sheets are black and I wanted to add more color, so I trimmed a piece of Fancy Foils in Grass Green, placed it on top of the previously foiled toner sheet and ran it back through the laminator. Now it is covered in red and green foil! 

For more inspiration on using your Fancy Foil Scraps, check out these Birthday Cards I created with Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™.

Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ and Fancy Foils Scraps

For this card, I used the Foil-Mates™ Sentiments - Joyful Holiday and foiled it with Fancy Foil in Grass Green. I then die cut is using the Gina K. Designs Stitched Rectangles, which work perfectly with these sentiments.

Merry Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates™ and Fancy Foils Scraps

Blog Hop + Giveaway


Would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Gina K Designs? If your answer is yes, then all you have to do is visit each blog along the hop (listed below) and leave a comment. One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gina K Designs gift certificate!

Juliana Michaels (you are here)

Supplies


Are you interested in the Gina K Designs supplies I used to create these cards? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you.



























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October 28, 2017

Polar Bear Christmas Card | Sunny Studio Stamps

Hello friends and welcome! I'm excited to share with you today that I'm guesting over on the Sunny Studio Stamp Blog with a cute Polar Bear Christmas Shaker Card. I hope you'll stop by and check it out. While I had my Sunny Studio stamps out and was creating, I also made another Polar Bear Christmas card using the new Playful Polar Bears and Frosty Flurries Stamp Set that I wanted to share with you.

Polar Bear Christmas Card | Playful Polar Bears Stamp Set


Polar Bear Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Playful Polar Bears by Sunny Studio Stamps

I began by stamping the adorable polar bears, the present and the hat and colored them with my Chameleon Pens. I then die cut them using the coordinating Playful Polar Bear Die Set. Because of how the dies are made, the polar bears look like they are holding the presents!

To create the white panel behind the bears, I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches. I then used the scallop and the dotted dies from the Fish Tail II Die Set to cut the panel at an angle and give it a bit of a fun edge.

Polar Bear Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Playful Polar Bears by Sunny Studio Stamps

I then took the Frosted Flurries Stamp and repeatedly stamped it with Versamark Embossing Ink over the entire piece. I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. This gives the background a subtle bit of texture and interest.

Polar Bear Christmas Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Playful Polar Bears by Sunny Studio Stamps

The final touch for my card was a bit of red and white baker's twine...kind of reminds me of peppermints! Does it for you too?!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to head over and check out my Polar Bear Christmas Shaker Card on the Sunny Studio blog.

Supplies


Are you interested in the Sunny Studio Stamps supplies I used to create these cards?  To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. Affiliate links to Scrapbook.com are used at no additional cost to you and I've linked to them because I use them and love them!

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October 25, 2017

Christmas Ornaments Card | Embossing with Spellbinders Dies

There are only 60 days until Christmas! Are you ready? I've already begun my Christmas card crafting and today I'm sharing a Christmas Ornaments Card I created using some fabulous supplies from Spellbinders and Scrapbook.com.

Christmas Ornaments Card | Embossing with Spellbinders Dies


Christmas ornaments have always held a special place in my heart. Since I was a born, I've collected a new ornament every year to add to the Christmas tree. And yes, I have quite the collection now! With this in mind, I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous Gilded Ornaments Die by Spellbinders.

Christmas Ornaments Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Spellbinders Gilded Ornaments Die

To create this card, I began by die cutting several circles from white cardstock using the circle die included in this set.

Embossing with Spellbinders Dies

I knew I wanted to do something different with the dies, so I decided to try embossing. Following the instructions on the machine I layered the various plates to emboss with dies. To ensure proper alignment, I placed the dies in the center of the white die cut circles and used temporary adhesive to hold them in place.

Embossing with Spellbinders Dies

I then ran everything through the Platinum 6 and out popped these gorgeous embossed circles.

Embossing with Spellbinders Dies

Next, I added some ink to the ornaments to give them a bit of color and to bring out the embossed details. You could also do this embossing technique with colored cardstock for a bolder design.

The background on this card was created using the Spellbinders Circles and Diamonds Embossing Folder. I also inked the edges of this to again bring out some of the embossed details.

Detail image - Christmas Ornaments Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Spellbinders Gilded Ornaments Die

Before adding the ornaments to the card front, I added the ornament hanger which I die cut from gold foiled cardstock. The final touch was some gold cord for "hanging" them and a fun little bow. 

Detail image - Christmas Ornaments Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Spellbinders Gilded Ornaments Die

Embossing with dies has now become one of my favorite new techniques thanks to the amazing Spellbinders Platinum 6 Embossing and Die Cutting machine. 

Spellbinders and Scrapbook.com were kind enough to send me a Platinum 6, Tool N One and a couple of dies to create with and I recently shared a Halloween Witch Card I created using the Witch On A Broom Die. I want to thank Spellbinders and Scrapbook.com for this fun opportunity and for introducing me to my new favorite manual die cutting machine!

Supplies


The supplies I used to create this project can be found at Scrapbook.com. Affiliate links have been used at no additional cost to you.



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