Guest Designer: Sparkle and Shine Challenge Part 2

Hello everyone!! I’m back again today with the Sparkle and Shine Challenge as the Guest Designer for the month.

Here is the photo inspiration that I used to create my card:

Sparkle and Shine

Take a look at my card:

Happiest of Holiday (S&S)

I have to say I struggle with this photo inspiration this time around.  At first I played with all of the colors in the photo and my daughter said no.  The colors were to dull.  So I decided to go with just two of the colors.

I stamped My Favorite Things Santa’s Elves tree and fussy cut them out.  Then I adhered them to my card front.  After that I added some sequin as ornaments on the tree.  Then I stamped the sentiment and I was done!!

Super easy!

So what do you think?  Please let me know.

This challenge runs for two weeks. You have until December 28, 2015 at 11:55pm to enter for a chance to win a super awesome prize!!

Supplies used:

BB Santa's Elves MFT Hybrid Black Ink

CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Inspiration Photo

Hello everyone!! I’m here with CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Challenge Inspiration Photo.

Our theme is Take a Technique: Sharing the Season!!

For this month’s challenge the technique we would like to see Seasonal creations: Winter/icy themed, or even Christmas projects if you’re not bored of these already! For those readers who live in different climates: Why not share your December seasons with us!

This should be super fun to see what the whether looks like in different parts of the world.

Take a look at my card:

Oh Joy

I just love this Mama Elephant Twinkle Towns stamp set.  I pick it up a couple of months ago and haven’t had a chance to play with it.

My question to everyone is, “Where is the snow and cold weather”?  By the time your read this it will be 60 degree.  Don’t get me wrong, snow is pretty but it’s hell to get around it in.

All I did was stamp the images and colored the ornament in with Copic markers.

I love how this card turned out!! Super pretty!

Now it your turn!!

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for December: Polkadoodles

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The prize is a £25 voucher to spend in the online store.

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Fifth Day of Gift Giving – Slider Dies

Hello everyone!!  I’m here with Your Next Stamp with this amazing series called 12 Days of Gift Giving!!

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I’m super excited about this series because it forced me to look at YNS dies differently.  I’ve always had a love for packaging but rarely get to do it.

So today I have a super easy tutorial for you: Pop Up Gift Card Holder!! I learned how to create this sometime last year and Never got a chance to try it.  So why not now!!

Take a look at what we are going to make:

Outside:

Gift Card Holder 1

 

Inside:

Gift Card Holder 3

Are you ready to see how this is done! Check this out:

First: You have to cut your gift card holder base to 9-3/8 by 5.  Then you need to score it.  On the long side: 9-3/8 side, score at 2-7/8 and 7-1/16.  On the short side: 5 score 1/2 on the left side and the right side.
Score lines

Second: You have to cut down the 1/2 inch score line to the 7-1/16 score line. Leaving the bottom for the card holder.

Cut edges

Third: Then I rounded the edges of the short panel without the flaps.

Rounded edges

Fourth: Then you add strong tape to the two bottom flaps to create a pocket.

Tabs

Fifth: Then you pull the tape backing off and carefully line up the side and press closed.

Closed base

Sixth: Then you have to cut a smaller card base (4-7/8 by 3-5/8) that you gift card will be attached to.

Inside piece

Seventh:  Then you have to score this to 1/2 on one side and 3-1/2 on the other side.  Then you have to round the edge on the 3-1/2 score line to match the base.

Inside score

Now take a look at both pieces before we go any further.

Side by side

Eighth: Now its time to add the ribbon.  I cut a 20in piece of ribbon and then cut that in half and taped it down on the top flap on opposite ends.

Ribbon

Ninth: Then I added tape to the inside panel.

Tape downside

Tenth: Once you take off the backing of the tape, you have to insert the small panel inside the base. You fold the small flap and side the panel into the base.

Insert small piece

Eleventh: Once you insert the small panel, make sure you line the small insert up with the base at the top and press down on the tape area, so that it stays.

Pieces put together

Take a look at the closed holder.

Closed

Twelfth: Then I cut the front panel to 3-3/4 by 2-1/2 out of pattern paper.  I also cut a white piece of cardstock to the same size for the backing.  Then I used YNS Slider/Spinner Die to cut a opening in the patten paper.

Slider panel

Thirteen: Then I lined my pattern paper up with the white cardstock and placed my sentiment in place to stamp.  I used the Misti to help position it.

Misti

Fourteen: Once the sentiment was stamped I placed the patten paper on top to make sure the sentiment is lined up.

Sentiment

Fifteen: Then I builded the slider with dimes and foam tape.

dime slider

slider building

Sixteen: Once your slider is built you can decorate it later. To add it to your white backing you need to add a lot of foam tape so it doesn’t fall in.

Foam tape

Seventeen: Then you add the panel to the front of your gift card holder.

Put together

Eighteen: Then you add your gift card to the inside panel.  I added a small strip of adhesive to the top of the gift card so that it stays in place.

Completed

Then you added what you would like to the slider for decoration.  I added an embellishment.

To keep it closed I added a piece of velcro to the flap.  Nice finish!!

Take another look:

Gift Card Holder 3

When you push it closed the panel slides down into the holder.

Sorry for the long tutorial!  I wanted to make sure you were able to create one for yourself!

Super cute!!  What do you think? Would you like a gift card holder like this one?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

~Kymona

Top Dog Dies – Christmas Tags

Hello everyone!!!  It’s Top Dog Dies Wednesday!!!

Today I’m working with the Top Dog Dies Vintage A2 Mat Die.  Its the holiday season and this die makes perfect tags!  Its the right size and the design is elegant.

Take a look:

All Tags (TTD)

Simple Tags:

Tag 3 (TDD)

Step-up Tags:

Tag 4 (TDD)

Wow Tags:

TAG (TDD)

Tag 2(TDD)

I had so much fun creating this tags.  They were easy to create.

Here’s how I created these tags:

  1. I die cut the Vintage A2 Mat Die a couple times out of Recollection White Cardstock and Stampin’ Up! Lost Lagoon cardstock.
  2. Then I used retired Stampin’ Up” Endless Wishes and stamp the different snowflakes and sentiment using Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate ink.
  3. Then I attached the back to some of the tags and left the others by themselves.
  4. I added the Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon to all of the tags and some rhinestones to two of the tags to finish them off!

Super simple and easy to do if you need a last minute tag!!

So what do you think? Please let me know below!!!

Supplies used:

TDD Vintage A2 Mat DieLost Lagoon CSRecollections White HeavyweightLost Lagoon Ink

SU Soft Sky

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

YNS – November Feature Day

Hello everyone!!!  I’ here today with another YNS creation to inspire you and a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!!

On the 22nd of every month, YNS Design Team creates more samples featuring YNS products and shares them with all of you!!

The super duper awesome part of it all besides our awesome samples, you could win a stamp set of your choice!!  Now how super cool is that!!

Scroll to the bottom to find out how!!

This month we are focusing on “All About Christmas”!!  The DT created projects with a Christmas theme.

Now take a look at the card I created to inspire you:

Holiday Hello

YNS Supplies: Holiday Hello Stamp SetIce Ice Baby Sparkly Gumdrops

Other Supplies: Bo Bunny Altitude Pattern Paper, Copic Markers, Fun Foam, Recollections Cardstock

Here’s how I created this card:

  1. I stamped my image and colored it in with my copic markers: BG11, BG23, E21, E23, E25
  2. I trimmed the front card panel so that the small trim of pattern paper shows through the side.
  3. I attached the front panel using fun foam and added the gumdrops to finish off the card.

I told you it was easy as one-two-three!!

What do you think?  Let me know below.

Now on to that prize!!

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All you have to do is leave a comment on the YNS blog by November 24th for a chance to WIN a YNS stamp set of your choice!!  Super simple and easy!!  You will get to see my fellow DT’s projects as well.

So head on over, you don’t want to miss this one!!

WAIT!!! Stop the Press!!  I have more news for you!!

I have even more fabulous news!!  Your Next Stamp is also having an Almost Black Friday Sale!! It will run from November 22 to November 29!!  This is an awesome sale!!

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You don’t want to miss this!!

Supplies used:

IceIceBabyGD HolidayHello2015 Bo Bunny Altitude Pattern Paper Recollections White HeavyweightCopic MarkersFun Foam

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

CS Make It Take It: Take a Stamp Challenge

Hello everyone!  I’m here today with CS Take It Make It Design Team for our CS Take It Make It: Take a Stamp Challenge for the month of November.

This month’s theme is Take a Stamp!!  That means take any stamp and create something, anything goes!! Now if that isn’t easy, I’m not sure what is!!

Take a look at my card:

Tis the season (TIMI)

Here is how I created it:

  1. I used Mama Elephant’s Femme Frames to die cut the front to card panels.
  2. I stamped the mouse with the candy cane from Your Next Stamp Merry Mouse Set One on the white card panel with My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.
  3. I used Copic Markers to color in my image: R37, R39, R89, R17, YG17, YG67, G28, C3, W3, and Colorless blender pen.
  4. I added some Holly Berry Gumdrops to the front of my card.
  5. I taped down the red card panel and used foam tape on the back of the white card panel.
  6. I added Clear Wink of Stella to the candy cane and bow.

Here is the close up of that shimmer candy cane and bow:

Tis the Season close up (TIMI)

How pretty is that?  I love how this card turned out.  Super CAS!

I want some candy canes now, LOL!!!!

Now its your turn to play along!

Prizes:

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for November is: Magenta!

Magenta are very kindly offering a $5 flat rate shipping deal to all CS readers on all stencils and cling stamps! Simply use the code: PromoCSUK at checkout.

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Prize pack includes: 4 Stencils and 3 Mask

Prize pic

Poinsetta Rectangle MC15 (large picture)

Top row left to right:
Mini Poinsetta TM125
Christmas Ornaments TM135
Mistletoe Wreath MC14

Bottom Row Left to Right:
Poinsetta MC13
Mini Holly TM124
Stylized Holly small TM127

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

Merry Mouse One holly berry red gum drops small FEMME_FRAMES-CC_large Wink of Stella clear

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

a2z Scrapbooking November 2015 Challenge

Second Post for today
If your looking for the So Suzy Stamps November New Release, click here

Hello everyone!!!  I’m here with the a2z Scrapbooking November Challenge.

Our new challenge is all about Holidays!!!!!  The holidays are vastly approaching us.  Are you ready with your holiday cards?  Our challenge this month is all about One Layer Holiday Cards!!  

Take a look at my card:

HoHoHo

Oh man this card was so easy to make!  Here’s how:

  1. I prep my cardstock with my powder bag so that the embossing powder wouldn’t stick to places I didn’t want it to.
  2. Then I stamped the sentiment four times with Versamark ink.
  3. I sprinkled the card front with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.
  4. Then I heat set it.
  5. I rounded the corners with my We R Memory Corner Chomper.

That was it!! Super easy and crisp!!

What do you think?  Please let me know below.

Amazing isn’t it!! I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month. You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into our challenge. By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Winner will be announced on the 7th of November.  Good Luck!

The stamp sets that I used can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of those stamp sets I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Supplies used:

HoHoHo stamp 67f65-white2bembossing2bpowder Neenah Desert Storm CS VersamarkWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Thank you for stopping by!

Kymona

Your Next Stamp October 2015 Sneak Peek

Hello everyone!! I’m back again for this month’s Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!

We are getting ready for our October Release Blog Hop tomorrow with a sneak peek today.  Are you excited?  I am!!

Take a look at my card that I’m giving you a sneak peek of:

Have a Jolly Cold Christmas (YNS)

YNS Supplies: Santa’s Helpers Stamp Set and Die

Other Supplies: Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock, Derwent Inktense Pencils, Wendy Veechi Embossing Paste, Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil, Canson Watercolor Paper, 3M Foam Tape, Ranger Archival Ink and Ranger Distress Glitter

Oh man creating this card was so much fun!  I initial colored this image for Kathy from The Daily Markers 30 Coloring Challenge as a sneak peek before the sneak peek and shared it on Instagram.  The response was amazing, 218 likes!!

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So I knew I need to really get it on a card!!  I love how it turned out.  It looks better in person.

Here is how I created this card:

  1. I stamped the YNS Santa’s Helpers image on Canson watercolor paper using Archival Ink because its waterproof.
  2. Then I watercolored the image using the Derwert Inktense Pencils.
  3. After coloring the image in, I used YNS Santa’s Helpers Die set and die cut the image out.
  4. I taped down the Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil down to my table and applied the Wendy Veechi Embossing Paste onto the cardstock.
  5. I lifted the stencil and add the Ranger Distress Glitter on top of the paste.
  6. Then I stamped my sentiment onto the card base.
  7. The finally step was to pop up my die cut image to the front of the card base using foam tape.

Super fun, I tell you.  This is one of my favorite stamp set for this release!!

So are you excited about what you see?  You have to see what my fellow team members came up with the rest of the release!

You can find all of the new projects on the Your Next Stamp Blog!!

I hope I see all of you tomorrow for the October 2015 Release Hop!!

Supplies used:

Neenah Desert Storm CS Derwent Inktense Pencils Embossing PasteSSS Falling SnowCanson Watercolor Paper 3M Double Coated Foam Tape Distress Glitter Archival Jet Black

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona

CS Make It Take It: Take a Stamp Inspiration Photo

Hello everyone!  I’m here today with CS Take It Make It Design Team for our CS Take It Make It: Take a Stamp Challenge for the month of September.

This month’s theme is Take a Stamp!!  That means take any stamp and create something, anything goes!! Now if that isn’t easy, I’m not sure what is!!

Take a look at my card:

Merry Christmas (TIMI)

Man oh man, I love how this Christmas card turned out.  I didn’t want to use traditional colors, the black and white is so pretty!

  1. I knew I wanted to use Versamak Ink so I prepped my Hero Arts Black Note Cards before stamping.
    Prepping cardstock
  2. I used the new Hero Arts Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Prints Stamp Set and stamped it on my black cardstock using Versamark ink.
    Stamping with Versamark
    Stamped with Versamark
  3. I added Hero Arts Ultra Fine White Embossing Powder and heat set it.
    Heat set
  4. I cut my panel down to 3/4 and adhered it to the bottom of my card panel using Tombow Multipurpose Glue
  5. I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Joy to the World Stamp Set on the top portion of my card using Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.
  6. I added white ribbon to the card base and tied a bow.

Super easy but very elegant.  I love how crispy this card turned out.

I love how this turned out!!  Now its your turn to play along with us!!!

All of the Hero Arts supplies that I used can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of these supplies I used, please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Prizes:

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for July is: STAMPlorations!

STAMPlorations have been incredibly generous and have supplied a coupon code for Craft Stamper challenge players to take advantage of free shipping from the store! The code is: CSTAKEITMAKEIT and is good for free shipping on orders over $20 (£12.90). The coupon will work all through September, and can be combined with any other STAMPlorations coupon.

Here are the prizes this month:New plate

2 Stencils: Bold Florals and Leaf Print
2 Stamp Sets: Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

I’m entering my card in the NBUS Challenge #5:

NBUS

Supplies used:

Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold PrintsHA Joy To The World. jpgHero Arts Black NoteCards Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment InkVersamarkHero Arts Clear Embossing PowderTombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona

a2z Scrapbooking September 2015 Challenge

Hello everyone!!  I’m here with a2z Scrapbooking today with our September Challenge!!!

Our new challenge is sure to please you this month!!  Our challenge this month is Shake it Up!! 

I love shaker cards!!  For those of you who follow me know that I love shaker cards because I make them all the time. You can find a full tutorial on how to create a shaker card using a fuse tool here

Check out the card I created for this challenge:

Joy to the World (a2z)

Here is how I created this card:

  1. I cut the Bo Bunny Altitude Pattern Paper to 4.25 x 5.50, which is the size of my card base.
  2. Then I used a circle die to cut a circle in the center of my patten paper.
  3. After that I used the same die and my fuse tool and created a circle pocket for my sequin.
  4. I filled the pocket up with Lucy Abrams Iridescent White Sparkly Sequin.
  5. I attached the shaker pocket to the back of the pattern paper using Plus Glue Tape.
  6. I used my Misti to line the sentiment up with the open circle on the pattern paper so that my sentiment placement is correct.
  7. I used Hero Arts Joy To The World Stamp Set to stamp my sentiment with Hero Arts Memories Black Dye Ink.
  8. Once the ink dried completely, I added foam tape tot he back of the pattern paper and attached that to the card base.

Joy to the world 1 (a2z)

Done! Finish! Complete!  Now its time to Shake, Shake, Shake!!

Amazing isn’t it!! I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month. You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into our challenge. By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Winner will be announced on the 7th of May.  Good Luck!

The stamp sets that I used can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of those stamp sets I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Supplies used:

Bo Bunny Altitude Pattern Paper Iridescent White Sequin Plus Glue TapeHero Arts Memory inkMisti HA Joy To The World. jpg3M Double Coated Foam Tape We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona