Monday, November 26, 2018

Crafty holiday sales!

Here's a collection of crafty deals - I'll add more throughout the week as I find them, so be sure to check back! Updated 11/20.

Dina Kowal Creative
 Book a custom portrait now for 2019 - plan ahead for a special gift - or refer a friend for a bonus for you both! And yes, I do people too! Offer ends Nov. 30.

The referral bonus is ongoing - refer a friend and you'll both receive a $10 code for my Etsy store. (Check back later in the week for a sale in my Etsy store too!)

A Jillian Vance Design
30% off orders of $50 or more - no code needed! Orders over $100 (after discounts) will receive a free die while supplies last. Orders over $125 (after discounts) ship free!

Butterfly Reflections - TODAY ONLY (11/20)!
Today only, take $7 off a purchase of $25 or more with code SNOWY7.

CAS-ual Fridays
Nov 20-26 while supplies last - all holiday sets 15% off, retiring sets 40% off, no codes needed. Free stamp set with orders over $50!

Consumer Crafts
Get an extra 20% off all your fave art supplies + free shipping over $49 with code ART1118

Elizabeth Craft Designs
Nov. 19 – Nov. 26th take 30% off your entire order (except their new line of Planner Essentials) with the discount code FRIDAY18

Ellen Hutson
Enjoy savings of 20% on all in-stock items Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th at 11:59 PST using code celebration18 - free gift with every order!
When you spend $75* or over you'll receive the exclusive Conductor of Light stamp set 
$150* or over you'll receive both the Conductor of Light stamp set and coordinating die 

My Favorite Things
Nov. 20-26 save 35% on your order with code THANKS - new release excluded. (The discount also applies to the sidewalk sale - so a $10 item marked down 40% and then 35% would be $3.90! Good deals to be had in there.)

40% discount on selected sale products while supplies last - no code needed.

My Sweet Petunia
Nov 20-27 save 25% off your entire order - no code needed.

Picket Fence Stamps
Through Nov. 26, save 20% on your entire order with code BLACK20 - receive a free blender brush for each $30 you spend, while supplies last!

Pink & Main
Nov. 20-27, save 30% off your entire order with code BLACK2018 - be sure to check out their brand new release and some great deals on stamp/die bundles! Free gift with every order!

Queen & Co.
Discounts on selected items; This adorable pompom dispenser free with a $75 order while supplies last!

Reverse Confetti
25% off your order with code BLACK25 - ends Sunday 11/25.

Deep clearance on selected items!

Pre-holiday clearance - priced as marked - use coupon SBSAVE10 for an additional 10% discount! More to come later in the week!

Lots of bundled deals, up to 50% off!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Save 25% on your $25 minimum purchase (retail customer only) 11/20 through 11/26 with code BDAY11BF

Trinity Stamps
Check the Black Friday Sale section for markdowns, plus receive a free gift at the $60 and $90 mark!

Whimsy Stamps
Retired dies and sets at a discount - when they're gone they're gone!
Bonus Bundles 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Impression Obsession Sale!

I'll add this to my Crafty Holiday Sales post too (remember to keep checking for updates!) but I wanted to be sure you knew about the sale at Impression Obsession this weekend!

You'll save 25% off your entire order of $20 or more - be sure to enter code THANKS when you check out!

If you've been waiting for the Layered Pinecone clear set, it is back in stock again! So thrilled that you all are loving this set so much. I did this card above a couple of weeks ago, and it's done using just 2 of the layers (the first in Tan ink and the 3rd image in Caramel). I've shared several different looks with the set, and I love that this simpler approach works without all the layers added!

To make my second card, I stamped four pinecones at once, one in each corner of a 6" square of cardstock. That gave me plenty of room for all my stamping, the layers were already aligned in the MISTI, and the pinecones were easy to cut out with the matching Pinecone die. If I remember right, these pinecones were stamped with IO Hybrid inks: Tan, Caramel, and Brown, and then the darkest layer with a purple dye ink from ColorBox. That stencil in the background is this gorgeous Pine Cone Doily from A Colorful Life Designs!

You can see how I did the stamping for these cards in my Wreath Stamping tutorial on Splitcoast!

Just going to tuck this graphic in too, since I had a request for it yesterday - here is how the layers line up as you move from the top to the bottom of the set. That last layer lines up toward the bottom of the pinecone - it always takes me a little longer to place.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Autumn Colors

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project using the colors of fall. I used my Layered Leaf clear set and I'm in love with this card!

I thought a wreath card would be fun to try with the leaves, so my panel is an octagon die cut. I started by stamping the first two layers of the leaf image on each side using Goldenrod hybrid ink, then after that, I skipped sides, and stamped those four leaves with Orange, Caramel and Chocolate

After those 4 leaves were done, I masked them and stamped the remaining layers with Peony and Plum inks.

While the masks were still on, I brushed on a little more Plum ink where the images overlapped - it really made them pop when the masks were removed!

Someone's going to ask about the brush I used - I purchased this set from Amazon and I'm happy so far!

Here's a closer look at the leaves and layering - I brushed a little more Goldenrod ink around the corners and center as well. One more thing - the base layer is a piece of cardstock I've had on my desk for a while that I've used to catch excess ink or roll off my brayer - I was going to use a solid cardstock for the base, but I loved how the orange of the leaves looked against that green and turquoise paint!

Stamps I used: Layered Leaf clear set

Speaking of fall colors, we had a beautiful fall here in Missouri - here's a collage from a stomp I took around our property a couple of weeks ago!

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration, and remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Wreath Stamping

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast, and this week I've compiled a few different strategies for Wreath Stamping! Here are few cards made using the Wreath Builder System from Gina K. Designs - I love this floral set, but she's added more to the collection for fall and holiday cards, as well as the beautiful Mandala Maker set! Any stamp set with smaller stamps will do - and think outside the box! Other shapes can be used for these cards as well. (Remember the strawberry wreath?)

 The card above was made using the Wreath Builder template - for the card below I just used the corner of my MISTI to align the panel, stamped 4 images in a ring, and then repositioned the stamps in between those impressions for the next round. A little more work, but with this method you can center a wreath on any size square!

The templates are designed to center wreaths on 3-3/4" or 4" squares, but they can be used for offset wreaths on larger or smaller panels... here's a card I made with a 5-1/2" square. Having a larger panel gives you more cropping options for an A2 front.

Click over to the tutorial where you'll find more samples, as well as some other fun techniques for creating wreaths with your stamp positioner!
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Holiday Blitz tutorial: Twist Gate Fold

One of our Holiday Blitz tutorials this week is the Twist Gate Fold card - I think I actually made this card base 2 years ago when we first published the tutorial! The panels are covered with strips of scrap paper.

I love this Layered Bow clear set - doesn't it look 3D?! I chose ink colors that would match the papers, ones that I wouldn't normally put together. 

Come and join us!

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