Monthly Kit by Hero Arts – August 2017

Hello,

During the summer I spent way too much time watching card videos on youtube. I saw many talking about and using “monthly card kits”. I thought it was very exciting so I had a google around on different american sites to find monthly card kits and I found many interesting kits from different companies but I really liked the kits from Hero Arts.
As I live in UK there was much to think about. I thought long and hard, debated back and fourth in my head, made a pros and cons list and after a total of 10 seconds I decided to go for it!

So I signed myself up to the My Monthly Hero Kit on Hero Arts in July and I got my first kit in August. What I like about this kit is when the kit is announced, I think it’s usually the first Monday of each month, if you sign up you automatically receive an email when the kit comes out, you then have until the Friday to decide if you want to add anything else from Hero Arts shop to this kit and they will ship it all together and you won’t have to pay for additional shipping. It usually takes about a week from when they tell you it has been dispatched to it arrives in UK and then 2-3 days for Royal Mail to send me a note to pick it up from the depot. I have once tried receiving the pick up note after a week! You automatically receive an email saying your parcel has been delivered, but this only means that the Royal Mail has received your parcel, it has not arrived at your actual address yet!
So how much does it actually cost when you live in the UK to get the Hero Arts kit? well I pay around £33-35 each month depending on the currency exchange rate. I pay an additional card fee of around £0.90 and then I also pay additional VAT of 20% including a Royal mail handling fee of £8 (standard handling fee). VAT and Royal Mail fee usually adds up to £15 I have to pay when getting my parcel from the depot. I have once tried Royal Mail adding too much VAT (Cheeky buggers!) and all I did was posting a form via instructions on the VAT bill. I was then reimbursed for the amount I had due. I have not tried not getting hit by VAT yet. To sum it up I pay a total of £49 – 51 each month which I guess is a lot but I enjoy getting the kit.
My fiancee gets his monthly gin kit, I get my monthly stamp kit and it makes everybody  happy in this household!

I also want to say it’s a good idea to subscribe to the kits if you already like most of them, have a look at the previous kits and see what you think, instead of buying them individually after they are released because they often sell out extremely fast! If you subscribe then you are guaranteed a kit!

My first Monthly Hero Kit was the august 2017 kit you can see all the elements of the kit here. I was too eager ripping the parcel open when it arrived, rushing up to my craft attic to hug, cuddle the stamp set and do a victory dance, than to take a photo of it. I rarely remember/get time to take a photo of it unwrapped because I am so excited after I have opened it I can just stare at the stamp set for days until I get time to actually play with it. I take it with me everywhere, like a kid with a favourite toy.

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

For these two cards I decided to try and make some watercoloured backgrounds. I have never done watercolouring before but I think it went very well for what I needed it for. I made one background more dramatic than the other one, but I wanted both to have some light areas where I wanted focus to be at.

For the first card I used one of my mum’s old wood block stamps for the writing in the background. It’s also a Hero Arts stamp. I heat embossed some golden stars and added some stamped and die cut pieces. The string I added by hand with a pen I thought it would be fun to add a heart so I did, used a promarker to give it some colour and added Glossy Accent on top. This card I gave to my fiancee and it is still on the mantelpiece on top of the fireplace in the lounge!

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

The second card I wanted a bit different and decided to gold heat emboss some stardust. I wanted it to look like the girl is spreading it as she flies. I might have went a bit overboard with the sequins.. 🙂 The girl I stamped with Versamark and ink so it was possible for me to add clear embossing powder and heat set it. All I did was ink up in Versamark first and then ink with the colour I wanted and then stamp it, not double stamping. I did the same with the sentiment. You can use Misti for this and stamp the colour first and then stamp the Versamark on top, then add embossing powder and heat it. For the layered cardstock I actually used a pebeo gold marker to paint the edge of a piece of white cardstock gold to match the stars.

I’m very happy with my cards and I look very much forward to more kits from Hero Arts!

Supplies list:
My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017 – SOLD OUT
Old Lettering stamp from Hero Arts
Black cardstock
White cardstock
Watercolour paper
Blue cardstock
yellow scrap cardstock
Kohinoor watercolour
Deep Ocean and Indigo mini Ink from Hero Arts
Memento ink pad
Versamark pad
Gold embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Pebeo artist marker, gold
Ruby Promarker
Black pen
Glossy Accent
Liquid Pearls

 

Seasonal Lantern bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Hello,

It’s been a while since my last post! I have been busy with organising wedding and making wedding stationary. I’ll be making a post about it after the invites have been sent out. Lots have happened in the meantime. I did have my eyes out for Srampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalogue and when I saw it I knew I had to get the Seasonal Lantern bundle as I could see myself using this bundle for a lot of cards! I think this bundle is not just useful for Autumn and Christmas but also spring and summer. I can see myself making pastel coloured lanterns for a summer bbq card.
Stampin up seasonal lantern bundle 2017 holiday catalogue
The two cards I have to show today made with this bundle and are inspired by current and upcoming Christmas season (I love Christmas! You have been warned for future posts now!).
For the first card I used some make-up sponges for blending inks together on a white heat embossed background. It was very easy the inks blend very well on Whisper White cardstock. I buffed the cardstock with a dusting cloth to remove ink from the white heat embossed images then I sprayed a bit of water on it and dapped it off with tissue paper. I added a wide vellum banner. On top I made a wreath by die cutting some branches. I glued the vellum underneath where the sentiment and wreath is so the glue wouldn’t show through. It’s a fun and quick card to make.

seasonal lantern bundle from Stampin up
The second card is much more simple but just as pretty and easy to make. It’s the size of a notecard. I usually just buy a bunch from Stampin’ up! they come with a matching little envelope. I used the Quilted Christmas designer series paper for the background. On top I used a Foil Snowflake, a circle stitched die cut and inside that I stamped and die cut the branch from the bundle. I used a Blender Pen to pick up a tiny bit of colour from the stamped edge to add a bit of colout to the leaves. I gold heat embossed and die cut a bow and added the sentiment on a thin banner strip. It’s a card which can easily be mass produced.

Seasonal lantern bundle Stampin up holiday catalogue 2017

Supplies list (for both cards):
Seasonal Lantern bundle
Garden Green cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Tranquil Tide cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
White embossing powder
Embossing Buddy
Versamark pad
Make-up sponges
Early Espresso ink pad
Garden Green ink pad
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Tranquil Tide ink pad
Blender pens
Vellum
Whisper White Bakers Twine
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Note Card
Quilted Christmas designer series paper
Gold Foil Snowflake
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Gold embossing powder

Cute Koala Birthday Greeting Card

Hello there,

August is a busy birthday card making month for me. I made this Koala card for one of my best friends. I thought the koala with the baby on the back suited very well as she recently had a baby boy, and the koala on the ground eating can be her other half! I can already say now if I was more talented (or more of a dare devil!) I would have put some rosy cheeks and eye lashes on the koala mum but as I didn’t do the best job with blending the background I thought I better stop before I mess the whole thing! 🙂

Koala greeting card by Bobcrafts

Anyway, I found the cuddly koala stamp set online and had to get them for card making and scrapbooking. I’m using promarkers to colour with as they are good quality alcohol markers and they are very affordable compared to other brands on the marked. For a beginner like me they are great for testing the waters with.
I find promarkers blend very well and all you need is good quality paper so you avoid the colours “bleeding” on the paper. I find paper from Stampin’ Up! is high quality paper which is also thick and suitable for cards. I always do test-colouring by stamping the images I want on to cheaper colouring paper for alcohol markers first, to find out which colours I like to use. It helps me practising but this paper is also cheaper, also much thinner and not suitable for cardmaking.

After colouring the koalas I use scissors to cut them out with. I stamp the tree where I want it on my background, then used the mini cloud stencil to make clouds with. It’s very easy and went well! I didn’t bother masking tree off. I did mask off the sky and added green on the ground, then masked off the ground and finished the blue sky all the way down, and this is where I need to practise more!
I simply coloured in the tree after adding the background. I thought it would work as I was colouring the tree with darker colours and the alcohol won’t blend with distress inks.

I added the koalas with dimensional stickers and added some white accent to nose and ears with a gel pen. I carefully cut a small pocket to put the small branch in the sitting down koalas arms. I added glossy accent to the leaves to make them more interesting.

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on to black cardstock. I just love the sentiment, it’s very cute! I made it into a little banner and tied on a bow. On the inside of the card I stamped happy birthday.

I loved making this card and I have more koalas ready for more cards and will be continuing practising blending distress inks and making clouds like there is no tomorrow!

Thanks, and have a lovely day 🙂

Supplies:
Stamps: Cuddly Koalas (My Favorite Things) (took 4-5 days to arrive)
Inks: Memento & Versamark (TSUKINEKO), Broken China & Bundled Sage (Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Ranger)
Cardstock: Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!)
ProMarkers: Walnut, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Pale Pink & Cool Grey 1-4 (Letraset / Winsor & Newton) (from Cowling and Wilcox art shop)
Tools: scissors, embossing buddy, ink blending tools, craft knife
Other items: White gel pen, glossy accent (Ranger), dimensional stickers (Stampin’ Up!), white embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!), mini cloud stencil (My Favorite Things), white baker’s twine (Stampin’ Up!)

Card is from the 1st August 2017.

 

 

Flower shop card

Flower Shop card by Bobcrafts by Stampin UpHello!

I’m in love with the Flower Shop stamp set from Stampin Up, which has been around for some time and proves over and over to be very versatile!

Today I made a card for a colleague who is leaving soon. I like to give the card a few days in advance and not exactly on the last day. I think it’s just nice catching them alone, having a chat, give the card and they can enjoy it until they leave.

This card is very fun to make and there is no pressure of getting everything right. My original idea was layering the coloured flowers straight on top of the black and white ones, but I thought it looked kind of cool letting it peak through.

Flower Shop Card by BobcraftsI coloured the flowers with watercolour pencils and a blender pen. My colouring is far from perfect, but it’s all about having fun! I used the Pansy Punch to punch the flowers out very quick. You can also cut them out with scissors.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on black paper to make it stand out and with all those flowers I thought it needed some green and I decided to go with a green cardbase. I used a white gel pen just to add some white to the center of the flowers, it’s not necessary to do. I also covered the flowers in glitter with a wink of stella, unfortunately this doesn’t show on any of the photos 😦

I put the coloured flowers on with dimensionals and I used scissors to cut the overhanging flower bits off with. Later I decided to add some glossy accent to the center of the flowers and it worked very well.

I’m very happy with the turn out of this card and I will be making more of it for other occasions. ❤ In Fact here a couple of similar cards I made. All ready to get a sentiment attached.

Flower Shop Card by Bobcrafts

Enjoy and have a nice day!

Supply list (all from Stampin’ Up! unless other specified)
Stamp sets: Flower Shop and Better Together
Inks: Memento and Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive
Tools: Heating tool, Scissors, Embossing buddy, Pansy Punch
Other stuff: Watercolour pencils, Blender penGold and White embossing powder, Gel pen, Dimensionals, Glossy accent (Ranger)

Card is from the 23rd July 2017.

Adorable Viking Birthday Card

Hello,

Colouring Viking from Avery Elle

I was cruising around on Amazon the other day as you do every once and a while, just looking at random things. After some time I found this cute little Viking stamp from Avery Elle, now being from Scandinavia I just had to get this stamp! I ordered the stamp immediately and got it with next day delivery!

With a stamp like this, which needs colouring I always stamp on proper colouring paper first before making a card, so I can practice and try out different colours and see what combinations I like the best.

I preferred the ginger Viking, I also like the golden helmet, but it wouldn’t really work with the ginger beard. The grey bearded Viking is kinda cool too. I think the brown Viking is a bit too lumber jack like. And I think I need to work a bit more on the blonde Viking’s beard, maybe add another shade to it.

The background I made by blending distress inks and sprayed some water on it and dapped it off, which gave me an awesome pixelled look. I used a textured stamp around the edge and sprayed a few mists of bronze glimmer mist over it, just to give it a nice finish. The sentiment is embossed using white embossing powder.

Viking Birthday Card using Avery Elle by Bobcrafts

To make the card more fun I decided to add some balloons and I also put a layer of glossy accent on my little Viking to make him pop out.

I think the card is brilliant and what is more awesome than getting a Viking for your birthday?!!

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Viking (Avery Elle), Balloon celebrations, Timeless textures & Better Together (Stampin Up!)
Inks: Broken China, Faded Jeans (distress ink), Daffodil delight & Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up!), Memento and Versamark
Dies: Stitched framelits (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper white (Stampin’ Up!)
Promarkers: Gold, Bright Orange, grey 3+4+5, Satin, Arctic blue, China Blue, Amaranth Red, Ruby, Coral, Henna, Almond, Pale Pink, Soft Peach, Putty
Tools: Heating tool, Embossing buddy, scissors
Other items: Balloon punch, dimensionals & white embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!), Bronze Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

Card is from the 11th July 2017.

April Colour Challenge

Colour challenge

Every month my team leader gives us a challenge which we can participate in. We then make a card or a project and post it to inspire each other. April’s challenge was a colour challenge with the above colours. other requirements were using current stampin up products. We were allowed to add Whisper White, Black, gold, silver and copper. I don’t have Tangerine Tango, so I used a shade from the Calypso Coral ombre ink pad instead.

I came up with this cardIMG_5685

I think this is a fun and vibrant card. I usually like working with subtle colours, so I felt like I had to think outside of the “box”.

I used following stuff to make this card:

I don’t think I could have made this card without the stampamajig! This is how I made the card:
1) I stamped the turquoise flowers first on the piece of Whisper White for the front of the card, by using the stampamajig I was able to line the petals up perfectly. I then stamped the orange flowers by using the middle colour from the Calypso Coral ombre ink pad using the stampamajig again. last I stamped three flowers with Daffodil Delight.
2) Glue the front on to the Tempting Turquoise cardstock, and then glue it on to the front of the card.
3) Cut out two leaves with die from Stylish Stems on scrap Whisper White.
4) I dip the leaves on the versamark ink pad and then dip in copper embossing powder, tap of excess powder straight in the little jar.
5) Use the emboss buddy to run over the piece of scrap Whisper White for sentiment. Stamp the sentiment from Beautiful You stamp set with versamark. Put a piece of notepad paper underneath and pour some copper powder over the stamped sentiment. Gently tap of excess powder on to piece of notepad paper and use the notepad paper to pour powder back into the little jar.
6) Use heating tool to melt embossing powder. Be careful can be a bit warm for the fingers and don’t hold the heating tool to close you, some of the powder risks getting blown off. I heated the cardstock with sentiment from bottom then I avoided blowing off powder.
7) After cooling down I cut out sentiment with an oval stitched die.
8) I glued leaved on to sentiment
9) Use dimensionals to stick sentiment on to the front of card.
10) Voila! Done

I would say this is for advanced beginners. It can be fiddly, but when you get the hang of the embossing and stampamajig it’s much easier! If you don’t have a stampamajig, and like me you can’t stamp anything in a straight line, then you can just stamp the flowers on scrap paper, cut them out and glue them on the front!

Card is from 19th April 2017.