Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Monster Love Cards

Monster Love is a new Valentine set from Concord & 9th.  It has tons of little pieces and all have matching dies - which we love, right?!  This one features two monsters and a whole bunch of parts and sentiments that go with them.
You can watch the Monster Love video, here.


I stamped him in black and colored him with a few Copic markers.  I glittered him with Sparkle Cuts chunky glitter to give him lots of monster texture. I used one of the sentiments to create the right side panel of the card and than ran the whole thing through the embossing folder.


I used the Licorice Twist Twine to add the bow on the balloon.  I love how this stamp set has the 'lines' used to ground him.  I didn't have to draw them in!







For this card, I used the second monster in the set and added Bee Bold Alphabet Dies (currently sold out, but put your name on the 'notify me' for when they come back in stock) and Grass Border from Honey Bee Stamps plus my new FAVORITE (watch out - you will be seeing it a LOT!) scallop border frame called Madison Ave from Mama Elephant (I ordered them from Simon Says Stamp).  

If you look closely at the LOVE letters, I covered them in Journey Glaze which is the same as Glossy Accents.
I colored him with Copic Markers and did a little ink blending in the background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Here's A Paper Hug For You!

I can't even begin to count how many times I've said to myself, I'll send this person a paper hug.  I think that might be something all paper crafters have said from time to time - but NOW, we have a stamp for that!
Today is my second posting using the Hugs & Hellos bundle from The Stamp Market.  This is seriously so sweet! 


I am also using the new Jumbo Tag Die.  I love that is is nearly card size and I didn't have to cut and measure it!  This one has all kids of really cute words that come with it.  You can use the words themselves or the recessed area - well thought out!



I love how it has the option to double layer the words!   


The Hello I used in my last posting does too.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hugs & Hello Card

 I wish I could photograph this blush pink so it would show just how pretty it is, but I can't get the color to show true - so you have to take my word for it. *Ü*  It's soooo soft and pretty!


 I embossed white hearts all over the background and you can't even see them in the photo...but hey - it's still cute!!
I used the Bear Hugs stamp set and dies and the Hugs & Hellos dies from The Stamp Market.  I posted the Little Letterboards after Christmas and unfortunately they were sold out after the first hour...but these are IN STOCK!!! 
(Letterboards will be back in about a week - I'll let you know!)

I colored the little panda with Copic markers, just a little gray and a bit of pink on the heart.


The beautiful blush glitter paper is from Concord & 9th. 

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Coffee and Cookies Card

I could start every day with coffee and cookies, how about you?  Especially sugar cookies with frosting.


I used the Die D-Lites Cup and Beans dies from Spellbinders and the Love & Cookies Stamp Bundle from The Stamp Market.



The background is Flannel Life background from FSJ stamped in Bubble Gum ink.


I slightly curved the cup and put the foam square in the center so it will keep the shape.

Die D-Lites Cup and Beans Etched Dies Cuppa Coffee, Cuppa Tea Collection by Sharyn Sowell



I love this funny stamp set for the envelopes, Crafty Mail from Picket Fence!
The coffee dies on the cup are Perfect Blend from Honey Bee Stamps.
Fall In LOVE BOGO

Lots of buy one get one Valentine items available on this sale!


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

My Filming Nook

 When I posted my year in review I had people click over to see my stamp space remodel and lots of inquiries about my filming area.  I thought today I would show that to you and explain what I use.


I am set up at the very end of our bonus room and it's pretty dark.  There is no natural light or window there. I had no idea what would work for me, so I bought a complete kit.  I don't use it all, but I am still glad I have it all and this is why...
-I would have had to buy the backdrop and clamps separately.
-I would have had to experiment with the lighting system and not knowing anything about them, I bought the kit with both to try them out.
-Best of all is that it comes in a compact carrying cases and the whole thing could basically fit under your bed if you needed to store it.

I found that the Softbox lights were really the ones that worked best for me.  However, when multiple people are on camera, I use them all.

Neewer 2.6M x 3M/8.5ft x 10ft Background Support System and 800W 5500K Umbrellas Softbox Continuous Lighting Kit for Photo Studio Product,Portrait and Video Shoot Photography



I set up the backdrop, which is huge, and you can expand it to 10 ft.  I have mine set at about 4 ft because I don't need that much backdrop.  I use the white backdrop cloth (it comes with green, black and white) and then threw a piece of fabric over it.  I used the clamps to hold it at the top.  You can see them in the photo, but you cannot see them in filming.  Here's a hint...it's much easier to hang your fabric if you don't buy one that has a pattern to be lined up. 
Then I decorated it with paper flowers...what else! LOL  I have since removed the create sign because I don't have to worry about flipping the camera so the text is correct. *Ü*

Lift Your Table folding table risers Extenders - converts Folding Tables to Bar/Demo Height Work Surface, Non-Slip Foot, Black


When I first set this up, I used my 6' folding table and leg risers that I use at all trade and craft shows.  It elevates your table to standing height, which I prefer.  For those events, it works just fine, but for filming, I could see the table wiggling slightly on camera and it really didn't look very well.  You don't notice that when you are using it in person, but it sure showed on camera.  Maybe my table is well loved and not too sturdy, so I've added the links to the risers if you want to try that first.

Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Kimonte Dining Room Table - Counter Height - Rectangular - Dark Brown

I decided to buy a tall table, which is actually a breakfast nook without the chairs. This thing is SOLID and weighs a ton and is not going anywhere!  I love this table!!!!

Kimonte Dining Room Table - Counter Height - Rectangular




If you are standing as close to your phone as I am, you don't really need a microphone, but why take the chance of having to re-film something when they are this inexpensive!
Mats are a dime a dozen, but I wanted a pink one.  This is the one I purchased.


This is the stand I use for my phone.  I shoot all things with my iPhone X.  I love this stand and highly recommend it whether you are shooting video or pictures.
I also purchased the iPad mount so I could mount my iPad on the stand to see where I am during Facebook Lives and to see comments coming in.  This is super handy but definitely not necessary.


My view on most days when I'm filming.  Daphne is so much help...but at least she is quiet when she is sleeping, so no complaints here!


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