Just Gnomin’ Around a Winter Wonderland

I just love the idea of this cute little guy from the SugarPea Designs Gnome for the Holidays stamp walking through a winter wonderland while singing Christmas carols in search of the best Christmas Tree.

Lots of little elements for this clean and simple holiday card:

Stamping and Masking: With Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, I stamped the Gnome+mask and then the lantern—I also used a Copic-safe black pen to finish the lantern holder, then the sleigh, then the tree. I masked all the images and then used a stitched hill die to create a snow hill mask and applied the mask on top of all the masked images.

Tip: I always get masking steps confused on which image I should stamp first then last. I use a piece of scrap paper to stamp all of my images layered on top of each (without any masking) and then determine what the masking order should be. This has saved me lots of fresh cut card panels!

Ink blending: I used x and x Distress Oxide Inks to create the sky. There’s also a subtle ink blended stitch design from the stitched hill mask that I created that ended up really loving.

Coloring: I used Copics in the following colors. I also added some polka dots to the distress ink sky for a little extra dimension.

Add Some Pop: I added some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the snowy hill. Then I used some leftover white card stock stars from a previous project from the Ellen Hutson Circle of Stars die.

Tip: I keep a little container of tiny star, circle and heart die cuts in multiple colors to use as embellishments on my cards.

Finishing the Card: I added the sentiment in VersaFine Clair Ink from Heffy Doodle’s XXXX Stamp Set.

Season’s Greetings

Hello Friends! Today I’m stopping in with a few extra details for my Instagram Post Today using the Miss Ink Stamps Snowy Village and Season’s Greetings Sentiment set. I just love how this 5.5 x 1.75 inch stamp can have such a big impact as a scenic backdrop or a focal point on a smaller size card base.

For my card base and envelope I used the Narrow Card and Envelope Metal Die Set from from Trinity Stamps. This is the perfect size for the Snowy Village Stamp set!! For the scalloped frame, I used silver foil paper from Michael’s Craft Store. I found it amongst the holiday paper craft goodies.

To create the card, I stamped the image with VersaFine Clair Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I used Zigs to watercolor the images. Here are the colors I used:

After water coloring the image, I stamped and created a mask for the village. Then I used my Blending Buddies to add the night sky with a little glow using Distress Oxide Inks. After ink blending, I removed the mask and added some pretty sparkles using Stickles and Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Thank you friends for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to use your smaller stamps in big ways!

Big Paper Hugs!🤗

Emily @popsofpaper

Trinity Stamps Winter Release Inspiration Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Winter Release Inspiration Blog Hop! I hope you’re enjoying all of the inspiration from the amazing designers on the hop. This release has to be one of my all time favorites. I love the winter holiday season of card making and there’s a little bit of holiday and winter wonderland in the new release. And…this was a big release and so hard to pick just a few products to work with…so I may have gone a little crazy and created cards with almost every stamp, both stencils and the incredible Slimline Die Sets.

Make sure you check out the entire blog hop line up at the bottom of this post for a chance to win our Blog Hop Giveaway. Prize: $25 GC to be selected from participating blogs (comment on all).  Must comment by 11/7 at 11:59 PM PT. Winner will be announced on the Trinity Blog the following Friday on November 8th.

For all my Winter Release Projects, I used tried to stay within one color schedule and I just love Aqua and Red for the holidays. For most of my projects, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on Bristol Smooth card stock to color all of the images.

Season Tweetings-This stamp set is so sweet and the sentiments are so punny they crack me up!

Winter Friends and the Shine Brighter Layering Stencil (sentiment from Season Tweetings)

Slimline Scallops and Slimline Stitched Die with the cuter than cute Winter Friends and Have and Ice Day Stamp Sets. I also added a few Snowflake Lace Sprinkles for a little extra winter pop.

Stitched and Squares Slimline Die Set and Do RE Me ow

More Stitched Slimline Dies because they are simply AWESOME! with the Layered Pine Stencil and Noel Standalone Die. Thestencil is amazing to use with Distress Oxide Inks and Glitter Gel and the Noel die cut is an amazing size as a focal point.

Gingerbird House. I posted all about this cute stamp earlier this week, you can find all the details here.

I hope you enjoyed my Aqua and Red Holiday inspiration using the Trinity Stamps Winter Release Stamps, Dies and Stencils. Make sure you stop by the shop to check out all the product.

For more inspiration, join the hop and remember to leave a comment on all the posts for a chance to win a $25 Trinity Stamps gift certificate.

Here’s the entire Blog Hop Line-Up. Have fun enjoying all of the projects and inspiration!

Trinity Stamps

Brenda Noelke

Christine Burillo-Kirch

Davina Cantrell

Courtney Kreeber

Lisa Bzibziak

Emelie Hessler

Shanna Slater

Andrea Shell

Jeannie Lieu

Jenn Bena

Katie Brooks

Amanda Wilcox

Mary Polanco

Emily Mydlowski

One Stamp and One Stencil, Three Ways with Trinity Stamps!

Hi Everyone and Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed celebrating National Coffee Day…my love for coffee is Strong…so let’s keep celebrating with three cards using one stamp: A Latte Love Stamp Set and one stencil: Layered Coffee Bean Stencil with the amazing Trinity Blending Buddy Brushes. Make sure you stop by Trinity Stamps Store & Blog for more card making details and more inspiration photos.

Miss Ink Stamps: Bubbles Shaker Card

Hi Friends and Happy Mid-Week! I started to write my IG post for Miss Ink Stamps this week and realized I had a lot more to say about this card so I thought I would share more details here on my blog.

The Bubbles stamp set from Miss Ink Stamps is super cute with several different critters dancing and playing with bubbles.

Mirror Image Stamping

When I first saw the raccoon, I thought it would be fun to see two raccoons blowing bubbles together. This required me to do some mirror image stamping that I’ve found to be a little challenging to get right. BUT…I have found THE best solution for mirror imaging if you are going to die cut/fussy cut your images. I use my Waffle Flower Media Mat! All you need to do is stamp your image on the Waffle Flower Media Mat, press your card stock over the stamped image, remove and you have a crisp mirrored image impression!! So cool!!

Stamping & Coloring

After stamping the raccoon images, I watercolored the critters with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers (Gray-09, Gray Brown-094, Cool Gray-099, Light Gray-091, Black-010) and fussy cut.

Creating the Shaker

  1. I die cut a heart to create the shaker opening and added a piece of acetate to the back of the die cut.
  2. Then I did some ink blending with Distress Oxide Inks (Mermaid Lagoon & Broken China), blending brushes and water spritz to create the blue bubble background behind the heart shaker.
  3. I created a shaker wall around the heart, added my bubbles and little star embellishments and then added foam adhesive to the card panel and adhered the blue bubble panel to the heart shaker.
  4. Then I stopped and played with the shaker for a few minutes 🙂

Finishing the Card

  1. I added the two raccoons to the bottom of the heart. Then I used StazOn Pigment Snowflake ink to add a few bubble image directly to the acetate.
  2. Then I added the “Blowing Hugs and Kisses your way” sentiment below the heart and raccoons with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.
  3. The entire shaker card panel was added to aquamarine card stock.

I hope you enjoyed my shaker card today and it inspires you to get your Shake On! Have a wonderful week and hope to see you soon!

Big Paper Hugs!

Emily

A few of the supplies that I used today. Affiliate links provided at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!!

Skyline Borders: Ink Blot Shop New Release

Hi Friends! Hope you are having a great start to the week! I wanted to stop by and share one of my many cards from the new Ink Blot Shop release. If you haven’t noticed from previous IG postings I love the Ink Blot Shop 6×6 Borders Series Stamp Sets and there’s a new new borders set called Skyline Borders that I used on my card today. I also combined the Skyline with the Flair Greetings 3×4 Stamp Set that has several great “Hello” sentiments.

To create the card:

  1. I stamped the city scene border using a long acrylic block with VersaFine Clair Ink on Bristol Smooth White paper.
  2. Then I watercolored one city with bright colors across the rainbow with Zig Clean Color  Brush Markers (032, 040, 083, 031, 052, 050, 021, 022). For the second city scene I added some grays for a little extra depth.
  3. Then I fussy cut the two city scenes and layered them together.
  4. For the sky, I blended Distress Oxide Blue Inks (Blueprint Sketch and Tumbled Glass) with my blending brushes. Then I set it aside for a couple hours before adding the embossed Hellos. If you don’t heat set or wait for the distress ink to dry the embossing powder will stick to the the blended ink. Not fun!
  5. I added the Hellos with VersaMark and heat embossed with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.
  6. For a little extra pop and reminder to love our neighbors I added a red heart with glossy accents to the center building.

42BAFA3C-16F1-4C1B-BDED-31EEBC9F9D14I hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to check out the new Ink Blot Shop Release! There are so many great stamps, enamel pins and zipper pouch. If you place an order of $50 or more (after discounts, before shipping) you will also receive a freebie stamp set designed specially for this new release!!

Big Paper Hugs!

Emily

Encouragement Card Hop

Hello Friends, Welcome to Pops of Paper! I’m so happy you’ve stopped by and that you are joining us for the Encouragement Card Hop! The Encouragement Card Hop is different than the typical hop. It’s not a blog hop or video hop, it’s a card hop that was created to showcase all crafters who love to design and create happy mail.

Encouragement. It can be transformational for many of us and I am awed by the encouragement, kindness and support that our card making, stamping, paper crafting village has created. I thought for this hop I would share my story of Encouragement through two cards. The first card was my first card…EVER posted on Instagram. I was very nervous to share my work and what happened next filled my heart…I started to receive encouragement from others in the community. These small acts of encouragement convinced me to keep posting, to keep sharing and to participate more. And here we are today; I have been inspired everyday from this awesome community and I’ve made amazing friendships. I even achieved my goal to be a Design Team member. So THANK YOU to everyone who encouraged me with little acts of kindness because those little hearts and kind words in your comments, have encouraged me to keep calm and creating! Thank you for being here today and please don’t stop passing along all the goodness that this amazing community has to offer. The artists/creatives/crafters (whatever your fancy) on this hop have created amazing works of art and I can’t wait to pay it forward. Give a little heart, a little comment and share your favorites with your friends!

MY FIRST INSTAGRAM CARD POST

My first EVER post using the Pretty Pink Posh Woodland Critters stamp set. At this time, I had no idea what or how to mask a stamp, didn’t own a single Copic marker, what in the world is embossing powder, what are stand-alone/frame/layering dies and I had no idea how many amazing stamp companies existed.

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TODAY’S CARD

I thought I would use the same well-loved Pretty Pink Posh Woodland Critters stamp (lost that cute little butterfly along the way…so I used a cute bumblebee image from the Birthday Scene Stamp Set from PPP). I used a little bit of masking, more than a few Copic markers, a heat embossed sentiment and layered die cuts from SugarPea Designs. But still a sweet and soft card with an adorably curious bear reminding us that “You are Wonderful”. Looking back I LOVE that first card even more. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed both of my cards today! Thank you for stopping by and wishing you a fun hop ahead! Your next stop is: Archisha Mukherjee

Big Paper Hugs!

Emily

If you’ve stopped in the middle of the hop, here is the entire line-up:

Courtney Kreeber 

Christine Marino (video)

Jennifer Kotas (blog)

Dawn Soto (video)

Cyn Uehara (video)

Natalie Walsh (blog)

Jamie-Not 2 Shabby (video) 

Katrina Howe (video) 

Clarissa Vicencio-Wickens (blog) 

Cindy Higgins (video) 

Tanna Lohouse (video) 

LeeAnn McKinney (blog) 

Simone (video) 

Fairuz Fabina (video) 

Dana Joy (blog) 

Xiomara Rivera (video) 

Lilibeth Mendoza (video) 

Anne Fiene (blog)

Jenn-Scrapbena Creations (video)

Sara Scraps (video)

Joy Dsouza (blog)

Annalisa G (video)

Sally Powers (video)

Jenny Hall (blog)

Brenda Messina (video)

Renee Moran (video)

Teresa-Scrapping for Less (blog)

Jennifer Branny (video)

Charlotte-The Joyful Soul Creates (video)

Stacy Tiedemann (blog)

Sharon Luska (video)

Amanda (video)

Emily Mydlowski (blog)<—-You are Here

Next Stop—->Archisha Mukherjee (video)

Christine Burillo-Kirch (video)

Maria Willis (blog)

Jessica Shier (video)

Roslyn Jin (video)

Dori Leslie (blog)

Michele Sarin (video)

Maria Nyce (video)

Tracey Jean (video)

Janet Bagnall (blog)

Tanya Boser (video)

Denise Gibbs (video)

Christine Patterson (video)

Wilma Davenport (blog)

Dawn Marie Manning (video) 

Luci Manos (video) 

Patty Reuter (video) 

Marie Bingaman (blog) 

Tracy Shultz (video)

Jeannie (video)

Sandra-Create In Spain (video)

Jennifer Faustino (blog)

Sandra Sagerer (video)

Deena Hopkins (video)

Cathy Arenzana (video)

Jen Holder (video)

Alison Heikkila (blog)

Mary Polanco (video)

Courtney Kreeber-Card Showcase

Below are list of some of the supplies used in the today’s cards. These are affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.