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There is cosmos-mania in my craft room!!! I have over 10 projects to share with you made using Cosmos Background Stamp and Cosmos Wafer die by Simon Says Stamp.

So here is the first one with a die cut sentiment made using "Here For You wafer die " also by Simon Says Stamps. I love it!

 I'll come back with more of the Cosmos background on Sunday as I'll be the Special Guest at  Simon Says Stamp Blog !  I love the card I made for them so please come back on Sunday to have a look and let me know what do you think!

Cosmos in Spanish means  "Universe" so I was wondering why the stamp is called that way lol - Silly me... Cosmos is a flower,   La flor de cosmos, Mirasol or Girasol Purpura in Spanish.

I'm completely ignorant when talking about flowers and  I just went ahead adding colours to all my panels before looking online the real thing. The cosmos flower is purple!!! Nooooo

Anyway...  I enjoyed the process of colouring this panel using the new Nuvo watercolour pencils just launched a few days ago here in Britain.

After finishing my card I  decided to grab a  draft sheet and I filmed a video to show you how I added colour to this panel so in case you want to have a look it is available now in my Youtube channel here! or below...


Cosmos Background Nuvo watercolour pencils - YouTube


My video is not a tutorial by any means as  I'm not an expert watercolourist.  I just have a minimum knowledge of colouring techniques so that  I'm  able to add colours to my cards or to any other papercraft project.

Buy Cosmos Background Stamp
$15.99 USD

If you ask me what is my greatest tip when colouring,  I would probably say that it is essential to be at peace. I play on some uplifting music ( I love Spanish Guitar, Jazz, Chillout and wedding songs :),  I grab a cuppa, turn the heating on and I found the experience relaxing and soothing. 

Sometimes ( most of them) I don't care about where to put shadows and lights in the scenes. I don't even mind adding colours to the background...  I just love spreading the watercolour pigments all over and transform a blank piece of paper into a handmade card and I try to make it as pretty as I can.


I stamped the 5-1/2"  image from Cosmos Background Stamp on a 6"x6" inches piece of  300 grams watercolour paper. 

I used the Tim Holtz Platform and Anquique Linen Distress Ink.   I allowed the ink to dry as I didn't want it to mix with the washes of colour.

I apply colour directly from the pencils on "dry" watercolour paper,  I diluted it and spread it with a Nuvo Aqua Brush fine tip.  I use very little water. I allow the watercolour washes to dry between applications.

I embellished with Neat and Tangled sequins and Tonic Rose Water Nuvo drops ( when they dry they are clear. I took the picture when the drops were still fresh).

That's all for today!  I hope you like this card, the products and the video. :)

Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.

Happy crafting
x
Bibi


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Hello everyone,  Today I'm sharing a card using beautiful Honey Bee Supplies.   This is a very simple composition and what I want to share the most is the beautiful sentiments you can build using Prayers stamp set by Honey Bee.

I also want to share a message of hope as we all can use the power of a prayer to potentially change any situation regardless how challenging it is or how hopeless it seems...

So today more than crafty tips,  I really want to share a lifesaver  message  and my favourite Bible verses about the power of a prayer:

  • "And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22 
  • "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours". Mark 11:24
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 
  • "Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it"  John 14:13-14
  • And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Mark 9:29  

Believe things can change for the better. You could be healed,  you can save your marriage, you will find a better job,  you haven't lost everything,  you can be free from any addiction or affliction.  Adversity isn't a permanent state  (problems are the 1%  and what are you doing to fix them is the 99%.)  Death is a time to be in absolutely and joyful peace. Help yourselves to be happy, to be successful,  to find the right person to share your life with, to achieve goals, to be healthy and fit.

 Ask for God's help and you will see miracles happening! 

I'm praying for a person I love very much and her family. Her son's wife has cancer stage 4. They recently found about this when the Doctors said there is nothing to do.  There was not  time for a proper fight but I believe the battle is not lost yet.  


So I made this card thinking about them.

This is a small card  (C6 size), and when I was creating the front panel I really thought I could fit the word "praying",  this is the larger sentiment from Prayers stamp set but the word is really huge!! it measures 4" inches width so it didn't fit on the panel.

You can see the stamp in the picture below...


I had to add then a smaller die cut word ( praying) instead to fit the size of this card. 

 I used Praying for you wafer die by Simon Says Stamp ( I only used the word praying).



I  applied an embossing resist technique ( I stamped the flowers with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder).

to add colours, I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours.   I mixed red, blue and purple to get a violet shade and I also mixed yellow with brown to get a beautiful ochre colour to apply on the centre of the flower. 

I also applied a gold watercolour paint from Kuretake Starry Colours.  I love the shimmer this gold paint add to cards. Unfortunately, this is something you can't see in pictures. 

The tiny bees add a bit of happiness to the card.  They helped me to create a positive message in general.

That's all for today!  I hope you like this card, the products I used, and the message. :)

Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.

Happy crafting
x
Bibi


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Hi there, this week over the Neat and Tangled Blog we are having a special collaboration with Tonic Studios! I was thrilled when I heard about this activity as for me this was the perfect marriage ..I also have the honour to be part of the  British Tonic Studios Desing Team! Yay! 

So for today, I made 5 super duper easy and quick projects using the new Panda Neat and Nice Die, So Many Sentiments stamp set and Geometric Circles Cover plate by Neat and Tangled, together with a cupcake, an envelope, and a banner die sets by Tonic Studios. 

The exclusive products by Tonic Studios can be found online,  at www.tonicstudios.com or here in the UK at www.hochandatv.com 

I'm  sharing a video here with details about all these projects. Have a look...


Panda Cupcake box and card ideas die cutting only ( Neat and Tangled) - YouTube

The main project in the video is a cute Panda Cupcake Box and  I walk you through the process of making the box while showing you supplies by Tonic I use in a daily basis and I also love.


You can also use this cute Panda box as a goodie bag .. it is stinking cute. Isn't it?




You can customize this box using the Panda Die to create different animals by changing the cardstock colour and adding different embellishments.

I keep it simple for you today so I stick to black & white projects with a hint of pink.

The cupcake and treat box die set by Tonic also have a die to create an insert to perfectly fit a cupcake inside.



I also used Sweet Nothing - Delicate Embrace  a C6 envelope die to create a fun panda envelope and a matching card.


For the card below I just used the Panda die by Neat and tangled to die cut a panel twice and create a panda couple. Hmmm ... this could be a belated Valentine card for my hubby.


I made the 5th  sample to show you how easy is to cut the panda face and use it as a topper.

 I also added a background panel using the Neat and Tangled Geometric Circles Cover Plate Die  to make a quick children party invitation.





I'm loving the Panda die by Neat and Tangled, it is so easy to use!

That's all for today!  I hope you like this card and the products I used.

Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.

Happy crafting
x
Bibi

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Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend! It's Monday for Honey Bee Stamps and today I used Seasonal Sweeties Stamp Set to make an encouragement card.

I love this stamp set artwork check it out.


Buy Seasonal Sweeties Stamp Set 

It includes 27 individual stamps that can be used to make many different cards and they are made in high-quality photopolymer for a great impression.

I couldn't help my self and I added colour to the images using Zigs.

 I masked the images with my DIY masking paper (printer paper + temporal spray adhesive by Crafter's Companion) and I added colour to the background with Distress inks.

Then  I sprayed the background with water... I placed the spray bottle far away from the paper so  I got loads of tiny drops of water over the paper and I lifted them using a dry napkin.


I added tiny details to the original image such as the bottoms on the girl's raincoat, the little flowers on it and black Nuvo drops at the lower edge of the raincoat.

I  also paper pieced the umbrella to add dimension and make it pop out of the background. So I stamped it on another piece of paper, I added colour and I trimmed the top part to glue it down with dimentionals.

Using Versamark Clear Ink and White embossing powder I heat emboss part the sentiment  on red cardstock and the other part was stamped directly on the main panel. 

I thought the word "together" was flying in the empty space so I  drew a couple of lines using a Memento Black marker . I think that trick saved the day. :)

I also added black and white drops here in there.

Below a picture and a link to a previous blog post with a card made using also Seasonal Sweeties Stamp Set 



That's all for today!  I hope you like this card and the products I used.

Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.

Happy Crafting
x
Bibi

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Wow! I love, love, love this background stamp called  Center Cut Heart by Simon Says Stamp! You can apply a wide variety of techniques with it but today, I simply stamped the image using Black ink by Simon Says Stamp on  Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper (270grams)  then I enjoy a relaxing time coloring.

 I  used Zigs  (Kuretake Gansai Tambi Clean Colour Real Brush)  to add colors to the image. These are my favorite water-based markers so far. You can easily blend their stunning ink colors applying marker directly on dry paper and then using a water brush or a wet brush to dilute the pigments.

The key to achieving vibrant colours is to work with very little water.


For the sentiment,  I die cut a piece of  Tonic Golden Satin Craft Perfect Specialty A4 Papers,  using  "Painted Thanks" one of my favorite die words by Simon Says Stamp! and to complete the sentiment I used a stamp (for everything) from Thoughtful Messages Stamp Set .



So I also had the idea to apply Nuvo Crystal Glaze on the die cut, the banner, and the hearts ...so I did it! and  I also applied Black Nuvo Drops on the dotty areas of the image. This actually looks quite nice!

To finish, I applied  Nuvo Shimer pen and I added white and a black fine tip pens I added dotes here and there just to add a bit of interest.

That's all for today!  I hope you like this card and the products I used.

Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.

Happy Crafting
x
Bibi

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Being kind always pays well.  My parents, my HUGE Colombian family,  my community and my teachers: the Nuns, taught me kindness by example. They were always kind to me and to others.

My mum was called "aunty" by my brothers' friends and mine. I remember the time in which everyone, anytime was welcome to our house for a cuppa, for a chat or for food. We literally had the doors open and you could see my brothers' friends taking a coke from the refrigerator without asking for permission and then leaving shouting hello... "mi casa es su casa", I grew surrounded by trustable and loving people.

I'm a bit nostalgic today.  I have to say,  I miss the extra kindness of the people in my country.  I miss everyone... I miss the kiss on the cheek, the hugs, the smiles, the warmth of Colombian people.

Anyway .. this card made me remember all that! Kindness is so important in our society.



I loved coloring these cute images from Forest Friends Stamp Set by Honey Bee Stamps.

I applied a no line coloring on Canson watercolor paper with Kuretake Gansai Clean Colour  Real Brush.  I love Canson as this paper has very little texture.

I stamped the images with Antique Linen Distress ink  and the sentiment with Simon Says Stamp Black Ink...  The hearts with Real Read ink by Stampin Up!

Coloring....
  • I simply applied the first wash of colour from the markers directly on the dry watercolor paper.
  • The first generation of ink was applied right at the edges of the images.
  • Then using a slightly wet watercolor brush,   I diluted the ink, spreading it towards the center of the image.
Note: sometimes I blend colors when the ink is still wet, sometimes I applied a wash of color on top of other and I  then I blend them together.
    That's how I get darker edges and lighter areas in the center of an image. 

    To add vibrancy, I apply a few strokes of warm colors   e.g orange, yellow, red, and then I blended them with a water brush on top of the previous wash of color.

     To add shadows I apply darker inks in certain areas and I  also blend them with a water brush slightly wet.

    To finish this card. I also added little dots on the images using a black and a white marker ( as I always do), and I applied Red Nuvo drops on the berries in the wee basket the hedgehog has in his hand.

    That's all for today!  I hope you like this card and the products I used.

    Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.

    Happy Crafting
    x
    Bibi

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    This is my second post using  "Picture Book - Unicorn die" and "Oh, hello there die" by Simon Says Stamp! Those dies are stunning, so today I put them together to share a new card idea.

    ...Guess what? for this card, I also used Holy Stars Wafer Dies  and Swirling Star Trail Wafer Dies, which are Christmas themed supplies, and the sentiment is from Seeing Stars stamp set.

    I  did very little coloring on the unicorn hair using fine tip Sharpie Markers and  I used "Hooray banner stamp and die set" by Tonic Studios to make the banner.


    I  used glitter paper at the background of the 2 main panels and the stars and I decided to  recycle  one of my own favorite ideas from last December ( in the picture below)  

    So  I  added a  beautiful starry pattern to a  blank circular piece of paper using  Swirling Star Trail Wafer Dies by Simon Says Stamp.  That's another pretty die!! :) 

    Layering all the elements to make this card was extremely easy. I just glue them all together.

    oh! I only used the amazing and highly recommended Sticky Thumb  ( double-sided adhesive foam dots) to glue down the unicorn and the banner. If you haven't try these dimensionals, please add them to your trolley next time, you will love them! You get a tone for a few dollars.. check them out here!

    Click to see more ideas with Picture Book Unicorn here!  or  "oh Hello Die" here!


    That's all for today!  I hope you love the dies I'm featuring in this post and the ideas.

    Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.

    Happy Crafting
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    Bibist
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    I love picture book dies by Simon Says Stamp! and the "unicorn" is just a dream... I made very subtle composition today and I applied a quick paper piecing technique.

    Once you cut different papers with Picture Book Unicorn die, you can easily put the  5 small pieces together on a piece of cardstock, glue them down and trim the whole image with scissors.

    This die is from the new  Hello Love Release by Simon Says Stamp!  There are other 2 new picture book dies in the release:  an ice cream and a teddy bear,  so we got  3 new characters on that collection and exclusive products for this season.  I'm in love!

    Click here to see full release!

    I'll be posting extra ideas in the next couple of days with the unicorn and the ice cream die ... they are super cute!



    For this card, I also used the "Horray Banner and die set" by Tonic Studios and the leaves die is from "Forget me not dies by Simon Says Stamps".

    I also used a Honey Gold  Craft Perfect Cardstock by Tonic to add accents and my favorite sequins from Neat and Tangled called Like Magic.

    Oh ! And I  used  Black Nuvo Drops to create the eyes.


    With a blender tool, I randomly applied  Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink on Strathmore  Bristol paper. Then  I sprayed water and that was a speedy paper makeover. I love the soft color produced by the ink on that paper.

    Note:  I highly recommend to use Strathmore  Bristol paper as the ink blending is extremely easy and always rewarding.

    I also thought about sharing a picture of the die...


    You can color the die cuts with alcohol markers, apply watercolor, die cut patterned papers.. etc.  check out this video -post here using the cutest French Bulldog die, released last September.



    I also would like to invite you to fallow the release in social media with the hashtag   #SimonSaysLove and make sure to add the hashtag to your social media shares so many others can see them.

    That's all for today! 

     Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

    Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.


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    Bibi


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    It seems that when a new Tonic Craft Kit arrives I get a bit extra crafty ... so today  I'm  sharing a video with 5  finished projects and 3 extra ideas to stretch the use of the kit this month (kit #6)

    One of the products in the Kit is a Butterfly Die Set designed to create easel cards. 

    This die set includes 9 dies, 4 of them are butterflies and you can use them to create a wide variety of projects including home decor... you can cut paper, fabric, felt, thin chipboard, leather .. etc...

    The butterfly dies size are:
    • Large butterfly measures: 5x4-1/2"  inches
    • Small butterflies: 1-1/2" inches.
    • Tiny butterfly: 3/4" of an inch.

    7 ideas with butterfly dies + Tonic Studios Craft Kit 6 - YouTube


    Ok, so here  I'm also sharing pictures and very brief description of what you saw in the video.

    There is a stamp set in the kit with 5 butterfly designs that coordinate with the small dies in the kit.

    I found these butterflies perfect to create small and delicate vellum embellishments ...  I used subtle colors but remember you can make them in any color, stitch them to the cardstock and add various layers of die cuts to add even more dimension and interest.



     I missed doing a bit more of stamping for this video. I got very distracted with the dies and that something that happens very often when you grab a Tonic Studios die set.

     So I  put together 2 easel cards ...

    You could also use the easels to create table place cards, or to add info on tables as the easel is quite big ( 5"x5-1/2")  you could even fit a menu on them and add info in both sides of the butterfly.

    The easel card assembled measure L :5" x W: 5-1/2".  For this card, I used a sheet of teal blue paper in the kit and smooth white cardstock 270 grams.  I also used an alphabet stamp from Honey Bee Stamps to customize the sentiment.

    I  wanted to add a glossy or metallic element to this card so I used Burnished Rose Craft Perfect Cardstock I also use the dark blue cardstock in the kit ...
    I  kept looking to add a  metallic look to butterfly. So here I used a cooper marker and I colored one of the handmade papers in the craft kit. The paper was initially blue... 

    Then  I went for something completely different and   I made the CAS card below using the negative die cut.

    I use a sentiment from "Adore You stamp set" by Alatenew (every time I think of you . I smile)


     I really like this card! It is the kind of card I like to put in the post and I can easily change the sentiment the backing paper and adjusted to any occasion.

    I also made a notebook cover!  following a few simple steps, this is super easy and quick to make.


    To give a better shape to the butterfly,  I used the larger butterfly die to emboss a piece of paper . I die cut it and then I added an intricate butterfly die cut on top...  You can see that a bit better in the video.
     

    To add color to this butterfly I mixed  Nuvo Creative pens,  Nuvo glitter pens, white and black fine tip markers ( to add details). As for finishing touch, I used Nuvo Drops.

    I was inspired by this month kit image so I used black and blue shades of color.

    Yes! Of course you can apply watercolour washes for a more subtle and soft look... This time I went bold.. very bold!



    The last thing I did on the video was using the die cuts as stencils. I really wanted to see how the butterfly would look that way so  I  used  Nuvo Mousses ( in spray diluted with water and also in cream) .

    If you are tempted to do this you can use any medium you have available and you could transfer that butterfly image on any surface. You can use  Distress Inks, Embossing Paste, Acrylic Paints,  apply clear Versamark ink and embossing powders and heat emboss the butterflies... the sky's the limit.

    That's all for today! I hope you like to supplies, the projects, the video and the tips.

     Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

    Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.


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    The Tonic Studios Craft Kit is yummy!! what a sweet treat for cardmakers or paper craft lovers.    I  have the chance to get it a bit early because I'm part of Tonic British DT and  as my kit arrived today, I had to show you the products in the kit and also to share the first unboxing video with its contents.

    These kit are amazing value for money and they are sold out quickly! 

    The great news is that they are not only available in the UK and Europe but now they are sold in USA and they are shipped to Australasia and Canada as well. 
    Now let 's watch the unboxing video with Paula Pascual and Owain Roberts, directly from the headquarters here in the UK. 

    Tonic Unboxing - Tonic Craft Kit 6 with Paula Pascual - YouTube


    Inspirational videos will come along very soon on Tonic Studios Channel so make sure to subscribe to have a look at the original and awesome supplies they have to offer to our creative community.
    Pricing

    For only £35 ( $39.99 USD) one-off purchase you can benefit from this promo and start building up your crafty stash while trying and testing the latest craft supplies from Tonic. You can benefit from an additional discount when getting the Quarterly Subscription.

    Postage

    Tonic offers free postage for UK monthly subscriptions and only £2 postage One - Off purchase. 
    The postage to any country in Europe is £2 for subscribers and £4 One - Off purchase. For Australasia and Canada folks, postage is a bit higher as this is a big box. all subscriptions £7 and £9 One - off Purchase.  USA shipping estimated is $8



    Click to buy your Tonic craft kit here!

    That's all for today and Happy crafting. I can't wait to share ideas with this kit! 

     Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

    Do not forget to Subscribe to my blog here! or my Youtube Channel here to get my latest blog post or video directly in your inbox.


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