Yay... it's finally time to talk about the May release! We've been so busy celebrating National Scrapbook Day that we haven't had time to say much about the new stamps and dies we released on May 1st. But that all changes today!
Today, Bev is sharing a quick video showing you all the beautiful butterflies, the lovely roses, and the snappy alligators and crocodiles. Watch her video to learn a little bit about each of the new products. Then make sure you visit each stop on the blog hop to see tons of project ideas!
March is going out like a lamb here in Oregon (the daffodils in my yard are blooming in force). That means we are getting ready for April's showers with some new stamp and die sets! The first on that list (and possibly my favorite Animal House stamps and matching dies ever) is Monkey Business.
I may have been a huge fan of a certain TV singing group who often monkeyed around, and I might have absolutely loved a certain inquisitive primate whose best friend wore a yellow hat when I was a kid, so these are right up my alley. Apparently I'm not the only one, as our Design Team and Guest Designers have been sending us some awesome projects with these guys.
The Monkey Business stamp set and matching craft dies includes three cute monkeys, the requisite banana, and some funny, punny phrases to go with them. These little guys are excited to get to meet you on Monday when we do our big reveal of the month's new products. Come back and see it all, including a blog hop with the design team. Or you can sign up for the blog's RSS feed, and automatically get the sneak peeks and information about the blog hop too!
PS: If you're a member of the Animal House, you'll find the Monkeys in your mailbox mid-month, with the rest of your auto-shipment.
Not a member? You can pre-order yours on April 1. Or, if you would like to save 25% on cute animal stamps and dies each month, check out the Animal House auto-ship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping on their add-on orders.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, peony flowers are outrageously beautiful and will take your breath away. Today, I am sharing some cards featuring the Fresh Peonies stamp set and dies. I hope these projects will take your breath away and inspire you to make some flower cards and tags!
The Fresh Peonies Ideas and Inspiration Video!
I know some of you like to watch videos to see the projects and hear tips. Other people would rather read about them. So you get to choose! The video includes the same projects and tips included in the rest of this post.
Keep Things Simple - Don't Add Color!
When we were designing this stamp set, I never imagined the peony flowers without any color. But check out this card by Dana Kirby. It is simple and oh so stunning! So, if you are short on time, just let the flower image and sentiment be the stars on your card!
Use Colored Pencils and the No Line Coloring Technique
Wow... I can honestly say this card took my breath away! Dana Joy used a light-colored ink to stamp the peony flower image. Then she used pencils to add color to her peonies and leaves, and created this gorgeous card!
I can't seem to find very many words to accurately describe how much I like this card by Emily Leiphart. She used Distress Ink to color two peony images, and then die cut them out. She stamped her sentiment, and used the Essential Stitched Labels dies to cut it out. But here is where Emily got super creative. Look at her card front. She used that same label die to emboss shapes and texture into the background of her card. I think that is so AWESOME!
Often peonies are white, pink, or red. But they also come in shades of coral, purple and bright yellow. One of the trendy colors this year is called living coral. So I was so glad to see this beautiful peony card by Yasmin Diaz. In addition to using copic markers to make the lovely coral peony, Yasmin die cut out the word Friend (which is included in the set of Fresh Peonies Crafting Die) to help finish her card.
Stamp a Patterned Peony Background
Last month I participated in a challenge where I colored a stamped image every day. I used several different kinds of pencils, crayons, and markers to make peonies in nearly every color in the rainbow. To make this card I stamped the peony image all over a 4 x 5.5 inch piece of cardstock. Then I used yellow, orange, and red makers to color in the flowers. (I used Zig Clean Color light pink, orange, and carmine red along with a water pen.) Although it took me awhile to color all those peonies, I really enjoyed doing it. I think that coloring stamped images is relaxing!
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the different ways you can color your stamped peonies. If you are a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, we'll be shipping the Fresh Peonies to you soon. I hope these projects inspire you to get out your new stamps and make something! If you aren't an auto-ship member, you can pre-order your peonies now.
Like all the Memory Keeper Studio sets, the Love Home Stamps are designed to help you make great scrapbook layouts and project life pages. This brand-new set is perfect for recording and celebrating the place you spend most of your relaxing time - home! You'll find so many ways to use the hand-drawn images and phrases to create accents for your photos, or to make journal cards. The photo captions and embellishments you make will be perfect for projects about your current home, your childhood homes, grandma's house, or even your favorite home away from home. Plus make sure you watch Bev's release video tomorrow to see how these stamps can be used to make amazing cards too!
Are you a member of the Memory Keepers' Studio auto-ship program? We'll be shipping this stamp set to your home-sweet-home in March.
The Fresh Cut Studio dies for March are named The Build a Birdhouse Crafting Dies. They're super-cute on their own, but why stop there? These dies also pair beautifully with the Love Home stamp set. These are the kind of cute little birdhouses you don't need to get out your hammer and nails to build!
There's a new cute critter peeking out of the Animal House. Her name is Robbie. She may look like a trash panda but she is a real sweetheart! Robbie is also a Kon-Mari enthusiast. Her punny phrases and cute, hand-drawn imagery will help you make projects that spark joy for you and for the lucky person receiving your projects!
Robbie is rather shy so all you are going to get is this little peek for now. Come back tomorrow to see more sneak peeks and on Friday you'll see more of Robbie during our new release blog hop. Or even better... subscribe to our RSS feed to automatically get the sneak peeks and information about the blog hop too!
PS: If you are an Animal House member, you'll find Robbie in your mailbox with your March auto-shipment.
Not a member? You can pre-order yours on March 1. Or if you would like to save 25% on cute animal stamps and dies each month, check out the Animal House auto-ship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping their add-on orders.
Oh my gosh! It's nearly March. I always forget how quickly the end of February arrives! We're headed into March like a lion here in Oregon, with snow trying to cover our daffodils and crocuses. But we've got some great new flower stamps and dies to look forward to, so I'm happy. ;)
I'm super excited about the new Greenhouse Society Stamp Set and Craft Dies. You're going to love the Fresh Peony set! It's a dream to color and paint, with all its lovely details and classic lines. Between the two of us, Bev and I have colored these flowers nearly every color in the rainbow. And I've started working on my coloring tutorial. I can't wait to share it with you!
Stamp the flowers using multiple ink colors: To make a project like this one, start by stamping a sentiment on your card front. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments Stamp Set.)
Then get out 2 or 3 colors of ink. Apply the lightest color, next lightest color, and then the darkest ink color to your cosmo stamp. By inking up from lightest to darkest, you can avoid getting dark-colored ink on your lighter ink pads.
Then stamp the multi-colored cosmo image off the edges of your card front. Ink up the flower stamp again using multiple ink colors to make more flowers on your project.
Add yellow and green details: Did you know the centers of a cosmo flower are always yellow? That means you can make the petals on your flower images be whatever color you want. Then add a yellow center and your gardener friends will know it is a cosmo. To add an extra pop of color, apply green along the stems of your stamped flower image.
To color the cosmo flowers on this gift tag, I used watercolors. Next I used the largest label from the set of Essential Stitched Labels Dies to cut out the tag. To finish the project, I used one of the smaller dies from that set to make the slot for the ribbon.
Color-match your sentiment: To make a project like this one, stamp, color, and then die cut out your cosmos. (I used 3 colors of distress ink on each petal.) To make a matching sentiment label, start with white paper. Use the same ink colors and blend them together. Then stamp a sentiment over the blended ink. To cut out my sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies.
Create striped flowers: Another fun thing to do is make striped cosmos. Heather used copic markers to make the bright pink areas emanating out from the centers for each flower. Then she added yellow centers and green stems before die cutting out her cosmos. Heather blended some yellow ink onto the largest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies and placed it behind her flowers. (You'll find more details about this card on Heather's blog!)
Make a monochromatic garden: Many of my favorite projects feature a monochromatic color scheme, like this card by Emily Leiphart. She stamped the cosmos three times, colored them using distress inks, and die cut them out. Then she blended the same distress ink colors along the bottom of her card. Emily adhered the die-cut cosmos along the bottom edge of the card front but she varied how far they went up onto the card. To finish, she cut off the parts of the flower die cuts that were off the edge of the card. (Want more info? See Emily's blog post.)
Use dark cardstock and pencils: Want to create a totally different look? Start with black or dark cardstock. Stamp several of the cosmos images and heat emboss them. (I used Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.) Then use pencils to add color to each petal plus highlights and shadows. (I used Prismacolor pencils.)
Cut apart your die-cut flowers: Since cosmos come in so many colors, why not add a whole bunch of flowers to your next project? Start by stamping, coloring, and die-cutting out a bunch of flowers. (I used watercolors for this project.) Then snip the die-cut flowers off their stems. Arrange the cosmos on your card and add a sentiment. (The sentiment on this card is from the Lots of Sentiments stamp set. I used the smallest die from the Essential Stitched Labels Crafting Dies to cut out the sentiment.)
I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects and I hope that they inspire you make some projects of your own. The Technique Tuesday Design Team members made so many projects with these stamps and dies that we couldn’t include them all here. Hop on over to our website to see more projects featuring the Kind Cosmo stamps and dies!
Wow... weren't the projects the Design Team members shared yesterday awesome? If you missed it, please just take a minute and go back. We'll wait here for you. Now guess what... today the Design Team is doing it again. They have another round of amazing projects to share with you.
So let's get going and do today's blog hop. (Don't forget to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of three $20 gift certificates we will be giving away!)
Hang on to your hats... today is going to be action packed!
First up is the new release video where I share a quick look at each of the new products. Then you're going to want to hop on over to each of the Design Team members' blogs to see their latest projects. (Leave them some comment love for a chance to win!) And finally don't forget to come back here to learn how you can increase your chances of winning one of three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month.
Watch the New Release Video!
We'd love to hear what you think of these new products and the projects too. Which one is your favorite? And why? Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win one of the three $20 gift certificates we're giving away this month!
Hop Along and Comment for More Chances to WIN!
The Design Team members have been busy making new projects and can't wait to show you what they created. Just click on each of their names and leave a comment on one, some, or all of their blogs!