Janette Kausen

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Janette Kausen

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Happily Ever After Bouquet

Happily Ever After Bouquet

I did it, I made another video tutorial! Ah, this time with the gorgeous Bouquet stamp from Hero Arts and flick style coloring with pencils. You guys, you have no idea how accomplished I feel when I have wrapped a video up. Head on over to the Hero Arts blog to get all the details on the card and of course, the video, YAY!

Have a fantastic week, my friends – and yes, squeeze in a bit of Creative Bliss for yourself. You’ll be happy you did!

xo, Janette

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Ellen Hutson & Hero Arts are Better Together

Ellen Hutson & Hero Arts are Better Together

I adore companies that support one another. Ellen Hutson, LLC and Hero Arts both have a long standing tradition of doing just that, so it was no surprise to me when they teamed up to release the latest United We Flourish stamp and die set.

This stamp set is just so stinkin’ cheerful! The styling of the birds just sings happiness to me. *Tweet – Tweet*

  • Apply alcohol ink (linked in supplies below) to a 3 1/2″ square Yupo paper placing intermixing drops of color and rubbing alcohol. Blow with straw or use paint brush to move colors. Don’t give up when you think it looks a hot mess. Lift ink with paper towel and try again. Keep playing until you are happy! Set aside to dry.
  • Stamp Better Together images on 110# Neenah, color with Copics (linked in supplies below) and die cut.
  • Die cut circle into 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Snow Layering paper.
  • Stamp fence on 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Snow Layering paper panel using circle panel as a guide.
  • Audition birds and branch on circle panel and stamp sentiments.
  • Sandwich Yupo alcohol panel between circle panel and fence panel with tape adhesive.
  • Adhere birds and branch with tape or liquid adhesive. I prefer liquid for the wiggle room.
  • Adhere to A2 folded card base.

Blog Hop

Giveaway: To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th.

Thank you so much for popping in and hopping along today. Carry on for more Creative Bliss from so many talented designers!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Better Together Stamp & Die Set
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Hero Arts Layering Paper, Snow
[ ELH ]
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,...
[ ELH ]
Hero Arts Bold Ink Pad, Intense Black
[ ELH ]
Hero Arts Frame Cuts Dies, Infinity...
[ ELH ]
Yupo Watercolor Paper Pads, 9x12 White
[ ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink, Limeade
[ ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol...
[ ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink, Turquoise
[ ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink, Patina
[ ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol...
[ ELH ]
Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol...
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COPIC Sketch Marker RV29, Crimson
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COPIC Sketch Marker Y38, Honey
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COPIC Sketch Marker Y08, Acid Yellow
[ ELH ]
COPIC Sketch Marker YG23, New Leaf
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COPIC Sketch Marker FYG1, Fluorescent...
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COPIC Sketch Marker G07, Nile Green
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COPIC Sketch Marker G29, Pine Tree Green
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COPIC Sketch Marker E18, Copper
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COPIC Sketch Marker E17, Reddish Brass
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COPIC Sketch Marker E13, Light Suntan
[ ELH ]
Be Creative Tape, 3mm (1/8")
[ ELH ]
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88 oz.
[ ELH ]

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Lovely Alcohol Ink and Glitter Paste

Lovely Alcohol Ink and Glitter Paste

This month’s add-ons from Hero Arts are just amazing. I cannot seem to tuck them away. It’s much like the lyrics from the song A Million Dreams of The Greatest Showman movie (See/Hear it! So good and we are not a “musical” type family!),

“Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake…”

And they do! I could do this, and I could do that and on and on.

In my last post I mentioned how I saved the Window On Love Confetti die negative to use on another card. Today we are using it as a positive!

 

  • I created the background by placing a drip of alcohol ink and a drip of rubbing alcohol on a full 9″x12″ sheet of Heavy Yupo paper. You can use a slightly larger than A2 size, if you prefer. Then I blew the ink/alcohol with the air compressor I use with my Copic markers for airbrushing. A can of air, camera lens puffer, a drinking straw or even just blowing with your mouth would work just as well. Continue adding drops to fill the background. They can touch wet, dry, overlap or not at all. Let the little kid in you come out and play! When you are happy with it, set it aside to dry.
  • Stamp You Are So Lovely on white cardstock in black ink and fussy cut. This image is designed to fit perfectly in the center of the Window On Love Confetti die, but it stands alone too!
  • If using 9″x12″ Yupo, trim it down in quarters. Then secure the Window On Love Confetti die cut in place over the Yupo with washi or micropore tape. With a palette knife spread a thin layer of Tonic Studios Glimmer Paste in Moonstone over the entire background with exception of the center larger heart. Allow to dry and watch as the color of alcohol ink shifts behind the paste. The reaction of the two causes a brightening, or did in my case.
  • Once thoroughly dry, trim slightly smaller than A2 and adhere to a black cardstock mat.
  • Use dimensional adhesive to pop Lovely heart in center.
  • Adhere to folded A2 card base and you have yourself a card that can be customized with sentiments on the inside. I love all occasion cards to personalize as they are needed!

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

You are So Lovely
[ HA ]
Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Black Dye Ink Pad
[ HA ]
Midnight Mixed Layering Papers (12)
[ HA ]
Snow Layering Papers (10)
[ HA ]
Yupo Heavyweight Pad White 9X12 Inch...
[ AMZUS ]
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks pink...
[ AMZUS | ELH ]
Ranger RGRTAL.52586 Alcohol Ink...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol...
[ AMZUS ]
Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Tombow Power Tabs, Clear, 48-Pieces
[ AMZUS | SBC ]

New Release News

Concord and 9th is out with their latest monthly release and it is charming, you guys! There are monograms for each letter of the alphabet! I am seriously considering picking up the complete set! They are so sweet and I can only imagine the sets of cards I could gift friends and teachers – much less how many I could use for myself and my girls. There is one coordinating die set that goes with all of the monograms. My gosh, they have another amazing Turnabout stamp too, hearts! Ah, I am in love indeed!

Concord & 9th

January 2018 Release

Aside from drying time, this is another quick and simple card. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that maybe, just maybe, I’ve inspired you to get creative!

xo, Janette

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Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero Hop (+Giveaway)

Hero Arts: My Monthly Hero Hop (+Giveaway)

It’s that time again! Time for the newest My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts. This January 2018 kit just might be my favorite yet! The Layered on Love stamp set included in the kit is to die for! The thick bold letters allow for inks to take center stage. That second layer is a snap to line up. If you missed my post on Friday featuring that set, you can see it here. The season of love may be upon us, but this stamp set is versatile enough for the whole year through.

The Stealing My Heart stamp set I featured on today’s card is adorable, as well. It can easily be gender neutral, feminine or masculine, for young or young at heart.

Kit availability and shippingThe kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, January 5th. Subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!

Kit contents

4″ x 6″ Layered on Love Clear Stamp Set
Four Coordinating dies
4 ink cubes (Passion Flower, Navy, Red Royal and Mulled Wine)
2 5″x7″ Shizen decorative paper
1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Coral Cardstock
1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Rose Quartz Cardstock
1 5.5″x8.5″ Stardream Kunzite Cardstock
Heart Sequins Mix 1.5 oz
Pink Prisma Embossing Powder 0.5 oz

The value of the kit is $62, but it is sold at $34.99.

If you’d like to find out more about subscribing to the My Monthly Hero kit, where you are sure to never miss out, click here.

January MMH Add-Ons

MMH Kit - January 2018
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Stealing My Heart
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Love Bandit
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Color Layering Rose
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DIY Calendar Kit
[ HA ]
Love Birds Stamp & Cut
[ HA ]
Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Paper Layering Floral Heart w/Frame
[ HA ]
Bouquet
[ HA ]
Rose Heart
[ HA ]
Happily Ever After
[ HA ]
You are So Lovely
[ HA ]
Stealing My Heart Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Love bandit Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Color Layering Rose Frame Cuts
[ HA ]
Original Misti
[ HA ]
Mini Misti
[ HA ]

On Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock I stamped the Stealing My Heart images and Wanted sentiment in Copic friendly Intense Black ink and colored the images with my Copic Sketch markers. Simple shading to enhance a few curves and heart foot prints stamped in Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Shadow ink are charming details.

The background panel was created with alcohol ink (colors in product supplies at bottom of post) on heavy Yupo paper. While I appreciate the weight of the heavy Yupo paper, it does not die cut well (just so you know 🙂 ). I added the Window on Love Confetti Die elements by die cutting it on Snow Layering paper. I carefully removed the die and placed Glad Press’n Seal over the die cut image to keep the elements in tack as I moved them. I flipped it over and carefully applied liquid adhesive to the back of each heart and dot, but not the negative area I planned to remove. Then using the Press’n Seal, adhere die images in place on the alcohol ink background. Gently remove the Press’n Seal. A few of the smaller hearts did stay in the die so I went in, popped those out, and adhered those in place. I then lifted away the negative area of the die only leaving the hearts and dots adhered in place. I saved the negative in order to use it as a stencil for another project I am sharing later in the week. Come back and take a peek!

(On a thoughtful note, the You are So Lovely wood mount stamp is designed to fit perfectly in the center of the Window on Love Confetti die!)

For the final assembly I trimmed down the Wanted panel and matted it with a charcoal shade from the Midnight Mixed Layering paper pack. I then applied dimensional foam tape to give the panel pop on over the background. The panel was then adhered to an A2 folded card base. For a touch of sparkle I added Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to the heart on the bag and the dots on the alcohol ink background.

Blog Hop

Giveaway: We are giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (You will be reimbursed if you have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, January 14th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.

Thank you so much for hopping along today. Carry on!

xo, Janette

Project Supplies

I’ll always do my best to link you to shops with products in stock. As you know, inventory levels are always fluctuating and therefor may not be available. Please use the retailer notification buttons to let them know you want more!

Stealing My Heart
[ HA ]
Window on Love Confetti Fancy Die
[ HA ]
Snow Layering Papers (10)
[ HA ]
Midnight Mixed Layering Papers (12)
[ HA ]
Intense Black Hybrid Ink
[ HA ]
Ultra Pink Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
[ HA ]
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,...
[ ELH ]
Yupo Heavyweight Pad White 9X12 Inch...
[ AMZUS ]
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks pink...
[ AMZUS | ELH ]
Ranger RGRTAL.52586 Alcohol Ink...
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol...
[ AMZUS ]
Ranger RGRTAL.52579 Alcohol Ink Amethyst
[ AMZUS | ELH | SSS ]
Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard
[ BRI | ELH | SSS ]
Copic Sketch Markers
[ CRP ]
Glad Press'n Seal Plastic Food Wrap
[ AMZUS | SSS ]
Tombow - Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88...
[ AMZUS | BLIC | ELH | SSS ]

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