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Colouring My Way Through Tombow and Stampendous Team Up

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello everyone! I think Christmas must be in the air as everyone seems to be very much in a blog hopping/prize giveawaying mode at the moment :). Yes, that's right - another blog hop share and more prizes to come!

But first I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who left some love on my previous post with the Poinsettias Christmas Card - your kind words are so appreciated. I've also welcomed new peeps who signed up to receive my posts by email - thank you so much for your support! If you'd like to see my future posts popping in straight into your inbox, you can subscribe to my blog with a couple of easy clicks.

Now, back to the blog hop bonanza. This weekend Stampendous and Tombow are playing together to colour their way right into Christmas! From first thing on Friday till COP on Sunday evening we are sharing projects featuring magical stamped images coloured with Tombow markers. And here is my inspiration for today.

This is a 6x6" card with a kraft base and the background covered with Authentique paper from the Rustic Collection. To adhere I used MyStik dispenser

I stamped my Jumbo Dear Santa image with Ganache StazOn ink onto the back of my patterned paper - the paper is quite thick and textured so the colouring was a lot of fun. To colour the image I used the following markers, picking up the colours from the blending palette with my water brush: 905, 985, 879, 098, 947, 856, 837, N35 and 026.

Next I stamped the presents again onto the background paper, cut them out and added to the main image with Adhesive SheetsTo embellish the corners of my stamped panel I used the encrusted jewel technique with Encrusted Jewel Kit - Red, Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel and White Mica Fragments. Finally I added the panel to the card base over White Thin 3D Foam Squares.

I also added a sticky canvas panel which I smooshed around in ink from the pens, misted with lots of water. The seam binding ribbon received the same treatment. When the canvas dried I repeatedly stamped the worded panel from the Jumbo Dear Santa set with Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink. 

To finish off the card I added a banner made from 3D Foam Pennants covered with the stamped canvas. I also added some glittered baubles and dots from the 3D Foam Christmas Shapes set. To add the sparkle I used Gold, Maroon, Copper and Crystal Micro Glitters.

So, are you ready to hop over to the next and final stop - Tombow blog? Here's the prize that three lucky people will receive:

To take part in the prize draw, hop over to all the participating blogs and leave some love (cuz we loooove to know what you think about our projects!). The winner has to have a US mailing address. Here is who's playing today:

Asia King (you are here!)

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments! Feel free to also browse other Christmas projects on my blog :).

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Getting In The Holiday Spirit With Stampendous and Spellbinders!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to the Spellbinders 2014 Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop!

I am extremely blessed to design for Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L who have both joined Spellbinders this year for a year long partnership. This blog hop is an introduction to a quarterly festival of blog hop events which will bring you looooots of amazing inspiration as well as amazing prizes!

Over the next three days you are invited to visit all the partnering companies' blogs for inspiration and for the details on how to join the the main blog hop giveaway. Spellbinders will choose one lucky winner for each day and each winner will get a bumper back of fantastic goodies!

The featured brands may also be hosting their own special giveaways... so be sure to check them all out!

DCWV logo   want2scrap logo  May Arts ribbon   Faber-Castell logo

DecoArt logo    Clearsnap logo     Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Stampendous logo    Avery Elle logo  Xyron logo  Canvas Corp logo

And here is my offering for today. This is officially my first Christmas card this season! :). 

OK. So my colour scheme may raise a few eyebrows perhaps - what, white, pink and green for Christmas??? But ever since I made this Happy Dreams Do Come True glitter background card I just couldn't get this colour palette out of my head. Don't you think it's beautiful? :)

I cut a 6x6" card blank and a mats from green and pink cardstock and adhered them using
MyStik® Permanent Strips

For my background I stamped several Stampendous Jumbo Poinsettias with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink, using the free template (included in the stamp set) as a mask. I coloured the images with Tombow's ABT Dual Brush Pens (026, 098, 837, 856 and 905). 

Next I added a Spoonful of Snow Embossing Powders and Elements around the stamped panel and to the flower centres - heating them from underneath to set. I mounted my image to the card base over White Thin 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Next I stamped the pinecone branch from the Jumbo Forest Friends with the olive ink onto green cardstock and added snow 'clumps' in a form of Chunky White Embossing Enamel. Again adhered them with thin foam squares. 

For my flower cluster I die cut several Layered Poinsettia flowers from handmade paper and arranged them with the help of my trusty DODZ™ - Small.  I added a bow made from May Arts Suede String and added some tiny jingling bells. To adhere my flower cluster I used DODZ™ - 3D.

For the sentiment
I die cut two panels from Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and bonded them with Adhesive SheetsI stamped Believe Christmas with Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy onto the die cut vellum and heat embossed it with Crystal Embossing Powder

Whilst heating, the vellum started to curl but it looked kind of funky so I kept it :).

To finish I added some accents with Liquid Pearls.

Of course Stampendous are celebrating this joyous occasion with our own giveaway each day of the hop! Be sure to hop over to Stampendous blog for all the entry requirements and the official rules

To enter Stampendous giveaway visit all the participating designers' blogs and leave some love! We love generous heartwarming comments - they make us really grateful and really happy!

Here is who's playing today in the Stampendous team:

Asia King (that's me!)
Tenia Nelson

and back to:
Spellbinders 2014 Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments - they are all very much appreciated

Big crafty hugs and happy hopping!

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Sparkly Christmas Workshop At Sparkle Dreams

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello Friends! 

Popping in today to give you a shout out about my next workshop on 6th December 2014 at Sparkle Dreams in Swindon.

We'll be playing with Stampendous stamps, dies, Frantage embossing powders and glitters and great adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to create a beautiful seasonal wreath. 

You will leave the workshop with a bag of new techniques and a unique festive home decor piece - perfectly timed for Christmas!

We are required to advise the participants that this workshop contains a lot of glitter and may contain flash photography. Therefore viewers may find this workshop truly dazzling!

For booking information hop over to Sparkle Dreams blog. The seats are selling out fast so booking early to secure your place is highly recommended! 

I look forward to seeing you on the 6th December!

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014 - Day 1

Friday, November 07, 2014

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First of all, thank you to everyone who visited and left lovely comments on my mixed media Halloween Lantern post :0. I would also like to extend my warmest welcome to my newest followers - thanks for joining in!

If you are new to my blog, make yourself at home and check out my other projects, too. And if you don't want to miss my future offerings, be sure to click the 'Follow My Blog' button in my side bar :).

Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! The idea was born a few years ago to offer an online ideas 'library' dedicated to handmade gift suggestions which you can use all year round.

Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. 

Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out. 

My offering for the Handmade Holiday's blog hop is this altered Bobbin House. I've had this wooden advent calendar waiting to be decorated for a couple of years now. But I didn't have a concept what to do with it.

Then I've finally had an idea to turn it into a storage solution for small bits and bobs for one of my friends who loves sewing. I thought the little drawers would be perfect for storing sewing machine bobbins with threads, ready to be used when needed. 

I prepared a video tutorial for this project which you can watch below or on my YouTube channel.

And here are some close up photos of the Bobbin House.

Adhesives used:
3D Foam Pennants, 3D Foam Squares Thin - Mix White, Adhesive Sheets, Ivory Creative Photo Corners, Crafty Power TapeE-Z Dots® Permanent - RefillableE-Z Dots® Repositionable.

Other supplies:

Neat and Tangled Everday Labels clear stamps
Clearsnap/Colorbox: Mudslide Ink Spritzer, Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink Mocha & Green Apple, Mix'D Media Inkx Chox Butternut & Sparrow, Art Screen Mandala
Graphic45 Sweet Sentiments papers
Sizzix BIGZ On The Edge - Sewing Edge & Sizzlits Sewing & Writing Set dies
Rowlux Illusion Film Clear Moire

I hope you like my offering :). My heartfelt thanks to everyone who'd like to leave a few kind words :).

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo's board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop - please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!


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Halloween Altered Lantern Tutorial For Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Re-edited: Woot woot! My lantern has won the October Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - yay! Big thank you to the MMMC's DT for choosing my project! 

Hello lovely Bloggers! I hope you are all keeping well, enjoying the autumnal sunshine and colours.

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing an altered mixed media Halloween Lantern Tutorial using some of my favourite adhesives, stamps and paints. Hop over to the blog to see my faux rust technique, DIY rusty rivets and mesmerising illusion panes.

Adhesive Supplies used: Adhesive Sheets 6"x12", DODZ™ - 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix Black, E-Z Dots® Repositionable.

Other supplies:
Stampendous stamps: Mirror Mirror, Raven Background, Skeleton Poem, Damask Bats

Media: DecoArt Americana Country Red, DecoArt Multisurface Satin in Muted Gold, School Bus, Steel Grey; Ranger Butterscotch Color Wash, Dylusions Black Marble Ink Spray, Rub'n Buff Grecian Gold, Jet Black StazOn ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Embossing Ink.

Rowlux Illusion Film Gold Moire; metal lantern, ribbon (May Arts), metal feathers/embellishments.

I would really love it if you found a moment to hop over to see my post with this Halloween Lantern Tutorial. And just to tempt you even more, here's a little video of my lantern lit up - I am really pleased with the final result :-).

Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely heart warming comments.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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