Friday, July 10, 2020

One Die Six Ways - Video Tutorial + Giveaway

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Oh y'all. 

I'm becoming obsessed with techniques that give me multiple cards. OBSESSED! And also budget stretching techniques, so today I have BOTH. 

I have a single die that I'm going to use six ways, just doing three techniques. Is that too much math? I FEEL YOU. But don't worry - there's a video. And it counts as homeschool credit for the fall. JUST SAYING. You're welcome.

Up first - BEAUTIFUL DUCT TAPE two ways! I found this gorgeous tie-dye tape and had to do my faux heat embossing technique with it (original video here). 

This border die is both a negative space die and an edge die, and it's perfect for these two examples of the faux heat embossed look. 

For this first card, I added two strips of tape side by side on a card front, and then die cut them. 

The colors really pop on black cardstock, so I used a black card base and my fave word die to finish this simple card. I know you've seen these word dies a billion times on my blog, but they are just awesome.


Then I decided to do a split negative technique with the same tape. I used just a single strip of tape on the right side of a white panel. Then I positioned the same die half on the tape and half on the untaped panel and cut it. So it created a negative space on the left that I backed with black cardstock and a positive space on the right with the pretty tape! The sentiment matches the negative space - missing you! It's from this stamp set.


Now here's a cool thing - I used a cardstock shim when die cutting that last piece just to see if I'd get a good enough impression for a direct to paper technique with Bamboo Ink - and sure enough - it worked! I also got two cards from this technique, as you'll see below! I cut the inked piece with this amazing positive/negative hello die, and then just added a few sequins.


I saved ALL the negative pieces from cutting that hello. Then I die cut a white panel with the same die, and pieced them into the openings - SQUEE! Love how the die pattern looks in the background. 


Finally, I die cut a card panel to use as a stencil with the floral die for my sixth card - but after inking that card, the stencil itself was gorgeous, so I made it into a card! The sentiment is from this set.


And here's the card that I ink blended with the DIY stencil above. The sentiment is from this set. This one is fun because it's a stamp/die/stencil/mask bundle!


I have some tips for you in the video to avoid a few mistakes I made along the way - but this is so much fun. Here's the video: Stay tuned below for current coupon codes and visit my video on YouTube for a giveaway!



Floral In 'N' Out Border Die
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Fragile Foliage
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Flower Arrangement Die Set
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Circled Greetings: Hello Die
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Balloon Bunch Stamp Die & Mask Bundle
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Amazon.com: Tie Dye Print Duct Tape:...
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Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
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Crimson Crisp Dye Ink – Altenew
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Autumn Blaze Crisp Dye Ink
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Altenew | Sunkissed Crisp Dye Ink
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Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink – Altenew
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Altenew Persian Blue Dye Ink
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Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
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MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
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LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
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Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
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Essentials by Ellen Storage...
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Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
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XL Stamp Storage Pockets
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Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
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Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
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Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
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Hope you have a good weekend planned.

Loveyameanitbye.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Oh Happy Day - NEW INK

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Nothing makes me happier than brand spanking new ink. NOTHING. Probably the most exciting development at Creativation was Concord & 9th's new ink and cardstock line. The colors are gorgeous, the cardstock is buttery smooth and THE NAMES ARE SO CUTE! I'm going to write a children's book featuring characters with names from their ink line - one story will be revealed later this month. 

I'll have stuff from this line for you each Friday this month, but here's a link to the whole color collection

And in case you missed it on Instagram, here's a link to the video I did introducing all the colors - it's only one minute of your time and it's a full overview!




Here's the card featured in the video.I wanted you to be able to see the full spectrum! It's GORGEOUS. The neutrals are phenomenal - I think Mushroom is going to be a sensation. I cut strips of cardstock, glued them onto a piece of copy paper and then cut them with the Hexagon Label Dies for this sweet, simple card. 

Mushroom Bundle
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Hexagon Label Dies
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Concord & 9th Positive Turnabout Stamp
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Concord & 9th Fresh Cut Florals Dies...
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Concord & 9th Hey Bestie Bundle
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SHOP BY COLOR
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What's cool about the way they have them on site is you can buy a color bundle - cardstock, ink, reinker, cube and inkpad - LOVE. Here's the mushroom bundle as an example.


Have fun checking it out today. I hope they ordered a ton! 

Loveyameanitbye.


CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
5% off at LBC here with code LYDIA5
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Friday, July 3, 2020

Slimline Birthday Card + Recipe

*Compensated affiliate links used where possible at zero cost to you. No posts are ever sponsored or paid.*

I'm still enjoying the slimline craze. It gives you the real estate to build scenes, which has always been one of my fave things to do - but now that there are products built for that size, it's even easier. I like how quickly this has taken hold of the industry!

I was watching Simon's live today and was THRILLED to see that they now carry beautiful, top opening self-adhesive slim line envelopes - I had to buy a bunch! IN MY FAVORITE COLOR - Audrey Blue! So excited. But there are other colors too. 

Anyhoo - I have a slimline card and video for you today. I've been enjoying some simple, "make a card" type videos during all this craziness - it's not something I did a lot of before, but there's something relaxing about it right now that I'm enjoying - so I hope you are too - that's what today's video is. Just the start to finish process on this card. 

It starts with the stitched slimline frame from this cute slimline scene-building die set. I just used the frame portion today. 

Then I used these images and matching dies for the focal points. 

I freaked out a bit when I got my order, because the embellishments I used today COME ALREADY IN STORAGE CONTAINERS AND LABELED! And it's for the system I use, which is this one. I might have shrieked! Zero extra work to put them away - I love this so much. Plus the embellishments are adorable, which you'll see in the video. 

On top of the die cut panel, I ink blended this beautiful layering waves stencil in three ink colors with Life Changing Blender Brushes (inks listed below). Then I Copic colored the images extremely simply, and popped them up with foam dots, connecting the fishies to their balloons with silver cord - I have a little trick for making this type of thing very fast, that you'll see in the video. 

I used these cute bubble embellishments. Stay tuned below the video for crafty sales and a delicious recipe!



Here's the video - if you don't see a video player below, click here to watch on YouTube.



Simon Says Stamp Envelopes SLIMLINE...
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(1) 4x8 Shellabration Stamp Set –...
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(1) Shellabration Coordinating Die...
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Trinity Stamps SLIMLINE SERIES WONKY...
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(1) Waving Hello- 6x9 Laser Cut...
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Elizabeth Ward TINY CONTAINER BEAD...
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(1) Bubble Blower: Transparent...
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(1) Bubble Bath - Flat-Backed Rainbow...
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(1) Sending Love - Clay Envelope...
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(1) Just Keep Swimming- Clay Fish...
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Life Changing Blender Brushes: 4-Pack...
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Premium Dye ink Pad : Sapphire –...
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Premium Dye ink Pad : Slumber –...
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GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Blue...
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Copics at Simon Says STAMP!
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Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
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Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
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Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
[ AMZUS ]
Xyron ADHESIVE ERASER 23675
[ SSS | ART | AMZUS ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]
New at Ellen Hutson
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Click the sales graphics to shop the Independence Day Sales below! There are serious bargains to be had. 




Now for the food portion of the weekend!

I recently made a favorite recipe. This can be made with cauliflower or broccoli, and it's from one of my favorite websites! It's lemony and delicious - perfect for summer. I would have said perfect for a potluck, buuuutttttttt we all know that's not happening! So enjoy my modifications to the recipe and a link to the original here. Changes in red are mine. 

What do you have planned for the 4th? We will be making ribs and these amazing crispy potatoes I posted about here and doing some huge house projects. No relaxing here! But possibly starting the week a little more squared away!

I hope you have a safe and happy weekend! 

Loveyameanitbye.


CURRENT COUPON CODES
15% off anything at Marker Universe or any of their other sites - Understandblue15.
10% off the whole store at A Colorful Life Designs - LydiaFan10
5% off at LBC here with code LYDIA5
10% off sitewide at Arteza here with code Understandblue6 through 7.31.2020
Phone stand for filming link below in the banner - 20% off sitewide with code UNDERSTANDBLUE
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