Monday, May 25, 2020

Crafty Festival Christmas Club May 2020 Blog Hop

Hey everybody! This month I decided to start participating in the Christmas Club Blog Hop. On the 25th of each month Crafty Festival hosts a holiday blog hop. I think this is nice because instead of forcing yourself to make a bunch of holiday cards in one month it spaces it out over the year. Check out the Crafty Festival Facebook page for more information on this blog hop here
Since this is my first time participating in this hop I decided to work with my favorite holiday stamp set: Happy Owlidays from Sunny Studio Stamps. I made two cards with this stamp set. All of the images were colored with Copic sketch alcohol markers.


Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Be sure to hop along with us for even more festive  winter holiday inspiration!


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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hello Summer Slimline

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking out my blog. Today I'm sharing a card overflowing with summer time happiness. This card features the new Hello Summer stamp set from Kindred Stamps. Inspiration for this card came from Ashley Ebben and her creation on the Sunny Studio Stamps blog. Check out her slimline card here.
Slimline cards are great because you can make multiple scenes on one card. I loved the idea of showing half the card on the beach and the other half of the card under the water.
For the top half of the card, I layered multiple cuts of the Puffy Cloud Borders from Lawn Fawn to create the clouds. I also used the Stitched Hillside Borders to make the beach and the bottom of the ocean. The palm tree stamp is from the Beach Happy (retired) stamp set from Stampin' Up.  I heat embossed the "Hello Summer" sentiment with white embossing powder from Brutus Monroe onto a stitched yellow circle. I adhered the circle, the penguin and the dog onto the card with some 3D foam tape.
I used the Copic sketch markers to color all of the character images. I used Distress Oxide inks to create the sky background and water background. The seaweed, coral, and other underwater images come from the Mermaid for You stamp set from Lawn Fawn. Lastly, I added some timy sparkles throughout the card for additional shine.
Thank you for stopping by my blog! If you have any comments or questions feel free to share below. Check out my Instagram for other recent creations here
- Bri
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Friday, May 22, 2020

Crafty Festival Spring Celebrations 2020: Father's Day Blog Hop

Hey everybody! I’m back today participating in my first blog hop with the Crafty Festival group. They had a series of blog hops featuring Spring Celebrations for 2020. This hop celebrates Father's Day!
For this blog hop I used the Leading Gentlemen stamp set from the Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies collection by Ellen Hutson. I created two card projects featuring this stamp set for Father's Day. The stamp set is mostly geared towards a significant other with its flirty sentiments, but I think I made it work for this occasion as well.
For my first project I used the Skinny Plaid stencil from Kindred Stamps and Distress Oxide ink to create the card background. I stamped the sentiment "You Are A Gentlemen and a Scholar" onto a stitched nesting label. I used my copic markers to color the Dad. I tried to give this character a beard, not sure how well it turned out. 
For my second card I used the other image stamps included in the Leading Gentleman stamp set to make the card background filled with items most men love! I tried to create a plaid shirt on this Dad out of the sold button up shirt using green and navy blue colors. I heat embossed the sentiment with Alabaster White embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. Last, I adhered the character with foam tape for some additional dimension.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Leave a comment below to let me know which card is your favorite. Be sure to hop along with us for even more festive inspiration for Father's Day celebrations!

Brianne Firth – You Are Here.
Justin Averill – Next Stop!

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-Bri
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Monday, May 18, 2020

Kindred Stamps May 2020 Release - Life's A Ride

I am so thrilled to show everyone a sneak peak from the Kindred Stamps May 2020 monthly release. This month I get to share with you the Life's A Ride stamp set featuring awesome park attractions and the Kindred Stamps Creative Team! I created two awesome card projects with this amazing stamp set. At the end of the blog post I have included a product list of the items used to create these projects. Since I created multiple variations some of the stamp images I did not provide a coloring guide. Life's A Ride will be available for purchase on the Kindred Stamps website on Friday, May 22 at 8 AM PST. 

Project 1
For my first project I created a slimline card (3.5" x 8.5") to show off all the fun park ride stamps. I used Distress Oxide inks (Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, and Seedless Preserves) to create the three colorful panels that each measured 2.5" x 3". I used Purple Tape to mask off 1/4" sections of the card front to create the white space surrounding the panels. Since the water spots did not show up as well on the middle panel I added blue detail lines to look like moving water. Lastly, I heat embossed the two sentiments "WEEE!" and "Life's A Ride" with white embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. 
Project 2
For my second project I decided to make a spinner card for the spinning teacups ride. When the recipient opens the card the teacup spins in circles just like on the ride! I used the patterned paper from the A Day in the Park Paper Pack for the printed backgrounds and the envelope liner. I am OBSESSED with this paper pack! So many fun designs! I also used the Tea Party Washi tape to add an extra detail to the coordinating envelope. I have to say I am very pleased with how this project turned out.
For the spinner component I had to stamp the image twice, once as itself and again as the mirror image. The mirror image is needed so when the image spins you have the same image on the front as you do on the back. To get the mirror image I first stamped the image onto a piece of acetate and then put the stamped image face down onto white cardstock and applied pressure to re-stamp the image onto the white cardstock. For better instructions on mirror stamping check out this video by Jennifer McGuire here. Hint: The Misti stamping tool is really helpful for producing a mirror image by reverse stamping!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog! Check out my other recent creations under the Creation Gallery tab. Let me know which project you liked the best by leaving a comment below.
-Bri

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

CASE a Fellow Creator Blog Hop!

Hi everyone today I'm participating in The  CASE The Fellow Creator Blog Hop hosted by Handmade Happiness. Handmade Happiness is for crafters that want to participate in hops and collaborations. All cardmakers with YouTube channels, blogs or social media accounts are welcome. Check the Facebook group out here. Check out the other  hop participants on youtube and social media by following the hashtag #CASEthefellowcreator .
So what does CASE stand for?
CASE simply stands for Copy And Share Everything. Basically, if you see a card you REALLY like you can copy it in your own style and share your own creation. Just make sure to credit the original artist too for their creativity too!

Justin Averill and his Creation 
For this blog hop I decided to CASE a card from my very talented friend, Justin Averill. If you haven't seen his work check out his blog here. He's very supportive and super creative! 

I have chosen to CASE Justin's A Queen and Her Guards card pictured below. This card features the Travel to the UK stamp set from Kindred Stamps. I love the layered dimension of this card. For more details on this card creation check out Justin's blog post here
My CASE Creation
For my card I created Justin's same card layout and background with the Distress Brick Stencil from Kindred Stamps and Distress Ink. However, instead of copying the Queen in her castle I made a princess stuck in her tower using the Kindred Stamps Long Hair Don't Care stamp set. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Design Space to make the window balcony, vines, and the flowers. For the grass at the bottom of the card I used the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die. 

Another one of Justin's signature items is his coordinating envelopes. I tried to make a coordinating envelope by making an envelope from scratch. I love all the different shades of purple on the envelope and envelope liner. A coordinating envelope ties the whole project together so nicely.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. Make sure to check out Justin's blog here. Search for the hashtag #CASETheFellowCreator on social media and Youtube. 
Hope you come back soon!
- Bri
Coloring Guide

Princess:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E59, E57, E55, E53
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15, 18
Blue: B93, B95, B97, B99
Gray: C2, C4, C6, C8
Tongue: E04

Thief:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E59, E57, E55, E53
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Outfit: C8, C6, C4, C2
Eyebrows: E21

Horse:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E59, E57, E55, E53
Shirt: C8, C6, C4
Jacket: E47, E44, E43
Skirt: B99 and R17
Shoes: R17

Chameleon:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E55, E53, E51, E50
Outfit: R81, R83, R85, R89

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

KS Bananas Limited Edition Box

The wait is the over! The first Kindred Stamps limited edition box of the new year has arrived: Bananas. This box includes so many great items including a stamp set, paper pack, sticker sheet, shaker mix, washi tape, twine, and a bunch of other fun goodies. The Bananas limited edition box will be available on the Kindred Stamps website on Friday, May 15th at 8 AM PST. This box inspired so many projects for me and I can't wait to share them all with you! Today I am sharing SIX card projects. At the end of this blog post I have provided a copic coloring guide for these characters. Leave me a comment below and tell me which project was your favorite!

My first two cards feature the funny yellow guys. Here's a fun fact: These little guys are buildable! The stamp set includes the base for two heights - short or tall, and then you choose the eyes, hair, and mouths to use to create multiple ones!

Project 1
For my first project I created a simple layered card. I trimmed down a piece of pattern paper from the box kit and layered it on top of solid yellow and blue cardstock. I also matted a strip of white cardstock on top of solid yellow and blue cardstock. I stamped the sentiment "You Are One In A" in coordinating ink. I stamped the "One" in blue ink to make the word stand out more. I also made a matching envelope with the coordinating washi tape.  I stamped the sentiment "I've got my eye on you" and an eye stamp on the envelope flap for a little extra humor. The patterned paper included in this Bananas limited edition box is fantastic!
Project 2
This banana cardstock is also included in the box's wonderful paper pack. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Design Space to make the banana cut outs for this awesome shaker card, which also showcases the beautiful shaker mix included in the box. I propped the characters with foam tape to add dimension to the card. I also made a coordinating envelope for this card as well. 
The rest of the cards feature the other four characters in this stamp set: three little girls and an evil dad!

Project 3
For my third card I created an ink blended background with Distress Oxide inks that coordinates with the three different personalities of the little girls. I used stitched circle dies to create white contrasting backgrounds behind the little girls to make them pop. Last I adhered the sentiment strip "Sisters Make the Best Friends" with foam tape. 
Project 4
For my fourth project I made a card featuring the evil dad. I used my the Print and Cut feature in Cricut Design Space and my Cricut Explore Air 2 for the moon image. I used my distress oxide inks to create a spacey background. I matted a strip of white cardstock on top of silver metallic cardstock. I heat embossed the "Let's Steal The Moon" sentiment with silver embossing powder. I am really happy with how the skin tone blending turned out with this character.
My last two projects feature Kindred Stamp's first metal die! This carnival die coordinates perfectly with this box. 

Project 5
For my fifth project I started by creating a fun card background with the KS Chevron stencil and distress ink. I also used the distress ink to create the ombre-looking background behind the carnival scene. I colored the carnival scene die cut with copic markers and a white gel pen to give the card a more whimsical feel. Last, I stamped the 'sisters' sentiment that I used previously on the inside of the card. 
Project 6
For my last project, I wanted to make a generic card with the new metal die. This card could be used for any occasion. I used acetate to attach the carnival outline to the front of the card. I used distress oxide ink to create the sunset background behind the die cut. I personally love the contrast between the white cardstock and the bright background. 
Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. The Bananas limited edition box will be available on the Kindred Stamps website on Friday, May 15 at 8 AM PST. 
- Bri

Coloring Guide

Funny Yellow Guys:
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15, 18
Blue: B93, B95, B97, B99
Gray: C2, C4, C6, C8
Tongue: E04

Evil Dad:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Outfit: C8, C6, C4, C2
Eyebrows: E21

Brown Hair Girl:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E59, E57, E55, E53
Shirt: C8, C6, C4
Jacket: E47, E44, E43
Skirt: B99 and R17
Shoes: R17

Blonde Hair Girl:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: E55, E53, E51, E50
Outfit: R81, R83, R85, R89

Black Hair Girl:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E0000
Hair: T9, T7, T5, T3
Shirt: R17, Y13
Scrunchie: R17
Overalls: B97, B95, B93

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

KS Wacky Holiday for May - National Yoga Day

I'm bending over backwards with excitement for this beautiful creation! The stamp featured on this card is part of Kindred Stamp's monthly Wacky Holiday collection. The holiday celebrated with this stamp is National Yoga Day (June 21st). I made two card projects featuring this stamp set and two new KS stencils: Mandala and Crackle. National Yoga Day is available on the Kindred Stamps website on Friday, April 8th. At the end of this post I have included a Copic coloring guide for the yoga girls and a product list of the tools I used to make these creations.
Project One
My favorite part of this card is the beautiful background I create with the new Mandala stencil. I used various Distress Oxides for the colorful ink blending. I also love the punny sentiment "Congrats on Your New Position". Last, I adhered some sequins to the card to add a little sparkle!
Project Two
My favorite part of this card is the awesome sentiment "Let's Get It OM". It really makes me giggle!  I used  Distress Oxides and other inks for the colorful blending with the new Crackle stencil. I masked a portion of the card with Purple Tape to stencil only the bottom half of the card. I love all of the angles and the clean lines this stencil makes. 
Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. Make sure to comment below and tell me which project is your favorite. I hope you come back soon!

- Bri
Coloring Guide

Brunette:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E000
Hair: E59, E57, E55, E53
Outfit: V28, V25, V22, V20

Blonde:
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000, E000
Hair: E55, E53, E51, E50
Top: BG02, BG01, BG000
Pants: C06, C04, C02

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Kindred Stamps April 2020 Release - Monster Hunter

Thank you for checking out my blog! I'm back today to share another sneak peak of the Kindred Stamps April release. Yesterday I shared my first sneak peak of the Seas the Day stamp set. Check out the blog post here. Today I am showcasing the Monster Hunter stamp set featured in the card projects below. These stamp sets will be available on Friday, April 24th.

*Warning! The last card project features explicit language!*

Project 1:
For my first card I made a spinner card for the coin image. When you open the card the coin spins like its being "tossed" in the air and it displays the sentiment "Toss A Coin For Your Birthday". I colored the coins and the character with my copic sketch markers. The card may look simple from first glance but I believe the spinning coin adds a nice touch.
Project 2:
I used multiple stencils to create a mystical magic background for this card. I used the Onyx Glitter Gloss and the retired limited edition super heroes stencil for the star background. I used the Optical Illusion Stencil to create the wavy blue/gray background. I used Nuvo Drops to add some additional embellishments to the card. The character was colored with copic markers.
Project 3:
This final project is definitely my favorite. To create the background I used Kindred Stamp's Dragon Scales Stencil and Distress Oxide ink. I used a red shimmer brush to add the splatter effect to the background. I colored the figure with my copic markers and I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog! Check out my other recent creations under the Creation Gallery tab. Let me know which project you liked the best by leaving a comment below.

-Bri
The entire Kindred Stamps April release will be available Friday, April 24 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #75 - SPECTACULAR SKIES

Hi everyone! Sitting around at home has given me a lot of free time to try new things. I decided to try my very first Lawn Fawnatics challenge. This challenge is the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #75 - Spectacular Skies. "Use the challenge image to inspire you or be inspired by the view outside your own door!" Challenge closes on May 3rd. 
I used the Lawn Fawn A Little Sparkle stamp set and some mirror imaging techniques to make this card. For more details on this card read below!
I used copic sketch markers to color the unicorn images from the A Little Sparkle stamp set. I used the mirror stamping technique to create the reverse image for the blue unicorn. For a tutorial on the mirror stamping technique check out this youtube video by Justine Hovey here. To create the background I used  Distress Oxides for a rainbow ink blending. I used the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders to create magical clouds in the sky. I used some Tonic Studios Nuvo Drops to add some depth to the clouds. I used the Large Stitched Rectange Stackables Lawn Cuts to add a stitched edge to the rainbow background and matted it onto a bold pink cardstock. Finally, I heat embossed the sentiment "Hope Your Day Sparkles" onto a light pink stitched banner image and adhered it to the card with some foam tape for dimension.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you enjoy this card. I love trying new techniques and messing with my distress inks. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

- Bri 

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Kindred Stamps April 2020 Release - Seas the Day

Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so excited for today because I get to share creations featuring my favorite animal, sea horses! 💜 The Seas the Day stamp set from Kindred Stamps features two sea horse images, a sea shell image and three adorable sentiments. I made three card projects to showcase this 2 x 6ets stamp set. This stamp set is available on Friday, April 24th along with the rest of the April release. Check back tomorrow for another sneak peak!

Project 1:
For my first card I used the Kindred Stamps Long Hair Stencil to symbolize moving water as a background. I stamped the "Go With the Flow" sentiment in a royal blue ink on the wavy background. I added some sand and sea weed die cuts to create an under the sea image. I added another layer on top in the image using acetate and white card stock. I embossed the white cardstock with a wave stencil to add some additional contrast. I used my copic sketch markers to color the sea horse and the sea shell. If I were to make this card again I would add a little bit of shading to the sand and sea weed to give another level of dimension.
Project 2:
I had a lot of fun making my second card project with the Kindred Stamps Bubbles Stencil! I used some Thermoweb Transfer Gel to transfer the bubble design onto foil.  I used wobblers with the sea horses to add some dimensions. This way it looks like they are "floating" with the bubbles.  I used my copic sketch markers to color the sea horses and sea shell. I stamped the "You Make My Heart Swim" sentiment onto a thick strip and adhered it to the cardstock with some foam tape. If I were to make this card again I would take a little more time equally spacing the foiled panels.
Project 3:
For my final project I pushed my self out of my comfort zone and gave color bursts a try. Let's just say it did not go as planned. Not sure if I will give them another try in the future. They are a little too messy for me lol! If you have any tips on how to properly use the color bursts PLEASE leave a comment below.  All the pieces of card stock used in this card were in the "splash zone" of the color burst powder. I heat embossed the sea horse image with a light purple embossing powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment "Seas the Day" with white embossing powder. I used coordinating ribbon and Nuvo drops to add dimension to the card. I braided the ribbon to look like intertwined seaweed.  Finally, I adhered the sea horses onto the card base with foam tape.  If I were to make this card again I would use a lighter blue for the card background.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog! Check out my other recent creations under the Creation Gallery tab. Let me know which project you liked the best by leaving a comment below.

The entire Kindred Stamps April release will be available Friday, April 24 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

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