July 8, 2017

Sunny Studios + Studio Katia Blog Hop Giveaway


Welcome to the Sunny Studios and Studio Katia blog hop. Both teams are celebrating Summer Time with fun and colorful shaker cards using stamps from Sunny Studio and dies and embellishments from Studio Katia.  There are prizes and a special sale too! Both companies have a prize to give away too so make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post to see how to win!



I used the Magical Mermaids stamp set to create this under the sea card. The images were all colored with Copic Markers for a punch of color. The fun wave border was created with the Sunny Studios Stitched Scalloped Borders Steel Die.  The border was then colored with Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China



The Studio Katia Dotted Shaker Tag makes for perfect embellishments. Here. I placed it right over the wave border and filled it with a mix of Summer Fusion sequins. The colors really pop against the white background. A few sprinkles of sequins up at the top finish off the card. Now let's take a look at more inspiration from both design teams:

Have fun hopping!
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As part of the blog hop festivities, Sunny Studio is giving away (2) $25 gift cards to two lucky winners.  Contest runs through Monday night with winners announced on the Sunny Studio blog on Tuesday, July 11th.

Sunny Studios is also having a 3-day sale with 15% off all purchases using the promo code "SUMMER15" through Monday night, June 10th 11:59 pm PST.


★GIVEAWAY!★

To celebrate this Summer Time Hop we are giving away THREE prizes:
One prize pack from Studio Katia and two $25 store credits from Sunny Studio! 

Here's how to win:
  • Comment on the Design Team blogs from Sunny Studio and Studio Katia (see a complete list of those participating at the Studio Katia and Sunny Studio Blogs).
  • Three winners will be chosen at random from the collective blog hop posts. Make sure to check out each of the blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment, the better your chances are of winning! 
  • You have until Monday, July 10th at 11:59 PST to comment - winners will be announced on the Sunny Studio and Studio Katia blogs by Wednesday July 12th.

July 5, 2017

Neat and Tangled July Release Day Three | School Hous

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the July Neat and Tangled release. The second stamp set up is called School House with the cutest little critters and sentiments.  My favorite from this set is the pencil which I centered the design around.


To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled School House stamp and die sets with Versafine Ink. Next, I colored a handful of images with Kuretake Gansai Watercolors. I used a masking technique to make a tower of staggered pencils. Each colored in shades of blue, with a green one way at the top. A school bound bear softly watercolored completes the stamped images.



The stacked sentiment was stamped in Onyx Ink. The card was layered with blue cardstock and placed on a gray base.   A few sprinkles of sequins finish off this school themed card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a School House stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite cardstock colors are. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

July 4, 2017

Neat and Tangled Release Day 2 | You're a Ge

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the July Neat and Tangled release. The second stamp set up is called You're a Gem and it certainly is.  I love all of the different shapes and sizes included in this set. The beautiful, bold script is perfect for large sentiments.


To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled You're a Gem stamp and die sets with Versafine Ink. Next, I colored a handful of images with Dr. Ph Martin's India Ink. I love how bold the colors are! The gems were layered at the bottom of the card, some with a bit of foam tape for lift. 



The bold sentiment was stamped in Onyx Ink. The entire card was framed out and placed on stripped patterned paper. A few sprinkles of clear Dew Drops finish off this fun card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a You're a Gem stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite watercolor brand is. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

July 3, 2017

Neat and Tangled July Release Day 1 | Together Stamp Set

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the July Neat and Tangled release. The first stamp set up is called Together and it's chock full of beautiful text. Perfect for titles of all different kids. I paired it up with Flamingo Floatie stamp set and Triangle Pattern Mask for a fun summer card.

To create this card I used the Triangle Pattern Mask and Oxide Distress Inks for a fun background. Combining the Neat and Tangled Together stamp and die sets is a great way to create a layered title. I used a blending tool to shade the top of the die cut title for a pop of color. The Flamingo Floatie images were colored with Copic markers and layered on the ink blended background.



A few sprinkle of sequins finish off this layered card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Together stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite summer stamp set is currently. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

June 20, 2017

Stamping + Traveler's Notebook

It's that time of the year when we travel far (and near) from home to experience all of the best of summer. I was so happy to see a traveler's notebook in this month's kit - perfect for our recent trip to Florida! I decided to focus most of the design in these pages around the stamps included in the Summer Stamp Set. Let's take a look at how stamping + traveler's notebooks are perfect together.
Florida Traveler's Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
This is the opening page to my notebook. Don't you love that nice, bold black and white stripe on the inside cover? I started this page by using the small starburst in the Summer stamp set to create a fun background. Scattering stamped dots is a great way to add color to your notebook without the bulk of patterned paper. 
Florida Traveler's Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
I separated the top and bottom halves of the page by using the dotted line  and "what's the plan" stamps. This simple line creates a border between the two photos.
This page contains also cleverly contains the "where" of my trip. If you take a close look at the photo of my drink, you can see the name of the resort. To highlight a main photo like this one, use the corner lines stamp and a sentiment from the Summer Stamp set to frame it out.
Stamped Traveler's Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
Adding a stamped title right in your photo is a great way to not only highlight the subject, but also cuts down on the bulk of sticker alphabets. Remember to use a permanent ink like Versafine when stamping on photo paper.  The same idea was used on the right side with the center, stamped title. The "explore" stamp looks like faux script writing here.
Stamped Notebook by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you've gotten some tips on how to use stamps in your notebooks. Happy travels!

June 13, 2017

Sunny Studios Design Team!

I'm so happy to be on the Sunny Studios Stamps design team! I started making cards last summer to get a break from the big scrapbook canvases that I was working on. I fell in love with these tiny pieces of art. I love the coloring, the cuteness and the challenge of a new craft.



This is the first cards that I made for Sunny Studios with the Pirate Pals stamp set. I love these cute little guys! I used the wave steel cut die to create a perfect spot for my peek-a-boo pirates.



A wash of Distress Ink in Broken China over the front adds a punch of color to front of the card. All of the stamped images were colored in with Copic markers. I'm still getting the hang of these and practice (and more practice) has definitely helped!

The next set of cards were made using the fun Oceans of Joy stamp set. This set is so very versatile and the addition of a bouquet of balloons makes it perfect for all of those birthday cards I make year after year.



I started the card by using Distress Ink in Broken China on watercolor paper to create the wash of aqua color on the front of the card. Next, I cut out three windows and added a sentiment to the upper right hand corner.


All of the stamped images were colored with Copic markers and tucked behind the windows in peek-a-boo effect. A few scattered sequins completes this ocean of birthdays card.


Here’s a peek at a second card that I created using the leftover images I colored from the Oceans of Joy stamp set. I based this one on a very subtle bubble background in the center. I used all of the bubble stamps with very light grey ink to fill in the circular window. A few sequins and all of the leftover colored images complete the card!

Next time you need a few under the sea cards, grab Oceans of Joy and color your heart out!

SUPPLIES | Click on the photo for more info

Sunny Studio Stamps - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Pirate Pals  Sunny Studio Stamps - Sunny Snippets - Dies - Pirate Pals  Sunny Studio Stamps - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Oceans of Joy  Sunny Studio Stamps - Sunny Snippets - Dies - Oceans of Joy


Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken China  Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Small Stitched Square Stackables  Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Dotted Circle Stackables  Sunny Studio Stamps - Sunny Snippets - Dies - Stitched Scalloped Borders


Bella Blvd - Puffy Stickers - Hearts - Punch Mix

June 8, 2017

Neat and Tangled Release Day 4 | Exploding Boxes + Distress Oxide Inks

Hey there, welcome to the last day of the June Neat and Tangled release. The last set up is a die and stencil set called Exploding Boxes. It's a beautiful graphic design that begs for a colorful background!



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Exploding Boxes Die to create an intricate panel out of white cardstock. To create the background I used Distress Oxide Inks in Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Broken China. It's amazing how opaque and easy to layer these inks are. So very different from the original Distress Inks!




A sprinkle of sequins and a sentiment on black cardstock, embossed in white finish off this bold card design.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Exploding Boxes Steel Die and Stencil Set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite coloring medium. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

June 7, 2017

Neat and Tangled June Release Day 3 | Welcome Home

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the June Neat and Tangled release. The third stamp set up is called Welcome Home and it's a beautiful bold design. I love the solid house image and went to town creating a background with it!



To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Welcome Home stamp set to make a fun background on my card. I used the solid house image and pigments inks in shades of green, yellow and blue. Using a stamping press tool makes getting a nice, crisp image like this easier! I then stamped the sign post image on the center of a rectangle piece of cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I wanted the sentiment to really stand out here against the busy background, so I used aqua embossing powder to give it a little lift.


A few sprinkles of hearts up the post finish off this home sweet home card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Welcome Home stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite card background to create. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Color Flow + Felicity Jane Summer

When I opened the Summer Kit, the first paper that caught my eye was this beauty. The perfect shades of a summer sunset with a kick. It reminded me so much of the scenery during a trip to Discovery Florida Orlando, that I decided to use it to tell the story of this amazing spot.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
This pattern is so beautiful, I had a hard time covering it up! I wanted the design to flow naturally with the colors in the background. I started by gathering chipboard, die cuts and a journaling cards in the same colors of the paper.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
I lined up the colored embellishments to match the shades in a vertical line. This really emphasizes the transition of color while the embellishments add a variety of shapes and texture to the page. A well-designed paper like this can serve as a guideline while adding your own twist! 
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjaneWhen creating a transitional, vertical line of embellishments like this remember to use many different shapes and sizes. The more the better the design will flow. Notice that a sprinkle of tiny sequins (from my stash) lead the eye from the top to the bottom - almost like a sparkly bread trail.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
The chipboard title is very long and serves as a shelf for the photo. The words underline the focal point and really draw attention to the center of the page. I placed a strip of neutral, gray striped patterned paper just underneath to ground the words. A border from one of the papers in the kit add a punch of color and some fun circles.
Discovery Cove by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
Summer colors and photos are my absolute favorite to scrapbook. This beautiful kit is the perfect compliment to all of my summer stories. Don't forget to use color flow when you want to create beautiful layouts with a bold design.

June 6, 2017

Neat and Tangled June Release Day 2 | Beach Day

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the June Neat and Tangled release. The second stamp set up is called Beach Day and it's a fun whimsical design. I love these little swimming animals because I know that the cards I make with these will make someone smile. They are that cute!



To create this card I used a circle die to cut out three windows from a 5-1/4 x 4-1/2 card base. I used Distress Ink in Broken China to create the watery background. Next, I used the Neat and Tangled Beach Day stamp set to create the scene. Copic markers were used to give those stamped images a pop of color!




A few sprinkled sequins and a sentiment finish off this fun beach day card.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Beach Day stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite type of card to create. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

June 5, 2017

Neat and Tangled Release Day 1 : Bloom!

Hey there, welcome to the first day of the June Neat and Tangled release. The first stamp set up is called Bloom and it's a beautiful floral design. I love this botanical design and especially the beautiful script sentiments.


To create this card I used the Neat and Tangled Bloom stamp set to create a pretty floral border just off the bottom edge of the card. I used Peerless watercolors for a pop of color in the flowers. The sentiment is stamped with a trio of pigment inks from Mama Elephant. I used those same pigment inks to create an ombre border on the right side of the card.



A few sprinkle of sequins and a sentiment finish off this floral card with a twist.

Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Bloom stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite coloring medium. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

May 11, 2017

Elle's Studio May Kit + Project Life




The kit this month at Elle's Studio is all about color, bright summery colors that I love! I probably say that every month about Elle but it's true. This kit designer is all about beautiful palettes and that's what draws me to them.


I had what I call a collection of odds and ends photos from our trip to Universal last spring. Just snapshots that I loved that didn't make it into scrapbook layouts and detail shots that I knew would be perfect for my project life spreads. They are a peek into our vacation and little moments I don't want to forget. Especially, that big pink delicious doughnut!


I love this bright yellow Nope card. It reminds me so much of the Minions in the photo with my son. A handful of sequins make it a great shaker accent.

I've been using the May Elle's Studio kit to create a few more project life spreads. I'll be back to share soon!

KIT USED | click on the photo for more info


May 2017 Kit

May 3, 2017

Neat & Tangled Release Day 3 | Prehistoric Pal

Hey there, welcome to the March Neat and Tangled release. The next stamp set up is Prehistoric Pals. I love these cute little dinos and cave people. This is going to be a fun one to color!



To create this card I used Distress Ink in Antique to create a pretty background out of white cardstock. I blended the ink to create a glow just beneath the scene. I colored in the images with Copics and scattered little red hearts all over the card. This added just a bit of love and whimsy to the design. 


Neat and Tangled will be giving away a Prehistoric Pals stamp set. To enter, leave a comment below to be entered. Tell me what's your favorite coloring medium. Visit the Neat and Tangled blog on Friday for a list of winners. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Vertical Design Tutorial | Design School

Let's talk about vertical designs - the ones that area clean and angular with lots of space for decorating and telling stories. I chose this type of design because I'm in love with this alphabet from the Caroline kit. The font, the color, the size - it's absolute perfection. What better way to show it off than to bring it center stage!
Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
 Begin by dividing the page straight down the middle with a bold title. Then start working in vertical lines to the left and right sides of that midpoint. Make sure that your photos and patterns are evenly distributed. You don't want too much weight on one side - it makes for lopsided designs! For example, if you place a photo at the lower right, balance it with another photo on the upper left like above.
Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
Mix up the widths and shapes of the stacked items in your vertical rows. This keeps the design from looking static (i.e. boring). Here is a rectangular strip of yellow patterned paper with a banner just underneath. This makes for an interesting design.
Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
These designs tend to be a bit busy so make sure that you highlight the photo since that's where we want the focus to remain. Using strips of pattern paper to block the top and bottom of this vertical photo, along with layers of flair, circle-shaped patterned paper, chipboard and a heart rubber charm allow this photo to shine.
Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane

Repetition of shape (and contrasting ones) is really important when creating vertical layouts. Here, the two circles at the bottom right (in the flair and patterned paper shape) and mimicked in this frame. This creates symmetry as well. I love how it highlights this smaller photo as well.
Magical Luau by @nancydamiano | @felicityjane
 Vertical designs are a fun graphic look to experiment with. The Caroline kit with it's beautiful colors and embellishments is the perfect fit for this type of design!