Hi, there! It’s Lynnea and I have been OBSESSED with the January box from The Hedgehog Hollow ever since I opened it up! It’s amazing! There are chipboard pieces, three stamp sets, and a fabulous stencil if you’re a subscriber! How awesome! And everything has a geometric feel to it – which totally appeals to me! If you want to purchase a subscription there are several ways to subscribe! You could do a month to month rolling subscription to The Hedgehog Hollow starting with the January 2019 box or a three month subscription starting with the January box. There are also a few different boxes available for individual purchase so be sure to visit The Hedgehog Hollow shop!
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Hello! Have you ever experienced crafter’s block? It’s just like writer’s block, but with glue guns and paint 🙂 I’ve had a terrible case of it since before Christmas, but I think January’s box is pulling me back out! I love the geometric theme so much, and I have so many neat ideas for the products that I want to share with you here (and on my blog, too).
For today’s card, I chose the chipboard owl and made a geometric background with the Finding Your Way stamp set. I didn’t know where I was going with this design when I started, but I think it turned out pretty good!
To get the stamped design to line up, I started with one in the middle of the card. The MISTI helped me place it correctly, and I used VersaFine Ink in case I was going to emboss.
For the rest of the design, I stamped the diamonds with a block. To space them properly, I looked through the acrylic and used the edge of the actual stamp as a guide. It was faster to do it like this, even though I had to be more careful.
Once I finished with the stamping, I did indeed decide to heat emboss because I *thought* it was going to become a stained glass design with blended Distress Inks.
I embossed it, but there was no inking happening today. I couldn’t do it – the card front was just too dang pretty to color!
So, I set it aside and got to work on the owl. I inked up the back of the chipboard with VersaFine Ink and used it as a stamp on some smooth white cardstock.
Then, I colored in the sections with three Copic markers: E23, E25, and E29. I also did some flicking here and there to add a bit of contrast against all the hard lines, and I didn’t bother to smooth out the colors since I wanted some variation – like a suggestion of feathers 🙂
After that, I cut out the colored image and ran the darkest brown marker along the edge to keep the white from showing, and adhered the owl in place with some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.
While it was drying, I trimmed a 3” x 4” piece of black cardstock and heat embossed a sentiment from one of the other stamp sets that came in the box. Then, I attached the owl just above it with some foam squares and I added the little heart chipboard shape <3
To put everything together, I cut the geo background down to 4” x 5-1/4” and layered it over an A2 piece of black cardstock, then adhered the owl rectangle over the geo design. Finally, everything went on an A2 card base.
Be sure to pin this project to your inspiration board on Pinterest before you go, and thank you for reading today!
Today we’re righting about cutting machines, they are one of the most asked questions that we get; Which cutting machine should I get? Which machine is right for me?
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you which machine is right for you, nor can I tell you which one you should buy. But, I can tell you the pros and cons of the various machines so that you can make the best choice for you!
Let’s start with Silhouette Cameo. I used to own both the Silhouette 2 and 3, however, I didn’t find that I used them as much. The Cameo 2 was fabulous, but I felt that the Cameo 3 didn’t live up to my expectations. I ended up giving it to our Nanny, Lexi, who actually comes to work to use the Cricut as she finds it an easier machine to use. I no longer have any Silhouette products in my craft room.
So now let’s talk about the Cricut Maker and the Brother Scan and Cut DX.
We’ve created this handy chart that points out the pros and cons!
As you can see, they can do totally different things! It really just depends on what you need a machine for. Are you a stamper whose looking to save money because of all of their dies? The choice is clear. Are you a crafter who isn’t dependant on stamps, maybe you want the Cricut. If you’re somewhere in the middle, like me, maybe you need both!
Watch my video, that explains a little bit more, here:
I can’t wait to share that TV episode with you! You’ll be amazed at the foiling kit by Brother!
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Alexandra & the Prickle!
Take a look:
I decided to go with a simple one layer design. I wanted to do a no-line coloring so I started out by stamping the floral image in a light ink that won’t show once I color over it. Then, I used copic markers to color in the flowers. This time I used purple for the blooms along with some green for the leaves.
The important thing with no-line coloring is to make sure you make the shadows really visible. This helps our eyes to understand the image better and see all the details.
Once the image was colored in, I added some details with white gel pen. I like to do this because it gives some more datails to the images.
Then, I took a black marker and draw in a line around the edge. I left around 1/2 of an inch border and I made sure I didn’t draw the line over the flowers.
Then, I stamped out the sentiment and I used ‘Deepest sympathies’ saying since even though I hate making sympathy cards, we need to send them out sometimes.
Thank you so much for joining me!
Today we’re bringing a card crafting video all about Altenew’s Alcohol Markers. There are so many options for alcohol markers, we know you have a ton of choices, but you may not have considered Altenew’s.
Let’s start with their price point. Altenew’s prices are more than half off of the big name competitor’s big box retail prices. They come in at under $4 a marker! If you’re one of the many who struggles with affording supplies, knowing that there is always something else you’ll “need”, then you’re very aware that stretching your dollar is always a bonus! A 12 pack of markers is under $45 at the Altenew store!
What about color choices? Well not ONLY do Altenew’s markers coordinate perfectly with their ink line, but they are sold in blending groups of 4! You’ll be able to do so much shading and coloring with 1 box!
They are dual-ended, meaning you have a brush tip and a bullet tip for your coloring options. Coloring a vast space, or a tiny space, you only need one pen!
I could go on and on, but let’s just hop to the video!
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We hope you’ve enjoyed this video and found it helpful if you have let us know!
Happy Stamping, and Coloring!
Alexandra & the Prickle