Heffy Doodle Release Blog Hop!

Hey there, Heffy Doodlers!

Welcome to our blog hop!

We are so excited to share some inspiring projects with you today. This release is full of so many fantastic products, and it's impossible to choose a favorite!

One product I was especially excited about was the Blooming Marvelous stamp set. It's Heffy Doodle's first floral set, and it's so versatile and cute!

So let's get right to the card. It's a really easy one to mass produce, and it's all one-layer!

I arranged the floral images on to acrylic blocks, and then stamped them in a wreath pattern, going in an oval shape around the center of the card, being sure to leave room in the middle for a sentiment. The best tip for making a wreath card, is to make a basic oval or circle outline, and THEN fill in the wreath with more images. 

I used several different dye inks from Catherine Pooler Designs, as they provide great coverage for solid stamps like these floral and leaf images. 

After the wreath was finished, I stamped a sentiment from the Hello Everyone set. I then trimmed down the cardstock to 4 inches x. 5.25 inches and glued it on to a black cardstock panel. 

Now, because you can't write on black cardstock, unless you use a white gel pen, I went ahead and used a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base, and glued the black floral panel on to my white card base to finish everything off!

Now let's get to the hop details!

One lucky winner will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Leave a comment on each hop to qualify. Winner will be announced on Friday, July 17th on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

Here is a list of all the stops on the blog hop. If you get lost, just go back to the beginning at the Heffy Doodle blog!

Kelly Martin - You are here!

Thanks so much for joining us today, and happy hopping! 

Well Goodness Gracious!

Welcome, crafty friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I promise I will make it quick!

Just wanted to tell you about something SUPER AWESOME that hit the shop this week!

Honeybee Stamps has teamed up with WOW to create an exclusive trio of embossing powders!! I love these colors so much and the combinations you can create with them are endless!!

I created this card today with very minimal supplies, so let's get started!

Trim down a piece of black cardstock to 4.25 x 5.5 inches and glue it on to a white cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and set it aside. 

Next, cut down a piece of vellum to 4 x 5.25 inches. Don't worry about prepping your vellum with any anti-static materials because the WOW embossing powder already contains anti-static properties in it! Ink up your Zen Bouquet background stamp with Versamark ink and then stamp it on to your vellum piece. 

Cover your vellum piece with white embossing powder and then heat set it to melt the powder. Turn the embossed vellum piece over and apply liquid adhesive on the areas where the embossing is so that the adhesive won't show up when you flip it back over! 

Lay/adhere the vellum piece on to your card base and then let it dry. 

Using the Goodness Gracious die set, cut out the "gracious" word out of white cardstock and ink it up with Versamark ink as well. Cover it with the BEE Sweet powder and heat set it to melt the powder. Glue that on to your card base, and then you only have two elements left!

Ink up a piece of scrap cardstock with Versamark and then apply the BEE Kind powder. Heat set it to melt the powder and then set it aside.

Stamp your sentiment phrase from the Goodness Gracious stamp set on to a white cardstock strip, trim it down, and then glue it on to your blue glittered cardstock that you just made! Trim it down to the right size strip for your card and then glue it down. I mounted mine with foam tape for some added dimension, but you can make it all the same layer if you're feeling a little more simple!

Now step back and admire your work!!  

Thanks again for stopping by today and BEE SURE to check out these new embossing powders! They're the bees knees!!


Ramen Love With You!

Hey Friends!

I'm popping up here with a quick post to talk about my last card two cards that I created while I was guesting for Sweet N' Sassy Stamps this month!

I am a huge sucker for a cute food doodle stamp set, and I love this one called Punny Love.

This card was pretty simple, and it just involved putting together multiple panels!

I started with creating an alcohol ink panel on Yupo paper and then trimmed it down to 4.25 x 5.5 inches before gluing it down to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

I then chose a few other pieces of patterned paper that I had in my stash, trimmed them down to various sizes, and glued them down to the base in a staggered layout to give some visual interest since I knew the main image panel would be pretty simple.

I stamped one of the food images on to a piece of bristol cardstock, colored it with prismacolor pencils and then stamped the sentiment below the image with black ink.

I trimmed down the panel and then glued it down to the rest of the card base to finish everything off! 

For the next card, I did a fun little messy watercolor look that's quite easy to achieve!

I turned my stamps over so that the backside was visible, colored them with distress markers, and then sprayed them with water before stamping them down on to my watercolor paper. I heat set them just a little bit, and then did the second step.

I turned the stamps over so that they were facing the "right" direction, inked them up with the matching color of distress ink, and then stamped them down. I used a water brush to soften the lines a little bit, and then stamped and embossed the sentiment.

I trimmed down my watercolor paper to a 4x4 inch square panel and then mounted it with foam before gluing it down to a cut and scored 4.25x4.25 inch square card base. 

The card was looking just a bit unfinished to me, so I pulled out a black pen and then just doodled the black border across all four edges. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you haven't already, I encourage you to check out Sweet N' Sassy Stamps and their fantastic products! They have some SUPER cute stamp sets and great things to offer a variety of crafting styles!


Stamp Market New Release Blog Hop

Welcome, Crafty Friends!

I am just absolutely giddy with excitement today! I'm so thrilled to be joining some fantastic folks from The Stamp Market Design Team in showcasing the fabulous new release available for purchase now! You can find the entire new release here!

I'm sharing a few cards today, using various products from the release so let's get right to it!

For my first card, I used the Blooming Peony Stamp and Cut Bundle. What I love about this stamp set is that it's so forgiving! It seems like there's no wrong way to line it up and use it!

I stamped the base floral images on to white cardstock in my lightest pink shade. I then lined up the next layer, stamped it with a slightly darker pink ink, and then repeated this process for the last two layers. After stamping the leaf images, I then used the die to cut out both the flower and the leaves and set them aside.

I then cut down a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of gray kraft cardstock, used one of the leaf images to repeat stamp a background using a matching gray ink color. After gluing the panel on to a cut and scored card base, I used my corner rounder to round only two of the corners of the card to add visual interest.

I finished off the card by mounting my leaf and floral images with foam tape and adhering them on to the card before stamping a sentiment in black ink, die cutting it, and adhering it on to the finished card with foam tape as well!

For my last card, I used some stamps in the ADORABLE Color Me Happy set. I did a little bit of a different size card (a 4-Bar notecard), stamped and colored the paint palette and paintbrush images, and stamped a sentiment to finish things off!

I trimmed down the panel, glued it on to a black matte, and then adhered it down to a cut and scored 4 bar size notecard.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to hop over to the other blogs today for LOTS more inspiration!

The Stamp Market
Carly Tee
Rebecca Luminarias
Kelly Martin (You are here!)

Happy Crafting!


Supplies Used:

Inks: Be Mine (Catherine Pooler), Party Dress (Catherine Pooler), It's A Girl (Catherine Pooler), Grass Skirt (Catherine Pooler), Twilight (Catherine Pooler), Versamark, Intense Black (Hero Arts)
Embossing Powder: Opaque Bright White (Wow)
Washi Tape: Assorted Rainbow

Brutus Monroe Blog Hop--Anything Goes!

Hey there, Crafters!

I'm so pleased to be invited on to the Brutus Monroe blog hop today! When you've got an "Anything Goes" theme, it's hard not to feel inspired to create!

For today's card, I used some new to me shades of alcohol inks! I laid down some alcohol ink blending solution first on alcohol ink glossy cardstock, and then dropped in a few drops of each color and used my mouth to gently blow them in different directions to blend them together.

I them stamped the main floral image from the Botanical Banners set with Versamark ink on to vellum paper, and then heat embossed it with Vintage Pearl embossing powder.

And then I cut this image out using a coordinating die--JUST KIDDING!!! I actually just fussy cut it out, with a border, to make it look like it was a die. This is a technique I've really fallen in love with recently.

After gluing the floral vellum piece on to the alcohol ink panel, I trimmed down the panel and them mounted it with foam on to a gray cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base.

To finish off the card, I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set in Juniper Mist ink and cut it out, then I glued it on to the card with foam tape on the back.

Be sure to check out the rest of the inspirational creations from everyone else on the hop, 'cause you won't want to miss these projects!

KELLY (you are here!)
JAYCEE (go here next!)

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Other Supplies Used:

Inks: Pink Sherbert (Alcohol Ink), Cloudy Blue (Alcohol Ink), Cool Peri (Alcohol Ink), Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler)

Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop!


It is Topflight Stamps 2nd birthday! To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with up some of our favorite crafters to bring you a blog hop showcasing some of the fabulous products available from Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us all and show all of the crafters some love!

For today's card, I'm using the Wild Poppy stamp set by IndigoBlu and the Darkroon Door Boxes 3 Up Stencil.

I used a rainbow assortment of Distress Oxide ink colors and a blending tool, and created the rainbow card panel.

I then stamped the images from the stamp set on top of the rainbow panel and then colored the areas that overlapped with the oxide inks with the coordinating copic marker colors. This technique really made the floral images pop off the page!

I finished off the card by stamping a sentiment banner from the Brutus Monroe Botanical Banner stamp set, cut it out and then mounted it on the panel with foam tape. I glued the panel on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and called it good!

Now, of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate, and each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs. To be in with a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 8th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 9th. Good Luck!

6. Kelly Martin (you are here!)
7. Annette Allen (go here next!)
17. Lindsay Weirich

And if that wasn't enough already, there's also a special discount code for my blog readers! From now until Sunday, March 31, enjoy 20% off your order of $20 or more with code SAVE20. Shop here to take advantage of that awesome discount.

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending some time with me! Happy hopping!


Other Supplies Used:

Inks: Worn Lipstick (Distress Oxide), Spiced Marmalade (Distress Oxide), Fossilized Amber (Distress Oxide), Twisted Citron (Distress Oxide), Salty Ocean (Distress Oxide), Wilted Violet (Distress Oxide), Intense Black (Hero Arts)

Finders Keepers Puddle Jumper Blog Hop

Hey there!

Welcome to your next stop on the hop--my blog!

I've got some cute projects to share with you that really show off these papers and stickers, so let's get to it!

I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for patterned paper, and that's mainly because I believe that patterned paper takes most of the hard work out of cardmaking. When a collection like this comes along, it's even better because everything coordinates together and makes it even easier!

Find the entire Puddle Jumper release right here.

For all of these cards, I cut out some different portions of the patterned paper to assemble some Clean and Simple Cards. The wonderful thing about these cards is that the possibilities are literally endless when you create!

For this card, I just cut out one of the boot images, trimmed off some of the raindrop paper and then arranged some them together on a gray kraft cardstock panel. 

This next card was super fun to make cause I made that background panel myself! I just used some stormy sky and weathered wood distress ink and painted a background that looks like rain drops!

And for my last card, I waned to incorporate some of that YUMMY pink cardstock, so I matched it up with one of the images and then custom made my own sentiment die with a vellum shadow piece! I also added one of the sticker strips along the bottom of the card for a finished touch.

Make sure you don't miss any of the other projects! Leave a comment on each blogger's post and you'll have a chance to win the entire collection and a $25 gift certificate to the Finders Keepers store!

Kelly Martin (you are here!)
Kymona Tracey (go here next!)

Thanks so much for joining the hop today, and happy crafting!


Welcome Home Release Blog Hop

Welcome, crafty friends!

Oh, you guys. I just can't even with this new release. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to color, and all the line art on these new stamp sets just set my coloring heart aglow!!

I'm not even going to drone on about how awesome the release is because seriously the products speak for themselves, so let's get to it!

The images in these stamp sets are easy to color and really easy to arrange so you can make great scenes. Just color, die cut, and arrange! Here's how I did mine:

Don't you just love that tree? It's so stinkin' cute!

And I just love that sentiment--so much fun! Makes me think that I'll send this card to a friend who will hopefully picture me standing on my porch waving to them in the form of this card!

Here's another look you can create with the house and tree images:

That little dog--just forget about it. The cutest ever!! It would totally be okay with me if I lived in a house on a street like this in real life!

I also incorporated some of the background stamps on the Strolling Borders stamp set. I think these stamps really made these scenes come to life!

You can find the entire new release here on February 13! Be sure to keep up with all the events this week because we've got more hops planned, and I've got more cards to share!

Comment on each blog on the hop for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Catherine Pooler store! Winners will be announced on Catherine's blog on February 18th. 

Kelly Martin (you are here)
Maureen Merritt (go here next)

Thanks for stopping by today, and happy crafting!


Supplies Used:

Heffy Doodle Spring Release Blog Hop!

Welcome, crafty friends!

It's been a long winter, hasn't it? I'm so ready for flowers, pastels, and all things bright and cheery!

Thanks for joining us in the Heffy Doodle New Release Blog Hop! This release has so many great products for your spring and summer card-making, plus a few really unique things that are sure to round out your collection nicely! Find the entire release here.

For today's card, I'm sharing one of the new sets, Big Bug Hugs. So let's get right to the card! You can remember this post for later after you get your goodies and want to create with them!

One of my favorite things to do on a card is create ink blended or watercolor window cards.

Using the stitched square dies, I cut a window into a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel. The negative space is going to be your window, and the square die is going to be the ink blended element.

I used Distress Oxide inks and a blending tool to apply various Distress Oxide inks over my square die cut and then set it aside.

I stamped several images from the Big Bug Hugs stamp set, colored them with Prismacolor pencils, and then used the matching dies to cut them out.

After mounting my window panel with foam tape and placing it on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base, I laid my ink blended square piece into the window opening and then arranged my die cuts around the window to create a little mini-scene! For the images that were in the window portion and the card panel, I glue the parts that were flat against the panel with liquid glue. For the area that were inside the window, I used foam adhesive to pop them up so that everything would be the same level on the finished card.

I die cut the word "friend" from a piece of scrap cardstock I had in my stash and then stamped a sentiment to finish everything off!

So let's get to the details of the hop!

A random winner will be selected for a £50 gift certificate to the Heffy Doodle store. To be eligible, leave comments across the entire blog hop by 11:59 PM EST on February 18th, 2019. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog on February 20th, 2019.

We've also got a special exclusive stamp set to give anyone who places an order before the end of the day on February 11!

Thanks again for stopping by today and happy hopping!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Big Bug Hugs
Dies: Big Bug Hugs, Friend, Stitched Squares
Coloring: Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Taking Beautiful Card Photos

It's a tale as old as time.

You make a beautiful card and your heart is filled with pure joy. You can't wait to share it with the world so you whip out your phone to take a picture, and then this is the result:

Awash with frustration and sadness, you refrain from posting your card photo on social media because there are so many other card makers out there whose photos look like they belong in The Louvre.

Friends, you can conquer your photo demons with these simple and cost-effective tricks!

1. Add Scrapbook Papers to Your Stash as Photo Backdrops.

I recommend these from Hobby Lobby or Michaels. They are less than $1.00 (and even cheaper when they're on sale!), so you cannot beat that, am I right?!

2. Add Inexpensive Greenery as a Staging Prop. 

Warning: Be careful not to overdo it when you add greenery into your photos, because the attention should be on your beautiful card! I recommend some neutral branches like these from Hobby Lobby:

Tip: You an also use the supplies you used to create your card as staging props! Inks or embellishments work great!

3. Use Daylight Bulbs

Go to your local Walmart or general hardware store and put some daylight LED bulbs into your cart. Daylight bulbs can add the effect of natural light to your photos. Experiment with the placement of the lamps in your photo taking area as you're taking photos and don't give up! I point my lamps at my white walls, because the light bounces off the white walls and creates a more natural brightness.

Now let's talk about a few simple principles when it comes to arranging your card photos.

1. It's All About the Layers!

Use a jar or something around the house as a riser underneath your card. This creates a bottom layer (your patterned paper backdrop) and a top layer (your actual card). Then, place your greenery or other props on top of your backdrop, (but under your card riser) as a middle layer!

2. Use What You've Got!

We all use Instagram, so here's a foolproof formula for putting the finishing touches on your photos.
  • Brightness: Adjust the brightness filter until you get a more natural looking amount of light in your photo.
  • Structure: Adjust the structure filter so that the great details on your card aren't lost!
  • Saturation: Sometimes when the brightness is adjusted, the color is washed out, so adjust the saturation filter until you get a true representation of your card's colors.
  • Shadows: Adjust this filter to reove the shadows that are sometimes unavoidable when trying to photograph your cards.
There are other filters that you can play with, but these 4 are ones that I use every single time I post a picture. My advice would be to start out simply, and then experiment with other filters once you've got the hang of using them!

Thanks so much for hanging with me through this post, and I hope these tips have been helpful to you!

If you have any questions, drop me a comment and I'll do my best to answer them!