Saturday, March 12, 2016

CHA New Release Hop with Laura's Loft

  Welcome to our CHA New Release Hop!  I can tell you all of us at Laura's Loft have been beyond excited to bring you so many awesome products and this hop has been seriously cool to bring together.  We have tons of awesome projects, a store wide 15% off sale through 4/3/16 (so you can pick up all those new products!), $10 off a $75 purchase and a prize package giveaway to enter.  I don't think we could fit anymore in this hop if we tried! Giveaway entry details are at the bottom of the post along with the coupon code :)
  You should have landed here from Deana's blog, but if not, Laura's is the place to start.  To enter the giveaway, we ask that you comment on each blog in the hop.  We love to hear what you think :)  I have three projects to share, so lets get started on the good stuff!

I love the contrast between the black background and bright greens and yellow.  Tim's new mini stencils worked perfectly with Ranger Texture Paste to add raised texture and allow the colors to stand out.  Avery Elle's Sentimental die set "hugs" added a bit of whimsy with the doodley font and the Virginia Turtle Enamel Dots finished it off nicely and I put a piece of fun foam behind the black panel for some dimension.  Here's my supply list if you'd like to recreate this one.
Avery Elle Sentimental die set
Tim Holtz Mini Stencils Set #4: Blossom
Ranger Texture Paste
Distress Ink in Cracked Pistachio (Set #13) and Lucky Clover (Set #15)
Virginia Turtle Enamel Dots
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies
Black cardstock
Doodlebug Bumblebee Daydream cardstock
White fun foam
White card base

Cut black panel with the second largest stitched rectangle die.  Using stencil and palette knife, apply texture paste in a smooth, even layer over the black panel.  I use post-it notes to mask off around the stencil to avoid paste in any unwanted areas.  Remove stencil and let dry.  Wash stencil and knife immediately; if the paste dries, it will ruin the stencil.  While the paste dries, cut a panel from the yellow cardstock with the largest stitched rectangle die.  Also cut the sentiment using the hugs die from the yellow cardstock.  Cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than the black panel.  Once the paste is dry, apply Cracked Pistachio using a blending tool over the paste.  Apply Lucky Clover over a few areas to vary the color.  Adhere yellow panel to the card base.  Adhere fun foam to black panel.  Center black panel over the yellow and adhere.  Glue sentiment die cut to the black panel and trim off the ends.  Add enamel dots and the card is complete.

 I had fun playing with alcohol inks and Yupo paper in the making of the background for this card.  I wanted an edgy, artistic look in this project and the Dylusions Mica Sprays worked well.  I also utilized two of the new Tim Holtz stamp sets with some gold embossing.  Here's my supply list if you want to try this one out.  
Alcohol Inks: Raspberry, Twilight, Gold and Snow Cap
Tim Holtz Lady Rose stamp set
Tim Holtz Ponderings stamp set     
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set
Design Creative Bling Sequin mix in Raspberry Crush
Little Things sequin mix in Warm Golden Glow
VersaMark embossing ink
WOW Metallic Gold Superfine and Opaque Bright White embossing powder
Zots Bling glue dots
Black cardstock
White card base

  Here's the link to Tim's tutorial for alcohol inks and glossy cardstock; the technique using the Yupo paper is the same.  Die cut a panel of black cardstock with the largest of the Wonky Stitches dies.  Stamp the sentiment from the Ponderings set and the large rose spray from the Lady Rose set using VersaMark ink.  Add gold embossing powder to the roses and white to the sentiment.  Heat set both; let your heat tool run for 60 to 90 seconds before applying it to your cardstock so that it can get good and hot.  If it's hot enough, the powder will melt almost immediately and the less heat you have to apply to the cardstock, the less warping you'll see.  Shake the pink and purple mica sprays vigorously to get the mica distributed.  Spray the black panel twice with each color, concentrating it towards the center so that you see the splatters when it dries.  Cut the Yupo background to 4.25 by 5.5 inches and adhere to a card base.  Adhere dry black panel to the card base, lining it up with the bottom right corner.  Add sequins using glue dots and you're finished!

Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums to work with, which the Botanical Garden and Painted Inspiration sets by Altenew lend themselves to so easily.  I loved the texture of this Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain cardstock and added to it using another of the Mini Stencils and Dylusions Mica Sprays.  Here's my supply list for this beauty so you can try it if you want.
Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock
Dylusions Mica Spray (Vibrant Turquoise)
Tim Holtz Mini Stencils Set #4
Altenew Botanical Garden Stamp Set
Altenew Painted Inspiration Stamp Set
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set
Distress Ink is Wilted Violet (Set #15)
VersaMark embossing ink
WOW Metallic Gold Superfine embossing powder
White card base
Vellum cardstock
Archival Black ink
Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Amethyst sequins
Little Things sequin mix in Warm Golden Glow
Daniel Smith Watercolors: Quinacridone Rose
Silver Brushes Black Velvet #6

  Arrange the trellis stencil diagonally across the woodgrain cardstock, from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.  Mask off the surrounding paper with post-it notes or scratch paper.  Shake Turquoise Mica spray vigorously and spray over stencil, being sure to get even coverage.  Remove masks and let dry.  Using the MISTI, stamp the flower images in Archival black ink.  You'll want to use a waterproof ink so that it doesn't run when you add watercolor.  I wanted the roses to stand out, so I only applied color to the roses, not the leaves, stems or butterfly.  Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark on Vellum.  Emboss in Gold.  I used the largest of the Wonky Stitches dies width wise to add the stitching detail along the edges of the sentiment and leaving it long enough to wrap around the back of the panel.  After the watercolor is dry, blend Wilted Violet lightly around the edges of the panel.  This will help the texture of the woodgrain to stand out as well as help to highlight the stencil design and shimmer from the mica spray.  Add adhesive to the back of the panel to adhere vellum.  Adhere panel with vellum to the card base.  Add sequins with glue dots and the project is complete.

The next stop on the hop is Robbie and below is the complete list.

There are several ways to enter and the more comments you make in the different social media platforms, the more entries you earn! It is required that you comment on each blog in the Hop.  After that, you are encouraged to like and comment on our Facebook page, tag on our Instagram post and pin on Pinterest, as well as share on your own pages. The participant with the most entries wins the fabulous prize package! How cool is that!?! 

So, what's the prize? Wait for it...

Sweet, right?!? That Stamping Bella Stuffies is a favorite of mine and I'm sure you'll make room for it in your own space :)

Don't forget to comment on each of the 7 blogs in the hop to enter the giveaway and we'd really appreciate it if you wanted to share! (Those count for extra entries too, but we'll keep that between us ;)  I have decided to give these three projects and an extra surprise to a random commenter on my blog, too!  And can't forget the coupon code! $10off75

Thanks for stopping by and hanging out with me today! I'd love to know what you think and answer any questions you might have.  See you later!

Much love,


  1. The purple card caught my eye I will have to try something similar.

  2. Awesome cards! Love the first one with the black cardstock. Fabulous technique!

  3. Beautiful cards I like all the deep jewel tones you used.

  4. WOW... Oh WOW!!! If I did not read the instructions for the first card, I would have thought it was a die cut!!! It totally looks like a die cut too!!! LOVE how you colored over the paste!!! It's like giving stenciled images a new life!! I have not tried the new YUKO paper, but I LOVE the results of your card and the rich, deep purple and gold color combo. I love my Silber brush, but besides that... I love the beautiful texture you've incorporated in the 3rd card! Love the results of adding the Mica too!! Absolutely wonderful creations.

  5. Great cards. Love the black background. It really makes he green and yellow stand out.

  6. such a great use of color!
    Alyse D

  7. These are all lovely! That shiny gold on purple is beautiful!!

  8. Very pretty cards, and the sentiments are really nice.

  9. Very pretty cards, and the sentiments are really nice.

  10. Love the flowers, makes me wish for spring even more!


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