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Getting In The Holiday Spirit With Stampendous and Spellbinders!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to the Spellbinders 2014 Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop!

I am extremely blessed to design for Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L who have both joined Spellbinders this year for a year long partnership. This blog hop is an introduction to a quarterly festival of blog hop events which will bring you looooots of amazing inspiration as well as amazing prizes!

Over the next three days you are invited to visit all the partnering companies' blogs for inspiration and for the details on how to join the the main blog hop giveaway. Spellbinders will choose one lucky winner for each day and each winner will get a bumper back of fantastic goodies!

The featured brands may also be hosting their own special giveaways... so be sure to check them all out!

DCWV logo   want2scrap logo  May Arts ribbon   Faber-Castell logo

DecoArt logo    Clearsnap logo     Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Stampendous logo    Avery Elle logo  Xyron logo  Canvas Corp logo

And here is my offering for today. This is officially my first Christmas card this season! :). 

OK. So my colour scheme may raise a few eyebrows perhaps - what, white, pink and green for Christmas??? But ever since I made this Happy Dreams Do Come True glitter background card I just couldn't get this colour palette out of my head. Don't you think it's beautiful? :)

I cut a 6x6" card blank and a mats from green and pink cardstock and adhered them using
MyStik® Permanent Strips

For my background I stamped several Stampendous Jumbo Poinsettias with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink, using the free template (included in the stamp set) as a mask. I coloured the images with Tombow's ABT Dual Brush Pens (026, 098, 837, 856 and 905). 

Next I added a Spoonful of Snow Embossing Powders and Elements around the stamped panel and to the flower centres - heating them from underneath to set. I mounted my image to the card base over White Thin 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Next I stamped the pinecone branch from the Jumbo Forest Friends with the olive ink onto green cardstock and added snow 'clumps' in a form of Chunky White Embossing Enamel. Again adhered them with thin foam squares. 

For my flower cluster I die cut several Layered Poinsettia flowers from handmade paper and arranged them with the help of my trusty DODZ™ - Small.  I added a bow made from May Arts Suede String and added some tiny jingling bells. To adhere my flower cluster I used DODZ™ - 3D.

For the sentiment
I die cut two panels from Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and bonded them with Adhesive SheetsI stamped Believe Christmas with Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy onto the die cut vellum and heat embossed it with Crystal Embossing Powder

Whilst heating, the vellum started to curl but it looked kind of funky so I kept it :).

To finish I added some accents with Liquid Pearls.

Of course Stampendous are celebrating this joyous occasion with our own giveaway each day of the hop! Be sure to hop over to Stampendous blog for all the entry requirements and the official rules

To enter Stampendous giveaway visit all the participating designers' blogs and leave some love! We love generous heartwarming comments - they make us really grateful and really happy!

Here is who's playing today in the Stampendous team:

Asia King (that's me!)
Tenia Nelson

and back to:
Spellbinders 2014 Product Partner Holiday Blog Hop

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comments - they are all very much appreciated

Big crafty hugs and happy hopping!

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Sparkly Christmas Workshop At Sparkle Dreams

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello Friends! 

Popping in today to give you a shout out about my next workshop on 6th December 2014 at Sparkle Dreams in Swindon.

We'll be playing with Stampendous stamps, dies, Frantage embossing powders and glitters and great adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to create a beautiful seasonal wreath. 

You will leave the workshop with a bag of new techniques and a unique festive home decor piece - perfectly timed for Christmas!

We are required to advise the participants that this workshop contains a lot of glitter and may contain flash photography. Therefore viewers may find this workshop truly dazzling!

For booking information hop over to Sparkle Dreams blog. The seats are selling out fast so booking early to secure your place is highly recommended! 

I look forward to seeing you on the 6th December!

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014 - Day 1

Friday, November 07, 2014

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First of all, thank you to everyone who visited and left lovely comments on my mixed media Halloween Lantern post :0. I would also like to extend my warmest welcome to my newest followers - thanks for joining in!

If you are new to my blog, make yourself at home and check out my other projects, too. And if you don't want to miss my future offerings, be sure to click the 'Follow My Blog' button in my side bar :).

Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! The idea was born a few years ago to offer an online ideas 'library' dedicated to handmade gift suggestions which you can use all year round.

Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. 

Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out. 

My offering for the Handmade Holiday's blog hop is this altered Bobbin House. I've had this wooden advent calendar waiting to be decorated for a couple of years now. But I didn't have a concept what to do with it.

Then I've finally had an idea to turn it into a storage solution for small bits and bobs for one of my friends who loves sewing. I thought the little drawers would be perfect for storing sewing machine bobbins with threads, ready to be used when needed. 

I prepared a video tutorial for this project which you can watch below or on my YouTube channel.

And here are some close up photos of the Bobbin House.

Adhesives used:
3D Foam Pennants, 3D Foam Squares Thin - Mix White, Adhesive Sheets, Ivory Creative Photo Corners, Crafty Power TapeE-Z Dots® Permanent - RefillableE-Z Dots® Repositionable.

Other supplies:

Neat and Tangled Everday Labels clear stamps
Clearsnap/Colorbox: Mudslide Ink Spritzer, Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink Mocha & Green Apple, Mix'D Media Inkx Chox Butternut & Sparrow, Art Screen Mandala
Graphic45 Sweet Sentiments papers
Sizzix BIGZ On The Edge - Sewing Edge & Sizzlits Sewing & Writing Set dies
Rowlux Illusion Film Clear Moire

I hope you like my offering :). My heartfelt thanks to everyone who'd like to leave a few kind words :).

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo's board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop - please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!


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Halloween Altered Lantern Tutorial For Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Re-edited: Woot woot! My lantern has won the October Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - yay! Big thank you to the MMMC's DT for choosing my project! 

Hello lovely Bloggers! I hope you are all keeping well, enjoying the autumnal sunshine and colours.

Today over at Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's blog I am sharing an altered mixed media Halloween Lantern Tutorial using some of my favourite adhesives, stamps and paints. Hop over to the blog to see my faux rust technique, DIY rusty rivets and mesmerising illusion panes.

Adhesive Supplies used: Adhesive Sheets 6"x12", DODZ™ - 3D, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Mix Black, E-Z Dots® Repositionable.

Other supplies:
Stampendous stamps: Mirror Mirror, Raven Background, Skeleton Poem, Damask Bats

Media: DecoArt Americana Country Red, DecoArt Multisurface Satin in Muted Gold, School Bus, Steel Grey; Ranger Butterscotch Color Wash, Dylusions Black Marble Ink Spray, Rub'n Buff Grecian Gold, Jet Black StazOn ink, Spiced Marmalade Distress Embossing Ink.

Rowlux Illusion Film Gold Moire; metal lantern, ribbon (May Arts), metal feathers/embellishments.

I would really love it if you found a moment to hop over to see my post with this Halloween Lantern Tutorial. And just to tempt you even more, here's a little video of my lantern lit up - I am really pleased with the final result :-).

Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely heart warming comments.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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I'm joining the following challenges:
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #5 - Ribbons, Twine and Fibres
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Super Exciting News - I've Been Published!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello Friends! It's so lovely that you stopped by today as I get to share some really exciting news with you!

I am so happy, honoured and overwhelmed to say that my work has been published in a couple of really amazing publications!

First project that you can see in print is this clay heart pendant using EnviroTex Jewelry Resin and Clay and Stampendous Cling Luv Heart stamp.

This pendant was featured in the September 2014 issue of the UK's Craft Stamper magazine (I'm a bit late sharing this news on my blog)

If you missed this issue but would like to see all the details (including a step-by-step tutorial), you can order a copy from the Traplet Publications' online shop.

The second publication is the Winter 2014 issue of the US CardMaker magazine, featuring my two Christmas sets, both consisting of a card and a coordinating pinecone ornament. 

My projects are a fun play with Creative Photo Corners and other great adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. I'm also playing with Stampendous Christmas themed stamps and loooots of Frantage!

But wait, there's more! Not only you can see my projects in print but there is also a special online feature, where you can  view and download for free (yay!) a full tutorial of my silver Photo Corner Pinecone Card & Ornament set! 

Wait, there's even MORE awesomness coming!!! (Can you hear me squeal with excitement???)

See a couple of lovely pinecone ornaments hanging 'casually' in the background on the cover? YES!!! My pinecones made the cover of the CardMaker magazine!!! Now, that made my lose my breath completely when I found out!

I am still to catch up on my blog visits to see what you my lovely Friends have been up to. But my head is still spinning around from all the excitement so please bear with me for a tad longer. A bit difficult to read blogs when your eyes are facing the screen for about 1 second at a time... (I had to get my cat Kropek to type this post for me lol).

Thank you so much for being part of my happy news day! 

Biggest crafty hugs ever!

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Big Creative Blog Hop Finale - Stampendous, Dreamweaver and Core'dinations!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Dreamweaver pan pastels distress inks bunting pennants vintage background

Hello everyone! A very special welcome to my newest followers (thank you for joining in!) and also a big thank you for your sweet comments on the last post with my Fall Zinnia card with jigsaw puzzle background.

I hope you are enjoying this week's blog team up of the three fantastic companies Stampendous, Dreamweaver and Core'dinations

Today we have a big blog finale but if you have missed the fun earlier this week, be sure to check out these posts:

During this week's long blog collaboration we've been inspiring (and tempting!) you with some of the most essential crafting products - cardstock, stencils and stamps of course. I'm sure you'll agree that no respectable crafty tool box should be be left without them! :)

Now, we couldn't just tempt you with these awesome products without offering a little giveaway prize, could we? Nah, that would be unkind! So of course we have one. In fact, we actually have three! Here's what you might win:

For a chance to win simply leave some love on the participating blogs throughout the week. The more comments you leave, the bigger your chance of winning. 

Here's my offering for today. When I saw this Splats stencil, I immediately thought of the little mess/devastation that my cat Kropek recently made at home (I shall spare you the full details! lol). 

Bonjour Kitty stampendous splatter background fall vintage card by Asia King

Before I knew it I was looking through my collection of feline stamps and I found this adorable Bonjour KittyOh là là! The French look with a little beret and a scarf reminded me of street artists on Parisian's Montmartre. One thing led to another and I ended up with a messy feline artist keen to colour outside the lines :-) lol.

Key supplies used:

Dreamweaver: Splats stencil

Adhesives: 3D Foam Pennants, 3D Foam Squares - White, Dodz™ -3D,
E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips

Papers: 7Dots Studio Dreamer, Ribbon: May Arts 

How to make this card:
1. Prepare your kraft card blank
2. Cut a panel from patterned paper, slightly smaller than the card blank. 
3. Ink and distress the edges. Make a small tear along the bottom right edge. 
4. Tuck in a small piece of sanded Paprika card under the tear. Adhere the whole panel to the card.
5. Emboss a small piece of Paprika card the the brick folder and sand the raised edges. Use it to create a small banner from 3D Foam Pennants and an additional background panel. 
6. Ink the Kitty stamp with PITT pens and stamp onto white card. Colour the image in with Inktense pencils. Stamp the image again on a Post-It note and fussy cut (to create a mask).

7. For the background, mask the Kitty and sponge PanPastels and Distress Inks through the Splatter stencil.
8. Stamp the Wired circle off the edges and around the Kitty. 
9. Add shading with chalks and pencils. Add small splatters with watered down black watercolour paint.
10. Trim the stamped panel to size, distress the edges with ink and seal the image with hair spray. 
11. Dab some Boss Gloss in bottom right corner, sprinkle with Aged Scarlet and heat emboss.
12. Mat the image with Coconut Cream and French Roast card. Adhere to the card base.
13. Ink the sentiment with PITT pens and stamp onto patterned paper. Sponge splatters through the stencil and heat emboss with Aged Scarlet (as in step 11). Trim to size and mat with French Roast card. Adhere with 3d Foam Squares.
14. Make a ribbon bow and adhere to the card with DODZ - 3D.
15. Finish the card with the banner and gems.

Here's the list of today's participating blogs:

Team members with an (*) are also on the Dreamweaver Stencils Team.

Core'dinations Designer - Tami Mayberry

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I hope you've enjoyed my little contribution and be sure to check what other amazing projects have been shared. Have fun hopping along and good luck in the draw!

Happy Friday everyone! Big crafty hugs

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Challenges for this card:
Frilly and Funkie - Autumn Colours
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - O is for: Oh là là!
Craft Stamper Take It Make It October Challenge - Multi Colour Stamping

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