Holiday Foiling with the Minc Mini

Hello! Today I have a few holiday cards to share that use the Minc Mini and the 6x6 Christmas papers from Heidi Swapp to create some festive cards with foiling. I think foiling on cards is so elegant looking, so I really love it on holiday cards.

I created three cards that all use a different design from the 6x6 paper collection. These papers are specifically for the Minc because each one of them has toner added into the design somewhere which is what makes the foil 'stick' to the paper. You can see how I did the foiling on all three cards in the video at the end of this post. ;)

The first card uses a paper that has a bunch of green and red stars and also had some black toner stars mixed in. I covered this one with silver foil to turn the toner stars into beautiful foiled silver stars.

I wish I could capture the foiling better in the photos.... it looks so pretty in real life! ;)

For my second card, I used the tree paper and covered it with turquoise foil to create a stunning, aqua tree pattern that looks like a mirror! This one is definitely my favourite of the three.

I kept all of the card designs pretty simple with a white heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock to really let the foiled backgrounds take center stage on the cards.

For my last card, I used the paper that had the word Noel repeated on it and did some foiling with two colours. I used green foil on the top area of the letters and red foil on the bottom. I love how easy it is to add multiple colours of foil for an even more unique look.

You can see how I did the foiling and created the cards in the video below:

I really recommend the Heidi Swapp toner papers if you're just starting out with your Minc and want to be able to foil a bunch of designs and patterned papers. It's a great place to start out and there are a bunch of different designs available!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be back soon! ;)



November 2015 | Paper Doll Layout

Hello! Today I have my November paper doll layout to share! I knew awhile ago that I definitely wanted to do the movie Frozen as we headed into the colder months so I decided this month would be perfect, even though we've had some pretty warm temperatures this year lol! We haven't seen a single snowflake yet which is pretty uncommon here in Canada. ;)

I didn't have any dolls that look exactly like Elsa so I used the Valentina doll since she looks wintery and I just put her in colours similar to what Elsa wears. I also made sure to make part of her dress sparkly. ;)

I knew without a doubt that I would never be able to draw Olaf (did you see the Phantom mask last month?!?) so I decided to use a free printable colouring page that I downloaded at Disney Family here. I just shrunk it down a bit to make it the size I needed, and then I printed it on a piece of text paper to match the doll.

I coloured them both in with Copic markers (skin: E00, E11, E51; her hair: YR30,E41, E50; Olaf: C2, C3, C7, E59, E49, YR12, YR16, YR18). I stamped her dress and boots onto aqua sparkly paper and patterned paper and cut the pieces out and adhered them to her dress. I used grey Copic markers to add shading to both her dress and boots.

Once I had them both coloured and cut out, I made snow drifts with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies and Neenah Solar White cardstock and adhered them to the background. The background is a patterned piece of paper from Webster's pages that I trimmed down and printed the quote on. It's one of my favourite parts of the movie! ;)

I adhered them both onto the layout with liquid adhesive and then I added snowflakes (really old snowflakes that I've had for years) and clear sequins with silver Stickles all over the layout to look like snow. I also added Glossy Accents to both Olaf's and Elsa's buttons.

To see how I created the layout, you can watch the video below:

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you next month for my December page! ;)

2015 Paper Doll Layouts

January 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie New Year's Eve)
February 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie Pretty Woman)
March 2015 (featuring a quote from the TV show Glee)
April 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie The Breakfast Club)
May 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie The Little Mermaid)
June 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie Stand By Me
July 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie Dirty Dancing)
August 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie The Sound of Music
September 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie Three Men and a Baby)
October 2015 (featuring a quote from the movie The Phantom of the Opera



Essentials by Ellen November Pin-Sights Challenge

Hello and welcome to the November Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge! I am excited to be guest designing this month! The Pin-Sights Challenge is an inspiration challenge based on a Pinterest inspired piece to spark your imagination and creativity. You can find the full details each month on the Classroom blog.

A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store for playing along! To be eligible, you must use Essentials by Ellen products and use the photo board below as inspiration. You can enter the challenge by linking up your project on the challenge post here by December 1, 2015.

For my card I decided to use some of the colours and textures from the Pinterest board to create a festive and fun holiday card. I love the aquas in the photos and really wanted to add a metallic look to my card to resemble some of the textures in the photos.

I used the Mondo Poinsettia stamps to create a cluster of flowers on my card front by stamping them with Versamark ink and then heat embossing them with Liquid Platinum embossing powder from Ranger. I then stamped some small bursts and holly leaves with Gold embossing powder.

Once all the embossing was done, I painted inside all of the flower petals with Topaz Izink Pigment ink to create aqua poinsettias. I'm pretty sure there is no such thing, but I think they look kinda pretty lol!

I stamped the sentiment from the Holly Jolly stamp set with Versafine Black Onyz ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I trimmed the stamped panel down and adhered it to a black card base and added a strip of gold glitter paper. 

To complete the card, I covered all of the flower petals with Glossy Accents for some added dimension and shine.