Monday, 6 January 2014

Release Day & A Giveaway...

Love
Hey!

Happy Monday! Well, it's back to the old routine now as it's the first day of term. Kinda sad that the holidays are over (and that I was typically ill for the majority of them!)

Not only is it a happy Monday, it's also happy release day over at Clearly Besotted Stamps! The new release is available to purchase from 10pm GMT tonight! :)

For today's mini-card I combined a new and an older set: Key To My Heart with Post It: Love. I love that the stamp from Post It: Love means you can create custom stamp-style embellishments using stamps from other sets. Here I partially inked the word 'love' from a longer sentiment to create this stamp embellishment. I love the font and I reckon that handwriting/calligraphy is going to be BIG in 2014.

FYI: Apologies for the photo. I was creating yesterday and completely ran out of daylight so I resorted to taking a quick shot of this card on my desk. Can you see how clean and tidy it is? *wink*

tips and tricks
  • In order to accent the 'love' sentiment, I traced sections of it with a gold pen. It's hard to see in the photo, but it really makes the sentiment stand out.
  • My vellum panel looked a little plain so I added detail by painting gold lines using gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water. I think the imperfect nature of them emphasises the script style of the sentiment and carefree splatters. (That's my excuse for wobbly lines and I'm stickin' to it - ha!)
Now Post It: Love was designed by myself and released a year ago. Stephanie very kindly gave me two sets including the coordinating die to give away at the time, but my life turned upside down in Jan 2013 and I never got around to giving them away. I've kept them all this time just waiting for the chance to do it this year and I'm ready!

So leave me a comment on this post by Friday January 10th 23.59 GMT and I'll select two peeps at random to win a Post It: Love set with a coordinating die. Only one comment per peep, please and international entries are more than welcome!

That's all from me today. Be sure to pop across to Stephanie's blog for yet more inspiration from both herself and the design team. It's the final sneaky peek before release time! :)

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Products Used
Please Note: The stamp set, 'Key To My Heart' will be added once available for purchase and the gold cardstock I used was salvaged from random scraps in my stash. I've offered an alternative here, but it's not textured.

96 comments:

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Fantastic idea combining the stamps and dies Aimes and loving the love sentiment that just fits. Hope all goes well today... First day back for me too! Xx

Rebecca said...

Morning Aimes, it's my first day back at school too today. Hope you have a nice week- it's always tough going back for a new term but it's fine by about break on the first day! Lovely little little sample- I didn't know that you'd designed stamps for Stephanie- how talented! Rebecca x x

sandie said...

Love all the gold in this and so cool to paint the gold lines. Have a fun day at school x

♥Gemma♥ said...

Fabulous card sweetie!! The black & gold looks fab but with that pop of colour on your love tag just finishes off perfectly and i agree i think this year its going to be all about calligraphy in a big way...
hugs and xxx
Gemma

Gillian said...

I just LOVE you all at the CB Design Team. Keep up your good work in 2014 no matter how hectic life is. Your humour is fab.

Kimberly Rendino said...

Super cute set and card! I'm new to Clearly Besotted so I didn't see it last year...;)

Lynn said...

You are on a gold kick...and I love it...the stamps and elements are combined perfectly Aimes!

Susie Sugar said...

Gorgeous card I love the lush gold ....makes it very special
Hugs Susie xx

Kerrie said...

love the card. you seem to have incorporated all the things I currently love into one small card. specially sequins!

Jane said...

Really love the grungy style & colours of this card. It looks so right standing on your impressively tidy desk!

Barbara Murphy said...

love the bold, graphic feel of this card! love the gold accents on the 'love'. the set is fabulous! thanks for the chance to win :)

aaga said...

I adore this set so much and hope to win it now. :-)

Irene said...

Looks lovely and thanks for the chance to win this ubercute postage LOVE set....super for approaching Valentines Day!!

xx Irene

Sally Taylor said...

Love it, Amy. You are so talented. Thanks for the chance of winning :)

~amy~ said...

What a sweet card, I love the gold!

Your desk is absolutely spotless!

Marion said...

Sorry to hear you have been poorly. Glad you are feeling better and have time to craft - love your card. X

Houses Built of Cards said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely ADORE the gold - especially how it pops on the deep colors of this card! LOVE!!!

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www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

cm said...

Once again, you dazzle and delight with your stunning creations! Your card's sentiment says it all: LOVE this! Eye-catching, striking and it's a mini (love mini cards!!). Fabulous showcase of the new release paired with an older one - versatility, plus! Thanks so much for the give-away opportunity! Hope the first day back to work is wonderful (even though it would be nice to have a longer break...).
c

Gayatri said...

OMG! this card is so beautiful, Amy! Love the gold spatter on black. I am a sucker for gold you must know by now lol! I adore this card. Pinned :) happy New Year to you too :)

Maxine said...

Very sweet.
I love the black & gold combination.
Thank You for the handy tips on adding the perfect pearls too! :o)

Annie said...

Thanks for all your inspiration - love your designs. Thanks too for the chance to win.

Betty said...

beautiful card and love the new stamp/die set. have a wonderful 2014!!

Small T said...

Your mini card is absolutely adorable! Love all the gold and how you made the sentiment! Cute! :)

Carola said...

What a beautiful card, Aimes. The gold and the black look great together and this stamp with the sentiment is so very pretty, I really love this beautiful card.

Thanks for the chance to win the "Post it: Love" set with coordinating die. I have discovered Clearly Besotted Stamps just recently and until now I just have two sets. But I love the stamps and the dies and I'm sure I will have more soon...

Kind regards
Carola

Jen said...

just fabulous Aimes xxx I love the little card and I'm so jealous of your photography

Jen xxx

Kimberleymjw said...

I love that postage stamp embellishment! I hope your feeling better now :)

Kailash said...

Your mini card is absolutely stunning, love the bold graphic design. Enjoy the start to the new year. Thanks for a chance to win!!!

Jo said...

Loving the gold, which seems to be 'in' at the mo, the sequin detail is just perfect :-)

Nancy L. said...

Great pop of color!!

sugacatz said...

What an excellent giveaway that's a very kind thing to do. Lesley

maria f. said...

First off, happy 2014 to you! Such a cute little golden goodie. Total agreement on the handwriting fonts. Did you see there is a class on creating sentiments with a paintbrush out there somewhere?

Miriam Prantner said...

Loving all the fantastic gold elements/accents, great way to combine sets too!

Alex said...

Love your card Amy, its lovely - and I really like how you do your tips as well :) fab idea x

Wendy McKeown said...

Loving the gold on the card and great combination.

The Crafty Den said...

Gorgeous card Amy. You are certainly on a gold rush!! Thanks for the chance to win x x

jc2711 said...

Hi Aimes

I think it is great you are now able to share your designs by way of a give away, following your life being turned upside down last year; your Dad would be very proud. I guess the first anniversary will be difficult; I hope it passes as well as it can.

Look after yourself.

Jackie

jojo79 said...

Lovely card - love both the stamp sets you have used.

Jo
x

pcm said...

adorable card!

Alanna said...

Your card is just darling. And thanks for the chance to win!

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful card, and what a fabulous stamp set you created! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Sabrina said...

I love how the gold pops with the black!!! Your card looks so elegant!!

racmozz said...

Hi i just came here from clearly besotted stamps. I cant decide which one I want to buy first of the new releases! I love your black and gold theme for your card. So elegant :-)

Neets B said...

Gold seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment and I love the way you've used it. Great how you've combined the sets too. Thanks for the opportunity to win :) x

Lindsey said...

Another amazing card. Loving all of your gold lately. So sweet of you to do a giveaway. I remember your January 2013 (hugs!) and the beautiful post you wrote about your father.

Debbie said...

Wow, what a beauty of a card.So inspiring.Hugs Debbie x

Vikki Hein said...

very dramatic look! thanks for the give away.

Tracy Ercole said...

I didn't realise you designed that set, it's gorgeous! Great card today, I'm loving everything gold. :)

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Gorgeous card Aimes!! Love the bright pop of colour from the stamp stamp, lol!! And yes, I see a trend coming in big... stay tuned for something on my blog about it soon! *wink*

frommycraftroom said...

Gorgeous little card.
As always thanks for the fab tips - love the second one :)

Cindy Lovell said...

Such a cute mini card.The gold looks so pretty,and i love the gold lines you've painted on the vellum!!

Nadinebd said...

cute card and nice giveaway. Great way to start the tear & valentines.

Anonymous said...

great card and images! thanks for a chance to win!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Nikki C said...

Sweet Card I have a weakness for all those postage stamps out there thanks for the chance hugs Nikki C

Bev Karolak said...

The gold looks fantastic! Thanks for your tips. They come in handy sometimes! :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow! This is fabulous! I always love your tips and tricks! Thanks so much for always sharing them with us!

Joyce said...

Hi Aimes. I love your card from today, and all the tips that you always put at the end of your posts. I learn a lot from them. Happy New Year, and thanks for the chance to win.

Sue said...

I am really enjoying the return of vellum - great idea to accent it with the Perfect Pearls. Love your card ( but then I like most of your cards!!). Thanks for the chance to win.

Jan said...

Cute stamp set. Just in time for Valentines day.

Barb Ghig said...

I love how you showcased your sentiment, and how you added your gold perfect pearls...genius!

It's so nice of you to have a giveaway...thank you for a chance to win!

Jacqui Pugh said...

Gorgeous card, I do love the new release!

Thanks for the chance of winning. Jacqui x

Hannah said...

Loving the gold on black with the pop of orange, your creations are always inspiring Amy!

Thank you for the chance to win, Hannah x

hannahvictorialewis@sky.com

Tasnim said...

wow! such a cool and bold design! LOVE the gold splatter on black!!!

Janis said...

Such a lovely card. It absolutely gleams! Thanks for the chance to win.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as the anniversary of your dear father's passing approaches. Hugs to you.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

Love your card, the Black and Gold colour combo is just perfect, thanks for the chance to win your fab giveaway, hugs, Sarah x

Jane said...

One word.... 'FABULOUS!' x

Kate said...

Black, gold, vellum. Love it all!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the 'grunge' look combined with the gold sparkle. Great contrast! TFS

SSR said...

Beautiful card, thanks for the chance :)

SSR said...

Beautiful card, thanks for the chance :)

bjy said...

Love the embellishment. Thanks for sharing how you made it. Stunning card. Also love how you combined old and new sets. Would love to have them.

Beate said...

what a cute card. i havent discovered the set yet as I´m nearly new to the clearly besotted site but i like it ...

greetings from Germany
Beate*
bluna81 [at] web . de

Suklin Gardiner said...

What a lovely design. Hope this year will be great one Aimes x

Deirdre said...

Oh wow Amy - so cute - love what you created with another amazing release from Stephanie. Sorry to read that you were feeling the best over the holidays - all the very best for a wonderful 2014.

Indy said...

This is just packed with crafty wonders! Love the colors, the sequins...love it!
Hugs, Debbie!

JessicaK said...

Adorable comb of dies and stamps for this love note

Katie Berberich said...

Sorry to hear that you have been unwell, what a bummer. You could probably do with a break now to get over it. Roll on half term!
I hope things have become easier for you and your family over the time, memories are precious.
Your creativity is as strong as ever and your cards never seize to inspire.
Happy New Year Aimes, all the best.
Katie xx

Jackie said...

Your card is lovely Aimes. Thanks for the chance to win the stamps. I hope you have a good 2014!
xx

Lyndal said...

Fabulous card Amy - LOVE the gold highlights :)

Mary-Anne V said...

So beautiful...I never thought of using Perfect Pearls this way. Love all that gold.

Carmen N said...

Thanks for all the great inspiration and ideas you offer on your site!

Sarah Gray said...

Love the gold and black and the font of the sentiment - a really cool card!

Judith said...

That little card looks cool!
I didn't know you designed this set, it's perfect!
Thank you for the chance to win!
Have a nice day,
Judith

PS: I like the photo too (-:

GrĂ¡ O'Neill said...

Beautiful card and lovely stamp :)

Colleen said...

love what you done with your card. It's so pretty

Brenda said...

I am a first time visitor to your site and have enjoyed viewing your creations. Thanks for your inspiration and belated congrads on your design.

Tricia said...

Great card and both stamp sets! Love the black with gold and that pop of color!! Happy New Year, Aimes!

Anita in France said...

Bold black with those glorious splashettes of gold, Aimes ... simply stunning!

christie said...

It was a lot of work, the numbers, but it worked out really well! Nana shall cherish that card for ever!

Lisa said...

gold is probably THE colour of the year! looks really nice with black too, who knew? i love your works! keep it up!

Helen Gullett said...

What a cool LOVE card! What clever idea to trace it with gold ink. Thanks for a chance to win your stamp & die set :)

Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful card!!!

Katie said...

Great card! Love this custom 'stamp' stamp set and your card is wonderful! Love the black and gold together. Great style! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Gibmiss said...

Hi Aimes
Another fabulous creation.... Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration.....
Hugs Sylvie xx

Pamela said...

I love this photo! Is that a typewriter in the background?

Bonnie M said...

I, too, love this photo! I have a little typewriter that I discovered in the basement of a thrift shop for under $20. It's a Remington Performer made in Japan in the 80's as far as I can tell. A true treasure.
I LOVE the non traditional colours of your card. As an avid crafter and snail-mailer/pen pal, your 'Post It: Love' would find good use here. ;)

Maureen said...

I just love this this "love" note with the clothes peg and sequins! I bet it shimmers like no tomorrow in real life :) Cool typewriter in the back, Duchess! I learned to type on one like that in high school! LOL ox

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