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  • Pinkfresh Studio November 2022 Release

    Hi crafty friends...I am thrilled to be a guest designer again this month for Pinkfresh Studio! I love their releases! It's incredible how they come out with quality beauties time and again. This month is no exception. One set that people were asking for a lot was a sympathy stamp set. Well, here it is and of course Pinkfresh Studio nailed it! It's aptly named With Sympathy. Sympathy sets and cards can be a challenge. Pitching a design that's tasteful and in keeping with a sad event in someones life is a concern for some crafters. That's why I decided to feature this design today. You cannot go wrong with florals. Adding some light colour with the use of the coordinating stencils makes this a breeze. I have a reel up on Instagram so you can see how this card came together. So go take a look and I hope it inspires you to design your own version. Visit my Instagram HERE I am also part of an Instagram hop tomorrow and if you follow along you could enter to win the whole release! The other cards I made for this release date are below, but of course I will be sharing more designs through Nov/Dec. Until next time...take care

  • Jane's Doodle's Winter Release

    Hi friends...long time, no see! I have been around but sometimes I get so busy in my craft room I neglect my blog. I was lucky to be gifted the winter release by Jane's Doodles so I could have a play and be a guest designer for November. Oh my, how cuuuuute is this release? Goodness! I decide to use the masking technique with the stamp sets as I didn't have any coordinating dies. I love this technique for creating cute scenes. I also made a reel over on my Instagram showing how one of my cards came together. So feel free to pop over there to check it out. A rule of thumb for masking is to ensure the image (s) you want in the forefront are the images you stamp and mask first. If you want to take a look at the winter release and other cute stamp designs check out Jane's Doodles shop! I have lots coming up, and some incredible news for the new year so keep your eye out as I am beyond excited!!!! Take care friends and see you soon.

  • Alex Syberia Designs Kickstarter Campaign | Blog Hop 2 & Giveaway

    Hi crafty friends! Did you know that Kickstarter is all or nothing? That means that Alex Syberia Designs need to reach their funding goal to be able to go ahead and manufacture this beautiful collection, so please, help them! You can back them on their Kickstarter Campaign and you can help them spread the word about it! Remember that you have some fantastic discounts, which are only available through their Kickstarter Campaign. GIVEAWAY PRIZES | OVER £1000/$1200 IN TOTAL Alex Syberia Designs is giving away some fantastic prizes; their full September Release and two of their gorgeous Floral Bundle or Critter Bundle to choose from. There are also amazing companies and crafty friends who are celebrating with us. Here's the complete list of awesome prizes: Alex Syberia Designs: Full September Release Bundle (worth £329/$395) Two bundles to choose from: Floral Bundle (worth £160/$192) or Cuties Bundle (worth £108/$129) * Artcreatiu - 25€ Gift Card Bearly Art - $50 Gift Card (open to US participants only) Catherine Pooler Designs - $30 Gift Card Crafty Purple Frog - £25 Gift Card Kit & Clowder - 30$ Gift Card La papelería de Lola - 25€ Gift Card Organizemore - $50 Gift Card Picket Fence Studios - $75 Gift Card Seize the Stamp - CHF 50 The Gray Muse - $50 Gift Card Tonic Studios - £100/$100 Gift Card Wow! Embossing powder - £20/$20 Gift Card * Check the Kickstarter Campaign for more info* That's a total of 15 prizes for 15 lucky winners! To be in with a chance to win one of these amazing prizes all you have to do is play along with each of the four hops! Alex Syberia Designs will draw winners from those entrants that have played along the hops by 16th October 2022. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post as well as those of all other amazing designers. You can see the full list, with links to each blog, below. Winners will be announced on the Alex Syberia Designs blog on the 23rd October 2022. Hello Lovely I am sharing two colour combo designs with you today to demonstrate how you can make one stamp set look so different just by colour. This incredible large stamp set in called Hello Lovely-and it really is! The top red floral design is coloured with Copic markers R29, R39 & RV 69 + G43, G94 & YG99 The image was heat embossed with black pigment ink and clear embossing powder and the gorgeous large sentiment is heat embossed i gold. The background is the versatile Fancy Cover Die. The colours below are BG15 & BG 18 + C4 & C7. With these colours I decided to emboss in silver as they are cooler hues. I added a silver strip, but to be honest, on reflection, I don't like it...but hey, I am sharing it anyway! That timeless background is the Modern Stripes Die. BLOG HOP 2 | DESIGNERS LIST Alex Syberia Designs Bonnie Crane Brenda Noelke Carly Tee Cheryl Espie <- You are here Colleen Balija Elin Venge Erica Hannelie Bester Ilda Jessica Frost-Ballas Jo Herbert Jo Laverty Laura Fadora LauraJane Lien Leysen Liz Michelle Short Mindy Natasha Vacca Nicoletta Raquel Arribas Sandhya Seeka Tasha Tina Wilstrup Yasmin Diaz Remember to leave your comments below and follow the hop for your chance to win! How wonderful it would be to have Alex Syberia Designs to have actual physical stamps and dies to play with!! Bye for now and good luck!

  • Alex Syberia Designs | Instagram Hop

    Hi friends! Over on my Instagram @chertylespiecreates I am participating in a great Instagram hop with @alexsyberiadesigns to celebrate the Kickstart Campaign and Alex Syberia Designs first physical release of stamps, dies & stencils. Go join in the hop by clicking the links and follow along for your chance to win prizes! I am sharing these beauties Here's the list of amazing prizes you could win!: @alexsyberiadesigns: Full September Release Bundle and two bundles to choose from: Floral Bundle or Cuties Bundle @artcreatiu_ – 25€ Gift Card @bearlyarts – $50 Gift Card (open to US participants only) @catherinepooler – $30 Gift Card @craftypurplefrog – £25 Gift Card @kitandclowder – 30$ Gift Card @lapapeleriadelola_madrid – 25€ Gift Card @organizemore – $50 Gift Card @picketfencestudios – $75 Gift Card @seizethestamp – CHF 50 Gift Card @thegraymuse – $50 Gift Card @tonicstudios – £100/$100 Gift Card @wowembossing – £20/$20 Gift Card Open internationally. Winners will be drawn from those entrants that have played along our 4 hops by 16th October 2022. Winners will be announced on the Alex Syberia Designs blog on the 23rd October 2022. Giveaway accounts do not qualify. This giveaway is not sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to their terms of use. So, get over to @cherylespiecreates and get hopping friends! See you again very soon

  • Alex Syberia Designs Kickstarter Campaign | Blog Hop 1 & Giveaway

    The moment has arrived!! Alex Syberia Designs Kickstarter Campaign is live! Today, we are celebrating the launch of Alex Syberia Designs' very first collection of physical products through their Kickstarter Campaign! With clear stamps, dies and stencils, there's something for everyone to love! To have a look at all of the designs in detail (including videos!), the exclusive offers they have for you, and see how you can support them, make sure you check their Kickstarter Campaign Page. Their Kickstarter Campaign, full of incredible discounts for you, will run from the 15th September to the 16th October 2022. This great milestone called for some big celebrations! Throughout the duration of the Kickstarter Campaign, Alex Syberia Designs will be hosting 4 hops: 15 September 2022 - Hop 1: Blog hop 23 September 2022 - Hop 2: Instagram hop 5 October 2022 - Hop 3: Blog hop 13 October 2022 - Hop 4: Instagram hop GIVEAWAY PRIZES | OVER £1000/$1200 IN TOTAL Alex Syberia Designs is giving away some fantastic prizes; their full September Release and two of their gorgeous Floral Bundle or Critter Bundle to choose from. There are also amazing companies and crafty friends who are celebrating with us. Here's the complete list of awesome prizes: Alex Syberia Designs: Full September Release Bundle (worth £329/$395) Two bundles to choose from: Floral Bundle (worth £160/$192) or Cuties Bundle (worth £108/$129) * Artcreatiu - 25€ Gift Card Bearly Art - $50 Gift Card (open to US participants only) Catherine Pooler Designs - $30 Gift Card Crafty Purple Frog - £25 Gift Card Kit & Clowder - 30$ Gift Card La papelería de Lola - 25€ Gift Card Organizemore - $50 Gift Card Picket Fence Studios - $75 Gift Card Seize the Stamp - CHF 50 The Gray Muse - $50 Gift Card Tonic Studios - £100/$100 Gift Card Wow! Embossing powder - £20/$20 Gift Card * Check the Kickstarter Campaign for more info That's a total of 15 prizes for 15 lucky winners! To be in with a chance to win one of these amazing prizes all you have to do is play along with each of the four hops! Alex Syberia Designs will draw winners from those entrants that have played along the hops by 16th October 2022. Our first hop is a blog hop and it couldn't be easier to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post as well as those of the other amazing designers in this hop. You can see the full list, with links to each blog, below. Winners will be announced on the Alex Syberia Designs blog on the 23rd October 2022. Life is Good I am sharing one of my designs with you today which showcases the beautiful stamp, stencil and die bundle Life is Good. Given this month is a very special time for Alex Siberia Designs I felt this set was so fitting to celebrate the Kickstarter Campaign!! I have created a You Tube video showing how my card came together using the Life is Good bundle The video demonstrates how to make a square gatefold card from this amazing Kickstarter Campaign! Click the link below..... BLOG HOP 1 | DESIGNERS LIST Below is the complete list of the super talented designers who are sharing their creations with us today: Alex Syberia Designs Alberto Gava Bibi Cameron Bonnie Crane Brenda Noelke Carly Tee Cheryl Espie Colleen Balija Elin Venge Erica Hannelie Bester Ilda Jessica Frost-Ballas Jo Herbert Jo Laverty Kavya Laura Fadora LauraJane Lien Leysen Liz Michelle Short Mindy Natasha Vacca Nicoletta Rachel Alvarado Raquel Arribas Sandhya Seeka Tae Eun Yoo Tasha Tina Wilstrup Yasmin Diaz Have fun everyone!

  • Simon Says Stamp presents STAMPtember 2022

    I was so thrilled to be invited to join Simon Says Stamp for the first time ever to share their 13th anniversary STAMPtember release! Throughout STAMPtember Simon Says Stamp will be celebrating every day posting exclusive collaborations, contests, prizes, special promotions, announcements, and more surprises! Simon’s blog will announce what is planned every day. As I am one of the designers joining STAMPtember I have an exciting job of offering you an exclusive STAMPtember promotion and you will be able to find it over on my Instagram feed today! So click HERE!!! I was sent a stamp set and matching dies from the new release so I could create something unique to get you inspired. The set I received is called Say it in Spanish. This set has such a lovely font and it stamped so cleanly! For my designs, I wanted to demonstrate how you can use any other stamp set in your stash and then just add these sentiments. Gracias-Say it in Spanish The big floral on this card is called Beautiful Flowers, also by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the image in black pigment ink, added clear embossing powder and then heat dried it. I love the effect of it, so crisp and clean. Then, I coloured the florals with Copics: BG10/15/18 & E70/74. With a white gel pen I added some highlights etc and finished off with a bit of bling. For the bold sentiment from the Say it in Spanish stamp set, I repeated the process of heat embossing. Te Amo Mucho-Say it in Spanish For my second design I used another stamp and die set by Simon Says Stamp appropriately called You Have My Heart. I did the same heat embossing for the black outlines but also stamped and white heat embossed some elements on 40lb vellum. The Copic colours used here are: R29/39 & G21/94. Just to add a little dimension, I dry embossed the Triangle Burst Medallion on the card panel before adding any of the elements. It's always worth remembering you can do this with your plates and dies if you don't have an embossing folder. All the new Simon Says Stamp release for STAMPtember is live now! Don't forget to go over to my Instagram and get my exclusive promotion...you won't be disappointed! Have fun friends!!

  • Pinkfresh Studio Release-July 2022

    Hi friends! I am so thrilled to be have been invited back as a guest designer by Pinkfresh Studio for the July 2022 release! I hope you have had a chance to see all the amazing projects the designers have created just for you on the Pinkfresh Studio blog hop yesterday? If not, well do not fear! I am participating in a Insta-hop today with some major talented designers over on Instagram @cherylespiecreates. See the details below for your chance to win major prizes by following along with the Insta-hop: GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Pinkfresh Studio will be giving away the full release on the Pinkfresh IG feed. They will also be giving away a total of TEN $25 gift cards along the hop. As per usual with blog hops - the winners will be picked from the comments. Pinkfresh Studio will pull the winners & post them on August 5, 2022 over on Instagram - and they will post and tag the winners in the Pinkfresh Studio IG Stories. To be eligible to win over on Instagram you need to: 🌸follow me 🌸follow Pinkfresh Studio 🌸like and leave comments on the hop posts **The giveaway is not associated with or sponsored by Instagram or Facebook, and must be 18 or older to be eligible to enter or win. Let's take a look at what I designed with some of amazing stamps/dies/stencils & washi tape from this release: Fall Foliage/Gazebo Inky Floral Background Go For It/ Gazebo Pears & Pomegranates Over the next few days I will share my cards on my Instagram feed with more details and different angled photos so you can get a closer look at the texture and dimension. Enjoy the hop and remember to take care of yourself! Bye for now...

  • Alex Syberia Designs-My Favorite Flowers

    Hi crafty friends! Thank you for joining me today, you can also find me over on the Alex Syberia Designs blog for a second time this month! It’s been a busy one and as I said on my last post, my Copic markers have been having a really good workout! Today, I will be focusing on one project (well, two actually but with the same digital stamp) but you will be able to see every project I make over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates. I wanted to put the spotlight on the gorgeous digital image by Alex Syberia Designs called My Favorite Flowers. Last Monday on my Instagram, I shared a unique Gift Tag Card with a matching tag using the same stamp but coloured with teals. The two card projects I am focusing on today have a soft color palette of greens, peaches & beiges. After printing the My Favorite Flowers digital image on Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock, I attached the cardstock to my Scan & Cut mat ready to put in the machine. The Scan & Cut machine does exactly as it’s name. It scans the images, then cuts them out. One tip…I do not color my images until after the machine has cut them out. This is because I have found that the Scan & Cut appears to cut out the images better when there is just the black outline. For both card projects, I used Copic markers: R01 & R02, G21 & G40, E71 & E74......scroll the slideshow above to see the colour process. You will see by my staged photos how I applied the markers starting with the lightest colors first. The Alex Syberia image cleverly shows areas where you can add different colors to enhance the look and the light of the floral. With both projects, I wanted to add further color and dimension. I achieved this by placing the coloured My Favorite Flowers die cuts on top of some patterned paper from my stash. On one of the cards, I even dry embossed the patterned paper! Gold goes really well with the warm hues chosen so I added some gold ribbon as well as gold bling. Finish with a complimentary sentiment and these beauties are ready to go! I had not used a lot of digital stamps until recently and it certainly has opened a creative door for me. Alex Syberia Designs have an array of genres and they are so economical. Also, you don’t need lots of storage room! I hope I have inspired you today with the beautiful My Favorite Flowers Digital Stamp by Alex Syberia Designs. Remember….you can find more inspiration throughout the month of July, so make sure you follow @alexsyberiadesigns and @cherylespiecreates Happy crafting friends!

  • Spellbinders-Celebrate the Season Collection

    Hi friends! Christmas in July...really? Yes! In the creative world Christmas in July is a thing. It happens every year and it's where craft companies release some Holiday Season goodies for people who want to get started on their Christmas cards-Spellbinders is no exception! I got my hands on the Holiday Blooms Etched Dies. This die set is part of the Celebrate the Season Collection from Spellbinders. The set of 26 thin metal cutting dies can create a sweet single bloom to a full blown out holiday bouquet. Many types of blooms to choose such as a rose, bell-shape flower, Poinsettia, and more. Accents include Cattail, Holly Berry, Evergreen, and much more. I added these die cuts to adorn the corners of two cards that I hot foiled and I love how they turned out. Of course, you could do any colour you wish but I am a sucker for the traditional rich gold, greens and reds at Christmastime. Why not go check out the release as its available now and there's a ton of other exciting products to choose from in the Celebrate the Season collection by Spellbinders. There is also a fab sale on too of past seasonal goodies. Click the picture link below... Until next time my friends...

  • Alex Syberia Designs-Fabulous Floral

    Hi crafty friends! I am thrilled to be joining Alex Syberia Designs as a guest designer for the month of July. This month my Copic markers have been having a really good workout and you will be able to see every project I make over on my Instagram @cherylespiecreates. But I will be shining the spotlight on specific Alex Syberia Designs during my blog posts. Today, I wanted to put the spotlight on the gorgeous digital image by Alex Syberia Designs called Fabulous Floral Wow! This floral is one of the reasons I didn’t hesitate when I was asked to be a guest designer. Big bold lines stretch across a full slimline panel with petals adorning the cardstock and tapering off at the top. Stunning......I couldn’t wait to get started! When printing images from digital downloads I always use Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. I know it’s good for Copic markers, but I also know it will feed through my printer with no problems. I have tried using thicker cardstock but my printer cannot take it. For this card and matching tag, I used Copic markers: V20, V22, V25, V99 & Y06. You will see by my staged photos how I applied the markers starting with the lightest colour V20, and then work my way up to V99. The Alex Syberia images cleverly shows areas where you can add different colours to enhance the look and the light of the floral. What I loved about the Alex Syberia images is my option to print different sizes and also be able to print more than one image at a time. Definitely one of the perks of digital stamping. You will see that I created a matching tag to my slimline card. I achieved this by changing the size of the image when instructing my printer. Winner! I am a lover of all things pretty and I also love of all things matchy, matchy. To give a card to someone but also have a matching tag for their gift almost makes me giddy…. Just to say, I have not used a lot of digital stamps until recently and it certainly has opened a creative door for me. Alex Syberia Designs have an array of genres and they are so economical. Also, you don’t need lots of storage room! I hope I have inspired you today with this glorious Fabulous Floral by Alex Syberia Designs. I have lots to share with you throughout the month of July, so make sure you follow: @alexsyberiadesigns and @cherylespiecreates Happy crafting friends!

  • Canada Day Video Hop + Over $1000 in Giveaways!

    Hi friends!........Happy Canada Day! I’m joining a group of Crafty Canadian YouTubers and we’re celebrating this special day by featuring Canadian craft products, shops and publications who have generously sponsored today’s event with over $1000 in prizes! Click the video link below and it will take you to my You Tube channel and straight to the hop! After you’ve finished watching my video, remember to leave a comment for your chance to win, and then click on the link in my video description for the next person in the hop. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. **(Please indicate if you are in Canada or elsewhere as a few prizes are restricted to Canadian addresses only.) Comments close on July 15, 2022 and all winners will be announced the following week. If you get lost along the way, please head to Emily’s blog for the full list of participants: https://leiphartonart.blogspot.com/2022/07/3rd-annual-canada-day-video-hop.html Some of today's sponsors have kindly offered some discount codes which can be used by the specified dates below: SHOP COUPONS FOR THE HOP Ecstasy Crafts 15% off with code ECCAN15 Valid from July 1st to July 15th The Old Island Stamp Company 15% off with code Canada15 Valid on July 1st only Penguin Palace 20% off with code TAKE20CDAY Valid from June 30th 11pm to July 15th 11pm PST Pigment Craft Co 20% off with code CELEBRATECANADA Valid July 1st 9:00am EST to July 5th 11:59pm EST on all products, excluding ink and new release items. Cannot be combined with other offers or used towards shipping. Scrap ’n Stamp 20% off with code CDV20 Code can only be used once. Valid on instock items only. Not valid with any other sale, promotion or coupon. Expires July 29, 2022 Scrapbook & Cards Today 10% off with code SCTCanada10 This exclusive offer is valid through July 15, 2022 on any online classes, stamps and dies sets and kits on the Scrapbook & Cards Today website. This offer is not valid on events, subscriptions or the SCT Sampler. Scrapbook Cottage 15% off with code CanadaDayHop Valid June 25th to July 9th Your Next Stamp 25% off with code YNS25CD (excluding mystery boxes) Valid July 1st to 15th Well friends....have fun hopping along today and good luck!!

  • Reverse Confetti - Inspiration Station-Newsletter Edition

    Hi friends Did you know that Reverse Confetti have a weekly newsletter that you can sign up for? There are exclusive features and tons of fantastic inspiration. Here's a LINK Oh how I love pretty florals! I even like to wear them. Did you know, there can be designing inspiration all around you? Sometimes, it can even be right in front of you. From design, colour, patterns and texture you could be inspired for your next project just like I was for the card design I am sharing in the Reverse Confetti newsletter today. The above picture gives you a teaser of what inspired me. Stamping with the gorgeous Roses Stamp by Reverse Confetti , colouring with my Copic Sketch Markers. and adding texture with the Folklore Cover Plate. If you want to see the whole design and what I did to achieve it, sign up for the Reverse Confetti newsletter today! Until next time....

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