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Hey there kiddos,

It’s a Heffy Doodle day today! WOOHOO! And don’t forget to check out the Heffy Doodle blog for today’s update – especially if you are a Kickstarter supporter who is stalking the mailman waiting for your goodies to arrive!

I have been so inspired recently with all the wonderful rainbow themed cards in my Instafeed – it’s because of the Rainbow Maker online class that is over at Online Card Classes.

I grabbed some of the bold images from the Heffy Doodle Interactively Yours stamp set and laid them out in my MISTI so they were all in a line, but with a little gap for my sentiment stamping. Next I picked out some colourful colours of Distress Oxide inks, and first stamped my line of images. I just LOVE the way these distress oxides stamp so evenly. Next I slid my paper over by 3/4 inch, and used the next colour of ink. I repeated this process until I had stamped a rainbow of colours.

Next I used my Lawn Fawn large stitched rectangle die to cut out a panel. I like to stamp first and then die cut the rectangle – this way I can central my stamping easier.

I added the HUGS in a bold black ink, and then had the idea to add a zipper element to my card! You know me… I love an interactive card! I layered this front panel onto some zig zag rectangle of black card and added a white heat embossed greeting onto it (from the Elephant of Surprise stamp set).

To finish the card, I added a cute elephant and cake, and coloured these in with Copic markers, and layered it up on another layer of black die cut card so the images really pop against the colourful background. A few black pearls and we are DONE!

Happy Crafting!

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Hello crafty friends,
The chibi gang are having fun this week with a collaboration celebration between Chibitronics and Newton’s Nook.

Don’t forget to jump over to the Chibitronics blog to see all the fab projects and get links to more fun creations!

What’s more – Chibitronics and Newton’s Nook are each giving away a $30 starter kit and a $30 gift certificate. To enter to win please leave a comment on all the blogs and winners will be randomly chosen at the end of the week.

 

As soon as I saw this airplane stamp – Newton Takes Flight – I knew that I wanted to make a fun sky scene and use the chibitronic lights to light up the wings. I thought it would also be a great excuse to use the Chibitronics Effect stickers as well. These are fun additions that make your light flash, flicker and more. For this project I chose the pulse option – it worked great.

So if you have seen my work before, you know that I love an interactive card, and I had so many ideas for this card…. and in the end I pretty much did them all. I wanted to have a surprise pop up situation where the front section of the card opens up in a surprising way. I also wanted to make the propeller blade in to a spinning element, and on top of that, I had a cool idea for creating a fun switch. It took some time to wrap my brain around the engineering… but I never let that stop me!

So here it is..

You will see in the video that I started this time with the circuit. I wanted to make sure that my idea would work. I actually built my circuit onto a piece of vellum (that I had stamped with my plane image), which came in really handy later on in the video. I think I will do that again, for sure! It was my first time using the effect stickers so I found a template on the chibitronics website and used that as a guide – he’s a look at my circuit.

I use the little chibitronics stencil to help me get the placement just right – what an awesome little tool!
So my idea was to build a fun, unusual kind of switch. I wanted to be able to slide a cloud panel upwards in order to turn on the lights, and then slide it down again to turn it off. I almost can’t believe that I did it! BRAINPOWER FOR THE WIN! You will have to watch the video to see how it is achieved… I found it hard enough to explain in the video WITH visual aids, i’m not sure i should even attempt to explain it with just words.

I added some stamping to the front using the ‘flyng by to say’ stamp, and then on the inside I added some more Newton’s Nook images from the ‘Newton Dreams of Paris’ set..y’know…for extra fun. I couldn’t help but use the sweet Eiffel Tower stamp -and the teeny weeny hot air balloons -so adorable! I also added the word BONJOUR! [Note to self – book a flight to France before too long! 🙂  heehee]

Here’s what it looks like when you stand it up!

I added a little ink blending with a brush for some soft blue tones under the clouds, and finished with a few black enamel accents.

Thanks for joining me for this fun Newton’s Nook and Chibitronics collaboration. Don’t forget to visit the Chibitronics blog where you can get links to the other projects! You will want to see them – they are FABULOUS!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

Lesley

 

Some Products Used (Includes affiliate links at no cost to you)

Chibitronoics copper tape- https://goo.gl/uV72ei

Chibitronics white LEDs – https://goo.gl/gnaiUe

Chibitronics Red, Yellow & Blue LEDs – https://goo.gl/Aqv27F

Chibitronics Effect stickers – https://goo.gl/ft9Csr

Chibitronics Pink, Orange & Green LEDs – https://goo.gl/cJtc1q

 

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Sometimes I am surprised at how much an idea can change. As I started my Come Craft With Me youTube LIVE stream last night, I shared a sketch of a card idea. However, throughout the video, you will see that I change my mind several times, and by the end of the show, the card looks completely different!

I think this is a really fun thing to do. You guys get to see WHY I change my mind, you get to see what influences my decisions, and you get to see how I just ‘make it work’.

For this card I was inspired by a stamp set from Newton’s Nook – which has this cute hot air balloon with a kitty in it. I wanted to create a sky behind it, but was torn between a day time scene (primarily because I wanted to use the lawn fawn stitched cloud backdrop diecuts – teehee) and a night time scene. Another idea which has been in my mind for a long time is to use the Go-Press & Foil machine with my Lawn Fawn snowy backdrop die to create a beautiful starry foiled background. I thought it was be AWESOME to do this on top of a galaxy effect inked background. I asked the viewers for their thoughts and we went with a night time sky!

I also decided to change it up this time – no copics! GASP!! Can you even believe it! 🙂 Instead I used my distress inks to watercolour my image. Whilst I had my distress inks out, I used the blending too to create the galaxy / night time background.

So the Go-Press & Foil machine is pretty epic. If you haven’t already seen it – you should check it out! Not only can you use hot foil stamps but you can also use it with your dies – which is what i did. The machine is built to work with manual die cutting machines – it works perfectly with the Go Cut & emboss machine, but i use it with my Big Shot. I will say however, that you need to use a few cardboard shims to get the pressure just right. You will see me experimenting in the video – but the results are WELL worth it!

I also wanted to add the Eiffel Tower – for some added cuteness. I miss France. I need to go back there soon. Anyway…. off track … 🙂

My original idea was to add some chibitronics to the card, but the design changed so much along the way that i thought that i wouldn’t use them…. BUT…. then I decided it would be unfair to tease you and then not deliver… so I added some white stars. It also gave me a good excuse to use some Heffy Doodle stamps! I used the PRESS ME stamp from the Interactively Yours set to add a little instruction to the cloud. 🙂 And just look at the foily goodness!! <3

We have a collaboration coming up soon with Newton’s Nook and Chibitronics, but I have already made another project to share – so that will be coming soon (date to be confirmed). Keep an eye on my YouTube channel as it will appear there (and here on the blog) when it is the right time.

Thank you for joining me last night, I hope that you can join me again next week. It’s the day before my birthday – woohoo! I am also going to have a giveaway over on Instagram so please keep an eye out over there, and help spread the word! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

Lesley

 

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