Fall 2017 Release Blog Hop

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Hello everyone and welcome back for our Fall 2017 Release Blog Hop! I hope you enjoyed all of the inspiration this week by our team. For this release, we debuted 24 new stamps, 19 dies and 6 Couture Mixes!  Everything is available in our shop now except our incentive products which will be available next month.

For our Fall 2017 Release, we have three new gifts with purchase (GWPs) that you can obtain in your order. This promotion does not apply to prior purchases. The threshold amount is calculated before taxes and shipping. This promotion will continue until September 21 at 11:59pm EST or until supplies last. Limit one incentive package per order. No coupon code needed. All incentive products will automatically be added to qualified orders (they will not show up in your cart but will be added to orders as we pack them).

  • Spend $75 or more: Receive a free pack of our new Sugar Cookie Couture Mix;
    Spend $125 or more: Receive a 2×3 Christmas Mini Cluster Stamp (and Sugar Cookie Mix);
  • Spend $200 or more: Receive a 3×4 Good Tidings Cluster Set (and a Christmas Mini Cluster Stamp and Sugar Cookie Mix).
  • **There must be a new release stamp in your order to qualify for a GWP.**

We are so excited for you to hop along with us to celebrate this release!

  1. The Ton <—— You are here!
  2. Vera Yates
  3. Olga Matyushevskaya
  4. Svetlana Pavlova
  5. Mayline Jung
  6. Justine Hovey
  7. Jenny Lee Yamasaki
  8. Anna Kutsenko
  9. Svetlana Fotinia
  10. Janette Kausen
  11. Svitlana Shayevich
  12. Eunji Jung
  13. Amy Tsuruta
  14. Laura Jane Head
  15. Amy Kolling
  16. Tae Eun Yoo
  17. Laurel Beard
  18. Brenda Noelke
  19. Taheerah Atchia
  20. Isha Gupta
  21. Dana Gong
  22. Lisa Harrolle
  23. Kay Miller

For today, I have two cards and videos to share! Let’s start!

blue magnolias

Photo taken against our 12x12in White Marble Backdrop Board

For my first card, I used our new Magnolia Fields cling background stamp.

I started off by rose gold heat embossing the stamp onto an A2 sized watercolor panel.  Next, I painted each magnolia a soft cerulean blue using Ken Oliver Color Bursts to give my florals a nice base color. Then I added three layers of shading to the larger magnolia images using my zig markers (No 36 Light Blue, No 31 Cobalt Blue, No 32 Persian Blue).

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For the smaller florals, I only added the first layer of shading.

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Once my florals were complete, I watercolored the background/negative space with a deep Prussian Blue color burst. As I set the panel aside to dry, I created my banner sentiment using our Basic Banners and coordinating die. I only partially embossed the banner because I knew I would be cutting off the right half of it. I didn’t want to use the entire banner because I wanted to change up the way I used this set.

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Prior to popping up my banner onto my painted panel, I added stitching to the edges of my painted panel using the largest die in our Double Stitched Rectangles (large) die set. Once the sentiment was popped up, I trimmed the excess which left me with a half banner with great interest. Then I added some shading with watercolor onto my banner to give it a bit of dimension. Lastly, I popped up my panel onto a side folding A2 card and then embellished it with 7mm and 5mm Clear Dew Drops.

nutcracker scene

For my next card, I created a festive scene using our Holiday Ballet set.

I started off by stamping my nutcracker and ballet figures on cardstock with our copic friendly Caviar Hybrid Ink. Then I colored everything in with copic markers. For my ballerinas, I added white gel pen stippling/dots to give their outfits a faux glitter finish. Then I cut my figures out with my electric cutting machine (although dies are available now, I did not have them at the time of making this card). I set my figures aside and proceeded to build my scene.

nutcracker scene 2

For my scene, I started off by stamping our Mountains on a horizontal A2 cardbase with our Pewter Collection Inks. Then I created a mask for my mountains and added shading (Miami Cool Dye Ink) behind them.  Next I stamped the second layer of our Mini Pine Tree multiple times across a separate piece of cardstock in our Everglade Moss Dye Ink.  Then I stamped the third layer of our Pine in our Hampton White Pigment Ink. I trimmed  my pine tree panel and fussy cut the top portion of my line of trees. Then I stamped the bottom portion of that panel with some more pigment ink so that I could heat emboss that area with white embossing powder for a snowy effect.

nutcracker scene 3

Once the heat embossing was finished, I stamped some trees from our Mountains set in our Noir Dye Ink behind my Pine Trees. Then I adhered my line of Pine Trees onto my mountain panel and then ran the entire panel through my big shot machine with the largest die in our double stitched rectangles to add stitching to the edges. Next I stamped the sentiment (Noir Dye Ink), snowflakes (Dusty Blues Collection) and tiny stars (Dusty Blues Collection) in the background. Once the scene was complete, I popped up my figures with dimensional foam tape.


Three new release stamps will be given away to random commenters from the hop participant blogs. To qualify, you must leave a comment on here on this post. Each comment you leave on the hop participant blogs will increase your chances of winning a giveaway.  The comment period will close on Monday, September 11th at 11:59pm. Winners will be announced on our blog soon after.

That’s all from me today!  I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and videos! Your next stop on our Hop is the amazing Vera!




103 thoughts on “Fall 2017 Release Blog Hop

  1. Rob Keogh says:

    Both beautiful cards but the Blue Magnolias is in a class of it’s own. Absolutely gorgeous. Your large floral stamps are to die for.


  2. pinkheelscreative says:

    Both cards are so beautiful. Those ballerinas are so delicate and pretty. The magnolia card is breathtaking. The dark blue on the background highlights the beautiful blues of the flowers. I also love that rose gold embossing, it’s perfect for this card.


  3. Jen K says:

    This was a fabulous blog hop: lots of inspiration, techniques, and beautiful colors and designs. I really like Effie’s poinsettia background card, too.


  4. margessw says:

    I’m back from the hop and I have seen so many beautiful creations, very holidays spirit which I is one of my favorite time of the year. It was a great week following you along your artists blogs, I really had a great time and so much inspiration!!! Thanks and I wish you the best for this release! Love from France to all the team !! Marjorie


  5. TracyM #6773 says:

    LOVE your Nutcracker scene, ADORE your STUNNING magnolias – WOW!


  6. Maureen McLaughlin says:

    Thank you for your latest release. It has been an amazing few days with your designers showcasing all their magnificent creations. So inspirational that I have already placed my order – cant wait to receive them and create some of my own card designs.


  7. Francine says:

    Oh, Efie, your cards are just gorgeous! I have to see if I can do something similar. I know it wont be as good as yours though :).. Love the items in The Tons release this month. Thanks for having hop showcasing the new items


  8. kimberlyrae says:

    Hi Effie! What a ride this hop has been! After visiting each , I think I’m on a creative high, my head is in a spin!! Ha. You and your team are so talented and ALL blow me away! Thank you, for sharing your art and so much inspiration ❤


  9. cmayne says:

    Your cards are stunning; your release, remarkable! i currently don’t have any of your products in my collection (you’re a recent discovery for me), but a local craft shop here in Alberta will soon be offering your products. She’s asked us to send lists of what we’d like; we won’t discuss how long mine is *grin* Looking forward to new arrivals in the near future….


  10. Liz O says:

    Love these gorgeous designs, they are fabulous! Swoon by the flawless coloring and those florals are just amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and for your generosity! Have a wonderful day!


  11. Angela W says:

    Effie, both of your cards are so pretty! I especially love the magnolia card. This release has been amazing! There are so many beautiful products and the design team did a fabulous job, as usual, showing them off!


  12. Stacey Kowbel says:

    Wow, those are fantastic stamps! The colouring on the magnolias is fantastic and the ballerinas and nutcracker are amazing! I think the Holiday Ballet set is a must.


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