Hello crafters! Today I have the honor of participating in a video hop that celebrates with Laura Sterckx, one of my favorite crafters! She had cracked the 10K subscribers mark on YouTube, woot woot! We are having a party with fantastic guests and fun prizes! You should have arrived here from Isha – if not, no worries, I have all the blog hop details below in my post for you.
Since Laura loves cute critters, I picked a new(ish) stamp by Whimsy Stamps for my card for her and colored it with my Carbothello Chalk Pastels – just love the effect you get with the coloration on the mouse almost looking like fur. I’ve done other videos featuring this medium, and you can see how important it is to work in layers to ensure proper coverage.
I personally like to use either kraft cardstock (which makes the opaque colors pop!) or paper with a lot of texture, like my Torchon watercolor paper. It allows the chalk to stick to it, and works well when applying multiple layers. Since chalk can be easily smudged, using a paper stump to blend colors is great for the small areas of a stamp, and of course you should use some hair spray at the end to seal the colors so it won’t smudge when you send it through the mail.
As a finishing touch, I added some sequins from the Pretty Pink Posh Wildflower mix and some additional 3mm sparkling clear sequins. My Stardust gel pen and white Enamel Accents helped to add some dimension and glitter as well.
Laura has been such a fantastic and generous contributor to our crafting community that it’s no surprise she could line up some fantastic sponsors for her celebration!
- Create A Smile Stamps: €20 Gift Voucher
- Ellen Hutson: $25 Gift Voucher
- Hallmark Scrapbook: $50 Gift Voucher
- Lawn Fawn: 1 Stamp Set + 1 Paper Pad of the Winner’s Choice
- The Ton: $25 Gift Voucher
- Winnie & Walter: Two (2) $50 Gift Vouchers
- WOW! Embossing Powder: 5 Powders + 2 Stamp Sets from their Newest Release
- WPlus9: $25 Gift Voucher
How do you win? You have to subscribe to Laura’s YouTube channel and leave comments along the VIDEOS of the hop in order to win the prizes – so you don’t have to comment on my blog post here, but you need to leave a comment on the videos to be eligible to win. The giveaway ends on Monday, September 12 at 11:59 p.m. Central European Summer Time.
Keep on Hoppin’
If you just found this hop here on my blog, you’ll find all the participating designers listed below. We are linking to the YouTube videos directly so you can leave comments there. The next station in the hop should also be linked to from the video description of each video.
- Laura Sterckx
- Amy Lee
- Carissa Wiley
- Christiana Reuling
- Create A Smile Stamps (Christine Drogt)
- Ellen Hutson (Julie Ebersole)
- Emily Leiphart
- Isha Gupta
- Julia Altermann <– you are here
- Laura Bassen
- Laurel Beard
- Nicole Picadura
- The Ton (Effie Cho)
- WPlus9 (Dawn Woleslagle)
- Yana Smakula