Motion Crafts blog hop!

Hello my fabulous friends!

Today is a super exciting day! I've been asked to join the Motion Crafts' first ever blog hop to celebrate their spring release! 

They sent me some INCREDIBLE stuff to work with (and included something for me to give away to one of you!!! More info on that coming later in the post!)

For those of you who don't know who Motion Crafts (Uchi's Designs) are... They make AMAZING stamps, dies, and grid sheets that allow you to ANIMATE your projects! And they make it SO simple! Be sure to check out their YouTube channel for great tutorials!

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Motion Crafts Bee Happy, Fox and Friends
Ink: Altenew Permanent Black; Chameleon RD4, BL6, BL7, YG3, GR3, BR1; Copic B00, B02, B04, Y11; Uniball Signo White
Dies: Motion Crafts Animation Grid, Double Slider; WRMK Circles
Other: Motion Crafts grid; ribbon, rhinestones

Isn't he cute?!?!?

Using the animation stamps makes animation super easy... But I like to see what else can be done...
In this stamps set, the frog is animated, but the lily pad is a regular stamp... While it's perfectly fine to combine the two and leave them as they are, I wanted my lily pad to move as if the frog really had just pushed off it... I also wanted to add color... Both are very doable. They take a bit more time then just stamping, but I think it's worth it... 

Here's how to animate a non-animated stamp, and add color....

Step 1: To animate non-motion stamps (like our this lily pad), you first need a grid mask. Motion Crafts makes this awesome die so you can make your own grids... Perfect! 
Because we are going to be stamping over it, and don't want any weird halos, die cut your mask out of thin copy paper. (regular printer paper)

Step 2: Stamp your frog. Make sure the lines are perfectly vertical! This is important for sooth animation. This stamp has a fabulous flat edge on the bottom to make stamping him straight really easy... Especially if you use a stamp positioning tool like the MISTI (this has the added benefit of being magnetic which will make life easier in the next step)

Step 3: Mask his tummy (I just cut a blob out of a post-it note). Then line up your grid mask so the frog looks like he is sitting. Magnets are a great way to hold the mask in place as they won't tear or distort the fragile grid lines when you move it later.

Step 4: Stamp your lily pad in the position you want it when he is sitting... Notice how I have my lily pad crossing his tummy? That's why we masked it.
Make sure you give your stamp firm pressure... You want a clear impression around the mask lines.

Step 5: Shift your grid until the frog is jumping (I have one edge of my mask lifted so you can see the stamped lily pad under, but where the mask is flat, you don't see the lily pad you just stamped. 

Step 6: Shift your lily pad stamp to the position you want it in when he is jumping up and stamp again through the mask... Don't try to do anything too dramatic... I kept the slotted edge in pretty much the same place, but changed the angle of the other end to be on a bit of a diagonal like he had pushed off...

Step 7: If you want to add color, use your mask again... You should be able to easily line your mask up in the same places you had it before by matching the stamped lines on your project with those on the mask. Color in between the lines. The neater you are with this step, the better it will look... A marker with a fine point nib makes this a lot easier!

You should have something similar to this.... It may not look like much now, but when you move the animation grid over it, it looks AMAZING!

For mine, I also added color to his tummy and mouth, as well as adding in the water... I also carried the water out past the window to create a scene.

If you find it hard to keep nice sharp lines when adding the color, try cutting another mask out of heavier cardstock... I found that easier to color through then the thin paper we had to stamp through.

To finish off this card, I used my Copic airbrush and a stencil to create a sky. I kept things light around my frog so I wouldn't have to add any sky to the stamped panel.

The dragonflies are made from stamping two tiny hearts from the Fox and Friends set, then adding some tiny rhinestones. I love that there is a mix of regular stamps and animation stamps that all work together!

If you want to add color without the fuss of the mask, check this out:

Paper: Basic GreyGeorgia Pacific
Stamps: Motion Crafts Sunshine
Ink: Distress Black Soot, Worn Lipstick; Copic Y13, R00, E04, B0000
Dies: Motion Crafts Pull Slider
Other: Motion Crafts gridBasic Grey alpha stickers; flower, brads

I stamped the mouse using two different colors of ink (black for the mouse, and pink for the flower). I also colored in the parts of the image that aren't animated (like his feet and ears) with Copics just like I would for any image.... 

Fun, huh!

 Animation stamps aren't just for cards... I decorated this treat box with a  really simple animated panel... 

Paper: Authentique, Recollections Clear Plastic
Stamps: Motion Crafts Essentials, Fox and Friends
Ink: Altenew Permanent Black; Sharpie Fine Liner
Dies: Motion Crafts Double Slider, Pull Slider;  Sizzix Milk Carton
Other: Motion Crafts gridRecollection brads; ribbon

Very simple, but it will amaze kids and adults alike!

Ok... Now for what you all have been waiting for... The give away!!!

Here's the deal... I have this prize pack (a Pull Slider die set, and a Sunshine stamp set) to give away... All you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me your favorite spring time color combo.

I'll be picking a winner on March 30th.

{This giveaway is now closed}

Good luck!


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  1. My favorite springtime color combo is yellow and lime green! Very cheery after a cold winter!

  2. Love the frog and mouse! What adorable cards! They look so fun to make... awesome stamps and dies to make these animated cards!
    Favorite springtime colors combo... pink and light green!

  3. Love the extras you added to an already amazing product. Favourite combo - green, green, and more green.

  4. Your cards are so fun and I love that you added some colour. My fave springtime colours are a vibrant pink, lime green and yellow. Can't wait for spring, not quite here yet, but definitely in the air!

  5. Ok wow you amaze me with your projects!!! What u did with the lily pad is genius! Wow soooo creative!! Thank you for the tips, I would love to see a video tutorial on how you did that! I saw the steps but I learn better by watching πŸ˜€ Amazing job. Thank you so much for sharing and for all the inspiration 😍

  6. So sorry I forgot to list my colors, I was so excited about your techniques! Lol
    My favorite spring time colors are all the pastels and plaid patterns! I love the new lawn fawn paper pads

  7. I do not have the new stamps that offer the flat bottom. I loved how you manipulated the lily pad. I like yellows, so it would be some kind of combinations of yellow.

  8. WOWZER!! You definitely blew it out of the ballpark with your awesome cards & gift box!! Beautiful papers, scenery & embellishments for them all!!

  9. I love these motion cards and also love that they have a die that cuts out the stripey slider piece, as you don’t have to buy the acetate seperate

  10. Love the cards and treat box! So cool how you made the lily pad stamp move when the frog jumps! My favorite spring colors are chartreuse, yellow, and pink. Thanks!

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  12. Thanks for showing news ways to use these cool motion stamps. Found you thru the Motion Crafts Blog hop and will be sure to follow you on FB.
    I forgot my spring colors. I like the pastel colors like pink, purple and blue.

  13. You turned magic into reality! I would love to accompany you forward on this journey! Thank you for including me to make it happen!

    Purple & Violet are my Springtime Color Combo…

  14. Love your projects! The little toad and mouse are so darling. Thanks for sharing these!

  15. Love love LOVE these! Awesome products and awesome work!

  16. Great cards! I love how you did the lilly pad for the frog card. What fun.

  17. So cute - love these new stamps and dies

  18. Wow, you made your own animation!! Wonderful idea, and it looks just amazing!!!

  19. Your jewelled dragonflies are out of this world! I really love your cards. Uchi’s Designs did the hard work of designing this fabulous motion card! You did a marvelous job of decorating and designing such beautiful cards. I really love your colors! You are a real artist, for sure!!! :-)

  20. Really cute! I love this little mouse!! Lovely

  21. Thank you so much for sharing how to animate regular stamps! How cool! And I just love love that butterfly box!

  22. I really enjoyed reading your post!
    It was easy to understand and I like all the photos you posted and little videos!
    And thank you very much for the opportunity to win!

  23. Oh, these are amazing! Love the interactive elements and the added lily pad... so creative! The butterfly looks amazing on the gift box. SWEET and so much fun! I love soft pinks and greens for Spring. :)

  24. thanks for sharing these sweet cards and for your little tricks/tips:)

  25. Amazing! Thank you for so many tips on turning regular images into animated ones and other ways to use these adorable images! My favourite Spring color combo is pastel blue, yellow and pink.

  26. Wow! Your projects are amazing! I love how you animated the lily pad on your own! As for my favorite Spring color combo, I would say pastel pink, yellow and green.

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  28. So cute and fresh! Love the spring color combo: pale blues and greens

  29. Amazing projects! Not only beautifully done, but what an awesome addition of the lily pad and flower animation. Such fun products!

  30. Oh it looks like you had an awesome time making all these cards..they are pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing Really appreciate it and this product is wonderful! Will make so many people smile😁

  31. Perfect for spring! Love robin's egg blue and a sea foam green!

  32. How clever are you? Love seeing the scenery go onto the motion part of the card - makes the jumping frog look so realistic. TFS. And what about that gift box with the butterfly? TFS

  33. Very clever animated cards. I like the dragonflies on the frog card. My favorite spring time colors are pink and green.
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  34. I absolutely love your cards! The mouse one is gorgeous! I love the way the frog jumps off the lily pad. Thanks for that step by step on how to animate the non-animated stamp. It looks fantastic! I am soooo wanting these stamps and dies now !

  35. Awww!!! I'm totally in love for your interactive cards!!! They're sooooo cuteeee!!!
    My favorite spring time color combo is orange and mint green.

  36. OMG!! These are amazing!! I LOVE the interactive elements and the added lily pad, so creative!! The butterfly looks amazing on the gift box too!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS and Blessed Easter!!

  37. First, thank you so much for showing a way to use these stamps that is so creative. The froggy card is my favorite. I also love that you had added color to the stamp. It is cuter!
    My favorite spring colors are vivid colors such magenta, purple, yellow, orange what I mean the color of the flowers. I do also love pastel colors but I love the vibrant colours. Thanks again for showing a new way to use these stamps!

  38. So precious! Thank you for sharing!

  39. I love how you made the lily pad move, too! Such fun cards.

  40. I forgot to give you my favourite spring time combo, it would include pastel pink and blues!

  41. Whaaaa.... and animated box?!! Love them ALL!! Thanks for the fab tip on DIY for non-animated stamps...I'd've probably tried with cardstock - thanks for saving me the hassle! I am totally in love with these stamps!
    My fav combo is aqua, purple and pink in pastels!


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