Saturday, December 3, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia




Hi Folks! It's time for Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza! Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see one of the surprise destinations in her advent calendar : )

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A ROUND of Applause

      
Hi folks! This card is over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today, where I did a quick tutorial on how to get a straight sentiment to curve around a circle using the MISTI.
 
  
Feel free to use my code "KELLY2016" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. This is even more awesome because a lot of the stamps are ALREADY on sale so you get an additional 15% off the sale price.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop

 
Hi Folks! We're celebrating the end of the Winnie & Walter winter release reveal with a Blog Hop showcasing all the fabulous new products that are already available to purchase! You may have come from the fabulous Kate Capper, but if not, you're more than welcome to start at the beginning with Winne & Walter.
  
   
My two cards use the adorable snow scenes from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T Designs. This card is super simple, even for coloring the snowman. I mean, c'mon, he's WHITE! 90% of the work is already done before you've uncapped your markers.
  
    
Seriously, how adorable is he? I cut a few layers of my husband's comic book backing boards for extra dimension (these are perfect for this purpose, about twice as thick as the 110 lb paper, but not too thick that you can't cut through it easily, like chipboard sometimes). 
 
 
This set also comes with an igloo (hello, also white!) and several more adorable winter characters. I like these images for a birthday card because it reflects the season, with the colored lights on the igloo, but there is no Santa, reindeer, Christmas tree, or anything else that screams "Christmas" instead of "birthday". I don't have a December birthday, but one of my best friends from childhood had a birthday on Dec. 28th and she never loved getting Christmas items for her birthday.

I love using and mixing ALL the sentiments from Winnie & Walter, and really think that makes for a well put-together card. A few different fonts that go together are all you need. I liked this combination of sentiments so much that both cards use the same wording. For these cards I've used the new The Big, The Bold, and Greetings, Sentimental: Winter, and two of the older The Big, The Bold sets (Merry and Party).

Good news on prizes, five randomly chosen commenters will receive $30.00 credit to shop at Winnie & Walter! All you need to do is leave a comment by Monday, November 21, 2016 at noon CST.

Your next stop is the amazingly innovative Keren Baker (love what she comes up with!)

Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly

PS. In case you missed them, here are my other cards from this release:


 
 
 
 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Winnie & Walter Release Day 4

 
Hi Folks! For the last day of the Winnie & Walter release I'd like to share a card that is very outside my comfort zone. For those who've followed me for awhile, does it look odd being on my blog?! I am not a color-er. What can I say, the new Winnie & Walter stamps inspired me to try something I'm not very good at, and I think that's quite a testament to the stamps!

Aside from the owls, the sentiment is pieced together from two different sets, and the string of lights is from another set entirely. You would never know four different sets of stamps are used on this one card. They just all coordinate so well together! Originally I was going to blend some ink to fill the space under the branch, but instead I decided to do some loose cross hatching with a felt pen. I wanted the owls to stand out more after all the hard coloring work, gosh darn it!
  
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Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. As usual, leave a comment there for a chance to WIN all of today's goodies. The Big Giveaway is also going on with a chance to win the entire release!!
   
Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Winnie & Walter Release Day 3


If you're looking for the Calling All Sistah's Blog Hop, please click here.


Hi folks! Welcome to day 3 of the jam-packed Winnie & Walter release! I rarely use earth colors on my cards, but when looking for a patterned paper to make the earth out of, this is what I found, so I went with it. Love, love this set of sentiments! I didn't count, but there have to be close to 30 phrases, and they are all fabulously scripty. The wide banner is from a set called Framed (which also has a coordinating set of cutaway dies) and it includes several leafy branches to spice up whatever sentiment you choose. I'm hoping the bird I have on here is a dove to go with the "peace on earth, joy to the world" theme.
 


The world is made from a set of circle tag dies that have tiny dot details along the edges ... can you see them here? Love that! How much better than just a plain circle? I added some sequins for made-up points of interest on a map to pretty-up this very cream card.

  
Like the card that you'll see tomorrow, this card is made up from four different sets, and look how well they all go together! And how well they fit on this panel. We've got more big, bold words, as well as some sentiments in different fonts, like the "from our family" here. Sentiments in small-sized fonts are totally over-rated, I think. It seems I'm always looking to add a little something more, but unless it's tiny like this it often won't fit by the time I'm done with the card design. So frustrating.
     
  
It was a late night, but I often push myself to create whatever I need to while the supplies are out, especially while the stamps are already lined up on your blocks, the ink pads are picked, covers are off, etc. In this case, I thought to make personalized cards for the Christmas ornaments we send our nephews and nieces in Texas each year. So happy to be done with this project, as I'm always rushing to beat the cutoff date at the post office because I neglect to allow for the proper transit time needed. I told Shay I was so happy to see the "from across the miles" sentiment, as that's exactly what I needed for these long distance gifts. Really happy with how these came together!
 
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Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. As usual, leave a comment there for a chance to WIN all of today's goodies. The Big Giveaway is also going on with a chance to win the entire release!!
   
I have another project to share with you tomorrow, and it's something outside my comfort zone : )
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Calling All Sistahs Hop


 
Hi Folks! I've got a hidden message card to share with you for the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop today. I used two of the Ruffled Ribbon dies as clasps, adhered behind the card.
 


Then once you open the ribbons, you see the sentiment inside! I really like how this one turned out! The sentiment is a mix of Powerful Words and Be. On the top and bottom of the panel I stamped a portion of a border from Zigs and Zags.
 

 
Here's what it looks like from the back side in case you're having trouble picturing it. I was so excited when I found the dimensions were just the right size to meet up in the front! It's fun to play around in the craft room, right?!

You may have come from Kara Stainbrook's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog. Perhaps more importantly, this is your monthly reminder to check yourself and/or schedule a mammogram if you're due for one. They really make it so easy to get a mammogram these days ... many places offer same day appointments, quick results, and I just heard (after scheduling my own appointment last week) that they now have 3D mammograms to be even more diagnostic. Wow, how awesome is that?

Should you be interested in purchasing anything from the Calling All Sistahs line, 50% of the profits  are donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation. You are also invited to participate in next month's blog hop. Check out all the details at CAS-ual Fridays, along with information on prizes.

Don't forget the discount code KELLY2016 to save 15% off your purchases! 
   
 
Your next stop is the fabulous Kimberly Rendino who always has something fun to share.
   
Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winnie & Walter Release Day 2

 
 
Hi folks! Have you seen all the new stamp and die sets being released at Winnie & Walter this week?!? It's seriously one of the biggest releases I can remember, with four days filled with exciting products and projects. This card is made using parts of sentiments from no less than FOUR different stamp sets. Look how well they all go together!
  
   
 The background was a hoot to make ... it's from the Harleen Creative Screening, where I sponged ink through the stencil. The first time it makes a really subtle diamond pattern, but then when you shift the stencil and use a few different colors, you get this festive striped background. Really loving it.


On this card I used the same stencil, only with two different colors. The offset pattern is just lovely! Working with the popular Faceted Diamond from a previous release, I made an engagement ring with the circle tag cutaway dies. That subtle dotted pattern on the circle makes me swoon, and it's highlighted even more on this foil paper.

  
Another cheer for small sentiments. An engagement card with a comically oversized engagement ring like this (and with a vibrant background like this) does not need a sentiment distracting from the overall design. So it's nice to discretely add it on the edge of the diamond.

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 Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. As usual, leave a comment there for a chance to WIN all of today's goodies. The Big Giveaway is also going on with a chance to win the entire release!!
   
Please stop by over the next two days for more projects from this jam-packed release! 
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly