Friday, October 20, 2017

CFS Release - Joy

Hi Folks! This is my favorite set of the release. Love the two large sentiments in the new CASual Fridays Stamps Joy set, and today I've got a card featuring each of them!

The middle of each Christmas-y word has a large snowflake substituted for the "o" to make it look even more festive. On this card I further embellished the snowflake with a large, faceted brad for some extra sparkle.

Because this sentiment is fabulous enough, I didn't want to add too much else to take away from it. I settled on adding a tone-on-tone border behind the slightly smaller panel so it would look like it's on a sheet of lacy cardstock. The die from Lovely Links was cut in half and adhered to the card base.

The extra texture is just enough, but not distracting. I also decided to add "to the world" from Snowy Sayings and cut it so that it would hug the curve of the "y."

Here's the other snowy word in this set ... Noel. It's embossed in a copper on top of a cream cardstock.

The curve on the end of the "N" looked like a wonderful place to hang an ornament, so I did! I stamped the snowflake a second time on silver paper, punched it out, added a hole in the circle and two on either side of the N curve, and then tied the ornament to the card.

The edge of the card is stamped with several of the extra snowflakes from this set and embossed in glitter from Catherine Pooler. A little hard to see here, because it's all sparkle, but you can see them better in the prior photo.

 Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. All the stamps you see this week will be released on Saturday, October 21st. And don't forget, the code KELLY2017 works on everything, including these new release items.

Thanks for looking! We've got one last set to show you tomorrow, and then the stamps will all be released!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

CFS Release - Bomb Diggity

Hi Folks! What a fun set this is from CASual Fridays Stamps! I'm quite sure that there are no other "bomb diggity" sentiments on the market, so you know your cards will be unique. Michele is the best with coming up with fun, current phrases for us to use on our cards, right?

For a sentiment this sassy, I knew I had to have an equally sassy background. I saved last year's Easter invitation from the church who hosts my mom's group and thought it would be fun to replicate that. So I got out all my Catherine Pooler Inks, post it notes, and ink blenders, and went to work.

It was kind of fun to see what it was going to look like as I kept creating new shapes of color. With no planning or decision making, I was happy with how it turned out.

To finish it off, I added the card-sized sentiment and embossed it in gold several times so it was nice and thick. Fun!

 Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. All the stamps you see this week will be released on Saturday, October 21st. And don't forget, the code KELLY2017 works on everything, including these new release items.

Thanks for stopping by! My favorite cards are coming up tomorrow, hope to see you then!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CFS Release - WTF 2

Hi Folks! Great news, it's back! The famous WTF stamp set, which was one of the first ever sets from CASual Fridays Stamps, has been retooled and is now being released as WTF 2. This one is even more versatile, with large open letters for you to color and really draw attention to it.  

For all of the cards in this post, I used this stencil I made from copy paper to help me color in the letters. After stamping on the copy paper, I cut out the inside spaces with an exacto knife. Then I placed the stencil over the letters on the card and start sponging ink through the spaces.

This set can be used for so many birthdays, thanks to the little "somethin'" stamp that's included in the set. So now, instead of just having a card for your friends turning 40 or 50, you can have a card for anyone turning 40 all the way through 59! Brilliant!

I added a few sequins for good measure to all the WTFs. The nice thing about stamping several of them is that they overlap and create new colors in those areas.

Another direction you can go with this set is "Who's Totally Fabulous?" This would be great for a thank you card, or congratulations card. 

The brush stroke and the scripted "fabulous" are from another set that you'll see later this week.

For the stripes on WTF, I stamped the brush stroke through the stencil.

Or, you can stamp a small image through the stencil to create some texture, like these ink splatters, which are also from a different set that you'll see later this week.

The large font sizes on these words really help the sentiment take center stage. And make for a quick card to make!

 Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. All the stamps you see this week will be released on Saturday, October 21st. And don't forget, the code KELLY2017 works on everything, including these new release items.

Thanks for stopping by, and look for more stamp sets to be unveiled every day this week!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Super Creepy Haunted House Card (With Some Chibitronics Help!)

 Hi Folks! Now that we're two weeks into October, I'm betting you may have gotten some Halloween decorations out, or at least you've started getting into the "spirit" of the season. I am in full Halloween mode, having just planned my 4th grader's class Halloween party! I've also been making a few spooky Halloween cards, and this one is my absolute favorite so far ...

This one transforms the sweet This Awesome House from Winnie & Walter into a creepy mansion that no one would dare trick-or-treat at, with the help of some stamps from Moonlight, purple vellum stamped windows, and ...

... amazing lights from Chibitronics!! It's so creepy!!!

I'm on the Chibitronics blog if you'd like more information and instructions on how it's made.

Thanks so much for daring to stop by : )

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Cardless Challenge on World Card Making Day

Hello! Happy World Card Making Day! Have you seen all the fun challenges on the Winnie & Walter blog today?! While you're having fun participating, you may just win a $50 gift certificate, per challenge, to the Winnie & Walter store!

 Winnie & Walter, LLC
Now that's a great way to celebrate WCMD!

Be sure to try my challenge to make anything but a card ... and check back at the gallery for lots of great ideas!

Thanks for looking!

Winnie & Walter WCMD Blog Hop

Hi Folks! A warm welcome to the Winnie & Walter World Card Making Day blog hop! For a festive occasion such as this, I wanted to feature festive cards, and knew the new Big Round Balloon Cutaways would be perfect.

Let's take a look ...

The balloon is colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and watered down with a water brush. Inside is a birthday quote from another new set that has quickly gone to the top of my most-loved list, Wish Big with Evelin T Designs. It's got everything you could possibly need to celebrate a birthday, including the cutest little secondary sentiments like "en-joy" that fits perfectly on the tiny tag from my favorite die set, Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.

This balloon features two of the Wish Big sentiments, with "celebrate" being curved along the balloon shape. Also a different tiny sentiment for the tiny tag.

Finally, here's a third card following this same recipe. Olive, pink and purple isn't a color combination I use often, but I'm liking it. For this sentiment I colored in the banner with colored pencils and a white gel pen to make it stand out a little. This sentiment will be the all-time sentiment for my husband, as he makes everyone celebrate his birthday for an entire weekend every year!

The sequins on the balloon add to the festivities,

as do the party squiggles hanging on the end of the balloon (from The Party Confetti Cutaways.)
I loved making this set of cards. Simple, but still fun.

Now, for the hop details, be sure to leave a comment at each of the amazing stops along this hop. There will be FIVE different winners randomly chosen from all the stops to each receive a $25 gift certificate!

I'm thrilled to have the pleasure of introducing your next stop ... the superbly talented Emily Leiphart!
Happy World Card Making Day!

Chibitronics and Honey Bee Stamps Blog Hop

 Hi Folks! Have you been wow'd by all the Chibitronics and Honey Bee Stamps cards so far in the World Card Making Day blog hop? Right?! They are amazing! You probably just came from Kelley Kohout's blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with  Honey Bee Stamps. 
 Knowing that I wanted to make a lighted card with Chibitronics, of course I picked the awesomely detailed pickup truck from Honey Bee's Little Pickup. It turned out so darn cute, and just perfect for any of the male birthday cards I need for our family.

Can I show you how I did it?
You'll need copper tape, white LED lights, and CR2032 batteries to get started. You can also get this sketchbook that walks you through the different ways to use the lights, but that is not necessary to make your project.
Once everything is stamped, cut out and adhered, place it on top of the card base and make a mark where you want each light to appear.
Cut a strip of paper as wide as the battery and make a folder for it.
Adhere one side of the folder to the card base.
You will now need the copper tape to make the circuit. Because I'm economical, I like to cut the copper tape in half lengthwise before I use it. That almost doubles your usage!
Then it's a matter of running the tape from one side of the folder past each marked light, and then again for the other side of the folder. Afterwards I use a bone folder to make sure the tape is snugly adhered to the card base.
Time for the lights! The important thing here is to just make sure the negative side of the light is on the copper tape that will connect with the negative side of the battery.
Once that's all set, you can start building up the areas around the copper tape with foam tape. You also want to make sure the battery is secured on all sides with foam tape so it doesn't slide around.
I put the battery right under the barrels, so when you press on them the truck's interior lights and headlights come on. Cutting away sections of the card and replacing them with vellum is a good way to have a specific shape lit up on your card, like the window, and the headlight path.
Here's the card in the daytime, with the sentiments embossed in silver, and the barrels loaded up in the bed of the pick up.
For the hubcaps I added silver brads to the middle of the wheels and attached them to the pick up. I cut out a second set of wheels and layered these on top, so you can actually spin the wheels.

I showed this one to my boys right away and they both really loved it. Even my husband was turning the lights on and off quite a few times! I say this all the time, but I always amaze myself when the lights go on and off like they're supposed to!
We've got so much more inspiration lined up for you! As you're marveling at all the creations, don't forget to leave comments at each stop along the way. Up for grabs is a $25 Honey Bee gift certificate and a $30 Chibitronics Starter Kit!

All righty, I am sending you off to your third Kelly in a row ... the lovely Kelly Szafron!

 Honey Bee Stamps 
Amy Rysavy
Eiko Uchida