Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Cutest Set for a Mother's Day Card



Hi Folks! I'm excited to share this adorable Mother's Day project on the Winnie & Walter blog today! Stop by if you'd like to hear more about it!

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Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Monday, April 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs


Hi Folks! It's the 17th of the month, and time for a reminder to check yourself or get yourself checked! This month, Michele is up to something very secretive. In fact, none of us even know about it! Go check the new Calling All Sistahs Blog, where I am headed, to see what the heck is going on!




This month's card uses the new set Floating, featuring a hot air balloon full of pink flowers, floating over a hill of green flowers. The green flowers are actually stamped from the hot air balloon, in case you're wondering why they look so similar. The splatters are meant to represent all the floating things you'd see on a beautiful, sunny summer day (like dandelion seeds, which are beautiful until you become and adult with a lawn and then they become terrorizing!)

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 KELLY2017 to save 15% off your purchases! 
   
   
Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Collection of Birthday Cards

  
Hello! Umm, I went a little nuts making birthday cards recently. 


All DOZEN of them center on this main formula for the sentiment. "happy" from CAS-ual Fridays Calm and Gentle, "birthday" from Shenanigans, and "i think you're amazing" from Mon Ami. I started by stamping a dozen of these panels in different colors.


Then I picked out out several papers that had strong patterns and matched them up with the sentiment panels. I also picked out a border, like this one from Lovely Links Fri-Dies, and placed it between the sentiment and the patterned paper. For some of the cards like this one, I stopped there.

 
 Or like this one which would be perfect for a teen. A little bit of glitter paper and that's all you need with these strong diagonals.

 
Here we have a layered snowflake (Flurry), flower (Friendly Flowers) and sequin.


Punched out bottle caps from patterned paper work well for a teen card. The border on this one is from Linked Fri-Dies.


I can't wait to give this one to my mom! I found a word with seven boxes and wrote "amazing" to go along with the stamped sentiment. 


This one was fun! Dangling fall leaves and misc. embellishments via a gold wire makes for some nice movement when you open the card. Leaves are from Acorn Fri-Dies.


Ribbon is another idea to use between the sentiment and the patterned paper.


This one is a little more involved, only because instead of patterned paper, the panel is made with smooshed and spattered ink. The cluster of embellishments is from Friendly Flowers, Girlfriend, and CASual Trees Fri-Dies. How funny that the gold leafy die looks very similar to the ink spatters just to the right of it.

  
A strong, busy design like this just gets a border from Linked Fri-Dies.


 
And finally, this sky-themed card has a giant, sparkly star from Stars Fri-Dies and Twinkle to go along with the puffy clouds. This one would be great for kids. Who doesn't want to feel like a star on their birthday?

Whew, you made it! There were a couple more cards that I didn't feature individually, but I think you've probably gotten the idea by now, hahaha! Once I find an element that I'm really happy with, like the sentiment panel, it seems a shame not to duplicate it while I have everything out and set up. These would also make wonderful gift sets.
   

These cards are over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today if you'd like additional information. Feel free to use my code "KELLY2017" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Friday, March 31, 2017

CFS March Release Blog Hop



Hello Folks! Welcome to the CAS-ual Fridays March Release blog hop, where you may have come from one of our special guest stars Nicole Picadura, or you can start at the beginning at CASual Fridays.



This card uses a new set called Modern Petals to build the background. Although it has "petals" in its name, it can absolutely be used for a male card by changing the colors, due to how stylistic it is. I stamped the main pattern in Lime Rickey from Catherine Pooler Inks and then chose a few different cool colors to stamp the middle designs with. Lots of flexibility here.

The sentiment is from the return of the retired, revamped Rad set. One of my favorites that I was sad to see go away because of all the teen boy words that make me look as current as any soccer mom can hope to be : ) The hashtag is a nice addition.


Here's another card that features many of the sentiments from Rad. I used a watercolor wash to highlight the adjectives and then spattered some ink to match with the grungy font


This card uses the hot air balloon stamp from Floating. But wait, where are the hot air balloons?! I did some stamp surgery and removed the strings and basket from the balloon of flowers. Now it's a circle of flowers! Perfect for backgrounds. Trust me, I'm a nervous surgeon, and don't take scissors to my stamps lightly. But, with this design, the thin lines of the rope don't need to be exactly lined up on a specific place of the balloon. There are so many little lines with all the flowers that as long as it's close you'll never be able to tell that it's now two stamps.


The sentiment is from another new set, So Pretty. It's got a ton of sentiments, all in the same scripty font. I think it goes well with the explosion of flowers from the hot air balloon.

We're doing something a little different for this release! In addition to hosting a blog hop showcasing all the new products, they are now all ready to be purchased. No more waiting! I really don't like waiting. Before you head to CAS-ual Fridays to make your selections, don't forget to grab the coupon code KELLY2017 to save 15% off everything, including the new release items!
 

Five $20 gift cards will be given away to random commenters across all the stops on the blog hop, and there will be one grand prize winner of a $50 gift card. Someone could sure do a lot of damage with $50!

Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Jeanne Jachna who undoubtedly has something fabulous to inspire you!
    
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Concord & 9th - 10 Cards, All Featuring the Same Embossed Panel



Hi Folks! I figured I should come right out and show you the photo of everything in this post right away, so you know what you're getting into. Hahaha!



All of these cards start in the same way ... running a panel through the die cutter with a rubber pad underneath and without one of the plates so it embosses instead of cuts. The die is the new Double Cut Alphabet Dies from Concord & 9th. Love, love these dies!! They have an outline as well as the actual letter, making for a ton of different combos. But before I cut all dies apart I wanted to explore this embossed panel concept. And more specifically, focusing on specific letters to integrate with the sentiment. Let's take a closer look!


For this card I smooshed ink onto the base and stamped "friend" from You are Here before I embossed it. This just made sure that the ink went on evenly. I knew where to position the "friend" based on lining it up in my MISTI from another panel that was already embossed. Very helpful!


To highlight the "H" and "I" for "Hi Friend" I used both the outline cut and the inner letter cut. Love the extra definition it gives your letters. For further dimension I used the Background Blocks set to stamp a pattern on the inner letters.


Even on just a plain white background, these dies make an attractive embossed pattern. The outline feature of the dies make for a lot of extra bumps and valleys. I used 110# cardstock to increase the definition of the embossing. You really just want to touch it a couple times!

Pretty straightforward here ... I cut out my own heart and sponged ink through it around the "U" since that is part of my sentiment. Like the last card, I stamped "Love" from the Faith and Love set before embossing it so there wouldn't be gaps in the ink. Then I cut the panel on an angle and attached it to the card base.


This card also uses the "U" for the sentiment, but this time I added "Miss" from Fill-in Phrases. I wasn't sure about heat embossing it and then dry embossing it afterwards, thinking that the white may crack under the pressure, but it held up well.


Because of the meaning of the sentiment, I removed the "U" with my exacto blade. So it's actually missing! I cut it from the back of the card as well so you can see through the entire card. Here's where the outlines come in handy. Adding the white "U" outline not only ties in with the white "Miss" to make the sentiment readable, but it also hides my imperfect cutting. Win, win!




This one is a challenge! Can you figure it out!?

I'll give you a hint, it's for my good friend BRENDA who just drove 3 hours to go to the Green Day concert with me on Tuesday.


You start with the letter that has the sequin attached to it, and then follow the sparkly gold thread to each of the next letters. B-R-E-N-D-A. Get it? Again, something that couldn't really be done without the outline feature of these dies. The sentiment "you are a rare find" from You are Here is really what gave me the idea for this card design. I was thinking of how to make a sentiment that you had to find, by putting all the letters together. Like a secret message! Looking forward to giving it to Brenda and seeing if she can figure it out : )



This card mixes up the order of steps. Instead of inking and stamping everything before it gets embossed, I elected to stamp the "Lucky" sentiment afterwards to play up the cool pattern that is made from the ink not getting into the valleys. This stamp is particularly useful to highlight this technique because it's so thick. This got me thinking, and is how I came up with the final set of cards ...

[The rest of the sentiment is from Lucky. I stamped a different background from Background Basics on the "R" before adhering it onto the panel.]


I really had fun making these! I used the solid square from Background Blocks and stamped directly on the embossed panel (the left card). Then for the card on the right, I simply stamped the block again on a plain panel! This results in a second generation background, since the ink was already used on the first card, and a first generation letter, since that ink was never reached into the valley on the first card. So I was essentially building two opposite cards at the exact same time!

Note: a MISTI was super helpful here! It also helped that the blocks are exactly 1" (thank you concord & 9th designers!!) so moving your card after stamping was really straightforward. No complicated math going on!


It was really late at night, but I just couldn't leave the craft room until I tried out some more color combinations. Cool colors, warm colors, rainbow colors, so many different possibilities!


I chose this sentiment (from You are Here) because I thought the letters represented various thoughts that would go through your head. The cute heart and the speech bubble are from Faith and Love. Really happy with how these turned out, and that I got double the amount of cards (except the warm colored card, since that was made before I thought of second generation stamping).


Well folks, that's the end of my scheduled posts for Concord & 9th, she says with a tearful eye. It was SUCH a pleasure guest designing for them in the month of March. Like their other releases, these sets are so well designed, trendy and just plain fun! A big thank you to them for inviting me to guest design, and a big thank you to you for checking it all out!

-Kelly

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Background Blocks Stamp Set
Double-Cut Alphabet DiesLucky Stamp SetFill-In Phrases Stamp SetDouble-Cut BUNDLE Double-Cut Numbers Dies Faith & Love Stamp Set You Are Here Stamp Set

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Concord & 9th You Are Here

Hi Folks! You may have seen this gorgeous stamp from Concord & 9th already ... the two flowers that form a heart?! Ack! Gorgeousness! With the current coloring trend I'm sure this You Are Here set has been flying off the shelves. Let's take a look ...





 I am not a phone person. Not sure why, but talking on the phone often makes me uncomfortable. Fear of awkward pauses, not knowing how to end a call politely, not being able to focus on doing other things, those all may play into it. But unfortunately, I'm sure it leaves friends and family feeling like I'm not thinking of them, which is certainly not the case. That's why I made this card, for my husband's grandma. I think of her all the time, but sadly don't call as often as I should. She loves getting mail so I'm excited to send this off to her.

I embossed the flower/heart in white and then colored with the zig clear color brushes. Very elementary coloring, as I just got my zig watercolors, but I was excited that this was done with only one pink and one green marker.



This card is a take-off from Concord and 9th's recent Celebrations and Butterfly interactive card, where it opens from the middle by sliding the two halves of the image away from each other. 


Like this. I actually made two purple hearts. One I cut cleanly down the middle, but the one on the left (under my thumb here) I cut around the flower shape so it would overlap slightly. This avoids a gap in the middle.


No gap in the middle.


Here's what it looks like opened. You can see the overlapping half of the heart, with an arrow behind it to help the recipient figure out how to open it.  I stamped "prayers" from this set repeatedly along the bottom of the card for the sentiment.

 I know this flower/heart image from You Are Here will be a staple for me to experiment with coloring. It's attractive because, well, it's floral, but it stands out from the hundreds of other florals because it's shaped like a heart. Such a smart design! Tomorrow I've got another set to explore, and there are about ten cards that I'll be sharing. Sure hope you come back to check them out!

-Kelly

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Butterfly Card DiesYou Are Here Stamp Set Celebrations Card Dies