Saturday, May 2, 2015

NSD Make Your Own Background Challenge + the Move


    Happy National Scrapbooking Day!! What would this day be without a scrapbook page to share? My annual scrapbook page is better than no scrapbook page I suppose! Winnie & Walter is teaming up with Pinkfresh Studio to sponsor several challenges for this special weekend. Please see each blog for all the fun details. Sure hope you'll try one or more of the challenges (you do not have to make a scrapbook page)!

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    I really wanted to document Whale Day at my first grader's school. He made the sweetest shirt, with his own idea to put both of our hand tracings on the back. Then he labeled inside the hands "me" and "mom". Then he drew a heart between them. Then he drew a smiley face on the heart. Awww, I was just so touched that he wanted me on the back of his Whale Day shirt, and then he went and drew this awesome heart between us! I had to stop thinking about it before I got teary in front of his friends!


    My challenge is to make your own background. I used the single stripe from Scenery: Stripes as a permanent guide for my journaling.  Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway is used as a stencil to make a background for the journaling, as well as to make a border around the entire page. I just masked off the edge and then sponged ink through the stencil.


    Having boys, I often stick with bold and graphic designs, so getting to work with Pinkfresh Studio's very whimsical Up in the Clouds line of products was a big treat for me. Love the puffy stickers and the gold rub-on above it! Even though there are hearts and pink involved, I think it's funky enough to be used for a boy's layout.

    Sure hope you're able to join in the fun at Winnie & Walter, Pinkfresh Studio, or both! Remember, you can do cards for the challenges as well : )


    I am in the middle of moving! We closed on the house yesterday and are trying to move as much as we can ourselves. Boy am I sore already. And tired. But it's so exciting! Every time I take a load into the house I smile. Can't believe it's finally ours.



    You can see a portion of my patterned paper collection in the back ... see that lovely column of white? Our garage door was left open while it was raining one day and the ends of many of the pages started warping : ( Luckily, most are back to normal now. I really panicked!


    We took two full loads over yesterday, and will do another one today before we take the truck back. It's hard to believe we have this much stuff! Then we will list our house next week. Our quick week-long bathroom remodel turned into 6 weeks, so our house is very late getting on the market. The bathroom remodel just finished Thursday at 9:45 pm when our electrician finally left our house. There are many balls in the air!

    Anyway, I'm anxious to see what everyone has been up to recently. Hope you're all having a great weekend!
    -Kelly

Friday, May 1, 2015

w&w: Multifaceted Marvelousness


Are you ready for facets? Great! There are three different stamp sets you can pick from over at Winnie and Walter now (well, technically you can pick them out at 10 pm tonight)!

This card features the faceted heart from True colored with copics in an ombre fashion. A few strips of paper are wrapped around the cards on a diagonal. To make sure the colored cardstock matched the faceted heart, I colored white cardstock with the lightest marker I used on the heart. What do you know, it matches! In true Winnie & Walter fashion, they have knocked it out of the park with font selection and pairings for sentiments.


 

OK, so this one might be a little out there, but I wanted to see if there was anything hidden I could find in this large, faceted, background stamp. A goldfish was the best I could come up with! Although this is indeed a fish, you could certainly do a range of colors, different shades of the same color, bleed one color into another, or smoosh the alcohol inks on it (like earlier this week). The different sections are watercolored, and the facets are gold embossed.



It was only natural to try a necklace from these lovely gems in the new set called My Precious. For the coloring, I watercolored a swish, let it dry, and then stamped so that the lighter section is centered. Scenery: Stripes is used for the wide band behind the panel.


To make it more like real-life, I added a jump ring and metallic thread for the chain.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this release! If you haven't already, check out the amazing projects from Julie, Shay and our guest designers on the Winnie & Walter blog. Of course, there's also a ton more inspiration on the personal blogs of our Talent:


Gayatri | Heather P. | Joni | Lea | Mayuri | Vanessa | Heather H.

Finally, don't forget to comment-to-win a stamp set each day of the release on the Winnie & Walter blog, and enter the big give-away to win the entire April/May release. Stamps go on sale tonight!
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

CAS-ual Fridays: Calm and Loving


We've got one last set to show for the CAS-ual Fridays release called Calm and Loving. It includes a charming tree of hearts with a bunch of different sentiments to go with it. For this one I added some sponged ink in the middle of the tree to fill it out, and wrapped a sentiment around it.

Even though the hill is patterned paper, it still looked a little plain, so I added one of the Lovely Link dies to jazz it up. That did it!



Everything you've seen this week is now available at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

If you haven't already this week, take a peek at what the other Ink Squad girls created:


Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Thursday, April 30, 2015

w&w: Addie's and Maggie's Gorgeous Blooms


Folks, we've got more flowers!! Another amazing floral stamp set is being showcased at Winnie & Walter called In Bloom: Addie's Garden. The first two cards are from that set.


 


I really like how this one turned out ... it's not like most of the cards I make. I chose to not color in 100% of the spaces and left some white in the flowers, leaves and stem. I like the sketchy look it gives. Also, it made the coloring go so much quicker, since for each petal I put my marker on the end and flicked it in toward the center in one stroke. Then moved on to the next petal. To finish it off I drew an outline around the flowers with a black pen.


Do you believe it's another one layer card!?! That's, like, three days in a row for me!!  This card is a little different than the first, where the sentiment is stamped instead of die cut, and I've added gold ink drops. It was the first one I made and I wasn't as happy with the middle stem being curved and the leaf being so far to the right. But I made an effort to finish it anyway to make the most of my scraps.  The background is filled in by inking through the V for cheVron Creative Screening.


This floral is a beauty too!! One of the first things I bought for my apartment 20 years ago was a basket of silk hydrangeas. I was on a tight budget, so I think I spent $2 at a garage sale for it. It was charming, nonetheless, and I wanted to recreate it as soon as I saw the stamps. I dabbed them with a bunch of different blue, purple and pink watercolors and the fussy cut them. For the basket, I didn't have a stamp, so I thought the texture of burlap was a good enough substitute to give that feel. The In a Word: Hugs cutaway that was debuted yesterday is the perfect sentiment, since stamping on burlap seems quite a challenge : ) I added "sending" right to the cutaway to make it more compact and tied in.




It was so liberating NOT to fight the paper warping with the watercolors. I actually wanted it to bow out for some dimension. A couple Pretty Pink Posh sequins and we're all set!

  
  
Can I tell you how much I love the In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaway?!? Be sure to check out Julie's touching background on her inspiration for this set! Still in love with the distress ink smooshing, I inked up an acrylic block, dropped water on it and smooshed the paper to the block to form the background for these lovely roses.


Here's what it looked like going through the Sizzix. In a couple minutes you've got 6 blooms with white outlines. Since they were so quick I chose to use them ALL on my card (I tend to hoard things, so it's big for me to use things in quantity).


OK, I must have hoarded one of the blooms, as I'm only counting 5 on here : ) Anyway, the In a Word: Friend die is also used as a simple sentiment. I cut 4 layers of chipboard for extra height and then put the white cardstock layer on top.

Only one more day of the April/May release left! Wait until you see the faceted goodness in store for you tomorrow! Be sure to check out the amazing projects from Julie, Shay and our guest designers on the Winnie & Walter blog. My friends Maria F and Anita in France have really made some amazing cards so far, I get so anxious to check them out each day!! Of course, there's also a ton more inspiration on the personal blogs of our Talent:

Gayatri | Heather P. | Joni | Lea | Mayuri | Vanessa | Heather H.

Finally, don't forget to comment-to-win a stamp set each day of the release on the Winnie & Walter blog, and enter the big give-away to win the entire April/May release.
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

CAS-ual Fridays: Mon Ami and Mon Ami Fleur



We've got a super-versatile floral stamp and die set debuting at CAS-ual Fridays called Mon Ami and Mon Ami Fleur. The great thing about these florals is that they are open, so lots of coloring options for you to explore and make your own. For the flower on this card I used inktense crayons for a chunkier, textured feel.



For this card I used Copic markers.


Here's the set of cards, all following the same template. The remaining two on the bottom are featured on my Lovely Links post since they used that great die strip. Here you can see many of the different sentiments that are featured in Lovely Greetings too. I really, really love that sentiment set!

We've got one more day's worth of releases. Don't forget to check out the other Ink Squad girls:


Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

w&w: Lola's Bouquet



 

Oh I'm so glad you're back for day #2 of the Winnie & Walter release! Our very own Joni Andaya will absolutely WOW you with a highly versatile floral set she designed. If I counted correctly, there are FIFTY FIVE different stamps included in the set. I used only four of them for the two cards shown here, so you can just imagine the possibilities with this set! It could take you a year to get through! Let's take a look.



I have a fondness for antique bottles in different hues of blue with writing down the side. This bottle stamp was begging to be duplicated, like the actual bottles that are often on my kitchen window sill. Since we're moving in TWO DAYS, those bottles have long been packed up, but looking at the card makes me just as happy. The sentiment, which fits perfectly in the bottle, is from another set we'll see on Friday. Love how Winnie & Walter stamps are consistently scaled across the sets so you can mix & match.

And what do you know, it's another one-layer card from me!
 

Here's another vase from this set, cut out from patterned paper. The florals are slightly smaller than the one on the first card, and are whimsically floating around without stems. Love the background (which you'll see later) and how easy it is to smoosh distress inks onto the paper. I think it gives off an impressionist stained glass effect.



 Here's another version of that card, with a copic-colored vase.
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Well, we're half way through the April/May release! Check back and see the final two sets. Like yesterday, be sure to check out the amazing projects from Julie, Shay and our guest designers on the Winnie & Walter blog. Of course, there's also a ton more inspiration on the personal blogs of our Talent:

Gayatri | Heather P. | Joni | Lea | Mayuri | Vanessa | Heather H.

Finally, don't forget to comment-to-win a stamp set each day of the release on the Winnie & Walter blog, and enter the big give-away to win the entire April/May release. Let me tell ya, that's a lot of goodness!
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

CAS-ual Fridays: Sassy Smiles and the Whole Shebang


Day #2 of the CAS-ual Fridays release party shows off the Sassy Smiles and Whole Shebang stamp sets, as well as the Fun Fetti Fri-Dies. Just like yesterday's Lovely Greetings set, these two stamp sets are heavy on fun sentiments with wonderful fonts. Let's take a closer look!




You really can't get much simpler than this! Pick your two favorite colors, and add the secondary sentiment in black. How EASY to make a set of these one layer wonders to give away?! It doesn't always have to be complicated, right?! That's the best thing about large-scale sentiments, they fill up the space quickly. These simpler cards are good for teen boys too. They can do without the frills : )



OK, back to the frills! Check out the font on this large sentiment from Sassy Smiles! Love it! The heart cluster flowers are cut out and joined with sequins, more negative heart pieces from yesterday's Lovely Links Fri-Dies, and a gold thread double bow.


I am such a huge fan of secondary sentiments, and think they work great as an additional design element, or inside the card itself. In this case, the secondary sentiment is embossed in gold on the vellum. It's not super-easy to read, but being secondary, it doesn't have to jump out at you. I think it's fun to have things that the recipient find after they initially pull it out of the envelope. If you don't read it right away it doesn't detract from the card at all.

Stay tuned for more fun sets, including a wonderful floral set. Don't forget to check out the other Ink Squad girls:


Thanks for looking!
-Kelly