Thursday, June 17, 2021

Altenew Summer Adventure Stand-alone Dies Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Friends!  Welcome to Altenew's new Summer Adventure release! I hope you have some fun summer adventures planned. We have lots of baseball games in our near future, but will be sneaking in some college visits for my oldest when we can!

You may have come from Terri Koszler, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Blog.


First up, this must-have word die set in a fun and loose script font, called All About You Word Dies. Seven different words, with coordinating shadow dies.


I've used three of them cut in gold metallic with a white shadow on this card.



The background of this card is from the last big release, the
Polk-a-Dot Buds Layering Stencils. There are only two stencils in this set, but if you use an ombre ink blending method, you get a much richer result. I used dark to light for the flowers, and light to dark for the leaves.

The Peeking Leaves Cover Die is meant to be a border on the bottom of your card, but that doesn't have to be how you use it!
 
If you cut two of these die cuts, remove the rectangular borders, and flip one of the dies over, you can make a nice border for any long sentiment you have. And fill your card!



Because I really liked the colors from the ink smooshing, I decided to leave most of the pieces in the leaves. I took out a few of the pieces to make the design a little more interesting. Another benefit of leaving all those pieces in the die ... all that luscious texture!


You can trim these leaves down however much you like to get different results. I took one of the taller leaves off the top die, and added a smaller leaf to fill in the hole on the very left on top of the sentiment. 

It was fun not knowing exactly what you're going to get. And it was a relatively quick card once I settled on how to arrange it. This would be a great candidate for making multiples.

Free Gifts

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to your cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Summer Adventure release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Summer Adventure Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/17/2021 through 06/19/2021. Shop HERE!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop by 06/23/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/25/2021.

I'm now pleased to send you to the super-talented Mindy Eggen, who has some gorgeous projects to share with you!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly

 

 

 Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks for your support!)

 

Peeking Leaves Cover Die

All About You Word Dies

Polk-a-Dot Buds Layering Stencils


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

More New Anita Jeram Stamps + FREE SHIPPING!

Hello Friends! I have another Anita Jeram watercolor card to share with you from this month's Colorado Craft Company release, and this one is fully customizable ... it's an easel with a literal blank canvas!

Art Is Stamp Set

There are some animals provided who can be the focus of your next masterpiece, like the squirrel, bunny and owl, but after I stamped the squirrel, it occurred to me that I could have used any smaller-sized image here. One of the older sets has an adorable mouse holding up a flower which would have worked well. Next time!


It was fun painting Mr. Bunny's "masterpiece in the making," a sentiment from an older set called Love Art. Also from that older set is the sentiment embossed in gold, "Thank you for sharing your love of art with me!" Love this sentiment for our fellow card maker extraordinaires!

 

I like that the image nicely fills up the space of an A2 card. This set also comes with coordinating dies, but I chose to make this a one-layer card. 

Good news is that today, June 16th, you get FREE SHIPPING on all orders at Colorado Craft Company, including the brand new stamp and die sets that were just released! 

Just use the code: FREESHIPPINGKG when you check out.

Also, you have the rest of today to get your comments in to be eligible for 8 entire sets of the whole release! Just go to the blog hop and start hopping!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!!
-Kelly

 

Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks for your support!)

Art Is Stamp Set

Art Is Die Set

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Colorado Craft Company - New Anita Jeram!! 3 Ways to Use the Wedding Mice!

 


Hi Friends! I'm excited to share three different ways to use one of the new Anita Jeram sets in the latest Colorado Craft Company release

You may have come from the blog of Jennifer Kotas, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Colorado Craft Company & Adrienne Kennedy.


Happily Ever After Stamp Set

How cute are all the mice in this giant Happily Ever After set, for all things wedding, anniversary, and love?! And check out that large image on the bottom of the set. What a celebration they are all having! With a scene as detailed as this, if you're not a coloring expert, you might be a little intimidated and unsure on how best to use it.

I've got three different ideas on how to use this set!

1) Go for the Gold - Color it All!

Perhaps the most obvious, yet most scary (to me anyway), way to use this set is to stamp the large party image across your card panel and start coloring away.
 
If this seems overwhelming to you, I have a few tips to share.

Limiting your color palette really helps not only your decision-making process, but also gives your finished piece a more cohesive look. For this card, I stuck with the same gray for all the mice body parts, black for the suits, pink for the dresses/cake, blue for the presents, and various greens for the banners.   

Also, don't think too much about what colors to use where. As long as you stick to a few colors, they will all go together.

I wanted the bride's white dress to be the focal point in this crazy, festive scene, so I made sure to put color all around the dress for contrast.

Alternatively, I made the sketchy mice in the background all dark gray so they didn't stand out and attract attention.

2) Don't Color Anything - Use Ink Blending and Dies


The complete opposite of coloring the whole scene individually, is this card. Here I stamped a portion of the scene across a vertical/portrait card, and then instead of coloring in the images, I blended ink across the entire scene. I have pink as the middle color, where all the partying is happening, since I think pink is a festive color

This is where the top half of the stamp set comes in handy! There are several images that have been pulled from the larger scene and turned into their own stamps. Along with the dies, this allows you to easily stamp and die the bride & groom, and the all-important cake table, and put that OVER your blended color.

Now your party can go on in the background, while your focal point image is front and center. 

3) Just Use the Small Images 

As awesome as that party scene is, don't feel you need to always use it. This card just features the married couple and a nice, large sentiment (also included in the set).
 
Check out all that chunky glitter behind the bride!


This give a much cleaner, simple look, than the cards that use the giant party scene.

 

Gotta love all the different options with this
Happily Ever After set! Aside from these three different ides, there are many other ways to use this set too!

Prizes:
We will be giving away 8 entire sets of all the new stamps from this release!! Wow! In order to enter, please leave comments on each blog in this blog hop, thru midnight EST on June 16th. Winners will be announced on the 17th on the Colorado Craft Company blog. Good luck!

I am now pleased to send you to the super-talented Angelica Conrad who has some beautiful projects to share! Here is the full list:

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly

 

Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks so much for your support!)

Happily Ever After Stamp Set

Happily Ever After Die Set

Anniversary Mini Stamp Set

Anniversary Mini Die Set

 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Altenew Adventures Ahead Stamps/Dies/Stencils/More Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Friends! Welcome to the Adventures Ahead Altenew Blog Hop featuring timely images of fun, travel and escape ... all things I hope to be enjoying in the summer of 2021!

You may have come from the blog of Laurie Willison, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Blog.


These first two cards feature the Enjoy your Journey Stamp Set which has detailed illustrations of romatic travel ... steamer trains, bridges, trunks, cameras, and plenty of sentiments.

Like the ink blending on the backgrounds?! Someone else has done all the work, as I've used two different sheets of paper from the Dreamy Sunset 6x6 Paper Pack to spotlight these awesome images!

With images this detailed, coloring does not need to be too involved. After fussy cutting out the train and tracks, I used several gray copics to color different parts of the engine, and then blended some sepia-toned ink on the tracks to go with the patterned paper, and the vintage feel. 

Love how dreamy the color blending in this backgroud paper is!


Similar concept for this one, I used a patterned paper from the Dreamy Sunset 6x6 Paper Pack and fussy cut the main image to adhere on top.

Also like the last card, I used a few different grays to color the mountains and bricks, but left the rest uncolored. The trail of steam coming from the engine is on foam tape to make it stand out.

The other set I'm in love with from this release is the Up and Away Stamp Set. It makes two different hot air balloons, has a sweet couple watching them, and several sentiments to pick from. 

The best part of this set, however, is the Up and Away Coloring Stencil! It is SO MUCH FUN to see all the different color combinations you can come up with. And it's ridiculously easy to sponge on the different colors. In seconds you have beautifully colored balloons!

The large balloon is big enough to have several different placement options on a standard A2-sized card. Position it in the center, top, left. right, etc., all for different looks. If you place it on the top right corner, you can also add the cute couple in the foreground to watch it. 

Stencil a hill for them to stand on, and add a sentiment to finish the card.


Here's an option on the left with the larger balloon in the center of the card. You can see how it takes up the space nicely.

The card on the right features the smaller balloon x 2. If you want more focus to be on the balloons vs. the couple, don't forget that you can use only a portion of the couple. Instead of using the full body die cut, I just have the upper torsos here. The sentiment fits nicely between the couple and the balloons.


Finally, with the Up and Away Die Set, the large hot air balloon is begging to be made into a shaped card. For this coloring scheme, I had the darker two colors on the same vertical column. I like how that makes long vertical stripes on the balloon. The next balloon I make I'll have the two darker colors on the same horizontal row, to make horizontal stripes.


Perfect size for a shaped card!

Free Gifts

Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity! Free gift will be added to cart automatically. 

  • Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Exotic Garden release bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.

  • Get a FREE brand new Creative Jump Start Class with every order from the new Adventures Ahead release collection from 6/04/2021 through 6/10/2021. Shop HERE

  • Get a FREE brand new Adventures Ahead Release Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 06/04/2021 through 06/06/2021. Shop HERE!

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 06/09/2021 for a chance to win. 

Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 06/11/2021.

  

I am now pleased to send you to the amazing Agnieszka MaƂyszek who has some beautiful projects to share with you! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly


Supplies Used (affiliate links used, thanks so much for your support!)

Enjoy your Journey Stamp Set

Up and Away Stamp Set

Up and Away Die Set

Up and Away Coloring Stencil

Dreamy Sunset 6x6 Paper Pack
 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Proud to be American; Proud of our Country!

Hello Friends! How strange is it that I paused with the title of this post, thinking it might be too political or controversial for this little card-making blog?!? Crazy times! But I did want to "stand out on a limb" and say how proud I am of these United States of America. There are certainly many things that need to be changed, always will be, but the fact that we can have healthy discussions openly and freely is something that I am especially grateful for. 

>>> Oh, how RARE & Beautiful you are <<<

Speaking of rare and beautiful, we're sharing more goodies from the new Pinkfresh Studio release today over on Instagram with a big hop and lots of prizes!


This shaker uses the new Essentials Shaker Stars and the older (from last month, hahaha) Rare and Beautiful set.



Check out the details on these dies!! LOVE! Did you notice that the star AND the star opening BOTH have the stitching around them? If you look closely you'll see I added the smaller star die to the background of the large blue shaker. Those details are just too good not to use!

Also, I'm happy with the triple gold embossing on the sentiment. For the thicker fonts, I love the look you get with multiple layers of embossing. You just have to touch it!


This is the first time I'm using the Crystals and am so impressed with how clear and sparkly they are. And the red is so deep and luxurious!


The overall design is inspired by the American flag, of course, with the stars on top and the stripes on bottom. Originally I just had the ink blending and it looked too plain. Once I added the stars and stripes it felt a lot better.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Appreciate it!
-Kelly
 
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