Friday, March 30, 2018

Pattern Happy Blog Hop

Hi Folks! I'm so excited to hop with Pattern Happy, a newer company by Kim and Ryan Sabel (original founders of KI Memories). If you haven't gotten to see their fun and whimsical products yet, you should definitely check them out! Their company tag line is to "make what makes you happy" ... how can you argue with that?!

You may have just come from Kat Benjamin (who makes some pretty awesome scrapbook pages!) but if not feel free to start at the beginning in The CLASSroom

My cards are made with the adorable Colorful Day stamp set and die set.
 The first card uses the cloud dies, both the two smaller ones from inside the rainbow die, and the two larger independent dies. There's also a die for the main word "colorful" that has its loops colored in with markers. After I colored in the loops, I realized the smart folks at Pattern Happy actually include a stamp that does that for you!! Super cute!
 I added the first part of the sentiment to the clouds, and popped those on two different thicknesses of foam tape so they stand out a little more from the other clouds. The patterned paper on the bottom third of the card, and also on the inside of the card, is from their Rainbows paper pad.
 The next card uses the rainbow die cut, the same main "colorful" word, and a different smaller sentiment. I kept the background very plain, with just a hand drawn border, because the rainbow and clouds command a lot of attention all on their own.
 The patterned papers in the rainbow also come from the same Rainbows paper pad. The nice thing about making a card like this is that now you have four additional rainbows to assemble and use! They won't start with pink on the top, but that's totally OK!
 The inside of this card features, what else, a rainbow! Again, from the same Rainbows collection.
The die cuts all have layers of thicker paper underneath to make them stand out even more on this simple background. My favorite thing on this card I think has to be the white felt clouds. You just gotta touch them!

This would be such a fun card for a young girl or anyone who loves rainbows!

Prize Alert
Not only do we have bunches of inspiration, we have prizes!!! Make sure to leave comments at each stop on the hop for a chance to win one of two Pattern Happy prize packs. Leave your comments before April 5th, at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be contacted via email.

Your next stop on this hop is Khristina Sorge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

First Ever Motion Crafts Blog Hop!


Hi Folks! I first saw Motion Crafts at Creativation last year, and had the best time hanging out in their booth trying every single stamp/grid combination to see what kind of magic was at work in getting these images to be animated. Now they are bigger and better than ever with die sets to make your own slider cards, fun new stamps, and an animation die grid so you can make whatever color grid you need (as an alternative to the included black grids). You can also find some of their products at Michael's, but many of the products we're featuring today are exclusively available on the Uchi's Design web site.

You may have come from Martine Rijnbeek's blog, but if not feel free to start from the beginning at the Motion Crafts blog. 
My card uses the Animation Card Pull Slider die set, the Animation Grid Die and the adorable Fox and Friends animated stamp set. Before going on with the instructions and details, I must show you what this does!!

 Eeep! I'm so excited with how this turned out! Let's take a closer look ...
Here are all the pieces I used to make the card. Once you put the first one together, it all makes sense. There are a lot of good instructional videos on the Motion Crafts Youtube channel that are very helpful.
This die that I'm wrapping around the grid holder is the mechanics for the slider component to the card. The lines are pre-scored so you just fold them around the two tabs on either side of the grid holder. Because there are a few places that are tight to work with, Motion Crafts carries a Skinny Double Sided Tape (1/8") to help adhere the pieces.
 Now it's time to adhere the die cut grid to the back of the grid holder, again using the skinny tape. I also adhered the lime pull tab for the slider that's going off the bottom of the photo.
 Finally, line up and adhere the grid holder on top of your animated image. It's important that the grid lines are straight over the animated image to make sure he moves well. There is a flat edge on all the animated image stamps to help you make sure you're stamping it straight to begin with. Then guide the slider through the slit on the front of the card, and adhere it all behind the window on your card.
Here's a side view of the mechanics adhered behind the window. I ended up using a thin foam tape to make sure everything slides easily. The mechanics are so solid and smooth though, which makes it even more fun to play with.
 I seriously had so much fun putting all this together! Even better was showing it to my two teenage sons who thought I was a magician : )

Prize Alert!
In addition to the (3) $50 gift certificates that Motion Crafts is giving away, they have generously provided us with a prize package of our own ($35 value!!) Please head over to my Instagram account (link on the side bar) where I will be giving my package away.

Your next stop on the hop is Karen Hasheck

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Animation Card Pull Slider
Animation Grid Die
Fox and Friends
Skinny Double Sided Tape (1/8")

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fun with Dotty About You

Hi Folks! I've been crushing on the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans stamp set and the related Dotty About You Cutaways from our last release since I finally had a chance to play with them. Such a versatile set! My post is on the Winnie & Walter blog with more details on each of the cards.

Hope to see you at Winnie & Walter! Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Brutus Monroe Surface Ink Road Test!

Hi Folks! I've been so excited to share a new project I've been working on ... using Brutus Monroe Surface Inks to stamp on TILE! I wasn't sure how it was going to work out, or if it would be a complete waste of time, but I really couldn't be more thrilled with how they all turned out! The best part is, tile is so cheap, yet looks very substantial. At 15 cents per tile, it costs about the same as plain white cardstock!

In my CLASSroom post at Ellen Hutson I go over four different techniques for working with these inks on tile:

1) Stamping.
2) Embossing.

3) Dry Brushing. 

 4. Smooshing.

I'd love to see you over in The CLASSroom where I share all my tips, tricks, fails and successes with using these inks on the tiles. I've had them all out on my desk for the last couple weeks because I just love how they look. Even my family was really impressed!

Thanks so much for looking!

Friday, March 9, 2018

w&w Rerun: Welcome to the Family

Hi Folks! Oh, how I love me some adorable critters! So I was pretty happy when Shay announced that the Winnie & Walter rerun set for the month of March is Welcome to the Family with Evelin T Designs, the ultimate "adorable critter" set. I love that there are so many different species represented in this set. That makes it pretty easy to come up with a crowd.
And they're all here to welcome the newest addition to the family! I have them all peeking out of a circle cut through the card to contain them all. 
Since you can see right through to the back of the card, I lined it with some patterned paper. The banner is a favorite from Framed with Evelin T Designs.
And here they all are again, just busting through the card wanting to welcome that cute new addition to the family. It's hard to go wrong with this formula : )

 Winnie & Walter, LLC
Be sure to check out the Winnie & Walter blog for details on how to participate in the monthly rerun challenge. 

Thanks for looking!

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