Thursday, July 19, 2018

Winner! Winner!!

Hello Folks! I'm super happy to announce a winner of the $20 gift certificate from the Altenew color therapy blog hop last week!

With the help of Mr. Random, I counted down to the 27th comment, and found Kathy Ferguson!

I love the white embossing of the church. Your background is stunning and the sentiment so thoughtful. Gorgeous card!

Kathy, please send a note to by 7/30/2018 with the subject line "Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop Winner from Kelly Griglione's Blog." 

Congrats Kathy! Hope you get something fun!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Vintage Inspired Globe - EH Two Takes on a Trend

Hi folks! I've got a color trend post today for Ellen Hutson's new color palette!

This was another challenge for me since I'm not sure I've ever really used these colors together. But how gorgeous are they? Fabulous! Just love these challenges!!

I wanted to use the Stitched Together Globe from the EH collaboration with Waffle Flower, and also was inspired by my son's vintage globe in his play room.

Without these two sources of inspiration, I never would have thought to make the "water" part of the globe tan, instead of blue or aqua. I was actually pretty happy with how it turned out! I used copper embossing instead of gold to compliment the tans and browns in the card.

I also liked being able to use the smaller cross stitch heart in this set to make my own pattern paper on the bottom. I think it really ties in the cross stitch theme of this card. Also the sentiment from Winnie & Walter's Big Hugs was perfect ... "the world became a better place when you were born."

Be looking to play along with the July Color Trend Challenge when it gets posted later this week. You have a whole month to dream up something special to share with everyone. Also, there will be a randomly chosen winner to receive a $50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson!

Thanks for stopping by!

Affiliate links:

United We Flourish Stamp & Die Combo, Stitched Together by Waffle Flower

Winnie & Walter Clear Stamps, Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Sugared Lavender

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Peppermint Scrub

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, It's A Girl

ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4"

ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

VersaMark Ink Pad

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Folks! I am super pleased to be participating in the Altenew Color Therapy Blog Hop, which is hoping to encourage people to head to their crafty space and just color something! You may have come from Agnieszka Malyszek's blog (big time fan girl here), but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.

We all know that Altenew is famous for its amazing floral stamps, and I'm guessing that you've already been treated to a lot of beautifully colored florals on this hop. So in order to mix things up a bit, and because everyone on this hop is a pro at coloring florals, I decided to pull out one of my favorite non-floral Altenew stamps ... the cathedral from Sketchy Landmarks. Sympathy cards are often the hardest for me to make. I stayed within a somber blue palette to make this appropriate for a sympathy card. I was going for a cathedral at dusk vibe, with several stars twinkling high in the night sky.

I embossed the cathedral in white and then went about coloring it in with the set of blue markers from the Altenew Artist Markers Set A. I was so excited to try the artist markers, and I have to say I really love them! The actual marker shape is somewhat triangular, which makes it fun to hold. And the blending is just like blending with Copics.

 After blending in the overall color for the cathedral, I went in and added some details to different parts of the cathedral, like the roofs, stained glass, peaks, and windows.

I elected to mount the cathedral with some foam tape to have it stand out against the sky and so the sentiment strips can hang off the edges a little.

I have to admit, when I sat down to complete this project, I was a little unsure of how to color this image since it had so many little sections. I actually started out coloring each section a different color, but quickly gave up because it wasn't looking all that good, and because it would take forever to complete. Coloring the image as a whole and adding a few details, however, was much more manageable, and in my case turned out much more attractive.

If you are thinking about trying some of the Altenew Artist Markers for yourself, they are all 15% off with the code HAPPYCOLORS at checkout. I'd recommend the Set A since it has a complete set (4 different shades) of red, blue and green. Or, you can just get a set of 4 in a single color to try them out. The coupon is valid 7/12/2018 at 12:01 AM EDT through 7/15/2018 at 11:59 PM EDT. Shop HERE>> Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, July 18th for a chance to win. Six winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/22/2018.

My Giveaway:
The generous folks at Altenew are also offering a $20 gift certificate to one lucky winner who comments on this post! I will announce the winner on 7/18/2018. How awesome is that?

Your next stop on this hop is one of my fellow Ellen Hutson teammates, the lovely Justine Hovey.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Kelly Griglione <---You are here!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Altenew Blog Hop Winner!!!

Hello folks! I am pleased to announce the winner of the Altenew July 2018 Stencil Blog Hop! Mr. Random picked Teri Smith to receive a $30 gift certificate to Altenew. Yay!!! Teri, please email me at by 7/19 and I'll get you hooked up!

And thanks for the super sweet and thoughtful comment too : )

Great cards! I like the suggestion of enhancing a shape in the stencil as you did with adding the leaf. I also think it's a great idea to turn some of the stencils over for a mirror image. And, thank you for the tip on how to use the spray inks. I learned something new today & that's a good thing.

Altenew Scrap Card ... Featuring a Paper Towel!

Hi Folks! After playing with the new Altenew stencils last week I resolved to use up whatever scraps I could, and not add to my "maybe someday" pile. These two flowers were left over, as well as a couple embossed sentiments. AND, I couldn't get rid of the paper towel I used to clean off all the stencils. So I cut it down on my paper trimmer and used it for my background!

It was a double layer paper towel, so I ended up with two background panels! It's not going to be the most archival card ever, but I really ended up liking it, and all the extra texture the paper towel brought with it. Here's to not throwing anything away : )

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Affiliate Links:

Altenew Clear Stamps, Vintage Flowers

Altenew Clear Stamps, Scribbled Flowers

Altenew Stencils, Step Builder

Altenew Stencils, Feeling Dotty

Altenew Stencils, Aztec Motif

Altenew Stencils, Elegant Swirls

Altenew Stencils, City Scene

Altenew Stencils, Calligraphy Maze

Altenew Stencils, Molded Lines

Altenew Stencils, Mega Hydrangea

Altenew Stencils, Spring Garden

Altenew Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray, Frayed Leaf, (Retiring)

Altenew Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray, Soft Lilac, (Retiring)

ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4"

ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

VersaMark Ink Pad

Friday, July 6, 2018

W&W July Rerun - Mini Scenery Madison

Hi Folks! Each month at Winnie & Walter we feature a previously released set and host a challenge (either with that set, or something that inspires you from the featured projects). This month we're featuring Mini Scenery: Madison which is a great stamp to get if you like the image and don't necessarily want to pay for all the other little extra stamps. For this card I embossed the image in white and then went to town with my Zigs to watercolor the spaces.

I'm a pretty analytical person, who takes a long time to make decisions, so I knew if I didn't do something different this process would have taken me hours (as crazy as that sounds!) Picking a different color for each scallop and border adds up to a lot of different colors to coordinate. So to make sure I still had time left in the day for things like, oh I don't know, sleeping, I made a deal with myself that I'd in general go in a rainbow order and would only take a minute deciding on the next color. I could test it out on a swatch paper (mental note: need to make a swatch card!) and if that color didn't work I had one more chance to pick a different one. Challenge accepted!

I think it turned out OK for the most part, although I definitely would not have gone with the yellow and orange at the top had I not run out of chances. I actually had another row of orange scallops that I was really uncomfortable with, so I cut those off. That ended up working well because now I had room for my sentiment without having to layer it over the scallops like I was thinking. It was meant to be! The tiny, understated "hip hip hooray" is from one of my favorite sets Party On with Evelin T Designs.
 Winnie & Walter, LLC
Be sure to check out the Winnie & Walter blog for details on how to participate in the monthly rerun challenge, and win a $25 gift card. Also, don't forget that Mini Scenery: Madison is currently on sale all month!

Thanks for looking!

Affiliate Links (note: Party On is on clearance at Ellen Hutson now since it's retiring, but it will still be available at Winnie & Walter)

ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4"

ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

Winnie & Walter Clear Stamps, Party On with Evelin T Designs, (Retiring)