Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Matching Poinsettia Card and Tag

Rachel here today with a card featuring a peek at a future set.


I decided to create a matching card and tag set to use this Christmas season. The Poinsettias are gorgeous and so much fun to color!


Right now, these images are in digital format, so I arranged them in a Word document and then printed them out on some Neenah Solar White cardstock. I used my KGC stitched rectangle die to cut out the portion of the images that I wanted to use and then used my Copics to color them in and added shadows around them. I used my MISTI to line up my sentiment on top of my panel and then heat embossed in gold. I adhered my panel to a Fog Gray card base to add a little contrast.


Next up, I used a tag die to cut out another image for the front of my tag and then used the same process to color it in. I cut another tag from some white cardstock and then heat embossed my sentiment on it. I adhered the sentiment to the back of my poinsettia image to create a completed tag which also hid any bleeding from my Copics! I used some red and white baker's twine to finish it off.

I think this makes the perfect Christmas set for pretty much anyone in your life. It's gender neutral and perfect for the season!




Monday, December 5, 2016

Coffee and Friends

Hello and happy Monday!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I sure did as I spent it with a couple of crafty friends and we mostly crafted all weekend long. We did manage to drag ourselves away from the craft table for a few hours to enjoy the Christmas market and I'm not going to lie, there was a lot of eating involved!

I don't know how much coffee I consumed over the weekend but it was a lot and that was the inspiration behind today's card and matching gift tag. Although I am a straight up espresso kind of gal, the stronger the better really, I love the idea of flavoured coffees. Not so much drinking them though but the idea always appeals to me and today's sequin mix is called Mocha Vanilla Latte, it just screamed 'USE ME'. It seriously looks good enough to eat!



For the card and the tag, I picked out coffee coloured card stock in several shades and picked a metallic copper one to be the main colour. On Kraft card stock I stamped up coffee beans with VersaMark ink and used a copper coloured embossing powered on them to really make it pop. The sentiment, 'Coffee & Friends make the perfect blend' I adore as it's so true.

As usual when I make a shaker card, I build up the frame by diecutting seveal shapes and stacking them on top of each other, adding the sequins and adhering an acetate window to the top layer to close it all up. I tried adding a few coffee beans too but they were too big and I didn't really want to make the card any thicker than it already was so that idea was scrapped.

For the gift tag, I used the same technique to build up the shaker compartment. I used the 'for you' sentiment from Beautiful Bloom-Sunflower stamp set which I also heat embossed in the same copper coloured embossing powder. As the window is quite small for the tag, it's important to not overfill it with sequins so you can still see what it says. The last finishing touches for the tag was a little bow in the same metallic copper card stock and a cream coloured ribbon to match the paler sequins as well as a bit of gold twine to tie it all together.

 

This card and gift tag would go perfect on a present for a coffee loving friend of a coffee related present. I hope I have inspired you to try out some of the fabulous sequin mixes from Kennedy Grace Creations.



Have a great week and see you soon again,

Erica

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Merry


Hi there! It's Cindy back on the blog with you today.  I have a cute Christmas tag to share.  This one went together really fast.  I colored the flowers with watercolor pencils and then used a waterbrush to blend it out for a soft look.

I've used the gorgeous flower stamp from the  Time to Blossom stamp set.  And the sequins I used are Red Sangria sequin mix and  Blue Lagoon sequin mix



Thanks so much for visiting us at KGC today.  Have a fabulous weekend!

Cindy

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Poinsettia Card w/ Copics and Fineliners



Happy December 1st, 2016 my crafty friends! Meg Shea here, to share this lovely sneak peek of Kennedy Grace Creations beautiful poinsettia digital stamp. This card was created using MINIMAL supplies! See below!

I laser printed this image on Cryogen white 90lb. - a ultra smooth, subtle, beautiful, sparkle shimmer cardstock (see photo below). NOTE: I get this paper from The Paper Temptress if anyone is interested.... I highly recommend it for a variety of techniques, especially Copic coloring!


I started coloring it using only five Copic markers! I used B00 and B02 to color the background. I colored the flowers with N0, N2 and N4. I then added extra subtle, small details with 4 colors of Steadler Triplus fineliners. The fineliner colors used were dark brown, red, light green and yellow. 

I then die cut the colored panel using the stacked stitched rectangle dies. I cut the largest scalloped stacked stitched rectangle from some Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red cardstock. I stamped and heat embossed 'share joy,'  using a clear stamp from the Just a Rose stamp set. I heat embossed this sentiment using Hero Arts silver embossing powder. I popped the sentiment up using some black Tombow foam squares. 


I then adhered the entire panel to card I created using silver Bazzil Bling shimmer cardstock. I hope you enjoyed my first holiday card for Kennedy Grace Creations for 2016! Hope everyone has a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

~Meghan Shea
IG: meghanshea3377


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas is coming!!!

Yikes its nearly December and I am so not ready for christmas.  

Hi its Karen up on the blog today.

This year has been so very busy and gone so very fast and yes its true christmas is coming.  In an effort to get that very real thought in my head I made a christmas card.  This little cutie is from is aimed at being a little sneak of things to come from Kennedy Grace.



Now I need to go really think about christmas and start some lists.

See you back soon


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Watercolored Thank You

Hi, Rachel here with another card using the gorgeous Splendid Roses stamp set! (If you can't tell, it's one of my very favorites!)


I recently just went through a huge move and it totally sapped all my creativity. To get back into the swing of things, I decided to do a little simple watercoloring to get those creative juices flowing. Fortunately for me, this image makes any coloring look amazing!

I started my card by cutting a panel using a stitched edge die and then I used my MISTI to stamp my image in the upper left corner in Versamark ink. I heat embossed it in some Copper embossing powder. It's not my usual choice, but I wanted to use some vintage colors and I thought it would work really well. Next, I lined up my sentiment and stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed in the same Copper powder.

I used three different yellows on my roses to get the shading and dimension that I wanted. I started with my lightest color and then added my darkest to the places I thought would be the most shadowed. I used my medium tone to smooth out the transition from light to dark. I used two shades of green on my leaves and started with the darkest and then used my lighter shade to transition from the shadowed portion to the tips of the leaves. When I was done with the image, I used some Pumice Stone ink to create a shadow around the whole image.

I finished the card by adhering the panel to a white card base with some double sided tape (helps to keep in place even if the panel is a little warped from the water). I then added just a sprinkling of some Mocha Vanilla Latte sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, November 25, 2016

Life is Better with Friends


Hi guys!

Erica back on the blog today with quite a quick card. Quick but elegant if I may say so myself! Although, there were a fair few fails and 'oh, shoot!' moments along the way.



This actually looks nothing like what I first had in mind. I was going to do a skinny panel with the flower as focus and have glittery card stock or washi tape on one side for contrast. When I went to trim the piece of card stock I had stamped and coloured the Splendid Rose stamp on, I accidentally trimmed off a sliver of the flower! Talk about #EpicFail... To cover up this boo-boo, I decided to cut the image out a little bit instead. I started out leaving a border around the flower and thought I'd place it so the bit I had cut off using the trimmer would be on the edge of the card. Well, it was a good cover up plan but I managed to mess up again. Yep, it really wasn't my day...

To fix this second fail, I cut as close as I could to the heatembossed edges of the image and decided to use a black background to really make my flowers pop. I coloured them with Zig Clean Colour markers by the way, I love them but need to practice the blending and how much water to add to avoid some harsh lines. I probably need to invest in some more Zig friendly card stock too.



The background card stock I die cut using stitched square dies to get that nice edge and add some interest. It's such a lovely little touch I think and I use my dies for this effect almost every time I make a card. The card base is a lovely linen card stock in a light purple colour and I also cut out a stitched label in the same colour, which I stamped the sentiment on to match.

When I started to put the card together, I thought the black card stock looked a bit flat and boring so I decided to stamp and heatemboss a lovely flowery background on it. It's a simple way to add some interest and elegance without too much fuss. However, and I hadn't realised this until after the piece was already heatembossed, some bits of white embossing powder must have gotten mixed into my clear embossing powder as there are white flecks all over the image! Big oops... Told you it wasn't my day! Gah...

At this stage, I was quite frankly a bit cross and cranky so I decided to just keep going rather than bin it. I am going to buy a new pot of clear embossing powder though and maybe a separate powder catcher-thingy... Whatever those are called? You know what I mean though, right?

Anyway, despite all the fails and mishaps, this card didn't take that long to make and if I decide to
reproduce it, it will be even quicker.

To create some dimension, I added the label with the sentiment (which is from Beautiful Bloom-Sunflower) using 2mm thick foam tape and the flower got adhered using 3mm thick foam tape.




Despite the fact that this card caused me a bit of a head ache, I like the results. Maybe I should try and actually make the card I had in my mind when I started though? Now that I know what I did wrong, I can try and avoid them. Oooooooor, we will have something totally different again. Who knows?

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends who celebrate this week!

Big hugs from Erica

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