Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Birthday Blossoms

Hello! Rachel here today with a fun birthday card!


I started my card by cutting out a Wonky Stitched Rectangle which would become to the focal point of my card. I stamped my image onto it and then used my Copics to color it. I decided to branch out and use a color combo that I don't normally reach for. I used V12, V15, V17, and V09 for my blossoms. I was a little worried because V09 and V17 are extremely dark, but I like how it looks once it's all blended and dried. I used my old stand-by of YG95, YG97, and YG99 for the leaves and E55, E57, and E59 for the stem. I finished it off with my typical halo of C00, C01, and C03 around the image to make it look 3 dimensional.

I set aside my image and cut and folded a white card base. I used some Fog Gray ink to ink up my Roses All Over stamp and stamped it onto my base for a subtle background. For my sentiment, I cut a black banner and stamped in Versamark ink. I heat embossed in white and folded the ends under.

I adhered my focal image directly onto my card base with a tape runner. (I'm trying to keep it relatively flat for mailing, so I skipped the foam tape for this piece of the card.) I adhered my banner on top with a tiny bit of foam tape for some subtle dimension.

That's all for today! Thanks for joining me!





Thursday, May 25, 2017

A race to the finish!


Hello, Erica on the blog today, May 25th, which also happens to be my Mamma's birthday! So happy birthday to Mamma!!

She's been here visiting since last Friday and is here for another week so I've not been on top of my blogging game *insert shame filled face here* and today is no different BUT I thought I could turn it into a challenge: make a presentable card, from idea to finished product, in the least amount of time. I'm not neglecting my Mamma though, she's having a lie-down after a little celebratory lunch with a few friends. Yet another reason to try and make this card, photograph the card and write the blog post in the least amount of time as to not spend too much time away from her.

With that in mind, I grabbed my iPhone and started the stop clock. Then it was time to scramble the brain and get something going! Looking through my stamp sets I went, not totally unsurprisingly, with the Beautiful Bloom-Sweet Rose. It is one of my faves after all. On an A2 piece of water colour card stock I stamped it with VersaMark ink after I had dusted the panel with anti-static powder. I decided on white embossing powder and Gansai Tambi water colours, rather than Zig markers.

I coloured the flower very loosely with a soft pink and added yellow in the middle of them. Around the flowers I used a lovely light green and added that like a soft cloud all around it, a little bit more on the leaves and lighter in between. To speed up the drying I used my heat tool to set the colours.

As it's Mamma's birthday it kind of had to be a birthday card so I grabbed one of my favourite Neat&Tangled stamp sets called Celebrate, which has a matching die too. I use these a lot for birthday cards. The actual word 'celebrate' I die cut out of gold glitter card stock and I also cut out the background shape but in vellum. To keep with the colour scheme I heat embossed the rest of the sentiment 'Let's' and 'It's your birthday' in gold before adhering the 'Celebrate' piece in the middle.

I managed to smudge a little bit of ink on the top of the panel and unfortunately it was in a spot where I couldn't just trim it off. I tried but couldn't get it all off. After adhering the water colour panel to a yellow card base I decided to finish off the card with a few yellow sequins, from the Sunshine On The Daisies mix, and one of these is covering up the boo-boo.








From start to finish, this card took less than 28 minutes and that's with some distractions both from Mamma and The Man. Not too shabby, is it?? In the photo I've also included some of the other supplies I've used to make this card.

Finally, here is a better photo of the card in question:







That's it from me for today, I hope you have enjoyed my little challenge and the card that resulted from it.

Happy rest of May and see you in June!

Erica

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sending Prayers and thinking of you card

Hello, Beverly Jordan, here for today's post.

Today's post is using the Kennedy Grace Creations Grace's Little Note.  So many images are great to compliment another larger image, but today I am going to use this often overlooked one, to make a simple card. One that have intended for a dear friend. 
  First, I loved how fast and easy it was to use this particular image to make a square card, or even to use it to frame another image. I used my MISTI tool to align the stamp for this 4 1/2 inch square center piece, and then just fliped it for each side, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad. The sentiment was from the Time to Blossom stamp set. It is a sweet and thoughtful card and I plan on making more. Great to send to friends far and near. The Sequins were Enchanted Evening which is a collection of  sparkly sequins, stars, seed beads in green tones, and gold, and was the perfect compliment of to the violet colors. 
Here are the Copic Sketch markers I used: YG06, YG11, YG13, V12, V15, V17, 0. 
  Once colored I chose a complementary violet-purple cardstock to bring out more of the deeper violet colors in the flowers. The white paper used for the image and card base are Nenah Bright White #110 pound paper. I added the ribbon to soften the card and bring a feminine touch to it. 
  A card with these pretty flowers and this sweet and thoughtful sentiment is perfect for so many occasions and will delight whomever receives it. For this reason, I plan on making many more of them. Hope you enjoy it as well.
                                                 Yours truly,
                                                        Beverly Jordan


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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Blessing from Above

Hello there!  It's Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog with you today.  I've got another sweet baby tag to share with you.  I've used the adorable stamp set Sweet Baby Mine and the Frozen sequins mix. 
Kennedy Grace Creations - Sweet Baby Mine stamp set
Kennedy Grace Creations - Frozen sequins mix

  Thanks for stopping by KGC today!  Have a wonderful day :-)

Cindy---
 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Special Wedding Card


Hi everyone, Heidi here, today is my first post as a permanent member of the Kennedy Grace Creations design team. I’m thrilled to be here and I hope to bring you lots of fun projects in the upcoming months!

Today I have a not so ordinary wedding card for you all! And of course there is a story to it: a couple of days ago my father in law asked me if I could make a wedding card for a couple that is going to get married on one of the Dutch islands. I have been to this island and I know that there is a lighthouse on the island, so I asked him if it would be okay when I would incorporate a lighthouse on the card and he said yes! On the island are also bushes of which I do not know the English name: it looks like rose-hip, dune-rose or some other kind of wild rose with fairly small flowers. The flowers are usually white or pink but since this is a wedding card I felt the flowers should be red (and that would match the lighthouse nicely). So, the idea was born and the fun part could begin!

To get this card started I die cut two squares from white card stock. On one of the squares I lay out my design with the stamps that I wanted to use. I needed to have enough room for the sentiment and also a die cut circle, so that I could create the lighthouse in the background. After that was done I stamped the lighthouse from the Viva Decor “At the Seaside” stamp set with Versafine “Onyx Black” ink onto the second square panel and created the rocks under the lighthouse with a stamp from Kaisercraft called “Crackle” and using my MISTI stamping tool. 

I also stamped one of the sentiments from the Kennedy Grace Creations “Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose” stamp set beneath the circle with the same black ink. To create the illusion that the lighthouse is on a high point on the island I used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil called “Clouds” and some Memento “Summer Sky” ink and a foam applicator tool to give the illusion of clouds in the background. I also edged the inner side of the circle with this blue ink.


For my next step I stamped the two little flowers from the same Kennedy Grace Creations stamp set as I used for the sentiment (“Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose”) onto a separate piece of Canson Extra White 1557 paper. I stamped both flowers 6 times, to get 12 flowers in total and included 3 of the buds that are also in the stamp set. I love it when you can use a stamp set in multiple ways, this way you can get so much more out of your craft supplies!

After all the stamping was done I started colouring all the flowers, the lighthouse and the rocks I created. I used my Faber Castell Polychromos in the following colours: 121 / 225 / 185 / 111/ 168 / 173 / 172 / 177 / 231 / 232 / 146 and 101 (White) to burnish.
When the colouring was done I fussy cut all the flowers out and started to put this card together. I used a linen textured, white coloured card base, created a slightly bigger stitched square matte from matching red card stock and glued that red square to the card base with liquid glue. The I foam taped the two white panels together with one millimetre thick foam tape, creating the illusion that the lighthouse is more in the background. These two white panels are adhered to the red square with liquid glue.

Then I started arranging the cut out flowers at the bottom of the circle, adhering them with Ranger Medium Matte and cutting of parts that where in the way, but saving the leafs so that I could place them in other spots where I could use more greenery. The two flowers above the word “Wishing” are adhered with three millimetre thick foam tape to create more distance from the background scene.

And for my finishing touch I used some of the Kennedy Grace Creations “Moonbeams” sequins in different sizes. I love these sequins (they ad sparkle and shine but adjust in colour when you put them on different colours of background paper)!!

Have you ever created a not so ordinary wedding card? I would love to hear about it!
In the meantime I wish everybody a creative day!


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's your day!!

Karen on the blog today featuring Graces Little Notes stamp set.

I stamped and coloured the image 3 times to place inside the little windows of the die.  Each image is placed slightly differently so the 3 windows are not exactly the same. I then chose a complimentary striped paper to put in the background, popping the cream panel up on foam tape.  The card  was all constructed when I realised I hadn't stamped the sentiment.  Stamping on a completed card with foam tape under the panel is not the ideal way to stamp.  Despite that its actually not too bad, a little crooked but not awful.



Thanks for your visit today


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Splendid Rose Shaker

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a fun shaker card.


I used the Splendid Roses stamp set and beautiful Pink Champagne and a sprinkling of Moonbeams sequins to create this beauty! I just love how it turned out!

I started by cutting a panel of white cardstock with a die to create the frame and used the internal cut from the die for my rose panel. I stamped my roses on the panel and then colored them in with my Copics (R22, R20, R11, and R00 for the pink and YG99, YG97, and YG95 for the green). I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with some Rose Gold embossing powder. (The Rose Gold is one of my very favorite powders. It looks absolutely amazing!)

I adhered my panel to the center of a card base and then adhered some acetate to the back of my frame. I added two layers of foam tape to the back of the frame (the double layer helps the sequins move freely without getting stuck). I used my powder tool on the inside of the window and around the edges of the foam tape (before I removed the backing) to help keep the static down inside the shaker. Then I added the sequins on top of my roses and carefully adhered my frame over the top.


I only added a few sequins because I wanted the whole picture to be visible when they were at the bottom, but still allow for some fun shaking. The powder tool definitely helped keep the shaking action free and easy!

I hope you enjoyed my card today and hopefully it inspired you to make your own fun shaker! Thanks for joining me!