Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunflower's with Erica



Hello,

Erica on the blog today with yet another flower-power card. I did kinda warn you I'd go mad with the flower and yep, I did it again. CAS cards are not my forte. Layers, masking, colouring, stamping, embellishments and die cutting, just give it to me baby!

Today I used the Beautiful Blooms Sunflower stamp and as usual, I couldn't stick to just one image.  You don't often see single sunflowers so why do a single flower on a card? Maybe I'm using this as an excuse to do more colouring...?


I started out by stamping the images on Neenah Exact Index White 110lbs card stock. Three times in fact. I got my copics out and this time I remembered to write down which colours I used. For each flower, I went for slightly different variations of yellow on the petals. Same with the leaves, only greens, I flicked them randomly all over them.

It took me nearly four full episodes of Sex and The City to fussy cut all the flowers and leaves out. In fairness, it probably wouldn't have taken me quite that long if I had just focused on the cutting and not on Carrie and co.

As it's a summery fall here (I'm not kidding, it's so sunny and warm. It's almost freaking me out how unusual this weather is) I wanted a quite natural and warm card. Kraft card seemed to be the best way to go, and I do like a black background to make flowers pop. I have some new craft stuff curtesy of my sweet husband and amongst those were the Lawn Fawn stitched squares dies which I decided to use for this card. I cut out two sizes thinking I wanted to layer them somehow, I just wasn't quite sure how yet.

After some puzzling, I had placed and glued all the bits together. Except for a sentiment. I tend to forget about a sentiment when I'm so dazzled by the flower stamps... I did have the perfect spot for it though. You know, the small square in the top corner. I picked a sentiment from the stamp set, stamped it on a small die cut label, wrapped a little bit of twine and tied a bow, added some 4mm high foam tape and stuck it on.


And could you believe it, I didn't feel the need to add sequins! What's going on?? Maybe the Indian summer is getting to me, who knows? 

That's it for today, but I will be back with more flowery cards very soon.

Happy crafting!





 

Friday, September 23, 2016

You Are Amazing


  Hi there it's Monica up on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with this bold thank you card to let someone know how amazing they are to you. Let's get right into the card.
I stamped the roses from the Splendid Roses stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations onto some Strathmore Bristol paper in Onyx Black Versafine ink. I used Zig Clean Color markers to bring the roses to life. I used marker numbers 024, 028, 044, 045 and 091. I used some strips of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee C'est La Vie collection as well as some wood grain cardstock that I added foam tape to for dimension. The thanks sentiment was cut using a die from Lil' Inker Designs and the "You Are Amazing" sentiment is from the Just a Rose stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope to see you soon. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Planner Shaker clips


Hello!  Cindy from In Love with PAPER back on the blog with you today.  I've been having fun setting up my planner lately :-)  I have created some cute little planner shaker clips. 

I used my Cricut to cut the shapes and frames.  I cut the circle/heart at 1 1/4" and then using the centerpoint feature cut once at 1" and then at 1 1/4" to create the frames.  I cut about 8 of the frames from white cs and then glued all the layers together.  That way the sequins could shake freely around. 



Recipe:
scraps of paper
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cart - circle @ 1 1/4", 1 - heart @ 1 1/4", 1
transparency sheet
Kennedy Grace Creations - Beautiful Blooms - sweet rose stamp set (smile sentiment)
Kennedy Grace Creations - Tinkerbelle's Sparkle sequin mix
Kennedy Grace Creations - Pink Champagne seqin mix
Inkadinkado - Good News stamp set ( cross stamp)
Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by today.

Cindy---


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Scrappy Notes

Hi there.  Its Karen on the blog today and I have some little note cards to share.

I don't know about you but I actually don't like scraps and find it hard to keep little bits. I think its the Virgo coming out in me and scraps are just not tidy.  That said as I was cleaning my little box where I pop bits and pieces, unfinished cards and things I haven't used because I either A. Change my mind B. Don't like it at the time or C.  Have no idea where I was going with it or D. Stuffed up the stamping.  Whilst doing this I discovered some Kennedy Grace flowers stamped and not coloured and some little pieces of gingham paper along with a couple of die cuts that were cut to test out the Scalloped Rectangle die.

I lay these out on my desk and made some little note cards to write a message on rather than using a sticky note.  The Scalloped Rectangles I folded in half to form a lovely edge for the card base. The gingham I cut to fit just inside the stitching line and coloured up the images and cut them to size.  Finishing up with adding a few little sequins. I should just add that these measure 2" x 3" in size.

So not only did I use up some scraps but I made something useful.  I have told myself that I should make more of these.



Love and Laughter,
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thinking of You

Hello! Rachel here today with a card featuring the Time to Blossom stamp set!


I decided to create some of my own pattern paper today by repeatedly stamping my image over my white panel in light brown ink. I didn't bother to color it in so it wouldn't be too distracting from my main image. Both my panels were cut with the brand new Stacked Stitched Rectangle dies and they are fabulous! My smaller panel had the image stamped in black ink and then I colored it with Copics. I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink over the top of the image and then heat embossed it ink gold to make it shine in real life. It's a little hard to see in the picture, but easier to read when you're holding it in your hand. I adhered my first panel flat to my card base and then used some foam tape to pop my smaller panel up for some dimension.



Friday, September 16, 2016

Erica on the blog today!




Hi there!

I'm back with another card using the Splendid Roses stamp set. Yep, just one card today but it's a big one. Well, not size wise actually. Time consuming more like it but the result were worth every second spent on it and I hope you agree.

I had an idea to make a tear drop bouquet (the florist in me is at work again.. ) and I knew it would involve some masking. I didn't realise exactly how much masking it would take to get the look I wanted until I was cutting up my forth mask! And the fourth one wasn't even my last one. Oh boy, right?? The consolation is that the masks will last for more projects and that will save time next time. To make sure I don't loose them, I tend to store them in the pocket that holds the stamp set they belong to.


To go back to the beginning, I started out with a stitched rectangle piece of Neenah paper as I wanted to do some copic colouring today. I always use Lawn Fawn dies for A2 sized cards as the stitched edges gives such a lovely finish to even the simplest of designs. I stamped the first image slightly off-centre to make sure I had enough space for the rest of the roses and leaves. The picture I had in my head was actually slightly different from the one I ended up with but unless I had told you that you would have been none the wiser, right?

The first mask, which I had already stamped and cut out, went over the image and then I repositioned the stamp. I wanted most of the biggest roses to be at the top of the bouquet and then the smaller ones, buds and leaves would create the tear drop shape I was after. The second mask went on and I repositioned the stamp again, and then all that happened again and again... Yeah, this went on for a while and in between I also had to cut up more masks as the bouquet grew.

Once I was finally done stamping, I was a bit intimidated to start colouring. What if I mess it up and all that work was for nothing?? Gah! Self doubt plagues me way more than I like to admit but I decided to just dive in the deep end and go for it. Whilst eating some chocolate for comfort. Yeah, I am one of those stress eaters and carrots will not do. 

Chocolate in one hand and copics in another, I went bold with my colour choices: Fuchsia/RV09, Red Violet/RV19, Raspberry/RV66 and Peony/RV69. I didn't want a 'too blended' look so just flicked the colours from the centre of the roses outwards. Much like you see roses look naturally. For the buds I went much lighter (Cotton Candy/RV52, Rose Pink/R81 and Rose Mist/R83) to make sure they didn't disappear in the fuchsia fest. 

For the leaves I used so many different greens I honestly can't remember which ones I did or didn't use. Memo to self: must start making a colour reference chart for images I colour so I can reproduce it if I want to or you know, remember which colours I used when writing a blog post for instance. Now, that would be handy, wouldn't it??

When I thought I was done, I sat back to look at the image but thought it looked a bit strange with all the white spaces between the leaves. This I again blame on my inner florist, you would have no white empty spaces in an actual bouquet so the only option was to colour those in too. While I was on a roll with the green, I added some between the roses at the top too because I thought that would look nice and I think it ended up quite lovely. Then an idea came to me: let's add dots to the green spaces. So I did that too. Annnnnnd that's when I spotted it: one of my fuchsia copics had dripped and splattered! *Here you can picture an absolutely horrified face and add in a 'nooooo' in slow motion* I was so cross!! Meh, meh, meh!!!

After having had a bit of a tantrum about it which included eating more chocolate, it was time to put the big girl panties back on and come up with a solution. It ended up being quite a simple one. I went with more dots all around the bouquet to cover up the original splatter, but it didn't look quite right using just one colour (It was naturally the darkest one too of course) so I kinda went to town with the colours I had used for the big roses. I must admit that I wouldn't have gone down this route if that one marker hadn't splattered but now I'm actually glad it did as I like it a lot better than without the dots. How about that, huh? Sometimes a crafty accident can make you look at a project with new eyes and you come up with a brand new, different idea. I'm not saying it works every time but boy, am I glad it did for this card.

The card needed a sentiment but now I was balking at the idea of covering up all that colouring I had done so how get around that? Vellum is almost always the answer to this question and this case was not an exception. I cut a thin strip off and heat embossed the 'Wishing you a sweet birthday' sentiment that comes with the stamp set on it with white embossing powder. The vellum strip was placed right across the widest part of the bouquet and adhered to the back with some double sided tape. Once secure, the whole panel was glued onto a card base and that's it, good
folks.



 Masking is such a fun technique and goes back to what I was saying in my first post about stretching stamps. By masking off a part or building up a stamp, you get so many more options from just one single stamp. How fun is that? In case it wasn't obvious, I think it' super fun and clever! I hope this blog post has inspired you to look at your stamps and see more than just the original imag
Right, probably time to sign off before I really get going about masking and stretching. Which sounds a bit weird put together in one sentence like that and kind of proves my point about it being time to say bye for now..

Happy crafting everyone and see you soon again,

Erica


 

Grateful


 Hey everyone it's me Jessica..


I wanted to share this card I made. I started with a watercolor panel and used two stamp sets from Kennedy Grace Creations Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose and Just a Rose. I prepped the panel with some antistatic powder and stamped the Just a Rose image and heated embossed it. I made a mask for the image and then arranged and stamped the Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose over the top of the other image and heat embossed the image. I watercolored the image with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I then used the sentiment Grateful from You Inspire Me stamp set and heat embossed on a heat resistant acetate. Made a frame from another piece of watercolor paper and adhered it all together.
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