Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Hello! Erica on the blog today with my last card for April. Honestly, time is just whooshing past, or is that just me??

Today I thought I'd try something that I find quite hard when it comes to card making and that's monochrome. Yep, black and white. This is my Everest in card making and colouring. I'm usually all about colours, colours, colours!! Especially with the stamps from Kennedy Grace Creations as it's mostly flowers. Well, not one to shirk away from a challenge (even one self-imposed) I had one idea that I pretty much scrapped right away. Mostly because I stamped a flower in the wrong spot on the second stamp so it went into the 'I might look at that later and see what happens' pile. Moving on, as my idea evolved from the mishap, I cut up a square measuring 5"x5" in white card stock. Then I covered the middle with a circle I cut out of masking film. This was more as a guide than anything else though.

Once I was ready to start stamping again, I took the smallest flower in the Grace's Happy Heart stamp set and lined it up so that the bottom was on the circle in the middle and the top flower pointed towards one of the corners. This process I repeated to get flowers pointing towards all the corners of the card stock. With the help of a sheet of acetate and more masking film, I stamped the flower in the gaps between the already stamped ones, covering the top flower. This resulted in eight flowers of various heights and sizes all round the circle.

Cutting another circle, the same size as the masking film circle, in black card stock I dusted it with anti-static powder as I decided to heatemboss the sentiment in white. I chose 'Happy Birthday' from Beautiful Bloom-Sweet Rose (the sentiment doesn't show in the product photo for some reason but it's there) It didn't fit in the circle so I cut it in half and layered them on top of each other instead. Cutting stamps isn't something I make a habit of but it doesn't affect their performance if you do choose to cut them.

I used VersaMark ink to stamp the sentiment, added the embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. This piece I adhered with 3mm thick foam tape to make it stand out and to create dimension. At this point the card was just black and white. Which was what I had set out to do, wasn't it? Eh... I wobbled... and added some pops of colour with a bit of help from the Sunshine On The Daisies sequins mix. It would appear I can't help myself! Oops.

With the panel done, more than I had originally planned on even, I adhered it to a card base which I had cut to 5.5"x5.5" in a lovely linen textured black card stock. With that, I finally decided to stop before I fell for the temptation of adding anything else.









The background I've used for this photo is a brand new Photo Board® from Photo Boards  called Regency and if you fancy getting your own, I have a 10% off discount code for you which is valid until the end of April. But hurry, these are apparently flying out the door!

Happy crafting from Erica

You can find me on Instagram as @erica_cacacraft


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mom's Vintage Tea card

Hello, Beverly, here again using Kennedy Grace Creations Vintage Cup, one of my very favorites!



  I am delighted to be a designer for Kennedy Grace Creations and am here today for a card I made with the Vintage Tea Cup stamp set. I just love using this set! It is so fun to decide what colors I am going to make the china!! This was to match with the papers from Graphic 45 that include tea images so went with the blues and pinks. Can you image if you could just find sky blue china to have coffee or tea in?! That would be wonderful!! 
   I have only one mother left, my mother-in-law. She loves to have her coffee and tea, so that is what I thought about when I made this card for her. My husband loved how it turned out, as well. Hope it delights you as much as it did us. 
Directions: Layering the card front with Medium Blue vellum, and the Graphic 45 Botanical tea pattern papers so that the blue peaked out on either side. Stamped and die cut all images and then fussy cut them all out. I always use my MISTI now and do multiple images to have ahead!! ;)  Then I matched my Copic marker colors with that of the Botanical Tea's. Using the dual colors of each, I shaded to have it look like the light was from above. I die cut the doily out of sparkle vellum and glued it and the tea pot down to the top papers. I added pop squares behind the tea cup, and placed it adjacent to the pot. Added the other die cut and bow to add balance to the bottom.
Supplies: Kennedy Grace Creations Vintage Tea Cup stamp set; X-cut Vintage heart doily; Copic Markers: B95, B21, RV21, RV02. Sparkle vellum; Medium Blue vellum; Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Sweet Chamomile; Die cut "Mom" from my stash; Memento Tuxedo black ink pad; Neenah Bright White cardstock; MISTI; Fiskars scissors.




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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sweet Rose


Hi Patricia here with a new card using beautiful bloom- sweet rose stamp .




To make my card I stamp twice the image on watercolor paper , I color them with gansai tambi watercolors then I add some splatters. I finish my card with a hero arts sentiment . Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Congratulations!


Hello there!  Cindy from In Love with PAPER back on the blog today.  I've got another cute baby card to share.  I've used the stamp set Sweet Baby Mine and the Winter Mint sequin mix.
 
I stamped the image on the green dot patterned paper and colored it.  Then to add some dimension I stamped the image again on a scrap of white cardstock and then colored it and fussy cut it out, trimming off his mane and tail.  Then I used pop dots to add the dimension.

 

 
Thanks for visiting KGC.  Have a wonderful day!!
 
Cindy
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's Heidi on the blog today

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all doing well!  Today I have my third and last guest design post for you all. 


For this fun and colorful card I stamped one of the pretty flowers from the “Grace’s Little Note” stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations with Memento’s “Rich Cocoa” ink on Copic friendly paper. After coloring all of the flowers with my Copic Markers I used a black Copic Multiliner 0.3 on the hearts of the flowers and created some white lines on the flowers and the leaves to make them more interesting to look at, using a white Gelly Roll pen.  

The background was created very easily by stamping one of the sentiments from the “Grace’s Little Note’s” stamp set repeatedly on some crème coloured linen textured card stock. The same sentiment was used on the vellum part with black ink.


If you would like to know more about how I made this card and what exact colours I used then you can go over to my website for more details: http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2017/04/21/%E2%80%9CGrace%E2%80%99s-Little-Note%E2%80%9D-with-Kennedy-Grace-Creations

I’m happy and proud that I can tell you that Michelle asked me to join her DT so you will see more from me in the future!


 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hi it is Heidi



Hi everyone, Heidi here again: today I’ll show you my second project as a guest designer for Kennedy Grace Creations!

Today I will show you how to make three cards with the same design but every card has a totally different feel because of the different papers I used to color the stamped image on. This way you can stretch the use of the craft supplies you have to get a variation of different results. These cards mainly feature the Time to Blossomstamp set, as well as one of the sentiments from the Graces Little Notestamp set, both from Kennedy Grace Creations, and also the thank you sequin mix called Kennedy Grace” that you get free with purchase.

For my first card I stamped the flower image from the Time to Blossomstamp set on Canson Bright White heavy weight cartridge paper Versafine Onyx Blackink and I coloured the image with Faber Castell Polychromos.

As the final finishing touch for this card I used the sequins (black and iridescent pinkish white) and the micro-beads (iridescent pinkish white) from the free with purchase Kennedy Gracesequins mix.

For my second card I went through the same steps as with the first card but I stamped the flower on Strathmore Toned Graypaper. This creates a totally different feel I think. I colored the image with mainly Polychromos and an odd Holbein and Caran dDache Luminance pencil. The sentiment for this card is from the Graces Little  NoteStamp set.

And for todays last card I stamped the flower image on Strathmore Toned Tanpaper with Mementos Espresso Truffleink and colored with Polychromos and Caran dAche white. I wanted to do something different with the sentiment on this card so I stamped one of the sentiments from the Time to Blossomstamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger super fine detail Goldembossing powder.

I have to say I just love the font the sentiments in this stamp set come in and this flower was a lot of fun to colour!

If you are used to only coloring on white paper then its fun to try something different sometime. What you have to keep in mind is that when you color on grey or tan paper that you have to think in reverse: you accentuate the highlights with a lighter (for example white) pencil unlike when coloring on white paper where you leave the highlights the color of the paper.



If you would like to know more about how I made these cards and what exact colors I used then you can go over to my website for more details:  http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2017/04/15/%E2%80%9CThe-Same-but-Different%E2%80%9D-with-Kennedy-Grace-Creations.
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Its Karen on the Kennedy Grace blog today and I am sharing a card using the Beautiful Bloom - Sweet Rose.  This is one of my favourite Kennedy Grace stamps its so pretty and lovely to colour. It looks beautiful in any colour.

For this card I chose a black and white striped paper to go in behind the soft pink rose paper.  I then fussy cut the rose to go on the top.  The sequins are from the Watermelon Spritzer mix, the bright melon colour although pink seemed to match perfectly with the rose.  The rose is coloured using pencil.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Birthday Roses

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a beautiful birthday card featuring the gorgeous Splendid Roses stamp set.


I've colored these roses in all sorts of different colors, but I just love them in classic red. I stamped my image on a piece of white cardstock and colored it in with my Copics. My reds were R89, R39, R37, and R35. I used YG95, YG97, and YG99 for my greens. When it was completely colored, I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut it out because I'm too impatient for fussy cutting.

I set aside my image and prepared a card base from more white cardstock. I wanted a subtle background that would work well with my roses, so I used a layering stamp set to create a subtle marble look. I placed my roses approximately where I wanted to adhere them so I could figure out where to stamp my sentiment. I used my MISTI to stamp in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in silver embossing powder. I finished it off by adding my roses with some foam tape.


It's hard to see, but I wanted a little bit of shimmer, so I added a little to my marbling with a glitter pen. It adds some subtle shine and mimics the vein of shimmer you sometimes see in marble counters.

Thanks for joining me today!





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring birthday card


Hello, hello, hello!

Erica on the blog today, how are we all doing? Excited about Easter and having a few days off? We don't really do anything special for Easter in our house apart from having some chocolate Easter eggs and I do decorate a little bit. The decorating is more for a spring-y feel as I adore spring with all the flowers that pop up, buds on all the bushes and trees, warmer and longer days. It all makes me happy.

Today's card is yellow and green, which are in my mind typical spring colours. I started out by stamping the Beautiful Bloom-Sweet Rose flower stamp on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour paper, I heat embossed it in white as my plan was to use my Derwent Inktense pencils for the colouring. I have neglected these watercolour pencils for a while and thought it would be nice to change things up a little from the Zig markers and Gansai Tambi watercolours I have used a lot recently.

I started with the leaves and with a water colour brush dropped green colour in them and swirled it around a little. Adding more or less water as well as more colour in certain places left a nice, natural look. For the flower itself I used Sherbet Lemon, which is the lightest colour yellow there is, and Mustard for contrast. This bit of colouring was loose and relaxed, I swirled the colours around and added contrasting shades where it would naturally be. When I do watercolouring I always have a piece of tissue on hand and I dabbed up a bit of the excess water and colour where it was too much.

Setting the flower aside to dry, I started on the background which I knew I wanted green. Ink smooching sounded like a fun idea and I tried doing that.... with disastrous results. I couldn't get the colour rich enough, it was too watery and turned into a big mess. Moving on to attemp no2, I used a green Inktense pencil instead but pretty much the same thing happened with that one so I just put it aside with a sigh and moved on to no3. For this one I got the Gansai Tambi water colours out and swish-swoshed some green colour in the middle of the panel and added water going both up and down to create an ombré effect. I still didn't love it and was fast running out of ideas of how to make it work.

At this point I was pretty frustrated and annoyed with the whole thing so I took a break from making the background and looked at my flower again. I decided to add some gold to the flower instead of adding it to the background as one of my ideas had been (which I didn't even try after all the green mishaps) I used Yellow Gold in the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors collection and coloured the whole flower and all the buds instead of just adding highlights. Setting it aside to dry again, I turned my attention back to the background again. Lo and behold, one of the failed attempted actually looked very nice once it was dry!! HA!


































I decided to use the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment that is included with the flower and I thought gold heat embossing would look very nice so I did just that. And it did look very nice indeed but it was so wonky! Gah! I ended up having to re-do it on a small banner to cover up that boo-boo. The flower I fussy cut out and not very well in some places I will admit, fussy cutting isn't my strong point. I would absolutely love a co-ordinating die for this stamp!

Adhering the flower and the banner to the card with foam tape for that little extra dimension, I sat back and decided against sequins and used enamel accents instead. I dotted it rather generously in clusters around the flower and then I managed to stop myself from going overboard and adding Nuvo Jewel Drops too. Rather impressive, no? Especially as we all know I'm rather fond of going overboard with he embellishments. Maybe I'm turning a corner?? I guess we will find out in my next post. Although I wouldn't place any bets on it, personally.



Happy Easter and crafting!

PS If you aren't the 'treat yourself to chocolate' kind of person, why not get a new stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations or have a look at one or two of these gorgeous Photo Boards® I've used for this last photo? I'm both a brand ambassador as well as an affiliate at Photo Boards and I have a personalised 10% off discount code (the code is 'springcraft') that will give me a small commission if you use it, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. How is that for a win-win? The one I used for this photo is called Earl Grey and is a gorgeous soft grey and a tint of lavender. It adds a little something to a photo without being too fussy, it will also give your photos a nice consistency on social media and blogs etc.

Hugs from Erica

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Kennedy Grace Creations Thanks a Bunch

Hi Beverly here again with today's post.

Today's post is my Kennedy Grace Creations card using the Time to Blossom (flower) and (sentiment). Sequins are their Enchanted Evening.
  The image is stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic sketch markers. I used the following: YG63, YG67, BG75,C01, R20, R24, R27. Papers are from Deja' View Wedding Romance (floral), and DCWV (pink scallop paper). I used a Cuttlebug die for the scallop frame. The rose is from Monamegabby. Hope you enjoy it!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring is here!!

Hi Patricia here , with a new card using Beautiful Bloom Sunflower .







 I make a clean and simple card. First I stamp my image on Watercolor paper using versafine ink, then I mask the image and stamp with the same ink the background stamp , then I color my background using two of the new oxide distress inks and stamp my sentiment.
 Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.









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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's a Boy


Hello there!  Cindy from In Love with PAPER back on the blog today.   I've got a cute baby boy card to share with you using the adorable Sweet Baby Mine stamp set and the Frozen sequin mix by Kennedy Grace Creations. 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by KGC.  Have a wonderful day!!
Cindy--
 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Guest Designer Heidi

Hi everyone! I’m very excited to be sharing a card with you today that I made as a guest designer for Kennedy Grace Creations

One day I was surfing the web for inspiration and I came across a gorgeous card and the maker used one of the stamp sets from Kennedy Grace Creations. I wanted to try them out myself and here we are. This company is shipping internationally, all you have to do is email Michelle, the owner of Kennedy Grace Creations, and she will get back to you with how much shipping is (I live in the Netherlands and the shipping costs were very reasonable).

Today I will show you how to make this card that features one of the flowers from the “Grace’s little Note”stamp set and a sentiment from the “Time to Blossom”stamp set, both from Kennedy Grace Creations.



So, let’s get started! I first stamped one of the flowers from the “Grace’s little Note” stamp set  five times with Versafine “Onyx Black”ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper (I used my MISTI so I was able to stamp each image several times over to get nice crisp lines). Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder (this makes the lines stay crisp even if I put water on the image). Then I coloured the image with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and my Pentel Aquabrush: I put down about 3 layers of each colour, starting from the heart of the flower and fading out, by adding more water, towards the edges. Since I wanted to create a rainbow look for this card I used a different colour for each flower (I figured I had room for five flowers on this card so I skipped the blue and the green from the rainbow, also because I could use the green colour from the rainbow in the greenery and the blue colour in the background: so all the colours of the rainbow are still incorporated in this card).


I used the following Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:
For the red flower I used: Geranium Red;
For the orange flower I used: Orange;
For the yellow flower I used: Yellow;
For the indigo flower I used: Violet;
And for the violet flower I used: Purple.
For the greenery I used on some flowers the combination: May Green and Deep Green, and on others the combination Mid Green and Olive Green.
For the flower hearts I used: Yellow on some and Mid Brown on the others.
Around each flower I used: Light Blue.

You can’t really see it in the pictures but in real life the flower petals are more shiny because I put a little “Clear” Wink of Stella in the darkest area of the flowers, around the flowers hearts and I also used some white Gelly Roll Pen to create a bit more interest in the flowers. After the colouring was dry I fussy cut all the flowers out by hand with my Fiskars scissors and I used a craft knife to cut away the inside parts that I didn’t wanted to show.

Next it was time to create the rest of the card: I started by die cutting a white panel with a stitched line around the edges with one of my stitched rectangle Crea-Nest-Lies XXL dies from some white card stock. I knew that I didn’t have a lot of room for my sentiment (I used one of the sentiments from the“Time to Blossom”stamp set) so I stamped that first with the same black ink that I used for the flowers and then used some Distress Ink in the colour “Tumbled Glass”around the edges of this panel and also pulling the blue inwards, with a foam tool, from the right hand side fading to nothing about half way. It’s very subtle but is makes a great difference because it pulls the blue (Zig marker) that I used around the edges of the flowers together with the blue background (Tumbles Glass ink). Sometimes you want to create more contrast and sometimes you just want to let everything melt together, and that time was now! I think because the flowers are so bright the rest of the card has to tie everything together.


I found some darker blue card stock in my stash from which I die cut an slightly bigger rectangle using a die from another Crea-Nest-Lies XXL die set and I glued both panels together with liquid glue. Then I foam taped these panels to a dark kraft coloured card base with one millimetre thick foam tape. I used some Distress Ink in the colour “Vintage Photo”around the edge of the card base to give it a more finished look.

And then it’s time to arrange the flowers on the right hand side of the card in rainbow order. They are sticking out a little from the right hand side of the card so you have to make sure that the finished card still fits in the envelope (I used a slightly bigger envelope then I would normally do). When I was sure where I wanted to put each flower I glued them down with Ranger Medium Matte, letting each flower overlap the next one slightly.


To finish this card I glued on some “Clear Droplets” from Pretty Pink Posh, to attract more attention to the sentiment, and that’s it for today!

I just love this flower stamp, it's so elegant and yet so easy to colour, even if you have not much experience you can turn this image into a great eye catcher for your cards!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Gender Neutral Baby Card

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a gender neutral baby card. I love making cards ahead of time, but it's always difficult when it's something as specific as the birth of a baby. You want to make it personal, but sometimes you don't have the opportunity to make a card when you need to. For that reason, I sometimes like to use colors that can be used for either a boy or a girl.


I like to use yellows and greens when making a basic card like this. My room was actually done in yellows when I was a baby, so I guess that's why I'm not a huge pink fan. One of my good friends decided to use green for her baby girl. I love that people are using some non-traditional colors these days!

For my card, I started by cutting down a panel of white cardstock with a stitched scallop edge die and then stamped my image and sentiment on it. I used my Copics to color it in and then grabbed a light green card base. I used a matching green ink to stamp a background stamp and then adhered my panel on top. Simple and sweet!

Thanks for joining me today!