Monday, February 27, 2017

Kindness Starts With Us

Hello! Rachel here today with another simple card. The word "kindness" has been on my mind a lot lately, so I guess it's just business as usual that it made its way onto a card I created.


I started my card by cutting a panel with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die. I stamped my image to the left of the card and then used my Copics to color them. I used a different blue combination than I normally do for this one - B37, B45, B93, and B41. My YGs were the typical YG99, YG97, and YG95. I used my cool grays (C3, C1, and C00) to create the halo around my images that makes them look like they pop off the white card.

After coloring my image, I used my Kindness die to cut the word from panel. I also cut 3 other words from white card stock. I adhered them all together with the colored portion on top and then after adhering my panel to a card base, inlaid the die inside the cut.


This is one of my favorite techniques. It adds a lot of interest to a card without adding a ton of bulk. I finished my sentiment by heat embossing the stamp on a gray piece of cardstock in white. I adhered the sentiment with some foam tape and then added a sprinkling of Moonbeams sequins to finish it off.

Thanks for joining me today!





Saturday, February 25, 2017

Layered gift tag


Hello, Erica back on the blog! Hey, hey, hello, how are we all doing today?

Today's project is a gift tag, something I don't make very often. I'm not sure why but it tends to be right at the back of my 'what to do today' list. To remedy that, I decided to make one and maybe find out why I'm so bad at making these.

I made my first mistake right away in that I stamped up some flowers, on copic friendly paper of course, without measuring how big a tag I was going to make. This I didn't even realise until after I had coloured the flowers (one of the flower stems from Grace's Happy Heart stamp set). Blah, right?

Well, onwards and upwards! I cut out a tag using a Pretty Pink Posh stitched tag die and then stamped up another few flowers on it and coloured those in too. I went quite pink for these flowers and vibrant green for the stems and leaves. Something I've started doing quite recently, being inspired by the wonderful Kathy Racoosin, is outlining the stamped images in a soft colour and adding lots of dots around them too. I think this frames the stamped image quite nicely without having to colour the entire piece of card stock. It also helps cover up any mistakes by softening the whiteness around the image.













Once all the flowers were coloured in and framed, I stamped the sweet sentiment 'for you' from the Beautiful Bloom-Sunflower stamp set in a soft pink colour.

The second layer of the tag was cut out with the same PPP tag die in a pink striped card stock. I think this one is from Lawn Fawn but don't hold me to that as I'm not 100% sure. On this piece, I stamped 'Love' from Splendid Roses stamp set's selection of sentiment in a darker pink. I didn't want to stamp this in black as I wanted to keep it quite soft and pretty looking. The black, I think, would have been too harsh against the pink striped card stock.













When I was happy with both pieces I layered them together before using a hole punch to cut out a hole. With some pink and white striped twine I tied them together and added a little bow as a final little touch.













Apart from making a mistake in the beginning, this wasn't that time-consuming and I think I will be much more likely to make more tags in the future. I hope I have inspired you to try making one too. All the Kennedy Grace Creations items I used for this tag are easily found by clicking on the links I have added.

The beautiful background I used for the pictures is called Whitewashed from PhotoBoards and if you want to treat yourself to one of them, I have a discount code you can use until the end of February  'Wintercraft' which will give you 10% off. They have really taken my photography to another level and I think it's our duty as crafty and creative people to share our finds and tips with each other. This could of course be branded as "enabling" too but I'm easily enabled by others (probably because I have very little willpower when it comes to denying myself fun things) so I'm going to do with "sharing is caring" instead.

Happy crafting from Erica


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It's Time to Blossom, Stamping and Copic Markers


Hello everyone. Thank you for visiting my blogpost for Kennedy Grace Creations! To create this card, I used three Kennedy Grace Creations clear stamp sets; Splendid Rose, Time to Blosson and Grace's Little Notes.

To begin, I diecut the largest of the Stacked Stitched Rectangle dies from Cryogen white, iridescent shimmer cardstock. This is my preferred cardstock for Copic Markers. 

I then stamped a variety of flowers from the Time to Blossom and Grace's Little Notes stamp sets. I simply lined them along the bottom of the rectangle. I stamped them quickly and simply, next to one another, with zero masking. 

I then stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink and heat embossed it using Hero Arts clear embossing powder.

Then it was time for the Copic Marker coloring. I colored the flowers as follows;
Orange: YR02, YR65, YR68
Dark Purple: V95, RV66, V99
Yellow: Y11, Y13, Y15

To finish off this clean and simple floral card, I added some Kuretake - Wink of Stella, clear glitter brush pen to the flower petals. I adhered the panel to a Bazzill Basics Paper, deep purple cardstock, A2 card base.


I hope everyone enjoyed this clean and simple floral arrangement, frienship card. Thank you so much for stopping by!

~Meghan Shea
IG: Meghanshea3377


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Super Simple Bookmarks

Hey, everyone! Rachel here today with a quick and easy project using a variety of Kennedy Grace stamp sets!

I have 3 cats, two of which love to steal and eat my bookmarks. I read A LOT, so this is a problem for me! I decided to the situation by sitting down and creating several bookmarks to have on hand for when they decide to strike again!


I used my Bookmark die and cut out 8 separate bookmarks from white cardstock. I set four aside and then used a variety of stamp sets to stamp on my remaining four. I used my Copics to color in each image and then added my halo around each of them as well. To keep the bleeding from my Copics hidden, I took those first four bookmarks and adhered them to the backs of my colored bookmarks. It helps to make them a little more durable and it keeps any bleeding from showing - a win-win in my book! I finished them off by adding a little baker's twine. Super simple project, but it definitely solves my cat-bookmark problem. At least for now!

Thanks for joining me today!





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Less than 10 minutes card!


Hello!

Erica back on the blog today, probably still suffering a post-Valentine's Day sugar rush. I'm not much for celebrating Va-Da unless it involves chocolate or cake. I'd be lying if I said I would turn down a diamond but we are not big Va-Da people here. Va-Da is short and hip for Valentine's Day, don't'cha know? No? Maybe that sugar rush is making me say cray-cray things...

Right, so a card. That's what y'all are here for? Ok, then, let's get to it. It's gonna be short and sweet today (no, for real this time) as this card is super quick and simple. There is no colouring, just a quick stamping and diecutting and some adhesives and bam!



Using Kraft card stock I had laying around in a very convenient size, I grabbed my stunning Sweet Rose stamp as well as VersaMark ink and my trusted anti-static tool. Oh and my Mini-MISTI. Placing the stamp slightly off the piece of card stock, I dusted generously with the anti-static tool before inking it up with VersaMark. After stamping, I sprinkled clear embossing powder on it and set it with my heat tool. It's such a simple technique and the results are gorgeous. Next I stamped the sentiment 'Happy Birthday' from the same set on the bottom of the panel. The same routine was done here as with the flower: first anti-static tool, second VersaMark ink and third gold embossing powder.

The other card stock pieces are also bits I had lying around, another reason this card was so quick! Layering these with foam tape and double sided tape creates different heights and dimensions. As a final few touches I added a label with diecut numbers in sparkly gold card stock, 70 for my mother's birthday later this year as well as a twine ribbon bow. And no card of mine is complete without a few sequins, right? Yeah, you guys know me so well, don't you? A few from Pink Champagne did the trick.

And that, my friends, was it. This card was so quick to put together thanks to all the bits and pieces I have laying around, I'm really making an effort to use all those ready cut bits before cutting up new ones. Worked out quite well here, didn't it?








Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!

Hugs from Erica

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love

Hello there!  Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog with you today.  Sorry, I'm a bit late with this post today.  I got caught up in making Valentine's with my kids for their school friends. 

I've used the fabulously pretty stamp set Splendid Rose on my card.  I've embossed it with silver tinsel embossing powder and then used watercolor pencils and a water brush to color the roses.
I hope I've inspired you to make something fabulous today :-)  Happy [early] Valentine's Day.

Thanks for visiting KGC.
Cindy---

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Clean and Simple Stamping and Copic Coloring with Splendid Rose


Hello cardmaking friends. Meg here, with a super quick and easy, clean and simple yet elegant, coral colores rose card. Perfect for any friend.

To create this card I used the Scalloped Stacked Stitched Rectangle dies, Splendid Rose clear stamp set and Rainbow Sherbert Sequins.

First, I cut the largest scalloped rectangle from Cryogen white, iridescent sparkle cardstock. This specialty cardstock had a gorgeous, subtle shimmer which is much more evident in real life versus in photographs. This is my preferred cardstock for coloring with Copic Markers.

I stamped the gorgeous rose and friend sentiment, both from the Splendid Rose stamp set, using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink. This hybrid ink is Copic friendly.

I then quickly colored the rose using 3 different YR Copic Marker colors; YR61, YR02 and YR65.  I wanted to achieve a coral colored rose....however, it came out a little more orange than I expected. I love how it turned out, although it wasn't exactly what I anticipated when I began coloring.

Lastly, I added Kuretake, Wink of Stella shimmer pen to the roses and adhered the panel to some Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock in the color, Marmalade Blast.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Copic colored greeting card! Thanks for visiting my blogpost!



~Meghan Shea
IG: Meghanshea3377


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thinking of You

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a quick clean and simple card created with the lovely Time to Blossom stamp set.


I started my card by preparing a white card base and then stamping my image repeatedly over the base with some light gray ink. I set that aside and stamped my main image on a separate piece of white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with my copics. I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut it out because I'm super lazy and hate fussy cutting. I heat embossed my sentiment in white on black card stock and cut a fishtail in the end with my scissors. I positioned it behind my colored image and cut off the excess that stuck out behind it. I used foam tape to adhere my sentiment strip and image on top of the card base. I finished the whole thing by adding a sprinkling of Moonbeams sequins across the card.