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!





Monday, May 15, 2017

Distress Oxide experiment!


Hello and welcome to the Kennedy Grace Creations blog this fine day!

Today I have a fun and different card for you as I tried something out with my new Distress Oxide inks and I thought I'd share it with you. I have been playing with different ways of using them and this was a successful attempt, it's a back-to-front distress ink blending thing... ish... sorta.

Right, let's get to it!

First off I die cut a panel in Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock which was going to be the front part of the card. Then I got the Just A Rose stamp set out and stamped it on a large piece of masking film, using a craft scalpel I cut out the rose part only.


















Are you getting where I'm going with this? Yeah? Can you see it?

As I was doing a flower I decided to use Worn Lipstick and blended it over the "flower hole". I thought the flower needed a little bit of detail so I dabbled a little bit of Burnt Brick using a brush to created tiny, tiny details. I also flicked some water droplets on it and mopped them up using a towel.



















After I was done with the flower, I pulled the masking film off the panel and used the flower masking film part to cover up my rose. Then I blended Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint all around it to create a green bush. I didn't cover the whole panel and wasn't too bothered about getting a smooth coverage as I was going to splatter more water on it. When it came time to do the splattering I decided against the water, instead I smooched some Cracked Pistachio on my craft mat, sprayed some water on it and picked it up with my splatter brush (this is a totally essential tool I will have you know) It's possible I went to town with the green splatters but eh, life is short so lets live on the edge!

The panel looked a bit naked so I stamped the outline of the flower in black ink using my MISTI and it instantly looked more 'wow'! Time to decide on sentiments and embellishments:

As May is my birthday month, I went with yet another birthday card. So sue me, lol! I used a 'Happy' word die from Winnie & Walter and cut it out at the top left corner. To make it pop I also cut another one out in foam and adhered it all to the panel, which I also adhered to a card base. On a small white banner I stamped the word 'Birthday' from the Beautiful Bloom-Sweet Rose  sentiments and I added this under the 'Happy' die.

For embellishments I added some little green enamel dots on the leaves and yellow to the stamens in the middle of the flower. With a surprising turn of events, I decided against sequins. Gasp! Shock, horror!! I'm as surprised as you are...

















Well, that's it for me today but I hope that you might give this technique a try. It's great fun!

Happy crafting and belated Happy Mother's Day to those who celebrated yesterday!

Bye from Erica, you can find me on Instagram here and Kennedy Grace Creations here. Don't forget to follow and give us some love. Any goodies you want, you can find at the Kennedy Grace Creations shop.


















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Friday, May 12, 2017

Kisses & Cuddles


Hello there!  It's Cindy from In Love with PAPER back on the blog today.  I've made a cute, little baby girl tag. 
I"ve used Kennedy Grace Creations - Sweet Baby Mine  stamp set and Kennedy Grace Creations - Baby Blanket sequins. 

Have a great day!
Cindy

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Clean and Simple Hello There Card with Time To Blossom Stamp Set


Hello crafty and cardmaking friends! Meg here, with a quick and simple, yet gorgeous, handmade card using the Time To Blossom clear stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations.

I took the amazing floral stamp from this set and stamped it using VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto a Canson XL watercolor panel. I also stamped the sentiment, and heat embossed everything using Hero Arts clear embossing powder.

Before coloring the flower, I took a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen in the color Sea Breeze and outlined the entire flower. I then blended out this very shimmery light blue color with water. The purpose of this was to add a subtle pop to the entire image since this card is very clean and simple.

I then colored the flower using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I used the following color for the leaves: 045 Pale Green and 047 May Green. For the flowers: 302 Haze Blue, 303 Shadow Mauve, 803 English Lavendar and 083 Lilac.

To finish off the card I added some purple and green sequins from 2 different Kennedy Grace Creations collections; Isabella's Dream and Enchanted Evening.

The floral panel was then added to a top folding, Pretty Plum, Spellbinders cardstock card base.

I hope you enjoyed this pretty purple floral card and thank you for visiting my blogpost!

~Meghan Shea
IG: meghanshea3377
FB: chloeandphoebecrafts

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