Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas is coming!!!

Yikes its nearly December and I am so not ready for christmas.  

Hi its Karen up on the blog today.

This year has been so very busy and gone so very fast and yes its true christmas is coming.  In an effort to get that very real thought in my head I made a christmas card.  This little cutie is from is aimed at being a little sneak of things to come from Kennedy Grace.



Now I need to go really think about christmas and start some lists.

See you back soon


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Watercolored Thank You

Hi, Rachel here with another card using the gorgeous Splendid Roses stamp set! (If you can't tell, it's one of my very favorites!)


I recently just went through a huge move and it totally sapped all my creativity. To get back into the swing of things, I decided to do a little simple watercoloring to get those creative juices flowing. Fortunately for me, this image makes any coloring look amazing!

I started my card by cutting a panel using a stitched edge die and then I used my MISTI to stamp my image in the upper left corner in Versamark ink. I heat embossed it in some Copper embossing powder. It's not my usual choice, but I wanted to use some vintage colors and I thought it would work really well. Next, I lined up my sentiment and stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed in the same Copper powder.

I used three different yellows on my roses to get the shading and dimension that I wanted. I started with my lightest color and then added my darkest to the places I thought would be the most shadowed. I used my medium tone to smooth out the transition from light to dark. I used two shades of green on my leaves and started with the darkest and then used my lighter shade to transition from the shadowed portion to the tips of the leaves. When I was done with the image, I used some Pumice Stone ink to create a shadow around the whole image.

I finished the card by adhering the panel to a white card base with some double sided tape (helps to keep in place even if the panel is a little warped from the water). I then added just a sprinkling of some Mocha Vanilla Latte sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, November 25, 2016

Life is Better with Friends


Hi guys!

Erica back on the blog today with quite a quick card. Quick but elegant if I may say so myself! Although, there were a fair few fails and 'oh, shoot!' moments along the way.



This actually looks nothing like what I first had in mind. I was going to do a skinny panel with the flower as focus and have glittery card stock or washi tape on one side for contrast. When I went to trim the piece of card stock I had stamped and coloured the Splendid Rose stamp on, I accidentally trimmed off a sliver of the flower! Talk about #EpicFail... To cover up this boo-boo, I decided to cut the image out a little bit instead. I started out leaving a border around the flower and thought I'd place it so the bit I had cut off using the trimmer would be on the edge of the card. Well, it was a good cover up plan but I managed to mess up again. Yep, it really wasn't my day...

To fix this second fail, I cut as close as I could to the heatembossed edges of the image and decided to use a black background to really make my flowers pop. I coloured them with Zig Clean Colour markers by the way, I love them but need to practice the blending and how much water to add to avoid some harsh lines. I probably need to invest in some more Zig friendly card stock too.



The background card stock I die cut using stitched square dies to get that nice edge and add some interest. It's such a lovely little touch I think and I use my dies for this effect almost every time I make a card. The card base is a lovely linen card stock in a light purple colour and I also cut out a stitched label in the same colour, which I stamped the sentiment on to match.

When I started to put the card together, I thought the black card stock looked a bit flat and boring so I decided to stamp and heatemboss a lovely flowery background on it. It's a simple way to add some interest and elegance without too much fuss. However, and I hadn't realised this until after the piece was already heatembossed, some bits of white embossing powder must have gotten mixed into my clear embossing powder as there are white flecks all over the image! Big oops... Told you it wasn't my day! Gah...

At this stage, I was quite frankly a bit cross and cranky so I decided to just keep going rather than bin it. I am going to buy a new pot of clear embossing powder though and maybe a separate powder catcher-thingy... Whatever those are called? You know what I mean though, right?

Anyway, despite all the fails and mishaps, this card didn't take that long to make and if I decide to
reproduce it, it will be even quicker.

To create some dimension, I added the label with the sentiment (which is from Beautiful Bloom-Sunflower) using 2mm thick foam tape and the flower got adhered using 3mm thick foam tape.




Despite the fact that this card caused me a bit of a head ache, I like the results. Maybe I should try and actually make the card I had in my mind when I started though? Now that I know what I did wrong, I can try and avoid them. Oooooooor, we will have something totally different again. Who knows?

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends who celebrate this week!

Big hugs from Erica

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Grateful for you Scarecrow Thanksgiving Card



Hello friends. Meg here, with a card just in time for Thanksgiving (in the USA), in a few days. This is a sneak peek of a new scarecrow digital stamp by KGC. The sentiment stamps are from the You Inspire Me clear stamp set.

I started off my making a clean and simple background using spray inks. My personal favorite are Heidi Swapp Color Shine and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I used a variety of both to make the organic looking, blue and green background.

I then printed my digital stamps from my laser printer. I colored the scarecrow using Copic markers. To add details I used a clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen from Sakura. I then fussy cut the colored imaged and outlined the white edges using my black Tombow Dual Brush Marker.


I then heat embossed the sentiment "Grateful for you in my life" using Brass colored embossing powder from Hero Arts. Isn't this sentiment just perfect for the holidays?! I recommend you checking it out as there are multiple saying you can create from this highly versatile set!

I then adhered my scarecrow digi image using some glossy accents. I recommend a strong adhesive so none of the small parts of the image life once adhered to the card front.


I hope you like my Thanksgiving card using the fabulous new digital stamp scarecrow and the You Inspire Me clear stamp sentiment set. Thanks for visiting my blogpost!

~Meghan Shea
IG: meghanshea3377

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Hi its Karen on the blog today  and I am sharing a card using two Kennedy Grace Creations stamp sets, Graces Happy Heart and You Inspire Me. I stamped several blooms onto a piece of card and coloured them using Derwent Coloursoft pencils, before die-cut the fishtail banners.  Its another way to stretch those stamps and use them a little differently.  I added some sequins and beads from Isabella's Dream mix to finish off.



Thanks for stopping by I really am Grateful for you.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Splendid Roses Thanks

Hello! Rachel here today with a beautiful (no coloring!) card using the Splendid Roses stamp set.


I've been trying to come up with card ideas that don't involve a whole lot of coloring recently. I know that not everyone likes to color or has time for it and I wanted to give some examples of how to use these beautiful stamps without coloring. For this card, I stamped my image repeatedly on a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in Clear embossing powder. It creates a great texture with some fun shine! I cut my thanks die out of some Fog Gray card stock and then adhered it directly to my panel using some Multi Medium Matte to make sure it stayed in place over the texture from the embossing. I used some Be Creative double sided tape to adhere my panel to a white card base. The double sided tape makes sure it stays in place even though the panel was a little warped from my heat gun.

I finished off the card by stamping the rest of my sentiment in Versamark ink on a small strip of black paper and heat embossing it in white. I cut the end of the strip at an angle and adhered it to my card using some foam tape for a little bit of dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kindness card

Hello,

Erica here with a quick card and a short post today. Not like me I know, but I am so tired these days as I'm adjusting to a ne gym routine and clean eating. Let me tell you, this healthy living stuff isn't for the faint-hearted...!

Let's get to business shall we? I have been on a bit of a roll with ink blending recently and I had an idea I wanted to try out which involved ink blending colours and stamping a flower on top. Kind of like reverse colouring, sort of. For this card I decided to use the Beautiful Bloom-Sunflower stamp because it also has a lovely sentiment about kindness which I wanted to use. November is usually a month of generosity and spreading kindness so it was a no-brainer really.

When I do ink blending I always use water colour paper, it just glides on so much easier than normal card stock/paper and if you want to splatter water droplets on it after to get that lovely dotty effect, it doesn't warp the paper either.

I picked out the colours I wanted to use and I stuck to quite traditional colours for this sunflower i.e. yellow for the petals, brown for the middle and green for the leaves and stem. The look I was after wasn't a "perfect" look so I just blended the colours roughly where I thought the outlines would be, flicked some water drops on top, let it dry and then stamped the image on top in black. Once the image was stamped on top I realised I had to add a little bit more green but that's ok. It was an experiment and it was fun to see where it was going. I also added a little bit of blue around the edges as it looked a bit empty there.



Originally I had planned on cutting off a bit of the panel and adhering it to black card stock for a bit of contrast but decided against that. Instead I went for a bit of gold thread wrapped around the
bottom. The sentiment I stamped on a small stitched label I had cut out and placed over the gold thread. It didn't end up looking the way I wanted so I tied a small bow using the same gold thread and added that to the label. For one last finishing touch, I also added a few sequins from the Sunshine On The Daisies mix.



That's it from this tired (but already a bit lighter) crafty gal.

Happy crafting from Erica

Love and Laughter,
 

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