Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Design Team Call

Hello Crafty and Cardmaking Friends! Kennedy Grace Creations is super excited to announce our second ever Design Team (DT) Call!!!

We are looking for crafty DT members that are creative, kind, reliable, energetic, hardworking and passionate about stamping, diecutting, cardmaking & paper crafting! Must also be active on various social media sites (FB and/or IG) and have a current crafty blog. 

 The DT members will be asked to create three projects per month. Products must showcase the Kennedy Grace product line and creations can be any sort of paper craft. I.e.; handmade cards, postcards, albums, journals, boxes, etc.

Design Team Requirements
•   Must love Kennedy Grace Products. We are a company that produces clear photopolymer stamps, creative dies, and sequins. (Bonus if you're a floral and sequin lover, as that is what our brand focuses on!)
•   Have the ability to meet tri-monthly deadlines.
•   Have active Social Media (Instagram &/or Facebook and an active blog mandatory) ****BONUS: if you have your own YouTube channel- please put in application email subject line 'DT application + YouTube) 
•   Be able to take crisp, clear photographs of your projects using KG products and be able to apply KG watermark provided to you by owner
•   Create three projects per month - which you personally will write/post on KG blog (your blog post must include a short explanation, photographs and/or video showcasing KG products)
•   Create one project for New Release Blog Hop and one project for each collaboration that we may have. (Random times in addition to your 3 monthly posts and given adequate notice in advance) 
•   Be active on Kennedy Grace gallery Facebook group.
•   Design Team term from September 1st, 2017 – August 31st, 2018 (1 year- negotiable if necessary)


Design Team members are provided Kennedy Grace product to create projects.  If you feel that you can achieve the above and would like to be part of our team, then we would love for you to please apply!!! 

HOW TO APPLY:
If you are interested in being a part of the KGC Design Team for September 1st, 2017 – August 31st, 2018 term please send your information to kennedygracecreations@gmail.com and meghaneshea@me.com . 
Please include the following information in your entry:
•    Full name, email address, blog address and links to any other social media where you display your work (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube etc.). Include one direct link to any particular creation on your blog in which you're proud to show us. Have this blogpost showcase your artwork, photography skills and write up.
•    Links to your online projects and any video tutorials you may have done - past or present. 
•    Short bio about you; why you want to be part of the team?, what are your project strengths and individual creative style?  IE: mixed media, vintage, clean and simple, colorist, etc. What got you interesting in stamping and papercrafts?
•    Lists of any other design teams you have been on or are currently on.

What you can expect:
•    Free products with the new release.
•    Welcome package.
•    Discount code to the KGC store 
•    Exposure of your name and crafting projects; as it will be featured on our blog and social media outlets.

*This design team call is open to Canada/USA and International applicants.  Please note that International Design Team positions are limited. 
This DT call is open through until midnight on Monday July 31, 2017. All applicants will be contacted and successful applicants will invited to join the team via the email address you provide. New Design Team members will be announced publicly on Aug 15, 2017. Your first month as designer will be September 2017.

Thank you so much to all who apply – we’re very excited to see your applications.
Good luck everyone!!

Best,
Michelle Dorland & Meghan Shea

 

Almost one layer card with Roses


Hi everyone, Heidi here on the blog! Today I have this easy and fun roses card for you all:

I started this card by stamping the roses from the awesome Kennedy Grace Creations “Splendid Roses” stamp set onto Cornwall Aquarel paper (Grain Fin, bright white) after die cutting a stitched rectangle with one of my nesting dies. For stamping I used Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and my MISTI stamping tool (this aquarel paper is fairly smooth but to get even black lines I needed to ink up my stamp several times).

Next I started colouring the image with my Gansai Tambi 36 watercolour set, water and a regular brush. I used the following colours:  33 / 31 / 53 and 58. After all the watercolouring was dry I created some lighter accents with a white Uni-Ball Signo pen.

Then I started working on the background: I created a nice damask background with a foam applicator tool, Distress Ink in the colour “Weathered Wood” and a stencil from Scrapberry’s called “Damascus”, going lighter towards the edges of the rectangle panel. I also mixed the same colour Distress ink with some water, applying it with the same brush, making the edges around the roses darker to create the illusion that the roses are in front of the damask background. I adhered this panel to a slightly larger matching green die cut rectangle panel with liquid glue after edging the green panel with some Distress ink in the colour “Mowed Lawn”.


For the sentiment I stamped one of the sentiments from the Kennedy Grace Creations stamp set called “Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose” onto some black card stock with Versamark ink and I heat embossed with Ranger “White” Super Fine Detail embossing powder. Next I die cut the sentiment with the smallest die in the Lawn Fawn “Everyday Sentiment Banners” die set and adhered the banner to the panel with the roses with Ranger medium matte, folding it to the back on the right hand side and adhering it to the back with regular tape.Then I adhered the combined rectangle panels to a white linen textured card base with one millimetre thick foam tape. 

I finished this card with some of the gorgeous Kennedy Grace Creations “Moonbeams” sequins (adhered with Ranger medium matte).

And that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed!



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Its Karen with you on the Kennedy Grace Blog today.

I'd like to share a card featuring Graces Little Notes stamp set. I chose a peaceful colour palette of muted pinks and blues with a little sparkle added with the Moonbeams sequin mix.   Perfect for a thinking of you card.  The sentiment tag is cut using Kennedy Grace Scalloped Stitched Rectangle die set.






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Monday, July 17, 2017

Yellow Birthday Roses

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a brand new card for you featuring my favorite stamp set - Splendid Roses!


I started this card by stamping my splendid roses repeatedly across a panel with some black memento ink. I colored them in with my Copics:

Yellows - Y08, Y04, Y00, Y000
Greens - YG99, YG97, YG95
Grays - C3, C1, C00

Next up, I cut a piece of Vellum so that it would wrap around my panel from top to bottom (so I could hide my adhesive behind the panel itself). I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in gold embossing powder. I also ran the edges of my Vellum across my ink pad and heat embossed that to add just a little more gold detail and help delineate where the Vellum ended.

I wrapped the vellum around my card panel and used my tape runner to attach the ends to the back of the panel. I then used some double-sided tape to secure my panel to the front of a top-folding white card base.

That's all! Super simple, but definitely eye-catching!

Thanks for stopping by!





Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summery Thank You


Hello, hello!

Erica back on the blog today with a bright, cheery and summery Thank You card. Yep, I'm continuing my thank you card collection.

Now, what says summer better than sunflowers? I can't think of many things that score a higher summer score than the lovely sunflower myself so I decided to stamp and mask a few on today's card. I had already decided to use my Zig markers for this card so I used MFT hybrid ink on water colour card stock, I have not had any problems with this ink running or smudging while using my Zig markers on it.

The first sunflower I stamped just off the panel and then I did the same thing on the other side of the panel. Getting my masks out, I covered up the bits I didn't want to overlap and stamped the third one in the middle, slightly lower than the others.

Once it was all stamped and ready, it was time to colour! I love this part! It's so much fin to see how it  all starts to come to life and become a small piece of art.... ish...



When I had finished colouring the flowers I looked at the panel and thought 'it needs more green and some blue for a sky' so I got my distress inks out and blended some light green at the bottom on the panel and some light blue around the top bit. As I didn't have much ink on the sponge it was easy enough to drag the blue down close to the flower petals without mudding up the colours.

Sentiment wise I got a die cut that says 'Thank you' from Studio Katia (you can find that in a stamp and die cut bundle here) and I cut one out in black card stock and one in gold glitter card stock. I layered these on top of each other to create a small shadow behind the glittery gold card stock to make it pop a little bit and adhered to the card using glossy accents.



Apart from the blending needed on the petals, this is a quick and simple card. You can easily make a few in an evening or simplfy the design with another flower that doesn't require such fussy-colouring.

That's it from me for today!



Happy crafting from Erica

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer Tea Card

Hello, Beverly Jordan here today, aka jordanbev5@yahoo.com. You can find me on my blog here.






       I know the Summer Coffee Blog Hop is over but here is a card I made just for the fun of it!! I love using Kennedy Grace Vintage Tea Cup stamp set and can say it is my fav' of all the Kennedy Grace Creations Stamps. I love the roses engraved on this beautiful tea pot and cup and enjoy choosing different colors to go together.
    I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored it with Copic Sketch Markers in Y11, Y13, Y15, 0, YG06,YG11, BG10, BG11, BG13, C1, C3, C5, and a Multiliner in 0.3. I stamped the border and the cup first using my MISTI tool, and then masked the cup and stamped the tea pot. By setting the pair over a bit, there was plenty of room for the sentiment. The Sequins were Sunshine on the Daisies which is so many shapes and in such a pretty yellow and irridescent. I hope you are enjoying your summer and have time to have coloring fun like I do!
   As for the rest of the card, it consists of Graphic 45 Courture Gorgeous pattern paper matched with 2 cardstocks that highlight the Copic colors.  And I added a soft yellow seam binding bow.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thinking of You

Hello!  Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog today.  I have a fun summer card for you today.  I have to admit I'm a little obsessed with flamingos lately....LOL!  I've used a sentiment stamp from the KGC Time to Blossom set.  And I added some sparkle to the flamingos with KGC sequins mix Leather & Pink Lace.

For more details visit my blog and drop me a line. 

Have a wonderful day!

Cindy---

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sweet Rose Birthday

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a new card featuring the absolutely gorgeous Sweet Rose stamp set!


I'm a huge fan of black and white backgrounds, so I cut and folding a card base and then repeatedly stamped my image across the front of it. I cut a piece of cardstock down to the size of the front of the card and then used a stitched edge die to create a piece that I would layer of the top of the base. I stamped yet another rose on top of this, but then used my Copics to color it in (R22, R20, R11, YG17, YG13, YG01, C3, C1, C00). I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment so that it would be straight (I hate ruining a card at the last second with a crooked sentiment!). I adhered my panel over the top of my base with some foam tape and that was that! Super simple, but it looks striking!

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A bright Thank You note


Hello everyone and hello July! Yikes, who else is in total disbelief that we are over halfway through 2017 already?? Come on now, show of hands, I can't be the only one surely?

This month I'm going to focus on Thank You notes as we will be moving next month and I want to make sure I say a proper thank you to everyone that already has and those who will be giving us a hand with various tasks as well as have made our time in Denmark lovely.

One of my favourite flowers are dark pink peonies and I used these as a colour reference when I did the colouring for this card, even though the stamp itself if technically a rose. Just bear with me on this.

As I planned on using my Zig markers again I got my Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock out and cut a smallish rectangle using a die from Avery Elle which has a cute stitched pattern around the edges. I dusted it generously with my anti-static tool and then stamped the Just a Rose on the left side in VersaMark ink before getting my white embossing powder out. After it was set with my heat tool I got my Zigs out and sat down to colour.

For the petals I used Dark Pink and Sugared Almond Pink which I blended together to create a dark outer petal and with a watercolour brush I gently smoothed the colour towards the base of the petal. This process isn't exactly fast but the results are definitely worth it if I may say so myself. My husband declared this my 'best colouring ever' with a slightly surprising tone of voice. It's not much of a compliment if he's that surprised though, is it?? ;-)



Armed with my Yellow Green and Light Green markers I coloured in the leaves too and the stamens in the middle are done with a mixture of Bright Yellow and Yellow. The yellow middle I blended out into the central petals a little bit to give it a very natural look.

As this is going to be a Thank You card I used the label sentiments that come with the stamp set and stamped it with Altenew Coral Berry ink, which unfortunately smudged a bit as I stamped it twice to make it really opaque. I should have stopped at one stamp but got greedy and wanted a more solid image. My bad.

This card is quite small, it's only 3"x4", but I'm hoping it will be big enough to say what I need to say to my friends. Maybe my next post will be a bigger card!


That's it from me for today,

Happy crafting from Erica


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Patriotic Kennedy Grace Splendid Roses

Hello, Beverly Jordan here for a Patriotic Card to celebrate Independence Day here on the Kennedy Grace Blog.




I am using the Kennedy Grace Splendid Roses stamp set because it seemed the perfect way to use the red, white and blue for a totally Patriotic themed card. I loved that the sequin lot is For Our Hero's which is a fabulous mix of sequins in red, white, blue, and silver (best seen in the last picture), and added beads in different sizes as well (best seen in the 3rd picture). How fun and so perfect!!
  The vibrant colors I chose are Copic Sketch Markers in: R22, R27, R29, B18, B21, B24, C1, C3, 0, and a Multiliner 0.3.
  The papers were Recollections blue cardstock, and Jillibean Soup Staples II in Red Salt which is a chevron pattern on one side and red with dots on the other. I chose the chevron! The stamp "God Bless America! is by Motivet Rubber Stamps, CM 052 F. The ribbon is just one of the many from my huge stash, triple tied and added with Scrapbook Adhesives throughout my project.
  I hope you are enjoying your July 4th with your family and friends and take time out to thank our Military Veterans who make it all possible!! Happy Independence Day, America!!

My blog is HERE, if you would like to follow me or see more of my work.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Our heartfelt Sympathy

Hello!  Cindy, from In Love with Paper back on the blog today.  I have a Sympathy card to share with you today.  I've used the wonderful Kennedy Grace Creations stamp set called Time to Blossom.    And the sequins I've used are KGC Frosted Cupcakes & Leather and Pink Lace.
For more details and a complete list of products used on this card visit my blog and don't forget to say hi :-) 

Have a wonderful, fun & safe 4th of July weekend!!

Cindy---

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sweet Baby Cards


Hi everyone, Heidi on the blog today! For today’s post I created a set of cards using the ubercute Kennedy Grace Creations “Sweet Baby Mine” stamp set.


These cards can be gifted, one to congratulate someone when they found out that they are (finally) pregnant and one when the baby is born, or, in my case, one card is for the parents-to-be and one is for the grandmother-to-be. When people find out that they are pregnant they usually don’t tell everyone if it will be a boy or a girl (or maybe they don’t know themselves yet or they don’t want to know what the gender is) so I used gender neutral colours.


To get the first card started I stamped the little giraffe from the Sweet Baby Mine stamp set on some Copic friendly paper with Memento “Tuxedo Black” ink. For my Copic (Sketch) colours I choose: E42 / E44 / E59 / E89 / YR30 / YR23 / YR14 / Y38 / YR27 / B91 / N1 / N2 / C4 / G40 / G12 / G43 / G94 and YG97. After the colouring was dry I fussy cut the image out with my Fiskars scissors and put it aside.

For my background I die cut a stitched rectangle in the size I wanted from some double sided paper (one side dark yellow and the other side dark brown) and used a cutting technique called “Lacé” (you can read more about this technique here). I used the Lacé cutting mould number 8 for this card. When the cutting was done I splattered on some FineTec Pearl Colors in “Chocolate” and “Mint” and set the panel aside to dry.


For my mat I die cut a slightly larger rectangle in a light mint green colour and for my base card I choose a matching dark brown, linen textured card base. Next I started working on the sentiment. The sentiment on this card, translated in English, says “Congratulations on your pregnancy” (I used a Dutch sentiments stamp set from Joy Crafts (number 6410/0021) for this).
I stamped two stamps from this stamp set onto some vellum with Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I used the biggest die in the Lawn Fawn “Everyday Sentiment Banners” die set to cut the sentiment out.

And then it’s time to put this card together: I glued the Lacé panel and the mint green rectangle panel together with liquid glue and placed the little giraffe on their using one millimetre thick foam tape. Next I positioned the sentiment banner slipping it under one of the flaps on the left hand side and wrapping it around the two panels on the right hand side adhering the banner in some places with Crafter’s Companion see true tape runner.
To finish this first card I adhered these panels to the base card with one millimetre thick foam tape.


My second card is a little bit more dimensional because the double sided card stock I used is a little thicker and not all of the folds stay flat, but that’s okay. I used the same Lacé cutting technique but with a different mould: number 23 (it created shapes that made me think of hearts) and I used double sided paper that is more crème coloured on one side and terra cotta on the other side.

I stamped the same giraffe on some Strathmore “Bristol Smooth Surface” paper with Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and I clear heat embossed afterwards. For colouring the image I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in the colours: Light Brown / Brown / Pale Green / Mid Green / Olive Green / Light Gray / Blue Gray / Brick Beige and Haze Blue. For the splatters I used FineTech Pearl Colors in “Inka Gold” and “Bronze”.

For the sentiment on this second card I used one of the sentiments that come in the Kennedy Grace Creations “Sweet Baby Mine” stamp set. I stamped it on some black card stock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Ranger”White” super fine detail embossing powder. I cut a banner from this sentiment with the middle sized die in the Lawn Fawn “Everyday Sentiment Banners” die set.


And then it’s time to put this card together: I adhered the Lacé panel onto a slightly larger light olive green rectangle die cut panel with liquid glue, adhering the cute giraffe to the panel with 3 millimetre thick foam tape and the sentiment with one millimetre thick foam tape (wrapping the right hand side onto the back and adhering with regular tape. These combined panels are adhered to a light crème coloured, linen textured, card base.

And that’s it for today’s cards! Hope you enjoyed and until the next time, have a creative day!




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