Saturday, January 28, 2017

Its Karen here with my Kennedy Grace post and today I have made a cheerful little card using the "You Inspire Me" stamp set.  I used some of the little floral stamps around the Grateful sentiment.  I stamped and fussy cut some extra little flowers and popped them up of foam before adding the "for our friendship" sentiment on top.  A couple of strips of coloured paper to match the stamping to finish it off.



A simple pretty clean and layered card using my new Stamp Perfect from Hampton Crafts.  I have coveted a Misti from the first time I saw Kathy from the Daily Marker use one a long time ago.  I profess to being a real dummy when it comes to stamping I have to stamp the image several times before I get it right and sentiments...suffice to say I have screwed up many cards because of stamping a sentiment.  But the mini Misti retails here for around $100.00,  thats a lot right.

When a local store advertised the new Stamp Perfect for half the price and free shipping I just couldn't resist.  I will claim its the best $50.00 of craft tools I have ever spent.  I love it and would never have been able to pull off a card like this without it.


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Friday, January 27, 2017

You Are a Blessing

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a cute card to celebrate someone special in your life.


I started my card by stamping my image on white paper and then coloring it with my Copics. I used a heart die to cut it down and then set it aside. I prepped a fog gray card base and then used a background stamp to stamp my triangles in fog gray ink for a subtle background for my heart. I adhered my heart to the base using foam tape.

Next, I prepped a sentiment strip using my embossing buddy and then stamped my sentiment in Versamark on black and heat embossed on white. I cut it down to a very narrow strip and used a mixture of liquid glue and foam tape to adhere it over the top of my heart.

I completed the whole thing by adding a smattering of Moonbeams sequins surrounding my image. Easy-peasy, but so pretty!

Thanks for joining me today!





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Spreading Kindess card


Hello everyone, Erica on the blog today!

I don't know about you but I've been quite saddened to see so much hatred, friends attacking friends and general unkindness going around lately. Regardless of your political/religious/personal beliefs I think we can all do better with keeping it a bit civilised and perhaps doing less talking and more actions. With that in mind I made this card with a positive message to send out some positive karma into the world.

















Using an A2 panel cut out from Ranger Ink water colour paper, I dusted it generously with my anti-static tool as I was going to heat emboss the gorgeous Just A Rose stamp set. I started by stamping it in the middle with VersaMark ink and dusting it with white embossing powder, also from Ranger Ink. Using a mask I already had, I stamped it again on both sides to create a rose bush border, before adding and setting the embossing powder with my heat tool.

Using a sentiment from Mama Elephant's 'Butterfly Kisses' I stamped the words 'you make the world a better place' in black ink. Quite often I will heat emboss the sentiment too, I really like doing that to make it pop a little bit but for this card I wanted the roses to take centre stage.

Using Gansai Tambi water colours, I did some loose colouring of the flowers. The look I was after was a really simple one and loose water colouring is a great way to make a splash without having to add lots of layers and details. The most difficult thing about this technique is to know when to stop! To frame the sentiment a little bit I added silver colour to the top of the card but it naturally doesn't show up very well in the pictures. Oh well, the recipient of the card will be able to see what we can't from these photos.

The fun thing about doing a simple colouring is all the embellishments you can add without it looking too much. I adore both sequins and enamel accents as you might already know if you have read any of my previous blog posts, I make no excuses, I love them! For this card I started out with the enamel accents and added lots of dots to the petals of the flowers.

















    When I stepped back to see what else, if anything, the card needed I decided to add a few sequins too. Usually I'm a one or the other kind of girl but I decided to throw caution to the wind and live on the edge crafty-style! Or as other people say, go to town/over the top/just stop 😉 I mixed and matched a few sequins from the Pink Champagne mix.

    That's it from me today card wise, but I'd like to encourage everyone to spread kindness and love. Especially with a handmade card. How is that for a perfect excuse to have some crafty me-time?

    Hugs!

    Erica


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    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Love You

    Hello there! It's Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog today.  I've got a CAS Valentine to share with you.  It went together really fast.  I used some striped paper and a few die cuts.  And the final detail was adding some wonderful Kennedy Grace Creations sequins.  The mix I used is called Red Sangria..

     

    Thanks for visiting KGC.  Have a beautiful day!

    Cindy---

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Gentle Hugs

    Its Karen on the Kennedy Grace blog today and I'm a couple of days late due to it being summer holidays and being away at the beach.  I Thought I had scheduled this post but alas I didn't publish it....oooppps!

    Anyway my card uses the lovely stamp set called Splendid Roses matched with Peaches and Cream Sequin Mix.  I went for a very soft and subtle palette to create a gentle hugs card.  I used a white gel pen for a little bit of outlining to give the petals a little more definition  as I stamped them in a very pale pink ink.  I think this is a nice alternative to your usual sympathy card, sometimes all you need is a gentle hug.


    Thanks for stopping by today.


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    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Any Occasion Floral Tags

    Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a trio of tags that can be used for any occasion.


    I like having a few tags on hand that I can grab at a moment's notice. That was the inspiration behind these tags! I left them without sentiments so that I can either stamp/heat emboss a sentiment on the front or write something on the back. They're so versatile! I can use them for a wedding present, get well gift, birthday, new baby...pretty much anything!


    For this tag, I used the Splendid Roses stamp set and offset the image so that I had a little white space in the upper right hand corner for a future sentiment. I used my Copics to color it and then adhered another blank white tag to the back to cover any bleeding from the markers. I tied a bit of natural twine through the hole and it was finished!


    This tag features Grace's Little Notes, but the process was the same. There's not as much room for a sentiment on this one, so I would either heat emboss over the image or write my sentiment on the back.


    This is another image from Grace's Little Notes. Again, the process was the same for creation.

    I hope you enjoyed my tags and you may be inspired to create a few of your own! Thanks for joining me today!




    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    Something a bit different


    Hello, hello!

    Erica on the blog today with my second card of 2017. Boy, does time fly.. I can't believe it's the 15th of January already! Yikes. It's not just me, is it? Where is the time going? I can't quite keep up at times, it feels like. And I'm not even overly busy to be perfectly honest but still it seems like the days just poof by.

    With that in mind, I'm going to keep it relatively short today. Short for me anyway, lol! I know I usually jibber-jabber away about all aspects of the card of the day but today, I don't really see how I can drag it out too much. It really is a super simple card!

    My (current) favorite colour combination is navy and gold. I can't quite put my finger on why I love it so much but it just works in my mind. My original idea was to have a cutout saying 'thanks' but I made the navy panel too small and I had already heatembossed the lovely Just A Rose in gold embossing powder on it by the time I realised this. So a quick rethink and 'hugs' ended up being the backup plan.

    The word 'hugs' is a creative cut from Winnie & Walter, I love this font and the robustness of the words cut out. I cut it out twice, once in white linen textured card stock and once in vellum. These two pieces I layered on top of each other so that the vellum created a 'shadow' to the linen one. On the back of the piece I added foam tape to raise it up a bit from the navy panel.




    Before I added the cutout, I wrapped some gold twine around the navy panel just to the left of the heatembossed rose and tied a little bow. Once the bow was arranged and securely tied, I added the 'hugs'. As usual, I can't seem to leave a card without enamel accents or sequins, so I sprinkled a few sequins from the Moon Beams sequin mix.

    The navy panel was then adhered to a card base also in the linen card stock to keep everything matching.





    And that, my friends, was it! How easy and quick was that??

    Happy crafting from Erica

    PS See those lovely backdrops? They are from a company called PhotoBoards and I have a giveaway on my Instagram (@erica_cacacraft) where you can win one out of two gift voucher to their shop! So do pop over and enter for your chance to win! Or if you can't wait to order, use the discount code 'CACACRAFTWINTER' to get 10% off at www.photoboards.org.

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    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    Mini Valentines

    Hello!  It's Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog today.  I've got a couple of mini Valentines to share with you.  They are sized at 4" x 3".  I've used 3 different Kennedy Grace Creations stamp sets to create the sentiments.  For the 'Love' stamp you will find it on the Splendid Rose stamp set.  The 'hello' can be found on the Grace's Little Notes stamp set.  And the mini heart is on the You Inspire Me stamp set.  It's so fun to mix and match them :-)



    Thanks for visiting Kennedy Grace Creations today. 
     
    Cindy
     
     

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    Beautiful Rose Cards with Heat Embossing and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


    Hello friends. Meg here with some BEAUTIFUL and EASY floral, rose cards! This gorgeous card trio was created with the Kennedy Grace Creations stacked stitched rectangle dies, stacked stitched scalloped rectangle dies, Just a Rose clear stamps and/or Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose stamps.

    Do you see how perfectly these rose stamps fit into our layering dies??? It's a perfect pair!

    To start, I die-cut two stitched rectangles and one scalloped rectangle using our wafer thin die sets and Strathmore Bristol smooth paper. I then stamped the roses, inside the white Bristol panels, using VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink. I coated each image with clear embossing powder and heat set to a smooth, raised finish.

    To color I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers without any water! They blend together alone like a dream! For the leaves (on all 3 cards) I used only 2 Zig markers; 053 Yellow Green and 047 May Green. See below for exact rose color combinations.


    To color this two-toned Just a Rose stamped image I only used 3 markers! I used 051 Lemon Yellow, 050 Yellow and 021 Light Carmine.


    For the yellow Just a Rose stamped image I used 051 Lemon Yellow, 050 Yellow and 052 Bright Yellow. 


    The red rose was colored with the following Zig brush marker colors; 021 Light Carmine, 029 Geranium Red and 024 Wine Red. If you notice this rose is slightly different than the other two. This is the Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose stamp set.

    All of these Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker colors blended like a dream! I colored all three of these images in less than 30 minutes!!!

    The last step was adhering the colored panels to other black, die cut backgrounds then adding to a card base. The two die sets work so beautifully together and make designing a card so fast and easy!!! I highly recommend them!!!!

    I hope everyone enjoyed my trio of roses today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please leave me some love if you enjoyed this post!

    ~Meghan Shea
    IG: meghanshea3377


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    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    Its Karen on the blog today with my first Kennedy Grace Creations post for 2017.

    Today purple is my colour of choice.  I used the gorgeous Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose stamp set to create my card.  Its such a pretty stamp.  I stamped it in purple ink to soften the outline and to blend with my colouring.   Its coloured using Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set.  Finished off with some pretty Lilac Garden sequins.



    Wishing you a wonderful day
    filled with

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