Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another Card for Lola's Bouquet Challenge

Hi Folks! Just a reminder that there's still a lot of time left in the Rerun Challenge using In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya (until the end of this month)! Simple rules, all you need to do is make a project with this set.

I love how Joni designed the flowers so that they don't completely fill the outlines. It's a casual look, but still nice and neat.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Rerun No. 13 Challenge | Lola's Bouquet

Hi Folks! This month we're featuring Winnie & Walter's bountiful floral set, In Bloom: Lola's Bouquet with Joni Andaya, and hosting a giveaway for those inspired to create a card with this set.

For this card I used a heart mask from The Flawless Heart Cutaway and then went to town stamping whatever floral image I could from Lola's Bouquet. I love that so many of the floral stamps are two-step sets so you can really get a lot of different colors and depth in your bouquet. The sentiment is from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs.

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If you have this set, or will be getting it soon, I hope you can create a card and link it up at Winnie & Walter to play along.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Calling All Sistahs Hop

Hi Folks! Did you remember? It's the 17th of the month ... time to check yourself! And to have fun hopping on the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs blog hop : )

You may have come from Kara Stainbrook's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, please head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog.

This card uses the flowery ribbon from the Hope Ribbon set to make scallops on the bottom of the card. The sentiment is also from the same set and generationally stamped a few times.

I hope you're enjoying the hop so far! Should you be interested in purchasing anything from the Calling All Sistahs line, 50% of the profits are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. If you'd like, you are welcome to hop along with us in next month's blog hop. Check out all the details at CAS-ual Fridays, along with information on prizes.
Your next stop is the fabulous Kimberly Rendino who has a super-cute card waiting for you!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 15, 2016

CFS Release - Spin the Dreidel

Hi Folks! We've got two new Hanukkah stamp sets for the final CAS-ual Fridays release day. I thought it was so clever of Michele to use dreidels in place of flags/banners on a string! With that sort of cleverness, I didn't want to detract too much from it so I made it the main feature of the card.

After stamping the "happy" dreidel banner, I used a felt-tipped pen in the same width as the lines of the stamp to draw additional strings across the card. This was my way to use up the real estate, and reinforce the banner theme.

I couldn't decide which "Hanukkah" stamp to use, the chunky distressed one from the new Star of David set, or the handwritten one from one of CAS-ual Fridays' first sets, 8 Happy Nights, so I layered them up and used both.

Thanks so much for joining the Ink Squad and me this past week as we showcased the new stamps and dies at CAS-ual Fridays! If you want to order anything, check back in the store on Saturday for the new products, and don't forget to use my special code "KELLY2016" to save 15% on your purchase!

Thanks for all your sweet comments this week!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

CFS Release - Mistletoe & Holly

Hi Folks! Today we've got a charming sprig of mistletoe with a whole bunch of fun, scripty sentiments from the current CAS-ual Fridays release!
I love these larger-format designs that can stand on their own with just a sentiment to add. It really makes card-making for the holidays so much more efficient! This card just has the mistletoe stamped onto the Tag Ornament Fri-Die, and colored with watercolors.

Because it's a relatively simple card, I jazzed it up a little with patterned paper on the inside, and perfect pearls for the berries.
Really love the shine from the gold and white perfect pearls. Since there are so many berries, they do a wonderful job catching the light when you move the card slightly. The card totally comes alive!
Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more fabulous projects with this set. Tomorrow will be the conclusion of this release with two fun Hanukkah sets!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CFS Release - 3 Uses for a 3D Sleigh

Hi Folks! Today's project is my favorite of all six days of the CAS-ual Fridays release ... a 3D sleigh! And, I'd like to share 3 different ways to use it.

Let's take a closer look at how to make it!

The sleigh from the CAS-ual Fridays' Sleighride set is stamped & embossed. Then I taped down the Sleigh Fri-Die so it would cut nicely around the edges of the stamped sleigh. The die set comes with a separate die for the body of the sleigh, which is really convenient for introducing a fun patterned paper. I inked slightly around the edges of the red patterned body. To make it 3D, I repeated everything for a second sleigh shape, and then cut a strip of the same patterned paper and folded it in a rectangle. Each sleigh is attached to the long side of the rectangle.

Here's an aerial view to show you how the rectangle is used to attach both sleigh shapes, and turn it into a 3D sleigh.

  Because it's just a rectangle holding the two sleighs together, and not something more substantial like a box with a bottom, it's able to fold flat for mailing. This "card" is still able to fit into a standard A2-sized envelope when it's folded flat like this.

Then when the card is opened, it's able to stand. You could really put anything in the sleigh ... a greeting, Santa, presents, pine cones, a tree. I opted to put a super-sized ornament, because, well, that's in this current release! : ) Whatever accessory you end up putting in your sleigh, you just need to mark where it hits the short sides of the rectangle, and then make slits in your accessory. It should then stand on its own.

Note the pattern on the rectangle strip is centered so that two of the flowered shapes were showing. They reminded me of headlights and taillights. Yes, I do think of these strangely detailed things when I'm in the craft room for too long!

The sentiment on the ornament is included in the Sleighride stamp set, as well as the holly and berries (colored with copics).

I liked how this one turned out so much that I started thinking of other ways to use it.

 An actual ornament! This is great because it's the exact same project as the card, so no extra effort required. Once your recipient has opened the card, they can stick it on their tree!

Another idea is to use the 3D sleigh for a place card. Just fill it with some Christmas trimmings (pine cone, berries, pine needle). The name is written on a strip of paper wrapped around a toothpick colored black with a Copic marker. 

They take so little time to make that it's a perfect project to make for the whole table. You could vary the patterned paper used for the body, perhaps with Christmas papers from the same set. Another nice feature is that they all fold flat, so they can easily be stored in a drawer for next year's festivities. As long as your guests don't want to take them home, that is : )
Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. Only two more days of projects left for this release!
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

CFS Release - Partridge in a Pear Tree Shaker

Hi Folks! Time for a shaker! Someone is up to no good, trying to shake all the pears off the tree. So many have fallen to the ground. And, poor partridge getting caught in all this craziness!! Hahaha

The shaker window is cut from two layers of fun foam with the CAS-ual Fridays Tag Ornament Fri-die (yellow fun foam so it would coordinate with the pears). I colored the pear tree with copics, fussy cut a gold glitter partridge, and embossed the sentiment from the Partridge in a Pear Tree set in white.

Several pears were fussy cut from another tree that I stamped on scrap paper, and those became the shaker ingredients, along with some chunky glitter. I have to admit, it was fun to shake the pears all over! I don't often make shakers, but I enjoyed making this one because it had somewhat of a story to tell.
Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps.
Thanks for looking, and come back tomorrow ... it's my favorite project (card with a bonus) from this release!