Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fusion: Thinking of You

 Hello crafters! 

As I write this I have been up for 20 hours 13 of them I was at work. I'm eating instant oatmeal and pondering why I cannot fall asleep. It's not even microwavable oatmeal. It's dump hot water in, let stand for three minutes, and stir oatmeal. To say it's not the most delicious thing I've ever eaten is a vast understatement.
 I figured while I was choking this stuff down I could post a card. At least then something good would get accomplished.

 I'm playing along with  Fusion Card Challenge this time. I absolutely loved their photo. 

I didn't use the sketch. I just had to use those flowers!! 

As soon as Newton's Nook put out these roses I had to have them. It's been awhile since I used them but I still puffy heart them big time. I colored them all with distress inks then added stardust stickles to the edges of the petals. I love how it photographed!! Bits and pieces of glittery goodness I tell you :) The sentiment is from another Newton's Nook set called Versatile Vases. 

This card has so many things I love: bright colors, sparkles, clean design, and lots of white space. Pretty, pretty :)

Thanks for dropping by! 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creating A Watercolor Background with Distress Ink

 Hello crafters! 

It's my turn over at the Create A Smile Blog today. I'm talking about how to use your bold backgrounds. I thought maybe you would like to see how I created the background to begin with. Some of the photos are not stellar. Please forgive me, I was photographing as I went. 

I started by embossing the hammock from the Comfy set in white on water color paper. 

Until the whole thing was covered. 

Time for the distress inks! These are all the colors I used. Yes, they are rainbow.  Can you at least feign surprise for me?  

I smoosh (It's a very technical term. Has anyone seen Stepmom because it's in there ;) the distress ink onto my craft mat. 

Add a water to your distress inks and to your paper. I loaded mine down. They blend so much better when they are really wet. 

Next I used a paint brush to pick up some ink. I colored three rows with each color so that I had a really nice ray of colors. . For example red with pink, red alone, and red with orange. Also I didn't clean my brush except between the orange and yellow. I was worried if I had orange on my brush when I went to do the yellow/green row I'd get brown. Yick. 

Keep going until it's all covered. If parts start to dry out on you just spritz on some more water. 

You can see it's still really wet. 

But it dries so pretty :) 

Then you can use it to make pretty cards!! Here is one of my cards. Head over to the Create A Smile Blog to see all three :) 

Thanks for dropping in!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Oh Oh It's Magic, You Know . . . .

 Hello crafters! 

Before we get to today's card and an explanation of that title I wanted to touch base with you a little. I was recently talking to a crafty friend about blogging and card making and all things that make my heart pitter patter and I realized. I hate blogging. Yep, I hate it, and it's my own fault. 

I love to read other people's blogs where you can see their personality show through. You get to know them, their families, their kids, their struggles. Their blogs are personal. When I write mine I mostly feel like I'm giving an instruction list and then peace out yo. So I'm going to try to be better about that. I'm also going to try to be better about what it is I LOVE. Not just what's trending or what could get me more views, more followers. What I love to do. It's CAS style cards and stamping in case over the years you have gotten confused as I sometimes have :) I realize I might lose some readers and I have to tell you that I love you and I don't care. I want readers who enjoy my things and me. Readers who want to connect on personal level. People I can talk to and they talk back and we could have a honest to goodness conversation. That's what I'm looking for. If you are too stick around :) 

Now let me catch you up a bit on my life. First we took Nathan camping for the first time. Long story short it was fun, there was a lot of not sleeping, made bearable only by the strawberry shortcake vodka  squeals of joy from my child. All and all after screaming, crying, joking, laughing, swimming, and drinking I think it went enough to risk it again sometime. 
This week there was a frog in our toilet. Not our camping toilet, our real toilet. My husband took a picture but I won't be sharing it because well, I have a one year old and the toilet wasn't the cleanest it's ever been. I'll spare you the graphic detail. My wonderful husband, in all his intelligence, flushed the frog back down the toilet. Basically, now I'm terrified to pee and have to check the toilet ever 3 seconds anytime I have to use. It's awesome. The struggle is real ya'll. 

Okay onto the card. I am playing along with CAS-ology and this time the cue card is 

When I first saw the card I thought of the song by Pilot (yes it's older, don't act like you don't know it) hence the title of my post. Also I remembered I had bought the Magical Dreams Set from Newton's Nook awhile back and I thought it would be perfect. I also used a jar from another Newton's set Versatile Vases. 

Here is where the sharing part gets ugly . . . .or at least less pretty. I had originally thought of fairies and woods, you know real magical stuff here folks. I didn't have fairies but I could give the illusion of woods. 

I DO NOT love this. However, I usually try to get a few opinions before I completely pitch a card and one or two actually liked this. Anywho, maybe it will give you some inspiration. It just taught me to stay in my wheel house. ;) 

Ahhh much better. I know it's cleaner and simpler but hey, that's me. I stamped and masked my jar and wand before coloring them in. The blue was added with tumbled glass and a H20 pen. The gold is a metallic writing pen from EK Success. I didn't mask the wand when I stamped the magic coming out of the jar any boo boos I just covered with swirls and dots of gold and stardust stickles. 

This post is long as what. Thanks for sticking in there :) 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Create A Smile: Foxy Coloring

 Hello crafters! 

It's my turn over at the Create A Smile Blog today and we are talking seven, yep SEVEN, different ways you can color your images. 

Here is the card I'm sharing that shows one of the techniques. Head on over there to see them all :) 

I started by stamping my fox, coloring him with copics, and fussy cutting him out. There are so many darling images in Friends in the Woods, that fox is just one of them!! I stamped the window from Your View and masked edges to stamp all my pieces parts. I colored them the same way. I did want some shine on the frame so after I colored it with a gray copic I went over it with a silver metallic pen. 
The background was stenciled on. I can't tell you what color it is though . . .I wanted a lighter blue so I figured I could just use what was left on my faded jeans foam applicator. Turns out what was left was some sort of gray? What the What?! Fortunately I ended up liking it so that turned out :) 
I added a piece of black I trimmed at an angle to anchor my fox. I stamped the sentiment first in Hero Arts Butter Bar. the second time I stamped just the sending in black leaving a drop shadow of yellow. Add glitter and done :) 

I hope to see you over at the Create A Smile blog!

Thanks for stopping by :) 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Letters and Ombre Oh My!

  Hello crafters!
You know what?! It's Friday!!! Normally this would not be cause for me to rejoice as my days off rarely include the weekends, however, we are taking the little camping so yeah for three day weekends!
The inspiration in online card classes is really causing me to push out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I like the cards, sometimes I don't but it's all a learning experience and for that I'm grateful.
***Heads up: This post is a little longer than normal. Okay a lot longer. I'm trying to share more about how I get from point A to point B. If you aren't interested, no problem, look at the pretty pictures and head out. I'm won't have boo boo feelings ;) ***
First up: A different take on alphabet stamps
This is probably the ugliest photo ever but my camera refused to do any better. Maybe I'll try taking it again in the sunlight tomorrow morning, but I'm not making any promises. ;)
I used Lawn Fawn's Milo's ABCs set. The example in class was a variety of different letters with a specific message stamped out, like a wordsearch. I loved the idea but I'm way too lazy to reposition all those letters. At least I'm honest ha!
I decided to go with a repeat word, I wanted it to read like "BEautiful" (don't pretend you haven't seen those t-shirts.) I stamped the "be" in black and the "autiful" in green hills shadow ink by Hero Arts.
 To create my background I alternated stamping different generations of Hero Art's wet cement shadow ink. To get the variation on a single impression I would stamp off but not push all the way down, that way some came off and some didn't. I rather like the way to turned out.
Originally I wanted to cut the background apart and leave a little gap of green between them. I didn't dig it. When I started reassembling I realized I liked the card better without the second strip. The stamped panel was added with dimensional adhesive.  I added some Freckled Fawn enamel dots in hot pink to finish it off.
Super different card for me and I'm not sure I'm sold on awesome but I think it's good and that's enough :)
Second card: Ombre Background

So while I'm not sold on card number one I really do love this one. The card in the class was a beautiful soft ombre with a vellum sentiment. I loved the color she used but I wanted something more vibrant. I stamped Hero Art's Tweed background on water color paper and heat embossed with white. For the ombre I rubbed on picked raspberry and salty ocean distress ink. The combination is a super vibrant purple I just love. I wanted white WHITE on the bottom of the card so that's where I started. I used a paint brush with clean water and just worked my way up through the color wetting it. The blending it does on it's own :)
For the sentiment I knew I wanted bolder because brights and black make my heart pitter patter. Plus I have a love/hate relationship with vellum. Like I love it on other people's cards and hate it on mine ha! I used Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2 to die cut the bubbles. Then I used a combination of sentiments from Simon Says Stamp's Pillow Talk and Card Exchanging Friends to create my own sentiment. The hearts are also a combination of stamps from those two sets. I stamped them, fussy cut them (a little time consuming but I didn't have access to my tiny hearts dies so you do what you have to do) The talk bubbles and hearts were added with dimensional adhesive then the hearts were coated in glossy accents so they would really pop!
I super extra puffy heart the way this one came out. It just LOOKS like me and according to a wonderful designer friend of mine that is kind of important. :)
Thanks for dropping by! Sorry for chatting your ear off haha!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Create A Smile: You Picked it!

Hello Crafters!
Welcome to the Create A Smile Blog Hop!!
You should have arrived from the fabulously talented Jenny Mullens. If not please head back to the Create A Smile Blog so you don't miss out on any of the fun (or chances to win!!)
Earlier this month on our Facebook we asked you what you wanted to see and we have answered! First let me give you some information about the company and this hop
Create A Smile are a new stamps company in town - their first stamps were released in July 2014. The stamps are made of high quality photo-polymer and produced in Germany. They will for sure make you smile!

These are the facts:
Create A Smile is releasing two sets TOMORROW! You can find their store at 
There are TWO fun sets filled with super cute images, available for purchase at 8am CET (2am EST).

You can win a $15 gift-certificate for the store - all you need to do is hop along and leave comments on all the fantastic and inspiring stops (one comment per person, per blog please!). We’ll pick random winner from all the comments - so the more blogs you visit (and leave a comment on) - the more chances you have to be a winner!
You have until Saturday August, 9th 8am CET (that's 2am EST). The winner will be announced on the Create A Smile Blog on Sunday (July 13th)
Enjoy the Hop!
For my project I chose Manuela Stockreiter's suggestion to create a box or a gift bag and use lots of sparkle! I used Jungle Fever for my project.
I stamped several of the gorgeous flowers, fussy cut them and colored with distress inks. I added little strips of green for stems and made myself a bouquet. It was tied with green twine. The leaves were created the same way as on this card. I added the leaves flat and the flowers with dimensional adhesive. They got a pretty coating of stardust stickles so they really shine!! Oh I colored in the stamen with a white gel pen too ;)
Here is a close up of the flowers.
I couldn't make a bag without a matching card! I'm so matchy matchy :)
The background for this was stamped with the lightest distress ink colors of the flowers. (does that make sense?!) I love all the sentiment combinations available in this set! Options, options, options!!
Alright Don't forget to comment as you hop along to have a chance to win a $15.00 gift card to the store!
Your next stop is the super talented Kasia Curry!!
If you get lost along the way here is a list of all the participants:
Kelly Latevola <--- You are here
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

You Amaze Me: Online Card Class

 Hello crafters! 

Like a lot of you I am taking the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class. I've been seeing everyone's interpretations of the lessons all over blog land and they are nothing short of fabulous! 
If you've never taken a class 1. I highly recommend them  and 2. they have a gallery for all those participating. I never, and I mean NEVER post anything in the gallery. I have taken 5 online card classes and I posted in the gallery of only one of them. Sad isn't it? 
It's not that I don't want to share I just never seem to have the time when I'm taking a class. This time though, I was determined to share in the gallery. So here I am, sharing away! 

I used a combination of the lessons taught in day one and two to create my card. 

I started by embossing Hero Arts Four Leaf Grid background stamp onto water color paper with Versamark. I heat embossed in white and then used my inktense water color pencils to create the rainbow. That background was a busy little beaver so I decided to only use part of it. 

After I cut it into a banner I die cut a circle. Since I'm neurotic about framing things in I added a white die cut circle around it. I just think it looks more finished or something :) 

I die cut the you from Simon Says Stamp and used a sentiment that matches the die. it's from Expressions from you. I stamped the sentiment flat on my card base then added the banner with dimensional adhesive. The "you" got a healthy dose of glossy accents to really make it pop. Even though everything was shiny and glorious I still added little dots of stardust stickles in between the "leaves" of the stamp. 

I'm pretty happy with the way it came. It looks like me you know?

Thanks for stopping in!