Friday, February 12, 2016

I'm so excited!

Hello Crafters!

Why am I excited you ask? Well, let me tell you . . 

I am the February Guest Designer over at Neat and Tangled
I was so thrilled Danielle asked me to showcase her incredible stamps. Plus, she's one of the best people I know. Seriously. 

I used a couple of different sets to create a Valentine's day card that I'm sharing over on their blog.

There's a new video waiting for you on how it all came together. Hop over and check it out. You know you want to!! 

I'm also sharing a card I made on Periscope last week per request over on the MarkerPOP blog today. 

Don't you adore those Happy Birds? So stinkin cute. 
You can check that out here

Thanks for dropping by! 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I'm everywhere today

Hello Crafters!

It's super busy craft day for me so if you were missing me (yeah right) you're in luck because I'm just about everywhere today. It's the joy of being blessed with so many teams. I could have worse problems than working with amazing companies for sure :) 

First things first Whimsy Stamps has a new release coming out and everything is adorable! 

I couldn't resist using Eizabeth Bell's new image. She's just too cute for words. 

Meet Honey Little Spring Helper. Don't you just adore her?! Eeep! The sweetness. 

I wanted her to have an ethereal background, like she was walking trough the forest with the floating sun spots. You know what I'm saying? I stamped her down and then masked her so I could add distress ink in the background. I used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, and Mowed Lawn blending from the left and fading off toward the right. To create my sun spots (is that even what they are called?!) I splattered on some droplets of WPlus9 shimmer spray. I wasn't working on watercolor paper so I used a very light hand. I removed the mask and waited for it to dry. 

Once my sun spots were dry I colored in this little sweetheart with my copic markers. I used E50, E00, E11, E04, E42, E44, E47, E49, R81, Y00, Y21, Y23, Y26, B32, B95, B97, B99, YG01, YG03, and YG17. I added some details with a white and black pen. I added some white flowers to the grass and to her basket  along with some pinstripes to her bodice using the white gel pen. With the black I added a bit of basket weave to the top and bottom of her basket. I also outlined the whole image. The sentiment was stamped in WPlus9 Pure Color black ink and is from their Doodle Buds set. I thought it fit nicely. 

Speaking of WPlus9 I'm over on their blog today sharing a video on two ways to color your dies cuts. 

The Biggest fan set is perfect combined with the Artist Palette die to create Valentine's for your crafty friends. You can watch it all here. The Biggest Fan set is free through tomorrow with purchases over $60 if you're interested. ( I know you are!) 

I'm also popping in on the Make it Crafty Blog with my husband's Valentine's day card. 

It's a little different from my normal style but it is for him after all. The image is called Penny & Scott Cuddle and it's perfect for a subtle Valentine. 

That's all for me! Haha! 

Thanks for dropping by! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Congratulations Baby Card

 Hello Crafters! 

How are you guys? 

I stayed up way too late and my little peanut butter cup got up way to early. Plus I have a bunch of things to accomplish tonight after work. This should be fun right? 

Today I'm over on the Create A Smile Blog with a pretty simple one layer card to celebrate a co-worker's new baby girl. 

None of the sets I used are "Baby" themed but you know I'm always about using what you have :)

I hope you'll stop by and check it out. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Monday, February 8, 2016

CASEing Genius: Tracey McNeely and Celebrating Nina-Marie

Hello Crafters! 

As you can see it's busy day here on the blog :) 
I hope you'll forgive me for combing two completely amazing designers into one post. 
Life is hard, I know. 

On the hop  . . .You should have arrived from the super sweet Katrina's blog (P.S. She is Nina-Marie's little sister and her cards are darling.) 
and if you have no idea what CASEing Genius is and would like to you can click here  or if you don't care what so ever please scroll down for the video. 

But first prizes . . . 
Nina-Marie is giving away $25 gift cards to Pretty Pink Posh and Neat and Tangled along with a $20 gift card to Newton's Nook. That's good stuff. The winners will be picked from comments left on the blogs included in the hop. The winners will be picked February 12th. 

Without further ado . . 

This week's CASEing Genius is the fabulous 

I have been a big fan of Tracey's for quite some time. Her clean and simple style is right up my alley along with her gorgeous use of color. Tracey rocks the stamping but also die cutting. I'm so jealous because die cuts are something I struggle with. She makes out of this world cards with them easy peasy. Not only is she an incredible card designer she is an open kind hearted person. She's always involved in challenges and leaving encouraging comments. She's literally making people happy all over the internet and that makes me so happy to know her. You can check out her genius on her blog, In My Creative Opinion.   

The Interview: 

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Tracey McNeely and I live in the beautiful Ontario Muskoka’s, Canada with my husband James and two away at University kids Ben (21) and Brooklyn (18).
2. How would you describe your style?
My style is primarily CAS but I venture into CAL (clean and layered) on occasion.
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Believe it or not it is my Distress Inks. I had such a learning curb getting to know them even though I starting 'collecting' them years ago.
4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was a large Magenta woodblock stamp and a Hot Boss heat tool because I saw a card sample in a craft store and thought--how hard could that be--LOL No on the woodblock stamps and yes I would buy a new heat tool, the boss is getting tired.
Fun Stuff:
5. What is your current favorite song?
I like all music new and old but my most recent downloads are Break on Me (Keith Urban), Hello (Adelle) and Someone New (Hozier)
6. Who would play you in a movie?
Hubby and daughter see me as Rachel McAdams in a romantic comedy—really?
7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I have MS

Don't feel bad Tracey I still love my Distress Inks too, also that Hozier song is awesome. 

Time to check out all the talent . . .

Eeep. CAS perfection. 
I love the bright colors and how that banner grounds the palm tree. So cute. 

Talk about clean and simple AND stunning. 
A bold sentiment with soft florals and sparkles. I'm sold. 

I love how it's colorful without being overwhelming. Love the subtle background that let's the sentiment be the star of the show. 

The CASE: 

I really wanted to go with something tropical based on the first card so I grabbed WPlus9's new Happy Wishes set. Plus the flowers in card one and two. I wanted to do no line coloring because Tracey's second and third cards both have no line (dies, stamps) focal points. The design layout came from the third card with something in the top left and bottom right. The banner is from card one and the bold sentiment is from cards two and three. 

You know there's a video. :) 

 I tried to keep it relatively short, this is a hop after all. If this is your first time here 11 minutes is short for me. :/
Let's have a close up shall we?!

I hope you'll stop by and visit Tracey to leave some love but if you'd like to finish the hop first your next stop is the exceptional Maria Sabina Riata

The whole hop is included below in case you get lost. 
Kelly Latevola (You Are Here)

Thanks for visiting! 

Friday, February 5, 2016

I Just Love this Set, That is All.

Hello Crafters! 

I'm over on the MarkerPOP Blog today sharing a new video using some fantastic products from the new WPlus9 release. 

That is All
Happy Birds

These are the two sets I used for my card today. Are they not adorable? 

Also, WPlus9 is including this free stamp set in any orders over $60.00 until February 11 (as supplies last) 

It's so perfect for Valentine's day! 

I just love you in a totally non creepy way?! Ahhh. I love it :) 

I hope you'll stop over to the MakerPOP Blog and check out how I used the Happy Birds Set a little differently 

Thanks for dropping in!