Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Making A Scene

  Hello crafters!
I've been running around a bit crazy lately. I'm heading out for some crafting with friends this weekend and I'm working right up until the last day. Ahh!
It's okay though because these crafty get aways refill my soul. There is something about being surrounded by women who really get you, and get what you love. I'm sure you have experienced the same "Oh. You make cards . . .like glue and construction paper right?' conversations. Yep, construction paper and glue, pretty much sums it up.
Anywho, I'm going to try and get some things scheduled for when I'm away. I'm going to be honest, I have packed nothing. Not. One. Single. Thing. Yes, I've known about this trip for months. Don't judge me.
Between laundry, husband kissing, baby snuggling, packing, and whatever else crops up in the next 24 hours getting posts scheduled may or may not happen.
However I do have a card to share with you today so let's just concentrate on that shall we? Glass half full and all that jazz.
I created this little cutie with Hero Arts Playful Animals. Isn't that piggy just so stinking cute. Stinking cute . .hehe . . .see what I did there?
I drew in his little farm with some copics and a ruler. You can see all the details on the A2ZScrapbooking blog.
Thanks for dropping in!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Cupcake

 Hello Crafters! 

How's the weekend going? 

Pretty good here. Worked and I'm popping in quick before we are off to my sister-in-laws birthday dinner. 

Usually, I try to stick to the same company when I make my cards. I realize this isn't necessary but my OCD brain insists that I don't mix and match. Until today, and I kinda like it :) 

When I saw The Card Concept inspiration photo it made me think of these adorable little cupcakes I had from A Day For Daisies. 

But then once I had them all colored up I really wanted to die cut them and then the sentiment font I wanted was another company  .and  . .and  . .and the sky didn't fall and the planets stayed in orbit and I like the card :) 

Hopefully you do too. 

I cupcakes are each individual stamps. Aren't they darling?! I super love them. Since I'm adding polka dots to everything lately it was pretty easy to fulfill the terms for the current A Day For Daisies Challenge so I'm entering it there too. 

Copic Colored and then I added some extra stripes, and polka dots, and lace because I can't just leave anything alone. I die cut the Happy from Simon Says Stamp through the middle and popped it up on 5 layers of light pink. I chose to make pink my "gallon" color since it's the dominant color in the inspiration photo. I stamped a simple Birthday from Create A Smile's 29 again and called it done. 

While I'd love to stay and chat I can hear my kid having an epic meltdown. Since the hubby has been here with him all day I fear alone I'm scared he could lose it. and really it was a lot of work to get him to 2 years old so I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet.

Have a good day! 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Miss You: Coffee Mug

  Hello Crafters!
Happy Friday!
Which is actually my Monday, weird huh. It's one of the many joys of shift work :)
I'm just popping in real quick to share my card for Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge. I have to go pick up my car from the dealership and return my super awesome rental hatchback. note, the sarcasm.
I made this card for my oldest sister. We used to get together at least once a week to have coffee and check in. Once I started working like a crazy person those little visits went out the door with my crafting. But I wanted to send her a little something to know I missed them dearly.
Simple stamping, masking, coloring. A little Wink of Stella to make it shine. This really was just 10 minutes of coloring for Kathy's 30 day challenge!
I'm hoping to get around to your blogs tomorrow to return all this love you're leaving me. Plus, It refills my inspirational container and I love that :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We're on a Roll Here, Let's not lose Momentum

 Hello Crafters!

I'm back again. I've been posting like crazy. 
It's like someone let the dam go. Hallelujah! I feel like someone should be playing a slow building victory song or throwing confetti every time I finish a card. Not because they are any different than anything I was making before, they aren't, or because they are more fabulous than any other card makers, they're not, but because I made something. Completed it. Finito. and man that feels pretty good. 
I'm actually kind of scared to stop. Stupid probably, but let's not look a gift horse in the mouth. I wonder what a gift horse looks like? Is he smiling because he's a gift and that why we shouldn't look him in the mouth? Or maybe frowning because he didn't want to be given away? I digress. A gift's a gift. I'm grateful. and it let's me play along with Kathy's 30 day color challenge :) 

Speaking of grateful, my blogging buddy Marika left me a note that the current Fusion Card Challenge was right up my alley. Of course I had to go see if she was right. Seriously, that girl knows my alley. Isn't it nice to have friends like that?  Makes me happy :) I linked her name to her blog and if  you haven't ever seen her work you need to go over there. Really NEED. She is wicked talented. I remember when I first saw her card in a challenge gallery. I had to go over and leave her some love. She had maybe 20 followers. I literally laughed out loud. Why? Because I knew it wouldn't be that way for long, not with her talent. I was right. :) Ask my husband I always am. She's starting to blossom in the card world and my oh my it's a beautiful thing. I'm thrilled for her. 

So back to the challenge . . .

You see? That inspiration picture is just, gah, perfect. Those large open flowers immediately made me think of the largest flower in Create A Smile's Botanical Love. I've been needing to make a get well card for a friend for the past week or so and all the purple made this the perfect card for her. 

You know the procedure by now, stamp, mask, color. I did all those things. The original stamp as two lines running through each petal. I wanted the veins to be light like the photo but was too lazy to do all that masking so I just traced over them with my white gel pen. I also added a few more white lines. It doesn't entirely cover the black but I don't think it needs to. I did go back and add a bit more color to blend those lines. The experts say not to do that because the gel pen can damage your copic nib. I believe them but I do it anyway. So far I haven't had an issue but try it at your own risk. The flowers in the photo have centers that a similar colors but I wanted to break up the purple a bit. I used a light green and yellows to compliment the purple pinks. 

I did the envelope a bit too just for fun. Now to drop this baby in the mail. I'm terrible at that. :/

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Zentangle Flowers: One Layer

 Hello Crafters!

How was your St. Patty's day? 
Hopefully all you leprechauns who went and about made it home safely :) 

I spent the night in with the family and then got to crafting. 

So this card is a little different but I am in head over heels googley eyed love with it. It's been a pretty long time since I enjoyed making a card as much as I did this one. 
Alright let's start at the beginning. 

I have a crafty friend, actually I have many who are fabulous and wonderful, but this one in particular has been on my mind lately. She's so sweet and encouraging. She pops in with the random text or encouraging comment fo no other reason than she is a doll. For these reasons I wanted to make a card especially for her. Using a lot of he things she taught me. 

I saw the sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch earlier in the week and I knew I wanted to do a one layer card with it. Because when don't I want to do a one layer card right? Plus flowers. Duh. 

I've got the layout all set. I started playing around with some flower stamps and color combos but nothing felt right. Another day passes. I see the One Layer Card Challenge in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group. Now I'm going to be honest I don't have a ton of SSS stamps. I really like mot of their stuff but there is usually so much being released that I can only pick up one or two things due to the husband says were too broke to buy stamps rule. Sometimes, I break that rule then I cross my fingers that he doesn't look too hard at the bills. Kidding . . .kind of. Anyway, most of the sets I have from SSS are flowers so I started pawing through my meager stash. I came across the Whimsical Flowers set. The flowers in that set are wide open and all I could think was this card is going to be like watching paint dry. 
Enter crafty community to save the day. Dun, dun DUN!

I watched this video by sandy Allnock where she drew her own patterned paper. I had no desire to draw patterned paper but I do enjoy a good zentangle session to pass the time. AND I was going to color which allowed me to keep up with Kathy's 30 day color challenge.  3 birds one stone. I know that's not how the saying goes . . .just go with it. 

 Eeek! It was so fun to stamp and mask and then doodle. I must have stamped 10 flowers on scrap paper trying to figure out what I was going to do. Once I had everything done I was pretty much pee my pants terrified to color it. I had never colored them before. What if it detracted from the design instead of adding to it?! Thankfully, I was supes stoked with the way it turned out. Yay fun card making!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Winged Things

  Hello Crafters!
I have a twofer for you today.
Quite sometime ago Sandy Allnock posted this video featuring some new Hero Arts Stamps. I knew immediately I wanted both of these sets. You've already seen the Baby Animals here. Today I'm using the Butterfly and Flower set Sandy featured in her video.
It's called Butterly and Flower, they might have well as named it "Kelly's Perfect stamp set" :)
I'm playing along with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge to use "Things that Fly"
and you know I'm all for The Daily Marker's 30 day Challenge to color everyday.
 I started by stamping and masking the butterfly from the set. I sketched out the size of my square before I started so I would have even coverage of the butterflies flying out from behind it. Once that was done I started coloring them with my copics. I love how the pastels look against the black! Speaking of black I outlined all the butterflies with my copic multiliner to make them pop. They got a little bit of detail from the white gel pen before I called them done.
I did some in lay die cutting for my sentiment. I cut the Thanks from Hero Arts first so I would have the fluidity of the butterfly design. Next I cut the stitched rectangle from Simon Says Stamp from the butterfly panel. I then cut it again from white. Finally cut your Thanks through the white rectangle and we're ready to piece them all back together again. Once I had everything taped together I fit the square back into the butterfly panel. I did add some shading to the left and bottom of the square to give my one layer card some dimension. Last but certainly not least, I added some clear Wink of Stella to the Thanks die cut.
Since we did all that die cutting you know we had some pieces parts left over . .so . . . .

I just used the left overs to create this clean and simple card. I popped it up on some dimensional adhesive and coated the whole thing in Wink of Stella. Now I have a pretty but quick and simple Thank you the next time I need it :)
Thanks for visiting!
Happy Monday!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thinking of You: Now with Colored Pencils

 Hello Crafters! 

I hope your weekend is going fabulously. 

Last night we stayed in, watched Monsters Inc. and my little monster even let me snuggle him for a little while. Then I got crafty and made some things that didn't look like complete crap.  Perfect Saturday night :) 

In my making of non-crap looking things I even used some stamps I received as a gift around Christmas time. Victory! 
What stamps you say . . .Pretty Peonies from WPlus9. Isn't that a builder set you say  . . .yes, yes it is. But I didn't use it that way. See, here's the thing, I don't really like builder sets. Yes, they can give really gorgeous results by stamping 1, 2, 3. buuttt those creations never feel like my own and that's the part I hate. When I create I want it to be partly mine too so I never really used the set. Why did I ask for it then you ask? Because they are beautiful. Really truly spectacular looking realistic flower stamps and my dear friends those are a rarity nowadays. 

So, these stamps were sitting on my desk eyeballing me. Every time I looked over those pretty peonies were giving me the stink eye. "We have no ink on us Kelly." "You haven't even opened our package Kelly." "The neighbors are going to call stamping services for neglect Kelly." . . .you know what I'm talking about. I finally went back to Dawn. She has all these awesome tutorials on her Youtube channel and during this one she says "You can really make these your own." 

Say what now?!  Make them my own . . .How?! . . .Then I started thinking about another video I saw on Jennifer's Youtube channel. This one was about highlighting a stamped image with colored pencils.

 BOOM. Idea!! 

I used the photo inspiration from The Card Concept to get the ball rolling. I think it's pretty Clean and Simple but I'd like to think it's also Classy and Elegant ;) 

and created this 

Basically, I just stamped the base layer of the flowers and leaves in color. I used all Hero Arts inks in Bubble Gum, Butter Bar, Soft Lilac, and Lime Green. After I had those done I stamped each of the outlines on their respective flowers and heat set them in white. I didn't use the leaf outline because I wanted the stems to be green. 

Now we color. :) Happy Times. Still rocking that Kathy 30 Day color challenge too!

 I used my Prismacolor pencils to add my shading instead of stamping it in, Then just use your eraser to blend. I kind of love it. I'm not very good with colored pencils yet and having the base down already helped me have a more solid image. Don't worry about getting colored pencil on your embossing either. When you erase to blend it gets the embossed parts too. I think the only thing I'd do differently is not emboss the little flowers. They are way more white than lilac but it's done. We'll get em' next time!

Thanks for stopping over. 
I hope you have a Blessed Sunday!