Monday, April 7, 2014

Newton's Nook: Oh How I Love a Sketch

 Hello Crafters!

Happy Monday to you! I hope your week has started out wonderful. It's raining here, but it's better than snow so I'm not complaining :) 

My card today is for Newton's Nook current challenge and lucky for me it's my favorite kind: SKETCH! *happy dance*

I kind of flipped the sketch and um . . .inverted it? I think. ha! Whatever, you'll see what I mean :)

I started by trimming a piece of white on an angle then covering it using the little heart stamp from Newton's Antics. I did some quick watercoloring with my distress ink and an H20 pen. It's messy and fun just like I wanted! Oh and bright too!

The sweet cuddly kitties were colored by cutting them apart and rubbing on black soot distress ink. The lighter cat I colored before I inked up my foam. The darker one after. 

The card base is some simple blue polka dots from BoBunny bold and bright collection. I added the heart panel and sentiment with dimensional adhesive. Of course some stickles finished it off :)

Enjoy your week. Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ABNH is Turning Two!

 Hello Crafters!

Can you believe A Blog named Hero is turning two?! 
We decided to do a celebratory hop for our birthday. I can't even tell you how much I absolutely adore the girls on this team. Really I'm privileged to work with them <3 Plus we have so many awesomely talented friends playing along with us!

I know there is so much super goodness in this hop so I won't hold you up with my lovey dovey stuff :)

Here is my Birthday Card!

Happy Birthday A Blog Named Hero!
I hear there could be a chance for prizes in store for those who comment so make sure you do!
From here you're off to the super sweet Sue.
 I hope you've enjoyed hopping along with us :)
If you get lost along the way here is the whole blog hop list:

Kelly Latevola (you're here)
Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sketches, Stripes, and Online Card Classes Oh My!

 Hello crafters! 

How are we doing this evening? Well I hope :)
How many of you are taking the Clean and Simple 3 Card class? I am not that you would know since I haven't had very much time to play along. I did manage to put something together after seeing this week's Case(e) This Sketch challenge. 

In the class they showed how you can create an (almost) one layer card by using inset dies and fitting them back together. They also showed us how to get the lovely plaid look without stripe stamps. I've tried several times with those babies and never seem to line it up right. This way worked much better for me. 

Since I was thinking plaid I also thought this would be perfect for KIS Challenge Stripes too. I normally don't do two challenges for one card but this just worked out :)


I LOVE the way my tag turned out! It's the only plaid I've ever done that actually looked decent!

On my white card base I stamped the large bursts from Avery Elle's Bright Days set in Charcoal from Hero Arts. 

Next I used I stamped the large tag from Avery Elle's Simply Tags: Everday set on white. To create the plaid I used post it notes as masks and rubbed on distress inks in different colors. After I trimmed out the large tag I stamped the smaller tag on top of it. This is where that inlay technique comes in. I don't have dies for these stamps so I just trimmed them out myself. 

I cut the smaller tag out of the bigger tag then insert a white tag I cut out. I stamped the so much sentiment in rainbow distress inks. I again cut apart the larger tag to "inlay" my black strip. That tag really needed an anchor. It looked like it was just floating there. ha!

I adhered everything flat to the card. I stamped the sentiment in black and added a little bow where the twine would normally be on a tag. Since there are no stickles (WHAT?! NO STICKLES?!) on this card I added a little itty bitty rhinestone to my bow. 

That's for dropping in! I hope to see you soon :)


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Getting Creative with Paper Smooches

 Good morning crafters!

This week I wanted to play along with Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge which was Picture Perfect until I saw the photo. 

Then I thought Oh Lord it's adorable but none of the stamp sets I own have anything to do with that photo. So I sulked away without getting inky. A few days went by and then I thought "You're a creative gal. You can come up with something." Challenge accepted Paper Smooches. Challenge accepted. 

As you can see I was mad creative :)

First I loved the bead board in the photo so I created my own by scoring a white panel. I layered some green polka dot pattern paper on the bottom of that panel to act as my "carpet."

Here's where things get fun!
My table is actually the bottom of the easel from I Heart Art. The vase is from there too. I just trimmed the top and bottom off of the paint tube. The flower leaves and petals were created by stamping one of the eyes from the Spookalicious set. The stem is really a stem ha! It's from Botanicals I. 

After I stamped all the pieces I trimmed them out and colored them with distress inks. The vase color was picked to mimic the pretty terracotta pots from the photo. I loved the bright pop of yellow with the dark green and deep orange. The sentiment is from their Sentiment Sampler and was popped up with dimensional adhesive. 

All in all I think it came together as a successful Picture Perfect card :) Paper Smooches is also looking for a guest designer for April. I'm throwing this baby up there too. Maybe I'll get lucky! 

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to make Death by Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes for a coworker. Thank God for birthdays!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Enjoy the Journey!

 Hey, hey crafters!

Good morning to you! I hope you all are having a better week than me. It's been a rough one but I keep praying through it. 

Today I wanted to pop in with another stencil card I created using the March kit from Gossamer Blue and a new Hero Arts stamp set I ordered :)

I used one of the neutral project life cards as my background. I seriously love those subtle polka dots! I created a little scene using Simon Says Stamp "Make a Scene" stencil. See what I did there? Scene . . scene hehe :) Anywho I used distress inks to lay down the color. Mustard seed, wild honey, broken china, and evergreen bough. 

For the hot air balloon I paper pieced using the awesome papers included in the kit. I wanted the balloon to have a little more depth so I cut the pieces apart and inked them with worn lipstick before reassembling them. Once they were all trimmed out and put back together I added some stardust stickles. I capped the card off with a sentiment strip fro the kit after I trimmed one side into a banner. 

I think it came out pretty cute if I do say so myself. I have a wonderful young lady in my life who is turning 13 and I thought this would be the perfect birthday card for her! Also I'm going to throw it in the hat for the anything goes birthday contest over at Hero Arts!

Don't forget you can take your stencils over and play along at A Blog Named Hero until tomorrow night. Who couldn't use $25.00 to Simon Says Stamp?

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Newton's Nook: Finally!

  Hello Crafters!
Let me explain the title of this post. WAY back in September I bought some delightful little stamps from Newton's Nook then my mojo fled so I never got to use them :(
This week I finally got to make something with the little adorables :) Took me long enough right?
The challenge is Going Green! Thankfully they allowed us to use other colors too as long as the majority is green.
Here we go!
I used the flowers from Wagon of Wishes. I love these little guys, so bright and filled with spring :) I stamped them once on my card base and then again on white. I colored them with distress ink and trimmed them out. They were adhered with dimensional adhesive along with the sentiment from the same set. Add glitter :)
Easy peasy.
Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Case Study Spring

 Good evening crafters!

One of my favorite challenges to play along with is by far and away Case Study Challenge. It's so fascinating to me the different ways people interpret the things they see. Plus their design team is no joke, all of them are amazing. Seriously, go see for yourself ;)

So I'm sure you can guess tonight's card is indeed for Case Study. The Muse this month is Danielle Flanders. I love the SPRING  in this card!

and my CASE

Per usual the colors stayed the same. They always do for me :) I love good color combinations!

Other things I adored the open frame, soft roses, pop of black with pastels. Right away I knew I wanted to use these lovely roses from WPlus9. I colored them with distress ink: spun sugar, worn lipstick, and festive berries. They of course got glittered :)

I cut the banner and used a spellbinders die to cut my window. The sentiment is also WPlus9. Does anyone else feel the need to keep their stamps in the same company when creating? I can't mix and match, I have no idea why. ha!

That gorgeous green stripe was included in my Gossamer Blue kit for March and I added just a pop of yellow. Since you can never have enough glitter I added a line next to the sunny yellow strip. Tied on twine and done!

Thanks for stopping over and for the comments! It's funny how you can be gone so long but be welcomed back with such love. You guys are awesome!