Thursday, October 23, 2014

CASEing Genius: An Introduction

Hello Crafters!

So . . . what's with the banner right? 
Well . . .that lovely banner was made by friend Christine by request. It's awesome isn't it?

As you all know it's very important to me to give credit where credit is due. I feel like there are so many talented, wonderful, sweet crafters out there and you really only ever hear about like twelve of them. What's up with that? Yes those handful are talented but so are you. 
Yes, I'm talking to you. Stop looking over shoulder for someone else. 

So how do we get other people to see that we appreciate their work? How do you showcase someone who maybe other people haven't seen before? Oh, yeah, I guess I could do something about it? So here I am.

I decided a little while ago that I really wanted to DO something to show off these creative, caring, amazing people who I visit and I LOVE. CASEing Genius was born. I'm going to give you a little show and tell so you'll know how this is going to work. 

Every Monday there will be a new featured Genius. They will fill out a mini-interview so we can all learn more about them. Some of it's crafty and some of it's just fun. They are also providing me with three of their projects that they feel best represents them. I'm going to CASE one of there cards . . .or combine all of them . . .not sure which yet. Basically you get a lot of them and a little of me. I really hope this helps spread the word about some amazing crafters. 

This post is a test post all about me :) Here we go!

1. Who are you and where do you live? 
Kelly Latevola. In Ohio just outside of Cleveland. 

2. How would you describe your style?
CAS for sure. A love me some glitter and techniques. Even if I don't always know how to use them on a card ha!!

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Peerless Watercolors. I haven't bought any yet but the colors are so vivid. I WANT them so badly! Someone had them at the crafty retreat this past weekend and I basically molested them. The watercolors not the crafter. Either way it's awkward.

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
It was stickers for a scrapbook page. Um, no I wouldn't buy them. They were hideous. Someone should have stopped me back then. 

Fun stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song? 
Hmmm... probably Deadly Weapon by This Century. You won't know this song. You won't know this band. You should look them up. They're pretty awesome ;) 

6. Who would play you in a movie?
I would love to say Sandra Bullock because she is hysterical and beautiful but everyone tells me I look like Sarah Jessica Parker so I guess her. Minus the chin mole. 

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
I am terrified of driving on the highway. I never do it unless there is NO other way to get there. 

Ready for some cards?

I tried to pick the ones I loved. The ones that said "Kelly." 

Originally I intended to CASE only one card but I ended up picking several elements from each card that I loved and combining them into one. So maybe that will be my thing. Or not. Who cares? 

I took the black, heat embossing, and script sentiment from the feather card. The watercoloring from the second and the colors and stamps from the third. These flowers are from WPlus9 Hope Seed Co and I absolutely love them. 

So now that you know how this is going to go do you want to help too?
 . . . .
I was hoping you'd say yes!

If you know a crafter who is wonderful and talented and needs some love please leave me their name or blog or both! I would love to go visit them. Please do keep in mind though that if I don't feature them it doesn't mean they aren't talented I might just be busy or plan to ask in the future. I'm scheduling really far out right now :)

Alright what do you think? Good? bad? Different questions? I'm open to constructive criticisms so lay it on me!!

Thanks for dropping by!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Foxy Winter

 Hello Crafters!

I'm over on the Create A Smile blog today sharing this little sweetie. 

I'm also giving away a pack of our new chipboards! They are fabulous!

 Just leave me a comment over at the Create A Smile blog telling me which of our new chipboards is your favorite. What an easy way to win right? 
You have until Monday October 27th at 11:59pm (est) to enter!

See you over there!


Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm Back . . .

Hello Crafters!

I am back from the most wonderful weekend away. I laughed, and chatted, and crafted, and chatted, and was filled with love. So. much. love. 

Much of that love came from you all too. <3 
I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the sweet, encouraging, supportive comments you all left me. You have truly touched my heart. 

I started the new job today. Everybody was so nice. The job though . . .  I'm not sure about it. I'm praying. I'll try again tomorrow. 

In the meantime though I do have a card for you. Really, truly, a card! 
I am over on the A2ZScrapbooking blog giving some tips I learned from the fabulous Sandy Allnock. She is spectacularly talented with a personality that makes you want to hug her face off :) 

She helped me alter my flower so it had some movement. 

I learned so many things. Most importantly, keep working the image. It's not a goner :) 

There is a current challenge going on over at A2ZScrapbooking where all you have to do is use two Hero Arts hard products to enter. Easy Peasy. You could win $25.00 to the store!

 Remember that really awesome thing I was telling you about? I'll be back with more news tomorrow!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Little Break . . .

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm just poppng in with a quick post to let you all know I'm taking a mini-break. 
As you guys know I left my job of ten years this week. Basically I just cried for my last eight hour shift. Which I think everyone expected. 

What I didn't expect was my guys getting emotional when they were saying good-bye to me. 
This whole time I was thinking how hard to was going to be for me to leave. I never thought it would be hard for them. Last night we got together for a wonderful going away party. It was could to laugh and joke and not cry (okay, maybe a little.) 

Today I am going out of town for a few days. I didn't schedule any posts because I've been too busy being sad. It's a full-time gig recently. 
After this weekend I'll be back refreshed and much more positive! 
Thank you all for your support. Your kind comments mean so much to me!

I can't wait to see all the glorious things you've made when I get back :)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Floral Hello

 Hello Crafters!

Tonight when I go into work I'll work my last shift. Over ten years I've sat at that desk, worked with those exceptional men and women. Am I sad? Sad doesn't seem to cover it. I want to cry just thinking about it. I know God's plan is better than mine. I know God is closing the door on this chapter of my life. I'm going to go his way. I just might cry a little as I do it. I know this isn't a particularly happy subject but this is my life. And right now, this part of my life is sad. 

Now that I've got you all melancholy let's talk cards.  
I'm playing along with Fusion Card Challenge. For some reason I can never, ever, ever, use the sketch. And I LOVE sketches. There is just something about the inspiration photos lately that are sucking me in. 

Oh, you know what it is? 

Yeah . . .I admit it. It's the flowers. 

Aren't they the prettiest little bunch?
I immediately thought on the flowers from Hero Arts and Basic Grey called Sunshine

I stamped the grouping of flowers across the top of my card and then colored them with copics. I CAN'T STOP USING THEM!!! or watching videos about them . . .or being fascinated at how people use them . . .I may need an intervention soon!
For the background I used the lightest BG color (BG0000) and used it to pick up some color from the tip of YG03. I laid i down using small circles. It created the coolest (at least I think it's cool) background of the two colors. 
The Hello is from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut the flower panel with it and also a piece of blue violet. I adhered them to a white card base fitted into one another. Originally my game plan was to try another die cutting technique but in the end I liked this better. I dotted the flowers with stardust stickles. 

If you're interested in that Hero Arts and Basic Grey set Sunshine you can snag it at A2ZScrapbooking along with a whole lot of other Hero Arts goodness. If you spend $25.00 you can save yourself 15% off with the code KELLYL15.

Thanks for visiting!!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturated Canary: Let's talk coloring

 Hello Crafters!

As I old you yesterday I went in to work to go on a ride along with some of my officers. It was such fun! I'm going to tell you all about it and then some of you are going to be like that's not fun at all. I assure you it is :)

First let's kick this off with a photo

I'm on the left and my Sergeant is on the right. Sexy bulletproof vest I know ;) 

The first part of the night we made some traffic stops. I got to tow a car for driving under suspension but the real fun started on night shift. Because Night shift is the best shift!
I was riding with, let's call him Officer Smith. Officer Smith is known for his quick wit and sarcasm when he is irritated. This is EXACTLY why I wanted to ride with him. 

It's 12:30am. One officer calls in  he is being waved to and honked at. He's stopping the car. We get a call that there is a driver passed out behind the wheel at a traffic light. We are en route. On our way a second call comes in. Male on 911 reporting he is being followed by two trucks driven by guys who threatened to kill him. We get to the first call and there is no car at the light so we go busting you know what over to the second call. After speaking with the males and the caller it is determined they were following him to stop him from driving because he is drunk. Hello Mr. DUI. Lovely to see you. In the meantime remember Mr. Honking and Waving? Yeah, he's driving drunk too!
Simultaneous DUIs! and they both contacted the police themselves. What?!

We house our prisoners at an outside facility. All of us plus drunk one and two head out there. Drunk one repeatedly asks the same questions over and over and over . . .ever have a conversation with a drunk person? Then you know what I'm saying. My ride along officer Officer Smith finally reaches his limit. The snark comes out. Drunk one yells "Jesus Christ" at Officer Smith. Smith's response? "No, Officer Smith. but I get that a lot." Haha!

The second drunk full on ugly cries for 25 minutes. I'm talking snot running down his face, drooling on the floor crying. Then promptly stops and yells "I have to poop!" "I have to poop" "This is going to happen!"  and then he pees all over himself. 

Yeah. It was THAT kind of night. There was a bunch more but I'll spare you every detail. Suffice it to say I'm glad I went :)

Now that I have regaled you with stories of glorious real life police work let's talk coloring..

I recently purchased some fabulous images from Saturated Canary. Oh my goodness, their images are FABulous!! I decided to color Princess Rose Red last night. I was curious how different the image would look colored in watercolor vs. copics. So I did both :)

First up watercoloring:

I used distress inks and a paintbrush. I feel like I have more control that way. I printed her out directly onto watercolor paper and went to work. Let me warn you though, if you do this your printer ink may bleed. Mine does. One of the wonderful things about watercoloring is if you make a mistake you can absorb the water and the pigment with it erasing your mistake. I apply the same rule to the bleeding ink. Let me show you . . .

See how gray that tree is? My ink is bleeding like crazy. Just dab it with a dry cloth and suck the water up. Then it will look like this

Still a little gray but it didn't effect any of my other shades. Even her skin which is the lightest shades I used. 

Now Copics . . .

I tried to use colors similar to the watercolor shades I used. It's definitely much bolder but I don't know if it's "better." I think it just depends on the look you're going for although the copic coloring is much faster. MUCH FASTER. But I think it's kind of relaxing to water color. I might be a weirdo :)

Which look do you prefer?

Thanks for stopping in!
Happy Sunday!!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Winnie and Walter En Masse

 Hello Crafters! 

In my last post I said you were going to see mad crazy amounts of Winnie and Walter and then I posted nothing for two days. Oops. 
My dear sweet son decided he didn't actually care if I got my cards posted. Can you believe that?! The nerve of that kid to want to be mothered. What am I, his mother?! . . ..oh damn, I guess I am. So  yeah, no cards.
  Plus I did a ride along with my officers since my last day is Monday (sob) I wanted to get one in before I leave. That's a story for another day. I promise :)

Okay normally I hate posting multiple cards in one post. I think it's super time consuming to view. I don't get to really appreciate every card because I'm too busy just trying to get though all the details. However, Winnie and Walter is holding so many challenges I wanted to play along with AND they all close tonight. Hence, Winnie and Walter En Masse. :) I promise I'll try to get through quickly!!

Loved these colors. These read as an elegant card to me.

I stamped the flowers from The Big, The Bold, and The Extras in a light ink and did some no line coloring with my copics. Added some highlights with white gel pen. I trimmed them out. The banner was stamped in Tsukineko Gold Brilliance ink and shaded with more copics. The sentiment is from The Big, The Bold, and The Happy. It was stamped in black and curved to match the banner. To bring in more black I stamped the leaves outline in it then stamped the solid image over top in the same gold ink. I trimmed out the banner and added it with dimensional adhesive. Done!

Basically use a stamp in a way the designer didn't intend.

I decided to use the banner from  The Big, The Bold, and The Extras to create a quiver. 

I just turned it. I did draw a side to the quiver before I trimmed it out. 

I stamped the calender detail stamp on top for the black border with the heart. I drew some stitched lines on the side to tie it into the front. The arrows from The Write Stuff: Love Story were stamped flat to the card base. I stamped the heart a second time to trim them out. All coloring was copics. The hearts and quiver were added with dimensional adhesive. The sentiment is also from Love Story. I stamped it in Raspberry Jam shadow ink from Hero arts to match the quiver. Trimmed it into a banner and added it on top. I stickled those hearts to death :) 

Third (and last. I'm so sorry!) 

You know if there is a sketch I can't resist!

First I flipped it upside down. I stamped the heart from The Write Stuff: Love Story as my large circle. It's in Splash Chalk ink by Hero Arts. I then stamped my flowers and leaves in black. Color with more copics. Draw stems and adhere flowers. I stamped the hello from The Big, The Bold, and The Happy for a sentiment. Finished it off with some black sequins and white gel pen details.

Ahhh. Done. 
Thanks for hanging in there. It's long I know!

Enjoy your Saturday.
Thanks for visiting!