Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall or Christmas: A2ZScrapbooking

 Hello crafters! 

Today we are starting a new challenge over at A2ZScrapbooking and it's a fun one because you get to choose :) Fall or Christmas. 

So what was I feeling . . .
I'm not ready for either but since I HAD to choose I went with fall. 

I used the stems and leaves from Dauber Bunch to create my very own tree. I used watercolor paper and distress inks. Dawn Woleslagle is always talking about giving "the illusion" of things which is what I tried to do with the grass although I'm not sure how successful that was. :) Guess I'll keep practicing! 

Originally I wanted to do a bold black strip with the long sentiment underneath it but it just overwhelmed my watercolor image. Boxing it in worked much better and still leads the eye to sentiment. I should note that I stamped my sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in black. Sometimes I have a hard time getting a good impression with black ink on watercolor paper. User error no doubt!
It's hard to see in the photo but I added dots of stardust stickles to the bottom of each leaf. 

I do hope you'll hop over to the blog and play along with us. You could win a $25.00 gift certificate to the store!! Whoop Whoop :)

Thanks for dropping by! 



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Crafting With Friends: Case This Sketch

 Hello crafters! 

If you are friends with me on Facebook you know that yesterday I was so blessed to meet and craft with some friends I've made in blog land. I, of course, made everyone take photos :) 
From left to right Me, the wonderful Katie Gehring, the amazing Wida Miller, the exceptional Lin Brandyberry, the fabulous Kirsty McIntyre, and the awesome Tammy Hershberger
hehe. Silly :)

I've linked all their blogs.I hope you stop by and visit them. They are all so talented. We all have different styles but each is so wonderful in their own way. 

If you've never been to a fun crafty get together I highly recommend you go. Just don't plan on accomplishing much :) I made one card. I was there from 11:00am until 4:00pm. ONE card! However I love it, I mean really love it. :) 
Let me tell you how this card came to be. 

I went to the crop and I sat there and sat there . . . .and sat there. I mean I chatted but no ideas would come my way. Zero. Nada. Zilch. 
Then the amazing Wida started taking about how she got started. She was a challenge addict. Hmmm Challenges . . .I use my new fangled phone to peruse my favorite challenges. I love the current sketch at Cas(e) This Sketch. Alright we have a starting point.  

Then the exceptional Lin and I start talking about how it's sad stamp companies aren't really making outline stamps anymore. I mean, what will we color?!. She says I had to use this Hero Arts Flutterbies printable just to have something to color. I love that butterfly. That stamp set is a classic. I dig out Hero Arts Antique Engravings and ink up my long lost butterfly friend. 

After I'm done stamping, trimming, and coloring my butterflies with distress ink. I know they need something. I'm thinking some fun white gel pen detail. Except I can't find mine. Insert the fabulous Kirsty to save the day. 

I lay out all my butterflies and adhere them to my card. I need to add my sentiment. I don't want to do another banner. I ALWAYS do banners. The wonderful Katie tells me she has seen these recessed sentiments that look super cool but . . .I'll have to cut my butterflies. What the heck. I trust her. Have you seen her cards?! No need for worrying because I love it. 

Are you ready to see this card that is so me but is now so many other fantastic people too?

I think I'll keep it forever :)

The sentiment is from Hero Arts set You're A Rainbow and it fit perfectly. If you are interested in any of these products they are all in stock in the A2ZScrapbooking store. Feel free to use the code KELLYL15 to get 15% off. They have the new Hero Arts too *wink wink*

Thanks for dropping by!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Can Encouragment Get Any Cuter?

 Hello crafters!

I'm over at the A2Z Scrapbooking Blog sharing some fun tags I made to send those I love some encouragement. 

Here is one of the tags

I just love this Lil Hoot set. It's too adorable for words! and since I love getting inky I was thrilled to create the background and with how it turned out. Yay! Techniques that work :)

I hope you'll swing over to the blog and check out my other two tags. Also all the products I used are currently in stock so if you see something you'd like to pick up use the code KELLYL15 to get 15%

Don't forget your chances to win. You can enter to win a gift certificate by playing with our current challenge and by commenting along the Hero Arts Digital Blog Hop. You have until Sunday for both!

Thanks for dropping in :)


No Line Flowers

  Hello crafters!
How has your week been?
Mine has been busy. Ugh. Don't you just hate that?
Two of my friends from work are getting off probation at work so we are going out to have a celebratory beverage this evening. Thank God. I totally need it. The laughs and good time, I mean, not the drinks. Okay, the drinks a little. ;)
I have been busy crafting but mostly it's for DT stuff in the future which is awesome but unfortunately it leaves me with little to share.
I found this guy in my archives. I forgot to share it when I made it . . . .maybe 4 months ago? Whenever no line coloring first came on the scene.  You better do the math. In my world math leads to crying. :)
I stamped and masked the sunflowers from Lawn Fawn's As Our Friendship Grows. This is by far my favorite Lawn Fawn set! I stamped in light colors and then colored with my copics.
It's such a different look. I loved it. I found it hard to keep the petals separated but I'm sure that was my lack of coloring skills and not the technique. 
The sentiment is from the same set.
Have you tried this before? How did you like it?
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is it a Window? A Frame? A Way to Make Cool Patterns?

 Hello crafters!

It's another awesome Tuesday and another awesome (or at least I hope so :/) post at Create A Smile!

Today I made three cards using just one stamp from Your View.

Here is one of my cards. Can you guess which stamp I used? ;) 

You can head over to the Create A Smile Blog if you would like to see all three!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Hero Arts Blog Hop


Hello crafters!

Welcome to the Hero Arts and A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from the awesomely talented Tami Hartley's blog. I'm sure you found some fantastic inspiration there and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little anxious following behind her fabulousness ;) 
If you are just dropping by and would like to start from the beginning head over to the Hero Arts Blog

Before we get to the cards for today let me explain a little of why we are doing this hop and of course what you could win. Win you say? Oh yes, I said Win! 

Currently, A2Z offers a selection of Hero Arts digital kits, but in the coming weeks, we will be adding to the collection and stocking all Hero Arts digital products.  To celebrate our new collaboration, a number of artists from A2Z and Hero Arts have teamed up to provide you with a whole host of inspiration and fun. Just hop along and see how Hero Arts digital products can be used.

And to add to the excitement, A2Z Scrapbooking will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Prize winners will be randomly selected from ALL comments received on the participating designers’ blogs. The more comments you leave along the hop, the better your odds of winning, so be sure to comment on every blog, including this one! You have until Sunday August 31st at 11.59EST to leave your comments and the winner will be announced on the 3rd September on the A2Z Scrapbooking blog.
Today I am working with one of the new digital kits for this fall called A Natural Holiday

It is filled with all sorts of woodsy goodness including digital stamps and cut files. I used three of the digital stamps for my projects today. I frequently want to add something to my digital images so they aren't just printed out, not that they aren't beautiful all alone, because they are, but because I don't currently own any software that allows me to use them to their full extent. I should invest in some but I can't seem to stop buying stamps long enough to get some $ together ;) 

I really loved the woods background but I wanted to add more texture so I traced some of the trees with my Versamark pen and then added gold embossing powder from Hero Arts. The application wasn't as smooth as it could have been but I kind of liked how spotty it looked, like real tree bark. I added some "snow" with holographic embossing powder from Ranger. The sentiment is from a clear set by Hero Arts. I love how you can mix and match digital and traditional stamps!

I used the tree and Merry Christmas sentiment from the kit for this card. The polka dots on the tree were super cute but I wanted something a little more . . .sophisticated  . . . I guess? ha! I also wanted that texture! I printed my tree out in a very light gray then fussy cut the tree out. I trimmed the trunk off and the star off the top so I could color them, I ended up just leaving the trunk off. 
Once the tree was colored I used the Starry Night stencil and some white embossing paste to achieve the texture I was looking for. To really  "light up" the tree I added dots with a silver and a gold pen. I couldn't leave off the dots of stardust stickles :) 
The side strips were made with the gold pen and a ruler. 

Thanks for hopping along with us! If you decide to do a little shopping in the A2Z Scrapbooking store please feel free to use the code KELLYL15 to get 15% off your order!

Your next stop is my very gifted team mate Kymona Tracey! I know she is going to knock your socks off!!
Don't forget to comment to have a chance at the $50.00 gift card. 
Now get hopping ;)

If you get lost along the way here is a complete list of the hop participants


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!