Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I Just Love A Scene

 Hello Crafters! 

It's my turn over on the Create A Smile blog today. I decided to do a photo tutorial showing how I create a scene on my cards. 

Since I'm incapable of just making one and done I made two extra and thought I would share them here. 

The Fox is my original card. The photo tutorial is here if you'd like to see it. 

I created the next two using the same techniques but with different landscapes. 

I love the idea of a "cat nap" in the sun. See what I did there? haha! 

I can't help it I think Mr. Beaver is just darling and of course he had to be near some water!

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions about how I created either of these cards please drop me a comment I'd be happy to help :) 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Embossed Cas(e) This Sketch

 Hello Crafters!

Today was a little busy but I finally got to sit down with my cup of coffee to type this blog post. Hallelujah for coffee :) 

Today I am playing along with Cas(e) This Sketch and Simon Says Stamp. Their current challenging is embossing. I use to avoid embossing challenges because, well, me and dry embossing don't mix well. However, now that I own some embossing paste I couldn't wait to play along! 

Here is the sketch

and my take 

I started by mixing white embossing paste with peacock feathers distress ink on my craft mat. I spread it on a white card panel. Once it was dry I trimmed the panel into two pieces to create my line. 

The flower and leaves are from Hero Arts Dots and Flowers set. They were stamped and fussy cut, then colored with distress inks. Once I got the placement of the flowers set I stamped my sentiment which is from Hero Arts Hello Sunshine Daisies. I stamped right over the embossing paste not really knowing how it would work. It turned out fine but there wasn't a ton of embossing paste in that area. 

I colored a piece of white cardstock with mustard seed distress ink and covered it in glitter. I adhered the yellow glitter strip to my card base then added the embossed panels with dimensional adhesive. I added the flower and then topped it off with some stardust stickles. 

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Watercolored Sunflowers

 Hello crafters! 

It's been a minute since I've blogged. I have been working on some projects but they are mostly for my design teams. Deadlines, deadlines :) 

I had a bit of playtime last night and decided to play along with Lawnscaping's current challenge of watercoloring. 

As most of you know I've only recently jumped on the watercolor band wagon. Since I have I've had the Lawn Fawn set Our Friendship Grows in mind. So glad I finally got to use it :) 

I used distress inks and markers to stamp all my images onto watercolor paper. I did do some masking to get the images to layer how I wanted. I used mustard seed, vintage photo, tea dye, walnut stain, mowed lawn and broken china as my colors. 
Originally I had intended to make it a one layer card but I didn't pre-stamp my sentiment and it was SO crooked. Let that be a lesson to me right?! Since I was already invested in the card I certainly wasn't going to pitch it! Enter the sentiment banner to save the day :) 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My First Post at Create a Smile

 Hello Crafters! 

I am currently typing this from the beachy shores of Hilton head island so this is going to be a short one :) 

It's my turn over at the Create A Smile blog today and I have three cards for you using the newly released set Friends in the Woods. 

Normally I would post a sneak peek but my phone isn't having it so you'll have to head over to the Create A Smile blog to see all three! 

Thanks for stopping by and now I'm off to the beach :) 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome to The Create a Smile Blog Hop!

Hello crafters! 

Welcome to the Create A Smile First Release Blog Hop!

You Should have arrived here from Yana Smakula. If you're just popping in you can start the hp from the beginning at Create A Smile Blog. You wouldn't want to miss out on any of the inspiration or the chances to comment and win :) 

Let's start with a little information

Create a Smile is a new stamp company in town, located in Germany! 

When Christine Drogt started illustrating and sharing images with friends, it soon became crystal-clear that those images would make awesome clear stamps.  Because Christine has always loved to make people smile (it can be as easy as smiling at strangers!) the name was found quickly (thanks to her friend Alison!) and the vision became reality.

Create A Smile stamps are made of high quality photo-polymer and produced in Germany. They will for sure make you smile!

We’re thrilled you are joining us as we begin this great adventure! We truly love the fantastic paper-crafting community (YOU!) and are so excited to be bringing something new to you all!

These are the facts:

Create A Smile are releasing our first two stamp sets TODAY!! You can find our store at www.createasmilestamps.com 
We have TWO fun sets filled with super cute images, available for purchase.
You can win a $15 gift-certificate for the store-- all you need to do is hop along and leave comments on all the fantastic and inspiring stops (one comment per person, per blog please!). We’ll pick random winner from all the comments - so the more blogs you visit (and leave a comment on) - the more chances you have to be a winner!
You have until Saturday (July 12th) 8am CET - that's 2am EST. The winner will be announced on the Create A Smile Blog on Sunday (July 13th)

Aren't you so excited?! I know I am :) 
To create my card I used the Comfy set. It has so many cute images! 

but you know I always have to put my own spin on it  ha!

Tropical flower anyone? I used the hammock and bubbles to create this beauty and the leaves. I stamped the hammock several times, trimmed them out and colored with distress ink. For the leaves I just masked one side of the hammock and stamped it twice. Add more distress ink. The background was created with the tweed stencil from Hero Arts and squeezed lemonade. I love how subtle it is! 

I know there is lots and lots of inspiration on this hop so I'll let you get on with it! Your next stop is the super talented Cindy Lovell 

If you get lost along the way here is a list of all the participants. Thanks for hopping along with us today :) 


Thursday, July 10, 2014


  Hello crafters!
I feel like it's been forever since I blogged even though I have been busy crafting :)
Tonight's card is for the current sketch at Case This Sketch.
This one is such a classic design, love it !

Here is my take
I just love masking don't you? I feel so accomplished after I create a card I love that is entirely one layer.
As soon as I saw the sketch I immediately thought of the Hero Arts/Basic Gray set Once upon a Time. I knew the banner would be perfect.
I stamped it and masked it before stamping and masking the bouquet in the set.
I originally thought about white heat embossing but there is just something about black and bright colors that I truly love.
After I was done stamping I removed all the masks and colored the images with copics. I added stardust stickles too (of course!!)
I think it's perfect for a summer wedding card and this summer we have plenty of them!
If you love this set it's currently on sale over at A2ZScrapbooking for only $8.00! What a steal! While you're over there why not use the code KELLYL15 it'll get you 15% off your entire order too :)
Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

 Hello Crafters! 

I just wanted to pop in really quick to let you all know that Operation Write Home is holding a Virtual Card Making Party this weekend and we are playing along over at A2ZScrapbooking! 

There are several different blogs hosting and every theme is different :) How fun is that?!

You can go to the Operation Write Home for a complete list of all participants. 

Here is one of the four cards I created. 

Can you guess what our party theme is? No? Well then head over to the A2ZScrapbooking blog to find out, see the other threes cards, and play along yourself!
 It's going on all weekend so if you're busy tonight no worries! There is still plenty of time to play :) 

There is a $25.00 gift card that is being given away to one of our participants! 

I hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday!