Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A2ZScrapbooking October Challenge

 Hello Crafters!

Good Morning and Happy October!
Just to be clear I am not happy it's October but I hope you are. 

New challenges ease the pain a bit and today A2ZScrapbooking is announcing the challenge for October. It's super simple and you can win a $25.00 gift card to the store. Ready? 

You must use two Hero Arts hard products. This means stamps, stencils, but not inks and stains.Not that you can't use them too. I did!

I used a Hero Arts/Basic Grey set called Sweet Wishes. They such adorable images in this set. The tag has it's own sentiment but I wanted to use the "Make A Wish" so I just masked it before I inked up my stamp. Remove the mask and you stamp a plain tag. Yeah! I colored in the outline with a black marker so it would stand out against my background. 

Speaking of background I used the Hero Arts Numbers Background stencil with the Neon Red ink. I love the Neon Line from Hero Arts. I have ALL the colors. Me and my brights what can I say? If you're interested in picking this one up now is the time it's currently on sale for $4.00 in the store  . . .in fact so is the stencil I used. I think it's a perfect background for a birthday card!

I stamped the cupcake twice. Once in Neon Red and once in Charcoal Shadow ink. I cut out the whole cupcake in charcoal and just the top in the red. I covered the top in glitter. Every cupcake needs accessories!! Unfortunately, it obscured the cute little smiley face quite a bit. White enamel accents to save the day! Um, if you decide to use enamel accents over glitter wait until it's dry or they make friends. Okay it's more of a friends with benefits kind of way i.e. they are all over each other. .It's a mess! Ironically, friends with bennies usually is too! Hahaha! 

I loved the sentiment but it originally comes with a dot border and  I wanted a cleaner look so after stamping it I just trimmed it off. I wanted the background to have a little more interest so I trimmed a piece out of the side and added grey underneath. More stickles :) The whole panel was mounted on dimensional adhesive. 

I hope you'll head over to the blog to play along. If you decide you just have to have something from the store please use the code KELLYL15 and save yourself 15% off your purchase of $25.00 or more :)

I hope to see your project in the gallery!
Thanks for stopping in!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Wreath of Roses or a Bouquet?

 Hello Crafters!

Nothing caught on fire last night so I don't have any interesting work stories for you today . . .well that's not entirely true a transformer did catch on fire but it wasn't in dispatch so eh, no biggie.  

However I did get the results from the civil service test. I passed!! Whoo Hoo! 
More importantly so did all the other girls I work with. Thank God! I already have a job lined up but most of them are relying on going to the new dispatch center. Scary stuff folks. 

Okay onto happier things. 
Did you know that Simon Says Stamp is now hosting a Flickr challenge? AND it's hosted by the fabulous Barb Engler! If you don't know Barb she is the sweetest, most talented, lovely crafter there ever was. When I first started card making I was pretty discouraged because my stuff just wasn't good. I had little sparks of something but I really had no idea what "MY" style was. I found the Hero Arts Flickr group and comments from Barb and all the other ladies there really gave me hope. Four years later here I am. :) Since I probably never said so Thanks Barb!! 

 Barb came up with an awesome tic-tac-toe challenge. 

I chose the last row. Flowers and glitter next to each other? Like I had a choice! I ended up making two cards with flowers, glitter, and polka dots. I'm not sure I *LOVE* either one but I'm sharing them anyway. Maybe you'll find something in them worth being inspired by :) 

I used the roses and leaves from Simon Says Stamp set Best Mom Ever to create a wreath. It looks a little . . .ahem . . . big boned? No? Okay it looks fat. Not PHAT. For all of you who don't speak in acronyms circa 1990, that's Pretty Hot And Tempting. This should probably be left in the 90's with the Macarena and  Jerry Springer.
Anyway the wreath is fat. I colored it anyway. I used my copics. After that was done I added some white with my gel pen for my polka dots. The black dots are from another Simon Says Stamp Set called Flower Friend and so is the sentiment. The sentiment really blended in to the roses so I added some glossy accents on top to make it stand out more. I don't think it was as successful as I would have liked but whatever I was invested :) 
I added some glitter to a few of the petals for some more shine. 

Since I didn't love this one I tried again . . .

This one uses all the same sets and materials as the first. Again not "In love" here. 

Hopefully though you find a piece or part that sparks your creativity and it won't all be for nothing :)

Thanks for dropping by!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

 Hello Crafters!

I'm sure most of you know that today is National Coffee Day!

Whoo Hoo! My coffee of choice is Dunkin Donuts al lthe way. A large hot coffee with double cream and double sugar. Occasionally one of my guys will pick up a coffee for me. After giving one of them my order one morning he sent me this

Yeah that's pretty accurate. 

Anywho . . .why am I posting at 10:30 on a Monday night? Because today is the . . .

I love coffee so much I HAD to play along. I love these kind of hops. The gallery is so full. Who knew there were that may coffee stamps, dies, etc. It gives us all a chance to see some crafters maybe we've never "met" before. I can't wait to peruse the gallery!!

Unfortunately, I forgot the hop was today and I had none of my regular go to crafty stuff with me.

So I made a simple one layer card with what I had on hand. I'm not sure it's that different from what I would have made if I had ALL my stuff. Don't tell my husband he may try to tell me I don't need to buy anything else. Yeah, right. Like that's going to happen. Pfft. 

I used a sweet digital stamp I bought ages ago from A Day For Daises. This little sweetheart is the Extra Cream Fairy

I printed her out on watercolor paper and then painted her in with distress inks. After she dried I outlined her with a black gel pen so she would be a little bolder. Add some stardust stickles. I have like 3 bottles laying around at any given time. I found this one in my trunk along with that spare black gel pen. 

I left off a sentiment because I didn't have one I liked to go with her. I think it's okay though. She's so pretty she can stand alone :) 

If you're not playing along but would still love to see the gallery you can head over to Chaitali's blog here. Specifically the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop post.  Thanks so much for hosting this Chaitali! Such a fun idea :) 

Thanks for dropping by!!


Sunflowers: Feel Better

  Hello Crafters!
Ready for a new week?
Yeah, me either.
I can't believe it's about to be October. Where did this year go?!
I hate winter.
At work I have a space heater that is basically on year round. As my father affectionately puts it I have no insulation. I'm a freeze baby. Last night at work I didn't have my heater. I froze my butt off. Seriously, I left it there. My jeans will never fit the same again.
You know why I didn't have a heater? Because it caught fire. I know right?! FIRE! I was sitting there all like "What is that smell?" and then one of my guys called on the radio. I'm sitting there writing down driver's license information blissfully unaware. In the middle of this I look down and see that the plug is sparking and smoking and "OMG is that on fire?!"
Now mind you as a Police/Fire/EMS dispatcher you have to be paying rapt attention to the officers on the radio because God forbid something go south and they don't have an opportunity to repeat it. So as this is happening I'M STILL WRITING! As I was running the information into the computer, you know to make sure Tom Jones is Tom Jones and not Tom Jones a.k.a Herion addict drug dealer who WILL NOT go back to jail again, I literally unplugged it with my feet!
 AND that's how you dispatch people!! hahaha!
Seriously though fire hazard much?
Now that we've covered the bizarre happenings at Local PD, USA let's talk about cards.
I saw the current inspiration photo over at Fusion Card Challenge and couldn't wait to play along!
Look at the sunflower! Right up my alley! Whoot Whoot! Any excuse to ink up my Lawn Fawn As Our Friendship Grows!!
Before we get to the card let me first tell you I had some other inspirations going on when I made this card. First: Have you seen this video by Sandy Allnock? The poinsettia she colors is a mini masterpiece. Truly, her coloring is so very fabulous. I really wanted to try to color more realistically. Don't go watch the video until after you see my card though. Sandy Allnock, I am not. :)
Second: I've seen some really awesome card layout lately where people are fussy cutting only the top of their panel. I love the way it looks and wanted to do one of my own. Here are two of my favorites. Jenny's blackberry card is amazing! I love Kate's card. Her use of the sentiment as her outline is truly inspired!
All of this inspiration + copics + some magic dust and BAM! CARD!
I used the flowers from Lawn Fawn's As Our Friendship Grows. I stamped and masked them until the panel was covered across the top. I used Lemon Yellow and  Lime Green to stamp in.
I then set to work with my copics. I did what Sandy suggested and brought up a picture of a real sunflower to reference.
After I was done coloring I added some white gel pen to the center to give it some highlights. I also added glitter for no other reason than because glitter is pretty. I mounted it with dimensional adhesive on some navy because I thought it offered some nice contrast.

It's no Sandy masterpiece but it's light years ahead of my first attempt at no line coloring. Hoping they just keep getting better :)
I'm sending this to my cousin who just had sinus surgery and got into a car accident. Thank God she wasn't hurt but her car was totaled. I'm hoping this sunny card makes her feel better!
Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hey There, Beautiful

 Hello Crafters!

Two posts in one day . . .bizarre I know. 

However, today at my crafty get together I made two cards, TWO!! I'm moving up from the one I accomplished last time :) I truly enjoy these little get togethers so much! Such fabulous girls <3 

The wonderful Kirsty brought her copics. She has EVERY SINGLE COPIC!! I was drooling over them. Since I'm getting ready to place a copic order I wanted to try out all the colors I don't have. Needless to say I'm going to be broke. 

I wanted to use the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch. I was so blessed to win last week with this card.  I'm such a lucky girl!! I love this week's sketch just as much!!

I tried to play along with Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge last night and nothing was coming together. It was quite ugly. One of those I'll add this . . and this . . and that and nothing makes it better lol.  

Today though. Today was different. I was armed with copics and crafty friends . . an all their supplies :)

I've seen these die cut sentiments that are popped up everywhere. I so completely love them!!

I masked the stripes an colored with several colors of copics. Nothing special just some feathering. I was going to use my Kudos stamps from Paper Smooches when amazing Lindsay said she had the matching dies. What? I could pop my sentiment?! Whoo Hoo! I cut about 5 of the beautiful and layered them with the rainbow one on top. I have to frame everything so I did a double line with my black pen and a ruler before I replaced the die cut. 

The rest of the seniment is from Paper Smooches sentiment sampler. I cut it part so I could stack it. I added some enamel dots to balance it thanks to Katie. She is my sentiment guru.  I really wanted to add glitter to the beautiful but Lindsay insisted I use Wink of Stella. I know this is going to shock you since they are everywhere but I had never used it before. It outs the most subtle shimmer down. So pretty! 

That's it! Rainbow, mostly one layer and done :)

Thanks for visiting!!


Congratulations Shaker Card

 Hello Crafters!

I'm popping in real quick to share before heading off to a crafty day with some ladies from my area. I don't know about the rest of you but I so look forward to these days. It's not just the crafting it's the opportunity to talk to people who "get" this part of my life. 


Most of the people in my regular everyday life are like "You make cards?! Why?" Do you guys have this problem too. P.S. that "What I really do" photo is kind of accurate at least in the desk arena. Yikes. 

So Simon Says Stamp has this Anything Goes challenge going on and they are showcasing Hero Arts stamps. I usually try to use what ever they are showcasing if I have it. So there is a little bit of Hero Arts but there is also some Lawn Fawn. This is bizarre for me because usually I don't mix and match companies for a project. I'm not sure why. I just don't. Do you have a weird irrational practice in your card making too? No, just me? Yeah, I'm always the weird one :) 

A co-worker of mine just found out they are pregnant with their second baby. How exciting! I wanted to make them a card but I also wanted to make one for their 2yo daughter. What else do you make a 2yo besides a shaker card? It's my first one. I hope she loves it!

I stamped some outline circles from Hero Arts set Circles sets in Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Tide Pool, and Green Hills right on to my card base. Have to keep those colors gender neutral. ha! After I stamped them I outlined some in stickles. 

I cut a "Polaroid" frame out of white card stock for my container. I adhered acetate to the back to keep my hearts in. Speaking of hearts I smeared some of each ink color onto scrap pieces of paper before diecutting some hearts that are included in Lawn Fawn's Stitched Journaling Card. Add more stickles. Never enough glitter.  Attach this bad boy with two layers of dimensional adhesive. 

Here is the card with the hearts "shaken"

I stamped, masked, and trimmed the balloons from Lawn Fawn's Admit one. Before adding them to the card I attached some black string to each balloon. I colored them with copics to look transparent. I love the way they came out!!

The sentiment collage is a combination. The congratulations is actually a banner stamp from Hero Arts/Studio Calico Heydey Sentiments. I stamped in Tide Pool and trimmed off the banner edges. The big sister was created using Milo's ABCs and each previously listed color. It looked like it needed something so I found a scrap heart on my desk colored it with Copics and added stardust stickles. 

Just for fun here is the card I created for Mom and Dad too! 

Same everything except the elephant. It's from Hero Art's New Baby and was colored with copics. I felt like the black stitched outline was too dark so I went over it with a white gel pen. 

I'm off to get chatty . .. .er . . I mean crafty. 
Thanks for dropping in!
I hope you have a wonderful Saturday :) 


Friday, September 26, 2014

RIC: Ombre Diamonds

 Hello Crafters! 

Good morning and happy Friday to you! We were extremely busy last night at work. One disorderly intox, (i.e. I'm being a drunk and I refuse to cooperate with you nice officers) two DUI's, and a cruiser vs deer accident and I'm home. Fortunately, nights like these also make the night go by fast which is always nice. 

Today's card is for the current challenge over at Runway Inspired. Here is the inspiration photo

I was immediately in love with the diamond pattern and of course the colors. With me it's always the colors :) 

Before we get to the card can we just talk fashion for a quick second? How many of you crafty gals are fashionistas? I see so many photos of people who have all these fabulous accessories. Their outfits are totally pulled together like they could have just walked off a makeover show where the pros put their duds together. 
Meanwhile, I'm over here in a pair of Levi's, flip flops, and a Zelda t-shirt. Ahem. Yes, Zelda is a video game. Moving on. Quickly, QUICKLY. 
 Don't get me wrong I wish I could put something together that was all oohs and ahhs but if I'm running to the gas station I'm wearing sweatpants yo. I know What Not to Wear would have me flogged but I just can't wrap my head around the idea of getting all dressed up to pump gas. 
These, of course, are the times you run into your ex-boyfriend who has lost twenty pounds and looks like he should be on the cover of GQ. Am I right or am I right?

Anyway. I just wonder how many other creative people are so trendy and fabulous in the card making world feel like they don't ever incorporate their "style" into their "style." Maybe that's why I love the Runway Inspired Challenge so much because I can see what's trending without actually having to do anything to my wardrobe ha! 

A few weeks ago the amazing Jennifer McGuire did a video where she showed ombre stamping with one color and white ink. I really wanted to try it and this card offered the perfect opportunity. 

I inked up the large solid diamond from Hero Arts set So Kind with Pale Tomato shadow ink and set to creating my ombre. As you see in the video you stamp it once solid, Once with just the bottom inked up and the top blotted off. Lastly you stamp with the white on top but blotted off the bottom. After I stamped all the pale tomato diamonds I went back and stamped over top of them in Grape Jelly shadow ink. I think you can see the ombre better with the Grape Jelly just because it's a darker ink. I used my white gel pen to draw a frame around each diamond. I felt like this broke up the solid stamping a bit. 

I die cut the Simon Says Stamp Thanks die from black and coated it with glossy accents to give it a little more weight. Not to mention shine! I scattered some black . . .okay they were clear and I colored them black . . . I am admittedly a cheap skate when it comes to embellishments. Whatever, it worked didn't it?! 
I popped the panel up with dimensional adhesive and adhered it to a white card base. 

Thanks for visiting!!