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!


Friday, June 27, 2014

ABNH: Bokeh

  Hello crafters!
I swear it's like feast or famine around here :) I really don't mean to blast you all and then starve you haha. Not to mention the middle of the night posts. Ah I'm a wreck :)
Moving on, I'm playing along with A Blog Named Hero. This time the challenge is
and here is my take
I used distress inks and first, second, and third generation stamping. I also used a ton of water because I really wanted the hearts to blow out. The heart is from the same set as the sentiment which is Hero Arts XOXO set. I also dotted some stardust stickles amongst the hearts but you can't see any of it in the photo. boo!
Thanks for visiting me! You guys are awesome :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Simon Says Anything Goes so I Create A Smile

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm popping in to share a little extra from Create a Smile! Christine has been giving away some adorable freebies over on the blog and as soon as we ht 300 likes on Facebook she is giving away this one! 

The current Simon Says Stamp Challenge is anything goes so I'm throwing this baby in the pool :)

If you'd like to see how I made this one you can read all about it over at the Create a Smile blog. If you'd like to use this freebie don't forget to like our Facebook page and invite your friends :) We are also doing a call for our first Guest Designer so check that out too! 

Thanks for dropping in! 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rainbow Feathers

 Hello crafters! 

It's been a long week already and it's only Wednesday! It might have something to do with the one year old who cried for two hours before finally passing out. Yeah, maybe that's it. 

On a happier note I received a call on my job interview and they want to move to the next phase. Yay! I really hope this is the path God wants me to walk :) 

Alright on to the card! You know I love rainbows. Love, love, LOVE them. I recently picked up Hero Arts Feathers set from A2ZScrapbooking and couldn't wait to use them. I also snatched up the matching dies because I love fussy cutting but even I'm not crazy enough to tackle feathers ha! 

I started by rubbing some distress ink on a piece of white to create my rainbow. Once the distress inks were dry (I heated them to speed up the process) I stamped my large feather on top in clear and heat set it. I did the same with the small feather. After the embossing cooled I rubbed black soot distress ink over top to make the colors pop. 

I really wanted to give the inlay die cutting a go and I thought these dies were perfect for it. I die cut the large feather out of a black cardstock. After I fit the large feather inside I die cut the second feather and fit in my brightly colored one. To complete the card I heat embossed the thank you from Messages with Flourish in white. Did I not tell you that set was going to get crazy amounts of use?! I love them so much! I adhered my black panel to a white card base with dimensional adhesive. Having that panel completely even makes embossing right over top of your die cutting so easy!

If you're interested in picking up either the stamps or the dies or both they are currently in stock at A2ZScrapbooking. You can get 15% off your order with the coupon code KELLYL15. Who doesn't like saving on Hero Arts stamps?! 

Thanks for stopping over! I hope you have a wonderful week :)