Sunday, January 25, 2015

Watercolor Valentine

 Hello Crafters!

I'm on the A2zScrapbooking blog today with this guy.

If you have time or want to know how I made it please feel free o stop over and see it

You can also go shopping in the stare with the discount code KELLYL15 to save 15% off your purchase of $25.00 or more. If you're feeling crafty check out the current challenge to use something new to you and you could win a $25.00 gift card to the store!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anything Goes: Thing 2 as Promised

 Hello Crafters!

I'm not saying I'm out of the slump but I'm cautiously optimistic. 

The other day I created two things. Here is thing two courtesy of Paper Smooches: Anything Goes. Sometimes making it up as you go is a good thing. I had recently bought Hot Concoctions from Paper Smooches because it's adorable, I love coffee, and I know that infectiously upbeat Amy Tsuruta is going to have another Coffee Lover's blog hop someday and frankly I'm running out of sets to use. 

When I got the set I saw a rainbow of different mugs and I really wanted to try to recreate it. So I did. 

I stamped the mugs in various distress ink and watercolored with the same. After it was dry I added details with a white gel pen. Fairly simple. the sentiment is from the same set I just masked it a little to make it a horizontal sentiment instead of a stacked one. Of course I added some Wink of Stella. That stuff is the crack of crafting. We'll be trading Wink of Stella's on dark street corners and behind dive bars. Seriously , they'll be an afternoon special on it soon. 

Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Candy Hearts

 Hello Crafters!

I made something. Two things actually. 
I'm may throw a small parade complete with floats, confetti, and unicorns. No shit. It calls for unicorns. 

Is this the best most awesome supercalifragilisticexpialidocious card I've ever made? Probably not but considering the slump I'm in I'll take it. I'll take anything. Well . . .maybe not anything, but most things. A girl has to have some standards. 

When I have free time I do try to create. Most of the time it's fruitless or the fruit is ugly. This time of year is always mojoless (it's a thing. you know it's a thing.) for me  combined with my schedule I've just decided to let it come or not. It's okay. I don't have to be an amazing crafter all the time. Right?! Right. 

I went perusing challenges and of course it was a sketch challenge. Isn't it always with me? Sketch challenges are like the tall dark handsome men of challenges. This time it's CAS(E) This Sketch. Thank God Chrissy Larson dreamed this sketch up or I might still be in the slump. 

and my take 

I had recently watched a video by Sandy Allnock where she did a background that was a mail pile with a bunch of different pinks and reds. It's adorable. You can see her video here
The various pinks and reds were my initial goal when I started stamping and masking the hearts from Hero Arts Sweethearts. Then I was looking at the set and realized in all the different cards I've made with this set I have NEVER used them as candy hearts. Weird  huh? That pretty much decided it. I colored them with copics in traditional candy heart colors. 

In the sketch the sentiment is "built in" to the design on the side and I embraced that. I used my Simon Says Stamp Love You die and cut it right through my design. I cut about 4 more from white cardstock to create the faux chipboard look. To give it some shine and help it stand out I added clear Wink of Stella to the letters. Add a couple of sequins and praise Jesus I made a card. 

I'll share the other one later this week. I don't want to drown you after the drought ;)

Thanks for coming to visit and for hanging in there with me. You guys are awesome!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Aw Sugar . . .

 bum bum bum, buh bum bum oh honey, honey . . .

Oh, Ahem. Hello Crafters!

I'm here today to share my card for the new Lia Stampz challenge. 
It's a sketch challenge which I love because sometimes it's nice to start with a guideline. However, if you aren't really into specific guidelines you can still play along. You have a choice between two sketches or a combination of the two. Pretty cool eh?

I chose one of them and stuck to it :)

The image I used is called Sugar Girl and she is one of the Vintage Girls in the Lia Stampz collection. I love all the girls but I just had to use this one! When I actually have spare time I use it to make all kinds of cupcakes. My favorite are blueberry cheescake (white cake with blueberry filling and cream cheese frosting. I die.) 

For the card I colored with copics and then added some detail with a white gel pen. I actually managed to use two different kinds of pattern paper. I'm sorry if I just gave you a mild heart attack. I know this is shocking news. 

If you'd like to play along just create a project using the sketches or combination of the two and link it up at the Lia Stampz blog. You don't have to use a Lia Stampz image to participate you can use anything. BUT if you do use a Lia Stampz image you can enter twice AND you'll get a free digi in your email. Good deal right? If your project is selected you get a $10.00 gift card to use in the store. If you'd like to peruse her adorable images you can check them out here. 


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Here's a Random Post for You

  Hello Crafters!
Clearly I've been a bit MIA lately. I make myself feel better about it by saying it's the holidays no one is really posting. That's probably not true but I've been so busy with other crap that I haven't actually verified it as a fact. I'm just going to go with it.
What have I been up to? Lots of boring lame stuff. I'm working two jobs, wifing and mothering, minimaly craftying, showering, sleeping, and occasionally making dinner. Basically, I can't wait until training is over and they stop switching my schedule every ten days.
How am I going to make it up to you. I'm probably not. I am however going to share with you some random cards that didn't get posted over 2014. Stuff I made, took pictures of and then just didn't do anything with. Some are good, some are meh, some are bad. Sorry leftovers is all I have to give you. I don't mean to treat you like unexpected house guests but it's the best I've got right now. It's a lot of cards if that makes it any better. No? Let's pretend like it's awesome.

That's it. Happy New Year!
I'd like to say I'll see you soon, and I am hopefully that I will, however I feel it's important to be honest in any relationship. it could be awhile. Let's not lie to each other.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Hello Crafters!

I'm just stopping in to wish you and yours a blessed Christmas!
I hope you enjoy your day hopefully filled with family or friends, memories, laughter, smiles, hugs, and gratefulness for all that fills your heart. 

We will be celebrating the birth of the savior first at our house (Santa brought Nathan a kitchen set, I can't wait to see his face!!) and then at my parents. We celebrated with Craig;'s family yesterday. So many blessings!!

If you'd like to see how I made the card or the supplies I'm sharing it over at the A2ZScrapbooking blog today. 

I hope I'll be seeing you soon!

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

CASEing Genius: Laura Jane

 Happy Monday Crafters! 

After our little hiatus last week I am happy to bring you this week's CASEing Genius, it was worth the wait I promise ;)

Without further ado I give you the fabulous . . . .

I first met LauraJane in the wonderful world of Flickr. The whole Hero Arts community is wonderful but it is MADE wonderful but beautiful women like LauraJane. She is always so uplifting with her comments. I love reading her blog, After-Hours Ink & Flowers, she has such acute little quirkiness hat I completely adore. Her style is sometimes clean other times shabby chic but it's always fantastic. We share an affection for all things butterflies and flowers :) I am in awe of the way she is always willing to try something new. 

Let's get to know her better . .


1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is LauraJane, I'm married to my best friend whom I've known since childhood. We have 6 kiddos that we homeschool. Home is in Illinois about 30 minutes from the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Crafting helps keep my sanity:)

2. How would you describe your style?
My style is best described as Organic, Freestyle collage...I REALLY love flowers and all things viney:)

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Still knock down in LOVE with Distress inks.and the magic that happens with them.  Swooning over all the new Multi-step floral stamps out there. They are a dream come true!

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was the Teresa Collins Stamp Maker... but I could NEVER get my printer to work with the maker's program..HUGE sad face!...This lead me to seek out pre-made stamps from companies  like Hero Arts and PTI. Once I found the CLEAR Acrylic sets I was hooked!

Fun stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?
Thrive by Casting Crowns is at the top of my list. Then it would be You're not Alone by Owl City and Britt Nicole.  Owl City is SO fun to listen too:)

6. Who would play you in a movie?
 Jennifer Lawrence could play my younger self and for my mature years Robin Wright. It really just needs to be someone that doesn't take themselves too seriously...Alice from the Brady Bunch was good!

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
Well, I'm learning to RIPSTIK..(Basically a skateboard with two off-set revolving wheels and two platforms with a rotating notch in the middle). It's a work in progress.  As my younger daughter says I, "just don't know how to fully wiggle yet!"   :)

Could she be any cooler?!
 Owl City, skateboards and Robin Wright. Yep, she's a keeper :)

Now let's see some crafty eye candy

Butterflies. I love me some butterflies. The purple/pink and gold combo is killer!

I adore the white on white. The background and sentiment give so much texture while not stealing anything from those gorgeous stitched flowers. 

She made those flowers. She MADE those flowers out of paper. Enough said. 


First off let me apologize the photo quality. That Gold metallic is hard to get on film . . er . .pixels . .hmm . . .whatever they are. It photographs terribly. 

I love the color combo from the first card. I decided to variate the colors of my butterflies instead of the colors of my background. I was trying to keep with the mostly white on white look of card number two. The layout of his card took a few turns but eventually I got where I wanted. I stamped my butterflies on a white card panel, heat embossed with gold embossing powder, and colored with distress inks. I thought I could keep it clean and  greatly overestimated my ability ;) I ended up trimming out the whole corner containing the butterflies and adhering them to a second card base. I also trimmed out two butterflies that were colored the exact same way. 

As a nod to LauraJane's stitched flowers in card two I used two rectangle stitched dies to create a frame. I kept the frame white to incorporate her white on white stripes. 
The large "Hello" was die cut from some card stock that was covered with Versamark and heat set with the same gold embossing powder. 
The frame and hello are popped up with dimensional adhesive. I added the two trimmed out butterflies onto the frame and called it done :)

Thanks so much for visiting. There is a ton of inspiration on LauraJane's Blog. I do hope you go over and have a look. Whatever your style you are sure to find something to make your creative heart sing!!