Friday, September 19, 2014

Poinsettia Revisited . . .A New Challenge

 Hello Crafters! 

I was so blown away by your response to my card yesterday! You guys are seriously super awesome!! You're making me rethink my love/hate relationship with Autumn cards ha!

Today I'm playing along with a new challenge, well new to me anyway. Do you have a blogger you follow that creates the most wonderful cards and enters them into all kinds of challenges? For me that's Kimberly Weiner. Her cards always blow me away. She is super active in the crafty community so I always go visit her when I'm looking for inspiration. Usually, I find a challenge or two she's involved in that I've never seen before. One of the last times I visited she had created a card for AAA Cards (Here card is here and so beautiful btw) I loved the CASE card by Julia Sager that is the inspiration and decided to play along!

Here is Julia's card

I loved the starburst effect and the colors she used!

I wanted to recreate the idea of the focal point being at the center of the design without it overwhelming the card. I used Hero Arts/Basic Grey Leaf and Flourish Stencil to get the look I wanted. I smooshed my Versamark pad over the stencil then heat embossed using WOW Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter. It's so glittery in real life. It's like having my whole background made out of stardust stickles!! Swoon! However, it photographs not so well. 

Here is a close up

I don't even know if that shows it any better but hey, I tried ;)

I inked up Hero Arts Peace Poinsettias and Holly Jolly again. I told you you'd be seeing this baby again and again! I stamped and fussy cut them then colored the images with distress ink. Some little white dots were added to the center. 

I really wanted the sentiment to lay over top of my design like Julie's does in her card but I learned my lesson about stamping on top of things. I decided to stamp on a piece of acetate that way I could lay my sentiment right over top of my flower and it would still be legible. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Hello Sunshine set. I stamped it in black just like Julie and added three enamel dots in place of her rhinestones. 

Isn't playing along with new things fun?! As an added bonus all the stamps and stencil are available over at A2ZScrapbooking. Please feel free to use the code KELLYL15 for 15% off your order :) 

Thanks for dropping by!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Un-Jolly My Holly

 Hello Crafters! 

Sometimes I forget about really fabulous places you can find inspiration and interaction. Ever happen to you? Maybe there is a blogger you totally love but then you lose your mojo or take a vacation and then when you come back to crafting there are a hundred different things going on in the crafty community and you just "misplace" them. 

Yeah that happened to me and Moxie Fab. It's not that they stopped being awesome. I just got caught up in other bloggers, pinterest, and all these other places I go to when I'm needing a little crafty boost. The other day I was searching around on pinterest and someone had pinned a fabulous card. It linked back to Moxie Fab and I was "Moxie Freaking FAB!! Duh!" 

Anywho they are holding a fabulous (Fabulous Friday to be exact) challenge, as they so frequently do, and I am super excited to be playing along again. It's an inspiration photo. 

In case you didn't know I love nail polish. I have a whole bucket, yes bucket, of it. I frequently change it even if it's not chipped just because I want to try another one in the bucket. I originally tried to do an awesome nail polish marble technique I saw on Kara do. You can see the tutorial here.  Her card is awesome. Mine was not so much. I'm sure it was user error. So instead I decided to go with what I love. Colors, colors, colors!

I also used the current sketch at Retro Sketches which is super fun. Here is the sketch

I turned the sketch. 

I thought it might be kind of hard to see how I used the sketch so I'm showing you  exactly how I was looking at it . . .

I used Hero Arts set Holly Jolly. It's a new Christmas themed set but I thought the leaves could be beautiful in fall too. I adored the bold jewel tones in the inspiration photo and I new the only way I was going to get that kind of saturation was by using distress inks. 

I started by stamping the holly on a piece of white and coloring it with distress inks. I'm going to list them because sometimes people want to recreate and I wouldn't want you to wonder ;) If you aren't recreating skip this part. It's boring. ha!
I used crushed olive, mustard seed, ripe persimmon, festive berries, seedless preserves, picked raspberry, dusty concord, and chipped sapphire. The seedless preserves was combined with the picked raspberry to get the cranberry color (which might I add I completely love!!) and dusty concord was used with the chipped sapphire to achieve the blue violet.  I really wanted the colors to be as close to the beautiful hues in the photo. 

Once I had a base panel colored I stamped even more holly, trimmed them out, and colored them with the same distress inks. I wanted it to feel like a pile of leaves with that texture not just flat to the card. I adhered just the middle of the leaves so that the edges were free. I added some white dots to the leaves because well, I can't stop putting them on everything. Sometimes something just sticks with you!! I also added stickles to the edges. They kind of look like they were dipped in sugar :)  

I cut a second panel of white by partially tracing a circle die to be my second "box' in the sketch. I die cut the happy from Simon Says Stamp colored it with the seedless preserves/picked raspberry combo and put it back in place. Add more glitter :) I heat embossed the "Autumn" from Hero Arts Season of giving onto black card stock and added it flat. The sentiment felt too bold on top of all that color so I framed in the window with a black pen. It seemed to help tie in the black sentiment. The white panel was adhered on top of the leaves with dimensional adhesive. 

Alright this was long as what! Thanks for hanging in there and for visiting me :) 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Harvest: A CASE and a Sketch

 Hello Crafters!

This is my second post of the day, which is pretty unusual for me. See today my dear, sweet, loving monster  son decided he would like to get up at 1:30 am. You know so he could have a snack and play. 1:30 am is prime time for playing (only if you're 23 and single. Am I right?) Anyway. He went back to bed at 3:00am. 

Please let this kid sleep in. Please let this kid sleep in. 

8:00am BOOM! Bright eyed and bushy tailed (and extremely cranky) we are up at it. Mickey's Clubhouse isn't going to watch itself Mom! 

We eat, we play, I sleep, we cuddle on the couch. Nap time comes around. Paci, blankie, ocean sounds. Hugs, kisses, love yous, tuck in. 


This is how my day went ALL DAY LONG. Needless to say when my husband got home I handed said monster  son over and holed up in my craft room. Ahh Serenity. 

I had been eyeing the CASE Study Challenge this week but I didn't think I really had any of the necessary supplies to get something together. 
No burlap. No Apple stamp . . ..or did I? When I was going through my stamps I had completely forgot that the Wagon of Wishes by Newton's Nook had a wagon full of apples! 

Another challenge I kept going back to this week was the current Deconstructed Sketch.  Again loved the sketch but it wasn't flowing with the other projects I was working on.

I think the two challenges worked quite well for me today! And it even looks like a fall(ish) card! Whoo Hoo!

Originally I had my stamped panel on a kraft card base. It was cute but I much prefer the white. Plus let me tell you something you might not know. Kraft is the worst thing to photograph ever. Kraft is like your husband's drunk college buddy who photobombs all your wedding photos. The pictures look awful and nobody likes that guy. I thought it was just me but then I saw Kara mentioned it in her post here. Check out her amazing card while you're there :) 

For this card I stamped, fussy cut, colored with distress inks, and puzzle pieced them back together again. I think often with CAS cards it's the little extra details that make it POP so I added stickles to the sweet bird and glossy accents to the apples. I also added glossy accents to the wheel wells after I colored them with a silver pen. The grass was drawn in with  paint brush and distress inks. 

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you have a peaceful Tuesday night with no monster 
children or photobombing drunkards ha!


Paper Smooches: One Layer Inspiration

 Hello crafters!

How are you all doing? 
I am wonderful, okay beyond wonderful. Every once in a while in the sweet crafty world of blog land I am blessed enough to win a challenge. Recently, I have won a few and every single time I'm stoked. 
Sometimes it includes a prize but sometimes it doesn't. Either way is fine for me because to me it's about my projects out in the world inspiring people. It's real talented people looking at something that I made and saying to themselves "Man that's cool/beautiful/interesting/different/whathaveyou and I'm really inspired by it." 
Sometimes there a certain challenges that are like the be all end all of supremely talented people and to win it is a huge ginormous honor. Today I got one of those. I almost fell out of my seat!!

  This card won the Runway Inspired Challenge. I mean that team is full of such exceptional talent. Jen RzasaLindsay Amrhein, Agnieszka Malyszek,  even there retired list is amazing Wida Miller, Laura Bassen, Sarah JayCristina Kowalczyk.  The List goes on and on but you get the point.  I'm feeling so very very blessed right now :) How little old me would fit in amongst those girls is unfathomable to me but I'll take it! What's your be all end all challenge to win? I have a few more on bucket list still :) 

On to the actual card for today. Another one layer love for me!

Paper Smooches (another fabulous team there too! Extra special love to my girl Katie Gehrig!) is holding a photo inspiration challenge this week. I love to look at these types of galleries. It's fascinating all the different interpretations! Do you guys do that to? 

Here is the photo

As soon as I saw the vase on the left all I could think about was the Blossoming Buds set. It's like it was made for this! Plus this photo is flowers. Oh Paper Smooches were you thinking of me when you picked this photo?! I'm sure you weren't but let me have my disillusions! I loved the colors and the detail on the skull too. 

I also wanted to play along with CAS(E) this sketch. This team has so many talented girls I couldn't even list them! 

I thought the rounded flowers in Blossoming Buds would be perfect to mimic the swoop of the banner. I did turn the sketch vertical. I know it's abstract but hopefully you can still see it. 

Flowers + Colors + Detail + Sketch. Add them all up and you get:

Tada! Hahaha. 
I picked out the red, orange, and purple from the inspiration photo. I would have loved to use that bright blue but I just didn't have copics that matched it so I picked a more blue/green for my leaves. I pretty much just stamped and colored. Two of my favorite things.
 I did learn something though. Kathy Racoosin is always talking about how she outlines her images in black marker after she stamps. Straight up, I thought she was crazy. Turns out it's totally worth it. I really felt like the images POPPED so much more after I outlined them. That girl knows her business :) The white dots are another thing I learned from Kathy and I super love them. I use them all the time now! I tried to mimic the white detail on the skull vase. I added some stickles to my flower centers and stamped the sentiment from the same set. 
One layer love, is there anything better?! 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Home is Where the Housewarming is

Hello crafters!
Happy Monday to you! I know, I know are Monday's really happy?
Well, mine is. I'm starting a stretch of five days off! Whoop whoop! Granted my days will be spent cleaning but my nights will spent CRAFTING!!
Speaking of homes, Catherine Pooler just launched her new blog/makeover and she is throwing herself a little housewarming party.
She is giving away oodles and oodles of goodies to some lucky winners and you can play along by creating a house themed project.
Here's mine
I recently bought Simon Says Stamp's Nativity set to make some Christmas cards but I couldn't help but notice the manager is this adorable little house outline. The outline heart image is also in the set.
I decided to do a play on "Home is where the heart is" by filling my home with hearts!
I wanted this to be a one lay card so I stamped the outline house and then masked it to stamp my hearts. I colored them in an ombre pattern and outlined them in a soft teal blue. The sentiment is from Altenew's Super Script. After I stamped it I felt like it needed something on the left to balance it out. I just ran my darkest copic down the dies along my ruler to keep it straight. Because I must have everything framed in I lined it with a thin black marker too :)
I did want my one layer car to have some dimension so I added stickles to my hearts (show me your shocked face) and glossy accents to my sentiment. The black is soooo shiny. I love it!!
Okay that's it for me :)
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lemon Lime Hello

  Hello crafters!
How are you all doing this morning? I hope well.
I am wonderful. Thank you all so much for the kind words on yesterday's post. I really appreciate the encouragement.
Yesterday before my shift ended we kind of had a dance party in the radio room. Ha! Yeah it happens :)
Four very manly cops and two dispatchers dancing around to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off while two of those very manly cops sang back and forth to each other. Hahaha! It was awesome!!
 Haven't heard it yet? Let me fix that problem for you.

 You too can shake it off!!
Now that we are all happy and seat dancing let's get to the card shall we?
During my recent shopping spree I finally picked up some Altenew stamps. Those Super Script stamps have been calling my name for quite some time along with the gorgeous Magnolias for Her!! Altenew announced their first ever challenge and I received my stamps in time to play along :)
Here is the inspiration photo
I loved the color combo, of course, and that gorgeous Moroccan pattern in the peeling wallpaper but what I was really drawn to was that button. Something about that black and silver just screamed USE ME!! USE ME!! So I did :)
I stamped the magnolia and colored it with copics. I only used two colors because I wanted to leave the tips white. The "leaves" were created with on the petals included in the set. I stamped the petal once. To get the leaf shape I flipped the stamped around and only inked the outside edge. Does that make sense?
The hello was stamped in black and then fussy cut out. I used my Moroccan stencil from Simon Says Stamp to create the pattern. I just traced it with a silver metallic pen. It's pretty hard to see the actual pattern but it's okay you get the general idea. or you don't. whatever. It's pretty.
I adhered the flower and leaves down to the card base and then popped the sentiment overtop with some very, very, very small pieces of dimensional adhesive. Yes that small. But totally worth it. Clean and simple and very button pattern like. YAY! I did add a miniscule amount of stickles to the where the petals curled but you really can't see it at all.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Three: Colors was all I could come up with

  Hello crafters!
Enjoying your weekend I hope. I'm an working but for once I don't mind.
Personal side note here: I have worked as a Police/Fire/EMS dispatcher for over ten years. The city I work for has decided to regionalize. We are being fired.  Oh wait, according to the city's attorney it's not fired ,don't say the F word, our positions are being abolished. See, doesn't that sound so much better? Anyway, as of next June we are all out on our unemployed booties.
We saw this coming so I had applied for a state level job back in May.
I just found out I got the position which is wonderful and I am grateful. So grateful but also sad. I have worked here for so long and I truly love it. Now there is such little time left. It just makes me sad.
I read something once that said something like if you won't walk out the door yourself God has no problem shoving you out the window. I'm being shoved out a window here. I'm going to try and embrace it.
On a happier note let's get to the card for today shall we?
Over at CAS-ology the cue card is:
I was super inventive and used three colors to create my card. Yep, that's me really pushing the interpretational boundaries ha! Then my three colors ended up looking like 4 anyway so whatever. I'm just going to show you the card now ;)
Yeah so this card started out as a completely different idea. I colored some white card stock with ripe persimmon, mustard seed, and salty ocean. In order to try to blend the yellow and blue I obviously made green. Then when I cut the die it was very little blue and a whole lotta green. Originally I cut the Hero Art's Renaissance Heart Die out of the colored panel and a white panel with the intention of only using the white outline to do a die cut inlay.
Then something kind of wonderful happened.
I was picking up random pieces and placing them in but they started to build this kind of swirl design inside the heart and I LOVED it!! I decided I had all these white pieces anyway so I'd just go with the swirl and fill in the rest of the heart with the white.
Then I almost ruined the whole thing.
For the sentiment I wanted to stamp directly over the die cutting. The whole time I was like "Oh Lord Jesus please don't let me ruin this card." I stamped it. I picked the block up off the card. I yelled "Whatdidyoudo?!?!"
Seriously bad scene in the craft room. ha! It was all uneven and ugly. Of course it was uneven. I STAMPED ON DIE CUTS! Fortunately, I was able to use a black pen to fill it in and salvage it. Oh yeah, the sentiment is from Messages with Flourish I just didn't ink the pretty flourish part. I added two strips of black, some enamel dots, and of course I stickled the colored die cuts :) The card survived. Praise the Lord :)
Thanks for suffering through this long random post (ha!) and for stopping by!!