Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Blog Named Hero: Christmas Guest

 Hello Crafters! 

I'm so excited to be guest designing over at A Blog Named Hero today. 



On November 1st they started a Christmas Celebration that has been really wonderful. They have had so many talented guests and I am thrilled to be among them :) 

Here is my card:


You can read all the sordid details over at A Blog Named Hero and enter yourself into running for one of the $25.00 gift cards they are giving away to Simon Says Stamp!! Whoo Hoo! 

I hope to see you over there! 
Thanks for visiting :) 

XoXo

Monday, November 17, 2014

CASEing Genius: Katie Gehring

 
 

Hello Crafters!
It's Monday and time for another fabulous genius!

I give you the sweet, wonderful, amazingly talented . . . .



Katie, Katie, Katie. What can I tell you about Katie? Well, I actually know Katie in real life. She lives relatively close to me and hosts a crop at her church once a month for all of us to get together. Katie gets there early to set up. Katie stays late to clean up. Basically, Katie is selfless. She is sweet and kind, constantly supportive. She is my sentiment guru :) Whenever I don't know where to put my sentiment, because pre-planning is far too much effort, she always saves me with the perfect placement. Now talent, Katie's got loads and loads. She does puny adorable and then turns around with elegant florals. You'll see what I mean shortly. She just has this fabulous eye for design that I love. I do hope you'll go visit her blog, Stamping Lightly, and leave some love. 

Interview:

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Katie Gehring.  I am wife to Jason and mom to Paige and Sophie.  We live on almost 2 acres in Bath, Ohio with our four cats and lots and lots of antique automobiles. 

2. How would you describe your style?
This is a tough question because I think that others can most objectively identify one’s style, but if I had to put a label on it, I would say that it is Clean and Simple- with sprinkle of Kitsch and a healthy side of Cute. 

3.  Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
This question made me LOL because I am working with huge fall releases from Avery Elle and Waffle Flower Crafts, plus a little Paper Smooches too, and I feel like I have stamps coming out of my ears right now!  That coupled with my desire to maintain supplies simply and not have a big stash of stuff that sits around unused, I don’t have a lot of product crushes right now.  
Once my desire to acquire returns, and I am sure it will, there are so many awesome stamp sets out there, but for now, I wouldn’t mind getting the mini Distress ink cubes in ALL THE COLORS and some of those darling storage tins.  

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was the corner rounder from Creative Memories circa 2001.  I still have it too!  Sadly, I am not sure that it’s available any longer, so I don’t think I could purchase it again. 

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song
I LOVE music and have many, many favorite songs of the moment. Recently, I have been jamming to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift, This is How We Do by Katy Perry, and for a change of pace, Human by Christina Perri  

6. Who would play you in a movie? 
Gosh this is a tough question.  Though she is much younger than me, and she’s British, I would love Emma Watson to play me in a movie.  

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
When I was younger, I had a keen interest in Opera/Musical Theater and even thought that I might study music at college.  Practicality took over and I ended up with an undergrad in Criminology, minor in Women’s Studies and a master’s in Higher Education/ Student Affairs Administration, go figure.  Anyway, I practiced my opera and show tune music so much, that most of my songs that were once in my repertoire are committed to memory.  Occasionally, I have been know to break out into bits of song or an aria (while crafting) much to the delight of my family and crafty friends. :) 

Here is some eye candy for you via Katie




This is so KATIE! How can you not smile with that sentiment and those bright colors?!



Seriously, this looks like something you could buy right off the shelf. Beautiful floral arrangement in an array of fantastic colors. 



Such fun! I love how she stamped her pattern in fun colors and then set the frame off kilter. It adds to the playfulness for sure!!

The CASE:

Katie's is kind of partial to a green/blue/pink/orange combo. I love it I embraced that. I think her layering is fantastic. I always crazy love framing things in so Katie's tendency to do that is right up my alley. You know I love me some flowers so I definitely had to include those. Last but not least I really loved the idea of a pattern panel :)


I decided to go with a one layer card. Because A. I love them and B. My Cuttlebug went to heaven this weekend. It was sad. He'll be replaced shortly. Anyway. I used all Winnie and Walter on this card. I stamped banner and masked it. I masked the edges then stamped and masked all the flowers and leaves. Yes it's a bit of work. Yes, It's totally worth it. I colored with my copics then outlined everything with a copic multiliner. I also added white highlights and stardust stickles. I wanted the large "hello" to stand out against my busy background so I didn't outline the flowers directly behind it. I also added a white drop shadow to really make it pop. 
A bit of advice . . .Frame your square before you color. My edges were super messy. 

That's it for me! I hope you loved learning more about Katie and don't forget to go visit her blog for more inspiration!!

Thanks for visiting!

XoXo

Something New and Exciting

 Hello Crafters! 

How are you all doing today? 

I'm glad to be home from work. It snowed buckets here which made for a very busy morning and a super fun (i.e. not fun at all) ride home. 

I'm stopping in with a quick post to let you all I know I'm joining a new DT. Yay! Right?!


I stumbled across LiaStampz Store and just fell in love with her cute images. I went to check out the blog and low and behold they were having a DT call. What?!

Here is one of her adorable images I used to create a card for the Caring Hearts Card Drive. This image is a whole set of Christmas images called Silly Santa Christmas that are perfect for this drive. 



The original tree has that sweet scallop/stitched border but it just a plain tree. I dressed mine up for Christmas with some hand drawn lights and silver pen garland. I also continued the stamp design up the whole tree then colored with copics. 

You can check out the whole team over at the LiaStampz blog. They are a talented bunch indeed ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

XoXo




Friday, November 14, 2014

Merry Christmas Poinsettia

 Hello Crafters!

How are you? I'm fabulous. 
I  had a night off. It was wonderful! I got to make dinner for my boys. After I laid on the couch with my husband and snuggled with my little bucket. I miss them so much when I have a long stretch of work! The clear highlight of the night was Nathan (aka bucket) using his toy wrench to try and "tighten" or "loosen" Molly's (the dog) paws. Whenever, she would pull away he would grab her paw, look at her like "hey, you're paw is going fall off if you don't let me tighten it back up. Really, I'm helping you." and continue turning his play wrench around her paw. Fortunately, Molly has the best temperament ever and humors him quite often.    
The only wrinkle in my night. It snowed. I can no longer deny the winter. I know I live in Northeast Ohio. I know it snows every single winter. I don't have to like it. Thankfully, I also had my snow tires put on yesterday so at least that's done. 

Since I had snow on my mind when I saw the current Fusion Card Challenge I couldn't help but channel the inspiration photo into winter. I'm also entering it into Hero Art's Monthly Challenge: Anything Goes Holiday Today is the last day!!


Plus it gave me another excuse to use my Hero Art's Peace Poinsettias. I really do love that stamp set. 


Things got out of hand with this card. I wanted to cut a window with the poinsettia over hanging the window. Didn't happen. Then I wanted to make it a one layer card. The stenciling went bad and that didn't happen. Ultimately, I was left with a huge flat square and not a single clue as to what to do with it. Awesome. 
I was too invested at this point to let it go. I told myself I would make it work. I WOULD MAKE IT WORK!! 

So let's briefly discuss the making of said enormous square. I stamped the flower and leaves in light inks and then masked them. I rubbed on distress inks. I colored the flower white. I jumped up and down that I managed to color a white flower. After the celebration I realized the distress ink background wasn't bold enough. I went in with copics. Much better. I masked the flowers and leaves again. I laid down Basic Grey/Hero Art's Leaf and Flourish to mimic the design on the cake and added Ranger's Texture paste. I didn't feather the paste enough an it was too thick so there was no gradation to the rest of the card. Boo. I decided to trim it into a square. I cursed myself for trimming it into a square. I finally decided to try cutting the flower out with my exacto knife and popping it up with dimensional adhesive. It was still  a ginormous square but at least now it didn't look so flat. I added some stardust stickles in dots to the background and the flower center. The sentiment is from Hero Art's Christmas Tree Stamp & Cut die. 

All and all it was a rough ride but I got there :) 
If you interested in anything I used just click the links. It will take you to the A2ZScrapbooking store where everything is in stock. You can use the code KellyL15 to save 15% off your $25.00 purchase. Got to save those pennies where ever you can!!

Thanks for visiting!!

XoXo

Thursday, November 13, 2014

You Are Incredible:Watercolor

 Hello Crafters!

Today is my Saturday! Thank the Lord and Hallelujah!!

When you're coming off a ten day stretch of nothing but 6:00pm to 2am shifts those days off are so much sweeter. I'm still adjusting to this new "move you all over" schedule at the new job which has left substantially less time for blog surfing and crafting. Real life, you are so uncool. 

I did find time to create a card for a special friend of mine. I recently was blessed enough to meet Ms. Jana Millen at a stamp retreat. She is the sweetest, most wonderful person. Truly. I wanted her to know that she was in my thoughts. She had made an impression. 
I don't think it's a state secret but in case I'm doing a poor job of living it I'll tell you, I'm a Christian. I realize not everyone is. That's okay I love you anyway ;) I'm not going to get on a soapbox here but this is my blog and this is me so we're going to touch on it for one second. 
I just wanted Jana to know that from one Christian woman to another she touched my heart with her faith, with how she lives her life, and I am grateful to know her. 

Here is the card I made for her. 


I stamped the flower and petals from Altenew's Magnolias for Her on some water color paper. I might add that I colored this before I googled magnolias. Yeah so the shading is wrong. Oops. ;) Ah, oh well, it's pretty anyway. 
 At first I wanted it to be monochromatic so I colored the leaves gray but I didn't like them so I added some green in. Ahhh. Much better. 
I trimmed it out. Dude, watercolor paper is thick. Makes tired hands. 

I cut a window out out of a white panel with my paper trimmer. I refuse to buy square dies when I can do it myself. I know it's crafty blaspheme but some products you just don't need. The square die is one of those for me. Now a square die with stitching .. .hmmm.. . I'll have to think about that one ;)

I drew a frame around my window with a pen and a ruler then attached it over some black that I had heat embossed. I used dimensional adhesive for both the panel and the frame panel. 

Thanks for stopping by!

XoXo

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Create A Smile: November Release



 Hello Crafters!

It's time for Create A Smile's November release and Christine has really out done herself!

She is releasing two stamps sets and three stencils. They are all fabulous!! 
Would you like a look?

                                            

                           
                                                    

Ahhh! Aren't they awesome?!
I adore that background and those little radios and I CAN'T wait to try those layering stencils

Today I used Perfect Tune with some watercoloring


When I first attempted this background I was trying to be all exact and . . .well . . it was just not good. Once I let it go and just got straight up messy with it I really loved it. 

I stamped the radio and the little dots from the set before I watercolored so I knew how big I wanted my background circle to be . I added the colors in wedges starting from the red around to the pink. I splattered on droplets after every color before cleaning my brush. It was a big time saver :) 

I stamped the radio and heart bubble, colored them with copics and trimmed them out. I adhered them with dimensional adhesive and finished the card off with some stardust stickles. 

 I hope you'll head over to the Create A Smile blog and check out some of Christine's incredible creations using the background, Hypnotize. She is wicked talented. 
The entire new release will be available for purchase on Friday!!

Thanks so much for visiting!

XoXo

Monday, November 10, 2014

CASEing Genius: Vera Yates


Hello Crafters! 

Are you ready? yes? 

I can't hear you . . .

YES?!

Today's CASEing Genius is . . .



I have known Vera for a few years and have admired her work much longer than that. She is such a sweet talented soul. She is always there with an encouraging word to help pick up others. A wonderful example of this is the Caring Hearts Card Drive that Vera started a few years ago. She and Jennifer collect Christmas cards for the elderly and mail them out to nursing homes. How cool is that?! I have participated every year. I have a soft spot for the elderly :) The card drive is actually going on right now. If you'd like to get in on the fun and spread some love! You have until November 28th. There is also a TON of prizes you could win. All the information is here.  Okay, let's get back to Vera shall we? Her blog is called Ling's Design Studio and do I hope you'll go check out all her incredible creations. There is endless inspiration over there!

Interview:

1. Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Vera Yates, but I also answer to Lingling (it's my Chinese nickname). I am a girl who loves her family and her dogs like crazy. My dogs are my kids. I was born and raised in Indonesia, but been calling Texas home for the past 2 decades. I love pretty papers, colors, cute stuff and pugs. I mean, I reaaaallllyyyy love pugs and yes, as you can guess one of my kid is a pug. The other one is rescue mutt. Both, spoil rotten. :) 

2. How would you describe your style?
CAS, cute, bright and cheerful. I love designing projects with lots of white space.

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now?
Enamel dots. I want them all in every color and size. They  make me happy.

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was Creative Memories album ,  trimmer and ZIG markers. And,  yes, I'd still buy them now. They have such good quality products. I mean, my trimmer still works like a champ and except for a few colors that I used a lot, my ZIG markers all still works well. Back then and now, I can still go ga-ga over markers.

Fun stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song?
Taylor Swift's Shake It Off. I love the message and the light tune. 

6. Who would play you in a movie?
Hm... First one that come to mind is Sandra Bullock. Hah... Maybe because she's one of my favorite actress. She has that down to earth vibe, private, but very fun & loving to those in her inner circle. When I meet new people, I tend to be very quiet, guarded, but once I get comfortable, my fun, silly side come out. And, I am fiercely  loyal to my love ones. The only thing, she's tall. I am 5 foot even, so I guess, I have to pick someone shorter. Hah...

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
That I can be very silly. Only those close to me see this side of me. I am a shy person by nature, so I tend to be quiet, but around the people I am close and comfortable with, I can be a total silly goose. ;) 

Pugs, Sandra Bullock and silliness. My kinda girl :)

Here are some of Vera's awesome projects


How cute is this?! I love how the one duck was spotlighted.

Um. What kind of magic is this?! Those bright colored butterflies and white on white texture . . .SWOON. 


Gold and navy?! So gorgeous. I love her flower arrangement. 

The CASE:

First I have to tell you I have all the geniuses pick the cards they feel are most like them. I don't pick because the cards would reflect my style and not theirs. Many years ago Vera and I were both mojoless and decided to do a month long mojo challenge. We used the same products or inspiration photo to make a project. It was tons of fun but we learned very quickly we had different tastes in stamps. Vera said she was afraid of flowers. ha! Did you see that card up there?! Afraid of flowers. pfft. Crazy. I giggled pretty hard when I saw which cards she had picked :)


Clearly I was pretty heavily influenced by Vera's last card. I loved those wide stripes. I don't have a wide stripe stamp (must.get.one.) so I just used black cardstock strips. I wanted to tone it down a bit so it didn't overwhelm my card. I created a die cut panel to partial cover the stripes. I opted for the Hero Arts solid poppy stamp as a nod to the solid silhouette from Vera's second card. I stamped in tattered rose and then colored with copics on top of it. Once it was colored I trimmed it out so I could pop it up peaking out of the circle frame. The sentiment was stamped in Punch Chalk ink from Hero Arts and black. This was my way of doing some spotlighting like Vera did in her first card. What better to spotlight than Christ :) 
I felt like I needed another red element so I added a small strip on the left hand side. Since it is a Christmas card I'll be able to add it to my growing pile for the Caring Hearts Card Drive :) 

Thank you so much to Vera for participating and to you for stopping by!

XoXo