Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Christine Blog Hop

Hello Crafters! 

I have a bit of fun for you guys today! Welcome to Christine's Birthday Blog Hop!
Didn't know you were participating in a hop? It's cool I'm the first stop. You haven't missed anything :) 

As most of you know I'm on the design team for Create A Smile. Christine Drogt is the owner and she is a very dear friend. Christine was the first person whoever sought me out to be on her team. Talk about a giant boost of self-confidence. She didn't stop there either. Over the years she's given me advice, talked me off the ledge when I wanted to quit, asked my opinion and straight listened to me complain about the most ridiculous stuff. Because that's what she does. 
Being on a team with her isn't like having a "boss" it's being part of a family. She includes us in so many thing she doesn't have to and values each of us along with the things we have to say even if it's not what she thinks. 
I'll cut it off here because it's a long hop but Christine please know I am so blessed to have you as my friend. I'm sending love and hugs xoxo. I hope you have the most wonderfully fantastical day. P.s. I'm pretty sure I made that word up. 

Alright yo, it's going down for real . . .the idea behind this hop is that we all chose a card of Christine's to CASE. 

That watercolor background makes me weak in the knees. I love how she cut around it to pop it up on dimensional adhesive. The umbrellas floating down are adorable and I'm always in love with white embossing on black. Always. 


I used Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire distress inks to create my background. Once the color was added I laid the Swirly Stencil on top and covered it with a large acrylic block. Then I added like 4 heavy books and let it dry. Once it's dry you can see the subtle pattern and I love it. 
Why the books? Watercolor paper tends to warp and if the stencil isn't making contact with the paper it can't leave an impression. I cut around the background. I have no idea how she does this so perfectly all the time?! It was hard! Watercolor paper is thick dude. 


I colored some balloons from Monster Party and the submarine from Underwater Love using my copics, I fussy cut them out and adhered them to my watercolor panel. The sentiment is from Make A Wish. I couldn't figure out a way to make it work with the black embossed sentiment grrr. Finally I just accepted it and stamped them in black. A few sequins finished it off. 

Alright the stop on the hop is Marina. There's also a complete list if you get lost along the way. While you're out hopping around you could head over to Christine's blog and wish her a happy birthday too. I mean if you wanted . . .   :)















Thanks for stopping by!

XoXo

19 comments:

  1. Stunning card! Love the watercolour background!

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  2. Wowzers!! Awesome card!!
    Looove the bright colors and ... all those little balloons... so fun!

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  3. Awesome card Kelly and great minds think alike I also went for the watercolored and cut background yours is so, so pretty.

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  4. How fun....I love how you were inspired...gorgeous!

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  5. Fabulous card, Kelly. Adore the bright colors and the textured look with the stencil. Excellent work! Hugs! And Happy Birthday to your friend. :)

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  6. Stunning card Kelly, I love the bright colours!

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  7. ooooooooooooooh gorgeus background!!!!

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  8. And this too.... you must show me how you do this, because I tried and it did NOT work! :(

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  9. Oh my!!! That background is just STUNNING!!! LOVE the bright colors.

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  10. adorable card Kelly! Love the colorful balloons and the cut out background. This was such a fun surprise for Christine!!!

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  11. Great case. Love those bright colors!

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  12. So vibrant colours!! Awesome card as always!!

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  13. Christine is such a wonderful, caring person! Your card is so beautiful!

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  14. Kelly you did a perfect case of Christines card those balloons just totally pop. What a thoughtful bunch you are.

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  15. Love that background with those subtle swirls... and the yellow submarine is gorgeous.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  16. Such a cute idea to have a submarine with birthday balloons!
    I am so happy to be in a team with such a creative and talented person like you and that you said rightaway to the blog hop idea!
    Hugs
    Anni

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  17. what a fun card. love the colorful backdrop for your cute balloon towing sub.

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  18. LOVE this and that deep, rich blue background looks so perfect with your amazingly colored images!! Such a vibrant and beautiful card and so like you to create BEAUTY for a friend!! Love it!!!

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  19. Kelly my dear, reading your post might have been the most emotional moment on my birthday. Thank you sooo much for your sweet words that make me feel like a superstar. I don't have to tell you I love your card, Because you know I do! It's bright, cheerful and clever. Thank you, my friend - you are the best! <3

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