Monday, January 22, 2018

Merry Monday #274 Bits of Holiday Magic!

Happy Monday, friends! I'm so glad you've stopped by today! I have a fun card to share with you for this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge! I'm starting to realize how addicted to Christmas stamps I have become! LOL! I just ordered a few more new sets so it won't feel like a broken record around here! Ha ha!

Isn't this snowy scene beautiful? Nina has challenged us to make a Christmas card with snow. I guess snowflakes count as snow, right? I was planning on making something much different for this week's challenge, until I saw some absolutely gorgeous photos that my stamping friend Dawn Lusk posted on Facebook. They were photos that she took of ACTUAL snowflakes and one of them was placed on a beautiful pink/orchid sweater or scarf! I was completely inspired and wanted to incorporate that into my design for today! Thank you, Dawn!

To begin, I needed to recreate the sweater element for my card. I started by watercoloring a piece of 140 lb cold-pressed watercolor paper from Strathmore. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to create the different colors. I love using my Pearl watercolors, but the colors are limited, so I chose to use these, but add the white pearl paint over the top that is included in the 36 color set. I love that I can make any of the colors with a pearlescent quality by adding that over the top! I did have some interesting patterns on the watercolor piece before I embossed it, so I may try a design like this again, but without the embossing so you can see the "fractals" that I created with paint, but mimicked the fractals on a snowflake. I spritzed it with Frost Shimmer Spray and then dried it using my heat tool. 

I set that aside and got to work on the snowflakes for the card. I grabbed a piece of cardstock that matched the background nicely and die cut the retired "Snowflake Medley" snowflakes and then heat embossed them with some old SU! powder called Hologram Highlights. I knew it would give the snowflakes a translucent and sparkly quality that I was hoping to achieve.

Once the watercolor panel was good and dry, I embossed it using on of my favorite embossing folders called Knitted from Richard Garay. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby quite a while ago. I heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of vellum using silver detail powder. Once it had cooled, I added it to a strip of glitter cardstock slightly larger than the vellum strip. It helped flatten it out and I was able to tape it with scotch tape tightly to the back.

I wanted to give the snowflakes a little bit more detail, so I added some lilac Nuvo Drops here and there on each snowflake. I did this AFTER they had been adhered to the watercolor piece. I used this same technique on this non-traditional CARD I made last year. It ended up being one of my favorite Christmas cards of the year!

The watercolor piece is adhered to an A2 cardbase using foam mounting tape for some added dimension. I also added a few GEMS here and there for even more sparkle! Thanks for fluttering by!

Precious Remembrance Shop-New!!! Daily Thoughts Stickers!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Precious Remembrance Shop release! Today we are sharing the NEWS about the new Daily Thoughts Stickers! These are absolutely perfect for all of you planner addicts! I haven't joined the craze, but I'm sure I won't be able to hold out for long! LOL! These will be the perfect addition to decorate all of your planned events!

Are you  interested in winning some of these adorable stickers? Two random winners will be chosen on January 24th at midnight! All you need to do for this drawing, is leave a comment on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog and you'll be entered! Easy peasy! As you can see, they come in both a color version or black and white for those of you who love to do your own coloring!

Thanks for joining me the last 3 days as we celebrate the new release! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

WE HAVE A WINNER & Congratulations!

Thank you ALL so VERY much for your many sweet comments on my 10th Blog-iversary post! You really made me feel so happy when I read each and every one of them! It really made me feel like I could go on for 10 more years! (((((Hugs to all of you))))) So...without further adieu, I will announce the winner: Comment 42-Chris L. from Purrfect Paper Creations! You have won the $50 Papertrey Ink gift certificate! Send me an email at and I will email you the redemption code for the gift certificate!

I decided to share a fun card with you today that I made a week or so ago. It all started with the background (which I ended up covering) LOL! I had so much fun making the background for THIS card that I wanted to try another one. After I had made it, I couldn't decide which stamps would complement it the best, so that is why is just got covered up. 

I did want to embrace the red and gold, though, especially since it is almost Valentine's Day. I used the always-fun-to-color Happy Day stamp! I especially love it when paired with gold embossing. I colored it with Copic Markers. I layered it onto the Mix and Mat: Pinked Edge Die

Congratulations again, Chris! Thanks for fluttering by!

PRS Daily Thoughts Bits & Pieces Blog Hop-Let the music play!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Precious Remembrance Shop release and Blog Hop! Today we are showcasing the new Daily Thoughts Bits & Pieces! I just love using these on projects because they are so fast and easy to use! They're perfect for when you are in a time crunch or want a quick embellishment! You can see what the rest of the designers have come up with as well! But, before I lose you in inspiration, I just want to let you know that you can enter to win the "Daily Thoughts" Bits and Pieces...simply leave a comment on each stop of the blog as well as the PRS blog. One winner will be randomly selected. You have until midnight of Jan 24th to enter. You can check all of the social media sites for the winner! Also, you can get a 10% discount on any order over 30 dollars using code: DTKELLY10
Kelly Lunceford (you are here)

You can see everything that the collection includes here! Aren't they great?

For my project, I decided to embrace the music theme and create a gift card holder and coordinating card to give to my son for Valentine's Day! I will go and get an Apple Music gift card, which is very fitting for this project, and very useful for a teenage boy! LOL!

I created a box that would fit the gift card nicely as well as the card. The entire project is completed using the Bits and Pieces and just one stamp from the previously showcased "Daily Thoughts" that I shared yesterday.

I had so much fun working on this project! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

PRS Daily Thoughts Blog Hop-Thinking of You

Welcome to the newest release blog hop for the Precious Remembrance Shop! The team is featuring the amazing new set called Daily Thoughts! I am in love! Head over to the BLOG as well as the rest of the team's blogs for lots more inspiration! Would you like to win this set? Simply leave a comment on each designer's blog post as well as at the PRS Blog (linked above). One lucky winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced on the blog and all other social media sites! Entries will be taken until Jan. 24th, 2018 at midnight.

Kelly Lunceford (you are here)

Remember, you can still take advantage of a 10% off discount from an order of $30 or more using this code: DTKELLY10

For today's card, I thought it would be fun to do some watercloring to really bring out the 80's vibe of the card! Cassette tapes were a MAJOR part of the 80's for me, so I couldn't wait to get started using this fabulous set! I did a watercolor wash as well as some paint spatter onto some 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. While that was drying, I got to work stamping and splattering the cassette tape image as well. I cut it out with scissors so that I could follow the stamp lines for a more organic feel.

I knew that I wanted to create some of the actual "tape" coming out of the cassette. I cut a narrow strip of black cardstock and then stamped the "when life is tough, just pause and breathe" sentiment repeatedly in white ink. I used my quilling tool to wrap it tightly in a coil. Once that was done, I taped it to the back of the cassette image using scotch tape and got to work manipulating it how I wanted it on the card. This card is 100% NOT mailable, but oh, so fun!

Because I dried the watercolor piece with a heat tool, I knew that it was ready to accept embossing powder. I heat embossed the "thinking of you" sentiment directly onto the watercolor piece. I also stamped a few stars around the sentiment as well, which are included in the set. I wanted to repeat the sentiment that I used on the "tape" so I stamped it at the top, stamping it off as I went down the card. I also created a sentiment strip to add to the front of the cassette as well for continuity. 

I also added the tape player "button" images along the bottom of the card as well since it uses the word "pause". I really like how all of the sentiments coordinate so well with the images AND they are ones that I know I will use again and again.

You can see the detail of the tape spilling out of the cassette a little bit better here. I also added a few burnished gold sequins to add to the sparkle! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sending our Sympathy!

It's never fun to NEED a Sympathy card and I have found myself in need. It's times like this when I wish I had one on hand, but I never seem to. I think I'll make it a point to make a few to tuck away and hopefully I won't need them too often. 

I've been re-watching the entire Downton Abbey series and I am in awe of all of the beautiful floral arrangements that are in each episode. I can't imagine having something so lovely all over my home, ALL.THE.TIME. I have been itching to make a floral card using some beautiful florals and this is the perfect opportunity. 

I began by die cutting all of the images and then stamped them in a variety of colors. I used both the Rosie Posie stamp set as well as the companion; Rosie Posie Step 2. I spritzed all of the flowers and leaves using some Shimmer spray. While those were drying, I created the grey background piece. I used the Round Off Edger Dies after I had dry embossed the quatrefoil design. 

I layered all of the flowers onto the grey piece using foam squares for dimension. I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins onto the leaf, flower and a few on the grey embossed piece. The "with heartfelt sympathy" sentiment is from a REALLY old SU! set, but I will never part with it because I like it so much. I heat embossed it using Antique Gold embossing powder to help add in some warmth. I also heat embossed a sentiment on the inside using the same powder.

Hopefully this will bring some cheer to the recipient! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mix it Up Challenge #39-You are WONDERFUL!

It's the first Mix it Up Challenge for the new year! It's perfect for those of you who are getting LOTS of snow this year and sad for us in Utah, with zero snow! The funny part? One of our license plate designs says "The Greatest Snow on Earth"! LOL! You can check out the challenge HERE and I hope you'll get a chance to play along! There's a $50 dollar gift certificate to the SugarPea Designs store up for grabs!

For my card,  I chose to use both sides of the challenge! To begin, I sponged a piece of white cardstock with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink using a heavy hand in some places and lighter in others to mimic the look of the inspiration photo. Once that was done, I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray and then stamped the snowflakes from the Flurry of Warm Wishes stamp set using white ink. I also stamped a few snowflakes onto a piece of gray cardstock as well with dimensions appropriate for the sketch. The "are wonderful" sentiment is heat embossed in silver onto a strip of white cardstock using the Sweet Sentiments-You set. I also die cut the "YOU" sentiment using the YOU Sugar Cut using silver glitter paper. It is stacked on top of three other pieces of white cardstock for a thick piece. I adhered all of these elements onto the card base as per the sketch. I added a few sequins for some added sparkle and detail! A bow of silver cord finishes off the design! I hope you will join us for this fun challenge!