Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Mail

Now that Christmas is over for the month {he he} I decided to embrace the amazing Spring that we are enjoying here in Utah. While today, and the last little bit has been rainy, we have been blessed with a most glorious beginning of Spring! My daffodils and hyacinths are blooming, with a few tulips well on their way! 

Today's card uses quite the potpourri of some of my favorite stamps: Post and Parcel, Graceful Greetings, Bitty Bouquets and Garden Gate. They are all by PTI and I just love the way I was able to incoporate them all into this Springy card!

The book I am reading for Book Club this month is "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett and it is no wonder I am creating these kinds of cards. If you haven't ever read it, I suggest you do so right away. My mom used to read it to my sister and I at bedtime when I was little so it holds a very dear place in my heart. It is the most perfect book to be reading at this exact time of year!
The "thinking of you" sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embosses using gold powder onto a piece of Stamper's Select white card stock that was diecut using a Nestabilities die. I cut it so that it would lay diagonally across the "Pretty in Pink" card base that was dry embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder. The lattice "fence" piece was die cut using one of the fabulous dies included in the "Garden Gate" make it market kit from PTI. I had already stamped the Wisteria from an earlier project, which I will be sharing soon. It was the perfect backdrop for the "Aqua Mist" mail box. The mailbox is stuffed full of bitty bouquets stamped in some fun springy colors. A little bow of black baker's twine is the finishing touch! I had a lot of fun creating this card for a dear friend! It is in the mail and hopefully she will get it tomorrow! Join me soon as I share another set of cards inspired by my book! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Keeping Christmas { We "tissue" a Merry Christmas!}

 "I will honor Christmas in my heart...and try to keep it all the year." -Charles Dickens

It's the 25th and that means it is time for another installment of my "Keeping Christmas" series! I had so much fun all month long sewing and crafting away! Christmas seems to be a time for "punny" neighbor gifts,etc. and this is one of my favorite "punny" gifts to give at Christmas time. They are practical and useful, but cute as well. This is the type of gift that is perfect to give out at the office, book club, sewing group, circle of friends, teachers and more.
 Spring came early to Utah, but early in the month we had a most wonderful and unexpected snow storm so I jumped in the car and headed to my favorite fabric store and knew that this was the day to start! I picked up a nice stack of fun, festive fabrics, but nothing that was specifically Christmas. I want the recipient to feel like it is a useful gift all year long. I was careful to pick prints, colors and patterns that would work nicely with a Christmas tag, though. 
 Once I was home, I popped in a Christmas CD and got to work cutting the fabric. I have used the tutorial which you can find HERE. I have used this pattern in the past but lost the link when we switched computers. I was desperate to find it to include with this post and after some google searching I found it! It is a great tutorial that you will find helpful if you would like to make some.It is the same tutorial that I used for THESE including the cute joke she used!

 When it was all said and done...I ended up with 34 tissue cozies! 34! That's 34 gifts that I don't have to stress about come December!

You can see the fun assortment of fabrics that I picked out. 

 I packaged them up in cellophane bags with ribbon to compliment each fabric.

 34 tissue cozies means 34 tags....what? Yeah...I didn't quite imagine it being such an ordeal! LOL! Like I said before, I definitely couldn't have taken this much time during December! I diecut all of the tags from Kraft cardstock using a PTI tag sale die. I ordered 2 new ones recently specifically because I knew I would be doing a lot of tag making this year. I also diecut the word "Christmas" as well, but after about 18, I just COULD.NOT.CUT.ONE. MORE!!! LOL! I decided to just use a partial sentiment stamp with the word "Christmas". 

I used the "Christmas critters" stamp set that I got last holiday season but didn't get to use it as much as I was hoping. It got a workout for this project! Ha Ha! You can see all of the cute mice and their holiday accoutrements waiting to be assembled.The "we "tissue" a Merry Christmas" portion was computer generated and printed using grey ink to compliment the mice.

 I stamped the mugs, scarves, gifts and sweaters in colors that were reflected in the fabric to give everything a cohesive feel. The tags are threaded with baker's twine for a festive touch.

 The heart images on the mugs have some stickles for a sparkly touch that I just love, especially at Christmas!

The "Christmas" diecut was attached to the tag using a glue pen. I like using adhesive like that for tiny, detailed images. You an also see here how all of the colors work together.

Here is another shot of the tags and you can see the few that I stamped the word onto rather than the diecut. It think they are both cute and my sanity is saved! LOL! I hope you all have a chance to "Keep Christmas" this year. Please comment or email me with the link of your projects! I would love to see what you're up to! I'm also posting on Instagram using the hashtag #keepingchristmas2017 if you'd like to participate that way and I hope you do! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Birthday hugs and wishes

Popping in with a quick hello to share a birthday card I worked on yesterday! I've been working on a fun event for my church that will be taking place on Tuesday so I've been preoccupied with that. I decided to switch gears and get a birthday card made for a friend that will be celebrating next week!
The design was inspired by the gift sack that her gift will go in. You all know how much I love everything to coordinate. It is also a wonderful place to start if you're in a design rut, like I've been feeling lately. I've been so focused on this one event, I haven't let my mind deviate from that course. I decided to completely clean everything up and start fresh. I had a lot of fun creating all of the flowers. They were all cut from MFT dies and then assembled using hot glue. The card base was stamped using grey ink and PTI's polka dot basics set. The flowers were clustered onto a tag sale diecut tag from Mint Julep cardstock. I added so many flowers, it's a little difficult to tell it actually is a tag! LOL! I added a few buttons to the center of the flowers and some baker's twine to the top of the tag. A few Crystal clear sequins finish it up as well as a birthday sentiment from PTI!  Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. stay tuned for the details from my event as well as my next "Keeping Christmas" installment coming up on the 25th.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Keeping Christmas {Merry Christmas to you}

"I will honor Christmas in my heart...and try to keep it all the year."-Charles Dickens 

I love everything about Christmas! It's such a magical time of year with such a special feeling! I always have such a hard time putting my Christmas crafty things away. There never seems to be enough time to make everything I want to make, to create as much as I want to create! I decided on Christmas day to try and keep Christmas all year long! With that being said, I will be posting a Christmas design every month ALL YEAR LONG on the 25th of the month! If you'd like to join me, I would be thrilled. To play along, just leave a comment with a link to your blog or project in the comments section! If you're on Instagram, use the hashtag #keepingchristmas2017 and I can see them there. I'd love to see what you come up with.
Today's project was created yesterday, on the most delicious, snowy day! The world was a blanket of white...very inspiring and lovely! I was super excited to use "Deck the Halls", a set that I bought this last Christmas, but never actually used because I ran out of time. I was itching to get it inky.

I made 8 tags; 4 with the large spiraling bow and 4 with the cute, short bow. My color choices were directly inspired by the Christmases of my youth. I always had the most magical Christmases and just seeing vintage bags and tags evokes the most nostalgic feelings in me! The wreaths and bows were die cut using the coordinating "Deck the Halls" dies. I stamped the wreath using "Always Artichoke" ink and the berries were stamped using "Melon Mambo". The bows were stamped in "Spring Moss" ink for the perfect retro feel! I love how they turned out. 
The tags were cut from 140 lb watercolor paper using one of the "Tag Sale" tag dies from PTI. Once they were cut, I blended "Melon Mambo" ink onto the edged of each tag. I spritzed some water onto the tags for a fun watercolor effect with minimal effort. I love how it looks. The sentiment was stamped in Palette black ink and I really love how it looks... like it was made to fit the shape of the tag perfectly. I then stamped the "fa la la la la" sentiment into the center of each tag in a random fashion, placing it where it would peek-a-boo through the center of the wreath. 
After the tags were dry, I ran a versamarker along the edges of the tags and heat embossed silver powder along the edges. It gave it the perfect retro feel I was going for. I also added a 1/4 inch jingle bell from my stash to the center of each bow...squeal. I just love how they look. I also added some star dust stickles to the berries and bows. Every tag from my childhood always had a generous amount of sparkle. Each tag was tied with a length of black baker's twine to finish it off! I'm thinking these tags won't be going on gifts but used to fancy up a cellophane bag of treats of something. Thanks for fluttering by! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford #keepingchristmas2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"A new little someone" gift collection

This is one of those times when I realized I have shared on Instagram and forgotten to create a post here! Sometimes I am just too excited and it's easy to post a quick pic on Instagram! I created this gift collection (which you can see in it's entirety HERE) for a dear friend who just had her precious baby boy! I created the collection in late December/early January. 

The card was created using PTI's "Baby Button Bits" and I chose the colors based on the theme and feel of the gift collection. The new mama told me the nursery colors and general theme and then I got to work hoping that what I was creating would work for them. Thankfully she told me that it was perfect! Yay!

It's no secret that I love making felt baby booties for my collections and you can see how I have packaged them up. I like keeping the packaging cohesive with the card and other handstamped/papercrafted items.
All of these handmade goodies make me happy! I love creating and handcrafting things for babies! 

Here is a closeup of the felt booties. These were created using "Vintage Cream" wool felt from PTI and tan DMC floss. If you want any tips and tricks for creating these booties, leave me a comment and I will share some of my secrets! While they are easy, sometimes a few "snags" get in the way, but I am learning by trial and error some things that help to remedy the snags. You can also see the rag quilt in the background. I never would have put these three flannels together unless I was working on this collection and I really like how it turned out! Thanks for fluttering by! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford

Friday, February 17, 2017

Watercolour Hello

Watercolouring and gold embossing...just a few of my favorite things! I ordered this amazing stamp set from Concord and 9th a few weeks ago along with some other fun goodies, which I have been having a lot of fun with. I haven't ever ordered anything from them before and when the package came, I realized that Concord and 9th is literally a half an hour away from my home! How fun is that? I will definitely be ordering more from them in the future.

I stamped the floral piece onto 140lb. watercolour paper using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using gold powder. Once that was done, it was just me and the watercolours doing their job. I especially love watercoloring embossed images because of the way the color pools into each section of the raised image. 

Once it was colored, I adhered it to a Kraft card base and added just a few embellishments and the "Hello" sentiment! When you have a focal image as gorgeous as this, it does all the work! Thanks for fluttering by! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Village

I wanted to share my cute little Valentine's Day village before the day of love comes and goes. I worked on these a few weeks ago and they have been sitting out on my sofa table enhancing my decor. They are, however, filled with strawberries and cream Lindt balls and are headed out tomorrow to be given away! I just love all of the possibilities using the "Tiny Town" dies! I think my favorite is the sweet shoppe, like I have showcased here. Each little shop was adhered to a doily for something to "ground" it as well as a little valentine charm!

I have found that I like creating the houses and sweet shoppes out of a sturdy patterned paper, rather than just cardstock. I like the detail and flair it gives each piece. If you use double sided paper, like I have, it is fun for when the recipient opens it up. Each one is different, but I wanted to keep them all cohesive as well.
Here is a closeup of one of the Shoppes. You can see the sweet little shop sign with a heart stamped onto it. I used the "Heart Prints" set from PTI for the tiny heart as well as the sentiment. It will never go out of style and is one of my go-to sets for many different occasions. The flowers in the window boxes were colored using copic markers and I added a little startdust stickles to a few of each bunch of flowers for some shine. Thanks for fluttering by and have a fabulous Valentine's Day! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford