Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Greetery January Release {Love Letters} Day 2

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments on yesterday's post; you are so sweet! I'm back today for day 2 of The Greetery January countdown for the beautiful "Love Letters" collection! I've got 3 projects to share with you today using a whole bunch of new goodies, as well as the Windowpane Plaid Background and the Postal Frames dies  that were showcased yesterday. You'll want to head to the other designers' blogs as well to see how they've used these amazing new products!
Kelly Lunceford (you are here)

The new BotaniCuts Rose die is one of my favorites from the release and I can't wait to use them even more! I had so much fun adding glitter and dew drops to these beautiful blooms to make them pop!

The new Written in Ribbon stamps and dies are so beautiful and so much fun to use! I didn't think I would love them quite as much as I do! 

I paired the "Just for You" sentiment with the new "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment which is from the new Sentiment Suite Love stamps. I die cut it using the Sentiment Suite Basics Die Collection...I love these because they fit perfectly!

I also stamped the new Windowpane Plaid Background in white for a different look today. I added the pink panel that is die cut using the Postal Frames Dies to set the stage for the sentiments and the roses.

The BotaniCuts Roses dies comes in two sizes with different leaves and of course the sweet little bud die as well! I can't wait to play around with these more using watercolors, ink blending and more to really give them different looks! 

I used a 2 way glue pen to add the crystal glitter and then added the dew drops using Nuvo Drops here and there!

My second cards uses a lot of the same, but this beautiful new stamp set is called Sketchbook Roses and I chose to heat emboss it and then watercolor it with metallic paints. My sister gave me a beautiful set for Christmas and sweet Betsy tucked a set into our package as well, so I had so many beautiful colors to choose from!

I heat embossed the image onto watercolor paper using gold powder. I love watercoloring over embossing because it hold the paint inside the raised portion of the image that the embossing creates.

As you can see, I used the Written in Ribbons set for the "hello" sentiment and the Sentiment Suite Love once again!

I added a few gold Nuvo drops around the roses for some extra detail and visual interest!

I had a few roses left over and I debated on how I would use them. I was tempted to create a tag, but decided they would be better purposed on a card. It also gave me a chance to use the sentiments that are included in the Sketchbook Roses stamp set as well.

I'd been using the Postal Frames Dies a lot so I decided to switch things up and use the beautiful Nordic Frames dies for some variation!

I mentioned yesterday that I love how Betsy has dies for many of the sentiments as well which provides opportunities to add the sentiment smack dab in the middle, like I did here!

The "you make life more" sentiment is heat embossed in white and added to the rose using foam squares.

I also added foam squares in between each layer of the roses to really make them look more realistic.

There is an assembly guide that is included with the rose dies which makes it so much easier to put together!

I added a few sparkling clear sequins here and there for some added sparkle.

Well, friends, this concludes the projects for this release! All of the products will be available for purchase on Friday the 17th at 10 AM EST so get your lists put together ASAP! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Greetery January Release {Love Letters}

Hello and welcome! It's the MOST WONDERFUL time of the month!  I know this is a favorite time for so many as we're all chomping at the bit to see what fabulous things that The Greetery has in store for us! The new "Love Letters" release is sure to steal your heart as it has stolen mine! I'm completely in Valentine's Day mode, so you'll see that reflected in my projects, but these products transcend beyond  to give you year-round possibilities! You'll want to make sure you head to the other designers' blogs as well because we all bring our own unique spin on things to really give you a good scope of how you could use these products as well! Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a $50 gift card to The Greetery shop!
Kelly Lunceford (you are here)

I have these two cards to share with you today along with a set of gift/treat boxes that I will be sharing down below. I've combined all of the products from day 1 onto these project because they are just that good! I just wish I had more hours to keep going! ha ha!

My first order of business was to see how the new Windowpane Plaid Background would delight me...and it didn't disappoint...AT ALL! You will see it on many projects between now and tomorrow so be prepared! LOL! For this first card, I stamped the background in Red ink onto a panel of pink cardstock. I love the small detail in this stamp that make it almost appear to be fabric. I layered the pink piece onto a panel of red cardstock that was die cut using the new Postal Frames Die. Now, you might say to yourself that you already own a postal frame die, so what sets this one apart? Let me tell you; it also includes extra dies to take your postal themed cards from ok, to extraordinary!

I also added a stamped "stamp" (ha ha!) from the new Pretty Postmarks stamp set along with the "cancelled" images as well!I love how realistic it looks! The flowers and foliage for both of these cards comes from the Signed and Sealed with a Kiss stamp set and are perfect accents for both of these cards.

I heat embossed the scripted sentiment using gold powder onto vellum and wrapped it around the pink and red layer and secured it in the back with clear tape for security. I added a few other details like the wax seal from the Signed and Sealed with a Kiss stamp set.

This next design is similar in layout and feel of the other one, but I used a different flower and omitted the background. A few sparkling clear sequins finish it off for some sparkle!

Both of these cards are layered up onto top folding A2 card bases using foam squares for added dimension. One of my favorite things about the sentiments from The Greetery is that many of them have coordinating dies like this "Be Mine, Valentine" image.
Last, but not least, are a set of shaped boxes using even more goodies from the Love Letters collection! As you can see, I heat embossed the Windowpane Plaid background to really give it a different feeling than just stamping with ink. I love the luxe feel that it gives to this box! In some of the photos, these boxes just look like cards, so...if you like the design, just recreate it for a card and you're good to go!

I was still in the experimental phase with the Windowpane Plaid background so you can see I've continued to use it in all kinds of ways; I did warn you! LOL! I love the little shaped boxes filled with chocolates that come out for Valentine's Day, so I thought it would be fun to make a postage stamp shaped box using the new Postal Frames dies.

This photo gives you a better idea that it's actually a box and not a card. The box measures slightly smaller than the largest of the dies in the collection. It will be perfect to add little love treats or gifts on that special day. I love to give Valentine's gifts to all kinds of special people in my life; not just my husband!

The little envelopes and liners that are included in the Signed and Sealed set are just the cutest things ever and I can't wait to use them for non-Valentine-y projects, too! 

Remember when I said that the Postal Frames dies were must haves? The cute "sent with love" detail was created using one of the dies from the collection.

I heat embossed the envelopes to give it that little something extra. The liner is also stamped and die cut and added to the inside. The envelope die has a nice little slit so you can tuck the stamped notes, flowers, or whatever inside!

Once again, my next box is similar in layout with some minor tweaks to change the feeling. By omitting the heat embossed background and opting for a lighter color palette, it really changes the whole feel of the box.

The heart and foliage are from the Signed and Sealed with a Kiss and add just the right touches to the box!

I was able to give the box lots of dimension as you can see in this photo since the box will be a gift rather than a card that would be mailed. That being said, you could still add all of this dimension for a hand delivered  card or just minimize the foam squares to keep it less bulky.
I had so much fun working on these projects and I can't wait to give them away next month! Please join me again tomorrow for day 2 of the countdown and don't forget to leave a comment on both days for a chance to win a $50 gift card! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Ink to Paper January Release Day 4

Welcome to the 4th and final day of the Ink to Paper January release countdown! All of the new products will be available for purchase at 10 PM on the 15th of January! Before I dive into the details of these two cards, I just want to give a little shout out to myself {ha ha!} Today is my 12th Blog-i-versary! I thought I might do something festive and fun, but I'm tired! LOL! I guess this card can be for me since it says "it's your day"! LOL!
 Today the team is showcasing a beautiful new set called Birthday Bouquet. I decided to veer away from some of the colors I've been using quite a bit during this countdown and switch things up with this card.

I also used the new On the Border: Sunburst Frame again because it was the perfect backdrop for these gorgeous blooms!

I like this set because it has one main leafy bouquet and then you can go in and add all the different flowers that you'd like for your bouquet. I chose a clean and simple look for today's design, which is always fun to do once in a while.

I added some white  Nuvo drops to the centers of the flowers for some added dimension. The sentiment is from the Birthday Bouquet as well, but the tag is from the versatile Modern Gift Die

The sentiment fit perfectly inside the tag and I adorned it with the die cut bow from the Birthday Bouquet stamp set.

Next up is a fun card using one of the new To Die For: Birthday words. I stacked it twice using Tropical Teal cardstock. The stamped sentiment is also from the Birthday Bouquet stamp set that I used on the first card.

This month has been all about frames, if you haven't noticed! This one is the new Border Bling: Skinny Border. It creates a nice clean frame to add that extra detail without a lot of fuss!

I had a few leftover flowers and leaves from my card the other day and they were the perfect detail to add to this festive design! I also added a few sparkling clear sequins to finish it off! Thanks for fluttering by and don't forget that everything is available for purchase on the 15th at 10 PM EST!!!

All of me LOVES all of YOU

 Hello, friends! I'm sharing a fun Valentine's Day design over on the SugarPea Designs Blog today and here using a mashup of some of my favorite products! I always love when I can combine different sets to create just the thing I had been envisioning, like I did today!

It's no secret that the Greatest Hits stamp set is, well,....a HIT!! It has been a fan/customer favorite since it's release and I felt it would be the perfect addition to pair with these cuties from the Love Machine stamp set!

To begin this design, I created the background using the Concentric Circles stencil and Moonstone Glimmer paste. I set it aside to dry while I got to work on the other elements of today's card.

I stamped the robots using the Love Machine stamp set and colored them with an assortment of alcohol markers. I used the coordinating Love Machine SugarCut to die cut the robots. I also die cut the SugarCut Love word and glued it together using liquid glue.

The "you with all my heart" sentiment is from the Sentiments of Love stamp set and was heat embossed in silver powder onto a black strip to bring out the grey/metallic details from the record needle and the robots. 

I die cut the record, record label, and record player needle using the Greatest Hits SugarCuts. The "all of me loves all of you" sentiment is from the coordinating Greatest Hits stamp set  and is the perfect addition to this fun design! I used a specialty silver cardstock for the record player needle to give it a realistic feeling. I had so much fun creating this design! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Ink to Paper January Release Countdown Day 3

Hello, friends! Things are getting downright festive with the new Ink to Paper January release countdown and day 3 is no different! Today I have two projects to share with you using some of the fabulous new products! First up is a fun new die collection with a coordinating mini stamp set that is sure to delight you! It is called Sweet Celebrations and is just as sweet as can be! I created a strawberry themed birthday card, but the sky is the limit with this versatile new collection!

To begin this design,I got to work die cutting all of the cute details; leaves, flowers, berries, frosting, and cupcake liner.

I used the fabulous Pierced Feature Frames: Ovals to create a frame to nest all of the cute die cut details around and in. The sentiment, which is from the Sweet Celebrations mini stamp set, is stamped on the die cut label that is included in the collection.

I added some gold Nuvo drops to the centers of the flowers and here and there on the frame. I allowed those to dry before I added the crystal glitter to the die cut pieces!

A few sparkling clear sequins finish up this design!

Next up is a fun and cheerful design using the new On the Border: Sunburst Frame and the new Just Sentiments: Belated Birthday! I chose to dry emboss the frame for some variation.

Our weather has been slightly less sunny than this card {LOL} so I apologize for dreary pictures of such a cheery design! ha ha! This sentiment is so beautiful heat embossed in gold. I've been doing that a lot lately, but I love the result!

The clouds are die cut using the Swirling Clouds die and I love how they looked paired with the new balloons from the Balloon Wishes stamp set. I was tempted to give them the same glitter treatment from my card on day 1, but decided I wanted the gold sentiment to shine instead!

The main panel is created by doing some ink blending using Scattered Straw and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink. 

I've been a slacker with birthday cards lately, so this one will definitely come in handy! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by!