Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday Ideas {Autumn Wishes}

I'm over on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today sharing this colorful Autumn card! I've been so excited to use this particular sentiment with the amazing leaves from the Fall Colors stamp set for so long! The leaves are finally putting on a show here, so I decided it was time! This card should be a nice surprise for someone to find in their mailbox this week!
Thinking of mailing cards, I have found that if my crafty mojo is missing, I like going to my stash of cards and pulling some to send to friends and family. The simple act of writing in the different cards and expressing my thoughts on paper, really makes my creativity come flowing back as well. I often think of how the recipient will feel when they get their particular card in the mail. I've had so many people call, text, or tell me in person that their card came on a day when they really needed it. That, my friends, means the world to me. It makes me realize that I'm not just "making cards", I'm sending a piece of myself to them when they might need it most! I urge you to also take some time and mail out a few cards this week to someone who might need a pick me up, or just to know they've been thought of!

This particular card will be heading out this week and hopefully bring some Autumn cheer! I stamped the leaves in Fall colors, particularly the colors mentioned in the sentiment with the addition of Olive. I also wanted to bring in some additional color, so I did some ink blending using some Distress Oxide inks. I ran it through my paper crimper, because I just love the texture and interest it can add to my cards. It also brings in additional hues of the particular colors because of the shadows that it creates. Both the corrugated piece and the focal panel were both spritzed with shimmer spray for some shine.

I also did some machine stitching on the left hand side of the white panel for some added interest. The "Fall Leaves" sentiment is stamped in black and the grid image is stamped over the top using grey ink. 

I added some of the splatter images that are included in the Fall Colors stamp set using grey ink as well. The "hi there" sentiment and "autumn wishes" sentiment are both heat embossed using gold powder. This was a quick and easy card, but the corrugated piece, the embossing, and machine stitching make it feel a little bit more special. Thanks for fluttering by!

Stock your Stash {grateful for our friendship}

It's time for this month's card for the Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge! You can read all about it on the Reverse Confetti Blog! This month the theme is "Thanksgiving and Friendship" so the sky is the limit, really! I hope you get a chance to play along, and remember, there is a $20 prize up for grabs, so that is always fun! 

I love traditional Autumn colors, but I also love the beautiful reds and purples that make their appearance this time of year as well. I wanted to create some lovely florals using these colors!
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The Pattern Blocks stamp set was the perfect choice because of the beautiful floral image, but also the fabulous sentiment! I stamped it in black and then got to work coloring it using quite an assortment of Copic markers. I love how this image comes alive when the color gets added! Once it was all colored, I matted it onto a piece of white cardstock that was die cut using the Stitched Squares Confetti Cuts
I also used the beautiful bouquet and jar from the Cotton and Thistles stamp set. It is one of my new favorites and I knew the colors would work perfectly on today's card. The jar is heat embossed in silver onto a piece of vellum. the bouquet is stamped in black and colored with Copic markers as well. I used the coordinating Cotton and Thistles Confetti Cuts

I didn't color the portions of the floral image that had what appeared to be berries. I decided to add some Nuvo drops in two purple tones for some added interest.

The sentiment is heat embossed in silver. I felt like the background could use some extra detail, so I used the Triangles Coverpanel with an embossing mat for some texture. I love being able to use these products in multiple ways! I also added some sparkling clear sequins here and there for some shine. I hope you'll join us this month and get some cards for your stash! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Papertrey Ink October Release Day 5

Welcome friends, today is the 5th and final day of the Papertrey Ink October release and I have some super fun projects to share with you! I've had such a joyous time putting all of these together and to be honest, I didn't want to stop! Thank heavens for deadlines or I'd have a house full of these cute little critters! LOL!  Betsy has outdone herself AGAIN and brought us these adorable "Potbellies". There is a penguin, reindeer, and Santa! There is also a coordinating sentiment set that will be released as well called "Potbellies Sentiments", which I will show on the next set of projects!
My mind always races with the possibilities when a new stamp set/dies are released and I decided to make these little guys into gift card holders. Both Santas are actually shaped cards doing double duty as gift card holders as well. You can see what I mean in the next photo. 
This particular Santa has switched up his traditional red suit for a stylish plaid one created with the Simply Chartreuse Bitty Big pattern paper. To start him off, I folded a regular A2 card base in half and then ran the Santa Potbellie die cut through my die cut machine. This created a shaped card base, but the top of Santa's hat is cut off so I cut a second Santa out and used this one to embellish and dress up. These little guys are so simple to assemble and work up so quickly. {obviously since I made an entire army} LOL!
Before I added the extra die cut details, I used the Big Apple Die to cut out the portion that actually holds the gift card. After that was done, I used liquid glue to add the boots, mittens, belt, buckle, hat brim, etc. I used my copic markers to color Santa's face and mouth. The die cuts also include the tiny little eyes, but the Potbellies Sentiment set also includes eyes that you can stamp. I used both the die cuts and stamps throughout my projects. I've also stitched up a little Santa sack that's filled with Christmas sweets! I fell in love with this Riley Blake fabric since it has a "postal Christmas" feel. You can see how I've used them on another PTI project HERE
I was so happy to utilize a few of the other new sets from the release on the gift card holders. The penguin card uses this month's new Corner Adorner and Santa is boasting the new Pleasing Envelopes set. Both of these will be released on the 15th and are absolute MUST HAVES! They really are great additions to any holiday stamp collection! The reindeer uses the Corner Adorner: September as well as the fabulous Penned Elegance: Christmas. I have a feeling this set will be getting a workout this year...and years to come!
Next up are some arctic pals boasting some fabulous gifts of the season! Santa Baby is bringing one lucky lady a pair of diamond earrings disguised as buttons on his handsome blue coat! You can see in these photos some of the sweet sentiments included in the Potbellies sentiments set.
Who could resist a sweet, pink polka dot penguin all gussied up with a bow? This little lady comes bearing gifts of some sweet, stitched barrettes using the Clever Barrette CoverUps. These are such a cinch to make and really do make a lovely handmade gift!
Mr. Penguin comes bearing an EOS lip balm to another lucky girl! I did, in fact, go a  little crazy every time I went to the store, searching for anything round that would work well on these sweet little potbellies! I still have a sack of items that I didn't even use, yet! 
And finally, a few sweet treat holders! I'm sharing these last since this is the obvious and intended way to use these die cuts! I can't wait for all of the holiday candy to come in stock so that I can get these all filled up with the cute seasonal candy! 
I found some awesome metal tins with clear lids that are the perfect size on Amazon and you can find them HERE. I just simply glued the Santa to the lid and it is very easy to remove the lid to access the treat inside!
When I saw this cute Coca Cola lip-smacker lip balm, I knew it would work perfectly inside the tummy of one of these cuties! I created a doe, using lighter colored cardstock and a bow from the Corner Adorner: October. 

I used the To:/From: sentiment as well as the heart that is included in the Potbellies Sentiments stamp set to create the little tag. It is tied up with True Black Baker's Twine. Each of Santa's hats and mittens have all been adorned with some Tinsel Glitter for some added shine and detail.
The reindeer's tummy is filled with M and M's using the shaker circles that will be available for purchase that work perfectly with these little Potbellies. I've put two together to create a larger area to fill with treats! I hope you've enjoyed today's projects! I had SO much fun putting them together! Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have in the comments section! I realize that I have thrown a lot out there today, so I'm happy to help out! Thanks for fluttering by!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

You bring SUNSHINE!

Hello! It's been a perfect Autumn day and I'm just popping in really quickly this evening to share two more cards I made at the Craft House last month! I think it is impossible to be surrounded by so much rainbow goodness and not come out having made a rainbow project or two! 

I've fallen head-over-heels in love with the Hello Bluebird images and when they were available to play with at the Craft house, I jumped at the chance!

First up is this sweet Elephant card that uses the Elephant Friends stamp set and coordinating Elephant Friends Die. My sweet table-mate, Carol (Hi, Carol) made a super cute card with this same set and I couldn't wait to use it as well. I had borrowed Carol's Cloud stencil from MFT and fell in love, so that was the beginning of both of these cards!

I colored the images using alcohol markers and then die cut them and added them to the cloudy background. The sentiment is heat embossed in silver powder onto a strip of vellum!

I also used some fabulous rainbow striped paper from Lynn! Thank you Lynn! to really bring in some pops of color! I love how it looks as around these sweet images!

I added some clear gems from Studio Katia that I just love! They have so much sparkle!

I created another cloud background and used the Rainy Day stamp set for this second card. 
I couldn't resist having her stand in a puddle created using some Nuvo Crystal Glaze.

I used some pattern paper from Lori Craig for this particular card and the dear heart ended up giving me the entire pad! Thank you Lori! I had so much fun at the Craft House! Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. join me tomorrow for Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink October release! It's going to be a fun one!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Reverse Confetti Fall-idays {believe in the magic of the season}

Welcome back to the final day of the Reverse Confetti Fall-idays Blog Hop and sale! I hope that you've enjoyed the past two days. I am so happy to be here today sharing some Christmas projects that I had such a wonderful time creating! You'll definitely want to head to the other designer's blogs as well for some additional inspiration!
Kelly Lunceford {you are here}

These little gnomes have stolen my heart and I just couldn't resist using them for today's gift ensemble. They are from the newly released Holiday Gnomes stamp set. I also paired them with the greenery from the Christmas Candles stamp set for a bright and traditional holiday feel!

During the release, I got a kick out of all the different ways the designers used the new Bags and Tags Creator Confetti Cuts. I wasn't sure exactly what I was doing and when I saw them used like this [the right way...LOL!} I had to give it a try! LOL! I DO like how I used them, too! This just makes a little bit more sense!

The pattern paper is from the Paper Bliss 6 by 6 pad and I just love the extra bit of pattern and detail that it adds to the ensemble.

The gnomes are stamped and then colored using Copic markers and then die cut using the Holiday Gnomes Confetti Cuts. I adhered them to the tags and circles included in the Bags and Tags Creator [linked above]. I also added some tinsel glitter to the edges for some unexpected holiday shine.

The pine sprigs are stamped in Avocado Ink and the holly berries are embossed in gold and colored with Copic markers. I also added some gold Nuvo drops to the pine sprigs and red Nuvo drops to the holly berries.  

The sentiment is heat embossed in gold directly to the box/bag. 

 I kept the closure for the box simple and added a tiny gold clothespin to do the job. Both the card and the box are spritzed with shimmer spray for some holiday shine!

I hope you've enjoyed the last three days as the team has shown some fun inspiration for all of the upcoming holidays! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Reverse Confetti Fall-idays {Harvest Blessings}

Happy Fall-idays, Friends! I'm so excited to be sharing some fun Reverse Confetti Thanksgiving/Harvest/Gratitude inspired projects with you today! The entire team is serving up some fresh inspiration for the upcoming holidays so head to their blogs to see what they have to share! 

Kelly Lunceford (you are here)

I follow quite a few home decorating accounts on Instagram and I am smitten with all of the neutral Autumn decor that has been so popular the last few years. I decided to make something a little unexpected for Autumn, but keeping up with some of today's trends. 

I created 3 gift/treat boxes and 3 coordinating cards, with the addition of a regular A2 sized card that I will share a little later in the post. The dimensions for the boxes were tailored around the measurements of the Pattern Blocks Confetti Cut. I simply measured it and then scored my paper to make sure it would fit. It is quite a large box, but I wanted it to fit a notepad and pen, as well as a Hershey's chocolate bar. I found some super cute woodgrain ballpoint pens and Gratitude inspired notepads that totally fit my theme at the Dollar Tree.

I heat embossed the leaves from the Fall Foliage Stamp set in gold and then used a trio of green Copic markers to color in the leaves. Once they were all colored, I die cut them with the coordinating Fall Foliage Confetti Cuts.

I picked this particular leaf pattern because I wanted to create a wreath and this one had the perfect curvature to fit onto the box. I arranged them using foam squares. Once they were all arranged, I added the gold embossed "Harvest Blessings" sentiment over the top. I also added some Gold Nuvo drops to accent the wreath. The entire piece was spritzed using Shimmer Spray. I wish you could see how sparkly and pretty it looks in real life! You can see the flecks on the black paper, but in real life is is just a sea of sparkles rather than flecks!

I thought it would be fun to try and incorporate a few more of the larger leaves onto a wreath card as well. I did the same thing with this card as I did on the box, but instead of coloring the "berry sprig" image, I just embossed it and then added clear Nuvo drops to mimic some actual berries.

I used the Stitched Rays Coverpanel for the background of this card rather than the one I used on the boxes. I really like how this particular coverplate gave me a perfect circle to line my wreath up with.
I also created a trio of coordinating mini cards to go along with the Harvest boxes. I was having too much fun and just didn't want to stop! I also wanted to use each of the three beautiful sentiments in the Fall Foliage set. These will complement the boxes nicely and add in some additional shape and texture.

I was able to incorporate enough of the same elements as the boxes, but bring in some of the additional leaves for added interest. 
I put all of the gifts into cello bags and tied them up with black and white gingham ribbon for that added trendy look. I think it adds just the right touch for the look I was going for.

Please join me again tomorrow with some other fun projects that I have been working on! Also, don't forget to head to the other designer's blogs to see what they have up their sleeves! I'm sure it is amazing! Thanks for fluttering by!