Friday, September 28, 2018

You color my world!

Hello! I'm popping in today to share a fun school inspired card featuring some borrowed  Reverse Confetti stamps and dies that I don't own! I'm currently having a fabulous crafting getaway at Stamping Away in Kansas! I'll have lots of fun photos to share when I get home! This place is AMAZING!❤❤❤
To be perfectly honest, my card was inspired by this beautiful vintage typewriter. I just love it!
I used the awesome ABC Coverpanel die cut in black and mounted to a white card base. I've also been dying to use the 
Pierced Roundtop layers, so it was fun to get a chance to use those!
Of course the main focus is this darling "book worm"! He's so cute! These images are from the Worm Wishes stamp set! I colored the worm, pencil, and Apple top with Copic markers. This was such a quick ,fun card!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas {Dashing through the Snow}

I'm so excited to share my Keeping Christmas project with you today! The 25th has a way of creeping up on me, but it is always such fun to plan and prepare for Christmas. If you've been following this series, you know that this is my second year doing this and the first year of the Keeping Christmas Inspiration Blog Hop! The rest of the team has some fabulous inspiration to share with you today as well so make sure to stop by and give them some love!
 Kelly Lunceford (you are here)

Broni Holcombe (off this month)

 This is one of those projects that is just delightful from beginning to end! I couldn't wait to make some of the darling Dashing Through the Snow: Sleigh Die. They are beyond adorable and I can't wait to give them as gifts this Christmas. I used the Dashing Through the Snow: Pickup Die the other day on THIS project that you can check out in case you missed it! These dies are SO fun to use!
As soon as I saw these sleigh dies, I thought how cute they would look with a sewn "Santa Sack" inside. When I was buying the fabric for THIS project, I found this "Christmas post" fabric from Riley Blake and snatched it up knowing how perfect it would work for my Santa sacks!

The sacks worked up lickety much faster than a papercrafted item {shhhhhh...don't tell anyone I said that} No, but really, I could make one in about a minute and that is cutting, sewing, turning, pressing, and pinking! The fabric is cut 4 by 6 inches. I used my pinking shears for the top for a no-fuss, easy edge.

I used one of my all-time favorite Christmas stamp sets for the tags;  Santa Stationery! I did an entire Keeping Christmas post last year using this set that you can see HERE. I am hoping to do something similar this year, but I realized that I made that in June of last year and the clock is already ticking for getting it done for this year! Anyway, back to the tags. I really like that it had the same postal/delivery feel that I was creating with the project. Everything worked so well together!

I made 6 sleighs in total; 2 pink, 2 red, and 2 aqua. I decided to make some matching 3 by 3 cards to tuck inside the sleighs. I do this quite a bit when I make a gift like this. I like to be able to write a little something to the recipient and often times these get taken to school and left on a desk when the teacher/secretary/principal/aid is not around and this way they know who it is from. 
 Each card measures 3 inches by 3 inches. I used the "Santa's Official Nice list Declaration" sentiment from the Santa's Stationery set. The little holly berry is from the new Merry Mug stamp set. It was the perfect little pop of cheer on each card!

 You can see the pink sleigh ensemble in this photo. These sleighs are so incredibly easy to assemble. I got a little crazy with all of the embellishments for each sleigh. I have mentioned about a bajillion times how much I love the Christmas Craft section at Hobby Lobby. The holly berries and candy cane are all from that section.
I also couldn't resist adding a wreath to the back of the sleighs as well to highlight the sentiment. The sentiment on the sides of the sleigh as well as this one are from the Dashing Through the Snow Sentiments stamp set. Each "vehicle" die set comes with the dies that you need for the coordinating sentiments.

You can see the red sleigh ensemble here. I kept this one very traditional with the red and green. I didn't use the postal fabric in this set either. It was too much red and I really like how this plaid looks to lighten it up!

The sleighs actually are able to hold more volume than the pick up truck. My mind was turning with all of the fun Christmas possibilities. These little sacks are the perfect size for a gift card as well as some treats or gifts. I'm also thinking of making some of my traditional Holiday Handwarmers to tuck into these sleighs. 

The sleigh runners are die cut three times and glued together to create stability for the sleighs. As I mentioned earlier, they can hold a bit more volume, so you want to be sure to reinforce the runners. 

I got a little carried away, as per usual, and added some silver Nuvo drops to give the runners some added detail. These were so fun to make and I can't wait for Christmas to give these away to friends and family! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, September 21, 2018

SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop {You're a Wicked Good Friend}

Hello and welcome to the SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop! I always love this blog hop because it gives us a chance to use the new release products again! I used this cute cauldron quite a bit during the release, but didn't get a chance to use the rest of the included die cuts! I put them all to use on today's card. Also, don't forget to check out the rest of the designer's blogs linked below to see what they have created!

To begin today's design, I got to work die cutting all of the pieces from the Hocus Pocus SugarCut set and assembling them using liquid glue. I used glitter cardstock for the buckle on the witches hat, the moon, and the stars. I set them aside to dry while I got to work on the oxide ink background. I used three different greens to create the blended background; Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Bundled Sage. I also spritzed water and Shimmer Spray over the top and let that dry. Once that was dry, I die cut is using the Card Front Element Builders to get the scalloped edge. I also cut the white background piece as well using that same die cut set. It is definitely my "go-to" set for almost every card.

At this point in the my card, I really didn't have any direction of where I wanted to head to I just started fiddling with the die cut pieces. I looked at the buckle and sash piece on the witches hat and thought it would be cute to use a buckle of some kind on the card. I decided to make my own out of the same glitter cardstock and the Zig Zag Stitched Rectangles. I used the two smallest dies and nested them together to create the buckle. I used the same purple cardstock from the witches hat to stamp the sentiment which is from the Bewitched stamp set. It is the perfect sentiment for today's design. I also love that I can use this card as a thank you during October and not necessarily a Halloween card. 

I blended some Black Soot oxide ink around the edges to give it some greater depth and dimension. Once that was done, I adhered the large buckle piece to the card and got to work arranging the die cut pieces.
I used the stars on the cauldron rather than around the moon. I also didn't use the die cut bubbles, but opted to add some Nuvo drops for some realistic dimension. I  had a lot of fun putting this card together. Don't forget to stop by the other blogs for additional inspiration! Thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Special Delivery of Autumn Wishes

I'm popping in today sharing a few Autumn projects that I have been working on over the last little while. There are always so many fun products that I don't get a chance to play with during the Papertrey Ink release, so I decided to pull a few out for today's projects! Today is the first day that feels like Fall might actually be on it's way!

I've been DYING to ink up the new Forest Floor: Autumn stamp set. It was love at first sight when I clapped eyes on that mushroom! I also paired it with the new Bold Borders: Foliage die. I love how quickly it adds detail to a card in such an elegant way.

I used Aqua Mist cardstock for the base of my card and die cut the Foliage die out of Saffron Spice cardstock. I really love this particular color combination and I feel like it captures the essence of the way Autumn actually looks! I also paired it with a jolt of Scarlet Jewel cardstock for the sentiment. I love that the Forest Floor: Autumn dies include the die for the sentiment. I love this particular shape and style. It adds so much to the overall feel of the card. 

The leaves are stamped in Saffron Spice ink; once at full strength and then again stamped off once. I really like that I was able to get double the leaves with one ink impression AND it gives so much dimension to the card. 
I used the same colors for the single mushroom in this card for an unexpected look. The second card, in the background features two toadstools; one red and one saffron spice. I also played around with different looks on each of the sentiments. 

 Who's in love with the new Dashing Through the Snow dies, raise your hand? I am smitten! So far these are the first of the three that I have made and I am in LOVE! They are so cute and so easy to assemble.

These 3 little pickups were commissioned for me to make by my son's speech therapist at school. Once I had them done, I wished I had 3 more to give away! I guess I know what I will be doing this weekend! LOL!

The tags are made using the oldie but goodie Autumn Abundance stamp set, which is being featured today for the "Throwback Thursday" post for PTI. It is really one of my favorites and I will never part with it. 

The bed of the trucks are filled with Werther's soft caramels in a cello bag tied up with Aqua Mist Satin Ribbon. The tag is tied on using some True Black Baker's Twine. I was feeling like the trucks were heading down the  masculine side, but add a ribbon and the tag and they are just as sweet as can be!

I have some tips on assembling these trucks. I 100 percent watched Betsy's video to give me all of her pointers but I found that I tweaked a few things here and there. If you are interested in me posting those tips, leave me a comment and I will put something together! Thanks for fluttering by!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

SugarPea Designs Mix it Up #47 {Make a Wish}

I'm playing along with this month's SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge! I've combined some new and old products on this bright birthday design!

 I started off by creating a distress oxide ink blended background inspired by the magenta wall in the inspiration photo. Once that was done, I spritzed it with water and Shimmer Spray and set it aside to dry. 
 In the meantime,I die cut the heart out of glitter cardstock using the Postage Stamp SugarCuts. I also heat embossed the "It's your birthday, Make a wish" sentiment onto vellum using silver powder. This is one of my favorite sentiments and it is from the Chic Wishes stamp set. It also happens to be on sale, wink, wink!
 I die cut a white piece of cardstock using the London Scape SugarCut.  I trimmed it down to fit the width of the blended panel.
 Once the blended panel was dry, I used the Postage Stamp sugarCuts {linked above} to create the design around the edge. I also used the Card Front Element Builders to die cut the white layer. I love the added detail it adds to my cards. It also adds some stability  as well, since I layer the entire front panel onto a card base.
 Once I had all of the elements ready to go, I got to work adding them to the blended panel. I also did some color spritzing over thew white London Scape. I also added some rhinestone gems and sparkling clear sequins for some added shine....{as if there isn't enough} LOL! At this point, I was ready to call the card DONE, but I just couldn't get the idea of wanting some balloons floating around this scene. So.....that got me working on some heat embossed vellum and white balloons.
I love a good balloon set, so I was over the moon when the Birthday Balloons set came out for this last release! I love that it comes with three different dessigns stamp over the balloons. I, of course, chose the heart design for this card and I just love how they look floating here and there! I realize that this card has quite a bit going on, but for a birthday I think it's just right! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday Ideas {You inspire me}

I'm over on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today sharing this bright and vibrant card! I love mixing patterns but don't do it nearly enough anymore! My sister gave me a gorgeous pad of Martha Stewart pattern paper for my birthday that I used for today's card. 

I stamped and heat embossed the insulated cup from the Coffee Love stamp set twice. Once onto the purple print and then again onto the black. I also heat embossed the little "enjoy" sentiment onto the coffee cozy. 

I brought in a third larger print which I ran through my paper crimping tool. I just love the look of corrugated paper paired with a warm drink design. The flower print is perfect for the insulated cup to nestle into. I also stamped and heat embossed the two patterns above and below the floral print. 

I also stamped the circles from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in black ink. I thought it looked like the wet rings that a cup leaves behind. I also stamped the "you inspire me" sentiment at the bottom of the card base. A few sparkling clear sequins here and there add  some additional sparkle and shine! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge {Eeek!}

I've got a spooky card for you today for this month's Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge! I think I may have mentioned {a few hundred times} that I LOVE Halloween so I was excited to see that this month's theme included Fall/Halloween! Today's card features a fun way to use these awesome sentiments from the Boo Yea stamp set! I also have to give a shout out to my fellow Teamie Amy Rohl, who is also sharing her SYS card today. She used this same sentiment set in a very awesome way so make sure to check it out! I love it when a stamp set can be stretched to be more than it appears!
As soon as I saw the "Eeek!" sentiment, I knew that it would make a great spider body. I had originally planned on making some treat spiders during the release, but ran out of time. I decided to try a spider out on a card for the challenge. I picked up some orange and black chenille stems at the Dollar Tree when they first made their Halloween appearance this year and picked them up not knowing how they would be used, but they ended up being the perfect little spider legs!
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I cut 6 pieces of stem and then bent them as identical as I could. I die cut two Midnight circles using the Bags and Tags Creator. I  stamped and heat embossed the "eeek!" one and then used the second one to position the spider legs. Once they were in position, I added the embossed one over the top using foam squares. I added a cluster of googly eyes for some extra "eek" factor!

The background is created by die cutting the Triangles Cover Panel and then layering it on top of a blended panel. Before I layered it, I die cut the square portion out of the background using the square die cut from the Bags and Tags Creator (linked above) and then used it to mount the spider. It really gives the spider added definition since the spider is black. The spider has a web of black baker's twine and is attached using scotch tape. I also heat embossed one of the fun sentiments from the Frightening Friends stamp set! This was such a fun card to make and sometimes when I think of an idea, I just have to make it or I will keep thinking about how it will turn out! I hope that my point came across! ha ha! Thanks for fluttering by and I hope you will join us with this month's fun challenge!