Monday, July 12, 2021

The Greetery {Capturing Summer} Day 1

Hello and welcome, friends! I'm so excited to be here today sharing a few projects for day 1 of The Greetery Capturing Summer release! There will be two days of full reveals and then the release will be available for purchase on Wednesday, 14! I have fallen head-over-heels in love with the entire release and I know you will, too! Betsy always has a fabulous "Meet and Greet" over on The Greetery Blog where she introduces each new product with all of the details! Also, make sure to leave a comment here, and on each of the designers' blogs, for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates to The Greetery's shop!
Up first is the fabulous new "Sitting Pretty" dies! These are all just absolutely squeal worthy, don't you think? I had the best time creating all of these fun details to put together this fun porch scene! My card also includes the new Sunset Skies stamp set so you can create different sky scenes. I chose to use the base image (stamped to look like grass) and then the clouds. I didn't want to create a sunset, but I love that you can still use the images from the Sunset Skies set for multiple uses! I know I will be reaching for these images often to use to add details to my "scene" cards!

The porch portion and the rocking chair are included in the Sitting Pretty die collection and then the rug, flowers, pots, and hanging plant are included in the Sitting Pretty Accessories die set! There's even a sleepy kitten included, but I didn't use it on my card. I'm sure some of the other designers used the cat, in fact, I'm betting Wanda added a cat FOR SURE! ha ha!

To begin my card, I die cut everything out of white cardstock and then used Distress Oxide inks to color all of the pieces. This is my absolute favorite way to add color to dies, especially so I can add different shading to give everything a more realistic look.

I eat my breakfast on my porch every morning, so I understand the necessity of a good porch! ha ha! I added a few trees that are from the Fir and Foliage No. 1 stamp set. They just added a little bit more detail and perspective to make this porch scene come to life!

I hadn't really thought about a sentiment when I first set out to create this scene, but felt confident that I would be able to sneak one in somewhere! I just love the sweet and simple "thinking of you" tucked up in the corner! The sentiment is from the Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You stamp set and is die cut using the Sentiment Suite: Basics Die. Once I had it tucked up there, I thought how cute it would be to adorn the porch with a bunch of these in different colors for either the 4th of July or a birthday card! Can you imagine the pinwheels hanging down, too? Oh, the fun we will have with these dies! I'm sincerely hoping for a few grinning Jack-O-Lanterns and cornstalks for the columns come autumntime!

My second card for today uses the new Jumbo Jar Die, the Fireflies Die, Firefly Nights stamp set, and Shining Light Die! The greenery up in the corner is from a fabulous new die called "Side of Greens" that I know I will be reaching for often! It will be a perfect base to add flowers to, and so much more! 
This card was really fun to plan and execute, but did take some thoughtful consideration as I put each piece in place. To begin, I die cut a large panel from Linen cardstock using the Crimped Slimline Die and then I added the layers of blue Distress Oxide ink to create an evening sky! I knew I wanted the jar to be in the lower right corner on an angle, so I purposely left that area a little lighter so that the rays of light could be stamped in a white area, if that makes sense! Once that was done, I added some white paint splatter to mimic stars or fireflies that are off in the distance! 

Now, in hindsight, I would have stamped the rays at this point, BEFORE I added the foliage and the sentiment, but I think it turned out okay anyway. I got to work on the jar and die cut it twice; once with the center portion cut out and once with the entire solid piece. The bottom portion of the rays were stamped on the solid piece with a touch of ink blending and then I layered the outline portion over the top that had already been blended.


I colored the greenery using Distress Oxide inks and then added it to the upper right corner using liquid glue. The sentiment is stamped directly onto the panel with the exception of the "Light" portion which was die cut and stamped and added using foam squares.

The best part of this card are the CUTE fireflies! I had a ball creating these little cuties using vellum for the wings and oxide inks on the bodies. I dipped the tail of each firefly into the new "Glow Powder" to let them light up in the dark! I kept thinking of Little John in Disney's animated Robin Hood when he says, "Glow little fireflies, glow!" It's the scene where he's pretending to be the fortune teller and needs to crystal ball to light up! ha ha!

I did toy around with the idea of sprinkling the glow powder over the white paint splatters when I was first getting started, but opted not to. I think I may need to revisit that idea! I added fireflies here and there using foam squares; some are still in the jar, while others have flown the coop and escaped from the lid that is slightly ajar! The lid was die cut using silver specialty paper for a realistic look! I couldn't resist adding some glitter here and there for a bit of midsummer magic! Don't forget to head to the other designers' blogs to see how they've used today's products! Thanks for fluttering by!

154 comments:

Holly Saveur said...

So in love with your cards....the Porch scene is my favorit stunning!!!love that set!

Mjwright said...

Beautiful!!! The porch scene is wonderful, the trees?! What a great touch! ❤️

Huntress said...

I love the porch scene. So beautiful!

P.J. said...

Gorgeous cards!! Love the shading of the night sky!

Sherry107 said...

I LOVE your shine card with the lighting bugs! Very cute!

Isabel Z said...

These are little works of art!

Polly said...

Love how yio added the trees to your porch scene!

Donna said...

Just beautiful! I'm sold on the porch dies, & love all the details you added. The rug is so pretty! And the fireflies "dipped" look great. Good job Kelly!

Donna Phelan said...

Oh what a fabulous porch scene you created! It looks very cozy and so inviting! Your slimline card is awesome, love how you cropped the mason jar, very effective!

Jan Elmore said...

I gotta say, that front porch sittin' scene is the absolute greatest scene of all time! Thank you all for bring to life Betsy's visions; they are all perfect!

Pamela Levingston said...

This is a great release. The porch scene Sitting Pretty is so versatile. Great idea leaving the top off the jar. Your cards are beautiful.

Lisa Schenck said...

oh my goodness, Kelly! love love love these!!!

Pamela Levingston said...

This is a great release. The porch scene Sitting Pretty is so versatile. Great idea to add the trees from another release. Your cards are beautiful.

Monica said...

Absolutely different and beautiful! I love the "porch." Can see myself sitting there!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful designs! I love it all and can’t wait to see more inspiration.

AngelRegio said...

Amazing cards! Love the porch scene

Heike said...

Lovely cards! The more I see designers using the porch dies the more I think I really need to get them.

Kristina said...

Jaw hitting floor…Your porch scene and your slimline card are beyond amazing!!!

jan metcalf said...

Your cards are simply delightful Kelly! The porch scene appears dimensional, really adds to the realism, pretty scene! And the vellum fireflies with a dip are wonderful!! And fun!

Tara said...

Oh how creative! I love how you did the slimline card freeing the lightning bugs to go out and share their light with the world!!!! SUCH A GREAT DESIGN.

Tara said...

Oh how creative! I love how you did the slimline card freeing the lightning bugs to go out and share their light with the world!!!! SUCH A GREAT DESIGN.

Kim’s Stampin Patch said...

They are both stunning! I love the open jar with the fireflies!

Cindy H. said...

Gorgeous cards, Kelly! Love them both but that porch scene is fabulous!!

Pat A said...

I love to study all the details of your cards!they are so perfect!

Pat Phillips said...

Beautiful cards...I could see myself sitting outside on that porch. Your slimline card also,I love that! Thanks for sharing these, they are fun!

Lucy W said...

Bring on the potted geraniums! Love those…..

Linda C said...

Your porch scene is so beautiful. I love the addition of the trees.

Melanie said...

I didn’t think I needed the fireflies stamps and dies until I saw you card! It’s so fun!

Casandra Bennett said...

Such a great use of different products. Love that distressed ink background on the slimline card. And the textured cardstock you used for the front porch card was perfect.

Nancy Sinnen said...

Your firefly card is so creative, love it! The porch scene is so inviting.

Wanda Cullen said...

Wowzers! Both cards are so incredible! The porch scene really steals my heart but those fireflies bring back some awesome childhood memories!

Stephanie Clapper said...

I’m totally wowed by your summer porch scene and love how your fireflies are coming out of the jar! Wonderful inspiration!

Luanne said...

Kelly, you are the best! Love your cards and your comments! Can't wait to get this summer release!

Carmela said...

Amazing porch scene, Kelly!! Love the fireflies in a slimline card!!

Marcia Hill said...

Both of your cards are FABULOUS Kelly!! Your front porch scene is AMAZING and I really do want to come over and sit for a spell!! LOVE the addition of the trees too! And your firefly card brings back so many awesome memories from my childhood and from my daughters growing up years where they would use my canning jars to catch the little "glowbugs" as they called them! Thank you for such wonderful inspiration as always!! Hugs. :0)

Cheryl B. said...

Both cards are amazing. So much thhought went into them. I'm glad the fireflies were able to "escape" the jar!!

Barb Kirkwood said...

OMG, your jar card is soo cute and I love the extra trees in the porch scene. Very clever!

Miriam Leech said...

OH, KELLY!! I am in love with your lightning bug card! It is perfection!!! And I love that you added the trees to the porch scene!!!

Nancy R. said...

Both cards are fantastic! The slimline is genius! WOW! So inspiring

BarbaraB said...

Oh my! I just love both your cards! Especially the firefly card.

Natasha said...

How gorgeous are these! Love that you brought the trees to feature in the yard of the porch scene! The slimline firefly card is so good!

Marlene said...

Wow! These cards are absolutely amazing!! Thanks for sharing all of the details nod how you made them with us!

Chris Wilbur said...

I love both of your cards so much, but the slimline is magical! Reminds me of a summer night as a child! Love it!

Unknown said...

Great cards! I love the porch card is perfect for summer.

tycodmom said...

Oh Kelly, Your slimline is spectacular. I adore that card. As always your samples are gorgeous. Your talent always amazes me.

lindagk23 said...

WOW! Your cards are so gorgeous! Love the porch scene one especially but they are all pretty!

Anonymous said...

Who wouldn’t want to sit on that porch! CB

Vickie Z said...

Fabulous as always!! That porch will be mine- love what you created!! Honestly was thinking I could do without the jar/fireflies... you have changed my mind!!

Jess said...

I so didn't want to Like all if this release but the more I see the u am so loving it. Your cards are amazing.

michelle in mi said...

Gonna have to 'steal' a few ideas from you for this new release!

Gail said...

Amazing work! Love the jar lid partially opened on the fireflies creation and the thinking of you sign hanging on the porch layout - such stunning art! TFS

Jan in Tucson said...

I LOVE your slimline card with the open jar!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW your cards are fantastic!!! I love the porch scene with the trees in the background, I want to sit there and have breakfast! Also love the firefly jar card.

Tiffany P said...

Love, love your cards!! Especially the last one! It is so creative.

Emma S. said...

Your designs are AMAZING!

Conniecrafter said...

I so love how you have brought together all kinds of sets for your porch scene, love how the trees are going off the edges!

Denise Bryant said...

Fabulous cards! I love the beautiful porch scene you created, and your card with the Jumbo Jar is awesome!

kate2kate said...

I love that you added trees to the front porch.

Marilyn in Michigan said...

What awesome cards, Kelly! That firefly jar is the best!

Kathryn A said...

Wonderful cards! Love the porch scene, combined with the trees!

Susan Beauchaine said...

Jawdroppingly stunning cards. Both frameable!!!

Mary Holshouser said...

Your porch scene is fantastic.
So much detail and color.
Love the firefly trying to let
his friends escape. Cute.
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Shaunna Lasley said...

Your cards are fabulous!! I love them both!!!

Sandy C said...

Those are two really gorgeous cards! Love that you added trees to the front porch scene. We all have some of those in our stash. Also love the idea of the slimline card with only half of the jar showing. Your photography is also fabulous.

blaze said...

Your porch scene is beyond FABULOUS!!!

buzzn2scrap said...

AMAZING ! Love your porch with trees and your magical slimline card ! And yes, would love to see pumpkins and cornstalks for Fall and Christmas lights for Christmas.

MBaskin said...

Stunning cards, love them both!

mel h said...

Love the firefly card and that front porch die set is a must have!

Caly Person said...

Absolutely love all of your projects, Kelly! They are perfect!

DGolly said...

Love your bright and creative cards. Thanks for sharing.

Cyndi said...

Wonderful cards. I especially love the first one -- so much detail and wonderful colors. The Sitting Pretty set is definitely on my wish list.

Karen Day said...

I love that you used those trees in your porch card! Great to see a mix of old & new. And a wonderful design for your slimline card.

Marsha S said...

Fabulous cards especially the porch scene!! That set is on my wish list and everything else!

Leslie said...

Love, love, love your slimline card! I cannot get enough of the Jumbo Jar!

Mrsfish02 said...

Kelly your creative mind works so well with all the details... love the porch so much with it's lovely flowers and the trees worked so perfectly. My granddaughters love to catch fireflies every summer. I think that glow powder is genius! Always look forward to seeing your submissions and appreciate your guidance!!

Ms. Tamp said...

Great scene created. I like the sky and trees added. Great tip for the jar lid.

Allie said...

Love how you tucked in your sentiment in that beautiful scene, Kelly!

Rachael B said...

Lovely!

Jan said...

I love all the details to both cards. You really did a marvelous job!

Lisa Kinnear said...

All your details are amazing!

Shirley N said...

I just love the scene you created with the Sitting Pretty dies. Your card is beautiful!

Cheryl Inman said...

I love these cards. The added elements on your scene card are so beautiful!

Marsha said...

Gorgeous cards, Kelly!

Fred. said...

This is why I follow you. I love both cards!!! They remind me of sitting on the porch watching the fireflies. We always had a jar on hand to catch a few to "sit on the porch" with us. Before going to bed we always let them go. Your cards are amazing!

Cynthia Evanoff said...

Oh my, this looks just like my porch...the trees are genius, and the cap off of the jar..you rock girl!

Teena said...

Love the sitting pretty dies!

KarenAnn said...

Love,love your cards! Such creativity! Your porch scene has great details and love the escaping fireflies!

Diane said...

Beautiful cards, love the porch scene and I would HAVE to add the cat on mine lol, also love how you did the slimline card, very clever!

Sheila said...

Oh My!! I Love Love both of your cards and this entire release, dang it. Your porch scene is just perfect and your idea to turn the jar on its side with fireflies coming out is genius. Love the "Let Your Light Shine" sentiment--so many wonderful uses for church and more. Thanks so much for inspiration and your hard work!!

see mary stamp said...

Amazing projects. Love your front porch scene.

Lisa said...

Wow - I absolutely love what you created! I want to sit on that porch all day. The slimline card is so fun. Both are incredibly inspirational.

Jennifer said...

I’m super over the moon in love! Jaw dropping! Your card is stunning!!!

Andrew and Bertha Pilgrim said...

Two beautiful cards. I love the scenic porch setting and the fireflies escaping the jar on the slimline card. Great use of these new dies. Can't wait to see what you do tomorrow.

Eve N said...

I hadn't thought ahead, but your comment about using this Sitting Pretty porch for different seasonal scenes will be so fun and easy. Great for getting a lot of use from a die set. Also, love how your slimline card just glows!

Cheryl said...

Stunning! I feel as if I could walk onto the porch and sit for awhile.

Anne B said...

Stunning cards, Kelly. That porch scene makes me want to pull up a chair, sit down and relax!

Lynn C said...

I really like the trees added in to the porch scene.

Leanne said...

Beautiful cards!!

Luanne said...

Your cards just shine with these new fabulous products! Love that porch!!

Debbie said...

Love this release!

Karen M said...

Love the firefly card with the lid popping up and the fireflies escaping. Cute!

Janet B. from WV said...

Gorgeous!

Sue McRae said...

So many wonderful elements in your charming porch scene!

cynderbe said...

I’m going right out and sit on my porch after seeing your enticing porch card! The fireflies and this collection are going to get me in soooo much trouble! Just kidding, I want it all!

Helen F. said...

Kelly, your cards are amazing! LOVE the porch scene so much and your slim line fireflies in the open jar is fabulous!

Arlene said...

Kelly, your porch card & scene are stunning! I also love the jar of fireflies.

Joyce said...

Absolutely love your porch scene.

Dawn Y. said...

Oh, Kelly! Your front porch card is just amazing! Yes, pinwheels would be a perfect way to decorate the porch. Can’t wait to add a wreath and and evergreen tree at Christmas, too! Thank you for so much inspiration!💗

Lori Herron said...

Your ideas for other seasons on the porch.......super fantastic! I must have this die!

Judy Stiles said...

Beautiful cards! Love this new release!

Hannah Mize said...

LOVE the firefly card and the light rays in and outside of the jar.

Sue D said...

Love this porch scene and the cute fireflies.

Jane B. said...

What a beautiful summer night you have created along with capturing those lightning bugs! I love your cards and appreciate your creativity and talent.

Jennifer K said...

Love your porch scene and that you thought to add the trees - they are perfect here!

Karen said...

Oh my, your cards!!! Just fabulous; I especially love the slimline card--a great design!

Lori Beseke said...

Great cards! Love the porch scene.

Miriam Prantner said...

Oh my, that second card is just genius! I love the length of it, and how you captured the movement/action of capturing fireflies, fantastic!

judy said...

Lovely cards! Your porch scene card is so inviting-I would love to sit there and enjoy the summer breeze.

Andre M. said...

Wonderful card designs, the slimline with the mason jar and fireflies is so pretty!

Amy C. said...

Wow! I'm so excited about these new products. I love your two cards. The fort porch scene is especially fun.

Mutzy Mia said...

Both of your cards are darling but I especially like the firefly card. It turned out so cute with the jar on the angle and the lid partially off. Those fireflies that glow are such a fun addition! Thanks for all your inspiration!

Kati C said...

The front porch makes me want to sit in that rocker!! The slimline card size is perfect for your fireflies escaping from the jar. What a cute idea!!

Kailash said...

Your card designs are stunning, love the porch scene created and the fireflies with the mason jar is just perfect!

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Betty Neville said...

Wow!! These are outstanding!

DMcKelvey said...

Your cards are just stunning! I am in love with them both. I love how you added the trees and the greenery in the corner on the porch card, gorgeous. The lightning bug card is beautiful as well. Reminds me of when I was many, many years younger at my Grandfather's in KY and taking our jar to catch them.

sabell said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! Your porch card is the reason why I fell in love with this release!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful porch scene! Love seeing the older products mixed in with the new!

Myrna said...

Awesome cards Kelly!!! I want to sit on your porch and how fun is that slimline card with the fireflies!!!! Thanks for your inspiration!!!

Jill D. said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love what you did with that slimline.

Helen said...

Wow! Your cards are gorgeous! I just adore the wonderful porch scene you've created! I feel that's where I would love to be!! The little fireflies are so cute!Thanks so much for the great inspiration. Stay safe! :)

Becky Green said...

OH MY!!! Kelly, you've CAPTURED the LOVELY scene of a WELCOMING PORCH & your Lightening Bug Jar Card brings back childhood memories! BOTH of your cards are STUNNING & PERFECTLY DONE!!! ;)<3

Becky Green said...

OH MY! Kelly, you've CAPTURED the scene of a WELCOMING PORCH & the Lightening Bug Jar brings back memories from my childhood! WONDERFULLY DONE!!! ;)<3

Monika/Buzsy said...

What an amazing porch scene. Love the little details... and oh, those sweet fireflies on the second card... so cute! Thanks for the inspirations!

Tricia Schaden said...

That slimline firefly card is outstanding!! and the front porch scene with the trees in the yard - brilliant!

MoTurner said...

Your designs are ALWAYS a favorite of mine! You make these products shine!! ❤️❤️

Kathy Mc said...

Two more stunning cards, Kelly! Such a fun detailed porch setting and the slimline card with the partially-opened jar is perfect with the cute fireflies.

Mary Kay Ross said...

Oh, wow! These are so gorgeous!!! I love how much detail you put into all of your cards. So beautiful!

Contagiously Crafty said...

Always such neat and well put together examples. Thank you for inspiring us.

Gail Spresser said...

Loving both of these cards - beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

acons said...

Your cards are FAB! I’m especially loving the front porch!

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Wow, gorgeous cards! Love the The Front Porch card!

Vickie R. said...

Your firefly card is magical!

sharon g said...

The porch scene is so serene and pretty...

Cindy C said...

Wow! Both your firefly jar and the porch scene are stunning!

just me said...

Adore your firefly card! Love the contrasts that make it glow!

DorothyA said...

Beautiful, summery, warm cards. I love all the greenery on that porch, and the fireflies are darling.

Cindy said...

Love your adorable cards!

Nancy Nicholson said...

Beautiful cards. I especially love your porch scene!

Karla P said...

Absolutely love your cards! Such a fun release. Can't wait to try my hand at it. Thank you for sharing your inspiration!

Alyssa S said...

Both cards are fabulous! Those fireflies sure have my heart though!

Mary J said...

Beautiful projects. Thank you for the inspiration. I want to sit on your porch!

patti said...

What lovely cards!!! Very inspiring.

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