Friday, December 1, 2017

Magical Birthday

Today's card was created for my niece, Lucy. She's a sweet little girl who loves pink and princesses, so this card should be absolutely perfect for her!


This card was actually pretty simple to create even though it looks complicated. I started by stamping my images with my MISTI and then coloring them in with my Copics. I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut them out (I am the queen of lazy after all).

I cut and folded a pink card base and then cut a panel of white cardstock to cover the entire front. I used my Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Window Edge die to cut the white piece down all in one pass through my die cut machine. It's all one piece so no guessing as to where everything needs to go. It seriously made this whole thing super simple.

I laid out my pieces on top of my card base where I wanted them to go and then used a piece of Press N Seal to keep them in place while I added foam tape over the back of the whole thing. I removed the Press N Seal from the front and then adhered the whole piece down to the card base. Another tip to make things easier for you!

Last of all was my sentiment. I found a piece of darker pink cardstock in my scrap pile, so I heat embossed the sentiment onto it using white powder. I used a little bit of foam tape and a glue runner to adhere it in place.

To add a bit of shine, I used my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to add some shimmer to each of my images - the wings of the dragon, the princess's crown, and the horn and hooves on my unicorn.

That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CASology: Round

Hello, everyone! It's time for a new cue from the CASology challenge!


This week's sponsor is Kitty Bee Designs and I've used her adorable Coffee or Tea Please Panda for my card.


Since my panda is a digital image, I printed it out using my printer and then let it sit a bit so the ink could dry before I added my coloring with my Copics. I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut it out because I'm lazy and I hate fussy cutting. I set that aside and then started work on my background.

To bring in the cue word, I used my circle dies and an embossing pad to create a dry embossed background to add focus to my image. I stamped my sentiment on black cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed in white powder to make it stand out from all that white space. I cut it out using a banner die.

Now to pull it all together. I used foam tape to adhere my panda in the center of the circular focal point and then used a little more foam tape to adhere my sentiment below him. The sentiment gives him something to stand on so he doesn't look like he's floating.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you'll join us this week with your ROUND creations!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Simply Sweet Christmas Inspiration Hop


Hello and welcome to the very first Simply Sweet Christmas Inspiration Hop! I'll be completely honest, I just started a new job in the past couple weeks and I haven't had that much time for crafting. This hop completely snuck up on me and I'm so grateful that the theme is simple! I remembered this design that I put together last year when my husband came to me begging for Christmas cards for his employees with only a few days until Christmas. They were the perfect last-minute cards and a classic design! With that in mind, here they are, recreated just for you!


These cards are so easy to put together. I merely used some painter's tape to mask off a strip on the right side of my card and then heat embossed some snowflakes inside of it with white embossing powder. If I were thinking clearly, I would have used my MISTI to stamp each card at the same time and save myself a little hassle. But...when things get crazy my mind tends to go fuzzy, so I stamped each of them separately. Keep that in mind if you decide to reproduce my cards and have a MISTI on hand!

After each card had cooled from the heat embossing, I used 3 different blue inks to blend an ombre strip on top of the snowflakes and then carefully peeled off the tape. Then it was back to my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in dark black ink. Ta-da! All done!


I created this card the same way, just switching the blue inks for pinks/reds. Switch up the sentiment and you can create a bunch of cards!


And here's yet another one with a different sentiment and green inks. You can switch all of these things around and have a set of nine different cards. (3 separate sentiments with 3 different colors!) That's exactly what I did! I had a set of 9 cards done in just over an hour!

Make sure to continue to hop along and see all of the fun inspiration we have for you today! You should have arrived from Nina's blog and your next stop is Vicki! If you get lost, Lesley has the full hop on her blog to help you find your way!


Don't forget that Lesley is also offering a prize for this hop! She's giving away 4 matching handmade Christmas cards to one lucky winner!

In order to quality, please remember to...

1. Comment on Lesley's blog and answer her question.
2. Comment on each stop along the hop!

The Giveaway Contest closes on Saturday, December 2!



Final Kennedy Grace Creations Post

I'm over on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with my final post as a designer. I recently started a new job and it's cut into my crafting time quite a bit. I had to make some difficult decisions and I decided to step down from my position as a designer.

I'll still be around and I'll still be crafting, but there may be a longer delay in my postings until I get back into a routine. I hope you'll still stop by occasionally to see what I'm up to!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CASology: Cheer

Hello! It's time for a brand new cue from CASology!


It's getting to be that time of year, so I started hauling out my winter/Christmas stamps. This one from Sunny Studio is probably one of my favorites. They're perfect for the entire winter season.


I started this card by cutting a panel with a large stitched rectangle die and then using my MISTI to stamp my image and my sentiment. I also stamped my image again on some masking paper so that I could do a little ink blending over the top of it.

I covered my mug in my masking paper and then added a snowfall stencil over the top of the panel. I pressed my Versamark ink pad over the top of it and then heat embossed the falling snow in white. (I used a dry paint brush to brush away any powder that stuck to my sentiment.) I then used my ink blending tools to blend in 2 blues to create an ombre sky to help the falling snow stand out on my white card. I removed my mask and then colored my image with my copics.

I adhered my panel to a white card base and it was all finished!

I can't wait to see how you're inspired by this week's cue! Thanks for stopping by today!




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CASology: Sharp

Hello! It's that time of the week again. Time for a new cue from CASology!


I recently purchased this adorable set from Hero Arts because I have twin nephews who are obsessed with narwhals. I thought it would be perfect for cards for them. And this cue seemed to cry out for a narwhal, too!


Isn't that image just adorable?  I started my card by cutting a panel with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my image using my MISTI and then stamped again onto some masking paper. I covered it up so that I could blend some ink over it.

I cut another mask from some masking paper. I used a circle die and then placed the negative piece over the top of my narwhal so that it would appear to be inside a bubble of water when I blended my ink into it. I started with my middle tone and blended the ink from the edges in. Then I added my darkest color on the very edges. I finished it off by blending my lightest color of the top of everything and leaving just a slight white glow around my narwhal. That last layer of the lightest color helped blend all three colors together seamlessly.

I remove my masks and then colored my narwhal with my copics. I used my MISTI to align my sentiment and stamped it twice with black ink to make sure it stood out on top of my blending. I then adhered the panel onto a white card base with my tape runner.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Less Is More - Fireworks

Today's card is a clean and simple one made for the current Less Is More challenge - Fireworks!

Now, let me start by saying that this was a color challenge and my card is black and white. The reason behind that is that my absolute favorite color of firework is the sparkling silver/gold. There's just something magical about them. So while this may be a very liberal interpretation of this cue, it was still inspired by it.



I wanted to make this look like a fireworks display over New York, so I used the New York skyline die to cut out a silhouette in black. I experimented with using a navy or darker gray cardstock as a base, but I ended up liking this middle-tone gray the best. The fireworks still stand out on it, but it also allows the skyline to shine as well.

I stamped my fireworks above where I wanted to adhere my skyline and then heat embossed them in silver. I adhered the skyline directly to the card using some Multi Medium Matte and then heat embossed my sentiment on top of it in white powder.


When you tilt the card in the light it has some great shimmer that remind of those beautiful sparkly fireworks.

Thanks for stopping by!