Oct 29, 2014

The Card Concept #22

Hello there, and good morning to you! Today is the day... another challenge over at The Card Concept!

Here is our inspiration photo:


And here is my take on the challenge. 


This week we were told to create in whichever style we wanted. When I first read that, I just stared at the computer for awhile. I think I may have even rubbed my eyes a few times. I was totally stumped at what to do!

What I decided to do was to NOT pick a style first, but just create something and see what happened, and THEN I would put it in a category. I guess you could say I still don't know what kind of style I gravitate to... But anyway, this is what came out. A simple, Clean and Layered card. SO that must be it!

I stamped my sentiments and leaves first and then cut it up into three strips. I had some of these left-over red inked strips that I put in between the white strips which are popped up with dimensional foam. I embossed my card base with  a checkered pattern and added some gold sequins. Pretty simple!

 I hope you get a chance to sit down in the next two weeks and create something fun for this challenge. I love looking through all the links. You all have so many great ideas! It's a great way to get inspired and learn about new carmakers out there. I can't wait to see what you create! Be sure to stop by The Card Concept  BLOG and like us on FaceBook for some inspiration and challenge reminders through out the weeks of each challenge. 

Thanks for checking in with me today! Until next time... just keep on crafting
xoxo
k

Oct 24, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Happy Hanukkah!

Hello there! I bet you didn't think you would be seeing me again so soon, eh?  Well, it seems Lawn Fawn is having a little contest to fill in a few spots for their Facebook team and I thought I would give it a go! I made this little guy up just for the occasion:



There is something lovely about white embossing paste on white card stock. I do love it. What about you?!  I used the Stitched Journaling Card die cut from Lawn Fawn and their Happy Hanukkah set.

I heat embossed the menorah with gold embossing powder and stamped the sentiment in blue. I also have a PLETHORA of ribbon from when it was all the rage (remember that!?) Well, I figured a little ribbon treatment would be ok. You know, it still has its place, I think (besides sitting in my drawer!)

That's it for now. Very simple card. It pulls together fast but has some details that make you happy. That's the kind of card I like!

Thanks for stopping in today to say hello! You can check out my Facebook page HERE and you should stop by the Lawn Fawn Facebook page too.  Have you seen the listing for the design team spot? You can see it HERE.  See if you want to take a crack at the contest yourself!

Until next time....
xoxo
k

Oct 23, 2014

Where have I been? I've been Missing YOU!

Hey there crafty peeps! It's been awhile. Nay, I dare say it's been forever!! I kind of went quiet there, but for good reason. I have been gone. 

Can you guess where?:


A good friend and I took a quick weekend trip to Bangkok! We ditched our kids (and hubbys too) and took a break. Bangkok is amazing. As I am sure a lot of you know. We had a great time. I won't bore you with my travel details but will show you a few things I saw along the way. 


Each time I visit a (predominantly) Buddhist country I learn so much more about their beliefs. I dare say its one of my favourite religions.  We saw so many amazing Buddha statues. This following one is just about the biggest one I have seen. (The other one is in Myanmar). We had a great time and it was nice to shut down for a bit. The internet was spotty so I didn't really know what was going on elsewhere. But now I am back, and jumping in again!



So today I wanted to share a little card with you that I made to submit to publication. It didn't get picked up which means I can show it to you!

I started with a water-colour paper and heat embossed this Lawn Fawn image onto it.

Next came the distress inks and water brush.

Then came the card!!

I used some gold metallic paper to mat the white paper. I wanted it simple because all the stuff going on. With colours and little images, you can't go crazy everywhere else on a card.

I added a glossy heart to my home state of Utah. Which of course, is where I am missing all my family! It was also super convenient that the heart just *happens* to balance out the look of the card. Don't you think? If I put the heart on NY (which is where we moved from, and I miss terribly too!) It wouldn't look as good. It would have covered up all of the state! Anyway, just a little peek into my crafty brain. ya?

Ok. That's it for today! Thanks for stopping in and not giving up on me while I have been gone :)

Be sure to check over at CutCardStock.com for my little home decor post going up later tonight. And of course there is always some thing else going on, so be sure to check back in for some Sweet Stamp Shop and Paper Wings Productions all which are coming next week.

Until next time...
xoxo
k

Oct 17, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop: Thinking Of You

Hey there, Fancy Pants! Welcome to the 'ol blog! Today I am sharing a new card from Sweet Stamp Shop. 

Here she is:


One of the things I LOVE to do is create my own stamped backgrounds. I bet if you looked in your stash you can find a few things that work together to make your own amazing stamped background. These two sets put together made up this sweet background. I wanted to go for a kind of floral fabric look.


The sequin stamp is from the Bling stamp set and the flowers are from Elegant Flowers set.  I colored the flowers with Copic Markers and then added the sequins in Mint Julep ink by Hero Arts.

I die cut my sentiment medallion and stamped my image from Condolences stamp set.

It was a really easy card to come together. Remember, if you want to stamp a background, be sure to space your big images out first and then add the little images in after. That will help you with balance.

Thanks for stopping by today! Did you get to check out the new release? It's pretty fan-fabulous! Be sure to click HERE If you haven't seen it yet. You can see it in all its glory!

Until next time....just keep on stamping!

xoxo
k

Oct 15, 2014

The Card Concept #21

 Hey there! Welcome back to another instalment of  The Card Concept! Here is today's challenge: Country and Sunflowers!

My charge is to make a Shabby Chic card and let me tell you, this was a challenge for me! I have noticed that my clean and graphic style has become such a mainstay that it was hard to venture away from it. And even with all that I did, I don't think this is as Shabby Chic as it should be! But you be the judge:

There are a few things that mean Shabby Chic to me. First, ribbon, layers and antique sponging. I started with some book print that I painted with some white gesso. I stamped my flower image (the closest I have to a sunflower, eek!) and used some Copics to colour it in. Now just a little FYI... If you decide to colour Copics over paint, you must remember that even if you use the right ink, your stamped image will take some time to dry on the paint. So be careful! You may get some smearing if you colour too soon (um, I learned first hand). But one of the other things about colouring with Copics on paint is it does this cool blending thing. Kind of splotchy, which I liked.


I die cut my scalloped rectangle (in my world scallop is a nice country style!) and sponged it with distress inks. I stamped my image and popped it all up with dimensionals for each layer. I was inspired by the gingham in the picture and wanted to add some of that to my card.

And that's it! I think it's still pretty simple and plain for a shabby card, and I realized my stash is not equipped for shabby designing! But I feel like it went fairly well.

What do you think? Will you join us for our challenge? I love The Card Concept blog because its a great chance to try new styles. Because honestly unless someone pushes me, I don't think of designing in another way. And this always helps you hone your designing and adaptation skills!

I hope you get a chance to join us. So hop on over! The Card Concept.

Thanks for stopping by today. And thank you for taking the time to leave me some comment love! It makes my day!
xoxo
k

Oct 13, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop October Release

Welcome to the Sweet Stamp Shop's New Release!! YAY!! You are in for a real treat today. Nicole has some amazing things up her sleeve.  This month you can look forward to some holiday action , monsters and some planner stamps! How many of you are into planners?? A lot of you, I know! Nicole's new stamps will have you organised in style! You won't want to miss it. In fact she had a bit of a pre-release with those planner stamps and they sold out in ONE DAY! So be sure to check in fast to get your own.

I created some samples for today's release. Take a look

Behold., my Christmas tag. Dun, dun, dun, duuuuun...

I know, super simple. In fact, simple enough you could make these up for every gift you have to give this holiday season. I know you will have people saying, "What! You made this!?"   I know, that always feels so good, right?

I coloured my little Christmas house with Copics, but I wanted it to seem like it had stone walls so I did a few different layers. Starting with a base of T1 grey then dots in T4, shown here:


Then dots of T6:

Then I washed over it again with T1. It worked... sort of :) I used some sequin stamps from the Bling stamp set for my falling snow and popped the house up in the corner. Then added a Merry Christmas sentiment from Just the Basics. I used a white gel pen to colour the snow drifts. The gel gives it some dimension which is kind of nice.


Next up I used the new Fall Leaves to make up my fall wreath:


I found this sweet little wreath from my dollar store (and actually its a $2 store here in Singapore ;)


I then laid out my leaf images and coloured them in a variety of fall colors. I thought I would need the brown, but once I laid them out on the wreath I quickly realized the browns were too close, so the leaves kind of got lost.

 I fussy cut out the leaves and laid them out on my wreath. I used hot glue to adhere them into place.

I added my fall sentiment and coloured it with Copics. I used some distress inks to soften the look a bit and added some Glossy Accents over the letters. I wrapped the top with some ribbon and then tied a gold button on with some hemp twine. I curled the twine around a pen to give it a little curl.


And that's it! The new release is out everyone so head on over to the BLOG for some highlights from the other designers and also don't forget to head over to the SHOP to pick up all the must haves for your stamp stash!

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoy the inspiration today! Let me know what you favourite projects are. I would love to hear from you! And be sure to stop back in a few days for another Sweet Stamp Shop creation!

Until next time... keep on stamping!
xoxo
k

Oct 8, 2014

Halloween Banner

Hey there! Today I am over at CutCardStock.com sharing my Halloween Banner project. 

Here is a little teaser:


I just purchased some black embossing paste and I think its divine! Jump on over and check it out: HERE

Thanks for stopping in today! I've been running around like a crazy chicken. School year is about to end which means no more running up to school and over to tutors and crazy stuff like that. Maybe I will have more time to sit and say hello!

I will be back next week with some more Sweet Stamp Shop so be sure to visit again!

Until next time
xoxo
k

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