Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pagemaps Pebbles tricks & treats sketch contest

Just saw this today & the deadline's today, but had to do a page based off this super cute sketch!

You could change those butterflies to anything to make a fun, simple page about anything!
I always love repeated patterns, like the butterflies here. You could do pumpkins, leaves, Xmas trees or ornaments, candles or presents for a bday page, the list goes on and on!

Here is the page I made based off this sketch:
1st Day-5th Grade

Most supplies are Studio Calico (Yearbook), large red chipboard alpha is Scenic Route, Jenni Bowlin hexigon date & name stickers, 7 Gypsies ruler tape, PTI half&half & star border dies.

I just love how this came out! So fun!

Hugs- Kelly

Sunday, October 7, 2012

WCMD- Card 4

For card number 4, I wanted to play a little more with my new Hero Arts neon inks, so I decied to combine Paper smooches pink & one-layer challenge to make a super simple but super non-traditional holiday card!

I am now super in love with these new Neon inks & with Kim's adorable sentiment fonts= true love!

Hugs- Kelly

WCMD- Card 3

Card number 3 based on a Paper Smooches challenge to do a one layer card:

Cute :)
For this adorable card, I stamped the icicle stamp across the card using a light grey & light blue to make a nice base to hold my animals. Than, I stamped the animals, heart & sentiment & colored with copics. Pretty simple but oh so cute!

Hugs- Kelly

WCMD- Card 2

Here is my second card I made for a Paper Smooches challenge to use pink!

Sorry for the crummy pics but I forgot to finish taking pics outside before night! :)
I used this cute new penguin & some new Neon Hero Arts ink for some hot pink!
For the sentiment, I stamped it in the Neon pink first, than offset in black ink for the cool effect!
Love the super bright pink touches against all the black and white.

Hugs- Kelly

WCMD With Paper Smooches!

Hello! I'm finally starting to post some projects from some WCMD challenges!
The first 4 are based on challenges from Kim at Paper Smooches and feature Paper Smooches Stamps!
Here's the first one based on a sketch challenge:

Love that guy! :) I used lots of colors and Tim Holtz mirror to make his lab table!

Hugs- Kelly

Monday, September 17, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks- Take 2

Hello again! Here's my second take on this weeks Paper Smooches Sparks challenge sketch. For this one I kept it very simple and used the strip of patterned paper and two of the feathers colored and cut out for a headband effect.

I love how it turned out! Ya know, sometimes simple is just right! :)

Hugs- Kelly

Paper Smooches Sparks- Designer Drafts

This weeks Paper Smooches Sparks challenge is Designer Drafts (sketch)! LOVE sketches!
Here's the first card I did:

Love, love, love this image! I colored with Copics and fussy cut and popped him up with foam dots. I love how the piece of patterned paper I used for the banner has a stitching and rippled effect already on it, it reminds me of sewn suede. And the strip of paper and burlap I used to ground him reminds me of a  handmade Native American rug.
Thanks for stopping, I've got one more to post right now! :)

Hugs- Kelly

Friday, August 31, 2012

Unity KOTM August Sketch Challenge & Stars Challenge

LOVE this months KOTM sketch! Sunbursts are super in right now and I love the look of doing one with lots of different colors or patterns!
For mine, I wanted to use a lot of different patterns from Authentiques Halloween line. I used the 6x6 paper pad.

The wand with stars is from the November 2009 KOTM and the pumpkin is from September 2009.
It reminds me of Cinderella with the pumpkin about to turn into something fabulous! :) Except with a Halloween spin! I stamped, colored with copics & cut out the pumpkin and used pop dots for some dimension.
After stamping, I realized that this would work for the Unity Challenge to use stars as well! Sweet!
For the circle, I used the PTI Tag Sale #4 Die which cuts and embosses that inner circle. I placed it so that the top of the tag would be cut off from the corner and it would just look like a regular circle.

Thanks for stopping!
Hugs- Kelly

Saturday, August 25, 2012

August PTI Blog Hop!

Hello! Time for another PTI blog hop! This months inspiration was all the great textures and patterns of Fall! My favorite time of year! I love all the textures, colors & fun things to do in the Fall, not to mention the cozy sweater weather! :)

For my card, I used some texture, pattern and felt to remind me of the cozy fall to come!

The frame from Fabulous Frames was stamped in Kraft with the new Herringbone set & ran through my Cuttlebug with the canvas impression plate. I also used felts for the flower, leaves and border and the natural paper that I used for the frame for another set of leaves & border. I really love how the red button stands out on the beautiful soft colors!

Thanks for stopping, can't wait to check out everyone's projects!

Hugs- Kelly

Friday, August 3, 2012

My Favorite Things Guest Designer Search: August

Hello! MFT has a search for the next guest designer going on on Splitcoast right now to create a card using their sketch. I loved the sketch so much I did 3 cards the first day I saw it!
I already shared them on Splitcoast, but thought I should post them over here, too, because I do really like how they all turned out & love so many of their sets!

For the first two, I made patterned paper for the backgrounds using the same set as the main images, "At the Movies" die & stamp sets. The first card is an A2 so I adjusted the sketch a bit for that one.
I just LOVE that MFT has tons of sets now that you can get with their matching Die-Namics dies! It makes it so fun and easy to make matching embellishments for your cards- and for just the cost of some paper scraps! They also have a lot of great basics like frames, tabs, rolled flowers, borders, ect.

For this card I used an older set I had "Rain or Shine" along with some great MME paper from a 6x6 pad. Perfect for card making! I love the colors of this paper pad!

Thanks for stopping! Hugs- Kelly

MFT Supplies:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Make It Monday #76: Double-time Bleach Stamping- Take 2

Hello again!
I wanted to do another card using the Double-time bleach stamping technique with the actual "double" part :)
I decided to use the Natural Beauties set to do an entire cardfront.

I really love making all over patterns & when they look so pretty, you don't want to cover them up, so I just stamped a simple sentiment along the bottom.

Hugs- Kelly

Make It Monday #76: Double-time Bleach Stamping

Hello! I was so excited to see this weeks PTI Make It Monday! I haven't used the stamping with bleach technique forever! I don't know why, it creates a very cool effect.
I wanted to do a few different things with this technique. My first card is basic stamping with bleach, without the "double-time" part :)

Using the Woodgrain background set, I stamped with bleach on 6 different cardstocks (the one I didn't use is Raspberry Fizz- for some reason it didn't show up at all on that?)
I cut 1" strips of 5 different colors and attached to the card front. 
I also stamped the Framed Out #6 Frame with bleach which looks really cool! Irl it actually looks like cork. I used a scrap of the Summer Sunrise I had stamped the woodgrain in bleach with to use behind to frame to stamp the sentiment on.

Thanks for stopping!
Hugs- Kelly

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PTI July Blog Hop!

Yay! Time for the PTI July blog hop! I had so much fun this weekend at Stamp-a-Faire I was excited to work on another project for the blog hop. I have a few other ideas for this challenge, so I may play more than once, but here is my first interpretation:

I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio sticky-back canvas in natural to stamp my front panel on. I love how you get that subtle canvas texture under the stamping! Plus, the back is covered in adhesive so it's ready to attach! 
I just love the dress on the girl in this picture, the great pattern covered in flowers, so I wanted to use fabric and cover it using the inspiration colors with an all over floral pattern. I used the SAF Natural Beauties set for the entire background. I than wrapped some dot Simply Charmeause ribbon around and stuck it to the sticky canvas before attaching to the card front.
I die cut and stamped a tag from Tiny Tags in Melon Berry and tied it with twine as well as one of those great coconut shell buttons!
The background is so beautiful, I didn't want to cover too much of it up, so I love just the tiny tag on the front! And the "love you" sentiment works great with the little heart cut out tag.

Thanks for stopping- can't wait to check out everyone's projects today!

Hugs- Kelly

Monday, July 23, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge: Card 2

Back again with my 2nd card for this weeks sparks challenge! (See previous post for the 1st)
I wanted to do 1 card that was a pretty literally take on the inspiration photo & wanted to use a new floral set from Paper Smooches for August. 
Luckily, I received it today & got to do it already! Perfect set to do this card!

I stamped the middle flower in New Leaf & the sides in Blueberry Sky. The shading on the kraft was done with Tea dye & Weathered Wood distress pads. I just used a black Distress marker to draw the stems.

Thanks for stoppin back!

Hugs- Kelly

Paper Smooches Sparks: Picture Perfect Challenge

Today starts a new challenge over at the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge blog!
This weeks challenge is Picture Perfect and here's the pic:

I had a few ideas for this right away! I sure got lucky today, because before I started to work on this I checked my mail and had my Paper Smooches August stamps! Yay!!!!

I immediately had to use a new Halloween image (love Halloween!) with this photo as inspiration!

I used aTea Dye distress inkpad for the edges, than cut my panel into 3. The pumpkins are stamped on white, colored with copics & cut out, than popped up with foam tape.
For the banner, I wanted to have "eek" the darkest under the scary looking pumpkin, so I stamped it there full strength, than stamped 2 more times on each side for the faded effect.

Thanks for stopping!

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Tie-Dye Challenge...last one!

And here's another card using the same tray of shaving cream/inks as the last:

I love how even using the same tray to do a few pieces of paper, they always look different!
For this card and the last post, I just swirled all around the tray, than did lines vertically & horizontally through it before placing my papers down.

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Tie-Dye Challenge...again!

I just loved the shaving cream technique for tie-dye so much after doing 2 different color combos! When looking through others pics on the links I saw a beautiful background created by Tracey (go check it out!) that used lots of colors for a super bright brilliant background!
Can't wait to get some PTI refills so I can use their gorgeous colors & do it again!
In the meantime, I used 4 different Distress inks refills to do this:

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Friendship Bracelet Take 2!

Good Morning!
I wanted to do another bracelet using my paper beads that was a little more earthy.
The first bracelet I did on Saturday turned out great using the beads along with some crystal beads & beading wire. This time I wanted to do one a little more rustic with some hemp twine and gorgeous green stone beads as well as some silver beads.

I was originally going to do the pattern all the way across the whole bracelet, but I decided that instead I wanted some of the twine to be showing on the sides so I just ended at doing the pattern twice.
Love the "campy" rustic charm of this! :)

Hugs- Kelly

Sunday, July 22, 2012

My final Tie Dye Card!

Since the shaving cream technique looked sooo cool- I wanted to try it with another ink I had: Alcohol inks. There's so many great colors of these I have so I had to give it a shot! 
It does work, but because the ink dries so fast, you need to work fast and it's a lot more of a subtle look.
You'll notice that even with quite a few drops of ink, a lot of white will show.

Still- super cool & still love it! I used Smokey Shadow stamped off once first for the sentiment to keep it soft.

Hugs- Kelly

Tie Dye #3

This technique I liked a lot once I got it right! This is just using your ink pads with a sponge and a brush with water.

Love the slightly blurry look of the circles! I used Dark Chocolate for the card base and sentiment.

Hugs- Kelly

Tie Dye #2

Here is my card using copics & rubbing alcohol:

This technique is very easy (as long as you have copics), but it's a little too subtle for me. I did notice when I was putting the front panel on the card base that I really liked what it looked like from the back of the white cardstock, so I will be playing with that later :)

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Tie Die Challenge!

Yay! I finally have all the SAF challenges done! At least one thing per challenge, although I'm sure i'll go back to a lot of them later & use more of the great ideas!
My daughter, Shelby, and I actually did all 3 of the Tie Die techniques! I even did the whip cream (as Shelby calls it!) aka shaving cream technique twice!

I'm going to start with my very favorite of the 4 I did! I don't have any of the PTI ink refills yet, so for this one I used Distress Ink reinkers with PTI stamp & paper:

Is that cool or what!? I am really loving this technique and will be doing it a lot more! My next PTI order I will be getting refills in lots of colors so I can match with all my paper/felt/ribbon!
I just loved this background so much, I didn't want to put lots on top of it so I just used a simple sentiment in black.

Hugs- Kelly

PTI Make It Monday #75: Roll the Die Challenge

This week's Make It Monday is a fun one! It's kind of similar to a tic tac toe challenge, where you have to use a certain list of items. For this challenge you need to write lists of stamps, colors, embellishments as well as a group of sketches & vertical/horizontal.

For my card, this is what I rolled:
Direction: Vertical
Layout: Sketch #3
Stamp Set: Tremendous Treats Birthday
Supporting Stamp Set: Movers & Shakers Sentiments
Color Combo: Aqua Mist/Orange Zest/Dark Chocolate/Harvest Gold
Embellishments: Ribbon

Here's my finished card:

I kept it pretty simple by leaving the colors of cardstock plain so it actually was a fairly quick card!
I colored the Lion with copics and popped him & the other brown dots up with foam tape.
Tomorrow my daughter is gonna do one for fun with her own rolls & I will use the sheet again- it's a lot of fun!

Hugs- Kelly

PTI Stamp-a-Faire Closing Ceremony :(

Stamp-a-Faire was so much fun and went by way to quickly! :)
Thanks again to Chris for hosting & feeding us :) !!!
Thanks to all the girls (Chris, Heather, Kerry & Kim) for sharing such a fun day & your crafting goodies with me!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the ladies at PTI for putting it all together! The challenges were a blast and all the work everyone put into their videos, projects, pics- so awesome!
Special thanks to Nicole and Dawn for chatting with us during the whirlwind day!
Can't wait for next year :)

Kerry, Heather, me, Chris, Kim (Stamp-a-Faire 2012)

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Handmade Embellishment Challenge!

I'm working on all the tie-die techniques (fun!) with my daughter today (our papers are drying as I type!) so i'll post that challenge later tonight, the last challenge I completed yesterday was the Handmade Embellishment challenge. I chose to do a 3d butterfly, but used kraft for all the layers and stamped different backgrounds on each in black. I really loved the way the patterns looked! I really looks like store-bought kraft/black patterned papers!
I'll for sure be doing lots of the other embellies later, but this was the one I did so far:

Love it!

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Card Set Challenge!

Such awesome examples for this challenge by the DT! I'm super excited to go back and look at every video and make lots of different versions!
I decided to make a simple card set to give to my Mom using the Celebrations set and some bitty dot papers. 

I packaged them in a simple white lunch bag that I stapled with my tiny attacher and added a little banner to match the cards with the left over ends of patterned paper.

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Friendship Bracelet challenge!

My daughter and I love to make fun stuff with beads at home, so I was excited to try the new PTI paper bead papers and die!
I made a bunch of beads the day before stamp-a-faire so they would have good drying time.
I also made these *cute* little charms with the SAF logo and tiny bottlecaps that I gave all the girls at our get together yesterday, so I used mine on my bracelet here:

Sorry, I took this pic with my phone yesterday, i'll get a better pic of the whole thing later :)
These beads are very fun to make and you can't get beads much cheaper than by using paper! I also got to trade for some of the yellow/pink papers yesterday (thanks Kim!) so I can make another version as well!

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Limited Supply Challenge!

This was a fun challenge! I love seeing what, with the same supplies, people come up with!
There were lots of great cards for this challenge done at our get together!
Here's mine:

I used the large frame die from Ad Sence to cut out of my homemade patterned paper, than stamped the centiment on the card front and popped up the patterned layer over it with foam dots. 

Hugs- Kelly

PTI SAF Mini Book Challenge!

Hello again! Back to post my second project finished yesterday, the mini book challenge! I just LOVE mini books! It's such a fun quick way to make a little book full of memories of one event!
Here's the book I did yesterday about our day at the lake:

I used an American Crafts 6x6 paper pad for all the patterened paper. I cut each page in kraft, than for each page, cut a different patterned paper with the Card Base-ics die and sliped a little picture in each one.
I also die cut & stamped some suns, flip flops and banners to use to embellish the inside (i'll share more pics later). For the cover I used a layerz die to cut a patterned paper that had the "beach day" already on it (SWEET!), than die cut & attached the year.
Heather was with us yesterday, so it was great for her to show me her binding technique in person which I did with that cute yellow/white twine!

Hugs- Kelly

PTI Stamp-A-Faire time!

Sooo excited! It's so awesome that this year PTI's stamp-a-faire is an online event so anyone can participate from any edge of the world!
And, I'm SUPER happy that I met some other Minnesota PTIers awhile ago on the forum when we had our first stamping get together & Chris (our host) decided to do it again for stamp-a-faire!
We had sooo much fun! Heather took iphone pics all day that she posted on the SAF chat thread & kept everyone up on what we were doing, it was quite the day! :) Thanks Heather!
And, another BIG THANK YOU to Chris for hosting and just being awesome!

Time to share some projects! Here's my make & take card:

I did the centers and tiny flowers in yellow instead, love it!

And here's my first challenge project, the ribbon techniques:
I used the butterfly die cuts and backed with lemon tart, melon berry & orange zest ribbons! I hand cut the little banner for my sentiment and added a little lemon tart button with twine.

Be back with challenge #2 soon!

Hugs- Kelly