Monday, January 23, 2017

VIDEO: Hello Beautiful! Rainbow Watercolor with Kelly

Hello Crafters! How was your weekend?

It was sixty degrees in January for two days straight. I feel like I won the lottery. It is going to go back to the lovely frigid snowy Ohio I know, but man what a great weekend!

Speaking of cold weather, this time of year I seem to struggle with my mojo pretty regularly. Anyone else have this problem? I don't know what it is, but January and February just sap my creativity. I can't live without my favorite hobby though, so I've come up with a few tips to help myself out.

First things first - use things you love. I make a little mental check list and then get to work. My go tos are one layer, brightly colored, floral cards. I like to try new techniques to mix it up some too. It usually takes me a bit longer to create something I love when it's different but it's almost always worth it.

For today's card I wanted a really bright loose watercolor background. Something fun and relaxing, no stress. :) You can see how I approached my stress free florals in the video below.

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I really love how easy this was to create. It didn't take a ton of time or planning, and I still ended up with a card I love. Isn't it nice when it works out like that?

hat are some of your favorite ways to break out of a slump? Let's help each other out huh?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sending Love with Joni

Hello everyone! Joni here, back with an inspiration card for Valentine's Day, using some new and old stamp sets.

To begin my card, I first distressed my card panel with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters and Tattered Rose. Next, I splattered with a little diluted color of the same. I also splattered the panel with plain water. I used several stamp sets - for the fox I used the Friends For All Season: Winter; the bunny, bird, and tree stump are are all from Happy Mail; the balloon is from Party Animal; and the sentiment "sending Love" is from Bold Banner Greetings. Next, I die-cut the fuschia cardstock using the heart from the Clear Cut Stackers: Heart Dies. I colored all the images using Copic Markers.

For added interest on the balloon and the heart I added some Stickles - for the heart I used X Mas Red and Diamond Stickles and for the balloon I just added Diamond Stickles. Next, I also added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins to give some shine and adhered all the pieces with foam tape.

Thank you for stopping by! Until next time :)!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

See U Soon Googly Eyes with Yana

Hello friends, this is Yana!

As I was playing with my stamps from WPlus9 (so thankful for the time-off work during Christmas as it resulted in lots of creative stamping!) I came across a fun “C U soon” sentiment (you can find it in the Friends For All Seasons: Summer stamp set). I immediately thought about using googly eyes and decided to make a fun interactive project.

I love to stamp my own unique patterns for my cards, so I started by pulling images from several stamp sets and bringing them together in one fun background. I went with several large and lots of small designs.

I used several images from multiple sets starting with a kite from the Friends For All Seasons: Summer. I stamped it 3 times onto a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ “ panel using Coconut Husk ink. Next I added adorable baby animals from the Happy Gang set - I stamped the kitty using Wild Mango and the teddy bear using Lake House ink. Brown, yellow and light blue always make a great color combination for both baby and everyday cards.

I also added a stamped Bonjour speech bubble, a tiny bee, and ducks from the Friends For All Seasons: Fall, a mouse from the Happy Gang set and finally a flower cluster from the Fresh Cut Wreaths set.

I still wanted to use the "C U soon" sentiment, but with my pattern being so busy and the sentiment being so small I felt I would loose it on my project. Instead, I used the Whimsy Alpha stamps and companion dies and stamped a much bigger and bolder "See U Soon" sentiment.

I used a layer of vellum and foam mounted my sentiment on top. Vellum helped to mute portion of the background and also helped the sentiment pop.

And of course, I adhered googly eyes to every kitty and teddy bear image and even added a set of eyes to the double "O" in my sentiment.

If you’d like to re-create this project, there’s one tip to keep in mind - when stamping partial kitties or teddy bears, make sure to stamp the head so that there’s enough room for the googly eyes. You can’t trim those off the edge of the card, so you need to plan ahead to make sure you’ll have enough space for the entire eye or both eyes on your partial impressions.

Have fun stamping!

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