Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Little Drummer Bear


Hi Folks! I'm happy to share this little drummer bear cutie on the Winnie & Walter blog today. He was fun to make, and I've added to my stash of little boy birthday cards ... hooray! These critters are all from the new Party On with Evelin T Designs set.

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Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Thursday, July 6, 2017

CFS & Chameleon Pens

Hello Folks! I have just had the most fun time playing with Chameleon pens and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Blog to see what Laurel Beard and I have come up with using these magical tools that go from light to dark in a single marker, and for a chance to win some prizes! 

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

w&w Rerun - Kindness with Evelin T Designs




Hi Folks! We have a new Rerun Challenge on the Winnie & Walter blog today, which means that we pick a stamp set from the archives and focus on using it throughout the month. This card uses the Kindness with Evelin T Designs set for everything, except for the faceted background pattern for the desert ground which is from Mini Scenery: Multifaceted

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The Kindness sentiment is originally a straight line, but for this card I thought a curved sentiment would fill the space better, so I curved it on my stamping block. The cacti were masked before I stamped the yellow facets and sponged the yellow ink ... you can see the masks on the left of this photo. Then I watercolored them in green with tiny pink copic flowers. The scallop frame is left over from when I needed a panel of my favorite Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.


Head on over to the Winnie & Walter blog to find out details on how to win this set, and on how to participate in the challenge which is open throughout the month.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Friend, I Think You're Amazing


   

Hello! This floral card uses a few CAS-ual Fridays Stamps sets, and is over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today if you'd like additional information. Feel free to use my code "KELLY2017" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Thanks for looking, and Happy 4th of July to all my American card-making friends!
-Kelly

Friday, June 30, 2017

Winnie & Walter - Premier Day 4



As promised, here is the second cute-critter-set from the newest Winnie & Walter release. This one has lots of partying animals and is called "Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs."
 They all immediately put a smile on your face!

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This stamp set and corresponding cutaways include several sentiments, cake, balloons, party hats, party streamers ... pretty much everything you need to throw a fabulous party!


The sentiment is the new In a Word: Party which I watercolored in green on top, fading into blue on the bottom. The secondary sentiment is from the newest Sentimental set. It magically happens to fit right in between the P and Y ... love it when things work out like that.

The second card for today has a background made from Scenery: Spotty Creative Screenings. I blended four different inks through the stencil, rotating and flipping it over in between inks. Before I started blending, I used the heart cutaway as a mask so I'd have white space in the center for my happy dancing bear. Doesn't he look like he's having the best time dancing? The tiny sentiment that comes with this set is perfect to not steal the focus.

I just love these fellas!

Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. As usual, leave a comment there for a chance to WIN all of today's goodies. The Big Giveaway is also going on with a chance to win the entire release!!

Well the release festivities are over now, but starting at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, June 30th you can place your order at Winnie & Walter for anything that caught your eye this week. Happy shopping!
-Kelly

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Winnie & Walter - Premier Day 3



More release goodness from Winnie & Walter! As big a fan I am of the Welcome to the Family by Evelin T Designs set, you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out there are two similar sets coming out in this release! This set is called Party On by Evelin T Designs and features 4 different critters with amazing abilities to play music.

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I love it when an image is cute enough to carry a card on its own. Makes it so much easier to create! This is perfect for a kid's birthday card, which fortunately lines up with my goal to create a ton of kid's birthday cards this year. We have so many kids in the family, and I never have enough cards to send them for birthdays, which is quite embarrassing when you're known as the card maker in the family.



While the stamps were lined up on the Misti I made several extra panels that I can just color while watching a movie.


As cute as this fox is, pairing him with brown and blue makes for a perfectly acceptable card for little boys. Especially given the clean nature of the card. I've been in the habit of drawing a border around my panel or card with my Zig pen when something looks a little too plain. That usually seems to satisfy me.


Just one Zig Clean Color Brush Marker for this fella. Oh wait, I lied. I forgot I also used a super light gray on his face and tail to make it stand out slightly from the white background.



Then on the inside of the cards I continued the sentiment so the whole card reads "Make some noise ... We are going to party like it's your birthday." When Shay asked us awhile ago what kind of stamps we're personally looking for, the first thing that popped into my head was sentiments for the INSIDE of the card. I always feel like I spend hours on the front and then throw together something that doesn't look as good on the inside. It always bothers me. I am happy to report that I do not at all feel bothered with this card! I added three of the fox's friends in black and white to accompany the sentiment. 


I just want to hug this little guy!

Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. As usual, leave a comment there for a chance to WIN all of today's goodies. The Big Giveaway is also going on with a chance to win the entire release!!
   
I'll be back tomorrow with the final day of the release party. Hope you'll join me!
-Kelly

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Winnie & Walter - Premier Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of the newest Winnie & Walter release! Today I focused mainly on the two biggest sizes in the Big Balloons cutaway set.

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This card uses the second biggest balloon die of the four, and as you can see here, you also have two insert dies in case you want to create shaker cards. For these balloons I used the Zig Clean Color Brush Marker to color them ... what an easy coloring job. No lines to stay inside! The party die is an addition to the In a Word series. Because the "let's" is tiny next to the giant "p" I stamped a few arrows from Scenery: Stripes 2 (which is currently on sale).


Then to finish it off I tied some baker's twine to the ends of each balloon (so handy to have that little triangle on the end of the balloon to use) and then to several of the letters in the sentiment. Lots of color in this card!

The next card uses the largest balloon die to make a shaped card. I love shaped cards and make them any time I can! Since this shape doesn't lend itself to standing very well on its own I made my own cloud and attached it to the back of the card. Now when it's opened it has somewhere to stand. 

The sentiment uses the "birthday" In a Word Cutaway and then a cute sentiment about cake and ice cream from the newest Sentimental set (which, with 26 different birthday sayings, is a set that will probably never leave the top of my desk!!) 

But that's not all ...


The balloon is flying away despite the best efforts of several critters ... and the cake!! The card is meant to sit on a ledge and then have these cuties dangle over the edge in an interactive way.
 
These guys are from the Party On set which will be the focus of Friday's post.
 
When on display it makes for a large card, but since they are all just holding on to the string, it still is able to fit in a regular envelope. You just crumple up the string behind the balloon so when it's pulled out all the critters fall down. Fun!


I can tell these balloon dies are going to get a lot of use!

Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. As usual, leave a comment there for a chance to WIN all of today's goodies. The Big Giveaway is also going on with a chance to win the entire release!!
   
Be sure to stop by the next two days for the remainder of the release. 
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Winnie & Walter - Premier Day 1


Hi folks! We have another release for Winnie & Walter to share with you this week! 
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This first card uses the newest set in the In Bloom series ... In Bloom: Carolina's Florals with Angelica Suarez, as well as the heart from From the Bottom of My Heart. 


 There are a lot of pieces here, but it came together somewhat quickly since I lined up the stamps with the attached dies and then cut them all out at once. I place the die, cutting side down, on the cardstock and then center each stamp on top of each die. Then close the misti lid and press onto the stamps so they all remain in position. After stamping, you just line up the attached dies on top of the stamped images, tape it down, and then die cut as normal. This was a tip I learned from one of Jennifer Mcguire's videos. Total lifesaver! Otherwise all those tiny dies can be intimidating and then I don't tend to use them. 


 But once they are all cut, I have plenty for my current and even future projects. I ended up making two extra sets before I peeled off the stamps from my misti. Might as well, since they are already set up!

 I inked all the stamps, including the Happy sentiment, in green instead of black to give the card a lighter, more colorful look. Also, when adhering the floral pieces to the card base I just put adhesive on one end so the other is loose. I like the way that makes for a little more 3D bouquet. Then I added a gold thread bow for some sparkle. 

This card is one of my favorites from the release! I like how all the elements came together to carry the sentiment throughout the card.

The strawberry comes with a separate stamp for the seeds. Which reminds me of a quick story I just told this week of my mom when she first started cooking after getting married. She was making a salad that called for strawberries. A lot of strawberries. And it was taking forever. So long that she was worried that they may be late to the party they were supposed to bring the salad to. She just couldn't understand why people would even make this salad, since REMOVING ALL THE SEEDS from the strawberries was taking so long. Hahaha ... ugh, could you imagine how long that must have taken my mom to pick all those tiny seed off the outside of the strawberries? And I wonder what the party guests thought when they saw a "naked" strawberry? Anyway, my whole point in sharing this photo was to show you the gold embossed seeds. Love that they are slightly raised, just like in real life, due to the embossing.


 The berry and stamped sentiment are from In Bloom: Carolina's Florals. The birthday die is a new In a Word cutaway, and the fun dots are from Mini Scenery: Spotty. The adorable kitty is from another new set that will be featured later this week. You'll love it!

Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. As usual, leave a comment there for a chance to WIN all of today's goodies. The Big Giveaway is also going on with a chance to win the entire release!!
   
I'll be back tomorrow, and the next couple days, to share more exciting products from this new release.
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Card for an Orange-Loving Eighth Grade Graduate



Hi Folks! I'm excited to share this eighth grade graduation card, staring my favorite little gummy bear times 4. It's on the Winnie & Walter blog today if you want to check it out!

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Thanks for looking!
-Kelly



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Naturally Inspired Stamp of Approval Release Day


Hi Folks! Well, today was supposed to be the release day for Catherine Pooler's most recent Stamp of Approval collection, called Naturally Inspired. However, the collection was so popular that it has already sold out to the people who signed up for the waitlist to get the collection ahead of time.

Not to worry, if you didn't get a chance to buy the collection now, the sets, additional ink color, and Wanderlust sparkly embossing powder, will be for sale individually in the Catherine Pooler store in the Fall or Winter.

Shoot! Well, I'd still like to share one final card with you ...


This card was made mostly with one of the tiniest stamps in the collection. I lightly drew a circle with a pencil and then started to stamp the tiny flower stamp in different colors around the circle. I continued around until the wreath felt solid enough. Then I stamped the sentiment from Simply the Best, and the card base with the cross-hatchy stamp.


I made another card while I had all the supplies out, this time centered on the card. I think I still like the tilted panel card better. For both of the cards I cut off the length so they are 4 1/4" square.


Here are the different colors used in these cards, along with some second generation stamping of the flowers. 

Well, sure hope you've liked all the different projects from this past week. Stay tuned later in the year for these products being released individually. Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Kelly

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Amazing New Dies + Win $50 at Ellen Hutson!!



Exciting news ... do you remember the innovative Hinged Thanks die that Ellen Hutson released in February? I got so many comments from you on how this would make a great alphabet set, and guess what? They listened! You can now get Hinged Alpha and Numbers Dies!!

You would not believe all the fun I've been having ... these powerful dies kept me in the craft room for days, and I've really only scratched the surface with what these bad boys can do. Please head on over to my post on Ellen Hutson to see all the projects, including several cards, a mini-album and the easiest, personalized Christmas ornament ever! I sure hope you like them!

Because the folks at Ellen Hutson are so wonderful, they are offering you a chance at a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to purchase anything in their store! All you need to do is comment on this post before June 13th, and they will announce the winner on their blog.


Thanks for looking, and I'll see you over at the CLASSroom!
-Kelly

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W&W Rerun - Scenery: Stripes

Hi Folks! We're starting a new Rerun Challenge at Winnie & Walter ... the 20th challenge if you can believe it! This month Shay has chosen a staple to feature, Scenery: Stripes. Just how every closet should have a little black dress, every craft room should have a good stripe set like this. Super versatile, and always in style.

The card I made for the challenge was inspired by one of my favorite coastal vacation memories ... sunsets over water. The sentiment from Sentimental: Endearments is stamped in orange to represent the sun. The stripes underneath represent the waves on the water and how the crests of the waves reflect the colors in the sky.

So there you have it, my stylized sunset card! Simple, but I like it.

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Head on over to the Winnie & Walter blog to find out details on how to participate in the rerun challenge, which is open throughout the month. Don't forget there is also a giveaway, AND the featured set is on sale (only $11.25 instead of $15).

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly