Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The ocean in a drop!

It's been a while since I've shared a mermaid card and I have just been DYING to post this one! LOL! I made this last week but I resisted posting it so I didn't "over-mermaid"! I want all the cards to be mermaid cards! Ha ha! I am absolutely smitten with the Mermaid's Tail stamp set and coordinating dies.
Actually, it all started when I found my missing polka dot stencil from American Crafts. I've not used it in over a year, so I decided to get to work creating a polka dot background using Broken China Distress Oxide Ink and a spritz or two of Shimmer Spray on the backside of the stencil. Wow! What a bubbly, shimmery background it made! It was perfect to add this fabulous Mermaid's tail! 
I heat embossed the tail image onto a piece of Cool Caribbean cardstock using Nuvo Shimmering Pearl embossing powder. It was the perfect amount of shine for this card! I die cut it and then added it to the bubbly background using foam squares. I saw a fabulous card on Instagram from Jessica at All the Sparkle and I LOVED how she created the bubbles using sequins. While mine don't look like hers, she definitely inspired me so I wanted to give her a shout out! I used the Mermaid Mix Sequins as well as a few rain drop embellishments. I just couldn't resist and added a few more Nuvo drops here and there! The sentiment was stamped in black and then I added one rain drop to the center of the "o" in drop! It actually magnifies the "o" in a cool way! I'll be sharing a new card for The Challenge tomorrow so stay tuned! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Keeping Christmas {Merry and Bright}

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year long" ~Charles Dickens

Hello and welcome to July's installment of my Keeping Christmas series! Today I am sharing ways of putting the "gift" in gift tags! I thought it would be fun to show some fun and unique ways of creating gift tags that incorporate a "gift" as well. I have quite a few examples to share today and even more in my head that wouldn't quite work until seasonal candy and things start to hit the stores. the meantime, I hope you will find some inspiration from the things I am sharing today!

 To begin, I decided to revisit the mittens that I made last year which you can see HERE. All of my projects that I am sharing today use the same sentiment and colors along with the "Merry and Bright" theme. I still wanted to keep things bright and summery here and what better way than to incorporate some of these fun vintage Christmas color combinations! 
Last year I just gave the mittens as a stand alone gift, but this year I thought I could make them as a tag, and gift holder, as well as the option to use it as an ornament later! They are just too cute to be thrown away. 

 To begin, I diecut quite a few mittens out of felt using the Mitten Die in an assortment of bright colors. They all look so cute together! I created the wristband embellishment using a border die that appears to have been discontinued. I glued them down using some liquid glue and then sewed along the entire perimeter using my sewing machine. The snowflakes and leaves were die cut as well and the "berries" were left overs that came from the cut out circle portion from the wrist treatment. I love using up all of the scraps!
 I added some jingle bells to the centers of the snowflakes and added the tags. The tags were stamped and embossed with a sentiment from the O'Tannenbaum stamp set that I just LOVE! I used it on a few more projects which you will see today as well. 
I am planning on stuffing them with these fabulous hand creams from Bath and Body Works, but I will wait until they release their Holiday line. Last year I put lip gloss in them, so you could do that as well. 

 I used my crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the back of the mittens so that I can thread them with ribbon to attach to the gifts as well as a place to add an ornament hanger if the recipient would like to use it for that! I know I definitely would! LOL!
 My second project features the adorable Clever Barrette Dies as well as some more images from O'Tannenbaum! I can't wait to add these tags to my gifts this Christmas! These will look perfect under the tree in my formal living room!

 You can see that I used more of the berries on the barrettes as well. 

 I also was able to use the felt stars that were part of the center of the snowflakes on the mittens! It was awesome to have them already ready to go! I added some clear Nuvo drops to the ornaments on the tree for some dimension and shine.
 The next project was super quick and easy! I used the die cut that I got in the mail the other day that was part of the Post and Parcel Make it market kit. I decided to use the coordinating stamps as well. 
 I got the lipgloss from the Dollar Tree and I absolutely LOVE it. I have been using some for the last few months and it is as good as anything that you can get somewhere more expensive!

 I simply added them to the gift tags with glue dots so that they can be easily removed!

 The next project incorporates a sweet, simple gift that is easily added to a tag. I did some watercoloring using my ever favorite pearl watercolors. After I watercolored a piece of paper, I just ran the die cuts from the Vintage Ornaments II set. I also used the Vintage Ornaments II stamp set to add the embossed outline. Originally, I created a pocket to stick the chocolate down inside, but I made the tag BEFORE I bought the chocolate and it was just barely too big to fit. I just decided to add the chocolate to the outside with glue dots since the foil packaging matched so nicely!

 The final project for today is a simple gift card holder that doubles as a tag. I plan on doing an entire series devoted to gift card holders so today's design is very simple. 

 It uses the same details and stamps as some of the other projects to keep things cohesive. I actually went to the dollar store and bought (5) $5 gift cards to tuck inside. The dollar store actually has some great stuff and of course, this would be in addition to the gift that it will be attached to.

Here is a picture of all of the projects together! These actually took quite a bit of time, so I am glad that I was able to make them in July! I don't think I would have been able to devote this much time to creating gift tags during the holiday season. It was fun to think of different "gifts" to add to my gift tags. I still have lots more ideas that will be easy to execute once Christmas merchandise is actually in the stores! LOL! I hope you found this installment inspiring! I hope you get a chance to play! Use the hashtag #keeping christmas2017 on Instagram. You can find me there @kellylunceford. Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bonjour Birthday!

My darling, one and only daughter, turned 14 on Saturday! Where has the time gone?!? She's growing into such a lovely young woman! I made this card for her special day! I wanted to showcase these lovely pattern papers that I got for Mother's Day this year and it's been quite a while since I've done a card with paper medallions. They are so fun! I was also happy to pull out my super old "Paris gift tags" from Cavallini and Co. as well as the coordinating Paris stamp set. 

To begin, I cut a variety of different pattern papers into different widths. I used my Martha Stewart Score board to score each one along the entire length. I found that my scoring blade in my paper trimmer was scoring them too hard so they were tearing. Then I folded and glued them into medallions. I have a tutorial HERE if you're interested.

 I created a 5 1/4 inch card base and added some pattern paper on top. The medallions were glue into place using hot glue. I added the cute little "Paris" clock accent that I purchased HERE. They are always such a fun addition to cards like this. I added the aqua colored pre-printed tag as well, but I did stamp "Bonjour" using the coordinating stamp set to give it a little more interest. 

 I stamped the birthday sentiment onto a pre-made gold banner that I have had for years. They are always so nice to grab for a quick and easy embellishments. I chose to use a simple sentiment from the Stylish Sentiments: Birthday stamp set. I didn't want it to detract from the overall feel of the card. 

I stamped the crown image onto a piece of patter paper and then punched it out using a circle punch and adhered it to the card. I tied the bow on the pre-made tag for a little bit of polish and that was it! Such a fun card and my daughter LOVED it! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Discover the Beach

I feel Autumn cards on the horizon, so I will be using every chance I get to keep making summer designs! I was reminded of this fabulous retro beach stamp set by Tweety Jill after the newest Papertrey Ink release. I'm trying to be good and not buy anything so I was happy to pull this out and create a fun beach-y card. Also, the other day I received an unexpected envelope in the mail from Papertrey Ink. I quickly opened it up to discover a sheet of random dies that I hadn't ordered. On closer inspection, I realized that they were from the Post and Parcel Make it Market kit. I ordered it during the sale so I knew it wouldn't be complete, but it was such a fun surprise to get a few more of the dies for me to work with. It came with the fabulous postage looking piece I used for the focal image, which is similar to one of the newly released dies from PTI as well. 
To begin, I blended a bright rainbow pattern onto the die cut piece. I then used the stamping/stenciling with water technique that I used on THIS card. I chose to use just the side of the stencil rather than place the center of the stencil onto the center of the cardstock. I knew that it would be too busy for the look I was hoping to achieve. It turned out beautifully, with just the right amount of oxidation. After that was dry, I stamped the station wagon and postage image using Palette black ink.

After that comes the fun part; the collage type stamping! I used to design for TweetyJill's Idea Books and I got to do a lot of this type of thing...only more collage-y! LOL! It is one of my favorite styles and I haven't done it in quite a while. I noticed that Simon Says Stamp has a challenge doing just this sort of thing; I think I might just participate one of these days. Anyway...that was an unexpected tangent! So...I stamped the postage stamp image in coral ink onto the white panel as well as the lifeguard image using black ink. I chose to use the "seaside" definition image at the top for some balance.

I heat embossed the fabulously retro "discover the beach" sentiment using gold powder onto black cardstock. I just love how it turned out. I adhered it to the white panel with foam squares and cut it at an angle for a retro look. 
I quickly found my ancient stash of seashells that I knew I'd been saving for a day such as today! I adhered them to the card with Tombow Mono Multi adhesive. I added the entire white piece onto an A2 black card base for some added contrast and definition. Now...I think you may die of shock, but I left it at sparkling clear sequins! LOL!!!! I had A LOT of fun on this design! Thanks for fluttering by! P.S. I'm headed to the water park again today so who knows what inspiration I'll come home with!😂😂😂

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Challenge #92 Just Bee You!

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Just buzzing by for this week's new card for The Challenge! It's a fun one this week! You can check out all of the details and rules HERE. This week YOU get to choose the color to add to black and white! I wanted to make a Halloween card, but decided not to, since Summer won't be around forever and I love making Summer cards! You can also see some fabulous inspiration from the other designers!

I'm going to be completely honest with you...this actually was a CHALLENGE for me! LOL! My mind just kept overthinking everything and in the end I really just got back to basics with bees! You can't go wrong with black, white and yellow bees! These cute little guys are from Reverse Confetti's The Buzz and I colored them using Copic markers and a little Wink of Stella for some added shine. I REALLY wanted to add some blue highlights to the wings, but I resisted to stay true to the rules of the challenge.

After the bees had been colored, I used the coordinating Confetti Cuts to die cut them. I used some black and white striped paper from The Paper Studio on the right hand side for some added contrast. I just love how it looks! The yellow cardstock was die cut using the new-ish To The Point Edgers Dies. I have been enjoying using them on various projects which you can see HERE and HERE

I stamped the Bee "trails" using black ink directly onto the yellow panel and then added the bees using foam squares. I also added a black sentiment strip with the "just bee you" sentiment using white ink. A few Sparkling Clear Sequins finish it off! I hope you get a chance to play! I can't wait to see what you come up with! Thanks for buzzing by...I mean fluttering by!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A friend like you

 I made this card quite a while ago when I was on my Round Repeats kick! I used it on a few projects recently that you can see HERE and HERE (scroll down to see the project that uses it). I don't know why I find it so gratifying, but it really is fun to play with. I did make a few backgrounds last week that made it into the circular file, but the process WAS enjoyable, just not the result! LOL! The possibilities are endless with all of the little details that are included in the set. 

 I decided on something clean and simple and use them horizontally rather than circles. I really like how the simple gold embossed knots look in the center. I chose a bright, summery color combination. It reminds me of Tropical Starbursts. he he. 
 The sentiment is gold embossed as well and has been a fast favorite since its release. It is from the set called Simple Sentiments: Friendship

Clean and simple, but with a few extra subtle details that make it feel special. This design would be nice to make a set of coordinated cards for a gift! Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. I will be sharing a new design for The Challenge tomorrow so stay tuned!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wish you the most beautiful day!

 Hello! I hope you all are having the most beautiful day! I had some time to kill the other day while I was waiting for my daughter's dance class to end so I decided to try my hand at the "no line watercoloring" technique. I have been playing around with the Beautiful Day stamp set in the last few days. I experimented with some Copic markers on a card which I will be sharing soon. The first time I used the set I opted to use the solid images which you can see HERE. I just love the versatility that you can achieve with each of the different types of images. I love it when I can stretch a stamp set!

 Because I was just experimenting, I did some simple stamping with a reliable layout. I was really just hoping to get something that I could make into a card if it turned out.

You can see some of the shading that I did here in this photo. I haven't done a lot of researching on the subject, but I think that most people just use one shade of color and blend it out. I decided to make things difficult and use three. I will try only using one next time. 

To begin, I taped my watercolor paper onto my grid paper and stamped the images using Vintage Photo Distress ink. I did some masking so that I could have a nice end result...if I made it that far. (wink) I chose two different aqua painter pens; a fine tip and a regular tip and in the end, I ONLY used the fine tip. I liked the control I had while working!

 You can see my process here. It really is so fun and relaxing to sit and work on a project like this. Four flowers was a lot of work, especially for my first time and I did find myself getting lazy toward the end. Shame on me! I actually like the way this looks over my finished card, so I am thinking that less is more in this case. I can't wait to try it again!
 Once I was finished with the flowers, I moved on to the leaves opting for three colors for these as well. The shading on them really does create some movement where their outline images gives none. That is really when you see the magic...once they start to come alive as the water and paint hit the image.
 At this point, I was just so happy that it actually worked, so I chose to add a simple strip of vellum with the sentiment stamped in black. I also added a few sequins as well as some Morning Dew Nuvo drops here and there on the flowers as well as the leaves. I made them small and realistic looking. I added some to the card I made using Copic markers and I made them bigger and more of an embellishment rather than a realistic looking dew drop. Like I mentioned, this was fun and I can't wait to try this more often so that I can get better and better. Thanks for fluttering by!