Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mix it Up Challenge #39-You are WONDERFUL!

It's the first Mix it Up Challenge for the new year! It's perfect for those of you who are getting LOTS of snow this year and sad for us in Utah, with zero snow! The funny part? One of our license plate designs says "The Greatest Snow on Earth"! LOL! You can check out the challenge HERE and I hope you'll get a chance to play along! There's a $50 dollar gift certificate to the SugarPea Designs store up for grabs!

For my card,  I chose to use both sides of the challenge! To begin, I sponged a piece of white cardstock with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink using a heavy hand in some places and lighter in others to mimic the look of the inspiration photo. Once that was done, I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray and then stamped the snowflakes from the Flurry of Warm Wishes stamp set using white ink. I also stamped a few snowflakes onto a piece of gray cardstock as well with dimensions appropriate for the sketch. The "are wonderful" sentiment is heat embossed in silver onto a strip of white cardstock using the Sweet Sentiments-You set. I also die cut the "YOU" sentiment using the YOU Sugar Cut using silver glitter paper. It is stacked on top of three other pieces of white cardstock for a thick piece. I adhered all of these elements onto the card base as per the sketch. I added a few sequins for some added sparkle and detail! A bow of silver cord finishes off the design! I hope you will join us for this fun challenge!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Ideas {You're my Sunshine!}

I'm really excited to be sharing my first installment of "Tuesday ideas" on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog today! Also, don't forget you can take 10% off of your online order by using code: DTKELLY10 on your order of $30 or more throughout the month of January! 
 It's been a while since I've used pattern paper on a design, so I chose to use it today to create something with a modern feel. I used to use pattern paper on EVERYTHING and I really miss it! I think I am going to try and make a better effort to pull some into my designs on a more frequent basis.

I love the contrast between the bold, graphic paper and the script font of the Totally sentiment! I love how nicely this stamp set looks when teamed up with the Thanks Stamp Set

All of the sentiments are heat embossed in gold powder to play off of the pattern paper. I love how they look against the black and vellum, as well as the white!

I also added a few burnished gold sequins for some extra sparkle and shine! Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. Don't forget to enter to win my drawing for a $50 PTI gift certificate on my post from Sunday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Merry Monday #273 The Sweetest Christmas

Before I get started on today's card, I just want to say thank you for all of your sweet comments on yesterday's post. You still have all week to leave a comment to be eligible for the drawing of the $50 PTI gift certificate!
Welcome to this week's Merry Monday Christmas Challenge! I had so much fun with today's card! I based it off one of my favorite cards that I made last year which you can see HERE. I wanted to give it the same feeling, but change it up, of course!

Marcia challenged us to use Red and Turquoise which is definitely up my alley! I use it on the majority of my cards, for some reason! LOL! You can see some of my favorites from last year HEREHERE and HERE. I was trying to make a better effort NOT to use it this year, but look what Marcia made me do! LOL!

To begin, I created the background exactly the same as the Ho, Ho, Ho card I linked up above. My sweet sister gave me a gift certificate to PTI for Christmas, so I used it to buy a few new Christmas stamp sets to use this year. The one I chose to use on today's card is Candy Cane Christmas. It has a lot of fun images that I can't wait to use, but I'm saving them for a few of the future challenges. I only used one of the sentiments and the large peppermint image for today's card.

I also couldn't resist getting the Simple Gift Bow Die because I knew that it would come in handy for a lot of projects! I really wanted it when it was first released, but never bought it. I'm happy to add it to my stash! I used this cute little Santa  from the Tremendous Treats:Christmas. I really like how round he is and how nicely he pairs with the peppermint swirled candy.

The sentiment is heat embossed in white on a strip of red cardstock. I added some sparkly sequins for some shine! Thanks for fluttering by!

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Welcome, Welcome! Today I am celebrating a BIG blog turns 10 today! I can't believe it's been 10 YEARS! What a journey this has amazing journey! I want to share a verse of song with you that I sang in church a few weeks ago that really struck a chord with me (no pun intended); it says" Our talents improve, by the patience of hope and the labor of love." This blog has definitely been a labor of love and I've definitely needed patience of hope many times when I felt like quitting and questioned why I was even continuing keeping up with it. For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, you know of my journey. While I set out to share my love of papercrafting, my life took a course that led away from my ability to share as often as I liked or wanted. I wouldn't trade my beautiful children for the world and I am so grateful for them. Things have gotten easier and I made a New Year's resolution at the beginning of 2017 that I would blog more. Wow! I am so glad that I did! It has been SO MUCH FUN getting back into the creative world and reconnecting with old friends and making new ones!

As I have shared my love of papercrafting this year, I have been introduced to so many new friends, companies, products, etc. Not only that, but I have had so many fun opportunities come my way that I am so grateful for! For a while, I felt like my time had come and gone and that there wasn't a place for me here anymore. That certainly isn't true and I'm happy to say that I didn't let the negativity get the better of me! I would encourage all of you, if you are struggling, to simply press forward! If you feel passion for something, it will always be a part of your life! My life has been so much happier, mentally, as I have taken the time to work on the things that bring me joy. Creating is a central point of my happiness and I am so thrilled to have this little place to call my own where I can share what I love! As a thank you, I am offering a $50 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate to one of my lucky readers! Leave a comment on how you found my blog and I will draw a winner next Sunday the 21st!

 I thought this sentiment said it perfectly and is from A life she loved from Taylored Expressions. I heat embossed it in white onto a strip of red cardstock. I stamped the paint brush image using black ink onto  a piece of white cardstock and colored it using Copic Markers. After it was colored, I die cut it using the coordinating DIES. I added a little Wink of Stella to the paintbrush handles for some sparkle. Once they were cut, I added them onto a circle of Sea Glass cardstock to help ground the image.
For the background, I ran the Hexagon Die coverplate through my Cuttlebug, but I used the tan embossing pad so that it wouldn't cut, just emboss it. I wanted it to look more like a quilt and I like the embossed lines. After that was done, I ran it through again, but this time cutting it so that I would have the little Hexagons to stamp. I used the coordinating Happy Hexagons stamp set to stamp the images in a variety of colors. I adhered them to the background with foam squares for some dimension.

The entire focal panel was added to an A2 Sea Glass card base. This was such a fun card to make and I appreciate you stopping by today! Thanks for fluttering by!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Color Throwdown #475 Big, HUGE thanks...and hugs!

I'm slowly...very slowly, getting a few thank you cards done for all of our fabulous Christmas gifts! I normally do it the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, but it didn't happen this year. At this pace, I might get done by NEXT Christmas! LOL! Anyway, I saw this week's Color Throwdown Challenge and knew I wanted to play along! I love the beautiful colors and I was in the mood to do some watercoloring!

Because I did a color wash using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, I have quite a color gradation between them, but I really like how the background turned out. I decided to just put down a lot of color using a flat brush onto a wet piece of 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper from Strathmore. I just kept adding color until I got the colors that I wanted. I sprayed it with Shimmer Spray while it was still wet and set it aside to start drying.

I hadn't made up my mind what stamps I would be using for the finished card, but ultimately decided on these cute hippos from the Happy Hippos stamp set from My Favorite Things. I've only used them the once on THESE cards, but they are some of my favorites! I decided it was time to pull them out again. I also paired them with the Words for Friends die set which is another favorite. I stamped the hippo using Palette Noir ink and then colored her using an assortment of gray markers. I also added a little bow colored turquoise to add in a little bit more of the colors from the challenge. I also die cut the hippo once she was colored.
Once the background was dry, I ran it through my Cuttlebug using a Next Level embossing folder from American Crafts. I just love how the watercolored piece looks embossed. It is one of my favorite techniques. You can see a few other examples HEREHERE, and another one HERE. I haven't done it in a while so it was fun to try again.

The sentiment is heat embossed using some old silver detail powder from SU! I added it to the embossed panel using foam squares. The hippo is added as though she is standing on the panel, reaching up to add the "s" to the HUGS sentiment. Each letter is stacked 4 times using liquid glue and then colored using a pool colored copic marker to match the cardstock. I also added some Nuvo Glaze. I also added a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for some added interest and shine. The embossed piece is mounted onto a sheet of white cardstock and then added to an A2 card base using lots of foam squares. I had so much fun with this card! Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Merry Monday #272 Have a holly jolly Christmas!

Welcome to the second Merry Monday Christmas challenge of the year! It's  been feeling strange to me that I am making new cards as I am busy trying to get Christmas all put away! LOL! This is the longest that it has EVER been up, but I am trying to take my time and get everything put away properly. Every year I miss a few things here and there and I just shove them under the stairs for me to stare at all year long! Ha Ha!
This week, Leanne asked us to create a card with glasses. I don't own any stamp sets with glasses, however, so mugs will just have to do! Ha ha!

I had so much fun making THIS card last year, so I was happy to get to use Cup of Cheer and the coordinating DIE. I've been using a lot of the same color combinations so I decided to go back to a traditional Christmas color palette, but with a pop of pink for some interest. To begin, I blended a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of white cardstock using Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink. I wanted a green that would complement the pink and I think this is just the ticket. I also spritzed it heavily with some Frost Shimmer Spray. I really like how it reacted with the oxide ink. I set that aside to dry and got to work on the sentiment and the cups/saucers/teapot.
I diecut quite a few of each image because I knew I wanted to stack them here and there for a strong presence, since that was the point of the challenge! Ha ha! I stamped them in a combination of pink, red and the foliage in the same Peeled Paint oxide ink as the background for a perfect match.

The sentiment is heat embossed using one of my favorite new embossin powders; Rose Gold by Altenew. I thought the Rose Gold would look nice against the pink and I was right! The sentiment panel is attached to the blended panel using foam squares for some dimension. I also added a few Sparkling Clear Sequins here and there using Tombow Multi Medium Matte and my Jewel Picker.

The cups, poinsettias and tea pot are stacked and scattered here and there for a fun and whimsical card! I also added a few drops of Bright Gold Nuvo Drops in the center of each poinsettia for some added gold detail and shine.

I had quite a few cups and flowers left over so I decided to add them to the inside with a "cup" sentiment. I think this set is so cute and I love all of the sentiments, but this is one of my favorites! I hope you'll get a chance to play along! Thanks for fluttering by!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Seasons Givings WINNER and a BIG thanks!

First of all, I would like to say THANK YOU to all of you who left such sweet comments on my Seasons Givings blog hop post as well as on my Love Coupon book post! You are all so sweet! I had so much fun reading all of your creative goals and aspirations for this year. We are all so much alike! It is so fun to be part of a community with such similar goals all the while working for a greater good! I sincerely hope that each of you remember these goals as the year continues, because all of them will bring joy to others, which in turn, will bring YOU joy! And, without further adieu, the WINNER IS comment #114 ANGELA WALTERS!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! EMAIL ME YOUR ADDRESS AT and I will send you your prize!

Normally, I create all of my holiday Thank you cards during the week between Christmas and New Years Day, but since I have been working on Christmas projects all year, I didn't feel the sense of "loss" as I pack away my Christmas stamps. I will be continuing on the Merry Monday Design Team all year, so I will be working on them each week. So, that means that I am behind on my holiday thanks. I decided to see if I could actually make a non-Christmas-y card and while I am VERY rusty, I like how this oxide ink card came out.

To begin, I blended Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink onto a piece of Bristol paper for a smooth blend. Normally I don't use Bristol paper with oxide inks because they are smoother than regular Distress inks, but it is DEFINITELY easier to get it smooth with this paper with less effort. I spritzed it with Shimmer Spray AND frost Shimmer Spray. I used both because I like the shine of the regular Shimmer Spray, but I like how the Frost Shimmer spray reacts with the oxide ink. I let that dry while I got to work on the flowers.

I didn't intend to stamp the flowers in Distress Ink when I was planning out my card, but in the end, I thought it would create a cohesive, smooth feeling card. The flowers and leaves are from Gran's Garden. The larger flowers are 3 step stamps, but since I chose Oxide ink, I only used the main, bold image. I really like how they turned out. The colors of the flowers and leaves are: Worn Lipstick, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, and Peeled Paint. 

After all of the flowers were stamped, I die cut them using the coordinating Gran's Garden Dies. The sentiment is from Graceful Greetings and is one of my favorites! I haven't used it for a while so I was happy to pull it out again. It is heat embossed in Rose Gold embossing powder for an elegant shine.

After the sentiment was on the focal panel, I got to work arranging all of the flowers. I just love creating floral arrangements on feels very organic, even if they are just paper! LOL! Once I was happy with the arrangement, I added a trio of Sparkling Clear Sequins around the sentiment for some shine.

I added some Bright Gold Nuvo Drops to the centers of the flowers as well as a few here and there to bring in more of the gold accents. I also had a few flowers left over, so I added them to the inside, but I forgot to snap a picture! Once everything was in place, I spritzed the entire card front again with Frost shimmer spray so that it would react with the flowers as well.  Thanks for fluttering by and thanks again for stopping by during the hop!