Saturday, October 21, 2017

CFS Release - Chanukah


Our last set to be released this week for CASual Fridays Stamps is Chanukah. I've always been confused on the difference between Hanukkah and Chanukah, and it seems they are just different spellings because the Hebrew language is difficult to translate to English (although if that's not the case please let me know!) So now CASual Fridays has a set that features sentiments with the "Chanukah" spelling.


This sentiment was easy to cut out since it's already got a solid border, so that means you can layer it onto patterned paper to finish your card. Since the sentiment has to do with lights, I wanted a bokeh-looking background.


No blue bokeh paper in my supply (surprise, surprise!) so I made the patterned paper by swirling my Tim Holtz ink blending tools in place. Lots of fun!!! And can I tell you how much I love all the texture it creates?! I'm pretty sure I saw this technique somewhere recently, and I thought it was from Miriam Prantner, but looking back on her blog I don't see it. If you recognize this from somewhere please let me know so I can give credit. I would highly recommend this technique!
 

 Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. All the stamps you see this week are now available in the CASual Fridays Stamps store! And don't forget, the code KELLY2017 works on everything, including these new release items.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Friday, October 20, 2017

CFS Release - Joy


Hi Folks! This is my favorite set of the release. Love the two large sentiments in the new CASual Fridays Stamps Joy set, and today I've got a card featuring each of them!


The middle of each Christmas-y word has a large snowflake substituted for the "o" to make it look even more festive. On this card I further embellished the snowflake with a large, faceted brad for some extra sparkle.


Because this sentiment is fabulous enough, I didn't want to add too much else to take away from it. I settled on adding a tone-on-tone border behind the slightly smaller panel so it would look like it's on a sheet of lacy cardstock. The die from Lovely Links was cut in half and adhered to the card base.



The extra texture is just enough, but not distracting. I also decided to add "to the world" from Snowy Sayings and cut it so that it would hug the curve of the "y."



Here's the other snowy word in this set ... Noel. It's embossed in a copper on top of a cream cardstock.


The curve on the end of the "N" looked like a wonderful place to hang an ornament, so I did! I stamped the snowflake a second time on silver paper, punched it out, added a hole in the circle and two on either side of the N curve, and then tied the ornament to the card.

The edge of the card is stamped with several of the extra snowflakes from this set and embossed in glitter from Catherine Pooler. A little hard to see here, because it's all sparkle, but you can see them better in the prior photo.
 

 Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. All the stamps you see this week will be released on Saturday, October 21st. And don't forget, the code KELLY2017 works on everything, including these new release items.

Thanks for looking! We've got one last set to show you tomorrow, and then the stamps will all be released!
-Kelly


Thursday, October 19, 2017

CFS Release - Bomb Diggity


Hi Folks! What a fun set this is from CASual Fridays Stamps! I'm quite sure that there are no other "bomb diggity" sentiments on the market, so you know your cards will be unique. Michele is the best with coming up with fun, current phrases for us to use on our cards, right?


For a sentiment this sassy, I knew I had to have an equally sassy background. I saved last year's Easter invitation from the church who hosts my mom's group and thought it would be fun to replicate that. So I got out all my Catherine Pooler Inks, post it notes, and ink blenders, and went to work.

 
It was kind of fun to see what it was going to look like as I kept creating new shapes of color. With no planning or decision making, I was happy with how it turned out.
 

To finish it off, I added the card-sized sentiment and embossed it in gold several times so it was nice and thick. Fun!


 Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. All the stamps you see this week will be released on Saturday, October 21st. And don't forget, the code KELLY2017 works on everything, including these new release items.

Thanks for stopping by! My favorite cards are coming up tomorrow, hope to see you then!
-Kelly



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CFS Release - WTF 2

 
Hi Folks! Great news, it's back! The famous WTF stamp set, which was one of the first ever sets from CASual Fridays Stamps, has been retooled and is now being released as WTF 2. This one is even more versatile, with large open letters for you to color and really draw attention to it.  
 

For all of the cards in this post, I used this stencil I made from copy paper to help me color in the letters. After stamping on the copy paper, I cut out the inside spaces with an exacto knife. Then I placed the stencil over the letters on the card and start sponging ink through the spaces.


This set can be used for so many birthdays, thanks to the little "somethin'" stamp that's included in the set. So now, instead of just having a card for your friends turning 40 or 50, you can have a card for anyone turning 40 all the way through 59! Brilliant!


I added a few sequins for good measure to all the WTFs. The nice thing about stamping several of them is that they overlap and create new colors in those areas.


Another direction you can go with this set is "Who's Totally Fabulous?" This would be great for a thank you card, or congratulations card. 


The brush stroke and the scripted "fabulous" are from another set that you'll see later this week.

For the stripes on WTF, I stamped the brush stroke through the stencil.


Or, you can stamp a small image through the stencil to create some texture, like these ink splatters, which are also from a different set that you'll see later this week.


The large font sizes on these words really help the sentiment take center stage. And make for a quick card to make!


 Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. All the stamps you see this week will be released on Saturday, October 21st. And don't forget, the code KELLY2017 works on everything, including these new release items.

Thanks for stopping by, and look for more stamp sets to be unveiled every day this week!
-Kelly

Friday, October 13, 2017

Super Creepy Haunted House Card (With Some Chibitronics Help!)


 Hi Folks! Now that we're two weeks into October, I'm betting you may have gotten some Halloween decorations out, or at least you've started getting into the "spirit" of the season. I am in full Halloween mode, having just planned my 4th grader's class Halloween party! I've also been making a few spooky Halloween cards, and this one is my absolute favorite so far ...

  
This one transforms the sweet This Awesome House from Winnie & Walter into a creepy mansion that no one would dare trick-or-treat at, with the help of some stamps from Moonlight, purple vellum stamped windows, and ...


... amazing lights from Chibitronics!! It's so creepy!!!


I'm on the Chibitronics blog if you'd like more information and instructions on how it's made.

Thanks so much for daring to stop by : )
-Kelly

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Cardless Challenge on World Card Making Day


Hello! Happy World Card Making Day! Have you seen all the fun challenges on the Winnie & Walter blog today?! While you're having fun participating, you may just win a $50 gift certificate, per challenge, to the Winnie & Walter store!

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Now that's a great way to celebrate WCMD!

Be sure to try my challenge to make anything but a card ... and check back at the gallery for lots of great ideas!

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Winnie & Walter WCMD Blog Hop



Hi Folks! A warm welcome to the Winnie & Walter World Card Making Day blog hop! For a festive occasion such as this, I wanted to feature festive cards, and knew the new Big Round Balloon Cutaways would be perfect.

Let's take a look ...


The balloon is colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and watered down with a water brush. Inside is a birthday quote from another new set that has quickly gone to the top of my most-loved list, Wish Big with Evelin T Designs. It's got everything you could possibly need to celebrate a birthday, including the cutest little secondary sentiments like "en-joy" that fits perfectly on the tiny tag from my favorite die set, Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.

This balloon features two of the Wish Big sentiments, with "celebrate" being curved along the balloon shape. Also a different tiny sentiment for the tiny tag.

Finally, here's a third card following this same recipe. Olive, pink and purple isn't a color combination I use often, but I'm liking it. For this sentiment I colored in the banner with colored pencils and a white gel pen to make it stand out a little. This sentiment will be the all-time sentiment for my husband, as he makes everyone celebrate his birthday for an entire weekend every year!


The sequins on the balloon add to the festivities,


as do the party squiggles hanging on the end of the balloon (from The Party Confetti Cutaways.)
 
I loved making this set of cards. Simple, but still fun.

Now, for the hop details, be sure to leave a comment at each of the amazing stops along this hop. There will be FIVE different winners randomly chosen from all the stops to each receive a $25 gift certificate!

I'm thrilled to have the pleasure of introducing your next stop ... the superbly talented Emily Leiphart!
  
Happy World Card Making Day!
-Kelly