Saturday, May 28, 2016

May Leading Lady Cris G. | Take Four

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May is coming to a close which sadly means it is our last Saturday with our marvelous and magnificent May Leading Lady, Cris G.  I feel so fortunate Cris has been our Leading Lady this month gracing us with her ingenuity, awe-inspiring artistic skills and creativity!  It has been a magical May indeed.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance of bright and bold watercolor wonders CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance of en-wrap-turing  projects CLICK HERE.

Make sure to visit her blog for a chance to win a giveaway.

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.  

Hello crafty friends!

Today is my last performance as a Leading Lady (is it just me or this sound a bit melodramatic? :)). It has been a real pleasure sharing this time with you and reading all the wonderful and always encouraging comments, even when I didn’t feel so creative. I confess now that I was suffering from lack of mojo even before my first post... still do. Anyway, thank you so much for having me Shay! You know I truly admire your kindness, strength and perseverance!

For this last post I brought the most unique theme (ha ha): Flora! I can explain, the theme could be Flowers, but there is a tree and leaves... and no flowers, so I thought that Flora would cover everything.

First of all, my Brushos arrived... yabba dabba doo! They are really fun to play with, but I still have a lot to explore and control. For now I think that a mix of free powders on watercolour paper (and all over the desk), along with a little bit of discipline from a brush are the technique(s) that work best for me.

Before this first card I had two really bad attempts, but finally I’m pleased with this one. I started by stamping two hydrangeas from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden with a little masking, and then literally soak them in water, using a brush. After that I carefully dropped the powders, repeating the process a few times until I was happy with the intensity of color. Although powders spread beyond where we want them to be, you can blame all that spatter on me :). Then I cut the In a Word: Kisses Cutaway from the main piece and from craft foam. Stamped and white heat embossed the word sending from The Big, the Bold and Friends, adhere everything and spritz with a mix of Perfect Pearls and water.

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Project two. I started with Scenery: the Leaf Effect Creative Screenings and Brushos. I saw a video on YouTube sharing some different techniques with watercolour powders and decided to try this one. I simply LOVE the effect of mixed colors on the leaves. The second step was white heat embossing the tree from Kindness with Evelin T Designs and sentiment from the Wishing You With Evelin T Designs on vellum. Stamped the little “sunshine” from In Bloom: Eva’s Favorite Flowers and fussy cut, then attached with a tiny metal clip to the vellum piece, embellishing with some sequins from Winnie’s Sparkly Shaker Selection. Easy card with a cool effect produced from applying Brushos through a stencil.

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For my third and last card I decided to do something more classic with a vintage touch. I used a vintage like stamp for the sentiment, to match the overall design.

I started by stamping flowers and greeneries from In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet with Joni AndayaIn Bloom: Addie’s Garden, and In Bloom: Hollie's Festive Florals with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock. After this I colored the images using white watercolour, Inktense pencils (dry) and oil pastels. I was inspired by an image of a beautiful vintage wreath.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today and for your lovely comments. Don’t forget to leave a comment by June 1st, 11:59 pm CST on my blog for a chance to win a $30 gift card.

Have a fabulous week!


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Friday, May 27, 2016

Hello Cell Phone with Kelly

Hi Folks! Today I have a scrapbook page in the "Hello xxx" series, documenting my progress in making life changes (large and small) in my 45th year. This page documents a landmark moment in my life. My first cell phone. I'm dead serious. Until a couple weeks ago I had never owned a cell phone. I've been the lone hold-out for several reasons, one of which is documented on my page.

I love using Winnie & Walter's large dies for scrapbook pages since they're so, well, large. They don't get lost on a 12x12 page, especially if you group them in multiples. Adding several hearts (from True Multifaceted Heart Cutaways) to this page is a good way for me to establish the overall color scheme.

At the top of the page I added a multifaceted heart instead of a solid heart. I was excited about using the multifaceted shape on top of a photo because you can see through it. So you get the best of both worlds, a layered shape on top of a photo for some interest, and the ability to still see the photo. I will definitely keep this in mind for future pages. 
   
The word "Hello" from In a Word: Hello Cutaway is what I'm basing this series on, as well as the banner from The Big The Bold and Extras Cutaways for the secondary title. The whimsical border going around the page is from Scenery: The Party Hangover. It's the perfect length to stamp twice to cover the length of the page. Now that's efficient!

   
I always like to add the date to pages, and the pennant flag from Essentials: Katharine Cutaways is just the right size to accommodate a date stamp. The star from Big Bang Confetti Cutaways is a good place to add more details for this photo (our first texts on our new phones).  
  
Here's a closer look at the journaling. Along the bottom I've stamped the Argyle pattern from Scenery: Holiday Trimmings (available later in 2016) to give it more of a finished look.

Thanks so much for looking! I know most of you are card makers, so I appreciate you hanging around for these scrapbooking pages : )


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Please Ask Me For Hugs with Keren

 
How are you all? It's Keren with you today with a card to encourage any friend going through a tough time!

So, have Winnie and Walter secretly brought out a new set of word Cutaways? 
Nope. I've just got my scissors out, and snipped individual letters out from different In A Word: Cutaways to create a fun sentiment! 
So which ones? Which dies can you spy? 
Well, the obvious one is the In A Word: Hugs and then Peace, I've used HomeMerryKisses and
Love.
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My first thought was to just snip the 's' off a 'hugs' and add an 'e' to make 'huge hugs' but then had someone in mind when I made this phrase. I've used soft pastels as it's supposed to be a calming card and for the background I've used the Cover Model: The Leaf Effect Cutaway.
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I hope you'll give your In A Word Cutaways a second glance and see what fun words you can create using them!
See you soon! xx


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

May Leading Lady Cris G. | Take Three

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Our May Leading Lady, Cris G, is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it....CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance of bright and bold watercolor wonders CLICK HERE!  You'll be en-wrap-tured (haha!) with today's terrific projects by Cris!

Make sure to visit her blog for a chance to win a giveaway.

Without further ado, Cris....

Hello everyone! Are you ready for another round with me?

This week my attention goes toward something I really enjoy doing - gift wrapping. I always put a little bit of my heart when wrapping gifts to the ones I love... also enjoy making gifts.

So let’s get started, shall we?

My first project is very simple, in fact I don’t even need to describe the process because it is self explanatory.

I’ll just tell you how I made the stamp. Die cut Flawless Heart Cutaways from adhesive craft foam glued to a medium weight piece of cardstock, cut two more hearts from the detailed die using cereal boxes and adhere to the previous. In the end mounted the stamp onto a piece of very sturdy cardboard and went to town stamping hearts. To finish off I die cut a heart, both the detailed and solid, blending some Versa Magic ink, the same used for stamping. Adhered the two hearts to a circle where I had previously die cut two slits using one of the little dies from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways. After everything was mounted, I used linen thread and some black star sequins.

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The second project involved tons of inks from sprays to Distress paint and other acrylic paints, and my homemade gelli plate that didn’t resist and completely torn apart in the end of the process... I guess I’ll have to make another one :). For the little box, I used Scenery: Persuasion Script Creative ScreeningsScenery: Pattern of the Rings Creative ScreeningsScenery: the Leaf Effect Creative Screenings and stamped a few flowers from In Bloom: Eva’s Favorite Flowers. After the box was mounted I colored a stripe of cotton fabric to use as a bow. Stamped two little birds from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs, watercolored and adhered to the lid and ends of the bow, making it look like they are ready to open the gift box.

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Last but not least I made some packaging having kids in mind. You have probably seen hundreds of gifts using plastic animals and other toys on Pinterest, mine is just one more but with an important message. Besides it is didactic, you’ll just see why. Now you’ll have to pretend that the scenario is somewhere in Africa, taking the fauna into account... but you don’t have cactus in savannas, so this might be the starting point to a research project with the kid that will receive such gift, lol. It could, though.

To make the landscape I blended some Distress inks (sun) and watercolored the tree and cactus from Kindness with Evelin T Designs. After this, used the Goldie Trim Cutaways to add some sand. Using kraft cardstock, stamped the sentiment onto the banner from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways and adhered to the wrapping paper. Stamped the little sprig from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs, watercolored and gave it to the lion :).

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I can’t believe next Saturday will be my last post, this month is flying by so fast...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and hope to see you again soon, same time at Winnie & Walter :). Have a fantastic week!


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