Thursday, December 8, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


   
Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!


And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!
 
   

 This card was created for a specific purpose, as you'll see a bit later. I loaded up my watercolor brush with some green ink and, starting at the top of a piece of scrap paper, swiped it back and forth until I ran out of color. Then I loaded up my brush with some pink ink and did the same starting at the bottom, until the two colors met in the middle. Once the paper was dry, I stamped Winnie & Walter's house from This Awesome House on top and cut around the image. 
   
 
The banner is from the same set, embossed in white on charcoal paper. I added the shading lines with a white gel pen and then embossed the sentiment from the new Sentimental: Winter set. Love how it fits in the banner! I still thought it looked a little plain on top so I added the Merry die from In a Word: Merry Cutaway to pick up the pink on the bottom of the house AND the pink on the inside of the card. 

So, why did I make this particular card?

Well, the house stamp is the perfect image to go with the village of chipboard Christmas houses I created for our nieces and nephews in Texas.


 
They are made with a thick doll house die from the now-out-of-business Top Dog Dies. I thought they would be cute sitting underneath the Christmas tree, on the mantel, or even in bookcase.



Going through my Christmas paper "collection" was so fun to find patterned papers for all the different parts of the house. I tried not to repeat any papers across the group of houses. Sometimes I'd alter a patterned paper by coloring it with a copic marker, like the shutters here which were originally the white and red zig-zag paper on this next house:



The roof of each house has a grouping of die cut berries, pine branches, and sometimes a strip of this cute snowflake trim.


 
This roof is covered with layers of scalloped lace to mimic the look of shingles.


  
 This roof has a bit of snow that's collected on top. Love the peppermint chimney (because who doesn't want one of those?!)


 
Each house is personalized with their first initial on the door. This door also has a crystal doorknob.
  

 
I covered the back with another patterned paper and added a chipboard stand covered in paper. The stand, conveniently enough, is the perfect spot for a greeting! For those detail oriented folks, you may notice that this was LAST year's present.
 
 
All the different backs.

  
 
Here they all are, wrapped up with an initial on each tag. If you're sending presents to far away family or friends this year don't forget decorating the box itself! These boxes were quick to pretty up with the w&w Winter Woodland set. Might as well make a good first impression : )

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Winnie & Walter so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia




Hi Folks! It's time for Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza! Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to see one of the surprise destinations in her advent calendar : )

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A ROUND of Applause

      
Hi folks! This card is over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today, where I did a quick tutorial on how to get a straight sentiment to curve around a circle using the MISTI.
 
  
Feel free to use my code "KELLY2016" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. This is even more awesome because a lot of the stamps are ALREADY on sale so you get an additional 15% off the sale price.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Winnie & Walter Tour of the Stars Blog Hop

 
Hi Folks! We're celebrating the end of the Winnie & Walter winter release reveal with a Blog Hop showcasing all the fabulous new products that are already available to purchase! You may have come from the fabulous Kate Capper, but if not, you're more than welcome to start at the beginning with Winne & Walter.
  
   
My two cards use the adorable snow scenes from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T Designs. This card is super simple, even for coloring the snowman. I mean, c'mon, he's WHITE! 90% of the work is already done before you've uncapped your markers.
  
    
Seriously, how adorable is he? I cut a few layers of my husband's comic book backing boards for extra dimension (these are perfect for this purpose, about twice as thick as the 110 lb paper, but not too thick that you can't cut through it easily, like chipboard sometimes). 
 
 
This set also comes with an igloo (hello, also white!) and several more adorable winter characters. I like these images for a birthday card because it reflects the season, with the colored lights on the igloo, but there is no Santa, reindeer, Christmas tree, or anything else that screams "Christmas" instead of "birthday". I don't have a December birthday, but one of my best friends from childhood had a birthday on Dec. 28th and she never loved getting Christmas items for her birthday.

I love using and mixing ALL the sentiments from Winnie & Walter, and really think that makes for a well put-together card. A few different fonts that go together are all you need. I liked this combination of sentiments so much that both cards use the same wording. For these cards I've used the new The Big, The Bold, and Greetings, Sentimental: Winter, and two of the older The Big, The Bold sets (Merry and Party).

Good news on prizes, five randomly chosen commenters will receive $30.00 credit to shop at Winnie & Walter! All you need to do is leave a comment by Monday, November 21, 2016 at noon CST.

Your next stop is the amazingly innovative Keren Baker (love what she comes up with!)

Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly

PS. In case you missed them, here are my other cards from this release:


 
 
 
 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Winnie & Walter Release Day 4

 
Hi Folks! For the last day of the Winnie & Walter release I'd like to share a card that is very outside my comfort zone. For those who've followed me for awhile, does it look odd being on my blog?! I am not a color-er. What can I say, the new Winnie & Walter stamps inspired me to try something I'm not very good at, and I think that's quite a testament to the stamps!

Aside from the owls, the sentiment is pieced together from two different sets, and the string of lights is from another set entirely. You would never know four different sets of stamps are used on this one card. They just all coordinate so well together! Originally I was going to blend some ink to fill the space under the branch, but instead I decided to do some loose cross hatching with a felt pen. I wanted the owls to stand out more after all the hard coloring work, gosh darn it!
  
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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!!
   
Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Winnie & Walter Release Day 3


If you're looking for the Calling All Sistah's Blog Hop, please click here.


Hi folks! Welcome to day 3 of the jam-packed Winnie & Walter release! I rarely use earth colors on my cards, but when looking for a patterned paper to make the earth out of, this is what I found, so I went with it. Love, love this set of sentiments! I didn't count, but there have to be close to 30 phrases, and they are all fabulously scripty. The wide banner is from a set called Framed (which also has a coordinating set of cutaway dies) and it includes several leafy branches to spice up whatever sentiment you choose. I'm hoping the bird I have on here is a dove to go with the "peace on earth, joy to the world" theme.
 


The world is made from a set of circle tag dies that have tiny dot details along the edges ... can you see them here? Love that! How much better than just a plain circle? I added some sequins for made-up points of interest on a map to pretty-up this very cream card.

  
Like the card that you'll see tomorrow, this card is made up from four different sets, and look how well they all go together! And how well they fit on this panel. We've got more big, bold words, as well as some sentiments in different fonts, like the "from our family" here. Sentiments in small-sized fonts are totally over-rated, I think. It seems I'm always looking to add a little something more, but unless it's tiny like this it often won't fit by the time I'm done with the card design. So frustrating.
     
  
It was a late night, but I often push myself to create whatever I need to while the supplies are out, especially while the stamps are already lined up on your blocks, the ink pads are picked, covers are off, etc. In this case, I thought to make personalized cards for the Christmas ornaments we send our nephews and nieces in Texas each year. So happy to be done with this project, as I'm always rushing to beat the cutoff date at the post office because I neglect to allow for the proper transit time needed. I told Shay I was so happy to see the "from across the miles" sentiment, as that's exactly what I needed for these long distance gifts. Really happy with how these came together!
 
Winnie & Walter, LLC

 
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 have another project to share with you tomorrow, and it's something outside my comfort zone : )
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Calling All Sistahs Hop


 
Hi Folks! I've got a hidden message card to share with you for the CAS-ual Fridays Calling All Sistahs Blog Hop today. I used two of the Ruffled Ribbon dies as clasps, adhered behind the card.
 


Then once you open the ribbons, you see the sentiment inside! I really like how this one turned out! The sentiment is a mix of Powerful Words and Be. On the top and bottom of the panel I stamped a portion of a border from Zigs and Zags.
 

 
Here's what it looks like from the back side in case you're having trouble picturing it. I was so excited when I found the dimensions were just the right size to meet up in the front! It's fun to play around in the craft room, right?!

You may have come from Kara Stainbrook's blog. If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog. Perhaps more importantly, this is your monthly reminder to check yourself and/or schedule a mammogram if you're due for one. They really make it so easy to get a mammogram these days ... many places offer same day appointments, quick results, and I just heard (after scheduling my own appointment last week) that they now have 3D mammograms to be even more diagnostic. Wow, how awesome is that?

Should you be interested in purchasing anything from the Calling All Sistahs line, 50% of the profits  are donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation. You are also invited to participate in next month's blog hop. Check out all the details at CAS-ual Fridays, along with information on prizes.

Don't forget the discount code KELLY2016 to save 15% off your purchases! 
   
 
Your next stop is the fabulous Kimberly Rendino who always has something fun to share.
   
Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly