Friday, February 16, 2018

w&w 4th Birthday Bash Blog Hop


 

Hi Folks! A big welcome to a flat-out fantastic blog hop celebrating Winnie & Walter's 4th birthday! We have an amazing list of bloggers assembled to surround you with friendship and love, starting at the Winnie & Walter blog, or you may have just come from the very sweet Rubeena.

I was excited to open up the brand new In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans stamp and cutaway set which was just released last week. The set is filled with many different 3-step flowers and leaves which makes it easy to get a consistently beautiful result. I adhered the die cut flowers to each other so I could hold them over different colors and patterns of paper to try and decide what to use in the background. This is helpful when you have no idea what direction to go, or if you're really stuck between a few choices and you just can't decide. You can "try on" different options.
 

Here's the "fashion show"! We've got a full bleed dark background to make the flowers really pop, a Swiss dot gray with white border for a sweet look, and a beige graph paper with charcoal border for a more graphic look.


These options are a little lighter, with light blue geometrics to contrast the florals, a thin yellow stripe to allow the purple blooms to stand out more. and a full bleed neutral patterned paper (reminiscent of a garden trellis).

Well, whatcha think? Do you have a favorite?
 

My original idea was to have the florals on a dark paper so they really stand out, especially with the white edge all around from the die cuts.
 

This background isn't super exciting, but I think that's why I like it. In this case you want the florals to be the star, not the background, so a subtle pattern like the swiss dots on gray could be a good choice.
 
Ultimately, I went with the florals on the geometric background, probably because I still had this amazing card from Tasnim in my head. Triangles + Florals = Winning Combo! I should also mention that the banner comes from the Framed with Evelin T Designs set. You would think that the sentiments came from the framed set as well, since they fit inside so perfectly, but those are acually from the Ashlee's Rosie Posies set. Love that in addition to getting several 3-step florals, you also get 2 scripted "beautiful's" and many secondary sentiments.

So, did I choose well? Would you have picked differently? Big decisions here, I know!

Winnie & Walter, LLC


Good news on prizes, there will be 4 winners picked at random from the entire blog hop who will each receive $40 credit to the w&w shop! Whoo-hoo!!

I am pleased to send you to the next stop in this hop, super-star Jessica Frost-Ballas!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chibitronics and MFT Blog Hop

 


Hi Folks! We're so excited on the Chibitronics team to partner up with My Favorite Things and make a whole bunch of adorable things light up! To celebrate, we're having a blog hop. If you've just joined us feel free to start at the beginning on the MFT blog.


I've been dying to play with the chefs from the My Favorite Things Recipe for Happiness set, especially since my youngest son is so passionate about cooking. For my birthday this week he asked me to stay out of the kitchen (umm ... sure!) so he could surprise me with homemade chocolate chip cookie dough brownies. Yumm!! Anyway, here you see the chef getting ready to cook his meal in the kitchen, just like my son.

When you pull the tab (stamped with "pull me" instructions from Interactively Yours by Heffy Doodle), the chef walks over to the stove, and ...


... starts cooking! The burner turns on (blue, naturally, since this is a gas stove) and the oven starts as well. Not only that, but you'll notice that his main dish is steaming hot and ready to be served! Fun!


Once he's done and steps away from the stove, it all turns off. The bowl is also emptied, as the steam turns off and hides back behind the chef (I was most pleased with this element of the card and took great care to make sure any of the waves of steam would be hidden behind the chef when he's all the way to the right!)


Here's another look at the stove, oven and steam at work. Check out the casserole cooking in the oven, which you can only slightly see behind the vellum before he turns the oven on, but it's easy to see once he starts cooking. It's so fun to play with accessories like this in a stamp set! Also, I have to admit, I'm a little jealous of this chef with the bamboo floors in his kitchen.


You can see the blue light a little better here with a darker photo. Want to see how it works?




Here's the circuitry, including the pull tab which has copper tape on the bottom side. Once it's pulled all the way to the left, the copper tape completes the circuit on the card base and turns all the white and blue lights on. I've also incorporated Eiko's advice and have covered all the LED tabs with copper tape to ensure the connection is solid.




I like that you may wonder what's going to happen when you pull the tab (unless you're an immediate member of my family and you can pretty much guess that something's gonna light up!!) And now that you know what happens, I hope you enjoyed it!


What's a blog hop without a good giveaway, right? No disappointment here, comment along all the stops for the most chances to win a $50 gift card to MFT or a Chibitronics starter kit. The design team from MFT is also sharing projects today and they’re linked from the MFT blog so make sure to head there, too! Fun stuff!! We have one more MFT/Chibitronics blog hop tomorrow with tons more inspiration!

Now I'm super happy to send you to the amazing Lesley Oman who has a never-before-seen (at least by me!) light-up-pop-up-slider card to share with you ... you're going to love it!!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly


Chibitronics Blog
Kelly Griglione <---you're here!
Lesley Oman
Kelly Szafron
WeiWei Wang
MFT Blog

Monday, February 12, 2018

Interactive Birthday Card: Kitty Plays with Mouse and Turns Lights On!


Hi Friends! I am so excited to share this light up card! While the little kitty happily plays with his dangling mouse toy ...

 ... he lights up the birthday greetings! It was really late at night when I finished this card, and I was super tired, but I seriously sat in my chair an extra 15 minutes just moving the kitty back and forth, watching the mouse and the lights, and feeling quite pleased with myself.


I've got the full post on the Chibitronics Blog if you want to learn more about it and see how it was made. I'm also sharing a hot tip on the best way to make sure your lights work (and the first thing to do if they don't initially work).


I was also happy to play with the new Purrfect with Evelin T Designs set from this weekend's Winnie & Walter release. Evelin's illustrations, as usual, are all so adorable!



Thanks for stopping by, and check out the Chibitronics Blog if you want a closer look!
-Kelly


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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Heffy Doodle Blog Hop



Hi Friends! I'm so thrilled to be part of the Heffy Doodle blog hop to celebrate their newest release! If you're just now joining the hop, feel free to start at the beginning with Heffy Doodle, or you may have come directly from the blog of Cassie Tezak.


I kinda knew that Lesley Oman, owner of Heffy Doodle, was a fun and energetic person from being on the Chibitronics team together. But, I was in for a real treat when I met her in person for the first time at Creativation a couple weeks ago ... what a HOOT this girl is! Super funny, lovable, and honestly just someone you want to hang out with. I'm so happy she's had such great success starting her dream company, and I can't wait to see where it will go.


I got to play with the new Eggcellent News set, which is full of cute, punny sayings (many of which are baby/pregnancy related.) For my card, I stamped the sentiment directly on canvas to give it more of a homespun feel.


The baby chick, who is in the process of hatching from his egg, is sitting in the nest under the watchful eye of his parents. I used an exacto knife to cut a slit along the line of the nest so I could slip the egg inside the nest.


To finish the card off I sewed around the edges and attached it to the light blue base, keeping the long tails of thread at the end. This card is going to my cousin, who already knows she's expecting a baby boy, so I was able to go with a gender-specific background color. Can't wait to see her open it at the baby shower next month!

Now for some info on prizes! A random winner will be selected for a £25 gift certificate + free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. To be eligible, leave comments across the entire blog hop by 
11:59 PM PST on 2/15/2018. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

You're next destination on the hop is Maria Rudolph!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Kelly


Kelly Griglione <---You are Here


Friday, February 9, 2018

w&w Day 4: Sew a Home for your Kitties


Hi Friends! Still loving the new Seeing Hearts stamp together with In a Word: Love, and couldn't put them down while trying out the new Purrfect with Evelin T Designs set. 


First I made a home for the kitties with the True Dotty Heart Cutaway by cutting off the bottom of the darker pink heart and sewing it to the lighter pink heart. The dimples around the edge of the heart make sewing a snap!


Then you can just tuck in your kitty couple and skip the adhesive.


There is a layer of fun foam under the heart to pop it up. And the background is made from stamping the Seeing Hearts stamp once in 5 different Catherine Pooler Inks
 


 Winnie & Walter, LLC

Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. You may have noticed we're also celebrating Winnie & Walter's 4th birthday! There are a ton of challenges going on, with one participant for each challenge winning a $75 gift card to the store!!! My challenge is to make a card (or two) with just the scraps and leftovers you've accumulated, but there are NINE other challenges for you to check out and get inspired. If that's not big enough, The GIGANTIC Giveaway is for all the products released in 2018!
   
Hope you enjoyed the new release goodies, which will be available at 10:00 pm CST tonight! There are seven (7) stamps (For Luck is free with qualifying $25 purchase), ten (10) dies and twelve (12) Catherine Pooler inks.

Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Thursday, February 8, 2018

w&w Day 3: Pink and Gray Valentine



Hi Folks! Not a lot of stamping for Day 3 of Winnie & Walter's release. Instead I had a lot of fun using several of the dies like the two layered hearts (and two tiny hearts) from True Dotty Heart Cutaways, and the sentiments from In a Word: Hugs & Kisses Cutaways and In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways.



Instead of using the die cut "Hugs & Kisses" I moved it around a little and turned it into "Hugs, Kisses & [love]." I used the inside of "s" for the comma.

 Love all the thin, rounded lines in the die cut text.

The Love die has been stamped in white ink from In a Word: Love before being cut with the coordinating die. I love that the "e" is raised giving us the perfect space to put the remaining sentiment "always".



 Winnie & Walter, LLC

Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. You may have noticed we're also celebrating Winnie & Walter's 4th birthday! There are a ton of challenges going on, with one winner for each challenge winning a $75 gift card to the store!!! My challenge is to make a card (or two) with just the scraps and leftovers you've accumulated, but there are NINE other challenges for you to check out and get inspired. If that's not big enough, The GIGANTIC Giveaway is for all the products released in 2018!
   
Please stop by tomorrow to see more goodies from this new release! 
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

w&w Day 2: Mass Produced Valentine's Day Cards


Hi Folks! It's release week for Winnie & Walter! And a week before Valentine's Day! If you still need to make several Valentine's Day cards, you're going to need them to be quick and easy. I know some of you are rock stars who make each person their own unique card for the holidays and "mass produced" sends shivers down your spine. However, a girl's gotta do what a girl's got to do when you're less than a week away! Here's what I did last night ...

Fold a sheet of cardstock in half lengthwise, and then cut in four strips (2.75 x 8.25). I'm using my favorite inks, the foam pad dye inks from Catherine Pooler, which will now be available in select colors through the Winnie & Walter store! Also using two new stamp sets from Winnie & Walter, Scenery: Seeing Hearts and In a Word: Love.


Once you get the multi heart stamp set in the Misti, and your sentiment stamps, you're all set to make a ton of note cards! For the last two panels on the right, I set them side-to-side in the misti. Since the stamp is made to accommodate a horizontal A2 card I was able to stamp only once to make both panels. Efficiency! Here's what the two panels look like on a card base ...


Simple, easy, classy. The yellow card has a gray trim on the bottom that was cut with the new Georgette Border Cutaways. The gray card background is grid paper, which I chose based on Keren's fun Birthday Bash Challenge to use grid paper on your card. Love the extra texture that doesn't take away from the rather busy collection of hearts on the panel.

Here are the cute note cards. Love this smaller size, which is perfect for the sentiment on front. A little love note. Plus I like with the smaller size you don't feel like you need to write a novel to take up all the space inside. 


I'm planning on using these for either the classroom valentines, or for neighbor/friend valentines. Perhaps both?! Either way, I know they will be quick to make!

 Winnie & Walter, LLC

Be sure to check out the other amazing projects on the Winnie & Walter blog. You may have noticed we're also celebrating Winnie & Walter's 4th birthday! There are a ton of challenges going on, with one winner for each challenge winning a $75 gift card to the store!!! My challenge is to make a card (or two) with just the scraps and leftovers you've accumulated, but there are NINE other challenges for you to check out and get inspired. If that's not big enough, The GIGANTIC Giveaway is for all the products released in 2018!
   
Please stop by over the next two days to see more goodies from this new release! 
  
Thanks for looking!
-Kelly