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 : )

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!

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!

Chibitronics and Honey Bee Stamps Blog Hop

 Hi Folks! Have you been wow'd by all the Chibitronics and Honey Bee Stamps cards so far in the World Card Making Day blog hop? Right?! They are amazing! You probably just came from Kelley Kohout's blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with  Honey Bee Stamps. 
 Knowing that I wanted to make a lighted card with Chibitronics, of course I picked the awesomely detailed pickup truck from Honey Bee's Little Pickup. It turned out so darn cute, and just perfect for any of the male birthday cards I need for our family.

Can I show you how I did it?
You'll need copper tape, white LED lights, and CR2032 batteries to get started. You can also get this sketchbook that walks you through the different ways to use the lights, but that is not necessary to make your project.
Once everything is stamped, cut out and adhered, place it on top of the card base and make a mark where you want each light to appear.
Cut a strip of paper as wide as the battery and make a folder for it.
Adhere one side of the folder to the card base.
You will now need the copper tape to make the circuit. Because I'm economical, I like to cut the copper tape in half lengthwise before I use it. That almost doubles your usage!
Then it's a matter of running the tape from one side of the folder past each marked light, and then again for the other side of the folder. Afterwards I use a bone folder to make sure the tape is snugly adhered to the card base.
Time for the lights! The important thing here is to just make sure the negative side of the light is on the copper tape that will connect with the negative side of the battery.
Once that's all set, you can start building up the areas around the copper tape with foam tape. You also want to make sure the battery is secured on all sides with foam tape so it doesn't slide around.
I put the battery right under the barrels, so when you press on them the truck's interior lights and headlights come on. Cutting away sections of the card and replacing them with vellum is a good way to have a specific shape lit up on your card, like the window, and the headlight path.
Here's the card in the daytime, with the sentiments embossed in silver, and the barrels loaded up in the bed of the pick up.
For the hubcaps I added silver brads to the middle of the wheels and attached them to the pick up. I cut out a second set of wheels and layered these on top, so you can actually spin the wheels.

I showed this one to my boys right away and they both really loved it. Even my husband was turning the lights on and off quite a few times! I say this all the time, but I always amaze myself when the lights go on and off like they're supposed to!
We've got so much more inspiration lined up for you! As you're marveling at all the creations, don't forget to leave comments at each stop along the way. Up for grabs is a $25 Honey Bee gift certificate and a $30 Chibitronics Starter Kit!

All righty, I am sending you off to your third Kelly in a row ... the lovely Kelly Szafron!

 Honey Bee Stamps 
Amy Rysavy
Eiko Uchida

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Autunm Birthday and a Giant Leaf Pile

Hello! Have you started to get your Fall decorations out yet? I've brought a few boxes of orange things up from the basement, and it's really gotten me mentally ready for the crisp air, crunchy leaves, and shorter days.

And also for making cozy fall cards, with lots of warm colors!

 These cards use my favorite Shenanigans set for the big sentiment and Amber Waves for the smaller script sentiment. Autumn Blessings is responsible for all the falling leaves in the pile.

This card is over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today if you'd like additional information. Feel free to use my code "KELLY2017" which will save you 15% off any purchases at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Banner Birthday

Hi Folks! Are you ready for some serious color?

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 I've been playing with the new In a Word: Birthday Tiles Cutaways and have a few cards on the Winnie & Walter blog today if you want to check them out!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Chibitronics Blog Hop

 Hi Folks! Welcome to the Chibitronics and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Hop! You may have come from the lovely Lisa Lahiff, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Chibitronics. Along with tons of inspiration lighting up the CAS-ual Fridays stamps with Chibitronics lights, we’ll be giving away a Chibitronics starter kit and a CAS-ual Friday Stamps $30 gift card to one lucky commenter. Hooray!


Today's winter wonderland card uses a card base that's been embossed in silver with Bring on the Snowflakes, silver snowflakes cut with Flurry FriDies, and a sentiment from Snowy Sayings embossed in white on a banner (which are all three on SALE). For the lighted effects, I've used the LED light stickers and copper tape from Chibitronics, as well as a CR2032 battery that I was lucky enough to find at our local flea market in a pack of 5 for $1, but you can also get them on Amazon here

The first thing you need to figure out when adding these amazing lights to your projects is where to put the battery, because that is what is going to add height to your project. Typically, you'd have a shaker-type card where an entire raised panel covers the card and battery, but for this card I wanted the card to be flat except for each snowflake, so I'm hiding the battery under the sentiment banner.

I cut a notch out of the left side of the card for the battery (see next photo) so the copper tape that will power the lights can go underneath my snowflake panel. I also punched a hole where I want the center of each snowflake to go so the light can shine through and illuminate it from behind. I marked each hole in pencil on the white card base below so I'll know exactly where to put my lights.

Now it's time to make the path in copper tape that will make the circuit to turn on the lights. On this card, the bottom side of the battery is the positive charge and the inside track of copper tape, and the top side of the battery is the negative charge and the outer track of tape. I've run the tape to go around each of the three circles I traced earlier so the lights will line up exactly with the holes in my snowflake panel.

 I placed the LED lights on top of the circles, so the wider positive side is on top of the positive track and the narrow negative side of the LED is on top of the negative track. Then my favorite part is pressing the tape on the battery to see it light up. I AM ALWAYS AMAZED! It's the best feeling, really.

Now, thanks to careful planning, the lights shine through each of the three holes where I'm going to put the silver snowflake dies. The snowflake panel is now hiding all the tape. I'll need to add the sentiment banner on top of the battery with foam tape, and add the snowflakes with foam tape as well. 

Here's the final card. I think the snowflake dies on top of the embossed snowflake stamps give the card a lot of depth. And ...

Here's the card at night! The glow from behind the snowflake dies is exactly what I was hoping for, and reminds me of chunky flakes falling down in front of the street light outside our house at night.

An added benefit is that the lights also illuminate the silver embossing, making the stamped snowflakes shine too. I just honestly love working with the Chibitronics lights, and always feel proud of myself after showing my family the finished card. The looks on their faces the first time they light it up are so rewarding!

Your next stop is Jeanne Jachna who always has something fun and clever to share with us!

Sure hope you're having a fun time hopping!

Here's the complete list of stops on the hop if you need it:

Kelly Griglione - you are here!  

Monday, September 11, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Christmas Sets on Sale


Hello Folks! Who doesn't love a good sale? Being as it's almost time to start thinking about holiday cards, CASual Fridays has just dumped a ton of their Christmas, holiday and winter sets in the SALE section. Not only that, but you can combine these sale prices with our sale code KELLY2017 to get an additional 15% off! Sweet!

To celebrate, we're hosting three days of card reveals at the CASual Fridays blog using the sets that are now on sale. This one could not be easier to make, and you could really pick any sentiment to feature. This particular sentiment "Christmas Blessings" from Lovely Blessings worked well because it spans perfectly across the card, as you can see from the lower red focal sentiment that has the white space around it. Some ink blending on the top and bottom, and that's it. You could use this idea for any holiday or occasion.

These snowflake dies from Flurry have always been a favorite because you can use them on anything. They're great as an embellishment, or to cover your entire card like this one. So simple!

The white on kraft sentiment is partially stamped from Holly Jolly borders. Originally I stamped the sentiment in black, but when I thought about it more, white goes so much better on a snowflake themed card. 

Hope you can take advantage of the sales and the KELLY2017 discount code to get a jump start on your holiday crafting!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

w&w Rerun - A Tree for All Seasons

Hi Folks! Another month starts another rerun feature at Winnie & Walter! This month we're dusting off the Tree for All Seasons set. I hadn't used the circle filled with leaves yet, so was happy to play around with this design for two different cards.

First up is a Spring card with pink. lime and aqua. I stamped the leaf circle in pink, rotated it slightly, and stamped again in lime to get a fuller tree with the different colors. I like having the script part of the sentiment be in a different color than the rest of the sentiment, and after stamping that, thought it would be perfect to stamp a single bird in that same color to go along with the "special person" sentiment.

The sentiment is from the new Sentimental: Gift which is free with qualifying orders through September 15th, and the panel is my long time favorite from Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.

This card has the same tree, with the same rotating and double stamping of the leaves, but instead of Spring it's Halloween with orange and black for the leaves. The spooky accessories come from Moonlight, an essential Halloween set. My favorite is the spider hanging out on the "g."

A few sequins and bats never hurt anything either!

The tree looks equally at home as a Spring tree or a spooky Halloween tree depending on your color and accessory choices. 

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Head on over to the Winnie & Walter blog to find out details on how to participate in the rerun challenge, which is open throughout the month. Don't forget there is also a giveaway, AND the featured set is on sale.

Thanks for looking!