Friday, September 29, 2017

Friendship is a flower--KGC blog hop!

Good Morning Crafty Friends and Welcome to Kennedy Grace Creations September Blog Hop!
We are so happy you have stopped by and joined us for this very special event!

Our newest release of Stamp and Sequins is now live and available for purchase in the store!

Here is what I have created for you:

I got to work with the gorgeous Friendship Blessing stamp set.  The Crocus flower in this stamp set is amazing!  Not to mention the great sentiments to go with it.  I had a hard time choosing which one to use.  Guess I'll have to make more cards with this set!

The flower stamp is an outline image and I knew I could just color it up as a solid but I wanted something different.  So I used good ol' Google to look up several pictures.  So many lovely varieties out there!  The one that caught my eye was a white flower with stunning purple veins.  I knew I found what I was looking for!

To start my card I stamped it once, made a mask, and then stamped the image again on either side of the central image.  Now we all know you can't really just leave white flowers white so I reached for some C Copic markers.  I used C5 for my darkest shadows and went all the way out to C00.  I may have even used a little colorless blender.

When I was happy with the "white' shading, I had to figure out what I was going to use to make the veins.  I knew from some online classes I have taken that you can used Triplus Fineliner markers with Copics.  I happen to have a set on hand!  I pulled out a dark purple and went to it.  I'm not much for drawing but I figured I could handle drawing lines. With the lines all drawn I added green to the leaves and yellow to the center of the flowers.

I VERY carefully fussy cut out the image.  I used a stitched detail line die to add the stitching right under the flowers and at the bottom.  I took a diagonal back ground stamp and stamped purple stripes on white cardstock.  I took a solid piece of purple cardstock and ran a Versamark ink pad around the edges.  I added the silver embossing powder and used a heat gun to melt it.

I cut a white circle with another stitched edge die and stamped the Friendship sentiment.  I sponged a little bit of purple ink around the edges.  The layer underneath is cut from vellum.  I also ran Versamark around the edges and added silver embossing powder.  I adhered all layers to a purple card base and added a couple sequins from Isabelle's Dream and Lemon Sorbet.

We will be giving away a prize package to one lucky winner.

All you have to do is join us for hop and leave a comment on each project. The more you comment the more chances you have to win!! Winner will be announced on Monday.

We hope you have enjoyed this release and will hop along to see what our talented designers have made using the Stamps and Sequins from our September release.

Your next stop is the lovely and talented: Berina 

But just incase you miss some one along the way I have included the entire hop for you!


Thank you for stopping by today! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coffee is a hug

Hello my fellow crafters!  I know I have been absent for quite a while but I'm happy to say I'm back! I was selected to be on the Kennedy Grace Creations design team.  I can't wait to share their gorgeous stamps and sequins.  In the meantime, I wanted to create a coffee themed card so I could participate in the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop!  Woot!!
Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year so I seem to own lots (and lots) of fall themed stamps.  I really can't resist.  Let's not even talk about Simon Says Stamp and Stamptember!  Oy!  My checkbook is crying!  On to my card.

Since this fall hop is also coinciding with The Daily Marker 30 day challenge, I happened to have this lovely little coffee cup from Unity Stamps already stamped and colored.  I originally stamped it on Bristol smooth cardstock with a dark brown ink.  I then colored it using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  I cut it out using a die from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles and adhered it to a piece of Cajun Craze paper from Stampin Up!

The white layer is a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I put several leaves from the Autumn Flowers set by Clearly Besotted onto a block.  I carefully inked them up with several different colors of Distress Oxide inks.  I used Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves and Fossilized Amber.  Before I stamped them on the paper I very lightly misted them with water. Stamped down in place and held it there for a moment or two.  I repeated that step until I had it how I wanted.   For added interest, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with a coffee bean embossing folder.  I then used the Lawn Fawn Stiched Rectangle die to cut it out.  I did go around the edge with the lightest of touch with the Vintage Photo.  This layer was adhered onto a piece of Crumb Cake from Stampin Up which I also sponged with Vintage photo.

The bottom layer was also cut out using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die out of Rich Razzleberry from Stampin up!  This was adhered to the Crumb Cake card base which you don't see.

I dug through my many coffee sets and came up with this sentiment from Altenew.  It comes from the Coffee Love set.  One of my very favorites!  I reached for several of the Distress Oxides to ink it up and stamp it onto watercolor paper.  I wanted my browns to match so for the layer under the sentiment I sponged Vintage Photo onto watercolor paper.  I added some gold drops before adhering it to the sentiment.  Before I put the sentiment on the leaf layer, I added some flicks of gold.  Can never have too much sparkle!  

I added foam tape to most of the coffee cup layer and adhered it in place.  Ta-da!!  I had intended for this to be a quick card but it didn't work out that way.  I do really love how it turned out though!  And here's another photo from the side so you can see the embossed coffee beans.

Thanks for stopping by!