Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Any Occasion Floral Tags

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a trio of tags that can be used for any occasion.


I like having a few tags on hand that I can grab at a moment's notice. That was the inspiration behind these tags! I left them without sentiments so that I can either stamp/heat emboss a sentiment on the front or write something on the back. They're so versatile! I can use them for a wedding present, get well gift, birthday, new baby...pretty much anything!


For this tag, I used the Splendid Roses stamp set and offset the image so that I had a little white space in the upper right hand corner for a future sentiment. I used my Copics to color it and then adhered another blank white tag to the back to cover any bleeding from the markers. I tied a bit of natural twine through the hole and it was finished!


This tag features Grace's Little Notes, but the process was the same. There's not as much room for a sentiment on this one, so I would either heat emboss over the image or write my sentiment on the back.


This is another image from Grace's Little Notes. Again, the process was the same for creation.

I hope you enjoyed my tags and you may be inspired to create a few of your own! Thanks for joining me today!




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Something a bit different


Hello, hello!

Erica on the blog today with my second card of 2017. Boy, does time fly.. I can't believe it's the 15th of January already! Yikes. It's not just me, is it? Where is the time going? I can't quite keep up at times, it feels like. And I'm not even overly busy to be perfectly honest but still it seems like the days just poof by.

With that in mind, I'm going to keep it relatively short today. Short for me anyway, lol! I know I usually jibber-jabber away about all aspects of the card of the day but today, I don't really see how I can drag it out too much. It really is a super simple card!

My (current) favorite colour combination is navy and gold. I can't quite put my finger on why I love it so much but it just works in my mind. My original idea was to have a cutout saying 'thanks' but I made the navy panel too small and I had already heatembossed the lovely Just A Rose in gold embossing powder on it by the time I realised this. So a quick rethink and 'hugs' ended up being the backup plan.

The word 'hugs' is a creative cut from Winnie & Walter, I love this font and the robustness of the words cut out. I cut it out twice, once in white linen textured card stock and once in vellum. These two pieces I layered on top of each other so that the vellum created a 'shadow' to the linen one. On the back of the piece I added foam tape to raise it up a bit from the navy panel.




Before I added the cutout, I wrapped some gold twine around the navy panel just to the left of the heatembossed rose and tied a little bow. Once the bow was arranged and securely tied, I added the 'hugs'. As usual, I can't seem to leave a card without enamel accents or sequins, so I sprinkled a few sequins from the Moon Beams sequin mix.

The navy panel was then adhered to a card base also in the linen card stock to keep everything matching.





And that, my friends, was it! How easy and quick was that??

Happy crafting from Erica

PS See those lovely backdrops? They are from a company called PhotoBoards and I have a giveaway on my Instagram (@erica_cacacraft) where you can win one out of two gift voucher to their shop! So do pop over and enter for your chance to win! Or if you can't wait to order, use the discount code 'CACACRAFTWINTER' to get 10% off at www.photoboards.org.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mini Valentines

Hello!  It's Cindy from In Love with Paper back on the blog today.  I've got a couple of mini Valentines to share with you.  They are sized at 4" x 3".  I've used 3 different Kennedy Grace Creations stamp sets to create the sentiments.  For the 'Love' stamp you will find it on the Splendid Rose stamp set.  The 'hello' can be found on the Grace's Little Notes stamp set.  And the mini heart is on the You Inspire Me stamp set.  It's so fun to mix and match them :-)



Thanks for visiting Kennedy Grace Creations today. 
 
Cindy
 
 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beautiful Rose Cards with Heat Embossing and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers


Hello friends. Meg here with some BEAUTIFUL and EASY floral, rose cards! This gorgeous card trio was created with the Kennedy Grace Creations stacked stitched rectangle dies, stacked stitched scalloped rectangle dies, Just a Rose clear stamps and/or Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose stamps.

Do you see how perfectly these rose stamps fit into our layering dies??? It's a perfect pair!

To start, I die-cut two stitched rectangles and one scalloped rectangle using our wafer thin die sets and Strathmore Bristol smooth paper. I then stamped the roses, inside the white Bristol panels, using VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink. I coated each image with clear embossing powder and heat set to a smooth, raised finish.

To color I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers without any water! They blend together alone like a dream! For the leaves (on all 3 cards) I used only 2 Zig markers; 053 Yellow Green and 047 May Green. See below for exact rose color combinations.


To color this two-toned Just a Rose stamped image I only used 3 markers! I used 051 Lemon Yellow, 050 Yellow and 021 Light Carmine.


For the yellow Just a Rose stamped image I used 051 Lemon Yellow, 050 Yellow and 052 Bright Yellow. 


The red rose was colored with the following Zig brush marker colors; 021 Light Carmine, 029 Geranium Red and 024 Wine Red. If you notice this rose is slightly different than the other two. This is the Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose stamp set.

All of these Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker colors blended like a dream! I colored all three of these images in less than 30 minutes!!!

The last step was adhering the colored panels to other black, die cut backgrounds then adding to a card base. The two die sets work so beautifully together and make designing a card so fast and easy!!! I highly recommend them!!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed my trio of roses today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Please leave me some love if you enjoyed this post!

~Meghan Shea
IG: meghanshea3377


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Its Karen on the blog today with my first Kennedy Grace Creations post for 2017.

Today purple is my colour of choice.  I used the gorgeous Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose stamp set to create my card.  Its such a pretty stamp.  I stamped it in purple ink to soften the outline and to blend with my colouring.   Its coloured using Derwent Coloursoft pencils.  The sentiment comes from the same stamp set.  Finished off with some pretty Lilac Garden sequins.



Wishing you a wonderful day
filled with

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sympathy Roses

Hello, everyone, Rachel here today. It kinda stinks, but I had to start out my new year with a sympathy card. It's a part of life, I suppose, but it's definitely not fun. I wanted something simple, but striking, so I used my very favorite Splendid Roses stamp set and came up with this.


I know, the sentiment's a little crooked, but I think it gives it character, so I left it. Besides, I really didn't want to do all that coloring again!

I started by stamping the roses to cover my panel and then used my Copics to color them all. When coloring white, I use my Warm Grays to color the roses and then used my Cool Grays to create a halo around them. It really helps to make the images pop out from the white cardstock. I wanted to keep the colors muted, so I used some dark Yellow Greens for my greenery. I cut a circle from the panel and removed it before adhering the panel to a card base. I used the same die to cut a circle from white cardstock and heat embossed my sentiment in gold embossing powder.

Now here's where I screwed up. I used foam tape to adhere my new circle into the circle that I had removed. I should have just removed a little backing before adhering it so I could line it up well, but I removed it all and just plopped it down. Oops! I'm sure the recipient won't care that the sentiment is a little wonky. After all, it's the thought that counts, right?

Thanks for joining me today!




Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year Shimmer card


Hello and Happy New Year!

I don't know about you but I was so ready to say buh-bye to 2016 as it was personally a very difficult year for myself and my little family, and that's before going into all the awful things that also took place... Rarely has a single year been as challenging for me as this one has been. We did of course have some good times too but it was a relief to get to a new year. January usually feels like a brand new, clean slate for me and that 'anything is possible' vibe is invigorating and encouraging. Last year was anything but so I'm ready to tackle 2017 and some of the exciting opportunities and adventures I have lined up!

One of the things I am determined to do this year is send out more happy mail to my many lovely friends who have been there for me and supported me through all the tough times. Another one is to finally master my Minc machine despite having arguments with my god-awful printer almost every time I use it. That printer was a seriously bad buy and such a waste of money... Don't you hate it when that happens?? You think something is going to be great and then it's just a cause for frustration and annoyance. Meh. Well, luckily for me, there is now a Minc mist so I don't need to use the stupid printer! Ha!

I love the look of white and gold together, it doesn't matter if it's crafting, fashion or porcelain related, I simply adore it! Is it just me or does it pretty much work for everything?? Can you tell how much I like it?

The inspiration behind this card is that brand-spanking-new-anything-is-possible feeling I mentioned at the beginning and I found the perfect sentiment to build my card around too. 'Dream a little dream' is from the Beautiful Blooms-Sweet Rose stamp set and my original idea was to make a shaker card with the Mocha Vanilla Latte sequin mix. I started by stamping the sentiment in VersaMark on a pre-cut stitched label, which I think is from Pretty Pink Posh, in Kraft card stock. I also added a few stars for that dreamy look before sprinkling gold embossing powder all over it. With all that done and dusted I got to work cutting out foam tape to raise the label up buuuuuuuut (you might have guessed it) I had a little brain-slip and forgot to add the acetate film that is the "window" part of the shaker compartment. These #EpicFails keep on happening...

A bit of re-thinking was quickly done and instead of a shaker card, I decided to sprinkle sequins on it in a sort of 'star burst'-ish pattern.
















Right, back to the foiling part: I sprayed the Minc Mist on a diecut panel of super smooth cardstock and then ran it through the machine on setting no4 with the gold foil covering the mist. It looks so shimmery and lovely! The foiled panel got attached to a textured gold card stock with a thick foam tape before the whole thing got glued down on a white card base.

Foiling really is so much fun and looks fabulous, but it does take some practice to get it right every time and I still need more before I can say confidently that 'this works and this doesn't' but I'll keep at it and let you know what I come up with. It will be hard work but I'm willing to take one for the team!















One last little thing before I go, I don't know if you already do this but just in case you don't, here is a little tip to keep your sequins and sequin mixes organised and making it easy for you to re-order your favourite mixes: using double sided tape, add a small strip to the label that comes with the bag and simply stick it back on the bag once you have opened it. It makes it much easier to remember what they are called if like me, you blog or just simply want to keep tabs on what you have got in your stash.
















Happy crafting from

Erica


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