Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sweet Rose


Hi Patricia here with a new card using beautiful bloom- sweet rose stamp .




To make my card I stamp twice the image on watercolor paper , I color them with gansai tambi watercolors then I add some splatters. I finish my card with a hero arts sentiment . Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Congratulations!


Hello there!  Cindy from In Love with PAPER back on the blog today.  I've got another cute baby card to share.  I've used the stamp set Sweet Baby Mine and the Winter Mint sequin mix.
 
I stamped the image on the green dot patterned paper and colored it.  Then to add some dimension I stamped the image again on a scrap of white cardstock and then colored it and fussy cut it out, trimming off his mane and tail.  Then I used pop dots to add the dimension.

 

 
Thanks for visiting KGC.  Have a wonderful day!!
 
Cindy
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's Heidi on the blog today

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all doing well!  Today I have my third and last guest design post for you all. 


For this fun and colorful card I stamped one of the pretty flowers from the “Grace’s Little Note” stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations with Memento’s “Rich Cocoa” ink on Copic friendly paper. After coloring all of the flowers with my Copic Markers I used a black Copic Multiliner 0.3 on the hearts of the flowers and created some white lines on the flowers and the leaves to make them more interesting to look at, using a white Gelly Roll pen.  

The background was created very easily by stamping one of the sentiments from the “Grace’s Little Note’s” stamp set repeatedly on some crème coloured linen textured card stock. The same sentiment was used on the vellum part with black ink.


If you would like to know more about how I made this card and what exact colours I used then you can go over to my website for more details: http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2017/04/21/%E2%80%9CGrace%E2%80%99s-Little-Note%E2%80%9D-with-Kennedy-Grace-Creations

I’m happy and proud that I can tell you that Michelle asked me to join her DT so you will see more from me in the future!


 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hi it is Heidi



Hi everyone, Heidi here again: today I’ll show you my second project as a guest designer for Kennedy Grace Creations!

Today I will show you how to make three cards with the same design but every card has a totally different feel because of the different papers I used to color the stamped image on. This way you can stretch the use of the craft supplies you have to get a variation of different results. These cards mainly feature the Time to Blossomstamp set, as well as one of the sentiments from the Graces Little Notestamp set, both from Kennedy Grace Creations, and also the thank you sequin mix called Kennedy Grace” that you get free with purchase.

For my first card I stamped the flower image from the Time to Blossomstamp set on Canson Bright White heavy weight cartridge paper Versafine Onyx Blackink and I coloured the image with Faber Castell Polychromos.

As the final finishing touch for this card I used the sequins (black and iridescent pinkish white) and the micro-beads (iridescent pinkish white) from the free with purchase Kennedy Gracesequins mix.

For my second card I went through the same steps as with the first card but I stamped the flower on Strathmore Toned Graypaper. This creates a totally different feel I think. I colored the image with mainly Polychromos and an odd Holbein and Caran dDache Luminance pencil. The sentiment for this card is from the Graces Little  NoteStamp set.

And for todays last card I stamped the flower image on Strathmore Toned Tanpaper with Mementos Espresso Truffleink and colored with Polychromos and Caran dAche white. I wanted to do something different with the sentiment on this card so I stamped one of the sentiments from the Time to Blossomstamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger super fine detail Goldembossing powder.

I have to say I just love the font the sentiments in this stamp set come in and this flower was a lot of fun to colour!

If you are used to only coloring on white paper then its fun to try something different sometime. What you have to keep in mind is that when you color on grey or tan paper that you have to think in reverse: you accentuate the highlights with a lighter (for example white) pencil unlike when coloring on white paper where you leave the highlights the color of the paper.



If you would like to know more about how I made these cards and what exact colors I used then you can go over to my website for more details:  http://www.makeyourlifecolourful.com/single-post/2017/04/15/%E2%80%9CThe-Same-but-Different%E2%80%9D-with-Kennedy-Grace-Creations.
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Its Karen on the Kennedy Grace blog today and I am sharing a card using the Beautiful Bloom - Sweet Rose.  This is one of my favourite Kennedy Grace stamps its so pretty and lovely to colour. It looks beautiful in any colour.

For this card I chose a black and white striped paper to go in behind the soft pink rose paper.  I then fussy cut the rose to go on the top.  The sequins are from the Watermelon Spritzer mix, the bright melon colour although pink seemed to match perfectly with the rose.  The rose is coloured using pencil.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Birthday Roses

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a beautiful birthday card featuring the gorgeous Splendid Roses stamp set.


I've colored these roses in all sorts of different colors, but I just love them in classic red. I stamped my image on a piece of white cardstock and colored it in with my Copics. My reds were R89, R39, R37, and R35. I used YG95, YG97, and YG99 for my greens. When it was completely colored, I used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut it out because I'm too impatient for fussy cutting.

I set aside my image and prepared a card base from more white cardstock. I wanted a subtle background that would work well with my roses, so I used a layering stamp set to create a subtle marble look. I placed my roses approximately where I wanted to adhere them so I could figure out where to stamp my sentiment. I used my MISTI to stamp in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in silver embossing powder. I finished it off by adding my roses with some foam tape.


It's hard to see, but I wanted a little bit of shimmer, so I added a little to my marbling with a glitter pen. It adds some subtle shine and mimics the vein of shimmer you sometimes see in marble counters.

Thanks for joining me today!





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spring birthday card


Hello, hello, hello!

Erica on the blog today, how are we all doing? Excited about Easter and having a few days off? We don't really do anything special for Easter in our house apart from having some chocolate Easter eggs and I do decorate a little bit. The decorating is more for a spring-y feel as I adore spring with all the flowers that pop up, buds on all the bushes and trees, warmer and longer days. It all makes me happy.

Today's card is yellow and green, which are in my mind typical spring colours. I started out by stamping the Beautiful Bloom-Sweet Rose flower stamp on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour paper, I heat embossed it in white as my plan was to use my Derwent Inktense pencils for the colouring. I have neglected these watercolour pencils for a while and thought it would be nice to change things up a little from the Zig markers and Gansai Tambi watercolours I have used a lot recently.

I started with the leaves and with a water colour brush dropped green colour in them and swirled it around a little. Adding more or less water as well as more colour in certain places left a nice, natural look. For the flower itself I used Sherbet Lemon, which is the lightest colour yellow there is, and Mustard for contrast. This bit of colouring was loose and relaxed, I swirled the colours around and added contrasting shades where it would naturally be. When I do watercolouring I always have a piece of tissue on hand and I dabbed up a bit of the excess water and colour where it was too much.

Setting the flower aside to dry, I started on the background which I knew I wanted green. Ink smooching sounded like a fun idea and I tried doing that.... with disastrous results. I couldn't get the colour rich enough, it was too watery and turned into a big mess. Moving on to attemp no2, I used a green Inktense pencil instead but pretty much the same thing happened with that one so I just put it aside with a sigh and moved on to no3. For this one I got the Gansai Tambi water colours out and swish-swoshed some green colour in the middle of the panel and added water going both up and down to create an ombré effect. I still didn't love it and was fast running out of ideas of how to make it work.

At this point I was pretty frustrated and annoyed with the whole thing so I took a break from making the background and looked at my flower again. I decided to add some gold to the flower instead of adding it to the background as one of my ideas had been (which I didn't even try after all the green mishaps) I used Yellow Gold in the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors collection and coloured the whole flower and all the buds instead of just adding highlights. Setting it aside to dry again, I turned my attention back to the background again. Lo and behold, one of the failed attempted actually looked very nice once it was dry!! HA!


































I decided to use the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment that is included with the flower and I thought gold heat embossing would look very nice so I did just that. And it did look very nice indeed but it was so wonky! Gah! I ended up having to re-do it on a small banner to cover up that boo-boo. The flower I fussy cut out and not very well in some places I will admit, fussy cutting isn't my strong point. I would absolutely love a co-ordinating die for this stamp!

Adhering the flower and the banner to the card with foam tape for that little extra dimension, I sat back and decided against sequins and used enamel accents instead. I dotted it rather generously in clusters around the flower and then I managed to stop myself from going overboard and adding Nuvo Jewel Drops too. Rather impressive, no? Especially as we all know I'm rather fond of going overboard with he embellishments. Maybe I'm turning a corner?? I guess we will find out in my next post. Although I wouldn't place any bets on it, personally.



Happy Easter and crafting!

PS If you aren't the 'treat yourself to chocolate' kind of person, why not get a new stamp set from Kennedy Grace Creations or have a look at one or two of these gorgeous Photo Boards® I've used for this last photo? I'm both a brand ambassador as well as an affiliate at Photo Boards and I have a personalised 10% off discount code (the code is 'springcraft') that will give me a small commission if you use it, at no extra cost to you whatsoever. How is that for a win-win? The one I used for this photo is called Earl Grey and is a gorgeous soft grey and a tint of lavender. It adds a little something to a photo without being too fussy, it will also give your photos a nice consistency on social media and blogs etc.

Hugs from Erica

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