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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Krista's Art Endures

Hello again! I'm home with a sick little man today so while he rests and recoups (naps intermingled with games of Minecraft) I thought I'd blog.  Today I have a few Saturated Canary (Krista Leigh Smith Art) creations to share with you.  When the news that Saturated Canary was closing hit there was a deep sense of sadness in the crafting community!  But luckily she has continued with subscription based offerings, custom images, and, most recently, a collection offered through Make It Crafty!  Her art endures and I couldn't be happier!  Now for my projects...

First is an image from the Decade Fashion collection that Krista did a couple of years ago.  This is 80s Decade Fashion and I've used her for a friend's birthday card.  She is colored with Copics.  I love the Cassette Tape die and Playlist stamp set that I have from My Favorite Things and always tend to use them for any 80s themed projects I make.  The rest of the dies are from La-La Land Crafts.  Here I've used Lattice Doily Border, Lattice Border, Heart Banner, Scalloped Trim Banner, Presets Border, and Filigree Candle.A cluster of flowers and a sprinkling of sequins are my embellishments of choice this time.   

This one is a card I made for my best friend for Cinco De Mayo  (I know...  I'm a just a tad late in sharing it) using Dance.  She is colored with Copics and cut using Stitched Tags (La-La Land Crafts).  I loaded the card with even more LLLC dies: Today Stitched, Celebrate You, Stitched Zigzags, Large Lacy Border, Sunburst, Cactus, Flag Banner, Southwestern Border, and Triangle Lace Border.  I simply added a few flowers to finish off the card.

Up next is the card I made for my son's 2nd grade teacher for Teacher Appreciation Day.  I colored Tea and a Book with Copics and cut her using Double Stitched Squares (La-La Land Crafts).  Other LLLC dies included are: Loopy Doily Border, Book Brackets, and Open Book.  For the first time I have used some new SugarPea Designs dies.  Here I've featured Teacher and the Read die from the Brainy Bookmarks set.  I love them!!!  Also included are Tim Holtz Mini Globe and Mini Clipboard (Sizzix).  The library card was made using some My Favorite Things products - 3x4 Insert die and Library Card stamp set.  I embellished with flowers and a Tim Holtz metal pen nib.

Since I had made her lots of cards already through the year (birthday, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the one above) I opted to make a bookmark for her end of the year gift.  I colored Present Day Reading Princess with Copics and fussy cut her.  I used the Brainy Bookmarks die and a sentiment from I Like Big Books (SugarPea Designs).  I presented it to her with a Target gift card.

 Finally, I'm sharing the card I made for the strong, courageous, gorgeous, and always smiling Lou Daubney!  Lou is bravely battling cancer and throughout has never lost her sense of humor or her optimism!  Krista designed this image of Lou with all her favorite things for a special and secret group of crafters who made Lou encouragement cards back in the Spring.

I went a little overboard with the dies, but I figured Lou deserved the best!  Most of the dies are from La-La Land Crafts:  Stitched Tags, Stitched Elements, Open Hearts Doily Border, Heart Fan, Stitched Sun, Cherry Blossom Branch, Hot Air Balloon, Star Border, and World Heart Map.  The Unicorn is from Michaels Recollections Enchanting collection.  I added flowers and Lou's name in glitter chipboard letters.  I also added glossy accents to her glasses.  Once I was done it was shipped off to the UK to be added to the collection of cards and gifts for Lou and delivered in person by a few relatively local crafty angels!

Thanks for the visit!  I hope you like what you see!  I'll have more to share shortly as well as that exciting August news, coming soon!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mo's Wizard Boy and Fighter

Hello!  How is everyone's Sunday going?  It's a beautiful day here but the small guy and I needed a day to just chill.  So while he's been watching YouTube and playing Minecraft, I have been updating my blog sidebar and wasting time on social media.  Lol  I figured since I got my blog spruced up (special thanks to Michelle of Evermore Creations for for fixing my layout due to a Photobucket issue!) I should probably post more cards!

Today I am sharing two from Mo's Digital Pencil.  My first card features Wizard Boy, and he (along with Wizard Girl) are must haves for any Harry Potter fans out there!  I've colored him with my Copics and fussy cut him.  This is sort of clean and simple compared to my usual, but I love that it allows the HP themed paper to shine.  The dies are all La-La Land Crafts, except for the Tim Holtz Star Cluser (Sizzix) at the topFrom LLLC, I've used Castle Border, Ornate Border Small, Book Brackets, and Make a Wish.   

Next is Fighter.  This is the image that Mo made for the amazing Lou Daubney.  My aunt asked me to make a few thinking of you cards for her and this was one of her requests.  Fighter is colored with Copics and fussy cut.  I've used Mini Globe (Tim Holtz Sizzix), Virtuoso Music and Music Notes (Memory Box) as well as Brackets and Arrows, Bohemian Feather, Stitched Elements, Sunburst Border, Winged Heart, and Star Border (La-La Land Crafts).  A few flowers add the final touch,

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying your evening!  I am off to cook dinner and then looking forward to the season premier of Game of Thrones Season 7!  Who else is watching?!  Any guesses on who will die next?  Lol  Plus tonight we may be able to see the Northern Lights where I live!  It's gonna be an interesting night!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saying Goodbye

Hi!  How are things out there in Blogland?  Please accept my apologies for my sporadic blogging this year.  I have been crafting, but with working six days a week and, lately, a bit of Summer fun on the side, I just haven't been able to make time.

But today I felt was an occasion that needed to be marked as special.  Many of you know that KennyK Stamps closed its "doors" on June 30th.  As a design team member turned coordinator and Facebook admin it was a bitter sweet day.  Of course I will miss the awesome art, but what's more, I will miss the camaraderie and friendship!  Over the years Elena, Kenny, Lucy, and the team have become some of the best friends a girl can have!  I am happy and excited for the Kiernans next life chapter, but I can't help but be a little sad to see this one end.

Elena was accepting orders through today so I thought I would finally post this card I made for DT Therese on her 30th birthday.  I colored Color Me Janette with my Copics and fussy cut herThe dies are all from La-La-Land Crafts.  I've used Presents Border, Filigree Candle, Today Stitched, Celebrate You, Fancy Numbers, Lattice Doily, Lattice Doily Border, Tabs Border, and Double Stitched Squares.  I added some flowers from my stash for the finishing touch.

I will never forget my time with KennyK Stamps.  It has been an amazing experience!  And to be sure I will continue coloring and crafting with these fabulous images!

Thanks for your patience with my recent lackluster blogging...  I will have some fun and exciting stuff coming up next month so be sure to check back!  


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

La-La Land Crafts Trio

Hi!  It's been a while but I'm still here...  And today is my 7 year blogiversary!  I've been crafting away for seven years and sharing it all with you here!  Thank you for tagging along for the ride!  Except lately I haven't been so good about the sharing part...  I have a bit of a backlog of cards to show off so I thought I would start with some La-La Land Crafts creations first!

The first card features Super Luka!  Super cute, right?!  I colored him with Copics and fussy cut him before popping him up with foam squares.  All of the dies are from LLLC as well: Sunburst, Balloons, Star Border, Happy Stitched, Stitched Bracket Border, Happy Birthday, Hello Tag, Skyline Border, Bracket and Arrows, Stitched Circles, Bursts, Fancy Numbers, and Bricks. 

This was made for a very special little boy and I'm told he loved it, which makes my heart happy! 

Next is Marci with Tulips from the April Club Kit.  I cannot stress enough how AWESOME these monthly LLLC kits are!  If you haven't subscribed, you'll want to!  Not only are they are fun treat every month, they are are an unbelievable value!  I receive the kit that contains both the stamps and dies but you can opt for just stamps or just dies as well, depending on your preference.  On this card I've used all of the dies that came with this particular kit as well as others from my collection: Tulips Border, Build-a-Tulip, Three Butterflies, Grass Border, Scalllop Border, Heart Fence, Filigree Corner, Small Scallops Border, Flag Banner, Hello Tag, Stitched Elements, and Stitched Tags.  The Mom die is from SugarPea Designs.  Marci is colored with Copics, fussy cut, and popped up on foam squares.  Her dress and hat band are paper pieced.

And last in my trio of cards is Awareness Ribbon Marci.  She is also colored with Copics, fussy cut, paper pieced, and popped up on foam squares.  (Are you seeing a pattern here?!  Lol)  There are ample LLLC dies as well: Scallop Border, Love Owl Tag, Heart Header Border, Scalloped Banner, Double Stitched Squares, Flower Border, Small Scallops Border, and Loopy Border.  I added pearls to the flower centers for a little something special.

Thanks for sharing my crafting and blogging journey with me!


Monday, March 27, 2017

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Monday: BIG WORDS

Happy Monday!  This is my last Inspiration Monday post as guest designer for La-La Land Crafts!  Gosh, that was fast, huh?!?!  I have loved every minute of it and will treasure the experience!

Today in La-La Land the theme is BIG WORDS!  I have created two shaker cards (my very first time trying this technique) for my best friend's twin daughters.  They turned Sweet 16 this month, and I wanted something special for them.

First up is Birthday Gift Molli.  She is colored with Copics and fussy cut.  I popped her up with foam squares for added dimension.  The shaker part was created using the Double Stitched Square, a piece of acetate (I cut up a clear report cover for this purpose), and iridescent sequins purchased at Michaels for the occasion.  Patterned paper is Garden Party by Pebbles.  Flowers are from my stash.

Second is Selfie Molli.  She is also colored with Copics, fussy cut, and popped up on foam squares.  Here I used the Polaroid frame in the Photo Elements to create the shaker part.  I used some of the brand new adhesive vinyl from LLLC for the crown and the numbers.  See how they sparkle and shimmer?!?!  Patterned paper is from Stampin' Up and flowers are from my stash.




Copics Used:
Birthday Gift Molli

Skin-E51, E21, E11, E04, E00, R20
Hair-Y35, E31, E23
Clothes-R89, R85, R83, R81, E57, E55, 553
Present-BG75, BG72, BG10, N0
Selfie Molli
Skin-E51, E21, E11, E04, E00, R24, R22, R20
Hair-E79, E74, E70
Clothes-BV11, BV08, BV000, N8, N6, N4, N2, N0

Head over to visit the La-La Land Crafts Inspiration and Tutorial blog HERE to see all the amazing creations from the DT as well as awesome tutorials.  There are new posts for both weekly!  Then join us on Facebook where LLLC has a Facebook page HERE and a Facebook group HERE where you too can share your La-La Land Crafts projects!

Wishing everyone a lovely day!


*Special thanks to Lucy Gregg for watermarking my photos for me when I ran into a bit of computer trouble last evening!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

La-La Land Crafts Marci with Dinosaur

Hey there!  Did you see this new mini release from La-La Land Crafts?!?!  Originally the March 2016 Club Kit, Marci with Dinosaur and A Rare Find are now available in rubber along with the three corresponding dies: Pointy Flower Border, Pointy Flowers, and Two Branches!

Of course I HAD to make something right away!  I colored Marci with Dinosaur with Copics then paper pieced her outfit.  The adorable dinos are also colored with Copics.  Both are fussy cut and popped up with foam squares.

Products Used

Images: Marci with Dinosaur and  A Rare Find

Dies: Pointy Flower Border, Pointy Flowers, Two Branches, Stitched Nested Circles, Stitched Tags, Stitched Elements, Seaweed Border, Loopy Doily Border, and Palm Tree Island (June 2016 Club Kit)

Skin - E51, E21, E11, E09, E04, E00, R20
Hair - N8, N6, N4, N2
Clothes - E57, E55, E53 (and paper piecing)
Pouch - YG03, G99, G94, G29
Dino - G19, G09, G07, G05, G03

You can visit the La-La Land Crafts Inspiration and Tutorial blog HERE to see all the amazing creations from the DT as well as awesome tutorials.  There are new posts for both weekly!  Then join us on Facebook where LLLC has a Facebook page HERE and a Facebook group HERE where you too can share your La-La Land Crafts projects!