Christmas stamps are out!

I was part of another card swap last night and the theme was Christmas cards using only Stampin’ Up! stamps.  So I sat down to create and needed a few ideas.  My favorite place to go?  Challenges!  So I pulled up the Global Design Project page and looked at their current challenge. It was to use these colors together

gdp colors I’ve never used these colors together on a Christmas card so I was excited to take this challenge!  Especially because the projects from their design team looked so great using this color combo!

But I needed a layout…

Next step – look at another challenge!  I looked at Freshly Made Sketches and found a fabulous sketch

freshly made sketches

So with those two in mind, and my Stamp set chosen (an oldie but a goodie!!) I began my card.  I have to say that I LOVE the way these colors look together!  Here is what I came up with

gdp 4I took the picture too late to use natural light so you really can’t see the vibrance of those 3 colors together as well as I would have liked.  But that color combo is a new favorite!

I added Wink of Stella to the snowflakes to make them shimmer – wish it showed up better in pics.  It’s so pretty!

 

It was sure a fun set of cards for the swap!

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It was the first Christmas card I’ve made this year.  And I have to say – It’s got me in the mood to create more!  I found some other fun challenges that I just may have to take over the next few days.

Hope you are making time to get inky too.  It’s so satisfying that sometimes it’s worth leaving the dishes in the sink a little longer than planned…

🙂 Kellianne

 

Retro #75

I was so excited to be a top pick a couple of weeks ago with Retro rubber challenge blog!  retro top pick

Like I’ve said before, I LOVE that it challenges us stampers to dig in to the stash of older stamps that we have!  After all, we bought them because we loved them.  They deserve more use than just the couple of times they probably got when they first arrived, right?!  This week, I’m playing along with challenge #75 Fall colors!

retro rubber 75

 

One last time for the year (most likely anyway), I’ve created an Autumn card.  This one is for a special Thanksgiving thank you.

Thanksgiving card

It’s a pocket card using the Fall Fun stamp set by Stampin’ Up clear back in 2002.  That is actually a set that had tons of love back in it’s day.  I used it all the time!  It was great to pull it back out for this challenge.  The turkey is from a stamp set I bought at a craft store about 5 years ago.

You can pull out the inside piece to write on.  Instead of the traditional open-and-read kind of card, the recipient can pull this “Thanks” piece out of the pocket.  Always fun to switch things up.

Thanksgiving card 2

I’m excited that Thanksgiving is so close!!  And I think I might start cranking out some Christmas cards.

Have a wonderful day!

:)Kellianne

 

 

Tag you’re it!

I found another challenge that I love!  It’s the “Tag you’re it” challenge.  I’m participating in challenge #76.  I love tags because you can make a bunch of super cute ones and if you don’t use them as a tag on a gift, they are a quick way to make a cute card!  Just add a few extra things to a regular size card, pop a tag on it and a card is done.  Here is the inspiration tag this week.

tag your it challenge picture #76

And I was inspired by the colors on it.  It’s not a color combination I have ever reached for to use on a Christmas project.  But I like it!  So I challenged myself to use it.  Here’s my tag!

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I love the tag die cut I used.  It’s from Lil Inker designs and makes for a cute edge without having to do a thing! It comes in a set of two and I cut both out.  So, of course I had to make something with the littler one!  I used the same color combo but without the Christmas theme.

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I had fun carefully adding glossy accents to that leaf to make it stand out

tag your it 4

 

And just like that, I have two fun tags ready to use.  Whether for a gift or a quick card!

tag your it

 

I hope you are having a wonderful day and making time to get inky too 🙂

Kellianne

 

Another crafty love…

My favorite type of crafting is positively handmade cards and creative lettering.  I think about both of them all day every day!  But I have another crafty love that I get to dip in to here and there – floral creations!  I’ve been doing a bit of it lately to update my Autumn décor.  I love decorating for Thanksgiving as it rivals Christmas as my favorite Holiday!

Here’s a Fall wreath I made – paired with some Fall pumpkins for an Autumn corner

autumn wreath

And a little setup for my porch.  I loved making this little Farmer’s Market box full of a little “harvest”

Autumn porch

Yep!  It’s looking a lot like Thanksgiving is coming soon around here.  (And it does excite me that it means Christmas is close by too!)

 

But my very favorite floral creation so far is this bridal bouquet that I finished last night!  The sweet girl I made it for is having a beautiful winter wedding theme.  I’m excited to see it in her hands!  You can see the beautiful color scheme she has chosen-which I am in LOVE with!Megan bouquet 2

I sure love when it’s time to do something floral and I look forward to also doing her bridesmaids corsages and groomsmen boutonierres coming up soon.

So now it’s time for me to get back to my stamp room and take a few challenges that have caught my eye… 😉

Loves!

:)Kellianne

 

 

Retro stamping

I found a new challenge!  It’s one that I love the purpose of!!  It’s the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  They issue a challenge and you HAVE to use old stamps!  Why do I love this so much?  Because I have a craft room that is absolutely FULL of stamps!  I have gotten rid of many but I love the ones I have kept and it’s a lot.  So I love the idea that this blog challenges us stampers to dip in to these stashes of ours.  I love getting new stamps just as much as my fellow stampers out there – but if all I do is get and use new new new – I’m wasting a lot of money and really not getting my money’s worth out of them.  Here is the current challenge  RRCB73

retro challenge

And here is the card I’ve made for my first time diving in!

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The stamps are from the “Carved and Candlelit” stamp set by Stampin’ Up! in 2004.  Holy cow!!  13 years old?!  And the little “Boo” tag up in the left corner?

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That is from a tiny tag set that must be at least 4 years old and dare I say it?  I don’t think I’ve ever used that set :/ yikes.  But that’s the goal here!  Get creative with the stamps we already have right?  It made me search in to the old stuff  and I love it!

Excited to keep taking this challenge and making fun cards from stamps that I’ve kept because I love them.

Hugs and smiles!

:)Kellianne

 

 

Zentangle and quote

Last weekend was the General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It’s my favorite weekend of the year!  It actually happens twice a year – so I get two favorite weekends 😉

The messages are always full of inspiration, hope and encouragement.  Sometimes while I listen, I doodle little Zentagles.  I had really fun with this one and added one of my favorite Conference quotes to it.

zentangle

 

It’s so super fun to play with patterns and it’s very meditative.  I find when I’m doing a zentangle while listening to talks, I am more focused on what is being said.  Many times throughout the Conferences, I have to pause my doodling to write down things that touched my heart and will help me in my life and others!  I hope we can keep filling ourselves with Light to stay focused on the good still in the world during these crazy times 🙂

Here’s a link to the summary of the talks if interested!

Today is also World Cardmaking Day.  I’m going to stamp the day away and just enjoy my first crafting love – cardmaking!!  Those pics to come…

Have a great day!

:)Kellianne

Back to the stamp room!

It’s been way too long since I’ve taken the time to get crafty!  It felt so good to get back to it this week.  I decided to join a small card swap for the stamp club I’m part of.  But I needed some mojo to get going again!  I chose to get the creativity flowing again by  looking at what challenges were going on right now.  This one by Global Design Project caught my eye.

I haven’t used those colors together before!  So I got to work and came up with a simple card.

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And then made six of them

card 4

And I had so fun using this new color combination, that I had to make another card with it.  card 5

 

 

It’s felt good to have my stamping therapy again!  I have plenty of reasons to keep it going.  And more time now that kids are in school again (knock on wood)

Have a happy day!

🙂 Kellianne