Tuesday, November 28, 2017

quick and easy party favors...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

I don't know about you, but for me, the holidays can get a bit crazy...  I wanted to make party favors that where fun and festive, and most importantly, I could easily and quickly make as many as needed...


Paper: Georgia Pacific; Ranger Foil Cardstock; DCWV Holiday Glitzy Gliter
Stamps: LDRS Creative North Pole
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sharpie
Other: Ranger Enamel Accents; lollypop stick, treat bag, candy, ribbon

These treat bags are adorable as decoration, place cards, and party favors! 

They are simple to make, and don't take much time to put together (especially if you use a hot glue gun!)

I wanted this to be festive, and sturdy, so I chose some glitter card stock for the rosette part. It cut BEAUTIFULLY! 
You'll want to have something for the center... I used the Holly Wreath Circle set to cut several layers of the wreath, and one of the inner circle...

Then, cut your card stock into 4 strips of 6 inches by 2.5 inch and use the Petal Wishes Accordion die to cut and score each strip. Fan fold on the score lines, and glue the 4 strips into one long strip... then glue the ends of the long strip together to form a ring. When you push the ring flat, you end up with an accordion circle. 

Cover the back of your front panel with hot glue and stick it on top of the rosette to secure it.... Hold that in place until it cools.

If you are having trouble with this, check out the video on the LDRS Creative website HERE


 Now comes the fun part... Decorating! 

I wanted to keep things simple so making a bunch would be easy... So I used this cute little polar bear from the North Pole stamp set (there's a cut penguin on that set too!!) with only a little coloring to add dimension, and I made a banner using foil card stock, and the Snowy Day border die.  I wanted to write the name in white, but all my white markers that would dry on the foiled surface were too thick, so I used a Sharpie.

 I hot glued a long lollypop stick onto the back, and finished it off with a plain circle from the Holly Wreath Circle die set... You could write a message there if you want... I would suggest writing/stamping your message BEFORE gluing the circle on because of the dimension of the accordion fold it's sitting on. 

Slip the stick into a bag of treats, little gifts, or whatever you want... Tie a bow and you're ready to go! Simple!

And the best part? 
This isn't just a Christmas idea... Just change the colors and image to match whatever theme you want!   Birthdays, holidays, teacher gifts... Whatever you want! 


Enjoy!
~Kassi

Saturday, November 18, 2017

getting ready for the holidays...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Happy weekend!!

Sorry I've been so quiet lately... I've been busy with a new team and working on some super awesome things that I can't share until January.... But I'm SO excited to be working on CHA stuff! 

While I get my mind wrapped round CHA, I wanted to share a couple of cards...
They are both super simple, with the main focus being on the stamped image, then matted on some glimmer paper  then embellished simply...

This adorable image comes from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. Isn't it adorable???

I was pretty stressed out the night that I made this, and I really needed to just relax, so I pulled out my Copics.... For some reason, Copic coloring is the most relaxing form of coloring I've found so far. (though I still love my Zig Clean Color markers!!!)


This card is actually for my brother's birthday.... I struggle with masculine cards, but this little boy eating cookies is PERFECT! And the penguins steals my heart! They both come from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. The sentiment is from LDRS Creative Just Because.

As we get into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, what helps you relax the most? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

playing with textures...

Hello my fabulous friends!

It's my turn again to post on the LDRS Creative blog, and I wanted to see what I could do with mixing various textures (while still keeping things simple and elegant)...

Paper: Polkadoodles Winter Land; Georgia Pacific; Paper Studio Glitter Glam
Ink: Copic RV99; Adirondack Alcohol ink Currant
Other: twine; angelina fibers Gold Iris


Using texture creates visual intrest... I love this glitter paper because it has the shimmer of fine glitter without any of the mess! It also adds a nice textural contrast to the smooth card stock. Mixing in some twine adds another level of contrast... a little more towards the earthy/natural side. 

I wanted my twine to match my papers, so I dyed it using a little alcohol ink... 



I knew I wanted to pop up my blue panel with some foam, but it just felt like it needed a little something extra... So I added a bit more texture and sparkle with some Angelina Fibers.

These beautiful metallic threads are like a super fine tinsel... You can do all sorts of things with them from fiber arts to fusing them into fabric to making fishing lures.. and SO much more!

I like to use them to add some elegant sparkle that isn't the typical glitter or sequins.

Because I knew I wanted it poking out from behind my panel, adhering it was simple. I just used some double sided tape and pressed the fibers on. I then glued the panel over top to hide the messy part. 

I love these fibers!

So... What fun textures do you like to use in your projects? What unexpected things do you use that you don't really see others using? Let me know in the comments!

Enjoy!
~Kassi


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

custom embossed word banners

Hello my fabulous friends!!!

I was one of two designers that shared a project on the LDRS Creative blog today! Check it out by clicking HERE to see the quick tip I shared, and the amazing project that my very talented teammate  Raluca shared. So much talent on that team! I'm inspired by them, and I hope you are too!


 Paper: LDRS Creative Winter Land; The Paper Studio Glam Glitter
Dies: LDRS Creative Merry word die, Snowy Day border die

I wanted to challenge myself to make a card with the focus on dies, and NO stamps allowed.... 

Wait... No stamps?!?!?

I know, crazy! 

I love stamps! They are generally the focal point of my cards.... 

But that's what makes this a challenge!
And honestly, pushing myself to do a style or concept that I generally don't do is a great way to get myself out of a creative rut and generate new ideas. 

Since I honestly love these dies, it was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. 

The hardest part was finishing the sentiment.... I wanted the word "Christmas", but it needed to be small.... and I couldn't stamp it... So I got creative. 


I promised on the LDRS Creative blog that I would go into details on how I made the custom word banner... So,  here we go!

First off, you will need an embossing label maker. Not one of the new ones that print labels... I mean the older kind that you squeeze the handle and it embosses the letters on the plastic tape. 
*note: your's doesn't have to be QUITE as old as mine... This is one I inherited from my grandfather, and we'll just say that the copyright date on the instructions says 1965.  
You can still find embossing label makers on sites like Amazon... 


Step 1: You need to cut a strip of card stock the width of the tape your label maker uses... Mine actually allows two sizes, so I chose the 1/4 inch size. There are two important things to note  with this step...

First:  The paper. You need to use a heavier weight card stock that has a colored front and a different color core (the more contrast between the printed color and the core, the better.) The paper packs that LDRS Creative sells work perfectly! They are heavy weight, with a printed front and a white core. I used the more solid colored end of the paper so it would be easier to read when I'm done. 

Second:  Exact measuring and cutting is really important! If you cut your strip too wide, it won't go through the machine. If you cut it too narrow, it will slide around and make things all skewed. 


Step 2: Remove your tape roll, and slide your paper strip in, loading it exactly as you would load the normal plastic tape. For mine, I open the handle, feed it through the slot, with the top side of the paper facing up... I have no idea if all label makers load the same... just load the paper as you would load the tape, and you should be fine. 


Step 3: Emboss your message.... following the instructions for your label maker. For mine, I spin the letter wheel until the letter I want is in the metal bracket, then I squeeze the handle. If the paper is cut well, it should move through the feeder without any problems. 

Step 4: To make the letters pop, take a sanding block (or an emery board ) and LIGHTLY go over the embossed letters. You don't want to flatten them, you just want to sand off the color from the raised areas to expose the core. 

I stopped here.. I cut the banner down to size and glued it on.

 If you want it to look more like the original plastic tape, go ahead and put a layer of Glossy Accents over the top. It will give it that plastic sheen. 

Do you make holiday cards? Are your's done? Have you started?

Hopefully today's post have given you some inspiration no matter what projects you are working on!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

altenew color challenge...

Hello my fabulous friends!

 I wanted to jump on real quick and share a fun card I made...

Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouqet, Amazing You
Ink: VersaMark; VersaFine Onyx Black; Zig Clean Color (028, 061, 052, 230, 021, 046, 043
Other: clear embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins



This set is actually a layering stamp set, but one of the great things about stamps is you don't HAVE to stick to what design is on the package! I just used the outline stamps to build my own bouquet, masking between the layers.  

It's been a while since I have pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers. It was so fun going back to an old favorite! I heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder... I love the end result of this technique.  It's fun doing watercolor techniques because each piece comes out different, and you can layer colors to create new colors!



Speaking of colors, my colors today were inspired by the Altenew Inspiration Challenge for October.
Isn't that a beautiful color palette???

*swoon*

If these colors speak to you (or challenge you), you still have a week to join in the fun!!! 

Enjoy!
~Kassi
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

when the power goes out...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Fall has officially hit my house! The colors of the leaves are STUNNING! 


The rain and wind... have also been impressive. 

Actually, wind and rain are typical for autumn here on the western side of Washington... but after the dry summer, the rain is quite a change. 

With the coming of shorter, wetter days,  comes more time in the studio. 

Sometimes in the dark....

The power went out and I still needed to work... so a battery light hung from a tripod with binder clips it is! LOL!
Paper: Georgia Pacific; Paper Studio Glam Glitter
Stamps: LDRS Creative/Polkadoodles Gingerbread Love
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Uniball Signo; Distress Ink Salty Ocean; Gellyroll Clear Star; Copic RV63,V05, RV66, RV69, YG23, YG25, YG17, G29, W0, W1, W3, W5, N4, N6, N9, N10, E00, E21, R21, V20, BV000, E55, E57, E29, V22, E35, E39, E43, E44, E49, BG0000, BG000, B00, 0, multiliner
Dies: LDRS Creative Snowy Day

While this is set of stamps is geared towards Christmas, I wanted a winter 'thank you' card, so I chose some fun colors that didn't exactly scream Christmas... If you filled the background with fall trees, you could just as easily have a fall card!

I love sets that are good for more than one specific holiday! 

I used the Snowy Day border die to create a mask for my background. The sky is Distress ink, and while it's hard to see in the picture, I used my Gellyroll Clear Star pen to add sparkle along the top edge of the snow and in her shadow.

Well, I need to get back to work...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Sunday, October 15, 2017

fall flowers with LDRS Creative...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Guess what today is???

My FIRST official post on the LDRS Creative blog! 
(you can check it out HERE)

Paper: LDRS Creative Splendid Azure; Georgia Pacific
Stamps: LDRS Creative Eleganza, Just Because
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Uniball Signo White gel pen; Copic Y18, YR16, YR18, BV000, E37, E18, E19, YG95, YG97, YG99
Dies: LDRS Creative Eleganza, Majestic Rectangle Labels
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins


To create the window, I die cut through the front of the card. This is such a fun shaped die for doing windows! I also saved the inside parts of the die cut. The sentient was stamped through the window onto the inside of the card so it can be seen when the card is open and closed. I glued the little inside parts of the die cut onto the inside of the card so you get the whole shape of the die even though it's a window. I then decorated the window with the adorable Eleganza flowers. (aren't they fun?!!)

Quick tip: For a little extra texture I added some white gel pen dots to the centers of my flowers... However I didn't want them to look too harsh.. You can see the top flower, all of the white dots are dots, and really stand out... if that's the look you want, GREAT!!! I wanted something softer. So... while the  little dots were still wet, I touched them with my thumb... This smudges them, softens them, and helps them to blend into the image instead of sitting on top of the image. You can see in the bottom flower that the dots tend to blend in, while still adding that little bit of highlight and texture. This is a great way to stretch your supplies and get more than one look with the same stuff!

*Be sure to check out my post on the LDRS Creative Blog for a quick tip on how to tone back colors with Copic markers!

I'm curious, what is your favorite finishing detail for your projects?

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Kassi