Saturday, March 31, 2012

3 Cards, All Seasons

Hello again! I've been busy creating things, and haven't had the time to update you on what I've been working on. I have created three cards to share with you. I hope you love them as much as I do!

I used Gina K Designs latest Stamp TV kit (Petals and Wings) to make this cute balloon card. I love the Basic Grey  Out of Print papers - they are the perfect whimsical touch for this image. I colored the main panel with Copic markers, and added three levels of pop-ups to get a real 3D feel. Paper piecing is fun and fast with this simple image.

 Love to play with the clouds! This makes me happy!

This cutie is flat because I want it to be easy to mail. Do you see that gorgeous frame stamp in green? Do you notice how the pattern is a slightly smaller, perfect match to the patterned pink paper? Gina K is so freaking fabulous for thinking of that - it's in the Petals and Wings set too. I love it! Yes, that's her new venture - her own line of printed papers.

See the little bunneh? It was orange, but I dipped it in glue then in pink embossing powder, and viola'! Perfect accent! I also colored the flowers with Sakura Stardust pens but the camera just wouldn't pick them up well. It's very pretty in real life!

This is a Father's Day card. Now I know the calendar says April, but this is slated for our soldiers through Operation Write Home. Our Father's Day deadline is the end of this month. I need to get busy cranking these out! Tami Mayberry's new set, Masculine Tags, makes it a snap to do! The patterned papers are also new from Gina K.

I love this little collection of elements. It's a Tim Holtz ticket colored with distress ink, 2 McGill punch branches from Tim's new glassine paper (love this stuff!), a couple buttons, some twine and a rhinestone. Decorative but not at all feminine, even with the bling. I paper pieced the frame - this set is designed for cutting with Spellbinder's Labels 22, but they are easy to cut by hand.

So there you have it! I'm so glad you stopped by today. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a note in the comments, and I'll get right back to you. Have a great weekend!

Ta for now,

♥ ~ky

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Elephant and Giraffe Get Waxed

Into every life a little rain must fall. I am thankful for the rain because it means cooler temperatures are on the way. I am amazed at how quickly our lawn needs mowing! I watched Gina K's video today on using crumpled wax paper to make an interesting background.

I thought grey would be a perfect color for an elephant. Did you know their skin isn't all the same color? Nope, they have blemishes, and spots just like we do. I used Milled Lavender, Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood distress inks to color the background. Then I colored the elephant with Copic markers. Just another month and I will be taking my Copic certification classes! Woot!

Just like Gina mentioned, it's a good idea to use two pieces of cardstock as the 'bread' in the waxed paper sandwich. You get two backgrounds with one effort. Now, I used my little $10 craft iron, and it wasn't hot enough to do both pieces. No worries, I had it out, so I just crumpled up more wax paper and did it again.

I did the giraffe similarly, but I wanted him to have a little sky and grass with him. I masked him off, and burnished in some Cantaloupe and Bamboo Shoot inks (Memento), then stamped the smaller grasses around his feet. I colored him with a bunch of Copic markers, too. This background is a combination of Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Pumice Stone distress inks.

Big changes are coming, but I can't share the details just yet. Thank you for visiting my blog - it makes me happy to know you've stopped by. I hope you have a beautiful day!

Ta for now,

♥ ~ky

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Busy busy little bee

I should have a bee-themed card for that title, huh? LOL But I don't. I have been busy lately, however, so I've been neglecting the old blog. Forgive me! Please?

I adore this little typewriter. I also love the Jillibean Soup paper, so yeah, I'm hoarding it. Tee hee!

Here's a little close-up on the embellishment I built using a Spellbinder's die to cut a felt circle (tan), then a smaller circle from coordinating paper, then a McGill punch shape, a heart cut from cardstock and distressed, then a heart cut from the paper, then a heart die cut from fun foam, all held together with a gem brad. So much fun to make!

Thanks so much for stopping by - your visit means so much to me. Have a beautiful day!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Getting Her Groove Back

It's been awhile since I spent time in my studio that was longer than just setting down this or that on my desk. I 'blame' my husband. LOL He said he would like to see me doing more in there, so I have been trying to be an obedient wife. Yeah, I know, I don't believe it either. So, here's a little card I made that I hope you will like.

I'm using Gina K Design's True Love Stamp TV kit again (love it!). This time, I pulled out some fantastic papers from Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard pack. Love this pack!

One thing that really helps me is using sketches. This one is from Verve's Mojo Monday #230. They have fantastic challenges. I turned the sketch to fit my longer image, and the direction I wanted my card to go.

I added a stacked McGill punch, put a flower brad (Making Memories) in the center, and added a rhinestone (Heidi Grace). I added a little extra bling with my Sakura Stardust Clear Star pen to the punch nodes. This card just makes me happy, and I think it's really encouraging me to enjoy my time in the studio again. That is priceless.

I hope to see what you get inspired to make. Feel free to leave me a link to your work!

Ta for now,
♥ ~ky

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mix It Up Monday on Thursday

I love Stamp TVs challenges. I've been so busy that I haven't had much time to play, though. I did get a little time today when the Cabana Boy said he'd like to see me spending more time in my studio. LOL I love that man!

This week's challenge was to create a card using Black, White and just one other color. Surprise! I used a deep pink with Gina K's True Love Stamp TV printed papers, stamps and ribbon.

I wanted to keep this card simple, and mailable because it will be going to Operation Write Home. Just a little bling on the hearts to make it special, and that wonderful EK Success border punch. It made my day so nice! No Copic coloring, no stress, no worries. I spent most of my day in the studio drawing a map for a new 'town' for a short story anthology, so easy was just what I needed.

Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope I'm starting a new habit of studio time!

♥ ~ky

Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!