1.17.2017

Day 2: Riley and Company new release!

Hi friends! 

Just in case you missed the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT yesterday, 
there is a new stamp/die/collection at Riley and Company stamps
 ~  the Paper doll Riley collection!
In addition, there are 5 new Mushroom Lane cottages,


For my card today, I've used another new stamp from the
Riley and Company new stamps release.
I've created a a hybrid card using the Retro Folks "Jack"
 and the new funnybones sentiment 'getting lucky',
both already available in the shop!

 I've stamped them both with Momento Tuxedo black ink 
and left them both on the front of the card to see them side by side.

This sentiment is seriously SO ME!
In fact, I have a girl version of this card coming up, too :)


Remember there are some pretty cool specials, too!

Package deal on the Dress Up Riley line: get all three clear sets, all three dies sets, the two basic Riley’s and matching dies for only $100! (Reg. price $127.77. Includes 41 dies, 3 clear sets, 2 rubber stamps)

Package deal on entire Funny Bone release of 14 red rubber stamps: cling set is only $75.00 (reg. 91.00) and unmounted sheet is only $50.00 (reg. $70.00)!

Package deal on the Mushroom Lane release: get all 5 new Mushroom Lane Houses for only $45.00 (Reg. $52.50)

Word Bubble Die Special – get all three new Word Bubble Dies for only $40.00! (Save $9.85!)
 See you tomorrow with even more inspirations!
Big hugs, bigger blessings!
~Kelly

1.16.2017

Riley and Company ~ Cardmaker Magazine blog hop and new stamp release!

*I have two posts for today!
For The Project Bin's post, please click here!

What an exciting day - Riley and Company has a new stamp release
You should have arrived from Heather's blog,
and from here, you'll head to Melissa's blog!

This week, new stamps, dies and funnybones sentiments 
will be showcased, including the new dress up Riley stamps, dies
and Mushroom Lane stamps!


There are so many new stamps, dies and sentiments that we
will be showcasing them all through the week.
There are also some incredible deals - so take a peek
at the blog and DT blogs :)
This week, we'll be showcasing cards and projects as inspiration!

For today's card, I've made a card using the new Riley the moose stamp, who is part of the new dress up Riley series!  So cute!  There are tons of little clothes and outfits and accessories to put on Riley and Sophie! I've also used the new
blown into the wine store sentiment stamp, as well as the Valentine's/St. Pattys accessories and starter set and the matching dies!


Next up, here's another look at both Rileys as well as a new funnybones
sentiment :)

 
Be sure to check out the rest of the DT blogs
as well as stop back in each day this week to see more Riley and Co cards!

But before you go,
There are a lot of specials going on for this release:

NEW RELEASE SPECIALS. 
SUPER DEAL! Package deal on the Dress Up Riley line: get all three clear sets, all three dies sets, the two basic Riley's and matching dies for only $100! (Reg. price $127.77. Includes 41 dies, 3 clear sets, 2 rubber stamps)
Package deal on entire Funny Bone release of 14 red rubber stamps: cling set is only $75.00 (reg. 91.00) and unmounted sheet is only $50.00 (reg. $70.00)!

Package deal on the Mushroom Lane release: get all 5 new Mushroom Lane Houses for only $45.00 (Reg. $52.50)

Word Bubble Die Special - get all three new Word Bubble Dies for only $40.00! (Save $9.85!)
But wait - there's more! We are giving away Swag on our blog! Make sure you leave a comment on the Riley and Company Blog because one lucky winner is going to receive a $30 Gift Certificate!

One random winner will be chosen from all comments left on our Blog during release week (January 16 - 20, 2017)
Check out all the  NEW products at Riley and Co.
Also make sure to check out the Riley Blog for great inspiration! This is a great comprehensive blog for Riley & CompanyFunny BonesInspirationsCornish Heritage FarmsThomas Kinkade and the new Prickly Pear Rubber Stamps!


 Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!
~Kelly

Monday with The Project Bin ~ Twine Inlay!

*I have two posts today!
For the Riley and Company post, please click here!


Monday's are always fun!
It's the day Denise from The Project Bin stamps
highlights designers on her inspirational blog ....
and today is Kelly² Monday! :)

In 2013, my crafty goals included trying new techniques in card making.
It was such a great success, that I try to incorporate it every year,
and 2017 is no exception!
 It's a great way to exercise creative freedom
and maybe even get out of a rut in card making.
I spied a new technique this week on Splitcoaststampers
that looks both intriquing and fun, so I gave it a try ~
Twine Inlay!

 
 Once again, I'm highlighting the  In My Heart Valentine stamp + die set.
I am just over the moon crazy about this stamp and die set - 
it's so versatile and I've made a ton of cards with it :)
 For today's card, I used a watercolor background piece.
I painted it using a heavy weight watercolor paper
 and bright pigment watercolor paints.
When painting, my MO is to let it dry overnight -
 that's just my personal preference :)
But if you need it faster, you can always paint and zap it with a heat gun.



Next, using the heart die from the set, I cut out a heart shape,
then traced another heart onto plain #110 cardstock
and used that as my inlay for the twine.
One your entire penciled Barea is covered, simply adhere it with heavy duty glue
or tape to the underside of the die cut.
The end result is amazing to see and fun to 'pet'! :)

I thought the watercolor cut out heart was so gorgeous, 
I added it to the top of the card with some 3d foam,
adhered some sequins and this was done!



So glad you could stop by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!
~Kelly

Products used:  In my Heart stamps/die (The Project Bin Stamps),
Strathmore heavyweight watercolor cardstock,
recollections watercolor paints,
PTI cardstock,The Twinery Baker's Twine "Lilac",
sequins from artminds, tombo glue, aleene's tacky glue, trimmer, scoare pal.

I'll enter this into these challenges:  Crafts and Me - New Beginnings (new stamps!)

1.15.2017

DDD: Valentines ♥


Hi friends!

I can't believe it's that time of year where we're seeing hearts
and flowers and chocolates e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.

Like for real ....
I'm still making Christmas cards! :/

What can I say - December was a blur for me.
I musta blinked ....... and missed it,
 'cause here we are!

Valentines ♥

Today is the premiere card kit post for the DDD for 2017!
So exciting! 
 In case you're one of my newer readers,
the DDD = Dueling Darling Divas/Dazzlers, depending on the team :)
It's a group that I - literally - dreamt about one night,
jumped out of bed and wrote down the idea,
propositioned some besties and voila - here we are, YEARS later!
 The hostesses of both opposing teams chose a similiar theme,
different kits - and on the 15th of every month, we "duel!"

These. ladies.  are.  love :)


Big thanks to Tami and TerryL for being the hostesses this month!
Tami - team Divas - send us this LOVE-ly Valentine's themed kit,
complete with Riley the Moose!
You all know that I'm no stranger to this cutie,
and it's always fun to use Riley in a card,
especially with the beautiful papers and embellishments Tami sent ♥

And the inside:


 This year, the DDD has grown with new members and returning regulars,
so a lot of inspiration using two different card kits, one theme!
You can check out both the Divas and the Dazzlers Valentine's cards, too -
the links to their blogs and/or gallery on SCS is on my sidebar :)
Thanks for stopping by today!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥
~Kelly


 

1.09.2017

Monday with The Project Bin ~ Love Notes! ♥


Hi friends!  

And just like that ~ the winter holiday break is over!
 It's back to college(s) and middle/high school for our kids ..
 I'm suddenly humming the tune to Willie Nelson's  
"On the road again" ♪♫♯   
LOL!
I've gotten spoiled by their constant presence in the house
and I truly love having them here so often.
Not a single one of us was looking forward to today's return to school(s) :(
   
 But in happier news -
It's Project Bin Monday!
Which means once again, Kelly² are the highlighted designers :)
The Project Bin stamps are so. much. fun!

I am in love with the In My Heart stamp and die set,
so I am showcasing it again today.
  For today's post, I made .......
Lunch box love notes! ♥



This idea was inspired by my daughter's super sweet boyfriend ♥
He packed her lunch for her and left it in the refrigerator
with a little love note on a piece of paper inside.
I, of course, had no idea but she told me about it later via text
and sent a little snapshot, too - cuteness!   
  


So here's how I made these:
I cut random scraps of cardstock in a variety of colors in 4" x 8" strips.
Using the score pad, I folded these in half to create little 4" x 4" note cards.
I ran a white piece of 65# cardstock through the Cuttlebug 
with a scallop edge die, then stamped out different sentiments 
 from the In My Heart stamp/die set directly onto the cardstock.
The hearts are die cuts from the coordinating die heart
which I ran through the Cuttlebug as well, 
and then glued those down with Tombo.
The inside of the love notes have plain white cardstock for messages.

           
      
   
For more inspiration on how to use The Project Bin stamps and dies
and to see many samples of cards,
please visit The Project Bin blog!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥
~Kelly