A Kindred Day

An exciting day for sure! It’s my first ever post for the Kindred Stamps Design Team. I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing team. Allow me to showcase my inaugural designs.

This month’s travel set is called “Travel to Polynesia.” Even if you’ve never been to Polynesia, there are still so many fun things to do with this set. There are several different holidays and occasions this set can be used for. “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Happy Hula Days” are the perfect sentiments to use for Christmas cards. You could easily adorn the hula girl and fire twirler in holiday colors.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I designed “Hula Loves You” with that special day in mind. I stamped the hula girl with Picket Fence Black Hybrid ink and colored her with Copics. I stamped her a second time so I could color and cut out the flowers on her head to use as embellishments around the sentiment. I added a few highlights to everything with a white pen. The sentiment was heat embossed on red cardstock with white embossing powder.

I created the background by layering Distress Spray Stain in Candied Apple and Distress Oxide Sprays in Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries on watercolor paper. I sprayed, splattered and dabbed until I had something I was happy with. Then I unscrewed the cap of Distress Spray Stain in Picket Fence and splattered some white on the card. Once it was dry I ran it through with a heart embossing folder. First I used a waterbrush to blend some of the raised areas. Then I went over them with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Opal Quartz. For a final touch, I inked the edges with red chalk paint. I layered with red cardstock onto a white card base.

I fussy cut the hula girl and adhered with pop dots next to the sentiment.

Sometimes I like to send a card to a friend for no other reason than to say hello. The “Aloha” stamp was perfect for this type of card. I stamped and colored the fire twirler same as I did the hula girl. I really wanted this to feel organic so I tried to play with layers and textures. I made the background by running a piece of yellow patterned paper through with a basket weave embossing folder. Then I inked the entire background in brown ink. I die cut circles out of patterned paper and vellum and layered them with die cut flowers. I set the fire twirler on top with adhesive foam. I added patterned paper and twine behind the sentiment to balance out the texture and layers.

I see many more possibilities with this set. “Mahalo” paired with both dancers would make a great thank you card. “Hula Love You” would make a great birthday or anniversary card. Check out “Travel to Polynesia” and the other new sets at Kindred Stamps.


Pineapple Expressions

When I saw this awesome technique demonstrated by Amanda from Rise and Procraftinate, I had to try it! My husband loves tie-dye so I knew this would be a perfect birthday card for him. If you have any type of waterbrush markers, I encourage you to check it out. It’s super easy and the results are fabulous. I used ZIG Real Brush markers for the background. The Die cut is from Simon Says Stamps which I enhanced with glossy accents.

I accented the card with Pineapple Garden Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I thought they coordinated perfectly and it reminded me of the movie Pineapple Express. Placement is one of my favorite ways to use Sparkle Blends because you really get to appreciate all the awesome different elements mixed within a blend. It also adds more versatility to your blends because you can pick out certain elements to go with specific themes. I always take a look at what’s in a blend to see different ways it can be used. Check out all the fabulous blends here.


Pretty in pink

I know it’s a bit early but I’ve really been having fun with pinks and pastels lately. I had these delicious “Sweet Treats” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and bright and playful papers and stamps from Brutus Monroe. I had to do something fun with them and needed (a little) break from Christmas.

I also recently bought these heart dies from MFT in anticipation for Valentine’s Day, but decided to pull them out a little early. I created the shaker element and heart embellishment next to it with them. The papers, card stock, ribbon and stamps are from Brutus Monroe.

I enjoyed playing with all the bright colors and bringing the different products together. One of my favorite things about Sparkle Blends is that one mix can be so versatile. There were so many fun colors in the Sweet Treats mix that I was able to play with a variety of papers, patterns and markers when I colored. These sweet little treats are still in stock. Grab a new blend and see how many different ideas you can come up!


A beautiful process for a beautiful person

It was my mom’s birthday and that means I had to make her a perfect card. I wanted it to be pretty, meaningful and something she would cherish. Since I always picked my mom tiger lilies when I was a kid, I chose a Lily stamp I received when I took a class with Nicole Peterson from Picket Fence Studios. In class, she taught us different ways to use ZIG Real Brush water color markers, so I chose those to work with.

I stamped the image on Strathmore Bristol with black hybrid ink from Picket Fence and then colored and blended with the ZIGs and a water brush. I created the background by dabbing some color around the image and then blending out with the water brush. Once dry, I mixed Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink in Frost White with water and splattered it on with a paint brush.

For the sentiment, I stamped “YOU are simply” in black ink. I die cut “amazing” three times and stacked them. The top layer is covered in glossy accents. I embellished with seam binding ribbon from Polka Dot Orchard and “Broken Glass” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. The green card stock and white card base are from Stampin’ Up.

My mom adored the card, which made me so happy. I wanted her to love it and feel my love for her. After all, this is one of my main reasons for making cards for people. And they always seem to come out better when I am making it for someone I know appreciates it. Who is your favorite person to make cards for?


For your dies only

I never thought this day would come. I guess I never had a reason to. Yet this card has absolutely no ink on it! I made a complete card with no stamping. I am pretty sure this is a first for me.

This card came together so easily. Aside from the intricate pieces, this was a simple fun card. I used an A-2 card sized dies from Brutus Monroe called “Ornaments Die.” I ran it through with 3 different specialty papers (silver foil from Stampin’ Up and Pink & blue glitter cardstock from Brutus Monroe. I created my window with the silver piece then played around mixing and matching the other pieces til I found something I liked. I created a quick and easy shaker window and filled it with “Blue Blizzard” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I added the “Celebrate” sentiment using a Stampin’ Up die and I had a complete card to die for.

And a great thing – I was left with enough pieces to make a few more cards. Although the process was a bit tedious, it was very simple and fun to make this timeless design. Give it a try with one of your dies. I also encourage you to make a holiday card without green & red. There are so many fun possibilities. If you check out all the amazing Holiday & year round Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground online store, you will definitely find some inspiration. So go make stuff and be happy.


The most wonderful time to make cards

Next to Halloween, making Christmas cards is my favorite. lately I’ve been having so much fun creating these snowy, pastel backgrounds using Distress Oxide sprays, ink splatters, white pigment, embossing folders and whatever other media I can grab to make a cool, blustery background. For the colors on this card, I took inspiration from the “Hello Frosty” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and tried to mimic the color palette.

I found this great Sizzix die and thought it made a perfect shaker window. My daughter recently told me how she loves to look into people’s windows at night as we drive by, so I thought I would create that feeling of peeking in to a little scene. I used the “Comfort & Joy” stamp set from Brutus Monroe to create my little indoor scene through the window. I masked the different elements to create depth and did my best to stick to the color palette. I tried to use complimentary shades of green on the tree. The inside sentiment is from the same stamp set in Salty Ocean Distress ink to compliment the Salty Ocean Oxide Spray I used on the front.

Creating this card reminded me of making dioramas in grade school. I had a lot of fun creating this. I hope you enjoyed a peek inside.


Disco Christmas

Purple. I love it. But on a Christmas card? YES! Thanks to the new “With a Bang” Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. When I spread my package of new blends out onto the table, this one was the first to pop out at me. I love purple so of course, I was drawn to it. But the elements are gorgeous. There are so many cool pieces that make this blend really stand out. I kept everything shiny and blingy just like the blend!

All papers are from Stampin’ Up as well as the black glitter embossing powder, ribbon and metallic thread. The Santa stamp is from Trinity Stamps. I colored him with Copics and used Stickles on the fur of his hat and coat and Glossy Accents on his boots. And of course, the star of the show is “With a Bang” Sparkles Blend. What better way to showcase a purple Santa!

If you need inspiration or want to step outside of your comfort zone, or even if you just want to make pretty things, check out this month’s awesome new Sparkle Blends! Grab a few so you can make stuff and be happy!


Happy Feet, Happy Holidays!

Don’t these penguins remind you of the movie Happy Feet? Adorable. I could not wait to get Preppy Penguins from Maymay Made It. They were so adorable, I couldn’t wait to color them. Then I laid my eyes on the new Pastel Penguins Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and I knew it was a match made in heaven. As always when I work with Sparkle Blends, they take lead of my design process and I am totally okay with that. The reason being, they completely push me out of my comfort zone. This is a color pallet I would have never even rested a thought upon. Now I adore it and cannot wait to use it again. So like I always say, if you are stumped or need inspiration or even just want to challenge yourself, pick a Sparkle Blend that appeals to you or just pick a random one and see where it takes you.

First, I laid the Pastel Penguins blends out on a piece of white cardstock and pulled Copics to match by sprinkling some blends on my Copic color chart to get the perfect match of mint green and pale pink. I chose very light shades of the nuetral greys for the penguins. My initial instincts were to use cool greys but they ended up being too cool. I don’t usually have that problem. 😉

For the background, I used Worn Lipstick and Twisted Citron Oxide Sprays but then realized the green was too bright and I toned it down with Mowed Lawn. After I embossed the snowflakes, I inked the edges of the tag with Twisted Citron, then toned it down with Brutus Monroe White Alabaster pigment ink. I used clear Wink of Stella on the snowflakes to make them shimmer and added some Nuvo Dream drops for some added shine. The edges of the pink shaker frame are inked with Worn Lipstick Oxide ink. I also used it to stamp the “To/From” on the tag. “Holiday Happiness” is embossed in silver. Lastly, I used Stickles on the penguins pompom and Wink of Stella on the pink bow and sweater. I went old school with a snowflake thumb punch on some silver glitter cardstock. I loved the background of the tag so much, I chose to make a transparent shaker so it would show through. Lastly I tied it all up with a mess of shabby chic ribbons and trims.

I had so much fun creating this and every time I get inspired by Sparkle Blends I cannot wait to make something else. Shaker tags don’t have to be as elaborate as this. It can be a simple addition that will make a package glow for someone special. It you’re not sure where to start, check out the Sparkle Blends etsy shop. Grab a few of the new holiday blends and let them lead you to creativity. Make stuff and be happy.


Lights in the forest lead me to coffee

True story – I never get tired of making coffee themed projects. I love coffee. I love coffee themed craft supplies. I love making coffee themed craft projects. Therefore, my cup runneth over.

But who would’ve thought something called “Lights in the Forest” would lead me to coffee. It just goes to show, inspiration can come from anywhere. This time it was from one Doodle Paper Playgrounds newest Sparkle Blends, called (as I’ve mentioned) “Lights in the Forest.”

This unique color palette is the perfect “blend” for so may different themes, but since I had some new coffee themed supplies from Brutus Monroe, that’s the direction I followed.

I created the background using a coffee bean die from Brutus Monroe’s October Inspiration Box. I cut it several times on the brown paper, then layered it on top of green. To create the coffee cups, I ran the coffee cup die through on different colored papers then swapped the pieces out.

Glitter paper and blue cardtsock are from Brutus Monroe. The rest is from Stampin’ Up. The sentiment is from Echo Park’s Coffee & Friends stamp set. I stamped it with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink.

Inspiration is everywhere. Keep your mind’s eye open and you never know what you will that will inspire you to make stuff and be happy.


Spooky, scary…chilly…snowy?

Tomorrow is Oct. 31. Instead of leaves flying through the air, I am looking at snowflakes. I guess it’s perfect timing for this cozy card.

Usually on Nov. 1 we switch from black and orange to red and green and…pink? blue? orange? Anything “Merry & Bright,” as was the inspiration for this festive winter card. This is not a color palette I would arrive at on my own, which is one of the many reason I love Doodle Paper Playground’s Sparkle Blends. They always provide all the inspiration I need to design an amazing, creative card. Whether it be by color scheme, theme, or just by the various shapes within a single blend. I never lack inspiration when including them in a project or creating a design around them.

Merry & Bright is not your typical red & green holiday blend. It’s so much more fun. It’s filled with bright cheery colors and shapes that give a fun wintery feel. It’s the perfect blend to use with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers. I used a pale grey ink pad to stamp my image and colored with the ZIGs and a water brush pen. I also had some bright Archival Ink colors to make the snowflake background and stamp the sentiment. My white cardstock is Stampin’ Up Glitter cardstock which is so much fun to work with and paired perfect with the Merry & Bright blend. And of course, I had to get some glitter and shimmer in there.

I hope the weather is Merry & Bright wherever you are and Halloween brings you some sweetness. Until next time, don’t forget to make stuff and be happy!