FTHS #164 Wish Big!

Hi all!  Happy last Monday of February!  I have a really CAS card for the new From the Heart I {heart} Sketches with a tWist challenge.

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When I saw the tWist for this challenge, I knew I wanted to do a water color background and feature a sentiment as the focal point.  I used my Zig Clear Color markers to create the watercolor background.  I then picked the Wish Big! sentiment from the Birthday Burger Birdbrain stamp set.  This allowed for a very CAS and very quick card.  Of course, I switched the oval to a rectangle.  To embellish it, I added some Nuvo drops in Caribbean Ocean.  {I held off for a LONG time before buying any Nuvo drops.  This is the only color I have.  I held off because I knew I would want all the colors.  The bottles are so pretty, I’d just like to display them. }

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Hope you’ll find the time to join us!  Make sure you check out what my design teammates have made over on the From the Heart Stamps blog.

Have a great day!

~Cammy

Sweet 16 of 2016

Hello!  Yes, it’s been a very long time!  I didn’t intend to take such a long absence, but it just kind of happened.  2016 was a big year for many reasons.  My family was finally able to put a plan to move into action and we moved back to my home state of Wisconsin.  It happened rather quick, even after trying to make it a reality for years.  No matter how you slice it, moving is always stressful, crazy and difficult!  We are renting an apartment so that we can take our time to find the right house in the right neighborhood.  I’ve lost my dedicated crafting space, which is a big reason you haven’t seen a lot from me.  {Four humans and a big dog in a 2 bedroom apartment can be interesting, to say the least!}  I can’t promise there will be an uptick in posts coming in 2017, but there just might be.  🙂

Before I get on to the Sweet 16, if you are looking for me and I’m not blogging, you are likely to find me more often on Instagram or my Facebook page for PRT.

Anyway, I wanted to end the year with my Sweet 16 for 2016.  Here we go, in chronological order:

JANUARY

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I was thrilled with how this BIG burger turned out!  Coloring can be daunting sometimes!

FEBRUARY

 

This is counting as one of the sweet 16!  My kiddos have gerbils and these were little cards from the gerbils to their humans.  Unfortunately, we lost Sandy on Halloween.  Smokey is still with us and my daughter now has Dusty — a gerbil who looks almost the same as Sandy.

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My husband’s birthday card and again, I was thrilled with the coloring.

Sophisticated Script Hello

I absolutely adore the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script alphabet set.  It is a brilliant concept and I used it a lot — I made over 100 name tags for students in the PTA Art Show with this alpha and they turned out really well.  This was such a super CAS & quick card in some of my favorite colors.

MARCH

FTHS Knit Happens

Again, coloring and a Birdbrain.  Love the rich & warm colors.

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This was super fun as well!  Homemade enamel dots!

APRIL

KG April Color Prayers

KG Hello Paris

A pair of watercolor cards for Kennedy Grace Creations.  Love the clean lines of the thoughts and prayers card and love the watercolor background for the Eiffel Tower.

MAY

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This is a card of my daughter’s — she pulled it all together on her own and it’s a great card!

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Purples are not my favorite, but this came out really spot on!

JUNE

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Flossie the Flamingo {I felt the need to name her!}

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Love the monochromatic grays!  I finally gave my husband this card in November!

JULY

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This was part of the staging of our house to sell it.  I put this little tray in our bedroom, pulling in the colors of the room.  It was quite love-ly.

SEPTEMBER

These were tags for teacher thank you gifts and I love how they turned out.  They popped a punch and were quick & simple!

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My niece was married in September and this was my card for the newlyweds.  It was also my entry to the MFT Card Design Superstar contest.

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Orange is definitely not a favorite color of mine, but this turned out quite well.  Love the addition of the gold.

So there you have it!  My Sweet 16 of 2016!  I hope 2017 brings you prosperity, health, happiness and lots of crafty time!

HUGS ~~ Cammy

KGC – Framed Florals #3

Hi there!  I’m here with the third of my Framed Florals.  I needed some new artwork for my bathroom wall and the beautiful floral images from Kennedy Grace Creations worked perfectly!

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Just as I did with my other two florals, which you can find HERE and HERE, I stamped my flower from Loving Mom in VersaMark and embossed with black.  I used Gelatos to once again watercolor my flowers.  It was really a quick & simple project.  Since they were in frames, there are no embellishments or additional layers.

And, here they are, hanging in my bathroom:

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Please excuse the light glare on the left!  I love how they turned out and this was a great way to give the bathroom a tiny makeover!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

cammy

KGC – Framed Florals #2

Hi all!  I’m here with my second Framed Floral piece featuring Kennedy Grace Creations Beautiful Bloom – Sweet Rose.

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Like my hydrangea, I stamped the Sweet Rose in VersaMark and embossed it with black.  I used SAI Watercolor Markers to color it in.  It was rather quick and simple, which is exactly what I need right now!  One more to go and I’ll have my trio of artwork!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions

Alphabet Challenge — H for Hand Colored Image

Crafting With Friends – Anything Goes

 

KGC -Framed Florals #1

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  This was a really full week in our house and I typed this up on Sunday.  Hopefully, I have made it to Friday!

Today I have the first of three florals I’ve made for my bathroom.  The bathroom is painted a beautiful rich blue, named Ole Blue Eyes (as in Frank Sinatra).  I’ve had three empty hooks, waiting for some new artwork.  First up will be the Beautiful Bloom – Hydrangea.

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I love this big, beautiful hydrangea.  I stamped it with VersaMark on watercolor paper using my MISTI.  I find for large images, I really need my MISTI.  I apply almost CPR-like pressure to the image to get firm and even stamping.  Then, I embossed it with black embossing powder.  To color my image, I used Gelatos again.  I smudged a few blues on my craft mat and mixed them together to get the blue hue I wanted.  Next, I used a few greens to color my leaves.  {As you can see a few bits crossed over outside the lines, but I was leaving it.}  I then used a peachy color to age the background a bit.  Since this will ultimately be behind glass, I kept this quite simple and added no embellishments.   Can’t wait to have all three up in my bathroom!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge — Summer Garden 

Dragonfly Dreams — Say It With Flowers

Crazy 4 Challenges — C4C339 Make It Floral

Kennedy Grace March Release Hop

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  Today’s a big day at Kennedy Grace Creations!  It’s a release of not only additional gorgeous sequin mixes, but also a new line of stamps! Very exciting and lots of gorgeousness to come!

Releasing today (in fact, I think they may be in the store already!) are three new sequin mixes.  {Before you get to my post, if you arrived here via Marilyn’s blog, you are on the right track.  If not, not start at the Kennedy Grace blog to make sure you don’t miss anything! Commenting along the way will give you a chance at a prize!}
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Spring Lilac, Kindness Medley and Pink TuTu

1603 Grace's Happy Heart    1603 You Inspire Me

And, two new stamp sets — Grace’s Happy Heart and You Inspire Me.

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For my first card, I used Grace’s Happy Heart.  I stamped in VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I watercolored, using my very old SU watercolor pencils.  It’s a really lovely affect!  The flowers are cut out with a Pierced Traditional Tag STAX die and matted on a larger Traditional Tag STAX.  I wanted to keep this very CAS to allow for the image and sequins to shine.  The sentiment is also embossed and the sequins are from the lovely Spring Lilacs.

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For my second card, I’ve used You Inspire Me, Grace’s Happy Heart and Kindness Medley.

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I stamped another of the floral images from Grace’s Happy Heart on a piece of Neenah Solar White in a random pattern and colored them with Copics.  I then stamped the same image on another panel and colored again with Copics.  My sentiment is from You Inspire Me and is stamped in VersaFine Onyx and embossed.  I love the combination of the aqua and springy green of the Kindness Medley!

Now, before you head off to Cindy’s blog to see what gorgeousness she’s created, make sure you pay special attention to the photos along the way.  There will be 2 prize packages given away!  Below are the details!

There will be a hidden egg on two projects along this hop so be sure you check out everyone’s projects. You don’t want to miss this egg.  When you find it be sure to go over to Kennedy Grace Creations Instagram page and like the picture posted .  Leave a comment with which project had the hidden egg on it.  Be sure you also tag a friend.

We hope you have enjoyed this release and will hop along to see what our talented designers have made using the new stamps sets and sequins from the March release.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy

Challenge Submissions

Creative Knockouts — #133 Spring is on the Way

FTHS142 – Color On

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a nice weekend!  We had a nice one here, a bit busy, but what else is new?! I’m here today with the new sketch from I {heart} Sketches.  Our tWist this week is to use a big sentiment and I was able to incorporate that into my card.

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I had a lot of fun with this one!  To start, I cut a piece of watercolor paper with Blueprints 13.  I used my SAI watercolor markers and created a rainbow background.  I then chose the “Keep Calm and Color ON” sentiment from the Copic Markers Birdbrain set.  It worked perfectly!  I cut the sentiment out with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die and adhered it to my watercolor background.  For my diagonal stripes, I used some white glitter ribbon and then added a rainbow of enamel dots.  {In order to get them to stick to the glitter, I used Glossy Accents as my glue.}  As a final touch, I added a pair of blue rhinestones to the crown – my own little sapphires!

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Hope you’ll have the chance to play along with us this week!  Remember that you receive a $1.00 credit to the FTHS store each time you participate!

Challenge Submissions

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge — Make Your Own Background

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope to see you again soon!

~Cammy