Monday, March 31, 2014

a box of flowers for you...

Hello my fabulous friends!

How would you like to get this for a birthday card?  
Awesome, huh!  

It is a combination of  2 cut files found on the Silhouette store (or Lori Whitlock's site for SVG)
a2 Box Card Flower Pot & a2 Box Card Baby
You can mix and match the box cards and their insides.. so much fun! 

And the adorable patterned paper?? That is My Mind's Eye- "Now & Then" collection. It is a fabulous line!  

(I can't wait for the expo and all the fabulous MME stuff!)

I wanted my flowers to match, not only in color, but also in style, so I added a bunch of Imaginisce Hot Rocks to the centers.

And the super duper cool thing? It folds up to fit in an envelop. Yeah. I thought that was pretty much brilliant!

Enjoy!
~Kassi


Supplies Used:
Paper: My Minds Eye "Now & Then", Bazzill
Ink: Distress Ink
Stamps: Inspired By Stamping "Butterfly Wings"
Silhouette: Lori Whitlock's "a2 Box Card Flower Pot", "a2 Box Card Baby"
Other: Imaginisce Hot Rocks

Friday, March 21, 2014

bag of beans...

If you are here for the Unity hop, please scroll down, or click HERE.
If you are here for FWF, enjoy this little tutorial. =)

Hello my fabulous friends!

Yay! It's Friday! We made it through another week!

just a quick reminder-- because it pertains to what I use today...


Usually the punny stamps don't call to me, but the moment I saw this jar of beans from Unity's new PUN potato, Fry, {and beans}, I was in love. 

I wanted to keep things pretty simple for this--- just a quick little something to brighten someone's day. 

Of course, I had to get my fingers nice and inky for the background... It's how I roll!
So... here's one way to build a background with stencils and stamps.

Step 1: tape or hold down a stencil over your paper, and use an ink blending tool or sponge to apply dye ink through the stencil. (I'm using a stencil I made with my  Silhouette, and Distress Ink)

Step 2: Remove the stencil and apply a light layer of ink over some or all of the background. I'm using the same color ink for all of this, but you don't have to. Different colors will give you different a different look.

Step 3: Stamp a background/texture stamp over the entire paper... I'm using Unity's "Vintage Handwritten", and ended up having to stamp it 5 times. Don't worry about stamping perfectly or lining everything up perfectly, it is just for visual texture.

at this point, you could add more stamping... or flick some water drops on it... but I decided to just go with it. 

And here you have a custom background paper with lots of visual layers. I love this! It looks so complex but is super easy to do!

This can be done with more than one color... just remember, when working with dye inks, they are transparent, and the colors will blend. Not all colors blend well. Red & Green make brown... Yellow & Pink make coral....

fun little tip... After you die cut, leave the piece in the die, and trace along the inside edge with a fine tip pen. You get a quick & easy border. A few scribbles give it a more hand drawn feel (along with allowing you to hide any imperfect spots)

The background is very subtle because of the stamp I chose to use, however, it really does add a lot of dimension to have the visual layers. (it's all in the details!)

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used:
Paper: card stock
Ink: Distress Ink
Stencil: Silhouette "Geometric Criss Cross Overlay Background"
Stamps: Unity "Pun Potato, Fry, and beans" & "Vintage Handwritten"
Dies: Spellbinders "Blossom Tags & Accents", Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: glitter, jute





Thursday, March 20, 2014

joining the unity hop...

 Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm super excited and honored to be a part of the Unity DT!

If you are arriving here from Angeline's, you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

I adore the colors in the current Unity challenge... I think they are BEAUTIFUL!
{be inspired and join the challenge HERE!}


Here's my take on both the color and card sketch....
The main image, background flowers, and sentiment all come from this month's KOM (link below). For those of you who don't know... I love background stamps!  I love customizing paper and die cuts with them...  The flower background was stamped twice- they don't quiet line up to repeat seamlessly, but with careful placement of other layers, you don't even notice.


I recently bought a die from Impression Obsession that die cuts these sweet tiny butterflies... however I couldn't just leave them plain... The scrip background stamp on this month's LOL (link below) is PERFECT for adding detail texture to tiny things because the script is so small! I LOVE this! Simply stamp the script stamp onto card stock, add color if you desire, then die cut. I love the added detail it gives otherwise plain die cuts. =)


find out more about KOM... HERE

and find out about getting this fabulous LOL.. HERE

So... want a chance to win some fabulous Unity stamps?

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to giveaway.  Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.

Your next stop is KRIS


After you're done hopping, head on over to the Unity store for some super awesome deals!


Enjoy!
~Kassi


Just in case you run across a broken link... here's the line up


you are here!------>Kassi



Friday, March 14, 2014

stencils, stamps, and paste...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I cannot tell you how excited I am! I got on my computer to write this post, and I noticed I had some notifications on Facebook... 

A post on Unity's page let me know that I am a new member of the design team!!!
*oh, be still my heart!!!*

I am SO excited about this! 

Ok... back to the stuff you actually want to see... =)

The other day I set my Silhouette to work cutting more stencils.. (I'm kinda really obsessed... I have no idea how many stencils I have, but it's a lot!) 

Anyway, I decided to play around with my stencils, stamps, and modeling paste... 

I also grabbed my camera so you could come along for the ride. =)

Step 1: spread modeling paste (or texture paste) through a stencil with largish open spaces.

Step 2: leaving the stencil in place, press a texture stamp into the wet paste... I'm using Unity's "Dots for Sure"

*be sure to clean your stamp well! You don't want dried paste on your stamps.  A soft bristled toothbrush is great for getting in the nooks and crannies

Step 3: carefully remove the stencil and allow the paste to dry... (you can speed it up with a heat gun, just be careful to keep the heat moving... too much heat and the paste will bubble.)

Step 4: spray with color... I used Distress Ink sprays, but any kind you want will work...

Step 5: allow to dry (or carefully dry with a heat gun). 
for a softer look, take a damp cloth and wipe some of the ink off the paste.

Step 6: (optional) you can stamp on the paste using a permanent ink suck as Archival Ink. 

I love the additional pattern you get from stamping over the textured paste. If you look at the picture on step 6, you will notice the swirl is a solid stamp... however, when you stamp it over your texture, it highlights all the textures.

I love the layers of texture! (honestly, it's way better in person because you can FEEL the texture!)

This is made with 3 different stamps.. I love altering the look of stamps by layering them!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV, watercolor paper, card stock
Ink: Distress Ink Archival Ink
Stamps: Unity "Dots for Sure", " Being Kind Strengths Other", "Learn. Discover. Grow" & "Create Today"
Stencil: Silhouette "Doodled Daisies"
Other:  Distress Paint, Perfect Pearls, modeling paste, rhinestones, sequin flowers

Friday, March 7, 2014

just catching up...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

The last couple weeks have been busy... A week ago today I was helping set up for a Blue & Gold banquet (cub scouts)... I had put in HOURS of time in my studio making the table decorations... and I forgot to get a picture of them!!! OOPS! :)

At this banquet, they also had a baked goods auction. So I decided it would be a perfect excuse to experiment... I learned how to make homemade marshmallows. 

I'm addicted.

Every time I finish a batch, I have 3-4 other flavors I have thought of that I want to try to figure out. fresh orange and strawberry have been quite successful, but I need to tweak the blackberry one.... I have yet to make a batch of regular vanilla marshmallows... 

I'm thinking root beer float, and apple cider are next on my list....

With everything that has been going on, I have fallen a little behind on my blogging... (sorry!) So I thought for Unity's FWF I'd just share several projects that have been waiting to be blogged... Enjoy!

For this card I used Unity's "Moments in Bloom" along with THIS technique I shared a while ago using Lindy's Stamp Gang magicals (Mad Hatter Mint & Tweedle Dee Denim). Basically, you stamp your image with VersaMark, then dust magicals over it. You can then lightly spritz with water to reveal a vibrant image and give it a watercolor look. 

 This card features Unity's "Let Love Grow KOM 2/13", and "Heartfelt Sentiments"
The background is done with LSG Smoky Sapphire, Tibetan Poppy Teal and Opal Sea Oats

For the background, I applied some Rock Candy Crackle Paint through a stencil, then let dry. Once it was dry I sprayed it with LSG "Smoky Sapphire", "Tibetan Poppy Teal" and "Opal Sea Oats"

The typewriter was stamped with Distress ink, then given a light spritz of water to make it bleed. 

And, REALLY late, one of the Valentines cards I made... featuring Unity's "My Heart Belongs" and "Learn. Grow. Discover."

all of the images are stamped with acrylic paint... I love the look and feel!

Ok... I'm a little more caught up... do I get to go make marshmallows now? LOL!

Enjoy!
~Kassi