Popping in with a quick hello to share a birthday card I worked on yesterday! I've been working on a fun event for my church that will be taking place on Tuesday so I've been preoccupied with that. I decided to switch gears and get a birthday card made for a friend that will be celebrating next week!
The design was inspired by the gift sack that her gift will go in. You all know how much I love everything to coordinate. It is also a wonderful place to start if you're in a design rut, like I've been feeling lately. I've been so focused on this one event, I haven't let my mind deviate from that course. I decided to completely clean everything up and start fresh. I had a lot of fun creating all of the flowers. They were all cut from MFT dies and then assembled using hot glue. The card base was stamped using grey ink and PTI's polka dot basics set. The flowers were clustered onto a tag sale diecut tag from Mint Julep cardstock. I added so many flowers, it's a little difficult to tell it actually is a tag! LOL! I added a few buttons to the center of the flowers and some baker's twine to the top of the tag. A few Crystal clear sequins finish it up as well as a birthday sentiment from PTI! Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. stay tuned for the details from my event as well as my next "Keeping Christmas" installment coming up on the 25th.
"I will honor Christmas in my heart...and try to keep it all the year."-Charles Dickens
I love everything about Christmas! It's such a magical time of year with such a special feeling! I always have such a hard time putting my Christmas crafty things away. There never seems to be enough time to make everything I want to make, to create as much as I want to create! I decided on Christmas day to try and keep Christmas all year long! With that being said, I will be posting a Christmas design every month ALL YEAR LONG on the 25th of the month! If you'd like to join me, I would be thrilled. To play along, just leave a comment with a link to your blog or project in the comments section! If you're on Instagram, use the hashtag #keepingchristmas2017 and I can see them there. I'd love to see what you come up with.
Today's project was created yesterday, on the most delicious, snowy day! The world was a blanket of white...very inspiring and lovely! I was super excited to use "Deck the Halls", a set that I bought this last Christmas, but never actually used because I ran out of time. I was itching to get it inky.
I made 8 tags; 4 with the large spiraling bow and 4 with the cute, short bow. My color choices were directly inspired by the Christmases of my youth. I always had the most magical Christmases and just seeing vintage bags and tags evokes the most nostalgic feelings in me! The wreaths and bows were die cut using the coordinating "Deck the Halls" dies. I stamped the wreath using "Always Artichoke" ink and the berries were stamped using "Melon Mambo". The bows were stamped in "Spring Moss" ink for the perfect retro feel! I love how they turned out.
The tags were cut from 140 lb watercolor paper using one of the "Tag Sale" tag dies from PTI. Once they were cut, I blended "Melon Mambo" ink onto the edged of each tag. I spritzed some water onto the tags for a fun watercolor effect with minimal effort. I love how it looks. The sentiment was stamped in Palette black ink and I really love how it looks... like it was made to fit the shape of the tag perfectly. I then stamped the "fa la la la la" sentiment into the center of each tag in a random fashion, placing it where it would peek-a-boo through the center of the wreath.
After the tags were dry, I ran a versamarker along the edges of the tags and heat embossed silver powder along the edges. It gave it the perfect retro feel I was going for. I also added a 1/4 inch jingle bell from my stash to the center of each bow...squeal. I just love how they look. I also added some star dust stickles to the berries and bows. Every tag from my childhood always had a generous amount of sparkle. Each tag was tied with a length of black baker's twine to finish it off! I'm thinking these tags won't be going on gifts but used to fancy up a cellophane bag of treats of something. Thanks for fluttering by! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford #keepingchristmas2017
This is one of those times when I realized I have shared on Instagram and forgotten to create a post here! Sometimes I am just too excited and it's easy to post a quick pic on Instagram! I created this gift collection (which you can see in it's entirety HERE) for a dear friend who just had her precious baby boy! I created the collection in late December/early January.
The card was created using PTI's "Baby Button Bits" and I chose the colors based on the theme and feel of the gift collection. The new mama told me the nursery colors and general theme and then I got to work hoping that what I was creating would work for them. Thankfully she told me that it was perfect! Yay!
It's no secret that I love making felt baby booties for my collections and you can see how I have packaged them up. I like keeping the packaging cohesive with the card and other handstamped/papercrafted items.
All of these handmade goodies make me happy! I love creating and handcrafting things for babies!
Here is a closeup of the felt booties. These were created using "Vintage Cream" wool felt from PTI and tan DMC floss. If you want any tips and tricks for creating these booties, leave me a comment and I will share some of my secrets! While they are easy, sometimes a few "snags" get in the way, but I am learning by trial and error some things that help to remedy the snags. You can also see the rag quilt in the background. I never would have put these three flannels together unless I was working on this collection and I really like how it turned out! Thanks for fluttering by! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford
Watercolouring and gold embossing...just a few of my favorite things! I ordered this amazing stamp set from Concord and 9th a few weeks ago along with some other fun goodies, which I have been having a lot of fun with. I haven't ever ordered anything from them before and when the package came, I realized that Concord and 9th is literally a half an hour away from my home! How fun is that? I will definitely be ordering more from them in the future.
I stamped the floral piece onto 140lb. watercolour paper using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using gold powder. Once that was done, it was just me and the watercolours doing their job. I especially love watercoloring embossed images because of the way the color pools into each section of the raised image.
Once it was colored, I adhered it to a Kraft card base and added just a few embellishments and the "Hello" sentiment! When you have a focal image as gorgeous as this, it does all the work! Thanks for fluttering by! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford
I wanted to share my cute little Valentine's Day village before the day of love comes and goes. I worked on these a few weeks ago and they have been sitting out on my sofa table enhancing my decor. They are, however, filled with strawberries and cream Lindt balls and are headed out tomorrow to be given away! I just love all of the possibilities using the "Tiny Town" dies! I think my favorite is the sweet shoppe, like I have showcased here. Each little shop was adhered to a doily for something to "ground" it as well as a little valentine charm!
I have found that I like creating the houses and sweet shoppes out of a sturdy patterned paper, rather than just cardstock. I like the detail and flair it gives each piece. If you use double sided paper, like I have, it is fun for when the recipient opens it up. Each one is different, but I wanted to keep them all cohesive as well.
Here is a closeup of one of the Shoppes. You can see the sweet little shop sign with a heart stamped onto it. I used the "Heart Prints" set from PTI for the tiny heart as well as the sentiment. It will never go out of style and is one of my go-to sets for many different occasions. The flowers in the window boxes were colored using copic markers and I added a little startdust stickles to a few of each bunch of flowers for some shine. Thanks for fluttering by and have a fabulous Valentine's Day! Follow me on Instagram @kellylunceford
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