Happy Friday, friends! I'm over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today sharing these two cards with a focus on sentiments! I'm also sharing them here! I've been dying to use the Whole Lot of Awesome stamp set so I used it for one of today's cards! I also ...
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"{Flutter} by Atomicbutterfly" - 5 new articles

  1. Pinkfresh Studio {You're a Whole Lot of Awesome!}
  2. Life is better in flip flops!
  3. Salt Air Summer {You are so Loved}
  4. Ink to Paper Project: Reach Out {Belated Birthday Wishes}
  5. The Greetery Confetti Collection Day 2
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Pinkfresh Studio {You're a Whole Lot of Awesome!}

Happy Friday, friends! I'm over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today sharing these two cards with a focus on sentiments! I'm also sharing them here! I've been dying to use the Whole Lot of Awesome stamp set so I used it for one of today's cards! I also used some die cut letters to create my own custom sentiment paired with a heat embossed stamped sentiment to reinforce the word JOY!

To begin this floral design, I heat embossed the Floral Diamond Background stamp onto a panel of white cardstock measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches using white embossing powder. Once that was done, I added some Sweet Mustard ink around the perimeter using a blender brush. I also added some Marigold ink for a darker color around the edges, but first I die cut the edges using the Essentials: Diagonal stitched rectangles. . I purposely cut the panel a little larger because I knew I would be doing the diecutting. I love the emboss resist technique used with this particular background! The white left in the middle of the panel set the stage perfectly to add the beautiful Modern Layered Floral stamp

The JOY letters are die cut using the Adore Alpha die set with some ink blending and ink splatter toward the bottom and getting lighter toward the top. I layered these over the top of the floral bouquet using foam squares. I heat embossed the "wishing you joy today" sentiment, which is also from the Modern Floral stamp set, in gold onto a strip of vellum that is attached to the back of the panel using clear tape. I also added one of the sweet die cut bows from theArtistic Bows die collection. I did the same inkblending as I did on the letters for cohesion. I added ink to both the back and the front of the bow portion so that it would show when it was twisted and glued. I use my paper quilling tool to get the paper rounded, but you could also just use a pen or paintbrush if you like. 

I also added some white Nuvo drops and Jewels here and there for some added detail! 
My very first stamp set from Pinkfresh Studio was Magical Unicorn and I've had so much fun using it for different occasions. I decided to breath some fresh life into this cutie by pairing it with this new Whole Lot of Awesome stamp set. I felt like if was the perfect complement to this sweet unicorn flaunting her sparkly ears and heat embossed horn. The larger slim dies make creating a design like this a breeze!

I also gave her a little make-over by adding the amazing flowers from the Lovely Blossoms stamp set around her ears. She looks so cute flaunting her new blooms! ha ha!
To begin, I die cut both panels from the Slim Diagonal Stitched Rectangles and added some ink blending around the perimeter of the smaller one since it is the focal panel. I also die cut one of the designs from the Slim Lacey Edgers dies and did the same ink blending on those. I attached them to the smaller panel using ScorTape for security. I heat embossed the "You're a Whole Lot of Awesome" sentiment in gold ink for added detail.

I used my MISTI to get her eyes aligned and stamped correctly. I've always used the backer that the stamp set comes on to get them aligned just right. I'm amazed at how you can really change the look of an image that has eyes if they are too close or too far apart! LOL! I think I did a good job with these! After that I got to work adding the sparkly ears and horn and arranging the blossoms around her ears and horn! I also used the cute star cluster image here and there for some added detail. This entire panel is added to the larger one using foam squares for even more dimension. A few jewels finish of this design! I had so much fun working on these two designs using the sentiments as the focus! I hope you get some creative time this weekend! Thanks for fluttering by!

      

Life is better in flip flops!

I'm needing some distractions in my life right now, how about you? Who knew the world could get crazier than it already was?!? My heart is feeling so sad and I'm truly looking for the good when there seems to be so much ugliness all around! I always feel happy when I'm creating and doing! I thought I'd give you all some more summer cheer with two cards that I worked on today!

My inspiration for today comes from the water park, which it so often does with my summer designs! Our county has moved to yellow, which means more things are opening up. We got season passes for Christmas to the local amusement park which also includes a water park. I honestly didn't know if we would get a chance to use them at all this year, so the fact that it has opened with safety precautions is awesome! We headed out on Monday not knowing quite what to expect, but it was fabulous. Sun, water, Vitamin D, people, laughter, happy kids...it was all worth it. The few hours that we were there made life seem normal, except the  large crowds were non-existent, which is a plus in my book! LOL! It's still crazy seeing everyone with masks on and dots on the ground keeping us all 6 feet away, but I'm grateful for these precautions so we can enjoy ourselves a little bit more! We didn't have to wear our masks in the water, thank heavens! Anyway, I know you didn't come here to listen to me ramble on! My cards were inspired by a woman's swim suit with blue palm fronds on it, but the rest just evolved from there! I was excited to try some unconventional leaves to get a fresh look!
Since the leaves were the inspiration, that is what I worked on first. I die cut the palm fronds, which are from the Botanicuts Palm dies from The Greetery. They are cut from watercolor paper and then I colored them using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set and a water brush pen. I also spritzed them with Shimmer Spray and set them aside to dry.

While they were drying, I cut two 4 by 5 1/ 4 inch panels from Bitty Big: Harvest Gold pattern paper and stamped the two different sentiments. They are both from the Flipping Out stamp set. I don't have a lot of summer sentiments, but I knew these could be fun. I wasn't planning on adding any of the actual flip flop images to the cards, but once I had it out, I decided to give it a try! I ended up really liking it, so each card got a pair of flip flops as well. I die cut them using the Flipping Out die collection and then stamped them using my mini MISTI.
I die cut the flowers using the Some Like it Hot die collection and then stamped those using my mini MISTI as well. Once all of the elements were created, I was able to start working on an arrangement that looked nice. I used the Press'n Seal technique to arrange both the leaves and the flowers/flip flops. I really should use this technique more because it makes things so easy!
When I was fiddling with the palm leaves, I accidentally got some blue paint on one of the striped panels, so rather than get irritated, I used it to my advantage and just added some additional blue splatter using my color spritzing tool and a blue marker! Problem solved! I actually ended up by doing that on both cards even though only one got the paint on it! I added some white Nuvo drops here and there and a few sparkling clear sequins to finish off these tropical designs!
And last but not least, here is today's "left over" tag creation. I had toyed around with adding a pineapple to the cards, but opted not to. It was the perfect thing to add to this tag. I die cut the tag using the Made with Love Tags 3 die out of the same striped paper. I stamped the "happy summer" sentiment, which is also from the Flipping Out stamp set in black and then arranged the die cuts. I went a little crazy with the Nuvo drops, but since it's just a simple tag, I'm just going with it! LOL! I added some of the same blue ink splatter on the tag as well and tied it up with some True Black Baker's Twine.  I love making tropical cookies this time of year and this tag will be the perfect accent to add to some simple packaging! Thanks for fluttering by!


      

Salt Air Summer {You are so Loved}


I can't believe we've made it to June! This has been a long year so far and I'm ready for some summer vibes! Our temperatures are heating up, which I don't love, but I'm going to enjoy all of the other delights of the season! I love making summer cards but I feel like it doesn't last long and we're diving into Back to School, autumn and Halloween before we know it! Anyone else feel that way? I decided that I'm going to soak it up and make as many as I can!
I was 100 % inspired by one of the Bath and Body Works soaps that I have in my powder room right now! Every time I wash my hands in there, I make a mental note that I want to make a card just like it! ha ha! Today was the day, and I got to work using my underused and neglected Salt Air: Fauna Stamp Set. It is one of my favorites, but I haven't done much with it! I'll share a photo of the soap at the bottom of the post and you will see I took a VERY literal approach in my execution, but it was so much fun to watercolor the underwater plant life and small fish using the Reef Builder Die . 
To begin both cards, I stamped the seahorses and the seashells and then die cut them using the Salt Air: Fauna die collection. I also added some extra details to the seahorses using colored pencils. I die cut all of the pieces from the Reef Builder die collection out of watercolor paper and then colored them using watercolors using the soap bottle as my color guide. 
I set the watercolored pieces aside to dry and got to work on the heat embossed sentiments. While I LOVE the whimsical sentiments that are part of the Salt Air Sentiments stamp set, I wanted something a little more traditional and classic to keep in line with the look and feel of the soap label. For one card, I used the "thanks" sentiment from the Never Enough: Thanks stamp set heat embossed in gold onto a strip of vellum. For the second card, I used the "You are so loved" sentiment from the Expressions of Empathy stamp set.

I die cut two panels using the Love to Layer: Notched Die using Fresh Snow Linen Cardstock. For the "thanks" card, I added some watercolor spatter AFTER I had everything assembled, but for this one, I added the splatter ahead of time so I didn't have to cover up the sentiment and the seahorses. I also added some Essentials: Jewels to this card and some dew drops to the other design. I also gave them a spritz, or two, or three of Shimmer Spray for added sparkle and shine!
I layered the panels onto two card bases; one is Tropical Teal and the other is Mint Julep. I added some pierced detail around the edges of the card bases using the largest die in the Nesting Basics Pierced Rectangles. I was hoping it would show a little bit more, but I like the little detail it gives to the corners. 
I had some die cut pieces left over so I decided to make a few tags with the extras. I used the sentiments from the Frame It Out: Wishes stamp set to keep with the classic look I was going for.


I punched a hole at the top of each hole using my Crop-a-dile and then added a gold eyelet to the hole for some extra detail.  I'll add these to my "everyday" tag collection that I have been starting. You can see the first tag in THIS post. I'm planning on making tags with any extra pieces I have leftover from my card making sessions! I hope you've enjoyed today's summer inspiration. Thanks for fluttering by!
P.S. As promised, here is the inspiration for today's designs! 


      

Ink to Paper Project: Reach Out {Belated Birthday Wishes}

I'm back today sharing a couple of belated birthday cards for the Ink to Paper Project: Reach Out! When the Stay-at-Home orders were put in place, my cardmaking focus turned to bright and cheery cards to send to family and friends! My heart SANK when I realized that during that time there were birthdays that I'd forgotten! I can only imagine how hard many of these quarantine birthdays have been! I've made a much better effort to make sure I'm getting those birthday cards sent, but for those that I've forgotten, I decided to put together these floral designs to let them know I care! How about you? Have you forgotten any birthdays? Let's remedy that and pop some handmade birthday wishes in the mail!

The layout of both cards is the same with the Birthday Bouquet stamp set taking center stage! I stamped the foliage and flowers and then used the Birthday Bouquet Die to cut everything out.
Each of the cards has a different arrangement of flowers. I just kind of stuck them here and there until I was happy with the bouquet.

I die cut the pocket out of Bitty Big: Lilac Grace pattern paper using the new In Stitches: Back Pocket Die. This has been such a fun die to use for cards and gift giving! I used foam squares to attach the different layers of the pocket adding the silver grommets to the upper corners.

The entire pocket portion is attached to a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of Harvest Gold cardstock that has been die cut using the Border Bling: Tin Stitched die. I added some Bright Buttercup ink around the corners for some added dimension.
I heat embossed this fabulous sentiment from the Just Sentiments: Belated Birthday Mini Stamp Set onto a strip of vellum using silver embossing powder. I wrapped it around the yellow panel and secured it to the back using scotch tape! I added a few sparkling clear sequins to the centers of the dark purple flowers and to one of the leaves. I added the entire yellow panel to a top folding A2 cardbase.
I stamped the "belated birthday wishes" on the inside of each of the cards and added an extra flower! 

This second design is similar in most ways with a few variations! The background for this one is die cut using Lilac Grace cardstock with Winter Wisteria ink around the corners. The pocket is die cut out of Bitty Big: Harvest Gold pattern paper and assembled the same way as on the previous card.
I die cut the word "celebrate" out of Plum Pudding cardstock using the To Die For Sentiments: Birthday Die.  I layered two of them together securing them with liquid glue and then added them over the top of the pocket using additional liquid glue.

I heat embossed another one of the fun "belated" sentiments from the mini stamp set. I picked one that was quite thin so that it would accent the die cut word nicely without overpowering the design. As I mentioned earlier, I have felt bad for those who have had to celebrate in quarantine, but more importantly, those who I FORGOT! (heads head in shame) I hope you'll join me this week for Project: Reach Out on the Ink to Paper Blog and get some birthday cards sent out! Thanks for fluttering by!



      

The Greetery Confetti Collection Day 2

Hello friends! Welcome to day 2 of The Greetery one year birthday celebration! Everything being showcased today just oozes a festive spirit and I can't wait to share with you what I have made using these wonderful new products! Just like yesterday, there will be TWO winners of a $50 gift certificate that will be chosen from the comments you leave on the designers' blogs! 
Kelly Lunceford (you are here)
Guests:

Up first is a fun collection of products that I used to create everything you see here! Betsy has completely outdone herself with the adorable Cake Pops collection! I had so much fun working on a card, tag, two cake stands and this treat container cake!

I mean, c'mon! Really? So much fun! To begin, I got to work making both a pink and aqua cake stand using the new Cake Pops Stand die collection. These are super easy to make and you'll have a whole collection in no time! They are perfect to hold the treat container cakes, but they can also be used in so many other ways. They are the perfect size to hold a real cupcake, a few Macarons, Petit fours, etc. I can't wait to incorporate these into my entertaining and party plans!

I gussied up my cake using the Cake Pops Banner and the Cake Pops Sentiment stamp set! I had so much fun doing ink blending on each of the pieces to give them that "fresh from the bakery" look! I also used the new Cake Pops Number Candles dies to add the number 3 candle to the top.

I used the previously released Tear Away Circle Die for the bottom of the cake so that the recipient can easily access the goodies without damaging the cute cake. I added sequins and glitter here and there for some celebratory sparkle!

I filled this cake up with pink jellybeans, but there are so many colorful treats that would work well in this deep plastic bubble.

For those of you who may not like 3D projects, these products work perfectly for cards and tags as well! I used the Cake Pops Stand, Cake Pop, Cake Pops Banner, and the Cake Pops Sentiment stamp set to create this card. I also included the Ticker Tape Background stamp that was showcased yesterday as well as the Twisted Crepe die collection!

The outer scallop portion is the top piece of the Cake Stand and then the base of the Cake Pops is added over the top using foam squares. From there I just had a ball adding flowers, candles, sequins and more to make this card feel like a celebration!

The Cake Pops Sentiments stamps have so many fun sentiments so they aren't JUST for birthdays, which I love!

I plan on gifting the cake as a little porch drop off, so I knew I would be putting the entire thing in a cello bag. I wanted the outside to be as festive as the inside, so I created a coordinating tag using the Speed Tagging Christmas stamp set and Speed Tagging die. I added all of the fun details that I used on the cake onto the tag for a cohesive look.

You can see the fun details of the candle in this photo; it really looks like the number candles you can buy at the store!

My final project for the day and the release uses the new Party Pinwheel dies and stencils! This is such a fun collection of products and I can't wait to use it some more!

Betsy really thought of everything when designing these products. The stencil collection is amazing and will allow you to create colorful cards in no time and with ease. I chose to use the Party Pinwheel dies to create my card, but you can create the same layout by using the stencils.

I used the single stencils for each of the three sizes of pinwheels on each individual die cut. This allowed me to get a lot of dimension on my card, which I love!

I used the coordinating Pinwheel Party stamp set for the "let's party" and the other sentiment for the front of the card. I also added in the blue and pink "sparkle" images here and there.

A few glitter stars are added here and there for some added detail and interest!

I had so much fun working on this entire release and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have! Make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of the $50 gift certificates! Everything will go live in The Greetery shop on Friday at 10 am EDT. Thanks for fluttering by!

      

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