Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by a Spring Celebrations theme.  What fun!  Stampin’ Up! catalogs are filled with so many great ideas for Spring-themed projects – Easter, ...

 

Spring has Sprung for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop and more...



Spring has Sprung for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with projects inspired by a Spring Celebrations theme.  What fun!  Stampin’ Up! catalogs are filled with so many great ideas for Spring-themed projects – Easter, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Spring weddings…  We are excited to share our creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I wanted to pull out a stamp set I hadn’t used yet and chose to use the Hostess Thankful Life.  I was excited about the multi-stamping possibilities with this set where colors are layered one on top of the other.  So many ways to create a beautiful bouquet. And what says Spring like a pretty bunch of flowers.

I used paper from the Falling in Love DSP.  You may not recognize it as it was on the back side of a more popular pattern however I liked the look of it embossed with the Brick Embossing folder for a pretty background. Yes, you can, and should, emboss your DSP.  You’ll be really pleased with the depth it can add to that already fabulous pattern.

For those of you who love dimensions, this card is a standard 4.25 x 5.5 card.  The layers are elegant eggplant –  5 3/8 x 4 1/8.  Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 and the DSP – 5 x 3 3/4.  The feature piece is whisper white cut to 3×3 with the corners snipped off.  The vellum is 1 x 3.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Lynn Kolcun

guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  4. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Amy Koenders at Stamp with Amy K
  8. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie

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A Light in the Storm

You know that it is always unfortunately necessary to have sympathy cards on hand.  This past week, a very good friend of my husband’s passed away unexpectedly.  He and his wife were married just shy of 40 years.  I made this card for her, copying it from a video I found on You Tube nearly exactly.

The original version of this card is from Serene Stamper.  Click here to see her video.  I was drawn to the way she did her colors and the sky.  Some of you might be intimidated by this kind of coloring but it really isn’t as hard as it looks. Start lightly adding color and add more gradually.  I followed along with her video nearly step for step.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I love your comments.  To leave one for me, click on the Comments link below. Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest at Avery’s Owlery and ‘Like’ me on Facebook at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery.  And be sure to sign up for email notifications of new blog posts below.

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If you ever have any questions or comments about any of my projects leave a comment below or email me at StampingWithAverysOwlery@gmail.com.

Lynn

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Time for a New Look

I’m sorry I’ve been absent here on the interweb.  I do want to thank all of you for continuing to read my meanderings here and have stuck with me through my absence. Lots of things have been going on and it has kept me from being able to do my normal amount of paper crafting.  It will continue to be a bit spotty still for a while, the reason for which I’ll explain below. While I was gone, the awesome team at Inetgrant Services who support my website redesigned my logo and web look for me.  It was due for a refresh and I love the new clean look.

First, my dad was put into hospice about a month ago for Acute Leukemia.  He was diagnosed last fall and underwent three months of treatments with no success.  He and my mother, along with the doctors, have decided it is time to just be comfortable.  He has had a very good long life and is at peace with the decision.  There has been an out pouring of visitors from all over, coming to see them.  What a great gift to be given the opportunity to see all those people meaningful in your life while you are able to enjoy them.  I have been spending time with my folks over these last few weeks, they live three hours away, and will continue to do so while they go through this final journey, thus my continued sparse postings.

Secondly, my husband and I decided to remodel our kitchen.  Ok, to be fair, it was me who decided, and told my husband we were going to. Some of you may remember that I do my crafting in my kitchen.  So when my contractor informed me it was time to empty out the entire room so they could work, I lost my craft space.  Not to mention every other space in my house being covered with things from my kitchen.  It was a mess.  The basics of the remodel were to paint the cabinets, replace the countertop and sink and add a new backsplash.  Of course there were little things too, like including a built-in microwave, new under-counter lighting, painting the ceiling and all the walls.  Ready for some pictures?

BEFORE

The kitchen is large, 14 x 20, but had a dated 1990’s look, which make sense since that’s when the house was built.  Oak cabinets and flooring, tile countertop.  I actually put in the tile countertop back in 1999 to cover up the Pepto-Bismol colored pink formica.  Yes, Pink.  Everywhere!!!  You can see my craft space on the right.  And, no I didn’t tidy up these pictures,  I was taking them right before I had to empty things out so you unfortunately, it’s the lived in look.

Sink and eating area came in handy for when the grand kids were here or I had craft workshops.

I’ve always liked the layout of the kitchen, with the island and the placement of the sink, stove and fridge, but the microwave sat on the counter and took up space.  Originally it was probably supposed to sit on the shelf there above it, but my model didn’t fit there.

AFTER

The cabinets were painted in a dark brown/purple color called Raisin from Sherman Williams.  The same color is found in the granite I selected. A closer look at the paint color is below.

The microwave was replaced with a built in over the stove model.  A new full size cabinet replaced the shelf.  New farm house sink in stainless steel. Note, the cabinet doors under the sink are missing.  My carpenter had to build new ones to fit the new sink and he hasn’t installed them yet at the time of this picture.  I just couldn’t wait to share.

The backsplash is stainless steel pressed ‘tin-type’ from Lowes, made by Armstrong.  Each sheet is 18.5″ x 48.5 ” long and installed with adhesive.  Using electric tin-snips made cutting this metal much easier and more precise.

The purple undertones really come out in the paint when the sun hits it.  The granite is called MAORI.  You can see the dots of purple in the granite as well while the gray in the granite pulls in the backsplash. I used a different type of granite, SUCURI, on the island.  It blended with the rest but added some contrast.

The remainder of the walls around the windows and above the cabinets were painted in Hush White, also from Sherman Williams.  It has a pink undertones that compliment the cabinets and the rest of the living room.

The project still has some little things to be completed, like the doors under the sink and some trim, but the majority of it was done in a month.  I hired a contractor to manage the entire project, he did my master bath remodel last year, and he hired a sub-contractor to do the painting and cabinet work.  I know some people have painted cabinets themselves but I wasn’t up for all of that and I’m glad I didn’t.  The cabinets look like they were factory painted and I know will last.

Thanks for letting me share my project today.  If you have any questions about any of the work of selections I made just drop me a comment or email.

Lynn

StampingwithAverysOwlery@gmail.com

 

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Dragonfly Dreams

The new dragonfly stamp set AND die set is awesome.  I made this card with no real plan in mind but I’m happy with how it came out.

I placed added  a piece of vellum over the stamped images on the card base to mute the look.  The gold with the Bermuda Bay is striking.  If you buy the bundle for this set, and add say some vellum, or a stamp pad, you will earn a free item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Everyone loves free, right!

Lynn

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Love is in the Air for Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop – our first hop of 2017!  Love is certainly in the Air.  It is time for making of Valentine Cards and treat bags for school or work.  Telling those around you that you love them.  Kissing the dog.  You get the idea.

This post is the first for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop in 2017.  InKing Royalty is the Stampin Up demonstrator Group I belong to.  A very supportive group of women and men all across the us.  Today’s hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take “Love is in the Air”.  This is the best time of year to start planning your Valentine’s Day projects.  There are amazing, new products in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog – and NOW is the best time to get them.  We are excited to share our projects with you and hope they inspire you!  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

My card today is very simple, and was so much fun to do.  I have one tiny sentiment included on the banner to express my love.  My family says “Love you bunches of a lots” to each other so I particularly liked this sentiment.

I used the Delicate Details free stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure to create the background.  See the picture in the brochure for my inspiration.  I lined up, very carefully, three of the stamps from the set on one clear block and the other two on another.  Using my grid paper to make sure everything was straight I stamped the three on the top , turned the stamp around and stamped again on the bottom using white craft ink.  I did the same in the  middle with the other two stamps. I then heat embossed it all with white embossing powder.

After that it was a matter of adding color to the background.  Using my Clarity brushes, but a sponge or dauber would also work, I started with Peekaboo Peach in the center, Calypso Coral next then Watermelon Wonder last.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hopPam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  4. Natalie Lapakko at Stamp Witch Blog
  5. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  10. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  11. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  12. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps

Lynn

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