Monday, July 9, 2018

Altenew day 6--Final day!

I did it!  I'm so happy that I made it all the way through a class!  I usually let life get in the way and then I don't complete them in a timely fashion.  I *may* have a backlog of classes waiting for me to complete.  It'll be our little secret.

I can't say enough good things about this class.  One-Layer Wonders at Altenew Academy has been a blast.  It has made me do a lot of things I have never done before.  That's what I really love about cardmaking.  There is always something new to be learned and it never gets boring!

Now for my final card.





I really, really love how this card turned out!  I want to mention that I didn't use any of the same stamps that Kelly used in the class and I didn't have any issues.  If you are like me, you have a stock pile of sets waiting to get some love!  Seriously, this is the best $8.95 I have spent.  Go take a look at all of the fabulous classes they have right HERE.

Supplies used:

Stamps: Altenew Just Because and Altenew Pattern Play Hexagon

Copic Markers: W3, V06, V15, Y06, YG11, 13

Distress Oxides: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet.

A few Lilly White Glitter sprinkles from Doodlebug and Crystal Stickles

Have a fabulous day!
~Kristina

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Altenew day 5

Hi my crafty friends!  I'm back again for day 5 of One-Layer Wonders at Altenew Academy.  I keep chugging along.  Every lesson continues to be a challenge.  In a good way of course!!  Thank you Kelly Latevola!







I wasn't totally thrilled with my Copic coloring so I went back in with colored pencils to add more depth and detail.

Supplies used:

Stamps: Altenew Spring Daisy, Lil' inker designs Seriously Awesome, My Favorite Things Label Maker Love

Copics: N1, 3, 5. B32. Y21, 35, 38. YR27. G82, 85

Prismacolor Pencils: 940, 914, 1095, 1026, 109, 901, 1002, 931, 1082

Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina



Thursday, July 5, 2018

Altenew Academy day 4

I'm still here and making slow progress in the One-Layer Wonders class over at the Altenew Academy.  I jut seem to have a lot of things on my crafty plate and not a lot of time!

This lesson really, really pushed me.  I was very nervous about it.  Lots of masking (I'm masking challenged), coloring, measuring, blending.  This card seemed to have it all!  I sneaked a peek at the next lesson too.  Gulp!  I hope I can continue to push myself to try what Kelly Latevola is teaching.  Did I mention how much I love Kelly??  She's da bomb diggity!

Anywho, here's my homework for day 4.


And one more picture...



I didn't intend for my leaves to be purple.  They were supposed to be the bright green but I wasn't paying attention when I started coloring and went right to a leaf with purple.  At that point I committed to the unusual color scheme.  And...I LOVE IT!!!

Supplies I used:

Copics: W1, 3 & 5. V06 & V15. BG53 & 57. YG11 &13. RV55.
Distress ink: Tumbled Glass
Stamps: Altenew Adore You and Simon Says Stamp Handlettered Encouragement
Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Two more lessons to go.  Wish me luck!

~Kristina

Friday, June 29, 2018

Altenew Academy day 3 (and 2)

I'm still playing catch up in the One-Layer Wonders class over at the Altenew Academy.  I am determined that I WILL finish it.  My coloring/learning time is just as important as getting chores done, working, taking care of the family and so on.  This is my Mantra today!  It's hard to allow myself the time some days.

Anywho, you're probably more interested in seeing what I've been learning!  Here is my homework for day 3.


So much about this card was outside my comfort zone but I just went for it!  If Kelly Latevola says anyone can do it...then that includes me!  I adore how it turned out!

Supplies I used are:
Distress Oxide inks-Seedless Preserves, Bundled Sage, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Cracked Pistachio
Stamp sets--WPlus9 Hibiscus Bouqet and Simon Says Stamp Handlettered Encouragement
Copic markers-  N1, 3 & 5, V05, RV21, G43 & G02

I did complete my day 2 homework I just didn't get a chance to get a good picture until now.  So here is day 2.


I had a little trouble with splotchy ink but I'm pleased with the look overall!

I used Copic markers for the shading but I didn't write down which colors.  I used Crystal Stickles.
Stamps used Altenew Pattern Play Hexagon, Lawn Fawn Violet's ABCs and the small sentiment is from Concord & 9th.  Heart die from my collection for the shape mask.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Altenew Academy day 1

I'm a little behind the game but I just signed up today for the One-Layer Wonders Class at Altenew Academy. It is being taught by the always funny, always wonderful Kelly Latevola.  I hadn't planned on taking this class (I'm behind on several) but I saw so many gorgeous class examples by students that I just had to sign up! 

So here is my day 1 homework...just a little behind!  Baground stamp is from The Ton Stamps, the word "you" is from CTMH and "beautiful" is from Concord & 9th.


Stay tuned...more lessons and homework to come!

~Kristina

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Coloring Challenge day 13

Hi one and all!  I've got a quick post to share with you today!  I have been playing along with Kathy Racoosin's 30 day coloring challenge and I actually completed a full card!  You can find more details about the challenge on Kathy's blog right HERE.  The main point is just that you color a little bit every day for 30 days in a row.  That's it!  Five minutes all you have?? Fine!  Colored one leaf?  Awesome!  Can't play every day?  No problem!  Play along when you can!  Super easy and super fun!

So, here's my project for today!


I started by smooshing three different colors of Distress Oxide inks directly onto watercolor cardstock.  I used Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves.  I then sprayed it liberally with a pearl shimmer spray.  I soaked up bits here and there with a paper towel and dryed it with my heat gun.  I felt a few spots were splotchy yet so I repeated.  Once it was dry, I sprayed it with clean water and blotted it up with a paper towel.  Then I just stared at it.  It was lovely but I had no clue what to do with it!

I looked around on my very messy craft desk and a stamp set jumped out at me.  It's from Gina K Designs and is called Through Thick and Thin.  You can find it on Gina's website HERE.  I stamped the images using my Misti just in case I didn't get good coverage since I was stamping on watercolor paper.  Once that was finished I thought about it a little more.  What could I do to add a little something extra to this piece?  Copic markers!!  I took T3 and T1 and went around the outside of all the flowers.  I loved it so much I also added the same two colors to the shadowed areas of the stamp.

Then I couldn't decide where to put a sentiment over all of that loveliness, so I didn't!  I cut it out with two different stitched rectangle dies from MFT stamps.  The outside layer I adhered directly to the card base and used craft foam on the center layer.  I happened to have a little baggie of sequins laying out that were the perfect accent.  And that's it!

One close up picture just because!



Hope you find time to join in!
~Kristina

Monday, May 28, 2018

Coffee Lovers take 3

Woot!  I had a goal to get three cards made for this round of the Coffee Lovers blog hop.  I am happy to say that I did it! 

Go HERE to get details and link up!


My last two cards have been coffee colored so I wanted to try something a bit more vibrant.


To create the plaid background I busted out my brand new Sketched Stripes background stamp set from Concord & 9th.  It's so much fun!  I used Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist inks from Stampin Up!  I cut the word "coffee" out with the Stitched Alphabet dies from My Favorite things.  I set the plaid letters aside and cut them again out of the Berry Burst cardstock and white.  I glued the white and Berry Burst layers together.

I adhered the plaid piece on to a Lemon Lime Twist panel with a layer of foam tape.  This was then glued onto a white card base.  I put glue in the open letter areas and carefully added the letters in.  They are slightly recessed since the base is popped up on foam tape.  

I really wanted the card to say "Coffee Understands" but I searched through my coffee sets and a few others and couldn't find any with the word "understands".  So I went to the internet, found a new font that I thought went well and printed it directly onto another piece of the lime cardstock.  I cut it out and glued it directly onto the plaid piece.  Of course, I had to add sequins for a little sparkle and I called it done. #springsummer2018clh

Hope you like it!
~Kristina