Saturday, November 4, 2017

Gobble 'Til You Wobble! + Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hey there!

Thanks for finding your way over to my blog to celebrate Heffy Doodle's new release! If you just came from the fabulous Jessica McAfee's blog, you're in the right place!

Today I'm sharing this card that I created using the fabulous new Jet Alphabetters stamp set.

If you've hopped along to the other blogs, you've probably noticed that this release contains a lot of fantastic Christmas and winter images. Because it's just early November, I decided I should probably hold off on using those until it gets a little closer to the holidays! 

Thankfully this alphabet stamp set is so versatile that you can make it work for any card design/theme you want. I decided to use it for a Thanksgiving card to show off the possibilities. Within the last couple years, I heard this "Gobble 'til you wobble!" phrase for the first time, and I thought it was the cutest thing ever. 

I started by stamping out the phrase using Versafine black ink. I then die cut the panel using the My Favorite Things Cross Stitch die. I mounted the panel on a piece of foam and then glued it to my card base. I used some patterned paper that I had lying around in my scrap box for my card base. 

Because this was a relatively simple card design, I wanted to add a little embellishment to give the card some interest. I looked through my stickers and other scrapbooking supplies, and I saw these pie stickers. Since this was a Thanksgiving card, using the pumpkin pie sticker seemed perfect!!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look at my card. If you're participating in the blog hop, make sure to hop on over to the next stop on the blog--the super creative Maria Rudolph

You won't want to miss the chance for fabulous prizes! A random winner will be selected for a $25 gift certificate and free shipping to the Heffy Doodle store. Comments must be left on each blog hop member's blog by 11:59 PM PST on 11/7/2017. Winners will be announced on the Heffy Doodle blog.

Kelly Martin--you are here!

Thanks again for stopping by and supporting this fabulous company. I'm so happy to be a part of this team!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Treat Yo' Self!

Hey There!

My name is Kelly and I'm super excited to be over on the Heffy Doodle blog for my first blog post as a design team member! I was so honored to be invited to be a part of the design team, and I'm excited to see how I'm going to grow in my skills as a crafter while working with these other amazing folks! For a closer look at my work, head here to my instagram account.

Today I'm sharing this fun card full of some of my favorite things--TREATS!!! If you look closely. you'll see that they are mostly sweet treats, with the exception of my all time favorite snack: pretzels!!

I decided to break out my colored pencils since I wanted to color these images as soon as I stamped them, and I didn't want to take the time to heat set the images or wait for them to dry on their own before I started coloring. Colored pencils are the perfect medium to use when you're wanting to stamp and then color immediately because you won't run the risk of the black ink bleeding into the rest of your images if you were to use markers or water coloring mediums.

I used several of the small treat images from the Ad-roar-able lion stamp set and then an additional image from the Happy Snappy Crocs stamp set to create my background. I stamped the images multiple times in black ink and then used my prismacolor colored pencils to bring the images to life!

I then used the Concord and 9th perfectly penned stamp set to stamp out the sentiment strip and then I glued it to my card panel. I then colored one of the elephant images from the Elephant of Surprise stamp set and glued it on top of the sentiment strip to finish off the card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sneak Peek!

Hey folks!

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm just sharing a quick sneak peek of my card that's over on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog today, so go over and take a look at the full reveal!

It's my last post as a design team member for the blog, so I want to thank you all for your kindness and support!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sneak Peek


I'm back with my 2nd to last sneak peek while on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink Design Team. It's been a great experience and I'm sad for it to be over. But I'm excited for the opportunity for the new folks!

Here is a sneak peek of my card coming up on the blog on Saturday. Be sure to stop by and take a look!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look! 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sneak Peek

Hey there, crafty friends!

Today I've got a sneak peek for you of my card that will be up on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog on Saturday.

I have a dear friend who's having a baby soon and I can't wait to put this in the mail and send it to her and her husband as they welcome their little girl any day now.

Having a baby is one of the best reasons to celebrate, am I right? And it's always a good thing to send your friends a note to let them know you're thinking about them. These are some of the dearest people in the world, yet they are about to face one of the hardest transitions of their lives. Not one gesture of kindness is wasted at a time like this!

Thanks for stopping by to see the sneak peek. Today's post will be short as this would be a perfect opportunity to discuss the joys of having a baby, but I don't have any experience in that area! :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sneak Peek + Favorite Altenew Stamps

Hey Y'all!

Thanks for stopping by today. I've got a sneak peek of my card that will be up on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog on Saturday, and I'm also going to share my favorite Altenew Stamp sets.

Altenew has some of the most beautiful layering stamp sets on the market. To be honest, I have sometimes felt intimidated by the level of detail on these layering sets, but seriously--just practice with them, and you'll see some great progress in a short amount of time. Here are some of my favorite floral sets by Altenew, and they are all available at the Butterfly Reflections, Ink Shop!

Naturally, I had to include this stamp set as it is the subject of my sneak peek! I love the great combination of the pretty look of these floral images with their somewhat doodle-like aspect, too. 

This stamp set was one of the first layering stamps that I purchased, and it has remained a favorite. The detail on the largest floral image just gets me every time!

I'm not usually into the graphic and stylized type of stamp images, but I LOVE this stamp set. This is a great stamp set for masking techniques and multi-color inking techniques because the images are so large. Because the shapes of the images are so simple, purchasing the coordinating die isn't really on my to-do list.

4. Vintage Roses

Folks, everyone needs a good rose stamp set in their collection. I highly recommend this one because of all the different images contained in the set. This set is just a classic addition to your stamp collection to create STUNNING cards. Speaking of coordinating dies, I highly recommend investing in the coordinating dies for this stamp set because of the leaves, especially.

It's hard to pick just 4 favorites in the Altenew line, but this is a good sampling of the Altenew sets I am reaching for most often.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Sneak Peek and Must Have Crafty Tools!

Hey Y'all!

I'm back today with another installment of a sneak peek.  Tomorrow, on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink blog, I'll be sharing the full reveal of this "punny" card that I had a lot of fun creating.

Today I'd like to talk about some of my favorite crafty tools. These items are a life-saver when card-making, and I believe that it's important to invest in something that actually helps you in your creative process. In my opinion, spending money on something that is going to help you increase your productivity is not a waste, but a wise use of your crafty allowance! :) All of these products are available at the Butterfly Reflections, Ink Shop.

How awesome are all these layering stamp sets that are out there on the market? I am a sucker for anything that gives a realistic image, and there are lots of floral stamp sets that give gorgeous results when you layer them up in different shades of ink. The MISTI Stamping tool is very useful for layering stamp sets, mostly because of the time it saves you. Once you place the stamp on your project one time, it will always be in that spot, so the guess work is taken out of the positioning process! If you are mass-producing cards, using the MISTI is especially helpful.

I am one of those total weirdos that likes fussy cutting my stamped images out. Sometimes when my creative juices are running dry, this is a great activity to do to stay productive and build up your stash of ready-to-use images. So, I'll camp in front of the TV and just cut out a bunch of images that I've stamped and colored. Matching die sets are wonderful, and I definitely have my fair share of them, but there's something extra polished about the look fussy cutting your images gives you. Having a pair of spring-cut scissors with fine needle tips is essential in getting good cutting results. These scissors can get you DEEP into the nooks and crannies of stamped images.

Distress Inks are pretty much the best thing ever, am I right? If you're on the fence about whether or not to invest in the blending tool and foams, take the plunge. You won't be sorry! Sometimes when I'm not even making a card with distress ink techniques, I'll look at the finished product and think, "This needs a liiiiiitle.....something." I pull out my antique linen distress ink and my blending tool, and BOOM! Instant depth and variation in color that adds a lot of interest to the card and makes it look more put together. This tool is designed to work well with a heavy or a light hand when applying inks to your paper. I like that they are small and can fit under the base of the mini-distress ink cubes. 

On any given day, I am reaching for these three tools more often than not. They are a great addition to your crafty stash and some of my favorites to keep close at hand. 

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out my card on the blog tomorrow!