Thursday, March 8, 2018

Using Stencils with Kindred Stamps

Good day everyone!  I have been crafting a lot lately, but lots of different things, I'll be sure to share when I pull them into finished projects.  Today I wanted to share a fun Anniversary card with you.  Today is my husband and I's, 21st anniversary.  Yes, that man has put up with me for 21 years!!  ;)  I had to make him a special card.  I am not a heart and flowers type of girl.  If you read my blog regularly, you realize, I have very few flower stamps.  Giving my husband hearts and flowers would just be weird to's not who I am.  But I do love pop culture stamps...and sassy!!!  The Royal Throne stamp set from Kindred Stamps was the PERFECT solution!!!!  
I started off my coloring some images from the Royal Throne stamp set.  If you are a fan of a certain popular show about know exactly who these two characters are.....if not, short explanation...they are the Queen and her twin brother....oh and he is also her lover.........I'll just leave that there!

The stamp set has some great sentiments in it....and I loved the one "I love you like a ...." and then you can use "brother" or "sister".  Now this isn't a card for everyone, I get that.  This might not be your cup of tea....but I wanted Sassy!!!  This a big S!!!!  

I used a stencil from my stash and tried out moving the stencil slightly to create different patterns.  Jennifer McGuire recently showed this technique on her blog.  It is a lot of fun!  I actually think I am addicted to it!    I did several backgrounds using this method.  I'll use those backgrounds on other cards.  I was surprised that the Lawn Fawn Yeti ink was so vibrant again the Bermuda Bay ink. It gave great results.  I think I am going to have to use Yeti ink more often!!! 

The stamp sentiments got me thinking about a meme that I had seen about the show.  I wanted to recreate it on my card, so I used a Lawn Fawn alphabet stamp set and created the front of the card sentiment.  I am never good at small letter stamps and lining them up.  I used my Cutterpillar Pro glow and glass mat.  I put thin painters tape over my sentiment cardstock piece creating a line, I used the grid on the glass mat to make my tape line straight...and used the tape line as a guide in placing the stamps to spell out the sentiment.  

I used my copics to color the images after googling the character names online and using the images as a color guide.  I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut out the characters.  If you don't have a Brother Scan N Cut, Kindred Stamps now has cut files that you can purchase and use in other electric cutting machines.  Very handy!  

For the inside of the card, I used the sentiment in the stamp set.  A Very fun card to make.  My husband got a kick out of it...even though he said it was kinda creepy too!  LOL!!!  

I finished my card off with my new wax sealing stamp.  It's a peacock!  How awesome is that!!??

I got this set at  They have all kinds of seals...even Harry Potter ones.  Check them out!

This was a fun project for me.  If you haven't checked out Kindred Stamps, you have to visit their site!  The stamps are awesome and a lot of fun to play with!  
Thanks for visiting!

#kindredstamps #gameofthrones #royalthrones #sansa #homemadecards #crafting #sassy #copics #cuterpillarpro 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fun Backgrounds and Kindred Stamps

Happy Monday...well, hello Monday.  I had a good weekend of some crafting fun and getting some TO DO items checked off my list.  
I got to play with some inks, I did some reorganizing in my craft room.  I also got to put together some cards.  
I love the stamps from Kindred Stamps, they are a lot of fun to play with, great fun images!  I did tons of stamping with some new stamp sets I got as well.  I stamp with versa fine black ink, then heat emboss clear on top.  Then I can take my time and color the images with my copics or with color pencils or whatever I want.  Heat embossing the stamps keeps the black ink from smudging, and it keeps it crisp and black even after the coloring.   I wanted to add my colored images  to different backgrounds.  The first one uses the stamp set, Glass Slipper Princess.  I added her to a background made with the Waffle Flower stamp set, Plaid Builder.  The ink colors you use with the Plaid Builder changes the look, it's VERY addicting!

The next card uses the Kindred Stamp set, Warrior Princess.  This is one of my favorites!  I added her to the Doodle Garden stamp set from Catherine Pooler. I am not going to lie....this is ONE FANTASTIC background stamp!  I used Catherine Pooler Midnight black ink for the background, it is amazing in other colors too!  The Catherine Pooler ink gives GREAT coverage for background stamps!  The coverage is so good, I don't even use a stamp positioner with my Catherine Pooler that is amazing!!!!

The next card is another stamp set from Kindred Stamps, Galactic Adventures.  How can anyone resist this stamp set??!!!  I added the image to a galaxy background that I painted.  It was the perfect background for the Galactic set!

The Mermaid Princess stamp set from Kindred Stamps was a perfect fit for a background using Tim Holtz Oxide inks.  I used the smooching technique to make the background.  I was able to get two cards from one background, using a circle die to cut out the circle and using the negative left for the other card.  I love two for one cards!  I added Lucy's gems around the circle.  

I used a combo pack of Lucy's gems on this card.  They had the mint green gems and clear gems, I loved that the clear gems picked up on the background color of the cardstock!  I used an old Stampin' Up birthday sentiment for the card.  

The last card is made using a stencil and inking, then I added the Scottish Princess stamp set  on the front of the card.  I love this one too.  Have you noticed that my favorite princesses aren't  the really girly ones?!!!  LOL!  The Scottish Princess's hair is very fun to color!  

I had the best time making these cards and these backgrounds!  I love fun stamp sets! 
Great Saturday of crafting for me!  Did you do any crafting this weekend?
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Erin Condren Planner and Kindred Stamps

Hello Readers!  Today I wanted to share another way I use my stamps with you.  As you all know, I LOVE playing with ink and stamps.  I try to get the most out of my stamps.  I recently got a new Erin Condren planner.  If you haven't checked out Erin Condren planners, use my refer link for $10 off your order: .  I use Erin Condren Teacher planner for homeschooling my two youngest  kids.  I just got a new planner to use and also using my Erin Condren notebook with productivity pages in them.  I AM ORGANIZED!!!  That's how much I love Erin Condren products.  
When I got my new planner, I wanted to decorate it a little bit.  My problem with decorating my planner is that I can get carried away decorating and then I run out of room to actually USE my planner.  For this planner, I wanted to keep it simple.  My Kindred Stamps were perfect to decorate my planner!

I want to first say, I REALLY struggled with photographing the planner pages.  Due to the hologram washi tape that I used, if I got the light to bright, the hologram tape glowed and nothing else showed.  Talk about frustrating....I think this was the third attempt to change up the lighting.  

For each page, I chose one stamp set to use from Kindred Stamps.  The first page I had to use my favorite inspired princess stamp:  this one is called Indian Princess.  On each page I used the stamped image of the character cut out using my Brother Scan N Cut machine and colored with my copics.  Sometimes I added other images from the stamp set, sometimes I just used the main image.  Around each character, I went online and research a quote from the inspired movie and added it to my planner.  Each quote I used was just one that I really liked.  My own personal pick-me up quote!  I used that bugger-some hologram washi tape as accents.  It looks fantastic in person, but geesh, who knew it would be so troublesome to photograph!!  

I love this inspired stamp set:  Scottish Princess.  She was a lot of fun to color.  I used a dotted coloring method to color her.  Just something different and fun!  Each page has a color theme to match the main character on that page, the washi tape matches as does the pen that I write in.  My favorite pens are Paper Mate Ink Joy pens.  They feel good in my hand, easy to write with and come in a variety pack for many color options.  

I left in this picture so you can see the washi tape in different lighting.  

These are just a couple of pages that I've done.  I will share more soon.  I might try some outside middle of the day lighting to see how that looks.  
Here is my the front of my planner.  I love camo so I had to order the camo planner, plus I got to customize the color on the front and add my name to it.  Pink poppin' camo!  I'm in love! (I also bought a matching case too!!!)
I really enjoyed decorating my planner using stamps.  I used what I had on hand, my stamps.  I got to be creative but I still have plenty of room to actually USE my planner to stay organized.  I just ordered some other fun  inspired stamps from Kindred Stamps.  I can't wait to get them and play.  They have the cutest stamps and themes.  I have a LONG wish list at Kindred Stamps!!  
Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kindred Stamps with Mermaid Love Underwater background

Today I am sharing another alcohol ink background and another great Kindred Stamp set.  Have I said how much I love their stamps?    Mermaid- YES!YES!!!  Cute Sentiment- YES!!!!!!  I am in love!!!

I made the background using Ranger alcohol inks.  This color combo reminded me of underwater so I had to make it into a mermaid card.  This stamp set is called Mermaid Princess. She is a lot of fun to color!  When I color these stamp sets, I often go online and do a search for mermaid or princess, to get my coloring colors picked out.  I used my copic markers to color the Mermaid Princess.  

I did a heart cut out using some heart framelits and put the alcohol ink background behind it. I added some "bubbles" using some gems that I had on hand.  

The sentiments are from the stamp set.  So cute!

Do you love mermaids as much as I do?  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Kindred Stamps and Princesses! Throw in some Alcohol Inks!!!

Happy Monday!  I wanted to share a quick card that I made this weekend.  

I love stamps!  My favorite ones are always a twist on pop culture! One of my favorite companies is, they have the CUTEST pop culture stamps!!!  I have my eye on several sets!!!!  (and I am just sharing what I love with my blog readers, not affiliated with them at all.)  

A while ago, I shared a blog post about stamping images and coloring them.  I stamp a bunch of images with versa fine black ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  This does two things, it sets my images so I can use ANY color medium but also it gives my images a raised edge to my stamped images, this helps with know...staying inside the lines!  LOL!  I know silly to say but I really like it when I color.  I stamp a bunch of these and then color.  Then I will cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut. I have a little container of colored stamped images on my desk which makes it easier to pull together a quick card.  

I made the background this weekend using alcohol inks.  I love alcohol ink and Yupo paper.  The Yupo paper is a speciality paper that lets the alcohol ink move around.  The best way I can describe it is plastic type paper.  It's a lot of fun to play with.  I normally gravitate to bright alcohol ink colors.  This time I decided to play with my browns, adding in a little blue or green to the browns.   I LOVED the results.  I wanted to use browns to go with my stamp.  This is called Indian Princess stamp set from Kindred stamps.  The Indian princess is my favorite princess!  I love the cartoon but I love the earth message too!  I'm not a fussy girly girl.  I think she  is right up my alley because she doesn't have a fabulous dress, she's down to earth and free spirited! Although she does have a  pretty rocking  necklace!   I love it!!!   I thought the brown alcohol inks looked great against the stamped image.  I used a variety of browns that I had on hand, and kept mixing until it gave me the look I wanted.  I also used some Copper alcohol addictive mixed in.  It made the perfect earthy background. It's lovely in person.  

I added several photos of the card, hoping to catch the amazing background in different lights.  It's very eye catching in person.  The colors are amazing!  The leaves are from the Indian Princess set and is the sentiment.  I love the sentiment.  These are just the cutest stamp sets!  You have to check out this company.  They have great stamps!  Check back later this week, I am going to share my Erin Condren planner with some stamped images used as decoration in my planner!  Simple and fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know if you like alcohol inks...and what ways you have used them!  Also, who is your favorite  Princess?  and Why?!!!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Felt, Felt, & more Felt projects! Christmas banners & Christmas Ornaments

Happy 2018!!!  I am finally getting a break from all the holiday crafting and activities.  I wanted to do a blog post with all the Christmas crafting that I did and also what I am working on for NEXT Christmas!  Yup....I am already looking towards next year's Christmas crafting!  Even better, I've already started on my projects!!!!  

One of my Christmas projects was to do some ornaments and a banner for my son's school's Christmas tree.  I wanted to do some last year and ran out of time.  This year I was a little bit better prepared but I was also crafting up until the last possible minute! 
This is a simple set of tree ornaments I did for the school's tree.  The school is named Christ The King Catholic High School so I wanted at least one  ornament to have the letters on it (CTK).  Stitched letter dies are from PaperTrey Ink.  I used these dies a lot on my banners as well. 
I used the Papertrey Ink Christmas Tree Change Up Box die and the coordinating stitching dies that match that set.  These are a lot of fun and pretty easy to do.  I used the school color's to make the ornaments.  The felt was from The Felt Pod.  
One of the things that I do while working with felt is to cut out flowers and buttons (small dies shown above) out of scraps of felt.  I keep them in a container and often dig through the container to find an accent to use on a project.  This is a great use of little pieces of felt that might normally be thrown away and these accents can be used on felt projects, cards, or even on scrapbook layouts.  I have various small dies that I use, often they come in other die sets.  Keep these in mind when you are cutting your felt, and die through your dies to see if you have any accent pieces that you can use!  Some of these accent pieces were used on the ornaments as buttons and flowers.  I love to layer them as well.  

On each of the ornaments, I wanted to put a little something on the bottom panel.  

I also used some regular buttons on this project.  I just used what I had on hand and what matched. 

This picture shows the variegated thread that I used to stitch them.  Variegated thread is my favorite to use.  Some people like to hide the stitching, and use matching threads, I thought these were fun to use the variegated threads on.  You can see the detail on the bottom panel the best and on the heart.  

I also used some seed beads and sequin on one.  

Just some fun ornaments for the school that they can use year after year and since they are felt, there is no worry of breaking while storing them!
The other school project I did was a Christ The King banner out of school colors. This was hard to picture and fit it all in.  I store all my banners off the ribbons to keep the edges from curling in.  

This is a silly picture of my dish of felt holes.  I love working with felt but I have the little stitching hole plugs all over my work area.  I use a mini LeCreuset dish while I assemble my felt projects. It is just what I have that works.  I can hold my project over the dish and push the stitching plugs out with my Tonic poker thing....see that official name??  The dish helps collect the plugs, keep them off me and from getting everywhere!  
I also did TONS of crafting for the teachers at my son's school.  As a family, we do the group donation through the PTO for Christmas gifts for teachers and staff.  I like to also do something personal for each teacher, just as a little something.  This year, I stitched a felt banner for each teacher.  I used a Christian theme for each banner, so every banner related to the over all catholic message of the school.  I hope they can use them in their classrooms or even in their homes.  All banners were put into little gift bags that I made out of Designer Series paper.  This was a FUN but needed project for me.  I have so much DSP paper that I needed to use some of it.  I think I made a total of 19 gift bags, and each gift bag uses 2 sheets of 12X12 DSP!  Is it bad to say, I could have easily made 100 bags and STILL have tons of DSP!!!??  Anyone else hoard DSP?  I am trying to get better about it.  My rule has been if it doesn't fit in my DSP bin, then I can't buy it.  But this year I am determined to use more of my DSP bin is packed full!  So time to use it!!!  (cross my fingers I stick with this resolution!!!)
My good friend Jenny gave me tons of paper swigglies, yes I think it's a word, to use.  I love repurposing!  Jenny does a lot of subscription box reviews for and she gets tons of these in her boxes.  She nicely bags them up for her friends and we raid her supply when we are at her house!  They worked perfectly for these gift bags!
I also created some other ornaments from the same tree die I used for the school projects.  These were a lot of fun with some accent stitching on them....also cut out using a die in the set.

I also did a big box of banners for my sister as a gift.  I did many seasonal sayings and holiday themed banners.  I didn't take pictures of all of them, but I did ask her as she hangs them in her house (she has a gorgeous rock fireplace) if she would take a quick picture and send it to me so I will share any of those she sends.  I was working on these banners day and night!  Literally up until the night before we exchanged gifts.  I hope she and her family enjoy them.  This is one of the banner pieces I did take a picture of.  I think this was part of a Happy Birthday banner I did for her.  You can see that I used some more of those little accent pieces from my dies to create this banner piece. 
So after Christmas I finally got to do some playing.  I bought the Bear Hugs plush die from Essentials by Ellen at . I loved the stamp set when it came out and was thrilled to see a stitching die of the same bear...he's so cute!  So I got to play a bit after the Holiday rush of crafting.
He is adorable in white felt but you can cut him out of ANY color felt. I have some precut of different brown felt that I have.  

I experimented with the bear eyes a bit.  On the white bear, I used a pearl pen.  I used some beads on the brown bear below.  They ended up looking to messy for me,  I liked the pearl pen better.  

I liked the pearl pen's cleaner look to the eyes, but I wanted them bigger......
This bear below, I used the pearl pen but did the eyes larger...I was pleased with this result.  While the pearl pen gives good results, you do have to make sure they fully dry before you move the bear.  I like to do them right after I cut the felt, put the bear on a a tray, draw the eyes, then set aside to dry overnight.  I use a small tray so I can move the bears to dry off my desk without ruining the wet pearl pen.  It is always handy to have a small tray or two.  I also use small bowls often in my crafting.  
These bears are fun to play with, you can dress them up...I gave this one a long scarf and santa hat!  

So after the holidays, I really wanted to work on a fun project I have my eye on.  I placed a large felt order from Benzie Design.  What a happy package to get in the mail.  My orders are always nicely packaged and arrive quickly.  Top notch!!!!  I love that they offer color palettes in their felt.  Benzie Design has some great color ideas!  And I have the PERFECT project in mind!!
I also ordered the coordinating floss packages to go with the felt palettes.  
Okay, now for my new obsession.  Twelves days Of Christmas felt embroidered ornaments.  Now I have looked at looked at these ornaments.  I saw them on Instagram and kept coming back to them.  I will admit, I thought they would be to complicated for me to do.  I mean, I stitch all the time, but I cross stitch, I stitch felt stuff, but I use dies.....these are patterns!!!!  LOL!!  Yes, this was a big step for me!  
I finally decided to try them out.  The patterns are available on easy from mmmcrafts.  I bought one pattern, printed it out.  And spent the next half hour reading through the pattern.  All the directions, all the supplies....and .......the patterns are SO well written, very clearly done, and this is coming from someone who admittedly HATES to read directions, I was sure I could do them.  I bought ALL the patterns after that.  They are very reasonably priced, and the best part is you can use the pattern over and over and with different color combos and get different looks.  There are obviously 12 patterns in all (the set at this time is not complete....ONE more pattern to come out sometime this month) but a couple of the patterns include two ornaments in them so I think it will be a total of 15 ornaments when the set is all done.  
I started with the first in the series....seemed like a logical starting place, and that pear didn't intimate me at all!!!!  There is a simple secret to creating these embroidered ornaments which is fully explained in the patterns but you use a printable sulky stabilizer to print your patterns on.  This gives you the embroidery lines to stitch...and the shapes to cut out.  Then you soak off the stabilizer in cold water and you end up with your pieces ready to assemble once they are dry!  EASY!!!  Trust me, if I can do can!!! has a blog where she shows all the ornaments in the series and fun extras.  Check her out!  It is really an awesome set!  
This was the first attempt.  As I stitch them more and more, I am getting better on my stitching and spacing.  I used the Bejeweled palette from Benzie Design for these.  I liked jewel tones normally, it's what I reach for first normally.  I like these are nice and bright, deep rich colors.  But before I moved on to another pattern in the set, I wanted to experiment with colors.  Now THIS is the fun part to me.  My idea is to stitch these as gifts next year for Christmas,  so experimenting with colors is fun.  
I love that the pattern includes the No on the back of the design.  These are from the Partridge and the Pear know how it goes...partridge and a pear tree.  
I love the embroidery on each piece and let me say, they only get better as the project goes on!!  Ladies dancing is my FAVORITE one!!!  
The size is perfect as you can see they fit in my hand.  Oh, and funny story for anyone other than me.....:  I often have ink on my hands from crafting....BUT...this wasn't from me.  Somehow when we were packing up the Christmas stuff, our new puppy Leo got a hold of some food coloring dye......yes those little liquid bottles of food coloring.  I have no idea where he found it but I expect one of my boys dropped it out of the spice cabinet and Leo was soon to find it.....and find it he did.....he made one lap around the house and was on his second lap when my youngest realized he had something.....sooooo guess who spend the next hour cleaning food coloring up off the floor?  The hardwood floor wasn't bad to clean but his lap also included the one large area rug in our family room.  UGH!!!  I had some dye on my hands for awhile.

The next set is out of the Harvest palette from Benzie Design.  I love these colors!!!  Each palette has 10 colors in them so the color combinations are endless!  I like the muted colors.  This set is for a gift and these colors will match the person's Christmas tree better than the first set.  
On this set I did some beading instead of french knots.  I liked the look and also it used some of the beads I've been hoarding!
There is also room on the back of the ornaments where the ornament is numbered to embroidered a year or even a year and a name.  Some ornaments are already stitched for gifts and may include a name that I've stitched on the back so if I don't show you the back of an ornament, that's why.  Just in case that recipient reads my blog. 

For the partridge, I used a bead for the eye as well.  While it looks fine, I think a smaller bead works better and used something different in the next color palette.  

Here are both done, I have a hard time deciding which I like more!  
This is the second in the series.  This one was a lot of fun!  The secret is to use interfacing in the wings to make them stand up nicely....all in the pattern directions and supplies!  This is using the same Harvest palette as earlier.  I love the creamy color on the main body of the bird, I liked this color scheme much better than the first but they look good together....they look as a set as they should when completed. 
I also used some beading on this bird as well.  
I've used a combination of satin floss, metallic floss, regular DMC floss, variegated floss, and also some pearl floss!  I like the satin but I think less "strands" looks better so I'll be changing that in future ornaments.  I also used a smaller bead for the eye of the turtle dove....I think it looks better on this one.  
This is the set of Harvest so far.  I am in love with how they are turning out.  

There is also a wooden bead on the turtle dove for the feet....I think it can be left off and be nice as well but it's a fun extra.  
Now this is my current palette I am working on.  This is the galaxy palette.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this palette.  

For this set, I am trying to let the felt colors really shine so I am keeping the embroidery to coordinating colors, less pop than the last set.   But I do have some pop just not as much.  I wanted to use colors of purple, pink, white, grey, and black.  Even though those are simpler colors than pop colors they make a big impact too!

If you made it this far....thank you!  I know this was a big blog post.  Hopefully you enjoyed it.  Please check out my other felt project posts.
Thanks for stopping by!
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