Oct 1, 2014

The Card Concept #20

Hey there! Can you believe its October already? I know.... everyone always says "Can you believe it?" but really, I am freaking out a bit here. There is something about Singapore and the lack of seasons that has you completely surprised when you look at the calendar and realise there are only 86 days until Christmas! Because lets be honest, every day is summer here. So it can be quite shocking that time moves so fast!

Ok... Let me ask you this... Have you been participating over at The Card Concept? This is the 4th challenge I have had the privilege to be apart of and I hope you have had a chance to participate too! 

Here is the challenge for the next two weeks. I hope you get a chance to play along. I love this photo for some reason... Isn't it fabulous!?

 I'm designing in the Elegant and Classy category this time. And here is my card:

I wanted to capture the elegance of the photo but still keep it simple. I liked the checkered tablecloth but I wanted to capture the taste that came with the candelabra, hanging beads,  and stemmed glasses. I chose this little damask stamp to use. This little stamp actually came in a three pack of Gelatos from Faber-Castell. Usually, I don't use the stamps that come with things like that. Mostly because I don't like the polymer that they use. It's kind of tough and I have trouble with it stamping clearly. But, this one actually worked really well!

One tip, before using my new stamps (especially these tough ones) I rub an eraser over it which kind of takes off the top layer of... oh, I don't know, left over plastic? Or oil? from manufacturing. This helps give it a cleaner and crisper image. Works for me every time!

I chose this GORGEOUS Metallic Cardstock from CutCardStock.com. It's in the Curious Metallic pack. I used Hero Arts Black ink and stamped my damask image. I couldn't decide if I wanted the whole thing covered or not, so I just started stamping. I like to just get into it and see what comes of it! I ended up stamping it not as straight as I would have liked, so I trimmed it down some. No harm in that!

I have this die cut set that I have been eager to use. I noticed the reverse scalloped circle that I thought seemed elegant and kind of like a spider web!

Once it was die cut in white, I used the holes and embroidery floss to stitch a bit of "spider web" to add interest to the sentiment.

I die cut my "happy", adhered it at an angel and thenstamped "halloween" under it. I thought it was nicer to have only half of the medallion covered with floss and not the entire thing. 

I matted the Curious Metallic Orange card stock and adhered it all to the card stock base.

And that's it! Halloween card done!

Do you usually send out Halloween cards? I know this holiday isn't something that happens everywhere on earth, but they are kind of fun. I think I have made many a Halloween card, but I don't think I have ever sent one!  Here in Singapore there is starting to be a following of Halloween goers. They have a haunted house and for trick or treating the place to be is "Little America" where all of the Americans introduce this crazy holiday to throngs of Singaporeans eager to dress up and walk the streets. 
But even at our condo we have some trick or treaters. Usually the kids just know candy is being passed out so they run around looking for it. If you happen to be walking around the condo on Halloween, they just walk up to you and open their bags! It's really fun. Although, imagine 100 kids running around in elevator lobbies and hallways screaming their lungs out... I need to get me some ear plugs before the big day!

Thanks for joining me today. This weekend I am looking forward to some more crafting time. Stay tuned for my personal Sweet Stamp Shop post, both my Paper Wings Productions blog hop and monthly challenge cards and of course, who can forget... World Card Making Day! Lots to keep you inspired!

Until next time....

Sep 29, 2014

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop: Sweet Stamp Shop

Hey there! Today I am participating in the Coffee Lover's Blog hop that is being hosted by Chaitali Narla and Amy Tsuruta!  They are having some coffee inspired crafting and some amazing giveaways too, including some goods from Sweet Stamp Shop! So head on over to Chaitali's Blog to check out the details and get started!

Some of us from the Sweet Stamp Shop DT have created some coffee loving cards to share with you today. Here is my little contribution:

I started with Easily Distracted and some fussy cut images from the newly released Coffee Town and set to work.
(Sweet Stamp Shop is giving away a Coffee Town set in this blog hop, so be sure to check it out!)

I opted to keep things pretty simple. Mostly stamping on my card base in black and popping up the Coffee Cups/Sentiments and colouring them for more flash appeal.

I added some Wink of Stella to my bling and my card was done. It pretty much made itself, which is great on this crazy Monday!

I hope you get a chance to head over and participate in the hop. Are you a coffee junkie AND a paper crafter ? Then this hop is for you! There are a TON of prizes to win and great coffee inspiration! So have fun and thanks for checking in with me today.

This week I am working on World Card Making Day cards. What about you? I have never participated before, so I thought it was high time I did! You can't be a card maker and let that day pass without some sort of recognition, right? Well, that's what I am thinking anyway. So check back for some of that plus there will be the Paper Wings Productions Blog hop and monthly challenge coming up. Lots more crafting to be done this week!

Hope you have a good day!
Until next time.. just keep on stamping

Sep 27, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop Coupon Code for YOU!

Hey there friends. I am stopping in real quick to share a Sweet Stamp Shop discount with you! Any of you who read this blog (or are friends with me on FB) can get FREE shipping on card kits over at Sweet Stamp Shop! (Now if we haven't connected yet on FB, now is a great time! Just jump on over and like my page. And voila!)

They just released a new kit this week and it is party time! And nothing says party like free stuff, right?
Check it out:

It has a stamp set, 20 cards and die cuts too!
So here is the deal... use THIS code when you check out: FREEKS (as in Free + KS.... not freaks ;) and you can get Free Shipping (USA only) OR $3.50 off shipping (My international friends!)  You can even add other stamps to your cart and still get it shipped as long as you BUY A KIT!

So that's a pretty good deal because these card kits have been revamped to include MORE gorgeously printed cards AND a stamp set all at the same original price of $15.00!!

I just worked with their Ahoy Kit, which was so much fun. (I have a post coming next month to show you.. yes I know, that's not soon enough!) Take a look:

All the cards are printed in a small shop in California. So you can imagine that quality is everything when a small business wants to grow! And I can say this: The cards are great quality. I have seen them, touched them and used them myself! They aren't those flimsy, faded die cut papers or patterned paper. These are 3"x4" and 4"x6" printed cards with amazing designs on them. And I am usually not a card kit person, but working with these ended up being so effortless and fun that it actually impressed me!

Anyway, I don't have to sell you on them, you can see them all HERE at the shop. Take a look at the 4 they have out already. And check out the blog to see them in action from the many past designers.

I really enjoy them, and I think you will too. And if you want to shop, head on over with the code! It's a great way to end your week! But get moving because it won't last long!

That's all for now! It's 2:30 in the morning here (ah... to live internationally when half the world is finally waking up and I have to go to bed!) But I must sleep so I can take care of littles in the morning. Oh, that morning... it comes so fast!

Thanks for checking in with me today. Have a good one!

Sep 26, 2014

Have You Seen?

Hey there... Happy Friday to you!

Today marks the first ever post of this kind here on thekristiesessions.  I think I am going to start a little post every once in awhile about things I love, things I have seen around that I want and other stuff that may or may not be craft related. So here goes... Welcome to this Friday's Have you seen?

  • Do you like stamping backgrounds? I love making a OSW (one sheet wonder-one page of stamped pattern used for multiple cards). This website is a great place for colour combos and print inspiration.
  • September marks the STAMPtember sales over at Simon Says Stamp. They have some great stuff just out. Every year I am torn between a handstamped card or a photo card. This year I going to try THIS for my Christmas cards. Mass production here I come!
  • Sweet Stamp Shop comes out with their newest card kit this week. Head over to their Facebook page to check it out! They are giving away free stuff too! And don't forget there will be a new stamp release coming up in October. Lots of Sweet stuff to be seen.
  • CutCardStock.com is having some discounts right now that might get you into the fall spirit. They have a wide variety of amazing products. Do you do CutCardStock? I am new to them, but am in LOVE! They have some amazing things. I especially love their metallic card stock. Lots of great shimmery colours at a great price.
  • Right now these are my favourite sentiment die cuts. (which I am sure you have noticed ;) The love affair has been going on for awhile... it's not going to stop any time soon. 
  • I have been really inspired by black and white lately. Do you Pinterest? It's a great place to go for lots of inspiration. Two of my favourite pins right now are HERE and HERE. These would make great cards, don't you think?
  • Don't forget World Card Making Day is coming up fast!! You can create to your hearts content AND enter a contest HERE. I'm hoping to get some time in the next week to participate. You should too! Nothing helps you step up your crafty game like a contest, am I right?
  • And totally un-crafty related, anyone out there a Jane Austen fan?? I am completely addicted to this TV series HERE. It's older, and only 4 episodes, but really well done. I love crafting to it. In fact it's on a continuous loop here. I think the actors do a superb job, which means sometimes I may do more watching than crafting when it is on. Jonny Lee Miller plays Mr. Knightly, (ummm, handsome!) If you like reading Jane, I think you will love watching this one!

Ok. That's it for this week. Have fun clicking around! Do you have something you love lately? Leave me a link. I love seeing what's out there. Crafty or not!

Thanks for stopping in today!
Until next time...

Sep 25, 2014

CutCardStock.com: Paper Quilling

Hey there! Today I am over at the CutCardStock.com blog with a new project. Paper Quilling! It's a new technique for me, but something I think is so fascinating. Head on over to take a peek and maybe even try it for yourself! If I can do it, you can do it. Trust me!

Thanks for stopping in today. Be sure to check back on friday for a new something I am going to be starting up here. Just a little web tour once in a while to see what around, both crafty and non. A fun way to share things we like and things that we have spotted around the blogosphere!

Until next time... keep on crafting!

Sep 22, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop: Cut window Card

Hey Sweet peeps, happy day to you! Today I'm sharing another Sweet Stamp Shop card! Thanks for joining me today~

But first off, I have a semi-random issue I need help with.... I need a new crafting chair. After about 30 min of sitting at my computer, my keester is killing me! So my question to you is this... What chair do you use when you are crafting? Is there something out there that's comfortable, good for my back but doesn't look like Captain Kirk's chair from the Enterprise (or rival the size of the Enterprise!?) Seriously, what is it about office chairs?  They are nooooot attractive...big and clunky and space-age-y.  Am I right? Well that's what I think anyway. But something has to change for my hiney, and STAT! So if you could leave me a comment if you have a chair that you love and would like to recommend it, I (and my tushy) would really appreciate it. Thanks!

Ok, lets get started... here is my card. A little peek-y window for you:

Let's see what this card is made of, shall we?
First off, I trimmed a water-colour paper card panel and traced a circle die cut onto it. I then started stamping using this great set Elegant Flowers. I love this set because it's a bit different than the other style of Sweet Stamps you find in the shop and I think having different styles is a good thing! Don't even get me started on THIS amazing set. It has been used and used and used! It has so many different fonts and suits so many styles. I love that! Designing kudos Nicole!

Next I did some masking to stamp my other flowers and repeated it on the upper right hand corner as well.

Then I pulled out my Distress Inks. I love these babies! So glad they came out with these small cubes.  Their size helped me take the plunge and I'm really glad I did. They are really easy to use and don't take up a lot of space, which is great for me. And you still get plenty of colour and coverage. I used them to water-colour for this piece using a water brush. Squish your ink on your craft sheet and dip in your brush and paint away! This is a fun way to learn shading and colour combos. I'm still learning too as you can tell. That's what I love about this biz, there is always something fun to learn and a way to improve! Don't be intimidated by water-colour. It's a great medium! I love using Distress Inks more than anything else. I think I have tried every single medium and these works the best for me.

After I finished colouring, I sliced a big X in the centre of my circle and cut out the inside of the circle being sure to trim around the flowers. I trimmed the sides a little bit and rounded the corners. I added some Wink Of Stella to my flowers too for added shine.

I then stamped my sentiment onto my card base and popped up my water-colour panel over top. It frames the sentiment nicely! I LOVE this happy font.  It comes from Elegant Sentiments stamp set. And I guess they go pretty good together, right? In fact I just realized they had similar names! I love this sentiment set because of the size and style of the font. It can stand on its own and isn't a font i have seen around so that makes it extra special!

**Just a little bit of a side tip, after stamping the white sentiment, I went over the letters with a white gel pen to help it be more solid. The white ink I used, (while I do like it) always squishes out to where it looks more like an outline of the stamp and not a full stamp. Doesn't matter what stamps I use, it just likes to squish... Maybe I push too hard? I can get kinda crazy when I stamp!

Ok, and that's it!

Thanks again for joining me today. Be sure to check out the Sweet Stamp Blog this week. There is a new kit being released this week! There are more journaling cards to fall in love with and a great new stamp set. So check it out! Also, you can join in the party over on their Facebook page. Like the page so you get all the updates on new releases. Because, let me tell you.. October is coming fast and I know for a fact you won't want to miss it!

have a great week!

Sep 17, 2014

The Card Concept #19

Hey there...Welcome !! So glad you stopped in. We have another challenge today over at The Card Concept. It's a colour challenge.

Check it out:

I'm up for clean and graphic for this challenge. My definition of clean and graphic means bold but simple. So I pulled out my favourite pigment inks... the Memento Luxe. Their colour is always so vibrant, and intense. I also dug through my stash for a graphic stamp  (MFT.)

I started on the right hand side to stamp leaving a little white border to help pull the eye down ward. I added some enamel dots. I originally had the red dots on the yellow stamping and the yellow dots on the red stamping but with the boldness of the stamps it was just too much for the eye to take in. So I switched them.

Now this was actually my second card. Here is my first... It just wasn't as bold as I wanted it to be ; )

On this I used the same idea but the stamps are from Jane's Doodles. I like how this one turned out too. In fact, if you want a simple card to whip up, this is the best way to do it. Pick 3-4 colours and one stamp and go to town!

Be sure to stop by The Card Concept to check out all the inspiration and to play along! We love to see what you create!
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