Friday, July 15, 2016

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ June Release

Happy Friday everyone! I'm here to share the projects that I made using Kelly Purkey's June kits and stamp set releases. The launch was really awesome this month and I hope you find some inspiration in what I'm about to share.

The first project is a pocket page spread. It's been ages since I have done one, which means that yes, I've very behind as we start the last half of the year but that's okay. This definitely helped get my inspo flowing and it certainly made me want to do some more.

I used a bunch of different items on this spread; cards and stamps from the My Day kit, stamps from the Best Friends stamp set, the Burnside alpha stamp set, and even a few stamps from the Get It mini kit by Jamaica.

I really loved the circle stamps from the My Day kit and the Burnside Alpha is a new fave.

One of my favorite stamp sets this month was The Great Outdoors stamp set. This one is sadly already sold out but if you love to camp and hike it's a great set. To those that snagged it, good call.

I made a few journaling cards to include in an album that I started last year as you can see below.

I also used them on a spread that I made for my notebook scrapbook or travelers notebooks as they are called. What's not to love about a camper stamp, I mean, hello how cute is that.

The post its from Kelly's shop were the perfect green accent to add in some pops of color on my spread.

I also have a little surprise to share with you. Kelly's holiday stamps in partnership with Hero Arts will be up for pre-order this month with the next shop update on July 28th. Below is a little sneak peek of some of the stamp sets. There are sets for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some 3x4 sets, some planner sets and some wood mounted sets. Everything you could want for all of your holiday stamping needs. I hope you love this little sneak peek.

Make sure you sign up for Kelly's newsletter if you haven't already, you don't miss out all of the new item announcements and sale notices. You can sign up right at the bottom of her website right here.

Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ May Release

I seriously cannot believe its June! It's definitely summer where I live and we have already had several one hundred degree days so my time has been spent outside soaking up the sun instead of inside working. Because I want to be out doing fun stuff as much as I can, I decided this past spring to start documenting on a smaller scale so I've started a small notebook style scrapbook. I'm using this Wild Lilies May Designs notebook but I have also seen others do the same with a Traveler's Notebook. I went with the May Designs book because I love that it's a little bit wider. The pages are 5" x 8" so it's a really good size. It's quick and easy and I love that I can can play around with these smaller spreads.

I made three entries into the notebook using the stamps from Kelly Purkey's May release and here they are.

This first project is an older photo but it popped up on my Facebook memory that day and it was such a fun night and a great picture of our group of friends around the fire pit. I used the Tribe Kit designed by Jaime Waters, I just loved that Tribe stamp and it was the perfect background for a journaling card. The card I used came in the He Says, She says kit. Stamping on top of washi tape is something I really love to do, but just make sure you pick a dye ink that won't slide. I used my Ranger Archival Black stamp pad here and it never smeared.

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My second project was all about National Donut Day. I loved that there was a donut on Jaime's Tribe stamp set and used that on top of one of Kelly's post its from the original set. I also used a few from the new set on the left side. 

The template stamp is from the He Says, She Says kit and I love it when she adds stamps that can be filled in for some journaling or adding a title like I did here using the Alder alpha stamp set.

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My last project was a really fun one to work on. The town I live it had its first annual Brewfest Memorial Day weekend and we went with a group of friends. It was super hot but so much fun! The Hoppy Hour stamp set from Kelly could not have been more perfectly timed.

I love layering inks to create some dimension when I stamp. I start with the lighter stamp color and then stamp it again with a darker ink just a tiny bit offset from the original stamped image. It makes them look a bit more 3D and I love how this looks. I used a few of Kelly's dies to create the banners and added my title with the Dalton alpha stamp.

I hope you enjoyed this release, as I'm typing this everything is still available but that could change at any moment. There are also digital files for the main He Says, She Says kit stamps and cards this month and if you are a kit subscriber those are now included with your subscription. This is a new feature for subscribers so if you like digital files, this is a great new perk with your membership so its a great time to sign up.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ April Release

Can you believe its already the end of April! I sure can't, this month WHIZZED by me, at warp speed! Its been a month of making, living, spring cleaning and allergies. Man the allergies...killing me!

The making has been super fun so I wanted to share with you the things I made using the latest stamps and kits from Kelly Purkey. Its a great month, so much variety and so many good stamps!

The first thing I made was a really quick travelers notebook spread using a few of Kelly's newest stamp sets that are a collab with Hero Arts and part of her Clearly Kelly line. There are 8 new mini Destination Stamp Sets. They cover some really great locations; Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Texas, New York, San Francisco, Magical for all the Disney lovers and one for Road Trips. You can see them all right here.

I of course focused on all the cute little food items she included on many of the sets and made a quick patterned card of all of them scattered about. I kept the overall look very black and white and added in some pops of color with the washi tape and the pink ink color. This sure makes me want to head out and sample all of these delicious foods. And how cute is that food truck stamp, its part of the Portland set and will gets lots of use on our many food truck nights with friends.

My next project was photo driven for sure, this giant floating flamingo that my daughter picked out for our pool is my new favorite thing. Its stays in our pool all the time and its hilarious because it catches our eye as it floats about all the time and its so random but fun at the same time. It definitely brings a smile to my face.

Its also inspired by my daughters love of all things Minecraft. She's obsessed. So when it was time to figure out what to do with this photo and how to make it different and special and about her I went with pixels. The first thing I did was size my photo to 8.5" square, its the largest I can go on my printer without having to send out for a print, and since time was short, I printed at home. Because I was going to work in layers, I knew it would be important for the photo to be cut exactly the same way each time and because my squares weren't an exact dimension (they're 1.7") I thought it was best to add in cut lines before I printed the photo. I ending up drawing the cut lines on top of the photo using the line tool in Photoshop Elements and it totally worked. After I printed the three photos, I cut two of the photos photo apart and layered the first photo, my bottom layer directly on to a 9" square piece of cardstock, leaving a .25" border around the edge. I saved and set aside the second cut photo to use for my layers.

I new I wanted to add some stamping to the photo using the Megababe stamp set because I loved the icons on this stamp set. They are perfect for making patterns and fun backgrounds. For the stamping I used Brilliance Platinum Planet ink which is a silver ink. They make a white ink, Moonlight White that is my favorite for stamping on photos. The inks really pop on the darker colors.

Once the stamping was done I cut the third photo apart and then started layering the photos in the right spots making sure to vary the levels using foam tape. Some photos are only 1 level, some have 2 levels and some have 3. The varying heights really adds lots of interest to the picture.

I then stamped a bit more on the background piece of cardstock this time using the Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Silver. I used that ink because the Brilliance Platinum was too light to show up on the white cardstock but the Silver was a perfect match to the way the platinum ink looks on the photo. In person it looks like I only used one ink instead of two.

It was a super fun technique and I hope you give it a try.

My last project was a Pocket Page spread using Brandi Kincaid's mini kit called Tiny Victories. The cards alone won me over and they are just so whimsical and cute.

The title card was created  quickly using some typed text and that cute Brandi stamp. I layered it on top of one card from the Good Morning kit. I loved that rainbow stripe and it worked so well with the colors from Brandi's kit.

That fist bump card is everything!

There is another stamp set that sadly is already sold out called Bad Day and I used it on the photo below and one the one of my beer. Its a great set so if you grabbed it good for you, its super cool.

As I'm typing everything else is still in stock so if youre shopping right now I hope you get everything that you wanted. There is an alpha set and a month by month set that are also really cool that I haven't had a chance to play with yet so make sure you check those out too.

See you soon,
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ March Release

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I wanted to pop in real quick before the weekend to share with you the two projects I made using Kelly's March Release. The release this past month had one mini kit designed by Christine Herrin who I am a big fan of and four stamp sets. You can see the full release right here.

I made two projects with items from the release this month and my favorite was this layout I made completely inspired by the Ellie Goulding concert we went to a few days ago. I used the Mulberry Alpha Stamps exclusively on this layout. I was so inspired by the amazing set design during the concert that I used it for inspiration for this layout. Ellie had seven screens in really cool geometric shapes behind her during the show. They were used as screens most of the time but for each song they served a different purpose. I snapped a few pics of them throughout the show and as we were driving home looking at all of my pictures I thought "oh, that would be a cool layout design." I knew the alpha stamps would be perfect to stamp some of my favorites songs from the concert to create my background and it worked great as you can see below.

The first thing I did was create a template based on the set design so that I could clip some of the many, many pictures I took during the concert too. I printed it out in three sections since I don't have a large format printer and then cut around the sections with an exacto knife. I then decided where on the background I wanted to photos to go and then started mapping out the best way to add the stamping.

I used the deep navy ink from Kelly's Urban Ink set and went letter my letter across my page and I made sure to leave a little space to add in the gold puffy star stickers to break up all the text. I'm not going to lie, this took some time. I made sure to go really slow and take my time because invariably during projects like this I drop a stamp or smudge ink and I really didn't want to have that happen. All in all it took me about and hour and a half to do all the stamping and I didn't mess it up once! Yay me!

Once I was done and I laid my photo block on top I found that the stamping was to close in color to the photos so they were both competing too much with each other. My solution was to layer a piece of vellum over the top of the stamping and it softened it just enough to let both parts stand out. I moved my stars on top of the vellum so they would pop more and I'm glad that I did. Here you can see how it looks underneath the vellum. Its really pretty but just a bit too bold.

I absolutely love how this turned out. If you have a chance to see Ellie Goulding's tour I highly recommend it, it was such an amazing show and she is crazy talented.

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My second project was a Pocket Page spread using Christine Herrin's Spring Break mini kit. I loved the colors of this kit and of course I love seeing Christine's amazing brush work on the stamps and the cards. My daughter attends a year round school so she doesn't get a traditional Spring Break but she happens to be off track in March so its technically a break in spring although its not spring break, does that make sense?

I was totally drawn to all of the green cards in this kit since they paired so well with my photos from week 10. I used the escape stamp from the kit and I also used a few from the Gimme a Break and Let's Make Magic sets.

The little blocks from the Lets Make Magic Set are so funny, I can see using these a lot, especially the Netflix one. Ha! Here you can see how I used them right on top of my photo of my daughter jumping for joy and on the card in the middle where I changed up that card to read beautiful instead of in the water. I used the new Union Ave. alpha set which pairs perfectly with the Bushwick alpha to stamp the 00.

I hope you loved this latest release! It looks like everything is still in stock but I know quantities are getting limited on some items, so happy shopping while its all still in stock!

See you soon,
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