12 Kits Of Occasions {August 2014} + GIVEAWAY

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hello and welcome to the August 2014 12 Kits Of Occasions project share.
This month is my turn to host and the theme is BIRTHDAY!
I put together a bright, fun kit focused on pattern, shape, and color. 
I included die cuts that I turn to when making birthday cards: flowers, balloons, numbers, hearts.....
I also purchased 12 Ink Splat stamp sets, one for each group member and one for YOU!
I also chose a Guest Designer for this month,
Alanna from Alanna's Spot In The World
Make sure to stop by and see what she has made with the kit!

Here are my projects:



Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win
this WPlus9 stamp set, Ink Splats.
Leave your comment by midnight EST on September 2, 2014 and I will choose one comment at random to win this set.  Open internationally!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Good luck!
Check out the 12 Kits Blog to see what everyone else has done with their kits. Check out a complete list of kit contents {here} make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm back with another card using the same technique of copic refills on glossy paper from DCWV. This time I used a monochromatic color scheme and more gold foil paper.
I have been having so much fun experimenting with this technique.
I've thrown away a few things that just didn't turn out right, but I just love the way the ink looks on this glossy paper.  You have to be careful when you die cut a piece like this because the metal can scratch the ink off of the paper.  Also the ink will stick to your die cutting plate, but just a little alcohol on a cotton ball takes it right off.  Oh, and you'll have to do that to your die too, but it only takes a second to do.
I inlaid the gold foil piece and layered a popped up die cut word over that to create my sentiment. No stamping!

Such a fun technique. 
Let me know if you try it!

Cardstock: WP9 White, Ballet Slippers, JAMpaper Gold Foil Paper, DCWV Whiteboard Paper
Dies: WP9 Seasonal Sentiments, Hand Lettered Thanks
Other: Copic Refills

Copic Colored Birthday

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yesterday I shared a technique using Copic Marker Refills on DCWV Whiteboard Paper.  For yesterday's card I kept the colors mostly separated with very little overlap.  This time I really wanted the colors to flow into and over each other.  The trick is drop one color, spread it around, blow on it, and let it dry.  Then you can add the next color and do the same thing.  This way you avoid getting brown, muddy spots.  For these cards I used four different colors.
Once the piece was dry I decided I needed to glitter it:)  I covered the piece with a double sided adhesive sheet and burnished it with my bone folder before removing the backing paper.  Sprinkle with glitter and rub it into the adhesive with your fingers.  I always do this and never have a problem with glitter transferring to everyone and everything.

I tried stamping on the colored glossy paper with Versafine, Momento, and Archival ink and none of them gave me the look I wanted.  They either wouldn't dry or stamp solidly enough.  I tried then heat embossing the sentiment and it worked, but I wasn't happy with how that looked either.  I also tried stamping on top of the glitter.  That worked, but again it wasn't really a dark enough/ solid enough impression for me.  So, in the end, I decided to leave the piece as is without any stamping.  If you have any suggestions for what might work, let me know!
 If you don't have any whiteboard paper, Audrey suggested on IG that glossy photo paper might work.  I think that's a great idea!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Almost forgot to tell you....
New projects have been added to the file for this week.
So many beauties there.
OK, see you later ;)

Cardstock: WP9 White, Black, DCWV Whiteboard Paper
Stamps: WP9 Strictly Sentiments 5
Ink: Versafine Onyx
Other: Copic Refills, MS Glitter, Thermoweb Double Sided Adhesive Sheets

A Colorful Hello

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Well, this was a fun one to make.
So easy too!
When I put together the August kits for the 12 Kits Of Occasions, I included some White Board Paper by DCWV.  It's a glossy white paper that you can use just like the white boards in school.  I saw the huge pack at Michael's and the ideas started coming, but did I really need 36 12x12 pieces of it? Nope.  But.....if I shared the pack with 11 friends couldn't I justify buying it? Yup!  So that's how it came to be added to the kit. I thought it would be cute to create cards for kids where they could play tic-tac-toe or road trip games for kids to play in the car using dry erase markers. 
But I didn't do any of those things...yet. I can't wait until Sunday when I get to see what everyone else in the group has done with theirs.
What I did end up trying today was using this glossy paper with my Copic refills.  I dripped the colors on, one by one, blowing each color around before it dried.  I think the blue looks like a camel! This would be fun to do with kids, like making cloud pictures. 
Once the ink was dry, I glued down a sentiment die cut from the same gold foil paper I used the other day.  I also created to border strips from the gold paper.

I think the colors look so beautiful
 and I can't wait to try this again very soon!

Cardstock: Recollections White, DCWV White Board Paper, JamPaper Gold Foil Paper
Dies: WP9 Hand Lettered Hello
Other: Copic Marker Refills

Golden Stationery

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recently Jam Paper & Envelope sent me some beautiful gold foil paperI hoped the weight would be light enough to line envelopes.  What's more elegant than a gold foil lined envelope? The weight is perfect. It die cut easily and didn't add a lot of bulk to the envelope.
 The 'you' is die cut from the gold foil paper as well as my 'seal'.  The paper is a little delicate for embossing with dies, but I added some extra strength to it by first adhering it to some cardstock.  Then it embossed like a dream.
I used one of my all time favorite PTI sets, Friends 'Til The End, for the floral stamping.  To create my sentiment I selectively inked part of a sentiment from Up Up & Away.
Thanks for stopping by!
Can't wait to hop on over and see what you have created for this month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!

Cardstock: PTI White, Raspberry Fizz, Jam Paper Gold Foil Paper
Stamps: PTI Friends Til The End, Up Up & Away
Ink: PTI Raspberry Fizz, Versamark
Dies: PTI Love Lives Here, Wonderful Words, Envelope Liner Die, Block Alphabet
Other: Envelope

Tri Thanks

Monday, August 25, 2014

'Thank You' cards are the kind of cards you can never have enough of. Here's a simple one in a color combination that I find happy and exciting!
Between Hand Lettered Thanks and Hand Lettered Hello you can make just about any sentiment. The sets work so well together because the fonts are the same.  I store them together in the same CD case because they are so interchangeable. When you pull out one, you're going to want to pull out the other.

I clear heat embossed the sentiments and the black triangles to make them stand out from the rest.
Have a great day!

Cardstock: WP9 Black, White
Stamps: WP9 Hand Lettered Thanks, Just Geometrics: Triangles
Ink: WP9 Wild Mango, Lake House, PTI Pure Poppy, Versafine Black Onyx
Other: Clear Embossing Powder

Sneek Peak {August Kit}

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The August 12 Kits Of Occasions post is one week away.  Next Sunday, the 31st, the rest of the group, a special guest, and I will be sharing the projects we have made with the August kit. 
This month it was my turn to put together the kit and I will have a special giveaway too! Until then, here is a peek at what I have been up to with my kit! Be sure to stop by next week for the full reveal and a chance to win!

Friday Ispiration File Week #181

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's week 181 of The Friday Inspiration File.
Here is a sampling of what you will find in there this week.
I love shinning a spotlight on talented crafters!
I've been in my craft room working on the
WPlus9 September 2014 Release.
I feel so lucky to work with these beautiful products and
I can't wait to share them with you!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another great color combination using WPlus9 Pure Color Dye Inks.
I took one little stamp from Papel Picado and created my pattern.
I eyeballed the center of the paper and stamped my first image. Then, with my second color, I stamped the image touching each of the four sides.  Then, with the third color, I stamped the image touching each of the 8 sides of the previous. And so on, alternating between the three colors.

I cut the piece on the diagonal several times removing one of the pieces to stamp my sentiment from Hand Lettered Hello.

The WPlus9 August 2014 Release was so much fun!  Tons of great products were released.
Well get ready because Dawn announced that WPlus9 is having a September 2014 Release as well!
Let me tell you, just between us, it's GOOD!
So nice to see you again!

Cardstock: WP9 White, Black
Stamps: WP9 Papel Picado, Hand Lettered Hello
Ink: WP9 Wild Mango, Sweet Gelato, Flamingo, Versafine Onyx

Watercolor Flora & Fauna

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Good Morning!
I had some time yesterday to get into my craft room.
I wanted to try watercoloring these WPlus9 Flora & Fauna 2 images.  Until now, I have just used the images 'as is' stamping the outlines. They look beautiful that way too, but I wanted to wait to try this technique until I had a little quiet and extra patience to take my time and see what I could do.  It's not perfect, by far, but I think it turned out pretty!
I heat embossed my images in white and then
I used distress inks as my medium.  I find that success lies in the patience. Drying in between adding layers of color.
I'm excited to try again!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you're having a great weekend!
Trying a new format with larger photos and text.
What do you think? Which do you prefer?

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Recollections 110lb.
Stamps: WP9 Flora & Fauna 2, Lucky Stars
Ink: Versamark, Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Fire Brick, Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce, Seedless Preserves
Other: White Embossing Powder, Shimmer Mist
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