Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Space... Explorers and Even A Space Ship!

December's release for Kindred Stamps is going to blow your mind! So many Fandoms covered, so much epicness, so many amazing cards! I have been working on some of these cards for over a month... I'm slow ok?

It was really difficult for me to pick which project to blog about. Ultimately, I chose the one that took me out of my comfort zone the most!  Molly, my BFF/co-creative team member, asked me months ago if I would make a box card. I immediately shut her down. SO not something I was up to doing!

Well, for this Space Explorers stamp set, it just felt like the right type of project. So, I set out to find a good tutorial since I had ZERO clue as to what I was doing. I found Sandi Maclver's Tutorial and it was perfectly step-by-step and easy to pause/rewind to find steps I was missing.  Her blog also has directions for cut sizes for the layered panels.

I chose some Stampin' Up, retired (because I need to use the paper I've hoarded rather than buying more!) DSP and their retired black chalk ink paper, it's a heavier cardstock and gives a sturdy feel to any projects I use it on. These became my side panels and went basically everywhere!  My card base is an 8.5"x11" Stampin' Up Basic Gray.

I chose to color my characters with several different alcohol markers, including Copics (ALWAYS!), Brutus Monroe's Stylefile Markers (my referral link), and possibly a few retired Stampin' Up Blendabilities! My sweet friend Marcia has been helping my with my black coloring. I am pretty pleased with the way my black is no longer a flat color. 

The space ship is colored with every grey I own. I like to think it looks pretty darn good!

I placed the two characters I feel are important in front and the supporting characters in the second row. I do wish the box was slightly wider to fit them all in and allow them to be easily seen. As it is, you want to pick the card up and explore if from every angle.

For my sentiment on the front panel, I chose "Go Boldly" and used Delecata Metallic Gold. It took a couple of layers to make it stand up well.  I took the Delecata Metallic Silver for the sentiment on the back. Then finished the card off with a com!

All in all, I absolutely loved making this card and can't wait for the perfect occasion to gift it!

As always, if you're ready to place an order, you can use my Referral Link to create your Kindred Stamps account and get 10% off your first purchase. Space Explorers and all the other amazing December Release sets drop this Friday, December 15th.

You don't want to miss the rest of the release... It's seriously amazing. Follow along our blog hop, with several new guest creative team members here...

R.Winn Creates (You are here!)

We are really excited about this release! We have 8 new sets being released on Friday! Our collection is quite an eclectic one, with something to attract everyone! What is the set(s) you are most excited about!

One lucky person will win a $10 credit to the shop! Will that be you?

All you have to do, in order to win, is to visit the following blogs and comment on the posts! Easy Peasy! ALSO, one of our Creative Team Members will be giving away a card she created from this release, find out if you are our lucky recipient by heading over to the Kindred Stamps blog!

~R. Winn Creates

Friday, December 8, 2017

Kindred Stamps - 500 Fan Club Members!

OMG! The middle of November marked an exciting event for us at Kindred Stamps, our Facebook Fan Club Page reached 500 members!! It's taken a little while (thanks to the holidays, and a USPS snag with getting things to me specifically! We still don't know where the first package is...) but we are excited to announce our 500 member giveaway blog hop!

Each of the Creative Team members got to pick a stamp set to giveaway in celebration and Audra rounded the package out with some of our amazing products that Kindred Stamps has to offer.

Our Fan Club is made up of all kinds of crafters, and we love seeing how they use Kindred Stamps products! If you haven't already a member, come join us!

On to my project! I picked the "Tower Princess" stamp set, Audra included some AMAZING unicorn washi tape, unicorn planner stickers, a neat rose gold key pen, and a GINGERBREAD shaker pack! Ya'll are lucky I'm willing to send these out... Really luck.

I decided to try a new thing, combined with a few of my favorites. I started with different colored blue and purple Fireworks Sprays, I soaked the paper a little too much and had to let it dry overnight. I hit it with a little shimmer spray as well to make it shine a little! The result is a beautiful "night sky" background.

Next, the floating lanterns! I used my Versamark ink with Stampendous Pirate Gold Embossing Powder (seriously my favorite gold embossing powder, a lot turn out too dark, and a few too yellow, this one, it's GOLD!) After I had hit the lanterns (which are outlines) with heat, I filled them in using an embossing marker, the largest lantern has a flower that I wanted to still show through so I only used the embossing marker in the outer parts. Again, I used the embossing powder and heat to finish the look. I used the 3 lanterns in a random pattern to fill the night sky up.

All this so far has been things I've done in the past and loved the look of; so now, something new! In several of the crafting Facebook pages I'm on I've seen the "eclipse" technique floating around. Most cards I've seen feature the "eclipse" on DSP, or colored images with little else on the card, which ends upbeautiful! But... I'm me and have to have more... I wanted to see if the technique would work with a heat embossed background. After I had finished the lanterns, I had used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut out "Dream" from my lantern filled night sky! It worked perfectly!!

Next, I mounted the night sky on some beautiful gold paper, to complete the "eclipse" I used SU Dimensionals to make the letters POP out of paper, not everyone leaves the little center pieces in the letters but I like the look so I did on mine. I added the sentiment to the thin strip of card I left free of lanterns using my MISTI and Stazon black ink.

My Tower Princess was colored using Copic markers, (and one lonely SU Stamp n Write Marker for the details on her dress).

We are SO excited that we have reached 500 members in our Fan Club! I know we've been quiet about this momentous event, but that was just because we've been working on a lot of things in the background. Such as... our giveaways, sales, the 12 Days of Christmas (if you haven't checked them out yet, you need to!!), oh, and I don't know RELEASES (this month's may be my favorite and I can't wait to share it)!!! Oh yeah, AND a celebration of the 500!

Kindred Stamps knows that we wouldn't be here without you. We thank you with every breath we take for making our dreams come true! In that spirit, we would like to give each and every one of you a prize, but gosh darn it, that just isn't feasible! So, we're doing the next best thing! Each of our Creative Team Members chose items to give to you and are offering those items as a give away on their blogs and Instagram accounts. You'll just need to hop over to their pages and comment, and hop over to our IG accounts and see what we ask you to do. We each have chosen our own way of handling the giveaways. You'll get opportunities to win Kindred Stamp sets, sequins, fun washi, something handmade by the team member (hehe SURPRISE), and maybe some other extras!

In addition, Kindered Stamps is offering a $25 store credit to one lucky winner! Make sure to head over to the blog to learn more!

We love crafting, we love playing with these fun pop culture sets, and we can only do that thanks to you! So, THANK YOU!

Now, where you go next is up to you, but here's the list!

Kindred Stamps
Dagg Designs
Faniciful Spaces
The Frolicking Fairy

Me - R. Winn Creates
Kindred Stamps
Molly Dagg
Fanciful Spaces
The Frolicking Fairy

Make sure you've left your comments by 9PM EST on 12/11/2017 to be entered for the giveaways!

Toodles for now!

~R. Winn

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Made in the 80's!

Hi all!

It's that time again, release week at Kindred Stamps! This week's release is all kinds of wonderful and I have two super cute projects I'm SO excited to share with you!

I was lucky enough to get to use the new set "80's Girls" to make my projects.  These little cuties were made in the 80's, and so was I!  I had to share this picture of little Rachel rocking the pink jumpsuit, with a character that looks suspiciously like one of these new babes!
*wink, wink*

So, now for the exciting new projects with this exciting new set!

My first project is a Caddy Bag! I used the Sizzix Scoreboard XL Die - Bag, Caddy to get the base of my project.

I knew I wanted the adorable little lady to shine, but I also had a few new "toys" I wanted to play with, so I colored her up using Copic markers and cut her out using my Brother Scan n Cut (we had a little fight about who was the boss that resulted in me tossing my worn out mat, so there is a small slice of the hat that is missing *tears!*).

Next, I grabbed my brand new Plaid Background stamp from Concord & 9th and decided a yellow base with red lines was the way I wanted to go (ps. I also learned that VersaFine Red ink smells like Oreos. I. Kind. You. Not.) Thank goodness for my MISTI because, I tried lining up my lines for the first attempt... Not pretty, MISTI allowed me to create clean, even lines with no guess work or missed spots!

Next, I heat embossed the adorable little strawberry that comes with "80's Girls" repeatedly over the base and front panel of my Caddy Bag. The Recollections Red Tinsel Embossing Powder gives a touch of sparkle, because clearly, everything needs to sparkle.

Next, I mounted my little strawberry gal on the front panel using Stampin' Up Dimensionals.  The sentiments on this set are buildable, so I built a "You're So Sweet" sentiment and stamped it using VersaFine Black, it's my favorite for getting clear words with a fine font. Last I used the Stampin' Up  Label Punch (retired)  to give it shape and mounted it with more Dimensionals.  Last, I had found these adorable little red ribbon bows in the Target "Dollar Spot" with the Christmas stuff, (looked like a good any time product to meeeeee!) and finished this project off with one!

My next project, was so fun to conceive and make!  I have all these diecuts I never use, including Sizzix 659722, a Gift Card Box, so I pulled it out and set to work making my first ever gift card box!

I kept my box fairly neutral using Stampin' Up Crumb Cake. Now, I didn't know at the time I wanted to stamp my sentiment around the box top's side edges, so I went ahead and glue the box together... but what I should have done was take my time to stamp the sentiments that ended up there. This time, I built my sentiment to say "You make my world bright"! I used VersaFine again, like I said, it's amazing for fine fonts, and getting crisp lines.

Next I colored my girl! I wanted her to be fun, and bright, and full of color! So again, I busted out my Copic markers, and my Stampin' Up Blendabilities to make her as bright as a rainbow! For the super fine details, I used my Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens, this also allowed me to squeeze some glitter into this project! After I finished coloring her, I gave her a little purple star on her cheek using the Lavender Glitter Pen.

Behind her, I built a background using plain white paper, the little star from "80's Girls", and a rainbow of bright colored embossing powders.

After the star colors were set with heat, I went back with Stampin Up Write n Stamp markers and did a quick color in of them.

The finished background, mounted it on to the box, then used Dimensionals to make my girl POP off the box!

I hope you've enjoyed these projects as much as I enjoyed creating them! If you haven't already hop on to Kindred Stamps website, using my link, you'll get 10% off your first purchase and start earning reward stars towards future discounts!

As always, we've got a fun blog hop for you to see what the other sets releasing are, and a chance to win a shop credit from Kindred Stamps (this means even if you're a planner girl who doesn't stamp you still want to enter!!)! Make sure you hop along and comment on each blog to be entered!  We want to know which is your favorite set of this release. Are you Old School, like our 80's Girl set? Are you Retro, with our Strange Friends set? Or are you Pop Culture with our Annoyed Boss set? What will you be snagging on Friday?

One lucky person will win a $10 credit to the shop! Will that be you?

All you have to do, in order to win, is to visit the following blogs and comment on the posts! Easy Peasy!

Kindred Stamps

R Winn Creates - You're Here!

See ya later alligator!

~R. Winn