Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dragon Along!

Hi again friends! It's been a trying month for me, I won't lie! Battling through depression over my job loss, and climbing over hurdle after hurdle that seem to come my way have been tough. BUT, I'm Dragon Along (ha!) and am excited to start my new job this month!  For this month's release we have SO many amazing sets, but one of my absolute favorites is "Dragons" It's not a huge set, but it's a very versatile set in my opinion!

My first project using it is a kid's color me in type of card.  I've seen this done many different ways, but they all come back to using an adorable image for a card to give to a kid in your life.  This flying dragon made me thing of my "baby" sister who can be a bit of a dragon herself lol! So, I made her a Valentine using him, a few pieces of Kindred Stamps's Sweet Love Shaker Pack, a set of Brutus Monroe's Clickable Alphabets (affiliate link), Stampin' Up's Starburst Circles Die Cuts, and the "So Fly" sentiment from "Dragons". 

The result is an adorable dragon card for a 10 year old to color in, since coloring is one of her favorite things to do at my house! She will be able to use crayons, colored pencils, or even Copic markers if she wants to since I used blending paper to make sure any medium that my little dragon wanted to use would work. (Yes, she uses my Copics, and she does an excellent job with them too!)

Next up, I wanted to use both dragons in the set, and I adore this "I heard you're dragon" sentiment. Like I said, the last month hasn't been easy on me so it really spoke to my heart. Both dragons are colored using Copics, I chose blue for the little guy sitting, and for the flyer I went with a more traditional dragon color of red (maybe I should've done green but I like my dragons colorful!). It's hard to see, but both dragons are COVERED in Wink of Stella clear glitter and shimmer and shine in good lighting! 

I knew I wanted the little guy sitting to be lower, and I had wanted to put the sentiment behind him, but I couldn't make that work without covering him or putting him too far right to look up at his friend.  So then it occurred to me that he would fit perfectly ON the sentiment. I glue him flat to the card base and gave the flyer with a little pop with dimensionals from Stampin' Up.

Last, the card looked a little naked to me so I grabbed some blue DoubleClick Skittles (check out Kindred Stamps's selection here) and used 3 on the two blank corners. I feel like I ended up with a perfectly balanced card ready to brighten someone's day.

My last project was a bit of a brainchild... I thought what could be better than a dragon in the clouds? Too bad I killed my Snow Marker (yes, that's a thing, here's an Amazon link) to make it, but... I think it's worth it!  I got a set of Arteza Real Brush Markers for Christmas, and was dying to try them. The bad news is that I have no idea what I'm doing with them. The good news is, he still turned out pretty cute!  

After I colored him in, I used a blue scrap for the background and glued him where I wanted him, then set to work on the clouds! Each fluffy cloud was added in layers of drawing with the marker and using my heat gun. The effect is a nice fluffy bunch of clouds, including the one little flyer is popping out of!  Last, for the sentiment, I used a Fiskar's small cloud punch and build another cloud, slightly more flat than the others. Using a Distress Oxide in Raspberry, I stamped "So Fly" into the clouds.

There you have it, my three cards using "Dragons" for the January 2018 Kindred Stamps Release!

Thank you for joining us in celebrating this month's release! We know a lot of you have been hoping for sets inspired from times when dragons wandered the earth freely and dire wolves once again moved amongst this land. We brought that to you, and then some. We brought spooky things from the deepest depths of the oceans, and we captured the night sky for you. All you need to do now is to let your inspiration reign! Where will these stories take your crafting?

Before your craft table takes you to the many planets of our solar system, let us take you to the blogs for our Creative Team Members and that of our Guest Designer. Everyone is excited to provide you with a sample of their work and to talk about some of the products they used as well as their thought process.

On your journey, if you comment on each person's blog post, you will be eligible to win store credit for a future purchase! You must comment on each person's blog, as well as the blog post for Kindred Stamps. The winner will be chosen Friday night, 1-12-18, around 9 pm EST.

We thank you so much for your enthusiasm! We can't wait to see what you're inspired by, but remember, if you are inspired by something pop culture related, please refer to our stamp set names on social media and avoid using the actual show or character names. It is very important that we do not step on copyright toes! Thank you ever so much!

Now, for the hop! Follow these links!

R.Winn Creates (You are Here!)

Thank you for dropping in!

~R. Winn

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