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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Bit of Magic!

 Have you ever been stupidly excited for something, then when it arrives you don't know what to do with it?

That's what the Magical Alphabet from Kindred Stamps had me feeling. I told my best friend that I wanted to make something "obnoxious and amazing" with it. I came up with this!

I knew I wanted to use the alphabet to create "Yasss" which is something I will use typing on Facebook when I get excited, but honestly don't actually saw.  Using my Chameleon Pens and their Color Top counterparts to color my letters and the extra embellishments. Then hit the little magical bits with a clear Wink of Stella.

I went with a mix of the new Kindred Stamps Unicorn Poop and Unicorn Farts Shaker Packs... this stuff is SO fun. There is such a unique blend of glitter, sequins, and other magical items. The star design in the center Stampin' Up's star framelit die cut, I used Stampin' Up's White Shimmer paper (this may be retired) to create a clean background. Then grabbed just a random large piece of pinkish paper from my scraps pile.  I went with an Orange BrazzilBasics Cardstock for the card base. 

Finally, I grabbed the Magical Unicorn stamps from my stash, Kindred Stamps for the win!  I colored it with my Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pens.  I knew I didn't want to leave it white, so I went with the turquoise for the body, then went with every single colorful pen I could find for the hair.

I am so pleased with how this card turned out and can't wait to find the perfect person to give it to!

So! If you are ready to give in and grab a Kindred Stamps set or embellishment yourself,  you can click HERE to create an account and get 10% off your first purchase!

Thanks for stopping by!

~R. Winn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Birthday To The Daggs

Hi friends! I have some fun things to share with you today.  Along with an amazing release for Kindred Stamps, my best friends are celebrating their birthdays.

I, of course, had to take the stamps for this release, to make a birthday card for Molly! She is the best friend a girl could ask for and I appreciate her beyond words. For her card, I chose to use the new "Bears with Feelings" set that is being released on Friday with Kindred Stamps. 

 I chose colors and belly images to represent BFF Bear and Tenderheart from the iconic Care Bears! To color each of the bears,  I pulled out all the markers I had in the colors the bears are. I did a lot of layering with the colors and it took a few passes of the marker to get them just right.

For the bellies, I did a little shading with light greys to add to the depth, then I colored the symbols. I finished with clear Wink of Stella to make the Bears with Feelings sparkle!

 My background is some retired Stampin' Up DSP covered by an awesome Clarity Cloud Stencil and BoBunny glitter paste to add depth and create the fun glittery clouds. It's definitely not perfect, but I have never done any sort of layering with the glitter paste. It was a mess (that I just remembered I still need to clean up! Oops!) but I love how it turned out and it was so much fun!

 Next, I took a cloud from a retired CTMH set and stamped one of the building your own sentiments from the Bears with Feelings set. I used a Distress Oxide stamp set, then I took my silver Wink of Stella and outlined the cloud to make it not such a stark comparison to the glitter clouds.  The silver stars are from a previous Stampin' Up My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I tend to be a bit of a hoarder of kits, I rarely build the cards or projects, and save the wonderful bits to use in projects later on.

I finished the card off with some fun DoubleClick Skittles probably my favorite embellishment if we are being honest! I echoed the glitter paste colors and added a yellow in there just for fun!

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I loved making it for my BFF's b-day! Happy birthday sweet Molly, I can't wait to celebrate many more with you!

The next card I had to make was for Molly's awesome hubby, Evan. I knew for weeks I wanted to use the "Time Traveler" for him as he enjoys Dr. Who!

I had so much fun creating a watercolor background. It was my first attempt, but definitely not my last at the popular Galaxy Watercolor Background that people are loving... I blame Suzanne Babb-Moore for my obsessions, for weeks she's been posting these wonderful creations.

I finally signed up for the class shes's taken myself so I can learn how to make my backgrounds look like the night sky, but I didn't have time to work on the lessons before I needed to make the card so this is my starting point of my journey!

The Weeping Angels, if you don't know the story, can only move if they're not being watched. Hence the "don't blink" part of the sentiment.  I colored her with Copics and some old Stampin' Up Blendabilities to create two different yet similar shades of grey.

The Dr, I chose to fashion after the 11th Dr with his cool fez and bowtie. He is colored entirely with copics, I used a glue dot to place his bowtie and the sonic screwdriver.

The ever amazing Tardis also was colored using Copics. Again all 3 awesome images were blended and shaded a ton. I tried to make sure they all had the "light" shining down on them the same way.

The finished card makes me giddy! I think it may be one of my best cards yet, not to toot my horn too loudly! Watching Evan's face as he saw it was awesome. 

I don't often manage to make birthday cards for those I love, but I was so glad I was able to for them. They're some of the best people I know and I am blessed to have them in my life.

So... now that I'm done being sappy... If YOU need some of these amazing stamps, go grab them at Kindred Stamps and use my coupon code "RWinn10" for 10% one purchase!

Wanna see what the rest of our awesome Kindred Stamps Design Team made with the other stamps releasing this month? Follow along our blog hop! By visiting all of the links below, and commenting on their post you'll be eligible to win the stamp set of your choice* at Kindred Stamps! Remember, you must comment on all the posts. *The stamp set of your choice can be from any previous release, including this one, and is limited to a value of $15.99. 

R Winn Creates (You are here!)

Good luck!
~R. Winn

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Jurassic Era

Hi again friends!

Can you guess what is happening this weekend? An awesome release at Kindred Stamps! We are trying our first ever blog hop! Make sure you follow along and comment on each blog included. The prize is awesome and you get full details on the Kindred Stamps Blog!

I was SO "Dino Park" is a fantastic set that is inspired by the Jurassic Park movie series... and I can't get enough... for real. I was SO excited when Audra gave me it for this release!

I started this card with one thing in mind... pooooooo. It took a lot of mixing, since apparently I don't own anything brown, but eventually I got the right combination of Pearl Pens and Nuvo drops to make a giant pile... I will admit I'm slightly disappointed that it cracked but I think that ultimately it adds to the character of the card.  Next I took some Gelatos (again, I don't own browns!) and mixed purple and green to make a nice poop color that I smeared into the cracks and over the top.  I think it looks pretty, poopy!

The card background I made from daubing Distress Oxide inks onto white card stock. I made sure the dino prints got put in the correct spots to show he was there. Ian took me a little bit of coloring, I'm super unsure of coloring anything other than the pastiest of skin-tones. I'm SO happy with how he came out though!
Lastly... that sentiment... it completely describes how I feel in life right now. LOL But I used the Tuxedo Black MementoLuxe to give it a touch of texture and finished filled the tag hole with some Nuvo drops, I two-toned it by using the orange glitter first, then dropping some of the clear in the center.


I also really wanted to show off little Ms. Raptor... because duhhh. I have been trying to branch out and do tags and things that are out of my comfort zone, and frankly are less time consuming than a card for me.

I started by finding a tag I liked, I have a drawer full and can never seem to make a dent in it, I think the one I used came from a Stampin' Up kit.  So many things are square or rectangle that when I saw the circle this vision popped in my head.  I got something SUPER fun from Zulily (of all places!) Metallic Creative Medium! So I had to use it... clearly.  I grabbed the bronze, because there is something Jurassic Park about the metal bronze, it just goes for me.  I used a Ranger stencil called "Small Bubbles" and just covered the tag.

Next, I grabbed about 5 of my darker green Copic markers, and one grey. I colored small circles and spotches with one color after another to give her skin a reptile feel. With the lightest green I used, I went over all of the image. I had to fussy her out because my Brother Scan 'n Cut and I were fighting... but I took my 2" circle punch and cut her down to fit on the tag.

Last touches were the sentiment, I tried to stamp it on the tag, that didn't work well. So, another of my endless supplies is little tiny tags for sentiments, again, I'm pretty sure this came from an SU kit. I took my good old standard Memento black ink and stamped it, then used SU dimensionals to bump it off the tag. I grabbed a mossy green ribbon (would've LOVED a brown, but again with my theme of no brown anything...) and topped off the tag.

I'm sure you can all guess I will be investing in some brown ribbon, Nuvo drops, and whatever else I can get my hands on to add to my stock!

I hope you've enjoyed my creations, and now I want you to check out my friends and teammates creations!

Rachel Winn - You are here!!

Again, thank you all for taking the time to read my long winded blog! Until next time... RUN!

~R. Winn

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Magical Fairies Time!

 Hello again!

I'm so excited about the stamps I'm sharing with you today!  I've been waiting for the first set for quite a while! Audra at Kindred Stamps, put together, THE most adorable fairies for her "Magical Fairies" set! Check the card I made out!!

I used Copic markers, and their glitter pens to color up my pretty little fairies and the cute house and cut them out with my Brother Scan 'n Cut (it did trim a few of their wing pieces off unfortunately!)

For my background, I used a Fiskars Embossing board, (like old school hand embossing, that was exhausting!) with flowers in it. I then sponged 4 fun Stampin' Up colors (I'm so awful at remembering the color names but if you love any of them, let me know, I'm happy to go back and look!) on the flowers and backgrounds.

I wanted it to be an inspirational card, for someone who had just completed a program, and had well wishers for her life after it! The "Spread your wings and fly" sentiment was perfect for just that, I matched the middle layer of CS to give it a good base and tie it all together.

Magical Fairies is being released on Friday, September 8th, at Kindred Stamps, you can join us for the release party and see all the other cute things coming up at the Kindred Stamps Fan Club FB Group!

O.M.G... are you an '80s baby too? Someone who loves a certain trilogy about a young man who travels time in a DeLorian? Someone who thinks Michael J. Fox rocks? Well, thennnn you may wanna make sure you're ready to squeal!

The "Back in Time" set from Kindred Stamps was recently released and OMG.......... I LOVE IT! Giving input for this set was SO fun... this is one of my husband's favorite movies, Back to The Future has been watched SO many times in our house! Again, I've been looking for good inspirational sentiments, and this may have been one of my favorite "finds," it really is perfect!

I colored up good old, Doc Brown and the DeLorian with Copics, I'm not amazing at hair, but I won't lie, I'm pretty pleased with his! The car, pulled out all 6 greys I own and just started darkest to lightest. It was super fun!

The background, I grabbed a pretty indigo blue and used some of my first washi ever, which is a geometric teal to create something slightly retro, yet slightly futuristic feeling. I added a middle layer of white card stock but covered the edges with some retired SU silver striped washi tape. (See, I'm not a hoarder, I will find a use for it all eventually!!!)

Ok, if you've stuck with me this far, you deserve a cookie, but instead, I will give you a discount code! You can get 10% off your Kindred Stamps order using my coupon code, "RWinn10" plus, if you spend $75 you get free shipping!!

I'm going to go pass out now, it's been a long day and my poor little brain is ready to be done!

~R. Winn

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Pixie Dust!

My little geeky heart flutters... at the newest stamp release from Kindred Stamps

There are SO many cute things, but the first one I HAD to play with was the Peter Pan Set! I made a few fun things with this set and even tried something new too! 

This little tag was made using Stampin' Up Whisper White cardstock, the Stampin' Up Stars boarder punch, a tag punch from Stampin' Up,  and some sparkly silver washi tape that I'm not sure where I picked it up!! 

For my attempt at a new technique, I stamped Tinkerbell onto the washi tape using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored her in using Copic markers. It did take me several layers of coloring to get the color to pop but it's a very cute little image to color in! I want to use Stanzon Ink next time and maybe "regular" markers that might stand out a bit better on the glitter.

I finished the project off using Memento Luxe ink in Nautical Blue to stamp one of my favorite sayings from Walt Disney. I'm not sure who will get it but I absolutely love it!

Next up? A card of course! I used some retired Stampin' Up black chalkboard cardstock for a solid base and some blue cardstock from JoAnn Fabrics for the top layer. 

On my blue CS, I used a Stampin' Up stars mask or stencil with some Bo Bunny glitter paste to create a little bit of a starry sky.  I tried to leave enough room for my two favorite characters from the set, Tinkerbell and Peter Pan himself of course!  

I colored both up images using Copic markers. Tink's wings and Peter's knife both got glittered up using Copic's glitter pens (perfect for when you want control of where you're adding glitter!) I finished the card off with what I feel is the perfect sentiment for a Peter Pan card! 

I may not be on much over the next few weeks so I want to invite you to keep an eye on the Kindred Stamps blog for featured products and work from Audra, Hannah, and Molly! If you haven't already joined us on the Kindred Stamps Fan Club Facebook page, we'd love to see you there too!

As always, if you wanna get your hands on this set for yourself, or someone who could use a little pixie dust of their own, please feel free to use my coupon code "RWinn10" for 10% off your order!

~R. Winn

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Little Vitamin Sea

Is everyone enjoying Summer? Honestly? I've been melting. No A.C. at work, only one room cooled at home? I could happily live in my car if it meant I wasn't overheating!

I'll tell you what I do love though, the bright colors, the animals out and about, my silly puppy deciding to sunbathe, and the inspiration that all of that leads to anything artistic!

Typically, I make cards to share but the stamp set I am sharing today from Kindred Stamps is Vitamin Sea!

It SCREAMS fun in the sun, with a hint of snarky personality thrown in! These little summer images are the perfect size to decorate my planner with! I use a Webster's Pages A2 size, so it's a little smaller than a lot of planners. My life isn't terribly exciting so I didn't have a ton going on to write down, but man does it look pretty!

I used the blank sticker sheets from Sweet Stamp Shop to stamp out my images, and I just picked the ones that looked fun to me. No rhyme or reason. The sticker sheets held both the Copic and Chameleon Marker inks perfectly.

Once I had my items colored up I went ahead and fussy cut them out. I chose random places to put them and added a few sentiments I felt were appropriate for the days (see the end of the work week .) It was a fun little layout and I loved doing it!!

A few days later, I decided I wanted to make a tag with this set... I don't typically make tags! I broke out a few Stampin' Up punches I hadn't used before, but they had been sitting on my shelf waiting!

I went ahead and used some DSP from Stampin' Up that I hadn't used yet and reminded me of pool water for the bottom layer. I wanted to use the BRIGHT colors of summer, and I didn't want to color because... I do that a lot! Instead, I broke out three fun Versafine colors and kept it simple but fun.

I placed images at random and used some washi tape that I received as a gift from the UK! because flamingos and neon colors totally fit my theme! The sentiment I made stand apart by sticking to solid black, again I used Versafine since it works SO well for detailed stamps and dries fairly quickly so I didn't stress about smudging it!

Last I added a little yarn from my SU stash and tadaaa! My first original tag! It's fun and a bit raw as far as "talent" goes but I love it!

Now it's your turn! Run over to Kindred Stamps, pick up your own set of these stamps and use my coupon code "RWINN10" for 10% off your purchase!!

I would LOVE to know which is your favorite image, and you can guess which is mine!

~R Winn.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Everything is Awesome!

Hi lovelies!

I am SO excited about the new Kindred Stamps Building Block stamp set!!  If you're like our household, you enjoy using these wonderful little bricks to build iconic buildings, create scenes from your favorite movies, or even just play around!! Audra at Kindred Stamps, asked her creative team for ideas and somehow asked for something "Lego" inspired but still so unique!  

The first card I want to share is a classic couples card!  I built my own background paper using the side view bricks and top view of the flowers! They are colored with Copic markers, and I tried to use the basic brick colors in the build your own type buckets. I mounted it on a Brazill Basics burnt orange card stock, unfortunately, I was gifted it so I don't know the shade name!

Next, I built my couple, they were so fun! I loved picking which faces they got!! Thank goodness for my MISTI, none of this would've happened without it! I used my Chameleon Markers to color their clothes, I attempted some faded jeans, it was kinda fun. 

Last, my sentiment, I love the "You Complete Me" sentiment. I took some Real Red cardstock from Stampin' Up! (if you don't have a demo, check out my friend Kelli, she rocks!) and used the Layering Ovals Framelits from Stampin' Up! 

I completed the card with a few... LEGOS! I couldn't resist, I dug around in my bucket and pulled out some flat white 2x1s to add a little... embellishment! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

My second card, I really wanted to dedicate to friendship, because they really are the thing that keeps us standing and build us up when we are struggling!

I decided to try a little masking! This technique allows for you to tape or paper off a part of a stamp and layer the stamps. (The amazing Lydia at Understand Blue gave a good, simple video example here!) I figured the best thing to use for your first attempt at masking was Building Bricks... that you could stack. **HEHE**

Everything was colored up with Copic markers, I kept the girls simple but considered trying to mask some of the adorable flowers on to their shirts or pants (my BFF and I are a little obsessed with leggings so it would've been fitting!) 

The little brick hearts were begging to be used and added to the cutesy of the card.  I finished off with some of my FAVORITE embellishments, DoubleClick Skittles (you need them!) they give just the right amount of POP to any card and are soooo pretty! My card is layered with some retired Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper and ready for gifting!

I hope you all enjoyed my creations! I had so much fun making them and can't wait to get to play with my Building Blocks stamp set again!  For making it through this long post, if you want to place an order on you can use my coupon code "RWINN10" for 10% off your entire order!

Until next time!

R. Winn

Little Red - Guest Design for Heartcraft Paper

Hello again friends! I am super excited to introduce to my friends, HeartcraftPaper , a new digi company. I was lucky enough to be chos...