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