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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Bit Spotted!

I'm back! It's been a chilly February so far here in WA, but this month's Kindred Stamps release has warmed my heart at least! I get to share with you, "A Bit Spotted". This set features 4 of the most adorable pups that I have ever seen, and one crazy fashionista!

For my first project, I chose a planner layout using the "A Bit Spotted" stencil, stickers, and bookmark! I started by using Catherine Pooler Twilight, Black Jack, and Midnight inks, on the stencil. I applied the colors using a toothbrush makeup brush that I got on Amazon. I made sure to rotate the stencil each time I moved it so that the spots became a bit more random and less patterned. My friend had decorated the edges with washi tape for me already so I made sure to work around that.


After I had created my spotted pages ready, I pulled out both sizes of the "A Bit Spotted" stickers, I like to be a bit random and am far from organized, so they are placed willy nilly! I really LOVE how well the smaller stickers fit into the daily columns in my personal planner size. Next, I picked a few of the larger stickers for the header sections. Lastly, I added my crazy fashionista, she is one of our newest products, BOOKMARKS!

My next project had me giggling while I made it! While at Creativation, I had the chance to learn how to use the Gina K wreath builder, well, I give you... a puppy wreath! I used the "A Bit Spotted" stamp set with the two smallest pups to make the wreath. I then watercolored (kinda) them using the Catherine Pooler inks and a TomBow blending pen! I wasn't using watercolor paper, so it's not perfect, but it is definitely fun!


For the sentiment, I chose the birthday sentiment from "A Bit Spotted" stamped on to Stampin' Up cardstock using Delicata black ink and die cut using a Stampin' Up circle die. I layered the same blue cardstock behind the puppy wreath, and mounted it all on a white card base. I finished the card off with a few sequins in each corner from the "Yo Ho" shaker pack.

The entire Kindred Stamps February release will be available Friday, February 22nd at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to check out the Kindred Stamps blog on Friday for the full product release as well as the complete line up of all the Kindred Stamps Design Team projects from release week! If you visit and comment on all of the designers' blogs this week, you could win $15 in Kindred Stamps shop credit! So join the Fan Club and release event, show the design team some love, and get ready to empty those wallets this Friday!

Thank you for visiting me today!

~R. Winn

Monday, February 11, 2019

Snow Day Card Making!

Hello again friends!

I am super excited to share the card I've made today, my little sister, Addison, asked me to make her a card and "surprise her" with the theme. Normally, I don't get to work with many stamps that aren't for team projects, that doesn't mean that I don't collect other's that I want to eventually work with! Today was a snow day from work, we have a bit of a winter storm going on here in Washington right now. Card making felt like the perfect thing to break up the movies and cleaning that have been running my life the last 4 days!

Addison is obsessed with unicorns, and I have accumulated a ton in my collection. Today, I broke out the "Be a Unicorn" set from The Greeting Farm. I absolutely LOVE the personality on these unicorns. I decided to do a watercolor technique that I learned at Creativation from Catherine Pooler using her ink pads.  On the unicorn on the left, I used All That Jazz and Be Mine, the unicorn on the right is Grape Crush and It's a Girl. I used the opposite color of the body on the girl's horns, then added a touch of Wink of Stella.


For the background, I used Altenew's Kind Confetti that I purchased from Kraftgali.  I stamped the confetti 3 times. I started with Catherine Pooler's Lime Rickey, then Something Borrowed, and finished with Royal Treatment. I love the fun pattern it created.  I went ahead and added the sentiment using silver Encore ink, "Do what makes you sparkle" completely fits my little sister's personality. 

I built off a white card base, then added some pink Mirror Card Stock from The Stamp Doctor. I added a strip of silver sparkly ribbon, then added my stamped base and adorable unicorns!

I hope that you enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed making it! Hopefully, Addison will like it too!

~R. Winn





Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Science Geeks

Hi friends! It's been a while, and for that, I'm sorry! I am SUPER excited about the set that I get to share today. "Science Geeks" is full of cute characters, unique sentiments, and so much fun! I managed four cards with this set for you today.

My first features a cutie in a floral dress. I used some Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock with our Kindred Stamps Sprinkles Stencil and created a sparkly background using Catherine Pooler inks. 


I colored my cutie with Copics, then paper pierced her dress using a floral paper from Simple Stories. I finished her off with a little Nuvo Glaze on her glasses. I layered the card with turquoise and pale yellow cardstock, and added a few enamel drops. I thought this was the perfect birthday card, so I added this awesome sentiment to finish it off.

My next card features two cute lovebirds. I used some retired Stampin' Up DSP, then layered on top of it with some grey card stock that I patterned myself by off-setting the Kindred Stamps Comic Dots stencil with two Catherine Pooler inks. 


My lovebirds are again, colored with Copic markers, and the mister is finished with Nuvo Glaze on his glasses. My sentiment, I decided on the "you matter" stamp, because I freaking love it. I put the sentiment on the Lawn Fawn "say what? gift tags die, it fit perfectly... so why not! 

My next card has the awkward couple... who personally, I think rock! I started with the Catherine Pooler Peppermint Stick background stamp, I wanted to show how "Christmas" items can be used throughout the year. I used the Be Mine ink, to make it perfect for a Valentine's Day card. 


I used a retired Unity stamp set with a couch to create a spot to give. I kept the theme of soft colors with the patterned paper and added the sentiment to a banner on Kraft paper on top of them. My couple is colored with Copic markers, and again, Nuvo Glaze for the finishing touches on her glasses. My card was finished using the Kindred Stamps Sweet Love Shaker Pack.

My last card it one cool dude. I colored him with Copics, and wanted to keep the card fairly simple. I used the Kindred Stamps Spaceship Paneling Stencil with blue and black Catherine Pooler inks. I wanted it to look like an atom... I'm probably totally off though haha.


I added the cool dude to the center of my "atom" after coloring him with Copics. I finished it off with a red square and this super fun sentiment which I popped up foam tape to add some dimension. I hope that you enjoyed my take on Kindred Stamps Science Geeks.

The entire Kindred Stamps January release will be available Friday, January 25th at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to check out the Kindred Stamps blog on Friday for the full product release as well as the complete line up of all the Kindred Stamps Design Team projects from release week! If you visit and comment on all of the designers' blogs this week, you could win $15 in Kindred Stamps shop credit! So join the Fan Club and release event, show the design team some love, and get ready to empty those wallets this Friday!

Until next time,
~R. Winn

Monday, December 3, 2018

Kindred Stamps/Beth Duff Designs Blog Hop - Paris

I am so excited to share with you my first project for this wonderful hop that pairs Kindred Stamps and Beth Duff Designs. Two of my favorite companies, as you know. This week we are taking you around the world and the first stop is Paris, France!

The sets I used were, Kindred Stamps "You're Purrfect" and Beth Duff Designs "Adventures Abroad - Paris". For the background, I used a Tim Holtz music note stencil, a ripped paper, and a few different inks! The pink and yellow are Distress Inks, the blue and purple are VersaFine inks, and the grays for the ground are Altenew inks. I was inspired by pictures of Paris at sunset and used the ripped paper over top of the stencil to create a unique sky.  


From Adventures Abroad Paris, I stamped the Eiffel Tower and colored it using multiple shades and tones of gray Copic. I glued it directly onto the background, a little below the beginning of the gray blended ink for the ground. 

From You're Purrfect, I colored up each of the three kittens. I wanted them each to have a different color so they didn't meld together on the card. I placed the kittens in front of the tower, a little offset. 


I layered the finished background onto a pink piece of cardstock, then put all of it on a white card base. I finished the card off with the sentiment, I used "You're Purrfect" from the KS set, and "Amore" from the BDD set!

Thank you for joining us on the Kindred Stamps/Beth Duff Designs collaboration hop! We hope you've enjoyed the pairing of these sets. 

For joining us, we have a little gift for you! Kindred Stamps has a free digital downloadable passport available. Then you will want to visit each blog on this hop, download the free digi, color it, add it your passport, and submit it to the album in the Kindred Stamps Fan Club and Unicorn Crafts Facebook groups to be entered into our giveaways! Each company will be hosting a different giveaway. The opportunity to play will end December 30th for each company!

Unfortunately, due to the closure of Beth Duff Designs, the physical sets may be out of stock but all of the sets used will be offered in a digital bundle from Dec 8-11! Be sure to join the Kindred Stamps Fan Club and Unicorn Crafts to see more from our teams.


You're free digi for Paris is here! I can't wait to see how you color it up and add it to your passport!


Thank you for visiting today, and I will see you a bit later in the week.

~R. Winn



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Adventures Abroad Continues, In Italy!

Hi friends! I hope you've enjoyed the Beth Duff Designs Winter Release so far! I get to share the newest in the Adventures Abroad line, Italy. I absolutely adore this line, and this newest set is a fantastic addition.

I was shown a tutorial about for a card that was super 3D with floating floor. I started by creating the background using a MFT brick stencil, two gray Distressed Oxide inks, and Tonic Expanding Mousse.  In the future I would cut it down to be smaller than the cardbase like a card front layer would normally be, but this was still a bit of trial and error for me!


The floor is cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" and is scored at 3/8", 4 3/8", and 4 6/8". The short score ends up attaching to the back wall, while the longer end is used at the front of the card. I used a Pen Blade to cut small pieces out of the floor where I wanted my pieces to stand. 


I chose to use 4 pillars, 2 scooters, and of course, the chef! They were colored using Copic markers. I can't remember all of the colors I used, but the pillars are W-1, W-5, and W-7! They are standing up by using small paper "L brackets", to create these I cut several small strips of cardstock and folded them in half. I glued them to the underside of the floor first, then the back of my pieces. 


I staggered the pillars, then I put the scooters in front of the back set. I wanted my chef front and center. I finished my card off using the "Grazie" sentiment, which I love the font of! I heat embossed this in a Wow Gold Pearl powder.


As a bonus, I made a bookmark, I used the small pieces from the set in different light colors, stamped at random. Next, I stamped my favorite sentiment from the sent in black VersaFine Clair ink. I finished this quick project off with a light blue ribbon, knotted simply at the top.

I hope you've enjoyed my take on this set, and cannot wait to see what you make with it! If you want to see more of our team's creations, you're always welcome to visit the Beth Duff Designs blog! Make sure you join us at Unicorn Crafts on Facebook to share your own projects, and see a bit more of all of us, and of course, like the Beth Duff Designs page to see when new and exciting things are happening.

And don't forget to go shopping with Beth Duff Designs!

~R. Winn

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

About That Drag Life

It's my favorite time of the month, Kindred Stamps release week! Our newest sets will be available on Friday, November 9th at 8AM Pacific Time. I got to work with the set "Drag Life" which I am SO excited about. I have 3 cards to share, one no-line colored and two with lines. 

We will start with this sassy lady! I colored her in creams and gold. I recently got this frame die from a resale group, it's covered in white Wink of Stella. The background is a piece of gold cardstock, the "Not today Satan" sentiment from "Drag Life" that was stamped repeatedly with VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink.  It's simple, but I seriously love it!


Next, I get to show off my no-line colored card! I selected bright colors for these ladies hair... and I'm obsessed! I went with the Kindred Stamps Star Stencil foiled with Therm O Web Gina K Designs orange foil on black cardstock for the back of my "stage". I mounted this on Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Paper. I then used a brown cardstock and my Penny Black floor die to finish my stage. I placed my ladies, then finished it off with another piece of my rainbow paper and two of the sentiments from "Drag Life."



My last card, I started with Kindred Stamps Comic Dots Stencil turned on it's side. I used Catherine Pooler Pixie Dust and All That Jazz inks blended on white paper. I heat embossed two of the sentiments, in the bottom corner then finished it off with a few sequins from the Kindred Stamps Tutti Frutti Shaker Pack.





The entire Kindred Stamps November release will be available Friday, November 9th at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to check out the Kindred Stamps blog on Friday for the full product release as well as the complete line up of all the Kindred Stamps Design Team projects from release week! If you visit and comment on all of the designers' blogs this week, you could win $15 in Kindred Stamps shop credit! So join the Fan Club and release event, show the design team some love, and get ready to empty those wallets this Friday!

Thank you for visiting me!

~R. Winn

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Where I Want to Be

Hello again! I am so excited to share with you my projects for the Beth Duff Designs collaboration with Unity Stamp Company! Two of my FAVORITE companies working together!

I used the set called "Warmth of Home" which is the perfect set for a Christmas themed card! I decided to do one card two ways. My first is with Copic Markers. I went with Cool Gray colors for the couch, Warm Gray for the blanket, then reds and greens for the pillows. I hit the blanket and red pillow with clear Wink of Stella to add a bit of glitter.


My next card, I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils on kraft paper. For this card, I used Warm Gray colors for the couch, for the blanket I used the Silver with the lightest Cool Gray, and again red and green. I again added Wink of Stella, which isn't amazing on colored pencils, but I love glitter, so I had to try!


The paper for the background is Vintage 45, I thought it looked like a wallpaper. The floor is kraft paper cut with a Penny Black die. The rug is the crochet stamp from "Warmth of Home" stamped on the reverse side of the printed paper. The sentiments are so sweet in this set, I have a lot of family that is spread out, so "home is where I want to be" really spoke to my heart. I stamped it onto a stitched rectangle using Catherine Pooler Eucalyptus ink.


Now it's time to hop! We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to give away. Leave a comment on EACH design team member’s blog in the hop for your chance to win. {We will announce the winners on the Unity blog TUESDAY night.}




A Bit Spotted!

I'm back! It's been a chilly February so far here in WA, but this month's Kindred Stamps release has warmed my heart at least!...