Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Bling Floral Garland

Spring has finally arrived in my corner of the world and I am so happy to see all the trees blooming and flowers popping up everywhere! I was thrilled to learn that the March challenge for the Ken Oliver Creative Team is Spring and Florals! I love to have twinkling lights in my studio all year long, so I decided to create a lighted floral garland using an inexpensive battery-powered garland and some colorful paper posies. This is such a fun project and would look great in any room of the house!

To create the blooms all you need are 5 flower shapes and a circle for the center. I used a flower punch and a 1 1/4" circle punch, but you can use templates or cut the shapes out freehand if you prefer. The blooms can made in any size that you like. Gorgeous Color Splash double-sided paper from Ken Oliver Crafts makes this project so fun and easy!

For the next step lightly mist the petals and circle with a bit of water to make them pliable. Gently scrunch the paper shapes to add texture and dimension. Allow them to dry for a minute or so and then use the Tool-It-All or other hole punch to create an opening in the centers. Make sure the hole isn't too large so the petals will fit snuggly on the bulbs of the garland you are using.

Layer the petals one at a time over the bulb and then add the center as the final touch. You can use a bit of adhesive or double-sided tape on either side of the center openings to secure the petals and center together. Turn on the switch and you have a sparkling floral garland for Spring!

Be sure to check out Ken Oliver Crafts for amazing Spring and Floral inspiration all week long! My fellow team member have already posted some gorgeous projects and there are more to come. Visit Ken's Facebook page here for a fun giveaway and your chance to win your very own set of Color Burst!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Impression Obsession + Ken Oliver Crafts Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Ken Oliver Crafts/Impression Obsession Blog Hop!

You may have joined me from Anna Wight's blog, but please be sure to check out all the inspiring bloggers participating in the hop. You'll find a complete list including links at the bottom of this post. 

I was so excited to work with a charming set of stamps and matching dies from Impression Obsession! I created a sweet card featuring the No Place Like Home Clear Stamps, Bird Dies, and the Fence Die.

I absolutely adore the new Stitched Water Media Greeting Cards from Ken Oliver Crafts and of course the always amazing Color Burst! I used a mix of Lime Green and Terre Verte for grass, Ultramarine Blue for the sky, and Orange for the sweet little chickadees. A tiny drop of the new Platinum Liquid Metals added a lovely bit of shimmer to the birds.

 I was a bit puzzled as to how I could align the stamped images with the matching dies. I found a wonderful tutorial on the Impression Obsession site here. But it suddenly occurred to me that I could simply stack a clear stamp block on top of the dies and then position the clear stamps right over them. I stamped the chickadee images onto a piece of Ken Oliver Water-Media Paper and used a bit of tape to hold the dies in place as I ran the stack through my cutting machine.

Of course no project is complete for me without a bit of vintage book text! I found the definition for "nest" in an old dictionary and glued it to the bottom of the card. I found a lovely scrap of handmade paper and stamped the nest image onto it and then cut it out with some sharp detail scissors. I love the texture that the handmade paper adds! A brown kraft label from my stash stamped with the "There's no place like home" stamp added the finishing touch to my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me for the hop! If you want to win some prizes here's all the details:

The hop will run for 2 days (3/4/16 - 3/5/16) with a list of participants on the Ken Oliver Crafts and Impression Obsession Blogs each day at 8am EST. Visit the fabulous designers from both team’s blogs and leave a comment (please only one comment per person/ per blog) for a chance to win! Winners will randomly be chosen and announced on Monday March 7th
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! 
Ken Oliver Crafts will be giving away a set of Color Burst AND
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificates to two lucky winners!
Making the prize package a retail value of $60 a day!!!

Comment entries will be open until 9pm EST on Sunday March 6th and all winners will be announced Monday March 7th on the Ken Oliver Crafts and Impression Obsession Blogs. 

 Kimberly Jones (You are here!)

Saturday - March 5th