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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Turning Seven

Hello!  Today is my son's 7th birthday!  Seven!  I can't even.  Since his birthday fell on a weekend this year I was able to host his party on his actual birthday.  We went to a local movie theater to see The Secret Life of Pets (SO cute, by the way)!  Since the release of Pokemon Go! the card game and related merchandise seems to be making a comeback.  Kayne has been into collecting the cards since Summer started so I thought that would be a fun birthday theme.  Well, let me tell you, I'm glad I shopped early because party stuff was not as easy to find as one might think!  And then there was the matter of his card....  Mayzy Art came to the rescue with this adorable Birthday Pikachu image!  One night on Facebook she happened to be doodling Pokemon characters and asked what people's favorites were.  I responded and before I knew it this cutie was emailed out as a freebie to her newsletter subscribers!  Big hearts, Mayzy!  Big hearts!

He is colored with Copics and cut and matted with Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I made the Pokeball using them as well (except for the smallest little circle which is from a punch).  The arrow is from La-La-Land Crafts.  The Smart Phone and Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics are from My Favorite Things.  I generated the sentiment on the compter and printed it out.  The photo corner (Cuttlebug) and heart (Whimsey Stamps) are also dies. 

The party was a success and my little guy declared this the best birthday ever!  Smiles for days!

Now momma is exhausted and off to bed!  Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful night!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Club KennyK Challenge #17 - Anything Goes with a Twist: Favorite Holiday

Hello!  I am so excited to be sharing one of the new KennyK Stamps Halloween images with you today!  As many of you may know, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and I love making cards and baking this time of year!  I sort of put in a request with Elena and KennyK that we needed a classic, sexy witch - KennyK style!  Never in my wildest dreams did I image the magic they would produce!  Meet Spell Caster!

This bewitching beauty comes as a set and you receive 4 separate images (the cat appears merged here but he is his own image)!  I chose to color the witch holding her wand at the ready!

She is colored with Copics and cut using the Classic Rectangles Nestabilities.  On her skirt I used my clear Wink of Stella pen to give it some sheer shimmer.  I loaded on the dies once again!  Here I've used Filigree Moon, Filigree Border, and Pumpkins (La-La-Land Crafts); Tim Holtz Star Cluster, Weathered Clock, Twigs, and Owl (Sizzix); and Labels Four (Spellbinders).  The witch's brew label is from a set called Wanda's Pantry (Waltzingmouse Stamps).  I added a bit of lace, a few flowers, a mini broom, a Halloween sticker (Michaels Recollections), and a Martha Stewart cat punch.

 I had so much fun making this card and I can't wait to color up and create with the other images in the release!  We have three other new images this release: Book of Spells, Bride of Frankie, and Chummy Mummy!  Visit the shop to check them out and come see us on Facebook at Club KennyK!  A new challenge starts today!  The theme is always Anything Goes with an optional twist!  No need to guess what that twist is this time, right?  Well, it's actually Favorite Holiday.  But in my mind it's HALLOWEEN!!!  The KennyK's Krafty Krew design team have created some gorgeous things so be sure to check them out!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

More Awesome!

Hello!  Today I am posting a very special birthday message to the one, the only KennyK!!!  Please join us over at Club KennyK (the official KennyK Stamps Facebook group) as we celebrate his big day!  There is a contest with some fabulous prizes, but more importantly come leave Kenny some birthday love! 

The KennyK's Krafty Krew design team has whipped up some cards for Kenny.  You can see all of them over on Facebook, but here is a peek at mine.  I colored Party Time with my Copics and cut him using Classic Circles Nestabilities.  I loaded up on dies using Sunburst, Stitched Bracket Border, Flag Banner, Honeycomb, Palm Tree Island, and Tropical Wave (La-La-Land Crafts) as well as Geek Is Chic Glasses, Stitched Squares, and Reel Life (My Favorite Things Die-namics).  The sentiment is a Studio G Michael bargain bin find!

Kenny, along with his wife Elena, are the creative force behind the stamps we love so much!  Let's take a moment to wish him another amazing trip around the sun!

Make your own birthday creation using any KennyK Stamps image (digi or clear) and enter on Facebook for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher to the store!  Two other lucky winners will receive 3 digis of their choice!

Happy Birthday, KennyK!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Saturday Coffee

Hey there!  Is there anything as good as Saturday morning coffee?  Probably not...  I get to sleep in a bit and the weekend stretches before me!  While I stir up my iced mocha this morning I thought I'd share a card over it.  And appropriately enough the name of this adorable image from Saturated Canary is - Saturday Coffee.  Leave it to my child to tell me the DAY OF that his new teacher has a birthday during the first week of school!  And now that I know I can't not make her something.  So I colored up this cutie and cut her with Long Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I then cut a mat to fit and distressed the edges. 

I pulled out a pile of dies and went to work!  Here I used Fancy Doily Border, Stitched Bracket Border, Hot Air Balloon, and Scalloped Banner (La-La-Land Crafts).  The sentiment is Stampin' Up and is cut with Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  The wee little Eiffel Tower is My Favorite Things.  Details include a Polaroid photo frame, flowers, ruffled ribbon, and a bling flourish all from my stash.

Only five more days until Krista closed the Saturated Canary store so shop while you still can!  You can also purchase her 2016-2017 subscription until October 1st as well!  Hurry!

Now that I'm well-caffeinated it's time to start my day!  Hope yours is a good one!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Birthday Happy Hour

Hi!  Yes, I really do still have cards left to show off!  Lol  It's been quite the busy blog week for meNext up is a birthday card I made for a co-worker.  I selected Happy Hour from KennyK Stamps because she reminds me of the recipient.  She is colored with Copics and then matted with Fleur De Lis Squares (Spellbinders).  

The card is then dressed up with several other dies from my collection.  Here you will find French Pastry (Cheery Lynn Designs) as well as Lattice Doily Border, Lattice Border, Scallop Border, Dress Form, and Scroll Banner (La-La-Land Crafts). Some flowers and paper straws from my stash complete the card.



Thursday, September 8, 2016


Hello again!  I am on a serious roll here!  I have a bunch of cards I made that are a lot "simpler" than my usual fare (some more so than others) and instead of featuring a colored image, they all showcase a sentiment.  I thought I'd share them all in one blog post so you can marvel at my lack of effort when I'm pressed for time!  Lol

This first card does have some layers and embellishments and I actually love the way it turned out.  I dislike having to make sympathy cards on principle but it's important to convey comfort any way we can.  I used a Stampin' Up sentiment cut with Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and matted with Picot Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  The other die is Fancy Doily Border (La-La-Land Crafts) and the edges of the card are trimmed with a Martha Stewart border punch.  A bit of lace and some flowers from my stash are the finishing touches. 

This next card was for a co-worker's birthday.  I found out last minute that he shared a birthday with another co-worker and so had to through together a quick masculine card for him.  Again, here there are a few layers, topped with another sentiment from Stampin' Up cut using Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things).  The honeycomb texture was achieved with an embossing folder and I added a few black pearls as well as a button and baker's twine from my stash.

Summer was over before I knew it and I needed a thank you card for Kayne's camp director.  He works so hard for those 10 weeks to make sure the kids have a great experience!  But true to form I left it until the last minute to create so this was the result.  The Stampin' Up sentiment is once again cut with Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things).  I added several of the Feather (Hot Off The Press) die cuts, popping up the top one with foam squares for added dimension.   

And last but not least, a card for Kayne's archery instructor.  I could not for the life of me find an image of a boy with a bow and arrow that was not Cupid so I took matters into my own hands with some arrow themed paper, a Stampin' Up sentiment, and a couple of Tim Holtz metal arrows.     

I get so carried away with all the dies and embellishments I forget that there is also beauty in simplicity.  And that sometimes maybe words are worth a thousand pictures.

Hope everyone is having an amazing week! 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Monster High

Hi, there!  Halloween is coming, but who says that monsters are only for one night a year?  Why not for birthdays too?!  One of my son's classmates invited him to her birthday party and her mom told me she likes Monster High.  I remembered I had this awesome Mayzy Art image of Frankie Stein.  So I colored her up with my Copics and cut her out using Labels Seventeen Nestabilities (Spellbinders). 

My die collection is my pride and joy and I love adding to it!  I use multiple dies on almost every card I make these days.  Here I've used all La-La-Land Crafts ones (except the one I used to cut the image).  Featured are Loopy Doily, Filigree Crown, Stitched Bracket Border, Wings Set, Wrought Iron Fence, and Birthday FlagFlowers and flower ribbon trim dress up the card and I added a sprinkle of black glitter in a Tim Holtz Tiny Vial for a bit of fun!  The 7 is a chipboard glitter number sticker. 

I'm sure I'll be back with more things that go bump in the night as my favorite holiday approaches, but I really enjoyed making this card for a non-Halloween occasion!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day! 


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blood Sucker

Hi!  Once Labor Day hits and Summer is behind us all thoughts turn to Halloween!  Oh, wait, is that just me?  Lol  I am already making Halloween cards, completing two so far (which I think is already one more than I did during the whole season last year!  #halloweenfail2015).  Anyhoo....  I am breaking in my new Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps clear stamps and having a ball!  They are currently having a Guest Designer design team call on Facebook and I decided to submit something for a shot at joining them.

This is Valentina Vampire from the August new release!  She is colored with Copics and fussy cut.  I then went over the top Halloween all over this card!

I used a bunch of my dies, of course.  Featured here are Spiderweb Border, Spiderweb Corner, Tombstones, Frightful Fence, and Street Lamp (La-La-Land Crafts) as well as Tim Holtz Branch Tree and Halloween Shadows (Sizzix) and Fleur de Lis Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  The label is from a Waltzingmouse Stamps set called Wanda's Pantry and it is cut with Small Labels Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I also sprinkled a little Shabby White Fran-tage on the label.  The small branches, bat, and blood drops are Martha Stewart punches.  The Martha Stewart candy sticker (blood sucker- get it?!?  Lol), Tim Holtz Oddities Adornment, cheesecloth, and flowers are from my stash.

This image was SO much fun to color and create with!  I have an immense collection of all things Halloween, and I am hoping this year I will have lots of Halloween projects to share with you!  Is it too early to decorate...?

Thanks for dropping by and hope you have a fang-tastic day! 

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- Craft Your Passion: #328-Always Anything Goes
- Sparkle N Sprinkle: September 2016-Always Anything Goes
- Left of Center Creative Challenges: #146-Feisty Ladies


Bond. James Bond.

Hey!  How is everyone in Blogland?  I'm back to share another project.  I think I'm on a roll... 
So it's not everyday that my son requests a special card for someone with a specific theme.  I mean, he's only 6!  But when he told me that he wanted a James Bond themed card for his dad's birthday I broke out in a cold sweat!  WHERE was I going to find a James Bond image?!  Well, after a brief Internet search (Thank you, Google!) it was Polkadoodles to the rescue!

The digital stamp is called Spy, but he sure looks like that infamous secret agent 007, doesn't he?  I colored him with Copics and fussy cut him then popped him up with foam squares.  I usually have a hard time with masculine cards but this one came together really easily!  Of course I added lots of fun dies and embellishments because, well, have you met me?!  

Featured here are Skyline Border, Stitched Bracket Border, Sunburst, Steampunk Border, Birthday Corner, and Winged Heart (La-La-Land Crafts) and Tim Holtz Film Strip (Sizzix).  I also added a casino poker chip sticker and Tim Holtz Alphabet Cards from my stash.

The little man was happy and hopefully so was his dad!  

 Thanks for dropping by!


Monday, September 5, 2016

It Must Be Magic

Hi!  Day 3 of my long holiday weekend and I've blogged as many days.  I'm impressed, if I do say so myself!  Lol  I have been saying for some time that I wanted to broaden my crafty horizons and try some new companies (or use more of ones I already own but don't color frequently enough).  I have admired Annie Rodrigue's images over at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps for years, but had never gotten around to purchasing any.  Since the shop only sells rubber and clear stamps for some reason I put off ordering for a variety of reasons.  Digis fall into my shopping cart like penny candy all the time.  (I'm all about the instant gratification!)  But somehow it feels like a bigger commitment, financially and otherwise, to buy stamps that require shipping.  All that changed when I saw their magical July new release!  I ordered two sets as soon as they were available!  Since then I have acquired a small collection thanks to the fabulous Frugal Friday sales and various private sales!

I colored my first image and there she sat on my craft desk for a bit, but I've finally made her into a card using this month's KKS Sketch.  Here is Witch Willa!

I colored Willa with Copics.  When I saw the current challenge and the sketch I decided I should enter my first KKS challenge too!  The theme is Clean and Simple.  Most of you know this is not my normal style, but I gave it a shot and followed the sketch.  The sentiment is from another Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps set called Spook-tacular Sentiments.  The only die I used on this card was the Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things).

 I'm hoping this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship!

Thanks for hanging out with me this weekend!

- Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: #347-Clean and Simple


Sunday, September 4, 2016


Hello!  How is everyone's weekend so far?  I'm taking a little time to get caught up on some things, including a backlog of blogging.  I color.  I make cards.  But the online sharing of said cards has been a bit lax these days.  But I'm here today to share a birthday card I made for my Zumba instructor/friend and fellow book worm!  What could be more perfect than the May 2016 Club La-La-Land Crafts kit?!?!  I colored Marci with Books with my Copics and fussy cut her.  For added fun and interest, I paper pieced her book bag with designer paper and added glaze to her glasses.

My love of my die collection shines through once again.  I used a couple from the kit as well as a few more from La-La-Land Crafts.  Featured here are Book Brackets, Open Book, Glasses, Question/Exclamation, Loopy Doily, Large Lacy Border, and Scallop Border.  The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.  The READ sentiment was created with a stamp set/die combination from Whimsy Stamps.  The stamp set is called Spell It Out.  The other sentiment is part of the kit and is cut using Ribbon Banners (Spellbinders).   I added a few flowers, punched branches (also Martha Stewart), and a Tim Holtz pen nib for embellishments.

If you want to check out the details on the Club LLLC kit subscription click HERE.  It is an awesome deal and such a fun surprise every month!

Thank you for visiting!

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Back To School Madness

Hi there!  Well, we successfully navigated the first week of school here and are now set to enjoy a long holiday weekend!  I thought I'd try to use some of the time to get caught up on a few things...  like blogging!

I still can't quite believe that my little man is in second grade!  We have a little tradition where I make him a special first day of school breakfast (with bacon, of course) and a card.  This year I used the adorable Back To School Madness digi from The Paper Shelter.  I colored the image wih Copics and then cut and matted it using Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders). 

It's no surprise that I piled on some dies (although not nearly as many as some of my cards).  Here I've used Tim Holtz Weathered Clock (Sizzix) as well as Book Brackets, Clipboard Border, and Brackets and Arrows (La-La-Land Crafts).  The notebook edge is a border punch.  The fishtail flag is either a die or a punch.  I can't remember which!  Lol  The "test" is from a 12x12 designer paper that has been in my stash forever called The Boyfriend Papers by Cosmo Cricket.  Black paper clip and 2nd Grade sticker are also from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing a wonderful Labor Day weekend to my US followers!

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