Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kraftin' Kimmie Release Day!

Woohoo! It's finally here!!

Today we are celebrating the spooky release of ALL of t Kraftin' Kimmie's NEW September
ALL FOUR new sets are NOW available in the Krafty Shop!
So let's have a big happy hop around the design team blogs and check them all out in action! Grab a nice hot beverage, sit back and relax while you hop around and enjoy all the amazing creations!!
First up is GRIM GRETCHEN...
Lastly we showed you the fabulous MINI MONSTERS yesterday!!! Eeeeee!
ALL the new sets are available now individually BUT if you HAVE to have it ALL, we also have our September Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes all FOUR of the new sets together and at a discount! But only for a limited time and while supplies last!
Happy hoppin' and happy shoppin!!

I am so excited to be a guest on this release!  Here are my cards featuring Grim Gretchen.

I couldn't resist making a scene card featuring this cute reaper as a trick-or-treater:

Can you imagine opening the door?  Ha ha ha - but don't worry:

and finally, I couldn't help but color her again with her matching gloves.

Your next stop is The Purple Hippo!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Witch Way Is the Candy?

Hello All!  When I first saw this sweet image, it had already been discontinued.  Even though I figured it was a long shot, I cannot tell you how many I checked eBay to see if anyone had listed her .  Of course, no such luck :(  But then, on my day off from work --which is a glorious occasion in itself LOL!--and as I was catching up on my blog reading list, I saw a post that My Favorite Things was going to re-release her!!!! (Witch Way is the Candy?)  I know had to be the first person to place my order - LOL!

I absolutely *love* her and the rest of the stamp set is pretty adorable too.   Here are the products and details for the card:
I used W7, W5, and W3 for the hat, cape, and boots and YR18, YR16, and YR12 for the dress.  Her hair and cat are colored with
C9, C7, and C5
Banner for the sentiment - Mama Elephant Tags A Lot  and that single sparkling clear little sequin is from Pretty Pink Posh
Little spider - Mama Elephant Bootastic.  He was stamped on black cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger orange embossing powder
Buffalo Check printed paper - Authentique Bewitched
Candy Corn printed paper - American Crafts Bootiful Nights
Card Frame - Mama Elephant Madison Avenue
Card - Paper Trey Ink Cardstock

Yay! for the upcoming long weekend!  I'm planning to be in the craft room.  Whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful time :)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Unicorns and Pumpkins, Yes Please!

Summer is winding down and pretty soon the busy season will begin at work so I am enjoying playing with my Halloween and fall-themed stamps before the hustle and bustle.  I found these super cute Darcie's stamps with the neat tin pin embellies from Ellen Hutson and love they combine my favorite Halloween icon with my favorite mythical one!

I created the background using spiced marmalade and wilted violet Distress Oxide inks and a cloud stencil from My Favorite Things. The image was colored with copics and I love how the fluorescent copic makes the pumpkin's face glow!  The sentiment was embossed on a vellum cloud with purple embossing powder (even though it looks blue in the pic).

I used to stock up- and by stock up I mean hoard-bling but now I'm all about the sequins!  Here's my new favorite storage in my craft room:

Acrylic nail polish racks and bead storage containers make the most perfect sequin storage!  Oh and I found an acrylic cart at HomeGoods to organize my clear stamps:

With the help of a laminator and some letter stickers, I created my own dividers.  Full disclosure, I needed two of these carts to hold all the stamps and luckily, HomeGoods had another cart in a style close enough to this one to work!  I only had to revise my dividers a little to accommodate it.  You can see a little bit of it in the pic below but let's face it, the star of the show is my napping Lily!

Isn't she sooo cute!  I can forget about sharing the chair with her - she's totally claimed it.   She is my favorite!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shark Week!

In observance of one of my favorite summertime events - Shark Week! - I put together this cute pop-up box card to celebrate.  I am not certain how long Shark Week has been around but I was first introduced to it while vacationing with my sister and her family at the OBX in 2008.  One evening, after a glorious day of sun, sand and surf at the beach, we settled in for a little movie time.  When we switched on the TV, up popped the Discovery Channel's "SHARK WEEK!" ...and from that moment forward, a Shark Week fan was born :) Sharks are frightening and fascinating to this open-water phobe.   So watching hours of sharks sharks sharks - and sharks is the perfect way to reinforce all my irrational fears ;)  Thanks, Jaws - LOL! 

Here is the outside of the card:

when it pops open, here's what you see:

I used the Lawn Fawn Scallop Box Card Pop Up dies to create the card and then embellished it with Avery Elle Hello Chum, Lawn Fawn Duh Nuh (I love it just for the name - LOL!),  Neat and Tangled, and Hero Arts stamps.  The following elements came from Etsy shops:  sunny background paper digi paper from  Scrapbook Gems , the buoy and SHARK sentiment from  Emily Peterson Studio and the cute seagull digi is from Pattiescreations. The printed paper

I added dimension to the waves in the background as well as the splashes beneath the shark with Marvy Uchida snow pen.

Here's a look from the side.

Have a great week!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider Die Card

I'm going to post a video and hopefully it works.

I made a card using the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die and it turned out so cute!  

Here are the supplies I used:

Lawn Fawn Magic Slider die
Lawn Fawn Push Here stamp set
Love Cynthia Mermaid Kisses stamp set (color slider colored with copics)
My Favorite Things Mermazing stamp set
craft plastic
Staz On ink
Memento ink
Papertrey ink cardstock
assorted sequins

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Some Bunny

Hello All,

Easter is just around the corner so I'm sharing a card I made using the Close to My Heart stamp set of the month (I think February 2017), called Easter Bunny:

I *love* this little bunny!  I stamped her with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored her with copics.  Her Sunday-best dress is paper-pieced :)  The sentiment is from the stamp set as well. It's stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger white super fine embossing powder. The *gorgeous* digital paper is from the Etsy shop, Grepic.  It's called, "antique flowers."  I am obsessed with it!  The blush flowers look amazing with the Stampin' Up blush cardstock.  It's die cut with a Mama Elephant dies, the scalloped circle and frame from the All prettied up set.

The inside holds another sentiment from the stamp set and I fussy cut a few flowers from the digi paper:

The paper peony is from the Giant Flowers Cricut cartridge.  I have been playing around with them and this is one of the practice ones as I *finally* discovered -- after making half of dozen of them - if I doubled up on all the petal pieces, including the center, they are fuller and are actually quite pretty! Peonies are my favorite so the plan is for a whole bouquet of doubled-petaled ones.  They are just a tad time-consuming so I am pacing myself.

I am in training again for work this week and next.  It's a whole lot of information to cram into 2 weeks so I'm really hoping for some quality craft room time this weekend!  If not, I'm pretty sure my brain will explode - LOL!  

Have a great week!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lawn Fawn Birthday Challenge!

Hello All!

It's been awhile since I played along with any card challenges but I'm so excited for this:

I *love* Lawn Fawn and now they are hosting challenges - woo hoo!!

Their first challenge is to celebrate their 7th year and you are to create a birthday themed project featuring a Lawn Fawn product.  The prize is a $25 Lawn Fawn gift certificate and entries are due by April 2nd.  I'm cutting it closer than I would have liked but I made it!
Here is my card:

I used Big Scripty Words stamps and matching dies along with Baked with Love stamps and matching dies to create this scene of enchanted little birds working together to bake up some birthday cupcakes for someone special.

Each image is colored with copics.  Dimensional foam adhesive helped with the 3D effect :)

I'm linking up!

Lawn Fawnatics - Challenge #1

Have a great weekend :)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Signs of Spring

Hello All!

Well, as disappointed as I am that winter was a farce this year, it's surprising to me how happy it made me to see the daffodils blooming under the tree in the front yard.  That little wink of bright yellow is so delightful!  Those little daffies were the inspiration I needed to shake off the last remnants of the winter that wasn't and breathe fresh air into the house.  My dining room is my homage to them.

The last time you saw my dining room it was done up in its Christmas finery and looked like this:

and now that Spring has sprung...

It started with planning what silk flowers I would use.  The first choice was to use silk daffodils but I just didn't like the way the looked.  Luckily, the faux forsythia branches saved the day!  I love how the mirror behind them reflects them back!  Generally, I wanted to lighten the feel in here with simplicity and bright colors.  For the winter months, I love using faux fur and chunky knit throws so for spring, the natural color linen feels breezy.

To bring the forsythia to the table, I used these gorgeous green vases to display them:

I layered different sizes and heights of clear glass candlesticks --my favorite!  It makes the table look bright and airy.

The tree slice centerpiece is a nod, even if it's just a small one, to my love of live edge dining tables (Arhaus has them and they are stunning!  Check them out HERE.  I enjoyed browsing their website for other inspiration too HERE.)  The yellow etched glass candlesticks are vintage and thrifted also.

I really like the look of the natural bark edge among all the pretty glass!

The place settings are a combination of thrifted vintage glassware (Imperial Glass Candlewick and Anchor Hocking Block Optic) along with new dinner plates I found at Pier 1 (Field Notes).  The stemware is Lenox Firelight.  I used vintage gold plate flatware (thrifted) and tiny glass bud vases/place card holders (also thrifted).

I had every intention of using the Williams Sonoma bunny plates I bought a few years ago.  However, these plates caught my eye because of the yellow-leafed branches.  They really are perfect!  With a sale and purchase incentives, the set of 6 cost around $40.

I layered it with my trusty candlewick:

...and tucked a wisp of forsythia into the glass bud vase.  I might end up hosting brunch this year so I wanted to add a coffee cup and salad plate (Anchor Hocking Block Optic).  It added even more yellow to the table.

Please ignore the fact the flatware isn't placed properly in this pic!

This forsythia wreath on the thrifted antique mirror brings in the eggs from the plates.  The little purple flowers keeps it from being too matchy/matchy

It really is lighter and brighter in here!

The sweet bunny pillow came from TJ Maxx.  I bought one for myself and another for my sister, Shelly.  I know she'll love it!

There is one more--well, two more--items I'm going to add to the decor.  I found these at Arhaus and they will be so great in here!  They will sit next to the forsythia branches on the buffet.

I wanted to share the antique mantel even though I have only just started with it.  I found that awesome silver plate eperne at Bthrifty ($3) and I cannot wait to use it to create a live flower arrangement.  I also found the giant basket ($4.50).  I'm considering putting some forsythia branches in it too but might just go with some silk hydrangea.   The adorable linen and gold flag banner was on the clearance rack at TJ Maxx.

Happy Spring!  Have a great week :)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Is it Easter yeti?

Hello All!

Isn't this the cutest un-abominable snowman you've ever seen!!  He's from the BB Beast Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things.  I colored him with copics and the egg he's holding is from the Mama Elephant Just Hatched stamp set (another favorite!).  The card was cut using a Sizzix flip card die.  The card stock is lemon tart from Papertrey Ink and the pattern paper from DCWV.

This is just a funny little card I made for my sister who is supposed to visit for Easter.  I'm ready for her to be here and thought this was a funny way to tell her!  I figured she would get a kick out of this furry little guy holding an Easter egg.  Once you flip open the card, you find the egg has hatched!

and the broken egg has fallen to the ground:

I'm looking so forward to the weekend!  I have been working an alternate work schedule which means I put in extra hours each week but then I get to have a day off every two weeks and today is my day off - woo hoo!  I'm already dreaming about what stamps I'm going to be coloring up!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Exploding Box

Hello All,

I made this little exploding box for a co-worker.  I will admit it was a bit self-serving because while it held a little gift for baby, it doubles as a brag she can fill it with pictures of the baby to share with with of us at work!

Here it is closed.  The nursery had a vintage sports theme so I tried to incorporate little sports nods throughout.

When you open it, the pages fall open revealing a sweet little pair of "sneaker" booties (Buy Buy Baby).

I used digital paper from Lilly Bimble,  Little Prints Party and Below Blink.  The image is Bella, from Whippersnappers.

With a little masking, and addition of a clip art baseball cap, little Bella became a little slugger :) He's colored with Copic markers.

This is one of my all-time favorite stamps because the image is perfect for plopping a pacifier in the baby's mouth.  I made the tiny pacifier using a brad and the plastic "C" clips used for making friendship bracelets.

The sentiment around the image is computer-generated.  The "it's a boy" sentiment is from a rubber stamp from Michael's back when they had those awesome $1 bins!  It's stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger white embossing powder.  I cut it out using a Spellbinders circle die.

I used Bazzil card stock for the box and the patterned paper was cut using Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies.

Have a great week!