Thursday, April 30, 2015

MM 156

 Hey there, peeps, It's a new week and a new Merry Monday challenge. This time we are to use Pine cones, greens and the word Believe. I chose to look though my Simple Stories ephemera pack for the word Believe. Good thing I found one because I only have one tiny word stamp that says believe. It wouldn't have worked.

For the Pine cones and greens I used my new Whimsy Pine cone die that they sent me for free when I ordered another Whimsy set. I hope you can see it, it's kind of covered up. My photo is a bit blurry, sorry. For the rest of the card I used some more Simple Stories patterned paper, a 2x3 card, the red paper is K&Co, the button is SU with May Arts twine.

Merry Monday 156 Pines cones, Greens and the word Believe.
Christmas Card Challenges -Anything Goes
TTCRD Challenge -Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge 83 -Use Twine or String
2 Cute Ink Challenge -Anything Goes


Monday, April 27, 2015


Hi Friends, I'm sharing a card for Case this Sketch 120 challenge. I haven't had this much fun making a card in months. Ignoring that fact that it is a sympathy card and focusing on the techniques was very satisfying.

 I followed the sketch very closely. I used the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Urban Grunge stamp set to stamp and emboss the bird with gold embossing powder on Ranger Distress Water color paper. I water colored with Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw and Tattered Rose Distress inks (love this combo) and stamped the cursive stamp over it with vintage photo ink. Lastly I stamped the sentiment stamp (maker unknown) with Black Versafine ink using a stamp-a-ma-jig to place the wood mounted stamp perfectly. A Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle die and a few SC white/clear sequins finish it off. 

As you like it Challenge -Favorite type of Embossing (I like heat embossing because it's like magic when you heat it and it's shiny!)
Faith Hope Love 1 cor13- Throwback-thursday-challenge Use a stamp at least 1 year old. Mine is 3 years old and barely ever used. 
7 kids challenge blog -124 -Anything goes (I used TH Stamps and Rangers Products)

A shot of the shine from the gold EP and sequins.


And now for another card I made this weekend. I thought I was using a current sketch from Retro Sketches but turns out that was weeks ago. Haha, figures! 
This was easy enough thanks to my SSS balloon dies and a SSS birthday stamp set. I hadn't used this largest die which is just about the size of an A2 card. I only used half, of course. The design paper (maybe MME) is cute and modern. I like it with the matching grid paper. Simple and cute with with black ink and twine. 

Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -CAS
Seize the birthday-make-your-own-background or anything goes birthday
ABC Challenge -H is for Happy Birthday

Bye, Bye now!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

LawnFawn Challenge 104

Hey Peeps, Oh Gosh, this set is soooo cute! I couldn't resit picking it up. I am quickly becoming a huge Lawn Fawn fan. Nicole Magouirk makes it look so easy to use these adorable stamps. I followed the Lawnscaping 104 Sketch Challenge and boy, did I have a heck of a time trying to make my colored images fit this sketch. You should see the back (or maybe you shouldn't!).

This turned out to be a window card but not a shaker. I persevered but this almost ending up in the circular file. I found a way to salvage it because I spent a lot of time coloring this cute critters.

Anyway, The images are colored with Copics, die cut with coordinating dies and laid out on a hillside die cut scene.  The paper is Echo Park Spots and Dots. I cut the top layer with SB dies. I added a twine bow and called it done after hours of work over several days. Hahaha Can't wait to color that sweet dragon again.

Send a smile 4 kids challenge -Birthday for a child
Art by Mirian -Anything goes
Stamping with dragon -Use an animal
Fairy Tale Challenge -Now or Never (I had never used this stamp set, it is new)
Simply Papercrafts -Anything goes
Inspired by Stamping 93-Used colors in photo

Saturday, April 25, 2015

MM & Newton's Nook

Hi Friends, I'm posting my card for Merry Monday 155 -Use a Cat or Dog! I used a Newton's Nook kitty stamp from my prize pack I won. I colored him like my kitty who is no longer with us. I used some scraps and a sketch from the Inky Paws Challenge #20 and used up some MME scraps. Some twine and Doodlebug sequins finish it off. 

I'm also submitting to:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -CAS
Christmas Blog Challenge Sparkly and Bright (my sequins are sparkly!)

See you soon!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sparkle & Shine w/Winnie & Walter

Hi Peeps, Here's my card for the Sparkle and Shine Challenge Four ( a sketch challenge) sponsored by Winnie and Walter. I just won a fabulous prize package from Cupcake Inspirations 300th Celebration recently. Just about everything on this card is from the prizes including the stamp set, Sugar Rush and the Pretty Pink Posh sequins. 

I still have practice work to do on my water colored backgrounds. I used distress ink smooshed on a Ranger mat, spritzed with water. I put my water color paper face down on it, dried it and dipped some more. For the cupcake frosting, I dipped a brush into the water spritzed ink and dropped it into the gold heat embossed swirls. My photo doesn't show how the shiny gold EP looks, which is very pretty! 
I'm loving my new stamps and dies I won! 
Other challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge -Make your own background.
Challenge up your Life Watercolor

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vintage Xmas Card

 Hi Friends, I have my Merry Monday Challenge 154 to share today. The challenge is to make a vintage card. This is my take on it. I case THIS CARD from Pinterest.

The only stamp I used was a Hero Arts Joy stamp. The rest is die cuts, punches, silk leaves and buttons. Gold ribbon and twine was also used for an overall collage-y feel. I had funny playing with Fantage embossing powder as well.
Here is a close up of the cluster!

Other Challenges:
Crafty hazelnuts christmas challenge Starts with "F". I used Frantage 
Christmas blog challenge Stitching, real or faux
Sparkles christmas challenge 51 Use Kraft

See you soon!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Work less, Fish more!

Hey there friends, my fishing-loving Nephew had a birthday this week. I bought this cute Wplus9 stamp set "Fish More" and dies for him and all the other men in my life. I needed a set like this. Of course, I didn't use a lot of the stamps, just a few. The real star of this card is from Sandy Allnock's tutorial I found for this vest card. So super cute, have to make it again and again! 

I used SU crumb cake CS and buttons, some brads, Antique Linen distress ink, a corner rounder and an oval die. A SB circle die was used just to trace the armholes on the back. You'll see if you watch the tutorial. 

Some links to challenges are:

Moving along with the times Anything but a square card.
Seize the Birthday Tall and Skinny or anything goes My birthday sentiment is on the inside. It says Happy Birthday, lure the best
The Male Room -feature letters or numbers, I have letters in the sentiment.
Funky and Fab  -Masculine
Party Time Tuesday -Anything Goes
Shopping out Stash -Lost and Found, I found brads which I haven't used on a card in ages.

Kim :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Hi everyone! It's a glorious spring day today, kind of like my card. I wanted to play in the Power Poppy "Pop of Pastel" challenge this week so I printed my digital gladiolas image out and colored with Copics. 

I used my new Echo Park Bundle of Joy Dots and Stripes paper. It has nice pastel colors in it. I followed the Sweet Sunday Sketch 263. Some May Arts twine and gems finish it off. Thanks for visiting today.

Sir Stamp alot Challenge April Challenge
Powerpoppy Blogspot Pop of Pastel
Scribble and Scrap Anything Goes
Pink Gem Challenge Spring is in the air
The Pink Elephant Challenge 293- Pastel Colors
Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge Spring Flowers

Happy Spring!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Hey there! Another Christmas card share today. Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 153 calls for an Angel or Cherub. This stamp is from Recollections embossed with gold embossing powder. The gold mat is DCWV glitter paper. 

On top of that is navy card stock from Wplus9 embossed with a swirl EF. The angel piece is die cut with a Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die. The twine is American Crafts tied with a SU button. I followed the Freshly Made Sketches 181

Christmas card challenge Polar Hues or anything

Thanks for visiting! 

Baby sheep card

Hi Friends, I have a baby card to share today. My main inspiration came from The Curtain Call Challenge called Beginnings but I missed linking it up. I started with the sheep from the inspiration photo, my sheep and grass is from Papertrey Ink. 

Then I saw the Casology challenge Cue of "News" so I added the sentiment "baby has arrived" as the news! (baby stamp set from SSS). I hope my card is clean and simple enough for the challenge. The wonderful die cuts are from Wplus9. 

Casology 141-News
4 Crafty Chicks Die Cuts
Cut Card Thursday Challenge-368 Use Blue
Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge April Showers or Spring Flowers (I have flowers on my paper)

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 3, 2015


Howdy Friends, I'm interrupting Easter Weekend for a Christmas card. I like playing at Merry Monday. Last year was the first time I had enough cards to mail because I was playing at Merry Monday throughout the year. So I'm doing it again this year. 
Sooooooooooo...Here's Merry Monday Challenge 152, which is to use Lime, Turquoise and White. I used this cute snowman from Clearly Besotted/Simon Says Stamp. The tag die is SSS too. The background was sponged with a Hero Arts stencil using pear tart ink from Momento. The stitched rectangle is Lil Inkers. Card Stock is PTI, Sequins from SSS. 
Well, back to preparing for a crowd on Sunday for dinner. Have a blessed weekend.

Holly Jolly Challenge -Feature a Creature
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge-222 -Stick it anyway you like

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

SSS262 & Autism Awareness

 Hi Friends, Welcome to the Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness Blog Hop! I know a few people who have children with Autism. Although I don't see them often I still wanted to help shed light on awareness for the disease.There are so many fantastic sponsors that have shown their support for Autism Awareness and you can see the complete list below in the link
If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6. You can also join us by linking up a card, made for any occasion using the color Blue, that's the only requirement. 

Light it Up Blue For Autism Awareness
Sweet Sunday Sketch 262 Sketch
Crafty Creations Challenges Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed, Challenge Happy Birthday
Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge-64 Begins with "S" - The STARS on my card begin with S.
City Crafter Polka Dots

I used Sweet Sunday Sketch 262 to make my card. Hero Arts stamp set "Going" was used for the little punch buggy! I wanted to make a simple card that could be sent to just about anyone. The happy Birthday sentiment is from a new set I just won from Newton's Nook, Newton's Birthday Bash. 

The car was colored with Copics. Don't ask me what I was thinking when I shaded this? It didn't come out right but that's OK! Echo Park paper, Studio Calico stars, Twinery Twine, MFT dies and Lifestyle Crafts EB folder were used.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sketch Saturday

Hey Friends, how are you this April 1st? Are you the prankster type? I'm really not but I did a little prank on my hubby this morning. Haha I put tape on the bottom of his computer mouse so it wouldn't work! Harmless enough, he'll figure it out quickly I'm sure. LOL.
Today's card share was made with the Sketch Saturday 354 sketch. I need a bunch of birthday cards so I made this one while I had my SU Secret Garden stamps and dies out. I used my new Hero arts ink cubes in Garden (that's the name). Those 2 coral colors on the top 2 flowers are different but it doesn't show here. So pretty in person. Both sentiment stamps are MFT.
Die Cuttin Divas -Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-128 -Anything Goes with Flowers
Craftin from the Heart -Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge -Happy Birthday
Make it Monday -Flowers
The Pink Elephant Challenge Anything Goes

This card I cased from Pinterest. Here is link to her blog. I liked the layout and needed to make more birthday cards so I cased this one. It looked fast and simple but it wasn't. Still took me an hour, even with something to follow. This also uses SU Secret Garden. The HB is MFT.
See ya later, gators.