Happy 4th of July! This week I"m sharing a 12x12 scrapbook layout with a patriotic theme for July with some great pictures of my boys from our trip to Vail, Colorado awhile back. Because I'm always behind scrapbooking, but that's ok as long as I'm still documenting our special trips. Click to "read more"...
Hi everybody! Today I"m up on the Craft Fantastic Blog sharing my first post for the Craft Fantastic All Stars Design Team! For my first project I wanted to show you the versatility of these products and how you can incorporate them into many facets of your crafty life. Click on over to the Craft Fantastic Blog to get a list of supplies and see how I created the charms on this card, a special necklace, and the matching gift bag tag below. Click "read more" for a complete supply list and tutorial...
Happy Valentines! Whether you celebrate February 14th or not you can always use a simple card for a lovey dovey type occasion any time of year, just change the sentiment. And if you do make Valentines cards, don't fret, there is still time to sneak in some card making before Tuesday. I'll show you how I made these quick and adorable cards for my daughter and three sons with just a few supplies and lots of tips too.
Click "read more" for a complete supply list and tutorial...
Happy New Year! I hope 2017 finds you happy, healthy, and crafty. And speaking of crafty I continue our family tradition of making "thank you" cards after the holidays. I was taught by my mom, who was taught by her mom, to send thank you notes for gifts. And it's my ongoing resolution to continue that tradition with all four of my kids too. Of course in today's day and age they would rather send an email note, which I think is better than nothing, I prefer they do it properly. So, if I make the handmade cards then they will write a special note and sign them...
The 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo dates for the ultimate paper crafting and stamping events are listed below. See when they are coming to a city near you, or book a hotel, and join the fun. With this many shows happening around the nation, the question is not what show to attend, but how many shows can you attend? And if you are a card maker, scrapbooker, paper crafter, mixed media artist, jewelry maker, or a stamper, you don't want to miss this show. Each one is different and they are amazing! And if you don't see a city near you, mention it on their website. They are always looking for new venues to add every year.
I've attended several shows over the years and have received some super shopping deals, great classes, amazing make and takes, and the whole experience is fantastic. Enjoy learning some great ideas, new techniques, great instructors, and wonderful products given to each class participant too. Sign up for their newsletter and get the scoop, coupons, deals, vendor list and more. Totally worth it.
Meet and shop at your favorite craft manufacturer's, meet the designers, see new products, learn new techniques, take classes, join a crop, make some samples, and so much more! Grab your crafty friends and family, take a road trip, go for the day, or book a hotel and have a girls weekend, and get to the Scrapbook Expo -you will not regret it. It's amazing! ~Kim
Happy Birthday, Mom! We had a lovely special lunch just me, my little sister, and our parents. It's never just the four of us, with no kids and no husbands. It's usually the fourteen of us or more. lol. And my mom finally attended her first craft show and even won some free products too! A very fun day and lots of laughs with my sister too (Riley stamps are a hoot).
And as some of you may or may not know, this time of year, I make A LOT of family birthday cards (like nine, before I start Christmas cards) and Fall themes are my absolute favorite, but this year I wanted to make something different and try some different products and techniques. Click "Read More" to see how I made this card...
Happy Birthday, America! Let's Celebrate our Independence! Well, almost. But first, I thank you for joining me and the super talented designers from the CardMaker Blog Team and the Clearsnap Team, as we Blog Hop together today sharing our one of a kind projects using amazing Colorbox Chalk inks. (see tutorial and a supply list below)
DoubleClick - AKA Abusybee-Challenge: For a Man or Boy!
Little Tangles Challenge #69- Embossing
Split Coast Stampers Challenge: CAS383-Good Ole Red, White, & Blue
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC151 -- Color Challenge
Happy Wednesday...Who wants cake? Join us for an exciting Blog Hop and a Giveaway too! Hop along with me and the talented designers from the Cardmaker Blog Team and The Greeting Farm as we each share our one of kind unique projects using these fun and whimsical stamps. Check them out. They really have a great variety to choose from.
See tutorial below...
Hi everybody! It’s my turn up on the CardMaker Blog this week sharing some of my card making secrets about—adhesives! Ever wonder how we keep those beautiful cards or projects together? Well, after lots of trial and error I have found a few favorites that work and I'm sharing them with you all. Learn how to alleviate some of your adhesive dilemmas and maybe learn about some new adhesive brands to try over on the CardMaker Blog. Get the complete instructions and supplies for this adorable treat bag and a bonus project too. Feel free to comment and let us know what some of your favorite adhesives are. Thanks for stopping by today! ~ Kim
MarkerPop! Challenge #92: Spring-(with Copic Markers, Atyou Spica Glitter pens)
WIW March Anything Goes Challenge
Crazy Egg-Anything Goes 4CC #292
The Paper Girls Challenge #100!!
Skip to my Lou-Made by you Mondays
Hi everybody! I'm up on the CardMaker Blog again sharing my craft spaces with you. I'll be honest, I was a little panicked when I got this assignment, as it's very personal to invite you into my space. So, be kind and don't judge me. I am working on reducing the amount of stuff I have. Really! My sister made me join a local sale to sell some stuff and maybe some stuff could be future giveaway prizes too! Plus, I can see the floor and easily walk around my space, so I am NOT a hoarder. (lol)
At the beginning of every year we tell ourselves to get more organized. Take a peak into my real space, see where I create, and how I organize some of my supplies. I'll show you how I organize my stamps and punches and so much more. Read more about my craft room, see more pictures around my space, and get a complete supply list of where I buy my organizers. Click "here" to go to the CardMaker Blog. I hope I've inspired you to get organized. Thanks for stopping by today! ~Kim
The 2016 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo dates for the ultimate paper crafting and stamping events are listed below. See when they are coming to a city near you, or book a hotel, and join the fun. With this many shows happening around the nation, the question is not what show to attend, but how many shows can you attend? And if you are a card maker, scrapbooker, paper crafter, mixed media artist, stamper, crafter, etc...you should go at least once. Each one is different and they are amazing!
The last few years I've only shopped and last year my sister and I finally took a class and participated in some amazing make and takes and the whole experience was fantastic.Great ideas, great instructors, and great products given to each participant too. Totally worth it.
See and shop at your favorite craft manufacturer's, meet the designers, see new products, learn new techniques, take classes, join a crop, make some samples, and so much more! Grab your crafty friends and family, take a road trip, or have a girls weekend, and get to the Scrapbook Expo. ~Kim
Hi everybody! I'm up on the CardMaker Blog today sharing tips on how to make nice, easy, cards, in a flash. I created a card template (below) and I'm happy to share with you all. I've done all the math and measuring for you and this template makes it so fast and easy to cut all your pieces. All you have to do is cut and paste. These two cards were created from examples 1 and 2. Go check out all six cards I made in less than 10 minutes and all the materials I used up on the CardMaker Blog. Once you master these six examples you can now make 24+ cards from one 6x6 paper pad in less than an hour. Really! And I'm happy to say this is another project I created with NO stamping! So, get out your pretty paper pads you've been hoarding and get started making cards. ~Kim
Hi everybody! It's my turn again up on the CardMaker Blog where I shared a Storage Tip to help you get organized. If you missed it, it's all about my basic craft tote pictured above and I just LOVE it. "Thank You, honey!" My hubby got it for me a few Christmas' ago for $10. Really! As you can see, I love it so much it's stuffed with all my favorite most used craft products. And what you can't see is the back right pocket that's stuffed with gel pens, glitter pens, LePen, Zip pens and more pens I love. Read more about how to get started, what I put in my tote, and where to buy yours up on the CardMaker Blog "here." Leave a comment telling us where you get your storage inspiration. We'd love to hear from you. ~Kim
Hi everybody! I'm honored to share my first assignment posted earlier this week up on the CardMaker Blog. I was tasked with creating something with the theme "celebrate & decorate." So I channeled my twin boys who turn 13yrs old this month and chose to make these metallic gift card holders and coordinating party favors to surprise them. Click on the CardMaker Blog for a complete tutorial, materials list (including the Xyron sticker maker), and step by step how to use your holiday craft stash in a new and exciting way. It's a new year and a new design team. Check it out, follow our crafty adventures, and be sure to comment and let us know how you use your holiday craft stash in new ways. Thanks for stopping by! ~Kim
Happy 13th Birthday Boys! We Love You! xoxoxo
Happy Fall Y’all! I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this time of year when all the leaves change colors and the elk and moose come out in abundance. I made this wonderful card for my design team Eat Cake Graphics. This incredible stamp is one whole piece and reminds me of my gorgeous Rocky Mountains with it's shimmery snow capped mountains, green pine trees, and the moose...
Come join the Fun and experience the Expo! See the latest designs, tools, projects, designers, and more from the big manufacturers! Click "here" to see who's coming. Come have fun and make new friends…or bring your friends with you! This is definitely the best place to shop and crop till you drop. There’s never a dull moment with all the amazing exhibitors, activities, classes, demo's, door prizes & more! Tell your friends!
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Scrap It Girl announces its June craft challenge. I hope you all will participate. You have until the end of the month to create and submit your creations for a huge crafty prize pack, a winners badge for your blog or social media, and recognition for your work. The SIG Designers will comment on your blog submissions and then vote for our favorite. The winner will be announced the first week of the following month.
June Challenge: Brads, Buttons, and Bling
(click here for more details)
This month’s theme is anything that includes all three: brads, bling, and buttons. Now time to get to work...
I love this tip!!! If you can't find or don't have in your craft stash just the right color gem, pearl, or rhinestone for your project...don't panic and run out to the nearest craft store. Guess what??? You can color your own!!! I know...genius! I use this all the time...now! If you have Copic markers, Spectrum Noir markers, Sharpies, or any kind of alcohol marker you can color in your bling to fit your project. Just color away and make new colors. Try it and you too will be hooked.
I create a perpetual calendar every year and just reprint the new months on colored cardstock with the new dates, birthdays, holidays, etc...for the new year. So, I can always use the same calendar base and title pages and just replace the cardstock with the new monthly dates.
Tip: I created my calendar on MS Publisher, but you can use any word document. I save mine so I can use it year after year and just change the numbers, holidays, clip art, etc...to update it for the new year.
I took an old calendar that had thick pages and a spiral binding, which was great for flipping to the next month. I use a bone folder to lift off the previous years pages. Or you could use un-do, that works great too.
Tip: Un-do is the best product for getting off stickers or anything with an adhesive backing. It neutralizes the sticker for you to take it off and when it dries it's sticky again to reuse on something else. I love it for scrapbook pages when I change my mind. Or getting off stickers from my kids furniture.
I use "green" repostionable adhesive to easily take off last years pages and adhere this years pages. As you can see, I like to use different colors with each month and match the holiday or season. I added clear calendar stickers for my months, clip art, and die cuts to each page. I adhered some of them with my Xyron sticker maker.
My calendar goes from January to January so it gives me a month to create my next calendar.
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