Happy February! Today I'm sharing with you a birthday card I made for someone special celebrating this month. And I love to use pinks and reds in honor of Valentines too! And combined with red patterned paper, this gorgeous medallion, and a romantic ribbon, this card screams lovey dovey. Click to "read more"...
Happy December everybody! Only 24 days until Christmas. Can you believe it? Where did the year go? Yikes! So much to do...gotta get busy. And one of my holiday traditions is to make lots of special holiday tags to have ready for present wrapping in the coming weeks. And this year I used Epiphany Crafts Tools to make them super special, one of a kind, fast and easy, even the kids can help too! And NO stamping, but you could. Maybe a little to/from stamped on the back or on frosty's lower half.
Happy Friday everybody! Today I'm sharing a spooky Halloween scene I created with pattern paper, layered ribbons, and these adorable kitty embellishments I created with Epiphany Crafts Tools.
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Nothing says summer better than kids laughing and playing outside, family picnics, and watermelon. Its summer fun at it’s best with Epiphany Crafts Tools. And this 6x6 page layout is perfect for those little moments, small field trips, summer family gatherings, or staycations you want to remember, but you don’t want to make a huge album for it. Plus, the kids love flipping through small albums and giggling at all the memories. Click "Read More" for tutorial and supplies...
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 Thursday everybody! Hop along with me and the talented designers from the Cardmaker Blog Team and Ranger Industries. As we each share lots of wonderfully creative projects using the *NEW* Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. I can't wait to see what everybody created...
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!!
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You still have time to make quick and easy Valentines cards for your loved ones. I made these for my four kids with one paper kit that included coordinating paper and stickers, in addition to a heart stamp set.
The first card is for my daughter and I wanted it pink, glittery, and very girly with lots of sparkly bling. Her card is layered paper, stickers, glitter ribbon, adhesive heart gems, and has No stamping.
And for my three son's I wanted their cards masculine, simple, red, and full of hearts. These are quick and easy cards for not only Valentines day, but also birthdays, anniversaries, and any day you want to show your loved ones you care. Happy Valentines Day! ~Kim
Do you make cards for Valentines Day? Sometimes I do, time permitting, and this year I had time to play with these gorgeous papers, stamps, and stickers. So, whether you celebrate Valentines Day or not here are a few ideas for some quick cards to make and give your loved ones on the 14th or anytime of year.
It doesn't have to take a lot of supplies to make cards. I recommend using a kit or a collection because your paper, stickers, and sentiments all coordinate. I have four kids, so I wanted to make each of them a card. I started with kraft cardstock as my card base on all of them, layered pattern paper and added these wonderful stickers or stamped images.
See tutorial and supplies listed below...
Love is in the air...but first I needed to make a February Birthday card for somebody special. And having three sons and one daughter, I rarely get
to make anything girly. So, when I do, I go all out. I wanted it pink and pretty. And I LOVE to mix and match pattern papers.
See tutorial and supplies listed below...
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2016 Conference & Trade Show (CHA MEGA Show) is the largest craft trade marketplace in the world and just wrapped in Anaheim, California. All your favorite craft manufacturers from over 55 countries, conducting business, under one roof. They will teach over 3000 retail buyers and shop owners how to sell the new products, take orders, make connections to grow their business, have face time with customers, designers, and make new professional relationships.
Unfortunately, we, the general public is not invited, but if you are a craft store owner, you should attend this Mega Craft show to learn, touch, and see all the brand new products, place orders, attend many classes and make and takes, network with the experts, and strengthen your skills for today’s economy. So, you can sell and teach your customers how to use the products. Click the pictures below to see more new products and collections arriving in your favorite craft stores very soon. Comment below and let me know what new products you are excited about? Or what new crafty technique do you want to learn this year?
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Happy (almost) Halloween! Do you make Halloween cards? I do sometimes, as it's one of my favorite holidays and I have TONS of Halloween stamps. But I have LOTS of birthdays between September and April that I make birthday cards for. So I don't usually have time to make any, but I did squeeze in this lovely spooky card.
I love creating one of a kind backgrounds and this one definitely reminded me of a spooky night with the fog creeping in. I recommend using a watercolor paper when using watercolor inks, markers, crayons, pencils, or blending with water. Because it's absorbent, it won't buckle, or pill when you are blending or adding more water...
Happy Birthday, Mom! Yes, my parents are two days apart, just like my lil' sister and me. I know, I told you, Fall is crazy busy filled with birthdays. And as many of you know, I rarely get to make pink cards, as my daughter loves purple, and I have three sons and a hubby at home. So, when I came across this pattern paper I just knew I had to make another "quilt" card in pink and black and frilly for my mom. I just love pink and black together. Don't you? It's so classic and gorgeous for any occasion...
Yippee!!!! Once again I'm excited to share that I'm published with this gorgeous holiday card. I know it's Fall around here, but aren't you thinking about Christmas or holiday cards yet? As a card maker it's never too early, because we have to plan time to design, create, and assemble all the parts that go into a handmade card. I think about it all year long. I gather products, pin ideas, go to shows, shop, and organize supplies until about August or September. And everything is kept together in a tote bag until I"m ready to start stamping and cutting.
Then I take a day and play. I get out all the stuff from the tote bag and figure out what I want to use and how I want my card to look like. I don't know about you, but I can't just whip this up in a day. It's quite a process. But I think this one just might be my 2015 Christmas card. What do you think? I can scan it, print it, and maybe add a ribbon and it's done!
For a complete materials list and step by step instructions to make this card, you can subscribe to the Winter 2015 issue of CardMaker Magazine or check your local specialty craft stores. It's totally worth it!!!
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Feel free to post your cards to my Facebook page, because I want to see what your making too! Happy Fall and Winter Y'all. ~Kim
Emboss Folder Love! Little Red Wagon Challenge #309
The House That Stamps Built: WIW September Anything Goes Challenge
Autumn is in the air today with a cool breeze coming off the mountains. I just love it. Looking in my paper stash I came across this gorgeous paper from BoBunny-Forever Fall and I really wanted it to shine. In my opinion, they do make the most beautiful fall pattern paper collections I've ever seen. This paper didn't need much and I wanted to keep it simple, as to not cover up the paper or the stamping.
I roughed up the edges for a distressed look and adhered to card base. And used this amazing retired stamp from Memory Box that added just enough details. Using what I've got, right? Inked it up with Versamark clear ink and heat embossed it with Ranger super fine gold powder. As well as the sentiment. Then punched out the "thanks" with a tag punch, hole punched, tied some twine around it and added some pop dots for dimension.
Just a few supplies and I have this gorgeous card. Change the sentiment and it's great for many occasions. Happy (almost) Fall Ya'll.
I entered this card in a challenge:
Happy Fall Y'All! - Little Red Wagon Challenge #308
DCC99 ~ Falling for Fall – Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks #262 Fall/GDT Call
Christmas in July is the theme this month. Are you thinking about Christmas cards yet? I'm at the thinking stage still. I search Pinterest for ideas and several craft groups on Facebook. Then I'll start about Sept/Oct. Are you working on those holiday or vacation albums while you have some extra time this summer? I made a mini album to document one our favorite memories of carols, dinner, and hot coco on the "Santa Train" at Christmas time through our beautiful mountains. It was just precious to see them write out wish lists and see their faces when Santa arrived and visited with each child and picked up all their lists.
For more info on the Santa Train click "here."
I found this album by Making Memories and it was a recipe book album. So, I bought two. One for our favorite family holiday recipes and the other to make this adorable album. I used a combination of Doodlebug Christmas and BoBunny North Pole and Blitzen Collections of pattern paper and die cuts. The colors and patterns worked really well together. Added just a few gems and train stickers throughout to remind you, we were on a train. With a touch of journaling to tell each pages story. I just love how it turned out.
I entered this in:
CraftySteals Third Thursday CHRISTMAS IN JULY Challenge!
Patriotic is the theme to get ready for Independence Day! What are your plans? Do you love barbeque's with friends and family? Fireworks? Or a quiet day at home? Whichever it is, enjoy your independence and celebrate! For this card the BoBunny paper really shined...
May is also the month for many graduations: elementary, continuation, high school, college, etc... When I saw this stamp from Eat Cake Graphics of Hank (the dog) riding on his Hoover vacuum, I knew I wanted a banner behind him announcing the occasion...
Spring in the Rockies usually means Mother Nature isn't done snowing on us...which she isn't. We got a couple more inches of snow last week and a few flakes this week, but it didn't stay long, because the ground is warm and the sun came out. So, I thought this card was appropriate for a Colorado Spring, as my three sons are always up for a snowball fight.
This adorable card is a 6" x 6" square, so extra postage will be needed for mailing, but it's also my first shaker card. I knew when I saw this adorable snowball stamp from Unity Stamps I wanted to make it feminine. And the Eat Cake Graphics sentiment stamp went with it perfectly...
LOL...I bet my title GOTCHA!!! My hubby turns the BIG 5-0 and I wanted to make something really fun and different for his birthday and this is what I came up with. I can't take all the credit...I got the title idea from Pinterest. I dug out my Cricut and cut all the letters and numbers. I love pattern paper, plaid, and my hubby loves blue, so that was a perfect match...
I’ve loved frogs for as long as I can remember and still do. So, when I saw this stamp from Eat Cake Graphics, I just knew I wanted to create something with froggie for Easter.
I stamped him three times and put him in motion like he’s leaping for joy...it's Spring! I stamped him on Bo Bunny double dot green dot paper and layered that over the spring flowers pattern paper from Pebbles-garden party collection. I love pink and green together, it’s very Springy. And I've been dying to use that pink rose ribbon from American Crafts forever.
Then stamped the sentiment with my favorite ink: Versafine Onyx Black. And added googly eyes for a touch of whimsy. They're not just for Halloween, ya know? As my kids would say. I hope you play around with colors, spring patterns, and a touch of whimsy. Be sure to check out these adorable stamps from the link below. And I hope you get out and enjoy this gorgeous Spring weather and have wonderful Easter. ~Kim
Eat Cake Graphics Stamps:
5032-E, Go froggie go!
8065-F, Hippity hoppity Easter (text)
Here is my very first card for Eat Cake Graphics Stamps and I'm pretty excited to share it with you all. I knew when I saw this stamp I wanted to do something for Easter. I just love Mr. Bun in his speedy little basket racing to get some jellybeans. It just made me laugh and reminded me of my four kids racing to see what the Easter bunny left them...
I could eat taco's everyday! Couldn't you? YUM! Well, so can my brother. LOL...so I made him a birthday card with taco's using the colors of Mexico. I found this adorable clip art of dancing taco's online and printed them in color on white cardstock. They were already colored, but if they weren't, you could totally color them in with any kind of markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc...I could have made it fancier, with glitter pen on the text, or bling, but I wanted it more natural and masculine, as it was for my brother.
I layered the taco image on top of a Bo Bunny green double dot pattern paper, added yellow ric rac ribbon from Doodlebug, and added red brads from Creative Impressions. Easy Peasy! Hope you're having a crafty week! I'd love to see what your making. Feel free to post your craft projects here:
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This is the card I made for my mom. Happy Birthday mom!
I have loved this stamp set for a while now and I finally made a card with it. As with a lot of our supplies, we "collect" them and don't use them right away. So, I've been challenging myself every month to pick a stamp set I haven't used and make something. Next month I will show you my Christmas card I'm making with a stamp I've never used. I challenge you to do the same and USE your crafts! Sorry, this stamp set and printed paper is discontinued, but you might find it on eBay or Amazon. But you can still use other types of Fall printed paper or other sunflower stamps to recreate this card. It's a great design for any occasion any time of the year.
Bo Bunny "Forever Fall" pattern paper
Bazzill black and white cardstock
Close to my Heart "Friendship Bouquet" stamp set
Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Twig"
Stampin Up watercolor crayons
Crafty Secrets clear art stamps "Grand Greetings"
Fiskars leaf border punch
Ranger stickles "icicle" glitter glue
American Crafts twine
Glue Dots micro
Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent runner
5" x 7" finished card
I entered this card in:
Little Red Wagon-Challenge #297 ~ Birthday Theme
The Paper Girl's 82nd Challenge: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Valentines Day is just around the corner...here are just a few Valentines Collections I found that I really like. I do make Valentines Day cards for my husband and kids every year along with a little treat. Sometimes, if I have time, I make cards for my parents, sisters, and kids at school too. I just love the pink, red, and black and all the hearts.
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