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Hi everybody! Sorry I've been a bit out of touch this month. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my dear sister who lost her battle with breast cancer. I will miss her yesterday, today, forever, and always. She was a mother of twins too, a very special bond we both shared; a very talented graphic designer and an avid card maker; and she just loved the craft world.
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Hi everybody! This week I'm sharing a sweet summer card with red and yellow plaid pattern papers that resemble summer picnics with family and friends. These adorable chicks remind me of chatting with friends and family sitting around catching up on life.
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This week we celebrated my youngest two kids birthdays, who are fraternal twins. And of course I made them birthday cards, but not just any cards. These are fun die cut flip cards, that my boys love, and they are similar, as you can see, but different. Just like them. Happy Birthday, Boys!
Happy Friday everybody! I'm sharing a fast and easy gift card holder with handmade personalized embellishments. Just change the paper and you'll have a gift card holder for birthdays, or any occasion. And they make great teacher gifts too! I can’t say enough about these punches. They are so fun and make every project more personal to the recipient and to your projects. The possibilities are endless with Epiphany Crafts Tools...
Hi everybody! I’m up on the CardMaker Blog today sharing my last post for the Blog Team and Celebrating my 20th Wedding Anniversary today too! I wanted to go out with a bang and this one is jam packed with lots of pictures, tips, party, and décor ideas to spruce up your celebrations. So, be sure to hop over there and see how I combine card making supplies with upcycled party favors to create a bash to remember. See all the re-purposed decorations up on the CardMaker blog "here."
Happy 20th Anniversary to my hubby! I Love You ~Kim
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
Welcome to the 3rd Annual "Blogs 4 Boobies" Blog Hop with over 60 designers and sponsored by Skipping Stones Design (SSD). It's a 7-Day Event that I am honored to be a part of this great cause that is near and dear to my family, as we celebrate my little sister being “cancer free.” But not everybody is as lucky. We honor those we've lost; encourage those in treatment, fighting the fight; and we cherish those deeply who have survived. We salute all of you for your bravery and courage! We all know somebody...AND YOU CAN HELP US STAMP OUT CANCER!
April showers bring May flowers, except in CO...mother nature tends to toy with us and extend winter until the end of May. And it's been wet and cooooold! But that didn't spoil my Spring surprise for my Mom with this flowery card I made. Click "read more" for tutorial and materials list...
WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ M1816
Little Red Wagon Challenge #342- Blooming Fun!
Simon Says-Wednesday Challenge: Flowers
Little Tangles Challenge #68- Anything Goes
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
Easter is Sunday, March 27, 2016 this year! So, that does not leave a lot of time to make cards. Do you make Easter cards? If so, post them on Facebook and show me what you've made. I'd love to see them.
I was inspired to create these fun flip card by the shapes and colors from "The House That Stamps Built" challenge. I love the pink, blue, and purple colors. And I think the bunny ears look like hearts. The sentiment I downloaded a printable and printed it from my computer in color on white cardstock and punched it out. ~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
Hi Everyone! I'm excited to share with you my first Blog Hop sponsored by May Arts Ribbon & CardMaker. We were tasked to create something with gorgeous May Arts Ribbon with a Valentine's theme. This Blog Hop will give you a jump on tons of ideas to make for all your loved ones for the upcoming Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, Birthday's, and so much more.
For this Hop, I created an A2 sized card from red cardstock, punched out several hexagon pieces, used shiny red metallic foil, and created this beautiful heart from this gorgeous adhesive rose ribbon. Click the pictures above for more instructions and see below for materials list and blog hop.
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?
Follow me on Facebook and Twitter or join my "NetworkedBlogs" on the right sidebar of this blog and never miss a thing from your favorite designers or manufacturers! ~Kim
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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...
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
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This month’s theme is anything that includes all three: brads, bling, and buttons. Now time to get to work...
Abagail is an adorable stamp from Eat Cake Graphics. When I saw her I knew I wanted to use her for a Mother’s Day card. What little kid doesn’t remember baking or cooking something for their moms? And this cute stamp can be used for many occasions...
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...
My craft club decided to help a fellow craft friend out and make cards for our US soldiers stationed in Hawaii. I am proud to say we made over 300 cards for our US soldiers and their families to say "thank you" for your service and sacrifices...see more below...
I LOVE Halloween so much I created an album just for scrapbooking our Halloween Memories. I created this page from some of my favorite things and favorite papers. I started with a 12x12" piece of kraft cardstock as my base. I used another piece of kraft cardstock, border punched the edge, backed it with purple cardstock, and adhered to the base page. Then layered several printed papers that all coordinated together and border punched down the left and right sides. I like how the colors, swirls, and edge punches all coordinate together.
I drew inspiration from the colors in my kids costumes and added a double matted border around their picture and adhered to the page. Added diamond rub-ons to the bottom right side that matched the colors on the page. Wrapped the page with black twine that resembled a spider web.
Flowers aren't just for Spring and Summer anymore, as I embellished with a flower die cut to create a "spooky" embellishment by using Halloween printed paper. Cut 3-4 flowers out and layer each flower with black mini pop dots for added dimension, add layered buttons, and adhered to the page with glue dots.
Stamp sentiment "OCT" on an office tag or die cut tag, heat emboss, ink edges, and wrapped with black twine, and adhere to page. I love ribbon, buttons, and gems. So I had to add them to this scrapbook page too. I cut several different ribbon pieces, scraps would work too, that coordinated with this page and adhered them to the office tag, added layered buttons, and adhered with glue dots. Add a sticker over the bottom ribbon for an extra title and added gems for some sparkle. I find glue dots work the best for adhering ribbon, buttons, and gems. I hope I have inspired you to make something "spooky" of your own. ~Kim
Supplies: Bazzill Kraft Cardstock;Fancy Pants "Oct 31" printed paper, ribbon, buttons, and rub ons; Big Shot; Flower die cut; Tag die cut; Tim Holtz Cirque Alphabet stamp set; Versamark watermark clear ink; Inkadinkadoo Black embossing powder; Heat gun; American Crafts ribbon and twine; Martha Stewart double loop border punch; Fiskars scallop border punch; Hero Arts adhesive gems; 3D black mini pop dots; Glue Dots micro and small; Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent runner
Happy Birthday lil' Sister!
Yes, our Fall birthday's continue. I love Fall A LOT and usually make everybody cards with a Fall theme, but for my sister this year I wanted to do something different. One of her favorite colors is purple, so this is me, going all out for purple...see tutorial below...
Happy Birthday, babies!
My adorable twin niece and nephew turned 1 year old this month. What a year and so blessed they have joined our family! As I've mentioned before, there are A LOT of Fall birthdays and A LOT of cards to share with you this month. These adorable Sesame cards I created from free clip art I found on the internet and just printed them on white cardstock via my color printer. The clip art was already colored in, so I didn't have to do that step. But you could totally print it in black/white and color it in yourself. I've been playing around with layering, punches, and framelits lately and these creations are what came out of that. It's not often I get to make a "girly" card, so I enjoyed searching for purple and pink things to compliment this card, and thought "Abby Cadabby" resembled my niece. My happy, smiling nephew always has his mouth open, so "Cookie Monster" definitely worked for his card.
Bazzill solid cardstock
October Afternoon "sidewalks" 6x6 paper pad
My Minds Eye "hootenanny" 6x6 paper pad
American Crafts Premium ribbon
Sizzix Circle Framelits
2.5" and 3" Circle punches
3" Scallop circle punch
Glue Dots small
Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent runner
5 x 7" finished card sizes
I came across these Sizzix Envelopes the other day and thought I would try them for storing my thin sizzlits dies, framelits dies, and spellbinders nestabilities. And I really like them. I was keeping my dies in their original plastic packaging and that wasn't working. They were long and bulky and I'd scratch myself every time.
As you can see here the dies fit perfectly in these envelopes and I kept the original packaging insert with the dies, so you can see vendor names and numbers. I'm really liking these envelopes for storage and organization and I need to get some more. Every Tuesday Sizzix has a "Tuesday Teaser" sale and you can pick up some really good deals.
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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.
I promised I'd show you the NFL Denver Broncos Birthday card for a super bowl birthday party this weekend. It turned out really good. I surprised myself and had the right orange and blue Bazzill cardstock. LOL. Here are some of the tools I used: Xyron sticker maker for the navy Pebbles ribbon, spellbinders label frames, stampin up ink, Ranger distress ink, eyelets and the crop-a-dile (LOVE this tool), versamark ink, and chestnut brown zing embossing powder for the "happy birthdays" on the front. Go Broncos!
Spider man card:
I used the a spider web dry embossing folder. Inked up a brayer with black ink and rolled it over the web. I die cutted two hearts to make the eyes. One heart on black cardstock at 3 1/2" and the other heart on white cardstock at 3" and cut them in half. I wanted to add some glitter, but my husband didn't think boys cards needed to have bling. LOL...I think a little on the web would have been cool, but I think it turned out pretty good.
Captain America card:
I used the star dry embossing folder for the background.
Then I used the spellbinders circle frame set to get all the layers correct. The shield looks a little wonky or not centered because I made it 3D with foam pop dots between the circles and it wouldn't scan evenly. But it is evenly spaced in person and turned out pretty well.
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