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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Turning Seven

Hello!  Today is my son's 7th birthday!  Seven!  I can't even.  Since his birthday fell on a weekend this year I was able to host his party on his actual birthday.  We went to a local movie theater to see The Secret Life of Pets (SO cute, by the way)!  Since the release of Pokemon Go! the card game and related merchandise seems to be making a comeback.  Kayne has been into collecting the cards since Summer started so I thought that would be a fun birthday theme.  Well, let me tell you, I'm glad I shopped early because party stuff was not as easy to find as one might think!  And then there was the matter of his card....  Mayzy Art came to the rescue with this adorable Birthday Pikachu image!  One night on Facebook she happened to be doodling Pokemon characters and asked what people's favorites were.  I responded and before I knew it this cutie was emailed out as a freebie to her newsletter subscribers!  Big hearts, Mayzy!  Big hearts!

He is colored with Copics and cut and matted with Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I made the Pokeball using them as well (except for the smallest little circle which is from a punch).  The arrow is from La-La-Land Crafts.  The Smart Phone and Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics are from My Favorite Things.  I generated the sentiment on the compter and printed it out.  The photo corner (Cuttlebug) and heart (Whimsey Stamps) are also dies. 

The party was a success and my little guy declared this the best birthday ever!  Smiles for days!

Now momma is exhausted and off to bed!  Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful night!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Club KennyK Challenge #17 - Anything Goes with a Twist: Favorite Holiday

Hello!  I am so excited to be sharing one of the new KennyK Stamps Halloween images with you today!  As many of you may know, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and I love making cards and baking this time of year!  I sort of put in a request with Elena and KennyK that we needed a classic, sexy witch - KennyK style!  Never in my wildest dreams did I image the magic they would produce!  Meet Spell Caster!

This bewitching beauty comes as a set and you receive 4 separate images (the cat appears merged here but he is his own image)!  I chose to color the witch holding her wand at the ready!

She is colored with Copics and cut using the Classic Rectangles Nestabilities.  On her skirt I used my clear Wink of Stella pen to give it some sheer shimmer.  I loaded on the dies once again!  Here I've used Filigree Moon, Filigree Border, and Pumpkins (La-La-Land Crafts); Tim Holtz Star Cluster, Weathered Clock, Twigs, and Owl (Sizzix); and Labels Four (Spellbinders).  The witch's brew label is from a set called Wanda's Pantry (Waltzingmouse Stamps).  I added a bit of lace, a few flowers, a mini broom, a Halloween sticker (Michaels Recollections), and a Martha Stewart cat punch.

 I had so much fun making this card and I can't wait to color up and create with the other images in the release!  We have three other new images this release: Book of Spells, Bride of Frankie, and Chummy Mummy!  Visit the shop to check them out and come see us on Facebook at Club KennyK!  A new challenge starts today!  The theme is always Anything Goes with an optional twist!  No need to guess what that twist is this time, right?  Well, it's actually Favorite Holiday.  But in my mind it's HALLOWEEN!!!  The KennyK's Krafty Krew design team have created some gorgeous things so be sure to check them out!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

More Awesome!

Hello!  Today I am posting a very special birthday message to the one, the only KennyK!!!  Please join us over at Club KennyK (the official KennyK Stamps Facebook group) as we celebrate his big day!  There is a contest with some fabulous prizes, but more importantly come leave Kenny some birthday love! 

The KennyK's Krafty Krew design team has whipped up some cards for Kenny.  You can see all of them over on Facebook, but here is a peek at mine.  I colored Party Time with my Copics and cut him using Classic Circles Nestabilities.  I loaded up on dies using Sunburst, Stitched Bracket Border, Flag Banner, Honeycomb, Palm Tree Island, and Tropical Wave (La-La-Land Crafts) as well as Geek Is Chic Glasses, Stitched Squares, and Reel Life (My Favorite Things Die-namics).  The sentiment is a Studio G Michael bargain bin find!

Kenny, along with his wife Elena, are the creative force behind the stamps we love so much!  Let's take a moment to wish him another amazing trip around the sun!

Make your own birthday creation using any KennyK Stamps image (digi or clear) and enter on Facebook for your chance to win a $25 gift voucher to the store!  Two other lucky winners will receive 3 digis of their choice!

Happy Birthday, KennyK!


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Saturday Coffee

Hey there!  Is there anything as good as Saturday morning coffee?  Probably not...  I get to sleep in a bit and the weekend stretches before me!  While I stir up my iced mocha this morning I thought I'd share a card over it.  And appropriately enough the name of this adorable image from Saturated Canary is - Saturday Coffee.  Leave it to my child to tell me the DAY OF that his new teacher has a birthday during the first week of school!  And now that I know I can't not make her something.  So I colored up this cutie and cut her with Long Rectangles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  I then cut a mat to fit and distressed the edges. 

I pulled out a pile of dies and went to work!  Here I used Fancy Doily Border, Stitched Bracket Border, Hot Air Balloon, and Scalloped Banner (La-La-Land Crafts).  The sentiment is Stampin' Up and is cut with Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  The wee little Eiffel Tower is My Favorite Things.  Details include a Polaroid photo frame, flowers, ruffled ribbon, and a bling flourish all from my stash.

Only five more days until Krista closed the Saturated Canary store so shop while you still can!  You can also purchase her 2016-2017 subscription until October 1st as well!  Hurry!

Now that I'm well-caffeinated it's time to start my day!  Hope yours is a good one!


Friday, September 9, 2016

Birthday Happy Hour

Hi!  Yes, I really do still have cards left to show off!  Lol  It's been quite the busy blog week for meNext up is a birthday card I made for a co-worker.  I selected Happy Hour from KennyK Stamps because she reminds me of the recipient.  She is colored with Copics and then matted with Fleur De Lis Squares (Spellbinders).  

The card is then dressed up with several other dies from my collection.  Here you will find French Pastry (Cheery Lynn Designs) as well as Lattice Doily Border, Lattice Border, Scallop Border, Dress Form, and Scroll Banner (La-La-Land Crafts). Some flowers and paper straws from my stash complete the card.



Thursday, September 8, 2016


Hello again!  I am on a serious roll here!  I have a bunch of cards I made that are a lot "simpler" than my usual fare (some more so than others) and instead of featuring a colored image, they all showcase a sentiment.  I thought I'd share them all in one blog post so you can marvel at my lack of effort when I'm pressed for time!  Lol

This first card does have some layers and embellishments and I actually love the way it turned out.  I dislike having to make sympathy cards on principle but it's important to convey comfort any way we can.  I used a Stampin' Up sentiment cut with Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and matted with Picot Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders).  The other die is Fancy Doily Border (La-La-Land Crafts) and the edges of the card are trimmed with a Martha Stewart border punch.  A bit of lace and some flowers from my stash are the finishing touches. 

This next card was for a co-worker's birthday.  I found out last minute that he shared a birthday with another co-worker and so had to through together a quick masculine card for him.  Again, here there are a few layers, topped with another sentiment from Stampin' Up cut using Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things).  The honeycomb texture was achieved with an embossing folder and I added a few black pearls as well as a button and baker's twine from my stash.

Summer was over before I knew it and I needed a thank you card for Kayne's camp director.  He works so hard for those 10 weeks to make sure the kids have a great experience!  But true to form I left it until the last minute to create so this was the result.  The Stampin' Up sentiment is once again cut with Fishtail Flags Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things).  I added several of the Feather (Hot Off The Press) die cuts, popping up the top one with foam squares for added dimension.   

And last but not least, a card for Kayne's archery instructor.  I could not for the life of me find an image of a boy with a bow and arrow that was not Cupid so I took matters into my own hands with some arrow themed paper, a Stampin' Up sentiment, and a couple of Tim Holtz metal arrows.     

I get so carried away with all the dies and embellishments I forget that there is also beauty in simplicity.  And that sometimes maybe words are worth a thousand pictures.

Hope everyone is having an amazing week! 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Monster High

Hi, there!  Halloween is coming, but who says that monsters are only for one night a year?  Why not for birthdays too?!  One of my son's classmates invited him to her birthday party and her mom told me she likes Monster High.  I remembered I had this awesome Mayzy Art image of Frankie Stein.  So I colored her up with my Copics and cut her out using Labels Seventeen Nestabilities (Spellbinders). 

My die collection is my pride and joy and I love adding to it!  I use multiple dies on almost every card I make these days.  Here I've used all La-La-Land Crafts ones (except the one I used to cut the image).  Featured are Loopy Doily, Filigree Crown, Stitched Bracket Border, Wings Set, Wrought Iron Fence, and Birthday FlagFlowers and flower ribbon trim dress up the card and I added a sprinkle of black glitter in a Tim Holtz Tiny Vial for a bit of fun!  The 7 is a chipboard glitter number sticker. 

I'm sure I'll be back with more things that go bump in the night as my favorite holiday approaches, but I really enjoyed making this card for a non-Halloween occasion!

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!