Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and Paper Smooches

Happy Thanksgiving my American friends! I hope you are all looking forward to or recovering from a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!

We are at my husband's family's house today celebrating the holiday with them, then tomorrow we will be at our house with my side of the family.

I thought I needed a special post to celebrate the holiday, so I decided to post a card I did for the November Paper Smooches release. I really love the way this card turned out. If you have been following my blog for some time, then you know of my own-going love affair with birch trees. Well, these Paper Smooches ones, were my very first and still hold a special place in my heart :)

This was done on watercolor paper. I sponged distress ink on a piece and spritzed with water, then added the watercolored birch trees to that piece. I then cut a circle out of another piece of watercolor paper and added that on top with foam tape. I cut the welcome and Christmas words out and layered them three times for dimension and glued them down.  I added the little cardinal with foam tape.

Paper Smooches items used:

I hope you all enjoy your day! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Kay :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Card Concept Challenge #24 with 25 Days of Christmas Tags


Today the Card Concept Challenge is joining with  Tracey McNeely and her fabulous 25 days of Christmas tags! 

Here is the inspiration for The Card Concept Challenge. So all you have to do to play along is create a tag with a snowman!! How fun!! I love tags! I love snowmen!

Here's what I did!

I just can't get enough of this little Paper Smooches snowman!! I have fallen head over hills! I used watercolor paper for my whole thing here. I cut the tag, the snowbank, and the snowflake out of watercolor paper. I sponged a little Pine Needles distress ink on the tag and spritzed. Then I watercolored the little snow guy, cut him out, and added him to the tag with some foam tape. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on the snowbank, and added a little bow at the top! 

Stamps: Snow Dudes- Paper Smooches, Sentiment- Paper Smooches
Dies: Tag shape- Paper Smooches, Snowflake- Paper Smooches
Paper: Canson cold press watercolor paper

If you haven't already been following along with Tracey's blog, you need to hop right on over and check it all out. She is giving away prizes from some of the industry's top stamp companies, some of my faves :) 


For your chance to win one of these awesome prizes all you need to do is leave a comment on Tracey's blog for each one of the days (plus the main prize draw *here*) and you'll be entered into a draw to win! You have until 11:59pm EST on November 27th to enter - so make sure you check out Tracey's blog for fun and inspiration!

You will also get an extra chance to win today by commenting on this post!! You have until 11:59pm EST on November 26th to comment, then I'll pick one commenter at random and pass their name onto Tracey to be included in the draw!  All winners will be drawn on 28th November. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you have a happy week!


Kay :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop

Hello! I am joining the Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop today with a card I made featuring one of my favorite things, snow! I know I could have been more creative and made a shaker card or something fancy with glitter and sequins and such, but I was pressed for time, and put this quaint little snow scene together this morning while trying to do a hundred other things at the same time! Haha! 

I keep thinking, well as soon as I get this done I can relax... it never seems to happen, more stuff comes along. Oh well, it's all good and a lot of it fun :)

So here's my snowy card!

For a country girl I sure do love the City Scene stamp set from Papertrey Ink. It is one of my very favorites! I just love all those tall buildings! So cute!

I just stamped some little snowflakes from In The Meadow, and sponged some inks over that to create my snowy background. I added a snowdrift and stuck the little buildings and trees just under the edge. I then added the white panel with the circle cut out over that, and then added the snow die cut with foam tape, and stamped "much fun" under that. 

Papertrey Ink Products:
City Scene stamp set and dies
In The Meadow Stamp Set
Wonderful Words Snow stamp set and die

I also have a really cute card up on the Poppystamps blog today. If you want to feel warm and cozy after looking at my snowy card, you need to go take a peek! It was not a quick and easy one, but it was super fun to put together!

Thank you all so much for stopping by! 



Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Cutting Edge Challenge #15

It's time to share the next Cutting Edge Challenge!  We have another inspiration project, this one done by Amy!  Just be inspired by the card in the photo, to create your own card using any form of die cutting you'd like :) I am so sad to say that this will be the last Cutting Edge Challenge. I have enjoyed being on this team so much and am so thankful to Jackie for inviting me. It will be missed.

I very rarely use black on any card except for maybe Halloween, but I have seen  some really pretty Christmas cards incorporating black into the color scheme, so I wanted to try that myself. 

I cut out the patterned papers with the stitched dies from My Favorite Things and glued them down to my stitched white mat. The holly and bow, I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo and adhered them with foam tape. I slipped the red snowflake just under the edge of the holly leaves and added the sentiment the same way.

  • Dies: Stitched Rectangles- Lawn Fawn, Stitched strips- My Favorite Things
  • Stamps: Snowflake-Papertrey Ink, Sentiment- Waltzing Mouse
  • Cutting Files: Holly and bow are from the Silhouette Store

We’d love to have you play along with us! If you click on through to The Cutting Edge Challenge Blog, you’ll find lots of information, including:
  • The Winner of the last challenge, as well as the Top 3, are being announced;
  • The Cutting Edge Design Team is sharing their samples for the challenge, and they are pretty fabulous;
  • The InLinkz link-up tool for you to link up YOUR project!

This challenge will close on  Thursday, Thu Dec 4th EDTso what are you waiting for?!  You can find everything you need to play along HERE.  We can’t wait to see what you create!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Kay :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Festive Friday #45

Hello, Happy Friday! It's time again for another challenge at Festive Friday!

Here is the inspiration photo for this time. Isn't that Lovely? It has pink in it :) Did you see that? Pink.... 

I honed right in on that pink and created this cute little Christmas tree with pink ornaments! 

I used this adorable little Christmas set from Lawn Fawn that I have had from last year and never used. I was just waiting for the right time. ;) First I covered my whole A2 card base with that pretty pink paper. I stamped the sentiment and cut out another white panel just a bit smaller than the card base. Next I stamped, and colored the tree and all the ornaments with Copic markers, and cut them out with the matching dies. Lastly I added them to the white panel with foam tape and then added the whole white panel to the card base with foam tape.

  • Supplies:
  • Stamps:Trim The Tree-Lawn Fawn, Deck The Halls- Lawn Fawn 
  • Dies: Stitched rectangle- Lawn Fawn.

I hope you will play along with us at Festive Friday!

You can also check out the amazing talent from the other design team members at Festive Friday!

Thank so much for stopping by!

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend! 


Kay :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sneak Peek for Taylored Expressions!

Hi All!

I have a card up on the Taylored Expressions blog today showing how you can add a little dimension to your stamped images with Copic markers!

To see the whole card and read all about how I did this, pop on over and leave a comment on the Taylored Expressions blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'll be back tomorrow for some Festive Friday inspiration!


Kay :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paper Smooches Cool Dudes

It's been cold here! We've been waking up to single digits for almost a week now. Guess what? I love it! I'm one of those weird ones who loves cold weather. It's kind of strange for someone who was born and raised in Florida. It really puts me in a Christmassy mood :)

So I wanted to share one of my design team projects for Paper Smooches this month using the November release. 

I love anything snowman and Kim at Paper Smooches draws the cutest snowmen ever! 
I used the new Squared Die for the background. I cut it out of white card stock and also out of several sheets of patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs. I then added the cut outs from the patterned paper back into the white one. I adhered that all down to my card base and stamped the sentiment. I then colored the cute little snow couple with Copic markers, cut them out and added them with foam tape to the die cut circle and then to the card.

Paper Smooches Products

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek of a new project!


Kay :)