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Monday, June 30, 2014

Farm Animal Challenge

Hello stampers and other friends!
Today there is a new challenge from Eureka! Stamps
The theme is
"Farm Animals"
For my project I have used
"Pig in Chocolate" (#1403) from 
and the "Happy" from the 
"Happy Birthday" set (#22803) from 
"Field Grass Left" (#38901) from 
Biblical Impressions
QKR and BI are sister companies of Eureka! Stamps.
I stamped Pig in Chocolate onto a tag with brown ink.
Stamped it again onto scrap paper and fussy cut it for a mask.
After coloring the pig with water color crayons, 
I put the mask over the image and used 
Distress Inks to color the grass and sky.
I used the Field Grass stamp to make the grass 
and tore pieces of hand made paper for the clouds.
I thought Happy Happy Happy
was a perfect sentiment for this little guy.
I hope you like my project and are inspired in some way.
Please see the
for further information on the challenge.
Hope you'll play along.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Until next time, Happy Crafting.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Post card - Life is Good

Hello craft friends!
Today I have a post card to show you.
Our art swap group had a swap of post cards in May.  
I decided to send out a card to the gal who organized the swap
I used a water color post card and stamped
"Tub of Flowers" (#82001) from 
onto the card and colored it with water color crayons.
I also used 
"Field Grass Right" (#38925) also from 
for the grass around the tub.
"Life is Good" (#16307) is from 
I think MB will like this postcard
I hope it brightens her day.
Thank you for stopping by today,
come again soon.
I wish you a bright day.

Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Picnic Challenge

Time for some summer fun with the 
This weeks theme is 
"Picnics"
I used "Lady Bug Border" (#25302) and 
"Eureka Butterfly" (#9702)
both from Eureka! Stamps
I started by making my background with water color crayons.
While the background was drying,
I stamped the Butterfly, colored it with colored pencils
and fussy cut it.
Once the background was dry I stamped the 
Lady Bug Border directly onto the background.
I colored the ladybugs with red ink.

I wove some small strips of paper to make the basket weave, 
and hand drew the basket and cut it.
I added some strips of paper for the handles attaching them with brads.
I then adhered the entire piece to a white card stock base.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you have been inspired in some way.
Please stop by the 
for information about the challenge and
for more inspiration from our 
design team.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!





Monday, June 16, 2014

Friends Challenge

Time for another 
Eureka! Stamps Challenge
This weeks challenge is 
"Friends"
I made my card with 2 images from 
"Flower Balloon" (#13903) and
"Daisy Balloon" (#13901)
I also used
"Life is Good" (#16307) from
a sister company of Eureka! Stamps

I stamped the flower images onto white card stock,
colored them with Inktense Pencils
and fussy cut them.
I tore a page out of an old book that I keep just for this purpose,
stamped the same images along the edge of the page, 
then glued the colored flowers on top of the 
ones stamped on the page and cut around them.
I used Distress ink on the edges of the book page
to bring in a bit of color.
The sentiment was stamped onto the same cream colored card stock 
as the base of the card and again, inked with Distress ink
then adhered to the front of the card with foam tape.
Inside I will probably add a something like
"with a friend like you"

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you were inspired in some way.
Maybe you'll used old book pages to stamp on,
Maybe you'll do some fussy cutting,
Maybe you'll "alter" a stamp like I did by 
cutting off the bottom of the "balloons"
or cut a stamp into pieces and rearrange it.
Life is Good came in one piece, but it was too wide
for my card, so I cut it into pieces and rearranged it.

Be sure to stop by the 
and get all the particulars about the challenge
along with more inspiration pieces and 
join the fun.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Loving my Silhouette Cameo!

Hello!
I have to say I am totally loving my 
Silhouette Cameo!
This machine is just amazing.
I didn't really think I would get into using vinyl on things,
BUT oh my goodness!
I am having a ball.
Here are a couple little things I've made recently.
This is my first project with vinyl.
I made this 'sippy cup' for my friend Diane.
I don't know if you can really see it,
it is a wine glass inside a tumbler, 
the top has a spot that slides open to drink from.
Now she can fill her wine glass, carry it with her and sip as needed.
I made this for my husband.
It's a 32 oz. covered cold drink cup.
This weekend he is doing the Allentown Art Festival
here in Buffalo.
This is the 31st time he's doing this festival and the
first time he did it, was his very first art festival.
We've come a long way since that first Allentown!


I made this little box for my daughter.
We do coupon shopping together on Sundays
and last week I picked up her purse 
and couldn't believe how heavy it was.  
For goodness sake, it was heavier than mine!
She told me that she has a LOT of change in the bottom 
and leaves it there to save up for laundry.
If she takes it out she will spend it and she really doesn't 
have a place to put it.
When I was in Michael's the next day, 
I found this little box.
Perfect! 
She loves Zebra print!
And the top was blank.
Perfect for adding a little vinyl.
So I traced and cut a shirt and the words 
"laundry money" and applied them to the top of the box.  
She hasn't seen this yet, so hopefully she won't take a look at my blog
before I get a chance to give it to her.

So now you know my newest friend,
my Cameo!
I have a number of other projects in the works.
I'm making my nephew and his fiance's wedding invitations
and boy is this machine coming in handy for that.
I can't tell you the other projects I'm working on,
but when I can, I will post about them.

Thanks for stopping in.
Hope to see you again soon!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's day train card

Hello!
Today I have a Father's Day card to show you.
I have used
"Train" (#19205) and
"Happy Birthday Set" (#22803) from 
 "Forest Left" (#38905) and 
"Field Grass Left" (#38901)
The train was stamped onto white card stock and colored  
using color pencils and Gamsol.
I stamped the train again onto scrap paper 
and fussy cut it to make a mask.
I then put the mask over the stamped train image 
and inked the rest of the card.
Then stamped the trees and grass, 
removed the mask and adhered it to card stock.
I used my Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Cutting Mat
to cut a perfect mat around this image.
When you lift the train panel another panel drops down
to show the
Happy Father's Day greeting.

Thanks for stopping by today.
If you check out 
and 
I'm sure you'll find some wonderful images to use for your
Father's Day cards.
Also be sure to check 
to see how those Perfect Layers work.
Use the code Kristie5% at check out and 
you will receive a 5% discount on your order.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anniversary Card

I was looking for something to work on one day at 
My Happy Place
where I do most of my card making and scrapbooking,
and I came across a kit that was from a crop that we'd had
quite a while ago.
I thought I may as well put that together. 
This is what I ended up with.
The little squares were embossed using various embossing folders
The heart was also embossed with a folder.
The sentiment is 
"Happy Anniversary" (#9004) from 
A very easy card to make.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you've been inspired in some way.
Leave a comment if you will and 
come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Thank you Sunflower card.


This weeks challenge for 
The Eureka! Stamps Challenge is
"Thank You"
You can find all the particulars about the challenge on 
For my card I have chosen to use an image from
one of the sister companies of 
Eureka! Stamps.
I have used 
"Sunflowers" (35808) from 
I stamped this beautiful background stamp onto white card stock
and colored it with water color crayons.
I then cut it in half and adhered each piece to brown card stock.
I used my 
Perfect Layers Minis from
to cut perfect mats.
(If you used the code Kristie5% at check out 
you will receive a 5% discount on your order)

The "Thanks" was cut using my Cricut,
I'm sorry, I don't remember which cartridge I used
I believe it was George and Basic Shapes, 
but I'm not positive.

I adhered the flowered panels to a white card base with foam tape.
The "Thanks" was adhered with a double layer of foam tape.

I really love how this card turned out
and I hope you do too.
Now hop on over to 
and join in the challenge fun.

And why not check out the 
and the 
and see what wonderful images they both have to offer.
I used their unmounted red rubber stamps,
but digital format are also available.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Until next time, Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Art Swap Group

Hello crafty friends!
Our Art Swap Group has had another swap.
This time it was to make a post card with a season theme.
It could be the season we're in, our favorite season,
whatever we want as long as it has to do with a season.
I chose to use "Rose" (#17505) from 
My favorite season is the summer and what says summer
more than beautiful flowers?!?!
I stamped the roses onto a water color paper post card
with Staz-On ink then colored them with 
water color crayons.
For the background I colored a bit of the crayon onto an
acrylic piece and watered it down with water.
I wanted just a light blue for the "sky"
"Life is Good" (#16307) is also from 
I hope this post card brings some sunshine and warmth to Heather.
She lives in Australia, so as we are just going into our summer season,
she is going into her winter season.
When I receive my post card from the swap in the mail,
I'll post it for y'all to see.

Thanks for stopping by today,
leave a comment if you will and come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Eureka! Stamps Challenge - Father's Day

Father's Day is fast approaching, so it makes sense that 
this weeks challenge theme for the
Eureka! Stamps Challenge
is "Father's Day"
For my card I used
"Lg Tree" (#15302) from 
and "Happy Father's Day" from the
"Happy Birthday Set" (#22803) from 
The tree image was stamped onto white card stock with
a dark brown ink.  I then used Distress inks to color the area 
around the tree.

I love the way this card works!
Slide off the 'belly band' and
when you open the card, the center opens like the shutter of a camera.
Above you see it part way open and below

you see it almost all the way open.
This card is a lot easier to make than you might think.
If you'd like to try it go to 
on Stamp & Scrap with Frenchie
where you will find a video with instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you'll check out the particulars about the challenge 
and join in the fun on the 

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Poppy card

Hello crafty friends!
Have you ever not known what to make, 
what to stamp, 
what to do?
That's how I was feeling yesterday.
I wanted to work on something and didn't have any direction,
so I got out this stamp, which I love, and stamped it onto a page from an old book.
I colored it with water color crayons and loved how it looked.
Not knowing what I'd do with it, I cute it down.
I knew I wanted to put it on a card and from there it just kind of happened.
I inked the edges, just took my blending tool and used what was on the brown pad.
I had a scrap of card stock that matched nicely, so I put it onto that and used my
Perfect Layers Mini tools and my Perfect Cutting Mat from
to cut a perfect mat.
Then I eyed the pieces of hand made paper that I had gotten from an art show.
I adhered it to that and just tore around the edges.  
Loved it!
Now for the sentiment.
I pulled out a set of stamps that I got from Simon Says Stamp
and decided on Praying for You
then I spotted a scrap of the hand made paper that I had torn off the
image piece and stamped it onto that.
Adhered it all to a kraft card stock card base 
and was done.
And I love it!
Funny how sometimes the cards that have no plan,
no forethought,
no direction
end up being the ones that you love the most.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you have been inspired in some way.
As always if you follow my link to 
and use my code at check out
Kristie5%
you will receive 5% off your order.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!