Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blog Challenge Entries!!

My amazing friend Manna's card #1

My friend Manna's card #2
My friend Kathy G's entry
SBS sister Debbie Yates entry

My friend Wendy's challenge card for her DH b'day!

Wendy's DH, Eric's challenge card using Wendy's card as inspiration!

my friend Deby's Entry!

My friend Roxanne's challenge Entry!

SBS9 Sister Alex's Entry

SBS9 Sister Natty K's #2 Entry :)

SBS9 Sister Natalie K's #1 Entry

My sweet and funny friend Holly made these twin cards for the challenge.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Going, going...gone!

Gone for a few weeks!
Don't forget the blog challenge! Can't wait to see your entries when I return!

Love ya!

Monday, July 28, 2008

CHA the end :)

These are my final CHA uploads....CHA was a lot of things: meeting inspirational people, learning new techniques and trying new products and being enveloped by creativity and even getting some "freebees". The above pix are some things we received in classes or at different booths throughout the convention. Sometimes you'd get a shirt or apron and if you wore it throughout the event, you might be chosen to win a prize! One thing you will never need to bring should you get to a CHA event....tote bags!!! Everyone is giving one away and I came home with nine of them (two of which I decorated as a make and take!)

The second photo above was all the stuff we were given at the Tim Holtz workshop...besides the 8 different products and techniques we tried in the two hours it took to make the tag book you see in the picture, we also learned a few AMAZING, um, (close your ears SU demos!!) we learned that ink, being a suspended medium, does not need to be stored upside down! Gasp! I know, right! And another kernel of wisdom...the best vellum adhesive?? A glue stick!! It's true! We tried it...dried clear! So much for all those adhesives we've been buying up!! I am free! Honestly, Tim's workshop was the highlight of our trip. He is funny, charming and knows and loves his craft...and he was EVERYWHERE at the show. I have a TON of respect for him and his products! Wow. I shook his hand but stopped short of getting a "stalker picture"...this time! ;)

These next pix show another highlight of the show for me...this is Heidi Grace (who doesn't know Heidi Grace designs....check her out online!) She sat in that chair for HOURS taking requests and making little sketches for each person who waited in line! We were actually there at 5 pm when she took our requests....I asked for a frog....and she said she'd never made one before!! I "sketched" two big eyes and she took off from there.

Here he original Heidi Grace frog....first edition!!

And I can now say with confidence that I have been part of Heidi's design consultant team ;) Well, not really, but almost....

Finally, here is one of the biggest pluses for a guest like me....ideas! I had so many different kinds of ideas come rushing to me during this weekend it was are a few booths that inspired....too many to post, but this will give you a taste :)

Thanks for living vicariously through me these last few posts. I am almost all packed for Africa, so my next post will be after I come back! Be blessed everyone! I'll miss you!!

Love ya!

PS Forgive the spacing issues...more pix, more problems...I finally gave up on the edits! K~

Saturday, July 26, 2008

CHA part TWO!

Now some sights and sounds from my favorite new to me vendors at CHA....all the designer paper was absolutely scrumptious, the colors of all the design lines FAB and the atmosphere so "Pink Cotton candy"! {if you know what I mean} Just all Yummy!

This is My Mind's Eye's: "Laundry Line" line and Make and Take. It was so neat to see the booth set up with ironing boards. Their glittery paper was so gorgeous, I just wanted to stand there all day! They have coordinating paper, ink, buttons and all! The people at this booth were super nice!

Here is the line to go into the exhibit hall! There were Bagpipers playing for us. So funny!

Another favorite neat product I saw was "Core' dinations". This neat stuff has a color core that you can get to by sanding the outside of the cardstock to reveal a coordinating color inside the cardstock. Here was a "cake and candy" display showing off the ability to cuttlebug a design onto the cardstock, sand it to reveal the inner color and make a beautiful project. It was SOOOOOOO cool to play with this stuff!!

Here is another company that caught my eye in a big way. I just love retro school related stuff and all of Jenni Bowlin's stuff was retro....with a wonderful habit of miniaturizing everything she designs! Here is her logo and some products and a snap of Betty looking at all the cool cool stuff....I will definitely be on the lookout for Jenni Bowlin everywhere!!

Isn't it all so thrilling!? If only pictures could do the atmosphere justice!!

This was one of the products Jenni was displaying! She has an entire line of these Bingo boards as well as a set of miniatures! Check out her site ( so ADORABLE!!

Hope you enjoyed this little taste! I'm still packing....can you believe I leave soon!!??

Friday, July 25, 2008

CHA part ONE!

Have you ever seen one of those, what I call, "Sports miracle movies"?? You know the kind; the small town team struggling to win any games at all (you name the sport) and a coach comes along and makes such a radical change in attitude/skill of the team that they go on to the BIG GAME in some GIGANTIC, impressive stadium/court/field?? And as the team enters "the arena" there is a big 'hush' of awe and one team member whispers to another something like, "We made it! We're really here!"

That was CHA for me. The road trip with my friend Betty was priceless as we talked for hours and hours! The staying at Betty's friend's Sandy's house in Milwaukee was a great blessing as I felt like family there (and brushed up a bit on my rusty Spanish!) And then...the! Pictures CANNOT do it justice, but here's a few...I'll post several times so you don't have to take it all in at was HUGE and that's an understatement. We had classes on Thursday and familiarized ourselves with the convention center. I think I can safely say I saw about half of the show on Friday and Saturday. Then we left on Sunday. Still, wow.

One of the most exciting things was meeting some of the people I've come to know online (and are, like, my stamping mentors of a sort!) Okay, maybe it was the most exciting thing!

This is me with some of the Cornish Heritage Farms designers and amazing creative artists! Me, Lori Craig, Julie Campbell and Lisa Silver. They had been training on Copic markers all day, but were gracious enough to stand in for a picture. I also met Becky Olson, but didn't get a photo with her. What a blessing to meet everyone! I love these ladies over at CHF!Lisa and I were able to talk a little bit during the show which was so nice! (everyone was very busy, but 'connecting' was a great pleasure, even for a bit!) I was also able to meet Richard Pomeroy, one of the CHF owners....he was great! I got a picture with him, but he is sticking out his I won't post that one! Tee hee... ;)

This is me with Lisa Johnson! She designs for Papertrey Ink, but I also follow her Poppy Paperie blog. She also just released her first stamp set under PTI. She is a sweetheart

Finally......big drumroll!!! One of my very favorite people in the stamping industry....yes, I was (and AM) beside myself in wonder that we connected......I finally got to meet GINA K!!!! AHHHH! Oh my! Gina is one of the most generous and wonderful people and she was just the sweetest thing! Here we are in a now famous photo op: (famous in my house that is!!)

I also got to meet Deb Olsen, and Tim Holtz...two people whom I respect greatly in their creativity and craft. Deb and I shared a hug and Tim and I a handshake. More about Tim's workshop later....

There were a lot of other people I admire but didn't connect with during CHA...including Kim Hughes from CHF, Nichole Heady at Papertrey Ink, Em of Stamping Bella fame and Kurtis A (Stampin' Kub). I didn't really see them in the three days I was there, but I wished I had.

Oh, there's one more 'meet and greet' I never in a lifetime dreamed would happen....
Yes of's Me, Cuttlebug, Betty and Cricut! Now that's a dream come true!! Til next time!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Quick hi and a mystery???! I am really really too tired to post a real post yet.....CHA was AMAZING and FULL of FUN! Pictures will follow soon....we are in the midst of vacation bible school this week, and I am storytelling every night (including setting up a new stage every day) so not much time online....and packing, too!!

But I do have a MYSTERY TO SOLVE!! On the first night of VBS, a package was left on my front door at my house....can you help me solve it?!

These were found in a bag hanging on the door handle! My first thought was an SBS9 sister who was in the neighborhood....but from England?? Shouldn't I know who was in town??? Or is this from my still mysterious Secret sister from across the pond?? Then I thought maybe a Splitcoast stamper person fulfilling a WishRAK, as they put only Kim Leach rather than Kim Marie...then I thought maybe my SBS sister Sue would be the culprit as that little smiley at the bottom is her trademark...but I just can't figure it out....Did you visit me, Sue??

Well in any case, THANK YOU!!! I was blessed....Tildas have become a new favorite of mine as my blog readers well know and now I have even more coloring to do!! Thank you to my secret pal...I'm only sorry I didn't get to hug you in person!! :(

Any help to solve this one would be appreciated!!!

Oh, and by the way......I LOVE THE FROG CARD! I just can't stop looking at all the glittery frogs! ;)

Monday, July 14, 2008

To CHA I go!! And then, the other side of the World!!

My friend and I are leaving to drive to CHA in Chicago very very early (like 5 AM!) on Wednesday morning, so I will be gone through the next Monday, but then I will be CRAZY busy as a storyteller/puppeteer for our VBS (Victory Kidz Club) every night the following week, so although I promise pictures of me meeting some of my stamping mentors...I think it will be a bit before I get back to blogland! And then I'll be getting ready for Africa!!!

These maps show my mission destination. The first is the entire African continent and the second, zoomed in, map has the city of Beira, which you can see if you click on the photo. Thinking about the fact that I will be eating in Johannesburg on my way to Beira is just under 3 weeks is too overwhelming! Better get back from Chicago first!

Have a blessed next couple of weeks if I don't catch up with you! Work on that sketch! I'll post any entries I receive through Tuesday pm.

Oh! My mom is finally entering rehab in the hospital! A major victory!! Thanks for--and please keep--praying!

God loves you! Me too!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Jumping for Joy!

I am so blessed!! I found out my name was randomly drawn to win two different sets of stamps. One is from Clear Artistic Stamps...I put my name in during the new release of their sets on my friend Wendi's blog. The girl whose name was chosen actually won twice (two different blogs) and she asked Wendi to pick again...(thanks Heather!) Wendi picked me next!! The set I won, Delicate Moments, is beautiful! Check it out!!

The second set I just found out about last night. It's Melanie Muechinger's "Jumping for Joy" set from Gina K!! I merely voted on a blog card posted for one of her challenges and my name was randomly drawn to receive one of her newest sets! Melanie makes the most FUN sets ever!! Click on her name to check out her really fun blog! And be on the look out for a card using this set in the near future!! I mean...African animals!!! Do you think that relates?! :)

For those of you saying, Kim, you win everything!! I want to encourage you! You can win, too! The odds are very good! Sometimes all it takes is a comment on a person's blog or creation. Be brave!! Also I choose a handful of blogs to visit regularly. You don't have to read a million different blogs (although is VERY tempting!) Just pick a few, check in and trust me, y0u'll have an opportunity to win, too! The more you try, the greater your chances!

Speaking of blog winning....have you tried my card challenge yet??? The prize packages are a SURprize! You'll see!

Jump for Joy today! It is a day of REST! Rest in God's presence today and I will guarantee it, you will have peace! God is so so GOOD!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Happy happy Day!

Gina K has a sketch challenge up on her blog and since the prize was wonderful (Koh-li-noor pencils) I decided to play along! This was my entry based on her sketch. I need a graduation card for today, and this is it! Isn't she (yes, she...eyelashes!!) adorable? The DP (you were going to ask!) is hand made...about a MILLION years ago, my now 22 yr. old--then 7 year old, son and I went to a crafting day at school and using water, oil and paints made this "stationary". It always looked like a pond and lily pads to me, so I have saved it til today!! All images are Gina K's Just so Hoppy and Baskets of Happiness sets. I stamped the frog on PTI's designer paper, Everyday blessings. The rest is scrap dp I received from wishRAK.

Speaking of winning, check out some easy to enter blog candy at Maria's blog! Fun!

Bloom brightly today. God has given this day; its beauty is just for you!!!

Love ya!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

So thankful! And busy!

These hazy days are filled with preparations for my trip to Mozambique in August and packing for my road trip next week to the CHA convention with my friend Betty! I just wanted to show you a few small things I have been working in!

One project has been sending these thank you notes to those who have joined my prayer team for my trip! These little 3x3's use Cornish Heritage Farms Delicate Wings stamps, which were a stamp of the month last winter. You can still buy the stamps individually. The cardstock I used was from Current, Inc a company that I used to buy A LOT from in the "old days". The colors of their CS is just so vibrant and beautiful. And it seemed to fit my project perfectly!! I love Monarch butterflies! I tried using PTI's Plum pudding in and a bit of the ribbon on this next one....I think it turned out just as beautiful, don't you??

This next card is for a co worker...these are also images from Cornish Heritage Farms. Asela Hopkins designed these flower stamps, as well as the butterfly. And this sentiment is one of my top 10 favorite sentiments ever! I used SU's CS Confetti White and a scrap color as well as PTI's Spring Moss Twill ribbon.

Finally, here's my challenge entry to Jackie's blog. The challenge was to make a card with a scottish theme....and well, this little scotty dog is the closest I could come! This is a bella card as you can see...I received this image in a bella swap a long time ago...I checked my WishRAK DP stash and voila! Plaid (what clan? I have no idea! But some Scot women must have pink and green in their family plaid, right?? LOL!) The buckle made it seem more Scottish to me for some reason! Hoo boy! Although I happen to love all plaids and scottish accents, can you tell I'm Irish?? Well, Jackie I hope this will do! It was fun to think of how to make it work :) Thanks for the challenge! You know, she's opened up this blog candy challenge to everyone! Why don't you all try it??

Cheer up, all! It's a good day!