Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My blog has a heart :)

Dorothy gave me this award for my blog....isn't she sweet?! Thanks so much! I want to pass it on to the 8 bloggers who have chosen to be my blog followers {see right sidebar} sweet of them to take the time to join the list :) Be blessed!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hello Kitty :)

Just a quick and cheery hello :) This is a card for the Stamp TV Gina K Challenge using the Thumping technique....try it! Check it out at Stamp TV (see sidebar link).

Have a grand week!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


I was on a bit of a cupcake frenzy around valentine's day and made some cards for my hubby and daughters to go with their big plate of heart cookies. This is a card I made but didn't end up giving away. I ADORE all cupcake images...they make me so happy! These cuties and sentiment are from Unity Stamp Company. The photo came out a bit dark when I uploaded it(who knows why?!). I used Papertrey's Sweet Blush and Plum Pudding Cardstock and ribbon, Memento Grape jelly ink, and Copic markers. All YUM!

Have a sweet, blessed Sunday!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wow...this is BIG news for one of my fav people...

What exciting news going on over at Gina K's blog! A new adventure....a new way to experience all we love about Gina K designs....check out Gina's blog or use the blinkie on the right---> and see what all the fun is about!!

I am so proud to be a Gina K customer and stamping friend :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kim needs.....what?!

Oh if only life were so easy as to type "Kim needs" into Google and all my needs would be layed out right there in front of me! According to Google, these are the top 10 things "Kim needs"....

Kim needs:
1. to take off the gloves (well, I oughta....)
2. super effort (well, what else is new?!)
3. a refreshment (well, I do so love mint iced tea)
4. some help big time (well, come on over!)
5. to mind her own business (well enough, thank you!)
6. to talk (well, have a seat...)
7. to shut up and go home (WELL!!)
8. some hints (well, wasn't that last one clear enough?!)
9. our support (well, thank you, dear friends!)
10. counseling (well, I'm not surprised at this point, are you?!)

I am so glad to have that cleared up! It's all for fun, but you may want to see what Google thinks you need, never know where it may lead....type "YOUR NAME" in a google search window and go for it!

Isn't life GRAND?!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Greatest of these

Some of you may remember my Wizard of Oz inspired card, here, that I made for the Cinema Saturday Challenge a few weeks ago. This week's challenge is from the movie Emma, based on a book of the same name by Jane Austen, written in 1815. I read the book in a women's literature class in college, but had never seen any of the movies based on the book. After seeing the challenge on the blog this week, I went on my Netflix and watched this 1996 version with Gwyneth Paltrow and LOVED IT!

Emma is a natural matchmaker who works her charm to match up couples from her group of friends...never realizing how much trouble one can get into when "involving oneself" in others' affairs ;) It's a fun and clean (!) love story and one I think you would really enjoy!
Here is my inspired card from the movie:

The DP actually has a sheen to it which you are able to see if you enlarge the picture.
I chose this scripture because faith, hope and love were all in the movie! And dancing scenes were some of the most beautiful parts of the movie. For the challenge, the card also had to have dots in it somewhere. My dancers image is from Gina K's Heartfelt Hits 1, which I paperpieced with SEI's dotted, double-sided DP. The scripture is one of many from Cornish Heritage Farms Scripture Essentials I. I also used SU's mellow moss CS and Fiskar's Victorian corner rounder punch. No doubt this card will end up as a wedding or anniversary card somewhere down the line!
I was going for a card that was simple yet elegant....much like Emma, herself :)
Have an amazing week!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Well, hello there :)

I've had quite a quiet and selfish day, watching old movies, stamping a bit and even a little teeny bit of house cleaning. Nice to have a day like that once every 100 years or so! Here is a card I am posting that I made today for PTI's color challenge. We had to make a card that used the colors on one of PTI's designer projects for Nichole's new release...this is inspired from Dawn McVey's blog...she is a tremendous designer! I used PTI's Summer Sun and Berry Sorbet Ribbon, Ink and cardstock and PTI's Floral Frenzy Stamp set. I wanted something warm and summery and these are two of my favorite PTI colors. Check out Nichole's new release tonight...the party is in the PTI forum starting at 10 pm, but the new stuff isn't available until midnight....can you make it?! Check out!

Sunny blessings and have a warm and cozy Sunday!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stamping is art :)

Card details: SU CS, Basic Grey Euphoria DP, Inkadinkadoo stmp, Stamping Bella EmBELLAshments donuts and dots colored with Copics

I forgot to share this! This card follows the CPS #100 sketch like the CAS card I posted last week or so, but with a little bit looser twist to the sketch layout. I love this quote! {Thanks, Rox for loaning me the stamp...I will give it back! LOL!}

I made this card to give to a teacher I work with who is really a kindred spirit...and she also happens to be my classroom neighbor and the elementary art teacher!! She has this great easel outside of her room and she often puts a famous work of art out so that we can enjoy great masterpieces as we walk up the hall. We have what I call a mutual fan club....she likes my quotes and I love her artwork. It's a good deal all around.

Who is a kindred spirit in your life?

PS We have pouring rain and almost 60 today...nice change, but the flooding is not good and tonight winds are coming (45-60 mph) and the temp will be dropping into the teens for tomorrow...brrrr.....winter is back!! Boo hoo! Back to the UK with you, I say!! ;)

EDITED TO ADD: We ended up having a snow day {no school! no school!} today! (Thursday)...actually...more of a super-windy, slushy rain day! LOL! As my friend and fellow educator, Ann's a gift!! :) No excuses for me not to make a new card, right?! ;) ~K

Holding up

God is with us where we are, no matter where that is. Three friends of mine lost a parent last week and so I made them a card. I pray for strength for them as they go through these days, knowing that God will sustain them every painful and difficult time. Hold up your burdens and Jesus will carry them for you. He promised and His promises are true!

Card Details: All Prism Purple paper, Gina K's Whimsical Autumn Set (Pussywillow image) SU White craft ink, SU scripture sentiment

Monday, February 9, 2009

Thanks for being YOU! :)

This is a Thank you card for my bestest friend Sandy for the marvelous time we had together a few weeks ago! She is always so great at cooking delicious food, making sure everyone is happy and coming up with fun and new games to play when our families get together! Sandy's favorite color is RED, so I really juiced it up using alcohol inks (poppy and copper) and Gina K's cream sateen flowers colored with one of my red Copic markers. The images are SU's Thank you Kindly hostess set.

This card also works for our SBS9 triple challenge {Make a card using the multiple of 3's}
:) and I am entering it in Nichole's 2nd Anniversary PTI challenge for today as well!

Thank YOU blogging friends for all your comments and lovely thoughts. You are really good friends to me too! My favorite stamping friends as a matter of fact!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Are you F.R.O.G?

This little card was made for a friend of mine whose life has been quite a trial lately. Long ago and far away, I wish God had told Adam not to worry about that little bite of the apple and that we could have continued to hang all out in Eden for generations and forever, but if Adam was anything like the rest of us, he would have bitten more than we could chew eventually!

But praise our God, He thought of a different way to save us from ourselves. Jesus came and died for us and now we have new lives in Him that will get us back into paradise :) Some days in this world though, it's easy to say we're new creatures, but not so easy to do it with faith that all will come out for the best in the end. How do we live through times like these that try the soul?

Card Details: Basic Grey Euphoria DP; Dollar Clear Stamps {thanks Manna!}, Gina K Sateen flower colored with Copic Red, SU cardstock, SU's Glorious Green Ink
Well, the only answer is this: by fully relying on the One that we know will never leave nor forsake us, never let us down or leave us out--He gives us the key to living with JOY as we are His children and He gives us good gifts of grace and mercy, strength and faith....but to take His gifts, we must trust that His plans for us are the BEST that there could be and that maybe we just don't know everything there is to know about everything there is to know! I know one thing...I can't do this life alone--I need God! So yes, I'm Fully Relying On God!

Go FROG! You'll be hoppy you did! ;)
Have a blessed week!

A great day and a Challenge posted!

Hi all! Happy weekend!

I spent today doing some of my favorite things! I had breakfast with a friend and fellow stamping junkie, Ann. Then we went to the new Staples in our little town and checked out the crafty side of stationary, too. Then we came home to my house and stamped and chatted and stamped some more! What a great day!

I have been making cards on and off this past week, but it seemed while each one was close to being done, no one was completely today, I finished them off and they are some of my favorites I've made so far! The only one I am posting today is a challenge card I made as part of Papertreyink's 2nd Anniversary....I have several baby showers coming this month, so here's one of the first baby cards to come. I used Nichole's Dot to Dot challenge sketch from her blog:

My card uses PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set...I paper pieced the elephant...the images in this set just cry out to be paper pieced! After stamping and cutting out Elly, I also Xyron-ed her and covered her in Dazzling Diamonds. Isn't she so cute!?

I also used Bitty Baby Blessings Patterned Paper from PTI as well as Nicole's Lemon Tart and Plum Pudding CS...the color is more of a subtle yellow IRL, but it came out a bit of a richer yellow in the picture. The 3 little baubles are EmBELLAshments from Stamping Bella. I did add the trim on the left hand side to follow the sketch: a strip of Lemon Tart cut with scallop scissors and pierced on each scallop.

I'm quite pleased with it! It also enters me in a chance to win wonderful things from PTI...check it out for yourself! Nichole has a new and fun thing happening every day, so check in often; her new stamps come out on the 15th!
Have a blessed Sunday!