Sunday, July 27, 2008

Winner of the challenge me blog candy

I would like to congratulate Jan on wining the "challenge me blog candy". Jen picked from the challenges posted in the comments and decided she wanted to see me make a pocket card. Make sure you stop in Friday to see my pocket card and check out Jen's blog to see what I picked for her challenge. Also remember I will be picking a winner for my monthly blog candy on the 31st.

Jan I will contact you for your information in a few days when I get back from vacation so I can send you your goodies.

I would like to apologize for my lack of posting. My DH and I went on vacation to see my parents for a week. I got so busy with work and getting things done before we left I totally forgot to tell everyone I would be MIA. We aer having a wonderful time. The weather is gorgeous and it's so relaxing here. We spent all day yesterday on the Mississippi river. Oh what fun! I will have to post some pictures when we get home.

Congrats again to Jan!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, July 25, 2008


This weeks challenge from Jen was to use Birds as a theme. A special thanks to my friend Beth for letting me stamp the image I used this week. Like I said Sunday - I am a bird person and I loved this stamp the minute I saw it. I have been in a bit of a marker mood lately - have you noticed? So I tried to blend a bit with my Prismacolor markers. I think my marker coloring is improving, now I just need some more colors. Well back to the challenge :

To make this card I started with the image. I thought the bird on the right had to be a cardinal. The one on the left I made blue just because I like those colors together. After coloring the image I cut it out and used my SU! ticket corner punch on the corners. Then I matted the image on red cardstock and again used the ticket corner punch. Next, I matted the image again on dark blue and put white brads in each of the corners. I wa now stuck with a red and blue theme. So I dug through all my pattern paper and found this red and white pattern I thought went well. I cut the pattern paper to 4" x 5 1/4" and used the ticket corner punch. Then I wrapped a piece of red, white and blue ribbon around the pattern paper. Next I glued that to a dark blue A2 sized cardbase. Finally I used pop-dots to glue down the matted image and I was done. This was a very quick card to make. Maybe I should submit it for Take Ten?

Did you make a bird project this week? This is the last challenge of the month so I will be picking a winner from all the entries on the 31st. See this post for details. And remember it's going to be a monthly thing so if you didn't play along this monthy feel free to join in for August!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

FFF Challenge Announcement

The summer makes me think of outdoors alot! How about you? Jen must think of the outdoors too because this week she gave the theme of Birds. I don't know if I have any bird type stamps so I will have to take a peek.

I have always been a bird person, my first pet was a parakeet. Then we had cockatiels after that. My mom still has 2. They can be noisy but they can also be very sweet and cuddly. Yes birds will cuddle. I am more of a dog person than a bird person though. What about you? Do you have a favorite animal?

Make sure to check in Friday to see our feathered creations.
Happy Crafting,

Friday, July 18, 2008


It's Friday! This week I challenged Jen to use dimensional glaze on a project. Since I was feeling in a java mood after making some ATC's, I decided to go with it.

Here is what I came up with:

For this card I used a layout I have been waiting to try. I got a card from a friend of mine with this different type of fold. To make the card I cut a piece of light tan cardstock to 5 1/2" x 6 1/4". Next, I got out my Scor-Pal ( I love this tool!) and lined up the card horizontally making a score at the 2" mark. Then I got out my clear coffee stamp set. I stamped the coffee cup on a beige cardstock using black Staz-On ink. I colored the image with my Prismacolor and Copic markers. Then I punched out the image using my Marvy Uchida giga scallop oval punch . Next I used a sponge and my Tim Holtz distressing ink to ink the background. Next, I used my art print brown ink to ink the outer edges of the image. Then I took my Coluzzle and cut an oval that was a little larger than my scallop oval. I inked this oval with the art print brown. I then put dimensional glaze on the "coffee" inside the cup and the steam and set that aside to dry.

I then cut another piece of the beige cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4". I took the bean from my clear stamp set and using Versa Mark ink I put beans all over the right side. Then I stamped "espressly for you" on the lower right corner using art print brown ink. I then inked the edges in a brown and glued the piece centered on the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" side of the card. I then folded the card and put a piece of scrap paper under the 2" flap. Then I took the coffee mug image again and stamped it several times on the 2" flap using Versa Mark ink. Once the dimensional glaze was dry I glued the oval piece to the top of the 2" flap and viola! Don't forget to look at Jen's card for this challenge.

Supplies : stamps by Hero Arts sparkle clear coffee set, cardstock by The Paper Company, Prismacolor and Copic markers, inks by Ranger, Memories (art print brown), Versa Mark, Staz-On black, Marvy Uchida Giga scallop oval punch, Coluzzle oval, Diamond Glaze.

Did you make a card with Dimensional Glaze this week? If so please post a link to it and remember I am giving away blog candy at the end of the month for one lucky participant. Do you have any challenges you would like to see? Post them by Monday under this post for a separate blog candy give-away.

Well, any plans for the weekend? I have to work this weekend (YUCK), so no big plans for me. Tonight DH is going to a "boys night" at his buddies how so guess what I will be doing? CRAFTING AWAY! ha ha ha. Of course I am sure I will spend some time on the Shack too. If you're a member what do you think of the changes? I am loving the new look.

Stay tuned Sunday for next weeks challenge announcement!

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's a wedding shower!

A couple weeks ago we went to a Surprise wedding shower for my DH's sister and husband. We decided to go in on a few gifts with my in laws. One of the gifts is a night's stay at a local hotel in the "honeymoon sweet" for the night of their wedding. Since they didn't have gift certificates at the hotel I made them a card version of a gift certificate. Here it is!

I was very excited to use my Scor-Pal on this card. To start I took a piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" light pink cardstock put it on my Scor-Pal and created a gate-fold by scoring it at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8". Then I stamped the image on plain white cardstock and colored it in using my Prismacolor markers. Next, I punched out the image using my Marvy Uchida Mega scallop circle punch. Next, I took a peachy colored cardstock and punched out a scallop circle using the Giga punch. Then I matted the image on the larger scallop circle. Next, I glued the scallop circle to one side of the front of the card.

Now for the inside:

To make the inside of the card I came up with a little saying about what the gift was. I printed the saying on white paper and cut it out and glued it on the center of the inside of the card. Next, I took a piece of vellum and cut it to 4" x 5 1/4". Then I wrapped a piece of peach ribbon around the top of it and a thinner piece of ivory ribbon around the bottom. Finally I glued the vellum over the sentiment (I only put adhesive on the top and bottom so it was hidden by the ribbon).

Finally, using the same ribbon from the inside I cut a piece and wrapped it around the closed card and tied it in a bow in the front.

Supplies : stamp by A Muse, cardstock by Bazzill, ribbon by Bobbie M. Designs and Offray, punches by Marvy Uchida (giga and mega scallop circles), Prismacolor markers.

I was very happy with how it came out. I always try to use the couples "colors" for wedding/shower cards. I think that is part of the fun of making your own.

Make sure you start your weekend off right by stopping by to see our FFF challenge cards. And for those of you who don't know I have monthly blog candy give-aways see here for details and a 2nd chance this month here.

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Happy Crafting,

Monday, July 14, 2008

Time for you to challenge me!

For our FFF on August 1st we are going to try something different. You are going to give the challenge.

Please leave a comment on this blog post of what you would like to see me try. Jen will pick a winner for me from your responses (and I will pick one for her from her blog responses). We can pick one or even a combination of a couple. We will announce each other's on Sunday July 27. The bonus to posting a challenge - BLOG CANDY. The winning challenge or challenges will receive a little treat from us! We will close the the entries on Monday the 21st, so get your comments in by then! I hope that wasn't too confusing:)

Put those thinking caps on and give me some good challenges by Monday, July 21st! Don't forget to challenge Jen too! Remember Jen is picking the winning challenge from my blog and I am picking the winning challenge from her blog. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Happy challenging!!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

FFF Challenge Announcement

Have you ever tried Dimensional Glaze? There are other brands but this is the one I have. It's a type of glue that dries completely clear and kind of gives things a glassy look. I use it quite a bit. So this is what I picked for this Friday's challenge.

Post a link to your Dimensional Glaze projects. I love seeing what other's come up with.

Happy Crafting, Kimmy

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Yesterday, I was tagged by my friend Jen.

Here are the rules...Each player answers questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.
What were you doing Ten Years Ago?
I was teaching Kickboxing classes and working part time at the local gym between college classes. I was going to school for engineering at Lawrence Tech University.
Five Things On Today's "To Do" List ...
1. Laundry
2. Grocery Shopping
3. Go to the Pet Store
4. Polish Festival, but it’s raining so we might skip it
5. Get some paper crafting done (if I’m lucky)
I'm addicted to... paper crafting, stamping, my computer, blogging, sweets.
Things I Would Do IfI Were a Millionaire...
Pay off our debt, help out family and close friends, quit work, and maybe open a stamping store.
Places I have Lived:
Roseville, MI
Macomb, MI
Go check them out! I am tagging:
Have fun reading & playing!

Friday, July 11, 2008


Christmas in July!

Sorry it's been a slow week on my blog. I had a busy weekend, then a bit of a cold. On top of that I had to work an extra day this week to make up for being off last Saturday. I hope I am over my cold and can get back in the groove. We are definitely cooling off today with Jen's Christmas in July theme for this week. (btw have you checked out her blog?? She has started Sketch Wednesdays-I haven't had a chance to join in the fun yet!)

Here is my card for the week - let me know what you think.

For this card I will admit I was a little rushed, but I LOVE how it turned out. I started with my House Mouse image stamped on white card stock with black Stazon. I colored the image with my prismacolor markers and pencils blended with Gamsol. Next I cut and matted the image on Dark green Bazzill card stock. Then I cut a piece of the striped pattern paper to 4"x5.25" so that I would have a 1/4" mat on my A2 card base. Then I used my new SU! slit punch and made 4 slots to run my red ribbon through. I tied the ribbon in the center and glued the pattern paper on to the card base. Next I got out my Stamp-a-ma-jig (one of the greatest tools for stampers), and used that to stamp my sentiment. Finally I added my matted image to the front and I was done. So how does it look?

Remember I have blog candy to give away at the end of the month so show my your FFF challenges! I am assigning each entry a number starting with the first and at the end of the month I will randomly pick a winner. Hope you decide to join in the fun! You can also get an entry by promoting my blog somewhere, just let me know what you did.

So, what's new with all my blogging friends? Any big plans for this weekend? I know we may go to the Polish Festival for a bit - it's a big weekend long thing here. Since my hubby is 100% Polish and I'm almost half Polish I'm sure we would enjoy ourselves. We can eat a ton of food and do a little Polka here and there:) Well, I hope things have slowed down for the time being. I am really looking forward into jumping back into my papercrafting. Stay tuned I am working on stuff for a new segment on my blog my "Make something Mondays". I figure it would be a good time to share some new things I have been trying and maybe you can share some new techniques or challenges with me.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, I hope to post a couple things this weekend. And a 2nd blog candy announcement Monday so make sure you check in.

Happy Crafting,

Supplies: Image by House Mouse, Sentiment by Hampton Arts, pattern paper by Bo Bunny Press, card stock by Bazzill, Prismacolor markers and pencils, Gamsol, slit punch by SU!, ribbon by Bobbie M. Designs, ATG.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

FFF Challenge Announcement

WHEW it's already July! Where did time go? This week Jen is trying to cool us off with her Christmas in July theme. Time to put away the bikini's and get out the mittens! Santa Claus is coming for a visit this week. Now what did I do with all those Christmas stamps?

What do you do to cool off? Are you going to join us for Christmas in July? Makes me think I should get a jump on those holiday cards. - naw I got plenty of time :)

Happy Crafting,

Friday, July 4, 2008



In honor of the 4th I am going red, white, and blue! Sorry for such a late Fun-Filled Friday post. Last night we were making chocolates for my sister-in-laws upcoming wedding and I finally finished my card in the wee hours of night and was too tire to type up my post. I was a little rushed to finish which is why it's a simple card. I always hate when I am rushed for my own challenge! Make sure you check out Jen's patriotic card!

So here's what I did. I stamped the Rubbernecker image 3 times on plain white card stock. I used my Prismacolor markers to color the full image once, the hat twice and the brim of the hat 3 times. Then I cut out the hat and then just the brim, and set those aside. Next using my glitter pen I added glitter to all the white areas of the image. Then I cut and matted the image on red then blue card stock. This card measures 5"x7" so I cute the pattern paper to 4.75"x6.75" and glued that to the card base. Next I glued the matted image to the pattern paper centered more at the top of the card. Then I used pop dots to glue the cut out hat over the original hat. And finally I used pop dots to glue the brim of the hat on top of that. I wanted the hat to have a 3-d effect.

Well, I hope some of you decided to play along. Remember there's blog candy up for grabs at the end of the month! What are your big plans today? I have some shopping to do for a BBQ tomorrow. And I should pick up the rest of our mess from chocolate making last night. DH and I are debating if we want to go see fireworks somewhere. Hope you have a wonderful 4th!

Happy Crafting,

Supplies: Image - Rubbernecker, pattern paper - Paper Studio, Card stock - Bazzill, Prismacolor markers, Spica glitter pen, pop-dots, Atg gun.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Monthly blog candy!!!

It's July 1st so I figured I would announce that I will be giving away blog candy monthly! I finally decided - how exciting is that? Here's the trick for this month - every FFF challenge you participate in you get an entry, and I will toss in a few extra challenges throughout the month. (plus there will be a separate give-away later in the month). I will randomly pick the winner from all the FFF challenge entries. You don't have to complete each one by Friday. I will be picking the winner on August 1st so you have the whole month of July to complete them all. To get an entry make sure you post a link to your online gallery or blog with your completed challenge. And remember there will actually be 2 blog candy give-aways this month so stay tuned. I hope a lot of people decide to play along!

The first challenge of the month spread the word about my monthly give-aways! All you have to do is spread the word and leave me a comment telling me what you did. You can link this post in your blog, spread the word on a message board, tell your friends or anything else you can think of. Can't wait to hear from you!

Happy Crafting,