Thursday, July 31, 2014

Taylored Expressions Blog Team!!

Yes! That is me you see in that little circle! I cannot tell you how excited I was to get an email from Taylor herself inviting me to be on the Taylored Expressions Blog team! I had to read it twice to make sure she hadn't sent it to the wrong person! haha! I have been following Taylor's blog for years! I think it may be the first card blog I ever found, way back before she even had the store. Anyway, I am just thrilled to be working with such an amazingly group of talented designers there. 

My first blog post will be on August 14th and I'll have a little sneak peek here on my blog incase you forget ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share my exciting news with you! I'll be back tomorrow with my Festive Friday post and Saturday with some more exciting news! Oh gosh! I'm just full of exciting things! haha!

Happy Thursday!


Kay :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cutting Edge Stencils

Hello friends!

I hope your week has been good!

I've been little quite on the blog for the past few days. We have a big weekend coming up with company and a wedding! My brother and his lovely fiancé are getting married this Saturday. It's a second one for them both, but I am so happy for them :) And I am taking the pictures... eeek! No pressure! I am not a professional photographer by any means, but I have loved photography and taking pictures since I was super young. I just hope the weather and the sun/light cooperate for us :) I'm a bit nervous, I'll admit, but I'm excited too :)

So I have had the wonderful opportunity recently to work with some fabulous new stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils. They have just recently started making small sized stencils which are perfect for card making. The stencils I used were 8 x 10 and worked perfect for my cards, but would be excellent for scrapbooking or larger projects too.

For my first project I used the Nagoya Stencil template. I love this pattern and I may be wrong, but I think this is the same pattern as the quilt design, Double Wedding ring. Any quilters out there can correct me if I'm wrong :)

I simply sponged a white background panel with blue ink from my ink pad. It worked wonderfully and cleaned up with a wet sponge and some water easily. The little bird on the post and the sun I cut out with my Cameo with files from Miss Kate's Cuttables. I added the detail on the post with my Copic markers. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

Okay, anyone who was following my blog last fall and winter may remember that I ADORE birch trees! I have bought every birch tree stamp and stencil I've ever come across. I don't know what it is about them, but I just love them! When we go on vacation out west, I take pictures of just birch trees and aspen trees and their bark! When I get home and show off my vacation photos, everyone wants to know why there are so many photos of tree trunks! haha!

Anyway, on to the card! I used the lovely Birch Forest stencil for this one. I just sponged some crumb cake ink over the stencil onto a white panel, then layered the pinecones and flowers with foam tape. I then mounted the whole thing on a natural card base. Oh I just love those trees!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I have an exciting announcement coming up tomorrow! Can't wait to share! I've been holding it in all month and I'm about to explode! haha!

Have a great day!


Kay :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Verve July Release Retrospective Blog Hop!

Welcome to Verve's July Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas and guests are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the July release stamps & dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs! 

If you are following the hop, you will have just come from Teresa's blog.

Here are a couple more cards I created with the beautiful new releases this month.
This first one was made with the set Happy Place

Paper:  Pure Luxury ( Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Early Expresso ( Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories: Copic Markers

My second one using stamps from Peaceful Medallions and Happy Place.

Paper:  Pure Luxury ( Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Real Red, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery ( Stampin’ Up!)
Accessories:  Doily ( My Favorite Things)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the new release! Your next stop on the blog hop will be Janelle!

1. Julee10. Jen
2. Stacey11. Sheri {Guest}
3. Maureen12. Laurie
4. Chaitali13. Andrea
5. Marisa14. Amber
6. Teresa15. Christyne
7. Kay {Guest}16. Sarah
8. Janelle17. Anya
9. Charmaine18. Betty

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the July release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our July release and you'll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is August 23, so there's still plenty of time to get the July release if you haven't already. 

Don't miss this weekend only discount offer in honor of Julee's birthday:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hello Friends!

This is my second post for the day. If you want to see my Festive Friday reminder just scroll down :)

I am super excited to join along in the Papertrey Ink blog hop this month. One of the main reasons I started my blog was so I could do just this, and I haven't in a long time. I planned ahead this time, so I was ready for it. :)

Here is the inspiration photo:

Isn't that darling! I just love red gingham and buttons!

So focused mainly on the red gingham, but thought this cute little bowl of apples would go fabulous with it. Makes me want to go on a picnic! haha!

From Papertrey Ink I used:
Bowl of Sunshine Stamps and dies
Journal Card Borders die
Journal Card1 die
Heart Prints die collection

Stitched mat die- Lil Inkers

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy weekend!


Kay :)

Festive Friday Reminder

Hello my friends!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week!

I just wanted to remind you that there is still time to join the challenge at Festive Friday!

Here is the gorgeous inspiration photo for this time around. I did a fairly simple card this time :)

I kept it fairly simple, but wanted to pick up the brown/gold tones in the photo along with the white.

I adhered a strip of patterned paper down the side of my white mat, glued the die cut pine border along that and added the snowflakes with foam tape. I then stamped the sentiment.

Stamps- snowflake Flurries- Papertrey Ink
Paper- stripe- Pink Paisley, white- Pure Luxury GinaK Designs
Dies- snowflake- WPlus9, pine border- Memory Box

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 :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Card Concept #15 and Paper Smooches SPARKS

Hello my friends!

It's time for another fabulous challenge at The Card Concept!

This weeks challenge is to create a card in these lovely summer colors.

And that is exactly what I did here  Those colors spoke to me, they said "summer breeze Kay". :)

I can't tell you how much fun I had creating this one. I love this die from Paper Smooches and have been wanting to use it. When I saw the colors in the inspiration photo, I just knew I could make it work with my little boat! I die cut all the different pieces and made my ocean scene fresh with flying seagulls, then  I cut out all the pieces for the sailboat and adhered it all to my scene with foam tape. I just glued the fishies and the seagull straight down. Didn't want them popping off my page :)

Dies- rounded corner mat- Spellbinders, stitched cloud- Mama Elephant, water- My Favorite Things, Seagulls- Lawn Fawn, Boat and fish- Paper Smooches. 
Paper- Stampin Up and Recollections white

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stop by and see what the other designers have created and  I hope you'll join us for the challenge at The Card Concept!

I am also adding this card to the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge, anything goes!


Kay :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Festive Friday #36

Hello my friends!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! The weather here has been unbelievable, highs in only the 70's. That is unheard of here for this time of year. I just wish it would last :)

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

Here is the gorgeous inspiration photo for this time around. I was inspired by this photo to try a white on white card. I have seen this done and admired it so much. I've always wanted to try it, so I did!

I was also inspired by that bunny on the table ;)

I first cut out the grey blue mat , layered the trees and snow hills in the background. I cut out and added the fence with foam tape, then added more snow hills in front of that. Next I cut out all of the greenery ( or do I say whitery?) and just kind of stuck it here and there with a dab of glue. Last but certainly not least, I added the sentiment and that cute bunny.

Mat and snow drifts- My Favorite Things
 Fence- Papertrey Ink
Bunnies- Impression Obsession
Branches- Poppy Stamps
Holly- Impression Obsession
Fir Tree Border- Impression Obsession

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!

Also, I have added 20 new ornaments to my Etsy store! 10 full size ornaments and 14 mini ornaments! You can see them all HERE

Thank so much for stopping by!

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend! 


Kay :)