HALLOWEEN grams for my sister’s class #recollections #stampendous #timholtz



Whoa, this post is so long in coming. Its from October 2016 🙂

In the past I have done Christmas grams for my sister’s class (she is a teacher) and this past year because I love Halloween so much I decided to do them for Halloween. I started off wanting to include jack o lantern erasers, but decided on little bits and bobs from Michaels.

When the dust settled I incorporated bits and bobs from Recollections (wooden jack o lanterns, foam pumpkins, spiders, etc) and a pack of Halloween erasers (witch cauldron, eye, owl, ghost, etc). The stamp sets were

  • a random Trick or Treat stamp from Inkadinkado
  • Waffle Flower Special Delivery stamp set
  • Stampendous Tim Holtz Blueprints Happy Halloween #635 stamp set


These were a HIT with her class.


MOTHER’S DAY with Lawn Fawn Stamps


So I made Mother’s day cards for my co-workers but silly me I forgot to take pics before I handed them out. 🙂 SO I had to sneak and take pics.

Both cards were pretty straight forward.

On the first I used some paper from the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pack and the Mom and Me stamp set. This was also another opportunity for me to make use of my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.

On the second card I did some color blending (still trying to perfect my technique) and used the bunnies from the Lawn Fawn Eggstra special Easter stamp set.

I stamped both sets of animals with Simon Says Stamp alcohol marker safe black ink and colored them in with Spectrum Noir Markers. If I remember correctly I used two grays from the warm gray set. I fussy cut them out, adhered them to the base, applied the sentiment and I was all done.




Brother in Law Birthday Card – Papersmooches Boom Bots


So I threw together this card and I;m sure you can tell. I decided to work on coloring, fussy cutting and try out a masculine card.

My stamping of the cranks (nuts, bolts, whatever they’re called) was awful as you can tell. I just decided to keep going.

At the beginning of the summer I made a $50 purchased during a Papersmooches sale. I figured the Boom Bots stamp set would work well for a masculine card. I used a Happy Birthday sentiment from another stamp set. I also used the Papersmooches Borders 1 die set.

As for the inks, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark. I attempted to stamp the background with Ranger die inks and Simon Says Stamp dye ink in Lucky.

And finally to color the robots and the dog I used my new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I grabbed like 8 sets when Consumer Crafts had a sale earlier this year. And that is it.

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2016


Here we are again with another great Blog Hop from the Coffee loving Cardmakers and another opportunity to create great cards and win awesome prizes. 🙂

I love coffee so its a given that I am going to participate in as many Blog Hops as I can. (the sharing my creation portion to be exact) For more info visit Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop


This card wasn’t “too hard” to put together. I used :

  • Recollections brown embossing powder
  • Recollections ready made wedding card set (5×7 panels with envelopes)
  • Taylored Expressions Joe to Go stamp set (used the coffee cup and coffee bean images)
  • Taylored Expressions Koffee Time stamp set (inside of the card I used the “Love is in the air…” sentiment)
  • A-muse studio Mocha me Happy stamp set (the large coffee cup and heart)

I used the two coffee cup stamps to create a haphazard background. To close up some of the open space I stamped the coffee bean in certain places and boom….there’s my card. After heat embossing the background I had to decide about the sentiment. Two seconds later I realized I didn’t really need to have one on the front so I stamped Love is in the air and it smells like coffee inside of the card with the Ranger Dye ink pad in Java Bean.



Yesterday, I realized that I had forgotten my Supervisor’s birthday so I knew what today’s project was going to be. AND…I had the perfect stamp set. SSS Naughty Nauticals

All of the die-cutting was done with a recently acquired My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 24 die set.

  • I used the largest die to cut out the red panel
  • I used the circle to cut out the ship (after I stamped the ship with Ranger dye ink in Classic Cherry)
  • For the blue panel I used the smaller rectangle die with rounded edges
  • For the stars and circles I used red cardstock

And to bring it all together I embossed the sentiment onto the blue panel with some silver powder from the Stampendous Embossing Kit in Aperture.

I assembled the panels and popped the ship up with 3d foam squares and DONE!


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Simple Stenciling

I love!

Kreative Kymona

Hey everyone!! I’m up on the Clearsnap Blog today sharing how I created a cute card with simple stenciling for the June Color Challenge.

Take a look at the Inspiration photo:

Using a stencil and ink on a card.

Take a look at my card:

June Color Challenge KT

Supplies list:

All I did, was use the dauber and the stencil to create the fun card design with Colorbox Dye Ink.  Nothing to it!!

June color challenge with supplies KT

So what do you think? Please let me know below.  I hope you join us this month.

Thanks for stopping by!!


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Belated National Scrapbooking Day #NSD #tombowpro

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Courtesy of some awesome brands and Tombow I received a box of Scrapbooking goodness. I am not a scrapbooker by any means, but I knew all of these goodies would come in handy in my cardmaking. And who knows, maybe in the future I would create a scrapbook page.

Skip ahead and I did do a scrapbook page in the midst of playing with some of the other items. 🙂

I did take that Art Impressions stamp and tried my hand at coloring with my Irojiten pencils, but I didn’t like the end result. 😦 I also played around with the pack of patterned paper for my Mother’s day card for my mom.


But for my project for National Scrapbook Day I decided to do something surrounding a picture of myself and my little sister. She’s currently pregnant with her first child and I was feeling sentimental. Out of all the goodies that I received I used pieces of paper from the 12×12 patterned paper pad from Simple Stories (Life in Color collection), some of the Fancy Pants Designs- Attwell Collection aqua colored stickers, some bits and bobs from a Project Life kit and some odds and ends from my craft table.

nsd page

For someone that never scrapbooks I’m pretty satisfied with my project. I got to dive into the wonderful bits that Tombow and the other brands were so nice to send AND I was able to try out some new things. Now the next project is either framing or adhering the page to a canvas. 🙂

Thanks again to the awesome sponsors.




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Tombow Irojiten Pencils #tombowpro

So this month’s awesome Brand Ambassador care package from Tombow was the Irojiten colored pencils. I am so excited to try these and learn its ways. 🙂

I recently purchased two stamps from Hobby Lobby and figured these were the perfect images to color. A young African American girl and a cutesy elephant. I love elephants so I had to give it a try.



I know you can only go so far with blending when you only have one pencil of each color [give or take] so I told myself do what you can.


I stamped the two images with Versafine onyx black ink and got started. Twenty – thirty minutes later I had these two images.


I actually like my little green elephant. 🙂

I know there’s LOTS of room for improvement and I have never claimed to be an artist, but I enjoyed coloring these two images. It took me back to being young and just enjoying the repetitive motions of coloring. No cares. No concerns. Just. color.


I decided to name my two images Jana and Caruso. No idea where I came up with those, but that’s what I named them. 🙂 I plan to use Jana on a Teacher Appreciation Day card for my older sister. Note: Yes I know TAD was earlier this week, but its never too late.

My sister’s card


Mother’s Day Card 2 #WildRoseStudio Stamp


So my mother loves and collects elephants so when I stumbled upon the Wild Rose Studio Bella stamps I knew what I wanted to do for her Mother’s Day card.

I purchased the Bella with Presents Stamp from Simon Says Stamp. My first thought was this was the perfect opportunity to pick up some Copics and try a new medium. Well, we all know the issue going on with Copics so I decided to watercolor this image with some Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks.

First, I stamped the image (with the help of my MISTI) onto some Strathmore 140lb cold press watercolor paper.

I then used Black Soot, Seedless Preserves and a Ranger brush to color the elephant. I also  used Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Pickled Raspberry and Mustard Seed to color the remainder of the image.

I decided the Bella herself would be my focal point so I used my stitched rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn to cut her out and to also cut out some red patterned paper.

I attached the patterned paper to a card base and attached Bella to the patterned paper with foam tape.

For the sentiment, I used my Winner and Walter Big, Bold and Happy stamp set to stamp Happy Mother’s Day on the inside of the card.