A little doodling fun!

Princess-fullIt’s Saturday, so I get to share a fun inspiration project for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps‘ weekly challenge.  This week, I get to be the hostess, and I am challenging you to doodle away!  I have to admit that I get a bit freaked out to freehand doodle on my cards, so I have a couple of tips.  If the idea of doodling makes you nervous too, either try doodling right after you have stamped your image (before you colour), so you don’t loose a whole stamped image if you dislike the doodling.  Or, simply pencil it in first – no one will know you practiced first (just remember to draw lightly)!

Princess-closeupThis week, I worked with one of the cute images from the Once Upon a Time 4 set.  I coloured her up with Copics (finally finding some purples that I actually like!!), and then used my Sakura marker to doodle in some lines and create a bit of a sentiment. I was quick and easy, and created a cute frame-look around the image without needing to emboss or die-cut!  That’s my kind of technique! ;)

Okay, now it’s your turn!  Create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp or another stamp, and include some doodling on it! Pull out those fabby stamps and play along! Have some krafty fun and join us this week!!

Don’t forget that Kimmie has LOTS of fabulous stamp sets on SALE in the FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS this weekend 30-50% OFF! There is also a HUGE new selection of paper pads including a whole new line by Wild Rose Studio!

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Ribbonista in the making?

Hope-fullOften times, I am asked about my style as a crafter!  While I am never sure how to answer that question, one thing is for sure – I am a bit of a ribbon addict.  There is something about the texture, colour and dimension of ribbon – the perfect choice can really take a great project and make it extra special!

If you’ve seen any projects here on the blog before, you will know that my favourite ribbon company is May Arts! Whether I am using some of my favourite chevron stripes or some of the beautiful crochet ribbons,  May Arts ribbons add a finishing touch to almost every project I create.  So when Betheny from May Arts posted about a design team call, I was oh, SO tempted to throw my hat in the mix.  So, here we go!

One of my favourite recent projects was a home decor project that teamed up  some chalkboard paint, a stencil, gesso and some black and white chevron ribbon (382-34-10). The ribbon in this project wasn’t only functional, but worked to tie together the balck and white together.

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This second project I decided to showcase was created as part of an “unconventional valentines”-themed tea party that I created this last Valentine’s day.  This project was particularly fun because I got to play with a variety of ribbons – including, 1.5″ Grosgrain stripes in TG34,  AX17 – 7/8” Satin Cut Outs (hearts) and 376-1-03 – 1 Inch Grosgrain / Satin Edge Ribbon. Created simply by covering some cardboard with paper and beautiful ribbon, who knew it could be so easy to have a cupcake stand to match any party theme!

Finally, because this is a position for tutorials, I had to include a project with a stepped out tutorial!  I chose an interactive card – another one of my favourites!

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Well, there you have it!  Three fun projects that I hope will get me into round two of this design team call. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Thanks for stopping by!

Beachy Keen!

Beach-cup-fullIt’s day two of the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps MAY previews, and we have some great new Moonlight Whispers stamps to share from a set called Beachy Keen!  This set includes two fun images and three great sentiments to get you stamping and creating fun summer project!

Beach-cup-closeupToday, I decided to colour up this cutie and use her on a teacher appreciation gift.  I found these some fun plastic glasses that are supposed to look like mason jars at my local dollar store and filled them with summer themed goodies, including some individual drink crystal packages and a couple of coconut chocolate bars.  I added a bit of chalk paper, some ribbon, and this great new stamp!  I think it’s a fun way to send anyone away on a vacation – teacher, coworker, student, etc.

Below you will find all the Krafty Girls who have goodies to show you today and while you’re visiting their blogs, be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN a package of today’s stamps, and you do not want to miss out on that opportunity!

Happy hoppin’ and thanks for stopping by!

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Flower Tutorial – Pansies (Part 2): Teacher Thank-you

Cup-with-lidEarlier today, I shared a little tutorial I put together on making paper pansies.  If you can cut out a heart shape, you can handle these!  I also wanted to share with you a project that I actually used one of the pansies on – because the only thing more fun than making a paper flower is putting it to good use!

As a school teacher, I am often asked if I actually like receiving homemade appreciation gifts.  My answer is always the same – absolutely!  I truly appreciate any gift (homemade or other) that I receive from the families that I work with!

This year, one of my students noticed that I liked a particular kind of coffee and took some time before school to pick one up for me.  That gesture meant a lot, and I used it as an inspiration for this project.

Cup-fullAs fun as it would be to drop off a cup of coffee one morning (or an empty cup with a little gift card inside), I love the of embellishing the cup with a custom coffee sleeve to give it that “homemade” feel.  To create this one, I simply took an actually sleeve from a coffee shop, opened it up and used it as a template.  I grabbed a piece of paper from DCWV’s Chalk Fun Stack (because really – is there a better stack than this for a teacher?), some of the corrugated stack (because having that air pocketed paper is not only functional but really cute), and then traced the sleeve onto them, leaving one slightly wider than the other so I could create a layered look.

Because I wasn’t actually sure what size the cup would be, I didn’t glue the sleeve together. Instead, I simply waited until I had the cup and then tied a piece of May Arts ribbon the pieces of cut paper it to hold then in place. Finally, I added a little banner sentiment with a chalk pen, and added one of my paper pansies.  It’s like a bouquet of flowers and a cup of coffee wrapped into one!

If you haven’t checked out the tutorial for the flower on this project, I hope you’ll stay and check it out!  Thanks for stopping by today, and pop back soon – I have another flower tutorial in the works!

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Don’t feel like bringing a cup of coffee? Use the cup as a container for a gift card instead!