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!


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!


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


Craft your stash time!

It’s Saturday, so it’s krafty time with Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!  This week our hostess is STEPHANIE and she has a fun challenge – Stash It UP!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that uses some leftover stuff in your stash!


For this challenge, I decided to work with a set of pencils that I found in my crafty stash.  I have been hoping to use them for an altered pencil holder for awhile now, so this was the perfect opportunity! I thought that the little nerdy boy from the Smarty Pants set was perfect (really, all of the cuties from this set would be great), and I also decided to mix and match some leftover bits of two different Doodlebug stacks (I know – shocking right??!!).  All in all, I love the way this project turned out!


Now check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls and special Krafty Guests featuring this week’s challenge!! We’re sure you’ll be inspired!! Then join us, play along and you could WIN!!

And don’t forget to check out all the great things that Kim has going on right now – challenge sponsorship on the Kit and Clowder community, Frugal Friday specials and more!

Thanks for stopping by!


A little Valentine fun!

May Arts project ideas_Page_1Happy Valentine’s day everyone! I am so very excited to share this post with you today – my first as a guest designer for May Arts!  Yup – you heard (read??) me correctly!  I have the honor of designing a few projects for my favourite ribbon company – just put “May Arts” in my search bar, and you will see just how I often I use goodies from this great company!

The other reason I am so excited to share with you today is that today’s project is inspired by my family. Whether you love or hate Valentine’s day, I am of the personal opinion that it’s great to have a day to talk about love and how we show one another we care!

So let’s get to it!  First up is a cupcake stand:

This little cupcake stand was a breeze to pull together.  Made out of some cardboard and half of a Pringles container, it was as easy as covering these recycled materials with textured paper, and then wrapping some beautiful ribbon around the edges.


One of my favorite components is this simple ribbon daisy that adorns one side of the tray – simply five pieces of ribbon with a rounded edge sew together and topped with a button. Easy peasy!


And who said that Valentine’s Day has to be all about chocolate and strawberries?  Personally, I think vanilla cupcakes topped with blueberries and a little , satin heart is just as pretty as can be!

Finally, I hit the sewing machine to create a fun ruffled apron.


The grosgrain ribbon made this project a breeze!  Not having to worry about creating and sewing the waist band took at least an hour off of this project.   Oh, and I left lots of extra ribbon so it can tie in the front, because as I realized last night, I cannot tie things behind my back. Who knew?

Apron-closeupSo there you have it – a Valentine’s collection without the roses, rinks, reds, chocolates and strawberries.  So what do you think?  Is it still worthy of the holiday?

Ribbons used: