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!

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What is a primary colour again?

Primary-frontAs some of you might know, I am an elementary school teacher.  So when it comes to primary colours, I feel like I have this one covered (and covered and covered)!  So, I was pretty excited to see that the newest Tiddly Inks challenge is all about primary colours! These are often colours I use for contrast or to pull a colour palette together on a project, but red, blue and yellow are not usually my focus colours.  So, working on this card was a fun challenge indeed!

For this card, I used one of the adorable images from the Buggs Mega Pack.  I love the graphic nature of this cuties dress, and I thought it was a perfect fit with the bold yellow and red colours.


I hope you’ll consider joining us for this challenge.  You have two weeks to complete and submit, and make sure there is at least one of the primary colours as the focus for your card.  I played this one tight to the rules, but remember – it’s a challenge to help you get creative – not to scare you away, so interpret the challenge in a way that works for you!

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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:

Thinking of you!


I love stamped images that you can use for more than one occasion.  While it can be fun to colour up thematic images, it sure is great to have a selection that you can use any time of the year.

Thinking-of-You-closeupThis cute digi from Chi Chi Memories  called “Secret Admirer“, is one of those images.  While designed as a Valentine image (thinking about who the secret admirer might be or perhaps who this cutie might be thinking of as her crush), the expression is one that can be used for all sorts of sentiments – thinking about you, sorry I forgot…, you got me thinking, etc.  And when it is as fun as this little gal is to colour, you won’t mind going back to the image over and over again!

The main feature on this digi is the face and hair, and I used my “go to” Copic colours to add some warmth and dimension (skin – E00, E11, E13, R20; hair: YR31, E13, E15, E17, E18).  Wave are a lot of fun to colour – just remember that the lightest part would be the “bump out” (where the artist has drawn the widest section) as this part of the hair would be further forward and would be catching more light.  It’s an easy way to add a lot of depth to your colouring!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I have a few more Valentine’s themed project coming your way on the blog (including a goodie feature some May Arts ribbon).

Thanks for stopping by!


This card has been entered into the following challenges: