Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mint Goodness

Here are some cute little peppermint patty treat baskets.

I made these for the last of the craft fairs, for this year anyway, that I participated in this past Saturday. These make wonderful little gifts for teachers, classmates, or co-workers. They can also be used for place settings at Holiday tables or to hang on your tree as a tasty ornament. :)

I used Cambria's easy to follow directions to complete these in no time at all.

Have a great week!!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Razzleberry Heaven

Sorry I missed posting last week! I've been working on several projects for two upcoming craft fairs and my 12 Day Holiday Extravaganza.

Purple has always been my favorite color and pretty much in any shade too. I have to say though that Stampin' Up!'s new in-color, Rich Razzleberry is just divine! It's so beautiful and purpley. :)

I will definitely be buying way more than I will ever use of this color just so I can gaze upon it's wonderfulness everyday. I used the faux silk technique on this card; stamping the main image on white tissue paper with Rich Razzleberry ink, then crumpling it up, gently flattening it out again and then gluing to white cardstock.

The image and sentiment are from the retired Essence of Love stamp set. I also used Old Olive cardstock and Cottage Wall DSP to complete the card.

I used the same color scheme for this card and more Cottage Wall DSP. I inked the Upsy Daisy stamp with Pale Plum and then used a sponge dauber to add some Rich Razzleberry to it. The sentiment was stamped using Old Olive.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Spread the Love

My daily reading list includes a fabulous blog, Understand Blue, owned by Lydia Fielder(Lydia is the artist that designed my blog banner.)

Because of Lydia's post Monday, I found out about a very special blog hop she is participating in this week, one that really hit close to home for me as I have a daughter the same age as Jaimie Cates. You can read Lydia's post and see her card here. To find out what this hop is all about, please go to the special blog that has been set-up to see how you can help Jaimie and her family.

Along the way, you will see some very talented and inspirational artists sharing their creations to help Spread the Love. If you have the chance, please send a card to Jaimie to let her know that there are people that care and wish her well.

My daughter wanted to help make a card for Jaimie, so this is what we came up with...

She water colored the flowers and butterfly and popped the large flower and butterfly on dimensionals. It's hard to see, but she also used Twinkling H2Os on some of the flowers. We wanted to keep it simple yet cheerful. I think she did a great job!!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Two In One

I don't know about you, but I can never find a bookmark when I need one. Most of the time I end up using a receipt or some scrap piece of paper. The ironic thing is, I have several beautiful bookmarks around the house!

Well, here is a card and gift all in one, for the reader in your family or circle of friends who may always be looking for a bookmark too. The bookmark is included right in the card's design!I used Elegant Eggplant, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive for the color scheme. The sentiment is stamped on Very Vanilla. The large Old Olive mat was run through the Big Shot using the Flowers Texturz plate. The corners on the sentiment layers were made using the ticket corner punch.By mounting the card mat and the sentiment on dimensionals, it's easy to slide the bookmark on and off the card. The Old Olive piece for the top of the bookmark is a label from the Matchbox Bigz XL die, the "weight" on the bottom of the ribbon is a flower from the Filigree designer brad set. I stamped the butterfly from Great Friend on vanilla cardstock in Elegant Eggplant craft ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder before cutting it out. I dyed two of the half pearls from the Pretties Kit using Elegant Eggplant reinker for the butterfly's body.

This is a quick yet elegant little card and gift set to give any reader in your life.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Craft Fair Mania

Well, here is my weekly post. Barely! I have been using any extra minute I can to make items for the three upcoming craft fairs I am participating in. Yes, I said three...

One of them is coming up this Saturday. Yikes. Since I haven't been doing much else, I thought I would share some of my projects with you. Above is a tag box I created using a template from Andrea Walford.

I sprayed all the ornaments with the alcohol shimmer mist I created using rubbing alcohol and Stampin' Up!'s new shimmer paint. They look really cool up close.

These totes have a total of six cards included with them. I used a retired Simply Sent kit to get my inspiration going.

Well, back to creating more. Have a great week everyone.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tone on Tone

Here's a layout that will work for several card types.

I created this card for an over sized wedding card swap. This one measures 6" x 6". By changing out the embellishments and sentiment, you could use this for many occasions.

What I love about the tone on tone or monochromatic cards is that they are so easy and quick to put together. You don't need to worry about coordinating colors or trying to match embellishments. Just pick two or three shades of one color and go for it!

Using the Big Shot also made this card come together pretty quickly.
I added texture to the white layer using the Distress Texturz Plate included in the Texture Plate #4 kit, the leaves were cut using the Stampin' Up! exclusive Little Leaves Sizzlit and the flowers were made using the Birds and Blooms Sizzlits. I used the pearl halves from the Pretties Kit for the flower centers and the butterfly is from the Great Friend stamp set. It was embossed with clear embossing powder before cutting it out.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Quick and Easy Treats

Need cute quick ideas for your child's class party? How about a fun little gift for your co-workers or friends?

These fun little treats are quick and easy to make. My daughter loves the little peppermint patty spiders and will be helping me make some for her class party.

Don't be intimidated by the supply list for the Treat Box; this project really is easy to make. Especially, if you use the Big Shot and Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Matchbox Die. The Sweet Treat Pop uses the fabulous new In-Color Rich Razzleberry. The Sweet Treat Cups are a fun new product offered in the current Holiday Mini Catalog.

(All supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.)

Peppermint Patty Spider-CS: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories: Scallop Circle and Photo Corner Punches, Mini Glue Dots; Googlie Eyes, Peppermint Patty (discount store)

Trick or Treat Box-Stamps: Holiday Best (Level 1 Hostess); Ink: Basic Black; CS: Perfect Plum, Basic Black; DSP: Cast A Spell; Accessories: Big Shot, Sizzix Matchbox Die, Large Oval, Scallop Oval and Curly Label Punches, Crop-A-Dile, Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Acetate, Bone Folder, Sticky Strip

Sweet Treat Pop-Stamps: Sweet Centers; CS: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Basic Black, Ink: Rich Razzleberry; Accessories: Sweet Treat Cups, 13/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; Sticky Strip, M & Ms and Popsicle stick (discount store).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Autumn Meadows Card Class

Explore some fun techniques using Stampin' Pastels as you create this beautiful autumn-themed card set with matching purse.

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Cost: $25.00
Location: 3205 Cascade Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana

Please email me to sign up for this class: (

• Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Fundamental Phrases
• Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic ink, VersaMark ink and Stampin’ Pastels

• Paper: Autumn Meadows DP; Chocolate Chip CS, Very Vanilla CS, More Mustard CS, Really
Rust CS, Medium Very Vanilla Envelopes

• Accessories: : Chocolate Chip 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Gold elastic cord, Gold brads, White
Embossing Powder, Button Latte, Mini Glue Dots, Paper Snips, paper-piercing tool ,mat pack,
Scallop Edge punch, bone folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Scrub and Mist, paper trimmer and
scoring blade, pencil and ruler, Sticky Strip, Snail adhesive, StampinDimensionals, Heat Tool,
Embossing Buddy, Stamping Sponges, Blender Pens, Sponge Daubers

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Just For Kids

During August and September, Stampin’ Up!® is celebrating kids, and we’ve got two great deals for the young and the young at heart.

From August 1–September 30 only, get the exclusive D├ęcor Elements™ Growth Chart for $24.95—plus, receive a free applicator tool!

From August 1-31, spend $35 on stamp sets* from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog (pages 74-90), and choose a FREE package of Designer buttons—a $7.95 value!

To learn more about these and other promotions, visit my website at Kym's Creations. You can purchase any of the wonderful Stampin' Up! products 24/7 from my site.

*Stampin’ Around® wheels not included.