Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day

Just a quick post today. I made this for my Dad for Father's Day. Pretty simple card and it went together pretty quickly.

The Canvas background was stamped on Soft Suede using the same ink color. I didn't want the entire piece covered with the Canvas image so I placed the stamp rubber side up, laid the piece of paper on top of it and then just applied pressure to a few areas with my fingers to pick up the image. I then crumbled it up before placing it on the card.

While I didn't intentionally set out for the sentiment to stamp unevenly, I like the way it turned out. It definitely added to the manliness of the card. :) I cut out and popped Happy and Day up on dimensionals for a little depth. The ribbon edges were lightly sponged with Early Espresso.

Stamps: All Holidays (retiring), Canvas (retired)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Early Espresso and Marina Mist Markers, Soft Suede
Paper: Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Elegant Soiree DSP
Misc.: Marina Mist 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Screw Brads, Sponge, Dimensionals, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer

Have a great day!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Winner of Flag Day Giveaway

WOW!!! So many fabulous blessings were shared; from just appreciating the everyday things we are blessed with to overcoming great hardships. Thank you all so much for visiting my blog and leaving the wonderful comments that you did. I was truly overwhelmed and excited each day to read any new comments that were posted and in some small way share in your blessings.

The winner of the Flag Day Giveaway Prize Package is...

Patricia H
Patricia H said...

Wow - you have some nice things in your giveaway!

I've been blessed with good health for myself and my family. I'm blessed to still enjoy time with my parents, who are both in their 80s. I've also been blessed with some of the bestest online friends ever. And most recently, I've been blessed with an abundance of lettuce from our garden. :)

ph_in_va (at) comcast (dot) net

Congratulations Patricia!!!!

I want to apologize for posting the winner so late today, but my Grandpa passed away this week and the funeral was today. I had actually forgotten about posting the winner until just a little bit ago. So as not to turn Patricia's win into a downer post, I would like to share some of the blessings he had during his life...

My Grandpa was blessed with 99 years of life, 73 years of which he was married to his childhood sweetheart, my Grandma. They had 7 children, 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. He, as well as Grandma, helped many children in need through the ministries they supported and visited throughout the U.S. and were blessed with many friends. He lived a very full and active life and had a very peaceful death-passing while he slept.

So while it is sad that he is no longer with us, his life was definitely something to celebrate!!

God Bless You Grandpa!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day Giveaway

Welcome to the 2011 Flag Day Giveaway! June 14 ~ June 17. Why a giveaway on Flag Day? Well as Holly (the wonderful organizer of this event) stated, it is a great day for Americans to reflect on the blessings we have as a nation.

When Holly first asked me about hosting a giveaway, I wasn't sure that I really wanted, or had time, to do it. Then I read her comment and realized that I have been pretty fortunate the last couple of years with a steady income, healthy family and friends, and the freedom and opportunity to run my crafting business. So why couldn't I share a few of the things I have sitting around my craft room and possibly pass some small joy on to someone else?

You can view the Master List of Flag Day Giveaways here. In case the hyperlink does not work, copy and paste the url below into your browser to get to the Master List site.

So, without further is what I am giving away:

Handmade items:

Notepad Holder and matching Binder Clips
Notepad Tin
Boxed set of 5 All Occasion Cards (Blank Inside)
3 Holiday Gift Card Holders.

Inside Tin

Product (All items from Stampin' Up!):

One Package Carousel Note Cards and Envelopes
One Box of Heart Treat Cups (dozen)
One Package Jewel Basics Rhinestones
One Package 1/2" Library Clips (Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, White)
One Roll Crumb Cake Seam Binding
Afterthoughts Clear Mount Stamp Set

And here is the entire Flag Day Giveaway Package from Artful Imagination.

So how do you win this lovely package you ask? Well, simply leave a comment on this post between 8 am (CST) June 14, 2011 and Midnight (CST) June 17, 2011 letting me know what blessings you have had over the past year.

The winning poster will be chosen using, but the post MUST contain a comment sharing your blessing. Big or small it does not matter, just share! The post must also contain a way to contact you. If you are the winner, I want to be able to let you know. :) If either of these items are missing from the selected post, a new post will be chosen as the winner.

Fine Print:
  1. This particular Giveaway is only open to U.S and Canada. Please check the Master List as some Hosts may be shipping Internationally.
  2. Flag Day Giveaways will officially be open from 9 am CST June 14th through June 17th to give everyone plenty of time to view all the Giveaways.
  3. Please carefully check each Blog/Etsy Shop's requirements for winning their particular Giveaway package. We were given some leeway as to how we wanted to select winners.
  4. I will contact the winner on June 18, 2011, as well as post it on my blog. The winner is responsible for supplying their shipping information to me by 10 am CST June 21, 2011, otherwise another winner will be selected.
  5. The Giveaway package will be shipped by June 21, 2011, by Priority Mail, unless another winner needs to be selected (see #4).
Good Luck Everyone!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Blog Candy Winner

I used to choose my Blog Candy winner from this weekend's VC Rocks Big Shot Madness Blog Hop. This is the first blog candy I have ever offered, so I am really excited about this whole process.

The winner is.....


Jayne posted this wonderful comment yesterday:
Jayne Stenstrom said...

Love your creations, Kym! I agree - very clever to use the die to make a bottom AND a top for the box. (Duh!)
I actually love orange and peach - and I really love your card! I think it looks great!
p.s. I'm also in this blog hop. It's my first ever and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. Now off to finish some work before I continue "hopping"!

June 11, 2011 1:27 PM

Thanks Jayne and I hope you enjoy the candy! :)


Saturday, June 11, 2011

VC Rocks - Big Shot Hop

Welcome to the second Blog Hop of the summer for VC Rocks. If you don't know what VC Rocks is, please check out the VC Rocks Blog for more info and to see the entire list of blog hop participants in case of broken links. There is some wonderful additional art work on the site as well.

(Blog Candy has been added-see details below)

If you have been following the hop from the beginning, you should have arrived here from Jackie's blog Creative Designs By Jackie. She has some great cards and sketches on her blog.

The theme for this hop was to make items featuring the Big Shot and Sizzix Dies offered by Stampin' Up!

For the gift box below, I used a project design that I saw on this blog, with a little tweak. I used the new Nautical Expedition DSP for this project as I needed a masculine gift box.

The tweak I made to the design was to make the box lid a bit longer than in the original design and to have the fancy edge from the die on the lid as well as the box. To do this I simply used a wider strip of paper, 3.75" x 12" and ran it through the Big Shot twice. You could make it any length that you like!

After running the DSP through to cut the shape, I simply moved the paper up over the fancy cutting edge a bit, making sure the end edges matched up with the steel blades, and then ran it through again. Here is a sample pic before the first run through.

When prepping your paper to run through the Big Shot the second time, make sure that the bottom of your cut-out is lined up with the score lines on the die (purple lines) and that the sides of the cut-out are lined up with the metal cutting blades (turquoise lines). This will ensure that you do not cut off edges that you don't want cut, and that the fancy edge cut will be straight across the top.

Once you run it through the second time, simply assemble it as you would the Fancy favor Box and decorate as desired.

Stamps: The Open Sea
Early Espresso
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Nautical Expedition DSP
Misc.: Fancy Favor Bigz, XL die, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Antique Brads
, 2" Circle Punch, Coluzzle Cutting System, Sponges

For this card I stepped a bit out of my comfort zone, color wise. I am not at all a fan of the peach/orange color family, but I am trying to make a deliberate effort this year to use items that are just hanging around and taking up space in my craft room - at least once anyway. :) The color combo I used can be found on Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach and is Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz and Concord Crush. All current In-Colors.

In keeping with the Hop theme I used the Fun Flowers Bigz L die; and for the sentiment, I used the smallest label from the Matchbox Bigz XL die. All the patterned paper is from the In-Color Designer Series Paper Pack (Hostess Level 1).

For the design element in the top right corner and behind the sentiment, I used the "&" stamp from Together Forever and Peach Parfait ink to randomly stamp the paper. I am not sure that I am totally thrilled with this card, but I can live with it. Maybe the colors will eventually grow on me. :)

Stamps: All Holidays, Together Forever
Ink: Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Concord Crush, In-Color Designer Series Paper Pack (Hostess Level 1)
Misc.: Fun Flowers Bigz L die, Matchbox, Bigz XL die, Antique Brads
, Spiral Punch, Sponges

The next stop on your hopping journey is Heather's blog Stamp and scrapbook with me! She has some darling layouts on her site.

Edited 6/11: Due to the wonderful and encouraging comments I have received so far, I have decided to give the box and card, on this post, away as blog candy, along with an additional gift box in the winner's color choice. Just leave a comment by midnight June 12th to this post and your name will be added to the drawing. Those who have already left comments will be included too. :)

Hope you have a good time on your hopping journey this weekend and find a little inspiration for your own projects along the way.