Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Friends with Flair!

Wooohoo!!! If you're reading this, you've survived Thanksgiving. You might be out there hitting all the great Black Friday sales. If you are/were, I hope you shop to your heart's content and get everything on your list. I will be hiding in the house!

For this FWF, I made a set of Valentine's for our soldiers. These will be sent to Operation Write Home. Seriously - have you been over and read the Hero's Blog? Inspiring stories!

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I made five cards - they are basically the same except for different background paper and ribbon.

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This is part of the ippity collection of stamps. I am really enjoying this new line! I hope you've enjoyed stopping by here. Be sure to check out Unity's sale, and look for that sneaky blinkie for your chance to win free stamps!! I also know (hint hint) that *someone* is hosting an ippity sale this weekend too!

Ta for now, ~ky

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Over the Moon!!

I cannot believe my card set won one of the three prizes in the Gina K customer blog hop!! I'm ecstatic! Yet, even more, I am grateful to people like Gina K who share so much of themselves.

Jessica, over at Stamp TV challenged all of us to share a little about ourselves by completing this questionaire. The requirements are to answer with the fewest words, and tag 5 peeps when your done. I thought I would let YOU choose yourself if you'd like to participate. Then you can link a comment here to your blog so I can learn about you!
1. Where is your cell phone? who knows?

2. Your hair? longer than ever

3. Your mother? an angel (2001)

4. Your father? ornery as ever

5. Your fave food? baked potato soup and steak

6. Your dream last night? weird (typical)

7. Your fave drink? water with lemon (or whiskey sour)

8. Your dream/goal? get a medical degree

9. What room are you in? living room

10. Your hobby? animal rescue and papercrafting
11. Your fear? don't have any

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? living in another state, learning and growing

13. Where you were last night? in NCIS heaven

14. Something that you aren’t? boring

15. Muffins? trying to quit

16. Wish List Item? a new professional digital camera

17. Where did you grow up? I haven't

18. Last thing you did? ate dinner

19. What are you wearing? sweats and a kitty

20. Your TV? on - basketball, hockey and football

21. Your Pets? snoozing (all 5 of them)

22. Friends? Happy! and prayed for!

23. Your Life? good!

24. Your Mood? upbeat

25. Missing Someone? always

26. Vehicle? a part of the family

27. Something your not wearing? shoes

28. Your fave store? QVC and Gina K

29. Your fave color? robust autumnal palette
30. Last time you laughed? 2 minutes ago

31. Last time you cried? couple of months

32. Your best friend? Many! DH, first...

33. One place that I go to over and over? Stamp TV

34. One person who emails regularly? Sunshine

35. Fave place to eat? The Marketplace (Arkansas)

36. Facebook? Time sucker
37. Fave game? Sudoku
So - that's me. Quirky, smart-mouthed, curious, always learning about something. I am also thankful - for every one of you, and for all those terrific people in my life that love beyond the bounds of minimal requirement. Big hugs for Thanksgiving, and I'll see you back here on Friday for the Unity FWF post!
Ta for now, ~ky

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gina K's Customer Blog Hop

Ok...since I flubbed the first project by not focusing on the correct stamp sets, I decided to try again! Here's my second attempt - it's not a set, but I do like how it turned out.

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I used the new Pure Luxury Tan Leather paper for the background, and Cranberry Tart for the base. The patterned paper is Basic Grey. Stamps are from the Stamp TV Holiday Cheer set (trees), Vintage Borders (quote) and Gina K ribbon and buttons for the extra touches. The 'snow' is Liquid Applique. Here's the inside:

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I used the same Basic Grey paper on the inside, trimmed with my EK Success border punch, and stamped the sentiment (the Magic of Christmas) and scroll shelf from Vintage Borders.

I have seen some really beautiful work on this hop, and I hope Gina gives us a chance to do this again. It's so much fun!! More blogs to check out - click here to go back to the list!

Ta for now, ~ky

Sunshine Stamps Warm the Heart!

Sunshine Stamps has been focusing on winter/Christmas images and sentiments. I just love this snowman, and thought he deserved a little vacation time in warm surroundings. Don't worry - it's not warm enough that he'll melt - just melt your heart!

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I've been working on making the insides of my cards more special. I thought I'd show you this one. I thought it turned out rather cute! What do you think?

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Well, I have another project to upload here in awhile. I hope you enjoy this one - I really enjoyed making it! Check out Sunshine's Stamps in the store!

Ta for now, ~ky

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gina K's First Ever Customer Blog Hop!!

Scroll down for Friends with Flair post, please!

Can I get a YAHOO! Or a WOOT WOOT! How 'bout a Hip Hip HOORAY!! Gina - thank you so much for helping your customers shine!!

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This set was created for my sister for her Christmas gift. It's eight cards in two color schemes, eight envelopes, and 10 gift tags, all in the nifty card boxes that Gina sells. Do you think she'll like it?? I hope so!!

The images are all from Nina Brackett's Lord of the Season set sold by Gina K Designs, and Nina's Vintage Borders set (background on yellow). The tags' images are from Holiday Greetings (Stamp TV set) by Gina K Designs. All of the paper is Gina K products. I used a Cuttlebug folder (music) for the spruce green and cranberry tart bases.

Thanks for stopping by - I'd love to hear what you think about this project. Then, head back to Gina K's blog for the next link in the hop!

Ooops - just realized this project doesn't use the sets Gina listed on her blog. I will be back to update the project with one that complies.... {blush}

Ta for now, ~ky

Friends with Flair!

I love my Unity.... don't you dare touch it. It has an honored space in my craft room...

I love my soldiers... don't you dare cross them. They have an honored space in my heart...

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Here are some cards I made to share with soldiers to send back home to their sweethearts. Operation Write Home is working on Valentine's right now. Our unofficial FFF theme was to use flowers. I chose these heart flowers from September 2009 KOTM, Go Ahead...Wish, to create these fun cards.

I decided to do a feminine version (in pink and gold), and a masculine version (in green and ivory). The masculine version can double for St. Patrick's Day if the mailing comes a little late.

I hope you've enjoyed this project - I had a lot of fun creating them. If you want to join in sending your finished cards to Operation Write Home, just click here for instructions. There's never a set too small or too large.

Don't forget to look for the Unity blinkie for your chance to win free stamps! Your next stop is: Jen!! I love her work!

Ta for now! ~ky

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Greetings! from the Bunny Farm!!

Or from the Funny Farm... yep - just corny punny stuff around here. Here's a little card I made this weekend for Virtual Stamping Night on Splitcoast Stampers.

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This was a fun challenge - we picked our CASE project from 8.5 x 11 scrapbook layouts in the SCS gallery. Our general theme was Masquerade, and hidden messages, so I decided to include a hidden message in my card front. Here it is opened:

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Anyway - we all had a wonderful time, chatting, crafting, laughing and generally just relaxing together. I hope you'll keep your eyes peeled for the next time SCS has a VSN, and just jump in!

Ta for now, ~ky

Recipe: Gina K Pure Luxury base weight paper, Chocolate Chip; Basic Grey patterned paper; Folder die cut, Sizzix; Viewer Discretion Advised stamp, 7 Gypsies; images inside the folder, The Greeting Farm; I Love You Forever, Gina K Inspiration Mosaic set; line of stars, Gina K Hip to Be Square; ink, Memento; rhinestones, Basic Grey.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Winners!! OWH Hop

I was so overwhelmed with all the comments I received on my projects for the Operation Write Home blog hop, that I decided to pick two winners! Without further ado...they are....

Paula! who said:

Hello! I recently married into the military -When I say recently I mean August, and my husband deployed September 11! I absolutely love your cards, but very much appreciate all of your thoughtfulness in how to make them appropriate for those serving. I have been thinking of making cards and sending them to my husband so that he can hand them out to his guys, but have been at a loss at where to start, you have given me a lot of ideas! Thanks so much!

Bekah's World! who said:

Such amazing cards! I especially LOVE the guitar one. What did you use to color the rose one with? I'd love to start doing some like that, but have no idea where to start! I'll be sure to follow from now idea - you have such great ideas!  (author's note: I used Copic markers to color the roses)

Congrats ladies! Thanks to everyone who participated (both our hoppers and blog hostesses!) - our service people are so very much worth any effort!

Ta for now! ~ky

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunshine's Stamps - Happy Holidays!

Sunshine's running a sale in her store! When you buy any 2 images from  her store, you'll automatically receive the Season's Greetings image for FREE.

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This is a card I made with the image you will receive for free when you buy 2 images. Isn't it adorable? You could dress this up in a hundred different ways to make a ton of really fast cards! You could resize it, print it on tissue paper, color it, then heat it onto a bare candle for a special decoration. Versatile!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope, if you haven't checked it out already, you'll take a minute to review the post below. Operation Write Home really could use cards to send to the troops. I love this organization!

Ta for now, ~ky

Gina K Pure Luxury cranberry base cardstock, Gina K Good as Gold metallic cardstock; Pebbles cream cardstock; Basic Grey patterned paper; Michael's ribbon; Image by Sunshine's Stamps; Copic marker coloring; Stickles gold glitter glue.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Operation Write Home

So, today, we have a 75-blog hop in the works to celebrate Veteran's Day and to encourage everyone to write letters to our service people (Any Hero cards), or create cards to contribute for them to write back to family and friends. This really touches my heart. You see, I'm a BRAT (Baby of Real American Troops), the child of a military family who traveled to every assigned post. I owe the military a lot, and I continue to honor our service men and women.

Letters from home were received with more delight than a well-anticipated toy on Christmas morning. I don't think that has changed, even though the method of delivery has. Even stories about someone you've never met help relieve the boredom, remind you of your own memories, and bring to the forefront why you are serving so far from home.

You should have started your journey today from Operation Write Home's blog. If not, please click that link so you don't miss a minute of all these volunteers' posts and projects! They are truly inspiring!

Blog Candy Alert: Leave me a comment on this post, and become a follower of this blog. I will draw a random name and that person will win 15 random stamps from Unity! The blog candy will close Monday at 5 PM MST, and will be posted here on Tuesday, November 17. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment to be included.

I created the following projects to send to Operation Write Home. These will be sent to troops stationed in various bases overseas. Mine will be blank, so that they may carry important feelings back to loved ones. But I will also include at least one card that tells them how much they mean to me.

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I realize a lot of our soldiers are young, so I wanted to include some "younger" styled cards to be sent back to their younger siblings.

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Soldiers tend to miss a lot of birthdays. This card will let their loved ones know they care!

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Many of our service people are married. This hand-colored, gold embossed card is perfect for anniversaries, or other memorable occasions. The inside is decorated as well.

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I know you have a lot to do today, so I'll keep this short. Details about my projects are at the very bottom of this post. Next, you are heading over to Barbara's site ( Thank you so much for stopping by - I'm honored!

Remember, you may be only one person in the world, but to one soldier, you may be their whole world.

Ta for now! ~ky


Rock On: Gina K Pure Luxury Rich Cocoa and White cardstock; Basic Grey patterned paper; Unity images heat embossed in gold; Copic markers for coloring; Nestabilities die cut; SU ribbon.

Wish: Gina K Pure Luxury Green Apple, Vibrant Violet and White cardstock; SU patterned paper; Unity sentiment stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed in silver; SU images stamped with various Memento colors, then heat embossed using the emerging technique and clear powder from SCS; Gina K silver cord; Making Memories flower brad.

All My Love: Gina K Pure Luxury Sweet Corn and White cardstock; Gina K Designs image by Melanie Muenchinger - Arranged With Love set heat embossed in gold, sentiment in Memento ink; Offray ribbon.

All My Love inside: Gina K Pure Luxury White cardstock; Making Memories pink paper; EK Success border punch; Gina K Designs Many Wishes set, stamped in Memento inks.

Friday, November 13, 2009

FFF, FWF Anyway you spell it, It's FUN!

Welcome to another Friday Friends with Flair! Woohoo!! We're having a ton of fun this weekend!!

It's time for another Virtual Stamp Night over on Splitcoast! Come join us for a Masquerade Ball tonight and all day tomorrow! We will have prizes, challenges, great chatting and lots of fun! You're going to have a chance to try new techniques, meet other fun stampers and get great ideas for more projects!

Second, Operation Write Home (formerly Cards for Heros) is hosting a 75-blog hop on Saturday. It will begin at noon Pacific time. Just click the picture to go to their site!

Here's my FFF project for this week. Our unofficial theme was to use embossing. Remember, Angela has lots going on with Unity and Ippity - so check her blogs!! And be on the look-out for that hidden blinkie for your chance at free stamps! I'm soooo excited that Donna Downey has a Unity set!!! Squeal!!!

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This card was made for our US soldiers stationed abroad. It will be mailed to Operation Write Home for use as a Valentine's card! I just adore this owl! Here's an inside view!

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I also used a cuttlebug folder (Forest Branches) to emboss the lower half of the card. The image is colored with Copic markers. I used Basic Grey paper for the sentiment and inside decoration.

Hope you've enjoyed your stop. Next you're off to Maria's blog!

Ta for now! ~ky

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Three's a Charm Blog Hop!!

The day has arrived for our "Three's A Charm" Blog Hop!! 3 fabulous Digital Stamp companies teamed up to show off their new releases and to offer everyone the chance to win some AMAZING prizes!!

Sunshine's Stamps is giving away their whole new set of Christmas Images and is offering a "Buy 2 get a 3rd limited addition image for FREE!!"

Ildi Co Is offering their whole line of Snopals (14 images in total) as a prize and also has a buy 2 get a 3rd image for FREE special.

The Stamping Boutique is giving away images as well as a set (12) of COPIC markers!!

 Be sure to leave a comment on every blog as you go because there is MYSTERY BLOG CANDY to be won and you can't win unless you comment on each blog in the hop! No one but Sunshine knows which blogs comments will be chosen to randomly win the Blog Candy!!

New Images at Sunshine's Stamps!!

There's a lot at stake! A huge blog candy package and a chance to win 12 Copic markers! Now lets have some blog hopping fun!


Ta for now! ~ky

Friday, November 6, 2009

FWF Yes - It's Flairday!

Welcome to my blog on Flair Day - I'm glad you love it and keep stopping by. Quick note: stop back by tomorrow for our THREE COMPANY BLOG HOP.

Now, on with your regularly scheduled programing!

I know you have a lot of blogs to hop through, so I won't keep you long. Here's the project for today.

Isn't this ca-ute??? I love this set from Lisa Hetrick. Just LOVE it. It's so easy to create the perfect birthday card using this set. All you need to do is change the colors and it becomes perfectly masculine.

Next up is Joslyn!

Enjoy your hop!!

Ta for now, ~ky

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's coming...

It thought the scary stuff was over... Well, it is. But the rest of the scary stuff for the know, the I don't know what to buy for xyz... the how many days of shopping are left? You know...and you tremble...

Come check out our hop this weekend. Maybe you'll find some solutions to the scary! Sneaky peek...

Three companies, one hop, and YOU. Be there!!! Saturday, Nov 7th.

Ta for now, ~ky
Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!