Sunday, September 25, 2011

CASEing Deb Felts

Deb Felts, as you may know, is a VERY, VERY DIRTY GIRL. And I adore her! She makes the most beautiful cards, and Stamp TV's challenge this week is to Copy And Share Everything, or CASE, Deb! Woohoo!

I picked this card to copy:

{Please note, this card is DEB's property - respect it!}

I just love the perfectly coordinating paper she used - look at those happy bunnies sharing a little laugh!

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I wanted my bunnies to be on a fall background, because they go to Operation Write Home, now. So, I changed the color palette to some Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg and Gina K Mango papers.

Instead of grass between the bunnies, I made a little trellis. We have 2 neighborhood (i.e. wild) bunnies that convene in our backyard almost every morning. They sit by the fences in the yard, and look a bit like this. I gave them some Flower Soft cotton tails - tee hee!

As usual, Deb made the perfect little sentiment setting, so I simply followed her lead. I hope you got a little smile from my work.

Please note, we're having a Blog Hop for Operation Write Home on Oct. 1 showcasing great Christmas cards. I hope you'll join us - OWH hops are always a LOT of fun!

THEN, Oct 3rd-5th is the benefit hop for Operation Julie's Smile. You definitely won't want to miss this hop, and your chance at some of the $2,100 worth of donated prizes!

Both hops give you a chance to connect with fabulous designers and companies, share the camaraderie with others, contribute to an amazing cause, and show why crafters are simply the BEST.

Ok - got to go get my bunnies to bed. They've had a busy day indoors for a change. Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

♥ ~ky

Recipe: Gina K Pure Luxury cardstock, Cosmo Cricket patterned paper, Gina K stamp set Basket Blessings by Melanie Muenchinger, Gina K ribbon, Prismacolor pencil coloring, Memento ink, Heidi Grace bling, Spellbinder's dies and EK Success punch.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Let a White Out Greet You

Yeah, I'm looking forward to snow. Hey, somebody's got to do the lovin' of snow! The Greeting Farm Fresh Friday challenge last week was to make a mostly white card - a White Out. Now, that got me excited. Talk about a challenge! Here's what I made:

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I recognized 2 directions this challenge could go - clean and simple, or built up and textural. I chose the latter. I love this older set, called Set Sail. I stamped it in Rich Cocoa, Memento ink, then added just enough warm grey Copic coloring to give hints of shading.

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I stacked a punched flower (SU), a button (Gina K), a beading flower (Michael's), and some liquid pearls (Ranger). Love how that looks! The eyelets on the first class tag are stars from probably 10 years ago, and I added a gem to the center of each.

I had a wonderful time yesterday teaching art journaling to two young ladies and their mom. I'm so excited to be taking this adventure with them! I'll be back tomorrow with my art journaling play-along with the Greeting Farm. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Don't forget we're getting ready for Operation Julie's Smile. The prizes they've gathered are amazing, with more rolling in every day. Every person who donates money, no matter how small the amount, will be put in the hat for the drawing of many prizes - about $1,800 worth so far! Come join us!!

Click for more information.

♥ ~ky

Recipe: Cardstock, Gina K pure luxury, Set Sail stamp set by the Greeting Farm (retired) and 'first class' sentiment from Gina K's Special Deliver set by Tami Mayberry, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Copic markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Gina K ribbon, button,  Michaels star eyelets and rhinestones, Spellbinder's dies, SU punch, Gina K button, Michaels bead flower, Ranger's liquid pearls.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wiped Out Wednesday!

It's been a busy week. I don't know why - it probably isn't really any busier than usual. I didn't get a card made today, but here's one from last week.

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I used the Stamp TV release challenge by Donna to use her color block sketch. I really like that sketch. I decided to add some texture to the bottom squares and highlight them with Distress and white Memories inks.

I used Rupa Shevde's Magic of Christmas set, and some older My Mind's Eye paper I've hoarded - old school Christmas set called Frost (2006). I colored the dove with Copic markers. The next card also used the Magic of Christmas set, and our challenge was to use non-traditional colors for a Christmas card.

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This time, it's my hoarded My Mind's Eye in Ooh La La for Him (2009). I tell ya, when I go back in time, I go waaaaay back! The sketch was by Amy Sheffer (ooh just LOVE her style!) for Verve.

Ok - it's time for me to start on the next round of challenges - I hope you follow along and join in! Don't forget, we've still got a big charity hop coming for Operation Julie's Smile! It's not too late to get involved. Over $1200 in prizes have been contributed to be split among the donors! Click the logo for more info.

Thanks for stopping by!

♥ ~ky

Monday, September 19, 2011

Share a Smile!

Hey everyone! Some of you may know stamping scrapbooker, Julie Renae and her fabulous art. Well, she's fallen on hard times after a dental emergency. Some of you may also know that I have a $60,000 mouth because of all my dental work. You might say I'm a little 'sensitive' about it - LOL.

Julie did what a lot of people do - when she found she had a problem, she enlisted professional help to see if they could correct a lot of problem with as few surgeries, visits, trauma as possible. She was told her best option was to remove her teeth and replace them with permanents.

She went to the oral surgeon to get started. After the consultation and scheduling the surgery, the surgeon's office informed her that she would need to bring $4000 back to the appointment with her and they would proceed. This amount would not include the replacements she would need. Now, Julie has her front 2 teeth pulled, with no immediate replacements as she was led to believe.

You know how supportive the paper arts community is - this is where you come in...

LOTS of crafting companies and the Sweet Stamp Shop is putting together a good ol' fashioned donation hop!

Let's help Julie get her smile back!!

There will be a benefit blog hop called 'Operation Julie's Smile' that will take place Oct 7-9. There are a variety of companies and design teams who will be participating in this hop to help raise funds for this benefit. So far, nearly $1,000 in prizes have been made available and will be awarded for both participants and those who donate.

Operation Julie's Smile is now accepting designers/teams who would like to be a part of the benefit hop. If you are interested in getting involved in this creative fundraising event, please contact Nicole Rixon. The deadline to be a part of the hop is Wednesday, Sept 28th. Participants will be notified of the blog hop order between Oct 3rd-5th. I will be participating!!

This blog hop is an opportunity to have fun, feature your design work and raise money for a friend in need.

I have a donation button in the top right corner of my blog to make it easy for you - AND - it doesn't matter if you donate today... tomorrow... or durning the hop... *everyone* who donates will be entered to win one of *several* BIG goodie bags (or boxes).

Any amount is appreciated - would you give up one latte drink for Julie's smile? Forego one doughnut? Skip on a new pad of paper? Every little bit helps!

Don't forget to RSVP over on the Facebook Event (optional)!

Thanks so much, dear friends. I can tell you from experience that 'sick' teeth make for a miserable existence.

♥ ~ky

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Love You a Latte!

Happy weekend! Here's a little card I put together for the My Favorite Things Getting Sketchy challenge on Splitcoast.

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I adore Flopsey. Who wouldn't love a sweet bunny with house shoes and coffee? Hmmm - need to train the boys to see if they can bring coffee...

This little embellishment is a half-flower (EK Success punch) with a metal decorative washer, Twinery twine and a brad. I had mixed feelings about a half-flower, but I think it's growing on me.

You can play along with the challenge, and get a chance to win a My Favorite Things gift certificate. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

♥ ~ky

Recipe: Gina K Designs pure luxury base cardstock, My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Union Station patterned paper, My Favorite Things I Need Coffee Flopsey stamp set, Memento ink, Prismacolor pencils with Odorless Mineral Spirits, EK Success border punches, Misc brad/washer, Twinery Twine, and Spellbinder's dies.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Well Hello!

I seem to be following a pattern here. Three posts in a row with Greeting Farm stamps! I love them. The Greeting Farm suffered a major server melt-down and lost a lot of their gallery. I lost a few images, but others lost a lot more. Bless TGF's hearts, they've been working round the clock to get their gallery back up!

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I made this cutie for a TGF challenge awhile back. I just love these bunnies. It's a really old set, called Lucky Bunnies, and I made the card for Mystery Monday's when Amy's card was featured.

I created this flower using an EK Success border punch, a big button and some embroidery floss.

Really loving some new, inexpensive goodies to hold me over until we get some bills out of the way. I'm always up to something! Thanks for dropping by today, it really means a lot!

I can't believe this week is nearly over. Do you have fun plans for the weekend? I'm toying with a motorcycle trip, if the weather is favorable. I'm so glad that we have football going on now!

Ciao, baby!
♥ ~ky

Recipe: Gina K Pure Luxury base paper, Basic Grey patterned papers, May Arts ribbon, DMC embroidery floss, Copic and SU! markers, Michael's tulle and rhinestones

Monday, September 12, 2011

Creepy Crew

Ahh autumn. How I love thee... Today we are back in Indian summer, though. I don't mind. I think of it as a dying foe who's snatching at anything to save him, knowing it's a lost cause. Tee hee!

I love fall - the harvests, the Hallowe'en, the Thanksgiving feasts. The colors are changing, and I'm seeing lots of little goblins and ballerinas popping up over the neighborhood. I just had to play along and combine Hallowe'en with Indian summer.

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 This flower is made with a new EK Success punch that I got recently. I added tulle behind it because it's perfect for ballerinas!

What costume would be complete without a button? And stitching is a must, because those costumes are often handmade or require adjustment!

Here is my girl, all dolled up and sassy! I added distressing because parents often are when escorting their little pumpkins around for treats. Every princess needs her bling! I just love this card.

I'm so happy you stopped by today - every visit means so much to me. If you have any questions, just leave me a message and I'll get back with you right away.

Have a blessed, wonderful day!
♥ ~ky

Recipe: Stamps by The Greeting Farm, Sweet and Toxic set
Patterned paper by Stampin' Up
Cardstock by Gina K Designs, Pure Luxury
Inks by Ranger (distress) and Memento
Coloring by Copic markers
Stitching by Janome
Flower by EK Success border punch
Misc: Pearls and Rhinestones by Paper Studios, 
staples by Tim Holtz tiny attacher

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Birthday to The Greeting Farm

Yep - this little company has grown so much in their 3 years since creation. I am amazed to watch them develop new stamp lines, to see their creativity grow, and of course - their generosity. This is truly one of the better and nicer companies out there.

So, I pulled out my rather limited supply of their stamps to make these cards. I really need to invest in more because they are uplifting, cute, snarky, adorable and guarantee a smile!

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Isn't this little angel the cutest thing? I love his expression - a bit of naughty with a lot of nice. I paired him with manly colors and, yep, duct tape and staples! Bwahahaha! I love duct tape, and it's so manly! He's part of the Sweet and Toxic set. You're gonna see his 'sister' in a post here soon!

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This is Syren,  from the Creeper Crew. You all know how I adore mermaids. Look at those eyes. I could see her alongside a host of sentiments. Both images are colored with copic markers. I added some glossy accents so she would look fresh out of the ocean.

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I just adore how she looks 'wet'. Sakura clear star glitter pen gives her a shimmer like fish scales. I am looking forward to working more with these images.

Congrats to the Greeting Farm for a wonderful 3 years - I wish you many, many more!

♥ ~ky

Friday, September 2, 2011

Feel Better

Welcome friends! If you just popped in here, be sure to see my companion project over on Melanie Muenchinger's blog! I've been fighting a bit of a summer cold, so my craftiness took a bit of a hit this week. Even that inspires me!

When I am under the weather, there are a few things I can count on to help me feel better: Kitties snuggled up with me and a good book. I thought a gift card holder using those two things would be perfect to have on-hand as needed. Yep, I would totally give this gift to myself! LOL

I used Gina's gift card tutorial here: Part 1 and Part 2 from Stamp TV. She makes the best tutorials! I used pure luxury Kraft cardstock for the base, and Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers patterned paper. Before I adhered the patterned paper, I inked up all the edges with Ranger's Vintage Photo distress ink.

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I stamped the kitties from Melanie's Basket Buddies set on white pure luxury heavy base weight paper, and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils, blending with odorless mineral spirits. I gave them just a hint of a background using my Copic markers. I cut the oval and scalloped oval using Spellbinder's Nestabilities. I stamped the "feel better" sentiment (from Springtime Silhouettes) on coordinating cardstock, and used my Spellbinder's Fancy Tags #2 die to cut it.

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From there, it was easy to adhere all the pieces, cut and make a two-layer loop with Gina K's wonderful twill and grosgrain ribbon, and attach the oval image. I put a Borders card in, just so you can see how cute it will be - obviously I'll be getting a real gift card from an open business when the time comes (hahahaha, boo). 

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I want to thank Melanie for giving me this wonderful opportunity to showcase her darling stamp sets! It has been a wonderful experience for me. And of course, I want to give a big shout out to Gina K for creating such wonderful, high quality stamps and the BEST stamping forum. If you aren't a member of Stamp TV, please take this as your personal invitation to join (it's FREE)! 

Don't forget to go give Melanie a little blog love, too, for sharing generously with her guest designers!

Hey - thanks so much for stopping by and checking out what I make. It really brightens my day. I hope you get a little inspiration and make something. Please feel free to leave me a message if you do, so I can go check out what you made! 

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!