Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Blessed are the Flexible...


This card is on its way right now to my mother. I am so proud of her for going back to school to become a nurse! She is working so hard as always and is an amazing person.... I am so grateful for her.

Here is the inside:

It's a little hard to read, but it says, (going along with the Bonsai theme...) "Blessed are the Flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."
Sometimes we all just need a little reminder... ;)
As it so happens, although I made this card with no challenges in mind, this week as I'm preparing to send it it does happen to go along with a few. Maybe I was catching brain-waves from all the lovely DT folks... Anyway, here they are:
Arty Girlz Butterflies
Dutch Dare Green and Yellow (OK, so we've got some other colors in there too...)
Stamp Something 3-D Somethings
Flutterby Wednesday Orange and Yellow

Papers are from My Mind's Eye and Boho Chic Fancy Free.
Thanks for looking...unless you happen to be Mom...in that case...don't look...just watch the mail! ;)
Smiles and wishes for a bright and happy day,
--Kathryn

Friday, February 20, 2009

Building A Memory: Kraft Scrap Card

This was a fun clean-up time card, using as many coordinating scraps as I could find around the table before everything else got stowed in the odd n' ends box (which is getting terrible bulgy)... ;) The stamped bird image and background are brown kraft paper, and all the other bits and pieces are various leftovers from Making Memories and The Paper Studio.

I really did have great fun with this card and was surprised at how well everything was able to fit together! Kraft paper is the great pull-together I am sure. You can dress it up or down to look classy, cute, vintage or modern...

Have a great day everyone, and thanks for all the get-well wishes. I think I'm finally on the upswing! :)

--Kathryn

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Baby Boy Romper Card

Bev set the theme as Blue and Brown over at the ABC Challenge, so I figured...one of my friends just delivered their baby boy recently...so this will be her card which she'll receive at Church this Sunday.

The paper is Cute Blue Stripe from The Paper Studio, and the images (from a big Fiskars set I found at Big Lots...don't know more than that) are matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock.
And, yep! You guessed it, folks! I've finally got a Cuttlebug of my own!!!! :) I learned they were 50% off at Michaels in Canada and went over to the local Micahels today to see if it was true in the U.S. as well... and hooray!! I got the $90 machine for $40! Wahoo!!!!!!!

Smiles to everyone,
--Kathryn

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spring Flower-Bird Set

As usual here are the challenges:
2S4Y Kazan's Sketch 20
Papertake "The Perfect Match"
Secret Crafter #19 Spring Has Sprung
My Time to Craft Pink and Brown

The papers are Coco and Blue Double Diagonal and Meadowsweet Vines, both from the Paper Studio. The cute an' flowery fatty is from an Inkadinkado bird-themed clear set.

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To let everyone know, Steph is offering some great candy at Much Ado About Nothing to celebrate her first 10K hits! WOW...and here I am celebrating 1000...well, after all, it's the first millestone..... Get it? wonhwonh... ;)
Bev over at All the Things I Love is also offering not just one but 2 incredible candy giveaways to celebrate her birthday! And let me tell you, she does celebrate big...nothing short of the newest Whiff of Joy set over there (anything WOJ is setting off splurge alerts in my brain which must be quelled for the time being...), plus a Martha Stewart punch in the other set and gaboodles of crocheted flowers and other goodies galore. So scoot on over and drop her a comment to enter...

...After you've entered for my candy too, of course! ;) Seriously guys, I really do need to clear out some of all this stuff as it does pile up and I can't use it up fast enough! And what better way than to treat someone else?

Have a fun day all,

--Kathryn


Monday, February 16, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award!



I received this last week from Amy at Scrapping Mommy! Her blog and work are just lovely!
Thanks Amy! :)

I have to write seven things I love and then pass it on... so, while you could just see some of the things I love on my profile...here goes:

1. I love this beautiful world and life God has given us, His truth, His words, His daily blessings that overcome all those petty little cares...
2. I love love love my wonderful husband Matt and my family, all of whom are my best friends.
3. Sunrises, wind, clouds, stars, fresh green Carolina grass, mountains, azaleas, the sea just before a storm...
4. The amazing women I am able to serve with in the Young Womens' presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and all our beautiful Young Women whom we love so much!
5. Writing and reading
6. Music--piano, part-singing, hymns, Celtic, world music...doing housework to Enya and Jethro Tull
7. And, of course crafting! ;)

I could go on and on.

Now for passing it on!!!

1. Anita at Stamping Mama of 2
2. Shanna at My Next Thirty Years
3. Michelle at Sunny Side Up
4. Lisa at Bits and Pieces
5. Stephanie at Where'd All my Money Go?
6. Tanya at Nap Time Stamper

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Forever Butterfly Anniversary Card

The card is based on Laura's Sketch 19 over at 2S4Y
It also fulfills the ABC Challenge
A is for Anniversary Card

This one is pretty straightforward, but I wanted to keep focus on its underlying symbolism. The butterfly has to go through a lot of significant change and difficulty in order to become what it was meant to be, just like a relationship does as it grows and develops. It takes work and sacrifice from all involved, but when it all comes together--you have something of wonderful beauty!

Happy Valentines to everyone,
--Kathryn

Monday, February 9, 2009

Penny Black Saturday "Romance" and OCC "Favorite Embellishment"

The Penny Black Saturday challenge this week is to use a Romance theme...and what could be more romantic than Paris? Just for a little escape from all those Valentine's hearts and the red-and-pink, here's what I came up with...also using my favorite embellishments, fabric flowers and brads!

To be sure, this card has challenged me much more than the last few. I just couldn't get the layout quite right...was never satisfied...until I once again pulled out those great WhimsyWild paper flowers that I had so much fun with last week! :)

I also injured myself on this card...oh, yes indeed... while poking holes for brads with my long, thin (and sharp!) quilling awl, I slipped and the long needle went right through one side of my finger and out the next... Ouch!

Needless to say, I discarded the pieces I had been trying to poke holes through and went straight to wash it out and get a bandage! Once it was OK, though, I drew a smiley face on the bandage and kept on with the card!

My husband said I was insane.

OK, well Maybe...

Anyway, here are the materials used in the card:
Penny Black La Tour Eiffel stamp
The Paper Studio cream script
WeR Memory Keepers Boho Chic Whimsy Wild
random Big Lots stamp (A Time to Remember)
Brads and cream-colored fabric hydrangea flowers

The flourishes are handmade from tracing a chipboard shape, and are then distressed with light olive pigment ink (small Studio G pad).

Happy (and safe! ;) crafting to awl... (wonhwonh...terrible pun, I know...)

--Kathryn

Friday, February 6, 2009

5 Challenges in ONE!

I'm in a great mood this Valentine's...so much so that, since I've already made my sweetheart's valentine's day card...I just made an anniversary card!

It's also a record 5 challenges in one!

They are:

1. Sketch and Stash sketch #3

2. Stamp Something "for your Valentine" (the stamps used are both new stash!)

3. Dutch Dare #34 Love theme with NO red or pink

4. Cute Card Thursday "Metallica"

5. Our Creative Corner "Crazy for Hearts" (use 2 or more)

Materials I used:

Stampabilities "Le London" script

Inkadinkado 90336 (Michael's Clearance!)

The Paper Studio cream script

Making Memories Funky Vintage "Lizzie" collection, Berry paper

Making Memories Neutral chipboard shapes (Target clearance!)

I can honestly say that this card was such an especial joy to make, as I thought about so many courtship memories my husband and I share. How wonderful is life and love and family!

Have a lovely day,

--Kathryn

Papertake "Hearts and Flowers", Arty Girlz "Red & White", and OCC "Hearts"

...and the inside...


I actually used the Friday Sketchers layout from last week, but was late posting it! Oh, well. Great layout anyway...
This card does incorporate 3 other challenges. They are:
Papertake "Hearts and Flowers"
Our Creative Corner "Use 2 or More Hearts"
Arty Girlz "Red and White"
For this card I used:
Colorbok Red Patterned Hearts paper
The Paper Studio XOXO
Burgundy cardstock
MiniMarks rub-on from American Crafts ($2 at BigLots for the entire book...usually $8 or so!)
Clearly Wordsworth stamp set VO13 Love from...yep, Hobby Lobby clearance... $3, unbeatable!
I added the red-dot swirls this morning on a whim and love them! My crafting philosophy...you'll never know till you try. What's the worst thing that could happen? You'll learn better what you do and don't like. Audaces fortuna iuvat!
This card is for my husband for Valentine's day. He spied it last night and started playing with the leftover scraps all on his own to make a "card" for me (he never put it together...just showed it to me ;). What a guy!
Have a great day,
--Kathryn

DCM Challenge: Oriental Splendor!

HOORAY!!! The DCM Challenge this week is a simply a joy! Oriental images are so versatile to communicate anything from good luck to birthday to wedding or you-name-it. It's all in the way you treat the image or layout. I also enjoy working with them because it reminds me of all my Japanese friends and teachers in the music world.

Interestingly, I very infrequently use red and black as theme colors in my own oriental card. Hope this one doesn't get disqualified for the black chop stamp.

The patterned paper is from a Marcella stack (gorgeous!) that I found at Big Lots for $5. Talk about a find!

Stamps are Rubber Stampede "Cherry Blossoms" (have had my eye on this one for awhile! Finally it went 40% off at JoAnns and mwa-haha...it's mine!!!) and Penny Black "Good Luck" chop. Personally, though, I think the card could mean anything you want it to, as long as you're not sending it to someone who speaks Mandarin... ;)

Again the butterfly is from that fabulous Colorbok stack.

I had great fun putting together this card and my husband even helped me decide on where to place the insect and the chop. Good eye, huh?

Thanks for a super theme this week and all the great creations from the lovely ladies at DCM!

Happy crafting all,

--Kathryn

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DCM "Prints Charming"




The DCM challenge this week was to use 3 different patterned papers; if possible from different companies. I already had out the Mind's Eye Brown Floral paper and WeR Memory Keepers Boho Chic Whimsy Wild from the last card I made this morning... but the third paper was hard to decide on. I finally found a strip of paper (origin: scrap drawer...can't tell much more than that!) with colored sentiments all over it, so I cut this one out and Voila!


Since patterned papers are perhaps my favorite items in the craft arsenal...(is it sad that when I don't feel well I like looking through my paper to cheer up?!), I just couldn't pass this one up...so I also decided to try making the layout work without any images, for extra challenge.


As always, I love to leave some paper showing--not only for its own beauty but also because it feels like I'm getting a little extra 'bang for my buck', if you know what I mean...even on sale 8/$1.00 it's still nice to get as much out of each sheet as you can! :)


Have a happy afternoon,

--Kathryn

Kazan's Sketch #19


I haven't participated in a challenge for awhile, but this sketch was just too good to pass up. Thanks Kazan! There are so many possibilities that come to mind but, since these were the first papers to hand...
They are:
My Mind's Eye, Brown Floral
We R Memory Keepers 2-sided cardstock, Boho Chic Whimsy Wild from the Urban Window Collection
The Butterfly is from a big Colorbok stack that was on clearance at Michaels.
The stamp is from Hampton Art (clear expressions set). Knowing me, you can guess which aisle I found it on ;).
Thanks for looking and happy crafting all!
--Kathryn

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