Hello There Card Adaptation | Bees Knees

January 26th, 2016|cards|

Remember yesterday how I said that my brain was swirling with Valentine adaptations for cards in the Hello There class (that’s on sale until Thursday).

Yup.

this happened.

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Using the soon-to-be-released bee stamp image with my Minc. A lovely combination, if I do say so myself!

One note. I might Minc it before doing your Silhouette Print+Cut. I did it after and so the cut affected the toner on the bee. In the end I’d prefer a nice smooth gold, but in the essence of conserving my precious gold ;), I opted not to redo it.

hmmmm…..now what else can I make?

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 + Another Giveaway!

December 11th, 2015|cards|

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Another Friday has arrived during our little 12 Days event and that means another giveaway is afoot!

Today we are giving away a stamp set of your choice in three social media places:
here on the blog, Instagram and Facebook!

To enter here on the blog, just leave a comment with a favoritist (yeah, it’s a word) Christmas gift from your childhood, like this post on FB below, and we’ll draw a winner Sunday morning.

Now go check out the other two places for more chances to win!


And we still have this going on for today only.

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This is the last day of our Golden Deer giveaway to purchase stamps and possibly merrily see a golden deer head come your way. If a golden deer arrives in your package, you win another stamp set!

I didn’t necessarily set out to overlap these two contests, but that’s what you get when you spontaneously think of an extra giveaway.  It’s all about partying around here, ya know? :)

In the immortal words of Garth from Wayne’s World after he’s done with his spontaneous drum solo, ‘I like to play.’

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Today’s freebie is just a fun little card to use in your December Daily, Project Life or any other pocket scrapbooking setup you have going on this month.

It comes in three PNG card colors as well as a black transparent image so you can change color as needed.

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This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

 

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I think I just might get Christmas cards out this year. Last year I asked my kids to get me their favorite selfie or photo of them since we couldn’t manage a family photo.  Didn’t happen. But this year, so far I think I have four out of five. Fifth one will be coming soon, I hope.

But if you want to send out a handmade card, check out these cards from Nichol’s Posts of Christmas Past. Love these! For more about them, click HERE.

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

December 9th, 2015|cards|

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I think our wheels are spinnin’…thinkin’ of all those gift-giving ideas right about now, wouldn’t ya say? Just about two weeks until Christmas! What are you getting everyone on your list?

Well, for just that little somethin’-somethin’, especially gift cards, jewelry or chocolate, check out all the awesomeness that Layle whipped up for the dudes on her list! So stinkin’ cute!


I have 2 teenage boys.  Their cousins are teenagers.  Their friends are teenagers.  Let’s face it, gone are the days of wrapping up a box of Legos or a Barbie for Christmas.  Teenagers want cash.  Cold hard cash!  That or a gift card.  Sure, it’s easy to slap a check, some cash or a gift card in a Hallmark card and call it good, but what fun is that when you can have fun making little bags to slide it in?  

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Kerri’s new Paper Bag cut files are perfect for having a little fun with your cash or gift card giving!  I’ve used the 4 different rounded top styles – square, rectangle, gift card & skinny mini – and scrapbook paper to create 4 pint sized paper bags, ready for cash, gift cards, even small gifts like jewelry!

On this first paper bag, I used the Square template.  Wrapping it up like a present with some tinsel twine gives it a little bit of sparkle… ok, more like A LOT of sparkle!  I finished it off by stamping a tag with the dot stamp from the Tagged stamp set and then HO HO HO from the Believe stamp set.  A little washi and a few stickers & I called it good.  Now who wouldn’t want a nice little gift tucked inside this little gem?  :)

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For my 2nd bag I used the Rectangle template.  With all of the templates you can size as needed, so you can really customize the size of the bag for what you’re going to put in it.  I cut the deer from the Oh Deer cut file out of American Crafts paper.  I just love that shiny deer! To shine it up a bit more – because if you can’t load on the sparkle & shine at Christmas, when CAN you?! – I sprayed the bag with gold glitter spray from Thermo Web.  A quick strip of red patterned paper, a self adhesive brad and another sticker and voila – a fun & functional bag, just waiting for a little something to be added!

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For this bag I used the Gift Card template.  You guys, I know I’m going to be using this one over and over and over again.  In fact, I should just go pull out a bunch of different scrapbook paper and prepare a bunch of these so I have on hand anytime I need to give a gift card!  They’re sooooo much cuter than the plain ugly envelopes you get them in from the store!  A quick wrap of red baker’s twine and a key tag stamped in gold with the snowflake stamp from the Believe stamp set and the ‘twinkle’ stamp from the Holiday Magic stamp set and BAM! another bag, ready for giving!

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For my last bag I used the Skinny Minny template.  This size is perfect for giving chocolate bars.  And you know teenagers – cash AND chocolate?!  You betcha!  I wrapped 2 different widths of jute around the bag & tied it up like a present.  A few jingle balls added to the festiveness.  To wrap it up, another tag, this time stamped with the stars from the Holiday Magic stamp set and the mini tree from the Believe stamp set.

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And there you have it.  Little gift bags, all wrapped up and ready to go. Now I’m off to cross those off my ‘to do’ list!

 

So seriously? Love them all! I’m with Layle..I just wanna go cut out a few and have on hand. And the grand part about that is that you can store them flat until you’re ready to use it…if you want to, that is. Cut them out in different colors and put them in a file folder to whip out when you need it. For all year long even! I find that I’m much more inclined to use something when it’s even half-way prepared than if I have to run go cut it out quickly because some kid forgot they needed some present right before a party. But even then, cutting it doesn’t take that much time.

These are just so awesome Layle! Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas! Needed that! :)


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Today’s one-day freebie is a fun little ‘Santa’ card. Comes in print form as well as ‘disassembled’ in the way of cut files. Print or cut…or print and cut. What ever tickles your fancy and makes you laugh like a bowl full of jelly.

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This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.


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Need a gift wrapping idea with a little more space? Try Laura’s idea of wrapping a tin with stitched-together stars. Love this idea! For more about this, click HERE.

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

December 7th, 2015|cards|

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I have been loving all these wonderful ideas that everyone has been sharing! Can you believe we’re on Day 7 already? It’s all going so fast!

Today, we have Miss Jamie Pate–who’s visiting the KBS house for the holidays–to help you out with some beautiful ideas for sending sweet holiday notes.

Check ’em out!

One can never have too many cards this time of year. I always need a stash ready and handy to jot a little note and send it on it’s way. What recipient does not love a hand crafted note purposefully made with love?

I love the black and white stripes found everywhere right  now. It is certainly a theme found in my home and even here on a card. First, I created the background of the card with two pattern papers. A snowflake was cut from gold mylar. That is a must have cut file called, simply enough, Snowflake. The sentiment is stamped on vellum and then layered over another piece of pattern paper. This is a great way to have an image stamped, but allow a pattern that you like to still shine through.

This is a simple card with beautiful impact gold impact coming from that snowflake.

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[ Designs | Snowflake.  Stamps | Twinkle ]


The So Very Merry card makes use of a great pop of gold. The Polka Dot die cut is from the Life Addition set. The Fancy Label was cut using the Label It and the So Very Merry sentiment was stamped for the inside using the Twinkle Stamp Set. I cut a background of larger circles, also from the Life Addition cut files. This was part of the base along with some background paper, and the rest is layered on top. Be sure to use dimensional adhesive tape to give plenty of dimension to your card.

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[ DesignsLife Additions: Backgrounds: (polkadot background) / Label It (flourish).  StampsTwinkle ]


Lastly, a card that uses the December Additions Pages as a background. I just adore that cut and it is not only perfect for this time of year, but for the rest of winter. The cut is sized to about 4×3 and layered over pattern paper on the card base. Cut files that are intended for pocket pages made perfect layers for cards. A Fancy Label from the Label It was cut, also from gold mylar. I created a little tag sentiment using the Twinkle Stamp Set. To do this: stamp a scrap piece of cardstock. Trim it down. And notch the end for a little Christmasy tag.

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[ DesignsDecember Additions: The Pages (snowflake background) / Label It (border).  StampsTwinkle ]

 

Thank you, Kerri, so much, for letting me have some card fun with your fabulous die cuts and stamps. Your products are gorgeous and so very versatile. Merry Christmas, everyone.

 

I tell ya what…I am on such a gold kick and these little snippets just take the cuts to a whole different level. Especially when it’s gold and white. I hope it never goes out of style. Aren’t these cards beautiful? Who would love to get one of these cards? (Can you see me with my hand waving high in the air. )

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Great ideas Jamie!!


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Oh boy! Today we’re adding a (rein)deer to our little grouping of Christmas goodies. Gotta have one of those, right?

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This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

And…*ehem*…I may or may have not cut out a little herd in some gold textured paper from Michaels.

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Speaking of great card ideas, check out this Post of Christmas Past from Laura! Festive, indeed! Check out all the details HERE.

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Take Time To Stop and Smell the Embossing Powder

November 17th, 2015|cards|

I’ve been in the middle of a big project. It’s exciting. It’s nothing ‘creative’ in the ‘buy me’ sense, but it’s huge and thrilling, nonetheless.

Yesterday I decided that I needed to stop what I was doing and create something. I was having too many choices thrown at me and the decision making was overwhelming.

I decided I needed to do something simply.

I had purchased these tags from Thatch and Thistle on Etsy and they were screaming at me to make some Christmas tags!

minimalist.

With the help of some KBS stamp combos and some American Crafts embossing powder, I made these up in no time!

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For the first tag, I used the bottom of the 25/Christmas stamp and combined it with the tree–both from Twinkle. Loved the simplicity of how it came together. And how perfect does HO HO HO (Believe) and Be Merry (Holiday Magic) go together? Then I took a bigger star from Wanderlust and combined with with Twinkle.

yep.

simplistic perfection.

Now back to the big task at hand…

Can someone else come make some decisions for me? ;)

Send A Card To Brighten The Day

September 11th, 2015|cards, laura vegas|

In this world of ever-increasing technology, the art of sending letters seems to have gotten lost. That being said, I’ve seen a resurgence of people sending pretty cards and letters and pocket letters.

How delightful!

So the next time you need to tell someone something–whether they live ’round the corner or ’round the world, try sending them something that will brighten their day, like these lovely cards that Miss Laura has made!

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Take it away Laura!

I recently cleaned out a bunch of my handmade cards, and randomly sent a bunch of them off to friends and family. No sense in keeping them tucked away in a drawer, right? While going through my stash of cards, I came across one that I had created over 7 years ago (I searched the card out on my blog to verify that) and decided to use it as inspiration for a few new cards.

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I sized the circle border to fit the length of my card (these cards are 4″ x 9.25″) and cut it from two colors of cardstock. I debated between several of Kerri’s flower shapes, but finally settled on the funky flower from the Hello There class freebies (all of the freebies that come with the classes are reason enough to take them!) and cut several flowers for each card, all the same size. To create my circles, I used one of the backings to an arrow cut file in the Need Directions kit.

 

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I had fun digging out some supplies that I haven’t used in a while, like the paper flowers, puffy paint and Stickles, and my embossing folders (I do actually use those quite often). Since I embossed my cardstock circles, I couldn’t stamp my sentiment, which was my plan all along. So I simple stamped my sentiment onto plain white cardstock, and fussy cut each out before adhering to my cards.

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[ DesignsNeed Directions (circles) / Best Thing Ever (circle border) / Hello There: Class Freebies (funky flower). StampsFor You (thank you) ]

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Christmas In July | More Great Gift Giving Ideas!

July 18th, 2015|cards, naomi atkins|

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Wow! We’ve had such an incredible week with our creative team, haven’t we? So many wonderful ideas to help you get ahead of the game on your Christmas happenings. Well, we still have a couple days left in our Christmas In July event and a little more to share.

Take a look at these gorgeous tags and treat bag ideas using the brand new Believe and Holiday Magic stamps from our lovely Naomi!

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And the mint and snowflakes? divine.


stamps-2Here Naomi used the stamps as the coffee cup designs,
and then used a simple tab punch that I had to cut the lids!

Oh my heck! That’s an awesome idea!


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That is one beautiful treat bag! So elegant.

 

These stamps are so versatile. Not only have I had fun playing with them, but I’ve loooooved seeing what my creative team has done with them this week.

When you guys out there make something with these new stamps (or any of them, really) and share it social media, be sure to tag me so I can see your beautiful creations too!

They are on sale through tomorrow, so be sure to pick yours up today if you haven’t gotten them yet. Get yourself ahead of the fall and Christmas frenzy. With the way time has been flying, it’ll be here before you know it and you’ll have another holiday full of good intentions. ;)

 

 

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Christmas In July | Christmas Cards and Ho Ho Ho Freebie

July 17th, 2015|cards, freebies|

Today is a doubly fun day.
It’s Friday. It’s Christmas in July.
The freebie has got to be Christmas related, right?

And if you follow me on social media, you’ll have seen some negative space that I cut for a women’s activity. The more I thought about it, the more I knew…it’s gotta be the freebie. Right?

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I’d cut it in red originally because I needed red ho’s, but of course I thought it would be so perfect in my traditional white-on-white. Yeah…loving that.

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And, as someone suggested, you can turn it upside-down and it becomes a bunch of OH’s. You can use it for more than just Christmas stuff.  :)

And because I know I’ll get asked, the tree and sentiment are from the brand-new Believe stamp set. That little tree is my fave! And I used some Tim Holtz distress ink for it on an Office Depot shipping tag. It doesn’t soak into the tag right away and so the ink just kind of collects on top and makes that really cool effect. Wish I could take credit for that little bit of serendipitous magic, but the truth is, I let the ink do all the work.


So speaking of Christmas stuff, we’ve got some amazing cards from Laura today!

check ’em out…

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[ DesignsMerry Little Words (word strips) / Merry Everything (christmas, magic) ]


I love the crispness of the embossed white (there’s that tone-on-tone that I adore so much) with the hand-cut words and simple sentiment. These would be so fun to just whip up in a jif! Love the idea of sending a handmade card. And if you start now…. :)

Here’s a few words from Laura:

I used to love to send out handmade Christmas cards during the holidays, and can remember creating 40-50 cards each year to send to family and friends. It seemed like life just got busier and busier as the years went by, and I would always run out of time. I love the idea of coming up with a simple and easy card that can be easily duplicated, assembly line style, in just a few steps. These can easily be done well in advance, before the craziness of the holidays sets in.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate a few sayings from Kerri’s Merry Little Words kit. I found a few that would tie in with the “Christmas” and “magic” that I die cut from the Merry Everything kit. I selected just the sayings that I wanted to use, and pasted them multiple times onto a new document to print, which I then printed out onto a sheet of textured white cardstock. When die cutting the “Christmas” and “magic” words, I also cut them numerous times from one sheet of patterned paper.

I have a huge stash of my favorite white textured cardstock from American Crafts, so I love to do simple white backgrounds on my cards. Once I cut my card bases and folded them all in half, I then cut additional pieces of white cardstock, slightly smaller than the front of the card. I ran each of those through an embossing folder, distressed the edges, lightly spritzed with black misting spray, and adhered to the front of the card. I machine stitched around the outside edges of the card, and adhered my sentiment pieces in place.


Fabulous cards Laura!


Don’t forget about this going on. It all ends Sunday!

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And now I just wanted to give you a stamp update here on the blog.

We sold completely out of our first shipment of stamps in the first 24-ish hours of the sale. Wow! I just want to thank you so much for all your support. I truly love what I do and continued to be humbled by the fact that all of you keep me motivated to create and create with your amazing support. humbled.

Just so you know, all orders as of Tuesday afternoon are on pre-order and will ship within a couple of weeks. But they are still on sale all through this week, so be sure to take advantage of the sale and the pre-order! It ends Sunday.

Christmas In July | Tags Made Easy-er

July 15th, 2015|cards, maggie massey, printables, projects|

We’ve seen some gorgeous tags from Miss Layle and Miss Nichol using the brand new KBS stamps. But what if you’re not a stamper and want take tag-making down to simple printing?

Well take a look at these lovelies from Miss Maggie and here what she has to say!
looooove me some black and white!

Take it away darlin’!

The Christmas season is just 5 months away! Now, I know that may seem like a long time from now…but really, with the way time has been flying (at least for me) lately, we’re closing in on crunch-time people.

Come November I usually have high hopes of starting (and finishing!) all my Christmas projects…cards, gifts, decor etc…and then long about the beginning of December I realize that most of what I’ve had planned in my mind just isn’t going to get done…and I’m always really disappointed in myself for not doing what I had originally set out to do.

But this year I’m planning ahead. This year I’m taking care of some of the stuff that usually gets pushed to the side when the holidays roll around.

Now, to me, presentation is everything. I LOVE a pretty package…love. And I love to give pretty packages. But when the time is ticking down to the “big day” and I still haven’t started wrapping, I will admit that I usually end up just throwing some paper on a present and writing the recipients name in black Sharpie (don’t judge).

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Not gonna happen this Christmas, though. Because I’ve already taken care of part of my gift decoration. And it took me just a few hours. I downloaded both the Black+White Christmas & Holiday Labels files and set to work creating some fun tags and stickers for this year’s gifts and cards.

For the white Black+White Christmas tags, I created a little tag shape in my Silhouette software and added some of the .png files. Then I used the Print & Cut feature of the machine and cut out my tags. The black tags required even less work…I simply printed and cut the 3×4 cards that come in the file. Whaaaaat? I know! So easy!

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The Holiday Labels were even easier…Print & Cut these on sticker paper! Done and done.

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I made a whole bunch of these darling little tags and stickers. And now all I have to do is pop one on a gift or on the back of a card and I’ve got a beautiful gift.

Now I have no excuse not to give a pretty package this Christmas…all thanks to just a few hours of work now.

[ Designs | Black+White Christmas / Holiday Labels / Merry+Bright ]


Oh my goodness gracious! I am in love! The black and white is just so classy looking! Simple and elegant in a whole different way.

wow. perfection.

And you know where I live, right? ;)

Christmas In July | Tags…Simplistic Elegance Be Thy Name

July 14th, 2015|cards, nichol magouirk, stamps|

One of the best parts of my job is getting to see what other people make with KBS goodies. Particularly, each time my creative team sends me an email with their gorgeous works, I get giddy. And today’s grouping of simplistically elegant tags from Nichol Magouirk is no exception.

I am not what you’d call a traditional ‘stamper’. And that is why I make the stamps I do. I like words that accentuate a page or designs where you can make a beautiful+simple tag or card. For those that wonder if stamping is for you…take a look at these amazing tags made with white cardstock, stamps and gold embossing powder. How awesome will these be to have on hand for your gifts, scrapbooking or cards?

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[ Stamps | BelieveHoliday Magic. DesignsSanta’s Workshop Toys Only (bow) / Attach It (tag fold and flap, tag round end) / Christmas Countdown (tag round top) / Christmas Cheer (tag) ]

 

simplistic elegance.

love.

And I love how Nichol took a variety of KBS tags,
cut them in white cardstock, and added a little shiny gold.

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Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I’m fairly certain that my obsession with all things white & gold is still in full force for the upcoming holiday season! I love the simple elegance of gold embossing on white tags so I gathered up several of Kerri’s awesome tag cut files and paired them with the incredible new stamp images from her Believe and Holiday Magic stamp sets and stamped and embossed lots and lots of gift tags! These gift tags work great tied to a package but you could also adhere one to a card or scrapbook page easily! Pretty string, twine and ribbons tied through the tops of each tag are the perfect finishing touch.

And if you are going to use these for gift tags, consider using Kerri’s Annie or even Kramer alphabet stamp sets to customize the backs with “to” and “from”.

Need a handmade gift? Tuck these tags into a vellum bag, tape it shut with some sparkly washi tape, secure a gold bow (made with one of Kerri’s designs of course!) and add one of the small tags to the front and voila!…a great gift! Pair it with roll or two of coordinating wrapping paper and tape and it would make a really great gift!



So have I convinced you nontraditional stampers (like me) that stamping just may be your cup of tea now? :)