Send A Card Today

March 11th, 2017|cards, stamps|

If there’s one thing that spring brings, it’s color and freshness. My mind and soul actually crave it. I mean, how can you blame a gal after a few months of dull and grey. You want those pops of color again–inside your home, what you’re wearing, outside everywhere you look…and even in your mailbox.

How lovely would it be to receive a card like one of these from Miss Nichol!

[ Designs | Borderlines #3.  Stamps | Fresh Air / For You ]

 

It’s like a lovely breeze just drifted through your home if you opened one of these!

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Clean and simple cards are a snap with just a few sentiments, several ink colors, and die cut borders! I stamped the greetings on 3” x 5 1/2” wide strips of smooth white cardstock using black Ink and the MISTI stamp positioner tool (so I could stamp the same greetings one on top of another perfectly for a bold, black design)! Florals were stamped in an array of springtime colors all over the backgrounds and then each strip was adhered to a standard A2 sized card base and finished with die cut borders to compliment the design colors.

Wow!

Aren’t they simply gorgeous? And I adooore the little ‘bobbles’ on the first card! That touch of dimension is awesome! And I would never have thought to stamp that funky branch upside down as if they were hanging. gasp! 

And the colors? love.

These are truly amazing Nichol!

Be sure to check out Nichol’s video tutorial on her blog HERE.

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And now, this rounds out the amazing sharing during our Spring Fling week. Tomorrow is your last chance to save 40% on spring designs, like the scalloped border Nichol used here on her cards or the Fresh Air digital stamps. (Spend $5+ to save, use code SPRING at checkout.)

It’s been a wonderful week full of creativity from these amazing women that share their beautiful creations here.

I love them dearly.

Hand-stitched Holiday Cards

March 3rd, 2017|cards|

Hand-stitching is something I don’t have the patience for (okay, maybe it’s that I don’t have the skill for it too). This look adds such a charming element to so many mediums, including paper. And nobody does hand stitching on paper better than our Miss Paige!

Take a look at the amazing work she did on these holiday cards!

 

Here’s what Paige has to say:

I just LOVE the Better Not Pout and Oh What Fun holiday designs and chose one image from each set to turn into handmade cards. I used my Silhouette Cameo to draw the images onto white cardstock and then backstitched through using bright colored floss. I did some minimal embellishing (a few stickers on the deer card and a puffy star sticker on the “JOYFUL” card) to really let the stitching shine! We do a family gift exchange with both sets of my family and now I have cards to go along with the gifts.

 
Aren’t they incredible?
They’d be perfect to give or to keep in your December Daily album.
love.

 

Creative Holiday Giving

February 27th, 2017|cards|

If there’s one thing for sure, bags and cards are a much needed item around the holidays. And strangely, even though we’re sharing our December projects from a couple months ago right now, this would actually be the perfect time to make some and really be ahead of the game!

And today, we have the lovely Laura sharing to tell us all about her amazing holiday creations!

While photo cards have become a favorite of mine when sending out Christmas cards to family and friends, I always like to have a few handmade cards on hand to add a more personal touch for those we’re closer too. I love coming up with a fairly simple design that can be duplicated easily, as the holidays are always a hectic and busy time all around. 

 

I used the 4×6″ confetti card from Kerri’s Confetti kit to create a “stencil” for my card. I laid it over a piece of white cardstock, and spritzed the card with green misting spray. I die cut “holiday”, from the Merry Everything kit, from a black chalkboard patterned paper, and adhered it to the center of the card. I have lots of these older vellum metal rimmed tags, and thought they would be perfect for holding the rest of my sentiment, using some tiny alpha stickers. 

 

I am a huge fan of using gift bags for my gift giving, and I always have a stash of both white and kraft gift bags on hand year-round. They’re easy to personalize to fit any occasion. I wanted to keep these fairly simple, and flat, so I don’t risk anything falling off or getting smushed under the tree with all of the little hands around my house ;)

 

I thought the “oh what fun” sentiment, from Kerri’s Oh What Fun kit, would work perfectly to fit the front of the bag. I sized it so that it was the same height as the bag, and was left with a small space along the side to work with. In looking through Kerri’s cut files, I stumbled upon the “enjoy” border, from the Borderlines #2 kit, and it was a perfect fit for that small space. 

 

To add just a little something to the black chalkboard sentiment, I pulled out my Twinkle stamps and picked out a few stamps that would fit along a few of the letters. I decided to heat emboss them using some white embossing powder. They’re far from perfect (I never claimed to be a great stamper!), but I think they add a fun touch.

 

These look fantastic! I loooove the idea of using the Confetti kit as a misting stencil! It’s perfect!

I’m with you Laura, huge fan of gift bags. They are the gift that keeps on giving…and oh what fun it would be to have a bag like that get used a few times! Plus, it’s always fun to get that little bit of homemade goodness that doesn’t put on the holiday pounds.  ;)

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!

stamps-3Those tags…adorable.
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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