Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Vacation & Crafts

I am just returning from my awesome annual trail riding vacation in Eminence, Missouri. This year was extra special....Hubby & I got to swim our own personal horses!!!! It was the absolute highlight of the trip for me! I've swam on other horses before but never my own. 

I absolutely love Eminence, MO. The water is so clear. 

And to top off my vacation, I spent about 2 hours per day sitting under a tent selling my crafts. I earned my campground entrance fees back! How cool is that? Here are a couple of the blocks I sold. 

My set up

My hats went over like hotcakes - especially the cross ones! I will have to make more of those for next year 😉

Well, that's all for today. I'm still trying to catch up on my emails from being gone and having no internet time last week. 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Stray Ducklings September Blog Hop

It's time for our monthly blog hop with the Stray Ducklings :)
Whether you're starting with my blog or you're joining me from Sheryl D 's blog, welcome & thank you for taking the time to waddle along with us.

This month we're focusing on the new holiday catalog - in particular, Christmas Cards.

I chose to showcase the  Brightly Lit Bundle 

I used Emerald Envy Cardstock as my base. I layered it with Basic Black I stamped a panel of Whisper White then embossed it with the Softly Falling folder then added a piece of silver foil sheet and some Christmas Around the World designer series paper. I love that plaid design. It's so versatile!!! 

The finishing touch is the silver Mini Tinsel Trim. Isn't it cute?! I can see me using that often in the near future.

Of course I had to decorate the inside as well :)

Thank you for waddling with us.  Our next participant is the talented Lori H. Waddle on over to see her crafty creation.

Here's the list of all of our participants:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If you need product and don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to help you out.

Until next time
Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Team Building Workshop

YAY! It's Friday! Bring on the weekend!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a team building workshop with some pretty awesome people! I drove to the Quad Cities (my hometown) to share what I love with all of them. It was requested that I do 4 projects- and only one of them was a card. I usually make cards, but these projects were so fun that I'm going to have to start expanding my horizons 😉

Look at these happy faces. 

Our first project was a Halloween banner.

 I had so much fun designing this and putting it together!

I think the girls did too! Candi took a picture of hers as she was assembling: 

And she took a pic of Michelle with her banner when she was finished. 


I have never had the pleasure of meeting such great people until I started stamping. The camaraderie, friendships and fun that I experience in this hobby are second to none. 

Stay tuned, the other 3 projects will be posted soon :) 

Products used
Stamps: Sweet Home
Designer Series Paper: Spooky Night
Punch: Spooky Cat
Die Cuts: Large Letter Framelits

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Daisy Flowers

Happy Tuesday y'all! I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I sure did. I spent it riding and hanging out with wonderful friends. The horses were well-behaved and the company was fantastic! 

Today I wanted to share some fun things you can make with our Daisy Punch. I love sunflowers. One of the first things I did was see how many layers I would need to make the petals for a sunflower. The answer is 4 :) I used my 1½" circle punch for the center and ran it through the softly falling embossing folder. The Coneflowers were made by punching one daisy, cutting it in half and cutting one petal off. The center is from the ¾" Punch. and sponged with Pumpkin Pie & Soft Suede inks. The stems were die cut using the May Flowers Framelit dies

My card has a story too. A few weeks ago, I had to have some medical procedures done. As I was recuperating, a strange vehicle pulled into my driveway. Lo & behold, it was my friend, Chris. Chris remembered that I loved her Purple Coneflowers so she drove all the way out here to bring me the heads off of her flowers! Now I'll have my own Purple Coneflowers next year! 

Wasn't that thoughtful of her? It was evident to me who the recipient of this card needed to be :) 

The sentiments are from the All Things Thanks stamp set. 
Pretty cool, eh? 

I hope you all have a stampingly fantastic Tuesday! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Poodle Skirts for the Stray Ducklings Blog Waddle

Welcome to the Stray Ducklings monthly Blog Waddle. I am honored to be a part of this very talented & caring group of ladies!

Today's card was CASEd from Bernadette Baio ( I fell in love with her card the moment I saw it and just knew I had to do something similar.
The card bases are both in Whisper White with a panel of Basic Black and another Whisper White layer on top. The skirts are in Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum. The poodle was diecut from the Birthday Delivery bundle. I embellished it's collar with our Rhinestones. The sentiments are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.
I stamped the poodle from the Birthday Delivery stamp set inside.
The poodles leash is made from our black sequin trim and I dotted his eye using the white chalk marker.
The belt buckle was made using the silver glimmer paper with the Layering Squares Framelits and the 1/8" circle punch.

I hope you enjoyed this card. I'm so grateful that Bernadette came up with such a clever idea!

The next blog on our waddle is Karie B. Waddle on my friends!

Here's the list of participants. You can click on the name and it'll take you to their page.

Kim B <---------You are here :) 

Happy Waddling! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paper Pumpkin 50% Off thru September 10th!

Yep! You read that correctly!!! Any new Paper Pumpkin subscription is eligible for 50% off. This applies to September's "Fun in a Box". Just use promo code HALFOFF0917 when you sign up HERE

"What is Paper Pumpkin?" you ask. It's everything you need to make a project all wrapped up in one cute box delivered right to your mailbox once per month! The kit is normally $19.95 per month but if you sign up right now, you'll get it for half price!!!!

Here is the kit we got in June. Most of it is original but I made some alternatives so that all the cards weren't the same :) (I like to be unique 😉)

The kit itself was intended to make 4 bags and 6 cards. I cut up one of the bags and used those parts to make more cards, therefore, giving me 3 bags and 3 cards to put in each bag. Now I have gifts to give to others! :)

Gift Set #1

Gift Set #2

Gift Set #3

Lastly, I wanted to show you a creative fold card I made for one of the sets. The flap of the card catches underneath the watermelon slice. 

 Unhooking the flap

Opening the first flap.

The second flap open and the inside of the card. 
Isn't that fun?! 
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to try it for under $10! It's fun and you're not obligated to buy another, just cancel after you receive your shipment, but it's so much fun that you won't want to! 

Order HERE

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Swap Card

Long time no post! I've been doing a lot of riding with this wonderful weather we're having here in Illinois and my blog has gone by the wayside. 

Today, I'd like to share a card that my dear friend, Linda Pohl, made for our Masculine card swap last month. Linda used the One Wild Ride stamp set. Isn't it great?! I love this set and all the great cards you can make with it.

Card Supplies
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Memento black, Real Red
Stamp Set: One Wild Ride
Embossing Folder: Garden Trellis