Fighting Breast Cancer…

Hello everyone!! Can you believe its October already.  The time really is flying.  September totally went by and I didn’t even get to celebrate my one year blogging anniversary!!   I will do something this month so stay tune in for that.

Today I’m here with the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge!  In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our challenge is any project with pink!!

I am an Instagram junkie as my son would say.  I have to admit I had my reservation about it in the beginning.  I’m not big on share pictures of my kids and things like that for fear that someone stranger would have access to them.  It was my wonderful cousin Nicky who reassured me that I could use Instagram for just my paper-crafting business.  Well I started and now I can’t stop!!

I say all of that to say that, I’ve meet someone wonderful ladies on Instragam.  I feel like I’ve known them forever.  Its amazing what cardmaking can do.  This one young lady named Kendra Hernandez from Inkin’ It Up with Kendra introduced me to a new stamp company called Pretty Cute Stamps.

Their stamp sets are so stinking cute!  Their September release really had some great stamp sets.  You must check them out.

For my card today, I chose to use Fight Like a Girl!!  The images and the sentiments are to die for.  When I saw this set I knew I had to have it for the month of October.

Here is my card:

Breast Cancer 2

I know a couple of people who are breast cancer survivors and I’m so happy that they are fighting this fight.  They are the toughest women I know.  I Salute them!!

I also lost one of my most favorite patient to breast cancer two years ago now.  She was the happiest person that I ever met in the hospital where I worked.  She wouldn’t let anything stop her from living her life for her children, 3 of them at that, and no dad.  She relied heavy on the oldest.  She past about a week and have after her birthday.  I have to say I was really heart broken by it.  She had so much life, so much she wanted to do, so much she wanted to share with her children.  She wasn’t a patient to me, she had become my friend.  Her children had become mine children too.  What a beautiful soul!!

This card is dedicated to her!  I wish I could give her the biggest shout out but because of the nature of my work I can’t but she knows up there in heaven that I’m talking about her.

Her children are doing well.  The oldest boy finished college, the middle girl is about to finish college and the youngest girl is in high school.  I keep in touch with them.  I promised her.

People are placed in your life for a reason, sometimes you don’t know why until they are gone.  I miss her but I know she isn’t far.

To create this card:

I used some retired Stampin UP! pretty in pink cardstock and Lap of Luxury Designer Series Paper.

I stamped the image, colored it using Copic markers and fuss it cut it out.  I have the SVG file but my Silhouette Cameo doesn’t recognized those files.  I have to find out why.

I stamped the sentiment and used Avery Elle Custom Panels Die set to cut it out.

Then I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the boxing gloves so that they could shine.  You can see that a little bit in the photo.

Then I added may Pink Sherbert Skittles in all four corners.  They give the DSP a nice frame.

OOO, before I forget, if you purchase the stamp set Lisa the owner of Pretty Cute Stamps is donating $2.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Such a great cause!!

So what do you think of my card?  I think the Copic Online Card Classess is helping me out a lot.  Let me know what you think.

Supplies used:

PCS-21-Fight-Like-a-Girl-4x6-Stamp-Preview PCS-SVG21-Fight-Like-a-Girl-SVGAvery Elle Custom Panel DieCopic MarkersWink of Stella clearPink Sherbet

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

National Coffee Day!!!

CoffeeLoversBloghopLogo-1024x682Hello everyone! I’m here today joining our friend Chaitali from Cuts, Crops and Creativity and her Coffee themed Blog Hop today.

We are celebrating National Coffee Day!!!  Prior to this hop, I had no clue there was an actual day for coffee.  How cute!!

Here is my card for today’s hop:

National Coffee Day

To create my card I used Sweet Stamp Shop Coffee Town Stamp Set.

Who doesn’t like a nice coffee house to spend some times with friends.  Here in NY, we have so many of those places in and around the city.

I have to admit I’m not a coffee drinker.  I am a (tea) lover.  Please do not yell at me but I just am.  So, to really get in the mood, I asked my mom, who loves her coffee a couple of questions about her obsession with her coffee mug in the morning.

1. When did you start drinking coffee?

I started drinking coffee a couple of years ago.  I’m not sure why it started but once I tried it I was hooked.

2. What is favorite brand?

My favorite brand, that is hard.  I really like McDonald’s coffee.  They really know how to make it right.  If I have to make it myself I like Starbucks Colombia Medium coffee.

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?

LOL, I was at a dinner party with some friends in Jamaica, WI and we were served Blue Mountain coffee and it was to die for. That was about two years ago, which was the last time I was there.

4. If I don’t drink my needed coffee, I will…?

If I don’t drink my needed coffee, I will have a headache early in the morning.

Thanks mom, for accommodating me today.

So today’s blog hop comes with a bunch of giveaways today.  You don’t want to miss out on this fun event.  Check out all of the hop sponsors and prize packages.

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To be eligible to win a prize, you have to link your post to the list anytime during the day up to 11:59pm PST.

It would be great if you could visit at least 3 other hoppers and comment on their post.

Have fun and make sure you have a mug of coffee beside you when you are hopping!!

To participate please do so here!

Before I go, I wanted to also share my Mug swap that I’m sending off to my surprise receiver!

Mug Swap

I hope she loves all of the coffee in this package!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

 

Hello Fall…..

Hello everyone!  I’m here today with a new stamp company that I found on Instagram.  The name of the company is Gerda Steiner Designs. She has a digital stamps and a couple of rubber stamps.  The images are so cute.

Gerdia Stiener Designs

After I bought a couple of stamps both digital and rubber, I realized she also has a monthly challenge.  So I knew I had to give this challenge a try.

Some of you know that I’m currently taking the new online card class, which works perfectly with this challenge since I have to color the image.

Copic

For this September challenge we had to use the “Kid With Pumpkin Cart” image.  This bundle is on sale right now, so don’t wait to pick it up.

Screenshot 2014-08-27 21.56.54Here is what my card looks like:

Hello Fall

1. I used Mama Elephant Femme Frames Creative Cuts to cut out my Neenah Solar White Cardstock for a stitched boarder.

2. I used Copic markers to color my image.

Pumpkin: YR02, YR04, YRo7

Wagon: E33, E35, E37

Wheels: YR04, N4, N5

Scarf, Hat Gloves, Pocket: YR12, YR15, YR16

Coat: YG63, YG67

Face: E00, E11, R20

Hair: E33, E35

3. I added Pumpkin Skittles to the four corners of my image for added dimension.

4. I used the sentiment “Hello Fall” from Stampin’ UP! For All Things Stamp Set.

So what do you think?  What do you think of my coloring?  I like it.  Still needs work, but I’m doing much better with every try!

Head on over to Gerda Steiner Designs and check her out.

I’m also entering this card into the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge to encourage all of you to give it a try!  The theme is Anything Goes. The prize pack is so cute.

 

Supplies used:

FEMME_FRAMES-CC_large classiccrestsolarwhtiePumpkin Skittles For All Things

Thank you for stopping by!

~Kymona

Disclaimer:  Gerda Steiner Design did not ask me to promote her product, I’m promoting it because I truly love her images and have purchase them myself. 

Watercolor Birthday…

Hello everyone!  I’m here with DoubleClick Skittles Design Team Challenge.  This month the theme is Anything Goes.

I decided to create a card for my Aunt’s birthday.

I use Simon Says Stamp Balloons Die to create a stencil for my balloons.  Then I used my retired Stampin Up! watercolor pencils to fill them in.

Take a look at my card:

Watercolor birthday

1. After I created the stencil, I traced the balloons with a pencil very lightly on to Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock that was die cut using Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frames Die.

2. Then I used my color pencils and traced over the pencil mark.

3. For each balloon, I colored just the base and the side of the balloon.

4. Then I used my paint brush and water to pull the color from the side and base, to the rest of the balloon.

5. I stamp the strings to the balloons.

6. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons on a strip of Stampin’ Up! Basic Black cardstock.

7. To top of my card I added Pink Sherbert Skittles to my card front for added embellishment.

For those of you who are wondering about my skittles embellishments, the owner Carri, has put together a video to answer any question you might have regarding their size, color, and how to adhere them to your projects. Please click here for that video.

I love the colors of these balloons.  What do you think?  Please let me know.

Now its your turn, come on over an play along with our Anything Goes Challenge over on the DoubleClick Connection Blog.  The winner will receive this great prize pack:

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Supplies used:

SSS Balloons Craft DiesStampin Up Watercolor Pencils Birthday BalloonsPink Sherbet Basic BlackSo SaffronTim Holtz Watercolor CardstockPostage Stamp Edge Frames

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

 

Copic Coloring for Card Making!!

Hello everyone!!!  I’m so excited today!!  My new Online Card Class started today.  Yayyyyyyyy!

Copic

I haven’t really used my Copic Markers since I became certified.  I was still intimated by them.  When I saw that this was the next class, I knew I had to take it.  My goal for this year is to master Copic Coloring.  That is what I’m working on!

To get ready for this class, I went out an bought a new set of markers.  Now I have 106 markers up from 30.  Now I have to have them all.  I also need to create a storage for them.

Copic Markers

So today is the first class and we learned soooo much.  We learned how to blend with two colors, three colors within a color family and we also learned to blend with colors outside the different color families.  Amazing!!

After class today, I was on the search for more markers.  So I found these and bought them too.

Copic Anniversary

Aren’t these pretty.  I get them tomorrow, one day shipping, Amazon!  Somebody please stop me!!

As soon I finished my practice sheets I will share some of my work. If you want to participate in the class it’s not to late.  Head on over to Online Card Classes and register.

Stay tuned for my Copic Coloring work!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Coffee, Help Me…

Hello everyone!! Happy Fall!!  Can you believe the summer is official over.  That went by super fast.  Before you know it, we are celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Time isn’t waiting for anyone.

Today I’m here with a cute card using Sweet Stamp Shop Stamps!!  The September release was packed with a bunch of great stamp sets.  Since its Monday morning I wanted to use the Coffee Town Stamp set.  The majority of my coworkers need their coffee before they can speak to anyone so I decided to make a card inspired by them.

Take a look at my card:

Coffee Cup

Staying with my Clean and Simple theme, I wanted to make sure there was enough white space as possible.  The card is a simple one layer card that is very easy to reproduce.

1. I stamped the coffee cups image from Sweet Stamp Coffee Town 6 times using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, to stretch the width of the card.

2. I used my Copic Markers E33 and E35 to color the base of the cup.

Coffee cups close up

3. Then I used Copic colors R20, R24, YR04, YR07, Y02, Y06,G02, G07, B02 and B05 to color the cup holder.

Coffee Cup with Copics

4. I colored the word COFFEE with the same colors as the cup base. I added some Wink of Stella to the cup holders and the word COFFEE.  Add Stampin’ Up! Early Expresso Bakers Twine, rounded the corners and then I was done.

Coffee cup up close

Clean and Simple: Lots of white space + Free of clutter + Not complicated to create, Simple!

So are you one of those individuals that need to have your coffee before you could start your workday?  If so let me know! I would love to hear from you. I’m a tea girl.

Before I go I have such great news for you.  The Sweet Stamp Shop is about to release their new On Cherry Street Kit called Day to Day!

Day To Day Kit

This kit debuts on September 25, 2014!!  Be sure to grab your kit, that stamp set and papers are so cute!!

Supplies used:

Coffee TownFishyCopic MarkersEarly Expresso Bakers TwineMemento Black Ink

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Fall is coming…..

Hello everyone!!  Fall official starts tomorrow, can you believe that?  I can’t.  Where in the world did the summer go.  I didn’t really get to do much.  No vacation.  That is so shameful.

For those of you who know me well, knows I DO NOT like the cold.  I hate it with a passion.  The only thing I like about this time of year is a mug full of soup or a tea!!  Yes, I love drinking tea or eating soup out of large mugs.  It makes me feel cozy!!

So today I’m here with the Muse Challenge #85.  The Muse this week is Marion Vagg!  I really like her card.  The flowers are so nice and simple.

Take a look at Marion’s card:

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I wish I had such luck with flowers.  I don’t even own a flower die cut, so I needed to come up with something else.

I’m also entering my card into the NBUS Challenge.  The stamp set I used is new and I just received it in the mail.

NBUS

Take a look at my card:

Warm and Cozy

I love this little tea cup of “warmness”!  Can you imagine sitting on your sofa with a cover, good book and this cup of tea!!  Yes, I’m ready for the fall now!!  My new mug from the 2014 mug swap came just in time for the chilly weather.

My color inspiration came from this mug which I love:

 Blue mugPhoto Credit 

I didn’t have a Copic marker close to this color so I choose the next best color.  I think it turned out just great!

So what do you think?  Please let me know.

Before I go I wanted to Thank You everyone over at the Muse for voting for my card last week.  I received Honorable Mention for this card.

Supplies used:

CUP_OF_WISHES CUP_OF_WISHES-CC Copic MarkersMemento Black InkPretty Pink Posh clear

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

~Kymona