Back To School!

Hello everyone! I’m here with a2z Scrapbooking today.  Our month long challenge is still going strong.  The theme is Encouragement!

We are in that back to school season, which I love, as you already know.  My daughter has a male teacher this year for the first time so I need to stock up on cards and projects for him since I hardly make masculine things.  Big change for me.

All of us need encouragement from time to time and teachers are no different.  They have such a difficult job everyday.  Image 25 little people all with different personalities.  Now imagine them all talking at once.  OMG!!  I hear headache coming on fast.

So to keep my daughters teacher motivated, I created this card:

Your The Best

Want to know how I created this card.  Come on over to the a2z Scrapbooking blog to hear all about it.

Its your turn to play along with the current challenge!  It’s running to the end of the month.  You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the a2z Scrapbooking store.

If you would like any of the products that I used on this card please head on over to the a2z Scrapbooking store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your entire purchase.

Supplies used:

Thank you for stopping by!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kymona

My Mug Swap for 2014

Second Post for the day

 

Hello everyone!  I’m back again today with a different type of post!  I’m excited about this post because I’m participating in a Swap that is amazing!!

Its the Annual Mug Swap!!  I found this awesome project on Instagram.  This year’s theme is Blessing Others!!  Isn’t that amazing!!

Mug swap logo

Here is how it works:

Give a mug. Get a mug.  You sign up with Kim over on her website and she assigns you partner to swap a mug with.  What I love is that its a total surprise.  You don’t know who has you or what part of the world they are from.  I LOVE THINGS LIKE THIS!!

So Kim, creates a form and you fill it out with some information about yourself so that the person who gets your name can get you a mug based on what you say.  How much fun is this!!

The funny thing is I missed the first round and was down about that.  The spots go sooooo fast.  Then Kim opened 30 more slots and I rushed to get my form in.  I made it by the skin of my teeth.  I think I was the last spot.  I was so excited when I saw that my form was accepted.  Yayyyyy!!

So with that said, next year I’m going to be the first in line.  You should too!

Now on to my mug swap:

I wasn’t given a lot of info about the person I have to send my mug too.  I check all of her social media platforms but unless you friend her you can’t get any info.  All I know is that she is moving and is a new mom wanting to get to know other moms.    She lives in the States.  Wow, that is a lot to go with!! Not really!

So, I decided to stick with what I know and that is I’m a mom too.  So I searched for a mug that represented that.  I look high and low.

I thought living in NY, we had all kinds of stores.  I went searching for mug stores.  Can you believe that we don’t have any!!  I search Manhattan, high and low, and none.

I did find a small shop that sold all sorts of knick-knacks and I found this mug:

Mug Swap

I knew right away that this was the mug I wanted to get!!  As a mom, I know I have superpowers and I want her to know that she has them too.  Being a mom is such an important job that we will have for the rest of our life’s!

I hope she likes her new mug and uses it often!  It’s going in the mail today and should get to her by Wednesday of next week.  I can’t wait.  I will also include a really nice card, the one I made today  and some other stuff I think she will like.

Here is the card just in case you haven’t seen it:

Today

I hope I make a new friend.

I will keep you updated on this mug swap journey!!

Thank you for stopping by!

~Kymona

Today Is A Good Day!!

Hello everyone!  I’m here today playing along with the Muse Challenge #80 this week.  The Muse this week is Therese Calvird.

Take a look at her card:

Amazing!Therese Calvird

Take a look at my card that I created:

Today

I wanted to keep this card nice and simple just like Therese card. I’m not really good with floral stamps.  I never know what to do with them.  So I used these blossom stamps because they are easier to maneuver to me.

1. I cut my card base out of Bazzill Marshmallow to an A2 size card (4.25 x 5.50 scored at 5.50).

2. My card panels are Stampin’ Up! Blackberry Bliss (3.75 x 5) and Hello Honey cardstock (3-10/16 x 4-14/16).

3. On the Hello Honey cardstock, I stamped Papertrey Ink’s Oopsie Daisy stamp set with Memento Black Ink.

4.  I stamped the inside of the flower using the same stamp set with Hello Honey ink.

5. I used Papertrey Ink’s Circle Scribbles Die to cut out the medium scribble with Stampin’ Up! Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

6. I adhered that scribble piece with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

7. I used Papertrey Ink’s Wet Paint Cuts II ” Today” from Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock.  I adhered that to the scribble with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

8. I added Stampin’ Up! Rhinestones to the center of the flowers.

Very easy, simple card to recreate.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this card? Let me know.

Today Front view

Supplies used:

Bazzill Marshmallow CSBlackberry Bliss CSHello Honey CSOopsie Daisy Stamp SetMemento Black InkHello Honey InkPTI Circle Scribbles DieTombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveBasic Rhinestones Jewel Accents

Thank you for stopping by!

~Kymona

Die Cut Crazy Happy Birthday Blog Hop + Blog Candy Giveaway

August DCC BD Hop

Hello everyone!! Welcome to the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop.  The Die Cut Crazy Contributors have created some amazing birthday projects to inspire your own die cut creativity to make any birthday special.  If you just joined the Birthday Hop at my site, be sure to go back to the beginning to Die Cut Crazy blog for the hop kick off, then hop along the list to each of our designers.  You won’t want to miss any of the special birthday projects in this hop for sure. The DCC Blog Hop will run from today, August 15th at 4:00AM CST and ends Monday August 18th 11:59 PM CST.

Besides a lot of die cut inspiration, one lucky hopper will win a special prize!! Die Cut Crazy Magazine will be giving a 3 month subscription to one lucky winner which will be announced on Tuesday, August 19th on the DCC blog and DCC Facebook Page.  To win, all yo have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs and Like the Die Cut Crazy Facebook page and then leave a comment on the DCC blog saying that you did all of that.

My Birthday project I am sharing is a Happy Birthday Day Card.  I had a lot of fun making this card and a lot of thought went into creating this card at the end, lol, you’ll see why.

Take a look:

Happy Birthday Side View

What to know how I created this card, here you go:

1. I cut my Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock to an A2 size card (4-1/4 x 5-1/2 scored at 5-1/2).

2. I cut my card panel out of the same color cardstock to fit on top of my die. I love the white on white it makes the card look elegant with a pop of color.

Top Note Die Cut

3. I used my Stampin’ Up! Top Note Die to cut out my card panel using my Stampin’ Up! Big Shot.

Happy Birthday Balloon die cut

4. Then I used my Simon Says Stamp Balloons Die to cut out the smallest balloon in the set.  I cut the balloons out of Stampin’ Up! Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.

Happy Birthday Banner die cut

5. Then I used my Mama Elephant Bold Banner Creative Cuts to cut out my banner for my sentiment.

6.  After I die cut all of my pieces, I started to assemble my card.

Happy Birthday Balloons close up

7. I added Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Bakers Twine to the back of my balloons using regular tape so that it looks like the string is attached to the balloons.

8. I tied small bows and add them to the front of the balloon using a small dot of glossy accents.

9. I attached my balloons using foam adhesive to the top note card panel.  I added two pieces of foam adhesive to the blue balloon so that it sits higher then the other two balloons.

Happy Birthday Inside Banner close up

9. I taped down all of my balloon strings with regular tape so that the string looks tight.  I also cut them so that they don’t hang down past the banner.

10. I stamped my sentiment on the banner using Simon Says Stamp More Sketchy Banner Greetings stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Happy Birthday Banner close up

11.  I attached the banner to the front of the card using foam adhesive right under the fold on both sides.

12. This is where I was stuck.  I couldn’t figure out what to stamp under my banner.  I didn’t really think this though before I put the card together.  I had to rattle my brain to figure out that I wanted to add to the bottom of my card.  I searched my stash and found this stamp from Inkadinkado called Baby Girl. I liked the “girl” sentiment but it had other words attached so I cut the stamp set.  Yes, you heard me right I cut the stamp!! It fit perfectly.

Happy Birthday Front

13. I added Pretty Pink Posh Springtime Mix sequins and some Stampin’ Up! rhinestones for dimension.

14. My balloons looked to plain so I used my White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen to add white dots to my balloons.

WALA, my card is done. The hardest part in creating this card was die cutting all of the pieces.  Once that’s complete, putting it together is easy.

I hope you give this design a try.

Now on to my Blog Candy Giveaway!!

Hearts Lawn Cuts   LF Spring Showers

Happy Birthday to you!!!  I’m giving away two different Lawn Fawn Dies:  Hearts and Spring Showers!!

THE RULES: For your chance to win all the above goodies, please leave me a comment at the end of this post with your answer to the question below.  Deadline is 11:59 pm EST, Sunday, August 17th, at which time I’ll choose a random winner.

The Question: If you could have anything for your birthday, what would that be?

Edited to include the winner of this challenge

Winner of Challenge

Congratulations to Mary S!!  I will send you an email.  Thank you to everyone else who played along!!!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’m the last but not least stop on this hop.  If you want to start all over again, Die Cut Crazy is the first stop.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the birthday projects, here is the list of all of our blog hop designers:

Die Cut Crazy

Debbie

Deepti

Tina

Kelly

Lisa

Jennifer

Karen

Holly

Mary

Dianne Hosted at DCC

Kymona ← You are here!

Supplies used:

Daffodil Delight CSTempting TurquoiseStrawberry SlushBazzill Marshmallow CSTop Note DieBig Shot Die-Cut MachineBOLD BANNERWhite Baker's Twine3M Mounting Tapeglossy accentsMore Sketchy banner GreetingsOnyx Versafine InkInkadinkaso Baby GirlSpringtime Mix SequinsWhite Signo Uni-Ball Gel PenBasic Rhinestones Jewel Accents

Thank you for stopping by!!

~Kymona

Striped Thanks

Hello everyone!  I’m here with Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #176: Backgrounds with Embossing Paste.  It’s been a while since I’ve played along with them.  So, I’m glad I had a chance to play today.

Laura Bassen showed us how to use our dies to create stencils so that we could make pretty backgrounds using embossing paste.

I’ve done this before so it was nice to do this technique again.

Here is my card:

Thanks {watercolor}2

Here is how I create my card:

1. I used Papertrey Ink’s Stripes Horizontal Cover Plate to create my stencil.  I just ran the cover plate through my big shot twice for some thickness.

2. One at a time I mixed my distress reinkers with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste.  I mixed the paste and  Mustard Seed Distress Ink and spread my paste on the top of my stencil thick.  Then I mixed Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and spread it in the middle of the stencil, thick.  The last I mixed Picked Raspberry and spread it on the bottom of my stencil, thick.

3.  I lightly spread the paste upwards from the bottom to mix the colors going up.  Once I removed all of the excess paste, I removed my stencil to reveal the colorful stripes.

4. I set my card panel to the side and die cut my middle Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles Die out of Stampin’ Up! Vellum.

5. Then I die cut Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks out of Basic Black Cardstock.

6. I adhered the vellum scribble to my striped card panel with Glossy Accents.  I added my scripty thanks to the vellum scribble with Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

7. I rounded my corners with my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (which by the way broke today, I’m so sad, I have to buy another one.).

8. The “thanks” looked to plain so I added Glossy Accents for a little shine.

That’s how I created this card!!  Oh by the way, my card size is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 scored at 5-1/2.  My card panel measures 4 x 5-1/4.

So what do you think?  Let me know.

 

Supplies used:

Stripes Horizontal Cover Plate PTD-0536Distress Ink Mustard SeedDistress Ink Peacock FeathersDistress Inks Picked RaspberryEmbossing PasteLF Scripty ThanksBasic BlackWhite Vellumglossy accentsTombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomperranger craft sheet

Thank you for stopping by!

~Kymona

I Love Back To School, Do You?

Hello everyone!  I’m here today with the DoubleClick Skittles Back to School Challenge!!  This will be so much fun!

I love back to school.  I love new paper, pencils, pens, notebook, glue, OMG I love everything.

This is our second challenge and I wanted to say to everyone who participate in the first, Thank You so much.

This challenge runs for two weeks.  This is the second of the two.  So, you have one week before the challenge ends.

Now on to my card for this challenge:

Skittles Back to School

My daughter has her first male teacher this year so I wanted to make sure my projects were male centered.  This is challenging to me since I’m so use to making cute girly things, lol.

Want to know how to make this card, well here’s how you do it:

1. I cut my card stock so that is measures an A2 size card (4-1/4 x 5-1/2 scored at 5-1/2).

2. I used my Big Shot and Stampin’ Up! Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to create the the texture on the front of my card.

3. I used my Project Life Lined Journaling Cards for the first time ever, LOL.  I love these little cards.  (I have no idea what my resistance was but its over.) I divert!

4. I stamped my crayon, glue, paintbrush and ink from the Sweet Stamp Shop Artsy Fartsy Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

5. I used my Copic Marker #G07, YR16, V17, B14, R27, G28, Y19, Y13, B12 to color in all of my images.  (I’m so happy about that.  I’m trying to practice my coloring.)

6.  I stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Hey Teacher Stamp Set using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

7. I added color to my apple using my Copic markers.

8. I adhered my journal card to my card base using foam adhesive.

9. I  added Wink of Stella to some of the embossed letters and numbers on my card base.

10. To really make my card pop, I added my Pumpkin Skittles to the four corners.

Here’s a close-up:

Skittles Back to School close up

So what do you think? Now its your turn to play along with our challenge.  The challenge ends on August 19th.  The winner will be announced on August 23rd.

The winner will receive The New Summer 2014 Skittle Release!

New Summer 2014 Skittle Release

 

Supplies used:

Big Shot Die-Cut MachineAlphabet Embossing FolderProject Life 3x4 Lined CardsArtsy FartsySSS Hey TeacherMemento Black InkCopic Markers3M Mounting TapePumpkin Pie

Thank you so much for stopping by.

~Kymona

Sending Smiles..

Hello everyone!!  I’m back again with an other card for Create a Smile September Guest Designer Search which is closing on Thursday, August 14th.

Blog-Badge

They have a new freebie digi file called Mrs. Anty.  I think this little ant is the cutest little creature I’ve seen.

Take a look at my card:

Sending Smiles

Aren’t these little ants so cute.  Yes, I fussy cut out all of them.  That’s the mother and her two children walking home.

Sending Smiles close up

This is how I created this card:

1. I cut the hill out of Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green Core’dinations cardstock using the curve die from Avery Elle Custom Panels Die.  The cardstock is on the clearence rack for $2.79, grab it while you can.

2. Then I cut the sun and the clouds out of Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock and Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight cardstock with Lawn Fawn Spring Showers Die.

3. I used my Copic marker #BV23 to color in the ants.  Then I cut all of my ants out.  Now it’s time to put the card together.

4. I added the ants, hill, sun and clouds with Stampin Dimensionals.

5. For my sentiment, I decided to use one in the Mama Elephants Up and Away stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

That’s it!!  Nothing more to it!!!

Please let me what you think of this card.

 

Supplies used:

Gumball Green Cord'dinations cardstockBazzill Marshmallow CSDaffodil Delight CSLF Spring ShowersStampin' DimensionalsUP AND AWAYOnyx Versafine InkBig Shot Die-Cut MachineMagnetic PlatformStampin' TrimmerCopic Markers

First for me…….

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today playing along with AAA Cards Challenge and the Muse Challenge #79.

I wanted to take this time to say Thank you so much to the ladies over at the Muse Challenge for choosing my card for Honorable Mention.  I really appreciate it. If you missed the card you can find it here.

Now on to this week’s challenges.  I had a lot of fun creating my project for these challenges.

AAAcardGame14

Muse VD

Both of these challenges used Water-coloring, which happens to be my favorite.  I decided to do something a little different then what your use to seeing.

I created a TAG!!!  Yes, a tag and its not on a card.  This was a bit of a challenge because my working area was smaller then a normal card size.  I wasn’t sure if I needed to fill all of the space or should I leave some empty areas.  It took me one hour to decided just on that.  LOL!!!

Take a look at my TAG:

Watercolor Thanks

To create this tag:

I used a piece of watercolor paper and my Koi watercolors to create my background.

I cut my tag using Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 Dies.

I cut my thank sentiment using Simon Says Stamps Thanks Die out of Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock 4 times from some dimension.

I used my Stampin’ Up! Bitty Butterfly Punch and Elegant Butterfly punch to punch out four butterflies, 2 from my scrap watercolor piece and 2 from Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock.

I added My Mind’s Eye White Enamel Dots to the center of the butterfly for detail and more contrast.

I punched a hole in the top of my tag using Stampin’ Up! 1/8″ Circle Handheld Punch.

I added 2 pieces of retired Stampin’  Up! ribbon and tied it with Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Thats all!  Very easy and fun to do!! I hope you give it a try.  I will be making more tags from now on.

Here’s a close up:

Watercolor Thanks closeup

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsStitched Duo 1 DiesSSS Thanks dieBazzill Marshmallow CSBitty Butterfly PunchElegant Butterfly PunchMy Mind's Eye Enamel Dots1_8 circle handheld punchWhite Baker's Twine

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Stretch your Stamps 2: Day 3 Homework

Hello everyone!!  For our third lesson we worked with alphabet and sentiment stamps.  We were taught how to really stretch our stamps in such amazing ways.

Julie Ebersole taught us how to create a word search using our alphabet stamps set.  This was so much fun.

Take a look at my card:

Wordsearch

I used Lawn Fawn’s Clark’s ABCs stamp set to create word search.

I placed my main sentiment on my acrylic block and stamped my card panel with Versafine Black Ink.

I covered the stamped image with clear embossing powder and heat set it.

Then I placed random letters on my acrylic block to finish the word search.  I stamped those letters in Hero Arts Soft Granite ink.

After all of my letters were stamped, I used my Koi watercolors to add a small amount of watercolor to the top of my cardstock.

I added some star wood veneers topped with white paint and Stampin’ Up! rhinestones to my project.

On my card base I drew a line around the card to create a boarder.

I added foam adhesive to my word search panel and placed in the center of my card.

So I have to confess, it was hard to line up my letters correctly but I kind of like it this way.  I have to try again. Julie made it look so effortlessly.

So what do you think?  Let me know!!

Supplies used:

LF ClarksABCsHero Arts Soft graniteKio WaterColorsBasic Rhinestones Jewel Accents3M Mounting TapeBazzill Marshmallow CSStampin' Trimmer

Thank you for stopping by!

~Kymona

You’re The Best!

Hello everyone!  I’m here today with a great card for the a2z scrapbooking blog.

I was asked to work with a Hero Arts Digital set called Pretty Blossoms Digital!!  I had a lot of fun creating with this set.  I have to admit I do not use digital’s that often.  That’s because coloring with Copic markers have not been my strong suit.

I am committed to really becoming a Copic expert!!

So what do you think?

You're the best2

You're the best

you're the best 3

Can you say “Clean and Simple”!!! Do you see that glitter!! I love it!

 

Want to know how I created this card.  Come on over to the a2z scrapbooking blog to hear all about it!!

Don’t forget to participate in the current challenge it’s running to the end of the month.  The theme is Encouragement.  You have a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the store.

If you would like any of the products I used on this card please head on over to the store and and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off.

Thanks for stopping by!
Kymona