Let It Snow, Let It Snow….

Hello everyone!  I’m here with a2z Scrapbooking today.  Our 2nd monthly challenge is currently running till the end of the month.  The theme is Autumn and Christmas.

I’m really excited about this challenge because it has allowed me to really stretch my creativity!!

Today’s card combines my love of card-making and knitting.  I was so excited when I saw this stamp set for the first time.  I knew I wanted to bust out my knitting needles!

Take a look at my card:

Snowman sideview

Isn’t this little snowman the cutest thing you’ve seen!!!  I just love how warm he looks, lol!

Snowman closeup

Here is a close up of the scarf and buttons.  Look at those little arms!!

Snowman

What to know how I created this card.  Come on over to the a2z Scrapbooking blog to read all about it and get detailed instructions.

It’s your turn to play along with the current challenge!  It’s running for the entire month of September.  You still 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:

Snowman Die cuts Frosty Wishes Hero Arts Black Ink Soft PoolBubble Confetti Stencil Wendy Veechi Embossing Paste

Supplies use for knitting:

Grey Brown Marl knitting needles

Thanks for stopping by!!

Kymona

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Life Is A Story…

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today playing with the Muse Challenge #81.  Today’s Muse is Marion Vagg and her card is absolutely gorgeous.

Take a look at her card:

IMG_3336.CR2Marion Vagg

When I saw this card, my mouth dropped.  I love the colors, the glitter, the butterfly just amazing.

I knew what I wanted to create.  I wanted my card to be similar but different.

I’m also playing along with CAS-UAL FRIDAYS Challenge Tic Tac Toe

cfc134

Chevrons, Black and Sequins is my Tic Tac Toe.

Take a look at my card:

Life is a Story

Can you tell how my card is different from Marion?

1. My butterfly is cut out of my stencil card panel.

2. The glitter is on my butterfly wings and not on the rest of the card.

3.  I decided to use only two colors but when blended it created a third color.

This is how I created this card:

1.  My card base is an A2 size card, 4.25 x 5.50 and my card panel measures 4 x 5.25.

     Semi Completed Stencil   Completed Stencil

2. I used Simon Says Stamp Zig Zag Stencil and Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise and Hawaiian Shores Ink to create my stenciled panel.

This stencil is so delicate that you can’t rub the ink onto the stencil, you have to pounce it on the the stencil as to not break the stencil.

Life is a Story Sideview

3. I used my Memory Box Asti Butterfly Wings to partial die cut the butterfly wings out of my stenciled piece.

4. I used Papertrey Ink’s Building Block Sentiment Stamp Set to stamp “Life Is A Story” on a piece of black card stock.

5. I used Stampin’ Up! Bitty Banners Framelits to cut out a banner out of my sentiment.

6. I used foam adhesive to add my banner to the front of my stenciled panel.

Life is a Story close up

Life is a Story glitter wings

7. I added Clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly wings for some sparkle and Doodlebug Beetle Black Sprinkles in the center of the butterfly wings.

That’s my card for today.  What do you think?

This just in:

A friend of mines notified me today that a good friend of hers daughter past away this weekend.  The little girl whose name is Katy was only 6 years old.  She was dealing with a bad heart.  I can’t image how her parents are feeling.  I’m a mom of 2 and they are my life-line. 

I’m going to send this card to her parents and brother, with hopes of lifting their spirits.  Life is a story and they have one to tell.  For me the butterfly symbolizes hope and that Katy is in a better place, no more pain or surgeries.  Please keep them in your prayers and if you want to send them a card too let me know!

Supplies used:

Zig Zag StencilPTI Summer Sunrise InkHawaiian ShoresBlending toolMemory Box Asti Butterfly Wings3M Mounting TapeDoodlebug Beetle Black Sprinklesclassiccrestsolarwhtie

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

Do You See Spots and Dots?

Hello everyone! I’m here today playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

wed-newchallenge-headerThis week the challenge is SPOTS AND DOTS!

This was a fun challenge to play with.  At first I wondered what in the world to do.  I wasn’t sure want to make that has spots and dots.

I pondered for a while.

Take a look at my card:

HB spots and dots

I looked at my stash, then remembered I needed to make a birthday card for someone special this coming Saturday so I decided to use my Simon Says Stamp Balloon dies.

Once I made that decision, I looked on Pinterest for some inspiration.  I immediately saw balloons with spots.  So I knew I would create spots on my balloon.

To do that, I use my Simon Says Stamp Medium Dots Stencil and Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste to create my white spots on my balloon.

To create my spots, I used my Stampin’ Up! Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I added some Stampin’ Up! White Bakers Twine to bottom of my ballon and tied a bow.

For my sentiment, I wanted to add a pop of color so I decided on red, that surely would pop, lol.  I used Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Die Cut to create my sentiment.

So what do you think?

Let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Supplies used:

SSS Medium DotsSSS Balloons Craft DiesEmbossing PastePerfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing FolderHappy Birthday die cutclassiccrestsolarwhtieSSS Lipstick Red CardstockSSS Soft Navy Blue CSWhite Baker's TwineStampin' TrimmerBig Shot Die-Cut MachineTombow Power Adhesive Glue Tabs

Thank you for stopping by!

~Kymona

Can You Have To Much Watercolor?

Hello everyone, I’m here today with a watercolor card {my favorite} for Freshly Made Sketches #139.

FMS Final 139-001Today’s sketch was created by Rita.

When I say this sketch I knew I wanted to create a watercolor background.  I couldn’t help myself.  Watercolor makes everything look pretty. I wanted a pretty card with a pretty tag that you could take off of the card and use on a gift.

Take a look at my take on Rita’s sketch:

Thanks tag card

To create the watercolor background:

For this card I applied 3 different distress ink’s to my craft sheet in a random order very close to one another.

I spritz water on the colors to activate the color to mix them a bit.

I took my watercolor paper and gently placed it on top of the ink to create my watercolor background.

I let the paper dry completely before I added it to my card base.

If you take a closer look at my watercolor paper you will see I scored it for added texture.

Thanks tag texture

For the flagged banners, I used vellum and window sheet to create them.  I didn’t want to complete cover the background because it was so pretty so, I used them to create a see through look.

Thanks flagged banner

For my tag, again I wanted the viewer to  somewhat see through it, as to not take away from the background.

I created an inlay die cut with the word thanks.  Added a few black enamel dots for contrast and the rhinestone for some bling.

I adhere the watercolor piece to black cardstock and then to the white card base.

I had fun creating this card.  I created another card using the same technique.

Hello tag card

Like I said many times over, Water-coloring is my favorite.

Let me know what you think!!

Supplies used:

Distress Ink Dried marigoldDistress ink Antique linenDistress Ink Worn LipstickLF690_ScriptyThanks_granderanger craft sheetRanger misterTim Holtz Watercolor CardstockMy Mind's Eye Enamel DotsWindow SheetsWhite VellumBasic Rhinestones Jewel AccentsTombow Multi-Purpose AdhesivePink Lemonade CordStampin' TrimmerSimply ScoredTag Topper Scallop PunchBasic Black CSWhisper White

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona

What is Texture?

Happy Friday everyone!!! Today couldn’t get here fast enough.  The week was dragging and cold.  To keep my cool, I joined Addicted to CAS Challenge this week.  Their code word is Texture. How interesting!!  How often do you get a card with texture on it.  Think about it.

So, the question is what is texture?

According to Webster, texture is the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface.  For example a rough texture.

Well that is interesting, who wants a card with a rough texture.  When you think of cards, you think pretty, smooth, subtle, funny, and bright.  So how does texture play apart on a greeting card.

I will show you, take a look at the card I came up with.

Life

Can you say texture?  Yes, you can!! Guess what, it is rough!!!  It’s a pretty rough card!!

Life side

You can see the thickness of this textured butterfly.

Life close up

I saw Laura Bassen create a card like this and I wanted to give it a try.

1. I die cut 4 butterflies from Papertrey Ink’s Life is Beautiful die cut to create a butterfly stencil.

2. I attached the stencil to my white cardstock.

3.  I mixed two distress inks colors with embossing paste.

4. I spread a thick coat of the color embossing paste over my heart stencil.

5. Once I was done applying the paste, I lifted the butterfly stencil and WALA!!

Have you notice that one of my butterfly antenna’s are missing.  I think that is the beauty of this card and that is why I use the sentiment “Life”!  Life isn’t perfect and sometimes neither are we.

I hope you like my card just as much as I like it.

BTH: My seven year old daughter made a card for this challenge as well, take a look here.

Supplies used:

Basic Black CSWhisper WhiteStrawberry SlushDaffodil Delight CSDistress Ink Mustard SeedDistress Inks Picked RaspberryLife is Beautiful DieLife is Beautiful Stamp SetWe R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

 

Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.

~Kymona

Simply Beautiful….Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Hello everyone, I’m back again for the second time.  I’m here joining Papertrey Inks BIG monthly Blog Hop!!!

I’m so excited.  I’ve never been on a blog hop before!

I must say it was exciting to create a card in a matter of minutes for the world to see.  Ok, so it took me more than a minute, I started making this card an hour and a half ago.  But the results are amazing, to me at least.

The challenge was to use two colors: Aqua and Melon!!!

Aqua and Melon

That should be easy, right, wrong!!

I had a Aqua Mist ink pad but I didn’t have any melon color.  No ink, paper, embellishments, nothing.

How was I going to participate if I didn’t have melon.  I started to fret.  I knew the colors for a little while but I procrastinated on buying the melon ink that I needed.

So what is a girl to do????

Ding, Ding, Ding…..the bells went off in my head.  Water-coloring is my favorite so why not create the color yourself!!!  OMG, I can create the melon color that I need.  That is what I did!!

Light melon

So this is what I came up with first.  It looks so close but it was too light so I decided to go at it again.

darker melon

Much better!!  I love how it turned out.  I feel like a true artist now, LOL!!  I used my Winsor & Newton Water Colours!  The colors that I mixed were Burnt Sienna, White and Alizarin Crimson, respectfully.

I took my time and mixed one color at a time, cleaning my brush in between.  When it was to red I added Burnt Sienna and when it was to white I added a little red until I got the color you see above.

I was jumping up and down because I can participate in the hop!

So enough with the long talking, here is the card I came up with!

Have a Beautiful day

What do you think?  Does my butterfly past the Aqua and Melon test?  I love WATER-COLORING!!!!

 

close up of butterfly

For the butterfly, I attached the out butterfly to the body using foam adhesive so that the wings would stand out.

For the card base, I just sponged the edges with the Aqua Mist and then I used my mini ink blender tool and bought the softer color towards the center.

I stamped the sentiment and Wala!! My card is complete.

Supplies used:

Winsor & Newton Water ColourCanson Watercolor PaperLife is Beautiful Stamp SetLife is Beautiful DieAqua MistBlending toolclassiccrestsolarwhtie3M Mounting TapeSnail Adhesive

Please let me know what you think.

~Kymona

Who Doesn’t Want A Hug?

I’m back again today with another card for Less is More Week 173.  Today’s card is very simple and clean!  I’ve combined my love of water-coloring and die-cutting to create my card.

For those of you who don’t know a couple of weeks ago I start a watercolor class and absolutely loved it.  Before, the class started we were instructed to practice using our “stuff” and I created a couple of single pieces.  I had hoped to use my pieces during the class but never did because I create other cards.  So, when Less is More decided that their recipe this week would be Die Cut, I knew I had to use this piece on my card. No need to throw anything away, especially a big Hug as pretty as this.

Hugs

I know I wanted to keep my card very simple because the watercolor image is so powerful by itself.

Hugs top view

I die cut out 4 hugs and attached them to my watercolor piece to create some dimension on the front of my card.

Side note: I’ve been working on improving my photograph.  The background of these pictures are a little dark but I like the effect.  It gives the card a warm feeling which is what I love in the words of Olaf, “I Love Warm Hugs“!!

So, what do you think? Do you like “Warm Hugs” too?

Let me know.

Supplies used:

classiccrestsolarwhtiePelikan WatercolorbighugsOnyx Versafine Ink

I also used Stampin’ Up! Bring on the Cake stamp set that retired.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Kymona