Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 60 guests and over $600 in sponsored prizes! Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us!

If you arrived here from the talented Yana Smakula blog, then you are on the right track. If you arrived here on your own, hop on over to Rubeena Lanigro blog to start from the beginning. You don’t want to miss out on any of the fabulous creations.

Take a look at these homemade scented candles:

Wick Candle

Ruby and I have been friends for the past 4 years. We meet on Instagram when she first started crafting and our friendship has been a hit since then. We’ve watched each other grow. She watched me venture into many different crafts and I’ve watched her grow in her watercoloring journey.  She is fabulous at it. I need to brush up on my skills. LOL.

I decided to create candles for Ruby because I figured everyone else would create cards. I like to be a tad bit different.  With the new We R Memory Keepers Wick, making these candles are a breeze.

I have a bunch of glass jars with the old logo from my full time job. Instead of dumping them, I decided to use them for candles.

Here’s how these candles were created:

Simple fill the well with wax to the fill line.

Secure the wick to the bottom of recycled jar with a couple of glue dots.

Once the wax completely melts, add a couple of coconut drops for a sweet sent.

Then open the nozzle and allow the wax to fill the jar.

Wick Candles

Since these jars are bigger then the molds that come with Wick, simply melt more wax fill the jar.

Let the candle sit for 24 hours.

Decorate the jar and your done.

Wick Candle

What do you think?

Candles are awesome gifts for friends, family, loved ones, teachers, and coworkers. This one is on its way to Ruby! LOL!! Would you try making your own candles?


In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at to claim their prize before another winner is selected.


Studio Katia – $50 gift card

Hello Bluebird – $50 gift card

Altenew – $50 Gift card

Pinkfresh Studio – $30 gift card

Gina K. Designs – $50 gift card

Clearly Besotted – $35 gift card

Simon Says Stamp – $25 gift card

Spellbinders – Card Kit

Jennifer McGuire – $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card

winnie & walter – $40 gift card

Mama Elephant – $25 gift card

Hero Arts – $25 gift card

Nichol Spohr – Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders’ dies

Danielle Flynn – $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card

Picket Fence Studios – four $25 gift cards

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the:

Darnell Knauss

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Kymona Tracey ←you are here
Maria Peters (Instagram)

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.  These  products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Summer Breeze

Thanks so much!


Happy Saturday everyone!!  I’m super excited today!!  My first born is graduating from high school today!!  I’m super excited and overcome with emotion.  I feel happy, excited, sad, scare and curiosity all at the same time.  I knew this day would come but it sure seems like it came so super fast.  Just yesterday he was walking with me to my college classes. Now he will be off to his own college.  Totally a full circle moment for me.  I love him with all my heart and soul!!  I know that he will do well on this new journey in his life.  I hope he loves college as much as I did!!




Sticking to the CASology challenge, I created a fun card for my son to let him know that he made it and this is just the beginning!!

Take a look at my card:

Hooray (CAS)

I’m having fun with this cue card this week.   I’m not sure if you know, I love owls.  My favorite one is the white owl from Harry Potter.  I wish I could have one.  My daughter said she would buy one for me some day.  Yes!!

For this card, I used Gerda Steiner Designs Graduation Owl.  Its a free digital stamp from her store.  Super cute and fun to color!!

  1. I downloaded the image and used photoshop to place him on my cardstock.
  2. I printed the image onto the heavyweight cardstock, cut and scored to create a top folding card.
  3. I used Copic markers to color him in: Body: E31, E35,E37, White Gel Pen Stomach:R20, W0, W1, White Gel Pen Nose: 100 Eyes: BG0000 Cap: N5, Clear Wink of Stella
  4. Then I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Lunch Box Notes using Versafine Black Ink.
  5. I used the Envelope Punch Board to round the corners.

Nice, Easy, Clean and Simple!

I’m playing along with Gerda Steiner’s Share Your Design Challenge!


Supplies used:

Graduation Owl Digital Stampheavyweight cardstockPTI Lunchbox Love  Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by!


CASology 172 – Give

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card just for you!!

This week’s cue card is:

Week 172 - Give

Take a look at my card:

Congratulations (CAS)

I went with a very classic card today for our cue card!  People give gifts all the time so I figure I could demonstrate that.

To create this card was very simple:

  1. I used Create A Smile Wrap it Up stamp set and stamped my image and sentiment using my Misti and My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.
  2. Then I colored my presents in using Copic markers: r37, R39, R89, Y38, YR68, YG03, YG25, YG17, Y02, Y15, Y19, B12, B14, B37, V15, V06, and V09.
  3. Then I trimmed my card panel down and adhered it to my card base.

Nice and easy!!  What do you think? Please let me know below.

Now its your turn!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.

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Hannelie Baster

Hazel Hodgkins

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kimberly Wiener

Kymona Tracey ←Me

Melissa Chipperfield

Ren Loh

Tracey McNeely

Our Guest Designer this week:


Our Sponsor this week is STAMPlorations!

Supplies used:

CAS Wrap It Up MistiCopic Markers MFT Hybrid Black Ink

Thanks for stopping by!


Waffle Flower Crafts – Inspiration Photo

Hello everyone!! I’m here with our new Waffle Flower Crafts Photo Inspiration Challenge!!!

This is my eleventh and final challenge for 2015 with Waffle Flower Crafts! Time really went by so fast, 6 months really went by in a blink of my eyes.

I had a really great time on this team.  The ladies that I worked with are all amazing and talented designers.  Thank you Nina and Tessa for the opportunity to be apart of this amazing company Inspiration Photo Team.

This weeks photo really stumped me.  I was lost up until the day my photo was due.  I think the colors confused me.

Take a look:

Waffle Flower PhotoYou know that I’m a shaker card lover so I decided that I would chose one color from this photo and create a very cute and simple shaker card for the last time for this challenge.

Take a look at my photo:

Yippee (WFC)

Isn’t that little heart shaker cute!!  I created that with my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool, Waffle Flowers Crafts Congrats Die and V’s Sweet Ideas shaker balls.

I stamped my sentiment using Waffle Flower Crafts Congrats Stamp Set and My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink.

If you want a refresher on how I create my shaker pockets, click here.

So this is my last card for this challenge, how did I do?

Now its your turn!!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:

fuse bundleCongrats Die WF Congrats Stamp Set MFT Hybrid Black Ink

Thanks for stopping by!


So Suzy Stamps Challenge Blog Hop


Third post for the day

If your looking for a2z Scrapbooking June 2015 Challenge, click here

If your looking for So Suzy Stamps New Release, click here

Hello everyone!! I’m here with So Suzy Stamps!  Welcome to our challenge blog hop!  This is the last stop on this hop!!  I’m super happy you made it here.

If you arrived here from the talented  Jennifer‘s blog, then your on the right track.  If you arrived randomly, the blog hop starts at So Suzy Stamps blog.  You don’t want to miss out on any of my design team members cards.  The did a fabulous job.

Check out the card I created for this hop:

Welcome Baby (SoSS)

Once again a shaker card!!  My favorite card type to make these days!!

Here is how I created this card:

1. I used Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Die to cut out to my card panel.

2. I used Lawn Fawn Scalloped Circle Stackables Die to cut out the shaker window.

3. I stamped So Suzy Stamp Pretty Baby Carriage in the center of the shaker window using Stampin’ Up! Lost Lagoon Ink.

4. I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to create my shaker pocket.

5. I added Stampin’ Up! 2013-2015 In Color Sequin in my shaker pocket.

6. I adhered the shaker packet to the back of the card panel with tape.

7. I added foam adhesive to the card panel and adhered it to my card base.

8. I stamped So Suzy Stamp Welcome Baby on the front of the card using Stampin’ Up Lost Lagoon Ink.

Super Doper Easy!! Now its your turn to play along with us!!  You can link up your project on So Suzy Stamps blog.

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is a complete list of blog hop participants:

ShaSharon ron

Kymona ← Your here

Speaking of design team members, we have three new members joining us!!

First up is Payel Ray from Beau Monde Design.
Second up is Amy Almeida from Lil Cutie Creations.
 Third up is Amy Davis from Amy’s Artsy Stuff.
Amy Davis
You can read all about them here.

What is a blog hop without a Giveaway??


So Suzy Stamps blog is hosting a giveaway, she will be giving away a $15 Gift Certificate to a random winner who comments on all of the blogs in the hop!

The Giveaway expires June 3, 2015 at 11:59pm.  The winner will be posted on So Suzy Stamps Blog and Facebook page on June 6th, 2015.

I hope you enjoy what you see and hop along with us.  You won’t be disappointed!!

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Free Shipping USA and International only June 1st

Supplies used:

SEW FANCYPretty Baby Carriagefuse bundleLost Lagoon Ink2013-2015 In Color SequinWelcome Baby

I’m also linking my card up to Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.



Thank you so much for stopping by!


CASology 147 – Wedding

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!  We are back with another Cue Card for you!!

This time of year is awesome! I love graduations, proms, birthdays, and wedding.  I love seeing all of the buzz and pretty dresses.   This week’s cue card is sure to please.

Week 147 - Wedding

Now take a look at my card:

Bridal showerNow I know your wondering, what in the world does my card have to do with the cue card.

The umbrella’s are not for a baby shower but for a bridal shower!! Yes, the bride-to-be has to have a bridal shower!!

Congratulations on her wedding to be!!  This is the place where she gets all of those sexy gifts.

Amazing right!  Are you wondering if this card is simple?  It took me all of five minutes to finish this card.

Here is how:

1. I cut my card base to an A2 size card, 5.50 by 4.25 scored at 4.25.

2. I cut my card panel to 5.25 by 4.00.

3. I used the 3rd largest Simon Say Stamps Stitched Circle die and the umbrella from WPlus9 Love Showers Layers Die to die cut both piece together at the same time. I die cut those 3 times.

4. I used the same circle die to cut the 3 circles out of My Mind’s Eye Fancy That pattern paper found in the Simon Says Stamp May 2015 card kit.

5. I adhered the circle together making sure the gold dots on the pattern paper was showing through the die cut umbrella.

6. I attached the 3 circles to the card panel with foam tape.

7. I stamped my sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Congratulations stamp set using the new Simon Says Stamp Blush Pink Ink Pad found in the May 2015 Card Kit.

8. I adhered the card panel to the card base using fun foam.

That’s it!  I told you it was simple.  Just some die cutting and stamping only once.  You too can achieve this look.

What do you think? Let me know below.

For more inspiration, check out my fellow Design Team members blog for more awesome work.


Gillian Ross

Hazel Hodgkins

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kimberly Wiener

Kymona Tracey ←Me

May Park

Melissa Chipperfield

Tracey McNeely

Our Guest Designer this week:


Our Sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps.

Supplies used:

Stitiched CircleWPlus9 LoveS howers Layers DieMay 2015 Card Kit Fun Foam

Thank you so much!!


You Did It!!!!

Hello everyone!! Can you believe we are already in June!!  It was just January the other day!! Time is flying so fast.

If you were asked what you accomplished in the last 6 months what would your answer be?  Wow, for me it would be a lot.

Here is a short list from January to June:

  1. I traveled to Houston, Texas for Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference.
  2. I traveled to Rosemont, Illinois to become Copic certified.
  3. I entered a lot of blog challenges and have met a lot of wonderful people.
  4. I’ve taken a couple of Creative Live classes and LOVED them.
  5. I participated on my very first blog hop with some of my classmates from April Bowles Blogging Class.
  6. I won and received honorable mention from a couple of the card challenges I participated in.
  7. I traveled to Hanover, Maryland to take a Copic workshop class.
  8. Let’s not forget all of the mothering I’ve done in the last 6 months.

Those are big accomplishments for me so Congrats to me.  Speaking of Congrats, June is the month for graduations!  I love graduations.  My hat goes off to everyone graduating this year.  So making a card for this occasion was most fitting.

I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches today.  Here is a copy of their sketch:


This sketch was created by Linda C.

I love the stripes at the bottom of the sketch. I decided to use Stampin’ Up!’s new in colors for this card.

Take a look:


So my soon to be sister-in-law, just graduated from law school and the WOO-HOO is for her!  I remember when she was applying to law school.  I can’t believe the time has passed so fast.  She is studying for the bar now so she is unreachable but I wanted to give her a shout out on my blog for a JOB WELL DONE!!


Supplies used:

2014-2016 InColorsItty Bitty Accents Punch PackWhisper WhiteBasic Black InkStampin' DimensionalsStampin' TrimmerFuse Fast Adhesive

So let me know what you think? I love comments.