a2z Scrapbooking May Challenge

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Hello everyone!!  I’m here with a2z Scrapbooking today with our May Challenge!!!  The theme is Anything Goes!!

Our new challenge is super duper easy this month!!  Our challenge this month is Anything Goes!!  Use any Hero Arts product to create anything that fits your fancy.  This will be fun and interesting.  The possibilities are endless.

Check out the card I created for this challenge:

Thanks for being my friend

Oh boy, I love how this card turned out!!!

Here is how I created this card:

1. I used Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and cut it to an A2 size card, 8.50 by 5.50 scored at 4.25.

2. I used Stampin’ Up! Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and embossed the card front.

3. I cut two pieces of pattern paper from Create a Smile Feel Good Paper Pack and layered them uneven on my card base.

4. I stamped my cat and dog from Hero Arts Playful Animals stamp set using My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Ink onto a white piece of cardstock.

5. I colored both images using Copic markers: Y35, Y38, C3, C6

6. I stamp the sentiment using Hero Arts Friends stamp set.

7. I attached the white cardstock to my pattern paper using regular adhesive.

8. I added some Stampin’ Up! Brights Candy Dots, Basic Hodgepodge Clips and Whisper White Bakers Twine.

Super easy and fun.

Amazing isn’t it!! I hope you love what you see and that it inspires you to join us this month. You have the entire month to create a new project and enter it into our challenge. By entering you will have a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the a2z Scrapbooking Store. Winner will be announced on the 7th of May.  Good Luck!

The Playful Animals stamp set can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used please head on over to the store and use the coupon code KYMONA15 to get 15% off your purchase.

Supplies used:

playful animals Decorative Dots Embossing Folder Feel Good Paper Pack Copic Markers Brights Candy DotsBasics Hodgepodge Clips Whisper White Baker's TwineNeenah Desert Storm CS

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I’m also linking my card up to Virginia’s View Challenge.

Layers and Dimensions

Thanks for stopping by!!


Creative Friends Blog Tour

Hello everyone! I’m here today to with a friend of mines from around the world.  As all of you know, my post showcase some of my creative work.  Today, I was invited to participate in a Creative Friends Blog Tour.  My fabulous friend Connie Hanks from ClickyChickCreates invited me to participate on this tour.  I am so grateful for this opportunity to share what I love and great friends who I’ve met along the way.

The idea of the tour is to answer four questions, then introduce three fellow creative bloggers who will continue the tour the following week.

I have to apologies, I was supposed to showcase 3 of my friends on this tour but 2 of my friends canceled at the last-minute.  Life, can really change our plans.  In any case, you will get to met someone who I think is awesome.  In the short time, that I’ve known her she has taught me a lot.  She may not know that, I guess she will now! LOL!

So lets dive right in!!


1. What am I working on?

Many of you know me for making cards and craft projects, but there is so much more to me then that.  At work, I run a reading group with some of my coworkers.  It’s like a book club but not so formal.  Here is how it works:

1. Everyone who participates let me know how many books they want to read for the year (January – December).  That is their goal.

2. After they complete a book, they let me know and I update the spreadsheet that is shared with everyone in the group. We work on an honesty system all done via email.

3. So currently we have 20 people in the group and everyone has different goals.  Everyone is in charge of reaching their goals.  No pressure, just accountability on my part as the facilitator.

4. At the end of the year, I give everyone who participated, a certificate.  Those that have completed their goals, will get additional prizes.

Throughout the year, I have contest and giveaways, this keeps everyone motivated.  So currently I am working on a giveaway for a couple of my coworkers who answered a question correctly.

Happy Birthday box

They are always looking for gifts for birthdays, so they can fill this box with anything.  I gave them candy in it.  Besides this, I’m working on cards for different blog challenges.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I incorporate myself into my work.  When you look at cards that I create I make sure you see a bit of me in them.  My favorite work is water-coloring.  I love it and have a niche for it.  When you see my water-coloring you will see my personality.  Take a look:

Love thisThank you for caringMade with Love Watercolor Smile Made with Love2 Happy Watercolor Have a Beautiful dayBe Your Own Kind of Beautiful helloswatch Thanks tag card

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I love creating cards.  It is so relaxing and helps me release a lot of stress.  I love the feel of paper and new tools.  I love getting new craft toys!!! I have stuff that I haven’t even used yet and I bought them months ago, lol!  I’ve always had a love for being creative.  When people get cards from me, they totally love them.  I started when my son was born, that was 16 years ago.  Things have changed since then.  I’ve done scrapbooks, cards, 3-D projects, and I can knit.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

My creating process isn’t a simple one.  I might see a new stamp, paper, or embellishment that I want to use on my next card project.  I sit at my desk and thing about how I can use the products that I selected. That might take me one-two days before I decide on what I want to do. Once I’m sitting at my desk with my idea in mind, I start to create.  If I see that the card isn’t looking the way that I want, I scrap it and start over.  This might take me from beginning to end, 4 days tops.

Cards that I make for blog challenges, the process is a bit different.   The sketch is already there for you so you just use the products you have to match the challenge.  I love how I interpret those challenges.  This takes me about 2-3 days.


Let’s Meet My Crafty Friend Elle!!

Now let me introduce my friend Elle, from the other side of the world.  She has taught me so much through her blog post and creativity.  Elle has introduce me to Weekly Wishes, creating a gratitude journal and sending parcels.

  • Elle of Hey Jayel is a tea-loving Communications graduate working as an engineer in Singapore. When not busy chasing deadlines, she like to create and can be seen at her craft corner dabbling in calligraphy, art journaling or preparing parcels for her pen pals. Head on over to her blog and see the amazing things she ‘s up too at Hey Jayel. She is awesome, leave her a comment!!

As always thank you for stopping by and learning a little bit more about who I am!!

Tell me what do you think?  Why do you write/create what you do?




Because I’m Happy…

still smilingstill smiling       still smiling

My smiles and happiness continues!!  I found out yesterday afternoon that I was one of the winners of the Muse Challenge#69.  I became a Featured Member yesterday. Yayyyy!!!! I worked really hard and it paid off.

Thank you to everyone who voted this week.  Congrats to the other wonderful women who won and played along this week!!

I’m back again to play along for this weeks challenge.  The Muze Challenge #70 was created by Vicki Dutcher.  Vicki’s card is full of details.  Take a look:

Vicki Dutcher

When I saw Vicki’s card, I knew I had a striped background stamp from Simon Says Stamp that I wanted to use.  Plus I love the color she used and decided to use the same color from Hero Arts.

Here is my take on Vicki’s card.


Enjoy Friends 2

The color made me feel happy and since I’ve been in a great mood, I decided to use the same color.  For my background I used Simon Says  Stamp Wide Stripes Background Stamp with Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink.

The striped mat was adhered to the card base with foam dimensionals.

For the mat under my sentiment die, I sponged the white card stock with same Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink very lightly in a whimsical motion, leaving some of the white card stock to show through. I was going to watercolor that mat but changed my mind.

For my sentiment piece, I rubbed my Hero Arts Tide Pool ink across my white card stock to create the same color.  I used Papertrey Inks Phase Plate #4 Die to cut the ENJOY sentiment and frame.

The mat and the sentiment plate was then sewn together to represent the flagged banner across the front of Vicki’s card.

The sentiment “friends” from Papertrey Ink’s Wet Paint 3 stamp set was stamped in the window with versamark onyx ink.

I added rhinestone for an added dimension.

Was my interpretation of Vicki’s card accurate?  Please let me know what you think.


Supplies used:

Phrase Play #4Wet Paint 3Wide Stripe Background StampclassiccrestsolarwhtieHero Arts Tide PoolSewing MachineStampin' TrimmerBasic Rhinestones Jewel AccentsStampin' DimensionalsOnyx Versafine Ink