CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Challenge

Hello everyone!! I’m here with CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Challenge for our June.

Our theme is Take a Technique!

This months challenge is going to be super fun!!  Its all about texture!

This means using texture paste or embossing paste on your project or using a technique such as embossing, either embossing powder or embossing folders. Anything that gives your project a “touchy-feely” style!!

Wait, don’t forget the stamping, that with your texture should be fun!!

Take a look at my card:

Smile (CSTIMI)

Take a look at that textured background!!  I love it.

Here is how I created this card:

1. I taped my card base down to my work surface to keep it from moving.

2. I taped the Simon Says Stamp Grid Stencil on top of my card base.

3. I spread Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste on top of the Grid Stencil from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.

4.  While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled some Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy on top of the paste for a glittery look.


5. I set the card base down to dry.

6. I die cut Stampin’ Up! Butterflies Thinlits Dies out of a watercolor piece that I created awhile back.

Watercolor scrap

I love keeping scraps, you never know when you will need them.

7. I attach the butterfly with Glossy Accents.

8. I stamped the sentiment using Simon Says Clear Stamps Happy and Smile to the bottom right side of his card.

Nice and easy!!

Now its your turn to play along with us.

We have a great prize pack for you.

We have two prizes to offer this month, the first is our sponsor prize. This winner will be chosen randomly from all of the entries in the challenge! The sponsor for June is:

Rubber Dance

Rubber Dance Store

Random Winners will win a voucher worth £20!

Winners amount

Our second winner is our Design Winner. This winner is chosen by our DT, who all vote for their favorite design from all of the entries. This winner will have their winning project published in Craft Stamper Magazine, they will have a GDT slot for an upcoming challenge, and will also feature in their very own Winners Profile blog post!

Now if that isn’t a reason to play along I’m not sure what is!!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

I would like to link this card up to Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Blog Hop.

PPP Watercolor Blog Hop

Supplies used:

SSS Grid StencilEmbossing PasteDistress Stickles clear rock candyRubber Dance Store Butterflies Thinlits DieKuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor

Thanks for stopping by!


CASology 145 – Shape

Hello everyone!!  It’s CASology Tuesday!!!  We are back again with another Cue Card for you!! This past week has been such a hard week for me.  My dad had a stroke right after last weeks post went live and I haven’t slept since.

This week’s cue card had me stumped for a minute, check it out:

Week 145 - Shape

Shape??  Super easy, right? Circle, triangles, squares, diamonds, stars and many more came to mind when I thought of this word.  I realize when there are so many options, it makes it harder to choose.

I just happen to look on my desk and saw the new Circle Dots Stencil by Simon Says Stamp and knew I had to use that stencil on my card.  The pattern was how I was feeling dealing with my dad’s stroke.  My head was going in circles!!

Take a look at my card:

Thank You So Very Much

I decided that I wanted to add color to my textured paste.  So I decided to go with Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry.

All of those circles shapes are different in size.  I love them.

I stamped my sentiment using Simon Says Stamps Circle Saying Stamp Set and My Favorite Things Black Hybrid Ink.

I trimmed my card base down so that you could see the black card stock on both sides.

I added Clear Wink of Stella to each of the dots.

What do you think? Let me know.

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


Gillian Ross – taking a break

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 Cindy B Designs.

Supplies used:

Circle DotCircle Sayingtextured pasteDistress Ink Mustard SeedDistress Ink Peacock FeathersDistress Inks Picked RaspberryMFT Hybrid Black InkWink of Stella clear

Thank you so much!!


a2z Scrapbooking April Stencil Challenge

Second Post for today

If your looking for So Suzy Stamps April Release and Blog Hop, click here.

Hello everyone!!  I’m here with a2z Scrapbooking today with our April Challenge!!!  The theme is Stencil!

Guess what April is such a great month!!  Do you know why?  Have you guessed?

a2z Scrapbooking is celebrating their one year blog anniversary and it’s my birthday month!!

So its time to party!!

Our new challenge is sure to entice you!!  Our challenge this month is Stencil!!  Use any Hero Arts product to create a beautiful stenciled piece.  This will be fun and interesting.  There are so many things that you can use with your stencils.  The possibilities are endless.

Check out the card I created for this challenge:

Thanks I appreciate all that you doTo create this card:

I used Hero Arts Swirl Stencil and Distress Ink Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers to add the design to the card panel.

I used Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cut to cut out the word thanks out of my card panel.

I repeated that step 4 more time.

I adhered the card panel to the front of my card base.

I stacked the die cuts together and placed it back into my card panel with liquid adhesive.

I stamped my sentiment and stars using My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Ink.

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!

Some of the supplies I used 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:

Hero Arts Swirl StencilHero arts stamp cuts thanksDistress Ink Evergreen BoughDistress Ink Peacock Feathers MFT Hybrid Black Ink

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Thanks for stopping by!!


CASology 140 – Spring

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

Week 140 - SpringYayyyy!! This cue card makes me happy!!  Spring means sunshine, warmer weather, birds chirping, my BIRTHDAY (April 4) and rain!!  LOL, yes rain! Spring brings a lot of rain.

So, for my card I thought of rain.  Take a look at my card:

Happy Spring (CAS)

I just love this stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  Abby is so cute!! I couldn’t wait to sit and color her! Look at that umbrella!!

Here is how I created this card:

1. I cut my card base to 4.25 x 5.50, scored at 4.25.

2. I stamped Abby and the umbrella from Simon Says Stamp Abby’s Spring using My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Ink.

3. I used Copic Markers to color Abby and her umbrella.

R24, YR68, Y06, G17, E00, E23, E11, E21, E33, E37 and W5.

4. I used the Simon Says Stamp Spring Showers Wafer coordinating die to cut out Abby and the umbrella.

5. I placed Abby and the umbrella down on my card base and covered them with Simon Says Stamp Raindrop Stencil. I used post-it tape to hold the stencil in place.

Masking Abby off

6. I took my time and pounced Distress Salty Ocean Ink onto the raindrop stencil without touch Abby or the umbrella.

7. I stamped the sentiment and adhered Abby and the umbrella with foam adhesive.

Super doper easy and fun.  I didn’t do much blending.  I just colored and that was stress relieving for me.

So what will you come up with? I can’t wait to see!

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 Melon Door Lighthouse.

Supplies used:

SSS Rain Rain Go Away SetMFT Hybrid Black Ink Salty Ocean Distress InkCopic Markers

Thanks for stopping by!


CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique Inspiration

Hello everyone!!  I’m here again with CS Take It Make It: Take a Technique for our February Challenge.

Our theme is Stenciling!!! No specific stenciling technique, just make sure you use a stencil somehow, somewhere on your project.

Remember, if you do not have stencils, cut or punch shapes from a piece of cardstock or acetate and use that as a stencil.

Take a look at my inspiration project:

Peak-a-Boo Easter Wish

Take a look at my colorful background!!

Lets take a closer look:

Easter Wishes closeup3

Easter Wishes closeup4

I used my Hero Arts Stone Circle Pattern Stencil and Distress Ink Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn to create all of those Easter egg looking shapes.

I used my new Pretty Pink Posh Peek-A-Boo Die to create a window for my beautiful So Suzy Stamps Chicky with Egg stamped image.

I colored my little chick with Copic Markers:Y15, Y17, Y19, B00, B02, B04, R20 and R22.

I stamped my So Suzy Stamps “Easter Wishes” sentiment with Memento black ink.

I added my panel to my black base cardstock.

So what do you think?  Are you ready to play along with us?  I hope so!  The prize pack is awesome.

Supplies used:

Hero Arts Stone Circle Pattern Stencil Dried MarigoldWild HoneyPicked RaspberryDistress Ink Salty OceanMowed LawnPeek-A-Boo Die 19831-chicky_with_egg_wm__91849-1418596897-451-416Copic MarkersMemento Black Ink

We have a great prize pack for you.

Our sponsor is Paperbabe Stamps this month.

Paperbabe Stamps

The winner will get to pick 2 stamp plates of their choice.

I hope you join us this month for this super fun challenge!!

So what do you think? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!



Seriously, You Rock!!

Hello everyone!  I’m here today playing along with Simon Says Stamp Flickr group!  This is the second time, I’m playing along.  Flickr is new to me, so it takes me some time to remember my password, then to upload and figure out how to get my photos in the groups feed.  I’m will get this down pack very soon!!

In any case, the challenge runs for two week and this week’s challenge #7 is all about stencils. I love working with stencils!  They are so easy and versatile to use.

Take a look at my card:

Seriously You Rock

What do you think? I wanted my background to have an ombre effect.  Did I achieve that?

I also wanted some of the distress inks to move around the card so I sprayed a little bit of water over the card front but I was unable to achieve the effect I was looking for.  I didn’t use watercolor paper so the water just warped my paper.  You can see that in the orange section of my card.

Here’s how I created this card:

1. I cut my card base to an A2 size card (4.25 x 5.50) out of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

2. I used Simon Says Stamp Flower Pattern Stencil and Ranger Distress Mustard Seek and Spiced Marmalade.

3. I sprinkled some water over the front of the card to get some of the ink to move but the water just created a warped look on the card.  I should have used watercolor paper.

4. I die cut Lil’ inker design Seriously die twice out of Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock.

5. I adhered the two die cuts using Tombow Multipurpose Glue for added dimension.

6. I used Lil’ inker design Seriously Awesome stamp set to stamp my sentiment under the die cut and the small heart.

7. I added Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Clear Sparkling Clear Sequin.

That’s my card for today!!  What do you think?  Let me know below in the comment section.

Supplies used:

classiccrestsolarwhtieSSS Flower Pattern StencilMini Distress inkLID Seriously Word Die SSS Black CardstockTombow Multi-Purpose AdhesiveLID Seriosly Awesome StampsPretty Pink Posh 6mm Sequins Pretty Pink Posh Sequins 4mm

Thank you for stopping by!


Watercolor Monday!!!

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with a2z Scrapbooking and our December Challenge!

I’m excited about this challenge because the theme is Watercoloring!!  Yayyy, who doesn’t love watercoloring.  This technique is so much fun.  No two cards look the same.

Take a look at what I created:

All Good Things

Don’t you just love how those colors just mix with one another.  I used 4 different colors to create this background.

I added the ink to the front of my stencil.  I added water to the ink to activate it.

I turned the stencil upside down and placed it on the watercolor paper and used a piece a paper towel to pick up the excess ink and water.

Once I picked up the stencil, I used my heat gun to dry the watercolor panel.

Once dry, I added it to the black cardstock.

I stamp the sentiment with versamark and embossed it with Hero Arts White Embossing powder.

I added foam tape behind the banner and adhered it to the front of the card.

I added some sequin to the front and that’s my card!!

So what do you think?  Let me know.

Now don’t forget:

a2z Scrapbooking Scavenger Huntends tonight at Midnight!!

You don’t want to miss out on this fun contest!!

You can find the questions here.


Supplies used:

Number Stencil Hero Arts Black NoteCards Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Sequins Pretty Pink Posh Sequins 4mmMini Distress inkHero Arts All Good Things Hero Arts White Embossing PowderVersaMarkRanger Watercolor Paper

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Red Happy Birthday…

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today with DoubleClick Skittles Challenge!

This months theme is Birthday!  I’m happy about this because you can’t have enough birthday cards on hand.

I choose to use a couple of dies and embossing paste to create my card for today.

Take a look at my card:

Happy Birthday balloons

I saw a card created by Laura Bassen and I fell in love with the design.  I was so excited to see her use the new Simon Says Stamps Stitched Rectangles die set.  I order mines and it came just in time to create this card.

To create this card:

1. I started with a piece of Stampin Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstock and cut it to an A2 size card.

2. Then I used Simon Says Stamp Medium Dots Stencil and Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste to create the dots in the center of the cardstock.

3. I cut a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock to add to the top of my card base.

4.  I used Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to cut out a window in the card panel.

5. I cut two balloons using Simon Says Stamp Balloons Craft Die to cut two balloons.  I add Stampin Up! Whisper White Barkers Twine.  I adhered the balloons with foam adhesive. I added foam adhesive to the back of the card panel and centered it onto the card base.

6. I stamped my sentiment using Simon Says Stamp More Sketchy Banner Greetings.  I cut the tail off and adhered the banner to the right side of the card.

7. I added Rudolph Red Skittle to the banner.  Then I added Clear Wink of Stella to my balloons.

Finished.  Very easy to recreate.

What do you think? Let me know.  Now its your turn to join us and play along with our challenge this month. I hope to see you there!!

I’m also entering Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes!


Supplies used:

Cherry CobblerSSS Medium DotsEmbossing PasteSSS Stitched Rectangles DieclassiccrestsolarwhtieSSS Balloons Craft DiesWhisper White Baker's TwineMore Sketchy banner GreetingsRudolph Red Skittle

Thanks for stopping by!


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


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

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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:

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