Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It’s Wednesday!

Good Ol’ hump day.  Boy I cannot believe that this week is already over.  Things have been so busy busy and there is still so much left to do!  This week over at the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog we have a fabulous sketch challenge.

221For some reason the heart in the sketch threw me off, and I was having the hardest time designing something with it.  As soon as I sketched it down on a piece of paper with a square in the middle it all came to me (but kind of funny because in my card I used a circle).

221This card took a couple twists and turns in the creating process.  I had originally wanted to use Cajun Craze because that is just a color I don't use.   I wanted to stretch myself so originally the Plum was Cajun but I just didn't like it so the only thing left that is Cajun is the basket.  I guess I did kind of use it, but I am going to have to try again. 

Don't forget to go check out the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog and play along with us!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

We finally got some sun

and no rain!  It will be nice to dry out a bit and send the kids outside to release some energy.  Of course we are going to jump from 56 yesterday as a high up to 81 for Wed or Thursday.  I love the 70’s and we seem to skip right over them from winter to summer.  Oh well at least there is sun! 

So what do I have to show you on this warm spring day, none other than a winter themed card. knitting toothpicks

I am a very beginner when it comes to knitting.  I have been making hats on a loom for years but I bought some yarn at a garage sale last fall and the lady insisted that I take some knitting needles with it.  So I decided to try and teach myself.  So of course when I saw the Hand Knit stamp set, I just fell in love and NEEDED to get it on the very next order.  This is a fun simple card and I was able to add some knitting right in it.  The knitting needles are toothpicks (not my original idea I saw it online at Stampin Connection a few times) and the “yarn” is our linen thread (this was my idea, the smart ladies that came up with the toothpick knitting needles had crochet thread and embroidery floss that they used)!  It was kind of tricky getting the toothpicks to stick but I wound up some glue dots so they wouldn't show and used them.  The skeins of yarn are actually stamped with Sahara Sand ink but it is stamped off first.

Stamps:  Hand Knit, Curly Cute

Ink:  Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler

Paper": Naturals Ivory, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Toothpicks

Tools: Aqua Painter

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Beautiful Butterfly Accordion Book

My first project for Ustamp With Dawn and Friends!! was posted this week.  This session of Ustamp is focusing on the Big Shot, all of the Big Shot items will be used during this event (yes all 119 of them!)  KirstenBrownAccordionBookLeadMy project is a little 3x3 accordion fold book/album.  Copy of DSC_0005This is what the inside of the book looks like and the belly band by itself. Copy of DSC_0015I had fun taking some of the same elements from the belly band and using them to create a card.  Copy of Card and EnvelopeIf you have not signed up for this session of UStamp you are really missing out.  Go check it out here.

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Next round of Ustamp announced!

I know it has been a while, I have been pretty overwhelmed by life the past week and a half.  It has a tendency to do that to me.  Just when things get going smoothly and nice, pow!  things change.  My husband is out of town so I have been able to get some late night stamping in, finally!  I will be back later with some actual stamping but for now I wanted to let you know about the next round of Ustamp With Dawn and Friends!!  It is going to be so much fun!


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Each "project" that we share will be an ENTIRE "Class, Club or Camp"!!

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What does that mean...

Well if you are not a Stampin' Up! Demo, than you will enjoy all the Classes, Clubs and Camp projects online as you always do, except that there will be WAY more projects!! Woohoo!!

If you ARE a Stampin' Up! Demo, get your calendars out because you are going to be able to schedule YOUR Classes, Clubs and Camps right away because the project design is already done for YOUR Classes, Clubs and Camps!!

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You will be enjoy 40+ of these and let me just tell you that the number of "projects" within these events types is...well...honestly just...


EVERY Designer "Class, Club or Camp" Project's will include product(s) from the current Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog and the Summer Mini too!!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Diva Coffee Break Designs Sketch Challenge

Well it is another gloomy, rainy day for us here.  This winter seems to be grayer than normal where we are at.  We are used to some sunshine even in the winter, but we have had more clouds than sun.  In fact for the first time ever we have moss growing on our tree.  We have never seen that and everywhere we look there is moss growing on trees and fences, even some rooftops.   Anyways I wanted sunshine so I made a nice bright card for this challenge.

219 It was a fairly simple sketch this week, and easy to work with.  Here is what I came up with


This is my pretty much “free card”  It uses Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper, Sale-a-bration Accents, and SAB buttons.  I felt like my sentiment was kind of getting lost so I ended up mounting it one a large scallop circle. 

Hope you day is sunny and bright, filled with ones you love.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Beautiful Peony Flowers

I just have not had the time to sit down and stamp for me lately and I am really missing it.  I cannot decide if I am ready for spring to come or not.  I have one of those love/hate relationships, I love the brightness and the new life of spring but I have such horrible allergies in the spring.  I made some great flowers that will not give anyone the sniffles.

picture perfect peonies These pretty flowers are made out of coffee filters dyed with Stampin’ Up! ink refills.  They were fairly easy to make but did take a bit of time.  These currently grace the top of out wood burning stove (when there isn't a fire going) and bring a bit of cheer to the room.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Diva Coffee Break Designs Color Challenge #218

I really like this weeks color challenge.  The colors are fabulous springy colors just perfect to pull one out of the winter blues.  218I had so many ideas for these colors the hard part was deciding which one to use.   I decided to go with a fun baby card this time, but you will probably see this color combo popping up again.
This is a fairly simple card, but I just LOVE it.  I stamped the three baby outfits in a row on the whisper white cardstock, then I stamped it again on each color, cut them out and glued them to their hangers.  The ends of the congratulations tag were made by slipping just the ends of the paper into the Modern Label Punch.

Come on over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog to check out what the other designers have come up with.  There is quite a variety with this color combo.  Then take the colors and play along with us so we can see your creations!   Pin It Now!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Headbands and Hexagon Box

While I was struggling with my computer, my second project was posted over on UStamp With Dawn and Friends!! Oh My Word edition.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful Spring Time Vintage Designer Fabric to create some headbands.  This would make such a great Mother Daughter class since headbands are so popular.  Although they do involve a little sewing they are super easy.  Just a few straight lines.   KirstenBrownHexagonBoxwithHeadbandsuStampwithdawnandfriendsOhMyWord2011leadphoto2 I just knew I had to have some great box to put the headbands in and came up with this tall Hexagon Box.boxonside These are the 3 different headbands that I made for this project.headbandtrioI really like the way that the card turned out for this project.  The blossoms on the branch were colored in with versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder before sponging on the Baja Breeze ink.cardandenvie2Here is a Mommy and Me shot.  My 8 year old made her headband with just a little supervision on the sewing machine and the 4 year old helped out with hers too.  DSC_0006_edited  

Although the live events have been completed it is not too late to subscribe to the Oh My Word Edition on Ustamp With Dawn and Friends!!  You can still access and down load all of the projects at

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Monday, March 7, 2011

I’m Back!!! (and have a late DCBD sketch)

As I have shared my computer and I have not been getting along nicely as of late.  Well a week ago Sunday night things took a turn for the worse and we got caught in a cycle of error messages and restarts and it was just a mess going no where.  So we took the computer in to the “doctor” to get it fixed and the techs said it would be a day or two tops.  Well that turned into 4 days and then when we get it back home and start it back up, Windows wouldn’t even launch and it went to an MS DOS prompt saying that the system fan has failed and that it needed to be serviced, so right back it went.  We now have it back, running in tip top shape and we are back in business. 
During our week of separation I missed a posting for the Diva Coffee Break Designs.  This week was a sketch challenge.  217 This sketch actually came together quite quickly for me, something that usually doesn't happen with sketches and me.  217This sketch and Stampin’ Up! designer series paper were made for each other.  It was really a no brainer in trying to pick out the patterns for the different layers with the wonderful coordinating paper. 
It is not too late to play along with this weeks challenge!  Give the sketch a try and post your link over on the Diva Coffee Break Designs Blog so that we can check out and comment on your creation.
Stamps:  Party This Way
Ink:  Pacific Point, Peach Parfait, Versamarker
Paper:  Celebrations DSP, Real Red, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, and Pacific Point
Accessories:  Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Stampin Dimensionals
Tools: Big Shot, 2 1/2” circle punch, 2 3/8” Scallop Circle punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Heat ToolPin It Now!