Wednesday, June 19, 2013


UPDATE: My original winner did not contact me, so I chose a new winner today. Shelley- you won! Please contact me with your mailing address so I can get some goodies sent off!

Thank you!

Sorry it took me so long to pick a winner! I used and Beth Halpin is the winner! Beth, Please use the "contact me" button at the top of my blog to send me your mailing address! I will get some goodies sent off to you right away!

Thanks for all the sweet comments! Congrats, Beth!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop!

Wow, it sure has been a long time since I last posted. I am hoping that I will have more time to create and blog since school is out ONE week from today. I am also nearly done completing all the (hard) work to renew my teaching certificate.

If you're hopping along, you should have just been at Leslie's blog! Thanks for taking the time to check out my cards.

I was a little nervous about using the Kiwi Lane designer templates, since they were unlike any other craft product I have ever used. The sets I was given to work with were Sweetheart and Thoughtful.

As soon as I started using them, I was amazed at how fast the cards came together. It was so easy to use the templates to create quick, simple cards. I am definitely going to need to add a few more card sets to my collection! I totally recommend getting your hands on a set or two if you have not done so already!

I am especially happy with my 4th of July cards!

Don't forget to comment on the blogs, including the Kiwi Lane blog for a chance to win $25 to the Kiwi Lane Shop!

I am also doing a giveaway of my own. Leave a comment and I will use to choose one of you to win a little crafty fun from my stash!

Next up: Ashley's blog!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paper Smooches Sparks: Designer Drafts Challenge!

Three weeks ago, I did not own any Paper Smooches stamps. I now have three sets and plan to get more! I love the whimsical images and fun sentiments.

I decided to participate in their challenge, which this time was to follow a "Designer Draft" or sketch. I used stamps from the "Happy Camper" set- I don't even like to camp, but the set was too cute to pass up!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my card!

Other products used: Echo Park Paper: The Great Outdoors, We R Memory Keepers: Sew Ribbon, Imaginisce: IRock and Gems, Stampin' Up! and Amuse: Cardstock, Tsukineko: Ink

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Clean and Simple 30th Birthday Card (And My First Lawnscaping Challenge!)

Ah! School has been out for a few weeks. My June Summer Institute classes are over and I finally have time to craft. I decided to get started on some cards for upcoming occasions (rather than scramble to make cards at the last minute!)

My sister-in-law, Tiffany, is turning 30 next month! I decided to make her a simple card using some Lawn Fawn stamps I just bought! I also decided to participate in the Lawnscaping Challenge # 37, which is to use dimension. I cut the banner pieces using my Big Shot and some Sizzix banner dies. I "popped" the banner pieces using Stampin' Up! dimensionals.I tied the banner to the card using twine from The Twinery.

And here it is...

Thanks for stopping by!

- Karen

Monday, May 28, 2012

Authentique Free Bird Cardmakers Dream Bundle!

Hello Fellow Scrapbook Steals Fans! Welcome to my blog! I was amazed when I received my portion of today's steal! That kit is HUGE! I worked from the provided sketch and was able to create 18 cards (and still have a little leftover paper and some die cuts!) My cards are pretty clean, but I am pleased with how they turned out.

If you have never worked with Authentique products, you NEED to. The quality of the paper is amazing! 6 x 6" paper is my ideal size to use when making cards, so the Free Bird line was perfect for me.

This card is my favorite! I love the simple sentiment. I inked the edges of all my cut pieces and the die cut for this card, which is an easy way to add interest to paper projects.

Be sure to check out the Scrapbook Steals blog today for more inspiration and go here to grab the Authentique Free Bird Cardmakers Dream Bundle before it's gone!

Thanks, Scrapbook Steals, for providing such amazing scrapbooking supplies at great prices!

And, since it's Memorial Day, thank you to those of you who serve or have loved ones serving in the Armed Forces. I truly appreciate your sacrifice and service! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Crafters & Quilters Yard Sale

I will be selling my handmade cards at the Crafters & Quilters Yard Sale at Frontier Park in Graham, WA tomorrow from 9am to 4pm. So, if you're in the area, do stop by and take a look!

The official Pierce County Parks & Rec website will provide more information on the venue, including directions.

Monday, April 2, 2012

New a•muse Catalog!

The new 2012 a•muse catalog and inspiration guide has been released! In it you'll find pages full of superior-quality products and supplies as well as some great new project ideas.

So, go take a look. And if you find something you like, you can place your order through our a•muse consultant page.

Let me know if you have any questions!