Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Blog Hop

Happy April 1st Stampers!  Almost wish it was a joke that it's already April 1st, but it is. Luckily, it means it's time for another fun blog hop with my fellow Di Country INKers.  The theme this month is Spring and we have some beautiful creations to share with you all.  Make sure you check them all out.

This week I played along with the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches, the Designers always come up with some fun sketches and I try to play along as much as I can. 

I was inspired to use the Basket Bunch Bundle from the Occasions catalog, perfect for a spring theme card, right?  Lots of fun coloring in this set. The base of the my card is Watercolor Wonder, layered with Flirty Flamingo and the coordinating DSP. The eggs are colored on Shimmery White card stock with our Watercolor pencils-fun! 

Up next is my amazing friend Ellie!  I'm so excited for her, she'll be attending our Stampin' Up! OnStage event in San Diego in a couple of days and she'll be walking on stage for her success with Stampin' Up! Congrats Ellie! 

Below is the links of all the bloggers:

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have an awesome day.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Blog Hop

Happy March 1st Friends!  Can you believe we are 60 days into 2017 already!  Yes, sixty days!  Wow, it's almost as if I blinked and it's March!  All good though, March is my favorite month.  Spring is in the air (hopefully soon), it's my birthday month.  Spring Break is around the corner, so much to do.  For us Stampers and Crafters, it means it's the last month of Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration!  The favorite time of the year when you can earn free items!  Our theme for our blog hop this month is Sale-a-Bration, which ends March 31st!  If you are just arriving, wasn't Barb's creation just beautiful! Blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team!

For my blog creation, I decided to keep it simple. Not gonna lie, I was pressed for time, my lack of preparation, hence why I decided to come up with something quick and easy.  I chose to use the Inside the Lines DSP Paper that you can earn for free. I love this paper and can't believe this was my first time using, I think because I like to hoard my DSP, (yeah I said it) instead of using it. The base of each card is the 2015-2017 InColors which will be retiring later this year. Great reason to use the card stock right!  I used the InColor Stampin' Write Markers, Aqua Painters and the Blender Pens to color in my paper.  I didn't add a sentiment because I wasn't sure what I wanted to add.  Does that ever happen to you? Anyhow, coloring never goes out of style and this DSP is so beautiful to color in. 

Watermelon Wonder

Cucumber Crush

Tip Top Taupe

Mint Macaron

Delightful Dijon

Up next is the talented Ellie!  I'm always excited to see what she in store for us! 

Kathya (You are here)

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time! Have an awesome day! 

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tecolote Thursday

Hello Friends! Hope your week is going well! I have a new creation to share with you all.  It worked out this week for me to play along with two different blog challenges.  I was inspired by the sketch over at Fab Friday and the theme over at The Paper Players. Two great blog challenges and the creations from the designers are amazing!  Make sure you check them both out.

I wanted to create some Valentine's Day theme cards for my club members. I recently found a new love for owls, especially after the passing of my grandmother a few years ago.  She was born in Tecolotlan, Jalisco, Mexico.  The name of the town, Tecolotlan comes from the words "tecolote", which means owl and "tlan" means town of owls. I started collecting owls in remembrance of her. I also started incorporating owls in my creations. So when I saw the sketch from Fab Friday, I knew I wanted to create the cute punch art owl with circle punches. The "love" sentiment is since retired but I like it and it worked for my cards.  I don't have any small alphabet stamps so I figured I would just hand write the owl sentiment. The DSP is from the Sending Love DSP Stack from the Occasions Catalog.

Think this is the first time, in a long time that I have created several Valentine's Day cards and mailed out!  Yay. Small steps lead to bigger ones, right! Can't wait for my friends to get their cards in the mail.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have an awesome day!

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Fresh Friday

Happy Friday Friends!  First Friday of February! Making time to create and it's good that Freshly Made Sketches is a weekly blog challenge, because it will challenge to create.  When I first saw the sketch, I thought, "ooh, I know exactly what I'm going to make" and then I sat down to create and it didn't quite come out the way I had envisioned it. So I tried again. I feel like I should be making Valentine's Day cards, but sometimes you gotta go with the flow. Make sure you check out the creations from the designers over at Freshly Made Sketches for more inspiration.

I was inspired to make a masculine card with the base of my card being the new In-Color Dapper Denim. Can't believe I haven't been using the color as much!  I combine a few retired items on my cards with new products. The tie is from Baby's First Framelits, which are still current. The retired items include the Eclectic Paper Piercing Template, which I have them all and really like the look.  The candy dots are also retired. Wanna hear something funny, I wasn't planning on using the candy dots, but I got some extra ink on my paper when I stamped the sentiment. The perfectionist in me wanted to redo the card, but then I thought, "hey, men aren't perfect either, lol" so I used the candy dots to cover up my mistake.  Plus, when it's a handmade card, it's the handmade part that counts, right? 

The sentiment is from the new Occasions catalog called Suite Sentiments and it's a great set of 11 different rubber stamps. I created the ombre look on the sentiment by using sponge daubers in three different ink colors. I like the look, simple card. 

Well, that's all I have for now, thanks for stopping by!  Until next time! Have a great day!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Blog Hop

Hello Friends!  Happy February 1st!  I honestly can not believe we are now in February! January flew by quick!  Do you make resolutions for the new year?  I don't, I focus on specific goals and go from there.  My goal is this year is to create more, which I wasn't specific as too how much more I want to create, so at least participating in another blog hop is good so far!   But I do want to create and share on my blog once a week. Anyhow, thank you for joining us today on our monthly blog hop. Our theme this month is Valentine's Day. You just came from Barb's blog, her creations are always so beautiful and unique.  Every month, my fellow demonstrators and I, from Di's (Diana Gibbs) Country INKers participate in a blog hop with a different theme.

I was excited to create for this blog hop because I do love Valentine's Day. It's a holiday that I believe should be every day, not just one day. I created two cards for our blog hop. I used the Sealed with Love Bundle from the Occasions Catalog. I created the background with our Watercolor Pencils and an aqua painter.  Such a fun technique that creates a big impact!

The second card also uses the Sealed the Love Bundle and the "Love is in the Air Mail" sentiment is from Suite Sentiments, also from the Occasions catalog.

Up next is my amazing friend Ellie!  She and I recently hung out together at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) annual conference that was held in Phoenix a few weeks ago. We had so much fun.  That's a post for another day. Can't wait to see what she created.

 Below is the line up for everyone:

Kathya (you are here)

Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget to leave some blog love for my fellow crafters. Have an awesome day!

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Freshly Made...Inspired

Happy Thursday Friends! Hope the new year is going well for you.  I honestly had wanted to create more and share it with you all, and  that hasn't happened too much. Or I haven't made time to create as much is more like it.  Seems like cleaning and organizing my craft room is a big hurdle which seems to stop me for a bit, but I'll keep tackling it in small steps.  This week when I saw the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches it stumped for a bit but it inspired me to finally create. I wanted to create a Valentine's theme card and I love the way it turned out. Make sure you check out what the designers from the Freshly Made Sketches blog created with this sketch.

I combined several Valentine's theme stamp sets, framelits, embossing folder and colors for my card. My card base is Rose Red card stock, layered with Basic Black card stock and then layered with Sweet Sugarplum. I used the new Falling Petals Textured Embossing Folder from the Occasions catalog. I also used the Sealed with Love Bundle, which has matching framelits. Aren't the mini envelopes cute!  I also used the Large Numbers Framelits Dies, with Red Glimmer Paper and the heart is from the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits cut out from watercolor paper and then watercolored with Rose Red ink with aqua painter. I also used the sentiments from the Bloomin' Love stamp set.

This card got me super excited to continue creating, going to duplicate this card and mail it out for Valentine's Day. Yay.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great Thursday.

Until next time.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!

Hello Stampers! Happy New Year!  It's a new beginning! Time for a fresh start and new adventures. I definitely plan on creating more this year and I'm excited to share it with you all.  So this 1st day of January, we have a fun blog hop for you. My fellow Di's Country INKers and I hope you like our creations featuring items from the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

So if you are just stopping by, you just came from Barb's blog. She always have something beautiful to share with us. I played along with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. My goal for 2017 is to play along with more blog sketches and I love their creations.

I used the Sealed with Love Bundle. The stamp set and the matching frame lit dies are so cute!  Can't wait to make all my Valentine's Day cards and projects with this bundle. I also used the new Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.

Up next is Ellie! Can't wait to see what she has in store for us.


Thanks for stopping by!  Hope the first day of 2017 is a great one for you! 

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