Friday, June 1, 2018

June Blog Hop

I seriously can not believe it is June 1st!  May just flew by, as is 2018! It's definitely been a busy past month. Anyhow,  thanks for stopping by today!  Glad you are here.  Did you check out Barb's creation?  Hope you are feeling better Barb.

Our new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog kicks off today and there so great new items in it!  This year Stampin' Up! is celebrating 30 years!  Happy 30th Stampin' Up!  I myself, will be celebrating eight years of being a demonstrator. Still love it and am so happy to be a part of a great company.

For my creations, I'm featuring the stamp set Accented Blooms, which also coordinates with the Tailored Tag Punch. I decided to keep my creations simple and focus on stamps, ink and paper, after all, that's what first attracted me to Stampin' Up! Love how everything coordinates, which makes it easier for me. I embossed the background in white embossing powder. I'm also showcasing the new 2018-2020 InColors. I also used the new InColor 6x6 DSP, which is the perfect size for cards. Sometimes simple doesn't have to be boring, not with such beautiful colors.

This is Lovely Lipstick.

This is Grapefruit Grove.

 This is Call Me Clover.

This is Blueberry Bushel.

 This is Pineapple Punch.

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

Below is the line up for our blog hop:


Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend. 

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Watts of Occasions

Hello Stampers!  Hope your week is going well.

I was inspired this week by the sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Crew to use a stamp set that is retiring, the Watts of Occasions. I love this stamp set and won't be getting rid of it, I feel like I still haven't used it enough.  Anyhow, make sure you check out the designers over at Paper Craft Crew, beautiful creations. I find that their sketch challenges push my creativity level and make me feel like an artist. Definitely want to play along with them more often.

I used the Brusho Crystal Colour, the yellow one on water color paper. I do confess that while I've had the Brusho since the beginning of the year, this was the first time I used it. I know, crazy!  I had fun playing with it and can't wait to play with the other colors. The splatter is from the retired stamp set Gorgeous Grunge, which was embossed in white. I really like this sketch and will used again with the other images from the Watts of Occasions stamp set. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great week. 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Blog Hop

Hello Stampers and Friends!  Hope you are doing well.  It's May 1st and that means it's time for another fun blog hop with my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators with Di's Country INKers.  The theme this month is Mother's Day. Great time to plan ahead and create some cards with this theme.

 I played along with the Designers over at CAS(E) this Sketch! this week. Their sketch inspired me to create a clean and simple card. Check out their blog for more inspiration.

I used the new stamp set called "Love What You Do" and it will be featured in the upcoming new annual catalog!  Better yet, you can purchase it now! The sentiments in the stamp set are beautiful. The base of my card is thick Whisper White, with Flirty Flamingo card stock. I inked the leaves in a new ink color and new InColor, Call Me Clover, it's a bright green color. I added some colorful bling with the Tutti-Fruti Adhesive Backed Sequins and the Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes from the Occasions catalog. I spelled out "Mom" with the Hand Lettered Alphabet stamp set. My color combo for this card was Call Me Clover, Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink.

Can't wait to see what Connie has in store for us. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great week.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Blog Hop

Hello Stampers!  Welcome to another edition of Di's Country INKers Blog Hop! Thanks for joining us for another fun blog hop.  This month the theme is Spring and we have great inspiration is store for you.

I created a simple card with the Tranquil Tulips hostess set.  It's one of my favorites. The sentiment die is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.

Up next is Connie!  Can't wait to see her creation. 

If you get lost, don't worry, below are all our links. 

Kathya (You are here)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful April. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Blog Hop

Hello Stampers! Welcome back to another fabulous edition of our monthly blog hop!  We're all current Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, part of Diana Gibbs' County INKers team.  So our theme this month is the end of Sale-A-Bration 2018!  Can't believe how quickly this year is going by and Sale-A-Bration will be over by the end of March. Still lots of great items you can earn with a qualifying order.

If you're just arriving, welcome!  I'm sure you checked out Barb's creation.  For my creation, I used the stamp set Heartfelt Blooms.  It's part of Stamping' Up!'s new Distinktive stamp line, which gives you a photographic finish.  I created this card as part of a swap with our team this past weekend.  I used the InColor Flirty Flamingo since it will be retiring later this year. I paired with Basic Black and another InColor, Lemon Lime Twist. 

 Since I had to create 10 similar cards, I kept the design simple. I'm sure I was inspired by a blog sketch challenge but sadly, now I don't remember which blog challenge.  

We created this fun card at our meeting, it features the stamp set Party Pandas and it is just too cute.  Diana Gibbs designed this card and luckily, I got to play, well, color with the new Stamping' Blends markers. The Party Pandas are so cute and they are fun to color. The DSP is also from Sale-A-Bration, it's the Bubbles and Fizz DSP. This is such a cheerful birthday card.

My last creation, another one that Diana designed also features the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set. However, the star of this card is the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. Can I just tell you how BEAUTIFUL it is in person!  WOW!  The technique with this card, using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, we inked it directly onto the paper and then using a sponge, dabbed it around the paper.  It gave the paper such a cool effect! Because parts of the paper are foiled, it resisted the black ink. I hope I'm explaining this correctly, if not, let me know. 

Up next is my awesome friend Ellie!  Can't wait to see her creation.

Below are all the links to our blogs, come check us out. 

Kathya (You are here)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week.

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Friday, February 9, 2018


Happy Friday Stampers!  Hope your week is going well. The days are flying by so quickly, good thing we're having fun.  Luckily, there are still some day left before February 14 to make more handmade projects.

The fun blog challenges over at The Paper Players and at Sunday Stamps inspired me to create two bilingual cards with a Valentines theme. Haven't played with either blog challenge that much so it was fun to participate with them.  Lots of inspiration with both blogs, make sure to check them out.

I used the Painted with Love Specialty DSP and the Large Letters Framelits. This was a simple card to create, mostly cardstock layers. This DSP is really pretty and the colors are nice. The base of my card is Melon Mambo cardstock, layered with Blushing Bride cardstock and the DSP is layered under Rich Razzleberry. The Gold Foil Sheets add a nice elegant touch.  

Amor is Love in Spanish.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a great weekend. 

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Blog Hop

Happy February 1st Friends! 2018 is definitely underway and in full swing. Welcome to another fun blog hop with my fellow demonstrators within Di's Country INKers. The theme this month is Valentine's Day. I love creating Valentine's Day cards and projects and my goal this month is to send out my cards early so that they arrive by February 14.

So on to the blog hop, if you're just arriving, you have visited Barb's Blog and seen her beautiful creation. I love her creations and so grateful that she is part of our team.

It has been a while since I played along with the amazing designers over at Fab Friday and their sketch really inspired me.  It's fun playing with blog challenges because it gets my creativity mojo going. Make sure you check out their creations as well.

For my first creation, I used the new stamp set from the 2018 Occasions catalog, Fortunate To Know You. February is also the month of the Chinese New Year, which 2018 is the Year of the Dog. The base of my card is Crumb Cake and I layered with another piece of Crumb Cake, except I sponged the edges of Early Espresso. I remember when I first started stamping, I used to sponge every piece of paper on my cards. The sentiment is from the Blooming' Love stamp set. Really love the way this turned out, perfect masculine card, no? 

The Fab Friday sketch inspired me to create another card, this time celebrating my home state of Arizona. February 14 is also our birthday, back on 1912 we became the 48th State. The base of my card is Melon Mambo and the designer series paper is the Painted with Love Specialty. The colors is this DSP are so pretty!  I also used the new embossing folder called Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions. Love the subtle effect of the sequins. I traced a sticker of the Arizona shape onto one of the DSPs. Love living in Arizona, been here since I was three years old.

One last project to share with you all. While I was creating the other projects, the idea for this card popped into my head and I had to run with it while it was fresh on my mind. Does that ever happen to you?  I combined two, really three items from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration. I absolutely  love the way it turned out! Sometimes I amaze myself! LOL. The "YOU" sentiment is from the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies, which you can earn for free with a $100 purchase. The "are simply" sentiment is from the Amazing You stamp set and you earn this stamp set with a $50 purchase.  Both are in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. 

Everything else on my card is from the Sunshine & Rainbows Bundle, which you save 10% when you buy the bundle. Oh, and the clear epoxy shapes are new as well!  I just love this card and the sentiment is right on point. If someone gave me this card, it would make me smile. This will be the card I make this month to send out to friends and family. 

One of the big reasons I joined to be a demonstrator was for the discount in ordering Stampin' Up! items.  My wish list continues to grow and the discount helps. I love being a demonstrator and being a part of the Stamping' Up! family.

Up next is Connie!  Can't wait to see her creations for this month.

If you get lost, don't worry, below are the links to all our blogs. Spread the love, come visit us all.

Kathya (You are here)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous week.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fresh Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone. Hope your weekend is going well. I've been sick for the last five days and I finally feel better. Was down with a cold/sinus infection and it was not fun.

Anyhow, today we're celebrating my Mother-in-Law's birthday and it was the perfect chance to create one for her. The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches inspired to create.  Lots of beautiful inspiration from the Design Team.

For my card, I combined some new and retired items. Back in the day, Stampin' Up! used to offer stamp sets in Spanish.  While they are no longer offered, I kept most of the stamp sets. The Picture Perfect Party 6x6 DSP is perfect (LOL) for birthdays. Great variety and the colors are bright and cheerful. The balloon honeycomb embellishments are retired but there are currently in the annual catalog in new colors. The baker's twine is from the December 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit. I realized after the fact that this card will not be easy to stuff into an envelope, but I'll make it work.  My MIL loves handmade greeting cards and displays several cards I've made for her in the past. Makes you feel good when people hold on to your creations. 

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great Sunday and stay healthy. All the best. 

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Fortunate Fresh Friday

Happy Friday Friends! Hope the new year is off to a great start for you.  Happy to be sharing more creations with you, I definitely want to create more this year and ultimately send out my cards. I decided to play along with the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches and I still have lots of new stamps sets from the 2018 Occasions Catalog that I have not inked up yet-GASP!  I know right! Gotta ink up those stamp sets as quickly as possible, in my case, when inspiration hits.
When I saw the stamp set Fortunate to Know You, I knew I wanted it right away.  Not only because I love Asian food but the sentiments are cute and I have lots of ideas on what to create with it!  Plus, did you know 2018 is the Year of the Dog! Yes, it is. Lots of good things in store for us. 
So, both of my cards may look similar, but the only difference is I watercolored the second card a little more. Card base is Real Red, cardstock is Early Espresso and Crumb Cake. I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. The Real Red Cotton Ribbon is retired but I have so  much of it, great way to use it! 

Not much difference but I like the sketch layout and it can work for so many cards. Make sure you check out the creations at Freshly Made Sketches and hope you play along with them as well.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a Fortunate Friday! 

Until next time.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!

Hello Stampers! Happy New Year!  Can't believe it's already 2018. I definitely have some crafty goals for the new year, definitely creating more and sharing more.  If you're new to my blog, welcome!  I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2010. This was the second time I had signed up to be demo and I still love it! I've been a part of Di's Country INKers since 2010 and she is an amazing leader.  Every month, we have a different blog hop theme and this month, the theme is new items from the 2018 Occasions Catalog or the 2018 Sale-a-Bration catalog.

For my creations today, I'm featuring the Picture Perfect 6x6 Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog.  Before you continue scrolling down to see the images, let me just share that my creations for the blog hop this month are simple.  I share that because sometimes, as a demo, I think that all my creations should be perfect and so detailed and sometimes that stresses me out. Which really, that doesn't matter, as long as you took the time to create something and share with it others, that's all that matters.  So, since I'm always needing birthday cards, I decided to make simple cards, and showcase the paper, which this DSP is perfect for.

The sentiment for this card above is from the Stamp Set Beautiful Day. I'll showcase another card with that set later.

The coordinating colors of the DSP are Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party and Whisper White.

Isn't this card yummy!  Gotta love those sugar cookies and zero calories!  This sentiment is from the Lemon Zest stamp set. Love the photo and made it my focal point.

I instead decorated the inside of my card. I used the thick Whisper White cardstock as my base which works perfect for making several greeting cards.

Up next is my amazing friend Ellie! Can't wait to see what she creates!

If you get lost, don't worry, below are all the links to our blogs!  Stop by and share the love.

Wishing you all the best for 2018!  May have a very crafty year. Thanks for stopping by. 

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