2/28/14

It's a Good Day for 3 Girl JAM and Friends with Flair

Hey, Hey!!!
If you know me at all you know that my family is sorta big into cycling.
My hubby races and rides both mountain and road cycles.
I ride only road…and no, I don't ride a tricycle…yet..and no I'm not very fast either!
Each year we participate in the Bike MS event in our town and last year 
I rode my first 100 mile ride (century) in one day! 
This card is inspired by our love of cycling.
If you can ride…it's a good day!
Our love for cycling goes along with the Love theme at 3GirlJAM
February has been all about the love at 3GJ.
Today is the last day of that challenge…so be sure to get your project linked up asap!!
I love how the bright Sunflower crinkle ribbon shines beside my little tricycle and I LOVE how that smidge of jute ribbon peeks from the side too.  
You can find those items at 3GirlJAM and you can play along with our challenges each month too!
Click HERE for all the challenge info.
And HEY...
Get this…you can receive 10% off your purchase when you use the 
code DB10 at the check out!!  Sweet, huh?!
Thanks for peeking in on me today!
Happy FRIDAY!!

I'm also playing along with Friends with Flair today…love this Itty Bitty.

I used the following products:
Papers : StampinUp, My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline, StampinUp
Embossing Folder : Paper Studio
Ink : Memento 
Embossing Powder : StampinUp
Metals : Recollections





2/25/14

Favorite Color Sweet Stamps Challenge



Happy Tuesday…
Have you guessed my favorite color by the card I created?
Yep...BLUE
Favorite Color(s) is the theme of this week's challenge at SweetStamps.com
I love this stamp because along with the color blue being a favorite
 I love spending time riding my bicycle.
So that's it for me today…Favorite color AND a favorite hobby!

Please drop by the SweetStamps.com weekly challenge blog to share your creation.
You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at SweetStamps.com's online store just by playing along in our challenge! 
Click here for our Challenge Rules.
For the current monthly challenge click HERE.
Thank you for taking time out to stop by and say hello!
'til  next time
~Donna K


SweetStamp.com Products Used:
Other Products Involved in this creation:
Stick Pin : Ana Garcia
Die : StampinUp
Papers : Amy Butler for K & Co, StampinUp
Ribbons : Unknown

2/22/14

A Gift of Friendship - Linnie Blooms

This is the year I want to create more "hand made" gifts.
So….I spot this burlap canvas and had to have it
I love how it's rugged, but pretty and not perfect on the edges.  
Now,  it was just a matter of what to put on it.
I found the perfect sentiment to use but it needed MORE….
That's when my Linnie Blooms canvas shapes started calling out to me.
I have said before, but will repeat…
how fun it is to have these blank canvas pieces!
You can seriously…..
use them plain, ink them, sew them on, paint them, draw on them…
endless possibilities.
I chose to do some painting,  then stamping on the tree and left the heart a bright yellow.
I think it turned out to be the perfect Gift.

I hope you'll take a moment to stop by the Linnie Blooms Blog
browse the catalog and just get inspired. 
You can find Linnie Blooms on Facebook and on Pinterest.
Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope your weekend is full of creativity!
~Donna K
Here are some of the other supplies used on this sweet gift.





2/21/14

Friends with Flair

Hey you!!
It's Friday…and that's fabulous!  
I'm joining the other Unity addicts  friends for
 I created this card last week and thought she was so cute.
Love this itty bitty set…so many ways you could mix it up!
I won't bore you with all the details. This is a pretty simple design and I know you've got more Unity to explore today so have at it.
My supplies are listed below.
But hey…thanks for stopping!
xo ~Donna K

Papers : Sassafrass, Bazzill, Papertrey Ink, Georgia Pacific
Inks : Memento, Copic Pen




2/20/14

Out of My Comfort Zone - Mardi Gras Face Mask


Hello and Happy Thursday!!
Here's the deal.
I accepted the challenge…
then I thought…I cannot DO THIS!
No, it's not a life or death challenge, just a creative one.  
Have you ever done that then totally regretted it????
Only to find out it wasn't as bad as you thought?
That's the joy in creating….
you try it and realize…... you CAN!

Not saying this is my best project ever, but it was fun and it sparked me.
So thanks to my Pinquette Sisters for the nudge…
{{check out Jessican's Mask HERE and..Laura's Mask HERE}}
Now I'm hoping you will try this challenge too…I dare you!
Here's the link for you to join, just pop over to the 

Thanks for letting me share my insecurities with you!
Have a happy day today!
~Donna K

I'm also entering the following challenges:

Supplies included in this design:
Florals : Prima, Unknown fabric roses
Pearls / Stones : Recollections
Paper : StampinUp Glitter Paper


2/18/14

Sketches at the Shore [SS]





Happy Tuesday!
Tuesday means…..it's time for another weekly challenge at SweetStamps.com
This week the theme is 
ANYTHING GOES
That makes things easy, right?! 
I've really been wanting to use the Sketches at the Shore set but I just couldn't decide which scene I liked best because…they are all great.
So here is what I did for this week's challenge.
A clean and simple SET of cards.
I used colored pencils to do the shading.
Each card has a different sentiment.
The sentiments are separate so you can mix/match any way you like.
A slightly different shaded matte.
A bit of burlap in each corner.
A twine string and tattered edge.
Clean, Simple, Beautiful…all set for summer!

Please drop by the SweetStamps.com weekly challenge blog to share your creation.
You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at SweetStamps.com's online store just by playing along in our challenge! 
Click here for our Challenge Rules.
For the current monthly challenge click HERE.
Thank you for taking time out to stop by and say hello!
'til  next time
~Donna K


SweetStamp.com Products Used:

Other than SweetStamps products used in this design:
Papers : PapertreyInk, Scraps from various collections, Georgia Pacific
String : Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions
Burlap : Hobby Lobby remnant
Inks : StampinUp Colored Pencils




2/17/14

Unity Be Inspired Challenge

I decided to have some fun with this Keep Calm set by Lisa Arana..
because it's cute AND fun.
I based my design on the sketch…
And ended up using some of the colors as well.
So…Keep Calm and Have Yourself a Cute Green Beer!
Thanks for peeking in on me today..
Stop by Unity and see all the inspiration and other entries for the challenge.

Happy Monday!
~Donna K


Supplies included in this design:
Keep Calm Stamp
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder
Copic Pen : G14, YG03, C3, C1
Snow Marker : Marvy
Paper : Bazzil, White remnants
Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbons/String : 3GirlJAM, Celebrate It, Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions
Button : October Afternoon



2/15/14

Fun Folds Monthly Challenge [SS]


Hello everyone!
Today is the day that we being a new monthly challenge at SweetStamps.com!
The theme is 
and I actually had SO much FUN that I created two cards.
Now…I can't pat myself on the back too hard, these were really quite simple.
Here is all the information so you can use my style card if you like. 
Please take a moment to drop by and see the amazing creations by the DT at Sweet Stamps.com those gals are mega talented!
I love this sentiment and used it on both cards.  There is a button, crinkle ribbon, string, pearls, that lovely pin and a fun canvas leaf which I also stamped with the same stamp you see in the background of the sentiment piece.  LOVE the end result. 
Here is the close up of my Linnie Blooms canvas leaf from the Nature Shapes collection.  I shaded the edges and stamped the bouquet on the center with pea pod ink. I just lightly drew around the leaf with a sharpie so it is noticeable on top the design paper. 
I used a honey comb embossing plate to texturize the back…love my cards to be  decorated on the inside and the back as often as possible.
Here's the inside…again I used the Parisian Bouquet stamp and stamped it lightly so it can be written on and still look pretty. 
This is the beginning…this so simple. I found the directions on you tube, but for the life of me I cannot recall which designer.  There are tons of examples out there if you search "squash card" 
Real quick: I used 8.5" X 8.5" square.
Scored at 4.25"
Turned and scored again at 4.25"
Place the card diagonally on your board and score again directly down the center and viola, you're free to add as much or as little to this fun design. 

Whew!  Tired of me talking yet?!
Almost done…here is card #2
Same papers, ribbons and inks.  
Button closure with ribbon on front.
This is how it looks open, it stands up so nicely for display.
The directions for this piece are as follows:
5.5" X 12" piece of double sided paper.
Score at 2", 4", 8" & 10"
I made a tiny mark at 2.34" on both ends, the angled the piece to the second score mark and cut the angles then folded as shown.  You could add as much or little layers or elements to your own design. 
So…what do you say? FUN, huh?
I really appreciate you taking time to view my photo filled, lengthy post.  I don't usually do tutorial posts, but wanted everyone to see how easy and fun mixing things up can be.  

So…scoot yourself on over to SweetStamps.com and join the challenge this month.  
Have a happy day today!!
~Donna K 

SweetStamps.com Supply List:


Other than SweetStamps products:
Ribbon : 3GirlJAM
Jute String : Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions
Stick Pin : Pink Peacock
Canvas Leaf : Linnie Blooms Nature Shapes
Pearls, Rhinestones : Recollections
Buttons : Unknown

Challenges I'd like to join:
Just B Creative Crazy - February