Thursday, January 31, 2013

7 Kids College Fund - Hexagon Challenge

Hi everyone! I'm so excited about our new challenge happening right now at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog. I'm sure you've noticed hexagons popping up all over the crafting world right now from pattern papers, stamps & embellishments! I've used pattern paper and embellishments in my project today as we're asking YOU to use HEXAGONS to join us in the challenge this week.

Here is my card:

I'm new to Kraftin Kimmie stamps and I'm totally head over heels in love with them. I only have 2 at the moment but that is DEFINITELY going to change soon! You can see all the Kraftin Kimmie Stamps that 7 Kids College Fund carries HERE. I hope you'll join us in the challenge - as always, up for grabs is a $20 shopping spree to anything 7 Kids College Fund carries!!

Here is a close up of the image I colored using Copics. I also listed what the colors I used below! I have to admit, I was a bit unsure whether to color her eyes or not, it just felt off leaving them stark white with every thing else so I did give a light shadow using T1/T0 just to give them a little bit of depth. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I couldn't have done it without the help of the amazing fans we have on the Designed To Color Facebook page - if you haven't followed us there, I hope you will!! It's a fun place to be! 

Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R01
Hair: C3, C5, C7, C8, B39, B41
Birds: BG000, BG01, BG02, R05, R02, YR15
Dress: R32, R35, R37, E09
Gloves: R30, R32, RV21
Wings: C0, C1, BV20, YG11

Seraphina Kraftin Kimmie Stamp
Echo Park 6x6 Everyday Eclectic
Atyou Glitter Pens
Copic Xpress It Blending Card
Memento Tuxedo Black
Studio Calico Hexagon Wood Veneers
Washi Tape
Dovecraft Tea Party Lace Doilies
Distress Ink Old Paper
Bazzil Kraft Paper
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Zap Dots

Thanks for stopping  by!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

7 Kids College Fund Whimsy Stamps Blog Hop!!

The 7 KIDS Design Team has put together our first-ever blog hop featuring Whimsy Stamps, and you have the opportunity to win this awesome prize package!

Whimsy - Summer Fairy
Whimsy - Apple Blossom & Milkshake Baking
Hero Arts Notecards
Basic Gray 6x6 Paper Pad - Sweet Threads
Dew Drops - Spring Bloom
Bone Folder
This is the first of many monthly blog hops featuring great product lines from 7 KIDS and spectacular inspiration from the DT! Just start at the 7 Kids College Fund Blog and follow along, here is the order of the hop:

Wondering how can you win? Just make sure you comment on EACH of the DT blogs as ONE of them (they don't even know) will have the prize hidden on their blog! Come back on Wednesday when we'll announce the random winner. I hope you have fun and be sure to invite your friends to join in the fun!

And here is my card that features honeybee & buzz stamp by Whimsy Stamps! Omgosh, is she a cutie or what?! I had a blast coloring her up with Copics and stickler. What fairy is complete unless she sparkles, right? And the bits and pieces of October Afternoon were just the perfect papers and embellishments.

Here is a close up of the stamp. Seriously cute! It has been forever since I've colored so don't look too closely. ;) I'd forgotten how much I missed and loved just sitting down to color an image.

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
American Crafts Punch
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Zap Dots
October Afternoon Farmhouse Flower Sack, Woodland Brad & paper (collection unknown)
Washi Tape

Friday, January 4, 2013

One Little Word: Peace

After a week of soul searching about what I wanted my 2013 word to be, it came to me. You see, I wanted the opposite of what I struggle with most which is worry & fear. I had an entire list of words:

it went on.....

and then in a whisper it came......peace. 

You see, peace is the very OPPOSITE of fear and worry. 

the very definition of peace: 
freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

Freedom happened to be in my list as well......and I would say that worry & fear are very disquieting and oppressive thoughts. came to me, after a restless night plagued with both worry and fear....I kept asking for calmness....peace.

For the bible tells us, 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Just so happened, I also had a couple of bible studies I picked up at a Women of Faith conference in 2011. I took them off my bookshelf and looked at them, there again was my word:

I am looking forward to doing this bible study as I reflect on my word. I have always admired a simple life...a simpler time. I think these go hand in hand and I'm very excited about this. When you find your word, you just....know. 

I will share my One Little Word journey with you. If you are doing this, will you share your word with me, too? I'd love to follow along side you on your journey. Leave me a comment with your blog and your word!

In peace,

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hip Hop with Unity Stamp Co & Phyllis Harris NEW RELEASE!!

Hi everyone! If you've just arrived from Andrea's Blog you are in the right place! Wasn't her card awesome?!  
I told you I would be back with more posts this year and here I am already - joining Unity's weekly Hip Hop!!! Plus, I have excting news, if you love the Phyllis Harris line of stamps as much as I do, there are FOUR more releases coming out today! Watch the UNITY FACEBOOK page and WEBSITE for the FUN Phyllis Harris promotion this weekend. - starting at 3 p.m. central time, all PHYLLIS HARRIS will be UP FOR GRABS with a phenomenal promotion!

For my card today, I used the set Easier with YOU by my side. I just adore this little girl, but I have to admit, I am a little bit intimidated coloring large animals like that horse! I just took it bit by bit until I was done and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Plus, it was very relaxing to color this entire image. I was so happy by the time I was done and all my worries were colored right away!!

Here is a close up of the coloring. I hope you enjoyed stopping by my blog and are excited to see the rest of these fabulous stamps!
Your next stop is: ERYN who I just adore!!
Unity Stamp Co - Easier With You Phyllis Harris Co Brand stamp
Copics - Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20; Horse: T3, T5, T7, T9, 110, E17, E59; Clothes: E50, E53, E55, RV52, RV63, RV34; Grass: G40,  YG03, YG63, YG67; Sky: B34, B40, 0
Robin's Nest Dew Dros
Vintage Twine by Papertrey Ink
Core'dinations Cardstock

It is a NEW YEAR with NEW beginnings

It has been a REALLY long time since I've posted on my blog. I just didn't have the desire to share much on here the last half of the year but I am feeling good about a new year and a fresh start. I want to try to give my blog a bit more attention these days. You'll be seeing more of me playing along with Unity Stamp Co as I'm now going to be in their regular rotation, not just doing videos which I'm super exited about. Plus, I'm also planning a blog makeover so be sure to stay tuned. It's back to remembering what truly makes me happy and what truly matters in life: my family, our simple life and the love of crafting. I'm really excited about new beginnings!!!
The first project I'm sharing this new year is a project made for our first challenge of the new year at 7 Kids College Fund. For our first challenge of the new year, we're creating WOW projects, wow being White On White!!! I've always been in awe of this elegant style so I had to give it a try. As always, we're giving away a $20 shopping spree to 7 Kids Colleg Fund to the winner of this challenge (chosen at random) so be sure to check out the Challenge Blog for MORE information and to enter!
This project couldn't come to life with out the use of my favorite Helmar products. Please check out my post on Helmar's Blog today to find out what I used and how I am able to make those butterflies look as if they are about to take flight off the card.
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Hexagons
Texture Paste
Pearls from stash
Sentiment from Dec KOTM by Unity Stamp Co.
Helmar Crackle Medium Step 1 and Step 2

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Excited to announce the new Design Team for 7 Kids College Fund!

Happy New Year!!!
I thought it would be great to take some time today to announce the new design team for 7 Kids College Fund. As the DT Leader, this was the first time I had to go through each email and try to decide who to select for the team -- that was SOOOO hard!!! We had an amazing amount of applications and we try to keep our team small with just 7 but we couldn't narrow it all the way down so we had to select 4 guest designers to complete our 6 months.

So, here is the new team, please help me in welcoming them on the 7 Kids College Fund Store blog and be sure to join us tomorrow on the Challenge Blog for our first challenge of 2013!!!!

      Carisa Zglobicki (Design Team Leader):
Rhea Weigand (Design Team CoLeader):

Our Jan-Jun 2013 Design Team:
Cindy Coutts:
Karen Gauthier:
LIzzi Graf:
Colleen Holmes:
Sharm Nidyanandan:
Kim O'Connell:
Our Mar-Jun 2013 Guest Designers:
Grandma Bonnie:
Christine Riley:
Valerie Allard:
Linda Payne: