Could You Have Overlooked

Every year there are a lot of items on the retiring list that I’m sad to see go away.  The Kaleidoscope papers are one of those items this year.  You guessed it, these pink papers rank right up there at the top of my favorites list and unlike my usual MO I did not hoard them…I’m actually nearing the end of my second paper pack.

This card was so fun to make with all the cheery colors.  I love how the Shin Han Markers make coloring so easy.  The stamp set is a retired hostess set that has seen very little ink, but I have a few more ideas for it so you might see something pop up again soon.

Did you know that you can search by paper packet or stamp set name on my blog if you are looking for inspiration?  There’s a search box on the right sidebar where you can type in what you are looking for and HOPEFULLY find it.  Give it a try!

Have you seen the retiring items list?  Make sure to check what favorites you might need to stock up on.

Thanks for stopping by…leave me a comment with your favorite paper from the Annual Inspirations and I’ll try and feature it here in the next few weeks.




Something Old Something New

I think it’s important to recognize anniversary’s, whether it be yours, a family members or even a friends.  In today’s world it just seems too easy to walk away from a relationship so help me in rewarding some longevity!

My two anniversary cards are a little something old and a little something new.  Both paper packets are from the Annual Inspirations catalog – Georgie and Kaleidoscope.  Both two of my favorites, but with a totally different feel.  I used an old stamp of the month, Candlelight Garden and the current stamp of the month Celebrate with Cake.

I colored the Mason jar and flowers with Shin Han markers. You might be able to tell that the flowers are fussy cut and popped up on Thin 3D foam tape.  I stamped them once on the jar and then stamped them again to cut out.  I really like how this card turned out.

The “cake” card was paper pieced from the Kaleidoscope papers.  To color the roses I used a blender pen and the ink from the inside of an ink pad lid.  Simple but fun technique.  I embellished with lots of bitty sparkles.  I stamped the Celebrate over and over in Whisper ink for a soft simple background.

I hope you’ll consider making someone an anniversary card to celebrate their love.  Thank you for stopping by.  Leave me a comment with how many anniversaries you’ll be celebrating this year!  I’ll be celebrating number 6!




A Birthday Gem

Do you ever make a card and then not want to give it away?  I haven’t played much with the Kaleidoscope papers other than putting together the Workshop On The Go Card Making Kit so when my brother-in-law had spent the day working on my craft room told me he was going to his friend’s wife birthday party I asked him if he’d like me to make her a card.

While he sat across the craft table from me I grabbed some paper, the complements pack and a couple of stamp sets and went to work.

I was really pleased with my results and wasn’t sure that I wanted to give it to him to take, LOL!  I love all the soft colors of this paper packet and the cute complements have so many fun possibilities.

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My Favorite Toy is Now My Favorite Paper

As a kid I remember all the fun designs that I could make with a Kaleidoscope, as an adult I still can’t pass one up if I see it in a toy store.  The way the colors fall in to place has always fascinated me so you can imagine my joy when Close to My Heart released a paper called Kaleidoscope.


When I first saw this paper I fell in love with the multi-color jelly bean page – I can see so many uses for it including a perfect topping for a cupcake!


This cupcake card is from the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge and I lined it with papers from Kaleidoscope.  When I folded it I didn’t get it lined up quite right so instead of cutting off the excess I lined it with some green shimmer trim.  I’m particular with the insides of my cards so I lined it with some white cardstock so the pieces of B&T don’t show.  A few silver sequins and I have a card all ready to go in the mail!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll leave me a comment including your favorite toy that has followed you into adulthood!