Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Hi all!- I just wanted to stop in and say Happy New Year to you all!!  I will be making and posting new cards, and projects soon.  May the new year bring all of you nothing but peace, love and joy!!  Thanks to you all that have made my blog a success so far in just the two months I have had it!!  It means a lot to me!!  I am looking forward to growing, and sharing new things, and thoughts in the New Year.  God Bless!!

Stay and Be Inspired!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

We are through Christmas-heading into a new year!

Good Sunday evening to you all!- I hope this post finds that all of you had a wonderful Christmas with your families and your friends!  My time with my family was great.  Of course, there was really good food, sweet treats, and presents.  I received a few nice things.  I am blessed with what ever is given to me, and my husband.  It is back to starting another work week, and then we head into a New Year- 2011!  WOW- so hard to believe that this year is gone, but we are moving on to new times, new opportunities, and possibilities to share.  I pray that those that do not have jobs, are able to find them.  It is super tough in this economy, and even though I have frustrations with my job, I am most certainly happy to have it, and able to meet my obligations.

Since it is the day after Christmas- all the sales were on today.  My main goal today was to get gift bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper, you name it, so I could be stocked for next year!!  I did pretty well in that dept.  The crowds weren't too bad.  My hubby put up some more Bygel Rails from IKEA in my craft room.  I have more space to store more punches.  I now have a total of six rails  up above my desk.  I will update my pictures of my craft area soon, AND when my camcorder comes in, I will put up a video on You Tube to show you my space as well, so be looking for that.  Well- those are my updates for now.  I would like to share a card with you all.

I had made this card back in October for a friend's birthday.  She, like myself, loves butterflies.  I stamped the butterfly, and then used my blender pens to color in the butterfly to give it a soft look.  I just made a "pool" of various colors from some of my Stampin' Up ink pads.  I love the "foil" effect that the roses give on the back ground paper that I used to adhere to my card base.

It is getting late here, so I need to wrap up tonight's post, before heading off bed.  Be good to one another!!
Night my friends!!

Be Inspired!!,

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!

Hi all! - I am posting this kinda late tonight.  I wanted to take the chance and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  I will be with my family the next few days, so I won't have the chance to post anything.  May this Christmas bring all of you love, happiness and joy!!  I think of how grateful I am to have my family-that they are safe and count each blessing that is given to us.   I pray for the soldiers and their families during this time, and of course always, b/c without them, we wouldn't have our freedom! 

I pray that the winter weather that is calling for this area doesn't get too bad where all the people that are traveling, like myself can get to their friends and family safely!!

I will leave you with another card!! I wish you all peace and joy!!

Again Merry Christmas!!
Stay Inspired!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WOW- can't believe Christmas is almost here...

Hi all!- I haven't posted or shared anything with you since Sunday, so I thought I better.  I can relax for a few days and enjoy some time off from work now.  It has been like a zoo at work for the last few days.  We are getting ready for some changes in our dept, and you can see and feel the difference right now.  It seems tempers, moods are always heightened during this time of year.  I guess, because of all the hustle and bustle, and more stress that is added on, we tend to get testy with others, which is sad, because it seems we all should be in some of the happiest moods of the year...Well, moving on from that, how about a card share!  Let us see what I have for you all today.....

I was able to use some of the Stampin' Up DSP ( designer series paper) that I recently purchased on this card.  My husband said in the middle of the die cut piece that it looked like snowflakes.  I really liked the layered look about this card.  It turned out nice.  Well- in the future, for those of you that like You Tube- I will soon be doing some tutorials.  I won't lie!  I am nervous about it all.  I honestly do not like the way I sound on recorded video, or phone msgs.  Anything that I can hear my voice on playback, I just say EEEKKK...  :o(  It is funny, you always sound different to yourself in your head...teehee. 

Well- nonetheless, be on the look out for videos in the future.  I am waiting on my camcorder to be quite frank.  My husband actually bought me one for Christmas, and we both didn't like it.  It seemed cheaply made, and found something else.  We are getting a Creative Vado HD pocket camcorder.  This thing has several good and high reviews, so it should be worth the money ( which isn't bad by the way) and the wait!!

Well- I am going to call it a night.  Stay safe out there for those of you that have been procrastinating on buying Christmas gifts... ( that would be me- but nothing major to get).  Night my friends!

Stay Inspired!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A quick hello on Sunday...

 Hi all on this Sunday afternoon-   I just wanted to pop in for a quick Sunday share of the new projects I created.  I have seen these on the web, and thought they were so cute, and a great idea, and I wanted to try my hand at making some.  These are Post-It note holders.  I made two different sizes- some for the 3 x 3 size, and some for the 4 x 4 size.  I just bought the acrylic photo holders at Wal-Mart, and just added some patterned paper instead of a photo, and added my Post- It notes to the bottom with some adhesive.  Then I just added some embellishments.  This is my first hand at making these, and I will be making more in the future.  They are "easy- peezy" to make, and fun.  I am probably going to add some of these to my Etsy Shop as well to give more variety of what I have to offer.  Anywho- here they are!

Like I said- this is a short hello- but I just wanted to share these with you all!!  More tomorrow!

Stay Inspired,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Who is my audience?

Good Sat. Morning to you all.-  I was thinking last night that I would love to know how many of you really read/follow my blog.  This is a way to make yourselves known to me, your author.  How many of you enjoy seeing the cards I post, and the things I share.  I would like to get a con census of where you are in the world, SO- with that in mind, down in the comment section of this post or there is a comment box on the right hand side bar of my blog ( you can scroll down toward the middle of the blog), please leave me a comment of where you are in the world, if you are a crafter of sorts, or if you are just a follower of reading blogs or both!.  You can leave me just your first names, or names can be private- this is up to you. 

I can see on a daily basis, the numbers of my audience, and a map of where you are, but I would like to hear from you individually!  I think this would be fun, and introduce yourselves to me, and others.  Consider this a Christmas present that you are giving to me- and the best part, it is FREE!!  OK everyone- let's get commenting!!  I can't wait to see how many of you are out there!!

Stay Inspired!,

Friday, December 17, 2010

One week out...

Happy Happy Friday to you all!- I can't express to you how happy I am that it is Friday!  I want to be able to get a card made or two this evening, so this will be a short and sweet post tonight.  I just basically want to share with you another Christmas Card, since we are after all one week out from celebrating Christmas.  In two week we will be saying bye bye 2010, hello 2011!!  That is just craziness!! Time is flying by super duper fast!!

So- here is Friday's card share- hope you like it!

The Christmas tree was cut out from a piece of 12 x 12 paper from DCWV from their "Homemade Christmas" stack.  I just added some glitter on around the bottom of the tree to symbolize snow glistening.
Speaking of Christmas trees, my favorite Christmas trees, has to be a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  I love what it symbolizes as well.  You can be decorated with one ornament, and still be beautiful!  :o)

I leave you with a YouTube video from a Charlie Brown Christmas!
Be good to one another!

Stay Inspired!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

So much to do, so little time...

Hi all!  For some reason, my thoughts are not flowing like I think they should, but maybe that is because my brain is tired from all the craziness happening right now.  Work, well- is work, and that is another TV show, and time, then there is thinking about what I need to do to get ready for Christmas that is NEXT WEEKEND!  I am happy and also not ready.  It seems the older I get, the more I procrastinate when it comes to Christmas.  I guess it is because it seems everything  happens all at once, and I am talking about parties, buying gifts, paying bills, and even the ones that shouldn't be no where near this time of year ( property taxes are due where I live) because it is near impossible to pay before the deadline.  Besides all that, just finding the time to unwind is hard.  That is why I am looking forward to a 3 day work week next week, and then off for 4 days!!  Thank you Lord!!  So- with this happiness in mind, how about a card share!  That is why you are reading this right??!!

This card was made especially with a family member of mine in mind.  The snow scene you see there, I just colored on the stamp to get all the different colors.  I love this scene.  Even though I do not like winter,  this is the way it should be, all fun, and special memories. 

Just a friendly reminder, that my Etsy "shop" is now open, and you can go directly to what I have for sale right now by clicking here
I bid you all a good evening or a good day where ever you are reading this in the world at this moment.  Stay safe, and be kind to one another!

Stay Inspired!,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Etsy Shop open for business

Hi all, I don't have a card today, but instead of news that my Etsy shop is now open.  I have only posted two cards at the moment and need to post more for a certain requirement, but I will continue to add more as time allows me too.  I am hoping that I will be able to keep up with all that I am doing.  I want to so much to be able to post my cards and keep with the new Etsy shop, AND not make my husband feel abandoned!!

Thankfully the only " kids" I have in my household is my fur babies!!  They pretty much take care of themselves.  You can just give them an ear rub or two, keep their food and water bowls full, and a soft place to lay their heads, and they are content as can be!!  ** I would be too **  :o)

Here are some pictures of my two cats.  Katie is the gray one with a tail and no meow ( literally), and Daisy is the "baby" with no tail and all meow!!  TEEHEE!!

You can't help but love 'em.  They usually are not this close together, that is why this is a "kodak" moment!!
OK- till next time!!

Stay Inspired!,

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday's Card Share..

How are you my friends on this Monday-  Hope the world is treating you right as I am posting today's card.  I am sure you will be hearing these words from me a lot, but it sure is cold outside, and I am not liking it!!  I hope I don't wear all of you out.  I need to move some place warm for the winter.  I was telling a few of my co workers today that I either would like to become a bear and hibernate, or a kitty cat so I can just curl up and go to sleep!!  :o)  I am sure neither of those things will be happening, so how about I just show you today's card!! :o)

My card base is from Gina K. Designs.  I am trying out a new card stock to see if I like it, and so far, I am loving this card stock.  It is a heavy weight card stock and wonderful to make cards with!!  I am sure I will be purchasing some more.  If any one is interesting in purchasing some of the same card stock, they have multiple colors to choose from.  You can go to the website
I stamped the card base using the Swirls and Curls background stamp from Stampabilities.  You can find that here.  I inked it up with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  On the card back, I trimmed off a portion of the bottom, and added a piece of the patterned paper from DCWV 12X12 paper, The Home Made Christmas  stack, and added it to replace what I had trimmed off.  I added some self adhesive lace from Hero Arts, which you can find here.  They come both in white and cream.  I, then added some ornament stickers I actually found at a dollar shop in Branson, Missouri.  I knew that I would be able to use them for some Christmas Cards.  I added some baker's twine from Martha Stewart Crafts for added dimension.  I stamped my sentiment on a scallop circle and popped it up with a dimensional.  I think my favorite part of the whole card is....well, who am I kidding, I love the whole card, but if I HAD to choose, it would be the self adhesive lace.  Love, Love that stuff!!  Hope you all like today's card.
Gonna go, and curl up in my chair with my  Take care all!!  Till then,

Stay Inspired!,

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It is a blustery Sunday...

Well, the excess wind will just not stop!! - It makes me think of winter, and snowmen.  So, I thought it would be fitting to share a card that featured a snowman on it.    It is cold outside, but it is warm inside, and that is what matters to me at the moment.  I got out a few times today, and one of those times, I purchased a new little heater for when it is cold ( which is all the time during the winter months) in my craft room.  It will make it more pleasant to do my crafting.  The weekend has flew by.  I guess the wind took the weekend with it!  :o)  So, here is my Sunday card share for today.

I stamped the card base with Florentine Pattern stamp from Hero Arts.  I inked it up with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I, then took a piece of patterned paper that I had already cut out with my Top Note Die from Stampin' Up, and adhered that down the the card base.  The snowman you see there is from a sticker pack that was purchased from Wal-Mart last year in there craft section.  I, then stamped my sentiment from Stampin' Up, that I believe comes in a stamp set, but I had purchased this one stamp from a small scrapbook store in some of my travels.  I also stamped the sentiment with the Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  Mr. Snowman looks to be a happy 'lil guy to be so cold!!!  :o)

I have edited some of my blog to make it more visitor friendly.  If you like this card, or any other of the cards you see on my blog, at the bottom of each post, there is a "reaction" box you can check and it will say "I like this one".  I love to hear feedback from my readers.  There is also a comment box at the bottom of each post, and a "c-box" where you can add your comments or if you have any questions, you may submit them, and I will be happy to answer them for you.  I have other Christmas cards I need to make, so I can send them out this week!  I need to get on the ball!!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend where ever you are in the world!!  Till next time friends!!

Stay Inspired!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hello Weekend- It is nice to see ya!

Boy oh boy it has been a week.  What is it lately, and times being so rough. I don't get it, but maybe I am not suppose to understand.  These rough times makes me appreciate my hobby that much more, and being able to share my cards and creations with all of you.  I am blessed that I have had so many people interested.  In a little over a month that I have had this blog, I have had over 800 hits, 3 followers( which I would love more), and an audience that expands throughout the U.S and even outside the U.S.A.  Thank you all for your support by simply coming and seeing what I am sharing day to day!  Now this is a blog about cards, so let us get to today's card.

I had made this card for my mother on her birthday this year, as she LOVES her hummingbirds.  I took my hummingbird stamp, and colored it all over with Stampin' Up markers.  I also took a glitter pen and added some dimension to the eye of the bird.  I took some scrap card stock of the same color as my card base, and embossed it with an embossing folder by Sizzix.  I apologize but can not remember which pack it came out of.  I then added some fuchsia card stock behind that embossed flower image to create a frame.  I popped the hummer using pop dots or dimensional stickers as some prefer to say, and added some embellishments.  My mom loved it.  Any questions on any of the supplies used on this card, please just comment or email, and I will gladly respond back.  

Again, thank you all for your support and visiting KWCardDesign.   
It will only get better from here!!    

Stay Inspired-


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cupcake toppers for a 'lil cupcake!

Hi Friends-  This is what I have been working on for the last few weeks.  Of course I had to stop and start, because I had other things going on, and I do have a day job, I only get to craft at night.  So after a request to make some cupcake toppers for a coworker/friends daughter that will be turning 2, I made these for her.

They turned out well.  Chelsea was pretty pleased with them. I think she especially liked the ones with the owls. :)  Well, I need to head off to work for the day, but wanted to share these with you.  Have a blessed day everyone!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A few days away..

Hi all!  I'm back with a new post on this Sunday.  I had a few days away since I celebrated my birthday, and trying to do some Christmas shopping.  It has been chilly here in Missouri the last few days.  I've been busy with several different things. My hubby and I went first and rented a ride for the trip to Springfield, MO, so my parents could be with us.  We all could not fit in my little car, so I have been spoiled by the ride we rented for the weekend.  A 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  I am so in love with this vehicle, it is not even funny.    I, then went to a Stampin' Up gathering like we do every month, and that was on Friday ( the 3rd).  Then, Saturday morning was the local craft and art show, which was fun.  I went by my lonesome, which is fine. I actually went both days that it took place, Sat and Sun.  We all got in the beautiful Jeep on Sat, and went to Springfield, where we ate at my favorite place, Cheddar's.  If any of you like Cheddar's, then you know what I am referring to on how great it is.  We did a little shopping, and then came home.  Then, here we are, Sunday, and I got out a little bit this morning, of course like I said, went back to the craft show, and got a few more things, and get this......even got a caricature done of myself!  It so neat!!  I have always wanted one of these done!!  So- It has been a pretty busy weekend.  I wanted to get a post in, since I hadn't in a few days.  Here is today's card everyone.  We actually did this on Friday night at Stampin' Up!

The stamp set that was used is "Serene Snowflakes" by Stampin' Up! 

There are other uses for your dryer sheets than just your laundry :o)  With a little bit a creativity, you can use just about anything it seems.  Thank you to Margaret Gobel, my Stampin' Up demonstrator for showing us this technique.

Well- I am hoping that you all had a nice weekend, and for what is left of it, you get to relax or do what you want.  It is back to a little more crafting and laundry :o)

Stay safe my friends!  Till next time!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another year older - another year wiser?

Happy Thursday everyone.  It is the eve of my 34th birthday, and I am thinking to myself where have the years gone..I still feel like I should be 18!  I guess all of us ask ourselves where time goes.  I am very blessed to be happily married to my husband.  I am thankful for many things.  I will tell you this year has flown by for sure.  I still can't believe that I have been doing my hobby of card making for a little over a year.  I have learned so much, and love it more and more each day.  Since it is my birthday ( Friday)- how about a Birthday card! 

This card is one of my "earlier" cards I made.  Actually, to tell you the truth, I was over at a friend's house, and we were hanging out, and I made this card just from her scraps!  Not bad for scraps!  I also love, love butterflies.  It has some of my favorite elements in it, butterflies, bright colors, especially purple. 

I would love to hear what any of you think of the cards that I post on my blog.  I do not get too much feedback, positive or otherwise.  When hearing from others, I feel I would get better, and change the things that would need to be improved.  I do realize, my style is just that, but I only want to strive and continue to get better in making my cards. 

On that note, I am closing the post up for tonight.  Thank you to those that take the time and look at my blog, whether you comment or not.  I appreciate it so much! Happy Birthday to me!!  :o) 

Stay well friends,


Wednesday, December 1, 2010


It is December 1st - can't believe it!- We are officially in the countdown to Christmas now!  The bad part is, I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet.  I have only purchased one item for my Christmas shopping list.  I am happy there is such a thing as gift cards...they are easy,  and fast! :o)  Also- good thing about gift cards, you can put them easily into a greeting without further or do- let's get to today's card.

Liquid Applique- this stuff is soooooo cool!  You can do so many things with it, and that is how I created my snow.  It is super duper easy to use too!  You can get it is several different colors.  I have three colors, white of course, pink for doing frosting on cupcakes or fur on a coat, and black....I haven't used black yet, but I am sure I will find a good use for it.  I colored the little truck with Copic Markers for some definition. 

We are nearing to Friday which means a fun filled weekend ( I hope) for my birthday!  My hubby is taking me to my favorite place to eat in Springfield (Missouri) called Cheddar's.  It is a very good place to is constantly packed, so you know everyone that is in the area feels the same way as I do about it.  Well, I am going to call it a night on today's post.  I will post again tomorrow, and for Friday, I will be posting a card on Sat.  I will be busy on Friday, as for the reason mentioned before!  :o)  Till then! Take care friends!

- Kari