Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Hi all!! I don't have a project today, but I wanted to pop in real quickly to thank you all for supporting me and my blog in 2011. It was my first full year, and I am thankful to have made some friends through my blog, and paper crafting. I will be having Christmas with my in laws today, since we didn't get to on Christmas, and then Sunday I will be at with my family, including my cousin who is in from Chicago, and I will spend some time with them, eating our black-eyed peas for good luck :)

May all of you have a wonderful 2012 in store, and I will be back for my first post for the New Year!! God Bless!!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

I wanted to take this time before heading to my brother's for Christmas to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!! May the love of being with family, and the joy that you see on children's faces this holiday restore the true meaning of Christmas, and why we celebrate this joyous holiday!! God Bless all of you, and I will be back after Christmas!!!!

- Kari

Sunday, December 18, 2011

'Tis the season!

Hi all!! My posts have been sparse during this holiday season.  So much to do, and so little time to do it!  I am sure everyone knows what I am referring to.  I wanted to share with you another Christmas card I made.  We are one week away from celebrating Jesus' birth, and I honestly I am trying to get in the true meaning of what Christmas is, but it is being masked by having to tend with work, buying presents ( with lack of funds I might add), paying bills, etc.....I know they are all excuses, but I speak the truth! :)  Nonetheless, I have made several Christmas cards this year, and have sent some, and personally given some.  I think all that have received one is appreciative.  This one was given to my nail tech.  She does a great job tending to my nails every 2 to 3 weeks, and I wanted her card to be special.

The stamp I used and embossed in gold is from Hero Arts.  I added some gems to make the "strings" come alive, and added some self adhesive trim I purchased at Hobby Lobby a few months back.  She loved it! :)

Here are a couple of others I made and sent or gave to someone....

My hubby is always telling me that I should do cards during the holidays that are the same, that I don't always have to make different ones, but you know I did do that too, but I also want to give "special" ones too.  He is supportive either way it goes :)

Before I go, I wanted to share with you all that I received my Gina K. Designs cards back from the card swap I was involved in.  A month ago I share with you the cards I made, and now I wanted you to see what cards I received back.  The hostess gets to keep 1 card from each "spot" - so she kept 3 of mine since I signed up for 3 spots, and one of the cards is displayed at work.  It folds into a "Christmas Tree", so that one is not pictured, but here are the rest...

Ok - that is all from me this evening.  I will try to post once more before Christmas, but if I don't Merry Christmas to all my followers, and readers.  I appreciate you all, and interested in seeing my projects that I create.  All of YOU inspire ME!!  :)


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Two weeks away.....

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here.  I would like to say that I am ready and prepared, but I won't kid myself, I'm not!!  I have a bit to go, and will probably come down to the wire before getting into my car with my hubby to drive to my brother's house to travel and celebrate Christmas.  So much to do, so little time.  I am trying to make and finish up my Christmas cards that I want to make for my friends and family that mean the most, and wanted to come and share one of those cards with you today.  It is a relative simple card, but elegant.  I like the simplicity of it, but it packs a beautiful punch too ( if I do say so myself).  I have actually repeated this card a few times because it is so simple, and elegant to send to a couple of friends and family already.  This one I added some mini jingle bells that I bought from SU!, and used the Lost and Found Christmas 6 x 6 paper pad.  The stamp comes from Basic Grey, and the sentiment is from the Holiday Lights set from PTI.

I cut the image using my largest scallop Sizzix Die, and the used my circle cutter to cut out the center.  I inked the edges with both barn door and festive berries Distress Ink.  It is all put on a Vintage Cream card base from PTI.   Hope you all are having success in getting ready for Christmas, and soon to come New Year.  I hope you come back when I share with you another paper craft creation!  :)  Thanks for stopping in!!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mini Sanitizer Holders

Good ( late) Evening - I am back in my second post today to share with you what I created this afternoon.  I had bought up some mini hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works a few months ago on a sale they were having, and I saw a video by Stampin' Up Demo Dawn from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  She is a very popular SU Demo, and once I saw her video on how to make a holder for these hand sanitizers, I wanted to try my hand at them.  So, I finally made the time to do that.  I immediately thought these would make cute little gifts for the holidays, and little stocking stuffers. 

If you would like to try doing these too, here is the link to the video on this project.  Once you get the measurements down, and all your scoring done, you can do this in a assembly line type way.  I made a template for myself to make it even easier, and it goes faster.  I am not the greatest at measurements on a paper cutter or ruler, and I will be the first to admit that, so with that said, if I can do it, you can too!!  They are fun, and right now online at Bath and Body Works, you can do a "Mix and Match" 5 for $5.00 which that would mean the sanitizers would be $1.00 a piece!!  Hope this gives you a nice idea for a small gift idea during this holiday season!!!
Thanks for stopping by!! 

Busy, Busy!

Hi all!
I wanted to quickly share with all of you where I have been since I haven't posted in a about a week.  This week was a busy one at work, and then I celebrated my birthday yesterday ( Dec 3rd) with my hubby, mom and dad.  We had our local craft fair going on this weekend, so I went to that, and saw all of the wonderful creative people and what they have made. There was everything from ornaments, to jellies and jams, to home decor, to leather works.   One of these days, I would like to have a booth at least once, and see how would do. I know it is very time consuming to even prepare for a craft fair, but I would like to give it a shot at least once.  Today (Sun) I am busy in craft room creating some cards, and little goodies for some co-workers.  Our Secret Santa week is this week at work, so I am preparing my gifts for that as well.  I have posted a new video on my YouTube Channel if you all want to check that out, and I am trying to post a new one.  I have been trying since Friday, if you can believe that, but it is 18 min. long, and it is taking a long time to upload, and it stalls, so I am working on trying to get that posted as well.  It is a big haul video, and some goodies I got from my husband for my birthday that he bought from Simon Says Stamp!! 

Anyhoo, that is what has been going on with me the last week.  Like I said I have been crafty today, so I will share with you what I've made soon!!  Thank you all for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day where ever you are in the world!!!  :)